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Back to School TONIGHT - Grades 3-5
CP&PKR - See below for the schedule.
Come Back to School with Us!
CP&PKR - Back to School for nights are upon us an we are looking forward to seeing you! These are important nights, and we ask that all parents attend (even if you came to Open House last week - they really aren’t the same thing). Back to School Nights are an opportunity for parents (and we do ask that ONLY parents attend, please!!) to learn about what your student will be doing at school throughout this coming year and to ask questions.

This year for K-5 students, you can “Drop-By” the gym after listening to your student’s teachers, grab a snack, and ask your principal, the Student Support Services Team, the Specials Team and Ms. Kane some questions. Mark your calendars and we’ll see you next week!

SEPTEMBER 1: MIDDLE SCHOOL AND KINDIEPREP*
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Middle School
*6:00 pm – 7:30 pm: KindiePrep (PKR only)

SEPTEMBER 2: KINDERGARTEN, AND GRADES 1 & 2
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Kindergarten and Grade 1
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Grade 2
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm: Drop-By Q&A with principals, SSS and Specials representatives in the gym (snacks provided)

SEPTEMBER 3: GRADES 3, 4 & 5
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Grade 3 and Grade 4
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Grade 5
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm: Drop-By Q&A with principals, SSS and Specials representatives in the gym (snacks provided)

PKR Family Directory Opt-Out Deadline - FRIDAY
PKR - The AAPTO-PKR is putting together the American Academy Family Directory for 2015-2016. All Parker campus families will be included in this director UNLESS you opt out (use this link). That means that if you wish to be included, you don't need to do anything.

If you wish to have your family information removed from the directory list, you MUST complete the opt-out by Friday, September 4.

AAPTO-PKR Family Directory Opt-Out
Sign Up to Volunteer for Carpool and Lunch
CP&PKR - Sign-Up to Volunteer for Carpool and Lunch Wanna make carpool easier for yourself and others?? Come volunteer for carpool!!! You just show up a bit early (by 7:15 am in the morning and by 3:15 pm in the afternoon) and you can smile and wave and skip the madness! Even if you can’t volunteer every day, donating your time to help for even just ONE carpool or ONE lunch and recess slot this year will make a HUGE difference for our students and staff! Please visit the Volunteer Page and click on the sign-ups for either one. We would love to have your help and your smiling face at school!
Check Out New Fall Extracurricular Activities
CP&PKR - Check on the Extracurricular Activities pages (Castle Pines and Parker) this week and every week! We load up new activities and athletics as they are offered by the teachers throughout the first weeks of fall, and many classes fill up QUICKLY. And not only are these activities a FUN way for students to be active and involved outside of academics, it can also be a great way to AVOID morning and afternoon carpool (just sayin’).

Check out the list below. Then click an activity to check out club details on the ECAs page for your campus OR head straight to the School Store to register for the ECAs you want today! Don’t forget - Homework Club and Crash Club will start next Monday, August 31!

Homework Club
Crash Club
Mileage Club
Performing Art Clubs* - NOTE THE NEW TIME FOR DANCE CLASSES!
Boys Soccer
Boys & Girls Cross Country
Girls Volleyball
Fencing
Spanish Enrichment
Tennis
Taekwondo
Sticky Fingers
Art Clubs (coming soon!)


*Performing Arts Academy offers over 20 different Performing Arts classes to choose from, including band, orchestra, choir, dance, film-making, broadcasting, drama and theater (Annie, Jr.), the winter musical (The Sound of Music), and audition techniques).

One-Way Bus Passes Now Available
CP&PKR - Skip the drive to school each day (and carpool) and have your students sign up to take the bus! If you only need your student to take the bus one way, we are now offering one-way bus passes for $175.00/student (a $75.00 discount off the two-way pass)! You will still need to purchase a ZPass with DCSD (detailed instructions for signing up are on the Bus Information page), but if your students only ride one way, then this option may be more affordable. Please visit the Bus Information pageto find out more and sign up! Once you’ve registered and paid for your American Academy Bus Pass, your Bus Pass Backpack Tag will waiting for you to pick up at the front office.
Student Uniform Grace Period – Two Weeks
CP&PKR - The first two weeks of school are a grace period for the American Academy student uniform. Teachers will contact parents if a student is in violation and you will have that grace period to change whatever needs to be changed. If you are contacted by a teacher about a uniform issue, please resolve the issue within the two-week grace period.

If you are having trouble finding the uniform items you need at the Dennis Uniform store or online, please be sure to TALK to one of the Dennis Uniform store clerks (sometimes they have stock in the back) or call the store (303-738-2255) or an online rep (1-800-854-6951) to ask for help!

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Homework Help
Event Calendar
Aug 31 - Sep 4
CP - STEM trip (Grd 7): Sea Camp Week 1
Aug 31 - Sep 11
MAP Testing (K-8)
Sep 3
Back to School Night - Grades 3&4: 5:00 - 6:00 pm,
Grade 5: 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Sep 4
American Academy Spirit Day
Sep 4
PAB-CP After Carpool Coffee (guest: Tami Bostick & Erin Kane), Dazbog, 8:00 am
Sep 7
NO SCHOOL / Labor Day
Sep 7 - 11
PKR - STEM trip (Grd 7): Sea Camp Week 2
Sept 7 - Sep 25
CP - STEM unit (Grd 5): Aero Space Engineering
Sep 10
CP&PKR - High School Parent Information Meeting, CP cafeteria, 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Sep 11
American Academy Spirit Day
Sep 11
AAPTO-PKR Fun Run Pep Rally
Sep 14 - 18
CP - STEM trip (Grd 7): Sea Camp Week 3
Sep 15
BOD Meeting, CP Admin Conference Room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Sep 15
PTO-PKR Meeting, library conference room, 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Sep 18
Dress of Choice Day
Sep 21 - Oct 2
PKR - STEM unit (Grd 2): Atmospheric Science
Sep 21 - Oct 9
CP - STEM unit (Grd 1): Chemical Engineering
Sep 23
Regular school day / Evening 6-8 conferences (students w/last names starting A-L)
Sep 23
AAPTO-CP Fun Run Pep Rallies
Sep 24
Regular school day / Evening 6-8 conferences (students w/ last names starting M-Z)
Sep 24
CP - High School Fair, CP gym, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Sep 25
NO SCHOOL for students / Professional development
Sep 28 - Oct 23
PKR - STEM unit (Grd 5): Aero Space Engineering
Oct 29
PKR - High School Fair, PKR gym, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Sep 29
PKR - STEM activity (Grd 2): Planetarium - Gym
Sep 30
AAPTO-PKR Fun Run!
Oct 2
AAPTO-CP Fun Run!
Oct 2
American Academy Spirit Day
Oct 5 - 23
CP - STEM unit (Grd 2): Atmospheric Science
Oct 7
Prospective Parent Information Meeting, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, CP cafeteria (RSVP)
Oct 8
CP - STEM activity ((Grd 2): Planetarium - Gym
Oct 8
Regular school day / Evening KP-5 conferences
Oct 9
NO SCHOOL / Morning K-5 conferences
Oct 12 - Oct 16
NO SCHOOL / Fall Break
Oct 20
PTO-PKR Meeting, library conference room, 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Oct 20
BOD Meeting, PKR Library Conference Room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Oct 21
Prospective Parent Information Meeting, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, PKR cafeteria (RSVP)
Oct 23
AAPTO-PKR Post Fun Run Celebration
Oct 23
Dress of Choice Day
Oct 25 - 30
CP& PKR - STEM trip (Grd 6): Olympic National Park
Oct 26 - Nov 13
PKR - STEM unit (Grd 4): Volcano Alert
Oct 29
Fall Festival parties (K-5)
Oct 29
Regular school day / Evening 6-8 conferences
Oct 30
NO SCHOOL / Professional development
Nov 2 - 20
CP - STEM unit (Grd 4): EV3 Robotics
Nov 2 - Dec 18
PKR - STEM unit (Grd 6): Engineering Academy
Nov 2 - Dec 18
CP - STEM unit (Grd 6): Engineering Academy
Nov 2 - 20
PKR - STEM unit (Grd 1): Chemical Engineering
Nov 3
Prospective Parent Information Meeting, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, PKR cafeteria (RSVP)
Nov 6
PAB-CP After Carpool Coffee (guest: Erin Kane), Dazbog, 8:00 am
Nov 6
American Academy Spirit Day
Nov 10
BOD Meeting, CP Admin Conference Room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Nov 13
American Academy Spirit Day
Nov 17
CP - K-5 Leadership Awards Ceremony, gym, 2:45 pm
Nov 17
PTO-PKR Meeting, library conference room, 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Nov 20
End of T1 grading period
Nov 20
Dress of Choice Day
Nov 23 - Nov 27
NO SCHOOL / Thanksgiving Break
Nov 30 - Dec 4
CP - STEM unit (KindiePrep): Curious George Builds a House
Dec 4
American Academy Spirit Day
Dec 4
PAB-CP After Carpool Coffee (guest: Tami Bostick), Dazbog, 8:00 am
Dec 7 - 18
CP - STEM unit (Kindergarten): Mechanical Engineering
Dec 8
BOD Meeting, PKR Library Conference Room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Dec 11
American Academy Spirit Day
Dec 15
PTO-PKR Meeting, library conference room, 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Dec 18
Winter parties (K-5)
Dec 18
Dress of Choice Day
Dec 21 - Jan 1
NO SCHOOL / Winter Break
Jan 4 - Feb 19
PKR - STEM unit (Grd 7): Engineering Academy
Jan 4 - 22
PKR - STEM unit (Grd 4): EV3 Robotics
Jan 4 - 22
CP - STEM unit (Grd 5): Magnetic Levitation (MAGLEV) Vehicles
Jan 4 - Feb 19
CP - STEM unit (Grd 7): Engineering Academy
Jan 7
Regular school day / Evening 6-8 conferences
Jan 8
PAB-CP After Carpool Coffee (guest: Michelle Daley & Erin Kane), Dazbog, 8:00 am
Jan 11 - 22
PKR - STEM unit (Kindergarten): Mechanical Engineering
Jan 12
BOD Meeting, CP Admin Conference Room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Jan 14
Regular school day / Evening KP-5 conferences
Jan 15
NO SCHOOL / Morning K-5 conferences
Jan 18
NO SCHOOL / Martin Luther King Day
Jan 19
PTO-PKR Meeting, library conference room, 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Jan 25 - Feb 5
CP - STEM unit (Grd 2): Beginning Robotics
Jan 25 - Feb 12
CP - STEM unit (Grd 4): Volcano Alert
Jan 25 - Feb 12
PKR - STEM unit (Grd 3): Environmental Engineering
Jan 25 - Feb 5
CP - STEM unit (Grd 3): WeDo Robotics
Jan 29
Dress of Choice Day
Feb 1 - 5
CP&PKR - STEM Trip (Grd 8): Crystal River, FL
Feb 5
American Academy Spirit Day
Feb 5
PAB-CP After Carpool Coffee (guest: Michelle Daley), Dazbog, 8:00 am
Feb 9
BOD Meeting, PKR Library Conference Room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Feb 11
Regular school day / Evening 6-8 conferences
Feb 12
Valentine's Day parties (K-5)
Feb 12
American Academy Spirit Day
Feb 15 - March 4
PKR - STEM unit (Grd 3): WeDo Robotics
Feb 15
NO SCHOOL / Presidents Day
Feb 15 - March 4
PKR - STEM unit (Grd 5): Magnetic Levitation (MAGLEV) Vehicles
Feb 19
American Academy Spirit Day
Feb 23
PTO-PKR Meeting, library conference room, 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Feb 16
End of T2 grading period
Feb 16
Dress of Choice Day
Feb 29 - May 20
CP - STEM unit (Grd 8): Engineering Academy
Feb 29 - March 4
PKR - STEM unit (Kindergarten): Play STEM
Feb 29 - May 20
PKR - STEM unit (Grd 8): Engineering Academy
Mar 4
PAB-CP After Carpool Coffee (guest: Tami Bostick), Dazbog, 8:00 am
Mar 4
American Academy Spirit Day
Mar 8
BOD Meeting, CP Admin Conference Room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Mar 11
American Academy Spirit Day
March 14 - 18
PKR - STEM unit (KindiePrep): Curious George Builds a House
Mar 15
PTO-PKR Meeting, library conference room, 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Mar 18
Dress of Choice Day
Mar 21 - Mar 25
NO SCHOOL / Spring Break
March 28 - April 1
CP - STEM unit (Kindergarten): Play STEM
Mar 31
Regular school day / Evening 6-8 conferences
Apr 1
BOD Spring Retreat and BOD Meeting (agenda)
Apr 1
PAB-CP After Carpool Coffee, Dazbog, 8:00 am
Apr 1
American Academy Spirit Day
April 4 - 15
CP - STEM unit (Grd 3): Environmental Engineering
Apr 7
Regular school day / Evening KP-5 conferences
Apr 15
American Academy Spirit Day
Apr 18 - May 13
PKR - STEM unit (Grd 2): Beginning Robotics
Apr 19
PTO-PKR Meeting, library conference room, 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Apr 22
Dress of Choice Day
Apr 23 - 30
CP&PKR - STEM trip (Grd 8): Costa Rica
Apr 28
Regular school day / Evening 6-8 conferences
Apr 29
NO SCHOOL / Professional development
Apr 29
American Academy Spirit Day
May 6
American Academy Spirit Day
May 6
PAB-CP After Carpool Coffee (guest: Michelle Daley), Dazbog, 8:00 am
May 9 - 13
CP - STEM unit (Grd 1): Marine Biology
May 10
BOD Meeting, PKR Library Conference Room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
May 13
American Academy Spirit Day
May 16 - 20
PKR - STEM unit (Grd 1): Marine Biology
May 17
PTO-PKR Meeting, library conference room, 6:30 - 9:00 pm
May 20
Dress of Choice Day
May 20
Last day of Homework Club/Crash Club
May 26
End of T3 grading period / Last day of school for all students
May 27
First day of Summer Break!
Jun 14
BOD Meeting, CP Admin Conference Room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Jul 12
BOD Meeting, PKR Library Conference Room, 7:30 pm (agenda)