Accepting 2018-2019 Amity Host Family Applications Now!
Puesta del Sol Elementary hopes to host 6 interns for next year and we need your help! As a host family you gain a new unique friendship and learning experience by welcoming an intern from a Spanish-speaking country into your home.  Additionally, your child will benefit from extra practice and help with their Spanish language skills.  If you are interested, please refer to the  FAQs  for more information, then complete the  Amity Program Host Family Application  and send it to  amity@puestadelsolpta.org .  All applications for the 2018-2019 academic year must be received by  May 14 , 2018 .   Questions?  Please contact ... read full article
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Anne Wilson 
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Bring your voice to the PTA's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Committee!
Dear Puesta del Sol Families, Please complete this short survey  (less than 5 minutes) to help our PTA's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee work towards meeting our goals of recognizing the value of our differences, while promoting equity and engaging all families so that they feel valued and welcome. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee Survey   Also, save the dates for our Thursday, May 3 rd  (evening) meeting and Saturday, June 2 nd  potluck picnic.  Please email  diversity@puestadelsolpta.org  with any questions or suggestions. Thank you!  ... read full article
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Gjanje MAthus 
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Second Annual Spirit Week
                During the week of  April 30th-May 5th, our community will be celebrating our second  Spirit Week  in an effort to build and strengthen community among our peers and Puesta del Sol community as a whole. Each day there will be a  theme  that all are welcome to take part. Please be sure that if students are participating that  they are making choices that follow our Big Three: Somos Respetuosos, Somos Responsables, y Tomamos Buenas Decisiones (respectful, responsible, and make good decisions). ... read full article
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Student Leadership Team 
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Quick Links
-  2017-18 Suggested School Supplies List - Subscribe/Unsubscribe to our newsletters - Visit our PTA Facebook page - Donate to the PTA - International Spanish Academy (ISA) Committee - Amazon.com Shopping Link - Community Events - Traffic and Parking Information - Puesta del Sol Elementary School website - Check for Emergency Closure:   MyNorthwest.com school closings ,    King5.com SchoolNet , Bellevue School District ... read full article
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ART FEST - TODAY! WednesdayAlycia Gerlach3/28/20184/4/2018
ART FEST - TODAY! Wednesday
  April 4th from 6:30 - 8.00 pm in the Gym and Library Murals created with the SITA program and projects made during  art appreciation  will be displayed. Postcards will be sold of class murals with money benefitting the PTA. The Marimba Group will perform and Sra.Brody will host poetry reading. Pizza and snacks will be sold, so please bring cash. Proceeds go to the 5th grade events committee. There will also be interactive art workshops. Students can participate in spin art and/or make collaborative flower art pieces with our SITA artist Adriana Morales. Come enjoy a fun family night!! ... read full article
Reflections Gallery NightIris Kosenski11/14/201711/15/2017
Reflections Gallery Night
Please join us for Reflections Galley Night tonight Nov. 15 from 6:30-7:30 in the gymnasium. This is where all the students artwork/literature and film will be showcased!! We had 127 entries this year so let’s give a big shout-out to all those students who worked extra hard on this. The 25 finalists who made it to district level will also be announced. Each student will receive a participation ribbon.  And thank you to everyone who volunteered to help with set up! ... read full article
PTA Sponsored After School Programs - Session 3Jen Meyer3/5/20183/7/2018
PTA Sponsored After School Programs - Session 3
Registration for Session 3 of the After School Programs is under construction and will be made available as soon possible.  This Session will begin on  March 12 , and includes performing in the International Festival in May. Families who registered for Session 2 will be given first access to registration pages.  STAY TUNED!!! ... read full article
Puesta del Sol AuctionMelissa Richardson2/15/20183/24/2018
Puesta del Sol Auction
You're Invited! 2018 "Time After Time" Auction Saturday, March 24, 2018 Bellevue College, Bellevue, WA Tickets:  $65/person; VIP $75/person   Purchase Tickets   Live and Silent Auction Class Artwork Dinner Served Dancing and Entertainment Prom Photo (Prom Attire Optional) Enjoy a fabulous night out connecting with Puesta del Sol families! Doors open at 5pm Silent Auction begins 5:30pm Live Auction begins 7:30pm Would you like to volunteer? Do you have a donation? Email:   auction@puestadelsolpta.org ... read full article
Drama Production Laura Dooley12/14/20171/20/2018
Drama Production
  “Just Another Day in Wonderland, The Story of Alice” January 19th & 20th, 2018 7pm, Interlake High School Performing Arts Center Don’t be Late! Join the Queen of Hearts, The Mad Hatter, Alice and more as they argue about what happened at the Crime of the Century! Will the Caterpillar become a butterfly? Who does that crazy grin belong to? How hot was the soup? How much pepper really IS too much…and who the heck is Bill the Lizard? Heads will roll at this year’s Drama production “Just another day in Wonderland; The Story of Alice”. Tickets, Praise notes, ... read full article
Walkathon 2017Tara Brossard9/20/201710/6/2017
Walkathon 2017
Walkathon is TODAY 3:35 - 6 pm.   Don't forget to bring Cash for our food truck, Ice cream, pizza, hot dogs and bake sale. Parking - please consider parking at Tyee Middle School and walking to Puesta del Sol. Donations are still being accepted through October 20th at PLEDGESTAR  website and in the office dropbox. More info on our Walkathon webpage . ... read full article
PTA First Day CoffeesNatalie Danielson8/14/20179/4/2017
PTA First Day Coffees
Thursday, August 31st - For Parents of Students in Grades 1-5 Tuesday, September 5th - For Parents of Kindergartners Join other parents under the covered area for coffee and donuts. Let's share summer stories, reunite and build community! ... read full article
PTA Ice Cream SocialNatalie Danielson8/14/20179/8/2017
PTA Ice Cream Social
 September 8th, 6pm, Puesta del Sol Upper Playground Celebrate completion of the first week of school by joining other Puesta Del Sol families on the playground for ice cream and play time! There will be allergy-friendly options, and the whole family is welcome. This is not a drop-off event, please stay and meet other families!   We need volunteers!   For questions, or to volunteer, please email Natalie at  events@puestadelsolpta.org . ... read full article
Jubilee Reach Service Day is August 26, 2017Liz Baze8/13/20178/26/2017
Jubilee Reach Service Day is August 26, 2017
Jubilee Reach Service Day Have you heard of Jubilee Reach Service Day? It's a great chance to meet teachers and fellow parents while helping teachers at Puesta del Sol set up their classrooms for the year. Our school currently has 44% of the volunteers requested, so there's still a need for help! The Service Day runs from 8:00am to 12:00pm on Saturday, August 26th. It's a fun and rewarding way to contribute to our school community. Register Today!     ... read full article
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee Meeting and SurveyGjanje Mathus4/2/20184/4/2018
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee Meeting and Survey
Please join the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) committee for our next meeting  Date & Time: Thursday, April 5,  9 – 10:30 am Location: PTA room We will discuss Take-home points from the BSD community forums Take-home points from the Race and Equity Summit- Moving Past Anger into Action (by Eastside Race and Leadership Coalition on 3/29) Plans/ideas for upcoming meetings/events Also, please complete this  short survey  (less than 5 minutes) to help our PTA's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee work towards meeting our goals of recognizing the value of our differences, while promoting equity and engaging all families ... read full article
Accepting 2018-2019 Amity Host Family Applications Now!Anne Wilson3/12/20185/14/2018
Accepting 2018-2019 Amity Host Family Applications Now!
Puesta del Sol Elementary hopes to host 6 interns for next year and we need your help! As a host family you gain a new unique friendship and learning experience by welcoming an intern from a Spanish-speaking country into your home.  Additionally, your child will benefit from extra practice and help with their Spanish language skills.  If you are interested, please refer to the  FAQs  for more information, then complete the  Amity Program Host Family Application  and send it to  amity@puestadelsolpta.org .  All applications for the 2018-2019 academic year must be received by  May 14 , 2018 .   Questions?  Please contact ... read full article
Do You Have a Passion for Science?Jen Meyer3/1/20184/13/2018
Do You Have a Passion for Science?
Are you committed to helping kids explore science in their daily lives? Do "eureka" moments make you smile? Then you'd probably be a GREAT Science Fair Chair! After several years of supporting independent science exploration at Puesta del Sol, our current chair, James Dooley, is looking to pass the baton. You'd be able to work with James this year to share your ideas and learn about running Science Fair. Science Fair Chair isn't a "year long" commitment, it only has a 3 month window of activity. Please email  EdEnhancement@puestadelsolpta. org  with your interest or questions! ... read full article
Day of Auction Volunteers NeededJoyce Luu2/16/20183/24/2018
Day of Auction Volunteers Needed
Want to come to help at this year's auction? Here are the many opportunities to help during the evening of March 24th. Day of Auction Sign Ups Please contact Anne Wilson at  auctionvolunteer@puestadelsolpta.org with your questions. ... read full article
PTA/Principal Coffee and ForumEmily Atar2/8/20183/23/2018
PTA/Principal Coffee and Forum
Come Join Us! March 23 (8:45-10:00 AM in Puesta del Sol Library): BSD Emergency Management Program Coordinator Nicholas Jacobson and Assistant Principal Duimovic will join Principal Shearer in presenting information and inviting feedback/questions on our school and district systems related to emergency preparedness and student safety, including lockdown drills, and active shooter readiness.  There will not be any formal child care available during this event.  In general, all of our events are child-friendly; however, due to the potential topics of this particular discussion, caution/consideration should be taken. ... read full article
Amity ActsInternational Festival2/6/20182/20/2018
Amity Acts
Our Amity interns will lead Puesta del Sol students in cultural acts representative of their native culture.  Sign-up to one of the four Amity Acts below.  School rehearsals will be once a week starting  March 5th , through performance day on  May 5 th . Amity Act #1 - Paloteo el Pajarito from Spain (Elda & Yoana) Sign-up here! Grades: 3rd-5th Practice: Mondays  3:35pm-4:30pm   Amity Act #2 - Sevillanas Pairs Dance from Spain (Patricia & Yoana) Girls Sign-up here! Boys Sign-up here! Grades: K-2nd Practice: Tuesdays  8am-8:55am   Amity Act #3 - El Carnaval de San Miguel Pairs Dance ... read full article
Puesta del Sol Spring Auction is Coming Soon!PTA Fundraising1/14/20182/14/2018
Puesta del Sol Spring Auction is Coming Soon!
Save the date for Puesta del Sol's Spring Auction! "Time after Time" Prom - Saturday, March 24th, 2018 Bellevue College Gymnasium Early Check-in begins as 5pm, and Silent Auction will begin at 5:30.  Live auction begins at 7:30pm Standard ticket- $65/person; VIP seating - $75/person   Includes:  Sit-down dinner catered by CACTUS with 2 bottles of wine per table Dancing with a live DJ. Prom attire encouraged (not required). Tickets available soon! ... read full article
Dining for Dinero at MOD Pizza FactoriaNicole Bunselmeyer11/28/20171/10/2018
Dining for Dinero at MOD Pizza Factoria
  Join us on  January 10, 2018  for a second  Dining for Dinero night at: Mod Pizza in Factoria 3622 Factoria Blvd, SE Bellevue, WA 98006 Mod Pizza will donate 20% proceeds of all Puesta related sales – All Day! ... read full article
PTA General Membership MeetingAmy Ulrich10/30/201711/29/2017
PTA General Membership Meeting
Please join us at the next PTA General Membership Meeting on Wednesday, November 29 from 6:30-8:30pm in the Puesta del Sol Library! Agenda items: Standing Rules approval Budget proposed changes Grant Requests Auction Update Parent Education - International Spanish Academy (ISA) Program K-12 ... read full article
BSF 5% day at Whole Foods and Bellevue 365Joyce Luu9/12/20179/20/2017
BSF 5% day at Whole Foods and Bellevue 365
Mark Your Calendars for September 20th! All day long on  September 20th , 5% of the profits from  Whole Foods Market Bellevue,  AND at  Bellevue 365 at Bellevue Square  will be donated to Bellevue Schools Foundation! Last year your support helped raise more than $8,000 in just one day of shopping at Whole Foods. With 365 on board, this year's event can be twice as nice for our public schools. ... read full article
Passport Club Kick-Off Work PartyCindy Edwards9/4/20179/12/2017
Passport Club Kick-Off Work Party
  When:  Tuesday, September 12th, immediately following school drop-off Where:  Renee Isbell's home Why:   To label, collate, staple and organize the Passport resources for our 1st graders and all new students and teachers. The Passport Club  is entering its 19th year at Puesta del Sol.  Each year, we get together for a work party to prepare materials for the school year.  This year, Committee Co-Chair in-training, Renee Isbell, is hosting the work party at her house. Please join Renee and the rest of the committee for our Annual Work Party on Tuesday, September 12th about 9:30 a.m. (right after ... read full article
Staff Appreciation WeekErin Highland4/30/20185/11/2018
Staff Appreciation Week
Show teachers and staff how much we appreciate them during Staff Appreciation Week May 7-11, 2018 .  Here is the schedule for each day: Monday, May 7th:  Bring Flowers from your garden to teachers and staff members.   Tuesday, May 8th:  Staff Notes for everyone that helps you out at Puesta Del Sol. Wednesday, May 9th: Yummy homemade treat or gift surprise for teachers and staff members. Thursday, May 10th:  Bring 1 Fruit to donate to a fruit basket for your teacher and one for staff lounge. Friday, May 11th: Wear a staff member's favorite color!! ... read full article
Bring your voice to the PTA's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Committee!Gjanje MAthus4/2/20185/1/2018
Bring your voice to the PTA's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Committee!
Dear Puesta del Sol Families, Please complete this short survey  (less than 5 minutes) to help our PTA's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee work towards meeting our goals of recognizing the value of our differences, while promoting equity and engaging all families so that they feel valued and welcome. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee Survey   Also, save the dates for our Thursday, May 3 rd  (evening) meeting and Saturday, June 2 nd  potluck picnic.  Please email  diversity@puestadelsolpta.org  with any questions or suggestions. Thank you!  ... read full article
Girls on the Run Marnie Kazarian Olson3/8/20183/20/2018
Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run is a non-profit running program that empowers and encourages girls in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade to be their best selves for them, their family, and their community. This program is a new school-sponsored (non-PTA) program run by coaches Marnie Kazarian Olson and Kylie Takashima. The season started on March 6th, with practices happening every Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7:30-8:45AM. At the end of the season, we run a 5K on May 20th (No practices during spring break). For more info, visit girlsrun.org , or register at  http://girlsrun.org/registration/ ... read full article
International FestivalSmriti Rao1/19/20183/7/2018
International Festival
Saturday, May 5, 2018 @ 6:30pm , Newport High Performance Arts Center International Festival 2018 preparations are well underway! Don't miss the chance to showcase your talents onstage; register for one of the following opportunities.  1. PTA Sponsored After School Programs - Register now on the  After School Program  PTA webpage. 2. Family/Child Acts -  Sign-up here ! 3. Amity Intern Acts - Registration opens on  January 31st, 2018 . More details on the  International Festival PTA webpage . International Festival is not possible without the contributions of our Puesta del Sol Community. Email  internationalfestival@ puestadelsolpta.org  for more information on ... read full article
Puesta del Sol Spirit WearNicole Bunselmeyer11/28/201712/7/2017
Puesta del Sol Spirit Wear
Puesta del Sol Spirit Wear make great holiday gifts! Place your order by December 7th to ensure you receive your items by Christmas.    Visit our Spirit Wear store . ... read full article
Drama Club ProductionLaura Dooley11/20/201712/12/2017
Drama Club Production
Save the Date! This year's Drama Club Production is "Just Another Day in Wonderland, The Story of Alice." It will be held on January 19th and 20th, 2018 at Interlake High School Performing Arts Center. Find out more on our Drama Club web page . ... read full article
Walkathon Thank You!Tara Brossard10/7/201710/20/2017
Walkathon Thank You!
  Collectively our students ran 13,647 laps during Walkathon and raised over $37,000 in pledges.  Great job everyone!  Individual lap counts are posted in the PTA room window.  Donations to qualify for prizes are due Friday, October 20th.  Don't forget to double your donations with Corporate Matching .    Top runners will be acknowledged at the Walkathon Assembly November 6th.  Parents of top runners will be contacted by email with assembly details. Please continue to submit donations and lap pledges on  Pledgestar   through October 20th .  ... read full article
2017-18 ReflectionsJen Meyer10/3/201710/27/2017
2017-18 Reflections
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 “Within Reach”. Entries can be made using multiple artful expressions (literature, film, visual art, photography, music and dance). Entries are due between October 20th and October 27th in the school office . Please see the Reflections web page  for: • Required official entry form and short online registration (available mid-October). • Submission instructions and common disqualification reasons. • Packaging suggestions, including a reminder to not use plastic kitchen wrap. We look forward to seeing ... read full article
2017-18 ReflectionsJen Meyer9/22/201710/1/2017
2017-18 Reflections
Reflections is a national art competition that is sponsored by the PTA. Reflections participation is also one of Puesta del Sol's  Academic Challenge  activities.  This year’s theme is “Within Reach” and entries can be made using multiple artful expressions (literature, film, visual art, photography, music and dance).  Entries are due by Friday, October 27th in the school office.   Please see the PTA Reflections web page  for how to enter, general rules, common disqualifiers and important dates. The online registration page and official form will be available in October.  Be sure to check the El Sol for details.  ... read full article
Annual Puesta del Sol Pumpkin BashSarah Fink9/19/201710/27/2017
Annual Puesta del Sol Pumpkin Bash
Friday October 27th, 6:30-8:00pm Puesta del Sol Gym Don't miss the Annual Puesta del Sol Pumpkin Bash on Friday, Oct. 27th from 6:30-8 pm in the gym!! Join us for a festive, fall night of games, music, monster-mashing, treats and more! Get in the spirit and wear your costume - no masks or weapons, please. Seeking volunteers to help set-up, collect donations, assist with games and clean-up. Sign up to help  or contact Sarah Fink at familyfun@puestadelsolpta.org . ... read full article
Dads: Get Involved With Watch D.O.G.S.Abraham Castillo8/25/201710/1/2017
Dads: Get Involved With Watch D.O.G.S.
Watch D.O.G.S. is a father involvement program of the National Center for Fathering. Statistics show that kids develop more fully socially, physically, academically and emotionally when they have a positive male role model actively engaged in their life. Since school is a significant chunk of your kid’s life, check out the Watch D.O.G.S. program  at Puesta del Sol. We will host a formal 2017-2018 kickoff/Q&A session in October. Stay tuned for dates and times, or contact Puesta del Sol parent Tyler Parris with questions at watchdogs@puestadelsolpta.org . ... read full article
Academic Challenge and Passport Club AwardsPuesta del Sol PTA7/5/20177/26/2017
Academic Challenge and Passport Club Awards
Congratulations to the many students who participated in Academic Challenge and Passport Club this year.  The awards were given out at assemblies on Monday, June 19th.  Consider involving your child in next year's programs! ACADEMIC CHALLENGE The Academic Challenge trophy was given to 107 students who completed 4 Challenge categories. The Academic Challenge Principal Medal was awarded to 45 students who completed all 7 Challenge categories.  This is a tremendous effort by our students in addition to their normal homework, sports, and other extracurricular activities!  Learn more about  Academic Challenge and participate next year. Student Participation in Each Program Reflections ... read full article
Amity Program Thank YouErin Gregov7/5/20178/14/2017
Amity Program Thank You
The Amity Committee and Puesta del Sol Staff would like to extend a huge, heartfelt THANK YOU to the following families who hosted our wonderful Amity Interns this year! Our program wouldn't be possible without families like yours!   The Molnar Family The Danielson Family The Paguia Family The Mejlaender Family The Moilanen Family The Albers Family   The Peck Family The Staight Family The Han-Wei Family The Lee Family The Smith Family The Reed Family ... read full article
Second Annual Spirit WeekStudent Leadership Team4/16/20185/4/2018
Second Annual Spirit Week
                During the week of  April 30th-May 5th, our community will be celebrating our second  Spirit Week  in an effort to build and strengthen community among our peers and Puesta del Sol community as a whole. Each day there will be a  theme  that all are welcome to take part. Please be sure that if students are participating that  they are making choices that follow our Big Three: Somos Respetuosos, Somos Responsables, y Tomamos Buenas Decisiones (respectful, responsible, and make good decisions). ... read full article
International FestivalJoyce Luu3/8/20184/15/2018
International Festival
Saturday, May 5, 2018 @ 6:30pm , Newport High Performance Arts Center Mark your calendars for this amazing event which showcases the talent of our Puesta del Sol students and staff! Buy tickets here . Interested in helping out? Email  internationalfestival@puestadelsolpta.org  for information on volunteer opportunities. ... read full article
Decoration Chairperson NeededPTA Fundraising1/14/20181/28/2018
Decoration Chairperson Needed
We NEED your help to make our Auction a success!!  We are looking for a Decoration Chairperson and a team of volunteers to make our "PROM" come to life.  We also need a Dessert Dash Chairperson . If you are interested, please contact our Auction Volunteer Coordinator at auctionvolunteer@puestadelsolpta.org . ... read full article
Join the PTA Communications Team!!!Pauline Fox11/28/201712/31/2017
Join the PTA Communications Team!!!
Do you have a way with words?  Would you like to be "in the know" on what's happening around school?  Do you like working with awesome people?  You can make an impact and support the PTA on your computer/tablet from home or even while you are out and about!  We are looking for a few terrific people to help with our PTA website and newsletter.  We have needs in several areas and full training is available, no experience needed.  The only requirements are that you be friendly, good at communicating, and detail-oriented.   Contact Liz at  adminsupport@puestadelsolpta.org or Pauline at  ... read full article
Thank You Jubilee Reach!Amy Ulrich8/27/20179/8/2017
Thank You Jubilee Reach!
Thank you to the nearly 180 volunteers - both from the Puesta del Sol community and especially those neighbors who don't have children in school here - who selflessly gave their time and energy  on Saturday  to help our teachers and staff to prepare for the arrival of students this week! Thank you to Ryan and Alison Bieler for organizing service day at Puesta del Sol! ... read full article
5th Grade GraduationMegan Reed3/30/20184/20/2018
5th Grade Graduation
Mark your calendars for the 5th Grade Graduation Ceremony! Where:  Puesta del Sol Gym When:   Thursday, June 21st @ 9:30am What:  Ceremony ( 9:30am – 11am ) followed by refreshments and celebration  ... read full article
Looking for More Web Team HelpPTA Webmaster1/5/20181/19/2018
Looking for More Web Team Help
The PTA Web Team is looking for more assistance.  Help support fabulous PTA programs from the comfort of home.  Please contact webmaster@puestadelsolpta.org  if you are interested! ... read full article
Quick LinksPTA Web Team7/5/20176/29/2018
Quick Links
-  2017-18 Suggested School Supplies List - Subscribe/Unsubscribe to our newsletters - Visit our PTA Facebook page - Donate to the PTA - International Spanish Academy (ISA) Committee - Amazon.com Shopping Link - Community Events - Traffic and Parking Information - Puesta del Sol Elementary School website - Check for Emergency Closure:   MyNorthwest.com school closings ,    King5.com SchoolNet , Bellevue School District ... read full article