SEPTEMBER 26, 2016 * ISSUE 092616
Important Dates to Note
9/29 Art Appreciation Volunteers Orientation Meeting 
9/30 September Passport Check Day
10/5 Dining for Dinero - Tavern Hall
10/6 Picture Day (Individuals only)
PTA General Membership Meeting, 6:30pm, School Library
Walkathon donations due
Tea Collection Fundraiser 
No School - Professional Development Day
Reflections artwork may be submitted 
PTA Board meeting
Reflections Artwork Due
October Passport Check day
Pumpkin Bash Costume Party 

Walkathon THANK YOU
The biggest of thank yous to Julie Skaggs, Mendi Carroll, Tara Brossard and the many parent volunteers for yet, another successful Walkathon. Not only is the Walkathon an amazing fundraiser that supports so many programs through the year, it is also one of the few times in the year that so many of our community can come together. 

We are forever grateful for all of your dedication to our school and children!
Sabrina Pinto and Deborah Rowe 
2016 Walkathon Recap
Our students, families, teachers and staff showed up Friday ready to walk, dance and have fun to support our school! Our students walked: 12,978 laps for a total of 1,442 miles...Wow! Final lap count for each student and prize winners will be announced at the October 6th Assembly.
It takes a village and over 200 volunteers to pull off this event, so thank you to everyone that helped the day of the event and to the Walkathon Committee! 

Julie Skaggs & Mendi Carroll
Volunteer Coordinator:
Tara Brossard
Registration & RSVP:
Dana Dang
Bake Sale Lead:
Annie Robinson
Sabrina Pinto, Margie Blanco, Michelle Mikkelsen
PTA Food Lead:
Jinny Cocorocchia
Food Truck Lead:
Shannon Baum
Field Set Up & Teardown:
Peter and Rebecca Hamilton, David Meyer
Walkathon Treasurer:
Shannon Baum
Lap Counter/Check-in Lead:
Laura Dooley
Pauline Fox & Joyce Luu
Jay Matsudaira
Mary Castillo
Parking Committee:
John Gregov
Carlos Blanco
Special thanks to Principal Shearer, our teachers, staff and PTA for helping us every step of the way!  If you would like to join in the fun next year,  please contact

Thank you! 
Walkathon Donations - Due by October 7th
We have made a good start but we are only half way there. Our goal is $40,000, so please keep those donations coming in and start collecting your pledges today! 
Log in to the PledgeStar Website today!
Once you are there, create an account and start collecting your donations. Give what you can: we appreciate all donations at any level. 
Incentive gifts are given at the $75, $150, and $300 fundraising levels for pledges received by October 7th. 
  • $75 incentive: Puesta del Sol 5-star highlighter (*)
  • $150 incentive: Puesta del Sol lunch box (*)
  • $300 "family" incentive:  Puesta del Sol 5-star highlighter and lunch box for each of your students (*)
* Incentives are pre-ordered and available while supplies last. A previous year's incentive may be substituted if necessary. Matching funds do not count toward the award levels.

Note: We accept donation checks at the PTA Payments Mailbox in the front office.  Clearly notate your check as a "Walkathon donation" in the memo field.

Walkathon Proceeds Update
As of September 25, here are the preliminary Walkathon fundraising totals:
  • We have received a total of $21,200 in Walkathon donations
  • Bake Sale proceeds: $1,275.91
  • Pizza, Hot Dog & Jamba Juice: net $1,769.90
  • Raffle proceeds: $1,976.25

Great job everyone and thank you!

Corporate Matching
We would really like to emphasize the importance of corporate matching. Many companies will match any charitable contribution their employees make and the process only takes a moment or two of your time. Imagine having your already generous donations doubled! The impact on our school from such programs is great and helps sustain our Spanish language enhancement programs and classroom support. Thank you!
CORPORATE MATCHING PROGRAMS (Double your donation value!)
PTA Sponsored After School Programs - Last Week to Register!
This week is the LAST week to  sign up for PTA Sponsored After School Classes!
Registration closes 6 days after the session starts.
Fiesta Latina closed midnight September  25 
Tambores closes midnight Setpember 26 
Flamenco closes midnight September 28 
* Bomba meets for the first time this Friday September 30, and registration closes midnight October 6.
Have fun, and don't forget to count your SOS (Spanish Outside of School)/EFE!

Art Appreciation Volunteers Orientation Meeting
Thursday, September 29th, 9:15 - 10:00 AM 
in the PTA Room Orientation Meeting
Did you sign-up to be the Art Appreciation Volunteer for your child's class?
On Thursday, September 29th, at 9:15 AM we will be hosting an orientation meeting for new and returning Art Appreciation volunteers. At the meeting we'll show you the Art Appreciation resource closets, explain how to sign-up for the kiln, and share ideas of projects that have worked well in the classroom.
We look forward to seeing you there!  Feel free to contact Yoko or Koan at We look forward to having your creativity within our classrooms!
Passport Check Day, Friday September 30th
The First Check Day is Friday, September 30, 2016 in the Library.

The Passport Club Schedule and Information Sheet for 1st through 5th graders, and the maps sets for 1st graders and new students will be distributed this week. If your family needs a map set please contact
The September Passport Check will cover the continents, oceans, seas, and major mountain ranges.
The  Special Itinerary for September is South America.  Print a worksheet and check the bulletin board in the gym for answers.

Passport Club is one of the geography activities for this year's Academic Challenge. To qualify for the Academic Challenge, students will need to pass Levels 1-5 and do 7 Special Itinerary projects between the September and March Check Days.

Passport Club information is online. We're always looking for volunteers to assist with our Check Days.  If you want to volunteer or to learn more email:

Spirit Wear is Here!
Purchase your Spirit Wear from our online store today!  E asily purchase Spirit Wear anytime during the school year!  Make sure to check out the option to personalize your apparel.

All our students and staff are encouraged to wear Spirit Wear on Wednesdays!  Wearing your school spirit helps students generate even more school pride and builds a sense of community. 

Purchase Puesta del Sol Spirit Wear for your child, for yourself, for grandparents, or as classroom prizes. Spirit Wear makes a great gift for your student's teacher or specialist too!  All proceeds are used by our Puesta del Sol PTA to support the many fantastic programs at our school.

Dining for Dinero - Family Night Out
Please join us for our first Dining for Dinero Fundraiser of the school year at  Tavern Hall in Bellevue Square
This is a family-friendly restaurant.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 11am-9pm
505 Bellevue Square, Bellevue, WA 98004

This is a great way to connect with other Puesta del Sol families while raising funds for our PTA. Can't make it for dinner? Consider meeting friends for an early lunch that day. 

Tavern Hall has generously agreed to donate 15% of all purchases to Puesta del Sol PTA when you mention Puesta del Sol or  show this flyer  to your server.

Tea Collection Fall 2016 School Days Fundraiser
When you shop  between October 12-19th, you'll get 15% off + Free Shipping AND Tea will donate 15% of all sales back to the Puesta del Sol PTA.

Promo Code coming soon.
Tea Collection makes high quality children's clothing. 
2016 Reflections Theme: "What is Your Story?"
Artwork due Monday, October 24, 2016

Reflections  is a national art competition that is sponsored by the PTA and is the first entry for the Academic Challenge.  This year's theme is "What Is Your Story?" and entries can be made using multiple artful expressions (literature, film, visual art, photography, music and dance).  Entries are due by October 24th, 2016 in the school office.  

Please see the Reflections web page on how to enter, general rules, common disqualifiers and important dates. The online registration page and official form will be available later this month, be sure to check the El Sol for details.
Pumpkin Bash Costume Party on Friday, Oct. 28
Don't miss the 2nd Annual Pumpkin Bash Costume Party on Friday, Oct. 28 at 6:30 pm in the gym. A festive, fall night of games, music, monster-mashing, treats and more!! Get in the spirit and wear your costume - no masks or weapons, please.  

Seeking volunteers to help sell treats, assist with games and clean-up. Please contact Sarah Fink if interested.

WatchDOGS Seeking Volunteer Dads!
The WatchDOGS program is looking for one or more dads to volunteer to shadow the current WatchDOGS director throughout the 2016-2017 school year with the intent of taking over the program in 2017-2018.  

Contact Tony Guidotti at for more information.

Club del Libro Familiar en Español / Family Book Club in Spanish
5:30pm to 6:30pm
September 27, Tuesday

A reading program in Spanish for children ages 5 - 10 accompanied by their families. Learn through discussion and fun activities.
Analyze stories, learn new vocabulary, and develop critical thinking and comprehension skills in Spanish. 
Come join the fun with the Bellevue Parks Cheerleading Program!
Teams are offered for all experience levels, ages 5-18. Practices are at Highland Community Center (next to the YMCA on Bel-Red Rd). Learn cheers, jumps, beginning tumbling, and dance.  

We perform all over the community, including at halftime of a Seattle Storm game!  Go to for more info or call 425-246-9636.  Register online at We also offer classes in Sammamish, Mercer Island, Kirkland, Renton and Seattle. Questions? Email Coach Anne at  

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!
Looking for Spanish opportunities outside of the classroom? Come join us for a fun event, featuring poem recitals from selected students from Puesta del Sol, sing and dance with Marco Cortes and watch a fun puppetry show by artist Adiana Morales. Help the King County and Puesta del Sol celebrate Hispanic Heritage month!
Where: The main Bellevue Library - in Room 5
When: October 8th 
Time: 1:00 PM 
Newport Select Boys Basketball Tryouts
2016-17 Fall/Winter Basketball Season 

There is no cost to tryout. Tryouts are for players in 4th through 8th grades currently attending an elementary or middle school that feeds into Newport High School or who live in the attendance area.

Newport High School Gymnasium
MONDAY, September 26, 2016:  8th grade and makeup for all grades, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, (check in at 6:45 pm)

TUESDAY, September 27, 2016:  6th and 7th grades, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, (check in at 6:45pm)

THURSDAY, September 29, 2016:  4th and 5th grades, 7:00pm to 8:30pm (check in at 6:45pm)
Facebook Page for Puesta del Sol Garden 
Join the Facebook community for the Puesta del Sol Garden to learn more. Garden Club will start on Thursdays very soon to get the recess kids harvesting, and get fall/winter crops planted.
Facebook Page for Parents of Incoming Kindergarteners
If you have an incoming kindergartener for the 2016-2017 school year, please join the Puesta del Sol Class of 2029 Facebook Group. Please note:  Individual Facebook groups for each class are parent-organized and are not PTA-sponsored.

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