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Principal's Message

 

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Jill Lahey - Principal 

 

Dear Cherokee Street Families,

Welcome back to the new school year!  I hope you had a wonderful, healthy summer vacation with your family.  We are excited to see you soon and thrilled to meet our incoming kindergarteners and new students. Cherokee is a special, caring place where all children can learn and succeed.  Cherokee is a family and a community that is inviting and warm.  We value your child’s uniqueness and look forward to providing them with the opportunity to explore and progress in a positive, yet challenging environment. As we return to school this September our main focus is your child’s health, safety and social emotional well-being.                                                                                                    

We look forward to the first day of school, which is Tuesday, September 6, 2022. The day begins at 8:25 a.m. (when the school doors open & buses unload). For those that are taking the bus, which is what I encourage for all students, you should be out at your designated bus stop approximately 15 minutes prior to your scheduled pick up time.  This is a practice that you should continue for the first week of school until the bus drivers get into their routine. Dismissal is at 2:55 p.m. (time that the buses leave the school). Parent Pick-Up (walker) students are dismissed at 2:40 p.m. and will be picked up at the exit doors by the gym/cafeteria.  Parent/Designee will not need to get out of the car.  Please see enclosed Parent Pick-Up Procedure (Blue Sheet).

 Early Dismissals –The time of early dismissal for Cherokee is at 11:25 a.m.

 Transportation - All transportation information will be posted to the parent portal.  If you have any concerns on how to use the parent portal, please refer to the “parent portal button” on the District website for further information.  In order to ease the transition and as a safeguard for our kindergarten parents, a printed bus pass with transportation information may be enclosed. Any Kindergartener, who did not receive bus information in this packet, will receive it shortly. 

Kindergarten Sneak Peek/Supply Drop Off 

Kindergarten supply drop off will take place on Thursday, September 1, 2022, 1:00 – 1:30 pm. It will be located in the Atrium with the PTA sponsored play date immediately following. Please try to have 1 adult accompany your child and no siblings allowed so that we can provide the safest environment possible Please understand that this is not an appointment for individual student needs.  If there is a need to discuss your child in particular, feel free to email or send a note in to the classroom teacher. 

Building Walk-through (new students only) – We recognize that the anticipated start of school can sometimes be overwhelming for students.  With that said, we will open up the school to the community on Monday, August 29, 2022 from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. for those who wish to walk through and help their child get acclimated with their new surroundings.  Please be mindful of the time provided so that the building staff can complete the “odds and ends” that are needed prior to school opening up. *Please note this is not a supply drop-off.

Back to School Night - Will take place on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 for all grades. More information to follow.

Attendance - Coming to school on time on a regular basis is very important. If your child is absent, please call the school’s main office (631) 467-6027 in the morning to report their absence. (Please leave a message with your child’s name, date, teacher & reason for absence). An excuse note must be given to your child’s teacher upon his/her return to school.  When a child arrives late for school, they must be signed in by a parent in the main vestibule to receive a late pass. 

Security - Security is of utmost importance.  Everyone that enters the school must show proper photo ID in the main vestibule.

If you or if you designate a person to pick up your child prior to dismissal, you must send a note to the Main Office at the beginning of the day stating so, and you/they must come into the main vestibule and sign them out before 2:00 p.m.  Only persons listed on the GREEN emergency card will be allowed to pick up students and they must have picture identification.

PTA – PTA offers parents a chance to get involved in your child’s education.  Cherokee’s PTA is very active in providing cultural arts programs that support student learning, social events that bring the school community together, as well as organize school fundraisers. Please join the PTA!

*Important information, calendars, current events and updates can be found on the Connetquot School District Website under the Cherokee Street School page.

We look forward to the start of the school year!  We are happy to work together with you in supporting your child through their journey here at Cherokee Street Elementary School. 

 

Warmly,

Mrs. Jill M. Lahey
Principal

Tom Sheehan
Assistant Principal