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March 1, 2018

Charger Families,

Discussing Tragic News with Children.  It’s been just a little more than two weeks since the school shooting in Parkland Florida.  As teachers, we have worked hard to read our students for clues to how they are feeling and to respond with appropriate care and sensitivity.  Constant television news updates, tweets, posts, notifications and alerts of tragic events, sometimes directly to kids’ cell phones, can make it hard for parents to discuss disturbing news with their children in a timely and thoughtful manner. No matter how old kids are, threatening or upsetting news can affect them emotionally. Many can feel worried, frightened, angry, or even guilty. And these anxious feelings can last long after the news event is over.  So what can you do as a parent to help your kids deal with all this information?  Read advice from Common Sense Media, a national, nonprofit organization that provides media and technology information, education and tools to parents, teachers, and policymakers.


Dusty Steere, Principal Cherry Crest Elementary


2 – Last Day for PTSA Auction Early Bird Discount
4 – Family Fun Event @ Kid’s Quest Museum
7 – Book Fair Family Night & Art Show @ 5:30 pm
13 –  PTSA General Membership Meeting (Social @ 6:30, Meeting at 7:00)
16 & 19 – No School (Staff Professional Development Days)
20 – Principal Coffee
23-Cherry Crest Movie Night and Auction Art Walk @ 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.

Spring Book Fair is next week! The Book Fair will run from March 5th to 8th in the Cherry Crest Library. Book fair is open to students at lunch with a pass from their teacher, each day after school and Family Night on Wed. from 5:30-7:30.  Scholastic accepts cash, check or credit card.

**If you choose to send cash to school with your student(s) please send in a sealed envelope or bag with their name on it or in a purse or wallet.  Loose bills are easily lost.

Set up will be on Thursday afternoon March 1st and tear down on Friday morning March 9th.  Our librarian, Mrs. Lux, needs many volunteers to make this popular event happen.  All proceeds go to new books for our library.  To volunteer contact: Kerry Deutsch at:

To check out the schedule and online purchasing options go to:

Questions? Contact Mrs. Lux in the library at:

Cherry Crest Art Show is March 7th.  Student artwork from all grades will be on display! Volunteers are needed to set up and tear down next week! Please sign up to help Ms. Jessica display all the wonderful artwork our students have created.

The art walk will take place during the Book Fair Family night on Wednesday, March 7th from 5:30-7:30pm. Artwork will be on display in the Cherry Crest Elementary School foyer through Friday March 9th.

Questions? Contact Ms.Jessica Brekke in the art room at: or Vasundhara Jain at:

PTSA Auction is March 31st.  Please consider joining me, my staff and your wonderful community for a fun kid-free social evening to celebrate our school!

Early bird discount tickets end THIS FRIDAY March 2nd. Don’t miss it and be sure to RSVP HERE to save on your ticket!

You can get additional details and RSVP on the auction website or by following the auction team on Facebook.

Kindness Week Recap.  Our virtue of the month in January was Kindness. Following our Martin Lurther King Jr. Assembly, Cherry Crest staff and students celebrate Kindness Week January 22 – 26. Building on our slogan of “Throw Kindness like Confetti” students and staff learned about and practiced Random Acts of Kindness. For the week and the rest of January, several classes participated in kindness workshops where they learned about filling people’s buckets, or watched a video that depicted random acts of kindness in a greater community. Students in grades 2-5 wrote a pledge of kindness and created goals about spreading kindness in our community and beyond.

Throughout the week, many Cherry Crest students were awarded flags for random acts of kindness. These now hang in our main entrance at Cherry Crest!

Baby on Board.  Assistant Principal, Erin Stedman, recently shared with staff that she and her husband are expecting a baby boy in early September.  They are thrilled to welcome a new member into their family and provide a sibling for their four year old daughter, Brooklyn.  We will have more information about her absence and return date in the coming months.  Thank you for sharing in their joy during this special time.

Order Yearbooks Now Through March 23rd. The Cherry Crest Yearbook captures photo memories of school year events and includes pages for each classroom (with photos and names of classmates.)

Order now for $18.00 and guarantee your copy. A few yearbooks (at a higher price) will be available for students who don’t order by the March 23rd deadline, but supplies will be limited.

Order Online – Lifetouch

Yearbook ID code: 1577518

Right Time, Right Place.  Safety First! 

  • As the days get longer and the weather improves, support your child in walking/biking to school and/or using the school bus.
  • If you choose to drive your child to school, leave adequate time so you are not rushing.  School doors open at 7:40 am with adult supervision for students.  Students are expected to be in their classroom seated and ready to learn when the 8:00 bell rings.
  • Should you find find yourself running late or stuck in Cherry Crest traffic, RELAX!  Do not sacrifice student safety for the sake of avoiding a tardy.  Rather, follow the regular dropoff procedures and enjoy your last moments with your child before entrusting them to us for the day.
  • Please be respectful of our Cherry Crest neighbors during the busy dropoff and pickup times.  Avoid blocking driveways and keep an eye out for residents who may be entering or leaving their homes.

Thank you for Supporting the February 2018 BSD Levies. We are thrilled that, once again, our Bellevue community has shown tremendous support in our schools via the recent vote on the Educational & Operations Levy, Technology & Capital Projects Levy, and School Bus Levy! Thank you for your continued support and trust in our mission to provide all students with an exemplary college preparatory education so they can succeed in college, career and life. Click here to read Dr. Duran’s message to the community on the passing of our levies.

5th Grade Promotion.   Save the date!  All 5th grade parents are invited to join us on Thursday June 21st at 1:30 pm in the Cherry Crest gym for our Moving Up Assembly and 5th Grade Promotion.  More information to come.

Smarter Balanced Testing. With spring comes state testing!  All 3-5 students take the Smarter Balanced Assessment for English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics online during the spring of this school year. 5th grade students will also take the MSP for Science.

The schedule below outlines our current draft of  when testing will occur. Please avoid scheduling vacations or time away from school during these important assessment windows. Vacation requests may not be granted if they conflict with state standardized testing.

English Language Arts (ELA) Math Science 
3rd Grade May 7 – 10 May 29 – 30
4th Grade April 30 – May 3 May 21 – 22
5th Grade April 23 – 26 May 14 – 15 May 31

The Washington Comprehensive Assessment Program website contains lots of test-related resources for parents and students: .  From this site, you can also try out a Smarter Balanced practice or training test.

For more information, contact Cherry Crest Assistant Principal, Erin Stedman (, or Chris Lindberg, BSD manager of state testing (

Healthy Minds, Successful Lives: Mental Health, Academics & Your Student. Join Bellevue Schools Foundation, the nationally recognized JED Foundation, and Forefront in the Schools to learn how mental health impacts student success in high school and college.

Learn what the most recent national, state and district level data reveal about the disturbing rise of anxiety and depression in our students. Then discover how the Bellevue Schools Foundation and Bellevue School District are partnering to solve this public health crisis in our schools.

Attendees will enjoy brief presentations and ample discussion with JED Foundation CEO, John MacPhee, Bellevue School District Executive Director of Student Services, Judy Buckmaster, and representatives from Forefront — the University of Washington based non-profit organization that empowers individuals and communities to take sustainable action to prevent suicide, champion systemic change, and restore hope.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration required. Light refreshments served.

Thu, March 8, 2018 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Wilburton Instructional Service Center 12241 Main Street Rainier Room Bellevue, WA 98005

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.

Washington State law requires schools to report student absences as excused or unexcused.  BSD Policy 3122 clarifies valid reasons for excused absences.  If no excuse is provided or the excuse does not fall within those outlined in the policy, student absences will be marked as unexcused.

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.

“Our Virtue of the Month for March is  ‘Forgiveness.’ Being forgiving is giving someone another chance after they have done something wrong, knowing that everyone makes mistakes.  It is making amends instead of taking revenge.  It is important to forgive yourself, too.  Forgiving yourself means to stop punishing yourself or feeling hopeless because of a mistake.  Forgiveness is moving ahead, ready to act differently, with compassion for yourself.

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.