APRIL 25, 2016 * ISSUE 042516
Upcoming Important Dates

2nd Chance Auction bidding ends


PTA General Membership Meeting


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


El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros


Academic Challenge Final Submissions Due


Deadline for Submitting Applications to Host Amity Intern


Staff Appreciation week


5th Grade Tea


Marimba Bands Final Concert, 7pm


Math Olympiad Competition


International Festival


Field Day

One-Week-Only 2nd Chance Auction!
TODAY is the last day to bid.  Bidding ends at 9:00pm tonight.

The auction committee 2nd Chance Auction for some amazing-but-overlooked items from Noche de Carnaval ends today. 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 ends TODAY, Monday April 25 at 9:00pm.

Nominations for Puesta del Sol PTA Board 2016-2017
Voting takes place on April 26th at the PTA Meeting in the Library

2016-2017 Board Elections will take place on April 26th. The 2015-2016 Puesta del Sol PTA Nominating Committee places the following names in nomination for the 2016-17 Puesta del Sol PTA Board Election.
Deborah Rowe
Sabrina Pinto
Payables Treasurer
Andre Van Honschooten
Deposits Treasurer
Megan Reed
Erica Rickard
Co-VP of Administrative Support
Lacey Marshall
Co-VP of Administrative Support
Emily Atar
Co-VP of Fundraising
Sandra Andrews
Co-VP of Fundraising
Leslie Novotny
VP of Special Events
Rodney Smith
Co-VP of Educational EnhancementAmy Ulrich
Co-VP of Educational EnhancementPam Fong
VP of Teacher Relations
Laura Dooley
Nominations may be made from the floor at this time.  All voting persons must be current Puesta Del Sol PTA Members.

Respectfully Submitted,
Deborah Rowe
Lacey Marshall

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/

Academic Challenge: Final entries due April 29th
All Academic Challenge entries are due this week April 25-29th.

Please remember you must include the final submission form and have all papers either stapled together or in an envelope. There will be a box in the office beginning Monday April 25th and all entries will be collected daily. Most importantly, absolutely no late submissions will be accepted!

Baked Goods Needed for the International Festival, May 7th
Calling all bakers and non-bakers! We are seeking baked goods for the International Festival. Please contact Dena Voth at  denavoth@comcast.net if you are able to donate items for the bake sale at the International Festival on Saturday, May 7th. Items can be dropped off in the main office beginning Wednesday, May 4th. There will be a large tub clearly marked for your items. Items can also be dropped off at the bake sale table on the day of the event. Packaged snacks or baked goods are welcome. Please no nuts, peanuts, peanut or nut butters in baked goods. Items need to be individually wrapped and will be sold for $1 each.

Field Day!
Friday, June 10th, 1:30-3:00pm

 It's time to sign up for Puesta del Sol's Field Day!! Field Day will be held Friday, June 10th, from 1:30-3:00pm. Field Day is one of the most exciting afternoons of the school year. In order to make it a success, MANY parent volunteers are needed to run the 20+ fun events for our kids. Full day kindergarten parents are needed to chaperone groups of children from event to event. Half day kindergarteners are welcome to attend, but as Field Day is held after half day school hours, parent supervision of half day kindies is required. Volunteers Sign Up Here. If you have questions, please contact Carrie Norrah at fieldday@puestadelsolpta.org. Thank 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.

PTA Seeking New El Sol Editor for 2016-2017
The PTA is actively seeking a co-editor for our PTA Newsletter (El Sol). Our current editor has been doing this job for a couple years and now is graduating out of Puesta del Sol parenthood.  However, she will be available this spring and summer to train the new co-editor. One of the editors will continue in their current role for 2016-2017. Editing duties include: 
  • Soliciting and compiling articles from PTA committees for El Sol publication
  • Placing content in El Sol via the PTA's Constant Contact portal
  • Coordinating school announcements/information with the communications team.  
  • Time commitment is approximately 2-4 hours per week, averaging 2 hours a week most of the year.
It should be noted that the articles submitted to the El Sol Editor will be complete; they will be fully written up and proof-read by at least two parties prior to the Editor being requested to place them in the newsletter. This is to take the burden of writing and editing off this Editor position. This is a great way to work from home and be active in the PTA's activities and promotions. Ideal candidates are comfortable with using computers, have basic word processing software, are timely and detail oriented, and are able to commit for at least a full school year. Duties would be assumed in June of the current school year to allow an overlap and training with the current editorial team. Interested parties please contact adminsupport@puestadelsolpta.org 

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.

Education Connections: Middle School, College & Career
Thursday, April 28, 12:00-1:00pm, the Rainier Room, Wilburton Instructional Service Center

It's that time of year, when a new crop of middle school students will log onto Naviance, the Foundation-funded College & Career planning platform used across the District with students in 6th grade and up. At this month's Education Connections event, hear from middle school counselors how they utilize the platform with students at that level and how it can help them prepare to prepare and begin to explore their interests and options now, so when it's time to begin planning for post-high school steps they have a leg up. There will be a complimentary lunch provided. Register Here or call us at (425) 456-4199.

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. 

Fundraiser: Old cell phones and empty printer cartridges wanted
We are continuing to collect old cell phones and empty printer cartridges of any size. Our library gets points and cash for these items, so don't forget to collect them at your home or office and drop them off in the library. To date we have earned $500 for this year! The funds will be spent on new books for the library.

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.
  • May 2-8 is Screen-Free Week!  This is a yearly event put on by the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood where we take a break from digital entertainment. Screen-Free Week is a fun way to reduce our dependence on digital entertainment, including television, video games, smartphones, tablets, and computers. It's a chance for children-and adults-to power down and reconnect with the world around them. Don't worry, you can celebrate, and still use devices for work or school. But if screens of any kind interfere with family time (including meals), you may want to rethink how and when you're using them. I hope your family will give it a try (and let Srta. Zelda know how it goes)!
  • 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.wisecamps.com .

Host an Amity Intern!
If you have been thinking about hosting an Amity Intern for the 2016-2017 school year, the time for action is now! The Amity Committee is looking for host families for the next school year! If you would like to host or have questions about hosting, please contact the 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 Intern, please fill out and submit an  Amity Host Application.
Deadline for submission is
May 1, 2016.

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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