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Charger Chatter October 27, 2020
10/26 Passport Club Checkpoint

11/10 PTSA General Meeting, 6:45pm; Teams Link
11/10 PTSA Grade Level Family Connect, 7:15pm; Teams Link
11/11 Veteran’s Day – NO SCHOOL
11/13 Principal Chat

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Spotlight on General School Assistants
You may be curious about whether General School Assistants (GSAs) are being utilized in the virtual setting and what roles they are performing. From providing instruction in small groups to facilitating virtual recess, our students are benefiting from GSAs fulfilling many of the same roles they have in previous years. This week we hear from the students in Ms. Maya Stevens’ 4th grade classroom about what they have appreciated about having GSAs Ms. Gayle, Ms. Johnson and Ms. Kelley in their virtual classes:
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!
Spirit Gear Store Now Open for Business
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.
Bi-weekly Math Challenge Program
We are excited to introduce a bi-weekly Math challenge open to all students grades K-5! The first challenge, posted at Math In Action is due on Nov 4th and solutions will be available on Nov 6th. See the Math in Action challenge calendar for future dates.

Participation certificates will be awarded to those who complete at least 10 challenges. We ask parents and students to self-grade these challenges and track completion. Once the last challenge is published in May, we will provide instructions to report participation.

For any questions reach out to:
Thank You, G5 Families!
In October 5th Grade families contributed snacks, beverages and hand-made cards to make care packages for Ms. Atia, Ms. Hemker, Ms. Jessa, Mr. Regala, Ms. Tamayo, Ms. Gayle (GSA) and Ms. Schneider (Band/Orchestra).

Together we spread joy to our Most Valuable Partners – our teachers. Thank you for being active in our Comm(Unity)!

“I appreciate the extra effort Cherry Crest Families went to in order to make me feel so special.” – Ms. Tamayo
“I am so humbled and honored. I love CC Chargers.” – Ms. Schneider
PTSA Meeting is Tue, November 10th at 6:45pm
Please join us at our Cherry Crest PTSA General Membership meeting, Tuesday November 10th, via Microsoft Teams. We like all families and community members to participate and you don't need to be a PTSA member to attend

This meeting will start early and be very short, covering only 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”.

Join remotely - Teams Link
6:45-7:15 General Membership Meeting
7:15 Grade Level Family Connect

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
Grade Level Family Connect Meetings on Tue, November 10th at 7:15pm
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.
The event will be held on Tuesday, November 10th from 7:15-8:00pm immediately following the PTSA general meeting. Please join the PTSA Teams Meeting by 7:15 where we'll have grade-level meeting links available. Families with students in multiple grades are encouraged to move between meetings to expand their family networks!

Read-a-thon 2020 Is Coming!
Get ready to read!

Read-a-thon is an exciting school-wide event and the first major fundraiser of the school year for the Cherry Crest PTSA.

All proceeds fund the PTSA school year budget.

Read-a-thon 2020 will take place over the Thanksgiving weekend, November 25th-29th, with a pajama day kickoff on the 25th! Additional information will be communicated over the next few weeks. If you would like to volunteer to help with Read-a-thon, please email us at
Volunteer Opportunities
See the PTSA Website for the current list of volunteer opportunities!
School News
Read the principal's monthly newsletter for more school news
District Notices
BSD Advanced Learning Fall Update Session Recorded
The BSD Advanced Learning Department hosted a live virtual event to answer previously submitted questions about Advanced Learning Services. Topics include testing and identification, K-1, Domain-specific, Differentiated, and Self-contained Services. This event was recorded and is now available on the BSD Website.
BSD Postpones In-Person Learning Until January
Last week, the Bellevue School District announced that there would be no additional students moved to in-person learning until January. For more details, please see the BSD website.
Community Bulletin Board
In the Community Bulletins section, we pass along information submitted to the PTSA newsletter editor which may be of interest to Cherry Crest Families. No sponsorship or endorsement is made or implied by the PTSA or the Bellevue School District. 
Neighborhood Trick or Treating
Trick or Treating this year? Residents in the communities around Cherry Crest Elementary invite neighbors to have a fun and safe Halloween on Saturday, October 31st starting at 5:00pm! Follow the fundamentals of COVID prevention. Limit close contact with other people, limit touching points, practice good hand hygiene, and don't participate if you or someone in your household is sick.

1. Wear a mask covering your mouth and nose.
2. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before handling candy.
3. Make sure all candy is in original packaging.
4. Place 5-10 pieces of candy on a table on your driveway (or just inside your garage) and standby to refill as needed.

1. Wear a mask covering your mouth and nose.
2. Remain 6 feet apart from people not in your household

Find more information about COVID-19 spread and staying safe from the King County public health insider page and King County Halloween celebration guidance.
Other Cherry Crest Information
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