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The Weekly Word – 2/9 Announcements

Creative Technologies Academy – making a difference in the things that matter. . .
Our Mission
Creative Technologies Academy is a K-12 learning community committed to strengthening character and promoting a safe, scholarly,
and supportive environment that develops life-long learners.
Quote of the week: “When it comes to developing character strength, inner security and unique personal and interpersonal talents and skills in a child,
no institution can or ever will compare with, or effectively substitute for, the home's potential for positive influence.” -Stephen Covey

Character Ed focus for February: OPTIMISM


Coffee time with Dan George and CTA parents at 7:00 am. RSVPs appreciated.
FIT classes today with Mr. George in the auditorium
Rehearsal for "The Ugly Duckling" today at 3:15 in Mrs. Train's room.
School Improvement Committee Meeting 3:15-4:15 – lounge
BB -Big Rapids Home School @Crossroads Charter Girls – 7:00 Boys – 8:00


Rehearsal for "The Ugly Duckling" today at 3:15 in Mrs. Train's room.
CTA Financial Aid Night – 6:30pm HS computer lab


Count Day today
From Mrs. Bangma: CTA School Bank training @10:00 in the cafeteria
Rehearsal for "The Ugly Duckling" today at 3:15 in Mrs. Train's room.


Pinnacle Popcorn Pickup today
Girl Talk Meeting today in Ms. Liscombe’s room 3:15-4:00
BB @Ellington Academy Boys – 6:00


Popcorn Day
EL Valentine’s Day celebrations
EARLY RELEASE today: EL @12:55pm & HS@1:00pm. Aftercare available until 3:30 - $6 per student; call Student
Services @696-4905 x227 if interested.


Attention all high school students! Any late work is due by February 20th. Please make sure that any missing work or
assignments you want to fix and turn back in are done by this date.


New Program at CTA for girls in Grades 3-6: We are excited to announce a new program for 3rd through 6th grade girls called
Girls Charging Ahead. This new program is similar to the pre-existing, popular Girls on the Run© Program. Starting in March, Ms.
Samantha Liscombe and Mrs. Amy VanHarten will be leading Girls Charging Ahead.
This program combines learning life skills and dynamic interactive exercises such as running and training for a 5k (our culminating
activity). Most importantly, it increases the girls’ confidence in their individual strengths and talents, celebrates who they are as
people, and promotes appreciation for others’ differences. It’s also FUN!
The program is for girls in grades 3rd through 6th who attend CTA. We will meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:15-4:30pm.
Each girl will be asked to bring a snack at least once on her assigned date. Also, parents will need to pick up their students promptly at
4:30pm on practice days. There will be an informational meeting for parents and families in the CTA auditorium on Wednesday,
February 18 at 3:15pm.

If you have any questions regarding this program, feel free to contact Mrs. VanHarten at, Ms. Liscombe
at, or Mr. O at We can’t wait to start charging ahead with your
PLAY INFORMATION CSHS will present "Actor’s Nightmare" by Christopher Durang, Creative Technologies Academy will present
"The Ugly Duckling" by A.A. Milne, and the CS Community Players will present "The Devil and Daniel Webster" by Steven Vincent
Benet. Performances will be held at the historic Kent Theatre on February 26 thru March 1, 2015 at 7:30pm.

TriCounty Region Spring 2015 Live Soccer Registration: all youth ages 4-18 - 2/17 & 2/24 5 to 6:30pm
Signups for Little League Baseball – see attached flyer for information
View the Weekly Charge (produced by CTA students)


Our senior class will be having another Krispy Kreme doughnut sale on Friday, March 6th. Donuts will be available for
purchase Friday morning, 3/6/15, from 7:10-7:40 a.m. in the cafeteria - $1 per donut or $5 for 6 donuts.
If you would like to order a dozen (or more) and pick them up or have them sent home with your child, you may do so by
filling out the order form. Orders and money need to be turned in to Mrs. Atkins or Mrs. Dulak by Wednesday, February
25th if you are planning on pre-ordering by the dozen. Access the order form by clicking on this link:
Donate to help fund fiction/non-fiction books for the HS English classes at Throw the Book(s) at Us... Please!


2nd Grade: Second grade is in need of your old games of Jenga and Guess Who. They also need plastic Easter eggs.
HS English: Donate to help fund fiction/non-fiction books for CTA HS English classes @ Throw the Book(s) at Us... Please!
CD Players needed: The Reading Lab needs four portable CD players to use in the Read Naturally program.


Song Suggestions for Prom: Prom is May 1st and the DJ is requesting suggestions for songs that you would like to hear.
You can email your suggestions to . Please keep in mind that no graphic language will be
permitted . If there a clean version cannot be found then the song will not be considered. Thank you!
Absence/Tardy - Please call Student Services @696-4905 Ext 227 if your child is going to be absent or late to school.
Piano Lessons - Please call Kelly Atkins in Student Services for information. 696-4905 X227
Guitar Lessons - Sign up forms for lessons are available in the Student Services office.


MI College Goal: Information for Students and Families: Students and families looking for assistance with completing the
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are encouraged to attend MI College Goal. MI College Goal is a statewide
FAFSA completion initiative led by EduGuide which will take place at several host sites throughout Michigan. Financial aid
professionals will be volunteering at every site to guide students and families through the application. The FAFSA
deadline for State of Michigan aid priority consideration is March 1, 2015.
CTA’s Financial Aid Night will be this Tuesday, Feb. 10th at 6:30, in the high school computer lab. Becky Powell, financial
aid advisor, will be here to assist and answer all questions. Bring all required documents for the FAFSA, and be able to
complete the application that night! Contact Mrs. Dille at or 696-4905.
Visit Mrs. Dille’s blog at to find information on scheduling, scholarships, etc.
Scholarship Info: click this link to see scholarship opportunities for 2015:


Parent Portal - Email Robbie at to request an activation code for the Parent Portal, Odyssey
online classes, or to retrieve your password information.
Please save for CTA: Cereal boxes for Haiti jewelry-making project & Box Tops for Education


2/16-17: No School – Midwinter Break
2/18: Parent Informational Meeting for Girls Charging Ahead (Grades 3-6) @3:15 in the auditorium

2/20: Box Top Collection Date
2/23: Jostens will be here for graduation info for seniors & ring orders for freshmen
2/27: Jostens here to collect orders
3/12: K-12 Student Showcase
3/17: Box Top Store
4/23: K-6 Daddy/Daughter Dance B
5/1: Prom @Boulder Creek 7pm-11pm
5/15: Carnival/Art Gallery Night
5/21: Literacy Night

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