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June 18,  2020

Dear Cherry Crest Families,

Friday (6/19) marks the final day of class for this incredible and unimaginable school year! Some of you are likely thrilled for a break from remote learning while others are terrified for the lack of school structure as this pandemic continues.  Know that I share many of the same feelings for me and my family. 

I took the liberty of recording most of my year end comments (including plans for fall 2020) in this short video message.  Thank you for taking a few moments to view the video and read the important dates and announcements in the parent newsletter below. 

Cherry Crest Principal Video Message (3 min)

And, just for fun, here is a song that Mrs. Stedman and I recorded for students.  Enjoy!

Cherry Crest Happy Days Song

Have a great summer!


Dusty Steere


June 18               5th Grade Promotion Ceremony @ 4 pm (Join Live Event)
June 19               Last day of school
June 19               School Materials Pickup/Dropoff (details & schedule)
June 22               Alternate Materials Pickup/Dropoff 10 – 1

6/25 – 8/18        Cherry Crest Office closed

August  19         Cherry Crest Office reopens
August 31         Classroom Assignments emailed to families

September 3     First day of School (Grades 1 – 5)
September 7     Labor Day – No School
September 9     First day of School (Kindergarten)

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

Anti-bias highlight: Juneteenth Friday, 6/19Juneteenth is a celebration of the day in 1865 when word of Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the Emancipation Proclamation — which had been signed two years prior and freed all enslaved people — made its way to Texas.

Juneteenth is a day for African Americans to honor their culture and history, as well as a day for non-Blacks to learn more about this significant day in our country. Above all, it’s a day meant for self-reflection, understanding the truths of the past and the realities of the present

4 meaningful ways to celebrate Juneteenth with you kids.

End of Year Progress Reports. End of Year Progress Reports will be available via BSD online platform ParentVue and StudentVue beginning June 24th at 12:00 pm.  Due to health and safety concerns, we are going paperless! It is eco-friendly and convenient too! You may view progress reports virtually now!

Directions for Parents to access Elementary Progress Reports Online:

2020 Summer Programming.  Click here to read Frequently Asked Questions on summer school options. With the health and safety of students, staff, and the community continuing to be of paramount concern to the Bellevue School District, there is a need to maintain some level of physical distancing over the summer. For this reason, district summer programs are limited and will be provided remotely. In addition, summer school support is being offered by invite only to students in third grade who have scored at a Level 1 (i.e., well below grade level) in English Language Arts, and 5th grade students scoring at a Level 1 in Math. Invitations have already been sent to those students who meet the criteria.

Summer Learning Options for All. We encourage all families to continue to access Clever over the summer. In particular, the Lexia literacy application is free for students use through July 31st and the Freckle Math application will be free for students through August. Additionally, access to the BSD Online Learning Notebooks provide students with learning resources and opportunities throughout the summer.

K-5 Computer Science/Coding Summer Resources.Can’t get enough Computer Science, Coding, Making, and Engineering? Check out this BSD Computer Science Summer Resources website, with lots of cool activities and resources to keep you exploring, learning, and creating all summer long!

For something more fun and creative, check out this collection of Summer Student Activities curated by our art teacher, Mary Bena!

Last, but not least, please know the BEST thing your child can do is READ, READ,READ!!

Planning for Fall 2020.  Cherry Crest and BSD are already hard at work making plans for students return to school in the fall.  Working from state and local guidance, BSD has a steering committee and action teams planning with input from staff, students and families to design safe and effective learning scenarios for 2020 and beyond.  Please check the district website for information on summer resources and fall planning.  Families are also invited to share questions, comments, suggestions with the Fall Planning Team. Contact the Planning Team.

Cherry Crest Summer Hours & Registration. The office will close on Thursday June 25th and reopen again on Wednesday August 19th.  Even while schools are closed, families are encouraged to register and enroll their child for 2020-21 remotely.

Class Placement Cards sent home August 31st. Check your email inbox on Monday afternoon, August 31st.  That’s when we will be sending out information on classroom placement for 2020-21.  If your email contact information needs updating, please contact Susie Nakamura.

Nurse News. BSD School Nurses continue to do our best to care for students and families well-outside the walls of our clinics.  Find linked the June 2020 Nurse Newsletter installment for our families:  Look into the newsletter for highlights regarding: the importance of maintaining/completing immunizations, mental health wellbeing, June Pride Month, and Summer bicycle helmet safety! If you have any questions, please reach out to our Nurse Amy ([email protected]) for assistance.

I hope you all continue to be well as we all support each other through the challenges of the current times. Chargers are stronger together and our community will continue to rise above. We are all so appreciative of the extra work you have been putting in at home, supporting your students learning and education. Wishing you a healthy and safe Summer!

Best Regards,  Nurse Amy Borberg BSN RN

Summer Nutrition Program. BSD will continue to provide free meals to any child 18 and younger during the summer. Our nutrition program will be offered at Lake Hills and Sammamish High School, providing meals June 29 through August 13.

Directory Goes Electronic! Next year, the Cherry Crest PTSA will make a family directory available through an online service (DirectorySpot). Secure online access to family contact information has been a frequent request from our community. This will let us provide information earlier and update it regularly!

The Bellevue school district will share your directory information with the PTSA if you have approved it. To review your data, including sharing settings, visit ParentVue then:

  • Select “My account” at the top to see the email, address and parent name information.
  • Review the “Student Info” section for each student. If “Exclude from directory” is “N”, your student and family information will appear in the directory.

At the start of the school year you will receive a message to review and update your contact information.

Bellevue School Pool News. As summer vacation arrives students and families are encouraged to be outside enjoying nature and moving about.  Check out the Bellevue School Pool links below highlighting the importance of using alternative modes of transportation and staying safe and healthy.

  • The spring edition SchoolPool newsletter, filled with lots of fun resources and information on biking, walking safety, and more!
  • To sign up for the quarterly editions of the newsletters, please fill out this quick questionnaire.
  • Do you want more information about SchoolPool? Make sure to visit the SchoolPool webpage.


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.