MARCH 20, 2015 * ISSUE 032015

Upcoming Important Dates

3/21International Festival
3/27Last Day to Order Yearbooks
3/31Passport Check Day
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
PTA General Membership Meeting, Elections,
Budget, and Speaker

Thursday, April 2, 6:30pm Library


We have a lot to cover this time and we NEED YOU to be there!

  • Please help us elect our new slated board (see below)
  • Come view and discuss 2015-2016 budget. We are tightening our belts and need your input before we finalize it. This is your opportunity to give your feedback.
  • Final budget will be approved at a Special General Membership Meeting TBD.
  • We also have a very special Parent Educational Speaker (see below) and we would like to give her a warm welcome and audience. Please come and support her. 

The PTA Board of Directors


Nominations for Puesta del Sol PTA Board 2015-2016
Voting takes place on April 2 at the PTA meeting in the Library

2015-2016 Board Elections will take place on April 2. The 2014-2015 Puesta del Sol PTA Nominating Committee places the following names in nomination for the 2015-16 Puesta del Sol PTA Board Election.



James Kwon


Sabrina Pinto

Payables Treasurer

Tamzin Anderson

Deposits Treasurer

Megan Reed


Renee Hainu

Co-VP of Administrative Support

Lisa Blizzard

Co-VP of Administrative Support

Annie Robinson

Co-VP of Fundraising

Mary Castillo

Co-VP of Fundraising

Leslie Novotny

VP of Special Events

Humaira Jackson

VP of Educational Enhancement

Mark Combs

VP of Teacher Relations

Laura Dooley


The Nominating Committee has confirmed that all nominees have been a member of the PTA for at least 30 days prior to the election, and meet other requirements as astated in the Washington State PTA Uniform Bylaws.

Respectfully Submitted,

Humaira Jackson

Erin Gregov

Mendi Carroll

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.

International Festival SOLD OUT!
Ticket pick-up Friday or Saturday

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

  • Tickets have sold out. 
  • Ticket pick-up: come to the Puesta Gym on Friday 3/29, 2:30pm-3:45pm OR
  • Tickets can be picked up at the Will Call table at the event on Saturday.
  • Families are invited to attend International Festival wearing cultural dress/clothing representative of different heritage and cultural traditions. 
The International Festival is an opportunity 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. We look forward to seeing you!


Venue: Newport High School
Date: Saturday, 3/21/2015
Time: Doors open at 4:00pm, show starts at 4:30pm


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 NUTS, peanut butter, or nut butter in the baked goods. 
  • Packaged snacks are also welcome for those with severe allergies.  (potential allergens:  dairy, soy, wheat, nuts, & egg)
  • Items need to be individualy wrapped and will be sold for $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. 


Spring Session of TechVentures Coding Club at Puesta del Sol

Registration begins Tuesday, March 24th

  • Scratch: Intro to Games and Animations, Introductory and Intermediate
  • Grades:  2, 3, 4 
  • Thursdays, 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm 
  • 8 weeks:   April 16 - June 4 
  • Cost: $198/student

Online Registration  will open on Tuesday, March 24th at 9am.

Click here for information on available confidential financial assistance.


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

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.


Academic Challenge: Final Form due in April
Final forms are due Friday, April 24th

Final forms for the Academic Challenge are due Friday, April 24, 2015. All forms for book reports, computer programming, math, typing, and the final submission form should be either stapled together or sealed in an envelope. There will be a box located in the school office beginning Monday, April 20th.  No late work will be accepted.

Attending the International Festival? See students' multicultural projects created for the Academic Challenge displayed at the Festival on March 21, 2015!. We are impressed with our students' participation, creativity, and understanding of so many countries - we can't wait to share them with everyone!

Questions? Please email Jessica or Melissa at

Attention 5th grade parents! Teacher Tea is coming!

Wednesday, April 29 1:30-3:30 pm 


This is a fun opportunity for 5th graders to serve their teachers and show their appreciation. Interested in being part of the planning committee? Please contact Emmy Park at


PHOTOS STILL NEEDED OF YOUR CHILD FOR THE 5th GRADE MOVIE We need 1-2 baby/toddler photos and 1-2 extracurricular activity photos. Please email photos to 


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.


Music News: Upcoming Concerts

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!!

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

Upcoming Free Parent Education Classes

March 25th
Empathy and Education presented by Camp Kindness Counts
6:30 p.m. in the Big Room at Jubilee Reach
14200 SE 13th Place, Bellevue


Presenters: Cubba Reese, MSW, Parent Educator at Bellevue College Parent Ed. Program & Uzma Butte, MA, Director and Owner of Spectrum Academy will be discussing the following:

  • Understand WHY instilling/practicing empathy is important. What are the benefits to the child, class and school? 
  • Ideas/tools of what parents/teachers can do to instill empathy.
  • Understanding how you can practice expressing empathy towards your child.
  • How does practicing empathy affect academics, learning and social-emotional development?

April 1st
Bellevue Schools Foundation / VIBES Volunteering presented by the Bellevue Schools Foundation
6:30 p.m. in the Big Room at Jubilee Reach

14200 SE 13th Place, Bellevue


Representatives from the Bellevue Schools Foundation will be discussing the following:

  • What is the Bellevue Schools Foundation?
  • Why is it important to our community?
  • What initiatives and programs does the Bellevue Schools Foundation support and fund?
  • What is the VIBES program?
  • Different ways the community can be involved and why it is so critical right now.

April 15th
Cafecitos con la comunidad Latinapresented by Eastside Latino Leadership Form (ELLF)
6:30 p.m. in the Big Room at Jubilee Reach

14200 SE 13th Place, Bellevue


Una oportunidad para platicar de las oportunidades, preocupaciones o preguntas que existen en nuestra comunidad. Tendremos chocolate y pan dulce.

April 22nd
Early Childhood presented by Paula Steinke, Childcare Resources
6:30 p.m. in the Big Room at Jubilee Reach

14200 SE 13th Place, Bellevue


Paula Steinke, Childcare Resources will be presenting on the importance of Early Childhood discussions with parents.  These discussions will help children be ready for Kindergarten.

April 29th
Brightspace, presented by Eric Ferguson, Director of CTE and Instructional Technology, Bellevue School District
6:30 p.m. in the Big Room at Jubilee Reach

14200 SE 13th Place, Bellevue


Eric Ferguson, Director of CTE and Instructional Technology, Bellevue School District, will be presenting on the following about Brightspace:

  • What is Brightspace?
  • How to access the site?
  • What information is on the site?




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