FEBRUARY 6, 2015 * ISSUE 020615

Upcoming Important Dates

2/12PTA Board Meeting
2/13Deadline for Kindergarten Lottery Registration
2/16 - 2/20Mid-Winter Break
2/24Passport Check Day
2/25Box Top Collection Contest Final Day
3/4Science Fair Display Boards Pick-up
3/7Science Fair Registration Deadline
3/11Art Appreciation Gallery Night
3/18PTA Principal Coffee
3/21International Festival
4/1NEW DATE Science Fair
Box Top Competition
Now through Wednesday, February 25th

Puesta del Sol's second "Box Top Collection Contest" will run thru Wednesday, February 25th. 

  • The grade level that turns in the most Box Tops during this time period will receive an extra recess!
  • Each classroom will have a collection envelope on the wall just inside the classroom door to make it easy for students to turn in their Box Tops and to ensure each grade gets credit for what they turn in.
  • If Box Tops are turned into the box in the school office, please mark the baggy/envelope with the correct grade level for credit.
Dining for Dinero Event

Featured Vendors - Save Your Receipts!  



February 1 - 8

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
Dining for Dinero Drawing Winner
The Dining for Dinero competition drawing for January was completed at the 80's dance on Friday, January 30. Sra Alvarez-Shepard's class raised the most money for this period.  The student's name that was drawn to win the $25 gift card to Tutta Bella was Adrian M. The competition continues for the Chuck E Cheese's all class party. Be sure to watch for Dining for Dinero events and log your receipts at www.pta-diningfordollars.com

Sign Up Now! K-1 Song & Dance with
Sra.Rose for International Festival

Join our wonderful Sra. Rose in her K-1 song and dance performance for the International Festival.  Classes started Feb 5th. Space is limited - click here sign up now.


Get Ready for the Science Fair!

**NEW** Wednesday, April 1, starting at 5:00 (K-1) and 5:30 (2-5)


The Puesta del Sol Science Fair is a celebration of the scientific method, providing students an enriching opportunity to explore science outside the classroom. The goal of the Science Fair is to allow students to develop a deeper appreciation for the proper method of scientific discovery. It provides a fun environment for students to solve problems and tell a story. More information is on the PTA website on the Science Fair page

Parent volunteers are needed for various support roles, including set up, judging, room monitors, tear down, photographers, greeting students, food sales and the scavenger hunt. Please choose your area of volunteering when you complete your student's online registration for the Science Fair.  

Registration for the Science Fair is now open! 

Science Fair: Tri-fold Display Boards
Available for Purchase

Wednesday, March 4th, afternoon pick-up from 12:30 to 1:30pm


WHAT: Science Fair Display Boards
Save yourself a trip and buy your tri-fold display board for the Science Fair from the committee. Pay $6/each online when you register your student, or cash in-person.
WHEN: Wednesday March 4th, afternoon pick-up from 12:30 to 1:30 or by special arrangement with Amy Ulrich (email address in directory) available at morning pick-up most days
WHERE: In PTA Office on designated days


Needed: Amity Committee Members
When? NOW! 

For the 2015-2016 school year, we will need 12 families to host our Amity interns.  If you would like to host or have questions about what is involved in hosting, please get in contact with our Amity Committee.  We would be happy to answer any questions you might have.  If you already know you would like to host an Intern,  please fill out and submit a Amity host Application. Applications for 2015-16 can be found here.


The Amity Committee is also looking for volunteers to join our committee.  If this is something you might be interested in, please contact Mary Fredericksen-  maryandjohn4@comcast.net, Stacy Weigel-Hauser-stacyhauser@hotmail.com or Laura Finger-Rossow - Rossow-l.rossow@yahoo.com


We are hoping that there will be some interested individuals that would be willing to get involved right away. As a result of doing so, you would have the opportunity to shadow the current committee members the remainder of the year. This would allow for you to be part of the recruiting process of the new interns,  and see what is involved in getting our host families lined up, and prepared to host. Next year will be the last year for two of the three current committee members.  The Amity program benefits our teacher's and kids tremendously, so we would like to prepare for the future, and form our new committee now.


Lastly, If your child is participating in the International Festival, please consider offering to drive an intern to school for practice.  Our current host families would appreciate it very much.

Save-the-Date for Art Appreciation Gallery Night!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 6:00 - 8:00pm, Gym


Come join us for our annual Art Appreciation Gallery Night!

There will be a variety of creative art projects on display from our Puesta del Sol students. Thank you to our motivated Art Appreciation Volunteers for developing art lessons every month for the classrooms. 
The 2015 PTA Cookbook Classroom Art Projects will also be on display at the Gallery Night. These wonderful projects will be auctioned off at the International Festival on March 21st, 2015. So, get an early view before they go to auction!
Come and enjoy the fun artwork and refreshments. Thank you for your support! If you have any questions, please contact us at artappreciation@puestadelsolpta.org.

Robotics Club at Puesta del Sol

Beginning March 3rd

The club will meet every Tuesday afternoon for 8 weeks. 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders are welcome to apply. The 4th and 5th graders will work with the Mindstorm Lego sets where they will learn how to build and program a robot. They will also have the chance to mentor the 3rd graders, if they have experience. The 3rd graders will be doing the WeDo Lego kits, which will teach them in a more simple way how to build and program a robot. Students need to be comfortable using Legos and computers. They do not need to have any experience building or programming robots. Students will need to fill out the application if they want to apply. 

  • The deadline for the application is due on February 13th by the end of the school day. Any late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Space is limited, so if there are more than our allotted number, a lottery will be drawn.  
  • The cost is $100 and the money goes towards everything for the robotics program here at Puesta del Sol. 
  • Senora Tomihama and Senora McFarlane will be running it.  If you have questions please email Senora Tomihama at tomihamag@bsd405.org. 

Student Council News

Phoenix Drawing Competition


Please continue to send phoenix designs for our spirit wear clothing.  The competition will end on February 13th. Projects should be turned in to the Puesta del Sol Library. Student Council will pick their favorite design and then turn all designs over to the PTA. You could be the lucky winner and see your design on our spirit wear!! Deadline for submissions is February 13th. 

Next Week is Spirit Week: February 9th - 13th


Student Council has put together an amazing Spirit Week. Get ready to participate in a glorious week of activities:  

MondayCrazy Hair Day
TuesdayTwin Day
WednesdayTalent/Show and Tell Day
ThursdayPajama Day
FridaySecret Pal Day

 A huge thank you to Sarah Fink and Sandra Andrews for all the help with the Totally 80's dance!!
It was a fabulous dance with lots of great music and costumes from everyone!! We can't wait till the
next dance!!

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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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.