Thursday, November 21
5:30-7:30 (RHS Cafeteria)

Hello Rockwell Families - be sure to mark your calendars for Heritage Night - Thursday, November 21st from 5:30pm - 7:30pm at Redmond high school. 

This is a FREE event (hosted by your PTA) that the whole family will enjoy. Heritage Night is an opportunity to showcase the beautiful and richly diverse countries of origin in our community. Kids will receive a blank passport as they enter the event. They can then visit the variety of country booths in the auditorium. The kiddos who fill their passport with stamps from around the world will receive a small prize at the end. Families will also enjoy a showcase of performances from around the world, including a Chinese folk dance, a Hula performance, and a Bollywood dance performance.

We are also honored to be featuring a disability pride booth at Heritage Night, where we will be promoting those living with disabilities. Some disabilities can be seen with the eyes, some cannot. The disability pride booth will advocate and encourage those living with disabilities to be confident in all they have to offer the community. Make sure to stop by this fantastic booth! 

Kids of all ages love Heritage Night. It's a great time for the community to come together, and to learn about and celebrate each other. We can't wait to see you there!
Thursday 11/21 @ 7:30pm - RHS COMMONS

PTA will be holding a special general membership meeting on Nov 21 at 7:30pm (right after the end of Heritage Night) to finalize spending for this year's budget. Thank you to all parents who have donated to-date.  

There is still time to  donate prior to the meeting on Nov 21 to help fund this year's programs.  

Hope to see you there!
PTA President
Tuesday 11/19 @ 6:30pm - LWSD Resource Center

Please Join LWPTSA Council Special Education Group and LWPTSA Council Representatives, for a PTSA Listening Session on Access and Inclusion. The discussion will center on ways to make local PTSA events and activities accessible for and inclusive of all students and their families. 

Has your family had a good experience with your school PTSA? Do you have ideas on what your PTSA could do to make events more accessible for your family? What challenges have you experienced trying to access PTSA activities at your school? We want to hear from you! If you wish to submit your experiences anonymously, please email us at and use the subject line 'PTSA experience'.

Additionally, we are looking for a few families that would be willing to share their experiences with the group as part of a panel discussion. If you are interested in doing this please reach out to

Time: This Event opens at 6:30 pm with Parent networking & opportunity to meet Director of Special Services, Dr. Shannon Hitch and Associate Directors, Panel Discussion will begin at 7:00 pm 

Where: LWSD Resource Center, 16250 NE 74th Street, Redmond, WA 98052; Entry is from the parking lot, Parking in back or on street

Complimentary student care (under 21) is available for meeting attendees from LWSD. To sign up, please email at least a week prior to the meeting date. Include your child's name(s), age(s) and any significant behavior notes. Please use the email subject line: Childcare at PTSA meeting.

Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations or who have questions about access may email us at in advance of the meeting.

If you would like to request an interpreter, please let us know at

We look forward to seeing you there!

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
Membership chair

Hello Rockwell Families!

In the spirit of the Thanksgiving season, I want to share how grateful I am to work at Rockwell Elementary and get to spend time with all of your amazing kids. I truly feel lucky to be a part of each of their lives.

By now hopefully you have heard about the Gift Card Drive we are hosting at Rockwell. All of the money collected will be redistributed to families within our own Rockwell community. We thank everyone who can donate and look forward to helping as many families as possible. As we are gearing up for the holiday season, there are several school and community resources available to support families in need. If you would like information about programs available, please contact me at

Kristin Bauer
School Counselor


Hello Rockwell Parents! We're still looking to fill a few leadership roles.
  • Vice President of School Services (this is a PTA Board position)
  • STEM Fair Chairperson
  • Chess Club Chairperson (after school enrichment)
  • Teacher Appreciation Week Chair
  • Volunteer Awards Chair
  • Teacher Birthday/Volunteer Luncheons - coordinate teacher luncheon, including organizing volunteers and overseeing the luncheon
  • Read-a-Thon Chair
Some of these programs may be cancelled if we don't fill these positions!

If you are interested in any of the roles above, please click here for contact information. This page will also show ongoing volunteer opportunities.

*If you plan on handling money and/or volunteering during after school enrichment programs, you must also be a PTA member (click here to join if you haven't already).*

The Norman Rockwell PTA thanks you for your time and dedication!

Vice President of Communications
@Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink

This holiday season, there is nothing better than taking your kids to the region's largest covered open-air ice skating rink while helping to raise funds for our school! 

Visit Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink between November 29, 2019 - January 20, 2020 .  The Bellevue Downtown Association will donate $3 from every paying ticket to Norman Rockwell PTA. 

WHERE: Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink , structure at the Bellevue Downtown Park in downtown Bellevue (south of Bellevue Square)

WHEN: November 29, 2019  - January 20, 2020

HOW:  Upon your arrival, notify rink staff that you are affiliated with Norman Rockwell PTA.

Ice skating opens to the public on Friday, November 29 and closes on Monday, January 20  and is a part of the Bellevue Magic Season. Families can make it a night of holiday fun with a visit to Snowflake Lane at The Bellevue Collection and stroll through Garden d’Lights at the Bellevue Botanical Garden. 

More information about the Bellevue Magic Season can be found here . For more information about skating, please visit the  Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink or contact Mike Ogliore for any questions. 

Fundraising VP/ Parent volunteer

"Look Within"  

BRAVO to everyone who participated in this year's Reflections Art Program! We received a total of 28 entries, 10 of which have been selected* to represent Norman Rockwell Elementary at the District/Council level: 

  • Elaine Chen (Grade 5) - "Look Within" 
  • Kate Laing (Grade 2) - "A Pair of Glasses"
  • Shyamalan Hancock-Srinivasan (Grade 1) - "Upside Down Selfie"
  • Clara Safadi Marquez (Grade 1) - "Nature in my Heart"
  • Everleigh Gill (Kindergarten) - "Eye of the Planet"
  • Michael Nefedyev (Grade 4) - "Look Within: In the Arch"
  • Samiksha Ram (Grade 2) - "Girl in Space"
  • Tanisha Sivakumar (Grade 1) - "Friendship is for Everyone"
  • Tharan Sivakumar (Grade 5) - "Imagination Destination"
  • Niharika Vutukuri (Grade 3) - "Ocean's Beauty"

On Thursday 11/7, we had a chance to share with all students, parents, teachers and library visitors, the wonderful pieces of art that were entered in this year's contest. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to appreciate the talented work of our student artists! If you weren't able to attend the art show last week, winning pieces from all area schools, art categories, and grade divisions will be on display at the District Open House Art Show on Friday, 1/10 from 5-8pm at the Lake Washington Resource Center. District finalists will 1) advance to the state level, and 2) be one step closer to having their artwork displayed in Washington DC!

Lindsay Burke and Sheila Gruber

*PTA Reflections Program entries are judged on three criteria (in order of importance): Interpretation of the Theme, Creativity, and Technique. Interpretation of the Theme is the most heavily weighted criterion. This is what makes the program unique; if two entries are tied, the entry with the higher score for interpretation receives more recognition. Entries are divided by category then again by grade division (Primary and Intermediate entries are judged separately). Judging is blind and impartial. Each entry is evaluated by two category judges (volunteers from the community who are not affiliated with Norman Rockwell Elementary, i.e. no teachers, staff or parents of participating students allowed) and scored using a rubric provided by the National PTA Reflections Program. 

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  


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

Thank you!

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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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
Norman Rockwell Elementary - Redmond, WA