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Summer To-Do Checklist

We hope your summer is off to a great start so far! We also know some families like to get a jump start on things needed for next fall, so this checklist will ensure that you have the information you need. Please read the information below carefully -- we recommend bookmarking this page so you can reference it during the summer months. Watch your email inbox for more news and updates as we head towards the brand new school year.
 
Click on the arrows to view the drop-down information for each checklist item.
  • American Academy family ID number and student ID number(s)
    • In the spring (late April this year), the American Academy registrar sent an email to all families (new and returning) that contains their AA Family ID and each child’s Infinite Campus Student ID.
  • MySchoolBucks Login Info (for student fees)

    American Academy parents will use the MySchoolBucks application to make online payments for the following:
    • Student fees (during DCSD Express Check-in)
    • DCSD school lunch payments (if applicable)
     
 
IMPORTANT! Keep all these numbers and logins safe and in an accessible location for use throughout the year.
New families (or those with updated info) must complete the Emergency Communications Opt-In Form in order to begin receiving emergency emails from American Academy throughout the school year. Please complete by August 1 of the upcoming school year so that you will be ready to receive emergency communications on the first day of school.
 
 
Returning families who have already opted in and received emergency communications in the past do NOT need to redo this opt-in. We already have you in the system. If your cell phone number or email address have changed, please fill out the form to update your info.
 
 
  • Review and bookmark our board-approved upcoming school year calendar so you can start planning for no school days, parent conferences, and school breaks. Our 22-23 Calendar has been updated with a few changes as of May 17, 2022. Be sure to download the latest school calendar.

  • Please note that information and dates are subject to change. We will communicate clearly any changes to the below dates and other important info.

  • Take note of all the important upcoming summer/fall dates on our school event calendar! We've listed the big ones below; please check the website Events calendar for details about times and locations (and any updates).  We will also send out detailed info on dates below where needed.

    - Mid - late July: K-8 DCSD Online Express Check-In & Fee Payment; more info to come
    - June 30: Dennis Uniform In-Store Event, 3:00-7:00pm, 15% off for AA families
    - June 30 - July 2: Dennis Uniform AA Sale, in-store and online, 15% off
    - July 27: Deadline to order school supplies online
    - August 11: NEW FAMILY Parent Information Meetings and PTO Receptions
    - August 16:
    K-8 and KP front offices open for school year
    - August 18: First day of school for grades 6-8 (Middle School only)
    - August 18: Open House & PTO Social (KindiePrep and K-5)
    - August 18 & 19: KP - 5 Student Photos Individual
    - August 18 - September 5: American Academy Spirit Gear ordering window (fall)
    - August 19: KindiePrep Registration
    - August 19: Middle School Student Photos Individual
    - August 22: First day of school for KindiePrep and K-5
    - Back to School Nights:

            Sept. 1: Middle School at LM and MB -  5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
            Sept. 7: K&1 - 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm, 4th - 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
            Sept. 8: 2&3-  5:00 pm - 6:00 pm, 5th - 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
            Sept. 8: Middle School at CP -  5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

All American Academy incoming K-8 students have summer assignments for reading and math (as well as history, for incoming grades 6-8 only). KindiePrep students do NOT have summer reading assignments, but we certainly encourage parents to read with them on a regular basis. 
 
Visit the Summer Assignment web pages on our school website to view the assignments for each grade level and to download any related worksheets.
 

We hope your kids can join us for one or more of the fun camps offered and run by American Academy teachers and staff! For more details and information about current summer camp offerings, visit the American Academy Summer Camp page on the website.

 

Participation in summer camps is open to ALL enrolled K-8 American Academy students who will be at least five years old by June 1 of this year. Parents of students new to American Academy in upcoming year must complete all registration paperwork before signing up for a summer camp. Students may attend a camp at ANY campus and are not limited to the campus where they attend school.

 

Want a little extra help with academics this summer? American Academy teachers* sometimes like to offer private tutoring sessions during the summer months. We have listed those teachers here for your convenience and to give our wonderful, hard-working teachers a helping hand.

 

*American Academy is not responsible for or involved in these private tutoring arrangements in any way. To make arrangements for summer private tutoring, parents must contact teachers directly using the contact info provided.

 

Order Online
To order online, visit the School Tool Box website and search for the correct American Academy campus. Parents may shop the full list or choose just a few individual items. Orders will be delivered right to your home within 10-14 business days. The deadline for online ordering is July 27 to ensure enough delivery time; parents will need to shop locally after July 27.
 
Shop Local
Download the school supply list below for your campus, find your grade level, choose your favorite local store, and enjoy.
 

Douglas County School District Registration: Online (K-8) - Mid to late July, watch for details
DCSD Online Express Check-In and payment of yearly student fees.

  • Complete yearly DCSD registration forms
  • Update and confirm all student record information (name, address, contact info, etc.)
  • Update and confirm student media limitations (we encourage no media limitations as we only publish great school news and rarely attach names to photos).
 

American Academy parents will use the MySchoolBucks application to make online payments for the following:

  • Student fees
  • DCSD school lunch payments
  • Optional classroom fund donations (PTO ran, if applicable) 

MySchoolbucks SignUp Instruction


Medications for 2022-2023

If your child will need medication administered at school during the 2022-2023 school year, please have your primary care provider complete a medication authorization form. Middle School students wanting to self-carry their medications, please have your provider fill out this form. Medication authorization forms are updated every school year.

 

This includes over-the-counter medications, which are all supplied by parents. We DO NOT keep a stock of any medication (ex: Tylenol, Advil, Benadryl) for students at school and can only administer their own medication with proper forms. Please plan to bring these completed forms and medications in their original pharmacy labeled/new unopened over the counter containers, in a plastic bag labeled with your child’s name to drop off in August at Open House. We cannot accept or administer expired medications (please check expiration dates) or medications with incomplete paperwork.

 

Immunizations- Incoming Kindie and 6th Graders

Many immunization updates are necessary by the time school starts in August. Summer is a great time to plan to see your primary care provider to update immunizations.

 

Incoming sixth graders are required to have an immunization booster for Tdap prior to starting 6th grade. Please bring updated records to school in August.  

 

Incoming Kindergarteners also have necessary immunizations that should be updated prior to starting school in August. Please bring updated immunization records to school in August at Open House.

  • Tri County Health Department immunization phone number: 303-451-0123

 

 

Immunization Exemptions-

Immunization exemptions are required to be renewed annually. For the 2022-2023 school year, there will be two ways to submit a nonmedical exemption. Please visit the CDPHE vaccine exemptions webpage for more exemption information and requirements.

  • Review the American Academy Uniform Policy!

    **Please note we are making a slight change to the student uniform policy regarding sweatshirts. Read more about that change here.

  • Dennis Uniform In Store and Online Event: June 30 from 3-7pm, shop in store where your student can try on uniforms and you can ask the experts questions. Read more about this event here.
     
  • Join American Academy Marketplace - Parents can post approved American Academy uniform items in our new American Academy Marketplace Facebook group. Select Join and then once approved, you can buy, sell, or search for what you need (current members of the American Academy Community Facebook group are automatically approved to join Marketplace.) It's a great place to ask questions about uniforms, too.

  • Learn about Dress of Choice Days and Spirit Days - Students are required to wear our American Academy uniform every day! However, we like to make fun exceptions with regular Spirit Days and Dress of Choice Days. Learn when they are and what to wear on each of these uniform exception days!

  • Extra Help - For those families that qualify, there may be assistance for purchasing uniforms and other services. Apply for assistance through DCSD Nutrition Services (the application typically opens mid-summer) and contact our business services team with your DCSD approval letter. If you qualify, you can receive some additional help paying for services/uniforms at American Academy. Please contact Business Services to submit forms and ask any questions.
 
We know families and students get excited to show off some American Academy spirit while looking forward to the new American Academy school year. So save the date for the next Spirit Gear Store (ordering window dates below)!

Spirit Days take place each week on Friday, and we have one planned Dress of Choice day each month which usually takes place the last Friday of the month. Check out the guidelines for both on our website and in our Student Uniform Policy. Please note this policy is being updated to add new guidelines on sweatshirts.

Spirit Gear Store Open Dates for 2022-2023
Special Order Window: (Sweatshirts Only) June 30 - July 4th at 11:59pm
Back-to-School/Fall: August 18 - September 5
Winter: October 28 - November 6
Spring: February 17 - February 26

 
We like to stay in touch with our families at American Academy! We post frequently on our school website and we send out all-school newsletters once a week throughout the school year and occasionally through the summer months. Our teachers send out grade-level news (frequency will depend on the grade). And of course, we have emergency communications. Here are some good tips for staying connected in other ways!
  • Looking for something on our website? Try our site search tool (upper right of any web page) or look through QuickLinks (main menu) > Parents for an alphabetical list of subjects.

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  • Want to keep track of American Academy events in your own personal calendar? Visit our school website and select Campuses > Your Campus > Events and then select the Subscribe option just above the calendar. Any updates made on our end will show in your calendar when you open it.
 
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