BEAGLE BUGLE - ROCKWELL PTA AND SCHOOL NEWS
*This Week*This Week*This Thursday*
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING: All Invited!
7pm Thursday, January 18th in the Library

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Rockwell PTA is currently 400 members strong yet less than 10% attend the quarterly meetings.  While we appreciate your trust and support in running the business of PTA, we invite you to attend the General Membership Meetings to be part of the process, advocacy and parent education presentations.

ON THE AGENDA:
 
This meeting will include two different parent education topics based on how parents can share power in partnership with teachers and students:
  • New Writing Curriculum - Presented by Gena Thome, 2nd grade teacher/Member of LWSD Curriculum Development Team, will share information on how parents can support their child's writing at home. She will also provide insight on the workshop model of teaching writing.
  • An Overview of Emotion Management: Helping your child handle those big, strong feelings. Presented by our school counselor, Mrs. Bauer. The presentation will provide tips on how to help your child recognize when they are having strong emotions and how to use a four-step process to help kids calm down.  As an added feature, Mrs. Bauer will include ways for parents to model emotion management at home.
In addition to parent education:
  • Principal Clark will provide a school update
  • Teacher representatives will share highlights of grade level accomplishment
  • The Treasurer has budget announcements
  • Our Legislative Advocate has a motion to put forward regarding the upcoming Bond/Levy in February 
  • and so much more!
PTA meetings are not a social hour, there is a lot of business to attend to and we hope you can attend, too! Your voice and your votes matter. JOIN US THIS THURSDAY NIGHT in the library at 7pm!
VISION AND HEARING SCREENING AT ROCKWELL
*Thank You Volunteers!*

Thank you for the volunteers and my co-chair, Nomita Yadav, who made the vision and hearing screening possible on the 12th.  Our volunteer numbers were cut significantly by the cold and flu season, but these ladies worked quickly and efficiently to make it happen. Thanks!

Vision and Hearing Co-Chairs
SIGN WAVING DAYS FOR THE BOND/LEVY

LWSD is putting three new funding measures on the February 2018 ballot
  • Proposition 1: Replacement Educational Programs & Operations Levy
  • Proposition 2: Replacement Capital Project Levy
  • Proposition 3: Bond to Reduce Overcrowding and Enhance Learning Environments
For anyone who is interested in participating, there are two sign waving events leading up to the election on Feb. 13. 

RED MONDAY SIGN WAVING EVENT- JANUARY 29
Join Rockwell families and staff on the corner of 162nd and 116th from 7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. to wave signs. Campaign signs will be provided but you are welcome to make your own. WEAR RED THAT DAY!
   
RED MONDAY MEDIA EVENT at Kamiakin - January 29
There will be a large media event at Kamiakin Middle School on January 29th from 7:30 am-8:00 am. Come join the crowd! Remember to WEAR RED!! 
PTA'S FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT 
Despicable Me 3

DATE/TIME:  Friday January 19th, 6pm - 8:30pm
FEATURE  PRESENTATION:  Despicable Me 3 (PG)
ADMISSION:  Free (Concession items will be sold)

*Parental Guidance/Attendance is required.

Movie Night Chairs

YEARBOOK UPDATE

We have had some inquiries about yearbook orders!
Many of you  already ordered a yearbook back on Dog Day before school started or when you completed your online "first day PTA packet". If you can't remember,  just check your account/order history on the PTA website

For NEW orders, we will be posting a link to order your yearbook starting  February 1st 2018 .  Keep an eye out for more information in the bugle, and Facebook. Check your account/order.
PTA'S FAMILY BINGO NIGHT 
Western Theme



Howdy! We sure hope you trot on over to the Rockwell Gym for Bingo Night! Western-theme attire encouraged, but not required. Bingo, fun, dance breaks, and lots of prizes. Giddyup - let's get this party started.

DATE/TIME:  Friday, Feb 2nd, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
ADMISSION: $1.00/per bingo card  (Concession items will be sold)

*Parental Guidance/Attendance is required.
LWPTSA Special Needs Group presents:
Meaningful Inclusion - Dr. Ilene Schwartz
WHEN :  Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Networking TIME:  
6:30 - 7:00  -  Parent networking & opportunity to meet Paul Vine, Director of Special Services and the Associate Directors. 

Meeting TIME:   7:00 - 8:30 pm   Guest Speaker - Dr. Ilene Schwartz
LOCATION:   
Lake Washington School District Resource Center,  16250 NE 74th Street, Redmond (at Redmond Town Center)  Parking in back or on street
 
Dr. Ilene Schwartz is the director of the Haring Center for Inclusive Education on the UW campus, an interdisciplinary, research, and training center focused on improving outcomes for children of all abilities. She is a national authority on Autism, Early Childhood Education, Developmental Disabilities and behavior.    
 
Dr. Schwartz will be discussing meaningful inclusion. 
Child Care: We are pleased to offer complimentary child care for our meeting attendees. If you would like to sign up for this service, please email smcenroe@lwsd.org. Include your child's name(s) and age(s) at least three days prior to the meeting date. We ask that the email subject line be: "Child Care at PTSA /meeting". Last minute drop-ins accepted only when space is available as determined at the meeting time. There will be no food or drinks permitted in the child care area.

Thanks, 
Jamie Kivela, Disability Awareness Chair/ Norman Rockwell PTA
LOST AND FOUND TO BE DONATED

Is your student missing any jackets, hats, lunchboxes, water bottles, etc.?
Please come in and check our lost and found. Our lost and found is overflowing with numerous items.  All belongings must be claimed by the end of the school day on Friday, January 26th. 
Anything left in lost and found after January 26th will be donated.
 
Thank you,  
Student Records Secretary,  Norman Rockwell Elementary
5th GRADE PROMOTION CHAIRS/TEAM NEEDED
* Traditionally 4th grade (& below) parents


Each school year, a small committee of 4th grade parents and staff get together to plan for a wonderful end-of-year send-off to our fifth graders. The plans include creating special banners for each graduate (the committee simply helps create the blank template with each graduate's name on it), setting up the gym the day before graduation to post all of the banners and set up the stage, order the cake and waters, and help serve the cake and support the event on graduation day (typically from  9:00am-11am ). It's a very easy and fun way to help support a very special event for our fifth graders. If you are interested in serving as a chair person for this year's 5th grade promotion, please contact  Ellie O'Rourke  (last year's 5th grade promotion chair), who can send you all of the specific information. Thanks!
SEEKING F.A.C.E. COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Do you want to help new Rockwell families feel included and appreciated?

Do you want to make a difference in our school and community?

Do you speak a language other than or in addition to English?

If you answered "yes" to ANY of these questions, you're who we're looking for!  Our Family and Community Engagement (F.A.C.E.) committee is starting up and we can't wait to make Rockwell an even more helpful and inclusive place for our wonderful families from all over the world.  

Our first meeting will be on Thursday, January 18th at 2:15 p.m. at the school.  Come meet with us as we discuss our plans for helping incoming Rockwell families, and give us YOUR suggestions and ideas as well.

If you have any questions, please contact our membership chair, 
Chris Welton, at  membership@normanrockwellpta.org.  We hope to see you  on Thursday!
BOX TOPS BONUS APP

BoxTops Bonus App - Now in Apple and Google Play App Stores!
 
Our Winter BoxTops Contest is approaching next month (February 5-16), yet you can now help earn even more cash to help Rockwell 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 as 1-2-3. Here's how it works:
  1. BUY: Find offers and buy products
  2. SCAN your receipt
  3. EARN: Watch earning stack up
More information about the Box Tops Bonus App can be found here.

SMART WITH ART - WINTER SESSION - AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT


Smart with Art is starting its winter session classes later this month, with two brand new offerings for students!  

Visual Arts: American Artists, Fridays (starting Jan. 26) 
3:05 p.m. to 4:20 p.m. 
Grades K-5.

Printmaking with Passion, Wednesdays (starting Jan. 31)
3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Grades 1-5.

If you'd like to be our dedicated PTA Parent Volunteer for either of these classes, you'll receive a HUGE discount on tuition as well!  Please note that volunteers must be cleared through Lake Washington School District.

Flyers will be coming home this week!  To learn more about each class and to register, visit  http://go.smartwithart.net/normanrockwell
WINTER CODING CLASSES - AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT


Questions about Coding Class at Rockwell?
Contact Rockwell PTA Parent Volunteer Renu Bhandari
LEGO ENGINEERING CLUB - Register Now
Winter 2018



STEM is the theme for winter Lego sessions. Do sign up your kids for the sessions and don't forget  to sign up to be a parent volunteer.

Intro to STEM with with LEGO® Materials, Winter
Grades: K to 1
Dates: 1/22/18 - 3/26/18 Mondays
No Class date: Feb 19th
Time: 3:15pm - 4:45pm
STEM Challenge with with LEGO® Materials, Winter
Grades: 2 to 5
Dates: 1/30/18 - 3/27/18 Tuesdays
Time: 3:15pm - 4:45pm

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. Please sign up  using the above links to volunteer.

Lego Engineering Club Chair/Parent Volunteer
5th GRADE PARENT INFO NIGHT - RMS
6:30 PM at Redmond Middle School

On  Tuesday, January 23rd Redmond Middle School will be hosting a parent night for all current 5th graders who will be attending RMS next year.  This is event starts in the gymnasium at RMS at
6:30pm. This will be a great chance to see and tour Redmond Middle, meet the administration and counseling staff, and have any questions answered for you.
This evening geared toward parents only. 

Our 5th grade students will be visiting Redmond Middle the following Tuesday on January 30th for a field trip.  The student leadership at Redmond has put together a wonderful formal program that includes student lead tours, Q & A with a student panel, and fun games and trivia.  They too will be able to meet the admin, counselors, and some of the 6th grade teachers.  This visit will start at 9:30am and end at 11am.
Kindergarten Information for September 2018 Classes
 
Optional Information Meeting for prospective Kindergarten parents will be
January 24, 2018 at 2:00 pm in the school library.  Meet the principal, tour the school and ask questions!  Adults only - no child care provided.  Registration packets will be available to take home. 
Please call Inez for more information at 425-936-2670.
 
Kindergarten Registration will begin Thursday, Feb. 1 from 1:00 - 7:00 pm in the school library.  Child must be 5 by August 31, 2018 to register.  Bring birth certificate or passport, immunization records, emergency contact information, and proof of address (recent utility bill with your name on it, lease, or mortgage statement.)

*Please pass this on to any neighbors or friends with incoming Kindergarteners!
 
 More information can be found HERE.
E-Prep Tip from Our Emergency Prep Chair
Winter Storms and Car Kits

STAY OFF THE ROAD
Federal Highway Administration reports indicate that the risk of vehicular
accidents rises sharply in winter weather conditions. In an average year, there are
more than half a million vehicle crashes when the roads are snowy, slushy, or icy,
resulting in nearly 2,000 fatalities and 140,000 injuries. Driving is very dangerous
during and immediately after a winter storm. Plan to stay off the road when
authorities issue Advisories, Watches, and Warnings.

ESSENTIAL TRAVEL ONLY
If driving is necessary, ensure you have emergency supplies of food, water, warm
clothing, and a full tank of gas in case you are stuck in traffic or have an accident
and have to wait several hours for assistance. If possible, travel during the day
and do not travel alone. Stay on main roads and do not crowd the snowplows. Let
someone know your destination, route, and expected arrival time.

CAR EMERGENCY SUPPLY KIT
-mobile phone charger
-first aid kit
-jumper cables
-flares
-whistle
-water, snacks
-full tank of gas
-flashlight
-tow rope
-boots, mittens, warm clothes
-blanket
-shovel
-ice scraper, snow brush
-snow traction mats and bags of sand  or cat litter for traction under tires
-tire chains or snow tires

Rockwell PTA E-Prep Chair

DINE OUT FOR ROCKWELL PTA - PANDA EXPRESS
1.25 (Thursday, 1 - 8pm)
Print out the flyer on our website or show the digital version.
LUNCHROOM VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

It would be a huge help to have volunteers in the cafeteria 11:45-12:45pm.  Help serve and clean up.

Your child(ren) will be proud of you and you will be setting a great example for them.
 
Visit this link to sign up for all of the shifts you can help with.

QUICK LINKS - IN EVERY ISSUE

Donate to our annual Pass The Hat Fundraiser HERE!
A suggested yearly donation of at least $85 per student helps the PTA fund extra programs, classroom grants, enrichment, events and more!

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!
 
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.

Lost and Found: Is located just inside the front doors. Check it out anytime you're at the school to see if anything belongs to your child.

Upload Yearbook Pictures for consideration: 
School Access Code: JYMKJE

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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
Angie Ballas
Beagle Bugle Editor
Norman Rockwell Elementary PTA
Norman Rockwell Elementary - Redmond, WA