Charger Chatter
November 23, 2021
Cherry Crest Elementarry 2.3.25

Take Action!

  • 🍎 Kindergarten families: Sign up for December Staff Appreciation
  • 💸 Set up Cherry Crest as your favorite charity on Amazon
  • 💡 Propose topics for the Parent Education Night (by Nov 30th)
  • 😷 Donate Children’s Disposable Masks at the front office†
  • ✨ Join the Cherry Crest PTSA

Volunteer Opportunity Highlights

Upcoming Events

23 Tue Picture day - Retakes
24 Wed Read-a-thon starts – All school Pajama Day!
25 Thu No School: Thanksgiving Holiday
26 Fri No School: Thanksgiving Holiday

3 Fri Passport Club checkpoint
3 Fri Read-a-thon minutes and donations due

9 Thu Math Challenge #5 due
10 Fri Math Challenge #6 available
10 Fri Principal Chat @8:30am


thank you, autumn leaves, thanksgiving card
Even with all the additional chaos 2021 has presented us, there is still so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. We’d even argue that one of the greatest gifts this challenging year has given us was a new perspective on the things we’ve been taking for granted all this time! A new perspective on just how grateful we are for the simplest of things. For this the PTSA would like to thank our comm(UNITY) for supporting each other and our school in so many ways.

Thank you to our school professionals for their commitment every day to the students of Cherry Crest, for your dedication to education and organizational excellence in these difficult times and for striving to meet expectations, professionalism and cooperation. Also, I would like to thank our Cherry Crest families for staying connected and supporting students’ education through both in-person and virtual settings. I’m thankful for you showing your appreciation to our teachers, GSAs, and all our school staff.

We, as a PTSA family are truly grateful for our comm(UNITY) and give you all our thanks!

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving,

Your PTSA President
Reetika Saxena

Ready. . .Set. . .Read! Read-a-thon Starts Tomorrow

Lunch with Principal Mr. Steere! Book selected by librarian Ms. Lux! These are some of the exciting prizes students can win by participating in the Read-a-thon starting Wednesday November 24th.

The Read-a-thon is the first major Cherry Crest PTSA fundraiser of the school year. Students set reading goals, raise donations, read from November 24th to 28th (Thanksgiving break), and win exciting prizes! The details:
The details:
  • Read-a-thon kicks off with an all-school Pajama Day on Wednesday November 24th: send your kids to school in their PJs!
  • Read between November 24th – 28th
  • Reading minutes and donations will be due Friday December 3rd.
  • Winners will be announced and prizes distributed mid-December.
For details and important links see the Readathon Overview Flier.
Or check out the Read-a-thon webpage.
Questions? Please contact

Staff Appreciation for December 3rd: Kindergarten

Staff Appreciation for December 3rd: Kindergarten
Each month one grade level of Cherry Crest families shows appreciation for our outstanding educators by providing food and beverages for all teachers and staff. Most items can be sent in with your student to be dropped off in the Main Office.

Parents of Kindergarten students: December is your month! Sign up to participate at (due to the short month and upcoming break, all items are needed by December 3rd). Thank you for helping us continue this tradition of gratitude.

Questions? E-mail

Read more. . . .

PTSA Seeks Nominating Committee

PTSA Seeks Nominating Committee
The current Executive Committee of the PTSA seeks individuals to form a Nominating Committee. The to fill open Executive Committee positions for the 2022-2023 school year. This limited commitment takes place in January and involves attending 2-3 meetings.

An ideal Nominating Committee member is:

• Someone with connections to many different families within our school across grades.
• Comfortable reaching out to other parents for conversation.
• Able to meet with other members of the nominating committee (in person or via Microsoft Teams).

Read more. . . .

Propose Parent Education Night Topics by November 30th

Propose Parent Education Night Topics by November 30th
Cherry Crest PTSA plans to host a virtual parent education night to support parents. Help us target the topic most relevant to you and your family by rating your interests by filling in this form.

Please fill in the form by November 30.

Read more. . . .

Picture Retake Day is Today, Nov 23

Picture Retake Day is Today, Nov 23
Picture retake day will be November 23rd. Visit the website to learn more about ordering pictures in advance.

Read more. . . .

Shopping on Amazon? Remember to "Smile"!

Amazon Smile
Black Friday and Cyber Monday will be here soon!

Help Cherry Crest PTSA raise funds by selecting it as your preferred charity for the Amazon Smile program – Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to the Cherry Crest PTSA! No cost is passed on to you.

Read more. . . .

Volunteer Opportunities

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

Classroom Volunteers Needed

Classroom Volunteers Needed
Cherry Crest Teachers through the PTSA would like to ask any parents interested in volunteering in the classrooms to please fill  in the Classroom Volunteer Form.

Please fill in this form if you'd like to volunteer for regular classroom opportunities or plan to volunteer for field trips or special events.

Read more. . . .

School and District News

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

Please Send Your Kids with Masks

Please Send Your Kids with Masks
Students are using many school-supplied disposable masks. Please remember to send your child to school with a mask every day and include a spare in your child’s backpack.

Please also consider donating a box of disposable children’s masks to your classroom and/or the front office. Thank you for supporting the health of our community!

Read more. . . .

Lost and Found Is Overflowing!

Lost and Found Is Overflowing!
Do you recognize any of your belongings in this photo? With the return to in person-school, students are leaving behind many of their items. Please remind your children to check the lost and found near the entrance of the school. Thank you!

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Library News and Call for Library Volunteers

Library News and Call for Library Volunteers
Are you looking to volunteer at Cherry Crest in-person? At home? Mrs. Lux (school librarian) has both opportunities available!

If you have NOT volunteered in the Cherry Crest library, a 30 minute training session is provided where you will learn policies, check-in/check-out computer system, etc.

And congratulations to the six grade-level winners of “The Great Pumpkin Book/Character” contest promoted during library class!

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A Reminder about Pre-Arranged Absences

A Reminder about Pre-Arranged Absences
With the holidays approaching, remember that Bellevue School District allows each student 5 pre-arranged absences (PRA) per year. These are excused absences to use for a travel day, a sport or dance competition or longer trip.

If your child will only be missing one or two days, please email

If your child will be missing 3 or more days, please submit a pre-arranged absence form at least 2 weeks prior to your trip.

Thank you for including your child’s full name when emailing for any attendance related matters!

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.

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