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




June 13, 2014
In this Issue
Book Fair
New Principal
Lost & Found
Field Day
Summer School
Fall Book Fair
PdS Summer Camp
Library News
Book Drive
Summer Camps
Summer Tutor
Safeco Field
Quick Links
Amity Interns
Contact for Tutoring







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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

JUNE 2014

13/14: Drama Performances

18,19,20 Book Fair in PdS Library from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
20: Field Day, 1:30-3 p.m.
23: Last Day of School, 9:05-11:05 (bus routes as usual, no lunch)

24: All lost and found items to be donated

How are we doing?
The Puesta del Sol PTA Board would like your feedback on how we are doing. Please take a few minutes and  click on the link to complete a 5-question survey. Your answers will help us plan for the 2014-2015 school year.Thank you and have a great summer.


Upcoming Events       
PTA Drama Club and Studio East presents
June 13 and 14 at 7 p.m. at Newport High School PAC
Come see the 4th and 5th grade talent that's been hiding right here at Puesta del Sol! Tickets are $10 at the door.



Summer Reading Spanish Book Fair
June 18, 19, 20 in the PdS Library
Stop in after Field Day to find a good book for summer reading!  We will be open each day from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will have Spanish books for all grade levels!


Walkathon is Coming!
Friday ,September 19, 2014 from 3:30-6:00 p.m.
Volunteers Needed! To volunteer please contact Mendi Carroll at walkathonvolunteer@puestadelsolpta.org

Raffle Items Needed!
Kid friendly prizes such as legos, gift cards, art supplies, board or video
games, stuffed animals, electronics and books are needed.
Please contact Alicia Filippini at walkathonraffle@puestadelsolpta.org to donate.

For more information please contact your Walkathon co-chairs Amy McDonald at  and Julie Skaggs at walkathon@puestadelsolpta.org


Puesta del Sol Principal for 2014-15

Our new incoming Principal Jonathan Shearer will be joining us for our next school year! Please click here to read his introduction letter!



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
Volunteers Needed
Field Day is Friday, June 20
1:30-3:00 p.m.
Volunteers still needed!

If you've been meaning to sign up and haven't, please do it NOW!  Email carrienorrah@yahoo.com for the link to sign up for whatever job sounds fun to you. If we don't get enough volunteers, we have to start eliminating stations!! We also still need kindergarten parents to accompany kindergarteners through Field Day! 
Thank you to all who've already signed up for the most fun event of the school year! Please remember that siblings not enrolled at Puesta are unable to attend Field Day due to liability issues.Thank you!

Volunteer in  School this Summer!
Would you enjoy working with students in a hands-on role? Please consider helping out!  Call the VIBES office at 425-456-4154 or email vibes@bsd405.org with any questions. For more information, click HERE.


Fall Book Fair Chair Needed

Love books and volunteering in the library? Here's an ideal position for you...
Come be a Co Chair for the Fall Book Fair! It is an overall 1-2 week commitment in the fall that will help raise funds for our library and the RAD program. It's your chance to see all the new book releases and build a relationship with our fabulous librarian!
Contact Emmy Park at 206-218-7136 or emmerlee@me.com



Summer Camps at Puesta del Sol

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 .
Hurry! Camps fill up fast so register today!


News from the Library

Library check out closed for the year

Notices will be emailed next week about lost or overdue library books. 


Please return ALL library books before school is out

If lost, send a check made out to Puesta del Sol to cover the costs of the lost book.  Students who have not returned or paid for lost books before the end of the year will not receive their Yearbook and will not be able to check out next year until the books are returned or paid for. Thanks for helping to  keep our library collection up to date!

Inventory Volunteers Needed

Helpers needed to scan books for inventory. It's a very easy job, drop by any time.

Poetry Chair - The famous Poetry Chair appeared in the library right after Spring Break. Students are challenged to memorize and recite a poem in the Poetry Chair. I ask that students recite a number of lines based on their grade:  

Kindergarten - nursery rhymes or a 4 line poem
1st grade - poem with 4 lines or more
2nd and 3rd grade - poem with 8 lines or more
4th and 5th grade - poem with 12 lines or more
Share your favorite poem with your children and encourage them to try out the Poetry Chair!!  

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

Need Summer Tutoring?


Newport High School junior and former Kumon tutor, Adam Little, is available on an hourly basis to help your child in the following areas:

  • Math (through AP Calculus AB level)

  • Science (including Physics and advanced Chemistry)

  • Spanish (through AP Literature level)


    For a full resume, references, or additional information, contact Adam at:


    (425) 444-1715

    Or via email at a.blake@comcast.net 


'Run for the Hill of It' Summer Camp

July 14-18 at Luther Burbank Park


Running is the foundation of camp activities and games. The philosophy is focused on being active and in motion and on being a motivated, inspired and happy person in athletics and in life in general.


Session 1  6-9 year olds from 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Session 2 10-13 year olds from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm


Please visit  www.runforthehillofit.com to view camp flyer and registration form or to register online. For questions, please contact johnnymango@hotmail.com or at (425) 445-7154.

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.

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


Spanish Immersion Preschool


Emmanuel Day School will offer a Spanish Immersion Preschool curriculum starting September 2014.


Lead teacher Maria Kearney was raised in Mexico and is a native Spanish speaker who recently moved to Mercer Island from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has spent her 16-year career as a Spanish Teacher and medical interpreter.

Register for the program at http://emmanueldayschool.org.



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!


The YMCA Adventure Guides

This program is a great way for Kindergarten thru 3rd grade father/daughter or father/son adventures and fun. The campouts on Orcas Island (Camp Orkila) are not to be missed. The kids have fun and so do the Dads!  And the Moms get some free time! Click HERE for more information.  If you are interested, please contact Linda Toycen