BEAGLE BUGLE - ROCKWELL PTA AND SCHOOL NEWS

THANK YOU - FOOD TRUCK NIGHT

Our first ever Family Food Truck Night was a huge success!  Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers that helped make the night run smoothly.

Taunya Covington
Angie Ballas
Stacy Hatch
Danika Welch
Diane Davenport
Jamie Kivela
Lacie Henriksen
Fumiko Emura
Anu Jayabalu
Christine Welton
Danika Welch
Anne Savage

Anu Jayabalu
Ruhina Taj Karthikeyan
Olga Pipitone
Taunya Covington
Glenda Alderete
Michael Dorman
Olga Pipitone
Anu Jayabalu
Barbara Chinn
Bilyana Slavova
Elaine Bentzinger
Fumiko Emura
Shilpa Asrani
Jamie Kivela
Kellie Larson
Kit Craig
Mark Huyler
Lizbeth Kwan
Melissa Chisholm
Michael Dorman
Mohammed D Majeed
Olga Pipitone
Patience Djeuji
Pavitra Patil
Ruhina Taj Karthikeyan
Scott Odle

Jami Worsley, Event Chair

**TONIGHT***
DINE OUT FOR ROCKWELL PTA/FRANKIE'S PIZZA
Mon, 9/19/16

Since 1993, Frankie's has been a fixture in Redmond for many families, with its delicious food, friendly service, and cozy atmosphere. This local favorite will be closing its doors October 15, and Rockwell would like to give them a proper, heartfelt sendoff with our Dines Out night. 

Let's fill the place with smiling Rockwell faces, as we feast one last time on homemade pizza and pasta! Frankie's has always been a strong supporter of Norman Rockwell, and this evening will be no different, with 20% of tonight's proceeds being donated to our PTA. Bring this flyer with you!

See you there!
PTA VP Fundraising
INFO MEETINGS ON THE QUEST/HIGHLY CAPABLE PROGRAMS

Meetings are scheduled for the following dates:
  • September 26: Elementary Quest Highly Capable Program Meeting
  • September 29: Middle School Quest Meeting
  • 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


BE A CLASSROOM ART DOCENT

So many of you have signed up to be Art Docents for your child's class...thank you!

**URGENT!**
One teacher still does not have any:
  • Ms. Breier (3rd)
Many classes only have one docent, and could really use one or two more to help out:
  • Ms. Rasmussen (Kindergarten)
  • Ms. Rapp (1st)
  • Ms. Yasuda (3rd)
  • Ms. Kollman (4th)
  • Mr. Cortes (5th)
It's a once-a-month lesson, and you coordinate with the teacher regarding the date/time--so it's a flexible and fun volunteer opportunity for both stay-at-home and working parents alike. It takes about an hour to do the class, plus some set-up and clean-up. When you see how much the kids get out of it, you will see why it's one of Rockwell's most enduring and popular programs.

You don't need to be an Art expert whatsoever--the curriculum is already set out for you.  You don't need to be a Picasso--very little, if any, artistic talent is needed.  All you really need is some time, some patience, and a good sense of humor and fun :)  

There will be an evening orientation on Monday, September 26th at 7pm. Art Docent lessons begin in October and run through May/June. The highlight is the annual Art Showcase/Ice Cream Social in May, when the students' masterpieces will be on display for the entire school to enjoy!

Please contact your child's teacher, or me directly, if you are interested or have questions.

Looking forward to a fantastic year of Art Docents!

Myriam Pollock and Julie Balkcum
PTA Art Docent Program Co-Chairs
ROOM PARENT TRAINING: 

Thank you to all the moms and dads who signed up to be room parents in your children's classrooms! 

Whether you are a first-time room parent or a seasoned pro, we would like to invite you to attend a training meeting to learn all about the ins and outs of room parenting. We will go through an outline of fun school events, share some best practices and have a time for questions and answers. This will also be a great opportunity for those of you who are working in teams to coordinate with each other.

Tuesday, September 27th 7:45-8:30pm
Rockwell library

Please email Barbara Chinn, PTA Room Parent Coordinator, if you have questions. 

**Room parent meeting is immediately following the PTA chairperson and website training.
PTA CHAIRPERSON AND WEBSITE TRAINING: 

Attention Chairs: Thank you so much for chairing an event or program at Rockwell Elementary this year! 

Did you know the PTA Website is doing some of the work for you? You're invited to come learn how the PTA website is one of your biggest resources as a Chairperson! You will learn how the website keeps track of potential volunteers, how our webmaster can help you set up online signups, and how to access shared reports as it pertains to your event. You will also receive tips and tools for chairing a program at Rockwell. 

*Bring a laptop if you have access to one!

Tuesday, September 27th 7-7:45pm
Rockwell Library

**Room Parent Meeting immediately following.
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

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

When kids don't get enough to eat, they can't concentrate and they can't learn. That is when Hopelink's Pantry Packs program is there to help.
 
Pantry Packs provides weekend packs of food for more than 600 LWSD students. Each pantry pack has enough food to feed one child for a weekend.  If you or someone you know could benefit from this program, please contact Kristin Bauer, school counselor, via email or phone at  425-296-2670

There is no application or qualification information. All information is kept strictly confidential.

Yearbook Photographs Needed

The yearbook staff can only create an amazing yearbook if we have your great photos.  Did you take cute first day of school photos?  We need them!  Did you take cute back to school BBQ photos?  We need them.

Please upload them directly to the secure LifeTouch website.  Register and use our NEW school access code:   DGQBGI.

Interested in helping out on the yearbook staff this year?  The software is easy to learn, the yearbook staff is fun and the kids are cute!  You can work on the yearbook from home at any time convenient for you. Send an email if you have questions or would love to join the team.

Thanks,
Yearbook Team
Minerva Butler

HERITAGE NIGHT: SPONSOR A COUNTRY/BOOTH

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!

Approximately 15 "Country of Origin" tables/booths are available for anyone interested in participating. Participants will be given a tri-fold presentation board to decorate with interesting facts and artifacts from the country. Sharing music, games, and traditional clothing is also encouraged.

We have received approval for Heritage night participants to bring in fresh food from their country. People who would like to bring food to represent their country may do so as an option but it is not required.

Please sign up here  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

HEALTH ROOM VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Our Rockwell health room gets many visits from our students each day. If a parent volunteer isn't present to help the students our office staff must deal with these interruptions to their work day. The Rockwell staff does a wonderful job of taking care of our kids, but it would be wonderful if parent volunteers could help alleviate some of their work load and at the same time get to know many of our wonderful students.
 
Volunteering in the health room is a flexible volunteer position. Many volunteers help one day a week, but you can volunteer a couple times per month if that works better for your schedule. The health room high traffic times are during lunch and recess, so those are the volunteer hours most needed.
 
We will be doing a training for all interested volunteers    later  in the month. If you have any questions or you are interested, but are unsure please contact Tedra Stratton and she can give you the scoop on what it is like to be a health room volunteer! 

PASS THE HAT FUNDRAISER

Don't Forget to PASS THE HAT!

Thank You to those who have already donated to our Pass the Hat fundraiser!

Pass the Hat is our one big fundraiser for the year. We don't ask our parents and students to sell or buy cookie dough, magazine subscriptions, or car wash tickets. Instead, we are asking you to donate directly to our PTA. Your donation helps to fund the 40+ programs the PTA sponsors throughout the year - everything from Chess Club to the Art Docent program to field trips to the All School Dance. Your donations to Rockwell are crucial to the academic enrichment of our student population.    

You can donate online at anytime! Click here on  Pass the Hat to get started.

If you'd prefer to write a check, please use a Pass the Hat envelope (available at the Front Office waiting area) and have your child submit it to their teacher.

Don't forget to  double your donation  to Rockwell PTA if your company offers a Corporate Matching program! Many local companies such as Microsoft, Boeing, and Google will match your donation 100%. What an easy way to increase your donation to our school! Instructions are available on the PTA website [Please link to http://normanrockwellpta.org/Page/Fundraising/Corporate%20Matching].

Norman Rockwell PTA is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, so your donation is tax-deductible.

The suggested donation of  $85 per student is the best way to ensure that we will have the necessary funding for our programs this year, but any amount you are able to give is helpful.

Rockwell PTA truly appreciates your financial support! Without it, we could not sponsor all the amazing programs at our amazing school.

Thank You. :)
PTA - Fundraising VP
 
SHOP AT BARTELLS AND EARN MONEY FOR ROCKWELL

With the "B" Caring Card, 4% of your purchase amount at Bartell Drugs earns money for our school!

How? Easy!
1. Download this flyer
2. Fill it out.
3. Bring it to Bartell Drugs and pick up your "B" Caring Card.
4. Show your card or give the cashier your phone number every time you shop at any Bartell Drugs store.
5. You just earned money for Rockwell!

Every cent counts!

Thank you for supporting Norman Rockwell PTA. :)

PTA - Fundraising VP

BOX TOPS AND ROCKWELL

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 10¢ 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

RECESS RUNNING CLUB 

Announcing the start of the Rockwell Running Club!
 
Who? All Rockwell students in 1st through 5th grade who would like to come out and walk, jog and/or run during lunch recesses!

When? Tuesdays and Thursdays during lunch recesses, starting September 27th!

Where? We will meet at the flag poles on the soccer field! Students will walk, jog and/or run a marked path around the sand soccer field.
 
Attention Parents!
We need your help to kick off this popular program! Volunteers are needed to help set up, monitor and assist students with punch cards on laps being completed, and to award prizes to students who reach running milestones. Please sign up on SignUp Genius HERE online.  (Paper applications are also available in the Rockwell Elementary office.)

Are you approved yet as an LWSD volunteer? See link below in Quick Links to get volunteer approval. Thanks!

Questions? Please email Christine Cottom or call 425-936-2670 ext. 56742

Norman Rockwell Elementary
Physical Education Specialist
NEW! 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:

SMART WITH ART  (new vendor!)  
Registration Link open at 10 am  go.smartwithart.net/rockwell

Mondays -  ( Sept 26-Nov 21, off 10/17)
3D Modeling (grades 3-5)  4:25 pm - 5:25 pm

-and-

Wednesdays - 3 classes available ( Sept 28 - Nov 16)
Visual Arts (grades 2-5)  4:15  p -  5:15 pm
3D Modeling (grades 3-5)  3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 
 
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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 (date correction from last week's bugle)

-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. See Quick Links article below.

VP Academic Enrichment/Chess Club Chair and Smart with Art Chair

AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT 
SPELLING BEE

Welcome to the 5th year of Spelling Bee at Norman Rockwell! 
Norman Rockwell School Spelling Bee is open to all students from grades 1-5.  

The enrollment is open now at the Rockwell PTA Website Spelling Bee page , starts on 9/12 and will end on 10/07. The fee is $25 and can be paid online at Norman Rockwell PTA website. 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. 

This year the Club will meet once a month. The word list and worksheets will be posted on the spelling bee page and will be updated every two weeks. 

Please see key dates below! 
*Oct. 7th, 2016 -Deadline for enrollment
*Jan. 27th, 2017 -Written Round - Spelling and Vocabulary Test (students must pass this test to qualify for the Final School Spelling Bee)
*Feb. 25th, 2017 -Final School Spelling Bee 

Spelling Bee is a great way for students to expand their word knowledge and learn how to stand up in front of peers and compete in a friendly way.

Please email  nrspellingbeeclub@gmail.com  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 
LEGO ENGINEERING CLUB

LEGO ENGINEERING CLUB - Fall Sessions Open Now for Registration

Excited to announce the below sessions for the different grades for fall. Do sign up your kids for the sessions and don't forget to sign up to be a parent volunteer.
When you register your child for a session, do provide your their teacher and grade details in the Notes section

Construction Vehicles and Machines using LEGO®  (K to 1 st Graders) 
from Sep 26th - Nov 21 st on Mondays except 10/17
Time: 3:15-4:45pm 

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Robotics using LEGO® WeDo  (2 nd to 3 rd Graders) 
from Sep 27th - Nov 22nd on Tuesdays except 10/18
Time: 3:15-5:15pm 
Sign up here

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Robotics using LEGO® EV3 (4 th to 5 th Graders) 
from Sep 28th - Nov 16th on Wednesdays
Time: 1:45-3:45pm 


PARENT CHAPERONES: After registering, please sign up for one volunteer shift here.  This class is being sponsored by Rockwell PTA. A Parent needs to volunteer/chaperone for one of the sessions. Must have volunteer approval through LWSD (see Quick Links article below for online volunteer application).

Parents please sign up using below links:

Grades KG-1:  Volunteer Shift Sign Up
Grades 2-3:  Volunteer Shift Sign Up
Grades 4-5:  Volunteer Shift Sign Up

Rockwell PTA - Lego Engineering Club Chair
STUDENT HANDBOOK AND CURRICULUM NIGHT PRESENTATION

Did you miss Curriculum Night? Click here for the presentation by Principal Gometz.

Also, click here for Link to the Student Handbook.
IXL INFORMATION COMING SOON

IXL MATH will be available soon for students to practice their math and earn prizes. Login information will be going home with students when it is ready. Parents - thank you for helping to develop a culture of math here at Rockwell. Thanks to the Lake Washington Schools Foundation for IXL subscriptions for all students and to the Rockwell PTA for purchasing the prizes. 

Parents - please visit our site to learn more about Math at Rockwell.

Parent IXL Math Coordinators
Coming Soon - The PTA Membership Directory and the Student Directory

This year our PTA is offering two directories to paid PTA members (those who have paid the PTA membership dues for this year). The directories are a benefit of your membership. If you haven't paid your PTA membership dues, please click here to go to the PTA website.

NEW - Online PTA Membership Directory Coming Soon in September:
  • On-line searchable directory with parent and student information including names, contact emails and street addresses obtained from the information YOU entered into the PTA website www.normanrockwellpta.org .
  • Only paid PTA members will be able to use the online directory.  But, non-paid PTA members can register their information for inclusion in the on-line directory.
  • Families and students will only appear in the on-line directory if they are registered on the PTA website.  This is NOT A DIRECTORY OF ALL STUDENTS.
  • You can change your privacy settings to control what information others can see.   (Now is a good time to make sure if your info is up-to-date!)
Student Directory Coming Soon in October:
  • Streamlined paper directory with school and PTA information and class lists including student name, primary contact email and primary contact phone number obtained from the school district .
  • There will be no street addresses published.
  • Students will only appear in the paper directory if their parents have filled out the PTA Permissions Form which was either given out on curriculum night or sent home.
  • One copy free with a paid PTA Membership. $5 for an extra copy. $5 to order one for non-paid PTA members.
  • To become a PTA member, you must register.
*Please remember that not EVERY student will be listed in the Student directory. A few parents have chosen not to be in the directory for various reasons and opted out. When planning parties for the whole class, it is best to ask your teacher exactly how many students are currently in class.

PTA Directory Chair

QUICK LINKS - IN EVERY ISSUE

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

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: 
Stay connected and updated on  Rockwell PTA, school, and community info. 
Stop by and Like Us! Don't miss any posts...after liking us, make sure to hover over the Liked Button to turn on notifications.

Yearbook Photographs:
Upload your event photos as you take them! Use code DGQBGI at the secure LifeTouch website.
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