Charger Chatter January 19, 2021
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Cherry Crest Elementarry 2.3.25

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Upcoming Events

THIS WEEK
1/19 – 1/20 Last chance to pick up read-a-thon prizes, t-shirts and yearbooks
1/20 Math Challenge #7 due
1/21 2nd Grade hybrid classrooms return to in person learning
1/22 Math Challenge #8 available

NEXT WEEK
1/25 1st Grade hybrid classrooms return to in person learning
1/25 Passport Club Checkpoint
1/29 No School: non-student day

LOOKING AHEAD
2/1 Kindergarten hybrid classrooms return to in person learning
2/3 Math Challenge #8 due
2/5 Math Challenge #9 available

Spotlight on General School Assistants (GSAs)

Each week we highlight one of the General School Assistants (GSAs) who have been working hard both in front of cameras and behind the scenes to support our teachers and students during distance learning. Ms. Stevens highlights how GSA Ms. Gale's background and skills enrich the classroom:

Ms.Gayle knows American Sign Language and has a background in dance and theater. This week, she electrified the assembly by sharing a chant about identity that students in multiple grades learned to celebrate their work around personal identity (and now the whole school knows). She also partnered with our Multilingual Learners' facilitator to learn the chant as it supported classroom learning.

Did you know our biggest investment as a PTSA is funding more General School Assistants to help our teachers and students? Funding comes from parents and community members, through direct donations, corporate matching, and opportunities like Amazon Smile and "Give with Bing". Read more about GSAs on the PTSA website!

PTSA News

2021 National PTA Virtual Legislative Conference (LegCon) is March 9-11

2021 National PTA Virtual Legislative Conference (LegCon) is March 9-11
Seize the chance to expand your knowledge of the ins and outs of federal law, grow your advocacy skills, explore National PTA’s legislative priorities for the 117th U.S. Congress, and virtually meet with your federal representatives on Capitol Hill.

Register by February 4 for just $50 to participate in the Virtual Hill Day.

Read more. . . .

Last chance to pick up Read-a-thon prizes or t-shirts!

Last chance to pick up Read-a-thon prizes or t-shirts!
Still need to pick up Read-a-thon prizes or t-shirts?

Please stop by on Tuesday (1/19) or early Wednesday (1/20) to pick them up from the main school entrance.

Read more. . . .

Volunteer Opportunities

See the PTSA Website for the full list of current volunteer opportunities!
VolunteersNeeded

Communications Team Seeks Wordpress Volunteer

Communications Team Seeks Wordpress Volunteer
We're looking for someone with knowledge of PHP, and past experience navigating the world of Wordpress plugins and themes.

This volunteer will work with the communications team to simplify maintaining the PTSA website with embedded calendar, weekly newsletter and social media updates. Volunteer would take the lead on selecting most suitable plugins and configuring them, skills to contribute back back to open source plugins when they are close to meeting our needs would be especially helpful. Volunteer time ~4-6 hours a month.

Please contact editor@cherrycrest-ptsa.org for more details!

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School and District News

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

K-2 Return to In Person Learning Begins Late January

K-2 Return to In Person Learning Begins Late January
Following guidance from the Department of Health and direction from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), Bellevue School District K-2 students in hybrid classes return to in person learning in a half day model on January 21 (2nd grade), January 25 (first grade) and February 1 (kindergarten).

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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.

Bellevue East Little League: Spring Registration

Bellevue East Little League: Spring Registration
Bellevue East Little League is happy to announce the opening of their Spring Season registration for T-Ball, Baseball, and Softball for boys and girls between the ages 4-16. Tryouts will begin in February and baseball/softball will start in March (COVID guidelines permitting). 

Visit https://www.bellevueeastll.org/ to learn more!

Read more . . .

Chess4Life After School Chess Club

Chess4Life After School Chess Club
Starting in February, Chess4Life will offer a winter Chess Club for Cherry Crest students. The cost is $160 for the 8-class session ($20 per student per class). The club will be held online Wednesdays from 1:00-2:00pm. Chess4Life will also offer a FREE demonstration class on February 3rd. 

Read more . . .

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📇 Family Directory
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📣 Spirit Gear Store (currently closed)

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