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December 14, 2021
Cherry Crest Elementarry 2.3.25

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17 Fri Read a thon Prize Distribution/Winners Announced

20 Mon No School: Winter Break Begins

4 Tue Return to School
6 Thu Math Challenge #6 due
7 Fri Math Challenge #7 available
7 Fri Passport Club checkpoint


Parent Education Night Update

We are excited to announce that Diana Bastien, Clinical Psychologist at Seattle Children’s Hospital, will speak about Anxiety at our virtual PTSA General Meeting on Tuesday, January 11. We are also pleased to share that Cherry Crest School Counselor, Mykela Fantone, will speak about the SEL Curriculum at our virtual PTSA General Meeting on Tuesday, March 8. Lastly, we are working on a speaker on Positive Discipline and will provide an update when available.

Thank you for submitting opinions and ideas in our Parent Education Night form. We are saving some ideas for next year, so rest assured your voice has been heard!

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Final Read-a-Thon Update

Final Read-a-Thon Update
Together, we exceeded our fundraising goal, raising a total of $44,617! We also had a record-setting 65% participation schoolwide. Thanks to your support, we can continue supporting important PTSA-sponsored programs like Curriculum Enhancement and General School Assistants providing extra hands in the classroom.

Click here ( to view the full results and list of winners.

Please contact if you have any questions.

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Staff Appreciation: 4th Grade

Thank you teachers and staff!
Each month one grade level of Cherry Crest families show appreciation for our outstanding educators by providing food, beverages and paper products for all teachers and staff.  Most items can be sent in with your student to be dropped off in the Main Office.  

Parents of 4th Graders: Sign up to participate.  Thank you for helping us continue this tradition of gratitude. 

Questions? E-mail

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Holiday Shopping on Amazon? Remember to "Smile"!

Amazon Smile
Trying to get all your gift shopping done before Christmas?

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.

Before you begin your gift shopping this season, please directly set your charity to Cherry Crest PTSA by clicking

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No Chatter during Winter Break

Due to winter break, there will be no Chatter newsletters 12/21/2021 and 12/28/2021. The next issue will be published on 01/04/2022. Wishing everyone Happy Holidays, and see you in the new year!

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Update on Art Reflections

Update on Art Reflections
Thank you to all those that took part We received 14 wonderful submissions, 10 visual arts and 4 literature. Several of the pieces have been sent on to the Bellevue PTSA council for the nest level where art work from all school in Bellevue that take part will be judged to go forward to the next level. View the entries on the padlet

Congratulations to the following students who were voted for in the Cherry Crest choice awards

Mitali Khaimar, 5th Grade, Ms Jessa with I will change the world by..

Akshaya Ramprasad, 2nd Grade, BVA with Protect the Earth

Aahan Prakash, 2nd Grade, Ms Wells with How to stop climate change = clean air

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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).

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Volunteer Opportunities

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

School and District News

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

Lost and Found

With the return to in person school. Kids are losing their stuff. Please remind your kids to check the lost and found in the entrance of the school.

Clothes not claimed will be donated over winter break.

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Nurse News

Nurse News
We want to remind all our families and staff that if you were experiencing symptoms of cold or illness (or it begins during break), that the return to school protocols will be expected for return to school Monday. Covid test results should be sent to

If you need help determining if you or your student should have a Covid test over the break, please refer to the Department of Health COVID Decision Tree for guidance. Thank you for considering the health and safety of our community when returning from a break!

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Going on Vacation? Submit the Pre-arranged absences form

Going on Vacation? Submit the Pre-arranged absences form
Going on Vacation? It is expected that families will schedule their vacations and activities to coincide with the school calendar. We understand that some absences cannot be rescheduled or prevented from overlapping with school. Nonetheless, absences for vacations, sports tournaments, dance competitions, family travel, trips of a lifetime, etc. must be prearranged and approved to be considered excused under district policies (BSD Policy 3122, Procedure 3122P

You can download a copy of the prearranged absence form directly from our school’s website: or pick up a copy in the main office. We ask that you submit the form at least 2 weeks in advance to allow time for review by the teacher, and approval from the Assistant Principal. Email with any questions.

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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: Winter Clinic and Spring Registration

Bellevue East Little League: Winter Clinic and Spring Registration
Bellevue East Little League is happy to announce the opening of their Winter Clinic and Spring Season registration for T-Ball, Baseball, and Softball for boys and girls between the ages 4-16. Winter Clinic starts in January.  Evaluations begin in February with the season for baseball/softball starting shortly thereafter.

Find their season schedule at or sign up today at

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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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