PTA Newsletter 

In This Issue
Vision & Hearing Screening
Please Walk or Carpool
Heritage Night - Jan 22nd
Kindergarten - Fall 2016 Info
Webmaster Needed
ELL Family Meeting
Salmon Update
Help in the Health Room
Restaurant Week
Family Bingo NIght - Beach Party!
Enrichment: Coding Class
Enrichment: Lego Club
Enrichment: Chess Club
Math Challenge #6 Avail
IXL Math Practice
Donate Used Books
Box Tops Contest
Extra, Extra - Little Pieces of News
Quick Links
(Filtered for Rockwell)

Jan. 12, Tues
ALICE - Safety Training & Lockdown Info 
Session for parents
RHS Cafeteria - 7pm

Jan. 14, Thurs
Vision & Hearing Screening
*STILL NEEDED: Volunteers-See below*

Jan. 18, Mon
No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan. 20, Weds
Incoming Kindergarten Info Mtg/Tour
2pm - Rockwell Library

Jan. 21st, Thurs
General PTA Meeting - All Welcome
7pm, Rockwell Library

Jan. 22, Fri
Heritage Night 6:30-8:30 pm
Family Event

Jan. 26, 28, 29
Half-Day Conferences 11:30 am Release

Jan 25-29th
Restaurant Week - Dine out for Rockwell

Feb. 4th, Thurs
Kindergarten Registration for 2016

Feb. 5th, Fri
Family Bingo Night - Beach Party

Rockwell's Vision and Hearing Screening Day will be this   
Thursday, January 14th.  

All Rockwell students will have vision and hearing screening this Thursday, January 14th during the school day.  *If your child wears glasses, please make sure your child brings the glasses to school on Thursday to wear during the vision screening.  Screening is supervised by Lake Washington School District school nurses.  Parents will be contacted by the school nurse if there are any concerns needing additional follow-up outside of school.  

UPDATE:  We are still in need of 5 morning shift parent volunteers, and 1 afternoon volunteer!!!

MANY parent volunteers are needed to make this day go smoothly for students and staff.  No experience is necessary.  School nurses from the district will train parent volunteers in screening.  A school nurse will recheck any child with a questionable screening result.  The only requirements are your time, willingness, and being an approved volunteer with the district.  Sorry, but no preschoolers/toddlers/infants are allowed to come along for this volunteer opportunity.  
We are in need of volunteers for a morning shift (8:15-11:15am) or an afternoon shift (11:45am-2:00pm), or come for the full day (8:15am-2:00pm) for double the fun!  Lunch will be provided for full day volunteers. 

You can sign up to volunteer here on the Rockwell PTA Website .   

Please contact us  with any questions.

Thank you,
Jan Stemple and Karen Hernan
VHS Co-Chairs
Now that it's winter, many people have been driving to school again (and not carpooling), leading to many tardy arrivals and traffic congestion backing up to the roundabout at 116th in the mornings. Tardy arrivals are a lot of work for the office and disruptive to the classroom.
  • Please consider walking again - even in the winter! Bundle up and enjoy the walk - rain or shine.
  • Organize a "walking school bus" in your neighborhood, trading off with other parents who will walk with the kids. 
  • If you do drive, PLEASE carpool with other families.
  • If parking in the surrounding neighborhoods, do not block driveways or mailboxes.
  • Do NOT let your child jump out while waiting in the traffic line on the side of the road. It is extremely unsafe and against our drop-off rules.
Rockwell's Heritage Night almost here!
It takes place on  Fri, Jan. 22nd  and is a wonderful opportunity for our families to learn more about our diverse community!

Countries with booths represented so far are:
Ukraine, Nepal, Burma, Philippines, Japan, Ireland, Israel, India, Norway, Kenya, and Pakistan. 

We still have room for a few more countries - is there anyone out there from another European country, Australia, New Zealand or one of the many other countries in our big world who would like to represent?? Please email Jennifer and also sign up here if you can volunteer at Heritage Night. 

Would you like to share a short performance from your culture for a few minutes in front of the group?  Maybe you or your child play the bagpipes, do the hula, or Irish step dancing?  We are still looking for a few more performances. Please email Jennifer if you're interested. 

Heritage Night - Fri. Jan 22nd
6:30 - 8:30 pm ( not serving food this year, so please eat beforehand)
Rockwell Gym
  •  Celebrate traditions from around the world 
  •  Enjoy displays and presentations from different countries
  •  Dress in clothing from your country of origin if you wish!
  •  Bring an interesting artifact from your country of origin to show  your friends during the sharing portion.
  •  Origami and other activities too
Thank you,
Jennifer Myrick/PTA CO-VP Events
An Information Meeting for prospective Kindergarten parents  will be on Weds, January 20, 2015 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.

Kindergarten Registration will begin Thursday, Feb. 4 from 1:00 - 7:00 pm in the school library. Child must be 5 by August 31, 2016 to register. Bring birth certificate or passport, immunization records, emergency contact information, and proof of address (recent energy bill with your name on it, lease, or mortgage statement.)

More information can be found HERE
Please pass this information on to any neighbors or incoming kindergarten parents you may know!   Please call Kerry Bauman for more information at 425-936-2670.



Help guide the new parents through the process, answer questions, and help our staff and teachers!  

Sign up here if you can help in a short two hour shift!

2016 Webmaster Needed

Do you have an hour or so a week that you can give to Norman Rockwell?  We need a new webmaster as our current webmaster will be moving along to the middle school.  It is helpful if you have the ability to create PDF files and a very basic knowledge of HTML, but neither are required.  The time commitment is typically less than an hour a week except during the high volume times of program enrollment and the beginning of the school year. Work can be done any time during the day/week at your convenience. 

Step forward now and take advantage of the chance to shadow the current webmaster for the next several months.

Contact Felice Nightengale for details!
  • PTA SEEKS NOMINATING COMMITTEE to help us fill board and chairperson roles for 2016. Can you help? Contact the Rockwell PTA Presidents (Cari Scotkin & Ellie O'Rourke) if you can serve on our Nominating Committee!  
  • CURRENT CHAIRS - If you will be moving on from Rockwell or are unable to chair your current role in 2016, please try to find and train a replacement and let us know. Thank you!
  • For a list of all PTA roles (a few are still unfilled for 2015/16 school year) and to think about how you can contribute to our school community, please check here
Is your child an English Learner at Rockwell Elementary?
You are invited!

When: Wednesday, January 27th 8:30-9:30 AM

Who: Parents, guardians, and younger siblings are welcome

What: A time to discuss English Learning Services, meet other
families, hear from a King County Librarian, and talk with the
English Teachers

Where: The English Learning Class, Room 126

We look forward to seeing you!
From: The Parent Partnership Team at Rockwell
We now have CoHo eggs in the salmon tank!  
Feel fee to come take a look and encourage your child to do the same. The eggs should start hatching in about 2 weeks. I'll be putting out a more detailed call later this month for volunteers to help with tank maintenance and/or supervise students in feeding the salmon fry. If you already know you want to help out feel free to email me.

Jeanie Hahn
Salmon-in-the-Schools PTA Chair (a 4th grade program)
Our Rockwell health room gets many visits from our students each day. If a parent volunteer isn't present to help the students our office staff must deal with these interruptions to their work day. The Rockwell staff does a wonderful job of taking care of our kids, but it would be wonderful if parent volunteers could help alleviate some of their work load and at the same time get to know many of our wonderful students.
Volunteering in the health room is a flexible volunteer position. Many volunteers help one day a week, but you can volunteer a couple times per month if that works better for your schedule. Volunteering in the health room is nice because volunteers set their own schedule. Most volunteers serve for 2 hours at a time, but if you only have an hour to give that is totally fine. The staff appreciates any amount of time you can give! 

We will be scheduling a training for all interested volunteers soon. No previous medical training is necessary to volunteer! If you have any questions or you are interested but unsure, please contact
Tedra Stratton  and she can give you the scoop on what it is like to be a health room volunteer! 

Tedra Stratton/Parent Volunteer Health Room Coordinator

Half-day dismissal at 11:30 am on Tues, Thurs and Fri. provides a  perfect opportunity to eat lunch and/or dinner out with the kids, friends and family! 

Local restaurants will contribute a portion (10-20%) of your dining total (not included: alcohol, tax and tip) to Rockwell PTA. The goal of this week is more than "just" raising funds. We hope to offer families quality time together, support a local establishment and build rapport within the community.

Parents/Guardians must bring the Rockwell Restaurant Week flyer (available as of January 20th) to the establishment on their participating night. We are fortunate to have so much support; we need to spread it out over the week! Stay tuned for additional information - more restaurants may participate! Here are
our current restaurants: The Commons Woodinville; Bushnell's Craft Brewing Co; Purple Cafe Woodinville; Frankie's Pizza and Pasta; Panera Bread - Redmond; Village Square Cafe and BJ's Restaurant - Redmond.

Please thank these restaurants for participating in Rockwell Restaurant Week and don't forget to tip your servers!

Thank YOU for supporting the PTA and taking time to spend with our Rockwell community.

FUNdraising Chairs

Hello Rockwell Parents!

Wax up your surf boards and put on your sunscreen! This year's BEACH PARTY Bingo is Friday, February 5th.

The night is going to be FUN FUN FUN and memorable for the whole family! BINGO, BEACH Music and Dancing with your FAMILY... all in ONE NIGHT!!!

If you haven't attended family bingo before, this is how it goes:

Beach Party Bingo is 6:30 - 8:30pm at Surf City (Rockwell gym). We alternate between playing BINGO and Dancing to BEACH PARTY music throughout the evening. We sell concession items such as water, chips, and trinkets ALL FOR $1 EACH. 

Admission is $1 per person (4 and younger are FREE).
Admittance includes Bingo Board and Unlimited Fun!!

**WE NEED EVENT VOLUNTEERS FOR SHORT SHIFTS - selling tickets, concession stand, and even Bingo Callers (come on-doesn't that sound fun!?). Thanks to those who have already signup for clean up duty.

Please SIGN UP to volunteer at your soonest convenience (By Wednesday, the 27th is preferred) to ensure we have the right amount of people to run the event.

We are really excited to have you join us on the beach!

Bingo Night Chair
*A few spots left in the Beginner Class!

Coding with Kids instructors teach students how to code in a fun way. Kids learn how to create interactive stories, games, quizzes, and other programs of their own design, using Scratch, a drag-and-drop programming environment developed by MIT ( Coding develops important life skills, such as computational and critical thinking, creativity, design, project planning, and presentation skills. 

Registrations are now open here:

BEGINNER level class will be offered on Tuesdays, starting  January 19th.

INTERMEDIATE to ADVANCED level class for returning students will run on Fridays, starting  January 8th (this week).

We need parent volunteers to chaperone the Lego Engineering Club sessions. The volunteer sign up sheet can be found  here . At least one volunteer is required for every session with the other being the backup. The parents of enrolled students are encouraged to sign up for at least one of the sessions

*For spring, we will also have a session for K-1 students.

Sivakumar Ananthakrishnan
Lego Engineering Club Chair
STILL SPOTS OPEN IN CHESS CLUB!  You may now sign up for the Winter and Spring Sessions of Chess Club. Follow the links below for more information on dates, pricing, and online registration:
Winter Session *Starts Jan 15th
Fridays, January 15th - March 25th 2016  
(No class January 29th, February 12th, or March 11th)
3:00 - 4:00 pm 
Fridays, April 1st, 2016 - May 27th, 2016 (No class April 8th, 2016)
3:00 - 4:00 PM.

*Parents of registered students must commit to chaperone/volunteer at least once during the session. Sign up form for volunteer shift is found here.
Thank you,
Rockwell Chess Club Chair 

Thanks for all those who participated in Math Challenge #6. Congratulations to the following winners: Neel T, Gahl A, Elaine C, Tharan S, Cooper K, Akshay B, Takuma B, Siddhesh N, Liam S, Todd B, Hannah C, Aika I

The next Math Challenge will be available online  Friday January 15th after  3pm


IXL math practice continues and the following students were given prizes before winter break. Keep up the great work. Parents - thank you for helping to develop a culture of math here at Rockwell. Thanks to the Lake Washington Schools Foundation for IXL subscriptions for all students and to the Rockwell PTA for purchasing the prizes. Parents - please visit to learn
more about Math at Rockwell.

-Parent IXL Math Coordinators

Kindergarten - Rachel (A), Nachiket (C), Aarvin (B), Kristina (F), Kaira (D), Saanvi (D), Sana (A), Vivian (C), Ahana (D), Michael B)

1st Grade - Aoi O. (B), Leisha M. (C), Saket L. (E, F), Aditi K. (C, D, E), Jennifer G. (C), Adhrith V. (D), Raina T. (D), Sebastian K. (A), Trishaa K. (B), Matthew D. (A), Matteo B. (B), Atul V. (D), Kai T. (C), Isha S. (D, E), Sonia L. (C), Sri Sahasra K. (C, D), Marcus C. (D), Rahul V. (A), Anthony C. (E), Ayush B. (E), Owen U. (A), Pragyan S. (E), Colin S. (B), Chloe N. (A), Oyku C. (A)

2nd Grade - Gil L (A), Shelby R (B), Liya S (C, D), Samya S (A), Aditya V (B), Winson W (D), Sofiya A (A), Vaidehi H (D), Avinash K (B), Sai Sahasra N (C), Brandon S (A), Shiri M (C), Nathan F (B, C), Selin I (B)

3rd Grade - Addison C (A), Jeslyn H (B), Mason O (B, C), Lee S (B), Jerry T (C), Joey H (E), Jaeger G (C), Sarah M (B), Nivedha N (B), Mira P (B), Prisha S (A, B, C, D), Abbas Z (B), Vaishnavi V (C), Kumar S (D), Leanne H (F), Ren F (D), Selin G (B), Srikar N (B), Alexander C (A), Ryu H (C), Maggie W (A), Sarah W (A, B, C, D), Artem S (A), Mattew D (A), Joseph J (A), Avaneesh K (C, D), Rushaan M (C, D),
Adam N (C, D), Nathaniel T (A), Judy W (B), Elisa K (B)

4th Grade - Nishita B (A), Roman S (A), Oriana P (A), Maia M (A), Hayden M (A), Emi K (B), Meena K (B), Aditya B (D), Shaunak L (D), Aparna I (F), Shriya T (E), Takashi O (C), Talah A (A), Lasya A (B), Saanvi T (C), Neha S (A), SriKrishna G (A), Nirupama N (A), William S (C)

5th Grade - coming soon

Save Those Used Books!

In the spring, the Rockwell Library will once again have a Used Book Sale!  The purpose of the sale is to get books into the hands of children and to earn some extra money for the Rockwell Library.  So, please start weeding through your books now!  We accept children and adult books.  Donations can be dropped off any time at the library office.  More information regarding the details of the sale will be posted at a later date.  

Thanks in advance for your support.

Diane Davenport
Teacher Librarian

Box Top and Labels for Education contest February 19 - 26th!!

Our goal is to collect 5000 Box Tops and 1000 Labels for Education!! This is the last Box Top and Labels for Education contest of the year - let's make it the biggest!!

Box Tops: Every Box Top collected earns the school 10 cents!
1. Find Box Tops on hundreds of products. Look for the PINK and WHITE little square. 

2. Neatly Clip Box Tops from each package. Please make sure they are not expired.

3. Send Box Tops to your teacher starting Monday, Feb 22nd! Or bring them to Movie Night, Friday, Feb 19th!

Labels for Education: Every Label for Education earns points towards recess materials like balls, chalk and more!
1. Find Labels for Education on hundreds of products. Look for the ORANGE and WHITE UPC code.

2. Neatly Clip UPC Labels from each package.

3. Send the Labels for Education to your teacher starting Monday, Feb 20th! Or Movie Night, Friday, Feb 19th!

With Rules, come rewards:
1. The GRADE with the HIGHEST average of Box Tops AND Labels for Education collected per student WINS 10 MINUTES extra of Lunch RECESS!

For more information on the Box Tops for Education program, including a list of participating products, click here.

For additional information on the Labels For Education program, including participating products, click here.

Ready, Set, Clip!!

*Parents of 5th grade students : Middle School Information nights are coming up, both at Redmond Middle School ( Jan. 26 at 7pm ) and at the district's variety of Choice Schools.    Link to brochure  on Choice Schools with descriptions of schools, DATES for all the info nights, and registration info.  

*5th Grade Skiing Families: 5th Graders in WA State can apply for a free season ski pass to Steven's Pass. Find out More Info HERE

*COMPUTER AVAILABLE FOR PARENTS:   If you (or a Rockwell family you know) is in need of access to a computer with internet (for signing up for school programs and registering for school events etc...) please know that a computer in the Rockwell library is available for your use during school hours. Just check in at the office before you head to the library and touch base with the librarian prior to use. Thanks! (Also, note that the Redmond Library allows computer use as well). 
- AmazonSmile:  Give a little back to Rockwell PTA by using
our  AmazonSmile link!   Bookmark it and use the link every time you shop. The holidays are coming...use the Amazon link!
-Volunteer Application:    LWSD Volunteer application. It's easy to complete and is good for 2 years. Fill yours out or check your renewal status today!

-Rockwell PTA Facebook Page:  Stay connected and updated on  Rockwell PTA & school info.  Stop by and "Like" us!  

-Bookmark & Register for your account on our  
New PTA  Website. Calendar info, announcements, forms, ordering yearbooks and spiritwear, and much more!

- Submit Photos to the YearbookPlease upload them directly to the secure LifeTouch website by visiting LifetouchRegister and use our NEW school  access code: PHEBEV
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, upon approval, will be posted in the Peachjar eflyer 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