Cherokee Elementary School

Tribe Edition: February 2023

Principally Speaking

CES Tribe Family,

January 2023 is now in our past and we welcome February 2023! February is the shortest month of the year, but CES has many fun days, observations, and activities planned. As the Tribe leader, I would like to take a moment to brag on the efforts of our CES Faculty and Staff. They are working tirelessly to prepare and plan for student engaged learning. We truly have the BEST working with our students everyday! With that being said, I would like to thank you, our stakeholders for your support. I encourage you to keep in contact with your child's teacher, join the classroom communication platform, and continue to work with us! I also want to remind everyone of our arrival and dismissal times, Doors open at 7:20am, Tardy Bell 7:50am, PreK Dismissal 2:00pm, K-6 Car Dismissal 2:25pm unless notified with a different time due to an unforeseen circumstance.

We will have the Carnation Grams again this year as a school wide fundraiser for school improvements! Information will be sent home with the students or you can request forms from your child's teacher or the front office. We ask that student Valentine's Day deliveries from outside sources on Valentine's Day not be sent to the school. Thank you in advance for understanding.

Feel free to contact me if I can be of assistance to you!

Miss Fuqua, Principal


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Counselors Corner

Happy February, from the Counseling Office!

This month, we will be celebrating kindness at CES! We are so proud of our students daily, but we are taking this opportunity to highlight all the ways we can be kind to each other. We will have special dress up days, school wide, and classroom activities. Help your student start brainstorming ways that he or she can be kind to friends, faculty, and staff, as we celebrate kindness week!

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State Testing- ACAP

State testing is coming! CES students will take the ACAP Summative Assessment, the week before spring break March 20-24. We will have more details closer to testing time. However, start getting those game faces ready!

Guidance Lessons

Our next classroom guidance lessons will be focusing on self care and coping skills. As we celebrate being kind to others, we can always be more kind to ourselves!

Let's Talk About It

As always, I’m here if you or students need anything at all. Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns!

Laura Peden

CES Counselor


Reading Corner

Read @ Home

One of the most important predictors of a child’s academic and future success is the ability to read by the end of third grade. Everything that happens in your child’s life in the early years has a lasting impact on their future potential. Families are essential in setting high expectations for learning and encouraging their child’s academic achievement, growth, and success! Your active participation and partnership with your child’s teacher and school, along with reading support at home, is critical to their success in meeting the assessment standards established in Alabama.

This Read-at-Home plan includes activities to help your child practice the Foundational Components of Beginning Reading:

Phonological Awareness






Oral Language

We are happy to provide you with this Read-at-Home Plan, which includes activities to help your child become a proficient reader!

Library Lingo

Scholastic Book Fair

We are so excited! February 27th – March 3rd, we’ll host the Scholastic Book Fair and celebrate Read Across America!

Fun Events for February 27th - March 3rd : Our Book Fair & Reading Celebration!

O Mon., Feb. 27th- Read-A-Thon - Dress in RED to heat up our reading challenge thermometer!

O Tues., Feb. 28th- Character day- Dress as your favorite book character!

O Wed., Mar. 1st- Reading Is Groovy Day- Dress hippy and groovy!

O Thurs., Mar. 2nd- Seuss Day- Dress as a Dr. Seuss Character- Grinch, Cat in the Hat,

Thing 1 or 2, etc.!

Breakfast for Books! Starts at 7:20. Parent breakfast is $3.00.

O Fri., Mar. 3rd- Safari Day- Dress in Safari gear to complete your Book Scavenger Hunt!

Mrs. Nelson, Library Media Specialist


“Hello” from the music room! We are SO excited about February. We will be celebrating Black History Month with a program performed by 4th-6th graders (see flyer for details). We will also be discussing musicians such as Lionel Richie, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, and Stevie Wonder in class when we listen to their collaboration, “We Are the World,” which ties in beautifully to Valentine’s Day and remembering to love our neighbors! If you’ve never heard it or it’s been awhile- go give the song a listen yourself! As always, if you have any questions about your child’s music education, please reach out. It’s a privilege to work with your talented kiddos each week. -Mrs. Keenum
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During the month of February, ESL students will be taking the ACCESS test. This test measures student English language growth in Listening, Reading, Speaking, and Writing.

Durante el mes de febrero, los estudiantes de ESL tomarán el examen ACCESS. Esta prueba mide el crecimiento del idioma inglés de los estudiantes en comprensión auditiva, lectura, expresión oral y escritura.

Spelling Bee

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