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Cherry Crest LogoCherry Crest Chronicler

May 1, 2019

Happy May Day Charger Families.  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



10 – Family Movie Night
17 – Volunteer appreciation breakfast @ 8:15 am
20- Principal Coffee @ 8:15 am
22- Family Engineering Night @ 6 pm
27 – Memorial Day (No School)
30 – New Family Welcome Potluck @ 6:00 pm

6 – Kindergarten Roundup (welcome event for next year’s kindie students)
10 – 5th grade Band/Orchestra/Choir Concert @ 6:30 pm
18 – 5th grade promotion @ 1:30 in the gym
21 – Last day of School

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

https://bsd405.org/cherrycrest       http://www.cherrycrest.my-ptsa.org

Love for Monique.  I’m not sure if you’ve heard about our Cherry Crest School Secretary.  Monique Maynor, the woman who brings joy and laughter to our front office area has been diagnosed with myelodysplasia (bone marrow cancer). This past week, Monique started the first part of a long treatment process with a month long chemotherapy stay in the hospital.

Monique’s friends have set up a GoFundMe page that I’m sharing below.  Additionally, there is a website to help with meals, rides, support, etc.



Monique covets and appreciates all the positive thoughts and prayers she’s received thus far.  If you want to drop off a note or card, you can do so in the main office and we will get it to her.

K – 4 Parent Input requested for Class Placement.  In May and June, Cherry Crest teachers and staff begin the important task of creating classroom assignments for the 2018-19 school year.  Creating balanced classrooms where children will be successful is a complex task and we need parent cooperation to make it work. If you have not already done so, please take a few minutes to share your feedback by completing the 2019-20 Class Placement Input Form. Thank you for completing this online survey for your returning Kindergarten – 4th grade child by Friday May 3th.  

Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast. As a small token of our appreciation, the Cherry Crest Staff would like to invite all of our amazing Cherry Crest Comm(UNITY) volunteers to join us on Friday, May 17th at 8:15am for our annual Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast.

Please come to the cafeteria so the staff can recognize you and all that you do for our school.  Whether you have helped in the classroom, library, lunchroom or on a field trip, we want to thank you!  We are so grateful for our volunteers’ time and support for each and every Cherry Crest student. We couldn’t do it without you!

Questions?  Please contact Susie Nakamura

Take the Earth Day Bike Day Challenge, April 30-May18th!  Students are invited to participate by taking at least one non-drive-alone trip to our school – walk, bike, take the bus, or carpool with other families/students! All students received a white bike light, tracking calendar and SchoolPool bookmark.  Each calendar returned to the school office by Monday May 20th earns your child a second bike light (a red one) AND earn $5 for Cherry Crest (up to $2,000 per school)!

Cherry Crest Family Engineering Night – May 22. Come join your fellow Chargers for a fun evening of collaboration & learning!! Some of the fun activities include:

  • Family Engineering Design Challenges!
  • 5th grade Bridge Stress Testing & Demolition!
  • Sammamish & Interlake High School Robotics Team Demonstrations!
  • Computer Science opportunities!

All students must be accompanied by an adult.

Date: 05/22/2019 (Thu.) Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Help us with our planning by registering your attendance with the following link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0448AFA728A7F58-family1

Smarter Balanced Testing continues.   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 6,8,9,10 June 3 – 4
4th Grade April 29 – May 2 May 20 – 21
5th Grade April 22 – 25 May 13 – 14 May 30

The Washington Comprehensive Assessment Program website contains lots of test-related resources for parents and students: http://wa.portal.airast.org/ .  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 ([email protected]), or Chris Lindberg, BSD manager of state testing ([email protected]).

New to Cherry Crest for 2019-20?  We are excited welcome new families as join our wonderful Cherry Crest Comm(UNITY) this fall.  In our endeavor to help you know us better and have the opportunity to make friends with other new Cherry Crest families, the Cherry Crest Parent Teacher Association (PTSA) is organizing the New Family Dessert Potluck on May 30th, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. We will be meeting in the outdoor covered area of the school playground.  Come and meet PTSA representatives who can provide information on Cherry Crest events, representatives from Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts as well as a Trustee from the Bellevue Schools Foundation to answer questions about public school funding.  Join us with your families for an interactive and informative evening. Bring any dessert to share and of course, your wonderful smiles too.  It is a fun potluck!

Items Needed for Bellevue Kindness ChallengeCherry Crest PTSA is taking part in the annual Bellevue Kindness Challenge and has selected Friends of Youth.

What is the Kindness Challenge? It is an organized movement to get kids involved in projects encouraging kindness in schools and partnering to support organizations that make a difference in our community.

Learn more about Friends of Youth: www.friendsofyouth.org/

Learn more about camp kindness counts: www.facebook.com/CampKindnessCounts

We are collecting items in the main lobby of the school until May 3rd to be donated to the Friends of Youth.

Items they are looking for:

1) Gently Used Books

2) New Sockss

Our Virtue of the Month for May is ‘Perseverance.’ Perseverance is being purposeful and steadfast.  It is sticking with something, staying committed, no matter how long it takes, or what obstacles appear to stop you.  When we persevere, people can depend on us to finish what we start.  When we persevere through difficult work or tasks, we grow and learn and develop our best selves.  You practice perseverance by committing to someone or something.  When you commit to a task, pace yourself, and persist, you are demonstrating perseverance.  Great athletes persevere through exhaustion and injury, and great scholars persevere through frustration and confusion.  You are practicing perseverance when you set goals and keep working to achieve them.  You take one step at a time and remain steady.  You work through feeling discouraged and keep striving to reach your goal.


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. 

The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.