November 13, 2020
A Message from the Principal
Dear Cherokee Families, 

We were able to honor our veterans this week as a school community. We appreciate our partnership with The American Legion as well as the APT as we keep our Cherokee traditions alive during this unprecedented time. 

As we move into a season of giving thanks I hope everyone can participate in a student driven service project that was created by one of our 4th grade student leaders, Eloise Mulliken. I have included more information below on how you can get involved. Working alongside Eloise reminded me that beyond academics, our school is also a place where students learn empathy, kindness, and leadership skills that extend beyond the walls of  any classroom. 

Stay well, 

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

  • November 16th ~ Trimester 2 Starts
  • November 18th ~ Adaptive Pause Starts (Remote Learning all students)
  • November 20th ~ Report Cards will be mailed home

Self- Certification Reminders: 
  • 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

Adaptive Pause Information: 
By now you have seen the message from the superintendent that we are recommending an adaptive pause for our district to go into remote learning. Below is a timeline and some reminders about what this means for Cherokee: 
  • Monday, November 16th - Hybrid Learning 
  • Tuesday, November 17th - Hybrid Learning 
  • Wednesday, November 18th - Remote Learning all students
  • Tuesday, November 24th - Superintendent will send out communication 

Reminders about remote learning: 
  • Students will continue to follow the same schedule, it will just be online
  • Homeroom teachers will be sending out google meet invites (the same way that the specials teachers are inviting students). 
  • Books, notebooks, and other academic resources will go home with students starting next week. If we remain in remote for longer we can always host a supply pick-up for families. 
  • Please get into the routine of charging the iPad at home.

Clothing Drive - Service Project 
As we go into this season of Thanksgiving, I hope that all of our families can participate in this student driven service project. Eloise Muliken is a 4th grader at Cherokee who has served on the Student Leadership Team and she has organized a winter clothing drive to benefit the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago

Starting next week, we will be collecting winter clothing (new or gently used) in the Cherokee front entrance area. Daily several boxes will be placed outside so that parents can drive and drop off the clothing. Eloise plans on delivering the collection right before Thanksgiving. You can learn more by reading the flyer and watching the video that Eloise created to promote the project. 

Yearbook APT Update:
We are hoping to have parents submit photos with their child holding up a sign they made with a word they are thankful for. They can send photos to or reach out to me or Brooke with any questions. The heading of the page with be “Cheetahs give thanks for...” with a montage of the photos. 

Remote Learning Presentation - Save the Date:
District 67 staff will offer a virtual presentation for parents/guardians on remote learning on Tuesday, December 1 at 6:30 p.m. More information will follow, but save the date if you’re interested in learning more about how you can support remote learning for your child.

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 Holiday Chorus (Class closed)
Wednesdays, November 4 - December 9, 3:45 - 4:30 pm

Beginning Ukulele 101 (Class closed)
Thursdays, October 22 - Dec 3, 3:45-4:30
District News & Events
District Website
District 67 Regular Board Meeting - Virtual Meeting
The next Regular Meeting for the District 67 Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, November 17, 2020. The regular business of the Board of Education will not be conducted until 7:00 p.m. An Executive Session may be held prior to the conduction of regular business.
Individuals who wish to make a public comment at this meeting should notify Chief Technology Officer Jordan Salus at no later than 12:00 noon on November 17. During the afternoon of November 17, Mr. Salus will be in contact with those individuals regarding instructions on how to call in to the meeting.
APT News & Events
Happy Friday!
Thank you to our Helping Hands Coordinator, Tony LoGiurato, for coordinating the fantastic Veteran’s Day display early this week. Our Veteran’s Day Assembly is definitely a highlight of our year, so I am especially appreciative that we were able to highlight our gratitude in a new way.
Our Staff Appreciation Events Team (Tara Eggers, Gisela Orestano, Lacy Fidler, and Elizabeth Martin) provided our teachers with Cherokee themed Pop-Sockets and our Staff Appreciation Meals Team (Deanne Plattner, Fran Chana, and Kristin Vallaly) was able to stock the lounge with coffee and snacks with the funds left over from the Conference Meal Lunch. Thank you again to all the parents that contributed to allow us to provide a meal and snacks to our in-person staff.
Next week is our APT Meeting! We will hear an update on how things are going in the building as well as see some of our students in action! Our 3rd grade teachers will be showcasing some of the work happening in their classrooms. This month, our meeting will be at 1:00; here is the link: APT Meeting November 18 (Google Meet code: ndk-vgvf-ncn). If you are unable to attend, the video of our 3rd graders will be made available to parents.
Upcoming APT Events: 
November APT Meeting; November 18th, 2020 – Time 1:00
Stay tuned for Winter Community plans!
Be well! 

Ann Kiesling
Cherokee APT President 2020-2022
(319) 329-2771
Spirit of 67 News & Events
The Spirit of 67 Annual Crosstown Challenge is ON and bragging rights and prizes are on the line! Everett is currently in the lead with 64.9% participation followed closely by Cherokee at 62.9%. DPM and Sheridan are in the chase with 55.5% and 53.6%, respectively! Contributions of any level count towards participation in the “Challenge" and go a long way to support our children, staff and teachers! If you haven’t already done so, support our schools and donate today!
Community News & Events
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