It's that time of year again - when kids get to go back to school, and parents get to enjoy a cup of coffee while it's still hot!  Please join us on Monday, Sept 11th  at 8:30 a.m. for a quick "cup of Joe" and some treats.  Bring your favorite breakfast snack (muffins, danishes, etc.) and say "hello" to familiar faces - or meet some new ones! (We will also have tissues.)

We'll see you by the flagpole in front of the school!

Brought to you by your Rockwell PTA - Go Beagles!


Back to School Family Food Truck Night!
Come hang out for the evening with Rockwell Families and Staff to celebrate the new school year.
When:  Friday, September 15th, 2017 5:00-7:30pm

Where:  Rockwell covered and uncovered black top area *Rain or Shine*
This year we will have  FOUR food trucks and one dessert truck:
There will be something for everyone! Food Trucks will be in the bus lane and will accept cash and credit cards. 

Parents/Guardians to accompany their children (not a drop-off event).
Please consider helping out keeping our kids safe and volunteering for short 30-minute shifts to help patrol the school grounds. Sign up here!

Are you approved yet as an LWSD volunteer? Click   HERE to start the approval process. It's good for two years. 
Hope to see you there!

Chairperson/Parent Volunteer - Family Food Truck Night

There will be an information meeting for Rockwell families of English Learners on Wednesday,  September 13  from  12:30-1:30 .  At  1:30  families will pick up their children and are welcome to stay for an informal family play time together outside.  The PTA will be there to answer questions, and families will learn about how their children are supported as they learn English.

English Learning Teacher
Rockwell Elementary
A friendly Reminder for those who park in the surrounding streets...please do not block any of the driveways, mailboxes, (or fire hydrants) of our lovely neighbors. Also, do not park on curves and corners as creates poor visibility at the crosswalks and hard to see small children (and makes it hard for the bus to turn in the neighborhoods). It's probably illegal too. Please obey the crossing guards and thank them too. Thanks!
We have fun, new, customized Rockwell t-shirts, hoodie-sweatshirts, hats and bags for the whole family.
Just click  this link  for Rockwell's Online Spirit Wear store and start shopping!
Please don't hesitate. The online store is  OPEN NOW thru 9/17.   
Spirit Wear will be delivered to your child in early October.

Julie Odle- Spirit Wear Coordinator
Lego club is back with a Batman theme for 2017 Fall. Do sign up your kids for the sessions and don't forget to sign up to be a parent volunteer.
Mondays (K-2nd graders)
Batman's Gotham Gadgets with LEGO® Materials  
Time: 3:15-4:45pm (Mrs. Gibson's Room)
Batman's Gotham Gadgets with LEGO® Materials  
Oct 2nd to Nov 27th
No Class Dates: Oct 16th
Sign up here
Tuesdays (3 - 5th graders)
Batman Master Mechanics with LEGO® Materials 
Time: 3:15-4:45pm (Mr. Corey's Room)
Oct 3rd to Nov 28th  
No Class Dates: Oct 17th
Sign up   here
This class is being sponsored by Rockwell PTA. All classes need to have a parent volunteer without one the classes will be cancelled. All parents are required to sign up to volunteer. After signing up for the class, please sign up below to volunteer.
Gr K-2 Parents sign up here to be a volunteer.
Gr 3-5 Parents sign up   here to be a volunteer.

Lego Engineering Club Chair/Parent Volunteer
ENRICHMENT: Ellipsis Math 4 and Ellipsis Math 5

Ellipsis Math program provides students with excellent mathematic advancements while also giving the opportunity for students to participate at local and state-wide math competitions such as Math Challenge Tournament, Math is Cool, Math Bonanza, and Washington Math Olympiad and prepares them with the right skills to be competitive.

Classes are open to motivated students in grade 4 and 5. The program requires student to commit year-round (Sep-May) as most team competitions will be held in Spring 2018.


* Stay tuned for registration link in next week's Bugle on 9/18*

Visual Arts, grades K-5 ( Sept 25-Nov 20, off 10/16) 
3:05 pm - 4:20 pm
Room 148 - ELL Room 


Create with Clay, grades 1-5 ( Sept 27 - Nov 15
3:00pm - 4:15pm
Room 148 - ELL Room 

Smart with Art Chairperson/Parent Volunteer



Tuesdays -  3:00-4:10 pm (Game development/beginners grades 1-3) 
Sept 26 - Dec 12 (no class 10/17, 11/21)
Room 148 ELL Room 
Registration link:

Do you play games and wonder how they are created? Would you like to build your own computer programs? Come learn how at the Coding with Kids Academy! In this fun after-school class, you will be introduced to the core concepts of computer programming, including loops, conditionals and variables. Using the Scratch development environment, you will learn how to create your own programs, such as simple games, animations, and interactive stories. With new projects each session, you will be able to express your creativity and advance as a coder! Our progressive curriculum will allow you to move to the next level after just 1-2 sessions.


Thursdays -   3:00-4:10   pm (Game development/intermediate/advanced grades 3-5) 
Sept 28 - Dec 7 (no class 10/19, 11/23)
Room 148 - ELL Room 
Registration link:

Do you love coding and want to learn more? Push your programming skills to the next level in our Intermediate/Advanced class! INTERMEDIATE students will build on their previous knowledge and be introduced to more advanced concepts, such as nested conditionals and functions with parameters. ADVANCED students will dive into complex concepts, such as game physics, arrays, and artificial intelligence. The Intermediate/Advanced coding class is recommended for kids who have already completed one or more sessions with the Coding with Kids Academy or have attended other Scratch coding classes (min. 15 hours of classes completed).

Coding/PTA Chairperson/Parent Volunteer: 



* Stay tuned for registration link in next week's Bugle on 9/18*

Fridays  3:00-4:05 pm (grades K-5)  
Sept 29 - Dec 15 (no class 10/20, 11/10, 11/24)
ROOM 148 - ELL Room

Chess Chairperson/PTA Volunteer: Elizabeth Rosemond

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.

The Norman Rockwell PTA would like to thank the following teachers and staff members for providing their classrooms for use for our after school enrichment programs. Our students LOVE our after school programs! Thank you!

Lynette Friesen
Toni Gibson
Liz Finocchio
Ben Corey
Diane Davenport

VP Academic Enrichment/Chess Club Chair

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! (Kindergartners will join in the spring)
When? Tuesdays and Thursdays during lunch recesses, starting  September 26th!
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. Additional help needed throughout the year to tally and record student laps completed and post milestones. Please sign up on SignUp Genius here online.

Are you approved yet as an LWSD volunteer? Click here to get volunteer approval - it's good for two years. Thanks!
Questions? Please email Christine Cottom or call  425-936-2670 ext. 56742
Norman Rockwell Elementary
Physical Education Specialist

You did it! You signed up to volunteer and/or Chair a program! Yea Beagles!
You're invited to learn how the PTA website is one of your biggest resources
as a Chairperson! You will also receive tips and tools for chairing a program,
as well as what you need to know to be an effective volunteer for Rockwell

*Bring a laptop if you have access to one! 

Monday, September 18th 6:30 pm-7:15 pm.
Rockwell Library 

**Room Parent Meeting immediately following.

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.
Monday, September 18th 7:15-8:00pm
Rockwell library
Please email Kelly with any questions.

PTA Room Parent Coordinator
**Room parent meeting is immediately following the PTA chairperson and website training.
Complete Yours Online

Click the  PTA website . to access and complete your First Day PTA Packet.

With our online packet, you will have the ability to order (and pay for) your PTA membership, Yearbook, Spirit Wear, and donate to our yearly Pass the Hat Fundraiser (which supports your student, teachers, and our fun and enriching programs), and sign up for volunteer opportunities all in one place. It will only take a few minutes. 

Do yours today!

  • Please enter your teacher info into your account - this helps us know where to deliver your ordered items.
  • New users will sign up for an account during this process.
  • Returning website users, PLEASE complete the packet and also visit your PTA Website account and update any old phone numbers etc, add a student if you have new children, update your teacher, etc. This helps in the directory process and also when we need to deliver items (spirit wear etc) to classrooms.
Help Our PTA Programs in 2017/18

A strong school has strong parent helpers! Rockwell's PTA is looking to fill some volunteer positions for next year. Can you help keep programs running at our school? We need some fresh faces to take on these projects! 

**These programs will be canceled without any volunteers. 

- Yearbook (Project Leader) **Please consider or we won't have a yearbook for our kids! We really need this position filled ASAP! Great for people who want to volunteer behind the scenes/from home mostly. Email Kit Craig with any questions. 

- Emergency Prep Chair - training provided by LWPTSA Council - email Kit Craig with any questions. 

- 4th Grade Parents to chair the  5th Grade Promotion Committee (typically a committee of 4th grade or younger parents - so the 5th grade parents can just enjoy the day!) Details provided by former chair. Email Elaine Bentzinger.

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

Places to earn money for Rockwell while you shop: 
Click here for all the easy ways that your shopping can benefit Rockwell!

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

Join PTA to access all the directory information.

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 in the classroom, at the school, and at PTA events!
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Norman Rockwell Elementary PTA
Norman Rockwell Elementary - Redmond, WA