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 8, 2013
In this Issue
Lice Warning
Impulso Escolar Meeting
Global Reading Challenge
RAD Minutes Due
School Directory
Vote for Schools
BSD Survey Results
Library Fundraiser
Latin Fiesta Dance
Bellevue Ski School
Hollywood Gala Auction
PTA Needs You
Watch D.O.G.S.
Lunch Volunteers
Community Corner
Quick Links
Amity Interns
Contact for Tutoring






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!

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
Articles due  
Mondays at 9pm  
Late submissions are
not guaranteed 

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Calendar of Events

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

Letter from the School Nurse

WARNING: Head Lice!

Head lice are not dangerous. They do not transmit disease, but they do spread easily. During our 3-day weekend, it is important to check each and every family member for lice!
A few things to consider include:
  • All household members and other close contacts should be checked, and those with evidence of an active infestation should also be treated at the same time.
  • There are a number of available treatments, including new prescription treatment options that are safe and do not require combing out nits from your child's hair.
  • Resistance to some over-the-counter head lice treatments has been reported. The prevalence of resistance is not known.
  • There is no scientific evidence that home remedies are effective treatments.
  • Family bed linens and recently used clothes, hats and towels should be washed in very hot water.
  • Personal articles such as combs, brushes and hair clips should also be washed in hot water if they are in contact with a person with head lice.
As you and your family deal with this uncomfortable but common issue, keep in mind that head lice infestations are not related to cleanliness. In fact, head lice often infest people with good hygiene and grooming habits. Infestations can occur at home, school or in the community. Head lice are mostly spread by direct head-to-head contact-for example, during play at home or school, slumber parties, sports activities, or camp. Less often, head lice are spread via objects that have been in recent contact with a person with head lice, such as hats, scarves, hair combs, brushes, etc.


I am here to help you in any way I can. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can answer any questions or provide you with additional information.




Cori Ponte, RN BSN

425-456-6105 or pontec@bsd405.org



Upcoming Events

Impulso Escolar Meeting

Friday, Nov. 8 from 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Jubilee REACH Center, 14200 SE 13th Place, Bellevue 98007

For more information, visit www.bsd405.org/impulsoescolar, email impulsoescolar@bsd405.org or call 425-456-4285.


null Global Reading Challenge for 4th and 5th Graders

The Global Reading Challenge begins in November. Sra. Brody will be looking for students with different reading abilities to form teams that will compete against each other and eventually other Bellevue Elementary school teams.

Students who participate in the program will read 2 or more of the 10 fiction and/or nonfiction books that have been selected by children's librarians from the King County Library. The specific books represent a wide variety of interests and reading levels. Students will be reading for pleasure, for information, for fun and to gain exposure to a variety of authors and subjects in order to challenge other teams in a quiz bowl format.

It is already evident that many students in our school want to participate in this exciting event. We would like to have willing parents to help work with teams every Wednesday during lunch and recess from November through February.

Here is the Reading Challenge Schedule:
*    October - Challenge books delivered by King County Library representative
*    November - Teams will be formed and students choose the books they will read
*    November to February - Read books and practice with the team every Wednesday at lunch recess
*    February - First in-school Reading Challenge between our teams
*    March - Our winning team challenges other Bellevue Elementary Schools

If your child is interested, please fill out the permission slip here and return to the library by November 13. For questions or to volunteer, please email brodys@bsd405.org.



RAD Minutes Due Today for November 2- 8!

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


Students have pledged a total of 643,532 minutes during the RAD program. At the end of the second week, students had read 209,811minutes! Great reading!   


For more information, please check out the RAD website here.

School Directory: Did you receive yours?

Directories went home with one student in each family this week. If you did not receive yours, please check your student's backpack and with their teacher.

If your family did not receive one, please email Laura Dooley dooley101@msn.com. If you received more than one, please send the extra back. If you pre-ordered a second directory and did not receive it, email Laura. Extra copies are $5 while supplies last.


Vote YES for Bellevue Schools on February 11, 2014


Educational Programs & Operations Levy 
Technology & Capital Levy 
Capital Construction Bond

to learn more.

BSD Parent Satisfaction Survey Is Posted

Dr. Mills shared the results of the Parent Satisfaction Survey.The District is reviewing for additional changes to the survey for future use.The survey ran from May 31, 2013 to June 16, 2013.There were 12,100 households that received the surveys.Of those, 2,977 surveys were started with a 24.6% response. 2,512 surveys were completed with a 20.7% response. The BSD parent satisfaction survey is posted on the website and can be found here.

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

Latin Fiesta Group Dance Lessons

Join fiesta time at Puesta del Sol with a new Latin dance class! Get inspired by the fun music and learn to dance while improving coordination, boosting confidence and gaining a deeper understanding of social dancing in the Latin American life style.

Who: Boys and girls from grades K-5
Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
When: Tuesdays (6-week session), $93, Begins November 12
OR  Thursdays (5-week session) $78, Begins November 14
Discount: 10% for siblings

Contact Angela Delahoz at 425-246-6544 or angeladelahoz@gmail.com with any questions or to register.

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.

Volunteer Opportunities

We Need YOU for Our School Auction:
Estrellas Brillantes, a Hollywood Gala.

Please volunteer, procure, donate, and attend this year's auction on March 29th at the Bellevue Hyatt. Items needed: Sports Tickets (Seahawks, Sounders, Huskies), Experience Packages, Weekend Get-A-Ways, Gift Cards. Donate Now! Please contact Mildred Jammer at procurement@puestadelsolpta.com.

Masthead The PTA Nominating Committee needs you!

We need 4-5 PTA members to help fill 4 positions for next year's PTA board. This is a fun committee that meets for a short amount of time and has a positive impact on our school. Please email volunteer@puestadelsolpta.org to volunteer!

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.  

Contact Tony Guidotti at watchdogs@puestadelsolpta.org for more information or to volunteer. 


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


FREE seasons pass at Stevens available for all Washington State 5th graders: 


Wizard of Oz: International School, Nov. 15 & 22. Tickets at

YMCA Adventure Guides
: Darcie Flynn dflynn@seattleymca.org

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

*PTA does not sponsor or endorse these events