CORONAVIRUS UPDATE (FROM LWSD dated 3/8/20)
Public Health continues to recommend school districts remain open, as long as the district can maintain appropriate supervision and adequate services. LWSD will continue to hold athletic practices, student clubs and activities (elementary and secondary) before and after school childcare, and music or drama rehearsals.
Here is helpful information to consider when making a decision about sending your child to school:
- If your child is currently showing any signs of illness, please keep them home and follow regular district guidelines for when they should return.
- If anyone in your household currently has flu-like symptoms, please keep your child home.
- If your child is showing signs of illness and has possibly been exposed to a patient with Coronavirus, please keep them home from school and contact your healthcare provider for further instructions and guidance.
- If you choose to keep your child home out of an abundance of caution, please contact the school to excuse the absence.
- If any member of your household is at high risk from COVID-19 (elderly adults and persons who have underlying chronic medical conditions) you should consider keeping your child home.
LWSD is taking the following steps to balance the guidance from Public Health to continue regular school operations while limiting community events.
Through March 18, 2020, LWSD has:
- Canceled all volunteer programs and visitations during the school day.
- Postponed or canceled all after school, evening and weekend events (This includes athletic competitions, dances, plays, open houses, and music concerts).
- Postponed or canceled all field trips not already underway.
- Canceled all non-LWSD building use (not field use).
- Postponed all district professional learning which requires staff to leave their normal duties.
We will re-evaluate the need to continue limiting activities after March 18, 2020. We also know that this guidance may change with additional developments.
ROCKWELL ELEMENTARY DATE CHANGES
In an abundance of caution, and in response to Lake Washington School District's update, please note the following event/program changes:
- Coffee with Mr. Clark (on 3/12)
- All School Dance (on 3/27)
- Salmon in the Classroom volunteers (4th grade parent volunteers shifts have been canceled)
- Band Concert (on 3/18)
- ALL after school enrichment classes - due to low attendance (Snapology, Cartooniversary, Chess, Mitra Bilingual Club and Coding). If possible, make up classes will take place in the spring. If you have a child enrolled in one of these classes, you will receive communication from the program chair.
- Emergency Preparedness Night (originally on 3/25) - new date is pending
(these events/programs are scheduled to continue until further notice)
- School musical rehearsals
- Classroom Picture Day (3/26)
- Ecology Run (on 3/27)
VIRTUAL events/programs (these events/program have transition to a virtual format)
Please note that we find ourselves in a tumultuous and
fluid situation. Any of the above can change at any time. We will do our very best to keep you updated. Please be sure you are following the Norman Rockwell PTA on
, as we will post updates there during the week.
Lake Washington School District has finalized plans to make up for the days and time missed due to the January snow events. The 2019-20 calendar has been modified to reflect the changes. The 2019-20 calendar has May 26 built-in as a snow make-up day, so a total of two days must be made up beyond the built-in snow make-up day.
Due to the canceled days (January 13, 14 and 15) the following changes will be made to the 2019-20 calendar:
- Tuesday, May 26 is now a full school day. Previously, this was scheduled as a No School: Snow Make-up Day
- Wednesday, June 17 is now a 1.5-hour early release Wednesday (dismissal will be 1:50pm). Previously, this was scheduled to be a half day for the last day of school.
- Thursday, June 18 is now a regular school day.
- Friday, June 19 is now a Half-Day (dismissal will be 11:50am): Last Day of School
This new calendar means the last day of school will be on June 19, 2020 (and will be a half day). You can print the latest versions of the calendar
This plan allows the District to maintain the essential components of staff training, planning, and collaboration time during early release Wednesdays and Full-Day LEAP days, while also keeping the last day of school within the same week as the original calendar.
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Spring Break | NO SCHOOL
SBA Testing (more specific information
MATH CHALLENGE #11
Due by Thursday, March 12th
Thank you to all of you who participated in Math Challenge #10. Congratulations to the following winners: Meher K, Philip W, Anna M, Arjun K, Mariana U, Rishi S, Alexa F, Yuchen L, Jack I, Tim Z, Elaine C, Sasha F.
Math Challenge #11 is now available
. For this challenge, 12 qualified submissions will be randomly selected for a prize. 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 challenge together!
The due date for Math Challenge #11 is Thursday, March 12th (by 3:20 pm).
**Starting this week and due to the new restrictions on volunteers in the school, you are encouraged to submit your students Math Challenge via email. Please send a picture or scan of all pages of their submission to firstname.lastname@example.org. Students can still submit papers to their teacher if preferred.
Let the challenge begin!
LWSF SPRING LUNCHEON
Out of concern for the safety and well-being of our community, the Lake Washington Schools Foundation is taking the luncheon to a virtual format.
The program emcee will be Emmy Award winning KIRO 7 TV news journalist, Alison Grande, who attended Lake Washington School District schools growing up. Susie Kroll, Founding Mental Health Provider with several area police crisis response teams, joins us as our keynote speaker. The program will highlight the innovative programs and opportunities made possible by the foundation and its generous community of supporters.
As we shift to the virtual platform, we need your support more than ever. Funds from the luncheon account for more than $250,000 of our annual budget to deliver programs to students and provide school grants.
We're confident that this virtual format can be just as effective in raising funds to support students across the district. It has to be, for them. Click here to help us reach our goal.
Stay tuned for updates and check your email for details on how you can still "Be the Bridge" of support for students.
BATTLE OF THE BOOKS
Hello from the Library!
We are beginning our Battle of the Books competitions! Students in grades 4 and 5 have been reading books from a list of 12 titles predetermined at the end of last school year. Now we will see who knows the most about these amazing books!
Round 1: Competitions will be held the week of February 3rd. Teams will compete together against their classmates teams during their regular library time this week. The winning team from each classroom will advance to Round 2.
Winners from Round 1 will compete against the other winning teams in their grade the week of February 18th. Winners from this round will advance to Round 3. Day/time to be determined depending on classrooms participating.
: The winning 4th grade level team will battle the winning 5th grade level team for title of school champion, the week of March 9th- day/time to be determined depending on classroom participating. Winning team will advance to Round 4-district level competition.
: The Rockwell School Champion team will join the other winning teams from our participating district elementary schools on March 24th at Clara Barton (evening event-time to be determined). Families are welcome and encouraged to attend. Participating team families will be notified with more information. Winner of this round will be crowned district champion.
Thanks for your help in promoting this awesome reading incentive program!
Library Media Specialist
SCHOOL SAFETY & EMERGENCY PREP NIGHT
pending new date/time
Parents, students and staff are invited to a fun and engaging event designed to help the entire LWSD community be more prepared for emergencies, disasters, and hazards affecting personal and school safety.
- Disasters such as earthquakes & tsunamis
- Preparing your family's emergency kit
- Physical safety & security in schools
- Emotional first aid for students
- Social media safety and cybersecurity
- CPR & First Aid
- Basic home fire safety
- And much more!
PLEASE SUPPORT THE ROCKWELL ECOLOGY RUN
Friday, March 27
Every spring, the fifth grade classes get to attend "Outdoor Education", a three-day camp, where the students receive lessons in exploring ecosystems, understanding natural resources, and improving outdoor skills. The cost of this camp to our families can be a burden, so we hold this annual fundraiser to offset some of the expense. It is a one-day fun run to raise money for every fifth grader, and whatever is raised is divided evenly by the number of students to reduce the cost for every family.
- The funds raised by ALL students will help 5th graders go to camp this year, where they learn about our northwest ecology!
- The primary (K-2) class that raises the most money will win an extra 20 minute recess
- The intermediate (3-5) class that raises the most money will win an extra 20 minute recess
- The kindergarten through fourth grade class that raises the most money overall will earn a PIZZA PARTY!
- Students will collect flat pledges prior to running laps at the Ecology Run.
- Students who raise $25 or more will receive an Ecology Run Spirit wristband
- Students who raise $50 or more will receive the wristband and a 2020 Ecology Run T-shirt
- Students who raise $100 or more will receive the wristband, the T-shirt, and a bonus recess
- All donations are eligible for corporate matching - if your company participates in a matching program, please consider matching your gift.
- Simply note: "ASB-Outdoor Education" to designate the payment to the correct account. Learn more about corporate matching here.
The donations are all flat donations - they are not based on the number of laps that are run. We encourage every child at Rockwell to participate if possible - because eventually every child will become a fifth grader and receive these benefits for their own Outdoor Ed camp experience. In the past we have raised over $10,000 - which is an amazing help to offset the cost of the trip!
The fifth grade teachers will be outside during the afternoon on
Friday, March 27th
to facilitate the run. All pledges need to be received by Friday, March 27th.
Thank you so much for supporting our students and participating in the Ecology Run!
The Fifth Grade Team
Our school counselor, Mrs. Bauer, is starting a Changing Families small group for students whose parents are separated or divorced. This group will focus on the strengths of the student's family. Students will discuss different family structures and their feelings about their family circumstances. Students will work on identifying their feelings surrounding divorce and healthy ways of expressing those feelings. They will have the opportunity to find comfort in others with similar experience. We will use stories, role play, activities and games to work on these skills.
Groups will take place during the school day at a time mutually agreed upon by Mrs. Bauer and the students' teachers. Students will be grouped with other children of similar age. Groups will begin after mid-Winter break and continue for 4-8 weeks depending on the grade levels of the group.
If you are interested in having your child be part of a Changing Families small group, please contact Mrs. Bauer at
- 5/7/2020 - SBA ELA CAT
- 5/8/2020 - SBA ELA PT 1 + SBA ELA PT 2
- 5/18/2020 - SBA Math CAT
- 5/19/2020 - SBA Math PT
- 5/12/2020 - SBA ELA CAT
- 5/14/2020 - SBA ELA PT 1
- 5/15/2020 - SBA ELA PT 2
- 5/28/2020 - SBA Math CAT
- 5/29/2020 - SBA Math PT
- 5/20/2020 - SBA ELA PT 1 + SBA ELA PT 2
- 5/21/2020 - SBA ELA CAT
- 6/2/2020 - SBA Math CAT
- 6/3/2020 - SBA Math PT
- 6/4/2020 - WCAS (Science)
Please let me know if you have any questions in the meantime.
USED BOOK DONATIONS
Hello Beagle Families,
Got some old, gently used books that you don't need? Rockwell Library is actively accepting donations for our annual Used Book Sale to be held in May, in conjunction with the Ice Cream Social. This event is always a big hit and proceeds go to buy new books for the library.
If you would like to donate, please bring your books (in boxes or bags) to the office.
Thanks for your support of our school library!
Library Media Specialist
PHOTOS FOR THE YEARBOOK
If you didn't order your yearbook when you completed your First Day Packet online, you can do so by going to
and using Yearbook ID #
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 (Abigail@DaughterOfLight.com) to volunteer.
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!
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