CPA Tiger Talk

May 9-13, 2022

Words of Wisdom

"Tigers die and leave their skins; people die and leave their names."

~Japanese proverb

It's an undeniable fact that others are always observing our words and actions. Everything we do is a reflection of our character and helps to establish our reputation. Our words and actions determine the name we will leave behind in our families, our communities, and our profession.

Every now and again, it's important to stop and consider the name you want to make and maintain for yourself. If you approach the process with honesty, it can be both humbling and inspiring - humbling in that you may have to acknowledge some things that need to change, inspiring in that you can choose to aspire to something greater.

Family Survey

CPA families, please click this link to complete the CPA Family Survey. This survey should take 10-15 minutes to complete.

We are very interested in your opinion about your experience with Community of Peace Academy. If you have more than one child attending CPA, please give answers that reflect your overall experience. Your answers will be confidential. All CPA families that return the survey by May 20 will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of ten $25 grocery cards. One entry per family.

Please read each question carefully. We appreciate you taking the time to do the survey.

Ethical Principle of the Month

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Dates to Remember

Monday May 9: Board of Directors Meeting, 6-8pm

Monday May 9: Shrek Jr. Tech/Dress Rehearsal in the RGA

Tuesday May 10: Free COVID Vaccine Clinic in the Cafeteria from 3:30-6:30pm. Enter Door A. (see below)

Thursday May 12: 5th Grade Dancing Classrooms Performance

Thursday May 12: Shrek Jr. School Day Performance

Thursday May 12: Shrek Jr. Performance in the RGA at 6pm. Open to the community!

Friday May 13: Shrek Jr. School Day Performance

Thursday May 19: CPA's Annual Meeting

Saturday May 21: CPA Walk/Run at Lake Phalen

Friday May 27: Last day of classes for preschool and 12th grade students

Monday May 30: Memorial Day (no school for any staff or students)

Tuesday May 31: Free COVID Vaccine Clinic in the Cafeteria from 3:30-6:30pm. Enter Door A. (see below)

Wednesday June 1: Final Application Deadline for 10th Graders to Join College Possible (see below)

Wednesday June 1: Senior Graduation

Thursday June 2: Last day of classes for kindergarten students

Friday June 3: Last day of classes for students in grades 1-11

Tuesday June 21: Free COVID Vaccine Clinic in the Cafeteria from 3:30-6:30pm. Enter Door A. (see below)

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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!

10th Graders: Apply for College Possible!

Sophomores! Interested in joining College Possible? Scan the QR Code or go to What is College Possible? Free College Access program that supports students to and through college graduation! Provides services to help you navigate your college journey by connecting you with resources and a dedicated coach. ACT/SAT prep. FAFSA support. Scholarship Opportunities. Includes after-school sessions your junior and senior years of high school. Apply today! Priority deadline: May 1, 2022 (guaranteed interview). Application deadline: June 1, 2022. Questions? Go to or contact Alex Aguirre. Our office is in the CPA library, stop by! Matt Larson (, Alex Aguirre (

Ethical Quote of the Week

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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Did you know that during the month of May, the Saint Paul Public Library will host a variety of programs, events, and activities celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander month, including dance, music, and author events?

These programs and events will be spread across the various library locations throughout May. Visit the SPPL website to learn more and get involved!

CPA's Drama and Music Department Presents: Shrek Jr!

CPA's drama and music students have been hard at work preparing an amazing musical for our school community: Shrek Jr!

We will have performances on Thursday and Friday May 12 and 13 for CPA classes to attend. There will be a community performance on Thursday May 12 at 6pm. Join us to see our talented students shine! There is no cost to attend the performance.

COVID Safety at CPA

Low transmission rates of COVID in Ramsey county have allowed us to move to a mask optional policy inside our building.

We will continue to track cases of COVID. Please continue to inform us if your child tests positive for COVID. Continue to test for COVID if exposed to it or if symptoms arise, including:

  • Fever

  • Cough

  • Shortness of Breath

  • Loss of Taste or Smell

  • Sore throat

  • Nausea, Vomiting or Diarrhea

  • Chills

  • Muscle Pain

  • Bad headache

  • Extreme fatigue (feeling very tired)

  • Nasal Congestion or Runny Nose

COVID tests are available through CPA upon request at no cost.

Free SPPS Summer Programs

Saint Paul Public Schools is offering several K-12 Summer Learning Programs to help students strengthen academic and social emotional skills, discover new talents, and recover high school credits. Examples of program themes include: Experiential & Project-Based Learning; Environmental Studies; Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM); Leadership; and Languages & Cultural Studies. All programs are FREE and include:

  • Academic Support & Enrichment- Students will be inspired to learn new skills and increase their current understanding of reading, math and other subjects while discovering new interests and talents and making new friends.
  • Breakfast and Lunch - All students receive two free healthy meals daily that include entrees, salads, baked goods, and locally grown fruits and vegetables.
  • Transportation - Transportation is available to most students who live in Saint Paul.

Visit the SPPS Summer Learning website for more information and to register!

MCA Testing Continues This Week!

CPA will continue MCA testing this week. MCA tests are used to measure student proficiency in Reading (grades 3-8 and 10), Math (grades 3-8 and 11), and Science (grades 5, 8, and 10).

MCA testing at CPA began on Tuesday, April 26th and will run through Friday May 13. Students will have modified schedules on the days they are testing. See the CPA district calendar for specific test dates for your student. For more detailed information about any of the standardized tests CPA students participate in, please click here.

MCA tests provide valuable information about what our students have learned and what we can do to help them grow. These tests are important to the CPA community, so we ask all families to help support their children by ensuring they are well rested and ready to do their best on testing days. Thank you for your support!

Free COVID Vaccine Clinics, Plus $200 Gift Cards As Rewards!

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, May 10, 3:30-6:30pm
  • Tuesday, May 31, 3:30-6:30pm
  • Tuesday, June 21, 3:30-6:30pm

Select vaccine recipients will get a $200 gift card upon getting vaccinated. Those eligible to receive a gift card are:

  • Ages 5 -11 receiving a 2nd dose
  • Ages 12 -17 receiving either a 2nd dose or booster
  • Ages 18+ (who are immunocompromised and eligible) receiving a 2nd booster
  • Ages 50+ receiving a 2nd booster

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.

Order Free At-Home Rapid COVID-19 Tests

Minnesotans can now place orders for free at-home rapid COVID-19 tests as part of the state's efforts to make it easier to access testing.

Minnesotans can order two test kits per home (for a total of four tests) HERE. The website includes information on at-home rapid testing, a video demonstration & FAQ on how to use the iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test, and a link to place orders with the state’s fulfillment partner, Care Evolution.

Minnesotans can also place orders through the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Public Hotline at 1-833-431-2053 Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10am to 6pm. Language assistance is available.

Openings on CPA's Board of Directors

Are you interested in joining the CPA Board of Directors?​

CPA's Board of Directors consists of 9 members, representing the community, parents, and staff. For the 2022-2023 school year the board has the following positions open:

  • 1 Teacher Position
  • 2 Community Member Positions
  • 1 Parent Position

If interested, email board chair Sarah Zosel at

Every Meal Program

CPA's partnership with Every Meal has begun! 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. Everyone who registered early should have received their first bag of food last week. Those who registered in the past week will be added to the program in May.

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.

There is no deadline to register for this program. Anyone who registers this year will automatically be registered for next year as well. Throughout the summer when CPA is not in session, Every Meal food bags will be available for free at several locations throughout the city. We will share details about that prior to summer break.

You can register here or turn in the paper registration that was sent home with students last week. If you have any questions, please contact Chelle York (651-280-4509) or Sadie Fischer (651-280-4564).

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.

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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