Training Tonight: Mon, Sept 25th

Calling 5th grade parents: Ms. Ianni's 5th grade class is still without an Art Docent.  If you have a student in her class, or you are a 5th grade parent willing to do an extra lesson in her class, please email me and let me know.  Let's give these students one more year to experience the fun Art Docent lessons and the chance to see their art at the end of the year social.  

These classrooms could use an assistant: Also, a few other classrooms (Corey, Weinmeister, Conklin, McElrea, Rasmussen, and Gibson) only have one docent, who would probably love an assistant.  Please email Julie Balkcum  if you are able to offer your time and assistance this year.

I'm looking forward to seeing those who can make it to our informational meeting tonight, September 25th, at 7 pm, in the library.  If you are new to the Art Docent program this is a great chance to get all of your questions answered so you are set for an easy, fun year of volunteering.  

Thank you volunteers!
Art Docent Chair

Some classrooms still need a room parent: If your children are in these classes or grade level and you would like to volunteer, please consider being a room parent or co-room parent. Please help make this a fun year for the kids by helping plan a few parties. For more information, please email Kelly O'Brien.

Gibson (1st)  
Thome (2nd)  
Ianni (5th)

Room Parent Coordinator/PTA Parent Volunteer
Special Needs Group Parent Meeting

WHEN: Tuesday, September 26, 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:  Paul Vine, Director of Special Education, will give an overview of the LWSD Special Education Department, including an introduction of the administrative team that supports all the schools.
Complimentary Child Care at the meeting.  We are pleased to offer complimentary child care for our meeting attendees. If you would like to sign up for this service, please email 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.

Jamie Kivela
Disability Awareness Liaison/PTA Parent Volunteer


The Reflections Program is a National PTA and Washington State PTA cultural arts competition.

The purpose of this program is to provide an opportunity for students to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works.

A student may submit an entry in one or more  of six arts areas. Only original works of art are accepted. The six art areas are: Visual Arts Photography, Literature, Music Composition, Dance Choreography, and Film Production.

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 show: TBD

Local 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

T he Rockwell Lunchroom can really use adult volunteers to help assisting the new kindergartners and other students with their lunches!

If you can donate 30 to 60 minutes of your time from 11:30 - 12:00  or 11:30 - 12:30 we would really appreciate it!  Please email Julie with any availability you may have and a schedule will be created. 

Thank you.
Office Manager

The Lifetouch school pictures (taken on Dog Day) are back. The retake date is  Oct 13th.

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

Looking for co-chair for
Math Challenge program

The Math Challenge team is looking for a co-chair. If you have a child in kindergarten or 1st grade, this would be a great opportunity to learn about the program and be a co-chair for this PTA sponsor math program for all Rockwell students. 


Looking for
School Picture Day Chairperson

Are you looking for a volunteer position that isn't too demanding? The chair position for the school picture might be the solution for you. We are looking for someone who can organize the school picture day. This year, the initial school picture has already been done, so you will simply help out with the retake day, and the Spring class picture day! We will provide all the training, so you can comfortably take the lead for next school year. 

If interested, or would like more information, please contact:
Kit Craig,  
PTA Parent Volunteer/VP of School Services 
Help support Rockwell PTA 

Thursday, Sep 28th, 2017 Noon to 7:30pm
Red Mango (Redmond Town Center)
7325 166th Ave NE F-160, Redmond, WA 98052

Bring this flyer when you dine with us on Thursday, Sep 28th 2017, and we'll donate 20% of the proceeds from your purchase to Norman Rockwell PTA.
It's all-natural frozen yogurt, fresh fruit smoothies, and yogurt parfaits, all for a great cause!

Dine Out Chairperson/Parent Volunteer

Math Challenge is back for this school year! For those who are new to the program, Math Challenge is a PTA sponsorED program that is offered free to all students at Rockwell.
There are 15 challenges total for the school year and each challenge contains math problems that are appropriate for each grade level.  This program is optional and our aim is to encourage students to enjoy learning and working on math. It is a great family activity, as we encourage the students to work with each other, or family to discuss and solve the questions.
Once the student completes the challenge, simply hand in the MC to their teacher or the office by the due date, and we will randomly select 12 students to receive a prize for each Math Challenge as an encouragement for their work. 
Our first Math Challenge is now available. You can access the challenge  here. The due date for this Math Challenge #1 is  28th Sept by 3pm.
Please contact us if you have any question or if you need additional information about this program.
Let the challenge begin!
Math Challenge Chairs 

Registration for Rockwell PTA's 6 th Annual Spelling Bee   for all students from grades 1-5 is now open!
Deadline for enrollment is Oct 12th, 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
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 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.

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. 3 - Nov. 28
(no class Oct. 17)

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

PTA Parent 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

* Registration opens at 9:00 am on Monday 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



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!

Coding/PTA Chairperson/Parent Volunteer: 



*Registration is Now Open. REGISTER HERE

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.

VP Academic Enrichment/Chess Club Chair

Start raiding the pantry and ask your neighbors and relatives to send you their "Box Tops" for our twice-annual contest. Each grade will compete for the most Box Tops collected. Box Tops help raise money for our school's PTA programs and the grade with the most collected will win a prize...more details to come!  In the meantime....start collecting, neatly clip them, and keep in a ziplock bag until the turn in dates between October 9th -Oct 20th. Don't turn them in yet!

Box Tops can be found on many items such as cereal, zip-lock bags, and many more products. 

PTA Parent Volunteer/Box Tops Coordinator
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

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

Information about the selection process is also available  on the district website.

Highly Capable Services Parent Information Night                                      Current Grade:  Kindergarten
October 3
Sessions: 4:30-6:00 p.m. or 
7:00-8:30 p.m.  (both sessions are the same)
Lake Washington High School Performing Arts Center
12033 NE 80th ST, Kirkland, WA 98033

Quest Highly Capable Services Parent Information Night                            Current Grades 1 through 4
September 25
Sessions: 4:30-6:00 p.m. or   7:00-8:30 p.m.  (both sessions are the same)
Lake Washington High School Performing Arts Center
12033 NE 80th ST, Kirkland, WA 98033

Middle School Quest Parent Information Night                                              
Current Grades 5-7
September 28
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Lake Washington High School Performing Arts Center
12033 NE 80th ST, Kirkland, WA 98033

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. 

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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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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