OCTOBER 31, 2014 * ISSUE 10312014

Upcoming Important Dates

11/1International Festival Hidden Talent Acts Due
11/1Veterans' Day Pictures Due
11/3PTA Reflections Due
11/6PTA General Membership Meeting and Speaker
11/6Global Reading Challenge Forms Due
11/7Lost and Found Items to be Donated
11/10No School
11/11No School - Veteran's Day
11/14Last Day for RAD Minutes Tracking
11/19PTA/Principal Coffee
11/25Passport Re-check day
11/27 & 28No School - Thanksgiving Holiday

Support our school - join the PTA! 

If you have not joined yet, it is not too late! Join our PTA or renew your PTA membership onlineAny questions? Email Alison & Jana at membership@puestadelsolpta.org

PTA General Membership Meeting and Speaker 

Thursday, November 6th, 6:30pm
Please join us for our General Membership Meeting and Speaker.  Agenda items include:
  • Treasurers Report
  • PTA @ Work from Sept-Nov
  • Elections for the Nominating Committee (nominations will be welcome from the floor).  


The meeting will be followed by Guest Speaker Christina Steere (starting at 7pm).  


Christina Steere a licensed Marriage and Family therapist, Child Mental Health Specialist and certified Attachment and Trauma Therapist. She has been in private practice since 2004 serving adults, youth and families through difficult circumstances including issues of anxiety, depression, parenting support, stress management and conflict resolution.  She will be speaking on "Brain Chemistry and Behavior: How They Are Connected" and will be focusing on reasons for our children's behavior.

Announcing the PTA's New Online Directory! 

The new online searchable directory will be available directly on our website starting on November 4, 2014.  

What It Does
The PTA is excited to announce the new Online Directory feature.  This website feature enables you to be at your computer or on your tablet, pull up the PTA website, and look up another Puesta del Sol family's phone numbers, emails, addresses, and make plans and playdates while you are on-the-go!  

Who and What Is Included
All current Puesta del Sol families and staff who have created accounts on the PTA website will be included automatically. 

How to Limit What Is Displayed
You can hide your addresses, phone numbers, and emails and display only the pieces of information that you want to share.  

Who Can See My Family's Information
This directory is not available to the general public.  It is only available to authorized members of our website which means only Puesta del Sol families and school staff.

For more information about the online directory or how to limit your information, please go to our PTA Online Directory information page.

Please contact the PTA Webmaster at webmaster@puestadelsolpta.org if you need technical assistance or have questions about website data, security, and privacy.  If you have questions about PTA data usage policies, you may contact the PTA President at president@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.


As the 4th week of the RAD reading challenge comes to a close, we hope you have enjoyed some quality stories with your children! If you have not already, please 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! 

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

Call for Talent: International Festival

Applications due November 1st


Calling all hidden talent in our Puesta Del Sol Community! Deadline: Nov 1st! We are looking for student-inclusive acts that represent an array of our student's cultural population and our school's Spanish foundation.

If you have a culturally unique and entertaining talent - we need you! Our International Festival is now accepting applications for performance acts. We need 6-8 acts of 2-4 minutes in length to fill out the performance line-up for our March 21st International Festival. There are two great ways you can help make our International Festival performances even more amazing:

  1. Teach a dance and/or song(s) from your culture to a group of Puesta Del Sol students.
  2. Already have a student or students with a unique and entertaining cultural act ready to shine on stage?

Details about the International Festival and submission guidelines are available on the PTA website. Anyone interested please email internationalfestival@puestadelsolpta.org no later than Nov 1st.

Initiative 1351

The PTA cannot encourage a yes or no vote. But we do encourage everyone to vote in general and we are required to present both sides.  Below are resources to describe both the pro and con position.  The Washington Policy Center's Citizens guide to Initiative 1351 can be found here. The Washington Research Council's position can be found here. A report from the Washington State Office of Financial Management can be found here. The I-1351 website is here.

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!

SOS/EFE Opportunities in November
The International Spanish Academy (ISA) Committee is new as of the 2014/2015 school year.  It exists as part of the Puesta del Sol Elementary PTA but will serve all three ISA programs: Puesta del Sol Elementary, Tillicum Middle School and Newport High School. 

Click here for two Spanish Cultural Language Opportunities for SOS/EFE.

Help us to Honor our Veterans

November 1 - Pictures Due 

Our next school assembly is November 4 where we will be celebrating Veterans Day with a photo presentation of veterans from the families and extended families of our students and staff. We would like to include a digital photo and short description of a veteran in your family (name, military branch, any rank, etc.). To honor the diverse heritage of the families of our students and staff, please include any photos of veterans who may have served countries outside of the US. By November 1, please send digital photos and accompanying information to Teacher Sandra DeMate at demates@bsd405.org. 

Notes from the Library
Global Reading Challenge forms are due in by Thursday, November 6th.  Link to the form can be found on the PTA website.

School Clinic: Donations Needed

The school clinic is in need of boys and girls clothing sizes 5 to 10.  Any donations would be appreciated.  Pants/undies/socks/t-shirts only.  No coats or jammies. For ease of use, elastic waistbands are preferable.

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

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

Bellevue Schools Foundation: 
Pick Up the Phone to Go All in for Kids!

More than 200 volunteers are needed to make calls during the Foundation's annual Phonathon! Gifts made during the Phonathon fund important programs and activities that make a difference for every student in Bellevue's schools.


Volunteering is a great way to learn about the Foundation and meet others who care about public education. Training is provided and food will be available for all volunteers. Share the opportunity with high school students and clubs as well - students can get community service hours and clubs bringing ten volunteers including at least one adult are eligible to receive a grant of $200 (limited space is available, so sign up soon!).


Interested? Contact Megan Elmer megan@bsfdn.org or 425.456.4063) to learn more or sign up.


  • Calls - Nov. 3-6 (Mon-Thu) 5:00-8:30 p.m. each day
  • Mailing Party - Nov. 10 (Mon), start time 10:00 a.m.,
    may go until 3 p.m.
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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