MAY 16, 2016 * ISSUE 051616
Upcoming Important Dates
PTA Board Meeting
PTA General Membership Meeting
Volunteer Appreciation and ISA Presentation Night
Deadline to Order for Mariners Night
May Passport Check Day
NO SCHOOL - Professional Development Day
5/27 & 5/28
Drama Club Performance:
Snow White in the Black Forest
NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
Band Orchestra Concert, 7pm
Incoming Kindergarten Families Potluck
Field Day
Puesta del Sol Night at the Mariners
The 2016 International Festival was a Terrific Event! 
The room was packed, and the performers were fantastic!  The acts were a joy to watch as the kids put their all into the performances.  Panning the audience revealed a sea of beaming proud parents.
We thank all of the volunteers for their time and effort in making this a huge success.

A special thanks to Karen Bass and Kathleen Callahan for Chairing this years event, Carlos Blanco for MCing the event, and Scott Polovitch-Davis (Stage Manager).

Volunteer Appreciation Night and ISA Presentation at the PTA General Membership Meeting
Thursday, May 19th, 6:30 PM, Puesta del Sol library

Calling all PTA members and volunteers! Please join us Thursday, May 19th at 6:30 PM in the library for the PTA General Membership meeting and Volunteer Appreciation Night. Our volunteers are so crucial to every PTA program, it's time for us to celebrate all that our committed volunteers do. We will treat you to a thank you celebration with food and drinks provided by our wonderful staff. Immediately following the meeting, our fabulous ISA Committee will present the results of their parent survey, talk about the transition to Tillicum in the ISA Program and give an update on their future plans. In addition, the PTA budget for the 2016-2017 school year will be presented. So that we can ensure enough food and volunteer gifts, please RSVP to by Friday, May 13th.

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 & $15 at the door. 
  • Reserved VIP seats are available for $15.
Online ticket sales are now open. Order tickets for either performance (or both!) and you can also purchase a note to your favorite actor to appear in the program and a Candygram or flower to be delivered at the performance.  Tickets can be purchased online now with credit card or before or after school May 25th & 26th (8:30-9:00am & 3:15-3:45pm) with cash or check.  See the Drama Club page for more details.

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:

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

Volunteers needed for 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!

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. 

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 

WatchDOGS Seeking Volunteer Dads!
The WatchDOGS program is looking for one or more dads to volunteer to shadow the current WatchDOGS director throughout the 2016-2017 school year with the intent of taking over the program in 2017-2018. This is an exciting time to be a part of WatchDOGS, which has seen a record number of volunteer hours from dads this year. Contact Tony Guidotti at for more information.

Facebook Page for Parents of Incoming Kindergarteners
If you have an incoming kindergartener for the 2016-2017 school year, please join the Puesta del Sol Class of 2029 Facebook Group. Please note:  Individual Facebook groups for each class are parent-organized and are not PTA-sponsored.

Help Us With Friday Raffle!
If your kiddos love the raffle Sra. Lee has each Friday in the lunchroom, consider browsing this Amazon wish list and adding an item or two to your next Amazon order! We need a little bit of help to finish out the school year. During the raffle, Sra. Lee pulls 'Cupones de Respeto' from a tub where coupons are collected over the week. Students earn coupons from staff when they make good decisions, show respect in various ways, and demonstrate responsibility. These are the three tenants of positive behavior our school community promotes. Help us recognize our students in a fun way with a small token! The students go nuts over the raffle and often chant and cheer for their classmates when names are called. Thank you for your support!

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.
  • 2016 Newport Lacrosse Summer Camp
    WHO:  All K-8th grade at all levels (new players too!)
    WHEN:  Monday June 27th - Friday July 1 from 9 am - 2 pm
    WHERE:  Ringdall Middle School/Ringdall Park (Grass Park) 11850 SE 80th St. Bellevue, WA 98006
    COST:  $250.00 per player plus US Lax Membership
  • 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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