Special Edition PTA Newsletter 04/08/15
                Norman Rockwell Elementary PTA






Dear Parents of Rockwell students,


Believe it or not, the time has come for us to plan for the following school year. We'd like to take this time to ask every parent to strongly consider upping your volunteer commitment at our wonderful school. Many of Rockwell's fantastic volunteers will be leaving at the end of the year due to their child graduating to middle school or due to the boundary change. We will miss them all!


Thank you to those who have served this year (and past years) and thank you to those who have already stepped up to fill positions for next year!


Rockwell PTA has many positions available on the board as well as non-board positions...and we need your talent! What's the difference between a board and non-board position? Board members meet monthly to discuss, approve, and vote on grant requests and to discuss PTA matters.


What exactly does the PTA do?

We organize to make Norman Rockwell an enriching environment for our children by providing financial and volunteer support for the following Rockwell programs and many more:  Educational assemblies, visits from the Toy Maker (enriching STEM learning), Salmon in the Classroom, grade level grants for educational enrichment in the classrooms, buses for educational field trips, Math in Action programs, art docent program, local author visits, school musical, after-school programs, yearbook, teacher appreciation, the weekly Bugle newsletter & PTA website for parents, and much more. Additionally, we plan many special family events throughout the year such as the BBQ, Ice Cream Social & Art Showcase, Heritage Night, Bingo Night, and the school dance. More about PTA here. 

Why we need your help:  
The PTA is made of parents....just like you. We have jobs, we have small children, we have other commitments. Gone are the days when the PTA was only for non-working parents. We ask all of our parents to step up - whether it is volunteering in the classroom, chairing an event, or serving on the board.  Parent involvement is a big part of what makes a school great.

Please take the time to consider one of these available positions. Any position can also have a you can find a friend or someone to partner with and chair it together. We can't do it without all of you. Unfilled positions may result in events or programs being canceled. 

Have Questions? 
Email our nominating committee (Kit Craig & Beth Batig) or PTA President, Cari Scotkin, or anyone on our current board

Our goal is to have every position filled by our next General Meeting in May for elections. 

Thank you!
Rockwell PTA


-Legislative Advocate or co-advocates
-Co-VP of Events (to work with current VP)
-Membership Chair


-Welcome Back Coffee (first day of school)

-5th Grade promotion (June 2016, typically incoming 4th grade parents run this so the 5th grade parents can enjoy it. Help out this year and train for next year!)

-Bingo Night (February)

-Heritage Night (January)

-School Dance (March)

-Co chair for Ice Cream Social (May, one co-chair is already committed)

-Field Day (June, you still have time to train with this years' chairs)

-Salmon in the Classroom (incoming 4th grade parent for 2015/16)

-PTA Awards Committee/Volunteer celebration (spring)

-PTA Nominating Committee (for filling the following year's jobs)

-Readerboards/PTA Bulletin Board (year round, a few times per month)

-Art for Kids Chair (After-school enrichment program coordinator)

-Chess Club Chair (After-school enrichment program coordinator)

-PTA Reflections Art Contest chair or co-chairs (Fall/Winter)

-Yearbook (looking for a member of the team to handle the marketing/sales aspect)

-PTA Special Project: Looking for someone to update/create a new digital video/presentation about PTA and Pass the Hat (to be shown this fall on Curriculum Night)



Please Order Your Yearbook Today !

The kids were cute, the pictures are in, the pages have been created and the book is on its way to the publisher. Your student will love hunting for their own pictures as well as our beagle mascot hidden on every page of the book. The kids enjoy signing their classmate's yearbooks during the last few days of school!

Now it's your turn. Please don't wait - pre-order your student's yearbook today as we won't be selling books at the end of the school year. The order deadline is Friday, April 17th

Prices: Soft cover ($19) or Hard cover ($23)
Order directly online at:
School ID: 4886515
Instructions: If you are ordering multiple books, place the order under the name of your oldest student - we will use the class lists to distribute the books to each of your children. Print and save your order confirmation. The teachers will distribute books on the date they choose at the end of the school year. 

Important: All books are shipped to Rockwell. If you are leaving town before the last week of school, PLEASE make arrangements for a friend to receive your yearbook and let me know. 

SCHOOL MUSICAL: April 25th, 3pm & 7pm


Rockwell's school musical, Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr, is coming to the big stage at Redmond High School (where "the seaweed is always greener")!

When:  Saturday, April 25th with two performances (3pm & 7pm).


Our talented cast of Rockwell 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 fishsilly sea creaturessassy seagulls, and heroic humans join Ariel on her quest to find her prince, while an evil sea witch has other plans for her. Don't miss the show or you'll be a "poor, unfortunate soul!"


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


-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!
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