NOVEMBER 21, 2014 * ISSUE 11212014

Upcoming Important Dates

11/21Deadline for Yearbook Sun Art Submissions
11/25Passport Check Day
11/27 & 28No School - Thanksgiving Holiday
12/4PTA Board Meeting 6:30pm
12/10Reflections Art Gallery Night
12/11ISA Parent Education Night
12/16Passport Check Day
12/19Deadline for recipe submissions for PTA Cookbook
12/22 - 1/2Winter Break
California Pizza Kitchen Dining for Dinero Event

TODAY through November 23, 2014 - Dine All Day Long


Featured Vendors - Save Your Receipts!


CPK BELLEVUE LOCATION: 595 106th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004

PEAKS: All locations   


How to Participate?  Enter Your Receipt Below.
  • Dine at a chosen restaurant on a Dining for Dinero dateHang onto your receipt - you will need it!
  • You must submit your receipt within 1 week from the date of dining.
  • Using your receipt, please enter the following information in the form below: 
    • restaurant-location
    • ticket/bill number
    • total bill (including tax, before gratuity), 
    • and classroom teacher(s).
  • Alternately you can submit it at:
  • Press Submit

Do You Like To Cook?

Deadline for recipe submissions: Friday, December 19th


Does your family have a favorite recipe? Send it our way!! See below for what Course to choose from!


Coming this Spring, we are very excited to announce that Puesta del Sol PTA's very first cookbook will be available! 


It will be full of family recipes, feature each grade's art work and represent our wonderfully diverse community here at Puesta del Sol.  We are hoping that all families, teachers and Amities will take a few minutes to be a part of this wonderful project!  To participate: Each grade has been assigned a course to represent in the book. Simply locate your child's grade and course below and start thinking of your family's favorite to submit.  Email your recipe to by December 19, 2014!













Main Dish




Teacher's Favorite


We hope all of you will take the time to contribute to this fun project for our school!


**Depending on the number of submissions, we cannot guarantee all of the recipes will make the printed version of the cookbook**

Earn Money for Puesta del Sol just by shopping!

Puesta del Sol earns money when you register and use your grocery cards at Fred Meyer, Bartell Drugs, and Safeway.  If you intend to ramp up your shopping over the next two months, please register your grocery cards beforehand.   

  • Fred Meyer Customers: Click here to register your Fred Meyer Rewards Card.  
  • Bartell Drugs and Safeway Customers: Click here and register all of your loyalty cards.  Safeway purchases must be made with cash, debit, or check.  
  • If you need to find out your Safeway Club card number, call (877) SAFEWAY.
    If you need to find out your Fred Meyer Rewards card number, call 866-518-2686.

Start CLIPPING and SAVING Box Tops!

The new year will bring another Puesta del Sol Box Top competition between grade levels. Start saving those Box Tops from your holiday shopping so your kiddos can bring them to school once the competition begins. Look for details in a future El Sol edition.

Yearbook Sun Art Photo Drawing and Contest

Entries due TODAY!
Be on the look-out for the yearbook artwork paper in your child's binder this week. Have your child color their best picture of a "SUN", making sure to only draw and color in the designated square. Make sure their name and teacher's name is at the top of the page. Then, return the artwork to main office on or before Friday, November 21, 2014, to be included in the school yearbook.  Have fun drawing!

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 
  • Foods of the World 
  • and more!

For more information on volunteer opportunities for International Night, click hereIf interested in leading a committee or if you would like to help out in any of these or other areas email

2015 Math Olympiad Applications Now Available!

Is your 5th Grader looking for a fun and challenging way to stretch their math abilities and interests? Math Olympiad is an advanced-level statewide middle school math competition for 5th Grade Students! 
From January through April, students meet twice a week on Monday and Thursday mornings from 7:55 - 8:50am and then using all the knowledge and skills they have developed students compete in a statewide math competition on May 2, 2015.
Applications are now available: Download the registration form, application, and citizenship contract and learn more on the Math Olympiad Site.
Math Olympiad fulfills the math component of Academic Challenge.

5th Grade Families - Photos Needed!

ATTENTION 5th Grade Families! We need your child's photos for the graduation movie! Please send us

  • 1 to 2 baby/toddler picture(s)
  • 1 to 2 current extracurricular activity picture(s) 

Photos can be emailed to Emmy Park. We would like to have them before Winter Break - Gracias! Please contact Emmy for details or to RSVP: or (206) 218-7136. 

Needed: Volunteer Coordinator

The PTA Board of Directors needs help assisting committees in attracting volunteers using multiple resources such as the PTA website volunteer reports and creating Signup Genius events. Can be done from home on your own. 4-5 hours a month. Year Round. Please contact if you are interested.

Needed: Laminating Volunteers

We need 2-4 volunteer parents who would be interested in learning how to use the laminator and be in charge of laminating twice each week.  Time commitment is flexible in terms of what days/times. Please contact if you are interested.  

TechVentures coming 2015!


The Puesta del Sol PTA will be sponsoring TechVentures to teach an 8 week coding class after school on Thursdays; 3:30-5:00.  This will be available for students in 3rd -5th grade.  Look for registration information in the El Sol coming in December.   Cost will be $198.


You can find out more about the coding class here.  Thank you!

Smart with Art Holiday Gift Making Workshops
Tuesday, December 2nd & Tuesday December 9th
3:30 - 5:30pm, Art Room 


For Grades K-5. Workshops are single sessions and projects are repeated each time. Create artful gifts for the winter holidays! Join us for a special two-hour workshop, as we create two handmade, fine art gifts that are sure to become keepsakes! Each project will be gift wrapped, ready for giving for the winter holiday season. Kids will have fun getting creative and enjoy getting into the gift-giving spirit!

FREE TUITION! First come/first serve for one parent who volunteers for the workshop. Please visit our website to sign up. 

Flamenco Casa Patas in Seattle!
November 21 & 22

Don't miss the wonderful opportunity to see The Flamenco Casa Patas at the Seattle Symphony, on November 21 at 8:00pm and November 22 at 2:00pm and 8:00pm. This world renown Flamenco group came to Puesta del Sol for an assembly last year. There are seats still available! Find more information on their website.

The Casa Patas Flamenco Foundation presents:  Flamendo de plomo y cobre - Flamencos of Lead and Copper.


Two artists, tow hefty weights, two souls, two destinies, two bodies, two metallic elements, two gazes... lead and copper, conductive of the hazy and the electric, of the intimate and of the grand, come together to fuse into the eternity of what is flamenco.


Flamenco of Lead and Copper, engages us into recollecting our most profound memories, and our most primitive traditions, to gently glide us, almost without noticing, toward the fluid element which is flamenco, take us on an exciting journey where the suppleness of movements and malleability of rhythms blend with the voices of the metals that will bring us to the present, to our contemporary reality. 

ISA Parent Education Night

Thursday, December 11th, 7:00 - 9:00pm

Our first parent education night, The Immersion Experience: ISA, Testing and Language Acquisition is scheduled for Thursday, December 11, 7:00 - 9:00pm at Newport High School Performing Arts Auditorium. This event is open to all parents or older students of the ISA program from all three schools - Puesta del Sol, Tillicum, and Newport.

Notes from the Library
University Book Store Book Fair
Saturday & Sunday, December 6th & 7th


The annual University Book Store Book Fair will be held at the downtown Bellevue store on Saturday and Sunday, December 6th and 7th.  Light up your holidays by buying a great book as a gift or as a Birthday Book Club donation!  There will be lots of Spanish books available and fun activities throughout the day on Saturday. 


Bellevue Schools Foundation Grants

I am thrilled to announce that the library is benefitting from three Bellevue School Foundation grants!  

  • On Wednesday, December 3rd at 9:30 in the gym, the Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades will watch a Book It! Theatre bilingual presentation of La Mariposa.  
  • We will be adding over $400 worth of Spanish eBooks to our collection targeted for intermediate grades
  • In April,  all grades will get to hear from visiting author Liz Rusch.  Thank you Bellevue Schools Foundation!!

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are still needed for the following classes during their library time:  

  • Sra. Hinton Thursday 11:10 to 11:50, and 
  • Sra. Chaparro Friday 10:30 to 11:10.  
  • Volunteers are also needed for shelving books and covering new books - drop by any time

Volunteers are needed to run the laminating machine twice a week on a regular basis, email Sra. Brody at if you are interested in this project. 

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 
Bellevue Schools Foundation

Music in the Schools

Tuesday, November 25th, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

WISC - Rainier Room 


Research consistently shows a strong correlation between participation in music programs and high academic achievement. Music education also provides students with many benefits outside the classroom. Join Visual & Performing Arts Curriculum Developer Mark Wilbert to learn about the opportunities available for music education in Bellevue schools, how our music programs compare to others across the country, and why music is such an important part of a well-rounded education.


Complimentary lunch will be provided by the Bellevue Schools Foundation. Please register in advance by clicking here.


This event is part of Education Connections, a speaker series put on for the community by the Bellevue Schools Foundation.



Remember to Use Bellevue Schools Foundation's Amazon Link!


When you're shopping on this holiday season and year-round, don't forget to click through the link on Bellevue Schools Foundation's website to reach or simply click here.

When you shop with this link, Amazon will donate approximately 8% of your purchase to the Foundation at no cost to you. Clicking through the link really does make a difference for Bellevue kids!

Click the Links Below
to Sign Up

Amity Interns at
Puesta del Sol 

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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