Charger Chatter
September 13, 2022
Cherry Crest Elementarry 2.3.25

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  • Buy Spirit Gear
  • Join the Cherry Crest PTSA
  • If your kids mask, help by sending a box or two to the office for when kids need replacements.

Upcoming Events

Sept 19th @ 6pm– Curriculum night for Grades K-2; After-School Fair hosted by PTSA
Sept 21st @ 6pm – Curriculum night for Grades 3-5

Sept 29th @ 8am – Picture day
Picture day volunteers needed - click here to sign up!
Sept 29th @ 7pm – PTSA General Meeting – all are welcome, members can VOTE

Oct 4th @ 6 pm-7:30 pm Grade Level Dinner for Kindergarten and 1st grade families @ Cherry Crest Cafe
Oct 6th @ 6 pm-7:30 pm Grade Level Dinner for 2nd grade families @ Cherry Crest Cafe
Oct 11th @ 6 pm-7:30 pm Grade Level Dinner for 3rd grade families @ Cherry Crest Cafe
Oct 12th @ 6 pm-7:30 pm Grade Level Dinner for 4th and 5th grade families @ Cherry Crest Cafe

Welcome Message from PTSA Presidents

On behalf of the Cherry Crest PTSA, I wanted to welcome you to the ‘22-’23 school year. If you’re anything like me, you were probably figuring out lunches at the last minute and wiping away a tear or two (our tears, not our kids’) as you sent your child(ren) on their way to another year of growing up. And of course, the prerequisite first day of school pictures :).

We’re really excited about this upcoming school year and hope you are too!
The PTSA focuses on 3 pillars and you’ll continue to hear these themes in the activities and programs we’ll plan (sneak peek of upcoming events via the PTSA calendar):
  • Academic rigor and student excellence
  • Family connection and community
  • Health and well-being
From events like the Spelling Bee, Family Stem Night, Grade-level Dinners, a Used Book Fair, and much more – we hope to bring the community closer together and most importantly, enrich the experience of our students and families.
New this year, we are introducing grade-level PTSA ambassadors, who can help answer your questions and connect you with other families in your grade. They’re a great resource for new and veteran Cherry Crest families alike. If you are looking for volunteer opportunities and a way to make a difference in your child’s school, we’d love to hear from you. Thank you to all those who have already signed up to volunteer!
We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming school event and the general PTSA meeting on September 29th at 7pm. Everyone is welcome to attend and all members can vote.
If there’s anything we can help with, don’t hesitate to reach out. Welcome to the ‘22-’23 Cherry Crest School Year – it’s going to be great!

Jessica Wang
2022-2023 PTSA President


Grade-Level Representatives

Questions/Comments to your Grade Level Representatives

This year Cherry Crest launched a new system of having Grade Level Representatives to help connect families more to school.  Our grade level reps have enjoyed connecting with you via email and at the meet&greet and coffees.  We look forward to continuing to connect with more of you.  Please reach out with any comments and questions you have.

Contact info:

Kindergarten Reps –

1st Grade Reps –

2nd Grade Reps –

3rd Grade Reps –

4th Grade Reps –

5th Grade Reps –

Read more. . . .

First PTSA General Meeting Sept 29th 7pm on TEAMS

The PTSA is devoted to the educational success of your children and the promotion of family engagement in schools. We work with the school administration, teachers, and families, like yours, to enrich your student’s experience at Cherry Crest. 

Historically, PTSAs have fought and were able to mandate the creation of Kindergarten classes, child labor laws, mandatory immunization, arts in education, and much more. Here at Cherry Crest, we are focused on Comm(Unity) and enabling more 1:1 attention in the classroom, improving education outcomes with enriching clubs like Math, Geography, Reading, driving connection between families, and much more. 

While Cherry Crest is an outstanding school, it’s only with parent involvement (members, volunteers, and donations) that we are able to bring that special je ne sais quoi. So, we highly encourage you to participate in the PTSA.Control of Board nominations, money spent, and activities is directed by all PTSA members at the school.

All families can participate with the PTSA.

Our first General PTSA meeting is on Sept 29th at 7pm, via Teams. We encourage you to attend this first virtual meeting as a way to learn more and see how you’d like to get involved.  You can also email with any questions about the PTSA.

Level 1 – PTSA Leader

Join the board of the PTSA or be a Chair of a program or event. 

Joining the PTSA as a Board Member or Event Chair allows you to be involved in planning meetings, leading events, and brainstorming ways to improve the PTSA on a day-to-day basis.  

It also allows you to follow projects of interest to you and make your wants, reality (this author is organizing Family Engineering night for instance)

Level 2 – Involved PTSA member

Join the PTSA for $12 annually.

There is no commitment, but joining the PTSA gives you the option to attend the PTSA general meetings and vote on budget, direction, nominees, etc.  This allows you to have an active voice in what happens at the school.

Level 3 – PTSA Volunteer

Volunteer with the PTSA.

You want to be more involved in your child’s education and want to see them greet you excitedly as you volunteer in their school, but you can’t dedicate as much time to be a PTSA leader or paid active member. No worries – fill out our Volunteer form and let us know what you can do and we’ll match you with upcoming volunteer opportunities – in the classroom, at upcoming events, or whatever your interest.

Level 4 – PTSA Observer

Attend PTSA general meetings – no commitment.  

Everyone is welcome to attend, listen and learn from all PTSA meetings.  Our organization is always open to ideas and thoughts from all parents, no matter if you are a member. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to vote on any specific items. 

Read more. . . .

School and District News

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

Library Volunteers Needed

Our wonderful Librarian, Mrs. Lux, is looking for volunteers in the Cherry Crest Library.  Volunteers help check out books to kids, check in returned books, reshelve books, help kids find books, and my person favorite, get to listen to Mrs. Lux read books while they check in or shelve books.  If you are interested in learning more about your kids …

Read more. . . .

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.

Registering Girl Scouts from K through 5th grade

Our Cherry Crest Girl Scout Troop is excited to welcome new members at all ages. Girl Scouts gain valuable skills while learning confidence and important values and social skills.

Here is the link to join.

Date/Time –

K/1st: First Tuesday of each month from 5:00 to 6:15 pm.

2nd/3rd: First Tuesday of each month at 4-5:30

4th/5th: 3rd Thursday from 4-5:30.

Meetings are moved to different weeks if it overlaps with holidays.

Kids are able to come to and from meetings from Boys and Girls Club.

Location – Cherry Crest Flex Space outside Library

Cost $25

Parent roles –

Registering Daisies must have an adult register as well unless you have contacted us with a need for an exception. You would be asked to attend a few meetings a year.

Remaining ages: We encourage parents to sign up so you can help at camping trips or whenever your daughter would like you, but it is not required. No parents will be allowed to help at meetings or camping trips without being registered Girl Scouts for safety reasons.

Questions: Email

Read more . . .

Bridle Trails State Park - Public Lands Day - October 1st

A fun opportunity to give back to this treasured park with friends & family!

Together we’ll remove invasives displacing native understory plants and trees in our 482-acre park.


WE’LL MEET IN THE EVENT/PICNIC AREA AT 9AM SHARP for directions, coffee, cocoa, and donuts before we head out in teams to tackle and take down some unwelcome visitors in the park: English Holly, English Ivy, Laurel, and European Mountain Ash.

The Foundation will provide all tools and have gloves on hand (children sizes too), but if you’ve got a favorite pair, be sure to bring them.


REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED so that we can prioritize and maximize our work plan for the morning and (very important), to ensure that we’ve got enough donuts!

Event is rain or shine!


SCOUT GROUPS: We’ve got plenty of fun and kid friendly work and would love to have you join us!

Please contact us at if you would like to register a group.


OLDER SCOUTS: In conjunction with this National Public Lands Day Stewardship Event, we’re excited to expand the stewardship piece with a 3.5 mile self-led trail adventure in the afternoon focusing on the park’s forest ecosystem and threats that it faces. Trail discoveries will support GSA Eco Trekker badge work and BSA Invasive Species badge work.

If interested in this extended scout opportunity, please contact us at so that we can prepare materials for your trail adventures!


Please note that this is not a drop-off event. Scouts must be accompanied by an adult or follow their scout/adult safety ratios, bring own water bottle and snacks, and earned official badges or achievements are not included.


As a thank you for assisting in the care of the park, we’ve got Bridle Trails Park Foundation 20th Anniversary t-shirts for participants!

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Cub Scout Carnival

If you are interested in learning more about Cub Scouts or just want to come have fun, please join us for the Cherry Crest Cub Scout Carnival on September 20th @ 6pm. The carnival includes games designed and run by older Cherry Crest Cub Scouts. Come learn about Cub Scouts and let your kiddos enjoy the games and meeting other Cub Scouts. Parents are required to attend with their children.

Read more . . .

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