March 2, 2018 * ISSUE 3.2.18
Upcoming Events

3/5-3/9 Spirit Week
3/8 Picture Day
3/9 PTA Board Meeting (1pm)
3/16  Professional Development Day - NO SCHOOL
Kindergarten Lottery Results Posted
3/19 Professional Development Day - NO SCHOOL
3/22 Orchestra Zone Concert (7:30pm)
3/23 PTA/Principal Coffee and Forum (8am)
3/24 Puesta del Sol Auction (5pm)

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Do You Have a Passion for Science?
Are you committed to helping kids explore science in their daily lives? Do "eureka" moments make you smile? Then you'd probably be a GREAT Science Fair Chair!
After several years of supporting independent science exploration at Puesta del Sol, our current chair, James Dooley, is looking to pass the baton. You'd be able to work with James this year to share your ideas and learn about running Science Fair. Science Fair Chair isn't a "year long" commitment, it only has a 3 month window of activity. Please email EdEnhancement@puestadelsolpta.org with your interest or questions!
Accepting 2018-19 Amity Host Applications Now!
Our goal is to recruit 18 host families for the 2018-19 school year.
As a host family you gain a new unique friendship and learning experience by welcoming an intern from a Spanish speaking country into your home.  Additionally, your children will benefit from extra practice and help with their Spanish language skills. If you are interested, please refer to the  FAQs  for more information, then complete the Amity Program Host Family Application and send it to amity@puestadelsolpta.org.   All applications for the 2018-2019 academic year must be received by April 20, 2018.  

If your family can't host, you might consider donating to the PTA to help support our Amity intern program!
Have You Met This Year's Amazing Amity Interns?
If you haven't, chances are your student has!
Diana, Patricia, Jennifer, Yoana, Elda and Lina have been working in the classrooms since the first week of school to support our students' learning and our teachers' teaching.  In addition to working with small groups and individual students in class, they are out on the playground, attending school events, and sharing their culture with our community.  Since they are native Spanish speakers, our interns are an important enhancement to the education our children receive at Puesta del Sol brought to us through the generosity and support of our PTA.
Art Fest
Wednesday, April 4th from 6:30-8pm in the Puesta del Sol Gym art-event.jpg
Families are encouraged to attend and see students' art pieces on display. There will be murals that students created with the SITA (Spanish Immersion Through the Arts) program and projects that each student has made during art appreciation. Sra.Rose will have the Marimba Group performing music during the event and Sra.Brody will be leading some poetry with students.  There will also be interactive art workshops where they can participate in making collaborative art pieces with our SITA artist Adriana Morales. It should be a fun family night!
Puesta del Sol Science Fair and Family STEM Night
Thursday, April 26 - Mark your calendars!
It's not too early to start planning your project for the Science Fair on Thursday April 26.  Use the many online resources to find a project idea, and plan time before or during Spring break to research your awesome projects!  As in past years, having one parent or guardian volunteer at or before the event is mandatory if your student is participating.  If you want to help plan or run the science fair, pre-event volunteers are needed now to ensure a great event again this year. To volunteer, please contact James Dooley at sciencefair@puestadelsolpta.org.

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? 
  • Become an Auction Sponsor! See your name in our auction catalog and online!
  • Volunteer! We're looking for day-of helpers for between 2 and 6 hours. There are multiple time commitment options. Please consider signing up for one or more time slots! 
  • Organize, create or donate a dessert for the infamous 'Dessert Dash'!
  • Attend the auction on Saturday, March 24th, 2018
 
On behalf of the PTA, students, teachers, staff, and families of Puesta del Sol, THANK YOU so much for your support!

Staff Spotlight:
Debbie Hinton
 
Debbie Hinton is one of our excellent 2nd grade teachers, having taught 2nd grade for an impressive 29 years! Before teaching 2nd graders, Debbie taught both Spanish and French to high school students in Phoenix, AZ.

Debbie was born and raised in
Puerto Rico. Her world has always been multicultural. Her father was Austrian, her mother was Cuban, and as a child, Debbie was enrolled in an English immersion program so she could learn English.
In Debbie's free time, she loves spending time with her family, especially her 4-year old grandson, Ezra.

We are so grateful for your dedication to excellence, Debbie!
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Amity Committee Members Needed!!
We are currently looking for 2 more Committee members to join us in 2018-19.  The Amity Committee functions best with 5 members and currently we have 3 committed people and are looking for 2 more to share the load.  You can expect a workload of about 1-2 hours per week (higher work load at the beginning and end of school-year).  If you are interested or would like to learn more about the Amity Program please contact us at  amity@puestadelsolpta.org or go to our information page on the website

PTA/Principal Coffee and Forum
March 23, 8:00-9:30am in Puesta del Sol Library

Parents are invited to join us at this Open Forum to meet with Sra. Duimovic and Principal Shearer to ask questions, provide feedback and discuss important topics. Student care will be provided in the gym from 8:00-8:45am.