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Charger Chatter September 17, 2019
17 - PTSA General Meeting, 6:30pm
19 - Kindergarten & 1st Grade Potluck 6:00-7:30pm
22 - Last day for Spirit Gear Orders
24 - 2nd Grade Potluck , 6:00-7:30pm
26 - 3rd Grade Potluck , 6:00-7:30pm
30 - 4th & 5th Grade  Potluck , 6:00-7:30pm

1 - School Picture Day
4 - Walkathon
11 - No School
14-15 - Early dismissal at 12:15pm for parent conferences.
Take Action!
Review and update family school contact information

Order spirit gear before Sep 22
Sign up for New Volunteer Opportunities open for 2019-20 School Year
Cherry Crest Walkathon is Friday, October 4th
Let's celebrate Cherry Crest’s 50th Anniversary with a Color Walkathon Party! Inspired by the Holi Festival, our theme is A World of Colors to highlight the fantastic diversity in our community.

After walking, we'll have a Fun Festival with carnival games led by 5th graders and live music by Grammy-nominated band Recess Monkey . Come hungry because we’ll have an awes ome line-up of food trucks featuring The Roll Pod , Mami Tran , ChicagoWest Hot Dogs, and Jessica's Unique Bite Burgers. This family event is open to all, so invite your friends, family and neighbors!

All Cherry Crest students will receive a Walkathon t-shirt to wear on Walkathon day featuring the winning design from one of our Cherry Crest students - winner to be announced soon! Our kids are excited to collect donations and walk lots of laps, with prizes going to classes raising the most money and reaching their goals.

100% of the proceeds from our Walkathon covers things like Teacher Aides in the classrooms and curriculum enhancement for all grades.

Questions? Email and visit the website.

Thanks from your co-chairs,
Alan Schon and Roberto Linares
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.
PTSA General Meeting on Tuesday, September 17th
Please join us on Tuesday, September 17th, at 6:30pm in Cherry Crest Library for the first PTSA General Membership meeting of the 2019-2020 school year.

  • 6:30-7:00pm - Social time with coffee and snacks
  • 7:00pm - Meeting starts
You are the Parent in PTSA! Come and find out how to support our Comm(UNITY)! This is a great opportunity to learn more about what the Cherry Crest PTSA does and how we support our students, staff and families. We will be approving the 2019 and 2020 PTSA budget and standing rules in this meeting. We hope to see you there.

Questions? Contact your PTSA Co-Presidents at  
New Cherry Crest PTSA Website Coming This Week!
We're excited to share that we've been working on a new Cherry Crest PTSA website. The volunteer team is migrating information from the old website and plans to go live later this week .

The new website will be a lot easier for a team of volunteers to maintain and will let us add new capabilities in future. Take a sneak peek at the 'beta' version .

Note: after the switch, some information may still link to the old website, but we'll continue working to redirect everything to the new site.
Grade Level Potluck Dinners in Cherry Crest Cafeteria
Join fellow classmates and families for a potluck dinner! Bring a salad, side dish or main course to serve 6-8 people. For home made items please provide an ingredient list to help those with food allergies. Cherry Crest PTSA will supply paper products, water and dessert.

  • Kindergarten & 1st Grade - Thursday, September 19; 6:00-7:30pm
  • 2nd Grade - Tuesday, September 24; 6:00-7:30pm
  • 3rd Grade - Thursday, September 26; 6:00-7:30pm
  • 4th & 5th Grade - Monday, September 30; 6:00-7:30pm

Questions? email Kathy Hotchkies at
Volunteers Needed for 2019-2020 Yearbook Photos
The yearbook is a great gift for students at the end of the school year. We need parent help to collect great photos throughout the year Please sign up to take photos for classes and events. Requirements for photos and instructions for submitting will be sent to volunteers who sign up.

Questions? Please email
Fall Spirit Gear Store Closes This Weekend
Show your Cherry Crest Spirit! Spirit store will be open until September 22nd , then clothes will be delivered to the classroom mid-October. Check out the website .
School News
New to Cherry Crest? Get Approval Now to Volunteer!
All volunteers for field trips, in classrooms and at activities during school days (library, vision/hearing testing, Walkathon) must have an up-to-date background check on file .

The Bellevue School district uses Verified Volunteers to approve volunteers and requires renewal every three years (when it's time you renew, you'll receive a notification). If you are new to the district, please take a few minutes to apply and be ready to go on the next field trip!
On-Site After School Enrichment Classes
Fall After School Classes and Clubs
Find a detailed listing of all classes with registration information on the PTSA website. All classes open to students in K-5th unless otherwise indicated.
Spanish 2:30 to 3:30pm
Xakary the Magician 2:30 to 4:00pm (7 years and older)

Chess4Life 2:30 to 3:30pm
Eastside Drama Kids 2:30 to 3:30pm

CAN (Clay Animation Network) 12:10 to 1:45pm (1st - 5th)
Small Hands on Art 12:10 to 1:30pm

Tennis by TGA Sports 2:30 to 3:30pm

Playwell Lego STEM 2:30 to 3:30pm
Cherry Crest Wednesday Ski Bus - Lead Chaperone Needed
The "Wednesday Ski Bus" offered through Snow Sports Consulting Services (SSCS) is looking for a LEAD chaperone for the 2019-2020 season.

This person is the direct contact between Cherry Crest families and ski services. The season runs early-January to mid-February, with little prep-work in the fall. Please contact Erin Miller at to learn more.
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 all active posts, please see the Community Bulletins page on the PTSA Website.
Camp Kindness Counts offers monthly opportunities for families to work together to spread kindness and community building.
Bridle Trails Park Foundation and National Public Lands Day
Bridle Trails Park Foundation is teaming up with the Lake Washington Saddle Club and State Park Ranger Matt Birklid for an autumn morning of park love on Saturday, September 28th, 9am-noon.

Stewardship projects include removal of invasive plants and weeds, trail tidying and trimming, and horse arena maintenance.

Please RSVP at . All ages welcome!
Cub Scouts Pack Meeting Tonight
All boys and girls grades K-5 are invited to join the Cub Scouts! Go camping, learn first aid and launch a model rocket! 

Join us at our first meeting on Tuesday September 17th from 6:30-7:30pm in the Cherry Crest Cafeteria to learn more while your child enjoys the Cub Scout carnival!
Other Cherry Crest Information
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