Parent Information night for rising Kindergarten Families

To learn about the amazing Kindergarten experience at Cherry Crest Elementary, please join our Virtual Parent Information Night tonight, Tuesday, January 11th at 6:00pm.

If you live outside of the Cherry Crest attendance boundaries and want to be considered for enrollment, you must complete and submit an Open Transfer application by Friday, January 14th at 4:30 pm. Directions and applications are available on the BSD website at: https://bsd405.org/departments/student-placement/open-enrollment

Additional information about kindergarten registration can be found at: https://bsd405.org/schools/kindergarten/

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.

Library Updates and Volunteer training

If you are interested in becoming a library volunteer, Mrs. Lux is offering more training sessions this month. 

THANK YOU so much for the current library volunteers who have been coming in to help check-in books, shelve books and help during class checkout time.

It makes such a world of difference for our librarian to be able to focus on students: helping them find books, making suggestions and answering questions they have during class time without tying up the line.

Special Thanks to Cherry Crest Staff and Friends for Snow Removal

The PTSA is grateful for all those who spent time and energy clearing the snow at school.  Special thanks to Office Manager Ms. Connie Kramer who along with her daughter Nicole, son Derek and his friend Jamaal, came in on Monday to provide a head start.  Our heartfelt thanks as well to Head Custodian Ms. Lupita for her relentless efforts Tuesday morning to prepare for students’ first day back.  THANK YOU!

Principal Chat is Friday, January 14 at 8:30am

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 include information from the principal as well as ample time for questions and comments.

• Join Teams Meeting at: http://bit.ly/3tcyIf5
• Submit questions in advance at: http://bit.ly/3ncrjZn

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

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

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

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.

Parent and Caregiver Education Sessions

Diana Bastien, Clinical Psychologist at Seattle Children’s Hospital, will speak about anxiety at our virtual PTSA General Meeting tonight (Tuesday, January 11).

A speaker from Sound Discipline will join us to talk about Positive Discipline on Friday, February 4 at 8:30am.

Cherry Crest School Counselor, Mykela Fantone, will speak about the SEL (Social-Emotional Learning) Curriculum at our virtual PTSA General Meeting on Tuesday, March 8 at 7:00pm.

PTSA Seeks One More Person for Nominating Committee

The current Executive Committee of the PTSA seeks individuals to form a Nominating Committee. The to fill open Executive Committee positions for the 2022-2023 school year. This limited commitment takes place in January and involves attending 2-3 meetings.

An ideal Nominating Committee member is:

• Someone with connections to many different families within our school across grades.
• Comfortable reaching out to other parents for conversation.
• Able to meet with other members of the nominating committee (in person or via Microsoft Teams).