APRIL 24, 2015 * ISSUE 04242015

Upcoming Important Dates

4/24Last Day for Academic Challenge final submissions
4/24Bellevue Schools Foundation Luncheon
4/26PTA Budget Survey deadline
4/27-5/1Spirit Week
4/28April Passport Check - Grade 5 only
5/2Math Olympiad Competition
5/4-5/8Staff Appreciation Week
5/5April Passport Check - Grades 1-4
5/6Marimba Bands Final Concert, 7:00pm
5/14PTA Volunteer Appreciation Night and
General Membership Meeting

5/26Puesta del Sol Band/Orchestra, 7:00pm
5/28PTA Special Meeting
5/28Skate King - CANCELLED
6/12 & 6/13Drama Club Performance "Arabian Nights"
PTA Members: Please Respond to Budget Survey

As discussed at our PTA General Membership Meeting on April 2nd, we are asking for all PTA Members to fill out this survey to help the PTA Board of Directors prioritize where your money should be spent over the next two years.   

Thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions that will help shape our budget - both expenses and fundraising - over the next 2 years.

- The 2014-2015 PTA Board of Directors 

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!  Cookbooks available for purchase - $25 each.

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!!
Box Tops for Education Update
  • The box top team is still working with the 2nd grade team to coordinate a day that will work for the students to have the extra recess for the competition win. 
  • We are still collecting Box Tops even though the competition is completed. Remember they do expire so drop them off in the office ASAP. We have collected over $1,000 this year. LET'S KEEP EARNING!!!

We are always looking for volunteers who are interested in counting the box tops. Email bernice@mitchlacey.com if you would like to help count.


Labels for Education Update

Puesta del Sol has discontinued the collection of Labels for Education. Since November 2011, we collected 27,600 points and redeemed 27,450 of those points in March for 9 boxes of much needed recess equipment such as jump ropes, footballs, basketballs, playground balls, and the like. Thank you for your support!

Academic Challenge: Final Forms due TODAY
Final forms are due TODAY, Friday, April 24th
Final forms for the Academic Challenge are due Friday, April 24, 2015. No late work will be accepted.  All forms for book reports, computer programming, math, typing, and the final submission form should be either stapled together or sealed in an envelope. Please see the Academic Challenge web page for more information.

Change to April Passport Check Day

The library is hosting visiting author Liz Rusch on the regularly scheduled Passport Club check day. 

For Grades 1-4 only, April Passport Check Day will take place on Tuesday, May 5th. More time to study!
Due to the Smarter Balance Test held on May 5th, there will be a special in classroom check for the 5th Grade Students on April 28th. 

Fiesta Latina: Final Session for this school year

Session 4 begins on May 7th

Join Fiesta Latina's last session of the 2014-15 school year.  Learn Salsa, Merenge, Bachata, and traditional Latin American dances. Get inspired and develop creativity! Improve coordination, boost confidence, and gain understanding of Latin American social dancing all by moving to the rhythm and beat of its fun music!! 
  • Classes meet 3:30-4:30pm on Thursdays in the Band Portable (P-2).  
  • Session 4 (7 weeks + performance) begins on May 7th.  
  • Cost: $124.  Limited spots available!  
  • Find out more information.  Registration link coming soon.  Questions? Please email the instructor, Angela Delahoz, at fiestalatina@puestadelsolpta.org.
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.

Attention 5th grade parents! Teacher Tea is coming!

Wednesday, April 29th  1:30-3:30 pm 


LAST CALL for student servers! The TEACHER TEA is coming up!
 Please contact Emmy Park at emmerlee@me.com to have your student sign up to be a server!
Don't let your child be left out of the 5th grade graduation slide show!
We need 1-2 baby/toddler photos and 1-2 extracurricular activity photos ASAP!
Please email photos to emmerlee@me.com


Field Day is Coming!
Field Day is Friday, June 19th, 1:30-3:00pm

As always, we need MANY parent volunteers to run the 20+ fun events for our kids.  Kindergarten parents are especially needed to chaperone groups of children from event to event. If you're interested in volunteering, we'll have a Signup Genius link ready in the El Sol in the next couple of weeks. If you have questions, please contact Carrie Norrah at carrienorrah@yahoo.com. Thank you!


Music News: Upcoming Concerts

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


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


Spirit Week - April 27th to May 1st
MondayPajama Day
TuesdayMustache Day
WednesdayClass picnic outdoors and Spirit Chalk Day - write a message about our wonderful school.
ThursdayDay of Books and Children - dress up as your favorite book character

Day of Community Service - Bring in a new box of crayons to be donated to the Seattle Children's Hospital. Dress in your favorite color.

Library News

Author Liz Rusch visiting Puesta del Sol on Tuesday, April 28th.


Author Visit - Puesta del Sol is delighted to host author Liz Rusch on Tuesday, April 28th.  Her visit is made possible by a grant received from Bellevue Schools Foundation written by Bellevue Librarians and extra funding from our wonderful PTA. low is a schedule of her presentations throughout the day if you would like to drop in. Book order forms have been sent home via e-mail or can be picked up in the library.  Book purchase forms need to be in to the library by April 23rd.  A limited number of her books will be available for purchase on the day of her visit.   


9:10-9:30amMorning News Author Interview
9:30-10:10amKindergarten/1st Grade - in gym
10:20-11:00am2nd Grade - in library
11:15am-noon3rd Grade - in library

5th Grade - in library

2:15-3:00pm4th Grade - in library
3:00-3:30pmBook Signing


Overdue Library Books

Notices via email will be going out this week reminding families that their books are overdue.  As we near the end of school it is crucial to find and return overdue books, or pay for lost books.  Payments can be made on-line at the Bellevue School District website - look for Touchbase to pay for a lost book, or by cash or check made out to Puesta del Sol.  Last day of check out will be May 29th, but students will still have regular library time until the end of the school year. 


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?

Did you know that the PTA website has a webpage dedicated to summer camps and community programs? This year, thanks to a fellow parent at Cherry Crest Elementary, there is 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

Find more information about these and other great community events on the PTA website.

Upcoming Free Parent Education Classes

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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Amity Interns at
Puesta del Sol 

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