November 14th, 2016 * ISSUE 11.14.16

Important Dates to Note
11/14 Drama Club Parent Informational Meeting
11/16 Reflections Gallery Night
11/17 PTA Board Meeting
11/18 PTA/Principal Coffee
11/18 Green Team Cafeteria Challenge Measurement Date 
11/18 November Passport Check Day
11/23 Yearbook Sun Art Due
11/23 Last Day of Student Council Pet Food Drive
11/24-11/25 NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break
11/29 Dining For Dinero Event at CPK
Reflections Gallery Night and Awards
Wednesday, November 16th, 6:30-7:30pm
Puesta del Sol Gymnasium

The 25 finalists moving onto the Bellevue PTSA Council competition will be announced at our Reflections Gallery Night on Wednesday, November 16th from 6:30-7:30pm.  

On this evening, all of the entries (over 125 pieces of art!) will be on display and students will be awarded participation and finalist ribbons. Join us for refreshments as we celebrate the artistic achievement of our Puesta del Sol students!

Drama Club Registration is Still Open!
  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 is now 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

PTA/Principal Coffee
We invite you to join us for our Fall PTA Principal Coffee in the library at 8:15am on November 18th. 

Principal Shearer will be highlighting work done by Puesta del Sol teachers this fall in the area of horizontal alignment, where grade level teams come together with school leadership to refine and increase our levels of coherence across grade level classrooms, particularly in the areas of academic and social-emotional supports for students. In addition, there will be an open Q&A period during the coffee. Childcare will be also be provided until 8:45, when it is time for students to head to line-up. Please join us!

Passport Club Corner
Friday, November 18th in the Library
The next Passport Club Check Day will be Friday, November 18th from 9:30-11:30 am in the school library. If you would like to volunteer, please contact
Fun Fact:  A ship traveling from New York to San Francisco can save 7,872 miles (12,669 km) by using the Panama Canal instead of going down around South America.
November's Special Itinerary (SI) is Algeria! Check out the SI bulletin boards in the cafeteria each month for great visual displays which contain the answers to the activities. Copies of the SI are at the bulletin boards or you can print them out online. At each monthly Check Day, there will be a small prize for completing SI projects.

Green Genius Cafeteria Challenge
November 18th is Measurement Day!

Puesta del Sol will be participating in a contest among other Bellevue schools to lessen cafeteria waste through reduction, composting and recycling. We need your help you ensure that our school brings home the win once again. 

Helpful tips for parents:
  • Send lunches from home in reusable containers
  • Request that your child bring back Ziploc bags for reuse.
  • Send your child with food that they will eat. This avoids food being wasted.
  • Avoid buying items with lots of packaging.
We will be having a practice measuring day on Wednesday, November 16th. 
Schoolwide 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 is going on now 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. 
Yearbook Sun Art Drawing and Contest
Deadline is Wednesday, November 23, 2016 to school office
Would your child like to see her/his art in the yearbook?  If so, have them draw and color their very best "SUN" in the designated square on the special yearbook paper that will be sent home by Monday, November 14th. Then, have them return their sun artwork to the main office by November 23rd for it to be included in the 2016-2017 yearbook. Please be sure the child's name and teacher are on the paper. Have fun drawing!
November Dining for Dinero Event
California Pizza Kitchen
Downtown Bellevue,  959 106th Ave. NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
11am - 9pm

Bring in  this flyer, present it to your server, and CPK will donate 20% of your check to the Puesta del Sol PTA. Purchases include dine in, take out, catering, and all beverages.  Invite your family and friends!

Community News & Events
Kids Quest Museum Gingerbread Workshops
Join KidsQuest at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue on Friday November 25th or Saturday November 26th for the perfect kick-off to the holiday season! We provide the materials including a giant candy buffet and lots of icing.  More info

YMCA Winter Youth Basketball League
League Dates: December 5 - March 4, 2017
This is a co-ed league designed for kids in grades K-6 to have fun and compete in a relaxed environment. The focus is to teach basic basketball skills while learning self-confidence, teamwork, sportsmanship.
Practice options available at the Bellevue Family YMCA
View Flyer Here.
Facility Member: $95
Community Member: $145
League Contact Info: Daniel Astudillo

NSI Girls Lacrosse Informational Meeting is December 12
Lake Hills Library
6:45 p.m to 8:00 p.m.
Please come to discuss the upcoming Lacrosse Season and answer questions for all age groups!
Visit for more information.

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 school's 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.

Meet our 




Are you a Facebook fanatic? 

If so, please LIKE US on Facebook to get up to date reminders of events and programs plus more!



Did you know you can view the calendar in Outlook or Google and upload the calendar to your personal calendar? That way whenever we make a calendar change, it updates your calendar automatically!