June 18, 2021 * ISSUE 6.18.21
Congratulations Class of 2028!  
Good luck in middle school!

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June 2021

Thank you to our entire Puesta del Sol community for your support of each other, and particularly our students, during this past year. This year was certainly an unusual and challenging one, and we're grateful to all of you who helped make this a successful year in spite of the challenges we faced.

As we set our sights on next year, we are excited at the prospect of gathering again to participate in community events such as Ice Cream Social, Movie Nights, Pumpkin Bash, and Walk-A-Thon. We also hope to resume many of our educational enhancement programs such as Art Appreciation, Drama Club, and Science Fair. The PTA succeeds with support from you - we hope you will consider helping us with these events and programs by making a financial donation or volunteering.

An area of special need is the Amity Intern program, which is still in need of a PTA coordinator and significant funding. Thank you for your continued support for this popular program.

To our graduating students - congratulations, and best wishes as you continue on to middle school! To our returning students - we look forward to seeing you again this fall!

Adam Droker and Andrew Schnickel
PTA Co-Presidents
Upcoming Events
6/18Chalk the Walk 4:30-6:30PM @ Puesta del Sol
6/22
Last Day of School

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.


*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

Thank you!

 

Thank you!
Our Puesta del Sol PTA Events team is immensely thankful to our Puesta del Sol family volunteers, PTA Board, presenters,  and local businesses that have donated time and items for our kids!
¡Muchísimas Gracias!
 
Many of our local businesses helped with no plan for gain, but simply to help our kids through this pandemic. With the spirit of ¡Somos Familia! and strengthening our community, a few local businesses that have an online or in-person presence that are worth checking out:
For our speakers and scientists (check out our Grow Your Mind Events page for full details): Sra. Brody, Alyssa SargeantKira Cassidy, Daniela Del Moral (Zumba), Dr. Aaron WirsingDr. Linda Uyeda, Dr. Kim Morrisette and Dr. Patrick Solari, Rob Kenney with Dad How Do I?, Harrison Robinson (dance), Julie Reiss (Capoeira), and Dr. Frances Gallart Marques.
Also, a big round of applause to our Events team: Family Fun Nights volunteer Aly Cohen Droker, and the Grow Your Mind volunteers who helped get our online events off the ground: Tricia Miller and Hamish Barjonas, and PTA Communications Ronit Droker, Todd Patrick, 
Smriti Rao and Jessica Smiddy!
Congratulations to the new PTA Board

If you are interested in any of the OPEN positions, 
 
Welcome Class of 2034!

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As we say goodbye to our 5th graders, Class of 2028, 
we would also like to welcome our incoming kinders, Class of 2034!
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Summer Meet Ups
We are arranging a variety of times and places for some 
summer get-togethers for our incoming kindergarteners, along with their adults, to meet their future classmates and their adults!

Wednesday, June 23rd 1PM - Evergreen Park, 15655 Lake Hills Blvd 98008

Tuesday, July 6th 6PM - Lewis Creek Park, 5808 Lakemont Blvd 98006

Saturday, July 24th 10AM - Spiritridge Park, 3200 161st Ave SE 98008

Thursday, August 5th 7PM - Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/96441596755?pwd=TS9oaUlaOGF1OTVuNG5tUjAyYklkQT09
     Meeting ID: 964 4159 6755
     Passcode: 327318

Friday, August 13th 4PM - Hidden Valley Park, 1905 112th Ave NE 98004

Sunday, August 29th 3PM - Puesta del Sol playground

*Please adhere to CDC guidance:  "Unvaccinated people age 2 and older should wear masks in public settings and when around people who don't live in their household." 

For more information or questions, visit www.puestadelsolpta.org or email welcomepuestaclassof2034@puestadelsolpta.org

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
Thank you to our outgoing
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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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!  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.
   
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.  

Last day for meal pick up is June 21st.

Summer Meal Kits will be available Thursdays beginning July 1st.  The kits will be available through a pre-order system.  For more information, see the Meals2Go update page.

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.

For more information contact the Nutrition Services Office at 425-456-4507 or nutrition@bsd405.org.  

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