JANUARY 25, 2016 * ISSUE 012516
Upcoming Important Dates
Now - 1/29Rainy Day Game Drive
Now - 2/12Box Tops Collection Contest
1/25NO SCHOOL - Professional Development Day
1/25Spanish Speaking Games Event
1/26Band/Orchestra Concert, 7:00pm Gym
1/29General Membership Meeting
1/29Sock Hop
1/29Classroom Auction Art Projects Deadline
1/29Last Day: Rainy Day Game Drive
2/1Salsa Hip Hop Dance Combo Class Begins
2/1 - 2/5Spirit Week
2/11PTA Board Meeting
2/15 - 2/19NO SCHOOL - Mid-Winter Break
PTA General Membership Meeting
Friday, January 29, 6:00pm in the library

Please join us for our General Membership Meeting where the membership will elect this year's Nominating Committee.  The Nominating Committee is responsible for recruiting and slating the 2016-2017 PTA Board. Those scheduled to be voted into this year's Nominating Committee are: Kamelia Enzler, Lacey Marshall, and Deborah Rowe. Nominations will be accepted from the floor as well.

The Sock Hop will immediately follow the meeting.

Please note, all Puesta Del Sol families who have signed up for PTA membership are a part of our General Membership and are welcome to attend all meetings. Please, cast your vote, approval and opinions. We would love to meet every one of you and we look forward to your participation.

3rd Annual Box Top Collection Contest
Contest running through Friday, February 12th

Clip and Earn Money for Puesta Del Sol's Kids! Puesta del Sol's third "Box Top Collection Contest" is underway 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:
  • Running now through 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
Reflections District Show Results and Blank Card Set Fundraiser
Orders due by Friday, January 29th

Puesta del Sol is proud to have 6 students heading to the Reflections state competition: Emi H., Marisa W., Diego A., Emma Rose M., Kepler B., and Penelope K. Congratulations to all of our Puesta del Sol finalists, your artwork was a hit at the show!

This year the Bellevue PTSA council is offering a Reflections blank card set for $10. This program supports Reflections outreach for all Bellevue schools so that each and every student has the opportunity to participate in this artistic program free of any cost to themselves. The 10 blank cards will each have a different visual Reflection art from students throughout Bellevue chosen by vote during the District Show. To order please visit the Reflections page for a flyer and order form. Order forms can be submitted to the Puesta del Sol PTA payments box in the front office by Friday, January 29th. These make a great gift! Please email  reflections@puestadelsolpta.org with any questions.

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!

Auction 2016 - Noche de Carnaval
SAVE THE DATE: Noche de Carnaval, March 19, 2016

Please help us procure items for our 2016 auction, Noche de Carnaval on Saturday, March 19th at the Bellevue Hyatt.  
Think broadly - what can you donate, what can your friends, family and acquaintances donate, and what can the businesses 
you patronize donate? Items in need: unique experiences, ski passes/ski equipment, sports equipment, technology devices, 
vacation getaways, sporting events tickets (Seahawks, Sounders). Please email procurement@puestadelsolpta.org to donate.

Sponsor Puesta del Sol's auction!  This is a great advertising opportunity for any business, big or small.  There are a variety of sponsorship levels available.  Information about sponsorship packages and forms are available online.
Dessert Dash - Baker or Donation Requests for Puesta Del Sol Auction
The Puesta del Sol Auction Is Saturday, March 19, 2016

Remember the mad dash to the Desserts at our last Auction?
  • The Carmelized Lemon Tart with Fresh Fruit and Mascarpone Whipped Cream
  • Vanilla Buttercream Cake
  • Molten Lava Chocolate Souffles
  • Tres Leches Cake
  • Rusty's Famous Cheesecake? 
  • There were so many delicious choices!
Thanks to your generosity, that segment of our auction raised $10,000 for our school programs! Please help us raise that amount (or more) this year by donating again. Desserts can be donated by local bakeries, restaurants, or volunteers with a magic touch in the kitchen. Auction guests will get to enjoy these tasty treats while supporting our wonderful school. Talk about having your cake and eating it too!

Please sign-up online now! Contact Shari Sparling at sparlingshari@comcast.net for more information. 
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 25th
  • January: 15, 22, 29
  • February: 5, 12, 26
  • March: 4, 11, 18, 25 
Number of Classes: 10 TOTAL
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. 
  • January 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11, 25, March 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th.
  • 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

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: Friendly Reminder
Deadline: Friday, January 29th, 2016

To get your project ready for drop-off, please wrap your project securely. Keep in mind families will be taking the artwork home with them directly from the auction. Please include:
  • The title of your project  
  • A description (materials, inspiration, etc.)  
  • The fair market value (the cost of what went into the project)   
  • This information may be emailed to us OR typed out and attached to your project
Please email us at auctionprojects@puestadelsolpta.org when you are ready to drop-off your project. We will make arrangements to meet you in the school PTA Room (next to the school gym) during a time that we both agree upon. You may also turn in your PTA Reimbursement Form with receipts at this time.

We are excited to receive all the wonderful and creative art projects!
Thank you so much art volunteers, room parents, teachers and students. 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.

Host Families for the 2016-17 School Year
Deadline for submission is May 1, 2016

The Amity Committee is looking for host families for the 2016-17 school year. If you would like to host or have questions about what is involved in hosting, please get in contact with our Amity Committee.  We would be happy to answer any questions you might have.  Email us at Amity@puestadelsolpta.org.  If you already know you would like to host an Amity Intern,  please fill out and submit an Amity host 2016-2017 Application now available online.  Deadline submission is May 1, 2016.

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 through the end of January!  Thanks for your support in this endeavor. 
- Student Council and Faculty of Puesta del Sol  

School Wide Spirit Week
Monday, February 1 through Friday, February 5

The Student Council would like to invite all students to join in on Spirit Week, February 1st to the 5th. Each day will have a theme and all students and parents are encouraged to be as creative and interpretive as you wish. 

  • Monday, 1st of February - Talent Day
  • Tuesday, 2nd of February - Pajama Day
  • Wednesday, 3rd of February - Teacher Switch Day
  • Thursday, 4th of February - Crazy Clothes Day
  • Friday, 5th of February - Winter Wonderland 

Community Events
For more detailed listings on these and other great events, please view our Community Events page on the PTA website.
  • The North Bellevue Community and Senior Center will host an inter-generational, Spanish speaking only games event today, January 25th. Games will be available from 12:30 to 2:00pm. This is a non-PTA, parent (Mary Castillo) coordinated event that will need other parent participation to be successful. More information is available on the City of Bellevue 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.
  • 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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