Indian Knoll Elementary

Letter from the Principal

Happy February Firebirds!

We are well into the second semester and are very busy at Indian Knoll. I am so

proud of our IKES students and enjoy celebrating successes along the way. We

have many academic and behavioral rewards in place to positively reinforce our

students. We are hosting quarterly honor roll assemblies for 4 th and 5 th graders as

well as having school-wide house meetings to recognize attendance, academic

achievement, and outstanding character. Our children are also recognized on the

morning news with “firebird feathers” and for other accomplishments. Lastly,

students are highlighted on social media through Facebook posts, Instagram

pictures and Twitter tweets. If your child is participating in a state or national

event/competition, please forward the details so we can highlight those

accomplishments too!

We will soon receive our district staffing allotments for the 2019-2020 school year

and be working to develop class lists. We pride ourselves in creating a warm

environment for all students with teachers who compliment their learning style.

The teachers, counselors, and administrators will all take an active role in the

2019-20 class placement. We need to consider student services (gifted, special

education, speech, EIP, ESOL) as well as peer compatibility, boy/girl ratios, and

learning styles. This a very thorough and long process that we take very seriously.

Due to the complex nature of placement and with 950 students, we cannot take

specific teacher requests. All of our teachers are highly qualified and very child-

centered. We are blessed to have such dedicated professionals at IKES. Thanks in

advance for trusting us with this decision and the education of your child.

Mrs. Kim Cerasoli


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Johnny's Pizza Spirit Night - 1/15/19

WOW!! It was a pizza pie kind of night for many of our IKES families at our most recent spirit night at Johnny's Pizza!! Way to go IKES students, families, and staff! A huge thank you to Johnny's Pizza at Hickory Flat for hosting us and for contributing 10% of all IKES sales back to our school! We brought in $100.00!! We couldn't do this without you! Thank you to all of our families for your support!

Counselor's Corner

Mrs. Colleen DeLosh – Grades 3-5

Mrs. Lori Waycaster – Grades K-2

For the month of February we will continue to focus on character education in grades K- 5 during scheduled guidance times. We would like to have a career day in May. If you are interested in participating, please contact us via email to let us know.

If you or anyone you know is in need of resources please feel free to contact either one of us at: or

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Calling all 2nd and 3rd graders!!

The boxes are all decorated! Now, they just need a delicious, piping hot pizza to fill them! Join us for IKES 2nd and 3rd grade box night at Marco's Pizza, Holly Springs!

Where: Marco's Pizza, 4280 Hickory Flat Hwy, Canton

When: Tuesday, February 5th

Just come in to Marco's, give them your order and student's name and your pizza will be handed to you in your child's beautifully decorated box!

15% of all IKES sales comes back to our school and the class with the highest participation wins a pizza party!

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SMILE!! It's National Dental Health Month!

February is National Children's Dental Health Month. This month-long national health observance brings together thousands of dedicated professionals, healthcare providers, and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers and many others.

This year's NCDHM campaign slogan is "Brush and clean in between to build a healthy smile". In honor of this year's initiative, we wanted to give you a few best practices that we recommend here at Cherokee Children's Dentistry.

1. Brush your teeth TWICE a day! After breakfast, especially when consuming drinks that contain sugar, such as orange juice and milk, then again before bed.

2. Floss ONCE a day! Sugar bugs love to feast on the sugars that get caught in between your teeth and flossing is the ONLY way to remove them.

3. Eat a healthy diet that limits sugary beverages and snacks. Fruit, vegetables and water are great to snack on in between meals. Treats are ok, but try to stay away from ooey, gooey, sticky candies that can get stuck deep in the grooves of the teeth.

4. Visit your dentist twice a year for regular check ups and cleanings. Preventive care is the key to a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums!

For FREE downloadable activity sheets you can do with your kids, visit

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PTA General Meeting

Tuesday, Feb. 5th, 6:15pm

3635 Univeter Road

Canton, GA

Our next PTA General Meeting will be Tuesday, February 5th at 6:15 pm, right before the 1st Grade Performance at 6:30 pm. We will be electing our Nominating Committee at this meeting. This group of 5 members (and 2 alternates) will be responsible for interviewing and selecting the nominees for the 2019-2020 PTA Board.

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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.

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2019 IKES Talent Show

The 2019 IKES Talent Show was a raving success! We had a packed house! Firebirds of all ages and talents showed up and showed out! And it was quite the show to see! A HUGE thank you to all of our participants for sharing your talents with us!

A Special Thank You to our IKES Sponsors for coaching and mentoring our Performers and Emcees: Mrs. Kim Cerasoli, Mrs. Jennifer Landry, Dr. Ashley Kennerly, Mrs. Allison Eubanks, Mrs. Ashlyn Grummer, Mrs.Megan Malecek, Mrs. Jennifer Schroter.

Thank you to Mr. Gerald Parker, Sequoyah High Theater Director, and SHS Principal Mr. Bob Van Alstyne for allowing us to use the Sequoyah High School Theater and lending us some Thespians to help out!

Thank you also to the SHS ROTC members, SHS staff, Mrs. Julie Bryant and parents, caregivers and volunteers who assisted us with making this event happen! We couldn’t have done it without you!

Special kudos to our Talent Show Chair Christine Dagostino!! Great work, FIREBIRDS!

Enjoy Winter Break from 2/18 - 2/22! School will be back in session, Monday, February 25th. Have a great break!

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IKES Spirit Night at Chick-Fil-A!

Eat More Chicken at IKES Spirit Night at Chick-Fil-A! Join us for an evening of food, fun, and fellowship!

Who: All IKES Firebirds

Where: Chick-Fil-A Canton Marketplace at 2048 Cumming Highway

When: Thursday, February 28th 4-8pm

10% of all IKES sales come back to our school!

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February Box Tops Challenge - Let's Show IKES Some Love!

It's time for our February Box Tops collection drive! This past fall we earned an incredible total of $923.40. Let's show IKES some love and see if we can beat that!! Look for contest details and a new box top collection sheet to come home soon! Every clip counts!

Special thanks to our 2018-2019 IKES PTA Business Sponsors!

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 50 local businesses. For a complete list of participating vendors, click here. 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!

Rachel Chapman Co-President

Jennifer Severson Co-President

Valerie Holman Treasurer

Alison Waites Secretary

Christine Dagostino Vice President

Sara Kirkpatrick Vice President

Andrea Ondeck Vice President

Brenna Pittaway Vice President

Jeanette Smith Vice President

Katrina Brown Parliamentarian