OCTOBER 2, 2015 * ISSUE 100215
Upcoming Important Dates
10/2Passport Check Day (September Map)
10/6Picture Day for Individual Students
10/6WatchDOGS Pizza and information night
10/9 NO SCHOOL: Teacher Professional Development Day
10/13Tea School Days Fundraiser Begins
10/19Art Reflections Due Date
10/20Tea School Days Fundraiser Ends
Pumpkin Bash
10/27Dining for Dinero Event - MOD Pizza
10/28Spirit Wear Wednesdays Begins
10/30Passport Check Day (October Map)
11/2Clothes for the Cause Fundraiser Begins
Our students, families, teachers and staff showed up Friday ready to walk, dance and have fun to support our school! Our students walked:
  • 14,335 laps for a total of 1,593 miles...Wow! Final lap count results and prize winners will be announced at the October 5th Assembly. We are well on our way to achieving our fundraising goal, so please keep those donations coming in and start collecting your pledges today! 
  • It takes a village and over 200 volunteers to pull off this event, so thank you to everyone that helped the day of the event and to the Walkathon Committee! Here is the Dream Team:
Julie Skaggs & Lisa Wada
Volunteer Coordinator:
Mendi Carroll
Registration & RSVP:
Dana Dang
Bake Sale Lead:
Annie Robinson
Raffle Procurement:
Stacy Weigel
PTA Food Lead:
Jinny Cocorocchia
Food Truck Lead:
Yella Appleby
Field Set Up & Teardown:
Peter and Rebecca Hamilton
Walkathon Treasurer:
Melinda Carbon
Lap Counter/Check-in Lead:
Laura Dooley
Pauline Fox & Joyce Luu
Bert and Irene Budlong, Sabrina Pinto, Jay Matsudaira
Brenda Rosellini
Parking Committee:
Dave Meyer
Carlos Blanco

Special thanks to Principal Shearer and his team for helping us every step of the way!  If you would like to join in the fun next year, please contact walkathon@puestadelsolpta.org. Thank you! 

Walkathon Proceeds Update
As of September 28, here are the preliminary Walkathon fundraising totals:
  • We have received a total of $27,240 in Walkathon donations
  • Bake Sale proceeds: $1,405
  • Pizza, Hot Dog & Jamba Juice: net $1,764
  • Raffle proceeds: $2,103

Great job everyone and thank you!

Corporate Matching
We would really like to emphasize the importance of corporate matching. Many companies will match any charitable contribution their employees make and the process only takes a moment or two of your time. Imagine having your already generous donations doubled! The impact on our school from such programs is great and helps sustain our Spanish language enhancement programs and classroom support. Thank you!

CORPORATE MATCHING PROGRAMS (Double your donation value!)

PTA Membership: It's not too late to join!
We need your support so please join our PTA today! Visit the Puesta del Sol PTA website¬ and click on about us then Join the PTA! Any questions? Email Alison & Jana at membership@puestadelsolpta.org.

Find out all about the great benefits of being a PTA Member on our new Member Benefits page.
Tea School Days Fundraiser
October 13--20

The Puesta del Sol PTA is participating in the Tea School Days Fundraiser. Tea Collection makes great clothes for kids.
  • SHOP TEASCHOOLDAYS.COM from October 13-20, 2015 (11:59 PM PST).
  • SELECT Puesta del Sol from the dropbox at checkout.
  • YOU get 15% OFF your order. 
  • OUR SCHOOL gets 15% of SALES.
This is a great idea for holiday shopping, baby gifts, and clothes for your own kids. Please spread the word to friends and family.

Dining for Dinero Family Night Out at MOD Pizza
Tuesday, October 27th, 10:30am to 10:00pm

Mark your calendars for the next Dining for Dinero Family Night Out:
  • When: Tuesday, October 27 10:30am-10:00pm
  • Where: at MOD Pizza, 14309 NE 20th Street in Bellevue 
  • Valid for dine in, take out, or phone orders 
Twenty percent of sales will be donated to the PTA. This is a great way to meet and mingle with other Puesta del Sol families. Be on the lookout for a flyer to go home the week prior, which must be presented upon order (an electronic version will also be available).

Thank you to all who came out last week to Wayback Burgers!  We earned $200!  Let's try to beat that number at MOD Pizza in Overlake!

Fall Cleaning? Clothes for the Cause!
November 2-7

Start saving your unwanted textiles. Clothes for the Cause runs November 2-7! As you clean out your closets from summer to make way for fall/winter, please set aside bags of unwanted textiles for our upcoming fundraiser.
  • Textiles include: clothing, shoes, towels, sheets, blankets, quilts, belts, tablecloths, curtains, drapery, purses, throw rugs (no carpet), and stuffed animals. 
  • Items can be useable or throw-away, but must be dry. 

The more pounds we collect, the more money Puesta del Sol earns! All materials will be reused, repurposed or recycled...nothing goes to a landfill! Look for more information closer to the event. In the meantime, stockpile your unwanted clothes and textiles for this exciting, earth-friendly fundraiser!

Join Tambores del Sol 2015-2016
Begins Monday, October 5, 3:30-4:30pm, School Gym

Be a part of the International Festival and join Tambores del Sol! Your child will learn a variety of rhythmic patterns and language styles associated with the hand drum (el tambor) and expand their appreciation of culture and diversity. The classes are taught by Maestro Ricardo Guity, an experienced musician, educator and member of our school community. This is a fun way for students to receive additional S.O.S/E.F.E.!! This program is taught in Spanish.

Who May Participate? Open to all Puesta del Sol 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students. Exceptions may apply for younger students if they have experience with tambores - please contact us at tambores@puestadelsolpta.org. Both Beginners and Intermediate. Cost - Session 1: $170 per student ($17/class)
  • Session 1 - Fall 2015October thru December (10 classes)
  • Session 2 and 3 - see Tambores webpage for more info
Participants must have/purchase their own hand drum. One drum is available to rent for $20/session, on a first-to-reply basis. Do you have a gently used drum you would like to sell to incoming Tambores families? Please email us at tambores@puestadelsolpta.org.

We look forward to seeing your children on Monday, October 5th! 
Pizza with WatchDOGS (Dads Of Great Students) 
Tuesday, October 6, Puesta del Sol gym

Dads and Puesta del Sol kids! Come and learn about the 2015-2016 WatchDOGS (Dads Of Great Students) program at Puesta del Sol.

When: Tuesday, October 6, 2015; 6:00-7:00PM
Where: Puesta del Sol gym
Who is invited: Dads, Stepdads, Granddads, Uncles and Puesta del Sol kids
Agenda: Dads and their students share some quality time over pizza for the first half-hour; students are then chaperoned for the final half-hour as they enjoy some kid-related entertainment in the library while the dads receive information about the WatchDOGS program and can sign up for their volunteer days at school. 
                  RSVP: Please contact Puesta del Sol parent Tony Guidotti: Watchdogs@puestadelsolpta.org or (425) 785-0275.  Please respond with your attendance by Sunday, October 4. 

Reflections 2015: Let Your Imagination Fly
Entries are due by October 19th, 2015 at 3:45pm, in the school office
Reflections is a national art competition that is sponsored by the PTA and it is the first entry required for the Academic Challenge. This year's theme is "Let Your Imagination Fly". Entries can be made using multiple artful expressions:
  • Literature, film, visual art, photography, music and dance
  • Entries are due by October 19th, 2015 at 3:45pm, in the school office.  
  • Please see the Reflections web page for how to enter, general rules, common disqualifiers and FAQs. To save on data entry, we need participants to: 

Pumpkin Bash Family Fun Night
Friday, October 23 - 6:30-8:00 pm Gymnasium

Join your fellow Puesta families and friends in a night full of festive, fall fun! Dress in your harvest attire and get down to DJ Howie's tunes with line dancing, monster mashing, games and more. 
  • Carnival pumpkin games 
  • Amazing pumpkin carving demonstration by professional carver, Greg Hanson. 
  • Bake sale treats (cash only)
  • And prizes too! 
  • Donations accepted. 
Volunteers needed and appreciated in 1-hour shifts. Bakers too! Contact Sarah Fink at finksarah3@gmail.com.

Academic Challenge
Take on the Challenge! Information for the 2015-2016 Academic Challenge is now up to date on the PTA website.  Informational flyers will be sent home soon, if they have not already been sent.  We have new options this year for fulfilling the social studies requirement: students can either do Passport Club levels 1-5 from September - March and 7 Special Itineraries or students can do the Multi-Cultural Project which will be displayed at our International Festival in March.  Please find all requirements and forms on our PTA Academic Challenge webpage and remember that the final submission form is required when turning in work in April.

Picture Day is Coming!
October 6
Reminder: Individual fall portraits will be taken. Order forms are available in the school office.

School Garden Volunteers Needed
Please help your new teachers get their classrooms into the school garden regularly and often! As a volunteer, you can 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.  For more volunteering options, please see the Garden Club web page, send email to schoolgarden@puestadelsolpta.org or join the Facebook group.
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!

Occasionally we have guests from local farms and Seattle Tilth who 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. 

Community Events
  • Boys' Lacrosse Free Skills Clinics Sundays, October 4 and 11th, 4:30-6pm, Robinswood Turf Fields
  • Gymnastics Camp and Wrestling Clinic - October 9th
  • YMCA Adventure Guides is an action-oriented program designed for fathers and their children to strengthen their bond by spending quality time doing all kinds of activities.

The PTA Nominating
Committee needs you!
We need 4-5 PTA members to help fill positions for next year's PTA board. This is a fun committee that meets for a short amount of time and has a positive impact on our school.
Please email volunteer@puestadelsolpta.org 
to volunteer!

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

Start CLIPPING and
SAVING Box Tops!

Each Box Top is worth
10 cents for our school. 

That adds up Fast! 
Last year at this time we raised $365.00.
Let's beat that this year!

 Clip, Save and Drop them in the Box Top box located in the school office. 

We are no longer collecting
Labels for Education.




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