APRIL 17, 2015 * ISSUE 04172015

Upcoming Important Dates

4/19Sunday: Online Auction for Cookbook Arts ends 9:00pm
4/20-4/24Academic Challenge final submissions due
4/22Music Concert for 3rd and 4th Graders
4/24Bellevue Schools Foundation Luncheon
4/29Fifth Grade Teacher Tea
5/4-5/8Staff Appreciation Week
5/6Marimba Bands Final Concert, 7:00pm
5/26Puesta del Sol Band/Orchestra, 7:00pm
5/28Skate King - CANCELLED
5/28PTA Special General Membership Meeting, 6:30pm
6/12 & 6/13Drama Club Performance "Arabian Nights"
Online Cookbook Art Auction (and MORE)
has started! 
You don't want to miss our Online Art Auction and MORE that ends this Sunday at 9:00pm

Don't miss the opportunity to take home the beautiful art projects that each class created for the PTA Cookbook and other fun options!  The online auction is off to a great start, but there is still art, experiences and food to bid on to support our students.  Bids closes this Sunday, April 19th at 9:00pm.  So start your bidding now at Spring Cookbook Art Auction!


The Online Auction includes:

  1. Each Class' Cookbook Art Project* All art is beautifully framed or printed on canvas.* The winning bid will also receive a FREE copy of "The Family Table" Cookbook!  
  2. "Teacher Experiences" from our amazing teachers and principal
  3. "Mamasita & Margaritas", Mom's Night Out
  4. $50 Gift Cards - Take the family to dinner at Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria
  5. Tax Deductible "Cash Donation Options" to support next year's programs that ALL our students love!!


Don't miss any of the fun and go to Spring Cookbook Art Auction now to bid or make a Cash Donation!  Thank you!

Order the PTA Cookbook Today!

Help Support our Students by Ordering "The Family Table" Cookbook Online

Please show your support for all the education enhancement programs that our students love by purchasing this beautiful cookbook! A 100% of the proceeds go to support next year's programs! To do this our goal is to sell 400 Cookbooks and to date we have 61 pre-order...thank you! We still need 339 more orders. We've extended the deadline for pre-order, so think about order an extra as a gift! 

Pre-Sales End April 22nd - $20/cookbook 
Regular Sale start April 23rd - $25/cookbook 

Find out more on the PTA Cookbook page  on our website. Thank you for supporting the PTA and all the Educational Enhancement Programs at Puesta del Sol with each purchase!!
4th and 5th Graders - Love to sing, dance or act? Drama Club needs you!

Studio East and your PTA are seeking 50 students for this year's play - Arabian Nights.  It's a series of fun vignettes including some singing and dancing and a lot of laughs. The first 50 students registered get a part - no experience necessary! Rehearsals begin with Auditions on April 27th and continue after school Monday, Tuesday, Thursday (with some Wednesdays and Fridays) through the production on June 12th and 13th at Newport High.  Don't worry if you have a couple of weekly commitments - conflicts provided up front are excused absences from regular rehearsals.  There are, however, 6 mandatory rehearsals. Note the important dates below:


Register now!


Mandatory Parent Meeting

April 20th @ 7:00 pm in the Puesta del Sol Library


April 27th & 28th.  Sign your child up for their 45 min group sessions at the parent meeting.

Mandatory Rehearsals (ALL CAST)

April 30th & May 4th 3:30 - 6:00 pm @ Puesta del Sol

June 8th & 9th 3:30 - 6:30 pm @ Puesta del Sol

June 10th & 11th 4:00 - 7:15pm @ Newport High School


Friday, June 12th and Saturday June 13th at 7:00 pm


Check out the drama club page for details. Contact drama@puestadelsolpta.org with additional questions


PTA Sponsored Spanish Summer Camps

Priority registration for Puesta del Sol students now
through May 18th. Final Registration through June 22nd at 11:05am  


Register NOW


Practice your Spanish this summer and have fun with Puesta del Sol teachers.  Full Day and Half Day camps available.  New this year:  English reading crash course with Sra. Perez designed for incoming 3rd and 4th graders. Check out the schedule of camps on the PTA website. Priority registration will be given to Puesta del Sol students until May 18th.  After this date, camps are open to students from other schools.

Academic Challenge: Final Forms due April 24th 
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.

Questions? Please email Jessica or Melissa at  AcademicChallenge@puestadelsolpta.org

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 emmerlee@me.com


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 emmerlee@me.com

PTA Members: Membership Has Its Benefits!
PTA members: don't forget with your PTA membership  you get some great benefits from places like:
  • Great Wolf Lodge
  • FedEx/Kinko's
  • Gathered Table
  • iWitness

Check out these and other benefits on the Washington State PTA website

Music News: Upcoming Concerts

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

Birthday Book Club - This is the time of year when school starts flying by!  Please remember our library by donating a book in honor of your student's birthday. The library "Wish List" is on Amazon - click on Wish List at the top of the Amazon page and put in Puesta del Sol.  A book plate with your student's name will be put on the inside cover of the book and your student will receive a special "Thank You" at the end of the year. Your Birthday Book Club donations are a primary source of books for our library and are much appreciated. 


Lost Books - The following are guidelines for lost books and refunds that are now in place at Puesta del Sol and are comparable to other libraries in the Bellevue School District. 

  1. A student with a lost or missing book must pay for or replace the lost book before continuing to check out. 
  2. Payment for a lost book can be made by check made out to Puesta del Sol and brought to the library or payment can be made on-line through the Bellevue School District website (instructions for paying on line can be picked up at our library). 
  3. A refund will be made if the book is found and returned during the same school year, if it is in good condition, and if the cost is $20 or more. 
  4. Although we would appreciate a lost book of any cost be returned to the library, lost books costing less than $20 that have been paid for become the property of the student.

Thank you all for helping to keep our book collection up to date and in good health!!  Please speak with Mrs. Brody if you have any additional questions.  

Summer Camp? Community Events?

Looking for classes or camps outside of school?  Don't forget to click on our Community Page link on the right side of the El Sol each week! 

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

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?





The PTA would like to give a BIG thank you to this year's Nominating Committee for all of their hard work and diligence it took to seek, recruit, research and slate the 2015-2016 School Year's PTA Board. 
Mendi Carroll, Humaira Jackson and Erin Gregov -
thank you so much!

Thank you to James Dooley and all of the volunteers that made Science Fair a success! Thank you to Annie Robinson for our great Bake Sale. 





Today through April 19th 






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It's that time of year to start registering your child for summer camps!  Did you know that the PTA website has a webpage dedicated to summer camps and programs available in our community? You can also access it through the top menu on our Community Events Page.This year, thanks to a fellow parent at Cherry Crest Elementary, there is also a search engine available to help you plan and register your kids for local summer camps! Check out this year's list of camps at Puesta del Sol.




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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.  Find out more about tutoring and visiting with our Amity interns