From the APT President
Welcome back to school, Cherokee families! I hope everyone enjoyed the long Winter Break.
Thank you to all who contributed to the success of this year's Cookie Walk - the treats were much appreciated by our staff. Monica Yaun and Kristen Lee did a great job organizing this popular Staff Appreciation event.
The publishing committee was busy in December creating first graders' Important Books. Kate Lamontagne and Lisa Lersch headed this team effort.
Fourth graders saw their writing come to life in Barrel of Monkey's fine arts performance on Dec. 12th! The assembly was very entertaining and the kids loved seeing how their writing was interpreted by the performance artists.
January brings new adventures...the Visiting Scientist program is in its second year and is coming up soon. K-2 students will enjoy an assembly while third and fourth graders will experience some hands-on enrichment activities.
Winterfest flyers have gone home in the backpacks! Mark your calendars for this popular winter dance party to be held the evening of February 3rd. Michelle Palmberg, Robin Gapinski and Lisa FlorJancic are coordinating the event. See the Winterfest tab under "APT Events" for more details.
Reminder: Spirit of 67 grants are due January 26th! Many thanks to parents Maria Moore and Ann Kiesling for helping write the playground grant application. Yes, we are going for a new playground! If you haven't donated to the Spirit yet this year, please do so!
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 Wednesday, January 18th from 9:30-11:00 am in Room 127. Guest speakers will be Anne Simons from Quest Food Services and Amy Pasquesi (Cherokee parent) will give information about the Lake Forest Caucus.
Cherokee APT President 2016-18
12: Visiting Scientist workshops, Grades 3 & 4
18: Visiting Scientist assembly, Grades K-2
18: APT board meeting , 9:30-11am, Room 127
26: Chinese New Year Mandarin class parties
3: Winterfest: K-2 6-7pm. 3-4 7:30-8:30
15: APT board meeting, 9:30-11am, Room 127
8: Annual APT Meeting 9:00-11am at CROYA
15: Fine Art Presentation : Imagination Theaters' Ease the Tease
24-31: Spring Break
19: APT board meeting, 9:30-11am, Room 127
20: Family Sharing Night
1-5 Staff Appreciation Week
9: Jump Start to 5th Grade program
19: 4th Grade music show/spring celebration
31: Field Day 12:30-2:30
1: 4th Grade celebration at Waveland Park
Cherokee Association of Parents & Teachers
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.
Monica Yaun and Kristen Lee coordinated the Cookie Walk staff appreciation event.
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.
Lisa FlorJancic, Robin Gapinski and Michelle Palmberg are chairing the Winterfest party.
Christy Miks and Colleen Berto coordinated everything at Cherokee for our Visiting Author Candace Fleming during her visit.
Amy Taylor and Betsy Skarecky for coordinating staff meals during conferences.
Kirsten Collister for coordinating our "helping hands" parent helpers and finding people to organize the Lost & Found.
Jen Portalatin for chairing Celebration Book Club this year.
Cathy Montanari and Michelle Yousuf for coordinating this year's HUGS food drive. What a success!
Nicole Korczak and Michelle Yousuf for organizing a wonderful information session for current Mandarin program families.
Annie Kavanagh for keeping our school lobby bulletin boards looking spiffy!
Kristin Vallaly for maintaining our website.
Lacy Fidler and Kristen Lee for managing our Facebook page.
Enjoy some pictures from the walk through, spirit wear sales, first day of school and some of our BRAND NEW CHEETAHS!! Welcome Back Cheetahs, it's going to be another great year!
Student Directory Log-in
Access links were emailed to APT Members from MySchoolAnywhere.com with a temporary password on 9/15/15. If you did not receive yours, please email LFapt67@gmail.com to request a new one.
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!