The CPES BobChat

April 21, 2019

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What Can You Fix?

Over the break, I enjoyed getting to fix some things that were broken around our house. I replaced the spare tire on one of our cars. My watch works now that it has a new battery. I cleaned out our fireplace so we can use it this fall. Our fence no longer has ugly vines growing all over it. There is still a long "to do" list. In a culture where "brand new" seems much more attractive than "repaired," I think it is good for our kids to see that things can be fixed. We definitely want to develop their problem solving and editing skills so they can know how to fix their mistakes. 1. Fixing things gives us a healthy sense of self-confidence and self-sufficiency. We don't have to rely on everyone else to solve our problems. We can try to tackle them first and then ask for help if needed. Every time I navigate through a challenging project, I am quick to tell others about my success. (Yes, I have been known to yell a "Ta-Dah!!) 2. Fixing things encourages us to take thoughtful risks to try to fix other things. If I can change the oil and air filter on my lawn mower, can I do the same on my truck? If I know how to file my taxes, am I able to help my daughter do hers? If I can grow a potted plant, will I be able to grow a small garden? For each of these questions, the answer is "Yes!." If we are successful in a small venture, we may be ready to take the next thoughtful step. As always, we must be mindful of our limits. Just because I can change a tire, it does not make me an auto mechanic. 3. Fixing things requires us to do a little research and homework. I have come to realize there is a YouTube video for everything. It is good for our kids to see that we still need to read instruction manuals and ask others for advice on projects. Doing a little homework does not end at graduation. As one of our maintenance men told me once, "Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance." That is so true. 4. Fixing things is good stewardship. New is nice and attractive but it is not always necessary. I spent $2.50 on a watch battery. A new watch would cost $40. That is a no-brainer. When we are deciding whether to fix something or to buy new, we have to also examine our values and motives. Do we need new because the old can't be fixed or do we want new because we think we will impress others more? Is the repaired item enough or do we simply want more? Are we really going to give away our old if we buy new? Sometimes it is truly more costly to fix than to replace. I get that. Most of the time though, that is not the issue. I am blessed to have a wife who really helps me evaluate the difference between an appropriate need and an attractive want. Our children need that same guidance and showing them how to fix things is a great way to teach that lesson.

Mr. Maness, Principal

School News

Volunteer Monitors for Testing

We need your help monitoring statewide SC READY testing on the mornings of May 7, 9, 14, and 16. Usually it takes from 8:00-11:00 and training will be provided in the Media Center at 7:30 AM each morning. Your help in this area allows us to complete testing for all our students before lunch and we will not have to pull other staff members and assistants from their responsibilities to help. Even if you can only help on one day, that would be beneficial to us. Please click on the Testing Monitor button below to sign up.

Field Day Volunteer Signups (See Below)

We will have two field days in May. On May 24, we will have our Kindergarten, First and Second Grade Field Day in the morning. On May 31, we will have our Third, Fourth and Fifth Grade Field Day and it will be all day. Most likely, we will have them across the street in the Cherry Park fields. You can click on the Field Day Volunteer button(s) below to sign up to volunteer. We wanted to let you know about these days so you can plan for them. We will need volunteers at both events to help them be a fun day for our kids. If you want to volunteer, you must have a current background screening completed and you can go here to submit that if needed: We realize all three schools did Field Day differently. To best address our safety and security concerns, we want to make sure you know that we will not be able to allow visitors to walk up and visit at Field Day. We will not have any way to check ID’s across the street. All adults at Field Day will be prescreened and will wear bracelets indicating they are staff or volunteers. As always, we welcome parents to visit with their child during lunch those days. Field Day is a day for our kids and we want them to be safe and secure while having fun.

Food Allergies and District Snack List

Parents, please remember to consult your child’s teachers (or Nurse Love) before sending food items to school for the class. Many of our students have allergies and cannot even be in the same room with some allergens. We provide accommodations for our allergy kids during lunch to not sit by kids who bring food (containing the allergens) in their lunch boxes. As always, if you have questions, you can check with teachers or Nurse Love. In addition, we will have a districtwide snack list that we will all use starting this fall. Parents can use this list now if they choose. It is attached. Note that it still does not address allergy issues.

Testing Monitor Signups for May 7, 9, 14 and/or 16

Click here if you can help monitor testing on any of these days.

K-2nd Grade Field Day Volunteer Signups for May 24

Please be sure you have a current background screening done before signing up.

3rd-5th Grade Field Day Volunteer Signup for May 31

Please be sure you have a current background screening done before signing up.

PTO and SIC Information

Nominations for PTO Leadership for 19-20

We want to begin planning now for next year for our PTO Leadership. If you have a nomination, you can go to the button below to submit that person’s name. Please ask them before submitting their name.

Parent Teacher Organization and School Improvement Council Update

The PTO serves to raise funds, coordinate volunteers and encourage teachers through appreciation activities. We had a great meeting last week and minutes from the meeting were sent out earlier this week. We will meet again on Monday, April 22 at 6:30 PM to continue organization efforts. We encourage all parents to come and participate. We will meet in the Cherry Park Elementary Library starting in January. Meeting dates have been set for the following Mondays at 6:30 PM for the rest of the year: May 20. Our School Improvement Council will meet on the same days at 5:30 PM in the Office Conference Room. All parents are invited to attend either or both meetings. Both groups are working on bylaws and have started organizational efforts. The group at PTO divided into committees to work on Bylaws, Fundraising, Volunteers and Teacher Appreciation. We hope you can come and join one of these subcommittees. Click on the PTO Newsletter button below if you wish to receive the PTO Newsletter:

PTO Nominations

Click here for PTO Officer Nominations.

PTO Newsletter

Click here if you'd like to sign up for our PTO Newsletter.

Calendar of Events

Monday, April 22—School will be in session; 5:30 SIC Meeting (Fishbowl); 6:30 PTO Meeting (Media Center)

Tuesday, April 23--Guarino and Avilez to Camp Cherokee

Wednesday, April 24--Woods and Sumner to Camp Cherokee

Thursday, April 25--Achenberg and Marin/Cromer to Camp Cherokee

May 7—SC READY Writing Test (3rd-5th Grades)

May 9—SC READY Reading Test (3rd-5th Grades)

May 14—SC READY Math Test (3rd-5th Grades)

May 16—SC PASS Science Test (4th Grade) and SC PASS Social Studies Test (5th Grade)

May 24—Kindergarten through Second Grade Field Day (in the morning)

May 27—Memorial Day Holiday (No School)

May 31—Third through Fifth Grades Field Day (all day)

June 3—9:00 Fifth Grade Graduation (Sullivan Middle School Auditorium); Half Day for Students

June 4—Half Day for Students and Last School Day

June 8—High School Graduation Day (10:00 RHHS, 2:00 NWHS, 6:00 SPHS)

Cherry Park Website

This is the link to our school website.