SEPTEMBER 11, 2015 * ISSUE 091115

Upcoming Important Dates

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
9/26Spirit Wear Orders Due by midnight!
10/6Picture Day for Individuals
10/9 NO SCHOOL: Teacher Professional Development Day
10/21Spirit Wear Wednesdays Begins
2015 Walkathon
Friday, September 25, 2015   3:30 to 6:00pm, Rain or Shine

Raise Funds for our Kids:  The Walkathon is a super fun event that raises money to support your child's education!  We ask each student to strive to raise $150 (or $300/family).  Kids can gather 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 to double your donation with your company's Corporate Matching Program

CORPORATE MATCHING PROGRAMS (Double your donation value!)

Every dollar raised positively impacts your child's education and we appreciate support at ALL levels! For more information & pledge resources please go to  PTA Walkathon.  Thank you!

WALKATHON: RSVP (new due date is Sept. 22)
Please RSVP (new due date!):  Log in and let us know- yes or no.  Parents must RSVP for every Puesta del Sol student by Tuesday, September 22nd.  The Walkathon is an exciting event with lots of activity and extra volunteers on camps.  Please let us know where your child should go after school, so we can make sure they arrive at the right location (i.e. Walkathon, buses, pick-up line, etc).  We will start calling parents that haven't RSVP'd on September 23rd.  Thank you!
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. 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 Thank you!

WALKATHON: Bake Sale Items Needed!

The Walkathon will be hosting its annual Bake Sale and we need your baked & store bought goodies! 
  • Please NO NUTS, peanut butter, or nut butter in any of the homemade baked goods.
  • We also need gluten-free, dairy-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 any time 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. Thank you!

WALKATHON: Please Donate Items for the Raffle!
We are in desperate need of toys, fun experiences or services that can be raffled off at the Walkathon on Friday, September 25th. We are accepting kid- and adult-friendly items.  This is an easy way to help out!  Here are a few idea starters:
  •  i-Pad, i-Pod, Kindle
  • X-Box, X-Box games
  • Legos, board games, books
  • Experience packages
  • Sports gear, sports apparel (UW, WSU, Seahawks, Sounders),
  • Kits, crafts
  • Gift cards
Please contact Stacy Weigel at if you have any questions or items to donate. Thank you!

Please join us for our first Dining for Dinero Event!
When: Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 3pm - 9pm
Location:  1645 140th Ave. NE, Bellevue (next to Safeway and Staples)

Dine at Wayback Burgers on September 22nd from 3:00 to 9:00pm.  The restaurant has agreed to donate 15% of ALL sales to the Puesta del Sol PTA! No need to mention Puesta del Sol.  Be sure to invite family and friends!

Stay tuned for information on other upcoming Dining for Dinero Events! 

Room Parent Meeting
September 23, 9:20am, PTA office
Did you sign up to be a class Room Parent this year? We are having a Room Parent kick-off meeting on September 23rd at 9:20 am in the PTA office. Laura Dooley, VP School Relations, will be updating all Room Parents on School Policies they need to follow and answering questions. We will also be looking for a Room Parent coordinator at that time to field future questions, usually over email so the commitment is minimal. Please RSVP to and include your teacher's name. 
The Scholastic Fall Book Fair is Coming!
September 21-25 in the Library

Mon./Tues./Thurs:  8:30-9:30am, 3:00-4:15pm
Wed:  8:30-9:30am:11:30am-2:00pm
Fri:  8:30-9:30am: 11:30am-2:00pm, 3:00-6:00pm during Walkathon

NEW this year:  Cash or credit card only. No checks. All sales are final. No returns.

Volunteers are needed!  Online volunteer registration shows available shiftsPut your literary passion to work and help raise money for the Puesta del Sol library.

Passport Club News
The Passport Club is a PTA-sponsored school-wide geography enrichment program for 1st through 5th grade students. The Passport Club's main purpose is to help students learn the continents, main bodies of water ,and the location of some or all of the world's countries and capitals over the course of the school year. With this fun and engaging program, students learn to use maps and start to understand how a map is used to communicate information.
First grade students may have brought home their Passport Club packet today or will do so on Monday. Likewise, 2nd-5th graders may have brought home their welcome letter today or will on Monday. 
The September Passport Check day will be held on Friday, October 2, 2015 from 9:15-11:45am in the library. Students will be tested on the September material.
Passport Club information is online. We're looking for volunteers to assist with our Check Days.  If you want to volunteer or to learn more email:
Spirit Wear Wednesdays
Show your Puesta del Sol pride by wearing your Spirit Wear on Wednesdays starting October 21st.

The Fall Spirit Wear Sale is going on now! We'll have a display booth at the Walkathon if you want to see and feel the shirts and sweatshirts. You may order on-line between now and midnight on September 26.
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! Have you joined yet?
We need your support so please join our PTA today!  Click on First 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. 

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
  • Interlake Girls Select Basketball Team Tryouts start Monday, September 14th
  • Check out the other great community events on the PTA website.

Please welcome our new Amity Interns!
Learn more about the
Amity Program that augments the Puesta del Sol experience with
native Spanish speakers.

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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