NOVEMBER 20, 2015 * ISSUE 112015
Upcoming Important Dates
11/20TODAY: Yearbook Student Sun Art/Deadline
11/20TODAY: November Passport Check
11/26-27NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break
11/27-12/18Magic Season Fundraiser
12/2Reflections Art Gallery Night
12/10PTA Board Meeting
12/10ISA Committee - Parent Night
12/18December Passport Check
12/21-1/1NO SCHOOL - Winter Break
1/3-1/10Magic Season Fundraiser
Week of Gratitude Reflection
As a choice school, we are so lucky as parents to have the opportunity to give our children such a unique Spanish immersion learning experience. As the school nears the end of their Week of Gratitude, the children have reflected on the various aspects of their school and spent a few minutes every day writing notes or drawing pictures of their gratitude for their community.

I would like to draw attention to the efforts of our combined school community, made up of our school leadership team, teachers, support staff, parents and most importantly, our children. The results of our children's Smarter Balanced Assessment from last spring, rated far above state average and was highlighted this week by the Bellevue School District. I am personally so proud of what has been accomplished and encourage us all to go into our coming week of Thanksgiving, giving our thanks for such a great school community. Thank you all for all that YOU do!

Sabrina Pinto
PTA Co-President

Dining for Dinero:
Family Night Out at California Pizza Kitchen
Tuesday, Dec.1st 11:00am-10:00pm Dine-in or Take-out

Join other Puesta del Sol families and friends for our next Dining for Dinero event at:

Bellevue Magic Season Ice Skating Fundraiser
Friday, November 27 through December 18
and January 3 through January 10

Join us in celebrating the "Magic Season" with ice skating in downtown Bellevue!  Mention you are with Puesta del Sol Elementary and a $3 donation will be made to your PTA for each paid rink admission during the following dates:  November 27-December 18, 2015 & January 3-10, 2016. See Fundraising page for the specific dates/times that the rink will be participating in our fundraiser. Admission to the rink is $12/person (includes skate rental) and $9/person for those eight and under.
  • Three dollars from every paying visitor from Puesta del Sol will be given to the PTA at the end of the season. 
  • You must notify the rink staff upon paying that you are with Puesta del Sol. 
Families can make it a night of holiday fun with a visit to Snowflake Lane at The Bellevue Collection, and stroll through Garden d'Lights at the Bellevue Botanical Garden. More information about the Bellevue Magic Season can be found online at the Downtown Bellevue Association website.

NFL Gametime Fundraiser
NFL GAMETIME FUNDRAISER: Get Seahawks Gear or other NFL team merchandise from this website and 100% of net proceeds from all sales will be contributed back to our PTA! If you are looking for any Seahawks or NFL gifts this football season, including Fatheads, Russell Wilson jerseys or Superbowl programs, this is a great place to buy!
  • Go to
  • Enter Puesta del Sol Elementary in the School/Club/Organization field
  • Select officially licensed Seattle Seahawks or other NFL team product(s) and add to cart
  • Enter credit card info
  • Check out!

The Spring School Auction Needs You!
SAVE THE DATE: Noche de Carnaval, March 19, 2016

Please help us procure enticing auction items:
  • vacation escapes (cabins, beach houses, time shares) 
  • airline tickets
  • technology gadgets
  • Lego kits
  • Seahawks tickets/memorabilia
  • Ski passes and/or ski equipment
  • Unique experiences
  • Sporting events tickets 

Please email if you can donate.

For our Auction, we also need a TEACHER EXPERIENCE COORDINATOR and an AUCTION VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR. Please email if interested in helping.

Calling all Student Artists! Remember to Submit your Yearbook Sun Artwork
Deadline is Today, Friday, November 20, 2015 to school office

Would you like to see your art in the yearbook?  If so, draw and color your very best sun on the special yearbook paper sent home.  Remember you must use this special paper and turn your sun in to the office by November 20th for it to be included in the 2015-2016 yearbook.

Reflections Gallery Night
Wednesday, December 2nd 6:30-7:30pm

Join us in the gym to view the 150 student masterpieces entered into the Reflections art contest. We will announce the entries that will continue to the district competition, and we will award ribbons. There will be treats and an advance opportunity to purchase boards and plastic sleeves to make it easy next year. This is our thank you for helping make this year's online form a success!
  • Art not moving to the district level can be taken home starting at 7:15pm. 
  • Any remaining art will be distributed to students the week of December 7th. If you want your student to protect their artwork, please include a bag or envelope in their backpack that week.
Questions? Please contact
ISA (International Spanish Academy) Committee Parent Night
December 10th at 6:30 pm in the Newport High School Library

Come learn what your children have in store for them after Puesta del Sol. The ISA Committee's first parent night will be December 10th at 6:30 pm in the Newport High School Library. We will discuss middle and high school ISA courses and hear from teachers from not only Newport High but Interlake and Sammamish High as well.  Also, Paris Granville, World Curriculum Developer for the Bellevue School District, will discuss the direction of Spanish language learning on the district level. The ISA Committee will present future programming options and the possibility of study abroad for ISA kids in the future. Don't miss this great opportunity. More at or or visit our ISA Committee page.

New Dates for 4th & 5th Grade Drama Club Spring Production
Performance dates are now Friday May 27th at 7:00 pm and Saturday May 28th at 2:00 pm

Due to a shortage of performing arts center space in the Bellevue School District this year, the Puesta del Sol Drama Club's annual production dates have changed. The performance dates are now Friday May 27th at 7:00 pm and Saturday May 28th at 2:00 pm. Please note this IS Memorial Day weekend and Friday is a Professional Day for BSD. If you are planning to be away at this time then your 4th or 5th grader will not be able to participate. The mandatory parent meeting will be the week after April break, and rehearsals will start after that. Please plan ahead if you would like to be a part of the show! More info to come in the spring! If you have any questions, please contact Laura Dooley at

Community Events
For more detailed listings on these and other great events, please view our Community Events page on the PTA website.
  • Would you like your child to experience the fastest growing sport in the country and be part of a team experience? Both new and experienced lacrosse players welcomed! Registration for the Spring 2016 season is now open for boys with Sammamish Interlake Lacrosse Club. 
  • Registration has started for Saturday Bellevue Ski School Program with discount pricing through November 30th. A portion of every student enrollment goes to the Bellevue school PTA of your choice.

Clothes for the Cause
A huge thank you to all of the volunteers that braved the elements to collect and carry heavy bags of donations! And another huge thank you to all of the families that brought in donations for our textile drive and fundraiser.
The final total collected was 4,202 pounds, which brings our PTA $420.20!
Mil Gracias!

Please welcome our
2015-2016 Amity Interns!
Learn more about the
Amity Program that augments the Puesta del Sol experience with
native Spanish speakers.




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