September 7, 2018 * ISSUE 9.7.18
The "BIG Give Envelope Drive" Starts Today
Puesta del Sol's PTA is excited to implement our NEW and ONLY annual fundraiser. Please check your student's backpack for a bright yellow donation envelope, donation form, and a brief explanation of the program.  A survey from our Principal and PTA leadership will also be included. Starting on Monday, 9/10, you or your students can look for volunteers in the covered areas by the bus and car drop off points to return your envelopes. Prizes will go to the classes with the highest return percentage! 

Step 1 - Complete the donation form - Any amount helps! Multiple ways to donate.
Step 2 - Complete the principal's survey. Your feedback is important.
Step 3 - Return the form and survey in the envelope at school. PTA volunteers will collect the envelopes in large yellow boxes. (The form should not go to the teachers!)

The PTA is trying to raise $175,000 to continue to fund our programs like our Amity interns, numerous classroom experiences and classroom enrichment activities. Please consider donating so we can continue to have these valuable programs and events next year! 

We are asking each family to donate $450 per student to reach our goal. Monthly donations are also possible now to spread this amount or whatever you can share over the entire year. This is the only time we will ask you to donate...just once!! 

You can donate now through the Back to School Forms. Or visit our PayPal donation page to find out more about monthly giving. 

Upcoming Events
9/7 Ice Cream Social + Big Give Launch
9/11 Picture Day + Passport Club Kick-Off Party
9/12 K-1 Curriculum Night (6pm) & Grade 2 Curriculum Night (6:30pm)
9/13 Grade 3-4 Curriculum Night (6pm) & Grade 5 Curriculum Night (6:30pm)
9/15 Bellevue PTSA Council Back to School Fair (10am)
9/17 PTA Board Meeting (1:30pm)
9/24-28 Scholastic Book Fair
9/26 PTA General Membership Meeting
9/28
Walkathon (3:30pm - 6pm) + Big Give Envelopes Due

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TONIGHT: Puesta del Sol Ice Cream Social
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Celebrate the completion of the first week of school by j oining other Puesta Del Sol families on the playground for ice cream an d play time TONIGHT from 6pm - 8pm! There will be allergy-friendly options, and the whole family is welc ome . This is not a drop-off event. Please stay and meet other families!
Volunteers needed! Email events@puestadelsolpta.org.
WSPTA Legislative Assembly: Volunteer by 9/16 
Puesta del Sol PTA invites you to be involved in the advocacy of our students at the Washington State PTA Legislative Assembly which will be held 10/20-21 at Green River College, Auburn. Our PTA is entitled to have 4 voting delegates. At the legislative assembly, you will discover the power PTA has to advocate for every child- the whole child-regardless of race, creed, gender or zip code. If you are interested AND you are a current Puesta del Sol PTA member for the 2018-2019 school-year, please contact our PTA Co-Presidents Grace and Anne by 9/16. 
Passport Club Kick-Off Party, Next Tuesday, 9/11
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The Passport Club is entering its 20th year at Puesta del Sol. Join us for our annual work party next Tuesday, 9/11, from 9:30am - 12pm. We'll be labeling, collating, stapling and organizing the Passport resources for our 1st graders and all new students and teachers. Join us to socialize and nosh! Committee Co-Chair, Renee Isbell is hosting the work party at her house. Come when you can and stay as long as you want. Please contact Renee Isbell and Pamela Fong with questions.
Room Parent Information Meetings: 9/18 & 9/20
reaching_hands.jpg Attention Room Parents - please plan on attending one of the room parent information meetings: Tuesday 9/18 at 9:15am - 10:15am or Thursday, 9/20 from 1:30pm - 2:30pm. Both will be in the PTA room. 
Please email if you plan to be a Room Parent and/or if you have any questions!
Mariners Night with Puesta del Sol: Order by 9/14
Join us for the Rangers vs. Mariners game with Puesta del Sol on Saturday, 9/29! We have a few rows reserved together. Cost is $15/ticket. Ken Griffey Jr. Funko Pops will be given to the first 20,000 fans.
Deadline to order is 9/14. Purchase Tickets. 
REMINDER: Complete Your Back to School Forms!
Get started with the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and sign up to become a PTA member at Puesta del Sol! You will also be able to update your child's information in the online directory, pre-order yearbooks and sign up for volunteer positions. We're looking forward to another great year and Back to School Forms are the first step!
Complete Back to School Forms now!
PTA After-School Programs: Under Construction!
The Ed Enhancement team is feverishly working to finalize days, times and space for our After School Programs. Fall Session is currently planned to run 9/24 through 11/16 and we are targeting next week to open registration. STAY TUNED!
Art Enthusiasts Wanted! 
The 2018-19 Reflections program is gearing up. This year's theme is "Heroes Around Me". The PTSA Council will be holding (non-mandatory) training for the District's Reflections Chairs on Tuesday, 9/25 at 1pm at the Education Services Center (ESC). Reflections depends upon a Parent Volunteer Chair - we need YOU! Volunteer.
Bellevue PTSA Back to School Fair: Saturday, 9/15
Saturday, 9/15 from 10:00am - 4:00pm @ Bellevue High School. giving-hands-together.jpg Attend t his district-wide community fair for information on after-school programs, human services, district offerings and so much more! There will be over 60 organizations represented and many parent education sessions for K-12 families. Food trucks will be onsite to purchase food.  View Flyer.
18th Annual Walkathon: Save the Date!
running-backpack-children.jpg Mark your calendars to join us at our 18th annual Walkathon, Friday, 9/28 from 3:35pm - 6pm. This festive, after-school event is our largest community-building event of the year. Please RSVP for each child attending Puesta del Sol, even if your child will not participate. 

We need a YES or NO for EVERY STUDENT, so we know where they should go after school on the day of the event. RSVP
Dads: Get Involved with Watch D.O.G.S
Statistics show that kids develop more fully socially, physically, academically and emotionally when they have a positive male role model actively engaged in their life.  Since school is a significant chunk of your kid's life, check out the Watch D.O.G.S. program at Puesta del Sol. Look for information on watch D.O.G.S. at our September school events like the Ice Cream Social, General Membership Meeting and Walkathon. Contact Puesta del Sol parent Tyler Parris with questions at watchdogs@puestadelsolpta.org

Staff Spotlight
Mar Soriano, 
5th Grade Teacher
The Puesta del Sol community would like to welcome back Mar Soriano! Sra. Soriano returns after a 2 year break to take care of her child. She was born in Spain and has been a Teacher for 16+ years. When she's not at school she loves to cook with her 4 year old. This will be her 4th year at Puesta del Sol. Make sure you give her a smile and a "welcome back!" when  you see her.  

Scholastic Book Fair
9/24-28
Visit the Book Fair in the Library to pick out new books in English and Spanish! Great books at great prices AND it helps our librarian, Sra. Brody, purchase more library materials. 

Please volunteer to help us make the fair run more smoothly. 
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Volunteers Needed! 
Several of our PTA programs are missing key positions:
  • Reflections Contest Administrator
  • Membership Chair
  • Web Content Manager
  • Science Fair Chair
  • SITA Co-Chair
  • Registrar for After School Program
Please volunteer if you can!   
Library Volunteers Needed!

The Puesta del Sol Library is a great opportunity for you to see your student and his/her classmates each week while helping out in one of our treasured school resources.  Each class can use 1-2 volunteers to shelve books and help the students at check out time. Training for shelving, checking out, and covering books is available on Tuesday mornings 9/11, and 9/18.

 

Sign up to volunteer for your student's class today!


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