The CPES BobChat
November 10, 2019
What Do We Need to Remember on Veterans Day?
Friday was such a good day for honoring our veterans. We appreciate Mrs. Garrard, Mrs. Rezzai and Dr. Beard leading the events. On our staff, we want to stand up and clap for Ms. Pezzello (First Grade) and Ms. Jenkins (Office Staff) for their service to our country. Both of them were in the US Army and served in places such as Germany, Oman, Djibouti, Iraq and Kuwait. We also have so many parents and family members that we want to honor as well. Here are some questions and answers from our veterans. 1. Why do they enlist in the military? Some serve out of a love for our country. Others see the opportunities for job training and financial aid for college. Ms. Pezzello said she was not yet ready to go to college. Both she and Ms. Jenkins waited a year before enlisting to help with college costs. Some want to develop leadership skills and others realize the medical and retirement benefits. Others believe military service is a duty and honor. 2. What is the hardest part of being in the military? Their work is so dangerous and lonely and isolating. Military men and women are separated from their families for months on end. Ms. Pezzello said she missed her kids and she missed the small things like a pillow and couch. The training and work is mentally, physically, and emotionally stressful. Mrs. Jenkins said the hardest part was "staying strong when I felt weak." It is devastating seeing friends lose their lives. 3. What was the most fulfilling aspect of serving? Ms. Jenkins felt a sense of accomplishment by doing things she never thought she could do. (She was Solider of the Year in 2000.) Others value the friends made during their service. Ms. Pezzello called them her "family away from home" who are now friends for life. She said it was good to "be a part of something that made a difference and protected a way of life for her family." Many find that the military develops better habits of personal discipline and it gives a chance to start over. Some of those who enlisted said they were blessed to travel all over the world. 4. What should those who didn't serve in the military remember about Veterans Day? Memorial Day is about honoring those who sacrificed their lives and died because of their military service. Ms. Jenkins and Ms. Pezello remind us that Veterans Day is honoring those who make and made great sacrifices. It is not about politics but about those who are serving far away and those were able to return home. There is a high price for our freedom and national security. We want to say loudly and clearly "Thank You" to those who have given up so much for us. That is the purpose of Veterans Day.
Mr. Maness, Principal
School of Choice Information
If you have a rising kindergarten student who has a sibling in our immersion program, please be sure to complete your School of Choice application between December 2 and February 28. If your child is already in our immersion program at Cherry Park, you do not have to apply again. Please help spread the word about opportunities to come and take a tour and the Choice Fairs below.
School of Choice Tours at Cherry Park--You can click on https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b4bacac29a31-spanish2 to sign up for a tour.
Tuesday, November 19 at 6:00 PM
Tuesday, December 10 at 8:00 AM
Tuesday, January 14 at 8:00 AM
Tuesday, February 18 at 6:00 PM
Fall Choice Programs Fair--Will be Monday, December 2 from 6:00-8:00 PM at the Kenneth Monroe Transformation Center on Saluda Streeet.
Rock Hill Schools Programs EXPO--Will be Saturday, January 25 from 10:00-12:00 (Location TBD). Both of these events will be places where we highlight our immersion program for prospective parents.
PTO and SIC Information
Bobcat Dash Pledge Receipt--Similar to the kind of receipts given at other non-profits, we want to provide a form for you to fill out as a receipt for any pledge donations you made. Parents, feel free to pass this on to family members or neighbors who donated as well. You can find the form below. All contributions to PTO are tax deductible given that our PTO is a 501c3.
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 next year. School Improvement Council meets at 5:30 (in the Fish Bowl) and our Parent Teacher Organization meets at 6:30 (in the Media Center.) Elections were held in the spring for these organizations but all parents are welcome to attend to help provide input and volunteer. Meetings will be held on November 11, December 9 (if needed), Ja nuary 13, February 10, March 9, April 13, and May 11 (if needed.)
Calendar of Events
Monday--Veterans Day; 5:30 PM School Improvement Council; 6:30 PM Parent Teacher Organization Meeting
Tuesday--6:00 Master Plan Meeting (City of Rock Hill Operations Center on Anderson Road)
November 19--6:00 PM School of Choice Tour at CPES
November 26--Thanksgiving Lunch (You are invited to come for a special Thanksgiving meal with our school family.)
December 2--6:00-8:00 PM Fall Choice Programs Fair at Kenneth Monroe Transformation Center on Saluda Street
December 10--8:00 AM School of Choice Tour at CPES
December 19--Cherry Park Holiday Concert 6:00 PM in the Sullivan Auditorium (First, Third and Fifth Grades will perform in it.)
January 14--8:00 AM School of Choice Tour at CPES
February 18--6:00 PM School of Choice Tour at CPES