September 3, 2019 * ISSUE 9.3.19
Letter from our PTA Board

Dear Puesta del Sol Families,

We are happy to welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year. You have joined a special community that is head above the rest in spirit, support, and camaraderie. From kindergarten play-dates to field day, you may notice a special bond which is Puesta del Sol. We have a unique staff and curriculum like no other school in our area. Considering this, our PTA strives to provide an extra layer of support to all our students and teachers.  

Our PTA board has been back to work this summer to prepare for another great year of programs, family events, and improved communications and fundraising methods. We have a few goals for this year:  Simplify, Engage, Promote School Spirit, and Educate.  

Simplify:  Our Back to School Forms are streamlined and we have highlighted the most important content. For more information about our PTA you may visit our PTA Website . We hope to be concise in our messaging through our bi-monthly el Sol Newsletter.  

Engage:  We hope to engage all our families through events, programming, communications, and volunteering (from home and at school). Our PTA is always looking for more helpers for large and small jobsPlease email volunteer@puestadelsolpta.org , if you have a special talent or passion to contribute.

School Spirit:   We will be adding Spirit Wear sales this year!  Beyond Spirit Wear, our Director of Events, Carmel Sasaki, is planning our back to school Coffees and Ice Cream Social. She also hopes to promote more fun-filled events; including Movie Nights, Family Fun Nights, and maybe a Winter Dance??   

Educate:   We are always striving to provide the best after-school programs, educational enhancement, and cultural experiences on- and off-campus for our students. We also care about our parents and care-givers. We hope to inform our families better about our PTA through PTA "spotlights" on Facebook.  If you are wondering "Where is our money spent?" or "What does the PTA offer my student?"... Those answers are already at your finger tips on our Fundraising Page.

Now is the time to complete the Back to School Forms , which are now LIVE.  You may order a yearbook, Spirit Wear, become a PTA member, Donate to our PTA, and sign up to Volunteer all in one place. 

We wish you a wonderful start of the school year at Puesta del Sol!

- The Puesta del Sol PTA Board

Upcoming Events

9/4 First Day of School (Grades 1-5, First Day Coffee 9:10am)
9/9
First Day of School (Kindergarten, First Day Coffee 9:10am)
9/13 Ice Cream Social (6pm)
9/16 PTA Board meeting (1:30, PTA room, members welcome)
9/18 Curriculum Night (Grades 3-5, 6:30pm) (Grades K-2, 7:00pm)
9/25 PTA Membership Meeting 7pm (Library)

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Back to School Forms

Everything in one place!
Please take some time to complete the Back to School Forms.  Update your account, order a Yearbook, purchase Spirit Wear, purchase or renew your membership, donate for the Big Give, and More!
First Day Coffee

Bienvenidos! Join fellow families under the covered area for coffee to meet/reunite, share summer stories, and build community!    


  • Grades 1-5: Wednesday, September 4, 9:10am
  • Kindergarten: Monday, September 9, 9:10am
Ice Cream Social

The most popular night of the year to reconnect with classmates and Puesta del Sol families! 
  • September 13th at 6pm.
  • Puesta del Sol playground
If you can help out, please email Carmel at events@puestadelsolpta.org
Fill the Events Treasure Chest!

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We need your help this year filling our "Treasure Chest" of giveaways for Events!

Do you have:
Leftover party giveaways or extra small items from other events?
Events is looking for new, unused, kid's small prizes for upcoming PTA events.

If you have items to donate, please contact  events@puestadelsolpta.org. We'll be happy to take them off your hands!
Membership Meeting

September 25th at 7pm in the Library
We would like to invite you to our first Membership Meeting of the school year! Please join us and contribute your voice and vote. The agenda will include:
  • Voting on our 2019-2020 Budget
  • Approval of the 2019-2020 Standing Rules
If you would like to learn more about the PTA, please email us at president@puestadelsolpta.org
Important Chairperson Vacancies

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
- Registrar

Educational Enhancement Team
 - Academic Challenge Chair
 - Garden Club Co-Chair (work with  current  chair)
 - After School Programs Chair 
 - SITA Co-Chairs

School Relations Team
 - Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Co-Chair (work with current chair)
 - Library Support Coordinator

Training and support is provided for all positions!
 

 
Thank you Jubilee Reach!
Thank you to the over 160 volunteers - who selflessly gave their time and energy on Saturday, August 24th to help our teachers and staff to prepare for the arrival of students this week!
 Thank you to Ryan and Alison Bieler for organizing service day at Puesta del Sol!
Way to go!!!




PTA Board Positions Still Open
This year's PTA board  still needs a  Co-President  for Anne, a VP of Membership, and a Director of Fundraising.

Our PTA programs don't run themselves and our program chairs and committees need help to get the job done.

Step up and serve!  Our students deserve your support!  

Please email
 if interested. Thank you!


The PTA would like to Welcome the following Teachers and Staff
Delfina García (Kindergarten)

María Victoria Zapata (Kindergarten)

Kimberly Andonian (First Grade)

Angela Hamouda (Fourth Grade)

Will Nielsen (Fifth Grade)

Alicia Feuling (English Language Learner Facilitator)

Carolina Preciado (School Psychologist)

Anna Rushing (School Nurse)


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:
Newport Girls Select Basketball - (Grades 4th-8th) Tryouts
Family Book Club (in Spanish!) at Lake Hills Library
Spanish Story Time at Issaquah Library  
 
And so much more...