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


January 2019 Employee of the Month - Micha Guice

Congratulations to special education teacher Micha Guice who was named the IKES January Employee of the Month. Mrs. Guice coordinates our garden lessons, and takes an active role in facility grounds beautification. She plans science lessons that reflect grade-level state standards and the IKES garden. In fact, she also stocks our farmers market so we can enjoy the food straight out of the garden. In the classroom, she is a very hands-on teacher. Her students learn through engaging and meaningful experiences. We are thrilled to celebrate her positive impact on student achievement. Micha was awarded a $20 Woodstock Downtown Gift Certificate from TPG Keller Williams as well as a gift from the PTA. Congratulations, you are a shining star FIREBIRD!

Pictured (Left to Right): Principal Kim Cerasoli, Employee of the Month Micha Guice, Assistant Principal Ashley Kennerly and Assistant Principal Jennifer Landry

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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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IKES Spirit Night at Marco's Pizza!

Join us for a pie! It's IKES Spirit Night at Marco's Pizza! Whether you swing by and pick it up or have it delivered to your home, you are helping to support your child's school! Marco's donates 15% of all of IKES sales back to our school!

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

When: March 12, 2019

The class with the highest participation wins a free pizza party from Marco's!

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Tooth Fairy Traditions from Dr. Drew!

Tooth Fairy Traditions

Dr. Anthea Drew Mazzawi

When I was a little girl, I would eagerly put my newly lost tooth under my pillow in hopes of a visit from the tooth fairy. When morning arrived, I was so excited to see a shiny new quarter (or two) which the Tooth Fairy generously left! Needless to say, the Tooth Fairy has evolved with the times, keeping up with the latest technology and inflation rates! As a pediatric dentist, I have open lines of communication with the Tooth Fairy; we even have a direct access phone in our office, so I wanted to pass along some of her latest and greatest traditions!

★ Some families use a “tooth fairy dish” so your child is not disturbed in the middle of the night.

★ Lots of Tooth Fairies will leave a sprinkling of fairy dust or glitter on the windowsill or leading up to the door where the tooth fairy flew in!

★ A fun, newer tradition is for you to leave a cup of water on your child’s dresser. When the Tooth Fairy flies by, she will dip the tip of her wing in the glass which will color the water the same color as the her dress.

★ Children may leave a note for the Tooth Fairy. Sometimes they receive a typed note back from the Tooth Fairy which is rolled up and tied together with a piece of floss.

★ Tooth fairies these days like to leave silver dollar coins for the cleanest, shiniest teeth because they use those special teeth to build a castle in the sky! It pays for your kids to brush every morning and night to keep those teeth sparkly.

★ Occasionally, instead of money, some children might find a fun toothbrush featuring their favorite cartoon character who will help remind them to keep the rest of those little teeth healthy.

Losing a baby tooth is a big deal! There are plenty of ways to celebrate this milestone. The average age for a child to lose their first baby tooth is around 5 1/2 years old, so be on the look out for your special visit from the Tooth Fairy!

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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