January 8, 2021
A Message from the Principal
Dear Cherokee Families, 

Happy New Year and welcome to 2021!  Our staff worked hard this week to prepare for our return to in-person learning on Monday. We can’t wait to see students and are looking forward to replicating many of our positive experiences from the first trimester. As always, we are looking forward to continuing our strong partnership with families to ensure we have a smooth return to in-person learning. I have included several reminders about our return below. 

Stay well,

Luke Livingston
(847) 604-7407
School News
Coming Weeks At-a-Glance:

  • January 11th ~ In-Person Learning Starts (Hybrid Students)
  • January 14th ~ District 67 All-Student Town Hall
  • January 18th ~ MLK Day - No School

  • Bookmark the self-certification link: Cherokee Student Self-Certification . It must be filled out the day of arrival, not the night before. 
  • Cohort A - Complete by 7am 
  • Cohort B - Complete by 11am
  • Please make sure you fill it out EVERY day, even if you child has symptoms. When we see this, will can follow up with you on why they are absent and how they can gain entrance back to school.
  • You will not need to present verification. We will have a list of students who have not passed or not completed the survey. 
  • If you have not completed the survey PRIOR to arrival, you will need to park in the parking lot and come to Door A in order to have your child's symptom screening completed by the nurse.

Arrival/Dismissal Process: 
If your dismissal plan has changed, please complete the dismissal form and send it to school with your child on Monday. Below are plans for arrival and dismissal for each cohort: 

Quarantine & Work: 
Due to the circumstances of the school year, students may be unable to attend in person for extended periods of time. In these cases, students should continue to access and attend the remote part of their day online, which includes synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences. Teachers will provide work for students to complete during the absence, and staff members will check in with students on a weekly basis to see how the students are doing and if they need any support. This said, please know that non-essential travel that results in the need to quarantine upon return is greatly discouraged, as it creates a loss of true instructional time for students and an additional workload on teachers and staff.

Parents of 3rd Graders - Math Update
If you have a child in 3rd grade, please read this letter about our plan for Math 3/4 for the remainder of this year. 

Parents of 4th Graders - Save the Date
On Thursday, January 21 from 7:00-7:45 p.m., 4th graders and their parents/guardians are invited to attend a remote presentation and Q&A session to learn about all four languages offered at Deer Path Middle School. Details will follow next week.

Pre-School and Kindergarten Registration
Pre-School and Kindergarten Registration for the 2021-22 school year will be open on January 26th.  The pre-registration link for both programs will be located on the district web site. Parent information meetings will be held virtually on the following dates:

Students must be residents of Lake Forest to enroll in either program. Pre-school is open to students between the ages of 3-5.  Students must be 5 years old by September 1st, 2021, to enroll in Kindergarten. For questions, please contact your child’s home school, or Dr. Michelle Shinn, Director of Student Services and School Improvement (847-604-7440).  

District 67 All-Student Town Hall
January 14, 2021, 5-6PM
Parents and guardians are invited to tune in with their students on January 14 for our first-ever All-Student Town Hall. A link to join the Town Hall will be shared in a separate communication next week.

COVID Notifications:
Parents should contact the Principal to report COVID-related information. The Principal will communicate relevant information to the appropriate staff including the nurse and classroom teachers. 

Virtual Stop Animation - 10-day intensive class (Grades 3-4)
This class is for students that enjoy creating stop motion animation on the iPad. Students will learn how to take their thumbnail drawings and ideas and turn them into a stop animation film. We will be using iMotion and iMovie on the iPad.

Mrs. Seymour (iCoach)
All Elementary Schools
February 1-12
M/W/F Synchronous Instruction, 4:00-5:00 pm
Minimum: 6 Maximum: 16
T/R Asynchronous Lessons and Office Hours (4:00-5:00 pm)
Project Presentation - February 12

Check back next week for additional classes
District News & Events
District Website
Board of Education Meeting
The next Board of Education Meeting for District 67 will be held on Tuesday, January 26, 2021. The regular business portion of the meeting will be held 7:00 p.m. An Executive Session may be held prior to the regular business. Please check the District 67 Board of Education webpage for additional information.

Free Meal Program Continues in 2021 with Regular Pickup Schedule
Districts 67 and 115 are continuing the free meal program through the end of the school year and have resumed the regular Tuesday/Thursday pickup schedule.
This free meal program is available to all families and staff in Districts 67 and 115 with children 18 years of age and younger. Families and staff are invited to pick up meal kits for each child in their family.
APT News & Events
Happy 2021, Cherokee Families!
I hope all of you feel refreshed, rested and ready for 2021! Thank you to all of the families that volunteered their homes and toured our map to enjoy some festive scenery over the break on our Shine Bright Tour.
In normal years, we would be starting to prep for our very popular and fun Winterfest event. As with other events and activities this year, we have brainstormed and talked through a few ideas to bring a new winter event to our community. I am so fortunate to have creative minds on our Board! Maggie Topalian, Jessica White, and Heather Pateros are working on a new winter event for our families. We have a few details to work out; stay tuned to our newsletters and social media for information soon!
Our Staff Appreciation - Meals Team has partnered with the staff to stock the snack cart, similar to our efforts in the fall. If you would like to help stock the cart for our teachers, please purchase from our Amazon Wish List (https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/11OZJ2GF7PALJ?ref_=wl_share) and the items will be delivered directly to the school. Thank you in advance for supporting our in-person staff with snacks and drinks - it is greatly appreciated!
Our Executive APT Nominating Committee will begin work this month. If you have any nominations for the roles listed below, please feel free to forward their names to me by January 25. The roles that will be filled this year are:
APT Executive Board President
APT Executive Board Communications Coordinator
Everett APT Building President
DPM APT Building President
Do you have an innovative idea that fills a need at Cherokee? Don’t forget about our wonderful fundraising partner – The Spirit of 67 Foundation! They are currently accepting grants for the 2021-2022 school year (deadline January 28th at 3pm). Please see their website (https://spiritof67foundation.org/grants/application-process/) for information and the application for grant submission.
Upcoming APT Events: 
  • APT January Working Session – January 20th, 2021 – time TBD
  • Grant submission deadline – Spirit of 67 Foundation – January 28th at 3PM
  • Substitute Winterfest Event – February (TBD)
Have a wonderful January! 

Ann Kiesling
Cherokee APT President 2020-2022
(319) 329-2771
Spirit of 67 News & Events
The Spirit of 67 Foundation Board would like thank our amazing community for your continued support and wish you all happy and healthy New Year! The resources and experiences the Spirit of 67 Foundation is able to provide our students, staff and teachers is made possible because of your generosity!  If you are interested in joining the Spirit Board for the 2021-22 school year, please contact Nominating Chair, Carrie Adolph at carrie.adolph@gmail.com
Community News & Events
For more information, please visit the Green Backpack online.
CROYA virtual Middle School meetings are starting back up! CROYA Middle School meetings will be every Tuesday from 4:00pm-4:30pm beginning Tuesday, Jan. 5th. Middle School meetings include CROYA updates, upcoming programs, and a game! All 5th-8th grade students are welcome! Zoom link can be found on the CROYA website.
Law Day 2021 Illustration Contest: Lake County students in grades 6 - 12 are invited to participate in an Illustration Contest. The winning entry will be used for the grades K - 3 coloring contest. This is a great way to showcase the wonderful talents of the students of Lake County! http://www.19thcircuitcourt.state.il.us/1446/Law-Day-Activities
Lake County Forest Preserve District Virtual Field Trips - Online Afterschool Nature Club for Lake County students. These programs are free and the link for each session is found on our website. Below is a list of upcoming topics and the corresponding links to join these sessions. 
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