PTA Newsletter 
In This Issue
Reflections Art Winners
Scholarship Basket Auction
Art For Kids - Winter Semester
Chess Tournament
Vision & Hearing Screening
LWSD Feedback Survey
Middle School Info Nights
Explorer Community School Info
Table Needed for Staff Lounge
Quick Links
(Filtered for Rockwell)

Dec. 3, Thurs
Final Bids due for 
LWPTSA Scholarship Basket Auction

Dec. 6 & 7
Lottery Deadlines for Winter Semester of Art for Kids - See article below for details

Dec. 9, Weds
Redmond Region Elementary 
Orchestra Concert
7-8pm @ R.M.S. Gym

Dec. 21st - Jan.1st
No School - Winter Break
(School resumes on Jan.4th)

A big round of applause to all the Norman Rockwell students who participated in the PTSA Reflections Art Program Contest this year! Thank you parents for encouraging your children to participate in this program and for coming to the Reflections showcase at our School. We would also like to thank all our judges for taking out time to judge our entries and support our Reflections Program.

We had amazing entries this year. Winners of the Reflections program at our school are:

1st Place- Sanj S. - "Goodnight, Annie!"                                          
2nd Place- Atul V. - "Floating Islands"                                
3rd Place- Sawar S. - "Shelly's Perfect Habitat"                                                                                                                     
VISUAL ARTS (Intermediate)
1st Place- Elisa K. - "Spreading the happiness around the world"                                                                                    
2nd Place- Kaden D. - "The Trio"                                           
3rd Place- Layla A. - "Fairy Tale Magic"                                                                                                                         
1st Place- Cleofus B. - "The Silly cubs and the dragon"

LITERATURE (Intermediate)
1st Place- Annabelle E. - "If I could fly"                                                                                                                        
PHOTOGRAPHY (Intermediate)
1st Place- Rayna H. - "Artist Paint Pots Spring"

MUSIC (Primary)
1st Place-Lachlan C. - "Travel"

MUSIC (Intermediate)
1st Place-Ian C. - "Travel"

We are also proud to mention that few more of the entries scored high enough to advance to the next level of Judging and have made it to the LWPTSA Council along with the winning entries at our school!

Other qualifying entries that made their way into the Council are:

Ava A. - "Bubble World"                                                      
Owen U. - "Dragon Castle"

VISUAL ARTS (Intermediate)
Makenzie B. - "Daydream"

LITERATURE (Intermediate)
Chloe H. - "Dreams"

Participation Certificates and Ribbons will be distributed to the students this week. Entries that did not make it to the Council level will also be returned back to the students along with their certificates and ribbons.

Reflections Open House at the LWSD Resource Center is scheduled for January 8th, from 6-8pm. Please do visit the center to support our school entries and to appreciate the beautiful artwork on display from around our district.

Rockwell PTA Reflections Co-Chairs/2015

The 2015 Scholarship Basket Auction, one of the few splurges of the season you can feel GOOD about! Check out this year's baskets. You are sure to fall in love with one - or more!

Thanks to the generosity of our local PTAs and community sponsors that donate baskets for Auction every year, the Lake Washington PTSA Council can provide scholarships for high school students seeking post-secondary education and for teacher training.

Stop by the LWSD Resource Center during office hours this week (located at Redmond Town Center) to place your bid or, better yet, join us on Thursday, December 3, starting at 10:15 am, to enjoy some delicious refreshments, participate in our raffle and - of course - to keep a close watch on that basket you covet!

Link to Basket Auction details is found here

Happy Bidding!
Art for Kids School will be offering after school art classes at Norman Rockwell Elementary for the Winter/Spring 2016 semester. Because of the great interest in these classes, spaces in the classes will be chosen by a drawing from those who have submitted registration forms.
Classes will take place after school on :
  • Mondays from 3:10-4:10 pm (ages 5-8), 4:25-5:25 pm (all ages) 
  • Wednesdays from 1:45-2:45 pm (ages 5-8), 3:00-4:00 pm (ages 9-12), and 4:15-5:15 pm (all ages). 
Please visit the Art for Kids page on the PTA website for full details & information, semester dates, pricing, and to register for the lottery.

You may register for the lottery online (at the above link) -or- print a registration/lottery form and return it to the Art for Kids box in the school office.
Registration deadlines for the lottery:  
Sunday, December 6 (online lottery registration)
Monday, December 7 at 3:05pm (hard copy lottery registration).
For more information on the registration/lottery, please contact: 
PTA Art For Kids Chair
One parent/guardian MUST volunteer to be at the school during at least one art class during the semester for each student attending an AFKS class. This is required under the PTA program rules.
Rockwell will host a chess tournament on Saturday,  January 9, 2016
It's open to any student in grades K-6. 
Levels are K-1, 2-3 and 4-6 grades.
There is discount for early registration. Please follow this link for tournament details and registration information.

Parent volunteers are needed to help this tournament run smoothly. We will not be able to run the tournament without the help of volunteers (and we might have to cancel it if we don't find any)! Shifts are available in set-up, clean up, concessions, and registration. Sign up here asap!

Thank you,
Rockwell Chess Club Chair 

Rockwell's Vision and Hearing Screening Day will be on 
Thursday, January 14th.  MANY parent volunteers are needed to make this day go smoothly for students and staff.  No experience is necessary.  School nurses from the district will train parent volunteers in screening.  A school nurse will recheck any child with a questionable screening result.  The only requirements are your time, willingness, and being an approved volunteer with the district.  Sorry, but no preschoolers/toddlers/infants are allowed to come along for this volunteer opportunity.  
We are in need of volunteers for a morning shift (8:15-11:15am) or an afternoon shift (11:45am-2:00pm), or come for the full day (8:15am-2:00pm) for double the fun!  Lunch will be provided for full day volunteers. 
You can sign up to volunteer here on the Rockwell PTA Website.   

Please contact us  with any questions.

Thank you,
Jan Stemple and Karen Hernan
VHS Co-Chairs
We Value Your Feedback

One of the goals of Lake Washington School district is to engage our communities. We welcome and value parent and community feedback, and each year we administer two district-wide parent and community surveys:

1.     An annual climate survey  
Each year we survey parents and community members to seek feedback about school learning environments, academic standards, communication, student support and more. This district and schools carefully reviews the feedback collected each year to help inform our continuous improvement processes. It helps us to understand what we are doing well and how we can continue to improve. This survey was last administered in spring of 2015. 
You can see the results from last spring's survey by clicking here.  We are now moving this survey to the fall, as we have another survey in the spring that focuses on specific program efforts.
2.    An annual program survey
Each spring we survey parents to seek feedback about specific district programs and initiatives. The district carefully reviews the feedback collected each year and uses it to help inform our strategic planning processes. Look for this survey in spring 2016.
In addition for many years our district has had an ongoing telephone poll in place. Pacific Market Research places calls on behalf of the Lake Washington School District to seek feedback from parents and community members. We regularly review the feedback collected and analyze the data trends over time.
Fall climate survey launching now:  Since we are moving the annual climate survey to the fall, your chance to weigh in is happening now. In order to participate,  Click on this link   or past this link into a web browser:
Please feel free to forward the link to friends and neighbors. We would also like to hear from community members who do not have students in our schools. The survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes. The survey will close on Friday, December 18.
We appreciate your time. District-wide results from the survey will be shared on the "Your Voice" page of the district website. School-wide results for selected questions will be published as part of each school's annual report, which will be distributed to all parents next fall.
Principal, Norman Rockwell Elementary School

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.  

LWSD Choice schools are open to all students in the district. All of the district's choice schools offer rigorous academic programs and unique opportunities for student learning. Students must apply to be considered for enrollment in the school. Each choice school uses the district's common application. These schools are small by design so there are enrollment limits. A lottery and waitlist system is used to place students when applications exceed vacancies. As part of the application and lottery process, attendance at the choice school's information night is highly recommended. Applications will be available on the district and choice school websites.

Link to brochure on Choice Schools with descriptions of schools, DATES for all the info nights, and registration info. Most are in January, but EAS (Environmental and Adventure School) is coming up on 12/15.
Lake Washington School District parents are invited to Explorer Community School's Enrollment Information Night - Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 6:30pm at the Emily Dickinson school commons - 7040 208th Ave. NE Redmond, WA.  Attendance at this evening information night is highly encouraged for all families who wish to enroll a child for the 2016/2017 school year. We are unable to offer childcare; therefore this is an adult only evening.  Details regarding Explorer enrollment can be found HERE or call (425) 936-2533.
The table in the teacher's lounge is on its last leg. Literally.  A new (or slightly used) table is being requested by the staff to replace the current unstable table.  Ideally, a table that seats 10+ is needed.

If you have a table or funds to donate, please contact Stacy Hatch.

Thank you.
- 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