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Charger Chatter December 17, 2019
12/20 - Red Mitten Campaign ends

12/23-1/3 - Winter Break - NO SCHOOL

1/6 - Return to school
1/13 - Passport Club checkpoint
1/14 - PTSA meeting; 6:30pm, library
1/16 - Spirit Gear order deadline
1/20 - No School; Martin Luther King Day
1/27 - No School; professional day

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Have a Wonderful Break! Chatter Resumes on January 7th
No newsletter will be produced during the winter break. The deadline for submissions for the January 7th issue is Wednesday, January 1st.
Save the Date! The Cherry Crest Annual Auction is Saturday April 25th. For our school's 50th Anniversary we are planning a special celebration with games, raffles, teacher-hosted experiences, silent and live auctions and more! Bring a friend, bring a spouse - just come and join us at a fun, community-focused event!

This annual adult party is the capstone on the PTSA's yearly fundraising efforts. These directly support our students, staff and extracurricular programming that have made Cherry Crest a cherished part of our families' elementary school memories for decades.

Can you help?

  • Procurement is underway… if you have a weekend house, timeshare, sports connection, boat or other one-of-a-kind experience you could donate to our auction, please let us know!
  • We love local business sponsors! We have multiple levels of sponsorship and great opportunities to get your business name in front of our community in a positive way.
  • We need a Microsoft Publisher volunteer to help us put together the printed catalog in the March timeframe.
  • Other volunteering opportunities abound! Watch the Chatter in January for more volunteer positions and a link to our auction website to answer all your questions!

Meanwhile, direct questions and ideas to: .

Your Cherry Crest 50th Anniversary Auction Chairs,
Greg Smith, Ksenia Tshahhirov and Amy Karlson
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.
Correction: Sorry! No Math Tournament Scheduled
Our apologies, the Communications team made a mistake in the calendar section of recent newsletters. No math tournament is scheduled for Cherry Crest as part of the Match Challenges.

We hope students are enjoying the monthly math challenge program and apologize for any disappointment!
Thank You for a Successful Read-a-thon
Together, we exceeded our fundraising goal, r aising a total of $41,567 to support field trips, teacher aides, and other PTSA-sponsored programs. With a record-setting 64% overall participation across the school our students read over 194,000 minutes!

We would like to extend a big thank you to Principal Steere, Ms. Lux, and all of the Cherry Crest teachers and staff (for supporting this Cherry Crest Comm(unity) fundraising event) and to Kaliber Global for generously donating prizes.

Principal Steere announced prize winners at lunch last Friday. . .
GO! Grant Funds Daily Running Club at Cherry Crest
We are thrilled that Cherry Crest received a GO! Grant this year from AMPED , a not-for-profit school-based program amplifying education through daily physical activity.

We launch our first (daily, except Wednesdays) lunch recess running club at the Cherry Crest track on Tuesday, January 14, 2020!

Students can join at any time and run or walk as much or as little as they wish! For every mile and major milestone completed, students will earn charms and prizes. Sign up for a scan card by Friday, January 10th , so students can collect prizes. Parents and teachers are also welcome to run!

We need volunteers to sign up to help with barcode scanning. Sign up for a regular or occasional 30 minute slot and support our students.

Questions? Contact .

January PTSA General Meeting on Tuesday, January 14th
The next Cherry Crest PTSA general meeting will take place on January 14th at 7:00pm in the Cherry Crest school library . There will be coffee and cookies available starting at 6:30 along with the opportunity to meet fellow parents and the PTSA board members. We will be voting on our nominating committee who will recruit next years elected officials. We hope to see you there!
School News
Red Mitten Campaign Wraps Up This Friday
Join the school in supporting Cherry Crest and BSD families in need through a gift card Red Mitten campaign. Gift cards (Safeway, Target, Amazon, etc.) may be dropped off in the front office. Cards will be distributed to families in need for the holiday season and beyond. You can drop off gift card donations in the Cherry Crest main office by this Friday, December 20th . Thanks for making the holidays bright!
Coaches Need for Spring Girls on the Run Program
Girls on the Run is an after-school empowerment program teaching 3rd-5th grade girls life skills around handling bullying, friendships, managing emotions, making intentional decisions, goal-setting, and positive body image. Lessons incorporate non-competitive running and walking.

We need volunteers for our Girls on the Run program to offer this opportunity in the spring to all interested girls at Cherry Crest!

When: Twice a week for 90 minutes from March 2 to May 18 after school
Where: Cherry Crest School
Who: Adult and Teen Community members to be coaches or practice partners
Volunteer Registrations are due January 17, 2020.

Teams end the season by participating in a celebratory 5K on Sunday, May 17 at Renton Memorial Stadium!

Questions or interested? Contact Erin Stedman at .
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 .
Cherry Crest Puzzle Club - Register Now for Winter Session
Who: 3-5th grade students
When: Thursday afternoons from 2:30-3:30 in room 105
January 16, 23, 30; February 6, 13, 27; March 5
What: Students collaborate in small groups to solve brain-bending, parent-stumping puzzles including logic grids, classic riddles, mathdoku, and many more. Fundamental theoretical concepts of logic such as AND/OR, IF/ELSE, deductive/inductive reasoning, and mutual exclusion will be introduced along the way. Puzzle Club is a fun, positive, and inclusive after school experience. 
Registration: Sign up online by January 8th for this free program

Led by parent Brian Lane with Cherry Crest staff support.
Questions? Contact
Community Bulletins
NSI Girls Lacrosse offers free evening clinics in January for elementary and middle school girls interested in trying Lacrosse or registered with a local team and want to work on fundamentals.
Registration is open for  Bellevue East Little League Winter Clinic and Spring Season. BLL offers Tee Ball, Baseball, and Softball for boys and girls between ages 4-16.
Other Cherry Crest Information
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The Cherry Crest Charger Chatter is emailed to families and staff on Tuesday mornings. The deadline for submissions to the Chatter is the preceding Wednesday by 7pm. Read our submission guidelines .
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