Indian Knoll Elementary

Letter from the Principal

Dear IKES Families,

As we move into February, we are able to assess our students’ mid-year academic gains and work towards our year-long goals. Our students are focused on iReady math gains as well as improvements in their reading levels that are reflected in our School Improvement goals. The faculty and staff have been working on student accountability and letting our Firebirds be part of the learning process. Students are setting goals, tracking their progress and are very aware of the expectations. It is exciting to see that lightbulb go off when a child is working to master a concept!

In February we are looking forward to a variety of events to include another PTA meeting with a 1st grade performance and an All Pro Dad’s meeting. We also have several food events scheduled. We are hosting Marco’s Spirit Night, Culver’s Spirit Night, Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night, and delivering Valentine’s Grams. There are plenty of ways that you can be involved in our school offerings and many fun events to choose from.

I hope that you all can take advantage of our February Break time that is coming up (Feb. 17-21). Whether it is a local day trip, a longer excursion or a chance to get away to the beach or a theme park, it is important to allow your children the time to relax and enjoy simply being a child.

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly if you have any questions, comments or concerns. The administrative team takes pride in being available to all of our stakeholders.

Kim Cerasoli

Counselor Connections

Mrs. Colleen DeLosh – Grades 3-5

Mrs. Lori Waycaster – Grades K-2

For the month of February, we will continue to focus on character education in grades K- 5 during scheduled guidance times.

We are interested in creating a counselor committee for the 2020-2021 school year. The committee would work cooperatively with the counselors to help with the food pantry, basic student needs, and reaching out to community resources. If you are interested in serving on the committee, please contact one of us.

If you would like to donate to our food pantry, please leave items in the front office marked ‘Counselors’.

We are also in need of new shoes in various sizes and genders. Please turn in donations to the front office to the counselor’s attention.

If you or anyone you know is in need of resources, including food or clothing, please feel free to use this link or contact either one of us at: or

Spotlight on Kindness - Aiden Tsuhlares

To be a leader, you must learn to stand out from the crowd. This is sometimes more difficult than it seems since following is naturally the easier path. Aiden Tsuhlares of Mrs. Leming's 5th grade class demonstrated incredible leadership and wonderful character when he befriended a student who was upset by an exchange with another student. While most people would have turned away from the situation, Aiden took the unprompted opportunity to help the student to feel better. He was not asked to, nor did he have to and yet, he felt compelled to help and fix the situation. As parents, I think we all want our children to have a friend like Aiden. Thank you, Aiden for taking initiative to demonstrate the huge impact of the simplicity of kindness.

Help us spread some love by sharing wonderful acts of kindness that you do or experience! Let's celebrate compassion together and inspire each other to pay it forward! Please send pictures or stories of your acts of kindness to


Classified Employee of the Month - Mrs. Jennifer Severson

Congratulations to Mrs. Jennifer Severson for being chosen as IKES Classified Employee of the Month for January! Mrs. Severson plays a vital part in the IKES Staff through her role with our After School Program. Mrs. Severson is instrumental in coordinating ASP employees, activities, extracurricular opportunities, as well as the day to day operations.

In addition to the wonderful work she does for IKES, she also serves as a Co-President on our IKES PTA Executive Board. Thank you, Mrs. Severson for your hard work and dedication to our school!

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Congratulations to our IKES Reading Bowl Team!

Join us in congratulating our IKES Reading Bowl Team for placing 1st in the county's reading bowl on January 25th! Their hard work and dedication has certainly paid off as they bring this huge accomplishment back to IKES! We are so proud of these Firebirds!

A special thank you to Mrs. Jennifer Lewis, Mrs. Kim Brown and Mrs. Allison Eubanks for your hard work and mentoring! Thank you also to Mrs. Kim Cerasoli and Mrs. Angela Martin for coming out to support them!

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PTA Quarterly Meeting

Thursday, Feb. 6th, 6:15pm

3635 Univeter Road

Canton, GA

PTA will hold its quarterly meeting at the above date. This meeting will provide details surrounding our budget for this quarter.

This meeting will be followed by a spectacular musical performance by our first grade students led by Mrs. Julie Bryant!

Nerf Night at Master Kim's Taekwondo!

Valentine's Day is fast approaching and love is in the air! PTA wants to give you the perfect opportunity to squeeze in that date night you've been putting off. For just $15 per child, your children will be fed a pizza dinner and drinks, and entertained for 3 hours. This is quite the deal for a date night! To make this deal even sweeter, 100% of the proceeds will come back to benefit future events at IKES!

Grab your Nerf gear and duck in to Master Kim's Taekwondo! This drop off event will be hosted by Master Kim's at 6175 Hickory Flat Hwy, #150, Canton on Saturday, February 8th from 6:30 9:30.

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2nd and 3rd grade IKES Box Night at Marco's Pizza!

Tuesday, Feb. 11th, 11am

4280 Hickory Flat Highway

Canton, GA

Are you the parent of a second or third grade student and love a good pizza night?! Then join us in supporting IKES through Marco's Pizza Box Night specially for our second and third grade students!

Your child will decorate and personalize their own pizza box at school. Order your pizza for pickup or delivery any time during Marco's Pizza open hours (11 a.m. - 10 p.m.) and it will be served up in your child's special box! Not only is the pizza worth savoring, but you are helping to bring back 15% of sales to our school! Thank you in advance for your support!

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Spread LOVE with Valentine's Grams!

*In order to ensure that orders are assembled and delivered promptly on Valentine's Day, ALL orders will be due no later than February 7th*

If your child purchased Valentine's Grams for friends and/ or faculty and staff, they will be delivered on Friday, February 14th! We are very excited to be a small part of spreading love and kindness throughout our school!

If you haven't purchased and would like to, please fill out the form sent home in your child's folder and send back with payment and selections.

Need additional forms? Have questions about the options? Please contact Jeanette Smith at

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IKES Spirit Night at Culver's

Monday, Feb. 24th, 5pm

6778 Hickory Flat Highway

Canton, GA

Fresh off the break? No plans for dinner? IKES PTA has you covered! Join us for IKES Spirit Night at Culver's. They will be serving up delicious butter burgers and cool frozen custard from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at 6778 Hickory Flat Hwy. A portion of ALL SALES during this time will be donated back to IKES! So enjoy a delicious meal with the family while helping your child's school! Thank you for your support!

All Pro Dads Meeting

Friday, Feb. 28th, 7am

3635 Univeter Road

Canton, GA

Calling all Dads! What better way to start the day, meet other families and share some quality time with your kids?! We talk about different issues at every meeting but most of all we just have breakfast and spend time with our kids. Please come to the meeting and have a great time!

Donuts with Grown-ups!

Johnny's Pizza Spirit Night Success!

Thank you to all of our Firebird families who came out to support our school at Johnny's Pizza on January 14th. Your support helped to raise $100!

A special thank you to our community partners at Johnny's Pizza for being amazing hosts!


Firebird Families:

Our Annual Bingo Night is quickly approaching in March, and PTA is working hard to deliver a family night full of fun! We are looking for donations to make this night a success! If you or someone you know own a local business and would like to contribute, please contact Jeanette Smith at

Donations can be monetary to go towards bigger prizes or a physical prize itself! We appreciate your assistance and are looking forward to a great night!

Grandparent's Day Pictures

For those who have not yet been able to access your pictures from our Grandparent's Day breakfast celebration, please follow these steps to access and purchase pictures from this special day.

  1. Go to
  2. Click on "Find Your Event"
  3. Enter Georgia under "State"
  4. Enter "Indian Knoll" under "School or Organization Keyword"
  5. Click on the Indian Knoll Elementary School for the 11/21/19 date
  6. Scroll down to view and order pictures

Box Tops for Education

If you haven't already, please download the Box Tops app! It's a quick and easy way to earn money for your school. It's as easy as 1-2-3!

BIG CHANGES COMING TO BoxTops4Education!!!

BoxTops4Education is in the beginning phases of going completely digital and earning has never been easier!! Follow these simple steps to start earning for our school:

  1. Download the new BoxTops4Education App
  2. Create an Account
  3. Select Indian Knoll Elementary School (Canton, GA)
  4. Buy BoxTops Products
  5. Scan Your Receipt within 14 Days of Purchase
  6. Earn Money for IKES

Please visit the website for more details on how you can earn!

Spirit Rock Reservations and Painting!!

Another school year brings about opportunity for celebratory shout-outs! Our spirit rock shout-outs were outstanding last year, offering the opportunity for us to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and accomplishments! We can't wait to see all of the creativity on our spirit rock this year! See below for all of the details.

Spirit Rock Sign-up:

In an effort to make spirit rock sign up as smooth a process as possible, we have changed the process slightly this year. Sign-up dates for your special event are listed below:

  • August to October dates: released July 26th @ 7pm
  • November to February dates: released October 10th @7pm
  • March to May dates: released February 10th @ 7pm

**Payment will be required at the time of sign up in order to complete your reservation.

Spirit Rock Painting:

We have had several parents and/ or family members inquire about hiring someone to paint the spirit rock for their special event. We want to make this a little easier by listing some of those individuals who offer these services on the Spirit Rock FAQ tab on the IKES PTA website, including: Tay's Paints and Painted Pebbles. We have confirmed that Art by Amanda is no longer offering painting services, but Petit Artist in Woodstock will now offer these services. We will be updating the website shortly with this new information. Please click on the Spirit Rock FAQ tab here to find links to their Facebook pages.

**Please remember that these services are not affiliated with IKES PTA and will require a separate, additional payment to the artist. Before you book any paint services, please be sure you have reserved and paid your rock reservation with IKES PTA.

If you have any questions regarding spirit rock, please contact Jackie at

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IKES Spirit Wear

Thank you to everyone who ordered fall spirit wear! If you did not order, we will have additional items in stock, but size and style are not guaranteed.

If you are interested in purchasing, please contact Rachel Chapman at to see if we have the size and style you are looking for and we'll be happy to check our inventory.

Thank you to our Firebird Flash Card Sponsors!

If you are a PTA member, don't forget to use your Firebird Flash Card for great discounts at over 55 local businesses. Check out our complete list below! If you are not yet a PTA member, join PTA today and start saving!!
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We love to hear from you! Please contact us with any suggestions, comments or questions!

Christine Dagostino Co-President

Jennifer Severson Co-President

Jennifer Griggs Treasurer

Dacia Falter Secretary

Nikki Chambley Vice President

Ann Gazell Vice President

Michelle Kramer Vice President

Brenna Pittaway Vice President

Jeanette Smith Vice President

Rachel Chapman Parliamentarian