PTSA General Meeting on Tuesday, January 21

The next Cherry Crest PTSA general meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 21 at 7:00 PM in the Cherry Crest school library. There will be coffee and cookies available starting at 6:30 PM along with the opportunity to meet fellow parents and the PTSA board members. We will be voting on our nominating committee that will recruit next years elected officials.

We have a special guest speaker Renkua Getchell from BQS to discuss the upcoming school bond. We hope to see you there!

Communications Team Seeking Writers

Are you an aspiring author?  Delight in writing stories, website content, and news articles?  Enjoy blogging and posting on Facebook?  Dream of compiling a school directory?  If you answered YES to any of these questions, then the PTSA Communications Team is perfect for you!  

We’re looking for writers of all sorts to join the team for the 2020/2021 school year (or sooner).  Whether website, newsletter or social media is your thing – we’ll find a role that’s right for you!  Contact us at to learn more.

WSPTA Essay Contest

WSPTA Essay Contest – This statewide essay contest explores the important and varied influencers in the lives and education of children – from the children’s perspective.

The Contest is open to all grades. The submission form is located on the website and due by March 1, 2020.
Application link: here

Mail submissions to:
Washington State PTA
Attention: WSPTA Essay Contest
15 Oregon Avenue, Suite 202
Tacoma, WA 98409-7463

Or email to:

Auction Spotlight: How to Help


Important Dates:

The gears are turning for the 2020 World of Color 50th Anniversary Auction and Celebration and we’d love YOUR help! There are many ways to get involved both big and small to support this fun and important community tradition and now’s the perfect time to reach out to us! Here’s a quick overview – visit How to Help for all the details!

  • BECOME A SPONSOR: We have multiple levels of sponsorship available with great opportunities to get your business name in front of our community in a positive way. Contact:
  •  DONATE an ITEM or EVENT: Dinner party, team sports tickets, vacation home stays, gift certificates, etc… Contact:
  •  CLASSROOM ART: Help coordinate the art donation for your child’s classroom – come learn more on 1/16! Contact:
  •  JOIN the TEAM: Several specific roles at a variety of time commitment levels are available for the taking! Find tasty pastries for the Dessert Dash, use your publishing skills to create Signage for the event or the printed Catalog, bring light and laughter by coordinating Games, to name just a few. Contact:

And don’t forget to visit our newly launched Auction Website for more information and answers to your questions! You can also follow us on Facebook and check the weekly Chatter for current news! Got questions? We’ve got answers!

Ksenia Tshahhirov, Greg Smith and Amy Karlson
Your Cherry Crest World of Color 50th Anniversary Auction Chairs

Cherry Crest Variety Show

This year the Cherry Crest Variety-Show will be on Friday, February 7th

Auditions will be held on Tuesday, January 28 and Thursday, January 30 and dress rehearsal will be on Thursday, February 6.

Sign up will begin after the holiday break.  Stay tuned for more information!

Cherry Crest Movie Night

Our First Movie Night this year is coming to Cherry Crest !!
Friday, January 31st
6:00 PM -8:00 PM @Cafeteria
Movie: Abominable 
Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase to support 5th grade activities. 
Bring a comfy blanket, sleeping bag and pillow and enjoy the show!! 
As a reminder, this is NOT a drop off event – a parent or guardian must be on site during the entire movie.   
Questions?  Contact


Bellevue Goes to Olympia

Cherry Crest students, with a parent, are invited to join staff and community in BSD for “Bellevue Goes to Olympia”.  It will be a whole day of advocacy in Olympia on January 20th. You will find Focus Day information here . We are going to participate in the Focus Day event in the morning and then meet our House Representatives and Senators in the afternoon.

Auction Team Is Seeking Classroom Art Project Leaders

A beloved tradition of our annual fundraising event is the auctioning-off of classroom art projects. These one-of-a-kind art pieces range from whimsical to jaw-dropping, but are always handcrafted with care and community spirit. The funds raised by the projects are essential and directly benefit all Cherry Crest students: field trips, classroom aides, toy maker, and lunch room theater are just a few of the programs that are supported by the classroom art proceeds.

Are you crafty? Enjoy working with students? Have a passion for memorializing your child’s elementary school years? We need YOUR help to bring these magical pieces to auction night! As the classroom art project volunteer you will purchase supplies (reimbursed by the PTSA), coordinate one or two days and times at school when students can be pulled out in small groups to work on the project, and put the final touches on the art piece such as mounting and framing.

Our classroom art committee auction leaders will hold an informational session on Thursday, January 16th from 8:15 AM to 9:30 AM in the Library to answer all your questions about how to lead an art project for your student’s classroom, including timeline, budget and loads of ideas. 

Email us at to raise your hand to lead a classroom project or to ask any questions about this important volunteer opportunity. Otherwise, we look forward to seeing you on January 16th!

As always, you can direct any general auction questions or ideas to

Your Cherry Crest 50th Anniversary Auction Chairs,
-Greg Smith, Ksenia Tshahhirov and Amy Karlson

Staff Appreciation For January: 4th Grade

Each year Cherry Crest families show their appreciation for our outstanding teachers and staff by volunteering to provide food, beverages and paper products throughout the school year. Each Grade level is assigned one month to focus their efforts and many items can be delivered by your child.

4th Grade Parents: January is your month! Sign Up now to participate.

Thank you in advance for your contributions. Together we strengthen our community!

Questions? Contact

GO! Grant Funds Daily Running Club at Cherry Crest

We are thrilled that Cherry Crest received a GO! Grant this year from AMPED , a not-for-profit school-based program amplifying education through daily physical activity.
We launch our first (daily, except Wednesdays) lunch recess running club at the Cherry Crest track on Tuesday, January 14, 2020!Students can join at any time and run or walk as much or as little as they wish! For every mile and major milestone completed, students will earn charms and prizes. Sign up for a scan card by Friday, January 10th , so students can collect prizes. Parents and teachers are also welcome to run!
We need volunteers to sign up to help with barcode scanning. Sign up for a regular or occasional 30 minute slot and support our students.
For more information, visit Cherry Crest PTSA Running Club Page.
Questions? Contact .