November 3rd, 2017 * ISSUE 11.3.17
Upcoming Events

11/3 PTA Governance & Budget Review Session (12:30pm)
11/8 Dining for Dinero @ Chipotle Factoria (4-8pm)
11/9 NO SCHOOL - Professional Development Day
11/10 NO SCHOOL - Veteran's Day
11/13 Drama Club Parent Meeting (7:30pm)
11/15 Reflections Gallery Night & Awards (6:30pm)
11/17 PTA Principal Coffee (8:45am)
11/17 PTA Board Meeting (1pm)
11/23-24 NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break
11/29 PTA General Membership Meeting (6:30pm)
11/30 Passport Check Day

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PTA Governance & Budget Review Session TODAY
November 3rd, 12:30pm - 3:30pm in the PTA Room  
Do you have a special interest in our PTA Governance (Standing Rules) and/or Operating Budget? If so, we invite you to join us TODAY when we  provide our members another special opportunity to review the Standing Rules and an updated Budget, which will both be recommended for approval at our November Board/General Membership Meetings.  

We encourage any and all of our interested members to have the chance to openly review this information prior to our meetings, so you may take advantage of being able to discuss and gain clarification of what and why things have been structured the way they have. Standing Rules will be discussed starting at 12:30, and Budget discussion will then start at 1:30.  

Please consider joining us during one or both of these times. We look forward to seeing you.
Join the PTA Nominating Committee!
We're looking for five PTA members who will interview and nominate candidates to fill next year's open PTA board positions. 
Nominating committee is a short-term position, and committee members will be officially elected at the November general meeting. It's a great way to get to know parents and contribute in a big way! Please email for details.
PTA Grants: Classroom Rugs, Books
The Puesta del Sol PTA voted at the September board meeting to fulfill four teacher grant requests.   
Sra. Patti (art) and Sr. Gari (2) were granted $270 a piece to purchase classroom grid rugs. The 5th grade team was granted $630 for a set of grade-appropriate Spanish-only dictionaries. And the 3rd grade team was granted $560 to purchase 11 sets of high-interest readers. To all the Puesta del Sol PTA members that make this and other grants possible by your generous donations throughout the year, thank you! We couldn't do it without you!
Welcome to Puesta del Sol, Marnie!
A big welcome to Marnie Kazarian Olson, our new Heatlh and Fitness Specialist.
This is Marnie's fourth year teaching Health and Fitness (previously at Woodridge Elementary). Marnie is not a native Spanish-speaker, but she did study Spanish for three years. She recently married a fellow Gonzaga alum ("Go, Bulldogs!" says Marnie). Together they have a much-adored cat, Rufio. In the summer, Marnie enjoys wake-boarding on the lake, and in the winter she can be found cheering on her friends and students during their basketball/lacrosse/soccer games. Marnie, your enthusiasm and dedication are already apparent. Have a great year! 
PTA General Membership Meeting, 11/29
Please join us at the next PTA General Membership meeting on Wednesday, November 29 from 6:30-8:30pm in he Library!
Agenda items:

- Standing Rules Approval

- Budget Proposed Changes

- Grant Requests

- Auction Update

- Parent Education - International Spanish Academy (ISA) Program K-12

PTA/Principal Community Events
Meet the Principal!
Friday, November 17, 8:45-9:45 A.M. - PTA Principal Coffee (Principal Shearer will present on a topic related to Student Services and Supports; Q&A afterwards)

Friday, December 8, 8:45-9:45 A.M. - Principal Open Forum (Parent feedback, questions, etc.) in the School library
You asked and we listened! In order to learn more about our school, how things have been running so far this year, and to get a better grasp on the logistics of getting our students a quality education, we are hosting three opportunities to meet with Principal Shearer before the year-end. Mark your calendars and get involved! Young children are welcome, but there won't be dedicated childcare. Coffee/tea will be provided.
Drama Club Registration Now Open!
Join the Puesta del Sol Drama Club's 2017/18 production!
Parent Meeting Monday, November 13, 7:30pm in the School Library
We have spots for 50 4th and 5th graders in the cast of "Just Another Day in Wonderland: The Story of Alice". Registration opened on 11/1 and will remain open until 11/13 or until filled. Come get involved and join our Drama family here at Puesta del Sol. Rehearsals are 1-3 days a week until tech week, and your role is cast around your schedule and abilities. Check out the PTA Drama Page for more info and to register.
Get Ready for Math Olympiad!
Math Olympiad Begins January 4th, 2018!
Who: 5th Graders
When: Monday and Thursday mornings, 7:50-8:50am (Jan 4 - Apr. 28)
Where: Sra Mattson's classroom
Cost: $105

November 29, 2017: Application Packets go home from Sr. Oropeza in math rotation.
December 5, 2017: Parent Registration, Student Application, and Signed Citizenship Contract due to Sr. Oropeza.
December 11, 2017: Students notified of acceptance via parent email.
December 15, 2017: $105 tuition due to PTA via online payment (PTA Scholarships available)
January 4, 2018: Training begins
April 28, 2018: Math Olympiad Competition (mandatory attendance)
Please contact with questions.
Reflections Gallery Night and Awards, 11/15
Wednesday, November 15th, 6:30-7:30pm in the Puesta del Sol Gym
The 25 finalists moving onto the Bellevue PTSA Council competition will be announced at our Reflections Gallery Night on Wednesday, November 15th from 6:30-7:30pm.
On this evening, all of the entries (over 125 pieces of art!) will be on display and students will be awarded participation and finalist ribbons. Join us for refreshments as we celebrate the artistic achievement of our Puesta del Sol students!
Pumpkin Bash and Fall Party Yearbook Photos Needed
If you have some great shots from the Pumpkin Bash or a classroom Fall party, please send them to We'd especially love group shots with lots of smiling faces! Remember that we can only use phoos that are 1MB or larger. 
Dining for Dinero, 11/8 
Wednesday, November 8th from 4:00-8:00pm
November's dining for dinero location is Chipotle Factoria (4000 Factoria Blvd SE, Bellevue).  Please mention "Puesta del Sol" and Chipotle will donate a portion of your check to the Puesta del Sol PTA!
Library News
This year Sra Brody is starting her slow slide to retirement. She will be teaching classes Mon.-Thurs. Please welcome  our new Librarian in training, Lisa Carpenter. Lisa will be teaching the Friday classes.  Welcome Lisa!!

Hello, my name is Lisa Carpenter.  All three of my children (grades 6, 8, 10) are Puesta del Sol graduates.  During their years here I enjoyed helping Sra. Brody oversee the Birthday Book Club. Now I have the good fortune to be the librarian here on Fridays. 

Prior to staying home with my children, I was an elementary school teacher for 12 years in Kent. I taught resource room, 2nd and 4th grade. I am a huge fan of the ISA program, and I have always loved to read.  Spending Fridays in the library will be a real treat for me! 

Volunteers Needed
The library always needs volunteers to help shelve books, cover new books, read to students, and check out books to students. Drop in any time and sign up!

We still need volunteer help for the following classes:
Sra. Palacios - Monday at 12:40 Sra. Chaparro - Monday at 1:20 Sra. Giraldo - Monday at 2:15
Sra. Medina - Tuesday at 10:30 Sr. Lewis - Tuesday at 2:55 Sra. Fletcher - Thursday at 2:15
Sra. Kimbrough - Friday at 12:40 Sra. Hinton - Friday at 2:55

Birthday Book Club
Welcome Dena Voth, our new Birthday Book Club Chairman. You will be receiving a flyer during the month of your child's birthday inviting them to donate a book to our library in honor of their birthday. Look for the Puesta del Sol Wish List on Amazon to see all the books in both Spanish and English that we would like to have in our collection. New or gently used books, a cash donation of $22.00 or an Amazon Gift Card are also welcome. A book plate with your child's name and birthday will be put in the book or books that are donated.

Book Fair
A HUGE thank you to Scholastic Book Fair Chairmen Allison Patterson and Alycia Gerlach and their wonderful team of volunteers. They were smiling throughout the entire week, even when the library was packed with adult and student shoppers! Planning is already underway for improvements for next year's Scholastic Book Fair. There are also plans to have a Spanish Book Fair in the spring.  

Collecting Ink Cartridges
Sra. Brody will no longer be collecting used ink cartridges and cell phones.  She's earned a lot of money over the years for the library with this project, but the company no longer wants many of the ink cartridges that are sent. Thanks to everyone who has supported this project.

Spanish in the Community
Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba
11/16-18 @ Meany Center - University of Washington
Havana-based Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba is a company of dancers accompanied by an on-stage ensemble of exceptional musicians. Their show features a series of dance vignettes that showcases Afro-Cuban dance from the '50s to today, including cha-cha-cha and mambo, to rumba, conga, bolero and more. For tickets and more information visit the  Meany Center's website.

Immersive Spanish Language Trips in 2018
Newport Yacht Club, November 28, 7:00-9:00pm
Join Global Family Travels on the evening of Giving Tuesday, 11/28, for an open house to learn about their 2018 Immersive Spanish Language trips to Peru, Nicaragua, Cuba, the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador. The format of the evening is an open house with a booth for each of the trips, and a short program about the trips from 7:30 - 8:30pm. The event is free, but please RSVP.