CPA Tiger Talk

November 15-19, 2021

Words of Wisdom

When times are good it's easy to express gratitude and count our blessings. They are abundantly clear! And as adults, we know that with the good often comes the not-so-good, that the ebb and flow of life is a natural occurrence. We understand that when we learn from challenges, we become better people.

This is an important lesson to impart to the young people in our lives: that overcoming misfortune can give them a deeper appreciation of their blessings. And what a blessing it is to draw upon our many life lessons so we can now help our children learn to draw upon their own.

Ethical Principle of the Month

Gratitude. November's Ethical Principle. CPA logo.

Dates to Remember

Thursday November 18: Give to the Max Day

Friday November 19: Application Deadline for Juniors to Apply for College Possible

Monday November 22: Free COVID 19 Vaccine Clinic at CPA for age 5 and up, 3:30-6pm

Tuesday November 23: School Picture Day

Wednesday November 24-Friday November 26: No School (Thanksgiving)

Thursday December 2: Early Release Day (dismissal at 1pm)

Monday December 13: Free COVID 19 Vaccine Clinic at CPA for age 5 and up, 3:30-6pm

Monday December 13: Board of Directors Meeting, 6pm

Thursday December 16: School Picture Retake Day

Friday December 17: Last day of classes before winter break. Classes resume on Monday January 3.

Breakfast & Lunch Menu: Nov 15-19. M: Strawberry Banana Yogurt Smoothie, Beef Taco Meat. T: Chicken Waffle Sandwich, Sweet & Sour Chicken or Tofu. W: Mini Cinnamon Rolls, Roasted Chicken Drumstick. Th: Sunrise Croissant Sandwich, Pasta Alfredo Bake. F: Cereal Bar, Cheese or Sausage Pizza.

Elementary School Spotlight

Middle School Spotlight

High School Spotlight

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Ethical Quote of the Week

"This is a wonderful day. I've never seen this one before." -Maya Angelou

Transgender Awareness Week

November 13-19 is Transgender Awareness Week. Transgender Awareness Week is a celebration in honor of transgender and non-binary individuals, leading up to Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20.

To learn more about Transgender Awareness Week and Transgender Day of Remembrance, and to find educational resources, please visit the GLAAD website.

COVID 19 Vaccine Update

CPA families, the COVID 19 Vaccine has been approved for ages 5-11. CPA will be hosting several free COVID 19 Vaccine Clinic for ages 5+, and you and your family are encouraged to attend. Below is a list of upcoming COVID 19 Vaccine Clinics at CPA that will be open to age 5 and older:

  • Monday, November 22, 3:30-6pm

  • Monday, December 13, 3:30-6pm

  • Monday, January 3, 3:30-6pm

The COVID 19 Vaccine is free, and these clinics are open to the public. Pfizer and Moderna boosters are also available for those who are eligible. Participants should enter CPA through Door A on Magnolia and wear a mask.

Click here to read the COVID Vaccine Letter that was sent home with PreK-6th grade students on Friday November 5, which contains additional vaccine resources.

November is Native American Heritage Month

"Living Nations, Living Words" is the signature project of Joy Harjo, the first Native US Poet Laureate. "Living Nations, Living Words" features the work of 47 Native Nations poets and is designed to connect our country through their poetry. The collection is available through the Library of Congress and includes an interactive ArcGIS Story Map and a newly developed Library of Congress audio collection. Click here to explore "Living Nations, Living Words."

College Possible Update

College Possible has extended the application deadline for CPA juniors--the new deadline is this Friday, November 19. Any juniors interested in joining College Possible should apply!

College Possible meets after school and supports students through the process of applying to college, seeking financial aid, and managing the transition from high school to college. Check out their website to learn more, or stop by the high school library to chat with a College Possible coach and see if this program is right for you!

Give to the Max Day

Give to the Max Day is a celebration of generosity all throughout the state of Minnesota! You can support CPA by making a donation online at CPA's Give to the Max Day page or by spreading the word to others you know. Thanks for your support!

Save the Date!

Mark your calendars! CPA's School Picture Day is scheduled for Tuesday November 23. All students will have their pictures taken so they can appear in our yearbook.

If you wish to purchase pictures from Lifetouch, please fill out the order form that was sent home or visit and enter the Picture Day ID EVT8D2DFG. If you are paying with cash you must send the exact amount--CPA will not have change.

Students may dress up for their individual picture. Uniforms are not required. Please review the Free Dress Day guidelines listed below:

Free Dress Days:

Students must wear clothing that is representative of the philosophy of Community of Peace Academy. Clothing, such as shirts or pants that feature pictures, phrases, or statements, must represent or promote peace, as well as a non-violent/healthy lifestyle.

All items of clothing must fit appropriately

  1. Spaghetti straps, off-the-shoulder tops, halter or strapless dresses, or tops that show cleavage are not allowed.
  2. Skirts and/or shorts must be in length from the waistline to the knees.
  3. Clothing items that are transparent or sheer must have clothing worn under that meets the above criteria.

If it is ever a question as to whether or not you may be out of uniform or whether or not your choice of dress is appropriate, please contact the administration.

Picture ReTake Day has been scheduled for Thursday December 16.

9th-11th Graders. Apply to join TRIO ETS. College and Career Preparation. All services are free. Low-income students. No GPA requirement. First-gen college students. Workshops and field trips. No after school commitment. Meet the TRIO ETS Team: Ben Xiong, Evelyn Aguilar, Juan Telles. HTTPS://

Watch this video to learn more about TRIO ETS,

and contact Ben at with any questions!

High School Homework Help

CPA High School Students! Do you need help with your homework? Or maybe just a quiet place to work on homework or projects after school? Come to Academic Power Hour!

Academic Power Hour is an after-school program designed to help students stay on top of their studies. Whether you need help with your work, access to resources, or just a place to concentrate, we are here for you.

Academic Power Hour runs from 2:50-4:00pm on Mondays in Ms. Meta's room, Tuesdays in Mr. Hemstad's room, and Thursdays in Ms. Bokman's room. See you there!

Athletics Update

Basketball practice begins on Monday November 15 at 3pm in the RGA for girls in grades 8-12. Boys' practice will begin on Monday November 22 at 3pm in the RGA.

Join High School Art Club!

Art Club is an open, free, fresh, supportive, inspiring, and peaceful art studio environment where student artists can create, motivate, teach, and learn from each other. Join Ms. Lor and other CPA high school artists on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:50-4pm beginning on November 30.

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!

Quarantine Food Access

Meal boxes are available for any student who must miss in-person instruction due to COVID quarantine. Each meal box contains five breakfasts and five lunches. Families must pre-register to pick up meal boxes. Click here to learn more!

Daily Health Screening

Due to the ongoing pandemic, we need to be extra careful about spreading any illnesses at school. Parents should do a health screening of their children each morning before school. If students are not feeling well or have symptoms of any illness, please keep them home for the day. If students exhibit any of the symptoms of COVID-19 listed below, they must be tested for COVID-19 before returning to school. COVID-19 symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

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 update the office by calling 651-776-5151. Thank you!

Community of Peace Academy

Teaching Peace. Building Community. Developing Character.

Make it a great day or not: the choice is yours!