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. Patti Nations! She will be representing our school in the Sequoyah High School homecoming parade on October 3rd, so please come out and cheer her on. The parade starts at 6:30pm!
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 19, 2018! 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 2018-19 School Improvement Plan is well underway, 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

Grandparents Day Breakfasts - When We're Together We Shine!

We had an incredible turnout for the Grandparents Day Breakfasts this year! Thank you to all of the students and their families for coming out to celebrate this special day! We would like to give a huge thanks to our committee chairs Katie Rabel and Alison Waites as well as all of our amazing volunteers! We would also like to recognize the generous support of the businesses in our community that helped make this event possible, including: Publix, Starbucks, Walmart, Burger King, Kroger, Cakes by Karen, Dale Toy with Coldwell Banker, Family Tradition, Reinhardt University, and Southeast Architectural Millwork, Inc. We love our grandparents!

Movie Night on the Lawn - Friday, October 19th

Join us for Movie Night on the Lawn on Friday, October 19th at the school. This event is open to all IKES students and their families. Doors will open at 6:30. Please join us for a fun family night out under the stars! Popcorn provided by Aurora Cineplex and we will have food and concessions available for purchase. More details to come soon! If you are interested in helping with this event, please contact Andrea Ondeck at
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Pumpkin Run 2018

We are excited to announce that Pumpkin Run will be held during the school day on October 31 this year! All children will be able to participate in this obstacle course fun run with their grade level during their specials time that day. Please look out for more information about donations and incentives for students coming home soon. We are forming our Pumpkin Run Committee now. If you would like to help or would like additional information, please contact Jeanette Smith at

4th & 5th Grade Marco's Box Night

Tuesday, Oct. 16th, 4-8pm

4280 Hickory Flat Highway

Canton, GA

4th and 5th grade parents can order your pizza and have it delivered in a box decorated by your child!
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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.

Thank you to those who sent in snacks to assist with our food pantry. Our food pantry is currently low on canned goods. If you can donate any items to assist with replenishing our pantry, please send them into the counselors. Canned and boxed goods such as fruits, vegetables, meats, sauces, and soups are items that we need most.

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

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Chick-fil-A Spirit Night

Thursday, Oct. 18th, 4-8pm

2048 Cumming Highway

Canton, GA

Please bring your family to Chick-fil-A at Canton Marketplace for an easy dinner! A portion of the sales this evening will go directly back to our school.
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Veteran's Day

IKES will celebrate Veteran's Day on Friday, November 9th, 2018. There will be a breakfast and ceremony to honor Veterans. If you would like to participate, please fill out the Veteran's Form and return to the school. Even if you cannot attend we would like to include your loved ones on our Wall of Honor at the school. The Veteran's form can be downloaded here.

Breakfast, the Most Important Meal of the Day!


1. It is a proven fact that students perform better in school when they eat a nutritious breakfast in the morning.

2. Students who eat breakfast are less likely to be overweight.

School Breakfast is a great option for busy lifestyles. Each morning in the Indian Knoll Cafeteria, we serve breakfast from 7:00-7:40 am. There are great hot breakfast offerings each day such as Sausage Biscuits, Chicken Biscuits, French Toast Sticks, Waffles, Pancakes or Breakfast Pizza. Additionally, every day students may choose from a variety of whole-grain, reduced sugar cereals and low-fat yogurts with whole-grain toast or whole-grain breakfast pastries. We also offer fruit and fruit juice in addition to two different varieties of milk. (Low Fat White Milk and No Fat Chocolate Milk) There is something for everyone!

School Breakfast is very affordable too! Full Pay students only pay $1.50 for breakfast, which includes an entrée of their choosing, milk, fruit and fruit juice. Reduced Plan students only pay 30 cents for the same breakfast. Free Plan students get their breakfast FREE for the same breakfast in addition to their lunch. Let your student(s) eat breakfast at school and save some time in the early morning for other To-Do Items. If you choose to eat breakfast with your student, the Adult Breakfast Meal is only $1.75! On the other hand, Parents, maybe you can sleep a few minutes later while your student(s) eats breakfast at school!

Please note: Milk ala carte is 50 cents a carton. All visitors, no matter the age, pay the same price.

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

Thank you to our Firebird Flash Card Sponsors!

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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