September 4, 2020
A Message from the Principal
Dear Cherokee Families, 

We are looking forward to what will be an exciting first week back with students! Cherokee staff have been working overtime to prepare and get the school ready. We appreciate all of our parent support and encouragement as we work together to kick-off the in-person learning for our school year. On Monday, our staff will be in arrival location to greet students and welcome them back into the building.

Enjoy your weekend!

Luke
(847) 604-7407
School News
Please Bring Filled Water Bottles Next Week
As you know, we have been busy making the final preparations for students to begin returning to our District 67 buildings next week. 
 
We recently had a contractor test the water systems in our buildings following months of non-use. While they found no overall concern with the water system, they did note the chlorine levels to be slightly lower than preferred and, as an extra precaution, are recommending that the water bottle filling stations not be used for one week from the time students begin returning.
 
With this in mind, we are turning off the bottle filling stations for the first week in the buildings and ask that staff and students bring water from home September 14-18. This will allow the chlorine levels in our water system the time required to re-balance. Water bottle fillers will be available again on Monday, September 21. As the toilets and sinks are used more consistently and at a higher volume, the system will adjust to the correct chlorine levels without being turned off.
 
Again, students are invited to bring filled, non-aerosol water bottles from home for the first week of hybrid in-person learning. We will also have bottled water on hand during the first week for those who need it. 

An Update on District 67 Bus Schedules
We have heard from families reporting various issues with bus assignments. We want to acknowledge and thank you for those messages.
 
Due to last-minute changes and the ongoing addition of new riders, the District will issue updated bus schedules over the weekend.
 
As with so many things this school year, the bus scheduling process is more complex than usual. We appreciate your patience and understanding.
 
Thank you.

Coming Weeks At-a-Glance:

September 14-17: 
  • ½ Cohort in person M/W
  • ½ Cohort in person T/TH

September 18: 
  • All Remote Learning Day

September 21: 
  • Full HYBRID Schedule begins

Staggered Start Logistics: 
We are bringing in half of the cohorts into school at a time to practice wearing masks, social distancing, and other new expectations. The goal of this time is to build strong routines so that on September 21st the hybrid program can start in full. Below are a few important notes around logistics: 
  • Students will be assigned to come during their AM/PM time to school on a Monday/Wednesday or a Tuesday/Thursday. For example: if a 1st grader is in cohort A and coming Monday/Wednesday then his/her week would be the following: 
  • Monday AM - In Person
  • Tuesday AM - Remote 
  • Wednesday AM - In person
  • Thursday AM - Remote 
  • Friday - All Remote 
  • When a student is not in school, they will be completing asynchronous work that is assigned via SeeSaw. 
  • During this week, all students will continue to receive the remote portion of their day through synchronous specials and other learning with specialists.
  • On Friday, teachers will greet/launch students online during their AM/PM cohorts. Then, teachers will spend the day planning for the week of the 21st.

Self-Certification: 
  • 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 Ain order to have your child's symptom screening completed by the nurse. 

Arrival/Dismissal Process: 

Car Pick-Up Only
If you will be routinely picking up your child after school, we ask that you complete this form so that we can create signs for you to display on your windshield. The signs will be created and sent home with your child on the first day of school. This helps create a faster dismissal process. We will send home two signs that are laminated. 

 Building Independence:
As we head into our in-person learning, and strive to maintain distance for the health and safety of all involved, we ask that you work on the following with your children to building their independence: 
  • Please send a snack that that your child can open on his/her own.
  • Your child should be able to take on and off his/her mask independently. Each child should have his/her mask ON upon exit from their car, or bike or as they approach school on foot. 
  • Please send extra clean masks with your child. We will have disposable ones on hand, but in case one gets dirty, dropped, etc. we would like them to have a clean one to put on.
  • Please try to send your child in shoes that he/she can tie independently or don’t need to be tied. 
  • Ensure that your child is seated on the passenger side of your car for easy exit. Please work with your child on entering and exiting the car with ease, independently.
 
Remote Learning Update: 

General Schedule Remote Learning:
Cohort A: 
  • 7:45-10:45am ~ Remote with Homeroom Teacher
  • 12:00-2:00pm ~ Regularly schedule Remote Learning with Specials and Specialists
Cohort B: 
  • 8:45-10:45am ~ Regularly schedule Remote Learning with Specials and Specialists
  • 12:00-3:00pm ~ Remote with Homeroom Teacher

As many of our students prepare for hybrid in-person learning next week, we know students and families may have questions about our new health and safety protocols.

With this in mind, our school nurses are launching a new video series called "Ask the Nurse."
Today's episode is about what might look different about school this year.

You can submit your own questions here.

Our nurses will pop up in your email and on our websites every week for the next month or so. Let us know what you think. We welcome your input and ideas!
District News & Events
District Website
Adolescent Parenting Resources from Dr. Lisa Damour
Our thanks to the Spirit of 67 for bringing us Wednesday night’s presentation and Q&A with New York Times best-selling author and adolescent psychologist Dr. Lisa Damour. Through the generous support of the Spirit, Dr. Damour will return for another presentation for DPM parents and guardians on March 11, 2021.
 
In the meantime, Dr. Damour has shared a wonderful selection of timely resources, available under the Social Emotional Wellness tab on The Map.
APT News & Events
Happy Friday, Cheetah Families!

I hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend and a wonderful week two!

On behalf of the APT, welcome to our 2020-2021 Kindergarten Cheetahs! You have joined a wonderful community – we are so excited you are here! Hopefully you were able to meet new friends at the play dates this week and have had a great first week as a Cheetah!

Reminder!! We will not be selling Spiritwear during any school events, so please get this year’s gear online! The deadline is THIS SUNDAY, September 13, 2020! Spiritwear Sale 

APT Meeting: 
Our first survey is back with an overwhelming popular choice! Please mark your calendars for our first APT meeting: Wednesday, September 16 at 7PM via Google Meet. The meeting code will be communicated in next week’s newsletter and ALL parents are welcome and encouraged to attend! Principal Luke Livingston will be our featured speaker. Please join us! 

Upcoming APT Events: 
Please stay tuned to this section of the newsletter and our Facebook Page (Cherokee School APT) for information on upcoming events. The changing guidance from our county and state governments could impact events – hopefully in a positive way!

Kindergarten Parent “Boo Hoo” Coffee: Monday, September 21st at 8:30am and 12:30pm (Cohort based) via Google Meet. Pop in to our virtual café and share tears of joy or sorrow (or both!) as your Kindergarteners join our amazing community!
 
Thank you to all of our APT members hard at work behind the scenes! Please reach out to me with any suggestions on how we can strengthen our community during these challenging times. Go Cheetahs!
 
Ann Kiesling
Cherokee APT President 2020-2022
(319) 329-2771
Spirit of 67 News & Events
Community News & Events
For more information, please visit the Green Backpack online.
Lake Forest Open Lands Events
A Tallgrass Conversation - Friday, September 11 | 6:00-7:30 p.m. via Zoom
Bagpipes & Bonfire @ Home - Saturday, September 19. Learn about Bagpipes & Bonfire and enjoy hearing a piper in your neighborhood at 6:30 pm 
 
Girl Scouts Drive-Thru Event
We are having a drive-thru event for families interested in learning more about the Girl Scouts!  From the comfort and safety of your car, enjoy take-home crafts, see a STEM demonstration, bring home a balloon animal, and more while gathering information about Girl Scouts.
 
The event is at our Vernon Hills Gathering Place at 650 N Lakeview Parkway, on Saturday, September 12th from 2pm-5pm. More information can be found via our Eventbrite listing bit.ly/girlscoutdrivethru
 
Lake County is holding its third live Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. Hosted by Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart, panelists will discuss the most current information about how COVID-19 is impacting Lake County, relief efforts including programs that have provided funding to Lake County businesses and residents who have been financially impacted, and information about voting in the November General Election.
 
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020
 
Time:  7 p.m. 
 
Cherokee Elementary School | 475 Cherokee Rd. | Lake Forest, IL 60045