The CPES BobChat

September 29, 2019

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How Do You Respond When Your Child Is Recognized (or Not Recognized)?

This week, we had lots of our kids being recognized for some great achievements. On Monday evening, the School Board clapped for James Haas, McCoy Questelle, Rolando Ramirez Reyes, Max Brooks and Cheyenne Ingle who all made perfect scores on SC READY Math or SC PASS Science tests last May. (Rolando, who knew no English in kindergarten, scored a perfect score on both tests. Way to go, Rolando!!) On Friday, we had our first Terrific Kids program and 32 of our students were honored for being "Thoughtful" which was our first character trait of the month. Charlie Wallace, one of our fifth grade young ladies, was chosen as the Northwestern Football "Win Today" recipient for outstanding character and service. Our children's success can lead us to some crazy thinking. How should we, as parents and teachers, respond when our kids are (and aren't) recognized? 1. Know that we make a difference... Great kids come from great families. What is modeled at home is displayed at school by our kids. Parents and teachers have a huge influence on kids knowing and doing what is right and wrong. We should never underestimate the power of our words and example in the lives of our children. 2. ...to a point. Sometimes, we take too much credit for their success and too much blame for their failure. Despite difficult circumstances, some kids turn out great. Despite the best of home situations, some kids don't. Jan and I know there were times when our kids' accomplishments (and failures) were due to their own effort and choices. There were other times when their win was due to the support from other adults in their lives. It takes all of us (kids included) for them to be successful. 3. Everyone doesn't win an award all the time. We should help our children know that they don't get a trophy just for showing up. When we do the right thing the right way each day, we have a better life and avoid painful consequences. There is inherent value in making wise choices. We don't always get a reward for that. Our kids should want to do their best so they will know the inner satisfaction of doing a good job. As a parent, this is an easy say and a hard do but there is a time when we want these little people to become big people who don't depend on others to know if they are doing well. We want them to know that for themselves. 4. Beware of "performance based acceptance." This is when we believe we are OK only when we are winning or successful. Adults can easily tie their identity to their job performance (or their children's performance). Kids can think they are OK only when they get good grades or play well on the field or stage. This kind of thinking leads us to a dangerous place. We want our children to know they are important and valued simply because they are our children. If they do well or they don't, they need to know that we still love them. Identity should never be linked to performance. At Cherry Park, we want to build great kids of great character who can stand on their own whether they are "winning" or "losing" on any given day. Kids can do that when they see the big people in their lives modeling that for them.


Mr. Maness, Principal

School News

From Mrs. Anderson, Our PE Teacher

Dear 2nd - 5th grade Parents/Guardians of Cherry Park Elementary,

My name is Emily Anderson and I am one of the Physical Education teachers (PE 2). At Cherry Park Elementary our students have an amazing opportunity to experience Physical Education lessons in off-campus places only a few steps away. Rock Hill Tennis Center and Rock Hill Cherry Park have graciously allowed our students to come and participate in activities at their facilities. Being able to have Physical Education class at these places allows our students to have more freedom to move and develop their manipulative skills to help them become more successful in developing an active lifestyle.

We will be heading over to the Tennis Center NEXT WEEK (Sept. 30th - Oct. 4) for 2nd - 5th grade students. As we embark on this fun adventure and create meaningful experiences for your children, please be reminded of a couple of things…

  1. Students should wear appropriate clothing and SHOES!!
  2. Students will walk over and back w/Mrs. Anderson during their PE2 class that week
  3. Nurse will communicate w/Mrs. Anderson about any medical issues of concern

Thank you for your continued support and PLEASE ask your child/student how was their lesson!

Lastly, You should have received a permission slip for walking over to Cherry Park fields in middle of October. If you have not signed or lost the paper, please let you teacher know and we can get you another slip to sign and return by Friday Oct. 11th. Thanks again and we are looking forward to next week.

Emily Anderson - eanderson@rhmail.org


Read Your Way to the Big Game-- USC and Clemson University, in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Education, are again sponsoring the Read Your Way to the Big Game Contest. All PK through 8th grade students who read 6 books will qualify to win tickets to the Palmetto Bowl on November 30. Once students have completed their readings, they should turn in the list of books read to their teacher. Winners will receive four tickets and pre-game sideline passes to the Clemson vs. South Carolina game. Teachers have to input the students by November 1, 2019 deadline. Click on the link below for more information. If we have 70% of our school to participate, we could win a $2000 grant for library books as well.

District App

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PTO and SIC Information

Thank You PTO (and Families)--This week, our PTO sponsored two big activities for our school. On Tuesday, you provided a "Nacho Average Teacher" Nacho Bar for our teachers. It made their day to have a fun snack before our professional development sessions. On Friday, you gave a book to every student who had a birthday in August and September. Kids got to choose a book coming to or from lunch. (See picture above.) Thank you for your support of our kids and teachers.


Bobcat Dash

Our Bobcat Dash is a "fun run" fundraiser sponsored by PTO where students secure pledges for laps run during the day on Friday, November 1. This will be the culminating event of our Red Ribbon Week activities as well. We invite parents to come and cheer on their child and run with him/her. Students will run mostly during their Related Arts time:

8:00 Fifth Grade

8:55 Fourth Grade

9:50 Third Grade

10: 45 Second Grade

11:40 Kindergarten (This time is not their normal Related Arts time.)

12:35 First Grade

If you would like to support this fundraiser by being a sponsor, please click on the Sponsorship Form below. Sponsorship Forms are due by Friday, October 4. All contributions to our PTO are tax deductible given that they are a 501c3.


Box Tops For Education

The Box Tops program has gone digital! Please download the new Box Tops app and scan your receipts to help us earn money for Cherry Park Elementary. (Grandparents and neighbors are welcome to help, too.) You can also still clip and send traditional Box Tops with a valid expiration date. The first due date for clipped Box Tops will be Friday, October 18th, but you can send Box Tops to your child’s teacher at any time during the school year. For more information, please go to http://www.btfe.com. Thanks for supporting our school!


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 October 14, November 11, December 9 (if needed), January 13, February 10, March 9, April 13, and May 11 (if needed.)

PTO Newsletter

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Calendar of Events

Wednesday--National Custodians' Day (Be sure to tell Mrs. Gallette, Mr. Jackson and our evening cleaning crew how much we appreciate them if you see them. They are such a great team that helps our school stay safe and clean.)

Friday--Bobcat Dash Sponsorships Due to PTO; 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Go to Dutchman Creek for performance of Pirate of Bully Bay

October 14-18--Fall Book Fair (Media Center)

October 14--5:30 School Improvement Council Meeting; 6:30 PTO Meeting

October 16--Fall Picture Day (Information to come.)

October 21--Parent Conference Day

October 27-November1--Red Ribbon Week

November 1--Bobcat Dash

November 8--Veterans Day Festival

Cherry Park Website

This is the link to our school website.