PTA Newsletter 02/09/15
In This Issue
Happy Valentine's Day
Yearbook - Need Photos
Spelling Bee Update
Bingo Thank You
Rockwell Musical Registration
Upcoming Music Programs
Save your Box Tops
Math Challenge #8
IXL Practice
3-5th Grade Girls Math Competition
Spirit Wear Update
Extra, Extra - Bits of News
In Every Issue
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Feb. 12-16 Mid-Winter Break
No School

Feb. 17, Tuesday
Applications due for 4th/5th Grade Musical

Feb. 19, Thursday
2nd Grade Music Program, 6:30pm
3rd Grade Music Program, 7:30 pm
Rockwell Gym

Feb. 21, Saturday
Rockwell Spelling Bee, 9am

Feb. 25, Wednesday
Informational Mtg about the new 
SBA Testing. 6pm - 7:30 pm
LWSD Resource Ctr.

Feb. 26, Thursday
4th Grade Music Program, 7pm
Rockwell Gym




We Still Need Photos for Upcoming Events

Parents - the yearbook needs your photos of our great kids. We need
photos for the following upcoming events, classes and clubs:

- All classroom Valentines Day parties this week

- Parents of orchestra and band students - we need photos of your amazing musicians during the early morning rehearsals and at the upcoming concerts

- 1st grade Toymaker visit on February 20th and the President's Wax Museum on Feb. 19th.

- Spelling Bee club final competition photos

- Coding with Kids club photos

- LEGO club

- Math club

If you can help, please let us know which event you will be photographing - and we will send you the LifeTouch upload
instructions or you can send a USB drive to the office and I'll get it
back to you. We look forward to seeing all of the great moments you

Minerva Butler
Gaby Olson
Yearbook Co-Chairs 


Over 50 students participated in the written round of the Rockwell School Spelling Bee on January 22nd and 28 students qualified for the Final School Spelling Bee! This exciting competition will be held on Saturday, Feb. 21st, at 9am in the school library.


All 28 spellers have been studying challenging words such as 'cordillera' and 'loquacious' and are poring over a list of more than 450 words! We will crown a school champion who will be invited to compete against other school champions in our region on March 29th in Seattle.
We will have an awards ceremony on Feb 21st at 2pm after our competition, where we will present official Scripps National Spelling Bee certificates to the champion, runner ups, grade level champions, and all students who participated in the initial written round of the Spelling Bee.
All parents, teachers and staff are cordially invited to attend and help cheer on these courageous and bright students!

Key upcoming dates for the spellers who made it to the Final Spelling Bee:


Thurs. Feb 19th, 3-4:15pm: LAST Spelling Bee Club session to review rules and practice mock bee


Sat. Feb 21st, 9am-1pm: FINAL SCHOOL SPELLING BEE, check in at 8:45am please!
2pm: Award Ceremony


Big Band Bingo was a fun success! 


We had rounds of Bingo, we had lots of prizes, and we had conga lines and swing dancing.  We had lots of snacks and trinkets, but most of all... we had lots of smiling faces and helping hands!


Thank you for bringing your family to Bingo night and spending a couple of hours with the extended family of Rockwell, including students, staff and teachers.   


Thank you for cleaning up before you left.  Thank you to the group of volunteers that planned and executed a fun night of Bingo and dancing:  My Co-Chair Laura Drover, Liz Finocchio, Jennifer Myrick, Kit Craig, Ellie O'Rourke, Judith Breed, Dipti Muley, April Scally, Becky and JD Watson, Beth Batig, Joe Hatch, Kristie Hemenway, Ruhina Taj Karthikeyan, Kris Beaver, Kathleen Fisher, Mariana Luna, Jill Stoddart, Marly El Khoury, Myriam Pollock, Chun Lu, Hung-Shiun Chen, Taunya Covington, Angie Ballas and Alex Zakharenko!! 


If you missed the opportunity to attend or volunteer for this event, the PTA has an all school dance planned for March 20th.  It will be so much fun, you will be GLOWING!! 


Stacy Hatch


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! No experience necessary. Rockwell PTA, in partnership with Youth Theater Northwest, is excited to present Disney's The Little Mermaid JR. 


Registration packets are now available to download online at  Norman Rockwell PTA or you may pick up a copy in the office.

  • 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. Mon., Tues. and Thurs. from 3:15 - 5:00 p.m., and Wed. from 1:45 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Rehearsals with call dates/times for each cast member are posted at the beginning of each week and run March 9 through April 16 on Mon., Tues. and Thurs. from 3:15 - 5:00 p.m., and Wed. from 1:45-4:00 p.m. No rehearsals on Fridays or during LWSD Spring Break, April 6-10. The musical director to try to accommodate some schedule conflicts; however, rehearsals on April 13-16 are mandatory.
  • Tech Week is April 20-24, and rehearsals are mandatory for all cast members. Mon., Tues., Thurs. and Fri. are evening rehearsals from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at RPAC, and Wed. from 1:45-4:00 p.m. at Rockwell.
  • Performances are Sat., April 25 at 3:00 and 7:00 p.m. at the Redmond Performing Arts Center (RPAC)

Questions? Contact Rockwell Musical Producer: 

Taunya Covington, [email protected]


We have some awesome musical programs coming up!


2nd grade program - Feb. 19th at 6:30pm in the Rockwell gym

3rd grade program - Feb. 19th at 7:30pm in the Rockwell gym

4th grade program - Feb. 26th at 7:00pm in the Rockwell gym

5th grade program - Mar. 4th during the morning for younger classes in the library


Orchestra concert - Mar. 11th at 7:00pm at Redmond MS


Regional Band Concert - Mar. 17th at 7:00pm at Redmond MS


Regional Choir Concert - Mar. 19th at 7:00pm at Redmond HS Performing Arts Theater


Nancy McKay

Rockwell Elementary School General Music and Choir

Redmond Region Elementary String Orchestra


Start clipping and saving your Box Tops for Education

We will have an All School Box Tops Contest starting May 4th - more information coming soon! 

Click here to sign up for an account and learn more about this program that gives money to our school! You get points ($$$$) for the school by buying qualifying General Mills products like Hanes, Ziploc and Land O Lakes, and tons of cereals!

Our goal is to raise $1000! Every Box Top given to the school or registered online earns the school 10 cents. Look for special offers at Safeway,too! Have your relatives send you their Box Tops! Go through your pantry and start clipping today! It's like a treasure hunt for the kids and $$ for our school!

Here is a link for coupons to help get you started! 



Mott's is having a special sweepstakes that ends February 28th!  

Enter to win 1000 Bonus Box Tops for Rockwell Elementary! 

Math Challenge #8 is now available here. For this challenge, all qualified submissions will received a Valentine's prize. Grab your friends and family and work on the questions together!!!! Don't forget, answer a few extra questions can help to increase your chances to qualify. 

Due to the mid winter break, the challenge due date will be Thurs, Feb. 19 (before 3pm.)

Let the challenge begin!
Wow! Online IXL Math Practice
This year Rockwell students are practicing record numbers of skills and problems! Keep up the great work! Thanks to the Lake Washington Schools Foundation  for the school-wide IXL subscription and the Rockwell PTA for the prizes. Parents, has your child already earned Prize F? They can continue to practice and earn end of year prizes-gift cards, medals or a trophy. Thank you for supporting our math enrichment program.
-Parent IXL Math Coordinators

5th Grade: Stuart A (A), Ali Elgazzar (B), Rhys F (B), Aidan Gr (F), Surya G (E), Anna Beth H (C), Jonathan M (F), Hannah P (A), Jacob W (B), Benjamin Y (C), Marc A (F), Elizabeth A (E), Tanvi D (E), Maya K (E), Jack P (E), Timothy V (E), Qiaochu Z (F), David Z (F), Yasmine E (D), Melis G (A), Aaryan J (C,D,E), Malgorzata K (F), Cole M (B), Ella M (B), Bryant S (B), Xin S (D), Cassandra L (B), Elliotte W (B), Rayna B (F), Madeline F (B), Yasaswini G (D), Jonathan K (E), Mathew O (D), David P (E), Haven R (B)

4th Grade: Jennifer (E), Kirill (E,F), Alexander (F), Megan (B), Anjali (F), Morgan (A), Lola (A), Sarah (A), Bryson (C), Ishan (B), Amol (F), Shivas (C), Maila (B), Bailey (A), Janelle (B), Emeric (A), Katie (E), Nicole (B), Kartik (E,F), Ethan (A), Tony (B), Tushar (C)

3rd Grade: Stella C.- B, Mahoko T.-B, Shriya T.- D,E, Meena K.- E, Todd B.- F, Liam S.- D, Emi K.- B,C, Maia J-B,C, Beyza Y.- F, Madilyn B.- B,C,D, Vihan D.- C,D, Nicolas F.-A, Miguel J- A, Guy Z.-A, Aliya F.- A, Caitlin B.-A, Ori A.-B, Emily F.- A, Brendan H.- D, SriKrishna G.- D, Beth Yue D.- D,E, Sophie Z.- B, Chhavi A-D, Aditya B.- E, Shaunak L.- F

2nd Grade: Abhay ( C), Selin ( C), Priscilla ( C), Kerem (F), Srikar (A), Mira (A), Tawan (E,F), Joey (E), Jeslyn (H), Tanya (C,D), Anna (C), Lee (C) - more announcements to come.

1st Grade: Chloe D (E), Barrett R (B,C, D), Shravant D (C,D,E,F), Prisha K (D,E), Suhani G (A), Madeleine L (B), Allen L (A), Atticus M (A), Itai A (B,C), Isabella L (E), Sarath S (A), Savannah D (C), Kaya H (A), Aditya V (A, B), Akahay B (D), Amuktha N (D), Anu A (F), Avery L (D), Avika A (B, C), Chloe D (D), Colby S (F), Darshika V (D), Eren E (F), Eva X (B, C), Grace Z (E), Jake J (F), Jenna Y (E), Lauryn R (A), Liya S (E), Lucas N (E), Marianna D (C), Matthew S (F), Murali C (A), Nabeel F (F), Romy Y (F), Ryan B (A), Sanj S (C, D, E), Sawar S (D, E), Sawyer L (B), Selin I (E, F), Shelby R (C), Sophie B (A), Sriram M (D), Tigist G (A), Vedant G (A), Vidhur P (B), Winson W (A, B, C), Yohan Y (B), Zach H (C)

Kindergarten: Sonia L. (D), Saanvi (A, B), Sri Sahasra (B), Anthony C. (D), Hyeon Seo (D, E), Colin (A), Aiden P. (E), Neev (C), Kelsey (B), Lydia (F), Mahum (B), Victoria (A, B), Riya (B), Trishaa (C), Oyku (B), Anisha (special), Kai (A), Ava A. (special), Atul (special), Saankhya (B, C), Tharan (E, F), Angela (A, B), Lucia (A), Ekansh (C), Clara (D, E), Alexander F. (C), Cooper (C, D, E), Ava A (special), Kai A (A), Oyku C (B), Trisha K (C), Riya K (B), Mahum C (B)
GRISM (Girls Rock in Science and Math) announces a math competition for girls in grades 3-5 on March 28th at Interlake High School. GRISM is a no-profit founded by a Redmond High School 11th grader. Check here for more information!
We've got SPIRIT, how about you?

We are busy working on the finishing touches of the Special Edition Spirit WearNot only will the usual items be available (short & long sleeved Tee's and hooded pullovers) but we have selected a few more pieces to add to the collection that we think are pretty Special!

As an extra perk, some items will be available in Yellow, too! 
Nothing shows your school spirit more than wearing our school colors!! Purple and Yellow!

Spirit wear orders will be processed ONLINE using the NEW PTA website. If you haven't already, please go to the NEW PTA website and register your family. (Tip: This will necessary for next years' back to school packet... the PTA is working to get it online)

We've got spirit wear coming soon!

-Donate your used books (kids, adults, cookbooks etc...) to the Rockwell library for our Used Book Sale in May!


-Donate your USB mice to the office for use in familiarizing our students to prepare for the upcoming State testing.


-Rockwell's Health Room needs more parents to help "staff" the Health Room during busy times of day such as lunchtime and recess. If you can spare a few hours a month, please email Melissa Sutton



-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!

Bugle Article Submissions Welcome
The Beagle Bugle welcomes article submissions from students and parents.  Student journalists may submit articles about current events, students opinion-editorials and poems or short stories.  Parents may submit articles about PTA events and school related topics. 

Any article that is unrelated to PTA or Rockwell must be approved by the Lake Washington School District, and will be posted on the Community Bulletin Board.  The Lake Washington School District website has more information on the submission and approval process.

Short pieces will be edited for inclusion in the Bugle, longer pieces will be posted on the website with a link in the Bugle.  The Deadline for submissions for the next weekly Bugle is the preceding Thursday.  The Bugle Staff reserves the right to be selective regarding the materials that are publicized.

Contact the Bugle staff or submit articles at [email protected]
Angie Ballas
Beagle Bugle Editor
Norman Rockwell Elementary PTA