CPA Tiger Talk

December 13-17

Words of Wisdom

"If someone listens, or stretches out a hand, or whispers a kind word of encouragement, or attempts to understand a lonely person, extraordinary things begin to happen."

~Loretta Girzartis

If we stop for a moment and think, each of us can bring to mind at least one person in our lives - a relative, a colleague, a neighbor, a soldier deployed away from home - whom we suspect might be lonely over the holidays.

It's such a simple act to pick up the phone or to send a card or email, or to literally stretch out a hand. After all, one can be surrounded by people and be lonely. Kindnesses can be the timeliest of gifts, and words of encouragement can bring some much needed holiday cheer.

Ethical Principle of the Month

Honesty. December's Ethical Principle. CPA Logo.
Breakfast & Lunch Menu: Dec 13-17. M: Strawberry Banana Yogurt Smoothie, Beef Tacos. T: Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffin, Sweet & Sour Chicken. W: Mini Cinnamon Rolls, Roasted Chicken Drumstick. TH: Sunrise Croissant Sandwich, Chicken Alfredo. F: Mango Pineapple Smoothie, French Bread with Cheese.

Dates to Remember

Monday December 13: Free COVID 19 Vaccine Clinic at CPA for age 5 and up, 3:30-6pm in the cafeteria. Enter Door A.

Monday December 13: Board of Directors Meeting, 6pm

Tuesday December 14: High School Auditions for the Spring Play, Shrek The Musical (see details below)

Wednesday December 15: Winter Concert During School (see details below)

Friday December 17: Academy Choir performs at the Minneapolis Holidazzle (see details below), 5:45pm

Friday December 17: Last day of classes before winter break.

Monday January 3: Classes resume

Monday January 3: Free COVID 19 Vaccine Clinic at CPA for age 5 and up, 3:30-6pm in the cafeteria. Enter Door A.

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CPA is Not Streaming Athletic Competitions

We wanted to make you aware of a scam that is happening on social media. Groups NOT associated with CPA claim they are streaming our athletic events, and they collect credit card information to exploit fans. The basketball season is underway at CPA, but we are not livestreaming any games or competitions. Please do not give your credit card information to these groups. We hope you can join us in person for our athletic competitions. Thank you!

Elementary Spotlight

Middle School Spotlight

High School Spotlight

Video of the Week: 10th Grade Celebrates the 73rd Human Rights Day by doing things 73 times--like climbing the stairs!

Human Rights Day #2

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Ethical Quote of the Week

"Be honest to those who are honest, and be also honest to those who are not honest. Thus honesty is attained." -Lao Tzu

Winter Concert Update

This year, CPA will be holding three winter concerts throughout the day on Wednesday December 15, at the following times:

  • 8:30am: Kindergarten, 1st Grade, & Academy Choir
  • 10:00am: 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, & Academy Choir
  • 1:00pm: 4th Grade, 5th Grade, & Academy Choir

Each performance will be recorded. The videos will be shared on CPA's website, social media, and in Tiger Talk afterwards.

Below is a message from CPA's Elementary Music Teacher, Kate Mattson:

Hello CPA families and friends.

I am excited to share that our CPA music classes will perform a winter concert on December


Your children have done incredible work preparing for this event. They have spent the past two

months learning new songs and practicing instruments. They have learned to perform as a

group and show resilience in perfecting their performances.

I am extremely proud of their hard work and dedication; they have shown immense growth this


I look forward to the continued growth of our CPA music program and feel honored to share

music with your children.

Kate Mattson

CPA Elementary Music Teacher

Winter Break Food Resources

There are several organizations in St. Paul offering free meals for children and families during winter break. Click here to see a list of community organizations where you can access free nutritious meals.

Vaccinated Kids Age 12-17 Can Win Big!

Minnesota has launched ‘Kids Deserve a Shot,’ a vaccine incentives program rewarding Minnesotans 12-17 years old for completing their COVID-19 vaccine series.

All Minnesotans 12-17 years old who have completed their COVID-19 vaccine series at any time in 2021 can enter to win a $100,000 Minnesota College Scholarship! The State of Minnesota will hold five drawings of $100,000 for five students to attend any public or private non-profit educational institution in the state of Minnesota.

Parents or guardians must enter their 12-17 year old by the entry deadline of December 13 to be eligible for the following drawing(s).

Click here to enter. Good luck!

High School Spring Play Auditions

The spring play for this year is Shrek the Musical, Jr! Auditions will be held after school on Tuesday December 14 in Ms. Emily's music classroom. Interested students should sign up across from the high school office. Only people who are auditioning may attend the auditions. After students sign up, they will receive information about how to prepare for auditions. Those who cannot stay after to audition should connect with Ms. Emily or Ms. Fischer asap to set up an alternate audition time.

The majority of rehearsals will take place during the school day. All cast members will be required to take the period 7 drama elective class semester 2. Students or parents who have questions can contact Ms. Emily or Ms. Fischer.

Academy Choir at Holidazzle!

CPA's Academy Choir is performing at Holidazzle in Loring Park in Minneapolis on Friday December 17 at 5:45pm. Join us for a fun perforance of seasonal carols, and stay for the other exciting winter activities Holidazzle has to offer!

Holidazzle is free to attend, and all are encouraged to come and cheer on the Academy Choir!

Winter Clothing

Winter is here! Please make sure your child comes to school each day with appropriate winter gear so they are warm and dry at the bus stop, on the way to and from school, and during recess. If your child is in need of a warm jacket, hat, gloves/mittens, boots, or snowpants, the social work team can help you find resources.

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, 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.

COVID Safety at CPA

Thank you for supporting CPA's COVID 19 mitigation efforts. To help keep our Covid cases down as we move forward please be sure to:

1) Keep your child home if they are not feeling well.

2) Have your child tested if they display symptoms of Covid.

3) Notify the school if your child or anyone living in your home tests positive for Covid.

4) Notify the school if your child has been exposed to Covid and therefore needs to quarantine.

Keep your student at home and have them tested for Covid if they show any of the following:

Fever of 100.4 or greater, Cough, Shortness of Breath, or Loss of Taste or Smell

Or if they show 2 or more of these symptoms:

Sore throat, Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Chills, Muscle Pain, Bad headache, Extreme fatigue, Nasal Congestion or Runny Nose.

Thanks! Contact the School Nurse, Judy Thompson (651-280-4532 or with any questions or to report Covid related concerns.

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!

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!

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