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June 17,  2022

Dear Cherry Crest Families,

Tuesday (6/21) marks the final day of the 2021-22 School year.  In spite of continued challenges due to COVID, I’m so grateful for a year of in person learning marked by flexibility, perseverance and new experiences.  Speaking of new experiences, early this week, we took an All School Photo to include in our new time capsule.  Following a fire drill, each class spelled out the letters to “Cherry Crest” on the field while Mr. Regala (G5 teacher) flew his drone high above capturing the event.  Ask your child to point out where they are located in the photo below. 

As we all head into summer, I pray that you are able to find some times of 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 look forward to welcoming new and returning students and families back to school in late August and September.  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 20              G5 Promotion Ceremony @ 1:15 pm
June 21               Last day of school (dismissal at 10:00 am)

August 26          Classroom Assignments emailed to families
August 30          Teacher Meet & Greet @ 3 pm

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

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

The Last Day of School is Tuesday June 21st.  For our final day of school, we operate on a shortened schedule from 8:00 am – 10:00 am with bus service adjusted for the modified schedule and early dismissal. 

Year End Progress Reports. Teachers are working now to finalize year end progress reports for all students.  These progress reports will be available for parent access beginning Friday June 24th at 12:00 pm.  Parents can view progress reports through our school district’s learning management system in BSD Parent VUE or Student VUE.

Information on how to log into Student Vue and Parent Vue can be found here: .  Click here for directions: EnglishSpanishChinese.

If you would have trouble accessing your child’s progress report, please contact Principal Dusty Steere.

Student Devices and Online Summer Learning.  During the last week of school, teachers have collected student iPads and computers so that the technology department is able to reimage devices over the summer to ensure that they are up to date and running smoothly for students in the fall.

When students return to school in September:

  • Rising kindergarten and 1st grade students will receive an iPad.
  • Rising 2nd grade students will receive a new laptop computer.
  • Rising 3rd – 5th grade students will receive their previously assigned computer.
  • 6th grade students will be issued a new device at their middle school.

Summer Learning Options for All. Cherry Crest students made outstanding academic growth this school year and deserve time this summer to rest, relax and play outside.  At the same time, we encourage all students to continue to access Clever over the summer. In particular, the literacy and math adaptive software programs – Lexia and Khan  Academy- remain accessible for free student use.  Students may access these programs by going to and logging in with their district credentials.  Students should be able to log in on a computer, tablet or smartphone.* but will need internet access.

*If your child needs an iPad or computer this summer to access summer learning, please reach out to your child’s teacher and/or Principal Dusty Steere.

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 district art instructors.

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

School Supply List for 2022-2023.  Summer break just started, but we’re already thinking about next year.  The 2022-2023 school supplies list  for each grade is now available.

Please have your student bring their school supplies to the Teacher Meet & Greet on August 30th or on the first day of school.  Questions?  Please contact Connie Kramer.

Class Placement Cards sent home August 26th. Check your email inbox on Friday afternoon, August 26th.  That’s when we will be sending out information on classroom placement for 2022-23.  If your email contact information needs updating, please contact Connie Kramer.

Teacher Meet & Greet.   Mark your calendars now to stop by Cherry Crest on the afternoon of Tuesday August 30th to meet your teacher, tour the school and drop off your school supplies.   Meet and Greet begins at 3:00 pm.  This will be followed by a PTSA social in the undercover area behind school.

Summer Nutrition Services.  Children 18 and younger are welcome to participate in the free summer meal program offered by Nutrition Services. The summer meal program provides free, nutritious meals to help children get the nutrition they need to learn, play and grow. Summer meals will be offered at Lake Hills Elementary and Sammamish High school.

Learn how to access summer meals through BSD and other providers in our region.

Nutrition Services Updates 2022-2023. As we prepare for the reopening of school on September 1, 2022, families should anticipate that free meals will no longer be available for all students attending a BSD school. With the expiration of USDA waivers at the end of this school year, Nutrition Services will return to traditional methods of payment for school meals (free, reduced price or paid).

Look for the 2022-2023 application for school meal benefits online on the Free & Reduced Price Meals webpage by August 15, 2022.

New: Students determined to be eligible for reduced price school meals will be able to receive lunch for free. Due to new state funding, the $0.40 copay for a reduced price lunch will no longer be collected. Students eligible for reduced price school meals will continue to receive breakfast for free in schools that offer the program.

Kindergarten Enrollment is Open Now! Don’t wait until fall, sign up today for the 2022-23 school year! Learn more about the Bellevue School District Kindergarten programs, including our dual language and immersion K-12 programs, and enroll today! More information available on the Kindergarten Enrollment webpage.

Our School Directory is Electronic! Each year the Cherry Crest PTSA makes a family directory available through an online service (DirectorySpot). This directory is only accessible to Cherry Crest families who allow the Bellevue School District to share their information with PTSA.

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. The directory is updated several times throughout the year. Questions? Email

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.