PTA Newsletter 


In This Issue
Family Movie Night - Big Hero 6
Rockwell Spirit Week
Musical Registration
Yearbook Photos Needed
Thanks - Art of Discovery
Thanks - Bingo Night
Thanks - Kindergarten Reg.
Rockwell PTA Kudos and News
Upcoming LWSD Bond Info
Pass The Hat & Corporate Matching
Grade Level Music Performances
Math Challenge Winners
IXL Prize Winners
Quick Links
(Filtered for Rockwell)

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

Feb. 17th, Weds (3pm)
Application deadline for Musical 

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

Feb. 19 - 26th
Send in Box Tops and Labels for Education 

Feb. 22 - 26
Spirit Week! See article below
Kids get to dress up!


Family Movie Night  
February 19, 2016 6pm - 8:30pm
Doors open at 6pm.  Movie starts at 6:30pm.  
Concession stand closes at 8pm.
It has been a long time since Rockwell PTA has hosted a movie night, but the wait is over! Bring a blanket and your family to the gym and watch our feature presentation of BIG HERO 6 (rated PG - Parental Guidance is required).

Ticket and Event Information
Tickets will be pre-sold online for $3 minimum donation (each), starting Monday, February 8th - click here to buy your tickets!

Space is limited to the first 400 tickets sold.
You may bring a blanket or a pillow - please do not bring chairs!

This is not a drop-off event. Parents must accompany their children.

Be a Hero and VOLUNTEER!
We need your help for set up, admission and/or concession tables. 
Sign up  here

Movie Night Co-Chairs

Student Council voted on School-Wide Spirit Week. Have fun!

Student Council Staff Advisors:
Calling all 4th and 5th grade actors, singers, dancers and those with  interest in performing and entertaining! Come be part of Rockwell's school musical. No experience necessary.

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

Horton The Elephant, The Cat in the Hat and all your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life in this fantastic musical extravaganza & Rockwell 4th and 5th graders are invited to make it possible. 

Registration packets are now available to download online at  Norman Rockwell PTA Printed copies are also available for pick up in the school office.
  • Application deadline is Wed/Feb 17 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 Wed/Feb 24 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the Rockwell Library
  • Auditions/Call Backs are Feb 29-March 2nd, 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 much more!
  • Performances are Sat/ April 23rd at 3:00 and 7:00 p.m. at the Redmond High School Performing Arts Center (RPAC)
Questions?   Contact Rockwell PTA Musical Producer: 
Beatriz Gomez-Albadawi

Parents - the yearbook needs your photos of our great kids. 
We need  photos for the following upcoming events, classes and clubs:

- All classroom Valentine's Day parties this week 

- President's Wax Museum - need photos of all students in their adorable costumes

- Upcoming Musical Programs - all grades

Can you help? Please let us know which event you will be
photographing. You can upload directly to LifeTouch at, using our school code (PHEBEV)
instructions or you can send a USB drive to the office and we'll get it
back to you. We look forward to seeing all of the great moments you

Minerva Butler
Gaby Olson
Maya Shani
Yearbook Co-Chairs
Thank you so very much to all the teachers, staff, and art docents who made the  Art of Discovery  program another wonderful experience of art and learning for the students (as well as the grown-ups!).  The seven original works of art lent out by the Junior League of Seattle, in conjunction with the Bellevue Art Museum, were a thought-provoking set, themed "Emotions."  We had fun and enlightening discussions, inquisitive students, interesting ideas, and some entertaining questions.

An extra big thanks to:   Julie Wulf and  Kerry Bauman for helping with coordinating and handling deliveries and pickups, as well as scheduling;  Diane Davenport for letting the art docents take over a big chunk of the library space and schedule; and all the  Teachers for signing up and bringing in their students in such a timely fashion.

Thanks to the art docents who did a fantastic job leading the sessions:  Kelly O'Brien, Swetha Neelam, Rajashri Bedekar, Gayle Elam, Jami Worsley, Kathryn Bruner, Angela Dangel-Flynn, Angie Ballas, Christine Welton, Tuhina Lal, Kavita Prakash, Sonoko Kambara, Meghan Moore, Dana Harder, Julie Dries, Chamu Kallem, Maya Shani, Sony Jobanputra, Julie Balkcum, and Laura Lucas.

And of course, thank you to the  Rockwell PTA and their generosity for making this awesome program possible.

Art Docent Chair
Beach Party Bingo was a success!

We had lots of "Surf's Up" Bingo, prizes, conga lines and Limbo. We had snacks and trinkets, but most of all, we had lots of smiling faces and helping hands!

Thank you for bringing your family to Surf City and spending a couple of hours with the extended family of Rockwell, including students, staff and teachers. Thank you for cleaning up before you left. 

Thank you to the group of volunteers that executed a fun night of Bingo and dancing: 
Chris Welton, Jennifer Myrick, Kit Craig, Judith Breed, Laura & Calvin Drover, Joe Hatch, Paul Batig, The Watson's, Kris Beaver, Marly El Khoury, Myriam Pollock, Ellie O'Rourke, Janaki Tirumala, Swetha Neelam, Raksha Pant and Nithya Nagarajan!!

If you missed the opportunity to attend or volunteer for this event, the PTA has Movie Night Feb 19th and would appreciate your help!

Bingo Night Chair
Kindergarten Reg. Thanks!
Thanks so much to the Rockwell PTA and Staff for the TEAM effort at Kindergarten registration, welcoming our new families. PTA provided volunteers in the health room, library, and provided dinner for the helpers! 
Thanks especially to
Heather Armenise, Stacy Hatch, Ellie O'Rourke, Tim & Felice Nightengale, Emily Papel, Kit Craig, Tedra Stratton, Barbara Chinn, Kris Beaver, Marie Hewitt, Jayden Johansen, Danielle Power, Hanna Rasmussen, Mary Kay Weinmeister, Julie Wulf, Diane Fairbanks, Tammura Hargrove, Kirsten Gometz, Ami King, Angie Ballas, Beth Batig

  • THANK YOU to Kindergarten parent, Pam Teh for volunteering to be our PTA Webmaster next year (and she has already hit the ground running while training with our current webmaster Felice Nightengale)!
  • CHESS CLUB needs a new parent chair (or co-chairs) for the 2016/17 school year. Please help us keep this popular program - or it will not be available next year! Contact current chair: Vani Jain for information. 
  • 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!  
  • AWARDS COMMITTEE FOR VOLUNTEER TEA which takes place on Tues, June 7th during the lunch hour. Please email Ami King for details!
  • 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
Lake Washington School district is growing rapidly. In fact, it has grown from the sixth largest district to the fourth largest district in the state since last year. The district has grown by over 3200 students in the last five years. That's an average of over 625 students per year for the last five years, which is equivalent to five large elementary schools. Growth is projected to continue, reaching over 30,000 students by 2020-21 and over 32,000 students by 2029-30.

To meet these growing needs for classroom space, the district's board of directors voted on January 25 to place a bond measure on the April 26, 2016 ballot. This measure, for $398 million in 20-year bonds, would fund the most immediate, high priority needs. The total tax rate will be maintained at the 2015 rate.

"Our district is at a critical point with regard to classroom space," noted Board President Nancy Bernard. "Moving to all-day kindergarten and reducing class sizes thanks to new state funding increases our need for more classroom space. At the same time our enrollment continues to grow."

The measure would build one new middle school and two new elementary schools and would rebuild and enlarge three schools (Juanita High School, Kirk and Mead Elementary Schools). It would also replace the Explorer Community School classrooms and refurbish the Old Redmond Schoolhouse for use by preschool classes.

For more information please see the full district press release here or the LWSD Bond site here.
Many people donated online on "Back to Business Day" in August, but others must have forgotten as donations are down this year. 

The suggested  $75 donation/per child helps the PTA to fund all the programs and classroom grants that the PTA provides our students, teachers, and school throughout the year. In addition, we pay for this newsletter, the PTA website, the family fun activities, and the art docent program.

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 many 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 if you volunteer here!

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 ASAP!   You can donate online via the website or donate by check!  

Thank you!

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

Thanks for all those who participated in Math Challenge #8.

Congratulations to the following winners: Suhani J, Colin S, Ziang T, Jaeger G, Saanvi T, Shaunak L, Alexandra K, Prayas D, Prachi D, Kashvi P, Ethan T

The next Math Challenge will be available online  Friday, Feb. 12th after 3pm. 


IXL math practice continues and the following students were given prizes as of  January 31st. 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: Gahl (B), Tanvi (B), Wesley (C,D), Saanvi (E), Nidhi (B), Aarav (B), Vivaan (B), Vivian (D), Brynna (B,C,D), Maximilian (C), Garrett (B,C,D,E), Alexandra (F), Samantha (B)

1st Grade: Aoi O. (C), Varsha T. (E), Sawyer R. (A, B, C), Ashvik H. (C), Matthew D. (C), Matteo B. (C), Adhrith V. (F), Nate H. (C), Lucia L. (B), Sri Sahasra K. (F), Mason W. (A), Victoria S. (A, B, C, D), Anthony C. (F), Clara G. (C), Cleofus B. (C, D), Pragyan S. (F)

2nd Grade: Alvin C (D), Eren E (A), Gowtham M (A, B), Akahay B (D), Prachi D (A), Prayas D (B), Sameer K (E), Shiri M (D), Sravya T (E), Lachlan C (E), Sai Sahasra N (D), Sol Z (B), Gil L (C), Shelby R (D), Barrett R (A), Ayushi S (D), Winson W (F)

3rd Grade: Disha P (D), Erynn E (B), Joey Haddad (F), Riley H (A,B), Jiajia L (C), Mason O (D), Lee S , (C), Rhett S (A), Uma Y (C), Hrishadh K (B, C), Shiven K (E), Liam M (A), Mira P (C), Arjun R (A), Vidit S (A), Prisha S (E), Abbas Z (D), Hiba A (A), Takuma B (B), Nour E (A), Ren F (E), Yuwan L (D), Abigail M (A), Srikar N (C,D), Oluwakolade O (A), Alex C (A), Ryu H (E), Kerem I (C), Anika K (B), Purab K (A), Otoha M (A), Ami N (A), Siddhesh N (A,B,C), Artem S (B), Claire W (A), Maggie W (C,D,E), Sofia C (A), Mattew D (B), Colin F (B), Zita H (A), Ariana K (A), Mikhail K (C, D), Avaneesh K (E), Adam N (E), Addisson P (A,B), Nathaniel T (B)

4th Grade: Aleksandr S (A), Shrey G (A), Maya M (B), Oriana P (B), Anish P (B), Roman S (B), Meena K (C), Emi K (E), Ori A (B), Jacob M (D), Takashi O (E), Emily W (A), Maria S (A), Sarah Q (A), Hayden C (A), Cole J (B), Vanessa S (B), SaiHarichand P (C), Lasya A (D), Nirupama N (C), Michael S (C)

5th Grade: Imaaz A (B), Nikita C (E), Maria D (E), Chloe H (E), David H (D), Dylan H (D), Ryan H (F), Maxim K (C), Arjun M (D), Lola R (E), Nolan R (E), Alex T (E), Hannah C (E), Fabrizio C (A), Ian C (F), Emily L (F), Sarah R (B), Neta S (C), Hannah L (C), Alexandre C (F), Anika K (C)
- 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