PTA Newsletter 


In This Issue
Volunteer & Staff Awards
Teacher Appreciation Week
Family Movie Night/Hopelink Drive
New Yearbook Team Needed
SchoolPool for Spring
Last Box Tops Collection
Ecology Run Thanks
Used Book Sale Thanks
Free ELL Classes For Parents
Math Bonanza 4th Graders
Math Olympiad Congrats
Math Challenge 14
Extra Extra!
IXL Math Practice
Quick Links
(Filtered for Rockwell)

May 16-20th
Teacher Appreciation Week

May 20th, Fri
"UP" Movie Night/Hopelink Drive

May 26th, Thurs
PTA General Membership Mtg
7pm Rockwell Library
Elections for 2016/17 School Year
Budget Vote for 2016/17
**All invited - Please come**

May 30th, Monday
Memorial Day

We want to hear from you! Is there a Parent or Staff Person who had made a difference at Rockwell this year?

Help us recognize our exceptional Volunteers, Teachers, and Staff.

Yellow Nomination Forms were sent home last week! Additional copies can be found in the office or download one here

The Awards Committee is asking ALL Rockwell parents and staff to help out by sending in their award nominations forms. The nomination DEADLINE is this Wednesday, May 11, 2016.

Submissions can be made to the Rockwell Office by sending nomination form (in a sealed envelope addressed to "Rockwell PTA Nomination Committee") via Kid MAIL or by simply emailing your nominations directly to the PTA Nominations Committee at: [email protected]

PTA VP Volunteer Services

It's time for our families to say "thank you" and
celebrate the wonderful staff at Rockwell!  
This year's theme: Because You Lift Us UP

Teacher Appreciation Week will be May 16th -20th. Each day will have a theme, so that the students can join in the fun!  See the FULL Schedule here, but your room parent may modify it a bit/will send something to your class. 

Wake UP with a homemade Breakfast!! 
Kids - bring in paper balloon note that was sent home (will be sent home in early May). Describe your teacher (funny, smart, nice, etc. with black sharpie or link) for the "Words to Lift You UP" posters.  Wear PJ's!
Giddy UP to a Western Potato Bar! (PTA)
Kids - may bring in school supplies for teacher and wear Western Attire.
Sweeten UP with the Candyland Coffee Cart! (PTA)
Kids - may bring in snacks to share (check with room parent). Wear your teachers favorite color.
Surf's UP so catch a wave to the Hawaiian luncheon! (PTA)
Kids - may bring in a flower (real, paper or check with your RP).
Hawaiian Attire.
Batter UP Hit a homerun at the concession stand! (PTA)
Class choice day! Check with your Room Parent.  Mariner's Attire.

How can you help? Be sure to check your emails from your students' Room Parents with detailed updates of the classroom plans. You can also donate items to the teacher luncheons or volunteer a small amount of time to make the activities a success. See the links below or contact us for more details.

Can you bring an item or help set up for the Staff Room lunches? 

Western Lunch (Tues, 5/17)
Coffee Cart Delivery (Weds, 5/18)
Surfs Up Lunch (Thurs, 5/19)

Thank you!
Renee Lawson (Room Parent Chair)
Family Movie Night- Friday, MAY 20th 6-8:30pm

Featured Presentation: UP! (Rated PG) Parental Guidance is required.

ONLINE ticket reservations must be made between now and Wednesday, May 18th. Seating is limited to 125 attendees.

Please bring food donations for Hopelink to movie night in exchange of admission. Doors open at 6pm.

Let's help end summer hunger! Here is a list of the Most Needed Foods to fill UP the pantry this summer. For those not coming to the movie, food donations will be accepted during the week.

Parental Guidance is required during the movie.
Only non-perishable food can be dropped off! You must stay with your children.

It takes a village . . . . . to create a fabulous yearbook!

Thank you to all those who contributed photos to create this year's book. Your kids are going to love it. A special shout out to Gaby Olson and Maya Shani for being my co-editors in crime - the book would not have gotten done without you.

We are recruiting for next year's yearbook editors - we have broken the yearbook job down into its four main jobs. Except photography, all the jobs can be done at home, at any time of day. And the LifeTouch software is easy to use.

Yearbook layout lead - are you a big picture person? All of the pages you see in our yearbook are filled with templates we've created over the past five years. You can use these or create new to set the stage for the general book layout.

Photography lead - coordinating photographs from each grade and all the special Rockwell events will help us get an equal representation of all students at Rockwell.

Yearbook creation - do you love to scrapbook? Well our yearbook is just an 88-page scrapbook. If you like to create the special pages and select the photos use, then this is the job for you.

Yearbook sales - are you great with a spreadsheet? The bulk of the yearbook sales are now during the back to school days. We just someone who can create the yearbook sales and distribution report.

Contact me to learn more -
Minerva Butler

We've had a great start to our SchoolPool Month! Wednesday Morning was our official "kickoff". Blitz, the Seahawks mascot, was at Rockwell to welcome everyone and cheer on those students who walked, biked, carpooled, or rode the bus to school. Reflective stickers for shoes were given out to all those who visited the front of the school that morning. And all bike riders received a new green bike bell!

A BIG Thank You to the wonderful Volunteers (Angie Ballas and Kit Craig) and Staff who joined Blitz to cheer on our students and pass out give-a- ways!!!

Don't forget to sign your students calendars weekly if they are walking, biking, carpooling, or taking the bus to school. Once the calendar is all signed (at least 1 week), send it back to school with your child. Each calendar turned in will earn $10 for Rockwell Elementary!

Thank you all for participating!

Beth Batig and Kerry Bauman

**You can email the Redmond SchoolPool staff at [email protected] if you have any concerns or questions!

Box Tops and Labels for Education will be collected the week of 
May 23rd . While looking through the pantry for items to donate to Hopelink on Movie Night, be sure to clip and save those pink Box Tops and the Labels off Goldfish crackers and Campbell Soup products.

This is the LAST Labels for Education collection ever, as the program is being discontinued. We hope to collect enough labels to get more playground equipment for the students to enjoy!

Thank you for making these programs a success at Rockwell!

Stacy Hatch and Beth Batig
Co VP's FUNdraising

Ecology Run fundraising update:
Thank you so much to the Rockwell community for supporting our fifth grade outdoor education fundraiser! We were overwhelmed with the generous response we received! When we include the expected matching funds - the school raised an amazing $10,789.09 that we were able to put towards the cost of camp for our kids.
Thank you all so much for your support - we couldn't go to camp without you!
The fifth grade teachers and students

Thank you students, parents, staff and community members for
making our Used Book Sale a great success.  We raised an amazing $1229.41 for the library! Your generosity will help put many new books on our school library shelves for students to enjoy. This project would not have been possible without the wonderful volunteers - students, parents and staff - who helped donate, price, organize, set-up, sell and clean-up the thousands of donated books.  A sincere thank you to all involved - volunteers, donors, and shoppers alike.  Have fun reading and start saving your gently used books for next spring's 13 th Annual Used Book Sale!

Diane Davenport
Teacher Librarian

The Partnership team will offer ELL Classes for Rockwell parents. We are currently planning one level, but if we have enough participants and teachers it could be two levels.
Who: Rockwell parents who want to learn English

What: English conversation

When: 9:30~10:30am on Tuesday, May 17th and Thursday, May 19th

Where: 8275 166th Ave NE, #202, Redmond, WA *Childcare provided.
We are looking for volunteers who will help participants build English skills or childcare during classes. Please contact below.
As part of the English Partnership Team: 
Lynette Friesen - English Language Teacher 

4th grade teams participated in Math Bonanza at Auburn on Apr 30th, Two of the Rockwell Math team's which included Timason W got 1st in Speed, 2nd place in Team, 3rd in Individual and 3rd in Mental Math Trophies, while Aparna I came second in mental math and got a trophy for that; Aparna I, NehaSanjana D and Brooks L got 5th place in Team contest for grade 4/5 at the Math Bonanza.

Congratulations to these high achievers who brought honor and a team trophy to Norman Rockwell!!

4th grade Ellipsis Math Coach at Rockwell

On Saturday May 7th, Norman Rockwell Elementary participated in Washington State Math Olympiad in Seattle on the premises of Dearborn Park International School. Congratulations to the two teams of 5th graders: Kirill U, Kashvi P, Tony W, Fredo G, Sohil B, Shivas K, Amol V, Shripad G. You showed good teamwork and collaboration.

Both teams won superior medals for the Short Session - Geometry, Number System, Ratios & Proportional Relationship, Statistics & Probability, Expressions and Equations. 

Both teams got excellency ribbons for solving the Long Problem. This is one of the most challenging sessions for the elementary school students. Long problem solving prepares the students  towards the junior-high school, where written explanations, reasoning and accurate step-by-step instructions are essential part of the learning process. Solving real-life problems may need different viewpoint on the matter, implementing knowledge from math and sometimes combined with science to get to the reasonable answer. 

Special thank you to the parents who support our students throughout the school life and add math excitement in their everyday life and to the parents-volunteers at the competition. We were very excited to participate in a fun event that enables students to show off their math skills and be recognized as Math Olympians.

Ellipsis Math Coach

Math Challenge #14 winners will be announced in the Bugle next week. 

  • Middle School Math Curriculum! Lake Washington School District invites the public to review and comment on middle school math materials. These materials are under consideration for adoption as math curriculum for grades 6-8. Click Here for more details. 
  • Local Summer Camps (examples: basketball at RHS, soccer, and more) can be found on the Peachjar E-Flyers site. Check your Peachjar emails regularly for new info!
  • 5TH GRADE PARENTS: Students turning 11 years old before Sept. 6 (entering 6th grade!)  are required to have an additional TDaP Booster to help prevent tetanus, pertussis and whooping cough. Ensure a smooth transition to Middle School and get this vaccine after your child turns 11.  Please bring a copy of the vaccine to the front office, so we can update your student's profile. 
  • Sign up here to volunteer for recess Running Club - spring is here and the kids want to run!! Tues/TH at lunchtime. Volunteer whenever you can!
  • Our School still needs some parent chair positions/committees filled for next year ASAP!  Reflections Art Contest School Coordinator, Yearbook, Dance Committee, more....check it out here

IXL math practice continues and the following students were given prizes as of April 30th . The last prize distribution of the school year will be as of May 31st . 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: Gahl (C), Nidhi (D), Katie (F), Sydney (B), Michael (C)

1st Grade: Clara G. (F), Alexander F. (E), Diya B. (A), Sonia L. (E), Kai A. (A), Tala B. (B), Nicole C. (C), Kayla S. (D), Thomas M. (A)

2nd Grade: Shelby R (F), Neeraja S (A), Avantika A (D), Shravant D (B), Ameera G (C), Charvi J (D)

3rd Grade: Aaron Rashid (B), Shiven K (B)

4th Grade: Aditya B (F), Caitlin B (D), Shrey G (F), Roman S (C), Chloe C (E), Rohan K (C), Kylie W (D), Lasya A (F), Jordan K (D), SaiHarichand P (E)

5th Grade: Tushar Z (F), Monica B (E), Hannah B (D), Selena C (E), Pierce C (B), Kent F (E), Claire R (C), Sarah R (D), Daniel S (E), Neta S (F), Viktoria S (D), Ethan T (E)
-View Rockwell's Peachjar E-Flyers - a great resource for community events, sports, classes and summer camps.

-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