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June 20,  2023

Dear Cherry Crest Families,

It’s hard to believe, but the last day of school is Thursday. Where did the time go?  I want to share my thanks and appreciation for a strong finish to a great school year.  It is a privilege and honor to lead our teachers and staff in serving and educating your children.  Thank you for entrusting us with that huge responsibility. As summer dawns, I am looking forward to some downtime and vacation with my wife and family including a delayed 25th wedding anniversary visit to Italy and Greece.   As excited as I am for this vacation, I also have an eye toward August and the upcoming school year.  I eagerly anticipate meeting new students and families and building upon relationships from this year.  So, wherever you go and whatever you may do this summer, I wish you and your family the best of times and wonderful memories to last a lifetime.

Have a great summer!

Thank you for taking a few moments to read the important dates and announcements in the parent newsletter below.


Dusty Steere


June 21              G5 Promotion Ceremony @ 8:30 am
June 22              Last day of school (dismissal at 10:00 am)

August 28          Classroom Assignments emailed to families
August 30          Teacher Meet & Greet @ 3 pm

September 4     Labor Day
September 5     First day of School (Grades 1 – 5)
September 8     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 Thursday June 22nd.  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 Tuesday June 27th 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 2023-2024.  Summer break just started, but we’re already thinking about next year.  The 2023-2024 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 28th. Check your email inbox on Monday afternoon, August 28th.  That’s when we will be sending out information on classroom placement for 2023-24.  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 Wednesday August 30th to meet your teacher, tour the school, and drop off school supplies. Meet and Greet begins at 3:00 pm.  This will be followed by a PTSA social in the undercover area .

Kindergarten Enrollment is Open Now! Don’t wait until fall, sign up today for the 2023-24 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 [email protected].

Summer Robotics.  Interlake High School Saints Robotics presents a summer learning opportunity for students in grades 3 -7 to learn Block Coding in Scratch, Engineering Skills and exposure to Robotics through First Lego League.  9 am – 12 pm at Interlake High School July 10 – 14 and August 14 – 18.  $125 for the week.  Sign up here.  Questions?  Contact [email protected].

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.