JANUARY 9, 2015 * ISSUE 010915

Upcoming Important Dates

1/5 - 1/11Dining for Dinero El Tapatio
1/5 - 1/11Dining for Dinero Peaks Frozen Yogurt
1/13Skate King Night
1/13International Festival Volunteer Meeting
1/15PTA General Membership Meeting and Special Speaker Night
1/20Band/Orchestra Concert
1/21PTA Principal Coffee
1/23Deadline for 5th Grade PTA Cookbook Cover Artwork & Recipe Submissions
1/24Choir Concert
1/30Totally 80's Family Dance
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
What does "The Family Table" mean to you? Draw it and have fun creating! If you have any questions, please email cookbook@puestadelsolpta.org

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 cookbook@puestadelsolpta.org 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**


Dining for Dinero Event

Featured Vendors - Save Your Receipts!  


January 5 - 11

Factoria location



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

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..

PTA General Membership Meeting
Thursday, January 15, 6:30pm, Library

Please join us for our Winter PTA General Membership Meeting. This meeting will be followed by a Parent Educational Speaker Cynthia Tobias. Refreshments served.

Parent Educational Speaker

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.

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.



Arts and Photography Entries: Come view the winners' work!


When: 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. 


Have questions?  Email reflections@puestadelsolpta.org

Skate King Night
Tuesday, January 13 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Come meet and skate with other Puesta del Sol families at our January Skate King Night! Cost is $6/skater (in-lines $4 extra, non-skaters no charge). $1 off if you bring your own skates. No outside food or drink, cash or check only, NO CREDIT CARDS. *This is not a drop-off event!
Skate King is located at 2301 140th Ave NE, Bellevue.

Totally 80's Family Dance

Friday, January 30th 6:30 - 8:00pm


Dust off your leg warmers and tease up your hair, let's go back to the days of metal bands and neon wear! Join us for a flashback to the 80's dance party in the Puesta del Sol gym. Music by DJ Thump and prizes for Best Family Costume and more. Free admission. Refreshments and snacks will be for sale.
Volunteers needed for refreshments, set-up and clean-up. Please email Sarah Fink if interested at finksarah@hotmail.com.


Middle School Mania: What Parents Need to Know

Wednesday, January 14, 7:00pm, Tyee Middle School

For all parents of 5th-8th grade students.

Tyee Middle School is located at 13630 SE Allen Road, Bellevue, WA 98006.

Presented by Kim Estes, Founder, Savvy Parents Safe Kids.


Hormones! Eye rolls! Clamoring for more independence! Do you feel like somebody flipped the crazy switch on your kid? Oh, boy.

Now is the time to change your safety game plan! Middle school brings higher risks for kids and can often leave parents feeling overwhelmed and worried. This parenting workshop will talk you through what to expect, what you can do, and how to keep your kids safer as they move through middle school.

Cosponsored by Newport Way Library Association and Tyee Middle School PTSA.

Please register at kcls.org/programs.

Adults only. Please do not bring any students or younger siblings as there is no childcare available.

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 Bomba@puestadelsolpta.org.

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

International Festival Volunteer Meeting

Tuesday, January 13, 6:00 - 8:00pm, Library


The International Festival is underway and scheduled for

Saturday, March 21st. Please join us on Tuesday, January 13 to find out more information on volunteer opportunities for the event.

The meeting will be held in the School Library from 6:00 - 8:00PM. We hope to see you there! You can e-mail InternationalFestival@puestadelsolpta.org if you have other questions.


Library News: Sock Gather Competition

Thanks to our wonderful Student Council and the entire Puesta del Sol Community for helping with our Sock Drive for a men's shelter.  In a mere two weeks we gathered a mountain of socks - 1,317 pairs!   Sra. Toni's class brought in the most socks with 180 pairs and is the winner of the Golden Sock Award. Student Council members worked hard collecting, counting and tallying the socks from each classroom.  The shelter was overwhelmed with the donation!  Thank you for your participation and acts of kindness to those less fortunate. 

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!
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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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