REMINDER: NO SCHOOL TODAY
due to observance of Veterans Day
PTA General Membership Meeting
Thursday, November 15th @ 7pm
Everyone is invited!
Hear an update from Principal Clark, presentation by Rockwell's own Mrs. Gena Thome, and more!
We look forward to seeing you.
A NOTE ABOUT FUNDRAISING
I have volunteered in many different roles at Rockwell over the last 4 years as a Rockwell parent. However, this year I am new as a PTA board member and I wanted to share a little story with you. Recently, I attended our monthly board meeting and as I listened to the dozen or so formal requests to our PTA from Rockwell teachers to help fund academic enrichment, I really sat there amazed and moved. All attending board members raised our hands with an unanimous "Yes" to fund those requests. And it wouldn't have been possible without your generous support early in the school year. Our family has always donated money to the PTA but I had never really thought about its impact until that moment.
Because of all of your early generous contributions, the PTA Board was easily able to approve and fund Field Trip student admissions for multiple grades, new library books and Toymaker (an educational hands on STEM workshop) for multiple grades.
But wait we are not done for this year!
There will be many more requests to support academic enrichment programs, some of them unforeseen and not yet accounted for in our budget as we move through the year. We also have to fund the School Musical and STEM Night early next year. And we have not yet met our Matching goal. This means daily reminders to yourself or spouse to submit those matching requests through your company. This is free money and takes just a little extra time at work to fill out the form. If you completed a "First Day Packet" back in August or September, your donation was itemized on your electronic receipt as "Annual Beagle Contribution". If you have lost track of your receipt or did not receive one, please email our PTA
and she will send you another copy.
Finally we are in the middle of our last major fundraiser! In our first week, we have had a lot of families help their kids create their "Reader Pages" and we have had over
11,000 minutes read just in the first 4 days.
And it is not too late to sign-up. Look for a Read-a-Thon reminder coming home with your child early this week. Your child's "Reader Take Home Sheets" have instructions on how to sign-up your kids and take advantage of this fun program! There is even a prize for your child just for signing up.
This fundraiser is meant to be easy as we know all of you are busy. It is also a great supplement to our "Annual Beagle Contribution" and even better the Read-a-thon keeps a primary focus on encouraging reading and building literacy skills. If your company does not have a matching program or you have friends or family that want to donate directly to your child's academic enrichment programs at Rockwell, then this is the program for you. And if you just want to give a little more to support your child's academic enrichment, this is also the program for you!
Fun prizes like "Extra Recess Time", "Lunch with a Friend" and "Lunch with the Principal" are offered for two categories: "Minutes Read" and "Donations". In addition, we are offering a "Popcorn Party" and "Pinata Party" to each top class in "Minutes Read" and "Donations" respectively.
Thanks so much for your generosity and support,
Rockwell Parent and Rockwell PTSA Fundraising VP
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NO SCHOOL - Veterans Day (observed)
Student Leadership Meeting @ 8am (click
to see more Leadership news)
Half Day - Dismissal at 11:50am
11/22 and 11/23/18
NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break
Spirit Day - Pajama Day!
- 5:30-7:30 (RHS Cafeteria) - Performers and booth sponsors needed!
NO SCHOOL - Winter Break (school resumes on Monday, 1/7/19
IF YOU HAVEN'T JOINED THE PTA, NOW IS THE TIME!
Our PTA can win
cash and prizes
from the Washington State PTA just by having more members!
can help our school by just becoming a member.
The contest period runs from NOVEMBER 3 - DECEMBER 14, 2018
. The cash we can win would go towards educational programs and activities. Join now by
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: WHO CAN BE A MEMBER?
A: Any one in the family and community can be a PTA member. Grandparents, uncles, aunts, teachers, staff, etc. They
all are welcome to be part of the PTA.
Q: DO I NEED TO VOLUNTEER?
A: No, you don't need to volunteer in order to be a PTA member.
Q: WHY SHOULD I JOIN?
A: 1) It's a great way to stay informed.
2) You can have a voice in decisions regarding your student(s).
3) To network with other involved parents.
Q: WHERE DO THE FUNDS GO?
A: PTA membership fees and contributions go toward your child's educational programs and events, such as
, the Science Van, field trips and more.
Thank you for joining
the Rockwell PTA!
BRAVO to everyone who participated in this year's Reflections Art Program! We received
a total of 34 entries, 13 of which have been selected* to represent Norman Rockwell
Elementary at the District/Council level:
Tharan Sivakumar (Grade 4) - "I am a Hero! ...Am I?"
Daxon Hershey (Grade 2) - "Welcome Heroes"
Austin Laves (Grade 5) - "Rain to Rainbow"
Charis Balaranjith (Kindergarten) - "My Alien Friends"
Elaine Chen (Grade 4) - "My Heroes"
Janhavi Dharmadhikari (Grade 5) - "The Power of Pen"
Arnav Dhumal (Grade 1) - "We Are Because They Are: Trees"
Lyla Curcio (Grade 4) - "Horses are Heroes"
Violet Gill (Kindergarten) - "Modern Heroes"
Sharayu Kulkarni (Grade 2) - "Sweet Dreams"
Varshini Hari (Grade 5) - "Eyes on the Stars"
Shriya Kapila (Grade 5) - "Thank you, Heroes"
Mihir Majgaonkar (Grade 5) - "The Discovery"
On Thursday 11/8, 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, 1/11 from 4-8pm at the Lake Washington Resource
District finalists will 1) advance to the state level, and 2) be one step closer to
having their artwork displayed in Washington DC!
*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.
STUDENT LEADERSHIP NEWS
Tuesday, November 13 @ 8:00-8:30am - November Leadership Meeting (Mrs. Gibson's room #143)
Thursday, November 15 @ 3:30pm - 4:30 | Poster Making (Mrs. Raffel's room # )
** Permission slips need to be turned in by Wednesday, November 14**
HERITAGE NIGHT | SPONSOR A COUNTRY/BOOTH
Thursday, November 29
5:30-7:30 (RHS Cafeteria)
Food, activities, and international ornamentation will be on display at Redmond High School on November 29, 5:30PM to 7:30PM. Come and join us!
Heritage night is coming soon and we need volunteers to make this a memorable family event! Sign up to host a booth representing your country.
THIRTEEN countries are already planning to host and 7 more booths are available. General event helpers are also needed. Children or adults can give a 5 to 10 minute performance highlighting their culture. If you want to represent your own heritage, sign up now!
Per the Health department anyone who is preparing food or serving it at the event must have a valid food worker card. Obtaining a food worker card costs
and requires a brief online training.
Click here for more information about the Food Worker card; Click here for the online training.
Heritage Night Chairs
DISABILITY PRIDE BOOTH @ HERITAGE NIGHT
Thursday, November 29
YOU believe in acceptance of differences?
YOU believe in inclusion of all abilities?
YOU believe in a community full of diversity?
are exactly what we need to help out at the first
Disability Pride Booth
which will be hosted at Heritage Night this year! If interested in volunteering to help out at the booth, please contact
Parent and children volunteers welcome and shifts will be in half our increments. For full intro letter details, click
Disability Awareness Chair
MATH CHALLENGE TOURNAMENT
**one more week to register**
Friday, November 30 - 6pm
Math Challenge tournament is back at Rockwell! This is a PTA sponsored event.
This event is open to all students from grade 2 to grade 5. For registration, please click
. We only have TWO spots left!!
Registration for this event will end on November 16.
Check in time for the tournament is 6pm; the tournament will promptly begin at 6:30pm.
We are looking for anyone who is interested in chairing the Math Challenge tournament next year.
Let the challenge begin!
Hello fellow Beagles,
I have decided to raise money for Pantry Packs again! My new
was launched last week!
My goal is to help "food insecure" students in the Lake Washington School District (this includes Rockwell). The money I raise will help students get fed during the weekends.
A year ago, I raised $3000. This time I want to raise $4,500.
If you can, please donate
Barrett Rugge, Norman Rockwell Student
LWPTSA COUNCIL BASKET AUCTION
Thursday, December 6 @ 10am
The LWPTSA Council cordially invites you to our 2018 Scholarship Basket Auction on Thursday, December 6 from 10-11am at the LWSD Resource Center in Redmond.
Auction baskets are currently on display in the Resource Center, and you can bid now - all of the proceeds go to scholarships. Bid on a lunch with our new superintendent, Dr. Jane Stavem! We have several spa and beauty experiences this year and lots of items by local artists and homegrown businesses - some well established like the Pro Club and Salish Lodge.
Bidding must be done in person, although you can view the baskets here.
The morning of December 6 we host a festive event with complimentary coffee drinks, fantastic raffle items and a door prize for people who have invited and brought a friend! Do some holiday shopping, or just enjoy mingling with other people who value and support education. You don't have to be present to win, so swing by the district headquarters and bid when you are at Redmond Town Center. If you have questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise, we look forward to seeing you on December 6!
LWPTSA Council Auction Co-Chairs, Colette Ulloa and Debbie Ohman
Thursday, January 17 5:30-8:00pm
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math are STEM, and will play a major impact in every one of our Rockwell students' lives. We're taking a night in January to celebrate the excitement and importance of these topics in Rockwell's first STEM Night. Activities include:
- Math Activities from Mathnasium
- "Science on Wheels", from the Pacific Science Center
- Team Infinity Robotics Team
- Other Interactive Activities and STEM-Based Crafts
STEM Night will take place in the Redmond High School cafeteria from 5:30-8:00pm and volunteers can sign up for hour and half hour shifts. Work with kids in the K-5th grade range and inspire them to become the technology leaders of tomorrow!
to sign up.
STEM Night Chairs
The holidays are fast approaching! Did you know that your purchases can make a difference?
AmazonSmile donates to Norman Rockwell PTA (Lake Washington Council) 2.8.47 when you do your holiday shopping at
THERE'S STILL TIME TO ORDER YEARBOOKS!
If you didn't get a chance to order a yearbook yet, don't fret! You can still place an online order
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!
QUICK LINKS - IN EVERY ISSUE
for all the easy ways that your shopping can benefit Rockwell!
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