SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 * ISSUE 09122014


Upcoming Important Dates

9/15Scholastic Book Fair Begins
9/16Picture Day
9/16Dining for Dinero Event
9/161st-4th Grade Curriculum Night
9/19Scholastic Book Fair Ends
9/23Art Appreciation Orientation Meeting
9/24PTA/Principal Coffee
10/6Readers are Doers (RAD) Kick Off
10/21Skate King Night
10/28Pumpkin Family Fun Night 
11/3PTA Reflections Due

Programs made possible by the Puesta del Sol PTA

  • Funded Kindergarten Orientation Ice Cream Social
  • Put on the 1st Day Coffee
  • Put on the Ice Cream Social
  • Supported Puesta del Sol with Bus Transportation Helpers during drop off and pick up
  • Provided Hearing Screening Volunteers
  • General Membership Meeting - Elected Melissa Richardson VP Teacher Relations, Passed Adjusted Budget, Funded Money to the newly created Int'l Spanish Academy (ISA) Committee

Support Puesta del Sol - Join the PTA!

We are fortunate to have some terrific programs available at our school thanks to the hard work and generosity of the PTA.  We need your support so please join our PTA today!   If you haven't completed your First Day Forms yet, click here to join the PTA or renew your PTA membership.

If you've already done your First Day Forms and hadn't decided whether to renew or join the PTA, you can still sign up now by either going back to First Day Forms or signing up directly click here for our Membership packet:


Any questions? Email Alison & Jana at

Dining for Dinero

September 16 - 4:30 - 6:30pm


The beginning of the year brings our first Dining for Dinero.  Panda Express at Factoria Mall will donate 20% of sales to our PTA. Show the required flyer or a photo of it when you dine in or take out on Sept. 16th from 4:30-6:30.  Stop by Panda Express before coming to curriculum night and picnic with other Puesta del Sol parents.  The flyer is available here.

Picture Day - Parent Volunteers needed

Tuesday September 16th


Picture day is scheduled for Tuesday, September 16.   All students will have their photos taken for school records and the yearbook, even those who don't place orders. Class pictures will also be taken and will not be taken again in the Spring. We are in need of parent volunteers for the day, to help retrieve the classes and organize students and order forms. Please contact Barbara Mullen if interested.


Friday, September 19, 2014   3:30 to 6 pm, Rain or Shine


RSVP: Log in and let us know- yes or no. It will help the staff direct your kids after school. 


T-SHIRTS will be in class colors -

  • EVERY child that has RSVP'd
    receives a T-shirt! 
  • Registration closes Wednesday, 9/17.


Classes with 100% response by Tuesday September 16th will get a popsicle on Walkathon day.





Raise Funds: Kids can get per lap pledges or flat rate amounts. 

We ask each student to strive to raise $150 (or $300/family). We appreciate support at any level! has links for parent and other family and friend donations. We have a sample letter that you can email along with the link to encourage family and friends to donate.


Click here to donate.

WALKATHON Volunteers Needed

We can't do this without you! 


Before/during/after the event. If you have older children that need volunteer hours, contact our fabulous volunteer coordinator! Please contact Mendi Carroll at

WALKATHON Raffle Items

We are in NEED of raffle items.  Please let me know if you can make a donation to help support our children. Kid-centric items are best:

  •  i-Pad, i-Pod, Kindle
  • X-Box, X-Box games
  • Legos, board games, books,
  • Experience packages
  • Sports gear, sports apparel (UW, WSU, Seahawks, Sounders),
  • Gift cards

Please contact Alicia Filippini at if you can contribute.  Items are needed by Wednesday, September 17.  THANK YOU!


We are still in need of more people to bring baked goods! 

Items need to be individually wrapped and will be sold for $1


Please contact Annie Robinson at 


There will be pizza, baked goods, food truck, and Jamba Juice.


Time to clean out your closets, we want your shoes!

Collection boxes are at school through September 19 - Consider bringing your donation to the Walkathon!


We are collecting shoes to bring down to Nicaragua for families who cannot afford them. We will take all shoes (all sizes) but especially athletic shoes and cleats. A donation box will be in front of the Puesta office the week before and during the Walkathon. Questions? Please contact Laurie Los at 


The Spirit Wear Table will be set up at the Walkathon. Stop by and check out what we have for sale. You can also order on-line. The fall order deadline is September 19. All orders will be delivered to your child's classroom.  


Remember to Submit Matching Funds!

Don't forget to have your company match your Walkathon donation or your eligible PTA membership! Microsoft and Boeing employees must go online to have their contributions matched, other companies have varying procedures. Company matches to Walkathon donations do not count towards prize levels. If you have any questions about company matching contact your HR/Admin support or email Puesta del Sol.


 Be An Art Appreciation Volunteer!

September 23 9:15-10am in the PTA Room Orientation Meeting

For more information about Art Appreciation, click here.

  • Most classroom volunteer sign-up sheets are passed around by the teacher at Curriculum Night;
  • Or, You may sign-up online for volunteering, click here.

Feel free to contact us at 

and we look forward to having your creativity within our classrooms!

The Scholastic Fall Book Fair is Coming!

September 15-19 in the Library


M-F AM Hours- 8:30-9:15am

Lunch Recess- 11:15-12:45pm

Afternoon Hours- 3:15-4:15pm

Wednesday ONLY- 1:00-3:00pm

Friday of Walkathon- 3:15-6:15pm


Volunteers are needed! Please sign up here or contact Laura Rossow at 425-55with any questions.

The 6th Annual Watch D.O.G.S. of Western Washington Golf Tournament

Sunday September 28th


WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) is an innovative father involvement, educational initiative of the National Center For Fathering that gets Dads and Father-Figures more involved with their children's education by volunteering at least one school day out of the year.  You are invited to participate in this fun golf tournament that supports all of the participating schools in Western Washington with Watch D.O.G.S.


Please click here for more information on the Golf Tournament details.

If you cannot make the tournament or if you're just not a golfer but still want to support the Watch D.O.G.S. of Western Washington Program, you can be a sponsor of the tournament.   


Click here to register or contact Tony Guidotti, Director of Watch D.O.G.S., Puesta Del Sol for more details. 


RAD Kick Off - Calling All Reading Enthusiasts!

October 6


The school-wide reading challenge Readers Are Doers (RAD) is coming up next month! If you are looking for a short-term volunteer opportunity and want to help promote the joys of reading with our students, consider volunteering to be a classroom RAD representative! You will have a chance to sign up in curriculum night paperwork, or if you already know this is the job for you, email. There is more information here on the PTA website: Readers Are Doers! 

Hands On Equations

Tuesdays September 30th -November 4th; 3:30-4:30

Does your 4th or 5th grader learn math better with manipulatives?  Hands-On Equations after school math class uses manipulatives to teach algebraic concepts in a concrete way.  Classes will be on Tuesdays beginning September 30th through November 4th; 3:30-4:30.  Tuition is $65 for 6 classes. Please contact Crystal Coldiron for information. 

Bellevue Schools Foundation

The Bellevue Schools Foundation is a non-profit organization separate from the school district that develops, promotes, and funds learning opportunities for students in all of Bellevue's public schools. At Puesta del Sol, they have helped provide the funding for the Dreambox math program and have provided funding to help our teachers obtain their National Board Certification. They also run and test programs throughout the district, like the Elementary STEM Program that will come to Puesta del Sol in 2015-2016.

If you would like to learn more or would like to volunteer with the Bellevue School Foundation Fall Campaign - All in for Kids please contact Koan Maurer.  


Bellevue Schools Foundation website


National Board Certification website

Click the Links Below
to Sign Up


Thank you to GG Haight and all of the Ice Cream Social volunteers for making the first PTA event of the year a smashing success!


A Scooping Success

September 5th Ice Cream Social was a huge success, raising more than $500 to support the Puesta Del Sol PTA.  Families enjoyed a fun night in sun - eating ice cream, playing on the playground, catching-up with old friends, and meeting new ones. Thank you to all the families who contributed to the success of this event.  

- GG Haight VP Special Events



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Puesta del Sol PTA   Unit 2.3.95, Bellevue, WA

Lisa Dembo, Co-President

Julee Seibel, Co-President

425.456.6143 PTA Office

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