June 4, 2021 * ISSUE 6.4.21
Chalk the Walk | Friday, June 18th

 
RAIN OR SHINE EVENT
@ Puesta del Sol Campus

Come celebrate the end of the school year and pick up your PTA items!

Grab some chalk at the event and help us brighten up the school. Share your POSITIVE messages
through fun drawings and colorful creations. We invite ALL teachers and staff to write messages too, 
so stop by to say hi to your teacher or favorite staff member!

Pick-up items will include:
Yearbook, Read-A-Thon prize, PTA volunteer thank you gift.

Volunteers Needed!
Please help us and sign up to volunteer for the following:
Set-up, clean-up, monitor social distancing 
and general assistance during the event. 
Please email our Director of Special Events if you are available to help-even for just a short time.


*COVID-19 safety rules will be enforced. Masks are required and maintain at least 6 ft apart. 

For more information, visit www.puestadelsolpta.org or contact events@puestadelsolpta.org

Upcoming Events
6/7 - 6/11School Spirit Week
6/9
La Bienvenida - for incoming Kindergarten families
5:30-6:30PM
6/10
Bedtime Stories with Sra. Brody 7PM
6/16
5th Grade Graduation 6PM
6/18Chalk the Walk 4:30-6:30PM @ Puesta del Sol
6/22
Last Day of School



Spirit Week Next Week! Show your School Spirit

Monday, June 7th:  Mustache/Whiskers Day
Tuesday, June 8th:  Crazy Hair Day
Wednesday, June 9th:  Crazy Background Day
Thursday, June 10th:  Favorite Sport Day
Friday, June 11th:  School Spirit Day

*Organized by SOAR (Students Organized Against Racism)
 
Congratulations to the new PTA Board

If you are interested in any of the OPEN positions, 
 
Read-A-Thon


*In-person students received their McDonald's coupon at school. Please check their backpack.

Questions? Contact our Deposits Treasurer
Bedtime Stories | Thursday, June 10th

Save the Date!

We invite you to join us for our last "Bedtime Stories" 
with our Puesta del Sol Elementary Librarian Sra. Stacey Brody on Thursday, June 10th at 7:00PM! 

Read-A-Thon prizes will be announced!

All Puesta del Sol families are welcome, 
you do not need to be a PTA member to participate.

We will feature stories that are great for all ages. 

Host an Amity for 2021-2022

 

Looking for Amity Host Families 2021-22
 
Puesta del Sol is looking for host families for our 2021-22 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 this year we are offering 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.

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

Go to www.puestadelsolpta.org and check out the Amity page under Programs & Events. Questions? Email us at amity@puestadelsolpta.org
Volunteers Needed: Amity Committee Co-Chairs

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
Amity Committee Co-Chairs for the 2021- 2022 Academic Year
 
The Amity Committee helps coordinate and support six Spanish-speaking interns who come to assist teachers and students for a full school year. This is a year-round position with most work done in the spring (interviewing potential interns and recruiting host families) through summer when host families are confirmed and interns arrive just prior to the start of school. 
Other main jobs include:
  • Serve as a coordinator between the Amity interns and the the school administration and teacher mentors. 
  • Act as a school coordinator for Amity International, make sure paperwork is updated and turned in on time
  • Recruit, place interns with, and support host families
  • Recruit, manage and support liaisons (a person who works on the committee to help support individual interns)
We will have two open co-chair positions at the end of this school year that will have to be filled as the Amity interns are a critical part of our students Spanish immersion experience.  

If you are interested in volunteering to co-chair the Amity Committee or have any questions, please contact our current co-chairs, Sara Henson and Kristen McSherry, at amity@puestadelsolpta.org
5th Grade: Graduation & End of Year Events

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Save the Date! 
In-Person 5th Grade Graduation
Wednesday, June 16th at 6:00PM
South End of Puesta del Sol Playground

Please bring a blanket or camping chairs (chairs will not be provided) 
and set up on the grass (in the round) in the "bowl" around the
south end of the playground. 

While we are not technically limiting the number of guests, we ask that everyone please be mindful about who and how many guests you bring.

Graduates will sit with their family and will be called down to the lower center of the bowl to receive their certificates. 
They will then return to sit with their families.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
We are still in need of a few volunteers leading up to graduation 
and possibly day of (for set-up).  

Please email Megan Reed at meganjreed@hotmail.com
 and she can work to assign you a volunteer task. 

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End of the Year Events!

  
Staff Appreciation/Staff Tea:  
This year, to adhere to Covid precautions, we will be giving teachers and staff a gift box with goodies, teas, and coffees that will also include thank you notes from the kids in the box. 
Instructions have/will be sent to your students within the week. 

5th Grade Graduation Slide Show:  
The 5th grade graduation slideshow will be available to view beginning Tuesday, 6/15 @ 6pm (YouTube link will be provided week of). 
 
Legacy Gift: 
A committee has been formed and the final concept
will be revealed at graduation.

Yard Signs:
If you would like to recycle your sign, please return it to the 
PTA at graduation.
2020-2021 PTA Board Members
Co-PresidentAndrew Schnickel

Co-PresidentAdam Droker

Treasurer- DepositsMichele Snydsman

Treasurer- PayablesJingjing Miller

SecretaryHailey Moilanen

VP of MembershipCarmel Sasaki

Director of Communications
Ronit Droker

Co-Director of Ed Enhancement
Gjanje Mathus

Co-Director of Ed Enhancement
Amy Miller

Director of Fundraising
*Vacant*

Director School Relations
*Vacant*

Director of Special Events
Carmel Sasaki

Member At LargeJessica Smiddy



Join our PTA!

Every Member Matters!  
The PTA is here to advocate for you and your student for just about any issue that affects your student's experience at Puesta del Sol.  

Being a PTA member gives you and your student a voice at Puesta del Sol!
  Members vote on issues such as programming, budget, and board members. It's a terrific way for older students to learn the value of civic engagement.

Puesta del Sol PTA membership is open to everyone! PTA is an inclusive organization, and we invite any community members who care about healthy children and strong schools to join. 


Questions?
Contact Membership





Spiritwear Shop is OPEN!

Shop our online store and show your school spirit! Buy your own Puesta del Sol mask today and support our PTA!

  

Questions? Contact spiritwear@puestadelsolpta.org
  
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Introducing a new way to give support to your Puesta del Sol PTA through Give with Bing
 
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What does the PTA do with our donations?
This past year has given our PTA community a chance to find creative ways to build community and support our children; some things have been more obvious than others so we want to highlight a few of our for you:
  • Online field trips!  Many classes have enjoyed visits with the Toymaker and other online guests to give them new experiences!
  • Culturally diverse reading material requested by the Racial Equity and Inclusion Team at Puesta del Sol - we have funds for special grants like this available to the school every year
  • Books books and more books!  We fund new books for the library every year in order to make sure our kids can access a great selection of books, especially in Spanish.
  • Handwriting Without Tears Workbooks
  • Classroom funds for each grade level and specialist to allow them to purchase things to best support their jobs 
  • Scholarships for events like the pottery nights, spirit wear, and yearbooks.  We want to make sure ALL families can enjoy what the PTA organizes, whether or not they can afford the costs
  • Zoom account!  Yes, this is a new expense for us and we have definitely been learning and adapting along with most of the world!  The Zoom account allowed us to bring Bedtime Stories to our families at home as well as make our PTA meetings accessible while wearing pajamas.

 
So many volunteers have made these things and more possible, but at the end of the day we still need to fundraise to sponsor these opportunities for our students. In this last year, our students have needed these programs now more than ever! 
 
We are hoping the Read-A-Thon gave our students an extra bit of encouragement to read, as well as a formal time for those who wish to donate to our efforts.  It was also a good way to include grandparents or others who are interested in encouraging our students, and wanting to support in any way they can.







Meals 2 Go
The Meals2Go programoffered by our Nutrition Services team, is designed to provide a FREE breakfast and lunch option for families to access for their children.  Monday, June 21 will be the last day for daily meal pick up at current curbside locations.


Meals are provided at no cost thanks to the extension of a nationwide waiver authorized by USDA. This waiver will be in effect for the entire 2020-21 school year.

Summer Meal Kits Available Thursday's Beginning July 1
To provide continued food support for children in our community, Nutrition Services will offer families a 5-day meal kit to be picked up one day per week throughout the summer.  The kit will contain 5 breakfast entrees, 5 lunch entrees, fruits, vegetables and milk.
To ensure that enough kits are prepared each week, meal kits will be available through a PRE-ORDER system.  The pre-order form will open at 8p.m. Thursday and closing at 8a.m. Monday for that Thursday's pick up.  Go to 
www.bsd405.org/meals2go
to access the pre-order form beginning June 28.
Meal kits will be available for pick up on Thursday's from two (2) locations:
  • Odle Middle School 12:30-1:30 PM
  • Tyee Middle School 3:30-4:30 PM
Meal kits will be available from July 1 until August 19.  Meal kits are available at no charge (FREE) for eligible children 18 years of age and younger.
For more information contact the Nutrition Services Office at 425-456-4507 or nutrition@bsd405.org.  
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