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American Academy News
(Weekly Newsletter Archive)
Valor High School Math Competition: NEW DATE!
DATE CHANGE! The Valor High School Math Competition is coming up on February 25 (please note the new date) and Ms. Gray invites parents of interested students to email her to sign up and compete! The competition is open to grades 6-8 students with a limit of 15 students per team, so room on the American Academy team is limited.

The event will take place at Valor Christian High School from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, and students will participate in both an individual competition and a school team competition before enjoying a pizza lunch and an awards ceremony. Email Ms. Gray to sign up now!

Dennis Uniform Sale - 15% OFF
CP&MB - Need a uniform refresh? Shop at Dennis Uniforms now -- January 19-26 -- and get 15% off all full-price purchases plus FREE SHIPPING on orders over $75.00! Offer is good in stores and online.
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!

Tickets Now Available for Alice in Wonderland Performances
CP & MB - Travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature’s most beloved heroines, in her madcap adventures, brought to life on stage by your own American Academy Performing Arts students! Featuring updated songs from Disney’s thrilling animated motion picture, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr. is a fast-paced take on the classic tale.

Performances will take place at Ponderosa High School in Parker on January 26-29. Tickets are available for purchase NOW and they'll go fast, so reserve yours soon!

2017-2018 Calendar Change
CP & MB - To more closely align with DCSD's conventional calendar, our Board of Directors approved a change to the 2017-2018 calendar. Specifically, we moved Winter Break forward one week to match the district's calendar (and make it easier for families with older students to do things together over break). This move also meant that we needed to bump the January K-5 conferences forward as well. Please download the new calendar here!
Class Pictures Coming Up
With individual pictures behind us, it's time to take classroom pictures!

CP - January 31st
MB K-8 & MWF KP - February 1st
MB T/TH KP - February 2nd

Click here to order a copy of your student's classroom picture SCHOOL CODES
CP K-8: 30038214
MB K-8: 30038314
MB KindiePrep: 30040014

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.

Small Group Student Counseling
CP & MB - As an essential service of a comprehensive school counseling program, Audrey Miller, our CP School Counselor, will be offering small group counseling sessions for K-8 students beginning the first week in February. Small groups are a fun way for students to learn new skills, further develop self-awareness and confidence, better understand how to effectively handle concerns, and hear from peers that they are not alone.

CP Description and Sign Up
MB Description and Sign Up

Upcoming Lagae Road Detour
CP - The new roundabout at Lagae Road is almost ready to OPEN! But as part of a larger development and road improvement plan, the completion of this phase of improvement also means that a new Lagae Road detour and traffic pattern will be coming the week of January 23. To accommodate for the Lagae Road realignment construction, traffic on the road will be re-routed until October 2017. Click here for more details from City of Castle Pines.
Vision and Hearing Screenings
MB - Vision and Hearing Screening at the Motsenbocker campus January 30 - February 3rd for Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 5 & 7. There is nothing you need to do for these screenings, except make sure your child has all items necessary to perform the screening (glasses, hearing aids, etc) or unless you would like to opt your child out. If that is the case please email Ms. Hinz with a short opt out note. Need volunteer hours? We'd love your help on screening day: click here to volunteer.

Castle Pines Screening coming up on Feb 13th. Watch for more details.

Sweetheart Dance - SAVE THE DATE!
CP&MB - Save the date for the upcoming Sweetheart Dance being held at each individual campus. Our sweetheart girls, grades KP-8, are invited to ask a special person in their lives to the dance - Father, Grandpa, Uncle, Brother, etc. Please see the invidual PTO pages for more info.

MB Dance Date: Feb. 4th
CP Dance Date: Feb.11th

Student Uniform Policy Compliance Deadline - January 16
Things have been getting a little loosey-goosey on uniform compliance lately, but it's a shiny new year and it's time for a little clean-up. Please take the next week to review the Student Uniform Policy and be sure your students have what they need to be in compliance with this important, mission-related policy (sorry, no black leggings allowed).

Starting on Monday, January 16, there will be no more warnings. Students in violation of the uniform policy will simply be sent to the front office to borrow a compliant uniform item (if available) or wait for a parent to deliver that item to the school. Thank you for your attention to this important policy matter!

Blood Drive - January 28
CP&MB - Families at both campuses are encouraged to attend the Bonfils blood drive at the Parker campus on Saturday, January 28 from 10:00am - 2:00pm. Sign up TODAY for a time slot so we don't have to cancel the drive!

Use site code site code B122 for the MB drive location, or call 303-363-2300 for an appointment.

New and Session II Extracurriculars
CP&MB - The new year (2017) means new extracurriculars starting up soon! We will have art, coding, and LOADS of Performing Arts clubs to join -- it's the second session for many of the performing arts clubs to be sure to take a look and register if you are continuing. Visit the School Store for more details and registrations!
Middle School Dance Change
CP&MB - The student councils at both campuses have chosen to do their next dances separately at their respective campuses -- it's getting crowded! :)

The next dance for both campuses will be on January 20, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm.
Castle Pines campus with CP campus students only
CP Middle School Info
Motsenbocker campus with MB students only
MB Middle School Info
The usual information still applies -- if you'd like to know more about the dances, click the links above!

Save the Dates for Spring State Testing
CP&MB - 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
Dec 5 - Feb 17
CP&MB - STEM unit (Grd 7): Engineering Academy
Dec 12 - Jan 24
CP&MB - STEM unit (Grd 4): EV3 Robotics
Jan 2 - Feb 3
CP - STEM unit (Grd 1): Chemical Engineering
Jan 17-27
AAPTO-CP Sock Drive
Jan 20
American Academy Spirit Day
Jan 20
Student Council Middle School Dance, 5:30 - 8:00 pm, separate campuses (visit middle school home page for more info)
Jan 25
AAPTO-MB Teacher Appreciation Lunch
Jan 26-29
CP&MB - Alice in Wonderland, Ponderosa High School auditorium
Jan 27
Dress of Choice Day
Jan 27
AAPTO-CP Box Tops and Longmont Dairy Caps Collection
Jan 30 - Feb 24
CP - STEM unit (Grd 3): WeDo Robotics
Jan 30 - Feb 3
MB Hearing and Vision Screening
Jan 31
CP - Class Pictures
Feb 1
MB - Class Pictures K-8 & MWF KP
Feb 2
MB - Class Pictures T/TH KP Only
Feb 3
American Academy Spirit Day
Feb 4
AAPTO-MB Father/Daughter Dance, gym, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Feb 6 - 17
AAPTO-MB Sock Drive
Feb 7
AAPTO-CP Open Board Meeting, 7pm @ AA-CP Library
Feb 7
AAPTO-CP Meeting, CP library, 7:00 pm
Feb 9
Middle School conferences, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm, CP&MB cafeteria
Feb 10
American Academy Spirit Day
Feb 10
Valentines Day parties
Feb 11
AAPTO-CP Sweetheart Dance
Feb 13 - March 17
MB - STEM unit (Grd 1): Chemical Engineering
Feb 13
CP Hearing and Vision Screening
Feb 14
BOD Meeting, MB library conference room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Feb 14
AAPTO-MB Teacher Appreciation Lunch
Feb 17
American Academy Spirit Day
Feb 20
NO SCHOOL - President's Day
Feb 21
AAPTO-MB Meeting, library conference room, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Feb 16
CP - STEM-a-Palooza (Grd 7) Gym
Feb 17
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
CP&MB - Performing Arts Solo Competition, United Methodist Church, 6:00 pm
Mar 3
American Academy Spirit Day
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
Mar 17
American Academy Spirit Day
Mar 20-24
NO SCHOOL - Spring Break
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, PACE Center, 4:00 pm
Apr 27
Middle School conferences, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm, CP&MB cafeteria
Apr 27 - 29
Jr. FLL World Expo; St. Louis, MO
Apr 28
NO SCHOOL / Teacher comp day
May 1 - 5
AAPTO-MB Teacher Appreciation WEEK!
May 1-5
Teacher Appreciation Week
May 1-5
CP - STEM unit (Grd 1): Marine Biology
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
CP&MB - Spring Performing Arts Showcase, PACE Center, 6:30 pm
May 9
BOD Meeting, MB library conference room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
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 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)
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)