CPA Tiger Talk

May 16-20, 2022

Words of Wisdom

"The worst thing of all is standing by when folks are doing something wrong."

~Kirby Larson

Most of us can look back over our lives and remember a time when we stood by and watched someone doing something wrong and we did nothing to stop it. Perhaps as a young child we stood by and watched a classmate being bullied. Perhaps as an adult we witnessed a colleague being treated unfairly and stood silent. It can be scary to do the right thing. But we have to do it anyway. Our children depend on it. We give them hope each time we show courage and strength in the face of wrongdoing.

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

Thursday May 19: CPA's Annual Meeting, 6pm in the RGA

Saturday May 21: CPA Walk/Run at Lake Phalen, 8:30am

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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Elementary School Spotlight

Middle School Spotlight

High School Spotlight

Help us show some love to the elementary peacebuilders of the month for April!

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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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Annual Meeting and Spring Program

CPA's Annual Meeting and Spring Program will take place on Thursday May 19 at 6pm in the RGA, and we hope you can join us!

We will conduct our annual business, elect new members to the Board of Directors, and hear beautiful readings and musical performances from CPA high school students. See you there!

CPA Walk/Run!

Join us on Saturday May 21 at 8:30am in the Phalen Picnic Pavillion for the CPA Walk/Run! Have fun with your CPA friends while doing something healthy for your body!

Families and students are invited to participate in the 5K Walk/Run around Lake Phalen. There will be food, prizes, and community building afterwards! Please note: high school students can attend the event on their own, but middle school and elementary school students must have a parent or guardian present at the event. We hope to see you there!

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Have you ever wondered about the history of Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month?

This article from NPR explains the story behind this special celebration, and why we celebrate it during the month of May. Enjoy!

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!

Free COVID Vaccine Clinics, Plus $50-$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 31, 3:30-6:30pm
  • Tuesday, June 21, 3:30-6:30pm

Select vaccine recipients will get a gift card valued at $50-$200 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.

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!

Community of Peace Academy

Teaching Peace. Building Community. Developing Character.

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