Charger Chatter
February 14, 2023
Cherry Crest Elementarry 2.3.25

Take Action!

Reserve your Variety Show tickets Now! Come one, come all - we’re gearing up for an exciting 2023 Variety Show this year on Friday, March 31st. Reserve your free tickets here. Questions? Email:

Cherry Crest PTSA Executive Committee is looking for new Members for 2023-24 year - The PTSA nominating committee is looking to fill several positions on the EC including Co-President and several VPs. This could be your way to get involved with Cherry Crest PTSA! For more information on roles and time commitment, please contact by Feb 28th.

Families of 3rd Graders: Sign up for February Staff Appreciation

Upcoming Volunteer opportunities: Variety Show | Family Engineering Night | Scholastic Book Fair | Library

Upcoming Events

Feb 20 No School: President's Day observance - all district offices closed
Feb 21-24 No School: Mid-Winter Break week
Mar 8 Family Engineering Night from 5:45 to 7:45 throughout the Cherry Crest Elementary.
Mar 28 6:30-8:30 pm Creating Healthy Eaters Guest Presentation and General Membership PTSA Meeting in Cherry Crest Cafe. Also available on Teams.
March 31 6 to 8 pm Variety Show & Online Auction event at Cherry Crest Elementary

Variety Show

Last Call: Variety Show Tryouts

For any group (2 or more performers) who still need a Variety Show tryout spot, please fill out this form before Feb 20th. We’ll follow up with your exact date/time for tryouts in March. As a reminder, we’re discouraging solo performers (groups of 2 or more are preferred) and all acts should be 2 minutes or less. Questions? Email:

Reserve your Variety Show tickets Now!

Come one, come all - we’re gearing up for an exciting 2023 Variety Show this year on Friday, March 31st. Reserve your free tickets here. Questions? Email:

Looking for Family Auction Donations

A wonderful Cherry Crest tradition is our Auction. This year it’ll take place from March 24th-April 1st. You’ll be able to peruse some items LIVE during the Variety Show on March 31st and some items will be auctioned off only at the event (note: all bidding will take place online).

If you have a talent/service, goods, or other item to donate, we’d greatly appreciate it! Past family auction items include interior design consultations, home-cooked dinners, baskets of local goods, vacation homes nights, and much more. Just fill out this form or email for more details. Thank you!


Join us for Family Engineering Night - March 8th from 5:45 to 7:45 pm

Join us for Family Engineering Night - March 8th from 5:45 to 7:45 pm
Save the date to have your family join us at Cherry Crest for the much beloved Family Engineering Night March 8th from 5:45 to 7:45 pm. We encourage all family members of the Cherry Crest students to come and enjoy the fun and challenge together!  While families can come and go as you please, we encourage you to maximize your time to try to do all the challenges!

We cannot do this without help - Please Sign up to bring supplies or volunteer to set up or clean up.  We need many teen volunteers for the event to work as well!

The night will include:
  • 3 main challenges – boat building, launcher, mining for chocolate
  • 9 quick challenges
  • High school robotics teams demonstrations
  • Bee bot and Ozo bot programming
  • Coding
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Environmental Science ImPact Club Registration Open

Environmental Science ImPact Club Registration Open
Day of week: Wednesday from 12:15pm-2:15pm
Start and end dates: 3/1 to 5/31 (No class April 12 – Spring Break)
Location: Cherry Crest Elementary School Art class
Cost: TBD based on participants who sign up for team competition.
Registration Link Environmental Science ImPact Club Flyer
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, February 22
Contact Person & Contact Info.

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Creating Healthy Eaters and General PTSA Meeting on March 28th

Come join us on Tues, March 28th for a live discussion in the school cafeteria at 6:30pm with special guests, Jessie Wong (Registered Dietician Nutritionist) and Kristy Fassio (Certified Body Trust Provider, LMHCA). They'll share their thoughts on how to help "picky" eaters eat better, while building positive relationships with food & our bodies. As March is National Nutrition Month, it's the perfect time to learn more about how to help your family eat healthy and prevent eating disorders. 

After the special guests, we'll have the PTSA General Membership meeting starting at 7:30pm. This combined event will also be available via Teams

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PTA Advocacy

PTA Advocacy
Advocate for your family on Feb. 20!

Washington State PTA's Focus Day is Monday, February 20.  Register to attend this informative and interactive event at our state capitol in Olympia.  You will hear speakers from the WSPTA's Advocacy Committee, State Board of Education, OSPI and Governor Inslee's office.  You can also join a docent-led tour of the capitol.  This is a great introduction to advocacy for you, your student(s) and your family.  Learn how you can make an impact!

Advocacy in Action!

Our state legislative session is now in week 6.  View the latest Washington State PTA report highlighting bills that impact education.

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After-Scool Activities

Beyond the Stage Youth Drama Club - Spring Registration

Beyond the Stage Youth Drama Club - Spring Registration
For Grades:  K-3rd Grade
Day of week:  Wednesdays
Time of day:   12:15pm – 1:30pm
Program start and end dates: 4/5-5/31 ***No class 4/12

For Grades:  4-5th grade
Day of week:  Fridays
Time of day:   2:30 - 3:45 pm
Program start and end dates: 4/7-6/2 ***No class 4/14, 5/5

Location: CCE Stage
Cost: $150 (limited scholarships available)
Registration Link:

Contact Person & Contact Info. Blaire Smith:

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School News

In the Community Bulletins section of the PTSA website and newsletter, we pass along information submitted to the PTSA newsletter editor which may be of interest to Cherry Crest Families. No sponsorship or endorsement is made or implied by the PTSA or the Bellevue School District.

Free Robotics Camp at Sammamish High School during Mid-winter Break

Free Robotics Camp at Sammamish High School during Mid-winter Break
The Sammamish high school robotics team is hosting a FREE robotics camp at Sammamish High school over mid-winter break! This camp will teach your students how to think like an engineer. From designing and programming robots to tackling STEM problem solving, your students will learn introductory coding and engineering skills from a robotics team who has qualified for World Championships. This is for all elementary school students, K-5, and is 100% FREE. It will be during mid-winter break, Tuesday through Friday or from February 21st to 24th. The camp will be at Sammamish High school (100 140th Ave SE Bellevue WA) from 9:00 am to 4:00pm, we ask that students bring lunch, and fill out a form you will be emailed once signing up. To sign up please use the link
We hope to see you there!
The Robototes | the Sammamish High school robotics team

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Bellevue Battle of the Books

Bellevue Battle of the Books
Thanks to the hard work of our Cherry Crest Librarian Mrs. Lux, six teams of 4th and 5th grade students competed in the first ever Bellevue Battle of the Books (B.B.O.T.B.).  Each team read six Sasquatch Nominee books, created questions for each book and then studied for the competition.  Of the six teams, F.B.I. (aka Federal Book Investigators) advanced to represent Cherry Crest against Ardmore, Medina and Woodridge elementary schools.  Congratulations to Ardmore Elementary for winning the Final!   11 of the 18 elementary schools in the district participated in this pilot year.  We're excited to see this competition continue next year.  Thank you BSD Librarians, PTSAs and Administrators for supporting this initiative!

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