DECEMBER 18, 2015 * ISSUE 121815
Upcoming Important Dates
Now -12/18Magic Season Fundraiser
Now -12/18Rainy Day Game Drive
12/18December Passport Check
12/21-1/1NO SCHOOL - Winter Break
12/21Spanish Speaking Only Games Hour
1/3-1/10Magic Season Fundraiser
1/7First Day of Math Olympiad Training
1/14Fiesta Latina Dance Classes Begin
1/15January Passport Check
1/15Bomba del Sol Winter Classes Begin
1/18NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
1/29Classroom Auction Art Projects Deadline
President's Reflection
What a great start to the year we have had so far! I would like to say a BIG thank you to all of our parent community for your very generous support so far this year. We have had such an amazing time and huge success with all of our PTA programs. From the Ice Cream social, Walkathons, Pumpkin Bash and Dining for Dinero get togethers, we have had a great time getting to know one another and strengthening our parent/student community.  I cannot end the 2015 year without saying the biggest of big THANK YOUs to all of our parent volunteers. Honestly, with the hours that you put into Passport, Reflections, Art Appreciation, Walkathon and all the many, many other activities we run throughout the year, you all have a special place in this world and we can never say thank you enough!

I wish you all a happy holiday break and look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

Sabrina Pinto
Puesta del Sol PTA Co-President

Noteworthy Fundraising Successes!
Thank you to all who have contributed towards the $175,000 Annual Fund goal, thus far.  Our focus this year is on community building fundraisers.  Together we HAVE reached our Walkathon goal of $50,000!  Examples of how your PTA financially supports, in whole or in part, include:
  • Four Amity Intern salaries
  • International Festival
  • Art Appreciation
  • Passport Club
  • SITA
  • Reflections
  • Science Fair
  • Garden Club
  • Academic Challenge
  • Specialist Grants for Art, Band, Orchestra, Library, Music, P.E.
  • Grants for student/family support to include the Resource Specialist, the Counselor, the Nurse, the Speech Specialist, and the ELL Specialist.  
  • Additionally, our Dining for Dinero, Clothes for the Cause, Tea Clothing Fundraiser and Box Top Collection have raised $1,383.20!  This could almost fund the grants for all four of the 5th grade teachers!  We are looking forward to continuing to grow the community and achieve our Annual Fund goal through more great events in the New Year!
For more information on PTA programs or Fundraising efforts please visit the  PTA website
Bellevue Magic Season Ice Skating Fundraiser
Today, 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,

Reflections Art Contest
Puesta del Sol is proud to have collected 153 entries for the Reflections competition this year. Congratulations to everyone for a job well done! Blind judging by a panel of community members took place a few weeks ago and the 25 entries that are moving on to the District competition were chosen. These finalists were announced at Gallery Night last week and all of the remaining artwork has been sent home. To see a list of the finalists and the date and location of the all-District show and awards ceremony, please see the Reflections information on the Puesta del Sol PTA website.

Thank you to the volunteers who helped with set up and tear down of Gallery night!!

Bomba del Sol
Fridays beginning January 15

Bomba is a traditional music style, of Puerto Rican and African origin, featuring dance and percussion. It is described as a dialogue between dancer and drummer -- as if the drummer were challenging the dancer to a rhythmic duel. La Bomba is much more than dance - it is a musical ritual which acts like the loom in a fine weaving.  It brings communities together and inspires young people to gain knowledge of not only the fundamentals of dance and music, but also the history of the people within their community.

The class is taught in Spanish by two local artists, Maestro Otoqui and Maestra Naomi. One or more parents of students participating in the class will also be present to help with attendance.

Dates: 8 weeks on Fridays (after school) - Program starts January 15th and proceeds through March 11th
  • January: 15, 22, 29
  • February: 5, 12, 26
  • March: 4, 11 and
  • International Festival - Dress Rehearsal (Date TBD) and Final Performance (March 12)
Number of Classes: 10 TOTAL (8 + International Dress Rehearsal + Final Performance)
Time: 3:30-5:00 pm   
Location: Puesta del Sol Gymnasium
Ages: All ages, fun for any age K-5!
Price: $200
Participation: Class is open to all grades (K-5)
Maximum class size is 25 students
Students should wear comfortable clothes and gym-appropriate shoes

Registration: Please register through the Puesta del Sol PTA website 

Parent Volunteers: If you are interested in volunteering as a parent chaperone, you can receive a discount on the cost of the classes. Please contact class organizers if you are interested: Erin Walker at

Fiesta Latina Dance Class
Thursdays, beginning January 14, 3:30-4:30pm, in P-2

Join the party at Fiesta Latina dance class!   Learn to dance Cuban Salsa, Dominican Republic Merengue, Brasilian Samba, Colombian Cumbia, Panama and Puerto Rican Reggaeton and many more Latin American modern rhythms. Develop creativity experiencing social dancing and discovering solo moves in this fun and dynamic class! The class includes introduction to Folklore and Traditional dances. This is a PTA-sponsored program and is taught in Spanish. 
  • Winter session begins January 14th and runs through March 10th (8 weeks + dress rehearsal + international festival). 
  • Classes are held on Thursdays from 3:30pm-4:30pm. 
  • Open to all K-5 students. 16 spots available. 
  • Cost: $155/per student, siblings $140.  
See Fiesta Latina page for more details and to register. 
Questions?  Contact instructor Angela Delahoz at

Classroom Auction Art Projects
Deadline: Friday, January 29th, 2016

Season's Greetings to you all! We have heard from the majority of our classrooms in regards to acknowledgement about Classroom Auction Art Projects - thank you Room Parents! Some of the classrooms still need someone to lead the project. We hope to have every classroom involved in our school auction. The art projects will be auctioned off at the gala auction March 19, 2016.
If you have not contacted the Puesta del Sol 2016 Auction Committee yet with your information, please email us at ASAP so we may include you in our notifications. Also, please email us for the guidelines and details about the Classroom Auction Art Projects.

Thank you so much. We appreciate your time and support!

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

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!

Spanish Outside of School (SOS)
Monday, December 21, 1:00pm, N. Bellevue Community and Senior Center

The North Bellevue Community and Senior Center will host an inter-generational, Spanish speaking only games hour Monday, December 21. The center serves an optional $6.00 lunch (RSVP to the community center required), and the games hour will begin at 1pm. This is a non-PTA, parent coordinated (Mary Castillo) event that will need other parent participation to be successful. Please contact Darrion Spratley (N. Bellevue Community Center Activities Director) with any questions about this event, or visit the website for general information.

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.

Goodbye from
Sra Toni

Puesta del Sol Community:

I am taking this opportunity to say, "Adios," to my home away from home. This is the beginning of my 28th year here at Puesta del Sol, out of a 42 year career all in Spanish language programs.
I have loved it all!
Gracias to the Puesta del Sol community at large and to my most amazing colleagues past and present, who over the years have been of incredible support to me personally and to the program.
Gracias, gracias, gracias.

Adios  Y ¡Viva el español!
Sra. Toni (Márquez)

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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