BEAGLE BUGLE - ROCKWELL PTA AND SCHOOL NEWS
OCTOBER PRINCIPAL LETTER
 
Dear Rockwell Families, 

We are in October! Our first month of school was amazing, and I want to thank all of you who came out to celebrate with us at our Back to School Barbecue/Food Truck Night -- it was so nice seeing so many of you and having a chance to meet our new neighbors. Your kids have been hard at work learning new routines, igniting (or reigniting) a passion for literature, math, and discovery, and making new friends. So many of you have been asking if there are ways you can be part of your child's day here at Rockwell, and I want to encourage you to make sure that you have a volunteer application on file and cleared through the office so you can join us for classroom helper positions or field trips throughout the year. Kids love having their parents involved with school, and we love having you be a part of our team. 

October gives us many things to think about and celebrate: It marks Bullying Awareness Month, when we will talk with all of our kids about acceptance and kindness - we encourage you to do so too, as we lead up to Unity Day on  October 19. October is also Disability Awareness Month, when we will work with students to help them understand the impact of disabilities -- both those we can see and those we cannot -- on individuals, as well as the many ways in which these individuals can and will lead full and fulfilling lives. Finally, on October 31, we will celebrate Halloween with our annual parade ( 2:00 pm) and parties in our classrooms. All students are invited to participate and to dress up if they wish. Costumes must be school appropriate (no blood, gore, violent themes or weaponry, and nothing too scary, please -- little friends are often easily frightened) and normal school rules as to appropriate attire still apply. More details will come about the parade later in the month. 

Finally, please join us in our Schoolpool fundraising event this month -- simply by adding information about how your students gets to school -- walk, bike, carpool, or bus -- to the Schoolpool calendars and turning them in, we can raise money for our PTA through the city of Redmond... and we get to decrease our environmental footprint and cut down on traffic! Please join; it is a lot of fun and a great way to help our school. 

That's all for  tonight! Thank you again to all of you who have brought your patience and kindness with you every day; you are modeling wonderful traits for our kids and it is paying off. I am so proud of the kind kids we have at Rockwell, and that you are part of our family. Happy October!

Principal
MATH CHALLENGE IS AVAILABLE NOW!
DUE THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6 BY 3PM
 
Our first challenge became available on Friday, Sept 30. You can access the challenge here. Simply print out the challenge and submit by 3pm on October 6. The student can submit the challenge to the office or simply hand it to the teacher. 12 students will be selected for a prize for this first challenge.

The program is aimed to provide math enrichment for elementary students; the series of challenges consist of interesting math problems that involve strategies, modeling, organization, and patterns etc.
 
The program provides 15 sets of challenges throughout the school year; each set is published every other week starting in late September or early October and ending in May. Each challenge presents 10 to 18 problems ordered by level of difficulties, which enables students from various grades to participate.
 
Feel free to contact the Math Challenge team if you have any question:
OPPORTUNITY FOR MATHLETES!

Math in Action
walktoschool

WALK TO SCHOOL MONTH: 
OCTOBER

Redmond SchoolPool is excited to partner with Norman Rockwell, encouraging students to walk, bike, carpool, or ride the school bus to get to school October 3-31.
  • Each student will receive a calendar to bring home today. Your student should keep the calendar until October 31.
  • Every day that your student walks, bikes, carpools (with another student) or rides the bus to school, mark the calendar noting the type of trip.
  • Parents should complete the back of the calendar with contact information so they can receive rewards for their students.
  • Please collect the calendars or students may turn them in at the main office.
  • Each returned completed card earns the PTSA $10, up to $2,500 for the school!
Thank you for contributing to the success of Redmond SchoolPool. Together we will reduce traffic congestion, raise money for your school, and promote healthy habits.


Volunteer Services VP
walktoschoolday
WALK TO SCHOOL DAY
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5

PTA is looking to fill some positions for next year. Can you help keep these programs running at our school? Walk to School Day!

This Wednesday grab your tennis shoes and help reduce traffic  congestion around Norman Rockwell. You will get to spend a few extra  minutes with your student, all while promoting healthy family habits.

Celebrate in front of the school with Redmond City Staff. Special give a way for all students who participate!

Be sure to mark your walk on your students SchoolPool Calendar.
CANDIDATE FORUM
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5

Your Washington. Your Schools. Your Vote.
Candidate Forum for the 45th and 48th Legislative Districts
Wednesday, October 5, 7:00-8:30pm
Redmond High School Performing Arts Center
(17272 NE 104th St.; Redmond, WA 98052)
 
Combined, Lake Washington School District and Bellevue School District serve over 45,000 students, and that number is growing every year. This November, the State Representatives in the 45th and 48th Legislative Districts are up for election. Lake Washington PTSA Council and Bellevue PTSA Council are co-sponsoring a candidate forum for our legislative districts so you can get to know our candidates better before the November elections.
 
Do you know your candidates? Do you know their goals for education in Washington? Whether you're a parent, a business leader, or a community member, the decisions our State Representatives make regarding education funding and education issues in the coming years will have an impact on all of us.
 
Your Vote Matters for Washington, for Our Kids, and for Our Communities!
 
Learn where the candidates stand and how they will advocate for our area's 45,000 kids.
 
Any questions? Please contact:
Melissa Stone, Director of Advocacy, Peter Kirk Elementary PTSA 
Erika Kapur, VP of Advocacy, LWPTSA Council 

survey
WA STATE PTA LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY SURVEY
DUE THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6

The entire Rockwell community is encouraged to take the legislative issues survey. Your input will help the delegates who are attending the legislative assembly determine what needs we have in our school, and decide on the legislative platform for the next school year. Your input counts! 
pictures
SCHOOL PICTURE DAY
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13

Picture Day at Rockwell is  Thursday, October 13 !  To order portraits, please complete the Lifetouch order form that will be provided THIS WEEK, enclose payment, and return to school on Picture Day.  

Orders can also be placed online at  My.Lifetouch.com .  School Picture ID: LS116991Q0.  Order forms will be sent home with your student by the end of this week.  
bookfair

BOOKANEER BOOK FAIR: WHERE BOOKS ARE THE TREASURE!
OCTOBER 17-20

You are invited to our Scholastic Book Fair in the Rockwell Library! The fair is an annual reading event packed with excitement for students and families. 

Join us:
  • Monday, Oct. 17th (11:30 to 7)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 18th (11:30 to 7)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 19th (1:30 to 5)
  • Thursday, Oct. 20th (11:30 to 5)

Librarian
movienight
FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT: THE JUNGLE BOOK
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20  6:00PM - 8:30PM

Family Movie Night is a great way to bring students, families and staff together for a fun night of entertainment around the big screen!
Tickets will be available for sale at the school one week prior to the event and at the door on the day of the event. Concessions will be sold during the movie.

It's going to be a fun night for the whole family! Parents must be present during the movie!

Save the date- Thursday, October 20  6:00 PM to 8:30 PM in the Rockwell Gym.

PLEASE join us as a volunteer as well, sign up!

Movie Night Chair
WA STATE PTA LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY DELEGATES NEEDED
OCTOBER 21-22

The 2016 Legislative Assembly in Olympia October 21-22 (Friday and Saturday) gives the voting delegates a chance to represent their PTA's interests on a state level, as well share ideas with other PTA members.
 
This year, we qualify to send six delegates to represent Rockwell in Olympia. If you are a PTA member who is interested in attending the assembly, please contact the Rockwell President Stacy Hatch.
DISTRICT PTSA FAMILY DAT AT SOUNDERS
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23

LWPTSA Council Family  Day with the Seattle Sounders on Sunday, October 23 !!!

Please plan to join families from across LWSD to cheer on the Sounders versus Real Salt Lake at 1 p.m.  at Century Link Field.
 
This is a fun way to raise money for programs for our schools while cheering on the Sounders. Information available here.

LWPTSA
Reflections
PTA REFLECTIONS ART COMPETITION: 
"What is your story?" 

PTA Reflections  is a nationally acclaimed student recognition program to encourage artistic creativity in the classroom and at home. Students of all grades and abilities may participate and explore the arts based on the 2016-2017 theme: What Is Your Story?

Learn more by watching this video!

Participation Rules and Student Entry forms available at: Rockwell PTA Website - Reflections . Some hard copies will be available in the Rockwell office after 9/27.

Deadline for entries:  Wednesday, 10/26  * 1:30pm @ School office drop box
Rockwell show: Monday, 11/14 * 6-8pm @ School Library
Local Art Show: Friday, 1/6  * 6-8pm @ LWRC/RTC (Lake Washington Resource Center at Redmond Town Center)

Please contact us if you have any questions,
Marly Khoury-Haddad
Beatriz Gomez-Albadawi/

HERITAGE NIGHT
Sponsor a Country/Booth
Performers Needed

Rockwell's Heritage Night is quickly approaching on Thursday, Nov. 10  and is a wonderful opportunity for our families to learn more about our diverse community and celebrate traditions from around the world!

More event details to come soon!  But first we are looking for Country/Booth Sponsors, Performers, and other volunteers. Sign Up Here today!

Countries with booths represented so far are :
BULGARIA, INDIA, ISRAEL, JAPAN, MYANMAR, South KOREA, CHINA, PHILIPPINES, UKRAINE

Performers Needed: Would you like to share a short performance from your culture for a few minutes in front of the group? Maybe you or your child plays the bagpipes, does the hula, or a dance that showcases your heritage?  We are still looking for more performances. Adults and/or children are welcome to perform.

Heritage Night - Thursday, November 10
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Rockwell Gym and Library

Please  to sponsor a Country/booth, Perform, or help with set up and clean up. Volunteers will be contacted soon with specific shifts.  Space is limited for booths!

More information and volunteer opportunities coming soon from the Heritage Night Chairs!

Thank you,
Heritage Night Chairs
ONLINE PTA MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY

The online PTA Membership directory is now live! You can access it from the home page of the PTA Website. You can search by a parent or students first and last names, or by teacher class lists.

Pay your membership fees now to gain the goodness of the online directory
This online directory is accessible only for paid PTA members.

PTA Directory Chair

PAPER STUDENT DIRECTORY COMING SOON

The paper version of the Student Directory will be released in late October/early November a s a benefit of having a paid PTA Membership. This directory contains student names and contact information as well as school and PTA information to make your year smoother at Rockwell. The Student Directory is published once a year near the end of October.  A copy of the printed Student Directory is free with your paid PTA Membership.  You may purchase extra copies of the Student Directory by  October 10th  for $5 each through the PTA website.   

Please register your student and family now on the PTA website to ensure delivery. 

Please visit the following links for more information about the online PTA Membership and paper Student directories:
PTA Directory Chair
CHAIR A PROGRAM!

PTA is looking to fill some positions for next year. Can you help keep these programs running at our school? 

-Bingo Night Chair
-Ice Cream Social Co-Chair
-Update the Reader Boards
-Nominating Committee
-Special Needs Coordinator

and more....please check here for the list of positions and email us with any questions!

BOX TOPS AND ROCKWELL
CONTEST COMING 10/10

Ever wonder where the money for Box Tops goes to and whether they even make an impact in our schools? Celebrities Mario Lopez, Alyson Hannigan and Dave Coulier show you what would happen in a world where people didn't clip Box Tops.  Check out the video !

It's easy to find Box Tops. In fact, you may have some in your home right now. Clip Box Tops from your favorite products and turn them in to your child's school today! Box Tops are each worth 10ยข and they add up fast! Purchase any of the hundreds of products with Box Tops. See list of participating products.

Earn even more cash to help your school get what it needs through the Box Tops for Education  Bonus App. Turn your everyday receipts into cash for your school. It's free and as easy to use.

So start saving your Box Tops, and ask your family and friend to help save. We will have a school-wide contest starting in October.   Please DO NOT send them in until the contest starts. Additional information is coming soon!

PTA - BoxTops Chairperson

AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT 
SPELLING BEE

Registration for the School's 5 th Annual Spelling Bee for all students from grades 1-5 is still open!  Deadline for enrollment is this week, Oct 7, 2016.

The fee covers enrollment, a participation certificate, and entry into the Final School Spelling Bee provided that the student qualifies by first passing the Written Round Test. 

If the registration fee is a financial challenge for you, then please contact us at  nrspellingbeeclub@gmail.com

We will hold mock bees for practice. First session of mock bee for enrolled students  is on Oct 27 , 2016. All information like practice word lists, schedules, worksheets and FAQ can be found at the spelling Bee page. Please check back regularly for updates.

  Email with any questions.  We look forward to helping your child achieve their goal!

Nithya Nagarajan, Shilpa Asrani and Smitha Rajasekaran
Rockwell PTA - Spelling Bee Chairs
AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT: ASPIRING AUTHORS 

New class to encourage your students inner author! Time to write in a positive and friendly environment followed by a Author Celebration at the end of the eight weeks!

Registration Link open:  http://grasshopperenrichment.com/
Thursdays - (Oct 6-Dec 8, off 10/20 and 11/24)
Aspiring  Authors (grades 2-5) 3:10-4:40 pm

More information here!

Aspiring Authors Chair
STILL AVAILABLE - AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT CLASSES:
Art, Coding, Chess

Registration is open now  for the following after school enrichment programs:

CODING WITH KIDS

Fridays 3:00-4:10  pm (Game development/intermediate/advanced grades 3-5) 
Sept 30 - Dec 9 (no class 10/21, 11/11, 11/25)

Coding/PTA Chairperson: Swati Kaul

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CHESS 4 LIFE

Register for Chess 4 Life now!

Mondays 
3:00-4:05 pm (grades K-5)  Class begins 10/3 

-OR- 
Fridays
3:00-4:05 pm (grades K-5)  Class begins 9/30


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Please be sure to check each vendor website for detailed class descriptions and registration information. Per PTA guidelines, parents must commit to volunteering/chaperoning during  AT LEAST one class session per child enrolled. Chairperson to contact registrants with volunteer shift sign ups. Please get your LWSD online volunteer approval in advance. 

VP Academic Enrichment/Chess Club Chair and Smart with Art Chair
INFO MEETINGS ON THE QUEST/HIGHLY CAPABLE PROGRAMS

Meetings are scheduled for the following dates:
  • October 6: Kindergarten-2nd grade Highly Capable Services Meeting
Please check here for informational meetings on the LWSD Quest/Highly Capable Programs and testing.

Kirsten Gometz, Principal
QUICK LINKS - IN EVERY ISSUE

Places to earn: 
Give a little back to Rockwell PTA by using  our  AmazonSmile link!   Bookmark it and use the link every time you shop.

Shop at Bartell's and earn for Rockwell. 

View the flyers approved by LWSD and targeted to Rockwell from local organizations...sports tryouts, after school classes, and community events. 

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!
 
Rockwell PTA Facebook Page: 
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Yearbook Photographs:
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Bugle Article Submissions Welcome
  
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
Denise Waters
Beagle Bugle Editor
Norman Rockwell Elementary PTA
Norman Rockwell Elementary - Redmond, WA