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




January 10, 2014
In this Issue
PTA Meeting
Phone Bank
International Festival
Science Fair
Hollywood Gala Auction
Tillicum Open House
International School
Concert Schedule
Box Tops
Sidoine Radio
Fiesta Latin Dance
Girls Lacrosse
Little League
Ice Skating
Frozen Yogurt
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


14   Band/Orchestra Concert, 7 p.m. in the Puesta del Sol gym
14&15 Information Night for 5th Graders, International School
15  PTA General Meeting, Dr. Tim Mills, Superintendent, library
20  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No School
21  Skate King Night
22  Kindergarten Information Night, Puesta del Sol gym
23  5th Grade Parents Open House, Tillicum Middle School at 6:30 p.m.
27  Professional Development Day - No School
28  Passport Check
29  Principal/PTA Coffee, PdS Gym

General PTA Membership Meeting
 Special Guest Speaker: Dr. Tim Mills
Wed. January 15th, 6:30 p.m. , PdS Library - NOTE date change

Dr. Tim Mills, Bellevue School District Superintendent, will be speaking at 7 p.m. Don't miss this awesome opportunity!

General PTA Membership meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. to help vote in the PTA Nominating Committee. Bond/Levy will also be discussed.

We Need You!

Bellevue Quality Schools Phone Bank

Volunteers Needed

Teachers and Administrators from Puesta del Sol Elementary will be manning phones to ask for support for our schools and the 2014 Bond and Levy Campaign on Thursday, January 30, 2014. We need Parents, Grandparents, and other Puesta del Sol supporters to join them to help this campaign succeed. The success of the 2014 Bond and Levies is important to maintain and enhance the quality of education in Bellevue and helping with the phone bank is one way you can contribute!  
At least 10 parents from Puesta del Sol are needed to call on Thursday, January 30, 2014. There will be 2 shifts available (early starting around 5 and late starting around 6- exact times to follow) and a light dinner or snacks will be provided. Callers are welcome other nights as well( January 28-30, Feb 3-5 and 10). Interested callers can contact either Kelly at bellevuekelly@mac.com or Molly at hemmenm@comcast.net for more information. Thank you for your support!


Deadline: January 24

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 take over.
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.

*If we do not have volunteers by January 24th, this event may be cancelled


Deadline: January 24

Science Fair Chairperson(s) Needed 


Do you have a passion for Science? Do you love the Science Fair? Now's your chance to make sure it happens!  Puesta del Sol is in need of a few energetic parents to organize this year's science fair. Last year's chairperson is available to guide and answer questions. Please email edenhancement@puestadelsolpta.org if you would like to help.      


*If we do not have leadership for this event by January 24th,the event will be cancelled


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

Are you a business owner? Be a sponsor for the auction and get your name in front of a large group. If you can't help procure, can you share your contacts with us and we'll contact them directly?

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.

Note from the PTA

The PTA is still receiving checks dated in early September that may have been submitted in the first day packets. If you sent a check in with your first day packet material for any PTA program such as yearbook, PTA membership or Walkathon, please consult your check register and confirm that it has been cashed. If your check has NOT been cashed please contact the Deposits Treasurer Laura Dooley deposits@puestadelsolpta.org.

Also, as a reminder it is not safe or reliable to send a check to school with your child for PTA programs. The teachers are not supposed to handle these checks. Please drop them directly in the money mailbox in the front office or mail them to the school attn: PTA treasurer and note on the memo line who and what the check is for. The best way to register for PTA programs is through the PTA website with a credit/debit card. Thanks!!


Upcoming Events

Band/Orchestra Concert

Tuesday, January 14 at 7p.m.
Puesta del Sol gym


Reflections- 2013/14 Art Display Announcement
Crossroads Mall beginning January 12

Happy New Year! Thank you for all your support for the Reflections Program-we have VERY talented students.
Please be sure to show your support by visiting this fantastic collection of Art display at the Crossroads Mall starting Sunday, January 12th. You will be inspired by our school's representation and see the entire Bellevue School District's participating schools student entries.
We would also like to invite you and your families to the two award ceremonies:
Literature Award Ceremony and Reading- Thursday January 16th 6-8 p.m. (by Pier 1 Import)
Final Award Ceremony and Performances- Sunday January 19th 1-3 p.m.
We hope to see you all there!
Jessica Heringer and Kerry Cordes


Kindergarten Information Night
January 22, 6:30 p.m. in the PdS gym

5th Grade Parent Open House at Tillicum Middle School
January 23 at 6:30 p.m.

Parents of incoming 6th graders are invited to attend this informative evening program. You will have an opportunity to follow a mini schedule to get a sample of a typical middle school day.  8th grade students will be Tillicum Ambassadors and administrators and counselors will be on hand to answer questions. The evening's schedule includes a visit to the Library, Art Studio, Technology Shop, Computer Lab, Music Wing and Gymnasium. 


5th Grade Information Night at International School
445 128th AVE SE, Bellevue, WA ~ 425-456-6500

Tuesday, January 14 at 7:00 p.m.For students who live in these school boundaries: Newport Heights, Phantom Lake, Puesta del Sol, Sherwood Forest, Somerset, Spiritridge, Stevenson, and Woodridge.

Wednesday, January 15, 7:00 p.m. - For students who live in these school boundaries:
Ardmore, Bennett, Cherry Crest, Clyde Hill, Eastgate, Enatai, Lake Hills, and Medina.

Private School students may attend either session. Applications will be available at the end of each information session, and will be posted online at bsd405.org/international on 1/15/14.


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!
  • Friday, January 24th
  • 9:30-10:4 a.m.
  • Art room
  • Questions: Aida Ebeling (917) 6534383

Updated Concert & Event List 2013-2014

  • January 11th (Saturday) Choir at Crossroads Mall 11:30 a.m.
  • January 14th (Tuesday) PDS 5th Grade Band/Orchestra @ PDS Gym 7 p.m.    
  • February 27th (Thursday) Band Concert 7:00pm @ SHS.
  • March 20th (Thursday) PDS & SR Orchestra Zone Concert @TMS 7:30 p.m.
  • March 25th (Tuesday) Choir @ Tillicum Middle School 7:30 p.m.
  • March 29th (Saturday) School Auction@ Bellevue Hyatt 
  • 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 5th Grade Band/Orchestra @ PDS Gym 7 p.m.
  • June 13/14th (Fri/Sat) 4/5 Grade Play Pinocchio @ Newport H.S.



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.

Tune in to Srta. Sidoine at Radio KXPA 1540 AM
Sundays from 4-5 p.m.


Follow PdS Robotics on Twitter!

Keep updated on our First Lego League Teams, Spring robotics academies, registration deadlines and more. @PdSRobotics


Thank you! Srta. Jenny 


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


Sign Up Now for Girls Lacrosse

Puesta del Sol Elementary school students are invited to play girls lacrosse with Bellevue East Lacrosse. Register online at WWW.BELAX.ORG
Bellevue East Girls Lacrosse will hold an informational meeting for parents and girls interested in playing lacrosse. We have teams for girls in 2nd grade through High School.

Date: January 15th
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Lake Hills Library Meeting Room
Who: Parents and girls in 2nd grade through High School who are interested in the sport of lacrosse.

*This is not a PTA sponsored event

Play Ball with Bellevue East Little League!

Register NOW for T-Ball, Baseball, and Softball to take advantage of Early Bird fees! Save $25 before Jan 20!
Join us on January 11, 5-7 p.m. at Crossroads Mall to register in-person or have your questions answered.
For more information and to register online go to http://www.bellevueeastll.org/
We look forward to seeing everyone for 2014 Spring Season!

*This is a BSD sponsored event


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

Menchie's Frozen Yogurt
Friday, January 24

Stop by the14865 Main St. location in Bellevue. Enjoy a treat and make some money for our school at the same time.Flier required - coming soon!