APRIL 18, 2016 * ISSUE 041816
Upcoming Important Dates

2nd Chance Auction bidding begins


Music Concert - 1st grade 6:00pm; 2nd grade 7:00pm


PTA Board Meeting


2nd Chance Auction bidding ends


PTA General Membership Meeting


Music Concert - 3rd grade 6:00pm; 4th grade 7:00pm


Children's Day/Book Day


Academic Challenge Final Submissions Due


Staff Appreciation week


5th Grade Tea


Marimba Bands Final Concert, 7pm


Math Olympiad Competition


International Festival

One-Week-Only 2nd Chance Auction!
Starts TODAY, Monday, April 18th, online

The auction committee will be running a one-week-only 2nd Chance Auction for some amazing-but-overlooked items from Noche de Carnaval. Among the items up for bidding:
  • Four classroom art projects
  • Some teacher experiences
  • Tangible goods like signed Mariners Baseballs
  • Painting birthday party and paintball passes 

 Catalog and bidding instructions here. Bidding opens TODAY, Monday April 18 10:00 am and closes Monday April 25 at 9:00pm.

PTA-Sponsored Summer Camps: Registration is now open!
Check out the terrific PTA-sponsored summer camps offered by our Puesta del Sol teachers this summer! Your children can have fun with their friends participating in both cultural and educational activities while keeping up their Spanish language. There is also an English crash course for kids who want to work on their English language skills.  Full-day and half-day camp options are available. 

Support the Drama Club Spring Production!
Attention Puesta del Sol Parents and local business owners:
Our hard-working 4tand 5tgraders from Puesta del Sol are rehearsing after school everyday this spring to prepare for a production of Snow White in the Black Forest with the directors at Studio East. The two performances will take place at Newport High School in Bellevue on May 27 & 28 in front of up to a thousand local community members.
We are preparing programs for the event and have an opportunity for you to purchase advertisements to appear in the program. The advertisements can be:
  • ¼ page (3.5in x 2.25 in) for $40
  • ½ page (3.5in x 6 in) for $75
  • Full page (6 in x7.5 in) for $100
They will be printed in black ink on white paper. Advertisements are best submitted to the email addresses below in pdf format, but other formats can be accommodated upon request. Payments will be made to the Puesta del Sol Parent Teacher Association and can be mailed directly to the school, to the attention of the PTA Treasurer.
If you are interested in advertising in this year's Drama Club program, please contacKristen Miyakawa at kristenmiy@comcast.net.For more information on the production, visit the Studio East website: http://studio-east.org/about-us/

Thank You to the Behind the Scenes PTA Web Team
The PTA would like to recognize the behind the scenes workhorses that make up its Website Team. This team is led by Pauline Fox who has spent many hours over the last few years perfecting and constantly improving our web experience and flow of information.  Right at her side working hard and doing an awesome job editing is the team's web content editor Joyce Luu. New to the team and doing a diligent job assisting are Shon Hong and Lori Reinvik. Crystal Coldiron has made all of our lives much easier by overseeing the website registration of school/summer programs.  And last but not least, thank you to Sandra Larimore and Linda Walker for working hand in hand with the web team to get us all the El Sol newsletter every week!  Thank you all SO much for taking on these important jobs, the Puesta del Sol Community benefits greatly because of you!!  

Printed Directory
The printed directory is now complete!! There is one directory per family and it was sent home with your youngest child. Be sure to check their backpacks! If you did not receive one, check with your youngest child's teacher, and then email directory@puestadelsolpta.org if you are still unable to locate yours.

Bellevue Schools Foundation : Spring for Schools Luncheon
Friday, May 6th 11:00am - 1:15pm * Bellevue Hyatt Hotel

The PTA President, Sabrina Pinto and VP School Relations, Laura Dooley would like to invite you to join them at the Spring For Schools Luncheon. 
Funds raised at the luncheon will support transformative pilot projects district-wide, such as the elementary STEM initiative and the amazing college and career tools available for all Bellevue students beginning in 6th grade! Attending is a great way to see what's going on in Bellevue's public schools and learn how donors make a difference. 
If you would like to join us at one of the tables please visit Spring for Schools registration  and choose Laura Dooley or Kathryn Pizzo as your table captain.

If you're unable to attend, you may still make a contribution to help the foundation reach their goal by giving online at the Foundation's website.

Library News: El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros
Friday, April 29th

El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, is a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
At Puesta del Sol we will be celebrating this day on Friday, April 29th.
  • We encourage all students to dress up as their favorite book character.
  • Teachers will have the option of having a Read-In at the end of the day.
  • We will be handing out Pocket Poems for students to carry in their pockets and share with others.
  • There will be bookmark and bookmaking stations set up in the library during all lunch recesses. (Parents are welcome to come in and help supervise.)
  • During the week we will be making a giant "Book Chain" with book themes, titles of books, quotes from books, etc., that we will hang along the outside rails at school. 

Community Events
For more detailed listings on these and other great events, please view our Community Events page on the PTA website.
  • Small Hands on Art presents "Jungle Book". Rehearsals begin Apr. 20 at Puesta del Sol band portable one. Questions? Call Howie or Amy McOmber at (425) 313- 9431.
  • Middle School: The Inside Story (for parents of 9-15 year olds) - Book Presentation, Sunday, April 24th, 3-5pm, Crossroads Bible Church 
  • Kelsey Creek Sheep Shearing Event
    Saturday, April 30th, 11am - 4pm, Join us at the Kelsey Creek Sheep Shearing Event for sheep shearing demonstration, spinning demonstrations, children's crafts, tractor/wagon rides, pony rides, food, animal viewing areas and more.
  • WISE camps offer exciting chemistry and math courses in the morning & afternoon in August for students entering grades 3-9 at Newport High School in Bellevue. Questions?  Contact Mrs. Baker or Mr. Nonis at wisecamps@gmail.com.  Register at:  www.wwisecamps.com .

Legislative Advocacy
There are many things parents can do to advocate for Puesta del Sol in the legislature. The more the legislature does its job, the less the PTA has to take up the slack.
We strongly encourage parents (and teachers/staff) to join and follow  
Washington's Paramount Duty, a grassroots advocacy organization to get the WA state legislature to act on funding basic education. 

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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