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csCherokee Street Elementary School

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

Phone: 631-467-6027
Fax: 631-467-6166

School Hours:
8:25 AM - 2:55 PM



Thursday, June 9, 2022 – Buses depart at 11:25 am

Please note there is an early dismissal for Parent/Teacher Conferences:

Parent Pick-Up Line procedures remain the same as any other day.

Parents can begin to line up in their cars at 11:10 am on Cherokee Street.

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.


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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.


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Current News

Cherokee Street Steps Back Into the Colonial Period

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As part of the New York State social studies curriculum, Cherokee Street Elementary School students have been studying the life and culture of the colonial period.

The students researched books in the school library’s collection and on related websites about the period and then took copious notes. The notes were then transferred to a five-paragraph essay about a day in the life of someone from this period. The essays were made to look authentic on crinkled paper. The students also chose a job or trade of interest and created a “sign” for their imaginary colonial workplace.

The study of the period culminated in Colonial Day. The students dressed in period clothing and invited their parents to attend an activity, which included the reading of their essays, the description of their sign and watching a slide show about the unit of study. The morning concluded with a snack of corn cakes and apple cider.

Date Added: 4/11/2022

Cherokee Street Collects Socks for Ukraine and Local Organizations

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What started as a Writers Workshop unit turned into a sock fundraiser for Cherokee Street Elementary School students in Karyn Goncalves’ and Melissa Comis’ third grade class. The students collected 2,149 pair of new socks to give to the East Islip Ambulance Company, the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless and the citizens of Ukraine.

During the Writers Workshop lesson, the students listened to a speech written by United Nations delegate Severn Cullis-Suzuki, a Canadian environmental activist who urges others to act with the future in mind. The students modeled speeches after Cullis-Suzuki, persuading the school community to donate socks. During their research, the class had learned that the homeless are particularly in need warm socks.

To broaden their campaign, the students made posters for their cause and placed bins around the school. They initially collected 1,149 pair of socks and then received a 1,000-sock donation from apparel company Bombas.

Ms. Goncalves said the students were excited that their cause received such traction in the community. “Even though this cause is now finished, our ideas for giving back to the community are not over,” she said.

Date Added: 3/29/2022