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csCherokee Street Elementary School

130 Cherokee Street
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779-4600
Principal: Jill Lahey



Monday, June 7

Tuesday, June 8 

Wednesday, June 9 

Grades 2 and 5  Grades K and 1 Grades 3 and 4


Reminder: No visitors permitted. Please have students wear their field day t-shirt,
bring a water bottle, wear comfortable clothes and sneakers are required.


Please note the following early dismissals for June:



Dismissal Time
(buses leave) 

 Walker Pick Up

Thursday, June 10  11:05am 11:05am Parent/Teacher Conferences 
Wednesday, June 23 11:05am 11:05am  
Thursday, June 24  11:05am 11:05am  
Friday, June 25  11:05am 11:05am  Last Day of School


Parent Pick-Up Line procedures remain the same as any other day. 
Parents can begin to line up in their cars at 11:05 am after the buses leave on Cherokee St. (Gr. 1-5)
and N. Ontario St. (Gr. K). 

Please make the necessary arrangements to ensure the safety of your children on the early dismissal
day and send a note to the teacher for any change in normal dismissal procedures—particularly for
any after-school childcare programs.  Please remember, students are not permitted to go home on
another child’s bus this year.


 Virtual Parent Workshop: May 27, 2021 @ 7pm

Cherokee Student Health Assessment


Principal's Opening Letter 2020-2021

New Parent Walker Line Dismissal Procedure 2020-2021 


Our Mission

The mission of the Cherokee Street

School is to bring child and community

together to create a safe and caring

learning environment where each

individual can reach his/her maximum

potential and achieve his/her personal



Belief Statement

We believe that…

Community involvement is paramount.
Learning occurs in all facets of life.
Individuals can grow into good and respectful citizens.
Maximum potential should be emphasized.
Best efforts are essential from all.

Current News

Inter-District Pen Pals

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Throughout this school year, two classes from different parts of the district have made a special connection. Stephanie Zelinski's third grade class at Idle Hour Elementary School has been corresponding as pen pals with Valerie O'Connell and Susan Meade's third grade class at Cherokee Street Elementary School. This program has been beneficial to the students both in terms of improving their writing skills and fostering their social-emotional development.

Recently, the two classes finally met “face to face” through a video conference so the students could introduce themselves in real time and discuss their writing. To celebrate, the classes also enjoyed playing a few rounds of multiplication bingo together.

The 5th Grade Circus Is Here!

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Watch the Class of 2021 perform their magnificent circus tricks!

Due to restrictions this year, we could not have the circus company come to us. We would like to give a special thank you to our amazing P. E. staff for teaching the students all the amazing circus skills, endlessly practicing with them, and for putting together these wonderful videos!

Mr. Arvanitakis
Mrs. Cohen
Mr. Hafner
Mr. Nelson

Ms. Abbinanti's Class - Click Here To View


Mr. Cavanagh's Class - Click Here To View


Mrs. Feil and Ms. Celiberti's Class - Click Here To View

Mrs. Kaplan and Mr. Buckner's Class - Click Here To View


Mrs. Miller's Class - Click Here To View

Cherokee PTA Reflections Video 2020-2021

Click here to view the video

Students Practice Self-Care

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Students at Cherokee Street Elementary School recently explored the benefits of taking care of their bodies and minds, thanks to the school’s first Wellness Day. This multifaceted event was led by Youth and Family Services Coordinators Daria Passero and Adam LeWinter, who filmed a video that taught the elementary schoolers about physical, emotional and social wellness and the importance of self-esteem. The video featured interviews with teachers around the school about what wellness means to them. Throughout the rest of the day, students enjoyed a schoolwide guided meditation, yoga and mindfulness activities, a Zumba lesson, and many more activities centered around self-care.

A Feat for Warm Feet

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Karyn Goncalves and Melissa Comis’ third grade class at Cherokee Street Elementary School recently banded together and collected new socks to donate to local homeless shelters. Thanks to the students’ tenacity, the class gathered more than 1,130 pairs of socks, which they then sorted into men’s, women’s, and children’s categories for distribution. Connetquot Central School District commends these students on the dedication and care they put into serving their community in this way.

Dimes for Dezy Project

Mrs. Campanella's second grade class organized a service project where they collected spare change for "Dimes for Dezy" to honor and support the Dezy Strong Foundation. The class that collected the most change per grade level received a prize of recognition.


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