One of the best and most enjoyable ways to increase your child's success at school is to become involved in the school's community. Cherrywood Home and School Club is comprised of dedicated parents and staff who want to be actively involved in supporting the school's many programs and activities.
Mission and Goals
Cherrywood Elementary School's non-profit parent organization works to build the bridge between Cherrywood students, teachers, staff and families. Our mission is to augment district and school programs by maximizing parental involvement with the intent of providing an educational advantage and stimulating environment for our students.
Our goals are:
Align parent involvement and support with the needs of Cherrywood staff and students.
Organize events that create opportunities directed at growing the Cherrywood Elementary community.
Identify and help fund general improvements to the welfare and health of the school environment, including the growth and use of technology in the classroom.
Represent Cherrywood at the ANCCS (Association of Northern California Chinese Schools) academic competition! Last year we had 27 students who participated and received exceptional results, with 7 of them winning top honors in their respective categories against 480 students from 32 different schools. The competition is not just limited to Mandarin Immersion students, ALL STUDENTS are encourage to compete in a variety of categories such as Mandarin speech, read aloud, pencil calligraphy, pinyin, painting & western drawing (requires no Mandarin knowledge), etc.
Save The Date:
Fall Conferences (Minimum Day Schedule) - 11/8 through 11/17
Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day - 11/15
Panda Express Fundraiser - 11/16
Principal's Coffee - 11/16
Thanksgiving Break - No School 11/20 through 11/24
HSC Meeting - 11/28 @ 6pm
Pumpkin Decorating Winners
Thank you to all our amazing Fall Festival Committee (Jeannie Young, Desiree Alarcon, Gigi Zhang, Terri Lee, Karen Inouye, Amy Lao) and all the parent volunteers for making this year's event a huge success! We also would like recognize PHHS clubs (UNICEF, Children's Gift Club, Key Club), Target, Safeway, & Cherrywood families who generously donated supplies, decorations and especially our trunkers for their time, talents, and treats!
Congratulations to our HSC Passport Raffle winner: Waylen Loke/Ms Wei (winner of 2 mini golf games sponsored by Golfland).
Hispanic Heritage Month
Cherrywood hosted its first ever Hispanic Heritage Month celebration thanks to our Hispanic Heritage Committee and parent volunteers. Students enjoyed weekly art activities, Spanish vocabulary lessons, festive music during recess, and workshops to make paper flowers and luminarias. Staff enjoyed a taste of Mexico each week with culturally themed foods. The festivities concluded with a special performance by Ballet Folklorico Mexico Vivo, sponsored by Councilmember David Cohen from the District 4 Office. We are proud to honor the diverse communities at our school and look forward to celebrating Diwali in November!
Recess Cart Winner
Congratulations Ms. Guerrero's class for winning the Indoor Recess Cart! Ms. Guerrero is the first lower grade (K-2) to get 100% participation in the Invest Campaign. We can't wait to see which upper grade class (3-5) will win the next cart. Don't forget that the second highest lower and upper grade class will also receive a backpack full of school supplies AND any class that reaches 100% will get a special surprise!
Mid-Autumn Festival Play
Cherrywood HSC produced its first ever multicultural play to celebrate the annual Mid-Autumn Festival. There were two student performances of the Legends of Mid-Autumn Festival on 9/29/23 that engaged, educated, and enriched our Charger community. Students and staff learned the Chinese history and culture behind some of the festival traditions. The play allowed all students the opportunity to express themselves creatively and participate in a collaborative setting. We are very proud of the cast, choir, and behind the stage crew for giving up their lunch time, coming afterschool, and dedicating themselves to make this play happen in just 3 weeks! Thank you to Ms. Ann Chu for directing the shows and sharing your love of theatre arts with the students. This play was made possible by our parent volunteers and through the support of The Chinese Heritage & Cultural Project, The Lovett Foundation, and Invest Campaign donors.
Cherrywood hosted the 2nd annual Viva EscuelaSJ event on 9/20/23 to kick off Walk n Roll! Students safely walked or rolled to school on a car-free street, enjoying free community resources and activities before the morning bell. The mini-block party was a celebration of safety and responsibility for students. We encourage all families to consider walking, biking, scooting, or skating to school throughout the year, especially on Walking Wednesdays! We also would like to remind our community to be mindful of all traffic and safety guidelines. Thank you to our Safety Patrol student teams and Morning Traffic parent volunteers who dedicate their time to making sure our students have a safe route to school everyday.
Students and staff were entertained and in awe of the amazing talent of BMX StuntMasters at our motivational assembly on Friday, September 15, 2023. The key educational component of the assembly was a review of bike safety and information about social-emotional learning traits that are important for success in life. The riders reminded everyone of how hard work and determination can pay off. They had a great message of kindness, respect, responsibility, teamwork and self care - all while doing a number of high flying tricks with the kids cheering and having a great time. Thank you to all the families who invested in HSC in order to bring these great events and activities to Cherrywood!
Welcome Back Picnic
Cherrywood families and staff officially kicked off the new school year at the Welcome Back Picnic on September 1, 2023. Laughter, food, music, and games brought together the Charger community once again. The school lawn was covered in picnic blankets as new and old families spend valuable quality time together.
We want to offer our sincere thank you to the Welcome Back Picnic Committee members for organizing a wonderful family event and to the HSC volunteers who staffed our booths. Through the generosity of our sponsor Chick-fil-A of N. First, we raised more than $2,800 in support of 5th grade science camp. In case you missed it, check out the slideshow of memorable moments from the picnic.