Parents & Students

Below you will find information, resources and links to the most commonly asked for information.

Attendance Procedures

Attendance Hotline: 231.933.8941 or Email Us

Regular school attendance is important and a major factor in the academic success of each student.  Active participation and interaction by students in the classroom is an essential part of the instructional process and is only experienced through regular attendance. The primary responsibility for ensuring regular school attendance rests with the parent(s)/guardian(s) and the student. Through the cooperative efforts of parent(s)/guardian(s), it is hoped each student will develop attendance habits and attitudes which will be helpful to his/her present and future endeavors.

All student absences and lateness (tardies) must be communicated with the school office. 

Please be sure to include the following information when communicating with the school office:

  • Student’s full name (with spelling)
  • Teacher's name
  • Applicable date and time
  • Your name and relationship to the student 
  • Reason for the student’s absence (If ill: report student's symptoms and diagnosis by doctor if applicable)
  • Length of time you expect the student to be absent or tardy
  • Number where you can be reached

Busing & Transportation

If your busing needs change at any time, please contact your school office or call the transportation department at 231.933.1933 for more information.

Extended Day Child Care

TCAPS extended day child care programs are licensed by the State of Michigan. Extended day programs are available at all TCAPS elementary schools for students in grades K – 5, with select schools offering extended hours for preschool-age students. The programs offer the opportunity for flexible scheduling, personal attention from an experienced staff and enrichment activities that develop social skills, teamwork and interpersonal relationships.

Before school hours begin at 7:00 a.m. and continue until the start of the school day. The after school hours begin when the school day ends and continues until 6:00 p.m. each day. The program starts with the first scheduled day of school and ends with the last scheduled day of school. This service is available to parents on a pre-arranged and pre-paid basis. Visit the External LinkTCAPS Extended Day Child Care website for registration information and contact information.

Library Media Center

Cherry Knoll Library Photo

Additional Resources

Library Hours

Tuesdays: 11:45 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesdays: 9:25 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursdays: 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Library Contact

Alice Hilner


Volunteers Welcome - We are always looking for parents who are willing to come in and help out during class visits. It is nice for students to see other adults helping out at school and we all appreciate the extra hands on the job. If you are interested in being a library volunteer, please give Alice Hilner a call at 231.933.5673.

Great Gift Idea

If you are trying to think of a cool birthday gift for your child that will benefit all Cherry Knoll students, how about donating a book or a magazine subscription to the school library? We will put a bookplate inside the front cover acknowledging your generous gift in your child’s name. This would also be announced to the students during the morning announcements. All you have to do is stop into the library and we can work out the details. Books are also a great way to memorialize a loved one. The bookplate would name the person and state their relationship to your family.

Pick-Up & Drop-Off

Morning drop off will continue in front of the school near the island, however if you are walking your child into the building, please park in the lot, not in the drop off lane. Please be safe and drive slowly as we all get used to this new procedure.

View the video below of the new pick up system being used this year.


PTO Information

Cherry Knoll Elementary School PTO invites all parents to get involved in school activities and events and/or considering becoming a member of the PTO board. The PTO works throughout the year to bring quality enrichment opportunities to our students as well as enhance student programming. PTO meetings are held the third Tuesday of every month during the school year. Free childcare is available. Hope to see you there!

  • Visit our PTO webpage for meeting dates, times and board contact information.

PowerSchool Public Portal

PowerSchool Public Portal can be accessed by both students and parents to view class schedules,  keep track of grades and attendance, set up email notifications, and receive comments from teachers. 

Snow Days

There are multiple ways you can find out if school is closed due to inclement weather:

  • All local radio and televisions stations announce school closings on a regular basis
  • Call the bus hotline - 231.933.1955
  • Visit theExternal Link district website or the school website. A pop up will come on the screen if there is a closing alert (pop up blocker must be turned off)
  • Follow the district on External LinkFacebook and/or External LinkTwitter

Want more information? View PDF DocumentSnow Day FAQs

Translation Services

Translation of any documents, or during any meeting, will be provided for any parent who requests translating. The process to request translation is:

Contact your school and make a request. The school will then make the request through the Human Resources Department, and a translator will be provided. A school may use the Tele-Interpreter Service if no translator is available, or if translation services are an immediate need.


Throughout the school year, Cherry Knoll Elementary School looks for parent volunteers to help in various positions. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the main office or speak with your child's teacher. All volunteers will need to complete the district's online volunteer application and a background check before volunteering at the school. To complete the application and for more information on volunteering, please visit the External Linkdistrict's volunteer page. Thank you for your support!