MARCH 14, 2016 * ISSUE 031416
Upcoming Important Dates
CANCELLED3/16 Art Appreciation Gallery Night
3/16Bidding Closes for Teacher Experiences for Auction
3/175th Grade Orchestra Zone Concert
3/18March Passport Check
3/19Noche de Carnaval School Auction
3/25Last Day for Yearbook Orders
3/284th/5th Grade Drama Club Registration opens
3/29Puesta del Sol Science Fair

Spring Break


Dining for Dinero - Wayback Burgers


Academic Challenge Final Submissions Due

Box Tops for Education
  • The Puesta del Sol community did a great job collecting over 7,500 box tops! 
  • The Winner of the Competition is 1st Grade!
  • Keep Clipping and saving to earn money for our school. 
  • The collection box is located in the school office.

Dining for Dinero Update
Next Dining for Dinero Event: Tuesday, April 12 at Wayback Burgers, Bellevue

The PTA earned $200 from the February Dining for Dinero event at Cactus. This brings our Dining for Dinero earnings to $1302.91 for the year. Great job! Thank you to all who attended.

Our next Dining for Dinero event is Tuesday, April 12th 3pm-9pm at Wayback Burgers (1645 140th Ave NE, Bellevue 98005). This is a repeat D4D sponsor restaurant because they are particularly generous. Wayback donates 15% of ALL sales to Puesta del Sol PTA. That means sales from all patrons who come into the restaurant are included, not just Puesta families' purchases.

LAST CHANCE FOR TICKETS: Noche de Carnaval School Auction
Saturday, March 19, 2016 5:00pm, Bellevue Hyatt

Wedesday, March 16th is the last day to purchase tickets to the auction. Purchase tickets online today! This is an event you don't want to miss! It will be tons of fun, all to support a great cause--our kids and Puesta del Sol.
What to expect on March 19th:
  • 5:00 Doors Open
  • 5:30 Silent Bidding Begins
  • 6:25 Silent 100 Closes
  • 6:45 Silent 200 Closes
  • 7:00 Silent 300 with Classroom Art Closes. Dining room doors open and Live Auction Begins.
  • 10:00 After Party Begins.

Visit the PTA  Noche de Carnaval web page for more details.

Online Auction - Teacher Experiences
Bidding closes Wednesday, March 16th

Get ready for FUN with your favorite teachers! Each family should have received a copy of the Teacher Experiences Catalog for the 2016 Noche de Carnaval Auction by now, so check those backpacks! If this is your first experience with the Auction, Teacher Experiences offer an opportunity for your child to engage in a fun activity with their teacher, staff members and administrators doing something FUN outside of the normal classroom environment. There are a LOT of great choices this year! Read through the catalog carefully. It includes step-by-step instructions for registering, bidding, sign-ups, and donations. It also includes detailed descriptions of each of the Teacher Experiences offered this year so you can be prepared to login and start bidding! 
  • Online bidding is OPEN and experiences that are sign-ups (first come, first-served) are filling fast! Don't delay! 
  • Once the sign-ups are full they will close. 
  • There are also plenty of items open for BIDDING, and they go to the highest bidder. 
  • All Experiences are open to any student meeting the criteria listed. Some are open to an entire grade, some are open to a range of grades. You are NOT limited to only your current teacher's experiences! 
  • On Wednesday, March 16, all bidding for Teacher Experiences will close. 
  • Each Experience has a different closing time, so look closely at the individual item descriptions in the Online Catalog
  • Questions? Email

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! See all the available volunteer positions and sign up to volunteer online at the auction Sign-Up Genius page.
If you can help or would like more information, please contact Brenda Rosellini or GG Haight at
We need your help to make our school's Auction a success! 

Room Parents and Yearbook Classroom Coordinators Upload Yearbook Photos Now!
If you are a room parent or classroom yearbook coordinator, please upload yearbook photos NOW! We are getting extremely close to our deadline and many classes do not have any photos uploaded, or enough variety.  Be sure that your class has a nice sampling of at least 25-35 quality photos for yearbook consideration. Remember we are looking for group shots that showcase students, their smiling faces and fun times in class. Thank you for your attention to this! If you have questions, please contact

Tuesday March 29, 2016, 5:00pm for K/1, 5:30pm for 2-5

Please contact Annie Robinson at if you are able to donate items for the bake sale.  Items can be dropped off in the Main Office office starting Monday afternoon of March 28th (there will be either a bin or cart for them to be placed). Items can also be dropped off at the Bake Sale Table on the day of the event.
  • Please NO NUTS, peanut butter, or nut butter in the baked goods.
  • Packaged snacks are a great donation idea for those who are allergy aware.
  • Items need to be individually wrapped (baggies are fine) and will be sold for $1

Last Call for Yearbook Orders!
Deadline Friday, March 25th, online

If you still need to order your 2015-16 yearbook, now is the time!  All yearbooks must be pre-purchased since we can only order the number that are pre-ordered and paid for.  To place your yearbook order, go to the PTA website and click on "Place an Order" located on the side menu. Our deadline for all orders is March 25th. 

Academic Challenge Updates!
Academic Challenge submission dates have been updated for Science Fair (3/29) and Multi-Cultural Project (4/29). Due to a new date for the International Festival, we have extended the deadline for the Multi-Cultural Project. All other requirements remain the same. Keep working, kids!  Review Information Regarding the Academic Challenge Program. Questions? Email

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  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.

4th and 5th Graders: Love to sing, dance or act? Drama Club needs you!
Registration begins Monday, March 28th, 6:30am, online

Studio East and your PTA are seeking 50 students for this year's play - Snow White in the Black Forest.  It's a series of fun vignettes including some singing and dancing and a lot of laughs. 
  •  The first 50 students registered get a part - no experience necessary! 
  • Auditions are on April 14th or 15th 
  • Rehearsals are held after school Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays through the production on May 27th
  • The May 27th ]performance is at 7:00 pm and May 28th at 2:00 pm (Memorial Day weekend Friday and Saturday) at Newport High. 
  • Don't worry if you have other weekly commitments - conflicts provided up front are excused absences from regular rehearsals. There are, however, 6 mandatory rehearsals. 
Note the important dates below:
  • Registration Begins online Monday March 28th at 6:30am
  • Mandatory Parent Meeting: Tuesday April 12th - 7pm in Puesta del Sol Library
  • Auditions (online signup): Choose a 45 minute group session April 14th or 15th

Mandatory Rehearsals (casting & Tech week): 

  • Monday & Tuesday,  April 18th & 19th, 3:30-6:00
  • Monday & Tuesday,  May 16th & 17th, 3:30-6:30
  • Wed., May 18th 1:10-4:10 & Thursday May 19th 4:30-7:30
Check out the Drama Club Page for details. Contact with additional questions.

Library News
Spanish Book Fair
Drop by our annual Spanish Book Fair beginning on Tuesday, March 22nd through Friday morning, March 25th.  Book Fair hours are Tuesday through Thursday all day and Friday morning only.  There will be a large variety of Spanish books for all ages.  We will also have a few titles of the latest fiction chapter books in English, as well as all of the graphic novel titles by Kazu Kibuishi, who will be presenting at our school on Tuesday, March 29th.  
Visiting Author, Kazu Kibuishi - Thanks to a generous grant from Bellevue Schools Foundation, all Bellevue schools will be hosting local author Kazu Kibuishi.  He will be presenting to 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students in our school library throughout the day on Tuesday, March 29th.  Kazu is well-known by all our students who love his popular graphic novels.  Students will have the opportunity to purchase his latest graphic novel at our annual Spanish Book Fair during the week of March 21st.  We have scheduled a "signing time" during his visit and all 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students will receive a bookmark with his picture and signature.  
All School Community Service Project - I am in the process of reading the book Mogie; The Heart of the House to all grades during their library time.  It is a wonderful story about a wild little dog named Mogie, who becomes a friend, companion and great entertainment for children and their families who stay at the Ronald McDonald House in Houston, Texas while their child is undergoing treatments at the Houston Children's Hospital.  At the end of the book there is information about the Ronald McDonald House and a suggestion for an easy service project that helps fund a variety of projects.  Students and their families and workplaces are encouraged to collect the metal pull tabs from pop cans, dog and cat food, etc., and bring them to the library, where we have a glass jar on the checkout counter that is slowly filling up with the metal tabs.  Thanks for supporting this student community service project which will be on-going throughout the year.  

Community Events
For more detailed listings on these and other great events, please view our Community Events page on the PTA website.

The PTA Nominating Committee Needs You!
We are looking for one more PTA member to help fill positions for next year's PTA board. This is a fun committee that only meets for the next few weeks and has a positive impact on our school. There are two already trained members in place so the transition will be quick and smooth.  Please email if you are interested.

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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