SEPTEMBER 4, 2015 * ISSUE 090415

Upcoming Important Dates

9/7Labor Day: NO SCHOOL
9/9Grades K-2 Curriculum Night: 5:30-6:30pm
9/9Grades 3-5 Curriculum Night: 6:45-7:45pm
9/11PTA General Membership Meeting
9/11Ice Cream Social
9/17PTA Board Meeting
9/21-9/25Scholastic Book Fair
9/22Dining for Dinero Event - Wayback Burgers
2015 Walkathon
Friday, September 25, 2015   3:30 to 6:00pm, Rain or Shine

Raise Funds for our Kids:  Our 14th annual Walkathon is a fun family event that raises money for educational programs, student events, teacher & classroom resources, learning opportunities and much more!  We ask each student to strive to raise $150 (or $300/family).  Kids can get pledges per lap and/or flat-rate pledges from family & friends. Parents, family & friends can also make tax-deductible donations on the PTA Website.  And don't forget about your company's Corporate Matching Programs.  Every dollar raised positively impacts your child's education and we appreciate support at any level!  

Please RSVP: Log in and let us know- yes or no.  Parents must RSVP for every Puesta del Sol student by September 23rd.  The Walkathon is a festive event with lots of activity and volunteers on camps.  Your RSVP allows teachers & staff to help your child get to the right place after school (i.e. Walkathon, buses, pick-up line, etc).
Classes with 100% response by Monday, September 21st will get an extra recess!
For more information & resources please go to PTA Walkathon
WALKATHON Volunteers Needed
Help make our Walkathon a Huge Success! We still need your help before/during/after the event. Also older children that need volunteer hours are welcome. A volunteer sign-up page is provided when you RSVP or you can email our fabulous Volunteer Coordinator, Mendi Carroll, at walkathonvolunteer@puestadelsolpta.orgVolunteer today, because we can't do this without you! 

Bake Sale Items Needed for Walkathon!
2015 Walkathon is Friday, September 25
The Walkathon will be hosting its annual Bake Sale table again this year and we need your baked/donated goodies! 
  • Please NO NUTS, peanut butter, or nut butter in the baked goods. We also need gluten free and nut free store bought snacks for those with severe allergies.
  • Items need to be individually wrapped and keep in mind they will only be sold for $1 each 
  • Items can be dropped off in the PTA office anytime after September 22nd (look for the big labeled bin). Items can also be dropped off at the Bake Sale Table on the day of the event. 
  • Please remember to email Annie Robinson at if you plan on bringing items as it will be important to  gauge how much we need to push this effort as the event nears.
Please Donate Items for the Walkathon Raffle!
The 2015 Walksthon is Friday, September 25, 2015   

We are in desperate need of toys, fun experiences or services that can be raffled off at the Walkathon on 9/25. This is an easy way to help out!
Please contact Stacy Weigel at if you have items or services to donate. Thank you!

Passport Club: Kick-Off Work Party
Thursday, September 10th, immediately following school drop-off

Please join us for our annual work party. We'd love to have returning volunteers and eagerly welcome new recruits. We are getting ready for another amazing year and we need YOUR help! We're looking for 15-20 volunteers (or more...the more the merrier!).
  • Where: Lisa Carpenter's home (please email for address)
  • Why: To label, collate, staple, and organize the Passport resources for our 1st graders and all new students. We'll socialize and nosh as we prepare for the new year of Passport!
  • Questions? Please contact Lisa Carpenter, Dana Dang, & Koan Maurer at
Come find out what Passport is all about and help us prepare for our kids' journey around the world!
Spirit Wear
Friday, September 11, at Ice Cream Social, 6:30pm

Come check out the Spirit Wear Gear table during the Ice Cream Social on Friday, September 11 at 6:00pm. We'll be taking orders and have some deals on our samples.
Additional information and Spirit Wear online ordering are available on the PTA website.
The Fall Spirit Wear Sale will end at midnight on September 26, 2015. Orders will be delivered to your child's teacher during the week of October 12. 

PTA Membership 2015 - 2016
We are fortunate to have some terrific programs available at our school thanks to the hard work and generosity of the PTA.  We need your support so please join our PTA today!  Visit and click on 1st day forms then Join the PTA  after you update your account information. Although you may still participate in PTA activities without a formal membership, by joining you gain the right to vote on PTA issues - from board members to budgets! There are also some terrific discounts available to PTA members! Any questions? Email Alison & Jana at

Find out all about the great benefits of being a PTA Member on our new Member Benefits page.
School Garden Volunteers Needed
Please help your new teachers get their classrooms in the school garden regularly and often! You can volunteer in a few different ways:
  1. Each teacher uses a dedicated plot with their classroom to plan and execute on their lesson plans in the gardens- life science, physical science, and environmental science. Garden activities include: planting seeds, growing worms, measuring growth, soil temperature and pH, doing art and math in the garden, and tending to their teacher's classroom garden plot, including harvesting their bounty for their classroom use!
  2. Help with the Thursday 2nd recess Garden Club for kids (K-2 and 3-5) to work in the garden every week under teacher and parent volunteer supervision. We plant, weed, water, and compost, discussing what we do in both Spanish and English. Occasionally we have guests from local farms and Seattle Tilth to share their expertise. Garden Club is free, open to all students/all grades, and they just "show up", no registration needed! We have anywhere from 15 to 60 kids in the garden every Thursday afternoon in fall and spring.
Please email or join the Facebook group to volunteer. 

Combined pack for Puesta del Sol and Eastgate Elementary
For boys entering 1st - 5th Grade in the Fall of 2015

Potential Cub Scouts and their Parents/Guardians Welcome to come find out more about Cub Scouts!
  • Location: St. Andrew's Lutheran Church; 2650 148th Ave. SE; Bellevue (Across from Bellevue College)
  • When: Tuesday, September 8th, 2015, 7:00-8:00pm
  • Regular Den and Pack meetings are September through May on Tuesday nights 7:00-8:00pm at Saint Andrew's Lutheran Church / 2650 148th Ave. SE / Bellevue, WA 98007
  • Questions?
Come Join the Fun!

Celebrate the National Hispanic Heritage Month
Saturday, September 12th -  10:30am, Newcastle Library
Selected children from the SITA program at Puesta del Sol and local Spanish Speaking authors will read their short stories and poetry.The program will be entirely conducted in Spanish and everyone is invited to attend!
The readings will be accompanied by Spanish songs for all ages interpreted by Marco Cortés.

More information can be found on the Biblioteca KCLS Facebook page.

Community Events
  • NEWPORT BOYS LACROSSE - FALL BALL Starts September 13th, Sundays only. Last day to register is TODAY, Friday, September 4th. 
  • Check out the other great community events on the PTA website.


VP of Special Events
(PTA Board Position)

Looking for someone energetic and organized to oversee chairpersons who plan fun events such as International Festival, Family/Themed Nights, Mariners Night, 5th Grade Events, and Field Day.  The average time commitment is 1-4 hours per week. Please contact GG at if you would like to learn more about the position. If you already know you are interested in the position please email




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