Families Directory is Available Online!

The PTSA is excited to announce that a family directory is now available online this year! All Cherry Crest students (even those assigned to remote families) who gave the district permission to include their information will be listed.
 
You may have already received an invitation to set up your account. If not, just visit directory.cherrycrest-ptsa.org and select “RESET PASSWORD,” specifying the email address you supplied to the district. You will receive a link to set a password, allowing you to access information from a web browser or iOS or Android app.
 
Note! The information is based on information provided by the district. We will refresh the content periodically during the year. If you have corrections to make, please use ParentVue. Questions? Email directory@cherrycrest-ptsa.org

Passport Club

Is your child interested in Geography? And would like to learn the countries of the world?

The Passport club at Cherry Crest offers a multi-year introduction to world Geography.

If you would  your child to join passport club, please send an email with your child’s name, grade and teacher to passportclub@cherrycrest-ptsa.org

This year we are unable to have any check-ins in person, but we will provide the materials online for you to check your child’s knowledge.

First check-in is on October the 26th. Click here for more details.

Spotlight on General School Assistants

General School Assistants, GSAs (formerly known as aides) make an amazing difference in our children’s classroom every day through out the year. Here is a list of how they were helpful to just one class in the last week:

  • Sharing about themselves, their identity and their humanity in the virtual setting. This is a way to set examples for students who are struggling with anxiety, nerves and shyness.
  • Supporting a positive virtual learning space.
  • Supporting students in completing assignments.
  • Coaching students in digital conduct that supports their success.
  • Personal 1 on 1 and small group support in review of learning.
  • Building student and teacher capacity in tech.
  • Cheering on and supporting learners and educators.
  • Meeting with educators to learn ways to streamline virtual routines in the class.
  • Scheduling meetings in support of general learning.
  • Sharing information about student SEL and academic behaviors.
  • Creating schedule for virtual recess to support student well-being.
  • Posting announcements that help students clarify and know about current classroom events.
  • Responding to student/teacher need behind the scenes: tech wise and other.

Staff Appreciation – November

This year Cherry Crest families can show their appreciation for our outstanding teachers and staff by contributing to care packages for the Teachers, Specialists and General School Assistants (GSAs) who work closely with their child.  Each month PTSA will deliver care packages to one Grade level.  View the full schedule on the PTSA website to see when and how your family can help carry on this wonderful tradition of gratitude. 

Parents of Kindergarteners: November is your month!  

Thank you in advance for your contributions. Together we strengthen our community!  Questions? Email: staffappreciation@cherrycrest-ptsa.org 

Attention Microsoft Employees!

The 2020 giving campaign kicks off October 1st and we’d love it if you would consider donations to the Cherry Crest Parent Teacher Association. You will receive a full match for donations or volunteer hours through Microsoft and every bit counts — particularly in these challenging times!
 
Your donations will go directly to support school-related programs and additional specialist staff that support our teachers and students.
 
Thank so much for your consideration and please help us by sharing the word with anyone who is in a position to contribute through this generous matching program.
 
You can access the donation program in just 3 simple steps!
1) Visit http://aka.ms/give and click “Search
 
 
2) Type “Cherry Crest” and click “Search
 
3) Locate “Cherry Crest Parent Teacher Association” and click “Donate Now

Art Reflections is ON and Calling Creative Minds!

Reflections is ON now and is calling creative minds! Final entry date is Monday, November 16th. Please submit your art work using the google form on the website. If you are unable to do this, please let us know and we will find another way to do it. We will also be having a virtual art show for the school to vote for the favorites on Friday, November 20th

Unleash your artistic talent and participate in Reflections 2020/21

Reflections is a nationally acclaimed student recognition program to encourage artistic creativity. Students of all grades and abilities may participate and explore the arts based on the 2020/21 theme “I matter because..”

Students are encouraged to submit original works of art in one or more of the following categories but only one per category. 

Entry Form – 2020-21 Student Entry Form

Any questions please email reflections@cherrycrest-Ptsa.org 

Several Volunteer Positions Open

With the starting of the new school year, several long-standing volunteer positions have been vacated and we are excited to be able to add several new members to our team to help these programs run smoothly. Examples of positions that are open include Curriculum Enhancement chairs for Kindergarten and 4th Grade, PTSA Membership Chair, Editor for the Charger Chatter Newsletter, and several others. Please see our webpage Current Volunteer Needs for further details and expected time commitment for each position. 
 
And please contact editor@cherrycrest-ptsa.org for questions or to raise your hand for a position!

Congratulations Cherry Crest Communication Team!!

Our Cherry Crest Communication team has been awarded two Washington State PTA Awards of Excellence.  

Outstanding Newsletter – Bronze
Outstanding Website – Bronze 

Thank you for all you do to help keep our Community informed and engaged!  Our new website that was launched in the Fall looks fabulous! And the award is well deserved for all your hard work to launch a new site.  The weekly newsletters are a lot of work and we appreciate all you do behind the scenes to keep us up-to-date on what is happening at school!  Thank you and Congratulations!!