The Eagle Newsletter

December 6, 2021

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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.

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SAC Survey Information

Dear CCA Parents & Guardians – CCA values your feedback and would like to hear from you. After Winter Break, you will have an opportunity to provide both positive and constructive feedback on teachers and the school environment via our annual survey (available starting January 3rd). The survey is designed to take 20 minutes or less to complete. In exchange for your feedback you are allowed to enter two hours of volunteer time. Please look for the link in future Eagles.

Weekly Newsletters

You will find your grade level newsletters linked below. Specials are now part of each grade level newsletter so you don't miss a thing!


1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5/6 Grade

7/8 Grade


Attention: 8th Grade Parents!

With winter break coming up, what better time to go through old photos and find a baby photo and your favorite current photo of your 8th grader to send in! Each year we do a graduation video featuring your child and we need your help collecting images for that video. Please fill out this short google form about your graduating 8th grader where you will submit 1 baby/toddler photo and 1 current photo of your student for the video. Thank you in advance for helping us celebrate your children!

Fun Dress Up Days Coming Up for Students and Staff in December!

Monday, December 13, 2021

  • Today is Winter PJ Day! Wear your school appropriate PJ’s

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

  • Snowman Tuesday! Wear white and your favorite scarf and winter hat!

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

  • Today is our Ugly Sweater Day!

Thursday, December 16, 2021

  • Today is Flannel Day! Wear your winter flannels today!

Friday, December 17, 2021

  • Today is a Free Dress Day!

Door Decorating Contest Last week

We had a school-wide door decorating contest last week! Our winners were:

K-1: Mrs. Goodwin

2-4: Ms. Doyle and Ms. Achs

5-8: Mr. Gunning

Staff: Mrs. Fitt and Mrs. Leins

The winners were shared out on social media last Friday and won a prize for their classroom!

Below you will see only some of the awesome work the staff and students did on the doors! There was too much to post as everyone participated! Congratulations to everyone who participated and made our hallways that much more fun!

A note from your Fly Like an Eagle Committee

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The Fly LIke an Eagle Committee would like to make our community aware of a new resource to provide young people with access to mental health services for free. The program, called I Matter, is funded by the Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health.

The program provides up to 3 free behavioral health sessions for youth in Colorado with licensed clinicians. The program is open to youth 18 years of age or younger or 21 years of age or younger if receiving special education services.

The website is To begin, you will need to take a survey. Survey answers are completely confidential. No matter the responses, your child will be eligible for 3 free counseling sessions. Remember, seeking support for your child is not a sign of failure—it’s a sign of strength.

Spelling Bee Update

Thanks for participating in our Spelling Bee. Our top three finishers were…




… and our fourth place speller today was Saisri, who will be our alternate. Here's the key to the challenging words we spelled this morning. You're welcome to come by today to pick up your test.

If any of you would like to continue practice sessions, please email me with preferred days and times.

Here are the dates for the district bee:

CCSD Written Spelling Bee Date:

Friday, January 28, 2022 @ SARC

(Snow Day: Friday, February 4, 2022 @ SARC)

CCSD Oral Spelling Bee Date (for those who qualify):

Saturday, January 29, 2022 @ Smoky Hill High School

(Snow Day: Saturday, February 5, 2022 @ SARC)

Colorado State Spelling Bee

TBD, usually takes place the 1st or 2nd Saturday in March

For questions or to schedule more sessions please email Mr. Geltman at

Rich Morrow Math Challenge

Nine CCA students, from grades 3 - 5, competed in the district-wide Rich Morrow Math Challenge Saturday, December 4. Our 4th grade team of Anshul, Jackson, and Sanay came in 3rd in their division; Sriprajna earned 2nd place for individual scores in hers; and Harshini, best overall individual score on the CCA team. All our students competed strongly. It was great to see their genuine team spirit and excellent collaborative effort.

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Original Artworks Products Arriving This Week!

Dear Parents,

The Original Artworks Fall fundraiser completed on 11/18. Thank you for your participation and making this work! Thank you to all our volunteers that helped to make this a success!

All the remaining grades and remaining 7th graders will be participating in Spring fundraiser. There will be more details as we get closer to the date.

The ordered products are shipping this week and the products will be sent home by end of this week (Friday, 12/10) with your students. Please open your orders and check to make sure everything is accurate.

If something in your order needs to be fixed, please let us know ASAP. Include these details:

  1. Student name, grade, Teacher name, order number and a detailed description of the product and issues with the product.

If you have any questions, please contact Subha Thoppay at and Jessica King at


MOD Pizza has a treat for you! On Wednesday, December 8, 2021, MOD Pizza is donating a portion of all Takeout, Delivery & Pick up orders to Cherry Creek Academy PTO. Take a night off from cooking and enjoy a meal out for a good cause! MOD Pizza accepts orders online using the promo code GR196946C or in-store mentioning Cherry Creek Academy PTO. Find more details here:

Get ready to shop for your friends and family at the Holiday Shop!!!

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11 Days until the shop opens…

Volunteer for the Holiday Shop!!

The Holiday Shop is back this year and we can't do it without you! Please see below for volunteer opportunities to help set up/take down and help students shop for friends and family during their scheduled time.

2021 Winter Music Festival Information and Link

This year our Winter Music Festival was pre-recorded on Friday, December 3, 2021, and will be shared publicly for our CCA community to enjoy virtually on Thursday, December 9, 2021, at 6:30 pm.

The link is shared on the master calendar under the event CCA Virtual Winter Music Festival on December 9, 2021. You can also access it by clicking the link below or dialing in with the number below on December 9.

CCA Virtual Winter Musical Festival

Join by phone

‪(US) +1 216-800-5717‬ PIN: ‪543 671 278‬#

SAC Community Member Position Opening

The School Accountability Committee (SAC) is looking to fill its open Community Member position. SAC policies require that the committee consist of "at least one person who is involved in business or industry in the community.” Further, SAC policies state that to the extent practicable, the committee must include persons who reflect the student populations that are significantly represented within the school. If you know of a member of the community not currently affiliated with CCA who fulfills these criteria and would be interested in joining the CCA SAC, please direct them to the SAC Community Member application. This application will remain open until November 19th @ 5pm, or until the Community Member position is filled.

PIN Takeaways from PTO

Amy Fetter & Adrienne Schmidt, PIN Representatives

November’s Presentation - Staying out of Trouble: Sex, Drugs & Consequences was presented by Lara Baker

The presentation was full of really important information. Here were a few takeaways:

        1. Any kid over the age of ten can be charged with a crime

        2. Kids get in trouble with their cell phones on social media more than other crimes

        3. Kids spend about 9 hours/day on digital media which equates to 136 days a year

        4. Listen to the full presentation on the PIN website. Past PIN Presentations are available as podcasts

        5. Next PIN Presentation - Resilience Through the Cycle of Hope - December 7, 2021 9:15am

Don't Forget! 15% off at Dennis Uniforms - 1st Monday of Each Month!

Make sure to stop by Dennis Uniforms in Park Meadows to get any uniforms you might need on the first Monday of each month. They offer us 15% off when you let them know you are purchasing uniforms for Cherry Creek Academy.

Covid-19 Safety Protocols on CCA Website

If you click here you will be taken to a section of our website dedicated to COVID-19 Protocols and resources at CCA and in the district. You can also find this section by going to our website at, going to the 'Students and Parents' tab, and clicking on COVID-19 Safety Protocols at CCA.

COVID-19 vaccinations and testing from CCSD

COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11: The FDA and CDC have approved the Pfizer Pediatric COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11. CCSD will host several vaccine clinics for families who choose to vaccinate their children. These clinics will offer pediatric COVID-19 vaccine doses, COVID-19 vaccines for those 12 years and older and COVID-19 vaccine boosters. Some clinics will also offer flu shots. GET CLINIC DATES, TIMES AND LOCATIONS HERE.

COVID-19 testing:
No-cost COVID-19 testing is available at the COVIDCheck Colorado testing site at the Instructional Support Facility, located at 5416 S. Riviera Way. Get more information on the Cherry Creek Schools website. (Scroll down to testing information.) Find information on free, rapid at-home tests here.

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A Message from our PTO

Please join us on Friday, December 17, 2021, at 8:15 am. Details to log in can be found on the CCA Master Calendar. We look forward to ideas and input from many members of our community!

Here are some quick links:

Click here to access the PTO Agendas/Minutes

Click here to visit the PTO webpage

Click here to access the Master Calendar

Order Your Cherry Creek Academy Yearbook Today!

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To customize and purchase your yearbook, go to! Enter CCA’s passcode: 1013808470921971. All yearbooks will be sent directly to your home in May 2022. Please make sure to enter your correct address.

Lego Club Winter Session - More information on our Website!

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Box Tops for Education

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!

Substitute Teachers:

  • 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: $150/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.

Now Hiring

We are hiring for the following positions - if you are interested in applying please apply through Frontline Education on our website.

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education Teacher (CLDE)

Substitute Teacher

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Regis Jesuit Information

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Food and Nutrition Services

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Upcoming Events

For the latest schedule of events, please click here. More information on events is offered in the description section of each event on CCA's Master Google Calendar.

Boys Basketball Practice

Monday, Dec. 6th, 3:30pm

6260 South Dayton Street

Englewood, CO

Board Meeting

Monday, Dec. 6th, 5pm

This is an online event.

Technology Committee Meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 7th, 7am

This is an online event.

Student Council

Tuesday, Dec. 7th, 7:30am

6260 South Dayton Street

Englewood, CO

School Accountability Committee Meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 7th, 8am

This is an online event.

Girls Basketball Practice

Tuesday, Dec. 7th, 3:30pm

6260 South Dayton Street

Englewood, CO

Board Meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 7th, 6pm

6260 South Dayton Street

Englewood, CO

Boys Basketball vs C2E

Wednesday, Dec. 8th, 4pm

6260 South Dayton Street

Englewood, CO

Virtual Winter Music and Art Festival

Thursday, Dec. 9th, 6:30pm

This is an online event.

Virtual Mathletes Meeting

Friday, Dec. 10th, 4:30pm

This is an online event.

To Join a Meeting

  1. Please visit CCA's Master Calendar.
  2. Click on the event that you would like to attend.
  3. Click "click here to join the meeting" underneath the description section.
  4. Alternatively, you can join by phone by dialing the meeting number and entering the meeting pin.
  5. Please remember to use mute when you are not speaking. This is important and will reduce background noise and other complications.
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Community Events and News

Resilience through the cycle of Hope

Tricia Downing, Member of Team USA | 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio

December 7

9:15 am

Fremont Center

14603 E Fremont Ave, Centennial, CO 80112

The Parent Connection: CCSD's Newsletter

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Subscribe to The Parent Connection here.

Please click here to read the latest Parent Connection newsletter from CCSD.

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6260 South Dayton Street,

Englewood, CO 80111