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June 1,  2021

Cherry Crest Families,

June is here and, with it, comes the tail end of this school year. We have a lot going on in the final weeks of school and much planning for the 2021-22 school year. 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 7-11         Yearbook distribution to hybrid and virtual students (read more below)
June 14 – 18     Spirit Week
June 16             G5 Promotion Events
June 18             Virtual Field Day
June 22            Last day of school

September 1      First day of School (Grades 1 – 5)
September 3     First day of School (Kindergarten)
September 6     Labor Day

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

Register for School.   Bellevue School District has a simple and secure process for enrolling students for the 2021-22 school year.

We appreciate you sharing this link with any friends or neighbors with rising elementary aged children.

Yearbooks have arrived!  Here is our distribution plan for students who ordered yearbooks:

  • Hybrid (In-Person) Students  will received their yearbook in class from their teacher during the week of June 7 – 11.
  • Virtual Students:  Because of the high value nature of yearbooks, the week of June 7-11, parents have two time frames to come and pick up their yearbook from the school.
    • Tuesday June 8th – 8:30 – 10:00 am
    • Thursday June 10th – 12:30 – 2:00 pm
      • Come to the front entrance and knock on the main office window for someone to help you.


Spirit Week and Field Day.  During the week of June 14, Cherry Crest teachers and staff are finalizing plans for a week of school spirit culminating with virtual Field Day activities and games on Friday, 6/18.

Spirit Week Themes:

  • Monday- Rainbow Day
  • Tuesday- Creative Hair/Hats/Wraps/face Masks
  • Wednesday- Fancy Dress Up Day
  • Thursday- Decades Day (50s, 60s, 70s, 80s?)
  • Friday- Charger Pride/Athletic Gear

More details to come.

5th grade promotion activities and ceremony  on June 16th.  As the school year draws to a close,  Cherry Crest teachers and G5 parents have collaborated to honor and recognize our 5th grade students on 6/16.  Events include an optional in person gathering by class during the day followed by a live Virtual Teams Ceremony @ 6 pm.

In Person Morning Activities  Students invited by class to 30 minute classroom based promotion activities in the undercover area on Wednesday June 16

  • 9:30 – Atia
  • 10:15 – Hemker
  • 11:00 – Jessa
  • 11:45 – Tamayo
  • 12:30 – Regala
  • 1:15 – Stevens

Additional details and information will be sent to families in the coming weeks but please save the date in the meantime.

Cherry Crest 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony:  Wednesday, June 16th @ 6 pm    JOIN EVENT

News from Mrs. Lux (Cherry Crest Librarian). Camp BOOK IT!  Sponsored by Pizza Hut.  Sign up for Camp BOOK IT! and keep rewarding students all summer long. Track and reward your kids’ reading for June, July and August on a digital dashboard. When they meet their monthly reading goal, they’ll receive a free one-topping Personal Pan Pizza® from Pizza Hut! They’ll also receive fun activities and book recommendations each week to keep the fun going throughout the summer! Enroll today!

End of Year Gifts. Every year when the school comes to a close, we see grateful and thoughtful parents and community members looking for ways to express appreciation to our teachers and other employees by giving gifts to the individuals they know in the school house. Often parents, especially if their work experience has been in the private sector, are not aware that gifts to publicly-paid employees are discouraged by school board policy. Therefore, we ask that if you would like to give a gift to a staff member this holiday season, the value of the gift should not be elaborate or unduly expensive as outlined in Bellevue School Board Policy 5255. If you wish to provide more than a small token of gratitude to an individual teacher or staff member, you can make donations to a specific classroom, donate to Cherry Crest School or a specific program within our school, and/or make a contribution to the Bellevue Schools Foundation, the PTSA or other charity in recognition of a teacher’s work. If you should have any questions about the above mentioned policy or need to brainstorm ideas for how to honor an individual teacher, please don’t hesitate to contact me! Thank you!

Opt in Text Messages from BSD. Did you know you can receive important alerts from BSD via text? Just text “Y” or “YES” to BSD’s short code number – 67587 – to receive text messages. If you ever want to opt-out, text the same number or reply to one of our messages with “Stop.” We recommend saving the short code number in your contacts to avoid third-party blocking systems with interfering with your receipt of important messages and updates from the district. The Bellevue School District utilizes SchoolMessenger to deliver text messages.

School Secretary Gratitude and Job Opportunity. Denise Anderson has served as a Cherry Crest General School Assistant and our School Secretary since 2018 and recently announced her resignation.  I want to publicly thank Denise and acknowledge her support as one of the logistical masterminds helping us navigate through a crazy year of online and hybrid learning.  I wish her all the best in her next adventures.

Denise’s departure opens up a job opportunity as the Cherry Crest School Secretary.  This individual is literally the face and voice of our school tasked with providing outstanding customer service while supporting the daily operations of the school.  If you or someone you know might be interested in the role, please review and apply for the position here.  We are looking to review applications and conduct hiring interviews in the last two weeks of June.


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.