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Summer To-Do Checklist

We know our parents like to plan, so this checklist will ensure that you have the information you need so you and your children can get ready for the next school year. 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 sends 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
     
 
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.
 
  • Please note that information and dates are subject to change. We will communicate clearly any changes to the below dates and other important 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.

  • Take note of all the important upcoming summer 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.

    -Dennis Uniform Sale: June 21-23, in-store and online, 15% off + Free Shipping on orders $75+
    -K-8 DCSD Online Express Check-In: Mid - late July; more info to come
    -K-8 Payment of yearly student fees and optional PTO classroom fund donations via MySchoolBucks: Mid-late July during DCSD Online Express Check-In
    -Deadline to order school supplies online: July 28
    -KindiePrep Registration Days: August 11 & 12
    -NEW FAMILY Parent Information Meetings and PTO Receptions: August 12
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    K-8 front offices open for school year: Monday, August 18
    -American Academy Spirit Gear ordering window (fall): August 19 - September 6
    -First day of school (Middle School only): August 19
    -Open House & PTO Social (KindiePrep and K-5): TBD
    -First day of school (KindiePrep and K-5): August 23
    -Back to School Nights: August/Sept TBD
 
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 28 to ensure enough delivery time; parents will need to shop locally after July 28.
 
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
 

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) 

MySchoolbucks SignUp Instruction


Medications for 2021-2022

If your child will need medication administered at school during the 2021-2022 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 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 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.

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- *Changes for 21-22 School Year*
Beginning in the 2021-2022 school year, after July 1st, the process of submitting a nonmedical exemption will change. 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!
     
  • 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.
     
  • Take advantage of the Dennis Uniform sale! Generally mid June; dates and sale details will be announced once we hear from Dennis.

  • 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!

  • Apply for assistance - Think you might qualify for financial help purchasing uniforms or other services this coming year? Apply for assistance through DCSD Nutrition Services and then contact the Business Services Assistant at your campus (see below). If you qualify, and with your DCSD approval letter, you may receive some additional help paying for services/uniforms at American Academy.

    CP - Lisa Sutton
    MB - Catrina Phillips
    LM - Helen Sneed
 
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)! Please note that NONE of the items on the Spirit Gear Store are uniform-approved and may NOT be worn with the student uniform. They are ONLY approved for American Academy Spirit Days or Dress of Choice Days (and we have lots of those)!

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.

Spirit Gear Store Open Dates for 2021-2022
Back-to-School/Fall: 8/19/21 – 9/6/21
Winter: 10/2921 – 11/7/21
Spring: 2/18/22 – 2/28/22

 
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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