22 SEPTEMBER 2023
IN THIS WEEK'S NEWSLETTER
- COMMUNITY CALENDAR
- FROM PSP
- SAC MEETING MINUTES
- FIELD DAY MOVED TO FALL
- BATTLE OF THE BOOKS
- THIS IS HOW WE CTE
- BE EPICER @ CTE
- FROM WELLNESS
- FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Hello Cherokee Trail Elementary Families!!!
The Run4Funds is coming!! This is our largest fundraiser, and we need your help. We are asking each student to set a fundraising goal of $75 so we can reach our $23,500 school goal!
Family and friends can support our school by giving flat or per lap donations based on the number of laps your student completes on our Fun Run Day – Tuesday, September 26, 2023. Most students will run 25-35 laps.
Donate now at: www.r4funds.com/schools/cherokeetrailrun23/donate/
How you can help our school:
Sign the waiver on the Waiver tab online: www.r4funds.com/schools/cherokeetrailrun23/
Connect with Donors and Sponsors: Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Neighbors, Co-Workers and even businesses will LOVE donating to your student.
Cheer on your Student: Our Fun Run Day is Tuesday, September 26, 2023 during their specials
Help collect per lap pledges and flat donations: Donations are due Tuesday, October 03, 2023
Mark your CALENDAR (these events are for EVERYONE):
9/22 PSP Meeting 5pm
9/26 FUN RUN during specials
10/2 Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A 4-8pm
10/24 PSP meeting 5pm
10/27 Fall Festival 5:30pm
11/10 Donuts with Grownups 7am
11/20 Spirit Night at Urban Air 4-8pm
FIELD DAY MOVED TO FALL!
CTE has moved FIELD DAY to the FALL! Grades 1-6 (K will be in the Spring)
The wet spring weather has brought Mrs. Whittingham to rethink Field Day timing. This year's Field Day is set for Friday, September 29, 2023 (October 6th rain date). The weather should be better in the fall and it is a great chance for students to develop their team building skills with their new classmates. Grades 1-6 will participate in a fall field day. Kindergarteners will have their field day in the Spring when their skills are more developed.
Field day will run from 9:00-10:40 AM and 1-3:00 PM
CLICK HERE to order your field day gear - Sale ends Sept 15th
CLICK HERE to Volunteer
Berry Blendz will be available for purchase for $3 each CASH ONLY
THIS IS HOW WE CTE
Welcome to Mr. Miller's video series about all things CTE! Watch as he explains many of the protocols and activities around Cherokee Trail and what the rules and expectations are around each of them.
See the FULL PLAYLIST on CTE's YouTube channel.
BE EPICER @ CTE
BE EPICER @ CTE
At Cherokee Trail we focus on six traits, teaching and fostering them in our classrooms and school-wide in order to create learners who are strong academically and socially. They are:
ENTHUSIASM * PERSEVERANCE * INTEGRITY * COURAGE * EMPATHY * RESPECT
Read more on the EPICER page!
In September we will be focusing on ENTHUSIASM:
* I show a positive attitude at all times
* I am eager to learn
* I show active engagement throughout my day
AT HOME: Ask your student "How do you show enthusiasm at home?"
What’s Happening in Wellness this week?
Grades K: Our Focus this Week
Day 1: A Little Spot of Feelings
Day 2: A Little Spot of Calm
Day 3: A Little Spot of Anger
Grade 1: Our Focus this Week:
Day 1: A Little Spot of Belonging
Day 2: Finding Your Spot in the World
Day 3: A Little Spot of KIndness
Grade 2: We will learn about our mindful brains this week.
Grade 3: We will learn how to use affirmations.
Grade 4: We will learn about our mindful brains this week.
Grade 5: We will explore how to respond to rumors and gossip.
Grade 6: We will be building an understanding of how stress impacts our brain.
THE PRINCIPAL CHRONICLES
The Principal Chronicles Continue ... (Outdoor Ed Edition)
Well, we all survived Outdoor Ed and I know that I speak for our students and teachers when I say: Outdoor Ed was amazing. I had to attend a morning meeting so I didn't get down to Larkspur until about an hour before lunch.
When I got there I headed straight to the high ropes course which is typically the students' favorite. The students were already geared up and taking on the challenges. It was so fun to watch the students overcome their fears and achieve things they didn't think were possible. Essentially the students are wearing a climbing harness and roped into a belay system. Once they are all set, they need to climb up a telephone pole to get to the "challenge". The challenges vary from easy to hard and the students were able to tackle whichever they liked. Once they completed the challenge (crossing a bridge, walking across a wire) they were lowered to the ground. All in all, each student gets to push themselves as far as they would like.
From there, we headed over to lunch. Since the students are outside and working hard all morning, most of them are starving and have no problem chowing down on the food. The students usually say the food is excellent but I think they are just hungry. Once lunch is over the staff at Outdoor Ed really focus on waste and how that affects our environment. It is some really good life lessons for the kids.
After lunch, the students broke out into various groups. I stopped by archery, more ropes, and some other stations. For me, it was very interesting to spend so much time with a small group of students. I love how many great questions they asked and how involved they were in each station. Of course, they behaved extremely well and the Outdoor Ed staff praised our students for their behavior. No shock to me at all.
On the home front, my daughter was involved in some girl drama at her job. Some other girls threw her under the bus and told her boss that she wanted to quit and hated her job. Unfortunately, her boss dropped her to only one shift a week and she had to go in and explain herself to her boss. It's pretty tough as a parent to stay out of it and let her handle her business. As a principal, I wanted to pull all of the girls together and do a restorative circle with them all to make sure we got to the bottom of the issue. Instead, I can only listen and try to empathize with her. This is now my new role as a Dad, butt out and listen to my daughter and not do anything. Kind of a bummer.
That is it for this week's edition. Stay tuned for next weeks episode, see you next time when the Principal Chronicles continue ...
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