Indian Knoll Elementary

Letter from the Principal

Firebird Families,

Summer is around the corner and we are headed into field days and end of the year celebrations. As we reflect on the year, I am thankful for our caring and hard-working students and the partnerships we have developed with families. Our PTA is incredible and continues to collaborate with the school and has been able to provide supplemental school materials and enhancements all year long. The administration has a strong focus on technology and was able to provide new iPads and computers to many classrooms this year. Next year, we will create an IKES “science lab” fully equipped with microscopes, lab tables, and hands-on activities for our students.

We are already planning for next year and have tentatively finished all class placements. We will continue to send out placement post cards over the summer with the official news of your child’s classroom. We are thrilled that we will have very little change in staffing for next year. If you know of anyone who hasn’t registered for kindergarten yet, please encourage them to go onto Registration Gateway and start that process.

Next year, we will continue using our Bird House PBIS initiatives, positive reinforcement, and we will have a directed focus on being kind and caring Firebirds. We want every child to feel that they are special and valued at IKES. As this year comes to a close, I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our stakeholders for supporting our efforts. Please have a safe and relaxing summer break. #IKESRocks

Kim Cerasoli

Best Wishes and Good Luck, Dr. Kennerly!

Congratulations to our Assistant Principal, Dr. Kennerly, who will be the new Principal of Sixes Elementary School next year! We are so grateful for the opportunity to have worked with such an amazing administrator. Dr. Kennerly's incredible dedication to all IKES students and her invaluable support of PTA means that we are going to miss her tremendously!

Goodbyes are so hard, so we will just say "see you soon!" We wish you the best of luck in your new endeavor! Sixes Elementary School is lucky to have you! You will be missed, but you will always be a Firebird in our hearts!

Counselor's Corner

Mrs. Colleen DeLosh – Grades 3-5

Mrs. Lori Waycaster – Grades K-2

As we wind down the 2018-2019 school year, we want to thank you again for your support this year.

We would like to kindly remind you that Georgia has a compulsory attendance law. Please have your child at school on time and please provide an excuse if they are absent.

You may also view pages 16-18 of the student/parent handbook for Cherokee County specifics regarding attendance:

Give A Kid A Chance is a program that is offered to all Cherokee County students that provides outreach to families for the 2019-2020 school year. If you or anyone you know may need new backpacks, supplies, clothing, hearing/vision/dental screenings or haircuts, please let one of the counselors know and we can provide you with the form or sign up online at

If you would need assistance with lunch this summer or if you would like to donate/volunteer, please go to Must Ministries Summer Lunch website or call


If you or anyone you know is in need of resources please feel free to contact either one of us at: or

Have a fantastic summer!

April Employee of the Month - Mrs. Brandy Phillips

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IKES Spirit Night at Cheeseburger Bobby's!

Thursday, May 2nd, 4pm

2060 Cumming Highway

Canton, GA

Come and show your school spirit! It's IKES Spirit Night at Cheeseburger Bobby's!! Come for burgers, hot fries, ice cream (not to mention those delicious fry seasonings and sauces!) and leave with a full belly and a smiling face knowing you just gave 10% back to your school!
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I Scream! You Scream! We ALL Scream for ICE CREAM!!

Wednesday, May 8th, 2pm

6870 Hickory Road

Woodstock, GA

The weather is heating up! What better way to cool off and satisfy a sweet tooth than by enjoying a scoop or two?! Join us for an afternoon of sweet, creamy goodness at IKES Spirit Night at Bruster's! Come out and get a scoop from 2 - 8 pm!
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Friday, May 10th, 7am to Monday, May 13th, 7am

3635 Univeter Road

Canton, GA

Calling all of you wonderful ladies who make a huge difference in your children's lives! Join us for a morning full of muffins and special time with your IKES student!

**Due to the great response, we are spreading this event over two days. Please RSVP again using the included links below. We do understand that some you may have already made arrangements to be in attendance on Friday and may not be able to make it on Monday. If that is the case we would love to still host you and your child (children) on Friday.

If your child's last name is between A and L, please join us on Friday, May 10th and RSVP here.

If your child's last name is between M and Z, please join us on Monday, May 13th and RSVP here.

Kindergarten/1st Grade Parents!!! We are aware that Monday is your Field Day. Please feel free to attend Muffins For Mom on Monday in lieu of Friday even if your last name begins with A-L. We know that may be logistically easier on you.

Volunteers needed! Please considering volunteering on the morning that you aren't attending with your child. Sign up here if you can help.

Again, we want to thank our IKES families for this overwhelming response to this new event. We are new to this one too so thank you for your patience and understanding.


Muffins For Mom point of contact is Jeanette Smith. Please e-mail me with any questions that you may have. E-mail:

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IKES Spirit Night at Buffalo's Cafe

Tuesday, May 14th, 4pm

1625 Ball Ground Highway

Canton, GA

Come out and join us for some wings and fun! It's our final spirit night at Buffalo's for the 2018-19 school year! There will be a coloring contest with a fun prize to win! The class with the highest participation wins a free kids meal to use at a later date!
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Your student has been training all year in their Physical Education classes and now it's time to show off their skills! The field day schedule for all grade levels is listed below. Come and cheer on your student and their classmates at this exciting event!

*Please note: Due to limited space in the gym, there will not be sufficient space for parents to attend indoor activities, but are welcomed and encouraged to join us for all outdoor events.

K and 1st - Monday, May 13th -

Kindergarten will begin outside around 8:15 and in the gym at 11:30.

1st grade will begin in the gym around 8:15 and outside at 11:30.

2nd - Tuesday, May 14th

3rd - Wednesday, May 15th

4th - Thursday, May 16th

5th - Friday, May 17th

Field Day events for 2nd - 5th grades are as follows on their designated days:

Indoor events will begin between 8:00 and 8:15, while outdoor events will begin at 11:30 and end by 1:45.

WE NEED YOU! Please consider joining in on the FuN by volunteering to help sell concessions during the outdoor events! The time slots are for one hour, but please sign up for more if you can. They suggest not volunteering on the day your student has field days, so that you don't miss their events. Please sign up here if you can help.

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Friday, May 24th, 7am

3635 Univeter Road

Canton, GA

Who would we be without the paternal figures in our lives?! Dad's turn!! Please join us for delicious donuts and a special time with your child as we celebrate our dads!

Cherokee Children's Dentistry Let our family treat your family

Active Kids, Healthy Teeth

Dr. J. Miles Mazzawi

As the school year winds down, summer sporting activities wind up. Each year there are approximately 3 million cases of facial trauma. About 50% of these involve teeth! Boys are three times more likely to suffer from a dental related trauma, and about 40% of these accidents happen of the baseball field! Bicycle and skateboarding accidents are also common causes of broken teeth.

Here are some important tips to keeping your active kids’ teeth healthy:

Always wear a mouth guard! There are three different types of mouth guards; stock or “prefabricated”, “boil-n-bite”, and custom fabricated mouth guards. For maximum protection, a custom mouth guard made by your dentist is the best choice. But, any protection is better than no protection.

Know what to do if your child suffers a dental injury! First off, always check to child to make sure there is not a more emergent issue such as a concussion.

• If a baby tooth is knocked out, rinse the mouth with water and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling. Baby teeth should not be replanted because of potential damage to the developing permanent teeth.

• If a permanent tooth is knocked out, replace the tooth in the socket and hold it there with a clean gauze or wash cloth. If this cannot be accomplished, place the tooth in a clean container of cold milk or the child’s saliva, but NOT IN WATER.

• If a tooth is chipped or broken, rinse the mouth with water and apply a cold compress to reduce swelling. If you can find the broken tooth fragment, take it with you to the dentist.

Always go to your pediatric dentist in the case of any dental trauma! It is important to have a trusted pediatric dentist available to call in the event of any tooth injury. A timely visit to the dentist can make a huge difference in the long term health of the traumatized tooth. Enjoy the summer, be careful, and stay safe!

Congratulations to our PTA!

PTA Presidents Jenn Severson and Rachel Chapman along with Principal Kim Cerasoli attended the 13th District of GA PTAs Spring Conference! Our PTA won numerous membership awards and 3rd place for District & County Outstanding Local Unit. District 13 GA PTA $200 Scholarship Recipient Awards went to these awesome Firebirds: Ava Grace Burt, James Gilreath, and Izzy Mongelluzzi. The Cherokee County Council PTA Birney Butler Outstanding Educator Award was presented to music teacher Julie Bryant. The Cherokee Council PTA also named Kim Cerasoli as the 2018-19 Outstanding Principal. Our IKES PTA earned some of the highest awards in the district! Congratulations to IKES, our PTA and EVERYONE who supports our school. Thanks for a very successful year!

Spirit Rock Painting!!

We have had several parents and/ or family members inquire about hiring someone to paint the spirit rock for their special event. We want to make this a little easier by listing some of those individuals who offer these services on the Spirit Rock FAQ tab on the IKES PTA website, including Tay's Paints, Art by Amanda and Painted Pebbles. Please click on the Spirit Rock FAQ tab here to find links to their Facebook pages.

**Please remember that these services are not affiliated with IKES PTA and will require a separate, additional payment to the artist. Before you book any paint services, please be sure you have reserved and paid your rock reservation with IKES PTA.

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Special thanks to our 2018-2019 IKES PTA Business Sponsors!

Thank you to our Firebird Flash Card Sponsors!

If you are a PTA member, don't forget to use your Firebird Flash Card for great discounts at over 50 local businesses. For a complete list of participating vendors, click here. If you are not yet a PTA member, join PTA today and start saving!!
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We love to hear from you! Please contact us with any suggestions, comments or questions!

Rachel Chapman Co-President

Jennifer Severson Co-President

Valerie Holman Treasurer

Alison Waites Secretary

Christine Dagostino Vice President

Sara Kirkpatrick Vice President

Andrea Ondeck Vice President

Brenna Pittaway Vice President

Jeanette Smith Vice President

Katrina Brown Parliamentarian