Volunteers Needed for Spring Walk-a-thon!

Walk-a-thon is back! Help us plan and execute this super fun community event. We’ve got small jobs, remote jobs, in-person jobs, you name it. Let us know how much time or energy you are willing to commit, and we can match your interest.

E-mail walkathon@cherrycrest-ptsa.org to learn more.

Childhood Anxiety Recording and Resources

At the Jan 11 PTSA General Meeting, Dr. Diana Bastien, a clinical psychologist, presented a talk on anxiety in children.

• A live recording of her session will be available until March 2, 2022.
• Dr. Bastien also provided a list of recommended books and workbooks on this topic.

Click through to the PTSA website to access both the recording and the list of resources.

After School Activities – Update

Cherry Crest offers many activities that take place on-site after school, and many of them have delayed their start date to Jan 24.

Please note that the NW Badminton Program has been cancelled for Winter because of low enrollment, but should resume in Spring.

Visit https://afterschool.cherrycrest-ptsa.org for more details about all afterschool programs.

Calling 5th Grade Parents – Memory Book Help!

Memory books are a long-standing Cherry Crest keepsake, given to each 5th grader as a memory of their time at Cherry Crest. We are looking for help with ideas of what to put in the book, help gathering content, and help putting the books together.

Please email 5thgradeevents@cherrycrest-ptsa.org to share you ideas or to volunteer your time!

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.
 
CE Spotlight of 2021
  • 1st grade students had a virtual visit from The Toy Maker where they learned about Light and Sound
  • 4th grade students had a virtual visit to the Pacific Science Center and learned about the “Night Sky”
  • 5th grade students enjoyed an Orienteering field trip with Eric Bone from Meridian Geographics and had a field trip right before the winter break to the MOHAI where they embarked on a scavenger hunt provided by the museum and checked out the special “Da Vinci” exhibit
 
Upcoming for 2022
  • 1st grade students will have a visit from Animal Encounter and meet some animals from Australia
  • 2nd grade students will have visits from The Toy Maker
  • 4th grade students will experience an “Oregon Trails Adventure” field trip
  • More to come…
Curriculum Enhancement (CE) works with teachers to bring in the best guest speakers, scientists, laboratory activities, performers, and musicians for enhanced learning opportunities. All are 100% funded by YOU, our parents; through generous donations to our fundraisers such as the Read-a-thon. Support PTSA fundraisers – they pay for these wonderful activities.

 

After School Activities Updates

Sponge Language Classes:
The start date for Sponge Spanish class has been delayed to Jan 24. There are still open spots! To register, please visit https://spongeschool.com/sign-up/

Green Wand Magic Course with Xakary:
Registration for the “Green Wand Magic” course with Xakary the magician is now open! Winter session starts Jan 24. 

Badminton by NWBA:
Registration for Badminton is open, and the winter session starts on Jan 24th.

Visit https://afterschool.cherrycrest-ptsa.org for more details about all afterschool programs.

“Focus on Advocacy” week is January 17-21, 2022

Sign up for the WSPTA Action Network to learn how you can impact legislation and budgets affecting your student’s education!

Parent Teacher Student Associations (PTSAs) have the primary goal of advocating for ALL children.  While Cherry Crest PTSA focuses efforts at the school and district level, Washington State PTA leaders guide advocacy efforts at the state level.

Sign up at: https://actionnetwork.org/forms/subscribe-to-wsptas-action-network-group

Signup Now for After School Programs

Winter programs are open for registration with some sessions starting the week of January 10th! Most vendors are local businesses that have been long-time partners with Cherry Crest and we are so excited to welcome them back to provide enriching opportunities for our students.

Visit our After School Activities Page at http://bit.ly/3sStg0S for full details.

PTSA Meeting is Tuesday, Jan 11 (tonight) at 7:00pm

Please join us at our Cherry Crest PTSA General Membership meeting, Tuesday January 11th, via Microsoft Teams.

We invite all families and community members to participate (you don’t need to be a PTSA member to attend).

Our speaker this month is Diana Bastien, Clinical Psychologist with Outpatient Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine at Seattle Children’s. Dr. Bastien will be talking about anxiety and how to help kids adjust socially and emotionally to in-person learning.