January 11, 2019 * ISSUE 1.11.19
Welcome Back and Happy New Year!
Dear Puesta del Sol families,
Looking back at the accomplishments of 2018, we are filled with gratitude to our hundreds of volunteers, impassioned PTA leaders, and the support of families. The first part of the school year included successful family fun events, educational programs,  and  maintaining funding for our Amity interns, teacher and classroom supports, as well as our library. Now we are excited for a fun-filled and action-packed start to 2019!  
J anuary will fly by, so please be sure to save-the-date for our our General Membership Meeting on
Wednesday, January 23rd at 5:30 p.m. in the Puesta del Sol Library. In response to members' survey feedback from last year, the PTA has added a Parent Education portion. Most families wanted to learn about our ISA (International Spanish Academy) program. If you are wondering what is ahead for our students in middle school and high school and how our current curriculum is tied to a 12-year program this is your opportunity. Also, PTA invited a speaker from Camp Kindness Counts to share their curriculum support for parent-led activities in order to instill kindness and develop character strengths:  "Families Building Communities of Compassion-King World Project." Camp Kindness Counts was 1 of 16 organizations from around the world selected by UC Berkley's Great Good Science Center to partner in supporting parents in raising caring and courageous children. If you are interested to learn more, please plan to attend. 
In addition to the Parent Education portion, the meeting agenda will include:
  • Current Financial Report
  • Fall Survey Results 
  • Nominating Committee Election

Wishing you a wonderful and successful start to 2019!

- Puesta del Sol PTA Board

Upcoming Events

1/14 PTA Board Meeting @ 1:30pm; Math Olympiad Applications Due
1/17 Kindergarten Information Night (6pm); Math Olympiad Training Begins
1/18 - 19
4th and 5th Grade Play (7pm)
NO SCHOOL - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
1/23 PTA General Membership Meeting (5:30pm)
1/28 NO SCHOOL - BSD Professional Development Day
Passport Club Check Day (9:30am)
Kindergarten Lottery Registration Deadline (4:30pm)

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5th Grade Math Olympiad Begins January 17
Math Olympiad is beginning soon for interested 5th grade students. Registration is open now and forms are due Monday, January 14th.  Information and application packet are available on the  Math Olympiad web page.  

Practices will be held Monday and Thursday mornings, 7:50-8:50am in Sra, Walteros' classroom (room 200). First practice is Thursday, January 17th.

Please email  matholympiad@puestadelsolpta.org  with any questions.
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN for After School Programs
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! 
You can self-select the session fee that best fits your family's budget, and all classes will perform at the International Festival next Spring!
Registration now OPEN for Session 2, 
which will run from Jan. 21 - Mar. 22.
* No School on 1/21 and 1/28, begins 2/4
More details can be found on the  PTA After School Programs page .
4th & 5th Drama Club in "Pirates of the Curry Bean"
Anchors away and set sail for swashbuckling pirate adventure on the high seas in this piratical musical that's sure to shake your booty! Young twins Jack & Liza Periwinkle yearn for adventure, so imagine their joy at discovering a real life treasure map! But when the infamous Redbeard and his pungent Pirates of the Curry Bean steal the map and kidnap their mother, the race is on to rescue her, reclaim the map and find the treasure! Accompanied by their faithful cat Fiddlesticks, the twins join a mad admiral and his crazy crew on a voyage of adventure that takes them from Old London Docks to the mysterious island of Lumbago in the sea of Sciatica! Will they be first to find the treasure chest, or is a surprise awaiting them that's even better than gold?

January 18 and 19  in the Lee Theatre at Forest Ridge School,  4800 139th Ave SE, Bellevue.  Ticket Information.
Bellevue Goes to Olympia on January 21!
Bellevue PTSA Council invites all students, parents, staff and community in BSD to join us for a day of advocacy and v isit Washington State legislators in Olympia on January 21st for " Bellevue Goes for Olympia" day. This day will be an amazing opportunity to bring all of our voice together as one community to relay our priorities regarding education in Bellevue.

Students, parents, and PTA representatives will travel by bus ($10 per person) from Sammamish High School to Olympia (8am to 3pm) to present and discuss the  top 5 priorities regarding education identified by our Bellevue PTSA Council:
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • School Construction Planning
  • Preventing Gun Violence
  • Strategies to Address Teacher Shortages
  • Strategic K-12 Investments to Close Gaps
Forty participants are already registered to go! Students in Middle School and High School can earn volunteer hours if they write stories and attend to advocate for their education. Elementary school students must be accompanied by a parent. Learn more on the  Bellevue PTSA council website or at the next information night on January 15th (Sammamish H.S., 6pm) and sign up to go to share your concerns and voice your support!
Last chance to say "Puesta del Sol" at Bellevue Ice Rink
Grab a group of friends to join you for the last weekend of the Bellevue Ice Rink. $3 of every paid admission will go toward our Puesta del Sol PTA this weekend, January 11th-13th. Please notify the rink staff upon arrival. Say "Puesta del Sol Elementary!"

Location : Bellevue Downtown Park, 100 100th Ave. NE, Bellevue, WA 98004.
Puesta del Sol Choir Concerts - Save the Date!
Each year in the spring, Puesta del Sol students participate in a music concert in the Puesta del Sol gymnasium. Please make sure these April Concert dates are on your calendar!

First Grade: Wed., April 17th - 6pm
Second Grade: Wed., April 17th - 7pm
Third Grade: Wed., April 24th - 6pm
Fourth Grade: Wed., April 24th - 7pm

Sra. Rose will send more details for each class closer to the date.
Urgent Need! High Value! Short Term!
The PTA needs a nominating committee! The charge of the nominating committee is to recognize and recruit the most qualified people available for elected PTA positions as defined by our standing rules. The members of the nominating committee have a tremendous influence on the future of our PTA, making it the most important committee in PTA. Having qualified people step into leadership positions in our PTA will ensure success for many years into the future.

Without a nominating committee, we will not be successful in finding terrific candidates for our PTA board next year. Without a PTA board, we can't run our fabulous PTA programs. Please consider making this short-term commitment to ensure the success of our PTA next year!  

Contact Pauline at  volunteer@puestadelsolpta.org . Find out more on our Nominating Committee web page.
Dads: Not too late to sign up for a Watch D.O.G.S. Day
Congratulations Puesta Del Sol WATCH D.O.G.S. dads  - We're on pace to surpass last year's participation in the WATCH D.O.G.S. program! Even if you missed our kickoff at Walkathon 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, you can sign up for another one-day or half-day shift.
To participate:
  1. Make sure your background check is complete through the Verified Volunteers website.
  2. Sign up at: http://signup.com/go/jyeLtLd (NOTE: the URL is case-sensitive).

? Contact Puesta del Sol parent Tyler Parris with questions at watchdogs@puestadelsolpta.org.
Looking for a Co-Registrar
The PTA is looking for a Co-Registrar and full training and ongoing support are available. The Co-Registrar works closely with the Program Chairs of several programs, the PTA Board, and with the PTA Web Manager to make sure our student community can sign up for our awesome after school programs. This role offers full training and a current Registrar already in place to train and guide you.  

adminsupport@puestadelsolpta.org  to inquire. 
2019 International Festival Volunteers Needed!
May 18 @ Bellevue High School Performing Arts Center

The 2019 International Festival planning is under way, and we need YOU!  Many roles are available, most with very little time commitment (perfect for working parents).  Please help us make the event a success for the entire community!  Sign up  to volunteer. 

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
   * Co-Registrar (work with current Registrar)
   * 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 volunteer@puestadelsolpta.org if interested. Thank you!
Spotlight: Srta. Crystal Flores 

The PTA would like to give a big "shout out" to our beloved kindergarten teacher, Crystal Flores. No matter the day, Srta. Flores' smile and spirit shine! This is her 3rd year at Puesta del Sol and 5th year teaching. She engages teaching techniques and demonstrates flexibility like a seasoned veteran. Those who have seen her in action know that a few "cheers" go a long way to learning. Srta. Flores provides a magnetism that the kids can't resist.

Crystal was raised in the "Palm Springs" of Washington, Yakima, where her maternal grandparents raised her and taught her everything about her Mexican culture. She is the oldest (and shortest !) of seven children. She loves to cook and often tries her grandma's favorite  Jalisciense recipes. She also prides herself in being an amateur wine connoisseur. We are lucky to have her as part of the Puesta del Sol teaching team! 

Next Passport Club Check Day is January 29

Special Itinerary for January is

Sign up  to help with Passport Club Check Day.

For more information, reference the  Passport Club web page.

ISA Parent Meeting to Introduce Reciprocal Exchange Program 
Date:  Wednesday, January 30
Location:  Newport High School Library

The ISA Committee invites you to an information meeting about the new reciprocal exchange program planned for the 2019-20 academic year. Designed to augment the ISA program in Spanish language and cultural literacy, this program is to become an ongoing opportunity for ISA students in 10th grade. Come and meet Mr. Carlos Aguado San Jose, Director of INESLE Madrid working in conjunction with partner school St Maria la Blanca in Madrid.  Information about summer language program opportunities for middle and high school students of all ages will also be presented.

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:
Bellevue High School Choir:  Outer Space Choir Camp,
Camp Kindness Counts:
Mid-Winter Break Camp,
Spanish Story Time at Issaquah Library  

And so much more...    

Winter El Sol Schedule
Check your email inbox every other Friday for our PTA El Sol Newsletter. 
El Sol Fridays:   1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 2/15 (if needed), 3/1, 3/15, 3/29.
Note: There will not be a newsletter publication over Mid-Winter break 2/18 - 22. 

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on Facebook to get up to date reminders.

Parent-Organized Facebook Groups*
Class of 2030  (1st)
Class of 2029  (2nd)
Class of 2028  (3rd)
Class of 2027  (4th)
Class of 2026  (5th)

*Please note: Individual Facebook groups for each class are parent-organized and are not PTA-sponsored.