BEAGLE BUGLE - ROCKWELL PTA AND SCHOOL NEWS
appreciation
TEACHER AND STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK
May 4-8 - Virtual!

May 4-8 is Teacher Appreciation Week and we have never appreciated our teachers and school staff so much as this spring!  Please join us as we celebrate how lucky we are to have such a dedicated crew working for our children. 

All of your digital entries should be emailed to TAW@NormanRockwellPTA.org between now and 10am of the daily activities.  We will post a secure link of everyone's entries on the  Rockwell PTA webpage by 1pm that same day.
  • Monday, May 4 - "We miss you MORE!" picture .     Did you see the picture collage the teacher and staff made for us on the Rockwell PTA Facebook page?  We are going to give them a shout out with our own.  Have your student make or print a sign saying, "We miss you MORE!" Take a picture, email it to TAW@NormanRockwellPTA.org , and we'll post the results to start off the week.
  • Tuesday, May 5- "Recipe sharing "  
     
    What is your go to comfort food these days?  Please type out your favorite recipe, email it to TAW@NormanRockwellPTA.org , and we'll post them for everyone to try.
  • Wednesday, May 6 - "Thank you!" on Flipgrid .  
     
    Send a video of you saying "Thank you" in the biggest way you know how!  See instructions below for the log in information for sending your Flipgrid video. 
  • Thursday, May 7 - Heart "Attack!"  
     
    Make and decorate your own paper heart, take a picture, email it to TAW@NormanRockwellPTA.org and we'll post the results.
  • Friday, May 8 - "E-card"
     
    Email all of your teachers and favorite staff members your thanks with an e-card or picture of a paper card.  You may use any of your favorite e-card websites to send this.  You may email your card to your teacher or staff member directly.
Login for Flipgrid
1.  Click on this link:   https://flipgrid.com/rockwellbeagles2020
2.  Enter password:  #RockwellStrong

-OR-

1.  Go to  www.flipgrid.com
2.  Enter Flip Code:  rockwellbeagles2020
3.  Enter password:  #RockwellStrong

You do not need to sign up to view videos on Flipgrid when given this link.  However, to record a video, you will need to enter an email address.  You can enter either a student or parent's email address.  (It does not need to be a Rockwell email address)

*Note:  The pictures and videos will be shared on the Norman Rockwell PTA website. By sending a video, photo or message, you are consenting to public sharing of the video, photo or message. If you prefer your child to NOT be in the public video, you can send your message directly (privately) to teachers/staff of your choice during staff appreciation week.
Starting Friday, May 1, 2020, children ages 1-18 will receive additional free meals for the weekend from Lake Washington School District (LWSD) when they pick up their Friday meals. These meals will be available at 35 sites around the district. For more information, or to complete an order form, please visit  lwsd.org/meals .
input
PARENT INPUT FORM FOR 2020-21

Dear Rockwell Families:

The process of grouping students and placing them in assigned classrooms is an important task our staff undertakes each year. Our goal is to create balanced classroom communities while taking into consideration individual student needs. As we approach the end of the year, we are beginning to work on the 2020-2021 classroom placements. This process is very important and the staff at Rockwell work very hard, as a team, to make educationally sound decisions.
 
As new classes are formed, the following factors are considered to ensure proper balance.
·         Academic abilities
·         Social/Behavior Needs
·         Special Needs
·         Current Teacher Input
·         Boy/Girl Ratio
·         Parent Input

Each classroom is a small community. We believe the classrooms need to represent the various social, academic and physical needs of all our students.
 
Your input will be one of the factors we consider when it comes time to compile our class lists. On the form you will be asked to provide insights about your child's academic and social needs. We ask that this input be a description of your child not a request for a specific teacher. We also ask that you use this form for input, as to not rely on a conversation with a staff member. Any forms with a request for specific teachers will be returned. 
 
It is not necessary to fill out an input form.  However, if you wish to, the forms are now available HERE: If you chose to complete a form, please send it via email to Mr. Clark or mail the document to our school (11125 162nd Avenue NE, Redmond, WA 98052) by Monday, May 4th.   
 
As we all want what's best for every child here at Rockwell, I am pleased that we can work together as a team in such an important process.
 
Sincerely,
SCHOOLPOOL
 

Hello Rockwell families. I hope everyone stay safe, stay healthy and stay positive. It's the SchoolPool time of the year! Please join us and your kids can earn rewards from the City of Redmond. 

Normally, the Redmond SchoolPool program encourages students and their families to "Walk and Roll" when traveling to school! Whether you walk, roll, or share the ride, you help make a difference.  While we aren't currently traveling into school each day, we still can have fun by staying active and making healthy lifestyle choices . If you played outside, took breaks from technology, or did school work this week, you can earn rewards!

Please fill out this online form and submit it to the City of Redmond website every week during the month of May. It's that simple! It's fun and free!

Thank you, 
Fundraising Chair & Parent Volunteer
math

MATH CHALLENGE #14
Answers available May 8

Math Challenge #14 is now available here .  During the school closure Math Challenges will be self-corrected at home, when the answers become available, by student and caregiver.  

The solutions can be reached with the above link.  

When your student's Math Challenge is complete, please fill out and submit This form to us.  Your student will then get credit for recognition awards.  You may still fill out the form for Math Challenges 11, 12 and 13. 

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 challenges together!

Previous Math Challenges are also available with above link for further math enrichment at home.  Please reach out to us with any questions.

Let the challenge begin! 

MEDICATION
STUDENT MEDICATIONS

For students with medication(s) in the Health Room:

Medication pick-up will occur at the beginning of June. You will receive more information about the scheduled days and times in mid-May.

If you have any questions, please contact Sayori Hinitz at  shinitz@lwsd.org.

Until then, stay safe and healthy!

specialists
OFFICE HOURS FOR SPECIALISTS

Just as our grade-level teachers are offering office hours as a way to answer questions and check in with families, our specialists, interventionists, and Special Education team members are happy to connect with you during their office hours as well. Attached below, you will find a table highlighting the office hours for each of these teams.  Here, also,is a link to our staff directory  in case you need the contact information for any of our team members.

 
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
SpEd
1:00 - 2:00
 
 
 
1:00 - 2:00
 
 
EL
10:00 - 11:00
 
 
 
 
 
1:00 - 2:00
Safety
Net
 
 
 
 
10:00 - 11:00
 
 
Library
 
10:00 - 11:00
 
 
1:00 - 2:00
 
 
Music
10:00 - 11:00
 
 
 
10:00 - 11:00
 
 
P.E.
 
10:00 - 11:00
 
 
10:00 - 11:00
 
 
Coun- selor
 
 
 
10:00 - 11:00
 
10:00 - 11:00
 

counselor
A NOTE FROM OUR COUNSELOR

As we are now into our second week of the new and improved remote learning, I wanted to share some tips to support parents with their child's remote learning. 

Setting Up the Learning Environment:
  • Create a school spot in your house. If you have the space available, it is easiest to have a table or desk that you can designate for schoolwork and can leave set up for daily school. If not, any spot you can find in your house will work as long as your child has access to their basic school supplies and a laptop.
  • Have a designated laptop for each child. We are recommending that each child have their own laptop to use during this time. Sharing laptops with siblings or parents is not only hard on families, but also forces everyone to be constantly switching the online accounts which can cause a lot of unnecessary frustration for each user. If you would like to request to borrow a school laptop, please email your request to ftaccess@lwsd.org
  • Bookmark frequently used websites on your computer's internet browser and have the computer store the login information to make accessing the different websites easy.
Creating a Routine:
  • Stick to a daily schedule. Routines are very important for kids, especially in times like these when there is so much that is out of their control. Create a school schedule that works best for your family. The important thing is for it to be consistent and for students to be engaging in online learning every day. 
  • Take extra time on Monday to get set up for the whole week. Print out any worksheets that will be needed for that week. Glance over each day's to-do list so that you have an idea of what to expect that week.
  • Many students find it helpful to have a physical piece of paper for each day with their to-do list for that day.
  • As a parent, I also find it helpful to review the day's to-do list with my children each morning to discuss what work they should be able to do without my help and what work they may need help on. When I know I have a virtual meeting, I make sure they are working on one of the independent tasks so that I can work without being interrupted.
Completing and Checking School Work:
  • It is helpful for parents to review their child's finished work at least once a week to check for quality and work completion.
  • Use an incentive system to encourage students to complete their work. When-then statements are helpful such as "When you have completed your school work for today, then you can play legos" or "When you are done with 20 minutes of Dreambox, then you can play 10 minutes of a video game."
  • For printed worksheets, I have found it helpful to have a turn in box for my kids to put their work when it is done. I can look through it at my convenience to check for quality and completion.
  • For the online platforms, parents can login to their child's account to check the number of minutes their student has been spending practicing on each website:
    o   Lexia: Login using your child's account and the number of minutes worked for that week will be on the main home screen.
    o   Edutyping: Login using your child's account and the number of minutes worked for that week will be on the main home screen. Note that it only counts minutes the child spends in typing lessons. If the student has been playing the games on Edutyping, those minutes will not be reflected.
    o   Dreambox: Login to your child's account. At the bottom right-hand side of the screen will be a link for an option to connect a parent email to that account. Click on the link and follow the instructions for setting up a parent account. Once your account is set up, you can login to Dreambox as a parent and check your child's progress. Note: it may take up to 24 hours for your account to get connected.
For more ideas on creating a positive learning routine for your child, check out this fantastic article by my colleague, Melanie Miller at Peter Kirk Elementary. 
run
RUNNING CLUB!

Hi kids!!!

Even though our schools are closed and there isn't Running Club for the remainder of the school year, I hope ALL of our Rockwell kids are getting outside and playing, exercising and RUNNING! On Ms. Cottom's PowerSchool Learning page there is a section/tab for Running Club (you must be logged in to view). If you would like to continue Running Club on your own, there is a link to download the Running Club punch cards to track your progress.  There are enough punch cards to copy for your whole family!!! Sorry, I won't be able to give out our popular toe tokens, but I'm with you all in heart! ️If you would like to know your total laps from Fall Running Club, please email Ms. Cottom and she will give you your total scores. 

I would love to share pictures of kids running... with PARENT PERMISSION ONLY! Upload and send pictures to Ms. Cottom and she will post on the Running Club page. We have one student that has already completed her marathon punch card for spring. Congratulations to Nora Markiewicz in Mr. McElrea's Kindergarten class! Check it out on the Running Club page!!!
YEARBOOKYEARBOOK PHOTOS NEEDED!

Hello Parents and teachers

Since schools are closed and all events are cancelled, we hardly have any pictures for the yearbook. Therefore, requesting all parents and teachers to share whatever pictures you have either from classroom or school premises (before the school closed) to send to   yearbookphotos@normanrockwellpta.org .

Thank you!
registrationKINDERGARTEN + NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION
Now online!

New student and Kindergarten registration now available online. Families may now register one or more of their new students online using Skyward, the district's student information system. Please see the  LWSD Registration website  for forms and information for registration.
STAY INFORMED

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