The Eagle Newsletter

September 13, 2021

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Cherry Creek Academy

Vision: Building Our Future of Academic Excellence in a Value Rich Community


Cherry Creek Academy is a Core Knowledge charter school with motivated students and responsible parents working together with exemplary teachers to provide excellent education in an environment that upholds the high expectations and values of leadership, responsibility, respect, loyalty, integrity, humility, diligence and compassion.

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Weekly Newsletters

You will find your grade level newsletters linked below. Specials are now part of each grade level newsletter so you don't miss a thing!


1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5/6 Grade

7/8 Grade


Empower a Teacher Contest

The Butterfly Foundation is accepting nominations for three (3) outstanding teachers to receive $1000 to help empower their 2021 fall semester.
Teachers may apply or be nominated, entrant must be a Colorado resident and be able to provide proof of employment in a Denver Metropolitan
Area school.


  • Active K-12 Denver Metropolitan Area teacher.
  • Provide proof of current registration with the Colorado Department of Education on or before the start of the Empower a Teacher Contest.

Contest Rules:

Questions: Please email Savanah Tanner at

The Contest Submission Period begins on 08/26/2021, at 12:01 AM Mountain Standard Time (MST), and ends on 09/25/2021 at 11:59 MST

Meet Our New Therapy Dog Fitz!

Please click on the attached presentation to meet our new therapy dog Fitz!

The Mounted Patrol Unit of Arapahoe County is Coming to CCA!

We are excited to share that the Mounted Patrol Unit of Arapahoe County will be coming to Cherry Creek Academy on Thursday, September 16, 2021. The Mounted Patrol Unit will be helping us at our crosswalks in the morning from 7:20 am to 8:00 am. If you would like to plan on parking in the neighborhood and walking your child up to school on that day it would be a great opportunity for them to see the Mounted Patrol Unit horses as they help students cross safely at the bottom of the hill or the top of the hill.

The Mounted Patrol Unit started a "Reading to a Horse" program where the horses go to schools and students are able to increase their reading skills by reading out loud to the horses. As part of the program, that Mounted Unit created a book called, "The Happy Police Horse," that the children read. The book emphasizes the importance of reading and education in children's lives.

All of our second grade students have been invited to read to the Mounted Patrol Unit horses and will be going outside from 8:30 am - 9:30 am to read The Happy Police Horse to the horses. Thanks to the Mounted Unit’s generous sponsors, each of our second graders will also get The Happy Police Horse book to keep! This professionally developed book is also available for purchase. All proceeds from sales of the book go to support Back The Blue K9 Force, a 501c3 that supports Law Enforcement service animals. To purchase a book go to click on this link The Happy Police Horse.

Volunteers Needed for the Book Fair!

The CCA Book Fair is coming the week of September 20th - 24th and we are looking for some volunteers.

Please sign up for a slot to volunteer here: Book Fair Volunteer Sign Up Once you have signed up for a slot we also need you to please fill out our CCA Parent Vaccination Form here: CCA Parent Volunteer Vaccination Form. We need you to complete both the sign-up and form before you are able to volunteer for the book fair.

Thank you so much for your help and support. If you have any questions please contact Sarah Lanyi at

Check out our CCA Book Fair Homepage Here!

Fall Parent Teacher Conferences

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Conferences will be held in the evening.

K-4 will be held in-person, 5-8 will be held virtually.

Friday, September 24, 2021

All conferences will be held virtually in the morning.

To sign up for Parent-Teacher Conferences please click here

Save the Date!

Another restaurant night fundraiser is happening for CCA!

Where: Red Robin, 6795 S Cornerstar Way, Aurora 80016

When: Wednesday, September 15, 2021, from 4 pm - 8 pm

How: Show this flyer below or mention the fundraiser to your server.

Thanks for supporting the Cherry Creek Academy PTO!

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Covid-19 Safety Protocols on CCA Website

If you click here you will be taken to a section of our website dedicated to COVID-19 Protocols and resources at CCA and in the district. You can also find this section by going to our website at, going to the 'Students and Parents' tab, and clicking on COVID-19 Safety Protocols at CCA.

COVID-19 vaccinations

CCSD and our community health partners continue to offer COVID-19 vaccination clinics to adults and students 12 and older who would like to be vaccinated.

Get more information and clinic dates here.

Volunteers Needed for the CCA Carnival!

Calling all CCA parents: We are looking for parents who can be artists for our amazing CCA students. We will provide stencils and face paint. No experience needed.

We just need a few more volunteers for our carnival! Please see attached link below!

CCA Carnival

Volunteers Needed

The PTO needs awesome parent volunteers! If you're interested in volunteering please sign up:

If you have questions, please contact the PTO Vice President at

No need to RSVP

Please join us on September 17, 2021 from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. for the CCA PTO's Annual Carnival! Each child in your immediate family will receive a wristband and 10 tickets each, courtesy of your PTO Giving Circle. Tentative ticket values are 1-4 for food and candy, 2-3 for beverages. Adults will not be receiving any tickets.


  • Each Carnival participant MUST have a wristband*. Adults DO NOT need a wristband.
  • Wristbands grant access to carnival games, cotton candy, popcorn, & inflatables (tentative).
  • CCA students, family members and friends are invited to attend. (Additional kids outside immediate CCA families can purchase wristband for $8.50 each)
  • Students must be accompanied by an adult the night of the carnival.
  • Additional tickets and wristbands will be available for purchase the night of the carnival. Purchases are NON-REFUNDABLE. CASH ONLY please.

*Wristbands will be distributed the night of the carnival

A Message from our PTO

Please join us Friday, September 17, 2021, at 8:15 am. Details to log in can be found on the CCA Master Calendar. We look forward to ideas and input from many members of our community!

Here are some quick links:

Click here to access the PTO Agendas/Minutes

Click here to visit the PTO webpage

Click here to access the Master Calendar

The PTO Needs You!

Volunteer opportunities with the PTO:

We are looking for a PIN Representative and PTO Assistant Treasurer if you are interested please email for details.

Order Your Cherry Creek Academy Yearbook Today!

To customize and purchase your yearbook, go to! Enter CCA’s passcode: 1013808470921971. All yearbooks will be sent directly to your home in May 2022. Please make sure to enter your correct address.

Box Tops for Education

Parents: Become a Substitute at CCA!

Are you interested in being a Substitute Teacher at Cherry Creek Academy? We are in need of substitutes and can help you become one at our school!

Substitute Teachers:

  • Do you hold a Bachelor’s degree or higher? If you do you are eligible to apply for a Three Year Substitute Authorization through the Colorado Department of Education. Click here to access the application link.

  • If you do not hold a Bachelor’s degree, but you are a High School graduate, you are eligible to apply for a One Year Substitute Authorization through the Colorado Department of Education. Click here to access the application link. to access the application link. Daily Rate: $110/day.

Upon receipt of your initial licensure, and 5 days of working as a substitute at CCA, CCA will reimburse you for the cost of your licensure.

*See our posting for Substitute Teacher below under Now Hiring.

Now Hiring

We are hiring for the following positions - if you are interested in applying please apply through Frontline Education on our website.

Substitute Teacher

Photography Club at CCA

CCA is offering Photography Club this year. Photography Club is open to all 5th - 8th grade students. CCA Photography Club gives the students an opportunity to be creative, improve their photography skills in a positive environment, and have fun.

Photography Club will meet every Tuesday, from 3:30 - 4:45 pm starting September 7, 2021. To register or to learn more, please click here. Please contact Ms. Moon ( for more information as well.

Kent Denver Experience Day

It's almost time for Kent Denver Experience Day, our open house and biggest Admission event.

We're excited for prospective families from CCA to see our inspirational educators "in action." All academic departments from Athletics, to College Counseling, to Financial Aid, and more, will be in attendance to greet and inform interested families. We'll also have live music provided by our very own Quincy Avenue Rhythm Band. This year, we're gearing the event primarily to prospective 6th and 9th graders to ensure comfortable spacing while also showcasing our incredible campus and facilities.

What: Experience Kent Denver

When: Saturday, September 25

Time: 9:45am

Where: The event begins in our central plaza

** All guests will be asked to wear masks inside and outside buildings while on campus.

We welcome interested families to RSVP online or to contact Holly Crittenden, Admission Office Manager, at 303-770-7660 x433.

Champions at CCA

This year Champions at Cherry Creek Academy is offering after school care for all CCA children. Champions is not offering before school care. Above you can see the hours and pricing for this service. Enroll today at or contact your site director Amanda Bashford at 719-216-6014 or

Attention 8th Graders - Colorado Early College

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Hello 8th grade Families!

My name is Mary Bain, I am the marketing coordinator for Colorado Early Colleges in Castle Rock, Inverness, and Parker! We have several students from Cherry Creek Academy that are thriving at Colorado Early Colleges (CEC). CEC is a network of public, charter schools where students earn a 2-year college degree or industry certificate for free in high school. At CEC, we offer accessible, flexible, and individualized education. Students are placed into classes based on their Accuplacer assessment scores, academic abilities, and career interests, not based on their grade-level.

I would love to be a resource for you all as you start to think about the right high school fit. I encourage you all to attend one of the information opportunities linked below. These opportunities are a great chance to get to meet with our leadership team, learn about our award-winning school model, and understand our school culture.

I hope to meet you all soon. I am happy to answer any questions you have about Colorado Early Colleges or high school fit, so please don’t hesitate to send me an email. Thanks!

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Upcoming Events

For the latest schedule of events, please click here. More information on events is offered in the description section of each event on CCA's Master Google Calendar.

JV Soccer Game

Monday, Sep. 13th, 4pm

16995 Carlson Drive

Parker, CO

Volleyball Game at Littleton Academy

Tuesday, Sep. 14th, 4pm

1200 West Mineral Avenue

Littleton, CO

Soccer Game at Littleton Academy

Tuesday, Sep. 14th, 4pm

1200 West Mineral Avenue

Littleton, CO

CCA Board Meeting

Tuesday, Sep. 14th, 6pm

This is an online event.

Schoolhouse Talks

Wednesday, Sep. 15th, 8am

This is an online event.

Communication Committee Meeting

Wednesday, Sep. 15th, 9am

This is an online event.

PTO Meeting

Friday, Sep. 17th, 8:15am

This is an online event.

Equity Committee Meeting

Friday, Sep. 17th, 9am

This is an online event.

PTO School Carnival

Friday, Sep. 17th, 5pm

6260 South Dayton Street

Englewood, CO

To Join a Meeting

  1. Please visit CCA's Master Calendar.
  2. Click on the event that you would like to attend.
  3. Click "click here to join the meeting" underneath the description section.
  4. Alternatively, you can join by phone by dialing the meeting number and entering the meeting pin.
  5. Please remember to use mute when you are not speaking. This is important and will reduce background noise and other complications.
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Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Advancing Colorado’s health and protecting the places we live, learn, work and play

Dear parents/guardians of students in Colorado kindergarten – 12th grade schools for the 2021-22 school year:

We know you’re thinking of all the things you need to do to make sure your student is ready for school. Getting vaccinated is an important part of their school readiness and keeps children from catching and spreading diseases that can make them sick. We wish you and your student a healthy school year!

Required and recommended vaccines

  • Colorado law requires students who attend a public, private, or parochial kindergarten - 12th grade school to be vaccinated against many of the diseases vaccines can prevent, unless a certificate of exemption is filed. For more information, visit Your student must be vaccinated against:

o Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTaP, DTP, Tdap)

o Hepatitis B (HepB)

o Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)

o Polio (IPV)

o Varicella (chickenpox)

  • Colorado follows recommendations set by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Students entering kindergarten must receive their final doses of DTaP, IPV, MMR and varicella. Students entering 6th grade must receive one dose of Tdap vaccine, even if they are under 11 years of age. You can view recommended vaccine schedules at

  • Vaccines are recommended for hepatitis A, influenza, meningococcal disease and human papillomavirus, but are not required.

Exclusion from school

  • Your student may be excluded from school if your school does not have an up-to-date vaccine record, certificate of exemption, or in-process plan for your student on file.
  • If someone gets sick with a vaccine-preventable disease or there is an outbreak at your student’s school and your student has not received the vaccine for that disease, they may be excluded from school activities. That could mean lost learning time for them and lost work and wages for you. For example, if your student has not received a MMR vaccine, they may be excluded from school for 21 days after someone gets sick with measles.

Have questions?

  • You may want to talk to a healthcare provider licensed to give vaccines or your local public health agency about which vaccines your student needs or if you have questions. You can read about the safety and importance of vaccines at,, and

Paying for vaccinations

  • If you need help finding free or low-cost vaccines and providers who give them, go to, contact your local public health agency, or call the state health department’s Family Health Line at 1-303-692-2229 or 1-800-688-7777. You can find your local public health agency at

Vaccination records

  • Please take your student’s updated vaccine record to school every time they receive a vaccine.
  • Need to find your student’s vaccine record? It may be available from the Colorado Immunization Information System. Visit for more information.


  • If your student cannot get vaccines because of medical reasons, you must submit a Certificate of Medical Exemption to your school, signed by a health care provider licensed to give vaccines. You only need to submit this certificate once, unless your student’s information or school changes. You can get the form at
  • If you choose not to have your student vaccinated according to the current recommended schedule because of personal belief or religious reasons, you must submit a Certificate of Nonmedical Exemption to your school.

Nonmedical exemptions must be submitted annually at every new school year (July 1 through June 30th of the following year). There are two ways to file a nonmedical exemption.

○ File the Certificate of Nonmedical Exemption WITH a signature from an immunizing provider, OR

○ File the Certificate of Nonmedical Exemption received upon the completion of our online education module.

Downloadable certificates and our online education module are available at

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Community Events and News

Tuesday, October 5, 2021


Fremont Center | 14603 E Fremont Ave, Centennial, CO 80112

9:15 am

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Cherry Creek Academy

6260 South Dayton Street,

Englewood, CO 80111