May 17, 2019 * ISSUE 5.17.19
PTA Board Spotlight: VP of Fundraising - Open Position for 2019-2020
Have you ever wondered what goes into our PTA leadership? 
Over the past few weeks, our Nominating Committee has featured our Puesta PTA Board Roles, especially positions open for 2019-20. 

This week: VP of Fundraising 
From our major fundraisers, like The Big Give and Walkathon, to smaller ones, like Scholastic Book Fair and Dining for Dinero, the VP of Fundraising helps organize the volunteers, programs, and committees that fund our students' learning both in the here and now, and for their future. 
By funding our unique educational and community programs, we help bring alive exceptional, lifelong learning opportunities for our students. PTA funds pay for many Educational Enhancement programs (Passport Club, Science Fair, Reflections,  Spanish Immersion Through the Arts, etc.) , as well as the Amity intern program and Puesta del Sol community events. VP of Fundraising is an open position for the 2019-2020 school year. Please consider nominating yourself or someone you know for this important role!
Notes from our current VP of Fundraising,  Sarah Mejlaender :

What is happening in the year ahead for Fundraising?  We are transitioning to one VP of Fundraising [instead of two] so the candidate will be doing both active and passive fundraising but it will be a balance of both throughout the year.
How long have you been a co-VP of Fundraising?  I started the position during the 2017-2018 school year. I will not be staying in the role for the upcoming school year, but I plan to Chair or Co-Chair The Big Give Fundraiser next year.
What do you most like about your role?  I most enjoy getting to know other parents in our Puesta del Sol community. We have such a diverse community and I enjoy listening to everyone's stories.
What skills are helpful in this role and how much time do you usually spend in the role per week?  Being organized is key for this role. Also, communication and people skills are valuable for this position along with a sense of humor because at the end of the day we are all volunteers.
Name a fun PTA memory:  It's been a treat to get to know so many involved parents in our Puesta del Sol community. They each have talents and are so passionate about all of the children at Puesta del Sol. I have to say my most fun memories are of Walkathon.  

Upcoming Events

5/18 International Festival is TOMORROW (7pm - doors open 6:30)
Passport Club Check Day (9:30am)
PTA General Membership Meeting (7pm)
5/22 Marimba Band Invitational (7pm)
5/27 NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
5/28 5th Grade Band/Orchestra Concert (7pm)
5/29 5th Grade Teacher Tea (1:40pm)
5/30 Incoming Kindergarten Family Potluck
6/7 Field Day (1:30 - 3pm)
Multicultural Potluck Picnic (11:30am)

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PTA General Membership Meeting - May 22, 7pm
As the year is winding down, your PTA is gearing up for next year!  

Please join us at our General Membership Meeting on May 22nd at 7 pm in the Puesta del Sol Library.
Our agenda includes:
  • Election of PTA officers for the 2019-20 school year.  See proposed slate
  • Financial Report
  • Homework Survey results
  • Update from Principal Jonathan Shearer
In addition, we are planning a 2019-2020 budget preview and discussion session following our formal meeting. PTA members who are interested in learning about the PTA budget for the 2019-2020 school-year are welcome. We will discuss the fundraising needs, budget cuts, and be able to answer questions. Please RSVP to
International Festival - TOMORROW May 18
Time: 7.00pm (doors open at 6.30pm)
Location: Bellevue High School Performing Arts Center

The International Festival is the culminating event of the school year where our students come together to perform cultural dances, songs, and music taught by volunteer and paid members of our International Spanish Academy community, staff, and families.

General Seating tickets are sold out but VIP tickets are still available on the   PTA Website   until midnight tonight! Any remaining VIP tickets will be available for purchase at the door. 

We Need Your Support! Consider Hosting an Amity Intern During the 2019-2020 School Year
We are looking for 6 more host families for our Amity 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.  

Being a Host Family entails providing a private bedroom, a bath (which can be shared), 3 meals a day, and is an invaluable experience for host families.  If you are even a little interested, please refer to the  FAQs  for more information, then complete the  Amity Intern Host Family Application  and send it to

We are continuing to collect applications until we achieve our goal.
Attention 5th Grade Parents: The Teacher Tea is May 29
th  grade Parents: The Teacher Tea is coming up on May 29
from 1:40-2:40pm.

We need 3 things to make this a success: 
1. Delicious food
2. Parent help on May 29th
3. Student help on May 29th
Check out our signup page! Gracias!

Volunteer for Field Day!
Our annual Field Day is on  June 7th 2019  from 1:30-3pm  at the Puesta Del Sol fields.
Set up begins at 10am and clean up finishes at 4pm.
We need a lot of volunteers to make Field Day fantastic. This is always an exciting day to experience with your children and we need a lot of volunteer help to keep all the stations running. 

Sign up to run a station, help set up, or clean up at the end of the day. We look forward to seeing you all there!
Congratulations Math Olympians!
We would like to congratulate our 5th Grade "Mathletes".
Our Puesta del Sol Math Olympiad program has a long standing and popular tradition to not only enhance our 5th Grade students' math proficiency but also to create a fun environment of friendly competition and math learning.  This year there were 22 5th grade students that participated in our Math Olympiad program.  These students finished 24 lessons with numerous homework hours which culminated in a Math Competition with other elementary schools and middle schools. All six groups of students received a medal for superior performance on Section 1 and one team earned a ribbon for their performance on Section 2. We are so proud of these students! 

If you have a 4th grade student now and want to learn more about Math Olympiad in the 5th grade, please email .
PTA Principal Coffee - June 14
Join us on  Friday, June 14, at 9:10 AM in the library  for our next PTA Principal Coffee. The theme will be  Math Instruction at Puesta del Sol  with an emphasis on grade 3-5 extensions and differentiation. Each of these grades have explored unique  approaches, including outside resources and strategies in support of student achievement. Hear what we have learned and our preliminary plans for 2019-2020.
Multicultural Potluck Picnic
Hosted by the PTA's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

Join us for a potluck picnic to celebrate our rich cultural diversity and build our sense of community. Please bring a nut-free dish representative of your culture/family tradition to share.
Bring a blanket and/or camping chair for the outdoor potluck.  

Please go to our  signup page  so you can:

-  Let us know what you are bringing
-  Sign up to volunteer for the event
-  Access a food label 

Email  diversity@puestadelsolpta. org  with questions. 

Thank you!
Remembering Monique
Dear Puesta del Sol and ISA Community: Crystal Coldiron has volunteered to compile stories, memories, and pictures of Monique to give to her kids. As your kids share stories or you have some that come to your mind, please send them to Crystal: Crystal_Coldiron (at) hotmail (dot) com. It can be short and sweet or full of details. If you have some good pictures...(think spirit week days!) , send those too! Thank you! Please pass along to other ISA community members who are no longer at Puesta del Sol.
Bellevue Gifted Alliance Presents FREE Workshop
"Boosting Executive Function Skills to Succeed in Middle School" with Aisha Simon of Axiom Learning
Join Bellevue Gifted Alliance for an interactive workshop to learn about and develop executive function skills such as planning, prioritization, working memory, and cognitive flexibility. This session is designed for current 4th, 5th, and 6th graders plus a parent. You will be working in parent-child teams (1:1 is best).  Reserve your spot!
June 3, 6:30-8:00 PM
Doors open at 6:15 PM
Wilburton Instructional Service Center
12241 Main St., Bellevue
Rainier Room

Staff Spotlight:

Maestro Gari Lewis

Kindergarten Teacher

You cannot miss this happy fellow at Puesta del Sol during Kindergarten pick-up. Maestro Gari is in his second year at Puesta del Sol, currently on the Kindergarten team. Even more impressive is that he has been teaching for 31 years! The students love his positive and encouraging teaching style and parents are thrilled by his congenial personality. 

Maestro Gari is from El Paso, Texas.  His ancestry includes Mexican and Argentinian roots.  Outside of teaching he is a pet-lover and belongs to the Seattle Men's Chorus. He also is involved with his church and community service activities.  

The PTA is especially grateful to Maestro Gari for supporting the Puesta del Sol Community through his support and promotion of our PTA programs. Thank you Maestro Gari!!

Editor of El Sol Newsletter Needed
Are you detail-oriented with an eye for layout? We are looking for someone to take over editing this  El Sol newsletter. Editing involves using a template to layout articles, editing for clarity/grammar, and adding photos. The time commitment is about 4 hrs every 2 weeks and training and back-up is available.

Please email  if you are interested.
Web Content Manager Needed
Our web team is shifting roles and we are looking for a new Web Content Manager. If you are a detail-oriented person who can edit a Word document and plan a child's birthday party, then you have all the experience we need! Our current Web Content Manager, Todd, is taking on new Web responsibilities next year as our Web Manager, Cindy, plans to shift to serve on the PTA board of directors. Both Todd and Cindy can bring you up to speed on the website.

Please email
to find out more.
Making School Supplies Easier
Every year, the PTA notices discussions in the parent groups on Facebook and around school about school supplies. Questions come up about how to make school supplies easier for every family and the PTA would love your help in actually DOING something about it! We are looking for a volunteer to be a "School Supply Coordinator". The person in this role would:

 - Interview teachers and specialists about their real supply needs, what they have left over, and what they need for the year ahead.  
 - Build a bulk purchasing list for Staples/Office Depot/Amazon.  
 - Help plan the pricing for families in each grade based on the supplies needed.
 - Purchase and coordinate the distribution of supplies
Let's make getting school supplies cheaper and easier for all our families. Email
if you can help and want to find out more.

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
   * Volunteer Coordinator
* Membership Chair (training available)
   * Social Media Manager
* Web Content Manager (training available)
*Newsletter Editor (training available)

Educational Enhancement Team
   *  Garden Club Co-Chair (work with current chair)
   * After School Programs Co-Chair (work with current chair)
* SITA Co-Chairs

School Relations Team
* Library Support Coordinator
* School Supply Coordinator
Please email
 if interested. Thank you!