PTA Newsletter 
In This Issue
Happy Holidays from PTA
Safety at Rockwell - New Procedures
Last Week of Fall Running Club
Choir Performances This Week
Save the Date
Heritage Night - Host a Country!
Ellipsis Math Updates
Math Challenge #5 Winners
Chess Tournament
Vision & Hearing Screening
Extra, Extra - Little Pieces of News
Quick Links
(Filtered for Rockwell)

Dec. 14, Mon
Toys due for Hopelink Toydrive

Dec. 21st - Jan.1st
No School - Winter Break

Jan. 4th Monday
 School Resumes

Jan. 9th, Sat
Rockwell Chess Tournament

Jan. 14, Thurs
Vision & Hearing Screening

Jan. 18, Mon
No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan. 21st, Thurs
General PTA Meeting - All Welcome
7pm, Rockwell Library

Jan. 22, Fri
Heritage Night 6:30-8:30 pm

Jan. 26, 28, 29
Half-Day Conferences 11:30 am Release


Rockwell PTA wants to wish all our families a happy holiday season, winter break and safe travels. Many thanks and appreciation to those who have donated time and energy to our school, children, and PTA programs. We couldn't do it all without you! There will be lots of opportunities in the New Year for volunteering and we hope to see everyone get involved somehow throughout the year. Don't forget to mark your calendar for the January General Membership Meeting on the 21st. 
See you in 2016!

Dear Rockwell Families,
We take the safety of your children very seriously. Please read the attached letter about revised trainings that all Redmond Schools are doing this year to help us prepare for what to do in the event of a specific type of emergency. I urge you to follow the link and to attend one of our community meetings to learn more.
Additionally, we will be changing our building practices slightly with the new year. When students return from break, we will no longer have any classes line up inside the building in the morning. Ms. Toedtli, Ms. Rasmussen, and Ms. White will all communicate their new line up spots to their families and show the location to their students this week, and we will begin using these locations for line up when we return from break on  January 4.
If parents need to gain access to the school, please continue to use the main entrance by the office, and please - always sign in and out. Our staff is committed to safety, and need to make sure that everyone in the building should be here at all times. The outer doors will be opened by teachers to let their students in at the start of the day, but will otherwise be kept locked. If they are closed, students and parents must head to the main entrance to enter the building.
We thank you in advance for your cooperation, and very much appreciate your help in keeping Rockwell a safe school.
Principal, Norman Rockwell Elementary School

This is the last week of running club until spring. There are several kids who are just laps away from completing their first marathon and we have a couple of students working on their second!  

If you can spend time THIS  Tuesday  and  Thursday  at school (weather permitting)  11:30-1:10 , please sign up for one of the four remaining spaces. We only have one volunteer so far. Sign up HERE

Come support our Rockwell Choir as they sing at the following locations this season:

-Thurs. Dec. 17 at 11:00 am  at Crossroads Mall
-Friday Dec. 18  - two assemblies at Rockwell  8:45-9:15  and  9:30-10:00 am.

It's always nice to see familiar faces in the crowd!



January 25th - 29th - Rockwell Restaurant Week.
February 5th - Family BINGO  6:30-8:30pm
February 19th -Movie Night  6:30-8:30pm .
Rockwell's Heritage Night is quickly approaching on Jan. 22nd and is a wonderful opportunity for our families to learn more about our diverse community!

Approximately 15 "Country of Origin" tables/booths are available for anyone interested in participating. Participants will be given a tri-fold presentation board to decorate with interesting facts and artifacts from the country. Sharing music, games, and traditional clothing is also encouraged. There will be no food or potluck table this year (only prepackaged food or food prepared in a commercial kitchen is allowed). 

Please contact Jennifer Myrick if you would like to sponsor a country/booth. Space is limited. This would make a great project for the winter break. More information and volunteer opportunities coming soon from the Heritage Night Chairs!

Thank you,
Jennifer Myrick/PTA CO-VP Events

End of the calendar year was full of great math competition and achievements. 

At the end of November 2015 Norman Rockwell hosted Noetic Learning Math Contest. 45 states took part in this great math event. Top 10% made to National Honor Roll and will get medals:
2nd gr.: Steven H
3rd gr.: Udhay G, Aanika T,  Rushaan M, Sota E
4th gr.: Peter X
5th gr.: Kirill U, Jennifer L, Fredo G

The following students made to the Honorable Mention
2nd gr.: Trisha L
3rd gr.: Shiven K
4th gr.: Tooba M, Aliya F, Maria S, Inaya K, Shaunak L, Shriya T, Nishita B, Shriya T, Yunwei L, Neha S
5th gr.:  Hannah L, Ellie H, Tony W, Emily L, Sohil B, Shivas K, 

On Friday December 4th Norman Rockwell Elementary hosted Math Challenge Tournament. Around half thousand students from Lake Washington School district took part in this event. It was both challenging and fun. These awesome kids will receive medals.
3rd gr. : Udhay G (3rd place)
4th gr.: Peter X (1st place)
5th gr.: Kirill U (2nd place), Amol V (3rd place)
Top scorers from Rockwell, who are not placed in the top 3 and will get medals:
2nd gr.: Sriram W, Eva X, Winson W
3rd gr.: Aanika T

On Saturday December 12th two fifth graders from our school participated in Federal Way Math Contest. As a team they achieved 5th place. It is a challenging math contest with many rounds of ciphering, individual and team work. Kirill U. finished 2nd among the 4th/5th graders.  Our congratulations.  

Special thanks to the parents who support our competitions as scorers, proctors, volunteers and bring up bright students. 

M ath Coach  -  Ellipsis Math Enrichment

Thanks for all those who participated in Math Challenge #5.

Congratulations to the following winners: Winson W, Cam F, Ian C, Emily L, Aarvin R, Sydney K, Nishita B, Ori A, Alexander C, Rushaan M, Angela L, Ava A

The next Math Challenge will be available online  Friday December 18th after  3pm

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

*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.    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.

*5th Grade Skiing Families: 5th Graders in WA State can apply for a free season ski pass to Steven's Pass. Find out More Info HERE

*Holiday Musical Theater: The Happy Elf is presented by the Redmond Academy of Theater Arts and features a cast of youth actors from elementaries, middle and high schools all over Redmond/Education Hill (including a current Rockwell student and at least 5 recent Rockwell alumni). This jazzy show written by Harry Connick Jr is full of music and fun with 5 performances THIS week. 
December 17th @ 7pm
December 18th @ 7pm
December 19th @ 2pm and 7pm
December 20th @ 2pm
-At R.H.S. Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $15 for Adults and $12 for Children/Seniors. Tickets are available at the door or online.  More info found here . Join the magic this weekend!

*LARGE TABLE NEEDEDThe 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

*COMPUTER AVAILABLE FOR PARENTS: If you (or a Rockwell family you know) is in need of access to a computer with internet (for signing up for school programs and registering for school events etc...) please know that a computer in the Rockwell library is available for your use during school hours. Just check in at the office before you head to the library and touch base with the librarian prior to use. Thanks! (Also, note that the Redmond Library allows computer use as well). 
- 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