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Charger Chatter September 29, 2020

10/9 NO SCHOOL Professional Day
10/12-10/14 Early Release at 12:15pm
10/15 Principal Chat at 8:30am
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5th grade families: Staff Appreciation 
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Spotlight on Instructional Aides
Did you know our biggest investment as a PTSA is funding more Instructional Aides to help our teachers and students? Here are just some of the things they have been doing in the first few weeks of school:

helping teachers grade homework • creating math quizzes and tests for students in MS Forms • creating surveys for teachers in MS Forms • merging multiple .pdf files to make an e-book for students • setting up FOSSweb for teachers • taking attendance • creating .pdf math homework files • creating electronic class yearbooks • administering STAR Reading tests • helping students with homework questions • helping teachers/students with technical questions/issues • playing games with students while waiting for teachers to join or as part of math class • hosting/scheduling virtual recesses • monitoring class meetings/office hours
Monthly Staff Appreciation!
This year Cherry Crest families can show appreciation for our outstanding teachers and staff by contributing to care packages for the Teachers, Specialists and General School Assistants (GSAs) who work closely with our children. Each month PTSA will deliver care packages to one Grade level. View the full schedule on the PTSA website to see when and how your family can help carry on this wonderful tradition of gratitude.

Parents of 5th Graders: October is your month! Sign Up to participate.

Thank you in advance for your contributions. Together we strengthen our community! Questions? Email: 
Microsoft Employee Corporate Gift Matching
Microsoft parents have shared that the company's 2020 giving campaign kicks off October 1st and we’d love it if you would consider donating to and requesting gift matching for the Cherry Crest Parent Teacher Association.

You can request matching for donations or volunteer hours through Microsoft!
Your donations will go directly to support school-related programs and additional specialist staff that support our teachers and students. Every dollar helps in this unusual and challenging school year!
Unleash Student Artistic Talent in Reflections 2020/21!
Reflections is a nationally acclaimed PTSA 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 will be collected virtually on Monday, November 16, 2020.

"Give with Bing" - Earn Money for Cherry Crest When Searching
Microsoft will match dollars for your searches on Bing! Just visit and follow instructions in the pop-up window.

For more ways to help Cherry Crest earn money, visit our fundraising page

Questions or opportunities to share? Contact
Volunteer Opportunities
Chairs are needed for Kindergarten and 4th grade. CE chairs work with teachers to plan and organize enrichment or Curriculum Enhancement activities for students. Generally, ideas are teacher-driven, with financial and logistical support from the PTSA.

2 hours/month planning, plus additional time helping on the day of each event.

Please contact for more details about this role!
Check the PTSA Website for the current list of volunteer opportunities!
Curriculum Enhancement Chairs
PTSA Membership Chair
The membership chair is responsible for maintaining the Membership planet database as well as membership recruitment (advertising and outreach to encourage parents to join the Cherry Crest PTSA). This is a great role to do with a friend.

Managing/maintaining Member Planet: 1-2 hours/month. Recruitment: Depends on volunteers time and creativity!

Please contact for more details about this role!
Charger Chatter Newsletter editor
Do you enjoy working with words? Like hearing news first? Looking for a flexible way to volunteer on your own schedule? Charger Chatter newsletter editors take turns condensing and formatting submissions to produce an informative weekly newsletter of interest to our families.

Please contact for more details about this role!
School News
Curriculum Night Presentations Available Online
On the Cherry Crest school website, families and students can now access informational video presentations from their classroom teacher, specialist instructors, support staff and administration.
Other Cherry Crest Information
📣 Spirit Gear Store Currently Closed
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