Charger Chatter February 2, 2021
editor@cherrycrest-ptsa.org
Cherry Crest Elementarry 2.3.25

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Due to mid-winter break, there will be no Chatter newsletter the week of February 16th.

Upcoming Events

THIS WEEK
2/3 Math Challenge #8 due
2/5 Math Challenge #9 available

NEXT WEEK
2/8 1st grade hybrid classrooms return to in person learning
2/11 Kindergarten hybrid classrooms return to in person learning
2/12 Principal Chat, 8:30-9:30am, teams link

LOOKING AHEAD
2/15 – 2/19 No School: Mid-winter break
2/17 Math Challenge #9 due
2/19 Math Challenge #10 available
2/22 Passport Club Checkpoint (check form)

Spotlight on General School Assistants (GSAs)

Each week we highlight one feedback from our teachers about the support they receive from our General School Assistants (GSAs). 3rd Grade teacher Ms. June Lee tells us:

Our GSAs are essential in helping our students with their social-emotional needs. They help new students become familiar with our school community and help them make new friends by providing much needed small group virtual recesses.

Did you know our biggest investment as a PTSA is funding more General School Assistants to help our teachers and students? Funding comes from parents and community members, through direct donations, corporate matching, and opportunities like Amazon Smile and "Give with Bing". Read more about GSAs on the PTSA website!

PTSA News

February Staff Appreciation - Second Grade Families

February Staff Appreciation - Second Grade Families
Parents of Second Graders: February is your month! Join your fellow families to show your appreciation! This month PTSA will deliver care packages to Mrs. Elms, Ms. Gibbs, Ms. Hanson, Ms. Ochoa (sub for Ms. Cordell), Ms. Wells, Ms. Johnson (GSA) and Ms. Brison (P.E.).

We are collecting items until Sunday, February 14th. Please see drop-off instructions on the signup sheet.

Read more. . . .

Congratulations on Art Reflections

Congratulations on Art Reflections
The Cherry Crest Art Reflections program is pleased to announce that the following students who took part in this year's Art Reflection "I Matter Because..." will move forward to the State level: Anvita Narahari, Purba Devi, Emma Shangwen Ye

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2021 National PTA Virtual Legislative Conference (LegCon) is March 9-11

2021 National PTA Virtual Legislative Conference (LegCon) is March 9-11
Seize the chance to expand your knowledge of the ins and outs of federal law, grow your advocacy skills, explore National PTA’s legislative priorities for the 117th U.S. Congress, and virtually meet with your federal representatives on Capitol Hill.

Register by February 4 for just $50 to participate in the Virtual Hill Day.

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Volunteer Opportunities

See the PTSA Website for the full list of current volunteer opportunities!
VolunteersNeeded

School and District News

Visit the School website to find school news and read the principal's monthly newsletter

An Update on Back To Buildings Plan

An Update on Back To Buildings Plan
On Tuesday, January 26th, Superintendent Dr. Ivan Duran provided more details on the Bellevue School District's "Back to Buildings Plan". In particular, hybrid learners in Kindergarten, First and Second grades will be returning to buildings according to a specific schedule outlined in the letter. Please read Dr. Duran's letter for more information.

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Travel Advisory

Travel Advisory
In compliance with Governor Inslee's Travel Advisory ("Washingtonians are encouraged to stay home or in their region and avoid nonessential travel to other states or countries.”), the Bellevue School District reminds families that all students and staff participating in in-person learning, services, or activities who have traveled out of state, need to self-quarantine at home for 14-days after returning from their travels before coming back in person.

Read more. . . .

Community Bulletins

In the Community Bulletins section of the PTSA website and newsletter, 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.

Boys Lacrosse Opportunity

Boys Lacrosse Opportunity
Are you looking for a healthy outdoor activity for your child? Lacrosse teams are forming now for the Spring season (starting March 15, 2021) of The Sammamish Interlake Youth Lacrosse Club for boys in grades 2-8. The season runs from March through June and the cost varies from $350-$500 depending on your child's grade. An additional $95 game fee will …

Read more . . .

Camp Kindness Counts

Camp Kindness Counts
Camp Kindness Counts offers mid-winter break camps, Virtual Clubs and "Kind World Explorers" classes. The classes are weekly 40 minute group lessons (currently held over Zoom), focussing on 12 specific character strengths from the Kind World Explorers guidebook series. Our sessions help students reflect and share feelings, practice mindfulness techniques and focus on developing character strengths.

Read more . . .

Chess4Life After School Chess Club

Chess4Life After School Chess Club
Starting in February, Chess4Life will offer a winter Chess Club for Cherry Crest students. The cost is $160 for the 8-class session ($20 per student per class). The club will be held online Wednesdays from 1:00-2:00pm. Chess4Life will also offer a FREE demonstration class on February 3rd.

Read more . . .

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