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May 3, 2021

Dear Cherry Crest Families,

COVID-19 has turned our world upside down this year.  While we are still dealing with many challenges related to coronavirus, we are also acutely aware of the tragic conditions gripping the nation of India.  Cherry Crest has a large demographic of families and students with close connections to India and I’ve spoken with a number of families who have loved ones that are suffering or dying due to the awful surge of COVID.  We know that our Comm(unity) is connected to locations all around the world and that COVID has impacted lives and families everywhere.   The situation is absolutely heartbreaking and the Cherry Crest staff and our PTSA want to support students and families through this challenging and emotional time.

At the student level, if your child is struggling and would like to speak with one of our Cherry Crest counselors, please let us know.  You can reach out to Marissa Krauskopf at or Brenda Yin at to request a meeting.  They’ve pulled together a few tips and resources to better understand and support children’s emotional needs and well being during times of loss.

We also acknowledge that families and parents may be struggling with the loss of loved ones.  Toward this end, member of our PTSA have scheduled an opportunity for families to connect virtually in a Teams support and sharing meeting on Friday May 7 @ 7 pm.  Additional details here or Click here to join the meeting.

Recognizing that families in our Cherry Crest Comm(Unity) may be looking for ways to help the relief cause in India, we are sharing links to number of organizations working for COVID relief in the region.

Finally, back here at Cherry Crest, we are working diligently to maintain the health of our students and staff ensuring that we follow safety protocols and mitigating measures.  Thankfully, vaccines have been made available to all school staff, most of whom have now received both vaccination shots.  Now that all adults 16 and older are eligible for vaccination, we encourage all Cherry Crest adults to get vaccinated and continue practicing masking and mitigating measures to keep students and families safe.  Similarly, we pray that India is able to quickly increase vaccination access and that the deadly impact of COVID is reduced.

In sympathy and support,

Cherry Crest Administrators, Counselors and PTSA Leadership


3 – 7  Staff Appreciation Week (Wear Red)
7       Deadline to  Order Yearbooks
7       PTSA Community Gather to Share Stories of Crisis in India @ 7 pm Click here to join the meeting
11      PTSA General Meeting 6:45 – 8:00 (teams link)
20     New Family Advanced Learning Parent Information Session
28     Principal Chat (teams link)
31      Memorial Day (No School)


16      G5 Promotion Ceremony (more details to follow)
22     Last day of School

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

If you can read this, thank a teacher! May 3 – 7 Is National Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week. Our PTSA leaders have organized ways to celebrate teachers and staff each day of the week.

  • Monday, May 3 – Hybrid students give flowers and/or cards to teachers and staff while PTSA sponsors electronic gift cards for all virtual/remote teachers and staff in lieu of in-person treats
  • Tuesday, May 4 – PTSA sponsors coffee/tea delivery for teachers and staff in the building
  •  Wednesday, May 5 – PTSA distributes Padlet compliments to ALL teachers and staff (Please help your student complete ASAP.  Parents can add thank you notes to the Padlet too!)
    • Click here to view and add to Padlet Links for all staff.  
  • Thursday, May 6 – PTSA sponsors box lunches for teachers and staff in the building
  • Friday, May 7 – PTSA sponsors make-your-own snack bag for teachers and staff in the building

Thank you in advance for your participation. Together we strengthen our community!

Questions? Email:

Plans for the 2021-22 School Year.  In mid April, Cherry Crest asked K – 4 families to report their schooling intentions for next year (i.e. return to Cherry Crest, move to another school, not sure).  In doing so, we received quite a few questions about what school might look like next year.  While I don’t have a crystal ball, I am including below what we believe to be our best estimate of what to expect.

  • BSD and Cherry Crest are planning for full time in person learning to be the primary model for students.
    • This plan centers on the assumption of using the currently proscribed 3 foot metric for physical distancing.
    • This includes a full day learning schedule, bus transportation, onsite nutrition services, and before/after care options.
  •  BSD is offering a virtual academy for a limited number of students in grades 6 – 12.
    • At the elementary level, all school is scheduled to be in person.
    • Of course, we are prepared to flexibly respond should COVID-19 concerns change guidance from the Department of Health.
  •  Students enrolled in current virtual classrooms at Cherry Crest and neighboring schools will be scheduled to return to their neighborhood school for the 2021-22 school year.

Additional information can be found on the BSD Back to Buildings webpage:

K – 4 Parent Input requested for Class Placement.  Cherry Crest teachers and staff are making plans and beginning the  important task of creating classroom assignments for the 2020-21 school year.  Creating balanced classrooms where children will be successful is a complex task and we need parent cooperation to make it work.  Please take a few minutes to share your feedback by completing the 2021-22 Class Placement Input Form.

Thank you for completing this online survey for your returning Kindergarten – 4th grade child by Wednesday May 12th.   

Staff Gratitude for Care PackagesClick on the link below to visit a photo collage of staff members sharing thanks and gratitude to the Cherry Crest parents, students and PTSA who put together amazing care packages to help us through a crazy school year.  Thank you!!

Care Package Gratitude Photo Collage

Now Enrolling Kindergarten students for the fall. With our plans for a full return to buildings in the fall, we are now enrolling students for our preschool and kindergarten classes.  If you have or know of a student who will be 5 years old by Aug. 31, they can now enroll in kindergarten.  Learn how to enroll a student here:

Preschool and Before and After Care Options for 2021/22.  Part of the planning for the 21/22 school year includes the reopening of preschool and Before/After care options in the school district.   Registration for preschool is now open and can be accessed here:  At this time, the early learning department is not planning to open a preschool at Cherry Crest and families can register at any of the 9 sites that are opening. If preschool demand outstrips supply, early learning will look to expand service to more schools.

As for before and after care, registration is not yet open for these services but there will be childcare at each school, including Cherry Crest.  This may include BSD’s in house before/after care (called BOOST) or Bellevue Boys and Girls Club (currently operating at Cherry Crest) or both.  More information on before/after care will be shared as soon as we know more.

Getting Help with Technology.

  • Tech support for all elementary students attending school in person is available at school during their school day.  We have an on site technology assistant, Carli Weinberg, available for students and staff.
  • Virtual elementary students needing in-person support can visit the new Elementary Student Tech Center at the Wilburton Instructional Service Center (WISC).
    • 12241 Main Street, Bellevue, WA 98005 – building 6
    • Monday through Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    • General tech support for issues that are difficult to resolve via email or phone, no appointment necessary
    • Students and families will follow guidelines for minimizing the risk of COVID-19.

Principal Chat on Friday 5/28 @ 8:30 am.  Cherry Crest families are invited to attend monthly virtual meetings hosted by Principal Dusty Steere and PTSA president Britt Heath.  All chats will be hosted online via Microsoft Teams and include information from the principal as well as ample time for questions and comments. Use this form to submit a question or topic for the next Principal Chat.
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How does a King County Phase Change Affect School?  In late April, King County was in Phase 3 of the state’s Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery Plan. As of April 28, there were 236 new positive COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in King County in the past 14 days. For more details, visit

If numbers of COVID-19 cases continue to increase and King County moves back from Phase 3 to Phase 2, we do not anticipate that change will impact our in-person learning. Gov. Jay Inslee has made in-person learning access a priority in the Roadmap to Recovery Plan, and BSD has safety and mitigation measures in place at our schools.

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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. 

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