MARCH 13, 2015 * ISSUE 031315

Upcoming Important Dates

3/13No School
3/18PTA Principal Coffee
3/18Skate King Afternoon
3/19Picture Day for New or Missing Students and Groups
3/20Deadline for Purchasing Mariners' Tickets
3/21International Festival
3/27Last Day to Order Yearbooks
4/1Science Fair
4/2PTA General Membership Meeting, SPEAKER, Elections and Budget approval
4/6-10Spring Break
4/15Music Concert for 1st and 2nd Graders
4/15Registration begins for Arabian Nights play
4/18Night at the Mariners' Game
4/22Music Concert for 3rd and 4th Graders
Skate King Afternoon!  
Wednesday, March 18th from 2:30 - 4:30pm
  • 2301 140th Ave NE, Bellevue
  • Come meet and skate with other Puesta del Sol families at our March Skate King Afternoon!
  • 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!

PTA/Principal Coffee

Wednesday, March 18, 9:05am in the Gym


Join Sr. Jonathan Shearer and Heather Edlund (BSD Curriculum Director) for a presentation and Q&A on this spring's Smarter Balanced Assessments for grades 3-5. Bring your questions and wear your green!


Wear Cultural Clothing To International Festival!

Saturday, March 21st 4:00pm, Newport High School


Families are invited to attend International Festival wearing cultural dress/clothing representative of different heritage and cultural traditions. Tickets are still available (details below). We look forward to seeing you!

Buy your tickets to see our talented students perform cultural dances, songs, and music! We will also have a Bake Sale with yummy goodies donated by wonderful Puesta del Sol families.


Venue: Newport High School
Date: Saturday, 3/21/2015
Time: Doors open at 4:00pm, show starts at 4:30pm
Price: $5/seat (Infants 0 to 11 months are free if they will be on an adult lap)

Limited seating, first come first serve.
Allow extra time for ticket pick-up at Will Call on day of event.


Calling All Bakers - International Festival Needs You! 

Saturday, March 21st, Newport High School


The International Festival will be hosting a Bake Sale on Saturday, March 21. Please contact Koan Maurer at if you are able to donate sweets (or savories) to our bake sale. 

Items can be dropped off in the PTA office on Friday, March 20 (look for the big labeled bin). Items can also be dropped off at the Bake Sale Table on the day of the event.
  • Please no peanuts or peanut butter in the baked goods. 
  • Packaged candy or other snacks is also welcome for those with severe allergies.
  • Items need to be individually wrapped and will be sold for only $1
  • Anyone handling cash (selling) must be a member of the PTA


Yearbook Orders: Deadline Approaching!

Deadline for ordering a 2014-2015 yearbook is Friday, March 27


Make sure to get your 2014-2015 yearbook ordered before Friday, 3/27.  There will be no ordering available after this date, as the yearbook will go to print with pre-purchased orders only.  To order, please click here - you'll be prompted to login to your PTA account.


If you don't remember if you ordered, please login into your account here and look at your Orders.


Or, if you have questions, or would like to order by cash or check, please email before the March 27 deadline. 


Science Fair is coming! 

The Science Fair is Wednesday, April 1, starting at 5:00 (K-1) and 5:30 (2-5)


Sign up to Volunteer!  

In order to present the science fair, it's expected that each participating student's family has at least one adult volunteer for 30-45 minutes during the event. In addition to bakers and food sales, volunteer shifts are available for room monitors, judges, greeters, setup, tear-down, photographers and the scavenger hunt.   Sign up here, and if you have any questions, please e-mail James Dooley at

Tired of the nagging & arguing over homework and chores? Attend the PTA meeting for answers!
Thursday, April 2nd 
Are you tired of the nagging & arguing over homework and chores?  Award winning educator and author Margit Crane will talk about the 3 myths even savvy parents  believe that keep your children discouraged and de-motivated. She calls it the no nagging, no yelling, no begging
approach to homework and chores.

Parents will learn about her theory of the 3 different kinds of motivation, how to create environments that promote focus, what to do about meltdowns and tantrums, how to create rules that work, and when and how much to help their kids with schoolwork and chores.

Puesta del Sol Night at the Mariner's

Saturday, April 18 6:10 PM, $12/ticket

Join us for a night at Safeco when the Mariners host the Texas Rangers. 

  • Pay online with a credit card or by check with a paper order using flyers sent home the week of February 23rd 
  • Sorry, no checks for online orders
  • Drop paper orders in the PTA box at the front office.
  • Questions?  Contact Lisa Noell
  • ORDERS DUE BY March 20th in order to secure our block of seats together.  No refunds available for this event.


Save the Date: Arabian Nights Student Play

Puesta del Sol drama club and Studio East will be presenting our own 4th and 5th grade students in Arabian Nights June 12th & 13th at 7pm. Save the date!

4th and 5th grade students are invited to join the cast. Rehearsals begin the last week of April. There will be parts for 50 cast members, first come first served. Online registration will begin April 15th and details can be found on the PTA website

Email for more information.


School Photos for Activity Groups and New/Missing Students

Thursday, March 19 after lunch


Groups & New/Missing students:

Picture Day was changed to happen only once this year (FALL); however we have added some new students and all of our School Groups formed following Picture Day.  We have secured our photographer for one more day to accommodate our missing photos.
  • We will be taking Group pictures.
  • If your student is part of a group (i.e., choir, band, marimba, patrol, etc.) please have them plan to take a group photo.
Finally, IF your Student did NOT have a photo taken in October 2014 please plan to have them take a photo.  You need to communicate back to so they can be added to the list.

Music News: Upcoming Concerts

March 19th (Thursday) Puesta  del Sol Orchestra Zone Concert @ TMS 7:30pm


March 24th (Tuesday) Choir Zone Concert @ Tillicum Middle School 7:00pm


April 15th (Wednesday) 1st grade 6pm, 2nd grade 7pm


April 22nd (Wednesday) 3rd grade 6pm, 4th grade 7pm


May 6th (Wednesday) Marimba Bands Final Concert 7pm


May 26th (Tuesday)  Puesta del Sol Band/Orchestra @ PDS Gym 7pm


Library News

Lucky Reader - March is the time of year when students often lag behind in their reading.  The weather gets better, spring is on the way and social time begins to trump reading time.  Lucky Reader is a fun way to encourage students to keep reading.  I check out a variety of books from Spanish and English fiction, nonfiction, and everybody shelves to a patron named "Lucky Reader" and then put them back on the shelves. Unknowingly, a student may choose to read one of these books and when they check out a note pops up on the computer that says it's already checked out to Lucky Reader.  Surprise!  The student checks out their book AND wins a free book to keep.  Lucky Reader runs from the 1st week of March until Spring Break.  Are you a Lucky Reader? 


Collecting ink cartridges and cell phones

We are still collecting old cell phones and empty printer cartridges of any size.  Our library gets points and cash for these items, so don't forget to collect them at your home or office and drop them off in the library.  No toner cartridges please. 

Lost and Found: Time to Purge!
Please remember to check the Lost and Found!!  All unclaimed items and clothing without names will be donated on Friday, April 3rd!!

Parent Information Night: Empathy and Education

Wednesday, March 25th, 6:30 p.m. in the Big Room at Jubilee Reach, 14200 SE 13th Place, Bellevue


A panel of experts will be discussing the importance and benefits of instilling empathy in children

  • understanding WHY instilling/practicing empathy is important (what are the benefits to the child, class and school)
  • leaving with ideas/tools of what parents can do to instill empathy
  • understanding how they can practice expressing empathy towards their child
  • knowing how it affects academics, learning, social-emotional development


Bellevue Schools Foundation : Spring For Schools Luncheon

Friday, April 24 11:00am - 1:15pm * Bellevue Hyatt Hotel

The PTA Presidents and Puesta del Sol's BSF Ambassador Koan Maurer would like to invite you to join them at the Spring For Schools Luncheon. 
Funds raised at the luncheon will support transformative pilot projects district-wide, such as the elementary STEM initiative, and support for students in need through programs like VIBES and kindergarten early literacy intervention.  Attending is a great way to see what's going on in Bellevue's public schools and learn how donors make a difference. 
If you would like to join us at one of the tables, please sign-up here.
If you're unable to attend, you may still make a contribution to help the foundation reach their goal by giving online at the Foundation's website

Special thank you to the wonderful volunteers who made Gallery Night a success! 

Thank you to:

Barbara Mullen
and Sonja Gerard, Art Appreciation Chairs,

All the Art Appreciation classroom parents
for all their hard work,

The volunteers who helped with face painting and crafts at Gallery Night.





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