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Annual Skate Party!!!
We are required to track grades for the children attending Cherry Street to report on one of our goals for our After School Enhancement Grant. Collecting report cards for over 100 children each semester can be quite a task. The skate party is a reward for all the children that have turned in their report cards and to celebrate all their progress through out the year!
The children have been busy preparing for spring planting. Seedlings have been growing in our classroom with the help of our special lamps. Potatoes have been cut and planted. We are developing some raised beds for our strawberries. And construction of our new bee hives has been finished!
We pray for a good growing season. We pray that our children will soak up knowledge and appreciation for all the wonderful things God grows for us in the garden this year.
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Newsletter April 2017
Who are our children?
We have gathered some interesting demographic data on the current elementary students we have attending Cherry Street. Obviously our children are more than just some percentage of a pie chart but this information can give us and you a snip-it of information about some of the challenges they may face. 81% of our children qualify for free or reduced meals from the school district. That indicates their household is considered to be low or extremely low income. 48% of our children do NOT attend church or have an identified church home. 46% of our children are from non traditional family households. These means nearly half our children are in foster care, being raised by a single parent or divorced parents, or are being raised by a grandparent or extended family member.
19% of our children have moved more than 2 times in the past 12 months. We know stability and structure are critical for healthy social and emotional development in children. 17% of children are receiving a special education service from school. This indicates delays in their learning or development. We get new children each year and times change in how services and which classes are offered here at Cherry Street however, it is clear our mission is still needed in Chanute. We are committed to help children develop spiritually, emotionally, physically, and academically with in the community…
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Kicking off a new school year!
Our annual skating party was a blast! We celebrate the year and the children’s hard work on their academic efforts. This year Skate City donated a soda pop for every child who attended. We thank them for their generosity!
Holy Week at Cherry Street
The week leading up to Easter is a special time at Cherry Street! During Holy Week, our children learn about Jesus’ amazing gift to each one of us. Our bible teachers prepared hands on lessons for the children to learn of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, his death, and his resurrection.
The children receive Easter baskets as part of the Holy Week celebration.
Happy Valentines Day!
The new revised standard version of the Bible references Love 317 times in the Old Testament and 221 times in the New Testament. Let’s remember to look to His word, for guidance and understanding. Please know that you are loved! He loves us no matter where we are in our walk with Christ. First Corinthians 12:4-8 “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
We are always looking for volunteers to help in our Eden Garden. If gardening feeds your soul, please contact our administrative office at 620-431-2161 to let us know how you can help.
Books, books, and more books!
Each of our children set a reading goal! At our West building (kids 3rd-5th grade) they set a semester goal. We had 100% of the children meet their goal!! Keep up the good work Ms. Natalie’s kids! Please consider volunteering your time to work with our young readers on Mondays and Tuesdays at Cherry Street East (K-2nd grade). Learning to read is the key to a bright future!