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KP-LM Newsletter

January 13th, 2023

Welcome back and Happy New Year.  I hope that you had a wonderful break and made wonderful memories with your family and friends. 

Staff has been working hard at preparing fun and exciting curriculum for your children in the KP preschool classrooms. We will be working hard on many different skills to ensure that our 4 year old students are ready for kindergarten and our 3 year olds are finishing out the year ready to move on to the 4 year old program.  I am sure that you will see tremendous growth in the knowledge and abilities of your children.  The next 4 months will go very quickly and May will be here before you know it! 


January 8th- Ms. Yocum’s Birthday

January 15th-Ms. Emerson’s Birthday

January 16th - No School - MLK Day

January 20th- Western Day

January 23rd -27th - Library Week

January 24th- Ms. Fechner’s Birthday

January 27th- Dress of Choice

February 1st Scholastic Book Orders Due

February 1st -2nd - Parent-Teacher Conferences

February 3rd - No School - Cross Campus Planning Day  


Please remember to sign your student in/out daily and indicate if your child will need lunch.

  • Please make sure your child is in proper dress code attire when attending school.
  • Make sure you have turned in your before and after care sheets at least 2 weeks prior to needing care.   
  • Please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately with a coat, mittens and boots.  Please remember that children must have a change of shoes as boots are not allowed in the classroom.


A scholastic book club flyer went home last week.  If you are interested in purchasing books, please utilize the information attached to the flyer and place your on-line order by February 1st.   We are hoping to have the books delivered in time for Valentine’s Day.   


The KindiePrep school day starts at 8:30am.  We open our KP doors at 8:15am and you are welcome to drop off from 8:15am-8:30am. We start our school day promptly at 8:30am and encourage you to drop off your child on time.  Not only does this help them get their day started on the right foot, but will start preparing our 4-year olds for Kindergarten in August.  


Parent and Teacher conferences will be held on February 1st and 2nd.  Your child’s teacher will have a sign up.  Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions or concerns. 


KindiePrep will be celebrating Western Day and the National Western Stock Show on January 20th.  Feel free to pull out those cowboy boots and western wear for some “stock show celebrating fun”.   More information to come.





December 7th, 2022

It is very hard to believe that we are only 8 days away from Winter Break.  This school year is going very fast and your children are growing and learning every day.  They are truly a joy and we are thankful for all of YOU. 


Dec. 6th – 13th - Scholastic Book Fair

December 13th-14th-Fechner and Lea Pajama Party and Holiday Movie

December 15th- Holidays Around the World

December 16th- AALM Elementary School Elf invite

December 19thAAKP Gingerbread Man Activities in the Flex Space

December 20th- Olaf visit & Pajama/Movie Day 

December 20th- Holiday Parties for Tuesday/Thursday classes

December 21st- Holiday Parties & Olaf visit for the 5 full day and Mon/Wed/Fri day classes

*Teachers will send out class-specific information regarding these special days

Dec. 22nd - No School - Teacher Comp Day

Dec. 23rd - Jan 8 - No School - Winter Break

Jan. 9th - No School - Teacher Professional Development Day 


Every year, the AA-PTO is offers AA families the option of giving cash gifts to the staff in lieu of individual gifts this holiday season.  After December 12th, however, the PTO fund will be complete and the PTO is requesting that you give your gift directly to the teacher(s). 


The American Academy lottery occurred on Monday, Dec. 5th.  If your child is in currently a KindiePrep student, they are guaranteed a spot in Kindergarten (3 year old students are guaranteed a spot in the 4 year old program) You should have received an email with paperwork to fill out and return to the k-8 Registrars.   

However, you also have the option to have your child repeat KindiePrep should you feel that your child is not ready for Kindergarten.  Please make sure to let you child’s teacher know If you are interested in having your student repeat KindiePrep.


The holiday parties will be on Dec. 20th and 21st.  The 2 day classes will have their parties on Tuesday, December 20th from 1:45 - 2:45pm and the 3 & 5 day classes will have their parties on Wednesday, December 21st from 1:45 - 2:45pm.  Please reach out to your child's teacher if you would like to volunteer or make a classroom party donation. 


 Wishing each of you the happiest of holidays and a HAPPY NEW YEAR.


 November, 2022

Good Morning KP Families.  

You should have received the following message regarding the late start this morning.  Please note that KindiePrep doors will open at 9:45am and classes will begin at 10:00am. Please stay warm in your cars until 9:45am when the KP doors will open.  Thank you.

"Due to adverse conditions, we will have a 90 Minute Delayed Start - Friday, Nov. 18, 2022. Allow plenty of time and drive safely on your way to school in the morning. This delay is for K-8 and KindiePrep students. 

Please read the schedule below for the 90-minute delay start times. 


  • Morning KindiePrep ExtraCare (before-care) is cancelled.
  • KindiePrep doors open at 9:45 am.
  • KindiePrep classes begin at 10:00 am.


  • Morning K-8 extracurricular activities are all cancelled.
  • All meetings scheduled before the delayed K-8 class start time (9:35 am) are cancelled— a staff member will contact you to reschedule.
  • Morning K-8 carpool begins at9:05 am.
  • K-8 classes begin at9:35 am.


Stay warm and drive safely!

 October 28th, 2022

Hello and Happy Friday.  Fall Festival days are very fun and exciting.


Fall Festival and Parade:  We will be holding our Fall Festival and costume parade at 2:00.  Parents are welcome to gather on the playground at 2pm for parade viewing.  After the parade, feel free to join us in your child's classroom for parties.  

If you have a child in the K-8 school and would like to pick them up early, please use the sign up sheet at the KindiePrep front desk and the secretaries in the elementary school will call down your children.  Please remember that if you park in carpool lanes,  you must retrieve your car by 2:45.  

Fun Run Dress of Choice Day: American Academy met their fun run goal and we will be celebrating with a dress of choice day this Monday, October 31st.  

Picture Days:  Class pictures will be taken on November 3rd and 4th.  Please make sure that you are here at the school by 8:30 to ensure that your child is in the class picture.  Children must be in school uniform. Pictures are pre-order and order forms went home yesterday and today. 

Thursday, November 3rd-

Ms. Lea

Ms. Fechner

Ms. Seib

Ms. Yocom

Ms. McCoy


Friday, November 4th-

Ms. Lea

Ms. Fechner

Ms. Wiese

Ms. Hengsteler

Ms. Byrne


Have a fun and safe weekend.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.


Nancy Emerson


October 10th, 2022

Happy Monday.  It is hard to believe that Fall Break is only 4 days away!

  • October 11th- DCSD Security Training- 60 Minute Delayed Start (NO MORNING CARE)
  • October 11th & October 12th- KP Conferences (teachers will have sign-ups available soon)
  • October 14th- No School- Cross Campus Training
  • October 16th- October 21st- No School - Fall Break
  • October 21st- Ms. Laura Starrett's Birthday
  • October 26th- American Academy Prospective Parent Presentation and Tours at Lincoln Meadows Campus
  • October 27th- T/Th Halloween Parties
  • October 28th- M/W/F Halloween Parties
  • October 28th- First Responder Day- More information to Come
  • October 28th- Dress of Choice Day

A big thank you to all of our parents who helped with the Fun Run last week.  It was so much fun, and the kids had a great time.  It is not too late to donate. Please use the link below:

Fun Run | AAPTO-LM | American Academy (


Friday, October 14th is a cross-campus planning day for staff and there will be no school.   

Have a wonderful Fall Break and please let us know if you have any needs or concerns.  




September 21st, 2022
Hello and Happy Wednesday,
What a chilly day!  Can you believe that we the first day of Autumn is tomorrow?  The school year is going very fast.  We have been very busy in KindiePrep and love getting to know your children. 
A few things to keep in mind in the upcoming weeks:
No School:  There is NO SCHOOL this Friday, September 23rd, due to Professional Development for staff. 
Constitution Day:  Constitution Day last Friday was so much fun and the kids learned a lot.  One child kept repeating " This is awesome!"   Make sure to ask your children about this special day as I am sure that they will have some interesting information to share with you. 
Weather:  Now that the weather is getting cooler, it is very important that your child is dressed appropriately for outside play.  Please make sure that your child has a jacket everyday that they attend school. 
Picture Retakes: Picture retakes will be on October 4th for Tuesday, Thursday and 5 Full-Day children and the 5th for Monday, Wednesday, Friday children.  This is ONLY for children that did NOT have their picture taken in August. 
Important Upcoming Dates: 
Friday, September 23rd- No School- Professional Development 
  • Thursday, September 29th- Ms.Chris Wiese's Birthday
  • Thursday, September 29th- American Academy Prospective Parent Presentation and Tours at Motsenbocker                          Campus
  • Friday, September 30th- Dress of Choice Day
  • October 4th and 5th-Picture Retake Day (only for children that did NOT have their picture taken in August)
  • October 7th- Fun Run & Fun Run attire- 10:45am-11:15am
  • October 11th- DCSD Security Training- 60 Minute Delayed Start (NO MORNING CARE)
  • October 11th & October 12th- KP Conferences (teachers will have sign-ups available soon)
  • October 14th- No School- Cross Campus Training
  • October 16th- October 21st- No School - Fall Break
  • October 21st- Ms. Laura Starrett's Birthday
  • October 26th- American Academy Prospective Parent Presentation and Tours at Lincoln Meadows Campus
  • October 27th- T/Th Halloween Parties
  • October 28th- M/W/F Halloween Parties
  • October 28th- First Responder Day- More information to Come
  • October 28th- Dress of Choice Day




September 14th, 2022


Happy Wednesday KindiePrep Families,

I hope that you are having a wonderful week.  It is week four of your children being in school and they are settling in to the school routine very well. We couldn't be more proud of them! 

It is  hard to believe with these 90 degree days, however, Fall begins next Thursday.  Time is going very fast and the school has lots of fun activities planned for the children.   This email has a list of upcoming dates and important information.  As always, please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.  

Important Dates:

  • Friday, September 16th- Constitution Day
  • Friday, September 16th- Spirit Day with Patriotic /Flag shirts and Uniform Bottoms
  • Thursday, September 29th- Ms.Chris Wiese's Birthday
  • Thursday, September 29th- American Academy Prospective Parent Presentation and Tours at Motsenbocker Campus
  • Friday, September 30th- Dress of Choice Day
  • Tuesday, October 4th and Wednesday, October 5th- Picture Retake Days
  • October 7th- Fun Run  Time- TBD
  • October 11th- DCSD Security Training- 60 Minute Delayed Start (NO MORNING CARE)
  • October 11th & October 12th- KP Conferences (teachers will have sign-ups available soon)
  • October 14th- No School- Cross Campus Training
  • October 16th- October 21st- No School - Fall Break
  • October 21st- Ms. Laura Starrett's Birthday
  • October 26th- American Academy Prospective Parent Presentation and Tours at Lincoln Meadows Campus
  • October 28th- First Responder Day- More information to Come


Constitution Day- This Friday, September 16th is Constitution Day and Kindie Prep will be celebrating with some fun activities.  Our children will hear a  preschool-friendly story about the Constitution and make some fun crafts.  Our teacher assistants have been working hard to make this a fun and educational day for our students.  Please feel free to have your child wear Start/ Stripes/ Red/White and Blue shirts or socks with uniform bottoms to help celebrate the day!


Prospective Parent Presentations and Campus Tours- American Academy will be offering campus tours at each campus.  Please feel free to share this information with friends or family who may be interested in American Academy for their child.                                              


DCSD Training and 60 Minute Late Start on  October 11th- American Academy has a planned late start at each campus so our staff can take part in important security training. The Douglas County School District (DCSD) Security Team visits schools in Douglas County to do important Standard Response Protocol Lock Down training and drills (and we are thrilled to once again have them at American Academy)! Our entire staff is required to participate in the before-school training session and then, with the help of DCSD Security, we will all (including students) be running through a Lock Down drill. There will be no AM care on this day.


Fun Run- October 7th- Save the Date.   More details to come. 




August 29th, 2022


Hello and Happy Monday.


It has been a whirlwind of a week and we have had so much fun getting to know your children.  Their smiles and laughter bring such joy and are a constant reminder as to why we love our jobs.


A few reminders as we move into the second week of school:


Drop off and Pick Up: Please remember that if you arrive at school during active carpool, you may NOT skip it.  Our carpool attendants are there to assist you and happy to help if you have any questions.  

Physical / Health Appraisal:  Please make sure that we have an up-to-date physical /health appraisal on file at the school.    The State of Colorado Department of Early Childhood licensing requires that we have the physical within 30 days of your child beginning school and will require disenrollment of any child not in compliance.  

Spirit Days / Dress of Choice:  Spirit Days are every Friday (except for the last Friday of the month which is Dress of Choice)  and children are welcome to wear an American Academy spirit shirt and uniform bottoms. Spirit Wear is available for purchase using the link below or at the KindiePrep front office. 

The last Friday of the month is Dress of Choice.  Please remember that children must be in school appropriate street clothes;  pajamas and costumes are not allowed on Dress of Choice days.  

Back to School Night:  Back to School night will be next Tuesday, September 6th from 5:30-6:30.  This is an opportunity to visit the classroom, meet with teachers and answer any questions that you may have.   Teachers will cover curriculum and classroom information, as well.  Please note the date and time change.  


 Upcoming Dates:

  •         August 30th-           Michelle Khati's Birthday (3 year-old Teacher Assistant)
  •         September 1st-      Stephanie McCoy's Birthday (3 year-old Teacher)
  •         September 2nd-     Spirit Wear Day 
  •         September 5th-      NO SCHOOL
  •         September 5th-     Spirit Gear Store closes          
  •         September 6th-     Back to School Night 5:30-6:30 (NOTE: DATE AND TIME CHANGE)
  •         September 9th-     Spirit Wear Day 


As always, thank you for sharing your wonderful children with us and please let us know if there is anything that we can do for your family.  





July 15th, 2022


 It is hard to believe how quickly time has gone and that we have less than 35 days left of summer before our first day of school on August 22nd We are very excited to welcome back our returning families and can’t wait to meet our new families!               


This email is information-packed and will answer many of the questions that you may have regarding the upcoming school year.  I would suggest printing this email out for future reference.   We will also be available to answer questions at Registration on August 11th  and Open House on August 18th    


Dates to Remember:

First Tuition Payment- August 1st

Registration- August 11th, 10 am-12:30 pm (Must sign up for a time to attend.  More information below)

Open House- August 18th, 4:30pm-6:00pm

KP-8th Grade Picture Day-August 19th 10 am-3 pm

First Day of School-August 22nd (5 full-day and M/W/F)

First Day of School- August 23rd (T/TH)

Back to School Night- September 6th, 5:30pm-6:3:30pm


 SmartCare Account

American Academy KindiePrep uses SmartCare for our registration paperwork, billing, and student check-in/check-out procedures When enrolling your child into the KindiePrep program, you utilized the SmartCare system and an account has already been established.   Please ensure that all of your information is current including billing information.  It is important that you do this from a computer and not the app.


Please make sure to download the SmartCare app to your phone (or uninstall/ reinstall if you are a previous family) as soon as possible.   The app is the most efficient way to sign your child in/out of the facility and will also be needed to order school lunches. A four-digit code is also assigned to each pick-up/drop-off person listed on your child’s registration and this code may be used at one of our kiosks for sign-in.  You will find this code listed on the app and under your profile.  If you do not have your phone available at the time of drop off or pick up, you may use the four digit-code and one of our kiosks. To ensure that your family is ready for the first day of school, the check-in/check-out QR codes will be available at registration. 


First Tuition Payment

American Academy tuition is based on a yearly amount depending on the number of days your child attends school.  For your convenience, we provide three options for payment.

  • Pay for the entire year upfront with a credit card - please notify the office by July 15th and they will process the card for you.
  • Pay for the entire year up font with a check and receive a 3% discount on tuition.  (full tuition payment must be made at registration on August 11th.  Please notify the office by July 25th of your intent to pay full tuition upfront)
  • Make monthly payments  (tuition is divided into 10 equal monthly payments with the first payment due on August 1st and the last payment due on May 1st. 

*If you choose the monthly payment plan, tuition will be billed on the 25th of each month and charges will occur on the 1st business day of the following month for a total of 10 monthly payments. The first payment will be due on August 1st.  Please ensure that “auto-pay” is enabled.


*The KindiePrep Parent Handbook has specific information regarding tuition refunds and withdrawal from the program, however, in most situations, refunds for unused days are given with a 30-day notice.



Registration will be on August 11th from 10 am- 12:30om.  This is a time to make sure that all paperwork has been completed and answer any questions that you may have. 


 Please bring the following to registration:
  • *an up-to-date physical/ health appraisal
  • *immunization record
  • *medication with physician documentation
  • *a list of any extra-care days that you may be needing for August and September.



Use the following link to sign up for a time to attend Registration: 




If you are unable to attend registration please email me at [email protected] to let us know that you are unable to attend registration and we will plan to see you at the Open House on Thursday, August 18th.  You are welcome to bring your children to registration, however, please note that classrooms will not be open and teachers are unavailable as they typically do not attend registration. 


Physical / Health Appraisal

The State of Colorado Department of Early Childhood licensing requires an up-to-date (dated within one year) Health Appraisal (also known as a physical) AND an immunization record to be on file at the school. The Health Appraisal must state that your child is in good health, may attend an early childhood program, AND signed by a physician.  Unfortunately, the State of Colorado licensing does not allow a “Summary of Visit” in place of a Health Appraisal.  Both the physical and immunization record must be submitted before a student can attend school.


Open House

                Open House will be held in KindiePrep on Thursday, August 18th from 4:30 pm-6:00 pm.  This will be an opportunity to meet your child’s teacher, see the classroom and drop off school supplies and sunscreen.  If your child has any medical needs, please bring the appropriate documentation at that time as well.  You will receive your child’s KindiePrep bag at that time and receive specific classroom information from your child’s teacher.   PTO typically has a school-wide social event during Open House.


Picture Day

This year student school pictures will be taken before the school year starts.  You will need to bring your student(s) into school on August 18th or 19th between the hours of 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Please report to the Main Office and they will direct you where to go for the pictures.  Your student(s) will need to be in the proper dress code for the picture.  


Teacher/ Classroom

                You will be notified of your child’s teacher and classroom at registration on August 11th. Your family will be invited to meet your child’s teacher and see their classroom at Open House on August 18th.  All classroom-specific information will be covered by your child’s teacher at Open House.  


School Supplies

Order online or shop locally - the choice is yours.


  • To order online, visit the My 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.   Shop Local


Dress Code

Students in the American Academy K-8 program are required to wear uniforms supplied by our K-8 uniform vendor, Dennis Uniform. KindiePrep students are NOT required to wear the K-8 uniform. Instead, KindiePrep students follow a KindiePrep “dress code”.


  • Pants, shorts, jumpers, or skorts in navy blue.
  • Solid red, white, or navy polos or t-shirts (no print)
  • Sweaters or sweatshirts
  • Socks and/or tights in solid red, white, or navy
  • Closed-toe and closed-back shoes free of characters, glitter, gems, and lights
  • No boots, sandals, Crocs, or flip-flops

The above dress code items may be purchased from any vendor.



Outdoor Recess

Students will play outdoors daily provided the temperature is above 32 degrees Fahrenheit and below 90 degrees Fahrenheit and must be dressed appropriately each day for outdoor play.


Sunscreen- The State of Colorado Department of Early Childhood licensing now requires that all children have sunscreen applied at least 30 minutes prior to going outside. All parents and caregivers will be required to (a) apply sunscreen to their children prior to dropping their child off at school and (b) provide sunscreen for their child to use while at school. Please label your child’s sunscreen with their name and your child’s teacher.


  • Drop Off
School for the K-8 building begins at 8:05 am. Morning Carpool for the K-8 school begins at 7:30 am and ends at 8:05 am.
If you are utilizing AM care for your child, to avoid carpool line, we suggest arriving at school prior to 7:30 am.
If you are not utilizing AM care for your child, to avoid carpool line, we suggest arriving at school after 8:05 am.   (KP doors do not open until 8:15 am) 
  • Pick Up
School for the K-8 building ends at 3:35. Afternoon carpool for the K-8 school begins forming at 3:10.   
If you are utilizing PM care for your child, to avoid carpool line, we suggest arriving at school after 4:05.
If you are not utilizing PM care for your child, to avoid carpool line, we highly suggest arriving promptly at 3:00. 


Morning Drop Off

                The KindiePrep school day starts at 8:30 and ends at 3:00.  Families with siblings in the K-8 school may drop off at 8:10 and our doors open to all other students at 8:15. Parents will take their children directly to the classroom where the teacher will be ready to greet your child for the day.  Please place all of your child’s personal belongings in their cubby, sign your child in with the app on your phone, ensure that you have applied sunscreen to your child, and use the app to sign your child in for the day and choose a lunch option.


 KindiePrep Tote Bag

                Every child will receive a KindiePrep bag at Open House for their personal belongings.   These bags fit perfectly in our cubby system that each child will use while at school.   The following items should be in your child’s KP bag every day.  (If your child is attending 5 full days, you may leave some of these items in their cubby until Friday) No backpacks, please.


  • Extra-Set of Clothes AND shoes
  • Crib Sheet and crib-sized Blanket
  • Lunch (if brought from home)
  • Water bottle
  • Snack
  • Sunscreen



                KindiePrep offers AM care which runs from 7:00 am-8:30 am and PM care which runs from 3:00-5:30. If your child is on the 5 full-day with extra-care tuition plan, they are automatically enrolled in both AM and PM care.   If your child is not enrolled in that plan, you will need to complete a monthly calendar indicating the days that you will be needing extra care for your child.  Due to state licensing, we are unable to accommodate drop-in childcare and we do require a 30-day notice in order to secure a spot for your child in extra care.    

Extra-care calendars are due by the 1st of the month for care needed the following month and can be found at the front desk.    Please note that extra care is first come, first served and there are no refunds or transfers.  AM care is $10.00 per day (7:00am-8:30am) and PM care is $15.00 per day. (3:00pm-5:30pm)



                KindiePrep students may choose to either bring a lunch from home or purchase a school lunch.  AA KindiePrep participates in the Douglas County School District school lunch program at a cost of approximately $3.50 per lunch.  Families will be responsible for setting up a “My School Bucks” account through Douglas County School district for payment. Lunches are served in the classroom between 11:10-11:45.   KindiePrep students are offered (a) one meal choice for the day or (b) a vegetarian option (only offered if the meal for the day is non-vegetarian), or (c) milk only option. A monthly lunch menu is posted outside of every classroom. As you scan your child in for the day, we ask that you please follow ALL of the sign-in prompts to ensure that lunch is ordered for your child.  You will need your student’s ID in order to create a My School Bucks Account.  New families will receive this at registration.

*The vegetarian option typically consists of a peanut-free butter sandwich, string cheese, packaged fruit, and a veggie.


My School Bucks- Lunch Account



Families are asked to provide a healthy snack from home for their children.  The three-year-old program has two snack times scheduled throughout the day and the four-year-old program has one snack time scheduled.  Your child will need an additional snack if they are staying for after-care.


Food at School

  • Birthday Treats- We encourage non-food treats as to respect any dietary restrictions or allergies. 
  • Nuts in the Classroom- We are NOT a nut-free facility, however, we do take precautions.  If your child is in a classroom with a student that has a severe allergy, we will restrict nuts in that classroom.  Your child's teacher will notify you if this is the case.
  • Classroom Parties- Children will be supplied with a party snack bag and each child can bring in their snack of choice. 


Rest Time

                Licensing requires that we schedule a rest time into our day. Rest time is right after lunch and lasts for approximately 1 hour.   We ask that parents supply a crib sheet and a small crib-size blanket as they fit well on the school-provided resting mat.      


Emergency Communications

It is of vital importance that you complete the emergency communications opt-in so that you will receive notifications from the school.  Please follow the link below. 


Emergency Communications Opt-In



Again, welcome to KindiePrep and please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.