CPA Tiger Talk

February 13-17, 2023

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Words of Wisdom

"If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough."

-Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Ethical Principle of February: Justice

Justice: February's Ethical Principle

Dates to Remember

Monday February 13: Board of Directors Meeting, 6pm

Monday February 20: No School: Presidents' Day!

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

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

Monday March 13: Board of Directors Meeting, 6pm

Wednesday March 15: Elementary Conferences Evening

Thursday March 16: No School for PreK-4th Grade Due to Conferences

Thursday March 16: Elementary Conferences Day

Friday March 17: No School for Staff or Students

Tuesday March 21: Middle School Conferences, 4-7pm

Thursday March 23: Middle School Conferences, 4-7pm

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

Tuesday March 28: High School Conferences, 4-7pm

Thursday March 30: High School Conferences, 4-7pm

Monday April 3 - Friday April 7: Spring Break--No School for Staff or Students

Breakfast and lunch menu for the week of February 13-17. On Monday breakfast will be Cream Cheese Stuffed Bagel and lunch will be Mozzarella Burger. On Tuesday breakfast will be Chocolate Chip Muffin and lunch will be Dry Rub Roasted Chicken Drumstick. On Wednesday breakfast will be Maple Waffle Snaps and lunch will be Sesame Chicken. On Thursday breakfast will be Honey Bun and lunch will be Creamy Macaroni and Cheese. On Friday breakfast will be Chocolate Donut and lunch will be Burrito Bowl.

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:

Tigers Basketball Schedule for the week of February 13-17. On Thursday February 16, the Varsity Girls Basketball Team has a game against Washington Technology Magnet School at Washington Technology Magnet School at 5:30 pm.

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!

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:

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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.

CPA Open House for New Students

On Wednesday February 15 from 5-6pm, CPA is holding an Open House for new students and families who are interested in enrolling in CPA for the 2023-2024 school year. This will be a chance for them to tour our school and learn about what CPA is like.

If you know any students or families looking for a new school community to join, please encourage then to attend the CPA Open House!

Elementary Family Game Night

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

This week students will bring home a paper invitation with a QR code on it for families to RSVPs. We ask for all RSVPs by February 24 so we can plan for everyone. See you there!

Join the Badminton Team!

The CPA Badminton team is currently recruiting members! The team will begin practicing in March. Coach Thao will be visiting middle and high school lunches over the next few weeks to talk with interested students and answer any questions people have about the teams. Go Tigers!

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!

Applications are due on Wednesday February 1. Our Enrollment Lottery will take place at 3pm on Wednesday February 8. Thanks for your support!

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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