BEAGLE BUGLE - ROCKWELL PTA AND SCHOOL NEWS
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HALLOWEEN PARADE
Thursday, October 31 @ 2:20pm

The Rockwell Halloween parade tradition continues! 

This year's parade will be on Thursday, October 31, at 2:20 PM. As always, please let us know if your child will not be participating in the Halloween parade, so we may plan a fun, alternate activity. 

All students are welcome to participate in the parade and to bring their costumes to school for the event. All costumes must follow regular school dress rules and should not be too violent or scary (please remember we have students as young as 5 years old at our school). No weapons are allowed at school, real or pretend, at any time. Please remember that students should be able to put their costumes on over regular clothes, and that teachers and staff will not be able to assist students in changing.

Click here to see a detailed parade map (click here for the inside parade route, in the event of inclement weather).

Here's to a fun parade on the 31st!
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SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE SURVEY

In an effort to continue improving our communication and partnership with the school and build on the success from last year, the PTA and Rockwell Elementary have chosen to continue progress within the awarded designation, School of Excellence.

Timely input is crucial to our overall development and will be utilized to gain a stronger understanding of your views. 

Please submit your responses electronically or on the form being sent home in kid mail by November 15 th .

Click HERE to submit your survey online.

Thank you!
ANNUAL BEAGLE CONTRIBUTION
URGENT!!! We Need Your Help! This is our last chance!


We are currently at 85%  of our annual goal of raising  $36,000 for our school. If you are new to Rockwell, have not donated yet for the year or still need to get your corporate matching in, there is still time and we need  your help! 

If we don't get fully funded by the end of October, many awesome programs will get cut! We are in the critical time to decide what we will give to our children this year. Our kids are at risk to loose STEM Night, Science Van and the Musical!!!   

 
WHAT IS ABC - Annual Beagle Contribution?

ABC is Rockwell's primary PTA fundraiser. The funds raised are allocated to provide Rockwell students and families with resources and services. These services enrich and maximize the education of students during the school year.  Rockwell PTA depends solely on ABC to fund the annual operations budget and the many programs we provide for our students at Rockwell including:
  • Academic Enrichment activities
  • Grade Level Grants
  • After School Events
Help us by donating now.  


CORPORATE MATCHING!!! (Yes, we love the FREE money!)

If you have already contributed, THANK YOU SO MUCH! Also, please  don't forget the opportunity to increase your donation through corporate matching.  

Please check if your company offers matching. Only 5-10 minutes  of your time filling the company form could raise our funds ! Click here to learn more about Corporate Matching.
                            
We appreciate your support! 
VP of Fundraising
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BOX TOPS CONTEST
October 21-28 (EXTENDED!)


Hi families, we have decided to extend our Box Top coupon collection contest until Monday the 28th. The class with the most unexpired coupons will win a Pizza Party, thanks to donations from Papa Johns and QFC. The best grade level will win a 10 minute recess. Please turn in all non-expired coupons that have both the product code and expiration date.

The Box Tops program is changing how they collect their coupons and are moving away from the physical coupon. They have introduced their own app where you can take a picture of your whole grocery receipt for points to our school. As of now, we will still be collecting physical coupons until they stop printing them all together. During this transition period, it's possible to collect two points for each product - the physical coupon clipped and turned as well as from scanning our receipts! The money that comes from turning these in goes straight to the PTA to fund various projects.

After Monday, you can start another collection of Box Tops for the Spring collection. I keep a ziplock baggie on my fridge for ongoing collections, and the app scans will always update  our school's collection year round.

Thanks,
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TIME TO TURN IN YOUR SCHOOLPOOL CALENDARS!

PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR CALENDAR TO HELP US EARN $5 FROM THE CITY OF REDMOND.

Only one day of walking, biking, carpooling or riding the school bus for the month of October is needed to count towards earning money for our school.  

Submit signed calendars to receive a cookie coupon for your student(s), and  $5 for our PTA!   This is FREE MONEY for our kids, with up to $1500 (if at least 300 Rockwell families submit their calendar) allotted for our PTSA.  

Since we are short in ABC this year, we need a majority of families to turn in your calendar so send it in today!   The deadline for turn-in is this  Friday, Nov 1st !  All money earned will go directly to school enrichment programs and classroom grants.

If you have lost your calendar, extras are in the Rockwell Main Office or email me at  fundraising@normanrockwellpta.org and I will make sure your child's teacher gets one to distribute to your child.

Thank you all for participating and help us raise PTA funds!

Juju Ratanaprateepporn
Rockwell mom / Fundraising VP
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SPIRIT WEAR ORDERING IS LIVE!
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. **** 

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POKEMON/TRADING CARDS UPDATE


Hello Beagle Families,
 
Due to a recent series of friendship and recess issues, we are going to take a break from bringing personal Pok√©mon cards (and other trading cards) to school beginning on Monday the 28th. 

I know many students enjoy playing with the cards, and I have purchased a set for students to use during library recess sessions. The guys and ladies have heard information about this change during morning announcements, and I will continue to share reminders over the next several days. If students do bring their cards to school, we will follow the guidelines on page 18 of our handbook (classroom reminders, then office support).
 
Thank you, everyone, and  please let me know if you have any questions. Have a great day, and I look forward to seeing you at school later this week!
 
Kind Regards,
-Mr. Clark
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MATH CHALLENGE #3
Due by Thursday, October 31

Thank you to all of you who participated in Math Challenge #2. 

Congratulations to the following winners:  Ella L, Meher K, Derek G, Dmitriy Z, Raunak N, Atsuto Y, Divya K, Damon P, Elliot K, Michael R, Tharan S, Ava A.   

Math Challenge #3 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 #3 is Thursday, October 31st (by 3:20 pm).

Let the challenge begin! 
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FALL PTA MEMBERSHIP CONTEST

Hello, Rockwell Families!

Membership is down a little bit this year.  Let's change that and help out a favorite teacher as well.  

On November 21 , I will count the PTA members in each classroom.  The classroom with the most members will win two $49 Amazon gift cards for the teacher to buy classroom supplies.  In the case of a tie, I will randomly choose one teacher.  Winner will be announced on November 22 and in the Bugle.  So, if you have been meaning to join the PTA or meaning to update your PTA profile online to include your child's teacher, now is the time!

Karen Hernan
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PHOTOS FOR THE YEARBOOK

If you have any photos from classroom or school events that you'd like to share with the yearbook team, please feel free to e-mail them to yearbookphotos@normanrockwellpta.org.

Thank you!
LUNCH ROOM VOLUNTEERS

The lunchroom classified staff sends out a BIG thank you to the parents who have volunteered during lunch. Melissa, Olga, Rochelle, Maria, Yang, Katie and Judy - you have been so helpful with the kids and cleaning up. We appreciate you!!

To the handful of parents who have joined your child for lunch, thank you! Your small act of kindness has a ripple effect to so many of the kids sharing your table. We invite more parents to the lunchroom.

An extra "shout out" to the 4th and 5th grade students who have volunteered in the lunchroom, too! We implemented a "lunchroom leader" program last year and it's encouraging to see the sign up sheet filled up with names of kids willing to help younger kids open go-gurts and thermos', wipe tables and sweep up.

If you have an hour to give, please sign up HERE for a shift or bring a sack lunch!

From the Classified Staff
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ROCKWELL RUNNING CLUB!

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. 

A NOTE FROM THE COUNSELOR

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,

BEAGLE PLANTER BOXES

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
SHOP FOR ROCKWELL!

The holidays are fast approaching! Did you know that your purchases can make a difference? 

You can help raising school funds by simply shopping through Rockwell's AmazonSmile link. Be sure to add a bookmark to make it even easier to return and start your shopping!

AmazonSmile donates 0.5% of purchase prices (of eligible purchases) to Norman Rockwell PTA (Lake Washington Council) 2.8.47 when you do your holiday shopping. IT'S THAT SIMPLE!

Thank you for your support!

VP of Fundraising/ Parent Volunteer  
ESSAYWSPTA ESSAY CONTEST

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.

YEARBOOK ORDERS!

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 (Abigail@DaughterOfLight.com) 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!
QUICK LINKS - IN EVERY ISSUE

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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Bugle Article Submissions Welcome
  
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.
Contact the Bugle staff or submit articles at
Elizabeth Rosemond
Beagle Bugle Editor
Norman Rockwell Elementary PTA
Norman Rockwell Elementary - Redmond, WA