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June 1,  2017

Cherry Crest Families,

June is here and, with it, student thoughts wander to summer vacation.  Cherry Crest staff are working hard to finish this school year on a strong note while also preparing for outstanding 2017-18 school year.  This includes constructing classroom cohorts and hiring some new staff.  This work will continue through the summer and will be communicated to families via our website and through email.  I plan on sharing an end of year Chronicler in late June. In the meantime, if you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact me or call the main office.

Thank you for taking a few moments to read the important dates and announcements in the parent newsletter below.

Have a great week!


Dusty Steere




June 6               Kindergarten Roundup @ 9 am

June 9               Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast @ 8:30 am

June 15              ELL Coffee at 8:05 am

June 16             Field Day

June 22            5th grade graduation @ 6:00 pm

June 27             Last day of school 8:00 – 10:00

August 28         Teacher Meet & Greet + Ice Cream Social 3:00 – 5:00

August 31          First day of School (Grades 1 – 5)

September 5     First day of School (Kindergarten)

Please remember to regularly visit the Cherry Crest & PTSA websites for the most current information.

Do you have or know of an incoming kindergarten student?  If so, please ensure that you have completed and submitted registration materials to the Cherry Crest office as soon as possible.

All incoming kindergarten students and their parents are invited to Cherry Crest’s Kindergarten Roundup on Tuesday June 6th from 9:00 – 10:30.  Kindergarten roundup is an opportunity for students to meet the kindergarten teachers in their future classrooms,  get a tour of the school from a 4th grade tour guide, enjoy a read aloud and take a short ride on a school bus.  Parents will hear from the principal and one of our kindergarten teachers as they share kindergarten information and answer questions.

Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast. As a small token of our appreciation, the Cherry Crest Staff would like to invite all of our amazing Cherry Crest Comm(UNITY) volunteers to join us on Friday, June 9th at 8:30am for our annual Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast.

Please come to the cafeteria so the staff can recognize you and all that you do for our school.  Whether you have helped in the classroom, library, lunchroom or on a field trip, we want to thank you!  We are so grateful for our volunteers’ time and support for each and every Cherry Crest student. We couldn’t do it without you!

Questions?  Please contact Susie Nakamura

Leave “Fidget” Toys at Home.  In the past month or so, we’ve seen an increase in toys coming to school.  Many of these toys are categorized as “fidgets”.   If a fidget toy is helpful for your student to learn, please discuss this with your classroom teacher. If it is more of a “toy” please have your student keep these at home. Our teachers are working with students to monitor this, as they have become quite the distraction in class for some of our students as well as tempting objects to take.

Thank you for supporting our students in making good choices and finishing the school year strong.


Volunteers Needed for Field Day on June 16th. Come enjoy the afternoon by volunteering at one of our students’ most beloved activities: Field Day! There is something for everyone to enjoy and a great way to end the year with our Cherry Crest Comm(UNITY). We need as many helping hands as possible to make this day a success. Please take a look at the list of options and sign up for one that works for you!

Drop off & Pick Up Reminders. Because student safety is our number one concern, we need your cooperation in helping keep students safe on campus. Please remember the following:

In the parking lot:

  • When using the Designated Drop Off/Pick Up Zone, pull forward, put away the cell phone and follow all crossing guard flags and directions.
  •  Student drop off in the center parking lot is not permitted. Use of the center parking is solely designated for those needing to park and enter the school building.

In the neighborhood:

  • Slow down as you enter the school zone.
  • Come to a full stop at all stop signs.
  • Enter school via NE 32nd St.
  • Exit the school via 124 th Ave.

Thank you for following our Pick Up and Drop Off Procedures.

Proactively Report Student Absences. With the extension of the school year until Tuesday, June 27th, we anticipate some students missing one or more school days.  Please notify the attendance office if your child will be absent from school.  For any absences, other than illness, of two or more days it is necessary to submit a prearranged absence form one week in advance of the absence to be considered excused.
CALL: (425) 456-4902

Annual Parent Satisfaction Survey.  This is the time of year when our Superintendent and Board of Directors ask for your feedback on how our schools are doing. We invite you to complete this anonymous survey and answer the questions based on your experience with Bellevue schools. If you have more than one child in the district, you may choose to complete one survey for each student, or one survey for each of the schools your student(s) attended this school year. At several points in the survey there are opportunities for additional comments and feedback.

We use your feedback to monitor parent satisfaction rates with schools over time. District results are published each year on the district website and we anticipate that the spring 2017 results will be posted in late September. In the fall, individual school results will be shared with your school community by your principal. In order for the survey to be reflective of all parents and guardians, we ask for your participation and look forward to hearing from you.

The survey will be open until June 16. Click here to take the survey and thank you for participating.

Our Virtue of the Month for June is ‘Courage.’ Courage is personal bravery in the face of fear. It is doing what needs to be done even when it is really hard or scary. Courage is going ahead even when you feel like giving up. Courage is needed in trying new things. It is admitting mistakes and then doing the right thing. Courage is the strength in your heart.

Thank You for Giving BIG in Support of #CS4AllKids! Bellevue Schools Foundation donors joined forces during GiveBIG to raise $45,000 in support of Bellevue School District’s innovative computer science partnership, #CS4AllKids. THANK YOU! It is because of community and parent support that we are able to help District educators push the leading edge of education so every child will be prepared to thrive in school and life. Learn more about this innovative program at, and if you’d like to support the initiative, visit

Community News: The City of Bellevue is partnering with the Bellevue School District to help better understand the transportation needs of families. They will use the data to enhance their Bellevue School Pool pilot program which encourages families to explore sustainable transportation options for their students.

 Please complete this brief survey by Monday June 12 to share the how your children travel to and from school during a typical week.

Survey Link:

Thank you for your participation. Please email if you have any questions. 

Wear Sunscreen. On May 4, 2017, Governor Inslee signed Substitute Senate Bill 5404 which took effect immediately.  A new section was added to the medication in school law (RCW 28A.210.260) that allows students to have FDA-approved topical sunscreen at school without a prescription from a licensed health care professional.

WA State House Bill Amendment 5404 to RCW 28A.210 states, in part, that: Any person, including students, parents and school personnel, may possess topical sunscreen products to help prevent sunburn while on school property, at a school-related event or activity, or at summer camp….a sunscreen product may be possessed and applied under this section without the prescription or note of a licensed health care professional if the product is regulated by the United States food and drug administration for over-the-counter use…..For student use, a sunscreen product must be supplied by parent/guardian..(3) Nothing in this section requires school personnel to assist students in applying sunscreen.

Please review the important initial Bellevue School District directions below for sending sunscreen with your child to school. The safety of all children is our priority and some students are very allergic to sunscreen. Thank you for understanding and complying with this process.

Students may bring and self-apply FDA-approved sunscreen at school once parents have met the following conditions:

  1. We recommend application at home before school; have student bring in a sunhat labeled with their name, and wearing sun protective garments.
  2. Sunscreen (FDA approved) must be labeled with child’s full name and kept with student (backpack).
  3. Parent/guardian has instructed student on proper self-administration.
  4. NO spray sunscreen is allowed.
  5. Younger students may find stick sunscreen easier.
  6. Child is instructed by parent/guardian to not share sunscreen with other students.
  7. Approval will be withdrawn if a student handles sunscreen irresponsibly or otherwise maintains or administers it in a manner that is not appropriate for school. For this reason, parents/guardians must demonstrate at home how to apply.
  8. Additional information regarding sunscreen can be found at:


Cherry Crest Elementary prepares all students to become life-long learners through inquiry, collaboration, and discovery.  Each student will feel a sense of belonging in our Comm(UNITY) while learning social-emotional and academic skills to be successful in an ever-changing and diverse society.