Cheetah Chatter

August 13, 2021

A Note from Our Administrators

Hello CRES families!

The last two weeks have been filled with fun, excitement, a little bit of nerves, and a LOT of great learning! We were so excited to welcome our 1-5 grade students into the building last Friday, and our Kindergarten students started earlier this week. Chapman's Retreat is in Full Swing!

Here are some of the highlights from the past two weeks:

  • The Cheetah Social brought hundreds of our families to the school for an evening of fun, food, and fellowship.
  • Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade parent orientations were a huge success!
  • The PTO held a BooHoo Breakfast to ease the hearts and souls of our kindergarten parents.
  • Safety Patrol began for our 5th grade leaders.

In this edition of Cheetah Chatter, please look for:

  • Student Handbook - please read it thoroughly, as there are some changes from previous years.
  • Elementary World Language Program information
  • Run Club Information (Including Grey Ghost Registration!!!)
  • Ways to support the PTO
  • Information about our School Social Worker
  • Important events in the next few weeks.

Important Reminders:

  • Please remember that our doors do not open until 8:25 each morning. Please do not drop your child off before that time, as we do not have staff members available to monitor them.
  • Safety Patrol students should not arrive until 8:25. Please do not drop your Safety Patrol member off earlier.
  • Thank you in advance for your patience next week as our kindergarten students begin FULL-TIME, and our arrival and dismissal times will be longer than usual.

Thanks for your continued support!

CRES Admin Team

Michelle Hummel - Principal

Caron Johnson - Assistant Principal

Art Room Buzz

Welcome back to school Chapman’s Families! Art is back in the Art Room, and we are ready to get messy. Please be aware of your student’s art day and dress appropriately. Everything we use is washable, but it is not wise to don your best clothes in which to paint. If you wish to send a “smock” (oversized t-shirt) for your student to wear, over their clothes, feel free to do so. We have big plans this year that include painting, clay, weaving and printmaking. Be sure to watch for your child’s work on their digital portfolio in Artsonia.

Classes have been talking about art room procedures and rules. We have also started self-portraits which will be finished when time allows. Next week class will be:

  • Kindergarten: Introduction to the art room and paper sculpture.
  • 1st grade: Review Elements of Art (Line, shape and color) utilizing paint to create a Kandinsky inspired apple.
  • 2nd grade: Read Peter Reynold’s The Dot. Using paint and a variety of brushes create your own dot.
  • 3rd grade: Warm and cool color in landscape painting.
  • 4th grade: Value scale in paint.
  • 5th grade: Discuss the history of clay and create an animal pinch pot

Please let me know if you have any concerns or questions. Thank you!

- Miss B

Art At Home Activity/Game

Ice Cube Painting

Supply List: ice cube tray, popsicle/craft sticks, liquid watercolor paint, flour (optional if you want opaque colors, sturdy paper & and your imagination.

Set up Tips:

  1. Adding a little flour to the water before coloring it can make the color more opaque.
  2. Get the ice cubes out a few minutes before painting.
  3. Protect work surfaces with either sheets of plastic or use individual trays for the students to collect drips and spills.
  4. When students are finished any remaining “paintsicles” can be refrozen for later use.
  5. Be sure to have a lot of space to put paintings to dry. Students will want to make more than one painting.

Spirit Wear

Spirit Wear that we currently have in stock is available (in limited sizes) here ▶️▶▶️

We also have the new 21/22 CRES designs available in t-shirts and hoodies as a pre-sale. Online ordering will be open until August 17th. Once ordering closes on the 17th, we will order everything purchased and deliver orders when they arrive! ▶️▶️▶️ PRE-Order for NEW 21/22 Spirit Wear


Good news! AmazonSmile customers can now support Chapman's Retreat Elementary PTO in the Amazon shopping app!

  1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
  2. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into 'Settings'
  3. Tap 'AmazonSmile' and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process
  4. Select 'Chapman's Retreat Elementary PTO'

Go Cheetahs!

Kroger Community Rewards

If you’re looking for easy ways to help make CRES a little extra money this year please see below. The Kroger program brings in almost $4000 a year so please double check you’re still connected for this year. Thank you so much!

❤️💙Kroger Community Rewards:

If you have a Kroger card, it takes 2 minutes to connect CRES to your account.

  1. Log in to your account (or create one with your Kroger Plus card) with your Kroger App or at
  2. Click the top right and go to "my account". Scroll down to Loyalty Community Rewards. Connect your account to CRES.

Car Rider Reminders

  • The Secluded Lane entrance to Chapman’s Retreat will be closed to traffic during drop off and dismissal times.​

  • If your child will be a car rider, you will need to take Ferguson Road and proceed to the front of the school for drop-off and pick-up.​

  • The bus loop located in the back of the building is reserved for school buses only.​

  • Pick-up in the afternoon will require that the adult present the CRES Car Rider Tag with your child's name. Car Tags can be picked at the Cheetah Social on August 4. ​

  • Please remain in your car for arrival and dismissal. If you need to enter the building, you must park in the parking lot.

Elementary World Language Program

Elementary World Language Program Registration Closing Tuesday!

New Students Always Welcome!

A friendly reminder that registration for the Fall 2021 semester will close on Tuesday, August 10th at 3 p.m. Classes are just around the corner. Some classes are filling quickly, so act now!

Please note: Enrollment is on a first come, first served basis. Class size is limited.


EWLP Website

Cost: $100 per student (discount available for free/reduced lunch families)

What: 12 weekly classes for one hour before or after school

Classes begin: week of August 23, 2021

Classes end: week of November 15th, 2021

Available classes listed here

Classes are subject to change. The most accurate list is inside the registration portal.

If you do not see a class for your child:

  • the class is full
  • your school did not express interest in a class
  • we could not find a teacher for your school

Remember! Registration is a 2-step process on our EWLP website or use the links below.

Step 1: Returning Families register here.

Step 2: Pay here.

We are happy to answer any questions that you have. We look forward to teaching your child!

Christi Gilliland

K-12 World Language Curriculum Specialist

Cheetah Coalition Starts August 23rd

Cheetah Coalition, or the CRES running club, is open to girls and boys in 1st-5th grade. The goal of the CRES Running Club is to provide a fun and supportive opportunity for our children to be active, develop better fitness, self-discipline, and a dedicated attitude in all that they do. We meet for 35 minutes, 3 days per week, starting August 23rd and ending October 20th, from 7:45-8:20. For more information and to sign up, please check out the attached pdf. If you have questions, feel free to contact Mr. Willoughby ( or Mrs. Yancey (

School Events

August 16 – First Full Day For Kindergarten

August 17 – 3rd-5th Grade Open House (6:00)

August 23- PTO Spirit Night at Andy's

August 25- Cub Scout Interest Meeting for Parents (5:00)

September 2- Girl Scout Interest Meeting for Parents (6:00)

September 6- No School: Labor Day

September 10- Progress Reports visible in Skyward

September 16- STREAM Night (more information to come)