Cherokee Newsletter 11.18.22
Sept 16, 2022
November 18, 2022
A Message from the Principal
Dear Cherokee Families,
This week’s snow came in with a flurry of excitement! If your household was anything like the Cavanaughs, my children were not prepared for Tuesday’s snow! By Wednesday, many children had their winter gear, and had a blast at recess. Please make sure that your child’s winter gear is labeled and sent in a separate bag so that their cubbies are organized and they do not lose their winter accessories! For our younger students, the more your child can practice getting their gear on independently at home this will help greatly at school. I know this adds more time getting gear together daily, drying clothes, and making sure everything is together and organized. Thank you for your support and collaboration so that things stay orderly in the classrooms and the routines can be efficient to maximize instructional time!
Have a great weekend! Stay Warm!
A couple of highlights for special attention:
Review the information about Report Cards
Review the reminder about Winter Sing dates
Learn about an upcoming Mitten Drive to benefit Beacon Place
This Friday, November 18, is the end of Trimester 1. Report cards will be EMAILED directly to parents/guardians next Tuesday, November 22 (no printed copies for grades 1-4). Kindergarten students will have paper copies of their narratives in backpacks. We love having this fall snapshot to show students how much they grow throughout the year. “Not yet” is just that… an opportunity to keep heading in the right direction with feedback along the way. Of course, if you have any questions, please reach out to your child’s teacher.
Winter Sing Performances:
Start charging your phones and cameras… and add these Winter Sing performances to your calendars.
Please see the attached invite with details from Mrs. Prestipino. We look forward to sharing these cheerful performances with you! Important details:
K-1 @ 9:00-9:30
2-3 @ 10:30-11:10
4th and orchestra @ 1:30-2:15
All students need to stay for the entire performance and we are asking for advanced notice if you plan to take your child home after the performance, including siblings.
Please use our Temporary Change of Transportation Form if there will be a change in dismissal on the day of the winter sing.. Thank you!
The APT is organizing a mitten drive. Please see the information below.
Winter MAP Testing
District 67 students in grades 2-8 will take the NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) during November 28-December 9. MAP is a Common Core-aligned, adaptive, computer-based assessment. This nationally normed assessment is designed to measure growth over time in the areas of reading and math. The district utilizes the achievement and growth data from MAP to inform instructional planning for individuals and groups of students; and measure growth from year-to-year.
Deerpath Road Closure - This Weekend!
This is a friendly reminder that Deerpath Road will be completely closed between Route 41 and Ahwahnee Lane from Friday, Nov. 18 at 7 pm through Monday, Nov. 21 at 5 am for ComEd's new bridge deck to be lifted into place.
Deerpath Road will remain open to local traffic from Green Bay Road to Ahwahnee Lane. Drivers are encouraged to use Green Bay Road south to Westleigh Road to access both Route 41 and Waukegan Road. The Route 41 exit and entrance ramps will remain open, but Deerpath will only be accessible west of the closure. After this closure, there will be periodic lane shifts along Deerpath Road while ComEd works to complete the project by the end of the year.
Did You Miss It?
On Monday, November 14, the District hosted a forum in-person and online for our community to learn more about a possible April 2023 referendum to address the highest priority LFHS facility needs.
We Value Your Input!
Many questions and comments came up at Monday's forum that are important for us to address and we are committed to answering questions quickly and accurately and incorporating feedback into this important work.
Please submit your questions and feedback using this link so that we can hear from you!
Where Can You Learn More?
Visit the District website to learn more about the Capital Facilities Plan. You will find a FAQ document on the website that will be updated regularly as the District addresses questions related to this process.
APT News and Events
It was so great to see so many of you this morning at Donuts with Grownups! Thank you so much to our amazing Donuts Coordinators, Julie Wade, Carly Harvey and Kelly Tracy, for all of their time and dedication to make this beloved Cherokee event such a success.
Thank you also to our SEL Coordinators, Annie O’Connor and Kristen Miles, for planning the Staffgiving luncheon for the Cherokee staff. It was very much appreciated and we are so grateful to everyone who signed up to bring items in for the lunch.
As we approach Thanksgiving, I want to thank the entire Cherokee community for your support and dedication in making all of our APT events a success. From hanging Spookfest decorations to cooking food for staff meals to setting alarms for very early wakeups to make it to Donuts with Grownups - I appreciate you all so much. Cherokee is such a special place and I feel so lucky to be a part of such an amazing community of families.
-Tuesday, November 29th from 7pm-8pm - Community Safety Series in DPM gym: Active Shooter Protocols and Preparation, presented by the Lake Forest Police Dept.
-Wednesday, January 18th - 9:30am (coffee available starting at 9:00am) - November APT Meeting in the IRC lab - ALL parents welcome
-Wednesday, February 15th - 6:00pm - EVENING APT Meeting in the Cherokee Gym - Please save the date!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your families!
Cherokee APT President 2022-2024
Spirit News and Events
Still thinking about writing a grant request?
Good news, you’ve got time! Upcoming grant application deadline is Thursday, January 26, 2023. Check out this link to start the process!
From Sensory Tools & Support at Everett, Garden Expansion at Cherokee, to a Cross Country Tent at DPM, the opportunities for our schools are endless! Share your ideas with us this year! We know the kids greatly appreciate it!!!
Community Programs and Events
Visit the Green Backpack or the front page of your school website to view the latest programs offered in our community.
36th Annual LFHS Music Department Holiday Concerts & Applause Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser.
Sunday, December 4 in the LFHS RMA.
3 PM: Band and Orchestra Concert
4:45-6:45 PM: Spaghetti Dinner
7 PM: Choir Concert
Tickets are on sale NOW! Purchase online now purchased online until Thursday 12/1 through our website https://lfhsapplause.org/spaghetti-dinner/ or directly on the jot form https://form.jotform.com/222517970673159
Online Silent Auction includes a 2023-24 parking spot, Graduation packages with reserved seating/parking, Prom packages, art from local artist René Romero Schuler and more! LINK will be available 11/21 on www.lfhsapplause.org. Online auction bidding starts Monday, Nov 28 at 6 AM and ends Thursday, Dec 15 at 8 PM. ANYONE can bid on the auction items, but winner should be local as items cannot be shipped. Tickets for raffle items may be purchased in person during the event.
CROYA will be closed Friday, Nov. 18 and Monday, Nov. 21 due to the CROYA High School Retreat.
475 E. Cherokee Rd.
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045