Indian Knoll Elementary

Letter from the Principal

IKES Families,

Fall is in the air and we have many exciting activities on the horizon. Our PTA is fully

committed to a strong partnership with IKES and works collaboratively with the school staff

to accomplish goals that positively impact our students. Please support them with your

participation in spirit nights, school events, and fundraisers. We are also very excited to

celebrate our Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Darlene Palmisiano! She will be representing our school in

the Sequoyah High School homecoming parade on October 23rd, so please come out and cheer

her on.

Our students have embraced their new Bird Houses this year and are working collaboratively

to make good choices and earn DoJo points for themselves and their house. Our first Bird

House Meeting will take place on Friday, October 18, 2019! We will name our PRIDE OF THE

FLOCK (1 student per class), PRIDE OF THE NEST (1 student per house), and PRIDE OF THE

KNOLL (1 student per school). The students will also be recognized for perfect attendance at

this time. The winning house will get a one-hour carnival themed party in the afternoon.

Our 2019-20 School Improvement Plan is completed, and our academic goals are to

improve both English Language Arts (ELA) and Math scores. We have many school incentives

for both goals and are laser focused on raising student achievement in a warm and nurturing

environment. The research shows that reading is the one skill that positively impacts overall

student achievement in all areas of the curriculum. You can partner with your child’s teacher

by encouraging pleasure reading. This will build comprehension skills, increase student

vocabulary and provide a solid foundation for written expression.

We appreciate your partnership and look forward to a very successful school year.

Kim Cerasoli


Counselor Connections

Mrs. Colleen DeLosh – Grades 3-5

Mrs. Lori Waycaster – Grades K-2

We have enjoyed getting to know the students better through our classroom guidance program. The students have all participated in character education lessons this past month. We will continue our character education and begin personal safety in the months to come.

It is October and the holidays are rapidly approaching. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance for the holidays, please see the MUST Ministry Toy Shop Registration dates/link below.

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Finally, If you or anyone you know is in need of resources, such as food, clothing, or school supplies please feel free to contact either one of us: or

September Employee of the Month ~ Mrs. Angela Barnes

We would like to congratulate Mrs. Angela Barnes on being selected as the September Employee of the Month! We appreciate the dedication that Mrs. Barnes has and the effort she gives to her fourth grade students and families. We are so grateful to have Mrs. Barnes as part of our IKES family! Thank you, Mrs. Barnes!

Spotlight on Kindness! Meet Carter Counts!

Goodness is about character - integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people. ~ Dennis Prager

They say that, "honesty is the best policy." No one displayed this better more recently than IKES second grader, Carter Counts. With the excitement surrounding our "Arctic Adventure" book fair, $5 was misplaced. Carter came upon the lost money, and promptly turned it in. Not only was Carter's concern with the money being lost, but that a student may miss out on buying a special book from the book fair because they had misplaced it. These sort of selfless acts are what make our Firebirds so amazing! Thank you, Carter for having concern for a fellow student and having a heart that does the right thing. You display the kindness that this world needs!

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


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Join us for a night of Family Fun! It's time for our Fall Festival and Vendor Fair

This hot weather won't stop us from welcoming fall! We're just taking the party INDOORS! Please join us for an evening of exciting fun as IKES PTA holds our 2019 Fall Festival and Vendor Fair on Friday, October 4th from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.! This is going to be a fun event with so much to do!

There will be over 15 games and 1000s of prizes to be won! We will also have:

  • inflatable bounce houses and slides
  • a cake walk sure to satisfy a sweet tooth
  • face painting
  • a photo booth with tons of fun props
  • Kona Ice with so many delicious flavors to choose from

Didn't pre-order wristbands, tokens or food? That's okay!! You can still bring your family out Friday night to our Fall Festival for some family fun! $8 Wristbands for unlimited bounce house fun! $5 gets you 10 tokens for carnival games! Pizza, Chick-Fil-A and concessions will still be available at the event! Enjoy some family time while raising money for our school!

Marco's Box Night for 4th and 5th graders!

Attention 4th and 5th grade parents! Don't miss out on one of the most anticipated and exciting spirit nights! It's Marco's Box Night!

Your child will be provided with their very own pizza box at school to put their creative spin on! Order your Marco's Pizza on Monday, October 15th for pickup or delivery, and it will be presented in this masterpiece! This even begins at 11:00 am, so enjoy for lunch or dinner!

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Firebirds Flock Together!

Calling all IKES Firebirds! It's time for our 1st House Meeting! Can you believe that we have made it through 1st quarter already?! On October 18th, suit up in your house shirt and join us for a time to celebrate your peers! Here at IKES, we LOVE to celebrate achievements of IKES students K-5!

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Indian Knoll Celebrates National Red Ribbon Week!

What is Red Ribbon Week? It is an ideal way for people and communities to unite and take a

visible stand against drugs. Show your personal commitment to a drug-free lifestyle through the symbol of the Red Ribbon. Make it social. #redribbonweek

The week of October 21 - 25, Indian Knoll Elementary students will be joining in the national effort to keep Kids Drug Free. This year's theme, "Send a Message, Stay Drug Free" is an excellent reminder to kids of all ages to unite against the use of drugs.

This week, we will have fun themes to celebrate this movement. See below for each day's theme. We hope that everyone has fun participating!

Monday, October 21st - We're RED Hot Against Drugs (Wear as much red as you can.) There will be a Red Ribbon Presentation today.

Tuesday, October 22nd - It's Crazy to Do Drugs! (Wear your craziest outfit. Mismatched clothes, socks, shoes, backwards, hairstyles, etc.)

Wednesday, October 23rd - Staying Drug Free & Healthy is No Sweat! (Wear workout shoes & running shoes.)

Thursday, October 24th - Stay in the Game.....Be Drug Free (Wear your favorite sports jersey.)

Friday, October 25th - Your Future is Key, So Stay Drug Free (Wear your future career outfit.)

*Please remember that all outfits must comply with the dress code.

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We are so excited to announce that the 2019-20 IKES Talent Show: A Star Is Born will be held once again in the Sequoyah High School Theater! Auditions are coming up soon at IKES, so it's time to signup online if your student wants to participate!

DEADLINE TO SIGN UP: ALL Audition Sign-Up Forms, Music, and Lyrics are due by Friday October 18th.

AUDITIONS: Thursday, October 24th at IKES Cafeteria (starting at 4pm)

DRESS REHEARSAL: Tuesday, November 12th at 5pm at Sequoyah High School Theater

TALENT SHOW: Saturday, November 16th at 6pm at SHS Theater (Cast & Crew arrives at 5:30pm)

Each student wanting to participate in the Talent Show must submit a completed Audition Signup Form - this lets us know that the student has permission to participate in this event. Audition times will be assigned and emailed out by October 21st.

Please review these dates and the guidelines on the Audition Signup Form before signing up to tryout for the Talent Show. Attendance is mandatory at auditions, dress rehearsal and show for Performers and Emcees. NOTE: Backstage Crew Members do not need to attend auditions but must still complete this Signup Form to participate and must commit to attending the dress rehearsal and show.

A few key things to remember about auditions:

~ All varieties of acts are encouraged to audition - any (elementary age appropriate) skill that can be shown to an audience is welcome at auditions.

~ A panel of judges made up of IKES Teachers, Principal, and Assistant Principals will observe auditions and determine which acts will be selected for the show.

~ Due to the time limitations and logistics, there will be NO MAKEUP AUDITIONS for any reason.

~ Students will be asked to perform up to 45 seconds of their act. Acts should be less than 3 minutes in length due to time limitations of the show.

~ Acts will be selected based upon level of polish and preparation at time of audition as well as whether the material is appropriate for elementary age audiences (lyrics, content, costumes, etc).

Parents/Guardians are expected to stay and supervise their children during Auditions (IKES) and Dress Rehearsal (SHS). *If Parent/Guardian cannot accompany their child to Auditions, the student may be enrolled in ASP for the day of Auditions (October 24th) for a fee of $10. To enroll, email Jennifer Severson:

Any additional questions can be directed to Christine Dagostino at

All Pro Dads

Friday, Oct. 25th, 7am

3635 Univeter Road

Canton, GA

Calling all Dads! What better way to start the day, meet other families and share some quality time with your kids?! We talk about different issues at every meeting but most of all we just have breakfast and spend time with our kids. Please come to the meeting and have a great time!
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Pajama and Hat Day Coming Soon!

October 31st will be a cozy fall day as IKES will be once again sponsoring a pajama day and hat. Bring $1 to wear your pajamas, $1 to wear a hat, and $2 if you would like to wear both! All proceeds will be donated to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

Another fabulous Grandparent's Day celebration!

Thank you to all of our grandparents who came out to spend the morning having breakfast with your grandchild(ren)! This is one of our students' favorite events as they get to spend time with some pretty "grand" people!

A special thanks to our chair who coordinated the event, Dr. Ann Gazell as well as all of the parent and student volunteers who helped to make it happen. Finally, to our sponsors, we couldn't do it without you! A special thanks to:

Mike Gazell of Berkshire Hathaway



Rising Hills Church

An Exciting visit from Author, David Biedrzycki!

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What a great time first, second, and third graders had as they enjoyed a visit from author/ illustrator David Biedrzycki! Students were given the opportunity to purchase a signed copy of one of his any popular books, including, Sumo Kitty!

BIG Changes for Box Tops for Education

ATTN: Clip those remaining BoxTops and get ready to send them in! Our first BoxTops contest will be happening this month. Look for more information to come out next week!

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!

Do You still have physical BoxTops?

You can still clip them and send them to school during our September Collection Drive! *More Details Coming Soon* Physical BoxTops clips are being phased out of production, but may continue to be found on many products throughout the store so continue to clip these! Please email with any questions.

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, Art by Amanda and Painted Pebbles. 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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NEW Fall Spirit Wear is Here!

Check out our new fall spirit wear styles, including:

  • IKES Firebird Pride Long Sleeve Performance Tee in blue
  • IKES Firebird Pride 3/4 sleeve raglan tee in grey with blue sleeves
  • Kindness Counts 3/4 sleeve raglan tee in grey with red sleeves
  • IKES Firebird Pride Performance Sweatshirts in Blue or Grey

We will be selling these new items at the Fall Festival tonight! Order forms will be coming home today! To purchase by cash or check, please return an order form with your payment or you can purchase online now at our IKES PTA store at Orders are due October 21st and will be here the week of November 4th.

We also still have several sizes in stock of all of our short sleeve spirit wear. If you are interested in purchasin one of these short sleeve spirit wear items, 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