March 16, 2018 * ISSUE 3.16.18
Upcoming Events

3/16 Professional Development Day - NO SCHOOL
Kindergarten Lottery Results Posted
3/19 Professional Development Day - NO SCHOOL
3/21 Open House on Puesta del Sol Rebuild Project (5:30pm) - School Gym
3/22 Orchestra Zone Concert (7:30pm)
3/23 PTA/Principal Coffee & Forum (8am)
3/24 Puesta del Sol Auction (5pm)
3/29 Passport Check Day (9:30am)

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Last Chance for Auction Tickets!
Let's come together to support our students, teachers, and families - and enjoy an evening out mingling and meeting fellow parents, staff, and our Amity Interns - without the kids!

Visit http://puestadelsolpta.org/Page/Fundraising/Auction  to preview the auction catalog, find more information, review FAQs, and purchase tickets!

2018 "Time After Time" Auction
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Bellevue College Gymnasium, Bellevue, WA
5pm - 12am
Silent Auction / Live Auction / Seated Dinner
Class Artwork / Staff Experiences / Dancing / Prom Photo

Doors open at 5pm
Silent Auction begins 5:30pm
Live Auction begins 7:30pm
Dinner begins 7:30pm
Dancing & Entertainment after the live auction!
Prom Attire OPTIONAL
Questions? Email auction@puestadelsolpta.org
The PTA Needs YOU!
The PTA nominating committee is looking for parents who would be interested in becoming part of the PTA executive board for the 2018-2019 school year. 
Available positions include president, treasure (payables), secretary, VP of communications and membership, VP of fundraising and VP of school relations.

The PTA plays an important role in supporting, enhancing and promoting our children's Spanish immersion experience and overall education. If you are interested in learning more about how you can actively participate in leadership, send an to email nominations@puestadelsolpta.org for more information.

We look forward to hearing from you!
Puesta del Sol's Spring Auction is Coming! 
We need your help! 
To ensure the success of our school's auction and to continue to support PTA programs for the next two years, we need the support of our Puesta del Sol community! 

How Can You Help? 
  • Volunteer! We're looking for day-of helpers. There are multiple time commitment options. Please consider signing up for one or more time slots! Drop ins for any time commitment welcome!
  • Attend the auction on Saturday, March 24th, 2018
 
On behalf of the PTA, students, teachers, staff, and families of Puesta del Sol, THANK YOU so much for your support!
Yearbook Orders are Due
Now is a good time to check your account on the PTA website to make sure you ordered a yearbook for your student(s).  
The yearbook committee is only able to order books for the number of paid orders which means there won't be extras for purchase at the end of the year.  All orders are due by Friday, March 23rd, so don't delay! Questions? Email  yearbook@puestadelsolpta.org
Last Call for Yearbook Photos!
Our deadline is right around the corner and we'd love more photos of our awesome Puesta del Sol students!
If you have photos of the First Day of School, Ice Cream Social,  Amities, Halloween Bash, Walkathon, recess or other school happenings, please send them to yearbook@puestadelsolpta.org as soon as possible.  Our only ask is that you send pictures with multiple children and that the files are at least 1MB. Thanks for your help making this year's yearbook a great one for the students of Puesta del Sol!  
Puesta del Sol Science Fair and Family STEM Night
Thursday, April 26 - Mark your calendars!
It's not too early to start planning your project for the Science Fair on Thursday April 26.  Use the many online resources to find a project idea, and plan time before or during Spring break to research your awesome projects!  As in past years, having one parent or guardian volunteer at or before the event is mandatory if your student is participating.  If you want to help plan or run the science fair, pre-event volunteers are needed now to ensure a great event again this year. To volunteer, please contact James Dooley at sciencefair@puestadelsolpta.org.

Art Fest
Wednesday, April 4th from 6:30-8pm in the Puesta del Sol Gym art-event.jpg
Families are encouraged to attend and see students' art pieces on display. There will be murals that students created with the SITA (Spanish Immersion Through the Arts) program and projects that each student has made during art appreciation. Sra.Rose will have the Marimba Group performing music during the event and Sra.Brody will be leading some poetry with students.  There will also be interactive art workshops where they can participate in making collaborative art pieces with our SITA artist Adriana Morales. It should be a fun family night!
Welcome to Puesta del Sol, Stephanie!
A big welcome to Srta. Stephanie Giraldo, a new 3rd grade teacher at our school this year. Stephanie has spent time in Colombia teaching English at a private school. Stephanie student taught at Beacon Hill International School in Seattle, and this is her first official year teaching!

Stephanie's family is from Santa Rosa de Cabal, a small coffee town high in the mountains in Colombia. She was born in California and learned Spanish from her mom and grandma.

Stephanie enjoys reading, yoga and being outdoors.

Her classroom community reports that "she makes learning fun and inspires the kids to have their own creative ideas for projects in the classroom!" 
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Passport Check Day - March 29th in the Library
Passport Club information can be found on the PTA website.

Special Itinerary for March is Ethiopia! Print the worksheet and find answers two ways:

1. the bulletin board in the gym.
2. the Culture Grams website. 

Login: pugetesd 
P assword: cgrams

Then bring the completed worksheet on the 29th for a stamp and small prize.

Reminder: For those using Passport as part of Academic Challenge, deadline is March 29th for the Passport portion.

Have questions or want to learn more about the Passport Club? Please let us know passport@puestadelsolpta.org.

PTA/Principal Coffee and Forum
March 23, 8:00-9:30am in Puesta del Sol Library

Parents are invited to join us at this Open Forum to meet with Sra. Duimovic and Principal Shearer to ask questions, provide feedback and discuss important topics. Student care will be provided in the gym from 8:00-8:45am.
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Amity Committee Members Needed!!
We are currently looking for 2 more Committee members to join us in 2018-19.  The Amity Committee functions best with 5 members and currently we have 3 committed people and are looking for 2 more to share the load.  You can expect a workload of about 1-2 hours per week (higher work load at the beginning and end of school-year).  If you are interested or would like to learn more about the Amity Program please contact us at  amity@puestadelsolpta.org or go to our information page on the website