January 9th, 2017 * ISSUE 1.9.17
Happy New Year!
Important Dates
PTA Health Enhancement Campaign Week
Reflections District Show (Plus Awards Show on 1/14)
Martin Luther King Jr. Day- NO SCHOOL
Kindergarten Information Night
PTA Board Meeting
1/20 & 1/21
4th and 5th Grade Drama Production
Passport Check Day
Professional Development Day- NO SCHOOL

Health Enhancement Campaign - THIS WEEK! 
This week (January 9-13) the PTA is running a  Health Enhancement Campaign, ¡Semana de Hábitos Saludables!
If you're available to present a short lesson or two in your child's classroom sign up here: Classroom Sign Up for Health Enhancement Presentation, or you can check with your child's teacher(s). Resources are available!
During this cold and flu season we are reminding all students to wash hands frequently, cover their coughs and sneezes, and make smart choices to keep ourselves, our classmates and our community healthy!
Seeking Candidate to fill Open PTA Co-President Role
We are immediately seeking an interested candidate to fill a recently vacated PTA Co-President Role. This role will require a person to be available for the next 1.5 years. Time commitment may be approximately 5-10 hours per week, and would begin immediately upon approval voting by the PTA Board and PTA General Membership.

The person chosen for this new Co-President position will have their first six months consist of "president training" under our current remaining PTA president, Sabrina Pinto . During this time, they will be working with Sabrina and have "shadowing" responsibilities in order to receive thorough training,  so that they may eventually be able to fulfill duties that include, but are not limited to, those detailed on the PTA Board President Job Description Website. If you have any additional questions regarding the position responsibilities, you may contact Sabrina Pinto Here.  
Following these first six months, 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.

Anyone who believes they know, or may themselves be, an excellent candidate is encouraged to contact the VP's of Communication and Membership Here immediately.
Join us for the Drama Club Production on Jan 20 & 21!
Buy Your Tickets NOW!!! 
Puesta del Sol Drama Club and Studio East present:  "We're Having a Ball!" A 50's Rock-n-Roll Cinderella Story"
January 20 & 21, 2017 at 7pm at Interlake High School
Tickets are $10 ($15 VIP). ** New this year: 3rd and 4th grade Puesta del Sol students get in FREE with a paying adult (ticket required) 
Tickets are available for purchase HERE!
SOS Pilot Program a Great Success!
The PTA would like to send a big Mil Gracias to Sr. Shearer for sponsoring the pilot session of the SOS (Spanish Outside of School) program, and Tena Hanson for her dedication and persistence to pull it off! It was a great success.  Stay tuned for information on a second session starting soon.
Register NOW for Session II of PTA-Sponsored After-School Programs
Registration is open for Session II of our PTA-Sponsored After School Programs ( Fiesta Latina, Tambores, Flamenco, Bomba).

Session II begins the week of January 23, with registration closing the following week. 

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.  Please click Here
to read 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 Website, located on the Puesta del Sol PTA website for more information regarding the above library programs.
Community News & Events
"TechVenture Kids" Scratch Code Club Winter Session
What: Puesta del Sol Code Club, "Code with SCRATCH"
Dates: THURSDAYS, Jan 12 - Mar 9 (8 weeks, no class Feb 23) Time: 3:30pm - 5:00pm (1.5 hrs)
Where: Puesta del Sol Library 
Who: Grades 3 - 5
Cost: $235

In TechVenture Kids' Code with SCRATCH Code Club, kids 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. Projects and Instruction for all levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced! Student min: 12, max: 20. We provide the laptops.

For more information and to register, please see the TechVenture Kids Website.

A Chance to Dance presents The Hope Show - January 13th, 2017 at 7pm
You may see some familiar faces from Puesta del Sol!
In its 10th year, the Hope Show at the Theatre at Meydenbauer Center will be an enchanted evening of dance performances featuring The Premiere Dance Center Performance Company, All funds raised by The Hope Show will help "A Chance to Dance Scholarship Foundation" dance scholarships give youth in our community the opportunity to explore the joy of dance. Purchase tickets now!

Panthers Youth Rugby Club invites 1st to 8th graders to the club's "Try-Rugby" events this January:
Join the Panthers Youth Rugby Club at Grass Lawn Park in Redmond on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm, and at Highland Middle School in Bellevue on Saturdays at 10am.
Discover Rugby, meet our coaches (all certified level 200 with Rugby WA and USA), and make friends for life.  The goal of the club is to promote youth development through the game of rugby, develop appreciation for team work, discipline, and mental health, as well as individual excellence. Become Rugby ready with us during this Winter and enjoy playing and competing when the game season starts in Spring.
Visit our website www.panthersyouthrugby.com.
Email info@panthersyouthrugby.com for more info about our program.
Newport Boys Lacrosse Club Registration for Spring Session Open Until 1/25/17
Registration is open now through 1/25/17 at the Newport Boys Lacrosse Registration Site.
All boys enrolled in 3rd-12th grade for 2016-17 and attending/living in the Newport HS attendance area, or attending a Newport-bound feeder school, including Puesta del Sol and Tillicum MS ISA program may play for Newport Lacrosse.

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.

More information on Newport Boys Lacrosse Club can be found Here.

Bellevue Thunderbird Little League Registration Open Now
Registration for the 2017 softball and baseball seasons is now open.
We encourage everyone to register as early as possible. There is a $25 discount for all levels above t-ball if you register your player(s) prior to January 15, 2017. Please Click Here to register today!

More information on Bellevue Thunderbird LL can be found @ the Bellevue Thunderbird Little League Website.

Smart with Art - Winter Session
What: Smart with Art - Bite into Art 
Dates: Tuesdays, Feb 7 - April 4 (no class Feb 21) 
Time: 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Where: Puesta del Sol, Room TBD
Who: Grades K - 5
Cost: $168

Bite into Art with us this session as we design original works of art all relating to different types of cuisine! Students will create unique projects exploring a wide variety of mediums like printmaking, oil pastel, paint, watercolor, and collage. Whatever your favorite foods are, whatever new foods you've tasted, or junk food you crave, every student will salivate over tasty art projects you'll get to create this session. Dress for Mess!
To register: Bite Into Art 
More information visit Smart with Art Website. 

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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