MAY 2, 2016 * ISSUE 050216
Upcoming Important Dates

Staff Appreciation week


5th Grade Tea


Marimba Bands Final Concert, 7pm


BSF Spring for Schools Luncheon


Math Olympiad Competition


International Festival


PTA Board Meeting


PTA General Membership Meeting


Deadline to Order for Mariners Night


May Passport Check Day


NO SCHOOL - Professional Development Day

5/27 & 5/28

5th Grade Play Performance: Snow White


NO SCHOOL - Professional Development Day


Field Day


Puesta del Sol Night at the Mariners

Thank You!
The PTA would like to give a BIG thank you to this year's Nominating Committee for all of their hard work and diligence it took to seek, recruit, research and slate the 2016-2017 School Year's PTA Board. 
Lacey Marshall and Deborah Rowe - thank you so much!

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 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.

Puesta del Sol Night at the Mariners!
Saturday, June 11th, 7:10pm

Join us to watch the Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers! Tickets are $15 per person. Absolute deadline to order is May 20th, so order soon! Order Online!

NO REFUNDS. Questions? Contact Lisa Noell at (817) 723-2753 or

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. 

Drama Club Spring Production of Snow White in the Black Forest
Friday, May 27th at 7:00pm & Saturday (Matinee), May 28th at 2:00pm.

The school play has begun production! In partnership with Studio East, this year the Drama Club will be presenting the mixed-up fairy tale Snow White in the Black Forest, re-imagined and delivered in a new and unexpected way. Come out and support our 4th and 5th graders as they perform this charming light-hearted musical version! There will be plenty of laughs for adults and children alike.

  • Tickets are $10 in advance & $12 at the door. 
  • Reserved VIP seats are available for $15.
Online ticket sales details will be coming soon. Purchase with cash or check at Puesta del Sol (details to follow) or at the theater day of show.

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:
  • page (3.5in x 2.25 in) for $40
  • 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 more information on the production, visit the Studio East website:

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 Thank you!

Class Registrar Needed for 2016-2017
Are you looking for a volunteer position that you can work on from home? The class registrar is looking for someone to take over next year. All work can be done from home. Training available from current registrar. For more info or questions please email Crystal at

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 

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.

Congratulations Puesta del Sol Students!
Sofie Fenstermacher and Julia Fritz were recently recognized by a national writing contest organized by They both wrote expository essays describing a new technology (Sofie-Sleeping Bag Incubators and Julia-3-D Printed Organs). They also had to describe the effects of each technology on our society and environment, taking into account the engineering code of ethics. They were both chosen as national finalists in the grades 3-5 category, and Sofie was awarded honorable mention!

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)!
  • 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  Register at: .

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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