NOVEMBER 28, 2014 * ISSUE 11282014

Upcoming Important Dates

12/4PTA Board Meeting 6:30pm
12/6 & 12/7UW Bookfair Event
12/10Reflections Art Gallery Night
12/11School Board Visit
12/11ISA Parent Education Night
12/16Passport Check Day
12/19Deadline for recipe submissions for PTA Cookbook
12/22 - 1/2Winter Break
Bellevue School Board Visit
Thursday, December 11th, 9:00 - 9:30am


The Bellevue School Board will be visiting Puesta del Sol. Board members will be available to meet with parents in our library from 9:00 - 9:30 a.m.  This is an informal opportunity to ask questions and share your perspectives as a parent in our district. 

Playworks: Parent Volunteers Needed

Kelley Lee, our Dean of Students is in need of parent volunteers to assist during lunch recess/every day with Playworks implementation.  She needs two parents that are perhaps teachers and interested in committing to working with students during lunch recess. Please email if you are interested.
Emergency Committee: Volunteers Needed
Kelley Lee, our Dean of Students, is creating an Emergency Committee.  Meetings would take place once a month.  Parents would work with teachers in regard to their emergency bin/inventory, check that forms are correct and current, etc.  Timeline on that would be no more than a couple of hours to initially put things in place.  After that just a half an hour here and there during the school year to ensure that process is in place (under the directive of the Dean).  Please email if you are interested.

Remember to Submit your Dining for Dinero Receipts!

*There's still time to enter your receipts for California Pizza Kitchen and Peaks!  Enter your information here by November 30th.* 

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**

Bellevue Magic Season Ice Skating Fundraiser

November 28 - January 11


Ice skating, at the Bellevue Downtown Park, just south of Bellevue Square mall, opens to the public on Friday, November 28 and closes on Sunday, January 11.  Admission to the rink is $12/person (includes skate rental), $9/person for those eight and under. 

  • $3 from every paying visitor from Puesta del Sol will be given to the PTA at the end of the season. 
  • You must notify the rink staff upon paying that you are with Puesta del Sol. 

Families can make it a night of holiday fun with a visit to Snowflake Lane at The Bellevue Collection and stroll through Garden d'Lights at the Bellevue Botanical Garden. More information about the Bellevue Magic Season can be found here..

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.

RAD Challenge Yields Over 500,000 Reading Minutes!

Congratulations on finishing up RAD, our school's 6-week reading challenge! Students from across the school have enjoyed reading countless stories and books, and our hope is that the habit of reading for pleasure will carry on and become a life-long treasure. While it is not about "the minutes," it is amazing to see that our school has read over 500,000 minutes in the past six weeks and that is not even our final total!

Thank you to all of the volunteers who went into the classrooms each week to read aloud to our students.
Books should come home with your student next week, and stand-out readers will be recognized at the assembly on December 2. Lee Más!" 

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.  

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. 

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 
Click the Links Below
to Sign Up

TODAY through December 7th,
Dine All Day Long

Featured Vendors


Ooba Tooba:
12821 SE 38th St, Bellevue, 98006

PEAKS: All locations  

Click here to enter your dining receipt information or for more information about Dining for Dinero.


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.)


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PTA's New Online Directory!
Information about the directory
can be found here.



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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.


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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