FEBRUARY 15, 2016 * ISSUE 021516
Upcoming Important Dates
2/15 - 2/19NO SCHOOL - Mid-Winter Break
2/22-2/29Tea Collection's School Days Fundraiser
2/26February Passport Check
2/29Dining for Dinero, Cactus Restaurant
3/1Marimba Bands Concert
3/4Kindergarten Lottery
PTA Principal Forum
3/10Group/Class Picture Day
3/10PTA Board Meeting
3/11NO SCHOOL - Professional Development Day
3/19Noche de Carnaval School Auction
3/29Puesta del Sol Science Fair
Dining for Dinero Fundraiser at
Cactus in Bellevue Square
Monday, February 29, 11:00am - 9:00pm

Bring in this flyer  or mention "Puesta del Sol" to your server and Cactus will donate 10% of the total check to Puesta del Sol PTA. Purchases include dine in, take out, and all beverages, Bellevue Square location only.

The December Dining for Dinero event at California Pizza Kitchen earned the PTA $185.42, bringing our Dining for Dinero fundraising total to $787.38 for this school year. We also just received $315.53 from last year's Dining for Dinero event at CPK, bringing our grand fundraising total to $1,102.91!

Thank you for your support of our PTA!

Tea Collection's School Days Fundraiser
Begins Monday, February 22, 2016, online at TeaSchoolDays.com

Puesta del Sol PTA is participating in Tea Collection's School Days fundraiser from February 22-29, 2016. What does this mean? You shop TeaSchoolDays.com, at 15% off + free shipping AND our school gets 15% of each sale. Tea Collection is known for their attractive, high quality children's clothing. Mark your calendars! Please help us spread the word to friends and family.
If you would like to look at the clothing ahead of time, go to TeaCollection.com, but for the fundraiser to be successful, you must shop TeaSchoolDays.com from February 22-29, and enter the our school's unique promo code "SDS16PUESTA" at checkout and click "apply code." Orders placed without this code cannot be adjusted.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW: Noche de Carnaval School Auction
Saturday, March 19, 2016 5:00pm, Bellevue Hyatt

Auction tickets now available for purchase onlinePurchase your tickets soon - Early bird prices are only until Monday, February 29th! A fun evening including friends, a wonderful menu/desserts, entertainment, creative art projects and amazing auction items! Join us also for an After Party of music, dancing and lots of fun! Consider adding a donation toward a teacher's ticket. All donations are 100% tax deductible. Visit the PTA  Noche de Carnaval web page for more details.

Auction Items Needed!
Noche de Carnaval, Saturday, 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

Noche de Carnaval Gala Auction - Dessert Dash - Raised $10,000 at our 2014 Puesta del Sol Auction!
Thank you to all of you generous bakers/donors, we reached our goal of procuring 35 desserts! Please be sure to go into the Google doc and enter the information requested by February 26th. The Auction team will need adequate time to prepare Menus and table tents. Requested information includes:
  1. Dessert Name, 
  2. Ingredients, and 
  3. Stated Value (please price based on amount that the dessert would retail for in a bakery or restaurant).

Please sign-up online now! Contact Shari Sparling at sparlingshari@comcast.net for more information. 
Auction Volunteers Needed on Saturday March 19
Noche de Carnaval, Saturday, March 19, 2016

Would you like to attend this year's Auction, but don't want to buy a ticket? Or maybe you are already going and would like to help out a bit as well! The Auction is a very fun event and we have a role for every personality type all with varying time commitments. Volunteers are needed before, during or after the event to help with set up & decorations, registration, data entry, closing the silent auction, runners, selling raffle tickets, check out, etc.  We also welcome high school students in need of volunteer hours! 
If you can help or would like more information, please contact Brenda Rosellini or GG Haight at auction@puestadelsolpta.org.
We need your help to make our school's Auction a success! 

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.

Sign-up Now for International Festival Amity Acts
Saturday, May 7th, 5pm, Newport High School

Sign up today to perform in the 2016 Puesta Del Sol International FestivalJoin our Amities, Adriana, Camilo, Daniel, and Andrea as they share traditional dance, music, songs, and drama with our K-5 students.  Space is limited so sign up now. This is a PTA-sponsored program and is taught in Spanish. Classes start this week for Camilo & Daniel.

GradeActAmity Lead
Catalunyan pairs dance
1Colombian songsCamilo
2, 3Venezuelan pairs danceAdriana
3, 4, 5
 Spanish Drama

All Puesta del Sol students in grades K-5, are eligible to participate in their respective grade level act. Space is limited. Each student MUST commit to all classes, the dress rehearsal on the afternoon/evening of May 2nd, and the performance with their group at the International Festival on the evening of Saturday, May 7th, 2016. Registration and health form are required as well as parental PTA membership and volunteer commitment. More detailed information is available on the International Festival webpage .

Online registration is now open. Questions? Contact the International Festival Committee at internationalfestival@puestadelsolpta.org

Passport Club News - February Check Day
Friday, February 26, 2016, 9:30-11:20am, Puesta del Sol library

Due to mid-Winter break, February Passport Check will be held on Friday, February 26, 2016.
Three times a year, the Passport Club Committee collects student Passports to record each student's progress. If your child is working towards one of the three Passport Club Prize Levels, or if they are working on Passport as part of Academic Challenge, and you would like to find out if they are on target to meet their goal, email us at passport@puestadelsolpta.org. Please allow 2-3 business days for a response.
Students working on Passport for Academic Challenge must have all Special Itineraries and Check-at-Home Forms submitted by the March Check Day -- Friday, March 18, 2016. Students working on Passport Prize Levels must have all work submitted by Tuesday, May 31, 2016.
The Passport Club Company's February 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.  The Special Itinerary for February is Chile.
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. Passport Check is held in the library from 9:30-11:20am.

Photos Needed for 2015-16 Puesta del Sol Yearbook
Deadline for submission is March 1, 2016

Your photos of school wide activities are needed for consideration in the 2015-16 yearbook. Please look through your photos from the First Day of School, Walkathon, Ice Cream Social, Orchestra Concert and other whole school events and send them in! We'd love as many students represented in the yearbook as possible. Please send only group (small or large) shots; no individuals, please. If you have a few photos, please email them to yearbook@puestadelsol.org. If you have more than a few to send, please contact yearbook@puestadelsol.org for instructions on uploading multiple photos to a shared site.

SITA (Spanish Immersion through The Arts)
Assemblies on Monday, March 7th, 2016

Ever wonder what happens at the assemblies? SITA (Spanish Immersion through The Arts) invites you to a very special one. On Monday, March 7th. Marco Cortes, a well known andean children's musician in the area, who has taught music workshops to the children in grades K-3 has been invited to perform a sing - along assembly/concert at Puesta del Sol. Please come and join us!
Assemblies on Monday, March 7th, 2016
  • Grades K-2         9:15-9:45
  • Grades 3-5         10:00-10:30

Check the SITA webpage to learn more about Spanish Immersion Through the Arts.

Puesta del Sol Science Fair
Tuesday March 29, 2016, 5:00pm for K/1, 5:30pm for 2-5

The Puesta del Sol Science Fair is coming up on Tuesday, March 29th! Have you started your project yet? If you are still looking for ideas, there are online resources to help you get started. There are things all around you ready for investigation!  If you want to help plan or run the Science Fair, pre-event volunteers are needed now to ensure a great event again this year. To volunteer, please contact sciencefair@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.

Take the ISA Committee Survey now until Feb 27!
The International Spanish Academy (ISA) Committee Survey is for Parents with Children in BSD's Spanish Immersion Program grades K - 12

Your input would be greatly appreciated. Please respond before Feb 27.  

We're interested to know what you think of the ISA program, and to gain your feedback and ideas.

The District announced at our Parent Education Meeting in December that there will be changes in the final year of he Program surrounding course credit levels. We have learned that this is a result of a UW policy change.

This online survey should only take a few minutes of your time.

Thank you for your participation!

- ISA Committee

Community Events
For more detailed listings on these and other great events, please view our Community Events page on the PTA website.
  • Math Adventure at Jing Mei, March 18 - Math Adventure uniquely blends puzzles, math, the arts, and learning into a single night of non-competitive, theme-based excitement and teamwork for elementary school kids. To learn more and to register your team, visit the Math Adventures website.


  • 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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