JUNE 19, 2015 * ISSUE 06192015

Upcoming Important Dates

6/19TODAY: Final Day - Spirit Wear Delivery
6/19TODAY: Final Day - Reimbursements due to PTA Treasurer
6/19TODAY: FIELD DAY - This event is ONLY for currently enrolled Puesta del Sol students
6/22Last day to register for summer camps.
NO registrations accepted during the summer
6/22Last day of school - dismissal at 11:05am

Letter from the PTA Presidents

"It takes a village" and at Puesta del Sol that couldn't be more true. Being a choice school asks more from us as a community than a neighborhood school from volunteers to parents to teachers to staff. When we are all working together towards a common goal, we can accomplish great things. 


For more detailed 2014-2015 highlights, please view the PTA Presidents End of Year Letter online.


Thank you Field Day Volunteers!

THANK YOU to everyone who is helping with Field Day this afternoon!  We'll have a Field Day Sign Up Table set out by the Main Office for all volunteers who've signed up and for anyone who would still like to help out.  We still have stations that need volunteers!  Come join the fun!  We'll have face painting, bubbles, an obstacle course & many, many other fun events!   A special thank you to our wonderful gym teacher, Sra. Williams, who makes this event happen every year! And a big thank you to Carrie Norrah for spearheading this event! 

Thank you Drama Club Volunteers!

THANK YOU to Michelle Mahlman and Laura Dooley, our Drama Club Co-Chairs and all of the Drama Club volunteers and students for putting in such effort and practice and volunteer time to create a wonderful final show of the year. Arabian Nights was a success for everyone!  

Thank you Garden Club Volunteers!

THANK YOU to all the Puesta del Sol School Garden classroom volunteers who worked to bring every classroom into the garden for this inaugural garden year. Every teacher used their plot which means every child at Puesta del Sol became a gardener this year! We are grateful for the eclectic and beautiful assortment of flowers and veggies that the classrooms and Recess Garden Club have grown this winter and spring! 

Thank you Amity Intern Host Families

We would like to extend a big thank you to our 2014-15 Amity Intern Host Families!  Their willingness to share their home and help our interns experience American life directly benefits ALL students at Puesta del Sol.  Without the support of our host families we would not be able to have these young Spanish speakers in our classrooms.  If you would like to learn more about hosting an Amity Intern, please visit our web page on the PTA website or contact us directly, amity@puestadelsolpta.org.

The Noell Family
The Tampa Family
The Faulk Family
The Justice Family
The Reed Family
The Myers-Combs Family
The Peck Family
The Karl Family
The Foster Family
The Filippini-Gissing Family
The McSherry Family
The Carpenter Family
Mil Gracias!!


Thank you Fifth Grade Events Volunteers!

THANK YOU to all of the parents for helping with our numerous 5th grade events this year. Thanks to Michelle Mahlman, Laura Dooley and Emmy Park for leading the way. 

TODAY: PTA Cookbooks for Sale During Field Day

Buy your copy TODAY!


The PTA Cookbook has arrived and is getting amazing reviews!  If you haven't bought your copy, we will be selling the extras at Field Day today.  Parents, please bring $25 cash or check.  Get your copy before they are gone!


We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Cookbook Committee for their creativity, time and effort!  We broke new ground with this project and it certainly took a village.  Thank you to Sonja Gerard, Melissa Cable, Kate Stone, Rebbeca Hamilton, Pauline Fox, Joyce Luu and Laura Dooley for creating this beautiful PTA Cookbook.  You guys are the dream team!


Brenda Rosellini & Mary Castillo - Co-VP of Fundraising


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. 

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.


Last Chance to register for PTA Sponsored
Spanish Summer Camps

Final Registration due by June 22nd


Online summer camp registration closes on Monday, June 22nd.  There will be NO late registrations during the summer. If you have registered but payment hasn't been received by June 22nd, then your registration will be cancelled. You can check your  registration/payment status at any time by logging on to your account at www.puestadelsolpta.org then going to "My Account" on the left hand side. 

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.

SITA: Spanish Immersion Through the Arts

Visiting Author Maria de Lourdes Victoria
Inspires Our Young Writers


During the month of May, students at Puesta Del Sol had the unique opportunity to work with the writer Maria de Lourdes Victoria. In 36 workshops led by Sra. Maria over two weeks, students from kindergarten, first and second grades created their own poems and stories. Sra. Maria was thoroughly impressed with the level of writing and communication in our students, and she's already indicated she's excited to come back and work with us at the school again.


As a result of her visit, we will be selecting the best authors in each grade to participate in a reading at The Newcastle Library on September 12th, to celebrate National Hispanic Month. Winners will be announced the first week of school. 


Check out SITA online for more information about Maria, the workshops, and the poetry reading.


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.


Library News

TODAY - Last day of Spanish University Book Fair at Puesta del Sol in the library 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. 


Birthday Book Club Donations: Thanks to everyone who has donated a book to the Puesta del Sol library this year! 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.


From the School Nurse

Medication in the Puesta Del Sol Clinic


If your child currently has medication in the Puesta Del Sol Clinic, please pick up the medication on the last day of school June 22nd.  If your child will not be at school on June 22nd, please pick up the medications on the last day your child will attend school.


If your child is attending summer school, please bring this medication to the summer school site.


Thank you!

Karen Ruby, School Nurse


Summer Camp? Community Events?

Amity Interns at
Puesta del Sol 

THANK YOU to Bea, Amalia, Maka and Jesus for enriching students'  learning experiences everyday this year at Puesta del Sol.

You will be missed!




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