Beagle 
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PTA Newsletter 
02.29.2016

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In This Issue
VOLUNTEER PLEASE!
Spelling Bee Champs Announced!
Read Across America - Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!
Salmon - Parent Help Needed ASAP
Running Club Starts This Week
Rockwell Neon Glow Dance
Announcing 2016/17 PTA Roles Open
Upcoming Music Performances
Upcoming LWSD Bond Info
Math Challenge Winners
Attn: 5th Grade Parents
Quick Links
IMPORTANT DATES
(Filtered for Rockwell)

Feb. 29-March 4th
Read Across America Week 
(see article below) 

March 2nd, Weds 
Kindergarten Pajamas and Books Party 
6:30 pm - Library

March 4th, Fri
Dr. Seuss Spirit Day 

March 9th, Weds
Orchestra Concert: 7:00pm at RMS

March 11th, Fri
NO SCHOOL

March 15th 
Choir Concert: 7:00pm at RHS

March 18th, Fri
Family Dance Party - Neon Glow theme
6-8pm at R.H.S. Cafeteria

March 24th, Thurs
Rockwell PTA General Meeting, 
7pm (Library)
All Invited!
*Bond Information, speakers, and more...*
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED 

LOTS OF VOLUNTEER REQUESTS IN THIS BUGLE!

Parents, this time of year is BUSY with tons of activities going on at school! As you will see in this Bugle, we need all the helpers we can get to make our programs happen. Running Club, Salmon feeders, Dance Volunteers, and so much more. 

If a parent is awesome enough to chair a program or event, let's DO OUR PART and support them! We're counting on every parent to help in some way!  If you've never volunteered, now is the time to step up! 

Try something new, grab your friend and volunteer together. Thanks everyone!
SPELLING BEE CHAMPIONS ANNOUNCED!
Dear Rockwell Families,
 
The Spelling Bee Club hosted its 4th annual Norman Rockwell School Spelling Bee on Sunday, Feb 28th. There were 36 spellers ranging from Grades 1-5 all of whom performed superbly and put the ROCK in ROCKWELL! Below are the names of the School Spelling Bee Champion, Runners Up's and Grade Level Champions. Be sure to give them a hi-five or a 'congratulations' when you see them!
 
 
Recognition:
Speller's Name
Grade
Class Teacher
2016 School Spelling Bee Champion
SOHIL B.
5
Mr. Cortes
1st Runner up
AMOL V.
5
Mrs. Conklin
2nd Runner up
SHIVAS K.
5
Mrs. Weinmeister
Grade Level Champions:
1st Grade Champion
THARAN S.
1
Mrs. Toedtli
2nd Grade Champion
PRACHI D.
2
Mrs. Fisher
3rd Grade Champion
VAISHNAVI V.
3
Mr. Urben
4th Grade Champion
NEHA SANJANA D.
4
Ms. Kollman
5th Grade Champion
SOHIL B.
5
Mr. Cortes
 
The Spelling Bee lasted 11 rounds to determine a champion with three 5th grade boys rounding out the top 3. These boys stayed composed as they encountered words such as 'howitzer' and 'cruller' but Sohil finally took the crown with his winning word, 'chary', from Old English. The 2nd grade level champion was a separate and well fought battle between Gowtham M. and Prachi D. with Prachi finally prevailing after 9 rounds.   
 
All 36 spellers competed with honor and we are proud of each and every one of these courageous and clever students! On behalf of the Spelling Bee Club Team, we would like to THANK the Rockwell PTA, the library and office staff, Rita the custodian, and Ms. Gometz for pronouncing several rounds of the Final Bee. THANK YOU also to parents and volunteers who provided support and encouragement to our team all year. We couldn't have done it without you!
 
The Spelling Bee Club Team
Sarita Valji, Barbara Puk, Chamu Kallem
Chandrika Sista and Supraja Dusi
READ ACROSS AMERICA!

Rockwell Celebrates READ ACROSS AMERICA!

This year marks the nineteenth anniversary of Read Across America, a time in which we honor Dr. Seuss and celebrate reading. RAA is sponsored annually by The National Education Association and focuses on motivating children to read. The celebration takes place each year on Dr. Seuss's birthday (Wednesday, March 2nd) when schools, libraries and community centers participate by bringing together kids and books. 

Rockwell will be celebrating RAA with a weeklong tribute February 29th to March 4th. You'll see many signs of our celebration around the school... balloons, student art, Green Eggs & Ham lunch option, Kindergarten Pajamas & Books author event, a Cat in the Hat Spirit Day on Friday, and daily drop everything and read breaks. 
For more information visit: www.nea.org/readacross.

Let's keep reading a priority - grab your hat and read with the cat!

Teacher Librarian
SALMON VOLUNTEERS NEEDED


HELP OUR 4th GRADE STUDENTS FEED THE FISH!



The salmon have begun to emerge!  If you took a look at the tank last week, you'll have noticed a few fry swimming around.  All salmon fry should be ready to feed in a week or so.  

If you are a parent of a 4th grader, please, please consider volunteering as a salmon feeding supervisor.  I need 4 to 8 more volunteers.  Your job will be super easy, there is no tank maintenance required, and I will provide training and handouts. 

If I cannot get enough volunteers, your students will miss out on this opportunity to feed the fish.  

The fish, the 4th graders, and I greatly appreciate your help.  You can reach me via email ( jeaniehahn@hotmail.com ) or by phone  (425 556 0839 ).
 
Thank you!
Jeanie Hahn (PTA Salmon-in-the-Classroom Chair)
RUNNING CLUB SPRING SESSION STARTS THIS WEEK!

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
FAMILY DANCE PARTY - NEON GLOW THEME 

It's almost time for the All School Dance! 
The theme is: NEoN  GloW

Friday, March 18th
6pm - 8pm
Redmond High School Cafeteria
$5.00/per person admission (Volunteers get one free admission)

Bring the whole family and dance with your kids (or watch them boogie with their friends) at THE event of the year. The black light photo booth is also making a return!

*Children must be accompanied by an adult - this is not a drop-off event. 

We are looking for PARENT   VOLUNTEERS 
to help us in set up, ticket sales, concession sales and clean up.  Please sign up here on the PTA website today for a short shift. Time slots are only 45 minutes so you will still have time to boogie. (Volunteers get one free admission!)


If you have any questions please contact: 
Mary Anne Blake - Dance Chair
Jennifer Myrick - PTA VP Events

ANNOUNCING PTA ROLES AND NEEDS FOR 2016/17

Rockwell Parents: 

Your help is needed to keep our PTA Board and enriching programs running next year for our students and school community!  This past year, too many of the same people were performing multiple volunteer jobs. Many of our board members chaired events as no one stepped up to chair them.

Let's  all take part in some way next year.
 
We need some fresh faces next year to help "even the load" and to continue bringing awesome programs and events to our students and school community.  We also encourage more dads to serve on the board or in other positions around the school. Most positions can be shared with a co-chair. Grab a friend, your neighbor, or your significant other and volunteer together! 

Think you can't volunteer because you work? Not true! 9 out of our 12 current board members work outside the home and our meetings are in the evenings.
 
Each and every parent: Please strongly consider how you can help our school by thoroughly reviewing the available openings. 
 
Your kids are the future of our school and so are YOU
 
CLICK HERE to view all open positions. THANK YOU!
UPCOMING MUSIC PERFORMANCES

5th grade - March 4th during the day in the Library (teachers to send details to their class)
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
APRIL 26TH BOND MEASURE INFO
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
MATH CHALLENGE #10

Math Challenge #10 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, March 3rd (before  3pm).

Let the challenge begin!
5TH GRADE PARENTS GOING TO R.M.S. NEXT YEAR

5th Grade Families - Redmond Middle School PTSA Nominations are Open!

Did you know that every PTA member is eligible to be a board member? The RMS PTSA nominating committee is currently looking for people interested in being a PTSA leader for the 2016-2017 school year. Will you have a student at RMS next year? Do you have an hour a week to give in support of  programs that help children to be successful students? READ MORE
QUICK LINKS - IN EVERY ISSUE
-View Rockwell's Peachjar E-Flyers - a great resource for community events, classes and camps.

- 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
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Sincerely,
Angie Ballas
Beagle Bugle Editor
Norman Rockwell Elementary PTA