We are so excited to welcome all the parents and students back to Cherry Crest! 

Highlights this week:

One of the many ways that the PTSA helps make Cherry Crest a great elementary is helping bring Curriculum Enhancement events to classrooms throughout the year. We are looking for 1-2 parent volunteers for Kindergarten and 3rd Grade to help coordinate directly with teachers of those grades to identify and schedule these events. See this week’s news post for details!

Although on-site after-school activities have been put on hold this year, we will help keep you informed of local kids activities as we hear about them in our Community Bulletin. This Tuesday at 6:30pm there will be an information session about K-5 Cub Scouts under the covered area of the school.

In addition to Curriculum Enhancement, PTSA manages this website, a weekly newsletter the Charger Chatter, and manages the School Directory. We are always looking for volunteers, and are in particular need of a volunteer for this year’s co-president, and co-editor of this website. Open positions will be posted to our Volunteer Needs page and the Charger Chatter throughout the year.


9/21 6:30pmTuesdayCub Scout Info Session
9/24FridayMath Challenge #1 Available


9/27MondayCurriculum Night (details coming)


10/5 7:00pmTuesday New Family Q&A (Join via Teams Link)
10/7 12:00pmThursdayMath Challenge #1 Due
10/8 12:00pmFridayMath Challenge #2 Available
10/8FridayNO SCHOOL Professional Day
10/11-10/13Monday-WednesdayEarly Release at 12:15 – Conference Days


Seeking Delegates for Legislative Assembly

Cherry Crest PTSA is looking for 3 more members to represent us as voting delegates at the Virtual Washington State PTA Legislative Assembly on October 23-24.  Please send in your name to president@cherrycrest-ptsa.org before Oct 10, 2021, if interested.

Washington State Parent Teacher Association (WSPTA) is a non-profit organization that advocates for the well-being and education of all children.  This October PTA/PTSA members across Washington State will gather virtually to debate and vote on proposed or amended resolutions that impact WSPTA’s platform for advocacy.  During the two-day assembly, attendees can also attend education sessions focused on current issues and advocacy basics. Listen, learn, and lend your voice to issues important to your family!

Want to learn more, but not interested in being a voting delegate? All PTSA members are invited to register and attend online. The cost is $40.00. Not a PTA member yet? Join the Cherry Crest PTSA today and register to attend the Assembly!

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Cherry Crest New Family Q&A Event

Join us Tuesday, October 5th at 7:00pm on Teams to learn tips for getting the most out of Cherry Crest. Parents from each grade level (plus a BSD Virtual Academy parent) will answer your questions and share personal experiences to help your family flourish!

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Introducing Math Challenges

We are excited to introduce a bi-weekly Math challenge open to all students grade K-5! The first challenge will be posted on Sep 24 at https://www.mathinaction.org/cherry-crest-elementary.html. Complete by October 7th. Solutions will be posted on October 8th.

For any questions, please contact mathprogram@cherrycrest-ptsa.org

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Seeking PTSA Co-President

Are you or anyone you know interested in being a part of the PTSA? We are looking for a co-president to help guide the PTSA into the future. Lots of new changes are on the horizon due to the pandemic. A chance to refresh how the PTSA does things. It’s a great opportunity. And a fun group of people to work with!

Please contact nominatingcommittee@cherrycrest-ptsa.org.

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Back to School Supplies Announcement

As a result of virtual instruction last year and limited use of school supplies, it is not necessary for families or students to purchase or provide any bulk school supplies. Instead, the school will provide all basic school supplies through the year. Your child’s teacher may make individual requests for unique or nonstandard items.

While not mandatory, students in Grade 2 and Grade 5 may wish to bring some of the suggested personal items (not shared with other students) listed at in this article on the BSD Cherry Crest Website: https://bsd405.org/cherrycrest/2021/08/supply-lists/

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Essential Back-to-School Information

Principal Dusty Steere hosted a virtual parent informational session on Aug 24, and discussed essential topics about safety and health, lunch arrangements and recess, transportation, school supplies, BSD Virtual Academy, and other related topics.

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Transportation News: Be Cautious and Patient at Drop-Off and Pickup!

The BSD Transportation Department reminds you to please exercise patience during drop-off and pick-up times at our schools and bus routes. Families may be experiencing bus arrival and departure delays at various stops because of the increased volume of drivers to our schools. We are working through the increase in traffic while studying the traffic patterns and adjusting as needed. Your patience during this process is appreciated.

Remember to sign up for the Edulog Parent Portal, which is a bus tracking program to notify parents and students of bus delays.

Join the BSD Transportation team and earn extra cash while continuing your busy day.

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BSD Offers COVID-19 Testing

In the upcoming weeks, the Bellevue School District will begin offering COVID-19 screening and diagnostic testing at our schools. Testing will be optional, but highly encouraged as we work to keep our students, staff and BSD community safe. District administration is currently in the process of finalizing the procedures, permission requirements for testing, and other details, which will be shared as they are available.

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Family Connections Centers

BSD’s Family Connections Centers are open to all BSD students and families. Staff provide families with information about resources and services in Bellevue and can provide food and hygiene items. To learn more about our Family Connections Centers, visit: https://bsd405.org/departments/family-and-community-engagement/family-connections-centers/

If your student qualifies for free and reduced lunch or if your family is facing financial hardship, you can apply to programs offered by our community partners. For new families (or families who did not submit a Welcome Form last year, please fill out the form at https://familyconnections.bsd405.org to access community services for each student.

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Reminders from BSD

We are sharing some reminders from the Bellevue School district regarding Technology, Nutrition Services, and Transportation:

•Technology Update – Visit the BSD website for tips on preparing school-issued iPads and laptops for school
• Nutrition Services – Reminder: this school year, Nutrition Services will be returning to a more traditional meal service program with a variety of hot and cold entrée choices offered, along with fruits, vegetables and low-fat milk in the cafe. Meals will be offered at no charge for all students during the 2021-2022 school year thanks to the extension of federal funding.
• Transportation – Routes for the 2021-2022 school year are posted on the Bus Routes webpage on the BSD website.

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Join the Cub Scouts: Camping, Crafts, Outdoor fun!

All boys and girls K – 5th grade and their parents are invited to join to learn more. Tuesday, September 21st from 6:30–7:30pm at the Cherry Crest Elementary Outdoor Covered Court.

Can’t make it on the 21st, and want more info on the rest of the year’s activities? Contact Blair Hotchkies at: blairhotchkies@hotmail.com or join the mailing list here: https://forms.gle/fa8iVAjLVgnxSjra8

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Dragons and Dinosaurs October 8th Day off

Girl Scout Troop 40333’s babysitting for K-7 students will be led by 11th grade students

Where: Backyard of Troop’s House in Bellevue (giant tents in case of rain)
Hours: 9 AM – 3 PM,
Cost: $50/day per student. Additional siblings are $40
Camp includes: games, crafts, activities, & more!

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Sponge Language Classes

Sponge offers online classes in Spanish, Mandarin, Japanese and French
To register, visit http://www.spongeschool.com/sign-up

Interested in in-person class? Come to Sponge centers in Issaquah, Kirkland or Seattle!

Please contact info@spongeschool.com for questions!

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Sammamish Mini Cheer Camp on 9/11

The Sammamish High School cheerleaders are having a mini-camp for elementary and middle school students on Saturday, September 11th, from 9am – 12pm. Register at https://linktr.ee/shsminicheer

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