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Charger Chatter April 28, 2020
1 - Final Auction items close
4-8 - Staff Appreciation Week , wear red!
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Auction News
You came, you bid, and many of you won!
Well, folks, it was a nail-biting night on Saturday and we are so grateful and proud of our community for coming out (virtually!) to participate in record numbers!

Bidding closed on Saturday night, but we have re-opened until this Friday to give you one more opportunity to pick up a last-minute party signup or teacher book keepsake! So whether you lost out to a higher bidder or just want one last look at the remaining items available, check out the site! And while you’re there, please consider making a donation to meet our fundraising goal – we’re so close!

Be a Curriculum Enhancement champion to help us reach our goal! Or take advantage of our dollar-for-dollar match from our major sponsors for donations to Teacher Support. Finally, for all donations, if your employer supports matching, remember to request a match for Cherry Crest PTSA and double your impact!

Thank you for the epic adventure that was the all-new Cherry Crest Online-Only Auction!

With Gratitude,

Greg, Amy and Ksenia
Your Cherry Crest 50th Anniversary Auction Chairs
Thank You, Auction Sponsors!
A special thank you to our wonderful sponsors for the Cherry Crest PTSA Auction! They make your donations go further by helping to underwrite the costs for this event. We appreciate their generous support of our children and community!
THANK YOU to our 2020 PTSA Annual Auction Platinum Sponsor ,
THANK YOU to our 2020 PTSA Annual Auction Gold Sponsor,
THANK YOU to our 2020 PTSA Annual Auction Silver Sponsor,
THANK YOU to our 2020 PTSA Annual Auction Bronze Sponsor,
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 !
Next Week is National Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week
The PTSA, in partnership with Principal Steere, has special plans for all Cherry Crest Teachers and Staff the week of May 4-8. Teachers and staff will compete in a daily online game earning points by completing challenges, winning prizes and feeling the love from our Comm(Unity)!

How can you help?

Wear Red: Students can show their #ChargerPride by wearing red to any Teams meetings the week of May 4-8. Wear red t-shirts, hats, headbands, anything you’ve got!

Write a Thank You: Students and parents are encouraged to contribute notes of gratitude though SignUp Genius. Check your email for a "Staff Appreciation Week" message (contact if you didn't receive one.) Write about a specific teacher/staff member or write a general note of thanks! We'll compile the messages and distribute to teachers and staff during their Friday Staff lunch.

Create a Video Message: Students and parents can create short videos thanking teachers or sharing why Cherry Crest is an awesome place to learn. Go to Flipgrid . Select "Login in with Microsoft" and have your student enter their BSD e-mail and password. The PTSA will review and compile your videos to share with Cherry Crest teachers and staff.

Contribute a Prize: Parents can e-mail $5 or $10 e-gift cards to be used as prizes in the game. E-mail contributions to

On Friday, May 8 the PTSA will sponsor a special lunch for teachers via DoorDash while they meet in Microsoft Teams for the Grand Prize Winner reveal.

Thank you in advance for your participation. Together we strengthen our community!

PTSA General Meeting on May 12
Please join us at our next Cherry Crest PTSA general meeting on Tuesday, May 12th in via Microsoft Teams.

Join remotely - Microsoft Teams Link
6:45-7:00pm - Get connected to meeting/socialize
7:00pm - General meeting starts

We will be voting on our 2020-21 Executive Committee and the 2020-21 Budget at this meeting. We will also give updates on how things are changing for the PTSA due to Covid-19. Please join to welcome in next year's team and participate in the budget process for next year.

The following list of officers have been nominated for next year:
Co-President: Deepa Panchapakesan
Treasurer: Dave Fandel
Assistant Treasurer - Mrudani Chidre
Secretary: Ksenia Tshahhirov
Vice President: Sarit Egozi
Vice President: Alison Payne
Vice President Communications: Neha Bhuta

Returning Committee Members:
Co-President: Britt Heath
Vice President Curriculum Enhancement: Erin Miller
Vice President: Peggy Yu

If you need tech help to attend the meeting please email We do not have a way to dial in for a voice only connection.

Questions? Contact your PTSA Co-Presidents at
Seeking Your Input: Survey on PTSA 2020-21 Spending Priorities
We need your help to plan our fundraising goals and decide how best to allocate PTSA funds in the coming, very different, 2020-21 school year.

Please answer the survey questions with two specific scenarios in mind:

  • Our PTSA will likely raise less money next school year than in the past
  • We may be unable to have activities (fundraising and other events) where large groups of people gather.

Thank you very much for your participation in building our comm(UNITY).
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Support the Cherry Crest PTSA every time you shop on Amazon! Please consider selecting us as your charity. It is absolutely FREE.
  1. Follow this link and search for "Cherry Crest"
  2. Select “Cherry Crest Parent Teacher Association” as your charity.
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  4. Begin shopping!
Shop for your favorite products or the perfect gift. Most products are eligible on Amazon Smile. No extra cost is passed on to you. Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to the Cherry Crest PTSA!
School and District News
Charger Weekly Challenge: Move your body!
We miss each of our students! We'd love to see your faces smiling and having fun in this non-academic challenge. Consider:

• Walk your pet
• Do an at-home yoga or workout video
• Create a dance to perform
• Play basketball
• Ride your bike
• Go for a run (Running Club!)
• Play a game like Charades

Participate in any way you see fit! Weekly themes are intended to inspire fun activities you can do on your own, with a family member, or virtually with peers. To show us how you participate each week, feel free to submit a photo or short video (under 30 seconds) from your BSD account to showcase what you’ve done.

Read more about our challenges on our school website.
Celebrate Earth Day Every Day with Bellevue "Green Genius at Home" Activity Guides
Become a “Green Genius”! All Bellevue School District schools have Green Genius teams to help conserve natural resources. Now you can have a Green Genius team at home too! The City of Bellevue and Bellevue School District have created Green Genius At Home activity guides for grades K-5 and 6-12 youth.
Other Cherry Crest Information
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