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American Academy News
(Weekly Newsletter Archive)
We are HIRING
ALL - Would you like to work with amazing co-workers and amazing kids (well, we think they are all great!)? We would love to chat with you about working with us at American Academy!

American Academy has openings, including part-time Instructional Assistants (IA) at LM for the 2017-2018 academic year. The Instructional Assistant reports to the Office Manager and is responsible for assisting teachers with administrative tasks as well as assisting with carpool and/or lunch and recess.

For more information on this position or all positions available, please go to our employment page. Current openings are listed on the left side tool bar.

DCSD Registration Open NOW
All American Academy families (EXCEPT KINDIEPREP) MUST complete the DCSD Express Check In registration by August 5.

**Please note: KindiePrep families DO NOT need to register.

This registration is in addition to the American Academy All School Registration on August 9-11. Please use your Infinite Campus username and password to log in to the system.

For assistance with DCSD Express Check In registration:

• Student and household related questions/issues - Student Data and Information Services summer hotline: 303-387-0016.
• Technical issues with Express Check-In parent application or manger application - IT Support Center

DCSD Express Check In
Plan for Registration
CP,MB,LM - For American Academy parents, there are TWO school registrations to complete each fall: the Douglas County School District Express Check-In (opens July 23 – you’ll get an email from us with a link when it does), and the American Academy Registration (August 9-11). Both registration processes are REQUIRED for all new AND returning American Academy families (including KindiePrep), even if you’ve already turned in your paperwork to enroll. We promise they both important for different reasons! IMPORTANT: Registration for all Lincoln Meadows families will take place at the Motsenbocker campus.

PLEASE NOTE: Student fees will be due at All School Registration – you can view 2017-2018 student fee amounts due in the K-8 Parent Handbook (they are the same as last year).

DOUGLAS COUNTY EXPRESS CHECK-IN (July 23 - August 5, all online)
AMERICAN ACADEMY ALL SCHOOL REGISTRATION (August 9-11, at the school)


Registration times for each campus:

CASTLE PINES
Located at CP campus
Aug 9: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, CP cafeteria
Aug 10: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm, CP cafeteria
Aug 11: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, CP cafeteria

LINCOLN MEADOWS & MOTSENBOCKER
Both located at MB campus
Aug 9: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm, MB gym
Aug 10: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, MB gym
Aug 11: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, MB gym

Summer Assignments
CP,LM,MB - Review the list of assignments for your student's campus and grade level, and get ‘em reading now before the end of the summer break sneaks up! Some grades offer book options and some have more specific summer reading requirements and instructions for fall projects, so be sure to look closely at the required assignments for each grade. Happy summer reading!

View all Summer Reading and History assignments

New Parent Welcome Events
CP,LM,MB - These new-to-American Academy parent meetings (parents only, please -- we love those little guys, but we ask that you keep them home for this meeting) are informational and optional, but we want our newest parents to have one more opportunity to ask those last-minute, getting-ready-for-school questions!

The parent reception is optional, too, but please come! We'd really love to meet you. The principals for your campus will attend and we will also have some board of directors members, PTO members as well as the PAB there to mingle and introduce themselves informally or answer questions. KindiePrep parents, we know you’ve already had a new parent information meeting in May, so please just plan to attend the new parent reception for your campus. See you there!

CASTLE PINES & MOTSENBOCKER
August 8

New Parent Info Meeting (optional) - 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm, CP cafeteria
New Parent Reception - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm, Hacienda Lone Tree Location

LINCOLN MEADOWS
August 10

New Parent Info Meeting (optional) - 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm, MB cafeteria
New Parent Reception - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm, location Brickhouse, 19320 Cottonwood Drive Parker, CO 80138

Castle Pines Road Construction
The roundabout is gone on Lagae Rd, but it's just a temporary and necessary part of the bigger road project. We contacted the City of Castle Pines and have been reassured that the roundabout will be back in place by August 15. We'll let you know if this changes, but those crews are out there working hard in the sun (and they VERY aware of when school starts at the Castle Pines campus).
Open House: Save the Date
ALL - On this fun and busy evening, KP-5 (& LM grade 6) students and parents are invited to come visit the school, go into classrooms, meet teachers and bring in school supplies. Our PTOs also have ice cream that night outside the cafeteria for all to enjoy! Please note that we have different dates this year for our different campuses:

Castle Pines: August 18, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Motsenbocker: August 18, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Lincoln Meadows: August 31, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Infinite Campus on Your Mobile Device
This is a great time of year set up Infinite Campus on your phone! Our teachers post grades and homework daily to Infinite Campus and the app is MUCH easier to use on your mobile device (Apple and Android). And you and your student can easily reference grades and homework assignments on the go! Check out the step-by-step directions below to get set up on your device.

Download the app
iOS
Android

Launch the IC app on your mobile device and enter the district ID: QKKYJL.

Enter your IC Parent Portal to sign in, just as you would on your computer.

If you need more help, please review your mobile device requirements, or submit a request for support on the Infinite Campus Mobile Home and Infinite Campus More Info pages.

Uniform Help
Do you feel like you might need a little help purchasing uniforms this year? Any American Academy parent may apply for assistance through DCSD Nutrition Services and then contact the business services assistant at your American Academy campus (or just contact them with questions -- your information will be completely confidential). Once you receive your DCSD Nutrition Services approval letter, you may receive additional help from American Academy for uniforms and students fees at American Academy.

BUSINESS SERVICES ASSISTANTS
CP - Tonia Smallwood
MB - Catrina Phillips
LM - Helen Sneed

Missing Summer Newsletters?
LM - No worries! They're still out there for viewing! Just visit the Lincoln Meadows updates page and view the Links on the nav for all the newsletter links from this summer. Some of the links are relevant for new families or Lincoln Meadows families only, but the more recent newsletters are for all American Academy families.
Lincoln Meadows Updates
If you are not yet receiving the school newsletters, just sign up to opt in!
Sign up to receive American Academy newsletters!
Calendar Adjustment for Lincoln Meadows
LM - We have one more change to our 2017-2018 Lincoln Meadows school year calendar to announce. The school year will still start on September 5 as previously planned. However, we had to add six days to the end of the school year. So our board of directors has approved a revised school year calendar for Lincoln Meadows to reflect this change.

KINDIEPREP: For our Lincoln Meadows KindiePrep families, the school year will now start on September 5 with the rest of the LM campus, and the last day will be May 25.

For the details about this change, please read the email sent to our Lincoln Meadows families.

Spirit Gear Store Open Days
CP, MB, LM - The next Spirit Gear Store open window will be August 9-27. Buy a Lincoln Meadows new campus t-shirt, or purchase items to show off your Rebel Pride when school spirit days start up again! REMINDER: On spirit days, students have the option to wear any spirit gear top in place of their uniform top.

Questions about spirit items? Contact Johanna Campbell

Summer Yearbook Ordering
CP&MB - Missed the yearbook deadline? No Problem! Just order your yearbook from TreeRing online and have it shipped to your home!

Castle Pines passcode: 1014458991442831
Motsenbocker passcode: 1014323184062819

Summer Tutors
CP, MB, LM - Do you want your kids to stay sharp, catch up, or get a little ahead over the summer? Well, we have help for you! Check out our extensive list of summer teacher tutors and reserve your childs spot today!

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Event Calendar
Jul 23 - Aug 5
ALL - DCSD Express Check-In online registration window (DCSD Express Check-in)
July 27-30
ALL - "Into the Woods, Jr" performed by American Academy Performing Arts (schedule and details)
Aug 1
CP - PTO Board Meeting, 7pm, Library
Aug 7
CP&MB - Front offices OPEN (limited hours)
Aug 8
CP&MB - New CP & MB Parent Information Meeting (optional), 6:00 pm
Aug 8
CP&MB - New CP & MB Parent Reception, 7:30 pm, Hacienda Lone Tree (directions)
Aug 9-11
ALL - American Academy All School Registration, watch newsletters for exact dates and times
Aug 9
ALL - One2One Parent Info Meeting, 10:00 am OR 1:00 pm, CP 1st floor tech lab (all campuses welcome)
Aug 9-27
ALL - Spirit Gear Store OPEN! (buy)
Aug 10
ALL - One2One Parent Info Meeting, 4:30 pm, CP 1st floor tech lab (all campuses welcome)
Aug 10
ALL - One2One Parent Info Meeting, 11:30 am OR 2:30 pm, MB 1st floor tech lab (all campuses welcome)
Aug 10
LM - New LM Parent Information Meeting (optional), Motsenbocker cafeteria, 6:00 pm
Aug 10
LM - New LM Meadows Parent Reception, Brickhouse Parker, 7:30 pm
Aug 11
ALL - One2One Parent Info Meeting, 11:00 am, MB 1st floor tech lab (all campuses welcome)
Aug 14
LM&MB - All Lincoln Meadows and Motsenbocker staff training - MB front office CLOSED
Aug 15
CP - All Castle Pines staff training - CP front office CLOSED
Aug 15
BOD Meeting, CP Conference Room, 7:30pm (agenda)
Aug 15
MB - PTO Board Meeting, Library Conf Room, 7:30pm
Aug 17
CP&MB - First day of Middle School (6-8)
Aug 18
CP&MB - KindiePrep - Grade 5 Open Houses and PTO Ice Cream Socials, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Aug 21
CP&MB - First day of school for KindiePrep and Elementary School (K-5)
Aug 22-25
CP&MB - Middle School MAPS Testing
Aug 27 - Sep 1
MB - STEM trip (Grd 7): Catalina Island Marine Institute
Aug 28
ALL - One2One Parent Info Meeting, 8:05 am, CP cafeteria (all campuses welcome)
Aug 28 - Sept 1
CP&MB - K-5 MAPS Testing
Aug 29
LM - Ribbon Cutting - Details TBA - 12:00pm, LM campus
Aug 29
CP&MB - Middle School - Back to School Night, 5:00-7:00pm, Respective campus
Aug 29
ALL - One2One Parent Info Meeting, 8:05 am, MB cafeteria (all campuses welcome)
Aug 30
CP&MB - Back to School Night (KP, K-2), exact times and locations TBA
Aug 30
CP&MB - NO SCHOOL for K-1 ONLY/Regular school day for KP and Grades 2-8
Aug 31
LM - KindiePrep - Grade 6 Open House and PTO Ice Cream Social, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Aug 31
CP&MB - Back to School Night (Grades 3-5), exact times and locations TBA
Sept 1
CP&MB - PTO Room Parent Kick-off, 8:15am, Respective cafeteria
Sep 3 - Sep 8
CP - STEM trip (Grd 7): Catalina Island Marine Institute
Sept 4
NO SCHOOL
Sept 5
CP - PTO Board Meeting, 7pm, Library
Sept 5
LM - First day of school for all K-6 students
Sept 12
LM - NO SCHOOL for K-1 ONLY/Regular school day for KP and Grades 2-8
Sept 12
ALL - One2One Parent Info Meeting, 8:05 am, LM cafeteria
Sept 13
LM - Back to School Night (KP, K-2), exact times and locations TBA
Sept 13-14
CP&MB - Middle School Conferences, 4:30-6:00pm, Respective cafeteria
Sept 14
LM - Back to School Night (Grades 3-6), exact times and locations TBA
Sept 15
ALL - NO SCHOOL - Professional Development
Sept 17-22
CP&MB - STEM trip (Grade 6) - Olympic National Park
Sep 17 - 22
CP - STEM Trip (Grd 6): Olympic National Park
Sept 19
BOD Meeting, 7:30pm, LM Library Conf Room (agenda)
Sept 22
CP - PTO Fun Run, Info TBA
Sept 22
CP&MB - Parents Night Out, 4:00-10:00pm, Respective campus
Sept 23
MB - PTO Family Night, 4:30-8:30pm, MB campus
Sept 25-27
MB - 5th Grade Outdoor Ed, Stone Canyon
Sept 25
LM - PTO Board Meeting, Library Conf Room, 7:00pm
Sept 28
MB - PTO Fun Run
Sept 29
CP - PTO Middle School Move-A-Thon, 4:00-9:00pm, Gymnasium
Oct 2-6
ALL - Kindness Week, Info TBA
Oct 23
LM - PTO Board Meeting, Library Conf Room, 7:00pm
Nov 9
Prospective Parent Information Meeting, 9:00 am - 10:30 am, Castle Pines cafeteria (RSVP)
Nov 10
Prospective Parent Information Meeting, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, Motsenbocker cafeteria (RSVP)
Nov 15
Prospective Parent Information Meeting, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, Castle Pines cafeteria (RSVP)
Nov 18
Prospective Parent Information Meeting, 9:00 - 10:30 am, Motsenbocker cafeteria (RSVP)
Apr 22 - 27
MB & LM - STEM trip (Grd 6): Olympic National Park
Apr 29 - May 6
CP & MB STEM Trip (Grd 8) Costa Rica