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Charger Chatter February 4, 2020
2/6 - Variety Show Rehearsal; 4:00-5:30pm
2/7 - Variety Show; 6:00-8:30pm

2/10 - PTSA leadership nominations due
2/12 - Spelling Bee Final; 6:30-8:00pm
2/12 - Kindness Day
2/14 - Soccer cleat collection closes

2/17-2/21 - Mid-winter break: NO SCHOOL
2/24 - Passport Club Checkpoint

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Volunteer Opportunities
Auction Spotlight: Question of the Week
Do I have to buy something at the auction?
While a ticket is required to attend the event, you are under no obligation to bid on or buy anything during the evening. Everybody in the Cherry Crest community is encouraged to come out and show their support just by attending this entertaining evening of food, drink, and mingling – help build our community by meeting up with old friends or making some new ones! 

Of course, many people find that once they are there, they see a teacher experience they are interested in, fall in love with their child's classroom art piece , decide to try their luck at a gift certificate to one of the area's top restaurants, join forces with their friends to upgrade the dessert at their table , or get excited to attend one of the themed community parties or sports events donated by other parents!

If you do want to bid, there is something for every budget – starting at low as $10 among the silent auction items all the way up to a thousand dollars or more for a once-in-a-lifetime experience in the live auction! Your level of participation is entirely up to you - we just want you to have FUN!

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
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.
Updates from January PTSA General Meeting
Thanks to all who attended last week's general meeting. In addition to approving minutes, reviewing budgets and getting committee updates, we elected a nominating committee (Sheli Hadari, Charanya Madan and Jyoti Rasal).

They are now hard at work finding members in our community to fill next year's elected positions. If you or someone you know is interested in serving on with the PTSA in an elected office submit name and contact information by end of day, Feb 10th. Please reach out to with any questions. 
We also heard from Renuka Getchell, from Bellevue Quality Schools about the School Bond Initiative on the February 11th Ballot.  Our members voted to endorse the bond and encourage you all to VOTE.  Mail in your ballots by Tuesday, February 11th!
Art Reflections Program Results at Bellevue PTSA Council Level
We are pleased to be able to share the results of the Art reflections program at Bellevue PTSA council level.

The following students received an Award of Excellence 
  • Visual Arts: Faiha Faizal, Kira Malova, Manaswini Madhusudhanan, Mira Pawar, Mitali Khairnar, Sahith Cherupally
  • Literature: Sanjana Gaglani 
The following students received an Award of Merit
  • Music: Elizabeth Yang 
  • Visual Arts: Syed Mohib Mujtaba Jafi 
Receiving Outstanding Interpretation awards and going forward to the state level
  • Literature: Liba Mujtaba, Tanish Gaglani, Tara Saini
  • Visual Arts: Bella Yao

We will let the Outstanding Interpretations know when they can pick up their work, but all other submissions should be picked up on Thursday, February 5th at drop off or pick up.
Time Capsule Event Seeks Cherry Crest Artifacts and Photos
Do you have old photos of Cherry Crest kids and teachers and the old Cherry Crest school building? What about old sweatshirts or other artifacts from Cherry Crest's early days?

On Friday, April 3rd at 3:00 PM we will open the 1989 time capsule and host a reception in the school cafeteria. Please mark the date and let us know if you have memorabilia to share!
Staff Appreciation for February: Third Grade Families
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 Third Grade students: This is your month!  Sign up now  to participate. Thank you in advance for your contributions. Together we strengthen our community!

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 ommUnity. 

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.

RASKC is built on the cornerstone values of compassion and service and provides King County with sustainable, cost effective services to protect people and animals, while providing humane animal care.

A donation box will be set up in the lobby to collect items on the RASKC wish list .
It's Time to Order Your 2019-2020 Yearbook!
The Cherry Crest Yearbook captures photo memories of school year events and includes pages for each classroom (with photos and names of classmates.) 

Order Yearbooks for $18.00 now from Lifetouch (ID code 1577520) by to guarantee your copy.

While a few yearbooks (at a higher price) will be available for families who don't order by the Wednesday, March 25 deadline, supplies will be limited.  
Variety Show: Join Us on Friday at 6pm
This year the Cherry Crest Variety Show will be on Friday, February 7th. The show is going to be exciting and fun - come join us and cheer the kids on!

Contact with any questions.
District Information
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
School Bond Fund - Remember to Vote by February 11th
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 . . .
On Site After School Programs
PTSA & Cherry Crest are excited to bring new vendors and favorite activities to our afterschool lineup. We’ve got programming, Spanish, Mandarin, Theater, Tennis, Magic, Lego creation, public speaking, creative writing, chess, comic book creation, and dance. Dates, times, prices, and registration links are available on the PTSA website .
Bellevue Schools Foundation Updates
Education Connections Event:  Screenagers - Next Chapter
Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience
The Bellevue Schools Foundation and the Chinook, Enatai and International School PTSAs invite you to join them at the Chinook Middle School Commons on Thursday, February 6th at 5:15pm, for a special screening of the new documentary  Screenagers: Next chapter.

Filmmaker and physician Dr. Delaney Ruston takes the conversation around screens and teens to the next level with Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience—a film that examines the science behind teen’s emotional challenges, the interplay of social media, and most importantly, what can be done in our schools and homes to help them build crucial skills to navigate stress, anxiety, and depression in our digital age.

Admission is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required.
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.
Tonight at 7:00pm! Bridle Trails Community Club hosts their Winter meeting in the Cherry Crest Elementary Library tonight with neighborhood updates. The city of Bellevue Office of Emergency Management will also present information on our local earthquake risk and how to prepare for an earthquake event.
Join Bellevue East Little League outside this spring for baseball! Our 2020 Spring Season of Tee Ball, Baseball, or Softball offers programs for boys and girls between the ages 4-16 and registration closes February 8th !
Other Cherry Crest Information
📣 Spirit Gear Store Currently Closed
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