Nurse News

We want to remind all our families and staff that if you were experiencing symptoms of cold or illness (or it begins during break), that the return to school protocols will be expected for return to school Monday. Covid test results should be sent to

If you need help determining if you or your student should have a Covid test over the break, please refer to the Department of Health COVID Decision Tree for guidance. Thank you for considering the health and safety of our community when returning from a break!

Going on Vacation? Submit the Pre-arranged absences form

Going on Vacation? It is expected that families will schedule their vacations and activities to coincide with the school calendar. We understand that some absences cannot be rescheduled or prevented from overlapping with school. Nonetheless, absences for vacations, sports tournaments, dance competitions, family travel, trips of a lifetime, etc. must be prearranged and approved to be considered excused under district policies (BSD Policy 3122, Procedure 3122P

You can download a copy of the prearranged absence form directly from our school’s website: or pick up a copy in the main office. We ask that you submit the form at least 2 weeks in advance to allow time for review by the teacher, and approval from the Assistant Principal. Email with any questions.

Principal Chat on Friday 12/10 @ 8:30 am

Cherry Crest families are invited to attend monthly virtual meetings hosted by Principal Dusty Steere and PTSA presidents. All chats are hosted online via Microsoft Teams and will include information from the principal as well as ample time for questions and comments.

Click to join this month’s chat from 8:30 – 9:15 am on Friday 12/10.

Use this form to submit a question or topic for the next Principal Chat.

View the Principal Chat Resource Page for a list of all chat dates and prior chat recordings.

School Library Hosts Usborne Book Fair from Dec 6th – Dec 9th

The book fair will be in our school library Monday 12/6-Thursday 12/9. Students will be able to view available items during their checkout time in library class.

Book Fair will be open for purchases during lunch time and after school until 3:15pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. On Wednesday it will be open at lunch time and after school until 1:00pm

All proceeds support our Cherry Crest library in the form of new books for students. Come support the Cherry Crest library AND stock up on great books and activities for the Winter Break!

Check out the Usborne website:

Questions? Email Mrs. Lux (Cherry Crest librarian)

Please Send Your Kids with Masks

Students are using many school-supplied disposable masks. Please remember to send your child to school with a mask every day and include a spare in your child’s backpack.

Please also consider donating a box of disposable children’s masks to your classroom and/or the front office. Thank you for supporting the health of our community!

Lost and Found Is Overflowing!

Do you recognize any of your belongings in this photo? With the return to in person-school, students are leaving behind many of their items. Please remind your children to check the lost and found near the entrance of the school. Thank you!

Library News and Call for Library Volunteers

Are you looking to volunteer at Cherry Crest in-person? At home? Mrs. Lux (school librarian) has both opportunities available!

If you have NOT volunteered in the Cherry Crest library, a 30 minute training session is provided where you will learn policies, check-in/check-out computer system, etc.

And congratulations to the six grade-level winners of “The Great Pumpkin Book/Character” contest promoted during library class!

Nurse News: COVID Vaccine Information for Elementary Students

Read the latest nurse newsletter for answers to some common questions district nurses have received about the COVID vaccine approval for children aged 5-11!

It is not intended to persuade a parent’s decision for or against the vaccine. Please reach out to your healthcare provider with specific questions or concerns. 

Principal Chat on Friday 11/19 @ 8:30 am (rescheduled)

Cherry Crest families are invited to attend monthly virtual meetings hosted by Principal Dusty Steere and PTSA president Reetika Saxena. All chats are online via Microsoft Teams and include information from the principal as well as ample time for questions and comments.

This month we will be joined by our school counselor to discuss mental health supports at school and how to talk with your child about difficult topics such as suicide.

A Reminder about Pre-Arranged Absences

With the holidays approaching, remember that Bellevue School District allows each student 5 pre-arranged absences (PRA) per year. These are excused absences to use for a travel day, a sport or dance competition or longer trip.

If your child will only be missing one or two days, please email

If your child will be missing 3 or more days, please submit a pre-arranged absence form at least 2 weeks prior to your trip.

Thank you for including your child’s full name when emailing for any attendance related matters!