CPA Tiger Talk

February 27-March 3, 2023

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Early Release Day: Thursday March 2

This coming Thursday (March 2) is an Early Release Day. Students will be dismissed at 1pm. Please plan accordingly to help us ensure a smooth dismissal and afternoon commute for all students. Thank you!

Words of Wisdom

"Truth is powerful and it prevails."

-Sojourner Truth

Ethical Principle of February: Justice

Justice. CPA's Ethical Principle for the Month of February.

Dates to Remember

Wednesday March 1: Elementary Game Night, 5:30-7pm (see below)

Thursday March 2: Early Release Day (Dismissal at 1pm)

Friday March 3: Senior Baby Pics due to Ms. Michalak for the Yearbook (see below)

Friday March 3: 7th & 8th Grade Dance, 3-4:30pm

Monday March 6: Badminton forms due for interested athletes (see below)

Monday March 13: Board of Directors Meeting, 6pm

Tuesday March 14: First day of Badminton practice (see below)

Wednesday March 15: Elementary Conferences, Evening (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 24: Middle School Conferences, 4-7pm (in person)

Thursday March 26: Middle School Conferences, 4-7pm (virtual)

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

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 February 27-March 3. On Monday breakfast will be Strawberry Boli and lunch will be Creamy Chicken Pasta. On Tuesday breakfast will be Whole Grain Apple Donut and lunch will be Cheeseburger. On Wednesday breakfast will be Stuffed Cream Cheese Bagel and lunch will be Creamy Chicken Pasta. On Thursday breakfast will be Chocolate Glazed Donut and lunch will be Sweet and Sour Chicken. On Friday breakfast will be Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Breakfast Round and lunch will be Cheese Pizza.

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.

This week in CPA Tigers athletics:

On Monday February 27 at 5:00 pm there is a JV Boys Basketball Game versus Harding at CPA and at 6:30 pm there is a Varsity Boys Basketball Game versus Harding at CPA. On Wednesday March 1 at 5:30 pm there is a JV Boys Basketball Game versus Math and Science Academy at Math and Science Academy and at 7:00 pm there is a Varsity Boys Basketball Game versus Math and Science Academy at Math and Science Academy.

CPA Student 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. Conference 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!

Baby pictures needed!

Seniors: we need your baby pictures!

Show us your cute baby face so Ms. M can put it in the yearbook! All 12th graders should submit their baby pictures using the link below before March 3rd. Thank you!

Elementary Family Game Night

Mark your calendars! The CPA Elementary Family Game Night will take place on Wednesday March 1 from 5:30-7pm. See you there!

11th Grade ACT Exam

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.

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 on March 6. The first day of practice will be March 14. 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.

Friday March 3: 7th & 8th Grade Dance

Calling all CPA 7th & 8th grade students!

You are invited to the 7th & 8th grade dance on Friday March 3! The dance will take place in the cafeteria from 3-4:30pm. See you there!

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

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 way 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!

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.

Morning Drop Off Procedures

If you drop your students off at CPA in the morning before 7:55am, please drop them off on Desoto Street. It may seem more convenient to drop children off on Magnolia, but we need to keep that street clear for buses until 7:55am. Thank you for your cooperation.

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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