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June 23,  2017

Cherry Crest Families,

I don’t know about you, but this year it seemed as if school would never end.  As a result of our snow days, we almost needed to plan for a 4th of July assembly.  In all seriousness, I want to share my thanks and appreciation for a strong finish to a great school year.  I have so enjoyed my second year at Cherry Crest and it is a privilege and honor to lead our teachers and staff in serving and educating your children.  Thank you for entrusting us with that huge responsibility. As summer dawns, I am looking forward to some downtime and vacation with my wife and kids. (The travel trailer is almost packed for our July trip to the Olympic Peninsula and Hood Canal).  As excited as I am for vacation, I also have an eye toward August and the upcoming school year.  I eagerly anticipate meeting new students and families and building upon relationships from this year.  So, wherever you go and whatever you may do this summer, I wish you and your family the best of times and wonderful memories to last a lifetime.

Have a great summer!

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

June 29 – Aug 20   Cherry Crest Office closed

August 21          Cherry Crest Office reopens

August 25         Classroom Assignments emailed to families

August 28         Teacher Meet & Greet  @ 3:00

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

September 4     Labor Day – No School

September 5     First day of School (Kindergarten)

September 7     Cherry Crest Ice Cream Social @ 6 pm

September 12   Cherry Crest Curriculum Night

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

Shortened Schedule on Tuesday.  For our final day of school (Tuesday, June 27th), we operate on a shortened schedule from 8:00 am – 10:00 am with bus service adjusted for the modified schedule.      

End of Year Progress Reports. Please look for your child’s End of Year progress report coming home next week.  Some teachers will send progress reports home in backpacks on Monday or Tuesday while others will mail them home on Wednesday.  If you you don’t receive a progress report by July 5th,  please contact the Principal Dusty Steere at 

Check Lost and Found for Missing Items. Lost and Found is filling up again! Please stop by to see if your child’s belongings are there. All unclaimed items will be donated at the end of the school year! The racks are located by the elevator and art room.

Class Placement Cards sent home August 25th. Check your email inbox on Friday afternoon, August 25th.  That’s when we will be sending out information on classroom placement for 2017-18.  If your email contact information needs updating, please contact Susie Nakamura.


School Supply List for 2017-2018.  Summer break just started, but we’re already thinking about next year.  The 2017-18 school supplies list for each grade is now available.

Purchasing your school supplies on Amazon? For your convenience parent volunteers have created Amazon School lists for all grades.

Please have your student bring their school supplies to the Teacher Meet & Greet on August 28th or on the first day of school.  Questions?  Please contact Susie Nakamura.

Teacher Meet & Greet.   Mark your calendars now to stop by Cherry Crest on the afternoon of Monday August 28th to meet your teacher, tour the school and drop off your school supplies.   Meet and Greet begins at 3:00 pm in the undercover area behind school.

Cherry Crest Summer Hours & Registration. The office will close on Wednesday June 28th and reopen again on Monday August 21st from 9:00 – 2:00. While schools are closed for the summer, families may come to the Bellevue School District office and register their student for any school. Learn more…

Summer Playground Meetups: Wednesdays in July and August. Join us for summer fun on the playground every Wednesday in July and August. If you’re new to Cherry Crest, get to know our wonderful school grounds. If you’ve been here for a while, meet some new families!

2:00pm – Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grades

4:00pm – 3rd, 4th and 5th Grades

Kids from all grades welcome at all times—this is a very informal gathering! Questions? Please contact

Summer Slide? NO way! Here are ideas to keep your student consistent on their basic skills.

Read- daily! Via there are many reading programs, clubs and support!

King County Library System. Search the library catalog, put holds on books, find homework help for students, parents, and teachers, and look up open hours and…

Math: Dreambox is still available over the summer. Students can easily practice independently on this site/any other you like or with a workbook. Try looking on amazon, at half-priced books or Lakeshore learning.

Writing: Keep a journal, make posters for family events, write thank you cards or reader’s theater for the family to ‘put on’ around the dinner table.

Reading/writing resources:

Please know the BEST thing your child can do is READ, READ,READ!!

Anticipated Classroom Teaching Assignments.  At this time, Cherry Crest is fully staffed with the following anticipated teaching assignments.  Of course, changes can and sometimes do happen as summer enrollment fluctuates but, if school were to start tomorrow, here’s a list of who is teaching what:

GenEd # cls
Kinder 3 Nancy Cody Pam Lawlor  Heather DePaola
1st 3 Amanda Alcorn Emily Applegate Melissa Hayfield
2nd 3 Diane Elms Christina Hanson  Jennifer Cordell
3rd 2 Mercy Tamayo Kate Therriault/ Maryann Tatterson
4th 2 Maya Stevens Robyn Wells
5th 2 Bon Regala Brooke Stover
GESP # cls
2nd 2 Teresa Gibbs Tammy Waddell
3rd 2 Tracy Repass Kelly Ward
4th 3 Sunni Chariton Martin Cordell Margaret Haney
5th 3 Allison Snow Nadia Jessa Whitney Hemker

ARE YOU IN THE 10 PERCENT? For the first time in decades, the Bellevue Schools Foundation (BSF)  is in danger of cutting funding for programs that directly affect our Bellevue students.

Bellevue’s public schools are among the best in the nation because of Foundation donors. The Foundation funds programs that no one local PTSA could fund; innovative programs that elevate the basic education provided by the Bellevue School District – programs like:

  • K-12 Computer Science
  • STEM in the classroom
  • Arts, Enrichment & Innovation Grants
  • Music grants
  • Learning supports like Project READiness, VIBES, Early Learning, and more…

To make sure these critical programs continue, the BSF must raise an additional $500,000 by the end of the summer. If you’re among the 10% of dedicated families who have already contributed to Bellevue Schools Foundation, thank you for all you’ve done this year.

If you’re among the 90% who have not, please consider making an annual gift of $250 or more per child HERE. Or join the Foundation’s Allin4Kids Monthly Giving Club with a pledge of $20 a month before the school year ends.

Thank you for rallying in support of our 20,000 Bellevue School District children. Together we will ensure our students continue to receive the private-school-caliber quality education they need and deserve.

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.