April 20, 2018 * ISSUE 4.20.18
Upcoming Events

4/20 PTA/Principal Coffee - Open Forum
4/25 3rd Grade Music Concert (6pm)
4th Grade Music Concert (7pm)
4/26 Science Fair/STEM Day
Passport Check Day
4/27 BSF Spring for Schools Luncheon
Academic Challenge Submissions Due
4/30-5/4 Spirit Week
5/5 International Festival (6:30pm)

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Update:  Baked Goods Needed for the International Festival! 
We would love lots of yummy treats for the International Festival! Please bag items individually to sell for $1. You can bring them directly to the International Festival on Saturday, 5/5 or to the tub in the school office beginning Wednesday, 5/2. Please label all allergy friendly items. Thank you for supporting the Puesta del Sol International Festival!
Update:  Puesta del Sol Science Fair and Family STEM Night
Today is the last day to register for the Science FairNot sure what to do?  See the Science Buddies topic selection wizard for last-minute project ideas.  Not sure how to put a project together?  See the many resources on the Science Fair pageIf you have any questions, please e-mail the Science Fair team.
Even if you're not presenting at the fair, please  come see great projects created by students and  have fun doing STEM activities !  The projects and activities will run from 6 to 8 pm.
As in past years, each participating family must have one adult volunteer at or before the event. In addition to bakers and food sales, volunteer shifts are available for room monitors, greeters, setup, tear-down, activity staffing, the scavenger hunt, and more.  Register to volunteer online, and for any questions or to contribute baked good or packaged snacks email the Science Fair team.
Be a Part of Next Year's PTA Board
The PTA nominating committee is still looking for parents who would be interested in becoming part of the PTA executive board for the 2018-2019 school year. 
Our most critical openings are President, VP of fundraising and Secretary.

The PTA  supports, enhances and promotes programs that make a huge difference in our children's Spanish immersion experience. However, we need active parent participation to keep making those programs a reality.
If you are interested in learning more about how you can actively participate in leadership, send an to email  nominations@
 for more information.

We look forward to hearing from you!
Puesta del Sol's PTA Academic Challenge 2018
The deadline for the Academic Challenge is approaching! Can you still participate? YES!
This is a non-competitive, voluntary program consisting of seven (7) academic challenges offered for all K-5 students at Puesta del Sol Elementary. Students choose and complete challenges throughout the school year. These challenges must be completed outside of school.
  • ALL students are eligible!
  • Students that complete five (5) out of seven (7) challenges are awarded a trophy! If a student completes all seven (7) challenges, s/he will also be awarded the Principal's Medal at a school assembly or award ceremony.
  • Challenges have unique deadlines. See the descriptions of the challenges and their due dates.
The final submission deadline for timesheets and the Final Submission Form is 4/27/18.
*There is still time! Social Studies, Science, Math, Coding, Keyboarding, and Literacy Challenges can still be completed and counted towards achieving an AC Award! Need timesheets? Print them from the website or ask for one in the office.
The Final Submission Form and these AC components will be collected in the school office the week of 4/23/18.  If you participated in the Reflections Art Program, Science Fair, or Passport Club components, those program organizers will confirm your participation. All you need to do is "check" the boxes beside the AC components completed. Have fun - and take on the challenge!
Puesta del Sol Mariners Night!
Saturday, 5/19 @ 6:10pm, Seattle Mariners vs Detroit Tigers
Ticket cost is $15 per person. Felix Hernandez Bobblehead Giveaway (to the first 20,000 fans). For more information about this event or to purchase tickets please  click here. 
The DEADLINE to order is Friday, 5/4 .  If you would like to sit with another family, please place one order for the entire group.  Questions?  Contact Adam Droker at   marinersnight
Accepting 2018-2019 Amity Intern Host Family Applications
Due to the wonderful outcome of our 2018 Auction we are able to continue our Amity Intern Program for the 2018-19 school-year.  We plan to host 6 interns next year which produces a great need for host families.  We need your help!
As a host family you gain a new unique friendship and learning experience by welcoming an intern from a Spanish-speaking country into your home. Additionally, your child will benefit from extra practice and help with their Spanish language skills. 

If you are interested, please refer to the  FAQs for more information, then complete the  Amity Program Host Family Application and send it to amity@puestadelsolpta.org. The deadline for applications has been extended to 5/5/2018.
Questions? Please contact the Amity committee at amity@
Dads: Sign up for a WATCH D.O.G.S. day before you miss your chance!
Congratulations Puesta del Sol WATCH D.O.G.S. dads - we're on pace to surpass last year's participation rate in the WATCH D.O.G.S. program! It's getting late in the school year, but there's still time to be a positive male role model actively engaged at school if you haven't already. Even if you have, it's not too late to sign up for another one-day or half-day shift. To participate, sign up here: http://signup.com/go/jqpVGHT (NOTE: the URL is case sensitive). 

Questions? Contact Puesta del Sol parent Tyler Parris at watchdogs@puestadelsolpta.org.
Second Annual Spirit Week
During the week of 4/30 - 5/5, our community will be celebrating our second Spirit Week in an effort to build and strengthen community among our peers and Puesta del Sol community as a whole. Each day there will be a theme that all are welcome to take part. Please be sure that if students are participating that they are making choices that follow our  Big Three: Somos Respetuosos, Somos Responsables, y Tomamos Buenas Decisiones (respectful, responsible, and make good decisions).
Staff Spotlight:
Sra. Lopez-Kimball

Sra. Miriam López-Kimball is one of our four excellent first grade teachers. This is her 13th year teaching at our school.

Sra. López-Kimball is originally from Los Angeles, but her family is from México. She grew up speaking Spanish at home, and learned to speak English when she started school.

She has two wonderful and fun-loving children, Olivia (7th grade) and Owen (4th grade), who love to sing and dance with their mamá. She and her husband have a passion for traveling and have taken their children to eight different countries. Next on the list is Africa.

Thank you for the warmth and energy you bring to our school community!  
Bring Your Voice to the PTA's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Committee!
Please complete this short survey (less than 5 minutes) to help our PTA's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) committee work towards meeting our goals of recognizing the value of our differences, while promoting equity and engaging all families so that they feel valued and welcome.

Please email diversity@puestadelsolpta.org with any questions or suggestions.
Passport Check Day
April 26 in the Library
S pecial Itinerary for April is Germany !  Print the worksheet and find answers two ways:
1.  the bulletin board in the gym.
2.  the Culture Grams website.  Login: pugetesd
Password: cgrams
Then bring the completed worksheet on the 26th for a stamp and small prize.
Passport Club information
can be found on the PTA website. 
Have questions or want to learn more about the Passport Club?  Please let us know passport@puestadelsolpta.org.

International Festival
Date: 5/5@ 6:30pm
Location: Newport HS PAC

International Festival General Ticket Sales are open on the PTA website! We have a full slate of cultural acts with over 140 students participating. Don't delay, tickets sell out quickly!

Looking to volunteer? Email internationalfestival@