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February 6, 2018
Calendar
February
16 - Deadline for Nominations for Executive Committee 2018-19
19-23 - No School: Mid-Winter Break
26 - Passport Club Checkpoint

March
4 - KidsQuest Museum Event
Volunteer Opportunities
We need your helping hands to make every event a success for our students and for our community. 

Whatever  your interests , we have something for you and volunteering is a great way to meet other parents in the community! 

Please view our  volunteer opportunities  and help make Cherry Crest the best learning environment for our children.
PTSA Funded Curriculum Enhancement
Recent Events:

Fourth grade classes enjoyed a full day of Northwest Native Culture when Mr. Ronn Wilson (aka Long Claw) brought his storytelling, artifacts, games, pelts, and history to Cherry Crest.

Students learned about the principles of Native Teaching (Tell You -> Show You -> Do -> You Make Your Choices), heard stories of how the lessons of nature apply to everyday life, experienced a taste of a Kwakiutl potlatch dance, and even had a chance to stroke (very carefully!) a porcupine pelt.
Curriculum Enhancement (CE)   works with teachers to bring in the  best guest speakers, scientists, laboratory activities, performers, and musicians  for enhanced learning opportunities. All are 100% funded by YOU, our parents; through generous donations to the Walkathon, Readathon and Auction.  Support PTSA fundraisers - they pay for these wonderful activities.
PTSA Advocacy for Education
Vote YES On Bellevue School District Levies
Remember to VOTE for the Bellevue School District Levies!

If you are a registered voter, your February Special Election Ballot needs your attention. Please take two minutes to VOTE YES three times for the BSD levies. Ballots must be mailed by Tuesday, February 13th.

These levies will allow the district to continue providing a high-quality public education to our students. If these levies do not pass, existing programs will be cut.

To learn more, like Bellevue Quality Schools on Facebook, or visit BSD levies
Weekly Highlights

  • Art room volunteers requested to assist Ms. Jessica. Please sign up here.

  • Library volunteers: if you have already completed library training, please sign up for any time you are available. All others, please contact the library coordinator.for training.
PTSA News
February Staff Appreciation - 3rd Graders
Cherry Crest families show their appreciation for our outstanding teachers and staff by volunteering to provide flowers, cards, snacks, and lunches throughout the school year.

Parents of 3rd graders, please sign up to contribute to Staff Appreciation in February. All other grades, check the schedule to when and how your family can help carry on this wonderful tradition of gratitude!

Thank you in advance for your participation. Together we strengthen our community.

Congratulations to PTSA Reflections Program Winners
Results from the PTA Reflections program have been announced! Of the 39 pieces submitted to Cherry Crest, a selection of 25 were sent to the PTA Council-level judging, with four Cherry Crest student works earning “Outstanding Interpretation” and representing at the state level. Way to go!

Thank you to all the students who participated this year and support of all the parents. This program could not happen without your efforts.
PTSA Spring Auction Updates
Seeking "Auction Basket Leads" for Each Grade
Back by popular demand: Grade level Gift Baskets in the silent auction!

Baskets give all families a chance to participate. There will be a theme for each grade’s gift basket (maybe a sports theme - with sports apparel,
game tickets or a summer theme with passes to Wild Waves, beach towels, and yard games).

We need 2 parents per grade to lead the basket creation: choosing the theme, communicating with classroom parents, collecting donations, and assembling and dropping off baskets. Sign up with a friend!

If interested or for questions, please email the Auction Grade Level Basket Chair at auctiongradebasket@cherrycrest-ptsa.org and include your name, contact information and grade/teacher.
Auction Invitations Will Be Sent Home with Students
Check your child’s backpack later this week for your official Cherry Crest PTSA Spring Auction invitation!

Join us at the Bellevue Hilton Hotel on March 31st for a fun kid-free evening filled with great people and conversation, entertainment and wonderful auction items in support of our students.

You can get additional details by following us on Facebook. We look forward to celebrating with you!
Help Procure Auction Items for the Auction
The Auction Procurement Committee is working to acquire items for purchase in the silent and live auction. Some ideas to get your creative hats working - tickets to hit shows or season tickets to a sporting event, vacation home stays, gift certificates, bottles of wine and so much more! 

Keep up-to-speed on the latest auction items procured, by finding the  Cherry Crest Spring Auction page on Facebook  and be sure to ” Like ” us.

School News
Flu Season Is Here - Please Keep Sick Children Home
We are experiencing a high volume of flu illnesses at Cherry Crest. The
CDC recommends staff and students stay home for 24 hours after fever (or signs of a fever) end - without the use of fever reducing medication. Children should also have 24 hours of no vomiting before returning to school.

Practice good hand washing and good health habits to stay healthy through this flu season.

Questions? Contact nurse Chris at HoudenC@bsd405.org or 425-456-4907
Charger Spirit Gear Available
Stay warm this winter with Charger Gear!

T-shirts, sweatshirts, sweat pants and much more for women, men and kids. Take a look!
Community Bulletins
 In the Community Bulletins section, we pass along information submitted to the PTSA newsletter editor which may be of interest to Cherry Crest Families. No sponsorship or endorsement is made or implied by the PTSA or the Bellevue School District.   For entire list of active postings, please see the  Community Bulletins page on the PTSA Website.
Other Cherry Crest Information
Essential Links
  Thursdays are Spirit Day  
Wear red or Cherry Crest apparel to show your School Spirit every Thursday. Browse our PTSA sponsored Spirit Gear store.

5% of all spirit gear purchases goes back to the Cherry Crest PTSA!
Mission: The Cherry Crest PTSA is a resource to unify parents, teachers, students and the community to support our Cherry Crest staff. We provide outstanding educational enhancement opportunities for every child and work to build a strong community.
Shop on Amazon to Support Cherry Crest PTSA
Whether you're shopping for gifts or purchasing everyday household items,  Cherry Crest PTSA will receive 6% of your shopping proceeds. You can access the link from the  PTSA website.   
Always go through this link to ensure your PTSA benefits. Add it to your favorites for easy access.
Article Submission Guidelines
The Cherry Crest Charger Chatter is emailed to families and staff on Tuesday mornings. The deadline for submissions to the Chatter is the preceding Wednesday by 7pm. 

Submissions related to PTSA activities and relevant to Cherry Crest families in Bellevue should be made via email as plain text . Flyers or attachments may be submitted electronically (only in PDF format), but will be included at the discretion of the editorial team. Send all submissions to editor@cherrycrest-ptsa.org
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