BEAGLE BUGLE - ROCKWELL PTA AND SCHOOL NEWS
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE (FROM LWSD dated 2/29/20)

In light of today's news about a King County resident's death related to the Coronavirus (or COVID-19), and that additional cases are anticipated, we wanted to reach out to share what Lake Washington School District (LWSD) is doing to monitor and prepare for a potential increase in frequency of the Coronavirus in our schools.

LWSD has activated our Emergency Operations Center. This team of LWSD staff is actively working to coordinate information, communications, and operations to ensure that we are being intentional about how best to prepare for and respond to the needs of our students and staff. As part of this activation, we have been in contact with EvergreenHealth, emergency management departments from our three cities, and the Department of Public Health for Seattle & King County to provide the most current and factual information.

We know that many of you are wondering about school closures. At this time, we are planning to open schools as usual on Monday. We will update families should this decision change based on guidance from the Department of Public Health.
Here are the ways we can work together to prevent Coronavirus (COVID-19) from spreading in our schools:
  • Keep students home if they are sick. We have prepared general guidance for our families and staff on when to keep students home from school. It is available here. Students who meet these criteria while at school will be isolated and sent home.
    • Symptoms that a child is too sick for school:
      • Fever: temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Child must not have a fever for 24 hours before returning to school.
      • Vomiting: child should not return to school for 24 hours following the last episode of vomiting.
      • Chronic cough and/or runny nose: continual coughing and excessive nasal discharge. Conditions may be contagious and may require treatment from your health care provider.
      • Diarrhea: more than one watery stool in a 24-hour period, especially if the child acts or looks ill.
      • Sore throat: especially with fever or swollen glands in the neck.
      • Rash: body rash, especially with fever or itching.
      • Ear infection: with fever. Without fever can attend school, but the child may need medical treatment and follow-up. Untreated ear infections can cause permanent hearing loss.
      • Eye infection: Eye infection: pink eye (conjunctivitis) or thick mucus or pus draining from eye.
      • Unusual appearance, behavior: abnormally tired, pale, lack of appetite, difficult to wake, confused or irritable. This is sufficient reason to exclude a child from school.
  • Wash hands frequently. Staff will work with all our students when they return to school on Monday to remind them of good hand washing procedures.
  • Avoid hand to face contact, avoiding eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
In addition, custodians will continue with regular cleaning with an emphasis on touchpoints at all buildings and schools.

We will continue to follow the guidance provided to us by the Department of Public Health for Seattle & King County and the Center for Disease Control (CDC), should a case occur in one of our schools.

Coronavirus is not specific to any race, nationality, or ethnicity. We want to ensure that students and staff do not experience harassment or stigmatization as a result of concerns about the COVID-19 virus. Please report any concerns about harmful behaviors to a teacher, counselor or school administrator. You can find additional resources for responding to stigma here.

We will provide more frequent updates to families as we have updates or additional information to share. You can find these resources on our website.

If you have specific questions, please feel free to use our Let's Talk button on the front page of our website and select "Coronavirus" as the interest area.
We know this is an uneasy time for our communities, and we appreciate your cooperation as we work together to keep kids and adults healthy.

Sincerely,
Dr. Jane Stavem, Superintendent
Lake Washington School District


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 here.

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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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.

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.
 
Round 3 : 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.
 
Round 4 : 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
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GREEN TIP OF THE WEEK
 

WHAT DID YOU RECYCLE TODAY?
EACH PIECE OF RECYCLING IS IMPORTANT!




What can YOU do?
  • DO NOT recycle anything smaller than your fist (it gets stuck in the machine)
  • NO Plastic bags in recycling (most grocery stores accept the bags- Safeway, QFC and Whole foods)
  • Don't use a plastic liner in your recycling bin - it needs to be removed and creates problems for the machines
  • Clean Pizza boxes are recyclable
  • Empty aerosol cans (are made of steel) can be recycled (if not then find a community recycling program )
  • Greasy pizza boxes (or any greasy paper) -> Compost
     
  • Please refer to the fact sheet by Waste management for more details

The Rockwell Green Team
Dipti Muley (Dipti.muley@hotmail.com)
Sangeetha (dsangee@hotmail.com)
coffeeCOFFEE WITH MR. CLARK
Thursday, March 12 @ 9am


emergencySCHOOL SAFETY & EMERGENCY PREP NIGHT
Wednesday, March 25 @ Redmond High School

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!
Stephanie Wagner

lwsfLWSF SPRING LUNCHEON
Thursday, March 26 @ RTC Marriott

LWSF hosts its annual spring luncheon on Thursday, March 26, 2020, at the Seattle Marriott Redmond in Redmond Town Center. 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 luncheon will highlight the innovative programs and opportunities made possible by the foundation and its generous community of supporters. 

Please join the LWSF to expand community support of youth mental wellness and social emotional learning to benefit all students in Lake Washington School District. Register to attend or donate to support the event at  www.lwsf.org/bethebridge.html , email  info@lwsf.org  or call 425-936-1414 for information.  
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ALL SCHOOL DANCE PARTY
Friday, March 27 @ Redmond High School

Save the date for our annual Rockwell Dance Party - Friday, March 27th from 5:30-8:30pm! There will be fun for the whole family. More info coming soon!

School Dance Song Suggestions
 
Hello Rockwell families! I need your help. The All-School Dance is coming up, and this year we'd like to create a playlist that is fun and representative of all Rockwell students. What are your family's favorite dance songs? 

We'd love to hear your ideas-please send any songs you love to  mwhitestone@lwsd.org. Songs should be school-appropriate (no swearing, innuendo, etc. in any language) and dance-worthy. 

We will definitely be playing a lot of American Top 40 music, so we are specifically seeking fun upbeat songs from other countries or that are not in English. Please note that not all requests can be filled as this is something new, but we will do our best to make sure your song is heard! It's going to be an awesome event, and we are very excited to be adding to our playlist this year. We hope to see you all there!

ecologyPLEASE 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.
 
If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Weinmeister   or Mrs. Conklin .
 
Thank you so much for supporting our students and participating in the Ecology Run!
 
The Fifth Grade Team

SALMON IN THE CLASSROOM

Calling all 4th Grade Parents!
The Coho salmon have hatched and been nestled in the gravel for the last month. Soon they will rise from their hiding places and begin swimming around. Then in a few weeks they will be ready to feed. I know that the students are excited to take their turns and in the past it has been a fun experience for everyone involved. 

This is where you as 4th grade parents are vital to this program. We need one parent to volunteer each day during lunch recess to supervise the students as they feed the Fry. The food will be pre-portioned for you and it is super easy. If you are interested but are a bit intimidated by it please email me and I'd be happy to meet with you and do a brief training session.   The link to sign up is here.

Also the Field Trip to release the Salmon in Bear Creek is scheduled for  March 30th. If you have interest in helping on this day please contact your child's Teacher. 

If you have any questions feel free to email me

Salmon in the Classroom Chair 2019-2020 

Math Challenge #9 Winners

Thank you to all of you who participated in Math Challenge #9. Congratulations to the following winners:  Abhay P, Owen J, Aditi A, Sruthi Pillai P, Christopher O, Aarshia K, Atsuto Y, Arnav D, Elliot K, Sanasra V, Owen U, Ava A.


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  kbauer@lwsd.org or 425-936-2670.
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SBA TESTING

 
Rockwell Families,


3rd Grade:
  • 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
4th Grade:
  • 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
5th Grade:
  • 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.

Associate Principal
CURRENT PTA VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Hello Rockwell Parents! We're still looking to fill a few leadership roles.
  • Chess Club Chairperson (after school enrichment)
  • Cartooniversity (after school enrichment)
  • Volunteer Awards 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

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
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PHOTOS FOR THE YEARBOOK

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 yearbookphotos@normanrockwellpta.org.

Thank you!
SALMON IN THE CLASSROOM

The salmon eggs have arrived in the tank at Rockwell. If you are at school stop by and take a look. They are currently in the eyed egg stage and in a few weeks they will hatch and become alevins.  Then in February they will "swim up" or emerge from the gravel and become fry. 

In early March the 4th grade students will begin to feed the fry. At that time we will need lots of parent volunteers to help supervise the feeding. Also if any 3rd grade parents would like to begin "training" to be the program chair(s) for next year it would be great.  If you are interested in helping with either of these things contact  NateChinn@gmail.com   for information.

Nate Chinn
2019-2020 Chair of Salmon in the Classroom

YEARBOOK ORDERS!

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 (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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The best way to stay informed!

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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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