CPA Tiger Talk

October 25-29, 2021

Words of Wisdom

"The smallest good deed is better than the grandest good intention." ~ Unknown

Have you ever had the intention of doing something grand and selfless...something like taking a service vacation to spend a week building homes for the needy or helping build reliable sources of water in developing countries? Maybe it was an intention to spend a weekend helping an older relative clean out a packed garage or attic. These are all honorable intentions, but busy lives get in the way.

Here's an idea: Trim down those intentions. Spend a Saturday morning tutoring a child at-risk; plant a tree in a city park; take cookies to an older relative. These small, but good deeds are far better than all the good intentions in the world.

Ethical Principle of the Month

Caring & Respect. October's Ethical Principal. CPA logo.

Dates to Remember

Tuesday October 26: CPA's 27th Annual Dedication Day

Thursday October 28: Middle School Conferences (Virtual)

Friday October 29: Last day for CPA Juniors to apply for College Possible

Monday November 1: Middle School Conferences (Virtual)

Tuesday November 2: Election Day (Please vote!)

Monday November 8: CPA Board of Directors Meeting, 6pm

Tuesday November 9: Elementary Conferences, 4-8pm

Thursday November 11: No School for elementary students (PreK-4th Grade)

Thursday November 11: Elementary Conferences

Friday November 12: No School for Staff or Students

Breakfast & Lunch Menu: Oct 25-29. M: Apple Filled Pastry, BBQ Meatballs and Mac & Cheese. T: Breakfast Burrito, Chicken Teriyaki or Tofu. W: Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin, BBQ Shredded Beef or Veggie Burger. TH: Sunrise Sandwich, Cheeseburger or Veggie Burger. F: Cereal Bar, Crunch Chicken Sandwich.

Elementary School Spotlight

Middle School Spotlight

High School Spotlight

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Ethical Quote of the Week

"It takes no compromising to give people their rights. It takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no survey to remove repressions." Harvey Milk

Dedication Day!

Tuesday October 26 is CPA's 27th Annual Dedication Day, where we take time to re-dedicate ourselves to the vision and mission of Community of Peace Academy. CPA students will watch a livestream of an assembly in the morning, featuring student performances, artwork, and speakers. A video of the program will be shared with our school community--including families--after the livestream concludes.

Vision, Mission, and Core Values

This week as we celebrate Dedication Day, we hope all members of the CPA community will take some time to reflect on the Vision, Mission, and Core Values of CPA. What can each of us do in our own lives to help the CPA community uphold these values?


Creating an educated, empowered and ethical community.


Fostering academic excellence and character development through the education of the whole person ā€“ mind, body and will.


Academic Excellence. CPA students are prepared to thrive and to lead in a multicultural 21st century world with confidence, compassion, intelligence, and positive regard for all.

Relationships. At CPA, learning happens through relationships and thrives within a caring and value-rich community.

Peace. CPA is a diverse community of students, parents, and staff dedicated to creating a peaceful school environment in which all members are treated with unconditional positive regard.

Middle School Chess Club

Attention Middle School students and families! Middle School Chess Club is starting soon. Interested students should fill out a permission slip this week and turn it in to their ethics teacher. More information can be found on the permission slip, or you can see Mr. Dennis or Mr. Zbacnik with any questions.

LGBT History Month: Allyship

At CPA, we believe in working to ensure equity for all. Whether we ourselves identify as LGBT+ or not, we can all be allies for the LGBT+ community. Check out PFLAG's website for great tips and tools to learn more about how to be a supportive, affirming, and effective ally for your LGBT+ friends, family members, classmates, colleagues, and neighbors.

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!

Why Get Vaccinated?

Check out this post to learn the top 4 reasons to get the COVID 19 vaccine!

All Minnesota residents age 12 and older are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The CDC recommends that everyone who can get vaccinated should do so at the first opportunity available to them.

Seniors & families: The FAFSA is Open!

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now available! The FAFSA is the tool used to apply for financial aid to cover the cost of college. Visit this website for more information and to apply. See CPA's Guidance Counselor Ms. Maslowski if you have any questions or need assistance.

Attention High School Juniors and Families!

College Possible. Are you a junior who wants to go to college? Looking for extra support in the process? Join College Possible! Application Deadline October 29. College Possible is a free program at your high school that supports students on their journey to and through college. Services include: support completing college and scholarship applications; financial aid coaching; and connection to college resources and opportunities. Students meet with their coach for after-school sessions and individual meetings to learn about and complete the steps needed to attend their ideal college! Eligibility requirements: Academic: 2.0 GPA or above; Income: Free/Reduced Lunch or Pell Grant Eligible; Aspiration: Desire to attend a 4-year school. Commitment: Attend after-school sessions and communicate regularly with College Possible Coach. Apply; Questions? Contact us at

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!

Daily Health Screening

Due to the ongoing pandemic, we need to be extra careful about spreading any illnesses at school. Parents should do a health screening of their children each morning before school. If students are not feeling well or have symptoms of any illness, please keep them home for the day. If students exhibit any of the symptoms of COVID-19 listed below, they must be tested for COVID-19 before returning to school. COVID-19 symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

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!

Community of Peace Academy

Teaching Peace. Building Community. Developing Character.

Make it a great day or not: the choice is yours!