November 21st, 2016 * ISSUE 11.21.16

Important Dates to Note
11/23 Yearbook Sun Art Due
11/23 Last Day of Student Council Pet Food Drive
11/24-11/25 NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break
11/26 Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena opens
11/29 Dining For Dinero Event at CPK
12/13 PTA Board Meeting
12/14 PTA General Membership Meeting
12/16 Passport Check Day
12/19-1/2 Winter Break - NO SCHOOL

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Reflections Finalists Announced
Congratulations to our 25 Reflections finalists announced last week at the Reflections Gallery night!

Please visit the Reflections webpage to see the list of winners.

These students will advance to the District competition in January. Great work was featured by all 137 students who participated. A special thank you to all of our volunteers!  Be sure to look for next year's theme in June.
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 was sent home on 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!
Last Day of Schoolwide Pet Food Drive is Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016
Our collection of Pet Food is going on now and will run through Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016.  

Remember to 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. 
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!

Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena
Join us in celebrating the "Magic Season" with ice skating in downtown Bellevue!  Mention you are with Puesta del Sol Elementary and a $3 donation will be made to your PTA for each paid rink admission during the following dates:

Temporary home for 2016 - 2017 
Downtown's Ashwood Park (next to Bellevue Library)!  

November 25-December 16, 2016 & January 3-8, 2017
2016-17 Arts, Enrichment & Innovation Grants from Bellevue Schools Foundation Awarded!
We are delighted to announce that this year Puesta received several awards that will benefit our children. BSF received 139 grant applications from many Bellevue Schools with requests that totaled more than $235,000. Ninety three (93) awards were made for a total of $85,000. This is your money at work! Puesta will receive this year several awards that will benefit our 3rd to 5th grade students. Among these are: several history learning opportunities (Our Revolution; Island of Hope; Klondike) and an author visit, together with other Bellevue Schools. Please watch every year for the opportunity to submit to these awards as a way to strengthen and enhance our children's education.
For more information, come by our brand new Bellevue Schools Foundation bulletin board at the Puesta Main Office.

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

Newport High School Drill Team - Junior driller dance clinic 
December 3rd, 3-6pm. Participants will learn dance/drill routines and perform to parents at 5:45pm. T-shirt, picture and surprises will be given out at the clinic. For more information, please see our team website at  
Registration deadline November 28th 

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.

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