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IN THIS ISSUE:


  • Special meeting - Please attend.
  • National PTA School of Excellence Survey (repeat)
  • Membership Drive
  • Yearbook -lots of info here!
  • Reflections program (Updated)
  • Disability Awareness
  • Fall 2020 Math Challenge Tournament
  • Math Challenge #3
  • PTA October Events! Check for links to dance party THIS FRIDAY!
  • Dine Out Volunteer Needed

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • October 26 - Costume Contest Begins
  • October 28 - Reflections due
  • October 30 - Monster Mash Dance Party - Virtual
  • November 5 - Special Meeting to vote in budget
  • November 5 - Math Challenge #3
  • November 6 - Fetch Day

Attention parents and PTA members. 

Thank you to all of you who joined last week’s General Membership Meeting. We had a great presentation on Inclusion in our school community, both from our very own Jamie Kivela and the TIES Center at University of Minnesota. It was a great discussion!
 
Unfortunately, we did not have quorum by the end of the meeting when we were presenting our Standing Rules and Budget for approval, so I am calling a special meeting to review those and get them approved. This meeting will be on Thursday, Nov 5 at 7pmWe have had to make many adjustments to the budget compared to what we presented in the spring due to the ongoing pandemic. Please join us so that we may approve the standing rules and the budget. The budget must be approved in order for us to fund, among other items, the academic and grade-level grants for our teachers. You must be a paid PTA member in order to vote. 
Microsoft Teams meeting
Join on your computer or mobile app
 
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Dear Families, Administrators and Teachers:

The Norman Rockwell PTA knows that a strong partnership among our families, school leaders and community members is important to the success of our students and school. That’s why we are participating in the National PTA School of Excellence program, which grows partnerships between PTAs and schools to enrich the educational experience and overall well-being of all students.

At a National PTA School of Excellence, families feel welcomed and empowered to support student success, and PTA is a key partner for continuous school improvement. We feel Norman Rockwell Elementary and Norman Rockwell PTA can achieve that together—and the result will be national, state and community-wide visibility for the positive impact we are making together at Norman Rockwell Elementary.

We need your help! As part of the process, National PTA requests feedback from families, administrators and teachers at two points in the school year—the beginning and the end. Your feedback will help us improve our family-school partnership and achieve excellence.

Please take 5-10 minutes to reflect on your experience at our school and complete this survey. Select the answer that most accurately expresses how you feel about your experience. This survey is completely anonymous.

Does this sound like a PTA program you’d really like to help with? Join us! Click https://bitly.com/BeagleBest to get started. 
Please support our school, Rockwell students and parents!
It was hard for us not to be able to meet and greet everyone at the PTA table on the Dog Day. However, Rockwell PTA is still here to support parents and students of Rockwell. We’d love to meet everyone at the General Membership Meeting.
Now more than ever, parents need to stay connected to help support children in any way we possibly can. With remote learning, activities and events are not the same, but our membership remains strong. We ask all parents to join our membership to be part of Rockwell PTA.
Parents Belong in PTA:
PTA stands for Parent Teacher Association. Every parents, teachers, even students are part of PTA. For only $18/person, you can become a PTA member, joining more than 4 million other people who share your interest in issues affecting children. Everyone—parents, educators, students and other citizens active in their schools and communities—is invited to join our not-for-profit parent association. The number one reason to join the Parent Teacher Association is to benefit your child. In doing so, you also help your school.
Advantages of PTA Membership:
- Get Connected — There’s no better way to know what’s happening in your school. - Discover Great Resources —The PTA offers a variety of programs designed for students as well as parents.
- Tap into a Network — PTA functions are opportunities to meet other parents and teachers, building rapport and discussing issues that are on your mind. You can share ideas, concerns, and experiences.
- Speak Up —PTA can be a way for you to more effectively suggest change at your child’s school.
- Be a Role Model —By becoming a PTA member, you’ll be demonstrating to your child the importance you place on education.
- Enjoy Substantial Benefits — Individuals and local units can take advantage of a host of benefits from PTA membership including discounts and offers from member benefits providers and sponsors, magazine subscriptions, leadership training, e-newsletters and much more.
Join Rockwell PTA now. Click here. To learn more about Rockwell PTA visit our website at www.normanrockwellpta.org. If you have any questions, please contact me at member-ship@normanrockwellpta.org
Thank you and hope to see you soon,
Juju Ratanaprateepporn
Membership Chair/ Parent Volunteer



  • 2019-2020 Yearbook Distribution: Last Call! 
If you haven't had a chance to pick up last year's yearbook, we will be distributing them again at the next Fetch Day (Nov 6) from 1pm -3pm. If you are unsure if you ordered one or need to make other pick-up arrangements, please email yearbook@normanrockwellpta.org.

  • Unity Day Photos!
If you have any photos of your students wearing orange or holding up their orange hearts for Unity Day, we would love to include them in the yearbook! 
Please feel free to e-mail them to yearbookphotos@normanrockwellpta.org.



2020-2021 Yearbook Available for Pre-Order!
Pre-orders are now open! You can place your order by going to the Lifetouch<https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/SelectJob> and using Yearbook ID #4886521. Please order soon as we only print a limited amount.
Softcover Yearbooks are $25
Hardcover Yearbooks are $30



Happy Disability Awareness Month!
 
It’s a time to celebrate all those around us living with disabilities. How do you do this, you ask? Here are some suggestions!
·         Research history and information on people living with disabilities.
·         Make an effort to create meaningful relationships with those who may have a different ability than yourself.
·         Have conversations with your friends and family around accepting differences of all people.
·         Lead a life with purpose to promote and actively create inclusion for all.
 
Need some additional ideas? Here is an Inclusion BINGO flyer with links to expand your knowledge on how to celebrate disability acceptance. Enjoy!



REFLECTIONS ART COMPETITION
"I Matter Because…"
Reflections entries are due this week!

The Reflections Program is a National PTA and Washington State PTA cultural arts competition which was started in 1969 and is the largest arts in education program of its kind in the United States. The purpose of the program is to provide an opportunity for students to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works, created around a specific theme. A student may submit an entry in any of the following six arts categories, or as a special artist (an option for students with disabilities who receive services under IDEA or Section 504):

Music Composition
*Please note that the LWPTSA is unable to accept 3D art for 2020-2021.


Deadline for Entries: Wednesday, 10/28

To submit your entry · Complete the Rockwell application (a fillable pdf) here · Upload your entry and entry form here
If you are having difficulties with the links, or have any questions, email us at reflections@normalrockwellpta.org



Fall 2020 Math Challenge Tournament
The Math Challenge Tournament organized by Ellipsis Academy will be held online this year on Saturday, December 12, 2020. All registered students can start the test anytime between 10am – 5pm PST (Pacific Standard Time). Once students have started the test, they will have one hour to complete it in one sitting. This tournament is open to Grade 1 – 6 students. Students in Grade 1 will be competing at a Grade 2 level.
If you are interested in participating in this tournament, you can find more info at https://www.ellipsisacademy.com/fall-2020-math-challenge-tournament.html.
How to register:
- You can start registering now. Registration will close on Monday, Nov 23rd at 8 pm.
- Our school participates in the MCT School Give Back Program. 15% of the registration fees will be given back to our school’s PTA, if students/parents provide our school’s 3-digit code during registration. Rockwell’s code is 142.
- Go to the website: https://www.ellipsisacademy.com/fall-2020-math-challenge-tournament.html
Please contact us if you have any question or if you need additional information about this tournament.
Janelle Urfer
Wency Yan


Math Challenge #3 Due by Thursday, November 5th.Math Challenge #3 is now available here. Please feel free to try more questions than the minimum required for your grade level in order to qualify. Grab some friends and family and work on the challenges together! Once your student completes the challenge, email their paper by the due date to mathchallenge@normanrockwellpta.org
The due date for Math Challenge #3 is Thursday, Nov. 5th by 3:20pm. 
Please contact us if you have any question or if you need additional information about this program.
Let the challenge begin!


Rockwell Families - Please join us for the PTA’s virtual monster mash dance party on Friday, October 30th. Join in costume if you have one, and dance the night away with your friends! Use the Teams’ codes below to access the grade-level parties:
 
Kindergarten: 5:00pm https://tinyurl.com/yyvosvlx
1st grade: 5:30pm https://tinyurl.com/y4bu6soy
2nd grade: 6:00pm https://tinyurl.com/y4x45fln
3rd grade:6:30pm https://tinyurl.com/y4ejkmn2
4th grade: 7:00 https://tinyurl.com/y5nb6999
5th grade: 7:30 https://tinyurl.com/yxte2hoz
  • Rockwell Families - the PTA is pleased to announce our first ever virtual Halloween costume contest! On Monday, October 26th please check Norman Rockwell PTA's facebook page for details. We'll have a costume contest for each grade level (ie, a kindergarten contest, 1st grade contest, etc.). Post a picture of your kiddo all dressed up in their Halloween costume. The costume in each grade level that gets the most likes/reactions will be crowned the winner. Each grade level winner will win a bucket full of Halloween candy. Keep in mind that our facebook page is not private, so be mindful not to include any photographs that reveal things like your home address. Happy hauntings from the PTA! 
Ongoing through the month of October: If you and your family would like to share photos of your Halloween or Fall decorations at your house, please send a picture to events@normanrockwellpta.org. We will then post the picture of your festive decorations on the PTA's Facebook page. For safety reasons, please be mindful of sending pictures that have your house number listed. We do not have editing capabilities, and will share any photos that you send, exactly as is. 


Looking for a volunteer to run Dine Outs
 
Are you used to volunteering for spelling or reading? Are you missing out on planning that Halloween party? Well, the PTA is looking for a volunteer to run this year’s “Dine-Outs” (or take-outs as the case may be). We do not have a VP of Fundraising this year, and we could really use some assistance with this program. It is a relatively simple program, and time commitment is low. If you are interested, please reach out to president@normanrockwellpta.org.



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