SEPTEMBER 26, 2014 * ISSUE 09262014

Upcoming Important Dates

9/28WatchDOGS Golf Tournament
9/30September Passport Check Day
10/1Tillicum Remodel Informational Meeting
10/1Deadline to Register for Printed Directory
10/3Last day to Preorder Yearbooks
10/6Readers are Doers (RAD) Kick Off
10/7WatchDOGS Pizza Launch Party
10/8Fifth Grade Events Planning Meeting
10/21Skate King Night
10/28Pumpkin Family Fun Night 
11/3PTA Reflections Due

What a Fun & Successful 2014 WALKATHON!

Our Puesta Del Sol Students showed up ready to walk, dance, have fun and support our school! We are well on our way to achieving our $40,000 goal, so please keep those donations and pledges coming in!


It takes a village and 100s of volunteer hours to pull off this event, so huge thank you to the two Walkathon Chairwomen and their amazing team of coordinators:


Co-Chairwomen:Julie Skaggs & Amy McDonald
Volunteer Coordinator:Mendi Carroll
Registration & RSVP:Dana Dang
Bake Sale Lead:Annie Robinson
Raffle Procurement:Alicia Filippini
T-Shirt distribution:Melissa Richardson
PTA Food Lead:Jinny Cocorrocia
Food Truck Lead:Yella Appleby
Field set up & teardown:Peter and Rebecca Hamilton
Signage:Kate Stone
Walkathon Treasurer:Jane McKinstry & Laura Dooley
Lap Counter/
check in Lead:
Katherine Snead
Website: Pauline Fox & Joyce Luu
Photographers:Jay Matsudaira, Irene and
Audrey Budlong, Will McDonald
Advisors &
Day of Event Runners:
Michelle Mahlman and Jessi Bixby
MC:Bob Tampa


Plus, so many generous parent volunteers who escorted students to the field or home safely, helped us park, counted laps, passed out water, sold raffle tickets & pizza, baked & sold treats, helped set up & clean up and cheered for the students!

Special thanks to Principal Shearer and his team for helping us every step of the way! 

If you would like to join in the fun next year, please contact

Thank you!
Puesta Del Sol PTA Board

Walkathon Proceeds Update

As of September 25, here are the preliminary Walkathon fundraising totals:

  • We have received a total of $25,966 in Walkathon donations
  • Bake Sale proceeds: $1,127
  • Pizza & Water Sales: net $212
  • Raffle proceeds: $2,850 

Great Job everyone!

Laura Dooley, Walkathon Co-Treasurer

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.


It's not too late to join our 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, then you can join the PTA or renew your PTA membership online.  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 at our Membership packet.  Any questions? Email Alison & Jana.

Deadline to Opt-in for Printed Directory
Response required by October 1st

Please go online and follow the prompts. 

  • If you want your family information to be included and/or updated in the Printed Directory, then you must choose YES for Include My Information and complete any relevant fields.
  • If you don't do this, your family contact information won't be included and/or updated in the printed PTA Directory. 

Thank you for taking the time to do this! Any questions, please contact Bekki Park at 

Preorder Yearbooks Before the Price Goes Up!

Please remember to pre-order your yearbook before the price goes up! Yearbooks are $15 until October 3, 2014. After that they are $20. Save yourself some money and pre-order your yearbook early!! Please remember that we are only doing pre-sales and not ordering extra to sell later so if you want a yearbook, now is the time to buy it!

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

September 28

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


Readers Are Doers (RAD), the school-wide reading challenge, starts soon and we would love to have you on our team! RAD is a short-term volunteer opportunity which will be done by Thanksgiving! If you want the chance to work in your child's classroom once a week for 20-30 minutes and love promoting the joys of reading, this one is for you. Many parents have said that this program helped their reluctant readers to start reading. Email us or find out more at the PTA website: Readers Are Doers! 

Watch D.O.G.S. Pizza Launch Party

October 7, 6:00-7:00pm, Gym

Dads and their students share some quality time over pizza for the first half-hour; students are then chaperoned for the final half-hour as they enjoy a short movie in the library while the dads receive information about the WatchDOGS program and are asked to volunteer one day during the school year for their student. 

RSVP: For more information on the WatchDOGS program, please contact Puesta del Sol parent Tony Guidotti, Director of Watch D.O.G.S., Puesta Del Sol for more details. (425) 785-0275.  Please respond with your attendance by 10/5/2014.

Fifth Grade Events Planning

Wednesday, October 8th, 9:15am - come after drop off

Parents interested in making 5th grade events memorable this year, please join Emmy Park and Michelle Mahlman at Emmy's home for a planning brunch. We hope to have a teacher tea, legacy gift, grad picnic and graduation day celebration. Your help is needed! Mimosas and tasty breakfast treats will be served. Please contact Michelle Mahlman with questions or to rsvp or call Emmy Park (206) 218-7136. 

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. 

Hands On Equations
Begins Tuesday, September 30th, 3:30-4:30  

Hands on Equations is now full. Please email Crystal Coldiron to be placed on a waiting list.

Experience Bomba del Sol...Classes starting soon! 

Session 1 begins Oct 7


What: Bomba is a traditional musical style from Puerto Rico, which features a vibrant interaction between drummers and dancers. Students learn new rhythms and develop creative movement as soloists and group performers. The class is taught by Maestro Otoquí Reyes and Maestra Naomi Vázquez and conducted in Spanish.

When: Classes are Tuesdays, Oct 7, 2014 through Apr 28, 2015, from 3:30-4:30pm. Students will perform in the International Festival and in a School Assembly.  Session 1 will have the following dates: Oct 7, 14, 21, 28; Nov 4, 18, 25; Dec 2, 9, 16  [Total of 10 classes]
Cost for session I is $150 ($15 per class). 

Questions? Click here for more details. Contact Melissa Pearce or Leda Echevers via email  if you have additional questions or are interested in registering your child. 

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

Welcome back to our Puesta del Sol Library! I would love parent volunteers for the following: 

  • Come to the library when your child has their library time, shelve or cover books during the lesson and help check out books to students during their check out time. Class times are listed below.
  • Drop in any time to shelve books or cover new books.
  • Drop in anytime to help with a library project.

Sra. Alvarez-Shepard
9:50 to 10:30

Sra. DeMate
9:50 to 10:30
Sra. Mazor
9:50 to 10:30
Sra. Perez
9:10 to 9:50
Sra. Colyer
9:50 to 10:30
Sra. Fletcher

10:30 to 11:10

Sra. Forbes
10:30 to 11:10
Sra. Lopez-Kimball
10:30 to 11:10
10:30 to 11:10
Sra. Chaparro
10:30 to 11:10
Sra. Wright
12:35 to 1:15
  Sra. Hinton
11:10 to 11:50
Srta. Nicole
11:10 to 11:50
Sra. Lara
1:15 to 1:55
  Sra. Dana
12:35 to 1:15
Sra. Medina
1:15 to 1:55
Sra. Soriano
2:10 to 2:50
  Sr. Palacios
2:10 to 2:50
Srta. Zelda
2:50 to 3:30
  Sr. Mattson
2:50 to 3:30
Tillicum Remodel Informational Meeting
Wednesday, October 1, 7:00pm, Tillicum Middle School Commons  

Tillicum Middle School is scheduled for a full rebuild with construction scheduled for June 2016-June 2018. Tillicum will relocate to the Bellevue School District's Ringdall Campus for the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 school years, with the new building scheduled to open for the first day of classes in September 2018.


The design development process began last year and architects for NAC Architecture will host a community meeting at Tillicum on Wednesday, October 1st, at 7:00 PM.  Please mark your calendars for this opportunity for overview of the design for the new Tillicum.

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 Marina Pelzel, Laura Rossow, Emmy Park and all the wonderful volunteers who helped during the Scholastic Book Fair. We couldn't have done it without you! Thanks to your support the Book Fair total sales were $15,526.84.



Amity Interns
Have Arrived!

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.  Click here to find information for tutoring or visiting with our Amity Interns.



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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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