January 30th, 2017 * ISSUE 1.30.17
Upcoming Important Dates
1/23 - 2/10 Bellevue Kindness Challenge
Professional Development Day-
4th Annual Box Top Collection Contest
Kindergarten Lottery Applications Due
PTA General Membership Meeting
Passport Check Day
Mid-Winter Break- NO SCHOOL
PTA Board Meeting
Band Zone Concert

Important Newsletter Changes!

The content & frequency of t
he E l Sol has changed- Please Read!!!
We have changed two aspects of our El Sol, effectively immediately
1) Frequency:
Instead of seeing the El Sol in your email boxes every single week, you will find the publication coming to you only twice a month.  

2) Program Information that is Not PTA or School-Sponsored:
We will no longer include articles that contain information about classes/programs that are not PTA or school-sponsored. See our  Community Events Web Page regarding this  information moving forward. 
For more information, see our PTA Newsletter Web Page  

We are also in need of another person to
take on the role of Editor/Assistant Editor for the El Sol.
The above changes help make this a manageable task for new editors. 
raining and support will be complete and substantial.  This position affords the ability for you to volunteer on your own time from home.  
Please contact us @ adminsupport@puestadelsolpta.org
with any questions or to express your interest
International Festival is Coming!
Its time to Mark your Calendars and Sign up for International Festival.  Performance Rehearsals are starting NOW!
Puesta del Sol's International Festival will be on Saturday, April 1st at Newport High School. There is a way for everyone who is interested to get involved:

1) Sign-up for Amity/Student Performance Classes.  Your K-3rd grader can be part of a group dance, skit and/or song.  They learn these at FREE weekly classes which are taught by our Amity Interns and run for 6-8 weeks. Class sign-ups are happening now, and classes are filling fast!  Visit our Sign Up Genius Page for Amity Acts to get started.

2) Have a Family/child act? Sign up NOW for a 5 minute (or shorter) cultural act. Slots will fill up fast. Please register right away via email to  internationalfestival@puestadelsolpta.org.
Important dates:
Tuesday, March 28- Dress Rehearsal 5-8p @ Newport High School PAC
Saturday, April 1st- International Festival Performance, 6-8p @ NHS PAC
Need more information or interested in joining the fun?
Clip and Earn Money for Puesta Del Sol's Kids!
Puesta del Sol's 4th Annual "Box Top Collection Contest" begins February 6th and runs through February 17th .

Each classroom will have a collection site to make it eas y for   students to turn in their Box Tops and to ensure each grade earns their re s pective points toward the contest.  The grade level that turns in th e most Box Tops during this time period will receive an extra re cess later in the year (weather permitting)!
S tart CLIPPING and bringing in your Box Tops!
Ask family, friends & neighbors to help!
Note: *Only current, not expired, Box Tops will count toward grade total

Contest results will be announced once all Box Tops have been submitted and counted. 
The PTA Nominating Committee Needs YOU!
We are in immediate need of 2-3 more PTA Members to help fill our Nominating Committee.

The Nominating Committee is responsible for helping to develop a slate of people to take over the PTA Board positions that will be open next year.  It allows for a large, positive impact on our PTA, but with a flexible, short time commitment. 

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. Together, we are ALL responsible for finding ways to serve our children and community and maintaining a strong PTA leadership and presence.

Please contact the VP's of Communication and Membeship via adminsupport@puestadelsolpta.org immediately to learn more and get started.  We look forward to working with you!
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!
Kindness Challenge Going on NOW! 
Bellevue Council PTSA & Camp Kindness Counts are partnering to run a district-wide Bellevue Kindness Challenge Now- Feb. 10th. 
Ways to help: 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!
Puesta del Sol PTA has selected to support the organization, Friends of Youth as part of Kindness Challenge. To make a donation, please visit their Amazon Wishlist.   (Note: All donatio ns are due by February 10th.)
Thank you for spreading kindness
& supporting Friends of Youth!
Call for 2017-2018 Amity 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 subm it an Amity host Application
Applications for 2017-18 can be found  HERE, with the submission deadline April 28th.
Mark your Calendar: Science Fair & Family STEM Night
Our Science Fair and Family STEM Night will be May 10th, 2017

  null The Puesta del Sol Science Fair & Family STEM Night will be the evening of May 10 th, so it's time to start planning and collecti ng data for any projects that depend on measurement over several months.  While it  may be cold and damp outside, you can start growing plants inside so they're fully grown by May.

Details about information night and registration coming soon!

If you would like to join the planning committee, contact the Science Fair Team at sciencefair@puestadelsolpta.org
Congratulations Reflections Program Finalists
Great job Puesta del Sol students. We are so proud of you!

Congratulations to Kaia L., Noelle C., Colette D., Faith L. and Charlie R. for being named finalists at the District Reflections art competition! These students will advance to the state competition. Additionally, seven Puesta del Sol students were awarded Artistic Excellence ribbons, and nine received Artistic Merit ribbons. 

A list of these students can be found on the
Reflections Page of our website.

We are looking for volunteers for the Reflections program for 2017-2018 and would love to hear from you so we can tell you all about the program. Please email Melissa Cable at reflections@puestadelsolpta.org .
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.

We need your help!
Open Co-President Role Needs to be Filled!

We need to find someone
immediately  who will help serve on the PTA Board, in order to continue contributing towards our PTA's important mission of supporting our children. 
For Responsibility Details, visit:
To Nominate any excellent candidate, including yourself, please contact the
VP's of Communication and Membership
For Any Questions regarding the position/responsibilities:
Please feel free to contact Sabrina Pinto, Current PTA President @ 
Our volunteer s help make Puesta del Sol successful!

Thank yo u so much to everyone who has generously given their time already this school year.

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 Web Site to learn more about our programs, and then head to  PTA Volunteer Opportunities to get started on signing up!   

There are a multitude of events, activities, and sports to explore that are not sponsored by our PTA or Puesta del Sol. 
In order to learn about some of these, please follow our

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NOTE: Individual Facebook groups for each class are parent-organized and are not PTA-sponsored