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 https://bit.ly/3dnFZzI).

You can download a copy of the prearranged absence form directly from our school’s website: https://bsd405.org/cherrycrest/report-an-absence/ 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 cherrycrestattendance@bsd405.org with any questions.

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 cherrycrestattendance@bsd405.org.

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!

Staff Appreciation for November – 5th Grade

Each month one grade level of Cherry Crest families show appreciation for our outstanding educators by providing food and beverages for all teachers and staff. Most items can be sent in with your student to be dropped off in the Main Office.

Parents of 5th Graders: November is your month! Sign up to participate https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e044aa8a92fa4fd0-november3. Thank you for helping us continue this tradition of gratitude. Questions? E-mail staffappreciation@cherrycrest-ptsa.org

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The Bridle Trails Park Foundation invites you to a Family Halloween in the Forest!

1K Scavenger Hunt & 5K Run

Saturday, October 30th

Bridle Trails State Park – Main Entrance: 5300 116th Ave NE, Kirkland

  • 1K Scavenger Hunt: 9am – 1pm
  • 5K Run: 8am-10am
  • State Parks Interpretive Specialist with Owl Specimens & Activities
  • Halloween treats for all
  • Costumes are encouraged
  • Dress accordingly as this event is rain or shine

The Scavenger Hunt is a FREE community event.

1K Scavenger hike participants must be on the trail by 1pm.

In order to ensure enough treats for all goblins who join us, please RSVP HERE!

The 5K Run is $10 and is professionally chipped timed with individual starts between 8am and 10am.

In order to ensure enough treats for all ghosts who join us, please PRE-REGISTER HERE

Volunteers needed for Curriculum Enhancement: Kindergarten and 3rd Grades

The PTSA Curriculum Enhancement (CE) Team is looking for one or two volunteers to help plan grade-level activities for Kindergarten or 3rd Grade classes.

All CE activities are teacher-driven. The CE Committee meets with grade level teaching teams throughout the year to identify those opportunities that enhance the students’ curriculum and provide a valuable overall learning experience. Grade-level CE Coordinators work to support the teachers by researching, coordinating and scheduling these activities. No prior experience necessary.  

CE activities are funded entirely by Cherry Crest PTSA fundraiser events such as the upcoming Read-a-thon. If you are interested in this fun opportunity to be a part of your students’ learning, please contact Monica Li (ce@cherrycrest-ptsa.org).

Volunteer request – Co-webmaster for PTSA WordPress website

Flex your technical muscle or learn a new skill! The PTSA communications team is seeking a volunteer to help with PTSA website maintenance starting in the Fall of 2021. Duties will be shared with a current member of the communications team and include creating news posts and updated web pages as necessary across the site.

Volunteer Request: Help with Filing PTSA Tax Return

The PTSA seeks a volunteer tax professional who can prepare a basic tax return with electronic filing for the PTSA school year 2020-21.

The tax return is is due in November.

Please contact president@cherrycrest-ptsa.org to volunteer or request additional information.

Welcome from the PTSA President

Dear Cherry Crest Parents,

On behalf of the Cherry Crest PTSA, I would like to welcome you to the new thrilling and exciting year of school and a new year of PTSA. Hoping this year to see everyone in person, we are really excited to be working with you and our wonderful teachers and staff at Cherry Crest to give our students the best possible school year experience, while keeping our mission in mind: “to positively impact the lives of children and families.”

In Person Learning Updates from Principal Steere

On March 11 Principal Steere recorded a video for families with information and updates related to in person learning at Cherry Crest elementary. Watch the video for:

• Status of in-person learning; including information about car pickup, bus service and the brand new Parent Portal Bus App
• Updates on planning for 3rd–5th grade return
• Information about the Safety and Health Conditions Review Team at Cherry Crest