CPA Tiger Talk

March 13-17, 2023

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There is no school on Thursday March 16 for Elementary students (PreK-4th Grade) due to elementary conferences. Grades 5-12 will have classes as normal on Thursday March 16.

There is no school for all students and staff on Friday March 17.

CPA is Now Enrolling!

Do you have family members or friends looking for a new school community to join? Great news: CPA is now enrolling for the 2023-2024 school year!

One of the best ways people find our school is by word of mouth--and this contributes to the feeling of community that we value so highly. So please send this link to your friends, family members, and neighbors who would like to be part of a community like CPA!

Words of Wisdom

"There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the light that reflects it."

-Edith Wharton

Ethical Principle of March: Hope

March's Ethical Principle is Hope.

Dates to Remember

Monday March 13: First day of Badminton practice (see below)

Monday March 13: Board of Directors Meeting, 6pm

Monday March 13-Monday March 20: Scholastic Book Fair at CPA! (see below)

Wednesday March 15: Elementary Conferences, 4-8pm (in-person)

Thursday March 16: No School for PreK-4th Grade Due to Conferences

Thursday March 16: Elementary Conferences, Day (virtual)

Friday March 17: No School for Staff or Students

Tuesday March 21: Middle School Conferences, 4-7pm (in person)

Thursday March 23: Middle School Conferences, 4-7pm (virtual)

Tuesday March 28: ACT Exam for CPA Juniors (see below)

Tuesday March 28: ELearning Day for Grades 9, 10, and 12 ONLY due to the 11th grade ACT Exam

Tuesday March 28: High School Conferences, 4-7pm (in person)

Thursday March 30: High School Conferences, 4-7pm (virtual)

Monday April 3 - Friday April 7: Spring Break--No School for Staff or Students

Breakfast and lunch menu for March 13-17. On Monday breakfast will be Cinnamon Roll and lunch will be Buffalo Chicken Chunks. On Tuesday breakfast will be Chocolate Chip Muffin and lunch will be Mandarin Orange Chicken. On Wednesday breakfast will be Apple Frudel and lunch will be Hamburger. On Thursday, breakfast will be Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Round and lunch will be Beef Pretzel Dog. On Friday breakfast will be Chocolate Chip Breakfast Bread and Yogurt and lunch will be Walking Taco.

Apply for Free or Reduced Price Lunch & Other Benefits!

It is important that all CPA families compete the Application for Educational Benefits Packet so that CPA receives support and resources for all students, and so that individual families have access to community programs, including free and reduced price lunches.

If you haven't already done so, please complete the application as soon as possible. If you prefer a paper copy, please contact the CPA office.

CPA Highlights:

Follow CPA on Social Media to Stay Connected!

Make sure you are following CPA on social media to see all the amazing things that are happening at our school!

Follow CPATigers on Facebook and Instagram and subscribe to Rusty the CPA Tiger on Youtube!

Spring Conferences

Spring conferences are just around the corner and our staff is looking forward to connecting with you about your child’s progress. Conferences will be held on the following dates:

  • Elementary Conferences: March 15 & 16

  • Middle School Conferences: March 21 & 23

  • High School Conferences: March 28 & 30

Please watch for an email from your child’s teacher with an invitation to sign up for your conference through Sign-Up Genius. Thank you!

11th Grade ACT Exam March 28

CPA 11th grade students have been registered to take the ACT Exam on Tuesday, March 28th at CPA. The ACT is a standardized test used for college entrance. For more information about the ACT, please visit these links:

Create a account

ACT Practice Test

More information will be shared with 11th grade students and families as we get closer to March 28th. If you have any questions about the ACT at CPA, please contact CPA's Testing Coordinator Aaron Tepp at or 651-280-4575.

E-Learning Day for Grades 9, 10, and 12 on March 28

On March 28, students in grades 9, 10 and 12 will have an E-Learning Day to ensure the optimal test environment for 11th grade students participating in the ACT exam.

Students in PreK-8th grade will have a normal school day.

Travel Opportunity for current CPA 9th-11th grade students

Invitation to New York City and Broadway! Only available to current CPA 9th-12th graders. Dear Parents and Guardians. I am thrilled to share this 2024 spring travel opportunity for the high school students! Learn more about this exciting trip at an informational meeting where we'll discuss: what we will see and do, travel logistics, safety and flexibility, affordable payment options, and $100 off the trip if you RSVP. We look forward to seeing you there! Megan Cina-Bernard. You must RSVP to the meeting in order to have your student come on the trip. RSVP at Join us for more details on March 21 at 6:30pm. RSVP to the meeting to get our location. Contact for information.

Join the Badminton Team!

The CPA Badminton team is currently recruiting members! Please see a captain (Youa Lee or La Xiong) or a coach (Panghoua Thao or Nkau Ia Thao) for paperwork forms or to learn more.

Badminton forms and payments are due prior to the first day of practice on March 13. Interested players who do not currently have an active sports physical on file should set up an appointment now. Athletes without a sports physical on file will not be able to play for the season. Please see a coach if you have or need special circumstances.

CPA Book Fair: March 13-20!

CPA will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair for students from March 13-20. Students will have an opportunity to visit the Book Fair with their classes, and it will be open during elementary conferences as well. Thanks for helping us promote literacy at CPA!

Youth Summer Sports with Saint Paul Parks and Rec

Have you heard the news? Saint Paul Parks and Recreation announced that registration fees have been eliminated for youth sports 10U and up (ages 9+) at all recreation center sites. Eliminating these fees allows Saint Paul youth to have access to quality programming, encourages healthy and active lifestyles, builds confidence, and creates community.

Fees do apply for ages 4U, 6U and 8U, but for the summer 2023 season, all registered 4U, 6U and 8U participants will receive a free glove, courtesy of the Minnesota Twins!

Click this link to register online or contact your local recreation center for more information. Community of Peace Academy is not in charge of or affiliated with this program.

Lost & Found

CPA's Lost & Found has been growing recently! Please look at the photos below to see if any of your missing items have ended up here. Also, encourage your students to swing by and see if any of their items are in the Lost & Found. Thanks!

Food Resources

If your family or anyone you know would like support with food resources, below are some options you may find helpful. You can reach out to the CPA Social Work Team for additional resources as needed. Their contact info is below. Thank you!

CPA’s Social Work Team:

Chelle York, Elementary Social Worker,, 651-280-4509

Jenny Littlewolf, Middle School Social Worker,, 651-280-4507

Molly Eller, High School Social Worker,, 651-280-4553

ACCESS Testing

The window for ACCESS testing is open at CPA. This is state-mandated testing for students in the English Language Development program. It is important for students to give their best effort on this test.

If you have any questions about ACCESS testing, please connect with CPA's ELD Coordinator, Megan Olsen at or 651-280-4561.

After School Program Opportunity!

Are you looking for after school opportunities? 30,000 Feet is an organization located on Arcade Street near CPA, and they offer these programs:

-On the job coding certificate training to enter high paying tech careers. Teens make $15/hr starting at 10 hours a week. Snacks and transportation provided. Mondays & Wednesdays from 3:30-5:30.

-K-3rd grade literacy tutoring centered in the arts in small groups and one-on-one. Students experience various art forms from professional artists, attend field trips, and receive snacks and transportation. Tuesdays & Thursdays from 3:30-5:30.

For more information or to get registered, visit the 30,000 Feet website or call 651-210-3454

Photos Needed!

Staff, students, and families! Ms. Michalak would love to have your best photos for the CPA yearbook!

If you have pics of CPA students in action, please share them! Think class projects, field trips, athletics, dances, and more. Ms. Michalak didn't become the yearbook editor until after the fall sports seasons, so we especially need soccer and volleyball photos.

Submit your photos at or email them to and include date, names, and grades. Thanks for supporting the CPA yearbook!

Weather & Clothing

As we know, Minnesota weather can change quickly, and this time of year we see drastic swings in temperature and other weather issues. Please make sure your child has appropriate clothing to be comfortable and safe throughout the day, including at arrival, recess, and dismissal. Thank you!

School Pay

Are you looking for an easier way to make payments at school? Create a SchoolPay account!

SchoolPay accounts make it easier to process any payments you need to make to the school, athletics department, or cafeteria. Families can complete the application for free and reduced price lunch through School Pay, and families who receive free or reduced price lunch can also print their determination letter, which can be used to receive discounts at museums, MTC, and more!

Visit the CPA website to learn more and get started!

Every Meal Weekend Meal Bags

CPA partrners with Every Meal to provide weekend meal bags for interested students/families. The Every Meal program is available to everyone, regardless of income. You can register by filling out this form or completing the paper application that was sent home with your child.

If you have any questions or need support, please contact the social work team.

CPA Safety Tip Line

CPA is a tight community where relationships are valued. If you ever become aware of any threat to CPA, its students or staff, please contact us immediately. Your cooperation and partnership are key to ensuring a safe school environment. CPA has a Safety Tip Line that anyone can call at 651-280-4609 to anonymously report a safety concern.

Translation Support

This newsletter can be auto-translated using the buttons on the top right of the page.

If you prefer, our liaisons will be happy to translate or explain any announcements in Tiger Talk or answer any questions you have about CPA. Contact Maikao Lee at 651-280-4545 (Hmong), Mariana Majil at 651-289-3742 (Spanish), or Paw Nay Bu at 651-280-4591 (Karen) for support.

If your phone number, address, or enrollment plans change, please call 651-776-5151 to let us know. Thank you!

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