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 15, 2013
In this Issue
Principal/PTA Coffee
Upcoming Concerts
School Directory
RAD Minutes Due
Bellevue Ski School
PTA Needs You
Hollywood Gala Auction
Green Team
Watch D.O.G.S.
Lunch Volunteers
Red Robin
Ooba Tooba
Ice Skating
BSF Event
Post Phonathon
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

11/20  Principal/PTA Coffee,10:30 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

Last Principal/PTA Coffee of the Year  

Wednesday,  Nov 20 at 10:30 a.m. in the Library

*Please note time change 


Topics include:

  • The theory of language acquisition
  • A lesson to put the theory into practice
  • Q&A about the new Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium's field tests in Math and English Language Arts this spring (all of our school's 3rd - 5th grade students will be participating)
  • Q&A about the new Bond/Levy vote in February!


Concert and Event List 2013-2014
  • January 11th (Saturday) Choir at Crossroads Mall 11:30 a.m.
  • January 14th (Tuesday) PDS Orchestra @ PDS Gym 7 p.m.
  • March 20th (Thursday) PDS & SR Orchestra Zone Concert @TMS 7:30 p.m.
  • March 25th (Tuesday) Choir @ Tillicum Middle School 7:30 p.m.
  • April 16th (Wednesday) 1st grade 6pm, 2nd grade 7 p.m.
  • April 23rd  (Wednesday) 3rd grade 6pm, 4th grade 7 p.m.
  • April 30th (Wednesday) Marimba Bands Noon@ Crossroads
  • May 10th (Saturday) International Festival, Marimba Bands and Choir
  • May 20th (Tuesday) PDS Orchestra @ PDS Gym 7 p.m.

School Directory: Did you receive yours?

Due to a confusion between paper and online submissions there will be an addendum sent home with students before Thanksgiving. If you would like to be included please email dooley101@msn.com ASAP.

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.


RAD Minutes Due Today for November 9-15!

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

The school has now pledged 664,921 minutes and at the end of week 3 we were almost half way there. Puesta del Sol students have read 104,997 minutes in Spanish and 239,105 minutes in English. Keep up the great work everyone.

For more information, please check out the RAD website here


Before/After School Activities at Puesta del Sol

Small Hands on Art Presents Shrek!
Auditions are November 20 from 8:00-9:00 a.m.

  • Location: Puesta del Sol gym
  • Rehearsal Dates: Nov. 20, 27, Dec. 4, 11
  • Time: 8:00-9:00 a.m.
  • Cost: $85
  • Recital: December 11 at 6:30 p.m. (cast arrives at 6:00 p.m.)
  • Everyone who comes, gets a part 

*This is not a PTA Sponsored Event 


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.

*This is not a PTA Sponsored Event

Volunteer Opportunities
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!

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.


Be a Part of the Puesta del Sol Green Team!


If you are someone who cringes at the sight of the styrofoam 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.  

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

November Dining for Dineros at Red Robin

Thursday, Nov. 21 between 5-9 p.m.

Bring the whole family and dine at the Factoria Red Robin and Puesta del Sol PTA will receive 20% on your order with flier presented to your wait staff. *Flier required, view here.

Dining for Dineros at Ooba-Tooba All Year

Don't forget to mention Puesta del Sol when you eat at Ooba Tooba in Factoria, weekdays after 3 PM and anytime on the weekends! We receive 10% on your order all school year long!

Ice Skating for Dineros
November-January at Bellevue Downtown Park

Enjoy some ice skating at Bellevue's Downtown park, November 29-December 20, 2013 & January 5-12, 2014, and earn some money for Puesta del Sol, by mentioning our school to the ticket seller. Admission to the rink is $12/person (includes skate rental), $8/person for those six and under.Puesta del Sol receives $3 from every paying visitor from our school who notifies the rink staff upon paying that they are affiliated with Puesta del Sol. Details on flier.

HOURS OF OPERATION (during fundraising dates listed above)
Mon: 3pm-9pm Tue: 3pm-9pm Wed: 1pm-9pm Thu: 3pm-9pm Fri: 3pm-11pm (opens at 11am on Nov 29) Sat: 11am-11pm Sun:11 am-7pm
*Download flier here

Bellevue Schools Foundation

Authentic Assessment

Monday, November 18, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
WISC - Rainier Room

How do students respond to assessments and grading practices designed to measure their mastery of specific skills? And how are these techniques implemented? Join Sammamish High School Teacher Ian Duncan to hear how he and other teachers at Sammamish are using collaboration and culturally responsive instructional methods to build bridges from students to the standards they are attempting to master. They are empowering students to be successful and the initial results are incredible.

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

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

 Post-Phonathon Mailing Party Volunteers Needed!

Have an hour or two to spare on Monday 11/18? Grab a friend and join us for the annual post-Phonathon mailing party! We'll stuff and label envelopes in WISC Building 5 (the building the Foundation office is located in) starting at 10:00 a.m. and likely finish around 3:00 p.m. Snacks, music, and good company will be provided. Contact Megan (megan@bsfdn.org or 425-456-4063) to sign up.

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