PTA Newsletter 05/11/15
In This Issue
Awards Nominations
Ice Cream Social
Thank You - Teacher Appreciation Volunteers
Principal - New email
Used Book Sale
Field Day is Coming!
Musical "Wrap Up"
PTA General Mtg in May
2015/16 Chairs Needed
Math Challenge #14
Math Competition Update
IXL April Winners
Redmond School Pool
Box Tops Results
Extra, Extra - Bits of News (including Parent Input Forms)
Quick Links
(Filtered for Rockwell)

May 13, Wednesday
Awards Nominations forms due
See below for details

May 14, Thursday
Elementary Band Concert
at RMS, 7-8pm

May 20th, Wednesday
Elementary Orchestra Concert
at RMS 7-8pm

May 21st, Thursday
Rockwell's Art Showcase/Ice Cream Social 
and Used Book Sale
(Art & Ice Cream 6-8pm and 
Book Sale from 3-8pm)

May 22nd & 25th 
No School

May 28th, Thursday
Last PTA - General Membership Meeting of the year/Elections
***All Invited***
7pm Rockwell Library


It is the passion and commitment of dedicated volunteers who make all the difference!


"Exceptional"  "Outstanding"  "Above and Beyond" - When you read these words, do any parent volunteers, teachers, or staff come to mind?  If so....Get your nominations in for the 2015 Rockwell Volunteer Awards Celebration held on June 4. 

All nomination forms are due by Wed., May 13th and went home via Kid Mail.  Or, copies can be downloaded here on the PTA website.
Criteria and details can be found on the form as well.

Ami King

VP Volunteer Services

Three events in one!  


Rockwell's annual Ice Cream Social is fast approaching. (This event runs concurrently with the Student Art Showcase and Used Book Sale.) Come enjoy an evening of ice cream, art and books! Read on for details:


What: Ice cream sundaes served by Rockwell teachers and staff
When: Thursday, May 21st from 6:00 to 8:00
Who: All Rockwell students and family
Where: Rockwell gymnasium
Why: Because it's ice cream of course- and it's only $1.00/pp!


Parent volunteers are needed! Check our online sign up sheet. Please consider a short shift to help make this event a success! 
Ice Cream Social Co-Chairs

A big shout out to all the Super Hero parent volunteers that helped with Staff Appreciation last week. Without all your Super Powers, the week would not have been possible. The entire Rockwell staff had a Dyna'mite time. 


Also, thanks to our Head Captain extraordinaire, Renee Lawson for coordinating our weekly mission. You truly are a Super Hero.

VP Volunteer Services

Dear Wonderful Rockwell families,


Thank you SO much for your support and celebration of our wonderful teachers this week! You went above and beyond. Special thanks to Renee Lawson for making all of us feel absolutely "Super!"


If you haven't already changed your email information for me, please remove from your address books; it no longer works. All emails need to be sent to from now on. Many thanks!


Kirsten Gometz

Principal, Norman Rockwell Elementary

The 11th Annual Used Book Sale is almost here!  We have an amazing selection of books for the whole family.  Thank you so much for your generous donations!  It's not too late to donate your gently used books for the sale - we're accepting donations through Friday, May 15th.

You can shop for great bargains in the Rockwell Library from 3:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursday, May 21st.  All profits go toward the purchase of new books for the Norman Rockwell Library.  Come stock up on some
great books for summer reading!

Thank you!
Teacher Librarian
On your marks! Get set! Go!

Mark your calendars for Rockwell's annual Field Day which will take place rain or shine on Wednesday, June 10th from 9:30 - 11:15 a.m. K-5 students will participate in a wide variety of fun events that test their endurance and creativity.
We need your help to make this exciting day as fun and organized as possible!
  • Event Hosts will receive all materials needed to set up and manage a field event station. Hosts will offer students encouragement and praise for their participation, and assist with station clean up. Host check-in is at 9:00 a.m. in front of the school. Younger siblings are welcome to accompany hosts, just let us know so that we can assign you to an appropriate station. All hosts are required to have a current background check on file with LWSD. Also, let us know if you would like to be paired at your event station with an English-speaking volunteer.
  • Water Balloon Fillers will receive 30 small balloons and nozzle via Kid Mail the week prior to field day, and will need to return the filled balloons to school with your student the morning of Wednesday, June 10th. Drop containers will be located in front of the school.

***We are also looking for new recruits who would be interested in taking over the duties of Field Day Co-Chairs (Volunteer Coordinator and Equipment Coordinator) for next year as we will sadly have to say our goodbyes. There is lots of time to jump on our team now and get the hang of things while having some fun. 


If you are interested in either position or would like to volunteer as a Host or Water Balloon Filler please email Laura Drover


Thank you!

The Rockwell Field Day Team


Thank you to the nearly 900 family and friends that joined us for the 2015 Rockwell musical, The Little Mermaid JR, presented by the Rockwell PTA and Youth Theatre Northwest. Special thanks to my volunteer team: Beatriz Gomez-Albadawi, Ryan Butler (Redmond Middle School), Angela Shannon, Tracy Brooks, Colleen Broughton, Emily Papel, Angie Ballas, Jan Stemple, Mandi Bhatia, Rebecca Murman, Hildebrand Photography, Kirsten Moreno and Lacie Hendriksen.


I am extremely proud of the 47 cast members and their parents that sacrificed free time and sometimes not-so-free time to rehearsals, costume fittings and volunteer committees. No flu bug, lost tooth, new ortho device or spring vacation got in the way of a great show. At the cast party, cast members reflected on highlights that included new friendships, over-the-top costumes and makeup, and the thrill of performing at the Redmond Performing Arts Center.


For Rockwell students entering 4th and 5th grades this fall, I hope you will consider the musical as a must-do enrichment activity from March-April 2016. Watch for news next winter from Rockwell Musical Producer, Beatriz Gomez-Albadawi, on which show the school will do next!


Taunya Covington 

2015 Rockwell Musical Producer 


Our LAST PTA General Membership meeting of the school year is on Thursday, May 28th at 7pm


You're ALL Invited!


*Maybe it's your last meeting or maybe it's your first one ever...regardless, please come!!  We need a good showing of support to vote for our elections for next year. Get involved with your child's school and PTA. 


Many chair or co-chair positions need to be filled for next year prior to the end of this school year. Please consider chairing (or co-chairing with another parent) one of the many positions that need filling! We can't do it without all of you and unfilled positions may result in the cancellation of some of our treasured events/programs. 


Some positions include

Chairs or co-chairs for fun events such as Heritage Night, Bingo Night, School Dance, and Field Day. Academic Enrichment programs need parent coordinators for: Salmon in the Classroom, Chess Club, Lego Club, and the PTA Reflections Art Contest. 


(*More available positions listed here. Note: Membership chair has now been filled)





Math Challenge #14 is now available here. For this challenge, 12 qualified submissions will randomly selected for a prize.  This is our second last Math Challenge, so grab some friends and family and work on challenge together!

The challenge due date is Thurs, May 14 (before 3pm.) 
Let the challenge begin!

On Saturday May 2nd Norman Rockwell Elementary participated in Washington State Math Olympiad in Seattle on the premises of John Muir Elementary School. Congratulations to the 5th and 4th grade students of the two teams. You were awesome! 

Both teams won superior medals for the long problem solving, showing great reasoning, logic, detailed explanations and organization. One team got excellency ribbons for the short session problems - Geometry, Number Sense, Algebra, Probability, Measurement.
Great job to Benjamin Y., Jonathan M., Sayan B., Elizabeth A., Xin S. and Kirill U. This year we had one mixed team of 5th and 4th grade. Their results are amazing. Good teamwork and collaboration.
This is one of the most challenging math competitions for the elementary school students as it prepares them towards the junior-high school, where written explanations, reasoning and accurate step-by-step instructions are essential part of the learning process. This year students succeeded in it.
Special thank you to the parents who support our students throughout the school life and add math excitement in their everyday life. 
Norman Rockwell Math Coach/Ellipsis Academy

IXL Math Practice Continues - Prizes were distributed to the following students who have practiced IXL math and earned points. Keep up the great work. May will be the final month for prizes for this school year. 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 - Owen U. (B), Colin S. (E), Kelsey H. (C), Vishnu (D, E), Sri Sahasra (D, E), Jillian J. (B), Alanna P. (D), Riya (E), Saankhya (E), Sawyer R. (B), Angela L. (E, F), Shaurya (D, E), Alexander F. (E), Clara G. (special), Matteo (C), Elaine C. (F), Balazs (C), Oyku (E), Torjus (A), Nathan H. (E), Alanna P. (E), Lucia L. (D), Maxwell M. (E), Kexin (F), Artem Z. (F), Tharan (special), Aiden P. (F)

First Grade - Marianna D (E), Lucas N (F), Sawar S (E), Dhruv I (D, E), Avery L (F), Sriram M (F), Amuktha N (F), Vidhur P (C), Shelby R (E), Liya S (F), Yohan Y (D), Prisha K (F), Avika A (F), Suhani G (D), Madeleine L (C), Ayushi S (D), Brandon S (A), Henry D (A), Sawyer L (D), Mihir M (C), Savannah D (E), Prayas D (C, D), Matthew S (E), Darshika V (C, D, E)

Second Grade - Declan J (B), Alexander C (D), Ren F (E), Mikhail K (E), Srikar N (B), Artem S (D), Jeslyn H (C), Samuel H (A), Kanal A (A), Avaneesh K (BC), Hoa Ran J (BC), Abigail M (A), Sofiia C (E), Erynn E (B), Jaeger G (A), Yuwan L (E), Rushaan M (E), Disha P (AB), Abbas Z (B)

Third Grade - Vanessa S. (A), Timason W. (E), Peter B. (B), Guy Z. (B), Michael S. (B), Beth Y. (F), Srikrishna G. (F), Emily W (B), Uzair K. (F), Rayna H. (C), Talah A. (A), Rithika M. (C), Shriya T. (F), Mahoko T. (D), Ashish K. (B), Neha S (C), Cole M. (B), Rayna H. (B), Emi K. (D), Sarah O. (C)

Fourth Grade - Shripad G (F), Spencer L (B), Claire M (B, C, D, E), Selena C (E), Lindsay G (C), Fredo G (F), Eitan J (D), Nathaniel N (B), Ishan V (D), Sohil B (E), Shivas K (E), Arjun M (C), Maya Y (B), Janelle C (D), Omid F (E), Maleekah K (C), Nikita S (A), Ethan T (C, D), Tony W (D), Brian Y (C), Tushar Z (F)

Fifth Grade - Mia M. (A), Sebastian H. (F), Brooke C. (C), Bradley S. (E), Fuhito O. (A), Jack U. (D), Maya K (F), Kaitlyn B. (D), Madeline F. (D), David R. (A), Noam R. (D), Omar E. (C)




Update: Wow! Our first week is over and 74 families signed up for SchoolPool! Help spread the word to continue raise funds for PTA & reduce car trips. If you haven't done so yet, click here to get signed up and earn $10 for our school (and a free Redbox coupon for the students!)




Norman Rockwell Elementary and the City of Redmond are partnering up again to encourage our students to walk, bike, carpool, and ride the bus to school in May! SchoolPool will help reduce traffic in the neighborhood and encourage a healthier lifestyle by getting students to exercise and socialize while commuting to and from school.

The Redmond SchoolPool is a secure, online network for our school that helps families find carpool partners, form 'walking school buses' and start a 'bike buddies' program. 


Participants can raise money for our school and rewards for your student! (In the fall, we raised $4,870.00 for Rockwell...let's do it again!)

  • For Our School: Earn $10 for the school/PTA when you sign up and another $10 when you take a walking, biking, carpool or bus trip and add it to the online calendar ($20/family).
  • For Your Student: Earn a free Redbox movie or game rental when your student takes at least one trip on the calendar. 

How to Participate:

1. Register for SchoolPool here. (This is a new, easier reg. system so if you signed up back in the fall, please sign up on the new system.)
2. You'll receive an email to verify your account
3. Search for carpool partners, neighbors to walk with, or others to bike with
4. Add your SchoolPool trips (walking, biking, carpooling, and bus) to the online calendar. 

5. Earn rewards for your school & your student!

You can email the SchoolPool staff if you have any questions or call (425) 556-2419.

Thanks for helping us raise money & reduce traffic around Norman Rockwell Elementary!

Jimmy Cho & Rockwell PTA

Rockwell Principal Intern 


A BIG "Thank You" to all who brought in Box Tops!


We are proud to announce WE MADE OUR GOAL!!! The goal was to collect 10,000 Box Tops last week and we collected 10,475. At 10 each, you raised $1047 for our school! Congratulations Beagles!


But that's not all...

There was a friendly competition among the student population and we have a couple of winners to announce:

  • The GRADE with the Highest average of Box tops collected per student is FOURTH Grade. You will receive an additional 5 minutes of lunch recess!
  • The CLASSROOM with the Highest average of Box Tops collected per student goes to Mr. Cortes AND Mrs. Terilli.  They tied at 1062 Box Tops each. Congratulations to both classes, you worked hard to earn an extra 15 minute Recess.

Congratulations to Rockwell for obtaining the goal and earning additional funds for academic enrichment!


The fun doesn't end here! We are looking forward to see what Ms. Gometz and Mr. Cho will have as a very special treat for all students at the year-end assembly!


Keep saving your Box Tops and we will have another contest next year! 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


Stacy Hatch

Box Tops Coordinator, 2015


-Junior Mustangs Boys Basketball Camp 

(for incoming 3rd - 8th graders)

June 22-25th, Mon - TH from 1-4:00 pm at R.H.S.

Cost: $160 for early registration.  After June 11, cost $185 

More info and downloadable Registration form found here


-FALL SOCCER: Lake WA Youth Soccer Assoc. is currently registering for Fall Soccer. Register by May 15th. More details here.


-Shop Everything Party in Redmond for Teacher Appreciation Week (or anytime, bdays, graduation, summer parties etc...). Mention Norman Rockwell Elementary at the cash register and they will donate a portion of every sale 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