Ready. . .Set. . .Read! Read-a-thon Starts Wednesday

Lunch with Principal Mr. Steere! Book selected by librarian Ms. Lux! These are some of the exciting prizes students can win by participating in the Read-a-thon.

The Read-a-thon is the first major Cherry Crest PTSA fundraiser of the school year. Students set reading goals, raise donations, read from November 24th to 28th (Thanksgiving break), and win exciting prizes! The details:

Read-a-thon kicks off with an all-school Pajama Day on Wednesday November 24th: send your kids to school in their PJs!

Reflections Entries Due Wednesday, November 17th

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 2021/22 theme:

“I will change the World by. . . .”

Entries will be collected virtually on Wednesday, November 17th, 2021. If your student is unable to submit work this way, contact us and we will arrange to collect the art work.

Submit entries at by end of day, Wednesday, November 17th, 2021. If any student is unable to submit work this way contact and we will arrange to collect the art work.

Free Family Service Event – Camp Kindness Counts

Looking for ways to help in our community? The Youth Leadership committee has organized safe and fun in-person events! On December 5th we’ll make cards of encouragement and assemble snack bags for the experiencing homelessness.

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!

Shopping on Amazon? Remember to “Smile”!

Amazon Smile

Black Friday and Cyber Monday will be here soon!

Help Cherry Crest PTSA raise funds by selecting it as your preferred charity for the Amazon Smile program – Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to the Cherry Crest PTSA! No cost is passed on to you.

High School Volunteers Offer Reading Buddies Program for K-1 Students

A group of local high school students are continuing their work as virtual Reading Buddies this school year – this time with both Kindergarteners and 1st graders!

Each Wednesday they host a Microsoft Teams meeting from 3:00-4:00pm to read with our students. This will include a read-aloud, discussion and comprehension questions, virtual activities like “I Spy,” and small group connection time with other students.