Cherry Crest Chronicler

May 3, 2024

Dear Cherry Crest Families,

April has come and gone. May is here and our end of school year countdown has officially begun. I can’t believe it! June will be here before we know it, with only six and half weeks to go. Please take a moment to complete our class placement input form. This allows you the chance to share information about your child to support our placement process.

I want to take a moment to wish our Jewish students and families a belated and happy Passover. “Chag Pesach Sameach! (happy holiday!) We care deeply for our Jewish families and students and look forward to celebrating Jewish American Heritage month during the month of May.

Also, this month, we’ll be celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander and Native Hawaiian Heritage Month. Students will be planning an upcoming assembly on June 4th at 1:30 PM to recognize these important heritages, along with Pride month in June, to recognize and celebrate the students and families who represent our community.

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


Erin Stedman, Principal Cherry Crest Elementary School


  • District Cultural Calendar
  • 5/3 – Principal Coffee (Access to Coffee Recordings)
  • 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
  • 6/12 – Welcome New Family Night at Cherry Crest
  • 6/14 – Field Day (Afternoon)
  • 6/17 – G5 Promotion (8:30 AM)
  • 6/18 – Last Day of School  (10:00am dismissal)

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


Walkathon Donations, Due May 5th.

Walk-a-thon is a cherished tradition, bringing our whole comm(unity) together each year!  Students, Families, Teachers and Staff come together to walk laps around the school track. It’s an opportunity for exercising, dancing to the DJ’s music, socializing, munching on snacks and meeting our school mascot Champ! All Cherry Crest students received a Walk-a-thon t-shirt to wear at the event featuring the winning 5th grade student design.

Students encourage family and friends to donate funds and help us reach our $40,000 goal!  Together we can enable PTSA to maintain classroom supports and enrichment for all students! All donations count towards fundraising prizes for students and are tax deductible for donors.

PTSA will be collecting donations until May 5th. Please consider donating to support our school!

Donation Link Here

Smarter Balanced Testing.

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: 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.

SchoolPool Walk, Bike, or Scoot to School, May 6-10.

Our school is one of 18 schools participating in Bellevue SchoolPool’s Walk & Roll to SchoolPool campaign during the week of May 6-10!

Bellevue SchoolPool is a program that encourages families and students to explore sustainable transportation options for their commute to and from school and alleviate congestion at drop-off and pickup times and locations. During the campaign, students and families are encouraged to walk, bike, carpool or take the bus to and/or from school.

This fall, the campaign is centered around National Bike & Roll to School Day on Wednesday, May 8, but SchoolPool encourages students to try a new way to school any time during week!

SchoolPool also provides students with a fun activity flyer and other items including reflective shoe stickers, shoelace tags, and seeded sticky notes that can be planted in the ground.

For resources including how to set up a bike train or walking school bus and carpooling tips, visit and look under “Resources for Students and Families.”

If you would like to sign up for the Bellevue SchoolPool newsletter, click here.

Ridwell Plastic Collection, May 10th.

Will you please help us save the planet for our children’s future?

We have partnered again this year for Earth Month with Ridwell.  We are asking for your support in trying to eliminate plastic film from ending up in our landfills.  Single use plastic bags/films are not recyclable in regular trash pickup, and this is a great way to help our planet.  Ridwell takes this plastic and partners with other companies to recycle plastic film into other useful materials like plastic decking.

How can you help? Start collecting ANY stretchy plastic film, including bubble wrapping (Amazon bags), bread/cereal bags, newspaper bags, dry cleaning bags and any stretchy plastic packaging (like Costco water bottle wrapping, toilet paper wrap), etc. Bring it to the school by May 10.   See the attached flyer for what is accepted. Here is a link of what Cherry Crest families can get started collecting Plastic Film

If we get at least 10 new households to sign up for Ridwell home pick up – Ridwell will make our school a community collection site year-round.

Why join Ridwell?  For the small cost of joining, you can safely recycle batteries, Styrofoam, plastic film, and multi-layer plastics.  This greatly reduces your weekly waste pick up and you can downsize your garbage container which will offset the cost of joining Ridwell.  A win-win!

Here is a link you can use to join:

Thank you for helping Cherry Crest work towards a more sustainable future.

Teacher and Staff Books to Purchase.

The Cherry Crest Elementary PTSA is having their annual Teacher Book Sale. The teachers have picked out their favorite books, and if you buy one, they’ll include a special note just for your kiddo. It’s a great way to make memories of their time at Cherry Crest.  All books are $25!

All the money we raise from the sale goes back to the school community.

Eager to make a purchase?!?!  Simply click on the “Auction Link” at the top of this page.  You will be taken to the book selection.  Sort by grade to see your teacher’s book choices.  Cherry Crest specialists and staff also made book choices.  Be sure to check out the wide selection of books.

Thanks for your support! If you have any questions, reach out to Christina Nemeth at [email protected].

Class Placement Parent Input Forms.

If you have a child returning to Cherry Crest next fall, you have the option of completing the parent input form as we consider classroom placements for next school year. Please complete this form no later than May 17th.

This spring, Cherry Crest staff will determine student placement for next year. The goal of student placement is for each child to be placed in the best possible learning environment. We are fortunate to have excellent teachers who are professional and talented instructors. A consistent curriculum and strong team structures ensure a quality program in every classroom.

In May and June, the staff members that know your child best take all available information (including this parent input form) and begin grouping students. We take into consideration male/female ratios, academic performance, social skills, learning styles and special needs. Creating balanced classrooms where children will be successful is a complex process and we need your cooperation to make it work.

NOTE: Teachers will review your feedback, which is not confidential. Refrain from sharing feedback about this year’s teacher and/or requesting specific teachers by name. Input forms requesting specific teachers will not be considered.

Input Form

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.

May is: Jewish American Heritage Month & Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Resources for…



Here’s another bookroom created by Ms. Nolan for AAPI Month:

Also, here’s a link to even more books!


Jewish American Heritage Month

Resources for…






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.