November 22, 2019 * ISSUE 11.22.19
Upcoming Events
Passport Check Day
NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving
NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving break
Choir Begins (3rd-5th grades)
12/3 Picture Make-up Day

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5th Grade parents needed for Math Olympiad!

Volunteers needed for the 5th Grade Math Olympiad team

This is a great opportunity to expose your child to advanced math concepts - in a different way than they have before - it is a competition!

We need 1 parent to be the Coach and lead the practices and another 1-2 parents to also attend practices and who can help with admin work like putting together and correcting the homework packets. 

This program runs January - April.  The team practices have typically been in the mornings, 7:50-8:50am, twice a week - but are flexible & depend on the Coach's availability.  The competition is on Saturday, April 25, 2020.  

To volunteer or ask questions, please email

Congratulations to our Reflections Artists

The Reflections Program is a National PTA and WSPTA cultural arts competition.

There were 113 participants from Puesta del Sol that participated in the Reflections Art Program this year. Their artwork has been displayed in the Library for students and staff to view. 

24 students were selected to advance to the district level for Reflections and will have a chance to advance to State and National levels. The artwork is judged based on 3 criteria: Interpretation, Creativity and Technique. Interpretation of the theme is granted the most emphasis in  judging which is unique to the Reflections program. 

We are very proud of our Reflections program and hope the students enjoyed the process. Questions? please email
Academic Challenge 2019-20 Begins!

Participate in this year's  Academic Challenge

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!  

Please refer to the   Academic Challenge page for additional information.
Save the Date for Puesta del Sol Mariners Night!

Saturday May 2nd, 2020

Seattle Mariners vs. Houston Astros
Game starts 6:10pm at T-Mobile Park

More information will be posted soon.
Save the Date for International Festival!

Saturday May 16th, 2020

Bellevue High School Performing Arts Center
Seeking volunteers!  Please sign-up here.
Questions? To learn more visit  PDS IF webpage   or email
Be a part of the Nominating Committee

We are looking for 3-4 individuals who are PTA members to devote a few hours of time in January through April. 

The Nominating Committee is tasked with finding our Board for the 2020-2021 school-year.  Tasks include emails, phone calls and networking within the Puesta del Sol community.  Prerequisites would include a passion or interest in helping our PTA grow stronger year after year by selecting the right individuals to fill important roles. If you are interested, or would like to learn more, please email
The PTA Needs your input!

We are proud of our programs and how our PTA has supported our Puesta del Sol students, staff and school over the years.
The PTA Mission is to: 

To support, reinforce, enhance and promote our children's Spanish immersion experience and overall education, health and well-being.

We would like to hear from you. Please fill out this short survey.  
Renew Your PTA Membership

On October 31st, all 2018-2019 Puesta del Sol PTA memberships expired. If you have not purchased or renewed your 2019-2020 membership, now is the time! 

Membership benefits include having online access to the school directory as well as having a voice and vote as our PTA supports our students, school, teachers and staff. 

** not sure if you renewed your membership?  Check my account
Does your 3rd, 4th or 5th grade student love to sing?

Puesta del Sol Choir

Mondays, starting December 2nd, 8am

Evening Choir Zone Concert: Monday, February 10th at Sammamish High School. 

Parents can email Sra. Rose at to receive a permission slip.
Staff Spotlight
Sr. Will Nielsen

The PTA would like to welcome Sr. Nielsen who joined the 5th Grade team this year, his first year at Puesta del Sol. This is his 8th year teaching.

Sr. Nielsen is originally from Oklahoma, learned to speak Spanish in Costa Rica, and then studied in Spain. Later he worked and lived in Mexico for 4 years. 

It is great that he and his wife moved here to the Pacific Northwest in 2019, as he enjoys the outdoors.   When he is not teaching, Sr. Nielsen bikes, hikes and skies. He also plays hockey. 

We are glad to have you, Sr. Nielsen!

Global Reading Challenge
  • KCLS Sponsored
  • 4th and 5th Grade Students interested in a reading competition
  • 4-5 Teams- 6 Students each
  • Team Members choose the book

PTA Board Positions Still Open
This year's PTA board  still needs a  Co-President  for Anne, a VP of Membership, Director of Communications.

Our PTA programs don't run themselves and our program chairs and committees need help to get the job done.

Step up and serve!  Our students deserve your support!  

Please email
 if interested. Thank you!
Important Chairperson Vacancies

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
- Co-Registrar

Educational Enhancement Team
   - Garden Club Co-Chair (work with  current  chair)

Events Team
- School Dance Chair(s)

Training and support is provided for all positions!

PTA Members are Welcome
The Puesta del Sol PTA Board meets monthly. 

All Members are welcome to sit in on a meeting.  Please contact
if you are interested in attending.

Please see our 

Bellevue Schools Foundation

Save the Date: 
Spring for Schools Benefit Luncheon

Friday, May 1, 2020

10:15 a.m. Education Showcase
12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Lunch
Bellevue Hyatt Regency

Save the Date:
Education Connection 
Screenagers: Next Chapter

Friday, December 13th, 2019
  Sammamish High School  Performing Arts Center

Admission is free and open to the public. Advance registration is requested.  Register here.