The Eagle Newsletter
August 9, 2021
Cherry Creek Academy
Vision: Building Our Future of Academic Excellence in a Value Rich Community
Cherry Creek Academy is a Core Knowledge charter school with motivated students and responsible parents working together with exemplary teachers to provide excellent education in an environment that upholds the high expectations and values of leadership, responsibility, respect, loyalty, integrity, humility, diligence and compassion.
Morning Drop Off and After School Dismissal
Students may be dropped off between 7:20 am and 7:55 am on Caley street. Please stay in your car and have your children ready to exit your car only on the right side of the car. Children are asked to exit their cars and walk up to the building when your car comes to a stop at any time after the intersection of Elmira Circle and Caley Street. Students will enter separate entrances as we did during last school year. A map with entrances will be shared out during our back to school night. School starts promptly at 8:00 am. To give your child time to enter the building and put their things away we ask that you drop them off prior to 7:55 am. We will have staff members in yellow vests ready to receive your child(ren) and help them get to their classrooms. If you do decide to park in the neighborhood and walk your child(ren) up to school we ask that you say goodbye to your child(ren) outside their entrance of the school.
You can pick your child(ren) up at the locations shared in the image below.
Please be reminded that if you have multiple children you will pick your child(ren) up at the oldest child’s dismissal location.
Your oldest child will receive a nametag for your car during our back to school night. Please be sure to put that nametag on the right side of your front dashboard. We use those nametags to call students up to your car during dismissal.
Optional Chromebook Insurance Deadline Approaching
Cherry Creek Academy is offering optional insurance for each individual student receiving a Chromebook. Insurance costs $40 per year. Payment can be made either online or by check.All students choosing this optional insurance must purchase prior to 11:59 pm on 8/13/2021 - this Friday. Insurance covers 50% of all damage claims. (Example: A screen replacement with insurance would cost $31 instead of the regular $62 fee.) If you have any questions please reach out to Ms. Ochoa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MJ Thomas School Photos - Picture Day is Friday, August 13, 2021
Above you will find a photo of our school’s picture day flyer. The Photo is hyperlinked directly to our schools online ordering event. All that needs to be done to go to our online event is to click on the above photos. This will then take you directly to our schools ordering page. You can also access the online ordering portal by going to www.mymjthomas.com and entering our schools event password: C133. You may also bring the paper order form from school and attach a check or cash and bring it in on picture day!
CCSD and our community health partners continue to offer COVID-19 vaccination clinics to adults and students 12 and older who would like to be vaccinated.
Parents: Become a Substitute at CCA!
Are you interested in being a Substitute Teacher at Cherry Creek Academy? We are in need of substitutes and can help you become one at our school!
- Do you hold a Bachelor’s degree or higher? If you do you are eligible to apply for a Three Year Substitute Authorization through the Colorado Department of Education. Click here to access the application link.
- If you do not hold a Bachelor’s degree, but you are a High School graduate, you are eligible to apply for a One Year Substitute Authorization through the Colorado Department of Education. Click here to access the application link. to access the application link. Daily Rate: $110/day.
Upon receipt of your initial licensure, and 5 days of working as a substitute at CCA, CCA will reimburse you for the cost of your licensure.
*See our posting for Substitute Teacher below under Now Hiring.
CCA Band 2021-2022 School Year
Interested in joining band at CCA this coming school year? Here is some information from Mrs. Glosup.
Welcome to CCA band! This promises to be an exciting year of new accomplishments and discoveries in the realm of music.
Band is available to students in grades 5th through 8th.
The Band Fee will be $100.00 and can be paid through Rev Track
We will start with 2 ensembles
Students who have never played a band instrument before this year.
Students with previous experience on their instrument
This band will play music beyond the level of Essential Elements book one. This music will be provided by Mrs. Glosup.
Band will meet in the music room at CCA from 7AM to 7:45AM.
Beginner band will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays
The first few weeks brass/percussion will meet only on Mondays
The first few weeks woodwinds will meet only on Wednesdays
Eagle band will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays
I recommend renting from a local music store
If you choose to purchase, here are recommended brands
Flute: Yamaha, Jupiter, Gemeinhardt, Selmer, Armstrong, Emerson, Artley
Clarinet/Alto Saxophone: Yamaha, Jupiter, Vito, Selmer, Buffet, Leblanc
Trumpet/Trombone/Baritone/Euphonium: Yamaha, Jupiter, Bach, King, Getzen, Conn, Holton
Essential Elements - Book 1 for your specific instrument
**Beginning Band Only**
Reed players should always have at least three good working reeds.
Brass players should have their own slide grease and valve oil.
Have pencil and music prepared on your stand as well as your instrument assembled and ready to play when band begins.
Committing to band means committing to independently practicing your instrument.
120 minutes of independent practice are expected each week
That can be easily accomplished with only 20 minutes every school day plus one practice session a weekend.
This is the same as a single 20 minute TV show every day.
Students in band must attend all rehearsals and performances.
Planned absences must be sent to Mrs. Glosup at least 1 week in advance.
Students who become sick or have an unplanned absence must contact Mrs. Glosup as soon as possible.
Unexcused absences will be documented and parents will be notified upon each occurrence.
If unexcused absence becomes a pattern, further actions may be taken.
Care of Instrument:
Students and their parents are responsible to cover the cost of any instrument they damage – intentionally or accidentally.
Take care of your instrument like it is the last one in the world!
Food and Instruments do NOT mix.
Only you should play your instrument (including percussion).
If it is damaged, take it to me, or a repair technician right away; do not forcibly fix it yourself!
I strongly encourage private lessons.
Progress of 1 teacher for 15 students vs. 1 teacher for 1 student.
Email Mrs. Glosup for more information.
String Instrument Policy
Students who play traditional orchestral instruments are also welcome to join the band if they meet these requirements! Keep in mind that traditional BAND style music will be practiced and performed.
String players must have a private instrument teacher.
Mrs. Glosup does not currently have the ability to give the high level of instruction to string players that they deserve.
String players must read either treble or bass clef.
We will be using traditional band music which does not include an alto clef option.
I am looking forward to a great year of creating excellent music!
Director – Janna Glosup
Cross Country Back at CCA!
Hey runners, ready for some exciting news? Cross country is back at CCA! Your coach, Mr. Nolen, is ready and has been out training for his 100K race at the end of this month. He has put together a training regiment for experienced and beginning runners to be better prepared for the upcoming season.
Below is some general info as well as a link to the summer training. If you have any questions, please email him at email@example.com. Happy running!
New Cherry Creek Academy Website
A new app will be released at the end of August 2021, more information to come!
Champions at CCA
This year Champions at Cherry Creek Academy is offering after school care for all CCA children. Champions is not offering before school care. Above you can see the hours and pricing for this service. Enroll today at Discoverchampions.com or contact your site director Amanda Bashford at 719-216-6014 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Day of School Grades 1-8
Monday, Aug. 9th, 8am
6260 South Dayton Street
First Day of School for Kindergarten
Tuesday, Aug. 10th, 8am
6260 South Dayton Street
New Family Breakfast
Saturday, Aug. 14th, 8am
5626 South Galena Street
Greenwood Village, CO
To Join a Meeting
- Please visit CCA's Master Calendar.
- Click on the event that you would like to attend.
- Click "click here to join the meeting" underneath the description section.
- Alternatively, you can join by phone by dialing the meeting number and entering the meeting pin.
- Please remember to use mute when you are not speaking. This is important and will reduce background noise and other complications.
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Advancing Colorado’s health and protecting the places we live, learn, work and play
Dear parents/guardians of students in Colorado kindergarten – 12th grade schools for the 2021-22 school year:
We know you’re thinking of all the things you need to do to make sure your student is ready for school. Getting vaccinated is an important part of their school readiness and keeps children from catching and spreading diseases that can make them sick. We wish you and your student a healthy school year!
Required and recommended vaccines
- Colorado law requires students who attend a public, private, or parochial kindergarten - 12th grade school to be vaccinated against many of the diseases vaccines can prevent, unless a certificate of exemption is filed. For more information, visit cdphe.colorado.gov/schoolrequiredvaccines. Your student must be vaccinated against:
o Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTaP, DTP, Tdap)
o Hepatitis B (HepB)
o Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)
o Polio (IPV)
o Varicella (chickenpox)
- Colorado follows recommendations set by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Students entering kindergarten must receive their final doses of DTaP, IPV, MMR and varicella. Students entering 6th grade must receive one dose of Tdap vaccine, even if they are under 11 years of age. You can view recommended vaccine schedules at
- Vaccines are recommended for hepatitis A, influenza, meningococcal disease and human papillomavirus, but are not required.
Exclusion from school
- Your student may be excluded from school if your school does not have an up-to-date vaccine record, certificate of exemption, or in-process plan for your student on file.
- If someone gets sick with a vaccine-preventable disease or there is an outbreak at your student’s school and your student has not received the vaccine for that disease, they may be excluded from school activities. That could mean lost learning time for them and lost work and wages for you. For example, if your student has not received a MMR vaccine, they may be excluded from school for 21 days after someone gets sick with measles.
- You may want to talk to a healthcare provider licensed to give vaccines or your local public health agency about which vaccines your student needs or if you have questions. You can read about the safety and importance of vaccines at SpreadTheVaxFacts.com, ImmunizeForGood.com, and cdphe.colorado.gov/immunization-education.
Paying for vaccinations
- If you need help finding free or low-cost vaccines and providers who give them, go to COVax4Kids.org, contact your local public health agency, or call the state health department’s Family Health Line at 1-303-692-2229 or 1-800-688-7777. You can find your local public health agency at cdphe.colorado.gov/find-your-local-public-health-agency.
- Please take your student’s updated vaccine record to school every time they receive a vaccine.
- Need to find your student’s vaccine record? It may be available from the Colorado Immunization Information System. Visit COVaxRecords.org for more information.
- If your student cannot get vaccines because of medical reasons, you must submit a Certificate of Medical Exemption to your school, signed by a health care provider licensed to give vaccines. You only need to submit this certificate once, unless your student’s information or school changes. You can get the form at cdphe.colorado.gov/vaccine-exemptions.
- If you choose not to have your student vaccinated according to the current recommended schedule because of personal belief or religious reasons, you must submit a Certificate of Nonmedical Exemption to your school.
Nonmedical exemptions must be submitted annually at every new school year (July 1 through June 30th of the following year). There are two ways to file a nonmedical exemption.
○ File the Certificate of Nonmedical Exemption WITH a signature from an immunizing provider, OR
○ File the Certificate of Nonmedical Exemption received upon the completion of our online education module.
Downloadable certificates and our online education module are available at
Community Events and News
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