Meet GSA Mr.T

Mr.T is one of Cherry Crest’s GSAs and provides daily classroom support. He is known to make all the students feel involved and connected in the classrooms, especially now when everything’s virtual.

This is what one of the parents has to say about him:

"Mr. T has been a lovely friend to our family. He always made our son and his friends feel a part of the school as new kindergarteners last year, and this year during group recess time by setting up a live MS Teams interactive drawing times including creating a super-cool race-car and space fight comic strip with Colias!"

Sandra Durst

GSA Appreciation in the Virtual Classroom

You may be curious about whether General School Assistants (GSAs) are being utilized in the virtual setting and what roles they are performing. From providing instruction in small groups to facilitating virtual recess, our students are benefiting from GSAs fulfilling many of the same roles they have in previous years.  This week we hear from the students in Ms. Maya Stevens’ 4th grade classroom about what they have appreciated about having GSAs Ms. Gayle, Ms. Johnson and Ms. Kelley in their virtual classes:

Meet GSA Durga G.

Durga G. is one of Cherry Crest’s GSAs and provides daily classroom support. One of the classes she works with is Susie Sung’s 4th grade class:

Durga has been a great support, providing extra help when we need it. For example, I remember there were several times during the first few weeks of school when she was able to meet on a separate call with students who were having specific tech issues. This was invaluable as it is very hard for the teacher to do this during live class time. She continues to provide whole class and small group support throughout the week. I am so thankful for Ms. Durga!

Susie Sung

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.

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.

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

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

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!!