November 17th, 2017 * ISSUE 11.17.17
Upcoming Events

11/17 PTA Principal Coffee (8:45am)
11/17 PTA Board Meeting (1pm)
11/23-24 NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break
11/29 PTA General Membership Meeting (6:30pm)
11/30 Passport Check Day
12/8 Principal Open Forum (8:45am)
PTA Board Meeting

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Invite an Amity to Spend Time with Your Family!
Diana, Elda, Jennifer, Lina, Patricia and Yoana are the wonderful Amity Interns working at Puesta del Sol each day to support our teachers and students!

They are here from Spain, Columbia, and El Salvador, through the Amity Institute, whose mission is to build cultural understanding and international friendship and involve young people from abroad in American community, education, and family life. 

The interns would love to meet as many families as possible in our community. Please consider inviting one or more of the interns to join your family for dinner, game night, on an outing, or to share in a holiday tradition. You can view bios and email addresses for each intern here. Please contact the Amity Interns directly to invite them to spend time with your family.
Ice Skating in Downtown Bellevue Park
Join us in celebrating the "Magic Season" with ice skating in downtown Bellevue!
Mention you are with Puesta del Sol Elementary and a $3 donation will be made to your PTA for each paid rink admission during the following dates:

November 24 - December 15, 2017
January 2-15, 2018

Admission to the rink is $14 for adults (includes skate rental) and $10 for 8 years and under (includes skate rental). Please mention Puesta del Sol when paying and we will receive $3 from your admission fee.

The ice rink hours of operation (during fundraising dates listed above) are:
  • Mon: 3pm-9pm
  • Tue: 3pm-9pm
  • Wed: 1pm-9pm
  • Thu: 3pm-9pm
  • Fri: 3pm-11pm (opens at 11am on Nov 25)
  • Sat: 11am-11 pm
  • Sun:11am-6pm 
Reflections Finalists Announced!
Congratulations to our 25 finalists announced at the Reflections Gallery Night! 

Vivian I., Colette D., Nathan L., Fiona G., Marissa L., Anna J., Diego A., Charlie R., Emi M., Gavyn H., Faith P., Isabel T., Mia G., Levi S., Rachel P., Shannon C., Ian Y., Nadia M., Cameron c., Nathaniel L., Evan T., Chloe T., Gabriel P-D., Noelle C., Trinity L.

These students will advance to the District competition in January. Great work was featured by all 127 students who participated. A special thank you to all the volunteers! Please visit the Reflections webpage and be sure to look for next years theme in June.
PTA/Principal Community Events
Meet the Principal!
Today, November 17, 8:45-9:45 A.M. - PTA Principal Coffee (Principal Shearer will present on a topic related to Student Services and Supports; Q&A afterwards)

Friday, December 8, 8:45-9:45 A.M. - Principal Open Forum (Parent feedback, questions, etc.) in the School library
You asked and we listened! In order to learn more about our school, how things have been running so far this year, and to get a better grasp on the logistics of getting our students a quality education, we are hosting three opportunities to meet with Principal Shearer before the year-end. Mark your calendars and get involved! Young children are welcome, but there won't be dedicated childcare. Coffee/tea will be provided.
Passport Check Day
Thursday, November 30th in the Library.
Passport Club information can be found on the PTA website.

November's Special Itinerary is Canada. Print the worksheet and check the bulletin board in the gym for answers. Then bring the completed worksheet on the 30th for a stamp and small prize.

Volunteers are always needed! Sign-up here to help with November Passport Check!

Have questions or want to learn more about the Passport Club? Please let us know:
Get Ready for Math Olympiad!
Math Olympiad begins January 4th, 2018!
Who: 5th Graders
When: Monday and Thursday mornings, 7:50-8:50am (Jan 4 - Apr. 28)
Where: Sra Mattson's classroom
Cost: $105

November 29, 2017: Application Packets go home from Sr. Oropeza in math rotation.
December 5, 2017: Parent Registration, Student Application, and Signed Citizenship Contract due to Sr. Oropeza.
December 11, 2017: Students notified of acceptance via parent email.
December 15, 2017: $105 tuition due to PTA via online payment (PTA Scholarships available)
January 4, 2018: Training begins
April 28, 2018: Math Olympiad Competition (mandatory attendance)
Please contact with questions.
PTA General Membership Meeting, 11/29
Please join us at the next PTA General Membership meeting on Wednesday, November 29 from 6:30-8:30pm in the Library!

Agenda items:

- Standing Rules Approval

- Budget Proposed Changes

- Grant Requests

- Auction Update

- Parent Education - International Spanish Academy (ISA) Program K-12


PTA Program Volunteer Needed!
The PTA is seeking a Programs Volunteer to coordinate our after school PTA-sponsored programs.   The Co-VPs of Educational Enhancement have the Fiesta Latina, Tambores, Flamenco, Bomba del Sol and Salsa/Hip Hop after school programs up and running for the fall, but need support in improving processes and keeping things running smoothly to provide our students a safe and enriching after-school experience! Contact edenhancement@ for more information!

Join the Nominating Committee!

We're looking for five PTA members who will interview and nominate candidates to fill next year's open PTA board positions. 
Nominating committee is a short-term position, and committee members will be officially elected at the November general meeting. It's a great way to get to know parents and contribute in a big way! Please email adminsupport@
 for details.

Puesta del Sol Staff Spotlight
Sra. Heidi Von Tersch
Sra. Heidi is one of our four fabulous 4th grade teachers. She has over fifteen years of teaching experience at all age levels, including two years here at Puesta del Sol. Heidi started Spanish language learning at age ten, and has lived in Madrid, Spain. She loves to travel, walk on the beach and spend time with friends. Her students say "She's a really good teacher!" (Toby), "She is crazy nice!" (Ethan C.) and "I'm so glad she's my teacher!" (Ethan M.). We are so thankful for all that you do here at Puesta del Sol. Thank you for being part of our community!  

Spanish in the Community
Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba
11/16-18 @ Meany Center - University of Washington
Havana-based Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba is a company of dancers accompanied by an on-stage ensemble of exceptional musicians. Their show features a series of dance vignettes that showcases Afro-Cuban dance from the '50s to today, including cha-cha-cha and mambo, to rumba, conga, bolero and more. For tickets and more information visit the  Meany Center's website.

Immersive Spanish Language Trips in 2018
Newport Yacht Club, November 28, 7:00-9:00pm
Join Global Family Travels on the evening of Giving Tuesday, 11/28, for an open house to learn about their 2018 Immersive Spanish Language trips to Peru, Nicaragua, Cuba, the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador. The format of the evening is an open house with a booth for each of the trips, and a short program about the trips from 7:30 - 8:30pm. The event is free, but please RSVP.