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American Academy News
Volunteer help needed!
If you are looking to fulfill some of your volunteer hours over the summer, the Castle Pines library can use your help! There has been a lot of construction over the summer and it is time to get things ready for the new school year.
On Thursday, July 24th and Monday, July 28th from 9 am until noon(ish) -- or until we are done -- we need volunteers to help move all the books in and out of the library (moving them out on Thursday and moving them back in on Monday).
If you can help, please email Holly Landauer (hlandauer@aak8.org). Thanks for your consideration!
Happy Summer!!
Congratulations to everyone on a great year! Enjoy the summer and we'll see you back to school in August!
Summer Front Office Hours
Summer hours for both campus front offices will be as follows:

June 2 - August 1: closed for Summer Break
August 4 - 8 open 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
August 12: open 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
August 14 - May 21, 2015: open 7:30 am - 4:30 pm on regular school days

Please note that both front offices will be CLOSED on Monday, August 11, and Wednesday, August 13, for professional training.

Strive to Thrive 2014
CP&PKR - If you and your family are struggling, the Douglas County Community of Care Network would like to invite you to pick up some back to school items for the kids and access resources from more than 20 different organizations. Stop by this fair to enjoy dinner and access to: back to school resources, food and nutrition assistance, free clothing, workforce information, onsite case workers, emergency assistance applications, and more.

Monday, July 28
4:00 - 6:00 pm
PACE Center
20000 Pikes Peak Ave

For free transportation services to and from the fair, please contact Douglas County First Call at 303-660-7519 by July 23.

Homework Club and Crash Club 2014-2015
CP&PKR - Plan now to join us after school! Along with many other extracurricular activity offerings, American Academy will once again be offering Homework Club and Crash Club for the school year. Homework Club takes place immediately after school (3:35 pm - 4:25 pm) for students who would like work on homework with teacher support. Crash Club, where students can "crash" and relax and play with friends and teachers, runs immediately after Homework Club (4:25 pm - 6:00 pm). Both clubs will begin on Monday, August 25, 2014, and end on Friday, May 15, 2015. Sign up will be available at the beginning of the school year and this year families will be able to purchase up to 30 days of each club at a time. Stay tuned!
DCSD Express Check-In Open Until July 30
CP&PKR - The DCSD Express Check-In registration link is now open to all American Academy K-8 parents! Here’s what you need to do next:

1) Click the link provided to log in, using your Infinite Campus Parent Portal username/password, and complete the DCSD Express Check-In registration for each of your students by July 30. This is the same username/password that you use to look at your student’s grades throughout the year. If you need an Infinite Campus password reset, click here.

2) Pay your student fees. You may pay as part of the DCSD Express Check-In process (links are provided as you go along), or at a separate time through the Student Fees. Though you are visiting the School Store to make this payment, it is being processed through the district and so you must use your Infinite Campus Parent Portal username/password.

3) Print your student fee receipt. You should receive a receipt of your student fee payment in your email immediately after you complete payment. If you can’t find the email receipt, you can also visit School Store > My Account (NOW you use your School Store username and password ?) > Order History, and then click on the date of your fee payment to open the order and print a copy of the receipt from the web.

4) Bring your student fee receipt with you to American Academy’s registration on August 6, 7, or 8! You will be required to show this receipt in order to receive your 2014-2015 Carpool ID card, and THAT will be required in order for you to pick up your children from American Academy.

If you have any questions about DCSD’s Express Check-In, please contact the American Academy registrar, Joanie Wherry.

If you have questions or issues with the School Store, please contact Trish Cummings.

New Performing Arts Program at AA

Starting in 2014-2015, we are proud to offer the Performing Arts program, a new, supplemental program designed to challenge students who want to excel in the performing arts. Students aspiring to graduate from American Academy with a Certificate in Performing Arts will formally enroll in a chosen track (Theatre, Instrumental, Vocal, Film, Dance, Technical Theatre) starting as early as 5th grade and follow that track to the completion of certification requirements as outlined.

Please visit the Performing Arts website for more detailed information. And to get started, enroll today in a Performing Arts Track on the School Store (click on the link below for your student's campus)! Registration for individual classes within each track will begin later, on July 21.

- Castle Pines Peforming Arts Track Registration

- Parker Performing Arts Track Registration

PTO Used Uniform Resale Event - July 26
American Academy's 2014 Used Uniform Resale event will take place this year on Saturday, July 26, from noon – 3:00 pm in the Castle Pines gym.

There are only a few more weeks to clean out those closets! The deadline for registering and dropping off items is July 23. Sell or donate your gently-used outgrown uniform items. We are also accepting "What Your __ Grader Needs to Know" books and appropriate fall festival costumes for sale. You do NOT have to be present at the sale to participate as a seller.

Please plan to bring plenty of cash with you (preferably ones, fives and tens) or several checks. The entry fee will be $1.00/person (kids get in free) to help defray the cost of supplies. All proceeds for items donated by families from each campus will go to the respective PTO. You can view a used uniform price list here.

There are three different ways to participate:
1) SELL washed and tagged items (must be tagged); OR
2) DONATE washed items (no need to tag).
3) Just SHOW UP and buy uniforms! You don't need to donate or sell to buy.

Still have uniform items to drop off to sell or donate? We have you covered. Remember that the deadline for drop-offs is July 23, but until then we have locations in Castle Pines and Parker.

Castle Pines - GreenEarth Cleaners
556 Village Square Ln, Castle Pines, 80108

Parker (North area) - Kwik Dry Clean Super
1007 Jordan Rd, Parker, 80134

Parker (South area) - Amazing Cleaners
12919 Stroh Ranch Ct, Parker, 80134

2013-2014: A Year in Review
Read all about the AA Board of Directors' review of the 2013-2014 school year. The Board Shorts includes reflections on survey results and academics.
AA Board Shorts: Year in Review
Welcome New AA Parents!
Welcome to all of our new parents. If you have not had a chance, please review the New Parent Welcome Email to read all about what happens next.
New Parent Welcome Email
DCSD Lunch Assistance for 2014-2015
CP&PKR - American Academy partners with Douglas County School District Nutrition Services to offer our students balanced lunches at each AA campus. Families needing assistance with DCSD school lunches may apply for help by clicking here and completing the online application. Your application will be approved by DCSD Nutrition Services, not American Academy.

PLEASE NOTE: Assistance status does not carry over from school year to school year - even if you have qualified for assistance in past years, if you would like assistance for the new school year, you will need to reapply and be reapproved for the current year.

American Academy and the PTOs are also able to provide some limited assistance to our families in need. Once your students have been approved for assitance with DCSD, you may present a copy of the confirmation letter from DCSD to Patti Rodriguez in the American Academy front office, and you will then receive an email confirmation from us letting you know about those American Academy and PTO benefits for which you qualify and how to access them. As always, your family's information will be kept absolutely confidential.

For questions about the DSCD assistance application process, please contact Susan Babineau at DCSD Nutrition Services. For questions about American Academy benefits, please contact Patti Rodriguez.

EduKit School Supplies
CP&PKR - Don't forget to order your EduKit school supplies online before July 24. The packages will be delivered to your home and you may take them to school on the first day of school (Middle School) or on the Open House night (KindiePrep - 5). If you ordered prior to June 10, your supplies will be delivered directly to AA and will be here waiting for you. Click on the link for your child's campus and follow the instructions to purchase your supplies online.

- Click to buy an EduKit online; OR
- Download supply lists and shop locally!

- Click to buy an EduKit online; OR
- Download supply lists and shop locally!

Summer Reading
CP&PKR - Summer reading lists have been approved and are posted below. Please be sure to check for any special instructions from the teachers in the list for your student's grade!

Castle Pines Summer Reading
Parker Summer Reading
NOTE: The Parker Grade 7 book was posted incorrectly at the beginning of the summer. The correct book is The Contest - Everest #1, by Gordon Korman.

Quick Clicks
Homework Help
Event Calendar
Jul 24-27
Dennis Uniform Sale: FREE SHIPPING on all online, phone and mail orders!
Jul 26
CP & PKR PTO Used Uniform Sale, CP gym, noon - 3:00 pm
Aug 5
PTO-PKR Mother/Son Rockies Game, Coors Field, 6:40 pm
Aug 6
PKR - New Parent Reception, 7:30 pm, location TBD
Aug 6
CP - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, cafeteria
PKR - noon - 6:00 pm, cafeteria
Aug 6
PKR - New Parent Info Meetings:
KP, 6:00 - 7:00 pm, gym
K-7, 6:00 - 7:00 pm, cafeteria
Aug 7
CP - New Parent Info Meeting, 6:00 - 7:00 pm, cafeteria
Aug 7
CP - noon - 6:00 pm, cafeteria
PKR - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, cafeteria
Aug 7
CP - New Parent Reception, 7:30 pm, The Ridge Golf Course
Aug 8
CP - 9:00 am - noon, cafeteria
PKR - 9:00 am - noon, cafeteria
Aug 14
Aug 15
CP & PKR - K-5 and KindiePrep Open House, and PTO Ice Cream Social, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Aug 15
CP K-5 Open House and PTO Ice Cream Social, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Aug 15
PKR K-5 Open House and PTO Ice Cream Social, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Aug 18
Aug 25
CP&PKR - First day of Homework Club/Crash Club
Sep 7
PTO-CP Mother/Son Rockies Game, Coors Field, 2:10 pm (tickets)
May 15
CP&PKR - Last day of Homework Club/Crash Club