October 19, 2018 * ISSUE 10.19.18
Upcoming Events
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10/22
Picture Retake Day & PTA Board Meeting (1:30pm)
10/24
Unity Day (Wear Orange)
10/26
Box Tops for Education Due
10/26 2018 Pumpkin Bash (6:30 to 8:00pm)
10/30
Passport Club Check Day
11/2 Family Movie Night - "Coco" (6:30pm)
11/9
No School - Professional Development Day
11/12
No School - Veterans Day Observed
11/19
PTA Board Meeting (1:30pm)
11/27
Passport Club Check Day

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PTA After-School Programs Have Begun!
Registration is open and it is not too late to join!  
 
This year the PTA is sponsoring some returning favorites. Our After School Programs teach music and dance from Spain, Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa. These classes offer our students an opportunity to expand their appreciation of culture and diversity, all taught in Spanish! 
All classes are from 3:35pm to 4:45pm, in the Puesta del Sol gym. Session 1 runs October 8 - November 16. The Drama Club (open to 4th and 5th grade students) uses the gym mid-November to mid-January, then Session 2 will begin on January 21.

Additional after school programs are available on our After School Programs page
Save the Date: Drama Club 2018-19 Auditions
November 26-27 in the Puesta del Sol Gym
Save the date! Join your friends in putting on Puesta del Sol's annual musical. This year's musical is "Pirates of the Curry Bean." The first fifty 4th and 5th graders to sign up get a part! First mandatory all cast rehearsal is Thursday, November 29! Cast members need to be available at least 2 days/week for rehearsal M, Tu, Th, F and make all mandatory dates (11/29-30 and 1/14-19). Conflicts? We cast around them!  
For more info, check out the Drama Club page 
or email Laura at drama@puestadelsolpta.org
2018 Pumpkin Bash, Friday, Oct. 26
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You are invited to the 5th Annual Pumpkin Bash Costume Party on Friday, Oct. 26 from 6:30pm - 8:00pm in the gym. An exciting evening of games, prizes, dancing, music, monster-mashing, treats and more! Get in the spirit and wear your costume - no masks or weapons, please.

Sign up to volunteer. Please email 2018PumpkinBash@gmail.com with questions. 
Movie Night, Friday, Nov. 2
Join us for our first Movie Night of the School Year - Disney's "Coco." 
Friday, November 2, in the Puesta del Sol Gym. Doors open @ 6pm.
 
During this FREE Family Community Event, we'll be showing Disney's "Coco" in Spanish (with English subtitles). This is a great way for your child to earn Spanish Outside of School (SOS) hours, while having a great time with friends and family. There will be popcorn and water, as well as Bake Sale items, to keep us munching while we watch this fun movie filled with music, family, and adventure. Outside food is also welcome, but in respect to Puesta del Sol's general policy, we ask that all outside food is both Peanut and Tree Nut Free to help keep this safe for all participants.
 
Doors will open at 6pm so that people can come early and grab a spot prior to the  movie starting at 6:30pm. We suggest bringing blankets, pillows and/or low beach chairs ( please no higher camp chairs so that everyone will have a chance to see). We can't wait for you to join us!
 
Please keep in mind, as with all of our PTA Family events, THIS IS NOT A DROP-OFF EVENT, and all children should be accompanied by an adult responsible for them during the entire time.   For questions, please email events@puestadelsolpta.org.
Renew Your PTA Membership! New Members Welcome!
There is still time to renew your PTA membership or become a new member. Be a part of the largest grass-roots non-profit organization dedicated solely to children in Washington State and the country. A quality public school education is not free. While we receive state funding for some of the basics, we rely on our PTA and Bellevue Schools Foundation to cover the "extras" that make our school exceptional. As a member of the PTA, you have a voice in how we use our funds. 
 
PTA members have access to the online school directory via the PTA website, may vote at PTA meetings, and receive various additional local and national benefits - review the PTA Member Benefits page on our website. Renew or join today!
 
October Passport Club Check Day is Tuesday, Oct. 30
October Passport Club Check Day is coming up on Oct. 30! See the October map for your student's level/grade and what to study for Passport Club Check Day.
 
Special Itinerary for October is Democratic Republic of the Congo. Print a worksheet and check the bulletin board in the gym for answers. Bring the completed worksheet on October 30 for a stamp and small prize.
 
We're always looking for volunteers to assist with our Check Days! Please sign up to help with Passport Club Check Day.
 
Reminder: Passport Club Check Days will be on  Tuesdays this year!
 
To l earn more, visit the Passport Club page. Please let us know if you have questions by emailing passport@puestadelsolpta.org.
 
Calling All Artists! Reflections Competition Begins
Reflections is a national art competition that is sponsored by the PTA and is one of the categories for Academic Challenge. This year's theme is "Heroes Around Me".
 
Your child may submit an original work of art in any of 6 categories; Visual Art, Photography, Film, Choreography, Music or Literature.  Please go to our Reflections Information Page where you will find the official rules, application, check list for success and registration. The due date for submissions is November 16.  

Please email your questions to reflections@puestadelsolpta.org 
Academic Challenge 2018-19 Begins!
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 November 16. Please refer to the  PTA website for additional information.
Library News
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Welcome to the school year and a year of great books and reading. Thanks to our Book Fair Chairman for another great year!   
 
Upcoming programs - Look for flyers about  Adult/Student Book Club for 4th and 5th Graders starting Monday, October 22 from 7-8pm in the library and  Global Reading Challenge f or 4 th  and 5th g raders beginning in early November on Wednesdays during lunch and recess.
 
Helpful Library hints - Kindergartners will begin to check out books this week. Each student will bring 1 book home in a big plastic bag. Please look for the flyer and bookmark inside the bag with information about caring for their book and bringing it back to the library on time. Every time the book is returned in the bag the student will get a sticker on their bag.   
 
Overdue books - All books from the Puesta del Sol library can be checked out for a two week period. After the two weeks, a book can be renewed for one additional week. When students have overdue books they are unable to check out until the books have been returned. A bi-monthly email will be sent out reminding students to bring their books back, or if lost, pay for a replacement book.   
 
Thanks for supporting our library and have a great year!!
Stacey Brody and Lisa Carpenter, Puesta del Sol Librarians
Music Concert Dates
5th & 6th Grade Orchestra Zone Concert, Thurs., March 21, 7:30pm
Tillicum Middle School Gym
 
1st Grade Concert, Wed. April 17, 6pm, Puesta del Sol Gym
2nd Grade Concert, Wed. April 17, 7pm, Puesta del Sol Gym
3rd Grade Concert, Wed. April 24, 6pm, Puesta del Sol Gym
4th Grade Concert, Wed. April 24, 7pm, Puesta del Sol Gym
 
Marimba Band Invitational, Wed. May 22, 7pm, Puesta del Sol Gym
Band/Orchestra Concert, Tues. May 28, 7pm, Puesta del Sol Gym
Small Hands on Art Presents "Beauty and the Beast"
movie-director-items.jpg Rehearsal Dates: October 24, 31, November 7, 14  
Time: 8:00 a.m.- 8:45 a.m.
Location: Puesta Del Sol Gym
Recital: November 14 at 7:00pm, Cast arrives at 6:00pm for costumes.
Cost: $85.00 Checks payable to Small Hands on Art 

Please call 425-313-9431 with questions
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Tillicum Middle School Choir Day Camp, Nov. 9 
With no school on Friday, November 9, consider having your child attend a fun choir camp at Tillicum Middle School. The camp for K-5 students will be led by the Tillicum Middle School Choir students under the guidance of their choir director, Julia Meyering. This event is a fundraiser for the choir's upcoming festivals and trips.
 
Where:  Tillicum Middle School Commons and Choir Roo m
When: November 9, 8:00am - 4:00pm
Performance: 3:30pm campers will perform for families and parents
Cost: $50/day per camper. Additional siblings are $20
Camp includes: Snacks, games, crafts and singing!
  
Please make sure to provide a sack lunch and a water bottle for your child. Snacks will be provided. For safety, please be sure that all lunch items are nut-free. 
 
To register your children, please e-mail Tillicumchoirfund@gmail.com .
Please include the following: Children's names, School name, Grade
Payment may be made by cash or check on the day of the camp.

Staff Spotlight
First Grade Team 
This cohesive team of teachers is unmatched and well loved. They bring an average of 17 years of teaching experience to Puesta del Sol and have a love for the Spanish language and for family and travel. Our school community is lucky to have them! 
Sra. Jeanine Medina was raised in Yakima, WA and has a Biligual-Bicultural Education major from the U.W and now has an impressive 34 years of teaching experience. She loves to read, garden, and camp. 
Sra. Maria Fletcher is close behind with 26 years of teaching experience. She was born in Seattle and at the age of 7 her family moved to their original country of origin - Colombia; she once again calls Seattle "home." Her son will graduate from Newport High School this year. She loves her cat "Dulce" (must be a "sweet" cat) and likes to collect dolls from around the world. 
Sra. Miriam Lopez-Kimball was raised in a Spanish speaking home as her family was originally from Mexico. Her children are in the ISA program here at Puesta del Sol and Tillicum Middle School. She enjoys reading, dancing, playing board games, and watching movies. 
Sra. Claudia Mattson was born in Pachuca, Hidalgo Mexico and moved to the U.S. in 2001. She is married to Sr. Mattson (fourth grade), has been part of our Puesta del Sol community since 2003, and a teacher at our school since 2014. The Mattsons are a mainstay at Puesta del Sol events as well as at Tillicum Middle School and Sammamish High School sporting and school events where their 2 daughters attend our ISA program. The Mattson family loves making fun memories together and travels back to Mexico yearly. 

Big Give Envelope Drive Classroom Winners!
Once again thank you to all students and families that returned the bright yellow envelopes during our Big Give fundraiser. Our goal was 100% turn in for the envelopes with or without a donation inside and we calculated a 60% turn in rate for our first year of this new fundraiser! Here are the classroom winners from each grade:
 
Kindergarten:  Sra. Chaparro with 17/23 envelopes turned in.
1st Grade: Sra. Lopez-Kimball with 19/23 envelopes turned in.
2nd Grade: Sra. Hinton with 15/24 envelopes turned in.
3rd Grade: Sra. Dana with 19/23 envelopes turned in.
4th Grade:  Sra. Heidi with 14/23 envelopes turned in.
5th Grade: Sra. Walterous with 18/21 envelopes turned in.
 
Stay tuned for a class prize to be given to each winning classroom!

Box Tops for Education Submissions Due Oct. 26!
Parents and families we need your help!  
 
Ba king and watching football means Box Tops collection time and we're running out of time to submit the most Box Tops for Education.  
 
Drop your Box Tops at the office by October 26! Let's help Puesta del Sol! 

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Volunteers Needed! 
Several of our PTA programs are still missing key positions:
  • Garden Club Co-Chair
  • Membership Chair
  • Web Content Manager
  • Spanish Outside School Program Co-Chair
  • Drama Club Co-Chair
  • Science Fair Chair 
  • International Festival Stage Manager - Spring
  • After School Programs Co-Chair 
Please volunteer if you can!   
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Garden Club Needs You!
  The School Garden committee is down to one parent this year, and that's not enough to run Garden Club!   
Join the outdoor fun on Thursday afternoons during both second recess sessions (1:55-2:10pm and 2:10-2:25pm). We generally suspend Garden Club from mid-November through mid-March, then start back up in the spring. For more information, email Liz at schoolgarden@
puestadelsolpta.org
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Spanish Outside School (S.O.S.) Postponed
It is with very heavy hearts that the PTA announces the Spanish Outside School (S.O.S.) program will not occur this Fall since we lack a parent volunteer to oversee the program. We
hope to be able to offer this fun, educational and FREE program after Winter break, but it will depend upon having a Chair - 3rd, 4th & 5th grade parents, we are looking to you! Any questions can be sent to EdEnhancement@
puestadelsolpta.org
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Community Events 
Looking for sports programs, special events, and educational opportunities for your student(s)
to participate in? 
The Community page on the PTA website is a tremendous resource.
 
If you haven't already, please take a moment to bookmark the page. Check back regularly for updates!
 
Current Highlights:

Social Media Documentary 

Discovery Lab (age 5-9) 

Family Book Club in Spanish

Seattle Latino Film Festival  

Cheer Team 

K-3rd YMCA Adventure Guides

 

And so much more... 


THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS!