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




December 13, 2013
In this Issue
Printmaking Class
BSD Event
Box Tops
Passport Check
Upcoming Concerts
Vote Yes
International Festival
Hollywood Gala Auction
Lunch Volunteers
Bomba del Sol
Bellevue Ski School
Ice Skating
Ooba Tooba
Pennies for Patients
Passport Resource
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
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Calendar of Events

17  Passport Check
20  Spirit Day/Inclusion Day, wear school colors and make an effort to include everyone in activities/conversations, etc.

December 23-January 3 is Winter Break

09  PTA Board Meeting, PTA Office
14  PTA General Meeting, Guest Speaker - Dr. Tim Mills, Superintendent, libary
20  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No School
21  Skate King Night
27  Professional Development Day - No School
28  Passport Check
29  Principal/PTA Coffee, PdS Gym

Upcoming Events

Printmaking Class for Art Docents

Friday, January 24 in the PdS Art Room

Attention Art Appreciation parents! Have you run out of ideas for art projects? Or do you like exploring new mediums? We have just the thing for you for your next class project. Come join us for an art class and learn about printmaking! Printmaking allows one to try out lots of different techniques and to see cause and effect in action more dramatically than with simply painting or drawing.

  • When: Friday, January 24th
  • Time: 9:30-10:45 a.m.
  • Location: Art room
  • Questions? Aida Ebeling - 917-6534383
To register, please email aidarojasebeling@gmail.com


Learning to Read and Reading to Learn

Monday, December 16th from 12-1 p.m.

WISC - Rainier Room 


Mastering the ability to read is critical for student success. Bellevue School District's Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction Sharon Kautz, Director of Curriculum Heather Edlund, and K-12 Literacy Curriculum Developer Dana Harrison will explain what reading instruction looks like in Bellevue schools, how data is used to identify and meet student needs, and how the district plans to get every student reading proficiently by third grade.


Complimentary lunch will be provided by the Bellevue Schools Foundation and the students in Newport High School's Culinary Arts Program.



This event is part of Bellevue Schools Foundation's Education Connections, 

a series featuring speakers on education-related topics of interest. 



Box Top/Labels Collection Competition!
Clip and Earn Money for Puesta Del Sol's Kids
December 2 - January 31

Families start clipping and saving box tops NOW! The grade level that turns in the most Box Tops during this time period will receive an Ice Cream Party in February! Kids can turn Box Tops & Labels For Education into the collection box in their classroom. Only current, not expired BT/labels will count toward the total. Each Friday, the BT team will collect/count/track each grade levels progress.
Contact Bernice Lacey at Bernice@mitchlacey.com if there are any questions.

Passport Check day is December 17th!

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.
  • June 13/14th (Fri/Sat) 4/5 Grade Play Pinocchia @ Newport H.S.  

VOTE YES! YES! YES! for Our Kids!

Bellevue Quality Schools is a non-profit volunteer group that works to get the BSD Bond and Levies to pass. Bellevue is known for our excellent public schools and strong community support for education. On February 11, 2014, YOU can continue that support by voting YES three times to approve the two Levies and one Bond issue.

Educational Programs & Operations Levy:
25% of the Bellevue School district's Operating Budget
Includes 1 out of 3 teachers, additional class periods, teacher training, student programs such as Music, Art, World Languages, and Gifted & Special Education

Technology & Capital Levy:

Provides new classroom technology to better prepare our kids for the future
Ongoing facility maintenance to keep our buildings safe & sound
Replacement and improvement of school sports fields

Capital Construction Bond:

This Bond will continue the program that began in 2002 to rebuild all Bellevue School District schools. 3000 new student spaces will be added by
*    Constructing two new schools
*    Rebuilding 5 Elementary Schools (Bennett, Clyde Hill, Enatai, Puesta del Sol, Stevenson)
*    Rebuilding Highland Middle School
*    Modernizing International and Big Picture Schools
*    Adding capacity to Newport High School and Woodridge Elementary

VOTE YES! for Bellevue Schools on February 11, 2014
Volunteer Opportunities

International Festival Needs You!

If you have enjoyed the International Festival in the past and would like to see it continue, we need you!
Mary Fredericksen and Jessi Bixby have chaired for the last 4 years and are looking for volunteers to shadow them this year and take over the following year.
Newport High School is booked for Saturday, May 10th, 2014. Please contact Mary or Jessi to discuss at maryandjohn4@comcast.net or  jessibixby@comcast.net.


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

Please help us procure vacation rentals, trips, airline tickets, X-Box One, X-Box Games, Lego Kits and Tablets. We need volunteers to help garner donations. Attend this year's auction on March 29, 2014 at the Bellevue Hyatt.

Donate Now! Please email procurement@puestadelsolpta.org.

Dessert Dash Needs You!

The 2014 Puesta del Sol Auction is March 29! We are still in need of donations for our Dessert Dash. The Dessert Dash raised more than $4,000 in 2012 for our fabulous school! If you can donate a dessert and/or bake, please contact sparlingshari@comcast.net.  Each dessert needs to feed at least 10 adults. Thank you for your support.


Visit the Kids and Help with Lunch & Recess!  lunch

Please sign up here to help
Contact Stacy Weigel with questions at  hauserweigel@comcast.net
Before/After School Activities
Fiesta Latina: Latin-American Dance Lessons

Join Fiesta Latina time at Puesta del Sol with a new Latin-American social dance class! Learn Salsa, Merenge, Bachata, Reggaeton and much more. Get inspired and develop creativity, improve coordination, boost confidence and gain an understanding of Latin American social dancing all by moving to the rhythms and beats of fun music!! BONUS Class taught in Spanish. (Max.16 students).

Session 3 starts soon, sign up now to reserve your spot!!
Cost $93 first child (additional siblings pay $83.70 each)
Class times: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Tuesdays: Jan 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb 4, 11 
OR Thursdays: Jan 9, 16,  23, 30, Feb  6, 13.    

To enroll:

1.Contact instructor Angela Delahoz @ 425-246-6544 or angeladelahoz@gmail.com
2.Submit payment with registration form to Puesta del Sol PTA before December 20th

Bomba del Sol: Dancing, Drumming and Singing

The class is taught by Maestro Otoquí and Maestra Naomi (just in from Puerto Rico!!) This is a great EFE/SOS opportunity as all instruction is in Spanish!
    Who:  K-5th Grade students are welcome
    When: Fridays, 3:30-4:30 p.m., January through early May 2014
    Where: Puesta del Sol Gym
    Dates: (session 1) Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31; Feb. 7, 14, 28  ($105 total)
Register here. To request more information, contact Luly Feliciano at mariafel@comcast.net


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

Thank You!

Our Winter Spanish Book Fair was a Complete Success!

THANK YOU to our volunteers and the entire Puesta del Sol community for supporting our Spanish Immersion through the Arts Program with your purchases! Thank you to Luly Feliciano for all of your hard work!

Thank you to the 135 Students that Participated in Reflections

We held a lovely Gallery Night last week-thank you to all that attended.  Congratulations to the following students whose artwork will be moving on to the District level.

Zario, Coartney, Matthew, Faith, Grace, AJ, Arya, Salvatore, Maya, Bennett, Shannon, Tayla-Ann, Gabriella, Abigail, Sophia, Gwyneth, Michi, Sierra, Benjamin, Wyatt, Sophie, Emi, Aadithya, Rose, and Cedric.

This means you will be able to view the artwork in the Crossroads mall from January 13th-19th. Artwork that is not moving on is being returned home with students.

Thank you to Jessica Heringer and Kerry Cordes for all of your hard work in making Reflections such a success!

Thank you to Koan Maurer for all of your hard work with RAD!


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

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!

Do you shop through Amazon for the Holidays? Pennies for Patients now partners with Fundinco and if you click the link here LLS will receive 3% of your overall purchase.
Feel free to share this link with friends and family!


New and Improved Passport Presentations Resource Site!

Check out the expanded, updated and reorganized Passport Presentations Resource Site here.  Our rich collection of resources now covers more than 40 countries with over 60 presentations (some of which are in Spanish!). In addition to Power Point Presentations, you will find supplementary country study materials such as crossword puzzles, flags to color, fun facts and maps.

A huge GRACIAS to all of the Puesta volunteers who shared their Passport Presentations and other study materials!  Volunteering in your child's classroom to support Passport Club learning has never been easier!  Just go to the site, download a presentation and modify it as you see fit. If you create new Passport study materials, please share them with passport@puestadelsolpta.org so we can add them to our collection. Muchas gracias!
Community Corner



Boys & Girls Club Winter Sports: Get info. here   

*PTA does not sponsor or endorse these events