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




March 14, 2014
In this Issue
PTA Board
PTA Summer Camps
Hollywood Gala Auction
Drama Club
Skate King
Gallery Night
Mariners Night
Common Core Info.
School & Family Fair
PdS Robotics
Rain City
Auction Volunteers
Amity Interns
Newsletter Editor
Pet Food Drive
Quick Links
Amity Interns
Contact for Tutoring







Srta. Sidoine Radio
KXPA 1540 AM
Sundays from 4-5 p.m.

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!

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  
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Calendar of Events

March 2014

14: Professional Development Day - No School
19: Skate King Afternoon! 2:00-4:00 p.m.
20: Class Photos
25: Passport Check
26: Principal/PTA Coffee, 9:15-10:15 a.m.(Topic: The Playworks recess program)
26: Art Appreciation Gallery Night, 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the gym
29: Auction 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Bellevue Hyatt
PTA News
2013-14 PTA Board Nominations

Know a great candidate for the PTA Board (or are YOU one!)? We are currently taking nominations for each of the following openings: Co-Treasurer, Co-VP Admin. Support, and Co-VP Educational Enhancement, and VP Passive Fundraising.

Nominating forms available at puestadelsolpta.org.
Questions? Contact Julie Skaggs - jpskaggs @hotmail.comMasthead
Deb Justice - djjustice@gmail.com
Renee Haniu - reneehaniu@gmail.com
Kathryn Pizzo - katpizzo@comcast.net

PTA Summer Camps
Priority Registration available until June 1

Are you looking for a Spanish language summer camp? A few of our teachers are holding camps this summer!

Sra. Lara- Spanish Summer Camp
Stra. Sidoine- Spanish Soccer Camp
Srta Delia and Sra Forbes- ¡Viva el español! Spanish Immersion Summer Camp
Sra. Perez- Pre-School Spanish Summer Camp
Sra. Perez- Elementary Spanish Summer Camp
Sra Toni and Srta Maya- Campo Risa

To find out specifics including instructors, dates, cost and grade levels accepted, please visit http://puestadelsolpta.org/Page/Programs/Summer2014

New this year! You can also register and pay for camp online. Priority is given to Puesta del Sol students until June 1st.  Questions? Email


A Big THANK YOU goes out to James Dooley and the Science Fair committee. The Science Fair on Wednesday was a big success and it was evident from projects that there was a great deal of learning! Good job!



Buy your Auction Tickets by March 19
Estrellas Brillantes, a Hollywood Gala 
Saturday, March 29 at the Hyatt Bellevue
Please Donate Items 
Email procurement@puestadelsolpta.org 
Parents and High School Kids 
We still need more volunteers for the day of the auction. Email auction@puestadelsolpta.org.

Teacher Experiences go live on Monday, 3/17

Suggested Attire: Hollywood Glam or Cocktail

This is Puesta's biggest fundraiser. Please help and support your child's education!

Yearbooks: Order Yours Now!
All sales are pre-order, $20 each

Click here to order.
Can't remember if you've already ordered. Check your account here.

We need Photos for the Yearbook
Do you have great photos of parties, activities....etc.?  
A couple - Please send them via email
A bunch - Please email us for access to upload them


4th and 5th grade Drama Club 2014: Pinocchio

Time to plan for Pinocchio!
  • Registration info will be out mid-March
  • Rehearsals begin with auditions May 5th
  • Mandatory rehearsals for Tech Week are June 9, 10, 11, & 12  
  • Pinocchio performance will be June 13 &14 @ 7pm

Chair Needed for 2014/15: If you have kids interested in drama - especially if you'll have a 4th or 5th grader next year, please contact Michelle or Molly

*This is a PTA Sponsored Activity

Upcoming Events
Skate King Afternoon
March 19 from 2-4 p.m.
2301 140th Ave NE, Bellevue

Cost is $6/skater ($5 with skates, non-skaters FREE)
No outside food or drink, cash or check only, NO CARDS
*This is not a drop-off event

Come help out in the booth selling tickets and handing out raffle tickets. To volunteer email Laura Dooley


Art Appreciation Gallery Night
Wednesday, March 26
6-8 p.m. in the Puesta del Sol Gym

Enjoy the wonderful art appreciation class projects on display and get a close-up look at the Class Auction Projects before the school auction! There will be pizza, water and baked goods for sale! Please spread the word to friends and family-all are welcome. For questions, email artappreciation@puestadelsolpa.org

Support our 5th Graders!

Buy a slice or two of pizza and help the 5th Graders raise funds for their upcoming graduation.

View 2013 artwork HERE


Puesta del Sol Night: Mariners v. Texas Rangers
Saturday, April 26 at 6:10 p.m.

Price: $11 / ticket
Deadline: Order no later than April 1st to guarantee tickets
*Order Forms were sent home in your child's Friday packet and are also available at the front office. Please return order forms with check or cash to the PTA box in the front office.  Make checks payable to Puesta del Sol PTA. * Order online HERE

Call Lisa Noell @ (817) 723-2753 or email lisa.noell@gmail.com


Common Core Information Night
Wednesday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m.
BSD Office, Room #200 - 1211 NE 1st Street, Bellevue, WA 98005 

This evening is designed to inform parents of the upcoming shift to Common Core State Standards from Washington State & Bellevue School District Standards. This informative evening will be to discuss:
  • Overview of the Common Core State Standards
  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Impacts in Other Areas
  • Smarter Balanced Assessment
  • Questions and Answers
Heather Edlund, Director of Curriculum for Bellevue School District, will provide a brief presentation for parents and answer questions regarding the actions BSD is taking to support teachers and prepare our classrooms for the transition to Common Core in grades K-12.

For questions, please email Heather Edlundh, Director of Curriculum for
Bellevue School District, at edlundh@bsd405.org


  Elementary STEM
Thursday, March 20 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
WISC - Rainier Room

Comprehensive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education in elementary school helps prepare kids for rigorous coursework in middle and high school, and increases the chances they'll consider careers in STEM fields. K-5 STEM Curriculum Developer Greg Bianchi will explain how an innovative new pilot is taking STEM education to Bellevue elementary schools and share some of the exciting early results.

Complimentary lunch will be provided by the Bellevue Schools Foundation. Please register in advance HERE.

This event is part of Bellevue Schools Foundation's Education Connections, a series featuring speakers on education-related topics of interest.


School & Family Fair
Wednesday, March 26 from 6-8:15 p.m.
Highland Middle School- 15027 NE Bel Red Road, Bellevue 98007

For ALL Bellevue School District families. Visit booths for summer camps, childcare resources, enrichment programs, sports camps, counseling, high school programs, higher education, health care and more!

6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Social/Emotional Learning
7:00-7:30 p.m. Summer Learning Opportunities
7:30-8:00 p.m. College planning


Before/After School Activities for Kids

PdS Robotics Club Spring Academies 
Grades 1-5 welcome 

Classes fill quickly, so be sure to register as soon as possible. To find information about the classes and for registration information, please go to www.pdsrobotics.org

Thank you - Srta. Jenny pdsrobotics@gmail.com


*This is not a PTA sponsored event 

Rain City Water Polo is a year round water polo club that caters to all ages and ability levels. Whether your student has played during Midlakes in the summer or wants to try it for the first time, we have a spot for everyone. We also offer Splashball which is a great way for young children to get exercise while having fun.

For more information or to register for spring session, click here.

*This is not a PTA sponsored event


Volunteers Needed

Auction Volunteers Needed on Saturday March 29

Would you like to attend the auction but don't want to buy a ticket? Or maybe you are already going and would like to help out a bit as well!  If so, consider helping out at the event as a volunteer! We need volunteers to help with set up during the day, closing the silent auction, runners, selling raffle tickets, registration, check out, security etc. You can commit for a couple of hours before or after the event or during the event. We also welcome high school students in need of volunteer hours.

Please contact Stacy Weigel ASAP if you can help or would like more information at stacyhauser@hotmail.com

Amity Interns: 2014-2015 Host Families Needed!

We are so fortunate to have the interns at our school. They are invaluable to our teachers and add so much to our school community.

We are anticipating having 4-5 interns next year, so we will need 12 (possibly 15) families to open their homes. Please fill out and submit your applications now. This is handled on a first come first serve basis.

Questions? Please contact one of the three members of the Amity committee here or individually at:
Mary Fredericksen maryandjohn4@comcast.net
Stacy Hauser-Weigel stacyhauser@hotmail.com
Laura Rossow-Finger l.rossow@yahoo.com

WANTED! Newsletter Editor 
for the 2014/15 School Year



Pet Food Drive

Love animals? Want to help?  Donate a can or bag of cat or dog food to put in the Humane Society "Pet Food Drive" box in the 4th or 5th grade pod. Donations help the needy keep their pets! Questions? Contact Bella Nasman (5th grade, Zendejas) at Bellanasman@gmail.com