Program Chairs needed for 2019-2020
If you've been thinking about getting more involved at Rockwell, now is your chance!! We have the following openings for Program Chairs for the 2019-2020 school year:

  • WebmasterOversees all aspects of the website. Works closely with Communications VP and President. Assists with Back to Business Day "online packet" in summer. 
  • Welcome Back CoffeeHeld in the morning, the first week or two of school, by flagpole. The chair brings coffee, sets up, and arranges for volunteers to bring goodies
  • STEM FairCoordinates science/math night
  • 5th Grade Promotion Decorates the Gym in advance of the 5th grade promotion in June, arranges for cake and water, ensures that the gym is cleaned up. Traditionally filled by incoming 4th grade (or younger) parents.
  • Math Tournament
  • PTA ReflectionsPublicizes the annual art contest and provides forms. Collects artwork and ensures that they are judged, arranges a school-level display, and advances qualifying art to the council level.
  • Various After School Enrichment ProgramsCoordinates sign ups, registration details, and volunteer list. Communicates with office staff, webmaster and communications. Programs vary and can include: Chess, Coding, Lego Engineering
  • Teacher Appreciation WeekCoordinates a fun teacher appreciation week in May. Communicates with staff, room parents, and communications team. *Making teachers happy*
  • PTA Awards Committee (Spring)Collects award nomination forms, determines winners of awards, works with staff on awards tea committee
  • Hospitality LunchesOrganizes and sets up lunches for various volunteer events as well as two teacher bday lunches. Can be performed by VP or a separate chairperson.
  • Spirit WearCoordinates Spirit Wear sale once to twice per year
  • Dine OutCoordinates a fundraising Restaurant Night(s) or week with local businesses 
  • Read-a-ThonCoordinates and communicates details for school-wide read-a-thon fundraiser
Please note that the above positions are NOT PTA Board positions.  Committee chairs may update the board members on their progress and are welcome, but not required, at any board meetings. 

*We encourage and welcome more dads to our chair positions!
*Most positions can be shared with a co-chair! Grab a friend or your significant other and volunteer together!

With any questions at all, please email: or anyone on the board or serving in the current role. We are happy to put you in touch with the current chair or board member so you can ask detailed questions about the role before committing.

Awesome volunteer needed to serve as VP of Events!
Do you like ICE CREAM?  How about DANCING?  Learning about the HERITAGE of other Rockwell families?  Being your child's SUPERHERO? 

If you said "yes" to any of these questions, please consider a role on the PTA board as VP of Events for the 2019-2020 school year.  The outgoing board finishes up their duties for the school year at the end of June.  

High-level responsibilities can be found  here (near the bottom of the table in the middle of the page).  For detailed questions, contact our current VP of Events,   Elaine Bentzinger for questions.

If these roles remains vacant, the PTA will have to cancel individual events  or programs as they approach until the role is filled.  


Want to know an easy way to earn money for your school and fun prize for your student(s)?!  Cut out and Turn in your Reward Coupons located on your trackers by this Wednesday, June 5th!  

Just by participating and turning in your Coupons, you will ensure that your student(s) receive a free round of Putt Putt (Miniature golf) at Rainbow Run in Redmond!  In addition, our PTA receives money for each coupon received.  This is free money to help fund year end activities like the Science Van, class Field Trips and Field Day!  Don't leave your student's prize or free money to the PTA on the table....Help your student complete their Reward Coupon (with a legible name and email) and turn in to your classroom teacher by this Wednesday, June 5th!

Let's all Walk and Roll Together!
Belinda Zeitouni
JuJu Ratanaprateepporn
Rockwell Parents and PTA Fundraising VPs
Wednesday, June 12

It's time for some outdoor fun! Rockwell's annual field day is scheduled for June 12th. 

We need lots of help to make it a fun event for the kids--from activity hosts to water balloon fillers, we have a job for everyone. 

Please sign up here for your preferred volunteer position at the event. If you have questions you can email Barbara Chinn .

Calling Parent Volunteers! It's Baaack!!   
The Pacific Science Center's excellent "Science On Wheels" school program will be at Rockwell on June  13th & 14th.   This year's program is titled "MathBlast" and we need parent volunteers to facilitate the exhibit area by guiding students through the portable exhibits set up in the library. 
If you are able to volunteer for a half day shift (or longer!) please click here.

We appreciate your assistance! In appreciation for your help, you will be given passes for free admission to Pacific Science Center exhibits.
If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Whitestone.
**Please remember, as with all Rockwell activities, you must be cleared by the district with a background check and be on the LWSD approved volunteer list to volunteer.
Thank you,

Is your student missing any jackets, hats, lunchboxes, water bottles, etc.?
Our lost and found is overflowing with numerous items. Anything left in lost and found will be donated to charity on the afternoon of Thursday, June 20th.

Our lost and found is located just inside the front entrance of the school. Please check in the office for watches, earrings, and house keys, as we have several unclaimed items in the office too.

Thank you!

Student Records Secretary

Each spring, Washington public school students in grades 3-8 and high school are tested in English language arts (ELA) and math, with exams called Smarted Balanced Assessments (SBA). Students in grades 5, 8, and high school are also tested in science, with an exam called the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS).

Individual scores for the SBA exams administered this past spring for ELA and math, are being delivered electronically from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). OSPI allows the District to share these score reports electronically in PDF format. 

Downloadable score reports will be added in Skyward Family Access on June 21. In an effort to use resources effectively, paper reports will only be available by request in the fall.  Only SBA ELA and math scores will be available in June. Science scores will not be available until the fall after OSPI releases those scores.

Directions to access the reports:
  1. To access Lake Washington School District's Skyward portal, click on the Family Access link on the district website.
  2. Log in to Skyward Family Access with your username and password.
  3. Click on the Reports Cards- Portfolio tab.
More information about state testing can be found here.


Look for Box Tops as you prepare for picnics, reunions and celebrations.
Collect and save your BoxTops in an envelope or on the cute collection sheet that will be coming home in Kid Mail soon. 

We will have a contest in October (and again in February), so keep saving BoxTops over the summer! Happy Summer Clipping!

Stacy Hatch, Outgoing Box Tops Chair
Maria Gura, Incoming Box Tops Chair

Parents' Guide to 5th grade Student Success
Wondering what your child is currently learning and what they need to know as they transition into the next grade?  PTA has featured one grade level every two weeks to ensure parents know and also offer a couple of ideas to support learning at home.

A Sample of What Your Child Will Be Working on in 5th Grade:
  • Identifying and judging evidence that supports particular ideas in an author's argument to change a reader's point of view
  • Integrating information from several print and digital sources to answer questions and solve problems
  • Writing opinions that offer reasoned arguments and provide facts and examples that are logically grouped to support the writer's point of view
  • Reporting on a topic or presenting an opinion with his or her own words, a logical sequence of ideas, sufficient facts and details, and formal English when appropriate
  • Generalizing the place-value system to include decimals, and calculating with decimals to the hundredths place (two places after the decimal)
  • Multiplying whole numbers quickly and accurately, for example 1,638 × 753, and dividing whole numbers in simple cases, such as dividing 6,971 by 63
  • Understanding the concept of volume, and solving word problems that involve volume
  • Graphing points in the coordinate plane (two dimensions) to solve problems
How to help your child at home:   
  • Go to a play or musical with your child. Discuss the way the actors bring the words to life
  • Invite your child to read his or her writing out loud to other family members. Ask questions about your child's word choices and ideas.
  • Doing arithmetic with decimals, for example when balancing a checkbook.
  • Using the length, width, and depth of a garden plot to determine how many bags of garden soil to buy.
Rockwell PTA invites you to use this  link  to review the full guide created by National PTA.

Greetings Rockwell families!   As you may know, Community Serve Day is returning to Norman Rockwell for its third year this year, and is scheduled for August 25, 2019 from 9am-1pm. Be a part of transforming Rockwell in preparation for the new school year!  While all the details will be forthcoming, we are beginning our search for anyone skilled with a camera to volunteer their time to take some photos for us that can be used in digital media after the event.  If this is you and you are interested in volunteering your time (or if you have questions), please contact  Elaine Bentzinger.
Registration is currently open, so register today!  (When you get to the list of schools, be sure to scroll to the LWSD section near the bottom of the page to select Rockwell as your school)
Register today @  

Rockwell PTA is asking for your help to feed the crew of hard working volunteers
Sunday, August 25 .

Sign up here to bring food to the school gym by noon

The 75-100 volunteers will have lunch directly after working hard to beautify our school grounds.

Do you like working with kids? Do you have a passion for food?
Are you interested in earning extra money while the kids are at school?
LWSD Sodexo Nutrition Services is currently looking for a Food Server to
work 3 hours a day to help serve students at Rockwell Elementary. The
great news is that you will only work while students are in school. Starting pay is dependent upon experience.

If interested, please call Nutrition Services at (425) 936-1385 or

email us at
Please reference: Food Service Worker @ Rockwell Elementary
Sodexo is an EEO/AA/Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran Employer

The Rockwell PTA is pleased to offer the Seymore Hear More scholarship to any students who need financial assistance to acquire glasses or hearing aids. If you would like more information, please  contact Mrs Bauer at  or   425-936-2670 .

Rockwell is a flourishing community of diversity. In order to maintain our inclusive community and assist families with emerging proficiency in English, PTA and Rockwell have established two programs to  facilitate two-way communication.

PTA provides translators through our FACE (Family and Community Engagement) committee at school events, meetings and by translating forms into several languages. You can also select your preferred language on our PTA website by using the "select language" button.

Rockwell utilizes a phone service to eliminate communication barriers- the service offers more than 240 spoken languages and American Sign LanguageStop by the office to find out more or use the service for meetings, registration or any other need.

Tell your neighbors & friends

If you live in Lake Washington School District (LWSD) and your child will be five years old on or before August 31, 2019, now is the time to register them for Kindergarten! 

Registration takes place at your neighborhood school during regular school hours through the beginning of the 2019-20 school year.

While registration will continue throughout the school year and summer, parents are highly encouraged to register students as soon as possible. Doing so helps ensure class sizes are balanced and adequate staff are hired in time for the new school year. 

Visit the  Kindergarten Information webpage  for more information.
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!

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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.

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