PTA Newsletter 04/27/15
In This Issue
Principal's Letter
Box Tops Contest This Week!
Food Drive for Hopelink
Teacher Appreciation Week
3rd Grade Artist Visit
Author VIsit
Used Book Sale
Teacher Lunch - Thank You
Parent Resource Fair
Invite to Horace Mann Art Night
Long-Term Planning LWSD
Extra, Extra - Bits of News (including Parent Input Forms)
Quick Links
(Filtered for Rockwell)

April 29, Wednesday
Lake WA Schools Foundation 
10 Annual Legacy for Learning Luncheon

April 27st - May 1st
Canned Food Drive for Hopelink

May 1, Friday
Box Tops DUE - See below

May 4th & 5th 
Visiting Author

May 6, Wednesday 
NO SCHOOL - Details here

May 4 - 8
Teacher Appreciation Week

May 8, Friday
LWPTSA Council Parent Resource Fair
6-8pm, Old Redmond Schoolhouse CC

May 21st, Thursday
Rockwell's Art Showcase/Ice Cream Social 
and Used Booksale


Dear Rockwell Families,


What an amazing time of year this is! Suddenly it seems our students have all shot up six inches; not only that, but they seem to have matured years. I caught the evening performance of 'The Little Mermaid' on Saturday and was deeply moved by what our students were able to do -- the emotion and animation they brought to the stage left those of us who know their classroom selves in awe. Congratulations to all of our performers, and a deep thanks to all who helped make this show possible -- our PTA, and especially Taunya Covington and Beatriz Gomez-Albadawi for bringing this show to the stage.


I must also send thanks to Ami King, who chaired our Teacher Birthday Luncheon this past week, and to all parents who made and brought in dishes to celebrate our wonderful teachers. We appreciate your thoughtfulness!


As parents of 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders know, we have just completed the first round of SBA testing. Math assessments will take place in May. This is the first year we are taking these assessments and everyone -- most of all your kids -- put so much effort into the process that I know they came home exhausted every night. We are tremendously proud of them, not only for their hard work this past week, but for the active and thoughtful learning they engage in every day.  We know that so much learning and growth occurs in a 180 day school year that is not measured on a test, and it is this we are most proud of.


Finally, I am happy to announce that Rockwell is being recognized again this year by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) as well as the State Board of Education for two Washington Achievement Awards: one for Overall Excellence, and one for English Language Acquisition. It is through the dedication of our teachers and the hard work of your students that this has occurred. We are extremely proud of this honor and will accept the awards this week at a ceremony in Spanaway.


We will be thanking all of our teachers next week, as we mark Teacher Appreciation Week on May 4, 5, 7, and 8. Please join me in letting all of our teachers know how much you appreciate their hard work, and by offering them your support as they advocate for excellent education in Washington state on May 6.


Thank you,

Kirsten Gometz


Would you like an extra recess?
Continue reading to find out how your classroom can earn an extra 15 minute recess.

It is time to bring in those little pink squares you have been collecting all month (or year)! Each Box Top is worth ten cents and we hope to raise $1,000 this week!

That means if each of you brings in 15 (or more) Box Tops, we reach our goal!

The PTA collects the Box Top funds to use toward the purchase of: 

  • Recess materials
  • New teacher supplies
  • Buses for field trips
  • Toymaker or many other programs that enrich your child's education.

Contests are fun for everyone, but they do have rules:

1. Find Box Tops on hundreds of products. Look for this PINK and
WHITE little square 

2. Neatly Clip Box Tops from each package. Please make sure they are not expired.

3. Send the Box Tops to your teacher in an envelope or baggie by this Friday, May 1st.


4. Watch the numbers climb on the big pink poster by the gym!

With Rules, come rewards:

1. The GRADE with the HIGHEST average of Box Tops collected per students WINS 5 MINUTES extra of Lunch RECESS!

2. The CLASSROOM with the HIGHEST average of Box Tops collected per student WINS an EXTRA 15 MINUTE RECESS!


 3. As an added BONUS, if Rockwell collects 10,000 Box Tops THIS week, our Principal and Intern will do something special at the year-end assembly! Stay Tuned!

For more information on the Box Tops for Education program, including a list of participating products and how much our school has earned to date, visit


Thanks for your help! Ready, Set, Clip!!

Stacy Hatch


Student Council is sponsoring a canned food drive this week: April 27-May 1st.


Each pod will have a collection box for non perishable items. All food collected will benefit Hope Link.

Debbie Conklin



EXTRA! EXTRA!  Read all about it!!


We need your help to CELEBRATE our favorite

SUPER HERO'S.... Norman Rockwell Staff!!


Staff Appreciation Week starts next Monday!!


Below is the schedule (*Room Parents may modify slightly due to their classroom needs, watch for information from your room parent(s)!)

MON:  I think you are SUPER because.....

(Kids to bring in their colored and filled out sheet)


TUES:  Hero's Vital Tools & Teacher's SideKick

(Kids to bring in a classroom school supply and wear their teacher's favorite color)

*PTA-Sponsored Coffee cart for teachers




THURS:  Brain Power Fruits & Treats

(Kids to bring in a fruit or treat to share with class)


FRI:  Super Hero Dress UP

(Kids to wear their super hero costumes) Same rules as Halloween, no weapons.

*PTA "Souper-Salad" lunch for teachers

**If you can help with the PTA-sponsored events (coffee & lunch), please check out the Sign-up here!


Renee Lawson

Room Parent Chair


Thanks to the generosity of our art-loving PTA, two professional artists from the Seattle Art Museum's "Art Goes to School" program conducted special, hands-on art experiences in Rockwell's four third grade classrooms. The theme was Indigenous Beauty, and the students explored Native American art and culture from North America. The artists and students had conversations on topics such as traditions, heritage, immigration, and creative expression. The students then created teepees with pictographs from their own personal experiences. 

All in all it was a fun and enlightening time!

Art Docent Chair
Thanks to the generosity of our PTA, Norman Rockwell Elementary is proud to host author Deborah Hopkinson in our school library on May 4th & 5th. Deborah is the award winning author of more than 45 books for young readers including picture books, fiction, and non-fiction. Deborah's books help bring history alive for young readers. Her presentations focus on encouraging students to practice critical thinking and historical thinking skills.

Books are available for purchase prior to Ms. Hopkinson's visit. Please click on the link to download the order form. Preprinted order forms are available in the school office and library as well. Prices include tax. Completed order forms and payment may be returned to school by Friday, May 1, 2015.

To learn more about Deborah Hopkinson or her books please visit her website:

Thank you!
Teacher Librarian
We're down to the last few weeks before our 11th Annual Used Book Sale on Thursday, May 21st, but there's still time to do your spring cleaning and donate your gently used books! We're accepting donations in the Rockwell library until Friday, May 15th. We already have an awesome assortment of books ready to sell. You'll find quite a variety - books for kids and adults alike. Be sure to tell your family, neighbors and friends to empty out those piggy banks and bring all that loose change to the sale. Prices start at 10 and few items are more than $1! All proceeds go toward the purchase of new books for our Rockwell Library. The evening will be fun with great deals on books, a gallery of children's art projects, and, of course, yummy ice-cream!

Thank you!
Teacher Librarian

From the teachers and staff: The Rockwell Staff loved the Birthday lunch provided by our fabulous PTA!  Delicious salads, sandwiches, desserts and other treats were enjoyed by all.  Thank you so much to all the volunteers that made this day special! 


From The Luncheon Coordinator:  A big thanks to ALL of the parents who donated luncheon items and flowers! I'd also like to thank the following parent volunteers for all the help with set up and clean up: Fumiko Emura, Ikeda Chitose, Kit Craig, and Angie Ballas.


Ami King

VP Volunteer Services


All parents from the Lake Washington School District (LWSD) are invited to attend Lake Washington PTSA Council's 1st Annual Parent Resource Fair. It will be held on Friday, May 8, 2015,6:00 - 8:00 PM, at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, 16600 NE 80th St, Redmond, WA  98073. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend. Community organizations who promote education, health, safety, and recreation will be in attendance with information for K-12 students who live in Kirkland, Redmond, and Sammamish. Superintendent Dr. Traci Pierce and district staff from the LWSD will be on hand to answer questions. Free parent education sessions will be offered at the event.  For more information about this event please click Parent Resource Fair for parent ed times/topics and what groups and organizations will be attending.  Questions?  Contact


Rockwell families are invited to Horace Mann Elementary's Art Night. Everyone is
welcome, with an extra-special welcome to those who will be enteriing Horace Mann in the fall due to the boundary change. 

Thursday, April 30th
Art, Entertainment, Activities and Food

Dear Lake Washington Family,

Concerned about the district's need for more classroom space? Does your student's aging school need an overhaul? Go to the updated Online Open House for Long-Term Facilities Planning to learn more about the efforts to address these issues. You can help guide future strategies by:

  • Providing feedback online by April 28 to help prioritize strategies that could be used to solve the district's facility challenges: lack of classroom capacity and aging facilities.
  • Attending the next Task Force meeting, April 29 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Rose Hill Middle School Commons, to join in the conversation.

Your input will help the Long Term Facilities Planning Task Force shape the approaches, strategies and resource levels that could be used to solve the district's challenges of lack of classroom capacity and aging facilities.  


Visit the Long-Term Facilities Task Force page to sign up for updates and to be notified of future opportunities that will help shape Task Force long-term facility recommendations.



Janene Fogard

Deputy Superintendent, Operations

-Parent input forms are now available and were sent home with students.  Parent input forms are optional.   In fact, the majority of parents do not submit a form, recognizing that our professional staff is very successful in matching learners and teachers. Download a formTurn-in deadline is May 1 at 3:00 pm
Questions? Email: Kerry Baumann

-Rockwell Running Club Volunteer sign up link here!

-Keep Practicing IXL - The classes with the most new skills practiced during the month of April (K-2) and (3-6) will win a popsicle party!

-Shop Everything Party in Redmond for Teacher Appreciation Week (or anytime). Mention Norman Rockwell Elementary prior to your sale being rung up and they will donate a portion to Rockwell PTA!

-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