December 14, 2018 * ISSUE 12.14.18
Upcoming Events
12/18 Passport Club Check Day (9:30am)
12/24 - 1/4 Winter Break (NO SCHOOL)
1/7 Kindergarten Enrollment for Puesta del Sol Opens
Tillicum Information Night for 5th Graders (date corrected)
1/14 PTA Board Meeting (1:30pm)
1/17 Kindergarten Information Night (6:00pm-7:00pm, Puesta del Sol Gym)
Martin Luther King Jr Day (NO SCHOOL)
1/23 PTA General Membership Meeting (7:00pm)
1/28 Professional Development Day (NO SCHOOL)
1/29 Passport Club Check Day (9:30am)
2/1 Kindergarten Enrollment Applications Due by 4:30pm

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After School Programs Return In January!
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! 

Session 2 will run January 21 - March 22. Registration will open on Tuesday, January 8. More details can be found on the PTA After School Programs page.

Next Passport Club Check Day is Dec. 18
Special  itinerary for December:  CANADA
Sign up to help with Passport Club Check Day.  For more information, reference the Passport Club webpage
Save The Date: 4th & 5th Grade Play
movie-director-items.jpg This year's 4th and 5th grade play is "Pirates of the Curry Bean."  The show is on Friday, January 18 at 7pm and Saturday, January 19 at 7pm, venue TBD. Please SAVE THE DATE - don't miss this "punny" musical!  Stay tuned for additional detail.
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. 
Say "Puesta del Sol" At The Bellevue Ice Rink!
Grab a group of friends to join you at the Bellevue Ice Rink. This year, $3 of every paid admission will go toward our Puesta del Sol PTA during the dates of November 23-December 21 and January 1-13. Please notify the rink staff upon arrival. Say "Puesta del Sol Elementary"! 

Dates for fundraising promotion:  November 23-December 21, 2018 and January 1-13, 2019 (Rink with be open during winter break without fundraising benefit).

Location: Bellevue Downtown Park, 100 100th Ave. NE, Bellevue, WA 98004

Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink information

Dads: It's Not Too Late To Sign Up For A Watch D.O.G.S. Day
Congratulations Puesta Del Sol WATCH D.O.G.S. dads - We're on pace to surpass last year's participation in the WATCH D.O.G.S. program! Even if you missed our kickoff at Walkathon this year, there's still time to be a positive male role model actively engaged with your kids at school.  If you've already volunteered, you can sign up for another one-day or half-day shift.
To participate:
  1. Make sure your background check is complete through the Verified Volunteers website.
  2. Sign up at: (NOTE: the URL is case-sensitive).

Questions? Contact Puesta del Sol parent Tyler Parris with questions at .

Help Us Help You!
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 only requirement for being on the Nominating Committee is to be a member of our PTA. Full training will be provided. By serving now on our committee, you help us serve you and your students, our teachers, and our school. Here is the timeline:
November - December:  Form the Nominating Committee, need 4-5 members
January - March:  Locate and interview prospective candidates
April:  PTA Board Elections
If you are interested in serving on the PTA Board next year, you may still participate on the committee and be nominated for a board position yourself. While on the committee, you can also help attract other fine candidates.  Please email with interest.
2019 International Festival Volunteers Needed!
May 18 @ Bellevue High School Performing Arts Center
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. 

Looking For A Registrar!
The PTA is looking for a new Registrar and full training and ongoing support are available. The Registrar works closely with the Program Chairs of several programs, the PTA Board, and with the PTA Web Manager to make sure our student community can sign up for our awesome after school programs. This role offers full training and a current Registrar already in place to train and guide you. Contact to inquire. 
More Volunteer Needs 
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 if interested. Thank you!

Sock Drive
Let's show our school spirit of compassion.

Puesta del Sol is collecting donations for a men's shelter in Seattle. One of the most needed and wanted items is adult sized long white socks! Questions? Please contact the school office.

Need: Adult sized white long socks
Drop off: Puesta del Sol Library
Dates: Now through Friday, December 21

Weekend Backpack Meals
To Go
The Weekend Backpack Meals  To Go program provides students in need and their siblings with a bag containing easy-to-prepare meals  for the weekend for students at all grade levels. Please contact your teacher or see Srta. Maribel ( quezadam@ ) in the Main Office to sign up. More information is available at the Backpack Meals for Kids website. Pick up is on Fridays! 

  Teacher & Staff Favorites
Have you ever wanted to show a teacher or staff member your appreciation for their hard work, but had no idea what to get?  Our wonderful room parents have compiled a Teacher and Staff Favorites List for your use!  If you have any questions regarding the Teacher and Staff Favorites List, please contact Annie Robinson at  roomparentcoordinator

Community Events 
Looking for sports programs, special events, and educational opportunities for your student(s) 
to participate in? 
The Community page on the PTA website is a tremendous resource.
If you haven't already, please take a moment to bookmark the page. Check back regularly for updates!
Current Highlights:

Bellevue Gifted Alliance Panel

Enchant Christmas Comes to Seattle

Spanish Story Time at Issaquah Library 


And so much more...    

Are You a Facebook Fanatic?

on Facebook to get up to date reminders.

Parent-Organized Facebook Groups

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

Winter Newsletter Schedule
Check your email inbox every other Friday for our PTA El Sol Newsletter. 

El Sol Fridays: 1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 2/15 (if needed), 3/1, 3/15, 3/29.

Note: There will not be a newsletter publication over Mid-Winter break 2/18 - 22.