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American Academy News
(Weekly Newsletter Archive)
Apple Awards Nominees and School Representatives Announced
We are excited to announce the 2017 Apple Awards nominees and school representatives. Happily, we had lots of nominees this year -- thank you to the parents and students who took the time to write those nominations! Your kind words means so much and we are so proud of them all.

The administration chose four nominees to represent American Academy at the 2017 Apple Awards ceremony in May, and those school representatives are as follows:

Mark Leadbetter, CP
Angela Yu, CP
Kristin Foery, MB
Trish Cummings, CP & MB

Wanted: STEMapalooza Judges
Do you have an engineering, computer or robotics background, and do NOT currently have a student in 7th grade at the Castle Pines campus?

The STEM department is looking for 3-6 people from our parent community to help judge our American Academy - Castle Pines 7th grade STEMaplooza! This high-energy, cumulative student STEM event will be held from 7:45 am - 2:00 pm on Thursday, February 23 in the Castle Pines gym. Please call (720) 292-5611 or email Kristi Doke if you are interested!

Jump Rope for Heart
CP&MB - During the next 4 weeks, our K-5 students will be using educational materials from the American Heart Association to learn about HOW and WHY they need to take care of their hearts. They will also be raising funds to help others whose hearts aren’t as healthy! We also get to earn money to purchase new PE equipment. Watch this video to see how you can register online and raise funds when your student jumps for heart at school later this month!

CP: K-5 Jump Day is March 3 during the K-5 specials. Wanna help out? We would love to have you! Sign up here.

Prospective Employee Information Meeting
Prospective Employee Meetings - anyone is welcome to attend! Come check it out for yourself, or pass it along the meeting information to anyone you know who might be interested in working at American Academy.

February 22 - 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Motsenbocker campus

Sign Up for New and Session II Extracurriculars
CP&MB - Lots of new extracurriculars have started or will be starting up soon, and many of them need MORE STUDENTS TO RUN! American Academy activity offerings include boys volleyball, girls soccer, Battle Bots, art clubs for big and small students (CP), Yearbook Club (CP), Second Grade Science (MB), Book Busters (MB) and loads of Performing Arts clubs to join -- it's the second session for many of the performing arts clubs so be sure to take a look and register if you plan to continue your current performing arts club. And the next Parents Night Out is this coming Friday, February 10! Visit the School Store for more details and registrations.

And don’t forget to check your campus ECA page (CP or MB) for these other clubs starting soon:

Scholastic Fencing (CP&MB, K-5)
Tae Kwon Do (CP, K-8)
Karma Kids Yoga Club (MB, K-3)
Sticky Fingers (CP&MB, K-5)
TGA Tennis (K-8)

JDW Cotillion Classes Open
CP&MB - Interested in having your student learn social dancing and social skills? Consider enrolling them in JDW Cotillion classes this year. The dates, times and class descriptions are below and registration for all 2017 classes is now open!

Dates: April 2, 9, 23, 30, and May 7
Registration: http://www.cotillion.com
Contact: wildlife@cotillion.com
Download the flyer for details on dates and times

Get Notified for Dennis Uniforms Sales!
Wish you knew when those uniform sales were coming up? Just click here to get on the mail list and you'll get an email notification for each upcoming sale just before they happen!
Call for Uniform Resale Volunteers
CP&MB - The Uniform Resale Committee is looking for two eager and dedicated candidates from either campus to join the committee as Treasurer and Sorting Session Lead! You must be able to commit to a minimum of 30 hours and be able to attend the July 21, 2017, Uniform Resale training session from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm as well as commit to attending the sale day all day long on Saturday July, 22, 2017.

The available positions are Treasurer and Sale Day/ Sorting Session Lead. Please click here to read more about the responsibilities and apply for each position on the Uniform Resale web site!

Book Club for American Academy Parents
CP & MB - School Counselor, Jamie Shull, would like to invite all American Academy parents to join her for the second annual American Academy Parent Book Club!

This trimester, parents will be reading The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Families, by Stephen Covey. Ms. Shull and Ms. Guthrie will kick off the club on Wednesday, February 8, by discussing the first three habits. The next two meetings will be February 22, and March 8, at the same time and place. Parents from both campuses, K-8 and KindiePrep, are invited to join, but please note the club will take place in the Motsenbocker campus library conference room after carpool at 4:30 pm. Register here or contact Jamie Shull for more information.

Important Info re: Spring State Testing
CP&MB - Important Information from our Interim Executive Direct of Schools regarding state testing: EDS Letter

State-mandated testing will be administered, online, for PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) and CMAS (Colorado Measures of Academic Success) in April. Testing will take place over the entire school day, so we schedule several snack/movement breaks throughout the day, and students eat lunch during their regularly-scheduled lunch period.

Please save the dates below and don't schedule appointments or other planned absences during the following dates!

PARCC ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS (ELA) and MATH (GRADES 3-8)
April 3 - 4 (MB); April 5 - 6 (CP)

CMAS SCIENCE (GRADES 5 & 8)
April 24 (CP); April 25 (MB)

Order Your 2016-2017 Yearbook Now
CP&PKR - You can place your 2016-2017 Yearbook order ANYTIME with TreeRing, our yearbook vendor! Just got to www.treering.com and enter your campus passcode to choose your items and make your purchase. The deadline to place your yearbook order is April 7, 2017 -- you've got plenty of time! Contact Carrie Sale!

CASTLE PINE CODE:1014458991442831
PARKER CODE: 1014323184062819

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Event Calendar
Jan 30 - Feb 24
CP - STEM unit (Grd 3): WeDo Robotics
Feb 13 - March 17
MB - STEM unit (Grd 1): Chemical Engineering
Feb 20
NO SCHOOL - President's Day
Feb 21
AAPTO-MB Meeting, admin conference room, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Feb 21
CP&MB - Grd 7 (2017-18) STEM Trip - Catalina Island Information Meeting, 8:10-9:10 am, MB Cafeteria
Feb 21
CP&MB - Grd 7 (2017-18) STEM Trip - Catalina Island Information Meeting, 6:00-7:00 pm, MB Cafeteria
Feb 21
BOD Meeting, MB library conference room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Feb 23 - March 17
CP&MB - Grd 6 STEM Trip - Olympic National Park, Registration Open
Feb 23-24
MB - 8th Grade Retreat
Feb 23
CP - STEM-a-Palooza (Grd 7) Gym
Feb 24
MB - STEM-a-Palooza (Grd 7) Gym
Feb 24
AAPTO-CP Box Tops and Longmont Dairy Caps Collection
Feb 24
END OF SECOND TRIMESTER (T2)
Feb 24
Dress of Choice Day
Mar 3
American Academy Spirit Day
Mar 3
CP&MB - Performing Arts Solo Competition, United Methodist Church, 6:00 pm
Mar 6 - May 12
CP&MB - STEM unit (Grd 8): Engineering Academy
Mar 7
AAPTO-CP Meeting, CP library, 7:00 pm
Mar 7
AAPTO-CP Open Board Meeting, 7pm @ AA-CP Library
Mar 10
American Academy Spirit Day
Mar 13 - April 7
CP&MB - STEM unit (Grd 2): Claymation
Mar 14
AAPTO-MB Meeting, library conference room, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mar 14
BOD Meeting, CP admin conference room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Mar 15
AAPTO-MB Teacher Appreciation Lunch
March 17
CP&MB - Grd 6 STEM Trip - Olympic National Park, Registration Closes
Mar 17
American Academy Spirit Day
Mar 20-24
NO SCHOOL - Spring Break
March 27
CP&MB - Grd 6 STEM Trip - Olympic National Park Pre-Departure Meeting, 6:00-7:00 pm, MB Library
Mar 27 - April 7
CP - STEM unit (Kindergarten): Play STEM
Mar 30
Middle School conferences, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm, CP&MB cafeteria
Mar 31
AAPTO-CP Box Tops and Longmont Dairy Caps Collection
Mar 31
Dress of Choice Day
Apr 3-7
Student Council Spirit Week
Apr 4
AAPTO-CP Meeting, CP library, 7:00 pm
Apr 4
AAPTO-CP Open Board Meeting, 7pm @ AA-CP Library
Apr 5
BOD Retreat, TBD
Apr 7
Student Council Middle School Dance, 5:30 - 8:00 pm, separate campuses (visit middle school home page for more info)
Apr 9 - 15
CP&MB - STEM trip (Grd 6): Olympic National Park
Apr 14
American Academy Spirit Day
Apr 17 - 28
MB - STEM unit (Kindergarten): Play STEM
Apr 17 - May 5
MB - STEM unit (Grd 3): Sphero
Apr 18
AAPTO-MB Teacher Appreciation Lunch
Apr 18
AAPTO-MB Meeting, library conference room, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Apr 21
AAPTO-CP Box Tops and Longmont Dairy Caps Collection
Apr 21
Dress of Choice Day
Apr 22
AAPTO-MB Spring Soiree, Vehicle Vault in Motsenbocker Purchase tickets
Apr 24 28
AAPTO-MB Pinwheel Garden for Child Abuse Awareness
Apr 30
CP&MB - Spring Musical (The Little Mermaid), PACE Center, 4:00 pm
April 27-29
Jr. World Expo, Houston, Texas
Apr 27
Middle School conferences, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm, CP&MB cafeteria
Apr 28
NO SCHOOL / Teacher comp day
May 1-5
CP - STEM unit (Grd 1): Marine Biology
May 1-5
Teacher Appreciation Week
May 1 - 5
AAPTO-MB Teacher Appreciation WEEK!
May 2
AAPTO-CP Open Board Meeting, 7pm @ AA-CP Library
May 2
AAPTO-MB Teacher/Staff Appreciation Luncheon
May 2
AAPTO-CP Meeting, CP library, 7:00 pm
May 3
NO SCHOOL K-1 ONLY / Regular school day for KP & 2-8
May 5
AAPTO-MB Teacher Appreciation Ice Cream Bar
May 5
American Academy Spirit Day
May 7-14
CP&MB STEM Trip (Grd 8) Costa Rica
May 9
BOD Meeting, MB library conference room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
May 9
CP&MB - Spring Performing Arts Showcase, PACE Center, 6:30 pm
May 10
KP-5 conferences, 4:00 - 7:00 pm, various classrooms
May 11
KP-5 conferences, 4:00 - 7:00 pm, various classrooms
May 12
American Academy Spirit Day
May 16
AAPTO-MB Meeting, library conference room, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
May 18
CP - STEM-a-Palooza (Grd 8) Gym
May 17
MB - STEM-a-Palooza (Grd 8) Gym
May 19
AAPTO-CP Box Tops and Longmont Dairy Caps Collection
May 19
Dress of Choice Day
May 22
KindiePrep Field Day, 9:30am-11am
May 23
MB - Field Day (6-8), 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
May 24
MB - Field Day (K-5), 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
May 24
CP - 8th Grade Graduation, 5:00 pm, gym (reception to follow)
May 25
MB - 8th Grade Graduation, 5:00 pm, gym (reception to follow)
May 25
AAPTO-MB End-of-Year Celebration, Location: TBD, 2:00 pm
Jun 6
AAPTO-CP Open Board Meeting, 7pm @ AA-CP Library
Jun 6
AAPTO-CP Meeting, CP library, 7:00 pm
Jun 13
BOD Meeting, CP admin conference room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Jul 11
BOD Meeting, MB library conference room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Aug 27 - Sep 1
MB - STEM trip (Grd 7): Catalina Island Marine Institute
Sep 3 - Sep 8
CP - STEM trip (Grd 7): Catalina Island Marine Institute
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)