Cherry Valley Elementary School

Frequently Asked Questions

What time does school start and end?

Daily schedule:


Students arrive anytime between 9:15am and 9:25am

after 9:25



School dismissed


*Dismissal time on Early Release Fridays


*Dismissal time for half days during elementary conferences


Office hours

Students should not arrive at school before 9:15am. There is no student drop off allowed before 9:15 (unless going in for breakfast/clubs). Students participating in the breakfast program may come between 9:00 and 9:25.

There is no playground supervision, and we cannot assume responsibility for your student's safety.

At 9:15am, students go directly to their classrooms. Students are tardy if they are not in their classrooms by 9:30am and MUST check in at the office for a tardy slip. . Please make every effort to have your student arrive before 9:25am.

Be respectful to the employees that are getting the kids in/out of the car.  They are there for your child’s safety

Please drive slowly when on school property as we are all concerned for the safety of all of our children

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What if my student is absent from school?
Please call the school office at 425-844-4750 and leave a message at any time. You may also email the office at Remember to state the reason for your absence. If your student is ill, please give specific details as the state requires us to report illness symptoms. In accordance with RSD Procedure P3005-5, the following are valid excuses for absences and tardiness:

If you do not report your student's absence to the Cherry Valley office, we will consider the absence unexcused. We do make "safe arrival" calls when we have absent students who have not been reported, but this is usually done by parent volunteers. If volunteers are not available, this can be a tremendous amount of personnel time, so we ask that parents take responsibility for making one call for each absence to save us from making multiple calls each morning. Always call the school office, even if you have spoken to your student's teacher.
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What do I do if I have to pick my student up early from school?
To ensure that a child is taken from school only by an authorized person, a note from home must be presented to his/her teacher or a phone call made to the office before the child is released. All notes then go to the office. When the parent/guardian arrives to pick up their child they will sign them out in the office and the office staff will call them down to the office. No one is to leave the school grounds without permission. Students are not allowed to leave the school grounds while waiting for their bus.
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My student has medication needs during the day. What do I need to do?
All medications, prescriptions and over the counter (including topical creams, cough drops, Tylenol and other various over the counter drugs) must be authorized by a physician using the official district "Oral Medication Authorization" form available in the office or on the Cherry Valley web site ( listed when you click on Forms. For your convenience we could FAX a copy of the form to your doctor after you have filled out the parent section. Students are only authorized to apply topical creams when a doctor's authorization is on file in our office, and should come to the health room.
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When to keep your student home, or when your student might be sent home.
If your child is ill to the extent that it will be difficult for him or her to participate in the activities of a normal day, it is best to keep your child home. If your child becomes ill while at school or receives an injury that requires further medical attention, you will be notified immediately.
As a general rule, if your child has a temperature of 100 degrees or above or is vomiting, we will call for them to go home. We will call with the following:

Always notify the office if your child will be absent. For additional health information, you may contact our District Nurse, at 425-844-4794.
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I need to change the bus pick up or drop off location, or the way my student normally goes home from school (i.e. picked up by a different person, walking home with someone else, riding the bus to a different location). Whom do I call?
For temporary or occasional changes, always write a note or call the Cherry Valley school office where a note, "Parent Pick up pass" or Bus pass will be written for your student. Please try to call before 2:30 pm, if at all possible. VERY IMPORTANT: We cannot guarantee that we can get a note to students in time if we receive a call after 3:15 pm. We will try.
For permanent changes in bus transportation, please call the District Transportation Department at 425-844-4540.
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Riverview "Family Access"

The Riverview School District recognizes that many parents would like to play a greater role in their student's education. To make it easier for you to get involved we are providing you with the ability to view your individual student's school information anytime via a password protected secure website. Parents of Riverview students can view their student's Schedule, Assignments, Grades, Attendance, and other General Student Information.

If you are interested in using eFunds to pay for student fees or lunch payments you will need the four digit Family ID# which is located in Family Access under the "Student Information" tab.


What is the cost for school breakfast or lunch? *Lunch Menu
School Meal Prices (subject to change)

Type of Meal



Elementary School




K-3 $.00 | 4-5th $0.40

K-3 $.00 | $0.00







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How do I purchase breakfast or lunch for my student?*Lunch Menu
Cherry Valley has a "Bank a Meal" program in which you pay ahead for your child. If your student eats school meals daily or even occasionally, you may deposit money into their account. Each student receives a "student number" for their account. As they use that "student number" the account is debited automatically. The same account is used for both breakfast and lunch. You may send in any amount to be deposited. If at all possible, please pay by check. It is much easier for us to process and less likely to be lost. Please be sure that your student's name and teacher's name are on the check and are sent in an envelope. As they learn their account "student number"(the "other ID" found on Family Access), that should be include on the envelope with their name and teacher name also. Reminders are sent home when funds for two lunches are left on your student's account. If for some reason your child forgets to bring in money, they are allowed to "charge" 2 times and receive a lunch. After that they will be offered a plain peanut butter or plain cheese sandwich and water, as an emergency lunch. A reminder note is sent home.

e-Funds For Schools
New on-line payment option for families
Riverview now offers an exciting new program to pay for various school fees online. e-Funds for Schools offers options for parents/guardians who choose to make payments on-line and is extremely user friendly. Not only will you have the ability to have school fees and meal payments electronically withdrawn from your checking account or charged to your credit card, you also have the flexibility to make a payment at any time through the link below.
The e-Funds For Schools service is offered by a third party service provider who charges for processing your payment(s), similar to other on-line banking services. The district does not request or keep records of family checking or credit card account information.  On-line payments will be processed each morning at 6:30am.  Payments made after 6:30am will be posted to the following day.  Please plan ahead when making food service payments.  We will no longer accept credit/debit card payments over the phone for meal payments.
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My student's lunch account doesn't seem accurate. Whom should I contact?
First call the kitchen at Cherry Valley at 425-844-4781. Please leave a detailed message for our cashier. You may also call the RSD Food Service Department at 425-844-4560 to speak with Kay Wetli, Food Services Supervisor. Our school cashier is usually at school from about 11:00 am to 2:00pm. She may not be able to return your call until the next day.
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What is the process for sending notes or money to school?
Students should give all notes and/or money (in Ziploc or envelope) to their classroom teacher at the beginning of the school day. Teachers then send all pertinent notes, bus pass requests, and money to the office to be processed. Please use full names when writing notes and put teacher's name on the note also. Checks will need to have student's name as well as teacher name.
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I am confused about the calendar and am unsure about whether my kindergarten student comes to school on a specific half day. Where can I call to clarify?
The classroom teacher should be able to answer your questions. The CVE school office or
RSD Receptionist (425-844-4500) can also give you that information. A district calendar will be sent home for each family soon after school starts in the fall. This is also on the district website. Due to weather issues there may be changes to the calendar. Be sure to sign up for our Constant Contact newsletter, our email communication system for up to date information. You can find the link to sign up at: and look for the little box on the upper left side of the page.
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During school events, I cannot find parking. Do you have any suggestions?
Parking can be an issue here at Cherry Valley. We now have a new parking lot available off of 3rd Ave. on the top of the school property and all access to the lower East school parking lot will only be from the 3rd Ave entrance & exit. We encourage parents to also park along 3rd Avenue and to walk across the playground to enter the school. There is also limited parking on Cherry Valley Rd. The 2 staff lots in front of the school are designated as staff parking and bus pickup and drop off areas. There is no parking allowed at Holy Innocents Church on Cherry Valley Road.
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What if I have changes to information such as a phone number, address, or emergency contacts?
Please call the Cherry Valley Elementary office with any and all information changes as soon as possible. Our online communication tool, Constant Contact sends emails to families about school activities as well as emergency information, such as weather, that impacts school attendance. Please be sure that the office has your current email address. 
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Where can I find lost and found items?
Our Lost and Found for clothes, backpacks, and lunch boxes etc. is located by the gym in the two big wooden boxes and on the hooks in that hallway. Small items such as jewelry, toys, electronic items, etc. are kept in the office. Please check with one of the secretaries to claim these items. PLEASE write your child's name in coats and hats, lunch boxes, etc. so that they can be returned to their owners.
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Emergency Closures
Conditions, such as snow, ice, power outages, windstorms, and floods may make it necessary to temporarily alter the operation of schools and/or school buses in the Riverview School District. For the latest closure information for the Riverview School District go to the following link at: School Report or call the Transportation Schedule Line at 425-844-4542. As long as there is power available an email will also be sent out by Constant Contact.
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If you have any questions about bus transportation, routes, pick up or drop off times please contact the Transportation Office at 844-4540
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Riverview School District and Cherry Valley Elementary websites
There is a wealth of information about other subjects on the following web sites:

Riverview School District | Cherry Valley Elementary

Constant Contact - Online Communication from the School

Cherry Valley uses an online communication system called Constant Contact that sends our email newsletters and most school event announcements. We are using this instead of a multitude of papers being sent home.

You may sign up to be included in these emails by going to the Cherry Valley Contact Us page, and signing up for the Constant Contact email newsletters.The Riverview School District never sells or gives away this information. This information is entered into your child's private school records.
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