April 5, 2024 | Issue 4.05.24

Upcoming Events

  • Now through Monday, 4/8/24: Second Chance Auction Sale
  • Monday, 4/8/24 to Friday, 4/12/24: No school, Spring Break
  • Monday, 4/15/24: Deadline extended to register your STEM Fair project
  • Tuesday, 4/16/24, 7-8pm: 5th grade virtual meeting
  • Wednesday, 4/24/24, 5:30-8pm: STEM Fair, Puesta del Sol gym
  • Friday, 4/26/24, 3:45-5pm: Special Education Family Meet-Up, meet in the Teatro
  • Tuesday, 4/30/24: Intent to Return/Intent for Middle School Surveys due

Link to full calendar

Thank You & Second Chance Sale

This is not an April Fools! Auction Team is doing our last call with a seriously great list items in our Second Chance Auction Sale! Look through for a chance for soccer camps, spas, travel to Hawaii, teacher experiences, and much more!!!! Many of these items, just did not get to us in time to make our online sale. The Second Chance Auction will go from 4/1 - 4/8. All additional proceeds support PTA mission and goals and fund our students, teachers, and programs!

Submit Photos for the School Yearbook!

The Yearbook team needs your help to make an awesome keepsake of the '23-'24 school year! We are collecting photos for the school yearbook of school activities including class parties, art appreciation, summer park playdates, field trips, Walk-a-thon, Pumpkin Bash, Winter Craft Fair, Before/After School programs, etc.

Please submit photos to your students' Room Parent(s) or e-mail schoolrelations@puestadelsolpta.org to receive a link for uploading.

*NOTE: You do NOT need to submit your students' individual portrait photos for the yearbook!


STEM Fair is on April 24th, 2024.

Are you ready? Two quick announcements for the STEM Fair:

  1. Registration extended to April 15th! It’s time to complete your experiments and get ready for poster making!
  2. Seeking some lovely volunteers to help on the day of the event to help with setup! Email sciencefair@puestadelsolpta.org if you are interested.

Get more information about the STEM fair and register for your project: https://puestadelsolpta.org/Page/Events/STEM%20Fair%202024.

We can't wait to see what our Puesta Scientists/Engineers will show case!

Need help with the STEM Fair?

Bellevue High School's Science Olympiad offers a service called Tutor Time, held each Saturday at various KCLS libraries. Drop into one of their sessions or email them (tutortime.bhs@gmail.com) if you would like help with your STEM fair project! They host free drop-in tutoring for grades K-12 in any subject, and they have tutors knowledgeable in STEM to help you with all aspects of your project. For their schedule and more information, you can visit their website: https://tutortime.my.canva.site/

Tutoring Topics:

* Get ready for Puesta STEM Fair

* Science & Mathematics

* Technology and coding

April SpEd Family Meet-Up

Our second Special Education Family Meet-Up is on Friday, April 26th, from 3:45pm to 5:00pm!

Your child does not need to have an established 504 plan or IEP for you or your family to join our meet-ups. All students who are pursuing support from the school to thrive are welcome.

We will meet in the Teatro. If the weather is nice, we will play on the playground. If not, we will stay inside. Activities and snacks will be provided—thank you Melissa Hammons and Annie Perry for volunteering.

If your child has specific needs we can accommodate, please email: specialed@puestadelsolpta.org. Everyone is welcome: siblings, non-parent caregivers, and friends.

Mariners Day with Puesta del Sol PTA

Mariners vs. Twins

Sunday, June 30th, 2024 at 1:10pm at T-Mobile Park

All kids 14 and under: Run Around the Bases (postgame)

We have sections reserved for our group.

Order early to make sure you get a seat!

$25 per ticket for main level seats.

Order here: https://puestadelsolpta.org/Packet/MarinersNight

Deadline to order is May 30, 2024

Questions? Contact Aly at familyfun@puestadelsolpta.org

*Please note: Tickets will be emailed to the email address associated with your PTA account approximately a week prior to the game.

**It is our PTA mission to support every child, financial assistance is available for this activity. If interested, please see our Financial Aid Form.

International Festival Volunteer Opportunity

International Art Fest Day of Coordinator

Want to help us with DAY of coordination for the International Art Fest? This is an amazing opportunity to help out and will not require you to chair or plan the logistics! Come help volunteer with one of our largest community event! Great way to get your feet wet in event volunteering without more commitment.

Contact : Events@puestadelsolpta.org if you are interested

5th Grade News: March/April Updates

  • 5th grade virtual meeting - April 16th from 7-8pm where we will vote on legacy gift suggestions and finalize 5th grade graduation party. Join Zoom Meeting.
  • Fundraising - We are hoping to raise more money towards graduation and the legacy gift (this is a gift the 5th grade class gives to the school). We are hoping for just 2 more fundraisers this spring to meet our budget.
  • STEM Fair Bake Sale - April 24th volunteer hours between 4-8:30pm. Sign up to volunteer here.
  • International Art Fest - May 22nd volunteer hours between 4-8:30pm. Sign up to volunteer here.
  • 5th grade sweatshirts - Order timeline extended through end of March! You can pay to have shipped to your house OR Tara Jones has been picking up orders to send home with students at school. https://puestadelsol.itemorder.com/shop/sale/
  • 5th grade yard signs - We still have a few yard signs to sell. Please email fifthgradeevents@puestadelsolpta.org for more information.

Contact the following with any questions: fifthgradeevents@puestadelsolpta.org

President: Holly Ellis-Brown

Treasurer Deposits: Michele Snydsman

Treasurer Payables: Adam Droker

Co-Secretary: Jim Simmons

Co-Secretary: Julie Keeney

Member at Large: Joel Ingraham

VP of Membership: Jodi Sternoff

Director of School Relations: Carla Merkow

Co-Director of Educational Enhancements: Stephanie Parkins

Co-Director of Educational Enhancements: Alice Kim

Co-Director of Educational Enhancements: Jackie Zawalski

Co-Director of Fundraising: Aubra Moore

Co-Director of Fundraising: Dan Welygan

Director of Special Events: Sarah Moon

Director of Communications: Jennifer Green Li

Reimbursement Deadline

The deadline for reimbursements is at noon on Friday, June 7th 2024. Please submit all reimbursement requests on or before the deadline.

Contact treasurer@puestadelsolpta.org with any questions

Kindergarten/New Family Tours

There will be tours for prospective new families at Puesta del Sol. Visitors are welcome to check-in at the Front Office and tour the building from 12:00-12:30pm on the following dates:

  • 4/17/24
  • 5/15/24

For more information, please contact Assistant Principal Acevedo.

Intent to Return for 24-25 School Year

Grades K-4 Parents/Guardians:

We ask for your response to our Intent to Return survey by April 30, 2024. If you need assistance filling out the form, please contact Julie Truong at 425-456-6101 or email truongj@bsd405.org.

Link to form: https://forms.office.com/r/G5DMLWkuLy

Intent for Middle School for 24-25 School Year

Grade 5 Parents/Guardians:

We ask for your response to our Intent for Middle School survey by April 30, 2024. If you need assistance filling out the form, please contact Julie Truong at 425-456-6101 or email truongj@bsd405.org.

Find the form here.

School Food Share Program is Back!

Do you like the idea of less food waste and want to do an easy, quick job for the school once a week?

Before covid, our students saved unopened milk and uneaten fruit from the garbage at lunchtime. We are so thrilled that this program is back at Puesta del Sol! The program is called School Food Share, and our school was one of the very first in the district to participate many years ago. We began a soft launch in January with a donated fridge from two awesome grandparent volunteers, and Sra. Rosario collecting the unopened milk boxes.

We are looking for a few people to take turns picking up unused lunch food and delivering it to Hopelink once a week. Help us bring back this waste reducing, food sharing, awesome program to Puesta del Sol! Please contact Holly (president@puestadelsolpta.org) or Britt, the Program Coordinator (HeathB@bsd405.org) for details.

2023-2024 BSD Family Calendar

2024-2025 & 2025-2026 BSD Family Calendar

BSD Cultural Calendar

Bus Route Information

Bellevue Family Hub

Mental Health Services

Nutrition Services:

BSD Elementary Lunch Menu April 2024

Technology Support for Students & Families

Be a Bellevue School District Volunteer

The Bellevue School District has partnered with Care Solace to complement districtwide efforts to provide our learning community with access to mental health care and support student well-being. Care Solace is a central hub that connects students, staff and their families to care. At no cost to you, Care Solace will quickly and confidentially find available mental health and substance use providers matched to your needs.

Care Solace helps school districts provide care coordination for every student, staff member, and family member in need. The Care Solace team is always available — including nights, weekends, and holidays — in 200+ languages.

BSD Newsletter

An e-newsletter was sent to BSD staff and families on Thursday, March 28th. Read it to celebrate BSD’s 50+ National Merit Scholarship Finalists, help solve transportation challenges, and read the latest district updates. Read it here: BSD News and Events: March 28, 2024.

For anyone who was unable to attend the Garden Party, there's still a way to join the celebration! Donate any amount towards our $500,000 event goal with hundreds of other community members. Our efforts to cultivate funding for 18,000+ students in Bellevue are ongoing as the District faces a $10,000,000 funding gap.

Donate here.

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