CPA Tiger Talk

January 23-27, 2023

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No School Monday Jan 23: Staff Grading Day

There is no school for students on Monday January 23. This is a day set aside for staff to complete grading and report cards as well as to prepare for semester 2. We look forward to welcoming students for the first day of semester 2 on Tuesday January 24!

Words of Wisdom

"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced."

-James Baldwin

Novelist, playwright, social critic

Ethical Principle of January: Courage

Courage. January's Ethical Principle. CPA logo and an image of a mountain.

Dates to Remember

Monday January 23: No school for students (Staff grading & reporting day)

Tuesday January 24: CPA Tigers Basketball Games at the Target Center (see below)

Tuesday January 24: First day of semester 2

Monday January 30-Friday February 3: High School Spirit Week (see below)

Wednesday February 1: 2023-2024 New Student Enrollment Deadline

Thursday February 2: Early Release Day (Dismissal at 1pm)

Friday February 3: Tigers Basketball Spirit Game in the RGA

Saturday February 4: CPA Carnival (see below)

 Breakfast and lunch menu for January 23-27. There is no school on Monday. On Tuesday breakfast will be apple-filled donut and lunch will be beef walking taco. On Wednesday breakfast will be variety sliced bagel and lunch will be meatball sub with marinara. On Thursday breakfast will be glazed honey bun and lunch will be chicken patty sandwich. On Friday breakfast will be single bowl cereal and cheese stick and lunch will be pizza.

Apply for Free or Reduced Price Lunch & Other Benefits!

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.

This week in CPA Tigers athletics:

On Monday the Varsity Boys Basketball team has a game versus Lakes International Language Academy at LILA at 7:00pm. On Tuesday the High School Basketball Teams have games versus PACT Charter at the Target Center. On Thursday the Junior Varsity Boys basketball team has a game versus Avail Academy at Avail at 4:30pm. On Thursday the Varsity Girls basketball team has a game versus Avail Academy at Avail 6:00pm. On Thursday the Varsity Boys basketball team has a game versus Avail Academy at Avail at 7:30pm. On Thursday the Middle School Boys Basketball team has a game versus Trinity at CPA at 5:00pm. On Thursday the Middle School Girls Basketball team has a game Vs. St. Rose of Lima at CPA at 6:15pm.

Recent CPA student highlights:

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!

Intent to Return Forms are due!

CPA is currently in the process of enrolling new students for the 2023-2024 school year, and we need to know your plans!

Student Intent to Return Forms were sent home on January 10. Please return them to the CPA office as soon as possible. Make sure you save your place at CPA!

Cheer on the CPA Tigers at the Target Center Game on Jan 24!

The CPA Tigers are playing versus PACT Panthers at the Target Center on Tuesday January 24 from 5-9pm--come cheer them on!

You can purchase tickets for $30 each by visiting and using the promo code: COMMUNITY when you click on the "Buy Tickets" button below the CPA logo.

Every ticket purchased includes a free ticket to one of four Timberwolves games as an added bonus!

We hope to see you there helping us cheer on CPA Tigers Basketball!

Donations Needed!

The Carnival planning committee is currently looking for donations of items that can be used as prizes in our raffle or silent auction. If you are interested in making a donation, or if you have a connection to a local business you could reach out to on CPA's behalf, we would greatly appreciate it!

Examples of donated items from previous years include themed gift baskets, handmade crafts, gift certificates, and tickets to local events.

The planning committee needs all donations by Wednesday January 25. If you would like to make a donation or if you have any questions, please contact Sadie Fischer at or 651-280-4564. Thank you!

College Knowledge Night: THAnk you!

College Knowledge Night was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who was involved in planning the event, especially Ms. Han and Ms. Hall. We also want to thank all our volunteers for making the event possible, the junior class for sharing their Active Citizenship projects, and everyone who came to the event to learn about options after high school!

Visit CPA's Facebook Post or Instagram Page to see more photos from College Knowledge Night!

High School Spirit Week: Jan 30-Feb 3

CPA High School students: get ready to get festive during CPA Spirit Week, January 30-February 3! CPA high school students are invited to dress on the following themes:

Monday 1/30: Comfy Day

Tuesday 1/31: Hat Day

Wednesday 2/1: Iconic Duo Day

Thursday Feb 2: Culture Day

Friday Feb 3: Spirit Day

  • 9th Grade: Carolina Blue
  • 10th Grade: Navy Blue
  • 11th Grade: Gray
  • 12th Grade: White

Ethics classes will discuss expectations around Spirit Week attire. If any students are unsure of what would be appropriate to wear during Spirit Week, they can discuss with their Ethics teacher or the administration team.

Spirit Week will end with the CPA Basketball Spirit Game on Friday February 3. We are excited to build CPA pride with you all!

CPA Carnival

Mark your calendars--the CPA Carnival is back!

Join us on Saturday February 4 from 11-2 for the CPA Carnival! This exciting event is a fundraiser for CPA's programming and will feature games and prizes, a silent auction, a raffle, an inflatable, crafts, and more!

If you would like to help out as part of the planning committee or as a volunteer during the carnival, please contact Sadie Fischer at or 651-280-4564!

CPA is Now Enrolling!

Do you have family members or friends looking for a new school community to join? Great news: CPA is now enrolling for the 2023-2024 school year!

One of the best way people find our school is by word of mouth--and this contributes to the feeling of community that we value so highly. So please send this link to your friends, family members, and neighbors who would like to be part of a community like CPA!

Applications are due on Wednesday February 1. Our Enrollment Lottery will take place at 3pm on Wednesday February 8. Thanks for your support!

After School Program Opportunity!

Are you looking for after school opportunities? 30,000 Feet is an organization located on Arcade Street near CPA, and they offer these programs:

-On the job coding certificate training to enter high paying tech careers. Teens make $15/hr starting at 10 hours a week. Snacks and transportation provided. Mondays & Wednesdays from 3:30-5:30.

-K-3rd grade literacy tutoring centered in the arts in small groups and one-on-one. Students experience various art forms from professional artists, attend field trips, and receive snacks and transportation. Tuesdays & Thursdays from 3:30-5:30.

For more information or to get registered, visit the 30,000 Feet website or call 651-210-3454

CPA's School Closure Policies

We are now in the part of the school year where we have seen weather impact our ability to hold school. Please know that if a decision is made to cancel school due to weather, that will be communicated directly to families through our messaging system, posted on the CPA website, and communicated through local news media outlets. Please do not contact the school or administrators/staff to ask if school will be in session.

School Closure due to Snow and/or Ice

School will be canceled if heavy snow and/or icy conditions make it extremely hazardous or impossible for school buses to travel their routes and for employees to get to work safely. The decision to close school will be made by 6:00 a.m. the morning of a cancellation, and earlier when possible.

School Closure due to Cold

School will likely be canceled if the wind chill is forecast to reach -40°F or colder at 6:30 a.m. The decision to close school will be made by 6:30 p.m. the evening prior.


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 students in grades 9-11 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. They are accepting applications until the end of the semester.

If students and families would like more information, they can reach out to Ben Xiong by email at Students are also encouraged to stop by the library and chat or get an application!

Photos Needed!

Staff, students, and families! Ms. Michalak would love to have your best photos for the CPA yearbook!

If you have pics of CPA students in action, please share them! Think class projects, field trips, athletics, dances, and more. Ms. Michalak didn't become the yearbook editor until after the fall sports seasons, so we especially need soccer and volleyball photos.

Submit your photos at or email them to and include date, names, and grades. Thanks for supporting the CPA yearbook!

PreK-8 Office Procedures Update


If you are planning on picking up your student(s) early from school, the office must be notified by 2:00 PM. Please call 651-776-5151 to notify the office of your plans.


Call the transportation line at 651-280-4588 by 2:00 PM to change your student’s arrangements (either from bus to pick-up OR from pick-up to bus). Any permanent or recurring changes to transportation should be sent to or 651-280-4588.

After 2:00 PM, staff are attending to students for end-of-day procedures and are unavailable to deliver messages to students. We want ALL of our students to receive the optimum learning environment and appreciate your understanding in this matter.

CPA values using every possible moment to help our students learn and grow. Parents are discouraged from picking up their children ten or fifteen minutes before dismissal time. This is a valuable time when teachers are putting closure to the day and it is disruptive to the children when the classroom receives phone calls to have students sent to the office.

Weather & Clothing

As we know, Minnesota weather can change quickly, and this time of year we see drastic swings in temperature and other weather issues. Please make sure your child has appropriate clothing to be comfortable and safe throughout the day, including at arrival, recess, and dismissal. Thank you!

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!

Every Meal Weekend Meal Bags

CPA partrners 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.

CPA Safety Tip Line

CPA is a tight community where relationships are valued. If you ever become aware of any threat to CPA, its students or staff, please contact us immediately. Your cooperation and partnership are key to ensuring a safe school environment. CPA has a Safety Tip Line that anyone can call at 651-280-4609 to anonymously report a safety concern.

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!

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