SEPTEMBER 19, 2016 * ISSUE 091916
Important Dates to Note
Now- 9/23Scholastic Book Fair Online Sale
NowWalkathon Registration and Fundraising
9/19Session I of PTA-Sponsored After School Programs Begins


Scholastic Book Fair at the School Library
9/20Room Parent Orientation

PTA General Membership Meeting
9/20-11/15Smart with Art
9/21Meet Sr. Shearer and Bellevue School Board to discuss 5th grade class size - 6pm, Puesta del Sol Gymnasium


9/23New Extended Deadline for First Day Forms!
9/29Art Appreciation Volunteers Orientation Meeting 

9/30September Passport Check Day

10/5Dining for Dinero - Tavern Hall
10/6Picture Day


No School, Professional Development Day


Reflections artwork may be submitted 

10/18PTA Board meeting

10/24Reflections Artwork Due

THIS WEEK! Scholastic Book Fair 
September 19th-23rd
  • Come visit our Library before/after school or during the Walkathon.
  • Can't come in?  Visit our Scholastic Homepage  to preview or shop online!
  • 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!  All proceeds go to our 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!  
PTA Before and After School Programs
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.

Walkathon is this Friday, Sept. 23rd, Rain or Shine 
DON'T FORGET TO RSVP! We need a yes or no reply for every student. Online Registration closes Wednesday, 9/21.

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 DJ, over 25 raffle baskets to bid on and great food options: Taco Truck, Jamba Juice, Hot Dogs, Pizza, and a Bake Sale.

**For the first time ever, we will be accepting both cash and credit cards at the Raffle, pizza and hot dog stands!  The Bake Sale, Taco Truck, and Jamba Juice will remain CASH ONLY.**

VOLUNTEER- We need of a lot of volunteers to make this event happen. Please consider volunteering before, during or after the event.
We can't do this without you! Sign up here for Walkathon volunteer jobs .
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. Questions? Email or visit our FAQ page.
We ask that each student aim for $150 (or $300/family). We appreciate support at any level! 

We are still in need of more donated baked goods or packaged candy/snacks! No peanuts or tree nuts please. Items need to be individually wrapped (baggies are fine) and will be sold for $1.  
Drop off in Main office any time before Friday noon or at the Bake Sale table that afternoon. 
If you plan to donate or have any questions, please contact Annie at
Thank you to all that have joined our PTA! 

Those who have joined should have received an email from Washington State PTA.

Please save that email. It has your membership card and links on how to get discounts, benefits and information about other PTA resources. We appreciate your support! If you have not joined yet, it is not too late! 

Go to our Membership page to Join the PTA.  

If you have any questions please contact Alison & Jana at

Concert Schedule
October 4th (Tues) 3:30 PMMarimba II (4th grade), Puesta del Sol portable
October 6th (Thurs) 3:30 PM

Marimba I (5th grade), Puesta del Sol portable

January 17th (Tues) 7:00 PM

Orchestra only Concert, Puesta del Sol gymnasium
March 2nd (Thurs) 7:00 PM

Band Zone Concert, Sammamish High School
March 23rd (Thurs) 7:30 PM5th and 6th Grade Orchestra only Concert, Tillicum Middle School @ Ringdall gymnasiu
April 19th (Wed) 6:00 PM1st Grade Concert, Puesta del Sol gymnasium
April 19th (Wed) 7:00 PM

2nd Grade Concert, Puesta del Sol gymnasium
April 26th (Wed) 6:00 PM

3rd Grade Concert, Puesta del Sol gymnasium
April 26th (Wed) 7:00 PM4th Grade Concert, Puesta del Sol gymnasium
May 3rd (Wed) 7:00 PMCulminating Marimba Bands Concert, Puesta del Sol gymnasium
May 23rd (Tues) 7:00 PM
May 23rd (Tues) 7:00 PM, Band/Orchestra Concert, Puesta del Sol gymnasium

Art Appreciation Volunteers Orientation Meeting
Thursday, September 29th, 9:15 - 10:00 AM 

in the PTA Room Orientation Meeting
Did you sign-up to be the Art Appreciation Volunteer for your child's class?
On Thursday, September 29th, at 9:15 AM we will be hosting an orientation meeting for new and returning Art Appreciation volunteers. At the meeting we'll show you the Art Appreciation resource closets, explain how to sign-up for the kiln, and share ideas of projects that have worked well in the classroom.
We look forward to seeing you there!  Feel free to contact Yoko or Koan at We look forward to having your creativity within our classrooms!
Passport Club Corner
The First Check Day is Friday, September 30, 2016 in the Library.

The Passport Club Schedule and Information Sheet for 1st through 5th graders, and the maps sets for 1st graders and new students will be distributed this week. If your family needs a map set please contact


The September Passport Check will cover the continents, oceans, seas, and major mountain ranges.


The  Special Itinerary for September is South America.  Print a worksheet and check the bulletin board in the gym for answers.

Passport Club is one of the geography activities for this year's Academic Challenge. To qualify for the Academic Challenge, students will need to pass Levels 1-5 and do 7 Special Itinerary projects between the September and March Check Days.

Passport Club information is online. We're always looking for volunteers to assist with our Check Days.  If you want to volunteer or to learn more email:

Smart with Art - Tuesdays, 9/20-11/15
Tuesdays, 9/20-11/15 (duration: 9 weeks)
Time: 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM 
Price: $189 
Grades: K-5 

FREE TUITION! First come/first serve for one parent who volunteers for the workshop. 


Dining for Dinero - Family Night Out
Please join us for our first Dining for Dinero Fundraiser of the school year at Tavern Hall in Bellevue Square
This is a family-friendly restaurant.

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.

2016 Reflections Theme: "What is Your Story?"
Artwork due Monday, October 24, 2016 in the school office

Reflections is a national art competition that is sponsored by the PTA and is the first entry for the Academic Challenge.  This year's theme is "What Is Your Story" and entries can be made using multiple artful expressions (literature, film, visual art, photography, music and dance).  

Please see the Reflections web page on how to enter, general rules, common dis-qualifiers and important dates. There will be a Reflections table at this year's Walkathon where parents and students can ask questions and purchase backing boards and protective sleeves to make the process even easier. 

The online registration page and official form will be available later this month; be sure to check El Sol for updates.
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

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.  

Contact Tony Guidotti at for more information.

Coming Soon! Tea Collection Fall 2016 School Days Fundraiser.
When you shop between October 12-19th, you'll get 15% off + Free Shipping AND Tea will donate 15% of all sales back to the Puesta del Sol PTA.
Promo Code coming soon.
Tea Collection makes high quality children's clothing. 

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.

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. 
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!
Looking for Spanish opportunities outside of the classroom? Come join us for a fun event, featuring poem recitals from selected students from Puesta del Sol, sing and dance with Marco Cortes and watch a fun puppetry show by artist Adiana Morales. Help the King County and Puesta del Sol celebrate Hispanic Heritage month!
Where: The main Bellevue Library - in Room 5
When: October 8th at 
Time:1:00 PM 
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  

Newport Select Boys Basketball Tryouts
2016-17 Fall/Winter Basketball Season 

There is no cost to tryout. Tryouts are for players in 4th through 8th grades currently attending an elementary or middle school that feeds into Newport High School or who live in the attendance area.

Newport High School Gymnasium

MONDAY, September 26, 2016:  8th grade and makeup for all grades, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, (check in at 6:45 pm)

TUESDAY, September 27, 2016:  6th and 7th grades, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, (check in at 6:45pm)

THURSDAY, September 29, 2016:  4th and 5th grades, 7:00pm to 8:30pm (check in at 6:45pm)
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.

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.

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