DECEMBER 5, 2014 * ISSUE 12052014

Upcoming Important Dates

12/6 & 12/7UW Bookfair Event
12/7-12/11Dining for Dinero Red Robin Factoria
12/7-12/13Dining for Dinero Peaks Frozen Yogurt
12/9Math Olympiad Applications due
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. 

Community Forums on Anaphylaxis Prevention and Response Procedure
Two Community Forums on the District's Anaphylaxis Prevention and Response Procedure will be held on the following dates:

Wednesday, December 10th*

WISC Rainier Room (map)

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.


Thursday, January 15th
WISC Rainier Room (map)
6:00 - 8:00 pm

*Please note: Garden d'Lights at the Bellevue Botanical Garden will also be taking place on Dec. 10. Please plan additional time for parking. 

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.
Dining for Dinero Event

Featured Vendors - Save Your Receipts!

RED ROBIN - Factoria location 

December 7 - 11 

Marketplace at Factoria

3909 Factoria Blvd SE, Bellevue, WA 98006 



December 7 - 13

All locations


12821 SE 38th St, Bellevue, 98006 

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

Puesta del Sol's Very First Cookbook!

Deadline for recipe submissions: Friday, December 19th


So far we have had only 4 families submit recipes for the cookbook! We are hard at work putting together what will be a wonderful tradition for years to come at Puesta del Sol and we need your help to pull this off! Get your family's recipe in by December 19th to have it included in the cookbook! 

What is this cookbook?

For this year's Spring fundraiser we wanted to do something that everyone could be involved in. What better way than to compile a cookbook full of recipes from our families at the school. The cookbook will feature art work from each class and the book itself will represent our wonderfully diverse community here at Puesta del Sol.


How to participate:
Each grade has been assigned a course to represent in the book. Simply locate your child's grade and course below, pick a recipe and send it to: by December 19, 2014!













Main Dish




Teacher's Favorite


We are hoping that all families, teachers and Amities will take a few minutes to be a part of this wonderful project!!

**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

Now through January 11


Ice skating, at the Bellevue Downtown Park, just south of Bellevue Square mall, is open to the public through 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..

Save Those 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 2014: Congratulations to all Readers!

Congratulations everyone! As a school we read over 507,000 minutes! Your students should have come home with a new book this week. Keep up the good habits!


Just for fun, check out this fun music video that the students saw at the assembly Tuesday.

ˇLeer más!

2015 Math Olympiad Application Deadline

Applications due Tuesday, December 9, 2014

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.

Reflections Gallery Night

Wednesday, December 10, 6:30 - 7:30pm, Gym


You are invited to celebrate Puesta del Sol student artistry at this year's Gallery Night. Artwork not advancing to the District level can be taken home starting at 7:15pm. Come admire all the wonderfully creative entries.  Cookies and Juice will be served.   

Matching Funds for 2014

Don't forget to submit any donations for company matching by the end of the school year Friday, December 19 to be counted in this quarter!

Did you buy a Yearbook or PTA Membership?

Only if you paid by check - If you sent in a check with your child or with your First Day Forms to the main office for either Yearbook and/or PTA Membership payments, we may not have received your check. Please go through your check register and verify that any check you wrote to the PTA through the month of November has cleared. If your check hasn't cleared, we do not have it. Please fill in another paper form or go online to Yearbook and/or PTA Membership, and deposit your check directly into the PTA Payments Box in the Main Office or mail to the school Attn: Deposits Treasurer. If you have any questions, please contact 

TechVentures Coding Club

Coding Club Registration opens Friday, December 12


The PTA is sponsoring a TechVentures coding class which begins January 22, 2015. 3:30 - 5:00pm; cost is $198, confidential financial assistance is available. Look for the registration link in the El Sol next Friday, December 12th. Click here for more information. 

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

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 9th, 3:30 - 5:30pm, Art Room 


For Grades K-5. 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 please visit the Smart with Art 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.

Student Council Service Project: Sock Drive for DESC

Sock Drive kicks off TODAY!

The Puesta del Sol student council is collecting new, packaged socks for the Disaster and Emergency Service Center of Seattle (DESC). Please support this service project by donating new, packaged adult size tube socks. Click here for more information about this project. Bring donations to school - each classroom will have a collection bin - by Friday, December 19. Please help us reach our goal of 1000 bags of socks!
Support the Library!
University Book Store Book Fair
Saturday & Sunday, December 6th & 7th, 10::00am - 4:00pm

University Book Store, Bellevue

Saturday Only: Join the fun activities including face painting, story time with teachers, crafts and more!


Join Puesta del Sol Teachers, Librarian and Principal Shearer at It's Book Fair Week this weekend, December 6 and 7 at University Book Store. Shop at any University Book Store location or on-line at and earn money for your school!  All you have to do is tell the cashier your school code: PDS when you check out or type the school code: PDS into the promotional code field on the on-line checkout page.


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 

The PTA would like to give a big THANK YOU to Bekki Park for putting together the very useful Student Directory that was recently sent home with your children.
We would also like to thank
Pauline Fox for putting together our very first Online Directory. Both these tasks were big jobs and the parent/student community appreciates it greatly. Muchas gracias Bekki and Pauline!
Click the Links Below
to Sign Up


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.)


Click here to access the
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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