January 18, 2021
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 Calendar: Below are some important dates to note!
January 31 – End of Semester
February 11 – Progress Reports Available to View via ParentVue
February 21-25 – NO SCHOOL (Midwinter Break)
Click here to view the District 2021-2022 calendar for families.
Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Today students engaged in our virtual MLK assembly, honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Importantly, our central message for honoring Dr. King’s legacy at the assembly was elevating the relevance and connection to our values at Puesta del Sol, specifically our values of unidad, amor e inclusión. We encourage you to ask you student/s their takeaways from the assembly and how we can all promote and live towards greater racial and social justice in our community, country and world.
Supporting our Jewish Community: Many of you are aware of the recent violence towards members of the Jewish community in Texas this past weekend. Together we condemn these acts in the strongest terms. Acts of violence are never acceptable.
Along with collectively identifying and denouncing this increase in acts of hate, as we shared in a letter to our school community in June 2021, we must also commit to sustained education for ourselves and our students. Below are a several resources that we invite you to review and discuss with your students in developmentally appropriate ways.
Along with these resources, we encourage you to view the 40-minute recording from Puesta del Sol’s PTA Plática with Parent Jessica Fenton about her grandparents’ survival from the holocaust. Below is the link: https://youtu.be/_vhzsVtpPX4
COVID Surge Precautions: During this recent increase in COVID cases, the Bellevue School District is asking schools to incorporate additional safety measures until February 18, including:
- Postpone fieldtrips and in-person assemblies (unless virtual)
- Host school-related meetings virtually
- Limit visitors to essential needs; essential volunteers may continue
We recognize the inconvenience this may cause to many of our families. Thank you for your flexibility and grace during this time.
Family Engagement Survey: The Bellevue School District’s Department of Family Engagement is hosting its annual Family Engagement Survey from January 4 to February 1, 2022. Please look for an email from Panorama Education received on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, with a survey link and instructions.
The purpose of the survey is to gather feedback from you, our families, around how our school informs, supports, and empowers you to contribute to your student’s success. Your valuable feedback is essential to the continuous improvement and advancement of the family engagement practices in our school community, and we thank you in advance, for your participation.
For more information, please visit: Family Engagement Survey
Upon completion of the Family Engagement Survey, we invite your input on grading in the Bellevue School District. Visit https://bsd405.org/grades for more information.
Welcome New Puesta del Sol Staff: Puesta del Sol is excited to welcome new staff this month!
María Aznar – 4th Grade Teacher
Ce’Arra Martin – General School Assistant (GSA)
Sepideh Mazloumi Kappeler – School Psychologist
Jocelyn Muñoz Barajas – General School Assistant (GSA)
Liz Naranjo-King – General School Assistant (GSA)
First Semester Progress Reports: Families can access progress reports via StudentVUE and ParentVUE after 12:00 PM on Friday, February 11. Click here for more information on how to access progress reports via StudentVUE and ParentVUE. See also the links for accessing ParentVUE and StudentVUE (English, Spanish, Chinese).
February 8 Levy Renewal: Bellevue School District is asking our community to consider renewing two levies to continue funding for our students and schools. The levies bridge the gap between state funding for our district and the cost of tools, programs and facilities our students need to become creators of their future world.
Educational Programs and Operations Levy Renewal – Continues funding for critical day-to-day school operations to ensure EVERY student in our district has access to:
- High quality teaching and learning by funding:
- Additional school staff
- 7th period classes and tutorial at middle schools and high schools
- World languages in middle school
- Supports to ensure the wellbeing of students by funding:
- Additional school nurses
- Student programs not fully funded by the state including:
- Special education
- STEM programs and AP classes
- Opportunities for students not funded by the state including:
- Orchestra, band, music, and art in elementary schools
- After school activities
Technology and Capital Projects Levy Renewal – Maintains our investment in student technology and facilities, so every BSD student has access to a safe and modern learning environment. Renewal of the Technology and Capital Projects Levy continues critical funding for:
- Exceptional education for all students
- Access to new technologies and software that support student learning
- Collaborative STEM learning
- A computer or tablet for every student
- Integrated digital curriculum
- Software maintenance and updates
- Classroom technology and training for teachers
- Technology for teaching and learning in our classrooms
- Professional development to ensure our educators have the technology training they need
- Maintaining and updating our school buildings
- Large scale school improvements like the carpeting, roofing, and heating and cooling systems
- Repairs and maintenance to our school buildings
Flamenco is Back: Learn Flamenco Dance!
Mondays, 3:35- 4:45 PM
Jan. 10, 24, 31, Feb. 7 & 14
Puesta del Sol Gymnasium
Flamenco is open to boys and girls in grades K-5, with a minimum of 5 students and a maximum of 25 students per session.
Flamenco dance includes lots of footwork (stomping!), percussion hand clapping patterns, arm and hand movements for both boys and girls, proud posture, finger snapping, moving to the rhythms of flamenco music. The students will also learn a singing number with clapping and choreography. The instructor for this class is internationally known Flamenco dancer and teacher, Ana Montes (www.anamontes.com).
For more information and to sign up:
Host an Amity Intern in 2022-2023: Puesta del Sol is looking for host families for our 2022-23 Amity interns. Host families play a vital role in the success of the program. By welcoming an intern from another country into their home, volunteer host families gain friendship, understanding, knowledge and a connection to the world. Host families will experience new tastes and customs and have the chance to practice their intern’s language. Your children will learn about different parts of the world from the intern and may receive extra help with their own language studies.
At Puesta del Sol, our host families typically host for 13 weeks but offer longer durations. You may select to host for Fall, Winter or Spring or half-year, and we will extend full year if necessary. The Amity Committee needs 20 host family applications for 6 interns to ensure improved matching and experience for our interns and families. You may make a preference for male or female and/or time of year. We are in need of families interested in hosting male interns.
To apply to be a host family, please fill out an application.
Learn more about the program at:
Questions? Email us at email@example.com
From Previous Noticias
Update on Assistant Principal Mary Colón: Starting this January, Sra. Colón will be shifting from the Puesta del Sol familia to support the BSD Virtual Academy. The BSD Virtual Academy has had a number of maternity/paternity leaves and has been in need of additional support for students, families and staff. Given Sra. Colon’s own personal and family needs right now, this felt like the right move for her and her family. We are so fortunate to have had Sra. Colon as part of our community even for such a short amount of time. We want to thank her for her heart, joy and leadership, and wish her the best in her new role with the BSD Virtual Academy. I also want to take a moment to thank Sr. Sheffield who has stepped out of his PE role to support Puesta del Sol students in Ms. Colón’s absence, and am thrilled that he is willing to continue in this role through the end of the year. Likewise, Sr. Nassar has done an outstanding job filling in for Sr. Sheffield in PE, and will continue in the role until the end of the school year.
Important Update on the New Building: As most of you know, building construction is underway on a new facility for our school community. However, recently, we were made aware of an update to a local union strike that began December 3, 2021, that may impact our plans. Construction to the new Puesta Del Sol Elementary School will be paused soon because of a labor strike by the Teamsters Local 174 division’s concrete workers. We do not know how long the strike will continue or the amount of time that work may be delayed. As a result, this may impact our ability to move into the new building prior to the start of the 2022/2023 school year. The district will continue work on the building, but will have to stop at some point because work cannot proceed without concrete which is critical to the construction and building process. BSD will provide more information as soon as it comes available.
Pre-arranged Absence Reminders: A reminder that if your student will be missing school for vacation, a family event, a tournament or most reasons other than illness or appointments, you must submit a Pre-Arranged absence form 5 school days before the absence. Pre-arranged absence forms can be picked up at the front office or printed off the school website. If one is not turned in before the absence, your absence is unexcused. Only 5 Pre-Arranged absences PER school year will be excused, an extension of that are will be unexcused.
Change of Plans for After School Dismissal: If your plans for dismissal change for your student, such as a change from riding the bus to pick-up, please first alert the Puesta del Sol Main Office at firstname.lastname@example.org, then your student’s teacher.
Main Office Limitations: Our Main Office is a central hub and welcoming location for students, staff and families. Given this, it is often very busy with staff unable to facilitate every request. For example, please refrain from dropping off items—such as clothing, car seats and school projects—for other families to pick up. Main Office staff members are not able to take possession or be responsible for such items, and we recommend that families communicate directly with one another to deliver such items. Thank you for your support!
BSD Guide to Assessments: The new Guide to Assessments page currently features information about Star Testing, followed by an explanation of the unique Fall 2021 state SBA/WCAS tests. In the future, we will be adding additional content on various assessments. Link: https://bsd405.org/departments/curriculum/guide-to-assessments.