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Charger Chatter April 7, 2020
13-17 Spring Break (no remote learning)
20 Remote learning resumes
27 Remote learning resumes
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Donate to Bellevue Schools Foundation to help Bellevue students
Mark your calendars for the Online Spring Auction
Have a wonderful break! Chatter resumes on April 21st. No newsletter will be produced next week, during spring break. The deadline for submissions for the April 21st issue is Wednesday, April 15th.
Auction News
Spring Auction Update
Due to the ongoing global threat of COVID-19, we are transitioning our auction this year to be a virtual/online event that opens on Tuesday, April 21 and ends on Saturday, April 25 .

We want you to know that we are acutely aware of the disruption and shift in priorities every family has faced over the last several weeks. The mission of the Cherry Crest Parent Teacher Student Association has always been to provide support for the educational success, health, and well-being of all of our children through strong family and community engagement. Now, more than ever, our families and our community need our support. The funds we raise in our annual auction give us the flexibility to support our students, teachers, and families in the most impactful ways we can imagine - now, in the Fall, and beyond. This year, in particular, we encourage everyone to join us at the general PTSA meeting that follows in May to lend your voices and ideas for how to allocate our resources going forward to best serve our community in these difficult times.

We sincerely hope that you will join us in this novel incarnation of an important annual tradition. Please refer to our auction website for the updated auction event details and look for our email, chatter , and Facebook communications over the next couple of weeks.

From your PTSA Co-Presidents & the Auction Team,
Karin Hargrove, Britt Heath, Greg Smith, Amy Karlson & Ksenia Tshahhirov
Thank You, Auction Sponsors!
A special thank you to our wonderful sponsors for the Cherry Crest PTSA Auction! They make your donations go further by helping to underwrite the costs for this event. We appreciate their generous support of our children and community!
THANK YOU to our 2020 PTSA Annual Auction Platinum Sponsor , Julia and Mark Krill Real Estate .
School and District News
Schools will be Closed for Remainder of School Year
Yesterday, Governor Jay Inslee announced that Washington schools will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. During this closure, all schools in the Bellevue School District will remain closed.

We know that continued school closures are difficult on students and families, staff and the entire community. This will be disappointing news for students, who miss their friends and teachers. The extended closure raises numerous questions for students and families.

Please know that the district is committed to the success of all our students and providing timely updates to families. Next week during Spring Break, the BSD will share with you the plan for the remainder of the year.

Check the district's Coronavirus (COVID-19) page for the latest information.
Online Family Forum Q&A with Principal Steere
Over the last few weeks, families submitted questions to Principal Steere via a PTSA form submission. See the video and presentation from Mr. Steere * with answers to those questions and more.

* If you are prompted to login, please use your child's username and password.
Bellevue Schools Foundation News
Please Donate Today to Help Bellevue Students
The developments around COVID-19 have put our most vulnerable students and families at risk. The Bellevue Schools Foundation has been asked to release $50,000 for emergency food for 3,500 students who normally rely on their school for nutritious meals. Additionally, the Foundation is paying for counselors that are providing virtual and phone counseling to secondary students facing anxiety and depression.

Please donate in any amount today at Donate – Bellevue Schools Foundation .

In addition, Angel Donors have stepped up to offer a matching pool for donations of $1,000 and above. Your $1,000 contributions will be doubled thanks to their generosity. 

Other Cherry Crest Information
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About this newsletter
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. Read our submission guidelines .
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