CPA Tiger Talk
April 24-28, 2023
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 ways 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!
Ethical Principle of April: Loyalty
Dates to Remember
Tuesday April 25: Special Education Advisory Council Meeting, 6pm (see below)
Thursday May 4: Early Release Day (dismissal at 1pm)
Thursday May 18: Spring Concert & Annual Meeting, 6pm
Saturday May 20: CPA Walk/Run at Phalen Lake (see below)
Saturday May 20: 2023 CPA Prom (see below)
Monday May 29: No School Due to Memorial Day
Friday June 2: Last Day of Classes for PreK and 12th Grade Students
Friday June 2: PreK Moving On Ceremony
Tuesday June 6: Last Day of Classes for Kindergarten Students
Tuesday June 6: Kindergarten Moving On Ceremony
Tuesday June 6: Senior Graduation, 6pm
Wednesday June 7: Last Day of Classes for 1st-11th Grade Students
Apply for Free or Reduced Price Lunch & Other Benefits!
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 students and staff: 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!
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Special Education Advisory Council Meeting on April 25 at 6pm
Parents and Guardians of Special Education Students, you are all invited to attend the upcoming Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC) meeting!
When: Tuesday, April 25th, 2023
Click on this link: JOIN ZOOM MEETING
What does the State of MN say regarding SEAC meetings?
Minnesota statute requires each school district in the state to have a Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC) meeting. Here is what the statute says: 125A.24 Parent advisory councils.
What Does SEAC Do?
The St. Paul and Community of Peace Academy Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC) is a partnership between parents/guardians of students with disabilities and their school. SEAC has a very important role in working with the parents, guardians, the school board, administrators, and teachers who are responsible for making sure your students receive their special education services.
The intention of this meeting is to identify needs in special education and make recommendations to address those needs. SEAC focuses on the needs of the entire special education community and therefore, seeks to identify themes and trends, rather than focus on individual issues.
We always want to be mindful to protect confidentiality when discussing your experiences through any public comment process or in other public forums. As we work to identify any issues we want to always do so with respect to students, families, educators and unique circumstances. These conversations are intended to be a very safe place to advocate for the best interests of our scholars.
Tuesday April 25th Agenda:
Learn more about the Individual Education Plan (IEP) Process
Questions and Answers
2023 CPA Prom
This year's prom will take place on Saturday May 20 at CSPS Hall. Tickets cost $40 each and can be purchased during the 11th and 12th grade lunch period from April 17 through April 28.
Contact Ms. Lor (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions or to get involved!
The CPA Walk/Run is a fun and free event where CPA families and staff gather for fresh air, physical activity, and fun. The event features a 5K Walk/Run, free food, and door prizes. So mark your calendars and join us for the 2023 CPA Walk/Run!
This year's Walk/Run shirt was designed by Tania Lezama-Pascual-! Thanks for your amazing artwork, Tania! We appreciate everyone who participated in the shirt design contest AND the seniors who helped coordinate it!
Walk/Run T-Shirts are on sale now. Walk/Run T-Shirts cost $7 and can be worn as part of the CPA uniform. Students should have received an order form from their teachers. All order forms and payment are due to the CPA office by Wednesday April 26. PLEASE SEND EXACT CASH ONLY. Extra order forms can be downloaded here or picked up in the CPA office.
High School students or adults who would like to volunteer at the Walk/Run can sign up by completing this form. Volunteers receive a free shirt if they sign up by April 26!
High School Summer School Information
St. Paul Summer Choice Fair May 7
This fun event will take place on Sunday May 7 from 12-3pm at the Conway Community Center (2080 Conway Street, 55119).
Learn more at stpaul.gov/summer-choice today!
Community of Peace Academy is not in charge of or affiliated with this event.
- 30,000ft Summer Camp Available to Kindergarten-3rd grade students, this program is designed to improve literacy through various art activities and projects to earn fun field trips, learn to garden, and make lasting healthy friendships.
- SPPS Summer Learning Programs SPPS PreK-12 Summer Learning Programs help students strengthen academic and social emotional skills, discover new talents, and recover high school credits. All programs are free and include academic support and enrichment, breakfast and lunch, and transportation. Registration is open. The deadline for PRIORITY registration is April 15.
- St. Paul Parks & Recreation Summer Camps & Activities Saint Paul Parks and Recreation offers summer camps and activities at parks and recreation centers throughout the city. Registration opens April 3, but you can visit the website to browse programs anytime.
- SPPS Community Education Summer Camps & Classes Saint Paul Public Schools Community Education offers a variety of programming opportunities, including full day summer camps, aquatics, drivers education, STEM, Arts and Music, Community and Cultural Exploration, and more.
- St. Paul Parks & Recreation Youth Summer Sports Youth summer t-ball, machine pitch, softball, baseball, and lacrosse clinic registration remains open until March 31. Programs are free for age 9 and up. Children age 8 and below will receive a free baseball glove courtesy of the Minnesota Twins.
- Carleton Liberal Arts Experience CLAE is a free, week-long summer academic program for students who have just completed their sophomore year. CLAE Scholars experience the benefits of a liberal arts college education through classes in science, art, social studies, and technology. CLAE is intended for students who identify as Black or African American, or who have an interest in African American culture. Throughout the week, scholars will focus on African American community and identity through the framework of a liberal arts education. CLAE Scholars live in the Carleton campus dorms for the week. Applications are due April 14.
- Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth MITY is a program designed to provide academic enrichment opportunities to curious and hard working scholars. The program is held at Macalester College and offers need-based scholarships. MITY's highlights include: over 30 unique courses in STEM, Humanities, & Fine Arts; meaningful exposure to post-secondary life; day and residential options; and fast-paced, experiential learning.
Teen Employment Opportunities:
- St. Paul Parks and Recreation Summer Jobs Saint Paul Parks and Recreation has many full and part time positions available at parks, rec centers, pools, golf courses, athletic complexes, Phalen Park Beach, Como Park Zoo & Conservatory and more. Entry level positions are available for ages 15 and up.
- Tree Trust Youth ages 14-21 are able to earn and learn through hands-on experience working on outdoor construction and landscape projects in local parks and green spaces.
Youth Summer Sports with Saint Paul Parks and Rec
Have you heard the news? Saint Paul Parks and Recreation announced that registration fees have been eliminated for youth sports 10U and up (ages 9+) at all recreation center sites. Eliminating these fees allows Saint Paul youth to have access to quality programming, encourages healthy and active lifestyles, builds confidence, and creates community.
Fees do apply for ages 4U, 6U and 8U, but for the summer 2023 season, all registered 4U, 6U and 8U participants will receive a free glove, courtesy of the Minnesota Twins!
With allergy season starting up, please keep these policies in mind regarding students bringing medication to school:
Medications Administration (Policy 5.5.8)
Long Term Medications (over 2 weeks) - Require a written order from a person licensed to prescribe medication, written permission by a parent, and the original prescription bottle with the pharmacy label.
Short Term Medications (less than 2 weeks) - Require written permission by a parent and the original prescription bottle with the pharmacy label.
Over The Counter Medications - Require written permission from a parent and the original container. Medications coming to school in any other package other than the original container will be destroyed. Parent permission forms for administration of medications are available from the nurse’s office.
All medications should be kept in the Nurse Office. If you have any questions or need a consent form for your student, please let the nurse know.
MCA Testing Is Underway
MCA testing at CPA is underway. MCA tests are used to measure student proficiency in Reading (grades 3-8 and 10), Math (grades 3-8 and 11), and Science (grades 5, 8, and 10).
MCA testing at CPA will run through Friday May 5. Students will have modified schedules on the days they are testing. See the CPA district calendar for specific test dates for your student. For more detailed information about any of the standardized tests CPA students participate in, please click here.
MCA tests provide valuable information about what our students have learned and what we can do to help them grow. These tests are important to the CPA community, so we ask all families to help support their children by ensuring they are well rested and ready to do their best on testing days. Thank you for your support!
Openings on CPA's Board of Directors
Are you interested in joining the CPA Board of Directors?
CPA's Board of Directors consists of 9 members, representing the community, parents, and staff. For the 2023-2024 school year the board has the following positions open:
- 1 Community Member Position
- 1 Parent Position
If interested, email board chair Sarah Zosel at email@example.com
If your family or anyone you know would like support with food resources, below are some options you may find helpful. You can reach out to the CPA Social Work Team for additional resources as needed. Their contact info is below. Thank you!
- Today’s Harvest (Oakdale, MN): https://todaysharvestmn.org
- Indigenous Roots/Sisters Camelot (St. Paul, MN): https://sisterscamelot.org/events/
- Neighborhood House (West St. Paul, MN): https://neighborhoodhousemn.org/programs/food-support/fresh-produce-events/#winter-distro
- Saint Paul Public Schools put together this resource guide as well. Check it out!
CPA’s Social Work Team:
Chelle York, Elementary Social Worker, firstname.lastname@example.org, 651-280-4509
Jenny Littlewolf, Middle School Social Worker, email@example.com, 651-280-4507
Molly Eller, High School Social Worker, firstname.lastname@example.org, 651-280-4553
Weather & Clothing
Every Meal Weekend Meal Bags
If you have any questions or need support, please contact the social work team.
CPA Safety Tip Line
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.