Beagle Bugle
Newsletter 1.19.15
In This Issue
WA State PTA Grant Award
Student Directory
Kindergarten Registration
Heritage Night
Yearbook Photos
Bingo Night
Rockwell Musical
Community Benefit Concert
Spelling Bee
Popcorn Friday & Spirit Days
Math Challenge
PTA Reflections - Art Update
Thank You Volunteers - Vision & Hearing
Spirit Wear Coming Soon
Extra Extra!! Lots of info...
In Every Issue
Link to District Calendar (Filter for Rockwell)

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

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

Jan. 23, Friday
Mustache Day and First 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

Feb. 5, Thursday
Kindergarten Registration

Feb. 6, Friday
Family Bingo Night 6:30 - 8:30 pm

We have exciting news!  Thanks to the initiative taken by Rockwell parent/PTA member, Stacy Hatch in partnership with PE Teacher Debbie Conklin and Field Day Chairperson, Laura Drover, Rockwell 's Running Club has been awarded a $1000 grant to help Running Club "stay on track" for the next ten week session starting in March.

Rockwell's Running Club promotes physical fitness and encourages a healthy lifestyle amongst our student population.


This grant was awarded by the WA State PTA in conjunction with the Coca Cola Health and Well-Being grant program and will fund Rockwell's Running Club with new tracking supplies, prizes/incentives, and a shelter/tent for the parent volunteers who come out rain or shine to punch running cards.


Rockwell PTA thanks Stacy, Debbie and Laura for getting this grant up and running for our school. An extra thank you to the parent volunteers who keep the program moving. This is a great example of how parents of Rockwell make a big difference for our students!


PS: If you are able to investigate Corporate Grants, research funding opportunities and have a knack for raising funds (big or small), we need you on the PTA as our VP of Fundraising. Think of all the possibilities! Email Cari Scotkin with questions. 

If your child's information in the directory was incorrect or missing, please email by Tuesday evening (1/20) so we can get to work on a correction addendum ASAP.

-Please Include: Child's name and the page number of the error(s) with the correct information (email, phone, address, parents names, etc...)

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work on the addendum. We want to make sure all of our Beagles are in there!

Best regards,
Rockwell Elementary PTA
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!



JANUARY 22, 2015 - 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • 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
Heritage Night Chairperson

If you have photos (fewer than 10)  to send us from Heritage Night or previous events, 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.

Minerva Butler
Gaby Olson
Yearbook Co-Chairs 


Family Night BINGO is Friday, February 6th 6:30 - 8:30pm 

in the Rockwell gym. This year's theme is Big Band Bingo!


Get In The Mood to swing dance with your Valentine.

Wear red, white & black or something DAPPER from the 1940's.

  • There will be sweet BINGO prizes for the kids!
  • Water, snacks & lovely trinkets will be on sale for $1 each at the concession stand.
  • Price of admission is $1 per person. Age 4 & under is free. 
  • Admission includes BINGO card & Unlimited BIG BAND fun!

Save the date, Feb. 6th for big band BINGO presented by Rockwell PTA!


Don't forget your dancing shoes because IT DON'T MEAN A THING IF IT AIN'T GOT THAT SWING!


We are looking for volunteers!

Contact Stacy Hatch , Laura Drover  or Arora Shweta if you can "swing" time in your schedule to help the night of the event.  Sign-up genius will be emailed to volunteers on Friday, January 23rd.


Calling all 4th and 5th grade actors, singers, dancers and entertainers (or that have any interest in performing), come be part of Rockwell's school musical! Rockwell PTA, in partnership with Youth Theater Northwest, is excited to present Disney's The Little Mermaid JR


A few key dates for you to be aware of:

  • Online registration packets will available Thurs., Feb. 5
  • Application deadline is Tues., Feb. 17 at 3:00 p.m. (no exceptions)
  • Mandatory parent meeting is Tues., Feb. 24 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the Rockwell Library.
  • Auditions/Call Backs are March 2-4, and all-cast read-through is March 5
  • Rehearsals begin March 9 (no rehearsals during Spring Break)
  • Performances are Sat., April 25 at 3:00 and 7:00 p.m. at the Redmond Performing Arts Center (RPAC)

Want to generate some excitement for the musical with your student? See Redmond Middle School's production of Disney's The Little Mermaid JR. Performances on Fri., Jan. 30 at 7:00 p.m. or Sat., Jan. 31 at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. at RPAC. (Lots of Rockwell Alumni in the cast)


Questions about the Rockwell musical? Parents interested in Assistant Producer and Costume Designer roles? 


Contact Rockwell Musical Producer: 

Taunya Covington,


Dear Rockwell Community, 


Let me start off by saying thank you so much for being so welcoming! It's been a wonderful experience being back at Rockwell as I am a Beagle alumni. It's been fantastic being given the opportunity and privilege to work and give back to the very school and community that I grew up in!  


I wanted to extend a musical invitation to the Rockwell community for a Community Benefit Concert we put on each year at Horace Mann Elementary. This year we are donating to the Lake Washington Schools Foundations LINKS program. We will have short performances from the Horace Mann Elementary 4th and 5th grade class, a vocal quintet from Redmond High School, and from yours truly


We are setting aside 100 tickets for the Rockwell community. We are asking for a suggested minimum donation of $5 per ticket that can be given at the doors the night of the performance(checks made out to Horace Mann PTSA). 


Please email me directly and I will be sure to leave tickets waiting for you at will call. This will be first come first serve for ticket requests. 


Jimmy Cho


Friday January 23rd

Redmond High School Performing Arts Theater

Doors open at 5:00 p.m.

Show starts at 5:30 p.m.


Thank you again for your continued support and I look forward to seeing everyone back at Rockwell this week!

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.

Students can download a registration form as well as the actual word list and vocabulary list by going to our spelling bee websiteThey should complete and deliver the registration form to their teacher or the office by Jan 20th. 

There are 2 rounds to the competition: 

  • Multiple choice vocabulary (word definitions) test on Thurs Jan 29th at 11:45am in the library (check in at 11:30). 
  • Students who pass the above will move onto the Rockwell Spelling Bee verbal competition on Sat. Feb 21st at 9:00am in the Rockwell library 
We would love to have your child participate and be the next 'wunderkind'! Please contact for any questions!

Sarita Valji
Spelling Bee Chairperson 


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

  • January 23: Mustache Day  
  • February 20: Circus Day  
  • March 20: Decades Day 
  • April 17: Twin Day 
  • May 15: Celebrity Day 
  • June 5: Ultimate Day (we will have this one the first Friday of the month since school will be out by the 3rd Friday
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.
Thanks to everyone who participated in Math Challenge #6. 

Congratulations to the following winners: Sasha F, Trishaa K, Nabeel F, Trisha L, Caroline K, Leanne H, Ori A, Aliya F, Kashri P, Amol V, Caio D, Aaryan J

I've received many inquiries about question 4a in this Math Challenge, 4a is all about the calendar and the answer to that pattern is S and O. 

Math Challenge #7 will be available for download on Jan. 23, 2015 at 3pm

Thanks for Participating in PTA Reflections!   
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 vari
ety of categories.

We had a great turnout at the Reflections Open House on Friday the 9th. Rockwell's artists were celebrated in a variety of different categories. Most of the art and ribbons will be distributed via kid mail this week. 

Two entries were retained for display in other LWSD events: 
-Let's Work it Out, by Layla A, 2nd (will be on display at the LWSD Founder's day luncheon) 
-Miraculous Medicine by Malgorzata K, 5th. (Will be displayed at the LWSD Resource center.)

Parents: If your child enjoyed Reflections as much as we did, consider volunteering to chair or co-chair it for Rockwell PTA next year! The heaviest part of commitment is from September-October (where we advertise the theme, then collect and judge the artwork,) but then the showcases begin! This is a very rewarding role and I've been honored to co-chair with Felice for both Rockwell and RMS this year. As this is my last year at Rockwell, we need a new art lover to step in and take over! Please contact me for details about the job.

Sincerely, Emily Papel

Thank you to the 27 amazing parent volunteers who made Vision and Hearing Screening day go very smoothly last Thursday. Thanks to the PTA for providing lunches for our nine all-day volunteers and the many school nurses who were able to be at Rockwell for the day. Thank you also to the teachers and staff for your flexibility with our schedule, to Diane Davenport and Debbie Ward for giving up your space for the day, and to Kerry Bauman and Julie Wulf for your help and support. 

VHS Chair



Look for an announcement in the Bugle by February 9th with new, online ordering available!


Stacy Hatch

  • See Redmond Middle School's production of Disney's The Little Mermaid JR. Performances on Fri., Jan. 30 at 7:00 p.m. or Sat., Jan. 31 at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. at RPAC. (Lots of Rockwell Alumni in the cast!) 
  • Donate your used books (kids and adults) to our Library for the Used Book Sale in May. Drop them off any time. 
  • 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. 
  • Take part in LWSD's long-term facility planning Online Open House - online through Jan 23
  • 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)

-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!  


-Check out/bookmark our New PTA Website and register for an account!

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