September 21, 2018 * ISSUE 9.21.18
Upcoming Events
9/24 - 28 Scholastic Book Fair
9/26 PTA General Membership Meeting (7pm)
9/28 Walkathon (3:35pm) + and Big Give Envelopes Due
9/29 Puesta del Sol Night at the Mariners
10/2
Passport Club Check Day
10/9
Art Appreciation Orientation Meeting
10/12
No School - Professional Development Day
10/22
Picture Retake Day

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Walkathon is Next Friday, Sept. 28: Don't Forget to RSVP
Our 18th annual Walkathon is next Friday, Sept. 28 from 3:35pm - 6pm. Have you RSVP'd  yet?

We need a YES or NO for EVERY STUDENT. Help us send your child in the right direction at the bell!  

Every student will receive a t-shirt, whether they participate or not. Students who participate will earn colorful bracelets as they complete milestone laps.  Can you help? We can't do this without you! Volunteers are needed before, during and after the event. 

Walkathon is a CASH ONLY event. 
PTA General Membership Meeting, Wednesday, Sept. 26
Join us for the first PTA General Membership Meeting!

  When:  Wednesday, 9/26 at 7:00pm 
  Where:  Puesta Del Sol Library. 
  Agenda Items:
  • Meet the Amity Interns
  • Principal Update
  • Standing Rules Update and Approval
  • PTA and Principal Survey Results
  • Budget Update and Approval
  • Big Give Update
Your voice and your vote are important!

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Remember to Turn in Your Big Give Envelopes Next Week!
THANK YOU to all our families that have already sent back your Big Give envelopes.  We are hoping EVERY student returns his/her envelope to our PTA volunteers located at drop off areas before school each morning.  

A class prize is available for the class that turns in the highest percentage of envelopes! We have ONE week left in our Big Give fundraiser and we have raised $30,000 for our students and teachers so far! Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated and we thank all our families that have contributed.  

If you have friends or family who have donated to our Walkathon in the past, they can help again this year with a gift to our Big Give fundraiser.  A "non-parent" donation link is available on our website for you to share.  Learn more about where our fundraising dollars are spent. T he Big Give envelope drive continues until the Walkathon on 9/28 when we will celebrate our success and enjoy this fun family event.  
Last Call for Back to School Forms! Due Today!
First Day Forms will only be up on the PTA homepage through Today, Sept. 21! This is your opportunity to get started with the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and sign up to become a PTA member at Puesta del Sol! You will also be able to update your child's information in the online directory, pre-order yearbooks and sign up for volunteer positions. 

Complete Back to School Forms now!
Reflections Chair Needed!
The 2018-19  Reflections program is gearing up. This year's theme is  Heroes Around Me. The PTSA Council will be holding (non-mandatory) training for the District's Reflections Chairs on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 1pm at the Educational Services Center (ESC).

Reflections depends upon a Parent Volunteer Chair - we need YOU! Volunteer
Walkathon Bake Sale Items Needed!
We are in need of baked goods, packaged candy or snacks for this year's Walkathon on Friday, Sept. 28.

No peanuts or tree nuts please. Items need to be individually wrapped (baggies are fine) and will be sold for $1. Items can be dropped off in the main office any time after Sept. 24 or at the Bake Sale table on Sept. 28.

If you plan to donate, please sign up on our volunteer site under the Baked Goods tab or send an email to bake@puestadelsolpta.org.
First 2018-19 Passport Club Check Day, Tuesday, Oct. 2
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The Passport Club information and schedule was distributed to 1st-5th grade teachers recently and sent home with students. See the September map for your student's level and what to study for Passport Check Day!

Special Itinerary for September is Australia. Print a worksheet and check the bulletin in the gym for answers. Bring the completed worksheet on Oct. 2 for a stamp and small prize.

We're always looking for volunteers to assist with our Check Days! Please sign up to volunteer. Passport Check Days will be on Tuesdays this year.

Questions or want to learn more? Please let us know!
Art Appreciation Volunteers Orientation Meeting, Oct. 9
Did you sign-up to be the Art Appreciation Volunteer for your child's class? Are you interested in volunteering to do Art Appreciation for your child's class?

On Tuesday, Oct 9, at 9:15 AM we will be hosting an orientation meeting in the PTA room for new and returning Art Appreciation volunteers. At the meeting we'll show you the Art Appreciation resource closets, explain how to sign-up for the kiln, and share ideas of projects that have worked well in the classroom. If you are a returning Art Appreciation volunteer, please bring one of your favorite project ideas to share.  We look forward to seeing you there! Feel free to contact Alycia or Lesley at artappreciation@puestadelsolpta.org
WSPTA in Action
Did you know that our PTA is affiliated with Washington State PTA and National PTA? The vision of WSPTA is that every child's potential becomes a reality. Two primary ways we work to achieve that vision are through grassroots advocacy and legislative action.

This October, WSPTA will host its annual legislative assembly, where the membership in attendance will learn about and vote on 12 legislative issues and 5 long-term resolutions that have been submitted from across the state. Members will also vote on the top 5 priorities for the 2019 session. Learn about the issues from the previous 2-year cycle.

If you want to learn more about how to put your PTA membership in action, please contact Amy Ulrich

Staff Spotlight
Maestra Dahlman
Please welcome Maestra Stephanie Dahlman to our Puesta del Sol family! Our new addition to the kindergarten team has an impressive 27 year history in teaching. Bravo Sra. Dahlman!! She majored in Spanish in college and studied abroad in Guanajuato, Mexico. She has 2 children. Elena is in the 2nd grade here at Puesta del Sol, how exciting!! She also has a 17 year old son who lives in Portland.
 
When Maestra Dahlman is not at school she may be reading or doing Taiko while sipping a coffee. I think she will fit in quite well with our coffee drinking kindergarten team, don't you?  She is also a huge basketball fan. Next time you run into her, ask her who she roots for.  Maybe the Trailblazers?

Scholastic Book Fair
Sept. 24 - 28
Visit the Book Fair in the Library to pick out new books in English and Spanish! There are a lot of quality books at great prices AND the proceeds help our teachers and librarians add books to enrich and update their classroom and school libraries.

Please volunteer to help us make the fair run more smoothly. 
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2018 Pumpkin Bash
You are invited to the 3rd Annual Pumpkin Bash Costume Party on Friday, Oct. 26 from 6:30pm - 8:00pm in the gym. An exciting evening of games, prizes, dancing, music, monster-mashing, treats and more! Get in the spirit and wear your costume - no masks or weapons, please. 

Please email with questions or to volunteer!

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Volunteers Needed! 
Several of our PTA programs are missing key positions:
  • Reflections Contest Administrator
  • Membership Chair
  • Web Content Manager
  • Science Fair Chair
  • SITA Co-Chair
  • Registrar for After School Programs
Please volunteer if you can!   
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Library Volunteers Needed!
The Puesta del Sol Library is a great opportunity for you to see your student and his/her classmates each week while helping out in one of our treasured school resources.   Each class can use 1-2 volunteers to shelve books and help the students at check out time. 

Sign up to volunteer for your student's class today!

Puesta del Sol Robotics
is Back!
 
Thursdays 3:40-4:40 pm
Sessions in Fall, Winter, and Spring

The registration form is now available on the PTA website.

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:

Girl Scout Info Night - 9/25

Family Book Club in Spanish

Seattle Latino Film Festival 

K-3rd YMCA Adventure Guides

 

And so much more...