The CPES BobChat

February 21, 2021

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How Do We Love Our Children Well by Allowing Them to Make Mistakes?

As parents and teachers, we always want our children to be successful. We want them to make 100. We want them to get the trophy or blue ribbon. We don't want them to fail or to fall because that can be painful. But, is there a point in which our parental protections may be more harmful than helpful? What is the right balance? 1. Imperfect attempts lead to great learning. When we allow our children to go as far as they can go then they realize what they can do by themselves. They also understand what they need to do to meet their goal. When we (and our little ones) reach our limits then there is clarity about what the next steps are and need to be. The gap between where we are and where we want to be is the place where real, meaningful learning takes place. For example, we can prepare a meal for our children. But, we hope that they can do that for themselves one day. Do we allow them to do what they can and all they can (even if they make a mistake) to learn how to do that for themselves? Allowing our children to go as far as they can go even if it falls short of the goal is a key to growth. 2. As a result, making mistakes builds confidence. Trial and error helps our children to know that they can take risks. They may find all the ways not to do something before finding the way to do something. Again, that's called learning. It is the way inventions are made. It is the way we make progress. Knowing what doesn't work can be as helpful as knowing what does work. That process can build great character muscles for our children. 3. Experiencing failure can reduce anxiety. It is a pretty heavy burden to carry if we believe we always have to have the right answer or if we always have to come in first place or if we think we can never make a mistake. Our kids need to know that they are loved and valued no matter how they score on a test or how well they perform on a field. Who they are is much more important than what they do. When we help our children know how to recover from a mistake or poor choice, they learn that the world doesn't end and all is not lost. That is much easier to learn at 5 or 7 or 9 than at 25 or 37 or 49. In essence, we want them to see and know that they can fail, not that they are a failure. There is a huge difference between those two thoughts. We can love our children well when we thoughtfully and appropriately allow our children to make mistakes and learn from them, especially when the consequences are at a lower level. We never want to love our children into failure but rather love them through it. That can make all the difference in them.

Strength and Blessings,

Mr. Maness, Principal

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School News

Caps for Recycled Bench at Miracle Park--GT students are leading a schoolwide and community wide project collecting plastic bottle caps and lids to be recycled and made into park benches for Miracle Park. This is a program started by school children in 2010 and in partnership with GreenTree Plastics out of Indiana. Donations can be dropped off at any of the three locations: CPES, Knowledge Perk, or Boyd Hill Rec Center. They can contact me with questions. Students will be sorting and weighing donations in June to prepare for delivery to the location. We will be looking for a driver to deliver the caps to Evansville, IN in late June and bring back our benches for installation in Miracle Park. See flyer below for more info.

Parent Volunteers for Yearbook--This year, we will have a yearbook and need 6-7 parents who would help put it together. (We are thinking one volunteer per grade level.) All meetings and work can be done remotely. If you can help, let Mr. Maness know by Friday, February 26. You can email him here to let him know: We appreciate Mr. Matt Blackston who is helping to coordinate the effort.

Keeping Everyone Safe and Healthy--Let Nurse Love know if you or your child is sick before sending them to school. Please reduce all exposures you can at school by limiting dropping off nonessential items such as computers, backpacks, water bottles and even lunches. (We can provide most anything a child needs at school for a day except for medication. All students can even eat lunch at school for zero cost for the rest of the year.) Because of your effort and our effort, most of our positive contacts of COVID come from home and not school. We appreciate your vigilance in helping keep our students and faculty safe each day.

School of Choice Update--(See button below.) The application window opened on Tuesday, December 1 and closes on March 5. (Note the extension of the deadline to March 5.) Siblings of current immersion program students receive priority for acceptance but parents must still fill out the Choice application. You can go to the School of Choice website for more information: We will have our final Virtual Parent Information Sessions on Wednesday, February 24 at 6:00 PM. Go to the link above (or the button below) to sign up to attend. Please let other families know about this so they can stay informed.

"We Love Our Teachers" Campaign by Rock Hill School District Foundation--We have been so blessed to see so many signs in front of your homes in support of our teachers. Thank you for expressing your appreciation for Cherry Park teachers and all Rock Hill teachers. We could not do what we do without your support. Every time we see a sign, we know you care. Thank you so much.

Cherry Park Families, have you completed the School of Choice Application for your rising kindergarten child? Slots will be held only for CP families who apply for younger siblings.

School of Choice Information

Click here to complete the School of Choice Application and to sign up for Information Sessions.

Read Across America Activities

Over the next few weeks, we have many different activities planned to encourage our students to read. 30 minutes a day of independent reading has a dramatic effect on a child's academic achievement. Here are some ways you can help support your child (and other children) and make a difference.

Online Book Fair for Cherry Park (Feb. 22-Mar.7)--We are sponsoring an online book fair so you can purchase great books for your child to read. It is difficult to read if you don't have books. All books will be ordered online and shipped to your home. There is free shipping for orders of $25 or more. Flyers will go home with students on tomorrow. You can click on the button below for more information as well.

Read Across America Week (March 1-5. Note that this is next week not this week.)--We will have fun activities all week for our students that connect with their favorite books and characters. Students are encouraged to dress up in the following ways on the following days and to participate in the themed activities each day.

Monday, March 1st: Hats off to Reading!! Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!! Wear your favorite hat to celebrate! Author focus: Dr. Seuss. Read some books that make you laugh!

Tuesday: March 2nd: We’re wild about reading!!! Wear something with an animal print or wear something with an animal on it. Author focus: Kwame Alexander. Read some books about animals or that have animals in them.

Wednesday, March 3rd: Where will reading take you?? Dress as what you want to be when you grow up. Author focus: Jacqueline Woodson. Read a book that is a biography. Mr. Bartless will be watching to see who he can catch reading!

Thursday, March 4th: We are crazy for books!! Wear crazy socks! Author focus: Peter Reynolds. Read books about kindness. Do a random act of kindness for somebody today.

Friday, March 5th: Get cozy with a good book! Wear pajamas (appropriate for school). Author focus: Tomie dePaola Read books that YOU enjoy every day!

York County Early Learning Partnership Fundraiser (March 1-12)--The York County ELP focuses on helping preschool children begin school ready to learn. They help provide books for little ones that parents can read to them over and over. There are many programs they sponsor that foster preschool literacy. You can visit their website here for more information about their work: You can also click on this link for a short video: All Rock Hill schools want to encourage families to participate in their Read a Thon that helps raise money for their organization. Information will go home on Monday, March 1 about this effort and you can click on the flyer below for more info about the Read A Thon. We want to thank many of your businesses and organizations who already sponsor the Early Learning Partnership.

Online Book Fair for Cherry Park (February 22-March 7)

Click here for details about how to order books for your child.

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Rising Sixth Grade Information

Rising Sixth Grade Information about Immersion--Please click on the following link to complete your Letter of Intent. For planning purposes, it should be completed by Friday, February 26. Here is the link if you missed the February 11 virtual Parent Meeting for Sullivan.

Rising Sixth Grade Letter of Intent Link (Due by 2/26)

Please click on this link and complete by Friday.

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Thank you, Family Promise, for your donation of school supplies to our school. This is Mrs. Weir and Mrs. Miller who volunteer at Family Promise.

Parent Help with SeeSaw (K-2) and Canvas (3-5) Programs

Please click here for parent help sessions that you can access to assist your child with using these programs.

Need Technology Help? Click Here

This link provides resources to help with technology issues and questions.

Need Tech Support? Call 803-324-8324

District COVID-19 Dashboard

Click here for the most current information about COVID-19 counts in our district.

Return to School Plan for Rock Hill School District

Click here for details about how we will start this school year.

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PTO and SIC Information

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 this year. School Improvement Council meets at 5:30 via Zoom and our Parent Teacher Organization meets at 6:30 via Zoom. The link for February's PTO Meeting is: Elections were held in the spring for these organizations but all parents are welcome to attend to help provide input and volunteer. School Improvement Council members for this year are Carl Thompson, Elizabeth Lowery, Leigh Threatt, Amber Hinson, Kim Crean, Brooke Nies and Phyllis Faircloth. You can contact them at

PTO Newsletter

Click here if you'd like to sign up for our PTO Newsletter.

School Calendar

February 22--Online Book Fair Begins

February 24--6:00 PM Last Parent Information School of Choice Meeting for Cherry Park

March 1-5--Read Across America Week

March 5--School of Choice Application Closes

March 7--Last Day to Order Books from the Online Book Fair

March 11--Early Release Day for Professional Development (Students dismissed at 11:00)

March 12--Teacher Day (Student Holiday)

Cherry Park is proud to be part of #One Team One Mission One Rock Hill.

Cherry Park Website

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