March 1, 2019 * ISSUE 3.1.19

Upcoming Events

3/1 PTA Principal Coffee (9:15am)
3/4 Class Picture Day
3/4 PTA Board Meeting (February Postponed) (1:30pm)
3/6 Art Appreciation Training (9:05am)
3/15 Make-Up Snow Day
3/18 NO SCHOOL - Professional Development Day
5th & 6th Grade Orchestra Zone Concert (7:30pm)
PTA Board Meeting (1:30pm)
3/26 Passport Check Day (9:30am)
3/27 Science Fair (6pm)

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Make Up Snow Days!
snow-shovel.jpg Last day of school is now June 21 for the 2018-19 school year.
One additional makeup day will also be added on Friday, March 15. The day was originally a planned professional development day for teachers, but all students will now be expected to attend school that day.

Additional days could still be added pending approval of the BSD waiver request. Check the  Bellevue School District website for updated information.
Register Now! Science Fair is Almost Here!
Mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 27, 2019 from 6pm-8pm in the Puesta del Sol Gym and Library.

It's not too late to start a science fair project for this year's Science Fair. Use our online resources to help pick a topic and get started today. All participants must register online, and registration is open until March 20th. As in years past, having one parent or guardian volunteer before or during the event is mandatory. Trifold boards are also available for purchase though the Science Fair registration page.

Questions? Contact Paige Shaw and Tara Brossard at
5th Grade Legacy Project Bake Sale
March 27, 2019 6pm - 8pm @ the Science Fair!
Come support the 5th graders as they earn funds for their legacy project by selling pizza and baked goods at the Science Fair. Want to donate baked goods to sell during science fair? Sign up to donate baked goods today! Questions? Contact Tricia Ignacio at
Perform at the International Festival!
International Festival
Performance: May 18th, 2019
Location: Bellevue High School
Amity Act registrations now open! Practices start March 12 (at Puesta del Sol in P-2).

Act #1  - Nuestra Fiesta - Colombia  Sign-up here!
Grades: 2-5;  Tuesdays 8am
Act #2  - Flamenco Pop Mix - Spain  Sign-up here!
Grades: 2-4;  Tuesdays 3:40pm
Act #3  - Folkloric Dance - Spain Sign-up here!
Grades: K & 1;  Thursdays 8am
Act #4  - El Torito Pinto - El Salvador Sign-up here!
Grades: 3-5;  Thursdays 3:40pm
Independent Family/Child Acts: Register here .

Volunteers are still needed! Please sign-up here.
Questions?  Visit the International Festival web page to learn more. 
Dining for Dinero @ Chipotle, Saturday, March 30
When: Saturday, March 30, 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Where: 1328 156th Ave NE Bellevue, WA

Enjoy a meal with some Puesta del Sol Friends. 33% of all food and beverage purchases will be donated to the PTA. Please be sure to mention Puesta del Sol or present a printed or digital version of the flyer to the cashier. 
Accepting Host Family Applications for 2019-2020
It's that time of year again!  We are looking for 18+ host families for our 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.  

We are adding some flexibility to the hosting duration with the addition of a half-year option. This will allow us to make better family/intern matches as well as potentially improve the experience for both interns and families.  
If you are interested, please refer to the  FAQ's for more information, then complete the  Amity Intern Host Family Application and send it to All applications for the 2019-2020 academic year must be received by April 26, 2019. However, we will continue to collect applications until we achieve our goal and/or establish a wait-list.

Puesta del Sol Mariners Night
Saturday, April 27, 2019 @ 6:10pm
Texas Rangers vs Seattle Mariners

Ticket cost is $15/person. First 20,000 fans receive a Mitch Haniger Bobblehead!

The DEADLINE to order is  Wednesday, April 10 @ 5:00pm . If you would like to sit with another family, please order for the entire group.
Questions? Contact Aly & Adam Droker at  marinersnight@
Flex Your Skills As a PTA Board Member
Know a great candidate for the PTA Board (or are YOU one!)? We are excited to announce openings for next year's PTA Board for positions in treasurer/receivables, educational enhancement, fundraising, and special events. We hope you have an interest in utilizing your skills and talents to further the mission and work of the PTA!  Your Nominations Committee is  Stephanie, Carmel, and Sarah.  We are pumped to hear from you!

Questions & Submissions:
Looking for a Social Media Manager
Are you a social media maven?   The PTA is looking for more assistance in keeping current information on our Facebook page.  Help us p ost information about PTA activities and Bellevue School District updates as well as information from some of our PTA partners like Bellevue Schools Foundation and Washington State PTA.   The average time commitment is 1-2 hours per week, depending on what's happening in our community.   Help us get the word out!

Please email if interested. Thank you!
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
   * Membership Chair - Training available
   * Web Content Manager - Training available
   * Social Media Manager

Educational Enhancement Team
   *  Garden Club Co-Chair (work with current chair)
   * After School Programs Co-Chair (work with current chair)
Please email if interested. Thank you!

Spotlight: Sra Lizandra Chaparro

Kindergarten  Teacher

Here are some testimonials about our cherished Kindergarten teacher, Lizandra Chaparro:


"Welcoming and present for ALL kids"

"Shows interest in your child beyond their classroom"

"Lets the kids approach her with hugs"

"I can't say enough good things about her."

Lizandra was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She loves jigsaw puzzles and chocolate. Apparently, she also loves hugs. Additionally, she has a 2nd grade daughter at Puesta del Sol. We are very lucky to have a kindergarten teacher like her!    

Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
7pm - 8:30pm
Chinook Middle School Commons
2001 98th Ave NE Bellevue, WA 98004

The Bellevue Schools Foundation, in partnership with Medina, Chinook and Odle I-Connect and Chinook Middle School, are hosting a screening of an important film, Angst, created to start community conversations about ANXIETY and provide tools, resources and hope. 
IndieFlix, a leading independent online streaming platform, is sparking a global conversation about anxiety through screenings of its timely documentary,  " Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety ".  Chinook Middle School will host a special screening of the documentary to open up a dialogue between local families, community leaders and experts. The event will feature a viewing of the 56-minute film, followed by an informative panel discussion. Panelists are Maria Barrios, parent from Medina Elementary School; Dr. Rindee Ashcraft, Polaris Family Behavioral Health; and a  School Counselor (TBA). Children over age 10 are welcome to attend with an adult. 
Please RSVP here.

Save the Date! 15th Annual Jubilee Service Day is August 24, 2019

The 15th Annual Jubilee Service Day  will be on August 24, 2019. The goal of the service day is to help Bellevue schools and teachers prepare for the start of a new school year. 

V olunteer registration opens in early June. 

Questions? Contact

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!