CPA Tiger Talk

October 17-21, 2022

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No School Thursday 10/20 or Friday 10/21

As a reminder, there is no school this week on Thursday October 20 or Friday October 21 due to MEA break. We look forward to welcoming students back to school on Monday October 24.

Words of Wisdom

"Let your boat of life be light, packed only with what you need – a homely home and simple pleasures, one or two friends worth the name, someone to love and to love you, a cat, a dog, enough to eat and enough to wear. . ."

~Jerome K. Jerome

We can accumulate so much “stuff,” that it weighs us down like a load of bricks on a pack mule. We spend more time buying, cleaning, and maintaining our stuff than we do enjoying the simple pleasures like time with family and friends, the roof over our heads, and a hot meal to appreciate.

It’s surprising how lightening the load of our “stuff” can actually lighten our hearts as well.

Ethical Principle of the Month

October's Ethical Principle is Caring and Respect. "My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together." -Desmond Tutu
CPA Ethics in Effect. October's Ethical Principle is Caring and Respect. Text or call a friend.

Ethical Principle Graphics created by Trinity Moore, Grade 10. Thanks Trinity!

Dates to Remember

Thursday October 20 & Friday October 21: No School (MEA Break)

Thursday October 27: In-Person High School Conferences, 4-7pm

Tuesday November 1: Picture Day (details below)

Tuesday November 1: Virtual High School Conferences, 4-7pm

Thursday November 3: Virtual Middle School Conferences, 4-7pm

Monday November 7: In-Person Middle School Conferences, 4-7pm

Wednesday November 9: In-Person Elementary Conferences, 4-8pm

Thursday November 10: No School for Elementary Students

Thursday November 10: Virtual Elementary Conferences, 8am-3pm

Friday November 11: No School for Students or Staff

Wednesday November 23-Friday November 25: Thanksgiving Break (no school for staff or students)

Thursday December 1: Picture Retake Day

Breakfast and Lunch Menu for October 17-21. Monday Assorted Big Bowl Cereal. Chicken Fritters. Tuesday Apple Cinnamon Muffin, Roasted Curry Chicken Drumstick. Wednesday Assorted Large Breakfast Bread, Cheeseburger. Thursday and Friday there is no school due to MEA break.

highlights from last week at CPA

Congrats to the elementary peacebuilders of the month for September!

Image of the peacebuilders of the month with the dean of students.

Spotlight on CPA Tigers Middle and High School Athletics!

Team photo of middle school soccer
Team photo of high school soccer
Team photo of middle school volleyball
Team photo of high school volleyball

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!

This week in Tigers Volleyball. Monday October 17. 5:00pm Match versus Trinity Academy of Hudson at CPA.

Picture Day is Tuesday November 1!

CPA's picture day is on Tuesday November 1. Families can order photos using the instructions on the envelope that will be coming home with students, or families can order online by visiting and entering Picture Day ID EVTQ4P4W3. All students will have their picture taken, regardless of whether the family orders pictures.

Picture day is a free dress day. Please review the free dress day policy (below) as a family and ensure students are dressed accordingly.

On free dress days, students must still wear clothing that is representative of the philosophy of Community of Peace Academy. Clothing, such as shirts or pants that feature pictures, phrases, or statements, must represent or promote peace and a non-violent/healthy lifestyle. All items of clothing must fit comfortably and be school appropriate.

1. Spaghetti straps, off the shoulder tops, halter or strapless tops are not allowed.

2. Coats, jackets, caps, hats, and outerwear must be kept in lockers.

3. Skirts and/or shorts must be mid-thigh or longer.

4. Pants/shorts with holes are not allowed.

5. Clothing items that are transparent or sheer must have clothing worn under that meets the above criteria.

If it is ever a question as to whether or not you may be out of uniform or whether or not your choice of dress is appropriate, please contact your Principal.

Elementary Basketball Opportunity

Interested K-5th grade students are invited to play basketball through St. Paul Parks & Recreation! To register, visit and choose Wilder Rec Center for the location. Register ASAP to save your spot on the team!

K-2nd grade starts in January, and a few spots still remain open. Practices will take place at Dayton's Bluff Rec Center.

3rd-4th grade practices are underway, but spots are still available. Practices are Tuesdays from 6-7:30pm at Wilder Rec Center.

5th grade has several spots available. Sign up as soon as possible to ensure you don't miss out on the fun!

Minnesota Goes to College Month!

October is Minnesota Goes to College Month (also known as College Knowledge Month). It provides graduating high school seniors with the preparation, opportunity, and support needed to apply and enroll in college. Each school year, participating colleges and universities waive their application fees. What a great way to save money!

Click here to see the colleges participating in this month-long event!

CPA seniors will apply to colleges during their Ethics and College & Career Exploration classes. We know they will go on to do amazing things!

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!

HS Students: join TRIO ETS!

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 high school students 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. Stop by and see them to apply, or connect with our school counselor, Ms. Hall!

Ready, Set, FAFSA!

Free financial aid events are available to Minnesota students and families via Zoom. The series, running on Tuesday evenings, September 27 through October 25, is intended for current high school students and will cover general information about the college application and financial aid process, details on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the Minnesota Dream Act for undocumented students, and other ways to pay for college.

All sessions will have interpretation in Spanish, Somali, and Hmong. Attendees can ask questions in the chat and have them answered during the event by financial aid experts. Students who attend any of the sessions will be entered into a drawing to win a $500 scholarship (one entry per session attended).

Space is limited so register soon!

These sessions are offered by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, Minnesota Department of Education, ECMC The College Place and Minnesota Goes to College. For session dates, topics and to register: Contact with any questions.

Every Meal Weekend Meal Bags

CPA is partnering again this year 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.

Attention CPA Families!

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.

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!

Community of Peace Academy

Teaching Peace. Building Community. Developing Character.

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