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January 4, 2018

Happy New Year Charger Families!  

I hope you all enjoyed the winter holidays with family and friends. Personally, I had a wonderful “stay”-cation and enjoyed the opportunity to spend time with my wife, three kids and extended family right here in Western Washington. As a Seattle area native used to the rain, it was very special to experience a white Christmas right here at home.

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


Dusty Steere, Principal Cherry Crest Elementary


15 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (No School)
16 –  PTSA General Membership Meeting 6:30 Social 7:00 meeting begins
17 – Kindergarten information Night @ 6:30 pm – Cherry Crest cafeteria
19 – Principal Coffee @ 8:15 am
19 – Family Movie Night @ 6:00 pm
25 – Cherry Crest Variety Show 6:00 – 8:00pm – cafeteria
26 – End of First Semester
29 – No School

1 – Spelling Bee Finals @ 6:00 pm

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

Now is the time to start planning for the next school year. To help families transition to the next step, every neighborhood school offers a parent information session for incoming Kindergartners, incoming 6th graders and incoming 9th graders. Some high schools have information sessions for all grades.  Additionally, each choice school hosts an information night for families who may be interested in applying.

Kindergarten Information Sessions

These events are designed for families starting Kindergarten next school year

School Date Time
Cherry Crest Jan. 17, 2018 6:30pm
Jing Mei Jan. 5, 2018 6:00pm
Jing Mei Jan. 8, 2018 9:30am
Puesta del Sol Jan. 11, 2018 6:00pm

6th Grade Information Sessions
These events are designed for families starting 6th grade next school year

School Date Time
Big Picture Jan. 11, 2018 6:30pm
Big Picture Jan. 31, 2018 6:30pm
Big Picture Feb. 6, 2018 6:30pm
Highland Jan. 9, 2018 6:00pm
Highland Jan. 16, 2018 6:00pm
International Jan. 10, 2018 7:00pm
International Jan. 11, 2018 7:00pm
Odle Jan. 25, 2018 6:00pm

More information about school choice and parent information nights here.

Make plans to join us for the next Principal Coffee on Friday, January  19th from 8:15am – 9:30am in the cafeteria. Principal Steere will share information related to the late January progress reports and provide ample time for your questions.  Coffee and refreshments will be generously provided by the Cherry Crest PTSA.

Morning Jump Rope Club for grades 3 – 5.  Beginning Monday, January 8th the gym will be open before school from 7:40 – 7:55 for students in grades 3 – 5 to be active and jump around. Students will be under the supervision of PE staff – Mrs. Norstrom, Mr. Barnes and Mr. Cordell (PE intern).  To ensure a safe and orderly experience, the following guidelines are established:

  • Student backpacks are stored in the gym against the wall
  • Once in the gym, students may not leave until the bell rings
  • All students in the gym will exit out the back recess door from the gym to their teacher lines in the undercover area
  • Students not wishing to participate in jump rope club should wait in the undercover area for teacher pickup at the 7:55 bell per usual.
  • Students in grades K-2 should continue to enter the school and line up in the cafe per usual.


“Our Virtue of the Month for January is  ‘Kindness.’ 

Kindness is showing you care, doing some good to make life better for others. It is being thoughtful about people’s needs. Kindness is showing love and compassion to something who is sad or needs your help. Kindness is treating yourself and others gently. It is caring about the earth and all living things.”

Why practice it? Without kindness, no one would listen when people or animals need help. Everyone would be looking out for himself. The world is lonely without kindness. When someone reaches out to another in an act of kindness, to helps them both. People’s lack of kindness to the earth damages the air, water and the land. This causes people and animals to suffer, too. Being kind allows us to feel connected to everything and everyone.”

How do you practice it? You practice kindness by noticing when someone or something needs care. Become sensitive to the world around you. Use your imagination to think of things that give others happiness. Find out what habits harm the earth and choose kinder ways to live. When you are tempted to be cruel, to criticize or tease, decide not to do it. Speak kindly instead. Greet people kindly. Take good care of your pets. ”

You are practicing kindness when you…..give tender attention to someone who is sad or needs help, do things to give others happiness, practice habits that help the environment (reduce, re-use, recycle), resist the temptation to be cruel, and accept people who are different.”

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.

Winter Weather. Visit the District webpage for more information on Emergency School Closure Information (Click here), including different school closure messages and what they mean. Take a few moments to consider the following questions to ready your family in the event that school is closed due to weather conditions:

  • How will my child get home if schools are closed and buses are not available or do not make stops at regular locations?
  • Where will my child go if help is needed?
  • Who will care for my child until I arrive?

District News: Open Enrollment & Choice Schools. 

Open Enrollment Timeline. This year, Open Enrollment applications will be accepted from Monday, December 11, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. through Friday, January 19, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.  Please note that Open Enrollment starts and ends earlier than in past years.  This year non-resident employees will go through the online Open Enrollment which is a change from past years.

Choice Schools and Programs Timeline. Choice Schools and Programs Applications will be accepted between Monday, January 8, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. through Friday, February 9, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.

As a reminder, the definitions of these two processes are:

  • Open Enrollment – the time when students can request to attend a school other than their home attendance area school.  School statuses will be available on the district website on Monday, December 11, 2017.   All applicants will be placed in a lottery.  Transfers will be approved or denied based on projected enrollment numbers for the building and grade level at both the neighborhood and requested school in addition to projected staffing levels and building capacity at the requested school.
  • Choice Schools and Programs Applications – the time when students can apply for our choice schools – Big Picture (6th grade entry), International (6th grade entry), Jing Mei – Mandarin dual language (Kindergarten entry), Puesta del Sol – Spanish immersion (Kindergarten entry), Spanish Dual Language Program (Kindergarten entry).  Acceptance is generally by lottery.

Additional details about Open Enrollment and Choice School programs here.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Student Placement at

Most Likely to Succeed Screening and Panel Discussion. Are conventional education methods still working in today’s innovative world? As part of its Education Connections series, Bellevue Schools Foundation is proud to partner with Big Picture Bellevue and the PTSA Council to present Most Likely to Succeed. This thought provoking documentary explores compelling new approaches that aim to revolutionize education as we know it. Panel discussion follows the screening.

Let’s ignite the conversation: Join us to learn from Panelists and from the Bellevue Big Picture Middle and High Schools on how you can activate change now.

Date: January 10, 2017

Time: Doors open at 6, movie starts at 6:30 with a panel following at 8:00 pm. Register now at Event Brite.

Join BSD in Upcoming Community Cafes. The School District is seeking your input! Come and share your ideas on how our schools can further create a more positive climate and culture free from harassment, intimidation and bullying. Childcare, interpreters, and food will be provided.

January 4, 2018
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Medina Elementaryy School
8001 NE 8th Street, Medina, WA

January 9, 2018
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Jubilee Reach Community Center
14200 SE 13th Place, Bellevue, WA

January 18, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Highland Middle School
15027 NE Bel/Red Road, Bellevue, WA

January 31, 2018
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Tyee Middle School
13630 SE Allen Road, Bellevue, WA


RSVP is not required but is appreciated as it will help us plan for childcare and catering. While the same content will be presented each night, you may attend multiple sessions. You may also RSVP by emailing or by calling (425) 456-4000.

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.