DECEMBER 4, 2015 * ISSUE 120415
Upcoming Important Dates
Now -12/18Magic Season Fundraiser
Now -12/18Rainy Day Game Drive
12/8Math Olympiad Applications Due
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
1/7First Day of Math Olympiad Training
Bellevue Magic Season Ice Skating Fundraiser
Now 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!

WE WOULD LOVE YOUR HELP for the 2016 Puesta del Sol Auction!
SAVE THE DATE: Noche de Carnaval, March 19, 2016

The 2016 Auction Committee is in need of an AUCTION VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR. The Volunteer Coordinator will recruit volunteers and give them work assignments at the auction based on volunteer availability and auction needs. This effort requires calling, emailing, and talking to parents to recruit volunteers, placing them on the volunteer schedule for the day of the auction, and training and managing volunteers the day of the auction. This isn't a huge commitment throughout the school year- we just ask that you attend our January, February, and March Auction meetings and be available all day on Saturday, March 19th, to be the volunteer buddy. If you are interested in learning more, please reach out to Alicia Filippini,

It's almost time for Math Olympiad!
Begins Thursday, January 7th, 7:50am

The Washington State Middle School Math Olympiad is an advanced-level, state-wide, middle school math competition for students in grades 5-8. Teams of 3 or 4 compete to gain as many points as possible across six mathematical components. Teams train Monday and Thursday mornings, 7:50-8:50am, beginning January 7th. The competition will be held Saturday, May 7th.
Sr. and Sra. Mattson will be the Math Olympiad instructors this year and will be distributing application and information packets Monday, November 30. The application must be completed by the student and returned by December 8th. Families will be notified by Dec. 14 if they were selected. More information can be found on the Math Olympiad webpage.

Passport Club News - Travel the World! 
The Passport Club Company December quiz is up and ready to help you study for December Passport Check Day. The December Check will be held on Friday, December 18th. The Special Itinerary for December is HondurasIf you would like to volunteer to be a Checker and quiz students on their geography knowledge, please sign up at our Sign-Up Genius. We provide the training. It's a great way to meet parents and students.

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

Student Council Rainy Day Game Drive
Now through December 18th

During the months of November and December, Student Council members will be sponsoring and supporting their first "drive" of the year that will benefit Puesta del Sol. Our school's "rainy day recess" is being enhanced so that all students will have a number of entertainment choices when they are asked to stay in their classroom during extreme weather days. Student Council will be promoting donations of new games for all ages that will be kept in large bins in each pod. See the list below of highly rated games and suggestions for donations. If there is overwhelming support of this Student Council project, extra games will be donated to a community toy drive.  Drop games off in the library.
*The class bringing in the most games will win a prize.

Game Suggestions:
Count your Chickens board game
Finders Keepers!
The Mashing Max Game
Hungry Hippos
Connect 4
ABC Letter Game
Chutes and Ladders
Mouse Trap
Pop the Pig Game
Sequence for Kids
Pie Face
Penguins on Ice
Go Fish

Library News
Birthday Book Club - While you're doing your holiday shopping, don't forget about the Puesta del Sol Birthday Book Club and make a donation in honor of your child's birthday! We ask that the book be new and hardcover or "like new" condition. You may choose to write a check for $20 to the Puesta del Sol Library that will go towards the purchase of a new hardcover book. Your selection should be taken to the library during your regularly scheduled library class.
Sr. Shearer will present each child with a Birthday Book Club membership certificate signed by himself. Your gift to the library will have a bookplate attached so that anyone reading it will know of your generosity and school spirit!

Collecting Used Cell Phones and Ink Cartridges of All Sizes - We are still collecting all year long! Our library gets points and cash for these items, so don't forget to collect them at your home or office and drop them off in the library. No toner cartridges please. Funds from these items are used to supplement the PTA and School library budget with purchases of new books, replacements for lost books, and upgrades of older books. Thanks for your participation!

Community Events
For more detailed listings on these and other great events, please view our Community Events page on the PTA website.
  • Newport Boys Lacrosse Spring Season Registration is OPEN for grades 3-12! Begins Monday, February 1st
    Come join the "Fastest Game on Two Feet."  
    • New players welcome at any grade! 
    • Any boys that live within the Newport HS boundaries or are enrolled in the Spanish Immersion Program are eligible to register. 
    • Season starts Feb. 1st for YOUTH and Feb. 29th for HS with Jan.11th - Feb. 28th for HS Winter Conditioning.
    • Both regular seasons run through May 2016.

Roller Rink on the Eastside
The following letter comes from a former Skate King employee. Please contact Ayla Webb at for more information.

A letter from two former Skate King employees:
To the residents of the Eastside and all concerned,

My name is Ayla Webb, and I am a former employee of the Skate King Roller Rink. I am writing to seek out support for the opening of a new skating rink on the Eastside. Another former Skate King employee, Alan Chopay, is leading the project to have a new roller rink opened in the wake of the tragic loss of Bellevue Skate King. The first step of this project is to show investors this is a project with large amounts of interest from the community, and we are hoping to demonstrate this support to them by getting a large amount of 'likes' gathered on a Facebook page created for this project. The Facebook page is At the top of the page is a picture of a group of dedicated skaters on Skate King's old floor, identifiable to anyone who ever skated there by the hand-painted mural of Seattle scenery in the background. If yourself, your family members, and any interested friends could simply help this project by 'liking' this Facebook page, that will give us evidence to present to investors that a new roller rink on the Eastside will be a popular and successful business. Liking and visiting this Facebook page will also give those wondering about progress a place to go to receive updates on how this project is advancing.
We'd like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for any support you can give,
-Ayla Webb & Alan Chopay

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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