SEPTEMBER 12, 2016 * ISSUE 091216
Upcoming Important Dates
9/10-9/23Scholastic Book Fair Online Sale
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
9/16First Day Forms Extended Deadline
9/18Bellevue PTSA Council Event - Seattle Storm Game
9/19Session I of PTA-Sponsored After School Programs Begins
9/19-9/23Scholastic Book Fair at the School Library
9/30September Passport Check Day
10/5Dining for Dinero - Tavern Hall
10/6Picture Day
After School PTA-Sponsored Classes
This year the PTA is sponsoring some returning favorites, as well as a new addition!

Registration is now open.
  • 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. To Register and learn more, visit our After School Programs page.

The First Day Forms due date extended to Sept. 16th!

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 complete your first day forms & join our PTA today!
After you update your account information at, click on First Day Forms and then Join the PTA. Although 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

Join us for the 16th Annual Walkathon on September 23rd from 3:30-6:00pm. This is a great opportunity to meet new people, reconnect with old friends, spend time with your family and enjoy a meal. 
We will have a Raffle and lots of great food options: Taco Truck, Jamba Juice, Hot Dogs, Pizza, and a Bake Sale. All sales will be cash only.
Starting today, please RSVP, Fund-raise, and Volunteer! RSVP "Yes" or "No". Online Registration closes Wednesday, 9/21.
This year we are using to collect donations. Once your child's fundraising account is set up, you can easily send fundraising emails to friends and family.
We ask that each student aim for $150 (or $300/family). We appreciate support at any level! 
Before, during, or after the event. We can't do this without you! Sign up here for Walkathon volunteer jobs
Bake Sale
We are still in need of more people to bring baked goods! Items need to be individually wrapped and will be sold for $1.
Please contact Annie at
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!
Bellevue PTSA Council invites ALL students, staff, and families 

in Bellevue School District to BELLEVUE PTSA COUNCIL NIGHT with the SEATTLE STORM!

Seattle Storm vs. Chicago Sky

Sunday, September 18, 2016 @ 4PM

Key Arena, Seattle, WA

Tickets: $19 or $25

Purchase Tickets Here

A portion of each ticket sold will earn funds for Bellevue PTAs to help our kids & communities!

Wear your school gear to show your school spirit!

Dining for Dinero - Tavern Hall in Bellevue Square
Please join us for our first Dining for Dinero Fundraiser of the school year at Tavern Hall in Bellevue Square!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 11am-9pm

505 Bellevue Square, Bellevue, WA 98004

This is a great way to connect with other Puesta del Sol families while raising funds for our PTA. Can't make it for dinner? Consider meeting friends for an early lunch that day. 

Tavern Hall has generously agreed to donate 15% of all purchases to Puesta del Sol PTA when you mention Puesta del Sol or show this flyer to your server.

Spirit Wear is Here!
Purchase your Spirit Wear from our online store today!  Easily purchase Spirit Wear anytime during the school year!  Make sure to check out the option to personalize your apparel.

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.

Scholastic Book Fair - September 19th-23rd
  • Visit our Scholastic Homepage online starting now.
  • Come visit our Library during the week of Sept. 19-23 as well as during the Walkathon.
  • Send your student with his/her own money to spend or come shop together.
  • Variety of books in both English and Spanish!
  • Pre-order the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid and all proceeds will go back to our own school's library and PTA!
Cash or credit card only. No checks. All sales are final. No returns.

VOLUNTEER HERE!  Visit our Sign Up to find a shift (or two) that will work perfect for you! 

Book Fair schedule and additional information can be found on our Book Fair web page.
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.

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

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

Club del Libro Familiar en Español / Family Book Club in Spanish

5:30pm to 6:30pm

September 27, Tuesday

A reading program in Spanish for children ages 5 - 10 accompanied by their families. Learn through discussion and fun activities.
Analyze stories, learn new vocabulary, and develop critical thinking and comprehension skills in Spanish. 
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  

Small Hands on Art Production -  Peter Pan!

Fun drama class experience!  Come be a part of Peter Pan with Howie and Amy McOmber and Small Hands on Art.  

Rehearsal Dates:  September 14, 21, 28, October 5
Time:  8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Location:  Puesta Del Sol Band Portable One
Recital:  October 5 at 6:30 p.m.  Cast arrives at 6:00 p.m. for costumes.
Cost:  $85.00 Checks payable to Small Hands on Art         

All sets and costumes are provided, and everyone who comes gets a part.  This program has been running in many schools all over the East side for 25 years.  

The cost is very reasonable, only $85.  There are fliers in the library. Hope to see you soon!

SCRATCH Code Club at Puesta del Sol!
We are happy that we will be back this Fall for our after school code club at Puesta del Sol!  

"Code with SCRATCH" from TechVenture Kids.

THURSDAYS,  Sept 29 - Dec 1 
(8 weeks, no class Nov 10, Nov 24) 3:30p - 5:00pm (1.5 hrs)

Puesta del Sol Library 
Grades 3 - 5
Cost: $235 

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.

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