From the APT President
Dear Cherokee Parents,
Welcome to our APT website! We hope you'll find lots of useful information here. Kristin Vallaly has added tabs for Mandarin and New Families - great improvements! If you are looking for information and can't find it, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With parent-teacher conferences, national nutrition month activities, music shows, fine arts programs, and spring break in March...it makes for a busy month. Help us support our teachers by pitching in on the meals we are providing for conferences. Follow this link: http://signup.com/go/BPhAr5 to sign up. Many thanks to staff appreciation co-chairs Amy Taylor and Betsy Skarecky for coordinating the meals.
APT meetings are open to all parents and are a great way to be "in the know" on latest school happenings. Our next meeting is the APT Annual Meeting at CROYA, March 8th. 9:00-11:00 am. Superintendent Michael Simeck will give his State of the District talk and the keynote speaker is artist Renee Romero Schuler. Hope to see you there!
We are starting to round up volunteers for next year's APT board. If you are interested in making a positive difference at our school, please send me an email!
If you know someone who will have a kindergartener this fall, please let them know it's time to register!
Lastly, we are exploring doing a children's book drive to benefit Bernie's Book Bank...watch this space for news and announcements and in the mean time...start saving your book donations!
Cherokee APT President 2016-18
3: School Spirit Day: wear your Cheetahwear to school!
6, 9, 10: Parent-Teacher Conferences
8: APT Meeting 9:00-11am at CROYA
14: Math game night at Everett, 5-6 pm
15: Fine Arts Presentation : Imagination Theaters' Ease the Tease
16: 2nd & 3rd grade music shows
24-31: Spring Break
19: APT board meeting, 9:30-11am, Room 127
20: Family Sharing Night
1-5 Staff Appreciation Week
4: Spirit of 67 Foundation Home Tour
9: Jump Start to 5th Grade program @ DPM 9:30-11:00 am
19: 4th Grade music show/spring celebration
31: Field Day 12:30-2:30
1: 4th Grade celebration at Waveland Park
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!
Cathy Montanari and Ms. Hayes' class for their help with the collections of the Box Tops for Education Program.
Mandarin Liasions MIchelle Yousuf and Nicole Korczak for helping with the Mandarin information meeting for parents!
Winterfest party was a hit! Many thanks to our leadership team of Lisa FlorJancic, Robin Gapinski and Michelle Palmberg for organizing such fun parties for our children to enjoy. We appreciate Mr. McHugh and the custodial team's support as well as help from the following parents that night: Molly Lombardi, Lisa Lersch, Lisa Franklin, Roger Quan, Cece Gottman, Lisa Olson, Tara Eggers, Becki Jo Miranda, Nisha York, Julie Gish, Nicole Cooper, Adriana Arpino, Anne Tschanz, Gillian Goodfriend, Katie McClelland, Kate Walsh, Keely Bosau, Connie Hollingsworth, Ann Kiesling, Emily Malone, Jenny Mulliken, Sheila Henretta, Lindsey Anderson, Amy Peterson, and Annie Kavanagh.
Visiting Scientists Huge thanks goes out to Cherokee VS reps Julie Benda Helms and Erica Iles, room parents, and parent helpers for making this program a success, and to the Spirit of 67 for financial support. Two of our own, Monica Yaun and Carolyn Hendrickson, serve on the APT Executive Board helping coordinate the VS program for all 3 elementary schools. We are so lucky to have such talented, committed parents at our school.
Ann Kiesling and Maria Moore for serving as parent representatives on the playground grant-writing committee. These dedicated ladies are putting in the time and effort for the benefit of us all and I truly can't thank them enough. Fingers crossed the playground grant will be approved.
Room parents coordinated lunch in the classroom helpers for the Winter Sing and Winter parties in the classrooms.
Kate Lamontagne and Lisa Lersch for helping first and second graders publish keepsake books.
Julie Benda Helms and Erica Iles are serving as coordinators for the Visiting Scientist program.
Kelly Pasquesi and Monica Yaun continue to upload pictures and build pages for the yearbook.
Classroom photographers have completed the class montage pages for the yearbook.
Cherokee Association of Parents & Teachers