Indian Knoll Elementary

Letter from the Principal

Spotlight on Kindness - Waverly Carter

Every so often, we all have a less than "great" day! Many times, we are the only ones who know how bad the day truly was. Sometimes, though, a special person will notice and go out of their way to make sure that something positive comes from that day. One day last month, when a classmate had a sad day, that person was Kindergartner, Waverly Carter. Waverly noticed a classmate whose day didn't go well and decided to take matters into her own hands. She went home and took the time to make a heartfelt card for that student. Way to go, Waverly! Thank you for being an ambassador of kindness! The world is a better place with you!

Help us spread some love by sharing wonderful acts of kindness that you do or experience! Let's celebrate compassion together and inspire each other to pay it forward! Please send pictures or stories of your acts of kindness to


February Employee of the Month -

It's Time for Penny Wars!

Empty those piggy banks and check under the car seats for that spare change! It's time for PENNY WARS! For our new Firebird Families, here's how it works:

Penny Wars is a school wide competition between our six birdhouses. Each house is trying to collect the most money in order to be the reigning school champion. 50% of money collected will be donated to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital and the other 50% will be put back into our school.

  1. Collect all of the PENNIES you can put your hands on. Pennies are worth 1 POSITIVE point!
  2. Bring in nickels, dimes, and quarters to put in OTHER birdhouse jars as these count as NEGATIVE points!
  3. Paper money can be collected as POSITIVE points for your child's birdhouse also.
  • $1 Bill = Positive 100 Points, $5 Bill = Positive 500 Points, etc.

Each birdhouse will have its own jar. Money will be collected and counted each day! The birdhouse with the most points at the end of the week will be named the PENNY WARS CHAMPION! As an extra incentive, DOJO points will be awarded as follows:

  • 1st Place House: 750 Dojo Points
  • 2nd Place House: 500 Dojo Points
  • 3rd Place House: 350 Dojo Points
  • 4th Place House: 250 Dojo Points
  • 5th Place House: 150 Dojo Points
  • 6th Place House: 100 Dojo Points

This battle is fierce and intense and will need manpower! Volunteers are needed each morning from 7:00 to 7:50 a.m. to help our younger students find their house container. If you are able to help man the jars a morning or two, we would love and appreciate your help. Please find the sign up link below:

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Did someone say BINGO?! It's IKES 9th Annual PTA Sponsored Bingo Night!

Friday, March 13th, 6-8:30pm

3635 Univeter Road

Canton, GA

It's Bingo Night at IKES! Please join for us IKES PTA's 9th Annual Bingo Night on Friday, March 13th from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. This night will be filled with family, friends, and fun!

Doors will open promptly at 6:00 p.m. and games will begin at 6:30. There will be up to 10 rounds of Bingo, a 50/50 raffle drawing, and 10 raffle door prize drawings!

**Pre-sale orders of pizza, Buffalo's boxes and bingo card packets are on sale NOW! **Please be on the lookout for an informational flyer to come home this week in your child's folder.

Pre-sale is encouraged, but not required. Bingo cards ($1/ea.) and concessions will be on sale all night.

We can't wait to see everyone there!!

Please contact Jeanette Smith at with any questions.

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Save the Date for Teacher Appreciation Week!

Our teachers are our heroes and we are so grateful for all that they for our children! For this reason, we are looking forward to celebrating them the week of March 16-20. Look for more details to come home soon!
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Jungle Book Fair: Elephants, Tigers, and Books, Oh My!

Our next Scholastic Book Fair will be held in the media center from March 27 through April 3! The theme is “Jungle Book Fair: Elephants, Tigers, and Books, Oh My!”

Here are our hours of operation.

Friday, March 27: 8:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Monday, March 30: 8:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.

Tuesday, March 31: 8:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.

Wednesday, April 1: 8:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.

Thursday, April 2: 8:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.

Friday, April 3: 7:15 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.

March 19 – April 1: online ordering at

Our teachers will put together wish boxes of books that they would like to add to their classroom libraries. Please consider purchasing one of these titles for your child’s class!

Our book fair needs lots of volunteers to be a success! Please contact our media specialist Jennifer Lewis at if you are interested in helping.

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IKES Spirit Night at Marco's Pizza!

Wednesday, March 18th, 11am-10pm

4280 Hickory Flat Highway

Canton, GA

Marco's Pizza is once again hosting IKES Firebirds for a school wide spirit night! Order a piping hot pizza any time between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. on March 18th! Whether you're ordering for carryout at 4280 Hickory Flat Hwy or for delivery, you are helping to support your school! Marco's will donate 15% of all IKES orders back to our school!

Grandparent's Day Pictures

For those who have not yet been able to access your pictures from our Grandparent's Day breakfast celebration, please follow these steps to access and purchase pictures from this special day.

  1. Go to
  2. Click on "Find Your Event"
  3. Enter Georgia under "State"
  4. Enter "Indian Knoll" under "School or Organization Keyword"
  5. Click on the Indian Knoll Elementary School for the 11/21/19 date
  6. Scroll down to view and order pictures

Box Tops for Education

If you haven't already, please download the Box Tops app! It's a quick and easy way to earn money for your school. It's as easy as 1-2-3!

BIG CHANGES COMING TO BoxTops4Education!!!

BoxTops4Education is in the beginning phases of going completely digital and earning has never been easier!! Follow these simple steps to start earning for our school:

  1. Download the new BoxTops4Education App
  2. Create an Account
  3. Select Indian Knoll Elementary School (Canton, GA)
  4. Buy BoxTops Products
  5. Scan Your Receipt within 14 Days of Purchase
  6. Earn Money for IKES

Please visit the website for more details on how you can earn!

Spirit Rock Reservations and Painting!!

Another school year brings about opportunity for celebratory shout-outs! Our spirit rock shout-outs were outstanding last year, offering the opportunity for us to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and accomplishments! We can't wait to see all of the creativity on our spirit rock this year! See below for all of the details.

Spirit Rock Sign-up:

In an effort to make spirit rock sign up as smooth a process as possible, we have changed the process slightly this year. Sign-up dates for your special event are listed below:

  • August to October dates: released July 26th @ 7pm
  • November to February dates: released October 10th @7pm
  • March to May dates: released February 10th @ 7pm

**Payment will be required at the time of sign up in order to complete your reservation.

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 and Painted Pebbles. We have confirmed that Art by Amanda is no longer offering painting services, but Petit Artist in Woodstock will now offer these services. We will be updating the website shortly with this new information. 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.

If you have any questions regarding spirit rock, please contact Jackie at

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IKES Spirit Wear

Thank you to everyone who ordered fall spirit wear! If you did not order, we will have additional items in stock, but size and style are not guaranteed.

If you are interested in purchasing, please contact Rachel Chapman at to see if we have the size and style you are looking for and we'll be happy to check our inventory.

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 55 local businesses. Check out our complete list below! 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!

Christine Dagostino Co-President

Jennifer Severson Co-President

Jennifer Griggs Treasurer

Dacia Falter Secretary

Nikki Chambley Vice President

Ann Gazell Vice President

Michelle Kramer Vice President

Brenna Pittaway Vice President

Jeanette Smith Vice President

Rachel Chapman Parliamentarian