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




November 1, 2013
In this Issue
Dia de Los Muertos
Spirit Week
RAD Minutes Due
Lost and Found
Library Fundraiser
Hands on Equations
Bellevue Ski School
Tambores del Sol
Library Help
Watch D.O.G.S.
Community Corner
Quick Links
Amity Interns
Contact for Tutoring
nathax14@hotmail.com 425-289-6507

leteo22@gmail.com 425-289-6476

Purchase participating products at Safeway and 4% 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

11/01  Dia de Los Muertos Carnival, 6-8 p.m. in the gym
11/01  Reflections Due
11/04  Spirit Week begins
11/04  Birds+Bees+Kids, 7-8 p.m. at Somerset Elementary
11/08  PTA Board Meeting, 9:15 a.m.
11/11  Veteran's Day - No School
11/20  Principal/PTA Coffee, 9:15 a.m. in the library
11/22  RAD Ends
11/22  Don't forget to wear School Colors
11/26  Passport Check
11/28-29  Thanksgiving Break
12/07  Winter Spanish Book Fair, University Book Store

Upcoming Events

Dia de Los Muertos Carnaval

Tonight from 6-8 p.m. in the PdS Gym

Come and enjoy the Dia de Los Muertos Carnaval at our own Puesta del Sol gym and undercover areas. There will be a cultural display, plenty of games and prizes, face painting and crafts as well as an inflatable obstacle course. Newport High School Robotics will demonstrate their Frisbee-throwing robot!

International Spanish Academy (ISA) students from Tillicum will be running the fun and conversing with your students in Espaņol, so students will be earning EFE time as well! Have dinner with us by bringing cash for quesadillas and taquitos, as well as for the yummy bake sale items and an amazing cake walk. Adults are FREE, students and siblings are $10 at the door. Hope to see you there!

  • Be sure to bring cash or check to purchase food items or enter in the Cake Walk. Funds raised support the Middle School ISA program.  
  • This is not a drop-off event

Spirit Week: November 4-8

Activities as follows
Monday: Funny sunglasses
Tuesday: Moustache Day
Wednesday: Crazy Hair  Day
Thursday: Twin / Triplet Day
Friday:Dress like a Puesta del Sol teacher Day


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. 26- Nov. 1 !

Today is the end of the third week of RAD. Please email your classroom RAD volunteer with the number of minutes your child read in Spanish and in English.

For more information, please check out the RAD website here. You can down load a reading agreement here.

Lost and Found Clothes will be Donated to Charity on Friday, November 2

Please check items in the gym. REMINDER-Please remember to mark all clothing with a student name so they may be returned by our parent volunteers!

Note from the Library
We Collect Old Cell Phones and Ink Cartridges!!

Each year the library makes about $1.000 by collecting old cell phones and empty printer cartridges of any size.Our library gets points and cash for these items, so don't forget to collect them at your home or office and drop them off in the library. No toner cartridges please. 


Before/After School Activities at Puesta del Sol

Grades 4/5: Hands on Equations
Register by Tuesday, Nov. 5!

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.

Time to Hit the Slopes!
Sign up for Bellevue Ski School this Winter

This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy skiing or snowboarding with friends on Saturdays this winter.
  • Classes begin January 11th
  • Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.  
  • Beginners to advanced welcome
  • Register by November 30th at www.bellevueskischool.com 

Elementary classes are taught at Snoqualmie Summit Central Ski area with transportation from Phantom Lake Elementary School. All buses and lunches are chaperoned by adult volunteers.

Bellevue Ski School has offered premier quality snowboarding and skiing instruction for students in grades 2 through 12 since 1958.  We are affiliated with the Bellevue School District and managed by parent, teacher and community volunteers.

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.Masthead

Choir Begins in November!

There is still space in choir. Classes start the first full week of November as follows:

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

Be a Part of the Puesta del Sol Green Team!

If you are someone who cringes at the sight of the styrafoam trays each time you enter the lunch room, you are the person for this job. We currently have a few staff members and are looking for some parent representation.
We meet just a few times a year. Please email Srta. Zelda if this sounds like something you would like to be part of at menardz@bsd405.org.


Attention Dads! Become a part of Watch D.O.G.S.


Watch DOGS is an innovative father involvement, educational initiative of the National Center for Fathering. It invites fathers, grandfathers, uncles, or other father figures to volunteer at least one day, all day, at school.  


Last Wednesday, over 50 dads and their kids attended the pizza kick-off event. We were joined by Jerry Martin, Top Dog at Fryelands Elementary in Monroe and Bill Booth, Watch DOG Coordinator at North Beach Elementary in Seattle. A huge "Muchas Gracias" to all who attended!  


Thank you to Sra. Nestor for speaking at the event and to the PTA for funding this great program! Over 50 volunteer days were chosen by dads but there's still a lot of room to sign up. Contact Tony Guidotti at watchdogs@puestadelsolpta.org for more information.


Visit the Kids and Help with Lunch & Recess!  lunch

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


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