October 31st, 2016 * ISSUE 10.24.16

Important Dates to Note
11/3 ISA Spanish Outside School (SOS) Pilot Program Lottery Forms Due
11/4 ISA Spanish Outside School (SOS) Pilot Program Lottery Held
11/8 Photo Retake Day
11/8 Drama Club Registration Opens
11/9 Yearbook Volunteer Meeting
11/10 NO SCHOOL - Professional Development Day
11/11 NO SCHOOL - Veteran's Day
11/14 Drama Club Parent Informational Meeting
11/16 Reflections Gallery Night
11/17 PTA Board Meeting
11/18 November Passport Check Day

Spanish Outside School Pilot Program for 3rd -5th Graders
Six Wednesdays, November 9, 16, 30, December 7, 2016 and January 4, 11, 2017 after school 1:15-2:45pm at Puesta del Sol
The ISA Committee will pilot a Spanish Outside School (SOS) Program for 3rd-5th graders.  Objectives are for students to have fun in Spanish, practice speaking Spanish, and ultimately become more excited about speaking Spanish.  It will be led by a teacher with the support of Newport High School ISA students.
Space is limited to 20 students who are in 3rd, 4th or 5th grades. 
Students will be chosen by lottery on Friday, November 4th.  All parents will be notified by email by November 7th.  There will be a wait-list of 10. Students on the wait-list may be admitted if others drop out in the first or second week of the six week cycle.    
Interested parents please complete the form and return it to the school office by EOD Thursday, November 3rd.
Any questions, please contact Tena Hanson at isa@puestadelsolpta.org.
Drama Club Registration Opens -  Tuesday, November 8th  at 6:30 am
We're Having a Ball! A 50's Rock and Roll Cinderella Story is this year's Drama Club production! Registration is for 4th and 5th grade students only and costs $89 per student. Registration will be entirely online and will fill quickly!  The registration link will be live on the Drama Club web page

As there are only parts for 50 actors, registrations will be accepted on a first come/first serve basis and a waiting list will be assembled in the event there are over 50. Our goal is to create a positive experience for all!  While this is a considerable commitment, your child will be able to provide a list of conflicts prior to casting allowing the directors to note availability for rehearsals when casting. Questions? Email drama@puestadelsolpta.org.
Yearbook Volunteer Meeting - November 9th
If you signed up to help with the yearbook via the PTA website or have an interest in being part of the team, join us on Wednesday, November 9th at 9:15 in the PTA Room.  

If you have questions please contact Theresa Hriscu or Dawn Kapfhammer at yearbook@puestadelsolpta.org .
Join the Green Team - Student Application

Green Team 2016-2017 is currently searching for responsible, problem solving, and passionate individuals who are committed to keeping Puesta del Sol eco-friendly. Our goal as The Green Team is to ensure that our school is generously taken care of. Meetings for Green Team will be held at 8:00 am on Thursdays.

Our first meeting for green team will be on Thursday, November 17th at 8:00 am. Also, we are seeking parent volunteers to come to the meetings.

If you think your child is interested please submit the application to your child's teacher by Friday, November 4th.
School wide Pet Food Drive - Now through Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016
Student Council is underway with a team of 25 students who will serve as student council members for the entire first semester.  We had over 55 students apply and we're hoping to give each and every one of these kids some leadership opportunities during our 2016-17 school year.  

Our first major community service event is a Pet Food Drive benefiting the Seattle Humane Society, 13212 SE Eastgate Way, Bellevue.  

Our collection of Pet Food began on Monday, October 24th, and will run through Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016.  

Bring donations to your classrooms.

We want to collect as much dog and cat food as possible. Student Council voted on an Ice Cream Sundae Party for the classroom that donates the most food (based on weight).  Student Council members will collect donations, weigh them, and keep track of each classroom's total donations. 
Student Council members are currently working on posters to promote this community service project.  According to the Seattle Humane Society "they always need wet and dry pet food. Cat food is a slightly higher priority than dog food simply because most donors think of dogs when they think of a shelter."   

Please note: Humane Society is currently NOT accepting donations of Beneful products due to current litigation pending over the safety of these products. 
Library News and Reminders
Help Collect -  We are collecting old cell phones and empty printer cartridges of any size.  Our library gets points and cash for these items, so don't forget to collect them at your home or office and drop them off in the library.  In past years we have earned anywhere from $500 to $1000, all of which goes to purchasing new books for our library!   Thanks so much for helping out. 

Parent Reminder - Please make sure you keep Puesta del Sol Library books separate from the KCLS library.  If they are accidentally returned to KCLS it sometimes takes months for the book to make its way back to our library

Overdue books - Students with overdue or lost books may not continue to check out books until their books are either returned or the lost book is paid for.

Lost books - It is our District Library policy to give refunds for books that are lost and paid for, then found again, if the book cost is $18 or more.  The refunds are issued during the current year only, from September through the end of the school year.      
Community News & Events
The All-Schools Skating Party!
Bellevue PTSA Council invites All Bellevue students, staff, and families.
Friday, November 4th, 2016, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
SnoKing Arena Renton, Renton, WA
Admission at the door: $10 including skate rental

Newport Way Library  Maker Day - Science Technology Reading Engineering Art Math
Crafts, DIY and technology programs for all ages. 
Drones, Virtual Reality, Robot Garage, Knitting Looms, Snap Circuits, Lotus Lanterns, Instrument Making, 3D Printer, and much more. 
Date: November 5th, 2016
Time: 10 am - 5 pm
Location: Newport Way Library
Cost:  FREE

Wednesday Ski Bus - Starting January 11
Take advantage of early release Wednesdays and let the pros drive up to the Pass!

Who: 1st-5th Graders, plus chaperones
What: Ski and Snowboard Lessons including bus transportation from Puesta del Sol
When: 6 Wednesdays January 11-Feb 15, 1:30-6:30 bus pick-up and drop-off
Where: Summit Central at Snoqualmie Pass
Contact Amy Ulrich with any questions.
SSCS donates $10 per student back to our PTA! This is NOT a PTA or School-sponsored event.

Ski and Board Saturdays
Join the Saturday Bellevue Ski School Program. Give your student a full day of skiing. All levels welcome - 2nd through 12th grade.  Transportation provided by BSD and Coach. Discount pricing until Nov. 30th. Support your school. 5% of every enrollment goes to your schools PTSA.  

What a great way to fund extra school activities.  Partnering with Bellevue School District since 1958.  

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 the PTA website.

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