PTA Newsletter 

In This Issue
Principal's Letter
Enrichment: Coding Class
Enrichment: Lego Club
Enrichment: Chess Club
Chess Tournament Canceled
Reflections - Next Round!
Kindergarten - Fall 2016 Info
Heritage Night - Host a Country!
Vision & Hearing Screening
Math Challenge #6 Avail
Restaurant Week
Family Bingo NIght - Beach Party!
Extra, Extra - Little Pieces of News
Quick Links
(Filtered for Rockwell)

Jan. 8th, Fri
Reflections Art Contest Open House
LWSD - Resource Ctr. 6-8pm
Support our Rockwell Artists!

Jan. 12, Tues
ALICE - Safety Training & Info 
Session for parents
RHS Cafeteria - 7pm

Jan. 14, Thurs
Vision & Hearing Screening
*Volunteers Needed-See below*

Jan. 18, Mon
No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan. 20, Weds
Incoming Kindergarten Info Mtg/Tour
2pm - Rockwell Library

Jan. 21st, Thurs
General PTA Meeting - All Welcome
7pm, Rockwell Library

Jan. 22, Fri
Heritage Night 6:30-8:30 pm

Jan. 26, 28, 29
Half-Day Conferences 11:30 am Release

Jan 25-29th
Restaurant Week - Dine out for Rockwell

Dear Rockwell families,
Welcome to 2016! We have all missed you and are excited to see everyone's shining faces this week. As we head into a new year, I want to thank you all for your support in the process of student growth. I appreciate how often you ask questions, offer help, and are such engaged partners in the educational process. Thank you!
As many of you know, we have a few changes afoot as we head into the new year. First, Mrs. Sowby is home with her new little boy - please welcome Ms. Jayden Johansen into our kindergarten team. Also, Mrs. Terilli's class will be led by veteran Rockwell teachers Colleen Smith and Susan Hurst as we seek a replacement for Mrs. Terilli, who is leaving the classroom to attend to personal health issues. Finally, congratulations to Ms. White, who married over break. Her new husband also works in the Lake Washington School District, and we are delighted for both of them!
As we begin the new year, we are excited to continue to support one another in the growth of our students and in the growth of our school. Thank you for helping us make sure that in addition to learning and working hard here every day, that our students are reading every day, alone or with an adult, and that they have enough sleep each night, a healthy breakfast in the morning, time with you, and time to play. As proud as I am of the students your children are, I am equally proud and inspired to watch the people they are becoming - musicians, thinkers, actors, community members, and friends. They are fortunate to live in a community that thrives with diverse perspectives, and I am excited for the new year and all that it holds for them.
Happy New Year!
Principal, Norman Rockwell Elementary School
Turn your child's screen time into a creative learning experience!

Coding with Kids instructors teach students how to code in a fun way. Kids learn how to create interactive stories, games, quizzes, and other programs of their own design, using Scratch, a drag-and-drop programming environment developed by MIT ( Coding develops important life skills, such as computational and critical thinking, creativity, design, project planning, and presentation skills. 

Registrations are now open here:

BEGINNER level class will be offered on Tuesdays, starting January 19th.

INTERMEDIATE to ADVANCED level class for returning students will run on Fridays, starting January 8th (this week).

Power up your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and tens of thousands of LEGOŽ!  Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer-designed projects such as arch bridges, skyscrapers, motorized cars, and the Battletrack! Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a
supportive environment. An experienced instructor will challenge new and returning students to engineer at the next level.

Program Type: Engineering FUNdamentals using LEGOŽ
Grades/Ages: 2nd-5th
Start & End Dates: January 25th - March 21st
No Class Dates: 2/15
Day: Mondays
Time: 3:10-4:40pm 

Register HERE

This class is being sponsored by Rockwell PTA. A Parent needs to volunteer for one of the sessions. 

For spring, we will also have a session for K-1 students.

Sivakumar Ananthakrishnan
Lego Engineering Club Chair
You may now sign up for the Winter and Spring Sessions of Chess Club. Follow the links below for more information on dates, pricing, and online registration:
Winter Session *Starts Jan 15th
Fridays, January 15th - March 25th 2016  
(No class January 29th, February 12th, or March 11th)
3:00 - 4:00 pm 
Fridays, April 1st, 2016 - May 27th, 2016 (No class April 8th, 2016)
3:00 - 4:00 PM.

*Parents of registered students must commit to chaperone/volunteer at least once during the session. Sign up form for volunteer shift is found here.
Thank you,
Rockwell Chess Club Chair 
Unfortunately, we have had to cancel the Rockwell Chess Tournament (that was to be held Jan. 9th) due to lack of volunteers.  

Thank you,
Rockwell Chess Club Chair 
Reflections art competition winners to advance to the Washington State round of competition have been selected!  

This year, new State rules allowed large council's like ours to advance a larger number of entries based on local unit participation and the total number of entries received at Council. A total of 93 entries have advanced to the next level.

We are proud to announce the two winners from our school who have advanced to the next level.

Music Composition:

Primary (PreK-2) 
Award of Excellence - "Travel"- Lachlan C.

Intermediate (3 - 5) 
Award of Merit- "Travel"- Ian C.

A quick reminder- Reflections Open House for the LWSD Resource Center is scheduled for this Friday, January 8th, from 6-8pm. Please do visit the center to support our school entries and to appreciate the beautiful artwork on display from around our district.

Winning entries will have their ribbons attached to them or will be marked in some way as winners. Light snacks will be served.

Visual arts and photography entries will remain on display through January 14th.  All other types of entries will only be on display during Open House.
An Information Meeting for prospective Kindergarten parents will be on Weds, January 20, 2015 at 2:00 pm in the school library. 

Meet the principal, tour the school and ask questions! Adults only - no child care provided. Registration packets will be available to take home.

Kindergarten Registration will begin Thursday, Feb. 4 from 1:00 - 7:00 pm in the school library. Child must be 5 by August 31, 2016 to register. Bring birth certificate or passport, immunization records, emergency contact information, and proof of address (recent energy bill with your name on it, lease, or mortgage statement.)

More information can be found HERE

Please pass this information on to any neighbors or incoming kindergarten parents you may know!  Please call Kerry Bauman for more information at 425-936-2670.
Rockwell's Heritage Night is quickly approaching on Fri, Jan. 22nd and is a wonderful opportunity for our families to learn more about our diverse community!

Approximately 15 "Country of Origin" tables/booths are available for anyone interested in participating. Participants will be given a tri-fold presentation board to decorate with interesting facts and artifacts from the country. Sharing music, games, and traditional clothing is also encouraged. There will be no food or potluck table this year (only prepackaged food or food prepared in a commercial kitchen is allowed). 

Please contact Jennifer Myrick if you would like to sponsor a country/booth. Space is limited. This would make a great project for the winter break. More information and volunteer opportunities coming soon from the Heritage Night Chairs!

Thank you,
Jennifer Myrick/PTA CO-VP Events

Rockwell's Vision and Hearing Screening Day will be on 
Thursday, January 14th.  

MANY parent volunteers are needed to make this day go smoothly for students and staff.  No experience is necessary.  School nurses from the district will train parent volunteers in screening.  A school nurse will recheck any child with a questionable screening result.  The only requirements are your time, willingness, and being an approved volunteer with the district.  Sorry, but no preschoolers/toddlers/infants are allowed to come along for this volunteer opportunity.  
We are in need of volunteers for a morning shift (8:15-11:15am) or an afternoon shift (11:45am-2:00pm), or come for the full day (8:15am-2:00pm) for double the fun!  Lunch will be provided for full day volunteers. 

Update: We still need 8 additional morning volunteers and 12 additional afternoon volunteers.  
You can sign up to volunteer here on the Rockwell PTA Website.   

Please contact us with any questions.

Thank you,
Jan Stemple and Karen Hernan
VHS Co-Chairs

Math Challenge #6 is now available here. For this challenge, 12 qualified submissions will randomly selected for the prize.  Grab some friends and family and work on challenge together!
The challenge due date is Thurs, Jan. 7th (before 3pm).

Let the challenge begin!



Rockwell has an amazing school population! Due to that, we have stretched the typical "Dine out night" to last all week in hopes of providing an exceptional dining experience for both our school and the restaurants. For the week of January 25 - 29, local restaurants will contribute a portion of your dining total to Rockwell PTA. 

We hope to offer families a time to spend quality time together, support a local establishment and build rapport with the community. The goal of this week is more than raising funds. 

As an advertising appetizer, here are just a couple of your dining options:
Monday, Jan 25th: The Commons in Woodinville
Wednesday, the 27th: Purple in Woodinville

Stay tuned for the full menu of participating restaurants and dates!

FUNdraising Co-Chairs

Hello Rockwell Parents!

Wax up your surf boards and put on your sunscreen! This year's BEACH PARTY Bingo is Friday, February 5th.

The night is going to be FUN FUN FUN and memorable for the whole family! BINGO, BEACH Music and Dancing with your FAMILY... all in ONE NIGHT!!!

If you haven't attended family bingo before, this is how it goes:

Beach Party Bingo is 6:30 - 8:30pm at Surf City (Rockwell gym). We alternate between playing BINGO and Dancing to BEACH PARTY music throughout the evening. We sell concession items such as water, chips, and trinkets ALL FOR $1 EACH. 

Admission is $1 per person (4 and younger are FREE).
Admittance includes Bingo Board and Unlimited Fun!!

**We are looking for volunteers to help between 5:30 - 9:30 pm.
Please SIGN UP to volunteer at your soonest convenience (By Wednesday, the 27th is preferred) to ensure we have the right amount of people to run the event.

We are really excited to have you join us on the beach!

Bingo Night Chair

*Parents of 5th grade students: Middle School Information nights are coming up, both at Redmond Middle School (Jan. 26 at 7pm) and at the district's variety of Choice Schools.  Link to brochure on Choice Schools with descriptions of schools, DATES for all the info nights, and registration info. 

*5th Grade Skiing Families: 5th Graders in WA State can apply for a free season ski pass to Steven's Pass. Find out More Info HERE

*COMPUTER AVAILABLE FOR PARENTS: If you (or a Rockwell family you know) is in need of access to a computer with internet (for signing up for school programs and registering for school events etc...) please know that a computer in the Rockwell library is available for your use during school hours. Just check in at the office before you head to the library and touch base with the librarian prior to use. Thanks! (Also, note that the Redmond Library allows computer use as well). 
-AmazonSmile: Give a little back to Rockwell PTA by using
our AmazonSmile link!  Bookmark it and use the link every time you shop. The holidays are coming...use the Amazon link!
-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!

-Submit Photos to the YearbookPlease upload them directly to the secure LifeTouch website by visiting LifetouchRegister and use our NEW school access code: PHEBEV
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