Elementary School Newsletter

September Edition

Important Dates

Hispanic Heritage Month

9/1/22 B Schedule (1 PM Dismissal) All K students attend at regular start time

9/2/22 No School

9/5/22 No School- Labor Day

9/7/22-9/14/22 Scholastic Book Fair

9/7/22 Back to School Night (6 PM-8 PM)

9/7/22 Fall Federal Programs Parent Meeting

9/12/22 Grandparent's Day (9 AM-K Students)

9/23/22 Flexible Instructional Day (FID)- Virtual Learning Day

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Important Information

We are not accepting any open containers and snack bags in ziplocks. Snacks must be in their original packaging and sealed.

Middle States Re-Accreditation and Parent/Guardian Survey

CAP is proud to be Middle States Accredited; this is a point of national recognition that we have held for the past 27 years. Accredited schools have their status renewed every seven years and it is our turn. This gives us a chance to look at what we want to improve and make a plan for the next seven years. We started the process last year, will be working diligently this year on our self-study, and a Visiting Team of educators will visit the school in Spring 2023.

As part of our preparation, students and teachers were surveyed last Spring. Now it is time to hear from you, parents and guardians. If you could please take the time (5-7 min) to complete this survey, the results will become part of our preparation for the next seven years:

Middle States Parent Survey (click here to access) Thank you for your help!

CAP Student Surveys

Always core to the CAP Mission is the importance of supporting the whole student so they can reach their personal best across the board. Students in grades 3-12 will be being surveyed to help CAP better support their social emotional learning and needs which go hand-in-hand with the ability to learn and be successful students.

Federal Programs

The Fall Federal Programs meeting will be held on Wed., Sept. 7th at 5:30 pm.; this is right before Back-to-School Night which runs 6-8pm the same night. Federal Program family meetings are held each Fall and Spring to provide families with information regarding CAP’s funding and to get input from families. Please join us!

Excused Absences

Mr. Buckner, CAP’s Truancy Officer, wants to see all CAP students in school. Please be sure to document all excused absences. Remember that according to PA Truancy Law:

  • any combination of 3 unexcused absences = TRUANCY

  • any combination of 6 unexcused absences = HABITUAL TRUANCY

Habitual truancy requires an improvement plan for the student and measures may get more severe if not followed; see the Code of Conduct or the CAP Website for the full Truancy Policy.

ABSENCE NOTES: Please remember to send in a note with your child or simply email absent@communityacademy.org for all excused absences.

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The Department of Transportation Services will continue the Flat Rate Program for the upcoming 2022-23 school year. The program is for families of students who are eligible for District-provided transportation by school bus, van or cab, but prefer to drive their children to and from school for a monthly flat rate payment of $300 per household.

Families also have the option to opt out of bus, van or cab service in the morning only and will receive a monthly flat rate payment of $150 per household. The students of families that choose the morning (AM-only option), will be able to use bus, van or cab service in the afternoon. Students must live more than 1.5 miles from CAP and be in grades 1-6 for the upcoming school year. The school district will use the address that we have on file at CAP, so please make sure that address is accurate. If you need to update your phone number or address, please reach out to Ms. Maria Duvivier at mduvivier@communityacademy.org

Parents/guardians are required to apply through the following link in order to participate in the program: www.philasd.org/transportation/parent-flat-rate/. Click Enrollment Form 22-23. There will ONLY be two enrollment periods. The first was open from May 16th to Wednesday, June 15. If you did not complete the form at that time, the second enrollment period will be open from Monday, August 15th, through Friday, September 30. It is our understanding that if you do not enroll during one of these times, you will NOT be able to enroll at all throughout the year.

It is imperative that you enroll now following the instructions above. If you have any questions, please email Ms. McNamara at jmcnamara@communityacademy.org or call (215)533-5700 ext. 1112.

All Students must be in FULL Uniform each day. Below is what each student must have each day. (See flyer below).

School Store Hours

Parents are encouraged to order online.

All online orders will be delivered to your student's classroom.

School Store Hours:

7:30 AM-8:15 AM

2:30 PM- 3:00PM

To order online please use the link below:

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Parental Family Engagement News

Upcoming Events:

September School Events:

  • Grandparents Day

Kindergarten - Monday September 12, 2022 9:00 am- 10:30 am

RSVP Here: https://forms.gle/2KUdn2bNRSfWa1h78

  • Parenting Adult Coffee- Coaches in Social Emotional Learning

Monday, September 12, 2022, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

This session will be held on Zoom.

RSVP here: https://forms.gle/ciNBDQh9mUVr6zCU6

  • Parent Workshop with Stephen Wagner

Tuesday, September 13, 2022, 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm

RSVP Here: https://forms.gle/imM876Ps7G9Hw8Nd8

October School Events:

  • APM Financial Parent Workshop (Zoom)

RSVP HERE: https://forms.gle/7J18kb8Kk76ZsA6z7

  • 2nd Annual Trunk or Treat

Grades K-5th Thursday, October 27th.

RSVP here: https://forms.gle/XQDsD5vBUJDCBA227

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Community Corner

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Counseling Corner

This month’s Bruin Pride trait is Personal Responsibility. Taking responsibility requires a person to decide between different choices. Personal responsibility can be reinforced with kids through the use of the following words; CHOOSE, DECIDE, ACT, PICK.


“If you choose to break the rules, you will sit for the remainder of the game.”

“You chose to follow the rules, and because you did, the game was more fun for everyone.”


“You decided to drop your coat on the floor, and now it is still wet from the rain.”

“Thank you for deciding to hang up your coat! Now it will be able to dry out.”


“When you act immature, it makes others upset.”

“You chose to act responsible. I’m proud of you.”


“You picked words that hurt their feelings. Now they are really sad.”

“You picked your words thoughtfully, and your message was heard.”

We encourage you to CHOOSE to use these words with your child to help build their personal responsibility.

Nurse's Nook

Please, complete the Health Form given to your child. In order to treat, the consent form must be signed and returned as soon as possible.

Following the department of health guidelines, no nebulizer treatments will be given in school.

Students who become ill during the school day must be picked up within an hour of symptoms.

Please, do not send children to school with a fever greater than 100.4, vomiting or diarrhea. If your child has been sent home with a fever, they must be 24 hour fever free before returning to school.

Please, discuss hygiene etiquette with your child i.e, proper hand washing, coughing and sneezing.

It is state mandated that your child is fully vaccinated, have a complete physical exam and dental examination.

Welcome back and we look forward to a safe and healthy 2022-2023 school year.


School Health Office Manager

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Community Academy Website

Please check out the CAP website for important information and upcoming events.

Bruin's Den

If you need to purchase items from the school store, we encourage you to order it online and the items will be delivered to your child. In the Notes section please write your child's first and last name and Homeroom. Thank you.

Community Academy of Philadelphia Charter School

If you have any questions regarding the information in this newsletter please contact Ms. Muhammad, Assistant to the Principal.