JANUARY 11, 2016 * ISSUE 011116
Upcoming Important Dates
Now - 1/29Rainy Day Game Drive
1/11Box Top Collection Contest Begins
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
Kindergarten Information Night
1/29Sock Hop
1/29Classroom Auction Art Projects Deadline
2/1Salsa Hip Hop Dance Combo Class Begins
3rd Annual Box Top Collection Contest
Begins Monday, January 11

Clip and Earn Money for Puesta Del Sol's Kids! Puesta del Sol's third "Box Top Collection Contest" begins January 11th and runs through February 12th.The grade level that turns in the most Box Tops during this time period will receive an extra recess later in the year, weather permitting! Each classroom will have a collection site to make it easy for students to turn in their Box Tops and to ensure each grade earns their respective points toward the contest. Box Top teams will collect throughout the contest and track the progress of each class.  Ask family, friends and neighbors to help! Start clipping and saving Box Tops NOW!

Contest Details:
  • Contest runs Monday, Jan 11th to Friday, Feb 12th
  • Only current, not expired Box Tops will count toward grade total
  • Contest results will be announced once all Box Tops are counted and submitted
For more information on PTA programs or Fundraising efforts please visit the  PTA 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 www.gametimefundraisers.com
  • 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, afilippini@concordmgi.com.

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
  • 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 erinmurr@comcast.net

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

Passport Club News - Bust out those maps! 
Friday, January 15, all morning, library

Passport is held on the third Friday of the month. With the New Year starting on a Friday, our January check is only a week away on January 15!

The Passport Club Company's January quiz is up and ready to help you study. The Passport Club has started a "Board of the Month" on Pinterest to provide parents and students more information about the Level 1 countries. They also have Special Itinerary ideas on their boards as well. 
If 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.
 The January Check will be held on Friday, January 15th. The Special Itinerary for January is Pakistan.
Sock Hop
Friday, January 29, 6:30-8pm, Puesta del Sol Gym

We are going to rock around the clock at the 1950's Puesta del Sol Sock Hop! DJ Howie will be playing rockin' tunes with a night of dancing, hula hoop contests, parent/kid dance-offs, root beer floats, popcorn and more!! Get in the spirit and wear your poodle skirts, pony tails, rolled jeans, shades, etc.! PTA Donations accepted. Treats $1 each (cash only). This is not a drop-off event.

We'd love your help at the entrance or selling treats during this fun event. Please email Sarah Fink at  familyfun@puestadelsolpta.org.

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  
 auctionprojects@puestadelsolpta.org 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!

Salsa Hip Hop Dance Combo Class
Mondays, beginning February 1, 3:30-4:45, held in P-2  

Second through fifth grade boys and girls:  join the new Salsa Hip Hop Dance combo class, a vibrant mix of salsa music with hip hop beats! Hip hop, derived from street jazz and funk styles, is blended with Afro-Caribbean rhythms to form this high energy class which develops strength, flexibility and body conditioning.  Register now for the 8 week winter session.
Questions?  Email Angela at fiestalatina@puestadelsolpta.org.

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 drama@puestadelsolpta.org.

Student Council News: Rainy Day Game Drive Continues!
We want to thank all the families who have participated in the Rainy Day Recess Game Drive.  We are thrilled with the contributions!  Our goal is for 50 more games targeting the upper grades, so we will be continuing the game drive for one more month!  Thanks for your support in this endeavor. 
- Student Council and Faculty of Puesta del Sol  

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.
  • Sunday, January 31, 2 pm, Stroum Jewish Community Center, Mercer Island, WAIt's a Scream: How Levine Does the Rhumba
  • Bellevue Thunderbird Little League Tee Ball, Baseball and Softball
New to Bellevue Thunderbird Little League? Sign up your child to play Tee Ball, Baseball or Softball with Bellevue Thunderbird Little League and they will make a $10-$20 donation to our PTA. Registration is now open and raising money for our PTA is easy. More information available at the Thunderbird Little League website.

NEW! El Sol now
delivered on Mondays
El Sol, the official newsletter from the Puesta del Sol PTA will now be arriving to your inbox on
Monday mornings.

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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