Puesta del Sol | Noticias del Director

September 26, 2018

Translations Available:  Click here to link to the school website where you can access the language translation tool on the bottom right of the screen. These Noticias as well as other important communications are posted on the Puesta del Sol website throughout the year where you can have them translated into numerous languages.

Puesta del Sol Honors Office Manager Linda Rochlin:  It is with mixed emotions that we announce the retirement of Office Manager Linda Rochlin on October 5. Linda has been a school leader and treasured member of Puesta del Sol for the past 19 years. She has served staff, families and students for 26 years in the Bellevue School District. Her wisdom and continual support, expertise and attention to detail, and genuine care and concern for each and every individual within our school community will be dearly missed!  Over the next two weeks, we invite you and our students in joining with our staff to show Linda our tremendous appreciation for her service and commitment to our community!

Introducing Maribel Quezada:  Puesta del Sol welcomes the newest member of our staff family, Srta. Maribel, who is working in the office and supervises lunch (Sra. Monique’s former position). Join us in welcoming Srta. Maribel!

Mark Your Calendars:  Below are additional important dates over the month of September!

September 7-28 – PTA Big Give Envelope Drive (Please return the PTA-Principal Survey in Yellow Envelopes)
September 24-28 – Scholastic Book Fair
September 26 – [TONIGHT!] PTA General Membership Meeting in the Library (7:00 PM)
September 28 – PTA All School Walkathon (Starts at 3:30 PM)

Book Fair Coupons Available: Students or families experiencing economic hardship can email Sra. Brody at brodys@bsd405.org to receive a $5 coupon for the Book Fair going on now through Friday in the library.

Walkathon is this FRIDAY: Our annual Walkathon is this Friday, September 28, from 3:30-6:00 PM. Please review all the detailed information closely (click here), ensure that you RSVP (every child needs to be accounted for via the RSVP, whether they attend or not, for supervision purposes), consider signing up to volunteer, and remember that parking will be very challenging. Consider carpooling and/or parking at Tyee MS and walking to campus via the trail.

Spirit Wear Wednesdays are Back:  We encourage students and families to join our staff in showing off our Puesta del Sol pride each Wednesday by wearing shirts, hats, pins and other apparel and accessories that represent Puesta del Sol!

Register for K-5 Innovation Lab (Formerly Robotics Club):  We are excited to launch our Innovation Lab program, formally known as Robotics Club, for the 2018-19 school year! Please see the linked attachment below for details and to register your student. If you have any questions, please contact Sra. Delia at villanuevad@bsd405.org

2018-19 Robotics (Innovation Lab) Registration Form.pdf

Puesta del Sol Visitor & Parent Guidelines:  Below is a linked attachment to an important addition to our Community Handbook. In collaboration with the school district and Puesta del Sol PTA leadership, we have updated essential communication and visitation guidelines. For each Noticias we will spotlight a section within the new guidelines:

Morning Line-Up
We appreciate your presence during morning line-up.

  • This transition from home to school can be difficult for some students and having you be there for them before teachers greet them as they come into the pod areas can be of great help!
  • Friendly interactions with students are welcome, however, please refrain from giving out any food or trinkets, as they can present allergy concerns or become a distraction.
  • Please say goodbye to your student before they enter the pod area.

Puesta del Sol Visitor and Parent Guidelines.docx

Pets on Campus during School Please remember that pets are not allowed on school campus before, during or after school. Service animals are welcome of course.

Bus Pick-up on Other Campuses For students being dropped at bus stops located on other school campuses, please remember that students need to be picked up in a timely manner and that other schools do not have the capacity to supervise students that are waiting on their campuses to be picked up.

School Break Food Assistance:  For any family experiencing economic hardship, and for those qualifying for Free/Reduced Lunch, Bellevue LifeSpring has partnered with the Bellevue School District to provide food items and meals during extended breaks during the school year (winter break, spring break, etc.). Please see the linked attachment to apply (information and application is in English and Spanish).

Breaktime Mealtime Program.pdf

September Safety Drill: Shelter-in-Place:  Today we had our scheduled Safety Drill for the month of September. This month’s drill was a shelter-in-place drill. A shelter-in place drill is practice for response to a chemical release outside the building. Due to the high elevation and wind direction in the area, Puesta del Sol is in a reasonably safe vantage point when it comes to chemical spills, especially if there were to be one on the I-405 or I-90. Our safety team, made up of staff and district safety and security team members, have been leading our entire staff in conducting practice drills in appropriate and effective ways so that we are equipped and prepared if an emergency would ever arise here at school. Our number one goal is student safety.

Here is our process for shelter-in-place drills:

  • Shut down the HVAC system (simulate for a drill)
  • Close all windows and doors
  • Remain indoors
  • Use a wet towel or clothing items can be used to seal the gap under the door (simulate with dry items during a drill)
  • Stay calm and quiet
  • Wait for further instructions or the “all clear”

Our goal is to have our staff and students be as best prepared as possible to respond in all types of emergency situations.  One way to support your students at home is to have conversations with your students, at a developmentally appropriate level, regarding the purpose of this drill and the information provided above. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Upcoming K-5 Bullying Prevention Unit (BPU):  At our Curriculum Night presentation this month, we discussed BPU as a new addition to our social-emotional learning curriculum. Information is being sent home by teachers outlining the purpose and learning outcomes related to BPU as well as how you can access more detailed information about the lesson series which we are teaching ahead of Unity Day on October 24.

One important aspect of the Bullying Prevention Unit is how bullying is defined for students and adults:

  • Bullying definition for students in grades K-3:  “Bullying is when someone keeps being mean to someone else on purpose.”
  • Bullying definition for students in grades 4-5:  “Bullying is when someone keeps being mean to someone else on purpose. The person it’s happening to hasn’t been able to make it stop. It is unfair and one-sided.”
  • Bullying definition for adults:  “Bullying is repeated (or has the potential to be repeated); involves a real or perceived imbalance of power; has the intent to cause physical or emotional harm; and has significant impact on the bullied student.”

Below are links to resources to assist you in learning more about BPU and supporting your student at home:
K-5 Bullying Prevention Unit (BPU) Scope and Sequence

Resources for Educators and Families

A Mindful Response to Bullying

Mindfulness for Kids and Their Adults (App)

Previous Announcements 

Parking:  Parking is often difficult on campus and the first few weeks of school can be particularly challenging. Please pay close attention to where parking is allowed and be mindful of the Childcare parking spaces as you enter campus on the right (the southeast lot). These spaces are designated for the Early Learning and After School Program and not the regular grades K-5 Puesta del Sol program.

When arriving on campus, be sure to never cross into the uphill, south bound lane where it is impossible to see oncoming vehicles thereby creating a major safety hazard. Instead, if you are unable to wait in line, park in the neighborhood and walk to campus.

Also related to parking, the Bellevue Police Department has asked that we remind you not to park along the right hand side (east side) of 133rd Ave SE between SE 41st ST and the entrance to campus. Cars parked on that side of the street encroach on the north bound flow of traffic onto campus and force cars to drive in the south bound lane. Other areas of the neighborhood where traffic can pass freely without crossing the center line are generally allowable, though please do not block drive ways and observe other street signs where posted.

Courage (El Valor) – Our Virtue of the Month for September:  Throughout the school year, we plan monthly assemblies based on our virtues, including teachers recognizing students for demonstrating our monthly Virtues. We encourage families to discuss, revisit and reinforce our monthly virtues at home. Our Noticias will include general explanations as well as talking points to support discussions, for example:

What is Courage?

Courage is personal bravery in the face of fear. It is doing what needs to be done even when it is really hard or scary. Courage is going ahead even when you feel like giving up. It is needed in trying new things, admitting mistakes and then doing the right thing, and strength in your heart.

How do you practice Courage?

Courage helps you do the right thing. When you feel afraid, name the fear and then let it go. Then do what you really want to do. Admit mistakes and learn from them. Keep trying. Stand up for what you know is right even if all your friends are doing something wrong. Ask for help when you need it. Let courage fill your heart.

Jonathan Shearer
Principal | Puesta del Sol Elementary