January 23rd, 2017 * ISSUE 1.23.17
Upcoming Important Dates
1/23 - 2/10 Bellevue Kindness Challenge
Passport Check Day
Professional Development Day- NO SCHOOL
PTA General Membership Meeting
Passport Check Day
Mid-Winter Break- NO SCHOOL
PTA Board Meeting

Kindness Challenge Going on NOW! 
Bellevue Council PTSA and Camp Kindness Counts are partnering to run a district-wide Bellevue Kindness Challenge from January 23rd - February 10th. This challenge coincides with the Bellevue School District's virtue of the month: Kindness.
There are 2 parts to the challenge: 1) Involve students in a project encouraging kindness in school 2) Learn about and support impactful organizations that make a difference in our Bellevue community. Let's make a difference TOGETHER!

As part of this district-wide challenge, Puesta del Sol PTA has selected to support the non-profit organization,
Friends of Youth . Donations to this organization will help to provide resources directly to the homeless and vulnerable teens who visit Friends of Youth. To make a donation, please visit their Amazon Wishlist.   (Note: All donations are due by February 10th.)
Also in conjunction with the Bellevue Kindness Challenge, Houston Kraft- speaker, leadership consultant, and kindness advocate- will be speaking to students and families from throughout Bellevue at the Bellevue School District International School, Wednesday, 1/25 @ 5 - 6 PM   

Thank you for your help in spreading kindness and supporting Friends of Youth!
Passport Corner
Passport check is THIS Friday, January 27th from 9:30-11:30am in the Puesta del Sol Library
Fun Facts about New Zealand: One-third of the country is covered in forest. 80% of the plants found there cannot be found anywhere else in the world. And in 1893, New Zealand became the first country in the world to allow women to vote.

Interested in volunteering? It's a great way to meet other parents and many students.
January's  Special Itinerary (SI) is Venezuela! Check out the SI bulletin boards in the cafeteria for great visual displays which contain the answers to the activities and copies of the SI.  
Session II of PTA-Sponsored After-School Programs Is Open. Register Now!
Registration is open for PTA-Sponsored After School Programs! 
Registration closes one week after the first class of the session. Don't delay! These cultural classes are a great way to earn Spanish Outside of School (SOS/EFE) time, and will prepare your student for participation in the International Festival if they choose to participate!

For more information and to register, go to PTA-Sponsored After School Programs.
Seeking Interested Candidate to fill Open PTA Co-President Role
We need to immediately find someone who can help by serving on the PTA Board, as we all continue contributing towards our PTA's important mission of supporting our children. 

Any candidate interested will need to be committed and available for the next 1.5 years, and be able to fulfill a time commitment of approximately 5-10 hours per week.
When: Duties would would begin immediately upon approval voting by the PTA Board and PTA General Membership.
  1. The first six months of duties will be "president training" in which they will have "shadowing duties" under our current remaining PTA President, Sabrina Pinto.
  2. The candidate can expect to receive thorough training so that they may be eventually be able to full fill duties that include, but not limited to, those detailed on the PTA Board Job Description for President Web Page
  3. The next 12 months of duty for this newly-trained Co-President will be performed with another, newly-instated Co-President to support them. (Additionally, during this 12 month period of time, Sabrina Pinto, will be staying on the PTA Board in order to fulfill a support role.)


To Nominate any excellent candidate, including yourself, please contact

the VP's of Communication and Membership @ adminsuppport@puestadelsolpta.org immediately.   


For Any Questions regarding the position/responsibilities: Please feel free to contact Sabrina Pinto, Current PTA President @  president@puestadelsolpta.org.

The PTA Nominating Committee Needs YOU!
We need 4-5 PTA Members to help fill our Nominating Committee

Want to have a large, positive impact on our PTA, but only have a finite amount of time to give?  The Nominating Committee may be just what you are looking for.

The Nominating Committee is responsible for helping to fill those PTA Board positions that will be open next year.  The committee is fun and has strong support to help ensure their success in achieving the goal of helping to form another awesome PTA Board. 

Please contact the VP's of Communication via adminsupport@puestadelsolpta.org immediately to learn more and get started.  We look forward to working with you!
Update from Health Enhancement
Thank you to all who participated in the PTA
Semana de Hábitos Saludables Campaign l ast week!

We had volunteers in all but two classes and are working on getting into those classes as well! 
Flu season is hitting our community hard this year especially, so please continue to reinforce healthy habits with your students: cover your cough and sneeze, wash your hands frequently with soap and water, and stay home when you are sick! 
A Huge Thank You to All of Our Awesome Volunteers!
As 2017 gets started up, we want to take the time to reflect on all of the awesome volunteers that have helped make the start of our school year here at Puesta del Sol so successful.

We have parents, relatives and caregivers of Puesta del Sol students who come together on a daily basis to enhance the classroom experience and provide opportunities to help our students on their path of becoming successful individuals in academics, career and life. Whether it is in the classroom, before or after school, or during special events; the support and time you give makes such a huge difference in the lives of the whole Puesta del Sol Community. Thank you so much to everyone who has generously given their time already this school year.

Moving forward there are so many additional opportunities to get involved and we need all of the support you can give. There are chances for everyone to get involved, whether you are able to give your time during school hours or after hours. Please visit our  PTA Website to learn more about all of the fabulous programs you can get involved in, or review our  PTA Volunteer Opportunities to get started on signing up for volunteer positions.
Upcoming SITA Workshops!
Spanish Immersion Through the Arts (SITA) is excited to announce two upcoming workshops:   

February 2nd - 9th:  Mexican Visual Artist, Adriana Morales presents  Frida Kahlo and her Self-portraits.  

February 6th - 10th: Tambores and Bomba for Kindergarten, 2nd and 3rd graders.   

Schedule of events will soon be posted on the PTA SITA web page. 

Please contact your children's teacher(s) to volunteer in their classroom during these fun workshops!
Call for 2017-2018 Host Families! 
The Amity Committee is looking for host families for the 2017-18 school year .

If you would like to host or have questions about what is involved in hosting, please get in contact with our Amity Committee. We would be happy to answer any questions you might have.
Email us at: Amity@puestadelsolpta.org
If you already know you would like to host an Intern, please fill out and submit an Amity host Application. Applications for 2017-18 can be found HERE, with the submission deadline in April.
Library News from Sra. Brody
Library Report  - Each trimester I will be writing a "Library Report".  This report features curriculum I have been working on with classes from September through December.  At the bottom of the report is a feature about our databases and the home log-ins. Enjoy reviewing the Library Report.
Reading Challenges  - Each year I create "Reading Challenges" featuring books from a variety of genres in the hope that students will read something new and interesting that will help ignite their love of reading.  This week the Challenge books will be on display in the library.  There will be a bookmark list of the books for students in 2nd and 3rd grade, and another bookmark for students in 4th and 5th grade. There are both English and Spanish books listed on each bookmark.  Students who read the required number of books on the list (or all of the books) will receive a bag of prizes, including a book, at the recognition assembly at the end of the year. 
Library Collection  - Please save your used ink cartridges of any size, and old cell phones and turn them in to the library. Put a collection box at your office! The company I send them to gives me points that can be turned in to cash at the end of the year. I use the money to replace books that are tired and worn out. The funds help keep our book collection current and looking good. Thanks for the help!
Stacey Brody, Puesta del Sol Librarian
Bellevue, Washington  425-456-6108
"Making sure that all students are effective users of ideas and information"
You are encouraged to visit the Library News Web Page, located on the Puesta del Sol PTA website for more information regarding the above library programs.
Community News & Events
Club del Libro Familiar en Español 
What: King County Library invites you to join the Family Book Club in Spanish
Who: Children ages 5-10 accompanied by their families
When: The Last Tuesday of Every Month, 5:30pm-6:30pm.  Next Meeting is 1/31/2017.
Where: Lake Hills Library
Why: Analyze stories, learn new vocabulary, and develop critical thinking and comprehension skills in Spanish. This is a great way to earn Spanish Outside of School time, as well as making reading a fun activity. 

January's book will be La Isla by Arthur Dorros.  

For more information visit the
snowflake-footer.gif "TechVenture Kids" Scratch Code Club Winter Session
What: Puesta del Sol Code Club, "Code with SCRATCH"
Who: Grades 3-5 (All Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced)
When Thursdays, 1/12 - 3/9, 3:30pm-5pm (8 weeks, no class 2/23)
Where: Puesta del Sol Library 
Why: Kids will explore how to design and program their own computer games and animations. Working in MIT's SCRATCH 2.0 visual drag and drop programming environment, students engage in fun coding projects and are encouraged to collaborate and present their projects to others. Student min: 12, max: 20. We provide the laptops.
Cost: $235

For more information and to register, please see the
    Newport Boys Lacrosse Club
What: Invites Puesta del Sol boys to register for Spring Lacrosse (all skill levels welcomed: Beginner, Immediate, Advanced)
: All 3rd-5th grade boys currently enrolled in Puesta del Sol may play for Newport LAX
When: Practices are typically held 2x per week on weekday evenings for elementary-aged boys, and are scheduled to begin in late January/February (based on grade level). Games are typically on Saturdays, and will begin in March.

Register now through 1/25/17 via the Online Registration System.   More information can be found @ the
Newport Boys Lacrosse Club Website.
Bellevue Thunderbird Little League
Registration is now open for Bellevue Thunderbird Little League.  Boys and girls age 5 and up can register to play Baseball or Softball in our T-Ball and upper divisions.  The typical commitment is only two days per week from April - June.  The most important goal of our league is that each child have fun and have an opportunity to bond with not only their teammates, but their parents as well.
If you are interested in playing for the 2017 Spring Season, please go to the  BTLL Online Registration Page to register today !
More information on Bellevue Thunderbird LL can be found @ the

Bellevue Thunderbird Little League Website.
Smart with Art - Winter Session "Bite Into Art"
Who: Grades K - 5
Tuesdays, Feb 7- Apr 4 (no class Feb 21);  3:30pm - 4:45pm
Where: Puesta del Sol, Room TBD
What: This session students will design original works of art all relating to different types of cuisine! Unique projects will entail exploring a wide variety of mediums like printmaking, oil pastel, paint, watercolor, and collage. Every student will salivate over the tasty art projects you'll get to create this session. Dress for Mess!
Cost: $168      

For more information
or to register , follow the
Smart with Art Puesta del Sol Link
NSI Girls Lacrosse Club 
  What: Invites Puesta del Sol girls to register for Spring Lacrosse (all skill levels welcomed: Beginner, Immediate, Advanced) 
Who: All 3rd - 5th grade girls currently enrolled in Puesta del Sol may play for NSI Girls Lacrosse.  
When: Practices are typically held 2x per week on weekday evenings for elementary-aged girls, and are scheduled to begin in February. Games are typically on Saturdays, and will begin late March and run through to Memorial Day weekend.
For more information or to register now (with late registration through 2/26/17), visit the NSI Lacrosse Web Site. 
Parent Organized Facebook Groups*
* Please note: Individual Facebook groups for each class are parent-organized and are not PTA-sponsored.

For more detailed listings on these and other great events, please view our Community Events Page on our PTA website.                        

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