Nominating Committee 2020-2021

Greetings from the Nominating Committee 2020-2021!
We are now taking names/nominations for electing the PTSA leadership for the next school year 2020-2021. We have a number of VP/Chair positions open and are accepting nominations for filling up these positions.
Please send in your details in the link here by EOD Monday, February 10 if you wish to be a part of the wonderful PTSA community here at Cherry Crest. 
Please reach out to for further questions / clarifications. 
Looking forward to have you on board!

Auction Spotlight: Host a Party!

Do you enjoy meeting your neighbors, making new friends, bringing people together in a festive atmosphere, and fostering strong relationships with members of your community? Then hosting a party could be just the thing for you! Parties hosted by Cherry Crest families are some of the most popular auction items put up for bid each year. These one-of-a-kind experiences take many forms, such as those highlighting the food and customs of a specific culture (e.g., A Night in Africa), adult parties with a whimsical theme (e.g., Toga Party) and even kid-friendly events (e.g., tea party, sports events). We welcome it all!

Are you intrigued but a bit hesitant? There’s no need to go it alone! Consider grabbing a friend and co-hosting an event! Whether you are ready to raise your hand or just have more questions, please reach out to us!

Ksenia Tshahhirov, Greg Smith and Amy Karlson
Your Cherry Crest World of Color 50th Anniversary Auction Chairs

Order Your Yearbook

Order Yearbooks Now Through Wednesday, March 25. The Cherry Crest Yearbook captures photo memories of school year events and includes pages for each classroom (with photos and names of classmates.) 

Order now for $18.00 and guarantee your copy. A few yearbooks (at a higher price) will be available for students who don’t order by the Wednesday, March 25 deadline, but supplies will be limited. 

Order Online – Lifetouch 

Yearbook ID code: 1577520 

School Capital Bond Vote

The Bellevue School District 2020 Capital Projects Bond will ensure that Bellevue will continue to provide world-class education to our students. By replacing aging buildings, renovating and expanding existing schools, and updating safety and security measures, Bellevue School District will be ready to welcome and serve the students of tomorrow. 

Cherry Crest Elementary PTSA has voted to endorse the School Bond that is on the ballot for February 11th! 

Bellevue Quality Schools is the non-profit, volunteer organization whose sole purpose is to support the levies and bonds required to keep our school among the very best in the state. Please visit their website for more details on the bond. (

Bellevue School District discuses how the bond will benefit the students and staff in our district here (

What you can do:

  1. Register to Vote by Feb 3rd  (
  2. Get involved with Bellevue Quality Schools ( to spread the word about the Bond
  3. Mail in your ballot by Feb 11th

Communications Team Seeking Writers

Are you an aspiring author?  Delight in writing stories, website content, and news articles?  Enjoy blogging and posting on Facebook?  Dream of compiling a school directory?  If you answered YES to any of these questions, then the PTSA Communications Team is perfect for you!  

We’re looking for writers of all sorts to join the team for the 2020/2021 school year (or sooner).  Whether website, newsletter or social media is your thing – we’ll find a role that’s right for you!  Contact us at to learn more.

WSPTA Essay Contest

WSPTA Essay Contest – This statewide essay contest explores the important and varied influencers in the lives and education of children – from the children’s perspective.

The Contest is open to all grades. The submission form is located on the website and due by March 1, 2020.
Application link: here

Mail submissions to:
Washington State PTA
Attention: WSPTA Essay Contest
15 Oregon Avenue, Suite 202
Tacoma, WA 98409-7463

Or email to:

Auction Spotlight: How to Help


Important Dates:

The gears are turning for the 2020 World of Color 50th Anniversary Auction and Celebration and we’d love YOUR help! There are many ways to get involved both big and small to support this fun and important community tradition and now’s the perfect time to reach out to us! Here’s a quick overview – visit How to Help for all the details!

  • BECOME A SPONSOR: We have multiple levels of sponsorship available with great opportunities to get your business name in front of our community in a positive way. Contact:
  •  DONATE an ITEM or EVENT: Dinner party, team sports tickets, vacation home stays, gift certificates, etc… Contact:
  •  CLASSROOM ART: Help coordinate the art donation for your child’s classroom – come learn more on 1/16! Contact:
  •  JOIN the TEAM: Several specific roles at a variety of time commitment levels are available for the taking! Find tasty pastries for the Dessert Dash, use your publishing skills to create Signage for the event or the printed Catalog, bring light and laughter by coordinating Games, to name just a few. Contact:

And don’t forget to visit our newly launched Auction Website for more information and answers to your questions! You can also follow us on Facebook and check the weekly Chatter for current news! Got questions? We’ve got answers!

Ksenia Tshahhirov, Greg Smith and Amy Karlson
Your Cherry Crest World of Color 50th Anniversary Auction Chairs

Cherry Crest Variety Show

This year the Cherry Crest Variety-Show will be on Friday, February 7th

Auditions will be held on Tuesday, January 28 and Thursday, January 30 and dress rehearsal will be on Thursday, February 6.

Sign up will begin after the holiday break.  Stay tuned for more information!

Cherry Crest Movie Night

Our First Movie Night this year is coming to Cherry Crest !!
Friday, January 31st
6:00 PM -8:00 PM @Cafeteria
Movie: Abominable 
Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase to support 5th grade activities. 
Bring a comfy blanket, sleeping bag and pillow and enjoy the show!! 
As a reminder, this is NOT a drop off event – a parent or guardian must be on site during the entire movie.   
Questions?  Contact


Auction Team Is Seeking Classroom Art Project Leaders

A beloved tradition of our annual fundraising event is the auctioning-off of classroom art projects. These one-of-a-kind art pieces range from whimsical to jaw-dropping, but are always handcrafted with care and community spirit. The funds raised by the projects are essential and directly benefit all Cherry Crest students: field trips, classroom aides, toy maker, and lunch room theater are just a few of the programs that are supported by the classroom art proceeds.

Are you crafty? Enjoy working with students? Have a passion for memorializing your child’s elementary school years? We need YOUR help to bring these magical pieces to auction night! As the classroom art project volunteer you will purchase supplies (reimbursed by the PTSA), coordinate one or two days and times at school when students can be pulled out in small groups to work on the project, and put the final touches on the art piece such as mounting and framing.

Our classroom art committee auction leaders will hold an informational session on Thursday, January 16th from 8:15 AM to 9:30 AM in the Library to answer all your questions about how to lead an art project for your student’s classroom, including timeline, budget and loads of ideas. 

Email us at to raise your hand to lead a classroom project or to ask any questions about this important volunteer opportunity. Otherwise, we look forward to seeing you on January 16th!

As always, you can direct any general auction questions or ideas to

Your Cherry Crest 50th Anniversary Auction Chairs,
-Greg Smith, Ksenia Tshahhirov and Amy Karlson