PTA News Flash

Indian Knoll Elementary

Letter From the Principal

IKES Families,

Our school opening events have been a huge success! We thank you for your participation in our Meet and Greet, Curriculum Nights, and the PTA Back to School Bash! After Labor Day, we eagerly look forward to celebrating and honoring our Grandparents and welcoming them to Indian Knoll for breakfast, a picture, and a visit to the fall bookfair. Firebird students are now proudly wearing their House Shirts and earning Dojo points for exemplary behavior, positive character, and for academic excellence. We are thrilled to celebrate student successes on a daily basis and through our quarterly PBIS student assemblies! Lastly, will also start analyzing student assessments and test scores as we update our School Improvement Plan for the 2018-19 school year. As 2018 Milestone results are released from the Georgia Department of Education, we will be forwarding that information to all stakeholders. Our school goals will remain consistent with a focus on both reading and math in all grade levels. Thanks in advance for being a partner in your child’s education. We value your commitment and participation at IKES. #IKESRocks #CCSDfam

All the best,

Kim Cerasoli, Principal

Back to School Bash 2018 #IKESROCKS

The Back to School Bash was a huge success thanks to all our volunteers, ROTC, community partners, and platinum sponsors.The Home Depot in Holly Springs generously donated all the river rocks we painted! Big thanks to Johnny's Pizza, Kona Ice, and Brusters for providing delicious food and treats and to Buffalo's for donating gift certificates for the membership raffle and waters. DJ Orlando was keeping everyone moving and dancing in the courtyard! We can't wait to place all the painted rocks in the new dry river bed!! #ikesrocks

Culver's Spirit Night

Tuesday, Sep. 4th, 4-8pm

6778 Hickory Flat Hwy, Canton, GA 30115

Join us for an easy meal and fun with friends! Portions of the sales will come directly back to IKES!

Spotlight on Mrs. Cerasoli! Getting to know our new Principal...

We are so excited to welcome Mrs. Cerasoli as our new principal! What better way to get to know more about her, than through an interview by our special guest cub reporters, Luci (4th grade) and Mackenzie (2nd grade) Pittaway.

Mackenzie: What did you do for summer break?

Mrs. Cerasoli: I went to Mexico during summer break and then I went to Las Vegas.

Luci: What is your favorite color?

Mrs. Cerasoli: Turquoise

Luci: Same.

Mrs. Cerasoli: Same? Alright! Great minds think alike.

Mackenzie: What makes a good day at school?

Mrs. Cerasoli: A good day at school is when I can walk into the cafeteria and see everyone with great manners and sit down with some of the boys and girls and get to talk to them about their day and make sure that everybody is feeling really good about the school and happy to be here.

Luci: What is your favorite animal?

Mrs. Cerasoli: My favorite animal would have to be a dog. I've always had a dog when I was small and then as an adult. Growing up, we've always had a dog in the house.

Mackenzie: What inspires you?

Mrs. Cerasoli: I get inspired by people who value service to others. So when I see someone doing something to help someone here at school or out in the community, that really inspires me to be a better person because I want to help others as well.

Luci: How do you show school spirit?

Mrs. Cerasoli: We started our PBIS; we're continuing that with our new House Birds. So, we're going to show spirit, as a matter of fact, this Friday by wearing our spirit shirts that we just got today. We're going to have quarterly assemblies to celebrate all of our students' successes and show our school spirit there too.

Mackenzie: What is your first school memory?

Mrs. Cerasoli: When I went off to Kindergarten and I had brand new shoes and a brand new outfit. I had a lunch box I was carrying to school. My mom was taking pictures of me and I got on the school bus. That first day of school is always very special to me.

Mackenzie: What Bird House are you in?

Mrs. Cerasoli: I am a blue eagle and look what I found at my house (pointing to statue of Eagle on her desk). I put that on my desk to remind me that I'm an eagle.

Luci: Do you have any children?

Mrs. Cerasoli: I have two children. My daughter Alexa goes to Georgia State. My son Jake is in the Air Force. He's an air traffic controller in Washington state.

Luci: What song do you know all the words to or what's your favorite type of music?

Mrs. Cerasoli: There's quite a few songs. Let's see, I've been to several concerts this year. I like 70's and 80's soft rock. Journey songs; I like Styx and REO Speedwagon...things that you've probably never heard of. I saw the concert Chicago this summer.

Mackenzie: Mine is Star 94.

Mrs. Cerasoli: I will have to say, it's not a question but have you guys ever heard the phone scams on Star 94? I listen to that every morning as I go off to work. That is a very fun and exciting way to start my day every my morning. I pull in and I'm laughing because they are just so silly on that phone call. It's a great way to start the day with a smile on your face!

Thank you to Luci and Mackenzie Pittaway and Mrs. Cerasoli for putting a smile on OUR faces with this fun interview!

Grandparents Day Breakfast

Friday, Sep. 7th, 7am to Monday, Sep. 10th, 7am

3635 Univeter Road

Canton, GA

Help Indian Knoll Elementary celebrate how Grandparents Light Up Our Lives with complimentary breakfast including coffee, juice, donuts, fruit and yogurt. School breakfast will also be available for purchase ($1.50 for students and $3.00 for adults) Lifetouch Photography will be there, and the Book Fair will be open in the Media Center.

Friday, September 7th - Last names A-L

Monday, September 10th - Last names M-Z

Indian Knoll Cafeteria

If grandparents are not able to attend on the day corresponding to the letter of their last name, please join us on the other date. We want to include as many families as possible.

Counselor Connection

Mrs. Colleen DeLosh – Grades 3-5

Mrs. Lori Waycaster – Grades K-2

Welcome back everyone! We are going to have a fantastic 2018-2019 school year.

Classroom guidance will begin at the beginning of September for all grade levels. Kindergarten will be introduced to the role of school counselor and grades 1- 5 will participate in character education.

If you or anyone you know is in need of resources, such as food, clothing, or school supplies please feel free to contact either one of us: or

If you have items that you can donate to our food pantry to assist families at our school, please send them in with a note to turn in to the counselors. We are always in need of snacks to share with students, canned fruits and vegetables, pasta, canned meats, and soups.

Enchanted Forest Fall Book Fair

Our next Scholastic Book Fair will be held in the media center from September 7 through 14! The theme is “Enchanted Forest Book Fair: Let Your Imagination Grow!”

Here are our hours of operation.

Thursday, September 6: teacher preview 2:30 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Friday, September 7: open 7:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.

Monday, September 10: open 7:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.

Tuesday, September 11: open 8:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.

Wednesday, September 12: open 8:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.

Thursday, September 13: open 8:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.

Friday, September 14: open 8:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.

September 7 – 19: order online at

Our book fair will need lots of volunteers to be a success! Please contact our media specialist Jennifer Lewis at if you are interested in helping.

Cheeseburger Bobby's Spirit Night

Thursday, Sep. 13th, 4-8pm

2060 Cumming Highway

Canton, GA

Join us for Spirit Night at Cheeseburger Bobby's! A portion of the sales come directly back to IKES.

September is Spirit Month with Tasty Donuts!

Tasty Donuts has generously offered to donate 5% of every dollar spent at their store for the entire month of September to IKES. We recently sent home these flyers with your kiddos. Simply bring your flyer and your Firebird flash card (they offer $2 off a dozen donuts to our PTA members on the flash card) to Tasty Donuts during the month of September and help support IKES!
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Bruster's Spirit Night

Thursday, Sep. 27th, 4-8pm

6870 Hickory Road

Woodstock, GA

Join us for ice cream and help support IKES! A portion of the sales come directly back to the school!

IKES Spirit Rock

Thank you to Chapman's Tree Service, Inc. for donating and delivering our awesome Spirit Rock! We love seeing all of your creativity on the rock and can’t wait to see the rest of them this year! Check out our Indian Knoll Elementary PTA Facebook page for new pictures or share your own rock pictures there if you paint it. Please remember to read through all of the guidelines and FAQs when you sign up. Here are a few quick reminders:
  • Payment is due within two school days of reserving your date. If payment is not received, you forfeit your reservation.
  • Please send check payable to IKES PTA or cash to school with your child. Be sure to put your child's name and the date of your reservation with your payment so we can match it.
  • IKES PTA does not paint the rock for you.
  • The rock is available on a first come, first serve basis. If you have a special date you really want, don't wait! Check the sign-up now. We will keep a waiting list in the event a date opens back up.
Click here for the link to the sign-up genius to see if your date is available. If you have any questions, please contact Sara at

Check out our new flex rooms! We are thrilled to see the students getting comfy, stretching out and, of course, learning!

New IKES PTA Business Sponsorship Program

Do you own your own business? Our Indian Knoll Elementary School PTA is implementing a new business sponsorship program this school year with levels that allow businesses to invest in the approximately 1000 students in our school, demonstrating their commitment to education and touching the lives of every child at Indian Knoll Elementary School!

If you own your own business or know someone who does, please consider investing in us! Please visit the Sponsorship tab on our website for more information here or email

Special thanks to our 2018-2019 IKES PTA Business Sponsors!

Thank you to our Firebird Flash Card Sponsors too! If you are a PTA member, don't forget to use your Firebird Flash Card for great discounts at over 50 local businesses. For a complete list of participating vendors, click here. If you are not yet a PTA member, join PTA today and start saving!!


We love to hear from you! Please contact us with any suggestions, comments or questions!

Rachel Chapman Co-President

Jennifer Severson Co-President

Valerie Holman Treasurer

Alison Waites Secretary

Christine Dagostino Vice President

Sara Kirkpatrick Vice President

Andrea Ondeck Vice President

Brenna Pittaway Vice President

Jeanette Smith Vice President

Katrina Brown Parliamentarian