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BEAGLE BUGLE
Newsletter
IN THIS ISSUE:

  • PTA Fundraising Opportunities!
  • Pantry Packs
  • Thank you for the Great First Virtual Event!
  • Yearbook Back to School Photos
  • New & International Families Virtual Welcome Event
  • Yearbook Pick up
  • Class photos from Last Year (Due 9/25!)
  • Afterschool Programs
  • Room Parent Volunteer Training
  • General Membership Meeting information
  • Volunteer opportunities
IMPORTANT DATES:


  • September 23 - New & International Families Virtual Welcome Event
  • September 25 - Materials Distribution Day - 1:00=3:00 PM
  • September 25 - Last day to order 2019-2020 class photos.
  • September 30 - Room Parent Volunteer Training
  • October 22 - PTA General Membership Meeting 6-8PM



Hello Rockwell Beagle Parents! 
I hope this message finds you all well, and that you are settling in to remote learning. I have always been proud to be a Rockwell Beagle, but this year, I am wearing our colors with even more pride, as I see the amazing amount of work and dedication our teachers and staff are pouring into our kids. I feel blessed to be part of this amazing community.

Fundraising:
First, let me answer the question you may be asking: “Why are you fundraising if school is remote?” While we recognize that we are all living in difficult times, the PTA is still servicing our school and our Rockwell community. We are committed to fully funding our academic grants for our teachers and specialists. These grants typically cover things like math manipulatives and games, magazine subscriptions, field trips, Toymaker, etc. While the types of items may change this year, the need has not changed, even though we are remote. Seventy percent of our fundraising this year will go toward these academic grants. We also have families in our Rockwell community that are experiencing hardship and are in need. Twenty percent of funds raised will go toward our scholarship fund. The remaining ten percent of funds will go toward administrative costs and unforeseen needs. If your are able, we ask that you please contribute to the PTA this year, even though school is remote. 
  • Annual Beagle Contribution – This is the time of year when the PTA typically holds our annual fundraising campaign, the Annual Beagle Contribution (ABC).   We have lowered our ‘standard’ request this year and are asking all families that are able to please contribute $50 per student to the PTA. If your company matches giving contributions, please consider submitting a request, as these matching funds will be incredibly important for us this year. Donations may be made online. If you would like to give, but prefer to make the donation via check, please reach out to our PTA President, Elaine Bentzinger for details.  I want to be very clear, if your family is unable to give this year, we completely understand.  There are additional ways you can help financially, even if you are unable to participate in the ABC fundraising campaign this year. 
  • Amazon Smile - Select Norman Rockwell PTA as your charity of choice at https://smile.amazon.com/gp/chpf/homepage?orig=%2FAlso be sure to turn Smile on in your Amazon app.  See how to activate here.
  • Give with BingPlease join “Give with Bing” (it’s free)! Once you navigate to the site, turn Give mode “on” and then search for and select “Norman Rockwell Elementary PTA” as your non-profit of choice. After that, simply use Bing for all your searching needs. The more you search on Bing, the more points you’ll earn—and each month Norman Rockwell PTA will receive a donation.  If you sign up for Give with Bing before Sept. 30, 2020, Microsoft will give you 1,000 points to donate towards the PTA, so start telling your friends and family about this as well! And if you have existing points, you can donate those as well! 
  • Box TopsDid you hit the grocery store today? Costco? Please download the latest Box Tops app on your phone, scan your receipt, and submit. Our Box Tops funds are down considerably since the move to a digital platform, so please do what you can to assist.
  • Microsoft Alumni GivingAre you a Microsoft Alumni? If you are, did you know that every hour you donate to the PTA can be matched with a $10 donation? These funds add up quickly, so please reach out to our PTA President, Elaine Bentzinger for more information. 


And lastly, the PTA has been busy preparing a little “welcome back gift” for each of our students. They will be ready very soon, so please keep an eye out here as well as the Newsletter from Principal Clark for more information. Your student is not going to want to miss this! 

Elaine Bentzinger
PTA President



*Pantry Packs Program Needs Volunteer Drivers*
 
The Pantry Pack Program is a great organization powered by Lake Washington Schools Foundations. They help provide kids and families with food. You can find out more about this wonderful program at https://www.lwsf.org/pantrypacks.html


Virtual Back to School Dance Party!!
Rockwell families, 

Thank you for joining us for the PTA's first event of the year - a virtual dance party. It was ridiculously fun to see so many kiddos let loose after a long week while dancing with their friends. A huge shout out to the team of parent volunteers who dedicated countless hours to master new technology skills. Their tireless efforts made the event exciting and seamless. And a special thanks to the numerous teachers (and even principal Clark!) who spent their Friday evening dancing with the kids. We're especially grateful to the 1st grade team who "crashed" multiple grade level dances (to the absolute delight of students new and old). And of course to Ms. Thome who showcased her endurance and aerobic stamina by dancing her heart out with almost every grade level. 

We've already started planning for our next virtual event. If you have ideas or suggestions for how the PTA can help keep kids and families connected during these disconnected times, please email events@normanrockwellpta.org.

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Back to School Photos for the yearbook

We were unable to celebrate our return to school in person this year, but we'd still like to acknowledge the excitement of the first day back to school in our yearbook!

If you have any back to school photos (taken at home/workspace) that you'd like to share with the yearbook team, please feel free to e-mail them to yearbookphotos@normanrockwellpta.org


LAKE WASHINGTON SCHOOL DISTRICT AND LAKE WASHINGTON PTSA INVITE YOU TO:

NEW & INTERNATIONAL FAMILIES VIRTUAL WELCOME EVENT


PART 2: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23rd, 4:00-6:00pm

Navigating the School System: Academics in LWSD


Live captions will be available in Chinese, Hindi, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese

You can find the full agenda at www.lwptsa.net

Questions? E-mail Council FACE VP Danit Erlich at face@lwptsa.net




2019-2020 Yearbook Update 
Good news! Our yearbooks from last school year have been delivered! 
Distribution will align with the next Materials Pick-Up on September 25th. Please try to come at the same time you would to pick up supplies.
We will be handing these out just outside the front doors of the school.
Last name: Time:
A-G 1:00 – 1:30
H-L 1:30 – 2:00
M-R 2:00 – 2:30
S-Z 2:30 – 3:00

Missing after school programs?
Even though our PTA is not organizing any afterschool programs during the remote learning period, we have been keeping our eyes on available programs out there. Below is an alphabetized list of community resources providing fun online as well as in-person enrichment activities. If you have a favorite program that you would like to see at Rockwell, please let us know at enrichment@normanrockwellpta.org. We're looking forward to having the afterschool programs again when school resumes in person. 
PTA has compiled an alphabetized list of community resources providing fun online as well as in-class enrichment. 

Norman Rockwell PTA does not sponsor, endorse, or recommend any of the organizations, services, or activities described in these materials


Horace Mann
Virtual Enrichment Classes
 
Horace Mann PTSA would like to invite our friends at Norman Rockwell Elementary to join us for some Virtual Enrichment Classes this fall; Yoga, Hip-hop, Programming, Cooking, Drama. Classes will run Sept 28-Dec 11. Enrollment is now open: http://mannptsa.org/Page/Enrichment/afterschoolclasses Note: If you would like to volunteer as class chaperone sign up here and you child will get free tuition! Email enrichment@mannptsa.org if you have questions. 

Please note: The virtual enrichment classes are run through Horace Mann Elementary. Norman Rockwell PTA does not sponsor, endorse, or recommend any of the organizations, services, or activities described in these materials







Room Parent Volunteer Training
Wednesday Sept 30, 7pm

Please join a Microsoft Team Meeting for more instructions on how to be a remote learning room parent! 
Thank you for those who have signed up, if you would like to join the fun, please see this sign up sheet.



Mark Your Calendar!
Thursday October 22, 6-8 pm

Upcoming General Membership Meeting
 
The fall 2020 General Membership meeting is scheduled for October 22 from 6-8pm. As you may have seen in Mr. Clark’s newsletter on Friday, Rockwell is part of a pilot program to enhance inclusion and inclusive practices at our school for all learners.  We will have a guest speaker from the TIES Center at University of Minnesota to discuss the program with us. Additionally, we will be conducting our regular business, including review and voting on the budget for the 2020-2021 school year. Please join us! 


Volunteer Opportunities for this School Year!


  • Room Parent! Every classroom needs 2-3 room parents. These volunteers will be trained by the room parent coordinator to support the teacher and coordinate communication amongst the parents of the children in each classroom. Sign up Here!
  • Art Docent! Also, every grade will need an art docent leader. This person will be trained by the art docent coordinator to help facilitate the beloved art docent program in the virtual classrooms. This will include delivering asynchronous lessons. Sign Up Here!
  • VP of Fundraising! Oversees Annual Beagle Contribution and supports chairs for Dine outs; bi-annual Box Tops and Spirit Wear orders. Supports varying programs like Read A Thon
and other passive income opportunities. Please contact Fundraising@normanrockwellpta.org if
interested in more information.

  • Pantry Packs Program Needs Volunteer Drivers - Norman Rockwell is looking for volunteer drivers that could help out with food deliveries once a month. This is a great opportunity to help out your community and kids at Rockwell. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Krisitin Bauer at kbauer@lwsd.org


All of these volunteer opportunities have lots of support and training. Any amount of volunteering would be greatly appreciated!


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