Beagle Bugle
Newsletter 1.12.15
In This Issue
Vision & Hearing Screening
Spelling Bee
Lego Club - Winter Registration
Heritage Night
Yearbook Photos
Popcorn Friday & Spirit Days
Kindergarten Registration
Math Challenge
Family Fun - Bingo Night
Used Book Sale
Extra Extra!! Lots of info...
Corporate Matching-ASAP
In Every Issue
Link to District Calendar (Filter for Rockwell)

Jan. 15, Thursday
Vision and Hearing Screening

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

Jan. 22, Thursday
Rockwell's Heritage Night 6-8 pm

Jan. 23, Friday
First Spirit Day and Popcorn Friday

Jan. 27, 29, 30
Half Day/Conferences, 11:30 release

Jan. 28, Wednesday
Kindergarten Info Mtg/Tour
2pm, Adults only

Jan. 29, Thursday
PTA General Membership Mtg, 
7:00 pm - Rockwell Library
Guest Speaker: Mayor of Redmond

All Rockwell students will have vision and hearing screening this Thursday, January 15th during the school day.  


If your child wears glasses, please make sure your child brings the glasses to school on Thursday to wear during the vision screening.  Screening is supervised by Lake Washington School District school nurses.  Parents will be contacted by the school nurse if there are any concerns needing additional follow-up outside of school.  

Vision and Hearing Screening- Volunteers still needed
We've had a great response to the request for volunteers for Vision and Hearing Screening day.  Thank you to all who have volunteered! We still need a few more people for our morning shift (8:15-11:15am.)  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.  
Please contact Jan Stemple with your questions or to volunteer.

Thank you,
Jan Stemple
VHS Chair
Dear Rockwell Families,

Can you hear the buzzzzz in the air? Rockwell's 3rd annual
Spelling Bee Competition is coming up and we want your student to join in! The Bee is open to all students from 1st-5th grade and is a great way to show they are 'valorous' and interested in 'edification'!

Students can download a registration form as well as the actual word list and vocabulary list by going to our spelling bee website. They should complete and deliver the registration form to their teacher or the office. Students need not worry! The Spelling Bee Club coaches will give the students an overview of what to expect and how to prepare!

There are 2 rounds to the competition: 

  • Multiple choice vocabulary (word definitions) test on Thurs Jan 29th at 11:45am in the library. 
  • Students who pass the above will move onto the Rockwell Spelling Bee verbal competition on Sat Feb 28th at 9:00am in the Rockwell library 
The winner will be crowned the school champion and prizes and certificates will also go to runner ups and grade level champions. The overall winner will go on to compete in the Regional competition and represent Rockwell.

The popular annual Scripps National Spelling Bee held in Washington DC is the highest profile academic event for elementary school students and Rockwell is proud to participate in this program at the local, regional, and hopefully national level!

We would love to have your child participate and be the next 'wunderkind'! Please contact [email protected] for any questions!

Sarita Valji
Spelling Bee Chairperson 


Sign Up Starts Today for Lego Club! 


This session's theme will be Minecraft!

  • Grades K-2 meet on Mondays, starting January 26.  
  • Grades 3-5 meet on Tuesdays, starting a week later on Feb 3 (due to parent-teacher conferences).
The winter session will last 10 weeks. 

Look for registration information for Norman Rockwell Elementary on Play-Well TEKnologie's website today!



JANUARY 22, 2015 - 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Come celebrate traditions from around the world
  • Enjoy displays and presentations from different countries
  • Dress in clothing from your country
  • Bring an artifact from your country to show your friends
  • Bring in a dish for the heritage night potluck
  • Prizes will be awarded to the students who bring in the best artifact from their heritage
  • Volunteers still needed to sponsor a booth or help with clean-up and set-up
For More information, contact:
Heritage Night Chairperson

Heritage Night Photos Needed for Yearbook

Heritage Night is Thursday, January 22nd. It is a wonderful time to get photos of our beautifully diverse community participating in activities, costume and of course, eating! Can you help? We'd love to have one or two photographers capturing the memories from that evening.

If you have any photos from back to school, Halloween or holiday parties, please submit them before January 31st - those pages will be completed at that time and we won't be able to change the layouts for late photos.

If you have photos to send us (fewer than ten), please visit Register and use our NEW school access code: LMGOVR. You will be able to upload photos directly to LifeTouch. If you have lots of photos, you can send a flash drive to the office and we'll return it to you ASAP.

Are you creative? Would you like to see the Rockwell yearbook become the best book ever? Do you like to learn new software? The entire yearbook is created electronically and the software is easy to learn. The yearbook team is fun and there is always room for more people.

Minerva Butler
Gaby Olson
Yearbook Co-Chairs 


The Rockwell Student Council has voted!


Spirit Days will be on the 3rd Friday of each month as follows:

  • January: Mustache Day  
  • February: Circus Day
  • March: Decades Day
  • April: Twin Day
  • May: Celebrity Day
  • June: Ultimate Day
Popcorn Fridays 
  • Will be the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month starting Jan 23
  • Students bring a quarter to school and trade it in for a token to get popcorn during lunch recess.
  • Student must be at school on time to buy popcorn, with their money.  
  • Late arrival of student or money - will need to wait for next popcorn day!  
  • Parents should not bring money to school after 8:30 bell.   
Popcorn Volunteers Needed
  • Our first popcorn Friday is scheduled for January, 23rd. Parent Volunteers help pop and bag popcorn on Friday mornings. This usually takes approximately two hours with 2-3 people working together.
Kindergarten Information for September 2015 Classes
  • Information Meeting for prospective Kindergarten parents will be January 28, 2015 at 2:00 pm in the school library. Meet the principal, tour the school and ask questions! Adults only - no child care provided. Please call Kerry for more information at 425-936-2670.
  • Kindergarten Registration will begin Thursday, Feb. 5 from 1:00 - 7:00 pm in the school library. Child must be 5 by August 31, 2015 to register. Bring birth certificate or passport, immunization records, proof of address and checkbook if interested in All-Day program. Lottery for class placement will be held Feb. 11, 2015. More information can be found HERE.
**Please forward to any of your friends & neighbors starting Kindergarten at Rockwell this fall!
Math Challenge #6 is now available here. For this challenge, 12 lucky qualified submissions will receive a flashlight prize! The due date for Math Challenge #6 is 15 Jan 2015

Let the challenge begin!

Save the Date for BINGO!

Fri, February 6th   6:30-8:30pm 

Rockwell Gym


Join us for an evening of BINGO and BIG BAND music!

Family friendly!    BINGO Prizes for the kids!

More information to be announced soon...



Save Those Used Books!

In the spring, the Rockwell Library will once again have a Used Book Sale!  The purpose of the sale is to get books into the hands of children and to earn some extra money for the Rockwell Library.  So, please start weeding through your books now!  We accept children and adult books.  Donations can be dropped off any time at the library office.  

More information regarding the details of the sale will be posted at a later date.  Thanks in advance for your support.

Diane Davenport
Teacher Librarian
  • Student Directories come home this week - PTA thanks parent volunteer Jessica Johnson for coordinating this project.
  • The Salmon tanks at school now have 230 Coho salmon eggs thanks to our "4th grade Salmon in the Classroom" parent coordinator Tim NightengaleThe hatchery says that these eggs are pretty far along, so we will likely see them hatch into alevins within a week or so.
  • Choice Schools Info Sessions: Info Sessions for the various LWSD Choice schools are happening this week and run through January. See the Tandem Calendar for full list of dates, times, and locations of the meetings. 
  • Final two scenarios on the Boundary Process (final results should be announced prior to Kindergarten Reg). Give input through Jan. 14th. 
  • Redmond Middle School's production of Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr takes place at the RHS Performing Arts Center Jan. 29th & 30th at 7pm and Jan. 31st at 2pm & 7pm. Lots of Rockwell Alumni!
  • RedWest Little League - Baseball and Softball Registration starts soon for Spring teams!  Register by January 15th, 2015 (ages 9+) and Register by February 10th, 2015 (ages 4-8)
Make It Your New Year's Resolution! Corporate Match!

Funding for Rockwell's PTA programs such as field trips, enrichment programs, classroom grants, and so much more rely heavily on our parents remembering to submit their PTA donations (such as Pass the Hat) for corporate matching! Many area companies have a matching program (such as Microsoft an many others) so please don't delay and get your donation matched asap! Thank you!


-AmazonSmile: Give a little back to Rockwell PTA by using

our AmazonSmile link!  Bookmark it and use the link every time you shop.


-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 & school info. Stop by and "Like" us!  

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Beagle Bugle Editor
Norman Rockwell Elementary PTA