OCTOBER 3, 2014 * ISSUE 10032014

Upcoming Important Dates

10/3Last day to Preorder Yearbooks
10/5Deadline to Register for Printed Directory
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

Walkathon: Run to the Finish Line! 

Pledges due by October 20  

Collect pledges and send in by October 20th to collect your prize. We ask each student to strive to raise $150 (or $300/family). Prizes passed out each week. Don't forget to get your Matching Funds!

Donate online below or send a check payable to "Puesta del Sol PTA" for all cash collected. Deposit all cash or check donations in the secure PTA money mailbox in the front office with your pledge forms or mail to 3810 132nd Ave SE, Bellevue, 98006. Questions? Email deposits@puestadelsolpta.org.

The drawing for "Principal for a Day" will be at our next assembly in November.   

  • Click here for information on Corporate Matching funds.
  • Parents: Donate online here
  • Family and friends can donate online here

Walkathon Medal Winners! 

These are some of our stand out walkers who will receive a medal at our next school assembly in November for walking the most laps in their grade!  

  • Kindergarten- Aksel M. (56) & Emilia M. (45)
  • 1st Grade- Grady B. (89) & Arya S. (45)
  • 2nd Grade- Salvatore B. (106) & Liana B. (60)
  • 3rd Grade-  Grayson B. (107) & Dakota S. (70)
  • 4th Grade-  Ragde V. (90) & Andrew F. (90) & Sophia M. (89)
  • 5th Grade- Zario B. (108) & Nicole M. (89) 
Want to know how many laps your child walked? Lap totals for each student are posted in the window of the PTA office.

Have you joined yet? It is not too late to join our PTA!

Have you joined yet? It is 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.


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!

Printed Directory DEADLINE extended
Response required by Sunday, October 5th

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 directory@puestadelsolpta.org 

RAD Kick Off - Calling All Reading Enthusiasts!

October 6 - Kick Off
October 9 - Reading Agreements Due 


Start tracking your minutes on Monday, October 6th and turn your reading agreements in by Thursday, October 9th.  Please email your RAD classroom coordinator with your minutes each Friday for the next 6 weeks.   Submit your child's favorite book on a star and help us create our "star book list!"  Most of all, have fun and READ!

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 watchdogs@puestadelsolpta.org 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. 

October Skate King Night

Tuesday, October 21 from 6-8 p.m. 
Skate King, 2301 140th Ave NE, Bellevue  


Come meet and skate with other Puesta del Sol families at our October Skate King Night!  Cost is $6/skater (in-lines $4 extra, non-skaters no charge).  $1 off if you bring your own skates.  No outside food or drink, cash or check only, NO CREDIT CARDS.  *This is not a drop-off event!  Come help out in the booth selling tickets and handing out raffle tickets! Must be a PTA member over 18 to handle money. To volunteer email Alicia Filippini

Pumpkin Family Fun Night!

Tuesday, October 28th 6:30 - 8:00pm

Carve your own pumpkin and watch an amazing live pumpkin carving demonstration! Don your favorite western duds and join us for pumpkins, prizes and goodies. Don't miss this festive, fall, family-fun night!   

Please bring a CLEANED OUT pumpkin to carve, plastic carving tools and cash for raffle tickets and treats. No knives please!! Cash donations for the PTA will be accepted. 
  • Please RSVP to this event by Oct. 21 by clicking here.
  • Volunteers needed!! Click here to sign-up:
Questions?? Email Sarah Fink.

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. Newly updated forms and information are on the  Academic Challenge webpage. 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. 


Begins Monday, October 13


We are excited for the International Festival on March 21st, 2015. Be a part of the celebration and join Tambores del Sol! Tambores is traditional Puerto Rican drummingThe classes are taught by Maestro Ricardo Guity, an experienced musician, educator, and member of our school community. We all know and adore him!


We will be starting our first session right away: 

  • Beginners and Intermediate levels will be held in the school gym
  • Open to students in grades 3-5; Exceptions may apply for younger students if they have experience with Tambores.
  • Both Beginners and Intermediate will be taught together on Mondays this year.
  • Intermediate levels will be assisting in the development of new students.
  • Your child will meet the instructor and chaperone in the school gym after school at 3:30pm.
  • Class ends promptly at 4:30pm.
  • The kids have a lot of fun and this is a great way for students to receive additional S.O.S/E.F.E.!!

Click here to register now!

  • Session 1: October 13, 20, 27;
    November 3, 17, 24; December 1, 8, 15
  • 9 classes - $135.  

Students will perform in the International Festival and in a School Assembly.


For more information, please visit the PTA website or tambores@puestadelsolpta.org if you have any additional questions. 

Register for Bomba del Sol! (space is limited)

NEW START DATE: Begins Tuesday, Oct 14th
  • 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: Session 1 classes begin Tuesday, Oct 14th and extends through Tuesday, Dec 16th from 3:30-4:30pm. 
  • 9 classes total: Oct 14, 21, 28; Nov 4, 18, 25; Dec 2, 9, 16
  • Where: Music Portable, P-2 [PTA-member parents are available to guide students to location as necessary]
  • Cost: $15 per class; $135 for Session 1
  • To Register: Class size is limited to 20 students - first come, first served.  Interested families can email Melissa Pearce or Leda Echevers at bomba@puestadelsolpta.org.

Questions? Click here for more details. Click here to register

SAVE THE DATE! International Festival is coming!
Saturday, March 21, 2015

The International Festival is coming back this school year. Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 21st at the Newport High School Auditorium. Please internationalfestival@puestadelsolpta.org if you are interested in volunteering for this event.  More information to come.

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

Library News: Reading Programs & Volunteering

Are you able to lend a helping hand at the library? Drop in anytime or when you child's class has library. Class schedules are listed here.


Sra Brody is pleased to announce the Global Reading Challenge and the 4th/5th Grade Adult/Student Book Club. You can find more information on both programs here.

The Bellevue Schools Foundation Fall Campaign -
All in for Kids! has begun

The 2nd Annual Clickathon will be Wednesday, October 8th and Thursday, October 9th. Consider donating to the Bellevue Schools Foundation during this two-day event. Gifts of $100 will be matched up-to $10,000 by Foundation supporters. Go to the Bellevue Schools Foundation website to "Click for Kids". Donate to the Fall Campaign by October 27 and you won't be called during the Phonathon. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

  • Volunteers are needed: Monday, November 3rd through Thursday, November 6th to staff the phones for the All in for Kids! Phonathon. Shifts are 5:00-8:30pm. Training and food will be provided. Come and enjoy the camaraderie and festive atmosphere as we call all district parents to ask for donations. Please contact Koan Maurer if you are interested in volunteering.
  • Save the date! Friday, April 24, 2015 is the BSF Spring for Schools Luncheon.

The Bellevue Schools Foundation is a community organization that raises funds to give every child in Bellevue's public school the education they need and deserve. They bridge the gap between state funding and what students truly need to be successful.  

Click the Links Below
to Sign Up

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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