Welcome to Spanish Immersion Through the Arts! 

      

Our Goals                                                    Past Programming Highlights                  
SITA Committee Members                         SITA at Work
  

 


* SITA (Spanish Immersion through the Arts) is looking for volunteers!  
We are looking for parent representatives who can help us during visiting artist events and workshops in the classroom throughout the year. If you'd like to help us bring more art into our school, email us at: sita@puestadelsolpta.org. ¡Gracias!

 

Our Goals

 

1. To enrich the immersion setting by providing opportunities where students can “play” with the Spanish language through literary, visual, and musical experiences. We aim to give our students freedom to (a) experiment with spoken Spanish, (b) refine their comprehension (“fine-tune their ears”), and (c) incorporate their new skills into the written and analytical areas of learning.

2. To provide unique cultural experiences not easily found in our community.

3. To establish long-lasting connections between Puesta del Sol and Seattle’s growing Spanish-speaking community of artists and educators.

4. To lead through example in a community-wide campaign to meet the immersion needs of our Spanish immersion setting.

 

 

SITA at Work!

2016-2017

 

  

   Ana Montes Flamenco

Self Portrait   

  

October 2016

We had a poetry event again this year. In conjunction with Hispanic Heritage month, we invited about 30 students to share their poems at the Bellevue Central Library. It was a great Puesta del Sol and community wide event. We also invited Marco Cortes to play some of his wonderful music, and Adriana Morales entertained children with her puppets.

February 2017

Kindergarten, 2nd and 3rd grade classes participated in a Tambores/Bomba workshop in conjunction with Sra. Rose’s music class. Maestro Ricardo Guity (the after school Tambores teacher) and a special musical guest from Florida, Maestro Angel Reyes, talked to the students about Bomba, the music coming from Puerto Rico, and tied it in with the Tambores music. The children learned songs and were able to experiment with different instruments and were all eagerly dancing to the beats.

March 2017

The students in 4th grade had the opportunity to watch Ana Montes, voted Best Flamenco Dancer over 30 in Seattle. Ana talked to the students about the history of Flamenco, the instruments used in the dance, the costume, the shoes, some moves and chants! She even danced on the tables so that the students could hear and appreciate her “taconeo”, which is the movement done with the feet, using the special Flamenco shoes. Ole! We have invited her to teach a Flamenco class after school. Ana Montes also performed in an assembly for the whole school, it was educational and very enjoyable.

The 3rd graders invited Daniel Kapellmann, a Fullbright Scholar from Mexico, who is a technology major with a passion for music. As a young boy he learned how to sing “rancheras” and has won several contests and performed a multitude of concerts. He delighted us with his music, and invited some of the teachers to sing along with him.

Mexican artist Adriana Morales visited every single classroom at Puesta del Sol. She introduced students to Frida Khalo – her life and her art. Every student created an original self portrait and was encouraged to add their own pets or favorite animals. The medium varied by grade. They explored crayon pastels, charcoal and pastels.

All of the self portraits were mounted and then displayed during the Art Fair. Seeing all of them together in one space was spectacular! The self-portraits were individually sold and the proceeds will be used by SITA next year.

April 2017

We had a pilot program – Writers in the Schools (WITS) visit 4th grade for a 10 day poetry workshop. We were lucky enough to have a Spanish poet come and direct the workshop. At the end, one student was selected to read their poem with the rest of the Seattle area public schools that had also participated in the program. It was an important and very successful event at the Seattle Public Library.

For more information about this program, please check:  

The highlight of SITA this year was bringing The Seattle Opera to Puesta del Sol. This year they had a bilingual production of Cinderella en España. We had the group come twice and delight the whole school with their amazing performance. The school was engaged and enchanted by the Opera singers.  

June 2017

We had the honor and pleasure of having Mexican author Maria de Lourdes Victoria for a two-week poetry workshop at Puesta del Sol, for the third year in a row.  We were very lucky to have her back again. Maria worked with 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th grades for a total of 20 workshops.

The workshop was focused on poetry and the theme was “animals”. All of the students had fun and were very creative. They especially enjoyed sharing their work with the class. 

 


Past Programming Highlights

 

Since 2010, we have enjoyed and learned from a wide variety of renowned artists and academics. Here are some of the highlights:

2010-2011: José Ignacio “Chascas” Valenzuela, Dr. Leyla Rouhi (Williams College)

2011-2012: Grupo Bochinche, Dr. Marimer Carrión (Emory University), Javier and Jaime Suárez Berrocal

2012-2013: Isis Eglé, Afro-Caribbean musicians: Ricardo Güity, Angel Reyes and Otoquí Reyes, Washi (Peruvian Story-Teller)

2014-2015: Carlos Nuñez (The Consulate of Spain), Flamenco Casa Patas, Thomas Pruiksma, Marco Cortez, Maria Victoria

It was a great honor and privilege in 2014 to have international renowned musician Carlos Nuñez introduce our students to the traditional bagpipe music of Galicia, Spain. He gave a lecture about his background and the various instruments he plays - traditional Galician bagpipe, Galician flute, ocarina, Irish flute, whistle, and low whistle. He gave an assembly for the whole school on September 22, 2014.  The whole school was engaged with his performance. 

2015-2016:  National Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration in September/October 2015 - Spanish readings were done by local authors and Puesta del Sol students, accompanied by Spanish songs of Marco Cortés.

2016:  Seattle Opera performed Cinderella en España for all of our students.

      

     

 

SITA Committee Members 

Aida Ebeling, Chair
Gaby Cavalcanti, Co-Chair
Jonathan Shearer, Principal
Sra. Miriam Lopez-Kimball, 1st grade teacher
Sra. Brook Garcia, 3rd grade teacher
Srta. Von Tersch, 4th grade teacher
Sra. Claudia Mattson, 5th grade teacher
Art - Sra. Patricia Carpenter
Pam Fong, PTA representative


SITA at Work!

2015-2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



  

 

 



 

November/December 2015

We were delighted to welcome back Marco Cortes to Puesta del Sol during the months of November and December. El Sr. Cortes is a Chilean born musician that has focused his career on teaching music to children in Spanish. Sr. Marcos' workshop was for students in grades K-2 and he had the chance to visit each classroom twice.

The children composed songs with him that related to what they were learning in their classrooms. For example, our Kindergarten classes learned some of his songs. The first graders composed songs using the new vocabulary words they were learning. The second grade class composed the Puesta del Sol song, that with the help of Señora Rose has become the school song!

Marco is a fabulous musician and educator and we were very fortunate to have him at Puesta. He has many CD’s out and his songs are a big hit with the younger students.

Marco came back in the Spring and delighted us with his music at both assemblies. He did some sing-alongs with the younger students, and marimba players from Sra. Rose’s class joined him for the 3-5 grade assembly, where he also showcased some of his favorite music from Chile. 

http://marcocortes.com                         https://www.facebook.com/MarcoCortesMusic


December 2015

Mexican artist Adriana Morales visited 3rd grade for a class on illustration, specifically character creation. They were studying character development in their literacy class, so this tied in perfectly to the curriculum. Students were invited to share their creations at the end.

February 2016

We had the pleasure of having a musical assembly with the Tambores teacher, Maestro Ricardo Guity and a special musical guest that was here from Florida, Maestro Angel Reyes. Together, the talked to the school about Bomba,the music coming from Puerto Rico, and tied it in with the Tambores music. The upper grade students invited the children that participate in the Tambores class after school to participate in the assembly. It was fun, festive, inter-active and engaging! It was so fun, even the teachers got up to dance!
 

March 2016

Richard Lopez, a Venezuelan painter came to talk to the third graders about his painting process, his visual arts career and about his job at the Arts Library in Caracas and how the library system is so different in both countries. It was very interesting, the children had lots of interesting questions for him.

Also in March, our fourth grade students had the opportunity to watch Ana Montes, voted Best Flamenco Dancer over 30 in Seattle. Ana talked to the students about the history of Flamenco, the instruments used in the dance, the costume, the shoes, some moves and even some chants! She even danced on the tables so that the students could hear and appreciate her “taconeo”, which is the movement done with the feet, using the special Flamenco shoes. Ole! We have invited her to teach a Flamenco class after school. 

April/May 2016

The third graders had the opportunity to welcome back Mexican artist, Adriana Morales for a three-week project. The project was all about urbanism and developing a city from scratch. It was fascinating to watch all the discussions, thought processes, bartering, disagreements, agreements, and compromising that went on throughout the process. The students were able to work in small groups and understood better what the whole urbanism concept is all about. This project tied into their Social Studies curriculum.

May 2016

In May we had another amazing assembly, this time we invited Daniel Kapellmann. He is a Fulbright Scholar from Mexico that is a technology major but has a passion for music. As a young boy he learned how to sing “rancheras” and has won several contests and has done a multitude of concerts. He delighted us with his music, and invited some of the teachers to sing along with him.

June 2016

We had the honor and pleasure of having the Mexican author Maria de Lourdes Victoria for a two-week poetry workshop at Puesta. She was here last year, and we were very lucky to have her back again. Maria worked with grades 1-5, for a total of 20 workshops. 

The workshop was focused on Poetry and the theme was “water”. All of the students had fun and were very creative. They especially enjoyed sharing their work with the class. Some of these poems, were selected for a poetry reading at the Bellevue Library, to be held on October 8th, to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage month. Students were also encouraged to submit their poems to a second contest, which is Poetry on Buses. To participate in this upcoming contest, students can use the poem they wrote during the workshop, or create their own. The theme again is "water", 50 words maximum. More details about this contest are listed above in our Upcoming Events section.

The poems from the finalists as well as all of the chosen poems will be compiled into a book and will be at the library for everyone to enjoy.

 

Stay tuned for 2017-18!

Our program continues to grow with the support of the Puesta del Sol PTA, the Bellevue Schools Foundation, the Consulate of Spain in Seattle, and the Consulate of Mexico in Seattle, in addition to all the amazing parent-volunteer support.  


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