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!
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.


Wednesday, October 23

Hello Families,

There is so much great social-emotional learning happening in our school right now and I am excited to share what we have been working on.

October is both Disability Awareness Month and Bullying Prevention Month, which provides so many great opportunities to talk about respecting others, accepting differences, treating each other with kindness, and helping everyone feel a sense of belonging. On Monday, October 21, Gabe Murfitt, a motivational speaker who was born with arms and legs that are only a few inches long, will be visiting our school for an assembly. His message is all about helping students understand that everyone deserves to be heard and included. Leading up to this assembly, teachers have been talking with their classes about disability awareness and challenging our assumptions of people whom we perceive as different from ourselves.

Next week also marks the start of Unity Week, a whole week dedicated to bullying prevention and helping students stand up for themselves and others. This year, our Unity Week theme is "inclusion" and we will be talking with students about helping each child at our school to feel seen and heard. Everyone in our school is encouraged to wear ORANGE on the nation-wide Unity Day (Wednesday, October 23) to signify that we are united against bullying and stand together for kindness.

If you ever have any questions about Rockwell's counseling program on the social-emotional learning that is happening at our school, please reach out to me at .

  • 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
Thursday, October 24

If your student missed Picture Day back in September or if you would like to retake their pictures, we have scheduled a retake day on Thursday, October 24

Picture packages are available if you would like to purchase. You can also purchase online using Picture Day ID: LS119028Q0.

We need volunteers to help run the event smoothly. Please sign up here if you're able to help. Thank you!

Picture Day Chair

"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!
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


We are just one week away to collect the SchoolPool calendar. Don't forget to mark your SchoolPool Calendar every day that you walk, bike, or carpool to school.

The weather is getting colder with some rain, don't forget to bring your jacket when you walk or bike to school. Just by joining the SchoolPool program, you help reducing traffic and your neighborhood air pollution. Check out how different modes free up street capacity.

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

Email the Redmond SchoolPool staff at if you have any questions!

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

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


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.

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!

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Volunteer Application:  
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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.
Contact the Bugle staff or submit articles at
Elizabeth Rosemond
Beagle Bugle Editor
Norman Rockwell Elementary PTA
Norman Rockwell Elementary - Redmond, WA