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No School Friday, October 31
CP&PKR - No school on Friday, October 31, due professional development for our staff. See you back at school on Monday, November 3!
Call to the Intrepid and Cold-Resistant!
As the weather turns colder, the number of lunch and recess volunteers start to dwindle quickly. We get it – it gets cold. But we still need help, so we are sending out a special plea to those intrepid souls who are willing to brave a little cold for the sake of the children! Dig in your hearts and then you’re your closets for the down puffer coats and mittens, and click here to sign up for these important and oft-neglected volunteer duties. Don’t forget to log your hours on the volunteer tracking system when you are done, and thanks in advance for being the awesome people who come in when no one else will!!!!
School Picture Retakes - November 5
If your student missed picture day earlier this fall, or if you would just like a do-over, plan on Retake Day this Wednesday, November 5 for a second chance at a school photo! Even if you don’t plan to purchase a student photo package for personal use, we do need a photo for student records as well as the yearbook. So if your student misses this last photo opportunity, please understand that your student will not appear in the yearbook as an individual.

If November 5th will be a retake day for your student, please remember to send in the original photos you don’t like to return them to LifeTouch – the student should just give the photos to the LifeTouch photographer when it’s their turn to be photographed.

If you haven’t ordered photos yet and you would still like to, go online to the LifeTouch website and use the Picture Day ID for your campus:

Castle Pines: CG874708Y1
Parker: CG874118Y2

Help Keep Our Kids Safe Online
If you missed the cyberbullying assemblies held this past week at both campuses, you can now download the video and watch the assembly, and the Q&A’s that followed, whenever you have time! The slide show used in the presentation is also available for review. You can also visit Ms. Shull’s page on the AA website to download related handouts and worksheets. We feel strongly that this is all incredibly important information for our parents to have in order to anticipate and prevent cyberbullying, so watch when you can!

For those parents who would like to be able to monitor their student’s aak8.org emails, our IT department has put together instructions to connect to the aak8.org account on a mobile device. Click here to download those instructions, and thank you for helping us work to keep our kids safe online.

Didn't Buy School Photos?
CP&PKR - If you didn’t get photos purchased within 48 hours after the photos were taken, please contact LifeTouch directly to see what options are still available to you for purchase photos.

If you are not satisfied with your student’s photo when you receive the prints (in a few weeks), we have picture retakes scheduled for Wednesday, November 5, at both campuses. Please plan to send the prints you DON’T like back in with your student on Picture Retake Day and have your student bring them with him/her to the photo retake.

Ski Pass Questions?
CP&PKR - We are getting lots of questions from parents about the Colorado Ski Country 5th and 6th grade ski passes. While we certainly enjoy that this is available to 5th and 6th graders and their families, please understand that this is not a school-related event or promotion and we do not have any information about those programs. Parents interested in the 5th and 6th grade ski passports should visit the Colorado Ski Country website for information about enrollment in those private programs.
Tis the Season to Be Careful
CP&PKR - Fall marks the beginning of the cold and flu season at school, so we would like to remind parents that there is always a high risk of contagion at school this time of year. To keep that risk to students and staff to a minimum, please review the following guidelines and KEEP SICK KIDS HOME!

Parents should remind students to:
- Wash hands frequently
- Cover coughs and sneezes

Parents should be aware of the early signs and symptoms of illness such as:
- Decreased activity – droopy, tired appearance
- Irritable behavior – sleepy
- Sore throat / swollen glands
- Runny nose / cough
- Skin eruptions / rashes (students with undiagnosed rashes are not allowed to be in school)
- Nausea / vomiting / diarrhea
- Abdominal pain
- Fever (100º or higher is considered a fever in Douglas County Schools and student is not allowed to be at school)

Parents can help:
- Check students health before they leave home
- Keep students home when they have signs / symptoms of illness
- Be sure your student knows where you are
- Give school office current emergency contact information
- Make arrangements with relatives / friends to take care of sick children if unable to do so yourself

Returning to school after an illness:
- Student must be fever-free for 24 hours WITHOUT medication
- Student must stay home for 24 hours after last episode of vomiting
- Student must stay at home for 48 hours after last episode of diarrhea

Thank you for helping to keep ALL of us healthy!

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Event Calendar
Oct 20 - Nov 14
CP - 2nd Grade STEM: Atmospheric Science
Oct 20 - Nov 7
CP - 3rd Grade STEM: Beginning Robotics
Oct 20- Nov 7
PKR - 3rd Grade STEM: Beginning Robotics
Oct 27-31
6th Grade STEM Trip: Olympic National Park
Oct 27 - Nov 14
CP - 5th Grade STEM: Rocketry
Oct 31
NO SCHOOL - Professional Development
Nov 3
Prospective Parent Information Meeting, PKR cafeteria, 5:30 - 6:30pm Click here to RSVP
Nov 3
SAC Meeting, 4:30 pm, CP conference room
Nov 3
7th Grade STEM Trip: Sea Camp Departure Meeting, 5:00 - 6:00, PKR STEM Lab
Nov 3
8th Grade STEM Trips Introduction (Final); 7:00-8:00 pm, Parker STEM Lab
Nov 4
PTO-CP Meeting, 7:00, CP Library
Nov 6
PAB-CP After Carpool Coffee w/Jeff Renfrow, Dazbog, 8:00 am
Nov 7
PTO-PKR Fun Run Dress of Choice Day
Nov 7
CP - 5th Grade STEM Speaker for JSS
Nov 10 - Dec 5
CP - 4th Grade STEM: NXT-G Robotics
Nov 10 - 17
CP - 2nd Grade STEM Field Trip - NCAR
Nov 14 - Dec 5
PKR - 4th Grade STEM: NXT-G Robotics
Nov 11
BOD Meeting, CP Admin Conference Room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Nov 12 and 13
CP - 2nd Grade STEM Field Trip - NCAR
Nov 14
CP - 2nd grade Planetarium - Gym
Nov 17 & 21
7th Grade STEM Trip: Sea Camp Week 3
Nov 18
Prospective Parent Information Meeting, CP cafeteria, 5:30 - 6:30pm Click here to RSVP
Nov 18
PTO-PKR Meeting, Vines in Parker, 7:00 pm
Nov 11
CP - 6-8 Leadership Awards Assembly, CP gym, 1:53 pm
Nov 21
End of First Trimester Grading Period
Nov 21
Dress of Choice Day
Nov 24-28
NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break
Dec 1
SAC Meeting, 4:30 pm, PKR library conference room
Dec 2
Prospective Parent Information Meeting, PKR cafeteria, 5:30 - 6:30pm Click here to RSVP
Dec 2
PTO-CP Meeting, 7:00, CP Library
Dec 4
Regular school day for all students / Evening Middle School conferences
Dec 5
PAB-CP After Carpool Coffee w/Erin Kane, Dazbog, 8:00 am
Dec 8 - 19
PKR - Kindergarten STEM: Mechanical Engineering
Dec 8-19
CP - Kindergarten STEM: Mechanical Engineering
Dec 9
BOD Meeting, PKR Library Conference Room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Dec 12
Dress of Choice Day
Dec 16
PTO-PKR Meeting, Vines in Parker, 7:00 pm
Dec 19
NO SCHOOL - Professional Development
Dec 22-Jan 2
NO SCHOOL - Winter Break
Jan 22 - Feb 6
PKR - 2nd Grade STEM: Beginning Robotics
Jan 5-23
PKR - 3rd Grade STEM: Survival Engineering
Jan 5 - 20
CP - 2nd Grade STEM: Beginning Robotics
Jan 5
SAC Meeting, 4:30 pm, CP conference room
Jan 5-23
CP - 5th Grade STEM: Magnetic Levitation (MAGLEV) Vehicles
Jan 5 - 23
CP - 3rd Grade STEM: Survival Engineering
Jan 6
PTO-CP Meeting, 7:00, Duke's Library
Jan 6
NO SCHOOL K-3 only for K-3 Testing /
Regular school day 4-8
Jan 9
AA Spirit Day!
Jan 9
PAB-CP After Carpool Coffee w/Jeff Renfrow, Dazbog, 8:00 am
Jan 13
BOD Meeting, CP Admin Conference Room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Jan 15
Regular school day for all students / Evening KindiePrep and K-5 conferences
Jan 16
NO SCHOOL / Morning KindiePrep and K-5 conferences
Jan 19
NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Jan 20
PTO-PKR Meeting, Vines in Parker, 7:00 pm
Jan 23
PTO-PKR Coffee Chat, PKR cafeteria, 8:15 am
Jan 23
CP&PKR - Middle School Dance, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm, CP gym, $5 admission
Jan 26 - Feb 13
PKR - 5th Grade STEM: Magnetic Levitation (MAGLEV) Vehicles
Jan 26 - Feb 13
PKR - 6th Grade STEM: Operation Montserrat
Jan 26 - Feb 13
CP - 6th Grade STEM: Operation Montserrat
Jan 30
Dress of Choice Day
Feb 2
SAC Meeting, 4:30 pm, PKR library conference room
Feb 3
PTO-CP Meeting, 7:00, Duke's Library
Feb 6
PAB-CP After Carpool Coffee w/Ron Smith & Tami Bostick, Dazbog, 8:00 am
Feb 9-23
CP - 1st Grade STEM: Chemical Engineering
Feb 10
BOD Meeting, PKR Library Conference Room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Feb 5
Regular school day for all students / Evening Middle School conferences
Feb 13
NO SCHOOL - Professional Development
Feb 16
NO SCHOOL - President's Day
Feb 16 - March 6
PKR - 7th Grade STEM: TBD
Feb 16 - March 6
CP - 7th Grade STEM: TBD
Feb 17
PTO-PKR Meeting, Vines in Parker, 7:00 pm
Feb 23
CP - K-5 Leadership Awards Assembly, CP gym, 2:45 pm
Feb 23
CP - 6-8 Leadership Awards Assembly, CP gym, 1:55 pm
Feb 25
PKR - K-5 Leadership Awards Assembly, PKR gym, 8:15 am
Feb 25
PKR - 6-8 Leadership Awards Assembly, PKR gym, 2:45 pm
Feb 27
End of Second Trimester Grading Period
Feb 27
Dress of Choice Day
March 2-20
PKR - 1st Grade STEM: Chemical Engineering
Mar 2
SAC Meeting, 4:30 pm, CP conference room
Mar 3
PTO-CP Meeting, 7:00, Duke's Library
Mar 6
PAB-CP After Carpool Coffee w/Erin Kane, Dazbog, 8:00 am
Mar 6
AA Spirit Day!
Mar 10
BOD Meeting, CP Admin Conference Room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
March 16 - April 10
CP - 4th Grade STEM: Volcano Alert
March 16 - April 10
PKR - 4th Grade STEM: Volcano Alert
Mar 17
PTO-PKR Meeting, Vines in Parker, 7:00 pm
Mar 20
Dress of Choice Day
Mar 23-27
NO SCHOOL - Spring Break
Apr 3
PTO-PKR Coffee Chat, PKR cafeteria, 8:15 am
Apr 3
PAB-CP After Carpool Coffee w/BOD, Dazbog, 8:00 am
April 4-10
STEM 8th Grade Trip: Santa Monica Mountains & Channel Islands
Apr 6
SAC Meeting, 4:30 pm, PKR library conference room
Apr 7
PTO-CP Meeting, 7:00, Duke's Library
Apr 9
Regular school day for all students / Evening KindiePrep and K-5 conferences
Apr 10
NO SCHOOL / Morning KindiePrep and K-5 conferences
April 20-24
PKR - 1st Grade STEM: Marine Biology
April 20-24
PKR - Kindergarten STEM: Animals
April 20-24
CP - Kindergarten STEM: Animals
April 20-24
CP - 1st Grade STEM: Marine Biology
April 21-21
PKR - Kindergarten STEM: Animals
Apr 21
PTO-PKR Meeting, Vines in Parker, 7:00 pm
Apr 21
NO SCHOOL K-3 only for K-3 Testing /
Regular school day 4-8
Apr 24
CP&PKR - Middle School Dance, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm, CP gym, $5 admission
Apr 24
Dress of Choice Day
Apr 29
PKR - 6-8 Leadership Awards Assembly, PKR gym, 2:45 pm
Apr 29
PKR - K-5 Leadership Awards Assembly, PKR gym, 1:00 pm
May 1
PAB-CP After Carpool Coffee w/Jeff Renfrow, Dazbog, 8:00 am
May 4
SAC Meeting, 4:30 pm, CP conference room
May 4
CP - K-5 Leadership Awards Assembly, CP gym, 8:15 am
May 4
CP - 6-8 Leadership Awards Assembly, CP gym, 1:55 pm
May 5
PTO-CP Meeting, 7:00, Duke's Library
May 9 - 16
8th Grade STEM Trip: Costa Rica
May 12
BOD Meeting, PKR Library Conference Room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
May 15
Dress of Choice Day
May 15
Last day of Homework Club/Crash Club
May 19
PTO-PKR Meeting, Vines in Parker, 7:00 pm
May 21
End of Third Trimester Grading Period
May 22
NO SCHOOL / First Day of Summer Break!
Jun 1 - Aug 1
Front offices CLOSED for Summer Break
Jun 9
BOD Meeting, CP Admin Conference Room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Nov 10
CP - K-5 Leadership Awards Assembly, CP gym, 2:45 pm
Nov 12
PKR - 6-8 Leadership Awards Assembly, PKR gym, 2:45 pm
Nov 12
PKR - K-5 Leadership Awards Assembly, PKR gym, 8:15 am