PTA Newsletter 03/30/15
In This Issue
PTA Announcements
Spring Chess Club
Yearbooks - Deadline Extended
Musical Tickets on Sale
Running Club
Math Challenge #11
IXL Online Tournament
March IXL Prizes
Spelling Bee News
Used Book Sale
Extra, Extra - Bits of News
Quick Links
(Filtered for Rockwell)

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

April 3, Friday
Our Lost & Found racks will be donated to charity...come find your things before then.

April 6 - 10 
Spring Break/No School

April 13, 14, 15
Grade 3 ELA Testing

April 16, 20, 21
Grade 4 ELA Testing

April 22, 23, 24
Grade 5 ELA Testing

April 23, Thursday
PTA's 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

  • Students will enjoy a fun and educational "Gollyology" science assembly this week. This is a follow up to the Science Circus assembly we had from Rhys Thomas last year. He incorporates concepts of science and physics into a very engaging assembly, including juggling, balance, and spinning items, and involves lots of kids, too. Thanks go to the PTA for bringing Rhys back this year -- he was requested again by students and staff!
  • Congratulations to Rockwell parent Felice Nightengale (our Rockwell webmaster) who was presented with The Community Service Award at the LWPTSA Council's Founders Day Luncheon. This award is given to someone in the community who works on behalf of all children and youth and promotes high standards in education. This person believes in, practices, and encourages community involvement and service. 


    Felice volunteers not only in her own children's schools, but also in other schools and in the community.  She has been active in the PTA Reflections program at the school and Council level.  She helps with website development for PTAs.  In the greater community she also works for a nonprofit animal companion center, is a Campfire program leader and activity promotes "Buy local" initiates in the Redmond community.

  • Ami King was elected to the PTA board as VP of Volunteer Services at the General Membership Meeting last Thursday night. Welcome to the team and thank you for stepping up!
  • Attention Techies:  PTA needs someone to create a short video (about Rockwell PTA and Pass The Hat) that is shown to parents at Curriculum night. We will provide pics and make it look good! Interested?  Contact Cari Scotkin. 
  • Next PTA General Membership Mtg, Thursday 5/28 at 7pm - please mark your calendars and join us.
  • 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, paying the PTA membership fee, and ordering spirit wear, yearbooks and event tickets will be easy as 1,2,3! 

Registration starts now for the Spring Session of Chess Club with Chess4Life at Norman Rockwell:


4/20 to 6/8
(skipping 5/18, 5/25)
Register Here for Monday class
4/24 to 6/12
(skipping 5/15, 5/22)
Register Here for Friday class

PS: Chess Club is in need of a parent or two to chair the club next year. If you'd like this great program to keep running at our school, we really need your help coordinating the club. Please email  Cari Scotkin with any questions. 


We've extended the deadline to order your yearbook to April 17th. Please don't wait - pre-order your student's yearbook as we won't be selling books at the end of the school year. 


Prices: Soft cover ($19) or Hard cover ($23)
Order directly online at:
School ID: 4886515
Sale Ends: Friday, April 17

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 school musical, Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr, is coming to the stage at Redmond High School on Saturday, April 25th with two performances (3pm & 7pm).


Our talented cast of 4th and 5th graders have been hard at work to bring you a fantastic show! Join them as they take you "under the sea", while bringing to life a tale of mermaids, fathers and daughters, and true love. Plenty of funny fish, silly sea creatures, sassy seagulls, and heroic humans join Ariel on her quest to find her prince, while an evil sea witch has other plans for her. You won't want to miss the fun!


Tickets are on sale now! $7/pp

Go online at to order yours in advance. Tickets purchased via the website will be delivered via kid mail. Last day for kid mail will be Wed. April 22nd. Tickets ordered after that date will be available at will call. Anyone can order online via this link (not just Rockwell parents), so pass it on to family & friends...and let's fill the theatre!  Any remaining tickets will be for sale at the door. Ticket questions? Email ticket chair: Angela Shannon

Program Advertisements due Tues. 3/31

Last chance to place an ad in the musical program to congratulate a student or advertise your local are due asap! 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 ad. Checks can be made out to Rockwell PTA (Attention: Musical) and sent to the school office. View Ad Samples and Download your ad form here (in the announcements section).


-Our school musical is brought to you by the Rockwell PTA, Youth Theatre Northwest, and produced by Rockwell parent Taunya Covington with the assistance of  a team of parent volunteers!

Running Club Volunteers needed for this week and beyond... I currently only have one volunteer for Monday and need two more as we've added Kindergarten students into the program. Please follow this link to sign up!


Running Club time commitment is from 11:45 am - 1:10 pm.


Thank you so much! The kids are so happy to be running again!


Debbie Conklin

PE Teacher


Math Challenge #11 is now available here . For this challenge, 12 qualified submissions will randomly selected for a prize.  

The challenge due date is Thurs, April 2nd (before 3pm.) 

Challenge 12 will be available Friday, April 3rd after 3pm.
Let the challenge begin!

Math Skills Tourney - Students can Win a Popsicle party for their class!

Did you know that April is Math Awareness month . . . to celebrate, Rockwell will be having an online IXL Math Skills Tourney. The classes with the most new skills practiced in the lower grades (K - 2) and the upper grades (3 - 6) will win a class Popsicle Party in May!

Students can practice new skills at or above your grade level for the rest of April.

for the fun . . . for the awards . . . for the cool prizes . . .for the chance to win a Popsicle party for their classroom!

-IXL Parent Volunteers


IXL Math Practice Continues!

Prizes were distributed to the following students who have practiced IXL math and earned points. Keep up the great work. Parents thank you for helping to develop a culture of math here at Rockwell. Thanks to the Lake Washington Schools Foundation for IXL subscriptions for all students. Parents - please visit to learn more about Math at Rockwell.

-Parent IXL Math Coordinators

Kindergarten - Colin S. (D), Owen U. (A), Sri Sahasra (C), Elaine C. (E), Riya (C), Nathan H. (C), Balazs (B), Anisha (special #2), Artem (E), Varsha (D), Saankhya (D), Paige (A), Maxwell (B), Angela L. (D), Kexin (E), Shaurya (C), Cooper C (F)

1st grade - Itai A (D), Haruka I (B), Sawyer L (C), Ayushi S (B, C), Dhruv I (C), Austin L (A), Shelby R (D), Yohan Y (C), Colby S (E)

2nd grade - Vaishnavi V (A), Jerry T (E), Sofiia C (D), Abhay C (E)

3rd grade - Mahoko T (C), Jordan K. (F), Aparna I. (F), Stella C. (D), Nikita S. (A), Cole M. (A), Hayden C.(A,B), Jackson S. (C), Tooba M. (D), Saanvi T. (D), Vihan D. (F), Rajit J. (B), Georgia B. (D), Jacob M. (A), Aditya B. (F)

4th grade - Alexandre C (F), Leen G (B), Spencer L (A), Gwendylan A (C), Emily B (B), Selena C (D), Lindsay G (B), Megan G (C), Fredo G (E), Chloe H (C), Ryan H (B), Eitan J (C), Morgan M (B), Nathaniel N (A), Shealyn O (D), Lola R (B), Sarah R (B), Ishan V (C), Maria D (E), Shivas K (D), Arjun M (B), Ron G (A), Nicolas A (D), Janelle C (C), Eden K (B), Pranav S (F), Tony W (C),

5th grade - Elizabeth A (F), Ila B (F), Megumi C (F), Daniel G (E), Dimitrii J (D), Brianna O (F), Sayan B (E), Caio D (F), Madeline F (C), Yasaswini G (F), Sydney H (C), Zachary M(F), Matthew O (E), Lina A (B), Melis G (C), Maxwell J (D), Harry K (B), Cole M (D,E), Ella M (D), Bryant S (E), Dione V (B) 


Rockwell 5th grader (and our school's spelling bee champ), Sayan B performed beautifully over the weekend in the Regional Spelling Bee that took place in Seattle at Town Hall. There were 71 eager students, the majority of whom made it through the first 2 rounds. The third round proved challenging and was the end of the road for several students but Sayan prevailed using his successful technique of patience and articulation. He entered the 4th round where the words increased significantly in difficulty and Sayan as well as many others were eliminated. Sayan will never forget how to correctly spell "sustentacular"! He did great and made Rockwell proud! 


Congratulations from all of us at Rockwell!


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 [email protected].

Diane Davenport
Teacher Librarian 


-Redmond Lacrosse is now registering for Fall Ball. For more info, go to: 

-Neighborhood Parking Concerns: Please respect our neighbors' driveways and mailbox areas when dropping or picking up children at
Rockwell.  Complaints have been received 
about blocked driveways and mailboxes on NE 109th and NE 112th specifically.  Our neighbors will be calling law enforcement if necessary. Thanks for watching those driveways!!

-Free Dental Care Day for Kids: The University of Washington Center for Pediatric Dentistry will be holding a full day of free oral health services for children, who otherwise cannot afford care, on May 20. It also includes free oral health services for a full year after the May 20 date. Parents/guardians can call for appointments beginning Monday, March 23, by calling 206-543-5800 and asking for Dental Home Day.  We are able to help arrange interpretation in 120 languages and for those enrolled in Apple Health, to help arrange transportation.


-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!!

-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.


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.


-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 [email protected]
Angie Ballas
Beagle Bugle Editor
Norman Rockwell Elementary PTA