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June 4,  2019

Cherry Crest Families,

June is here and, with it, student thoughts wander to summer vacation.  Cherry Crest staff are working hard to finish this school year on a strong note while also preparing for an outstanding 2019-20 school year.  This includes constructing classroom cohorts and hiring some new staff.  This work will continue through the summer and will be communicated to families via our website and through email.  I plan on sharing an end of year Chronicler in late June. In the meantime, if you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact me or call the main office.

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

Have a great week!


Dusty Steere


June 6               Kindergarten Roundup @ 9 am
June 7              Field Day
June 14            Yearbook distribution
June 14            5th grade party 6 – 8:30 pm
June 18            5th grade promotion @ 1:15 pm
June 21            Last day of school 8:00 – 10:00

September 4   First day of School (Grades 1 – 5)
September 9     First day of School (Kindergarten)

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

Do you have or know of an incoming kindergarten student?  If so, please ensure that you have completed and submitted registration materials to the Cherry Crest office as soon as possible.

All incoming kindergarten students and their parents are invited to Cherry Crest’s Kindergarten Roundup on Thursday June 6th from 9:00 – 10:30.  Kindergarten roundup is an opportunity for students to meet the kindergarten teachers in their future classrooms,  get a tour of the school from a 4th grade tour guide, enjoy a read aloud and take a short ride on a school bus.  Parents will hear from the principal and one of our kindergarten teachers as they share kindergarten information and answer questions.

Volunteers needed for Field Day on June 7th, 2019! Field day will be held on Friday, June 7th. Field Day is an all school end of year event where students participate in many different games and activities for a fun-filled, active afternoon. To make this event successful, we need your help! It takes close to 100 volunteers before, during, and after the event to make Field Day run smoothly!

Please help us make this end of year event fun for all. Sign up here: Field Day 2019 Volunteer Sign Up

Note: This event does occur during school hours. Per BSD policy all volunteers need to fill out and return the BSD general volunteer form to Cherry Crest front office. (if you’ve already done it this year or previous years no need to resubmit!) Unfortunately, siblings who are not Cherry Crest students may not attend.

BSD School Board to Visit Cherry Crest June 13th.  Members of the BSD School Board will visit Cherry Crest on the morning of Thursday June 13th to speak with students, staff and families to learn about our school’s progress toward school and district goals.  Families are invited to join the visit from 8:00 – 8:30 am in the Cherry Crest library.  Coffee and refreshments generously provided by the Cherry Crest PTSA.  

Check Lost and Found for Missing Items. Lost and Found is filling up again! Please stop by to see if your child’s belongings are there. All unclaimed items will be donated at the end of the school year! The racks are located by the elevator and art room.

Technology Safety Information Page.  The Bellevue School District technology department recently ​​​created a new public web pages called Technology Safety. Parents have asked for information on how we can all help keep students safe online and for resources to guide students in safe use.

The information focuses around the following 5 questions:

  • ​How do I keep my student’s technology use safe?
  • Is there a way for me to check my student’s online behavior?
  • What is the district doing to protect my student’s information and data privacy?
  • How do teachers manage classroom computers?
  • How can I help my student have a healthy relationship with technology?


Drop off & Pick Up Reminders. Because student safety is our number one concern, we need your cooperation in helping keep students safe on campus. Please remember the following:

In the parking lot:

  • When using the Designated Drop Off/Pick Up Zone, pull forward, put away the cell phone and follow all crossing guard flags and directions.
  •  Student drop off in the center parking lot is not permitted. Use of the center parking is solely designated for those needing to park and enter the school building.

In the neighborhood:

  • Slow down as you enter the school zone.
  • Come to a full stop at all stop signs.
  • Enter school via NE 32nd St.
  • Exit the school via 124 th Ave.

Thank you for following our Pick Up and Drop Off Procedures.

Proactively Report Student Absences.  As the school year comes to a close (last day June 21st), we recognize some families may want to get an early start on vacation. Please notify the attendance office if your child will be absent from school.  For any absences of two or more days (aside from illness) it is necessary to submit a prearranged absence form one week in advance of the absence to be considered excused.
EMAIL[email protected]  (preferred method)  – include the student’s full name, teacher’s name, and the reason for the absence or late arrival
CALL: (425) 456-4902

Summer playdates. Are you around this summer?  Wednesday afternoons some parents are coming together to meet up on our play-ground.  Join the Comm(unity) Wednesdays 2-6.

Travel Survey. The City of Bellevue is seeking travel data on how students travel to and from school.  This annual survey will helps us evaluate strategies for the Bellevue SchoolPool program, which aims to reduce drop-off and pick-up congestion at schools.  Thank you for taking a moment to complete this short, five question survey.  The survey remains open through June 21, 2019.

Questions, contact Stela Nikolova, Bellevue SchoolPool Program Lead, at [email protected] or 425.452.2851.

Our Virtue of the Month for May is ‘Courage.’ Courage is personal bravery in the face of fear. It is doing what needs to be done even when it is really hard or scary. Courage is going ahead even when you feel like giving up. Courage is needed in trying new things. It is admitting mistakes and then doing the right thing. Courage is the strength in your heart.

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.