BEAGLE BUGLE - ROCKWELL PTA AND SCHOOL NEWS
BOX TOPS COLLECTION CONTEST 
Oct. 9th - 20th!


Rockwell's Fall Box Tops contest starts on Monday, October 9 th . Check your cupboards and fridge for products marked with the following label:




Rockwell's Box Tops Coordinator needs your clipped Box Tops by FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20th! All Box Tops submitted by Rockwell by the October 20 th deadline will count for this contest.

Please note that the Fall Box Tops contest is by GRADE . So please mark your envelope or Ziploc bag with your GRADE on it ...no name or teacher is necessary for this. The winning grade will receive a fun prize (or maybe two prizes)!!

Happy Clipping!!!
PTA Parent Volunteer/Box Tops Coordinator
CANDIDATE FORUM:
45th Legislative District  and LWSD School Board

You Hold the Power to Impact Education in Washington!

Whether you're a parent, a business leader, or a community member, the decisions our State Senators and School Board Members make regarding education issues in the coming years will have an impact on all of us. Don't miss this important evening!

Where: Redmond HS Performing Arts Center 

When: Wednesday, October 11, 2016; 7-8:30pm

Co-Sponsored by Lake Washington PTSA Council and Redmond High School PTSA

Any questions? 
Please contact: Melissa Stone, VP of Advocacy
LWPTSA Council
Special Needs Group Parent Meeting

WHEN: Tuesday, October 17, 2017

TIME: 7:00 8:30 pm   [Parent networking opportunity from 6:30 7:00]

LOCATION:   Lake Washington School District Resource Center - 16250 NE 74 th  Street, Redmond  (at Redmond Town Center) Parking in back or on street

GUEST SPEAKER: Diana Lafornara  a  parent advocate volunteer at WAAA   will be discussing the   IEP process  in Lake Washington and answer your questions on the process and materials. 
Jamie Kivela
Disability Awareness Liaison

FOURTH GRADE FOOD DRIVE
Oct. 16-27th
The Fourth Grade is working on a service project to help others in our community!  We are collecting non-perishable food items for families in need.  While any non-perishable items are welcome, our particular focus will be kid-friendly fare such as macaroni and cheese, crackers, popcorn, cereal bars, applesauce, instant noodles, fruit snacks, etc.
 
Our food drive will run  October 16 through 27.  You'll soon see bins appearing around school, where you can deposit donated food items.  While this is a fourth grade project, we would be delighted if other students and families would like to help too. And please note, participation is completely optional.  If you can help,  please do! 

Lara Lockwood Parent Volunteer
Karen Williams, 4th Grade Teacher
PTA GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
 October 26th 7pm



You are invited to join us in the Rockwell library for our first General Membership meeting of the year.

We have a full agenda including:
- Voting in our Standing Rules, Budget, Goals and Grant allocations.
- Electing the position of President Elect: nominee Beth Batig.
- Presentation on Emergency Preparedness by Andrew Koeppen of Eastside Ready.
- Presentation of new math practices by our math mindset team of teachers.

As a PTA member, you have a voice and a vote at our membership meetings.
We look forward to seeing you!
SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE
Rockwell and the PTA have chosen to apply for the designation, School of Excellence. The program recognizes the support and celebrates the partnership between the school and the PTA to enrich the educational experience and overall well-being for all students. Your input is crucial to our growth. We will utilize the survey results to form a roadmap in providing you a School of Excellence.

Thank you for your valued input as we strive to provide an inclusive and welcoming school community. 

Please access the School of Excellence survey by October 23rd midnight.

Rockwell PTA President
OCTOBER IS WALK TO SCHOOL MONTH


We've had a great start to SchoolPool!

Keep marking your calendars this week. Walking, riding a bike, taking the bus, and carpooling  are all included. And, you do not have to mark your calendar daily to count... a few times this  month is fine too!

A BIG Thank You to the wonderful Volunteers.... City of Redmond rep Terry Marpert, The  Redmond Police Department, Kristina Laves, and Ellie O'Rourke... who cheered on our  students and passed out blinkers on Walk To School Day!!!
Thank you all for participating!

Rockwell PTA/VP Volunteer Services
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Hello Rockwell families,
The PTA  works in classrooms and communities, but we also advocate to decision-makers, locally and in Olympia, for the well-being and education of all children. During the annual Legislative Assembly, delegates decide the public policy positions that guide state and local advocacy work for Washington State PTA and its associated local PTAs and councils. The Legislative Committee and WSPTA staff have been actively planning the 2017 Legislative Assembly, which will be held on October 20-21 at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma, WA. 

We would like your input on what issues are important to you and our community. This survey is available for you  to provide feedback on the four  new long-term Resolutions and 7 short-term Legislative Issues that will be debated and voted on at Legislative Assembly.  A PDF version is available on the website. We recommend that you check out the full text of the  Resolutions and Issues Guide .

Please email you survey back to me or contact me with any questions:
 
  Rockwell PTA/Legislative Advocacy Chair
SCHOOL PICTURE RETAKES DAY
OCT. 13th

The Lifetouch school pictures (taken on Dog Day) are back. The retake date is  Oct 13th. (Classroom photos will be taken in the spring.)

Please contact Lifetouch if you would like a retake or if you have any issue with your student's picture. Please feel free to contact Lifetouch  1-866-955-8342. The picture day id: LS117001Q0

Kit Craig, VP of School Services
Norman Rockwell PTA
Everyone is invited to attend Rockwell's annual Scholastic Book Fair in our school library.  Come explore a fabulous selection of books and find the perfect titles for every person in your family.  You'll find new releases, award winners, children's classics, adult books, and current bestsellers.  ALL purchases benefit our school with 25% of sales going directly to the purchase of new books for our library!

Book Fair customers can help build classroom libraries by purchasing books through the Classroom Teacher Wish List program.  Be sure to check the Wish List Table at the fair and don't forget to fill out a book plate to personalize your classroom donation.

The Book Fair will be held in the Rockwell Library on:
Monday, October 16 th from 11:30 to 7:00, Tuesday, October 17 th from 11:30 to 7:00, Wednesday, October 18 th from 1:30 to 5:00, and Thursday, October 19 th from 11:30 to 5:00.  Your purchases promote learning and reading, and raise funds for new books for our Rockwell Library collection.  Support the super student in your life and promote literacy.

Shopping is even easier with the Book Fairs app!  A simple scan of a book cover or barcode provides the information you need to find the right books in a snap! Download on the App Store or get in on Google Play.

App Features: 
Reading Levels
Age and grade levels
Book summaries
Prices
Videos and podcasts
Recommended or similar titles

If you're all booked up during Book Fair week (or just want to keep shopping), try out our Online Book Fair.  Visit the Book Fair Homepage at: http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/rockwellbeagles and click on the Shop Now button. Online shopping is available until October 19 th .  You can create wish lists and send them to family and friends and shop from teachers' classroom wish lists too. Best of all, purchases benefit our school and will help us achieve our Book Fair goal. All online orders ship for FREE to the school, after the Online Fair has ended. Don't forget to look for your teacher's online Wish List and add a book or two to your order for their classroom library. Click on the Classroom Wish List tab to see if your teacher is participating.

Benefits of Online Shopping:
Convenient access 24 hours a day
Expanded selection for ALL ages-preschool to adult
Send a wish list to invite family and friends to shop
Search for books by category, grade, age & price
ALL purchases benefit our school
FREE shipping directly to our school (orders will be sent home with your child)

Thank you for supporting our school library! 
Librarian
FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT COMING SOON!

Date/Time:  THUR, October 19th 6pm -8:30pm  in the gym. (No School on Friday!)

Feature Presentation: SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE (rated PG)

Free Admission. 
Parental Guidance is required/not a drop-off event. Bring blankets or pillows to sit on the gym floor.

VOLUNTEER! For this event, we need your help for set up, admission and/or concession tables. Sign up here!

Stay Tuned...for more information!

Movie Night Co-Chairs

PTA REFLECTIONS ART COMPETITION



What do you believe is WITHIN REACH?

Show us through:
-Dance, choreography
-Music composition
-Literature
-Film production
-Photography
-Visual art
 
A student can enter more than one category. One entry form per student   for each category is needed.  USBs are preferred for Music, Film, and Dance

Participation rules and student entry forms are available at  Rockwell PTA website - Reflections. Some hard copies will be available in the Rockwell office.
 
Deadline for entries: 
Thursday, 10/26  1:30pm @ School office drop box

Rockwell art show: 11/9/17 6:30-8:00 pm (Library)

LWPTSA Art Show: 
Friday, 1/5 4 -8pm Lake  Washington Resource  Center

Please contact us if you have any questions,

Swetha Neelam & Marly El Khoury
Rockwell PTA Reflections Co-Chairs/Parent Volunteers
NEW AND INTERNATIONAL FAMILIES
WELCOME EVENT

Have you just moved to the United States? Are you new to the Pacific Northwest or to the Lake Washington School District? LWPTSA Council, in partnership with the LWSD, welcomes you to the community!

Parents please join us and learn about: navigating the LWSD school system, resources and support available from the district, PTSA and how you can be involved, supporting your child through transition, extracurricular activities in the area, relocation tips, as well as 'America 101 for International Families.

This event is free and you could choose to attend on:

Monday October 23rd, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
OR
Saturday Oct 28th 9:30 am to 12:00 pm.


Both days will have an identical program. Click  here for a detailed agenda of the event.  We are looking forward to having anyone interested, and especially new and international families, join us in this community event!

Questions? Contact Swarnima Aswinkumar & Irene Neumann at  FACE@lwptsa.net

If you need translating or interpreting services, please write to FACE@lwptsa.net. Please indicate your name and choice of language.

Rockwell PTA/Dine Out Chair

2017 ROCKWELL HALLOWEEN PARADE: 
10/31, 2:00 PM


 
Dear Rockwell Families,

Greetings from the office! Halloween is just around the corner, and we will continue our tradition of the annual Rockwell Halloween Parade. ...And you are cordially invited to join us in the fun! This year's parade will be on Tuesday, October 31, at 2:00 PM, and it will run for approximately 20 minutes. We'll move into our classroom parties following the parade.
 
Here are some important reminders to help us keep our parade safe and fun:
  • Families are absolutely welcome to join us for the parade. We will have clearly marked areas for spectators along the route.
  • We will hold the parade outdoors unless the weather dictates that we move inside.
  • We will have an area for you to store strollers at the front vestibule of our school during the event.
  • Thank you for helping us distribute the crowd evenly along the route - you will be able to see all students pass by from any position along the route.
Our Beagles are invited to bring costumes for the parade. Thank you for observing these rules:
  • Costumes must be brought (not worn) to school. Students will have about 15 minutes to prepare for the parade.
  • Costumes should be worn over a child's clothing if possible.
  • Students will be allowed to apply face paint, but will have a little time to do so. Staff will not be able to assist with face painting.
  • All costumes must be appropriate for school and all ages here.
  • No hairspray or other aerosols at school, please.
  • No blood or fake weapons of any kind are allowed.
  • Masks that restrict vision may not be worn, neither may students wear masks that will scare our younger students ("Scream" masks, etc.).
  • Teachers will have final say on whether a costume is appropriate for school. If your child is unsure, please have them check with their teacher beforehand.
One last note: if you do not wish for your child to participate in the parade and celebrations, please let us know, so we may plan alternate activities.
 
Thanks, everyone, and here's to a fun Halloween parade! If you have any questions, please feel free to send me an email or give me a call at school.
 
Kind Regards,
Michael Clark. Rockwell Principal
HERITAGE NIGHT: NOVEMBER 17



Norman Rockwell is proud of its diverse cultural community. HERITAGE NIGHT is a celebration of the many diverse cultures that make up the Rockwell community.
Your participation helps to educate the community about the lifestyles, cultural traditions of our neighbors and respect that will last a lifetime. PTA is proud to sponsor this event. 

Please visit this sign up link for fun ways you can volunteer! 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR:
-Country/Booth Sponsors 
-PERFORMERS/ENTERTAINMENT- 5 to 10 minute performance that reflects your heritage. Children and/or adults may perform!
-General Event helpers

Important: Per the Health department anyone who is preparing food or serving it at the event must have a valid food worker card. Obtaining a food worker card costs  $10, and requires a brief online training.  The link to the food worker card info is found here  and the online training is found here

Please do let us know if you have any questions. 

**NEW: This years event is on Friday, November 17th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Redmond High School's Cafeteria.

Thank you,
Heritage Night Chairs
MATH CHALLENGE
Math Challenge #1 winners and Math Challenge #2 is now available

Congratulations to all those who participated in the Math Challenge #1. Here are the winners that were selected from their submissions:
Soyun P, Varun S, Sarah M, Atishay J, Vivian S, Yastika C, Riya K, Sasha F, Jessical L, Emma U, Alex S, and Roshan V.

Math Challenge #2 is now available. You can access the challenge   here. The due date for Math Challenge #2 is 12 Oct by 3pm

Grab your family and friends and work on the problems together. When you are done, simply return the Math Challenge paper to your teacher or return it in the office. 

Please contact us if you have any question or if you need additional information about this program.

Let the challenge begin! 
ENRICHMENT CLASS: SPEAK EASY

**Due to low enrollment, this class will now start Oct. 10th if we get enough students enrolled. If not, it may be canceled. 

Stand Up and Shout Out Loud... This class is FUN!  Check out our FLYER here.

Isn't learning how to captivate an audience something  that everyone could benefit from? Why not start at an  early age when it's easiest to grasp concepts and
overcome fears. This class is all about inspiring kids to  do great things! And the best part is that it is fun, too!

Through interactive games and fun activities you will  learn how to:
* Stand out in a crowd using specific tips for success.
* Craft your message
* Improvise - sometimes acting goofy is the best way
to overcome fears!
* Team build and lead others

The class will culminate with an interactive presentation  for family and friends.

Speak Easy Level 1*
Grades 1-5
Rockwell Elementary
8 Tuesdays after school
3:10 pm - 4:25 pm
**Oct. 10 - Dec. 5th
(no class Oct. 17)
$150

*Parents must chaperone at least one session per PTA Guidelines. Coordinator to set up a schedule after registration.

PTA Parent Coordinator
ENRICHMENT: SPELLING BEE REGISTRATION OPEN



Registration for Rockwell PTA's 6 th Annual Spelling Bee   for all students from grades 1-5 is now open!
 
***Deadline for enrollment is extended to Nov. 2nd , 2017
 
You can register HERE 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 26th , 2017. 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  nrspellingbeeclub@gmail.com with any questions. We look forward to helping your child achieve their goal!
 
Spelling Bee needs three parent volunteers, contact spelling bee team for more information.
 
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!
 
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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