Beagle Bugle
newsletter 12.8.14
In This Issue
Corporate Matching-ASAP
Math Challenge #5
December Music Events
Vision & Hearing Screening
Heritage Night
Event Chairs Needed
Help with Fundraising
Art For Kids Winter/Spring 2015
Community Event-Beauty & the Beast
Extra Extra!
In Every Issue
Link to District Calendar (Filter for Rockwell)

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

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

Dec. 12, Friday
Deadline for winter/spring Art For Kids registration!  See below for details

Dec. 19, Friday
Lost & Found items will be donated!

Mon, Dec. 22- Fri, Jan. 2 
Winter Break/No School
(Last Day, Friday 12/19 and 
Return Monday, Jan. 5)

Jan. 15, Thursday
Vision and Hearing Screening

Jan. 19, Monday
No School - Martin Luther King Jr Day

Jan. 22, Thursday
Rockwell's Heritage Night 6:30 pm


Submit Your Corporate Matching ASAP!


  • Rockwell's PTA programs such as field trips, enrichment programs, classroom grants and much more rely heavily on our parents submitting their PTA donations (such as Pass the Hat) for corporate matching! Many companies have a matching program (such as Microsoft an many others) so please don't delay and get your donation matched asap!  
  • Additionally, lots of companies will pay our school for your volunteer hours spent here. If you're unsure, please check with your H.R. department.
Holiday Shopping? 
  • Give a little back to Rockwell PTA by using our AmazonSmile link!  Bookmark it and use the link every time you shop.
  • 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.) They have a great selection of toys & crafts in addition to party supplies. 

Math Challenge #5 is now available here. Every qualified submission will receive the holiday prize!  The due date for the Math Challenge is Dec. 11th by 3pm

Let the challenge begin!

Come see our wonderful students in the following 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


Parent volunteers are needed to assist with Rockwell's Vision and Hearing Screening Day on Thursday, January 15th.  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.  


We are in need of volunteers for a morning shift (8:15-11:15am) or an afternoon shift (11:45am-2:30pm), or come for the full day (8:15am-2:30pm) for double the fun!  

Please contact Jan Stemple with your questions or to volunteer.

Thank you,
Jan Stemple
VHS Chair

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 - Fri, March 20th: 
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.

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 our PTA president Cari Scotkin if you can help!


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

"Be Our Guest" this holiday season at a fun, family-friendly musical...Disney's Beauty and The Beast, Jr

Youth Actors (mostly from area schools in LWSD) perform this classic tale live on stage. Many in the cast have Rockwell connections (a current student and a few alumni too). 

Performances at Redmond High School's Performing Arts Ctr:
Dec. 18 & 19, 7pm
Dec. 20 & 21, 2pm, Matinees

Tickets are $12, General Admission at the door. 

-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. 

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

-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 info, school & community events, important dates, and more on our Facebook Page.  

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Norman Rockwell Elementary PTA