PTA Newsletter 
In This Issue
Book Fair This Week
Send in Your Box Tops
School Board Candidate Forum
Running Club Starts Soon
School Picture Day
Art Contest - PTA Reflections
SchoolPool Update
School Spirit Day
MATCH your Pass The Hat Donation
Math Challenge Winners
IXL - September Prize Winners
Math Kangaroo Competition
Enrichment: Spelling Bee
Extra - Extra! (Little bits of news)
Quick Links
(Filtered for Rockwell)

Oct. 12, 13, 15 - M/T/TH
Half-Day Elementary Conferences 
(11:30 am Release)

Oct 12, 13, 14, 15 - M/T/W/TH
Scholastic Book Fair in the Library
(See times in article below)

Oct. 15th, Thursday
School Board Candidate Forum
RHS, 7pm-8:30pm

Oct. 16th, Friday
No School/L.E.A.P. Day

Oct. 20th, Tuesday
School Picture Day

Oct. 20th, Tuesday
LWSD-LWPSTA Special Needs Group Mtg
LWSD Resource Ctr - 7pm

Oct. 21st, Wednesday
Wear Orange for 
Unity Day/Anti-Bullying

Oct. 22nd Thursday
**First PTA General Membership Mtg of the school year - all invited!

Oct. 23rd, Friday
Rockwell Spirit Day - Wear your Rockwell Spirit Gear or Purple and Yellow!

Oct. 26th, Monday
Reflections Submissions are Due

Oct. 30th, Friday
All-School Costume Parade
(Parents invited)
2:00 p.m.



Download Copy of Flyer here:
It's contest time! Today, October 12th - Friday, October 23rd.

Our goal is to collect 10,000 Box Tops and 5000 Labels for Education! Bring your Box Tops and Labels for Education into your teacher all week!

Each Box Top is worth ten cents. Each student should strive to collect 15 Box Tops. The money Rockwell receives from Box Tops for Education will go into a technology budget for new netbooks.

Labels for Education will be used for fun, new recess equipment like balls and chalk. Each student, please bring in at least eight labels.

The CLASSROOM with the highest % of Box tops/Labels per student wins an extra 15 minute recess.

The GRADE with the highest %, wins 5 extra minutes of lunch recess!

Click the link for more information on the Box Tops for Education program, including a list of participating products.

Click the link for additional information on the Labels For Education program, including participating products.

Beth Batig and Stacy Hatch
Co-VP's of FUNdraising
Get Informed and Vote Smart! 
Candidate Forum for LWSD School Board 
Thursday, October 157:00-8:30pm 
Redmond High School Performing Arts Center
Lake Washington School District is the fastest growing district in Washington State. More jobs, more houses, and more kids means LWSD is inching its way towards being the 4th largest district in the State with just under 28,000 kids. Three seats on Lake Washington School District's School Board are up for election in November, and the time to vote is approaching quickly. Do you know who the candidates are? Do you know what they stand for and what their goals are for our schools and our students? Lake Washington PTSA Council and Emily Dickinson PTSA are sponsoring a candidate forum so our community can get to know the candidates better before the voting deadline. This is a neutral event to which all candidates have been invited.
Whether you're a parent in the district, a business leader, or a community member, the decisions the LWSD School Board will make in the coming years will have an impact on our community. You are all invited to this opportunity to learn where the candidates stand on our most pressing issues, from how the district should face our unprecedented growth to future bond strategies, from the importance of teacher quality to special needs programs, from community engagement plans to strategies for diminishing education opportunity gaps and Common Core implementation.
Don't miss this important evening.
You've got the shape our community's future!
Any questions? Please contact:  Erika Kapur, LWPTSA Council VP Advocacy ([email protected])
Announcing the start of the Rockwell Running Club!
Who? Safe, Respectful, and Responsible 1st - 5th Graders who want to run during Lunch Recesses.

When? Tuesdays and Thursdays during Lunch Recesses, starting October 20th, 2015.

Where? We will meet at the grass patch next to the sand soccer field, then run a marked looped path around the soccer field. Round and round we go!
Attention Parents! We need your help to kick off this program. We need 4-5 volunteers each Tues/Thurs to help set up, monitor and assist students with punch cards on laps being completed. Please sign up for volunteer shifts online here

Volunteers must have current LWSD Volunteer Approval. If you have not yet been background checked, you may fill out the volunteer application online here. (Approval is good for 2 years.)  Paper applications are also available in the Rockwell Elementary office.
Questions? Please email Christine Cottom with any questions.

Christine Cottom/Rockwell PE Teacher
Picture Day is Tuesday, October 20th! To order portraits, please complete the Lifetouch order form provided (check your child's backpack this week for order forms), enclose payment, and return to school on Picture Day.  Orders can also be placed online at  School Picture Day ID: LS115732Q0

Picture Day Chairperson

Participate in the PTA Reflections Art Competition:
"Let Your Imagination Fly"

Each year, the National PTA Reflections art competition challenges students to create art that supports a specific theme. This year's theme is "Let Your Imagination Fly"Students may enter through their school PTSA in any of six art categories: literature, music composition, photography, visual arts, dance choreography, and film production. Deadline is Oct 26th.

To get started with Reflections, download and read the rules and guidelines for the art category your child plans to enter. (Click on the links below.) Please also download and read the General Participation Rules that apply to all art categories. Download our PTSA's student entry form HERE.  Please also find the hard copies of the entry forms in the Rockwell office. 

Find more information about the Reflections program at Rockwell PTA Website - Reflections.

For more information, please contact:
Rockwell Reflections Co-Chairs
Wow! We've had a great start to our SchoolPool promotion! So far,
we've had 33 new families sign up (if you haven't done so yet, click here to get signed up and earn $10 for our school). This gives us a total of 125 families participating!

The more families who join, the more opportunities you have to find neighbors to carpool with, form walking trains with, and lessen the traffic around the school during pick up and drop off!

If you are already signed up, be sure and add any walking, biking, carpooling, or bus trips your student takes to the online calendar to raise an additional $10 for our school.

A BIG Thank You to the wonderful Volunteers (Jennifer Myrick, Kristine Laves, Chamu Kallem, Rose Mayeda, Lara Lockwood) and Staff who braved the elements to cheer on our students and pass out give a ways!!!

Thank you all for participating!
Beth Batig and Kerry Bauman

**You can email the Redmond SchoolPool staff at if you have any concerns or questions!
We've got spirit, yes we do!
We've got spirit, how about you?

Wear Purple
, Yellow AND your new Spirit wear!
Students, staff and parents- 
Show your school spirit; wear Rockwell colors Friday, Oct 23rd

Spirit Wear Orders:
Thank you for placing spirit wear orders. They are on their way to the school!

*I need four volunteers to help sort the gear (upon arrival) per teacher/per child and then deliver the SPIRIT wear to classrooms. Estimated time commitment is 2 hours. Please email me ASAP!

Thank you for showing your school spirit!

FUNdraising Co-VP's
Thank you for donating to Norman Rockwell PTA's biggest fundraiser, Pass the Hat!

Reminder: Contact your HR Department and submit your donation to your employer to be MATCHED today! Amazon, Boeing, Microsoft and Nintendo are just some of the corporations that will match your
donation, doubling the value!

Funds received from Pass the Hat are used toward academic enrichment programs like IXL, Ellipsis Math and Art. Classroom grants towards curriculum enhancements like National Geographic, Toymaker and field trips are dependent upon Pass the Hat donations.

Norman Rockwell PTA is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, making your donation a tax deduction.

Please share this Pass the Hat Link with your friends and family who may wish to donate to your child's education. Click on the link if you would like to make your own donation.

Stacy Hatch
Beth Batig
FUNdraising Co-VP's
Math Challenge winners:

Thanks to everyone who participated in our first Math Challenge of the school year. 

Congratulations to our 12 prize winners: Rishab S, Lila J, Alanna P, Adhrith V, Aditya V, Joseph J, Sota E, Timason W, Shriya T, So N, Jennifer L, Vaidehi H.

Our next challenge is available online on 10/16/15.

Don't forget our Math Challenge Tournament registration is also open!! 
You can register your student online hereLearn more about this Math Challenge Tournament here.
With any questions, please contact:
The prize closet is stocked with great prizes for the students who are practicing IXL Math! The following students were given prizes for points earned since school started through the end of September. Next prize check will be mid-October. 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 and to the Rockwell PTA for purchasing the prizes.

Parents - please visit to learn more about Math at Rockwell. 

-Parent IXL Math Coordinators

Kindergarten - Maximillian (A), Alexandra K (A), Neel (A), Sriyashvi (A)

1st Grade - Varsha T. (A), Riya K. (A), Elaine C. (A, B), Ava A. (A, B)

2nd Grade - Sawyer L (A), Mara P (A), Murali C (A), Prayas D (A), Matthew S (A), Lachlan C (A), Krishna S (A, B), Winson W (A)

3rd Grade - TBA

4th Grade - Todd B (A), Chloe C (A), Uzair K (A), Vihaan D (A), Saiharichand P (A)

5th Grade - Gwendylan A (A), Nicolas A (A, B, C), Nikita C (A), Maria D (A), Lindsay G (A, B, C, D), Megan G (A), Chloe H (A), Ryan H (A), Kartik K (AB), Louise L (ABC), Abdulrahman M (A), Arjun M (A), Lola R (A), Nolan R (A), Margot S (A), Alex T (A), Ishan V (A), Emma W (A), Alexander C (AB), Janelle C (A ), Hannah C (A), Ian C (A), Ellie H (AB), Shivas K (A), Emily L (AB), Jennifer L (A), Misaki M (ABC), 
Lion P (A), Katelyn Y (A), Yash B (A), Grace D (A), Kashvi P (AB), Alexandre C (AB), Manindra G (A ), Aarav K (AB), Anjali M (A), Morgan M (A), Grace M (AB), Bailey M (A), Uriya S (A), Bryson T (A), Nicolas T (A), Amol V (A), Diya Y (AB)
It's time to register your students for the annual Math Kangaroo competition. Thanks to our school and the PTSA for sponsoring the event for the third year. We normally filled out our 130 seats. Interested mathletes, sign up now! Space is filling up fast.

What: Math Kangaroo math competition
Where: Norman Rockwell Gymnasium
When: March 17, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
Who: Students in grade 1-12.

Registration here.  Choose Rockwell as your location.

Students who have signed up for Spelling Bee Club should now all 
have a copy of the word lists printed from our website:

Students should begin studying the vocabulary words immediately to give them enough time to learn all 450 words before the Written Test on Jan 29th, 2016. Check the website for great links to study tools and tips! We will schedule mock bees and invite all registered students to attend. Dates TBD, so stay tuned! If you are in grades 1-5 and haven't registered yet, it's not too late! Go to or contact us at [email protected].

The Spelling Bee Team,
Sarita Valji, Barbara Puk, and Chamu Kallem
  • PTA EVENTS CALENDAR: New dates for school dance and ice cream social. Download your new calendar here
  • Local Businesses - Last Chance to Advertise in our Rockwell School Directory! Find out pricing and submission guidelines here 
  • Can you organize a Food Drive? Rockwell PTA is looking for a Charitable Giving Chair to organize and communicate details to our school community for the upcoming Northwest Harvest's 2015 Kids for Cans Food Drive Challenge (and possibly a similar drive in the Spring). Minimal time commitment. Contact Cari Scotkin for more information. 
  • A few more PTA chair or committee positions remain for this school year (5th Grade Promotion Chair, Rockwell Awards Committee and Volunteer Tea, and a few more)...can you help? Check them out here
  • Submit your photos to the Yearbook!  Please upload them directly to the secure LifeTouch website by visiting Lifetouch.
    Register and use our NEW school 
    access code: PHEBEV

-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!  


-Bookmark & Register for your account on our  

New PTA  Website. Calendar info, announcements, forms, ordering yearbooks and spiritwear, and much more!

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, upon approval, will be posted in the Peachjar eflyer system.  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