March 15, 2019 * ISSUE 3.15.19

Hello, Puesta del Sol Families!  
Circling back to our BIG GIVE fundraiser we did this past September: Thank you again to everyone that turned in the yellow envelopes and to those that donated through THE BIG GIVE or corporate matching. If you had planned to delay your donation until a later date this is a friendly reminder that it's not too late to donate! Anything helps us reach our goal. We raised close to $80,000 in our first year of a new fundraiser. We are still far short of what we hoped to raise so we can continue to fund our SIX amity interns, the biggest percentage of our budget. The money we raise also helps support our teachers through extra funds for classroom books and materials and teacher and school grants! Classroom experiences like the Toymaker Workshop, Kindergarten Beach Lab, and the 4 th  grade Pacific Marine Research experience are also funded by the PTA. 

Donate online to  support our amity interns, teachers, and all the memorable events that make Puesta del Sol so unique.
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Upcoming Events

3/15 SCHOOL TODAY - Snow Make-up - Professional Day Cancelled
3/18 NO SCHOOL - Professional Development Day
3/21 5th & 6th Grade Orchestra Zone Concert (7:30pm)
3/22 PTA Board Meeting (1:30pm)
Passport Check Day (9:30am)
Science Fair (6pm)
3/30 Dining for Dinero (5pm)

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Make Up Snow Days!
snow-shovel.jpg Last day of school is now June 21 for the 2018-19 school year.
One additional makeup day was added, TODAY Friday, March 15. The day was originally a planned professional development day for teachers, but all students are expected to attend school today.

Additional days could still be added pending approval of the BSD waiver request. Check the  Bellevue School District website for updated information.
PTA After School Programs:  Make-up Classes
T o adjust for classes missed during the snow closures, we are "shifting" the end of Session 2 out and shortening Session 3. Make-up classes are as follows:

Flamenco: Monday 3/25 and 4/1

Fiesta Latina: Tuesday 3/26 and 4/2

Bomba del Sol: 
This Friday 3/15  (last Session 2 Bomba class is 3/22,  no class 3/29 or 4/5 )

Session 3 will now begin April 15 and end on May 18 with the International Festival performance. Please note: there will be regular classes AND Dress Rehearsal the week of May 13.  

Registration for Session 3 will open on Monday, March 25.

Questions? Contact Bernadette Anderson at

Perform at the International Festival!
I nternational Festival
Date: May 18th, 2019
Venue: Bellevue High School
NEW THIS YEAR:  SITA Mexican Folkloric Dance  Sign-up here!
Grades: 3rd - 5 th Thursdays 3:40pm 
starting March 21st
Location: Puesta del Sol - TBD
AMITY Act's 
All practices start March 12 th
Location: Puesta del Sol P-2
Act #1  - Nuestra Fiesta - Colombia   FULL!
Grades: 2nd- 5th Tuesdays 8am
Act #2  - Flamenco Pop Mix - Spain  Sign-up here!
Grades: 2nd - 4th Tuesdays 3:40pm
Act #3  - Folkloric Dance - Spain  Sign-up here!
Grades: K & 1st Thursdays 8am
Act #4  - El Torito Pinto - El Salvador  Sign-up here!
Grades: 3rd - 5th Thursdays 3:40pm
Independent Family/Child Acts:   Register here .
Volunteers still needed! Please  sign-up here .
Questions? Visit  PDS IF webpage  to learn more. 

Register Now! Science Fair is Almost Here!
Mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 27, 2019 from 6pm-8pm in the Puesta del Sol Gym and Library.

It's not too late to start a science fair project for this year's Science Fair. Use our online resources to help pick a topic and get started today. All participants must register online, and registration is open until March 20th. As in years past, having one parent or guardian volunteer before or during the event is mandatory. Trifold boards are also available for purchase though the Science Fair registration page.

Questions? Contact Paige Shaw and Tara Brossard at
5th Grade Legacy Project Bake Sale
March 27, 2019 6pm - 8pm @ the Science Fair!

Come support the 5th graders as they earn funds for their legacy project by selling pizza and baked goods at the Science Fair. Want to donate baked goods to sell during science fair? Sign up to donate baked goods today!  Q uestions? Contact Tricia Ignacio at
Spanish Immersion Through the Arts (SITA) to Sponsor Workshop Next Week
Spanish Immersion through the Arts (SITA) will sponsor a school wide art workshop with Mexican Artist Adriana Morales next week. SITA is one of our wonderful PTA sponsored Educational Enhancement Programs. This means it is fully funded by generous donations to the PTA. Sra. Morales, a native Spanish speaker and talented artist, will visit each classroom to work with students next week. She will guide students to create art work based on Latin American textile design.

Artwork from next week's workshop will be on display during Art Fest, May 1st.

Thank you for your support of programs like SITA to help enhance our students' education in a rich and meaningful way.

Dining for Dinero @ Chipotle, Saturday, March 30
When: Saturday, March 30, 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Where: 1328 156th Ave NE Bellevue, WA

Enjoy a meal with some Puesta del Sol Friends. 33% of all food and beverage purchases will be donated to the PTA. Please be sure to mention Puesta del Sol or present a printed or digital version of the flyer to the cashier. 
Accepting Host Family Applications for 2019-2020
It's that time of year again!  We are looking for 18+ host families for our interns in the 2019-2020 school-year. As a host family you gain a new, unique friendship and learning experience by welcoming an intern from a Spanish speaking country into your home. Additionally, your child will benefit from extra practice and help with their Spanish language skills.  

We are adding some flexibility to the hosting duration with the addition of a half-year option. This will allow us to make better family/intern matches as well as potentially improve the experience for both interns and families.  
If you are interested, please refer to the  FAQ's for more information, then complete the  Amity Intern Host Family Application and send it to

All applications for the 2019-2020 academic year must be received by April 26, 2019.
However, we will continue to collect applications until we achieve our goal and/or establish a wait-list.

Puesta del Sol Mariners Night
Spring Mariners Night with Puesta del Sol
Texas Rangers vs Seattle Mariners
T-Mobile Park
Saturday, April 27, 2019, 6:10pm

Join us for Mariners night with Puesta del Sol on Saturday, 4/27/19!  We have a few rows reserved together. Cost is $15/ticket. Mitch Haniger Bobblehead to the first 20,000 fans.   Deadline to order is 4/10/19.

For more information see the  event page.

Questions? Contact Aly & Adam Droker at  marinersnight@
Spanish Immersion Through the Arts (SITA) Sharing Music with Marco Cortes

We were very happy to enjoy a day of music and reading en Español with the Kindergarten classes. Our guest Marco Cortes is a musician and composer from Chile, well known around the Northwest. He was happy to come to Puesta del Sol as he was one of the persons involved in creating the song for our school. Our kids had a great time singing along and learning about the different instruments he had brought to class. We appreciate that he left one CD for each classroom so the kids can keep enjoying his Spanish music.

SITA Committee: Gaby Cavalcanti, Nayeli Gurdian, and Aida Rojas

International Festival 
Critical Need
Volunteer Need - Stage Manager

Help make the backstage magic happen! Growth opportunity to become Stage Director in 2020! This role supports and shadows our current stage director with the intent of taking over the stage director role in future years. The role includes planning and executing the entire run of show, from act order to overseeing the backstage crew with lights, props, music, etc.  Short commitment, including only a few planning sessions in May and two "show" days May 15th and 18th. No experience necessary! 

Interested in volunteering for the International Festival? Please  sign-up here .

Volunteer Coordinator Needed
Help Wanted! Actually, help is wanted to organize our help wanted. The PTA can really use someone to help us track our volunteer needs for all the amazing programs we sponsor. Your role would be to notify our newsletter, Facebook, and website teams of current volunteer openings, to review various volunteer reports to locate volunteers, and to answer and redirect inquiries about volunteer positions from possible volunteers. Most of this position can be done from your phone/tablet/computer and can also be done in evenings and on weekends if you aren't available during the day. Please help us help our students!  

Please email  if you are interested.

Flex Your Skills As a PTA Board Member
Know a great candidate for the PTA Board (or are YOU one!)? We are excited to announce openings for next year's PTA Board for positions in treasurer/receivables, educational enhancement, fundraising, and special events. We hope you have an interest in utilizing your skills and talents to further the mission and work of the PTA! Your Nominations Committee is Stephanie, Carmel, and Sarah. We are pumped to hear from you!

Questions & Submissions:

Looking for a Social Media Manager
Are you a social media maven?
 The PTA is looking for more assistance in keeping current information on our Facebook page. Help us post information about PTA activities and Bellevue School District updates as well as information from some of our PTA partners like Bellevue Schools Foundation and Washington State PTA. The average time commitment is 1-2 hours per week, depending on what's happening in our community. Help us get the word out!

Please email
if interested. Thank You!
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
   * Membership Chair - Training available
   * Web Content Manager - Training available
   * Social Media Manager

Educational Enhancement Team
   * WatchDOGS Coordinator (training provided)
   *  Garden Club Co-Chair (work with current chair)
   * After School Programs Co-Chair (work with current chair)
Please email
 if interested. Thank you!

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!