Dear CLA Families,


Earlier this week, there were two school shootings. We believe it is important to again review our lockdown procedures with students and ensure our families are aware of those procedures. At school, our staff will remind students about exactly where to go during an emergency lockdown.

Our lockdown drills are critical practice for students, staff, and families. It is easy for students to become complacent and automatically assume that a lockdown notification is a drill. Please have a conversation with your child tonight about the importance of acting with urgency whenever a lockdown begins and their feelings regarding the lockdown drill that the students participated in today. Minutes and seconds count in an emergency, and students must shelter in place and get out of sight immediately.

This is also a good time to remind you about the importance of “saying something” to report concerns or threats of violence, suicide, bullying, and illegal activity that could harm children or adults in our schools.

We will continue to communicate updates regarding safety and security in addition to updates in regards to academics and culture. This is the second week of the family updates; I hope that you found the chart below helpful and that the lines of communication between CLA and families are increasing.


Academic Updates
  • Visit to sign up for student-led conferences Feb. 14-15. Sign up early to make sure you get a time that works for you!
  • The following tests/quizzes are scheduled for next week:
    • Monday – 8th Research and Presentation
    • Tuesday – 6th English
    • Wednesday – 8th English, 8th Science
  • Seventh-grade parents: The seventh grade just started reading To Kill a Mockingbird, a fantastic contemporary classic! This is the first time that books are going home for reading homework. Please be on the lookout for two things: 1. Your child completing the assigned reading for homework most nights. 2. A book that may be left around the house – make sure it gets back into your scholar’s book bag each evening for use in class the next day.
  • Volunteers needed in English class! We would love to have parents come in as guest readers for Wonder (6th), To Kill a Mockingbird (7th), and Night (8th). If you would like to be a guest reader in class, please e-mail the teachers: Ms. Spade (6th grade –, Ms. Clarke (7th grade –, and Ms. Craine (8th grade –
  • Save the date for our Black History Month presentations. Scholars across all three grade levels will research a significant figure and then present dressed up as the subject of their research. Students in 7th and 8th grades have already begun their research. Parents are invited in to the presentations in any block (times below), but are encouraged to come during their child’s block if possible!
    • Friday, Feb. 2 – 7th grade in Ms. Baker’s skills class
      • Block 1 = 8-8:30, block 3 = 8:40-9:10, block 4 = 10-10:30, block 5 = 10:40-11:10, block 6 = 12:20-12:50
    • Friday, Feb. 9 – 8th grade in Mrs. Summers’s research and presentation class
      • Block 2 = 8-8:30, block 3 = 8:40-9:10, block 4 = 10-10:30, block 5 = 10:40-11:10, block 6 = 12:20-12:50
    • Wednesday, Feb. 28 – 6th grade  in Ms. Smemo’s social studies class
      • Block 1 = 8:15-9, block 2 = 9:30-10:15, block 4 = 12:45-1:30, block 5 = 2-2:45
Culture Updates
  • On Friday, February 2, we will be having Pep Rally to support the boys and girls Basketball 2018 season! The pep rally will begin at 9:00, please come support the teams and see the cheerleaders in action!
  • On Friday, February 9, Wesley Fluellen, a former NBA player, will speak to our students at community meeting. The speaker will begin at 9:30, we hope you can come and listen!
  • The CLA Panthers basketball teams, both girls and boys, will be playing games on Saturday at the NEO Sports Plant (20001 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44117.) The boys play at 8:30 a.m. and the girls at 9:30 a.m.
Fieldwork Opportunities On Monday, Feb. 5, students in Ms. Spade’s block 1 English class will video chat with a young adult who has Apert syndrome. This craniofacial condition is similar to Treacher Collins syndrome, which the main character of their current novel, Wonder, has. We are hoping to schedule similar video chats for all sixth-grade English classes. If you would like to join us for the video chat, please plan to be there from 8-8:30 a.m.!
Fundraising and PAC Updates
  • Thank you to the families who attended the PAC meeting on Tuesday. We discussed how Title funds are used within the building, our current fundraising goals, and new events to raise funds for spring trips and the 8th-grade junior prom.
  • Every Friday during lunch, the Snack Shack will be open. All snacks are $1 or 3 items for $2.50.
  • Please join us on Tuesday, February 13, at Chipotle in University Circle (Uptown) from 4-8 p.m. to get dinner (you can come anytime within that window). 50% of the proceeds from this event will be given back to CLA! When you order, you must say you are there to support CLA or show the flyer.  


As always, please reach out with any questions!



Sydney Gruhin