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Charger Chatter October 29, 2019
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Calendar
THIS WEEK
11/1 - Fall Festival 6:00 - 8:00 PM

NEXT WEEK
11/6 - Veterans Day Assembly 8:30 - 9:30 AM
11/6 - Math Challenge 3 Due

LOOKING AHEAD
11/11 - No School, Veteran's Day
11/11 - Ice Skating Party 12:00 - 2:00 PM
11/12 - PTSA General Meeting 6:30 - 8:00 PM
11/19 - Ski Bus Registration Due by Mail
11/20 - Math Challenge 4 Due
11/27 - Read-a-Thon Kickoff
11/28-11/29 - No School, Thanksgiving Holiday

NOTE
Picture Retake Day has been rescheduled. New date will be announced soon.
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PTSA Sponsored Curriculum Enhancement
Spotlight on September and October Field Trips
The Curriculum Enhancement (CE) program started the school year with some exciting events. Here is an overview of September and October:

  • 2nd grade students from Ms. Gibbs and Ms. Waddell’s classes took a field trip to the Mercer Slough in SE Bellevue. Students became “Wetland Naturalists” under the direction of staff from the Pacific Science Center. Together, they observed soil, plants and animals as they hiked the trails. 
  • 3rd grade students took a field trip to the Salmon Hatchery in Issaquah. Students learned about the different types of salmon, toured the hatchery, and got to see salmon making their way through the historic fish ladder. 
  • 5th grade students enjoyed an Orienteering field trip with Eric Bone from Meridian Geographics. Students worked in teams to find locations in Bride Trails State Park using a map and compass.

Upcoming for November/December

  • Kindergarten will have an at-school visit from the Toy Maker.
  • 1st grade will have an at-school visit from the Toy Maker and Kids Quest Museum.
  • 4th and 5th grades will take a field trip to MOHAI (Museum of History and Industry) in Seattle.
  • 5th grade will have an at-school visit about Internet Safety.
  • "One World Taiko Drum” will visit Cherry Crest in an all school assembly and performance.

All of these, and those yet to come, are funded by the Cherry Crest PTSA through the Walkathon, Auction, and Read-a-thon. Thank you for your continued support!
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.
Fall Festival this Friday at 6:00 PM
Cherry Crest friends and families! Are you ready with your spooky costume to join us this Friday, November 1 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM ?

We'll have the ever popular Cake Walk, Haunted House, Dance Party, Photo Booth, Games and many more surprises!

We still need:
  • Lead volunteers for hallway decoration, photo booth and games. Sign up to help.
  • Donations of masking tape, flicker lights, black lights, blue tooth speaker(s), 2A and 3A batteries, decorative string door curtains (2-3), artist blue tape and frosted scotch tape. Drop off box located at the lobby.
  • Halloween decorations Donate or loan us any spooky decorations such as blinking lamps, large spiders, ghosts, haunted mansion décor, masks, etc. Drop off box located at the lobby. Mark items with names if they need to be returned.
  • Haunted house parent volunteers to make the haunted house safe and memorable for the kiddos. Haunted House Sign Up.
  • Actors/ghosts/zombies sign-up sheets can be found in 5th grade classes.

Drop off box located at the lobby. Cake drop off box will be placed in the PTSA room on the day of the event. Look forward to have a blast with spooky fun!

Parking : Please be mindful when you park in the neighborhood. Please follow standard parking protocols and refrain from parking on sidewalks or in front of driveways.
Staff Appreciation for November: 5th Grade
Each year Cherry Crest families show their appreciation for our outstanding teachers and staff by volunteering to provide food, beverages and paper products throughout the school year . Each Grade level is assigned one month to focus their efforts and many items can be delivered by your child.

Parents of 5th Graders: November is your month! Sign Up now to participate. Thank you in advance for your contributions. Together we strengthen our community!

All School Ice Skating Party on November 11
Cherry Crest PTSA is hosting a private all school Ice Skating Party at Sno-King Ice Arena in Kirkland! A parent/guardian must be present for your child(ren) to attend . Parents are expected to look after their children. Snacks will be provided in a party room where everyone can warm up and refresh.

Who : All Grades, siblings, and parents
When : Monday, November 11 from 12:00 to 2:00 PM
Where : Sno-King (aka Kingsgate Ice Arena) 14326 124th Ave NE, Kirkland
Cost : $7.00 at the door (cash, MC or VISA) per skater

Questions? Email: skatefun@cherrycrest-ptsa.org
PTSA General Meeting on November 12
A Cherry Crest PTSA general meeting will occur on November 12 at 6:45 PM in the Cherry Crest school cafe . There will be coffee and snacks available starting at 6:30 along with the opportunity to meet fellow parents and the PTSA board members.

The meeting will be followed by a parent education presentation from Stefanie Thomas, a Victim Advocate with the Seattle Police Department Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Stefanie will speak about cyber-bullying, social networking, online gaming and virtual worlds and discuss how to use parental controls and safety tips. Get the chance to have your questions answered about your child and their internet safety! Child care will be available.

Questions? Email president@cherrycrest-ptsa.org .
Read-a-Thon 2019 is Coming!
Read-a-Thon is the second major fundraiser of the school year for the Cherry Crest PTSA and 100% of the proceeds fund the PTSA school year budget. Get ready to read!

Read-a-Thon 2019 will take place over the Thanksgiving weekend, November 27 to December 1 . Additional information will be communicated over the next few weeks. If you would like to volunteer to help with Read-a-Thon, please email us at readathon@cherrycrest-ptsa.org . 
Walkathon 2019 Awards!
Great job to all the kids who worked so hard at the Walkathon to reach their lap goals. It was a beautiful day, great for walking, playing and enjoying our Cherry Crest colors. And THANK YOU for donating! We have met our budget goals and are in good shape to cover all the curriculum enhancement activities for the kids!

Special Congratulations to Ms. Applegate's class who had the most students reach their lap goals, nearly all the students who attended the Walkathon reached their lap goal. They got to SLIME Mr. Steere at the assembly on Thursday. 

Thank you to everyone who donated their time and money to help make this year’s walkathon a success!
Directories are being sent home today and tomorrow!
The Cherry Crest PTSA generates a printed directory for all families at the school. It contains school and PTSA contact information, planned events throughout the school year and full classroom and family contact information. One copy per household is sent home with the oldest Cherry Crest student in each family. Ask your student for your copy when they arrive home!
School News
Claim Your Items from the Lost and Found
The Lost and Found is filling up fast! Please take a look while it is still easy to find your kid's clothes. 

The racks are located by the elevator and art room.
Invite a Veteran to the Veterans Day Assembly: November 6
We’d like to honor our veterans and invite them to attend and be recognized at our assembly on Wednesday, November 6 at 8:30 - 9:30 AM.

To recognize them at the assembly, please email their name, branch, years of service, rank, and the name of the family member or friend attending Cherry Crest.

RSVP by email to Erin Stedman or call 425-456-4800 by Friday, November 1.
After School Activities
Snoqualmie Ski Bus on Wednesdays
Students in grades 2nd-5th are welcome to join the Wednesday after-school ski bus starting January 8, 2020 at Summit Central Ski Area . The bus loads at school at 12:30 PM and returns at approximately 5:30 PM in the evening.

Registrations are due by mail by Tuesday, November 19, 2019. Questions? Contact skibus@cherrycrest-ptsa.org .
District Notices
Health and Wellness Parent Education on October 29
Our parent community is invited to a new series at Sammamish High School (SHS) called "High School Parenting 101". This first session, Health & Wellness: Vaping & Other Substances , will be tonight October 29 at 6:30-8:00 PM in the SHS Performing Arts Center.  

While our families may not yet be in high school, we know these conversations about substance abuse and stress-related coping strategies are more effective the earlier they begin. Middle school students are increasingly witnessing the use of vaping and other drugs among their peers.  The trend is also reaching into our elementary schools as well . In other words, it's never too early to get informed!

Email Jenny Long if you have any questions. Read more here .
Other Cherry Crest Information
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