DECEMBER 19, 2014 * ISSUE 12192014

Upcoming Important Dates

12/22 - 1/2Winter Break
1/5 - 1/11Dining for Dinero El Tapatio
1/5 - 1/11Dining for Dinero Peaks Frozen Yogurt
1/21PTA Principal Coffee
1/23Deadline for 5th Grade PTA Cookbook Cover Artwork & Recipe Submissions
3/18PTA Principal Coffee

Attention All 5th Graders: Cookbook Cover Contest!

Deadline for artwork submissions is Friday, January 23


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 23, 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 Cookbook: UPDATE & EMAIL CORRECTION!!

Deadline extended for all submissions to January 23 


We have EXTENDED the Recipe Submission, 5th Grade Cover Contest and Sponsorship Program deadline to January 23rd.  Now you have time to think about your family's favorite meals and get creative over the winter break.  Please note these recipes DO NOT have to be Spanish cuisine just your family's favorites...kid tested & family approved.  If you would like to send in additional recipes outside of your assigned "Course", we will add it if there is room in that category.  Check out the PTA website for details on this wonderful project! 



Please note the CORRECT email address to send your recipes is unfortunately previous announcements listed the wrong email.  If you did not receive a confirmation email back after submitting a recipe, please resend.  Also to make things even easier we now have an online submission form. Check it out!


This cookbook is going to be amazing with everyone's participation!  Please take the time to submit something on behalf of your student!













Main Dish




Teacher's Favorite


SUBMIT BY FRIDAY, January 23rd!

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..

Reflection Winners and Information

Thank you to all 128 students who participated.  It was a joy to see how creative our young people can be!  Out of the 128 entries, 24 of them are moving on to the District level and then hopefully State level!


Alana M.

Ariel T.

Ashley H-W

Bennett N.

Charlie R

Elsa N.

Emi  H.

Gabriella I.

Hudson R.

Faith L.

Braden K.

Gwyneth C.

Aidan J.

Issac M.

Tai T.

Coco M.

Dakota S.

Sawyer G.

Sophia T.Theresa P.Trinity L.

Vienne B.

Zoe W.



Come view the winners' work!


When: January 8th from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm and January 9th from 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Rainier Room at WISC (the Wilburton Instructional Service Center)


The program honoring the entries that are judged to move onto the state level will be held from 7 pm - 8:30 pm, Friday, January 9th.  Refreshments will be provided. The Reflections Committee will have results from the District by January 6 or 7th and will send an email to any entries from our school that are continuing to move on. 


Any artwork that did not move on can be picked up from the PTA office after school until January 9th.  The Reflections Committee is looking for volunteers to help students find their art to take with them. 


Have questions?  Email

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

Fiesta Latina: Latin-American Dancing Lessons Taught in Spanish

Session 2 begins January 8, 2015


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. 


Registration: Click here to register.


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.

New Session of Hands on Equations

New session starts Tuesday, January 13!


Hands on Equations is a fun math enrichment class for students in grades 3-5!  Students learn algebraic concepts concretely through the use of manipulatives.  Fulfills 7 hours of math requirement for Academic Challenge.  Classes will be on Tuesdays, Jan. 13th-March 10th (7 classes total), no class Feb. 10th or 17th.  Cost:  $70. Financial assistance is available, please visit the PTA website for details.See math enrichment webpage for more specific details, or sign up now!


Please click here for more information.


Register for the Spring Session of Bomba del Sol!

Fridays, 3:30 - 4:30, beginning January 16th


What: Bomba is a traditional musical style from Puerto Rico, which features a vibrant interaction between drummers and dancers. Students learn new rhythms and develop creative movement as soloists and group performers. The class is taught by Maestro Otoquí Reyes and Maestra Naomi Vázquez and conducted in Spanish. Class size is limited to 20 students.  


When: Session 2 - 13 classes beginning Friday, Jan 16th ending on Friday, Apr 24th from 3:30-4:30pm


Where: Gymnasium (PTA-member parents are available to guide students to location for first 1-2 classes)


Cost: $195 - total of 10 classes and 3 performances session.


To Register: Click hereQuestions? Click here for more details or contact

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

5th Grade Parents: We Need Your Child's Pictures!

We need YOUR child's pictures for the Graduation movie!

Please take the time to look for the following pictures and submit them before winter break!
  • 1-2 baby/toddler year pictures
  • 1-2 extracurricular activity pictures (outside of school)
Please email them to

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

Mark Your Calendars!

Cynthia Tobias, January 15, 6:30pm - Library


The Puesta del Sol PTA will be hosting a special guest speaker on January 15.  Best-selling author, Cynthia Tobias will be speaking on learning styles, "Getting to Know the Way they Learn, a Practical Look at Learning Style Strengths".  Cynthia's books include The Way They Learn, The Way Every Child Can Succeed, Bringing out the Best in Your Child, Do You Know What I Like About You?, You Can't Make Me (But I Can be Persuaded), and  I Hate School!  Don't miss it!  6:30 pm, January 15 in the Puesta del Sol library.

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.  

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.





January 5 - 11 

El Tapatio * Factoria Location


Peaks Frozen Yogurt Bar
All Locations 




12821 SE 38th St, Bellevue, 98006


How to Participate?  Details at: 

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.




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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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