From the APT President
Dear Cherokee Parents,
Happy summer and welcome to our APT website! I look forward to meeting our new families in the fall and seeing old friends when school starts. For those of you who don't know me, my husband Kamil and I have two children - Dilara, a rising 5th grader, and James, who is entering 3rd grade. We have lived in Lake Forest for 8 years. It is a privilege for me to serve our school community as your Cherokee APT president. I'm looking forward to a fantastic 2017-18 school year!
New families, please see the special page of our website just for you.
Remember to order your school supplies through School-Pak - the form is on this homepage. Also, see the SAVE THE DATE section for important back-to-school information!
The APT will be purchasing two new paper cutters and getting the die-cut machine sharpened over the summer so our staff has these ready to go in the fall.
We have one position left on our APT Board next year. Contact me for details! Being on the board is a great way to get the inside scoop on school happenings, give back by enhancing your child's elementary school experience, and it's a nice way to make new friends.
See you in August!
Cherokee APT President 2016-18
We raised $787.90 this year! Good job, Cheetah families!
The class at each grade level that collected the most Box Tops enjoyed a popsicle party. Winning classes were: Kindergarten: Mrs. Pietraszewski, 1st: Mrs. Tsgalis, 2nd: Mrs. Lessard, 3rd: Mrs. Freeland, 4th: Ms. Hayes. Overall top collecting class was Mrs. Lessard's class!
Many thanks go to Cathy Montanari and Ms. Hayes & her class for their help with this program.
Please hold onto your Box Tops over the summer - we will collect again in the fall.
Deb Bradley & Kate Walsh for organizing the Fourth Grade Celebration!
Natasha Schnack & Danielle Knighton for coordinating Field Day. What a great event!
Cathy Montanari & Michelle Yousuf for coordinating our School Supplies Drive that benefits Lake County Cares.
Administrative Members: Jeff McHugh, Krina Lessard, and Liz Arenson for your support and assistance this year.
Room Parents for all your help this year!
Julie Benda Helms for hosting our old/new board brunch!
Lisa Lersch & Kate Lamontagne for coordinating our first and second grade publishing this year!
Adriana Arpino & Erica Iles for helping with "Get a Jump Start on 5th Grade" Parent Awareness program.
Staff Appreciation meals co-chairs Betsy Skarecky and Amy Taylor organized a meal for Family Sharing Night for our staff.
Brook Ayyad sent out and is collating results for our Spring Volunteer Survey. This enables us to have helpers lined up for next school year right away in the fall.
Monica Yaun & Kristen Lee for coordinating a fabulous Staff Appreciation Week - they are the dynamic duo in fun theme ideas/execution!
Amy Pasquesi & Kim Walters for their time staffing the Cherokee house for the Spirit Home Tour.
Michelle Yousuf & Nicole Korczak for organizing an enriching movie experience, a viewing of "Born in China" for our Mandarin families.
Jen Portalatin for managing Celebration Book Club this year.
Cathy Montanari for managing Box Tops for Education this year, along with Mrs. Hayes and her 4th graders.
Kindergarten Coordinators Tara Eggers, Amy Pasquesi and Ann Kiesling for organizing a NEW event for Cherokee, a parent coffee welcoming incoming kindergarten parents.
Cherokee Staff for putting on a fantastic Family Fun Night!
Thank you to the following parents for volunteering at Family Fun Night: Lisa Lersch, Kelly Pasquesi, Gillian Goodfriend, Kristen Lee, Paul Woo, Ellen Trager, Trish Sheridan, Aisha Shaikh, Ruth Martin, Kate Hanson, Tanner Van Dusen, Stephanie Zimmerman, Monica Yaun, Dawn Victoria, Paul Woo, and Carolyn Hutchinson.
Your support helped the night be a success!
Thank you, Publishing Volunteers!: Amy Taylor, Christy Miks, Kate Lohmueller, Kim Weiss, Florence Woo, Lisa FlorJancic, Deanne Plattner, Julie Colligan, Adrienne Winfield, Meghan Watts, Jen Altounian, Kristen Lee, Maria Moore, Kristin Vallaly, Adriana Arpino, Dawn Victoria, Erica Iles, Jane Slover, Irma Markoff, Wendy Ross, Kristen Weiler, Tierney Stutz and co-chairs Kate Lamontagne & Lisa Lersch.
We couldn't have done it without you!
Renowned children's book author Candace Fleming visited Cherokee School in November and shared some of her best writing tips. Thank you, Spirit of 67, for sponsoring the Visting Author program!
Emotional Wellness Committee:
We are in need of restocking the staff lounge and adult restrooms at school with some fresh supplies. Please sign up to provide an item easily picked up on your next trip to the grocery store. Thanks!
Cherokee Association of Parents & Teachers