SEPTEMBER 5, 2016 * ISSUE 090516
Upcoming Important Dates

Labor Day - NO SCHOOL

First Day of School - Kindergarten

9/9PTA Ice Cream Social   

9/9Last day to submit - First Day Forms  
9/12Walkathon Registration and Fundraising begins
9/14Grades K-2 Curriculum Night (K-1 at 6:00 PM, Grade 2 at 6:30 PM)
9/15Grades 3-5 Curriculum Night (Grades 3-4 at 6:00 PM, Grade 5 at 6:30 PM)
9/15Hearing Screening
9/19Session I of PTA-Sponsored After School Programs Begins
9/19-9/23Scholastic Book Fair
9/30Passport check day
10/6Picture Day

Join the PTA today!
We are fortunate to have some wonderful programs available at our school thanks to the hard work and generosity of the PTA.  We need your support so please join our PTA today!  

After you update your account information at, click on First Day Forms and then Join the PTAAlthough you may still participate in PTA activities without a formal membership, by joining you gain the right to vote on PTA issues - from board members to budgets! 

There are also some terrific discounts available to PTA members! Any questions? Email Alison & Jana at
Ice Cream Social - September 9th at 6 PM
I scream, you scream, we all scream for Ice Cream...

Please join us on September 9th at 6:00 PM on the upper playground for a fun Family Back to School event!  

Enjoy a yummy bowl of ice cream, compliments of the PTA.  
Come meet new friends and catch up with old friends!! Celebrate that the first week of school is behind you and get ready for a fun year!!  This is not a drop-off event. Donations accepted.

Bring your sweet tooth, gym shoes for running around the playground, and smiles and stories to share with new and old friends!  

We need volunteers! 

For questions, or to volunteer, please email
Passport Club: Kick-Off Work Party
Please join us for our annual work party. As we get ready for another fun and exciting school year we need your help! We're looking for at least 15 volunteers (the more the merrier!) to do a variety of tasks. We hope to see returning volunteers and welcome all new recruits.
  • When: Thursday, September 15, immediately following school drop-off (9:30ish-12:00)
  • Where: Koan Maurer's home (2423 162nd Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98008)
  • Why: To label, collate, staple, and organize the Passport resources for our 1st graders and all new students and teachers. We'll socialize and nosh as we prepare for another new year of Passport!
  • Questions: Please contact Lisa Carpenter, Dawn Kapfhammer & Koan Maurer at

Come find out what Passport Club is all about and help us prepare for our kids' journey around the world!
Spirit Wear is Here!
Purchase your Spirit Wear from our online store today!  Visit and easily purchase Spirit Wear anytime during the school year!  Make sure to check out the option to personalize your apparel.

Note: In order to have your new Spirit Wear in time for the Walkathon, you must purchase Spirit Wear by September 9th, 2016. 

All our students and staff are encouraged to wear Spirit Wear on Wednesdays!  Wearing your school spirit helps students generate even more school pride and builds a sense of community. 

Purchase Puesta del Sol Spirit Wear for your child, for yourself, for grandparents, or as classroom prizes. Spirit Wear makes a great gift for your student's teacher or specialist too!  All proceeds are used by our Puesta del Sol PTA to support the many fantastic programs at our school.

PTA Looking to Fill Co-VP of Fundraising Board Position
Are you looking to get involved? The PTA is currently looking to fill the board position of Co-VP Fundraising!

The primary responsibility is to coordinate and support the efforts of the Chairpersons leading the Passive Fundraising Programs. This can be done 1:1 with each Chair or as a collaborative group depending on VP's style and preference. The programs are somewhat self-sustaining and the primary goal is to raise the level of awareness for each program within our parent community. This is done through written and electronic communications along with promotional efforts (i.e. contests).

Participate in planning, organizing, and executing PTA events and activities. Maintain a notebook to pass onto successor. The Passive Fundraising VP also works closely with the Active Fundraising VP to help streamline fundraising efforts.

Current Passive Fundraising Programs/Committees:
  • Dining for Dinero
  • eScript
  • Loyalty Cards
  • Boxtop and Labels
  • Bookfair
  • Chinook Book Sales 

Interested? Please contact

After School PTA-Sponsored Classes
This year the PTA is sponsoring some returning favorites, as well as a new addition!
  • Fiesta Latina on Mondays
  • Tambores del Sol on Tuesdays
  • NEW! Flamenco on Thursdays
  • Bomba del Sol on Fridays
Fall Session begins the week of September 19. Registration will open soon. More details can be found here:

Walkathon - Save the date!
The 16th Annual Walkathon is on September 23rd from 3:30-6:00pm. Donation, volunteer and RSVP information will be released on September 12th. Walkathon donations will also begin September 12th.
  • Raffle Chair Person NEEDED. There are volunteers ready to assist, but the lead position is still vacant. Contact to volunteer for the Raffle Chair position.
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.

Community Events

Washington State Fair
It's September and that means the Washington State Fair is here! This year the fair runs from September 2 - September 25

Come join the fun with the Bellevue Parks Cheerleading Program!  Teams are offered for all experience levels, ages 5-18. Practices are at Highland Community Center (next to the YMCA on Bel-Red Rd). Learn cheers, jumps, beginning tumbling, and dance.  We perform all over the community, including at halftime of a Seattle Storm game!  Go to for more info or call 425-246-9636.  Register online at We also offer classes in Sammamish, Mercer Island, Kirkland, Renton and Seattle. Questions? Email Coach Anne at  

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

Facebook Page for Puesta del Sol Garden 
Join the Facebook community for the Puesta del Sol Garden to learn more. Garden Club will start on Thursdays very soon to get the recess kids harvesting, and get fall/winter crops planted.

Welcome Back to School!

We are excited about the 
new school year!




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