Puesta del Sol PTA

Unit 2.3.95, Bellevue, WA

Lisa Dembo, Co-President

Julee Seibel, Co-President

Andrea Olsen, Editor

425.456.6143 PTA Office

425.456.6100 School Office




October 18, 2013
In this Issue
Skate King
Book Club
Principal Coffee
PdS Library
Dia de Los Muertos
RAD Minutes Due
Passport Check
Academic Challenge
Pizza Fundraiser
Hands on Equations
Tambores del Sol
School Auction
Dessert Dash
Library Help
Passport Presentations
Walkathon Co-Chairs
Lunch Volunteers
District Events
Community Corner
Quick Links
Looking for Before/After School Clubs?
Look under our Upcoming Activities for Kids section or Community Corner.
Amity Interns
Contact for Tutoring
nathax14@hotmail.com 425-289-6507

leteo22@gmail.com 425-289-6476

First Day Packets
Due Oct. 25th
Please return first day packets which include proof of residency, emergency and health forms to the front office.
Box Tops for Education

Due October 25th!
Each Box Top is worth 10¢ for our school! That adds up FAST, so please keep clipping.Drop them in the "Box Top" box located in the school office on the counter to the left of the door by October 25th.Thank you for your support!
Purchase participating products at Safeway and 10% of the price will be donated to Puesta del Sol PTA. Register your Safeway and/or credit cards at escrip.com. Renew annually!

Amazon will donate 8% of every purchase you make to BSF for every time you shop amazon.com!

Dining for Dineros
Ooba Tooba Mexican Grill in Factoria will donate 10% of your bill after 3pm weekdays and all day on the weekends. Don't forget to mention Puesta del Sol when you order!

Check for Lice
Lice are prolific in the Pacific Northwest. Be sure to check your child regularly with a lice comb.  
For info, help with checking or treatment, or to report finding some critters, please contact school nurse Cori Ponti at 425-456-6105.



Support PTA
Are you a member yet?
Sign up today and help support some wonderful programs at Puesta del Sol.
Email Jana & Alison with questions.
PTA Board
Lisa Dembo
Julee Seibel
Mendi Carroll
Laura Dooley
Jennifer Murphy
Valerie Fritz
Janice Griner
Renee Isbell
Laura Rossow
Crystal Coldiron
Brenda Rosellini
GG Haight

Member at Large
Stacy Hauser Weigel
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Calendar of Events

10/21  Walkathon Donations Due
10/21  4/5th Grade Student/Adult Bookclub begins
10/22  Vision Screening, in accordance with RCW 28A.210.020
10/23  Library Tour and Book Covering, 9:15 a.m.
10/25  Photo Retakes
10/25  First Day Packets Due (emergency, nurse, residency forms)
10/29  Skate King Night, 6-8 p.m.
10/29  Passport Check
10/30  Principal/PTA Coffee, 9:05 a.m. in the gym
11/01  Dia de Los Muertos Carnival, 6-8 p.m. in the gym
11/01  Reflections Due
11/04  Birds+Bees+Kids, 7-8 p.m. at Somerset Elementary

Walkathon: Run to the Finish Line!
Pledges due by October 21

Thank you to all that participated in this years Walkathon. It was a great success!  We had over 500 kids walking, running, eating, and dancing! Please remember, as much fun as the Walkathon is, it's also a fundraiser that is critical to our PTA's programming (Amities, RAD, Math Olympiad, field trips, ect).

Our goal for this fundraiser was $40,000.  We are only at 44% collected which brings us to $25,000 thus far....

Donations are due by Monday, October 21st. Parents donate here and friends and family don't need an account to donate at our Guest Donation page. If you choose to send in a check, please make the check payable to "Puesta del Sol PTA". Deposit all cash or check donations in the secure PTA money mailbox in the front office with your pledge forms.

We appreciate support at any level, so please give what you can. Appreciation gifts are offered at the $75 and $150 giving levels for pledges received by Monday, October 21st.
Thank you!

Upcoming Events

Skate King Night
October 29 from 6-8 p.m.
2301 140th Ave NE, Bellevue

Come meet and skate with other Puesta del Sol families at our first Skate King Night of the year. Show off your Halloween costume (no masks or full face makeup please)

Cost is $5/skater (inlines $4 extra, non-skaters no charge)
No outside food or drink, cash or check only, NO CARDS
*This is not a drop-off event

Come help out in the booth selling tickets and handing out raffle tickets! Must be a PTA member over 18 to handle money. To volunteer email Laura Dooley dooley101@msn.com.


4/5th Grade Adult-Student Book Club
First Meeting: October 21, 7-8 p.m. in the library

At the first meeting in October, Mrs. Brody, librarian, will have ready the first book that participants will read for discussion in November and choose books for Jan., Feb. and March. Each adult/student team will get one copy of the book to read each month. In order to understand how a book club works from start to finish, it is essential that you make a commitment to attend all 5 meetings.
If you have further questions, please email Mrs. Brody at brodys@bsd405.org.

Principal Coffee
Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 9:15-10:00 a.m. in the library

This month's topic will concern data. Specifically, sharing Puesta del Sol's Three Year Improvement Plan (here) and reviewing BSD data including attrition information from the Spanish Immersion program.

If you have a topic you'd like to discuss at a monthly coffee, please email Stacy Weigel at


Wednesday, October 23 at 9:15 a.m.
Tour the library and learn how to cover books

Our librarian, Sra. Brody, is looking for additional help in the Puesta del Sol library and will be demonstrating the skill of covering books on Wednesday morning. This is a task volunteers can come in and do almost any time. Covering books is a great way to see what's coming in and contribute to our children's education. With more help, she can focus on some of the other great projects she is planning for the library this year.

*Drop in anytime to cover books.


Dia de Los Muertos Carnaval
Friday, November 1st from 6-8 p.m. in the PdS Gym

Join us for a Spanish event that is fun for the whole family!

International Spanish Academy (ISA) students from Tillicum will be conversing with your students in Español while helping kids enjoy an inflatable obstacle course, games with prizes, face painting and crafts. Newport High ISA students will also be demonstrating their Frisbee-throwing robot!

All of these activities come with the price of admission. Save time, paper and money by purchasing kids' tickets online here
Children are $9 each or get a family pass for $25. Adults are FREE!

  • Bring cash for the cake walk and bake sale items
  • This is not a drop-off event

Birds + Bees + Kids 
Monday, Nov. 4 from 7-8 p.m. at Somerset Elementary

Please join us for a Parent Education segment given by award winning parent educator Amy Lang. This lecture is made possible by Eastgate PTA, Somerset PTA and Puesta del Sol PTA. Look here for more information.


RAD Minutes Due Today for Oct. 14-18!

Today is the end of the first week of RAD. Please email your classroom RAD volunteer with the number of minutes your child read in Spanish and in English for the period October 14-18, 2013.

For more information, please check out the RAD website

Passport Club: Check Day is October 29th
Special Itinerary: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Questions? Visit the PTA website here for answers to all of your passport club questions.

Are YOU up for the Challenge?
3rd Annual Academic Challenge

More information can be found on the PTA website here. Contact Jessica Heringer with questions at heringer@comcast.net.

Reflections Due November 1

Reflections information is now updated on the PTA website with links to forms and guidelines here. Please be sure to follow all rules and guideline as entries not doing so will not have the opportunity to move forward to the district judging in the competition.

October is Pizza Month!
California Pizza Kitchen Fundraiser October 14-20

To celebrate, Puesta del Sol is teaming up with California Pizza Kitchen from Monday, 10/14 - Sunday, 10/20. Present the CPK / Puesta coupon for every order and Puesta del Sol earns 20% of the order! (See coupon for details.)


Activities for Kids

Grades 4/5: Hands on Equations starts November 7

Hands on Equations uses manipulatives to enable kids to have a concrete understanding of algebra. At the end of the class your student will be able to confidently solve 2-3 step equations and explain the distributive property.

Schedule: 3:30-4:30 p.m., Thursdays from November 7-December 19
Tuition: $60 (PTA scholarships available here)
Registration: Please email CrystalColdiron@hotmail.com with your student's name & grade (3rd graders accepted on space available basis)

 For more information on the teaching method please see www.borenson.com.

3rd, 4th and 5th Graders
Come drum with us!
Tambores del Sol begins November 4 

Tambores del Sol will meet as follows:
  • Beginner Level: Fridays from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Intermediate Level: Mondays from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Classes begin 1st week of November. Email Luly Feliciano at mariafel@comcast.net to register or with questions.

Marimba and Choir Begins in November!

Marimba band and choir starts the first full week of November as follows:

5th Grade Marimba- Tuesdays from 8-9 a.m.
4th Grade Marimba- Thursdays from 8-9 a.m.
3rd/4th/5th Grade Choir- Wednesdays from 8-9 a.m.

If you'd like to register your child, please email Srta. Rose rosee@bsd405.org. Hurry, spaces fill fast!


Volunteer Opportunities
We need YOU for our 2013/14 Hollywood Gala Auction!

Please volunteer, procure, donate and attend this year's auction on March 29, 2014 at the Bellevue Hyatt. We are looking for someone to shadow and eventually lead the procurement team.
Please contact Rebecca Hamilton pbrnhamilton@msn.com or Alicia Filippini afilippini@concordmgi.com if you are interested in the team procurement leader position or if you would like to volunteer.


Calling all Bakers!
Delicious Desserts needed for the March Auction

The Dessert Dash Team is working diligently to procure 30 fabulous desserts for the March school auction. If you can contribute a scrumptious dessert, please contact Shari Sparling at sparlingshari@comcast.net.
The Dessert Dash raised over $4,000 for the school in 2012! Help us beat that goal this year.

null Volunteer Help Needed in the Puesta del Sol Library
Below is a list of teachers and their library time when help is needed:

Sra. Frederick - Monday from 9:50 to 10:30
Sra. Ganje - Thursday from 1:30 to 2:10
Sra. Wright - Friday from 1:15 to 1:55

Fourth Grade
Sr. Palacios - Thursday from 10:30 to 11:10

Please drop by the library or email brodys@bsd405.org to sign up!


globe.jpg Passport Presentations Needed

We would like to grow our Passport Presentation Resources page on our PTA website here and need your help! Please send any Passport Presentations you have created to passport@puestadelsolpta.org.

We appreciate all the volunteers (parents, friends, relatives, nannies, etc.) who have helped to enrich the Passport program through classroom presentations, and would like to share the wealth with future volunteers.  We hope this proves to be a great resource for all presenters!! Please email Passport Co-Chairs Hillary Salmieri and Renee Haniu at passport@puestadelsolpta.org with comments, ideas or questions. Muchas gracias!

Walkathon Co-Chairs Needed for 2014-2015
The only thing needed to co-chair Walkathon is some organizational skills, the willingness to pull all the parts together, and a whole lot of enthusiasm!  So consider grabbing a buddy and emailing us at walkathon@puestadelsolpta.org with any questions you may have.

If we don't have chairs for next year, this super fun community event will not happen!


Visit the Kids and Help with Lunch & Recess!  lunch

Please sign up here to help
Contact Stacy Weigel with questions at  hauserweigel@comcast.net

Register your Safeway Loyalty Card with eScrip

Shop at Safeway and up to 10% of your purchases automatically go to our school. Your participation can mean hundreds of dollars for Puesta del Sol! Here is what you do:
  • Go to eScrip.com 
  • Click on "1- Sign Up"
  • Enter your Club Card Number  
Your Club Card number is not your phone number.  If you just use your phone number at the store and don't carry your card, please Call 1-877-Safeway and they will give you your loyalty card number to register at eScrip!

Email PuestaEscrip@gmail.com for any questions about the program!!
District Events

Forum on Social Emotional Development

Tuesday, October 29 at 7 p.m.
Kane Hall, UW

Do you want to learn more about the new social/emotional approach being taken in Bellevue schools? Marc Brackett, the lead author of the RULER Approach will be speaking at Kane Hall, UW. Dr. Tim Mills will be introducing Marc and panelists will include people from Bellevue. For more information click here .


The Emotionally Literate Child
Thursday, October 31, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
WISC - Rainier Room

Research shows that children with strong social and emotional skills demonstrate higher academic achievement, are more engaged in school, and are less likely to suffer from bullying or depression. Dr. Marc Brackett, Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and co-creator of the RULER approach, will share his behind-the-scenes knowledge of the curriculum being adopted in Bellevue schools this year and explain how it helps children to become emotionally literate and prepared for success.

Complimentary lunch will be provided by the Foundation and the students in Newport High School's Culinary Arts Program. Please register in advance here.

This event is part of Education Connections, a speaker series provided as a community service by the Bellevue Schools Foundation.

  Are you All in for Kids?

Your donation this fall will support every child and classroom across the district, helping to bridge the gap between state funding and what our kids need to be successful. If you've already donated, thank you! If not, there are a number of opportunities to donate this fall:

Clickathon (NEW!)-Join others in making a donation online on Oct. 29th and 30th
Phonathon-Volunteers will phone district families on Nov. 12th-17th. Answer the call!
Mail-Send a check payable to the Bellevue Schools Foundation (P.O. Box 40644, Bellevue, WA 98015)
Online-Make a donation online here

Don't want to be called by our Phonathon volunteers? Donate by November 6th and your name will be taken off the list!

Community Corner


Musical Minds/Keyboard Club: Fridays 3:30-4:30 p.m., begins Oct. 25-Dec. 20
Please email Warren Mendes mendes2000@hotmail.com to register or with questions

Dia de Muertos Festival: Seattle Center, October 26 & 27. Details here

Emerald Ballet Theatre Free Arts Crush Event:
Saturday 10/19 4:30-6:30 p.m. at 12368 Northup Way, Bellevue, WA 98005. All Ages, Free. Details here

YMCA Adventure Guides: Darcie Flynn dflynn@seattleymca.org

Boys & Girls Club Fall/Winter Sports
: Get info. here 

20 month old Female Black Lab mix needs new home: loves people and kids. Contact Beth Lanegraff at meghansmouse@hotmail.com or (206)979-6108.

*PTA does not sponsor or endorse these events

Bellevue Police Notice
The Bellevue Police has recently sent the following notice to neighbors and schools in the South Bellevue area. The information here has been shared with staff at Puesta del Sol.
 For more information please see the Bellevue Police Department's website here