November 16, 2018 * ISSUE 11.16.18
Your Opinion Matters!
Dear Puesta del Sol Families,
We would like to extend our gratitude to the volunteers and leaders in our school community. We are thankful for the family fun events, after school programs, and enrichment programs that have already enhanced our students academically and socially. Thank you for dedicating your time and dollars to our PTA!
In order to plan for the next calendar year and beyond we would like to hear from you. What have you liked? How can the PTA be more informative? What do you think about the Big Give fundraising drive? Please take a moment to take our 2018 Fall Survey.
In the past, we were able to alter our programs and events to suit our students and families' needs based on survey results. Please help us continue to improve each season.
Gratefully yours,
Anne Wilson and Grace Muro-Aje
Upcoming Events
11/19 PTA Board Meeting (1:30pm)
11/22 & 23
NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break
11/26 & 27
4th & 5th Grade Drama Club Auditions
11/27 Passport Club Check Day
11/28 Dining for Dinero - MOD Pizza Factoria
PTA and Principal Coffee (9:00am)

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4th/5th Drama Club Registration & Parent Meeting
Registration for Puesta del Sol Drama club's production, "Pirates of the Curry Bean" is ongoing. Join your fellow 4th and 5th graders and our professional directing team (Aimee and Megan) from Studio East for this hilarious theatre experience. There are 50 roles and everyone who registers is cast! We need 10 more actors to make this a success. No experience necessary, just a willingness to work hard and have fun. Cast members should be available at least 2 days a week after school (M, T, Th or F). More info and RegistrationParent meeting is Monday, November 19th at 7:00pm at school, room TBD.
Our First Dining for Dinero is Wednesday, Nov. 28
10:30am-10:00pm at MOD Pizza in Factoria
3622 Factoria Blvd SE, Bellevue, WA 98008

Here is a great opportunity to enjoy a meal with some Puesta del Sol friends. The first Dining for Dinero event will be all day at MOD Pizza in Factoria. 20% of all food and beverage purchases will be donated to the PTA. Please be sure to present a printed or digital version of the flyer to the cashier.
PTA and Principal Coffee
Friday, November 30th, at 9:00am Puesta del Sol Library 

Topic: Student Services at Puesta del Sol 
Please join us at our first Principal Coffee of the year. Sr. Jonathan Shearer will update our community on important happenings at the school and district as well as highlight our wonderful Student Services. Counseling and Psychology services will be discussed along with other services that support our students.
Power Surge PTA Membership Challenge!
Being a PTA member gives you and your student a voice at Puesta del Sol!  November is the Bellevue PTSA Council's Power Surge PTA Membership Challenge! 
Join the PTA  and help our PTA win a cash prize for increasing our membership this month! Members vote on issues such as programming, budget, and board members. It's a terrific way for older students to learn the value of civic engagement.

Join the PTA!  Puesta Del Sol PTA membership is open to everyone! PTA is an inclusive organization, and we invite any community members who care about healthy children and strong schools to join. In addition to voting, members also receive some incredible additional benefits, such as access to the PTA online student and family directory, and discounts at the Fed-Ex Store and at Great Wolf Lodge. Learn more about the discounts available on our PTA Member Benefits page.

WSPTA - Advocacy In Action
Now that the dust is settling after the election, and WSPTA has an updated platform of legislative priorities from Legislative Assembly in October, there are a few things you can do as a WSPTA member!
If you are interested in anything else related to advocacy and the PTA please contact Amy at
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. 
Looking for a Registrar!
Are you detailed? Can you juggle multiple tasks at one time? Do you like working behind the scenes? Have you ever planned a child's birthday party, a wedding, or a reunion? Then you have the skills we need! We are looking for an organized person who can follow detailed procedures to set up registration and create reports for our PTA after school programs. 

The PTA is looking for a new Registrar and full training and ongoing support are available. The 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. Contact to inquire. 
Garden Club Needs You!
The School Garden committee is down to one parent this year, and that's not enough to run Garden Club!  
Join the outdoor fun on Thursday afternoons during both second recess sessions (1:55-2:10pm and 2:10-2:25pm). We generally suspend Garden Club from mid-November through mid-March, then start back up in the spring. For more information, email Liz at
Spotlight: Amity Interns
Your generous support helps the PTA fund 6 Amity Interns who come from Spanish-speaking countries to support our students and teachers. The interns can be found assisting our students in classroom work, small groups, individually in their area of academic need, or in our after-school reading programs. Our host families, teachers, administrators and students are quickly getting to know them and love them.   

Please help us welcome Ana Frias Perez, Marta Alvarez de Cienfuegos Rojas, Laura Sanchez Perez, Gabriel Rodriguez, Pablo Anitua Diez and Natalia Villamil Tamayo
Did you know all Puesta del Sol families have the opportunity to meet the interns and learn more about this amazing program? Invite them for dinner or an outing! They all are seeking more ways to experience the Pacific Northwest and meet more students and families.  
Please go to our Amity Information page to find their email addresses. You can also learn more about each Intern and our Amity program.  

Next Passport Club Check Day is November 27

Special Itinerary for November is  Turkey!

Sign up to help with Passport Club Check Day.

For more information, reference the  Passport Club webpage.

Howard and Amy McOmber and Small Hands on Art presents:

Rehearsal Dates: November 21, 28, December 5, and 12
Time: 8:00am - 9:00am
Location: Puesta Del Sol Gym
Recital: December 12 at 6:30pm, cast arrives at 6:00 for costumes.
Cost:  $95.00 Checks payable to Small Hands on Art            

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:

Tillicum Middle School Choir Parent's Night Out

Enchant Christmas Comes to Seattle

Spanish Story Time at Issaquah Library 



And so much more...