Charger Chatter
April 26, 2022
Cherry Crest Elementarry 2.3.25

Take Action!

  • 💐Students bring flowers and cards for teachers and staff on Monday, May 2
  • 🍎 Sign up for Staff Appreciation Week breakfast on Wednesday, May 4
  • 🏃 Sign Up to Volunteer at Spring Running Club
  • 📕 Sign up to be a Library Volunteer (New volunteer? email to set up a training first)

Upcoming Events

4/29 Fri 8:30am Principal Chat

5/5 Thu Math Challenge #14 due
5/6 Fri Math Challenge #15 available
5/6 Fri Passport Club checkpoint

5/10 Tue PTSA General Meeting


School-wide Staff Appreciation Week is May 2-6

School-wide Staff Appreciation Week is May 2-6 In support of National Teacher Appreciation Week, we have planned special treats for our wonderful Cherry Crest educators all week long. All families are encouraged to participate.
  • Monday, May 2 – Students bring flowers and cards for teachers and staff
  • Tuesday, May 3- PTSA sponsors personalized Starbucks orders
  • Wednesday, May 4 – Families donate items for staff breakfast
  • Thursday, May 5 – PTSA sponsors make-your-own snack bags
  • Friday, May 6 – PTSA sponsors catered lunch
Thank you in advance for your contributions. Together we strengthen our community! Questions? Email:

Know a Great Volunteer? Help Recognize Them!

Know a Great Volunteer? Help Recognize Them!
The Golden Acorn Award is given for outstanding volunteer service and dedication to our children.

Nominations for Cherry Crest PTSA Golden Acorn awards will be accepted through Saturday, April 30th, 2022.

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Thank You Walkathon Team!

Thank You Walkathon Team!
Thank you Walk-a-thon Team!

Walk-a-thon is one of the most memorable experiences for students and we’d like to extend a special thank you to our team members who made Walk-a-thon possible this year  – Kathy Hotchkies, Erika Dowd, Erin Miller, Faranak Sorooshian, Jessica Wang, Farangis Sepehri, Shalini Thuppal, Sonali Bhargava and long-time data management mastermind Goms Sundaresan.  A special shout out to Karin Hargrove for brainstorming support!

We also extend a HUGE Thank You to the PTSA Communications Team – Neha Bhuta, Navaz Nekoo, Amy Karlson, Vasu Jain, Yao and Heather Sherman, for working tirelessly in getting information in a timely fashion to all families.

And Thank You to Dusty Steere, Erin Stedman, Connie Kramer, Kathy Bessler, Bon Regala and all teachers for helping us bring this special event back to our comm(unity). Thank you all!

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The Communications Team Needs Your Help!

The Communications Team Needs Your Help!
The PTSA Communications team has two volunteer openings for the 2022-2023 school year.

First, we are seeking a VP for Communications, which involves overseeing the work of the editor/s who put together the weekly Charger Chatter newsletter, the PTSA website and Facebook page, and the online student directory. Time commitment is approximately 2 hours/week. Technical knowledge is not required.

Second, one of our webmaster parents is graduating out of Cherry Crest. We seek a co-webmaster for helping keep our website current and informative. Job responsibilities include adding news posts each week, and modifying, editing, or retiring webpages. Responsibilities will be shared, and typically involves 2 hours of work, two weeks of every month. The skills needed to maintain our Wordpress website are easy to pick up, so no prior skillset is required.

If you are interested in joining this motivated team of volunteers, please contact

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STEM Social Evening and Math Club review

On Friday, May 6th, from 5:30-7:30pm, we will have a STEM social in the Cherry Crest Cafeteria.

We'll give an overview of this year’s Math Club. How it went, and appreciation, and any feedback from the community.

We will introduce next year’s plan for Math, Science and Robotics.

We will encourage all math club kids with medals on their success, followed by an ice-cream social.

This event is open to all rising 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, current 5th grade kids, and parents from Cherry Crest who are interested.

We will send a sign-up link in the next Chatter.

For any questions, please contact

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School and District News

Visit the School website to find school news and read the principal's monthly newsletter

Lost and Found to be Donated After April 29

Lost and Found to be Donated After April 29
All lost and found items are available outside the school’s front doors. Please drop by and take a look. Any items not claimed by Friday, April 29 will be donated

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Principal Chat on Friday 4/29 @ 8:30 am.

Principal Chat on Friday 4/29 @ 8:30 am.
Cherry Crest families are invited to attend monthly virtual meetings hosted by Principal Dusty Steere and PTSA presidents Reetika Saxena & Jocelyn Tu. All chats will be hosted online via Microsoft Teams and include information from the principal as well as ample time for questions and comments. Use this form ( to submit a question or topic for the next Principal Chat.

Chats are scheduled on the following Fridays from 8:30 – 9:30 am: Apr 29, Jun 3

Join Microsoft Teams Meeting:

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Community Bulletins

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.

Planet Youth Project - Spring Classes Starting!

Planet Youth Project - Spring Classes Starting!
Planet Youth Project ( is a teen-led nonprofit organization based in Sammamish, Washington. We bring together high-achieving high school students to collaborate on climate outreach efforts. As part of our mission, we offer free programs to local elementary school kids introducing them to climate change with an engaging curriculum focused on action.

The spring session of the Planet Youth Project will be starting as early as April 23rd, and includes several free, 8-week class options:

1. Sustainable Living (all grades): Mondays at 4:30-5:30PM, from April 25th to June 13th
2. Intro to Climate Change, Grades 1-3: Tuesdays at 4:30-5:15PM, from April 26th to June 14th
3. Intro to Climate Change, Grades 4-5: Wednesdays at 5:30-6:30PM, from April 27th to June 15th
4. Environmental Innovations (recommended for grades 4-5): Saturdays at 2:00PM, from April 23rd to June 11th

We strongly recommend starting with one of our intro classes, but it's not a requirement!

Please visit for spring sessions!

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Scouts LOVE the Park event

Scouts LOVE the Park event
Opportunities to work on Environmental Stewardship Badges
Cub Scouts & Scouts BSA: Saturday, April 30th
GSA: Sunday, May 1st

Pre-Registration is REQUIRED
Program Reservation Fee: $13.00
NOTE: This fee is refunded 100% upon participant completion on event day.
This is not a drop-off event. Scouts must be accompanied by an adult or follow their scout adult/child safety ratios.
Adult chaperones are free. Registration is by individual scout, not by troop or den. Please contact us at if you would like to register a group (program registration fees per scout apply).
Please bring your own water bottle and snacks.
Earned official badges or achievements are not included.
These events take place outdoors, rain or shine!
Certified teachers, Foundation Volunteers, and Washington State Parks Staff will welcome scouts, facilitate activities, and participate in pedestrian/equestrian safety exercises before scouts discover and navigate organized trail adventures with scout chaperones/parents.
Here is a link to the info page on our website:

ScoutsLovethePark Flyer:

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Other Chatter Links

Spring for Schools 2022 - At Hyatt Regency

Register for the Spring for Schools event on May 13 here.

About This Newsletter

The Cherry Crest Charger Chatter is emailed to families and staff on Tuesday mornings. The deadline for submissions to the Chatter is the preceding Wednesday by 7pm. Read our submission guidelines

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