Welcome Incoming Families!

We are so glad that you are here with us at Puesta del Sol! We understand that things can feel overwhelming when starting a new school so we created this sheet of helpful tips to get you through the first couple of months.

Jana Jiwani is your New Family/Student Outreach Chair for the year!  Contact her at newfamily@puestadelsolpta.org any time you can't find an answer!

Thanks and Welcome!

The Puesta Del Sol PTA Board 

 

What You Need to Know

  1. Create a New Account on our website.  Enter "K" as your child's grade level.  Until your child's teacher assignment is received, choose "unknown/not listed" option for teacher. 
  2. Drive or Bus to School? – There is very limited parking so, if possible, please have your child ride the bus. Please view our Traffic/Parking page for guidelines on parking and using the drop-off/pick-up lane at school if you plan to drive. 

    If you want a spot in the school parking lot for after school pickup and events, arrive early. Never park on the main road coming down to school.

    During the first weeks of school, morning volunteers are in place to direct students to their classrooms from the drop-off area and the school buses. Staff takes special care in the afternoon to walk students to their bus or pick up location.
  3. Communication – Email is the preferred method of communication for both the school and the PTA.  If you do not receive these communications during the first month of school, please reach out to the responsible group to get added. Emails gathered will only be used by Puesta del Sol PTA and will never be shared with advertisers or other organizations.  There is a lot of great communication so make sure you receive ALL of the following:

    From the School  
    -- Weekly teacher update from your child’s teacher. Teachers will contact you for your email.
    -- Principal newsletter from Principal Sr. Shearer. Bi-monthly.
       
    From the PTA  
    -- Room Parent communication. First communication by mid-October.
    -- Twice monthly electronic El Sol Newsletter from PTA.  Sent out on Fridays.
    -- Announcements on the PTA Facebook page. 
    Like us at https://www.facebook.com/Puestadelsolpta/.
    -- PTA general information. Timing will vary.
     

    Subscribe to the El Sol Newsletter

    Subscribe to PTA Periodic Email Updates

If you do not receive these communications by the end of September please reach out to the responsible group to get added.  If you have another email address you would like to add or a community member would like to have access to our communications, please use the same two subscribe links above. If you have further questions about communications, please contact communications@puestadelsolpta.org.

  1. Kindergarten Student School Supplies -  Please bring your school supplies to your WaKIDS Family Connections Conference.  View list of suggested supplies.
  1. Dates to Put on Your Calendar  

    When the overwhelming feeling strikes, just focus on these next upcoming events:
  • Kindergarten Reading Assessments - August 24th. Kindergarten pods, 600's. Pick one time slot during the day. This is your student's beginning of the year reading assessment (in English).  View Sign-ups.
  • Kindergarten Orientation/Kinder Camp and Picnic - August 25th.  9:00am-12:00pm.  Fiesta de paletas/Picnic 12:00pm - 12:30pm. Bus ride 12:30pm - 1:00pm.
  • WaKIDS Family Connections Conference - August 31st or Sept. 1st. Please bring your child's school supplies to your conference.
  • First Day of School for Kindergartners - Sept. 5th at 9am. (All other grades have start date of August 31st)
  • Ice Cream Social - September 8th, 6-7:30pm. Social event for all Puesta families, held outdoors above the school playground.  Great opportunity to meet other families and enjoy some sweet treats!
  • Picture Day – September 12th.
  • Curriculum Night for K - 2nd grades - September 13th, 6:00-7:30pm.  Find out what your kids will be learning this year. (Parents only event) 
  • Curriculum Night for 3rd - 5th grades - September 14th, 6:00-7:30pm. Find out what your kids will be learning this year. (Parents only event) 
  • Book Fair – October 2nd - 6th. Stock up on Spanish books, help fund the library, and fill teacher’s bookshelves. (Cash or credit) Schedule and more info.
  • Walkathon – October 6th.  3:30-6:00pm.  Ball field.  This is one of our major fundraising events and the social place to be!  Dinner available!  Entire family welcome!  Bring cash.
  • Passport Club – for 1st–5th graders only, so don’t worry about this if your child is in Kindergarten this year.
  1. Join your child for lunch.  You are more than welcome to join your child for lunch.  Look on the website for class lunchtimes, sign in at the office when you arrive, and enjoy lunch together!  

If all else fails, relax and breathe! ENJOY the school year as it goes by so fast!

You can connect with other Kindergarten Parents with the “Puesta del Sol Class of 2030" Facebook Group.  This group is not sponsored by Puesta del Sol Elementary School, Bellevue School District, or the Puesta del Sol PTA.  The link for this group is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/387654728287731/.  This is a closed group, so you will need to request to join and will be admitted by one of our moderators, who are Puesta del Sol-seasoned Kindy Parents.

Additional Information

Before & After School Care - Before and after school programs are available at Puesta del Sol through the school district for children kindergarten through 5th grade.  Before & After School Programs

Day Care - Please note that if you are picking up for Day Care, there is limited parking in the Day Care parking spots. Be prepared to park and walk the first few weeks of school if you are not in the lot by 3pm.  Starting around 3:15pm, you won't be able to get to the parking lot until the pick up line starts moving at 3:30pm.  The line is usually done by 3:45pm.

Communicating with office or PTA via child's binder - If you need to get a note to the front office or PTA, you may put it in your child's binder/backpack.  And please look in your child's binder/backpack for communication from the front office or PTA.

School Directory - The School Directory is an Online Directory, searchable only by name, which is on the side menu of our website. Only authorized users will have access to our school directory.

Room Parents - At Curriculum Night in September the teachers will have a sign up form for Room Parents and other volunteer positions.  Room Parents will be notified after these dates to join the Room Parent Coordinator for a meeting on the FAQ's of being a Room Parent.

Volunteering - We have many wonderful volunteer opportunities! Sign up to volunteer when you complete your online First Day Forms this Fall.

Join the PTA - Please go to the About Us section of our site to join and become a PTA member after school begins!