October 20th, 2017 * ISSUE 10.20.17
Upcoming Events

10/20 Reflections Submissions Box Available in School Office; Salsa Hip Hop and Bomba del Sol After School Programs Start
School Picture Retake Day
10/24 Spring Auction Meeting (6:30pm)
10/26 Passport Check Day
10/27 Annual Pumpkin Bash (6:30-8:30pm) & Reflections Project Submissions Due
10/31 Box Top Clipping Due by 4pm
11/1 Drama Club Registration Opens Online
11/2 Yearbook Volunteer Meeting (9:30am)
11/8 Dining for Dinero @ Chipotle Factoria (4-8pm)
11/9 NO SCHOOL - Professional Development Day
11/10 NO SCHOOL - Veteran's Day

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Walkathon Fundraising Update
A big thank you to the 200 + Walkathon Volunteers! 
Collectively our students ran 13,647 laps and so far have raised over $37,000 in pledges. Great job everyone! Individual lap counts are posted on the window of the PTA room and the top grade runner medals will be handed out at the 11/6 Assembly. You will receive an email notification of assembly times if your child is receiving a medal. 

Today is the last day to submit donations to qualify for Walkathon prizes! Also, please don't forget to double your donations with Corporate Matching, it only takes minutes but can really add up for our PTA.
Spirit Wear is Here!
Purchase your Spirit Wear from our online store!
Make sure to check out the option to personalize your apparel. 

All students and staff are encouraged to wear Spirit Wear on Wednesdays. Wearing your school spirit helps students generate more school pride and build a sense of community.

Purchase Puesta del Sol Spirit Wear for your child, yourself, grandparents or as classroom prizes. Spirit Wear also makes a great gift for your student's teacher or specialist! All proceeds are used by our Puesta del Sol PTA to support the many fantastic programs at our school.
Academic Challenge 2017-18 Begins!
The  Academic Challenge is a free enrichment program available to all students in Kindergarten - 5th grade. 
This is an optional, non-competitive program. Students choose and complete up to seven (7) challenges throughout the school year. These challenges are to be completed outside of school. Look for the Academic Challenge flyer to come home soon!  To keep things fresh and interesting, some requirements have changed! 

If your student would like to participate in the Reflections challenge, projects are due 10/27. Please refer to the PTA website for additional information.
Annual Puesta del Sol Pumpkin Bash
Friday, 10/27, 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Puesta del Sol Gym  orange_pumpkins.jpg
Don't miss the annual Puesta del Sol Pumpkin Bash on Friday,  10/27 in the gym! Join us for a festive night of games, music, monster-mashing, treats and more! Get in the spirit and wear your costume - no masks or weapons please.

Seeking volunteers to help set-up, collect donations, assist with games and clean-up. Please sign up to help or contact Sarah Fink at familyfun@puestadelsolpta.org.
Yearbook Volunteer Meeting, 11/2
Thursday, 11/2 @ 9:30am in the PTA Office
The Yearbook Team will be meeting with all interested volunteers on Thursday, 11/2 at 9:30 to start working on this year's yearbook. Please join us if you can! If you'd like to help, but can't make the meeting, email yearbook@puestadelsolpta.org
Walkathon Yearbook Photos Needed!
If you have some great shots from the Walkathon, please send them to yearbook@puestadelsolpta.org. We'd especially love group shots with lots of smiling faces!  Remember that we can only use photos that are 1MB or larger.
Drama Club Registration Begins 11/1
Join the 4th/5th Grade Drama Production "Just Another Day in Wonderland." Shows  are 1/19 & 1/20 @ 7pm @ Interlake Highschool.
Registration opens at 6:30am on Wednesday, 11/1 on   the Drama Page.
Auditions will take place 11/20-21; the first 50 actors to sign up get a role! 
Join Studio East for 6 weeks at our school to produce a professional musical show, custom designed for 4th and  5th  graders. Rehearsals are 1-4 days a week after school, depending on role, and are cast around your schedule. Co-chairs needed for the program, registration guaranteed for that family! Email drama@puestadelsolpta.org to volunteer.
Start CLIPPING and SAVING Box Tops!
Turn in your box tops to the school office no later than Tuesday, 10/31 @ 4pm.
Baking and watching football means box tops collection time and we're running out of time to submit the most box tops by 11/1. Parents, families, we need your help! Drop your box tops at the office! Let's help Puesta del Sol!
Passport Check Day, 10/26
Thursday, 10/26 in the Puesta del Sol Library.
October's Special Itinerary is Thailand! Print the worksheet and check the bulletin board in the gym for answers. Then bring the completed worksheet on the 26th for a stamp and small prize.

Volunteers are always needed! Sign up to help with October Passport Check!

Have questions or want to learn more about the Passport Club? Please let us know at passport@puestadelsolpta.org.
School Picture Retakes, 10/23
For individuals that would like School picture re-takes or missed picture day, Leo's will be back on Monday, 10/23.
Seeking Programs Volunteer!
The PTA is seeking a Programs Volunteer to coordinate our after school PTA-sponsored programs.
The Co-VPs of Educational Enhancement have done the heavy lifting to get the programs started this 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!

Spring Auction Meeting
Tuesday 10/24 @ 6:30pm
Bellevue Brewing
1820 130th Ave NE
Come share your ideas for our next Spring Auction to be held 3/24. Big auctions need big ideas! 

Dining For Dinero!
Wednesday,  11/8 from 4-8pm
November's dining for dinero location is Chipotle, Factoria (4000 Factoria Blvd SE, Bellevue). 

Please mention "Puesta del Sol" and Chipotle will donate a portion of your check to the Puesta del Sol PTA.

Spanish in the Community
Check out these Hispanic culture and language opportunities outside of school!
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.

Club del Libro Familiar en Español
Lake Hills Library
Ongoing, next meeting is Tuesday, 10/24, 5:30-6:30pm
Join the Family Book Club in Spanish, a reading program in Spanish for ages 5 to 10 who are accompanied by their families. Learn through discussion and fun activities. Analyze stories, learn new vocabulary, and develop critical thinking and comprehen sion skills in Spanish.