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Charger Chatter June 9, 2020
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Calendar
June
9 - BSD Board meeting at 4PM
15 - Virtual Field Day
18 - 5th grade promotion at 4PM
19 - Last day of school
Take Action!
Contact BSD Board with questions about next school year before 4PM Today (June 9, 2020)
Submit requests for corporate gift matching
Donate masks to BSD
PTSA News
School buildings may be closed, but Cherry Crest parents, teachers, and administrators will keep our students learning and community engaged. The Chatter newsletter will continue arriving weekly.

Do you need help using Teams and other school technology platforms? Do you need assistance with food supplies or childcare? Are you looking for ways to help others at the school or take action for our students? Find links to these and other resources on the PTSA website !
Contact BSD Board with Questions about Next School Year
Parents are encouraged to contact the Bellevue School District Board with questions and concerns particularly with regard to distance learning and the plan for children’s education in the fall . The Board takes parent feed back into account during their decision making process. So, please reach out to them at board@bsd405.org or (425) 456-4172 . There is also a Board Meeting today (June 9th) at 4PM. Any comments submitted before 4PM will be discussed at that meeting.
Directory Goes Electronic!
Next year, the Cherry Crest PTSA will make a family directory available through an online service ( DirectorySpot ). Secure online access to family contact information has been a frequent request from our community. This will let us provide information earlier and update it regularly!

The Bellevue school district will share your directory information with the PTSA if you have approved it. To review your data, including sharing settings, visit ParentVue then:

  • Select "My account" at the top to see the email, address and parent name information.
  • Review the "Student Info" section for each student. If "Exclude from directory" is "N", your student and family information will appear in the directory.

At the start of the school year you will receive a message to review and update your contact information.
5th Graders Donate to Seattle Humane Society
While fundraising opportunities were cut short this school year, 5th graders were able to raise $400 for their chosen charity – Seattle Humane Society . Thank you Charger families, teachers and staff for your support!

Seattle Humane Society has one of the highest animal save rates in the country (98.8%) and 80 cents of every dollar donated is used directly to support the animals. Learn more here .

Great job 5th graders!
School and District News
BSD Needs 5,000 Masks
Thank you for lending your talents to help protect Bellevue School District students, teachers, staff, and extended community. 
 
The BSD community comes in all shapes and sizes, and so too will the masks we need. Whatever mask version you are making is welcomed and appreciated. That means we will gladly accept ties, elastic, pockets, etc. Please see detailed requirements and instructions here .
 
Drop Off
  • Fill each Ziploc bag with: 3+ masks and the BSD Mask Donation Form (filled out)
  • Drop off bags at: ESC building: 12111 NE 1st St., Bellevue, WA 98006, in the parking garage beneath the building

Check out the following links for inspiration!

Need more info? Visit BSD Needs 5,000 Masks website .
Summer Reading Recommendations
Since our school is closed, Ms. Lux decides to pass on the following Summer Reading Program options instead of sending paper copies out to students:

  1. Summer reading recommendations by grade level 
  2. Usborne Summer reading ‘PICK ME-UPS’ orders: PICK-ME-UPS are a way to lift spirits! They’ve been curated with the whole family in mind, as a way to promote togetherness through stories & activities for all ages. Each ‘bundle’ is $35 (including shipping directly to the recipient) and comes with 3 of their top-selling books/activities!

These PICK-ME-UPS can be used as a fundraiser for Cherry Crest too. With a minimum of 15 ‘bundles’ sold, we will receive $10 per ‘bundle’ ordered in proceeds for our school library. Cherry Crest’s Link to Order is already up and ready to go. If families wish to shop the entire Usborne catalog to ‘Stock Up for Summer’, please follow this link .

The tentative plan is to have orders collected through this Friday, June 12 and delivery directly to those who order in the week of June 22 .
Bellevue School Foundation News
BSF Year-End Update
Thank you for Supporting our Schools this Year!
This turned out to be an unusual and difficult year for our community, our Nation, and our world. In spite of the challenges, you stood up to help support our communities’ youngest and most vulnerable citizens—our children. Thank you for all that you have done.

Spring for Schools Luncheon Results
Our Spring for Schools campaign has raised $870,000 on a goal of $875,000. When we canceled our event, we never dreamed this goal would be in reach. We at the Foundation are humbled by the efforts of our volunteers and donors. Bellevue has faced a barrage of challenges in these past weeks and months, and remained steadfast. We are proud to serve this community and this District. Thank you!

Where Donations are Going
Our Board voted in April to allow the District the flexibility to use funding to support students most impacted by COVID. Here are some of the areas where funds have been directed:
 
  • In partnership with Bellevue LifeSpring, we are continuing to buy food for needy students. BSD has provided over 68,000 meals to students in need since the crisis began. The need was for 4,600 meals the first week. The District provided 14,600 meals two weeks ago. Demand continues to grow.
  • Redirected funds continue to support childcare at Stevenson. We are supporting the care of 66 children of first responders, health care workers, essential workers, and students experiencing homelessness.
  • The District is monitoring student well-being with a survey approximately every three weeks. Counselors funded in part by the Foundation are providing help for students at the secondary level. 131 students have been identified for assistance since March, including 58 new students.
  • BSD has now distributed over 442 hotspots. The Foundation is helping to cover the $30 monthly cost for these.
  • The K-5 Computer Science (CS) Specialists, funded in part by BSF, are providing weekly computer science activities by grade level that can be accessed by any BSD elementary student. The CS Specialist team is also developing a series of training videos so that the teachers providing care for the 66 children mentioned above can learn how to provide CS activities for the students in the program.
Community Bulletins
Free Tutoring from High School Students
Our high schoolers Miki Kusunose, Forrest Williams, and Aiden Silvestri at Newport HS, Skyline HS, and Phillips Exeter Academy respectively would like to volunteer their time to tutor elementary school students in their communities through online group sessions!

They can tutor any subject, including math, English, history, and science. The curriculum will be largely based on the Common Core Standards Initiative but they can accommodate every student's needs as well as work with parents to find out what will be best for the students to get a valuable experience.

Interested? Sign up here . Have more questions? Email them , call (425) 577-9982 , or visit this website .
Other Cherry Crest Information
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