JUNE 5, 2015 * ISSUE 06052015

Upcoming Important Dates

6/12last day to apply for financial aid for summer camps
6/12 & 6/13Drama Club Performance "Arabian Nights"
6/16Father-Daughter Dance
6/175th Grade Graduation Ceremony & Party
6/17-6/19Spirit Wear Delivery
6/19LAST DAY: Reimbursements due to PTA Treasurer
6/19Field Day
6/22Last day to register for summer camps.
NO registrations accepted during the summer
Shake-Peaks Frozen Yogurt Fundraiser

Now through June 22


We're doing one more "Shake" for fundraising at all three Peaks Frozen Yogurt locations!  From now through June 22 go to  http://shakepeaks.com/ on your phone or computer.  Agree to "SHAKE" and see what percentage of your next purchase (ranging from 10%-100%) at Peaks will go directly to the Puesta del Sol PTA. Your phone number is all that is required for verification purposes. You can "Shake" once a day for the entire month of the fundraiser. 

Drama Club Production: Arabian Nights 

Friday, June 12 and Saturday, June 13, 7:00pm
Newport High School Performing Arts Center


Bring your family to the 4th and 5th grade play The Arabian Nights!  As dramatic as it gets, young Scheherezade must spin tales of suspense in this clever musical to save her life from the whim of an evil sultan.  Performances are 7:00 PM Friday June 12th and Saturday June 13th at the Newport High School Performing Arts Center.

  • Tickets are $9 in advance and $10 at the door (if any seats are left).
  • Purchase your tickets online NOW!
  • In-person sales at Puesta del Sol will take place before and after school on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

Make a night of it! Show your support, enjoy home-baked items at intermission, and experience the theater-going event of the year - all sponsored by the PTA and Studio East. See you there!


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. 

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
treasurer@puestadelsolpta.org if you have any questions about reimbursements.


Field Day: Volunteers STILL 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 carrienorrah@yahoo.com.  Thank you!


PTA Sponsored Spanish Summer Camps

Final Registration due by June 22nd, 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.

Attention Parents: We need YOU for the 2015-2016 school year!

The parents of fifth graders have been amazing volunteers but with them moving on we have a group of PTA chair positions that need to be filled ASAP for the 2015-2016 school year. Please visit the  PTA Chairpersons and Coordinators page to sign up and boost your good karma! If you have any questions please email volunteer@puestadelsolpta.org.

Attention 2015-2016 Kindergarten Families

Please sign-up for a 15-minute beginning of the year conference and assessment. Slots are available:

  • August 11th, 12th, 13th
  • Between 8:00am-12:00pm and between 1:00-5:00pm

Spots will fill quickly. Please register for a date and time for your student as soon as possible.


"El Sol Brilla Para Nepal": A Father-Daughter Dance

Tuesday, June 16, 6:30-8:00pm, Gym


Hey Puesta Dads!  It's time to get your groove on, cut a rug, boogie down, and shake what yer mama gave ya! Your daughter is on the verge of leaving elementary school and you know what that means-middle school dances!  So take advantage of this opportunity to have her all to yourself for an evening while you still can! Take her to Puesta del Sol's second annual father-daughter dance. "El Sol Brilla Para Nepal" (The sun shines for Nepal) is an event to benefit the country of Nepal due to recent earthquakes.  In future years, it will benefit other local groups or communities that need an extra hand. Your $20 donation will not only create a special memory for you and your daughter, but you'll be joining forces with other Puesta dads to make a difference for someone in need, (and be your daughter's hero which is always a plus ;).

  • ¿Para Quién?:  Any dad and his 4th or 5th grade daughter who is a student at Puesta del Sol
  • ¿Dónde?: Puesta del Sol Gym
  • ¿Cuándo?:  Tuesday, June 16, 6:30-8:00pm
  • ¿Por qué?: To benefit the country of Nepal and make a special memory with your daughter

*Donations will be made through the American Red Cross.

**Volunteers are welcome to help out before, during, or after the dance.  Please contact Sr. Mattson:  kjellandclaudia@netzero.net


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 


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 online during the same time as our in-school Book Fair.  Watch for the flyer coming home next week. 


Birthday Book Club Donations: Thanks to everyone who has donated a book to the Puesta del Sol library this year!  Last minute donations will be accepted through Monday, June 8th.  All students who have contributed to our library will receive an acknowledgement and small thank you gift during their regular library time. Thanks for supporting our library!!


Lost and Found

All unclaimed items without identification will be donated on June 23

Please remember to check the lost and found prior to the ending of the school year. All unclaimed clothing, lunch boxes and miscellaneous items will be donated on Tuesday, June 23.


"Adios" to Sra. Soares (Srta. Wolfe)

Friday, June 12th, 3:00pm, Lake Hills Park


Please join us in saying "Adios" to Sra. Soares/Srta. Wolfe who has been with the Bellevue School District Spanish Immersion Program for almost 20 years. Meet us in saying thank you and good-bye on Friday, June 12th at 3:00pm at the Lake Hills Park on 164th Ave. SE, Bellevue behind Tillicum Middle School. If it is raining, we will meet in the Tillicum Commons area (cafeteria).  Please join us and bring notes, cards, photos or remembrances. Sra. Soares has been instrumental in growing the Spanish Immersion Program to double its size and helping implement the new International Spanish Academy.


Summer Camp? Community Events?


Thank you to Sabrina Pinto,
Emily Atar and Stephanie Palmer for spearheading our Incoming Kindergarten Potluck Dinner!



Thanks to:

Tracey Hull, Dining for Dinero Coordinator, Mary Castillo and Brenda Rosellini, VPs of Fundraising, for their handwork on the Dining for Dinero fundraising program.


Thank you to all the local restaurants who partnered with the Puesta del Sol PTA fundraising efforts during the 2014-15 school year. Together we raised nearly $700 through the Dining for Dinero program.




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