January 25, 2019 * ISSUE 1.25.19
Upcoming Events

1/28 NO SCHOOL - BSD Professional Development Day
1/29 Passport Club Check Day (9:30am)
Kindergarten Lottery Registration Deadline (4:30pm)
2/12 Science Fair Information Night (6:30pm)
2/14 End of Box Tops for Education Collection Contest (4pm)
NO SCHOOL - Mid Winter Break

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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 .
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.

Science Fair Information Night is Tuesday, February 12
Science Fair Information Night 
Tuesday, February 12th, at 6:30-7:30 pm 
Puesta del Sol Gym

This year's Science Fair is Wednesday, March 27th and it's not too early to begin planning your science fair project! Come to our Information Night on Tuesday, February 12 th from 6:30-7:30 in the gym to learn more about how to pick a topic, design a project and purchase a board to display your project. Alternatively, check out our  PTA Science Fair page for more details and ideas. Volunteers are needed to ensure the event runs smoothly. Please contact  sciencefair@puestadelsolpta.org to volunteer.

Box Tops for Education Grades Collection Contest
NOW through February 14th
Due by 4:00pm,  Each Classroom

Puesta del Sol's 6th Annual "Box Tops Collection Contest" is happening! Last year, first graders were the winners! It was a close competition with second graders! The collection runs between Jan. 22nd - Feb. 14th. Start clipping Box Tops and send those with your kids, so they and their buddies can have an extra recess (weather permitting)!

So far, we've collected $211.00. Let's get at least $750 for Puesta del Sol!

Each classroom will have a collection box.

Message from your PTA co-Presidents
Dear Puesta del Sol Famlies,

It was exciting to see a well-rounded engaged group of parents at our International Spanish Academy (ISA) Information Night and General Membership meeting. It does not go unnoticed that many Puesta del Sol families care about our ISA program and are curious about the 12-year scope and the vast opportunities our students are afforded in Middle School and High School. Thank you to Paris Granville, our BSD World Language Developer, for presenting and to the student panel from Tillicum Middle School and Newport High School.

During our general membership meeting, we learned important Fall Survey Results that will affect our budget planning for the 2019-2020 school-year.  We also know what our membership values most, our Amity Intern Program. Additionally, budget and fundraising topics were presented and discussed including our rising expenses and fundraising needs for the upcoming year. In a nutshell, we have had a $30,000 increase in budget over the past 5 years and the need to raise $115,00 in 2019 to stay on track for our budget. Our PTA leadership gained better insight from our membership in regards to fundraising methods, budget communication and volunteer needs. 

We will continue our wonderful programming into the Spring and hope to see you at the next General Membership Meeting on April 18th. If you would like to know more or have questions, please email us at president@puestadelsolpta.org.
Thank you,
Anne Wilson and Grace Muro-Aje, PTA co-Presidents
PTA Fall Survey Results Are In!
Our 2018 survey results were presented at the 1/23 General Membership meeting. If you missed it, here are some highlights and the results.

We learned that your most valued PTA programs are:
1. The Amity Intern Program (Native Spanish-speaking teaching aides)
2. Our student experiences (on-campus and off-campus field trips)
3. Teacher and classroom material funds
4. Library funding

We also learned valuable insight about fundraising and communications that will help us plan for 2019-2020. 

Thank you to everyone who took the survey!

If you have questions, please contact us at  president@puestadelsolpta.org

Announcing Our Nominating Committee
The Puesta del Sol PTA is pleased to announce the members of our Nominating Committee who were elected at the PTA General Membership Meeting this week. They are: Stephanie Parkins, Carmel Sasaki, and Sarah Moon. We thank them for stepping up to take on this important task of finding terrific candidates for next year's PTA board.

If you are interested in being part of a great team, giving back to our community and our students, and making a difference in  our PTA programs that enhance our students' education, health, and well-being, please reach out to Stephanie, Carmel, and Sarah at  nominations@puestadelsolpta.org  to find out more.

Looking for a Social Media Manager
Are you a social media maven?   The PTA is looking for more assistance in keeping current information on our Facebook page.  Help us p ost information about PTA activities and Bellevue School District updates as well as information from some of our PTA partners like Bellevue Schools Foundation and Washington State PTA.   The average time commitment is 1-2 hours per week, depending on what's happening in our community.   Help us get the word out!

Please email volunteer@puestadelsolpta.org if interested. Thank you!
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
   * 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: Office Staff

The PTA is happy to spotlight our wonderful office staff:
Julie Truong, Chris Clodfelter, Kathy McFarlane,  Maribel Ramirez and Moriah Cohen (not pictured)

Our Puesta del Sol community is lucky to have these five smiling and welcoming faces in our school office. Julie Truong has been here for 2 months already, and she is overwhelmed by how welcoming everyone has been. Chris Clodfelter is a veteran now in her 20th year at Puesta del Sol, well done! Kathy is close behind with 17 years! Moriah and Maribel are enjoying their 2nd and 1st years, respectively.
All of them have two things in common; they love our kids and chocolate! When asked, "What is your favorite part of your job?" Maribel says, "I love the kids and it's never boring". Kathy says, "I love the kids." Moriah, Chris, and Julie echo their sentiments. 
Please help us express our appreciation to our office staff by saying, "thank you" or dropping off some chocolate chip cookies or salted dark chocolate.

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.

Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety

FREE Screenings!

The Bellevue Schools Foundation in partnership with Medina, Chinook, Odle I-Connect, and Chinook Middle School invite you to a screening of Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety. Produced by IndixFlix, Angst was created to start community conversations about ANXIETY and provide tools, resources, and hope. Admission is free and open to the public. Advance registration is requested. Follow the links below. 

Two Dates! Two Locations!

7:00-8:30pm @ Chinook Middle School

12:00-1:30pm @ Wilburton Instructional Service Center

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...    

Are you a Facebook Fanatic?

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.