MAY 15, 2015 * ISSUE 05152015

Upcoming Important Dates

5/15Principal/PTA Coffee - Friday, 8:00am
5/18Noon Deadline: Last Day to order a cookbook
5/22No School - Professional Development Day
5/22Deadline for 5th grade photos graduation movie
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
6/2Incoming Kindergarten Potluck
6/4PTA Board Meeting
6/12 & 6/13Drama Club Performance "Arabian Nights"
6/175th Grade Graduation Ceremony & Party
6/19Field Day

Please join us TODAY for the Principal Coffee

WHEN: TODAY, 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.


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. 

Cookbook: Last Day to Order -
Monday, May 18th at NOON

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 18th!  We are at $8,257! 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! 


SAVE THE DATE! 5th Grade Graduation

Wednesday, June 17 - 9:15-10:15am


The 5th grade graduation ceremony will be held in the gym from 9:15-10:15am on Wednesday, June 17. A celebration with cake and punch will be held in the undercover area between the 4th and 5th grade pod directly after the ceremony. Families can opt to bring a picnic and have lunch with their child. 
An end of year pool party at Edgebrook Pool (near Tyee Middle School)  is planned for after school on the same day. Wednesday, June 17 from 1:30-3:30pm. A $5 donation for the pool party is suggested. This will be a kid event except for volunteer chaperones. Permission slips and chaperone requests coming soon. 




Emmy Park is in the process of creating a fun video presentation for the graduation ceremony. Please send her:

  • a couple of baby/toddler photos of your child and 
  • a couple of them participating in activities 

Please send your pictures to no later than 9:00pm on Friday, May 22.

SITA - Writing Workshop - May 11-21

Please welcome Maria de Lourdes Victoria. Maria is a Mexican-born, multiple award-winning author whose work has been published internationally in English and Spanish. She will be working with the K, 1st and 2nd graders for three sessions that will focus on writing! We hope it will be very hands-on and inspiring for the children and the teachers. Her three workshops will be divided into story-telling and elements, personal narrative, and poetry.

Thank you to the PTA for funding this enriching experience for our young ones. This is SITA's (Spanish Immersion Through the Arts) last and biggest production of the year.

Maria's books be found in bookstores and on Amazon. To learn more, please visit her website.


PTA Sponsored Spanish Summer Camps

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


Are you looking for a Spanish opportunity for your child this summer?  Puesta del Sol teachers are offering summer camps this summer.  Half day and full day options are available, check out the schedule.

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!


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 the TechVenture Kids' 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?
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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