Please join us this Thursday, September 29 in the library for the first General Membership meeting beginning at 7pm.

All families are welcome to our General Membership PTA meeting, the first one of the year. Come learn about the PTA at Rockwell and the exciting things we have planned.  Our agenda includes:
  • Voting in new VP positions
  • Approve the budget
  • Approve standing rules and policies

Mud puddles, slips and spills are all a reality at school! 

When students come to the office, our amazing office team of Julie, Inez and a host of volunteers, dust them off and send them back to class. BUT, they need our help!

Please send in your plastic grocery sacks so they have a supply to send home dirty clothes. AND whenever you are in the building, stop by LOST & FOUND for your student's items that have been left behind!

Art Docent Orientation

Over 50 of you have signed up to be Art Docents this year - Thank You!

Please come to Orientation/Training:
Monday, September 26
Rockwell Library

We'll go over how it all works, and there will be a short demonstration of how to teach a lesson.

See you then!

Myriam Pollock and Julie Balkcum
PTA Art Docent Program Co-Chairs

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 27, 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.

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 27, 7-7:45pm
Rockwell Library

**Room Parent Meeting immediately following.

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!

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 .
  • 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.
  • 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

"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?

If your kids like to: create pictures, write stories, poems or essays, take photos, compose music, create movies or choreographies and be recognized for their work, then they should participate. Sign them up!

Students may enter through their school PTSA in any of this six art categories or as a special artist (an option for students with disabilities who receive services under IDEA or Section 504).

Dance Choreography
Film Production
Music Composition
Visual Arts

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/

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.

The annual Redmond Drama Booster Garage Sale is scheduled for Saturday, October 1, 8am-3pm in the High School cafeteria. 

This is a very popular, HUGE, multi-family sale that supports the drama program at Redmond High.  You'll find books, games, apparel, sporting goods, tools, household items, furniture and so much more! All proceeds directly benefit Redmond Drama students by defraying production costs, providing funds for drama trips, scholarships and much more. 

If you have items to donate to the garage sale, bring them by the RHS cafeteria on Friday, Sept. 30, 2:30 - 8pm.  All donations are tax deductible ... and we'll even help you unload your car!

Any questions? Please contact organizer, Sharon Drazkowski

See you there!
17272 NE 104th Street
Redmond, WA  98052


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

This is a PTA sponsored program that is free for all students in Norman Rockwell.
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.
Our first challenge will be available on Friday, Sept 30 after 3pm. You can access the challenge here. Simply print out the challenge and submit by 3pm 6th Oct. 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.
Feel free to contact the Math Challenge team if you have any question:

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


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


BUZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ! The buzz is all about the upcoming Norman Rockwell's 5 th Annual Spelling Bee. The registration for grades 1-5 has started  and we will meet every month (on a Thursday) for practice. Please find the practice word lists, schedules, worksheets and FAQ at the spelling Bee page.

Spellers who wish to self-study and cannot make it to the practice sessions can still enroll and get a chance to compete in the 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.

Key Dates:
Oct 7 , 2016 - Deadline for enrollment
Oct 27 , 2016 - First session of mock bee for enrolled students.

Email with questions. 

Nithya Nagarajan, Shilpa Asrani and Smitha Rajasekaran
Rockwell PTA - Spelling Bee Chairs

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:
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
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

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


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 


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



Register for Chess 4 Life now!

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

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


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

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.

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


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

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

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!
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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