From the APT President
Back to school season is a special time of year. As parents, we may have mixed feelings - the relaxed days of summer are coming to a close but the exciting possibilities of a new school year...it is impossible not to get caught up in the magic! I hope everyone had a great first week back and we look forward to welcoming our newest Cheetahs, the kindergarteners, next week.
Cherokee School is a special place, full of dynamic learning and fun - all driven by our dedicated and enthusiastic staff. I feel blessed to have my children be part of such a special school. I am excited to come on board as the new APT president and look forward to working with staff and parents to continue our traditions of sharing information, building relationships, supporting staff, and providing outstanding enrichment experiences for the most important people of all…our awesome children! My husband Kamil and I have two kids - this is the last year they will both be at Cherokee! Dilara is in 4th grade and James is in 2nd.
Eager to get involved? Great! Our Cherokee APT board has two open positions. Let me know if you're interested in learning more. Also, parent volunteer sign-ups will be sent out by room parents in September - you have not missed the boat! We have an active and vibrant parent-teacher association and there are many opportunities to help out.
Attending monthly APT meetings is a great way to meet new people and be “in the know”. All parents are welcome! Please check out the APT Info & Forms section of the website for a list of board members’ contact info and the year’s meeting schedule.
Be sure to make note of upcoming back to school events here at Cherokee, including:
Kindergarten Walk Through: Aug 29, 8:30-9:15 followed by play date!
Curriculum Night: Sept 1
Picture Day: Sept 8
Back to School Family Picnic: Sept 14
Spirit wear order deadline: Sept 15
1st APT board meeting & parent coffee: Sept 21, 9:30-11:30
Let's have a wonderful school year!
Cherokee APT President 2016-18
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Back-to-School Family Picnic
Wednesday, September 14th at Townline Park.
Bring your own picnic or purchase food on site from The Mean Wiener. Contact Natasha Schnack or Danielle Knighton with questions.
Amy Pasquesi and Tara Eggers for coordinating our kindergarten welcome activities & bus greeters.
Kate Hanson and Annie Kavanagh for welcoming our new families.
Annie Kavanagh for updating the APT bulletin board in the school lobby.
Lindsey Anderson for replacing our outdoor planters.
Tara Janos for organizing the new room parents.
Tara Eggers for managing distribution of school supply packs.
Danielle Knighton and Natasha Schnack for coordinating the Fall Family Picnic.
Lisa Morrison and Natasha Scnhack for already making plans for Spookfest.
Betsy Skarecky and Amy Taylor for organizing a Welcome Back luncheon for staff.
Kristen Lee for coordinating our Cheetahwear sportswear sale, decorating bulletin boards in the food service hallway, coordinating K-1 lunchroom volunteers, AND for creating our new CH APT Facebook page. Wow!
Our APT Cabinet, Kim Walters (VP), Ann Kiesling (Treasurer), Kristin Vallaly (Communications Coordinator) for meeting this summer to make plans for the year & preparing the car magnets to go out to families.
Kim Walters for helping decorate the Exploration Zone bulletin boards.
Jocelyn Liu and Kristen Lee for greeting kids off the buses the first few days of school.
Finally, special thanks goes to outgoing President Mary Kay Hanlon for all her dedication and efforts the past two years. She has paved the way for a smooth leadership transition – her guidance, support, and encouragement are very appreciated!