Cherokee Newsletter 1.20.23
Sept 16, 2022
January 20, 2023
A Message from the Principal
Dear Cherokee Families,
What is Chinese Paper Cutting? What traditions occur during the Lunar New Year? There was a lot of new learning about these traditions at Cherokee this week with the Lunar New Year celebrations. Thank you to the Spirit of 67 and APT and to all of the volunteers who made the Parent Cutting Presentation possible. The students have enjoyed learning about different cultures and traditions this year. Also, thank you to all of the families who volunteered at Feed My Starving Children last night. What a great way to teach our children about helping those who are less fortunate.
We have so many wonderful events planned in the coming weeks. Here are some of the upcoming dates:
Kindergarten Field Trip to Lake Forest Municipal Services- February 1st
Third Grade Olympics- February 3rd
Incoming Kindergarten Parent Information Night- February 8th
4th Grade Playmakers Presentations @ Everett- February 6th
4th Grade Field Trip to the Chicago Wolves Game- February 15th
Have a wonderful weekend!
A couple of highlights for special attention:
Review the schedule for Wellness Week
Review the information about the upcoming Lockdown Drill
Reminder about use of IPads and Air Dropping
Review the change in notification about COVID-19
Review the Spring Break Calendar Reminder
In partnership with the Cherokee APT, we will be having a Wellness Week January 30th-February 3rd. Join us in beating the winter blues with a week of motivation, calming reflection, gratitude and fun! Please see the flier with all of the great events planned for that week. All of our Cherokee Community is encouraged to wear comfy/ athletic clothing all week!
Please read the following letter with information about our upcoming lockdown drill to address a school shooting incident. Schools must provide sufficient information and notification to parents and guardians in advance of any walk-through lockdown drill that involves the participation of students. Schools must also provide parents and guardians an opportunity to exempt their child for any reason from participating in the walk-through lockdown drill. If you wish your student to be exempted from the law enforcement lockdown drill, please contact me, Kate Cavanaugh, to let me know.
Responsible Use of IPads
We have had some issues across the school and on buses with students air dropping pictures on their IPads that are not educationally relevant. Please remind your child that the devices are owned by the district and they should be used for schoolwork only. In addition, for any students that ride the buses, the IPads should remain in your child’s backpack for the entire bus ride. Air dropping should only be used if a teacher directs the students to share documents via air dropping. Otherwise, air dropping should not be used to send pictures to one another at school. The staff have encouraged students to decline any pictures that are airdropped to them at school. Thank you for your support and collaboration to make sure that all students are using their technology responsibly.
The district will no longer send notifications about positive COVID-19 cases to staff or parents/guardians. The number of cases will be monitored, and procedures adjusted as needed.
Spring Break 2023 Calendar Reminder - March 27-31
You may recall that last year Districts 65, 67, and 115 assessed parent, guardian, and staff interest in moving Spring Break 2023 (previously scheduled for March 20-24) later by one week. The survey was done in response to community feedback that our Districts had fallen out of sync with the dates of Spring Break in most of our neighboring communities. Survey results for staff and families in Districts 65, 67, and 115 indicated a preference for moving Spring Break one week later this year.
With this in mind, each District’s Board of Education approved moving Spring Break 2023 to March 27-31. Students missing school before or after this window in March will be considered absent. We realize some families have made travel arrangements for the earlier week that they cannot change. We will try to work with those families. Parents and guardians whose children will be out the week before our scheduled Spring Break are asked to reach out directly to their students' homeroom teacher to make a plan for the week of school they will miss.
Attendance matters. Even when an absence is excused, it is still legally considered an absence by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). To move our ISBE summative designation from Commendable to Exemplary, we must continue to focus on academics - and make sure absenteeism stays low. Attendance directly before and after Spring Break is strongly encouraged.
Attention 4th Grade Parents/Guardians
Please Select a World Language for Your Student to Study in Grades 5-8
Students in 4th grade need to commit to studying a world language for 5th – 8th grade. That chosen language will become a key part of his/her overall Deer Path Middle School experience. This year, your child either studied Spanish or Mandarin (Cherokee only). You have the option of continuing in that language or selecting another language (current options are Spanish, French, Latin or Mandarin).
We are asking that you make your selection using the World Language Selection Form by Monday, January 30. If you do not respond, your child will be placed in a language based on availability. We truly believe all of our languages will provide a rich, valuable and intercultural learning experience. Please use this link for additional information.
LET’S TALK | Resources for Struggling Learners
Please join us for our next LET’S TALK presentation on February 2, 2023 at 7:00 pm in the Board Room, hosted by Superintendent Dr. Matthew Montgomery.
All students have different strengths and areas for growth specific to learning styles and academic achievement. During our presentation, we will explain the available resources that all students can access through our Multi-Tiered Systems of Support framework for times when they struggle to make friends, understand a new concept, have trouble concentrating, are unsure how to start a project, need help studying for an exam or lack organization and time management skills. A panel of various support personnel will be available from District 67, District 115 and our school communities to answer questions about resources to support your child. We will also explain the process if your child may need additional assistance through a 504 Plan or an Individualized Education Plan.
Please submit your questions using this form no later than Tuesday, January 31, at 10:00 AM.
District 67 Kindergarten Registration
District 67 parents/guardians of incoming kindergarten students for the 2023-2024 school year are invited to attend a Kindergarten Information Night on Wednesday, February 8, 2023, 6:30pm - 7:15pm at your neighborhood school.
Cherokee School, 475 E. Cherokee Road
Everett School, 1111 Everett School Road
Sheridan School, 1360 N. Sheridan Road
At the Kindergarten Information Night, you will meet the Kindergarten staff, learn more about programs and curriculum, and visit classrooms. Each school will also have computers set up for parents to complete online pre-registration, which is the first step in the enrollment process. If you cannot attend Parent Information Night, you can pre-register by visiting our website beginning 2/1/2023.
APT News and Events
It was wonderful to see so many of you at our Lunar New Year Celebration on Wednesday evening! Thank you to our APT Mandarin Coordinators, Karen Anderson and Brenda Raebel, for all they did to make this event so successful.
As Kate mentioned, our SEL Coordinators have been working hard to put together an amazing wellness week for our staff and students, which will take place the week of January 30th. It’ll be a great week filled with fun and healthy surprises. Thank you to Annie O’Connor and Kristen Miles for everything they have done to make this an amazing week!
Valentine Staff Cookie Walk
Chip Chip Hooray! We Appreciate the Cherokee Staff Every Single Day! It's time for this annual staff-favorite event....the COOKIE WALK! This fun, Valentine-themed event will take place for our staff on Wednesday, February 8th. Please see the signup below - thank you! We need lots of help to make this event a success!
Wednesday, February 15th - 6:00PM - February EVENING APT Meeting in the Cherokee Gym. All parents are welcome! We are hoping for a great turnout! The meeting will take place from 6:00-7:00PM and then we’ll mix and mingle and enjoy light refreshments afterwards. Hope to see you there!
Friday, February 24th - Cherokee Winterfest! GLOW PARTY! 5:00-6:00PM for K, 1st & 2nd and 6:30-7:30PM for 3rd/4th. Look for the flyer in your child’s take-home folder! Thank you to our Winterfest Coordinators - Jessica White, Maggie Topalian and Annie O’Connor - for all they are doing to make this a fun and memorable evening for our cheetahs!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Cherokee APT President 2022-2024
Spirit News and Events
Volunteer for the Spirit Board
“Serving on The Spirit of 67 Foundation Board has been the most rewarding volunteer role I’ve ever had!” said nearly every Spirit board member since its inception in 1985!
Would you like to help us make a difference in the lives of D67 Students? Volunteer now, while your kids are still young!
We are currently building our Board for next year and would love to have you join our team! Visit our website to complete a volunteer interest form: https://spirit67.wufoo.com/forms/z196qa0y1ex63x8/
SAVE THE DATE:
Name: Spirit of 67 Spring Event
When: Saturday, April 29, 7:00 PM
Where: Ferrari Lake Forest (990 N Shore Dr, Lake Bluff)
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.
The “CROYA Bowl” Fundraiser is Saturday, February 11 from 3:00 – 5:30 pm at the CROYA Student Union.
Scouts BSA Troop 48 "Mini-Klondike Derby"
Scouts BSA Troop 48 (follow us on FB) is hosting our 4th annual "Mini-Klondike Derby" event at Northcroft Park on Sunday 1/29 at 1PM. This is a fun, free outdoor event for community elementary and middle school youth with a parent (K-8)! RSVP is required. Please see the signup to register: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0C4FABAA2BAB9-2023
Wild Dust Tickets Are Available!
"Yee-Haw! Come to the wild west with your fellow pioneers to see Wild Dust! This comic romp is filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and one very dead body. Get your tickets soon! Performances are Thursday-Saturday 2/2-2/4. TICKETS
475 E. Cherokee Rd.
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045