Cherokee Newsletter 9.23.22
Sept 16, 2022
September 23, 2022
A Message from the Principal
Dear Cherokee Families,
We had our first APT meeting this past Wednesday. Thank you so much for a great turnout, and thank you for the support that all families and our APT give to the students and staff at Cherokee! I have never worked anywhere that had the family and community support like we have here! I am so fortunate to be a part of a great school community.
A couple of highlights for special attention:
- Read the section about upcoming Paws for Patrick opportunities AND sign the waiver if interested
Review the Note from our Nurse
Learn about Calm Corners
Enjoy the first weekend of fall!
For Your Information
Paws for Patrick
District 67 APT Paws for Patrick Patrick Partnership
As the APT’s mission this year is Community, we have carefully thought about ways to build, partner and support our D67 student community. One way we intend on building a supportive community for our students is by partnering with Paws for Patrick to offer monthly visits of comfort dogs. We feel this provides our children a unique opportunity to connect with these special animals. Paws for Patrick is a local non-profit and their main mission is to connect young people with Emotional Support Animals (ESAs).
District 67 and the D67 APT are working with Paws for Patrick to provide students with opportunities to engage with comfort dogs at school. The comfort dog visits are intended to be a light-hearted break in routine offering students a chance to have fun and smile.
If you would like to give your child permission to participate in this program, please read the waiver/permission slip and complete this form by no later than 9:00 AM on Monday, October 3. Families wishing to opt OUT should not fill out the waiver/permission slip.
Please stay tuned for more details about your student's building visits. We are so excited about this partnership and the positive experiences this will provide for our students. For more information, please visit the Paws for Patrick website (https://www.pawsforpatrick.org) or reach out to Ann Kiesling, the Paws for Patrick APT Liaison (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Note from Nurse Flaherty
The State of Illinois requires ALL new students (ie, in Kindergarten, or new to Cherokee in any other grade) to have a completely filled out Certificate of Child Health Examination and documentation of up to date immunizations, on file with the school nurse. Forms were due the first day of school. Students with missing or incomplete health records must be excluded from school after October 14th and until health requirements are met. If you have a Kindergarten student, or a student new to Cherokee in any other grade, and have not provided complete health records, please do so ASAP.
In addition, an Eye Examination Report is required for Kindergarten students, and students entering an Illinois school for the first time in any other grade., and a Proof of Dental Examination form is required at Kindergarten and Second grade.
All health forms should be delivered directly to me. Please provide original hard copies if possible. Emailed forms must be legible and sized appropriately. Parents , please check that you have completed, signed, and dated the sections labeled for parents to complete.
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
One of the key social emotional learning practices being implemented across classrooms are Calm Corners. Students are being introduced to the Calm Corner in their classrooms. This is an area in all classrooms, in which students can use to calm their bodies and mind. The calm corner allows students the opportunity to take a break within the classroom to identify their feeling, reflect on why they might be feeling that way, and choose a calming tool or strategy to ensure they are ready to learn. It is not intended to be a punishment, rather a strategy to regulate oneself. This is an area that you could also support at home by encouraging your child to use calming strategies at home.
Please do not drive through the front entrance parking lot during dismissal to park and pick up children who are dismissed to the playground. This pick up area is for buses only at the end of the school day.
Important Transportation Information
Parents/guardians who wish to discontinue bus service for their students for the 2022-2023 school year have until September 30th to contact Natalia Martinez, email@example.com, to request a cancellation and refund. No transportation refunds will be issued after September 30th.
Save the Date
School Districts 65, 67, and 115 will co-host the second annual Great Full Market with Beacon Place and Quest Food Management Services on Sunday, October 16, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Great Full Market is a free farmers market and family festival for residents of Waukegan. The event will take place on the grounds of Beacon Place located at 603 S. McAlister Ave. in Waukegan.
The Great Full Market, hosted this year on World Food Day, provides members of the Waukegan community the opportunity to pick up fresh produce, dry goods such as beans and rice, and other pantry items, all at no cost. Families can also enjoy hot chocolate, churros, and activities including soccer, Lotería, face painting, and crafts led by Lake Forest and Lake Bluff students.
If you would like to volunteer, please use link.
If you would like to make a monetary donation to the Great Full Market, please visit our website.
Food Service News
Thursday is Cookie Day!
For other events and information, please visit the Food Services page of the website.
APT News and Events
It was wonderful to see so many of you at our first APT meeting on Wednesday! We have such an amazing parent community and I am so excited for a full year of events ahead.
-Thursday, September 29th - Spirit of 67 Home Tour!
-Wednesday, October 12th - Visiting Author, Aaron Reynolds!
-Tuesday, October 18th from 7:00-8:00pm at Deer Path Middle School - Community Safety Series: The SRO’s Roles
-Wednesday, October 19th at 9:30am - October Cherokee APT meeting
-Thursday, October 20th - Picture Retake Day
-Friday, October 21st - SPOOKFEST! Details coming soon.
Have a great weekend!
Cherokee APT President 2022-2024
Early Release Story Time
Join us Monday September 26th for our Early Release Story Time at the Lake Forest Library! The kids will enjoy interactive stories, movement, music and STEAM with an art project or science experiment! This week’s featured books will be those by Aaron Reynolds, our visiting author! REGISTER using the link below! 2:45-3:15 pm.
Early Release Storytime: Aaron Reynolds Books | Lake Forest Library
Spirit News and Events
Ready to feel like a VIP and tour some of the finest indoor AND outdoor spaces in our community? Bring your neighbor, good friends, or family to embrace the beauty and “tastes of the town" all the while giving back to benefit our schools and students. The countdown is on!!! The 2022 Home & Garden Tour is happening rain or shine! As an attendee or volunteer, it’s a beautiful and inspiring event you surely don’t want to miss! Hometour2022.givesmart.com
Community Programs and Events
Visit the Green Backpack or the front page of your school website to view the latest programs offered in our community.
New this week...
CROYA Big Wheel Grand Prix! Friday, Sept. 30th 5:00pm-7:30pm in the CROYA parking lot. All 7th-8th graders welcome! For more information check out our flyer! Big Wheel GP Flyer: https://croya.com/wp2015/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/09302022-Big-Wheel.pdf
Lake Forest High School Girls Feeder Basketball Program. The Lake Forest Feeder Program is for 5th-8th graders to prepare for high school basketball - 4th grade can participate in summer and fall clinics.
475 E. Cherokee Rd.
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045