The CPES BobChat

March 8, 2020

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How Much Will the Bond Referendum Cost?

In an effort to keep you informed about our One Plan Bond Referendum on March 31, I want to help you understand the costs of the building plan. 1. The referendum will fund projects totaling $294,800,000 that will be done over five years. These projects include updating safety and security measures, improving the modern learning environment and replacing or building new schools. Every school and area in the district is included in these projects. 2. It will cost a homeowner of a $100,000 house an increase of $106 a year (or $8.83 per month.) The median home value in Rock Hill is $140,500 and there would be an increase of $149 a year (or $12.41 a month.) Business owners would pay an additional $159 a year (or $13.25 a month) based on an assessed property value of $100,000. 3. We will still have renovation and improvement costs if the bond doesn't pass. For many of our buildings, the question becomes one of continuing to patch and fix when it could make more sense to replace them. It is similar to the question of when is it time to repair a car or to replace it. If a car has 200,000 miles on it, at what point does it make sense to continue maintaining it? So many of our 70 year old buildings (such as Sullivan) have served us well. We have to ask ourselves if it is time to build the next set of schools that will serve us for the next 70 years. 4. There will be learning costs for our students if the bond doesn't pass. We are preparing our students for future jobs and opportunities that we can't even name. We have become a knowledge and service driven economy rather than a manufacturing economy. Our children need the best tools and environments possible to prepare for those industries. Voters' decisions will determine if our future graduates have optimal resources to meet the expectations of our local employers. As we discuss the issue of the bond referendum with our friends and neighbors, we need to know what it will cost if it passes. We also need to know the costs to our children if it does not pass. Both are important questions.

Mr. Maness, Principal

P.S. For more information about our One Plan Bond Referendum, you can go to

School News

Spring Pictures--Are right around the corner on Friday, March 20. Envelopes went home last week (or will go home this week). You can order them online at and use this Picture Day ID: NR019602Q0 (There is no letter "O" in the Picture ID.) You can also click on the link below. You can also place your orders using the envelopes sent home. Picture packets should be sent home before Mother's Day. Only those students who prepay will have their pictures taken.

Yearbook Order Information--Should also have been (or soon will be) sent home. This is our first yearbook for Cherry Park. Books will be $20 (with soft covers) and $25 (with hard covers.) You can pay using the order form sent home or you can pay online at and use the Yearbook ID Code: 14088320 Checks should be made to Cherry Park Elementary. You can also click on the link below. Deadline to order is March 27.

District Battle of the Books Competition Hosted by Cherry Park--We are hosting the District BOB Competition on March 27. We will have 17 teams from all elementary schools who will compete and participate in literacy activities throughout the day. We are in need of four volunteers who could help us that day. If you can assist, please email Susan Dixon (our Literacy Coach) at and she can provide further details. Volunteers would need to be there at 7:45 to help set up and welcome teams and parent visitors.

Spring Music Concert for Kindergarten, Second, and Fourth Grades--Will be Tuesday, March 31 from 6:30-7:30 PM in the Sullivan Auditorium. Students should wear spring color dresses or dress pants and shirt. Please no hoodies, rabbit ears or torn jeans. All students should be at the following locations by 6:20: Kindergarten should go to the Stage in the Auditorium, Second Graders should go to the Hallway behind the Auditorium, Fourth Graders should go to F Hall at Cherry Park where their classes are. Please see the flyer below for further details such as when each group will perform.

"Welcome to the Family" Night--We will have a "Welcome to the Family" Night on Tuesday, April 21 from 5:30-7:00 PM for all new students who will be starting with us next fall. This will be a drop-in for families to come, ask questions, walk around the school, meet new friends, and complete their registration. (Slots are not secure until registration is complete.) We need your help to make this night a success. Please check your calendars and we will send a signup survey in the weeks ahead. More information is to come.

@CPESBobcat on Twitter--Want to see what's happening at CPES? Twitter is a great way for you to see our school family at work and play each day. Download the Twitter app and follow us @CPESBobcat. You might see your little one or favorite staff member.

Spring Registration Timeline--Please click on the button below so you can know deadlines for registering your child for next fall.

Order Spring Pictures

To order Spring Pictures online, use the Picture Day ID: NR019602Q0

Order Yearbooks

Use the Yearbook ID Code: 14088320 Deadline to order is March 27, 2020.

District App

Click here for more information about our District App.

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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 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 March 9, April 13, and May 11 (if needed.)

PTO Newsletter

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

Calendar of Events

Sunday--Spring Forward One Hour for Daylight Savings Time

This Week--Fourth Graders Swim Lessons

Monday--5:30 PM SIC; 6:30 PM PTO

Thursday--Fant's Class to Carroll School

Friday--Teacher Staff Development Day (Student Holiday)

March 17--St. Patrick's Day; Giles' Class to Carroll School

March 19--Lecolante's Class to Carroll School

March 20--Spring Pictures

March 24--Leon's Class to Carroll School

March 25--1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th to Performance at SPHS

March 26--Reid's Class to Carroll School

March 27--Last Day to Order Yearbooks (See info above); Battle of the Books Competition at CPES

March 31--Bond Referendum Vote (Information about projects can be found at; 6:30 PM Spring Music Performance for Kindergarten, Second and Fourth Graders in Sullivan's Auditorium

April 6-13--Spring Break

May 21--Kindergarten, First and Second Grade Field Day (in AM)

June 1--9:00 AM Fifth Grade Graduation (Sullivan Auditorium)

June 2--Third, Fourth and Fifth Field Day (All Day)

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

Cherry Park Website

This is the link to our school website.