CPA Tiger Talk

November 21-25, 2022

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No School Wednesday-Friday

There is no school this week on Wednesday November 23 through Friday November 25. Enjoy your Thanksgiving Break! We look forward to welcoming students back to school on Monday November 28.

Words of Wisdom

As you know, the Ethical Principle of the Month for November is Gratitude. With the Thanksgiving holiday this week, this is the perfect time to reflect on Gratitude.

There's a West African proverb that goes like this: Ungratefulness is sooner or later fatal to its author. In other words, when a person is constantly ungrateful toward life and toward others, sooner or later something dies inside that person.

What dies? The joy that comes from being grateful for the blessings we may enjoy each and every day . . . like the blessings of food and shelter, the blessing of receiving an education, the gift of a smile or a hug.

This week as you prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, take some time to make a list of all the things you are grateful for and then practice a little gratitude.

Ethical Principle of the Month: Gratitude

Thankful. CPA logo.

Dates to Remember

Wednesday November 23-Friday November 25: Thanksgiving Break (no school for staff or students)

Thursday December 1: Picture Retake Day (see below)

Thursday December 8: Early Release Day (dismissal at 1pm)

Monday December 12: Board of Directors Meeting, 6-8pm

Thursday December 15: Winter Program, 6pm

Monday December 19: Winter Break begins

Tuesday January 3: First day back to school from Winter Break

Breakfast and lunch menu for November 21-52. Monday: Assorted single bowl cereal, mozzarella burger. Tuesday: Assorted large muffin, dry rub roasted chicken sandwich. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday there is no school.

highlights from last week at CPA

Heart & Soul participants braved the cold and ran a 5k last weekend!

Image of the Heart and Soul participants with medals at their race.

Congrats to the October Elementary Peacebuilders of the Month!

Image of the elementary students who were named Peacebuilders of the Month for October.

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!

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.

Please email photos to and include date, names, and grades. Thanks for supporting the CPA yearbook!

Picture Retake Day is Dec 1!

CPA's Picture Retake Day is on Thursday December 1. Families can order photos using the instructions on the envelope that was sent home with students, or families can order online by visiting and entering Picture Day ID EVTQ4P4W3. All students will have their picture taken, regardless of whether the family orders pictures. Students who did not get their photo taken on November 1 will get their picture taken on December 1.

If your student is needing to have their picture retaken, they may come in the attire for that photo. Please keep in mind the policy for non-uniform days.

Basketball Update

Grades 6-12 Girls Basketball practice began on Monday, November 14th. Middle school practices take place on Mondays and Thursdays from 2:50-4:15pm. High School practices take place Monday-Friday from 2:50-4:15pm.

High School Boys Basketball practice will start on Monday, November 21st. Practice will be Monday-Friday from 4:30-6:30pm.

Students must have a sports physical on file to play on the high school teams. For more information, visit the CPA website or contact CPA's Athletic Director Kenan Moore at or 651-280-4527.

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.

Attention CPA Families!

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 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.

CPA is Now Enrolling!

CPA is still accepting enrollment applications for the 2022-2023 school year. We have openings in Kindergarten and 5th Grade.

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.

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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