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Grade 2 News

Friday, March 15, 2019
 
Second grade had a great week (and very short) week this week. Thank you to all of the volunteers on the field trip. Have a very relaxing and fun spring break!
▪ Literacy
We are continuing our Statue of Library writing. This is our first multi-paragraph writing of the year. Your students are very excited to share it with you. We will continue working on this writing when we get back from spring break.
▪ Science
We love the Leprechaun traps! Thank you so much for supporting your student in this project. We were so impressed with their creativity. We will continue working on Simple Machines when we come back from spring break.
▪ History
We really enjoyed our Mining Museum field trip this week. It really brought learning about the California Gold Rush to life. We will resume this unit after spring break.
Field Trip
We are going to the Plains Conservation Center on April 17. Please sign your child up for this field trip when you have the chance.
Please see the newsletter for links! 
▪ Summer Camps
Start Making Plans for Summer Camp - registration is now open!
We hope your kids can join us for one or more of the fun camps hosted by American Academy teachers and staff. There are many great options, and some camps even start the first week of summer break.
For more details and information about current summer camp offerings, visit the American Academy Summer Camp page (info is on the main website, under quicklinks >> parents >> summer camps).
Please note: ANY American Academy student can attend ANY of the summer camps listed, regardless of where the camp is being held. i.e. If your CP student wants to attend a camp being held at LM, simply log into your school store account but click on the other campus school store; all their camps will be listed under the Summer Camps tab. If you have questions, please email Catrina Phillips.
Have a wonderful spring break,
Mrs. Mullen, Mrs. Brubaker, Mrs. Qualley, and Ms. Fisher
Mackenzie Qualley
Instructor, Second Grade
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American Academy
Castle Pines Campus
P : 720-292-5286
F : 303-660-5550
mqualley@aak8.org
 

Friday, March 1, 2019
Dear American Academy Parents,
I cannot believe we have entered the first week of the third trimester. This is a very exciting time of year for all of our students. Many of you may notice the students getting a bit wiggly at home as we often see at school. We will continue to remind and instill in the students all of our American Academy Characters and Manners.
What’s Happening Around Campus:
As the school year continues, students are developing their routines and study habits. The staff of American Academy Castle Pines continues to encourage students to put their best foot forward and enjoy the educational journey they are embarking on.
AMERICAN ACADEMY CHARACTER:
During the month of March our character focus has been on Integrity. Over the course of the month, teachers will incorporate lessons on integrity into their planned lessons and activities. Staff throughout the building will encourage students to show integrity and model the behaviors we expect to see from our students.
▪ Integrity
o Integrity means that one is consistent and honest in following their values, beliefs, and principles.
o To master this trait one must start with the little things:
 Practice what you preach
 Adhere to high moral principles or standards
 True to yourself
 True to your values and beliefs
SPORTS AND ECA ELIGIBILITY
Students who participate in an ECA or sport at American Academy are required to maintain acceptable grades to participate. Per the Extracurricular Activities Policy, students who have an “F” in a core subject will be ineligible to participate the following week in their activity. Students and parents will receive notification from the Dean with regard to their eligibility.
STUDENT UNIFORMS
As you all know, part of American Academy attendance includes our Student Uniform Policy. All uniform tops and bottoms must be purchased through Dennis Uniform. Please note that with cold weather and snow, students who choose to wear boots to school MUST have a change of shoes to wear throughout the school day.
Important student uniform reminders:
▪ Students MUST wear approved Dennis Uniform shorts, pants, and tops.
▪ Students MUST bring a change of shoes to wear throughout the day when they enter the building in snow boots. Students will be asked to call home if they do not have a change of shoes.
▪ On dress of choice days, students MUST follow the guidelines of the uniform policy. Students cannot wear tank tops or any shirt that does not cover the shoulders.
▪ On dress of choice days, students who choose to wear leggings MUST have shirts that are the length of their fingertips when their arms are placed down at their side.
▪ Students are NOT allowed to wear smart watches, including Fit Bit, Gizmo, Apple, Garmin, etc.
▪ Students CANNOT have any colored hair dye in their hair. We understand that some sports teams have their players color their hair to rally for a big game; please be sure to have this dye washed out by the next school day.
Students who arrive at school outside of uniform will be asked to call home for the appropriate attire.

What’s Happening Outside of Campus:
As technology continues to advance, so do the outside pressures that our students face. From YouTube Challenges to marketing of hazardous items to today’s youth the only way to stay abreast of all of it is through daily research. My hope is that the information provided in this section can give parents a starting ground of what is going on and open communication lines in regard to social media, hazardous items, and how to lead by example versus following the “cool” new trend. By no means am I able to list everything that is going on through social media, but hopefully this acts as a starting point.
INTERNET & SOCIAL MEDIA AWARENESS
Currently, the internet has many different challenges that are tempting kids to make very unsafe decisions. Active conversations with your children regarding social media and internet awareness is a great starting point to protecting their personal information and the content they are exposed to.
▪ Social Media Challenges
o Momo Challenge
 The challenge that we brought to your attention at the beginning of the year has resurfaced.
 Children are being impacted through new and very enticing avenues:
• YouTube Kids Videos (Fortnite Videos)
• Peppa the Pig Cartoons
• WhatsApp
• Facebook
• Instagram
• Snapchat
• Twitter
 How the challenge works:
• Players are asked to contact Momo and provide their contact details
• They then receive instructions to perform a series of challenges
• Player refusal can trigger severely abusive messaging and their mobile device being hacked
• The final challenge is to commit suicide in order to meet “The Mother Bird”
 Adding security features to phones and tablets can assist in ensuring students are not a targeted:
• iKydz
HELPFUL TIPS AND APPS
▪ Rethink App
o This is an app that was created to assist in the prevention of cyber bullying. By installing this app, a new keyboard is utilized that catches trigger words before sending. When the words are caught a pop-up appears on the screen asking the user if they would like to “rethink” what they wrote. For more information click here.
▪ OurPact
o This app is a catch-all family locator and screen time management application. For more information click here.
▪ Screen Time
o For those families who are all iOS Apple families, the newest update to the operating system has an application built in called Screen Time. With this you can monitor your child’s usage, set permissions, and much more.
▪ Blue light filtering glasses
o With the increase of screen time, these glasses can help reduce the strain on the students eyes.

Parents, I truly hope that this newsletter has been informative and helpful. If there is additional information that you know of that would be fantastic to share with families, please reach out to me via email with details, links, etc. and I will add them to the next month’s newsletter. As we all know, it takes a community of partnership and communication to ensure the safety and success of our students.
Thank you in advance for allowing me to positively impact their educational journey.
Ryan Kolb
Dean of Students, Castle Pines
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American Academy
Castle Pines Campus
P : 720-292-5287
F : 303-660-5550
rkolb@aak8.org