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Charger Chatter January 28, 2020
Calendar
THIS WEEK
1/28 - Variety Show Tryouts; 2:45-5:00pm
1/30 - Variety Show Tryouts; 2:45-5:00pm
1/31 - Family Movie Night ; 6:00-8:00pm

NEXT WEEK
2/6 - Variety Show Rehearsal; 4:00-5:30pm
2/7 - Variety Show; 6:00-8:30pm

LOOKING AHEAD
2/12 - Spelling Bee Final; 6:30-8:00pm
2/14 - Soccer cleat collection closes
2/17-2/21 - Mid-winter break: NO SCHOOL
2/24 - Passport Club Checkpoint


Take Action!
Volunteer Opportunities
Auction Spotlight: Host a Party!
Do you enjoy meeting your neighbors, making new friends, bringing people together in a festive atmosphere, and fostering strong relationships with members of your community? Then hosting a party could be just the thing for you! Parties hosted by Cherry Crest families are some of the most popular auction items put up for bid each year. These one-of-a-kind experiences take many forms, whether highlighting the food and customs of a specific culture like " A Night in Africa " , adult parties with a whimsical theme like " A Toga Party " or even kid-friendly events such as a tea party or sports event. We welcome it all!

Are you intrigued but a bit hesitant? There's no need to go it alone! Consider grabbing a friend and co-hosting an event! Whether you are ready to raise your hand or just have more questions, please reach out to us!

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 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.
Huge Turnout for First Day of Running Club
Wow! 316 students joined in the first day of Recess Running Club on January 21st! Even winter rain doesn't hold back our Chargers. With just over half the school participating, students ran a collective total of 270 miles and 132 students have already completed their first mile!

Running Club is made possible by parent volunteers and we need your help to scan laps. Please sign up for slots in January and in February to keep our kids running.
Running Club Seeks Volunteer Leads
Due to overwhelming demand for the Recess Running Club, we need more parent volunteers to lead the program onsite! Commitment is two hours at the Cherry Crest Track at lunch recess one or two days a week.

Leads help with set-up, scanning running cards, packing away, and guiding volunteers as they flow in/out. Running Club is made possible by parent volunteers, so please join us so we can continue to offer it! No running or any experience is required. All are welcome!

Contact runningclub@cherrycrest-ptsa.org to volunteer or learn more.
PTSA Nominating Committee Wants You! And Your Friends!
The 2020-21 Cherry Crest PTSA Nominating Committee asks all community members for help finding volunteers for PTSA leadership positions for next school year.

We have many VP, Chair and other executive roles open. Please submit names and contact information (your own or others who may be interested!) by end of day, Feb 10th and we'll be in touch to tell you more about them.

Please reach out to nominatingcommittee@cherrycrest-ptsa.org if you have any questions.
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 and our PTSA has voted to endorse the School Bond that is on the ballot for February 11th.

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. 
Family Movie Night: Abominable, This Friday, January 31
Join us for a showing of Abominable on Friday, January 31st at 6:00pm in the Cherry Crest Cafeteria!

Bring a comfy blanket, sleeping bag and pillow and enjoy the show. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase to support 5th grade activities.

As a reminder, this is NOT a drop off event – a parent or guardian must be on site during the entire movie.
  
Communications Team Seeks Writers
Are you an aspiring author? Delight in writing stories, website content, and news articles? Enjoy blogging and posting on Facebook? Dream of compiling a school directory? If you answered YES to any of these questions, then the PTSA Communications Team is perfect for you! 

We’re looking for writers of all sorts to join the team for the 2020/21 school year (or sooner). Whether website, newsletter or social media is your thing - or if you just want to learn - we’ll find a role that’s right for you! Contact us at vp.1@cherrycrest-ptsa.org to learn more .
Variety Show: Tryouts Are Full, Volunteers Still Needed
This year the Cherry Crest Variety Show will be on Friday, February 7th.

We need volunteers to help with the auditions, the dress rehearsal on February 6th and for the final performance on February 7th. Please volunteer and support this beloved student activity!

Contact varietyshow@cherrycrest-ptsa.org with any questions.
School News
Water Main Construction Closes Intersection Near School
We have been notified that there will be additional closures at the intersection of 126th Ave NE and NE 29th St, with the next two scheduled for February 3rd  and February 4th.

Avoid traffic and flaggers by sending your kids on the school bus if possible! If you must drive, proceed slowly and safely in the neighborhood, watching for families walking to school, as well as flaggers and construction workers.

Drivers should continue to use the school's traffic plan: Take 130th Ave to 32nd St. to approach the school. When exiting, continue straight on 124th Ave. Watch for flaggers and detour markings!
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.
Camp Kindness Counts believes in the power of kindness within kids and families to create a happier, healthier and stronger world. Join us for a mid-winter break camp or one of our monthly family service events .
Other Cherry Crest Information
📣 Spirit Gear Store Currently Closed
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