With inclement weather in the forecast, click here to review BSD info on emergency closures.

January 8, 2020

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 Students Lead for Environmental and Social Justice:  We are incredibly proud of the hard work our students are dedicating to affect change in our world. Recent examples include our Green Team, or Equipo Verde, led by Teachers Sra. Mónica and Srta. Stephanie and supported by numerous parents. On December 12 prior to winter break, Equipo Verde and the entire school was honored by the City of Bellevue for winning the Green Genius Cafeteria Challenge, a district-wide competition. It is the third year in a row that we have won the competition to reduce garbage and promote zero waste. Click here to read the story where Puesta del Sol is highlighted!

Speaking of environmental awareness, just today, all students participated in a program from King County called “Curiosity Quest: Protecting ‘R’ Planet.” Students learned how waste reduction, recycling and composting help the earth’s land, water and air. The assembly also taught how waste reduction plays a role in reducing the factors that lead to climate change. All students learned concrete ways to keep waste out of the landfill and make everyday choices at school and at home that have the least impact on the planet.

Puesta del Sol has also been a leader in positively affecting the lives of others in our community through the district Food Share Program that was originally launched at Puesta del Sol. So far this school year, along with 10 other schools, Puesta del Sol has donated over 12,000 pounds of food to Hopelink. Click here to read all about it!

Finally, this month, our students in La liga contra el racismo, or Students Organized Against Racism (SOAR), are planning our annual MLK Day Assembly coming up on January 29! A special thank you to Teachers Sra. Mattson and Mstra. Galaviz for leading La liga in this very important work!

Mark Your Calendars:  Below are additional important dates and school community events.

January 8 – Incoming Kindergarten Information Night (6:00 PM in the Gym)
January 17-18 – Drama Production – Pinocchio (7:00 PM at Forest Ridge School)
January 20 – NO SCHOOL (MLK Day)
January 24 – PTA Movie Night
January 27 – NO SCHOOL (End of First Semester)
January 28 – Passport Club Check Day

January 29 – Annual MLK Day Assemblies
January 29 – PTA General Membership Meeting (7:00 PM)
January 31 – Winter Dance: The Snow Ball (6:30 PM in the Gym)
February 1 – BSD Job Fair at Tillicum MS
February 7 – Progress Reports Sent Home with Students
February 10 – Choir Zone Concert for Grades 3-5 (7:00 PM at Sammamish HS)
February 11 – BSD Capital Bond Election
February 12 – Family STEM Engineering and Science Fair Information Night
February 17-21 – NO SCHOOL (Midwinter Break)
February 25 – Passport Club Check Day

Important School Safety Information:  With safety as a priority and the possibility of snow in the forecast next week, we want to communicate a couple of important points regarding updating emergency contacts as well as our family reunification process.
Updating Emergency Contacts
Please go into ParentVue to update your child’s emergency contacts (instructions linked below). This includes the people that are allowed to come and pick up your student(s) from school in the case of an emergency. You can add as many people as you like. An updated list will help speed up the process in the event of an emergency where someone other than yourself needs to pick up your student(s). It is a good idea to communicate with your student(s) who the possible people who can come pick them up are, so that they can feel safe and prepared.

Guide – Online Student Data Verification for Parents with ParentVUE Account.pdf

Reunification at Puesta del Sol
The Bellevue School District has a standardized process for reunification in the case of an emergency. Please see the link below for detailed information and instructions. As is necessary in all emergency situations, it is important to be flexible and receptive to the needs of each particular situation. We will have a “Check-In”/ “Check-Out” gate system.

BSD Reunification Info For Parents.pdf

In the event that the district has declared an unscheduled early dismissal or school closure (power outage, emergency early release for snow, etc.), students will stay in their classrooms with their teachers. We will close the front office and have parents enter the double doors located on the southwest side of the gym, closest to parent pick-up. Inside, the gym will be divided in half. The “Check-in” gate consists of tables in alphabetical order by last name where you will fill out a set of carts (please see the BSD Reunification Info for Parents for more information). Once you have filled out the paperwork, you will go to the other half of the gym to the “Check-out” gate, where you will wait for your child(ren) while a runner retrieves them from the classroom(s). Once you have been given the all clear from the “Check-out” gate, you will exit with your student(s) through the northeast double doors closest to the school garden

In a building-wide emergency where, for example, an earthquake or fire where the building needs to be evacuated, we will have a ”Check-in” gate close to the parking lot, and a “Check-out” gate by the playground. Based on the event, a reunification may occur at a different location than Puesta del Sol.

The safety of our students is our most important priority. Please review this process with anyone who would be picking up your student(s), so that we can make the process work as smoothly and quickly as possible. We thank you for your cooperation and patience before and during the process. Please reach out to us with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your partnership!

Upcoming Child Protection Unit for Students in Grades K-2: Below is a linked attachment to our annual communication regarding the upcoming Second Step Curriculum’s Child Protection Unit for grades K-2. Please review it and contact your student’s teacher or School Counselor Debra Miller at millerd@bsd405.org if you have any questions.
BSD Family Child Protection Unit Letter.pdf

Fun Upcoming PTA Events for the Whole Family:  This month there are two can’t-miss events supported by the PTA: The Drama Club Production of Pinocchio is Friday and Saturday, January 17-18 at 7:00 PM at Forest Ridge School. Tickets are $10-$15. Click here for more information on online ticket sales.

The PTA is sponsoring an all school dance called “The Snow Ball” coming up on January 31, from 6:30-8:00 PM in the Gym. There will be music and dancing with DJ, bake sale items and pizza to purchase (cash only), a family raffle for fabulous winter prizes, and a free snow cone for attendees. Click here for more information.

Bellevue School District Job Fair on February 1:  The Bellevue School District is hiring! You are invited on Saturday, February 1, from 9:00-1:00 PM at Tillicum Middle School. Come learn about certificated and classified positions in the Bellevue School District. You will have the opportunity to apply on-site. Select positions will be holding screening interviews. Departments from across the district will be available to discuss open positions and the importance each role has in achieving the district mission. For more information on the Job Fair, click here, and to view current job openings, click here.

Support the Bellevue Capital Bond Vote on February 11:  The Bellevue community has a long history of supporting our students and schools to ensure that Bellevue maintains the high quality our community expects. The Bellevue School District is asking the community to consider a capital bond on the Feb. 11, 2020 ballot to address critical needs in the areas of safety, aging schools and additional classroom space to accommodate our continuing growth.

The 2020 capital projects bond will provide students with high-quality learning spaces by replacing aging school buildings and adding classrooms and student support spaces and increase safety and security for students and schools among other needs. Read more about the capital bond on our website at bsd405.org/2020bond. For a one-page fact sheet, click here (available in Spanish and Chinese).