CPA Tiger Talk

September 13-17, 2021

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 651-280-3742 (Spanish), or Paw Nay Bu at 651-280-4591 (Karen) for support.

Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Something groundbreaking took place 30 years ago. In 1991, Minnesota was the first state to pass a law allowing for the creation of charter schools. It wasn't long before Dr. Karen Rusthoven began her mission to open Community of Peace Academy, which officially welcomed students in the fall of 1995.

CPA began as a K-5 school serving 150 students. Today, we have grown and expanded several times, and we currently serve over 800 students in preschool through 12th grade. Looking back, it's easy to see that we have grown and adapted to suit the needs of our school community. And it's just as clear that we still uphold the values Dr. Rusthoven placed at the center of her mission.

What isn't as easy to see is the future. How will we grow and adapt in the years to come? We certainly never could have predicted what the past two years would look like. Even so, today we are a strong community of students, families, staff, and graduates. We may not know exactly what the future holds, but we know that the CPA community will always be a place of peace. Thank you for being a part of our school community!

Ethical Principle of the Month

Peace. September's Ethical Principle. CPA Logo.
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Important Dates to Remember!

-September 13: Board of Directors Meeting, 6-8pm

-September 14: Girls Varsity Volleyball Game @Twin Cities Academy, 7pm

-September 16: Cross Country Invitational vs. De La Salle @Bassett Creek, 4pm

-September 16: Boys Varsity Soccer Match vs. Hmong College Prep Academy @CPA, 5pm

-September 16: Multilingual Family Night, 6-8pm

-September 17: Final deadline to join fall athletics (grades 7-8)

-September 17: Registration deadline for the October ACT exam

-September 17: Girls Varsity Volleyball Game vs. Math & Science Academy @CPA, 5:30pm

-September 20: Free COVID 19 Vaccine Clinic at CPA, 3:30-6pm

Elementary School Spotlight

Middle School Spotlight

High School Spotlight

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Ethical Quote of the Week

"The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart. The most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace." -Carlos Santana

FREE COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at CPA

Monday, Sep. 20th, 3:30-6pm

471 Magnolia Avenue East

Saint Paul, MN

All Minnesota residents age 12 and older are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The CDC recommends that everyone who can get vaccinated should do so at the first opportunity available to them. This vaccine clinic is free and open to anyone ages 12 and older. Anyone under 18 must have a parent or guardian present. Please enter CPA at Door A and wear a mask.

Everyone who received their first dose at CPA's vaccine clinic on August 31 should plan to attend and receive their second dose. Anyone in need of their first dose is also welcome!

Multilingual Family Night

CPA's English Language Development department is hosting a Multilingual Family Night on Thursday, September 16 from 6-8pm in the RGA. Families can come meet their child's ELD teacher and get community resources. Interested families must RSVP in advance by clicking this link.

Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 to October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month! Did you know that Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15 because that is the anniversary of independence for many Latin American countries, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua? Help CPA celebrate Hispanic Heritage by clicking here to learn even more about the history of this important celebration!


TRIO Educational Talent Search is a college preparatory program sponsored by St. Olaf College that has been working with CPA high school students since 2014. CPA students are paired with a college mentor, visit college campuses, and complete volunteer work. The goal of ETS is to support students in finishing high school and succeeding in college. Please help us welcome Director Juan A. Telles and Academic Advisers Ben Xiong and Evelyn Aguilar to the CPA team!

11th & 12th Grade ACT Registration

Any juniors or seniors who are interested in taking the ACT in October must sign up by September 17. This test will not be through CPA, so you will need to find your own transportation to and from the test. If there are any questions, please see Mrs. Maslowski in the counseling office.

Programs & Activities

Explore the 2021–2022 Reach for the Stars catalogue with more than 120 high-quality academic enrichment programs, competitions, events, and activities for Minnesota K–12 students! Check out the catalogue online, or see Ms. Maslowski in the counseling office for a paper copy.

Application for Educational Benefits

For the 2021-2022 school year, breakfast and lunch are free for all students. However, it is important that all CPA families complete the application for educational benefits so CPA receives support and resources for all students, and so that individual families have access to community resources. If you haven't submitted an application yet for 2021-2022, please do so online at Thank you!

Masks Required on Buses

Masks are required for all passengers on school buses. This is a federal mandate. Please make sure students have a mask before getting on the school bus, and wear them the entire ride to school and home. Thank you for helping us keep our school community safe!

Daily Health Screening

Due to the ongoing pandemic, we need to be extra careful about spreading any illnesses at school. Parents should do a health screening of their children each morning before school. If students are not feeling well or have symptoms of any illness, please keep them home for the day. If students exhibit any of the symptoms of COVID-19 listed below, they must be tested for COVID-19 before returning to school. COVID-19 symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

Video of the week: Gopher Tag with Second Grade!

Gopher Tag

If your phone number, address, or enrollment plans change, please update the office by calling 651-776-5151. Thank you!

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