January 16th, 2017 * ISSUE 1.16.17
Upcoming Important Dates
Martin Luther King Jr. Day- NO SCHOOL
Kindergarten Information Night
PTA Board Meeting
1/20 &1/21
4th and 5th Grade Drama Production Nights
Passport Check
Professional Development Day- NO SCHOOL

Join us for the Drama Club Production THIS WEEKEND! 
Friday, January 20 & Saturday, January 21, 2017 @ 7pm  
Interlake High School
Puesta del Sol Drama Club and Studio East present:  "We're Having a Ball!" A 50's Rock-n-Roll Cinderella Story"
  • 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)
  • Purchase Tickets Online
  • You may also purchase your tickets in person
    • There will be tickets for sale outside of the gym in front of the car drop-off/pick-up area before and after school on Wed (1/18) and before school (only) on Thur (1/19).
    • Additionally tickets will be available at the door on the night of the performance.
Immediately Seeking Interested Candidate to fill Open PTA Co-President Role
Who: 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.

Session II of PTA-Sponsored After-School Programs Begins Next Week. Register Now!
Session II of activities begins the week of January 23, with registration closing the following week.

Registration is currently open for Session II of the following PTA-Sponsored After School Programs: Fiesta Latina, Tambores, Flamenco, and Bomba

For more information and to register, go to PTA-Sponsored After School Programs.
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.
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 in the whole of the 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.
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
Panthers Youth Rugby Club 
What : Invites 1st-8th graders to the clubs "Try Rugby" events
This January 
Where:  Grass Lawn Park in Redmond on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm;  Highland Middle School in Bellevue on Saturdays at 10am.
Why: Discover Rugby, meet our coaches (all certified level 200 with Rugby WA and USA), and make friends for life. Become Rugby ready with us during this Winter and enjoy playing and competing when the game season starts in Spring.
For more information visit our website at Panthers Youth Rugby Website or contact via email: info@panthersyouthrugby.com .     snowflake-footer.gif  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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