SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 * ISSUE 09192014

Upcoming Important Dates

9/19Scholastic Book Fair Ends
9/22Room Parent Coordination Meeting
9/23Art Appreciation Orientation Meeting
9/24PTA/Principal Coffee
9/30September Passport Check Day
10/6Readers are Doers (RAD) Kick Off
10/21Skate King Night
10/28Pumpkin Family Fun Night 
11/3PTA Reflections Due


Tonight from 3:30 - 6:00 pm 


Plan for parking at Puesta del Sol to be challenging! Please consider parking at Tyee Middle School and walking the trail.  Follow the posted signs along the trail.   

 Thank you for supporting
Puesta del Sol!

Last Day of Scholastic Fall Book Fair

September 19 in the Library


TODAY during the Walkathon- 3:15 - 6:15pm



Deadline for the Fall Spirit Wear order is 
Saturday, September 20 at 9:00pm


Wondering what the items look like? Stop by the Spirit Wear table at the Walkathon. We'll have a few styles available for purchase. You can also order on-line. All orders placed by the deadline will be delivered to your child's classroom by October 10.  

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 

Have You Turned In PTA First Day Forms?

Have you done your forms online here? If not, you will NOT be in the PTA Directory!

Room Parent Coordination Meeting

Monday, September 22nd, 9:05 - 10:30am in the PTA Room


Want to support your child's teacher by being a Room Parent? Sign up and come to the coordination meeting!


We will meet on Monday, September 22nd, from 9:05-10:30am in the PTA Room.  If you are a newbie, come meet other Room Parents and get all the know-how.  If you are a seasoned RP, come share your wisdom and experience with others. Our new school nurse, Karen Ruby will be joining us to discuss the new district policy on bringing shared food into the classrooms. 


I look forward to seeing all of you there. 


Paula ReckRoom Parent Coordinator

Art Appreciation Orientation Meeting 

Tuesday, September 23 9:15 - 10:00am
in the PTA Room Orientation Meeting
There will be an orientation meeting on Tuesday, September 23rd at 9:15am in the PTA Room (room next to the school gym). This meeting will help any new volunteers obtain more information about the program and meet other volunteers. We look forward to seeing you there!  For more information about Art Appreciation, click here.  Feel free to contact us and we look forward to having your creativity within our classrooms!

PTA/Principal Coffee

September 24 9:15am in the Gym

Please join us where Principal Sr. Jonathan Shearer will share his vision for this year and years to come. Q&A time to follow. 

Amity Interns Have Arrived!

As your kids settle into their new routines at school, so do our new Amity Interns.  Because of your generous support, the PTA is able to fund having four Amity Interns with us this year.  The Amity Interns will be supporting the teachers in the classroom and they will be participating in all our community events and activities throughout the year.  Each Amity Intern has written a brief bio about themselves so you have an opportunity to learn more about who they are. Please look on the right hand side of the newsletter for their bios and contact information or here.


When you see them around school, be sure to introduce yourself and help us welcome them into our school community.  Consider inviting them to your home for dinner, or if your family has a fun activity planned, invite them along.  The Amity Interns are also available to tutor.


Each intern will live with three families within our school community for 3 1/2 months. Twelve families have agreed to host the Amity Interns. We would like to thank all the families that have graciously opened their homes to the Amity Interns this year.  We could not do this program without you! 

If you would like to learn more about the Amity Intern program, please check out their website at

Fall Families

Winter Families

Spring Families

The Noell Family

The Tampa Family

The Carpenter Family

The Justice Family

The Combs Family

The Faulk Family

The Peck Family

The Karl Family

The Foster Family

The Gissing-Filippini Family

The McSherry Family

The Finger Family

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 us.  There is more information here on the PTA website: Readers Are Doers! 

Academic Challenge School year 2014-2015

Looking for a challenge?  Academic Challenge is a way for students to challenge themselves and be rewarded for learning outside of school. We've made a few changes this year look for newly updated forms and information coming soon to the PTA website. This year's choices will be: 

  • Reflections
  • A multicultural project
  • Science Fair Presentation
  • 5 book reviews
  • 8 hours of math
  • 5 hours of typing
  • 5 hours of computer programing

Students must complete at least 4 challenges to receive a trophy. Students who complete all 7 will receive a trophy and the principal's medal.  Questions?  Email Jessica Heringer or Melissa Richardson. 

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.


Hands On Equations

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

Grades 4-5:  Hands on Equations starts September 30th, 3:30-4:30.  Class will run every Tuesday until November 4th.  Hands on Equations uses manipulatives to enable kids to have a concrete understanding of algebra.  At the end of the class your student will be able to confidently solve 2-3 step equations and explain the distributive property.  3rd graders accepted on a space available basis.  Tuition is $65; PTA scholarships available. Please email Crystal Coldiron with your student's name/grade to register.  For more information on the teaching method, please see

Academic and Spanish Translation Resources

Click here for a handy list of resources to support your child's learning.


Click here for Bellevue School District 2014-2015 Instructional Technology Curriculum Information for Families

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

Hello my name is Makarena González I'm 22 years old.  I would like you to call me Maka.  I'm am from Temuco Chile. As you may know Chile is a long and narrow country, and you can find from The most arid desert to The most rainy and cold place. We have a lot of sea, volcanos and earthquakes. I'm very happy to be in The school and to spend some times with The kids and The host families.  Some of my interest are reading, watching movies, tv shows like friends or gery's anatomy, going to concerts and travel. You can reach me via Email. 

Hi! My name is Beatriz but everyone calls me Bea. I am 22 years old. I am from Madrid, the capital of Spain. I have a degree by complutense college in pre-school education from 0 to 6 years, and a certificate on how to teach english as a foreign language. I came here to learn english and to get more experience. I am a cheerful person and a big fan of kids. I like doing sports, traveling and hanging out with people. You can reach me via email.


I am Jesús. I was born 24 years ago in a lovely place in south of Spain where the life is a pleasure but I spent a time living in other cities and abroad (Germany). I have studied teaching (3 years), sport sciences (2) and a master in soccer physiology, of course also languages (German and English) which are the tool to learn about a foreign culture.  The knowledge for me is like when you are looking a picture and everyone has different things to say and contribute. It´s the reason why i wanted to come to USA and get rich in experiences and wisdom. I just came some days ago, full of energy and i am really excited of everything . I feel like at home thanks to my host family and the welcome in Puesta del Sol has been the same. It´s going to be a great year!  I would like to finish with my personal motto to describe myself: there are to much excuses to say ¨i can't do it¨ but I have excuses to say ¨I can do it¨. You can reach me via email.

Hello everyone!  My name is Amalia Cánovas del Castillo. First of all I want to thank all the parents who have made my stay possible. I´m 23 years old and I´m from Madrid, Spain. I graduated from Centro Universitario Villanueva and Complutense College with a degree in Kindergarten Education. I also speak French. I live with my parents and I´m the oldest of six children. In my family are two boys and four girls. I enjoy reading and watching films. I like Art, History and going to museums.  I love teaching and working with children. I am available for tutoring. You can reach me via email.


Thank you to Barbara Mullen and Pam Rauch and all of our Picture Day volunteers! 




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Each Box Top is worth 10˘ for our school! That adds up FAST! The last two years we raised over $1,300. Can we reach $1,000 in a year?

Clip, save & have your kiddos drop them in Box Top box located in the school office on the PTA table to the right of the door.


(We will only be collecting Box Tops this year, NOT Labels for Education.)

Puesta del Sol PTA   Unit 2.3.95, Bellevue, WA

Lisa Dembo, Co-President

Julee Seibel, Co-President

425.456.6143 PTA Office

425.456.6100 School Office

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