Please be reminded of dismissal times during conference wee k:

Monday 10/14 - 11:50am
Tuesday 10/15 - 11:50am
Wednesday 10/16 - 1:50pm (regular Wednesday schedule)
Thursday 10/17 - 11:50am
Friday 10/18 - NO SCHOOL


October 7-17

It's that time of year. Fall Book Fair is coming!

We are super excited to be hosting this annual, most loved library fundraiser. The library will be hosting Scholastic Book Fair from October 7 th -October 17 th . The theme this year is Arctic Adventure!

More information will be coming home soon with students, along with the Scholastic New Books Flyer.

In the meantime, you can check out our home page at Scholastic Book Fairs online. The homepage includes information on Book Fair open hours and online sales. 

NEW PAYMENT OPTION THIS YEAR : Scholastic has a new payment feature called Ewallet. Parents can sign up for a student account, deposit funds for students to use during book fair sales, and student accounts are accessed directly from the cash registers at the fair.  No more sending kids to school with cash! Sign up for this on our Scholastic Home Page:

Interested in volunteering? Check out opportunities to volunteer here
Questions? Feel free to contact Shelly Gordon, Librarian.  


due by 10/17

Thank you to all of you who participated in Math Challenge #1. Congratulations to the following winners: Owen J, Yash S, Aditi A, Sophie S, Rishi S, Jacob O, Ethan J, Sanvi D, Tim Z, Kristina U, Owen U, Sasha F.

Math Challenge #2 is now available here. For this challenge, 12 qualified submissions will be randomly selected for a prize. 

Please feel free to try more questions than the minimum required for your grade level in order to qualify. Grab some friends and family and work on the challenge together!

The due date for Math Challenge #2 is Thursday, October 17th (by 3:20 pm).

Let the challenge begin!
Janelle Urfer
Wency Yan
Order by 10/31

There were 16 entries in the logo/design contest for this year's spirit wear. 
Thank you to all these creative artists! 

Please join me in congratulating the two finalists: 
Jake L (3 rd grade and 2nd place).  

The artist who will have their logo design printed on this year's spirit wear is Ameya C  (1 st grade)! Congratulations!! 

We've got SPIRIT, how about you? 

Spirit wear orders are available ONLINE starting TODAY through October 31 st
click here to order. 

**** Please select "Bellevue pick up" in the option for shipping. PTA will pick up the orders in bulk and deliver to them to student classrooms. You will be charged $8.95 if you want your order shipped directly to you. This is non-refundable. Choose wisely. **** 

Spirit Wear Chair
October 21-25

Thank you to those who have already downloaded the new app and started scanning their receipts! Please also continue to cut out and save your physical Box Top coupons - just make sure they aren't expired and that the 4 digit code and expiration date is legible. We will have a class contest to see which grade can collect the most Box Tops for a prize! We will be collecting them October 21 st  through October 25 th.


"Look Within"  

The Reflections Program is a National PTA and Washington State PTA cultural arts competition which was started in 1969 and is the largest arts in education program of its kind in the United States. The purpose of the program is to provide an opportunity for students to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works, created around a specific theme. A student may submit an entry in any of the following six arts categories, or as a   special artist (an option for students with disabilities who receive services under IDEA or Section 504):

Visual Arts ( Please note that the LWPTSA is unable to accept 3D art for 2019-2020)

Participation Rules and Student Entry Forms available on the Rockwell PTA Website  (hard copies are available in the Rockwell Main Office - please take only what you need). 

  • Deadline for Entries:   Friday, 10/25 @ 1:30pm, Rockwell Main Office 
  • Rockwell Art Show: Thursday, 11/7 from 5:30-7:30pm, Rockwell Library 
  • District Art Show: Friday, 1/10 from 4-8pm, Lake Washington Resource Center

Please let us know if you have any questions!

We are just about at the half way point for Walk to School Month. Keep up the good work! We are almost there.

One way that you can get your fa mily motivated to start thinking about not driving is by walking or biking to other activities outside of school hours! Changing your mind set and giving up driving alone to a friend's house or to the grocery store can really help establish great habits and create a new routine for the family!

For more helpful tips on incorporating walking, biking, or carpooling check out the SchoolPool blog here .

Email the Redmond SchoolPool staff   if you have any questions!

  • On Wednesday, October 23rd from 12:50-1:20 there will be First Graders Around the World Recess Fun in Portable 1.  There will be games, students who are bilingual can share and speak their home language and bring a book or item to share, and everyone can learn about other countries. First Graders and their families are welcome.
  • We are starting a conversation group for parents who want to practice their English. If you only speak English and would be willing to be a part of the group or if you want to practice English, everyone is welcome. Please fill in this survey to help us decide what would be a good time of the day for our first meeting.
English Learning Teacher

We're still looking for volunteers for this popular program. If you are a stay at home parent and interested in assisting our students,  please click here to sign up! 

Any questions, please contact Christine Cottom, Rockwell P.E. Specialist. 


Hello Rockwell families and community members! 

Is your family looking for a fun gardening project? Do you want to help keep Rockwell looking amazing?

Every year for Community Serve Day, our wonderful volunteers spruce up all of our planter boxes including minor repairs plus fresh soil and flowers just before school starts. We need your help in maintaining them and keeping them looking fresh, so we're looking for families to "adopt" a Beagle Box.  Commitment is roughly 3 months.

Responsibilities include:
  • Light trimming weeding, and pruning of existing foliage
  • Watering
  • Replacing soil (minimal) and flowers as needed (small budget is provided)
  • Anything else that strikes your fancy!
This could be a very satisfying way for your whole family to get their hands dirty:)

Sounds fun, right? If interested, please contact Elaine Bentzinger

The school has an ongoing need for help during lunch time (serving students and clean up). The time commitment is from 11:40 to 1pm.

If you are willing and able to help, please click here to pick a time slot (or several). 

Thank you in advance!


October is both Disability Awareness Month and Bullying Prevention Month. At Rockwell, we will be promoting these themes by continuing our work with students on inclusion and empathy. Our approach is a positive one, teaching students the behaviors we want them to exhibit instead of just focusing on behaviors we want to extinguish. Teachers often use a technique in their classrooms called "narrating the positive" which means pointing out what others are doing well instead of misbehavior.  In this month's Home School Connection newsletter, you will find an article about how to use this strategy at home to promote desired behavior.
Other good reads in this month's newsletter include:
  • Information about how making mistakes are actually good for our children; mistakes help them grow and learn.
  • Suggestions for setting up a successful homework routine at home.
  • Tip for how to get more included with your child's education by partnering with the classroom teacher.
You can find these articles and more in October's newsletter  here.
Take care,

Hello, Rockwell Families!

If you haven't already, please send in your PTA membership forms online or by paper form/kid mail.  PTA membership is required to participate in many PTA activities from being a room parent to chaperoning after school enrichment activities.  Only PTA members can handle money in volunteer activities that collect money like the ice cream social or musical concessions . 

For some families, if money is an issue, our PTA has many scholarships available for membership.  Please contact the school counselor to utilize these funds.

Karen Hernan
Membership chair

This statewide essay contest explores the important and varied influencers in the lives and education of children - from the children's perspective. Every day children are exposed to a variety of people and each one has an opportunity to influence the path a child decides to take. Whether it is someone that sparks an interest in a new topic, helps them work through a problem, shapes the kind of person they want to become by modeling behavior, simply listens to them, or any number of other actions, this is the platform for students to share their appreciation. 

The application deadline is March 1.

You can learn more about the contest here.


If you didn't order your yearbook when you completed your First Day Packet online, you can do so by going to LifeTouch and using Yearbook ID # 4886520.

Also, we're still looking for a few more parents to help create the yearbook. Work from home on your schedule to organize all the wonderful photos we're getting! Please email Abigail Welborn ( to volunteer.
Volunteer at Rockwell!

Share your talents, gain experience and inspire a child. 

If you're planning to volunteer in the classroom, library or during an after school program, you must be approved by the district.

LWSD recently updated the volunteer application; you can find it here. Your volunteer status will expire after 2 years, at which time you will receive a notice to renew.

Thank you for volunteering!

Places to earn: 
Click here for all the easy ways that your shopping can benefit Rockwell!

View the flyers approved by LWSD and targeted to Rockwell from local organizations...sports tryouts, after school classes, and community events. 
The best way to stay informed!

Join PTA to access all the directory information.

Volunteer Application:  
It's easy to complete and is good for 2 years. Fill yours out or check your renewal status today! Do it now and be ready to volunteer when school begins!
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The Beagle Bugle welcomes article submissions from students and parents .  Student journalists may submit articles about current events, students opinion-editorials and poems or short stories.  Parents may submit articles about PTA events and school related topics. 

Any article that is unrelated to PTA or Rockwell must be approved by the Lake Washington School District, and may be submitted to the Peach Jar E-flyer system.  The Lake Washington School District website has more information on the submission and approval process.

Short pieces will be edited for inclusion in the Bugle, longer pieces will be posted on the website with a link in the Bugle.  The Deadline for submissions for the next weekly Bugle is the preceding Thursday.  The Bugle Staff reserves the right to be selective regarding the materials that are publicized.
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Elizabeth Rosemond
Beagle Bugle Editor
Norman Rockwell Elementary PTA
Norman Rockwell Elementary - Redmond, WA