February 28, 2021

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LWSD Pathway Forward: Secondary Schools

Read the latest update about secondary schooling at lwsd.org/pathway-forward. View answers to frequently asked questions. If you have questions about LWSD's Pathway Forward, please submit them to the district using the Questions about Pathway Forward form.

Online School Opening 2021-22

LWSD is currently developing an online school that will open in the fall of 2021 initially targeting incoming 9th grade students. The online option is separate from the remote learning students are currently experiencing. Information about the new online school will be presented during a Teams Live event on March 11. Any family interested in attending the online session is asked to submit questions before the Live Event. Families can attend the Teams Live event March 11 from 6:00 - 7:00  p.m. or watch a recording of the information session: March 11 Online School Information Session


PTSA Nominations Process Open! (Repeat)

The RMS PTSA Nominating Committee is pleased to open the nominations process for 2021-2022 RMS PTSA Board of Directors! Nominate yourself or others! No experience is necessary and we enthusiastically welcome parents/guardians new to the school or community! We are looking for nominations for the office of:

President  | Treasurer  |  Secretary  |  VP Volunteers  |  VP Communications  | VP FACE  |  VP of Enrichment  |  VP of Fundraising  |  Director of Membership  |  Director of Staff Support

If you or someone you know has a passion for kids and the programs that help them succeed, please consider submitting a nomination. The PTSA Board serves the RMS school community, providing programs, support, and services that might otherwise not be available to the students, families and staff in our area. We believe a great school experience for all students begins with strong partnerships!

If you would like to be a part of this team or know of someone who might want to join us, please fill out the RMS PTSA Nominations Form. A print form is available upon request. All nominations are confidential. You can also nominate or get more information on any positions by sending an email to Elaine H., Meghana S., and Tracey G., at nominations@rmsptsa.org.

Shop Fred Meyer = Donations!

Did you know that know that you can support RMS PTSA just by shopping at Fred Meyer with your Rewards Card? Simply sign in to your digital account and select Redmond Middle School PTSA (organization number CR089) as your Community Rewards organization. Thanks to this program, RMS PTSA has received $93.81 so far from FM's parent company, Kroger. Thanks, Freddy's!

Rainy Day Dinner Club (Repeat)

The joint RMS and Mann PTSA Enrichment Team will be sponsoring the Rainy Day Dinner Club: March Into Spring Class. Each week results in a dinner to feed a family of 4-6. Cost: $150 for 5 weeks Dates: March 2-31, Tuesdays 3:45-5:15 PM or Wednesdays 3:30-5 PM. For More Information, visit the class details webpage.

Submit to Question Corner!

Reminder: RMS PTSA launched a new section to Bear Tracks, Question Corner! Do you have questions about PTSA, school, LWSD, or even City of Redmond? The RMS PTSA invites you to submit your questions to us so they can be answered! We may also post your question in "Question Corner" which will be published periodically in the newsletter. Submit your questions now with our easy online form!

WSPTA Child Advocacy

Did you know that the PTA is the oldest and largest child advocacy association in America, with over 24,000 local PTAs and nearly 4 million members? As part of this nationwide network, parents have a voice in decisions that impact children in their individual schools, and at the district, state and national levels. One of the most important roles of PTA is the grassroots advocacy to push for laws that improve the lives of all children. The Washington state legislature is in session, and WSPTA will send action alerts and informational broadcasts to WSPTA members who have subscribed to WSPTA’s Action Network Group. If you are a member of RMS PTSA, you are also a member of WSPTSA. Read more about how to add your voice to WSPTA's Advocacy efforts in Washington State and subscribe for timely action alerts!


Pantry Packs: Fruit and Nut Drive

We need your help to support LWSD students! We are looking for: Trail Mix / Nuts / Jerky, To-Go Size Peanut Butter in Cups / Pouches (no jars), Protein Bars (with at least 7g protein), Fruit & Veg Cups (no foil lids) / Cans / Pouches. View the flyer for more information.

Drop off food items on March 10, March 13, March 17 and March 20 between 12:00-2:00 PM at 14816 NE 95th Street - Bldg 6 in Redmond, WA 98052. Donations will only be accepted during the above drop-off times. Please do not leave donations unattended. Can't make it in person? No problem! Donate food directly to Pantry Packs via our Amazon Wishlist.

City of Redmond Updates

City of Redmond Closures
The City facilities closure is tentatively extended through June 30, 2021. Essential services will continue to be provided and staff that can work remotely, will do so. Visit redmond.gov/COVID-19 for helpful resources, updates, recommendations, and status of City services.

Redmond Senior/Community Center
Join Redmond and help design your new Redmond Senior and Community Center! In 2020, over 2,500 seniors and Redmond residents provided input to help shape the design and amenities of a new Redmond Senior and Community Center. The community is now invited to provide input on the proposed design and amenities and to share new ideas. Attend the virtual meetings on Wednesday, March 24 or share your ideas through the online questionnaire by March 10.
• 1:00 PM Senior-only Virtual Meeting (RVSP)
• 6:30 PM All Public Virtual Meeting (RSVP)

King County Metro Route to Recovery Survey
As part of its recovery program, King County Metro is making plans to gradually restore suspended service where it’s needed the most. Complete a short multi-language survey through March 8 to help Metro plan routes for 2021.

LWPTSA Scholarships Available

The Lake Washington PTSA Council is pleased to roll out its 2021 Scholarship Program! Council offers several student scholarships and two $500 staff scholarships every spring. This year’s Student Scholarship Program will include 14 scholarships of $1,250 each. Applications for both staff and student scholarships are due by NOON on March 25. Send questions to scholarships@lwptsa.net

WSPTA Contests, Mar. 1 Deadline

The Washington State PTA Contests deadline is fast approaching! This is a reminder that March 1 is the deadline for all submittals. It's time to help students put the final touches on their submissions for the Essay Contest, the Game Development Competition, and the Scholarship program!

Tesla STEM PTSA Nominations

The Tesla STEM Nominating Committee is currently seeking candidates for our 2021-2022 open board elected positions. PTSA leadership positions allow you to take a more active part in advocating at the local level for the benefit of all Tesla STEM scholars and give you the very exciting opportunity to see firsthand how your association allocates your money and works to improve the school community. If you are interested to be part of the board or would like to learn more or know of someone who might want to join us, please email us by March 15: stemnomcom2020@gmail.com We would love to hear from you and are happy to provide any information you would need.

RHS PTSA Nominations (Repeat)

Attention 8th Grade families! Be a part of YOUR Redmond High School PTSA! We are looking for amazing community members to join our RHS PTSA for the 2021-2022 school year. Are you passionate about advocating for our students and helping to create programs and events that help them succeed? Do you enjoy being a part of the school community and helping to shape our student's experience at RHS? Please consider submitting your name or the name of someone you think would be a great fit as a nominee for the 2021-2022 Redmond High School PTSA Board of Directors. If you would like to be a part of this team, please send an email to Nominating Committee at nominations@redmondhsptsa.org.

Parent Education

Spanish Youth Mental Health Workshops: Register at https://www.lwsf.org/youthmentalwellness
Marzo 2, 7:30 PM: ¿Que Tipo De Madre/Padre Eres?

Unity and Healing Thursday, March 11 7:00 PM Presented by LWPTSA, LWSF and Peter Kirk PTSA with Erin Jones, champion for change and social justice. View Flyer

Teens, Marijuana, Vaping & Street Drugs Tuesday, March 9, 7:00 PM Presented by LWSF Balance in MInd, YES, LWHS PTSA.
View Flyer

Parent Chat Topics Wednesdays 7:00 PM
View the comprehensive flyer with upcoming topics. Presented by LWSF Balance in Mind

Free Virtual Gardening Classes Learn from regional experts how to create gardens that are beautiful, sustainable, and water efficient. Classes are scheduled for March and April and are presented by the Cascade Water Alliance. Registration is free. 
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