Special Board Meetings Announcement

posted Aug 11, 2014, 10:03 AM by LAURA SCHAFER

In accordance with Indiana Code 5-14-1.5-3, there will be special sessions of the Canaan Community Academy Board of Directors on the following dates:

August 13, 2014

August 20, 2014

August 27, 2014

All meetings will begin at 6:30 pm,

and will be OPEN to the public.

April Round Up, 2014

posted May 3, 2014, 7:14 AM by LAURA SCHAFER   [ updated May 3, 2014, 7:18 AM ]

The school has had another active month of enrollments, guests, and capped it all off with the annual school fair! And with only 19 more days of school, the activity isn't slowing down. The less fun, but still necessary, I.S.T.E.P. is taking place next week for the 3rd-6th grades. The school will be opening its doors to voters as the poll site for the primary elections. In hosting voters, students will get to see democracy in action and learn about the importance of voting in morning assembly. Grandparents and honorary grandparents will be welcomed on Wednesday for breakfast for the annual Grandparents' Day.

Upcoming...Student Art Week
Next week is Student Art Week! Student art created over the year will be displayed all over the school, all week. Parents, grandparents, friends, and community members are invited to the school to see some great works! On Thursday night, May 8th, from 3:15 - 7:00 pm, an added showcase for parents and grandparents that may hard time visiting the school during the day. While visiting, the parents can check out the Scholastic Book Fair which is half price. 

School Fair
The annual Canaan Community Academy fair was held on April 25, 2014.  The event featured food, games, and fun!
After the food and games, every one went to the gym for the annual auction. With auctioneer Jeff Ferguson at the helm, the school raised over $3000 auctioning gifts donated by local businesses.  All proceeds from the night went the Canaan Community Academy PTO which funds field trips, educational programs, and other school needs. 
Mr. Morrison shows off a window painted by Mrs. Patty for the school auction.

Kindergarten Round-Up
The annual Kindergarten "round-up" was held on April 23rd. This event lets parents of incoming Kindergartners meet the teacher, drop off records, and learn more about the day to day operations of their school day. The incoming class gets to meet each other and do fun activities such as creating the little people in the picture below. The cutest and most popular part of the day is when the upcoming Kindergartners are paired with the current class for classroom tours and fun activities!
Check out these future CCA students! Next year, they'll be showing the new kids the ropes.

Theme Days
The CCA has held several theme days in the past month including wearing Hawaiian shirts for National Lei Day, purple to support Military families, and black for bullying awareness. Each day the students learned about the meaning of the day in the morning gathering.

Blacking out Bullying

Part of bully awareness was writing compliments for classmates. We are serious about standing against bullying!

Purple Up! Day

All were encouraged to wear purple to support military kids. This is a chance for us to say thank you to the kids that relinquish their loved one so that our country is protected. The class that wore the most purple won a prize, which was the First Grade, pictured on the right. One little girl even had purple hair!

Hawaiian Day
Students learned a little about Hawaii and had a lot of fun on National Lei Day.

WORX "After School" Interview
As a part of their "After School" series, Mrs Schafer and students were interviewed by Kelly Hoagland of 96.7 WORX. Mrs Schafer has no problem talking about the school, its mission, and the children that attend - she is quite proud of all three! Thanks to WORX for the opportunity to let the community know what the CCA is all about. 

Special Learning Events
The fifth and sixth grades learned about saving and banking with a visit from River Valley Financial Bank representatives. 

The older grades got another visit from Andy Henry, a local weather enthusiast. Not only are they money savvy, but they are also weather savvy. Mr. Henry ensured the children were well-prepared for weather events. We thank Mr. Henry and the folks from RVFB for taking time out of their day to share this important information, and for their teachers for arranging these special opportunities.

The entire school enjoyed a visit by the NED show which teaches the values of never giving up, encouraging others, and doing their best ("ned"). As their website states, the positive message is presented " through storytelling, humor, visuals and audience participation". The kids enjoyed this engaging show and practicing their yo-yo tricks in the weeks following.

The 4th grade had lots of excitement this spring with volcanoes, baby chicks, and Cascarónes (confetti eggs). Thanks to Mrs. Stockdale for creating these unique learning opportunities and awesome memories for her students!

After making the cascarones, the students followed the tradition of breaking them on each other's heads to bring good luck. Mrs. Schafer even joined in on the fun.

Mrs. Patty let the 4th grade classroom incubate her ducks and see them hatch. The Kindergartners also got to welcome little ones. 

This newly hatched baby chick is staying cozy under his heat lamp. After hatching, the chicks are returned to their farmer friends around the Canaan area.

Awarding Good Behavior
"Wow" (wow - you did a good job!) awards are given each week to students who have shown good behavior. Each time a student is "caught" exemplifying the C.L.A.S.S. mantra of treating people right and doing the right thing, they are given a ticket. Those tickets are put into a bucket from which 6 winners are chosen to pick a prize from the CCA treasure chest. With 6 winners every week, donations of prizes to the CCA are always welcomed and appreciated.

Springtime T.E.A.M time
With each quarter, students participate in "Teach, Enrich, And Mentor" (T.E.A.M) time in which they participate in supplementary enrichment activities. While the extended school days delayed the spring T.E.A.M. time, students are back at it both inside and out.
Students learn about teamwork through working together to complete this complicated puzzle.
What do you see? Feel? Smell? The garden club, led by Julie Stockman, complete garden journals throughout the gardening activity. As they work in the school gardens, the students get to see their lessons in action. How awesome is that?

With all of the past and upcoming events, it is time to get rest where we can as we sprint to the last student day of May 30th. The new year is just around the corner; school starts again on August 4th! 

Kindergarten Round-Up 2014

posted Apr 22, 2014, 5:16 PM by LAURA SCHAFER   [ updated Apr 22, 2014, 5:16 PM ]


Place: Canaan Community Academy (8775 N. Canaan Main St. Canaan, IN. 47224)

When: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Time: 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Please bring: Child’s Birth Certificate and Immunization records

• 1:00 pm Introduction (in cafeteria)
• 1:15 pm Kindergarten Classroom tour
• 1:45 pm Buddy-up with Current Kindergarten
• 2:30 pm Tour facility and Q & A

** If you are unable to attend, please let us know and we can schedule a time that is convenient.

RSVP (812) 839-0003

Please share this information with anyone who might be interested in a Kindergarten for next school year!

Marching Along 2014

posted Mar 20, 2014, 5:44 PM by LAURA SCHAFER   [ updated Mar 22, 2014, 8:42 AM ]

The Giving Tree
A new tree is growing inside the CCA and it is blooming colorful flowers that YOU can pick. As the year flies by, the supplies around the school are depleting. These flowers are labeled with items that the staff and teachers need and anytime you are at the school and can pick a flower to take shopping with you, we would really appreciate it! Below are currently on the flowers to be picked:

Black and Colored Sharpie Markers
Sidewalk Chalk
Paper towels
Ludens SUGAR FREE cough drops (non menthal)
Liquid/Pump hand soap
Wet wipes
Pocket folders
Clorox Wipes
Baggies (all sizes)
Liquid Dish detergent
Fabulouso or Anywhere cleaner
Glue sticks
Ream of copy paper
Construction paper

We thank you all for the support and enthusiasm for the school and the awesome students we have!! Thank you for being part of the CCA Family!

School Fair
The annual Canaan Community Academy fair will be held on April 25, 2014. Parents are hard at work planning the night, and invite both donations and help running the event.
Food 5-7 p.m.
Games: 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Auction with Jeff Ferguson Auctions @ 8
The auction already has some exiting items gathered by parents such as two passes to Indiana Caverns in Corydon, Indiana, Louisville Megacavern, and a pair of shoes donated and signed by NBA star, Chris Bosh!

All proceeds to benefit the Canaan Community Academy PTO. All are invited!

Reading Week
The CCA celebrated Read Across America by allowing students to have silent reading in the location of their choice around the school. On March 17-21, the school celebrated a special/wacky Dr. Seuss day each day.
GREEN EGGS AND HAM MONDAY - All students and staff were invited to wear green.

TOP HAT TUESDAY - Wear a hat to school

WACKY WEDNESDAY - Wear wacky/mismatched clothing

THING 1, THING 2 THURSDAY - Choose a friend and dress alike


FOX IN SOCKS FRIDAY - Wear silly socks

Another round of ISTEP and IREAD testing has been completed. As Mrs. Hull reported,
 "we are beaming with pride over the students around here. Grades 3, 4, 5 & 6 are all trying very hard to do their absolute best and we have seen some wonderful writing creativity produced on these tests. We are also very proud of the patience and respect that other students have put forth while they wait their turn for testing. They are being quiet while they read, refine math skills and playing money skills games. The younger grades are also being very respectful!! These students are AWESOME!!"
The entire school celebrated the end of both tests by having a St. Patrick's Day dance in the gym:

Less snow, more school please!

posted Mar 8, 2014, 1:38 PM by LAURA SCHAFER   [ updated Mar 8, 2014, 2:04 PM ]

Despite record snow falls and many snow days, the CCA students and staff have fit in some great learning activities and fun this winter.

Snow Make Up Days
Like most of the other schools, the CCA has many snow make up days from this crazy winter. The snow make up days are marked on the calendar, and a letter was sent with students explaining the make up schedule. Snow make up days include:
 Day ClosedMake Up Day
 11/18/2013                 1/20/2014
 12/6/2013 2/17/2014
 12/9/2013 3/31/2014 
 12/10/2014 4/1/2014
 1/21/2014 4/2/2014
 1/22/2014 4/3/2014
 1/23/2014 4/4/2014
 2/5/2014 March 10-14 Extended Day
 2/6/2014     March 17-21 Extended Day
 2/7/2014     March 31 - April 4 Extended Day
 3/3/2014 April 7 - 11 Extended Day

If additional cancellations are necessary, the school will continue to add a week of extended days.

Picture Day!
Picture Day is scheduled for Friday, March 14, 2014. Information is being sent home with students, but feel free to call the school with any questions.

Valentine's Day Dance
An annual favorite of the CCA students, the Valentine's dance was held once again in the school gym. Despite being cut short due to an early dismissel for snow, the students and staff enjoyed dressing up, eating cookies and treats, and dancing with one another. Thanks to the PTO for creating this special event!

Basketball Update
The CCA boys and girls basketball both had successful seasons playing with the Madison Parks Department. The boys were coached by Mr. Norris and the girls by Mrs. Duke. While they didn't win every game, the CCA is proud of how hard the students worked at giving their all each game. A big thanks also goes out to their coaches for volunteering their evenings to provide this opportunity for our students!

Jump Rope for Heart
Canaan students participated in the annual Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser for the American Heart Association. After collecting money for the organization pledged by family and friends, the students jumped rope in the school gym. 

School Day Activities
Mrs. Schafer and Mrs. Hull captured some of the recent fun school activities around the CCA in pictures taken on the staff IPADs.  Students participated in "Read Across America" where they were able to pick any location in the school to curl up with a good book. First graders learned about liquids and solids by making "oobleck".  Green eggs and ham were enjoyed during Dr. Seuss week.


Amanda's Swings

posted Feb 10, 2014, 6:30 PM by LAURA SCHAFER   [ updated Feb 17, 2014, 7:21 AM ]

The Canaan Community Academy playground is home to a great set of yellow swings, donated by the Vest and Kendall families in memory of Amanda Kendall Vest, a former Canaan student.  Amanda's family has a long history of attending and supporting the school, and CCA is proud of the dedicated and loving teacher Amanda became at Hanover College Center for Childhood Development.  The gift of these vibrant swings will bring joy to children for years to come and are a living testament and tribute to a great girl!  CCA would like to take this opportunity to thank Amanda's family for this honorable gift! 

Our Stellar Cafeteria

posted Feb 4, 2014, 9:49 PM by LAURA SCHAFER   [ updated Feb 7, 2014, 3:22 PM ]

The CCA cafeteria, staffed by Karen Rowlett (manager) and Cindy Jones, is one outstanding operation. As reported by the Madison Courier, the CCA cafeteria was one of 29 Jefferson County food establishments and full-service kitchens that did not have a single violation in 2013. Using second hand or donated equipment, Karen and Cindy work hard daily to provide healthy meals that meet all regulations for the CCA students and staff.

Additionally, Karen and Cindy make special meals several times a year such as the Thanksgiving meal featured in the Madison Courier Lifestyles section (below). Thank you for all that you do, Karen and Cindy!

Cooking for Canaan

Karen Rowlett, left, and her sister Katie Lockridge talk while preparing hundreds of servings of Thanksgiving lunch for students at Canaan Community Academy and their visiting family members on Thursday. (Staff photo by Steve Dickerson/

11/25/2013 1:00:00 PM

By Steve Dickerson

Running in and out of her kitchen, Karen Rowlett knows exactly what to do next. She adds seasoning to a batch of turkey gravy, darts into the supply room to grab silverware and directs her team of cooks.

Rowlett has been cooking and serving food for much of her life. 

"It's a family thing," she said.

Her food service has increased dramatically the last two years though. Rowlett, the food services director at Canaan Community Academy, cooked a Thanksgiving feast for more than 200 people Thursday as students and their family members packed into the charter school. 

Thursday's meal was the first of three Thanksgiving meals Rowlett will prepare this year.

"I'm on the social committee at church, so I'll be preparing one that day (tomorrow) and then another one for my family on Thursday," she said. 

Students were served turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, a dinner roll and apple crisp for dessert. Because of government regulations, students were also served pineapple slices because the apple crisp recipe didn't have enough fruit per lunch serving, Rowlett said.

"We may have gone over a little on calories today too," she said. "But it's a special day."

In the kitchen with Rowlett was her assistant Cindy Jones and volunteers Angela Ruble and Katie Lockridge - Rowlett's sister.

Lockridge, like Rowlett, has a long history of food service. She recently retired from the Madison State Hospital where she worked for nearly 34 years, 27 in the kitchen.

"Now I've put her back to work," Rowlett joked. 

Lockridge said she was happy to help, even though she's used to a kitchen with a little more space.

"It feels really, really, really cramped," she said.

"We're at a little bit of a disadvantage," Rowlett added. "We don't have the big industrial equipment either."

Rowlett said she stayed at work until 6 p.m. the day before preparing eight turkeys. She says she arrives at work by 6 a.m. most days.

"That's just how I was raised," she said. "You stay until you get your work done."

The long hours can be tiring, she said. "But the kids are worth it. They're so funny."

After spending hours in a kitchen, Rowlett said she likes to go home and relax. Even if it's just a short rest.

I'll go home and put my feet up and just rest for about 30 minutes," she said. "But then I've got to get started on dinner."

December and Starting 2014

posted Jan 19, 2014, 5:01 PM by LAURA SCHAFER

After a busy holiday season and then a nice two week break, the CCA is now into 

Christmas Program
The school Christmas program was held in the gym on December 17th. A Scholastic Book Fair was hosted by the PTO before the program and a cookie pitch in was held after. All seven grades were decked out in their nicest outfits and sang to a packed gym. The students have been preparing the program in their weekly music classes since the Fall. They were happy to sing for family and friends on the new risers. The Kindergarten and First Grade participated in another fun holiday tradition - making ginger bread houses.

"A" Rating!
Later in December, the CCA was notified of its rating by the State of Indiana. The CCA is proud to announce it was given an "A" rating for academic achievement and growth. One of only two elementary schools in Jefferson County to receive an "A". The students and staff celebrated by having an all day pajama day. 
Basketball season is once again upon us, and the CCA has both a boys and girls basketball team participating in the local Parks and Recreation Department League. The boys are coached by Mr. Norris and the girls, Mrs Stockdale and her father, Mr. Larry Duke.

Into November, 2013

posted Nov 24, 2013, 6:35 PM by LAURA SCHAFER   [ updated Nov 24, 2013, 6:37 PM ]

As the holiday season is nearing, the CCA students have taken part in several neat events. Most recently, collecting and delivering 2,073 cans to the Clearinghouse of Jefferson County food pantry!
Donating Food
The CCA was founded with a focus on community engagement, and the CCA families truly showed that by donating 2.073 cans to the Clearinghouse of Jefferson County food pantry. The collection was spurred by a competition between classes, with the first and sixth grades tying for first place. Those grades won the privilege of delivering the items to the food pantry on a CCA bus. 
The drop off was featured on the front page of the Madison Courier in an article about local school food drives.
Canaan Community Academy first-grader Damon Hardon grabs a box of food from sixth-grade teacher Patric Morrison as students prepared to deliver food they collected to the Clearinghouse of Jefferson County food pantry. Students donated 2,073 items. Parian Hull, executive administrative assistant at the school, who organized the food drive for the school, said Clearinghouse employees told her it was the most food donated to the food pantry at one time. “They told us we took the first-place prize,” Hull said. First- and sixth-grade students tied for the most cans donated during the food drive. (Staff photo by Steve Dickerson/
Canaan Community Academy first-grader Damon Hardon grabs a box of food from sixth-grade teacher Patric Morrison as students prepared to deliver food they collected to the Clearinghouse of Jefferson County food pantry. Students donated 2,073 items. Parian Hull, executive administrative assistant at the school, who organized the food drive for the school, said Clearinghouse employees told her it was the most food donated to the food pantry at one time. “They told us we took the first-place prize,” Hull said. First- and sixth-grade students tied for the most cans donated during the food drive. (Staff photo by Steve Dickerson/
Thanksgiving Meal
The CCA held its second annual Thanksgiving meal that included 6 turkeys and all the fixings - rolls, greenbeans, mashed potatoes and gravy, and apple crisp. Families were once again invited to eat this fabulous lunch and visit with their CCA students.
The lunch was covered, eaten, and tweeted by Madison Courier reporter, Steve Dickerson who captured this image of Cindy Jones and Angela Ruble cooking up a storm:
And to bring the kids out of their post-turkey slumber, a little Cha Cha slide played on the Promethean Boards...
Honoring our Veterans
The CCA held its second annual Veterans Day program on Monday, November 11th. The school was decorated head to toe with patriotic decorations including headbands worn by the students.
The program included songs, the Pledge of Allegiance, remarks by Nate Adams and Ed Roberts, and introduction of the Veterans by their CCA buddies (children, grandchildren, nieces/nephews, etc). 
Community members were invited to the program and the cookie reception that followed in the cafeteria.   
A display was also set up that included various military memorabilia including scrapbooks, pictures of Veterans who could not attend, and newspaper articles.
Halloween Party - Spooktacular Soupfest
The Spooktacular Soupfest was a popular event held even before the CCA was founded as a part of the then Canaan Community Center events. Back by popular demand, the event included all of the favorite activities - a hayride, painting pumpkins (thanks to a local donation!), Halloween games, and a costume contest. Not to mention, the soup and dessert pitch in that always includes delicious and creative items perfect for a chilly October evening.

Veterans Day, 2013 Invitation

posted Nov 11, 2013, 6:34 AM by LAURA SCHAFER

All are invited to join the CCA in honoring Veterans at 1pm on November 11, 2013. For more information, please see the letter distributed to the CCA supporters, families, and community members below. If you would like to be added to our e-mail communication distribution lists, please e-mail lauraschafer at gmail dot com or simply call the school and let them know.
CCA Board members, Staff members and Supporters,

I'd like to invite you to join us as the CCA honors all of our Veterans, with special recognition for veterans with local connections. We have several events planned over the next week, and I hope you'll be able to participate in some of these tributes.

First, we would like to invite each family who has a family member currently serving in the military (or who previously served in the armed forces) to set up a display in the front hallway of the school. In addition, if your family has deceased members who served in the military during their lifetime, we’d like to honor them as well. Could you please gather items for display such as: photographs, description of service, and mementos? Displays will be set up on Thursday, November 7, or Friday, November 8.
Secondly, the CCA students will be making cards and other items to send to our troops, but we’d also like to invite your family to make cards or donate items to send to members of our Armed Forces. We will be gathering these items beginning November 6, and will mail them on Friday, November 15. Some suggestions for the care packages include prepackaged or nonperishable snack items, international calling cards, DVD’s, or small games such as playing cards.
Lastly, we have planned a Veterans’ Day program to be held Monday, November 11, at 1:00 P.M., and we invite you to join us for this event. Please feel free to invite friends and family members who are veterans or who would like to join us in honoring our local veterans. *If a Veteran will be joining us on Monday, please have them call the school office to let us know (so that we can honor them during the program).
We'd like to serve our guests cookies and drinks. Would you be willing to donate some cookies? If so, please reply to this message.

Please forward this message to anyone who you think would like to join us as we honor our service men and women.

Deena L. Schafer
Chief Academic Officer
Canaan Community Academy

1-10 of 110