We are so happy to bring back activities and events for our students!
We know there is a lot going on, so here is a summary of what's coming up.

Check out our official Puesta del Sol communications channels for more information: Website, El Sol Newsletter and Facebook!
May 21 (Sat), 7:pm: International Festival, Sammamish High School Performing Arts Center (PAC)
May 25 (Wed), 6-6:40pm: Science Fair - Planetary Geology (online)
June 1 (Wed), 5:30pm: Ceramic Paint Night, Puesta del Sol Gym, and Dining for Dinero at Mod Pizza Factoria (all day)
June 1 (Wed), 7pm: PTA General Membership Meeting
June 4 (Sat) 3pm: Springtime Social Event: Experience Flamenco!
June 8 (Wed): 5th Grade Teacher and Staff Tea, and PTA Volunteer Appreciation
June 10 (Fri): Multi-Cultural Potluck with the DEI Committee
June 15 (Wed), 6pm: 5th Grade Graduation
June 17 (Fri): Field Day
June 21 (Tue): Last Day of School

International Festival Tickets On Sale Now

Join Us at the International Festival on May 21

Gather your friends and family to watch students perform in this year's International Festival at Sammamish High School's Performing Arts Center - 100 140th Avenue NE, Bellevue WA 98005.

The show includes performances led by our beloved Amity Interns, music by our Marimba Bands, and Flamenco Dancing.
Tickets are $6 for General Seating and $12 for VIP Seating. Kids under 1 sitting on a parent's lap are free. Scholarship tickets available. Ticket sales cover the cost of the show, and any extra funds go back to the PTA.

Purchase Tickets at: https://puestadelsolpta.org/Packet/IntlFestivalSales. Ticket sales will continue until 1 pm day of event. Will Call will open at 6 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Show starts at 7 pm.

For More Info Visit: https://puestadelsolpta.org/Page/Events/InternationalFestival

 


Multicultural Potluck Picnic

All-School End-of-Year
Multicultural Potluck Picnic!

Hosted by Puesta del Sol’s PTA Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Join us as we celebrate a fantastic year of school and the incredible diversity of our community!

If you are comfortable sharing food, please bring a nut-free dish that is meaningful to your family’s cultural history. If you’d rather bring your own picnic, that is totally fine too. Camping chairs and/or picnic blankets are recommended. Paper plates, compostable utensils, sanitizer, and food description cards will be provided.

WHEN: Friday, June 10th, 6:00p - 7:30p
WHERE: Puesta del Sol! Food tables will be set up on the paved area above the playground. If it’s raining, we will set up in the gym.
RSVP: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090D45ABAE2CA3FB6-june
 

Please sign-up to:

–Let us know what you are bringing
–Volunteer to help at the potluck

Email [email protected] with questions.

Summer Park Playdates

Are you interested in helping to organize/host grade-level summer park playdates?

If so, please email [email protected] by May 25th with the incoming grade level/s you will assist with. We will work together to set up and host a variety of dates, times, and locations that won't overlap between grade levels.

 


PTA General Membership Meeting

Please join us at our final general membership meeting of the year on Wednesday, June 1 at 7pm in the Puesta del Sol library. We are excited to welcome two special guest speakers! Danelle Edwards and Jessica Strazzulla, our new principal and assistant principal, will be introducing themselves and answering top-of-mind questions from our community. Please submit your questions by May 21.

We will also recap this year, discuss plans for next year, and we need your votes for incoming board members and to approve a preliminary budget to start the next school year.

Children are welcome to attend the board meeting or may play on the playground during the meeting. We are seeking a couple volunteers to supervise the playground during the meeting. If you are willing and able to do so, please let us know!

We hope to see you in person, but we will also be presenting the meeting online for those who are unable to attend in person. Stay tuned for the link to be sent separately closer to the meeting date.

If you have any questions or additional topics you would like to share at the meeting, please contact [email protected].


Virtual field trip to PSC

Join us for Virtual Field Trips to the Pacific Science Center on May 9th, 17th and 25th at 6:00 pm.

Come explore chemical reactions, the science of sound and the solar system from the comfort of your home! 

See the flyer.  PTA Members, click here to see the flyer with zoom links.


Dining for Dinero

Dining for Dinero at MOD Pizza in Factoria.

Invite a friend and enjoy an excellent pizza. Our PTA will receive 20% of all digital and in-store fundraiser sales on June 1st all day.

Remember to show the flyer or mention the fundraiser at checkout. If ordering online, please use the digital coupon code: MODF7049


PTA Board Positions are NOW OPEN for next year!

Are you interested or know someone who would be a great PTA board member for next year? The current PTA board is looking for individuals who want to be involved and make a difference. There are also committee positions open as well.

Our PTA runs a variety of programs like Education enhancement programs, community building events for our families, classroom grants for teachers, hosting amity interns. The PTA sponsors many things at Puesta del Sol and it is here to advocate for you and your student for just about any issue that affects your student’s experience at Puesta del Sol. To learn more about each committee and individual volunteer opportunities please review: https://puestadelsolpta.org/Page/AboutPTA/Committees

If you are interested in volunteering, please email [email protected] with your name and committee of interest in the subject line. We encourage you to browse through the various committees and find something you think you would enjoy that aligns with a particular talent, skill, or hobby you have and also that meets your time restrictions.


Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month and Storybook Sharing!

This month we celebrate the history, culture and contributions of Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities. We recognize the many families with Asian, Southeast Asian, and Indian heritage in our beloved familia.

We are compiling our own "Bedtime Stories" series featuring AAPI families! If you and/or your student(s) would like to record a video reading a storybook featuring AAPI characters or themes, please e-mail [email protected].

You can check out books of AAPI Heritage and culture from the KCLS Library or purchase through the bookstore of the Wing Luke Museum.

Suggested family outings this month:
- Wing Luke Museum 
- Seattle Asian Art Museum 
- Mukai Farm on Vashon Island - special exhibit during the month of May and event on Mother's Day


Staff Art for Women's History Month

Maria Torres, Attendance Specialist for Puesta del Sol Elementary completed a wonderful Women of History piece that is on display. Maria assembled a collection of images to craft a poster of trailblazing women who span generations, cultures and contributions. They include artists like Georgia O’Keefe and Frida Kahlo, Civil Rights leaders like Ruby Bridges, Rosa Parks and Harriet Tubman, pioneers like Amelia Earhart and two young women who defied the odds, Anne Frank and Mala Yousafzai. This poster reminds students at Puesta del Sol of the many ways that Women have left their mark on our collective history. Link to BSD article here.


International Spanish Academy

Puesta del Sol is Endorsed by the Embassy of Spain


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Ceramic Paint Night

Please join us for an in-person Ceramic Paint Night with Creatively Yours!


Wednesday, June 1st, 2022
5:30-7pm
Puesta del Sol gym


Item to Paint: Mugs ($20 each).

It is our PTA mission to support every child, financial assistance is available for this activity. If interested, please contact [email protected].

Order Deadline Extended until Sunday, May 22, 2022

We are also looking for a few volunteers to help with the blow dryers and paint. Sign up when you order your mugs.

Items will be ready to be picked up at Creatively Yours in the Crossroads Mall after 3pm on June 8th, 2022.

Pick up dinner on your way at MOD Pizza in Factoria using code MODF7049 for Dining for Dinero to support the Puesta del Sol PTA, and stay for the General Membership meeting afterwards!


Volunteer for Superheroes Field Day!

We Need You!

Help us make our 2022 Superheros Field Day SUPER!

 
1) Volunteer*

This is always an exciting day to experience with your child/ren and we need A LOT of volunteers to keep all the heroic stations running. Sign up to run a station, to help set up or to help clean up at the end of the day.
Volunteer for Field Day - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0E4EACAD2FABFB6-field

*All volunteers MUST be registered with the Bellevue School District. If you have not volunteered at school already this year, CLICK HERE to start the process. Or visit - https://bsd405.org/get-involved/volunteer/.

2) Contribute an item from our Wish List

Donation options include class backpacks, station materials, awards, prizes, and popsicles. Thank you! 

Field Day Wish List - https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1UJG6NYF3R1P4

 
Field Day Details
When: Friday, June 17th – 1:30-3:00pm
Set up begins at 10:00am and clean up finishes at 4:00pm
Where: Puesta del Sol Fields
 
Join us for the Fun, Popsicles, & (hopefully) some Sun!

Questions? Email [email protected].


Puesta del Sol PTA Spiritwear Shop is OPEN!
  Puesta del Sol PTA Spiritwear Shop is OPEN!   Looking for a graduation gift? Make this your ONE STOP SHOP & support our PTA! Shop our online store and get your school spirit gear. Don't miss out on our very own "Vamos Hawks" apparel! It's simple- just click on the link, select your item(s), and purchase. You will choose to pick up at the vendor in Bellevue or shipped to your location. For every item you purchase, our PTA receives a percentage of the sale. Thank you for your support! SHOP NOW! https://puestadelsolel.itemorder.com ORDER BY FRIDAY, JUNE 3RD Pick-up ... read full article

FREE Movies for May!

       

Watch FREE streaming movies this school year!

Did you know Puesta del Sol PTA pays the license allowing teachers to show copyrighted material like movies or documentaries at school?

Swank, our movie licensing company, is piloting FREE access to selected movies on scheduled dates, including streaming in Spanish and other languages (when available).

PTA Members—you do not need to email to get the code. See here.

NON-PTA Members—email [email protected] for directions and passcode (sorry, the info can only be e-mailed). 

  • Movies are available on scheduled dates (see below)
  • Allow >2 business days to get the code. (PTA Members—get the code immediately)
  • The codes do not apply beyond our school community, please do not share beyond current Puesta del Sol families, teachers or staff.
  • Families must have their own internet access and device to stream.

Here are the movies, which are available all day on demand:

May 6: Lilo and Stitch (PG)
May 7: Mulan (G)
May 13: Big Hero Six (PG)
May 14: Abominable (PG)
May 20: Crazy Rich Asians (PG-13)
May 21: Raya (PG)
May 27: Addams Family 2 (PG)
May 27-28: Jungle Cruise (PG-13)

 

PTA Member's access code page

 


Searching for Amity Host Families for 2022-2023

Puesta del Sol is looking for host families for our 2022-23 Amity interns. Host families play a vital role in the success of the program. By welcoming an intern from another country into their home, volunteer host families gain friendship, understanding, knowledge and a connection to the world. Host families will experience new tastes and customs and have the chance to practice their intern's language. Your children will learn about different parts of the world from the intern and may receive extra help with their own language studies.

At Puesta del Sol, our host families typically host for 13 weeks but offer longer durations. You may select to host for Fall, Winter or Spring or half-year, and we will extend full year if necessary. The Amity Committee needs 20 host family applications for 6 interns to ensure improved matching and experience for our interns and families. You may make a preference for male or female and/or time of year. We are in need of families interested in hosting male interns.

To apply to be a host family, please fill out an application.

Learn more about the program at: 

Questions? Email us at [email protected]


Treats, gifts and goodies--Oh My!

A BIG THANK YOU to our Puesta community for coming out to help during Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week!
From breakfast treats to flowers, personalized water bottles to notes of appreciation--you all really showed your Puesta spirit and appreciation for our Puesta del Sol teachers and staff--way to go Puesta families, and what better cause than for the teachers and staff who teach and help our kids each day. We recognize ALL your efforts last week--thank you families, and most of all THANK YOU to our Puesta teachers and staff!


Spanish Immersion / Dual Language / ISA Update
The Puesta del Sol PTA board and the Bellevue PTSA Council jointly called for a Spanish Language Program Advisory Committee (SLPAC) and the district has accepted the proposal in concept. The details of how this will be rolled out are still to be determined. Part of the Position Statement is bellow or read the full PTSA Council statement here . “In support of the goal of engaging families and school staff in equal partnership in decisions that affect children and families, we join with the Puesta del Sol PTA Board in calling for the creation of a Spanish Language Program ... read full article

PTA Gold Membership Award

Puesta del Sol PTA has recently been recognized by Washington State PTA as a Gold Membership Growth Award recipient! PTAs are presented with this award for enrolling at least 10% more members this year compared to last year. That means our PTA is growing! Thank you to everyone who has become a member so far this year: YOU are the reason our PTA achieved this award! If you haven’t yet signed up for a 2021-2022 PTA membership, please consider joining today! By doing so, you are demonstrating your support for our PTA and all it does for Puesta del Sol –

Membership Signup: puestadelsolpta.org/Packet/Membership/


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Follow us on Facebook / Parent Groups
 

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Join Facebook Parent Groups (not PTA-sponsored):

Puesta del Sol Elementary- All Grade Parent Discussion

Puesta del Sol School Garden

Puesta del Sol Class of 2034 (Kindergarten)

Puesta del Sol Class of 2033 (1st Grade)

Puesta del Sol Class of 2032 (2nd grade)

Puesta del Sol Class of 2031 (3rd grade)

Puesta del Sol Class of 2030 (4th grade)

Puesta del Sol Class of 2029 (5th grade)

Puesta del Sol Class of 2028 (Graduated)

ISA - Tillicum, Sammamish + Newport

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


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12:30p May Passport Check
May Passport Check

Date:
Tuesday, May 17
Time:
12:30p - 3:00p

6:00p Virtual field trip to PSC
Virtual field trip to PSC

Date:
Tuesday, May 17
Time:
6:00p - 6:40p

Join us for Virtual Field Trips to the Pacific Science Center on May 9th, 17th and 25th.
Come explore chemical reactions, the science of sound and the solar system from the comfort of your home.
More info
6:30p DEI--May Meeting
DEI--May Meeting

Date:
Thursday, May 19
Time:
6:30p - 8:00p

Please join the DEI Committee for our last meeting of the school year!
zoom.us/j/85626042877
Contact [email protected]
El Sol Newsletter arrives
El Sol Newsletter arrives

Date:
Friday, May 20
7:00p International Festival
International Festival

Date:
Saturday, May 21
Time:
7:00p - 9:00p
Where:
Sammamish High School PAC

See International Festival for more info
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6:00p Virtual field trip to PSC
Virtual field trip to PSC

Date:
Wednesday, May 25
Time:
6:00p - 6:40p

Join us for Virtual Field Trips to the Pacific Science Center on May 9th, 17th and 25th.
Come explore chemical reactions, the science of sound and the solar system from the comfort of your home.
More info
Sign up to help with Field Day!
Sign up to help with Field Day!

Date:
Thursday, May 26

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