OCTOBER 9, 2015 * ISSUE 100915
Upcoming Important Dates
Teacher Professional Development Day
10/13 - 10/20Tea School Days Fundraiser Begins
10/15PTA Board Meeting
10/19Art Reflections Due
10/23PTA General Membership meeting
Pumpkin Bash Family Fun Night
10/27Dining for Dinero Event - MOD Pizza
10/28Spirit Wear Wednesdays Begins
10/30Passport Check Day (October Map)
11/2 - 11/7Clothes for the Cause Fundraiser
11/3Picture Re-take Day
11/11NO SCHOOL - Veteran's Day
Walkathon: Run to the Finish Line!
One week to make our goal, so please keep your Pledges & Donations coming in!

2015 Walkathon Goal: $50,000
Total earnings as of October 6: $30,254
All Pledges are due next Friday, October 16th  
Pledges & donations must to be in by October 16th to receive student prizes. We ask each student to strive to raise $150 (or $300/family). Prizes passed out each week.
You can still donate online and don't forget to double your donation with Corporate Matching programs! 
All cash and check donations can be deposited in the secure PTA money mailbox in the front office with your pledge forms or mail to: 3810 132nd Ave SE, Bellevue, 98006. Make checks payable to "Puesta del Sol PTA". Email questions to deposits@puestadelsolpta.org

Walkathon Final Results & Medal Winners!
Our student covered a lot of ground, so makes sure to collect their pledges!!
  • Total laps walked: 14,335 laps or 1,593 miles...Wow!!
  • Classes w/100% RSVP and a Free Recess: Sra. Mattson, Sra. Toni, Sra. Soriano, Sra. Chaves
  • Classes with the most laps:  Sra. Torres (K), Sra. Medina (1st), Sra. Lara (2nd), Sra. Colyer (3rd), Srta. Heidi (4th), Sra. Mattson (5th)
Top Boy & Girl Walker per Grade:   
  • Kindergarten - Romy M. (49), Zeven P. (64)
  • 1st - Anja M. (65), Jack M. (75)
  • 2nd - Arya S. (56) & Kalea H. (56), Christian I. (122)
  • 3rd - Liana B. (70), Diego A. (110)
  • 4th - Dakota S. (85), Grayson B. (120)
  • 5th - Olivia L. (95), Andrew F. (121) and Kyler N. (121)

Individual Walkathon Lap Counts
Congratulations to all our walkers!! If you would like to know your student's walkathon lap count, please check the results, sorted by grade, that are posted in the cafeteria. Staff and volunteers are not available to email individual lap counts. Thank You for your understanding.

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 participated in the Wayback Burgers event!  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!

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 del Sol 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)
  • 8th Grade Tillicum ISA Bag Sale for Costa Rica Trip (Cash Only)
  • Prizes!!!
  • Donations Accepted
Volunteers needed and appreciated in 1-hour shifts. Bakers too! Contact Sarah Fink at finksarah3@gmail.com or check out the online volunteer signup page.

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.

Reusies™ from the Puesta del Sol Equipo Verde!
Wednesday, October 14 - 1:15-1:30 pm
The Puesta del Sol Equipo Verde (Green Team) will be selling large Reusies™ reusable cloth bags after school next Wednesday. For just $10 cash or check, you can have your very own environmentally friendly way to bring a tasty sandwich or snack on the go with you, which also shows your Puesta del Sol pride!

Library News


Volunteers Needed in the Library - Volunteers are needed for shelving and also for covering new books with laminate. Classes that still don't have a volunteer during their library time are:
  • Kindy - Sra. Chaparro, 1:15 Thursday
  • 3rd grade - Sra. Perez, 11:10 Monday
  • 3rd Grade - Sra. Colyer, 2:50 Thursday
  • 4th Grade - Sr. Palacios, 10:30 Wednesday
  • 4th Grade - Sra. Heide Von Tersch, 12:35 Thursday
Evening Book Club - The Adult-Student Book Club is open to any 4th or 5th grader and an accompanying adult (does not necessarily have to be a parent).  At our first meeting in October, our librarian, Mrs. Brody, will have ready the first book that participants will read for our discussion in November. Together we will choose books for January, February and March.  Each adult/student team will get one copy of the book to read each month.  In order to understand how a book club works from start to finish, it is essential that you make a commitment to attend all 5 meetings. Our first meeting is on Monday, October 26th from 7:00 to 8:00pm in the library.


Community Events
  • 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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