CPA Tiger Talk

December 12-16, 2022

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Winter Break

December 12-16 is the last week of school before Winter Break!

CPA will be on Winter Break from Saturday December 17 through Monday January 1. We look forward to welcoming students back to school on Tuesday January 3.

We hope you and your family have a relaxing and peaceful winter break!

Words of Wisdom

"If you’re not learning while you’re earning, you’re cheating yourself out of the better portion of your compensation."

~Napoleon Hill, American author

We want so much for our children to be lifelong learners, to develop a love of learning, and to become passionate about pursuing knowledge as they journey through life. The question is: Do we ourselves have a love of learning, and are we modeling that for the young people in our lives?

Parents and educators need all the compensation they can get, and the truth is, every day is an opportunity to learn while we earn, whether it be about the world we live in, the people who surround us, or the person we are.

When was the last time you got truly excited about learning something new? Can you appropriately share that excitement with the young people in your life? It could be a lesson they never forget.

Ethical Principle of December: Honesty

Honesty. December's Ethical Principle.

Dates to Remember

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

Thursday December 15: Winter Program, 6pm (see below)

Monday December 19: Winter Break begins

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

Monday January 16: No school in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Friday January 20: Last day of semester 1

Monday January 23: No school for students (Staff grading & reporting day)

Tuesday January 24: First day of semester 2

Breakfast and lunch menu for December 12-16. Breakfast on Monday is a cream cheese bagel. Lunch on Monday is a barbeque beef sandwich. Breakfast on Tuesday is an apple filled donut. Lunch on Tuesday is a chicken tinga walking taco. Breakfast on Wednesday is a bagel. Lunch on Wednesday is a meatball submarine sandwich with mozzarella. Breakfast on Thursday is a glazed honey bun. Lunch on Thursday is brunch. Breakfast on Friday is cereal. Lunch on Friday is pizza.

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 December 12-16. On Monday December 12 there is a Varsity Girls Game versus Nova Classical Academy at CPA at 5:00pm. On Tuesday December13 there are games versus Avail Academy at CPA. The Varsity Girls play at 4:30. The Junior Varsity boys play at 5:45pm. The Varsity boys play at 7pm. On Wednesday December 14, the Middle School boys have a game versus Nativity at CPA at 4:30. There are also games versus   Nova Classical Academy; the JV boys play at 5:30 and the varsity boys play at 7pm. On Friday December 16 there are games versus Como Park at CPA. The JV boys play at 5:30 and the Varsity boys plat at 7pm.


Congrats to the November peacebuilders of the month!

Image of the Peacebuilders of the month with their certificates

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!

Join us for the Winter Concert!

Please join us on Thursday December 15 at 6pm for the CPA 2022 Winter Concert! There will be performances by Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd grade, and Middle & High school music students! The concert is free and open to all--so come get into the winter spirit by hearing some beautiful songs!

Student performers: Kindergarten, 1st grade, and second grade students should arrive in the RGA between 5:30-5:45pm and find their teacher. Middle and high school performers should arrive at Door D at 5:15pm and report to Ms. Emily's classroom.

Office Procedures Update


If you are planning on picking up your student(s) early from school, the office must be notified by 2:00 PM. Please call 651-776-5151 to notify the office of your plans.


Call the transportation line at 651-280-4588 by 2:00 PM to change your student’s arrangements (either from bus to pick-up OR from pick-up to bus). Any permanent or recurring changes to transportation should be sent to or 651-280-4588.

After 2:00 PM, staff are attending to students for end-of-day procedures and are unavailable to deliver messages to students. We want ALL of our students to receive the optimum learning environment and appreciate your understanding in this matter.

CPA values using every possible moment to help our students learn and grow. Parents are discouraged from picking up their children ten or fifteen minutes before dismissal time. This is a valuable time when teachers are putting closure to the day and it is disruptive to the children when the classroom receives phone calls to have students sent to the office.


Attention high school students! Do you want help with finding the right college for you, visiting campuses, and applying for admission and scholarships? Check out TRIO ETS!

TRIO ETS is now recruiting CPA students in grades 9-11 who would like support with all things college. TRIO ETS works with students on Mondays and Tuesdays in the high school library during the school day. They are accepting applications until the end of the semester.

If students and families would like more information, they can reach out to Ben Xiong by email at Students are also encouraged to stop by the library and chat or get an application!

Winter Break Food Resources

CPA will be on Winter Break from December 17-January 2. During this time, there are several resources in our area that are providing snacks and meals for families or youth.

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.

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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