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February 1, 2018

Charger Families,

It’s hard to believe, but we are now more than halfway through the school year.   While your students were home on Monday, many teachers worked on semester end progress reports.  These progress reports will be finalized over the week and sent home in student backpacks on Wednesday February 7th.  Families can also access progress report information online with Synergy ParentVue.   Synergy ParentVUE provides parents and guardians the ability to view their student’s assignments, grades and attendance, as well as the ability to update crucial student information.  Learn more about Synergy ParentVue and how to use it here.

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

Make it a great week!


Dusty Steere, Principal Cherry Crest Elementary


1 – Spelling Bee Finals @ 6:30 pm
3 – BSD Job Fair at Odle Middle School
5 – BSF Lunch & Learn: Technology in the Classroom (see below)
7 – First Semester Progress Reports Sent Home with Students
13 – BSD Levy Vote
19-23 – No School (Midwinter Break)

7 – Book Fair Family Night & Art Walk @ 5:30 pm
16 & 19 – No School (Staff Professional Development Days)
13 –  PTSA General Meeting & Social

    • Social @6:30PM
    • Meeting @7PM
    • Childcare @6:30PM

23-Cherry Crest Movie Night @ 6:30 pm
31 – Cherry Crest PTSA Auction

9-13 – No School (Spring Break)

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

Understanding and utilizing Report Cards. Below are three helpful tips or reminders to support families in discussing students’ performance in school:

1. Click here for a single page explanation of progress report scores in a more in-depth manner. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions. For families with students in the Gifted Elementary Service Program (GESP), click here to read GESP Progress Report Clarification.

2. Based on a research study by Carol Dweck at Stanford, research suggests that when we praise students for their effort vs. their intelligence, they are more likely to continue to persevere and work hard at doing their best, when faced with a challenging task. Thus resulting in creating a growth mindset vs. a fixed mindset. (4 minute video overview)

3. Click here for a few great tips for parents on how to approach the discussion about your child’s educational progress with your child.

Thank you for your continued partnership in helping to support your child’s social, emotional and academic growth at Cherry Crest Elementary.

Proactively Report Absence, Illness, Appointments: When you child know your child will miss all or part of a school day due to illness or an appointment, please contact Cherry Crest Attendance at 425-456-4902 or email When leaving a message, be sure to include your child’s first and last name and the reason for the absence.

For prearranged absences of three of more days, a prior approval form submitted to the teacher and principal must be completed one week prior to the absence. Prearranged absence forms can be picked up in the main office and accessed on our website here.

Help our Main Office Staff.  Mimi John (school secretary) and Susie Nakamura (office manager) work very hard to support students, staff and families at Cherry Crest.  Thank you for supporting their efforts by adhering to the following “After School Plans” guideline in our Community Handbook (pg 10)

Should your child wish to go home with a friend or anywhere else other than the normal afterschool destination, written permission from a parent or guardian must be brought to the school office in the morning where it will be recorded and stamped. Bus passes will be issued to students before the start of the school day. School phones are not available to make last minute play plans. If plans should change during the school day, please email your child’s teacher and the main office before 1:00 pm. Change of dismissals plans received after 1:00 pm are not guaranteed to be delivered to the student unless it is deemed an emergency.

Cherry Crest Annual Auction is Saturday, March 31st! Word on the street (playground) is that invitations to this year’s Auction are coming home in backpacks next week and RSVP/ticketing will be open. Put March 31st on your calendar and please consider joining me, my staff and your wonderful community for a fun social evening to celebrate our school.

Important message from Nurse Chris, Cherry Crest Nurse. We are currently experiencing a high volume of flu illnesses at Cherry Crest.  It is important to follow health guidelines and not have children return to school until they are well.  CDC recommends staff and students stay home for 24 hours after you no longer have a fever or signs of a fever without the use of fever reducing medication.  Children should also have 24 hours of no vomiting before returning to school.

Practice good hand washing and good health habits to stay healthy through this flu season. Questions?  Contact nurse Chris at or 425-456-4907.

Lunch & Learn: Technology in the Classroom. Come join us for lunch and to learn more about the District’s approach to technology at elementary, middle and high school and how it is incorporated differently at each level. Gain a deeper understanding of what the technology levy funds in our schools. Several of the Technology Curriculum experts will be presenting – bring your questions!

When: Monday, Feb. 5, from 12-1 p.m.
Where: Wilburton Instructional Service Center, Rainier Room

A light lunch will be provided;  Please register here. The event is free and open to the public.

Co-hosted by Bellevue Schools Foundation and Bellevue Quality Schools


February 2018 Levy Measures. Three levies will be on the February 13, 2018 ballot: Educational & Operations Levy, Technology & Capital Projects Levy, and School Bus Levy. Passing these levies will allow us to maintain the high quality programs and services our students currently receive. Click here to review important information on the impact of the levies, the cost to homeowners if the levies are passed, as well as Frequently Asked Questions.  Thank you for taking two minutes to complete and return your ballot.

BSD Job Fair Saturday, Feb. 3. Bellevue School District will be hosting a Job Fair on February 3, 2018 at Odle Middle School from 9am-2pm. We are seeking to hire part-time and full-time positions for the 2018-19 school year. These positions include administrator, all teaching assignments, support staff, nurses, bus drivers, custodians, nutrition services, para educators, instructional assistants and many more! For more information, please visit our website:

“Our Virtue of the Month for February is  ‘Integrity.’ Integrity is standing up for what you believe is right, living by your highest values.  It is being honest and sincere with others and yourself.  You are integrous when your words and actions match.  You don’t fool yourself into doing what you know is wrong.  You fill your life and your mind with things that help you to live a good life.”

Why practice it?  Without integrity, no one would be able to trust each other to do what they say they are going to do.  Integrity helps us to listen to our conscience, to do the right thing, to tell the truth.  When people act with integrity, they stand for something.  Others believe them and rely on them.  Integrity gives us self-respect and a peaceful heart.”

You practice integrity by thinking about the virtues that matter to you and doing your best to live by them.  When you make a mistake, you clean it up.  You don’t follow the crowd.  You think for yourself.  You don’t say one things and do another.  You do the right thing even when no one is watching.  Even when it is hard to do the right thing, you stand strong.”

You are practicing integrity when you…..think about what virtues you care about, stand strong for what you believe, willingly clean up mistakes, do the right thing even when it is hard, think for yourself, and are your own leader.”

Reporting Safety Concerns. Bullying and safety concerns can always be reported to any staff member at school.  The Elementary Level Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Incident Reporting Form is available to all families in the office. Finally, Bellevue School District also utilizes an anonymous reporting tool called SafeSchools Alert through which anyone can make a verbal or written report of harassment, intimidation or bullying. Information on how to submit a report via any of these methods is available on the district website 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.