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August 17, 2018

Happy Summer, Charger Families!

I hope you have enjoyed time this summer resting, relaxing and spending quality time with family and friends.  Personally, I enjoyed time off in July vacationing as a family in our travel trailer logging over 2600 miles down the Washington, Oregon and California Coast.  At times a road trip seems like forced family fun, but we had a great experience and made memories to last a lifetime.


While summer is not quite over yet, it’s important for prepare your child for a healthy and positive school routine.  The next few weeks are a good time to begin adjusting your family’s schedule to match the school schedule. As the start of school approaches (Aug 30), please find an opportunity to express your support of school and the importance it will play in your child’s life. Having family conversations about the excitement of returning to school will help your child have a smooth transition back into the school routine.

In the newsletter below, you will find important information about the start of a new school year. Please take a moment to review this information and feel free to contact me or Susie/Beth in our front office with any questions you may have! 425-456-4900.  Then, once you finish reading this newsletter, you can get back out in the sun.  I look forward to seeing you and your kids soon!


Dusty Steere, Principal Cherry Crest Elementary


August 20                             Cherry Crest Main Office Opens 9:00 am – 2:00 pm  

August 25                           Jubilee Service Day 

August 27                            Class placement emailed home

August 28                           Teacher Meet & Greet & cookie social @ 3 pm

August 30                            First Day of School for grades 1 – 5 + PTSA welcome & coffee

September 3                      Labor Day – No School

September 4                       First day of classes for Kindergarten  + PTSA welcome & coffee

September 11                     Cherry Crest Curriculum Night

September 17                     School Picture Day 

September 28                     Walkathon 

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

First Day of School, School Supplies & PTSA Welcome Coffees. Are you ready for the first day of school? School begins Thursday, August 30th for students in grades 1 – 5 .  Kindergarten students’ first day will be on Tuesday, September 4th!  School starts at 8:00 am and the school doors open at 7:40 a.m.

Below you’ll find our school supply list for each grade level. Supplies can be dropped off at the Teacher Meet and Greet on August 28th or on the first day of school.

School Supply List

For those who happen to be at school on the first day, please join the PTSA Welcome Coffee in the front lobby beginning at 8:00 am.  Come enjoy a cup of coffee, a pastry and the opportunity to make new friends or catch up with old ones.  Kindergarten families are invited to a similar welcome coffee on the morning of September 4.

Class Placement Cards sent home August 27th. Check your email inbox on Monday afternoon, August 27th as we will be sending out information about your child’s teacher and classroom placement for 2018-19.  If your email contact information needs updating, please contact Susie Nakamura.  No access to email?  Call the main office at 425-456-4900.

Teacher Meet & Greet & Cookies Social.  Stop by Cherry Crest on Tuesday afternoon August 28th from 3:00 – 4:00 for your chance to meet your new teacher, tour the school, drop off school supplies and connect with Cherry Crest students and families.  After meeting with your teacher, please stay from 4-5 pm to enjoy some cookies and spend time catching up with friends at the PTSA Cookie Social.  Cookies and treats generously provided by Cherry Crest PTSA.

New this year:  Online Student Data Verification, (please visit this link for more information).

Each year families are required to update student contact information AND the information was collected through paper copies. This year all information will be updated electronically through  ParentVUE.  Please log on now to:

  • Fill out student demographic update forms
  • Complete school nurse health information updates
  • Update contact information
  • Edit, update and add emergency contacts
  • Upload documents to submit to their student(s) school(s)   Parents and/or guardians must update their student(s) data through this process in order to access all student information via ParentVUE.  Once the process has been completed by one family member, access to ParentVUE will be available for full use!

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.

Cherry Crest Summer Hours & Registration.The Cherry Crest main office reopens to the public on Monday August 2oth with office hours from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.  If you or a neighber you know needs to register for school, registration forms can be downloaded from the BSD website here.

Kindergarten Family Connection Conferences. As stated above, the first day of school for kindergarten students will be Tuesday, September 4th.  Doing so provides time for kindergarten students and their families to meet with their teacher in a 30 minute individualized Family Connection Conference on Thursday or Friday (August 30-31).   Early next kindergarten families should receive an invitation to schedule a conference. If you do not receive an invitation by 8/22, please contact Susie Nakamura in the main office.

Lunch Services. If you plan to have your child purchase a school lunch:

  • Please submit cash or check (made out to the Bellevue School District) at Teacher Meet & Greet on 8/28 or deliver to the front office any time.
  • OR you may pay with credit card through the PAYPAMS system here.
  • Should you wish to apply for free/reduced breakfast or lunch, please visit the front office or click here to complete the application process.

Lunch money is deposited into an account for each and every respective child.

Grade Level Lunch Lunch Reduced Price
Elementary K-3rd $ 3.25 FREE
Elementary 4th & 5th $ 3.25 .40

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.  Maps will be available at various sites around the school, as well as volunteers, to help students locate classrooms.

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 prior to the 8:00 start time.
  • 3-5 grade students line up by grade in the covered area near the playground on the north side of the school.

Jubilee Service Day on August 25th.  Jubilee Service Day is an annual event in August which brings together people in the eastside community to serve at local public schools and homes.  Started in 2005 with one church serving at one school, this day has grown to involve over 3,000 volunteers, 20 schools and at least 20 homes in August 2017.  Cherry Crest teachers and staff deeply appreciate volunteers that help prepare our school and classrooms for the start of school.  Click here to learn more and/or register:

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, visit the PTSA table during Teacher Meet & Greet, contact your child’ s teacher and/or the main office.  If you haven’t volunteered before, it will be necessary to complete a BSD Volunteer application packet available here.

Medications at School. If your child needs to take any medication during the school day OR have medication stored in the school’s clinic, please make every effort to bring in the medicine and complete paperwork on or before the first day of school.  For additional questions, you may contact our school nurse, Ms. Houden at or inquire at the front office.

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 ourComm(UNITY) while learning social-emotional and academic skills to be successful in an ever-changing and diverse society.