MAY 8, 2015 * ISSUE 05082015

Upcoming Important Dates

5/10RSVP for PTA Volunteer Appreciation Night
5/14PTA Volunteer Appreciation Night, Speaker, General Membership Meeting/Proposed Budget Presentation
5/15Principal/PTA Coffee - Friday
5/15Deadline for 5th grade photos graduation movie
5/22No School - Professional Development Day
5/25No School - Memorial Day
5/26May Passport Check Day
5/26Puesta del Sol Band/Orchestra, 7:00pm
5/28Skate King (The Last Hurrah) and Special Membership Budget Meeting
6/4PTA Board Meeting
6/12 & 6/13Drama Club Performance "Arabian Nights"
6/19Field Day
PTA General Membership and
Volunteer Appreciation Night

Thursday, May 14th,  6:30 pm


Please join the Puesta del Sol PTA and staff so that we may heartily thank you all for everything you do at Puesta del Sol. In addition, the 2015-2016 PTA budget will be presented at this meeting. The staff will be providing food and drinks and there will be a presentation from Robin Wallace-Wright: Helping Parents Become Their Child's Main Resource Around PubertyPlease RSVP by Monday, May 10th to so that we can ensure we have enough food and thank-you gifts for all who attend.


Robin Wallace-Wright is a certified Sexuality Educator who specializes in teaching parents how to talk with their children about puberty and growing-up. Research has shown that children need information before going through puberty. This eases their transition and helps them feel more comfortable about all the changes. Her presentation provides parents with strategies that really work.


After the speaker is finished around 8:15pm, the 2015-2016 Proposed Budget will be presented.


Skate King (The Last Hurrah)  
and Special Membership Budget Meeting

Thursday, May 28th, 6:00-8:00pm


Please join us for our very last Skate King event EVER on Thursday May 28th from 6:00-8:00pm. Skate King will be closing its doors for business on June 30th. To commemorate this news, The PTA Board has decided to combine this event with our Special Membership Budget meeting. Please join us inside Skate King for the meeting portion which will begin at 7:15pm in the lobby (no charge for non-skaters). The budget will be voted on and approved at this meeting. Only PTA members in good standing will be allowed to vote. 

  • 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!

Skate King is located at 2301 140th Ave NE, Bellevue. 

Parents Love the PTA Cookbook! 
Cookbook Samples Now Available to View!

Visit the cookbook webpage to see some pages from the Puesta del Sol "The Family Table" PTA Cookbook, pre-order your cookbook, and see how our Fundraising efforts are going. 


What parents are saying about "The Family Table" PTA Cookbook...


"As I am proofreading this cookbook, all I can say is WOW!  This is awesome! I'm excited to try out these recipes!"   - Crystal Coldiron


"WOW! After even just leafing through the first pages of this cookbook,

I was blown away by the professionalism of our (first -ever!!) school cookbook!! It truly is a work of art!!"  - Renee Haniu


Please help us reach our $15,000 Goal by May 15th!  We are at $7,407! Order this beautiful full-color cookbook for $ won't be disappointed!  Or make a tax-deductible donation to the PTA.  Go to the PTA Cookbook page now for more information. Thank you for your support! 



Math Olympians Triumph!
We want to recognize the 5th grade Math Olympians! Their hard work paid off with excellent team work and the receipt of many compliments, ribbons and medals. A big THANK YOU to Sandi Tampa, Lisa Carpenter, Koan Maurer and Srta. Sidoine who worked hard to make this program a success for our students!


Dining for Dinero: Winning Class

Congratulations to Sra. Alvarez-Shepard's class for earning the most money for Dining for Dinero! The celebration pizza party will by Monday, May 18th from 4:30-6:30 at Chuck E Cheese's in Bellevue.  The pizza party includes, pizza, drinks, and 10 tokens per child. Look for the designated table, and note that the last pizza will be ordered at 6pm. Thank you for all of your support for Fundraising.


For the 5th grade graduation movie, we need your child's:

  • 1-2 baby/toddler picture(s) 
  • 1-2 current sports/extracurricular activity picture(s) 

Please send your pictures to 

Please join us for our next Principal Coffee

WHEN: May 15th, 2015
BEFORE school from 8:00-9:00am in the library

WHAT:   Café style gathering  "Family Community Building at Puesta Del Sol"

WHO:  Principal Shearer and Puesta del Sol families (Children are welcome and will be supervised on the playground or can stay with their parents)


How can we be more inclusive and build community at our school?  How can families be invited to more fully participate in all aspects of school life? We have a fabulous community connected by the gift of providing our students with language, but are geographically separated. Please join us to share your experiences, hopes and dreams for Puesta Del Sol.  Event is sponsored by PTA's Diversity Committee.  Se hablará español en el event también.


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.

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

Over 60 parent volunteers are needed to help set up, run the 20+ stations, walk kindergarten groups & help clean up!  Sign up online for whatever job you like. If you have any questions, contact Carrie Norrah at  Thank you!


Advocacy News

Please click here for the May 2015 Bellevue PTSA Council Newsletter

Learn to Code with TechVenture Kids Summer -
SCRATCH: Games and Animations

Do you like to play games or watch animations? Want to create your own?  We'll provide the laptops and instruction for creating your own games and animations featuring Ninja's, Minecraft-type people or your favorite movie characters or something you've drawn yourself.   Your imagination is the only limit.

We will introduce basic, intermediate and advanced coding concepts through unique and fun projects. Each project allows kids to create their own unique games or animations, using concepts they learn along the way. We blend short lessons with lots of hands-on coding time, allowing students as deeply into their own projects as they want.   It's summer, so we'll keep our brains sharp with some fun in the sun time in between projects.   


Registration is now open on our website!  

Dates:     Aug. 3 - Aug 7, 2015

Time:      1:00 - 4:00pm

Location: Puesta del Sol (room # tba)

Grades:   2 - 5 

Cost:       $245 

Register by May 15, 2015 and use discount code PDS25 to save $25


Music News: Upcoming Concerts

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


Library News

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 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 PTA Summer camps at Puesta del Sol Elementary. 
  • Host a student visiting from Mexico! Find more information about these and other great community events on the PTA website.
  • Youth Theatre Northwest is currently registering students for summer camps 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!
STEM Education for All

Monday, May 18th, 12:00 to 1:00 pm

WISC - Rainier Room


Bellevue's elementary STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) pilot is expanding to all seventeen elementary schools next year. This innovative project will make Bellevue one of the first school districts in the country to offer comprehensive STEM education for every elementary student. Join STEM Curriculum Developers Greg Bianchi, Amy MacDonald, and Cheri Bortleson for an update on how this innovative work is making a difference for kids.


Complimentary lunch will be provided. Please register in advance at


This event is part of Education Connections, a speaker series put on for the community by the Bellevue Schools Foundation.






EVERY DAY * All Locations 


12821 SE 38th St, Bellevue, 98006


How to Participate?  Details at:




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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