Thank You Walkathon Team!

Thank you Walk-a-thon Team!

Walk-a-thon is one of the most memorable experiences for students and we’d like to extend a special thank you to our team members who made Walk-a-thon possible this year  – Kathy Hotchkies, Erika Dowd, Erin Miller, Faranak Sorooshian, Jessica Wang, Farangis Sepehri, Shalini Thuppal, Sonali Bhargava and long-time data management mastermind Goms Sundaresan.  A special shout out to Karin Hargrove for brainstorming support!

We also extend a HUGE Thank You to the PTSA Communications Team – Neha Bhuta, Navaz Nekoo, Amy Karlson, Vasu Jain, Yao and Heather Sherman, for working tirelessly in getting information in a timely fashion to all families.

And Thank You to Dusty Steere, Erin Stedman, Connie Kramer, Kathy Bessler, Bon Regala and all teachers for helping us bring this special event back to our comm(unity). Thank you all!

The Communications Team Needs Your Help!

The PTSA Communications team has two volunteer openings for the 2022-2023 school year.

First, we are seeking a VP for Communications, which involves overseeing the work of the editor/s who put together the weekly Charger Chatter newsletter, the PTSA website and Facebook page, and the online student directory. Time commitment is approximately 2 hours/week. Technical knowledge is not required.

Second, one of our webmaster parents is graduating out of Cherry Crest. We seek a co-webmaster for helping keep our website current and informative. Job responsibilities include adding news posts each week, and modifying, editing, or retiring webpages. Responsibilities will be shared, and typically involves 2 hours of work, two weeks of every month. The skills needed to maintain our Wordpress website are easy to pick up, so no prior skillset is required.

If you are interested in joining this motivated team of volunteers, please contact

School-Wide Staff Appreciation Week is May 2-6

School-wide Staff Appreciation Week is May 2-6

In support of National Teacher Appreciation Week, we have planned special treats for our wonderful Cherry Crest educators all week long. All families are encouraged to participate.

Monday, May 2 – Students bring flowers and cards for teachers and staff
Tuesday, May 3- PTSA sponsors personalized Starbucks orders
Wednesday, May 4 – Families donate ( items for staff breakfast
Thursday, May 5 – PTSA sponsors make-your-own snack bags
Friday, May 6 – PTSA sponsors catered lunch
Thank you in advance for your contributions. Together we strengthen our community!
Questions? Email:

STEM Social Evening and Math Club review

On Friday, May 6th, from 6:00-8:00pm, we will have a STEM social in the Cherry Crest Cafeteria.

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We’ll give an overview of this year’s Math Club. How it went, and appreciation, and any feedback from the community and we will introduce next year’s plan for Math, Science and Robotics.

We will encourage all math club kids with medals on their success, followed by an ice-cream social.

This event is open to all rising 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, current 5th grade kids, and parents from Cherry Crest who are interested.

For any questions, please contact

CE spotlight for the past quarter, and upcoming events for the next one

PTSA Sponsored Curriculum Enhancement

The Curriculum Enhancement Team has been working with teachers to provide additional experiences to our students.  Thank you for your generous support to help make these events possible.

Spotlight for January, February and March
Kindergarten students enjoyed a visit from the Toymaker to learn about “Pushes and Pulls”
1st grade students enjoyed a visit from Animal Encounters to meet some friends from Australia
2nd grade students from Ms Wells’ and Ms Hanson’s classrooms also had a visit from the Toymaker to learn about “Liquids & Solids”
2nd and 3rd grade students from Ms Gibbs’ and Ms Repass’ classrooms had a visit from the Toymaker to learn about “Motion & Matter”
3rd grade students from Ms Tatterson’s and Ms Therriault’s classrooms had a visit from the Toymaker to learn about “Magnets and Motion”, while students from Ms Lee’s classroom learned about “Early American Toys”
4th grade students experienced an “Oregon Trails Adventure” field trip
5th grade students from Ms Jessa’s, Ms Hemker’s and Ms Atia’s classrooms had an outdoor event to learn about “Stormwater in your School Yard”, while students from Mr Regala’s and Ms Tamayo’s classrooms participated in a “Clean Water Challenge”

Upcoming for April, May and June
Kindergarten students will have a trip to the Botanical Garden to learn about “Zany Worms”
1st grade students will have a field trip to the Cougar Mountain Zoo
Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students will have a visit from author Ellie Peterson
2nd grade students from Ms Gibbs and Ms Repass and all 3rd grade students will have a visit from author Dan Gemeinhart for a writer’s workshop
And possibly more…

Walk-a-thon – We’re Almost There!

If you have not donated, $35 per student can reach our goal!  Heartfelt thanks to the families who have gotten us this far!


No Chatter issue on 04/12/2022

There will be no Chatter issue on 04/12/2022 on account of the spring break. The next Chatter will be issued on 04/19/2022. Have a wonderful spring break!

Walk-a-thon Thank you!

Sincere thanks to all of our wonderful Walk-a-thon volunteers! Your time and dedication to Cherry Crest is essential, impactful and greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Reminder – Donate ( by this Friday, April 8 to count towards fundraising prizes for students! If you donate via a corporate matching website, please e-mail your receipt to Remember many companies match volunteer hours too!

Running Club Starts April 4th!

All students should bring their Walk-a-thon badges back to school April 4-8 so we can use them for Spring Running club! Scan your badge one time during the week and be entered to win Otter Pops for your class!

Running Club is optional and will be available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at lunch recess.  Create healthy habits, reach milestones and earn charms!

Questions? E-mail

VP Communications Volunteer Needed – 2022-2023

The PTSA needs a VP for Communications for the year 2022-23. Job responsibilities include overseeing the work of the volunteers who assemble the weekly Charger Chatter newsletter, maintain the PTSA website and Facebook page, and the online family directory. Time commitment is approximately 2 hours/week. Technical knowledge not required.

For more information, please contact!