MAY 22, 2015 * ISSUE 05222015

Upcoming Important Dates

5/18-5/30Spring Spirit Wear Sale - online orders
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
6/17-6/19Spirit Wear Delivery
6/19Field Day
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. 

 Have Questions About the Budget?

Tuesday, May 26th from 6:00-8:00pm at Tully's in Eastgate and
Wednesday, May 27th from 8:30-10:00am in the PTA office


If you have any questions about the budget, the treasurers will be available on Tuesday, May 26th from 6:00-8:00pm at Tully's in Eastgate (3080 148th Ave. SE, Bellevue) and on Wednesday, May 27th from 8:30-10:00am in the PTA office (the small room off the school's gym).  If you are unable to make it to either of these, please e-mail with questions.  Board members will also be available with copies of the budget at Skate King on Thursday, May 28th from 6:00pm to 7:15pm, prior to the general membership meeting, to answer any questions.  Membership will vote will be at 7:15pm.

Spring Spirit Wear Sale - NEW Designs & NEW Products! 

Order by May 30 at midnight for delivery between June 17-19.


We are proud to present a new line of Spirit Wear featuring the winning student-designed Phoenix mascot. Congratulations to 4th grader Zachary Kelleher for his striking winning illustration. The top 12 designs are on display in the library.
We have also added some new products and new colors to our traditional lineup of Spirit Wear designs.
Show your support and Puesta del Sol. Place your Spirit Wear order online today!

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.

PTA Sponsored Spanish Summer Camps

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.

Incoming Kindergartner Potluck

Tuesday, June 2nd 6:30 - 8:00pm  Playground or Gym  

Incoming Kindergarten Families: Welcome to Puesta del Sol! Please visit the PTA website for more details on this exciting event.

Field Day Volunteers Needed!
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!


Drama Club Production: Arabian Nights 

June 12 -13, 7:00pm
Newport High School Performing Arts Center


Come make a night of it, and bring your family out to the 4th and 5th grade play The Arabian Nights.  The performances are Friday and Saturday June 12-13th at 7:00 pm, and will be at Newport High School's Performing Arts Center.


Tickets will be available for purchase beginning next week online and Wednesday, Thursdays and Fridays before and after school beginning Friday May 29th.


For you families that have younger kids, it's a great way for your kids to see what they have to look forward to when they're in 4th and 5th grade, and believe us, it will sneak up on you, and they will be there before you know it.


The kids have worked hard, come show your support, We hope to see you there.


Advocacy News

This week, PTA Board representatives met for the 2nd time with Cindy Rogan, Executive Director for Schools, to talk about equity for Puesta del Sol Elementary in the Bellevue School District.


Subjects discussed were English Curriculum, asking how the district plans to support our school community and building as we wait for a new building, and continuity/support for the Int'l Spanish Academy (ISA) for K-12 grade.


As we get response from the district, we will update you.


A Note from the PTA Treasurer

Reimbursement submissions due no later than Friday, June 19th

Our fiscal year is nearly over. Please submit all reimbursement requests by Friday, June 19th to ensure payment.  Email if you have any questions about reimbursements.


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 


Music News: Upcoming Concerts

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


Library News

Spanish Book Fair at Puesta del Sol - We will be hosting one last Spanish University Book Fair in the library from Wednesday, June 17th to the 19th.  This is the perfect time to pick up Spanish books for summer reading.  You will also be able to purchase Spanish and English books at University Book Store on line during the same time as our in-school Book Fair.  Watch for the flyer coming home next week. 


Last Day of Book Check Out - Friday, May 29th will be the last day of book check out for the year.  Monday classes will get one more check out on Monday, June 1st because of the previous Monday holiday.  ALL BOOKS must be returned to the library by Monday, June 8th.  Overdue reminders will be sent out via email.  Thanks for returning all your library books or paying for lost books by June 8th. 

  1. The first class to get all their books in to the library will get an extra library time. 
  2. All K - 2nd students receive a raffle ticket when all their books are turned in, and if their raffle ticket is selected, on Friday, June 19th they will have a chance to choose a prize from the library.
  3. All 3rd - 5th students will receive raffle tickets when they return their books, and may use their tickets to win a poster or they may take a chance at winning a library prize.
  4. A yearbook purchased by a student will be withheld until all books have been returned or paid for.


Summer Camp? Community Events?





EVERY DAY * All Locations 


12821 SE 38th St, Bellevue, 98006


How to Participate?  Details at:




Are you a Facebook fanatic? 

If so, please LIKE US on Facebook to get up to date reminders of events and programs plus more!



Did you know you can view the calendar in Outlook or Google and upload the calendar to your personal calendar? That way whenever we make a calendar change, it updates your calendar automatically!

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