Updates from the PTSA General Meeting on March 8

We are excited to announce the election of Jocelyn Tu as Co-President, effective immediately.  She will join Co-President Reetika Saxena for the rest of this school year and continue on as Co-President for the 2022-23 school year.  We’d also like to welcome the following officers who have been elected for next school year.

• Co-President – Claire Sumadiwirya

• Secretary – Katie McClintock
• Treasurer – Christina Nemeth

• VP Curriculum Enhancement (CE) – Nitin Gupta
• VP – Mengye Guo
• VP – Jessica Wang
• VP – Sanjali Kawal

We still need a Vice President for Communications and one more general VP to join the team.
Would you like to learn more or do you know someone who would be a great fit?  Please contact our Nominating Committee at nominatingcommitee@cherrycrest-ptsa.org.

Click through for updates from the PTSA meeting, including Social, Emotional Learning (SEL) resources from School Counselor, Ms. Mykela Fantone.

Walk-a-thon 2022

Count down to Walk-a-thon 2022!
We hope to see all students and families join us on Friday, April 1 from 2:30 to 4:30pm at the school track.  Come mingle with students, families, teachers, staff and our school mascot Champ!  View the contents of the time capsule placed underground in 1989 and make suggestions for the new one!
The Walk-a-thon is a long-revered community building event as well as one of our major fundraisers.  A special thank you to our wonderful sponsors for Walk-a-thon 2022! They make your donations go further by helping to underwrite the costs of this event. We appreciate their generous support of our children and community!’
Thank you to our Platinum Sponsor – Julia and Mark Krill at Windermere!

Afterschool Classes: Sign up now for spring sessions

Spring programs are open for registration! Most classes start at the end of March.

Most class offerings are from local businesses who are long-term partners with Cherry Crest. We are so excited to welcome them back to provide enrichment opportunities for our students.

Visit our After School Activities Page at http://afterschool.cherrycrest-ptsa.org to learn more.

Mark April 1st for Walk-a-thon 2022

Cherry Crest PTSA spends over $100,000 each year to fund extra General School Assistant hours in all 23 classrooms and curriculum enrichment: field trips, author visits, engineering projects and more for all 525 students. Funds contributed by families through the PTSA provide these pivotal supports for our children. We are so grateful for all our families’ assistance in strengthening our children’s educational experience at Cherry Crest!

More details will come home soon, but be sure to mark your calendar to join your children on Friday, April 1 from 2:30 to 4:30pm at Cherry Crest’s track as we encourage exercise, engage with one another and enable PTSA to invest in each student’s future!  If your business would like to contribute as a sponsor, please contact walkathon@cherrycrest-ptsa.org for details.

Volunteers needed this Friday for the Bookfair

Volunteers needed to make our book fair a success!

• Friday, March 4th, after school from 2:30-5:30pm (Older kids can help too!)
• March 7th–10th during sales times

As a volunteer your BSD background check must be current and you’ll need to comply with BSD’s vaccination requirements.

Click through for full details!

PTSA General Meeting Tonight, March 8 at 7:00pm

Please join us at our Cherry Crest PTSA General Membership meeting, Tuesday March 8th, via Microsoft Teams. Principal Steere will discuss various topics including the ‘Time Capsule’. We invite all families and community members to attend (PTSA membership is not required!).

Cherry Crest’s School Counselor, Mykela Fantone, will join us to discuss the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum and the supplemental lessons she provides our students throughout the year. Learn the importance and why behind social-emotional learning, understand the district-wide curriculums used at the elementary level and see how you can access more information to reinforce these lessons at home. Questions? Contact your PTSA Co-President at president@cherrycrest-ptsa.org

Parent and Caregiver Education: Positive Discipline

Sahara Pirie from Sound Discipline facilitated a workshop on “Parenting with Courage and Connection”.  The recording (https://youtu.be/Cg39NabLWTA) is available now through April 4. 

You can also access the Self-Regulation Tools (https://www.sounddiscipline.org/self-regulation-tool-cards/) and handout (https://bit.ly/33lZmaW).  If you attended the workshop or view the recording, please fill out the survey (https://bit.ly/3BgSok5) afterward. 

For more in depth information, consider registering (https://bit.ly/3BhXv3n) for Sound Discipline’s upcoming 6-week workshop on “Parenting with Courage and Connection” starting March 31.

Art Reflections Update

Congratulations to 5th grader Veda Ramachander whose Poem “Me and My Pencil” has been awarded an Award of Excellence at the Bellevue PTSA council level of the Art Reflections Program. Her entry will now go forward to the state level.

Thank you for all who took part in the program and all those who supported it

Volunteers Needed For Bookfair March 7-10

March 7th – 10th will be this year’s Scholastic Bookfair and we need several volunteers to help in the library. This year all sales will be done by e-wallet or credit card, making it much easier for volunteers and staff. There will also be set up on the 4th and take down on the 11th .There are a variety of ways to help, and it is fun to work with other parents during this event. As a volunteer you will need to meet the BSD background check and vaccination requirements, so contact us right away.

Please sign up to volunteer here (https://bit.ly/3uOXqD4) and contact bookfair@cherrycrest-ptsa.org with any questions.

March Staff Appreciation: 2nd Grade Families

staff appreciation

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 2nd Graders: Sign up (https://bit.ly/3rMoukz) to participate to donate items on March 2nd, 4th and 16th. Thank you for helping us continue this tradition of gratitude.

Questions? E-mail staffappreciation@cherrycrest-ptsa.org