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 2019-2020 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, forms are now available in our school office and are due no later than May 3rdIf you choose to complete a form, please do so by the above date and return to the school office in a sealed envelope. A copy of the form may also be obtained from our website.
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.

Tuesday, April 23

Join us for sign waving!  

When: Tuesday, April 23 before and after school 7:10 A.M and 4:10 P.M.
Where: Roundabout at 116th Street and 162nd Avenue (near Greystone community)

LWSD has a Capital Projects Levy on the April 23rd ballot. 
This levy will fund additional classrooms and gym space at specific schools, add security cameras to schools, and secured entrances to district high schools.

Raise a sign to show your support for Lake Washington kids! Bring your kids and wear RED!

Don't forget to vote!
Thursday, April 25 @ 7pm
Rockwell Library

PTA General Membership Announcement!
When: Thursday April 25th, 2019
Time: 7pm
Location: Rockwell Library
Agenda includes: Presentation from Principal Clark, Voting in the 2019-2020 PTA Board of Directors, Voting on the 2019-2020 Budget
Your Voice Matters! Be There and Be Heard!

Nominations for the 2019-2020 Rockwell PTA Board of Directors

We are proud to announce our proposal of officers for next year's Board. Elections will take place during our April 25 th General Membership Meeting scheduled for 7pm in the Rockwell library. There are OPEN positions that need filled by self-nominations prior to or at the scheduled meeting. Please contact for additional information.  

All nominees must be a PTA member for at least 15 days prior to the election. Please join here TODAY to be considered eligible. We value the dedication, time and pride of our members and thank the following people for volunteering to be on the Board of Directors:

For the office of President: OPEN
For the office of President Elect: Elaine Bentzinger
For the office of Secretary: Melissa Chisholm
For the office of Treasurer: OPEN
For the office of VP of Communications: Elizabeth Rosemond
For the office of VP of Academic Enrichment (Co-Chairs): Van Dao and OPEN    
For the office of VP of Events: OPEN
For the office of VP Fundraising: Pornpat "Juju" Ratanaprateeppor
For the office of VP School Services: Janel Brockman
For the office of VP Volunteering: Gretchen Knapp
For the office of Funds Allocation Co-Directors: Stacy Hatch and Sheila Gruber
For the office of Legislative Advocate: Mohamed El Hassouni
For the office of Membership: Karen Hernan   

The nominating committee has confirmed that all nominees have been a member of a PTA for at least 15 days prior to the election scheduled for Thursday, April 25th and meet other requirements as stated in the WSPTA Uniform Bylaws. Please join us to elect, welcome and celebrate the new Board.

Respectfully submitted by the 2018-2019 Nominating Committee,  

Belinda Zeitouni
Pornpat "Juju" Ratanaprateepporn
Ned Kandzor


Dear Rockwell community,

The fifth grade students and teachers would like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone for supporting our Ecology Run to help offset the cost of camp for our families. Our community is always so supportive and continues to amaze us each year with your generosity!

The Ecology Run was held Friday afternoon and we are happy to announce that we were able to raise  $14,762.48 through direct donations and corporate matching. This amount will reduce the cost of camp for every fifth grader by $149.16!!

The K-4 class that raised the most money and earned a pizza party was Ms. Linnell's first grade class, who brought in $1,425.00. 

The K-2 class that won the extra recess was Mrs. Finocchio's class with $ 690.00, and the 3-4 class that won the extra recess was Mrs. Raffel's class with $496.00.

There were 47 students who raised more than $100 who will be receiving an extra recess with a treat in the next few weeks. 

Every classroom participated in our fundraiser, and we are so grateful to everyone for your support. If your child earned a bracelet or t-shirt, those will be delivered to the classrooms once our orders are delivered to us.

Thank you again!


Mrs. Conklin, Mr. Cortes, Mrs. Honkawa, Mrs. Weinmeister, and all 99 students in the class of 2026.
Registration opens April 22

The Lake Washington School District offers a variety of Summer Programs to enable families to engage in rigorous and meaningful summer learning opportunities.  

Core Academic Summer School opportunities are available at the elementary, middle and high school levels. A variety of enrichment and core academic courses are offered. Core Academic Summer Programs will run from July 8-August 2, 2019 in ten or twenty-day sessions. 

Elementary programs will be held at Rockwell Elementary School and middle and high school programs will be held at Redmond High School. Limited transportation ad scholarships are available. 

Click here to learn more?  Visit:
Summer registration opens April 22, 2018. Classes will fill up fast, so register right away!


We love our Rockwell Teachers! Teacher Appreciation Week is also the week of SBA testing for many students. The following schedule hopefully allows you to celebrate your teacher and keep a quiet classroom on testing dates:

Monday, May 6: Bring a card for your teacher day

Tuesday, May 7: Mexican themed luncheon for teachers (see sign up below for contributions of time, talent and food)

Wednesday, May 8: School supplies for classrooms day ( communicate with your room parent to find out your teacher's needs)

Thursday, May 9: Bring a flower for your teacher day ( Room parents will provide a bouquet divided and a vase so each student can give one flower at the start of the day). And p icnic themed luncheon for teachers (see sign up below for contributions of time, talent and food)

Friday, May 10: Morning coffee cart for teachers and classroom teacher gifts if chosen by the classroom families

Sign up  here for luncheons.

See dates below

This year's SBA (State Assessments in English Language Arts, Math, and Science) will take place on the following days:
Grade 3 - May 14-16 (ELA) and May 29-30 (Math)
Grade 4 - May 7-9 (ELA) and May 21-22 (Math)
Grade 5 - May 7-9 (ELA), May 21-22 (Math), May 23 (Science)
Please note these dates on your calendars and avoid making appointments or planning family trips on those days. 

Also, there is nothing additional you need to do to prepare for these assessments at home, as teachers will guide students in preparations and practice sessions prior to the assessments. The assessments are one way to measure the growth students have made in their studies this academic year.
Rockwell Library  still needs your gently used books for our annual Used Book Sale!  Clean out your shelves/garages, under the bed!- and bring them to the Rockwell Office before May 23rd. social

For questions, please contact Shelly Gordon. Thank you!


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! Unfortunately, we have not been great about maintaining them.  We need your help to get them back into shape and keep them looking fresh, so we're looking for families to "adopt" a Beagle Box.

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? Are you interested?? Please reach out to Elaine Bentzinger to sign up to adopt a Beagle Box for the remainder of the school year.  

Volunteers Needed

All grades are welcome to come out and walk, jog or run during lunch time recess. Earn your first chain and toe token, the next milestone, or finally finish the marathon punch card! 

Running Club events are every Tuesday and Thursday during lunch time, until the end of May. Of course, weather permitting!!!

Parents, we need you!!! This program cannot exist without you. Please consider volunteering for this popular program. 

Please volunteer hereCome volunteer for a half hour, or stay the whole time...we can accommodate your schedule!

Any questions? Please contact Christine Cottom.

Washington State PTA Recognizes Norman Rockwell Elementary with Bronze Membership Growth Award!

Norman Rockwell Elementary PTA has recently been recognized by Washington State PTA as a Bronze Membership Growth Award recipient! PTAs are presented with this award for enrolling members equaling at least one member more than their previous year's total membership. That means our PTA is growing! 

Thank you to everyone who has become a member so far this year: YOU are the reason our PTA achieved this award! 

If you haven't yet signed up for a 2018-2019 PTA membership, please consider joining today! By doing so, you are demonstrating your support for our PTA and all it does for Norman Rockwell.  

Wondering what your child is currently learning and what they need to know as they transition into the next grade?  PTA will feature one grade level every couple of 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 2nd Grade:

  • Paying close attention to details, including illustrations and graphics, in stories and books to answer who, what, where, when, why, and how questions
  • Determining the lesson or moral of stories, fables, and folktales
  • Using text features (e.g., captions, bold print, indexes) to locate key facts or information efficiently
  • Writing an opinion about a book he or she has read, using important details from the materials to support that opinion
  • Retelling key information or ideas from media or books read aloud
  • Understanding what the digits mean in three-digit numbers (place value)
  • Using understanding of place value to add and subtract three-digit numbers (e.g., 811 - 367); adding and subtracting two-digit numbers quickly and accurately (e.g., 77 - 28)
  • Measuring and estimating length in standard units
  • Solving addition and subtraction word problems involving length (e.g., "The pen is 2 cm longer than the pencil. If the pencil is 7 cm long, how long is the pen?")
  • Building, drawing, and analyzing 2-D and 3-D shapes to develop foundations for area, volume, and geometry in later grades
At home support:   
  • Encourage your child to read to younger siblings, cousins, or other children you know. Click here t o find recommendations of books for your child to read.
  • Have your child write a thank you note or letter to family members or friends.
  • When saving for a purchase, compare the cost of the item to the amount of money you have; then ask your child to determine how much more money he or she needs to buy the item.
  • When measuring your child's height, ask how many inches he or she has grown since the very first measurement.
  • Play "draw the shape." For example, ask your child to draw a hexagon with one side longer than the others, or ask him or her to shade in a quarter of a rectangle.
Click on this link to review the full guide created by National PTA. 

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 .

Is your student missing any jackets, hats, lunchboxes, water bottles, etc.?
Our lost and found is overflowing with numerous items. 

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.

Community Serve Day is returning to Norman Rockwell for its third year, and is scheduled for August 25, 2019 from 9am-1pm.  

Be a part of transforming Rockwell in preparation for the new school year.  In just four hours, your time and talents will make an impact in the lives of Norman Rockwell teachers and kids for an entire year.  Show your Rockwell Spirit!  Invite your friends and family.  

Register today @  


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!

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.
Contact the Bugle staff or submit articles at
Elizabeth Rosemond
Beagle Bugle Editor
Norman Rockwell Elementary PTA
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