PTA Newsletter 
Martin Luther King Jr. Day

In This Issue
From the Principal
PTA General Meeting
Heritage Night - This Friday
ELL Family Meeting
Restaurant Week
Thank You Volunteers
Spelling Bee - Mock Bee
Math Challenge
Kindergarten Registration
Kindergarten Reg. Volunteers Needed
Family Bingo Night - Beach Party!
Family Movie Night -Big Hero 6
Mid-Year Pass the Hat
PTA Roles Need Fliling
Help in the Health Room
Box Tops Contest
Extra, Extra - Little Pieces of News
Quick Links
(Filtered for Rockwell)

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

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

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

Jan. 22, Fri
Middle School Choice School applications due for lottery by 2:30 pm

Jan. 22, Fri
Heritage Night 6:30-8:30 pm
Gym & Library
PTA Family Event

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

Jan. 26th, Tues
RMS Info Night for 5th Grade Parents, 
RMS Gym 7-8pm

Jan. 27th, Weds
Family Meeting for parents of ELL students
8:30 - 9:30 am - Room 126

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

Feb. 4th, Thurs
Kindergarten Registration for 2016
1-7pm, Library. Volunteers Needed!

Feb. 5th, Fri
 "Beach Party" Family Bingo Night
6:30 - 8:30 pm, Gym

Feb. 19th, Fri
Family Movie Night - Big Hero 6
Rockwell Gym 6pm - 8:30pm
Dear Rockwell Families,

We need your help! Instruction starts as soon as the bell rings, and students have a much smoother start to their day if they are in their seats and ready to learn as soon as the teacher begins. All of our teachers present their core instruction early in the day, when students are most alert and have the most energy.

It is difficult for students to ease into the morning routine if they are even a few minutes late, and it disrupts the classroom for others. Additionally, multiple studies have linked tardiness to challenges later
in a student's life, including:
  • Lower academic achievement over time, lower scores on standardized assessments, and lower graduation rates. 
  • Behavior problems - tardiness can lead to students feeling disconnected from school, leading to behavior problems and dropouts.
  • Struggles with timeliness to jobs as adults, which leads to difficulty holding those jobs.

How can you help? 

  • If your student is eligible for a bus, please make sure they ride it! The more student who ride the bus, the fewer cars we have in the drop-off line, and the better chance of getting everyone in
    class on time!
  • If your student is a walker, please encourage them to walk - and walk with them! You can also arrange "walking school buses" with a group of other students in your area. 
  • If weather is terrible and you must drive, please carpool with neighbors! We have seen more families carpooling lately, and it helps tremendously in getting students in the door on time! You
    are also helping our environment, and creating a sense of community with your neighbors. 
  • Leaving even five minutes earlier every day would help us dramatically lower tardiness! 

Redmond Schoolpool is a great online resource to set up carpools or walking school buses with your neighbors. You can sign up at

I have seen firsthand how much better students feel when they are on time. They feel pride in being here at the beginning of the day, and experience less anxiety over what they have missed. 


Our school goal is to decrease our percentage of tardy students from 2.3% (which is an average of 14-15 tardy students every day) to 1.5% or less (10 or fewer students) by April. We have already seen a high of 34 students tardy this week (eek!), and a low of 8, which was wonderful.

Thank you for your help!

Kirsten Gometz


ALL PARENTS:  You're all invited to Rockwell's second General Membership PTA meeting of the 2015/16 school year. 

This Thursday, 1/21/16 at 7pm in the library.

Be part of our awesome school/parent community and find out more about what our PTA has been up to this year and what is coming up next! Updates from the principal and the teacher representative are always on the agenda. We need ALL of you to be part of our awesome school. Come listen, make suggestions, or just sit in the back and take it in. Hope to see you there!
Celebrate and learn more about our diverse community!

Countries with booths at Heritage Night:
Ukraine, Nepal, Philippines, Japan, Ireland, Israel, India, Norway, Kenya, Korea, Russia, Australia

Kids or Parents: Would you like to share a short performance from your country of origin for a few minutes in front of the group?  We are still looking for a few more performances. Please email if you're interested. 

Heritage Night - THIS Fri. Jan 22nd
6:30 - 8:30 pm ( not serving food - so please eat beforehand)
Rockwell Gym
  •  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  and share at the microphone for a prize.
  •  Origami and Japan's booth in the Library - Please respect library rules at all times. 
  • This is a PTA Family Event - parents need to accompany their children
We can use a few more helpers to clean up afterwards! Please sign up here. 

Thank you,
Jennifer Myrick/PTA CO-VP Events
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


Here are  our participating restaurants:

Attend one or all of these restaurants during Rockwell Restaurant Week! A portion of your dining total (without alcohol, tax & tip) will be contributed to Rockwell PTA.

You must  bring the Restaurant Week flyer (coming home in Kid Mail on Jan 20th) to the participating restaurant.

FUNdraising Chairs

Many thanks to the 31 amazing Rockwell parents who volunteered on Vision and Hearing Screening Day last Thursday.  The day went very smoothly thanks to each and every volunteer.  

Thank you, thank you, thank you! 

VHS Co-Chairs

The next MOCK BEE session will be on Friday Jan 22nd, from 3-4:15pm in the school library. This session will give students a chance to practice for the WRITTEN VOCABULARY TEST which is on Friday Jan 29th at 11:30am right after early dismissal. Please remember to check regularly for practice worksheets, schedule and information.

Math Challenge #7 is now available  here . For this challenge, all qualified submissions will receive a prize.  Grab some friends and family and work on challenge together!

The challenge due date is  Thurs, Jan. 22nd (before 3pm). 

Let the challenge begin!
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. 4th 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.

Remember when YOU were a confused Kindergarten Parent?  Now's you chance to help guide the new parents through the process, answer questions, and help our staff and Kinder-teachers!  

Sign up here if you can help our office staff and Kinder teachers by volunteering for a short two hour shift on Feb. 4th!


BEACH PARTY BINGO - February 5th 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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

Please sign up to volunteer - The more, the merrier! We need admission and concession stand helpers. Short shifts!

Bingo and dancing for all ages will be FUN, Fun, FUN!!
Bingo Night Chair

Family Movie Night - FRI, February 19th 6pm -8:30pm
Feature Presentation: BIG HERO 6 (rated PG)
Tickets will be pre-sold online starting February 1st.
Parental Guidance is required.

Stay Tuned...for more information
This week you will be getting a flyer in your child's folder explaining our Mid-Year Pass The Hat Fundraiser. Pass The Hat is our main PTA fundraiser of the year which supports all the great programs at Rockwell. If you are new to Rockwell, have not donated yet for the year, OR still need to get your corporate matching in, please do so now!  You can read more about it and find the flyer here.
  • 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!  
  • ATTENTION 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 ASAP. 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
Our Rockwell health room gets many visits from our students each day.  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! 

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!

Labels for Education: Every Label for Education earns points towards recess materials like balls, chalk and more!

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!

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

*Donate your used books (kids and adults) to our school library's Used Book Sale which takes place in May. Drop off books in the library anytime.

*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