PTA Newsletter 


In This Issue
Family Bingo Night - THIS FRIDAY
Mad Science Enrichment
Announcing Rockwell's 2016 Musical
Pass The Hat - Don't Forget
Who Is Norman Rockwell?
Kindergarten Registration
PTA-Sponsored Author Visit
Family Movie Night -Big Hero 6
Music Performances
Spelling Bee -Written Round
Math Challenge
5th Grade Promotion
ELL - Proficiency Test Info
Box Tops and Labels Thanks!
Quick Links
(Filtered for Rockwell)

Feb. 3rd, Weds
Happy Birthday to our namesake:
Norman Rockwell - see below

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. 11th, 12th, 15th
NO SCHOOL - Mid Winter Break

Feb. 18th, Thurs
1st Grade President's Wax Museum
*Teachers to send out times to their class*

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


Dig your Tropical Shirts out of the's time for:


We need 10 more volunteers asap - admission and concession stand are in big demand. Sign up to volunteer for a one hour shift. Without volunteers, this event will be a "wipe out".

BINGO is one of the best events of the year! Don't miss your chance to catch a wave and win a prize! Admission is $1 per person (4 and younger are FREE). Admittance includes Bingo Board.
Bingo Night Chair
Mad Science After-School Enrichment Class:  Starts this week (Thursday Feb. 4th) and still has spots!  Sign up today!

Day/Time: Thursdays, 3:10pm-4:10pm (Students meet at 3pm at flagpole)
Eligible Grades: 3rd - 5th
Dates: 8 Weeks, Feb. 4th - March 31 (No Class Feb. 11th)
Cost: $132.00/per student 

NASA: Academy of Future Space Explorers
From Earth's atmosphere to the outer reaches of our solar system, join us on an expedition of galactic proportions! Mad Science and NASA have teamed up to create a stimulating enrichment program that reveals the wonder of space. We'll probe planets, comets, and constellations; ponder space technology, space travel and living in space. We'll even build and (school and weather permitting) launch a rocket! Every class is filled with unique hands-on activities, amazing demonstrations and fun educational take-homes. Check out our flyer!

Register online here.  

PTA Chair/Mad Science
Calling all 4th and 5th grade actors, singers, dancers and entertainers (or that have any interest in performing)! Come be part of Rockwell's school musical! No experience necessary.

Rockwell PTA, in partnership with Youth Theater Northwest, is excited to present Seussical, Jr. The Musical for 2016!

Registration packets are now available to download online at  Norman Rockwell PTA  or you may pick up a copy in the office.
  • Application deadline is Weds, Feb. 17 at 3:00 p.m
  • $70 Registration Fee. Scholarships available.
  • Production is limited to 50 students. If more than 50 students sign up, a lottery will be held on Feb. 17th and parents notified of lottery by Feb. 19th.
  • Mandatory parent meeting is Weds., Feb. 24 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the Rockwell Library
  • Auditions/Call Backs are Feb. 29-March 2, and all-cast read-through is March 3 (when casting is announced). 
  • Please read registration packet thoroughly for information on rehearsal dates/times, tech week and many important details!
  • Performances are Sat., April 23rd at 3:00 and 7:00 p.m. at the Redmond High School Performing Arts Center (RPAC)
Contact Rockwell PTA Musical Producer: 
Beatriz Gomez-Albadawi
Only 274 families have donated to our Pass The Hat fundraiser. Many people donated online on "Back to Business Day" in August, but many must have forgotten. :(

The suggested  $75 donation/per child helps fund all the programs and classroom grants that the PTA provides our students and school throughout the year. If we don't make up the shortfall soon, we will need  to take this into account when budgeting for next year and possibly have to cut programs. 

Take a look at our video to see some of the great things the PTA does for Rockwell.

Can't remember if  YOU donated to our Pass The Hat fundraiser yet? Simply log in to your account on the PTA website and check your account/orders to see if you have paid yet for this year, or shoot us an  email and we can check for you

Many employers will match your Pass The Hat donation - get your matching submitted today! Many will also match your volunteer hours too, so be sure to ask your employer!

Last Week you got a flyer in your child's folder explaining our Mid-Year Pass The Hat Fundraiser. 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 donate online via the website or donate by check!  Thank you!

Who is Norman Rockwell, and why does our school have his name?

Norman Rockwell was a well-known American illustrator who painted pictures that reflected current American culture. He was born in New York City on Feb. 3, 1894 and lived his life on the East Coast of the United States. He was most famous for his magazine covers for Boys Life magazine for the Boys Scouts of America and the Saturday Evening Post magazine. He produced 323 covers for the Saturday Evening Post over 47 years. Mr. Rockwell is remembered for his ability to create a picture of everyday life in the United States. In 1977, Mr. Rockwell was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for
"vivid and affectionate portraits of our country". He died in 1978. Check out the books in the school library that feature his art and story.

Norman Rockwell Elementary opened its doors in September of 1981. The school name was chosen from a list of famous Americans submitted by parents and students.
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.

Author Visit!!

Kelly Milner Halls
February 19th 2016

Thanks to the generosity of our PTA, Norman Rockwell Elementary School is  proud to host author Kelly Milner Halls in our school library on February 19th!

Kelly writes research based nonfiction and fiction books for children.  Some of her high-interest topics include dinosaurs, Sasquatch, and UFO's.  Kelly makes her home in Spokane.  She is a popular visiting author as schools seek to encourage students to read more nonfiction and improve their research skills. During her visit she will meet with each grade level to share her books and writing experiences.

Books are available for purchase prior to Kelly's visit and can be autographed and personalized. Please click on the link to download the order form. Preprinted order forms are available in the school office and library as well.

Completed order forms and payment may be returned to school by Friday, Feb. 5th.

To learn more about Kelly or her books please visit her website:

Teacher Librarian

It has been a long time since Rockwell PTA has hosted a movie night.
The wait is over! Bring a blanket and your family to the gym and see our feature presentation:

BIG HERO 6 (rated PG) Parental Guidance is required .
Friday, Feb. 19th
6pm - 8:30pm

Tickets will be pre-sold online for $3 minimum donation (each), starting Monday, February 8th.

Movie will be shown in the gym. Space is limited to the first 400 tickets sold. You may bring a blanket or a pillow - please do not bring chairs!

Be a Hero - - VOLUNTEER for admission and/or concession tables. Please contact or to volunteer!

Doors open at 6pm. Movie starts at 6:30pm. Concession stand closes at 8pm.

2nd grade - Feb. 18th at 6:30pm in the gym
3rd grade - Feb. 18th at 7:30pm in the gym
4th grade - Feb. 25th at 7:00pm in the gym
5th grade - March 4th during the day in the Library
Orchestra - March 9th at 7:00pm at RMS
Choir - March 15th at 7:00pm at RHS

Rockwell Elementary General Music and Choir
Redmond Region Elementary String Orchestra

Congratulations to all the spellers who took the written test on Friday. 32 students between grades 1-5 passed and will be moving onto the Final School Spelling Bee on  Sunday Feb. 28th! We are so proud of all the students who participated!

Students who passed should attend the next mock bee on Friday, Feb 5th at 3pm in the library. We will go over spelling strategies and provide more practice to help prepare for the Final Bee.

Congratulations again!
The Spelling Bee Team

Math Challenge #8 is now available here. For this challenge, 12 qualified submissions will randomly selected for the prize.  Grab some friends and family and work on challenge together!

The challenge due date is Thurs, 4th Feb (before 3pm).

Let the challenge begin!
4TH GRADE PARENTS NEEDED FOR 5th Grade Promotion...and other roles need filling too!
  • ATTENTION 4TH GRADE PARENTS (OR YOUNGER)!! Rockwell's 5th Grade Promotion needs a chairperson ASAP. This event occurs on the last day of school and the committee is traditionally filled and led by 4th grade (or younger) that the 5th grade parents can enjoy their child's last day at Rockwell. All the directions are organized in a folder by last year's chairperson. Can you help? Email Jennifer Myrick
  • 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!  
  • Volunteer Tea needs an Awards Committee!  Volunteer Tea takes place on Tues, June 7th during the lunch hour. Please email Ami King if you can help!
  • 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!
  • Interested in chairing or co-chairing a program next year? For a list of all PTA roles and to think about how you can contribute to our school community, please check here

ELPA21: English Language Proficiency Test for the 21st Century

Between February 2 and March 11, 2016 students who are enrolled in the English Language Learner (ELL) program will participate in the yearly ELL assessment. This year the assessment is moving from a paper pencil assessment to a computer-based assessment.  The test sections: Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking. Each test section should take 20 to 30 minutes.

Your building's ELL teachers will proctor the test. Please contact your school's ELL teacher for more information about when the test will be given at your school.  The results of this required annual state test will help teachers and parents understand how ELL students are learning English, and what other supports they need. Families will receive a score report in the mail after the test is completed. 
Below you will find a link to additional information about this test.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Labels for Education collection in October. 

Because of your participation, our students will enjoy new playground balls, soccer balls, footballs, and tether balls beginning at today's recess.

Keep saving your Labels for Education and Box Tops... Our next collection is coming soon (Feb. 19-26th)!

FUNdraising Co-Chair
- 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