PTA NEWS FLASH

Indian Knoll Elementary

Letter from the Principal

Happy Fall Y'all Firebirds,

We are extremely excited to have successfully worked through a month of school in the face of a pandemic. It hasn’t been without bumps in the road and lessons along the way, but we are moving forward in a positive fashion. Our administrative staff is committed to continuously improving our daily practices as we progress through uncharted territory. We have had more appreciation and an outpouring of support from this community and cannot tell you how much that means to our entire faculty. We are trying to make this experience as engaging and exciting for our Firebirds as possible while still adhering to all of our safety standards. We will continue to look for ways “outside the box” to provide the same programs, clubs and activities as we move forward. This month our Curriculum Nights are being provided by teachers through an electronic presentation, but if you have any questions we are only a phone call away. Thank you for your trust in us. #IKESKindnessCounts


Kim Cerasoli

Principal

Counselor Connections

Mrs. Colleen DeLosh – Grades 3-5

Mrs. Lori Waycaster – Grades K-2


We have had a very busy and exciting first month of school.

Classroom guidance begins this month for all grade levels. We will be utilizing our Speak Up, Be Safe curriculum and by the end of September your child should be able to recite these safety rules:

1. It’s my body.

2. Ask an adult if I’m safe.

3. I have choices (get away, stay away, use my words).

4. Tell someone.

5. It’s never my fault.

For our digital learners we are meeting bi-monthly to participate in social emotional learning lessons. We have enjoyed seeing our digital learners via Teams meetings.

We would like to kindly remind you that school begins at 7:30. If your child is absent from school please notify his/her homeroom teacher in writing. Digital learners are also required to be present and on time.

If you or anyone you know is in need of resources, such as food, clothing, or school supplies please feel free to contact either one of us: colleen.delosh@cherokeek12.net or lori.waycaster@cherokeek12.net.


#ikeskindnesscounts

August Employee of the Month ~ Mrs. Rebecca Moore

Congratulations to Mrs. Rebecca Moore our August IKES Employee of the Month. She volunteered to take on a challenge this year by serving as our 5th grade digital learning teacher who is responsible for all curriculum areas. She’s received numerous compliments from her class family for her efforts! In addition, she was recently named a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert. We are so fortunate to have her working hard to make digital learning both rigorous and engaging! Congratulations!

A Note of Encouragement from your IKES PTA....

Welcome back, Firebirds! Whether your child is a face to face learner or digitally learning, we want to keep you in touch with all things PTA! As we prepare to get this year started, we are aware that our current situation is constantly evolving. We want you to know that we are united with you as parents of students at IKES and share a desire to create and maintain a strong and supportive community for all of our students, staff, and families. We want to offer a fun and exciting year, while maintaining the safety and well-being of our IKES community. While we usually plan our events well in advance of the start of school, this year, our approach will be a little different. We will work to minimize changes to our event calendar and maximize the efficient use of our funds towards projects that benefit our entire community. We will be planning digital events and activities to keep all our students, both in person and digital learners, as engaged and involved as possible. Please stay tuned for updates each month!
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Get Your PTA Memberships!

Thank you so much to our families, friends, and community members for supporting our school through the purchase of your PTA Memberships! We truly could not do what we do without the support of our great school family and community! Our first official membership drive concluded on August 31st to qualify for the family fun pack drawing. However, memberships are available for purchase for the duration of the school year! Click here to get yours today!


Future membership drive details coming soon! For our next drive, we will have another raffle coming your way as well as a surprise for the students of the class with the highest percentage of memberships!


Our winner for the Family Fun Raffle will be announced soon!

Spotlight on Kindness

This month's warrior for kindness will come as no surprise! This individual has made huge waves not only in our school, but county wide. Nicole Dailey, the creator and moderator of the #CCSD Positivity Vibes Facebook page has redefined kindness for this school year. The quote that "a simple act of caring creates an endless ripple" is well represented by her effort to bring others together to support the employees, faculties, and staff of our schools and operations that are working diligently to give our children the best education while going the extra mile to maintain their safety. Her one act and continuous positivity and encouragement have contributed to countless meals, positive sidewalk chalking, gift cards, snacks, and classroom contributions. To add one extra special element, Nicole is a Firebird parent! How lucky we are to have her as a part of our Firebird family! Thank you, Nicole for setting a new precedence in such an unprecedented time!


Each month, PTA strives to highlight one person who demonstrates incredible acts of kindness! Our hope is that these small acts help to create a snowball effect and encourages acts of kindness big and small!


Help us spread some love by sharing wonderful acts of kindness that you do or experience! Let's celebrate compassion together and inspire each other to pay it forward! Please send pictures or stories of your acts of kindness to nchambley.ikespta@gmail.com.

#IKESKindnessCounts #IKESWereInThisTogether

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IKES Fall Scholastic Online Book Fair

Friday, Sep. 4th, 12am to Thursday, Sep. 17th, 12am

This is an online event.

In order to maintain the safety and well being of all students and staff, our traditional fall book fair will not be in person. That doesn't mean, though, that we lose access to all of the great new adventures we will take through reading!


Please support our school by shopping for all of your child's newest reading material online! All of the newest releases and value packs that you love to shop for traditionally at school, will now be available for purchase online. All orders will ship to home for free on book only orders over $25.


Click this link to take you there now or visit www.scholastic.com/bf/indianknollelementaryschool1 to find your new favorites today! Thank you for supporting our school!


Please contact our Media Specialist, Mrs. Jennifer Lewis at Jennifer.Lewis@cherokeek12.net with any questions!

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Johnny's Pizza Spirit Night!

Tuesday, Sep. 15th, 5-9pm

6124 Hickory Flat Highway

Hickory Flat, GA

Hot pizza, savory garlic knots, delicious salads! You guessed it! It's time for IKES Spirit Night at Johnny's Pizza! Please join us from 5-9 p.m. for dine-in or take-out for an amazing dinner while supporting your school!! Johnny's Pizza generously donates a portion of IKES sales back to our school!
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Celebrating our IKES Grandparents!

IKES PTA has always loved to put on our traditional annual breakfast for those that are grand in our lives! This year looks a little different, but different doesn't mean impossible. Be on the lookout for details of virtual and at home events and ideas to celebrate our wonderful grandparents!


**We are collecting digital pictures of our IKES students and their grandparents to make a special video. If you would like to participate, please email your pictures to Jeanette Smith at jeanettesmith.ikespta@gmail.com no later than September 9th at 8 p.m. We can't wait to see all of our fabulous Firebirds with their grandparents!

It's Not Too Late! Get your 2019-2020 yearbook today!

With last school year coming to an abrupt end, many students did not get the chance to order their yearbook. Great news!! 2019-2020 yearbooks are still for sale! Send in your payment of $30 to purchase yours and preserve the memories of your child's 2019-2020 school year for a lifetime!

Box Tops for Education

If you haven't already, please download the Box Tops app! It's a quick and easy way to earn money for your school. It's as easy as 1-2-3!



BIG CHANGES COMING TO BoxTops4Education!!!


BoxTops4Education is in the beginning phases of going completely digital and earning has never been easier!! Follow these simple steps to start earning for our school:


  1. Download the new BoxTops4Education App
  2. Create an Account
  3. Select Indian Knoll Elementary School (Canton, GA)
  4. Buy BoxTops Products
  5. Scan Your Receipt within 14 Days of Purchase
  6. Earn Money for IKES


Please visit the website for more details on how you can earn! https://www.boxtops4education.com/How%20To%20Earn

Spirit Rock Reservations and Painting!!

Another school year brings about opportunity for celebratory shout-outs! Our spirit rock shout-outs were outstanding last year, offering the opportunity for us to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and accomplishments! We can't wait to see all of the creativity on our spirit rock this year! See below for all of the details.


For the 2020-2021 School year, we will also be offering the Spirit Rock for shout-outs on WEEKENDS, HOLIDAYS, and SCHOOL BREAKS! We hope that this will make it easier to provide more opportunities to celebrate our Firebirds!


Spirit Rock Sign-up:


In an effort to make spirit rock sign up as smooth a process as possible, we are continuing our sign-up procedure from last year. Sign-up dates for your special event are listed below:


  • August to October dates: released August 7th
  • November to February dates: released October 9th
  • March to May dates: released February 9th


**Payment will be required at the time of sign up in order to complete your reservation.

***In the event that school is changed over to a digital platform, you will have the option to still paint the rock on the day of your reservation or receive a full refund for the rock rental.


Spirit Rock Painting:


We have had several parents and/ or family members inquire about hiring someone to paint the spirit rock for their special event. We want to make this a little easier by listing some of those individuals who offer these services. This information can be found in the FAQ document attached to the spirit rock email that will be sent out by Mrs. Cerasoli. These include Tay's Paints and Elisha Hyde. Both of these individuals can be found on Facebook. We will be updating our website soon with this new information.


**Please remember that these services are not affiliated with IKES PTA and will require a separate, additional payment to the artist. Before you book any paint services, please be sure you have reserved and paid your rock reservation with IKES PTA.


If you have any questions regarding spirit rock, please contact Jackie at jackie.ikespta@gmail.com.

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IKES Spiritwear Updates

Thank you to everyone who purchased spirit wear during our fall kick-off!! The window to purchase premium items and receive free shipping has now closed, but look for the next announcement soon! The spirit wear store will remain open throughout the school year to purchase non-premium items. Visit this link to place your order today! Please click here to place your orders.


We have many pieces of 2019-2020 Spirit wear still available and for a DISCOUNTED price! If you missed out last year and are interested in purchasing, please contact Rachel Chapman at Rachel.Chapman.ikespta@gmail.com to see if we have the size and style you are looking for and we'll be happy to check our inventory.

Thank you to our Firebird Flash Card Sponsors!

If you are a PTA member, don't forget to use your Firebird Flash Card for great discounts at over 55 local businesses. Check out our complete list below! If you are not yet a PTA member, join PTA today and start saving!!
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In these uncertain times, we're taking a different approach to our calendar of events. Please note, because of our current circumstances, all events on the calendar will be planned to occur, but are subject to change or altering based on county recommendations. Please follow this link to IKES official school calendar with the most up to date events. We appreciate your understanding!

Thank you to our IKES Sponsors and Community Partners!

If you or someone you know are interested in learning more about becoming a business sponsor for our school, please contact nchambley.ikespta@gmail.com.

PTA

We love to hear from you! Please contact us with any suggestions, comments or questions!


Nikki Chambley Co-President

nchambley.ikespta@gmail.com


Jeanette Smith Co-President

jeanettesmith.ikespta@gmail.com


Jennifer Griggs Treasurer

jgriggs.ikespta@gmail.com


Megan Kaufman Secretary

megankaufman.ikspta@gmail.com


Christine Dagostino Vice President

cdagostino.ikespta@gmail.com


Dacia Falter Vice President

dfalter.ikespta@gmail.com


Ann Gazell Vice President

agazell.ikespta@gmail.com


Michelle Kramer Vice President

mkramer.ikespta@gmail.com


Jennifer Severson Parliamentarian

jenniferseverson.ikespta@gmail.com