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Charger Chatter February 11, 2020
Calendar
THIS WEEK
2/10 - PTSA leadership nominations due
2/11 - School Bond Vote ballots due
2/12 - Spelling Bee Final; 6:30-8:00pm
2/14 - Soccer cleat collection closes

NEXT WEEK
Mid-winter break: NO SCHOOL

LOOKING AHEAD
2/24 - Passport Club Checkpoint
3/2-3/5 - Scholastic Book Fair
3/6 - Writing Challenge due
3/10 - PTSA General Meeting

Take Action!
β€’ Sign-up for 3rd Grade Staff Appreciation
β€’ Register for recess running club
β€’ Order yearbooks
Volunteer Opportunities
πŸ‘Ÿ Running Club
🎟 2020 Auction:
Have a Wonderful Break! Chatter Resumes on February 25th
No newsletter will be produced next week, during mid-winter break. The deadline for submissions for the February 25th issue is Wednesday, February 19th.
Auction Spotlight: Question of the Week
Why does the PTSA raise money and where does it go?
Did you know that the Cherry Crest PTSA pays for nearly every event you can think of that gives our school its unique personality and far-reaching reputation for unwavering commitment to students and teachers?

The majority of the budget pays for assistants to improve student/teacher ratios in all classrooms and in the cafeteria and playground to support positive social interactions among the students.

Just over 20% of the budget pays for school-wide curriculum enhancement, which includes off-site field trips (e.g., theater, nature spaces, museums, etc.), on-site visits from a wide variety of children's educators (e.g., toy maker, author visits, animal encounters, etc.). Check the PTSA website for more information about enrichment events planned for your child this year!

Another 10% of funds pay for school-wide community-building events , such as movie nights, ice-cream socials, festival of cultures, and spelling bee, to name just a few.

The remaining 8% provides grants for staff and supports appreciation events and the PTSA operating costs (such as services to host our website, send our newsletter and responsibly manage our finances).

All of these programs are organized and run by a team of over 50 committed Cherry Crest parents who offer their time and energy on a 100% volunteer (unpaid) basis. Put this year's auction on your calendar and help keep it all going!

Check out our FAQ or reach out to us with any other questions!

Ksenia Tshahhirov, Greg Smith and Amy Karlson
Your Cherry Crest W o r l o C o l o r s  50th Anniversary Auction Chairs
PTSA News
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.
Rice Krispies Treat Sale Tomorrow
Fifth Grade students will sell Rice Krispies Treats for 50Β’ each at lunch recess on Wednesday. This is one of several fundraisers our fifth graders run to support their chosen charity: Seattle Humane Society . SHS saves the lives of thousands of dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and other small animals in our area each year. 

Want to support the cause, but don't want a treat? A donation jar is also available! It's a fun way for all students to join fifth graders in giving back to their community. 
Cherry Crest Writing Challenge 2020
Cherry Crest Elementary students are invited to participate in the 2020 Writing Challenge. The theme for this year’s writing challenge is "School. " Share your story to connect us to the past, present and future of our school!

All stories will be displayed at the Cherry Crest Art Walk (Friday, March 27), at the 30-year Time Capsule Ceremony (Friday, April 3) and published in a bound collection available for purchase at the Spring Auction.

Writing Challenge Prompts: here
Submission deadline: Friday, March 6, 2020.
Submission Instructions: submit online or turn in a paper copy to your teacher

5th Graders Sponsor Kindness Challenge in February
Cherry Crest is taking part in the Camp Kindness Counts Challenge during the month of February by showing kindness within and beyond our Cherry Crest Comm(UNITY). 

5th graders have voted for us all to share smiles and high fives on our Kindness Day, Wednesday, February 12 and chose Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) as the community charity our school will support.

A donation box will be set up in the lobby to collect items on the RASKC wish list .
School News
Scholastic Book Fair Is March 2nd through 5th
We'll need volunteers for setup and tear down, running registers and helping during lunch recess, after school and during Family Night on Wednesday, March 4th. Please sign up to help!

Pencil Gram is back again this year. Children can purchase a $1 pencil and have it addressed to their friend, teacher or themselves! 

New this year! Families may deposit money into a Scholastic E-wallet (online account) and children won't need to carry cash.
 
Details will be in flyers and on the Scholastic website soon.
Questions? Contact bookfair@cherrycrest-ptsa.org
District Information
School Bond Fund - Remember to Vote Today!
The Bellevue School District 2020 Capital Projects Bond will ensure we continue to provide world-class education to our students by replacing aging buildings , renovating and expanding existing schools , and updating safety and security measures .

Our amazing Cherry Crest Elementary building was made possible by an earlier Capital Projects Bond . . . Read more . . .
Bellevue School Coronavirus Update
The Bellevue School District is recommending all students, staff, and others returning from China stay home and away from others and monitor their health for 14 days.

If you have come into contact with people who have recently returned from a visit to China, we thank you in advance for helping to monitor for symptoms of the coronavirus.


Should all children returning from China stay home from school for 14 days?
Yes. The White House Coronavirus Task Force announced on January 31, 2020 that all people returning from China will be asked to stay at home away from others and monitor their health for 14 days. Recommendations to schools .

What the Bellevue School District is doing:

Student absences will be excused for those who stay home due to this recommendation . Please contact your school’s attendance specialist to inform them of your situation and work with your student’s school to answer any questions.
The district has heightened its focus on maintaining a clean school environment, including providing additional hand sanitizer and focus on cleaning high use areas.

Find more district information on coronavirus here and see also the
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.
Girl Scouts of Western Washington engagement manager is holding a troop formation and parent information session at Cherry Crest Elementary tonight, Tuesday, February 11 from 6:00-7:00pm.
Wise Camps offers after school enrichment for 5th-8th grade students as well as summer camps for all grades. Find more information at wisecamps.org
Other Cherry Crest Information
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