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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Another wonderful week has passed in second grade!
Reminder: No school for students tomorrow! 4/26
▪ Literacy
We rocked our MAPs test this week! We are so proud of our students! We will be starting narrative writing next week.
▪ Stem
▪ Your second grader’s STEM unit, WeDo 2.0 robotics, began this week. This is a very exciting, creative, and hands-on unit in which students build and explore LEGO robotics. They will utilize guided instructions, a motor, and different sensors to enhance the movements of their creations. Students will learn basic programming skills and utilize program blocks to move their creations. They will start with guided builds from the WeDo 2.0 software and progress into making their very own creation. I can't wait to see the kids light up when they run their programs and see it actually move!

▪ History
We have learned about the differences between the North and South during the Civil War! Be sure to ask your student how many differences they can remember. Also, we have sent home instructions for a biography bottle project. Please, reach out if you have any questions! We can’t wait to see what they have made aon May 2nd !

Backpack and School Supplies Drive
The Rebel Service Club is collecting backpacks and school supplies to be given to families in need here at AA and in Douglas County. Please consider donating any of the following items between Monday, April 8th and Friday, May 10th:
- New or “like new” backpacks (any size, color, or style)
- #2 pencils
- Crayons (24 pack)
- Markers (8 or 10 pack)
- Colored Pencils (12 pack)
- Folders (any color)
- Spiral Bound notebooks (wide ruled)
- Bottled glue
- Glue Sticks
- Pink Erasers
- Tissue Boxes
There is no limit to how much you can donate & the grade level that donates the most total items will win a popsicle party during the last week of school!  Thanks for helping our kids grow in their character traits humility, and generosity by being an active part of this end-of-year supply drive!

Field Trip
We also have a SURPRISE for the students. May 10th we are having the talented pigs from Top Hop come and perform for 2nd grade. This ties in with our Charlotte’s Web unit. Please, help up keep it a surprise and sign your child up so they can enjoy this treat!

1819 CP - Ms. Mullens Class
1819 CP - Ms. Brubaker's Class
1819 CP - Ms. Qualley's Class
1819 CP - Ms. Fisher's Class
 
▪ 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.
Best,

Mrs. Mullen, Mrs. Brubaker, Mrs. Qualley, and Ms. Fisher
Nicole Fisher
Instructor, Second Grade
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American Academy
Castle Pines Campus
P : 720-292-5286
F : 303-660-5550
nfisher@aak8.org
 
 
 
 
 


Friday, April 19, 2019

Another wonderful week has passed in second grade!
▪ Literacy
Next week we will be taking our MAPS tests Monday-Wednesday. Make sure your students get lots of rest and start the day with a good breakfast!
 
▪ Stem
Your second grader’s STEM unit, WeDo 2.0 robotics, began this week. This is a very exciting, creative, and hands-on unit in which students build and explore LEGO robotics. They will utilize guided instructions, a motor, and different sensors to enhance the movements of their creations. Students will learn basic programming skills and utilize program blocks to move their creations. They will start with guided builds from the WeDo 2.0 software and progress into making their very own creation. I can't wait to see the kids light up when they run their programs and see it actually move!

▪ Science
In science we are finishing up our plant unit Be on the lookout for the study guide coming home next week! . Ask your student to hear their song (to the tune of head, shoulders, knees, and toes).
 
▪ History
This week we started our Civil War unit! We have just begun to learn about the Underground Railroad and Harriet Tubman. Be sure to ask your students what the Underground Railroad was!

Backpack and School Supplies Drive
The Rebel Service Club is collecting backpacks and school supplies to be given to families in need here at AA and in Douglas County. Please consider donating any of the following items between Monday, April 8th and Friday, May 10th:
- New or “like new” backpacks (any size, color, or style)
- #2 pencils
- Crayons (24 pack)
- Markers (8 or 10 pack)
- Colored Pencils (12 pack)
- Folders (any color)
- Spiral Bound notebooks (wide ruled)
- Bottled glue
- Glue Sticks
- Pink Erasers
- Tissue Boxes
There is no limit to how much you can donate & the grade level that donates the most total items will win a popsicle party during the last week of school!  Thanks for helping our kids grow in their character traits humility, and generosity by being an active part of this end-of-year supply drive!

Field Trip
We also have a SURPRISE for the students. May 10th we are having the talented pigs from Top Hop come and perform for 2nd grade. This ties in with our Charlotte’s Web unit. Please, help up keep it a surprise and sign your child up so they can enjoy this treat!

1819 CP - Ms. Mullens Class
1819 CP - Ms. Brubaker's Class
1819 CP - Ms. Qualley's Class
1819 CP - Ms. Fisher's Class
 
▪ 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.
Best,

Mrs. Mullen, Mrs. Brubaker, Mrs. Qualley, and Ms. Fisher
Nicole Fisher
Instructor, Second Grade
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
American Academy
Castle Pines Campus
P : 720-292-5286
F : 303-660-5550
nfisher@aak8.org
 
 
 
 
 
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Friday, April 12, 2019

Another wonderful week has passed in second grade!
▪ Literacy
We have started a new Shurley Grammar unit about subject-verb agreement. We have also been working hard perfecting our paragraph writing skills for our assessment next week.
▪ Science
We are continuing to work on our plant unit. Ask your students about what they have been learning in Mystery Science. Specifically why do trees grow so tall? Also, ask your student about how planting went.
▪ History
This week we started out immigration unit. We have been learning about how and why immigrants came to America. Be sure to ask your students about the famous immigrants we have been learning about.
Field Trips: A new trip has opened up on the school store!
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.
1819 CP - Ms. Fisher's Class
1819 CP - Ms. Qualley's Class
1819 CP - Ms. Brubaker's Class
1819 CP - Ms. Mullen's Class
We also have a SURPRISE for the students. May 10th we are having the talented pigs from Top Hop come and perform for 2nd grade. This ties in with our Charlotte’s Web unit. Please, help up keep it a surprise and sign your child up so they can enjoy this treat!

1819 CP - Ms. Mullens Class
1819 CP - Ms. Brubaker's Class
1819 CP - Ms. Qualley's Class
1819 CP - Ms. Fisher's Class
CP Specials Updates:
Please visit the respective links below to see what your child is experiencing in specials programming!
CP ART
CP MUSIC
CP TECH
CP PHYS ED
A Note from the Principal
Join us on April 17 for a Parent Forum with renowned speaker, Brooks Gibbs on Building Resiliency in our Kids.
Just as physical fitness is important to our health, mental fitness aids in our overall well-being.
Resiliency, one of the main components of positive mental health, allows students to stand in the face of challenges and persevere through times of disappointment or frustration.
Brooks Gibbs is a well-known expert on the topic of resiliency, and we are excited to welcome him to American Academy mid-April! His upbeat presentation is fun and relatable, as he delivers a message that empowers students to feel in control of their responses to feelings. With special attention paid to the issue of social conflict, Brooks Gibbs provides practical techniques that instill confidence in students and their ability to bounce back.
Our students will be hearing Mr. Gibbs speak during school day assemblies, so you can decide if you would like to bring them for this evening assembly. Let us know you're coming with an RSVP so we can have enough seating.
If you are interested in learning more about Brooks you can check out his website at https://www.brooksgibbs.com/ or watch a short video clip at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g06L-Bg3SNY.
Parent Forum
April 17, 2019
6:30 PM

Backpack and School Supplies Drive
The Rebel Service Club is collecting backpacks and school supplies to be given to families in need here at AA and in Douglas County. Please consider donating any of the following items between Monday, April 8th and Friday, May 10th:
- New or “like new” backpacks (any size, color, or style)
- #2 pencils
- Crayons (24 pack)
- Markers (8 or 10 pack)
- Colored Pencils (12 pack)
- Folders (any color)
- Spiral Bound notebooks (wide ruled)
- Bottled glue
- Glue Sticks
- Pink Erasers
- Tissue Boxes
There is no limit to how much you can donate & the grade level that donates the most total items will win a popsicle party during the last week of school!  Thanks for helping our kids grow in their character traits humility, and generosity by being an active part of this end-of-year supply drive!
 
▪ 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.
Best,

Mrs. Mullen, Mrs. Brubaker, Mrs. Qualley, and Ms. Fisher
Nicole Fisher
Instructor, Second Grade
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
American Academy
Castle Pines Campus
P : 720-292-5286
F : 303-660-5550
nfisher@aak8.org
 
 
 
 
 
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Friday, April 5, 2019

Another wonderful week has passed in second grade!
 
▪ Literacy
We are continuing our Statue of Liberty writing. We are so proud of how hard our students are working on these! We have also been practicing writing informative paragraphs to prepare for our end of year writing assessment.
▪ Science
We will be continuing our study of Plants next week. We have a week full of mysteries to solve. Be sure to ask your child if plants eat dirt, why trees grow so tall, and if we should water a cactus. Also, we have a new plant song that they will love to perform!
▪ History
Our life on the trail has come to an end. We finished our Westward Expansion Unit and are going to be starting our immigration unit. Be sure to ask your students what their favorite challenge was along the trail
 
Field Trips!- A New Field has opened on the school store!

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.
1819 CP - Ms. Fisher's Class
1819 CP - Ms. Qualley's Class
1819 CP - Ms. Brubaker's Class
1819 CP - Ms. Mullen's Class
 
We also have a SURPRISE for the students. May 10th we are having the talented pigs from Top Hop come and perform for 2nd grade. This ties in with our Charlotte’s Web unit. Please, help up keep it a surprise and sign your child up so they can enjoy this treat!

1819 CP - Ms. Mullens Class
1819 CP - Ms. Brubaker's Class
1819 CP - Ms. Qualley's Class
1819 CP - Ms. Fisher's Class
 
A Note from the Principal
Join us on April 17 for a Parent Forum with renowned speaker, Brooks Gibbs on Building Resiliency in our Kids.
Just as physical fitness is important to our health, mental fitness aids in our overall well-being.
Resiliency, one of the main components of positive mental health, allows students to stand in the face of challenges and persevere through times of disappointment or frustration.
Brooks Gibbs is a well-known expert on the topic of resiliency, and we are excited to welcome him to American Academy mid-April! His upbeat presentation is fun and relatable, as he delivers a message that empowers students to feel in control of their responses to feelings. With special attention paid to the issue of social conflict, Brooks Gibbs provides practical techniques that instill confidence in students and their ability to bounce back.
Our students will be hearing Mr. Gibbs speak during school day assemblies, so you can decide if you would like to bring them for this evening assembly. Let us know you're coming with an RSVP so we can have enough seating.
If you are interested in learning more about Brooks you can check out his website at https://www.brooksgibbs.com/ or watch a short video clip at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g06L-Bg3SNY.
Parent Forum
April 17, 2019
6:30 PM

Backpack and School Supplies Drive
The Rebel Service Club is collecting backpacks and school supplies to be given to families in need here at AA and in Douglas County. Please consider donating any of the following items between Monday, April 8th and Friday, May 10th:
- New or “like new” backpacks (any size, color, or style)
- #2 pencils
- Crayons (24 pack)
- Markers (8 or 10 pack)
- Colored Pencils (12 pack)
- Folders (any color)
- Spiral Bound notebooks (wide ruled)
- Bottled glue
- Glue Sticks
- Pink Erasers
- Tissue Boxes
There is no limit to how much you can donate & the grade level that donates the most total items will win a popsicle party during the last week of school!  Thanks for helping our kids grow in their character traits humility, and generosity by being an active part of this end-of-year supply drive!
 
▪ 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.
Best,

Mrs. Mullen, Mrs. Brubaker, Mrs. Qualley, and Ms. Fisher
Nicole Fisher
Instructor, Second Grade
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
American Academy
Castle Pines Campus
P : 720-292-5286
F : 303-660-5550
nfisher@aak8.org
 
 
 
 
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