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Monday Bugle - December 7th

  • Rockwell's Equity Team -
  • Rockwell Holiday Gift Card Drive
  • Heritage Virtual Information!
  • Book Fair
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Reflections Announcement
  • Updated Location for Clay Pots!
  • Yearbook Cover Contest - for all 5th graders
  • Yearbook
  • Math Challenge #5
  • Holiday Shopping link -Support your PTA through Amazon!


  • Today - December 11 - Rockwell Holiday Gift Card Drive
  • December 10 - Coffee with the Principal
  • December 10 - Emergency Preparedness for the Family
  • December 11 - Fetch Day - New Time!
  • December 1-14 - Virtual Book Fair
  • December 21-January 1 - No School - Winter Break

Join Rockwell’s Equity Team
Rockwell is looking for parents and other Rockwell family members to join our school Equity team! Team members would partner with us to learn more about topics related to race and equity in education and would work alongside members of the staff to promote equity here at our school. We are looking for team members with a variety of perspectives and backgrounds, and you do not need to be an expert in equity to join – we’re all learning and growing together! Please click here for information about this opportunity. if you are interested in meeting to discuss this possibility, please contact Michael Clark, Rockwell Principal,
Rockwell Holiday Gift Card Drive
Rockwell Elementary is hosting our 2nd annual Gift Card Drive! From Today – December 11, we will be collecting Target and VISA gift cards for Rockwell families in need. All of money raised will be used to support families in our Rockwell community. Gift cards will be redistributed to support Rockwell families and any extra funds will go towards our Rockwell Student Support Fund.
To Donate: Our fundraiser will be running from November 30 – December 11. We are accepting Target or VISA gift cards up to $25 each. Gift cards may be dropped off at Rockwell November 30 – December 11, from 8 AM – 3 PM. You may also bring a gift card to donate to the Beagle Fetch day on December 11.
To Receive: We recognize that this has been an exceptionally difficult year for many families in our Rockwell community. We want to help as many families as possible have a wonderful holiday season. If you would like your family to be considered for receiving a gift card, please email our school counselor, Kristin Bauer, All requests will remain confidential.
Rockwell Food Drive
Together with Redmond Hopelink we will be collecting NEW food for our annual Rockwell Food Drive, December 7 - 11. We are accepting canned and prepackaged foods such as peanut butter, canned veggies and fruits, pasta, cereal and other canned and dry goods. Donations must be brand new and not expired. You can drop off new food items at the Rockwell main office, 8 AM - 3 PM, from December 7 - December 11.
Nov. 30 - Dec. 11 -- Rockwell Holiday Gift Card Drive
Dec. 7 - Dec. 11 -- Rockwell Food Drive

Heritage Night Information!

Rockwell Families: It's not too late to enjoy the PTA's annual Heritage Night. One benefit of having this as a "virtual" event this year is that you can enjoy Heritage "Night" when it's convenient for you! We have some wonderful cooking tutorials that would be great family activities over the long holiday break coming up :) 

For those who aren’t familiar with this important Rockwell tradition, Heritage Night is a special occasion where our PTA and school families celebrate the wonderfully rich and diverse cultures in our community. In “normal” times, the PTA hosts a large event at Redmond high school where we feature different booths from around the world. Parent volunteers organize each booth, and showcase fun and interesting features of their family’s country of origin. 
Even though it's not safe to assemble in person this year, we still wanted to keep the Heritage Night tradition alive. In these links you’ll find fun cooking videos, photos that feature Rockwell students in traditional outfits from around the world, interesting artifacts, and dance performances from several students. 
The PTA is deeply appreciative to all the parent and student volunteers who dedicated their time to help keep this important school tradition going, even in these disconnected times. And a very special thank you to Mansi Majeed, the Chair for Heritage Night. Enjoy!! 
Cooking videos

Photos of students in traditional outfits (Ukraine, India, China, Pakistan, Russia): 
Show and tell artifacts from Pakistan *This video must be downloaded after you click the link 
2020 Scholastic Book Fair

Dear Rockwell Families!
Scholastic Book Fair is back! While the book fair will be held exclusively online this year, we plan on making it a fun and joyous experience for all!
     Features include:
  • Rockwell’s own online store, with a large selection of titles at great prices
  • A Virtual Fair so you and your kids can experience the magic of the school shopping feel
  • Browse titles by grade, meet popular authors, and more!
  • Every dollar you spend will benefit our school directly (25% in Scholastic dollar benefits)
  • All orders ship directly to your home!
Fair Dates: December 1st- December 14th, 2020
Online Store (during above dates)
As always, please feel free to reach out to me with any questions!
Shelly Gordon- Library Media Specialist
You’re Invited to Virtual Coffee with the Principal on
December 10th from 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
You are cordially invited to our next “Coffee with the Principal” on Thursday the 10th from 9:00-10:00 AM. Our coffee topic for the first portion of the event will be “New Year, New Us,” and we’ll discuss plans we are working on as a school community to build connections with students, gather feedback from families, and refine our school practices during this remote period. The second half of the coffee will be an opportunity for you to ask questions and offer your thoughts and feedback. To join our coffee, click here at 9:00 AM on the 10th, and it will take you to the Teams meeting for the event.
Safety Night Webinars

The LWPTSA Emergency Preparedness Committee is taking the COVID-cancelled district-wide Safety Night Event from last Spring online into a webinar series for parents, students and staff. Join us for several webinars throughout the year on a variety of safety and emergency preparedness topics. 

Please RSVP for the webinars here. Links to join the meetings will come in the reminder email 2 days prior.
  • Thursday, December 10th, 7:00-8:00 pm - Emergency Preparedness for the Family by Pattijean Hooper, PhD, City of Redmond Emergency Manager. Learn ways to keep the whole family prepared for disasters that you might experience while at home such as earthquakes, wildfires, and winter storms.

Questions or comments:

"I Matter Because…" 

BRAVO to everyone who participated in this year’s Reflections Art Program! The following 7 entries have been selected* to represent Norman Rockwell Elementary at the District/Council level:

·        Ishanvi Prathipati (Grade 5) – “My Vlog: We All Matter”     
·        Lydia Xiong (Grade 5) – “I Matter Because…”
·        Riann Burke (Grade 2) – “The Girl With a Big Imagination”
·        Medha Kulkararni (Grade 2) – “Kindness”
·        Ishanvi Prathipati (Grade 5) – “The Importance of Every Citizen”
·        Samiksha Ram (Grade 3) – “You, I, Everyone…WE ALL MATTER!!!”
·        Emma Urfer (Grade 4) – “World of Happiness”

District finalists will 1) advance to the state level, and 2) be one step closer to having their artwork displayed in Washington DC!

Lindsay Burke

*PTA Reflections Program entries are judged on three criteria (in order of importance): Interpretation of the Theme, Creativity, and Technique. Interpretation of the Theme is the most heavily weighted criterion. This is what makes the program unique; if two entries are tied, the entry with the higher score for interpretation receives more recognition. Entries are divided by category then again by grade division (Primary and Intermediate entries are judged separately). Judging is blind and impartial. Each entry is evaluated by two category judges (volunteers from the community who are not affiliated with Norman Rockwell Elementary, i.e. no teachers, staff or parents of participating students allowed) and scored using a rubric provided by the National PTA Reflections Program. 
Calling all 5th graders
Are you an artist?
Can you draw, sketch or doodle the Norman Rockwell spirit?
It's a Rockwell tradition for the graduating classes to submit designs for an awesome yearbook cover.
Enter the yearbook cover contest now and your design could be selected.
Deadline: January 15th 2021
Please submit a photo/scan of your final designs to:
Black pen, black marker or pencil only please
Accepted file formats include: JPG, SVG, TIFF, PNG and PDF (Zip files also accepted). Files can be up to 100MB per file.
Attention New Location! Hello families of 2nd and 3rd graders! After spending 8 months in the middle school art room waiting to get fired one more time our students clay projects are on the home stretch! A huge thanks to Redmond Art Works for allowing our projects to be fired the final time. At the December fetch day, Friday the 11th, please stop by the PTA table in portable 2 to receive your students art work. We have them sorted into the classrooms your students were in for the 2019-2020 school year, so please remember who your students teacher was last year to help us match the project to the student. And tell your friends who are no longer on Rockwell mailing lists! If you have questions please email, The clay project is an example of what the PTA brings to the Rockwell Community. Please consider joining us here, and donating to the ABC funds here to provide more fun projects like this!

  • Photos Needed! 

Last Friday was Dress-To-Impress Day! If you have any photos you'd like to share, please email them to 
And we're still looking for Crazy Hair Day photos! We'd love to include all the creative hair styles in our Yearbook. 

2020-2021 Yearbook Available for Pre-Order!
Pre-orders are now open! You can place your order by going to the Lifetouch<> and using Yearbook ID #4886521. Please order soon as we only print a limited amount.
Softcover Yearbooks are $25
Hardcover Yearbooks are $30

Math Challenge #5 Due by Thursday, December 10th.Math Challenge #5 is now available here. Please feel free to try more questions than the minimum required for your grade level in order to qualify. Grab some friends and family and work on the challenges together! Once your student completes the challenge, email their paper by the due date to
The due date for Math Challenge #5 is Thursday, Dec. 10th by 3:20pm. 
Please contact us if you have any question or if you need additional information about this program.
Let the challenge begin!

New Time!! -  Beagle Fetch Day – December 11th
At Rockwell we continue to seek ways for reducing human contact for the safety of all during this pandemic. Beagle Fetch days will continue, though we are making some changes to the process this month considering this goal. We also strive to make the Fetch times as convenient as we can for families. With all of this in mind, the process for the December 11th Fetch Day will be as follows:
  • The NEW Beagle Fetch time will be 11 am to 3 pm. Families may come any point during this time block.
  • Only one family member, or as few as possible should come to school.
  • Materials will be laid out by grade level in the following locations:
  • Undercover area by basketball courts            4th and 1st grades
  • Undercover at front of school                           5th and 2nd grade
  • Kindergarten covered area                                 K and 3rd grades
  • Materials will be bagged and labeled with each student’s name.
  • This process will be self-serve with the student bags on the tables in alphabetical order for each grade and by class. There will be a Rockwell staff member on hand to assist, if needed.
  • Please wear a mask, and upon arrival follow signs to the appropriate grade level. Wait in the line keeping a physical distance of 6 feet from others.
  • At your turn, step up to the table for the student’s class, find your student bag as quickly as possible and step away from the table, following the signs for exiting.
  • We will have leftover materials out on tables by the front door the Monday following Fetch Day if you are unable to pick them up on Friday.
Our goal is to provide needed materials to each of our students as efficiently and as safely as possible. We appreciate your flexibility and support to make this happen.


The holidays are fast approaching! Did you know that your purchases can make a difference? 

You can help raising school funds by simply shopping through Rockwell's AmazonSmile link. Be sure to add a bookmark to make it even easier to return and start your shopping!

AmazonSmile donates 0.5% of purchase prices (of eligible purchases) to Norman Rockwell PTA (Lake Washington Council) 2.8.47 when you do your holiday shopping. IT'S THAT SIMPLE!

Thank you for your support!


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