Puesta del Sol | Noticias del Director

A reminder that there is NO SCHOOL this coming Friday, October 12.

October 11, 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.

Mark Your Calendars:  Below are important dates over the months of October and November!

October 12 – NO SCHOOL (Professional Development Day for Staff)
October 18 – Great Washington ShakeOut Earthquake Drill
October 22 – Picture Re-take Day
October 24 – Unity Day (Wear Orange!)
October 26 – Box Tops Due
October 26 – PTA Pumpkin Bash Family Fun Night
October 30 – Passport Check Day
November 2 – PTA Movie Night “Coco”
November 7 – Annual Veterans Day Assemblies (see below)
November 9 – NO SCHOOL (Fall Conferences)
November 12 – NO SCHOOL (Veterans Day)
November 16 – Reflections Projects Due
November 22-23 – NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving)
November 27 – Passport Check Day

November 7 Virtues and Veterans Day Assembly:  Along with celebrating our monthly virtue for November, our Veterans Day assembly will once again honor our veterans, including those with relations to students and staff and Puesta del Sol.

As we have done in the past, we again invite families to email us a photo of a family member or relative that is a veteran for us to include in our slideshow. Please also include the veteran’s name, military branch and rank, and relation to your Puesta del Sol student. We ask that you email your photo and information to Assistant Principal Angelie Duimovic at duimovica@bsd405.org. We may not have a previous photo on file so please email us one if you would like it included in our slideshow. We appreciate your support and you are welcome to join us on November ! Below is the schedule:

9:10-9:40 – Assembly for Grades 1, 3, 5
9:50-10:20 – Assembly for Grades K, 2, 4

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:

Puesta del Sol Visitor and Parent Guidelines.docx

Addressing Questions and Resolving Concerns

At Puesta del Sol, as in the Bellevue School District, we pride ourselves in a culture of service. We understand that questions and concerns may occasionally surface related to school operations, classroom practices or the overall instructional program. Please note:

  • Addressing questions and resolving concerns is important to our staff.
  • In accordance with Bellevue School District Procedure 4220P: Complaints Concerning Staff and Programs (Click here), remember to initiate communication with the individual directly responsible for the program, event, action or decision. For example, if you have a question or concern regarding a classroom procedure, contact the teacher directly to seek clarification and resolution, rather than contacting the building administrator.

When working through a question, concern, or informal complaint, we ask that you follow the following from District Procedure 4220P:

  1. Begin the conversation with the acknowledgement that each is operating with the best of intentions.
  2. Work collaboratively to understand the other’s point of view.
  3. Work to resolve the concern through conversation before initiating a formal complaint.

If you feel the concern or informal complaint has not been resolved, you may initiate the formal complaint process as detailed in Procedure 4220P: Complaints Concerning Staff and Programs (Click here).

Panorama Student Survey:  This fall we will be doing the Panorama student perception survey to collect information on school climate and to provide teachers with feedback from students. The survey is run through Panorama Education (http://www.panoramaed.com) and is given to all students in grades 3-12 in the district. This is the fifth year we are doing the survey.

The purpose of the survey is to help increase student voice in our district. It gives us an indication of where our strengths are and where we can do better. Here is some additional information about the survey:

  • The survey is confidential. Staff will not see how an individual student answers a survey.
  • It takes students about 15-20 minutes to complete the survey.
  • Students fill out a section on school climate, and then fill out a teacher survey for their teacher.
  • The survey will be given in class between now and November 8.
  • Results will be out in mid-November. Teacher-level reports are only be available to the individual teachers themselves. Principals and district staff will receive summary data for schools and the district as a whole.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Naomi Calvo, Director of Research, Evaluation & Assessment, at calvon@bsd405.org or (425) 456-4274.

Parking, Drop-Off and Pick-Up Reminders:  It is important that all families follow our traffic guidelines while on campus and other the campuses of other schools. Below are several reminders:

  • Student drop-off and pick-up takes place in the south lot near the Early Learning Center only, and not in the bus lanes or staff parking area.
  • Avoid parking in those spaces near the Early Learning Center marked as pick-up and drop-off for childcare and pre-school.
  • Avoid parking in the red zones, particularly those on the south side of the gym which are reserved for kitchen deliveries.

At school bus pick-ups on other school campuses, be sure to avoid double parking or taking staff parking spaces while dropping off or picking up your student. 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. Contact that school’s main office if you have any questions.

Previous Announcements 

Current K-5 Bullying Prevention Unit (BPU):  At our Curriculum Night presentation in September, 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)

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!

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

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.


Jonathan Shearer
Principal | Puesta del Sol Elementary