The CPES BobChat

February 23, 2020

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What's Happening This Week?

We have a number of events happening this week and want to keep you informed about them. 1. Read Across the World Week (Read Across America and World Languages Week)--We will highlight both of these events in our school to raise awareness of the value of reading across all languages. I am so amazed at the literacy instruction that happens every day in our English, French and Spanish classes. Research says that learning to read in a second language enhances learning to read in one's first language. I often get asked if English language arts teachers are able to "cover" all the reading and writing skills our children need to learn. The truth is that reading and writing instruction occurs throughout the day in all our classes. On Tuesday night during our Choice Tour, Mme. Lopes and Sra. Kiker demonstrated how they incorporate literacy instruction in their daily French and Spanish lessons. (Activities for each day this week are listed below.) 2. Scholastic Book Fair--Children read lots when they have easy access to books. Our Book Fair will be open during the day until 6:00 PM Tuesday through Friday and until 7:30 PM on Wednesday during the Art Show. (Details and links can be found below.) 3. Schoolwide Art Show--Will be Wednesday from 5:30-7:30 PM. Our kids need to know that they are artists and they will have their artwork displayed in our Cafeteria and PE Room Gallery. You can park at our Caswell or Cherry Road Entrances and enter at either set of doors. We will open the gates to our kindergarten playground so you can walk straight into our cafeteria that evening. You can purchase the framed artwork that evening but also know that it will be sent home at a later time. (Again, details are below.) 4. Bus Driver Appreciation Week--Would you put 40-50 kids behind you and expertly and safely navigate a thirty foot vehicle every day? It is no easy task. Our drivers are vitally important to ensure the safety and security of our children. Please encourage your child to express his appreciation to our drivers for their dedication and hard work. Bus drivers are the first and last people who see our children each day and they make a difference in their lives. Let's give them a big round of applause and thanks. 5. Last Day to Apply for School of Choice--Please, please remind friends and neighbors that the application window closes Friday. All rising kindergarten students who have siblings in the program must have a choice application completed by Friday in order to be assured a spot. Thank you for all the ways you support your child and our school. We hope you will have fun this week as we emphasize different aspects and interests of our children.


Mr. Maness, Principal

Scholastic Book Fair Information Link

Click here for the Book Fair site for Cherry Park Elementary.

Book Fair E Wallet Video

View a short video that explains how this works and how to set up an account for your child

School News

Read Across the World Week--Here are the activities for the week:

MondayFox in Socks—Wear your favorite crazy socks.

TuesdayWhoville Hair Day!—Wear your hair crazy.

WednesdayGreen Eggs and Ham—In honor of our Art Show Wednesday evening from 5:30-7:30 PM, wear your favorite color to school.

ThursdayOh the Places You’ll Go—Dress up what you want to be when you grow up. (No masks or scary costumes.)

FridayOne Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish—Dress like your favorite book character.

Monday, March 2 Dr. Seuss’ BirthdayCat in the Hat—Wear your favorite hat.


Support for the Early Learning Partnership of York County--This week and next week, we will help the Early Learning Partnership of York County provide books for preschool children. We are selling coupon books and all profits will go to it. This is a part of our Read Across the World activities to promote literacy. See below for more information about how you can get a coupon book and help ELPYC.


New School Security Officer--Corey Zessin will begin working with us this week. He worked with the Rock Hill Police Department for six years and has also worked at the Catawba Nuclear Station in security. We look forward to him joining our staff.


@CPESBobcat on Twitter--Want to see what's happening at CPES? Twitter is a great way for you to see our school family at work and play each day. Download the Twitter app and follow us @CPESBobcat. You might see your little one or favorite staff member.


Pickleball at the Tennis Center--Weather permitting, Mrs. Anderson (PE2) will be going over to the Tennis Center during the week of February 24th - 28th to practice Pickleball skills with 2nd - 5th graders. Pickleball is a similar striking skill to tennis. If your child/student is not able to walk over for medical reason, please e-mail Mrs. Anderson (eanderson@rhmail.org) or please let the homeroom teacher know. We are excited about this opportunity to learn a fun and lifelong activity!


Student Art Show Fundraiser on Wednesday, February 26 from 5:30-7:30 PM--Join us for the Annual Student Art Show Fundraiser in conjunction with Artome. The students have come together to create artwork for an evening full of arts! Every student in Kindergarten through 5th grade will have their own masterpiece framed & on display. See more information above.


Spring Registration Timeline--Please click on the button below so you can know deadlines for registering your child for next fall.


(Rescheduled) Meeting for Rising Sixth Graders--There will be a Dual Language Immersion Meeting for Rising Sixth Graders on Thursday, February 27 at 6:00 at Sullivan Middle. This is a meeting for our families to understand the immersion program at Sullivan Middle. This is rescheduled from the meeting that was scheduled for Thursday, February 6.


School of Choice Information

If you have a rising kindergarten student who has a sibling in our immersion program, please be sure to complete your School of Choice application between December 2 and February 28. If your child is already in our immersion program at Cherry Park, you do not have to apply again. Please help spread the word about opportunities to come and take a tour.

District App

Click here for more information about our District App.

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PTO and SIC Information

Parent Teacher Organization and School Improvement Council Update

The PTO serves to raise funds, coordinate volunteers and encourage teachers through appreciation activities. Click on the PTO Newsletter button below if you wish to receive the PTO Newsletter: PTO and SIC are tentatively planning to meet on the second Monday of each month next year. School Improvement Council meets at 5:30 (in the Fish Bowl) and our Parent Teacher Organization meets at 6:30 (in the Media Center.) Elections were held in the spring for these organizations but all parents are welcome to attend to help provide input and volunteer. Meetings will be held on March 9, April 13, and May 11 (if needed.)

PTO Newsletter

Click here if you'd like to sign up for our PTO Newsletter.

Calendar of Events

All Week--Bus Driver Appreciation Week; Read Across America Week; World Languages Week

Monday--10:30 York County Education Association Meeting

Tuesday--3:00 Faculty Meeting

Wednesday--5:30-7:30 PM Schoolwide Art Show (Cafeteria and PE Room--Gates will be open at the lower entrance to come through the kindergarten playground to the cafeteria.)

Thursday--6:30 District SIC Meeting at CO; 6:00 PM Rising Sixth Grade Meeting at Sullivan for Immersion Families (Auditorium)

Friday--Last Day to Complete School of Choice Application

March 6--9:15 Wax Museum Presentations by Fifth Graders

March 7--Spring Forward One Hour for Daylight Savings Time

March 9-12--Fourth Graders Swim Lessons

March 13--Teacher Staff Development Day (Student Holiday)

March 20--Spring Pictures

March 31--Bond Referendum Vote (Information about projects can be found at www.rock-hill.k12.sc.us/oneplan); 6:30 PM Spring Music Performance for Kindergarten, Second and Fourth Graders in Sullivan's Auditorium

April 6-13--Spring Break

May 21--Kindergarten, First and Second Grade Field Day (in AM)

June 1--9:00 AM Fifth Grade Graduation (Sullivan Auditorium)

June 2--Third, Fourth and Fifth Field Day (All Day)

Cherry Park is proud to be part of #One Team One Mission One Rock Hill.

Cherry Park Website

This is the link to our school website.