Beagle Bugle
newsletter 11.24.14
In This Issue
Directory Advertising
Math Tournament
December Music Events
Reflections Congrats
Event Chairs Needed
Fundraising Help
Scholarship Basket Auction
Boundary Process Meeting
Art For Kids Winter/Spring 2015
Extra Extra! (Choice School Info Sessions and more)
In Every Issue
Link to District Calendar (Filter for Rockwell)

Nov. 24, Monday
-Picture Re-takes
-Advertising for Directory Due

Nov. 26, 27, 28 -Thanksgiving Break
Weds: 1/2 day - 11:30 release
Thurs & Fri: No School

Dec. 1, Monday
Boundary Process - 
Community Feedback Meeting
6:30 pm R.H.S.

Dec. 6 - Mid January
LWSD Choice Schools Info Sessions
(See "Extra, Extra" Section below 
for more details)

Dec. 10, Thursday
Elementary Orchestra Concert
7pm at Redmond Middle School

Rockwell Directory Advertising Opportunity!
Local Businesses Welcome

The PTA is now accepting ads from local businesses for print in the Student Directory. Over 500 directories are distributed to the families in the Rockwell community, and it is a great way to promote your business. The cost is $100 per single ad, or $250 for a full-page ad (the size of three singles)!

Please contact Jessica Johnson with your submission. Single ads should be business card sized - 3.5" x 2". Checks made out to Norman Rockwell PTA can be sent to the school office, c/o The Rockwell Directory. Submissions will be accepted until November 24th, and the PTA retains the right to approve or reject advertisements.

The directory is a closed directory, designed solely for personal use between Rockwell students and parents. Potential Advertisers will not receive a directory unless an employee has a student in the school. Information within the directory cannot be used for direct marketing purposes.   

Math Challenge Tournament is coming!!!!


Redmond High School Math Club is hosting the Math Challenge Tournament on February 28, 2015This Tournament is open for Grades 2, 3, 4 and 5. 
You can find details regarding the format, qualification, registration, fees etc here.
FORMS AND PAYMENT DEADLINE: JANUARY 28, 2015. Late submission might be allowed if there are still available spots. 
For additional information or questions, please contact:

Come see our wonderful students in the following musical events:


Dec. 10 - Orchestra Concert - Redmond Middle School gym at 7pm.

Dec. 13 - Rockwell Elementary Choir -  Redmond Town Center at noon

Dec. 16 - Rockwell Elementary Choir - Crossroads Mall Center Stage at 11am


Nancy McKay

Rockwell Elementary School General Music and Choir

Redmond Region Elementary String Orchestra

Congrats Reflections Participants! 


The World Would be a Better Place if... 

A big thank-you to all the Rockwell artists who participated in the 2014 PTA Reflections art contest! We had many beautiful entries in a variety of categories.

A special congratulations to students whose entries scored high enough to advance to the next level of judging! If you did not pick up your ribbon at the Reflections reception, they will be distributed to you via kid mail, but your art entries will move to the LWSD Resource center for level 2 judging. 

Entries qualifying for the next round were:

Visual Art
Primary 1st Place: Owen H, Kindergarten. Garbage Space Robot
Primary 2nd Place: Layla A, 2nd. Let's Work it Out
Primary 3rd Place: Angela L, Kindergarten. A Beautiful World in Everyone

Intermediate 1st Place: Lina A, 5th. Colorful World
Intermediate 2nd Place: Makenzie B, 4th. Life in the Coral
Intermediate 3rd Place (tie): Malgorzata K, 5th. Miraculous Medicine
Intermediate 3rd Place (tie:) Jack P, 5th. SS Burger Boat.

Malone L, 5th Scarred Beauty

Ori A, 3rd. If the World Would be a Better Place, then... 
Music Composition 
Freyja D, 3rd. Falling Leaves

All other participants will have their work and ribbons distributed to them. Congratulations again, students! Your work was amazing this year! 


Emily Papel & Felice Nightengale
Reflections co-chairs. 

We have a new VP of Events!  Many thanks to Rockwell parent Jennifer Myrick for stepping up to plate. 


That said, she really needs some chairs/co-chairs to help make our fun family events happen this year!  If we have no chairs, the events will need to be canceled. Please consider chairing/co-chairing one of the events!


-Heritage Night - Jan 22: Chair or Co-Chairs needed ASAP!
-Disco Bingo - February 6th: Co-Chair needed 
-All School Dance - Date TBA: Co-Chair needed
-Ice Cream Social - May 21st: Chair or Co-Chairs needed


Please email Jennifer Myrick if you can help.

Are you great at finding deals and raising money? This position is perfect for someone who is good at finding creative ways to raise money for Rockwell's PTA. 


-Coordinate annual "Pass The Hat" fundraiser at Curriculum night (and beyond)

-Stay up-to-date, find, and apply for: Local money saving programs (scrips programs at local stores such as PCC and Bartells etc), box tops, contests, local restaurant nights, local or national PTA or corporate grants etc...


Please email Cari Scotkin if you can help!


Please visit the LWSD Resource Center (in Redmond Town Center) and bid on one or more of many beautiful and creative baskets any time between now and Dec 6th. This auction raises funds for Scholarships which graduating seniors and staff in our district. Rockwell's basket theme this year is Thundercats--Toys and Treats for Seattle Kitties!

New this year! Final bidding and the close of the auction will take place at our first ever Holiday Social and Gift Wrapping on the evening of Saturday, December 6,  2 - 6 pm at  the Lake Washington Resource Center. Do some shopping in Redmond and then stop by for the final bidding. Enjoy some cookies, coffee, and hot chocolate and let us wrap your gifts!  More Info on the Basket Auction here.


Keep up with the district's boundary process, taking place now to determine new school boundaries for the 2015-16 school year. Updates on the process are posted on the district website in the News section. On the right side of that page is a link to sign up for email updates when new information is posted. If you are interested in following this process, in addition to signing up for the updates, mark your calendar to attend one of the four Feedback Meetings where staff, parents and community members will weigh in on possible boundary options. 


Redmond Learning Community Feedback Meeting: 

Redmond High School - Commons 

Monday, December 1, 6:30 - 8:00 pm. 


Art For Kids School will continue to provide our kids with after school art classes in the winter/spring 2015 session.  Session will run from January 5 though June 3.  Tuition is $225 for Monday classes and $264.50 for Wed classes, plus $5 registration fee.  All supplies are included, with the exception of $30 bronze casting fee in the spring.  A limited number of scholarships is available from AFKS.  Please inquire at 360-539-9220. 

Class schedule is:

Mondays, 3:10-4:10 for ages 5-8
Mondays, 4:25-5:25 for all ages
Wed, 1:45-2:45 for ages 5-8
Wed, 3-4pm for ages 9-12
Wed, 4:15-5:15 for all ages

Registration will be done through random lottery as there are only 15 spaces in each class and demand is typically high.  To enter your child into the lottery, please submit the following required information to Natasha Hawthorn (Rockwell PTA Art For Kids chair) by Friday, December 12:

Child's name:
Guardian 1 name/phone/email:
Guardian 2 name/phone/email:
1st choice class time:
2nd choice class time:

Lottery winners will be notified by Monday, December 15.  Payment will need to be made to AFKS by Thursday, December 18 in order to guarantee your child's spot in class.

Please submit one entry form (email) per child.  A limited number of paper forms will be available in the school office.

Natasha Hawthorn

Art For Kids Chair

-Choice Schools Info Sessions: Info Sessions for the various LWSD Choice schools begin Dec. 6 and run through January. See the Tandem Calendar for full list of dates, times, and locations of the meetings. Check Here for application process and more information. 

-Corporate Matching! Please remember to submit the donations you made to the Rockwell PTA (Pass the Hat etc...) to your employer's corporate matching program asap

-Lost and Found is overflowing! Unclaimed items will be donated after Dec. 19th. Come find your things asap!

-Will you be shopping this weekend? 
  • Give a little back to Rockwell PTA by using our AmazonSmile link!  Bookmark it and use the link every time you shop.


  • Also, Everything Party in Downtown Redmond donates a portion of your purchase back to Rockwell PTA. (Just tell them "ring this up for Norman Rockwell Elementary" at the beginning of the transaction.)

-Volunteer Application:  Whether you want to volunteer regularly (or even just occasionally) in your child's classroom, attend a field trip, help out at a special PTA event, or assist in various capacities around the school (such as in the health room), you will need to complete an 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 info, school events, important dates, and more on our Facebook Page.  

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