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Middle School students, in their shorts, enjoy the beautiful December weather on campus.
Friday, December 3, 2021;  Volume: 13, Issue: 15

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Upcoming School Calendar

  • Monday 12/6: D Day
  • Tuesday 12/7: E Day
  • Wednesday 12/8: F Day
  • Thursday 12/9: A Day
  • Friday 12/10: B Day

Today is HOPE Day!

HOPE at CA HOPE Day—a new initiative to energize the CA community around the day of HOPE (December 11)—will be held today. HOPE Day features fundraising activities for students and easy drop-off opportunities for clothing, coat, diaper, backpack/school supply, and personal care donations. Look for students at the Lower and Upper School circles from 7:50-8:45 a.m., to help you unload donations directly from the car! There will still be donation bins in the Athletic Center and all divisions through Thursday, December 9.

Volunteers needed!
Volunteers are critical to ensure a smooth-running event. Please consider donating your time on Saturday, December 11 to make a difference for hundreds of underserved families in the metro Denver community. This student-led day of philanthropy is as impactful for CA as it is for the families we serve. Please sign up to volunteer.

HOPE is also grateful for your tax-deductible financial donations; you may contribute here.  Interested in being a sponsor? Please contact hope@coloradoacademy.org for additional details. Thank you to our generous sponsors—Lauren & Geoff Smart, 7S Management, High Road Touring, Snarf's Sandwiches, and the Marriott Hotel at Denver Tech Center—and all of our donors!

CA Computer Science Festival

Come experience the exciting world of Computer Science at CA’s Annual Computer Science Festival! Help us celebrate National Computer Science Education Week, December 6-12. Upper School & Middle School Computer Science students will be on hand to answer questions and lead activities.
  • Who: Everyone! This event is open to ALL students, parents, and teachers.
  • When: Wednesday, December 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Pizza will be served.
  • Where: Raether Library
  • RSVP: Here
  • What:
    • Come play and program lots of different kinds of robots.
    • Ignite your creativity with electronics.
    • Attend a learning workshop with OsmoLittleBitsMakey Makey, and Hummingbird.
    • Take your Maker skills to the next level with laser cutting and other cool Maker projects.
    • Maneuver a pocket drone on our challenging course.
    • Try dozens of fun Hour of Code and unplugged CS activities.

Faculty Appreciation Holiday Cookie Fest 2021

CA Cookie FestOur 8th annual Cookie Fest event is just one week away, and we need your help!  Please sign up to donate baked goods on December 9, 2021, in appreciation of our faculty and staff who do so much to support our children and community. Sweet treats can be dropped at each division lobby and in the Lower School and Upper School drop-off locations. 

We are hoping to receive 400 dozen cookie donations. Please RSVP here to let us know that we can count on you in this endeavor! Many thanks! Questions? Please contact Brooke Beasley or Robin Cook

Athletics games this weekend

CA winter sports are now in full swing! Come out and support our teams! #GoMustangs!
  • Swimming: vs. Douglas County - Today, 4 p.m., at Castle Rock Rec Center
  • Girls Basketball JV: vs. St. Mary's High School - Today, 4 p.m., at Main Gym
  • Boys Basketball JV: vs. St. Mary's High School - Today, 5:30 p.m., at West Gym
  • Girls Basketball Varsity: vs. St. Mary's High School - Today, 5:30 p.m., at Main Gym
  • Boys Basketball Varsity: vs. St. Mary's High School - Today, 7 p.m., at Main Gym
  • Ice Hockey Varsity: vs. Air Academy - Saturday, 6:15 p.m., at Sertich Ice Center 
For the home-opener basketball games, wear red and enjoy free pizza at halftime! Get ready to pack the house, Mustangs!

For all athletic events, please check the full CA Athletic Calendar or search by team.

Sign-up for outdoor adventure trips

Forbes Cone, CA's Director of Experiential Education, has arranged a variety of exciting outdoor education experiences for Upper and Middle Schoolers. Learn more about these adventures and sign up below!
  • Orienteering Map-Reading Competition:  For Middle School - Orienteering is an international adventure sport. The "thinking sport,” orienteering, challenges your map-reading ability, decision-making skills, and endurance. Meets are held all over the world and even right here in Colorado. Sunday, December 12, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $40. Learn more and register.
  • Eldorado Hut Trip: For Upper School - The Eldorado Hut is located five miles west of Turquoise Lake, near Leadville. The path into the hut winds through aspen forest for the first mile and gradually zigzags up a ridge on the north side of the lake. At the hut, views from the south window include a panorama of 14,421-ft. Mount Massive and Bald Eagle Mountain. Saturday, January 15-Monday, January 17 (Martin Luther King holiday weekend). $150. Learn more and register.
  • Lake City Ice Climbing: For Upper School - The Lake City Ice Park is a man-made ice climbing venue in a spectacular, purpose-built ice park, within walking distance of Lake City, Colo. It is home to two dozen ice and mixed climbs. Don't miss out! This trip is designed for beginners, and no prior climbing experience is necessary. Friday, February 18-Monday, February 21 (Presidents Day weekend). $300. Learn more and register.
  • Tundra Hut Trip: For Upper School - The Tundra Hut is located at 11,500 ft., just below the Continental Divide, in a beautiful backcountry basin above Georgetown, Colo. Many large windows allow breathtaking views of '13ers and Argentine Pass to the south. It is a rustic getaway with no running water. Friday, April 15-Sunday, April 17 (April Break). $300. Learn more and register.
Note: Financial assistance is available for any of these experiences. Please reach out to Mr. Cone.

COVID-19 vaccine clinic coming to CA

Covid VaccineCA is pleased to offer COVID-19 vaccines to anyone 5 and older at an on-campus vaccine clinic. We will offer the Pfizer vaccine on Wednesday, December 15, followed by a second-dose clinic on on Wednesday, January 12. Parent or guardian consent is required prior to vaccination for minors. For children ages 5-11, a parent or guardian must be present. For older children, a parent or guardian may be present or available via phone. Jefferson County Public Health will be sending us a registration link shortly that we will pass along in future communications.

Thursday testing continues
CA is offering on-campus COVID-19 rapid antigen—not PCR—tests on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Campus Center. Parents must register their children in advance; please complete one of the following forms:

The CA Fund: Let’s reach 100% parent participation!

Every gift matters as we work toward reaching our goal of 100% CA Fund parent participation! By making a gift or pledge to The CA Fund, you are helping CA advance our mission to create curious, kind, courageous, and adventurous learners and leaders. Not only is your gift tax deductible, but as an added incentive, the grade level in each division that reaches 100% parent participation first will be awarded a fun celebration activity with Dr. Davis. If you have not yet made a gift to The CA Fund this school year, please consider making your gift or a pledge today! Thank you to those who have already made their gift this year!

New hats, sweats and more at The CA Store

Start your holiday shopping at The CA Store and give the gift of warm and cosy CA sportswear! Check out  The CA Store  for new hats, including fleece-lined knits, truckers, and baseball caps. Find new sweatshirts as well as longtime favorite Mustang apparel, including pajama pants, tees, and hoodies for the whole family. Don't forget water bottles and golf shirts! Products can be shipped anywhere in the United States with an $8 flat-rate shipping fee. Show your Mustang spirit, and shop now.

Parents, learn more about the next division

Info Session: Fifth Grade Parents: Meet the Middle School!
TODAY, December 3, 8:30-10 a.m.
Principal Bill Wolf-Tinsman hosts a Faculty Panel and a Student Panel in Raether Library. The event concludes with a short tour of Middle School classes with a Parent Ambassador. Please RSVP with the first and last names of all parents attending.

Info Session: Eighth Grade Parents: Meet the Upper School!
Tuesday, December 7, 8:15-10:15 a.m.
Principal Max Delgado hosts an Upper School Student/Faculty Panel, followed by small-group tours of Upper School classes led by a Parent Ambassador. Please RSVP with the first and last names of all parents attending.

Safe2Tell Colorado

Safe2Tell Colorado is a Colorado model prevention strategy operating under the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, Department of Law. Founded in 2004, Safe2Tell Colorado is the law-enforcement led component of School Safety for the state of Colorado. Colorado schools are required by the Colorado Department of Education to include Safe2Tell Colorado as part of school safety planning.
 
The mission of Safe2Tell Colorado is to ensure that every Colorado student, parent, teacher, and community member has access to a safe and anonymous way to report concerning, threatening or suspicious behavior or situations, with a focus on early intervention and prevention through awareness and education. Safe2Tell Colorado is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To make an anonymous report, complete the online web report form, download the Safe2Tell Colorado mobile app, or call 1-877-542-7233.

SPEAK: Matt Hart, Win at All Costs

Please join us on Tuesday, January 11, at 5:30 p.m. in the Leach Center for a SPEAK lecture with Matt Hart. Raising a conscientious student-athlete in today's hyper-competitive sports environment can be tough. How can kids get the most out of athletics without falling prey to the win-at-all-costs mentality that pervades sports today? Matt Hart, professional athlete turned investigative journalist and author, will discuss how to navigate this moral landscape through the story of the rise and fall of a prestigious professional running program.

Hart was one of the journalists who exposed the Nike Oregon Project in the New York Times. His subsequent book penetrated the secrecy that protected the most powerful coach in running. This tale leads to discussion about the gray areas of sports and tough moral decisions that often confront young athletes. Parents are encouraged to bring their children to this presentation.
RSVP Now.

Upcoming SPEAK Lectures:
  • Middle School SPEAK: "Tips and Tricks for Parenting a Middle Schooler" - Thursday, January 20. RSVP
  • Dr. Dena Simmons: "From Surviving to Thriving" - Thursday, January 27. RSVP
  • Nick Boedicker: "Creating Young Changemakers" - Thursday, February 10. RSVP
  • Middle School SPEAK: "ThinkingLab Workshop, The Art of Debate" - Thursday, February 24. RSVP
  • View the full SPEAK lineup.

Trimester 1 Grade Reports

Reminder: Tri 1 grades for all divisions are now available to parents. To view, please follow these steps:
  • Log in to the CA website.
  • Click on “Children,” then select your student’s name.
  • Click on the “Progress” tab.
  • Under Performance, click on “Report Cards”
  • Click on Trimester 1
  • The report will open in a new window.

Parent Association leadership opportunities

Please consider sharing your time and expertise with the CA Parent Association! PA leadership positions provide a great opportunity to work with administrators, faculty, staff, and other CA parents to make a real difference in our community. Please refer to the Parent Association Resource Board for information regarding leadership opportunities for the 2022-2023 school year. If you’d like to nominate yourself or another great parent volunteer for any position, or if you want to learn more about the PA leadership in general, please contact Alice Rydberg, Nominating Committee Chair at 303-915-6719.

Has the pandemic left you feeling disconnected from other parents?

The CA Parent Association is kicking off a new program in January called Parent to Parent or P2P. Different P2P groups will provide interested parents with an opportunity to connect with one another and share resources on a variety of topics.

Our first P2P group, Parenting in the Digital Age, will meet monthly, beginning in January. During the pandemic, American families relied on technology more than ever—for jobs, school work, and recreation—and now we may be feeling the effects of a digital hangover. Our Parenting in the Digital Age group will provide an opportunity to discuss technology-related issues that you may be facing in your home, including parent/child dynamics surrounding use of electronics, management of screen time usage on various devices, and the impact of social media on your child’s social and emotional health. This group will eventually be organized by division level (Lower, Middle, and Upper School) depending on interest. If you are interested in joining this group, please contact Trina Reisch

Additionally, if you have a great idea for forming another P2P group or are interested in leading a P2P group at CA, please also email Trina Reisch

We look forward to facilitating these connections!

Parent Activities

Check out the PA Calendar on the Parent Association Resource Board for more information about upcoming activities. If you would like to participate in any PA activities, please fill out the PA Volunteer Form. There are many ways to get involved! If you have any questions, please reach out to Lyndsey Farncombe


A friendly reminder from the Parent Association in this season of giving:
Purchasing gifts via Amazon Smile offers the same shopping experience as Amazon, yet results in the BIGGEST SOURCE OF FUNDS raised by the Parent Association. Those funds are used to directly support our faculty, staff, and students! To get started, just link your Amazon Smile account to Colorado Academy by visiting http://smile.amazon.com/ and selecting Colorado Academy as your charity under the search bar. Then, be sure to place future orders on the smile.amazon.com website. Please reach out to Alexandra Band or Greer Ryan with any questions!

Upcoming PA activities: 
  • Rock Climbing: Monday, December 6 - Please click here for more information.
  • Ski Club: Tuesday, December 7 - Please contact Anne-Marie Beaumier for more information or to RSVP.
  • Hiking: Monday, December 13 - Please contact Heidi Wolfe or Brooke Beasley for more information.

Final day for the Native American food drive

Please drop off non-perishable food donations for the Wind River Reservation food drive this morning at the Lower and Upper School circles. This effort will benefit the Eastern Shoshone and the Northern Arapahoe Tribes, two of the most impoverished tribes, which are located in southern Wyoming. Learn more.

Save the date: Grandparents & Special Friends Day 2021

CA grandparents are invited to a virtual CA Grandparents & Special Friends Day, which will take place on Thursday, December 16 for Lower School, and Friday, December 17 for Middle and Upper School. The events will include a keynote session with Head of School Mike Davis, classroom visits on Zoom, and remarks and/or Q&As with the division principals. An email invitation was sent recently to CA grandparents. 
RSVP now: Lower School | Middle School | Upper School

CA's COVID-19 Weekly Dashboard

As of December 3, 2021, Colorado Academy has six students in quarantine or isolation for COVID-19, as reflected in the latest weekly dashboard. The number reflects students isolating due to a positive case or who are in quarantine because of close contact. Look for the dashboard each Friday in CA Today or on the COVID-19 section of the website.

Please remember to upload student vaccine cards to Magnus. If you need to connect with CA on COVID-19 exposure questions or report your child having a positive case, please use this email: Covid-reporting@coloradoacademy.org. For the latest on CA's COVID-19 response and Jefferson County Public Health's mask guidelines, please visit the website

CALENDAR AT A GLANCE:

Next seven days:

Tuesday: Piano Recital
Wednesday: Mustang Assembly
Thurs-Sun: US Play: The 39 Steps
Friday: Cookie Fest



Lunch Menu: Week of December 6
Lunch Menu QR Code:

 

Looking ahead:

12/11: HOPE
12/15: Grade 4 Music Performance
12/15: Instrumental Ensemble Recital
12/16: LS Grandparents Day
12/17: MS/US Grandparents Day
12/17: Winter Break Begins 1 p.m.
12/18-1/4: Winter Break
1/5: Classes Resume; No Homework Due
1/7: Mid-Tri 2
1/10: Junior Class College Kickoff
1/11: SPEAK: Matt Hart
1/12: Senior Class Parent Meeting
1/17: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, School Closed
1/20: MS PA Meeting 
1/20: MS SPEAK
CA Middle School students enjoy lunch outside this week.
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