May 3, 2019 * ISSUE 5.3.19
Upcoming Events

5/3 Academic Challenge Final Submission Forms Due TODAY
Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week
International Festival (7pm - doors open at 6:30pm)
5/21 Passport Club Check Day (9:30am)
5/22 PTA General Membership Meeting (7pm)
5/22 Marimba Band Invitational (7pm)
5/27 NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
5/28 Band/Orchestra Concert (7pm)
6/7 Field Day (1:30 - 3pm)

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Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week is May 6-10

Monday 5/6
Bring a Flower
Tuesday 5/7
Bring a nice Note
Wednesday 5/8
Bring a Fruit
Thursday 5/9
Bring a Gift (or a classroom need/want)
Friday 5/10
Wear your teacher's Favorite Color

Take a look at  Teacher/Staff Favorites
Announcing PTA Officer Candidates for 2019-20
The PTA Nominating Committee has been working since late January to locate candidates for the 2019-20 PTA Board of Directors. Elections take place at our next PTA General Membership Meeting on May 22 (7pm). We are pleased to announce the following slate of officer candidates for the coming school year. As you can see, it has been difficult to find candidates for all the open positions next year. It's not too late!  
  • Co-President:  Anne Wilson
  • Co-President:  OPEN
  • Payables Treasurer:  Adam Droker
  • Deposits Treasurer:  Michele Snydsman
  • Secretary:  Hailey Moilanen
  • Co-VP of Communications and Membership:  Cindy Hunter
  • Co-VP of Communications and Membership:  Amy Miller
  • VP of School Relations:  Sarah Partap
  • VP of Fundraising:  OPEN
  • Co-VP of Educational Enhancement:  OPEN
  • Co-VP of Educational Enhancement:  OPEN
  • VP of Special Events:  Carmel Sasaki
If you've been on the fence about joining the PTA board, please reach out to any board member or our nominating committee to inquire. You must be a PTA member in order to join the board and have a dedication to serving our students and the Puesta del Sol community.  Email to find out more!

Puesta del Sol's PTA Academic Challenge 2019
The deadline for the Academic Challenge is TODAY!

Academic Challenge is a non-competitive, voluntary program consisting of academic challenges offered for all K-5 students at Puesta del Sol. Students may select from a variety of challenges which must be completed outside of school.  See the descriptions of the challenges and their due dates on the   Academic Challenge website page The deadline to turn in timesheets (available in the office or on the website) and the   Final Submission Form   is TODAY  5/3.

We Need Your Support! Consider Hosting an Amity Intern During the 2019-2020 School Year
We are looking for 18+ host families for our Amity 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

The application due date has been extended to May 17.
However, we will continue to collect applications until we achieve our goal and/or establish a wait-list.

Attention 5th Grade Parents: The Teacher Tea is May 29
th  grade Parents: The Teacher Tea is coming up on May 29
from 1:40-2:40pm.

We need 3 things to make this a success: 
1. Delicious food
2. Parent help on May 29th
3. Student help on May 29th
Check out the sign up genius to sign up! Gracias!

Volunteer for Field Day!

Field Day 2019!
June 7th 2019  from 1:30-3pm at the Puesta Del Sol Fields
Set up begins at 10am and clean up finishes at 4pm
We need your help to make Field Day fantastic. This is always an exciting day to experience with your children and we need a lot of volunteer help to keep all the stations running. 
Sign up to run a station, to help set up or to help clean up at the end of the day. We look forward to seeing you all there.  

International Festival is May 18
International Festival
Date: 5/18 
Time: 7.00pm (doors open at 6.30pm)
Location: Bellevue HC PAC

The International Festival is the culminating event of the school year where our students come together to perform cultural dances, songs, and music taught by volunteer and paid members of our International Spanish Academy community, staff, and families.

General Ticket Sales are open on the  PTA Website!
Several volunteer opportunities  are available. We are in immediate need for a videographer (We appreciate if a parent can setup a video camera and record the entire show). Parents of performers, please sign up to  chaperone an act. Chaperones & participants are not required to purchase tickets to attend the festival.

Save the Date! Bellevue Gifted Alliance Presents: "Secrets to Success in the Gifted Program"
Aisha Simon  of Axiom Learning will be giving a free seminar: "Secrets to Success in the Gifted Program," g eared toward elementary families.
June 3, 6:30-8:00
Wilburton Instructional Service Center
12241 Main St., Bellevue
Rainier Room
Aisha is the Chief Learning Officer at Axiom Learning, a research-based education company dedicated to catalyzing the transformation of education delivery globally, including projects in partnership with the Gates Foundation and Harvard, among others. Aisha led the development of Axiom's flagship program, LEAP 3.0, which is now the world's most effective intervention for addressing the highest incidence learning challenges (ADHD, Dyslexia, Executive Function, Anxiety, and Autism). Aisha received her MPH from Harvard, her MD from the Medical College of Virginia, and a Bachelor's in Biochemistry from the University of Washington.

Staff Spotlight:

Sra. Rocio Lara McCleary (Sra. Lara)

2nd Grade Teacher

Sra. Lara is a warm and welcoming teacher in the 2nd grade team. A fellow parent shared:
"2nd grade was a turning point in my daughter's elementary school years, much to the credit of Sra. Lara, who brought fun to her teaching environment." A highlight for some of her students was when she brought her  Chihuahua  to school. Another fond memory for a student: "we got to write our own books, and had a small library where we could read each other's books".

Sra. Lara was born in Mexico.  She has a 25 year history in teaching and has been at Puesta del Sol for 17 years. We are lucky to have this consistent longevity on the 2nd grade team.  

Outside of teaching she is learning to row, as her husband is a rowing coach and is passing on the skill to her. She is very excited to have this new hobby.  

Give Sra. Lara a smile and a "thank you" when you see her! 

International Festival 
Critical Need
Volunteer Stage Manager

Help make the backstage magic happen! Growth opportunity to become Stage Director in 2020! This role supports and shadows our current stage director with the intent of taking over the stage director role in future years. The role includes planning and executing the entire run of show, from act order to overseeing the backstage crew with lights, props, music, etc.  Short commitment, including only a few planning sessions in May and two "show" days 5/15 & 5/18. No experience necessary! 

Interested in volunteering for the International Festival? Please  sign-up here .

International Festival  Volunteers Needed
We are gearing up for a fun-filled show on 5/18 with a full line up of acts!  In order to make this event a success we require your help. Please consider signing up to volunteer. For most positions, the time commitment is limited to rehearsal day and/or show day. Opportunities available for middle school and high school students as well.
Sign up here  to help.

Volunteer Coordinator Needed
Help Wanted! Actually, help is wanted to organize our help wanted. The PTA can really use someone to help us track our volunteer needs for all the amazing programs we sponsor. Your role would be to notify our newsletter, Facebook, and website teams of current volunteer openings, to review various volunteer reports to locate volunteers, and to answer and redirect inquiries about volunteer positions from possible volunteers. Most of this position can be done from your phone/tablet/computer and can also be done in evenings and on weekends if you aren't available during the day. Please help us help our students!  

Please email  if you are interested.
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
   * Volunteer Coordinator
* Membership Chair (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!