PTA Newsletter 


In This Issue
Family Movie Night - Big Hero 6 - THIS Friday
Musical Registration Due Weds
Principal's Letter: Safety/Health
Upcoming Music Performances
Rockwell Spirit Week
Box Tops Contest Starts Friday
Rockwell PTA Kudos and News
Q & A - Common PTA Questions
Yearbook Photos Needed
Upcoming LWSD Bond Info
Capital Funds Project
Math Contest
Math Challenge Winners
Quick Links
(Filtered for Rockwell)

Feb. 15th, Mon
NO SCHOOL - Mid Winter Break

Feb. 17th, Weds (3pm)
Application deadline 
for 4th/5th Grade Musical 

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

Feb. 18th, Thurs
2 Grade Music Program 6:30 pm
3rd Grade Music Program 7:30 pm
Rockwell Gym

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!

Feb. 25th, Thurs
4th Grade Music Program 7:00 pm
Rockwell Gym

Family Movie Night - This Friday, Feb 19th
Big Hero 6 - PG, Parental Guidance *Required*
6pm: Doors Open
6:30 pm: Movie Begins
8:00 pm: Concessions close

Order tickets HERE! To avoid a long line at the door and get a chance of a better space to sit - order online! Order online by Thursday at 9pm. Tickets will be delivered to your oldest child's classroom.

Or buy your tickets after school at the flagpole this Tuesday (2:45-3:30pm) and Wednesday(1:15-1:45pm)!

Any remaining tickets will be sold at the gym door Friday, starting at 6pm.

Tickets: $3 minimum donation (each).

Space is limited to 400 tickets sold. Movie will be shown in the gym. Concession items are $1 each. Concession stand closes at 8pm.
You may bring a blanket or a pillow - please do not bring chairs!

*This is not a "drop off" event, Parental Guidance is required.

BE A HERO - - Click here to  VOLUNTEER  to help at MOVIE NIGHT! 

Putting the FUN into FUNdraising Co-chairs
FEB. 17 by 3pm
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. (This Week!)
  • $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

As a principal and parent in the district, I am - as I am sure you are as well - thinking a great deal about student safety this week. I know many of you have been alarmed and worried about the threatening messages that have been found in the several of the high schools and middle schools around the district, and several of you have approached me asking whether it is safe to send your children to school. I appreciate you asking, and want to offer you every assurance possible that we do plan and prepare carefully for a wide variety of emergencies, and that we have a school safety committee that regularly reviews issues of safety so that we can better our practices. 

Safety comes first at Rockwell. Every day we talk with our kids about being safe, respectful, responsible, and kind. We have different emergency drills every month - fire, earthquake, shelter-in-place, and different types of lockdowns. Many of you have read and learned about the ALICE protocol that the district has adopted this year in the event of a violent intruder, and we will be working in the next month to train and prepare elementary students in response to these new recommendations.   READ MORE

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

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

Student Council Staff Advisors:

Our goal is to collect 5000 Box Tops and 1000 Labels for Education!! This is the final  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!

Bring your Box Tops and Labels to MOVIE NIGHT this Friday or send in to your teacher starting Monday, the 22nd through Friday the 26th

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!!
  • VOLUNTEER SHOUT-OUT:  There is a 2nd grade "Dad- Extraordinaire" who volunteers each week teaching art concepts, not only to his own child's class, but to ALL four second grade classes. This isn't part of a program - just something he offered to do and our 2nd graders are very thankful for their time with "Mr. Z." Thanks Rockwell Dad!
  • THANK YOU TO ALL THE ROOM PARENTS and party helpers for your time last week creating fun memories for the kids and their classmates at their Valentine's Parties! 
  • 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. 
  • 4th GRADE PARENTS: Rockwell's 5th Grade Promotion needs a chairperson ASAP for THIS year. 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
  • 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 entire school community, please check here. A special-edition Bugle will be going out next week with lots of chairperson openings that will need filling including many Board Positions such as President/Co-Presidents, VP Events, VP of Academic Enrichment and more...stay tuned!  

Q: What is the difference between being a PTA Member and a PTA BOARD MEMBER?  
PTA members are all of our parents and teachers who have paid their yearly dues ($18) to join PTA. If you have paid your dues, you are a PTA member (even if you have never been to a meeting). On the state and national level, PTA provides voice to the legislature and on committees addressing public policy issues affecting families and children. There are also perks and benefits for PTA members. Read More.

PTA Board Members are parents who serve on our board and meet monthly to discuss funding grant requests from teachers, upcoming events, and other issues affecting our school. 

Q: When a volunteer opportunity says "must be a PTA member to handle cash" do they mean only board members? 
A: Nope, anyone who has joined PTA (see above) is considered a PTA member and can volunteer for those jobs at our events. 

Q: Does the PTA just plan fun events? 
A: No, the PTA Board meets monthly to discuss and vote on FUNDING numerous grants written by teachers and other staff members. We fund all those "extras" in your child's education at Rockwell, such as: author visits, assemblies, science materials for classrooms, art supplies for docents, visits from the Toymaker (enriching STEM curriculum), outside the classroom learning experiences & programs, and SO much more -all of which enriches your child's education. 
HOW? Funded by the PTA with YOUR donations to our yearly Pass The Hat fundraiser. (Which is why we need you to donate if you have not yet this year - seriously, please check your account on our website to see if you have donated yet). Oh...and yes to the events too! Read More.

Q: I think that school volunteering is only for people who don't work - how can I help? 
A: Not at all true!  In fact, 10 out of 13 of our current  PTA Board Members work  outside of the home. Our meetings are in the evenings to accommodate working parents. We have also had Dads on the board (although not this year) and chairing events or committees in the past and would love to welcome more dads! Additionally, there are plenty of opportunities in the classroom or at evening events to help out at a short shift. Ideally, EVERYONE would help in some way. 

Q: When is the next PTA General Membership Meeting? 
A: Thursday, March 24th at 7pm in the Library...hope to see you there! We will also be discussing the upcoming Bond Measure.

Q: I have a question about something at school or the PTA - who can I ask? 
A: Send your questions to and we will try to find the answer for you or send it to the correct person. We may even feature your question in a Bugle (without printing names). 

Rockwell Running Club Returns Tuesday, March 1st!!!

Spring is here and the kids want to run, run, run!!! 

KINDERGARTNERS get to participate in this session as well!! 

Lots of parent volunteers are needed to help punch those lap cards.  Sign up for shifts today if you can help once a week, once a month, or just "once in awhile!" Dads, moms, grandparents...all are welcome. Just make sure you are volunteer-approved! 

(PS: Running club gets canceled on days there aren't any volunteers and the kids are bummed! Help keep our kids healthy and happy!)

Volunteers are needed on Tuesdays and Thursdays during lunch recesses, from 11:50 a.m. - 1:10 p.m. Please sign up now!
Norman Rockwell Elementary
Physical Education Specialist

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

- 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
LWSD seeks funding for more schools & classrooms.

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 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.  Read more.

Please come to  Rockwell's General PTA Meeting on Thursday, March 24th at 7pm to hear more about this bond!   We will have a speaker and hold a General membership vote regarding the Rockwell PTA's possible support and/or endorsement of the bond.
To learn more, visit the 2016 Bond Web page.  

Rockwell PTA Co-President and Legislative Advocate
Rockwell parents-Robert and Cheryl Hartman-were recently selected by the Rockwell PTA Board to head up the Capital Funds Committee (CFC) whose task is to recommend a great way for the PTA to spend $20,000 on a capital improvement project. These funds were saved over the past few years with the sole intent to invest in something long term and meaningful for the school. These funds are separate from the Board's annual operating budget which-collected from parent donations and Pass the Hat-provides academic enrichment, after school programs, and other PTA sponsored events.

The CFC consists of parents, teachers, staff and students who are fully vested in Rockwell and its future. They collected a long list of ideas, vetted them in order to narrow the list, and voted this week on the remaining ideas. As a result, it was unanimously voted by the CFC that the funds be used to build a covered, permanent canopy designed to provide additional space for student use during recess, gym class, and waiting in line before school.

There remain many steps and potential hurdles (some unknown) before the CFC will know whether or not a permanent covered area is feasible. We will work closely with the Facilities Department at LWSD to ensure the canopy meets all of LWSD and Washington State standards, laws, and regulations. At this point, the CFC will submit the "Sponsored Project Proposal" to District facilities team and await their response regarding next steps.

If you have any questions about the Capital Funds Project, please email Robert Hartman and if you have questions about Pass the Hat (or any related PTA program), please email our Co-Presidents Cari Scotkin and Ellie O'Rourke at

It's time to register your students for the spring NLMC competition. Thanks to our school and the PTA for sponsoring the event. We normally fill out our 140 seats. Interested mathletes, sign up now! Space is filling up fast.

What: Spring NLMC 
Where: Norman Rockwell Gymnasium
When:  April 18, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
Who: Students in grade 2-6.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact: 
Elly Sarwono at

Math Challenge #9 is now available  here . For this challenge, 12 qualified submissions will be randomly selected for the prize.  Grab some friends and family and work on challenge together!

The challenge due date is  Thurs, Feb. 18th (before  3pm).

Let the challenge begin!
- AmazonSmile:  Give a little back to Rockwell PTA by using
our  AmazonSmile link!   Bookmark it and use the link every time you shop. 
-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