Cherry Drive Weekly Update

November 9, 2023

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Dear Cherry Drive Families,

Thanks for a great week and enjoy your long weekend!

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • Friday, November 10: No School, Veteran's Day Holiday recognized
  • Monday, November 13: Chipotle Dine for Dollars Fundraiser and last day to donate food for the Thanksgiving baskets
  • Thursday, November 16: Thanksgiving Lunch with Families - see details below
  • Week of November 20: Thanksgiving Break, No School

Warm Regards,

- Liz Jordan, Principal & Ryanne Kleingarn, Assistant Principal

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Fall Fundraiser Totals

We are thrilled to announce that we raised $6,068.50 from our Just Change and Pumpkin Run Fundraiser! This exceeds our $6,000 goal. We will announce the winning classrooms that raised the most from the Pumpkin Run and our top 10 students on the announcements next week. We are hoping to complete the Pie Staff Members for our top 10 students and the classroom movie popcorn parties before Thanksgiving break. (Tentatively Friday 11/17). Thank you again for helping us raise money to support field trips, staff appreciation, the 1 Book 1 School Spring event and guest speakers.

Amazing Author Visit this week!

This week 2nd and 3rd grade students were visited by author Nina LaCour and heard all about her new book The Apartment House on Poppy Hill. We have signed copies available for anyone to purchase in the library for only $12! We accept cash or check (Made out to Cherry Drive Elementary) for the books...come see Mrs. Gilbert in the library. So glad we can offer these opportunities to students.

Here is a little blurb about the book:

Welcome to 1106 Wildflower Place: It is no ordinary apartment house, but you, reader, are no ordinary visitor. So, please, come in!

Two new tenants have just arrived, and nine-year-old Ella is determined to help them settle in. Who better to teach them about the glitchy lights and the nighttime noises? After all, Ella knows all the neighbors. Well, almost all. No one has met the mysterious Robinsons who live on the top floor. Will a special neighborly celebration change all that? This bighearted chapter book by bestselling author Nina LaCour, highlighted by lively illustrations throughout, celebrates community, friendship, family, and home. It is a place of walking dogs that aren't yours, keeping surprises secret, and making everyone feel welcome.

How Sick Is Too Sick to Come to School?

When Children and Staff Should Stay Home from School or Child Care

During Colorado’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, children and staff who have been exposed to a positive case or who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 listed in this attachment, must follow the Guidance for Cases and Outbreaks in Child Care and Schools. Testing for COVID-19 is strongly recommended for anyone with symptoms or a known exposure. When the guidance for COVID-19 instructs children and staff to follow their regular return to school illness policy, this guidance may be used to determine when children and staff may return to school or child care.

Thanksgiving Food Baskets

We are hoping to support about 25 of our families with Thanksgiving Food Baskets this year. We are asking that families consider purchasing non perishable food items or grocery gift cards for Cherry Drive families needing support during the Thanksgiving holiday. Please consider donating the following based on the grade level of your child(ren):

PreK - canned cranberry sauce

Kinder - canned cream of mushroom soup

1st - canned green beans

2nd - canned pumpkin

3rd - box of stuffing

4th - bottle of oil OR canned evaporated milk

5th - boxed mashed potatoes OR gravy packet

Please send all non perishable items/gift cards no later than Monday, November 13th. Items can come to school with your child or can be dropped off in the main office. We will also accept turkeys on the 13th...During November, when you spend $100 at Safeway you get a free turkey! Thank you in advance for your generosity and for helping out our community!

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Join us for Thanksgiving Lunch

We are excited to invite families in to join your child for a special Thanskgiving lunch on November 16th. Lunch is free for students and $5 for adults/visitors. Cash and check only. We ask that you limit to one adult per student. Please arrive a few minutes early so you have time to check in with the office. We hope to see many of you there!

Kinder - 10:35-10:55

1st - 10:55-11:15

5th - 11:20-11:40

3rd -11:40-12:00

4th - 12:05-12:25

2nd - 12:25-12:45

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Cherry Drive Elementary

Vision: The Cherry Drive family will provide a consistent, positive, caring and highly engaging optimal learning environment. To accomplish this we will foster supportive collaboration and hold everyone accountable to consistent high expectations. As a community of diverse learners, we will value and take pride in one another by celebrating growth and success. Together, through this hard work and dedication, we will be productive 21st century citizens and lifelong learners.