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June 21,  2021

Dear Cherry Crest Families,

Tuesday (6/22) marks the final day of this incredible and unimaginable school year.  I recognize the challenges and difficulties that students, staff and families had to navigate in the face of remote learning, physical distancing and shortened school days.  I’m in awe of the perseverance, grit and innovation displayed in so many areas and extend my appreciation and gratitude to all in our Comm(Unity).  I pray that you are able to find some rest and relaxation during this summer.   I’m certainly looking forward to unplugging in July. 

As excited as I am for vacation, I also have an eye toward August and the upcoming school year.  I eagerly anticipate welcoming new and returning students and families back into the building.  You can expect to receive another newsletter in early August with updated information and details for our return to school.  In the meantime, wherever you go and whatever you may do this summer, I wish you and your family health, safety and wonderful memories.

Have a great summer!


Dusty Steere


June 22               Last day of school

August 27          Classroom Assignments emailed to families

September 1     First day of School (Grades 1 – 5)
September 3     First day of School (Kindergarten)
September 6     Labor Day – No School

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

The Last Day of School is Tuesday June 22nd.  The schedule for the last day of school (Tuesday, June 22) for hybrid, in-person students will be the typical AM/PM schedule with House A students coming in the morning from 8:00 – 10:30 and House B coming in the afternoon from 12:00 – 2:30. Transportation will run on the typical Tuesday schedule for the last day of school.

The schedule for the last day of school for virtual elementary students will be their regular morning schedule.

Specialist Instruction.  Cherry Crest specialist lessons will continue as per usual through Monday June 21st.  There will be no specialist lessons on Tuesday June 22nd.

Year End Progress Reports. This spring, you will have access to view your child’s progress report on Parent VUE or Student VUE, in our learning management system. Progress reports will be made available on June 25th by 12:00 pm. 

Progress reports will not be mailed or emailed to families.  You will need to visit: to log into Parent VUE and/or find details on how to activate and set up your account if you have not done so already. Click here for directions: EnglishSpanishChinese

  • All grades this spring will be P (Progressing) or NP (Not Progressing).
  • All of the other mark options have been removed and are not available.
  • Teachers will provide individual comments for each student
  • Specialists are not entering marks this year.  Specialists may still enter comments.

For students leaving the Bellevue School District, ParentVue will be available through July 13th.  When you enroll your student(s) in their new school, formal records requests should be sent to

Student Device Updates for End of 2020-21 School Year. We are excited to announce that all K-12 students will be able to keep their district device this summer. This ensures every student has an opportunity to continue to learn, connect, innovate, communicate, collaborate and so much more.

Reminders for using student devices over the summer:

  • The terms of the Technology Responsible Use Pledge still apply.
  • Students are responsible for the care of their device.
  • Devices will still have their web traffic filtered.
  • Students are responsible for bringing their device back on the first day of school.
    • Any students that are not returning to Bellevue School District next year should return their device on or before June 22nd: hybrid students return their device to their home school and virtual students return devices to the Wilburton Instructional Service Center (WISC) at 12241 Main Street Bellevue 98005.

Prior to returning to school in the fall, students will need to charge, turn on and connect to the district network via BSDVPN. This is to ensure student devices receive the necessary summer updates prior to the first day of school.

If tech support is needed, students may email

Student device changes for 2021-22. Starting this fall, we are changing our strategy for elementary devices. Prior to the pandemic, devices were issued to schools and placed in carts insides classrooms. The intention was that those devices would stay with that classroom for the life of the device, and not travel back and forth between school and home.

Focusing on Fall:

  • Students will be issued new devices in 2nd, 6th and 9th grade.
  • Students will use the same device for those three (middle) or four (elementary and high) years.
  • Kindergarten students will be issued an iPad that they will also use in 1st grade

Summer Nutrition Services.  Monday, June 21st will be the last day for grab & go meal pick up at our 5 curbside Meals2Go locations (Sammamish, Enatai, Newport Heights Highland and Tyee).
Summer Meal Kits available Thursday’s beginning July 1st
To provide continued food support for children in our community, Nutrition Services will offer families a 5-day meal kit to be picked up 1 day per week throughout the summer.  The kit will contain 5 breakfast entrees, 5 lunch entrees, fruits, vegetables & milk for each child.  Read more about how to pre-order and pick-up, here.

Summer Learning Options for All. We encourage all families to continue to access Clever over the summer. In particular, the literacy and math adaptive software programs – Lexia and Freckle – remain accessible for free student use during this summer. 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 former art teacher, Mary Bena!

Last, but not least, 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 Heather DePaola Emily Applegate Melissa Hayfield
2nd Robyn Wells Christina Hanson
3rd Kate Therriault Maryann Tatterson
4th Maya Stevens Melinda Pederson
5th Bon Regala Mercy Tamayo
2nd Teresa Gibbs Tracy Repass
3rd Deborah Coney June Lee
4th Sunni Chariton Patricia Gilbert Susie Sung
5th Kristina Atia Nadia Jessa Whitney Hemker


Class Placement Cards sent home August 27th. Check your email inbox on Friday afternoon, August 27th.  That’s when we will be sending out information on classroom placement for 2021-22.  If your email contact information needs updating, please contact Susie Nakamura.


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.


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.