Cherokee Newsletter 10.21.22
Sept 16, 2022
October 21, 2022
A Message from the Principal
Dear Cherokee Families,
I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for entrusting me and the Cherokee staff with your children! I learn something from them everyday, and the students truly bring a smile to my face. The students are the reason for everything we do! As I have been preparing with student leadership team members for the upcoming Cherokee Board Spotlight, we have discussed what it means to be a Cherokee Cheetah, and how the work we have been doing around our goal of creating a positive and strong school-wide community made you feel. The students truly said it best:
“We are working for a common goal and we feel part of a team,” and “I feel like I belong in the community.”
Have a great weekend! I am looking forward to celebrating Halloween with your children at Spook Fest!
A couple of highlights for special attention:
Review the Halloween Festivity Details
Complete the Family Traditions Survey
We are excited for our Halloween festivities: costumes, parade, and class parties on Monday, October 31. The Halloween Parade begins @ 11 am. Please see the flyer for details. We hope you will join us! Please remember these costume parameters::
No gore or blood
Children must be able to sit down
Costumes must not be distracting to learning (we reserve the right to ask a child to take off a costume if it is districting the learning of themselves or others)
Family Traditions Survey
Does your family celebrate a specific tradition? Do you celebrate Diwali, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Ramadan or something else? Maybe you play an annual family football game or maybe you bake specific cookies for the holidays. Whatever your family tradition is, I'd love for you to share it with us so we can celebrate all of the things that make us unique at Cherokee, but also that bring us together as a special community. We are excited to learn more about your family, how these align with our school-wide values of being respectful, responsible, and inclusive. We will share these traditions with our school community or on our morning announcements. Please complete the following survey to share your favorite family tradition.
Veteran’s Day Assembly
Cherokee families, we will be celebrating Veterans Day this year with an all school assembly on Thursday, November 10th (time TBD). We will be putting together a slideshow of veterans, currently serving and retired, who are family members or friends of our Cherokee community. Even if you have submitted a photo in the past, please use this link to create a slide for your veteran(s). We would love to honor them during our assembly! Please complete a slide by Monday, November 7th. More details to come!
APT Thanksgiving Food Drive
The APT Thanksgiving Food Drive kicks off on Monday, October 31. Many people are struggling with food insecurity in Lake County. Please help us support these families in need this Thanksgiving.
Donation by grade level:
- Kindergarten: Rice
- 1st: Canned Fruit
- 2nd: Canned Beans
- 3rd: Stuffing Mix
- 4th: Canned Vegetables
Donation bins will be in the front entrance of all schools 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Two Upcoming Deerpath Road Closures
Deerpath Closure #1: Deerpath Road Closed Friday, Nov. 4 at 9 am through Monday, Nov. 7 at 6 am
The first closure is required for the bridge support walls to be poured. The framing required for this concrete pour requires steel bracing to extend into the roadway while the concrete cures. The support walls need to be in place and the concrete cured in order for the bridge deck to be installed the following weekend.
Deerpath Closure #2: Deerpath Road Closed Friday, Nov. 11 at 6 pm through Monday, Nov. 14 at 6 am
The second closure is required so the bridge deck can be lifted and placed onto the support walls.
During the closures, Deerpath Road will remain open to local access 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 during both closures. Learn more about the project at cityoflakeforest.com/ComEdBridge.
Let’s Talk | Learning
District 67 parent and guardians are invited to the District’s first LET'S TALK program for the 2022-2023 school year on Thursday, November 3, 2022, 7:00 PM in the Board Room at LFHS West Campus.
Hosted by Superintendent Dr. Matthew Montgomery and featuring Deputy Superintendent Dr. Jeff McHugh and District 67 Director of Teaching and Learning Mrs. Vail Kieser, we will host a community conversation about teaching and learning in District 67. Topics discussed will include District performance data, current reading reviews, and curriculum considerations.
Please submit your questions using this form by no later than Wednesday, November 2, at 10:00 AM.
Save the Date: LET'S TALK | with the Elementary Principals
District 67 Principals Renee Fitzsimmons, Kate Cavanaugh, and Susan Milsk invite you to join them for a virtual conversation on Wednesday November 9, 2022, 7:00 PM, that will focus on student behavior.
Topics discussed will include:
Bullying - what it is, and what it isn’t
Proactive measures to prevent negative behavior
Reactive measures to negative behavior; how to respond/consequences
Board policy and research on school discipline
Answers to questions submitted by our parents/guardians
Please use this form to submit your questions by no later than noon on Tuesday, November 8.
A livestream link to join the meeting will be shared next week.
Food Service News
This Week: Pumpkin Pairing!
For menus, and other news and events, please visit the Food Services page of the website.
APT News and Events
I am so excited to see many of you at Spookfest tonight! It’s going to be a VERY fun event! Thank you to the Spookfest team - Katie Salgat, Adrien Stanley, Jen Brody, Adrienne Winfield, Rasmey Picek, Nora Froelich and Kristin Rupp. They have put so much time and energy into planning tonight’s amazing event. Thank you also to all of the parent volunteers! It truly takes a village to pull off this event and we couldn’t do it without all of the amazing support.
- 5:00-6:00pm - K, 1st & 2nd
- 6:30-7:30pm - 3rd and 4th
Drop off in the front of the school, pickup in the back circle. No coats, please. Everything your child wears to the party should remain on them. Thank you!
Thank you to Leslie Young, Evening Socials Coordinator. She worked so hard to find hosts for the grade-level parent socials. 4 out of 5 grades have had or are planning to have a parent social. Thank you so much to all of our wonderful hosts! 4th grade is planning to do something in the spring.
- The Kindergarten social took place on Thursday, October 20th at Lake Forest Club and was hosted by Leslie Young, Jill Green & Katie Goetz.
- The 1st grade social will take place on October 27th at Lake Forest Club and is being hosted by Kristen Miles, Linda Hall and Kelly Bosera.
- The 2nd grade social took place on October 7th at Lake Forest Club and was hosted by Kristen Miles, Brittany Gunther & Michele Lubeck.
- The 3rd grade social took place on September 23rd. Thank you to Derek and Anokhi Bock for hosting at their home.
Thank you to the Staff Appreciation Meals team - Erin Buelt, Jenna Long, Amy Gordy, Audrey Margol and Elizabeth Culver. They have worked so hard to plan special meals for the staff this fall. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the conference meals this week! I am in awe at how amazing and generous our Cherokee parent community is!
- Monday, October 31st-Friday, November 4th - Thanksgiving Food Drive
- Thursday, November 3rd - 7:00pm - Let’s Talk with Dr. Montgomery at West Campus
- Wednesday, November 16th - 9:30am - November APT Meeting in the IRC lab
- Friday, November 18th - Donuts with Grownups! More info coming soon.
- Have a great weekend!
Cherokee APT President 2022-2024
Spirit News and Events
It is incredibly exciting to see Grants in Action!
A new Cricut Maker was granted for use in our 7th and 8th graders Home Arts and STEM classes! This collaborative grant written by Anthony Pollina (7/8 STEM teacher) and Karen Pederson (7/8 Home Arts teacher) last year, now allows students to design their own clothing embellishments all the while channeling their individual designs and creativity! This cross-cultural activity enhances the connection between the creative arts all the while connecting other disciplines to Home Arts & STEM such as math, art, and science as Graphic Design requires. A creative life is an amplified life! Can’t wait to see more local designs around town!!!!
Thank you Donors for helping to make these grants possible!
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.
New this week...
The CROYA 7th & 8th grade Fall Dance is Friday, Oct. 28th from 7:30pm-9:30pm. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at school lunches or at CROYA starting Monday, Oct. 24th. Contact Leslie at CROYA with any questions.
PLEASE NOTE: CROYA events are not affiliated with District 67 or Deer Path Middle School.
Magic is in the air at Gorton Center on Saturday, November 12 at 7:30pm with Jason Hudy’s “Mesmerizing Magic” in our beautiful John & Nancy Hughes Theater. His 90-minute “Mesmerizing Magic” show features large-scale illusions along with comedy and audience participation combined into one show that is sure to amaze and amuse the whole family.
GORTON IS OFFERING A DISCOUNTED $20 TICKET FOR LAKE BLUFF SCHOOL DISTRICT FAMILIES - JUST USE CODE D67115. Use this link for additional information and to purchase tickets. https://gortoncenter.org/event/jason-hudy-mesmerizing-magic/
Holiday Button Design Content: Student in grades 1-12 are invited to design the 2022 LF/LB Chamber Holiday Button! The winner’s design will be featured on the button available throughout the community during the 2022 holiday season – and the designer of the winning entry will receive $100 in Chamber Checks redeemable at Chamber member business throughout Lake Forest and Lake Bluff. Deadline is Tuesday, November 1. Read all the details here.
475 E. Cherokee Rd.
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045