February 2, 2018 * ISSUE 2.2.18
Upcoming Events

2/6 Dining for Dinero - Tavern Hall (5pm) 
2/7 Staff Appreciation Treat Day (2nd Grade)
Deadline - Family/Child Act Submissions for International Festival
2/9 Kindergarten Lottery Application Closes at 4:30pm
PTA Board Meeting (1pm)
2/13 BQS Levy Vote (Vote Yes!)
2/15 Passport Check Day (9:30am)
2/19-2/23 Midwinter Break - NO SCHOOL

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PTA Grants: Increased Recess and Lunch Supervision
The PTA Board recently voted unanimously in favor of two one-time grant requests from Principal Shearer. These large-sum grant requests were then brought to the PTA general membership, and were also unanimously approved.

Puesta del Sol has successfully piloted and voted in favor of continuing their new recess before lunch program. This pilot has received 100% staff backing, and numerous parents are sharing that students are eating much better.

$8424 was granted to offset the cost of needed, increased recess supervision, and $4493 was granted to offset the cost of needed, increased lunch supervision for the 2017-2018 school year.
You're Invited!
2018 "Time after Time
" Auction
Saturday, March 24,2018
Bellevue College, Bellevue, WA
Tickets : $65/pp; VIP $75/pp
Tickets will be available online
Doors open @ 5pm
Live and Silent Auction
Class Artwork
Dinner and Table Wine
Dancing and Entertainment
Prom Photo
Enjoy a fabulous night out
connecting with Puesta del Sol families!
Puesta del Sol's Spring Auction is Coming! 
We need your help! 
To ensure the success of our school's auction and to continue to support PTA programs for the next two years, we need the support of our Puesta del Sol community! 

How Can You Help? 
  • Procurement! Donate items, host experiences, or procure donations from our community! 
  • Become an Auction Sponsor! See your name in our auction catalog and online!
  • Volunteer before, during, or after the auction!
  • Organize, create or donate a dessert for the infamous 'Dessert Dash'!
  • Attend the auction on Saturday, March 24th, 2018

Email: auction@puestadelsolpta.orgView the procurement form. Procurement Deadline: Feb. 12, 2018 


On behalf of the PTA, students, teachers, staff, and families of Puesta del Sol, THANK YOU so much for your support!

Puesta del Sol Students Advance to the Reflections State Art Competition!
Congratulations to Nathan L., Trinity L. and Nadia M. for being named finalists at the District Reflections art competition! These students will advance to the state competition.
In addition, recipients of the Artistic Excellence ribbon were Cloe T., Gabriel P.D., Faith P. and Levi S.
Recipients of the Artistic Merit ribbons were Charlie R., Anna J., Marissa L. and Rachel P.
Great job Puesta del Sol students. We are so proud of you!
Puesta del Sol Endorses Bellevue Quality Schools  
The Puesta del Sol Board of of Directors voted to officially endorse Bellevue Quality Schools and the three levy measures that are on the ballot this month.  
On February 13, each and every one of our 20,000+ students need your continued support! Vote YES on the three levies which will allow the Bellevue School District to continue our expanded education. It is up to our voters to renew the levies that fund the expanded education our community demands and our students deserve. Without the 3 levies there will be cuts programs, services and staff. Learn more.
Thank you SITA Volunteers!
Spanish Immersion through the Arts (SITA) would like to thank all the volunteers who joined us during our school-wide art workshops with Mexican artist, Adriana Morales! Student work produced during the workshop will be on display at this year's Art Fest on April 4th. 
We hope to see you there!
Staff Appreciation Treat Days
As part of the ongoing effort to show staff how much we appreciate their talents and skills, each grade level has been assigned a day to bring in treats for the staff; look for details from your room parent. (5th graders aren't included due to their busy schedule).

February 7 - 2nd grade
March 7 - 3rd grade
April 18 - 4th grade
June 6 - Kindergarten

May 7-11 is Staff Appreciation Week 
Save the Date - August 25th, 2018 - Jubilee Service Day
The Jubilee Service Day team would like to say "THANK YOU again for your help with Jubilee Service Day at Puesta Del Sol in August 2017!  We sincerely appreciate all your hard work; the day was a huge success!"
If you are interested in helping with the 2018 Jubilee Service Day at Puesta Del Sol - it will be held on SATURDAY, AUGUST 25, 2018.   Please save the date, as perhaps some of you are already making summer plans.
For those who don't know what it is: Jubilee Service Day is an on-site volunteering effort before school starts.  Nearly 180 volunteers came out in August 2017 to support Puesta del Sol staff in organizing and preparing for the start of the school year.

Staff Spotlight:

Dana Cuykendall is one of our four fabulous Kindergarten teachers, having taught at our school for the last five years. 

Srta. Dana, fell in love while living in Chile, and together they relocated back to Bellevue. Dana student taught 5th grade at Puesta del Sol under the amazing Toni Marquez.

We think it might be destiny that brought Srta. Dana to PdS. As a student teacher, she discovered that our school, previously Sunset Elementary, was where her own grandmother had taught for 17 years.

When not teaching, Srta. Dana enjoys hiking and painting watercolor. Thank you, Srta. Dana, for your enthusiasm and passion!
Dining For Dinero Fundraiser @ Tavern Hall
Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 at 5:00pm
Tavern Hall
505 Bellevue Square
Bellevue, Wa 98004

International Festival Performance Opportunities!!
Saturday, May 5, 2018 @ 6:30pm, Newport High Performance Arts Center

International Festival 2018 preparations are well underway! Don't miss the chance to showcase your talents onstage; register for one of the following opportunities:

1. PTA Sponsored After School Programs - Register now on the After School Program PTA webpage.

2. Family/Child Acts - Sign-up here!

3. Amity Intern Acts - Registration opens on January 31st, 2018. More details on the International Festival PTA webpage.

International Festival is not possible without the contributions of our Puesta del Sol Community. Email internationalfestival@
for more information on volunteer opportunities.
Registration Open for Girls on  the Run at Puesta del Sol! 
 Fo r 3rd-5th grade girls. 
Girls will have fun, build physical endurance and learn important, age appropriate, life skills with trained coaches who are also Puesta del Sol teachers. The program culminates in a fun 5k event. 
Girls on the Run will take place Tuesday and Thursday mornings, from 7:30 am - 8:45 am, March 5 - May 2. 
To learn more and register visit www.girlsrun.org.