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September 7

Hello Charger Families!

It is so great to have your children back at school!  I can’t express how special it was to receive hugs, high fives and huge smiles as students excitedly walked through the school doors last week.  To top that off, we welcomed three classrooms of new kindergarten students on Tuesday. Busy and exciting times!  Through these first days of school, we have been diligently teaching, modeling and reinforcing common school wide expectations and your children are doing a fantastic job of learning and following direction.  Some of what they are learning, and much more, is contained in our Cherry Crest Community Handbook. I’d like to suggest you take a peek at the table of contents for an idea of what and how we are doing at school.

Over the last year, our superintendent and school board have engaged staff, students, parent and community members in a strategic planning process to develop and revise our district vision and mission statements.  While still in “final draft” form, I want to share them with you:

  • Our vision is to affirm and inspire each and every student to learn and thrive as creators of their future world.
  • The mission of the Bellevue School District is to serve each and every student academically, socially and emotionally, through a rigorous and relevant education that is innovative and individualized.  As a learning community that value’s one another’s humanity, we provide courageous support for an equitable and exceptional education for all students.

An organization’s vision captures what we hope and strive for while the mission outlines how we will go about doing that.  In late August, our teachers engaged in a number of professional learning days.  During this time, we explored our vision and mission statements, making meaning and internalizing how they manifest in our work.  What I appreciate is that these new statements strongly align with the Cherry Crest mission that has been in place for a number of years – “to prepare 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.”  In particular, my staff and I continue will maintain a focus on building relationship and “a sense of belonging in our Comm(UNITY)”.  As principal, it is my desire that this sense of belonging extend to our parents and families as well.  Toward this end, I’d like to extend a personal invitation for each and every family to attend our Cherry Crest Curriculum Night on Tuesday September 11th from 6:00 – 7:15.  Additional details on Curriculum Night are included below.

For those of you new to Cherry Crest, you are reading the September edition of the Cherry Crest Chronicler.  The Chronicler comes out monthly and is my way, as principal, of sharing important information, dates and announcements related to our school.  Thank you for taking a few moments to read the newsletter.  In addition, I encourage you to regularly visit the school and PTSA websites for the most current information.


Dusty Steere, Principal Cherry Crest Elementary


September 11                     Cherry Crest Curriculum Night

September 17                     School Picture Day 

September 17                     PTSA Meeting @ 6:30 pm 

September 28                     Walkathon 

October 12                           Professional Learning Day, No Students

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

Please join us for Curriculum Night Tuesday September 11th, 6:00 pm – 7:10 pm. Curriculum Night is a wonderful opportunity for you to meet your child’s teacher and to see and hear about all of the wonderful learning that will take place this year.

Grades K, 1, 2 Grades 3,4,5
6:00 – 6:30  Teacher presentations in classrooms 6:00 – 6:30 Principal and PTSA presentation in the gym
6:40 – 7:10  Principal and PTSA presentation in the gym 6:40 – 7:10 Teacher presentations in classrooms

No Childcare is available for this event. This is an informational night for parents and students are encouraged to stay at home. Curriculum Night is also not a time to individually discuss your child specifically.  Individual parent/teacher conferences will be scheduled later in October and November.  If you would like to meet prior to that time, please contact your child’s teacher directly.

Parking Reminder

As parking will be tight at Curriculum Night, we encourage families to carpool and arrive early. We will open up parking on our sand field.  When parking on nearby streets, respect our neighbors: park legally (do not park, even partially, on sidewalks or block driveways or fire hydrants) and allow ample room for emergency vehicles to pass.

Questions?  Contact Monique Maynor in the front office or call 425-456-4900.

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.


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.

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 at 7:55.
  • 3-5 grade students line up by grade in the covered area near the playground on the north side of the school.

Volunteering at CHERRY CREST.  Family involvement is a critical aspect of our school success and we are so excited and thankful to have volunteers at our school.   BSD is transitioning to an online volunteer database and registry and we are no longer accepting paper applications.  Please register in the Verified Volunteers website.  This is a requirement for anyone new to Cherry Crest or whose volunteer application is more than three years old.   

PTSA General Membership meeting on Monday, September 17th at 6:30pm in the library. Coffee, treats, and childcare are provided. Come meet your PTSA Board of Directors, re-approve the 2018-19 budget and start planning for an awesome school year. If you haven’t already, visit the Cherry Crest PTSA page to join or renew your PTSA membership.

Counselor’s Corner.  Bellevue School District made a significant investment in the social emotional health and well being of students by placing full time counselors at each elementary school!  Join me in welcoming Marisa Krauskopf to our Comm(Unity)!

I am happy to be the new full-time school counselor 😊 We have an amazing year of learning and enjoyable experiences in store for all our students and I look forward to supporting you and your student (s) this year.

Email is the best way to communicate with me:


Marissa a.k.a Mrs. Krauskopf or Mrs. K

Our virtue of the month for September is Respect.  Each month our school focuses on a different virtue.  By teaching, modeling and reinforcing virtues, Cherry Crest Chargers learn how to be conscientious and empathetic citizens in our Comm(Unity).  Find below information about this month’s virtue and engage your children in conversation at home about the Virtues. 

What is Respect? Respect is an attitude of caring about people and treating them with dignity. Respect is valuing ourselves and others. We show respect by speaking and acting with courtesy. When we are respectful we treat others as we want to be treated. Respect includes honoring rules of our family or school, which make life more orderly and peaceful. It is knowing that every man, woman and child deserves respect, including you.”

Why Practice Respect? Without respect for rules, we would have confusion. People would treat each other rudely and violate each other’s privacy and other rights. Respect helps people feel valued. Elders deserve special respect because they have lived longer and learned many of life’s lessons. Self-respect is making sure no one hurts you or abuses you, even an elder. When you respect yourself, others respect you, too.”

How do you practice Respect? Think about how you would like others to treat you and treat them with the same dignity. How would you like others to speak to you, treat your belongings, and your right to privacy? If you want to use someone else’s things, ask, and then take good care of them. Express even your strongest feelings in a peaceful way. Treat yourself as you feel others deserve to be treated. You deserve it too!”

School Entrance and Crosswalk Improvements coming soon! Thanks to all Bridle Trails families who voted for these improvements from over 29 projects listed for selection on the City of Bellevue Neighborhood Enhancement Program. Over $40,000 will be allocated to our Intersection on 32nd at the entrance of campus, including flashing STOP signs, enhanced lighting, and a colored crossing area. For more information, click here.

BSD Back to School Fair. Just a reminder that the BSD Back to School Fair is coming up on Sept. 15.  This is a great opportunity for all BSD families to learn about the district and resources that are available.  Visit our district website for more information:

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.