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April 3, 2018

Charger Families,

Cherry Crest Elementary ranks in the top 10% of schools in our state!

The Every Students Succeeds Action (ESSA) recently replaced No Child Left Behind (NCLB) as the federal school accountability framework.  That framework uses a holistic approach measuring school performance over a three-year period, and factors in student proficiency rates in Math and English Language Arts (ELA), student growth rates in Math and ELA, student attendance rates, and growth for English Language Learners.  Last week, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) released these measurements for the first time and our results were impressive!  More information.

I am proud to lead an amazing staff that provides such a high quality educational experience to students.  Though these results are cause for celebration, we maintain our focus on continued improvement, and are always striving to do better.  I also know we could not achieve this level of success without the support our students receive at home.  Thank you families!


Dusty Steere, Principal Cherry Crest Elementary

Reminder: April 9 – 13 is spring break and there is no school. Enjoy time with your child and we will see you back at school on Monday April 16th.

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


9-13 – Spring Break
27 – Spring for Schools Luncheon
27 – Cherry Crest Festival of Cultures 6 pm

11 – Family Movie Night
17 – Family Engineering Night @ 6 pm
25 – 29 Read A Thon
28 – Memorial Day (No School)
31 – New Family Welcome Potluck

21 – 5th grade promotion @ 1:30 in the gym
22 – Last day of School

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

Thank you for Making the 2018 PTSA auction a HUGE success! A tremendous thank you to EVERYONE who made the 2018 Cherry Crest Auction a huge success! The night was filled with fun, laughter and so much positive spirit! It was wonderful to see parents, teachers and staff connecting socially. What a grand showing of generosity from everyone who attended and from our local community who donated so generously to support our children’s school.

In particular, a very big THANK YOU to all of our Auction Sponsors this year. We had a banner year for sponsorship, and we are very grateful to their contribution to our students. In particular, we would like thank our Platinum Sponsor, Julia and Mark Krill of Windemere Real Estate, Auction Sponsors since 2008 and former Cherry Crest parents, and first-time Gold Plus Sponsor FFLIPI, brought to you by the Mallett Family.

Our combined efforts support excellence in education for each and every student and make Cherry Crest a wonderful school for all!

Student Arrival Reminders. To help ensure student safety in the morning before school AND provide quality planning time for teachers, we have recently reviewed arrival expectations.  I ask that families know and follow the expectations as well.

  • School doors unlock at 7:40 am
  • K-2 students should enter through the main doors and go directly to the café
  • 3-5 students should wait outside under the covered area.
  • The first bell rings at 7:55 signaling teachers to pick up students
  • Students arriving after 7:55 may walk to their classroom. If their teacher is not present, they should line up outside the classroom and wait for the teacher and class to return.
    • Students should not be in classrooms prior to teacher arrival.

Parent Volunteers Needed During Morning Arrival. We have a need for parent volunteers to support K – 2 student arrival each morning from 7:40am – 8:00am in the school café.

Vanshika Malhotra is one of our amazing General School Assistants who supervises in this area and, with up to 250 students, it can be a challenge to effectively care for and respond to individual concerns related to behavior, illness or injury.

If you have interest and availability in being a helpful, positive and welcoming presence in the cafe one or more mornings each week/month, please sign up for a space on the following SignUp Genius page here.

This is a great opportunity to build relationship and community with your child and their friends while also helping the school in a valuable way.  If you have any questions or comments, please communicate directly with principal Dusty Steere at

Cherry Crest Family Engineering Night on May 17th.  Come together as a community to engage in fun, hands-on activities and engineering design challenges that will strengthen your family’s Science, Technology, Engineering & Math skills! All Cherry Crest students and their families are invited. More information to follow.  

Parent Access to Elementary Curriculum. The BSD Curriculum Department has created parent OneNote notebooks for each grade K-5.  These  master course notebooks allow families to access an overview of different curriculum materials for each grade by subject. The following links will open in OneNote Online. Once in the notebook, use the sections on the left to navigate.

Congregations for Kids will be providing backpacks and school supplies again to families in need.  New supplies will be given every year to students who qualify.  The request form is accessible here or you can pick up a paper copy in the main office at Cherry Crest.  Request forms should be returned by May 4th.


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 the finalized schedule 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 – 9 May 29 – 30
4th Grade April 30 – May 2 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 (

Report Safety Concerns with Safe Schools Alert.  Student safety-both physical and psychological-is one of our top priorities at Cherry Crest.  Concerns can be reported via text, email or phone using the BSD SafeSchools Alert. Reports can be submitted anonymously. To make a verbal or written report of harassment, intimidation or bullying, contact a school administration or any staff member. You may also submit the following form: Elementary Form

Our Virtue of the Month for April is  “Confidence”.  Confidence is believing in something or someone. It is a type of trust.  When you have self-confidence, you trust that you have what it takes to handle whatever happens.  You feel sure of yourself and enjoy trying new things. Self-confidence is something that you can control and is up to you to believe you can do it. When you tell yourself you can do something, you are more likely to achieve that goal since you will to try your best and not give up.  Have you ever noticed that people with confidence are likable and you want to be around them.


Make a Big Impact this Year at Spring for Schools!We need you…show your support for high quality public education at Spring for Schools.

You can make a difference by joining Bellevue Schools Foundation for its 30th Annual Spring for Schools Benefit Luncheon at the Bellevue Hyatt Regency on Friday, April 27. When you do, you’ll enjoy a delicious lunch, an inspiring program, and a unique opportunity to learn more about how you can contribute to help us make dreams come true for students in Bellevue.

Together, we create a better future for our children and our community! Founded in 1979, Bellevue Schools Foundation brings together parents, teachers, businesses, and community leaders to develop, promote, and fund the best possible learning opportunities for all students in Bellevue’s public schools. Did you know there’s still a significant gap between the basic funding provided by the state and what our students need and deserve? Together, we can bridge that gap. Each year, the Foundation family funds more than $1 million in programming, ensuring our children have access to high quality education.

Cherry Crest will have table(s) at the event and we’d love for you to join us.  Register here and request “Cherry Crest Elementary” table to be at our table(s).

Can’t make it? Visit to make your gift and support students today.

Share your input to improve BSD Athletics and Activities for all students.  Three ways you can give feedback:

Complete the Online Survey:

Attend an Advisory Session*:

March 14 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at BSD Central Office (ESC)

March 21 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Highland Middle School

March 29 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Newport High School

*Interpreters and childcare available.  RVSP recommended at:

Come to an Athletics and Activities Community Forum:

Monday, April 16, 2018 from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Odle Middle School Library

Thursday, May 17, 2018 from 6 p.m. –  7:30 p.m. at Interlake High School Library

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.