Rockford Public Schools officially start classes on Monday, but today they are showing off their latest gem, the brand new Cherry Valley Elementary School at 6754 Armer Dr. (1/2 mile south of Harrison and Perryville) in Cherry Valley.

My family does not live far from this new school, and my oldest daughter will be starting kindergarten there next year, so she has had us stalking the school for months now. Literally. Every time we are in the car she wants to drive by it...go in the parking lot...see the progress, so to say she is excited about this new school is pretty much an understatement. I can't lie though, I'm totally excited to see the inside of it too, and today is finally our chance to do so!

The official ribbon cutting ceremony at Cherry Valley Elementary School will happen at 3 p.m. today, followed by an open house for the public starting at 3:30 p.m. If you plan on going, there are a few things you need to know; it will likely be a mad house so don't plan on parking at the school.

Just a reminder, the public portion of the open house ends at 5 p.m., so you better plan on getting there early.

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