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Cherry Crest Chronicler

August 18, 2023

Dear Cherry Crest Families,

I am so excited and honored to be the new principal here at Cherry Crest Elementary. I have been part of the Comm(UNITY) now for seven years as assistant principal, and each year, I feel more and more connected to the incredible students, families, and our staff. If you didn’t see the prior communication, Dusty Steere, has now stepped into a new principal role at Tillicum Middle School. I have been asked to step in as interim principal for the 2023-2024 schoolyear with the hope of moving into the role more permanently.

Amy Chu (formerly Kwon) is our new assistant principal. I have had the pleasure of working alongside her now since early July. She’s a wonderful addition to our community! Amy comes with a depth of knowledge to support our students as she recently completed her administrative internship at Stevenson Elementary, while also maintaining a role as both LAP facilitator (reading support) and co-teacher, specifically supporting math instruction with third graders.

In the newsletter below, you will find important information about the start of a new school year. Please note that you can translate this newsletter by using the “Select a Language” tool in the upper left corner of the webpage.  The drop-down menu allows you to translate text on the Cherry Crest website as well as any other Bellevue School District website. I will post new information to this site all year long. Please check our site often. Cherry Crest Chroniclers will go out on the first Friday of each new month.

For families new to Cherry Crest, we are excited to welcome you to our school. We are also delighted to see so many returning students and families.  Amy and I are truly proud to serve this school community, and we look forward to building and deepening relationships with students and families in the 2023-24 school year through listening and learning alongside you.

Thank you for taking a few moments to read the newsletter below. Feel free to contact me (stedmane@bsd405.org) or our amazing office Manager Connie Kramer (kramerk@bsd405.org) with any questions you may have!


Erin Stedman, Principal Cherry Crest Elementary School


August 28          Classroom Assignments emailed to families

August 28-29     Kindergarten “Meet a Teacher”
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.
https://bsd405.org/cherrycrest      https://www.cherrycrest-ptsa.org/

Class Placement E-Mail Information COMING SOON.

August 28th      1st -5th Grade families will receive class placement e-mails

August 30th      Kindergarten families will receive class placement e-mails

If your email contact information needs updating, please contact Connie Kramer.

Teacher Meet & Greet, August 30th.

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.

School Supply List for 2023-2024. 

The 2023-2024 school supplies list  for each grade is 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.

Kindergarten “Meet a Teacher” Visit.

Schedule Kindergarten “Meet a Teacher” visit on August 28 & 29 – Please look for a sign up link that was shared by email. If you haven’t seen this, you can reach out to Connie Kramer at kramerk@bsd405.org, which is linked above in the principal message.

This meeting is in person with your student, you, and our Kindergarten teachers at Cherry Crest. This is not a drop off event; please remain with your child until they meet with a teacher.  Your student will be completing a reading evaluation to help our staff with class placement during this time. You will be asked to wait in the hallway with other kindergarten parents.

1st Day of School for 1st-5th Grade: Tuesday, September 5th @ 8:00 AM.  

We look forward to seeing your child(ren) at Cherry Crest on the first day of school. More information will be shared about drop-off and pick up procedures. You can review last year’s information on our school website: https://bsd405.org/cherrycrest/2016/08/arriving-at-school-right-time-right-place/*

*Please note, 2nd graders will enter and line up at the school cafeteria this schoolyear. We will update this and send a new drop-off location map prior to day one.

1st Day of School for Kindergarten: September 8th @ 8:00 AM.

Kindergarteners will engage in WA Kids Family Connection Conferences beginning September 5th-6th. Please be on the lookout for a sign-up link for a 30-minute meeting with your child’s teacher.

Students will officially begin on Friday, September 8th for a full day at school in their new classroom. We can’t wait to see you, Kindergarteners! On this day, we will ask students to line up at the front entrance by their teacher’s name. Kindergarten teachers will greet students in the morning and walk students into class after waving goodbye to parents and guardians. Please feel free to say hello to your child’s teacher and take a first day of school photo before they head into the building. We thank you for trusting us with your child(ren)’s education!


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.