March 29, 2019 * ISSUE 3.29.19
PTA Board Role Spotlight
Have you ever wondered what goes into our PTA leadership? 
Over the next few weeks, the Nominating Committee will be featuring our Puesta PTA Board Roles, especially positions open for 2019-20. 

This week: VP of Educational Enhancement. 
Both of our Co-VPs of Educational Enhancement are in their 2nd year which means both positions are OPEN for 2019-2020. Our currrent Co-VPs of Educational Enhancement help facilitate many of the programs that benefit our students at Puesta del Sol such as our Amity interns, Art Appreciation, Science Fair, Passport Club, Garden Club, and our after school dance programs offered in Spanish. 

Current co-VPs: Jen Meyer (JM ) and Kristen McSherry ( KS

What do you most like about your role? 
JM: In my role as VP of Ed Enhancement, it was literally eye-opening to learn how many fun and engaging programs are supported by our PTA. In Education Enhancement we strive to expand and enhance our children's learning by offering both in-school and after-school programs. For example, Passport Club is a fun and challenging way for the kids to learn geography, which is not specifically covered in our school's curriculum. Another goal of several Ed Enhancement programs is to offer the students more Spanish-speaking opportunities like our After School Programs for music and dance. Plus, the SITA (Spanish Immersion through the Arts) program just finished a 2-day, all classroom project with Mexican artist Adriana Morales. It is planned to have the art the kids created incorporated into our new building. 
KS: [I like] working with Jen, feeling a stronger sense of community than I had in previous years even as an active volunteer, having a voice on decisions and a pulse on what's going on at school, and getting to know and work with the Amity interns, which is such an amazing program the PTA provides.

How much time do you usually spend in the role per week/what skills are helpful for this role? 
KS: It really depends. It is not overwhelming. I am going to be honest, Jen puts in more time than I do - she is tech savvy and very organized. It takes up less of my time [in my second year] than it did last year when everything was new. Communicating well with committee chairs, supporting them and being responsive to their needs is important. 
JM: I have spent about 5-8 hours in this role per week, and primarily the work is done at home. There are occasional meetings with the Principal and a committee chair orientation held at school at the beginning of the year. 

W hat is something you do that may not seem obvious to others? 
JM: The primary job of the Educational Enhancement VPs is to facilitate & support the various programs. The VPs don't run them! 
KS: I work a lot with the Amity program and have gotten to know all the interns. We are so fortunate to have the program at our school. 

Anything else you'd like our community to know about the PTA Board? 
JM: One thing I'd like to add about being on the PTA Board is that it's an opportunity to be involved in the decisions about how to best support our kids' school: what programs the PTA offers, how we maintain our strong Amity Intern program, how we partner with the school administration to support the kids and staff, etc.. If you'd like to help in the decision-making, come on over!  

Thank you Jen and Kristen for being so generous with your time and answers. If you or someone you know would be a great fit for next year's 2019-20 PTA board, please e-mail We'd love to hear from you! 
Upcoming Events

3/30 Dining for Dinero (5-9pm)
PTA Fundraising Focus Group (9:15am - PTA Room)
4/8-12 NO SCHOOL - Spring Break
PTA Fundraising Focus Group (2:30pm - PTA Room)
4/16 PTA Board Meeting (1:30pm)
4/17 1st (6pm) & 2nd (7pm) Grade Concerts
Spirit Week
PTA Fundraising Focus Group (7pm - Ricardo's Restaurant)
3rd (6pm) & 4th (7pm) Grade Concerts
Movie Night (6:30, doors open 6pm)
4/27 Math Olympiad Competition
Art Fest (6:30pm)
Academic Challenge Final Submission Forms Due

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Spirit Week, April 22 - 26
Our community will be celebrating Spirit Week in an effort to build and strengthen community at our school. Each day there will be a theme. If your student plans on participating, please ensure that they are making choices that follow our big three: Somos respetuosos, Somos responsables, y Tomamos buenas decisiones (we are respectful, responsible, and make good decisions).

Mustache Day  
(Día del bigote) 
Wear or grow a mustache!
80's Decade Day  
(Día de la década de los 80)  
Rock that 80's look!
Favorite Color Day  
(Día del color favorito)  
Show off your favorite color!
Rodeo Day  
(Día del rodeo)  

Dust off your cowboy hat and boots!
Famous People Day  
(Día de las personas famosas)  
Dress like a famous person or artist!

Questions?  Contact Student Leadership Supervisor Angelie Duimovic, or Delia Villanueva, .  
Registration OPEN for PTA After School Programs
Session 3 includes performing at the International Festival on Saturday, 5/18! Our After School Programs teach music and dance from Spain, Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa - all taught in Spanish. Plus, you can self-select the session fee that best fits your family's budget!

Flamenco  on Mondays.  Begins 4/15, registration deadline 4/22.
Fiesta Latina on Tuesdays.  Begins 4/16, registration deadline 4/23.
Bomba del Sol on Fridays.  Begins 4/19, registration deadline 4/26.
This session will be the last session of the 2018-19 school year.  Additional details on the PTA After School Programs page .
Fundraising Focus Group Discussions - Join Us!
We will be holding 2 fundraising Focus Groups, to discuss fundraising options for the 2019-2020 school year and to engage our families about what they would like to see happen. No need to RSVP, just stop in the PTA Room. You don't have to be a PTA member, nor do you need to have a fundraising history. It will be a discussion style between parents that have a special interest in our PTA and how it raises funds for our programs and events. If you cannot make these dates, stay tuned for options in May. If you have a question or comment, please email Anne at
Wednesday, 4/3 @ 9:15 am - PTA Room
Monday, 4/15 @ 2:30 pm - PTA Room
Tuesday, 4/23 @ 7:00 pm - Ricardo's Restaurant (Factoria)

Thank You to Our Science Fair Chairs and Volunteers!
Two ladies worked many hours in planning and implementing our Science Fair. Thank you to Paige Shaw and Tara Brossard (pictured here, hard at work). We are so pleased that the Students' hard work and scientific presentations were spotlighted and they were the stars of the show! There were dozens of volunteers as well; thank you to everyone who helped the night run so smoothly!
Puesta del Sol's PTA Academic Challenge 2019
The deadline for the Academic Challenge is approaching! Can your student still participate? YES! 

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   5/3.

Dining for Dinero @ Chipotle, Saturday, March 30
When: Saturday, 3/30, 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. 
Dads/Grandfathers/Step-Dads: It's not too late to sign up for a Watch D.O.G.S. day!
Puesta Del Sol Men - We're on pace to surpass last year's participation in the WATCH D.O.G.S. program!  (Dads of Great Students)  If you haven't had a chance to volunteer at school this year, there's still time to be a positive male role model actively engaged with your kids at school.  If you've already volunteered, it's not too late to sign up for another one-day or half-day shift.  Ladies, if you know a guy who could spare a day or a half-day at school, please pass this on!
To participate:
  1. Make sure you're background-checked through the Verified Volunteers website.
  2. Sign up here: (NOTE: the URL is case-sensitive).
All the details about the Watch D.O.G.S. program can be found on the PTA website:
Questions? Contact Puesta del Sol parent Tyler Parris with questions at .
Perform at the International Festival!
I nternational Festival
Date: May 18th, 2019
Venue: Bellevue High School
NEW THIS YEAR:  SITA Mexican Folkloric Dance  Sign-up here!
Grades: 3rd - 5 th Thursdays 3:40pm 
started March 21st, still open for registration
Location: Puesta del Sol - TBD
AMITY Act's - Registration now Closed
Independent Family/Child Acts:   Register here .
Questions? Visit  PDS IF webpage  to learn more. 
Puesta del Sol Mariners Night
Spring Mariners Night with Puesta del Sol
Texas Rangers vs Seattle Mariners
T-Mobile Park
Saturday, April 27, 2019, 6:10pm

Join us for Mariners night with Puesta del Sol on Saturday, 4/27/19!  We have a few rows reserved together. Cost is $15/ticket. Mitch Haniger Bobblehead to the first 20,000 fans.   Deadline to order is 4/10/19.

For more information see the  event page.

Questions? Contact Aly & Adam Droker at  marinersnight@
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 4/26.
However, we will continue to collect applications until we achieve our goal and/or establish a wait-list.

Staff Spotlight:
Sra. Stephanie Giraldo

After chatting with moms in the office, it has come to my attention that we have a hidden gem of a 3rd Grade teacher near Sr. Mattson's pod!  Sra. Stephanie has been described as "the BEST", "She's really nice", "We love her", "She 'connects' with the students".  Only her 2nd year teaching and 2nd year at Puesta del Sol, she has captured the hearts of many students and parents alike.
Sra. Stephanie's family is from Colombia and she enjoyed her grandmother's visits when she was a child.  Now as an adult, she travels back to Colombia yearly.  According to her favorite's  list, she's a self reported "sweet tooth"; hint, hint.  She also loves to read and practice yoga. If you ever wander back to the distant "pods" keep an eye out for this wonderful teacher who may be hidden behind the students and give her a smile and a sweet "gracias!".  

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:

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.
Dads: We need a new Top DOG for our WatchDOGS program!
The WatchDOGS program is looking for a dad/grandpa/
stepdad/ uncle/positive male to lead the WatchDOGS program at Puesta Del Sol. Male involvement in kids' lives leads to more positive outcomes on a number of measures. Help make this magic happen!
We get it... We're all super busy and have lots of things competing for our time. You could realistically manage this program in about 1-2 hours per month, and you will totally rock it if you go above and beyond that. If you're interested or want to know more about what is involved, please reach out to ask. The clock's ticking as we consider requesting budget for the program next year and the new leader can heavily influence that. If two guys want to co-chair this program, that's a possibility too and you can share the load.
Let's keep this awesome program strong for our kids! Step up today and find out more. Contact Puesta del Sol parent Tyler Parris with questions at or call 206-660-5738.
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
   * Social Media Manager

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