Spring General Member Meeting

Please join us for the Spring PTA General Membership Meeting in the Puesta del Sol Library (or online via Zoom)! All are welcome, though you will need a current PTA Membership to vote. 

PTA Meeting

Wednesday, May 8th, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.
Location: Puesta Library
Zoom Link: https://tinyurl.com/2jshh4x6

Please email [email protected] to pre-submit questions or discussion items for the agenda. Impromptu questions will be answered as time allows at the end of the meeting. Childcare may be offered, pending interest. Please contact [email protected] if you need childcare to attend the meeting.


Snacks for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Graders

It’s Standardized Testing Season again! Let’s work together to make testing days a little sweeter. The PTA is organizing snacks for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students to be distributed to the classrooms following their tests.

Testing will take place between May 6th and May 17th. Testing dates for each classroom will be available via your child's teacher in early May.

If you would like to contribute snacks, please bring them to the labelled box in the Front Office no later than May 3rd. Please bring non-perishable, individually wrapped, health-ish snacks. If you would prefer to contribute a small donation for a collective costco purchase, please email [email protected] .

All 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students will be offered testing day snacks regardless of family donations. Donations are gratefully accepted, not required. Any leftover snacks will be given to teachers and staff in appreciation for their hard work.


Yoga Kids (Spring Session)

Teaching mindfulness, movement and self-care practices, one breath at a time.

Join fellow Puesta parent, Teacher Melissa, for a fun and engaging series that will teach your child yoga and mindfulness practices through songs, games, and stories. Each weekly practice will include deep breathing, sun salutations, a variety of accessible postures, a peaceful meditation and gratitude circle. Your kids will learn about the importance of self care and the many benefits of a regular yoga and meditation practice.This class promotes focus, improved posture, builds strength and flexibility, provides tools to calm the mind and body, improve self-control, increase confidence, and improve balance and coordination.


Who May Participate?
Yoga is open to students at Puesta del Sol, with a maximum of 15 students per session.

PTA Chaperone
At least one PTA-member Chaperone must always be present throughout the entire session. Their responsibilities include taking attendance when students arrive and monitoring the session to guarantee everything is going smoothly, and being available to help with any emergencies during the session.
The PTA Chaperone receives a 50% discounted registration fee for their child. Please register for the Parent Volunteer discount upon checkout. Only one discounted volunteer registrations are available per session. Volunteers must complete the Bellevue School District requirements and follow the Chaperone Checklist.

Time and Location
Time: Tuesday mornings; 8:00am to 8:50am
Location: Puesta del Sol GYM. Please drop your student at the back of the Puesta building in the Gym.
Class dates:

  • March 19, 26
  • April 2, 16, 23, 30
  • May 7, 14, 21, 28
  • No class 4/9 (Spring Break)

Cost: $250 (9 sessions)
Price includes a yoga mat for your child, which will be brought to class for them each week.
Scholarships Available: https://puestadelsolpta.org/Doc/PTAFinancial/PTAfinancialAidApplication22a.pdf

 

 


International Arts Festival: Student Sign-ups!

It's time already to prepare for the International Arts Festival, happening this year on Wednesday, May 22, 5:00-8:00 pm!

 

 

Amity Intern Acts

Students can sign up to rehearse and perform a dance taught by our amity interns, Andrés (Colombia), Josue and Karla (El Salvador,) or Jenny (Spain). Rehearsals will take place on for 6 weeks on Wednesdays after school, 1:30-2:30pm, beginning March 27. We also need parent volunteers to chaperone the Amity Intern rehearsals.

Amity Intern Acts (students and chaperones) Sign ups - Deadline is March 24.

Flag Procession

Students are also invited to be part of the flag procession at the International Arts Festival that represents the many cultures and heritages of our community.
Flag Procession Sign ups - one per family. Deadline is April 19.

Note: If your student cannot attend the Festival on May 22, they can still participate in a videorecording - please fill out the same form.
More information available on the website: https://puestadelsolpta.org/Page/Programs/InternationalFestival


Mariners Day with Puesta del Sol PTA

Mariners Day with Puesta del Sol PTA

Mariner
Mariners vs. Twins
Sunday, June 30th, 2024 at 1:10pm at T-Mobile Park
We have sections reserved for our group. Order early to make sure you get a seat!
$25 per ticket for main level seats.


Order here: https://puestadelsolpta.org/Packet/MarinersNight
Deadline to order is May 30, 2024

Questions? Contact Aly at [email protected]
*Please note: Tickets will be emailed to the email address associated with your PTA account approximately a week prior to the game
*It is our PTA mission to support every child, financial assistance is available for this activity. If interested, please see our Financial Aid Form.


Kindergarten/New Family Tours

 

New Family Tours

Starting on January 17th, there will be tours for prospective new families at Puesta del Sol. Visitors are welcome to check-in at the Front Office and tour the building from 12:00-12:30pm on 1/17/24, 2/28/24, 3/20/24, 4/17/24, and 5/15/24. For more information, please contact Assistant Principal Acevedo.


Host Families Needed for 2024-2025

Puesta del Sol offers a unique opportunity for families to host Spanish speaking interns for the school year. The interns come from Colombia, El Salvador, and Spain and they share an interest in teaching. They will assist in the classrooms and use their experience to enrich their career in education in their home country.

Amity Application

We are in need of 15-18 host families for this upcoming school year. Host families can participate in 3 or 6 or 9 month terms. Families are asked to provide housing and meals.

Are you interested in making friends from another country? Open to sharing and learning about other cultures? Do you want your child(ren) to have more Spanish exposure/learning at home? Consider applying to be a host and join our amazing Amity family!

If you are interested in hosting for the 2024-2025 school year, please fill out our Amity Host Application Form.

Learn more about our Amity Program, for any question, email [email protected]


Flamenco (Spring Session)

Flamenco is from Andalucia in southern Spain. It is a profound, mysterious, powerful and passionate art form, expressing all of life, and emerged from a mixture of eastern and western cultures over many centuries, including influence from the Arabs and Moors, the Gypsies from India, the Jews... and coming from the heart and spirit of each individual, expressing their joys, their sadness, a great range of emotions... and touching the heart and soul of each other and the audience. We will be learning beautiful dance movements, involving a lot of arm and hand movements, proud posture, lots of fun rhythmical foot stomping, percussion of different kinds of hand clapping to flamenco rhythms, shouts of encouragement as flamenco artists do, a fun singing number with clapping and choreography, and another more involved choreography.

Flamenco dance, including lots of footwork (stomping!), percussion of hand clapping patterns to flamenco rhythms, arm and hand movements for both boys and girls, proud posture, finger snapping, moving to the rhythms of flamenco music, learning a singing number with clapping and choreography. The instructor for this class is internationally known Flamenco dancer and teacher, Ana Montes (www.anamontes.com). One or more parents of students participating in the class will also be present to help with attendance.

This is a PTA-sponsored Flamenco program and is taught in Spanish.  

Time and Location

  • March 20, 27
  • April 3, 17, 24
  • May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

No class: 4/10 (Spring Break)

Time:

  • Morning: Wednesdays 8:00-8:50 (Ideally beginners)
  • Afternoon Wednesdays 1:25-2:25

Cost: $200

 


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STEM Fair on April 24, 2024

Puesta will be having our STEM Fair on April 24th, 2024. STEM Fair is a student-led project-based fair using on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  All families and students are welcome to join the STEM fair and check out all of our student's projects!  We will also have robotics showcase, pinewood derby, STEM activities available for our students.  Looking forward to see you next Wednesday!

 

Learn more about the fair at the Puesta STEM Fair page


5th Grade Events

Fundraising - We are hoping to raise more money towards graduation and the legacy gift (this is a gift the 5th grade class gives to the school). We are hoping for just 2 more fundraisers this spring to meet our budget.

5th Grade Fundraising


STEM Fair Bake Sale - April 24th volunteer hours between 4-8:30pm. 
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0849ABAA2FA7F9CF8-48363145-stem

International Art Fest - May 22nd volunteer hours between 4-8:30pm. 
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0849ABAA2FA7F9CF8-48363883-internationalarts

5th grade sweatshirts - Order timeline extended through end of April! You can pay to have shipped to your house OR Tara Jones has been picking up orders to send home with students at school.
https://puestadelsol.itemorder.com/shop/sale/

5th grade yard signs - We still have a few yard signs to sell. Please email fifthgradeevents@puestadelsolpta.org for more information.

5th grade virtual meeting - May 14th from 7-8pm


Contact the following with any questions: fifthgradeevents@puestadelsolpta.org


Summer Park Playdates

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

Playdate
If so, please email Aly at [email protected] with the incoming grade level/s you will assist with or fill out this form by May 10th, 2024.

We will work together to set up and host a variety of dates, times, and locations that won't overlap between grade levels.


Staff Appreciation

Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week is coming: May 6-10!

Staff Appreciation

Join us in showing our appreciation to all of our beloved Puesta del Sol teachers & staff for all of their hard work in helping our students learn and grow! We are extremely grateful for such a wonderful community at PdS and a lot of that comes from our incredible teachers and staff members!

The PTA is hosting a luncheon for all staff on Wednesday, May 6. Following our annual traditions, we ask that our families contribute snacks and other items throughout the week. We have divided up the days based on grade levels for families to bring the themed items.

Please review the SignUp Genius page for available slots for your respective grades.

Please note that all items should be delivered to the Staff Lounge on the 2nd floor on your specified day. Please work with other parents if needed to coordinate drop off, or contact staffappreciation@puestadelsolpta.org if you need assistance.
Please, encourage your child(ren) to participate by bringing in the noted items below during the week! Many of these items can be found on our Teachers/Staff Favorites page.

There will be a bin in the main office to collect notes of thanks for all of our non-homeroom teacher staff. This is for our administration, Student Success Team, Specialists, Amities, Educational Support, etc. We encourage you to have your student/s drop notes off in the bin during the week so we can thank ALL of our wonderful staff!
Click here for more information!


April Passport Check

The next two months of Passport are extra special! We will have 4th and 5th grade students helping as student checkers. These hard-working kids have achieved Level 5 each month to earn this privilege.

Germany

WOW!!! We will need a few parents to help support these students, so please volunteer if you are available. If your child is interested in completing the Special Itinerary worksheet for a prize, Germany is the country this month.

 


April SpEd Family Meet-Up

Our second Special Education Family Meet-Up is on Friday, April 26th, from 3:45pm to 5:00pm!


Your child does not need to have an established 504 plan or IEP for you or your family to join our meet-ups. All students who are pursuing support from the school to thrive are welcome. This is not a drop-off event, all children will need a responsible adult present.

We will meet in the Teatro. If the weather is nice, we will play on the playground. If not, we will stay inside. Activities and snacks will be provided—thank you Melissa Hammons and Annie Perry for volunteering.

If your child has specific needs we can accommodate, please email: [email protected]. Everyone is welcome: siblings, non-parent caregivers, and friends.


Drama Kids (Spring Session)

Drama Kids

Drama Kids’ extensive and comprehensive curriculum designed by educators, and is the result of more than 35 years of experience and continuous development. While kids are learning and developing new creative thinking styles and skills, they are also developing other important life skills. ALL Drama Kids programs are guaranteed to be both educational and FUN!

This Composite Classes is designed for 1st thru 5th graders and will include various stimulating dramatic lessons perfectly suited for most elementary school children. Students will participate in a wide range of creative activities, including speech, dramatic movement, improvisation, snippets, and scripted scenes or mini-plays - tailored to their requirements and abilities.

Our Winter Session will conclude with a special Presentation Day, where students will demonstrate some of the great skills they've been developing in our classes, with parents and siblings as the audience!

 

Who May Participate? 

Fiesta Latina is open to students at Puesta del Sol, with a maximum of 20 students per session. Space is limited to 20 participants, first come first served.

PTA Chaperone - At least one PTA-member Chaperone must always be present throughout the entire session. Their responsibilities include taking attendance when students arrive and monitoring the session to guarantee everything is going smoothly, and being available to help with any emergencies during the session. 

The PTA Chaperone receives a 50% discounted registration fee for their child. Please register for the Parent Volunteer discount upon checkout. Only one discounted volunteer registrations are available per session. Volunteers must complete the Bellevue School District requirements and follow the Chaperone Checklist. 

Time and Location

Time: Mondays, 3:45 - 4:45pm
Location: TeatroPlease pick up your child at the front doors and make sure to sign out with the instructor or the parent volunteer.

Class dates: 

  • March 18, 25
  • April 1, 15, 22, 29
  • May 6, 13, 20
  • June 3
  • No classes: 4/8 (Spring Break) and 5/27 (Memorial Day)

Cost: $220 plus a 1 time registration fee of $25. 

Register directly with Drama Kids at: https://dramakids.com/redmond-bellevue-wa/public-schools/.

 


Robotics (Spring Session)

Coding with Kids after school classes will be offered this Spring!

For more information on class details, sign up, chaperones and financial aid, visit the Robotics page.

Little Coders (Grades K-2)

Date/Time: Tuesdays at 3:45pm - 4:45pm Session will run from 3/19 to 5/28  No class: 4/9
Location: Puesta del Sol STEAM Room

Cost: $259 / 10 weeks (includes fee for Robot & maintenance)
Sign up here for the lottery: https://forms.gle/ECUPQmiDo7uP7Cmm7.

Robotics (Grades 3-5)

Date/Time: Thursdays at 3:45pm - 4:45pm Session will run from 3/21 - 5/30 No class: 4/11
Location: Puesta del Sol STEAM Room


Cost:$259 / 10 weeks (includes fee for Robot & maintenance)
Sign up here for the lottery: https://forms.gle/QvNpDJqb23wHjpck6

 


PTA Newsletter / El Sol

Click here to read current or past issues of El Sol


Follow us on Facebook / Parent Groups
 

facebook.com/Puestadelsolpta

Join Facebook Parent Groups (not PTA-sponsored):

Puesta del Sol Elementary- All Grade Parent Discussion

Puesta del Sol Class of 2036 (Kindergarten)

Puesta del Sol Class of 2035 (1st Grade)

Puesta del Sol Class of 2034 (2nd Grade)

Puesta del Sol Class of 2033 (3rd grade)

Puesta del Sol Class of 2032 (4th grade)

Puesta del Sol Class of 2031 (5th grade)

Puesta del Sol Class of 2030 (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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Puesta del Sol Gymnasium

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