PTA Newsletter 03/23/15
In This Issue
School Dance THANKS!
PTA Announcements
Ecology Run
Yearbooks on Sale Now
Advertise in the School Musical Program
Used Book Sale
Extra, Extra - Bits of News
Quick Links
(Filtered for Rockwell)

March 25, Wednesday

March 26, Thursday
Rockwell PTA General Membership Mtg.
 All Welcome - Please attend!!
7pm - Rockwell Library

April 2, Thursday
LWSD-PTSA Counctil General Mtg
All PTA members invited
7pm LWSD Resource Ctr. 

April 6 - 10 
Spring Break/No School

April 23, Thursday
Spring Teacher Birthday Lunch

April 25th, Saturday
Rockwell's School Musical
Disney's The Little Mermaid, Jr.
Redmond High School-Performing Arts Ctr.
3:00 pm & 7:00 pm

Over 500 people showed up for a super fun time at the school dance on Friday!  The black light photo booth was a big hit with both kids and parents...and teachers!  Check out more pics on our Facebook Page!


A special thank you to Laura Dover for taking pictures all night, and making the fun props along with Stacy Hatch.  Another special thanks to Valdene Claux for helping co chair this event and for generously donating many of the snacks. Thank you also to over 35 volunteers who helped set up, clean up and staff both the ticket lines and the concessions table.  Two volunteers even won a Starbucks card from the PTA in a volunteer drawing at the dance. 


This was my first time chairing an event and I was so impressed how smoothly over 35 volunteers worked together from set up to clean up. Without your hard work at this event we would not be able to create these positive lasting memories for the children. When you volunteer it teaches our children there is value in being involved in our community. Those lessons are the foundation for our children to take with them as they grow and become volunteers themselves.  


So, thank you from the Rockwell PTA. Your time and effort is greatly appreciated and I look forward to getting to know more of you at future events.  


If you are interested in planning for next year's events please let me know. I am looking for a Co-VP of Events as well as chairs (or co-chairs) of various events for next year.


Jennifer Myrick, VP Events



FOUND at the dance: A smart phone. Please email me to describe and claim.  


LOST at the dance: Plants vs. Zombies book. Please return to Principal Gometz and she will return to the owner. 


  • Come join us at this Thursday's PTA General Membership Meeting (3/26) at 7pm in the school library!
  • Many Thanks to Beth McIntire for her service on our PTA Board as Rockwell's VP of Volunteer Services for much of the 2014/2015 school year! She has coordinated various special meals for teacher birthdays, kindergarten registration, open house day for staff, and much more. While she has to step down from her role at this time, she has appointed her current (and very capable) room parent chair to take over. We welcome Ami King as acting VP of Volunteer Services until she is voted in at the PTA General Membership meeting this Thursday.
  • We're happy to announce we finally have an ice cream social chair...actually two! Kudos to two Rockwell Dads (Kristian Aasgaarden and Michael Dorman) for stepping up to co-chair this event in May!  Be on the lookout soon for details and volunteer needs!
  • Attention Techies:  PTA is looking for someone to make an updated short video (about Rockwell PTA and Pass The Hat) that is shown to parents at Curriculum night. Any interest?  Contact Cari Scotkin. 
  • Please Register TODAY for your account on the New PTA Website. Starting next year, most of the first day packet will be online and donating to Pass The Hat and ordering spirit wear, yearbooks and event tickets will be easy as 1,2,3! 
  • Be on the lookout in the next few days for a Special Edition Bugle announcing available PTA positions for the next school year. Rockwell PTA's Board is looking to fill some key board positions for the next school year. Additionally,  non-board positions will be announced. (These are typically chairperson(s) of various events, after-school clubs, committees etc.)  What's the difference? Board members typically attend a monthly meeting (held in the evenings, to accommodate working parents) to go over grant requests and discuss other PTA-related topics, in addition to their regular duties. Please let anyone on the current board know if you have any questions about any of the positions. Come be an important part of your child's school community!  We can't do it without all of you.

The Ecology Run is THIS Weds (3/25) at lunch recess...please turn in your pledge forms asap (or at least by Friday). Need a new one? Click Here. 

  • The funds raised by ALL students will help 5th graders go to camp this year, where they learn about our northwest ecology!
  • The kindergarten through fourth grade class that raises the most money will earn a PIZZA PARTY!
  • Students will collect flat pledges prior to running laps at the Ecology Run. 
    • Students who raise $30 or more will receive a 2015 Ecology Run T-shirt
    • Students who raise $50 or more will receive the T-shirt and their name will be added to the "Hall of Fame" plaque by the office
    • Students who raise $100 or more will receive the T-shirt, be added to the "Hall of Fame", and receive a trophy at the awards assembly in June
  • All donations are eligible for corporate matching - if your company participates in a matching program, please consider matching your gift.
    • Simply note: "ASB-Outdoor Education" to designate the payment to the correct account.

The donations are all flat donations - they are not based on the number of laps that are run. We encourage every child at Rockwell to participate if possible - because eventually every child will become a fifth grader and receive these benefits for their own Outdoor Ed camp experience. In the past we have raised over $10,000 - which is an amazing help to offset the cost of the trip!


The fifth grade teachers will be outside during lunch recess on Wednesday, March 25th to facilitate the run. All pledges need to be received by Friday, March 27th.


If you have any questions, please contact Fifth Grade Teacher, 

Mrs. Weinmeister at


Thank you so much for supporting our students and participating in the Ecology Run!




Fifth grade artists designed the covers and parents have photographed our students on the first days of school, playing bingo, learning about other cultures, riding bicycles, reading books, and so much more. 

Order yours today! 

Prices: Soft cover ($19) or Hard cover ($23)
Order directly online at:
School ID: 4886515
Sale Ends: Monday, March 31st

Instructions: If you are ordering multiple books, place the order under the name of your oldest student - we will use the Rockwell class lists to distribute the books each of your children. Print and save your order confirmation. The teachers will distribute books on the date they choose.

Important: All books are shipped to Rockwell, no exceptions. If you are leaving town before the last week of school, PLEASE make arrangements for a friend to receive your yearbook.


Yearbook Staff 


Rockwell's production of Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr is coming on April 25th with two performances (3pm & 7pm).

Do you work at or own a business that would like to place an advertisement in the musical program or would you like to congratulate your student with a special ad?

500-600 programs will be printed, reaching audiences at two performances on April 25th! Ad prices range from $25 for 1/8 page to $125 for a full page. 


Please email Emily Papel for more details, or to submit your advertisement!  Checks can be made out to Rockwell PTA (Attention: Musical) and sent to the school office. Please submit checks and ads by March 31st, to give us time to format the program for printing. 


View Ad Samples and Download your ad form here (in the announcements section).


We're only two months away from the Rockwell Used Book Sale!  This is a great opportunity for you to do some "spring cleaning" while providing others with great reading bargains.  So, bring your donations of gently used books to the library.  Remember, all proceeds go directly to the library for the purchase of new books.  Thanks again to those of you have already donated.  Feel free to email me
with any questions at

Diane Davenport
Teacher Librarian 

-LOST AND FOUND OVERFLOWING!  Our racks and tables are well-stocked with lovely jackets, sweaters, sweatshirts, hats and lunchboxes.  Unclaimed items will be donated after April 3rd. Come find your things as soon as possible - just inside the front doors!!

-THANK YOU to everyone who donated recess supplies to the Rockwell's Recess Buddies/Anti-Bullying program - helping to engage all children at recess. If you'd still like to donate, there is a collection box in the front courtyard. Collecting: Sidewalk chalk, Bubbles, Loom bands, durable chess pieces, etc.

-Community Help: Camp Unity is the homeless shelter that is currently being hosted at St. Jude's Church. The shelter offers tents, food and safety to people who do not have a place of their own.

Would you please consider joining us by helping to provide any of the items listed in this link. A collection box will be provided in front of the school office with the sign Camp Unity posted above it. Collections will be accepted from March 17 to April 17

Thank you for sharing, Friends of Those in Need


-An Invitation for 5th Grade Parents - The Redmond Middle School PTSA Nominating Committee is currently looking for volunteers for the following positions: Co-President, Secretary, Vice President or Co-Vice President of Volunteers. The sooner you jump in, the better prepared you'll be to make 2015-2016 the best year ever at RMS! Intrigued? Contact Nominating Committee Chair Janitzia Pizarro today.

-CLOTHING DRIVE for Relay For Life Redmond
When: Sunday, March 29th, 1-4 pm
What to bring: clothing, jewelry, accessories, handbags, shoes, linens.
Where: RHS parking lot
Why: to help raise money for the American Cancer Society

-RUNNING CLUB: Volunteer Sign Ups here. 


BIG All School Box Tops Contest April 27 - May 1. Our goal is to raise $1000! Don't send them it yet...stay tuned for more info.

Where to find Box Tops. 

-Spirit and Popcorn Days listed here in the announcements section.   


-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!  

-Register for your account on our New PTA Website !

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
Angie Ballas
Beagle Bugle Editor
Norman Rockwell Elementary PTA