DECEMBER 12, 2014 * ISSUE 12122014

Upcoming Important Dates

12/7-12/13Dining for Dinero Peaks Frozen Yogurt
12/16Passport Check Day
12/19Deadline for recipe submissions for PTA Cookbook
12/22 - 1/2Winter Break
1/16Deadline for 5th Grade PTA Cookbook Cover Artwork submissions

Attention All 5th Graders: Cookbook Cover Contest!

Deadline for artwork submissions is Friday, January 16


We invite all Puesta del Sol 5th Graders to participate  

in a contest to have your artwork on the cover of the
2015 Puesta del Sol PTA Cookbook. The cookbook will  
be published this coming Spring.
  • Cookbook Theme - "The Family Table"
  • Deadline is Friday, January 16th, 2015
  • For the details about the cover artwork contest,

Please click here to visit the PTA Cookbook webpage.

  • This contest is only open to 5th Graders.
  • A chance to have your artwork premiered on the cover!
  • A great way to have additional Puesta del Sol Legacy Artwork
  • Something fun to do over the Winter Break. 
What does "The Family Table" mean to you? Draw it and have fun creating! If you have any questions, please email

Puesta del Sol's Very First Cookbook!

Deadline for recipe submissions: Friday, December 19th


So far we have had only 9 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..

2015 - 2016 PTA Board Openings

Consider taking a leadership role by participating on the PTA Board for 2015 - 2016.  We need candidates to serve in the following open positions:

  • President
  • VP Educational Enhancement
  • VP Teacher Relations
  • VP Fundraising
  • VP Special Events
  • Deposits Treasurer
  • Secretary

Help make our school great by serving on the board.  More information on any of these available positions is available!  We would love to hear from you!   Please contact

Printed School Directory: Need an extra copy?

A limited quantity of printed directories is available Cost is $5.

  • Show Chris in the school office your check for $5 made payable to Puesta del Sol PTA 
  • Indicate "For Directory" with a note or on the memo line and place in the PTA Treasurer's box. (Located on wall in the office)
  • Chris will then give you a directory. 
NOTE: There is a limited number so be sure to check with Chris before placing your money in the Treasurer's box.
The TechVentures Coding Club registration is open! 

Thursdays beginning January 22, 3:30 - 5:00pm


What:  Programming with Scratch

Who: Students in grades 3-5

When:  Thursdays starting January 22 in Art Room; 3:30-5:00pm

Cost: $198 for 8 weeks. 


Financial Assistance may be available; please see PTA website for details.

Fulfills Academic Challenge programming requirement


Please click here to register.

For more information; please visit the PTA website.

Fiesta Latina: Latin-American Dancing Lessons Taught in Spanish

Session 2 begins January 8, 2015.  Registration Link Coming Soon! 


Session 2: Jan 8, 15, 22, 29; Feb 5, 12, 26; Mar 5  (8 classes)

Session 3:  March 12, 19, 21 (International Festival), 26; Apr 2, 16, 23, 30 (6 classes + dress rehearsal + 1 performance session)

Session 4:  May 7, 14, 21, 28; June 4, 11, 18 (7 Classes)


Cost: The cost is $15.50 per class. Session 2: $124 (siblings $112)


How can I volunteer?

At least one PTA-member Parent must always be present to take attendance and help supervise. Parent Volunteer pays a discounted registration fee of $110 for his/her child.  Please contact instructor if you wish to be parent volunteer. 


Questions? Contact instructor Angela Delahoz at  


Please visit the PTA website for more information.
Financial assistance is available, please visit the PTA website for details.

Hands on Equations for 2015

New session starts Tuesday, January 13!   Registration Link Coming Soon! 


Hands on Equations turns algebra into a game!  Students learn algebraic concepts concretely through the use of manipulatives. This gives students confidence and builds their mental math skills. Fulfills 7 hours of math requirement for Academic Challenge. Click here for more information on the method


Who: Students in grades 3-5. 

When: Tuesdays starting January 13- March 10; 7 classes, no class Feb 10 or Feb 17

Where: Library

Cost: $70

Financial assistance is available, please visit the PTA website for details.


Please 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.  

Student Council Service Project: Final Week for Sock Drive

Bring packaged socks to school by Friday, December 19

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!
University Book Fair: Thank you for your support!
Thank to everyone who dropped by the University Book Fair to purchase Spanish books!  The winner of the Book Fair Raffle is Sal Bettelli.  He wins a huge basket of books, treats and activities.  Congratulations Sal!

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.

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.


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.






December 7 - 13


All locations


12821 SE 38th St, Bellevue, 98006


How to Participate?  Details at:


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to Sign Up


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

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