Charger Chatter November 10th, 2020
editor@cherrycrest-ptsa.org
Cherry Crest Elementarry 2.3.25
Welcome to our new Chatter Newsletter format! While it may look a little different, you'll find the same news and information we always provide! What's changed? The Chatter is now generated directly from articles posted throughout the week on the PTSA website, making it easier for our volunteers to send the Chatter while keeping current information available on the PTSA Website!

Take Action!

🎁 Sign-up for Kindergarten Staff Appreciation
💰 Submit corporate matching requests
🏫 Renew your PTSA membership
🎗 Share photos, videos or stories for Veterans Day recognition
🎨 Help your students prepare Reflections entries

Calendar

THIS WEEK
11/10 PTSA General Meeting, 6:45pm-7:15pm
11/10 PTSA Grade Level Family Connect Sessions, 7:15pm-8:00pm
11/11 Veterans Day – NO SCHOOL
11/13 Principal Chat; 8:30-9:30am, Teams Link

NEXT WEEK
11/16 Reflections entries due
11/17 Online Safety Webinar for parents
11/18 Spirit Gear orders due
11/18 Math Challenge #4 due
11/20 Reflections Virtual Art Show

LOOKING AHEAD
11/23-25 Elementary Conferencing Dates (no live afternoon instruction)
11/25-29 Cherry Crest Read-a-thon
11/26-27 Thanksgiving Holiday – NO SCHOOL

Spotlight on General School Assistants

Third grade teacher Mrs. Therriault shares this about the support GSAs provide her students:

On Wednesdays especially, our GSA is able to meet with students individually in order to finish up assignments, help with technology issues, and give general support. This week, she even scribed for a student on a Nearpod assignment that was mal-functioning for the student, leaving her completely stressed out and discouraged. Having the GSA spend time with her 1:1 was invaluable for this student’s self-confidence!

Did you know our biggest investment as a PTSA is funding more General School Assistants to help our teachers and students? Funding comes from parents and community members, through direct donations, corporate matching, and opportunities like Amazon Smile and "Give with Bing". Read more about GSAs on the PTSA website!

PTSA News

Ready. . . Set . . . Read! Read-a-thon starts November 25th

Ready. . . Set . . . Read! Read-a-thon starts November 25th
The Read-a-thon is the first major Cherry Crest PTSA fundraiser of the school year. Students set reading goals, gather sponsors, and READ from November 25th to 29th (Thanksgiving break), and win exciting prizes!

Read more . . .

PTSA Standing Rules

PTSA Standing Rules
The Cherry Crest PTSA has standing rules to ensure smooth governance. For the 2020-21 school year, we have changed a few points, specifically about conducting meetings virtually and voting electronically.

Changes will be presented to and voted on during the next general meeting on Nov 10. . . .

Read more . . .

Virtual WSPTA Legislative Assembly Oct 24-25, 2020

Virtual WSPTA Legislative Assembly Oct 24-25, 2020
Over 250 voting delegates representing 139 PTAs (including Cherry Crest) and all 13 regions of the state came together and decided the below Top 5 Legislative Priorities for 2020-21.

Washington State PTA will advocate in favor of legislation supporting these priorities during the upcoming state legislative session in Olympia. . .

Read more . . .

Optimizing Online Safety: Safety for Parents in the World of COVID

Optimizing Online Safety: Safety for Parents in the World of COVID
Please join your fellow Cherry Crest Community members on November 17th at 7 pm for a virtual presentation of "Optimizing Online Safety: Safety for Parents in the World of COVID” presented by Savvy Parents Safe Kids. This 90-minute parenting workshop focuses on what to expect, what you can do and how to help your child navigate the online world.

Read more . . .

Grade Level Family Connect Meetings on Tue, November 10th at 7:15 PM

Grade Level Family Connect Meetings on Tue, November 10th at 7:15 PM
Please join us for a PTSA sponsored “Virtual Grade Level Family Connect” event!

Grade-specific meetings in Microsoft Teams will be hosted by a grade-level PTSA volunteer. You’ll have the opportunity to meet with other families, learn how to navigate the Cherry Crest community, connect to arrange virtual playdates and more.

Click through for more details. . . .

Read more . . .

Spirit Gear Store Now Open for Business!

Gray shirt with Cherry Crest Logo
Craving a Cherry Crest sweatshirt? Looking for a mask to show your Charger spirit? The Spirit Gear store is now open!

New this year: tie-dye t-shirts, facemasks and new colors in multiple apparel types

The store will be live until November 18th to guarantee delivery before Christmas.

Read more . . .

Please Join the Virtual PTSA General Meeting on Tuesday Nov. 10

Please Join the Virtual PTSA General Meeting on Tuesday Nov. 10
Please join us for our latest Cherry Crest PTSA General Membership meeting, Tuesday November 10th, via Microsoft Teams. You don’t have to be a member to attend – we encourage all families and community members to participate!

This meeting will start early and be very short to just cover the updated Standing Rules and a few announcements. We are doing this to make time for our first of the year community building event, “Grade Level Family Connect”. . . .

Read more . . .

Reflections Art Entries Are Due Monday, November 16th

Reflections Art Entries Are Due Monday, November 16th
Reflections is a nationally acclaimed student recognition program to encourage artistic creativity.

Students of all grades and abilities may participate and explore the arts based on the 2020-21 theme “I matter because..”

Entries are due on Monday, November 16th!

Read more . . .

Volunteer Opportunities

See the PTSA Website for the current list of volunteer opportunities!
VolunteersNeeded

School News

Read the principal's monthly newsletter for more school news

Learning Resources about U.S. Election

Learning Resources about U.S. Election
We care about our community and recognize the importance and impact of politics and the election.

We've rounded up some resources that may help when having conversations with children about the recent election. . . .

Read more . . .

A Reminder about Pre-Arranged Absences

A Reminder about Pre-Arranged Absences
With the holidays approaching, we’d like to remind you that Bellevue School District allows each student 5 pre-arranged absences (PRA) per year. You may use these one at a time, or all at once. These are excused absences that you can use for a travel day, a sport or dance competition or a longer trip.

If your child will be missing 3 or more days, we ask that you submit a pre-arranged absence form at least 2 weeks prior to your trip. If your child will only be missing one or two days, please email cherrycrestattendance@bsd405.org.

Read more . . .

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