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Charger Chatter February 25, 2020
Calendar
THIS WEEK
2/28 - Set up for Book Fair

NEXT WEEK
3/6 - Writing Challenge due

LOOKING AHEAD
3/10 - PTSA General Meeting

Take Action!
Sign-up for 3rd Grade Staff Appreciation
• Register for recess running club
Volunteer Opportunities
Auction Spotlight: Question of the Week
What is a Silent Auction and Why Would I Want to Bid?
When you arrive you'll see dozens of “bidding sheets” across several tables in a room near the entrance, each one describing an item or experience donated for auction. Each sheet will have blank lines with an escalating list of prices the item could sell for. If you want the item, you “bid” to win it by writing your name on the line corresponding to the price you’re willing to pay. The highest bid at the end of the auction wins the item!

So what is there to win? Some of the silent auction items are donated by local businesses: kids' birthday party packages, spa/salon treatments, tickets to events, kids camps and much more. You may find a deal on something you already planned to purchase (a summer camp!), or an excuse to try a new activity (tickets to a baseball game!), or a new variety of something you love (a coffee or wine bundle!).

Other items are donated by Cherry Crest teachers and forge memories children hold dear beyond their elementary school years: a teacher's favorite book with a personalized inscription or teacher/child experience outside of school for a few lucky students!

There will be opportunities for your child to feel special and recognized at school for a day, or even all year long : Lunch with the Principal, Librarian for a Day, or a prominent campus street sign or bike parking spot with your child's name on it.

There's something in the silent auction for every budget – starting from $10. The Silent Auction phase of the evening is casual, social, and fun - a time for mingling, chatting, and munching on tasty appetizers, maybe while keeping one eye on your favorite item to make sure you don't get outbid 😉! But there is no obligation to buy or bid on items - just come and enjoy the party! Catch up with old friends, make some new ones, and see what's up for offer this year. We look forward to seeing you there!

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 Sponsored Curriculum Enhancement
Spotlight for January and February
Kindergarten students took a field trip to the Storybook Theater to see Little Red.
1st grade students took a field trip to the Village Theater and saw Snowy Day .
2nd grade students from Cordell, Elms and Hanson classrooms enjoyed a visit from the Toy Maker to learn about "Liquids & Solids" while 4th grade students had a visit focusing on “Variables.”
5th grade students were visited by Killer Whale Tales
Upcoming for March and April
Kindergarten students will have a visit from KidsQuest Museum and learn all about recycling paper.
1st grade students will have a visit from Animal Encounters and meet some “Cute and Scaly” friends and will also take a field trip to the Cougar Mountain Zoo .
2nd grade students from Gibbs and Wadell classrooms will have a visit from the Toy Maker to learn about “Motion & Matter.”
2nd grade students from Cordell, Elms and Hanson classrooms will have a visit from Animal Encounters to learn about “Insects."
3rd grade students will have a visit from an author Meg Lippert for a writer’s workshop as well as a visit from the Toy Maker to learn about “Magnets."
4th grade students will experience an “Oregon Trails Adventure” field trip.
2nd, 3rd and 4th grade students will all have a field trip to the Village Theater to watch “Showtime with Shakespeare."
5th grade students will take field trips on a Marine Science Float and also attend UW Engineering Days.
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 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.
Running Club Updates
The first month of Recess Running Club saw 458 runners complete 1,953 miles while 13 have already achieved their first half-marathons (13.1 miles)!  

26 amazing parent volunteers have come out to scan laps and hand out prizes, braving wintry rain, hail, and wind! Thank you!! 

Sign up now to support the Running Club in March. Running Club is made possible by volunteers, so please join us so we can continue to offer it!

Questions? Contact runningclub@cherrycrest-ptsa.org .
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

School News
Scholastic Book Fair Needs Volunteers for Next Week
This is the biggest celebration of books, authors, and our students as readers in our Cherry Crest Comm(UNITY)! The Scholastic Book Fair runs from Monday, Mar 2 to Thursday, Mar 5 , with a Family Night on Wednesday, March 4 .

Can you help? We need volunteers to help set up Friday, Feb 28, or run registers and help students buy books throughout next week.

Children will visit the fair at lunch recess and after school at 2:30pm (with an adult) every day of the fair. Our popular Family Night is Wednesday from 5:30-7:30pm and all Cherry Crest family members are invited!

  • Families can choose to set up an eWallet through Scholastic and avoid carrying cash to school.
  • Pencil Gram is back again this year! Children can purchase a $1 pencil and have it addressed to their friend, teacher or just themselves! Sales from Pencil Grams are used to purchase books for our sister school here in Bellevue.
  • Please sign up to make this event a success!

Questions? Contact bookfair@cherrycrest-ptsa.org
School Spelling Bee Results
We held our spectacular spelling event at Cherry Crest on Feb 12! Our champion ( 3rd grader Tejas Atreya Prakash) will progress to the regional round, to be held on February 29th at Seattle Town Hall. Congratulations to Tejas and also to our runner up, fourth grader Shreyans Vull i.

Best wishes to Tejas as he proceeds to the next round!
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
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