Beagle Bugle
newsletter 12.1.14
In This Issue
Boundary Meeting Tonight
Heritage Night
Event Chairs Needed
December Music Events
Fundraising Help
Scholarship Basket Auction
Math Challenge Update
Math Tournament
Art For Kids Winter/Spring 2015
Extra Extra! (Choice School Info Sessions and more)
In Every Issue
Link to District Calendar (Filter for Rockwell)

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

Dec. 10 - Mid January
LWSD Choice Schools Info Sessions
(See "Extra, Extra" Section below 
for more details)

Dec. 6, Saturday
Last day to bid on LWSD Basket Auction (see below)

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

Mon, Dec. 22- Fri, Jan. 2 
Winter Break/No School
(Return Monday, Jan. 5)


Keep up with the district's boundary process which will 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. 


Redmond Learning Community Feedback Meeting: 

Redmond High School - Commons 

Monday, December 1, 6:30 - 8:00 pm. 


Save the date! Heritage Night will be held January 22, 2015


Many Thanks to Ariane Newell for stepping up to chair this event!  


We still need volunteers and families to sign up for individual booths. This event encourages both students and their parents to share their cultural cuisine, traditional dress and honored customs. Families bring food, share music, pictures and literature from their country . It is a chance to celebrate the global diversity that exists within our school community. It is also a rare opportunity for our children to gain a better understanding and appreciation of what life is like outside of the U.S.  Heritage Night provides an excellent opportunity to educate children about the importance of being global citizens.

Please consider signing up to volunteer and participate in this event.  You can contact Ariane Newell to sign up. Don't delay as this event is coming up quickly!


Jennifer Myrick

VP Events


Chairs and/or co-chairs are needed asap in order for Rockwell's

family events to happen this year!  If we have no chairs, the events will need to be canceled. Please consider chairing/co-chairing one of the following events!


-Disco Bingo - February 6th: 
Additional Co-Chair needed 
-All School Dance - Date TBA (March): 
Additional Co-Chair needed
-Ice Cream Social - May 21st: Chair or Co-Chairs needed


Please email Rockwell PTA's VP of Events,  Jennifer Myrick if you can help.

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


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.


Thanks to everyone who participated in Math Challenge #4. 

Congratulations to the following winners for Math Challenge #4: 

Kelsey H, Atul V, Cooper K, Andrew L, Annelise H, Laya A, Ebru S, Connor N, Anirudh S, Janelle C, Artemiy G and Malgorzata K
Math Challenge #5 will be available for download on Dec. 5, 2014 at 3pm. The due date for Challenge 5 is Dec. 11 at 3pm


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:

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. 10 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!

-Holiday Shopping? 
  • 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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Norman Rockwell Elementary PTA