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June 19,  2019

Cherry Crest Families,

It’s hard for me to believe, but the last day of school is Friday!   Wow! Where did the time go?  Regardless, I want to share my thanks and appreciation for a strong finish to a great school year.  It is a privilege and honor to lead our teachers and staff in serving and educating your children.  Thank you for entrusting us with that huge responsibility. As summer dawns, I am looking forward to some downtime and vacation with my wife and kids. As in years past, we are packing up our travel trailer for July trips to the Olympic Peninsula as well as a new adventure to Bend, Oregon.  As excited as I am for vacation, I also have an eye toward August and the upcoming school year.  I eagerly anticipate meeting new students and families and building upon relationships from this year.  So, wherever you go and whatever you may do this summer, I wish you and your family the best of times and wonderful memories to last a lifetime.

Have a great summer!

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 21             Last day of school 8:00 – 10:00

June 27 – Aug 20   Cherry Crest Office closed

August  21         Cherry Crest Office reopens

August 28         Classroom Assignments emailed to families

August 29         Teacher Meet & Greet  @ 3:00 pm

September 2     Labor Day – No School
September 4     First day of School (Grades 1 – 5)
September 9     First day of School (Kindergarten)
September 12   Cherry Crest Curriculum Night

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

Shortened Schedule on Friday.  For our final day of school (Friday, June 21st ), we operate on a shortened schedule from 8:00 am – 10:00 am with bus service adjusted for the modified schedule.    

End of Year Progress Reports. Please look for your child’s End of Year progress report coming home soon. Some teachers will send progress reports home in backpacks on Thursday or Friday while others will mail them home early next week.  If you don’t receive a progress report by June 29th, please contact Principal Dusty Steere at [email protected].

Class Placement Cards sent home August 28th. Check your email inbox on Wednesday afternoon, August 28th.  That’s when we will be sending out information on classroom placement for 2019-20.  If your email contact information needs updating, please contact Susie Nakamura.

School Supply List for 2019-2020.  Summer break just started, but we’re already thinking about next year.  The 2019-2020 school supplies list  for each grade is now available.

Click for School Supplies List

Please have your student bring their school supplies to the Teacher Meet & Greet on August 29th or on the first day of school.  Questions?  Please contact Susie Nakamura.

Teacher Meet & Greet.   Mark your calendars now to stop by Cherry Crest on the afternoon of Monday August 29th to meet your teacher, tour the school and drop off your school supplies.   Meet and Greet begins at 3:00 pm in teacher classrooms.  This will be followed by a PTSA social in the undercover area behind school.

Cherry Crest Summer Hours & Registration. The office will close on Wednesday June 26th and reopen again on Wednesday August 21st from 9:00 – 2:00. While schools are closed for the summer, families may come to the Bellevue School District office and register their student for any school. Learn more…

Summer Playground Meetups: Wednesdays in July and August. Join us for summer fun on the playground every Wednesday in July and August. If you’re new to Cherry Crest, get to know our wonderful school grounds. If you’ve been here for a while, meet some new families!

2:00pm – Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grades

4:00pm – 3rd, 4th and 5th Grades

Kids from all grades welcome at all times—this is a very informal gathering! Questions? Please contact [email protected]

Summer Slide? NO way! Here are ideas to keep your student consistent on their basic skills.

Read- daily! Via there are many reading programs, clubs and support!

King County Library System. Search the library catalog, put holds on books, find homework help for students, parents, and teachers, and look up open hours and…

Math: Dreambox is still available over the summer. Students can easily practice independently on this site/any other you like or with a workbook. Try looking on amazon, at half-priced books or Lakeshore learning.

Writing: Keep a journal, make posters for family events, write thank you cards or reader’s theater for the family to ‘put on’ around the dinner table.

Reading/writing resources:

Please know the BEST thing your child can do is READ, READ,READ!!

Anticipated Classroom Teaching Assignments.  At this time, Cherry Crest is fully staffed with the following anticipated teaching assignments.  Of course, changes can and sometimes do happen as summer enrollment fluctuates but, if school were to start tomorrow, here’s a list of who is teaching what:

Kinder Nancy Cody Pam Lawlor  Mary Picciotto
1st Amanda Alcorn Emily Applegate Melissa Hayfield Heather Depaola
2nd Diane Elms Christina Hanson  Jennifer Cordell
3rd Kate Therriault Maryann Tatterson
4th Maya Stevens Robyn Wells Melinda Pederson
5th Bon Regala Mercy Tamayo
2nd Teresa Gibbs Tammy Waddell
3rd Steve Boyet June Lee
3rd/4th Tracy Repass
4th Sunni Chariton Patricia Gilbert
5th Kristina Atia Nadia Jessa Whitney Hemker

Bellevue School Pool 3 minute survey. The City of Bellevue is seeking travel data on how students travel to and from school to help us evaluate our strategies for the Bellevue SchoolPool program, which aims to reduce drop-off and pick-up congestion at schools.  Please take a moment to complete the  short, five-question survey for each school-aged child prior to Friday, June 28, 2019. It takes less than three minutes to complete.

If you have questions, please contact Stela Nikolova, Bellevue SchoolPool Program Lead, at [email protected] or 425.452.2851.

The school year is almost over and the Bellevue Schools Foundation still needs to raise $40,000 to support technology curriculum and teacher training. Donations will support innovative programs such as Rocketry, Robotics and Maker Spaces in our schools. Every gift made before the end of the school year will be matched by The Dean Witter Foundation, up to $10,000. The kids would love your support, please donate here

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.