The CPES BobChat

February 28, 2021

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How Do We Love Our Children Well with Our Time?

I have to be honest. This is a hard one for me. At times, my work can feel all consuming. Then, there are tasks needing to be done around the house and bills to pay. I know it is a good idea as well to exercise. But, as I watch the last few days of Joey's senior year melt away, I am sorely reminded that he will soon be gone. I know I've said it before but it is true that "the days are long and the years are short." How can we love our children well with our time (which is really another term for our undivided attention)? 1. Make the effort to listen. How are they doing? How are they really doing? What nonverbals do they give while they talk? Car time is a great talk time because everyone is captive for a few minutes. Do I listen more to a podcast or the radio than I do to my children? Many times, our kids don't need us to do anything about what they're telling us, they simply want to be heard. I find that is often true for the big people as well. 2. Eat meals together as often as possible. Again, these are captive audience times. So much "by the way" conversation happens at the supper table. Eating together allows for unstructured time to connect and hear the stories of the day. Statistically, it can make a difference in so many areas of our family's overall health. Here are nine good reasons to eat together: 3. Take time to enter their world. This is such an easy say and hard do. But, when we do that, it really does tell our children how important they are to us. Yes, we really can play the video game or have a tea party with the dolls or build with blocks or simply play ball. There have been many times when my guys were interested in something that was in a totally different universe than mine. The truth is that my perspective has been widened when I chose to see what interested them about playing the marimba or serving a volleyball or watching trick shot videos. Their foreign, unique interests weren't so bad after all. 4. Put it on the calendar. It it is on our schedule, it is most likely a high priority. Do you have a committed "shut down" time for work items to help the kids get ready for bed? Are their games and events on your calendar to attend? Do you have a "date night" with your spouse as well as one for your kids? As always, the questions are not meant to be a ticket for a guilt trip. Think through one simple, doable step you can take to prioritize time with your children. You won't regret it. Time spent with others is one of the best ways we can express love. We love our children well when they have our time and our attention.

Strength and Blessings,

Mr. Maness, Principal

P.S. As we celebrate Read Across America Week, a great way to spend time with our children is reading with them.

Parents, please note that Thursday, March 11 is an Early Release Day and students should be picked up at 11:00. Next Friday, March 12, is a Teacher Workday.

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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:

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)--Visiting our online book fair is the perfect way to celebrate READ ACROSS AMERICA week. The spring book fair will be available online for ONE MORE WEEK. Parents may access our school’s book fair home page with the link in this flyer and the link below…The online fair will close Sunday, March 7, 2021 at MIDNIGHT. All books will be ordered online and shipped to your home. There is free shipping for orders of $25 or more. Flyers went home with students last week. You can click on the button below for more information as well.

Read Across America Week (March 1-5)--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.

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

March 1-5--Read Across America Week (See activities above)

March 5--School of Choice Application Closes

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

March 8--5:30 SIC Meeting; 6:30 PTO Meeting

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

March 12--Teacher Day (Student Holiday)

March 14--Daylight Savings (Turn clocks ahead one hour)

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.