Urgent Need!  High Value!  Short Term!

The PTA needs a Nominating Committee again this year to help us find terrific candidates for the PTA Board for the 2019-2020 school year.  The charge of the nominating committee is to recognize and recruit the most qualified people available for elected PTA positions as defined by the local PTA or council standing rules.

Without a nominating committee, we will not be successful in finding terrific candidates for our PTA board next year.  Without a PTA board, we can't run our fabulous PTA Programs.  Please consider making this short-term commitment to ensure the success of our PTA next year!  
Contact Pauline at volunteer@puestadelsolpta.org.  For more information, visit our Nominating Committee page.
Jan 13
Math Olympiad Applications Due
Math Olympiad Applications Due

Monday, January 14

Parent Registration, Student Application, and Signed Citizenship Contract due Please submit all required materials to the dropbox in Sra. Walteros room. No late applications accepted.
1:30p PTA Board Meeting
PTA Board Meeting

Monday, January 14
1:30p - 3:00p
PTA Office

PTA Board Meetings are open for observation to all Puesta del Sol PTA members, if desired. Feel free to contact the PTA Secretary with any questions: secretary@puestadelsolpta.org.
Math Olympiad Training Begins
Math Olympiad Training Begins

Thursday, January 17
6:00p Kindergarten information night
Kindergarten information night

Thursday, January 17
6:00p - 7:00p
Puesta del Sol Gym
7:00p 4th & 5th Grade Play
4th & 5th Grade Play

Friday, January 18
7:00p - 9:00p
Lee Theatre, Forest Ridge School
7:00p 4th and 5th Grade Play
4th and 5th Grade Play

Saturday, January 19
7:00p - 9:00p
Lee Theatre, Forest Ridge School
No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Monday, January 21
5:30p PTA General Membership & Parent Ed Meeting
PTA General Membership & Parent Ed Meeting

Wednesday, January 23
5:30p - 7:30p
Puesta del Sol Library
El Sol Publication
El Sol Publication

Friday, January 25

Check your email inbox this morning for the latest El Sol Newsletter!
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Registration Now Open for After School Programs Session 2
Our After School programs teach music, drumming and dance from Spain, Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa.  

These classes offer our students an opportunity to expand their appreciation of culture and diversity, all taught in Spanish!   You can self-select the session fee that best fits your family's budget, and all classes will perform at the International Festival next Spring!

Register for Flamenco on Mondays*, 3:35-4:45pm, grades 1-5
Register for Fiesta Latina on Tuesdays, 3:35-4:45pm,  grades K-5
Register Bomba del Sol on Fridays,  3:35-4:45pm, grades K-5

*No School on 1/21 and 1/28, begins 2/4

Questions?  Visit the PTA After School Programs page for more information.

Parent Ed & General Membership Meeting

        Date: Wednesday, 1/23
      Time: 5:30 pm
  Location: Puesta del Sol Library

In response to our members' survey feedback from last year, the PTA has added a Parent Education portion to our General Membership meeting.  Most families wanted to learn more about our ISA (International Spanish Academy) program.  If you are wondering what is ahead for our students in middle school and high school and how our current curriculum is tied to a 12-year program, this is your opportunity to learn more.  The agenda after the ISA presentation will include:

     •  Update from Camp Kindness Counts, guest speaker
     •  Financial Report
     •  Fall Survey Results
     •  Nominating Committee Election

Questions?  Please email president@puestadelsolpta.org.

Puesta del Sol Choir Concerts - Save the Date!
Each year in the spring, Puesta del Sol students participate in a music concert in the Puesta del Sol gymnasium. Please make sure these April Concert dates are on your calendar!

First Grade: Wed., April 17th - 6pm
Second Grade: Wed., April 17th - 7pm
Third Grade: Wed., April 24th - 6pm
Fourth Grade: Wed., April 24th - 7pm
Sra. Rose will send more details for each class closer to the date.

Bellevue Schools Foundation Education Series

Creating Balance for Your Child with Dr. Laura Kastner

Register today to reserve your seat. 

Questions?  Contact Carmen Brenner, Bellevue School Foundation @ 425-456-4199 or carmen@bsfdn.org.

Newsletter Publication Schedule- Winter

Subscribe Now!

Check your email inbox every other Friday for our PTA El Sol newsletter publication to find out the latest school and PTA news, activities, events and volunteer opportunities.  Here is the Winter publication schedule:

El Sol Fridays:  1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 2/15 (if needed), 3/1, 3/15, 3/29
Note:  There will be no newsletter publication over Mid-Winter Break, 2/18 – 2/22.


Volunteers Needed!
We need everyone's help to keep all of our programs and the PTA running smoothly.  The PTA is currently looking for the following positions:

 Communications Team

   • Registrar - Training available
   • Membership Chair - Training available
   • Web Content Manager - Training available
   • Facebook Content Creator

Educational Enhancement Team

   • Drama Club Co-Chair (work with current chair)
   • Garden Club Co-Chair (work with current chair)
   • After School Programs Co-Chair (work with current chair)

Please email volunteer@puestadelsolpta.org if you are interested.  Thank you!   

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Math Olympiad begins January 17th

Math Olympiad is beginning soon for interested 5th grade students.  Registration is open now and forms are due Monday, January 14th.  Information and application packet are available on the Math Olympiad page. 

Practices will be held Monday and Thursday mornings, 7:50-8:50am in Sra. Walteros' classroom (room 200). First practice is Thursday, January 17th.  

Questions? Email matholympiad@puestadelsolpta.org.

4th & 5th Grade Play

Puesta del Sol and Studio East present Pirates of the Curry Bean. 

Anchors away and set sail for swashbuckling pirate adventure on the high seas in this piratical musical that's sure to shake your booty!  

Tickets available - don't miss out! 


Location: Lee Theatre at Forest Ridge School
4800 139th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98006
Dates: Friday, January 18th
Saturday, January 19th
Time: 7:00 p.m.

Next Passport Check Day is January 29, 2019

Special Itinerary for January is Mozambique

Sign up to help with Passport Check Day

For more information reference our Passport Club page.

ISA Reciprocal Exchange Program


ISA Parent Meeting on Reciprocal Exchange Program 

Date: Wednesday, January 30th @ 7pm
Location: Newport High School Library

The ISA Committee invites you to an information meeting about the new reciprocal exchange program planned for the 2019-20academic year.  Designed to augment the ISA program in Spanish language and cultural literacy, this program is to become an on-going opportunity for ISA students in 10th grade.  Come and meet Mr. Carlos Aguado San Jose, Director of INESLE Madrid working in conjunction with partner school St Maria la Blanca in Madrid. Information about summer language program opportunities for middle and high school students of all ages will also be presented.

2019 International Festival Volunteers Needed!
The 2019 International Festival planning is under way, and we need YOU! Many roles are available, most with very little time commitment (perfect for working parents). Please help us make the event a success for the entire community! Sign up to volunteer.   The International Festival will be on May 18th at the Bellevue High School Performing Arts Center.

Bellevue Schools Foundation Education Series

Advance registration is requested.  Register for the February 4th event.   Register for the February 7th event.

Questions?  Contact Carmen Brenner @ 425-456-4199 or carmen@bsfdn.org. 

PTA Support for Families in Need

Your PTA provides support for Puesta del Sol families in need in a variety of ways. Please take a look at our new website page for details on how to apply for financial aid for PTA membership, yearbooks and after school programs, and to find out about other resources available to help our families who may need a little help. 

Parent-Organized Facebook Groups

Puesta del Sol Elementary- All Grade Parent Discussion

Puesta del Sol School Garden

Puesta del Sol Class of 2031 (Kindergarten)

Puesta del Sol Class of 2030 (1st grade)

Puesta del Sol Class of 2029 (2nd grade)

Puesta del Sol Class of 2028 (3rd grade)

Puesta del Sol Class of 2027 (4th grade)

Puesta del Sol Class of 2026 (5th grade)

* Please note: Individual Facebook groups for each class are parent-organized and are not PTA-sponsored.

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