Cherry Crest Chronicler

September 1, 2023

Dear Cherry Crest Families,

Thank you to all who joined us for our first back to school event of the 2023-2024 school year! Our Meet and Greet was a great success. We enjoyed seeing many familiar faces, along with all of the new Chargers joining us for the very first time. We can’t wait to see you again on day one!

If you took photos at our “Photo Wall” you can send them to [email protected]. We’d love to have these featured in our main office on our TV display. Additionally, we may send them to our District communication team with your permission to be featured on BSD’s social media accounts or website. We love sharing our students with our community!

Please read the information below carefully. Hopefully I answer all of your questions about our first few days of the year. If not, you can always reach us using the contact information below. See you soon!

Feel free to contact me ([email protected]) or our amazing office Manager Connie Kramer ([email protected]) with any questions you may have!


Erin Stedman, Principal Cherry Crest Elementary School


  • September 4     Labor Day
  • September 5     First day of School (Grades 1 – 5)
  • September 5 or 6th WAKids for Kindergartners
  • September 8     First day of School (Kindergarten)
  • September 15 – October 15 – Hispanic Heritage Month begins! District Cultural Calendar
  • September 18 – K-2 Curriculum Night 6-7pm
  • September 20 – 3-5 Curriculum Night 6-7pm
  • September 21   School Picture Day

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

From Our School Librarians.

Bigfoot Kids’ Book Festival – Saturday, Sept 9th

Brick & Mortar Books presents AMAZING children’s book authors for a FREE day of books and fun!

 Scheduled authors include: Vikram Madan (Bobo and Pup Pup author who visited Cherry Crest!!), Elie Peterson (How to Hug a Pufferfish author who visited Cherry Crest!!), Dan Gemeinhart (The Honest Truth author who visited Cherry Crest!!), Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet series author and who has visited Cherry Crest!!), Ben Clanton (Narwhal and Jelly series author and who has visited Cherry Crest!!), Donna Barba Higuera (The Last Cuentista and Lupe Wong Won’t Dance author – who won the Newbery award!!), Liz Wong (I am Not a Penguin author), and many more!

Click here to learn more!!

Online event with Flip – International Dot Day 20th Anniversary:
Celebrate International Dot Day
(K-5) with author Peter H. Reynolds
Friday, September 15  |  10:00 AM PT
Sign up to join New York Times best-selling author and illustrator of The Dot, Peter Reynolds, and his twin brother Paul Reynolds who will challenge students to believe in themselves and find the courage to make their mark. This year’s event will be a very special 20th anniversary celebration of The Dot book and a peek at the new Dot Dot Dot musical!

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 on the first day of school.  Questions?  Please contact Connie Kramer.

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! Please review our arrival and dismissal procedures, linked below.

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 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.

Beginning, Monday, 9/11, Kindergarteners will line up in the morning in the cafeteria for the remainder of the schoolyear.

Join the Cherry Crest PTSA, Coffee Social, and Important Dates.

Join the Cherry Crest PTSA

Join the Cherry Crest PTSA to support your students and our school Comm(UNITY).  Being a member allows you to:

  • Impact your child’s school experience
  • Vote on how PTSA spends money and what programs the PTSA participates in.
  • Build connections and make new friends
  • Gain new skills and leadership opportunities.
  • Contribute your ideas for how our PTSA can best support our students.

First Day of School Coffee

The first day of school is an exciting day for us all.  Come join your fellow nervous/excited adults at the Cherry Crest entrance after you drop off your kids. Meet other families, learn about the PTSA and the Cherry Crest Comm(UNITY). New and returning families are welcome and encouraged to come stop by for any amount of time you have available.

First day coffee for 1st-5th grade:  September 5th from 8:10-9 am

First day of school coffee for Kindergartners:  September 8th from 8:10 -9 am.

Important PTSA Event Dates:

Sep 8    @ 8:10 am PTSA coffee for K families in front of school
Sep 26  @ 7pm PTSA General Meeting – all are welcome, members can VOTE

Arrival and Dismissal at Cherry Crest.

Please review our arrival and dismissal procedures on our website located HERE. Thank you!

First Principal Coffee Scheduled.

Save the date! Please join me for a virtual Principal coffee conversation and presentation on Friday, October 6th @ 9 AM. More details will be shared later this month. My goal is to host a new principal coffee on the first Friday of each month. These coffees are great opportunities to connect, learn more about Cherry Crest, and have questions answered. Some coffees will be in person, always with a virtual meeting link option.

For our first coffee, please plan to join me virtually and not on campus.

I hope to see you there!

Curriculum Night

Please save the date for our two Curriculum Night events:

September 18 (K-2) from 6-7 PM and  September 20 (3-5) from 6-7 PM

This events is reserved for adults only and a chance to learn more about Cherry Crest, as well as to hear about your child’s specific grade level curriculum and program. There is no childcare provided. We will share more details soon.

School Pictures, September 21st.

Save the date! Students will come picture ready on this day. Please look for information that will come home with your child in the next couple of weeks.

Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion at Cherry Crest.

Please refer to our District’s cultural calendar (linked HERE) for each month. At Cherry Crest, we aim to recognize the many celebrations, holidays, and heritages that make our world, community, and neighborhood so beautiful. If you’re interested in sharing your rich culture with us, please reach out as we’re always looking for ways to enrich our students’ experiences and for students to see themselves in our hallways and in our classrooms.

In September, we recognize Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins September 15th – October 15th. Many classrooms will read a variety of stories about Hispanic Americans, and we will create schoolwide displays that honor and recognize the Hispanic/Latinx culture.

Links & Resources for Hispanic Heritage Month for Families:

Visit the local Sea Mar Museum of Chicano/a/Latino/a Culture –

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.