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 23, 2014
In this Issue
Student Drop-Off
BSD Survey
PdS Garden
Spirit Week
Academic Challenge
Passport Club
Skate King
Connection Series
Safeco Field
Field Day
PdS Summer Camp
Auction Prints
Library News
Book Drive
Summer Camps
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 


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 


1:  End of priority registration for summer camp

11: PTA Board Meeting
13/14: Drama Performances
20: Field Day
23: Last Day of School, 9:05-11:05 (bus routes as usual, no lunch)



Change in Student Drop-Off Procedures

Please remember: 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. Visitor spaces in the bus lane will become available after 9:15 a.m., no exceptions.
Thank you!

Please take a moment to share your feedback.


A Note from the PTA Treasurer


Our fiscal year is nearly over. Please submit all reimbursement requests by June 16 to ensure payment. Email treasurer@puestadelsolpta.org if you have any questions about reimbursements.

Thank you,

Mendi Carroll


All lost and found items will be donated on June 24

The School Garden Project has Begun!


You may have noticed the boxed areas in the grass that will soon become raised beds for each classroom to participate in the end to end creation and care of the gardens for food production and recycling. The kids and teachers are so excited to see it starting!


We are in need of additional volunteers for manual labor of the installation, material acquisition (donations?) and ongoing support and maintenance.


Please email katpizzo@comcast.net who is coordinating the logistics for the master plan of Forrest Jammer and Luly Feliciano. Many thanks!


Great Job Opportunity for Nurses!

BSD is currently hiring registered nurses to work with our wonderful students. Current openings available in Middle School and Elementary School.

Requirements:  BSN with current license

Job posting is on the BSD site at bsd405.org. Questions? Contact the school nurse at your home school or Sonja Reid, BSD Lead Nurse at reids@bsd405.org


Upcoming Events 

Last Spirit Week of the School Year!

May 27-30


5/27  Class Outside (per teacher's discretion)

5/28  Beach Day (towels, sunglasses, swim wear over clothes)

5/29  Favorite Sport Day (dress up and represent your favorite sport)

5/30  Teacher Swap Day



Academic Challenge Recognition: June 4


Students who completed the academic challenge will be recognized during the June 4th Assembly.

K-2 Grades: Assembly start time 9:15 a.m.

3-5 Grades: Assembly start time 9:50 a.m.


Parents are welcome to attend to help celebrate their studentıs hard work!


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.

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.


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.



Start Summer Break at Safeco Field!

Saturday, June 21 at 3:00 p.m.


June 21 is the annual All-Star Softball Classic for Homeless Youth at Safeco Field. Watch teams of local celebrities and athletes play each other and help raise money for homeless youth in King County. A portion raised also benefits the Newport Grad Knight 2015 Fund. Tickets are only $7 dollars ($8 off online price)! Visit the website for a full list of celebrities and athletes and to get more information. Hope to see you there!


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!



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!


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
NWLA Spanish Immersion Summer Camp
NWLA offers a Spanish Immersion, summer residential program for Bellevue school district/Puesta del Sol students and families on beautiful Whidbey Island, in close proximity to Seattle. Students, grades 1 - 5, have the opportunity to reinforce what was learned during the school year and continue improving their language skills during summer break. This is a unique opportunity for the young learners to earn their requirement of Spanish practice hours, while enjoying all the best of summer camp experience in a pristine natural environment with their family and friends.

For more information and to request an application please contact:
Maria Ellis, Program Director




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.


GS Troop 52818 Garage Sale

Saturday, May 31 from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.


Girl Scout Troop 52818 is holding a garage sale at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, down the hill from Puesta del Sol, at 4315 129th Pl SE, Bellevue. The girls are earning money for a trip this summer. This troop is a group of PdS Alumni who are now in 7th grade at Tillicum Middle School. Items for sale include baby and children's items, books, DVD's and furniture and household items. Please stop by and support the troop!


BYSC Fall Soccer

Bellevue Youth Soccer Club (BYSC) is a non-profit organization that is now registering for fall recreational soccer programs for boys and girls ages 5 - 18. 
Register before May 31st for a $50.00 Early-Bird registration discount!!  We're also looking for volunteer coaches at many age levels - parents as well as high school players welcome (earn community service hours!) Visit our website to learn more and register: http://www.bellevueyouthsoccer.org