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Charger Chatter January 7, 2020
1/8 - 5th Grade fundraiser treat sale

1/13 - Passport Club checkpoint
1/14 - PTSA meeting ; 6:30pm, library
1/16 - Spirit Gear order deadline
1/16 - Classroom Art Auction Volunteer Meeting ; 8:15am, library

1/17 - Coaching application deadline for "Girls on the Run" volunteers
1/20 - No School; Martin Luther King Day
1/27 - No School; professional day

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The Curriculum Enhancement (CE) program has been keeping our students active and engaged! During November and December our students experienced field trips and enrichment opportunities funded by the PTSA including:

  • Kindergarten students had a visit from the Toy Maker and learned about “Wood and Paper.” 
  • 1st grade students also had a visit from the Toy Maker and learned about “Air and Water”, as well as a visit from Kids Quest Museum presenting their NW Animal Life program.
  • 4th grade students had a field trip and learned about Waste Water from Nature Vision.
  • 4th and 5th grades took a field trip to MOHAI (Museum of History and Industry) in Seattle.
  • 5th grade students had a speaker visit to learn about Internet Safety.

Upcoming for January and February 
  • Kindergarten students will take a field trip to the Storybook Theater for a performance of “Little Red."
  • 1st grade students will take a field trip to the Village Theater for a performance of “Snowy Day.”
  • 2nd and 4th grade students will have a visit from the Toy Maker.

All of these activities, and many more yet to come this year, are funded by the Cherry Crest PTSA through the Walkathon, Auction, and Read-a-thon. Thank you for your continued support!
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.
5th Grade Fundraiser: Rice Krispies Treat Sale is Wednesday
Fifth Grade students will sell Rice Krispies Treats for 50¢ each at lunch recess on Wednesday, January 8th. This is one of several fundraisers our fifth graders run to support their chosen charity: Seattle Humane Society . SHS saves the lives of thousands of dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and other small animals in our area each year. 

Want to support the cause, but don't want a treat? A donation jar is also available! It's a fun way for all students to join fifth graders in giving back to their community. 
Staff Appreciation for January: Fourth 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 Fourth Grade students: This is your month! Sign up now to participate. Thank you in advance for your contributions. Together we strengthen our community!

Classroom Art Auction Volunteer Information Session
Are you crafty? Enjoy working with students? Have a passion for memorializing your child's elementary school years? We need your help to bring these magical pieces to auction night on April 25th!

Our classroom art committee auction leaders will hold an informational session on Thursday, January 16th from 8:15am to 9:30am in the Library to answer all your questions about how to lead an art project for your student's classroom, including timeline, budget and loads of ideas. 

Variety Show Signups are Open for Volunteers and Students
This year the Cherry Crest Variety Show will be on Friday, February 7th.

Sign up for after school auditions:
  • Tuesday, January 28 
  • Thursday, January 30

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

Contact with any questions.
Sign Up Now for Recess Running Club
Kick off the new year by joining the Recess Running Club!  Register students by this Friday, January 10th so we can have scan cards ready to go at the track on Tuesday, January 14, 2020!

We need adult volunteers to sign up to help with barcode scanning.

Questions? Contact Nhimy or Luna at .
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 h ave a special guest speaker Renkua Getchell from BQS to discuss the upcoming school bond. We will be voting on our nominating committee who will recruit next years elected officials. We hope to see you there!
School News
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
Interlake HS students offer "EduSTEM Girls Day 2020" for 5-7th grade girls on Monday January 20th. Register at Eventbrite.
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.
NSI Girls Lacrosse offers free evening clinics on January 10th and 13th for elementary and middle school girls interested in trying Lacrosse or registered with a local team and want to work on fundamentals.
Other Cherry Crest Information
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