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IN THIS ISSUE:

  • Message from the President
  • Virtual Coffee with the Principal
  • Back to School Virtual Dance Party!
  • Yearbook Back to School Photos
  • New & International Families Virtual Welcome Event
  • Band and Orchestra for 5th Grade
  • Room Parent Volunteer Training Date
  • Class photos from Last Year (Due 9/25!)
  • Room Parent Volunteer Training
  • Volunteer opportunities
IMPORTANT DATES:

  • September 15 - Online Parent Information meeting for 5th grade Band
  • September 16 - New & International Families Virtual Welcome Event
  • September 17 - Virtual Coffee with the Principal, 9:00 AM - 10:00AM
  • September 17 - Online Parent Information meeting for 5th grade Orchestra
  • September 18 - Virtual Back to School Dance Party!
  • September 23 - New & International Families Virtual Welcome Event
  • September 30 - Room Parent Volunteer Training




Hello Rockwell Beagle Parents! 
I hope this message finds you all well, and that you are settling in to remote learning. I have always been proud to be a Rockwell Beagle, but this year, I am wearing our colors with even more pride, as I see the amazing amount of work and dedication our teachers and staff are pouring into our kids. I feel blessed to be part of this amazing community.

Fundraising:
First, let me answer the question you may be asking: “Why are you fundraising if school is remote?” While we recognize that we are all living in difficult times, the PTA is still servicing our school and our Rockwell community. We are committed to fully funding our academic grants for our teachers and specialists. These grants typically cover things like math manipulatives and games, magazine subscriptions, field trips, Toymaker, etc. While the types of items may change this year, the need has not changed, even though we are remote. Seventy percent of our fundraising this year will go toward these academic grants. We also have families in our Rockwell community that are experiencing hardship and are in need. Twenty percent of funds raised will go toward our scholarship fund. The remaining ten percent of funds will go toward administrative costs and unforeseen needs. If your are able, we ask that you please contribute to the PTA this year, even though school is remote. 
  • Annual Beagle Contribution – This is the time of year when the PTA typically holds our annual fundraising campaign, the Annual Beagle Contribution (ABC).   We have lowered our ‘standard’ request this year and are asking all families that are able to please contribute $50 per student to the PTA. If your company matches giving contributions, please consider submitting a request, as these matching funds will be incredibly important for us this year. Donations may be made online. If you would like to give, but prefer to make the donation via check, please reach out to our PTA President, Elaine Bentzinger for details.  I want to be very clear, if your family is unable to give this year, we completely understand.  There are additional ways you can help financially, even if you are unable to participate in the ABC fundraising campaign this year. 
  • Give with BingPlease join “Give with Bing” (it’s free)! Once you navigate to the site, turn Give mode “on” and then search for and select “Norman Rockwell Elementary PTA” as your non-profit of choice. After that, simply use Bing for all your searching needs. The more you search on Bing, the more points you’ll earn—and each month Norman Rockwell PTA will receive a donation.  If you sign up for Give with Bing before Sept. 30, 2020, Microsoft will give you 1,000 points to donate towards the PTA, so start telling your friends and family about this as well! And if you have existing points, you can donate those as well! 
  • Box TopsDid you hit the grocery store today? Costco? Please download the latest Box Tops app on your phone, scan your receipt, and submit. Our Box Tops funds are down considerably since the move to a digital platform, so please do what you can to assist.
  • Microsoft Alumni GivingAre you a Microsoft Alumni? If you are, did you know that every hour you donate to the PTA can be matched with a $10 donation? These funds add up quickly, so please reach out to our PTA President, Elaine Bentzinger for more information. 

And lastly, the PTA has been busy preparing a little “welcome back gift” for each of our students. They will be ready very soon, so please keep an eye out here as well as the Newsletter from Principal Clark for more information. Your student is not going to want to miss this! 

Elaine Bentzinger
PTA President


You're Invited to Virtual Coffee with the Principal on September 17th!

You are cordially invited to our first-ever VIRTUAL "Coffee with Mr. Clark" on Thursday, September 17, at 9:00 AM via Teams. All families are welcome, and the topics for our coffee will include a debrief on our remote launch and an overview of our Inclusion work for the year. To join the meeting, please click on the link below at 9:00 on the 17th:





Virtual Back to School Dance Party
Hello Rockwell families! The PTA is excited to host our first event of the year - a virtual dance party! This will be a chance for each grade level to socialize and connect with their friends, old and new. We'd love to see your kiddos for some silliness and fun. The event will be on Friday, September 18th. Please see below for details on timing for each grade level event, and for a link to join each separate grade-level party.  



We look forward to seeing everyone at the dance party on September 18th! 

Kindergarten: 5:00 - 5:30pm  https://bit.ly/3imA3rt
1st grade: 5:30 - 6:00pm https://bit.ly/3mdD13H
2nd grade: 6:00 - 6:30pm https://bit.ly/32kvBny
3rd grade: 6:30 - 7:00pm https://bit.ly/32kVW4I
4th grade: 7:00 - 7:30pm https://bit.ly/3ioRJmk
5th grade: 7:30 - 8:00pm https://bit.ly/3hpiF46

If you have any questions about the event, or would like to submit a song request, please email events@normanrockwellpta.org 
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Back to School Photos for the yearbook

We were unable to celebrate our return to school in person this year, but we'd still like to acknowledge the excitement of the first day back to school in our yearbook!

If you have any back to school photos (taken at home/workspace) that you'd like to share with the yearbook team, please feel free to e-mail them to yearbookphotos@normanrockwellpta.org


LAKE WASHINGTON SCHOOL DISTRICT AND LAKE WASHINGTON PTSA INVITE YOU TO:

NEW & INTERNATIONAL FAMILIES VIRTUAL WELCOME EVENT

PART 1: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16th, 4:00-6:00pm

Social, Emotional & Community Support for Students & Families


PART 2: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23rd, 4:00-6:00pm

Navigating the School System: Academics in LWSD


Live captions will be available in Chinese, Hindi, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese

You can find the full agenda at www.lwptsa.net

Questions? E-mail Council FACE VP Danit Erlich at face@lwptsa.net




2019-2020 Yearbook Update 

Good news! Our yearbooks from last school year have finally shipped!

Currently we are planning to distribute these during the Rockwell Materials Distribution on September 25th. More info to come! 


5th Grade New and Continuing Band and Orchestra Members

Both new and continuing band or orchestra members are welcome to join 5th Grade Band or Orchestra this year.  

 -Tuesday, Sep. 15th at 6:30 pm for the 5th Grade Band Information Meeting (hosted by band teacher Mrs. Werth)               
  -Thursday, Sept. 17th at 6:30 pm for the 5th Grade Orchestra Information Meeting (hosted by orchestra teacher Ms. Chen)

  • Instruction starts Sep. 21 - two asynchronous lessons a week, with some optional Wednesday live classes. 

If anyone has a delay in getting an instrument before the first week of instruction, that is no problem at all. They can still register and rent an instrument as soon as they can.
Please note that there is a pause on 4th grade band and orchestra at this time. We are only offering the program to new and returning 5th graders.



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Room Parent Volunteer Training
Wednesday Sept 30, 7pm

Please join a Microsoft Team Meeting for more instructions on how to be a remote learning room parent! 
Thank you for those who have signed up, if you would like to join the fun, please see this sign up sheet.

Volunteer Opportunities for this School Year!


  • Room Parent! Every classroom needs 2-3 room parents. These volunteers will be trained by the room parent coordinator to support the teacher and coordinate communication amongst the parents of the children in each classroom. Sign up Here!
  • Art Docent! Also, every grade will need an art docent leader. This person will be trained by the art docent coordinator to help facilitate the beloved art docent program in the virtual classrooms. This will include delivering asynchronous lessons. Sign Up Here!
  • VP of Fundraising! Oversees Annual Beagle Contribution and supports chairs for Dine outs; bi-annual Box Tops and Spirit Wear orders. Supports varying programs like Read A Thon
and other passive income opportunities. Please contact Fundraising@normanrockwellpta.org if
interested in more information.

All of these volunteer opportunities have lots of support and training. Any amount of volunteering would be greatly appreciated!


STAY INFORMED

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