OCTOBER 17, 2014 * ISSUE 10172014

Upcoming Important Dates

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

Walkathon: Run to the Finish Line! 

Pledges due by October 20  

Thank you to all that participated in this year's 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).

Our goal for this fundraiser is $50,000.  We are only at 60% collected which brings us to $30,000 thus far...

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. Thank you!

  • Don't forget to match your Walkathon donations! Click here for information on Corporate Matching funds.
  • After the Walkathon summary posted here

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 

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

 Principal Coffee

Wednesday, October 22, Library, 6:30-7:30pm

The PTA is hosting our second Principal Coffee from 6:30-7:30 PM in the library. The topic for the evening will be classroom food guidelines and the related School Board Policy #3240P. Click here to review the policy.


As the 2nd 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!

Passport Club for October

Tuesday, October 28


The next Passport Club Check Day will be held Tuesday, October 28 from 11:30-2:00pm in the school library. If you would like to volunteer, please contact passportvolunteer@puestadelsolpta.org


October's Special Itinerary is Brazil! Check out the Special Itinerary (SI) bulletin boards in the cafeteria and library each month for great visual displays which contain the answers to the activities. Special Itineraries are a great way for your child to learn more about one country on each month's check list. There will be several copies of the SI at the bulletin board or you can print them out online. At each Check Day every month, there will be a small prize for completing SI projects.  


Passport Map Coloring Party!

Break out your crayons! Please help us to color the updated wall maps for the teacher's classrooms! Meet in the PTA office after morning drop off on Thursday, October 23, about 9:15am. We have about 20 maps that need coloring.

Coffee will be served. 


CORRECTION: The Passport Information sheet that went out with the new study maps stated that Passport Club was part of the Academic Challenge. This was a mistake. Passport is NOT included in the 2014-15 Academic Challenge.

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.

International Night: Volunteers Needed

Calling all parents that want to be a part of an incredible Puesta Del Sol tradition.  The International Festival is the culminating event of the school year where our students come together to perform cultural dances, songs, and music taught by volunteer and paid members of our International Spanish Academy community, staff, and families and experience the tastes of food from countries around the world.  However, to put on this high-caliber show it literally takes a village! Each year, new and returning families have proven to have amazing talents to share behind the scenes. Help support bringing back this incredible tradition this year by volunteering! 


We need committee chairs for:

  • Ticket Sales
  • Performance/Stage managers
  • Emcee
  • Amity coordinator 
  • and more!

 If interested in leading a committee or if you would like to help out in any of these or other areas email InternationalFestival@puestadelsolpta.org

Academic Challenge Opportunity!

This Year's Theme is: "The World Would Be a Better Place If..."

It is time for the first Academic Challenge opportunity! Reflections is a fun and creative way for students to let their artistic side shine. The Reflections Program is a National PTA and Washington State PTA cultural arts competition that includes school, district, state and national levels. Students from all grades can enter a project in one of six categories: literature, music, photography, visual arts, film/video, or choreography/dance.


All entries must follow:

  • National PTA Reflections rules
  • Be original work completed by the student
  • Be accompanied by a signed official entry form

Complete guidelines, rules, and the entry form can be found on the Puesta del sol PTA website. To conserve paper, hard copies will not be distributed. If you do not have access to a printer, please email reflections@puestadelsolpta.org to get a copy of the form. Artwork with completed entry forms should be dropped off in the "Reflections" box located in the front office between Monday, October 27 and Monday, November 3 (by 3:30pm).


Finally, join us in celebrating the students' hard work and creativity at the Reflections Gallery Night where we will display all entries and announce which have been chosen to go to the District level competition. The Reflections Gallery Night will take place on Wednesday, December 10 from 6:30 to 7:30 in the school gym where students can take their artwork and ribbons home starting at 7:15pm.

Fiesta Latina: Latin American Social Dancing

Class meets 3:30-4:30pm on Thursdays
in the Music Portable (P-2)


Join FIESTA LATINA, a fun Latin-American social dance class at Puesta del Sol! Learn Salsa, Merenge, Bachata, and traditional Latin American dances. Get inspired and develop creativity, improving coordination, boosting confidence and gaining understanding of Latin American social dancing all by moving to the rhythms and beats of its fun music!


Fiesta Latina is open to all Puesta students, boys and girls, K-5. 

  • Session 1: Oct 23, 30; Nov 6, 13, 20; Dec 4, 11, 18 (8 classes)
  • $120 (siblings are $108)

Contact instructor Angela Delahoz at fiestalatina@puestadelsolpta.org


Click here to register.

NEW!! Bomba del Sol is moving to
Fridays in the Gym!

Fridays, Afterschool beginning October 24, 3:30-4:30pm
Beginning October 24th, Bomba will be meeting after school; 3:30-4:30 in the Gym.  The first session, on October 24th, will be a FREE session to find out what Bomba is all about! 
  • Session 1 dates will be: Oct 24, Oct 31, Nov 7, Nov 14, Nov 21, Dec 5, Dec 12. 
  • Cost will now be $90 for Session 1.  
  • Find more information about Bomba here. To reserve your spot, please register here. Students who have not registered will not be allowed to attend class.  Email questions to bomba@puestadelsolpta.org
TechVentures coming Spring 2015!
Coming January 2015!

The Puesta del Sol PTA will be sponsoring TechVentures to teach an 8 week coding class after school on Thursdays; 3:30-4:30.  This will be available for students in 2nd -5th grade.  Look for registration information in the El Sol coming in November.  


Right now we are looking for a parent who is willing to organize this program.  Responsibilites include: 

  • Attending each class,
  • Completing a project beforehand in Scratch
  • Organizing the registration process through the PTA website.  

If you are interested please email Crystal at edenhancement@puestadelsolpta.org. You can find out more about the coding class here.  Thank you!

Garden Club

Thursdays, 2nd recess


The weekly school Garden Club started the first week of October during Thursday 2nd recess with great turnout by the kids! Please email katpizzo@comcast.net and join the Puesta del Sol School Garden facebook group here to stay informed of the garden activities and schedules, and to volunteer either in the garden or with your child's class as a Garden Ambassador.

Picture Re-Take Day - October 28th

Please be sure to have your child take their photo if they haven't taken them or need re-takes. Pictures will not be taken in the Spring. This is the only opportunity.

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, 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
Lost & Found
Unclaimed items will be Donated Friday, November 7th

Please remember to check for lost/missing items. ˇGracias!

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.
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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