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




May 9, 2014
In this Issue
Volunteer Night
BSF Luncheon
Connection Series
5th Grade Party
Bus Riders
Library News
Skate King
Math Olympiad
PTA Summer Camps
Auction Photos
Book Drive
Engineering for Kids
Donate Legos
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
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Calendar of Events
May 2014 

9: PTA Board Meeting, 9:15 a.m. 

13: Volunteer Appreciation & PTA General Meeting (Approve Budget), 6-8 p.m. in the library

16: Spring for Schools Luncheon

20: Band/Orchestra Concert, 7 p.m. in the gym 

23: Professional Development Day - No School

26: Memorial Day - No School

27: Passport Check / and Passport for Academic Challenge is Due

28: Principal/PTA Coffee, 9:15 a.m. in the gym 

29: Skate King Night, 6-8 p.m. 


Thank you to Pamela Fong and all the volunteers that made Staff Appreciation week such a success!


Upcoming Events

Volunteer Appreciation Night

Tuesday, May 13 at 6:00 p.m. in the Library

For all you folks that have graciously volunteered at our school one way or another, it is our time to roll the red carpet out for you! The teachers and the PTA would like to say thank you by providing an evening which will include food and drinks, and a fabulous Love and Logic speaker- Tori Berntsen. Please mark your calendars now and plan to attend.
So that we have an idea of how many to plan for, please email Janice Griner at dangriner@MSN.com


BSF's  Annual Spring for Schools Luncheon!
Friday, May 16 at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue
Showcase: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Lunch: 12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

The BSF Spring for Schools Luncheon is a wonderful way to learn more about the Bellevue Schools Foundation and how it supports our students. During the event, you will:

* Hear inspiring stories from kids
* See the incredible impact our donations have made
* Check out the Education Showcase
* Hear fantastic music from student musicians
* Learn what's next for Bellevue schools.

Be a part of the Bellevue community coming together to help every child succeed and make our schools some of the best in the country. Please save the date to join a Puesta del Sol table for lunch. Contact a table captain:Aimie Vargas  ,Martha Nalebuff, Lisa Dembo or  Julee Siebel  to register or with questions or call 425-456-4199.


Learn About Bilingual Education Over Lunch
Friday, May 30th from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
WISC - Rainier Room

Language learning is more important than ever in today's global economy. Language curriculum developers Tina Ying Bogucharova and Paris Granville, Bilingual Programs Supervisor Heidi LaMare, and Sarah Soares, instructor for the International Spanish Academy at Tillicum, will share the various opportunities for students to learn languages in Bellevue schools and explain how the programs and instruction differ to meet the needs of a wide range of students.

Education Connections is a speaker series put on by the Foundation for the greater community. Complimentary lunch is provided.


Attention 5th Grade Families- 5th Grade Party is June 7

The Planning is underway for our 5th Grade PARTY! More details to come, but mark your calendars now-don't miss out on the fun!

When: Saturday, June 7th
Where: Newcastle Beach Park
Time: 4-7 p.m.

If you are unable to help plan for this event but you would like to help the day of the event with set up, facilitating activities, or clean up, please contact one of the committee chairs. We need you!

Mary Fredericksen - maryandjohn4@comcast.net
Luly Feliciano- mariafel@comcast.net
Anne Douglas anneandbob@mac.com



Good News for All Spanish Immersion Bus Riders

No Transportation/Bus Fee for 2014-15!

The State will be increasing funding for school transportation the upcoming school year. Due to this increase in State funding, there will be no transportation/bus fee for the 2014-15 school year.

We are very excited about this change. All parents/guardians will still need to submit a Bus Use Form prior to a student riding the bus, as we need the information it provides to plan bus routes. The Bus Use Form will be an annual request.

The bus service will remain a shuttle service, providing service from pre-determined locations only. It is a parent/guardian responsibility to get students to/from the shuttle stops safely. There is not necessarily safe walking to/from these locations from a student's home. Any shuttle stops located in residential areas are reviewed annually to determine continued service from that location, or if families from that service area should go to the local school stop for service to/from school.

Please remember to support your child's safe bus riding by reinforcing safe riding practices.


News from the Library

Birthday Book Club - The last day to donate a book to the library in honor of your child's birthday is June 5th. Students who have donated books will receive a token of appreciation from Mrs. Brody during their class library time. A Puesta del Sol Wish List can be found both on Amazon and Bound to Stay Bound websites.  Thanks to everyone for the wonderful donations!

Overdue Books - May 30th will be the last day of check out for the school year. After that date you may receive another reminder about a lost or overdue book. Please help your student find their lost books or send a check made out to Puesta del Sol for the replacement cost of the books. Student yearbooks will be held and students will not be allowed to check out in the fall if books are not returned or fines remain unpaid. Thank you for supporting our library!

Inventory - It is the time of year when we begin to inventory all the books in the library and are in need of volunteers to help during the week. It is an easy and simple process of scanning the barcode on the back of each book on the library shelves. Drop by anytime for any amount of time. All help is appreciated!

Ink Cartridges and used Cell Phones - We continue to collect large and small ink cartridges and used cell phones. Collect them from your workplace. Drop them by the library anytime. The library usually collects over $1,000 dollars each year from donations of these items, which we use to buy more books to enhance our library collection.

Common Sense Media - This is a website that you shouldn't live without. This website offers developmentally age-appropriate, reliable information and ratings about books, websites, movies, etc. so you can decide what's best for your family. Check it out!

Stacey Brody, Puesta del Sol Librarian


Skate King Coordinator Needed for 2014/15
If interested, please email Laura Dooley dooley101@msn.com  

Getting Involved with the Bellevue Schools Foundation

A great way to be more involved or learn more about the Foundation is to be a school-based Foundation ambassador! Ambassadors facilitate two-way conversations between individual schools and the Foundation that serves them all. They help Foundation staff and board members to learn how each school's PTSA, principals, and teachers can be supported. Throughout the year, ambassadors work closely with Foundation staff to raise awareness of the Foundation and the difference our donors make for Bellevue students. Their volunteer role is essential in enabling the Foundation to fulfill its mission. If you are interested in a 2014-15 position, contact Megan Elmer at Megan@bsfdn.org to learn more.

Congratulations to the Math Olympiad Team!

Congratulations to Math Olympiad for the tremendous job at the competition on May 3rd. Puesta del Sol had 9 teams compete and earned 6 "Excellent" ribbons and 1 "Superior" medal.

Many thanks to Srta Sidoine and all the parent volunteers who helped make the season a success.



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


Hollywood Photo Sale Extended to May 20!

Missed the auction and want the Hollywood photo of your child? Went to the auction and want another copy? No problem! For $10 (all proceeds go to the PTA) you can have an electronic copy of the photo!




"Be the Bridge to Beat the Achievement Gap" Literacy Book Drive

Donate any used books for Bellevue Schools summer schools and reading programs from now until the end of the year.
  • Any language accepted
  • Elementary to young adult level
Boxes are in each pod and in the office by the staff work room. Your donations are greatly appreciated and will find a good home.
Thank you! ~Puesta del Sol Student Council


Community Summer Camps 
Operation Exploration Summer Camp
When: July 8-24
Time: 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Where: Sherwood Forest Elementary
Join us this summer as Operation Exploration takes a journey back in time. For all students entering grades 2-6, this hands-on, integrated program emphasizes accelerated academics, creativity, and high-level thinking skills. For more than 30 years, Operation Exploration has provided an academic program that appeals to independent learners who display intense curiosity, prefer complex thinking and like to generate and create unique ideas and products. A sliding tuition scale is available for students that qualify, and limited scholarships may be available based on family need. Sign up today by downloading a registration form on our website www.bsd405.org/summerschool

Engineering for Kids Summer Program

 As a thank you to Puesta del Sol, Engineering for Kids would like to offer a 15% discount for students and their siblings or friends towards the Apprentice Summer Camps. Camp registration is through the website at engineeringforkids.net/kingcounty . Parents, please enter the discount code EFKPuestaSummer at registration to receive the discount.

Donate Legos and Help Build Futures
Are there LEGO pieces hiding in your closet?
If so, we have a great way to put them to use. . . Wyatt and Tayla Ann Steere will be teaming up with local college students in La Paz, Mexico to create an after school LEGO building program for local youth. They would like to bring at least 80 gallon bags of LEGO bricks to kick off the project.

What can you do? Donate any amount of Lego type bricks, people figures, and base pieces by May 20, 2014. You can drop them off in room 202 or 304. For questions or to arrange drop off or pick-up contact herdofsteere@gmail.com or call/text Christina Steere at 206-849-8455