CPA Tiger Talk

November 22-26, 2021

Distance Learning This Week

CPA families, Monday and Tuesday November 22 and 23 will be distance learning days for students in all grades PreK-12. There is no school Wednesday through Friday, November 24-26, due to Thanksgiving break. In person learning will resume on Monday November 29. Please click here to read the letter that was sent home Friday regarding this change, and to learn what your student must do to complete their Distance Learning coursework. Thank you!

Words of Wisdom

"Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we will not be happy - because we will always want to have something else or something more." ~ Brother David Steindl-Rast

We all know the importance of gratitude. Entire books have been written on the topic, best selling books read by millions. Yet many of us move through entire days, even weeks, without stopping to appreciate small things like hot water and laughing children. It's like exercise; we know we should do it, but we let life get in the way.

The truth is, most of us have much for which to be thankful, not just on Thanksgiving, but every single day. So be happy. Be grateful.

Ethical Principle of the Month

Image of a hear charm that reads "I am grateful." Gratitude. November's Ethical Principle. CPA logo.

Dates to Remember

Monday November 22 and Tuesday November 23: Distance Learning Days

Monday November 22: Free COVID 19 Vaccine Clinic at CPA for age 5 and up, 3:30-6pm

Wednesday November 24-Friday November 26: No School (Thanksgiving)

Thursday December 2: Early Release Day (dismissal at 1pm)

Monday December 13: Free COVID 19 Vaccine Clinic at CPA for age 5 and up, 3:30-6pm

Monday December 13: Board of Directors Meeting, 6pm

Friday December 17: Last day of classes before winter break. Classes resume on Monday January 3.

Elementary School Spotlight

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Ethical Quote of the Week

"Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way." -Native American Proverb

COVID 19 Vaccine Update

CPA families, the COVID 19 Vaccine has been approved for ages 5-11. CPA will be hosting several free COVID 19 Vaccine Clinic for ages 5+, and you and your family are encouraged to attend. Below is a list of upcoming COVID 19 Vaccine Clinics at CPA that will be open to age 5 and older:

  • Monday, November 22, 3:30-6pm This clinic will still be happening, even though this is a Distance Learning day.

  • Monday, December 13, 3:30-6pm

  • Monday, January 3, 3:30-6pm

The COVID 19 Vaccine is free, and these clinics are open to the public. Pfizer and Moderna boosters are also available for those who are eligible. Participants should enter CPA through Door A on Magnolia and wear a mask.

Click here to read the COVID Vaccine Letter that was sent home with PreK-6th grade students on Friday November 5, which contains additional vaccine resources.

November is Native American Heritage Month

How much do you know about the history of Native Americans in the U.S. military? Or about the Native American influences and artists that transformed rock and roll music? Or the influence of Haudenosaunee Women on the women’s rights movement?

Visit the PBS website to view documentaries and learn about all of the above and more!

School Picture Day Update

Due to the change to Distance Learning on Tuesday November 23, CPA's school picture day will be rescheduled. Information will be sent home as soon as possible.

Nutrition Seminar

Face to Face is having a two-part nutrition seminar in partnership with the Nutrition Department at St. Catherine's University. This workshop is for people ages 11-25 (and their parents, guardians, or roommates) who would like to be empowered to make healthier food choices and learn the role of food in our lives with Nutritionists and Nutritionists in training.

This is a two part event featuring training related to General Nutrition, Affordable Nutrition, and Affordable Meals on Tuesday December 7th from 5-7pm and featuring training related to Healthy choices, Healthy Plates, Body Positivity/Body Kindness, and Developing a Positive Relationship with Food on Wednesday December 15th from 5-7pm.

Face to Face is located at 1165 Arcade Street. Due to the pandemic, space is limited and registration is required. Click here for the registration form.

9th-11th Graders. Apply to join TRIO ETS. College and Career Preparation. All services are free. Low-income students. No GPA requirement. First-gen college students. Workshops and field trips. No after school commitment. Meet the TRIO ETS Team: Ben Xiong, Evelyn Aguilar, Juan Telles. HTTPS://

Watch this video to learn more about TRIO ETS,

and contact Ben at with any questions!

High School Homework Help

CPA High School Students! Do you need help with your homework? Or maybe just a quiet place to work on homework or projects after school? Come to Academic Power Hour!

Academic Power Hour is an after-school program designed to help students stay on top of their studies. Whether you need help with your work, access to resources, or just a place to concentrate, we are here for you.

Academic Power Hour runs from 2:50-4:00pm on Mondays in Ms. Meta's room, Tuesdays in Mr. Hemstad's room, and Thursdays in Ms. Bokman's room. See you there!

Join High School Art Club!

Art Club is an open, free, fresh, supportive, inspiring, and peaceful art studio environment where student artists can create, motivate, teach, and learn from each other. Join Ms. Lor and other CPA high school artists on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:50-4pm beginning on November 30.

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!

Quarantine Food Access

Meal boxes are available for any student who must miss in-person instruction due to COVID quarantine. Each meal box contains five breakfasts and five lunches. Families must pre-register to pick up meal boxes. Click here to learn more!

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

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 update the office by calling 651-776-5151. Thank you!

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