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September 7

Hello Charger Families!

It is so great to have your children back at school!  I can’t express how special it was to receive hugs, high fives and huge smiles as students excitedly walked through the school doors last week.  To top that off, we welcomed four classrooms of new kindergarten students on Tuesday. Busy and exciting times!  Through these first days of school, we have been diligently teaching, modeling and reinforcing common school wide expectations and your children are doing a fantastic job of learning and following direction.  Some of what they are learning, and much more, is contained in our Cherry Crest Community Handbook. I’d like to suggest you take a peek at the table of contents for an idea of what and how we are doing at school.

In late August, teachers engaged in a number of professional learning days.  During that time, we reaffirmed our collective commitment to our mission statement “to prepare 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.”  In particular, this year, we are focused on relationships and “sense of belonging”.  As principal, it is my desire that this sense of belonging extend to our parents and families as well.  As a starting point, I’d like to extend a personal invitation for each and every family to attend our Cherry Crest Curriculum Night on Tuesday September 12th from 6:00 – 7:15.  Additional details on Curriculum Night are included below.

For those of you new to Cherry Crest, you are reading the September edition of the Cherry Crest Chronicler.  The Chronicler comes out monthly and is my way, as principal, of sharing important information, dates and announcements related to our school.  Thank you for taking a few moments to read the newsletter.  In addition, I encourage you to regularly visit the school and PTSA websites for the most current information.


Dusty Steere, Principal Cherry Crest Elementary


September 7                      Ice Cream Social @ 6:30 pm 

September 12                     Cherry Crest Curriculum Night

September 19                     PTSA Meeting @ 6:30 pm 

September 22                     School Picture Day 

September 29                     Walkathon 

October 5                             Internet Safety Class for Parents @ 6:30 pm 

October 13                           Professional Learning Day, No Students

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

Ice Cream Social tonight, Thursday September 7th! 

Who: All Cherry Crest Elementary Community members
When: September 7th (6:30-8:00 pm)
Where: School playground area

Enjoy an ice cream sundae while meeting up with old friends and making new ones! Stop by the PTSA table and see all of the great volunteer opportunities. If you haven’t already joined the PTSA online, we will be taking forms and payment (checks only, please!) See you there!

Please join us for Curriculum Night Tuesday September 12th, 6:00 pm – 7:10 pm. Curriculum Night is a wonderful opportunity for you to meet your child’s teacher and to see and hear about all of the wonderful learning that will take place this year.

Our schedule this year has changed and is recorded below.

Grades K, 1, 2 Grades 3,4,5
6:00 – 6:30  Principal and PTSA presentation in the gym 6:00 – 6:30 Teacher presentations in classrooms
6:40 – 7:10   Teacher presentations in classrooms 6:40 – 7:10 Principal and PTSA presentation in the gym

No Childcare is available for this event. This is an informational night for parents and students are encouraged to stay at home. Curriculum Night is also not a time to individually discuss your child specifically.  Individual parent/teacher conferences will be scheduled later in October and November.  If you would like to meet prior to that time, please contact your child’s teacher directly.

Parking Reminder

As parking will be tight at Curriculum Night, we encourage families to carpool and arrive early. When parking on nearby streets, respect our neighbors: park legally (do not park, even partially, on sidewalks or block driveways or fire hydrants) and allow ample room for emergency vehicles to pass.

Questions?  Contact Beth Orr in the front office or call 425-456-4900.

Getting to School. With just one entrance and exit to our school, pickup and drop off at Cherry Crest can be frustrating.  As such, we strongly encourage eligible students to utilize BSD transportation.  Find your bus route on the BSD transportation page here.

If you choose to drop off or pick up your child from school, please review and follow the Cherry Crest Pick Up and Drop Off procedures.

PTSA General Membership meeting on Tuesday, September 19th at 6:30pm in the library. Coffee, treats, and childcare are provided. Come meet your PTSA Board of Directors, re-approve the 2017-18 budget and start planning for an awesome school year. If you haven’t already, visit the Cherry Crest PTSA page to join or renew your PTSA membership.

Internet Safety Class for Parents & movie night for students on Thursday, October 5th at 6:30 – 8:00 pm.   In this day and age of technology and digital devices, it is more important than ever that parents teach, model and reinforce safe practices with our children (and ourselves).

Stefanie Thomas is an internet safety expert that has worked with law enforcement for the past 8 years regarding the exploitation of children online. She uses this experience to educate parents & children about internet safety and has reached over 30,000 in the greater Seattle area.

This renowned lecture is applicable to parents with kids of ALL ages, and is sure to be a valuable evening to learn about common pitfalls, risks, and get tips and tricks for keeping our kids safe as they enter the online world.

The PTSA is generously funding this event and will also provide a movie and supervision for students who attend.  Questions? Contact:

Right time. Right place.   The school doors unlock each day at 7:40 am. Class begins at 8:00 am and concludes at 2:30 pm (12:10 pm on Wednesdays).  Student SAFETY is of utmost concern so we ask that students do not arrive on campus before 7:40 AM.  Limited supervision is provided prior to the start of the school day.

Upon arriving at school:

  • K-2 grade students enter the main building and head directly to the cafeteria to be picked up by their classroom teacher when the warning bell rings at 7:55.
  • 3-5 grade students line up by grade in the covered area near the playground on the north side of the school.

Volunteering at CHERRY CREST. Family involvement is a critical aspect of our school success!  If you are not currently a volunteer in our school community, we invite you to find a way to get involved.  The research overwhelmingly demonstrates that parent involvement in their children’s education is positively related to academic achievement.  The research also shows that the earlier in a child’s education that the parent/caretaker gets involved, the more powerful the effects will be.  In addition, your child will be excited to see you active in the school house and it is just plain fun to spend time with children.  There are many ways to get involved.  If you need ideas for where you could start your volunteering journey, contact your child’ s teacher and/or speak with Berr Orr in the main office.  If you haven’t volunteered before, it will be necessary to complete a BSD Volunteer application packet available here.

Smarter Balanced Score Reports mailed home. In late August, a hard working BSD team assembled the mailing of more than 12,000 family score reports from the spring 2017 Smarter Balanced, MSP, and EOC tests.   For a better understanding of student scores and progress, try out this helpful interactive website – choose a grade level, subject, and score range, then view details on overall score and student achievement by claim.  Additional questions can be directed to Chris Lindberg, BSD Data Research and Testing Manager,

Gifted Program Testing. Applications for gifted testing for students in grades 1 – 11 will be available online beginning September 1, 2017. District families interested in applying for testing should submit an application before the October 31, 2017 deadline at Parents of BSD Kindergarten students and 2nd grade students at Ardmore, Clyde Hill, and Woodridge do not need to apply, as these students will be considered for gifted services through the Kindergarten evaluation process.

Bellevue PTSA Council Back to School Fair. Bellevue PTSA Council is presenting a Back to School Fair on Sept. 9 at Bellevue High School. This district wide community fair will have representatives from community partners and the Bellevue School District.  Resource fair organizations will be able to provide information on after-school programs, human services and district offerings plus so much more. There will be over 60 organizations represented and many parent education session for K-12 families.  Food trucks will be onsite to purchase food.  For more information, click here to visit the Bellevue PTSA Council website.  

To learn more about Gifted Program, please visit

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.