The CPES BobChat

February 7, 2021

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Why Learn French, the "Language of Love?"

During this time of year when parents are applying for schools of choice, I often get asked the question, "Why is it important for a child to learn French (as opposed to Spanish)?" It is easy to encounter Spanish speakers in a grocery store or restaurant. Spanish is more commonly spoken in Rock Hill. But, with a nod to Valentine's Day, there is great value to learning French, the "language of love." 1. Learning any second language makes a huge difference. This past year of responding to the COVID crisis made us turn a little more inward in our thinking and perspective. It is easy to forget that our children will need to meaningfully communicate with others in different cultures in a global economy. Brain research indicates that bilingual kids are "smarter" because they problem solve in two languages. In fact, second language learning stimulates cognitive activity in older adults who battle dementia. A deeper level of language fluency is developed when children acquire a second language before age 12. Learning a second language increases one's ability to learn a third or fourth language. 2. French is spoken on every continent of the world. It is the second most spoken language in Europe. It is one of two official languages of the United Nations and the Olympics. Over 300 million people in the world speak French. Over half of our English words are derived from French. It is more common than what we might think. 3. Industries of French speaking countries heavily invest in North and South Carolina. Michelin, the second largest employer in SC, is French based. Schneider Electric, Aplix, Sodexo, and Wells Fargo all have connections and influence between the Charlotte area and French speaking countries. In addition, the US is the number one exporter of goods to France. 4. The need for French speakers may be on the rise. As economists look at the future of labor markets and populations shifts, businesses are turning their eyes to North Africa. French is the recognized language of eleven North African countries. Many are speculating that as Africa's population increases, there may be a shift in business opportunities from China to that region which leads to a greater need for French speakers. 5. There are significant ties between French and American cultures. Canada (where French is the second recognized language) and France are long-time allies of the US. Art, music, dance, and fashion in the US are influenced by the French. Many of the origins of our political system came from ideas of French writers and thinkers. Over nearly 250 years of American history, France and the United States have been loyal supporters of each other. With all this in mind, we recognize that our Spanish speaking friends all over the world influence us, too. We appreciate and value their cultural impact as well. But, is there value to learning French? Absolument et certainment!! (I took French in high school and college and so wish I could have learned it like our children are doing.)

Strength and Blessings,

Mr. Maness, Principal

P.S. Here are a few videos about the value of learning French.

Why Learn French?

The France-US Economic Connection:

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School News

Welcome New Staff Members--We want to welcome our new School Security Officer Mike Channell to our CPES family. Mike was the former deputy director of York County Emergency Services and brings a wealth of knowledge and background of safety and security. He started with us on Tuesday. LaCrisha Pauling will be one of our new Unique Pathways 3 assistants and will start with us February 16. She has worked in a similar position and comes from a nursing background as well. We are so glad to have both of them join our team.

Caps for Recycled Bench at Miracle Park--GT students are leading a schoolwide and community wide project collecting plastic bottle caps and lids to be recycled and made into park benches for Miracle Park. This is a program started by school children in 2010 and in partnership with GreenTree Plastics out of Indiana. Donations can be dropped off at any of the three locations: CPES, Knowledge Perk, or Boyd Hill Rec Center. They can contact me with questions. Students will be sorting and weighing donations in June to prepare for delivery to the location. We will be looking for a driver to deliver the caps to Evansville, IN in late June and bring back our benches for installation in Miracle Park. See flyer below for more info.

February Teacher Appreciation--It’s the month of “love” so let’s show our teachers how much we LOVE them! Pizza is already being provided by a local company, so we are going to collaborate with some yummy sides and drinks!

This month will be sponsored by our kindergarten and 1st grade families! All treats should be brought to the main office by 7:30am on February 12th. Food will be served later that morning!

Keeping Everyone Safe and Healthy--Let Nurse Love know if you or your child is sick before sending them to school. Please reduce all exposures you can at school by limiting dropping off nonessential items such as computers, backpacks, water bottles and even lunches. (We can provide most anything a child needs at school for a day except for medication. All students can even eat lunch at school for zero cost for the rest of the year.) Because of your effort and our effort, most of our positive contacts of COVID come from home and not school. We appreciate your vigilance in helping keep our students and faculty safe each day.

School of Choice Update--(See button below.) The application window opened on Tuesday, December 1 and closes on February 28. Siblings of current immersion program students receive priority for acceptance but parents must still fill out the Choice application. You can go to the School of Choice website for more information: We will have Virtual Parent Information Sessions on Tuesday, February 9 at 6:00 PM. Go to the link above (or the button below) to sign up to attend. Please let other families know about this so they can stay informed.

Valentine's Day Parties--Yes, we are looking forward to having them on Friday, February 12. No, we will not be able to allow any items (food or cards or goodies) to come from families. We will take care of providing snacks and activities for our children. We want that time to still be fun for our kids but we also want to keep things as safe and as healthy as possible. We don't want you to needlessly spend money so please know that if you send items in backpacks or drop them off, we will have to send that back home to you. This is a districtwide decision for all our schools.

Opportunity from RHSD Education Foundation--We have launched our "Love Our Teachers" yard sign campaign and are pleased with the excitement that we've seen thus far.

Make a donation of $24 at and receive a yard sign to display at your home, school or business. Sign distribution will take place beginning February 12th.

Cherry Park Families, have you completed the School of Choice Application for your rising kindergarten child? Slots will be held only for CP families who apply for younger siblings.

School of Choice Information

Click here to complete the School of Choice Application and to sign up for Information Sessions.

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Rising Sixth Grade Information

Dual Language Immersion Night for Sullivan--This is an information session for Cherry Park families whose students will be in sixth grade next year. This will help you know what the transition for our immersion students will look like. This meeting will focus more on the immersion program specifically than the February 11 meeting below. It will be February 18 at 6:00 PM. Here is the link for this Zoom meeting:

Sixth Grade Orientation Night (For all rising sixth graders in the district.)




Please see your zoned school’s website on February 11 for information about how to access this important virtual event.

Participate to learn more about your middle school for next year including teachers, selection of elective classes, and extracurricular clubs and activities.

Please plan to attend the virtual event at the middle school you are zoned to attend. (Cherry Park students going to Sullivan can attend theirs.)

If you are unsure about your zoned middle school, please check with your current guidance counselor or principal.

We look forward to welcoming you at this important event as you start planning for your sixth grade year!

See you on February 11 at 6 p.m.!

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Parent Help with SeeSaw (K-2) and Canvas (3-5) Programs

Please click here for parent help sessions that you can access to assist your child with using these programs.

Need Technology Help? Click Here

This link provides resources to help with technology issues and questions.

Need Tech Support? Call 803-324-8324

District COVID-19 Dashboard

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Return to School Plan for Rock Hill School District

Click here for details about how we will start this school year.

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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 this year. School Improvement Council meets at 5:30 via Zoom and our Parent Teacher Organization meets at 6:30 via Zoom. The link for February's PTO Meeting is: Elections were held in the spring for these organizations but all parents are welcome to attend to help provide input and volunteer. School Improvement Council members for this year are Carl Thompson, Elizabeth Lowery, Leigh Threatt, Amber Hinson, Kim Crean, Brooke Nies and Phyllis Faircloth. You can contact them at

PTO Newsletter

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School Calendar

February 8--5:30 School Improvement Council; 6:30 PTO

February 9--Virtual Parent Information Session for Prospective Parents at 6:00 PM

February 11--Sixth Grade Orientation Night (for all rising sixth graders in the district) 6:00 PM

February 12--Valentine's Parties at CPES

February 14--Valentine's Day

February 16--Report Cards Go Home

February 18--Dual Language Immersion Night for Sullivan (for rising sixth graders at Cherry Park) 6:00 PM

February 28--Choice Application Window Closes

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Cherry Park Website

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