Cherry Crest Chronicler

March 29, 2024

Dear Cherry Crest Families,

This time of year, I feel like one foot is into next year and the other is wrapping up a current school year. Believe it or not, we are already making plans for a new school year. Please take a moment to complete the intent to return form for the 2024-2025 school year. This allows us to plan ahead for class placement, class size, and number of classrooms per grade level. Knowing this information ahead of time is supportive of our spring placement process. Thank you!

I hope you will join me at Bellevue School Foundation’s Spring for Schools event tomorrow evening (March 30th) at Meydenbaur Center. If you cannot attend, please consider a donation on behalf of Cherry Crest and the Bellevue School District. BSF provided almost $1 Million toward programs, field trips, curriculum, and mental health resources for our schools this year alone. With a $10 Million deficit going into next year, we will rely heavily on their financial support and stability. Tickets are free and donations are highly encouraged. I’ll be sitting at the Cherry Crest table, along with staff and families.

Spring Break is the week of April 8th-12th. Enjoy the week off! When we return, we look forward to finishing our school year with your students for our final stretch of the school year.

Feel free to contact me ([email protected]), or our assistant principal, Amy Chu, ([email protected]) with any questions you may have!

Sincerely,

Erin Stedman, Principal Cherry Crest Elementary School

IMPORTANT DATES

  • District Cultural Calendar
  • 3/30 – BSF Spring for Schools Event (Get your tickets today!)
  • 4/5 – Principal Coffee at 9-10 AM (Click here to join the meeting)
  • 4/8-4/12 – Spring Break (No School)
  • 4/19 – PTSA Movie Night (6 PM)
  • 5/3 – Walkathon (2:30 PM)
  • 5/6-5/10 – SchoolPool Walk/Ride to School Campaign
  • 5/6-5/10 – Staff Appreciation Week
  • 5/13-5/20 – Smarter Balanced State Testing Days – Grades 3-5
  • 5/28 – PTSA General Membership Meeting (7-8 PM)
  • 6/6 – Volunteer Tea and Breakfast
  • 6/14 – Field Day (Afternoon)
  • 6/17 – G5 Promotion (8:30 AM)
  • 6/18 – Last Day of School (8-10 AM only)

Please remember to regularly visit the Cherry Crest & PTSA websites for the most current information.
https://bsd405.org/cherrycrest      https://www.cherrycrest-ptsa.org/

Principal Coffee- April 5th at 9 AM on Teams.

Join Principal Stedman for a virtual coffee on Friday, April 5th at 9-10 AM.

Join on your computer, mobile app or room device

Click here to join the meeting

Intent to Return Form, Due April 19th.

We need to know if you are planning to have your child(ren) return to Cherry Crest in the fall. This information will help us plan for classroom configurations for the 2024-2025 school year. Please complete the online surveyYou should complete a separate survey for each child you have in grades K-4 at Cherry Crest.

Bellevue School District 2024-2025 Calendar Available Now.

You can now view next school year’s District calendar. Please use this calendar to plan ahead.

https://bsd405.org/about/calendar/printable-calendars/2024-2025-and-2025-2026-family-calendar/

Lost and Found.

All lost and found will be donated on Friday, April 5th. If you know your child is missing a belonging, you can come by Cherry Crest all next week to look for missing items on Charger Stadium. Please come by before or after school.

Save the Date for Walkathon: May 3rd at 2:30 PM!

Our annual PTSA Walkathon will take place after school on Friday, May 3rd. Please look for more information soon. We’re looking forward to a fun community event and final opportunity to fundraise to meet our goals!

Thank you, Parent Volunteers!

Thanks so much for all the volunteers who help make Cherry Crest a wonderful Comm(UNITY)! From volunteering in the library, classroom, at events, clubs, being a PTSA officer, and much more, you make our staff, teachers’, and students’ time at Cherry Crest more fun and rewarding. Here is a list of outstanding volunteers that the community wanted to recognize this half. To show appreciation for anyone next half, please fill out this short survey here. If you’re looking for ways to volunteer, you can always find our latest volunteer opportunities here.

We will celebrate and honor our volunteers at our annual Volunteer Tea and Breakfast event. More details to come! Please save the date for June 6th in the morning.

Smarter Balanced Assessment, Grades 3-5.

This spring students in grades 3-5 are required to complete the Smarter Balanced Assessment for English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics online per WA State law requirements for public schools. 5th grade students are required to also take the Washington State Assessment for Science.

Testing Schedule for May:

May 13-15 – All 3rd-5th graders will complete the English Language Arts subtests (CAT and PT)

May 20-25 – All 3rd-5th graders will complete the Math subtests (CAT and PT)

May 28-31 – Testing Makeup Days

May 31 – All 5th graders will complete the Washington Science Comprehensive Assessment (WCAS)

Please avoid scheduling vacations or time away from school during the month of May. Vacation requests may not be granted if they conflict with state standardized testing. Testing will require the use of wired headphones or earbuds. You may choose to provide your student with a pair of headphones or earbuds to bring to school for testing. Any student without headphones or earbuds will be given a standard pair to borrow for use at school on testing days.

The Washington Comprehensive Assessment Program website contains test-related resources for parents and students: https://wa.portal.cambiumast.com/summative-smarter-balanced.html. You can also try out a Smarter Balanced practice or training test at home!

For more information, contact Cherry Crest Assistant Principal, Amy Chu ([email protected]), or Chris Lindberg, BSD manager of state testing ([email protected]). To opt out of testing, you can complete a form and submit directly to Amy Chu. If you’d like to receive a copy of this form, please email Mrs. Chu ([email protected]) and she will work with you on next steps.

Care Solace and Mental Health Resources.

Care Solace Offers Mental Health Resources During Spring Break

As Spring Break approaches, we encourage students to fully embrace this time for relaxation and rejuvenation. Take a break from screens, reconnect with loved ones, and indulge in activities that bring joy. Should BSD students, staff or families need support during this time or any other, Care Solace is here to provide confidential mental health care coordination 24/7/365.

Learn about other mental health resources at BSD.

Save the Date: Bellevue Transportation Forum.

Save the Date: Bellevue Transportation Forum

What can the district, City of Bellevue or Metro Transit do to engage and encourage parents to choose environmentally sustainable transportation options such as riding the bus, walking, biking or carpooling? Attend the Transportation Forum to collaborate with district and city leaders in creating solutions for transportation challenges.

In-Person Event

Date: Thursday, April 25, 2024

Time: 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Location: Sammamish High School

Address: 100 140th Ave. SE Bellevue, WA 98005

Online Event

Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Location: Online via Microsoft Teams

Register now.

Registration for these events is suggested but not required. You may also request interpretation/translation support for the events through the registration form.

Earthquake Drill and Upcoming Emergency Preparedness.

Every month, we are required to conduct a safety drill to ensure students are aware of procedures that will take place to keep them safe in different emergency situations. Today we conducted an earthquake drill and practiced what we would do if we were at school in the event of an earthquake. Students learned about Drop, Cover, and Hold On and then we practiced.

Next month, we will be practicing a fire/evacuation drill and practice what we would do if we needed to evacuate the building. Students will learn about and practice leaving the building quickly and assembling in a designated location.

Please talk to your child about these drills. An important next step might be planning a drill in your own home and checking to make sure you are prepared in the event of an earthquake or other natural disaster.

For more information on earthquakes and general preparedness, you might want to visit the Washington Emergency Management Division (https://mil.wa.gov/personal) or Great Washington ShakeOut (https://www.shakeout.org/washington/index.html) websites.

For more information on fire safety, you might want to visit the National Fire Protection Association “Kids” page at http://www.sparky.org/ or their parent resource page at http://www.sparky.org/parents.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Popstar Learning Academy Camp – Incoming Third through Fifth Graders.

Summer camp opportunity for students- A former Cherry Crest student is giving back to our community and offering spots at the “Pop Star Learning Academy” (PSLA):

PSLA is excited to be offering 4 weeks of summer camp for students entering 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th grade in the 2024-2025 school year. PSLA offers a wide variety of themes, ranging from theatre to Olympics, and everything in between. We have designed this camp to be 100% outdoor, screen-free, and fun for everyone. This is PSLA’s 5th year, and we are extremely grateful to be able to serve the Cherry Crest community. PSLA handed over all profits to Cherry Crest Elementary from summer of 2023 camps (close to $1,000 this year alone!).

This year, we have a maximum of 16 campers per week, with 4 Junior Counselors-in-Training (CITs). To learn more about the Junior CIT program or register for PSLA Summer camps, please visit the website: www.thepsla.com

When: 9am-1pm

Where: Cherry Crest Undercovered Area

Cost: $150/week (20% off for siblings)

Sessions: 

[7/08-7/12] Summer Olympics

[7/15-7/19] Lights, Camera, Action!

[7/22-7/26] Pirates

[7/29-8/02] Harry Potter

To register, please visit my website: www.thepsla.com

For any questions, please email Aarna at: [email protected]

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.

April is: Arab American Heritage Month and Autism Acceptance Month

From our school counselor, Ms. Mykela, for Arab American Heritage Month –

Families:

  • Looking for a fun way to learn more about Arab American culture with your family at home? Check out the Arab American National Museum’s virtual tours of their core galleries!
  • Don’t miss this list of wonderful books and this list of wonderful books from Arab American authors and illustrators to add to your family library!
  • For some superhero fun, check out the comic book series, Ms. Marvel, which features a Pakistani American teen who develops superpowers. The series has also been made into a show on Disney+! (Common Sense Media rates the show as 10 years old and up.)

Autism Acceptance:

Video for Kids –

Autism Acceptance Month for Kids by Twinkl USA

Book lists –

15 Books to Read for Autism Acceptance Month

Children’s Book List: Learn About Autism

Resources for families –

How to talk to Kids About Their Neurodivergent Brain

Neurodiversity and neurodivergence: a guide for families

How to Talk to Your Child About Neurodiversity

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.