CPA Tiger Talk

March 7-11, 2022

Upcoming Non-School Days

There is no school for students in PreK-Grade 4 on Thursday March 10, due to conferences. All other students in grades 5-12 should report to CPA as normal. There is no school on Friday March 11 for any students or staff.

Words of Wisdom

​"​Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only​ ​through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be​ ​strengthened."

~Helen Keller​

In good times, it's simple to put on a smile and go quietly about our days with ease. We may have no real​ ​motivation to search for ways to improve ourselves and our lives. It's tempting to stay put instead of reaching for​ ​our very best. Then life throws us a challenge. That's never fun. But when we reflect back over our lives, we​ ​often notice that times of strife strengthen us and often propel our lives onto a better trajectory. There will be​ ​challenges. No doubt. Let those challenges strengthen you in ways that make you a wiser​ ​person and better role model.

Ethical Principle of the Month

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Dates to Remember

Monday March 7: First day of practice for the CPA Badminton team

Tuesday March 8: Boys Varsity Basketball Section Game vs PACT Charter @ PACT, 8pm

Tuesday March 8: Elementary Virtual Conferences (see below)

Thursday March 10: Elementary Virtual Conferences (see below)

Thursday March 10: No School for PreK-4th Grade due to Elementary Conferences

Friday March 11: No School for Any Students or Staff

Mon March 14-Fri March 18: Scholastic Book Fair in the elementary library (see below)

Monday March 14: Board of Directors Meeting, 6pm

Tuesday March 15: High School In-Person Conferences (see below)

Wednesday March 16: The online auction for CPA's annual fundraiser, Light Up the Night, opens (see below)

Thursday March 17: High School Virtual Conferences (see below)

Saturday March 26: Light Up the Night, CPA's Annual Fundraiser at 7pm. Online auction closes at 10pm. (see below)

Tuesday March 29: Middle School In-Person Conferences

Thursday March 31: Middle School Virtual Conferences

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Elementary School Spotlight

Middle School Spotlight

High School Spotlight

5B Reads About and Reflects on HOPE

5B did a read-aloud of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane during Ethics. Then they created some artwork about hope in the story. ❤️

These two quotes about hope really resonated with the students:

"You must be filled with expectancy. You must be awash in hope. You must wonder who will love you, whom you will love next.”

"Open your heart. Someone will come. Someone will come for you. But first you must open your heart.“

Hope is the Ethical Principle for March, and March is also CPA Loves to Read Month. What a great combination!

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!

Ethical Quote of the Week

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Congrats to the CPA Elementary February Peacebuilders of the Month!

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CPA Loves to Read Month: Book Recommendation

Ms. Ericson, High School Director, recommends the book Pet by Akwaeke Emezi.

She loves this book because the characters are strong and independent and aren't afraid to confront their problems and work to solve them. It's a fantasy which usually isn't her favorite genre, but the characters were so authentic and loveable that it made her love the whole book.

We hope you like it as much as she does!

Get ready for the CPA Book Fair!

CPA will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair for students in the elementary library the week of March 14-18. Students will have an opportunity to visit the Book Fair with their classes. Thanks for helping us promote literacy at CPA!

Badminton Registration

Badminton season starts this week! The first day of practice for the CPA badminton team is Monday March 7. Interested athletes must complete the registration process before they are allowed to practice. Students can register by getting forms from the High School Office or visiting the CPA Athletics Website and following all needed steps. Students with questions should contact Kenan Moore, CPA's Athletic Director.

Elementary Spring Conferences

Spring conferences for students in PreK-4 are this week on Tuesday, March 8 and Thursday, March 10. Elementary conferences will be held virtually on Zoom. Please use the link sent to you via email by your child's teacher to attend your conferences. If you have any questions, please reach out to your child's teacher. We look forward to checking in with you about how the school year is going for your child and your family!

High School Spring Conferences

Spring Conferences for students in grades 9-12 will be held on Tuesday, March 15th (In-Person) and Thursday, March 17th (Virtual) from 4-7pm.

Our goal is to have 100% parent participation in conferences. A parent’s involvement in their child’s education results in positive achievement for the child. We know how busy family schedules become and we want to ensure that we do not miss out on this important opportunity to come together to discuss your child’s achievement.

To attain our goal of 100% parent participation, we want to make sure that you are provided with the necessary communication and/or resources to allow for your attendance on one of the two conference nights.

Please complete this form as soon as possible: HS Spring Conference Sign-Up

Thank you! We look forward to connecting with you at High School Spring Conferences.

Light up the Night

Light Up the Night is CPA's annual fundraiser. This year, the event will include an online auction from March 16-March 26, as well as a live virtual gathering on March 26 over Zoom. Tickets to the live Zoom gathering are just $10 per household. There is no cost to bid in the online auction unless you are the winning bidder. Visit page to join in on the fun!

Help Needed!

CPA is currently preparing for our annual fundraiser, Light Up the Night, and we could use your help!

Do you have a connection to a local business that would be willing to donate an item to our online auction? Are you interested in donating a gift basket or other item for the online auction? Maybe you are even interested in getting involved with the committee that is planning the event! If any of these are true for you, please contact Sadie Fischer at or 651-280-4564.

All donations for the online auction must be received by Monday March 14. Your support is greatly appreciated!

CPA is Now Enrolling!

CPA is currently accepting enrollment applications for the 2022-2023 school year. Currently enrolled students do not need to reapply, but you do need to turn in your Intent to Return Form so we save your seat.

If you have any family or friends who are looking to join a new school community, please encourage them to apply and send them this link! Thanks for your support.

Free at-home COVID tests

CPA families: have you heard there is a new government program that will mail 4 free COVID tests to every household? In order to receive your 4 free COVID tests, you must order them!

Please visit to order your tests--it's very easy, and it only takes a minute.

The tests are entirely free, and there is no shipping cost. It takes about 7-12 days before the tests will be shipped, so order now before you need them!

Thanks for helping us keep stop the spread of COVID in our community.

Free KN95 Masks from Ramsey County

Wearing a high-quality mask helps limit the spread of COVID-19, including variants like Omicron.

Ramsey County's A Mask for Everyone program is an initiative to ensure that individuals and families in Ramsey County have access to free masks to reduce transmission of COVID-19, accurate information about the importance of wearing a mask, and instructions on proper use of masks.

Together, we want to help protect our residents and keep our communities safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click here to request free adult or youth KN95 masks (for those under 7 years old). You can request up to 5 per person, limit 20 per household.

Every Meal Program Beginning Later This Year

We are excited to announce that CPA will be starting a partnership with Every Meal. Through this program, CPA families can register each enrolled child to receive a bag of food to take home each week. This program is entirely free and is open to anyone who is interested. We expect this program to be up and running later this winter.

There are 5 types of food bags available to suit your dietary preferences. On the registration form, you can see the kinds of food each bag contains and choose your preference.

Register here! We apologize that the link did not work in the previous Tiger Talk--it will work now. If you have any questions, please contact Chelle York (651-280-4509) or Sadie Fischer (651-280-4564).

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) is a temporary food benefit available to Minnesota families with children who would have received free or reduced-price meals if schools were open. This is a support for families when schools shift to distance learning, or when a student misses school due to COVID.

Click here to learn more about this benefit.

Free COVID Vaccine Clinics

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

  • Tuesday, March 15, 3:30-6:30pm
  • Tuesday, April 12, 3:30-6:30pm
  • Tuesday, May 3, 3:30-6:30pm
  • Tuesday, May 24, 3:30-6:30pm
  • Tuesday, June 14, 3:30-6:30pm

The COVID 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.

Rent Assistance

Are you a renter who has fallen behind on rent due to COVID?

Ramsey County and the City of Saint Paul have teamed up to create the Saint Paul - Ramsey County Rent Assistance Program, a new tenant assistance program for Ramsey County renters struggling to pay rent due to the financial burdens of COVID. Eligible renters include households that earned 80% or less of area median income in 2020, or in the most recent month.

Click here to learn more or to apply!

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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