The PTSA Spring Fundraiser is Around the Corner!

On March 29th the PTSA kicks off our final fundraiser for the 2020-2021 school year. The campaign runs for two weeks from March 29th–April 9th, wrapping up as we head into Spring Break. Check back next week to learn how your donations support our Cherry Crest community!

Did you Know? WA State PTSA Monitors Washington State Legislation

The Washington State PTSA has launched an ongoing “Focus on Advocacy” program this year to keep members informed and involved during the legislative session.

Each Monday, a new “Focus on Advocacy” newsletter communicates legislative session updates and how they align with WSPTA priorities. Subscribe now!

GSA spotlight of the week

GSAs have also been grading quizzes, reporting scores, & also noting the patterns of learning so teachers can review particular concepts & skills that the class overall appear to have missed.

GSA Spotlight: Kelley

Hi Kelley,I am SO thankful you made the Unit 4 math test A into a Forms! I normally use ThinkCentral, but now ThinkCentral is blocked from Adobe and kids can’t use it without Adobe running it. I panicked since I didn’t have another option, but was relieved to find the Forms as a plan B, so thank you! I will plan on having my students use the Forms for all future tests given that Adobe doesn’t work.

PTSA Meeting is Tue, March 9th, 6:45 PM

Please join us at our Cherry Crest PTSA General Membership meeting, Tuesday March 9th, via Microsoft Teams.

This month we have the Bellevue Education Association (BEA) representatives from Cherry Crest joining us. Heather Depaola, 1st grade and Patricia Gilbert, 3rd grade to talk about the BEA and their role with teachers at Cherry Crest.

We will also be voting on the PTSA leadership slate for 2020-2021! All PTSA members are especially encouraged to attend to participate in the vote.

March Staff Appreciation – First Grade Families

Parents of First Graders: March is your month! Join your fellow families to show your appreciation! This month PTSA will deliver care packages to Ms. Applegate, Ms. Hayfield, Ms. McGlennon, Ms. Snyder and Ms. Stillwell (GSA).

We are collecting items until Sunday, March 14th. Please see drop-off instructions on the signup sheet.

GSA Spotlight: Mrs. Durga

Each week we highlight feedback from our teachers and families about the support they receive from our General School Assistants (GSAs). This week, 3rd grade teacher Ms. Therriault tells us about the impact Mrs. Durga has had in her classroom:

Mrs. Durga is amazing! She has been a wonderful help to me and my students. Currently she is monitoring my afternoon class on Monday to support students, the chat, and attendance. On Tuesday and Thursday afternoons she meets with one of my small groups while I meet with the other group. She conducts lesson connected practice or games that I have designed to give students supported practice time. Finally, on Fridays, she runs recess groups for students to have a non-academic opportunity to connect with each other. I cannot say enough about how much Mrs. Durga helps me and the students. Thank you to PTSA for helping to fund all of our GSA support.

Ms. Therriault, Grade 3 Teacher

GSA Spotlight: Mr. Joe

Mr. Joe has been meeting with my daughter every day to support her in reading fluency. She looks forward to their meetings. It has been very successful.

Sheli Hadari, 2nd Grade Parent

Did you know that our biggest investment as a PTSA is funding more General School Assistants to help our teachers and students? Funding comes from parents and community members, through direct donations, corporate matching, and opportunities like Amazon Smile and “Give with Bing”. Read more about GSAs on the PTSA website!

GSA Spotlight: Social-Emotional Needs

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Our GSAs are essential in helping our students with their social-emotional needs. They help new students become familiar with our school community and help them make new friends by providing much needed small group virtual recesses.

Ms. June Lee, 3rd Grade​