OCTOBER 10, 2014 * ISSUE 10102014

Upcoming Important Dates

10/10No School
10/21Skate King Night
10/22PTA/Principal Evening Coffee
10/28October Passport Check Day
10/28Pumpkin Family Fun Night 
11/3PTA Reflections Due
11/10 & 11/11No School
September Assembly: A Musical Start to the Year
Monday, September 22, 2014


It was a great honor and privilege to start off this year by having internationally renowned musician Carlos Nuñez perform at our school assembly. Nuñez introduced the students to the traditional bagpipe music from the Galicia region of Spain. He also talked about his background and the various instruments he plays, including the traditional Galician bagpipe, Galician flute, ocarina, Irish flute, whistle and low whistle. Señor Nuñez was brought to us by The Consulate of Spain, he delighted the students with a few musical numbers and called volunteers up to stage to help him in the performance. Towards the end, the kids were even playing instruments and dancing to the two-step rhythm. The crowd connected with the artist and couldn't had have a better time that morning.

Walkathon: Run to the Finish Line! 

Pledges due by October 20  

Thank you to all that participated in this years Walkathon. It was a great success!  We had over 500 kids walking, running, eating, and dancing! Please remember, as much fun as the Walkathon is, it's also a fundraiser that is critical to our PTA's programming (Amities, RAD, Math Olympiad, field trips, etc).

Donations are due by Monday, October 20th. Parents donate here and friends and family don't need an account to donate at our Guest Donation page. If you choose to send in a check, please make the check payable to "Puesta del Sol PTA". Deposit all cash or check donations in the secure PTA money mailbox in the front office with your pledge forms.

We appreciate support at any level, so please give what you can. Appreciation gifts are offered at the $75 and $150 giving levels for pledges received by Monday, October 20th.. Questions? Email deposits@puestadelsolpta.org.

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

  • Don't forget to match your Walkathon donations! Click here for information on Corporate Matching funds.
  • Parents: Donate online here
  • Family and friends can donate online here
  • After the Walkathon summary posted 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 and help support our PTA at Puesta del Sol!

You can join the PTA or renew your PTA membership here. Any questions? Email Alison & Jana at 


As the first week of the RAD reading challenge comes to a close, we hope you have enjoyed some quality stories with your children! Remember to get your reading agreements turned in and reply to your classroom RAD volunteer with your minutes for the week. Keep on reading! LEE MÁS! 

Email us or find out more at the PTA website: Readers Are Doers! 

 The PTA Nominating Committee needs you!

We need 4-5 PTA members to help fill positions for next year's PTA board. This is a fun committee that meets for a short amount of time and has a positive impact on our school. Please email volunteer@puestadelsolpta.org to volunteer!

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.


Begins Monday, October 13 - Grades 3-5


We are excited for the International Festival on March 21st, 2015. Be a part of the celebration and join Tambores del Sol!

Your child will learn a variety of rhythmic patterns and language styles associated with the hand drum (El Tambor). In addition,
we will present drums from different regions of the world such as bata drums from Africa or Garawoun drums from the
Garifunas in Central, South America and the Caribbean as an added bonus to expand their appreciation of culture and diversity.
The 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 on Monday, October 13th:

  • Beginners and Intermediate levels will be held in the school gym.
  • 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
  • Exceptions may apply for grades K-2 if they have experience with Tambores- please email tambores@puestadelsolpta.org
  • The kids have a lot of fun and this is a great way for students to receive additional S.O.S/E.F.E.!!

Register now, click here.

    • 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

Vision Screening
October 30th from 9-11:30am, Old Art Room
Volunteers are needed to assist with vision screening. Please click here to signup.
Music News: Marimba & Choir

Marimba Classes - 4th and 5th Graders

4th and 5th graders interested in learning how to play the Marimba xylophone can sign up for Marimba classes!  Our music specialist Sra. Rose will be teaching Marimba to 4th graders on Tuesdays, 8:00-9:00am, beginning Oct. 14th, and to 5th graders on Fridays, 8:00-9:00am, beginning Oct. 17th.  Students will perform at the International Festival and also at two school performances. Cost is free. Space is limited. Classes held in the music portable. Interested? Email Sra. Rose at  rosee@bsd405.org and complete the sign-up form


Choir for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Graders

Wednesdays, 8:00-9:00am starting October 15th

Choir for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will be meeting in the music portable on Wednesdays, 8:00-9:00am, starting Oct. 15th. Choir will be taught by our music specialist Sra. Rose.  Students will perform at the International Festival and also at two school concerts. Cost is free. If interested, please email Sra. Rose at rosee@bsd405.org and complete the sign-up form.


Music Calendar


Tuesday, January 20Puesta del Sol Band/Orchestra @ PDS Gym
Saturday, January 24Choir at Crossroads Mall11:30am
Wednesday, March 11Woodridge Orchestra Zone Concert @ BHS7:00pm
Saturday, March 21International Festival: Marimba Bands and Choir 
Tuesday, March 24Choir Zone Concert @ Tillicum Middle School7:00pm
Wednesday, March 11Woodridge Orchestra Zone Concert @ BHS7:00pm
Wednesday, April 151st grade 6pm, 2nd grade7:00pm
Wednesday, April 223rd grade 6pm, 4th grade7:00pm
Wednesday, May 6Marimba Bands Final Concert7:00pm
Tuesday, May 26Puesta del Sol Band/Orchestra @ PDS Gym7:00pm
BSD Community Education Series
Discover the invaluable Community Education Series presented by the Bellevue School District Special Education Department.  Check out the calendar for classes like "Motivating Academic Interest and Building Executive Functioning Skills", "Launching Into Adulthood", "Positive Behavior Supports Across Settings", and more!  Click HERE for more information.
Parent Forums on Graduation Requirements for Class of 2019 and Beyond!
Parent Forums have been scheduled to discuss New Graduation Requirements for the Class of 2019 and beyond. These forums are informative sessions for parents to notify them of the potential changes to the Bellevue School District Graduation Requirements that will come into effect for the Class of 2019 and beyond. The changes have been precipitated by the Washington State Board of Education in response to the new Core 24 Graduation Requirement legislation that was approved last spring. This legislation's goal is to have every graduate College and Career ready. Executive Director of Schools John Harrison will lead the forums. The School Board Graduation Advisory committee will be in attendance to answer any questions.
The same information will be presented at four forums.  Please plan on attending the forum that works the best for your schedule.
October 14Tillicum Cafeteria4:00 - 5:00 pm
October 14Odle/Highland @ Highland Cafeteria
7:15 - 8:15 pm
October 16Tyee Cafeteria5:00 - 600 pm
October 16Chinook Cafeteria7:15 - 8:15 pm
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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