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 16, 2014
In this Issue
Student Drop-Off
Bus Riders
Passport Club
Skate King
Connection Series
Field Day
Auction Prints
Auction Photos
Library News
Book Drive
Engineering for Kids
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 

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.


JUNE 2014 


11: PTA Board Meeting
13/14: Drama Performances
20: Field Day
23: Last Day of School  


Change in Student Drop-Off Procedures

When: Effective Monday, May 12, 2014
What: Change in student drop-off procedures AM
Where: Drop off circle by child-care
Why: To ensure safe transition for students that arrive  late to school

History: Parents have been dropping off and/or parking in front of the school when arriving late. The area is not large enough to safely accommodate traffic. This results in cars being parked and left in the bus lane which is also an emergency lane.  

Change in procedure? All late arrivals by car (after 9:05) should drop off students in the drop-off circle by child-care. A staff person will be present to sign your child in and give them a late pass for their teacher. Students will report directly to their classroom. This process will be implemented and reviewed for effectiveness beginning Monday, May 12.

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.


Volunteer Appreciation Night:
Thank You!

Thank you to Janice Griner, Renee Isbell and Mary Frederickson for a fantastic Volunteer Appreciation Night and to the all of the teachers for the wonderful goodies!


Upcoming Events 

Walkathon Meeting

Wednesday, May 28 at 7 p.m.
Amy McDonald's home - 428 168th Ave SE, Bellevue 98008

Are you looking for a way to become involved at school? Planning is underway to prepare for next year's Walkathon. If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity or wanting to learn what this is all about, please come join us. We can use your help! If you are unable to attend this meeting but would still like to volunteer, please contact Amy McDonald at ameliamcdonald@gmail.com.


Passport Club Check Day: Tuesday, May 27
Special Itinerary: Spain

Visit Spain! Check the bulletin board in the gym for worksheets and answers or print online here.

Skate King Night
May 29 from 6-8 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


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.


Volunteers Needed
Calling all Field Day Volunteers

Field Day is just one month away on Friday June 20 from 1-3pm. We still need many volunteers to make Field Day another huge success! We need people to run stations, help set up that morning & help take down after the event.

If you have questions or are interested in helping, please email Carrie Norrah at carrienorrah@yahoo.com. Thank you!


Get 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.

Summer Camp Priority Registration ends June 1st

Are you looking for some Spanish language experience for your children this summer? Several Puesta del Sol teachers will be holding Summer Camps this summer! Check out the opportunities here .

Puesta students are given priority registration for camps until June 1.  After this date the camps will be open to any other students. Register today before camps fill up! Some programs are near capacity.


Now Available - 2014 Auction Project Prints!

If you weren't able to attend our school auction this past March or maybe you didn't receive the winning bid on a class auction project(s), we have made it possible for you to purchase a Combined Auction Projects Print and/or Auction Project Prints by Classroom.
These are giclee prints and produced on a high quality textured fine art paper (240 gms, archival and acid free paper). This is also an opportunity to purchase one for your child's teacher or give to grandparents as a gift!

Click Here to Order Prints!
Deadline is June 9

All proceeds benefit Puesta del Sol PTA and PTA programs at our school.
Thank you for your support!


Hollywood Auction 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!


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


"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.