January 31, 2021

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School & LWSD

No School, Feb. 11-15

Mid-Winter Break will take place from February 11-12 and February 15 is a no-school day in observance of Presidents Day. For all LWSD dates, please review the LWSD 2020-2021 Calendar.

There's also a change to the RMS Bell Schedule for both weeks. Please view the RMS Daily Bell Schedule for February 8-12 and February 15-19. You can also navigate to https://rms.lwsd.org and click on "Remote Learning Bell Schedule" to view the schedules.

RMS Families of Color Monthly Meetings

Who: Redmond Middle School Families of Color
What: Family engagement and support 
When: Every 3rd Tuesday of the month from 6:30 to 7:30 PM. **Our first virtual meeting will be on the evening of Tuesday, February 16 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM.
Where: Online, via a link to a live Microsoft Teams event. 
Why: To create a safe space to meet others and to build a supportive community. 
How: We will send a Teams link via email, post card, or text so that you can join our online sessions.
View the Flyer

Quién: Redmond Middle School, Familias de color 
Qué: Participación y apoyo para familia 
Cuándo: Cada tercer martes del mes de 6:30 a 7:30 PM. **Nuestra primera reunión virtual será la noche del martes 16 de febrero de 6:30 a 7:30 PM. 
Dónde: En línea, a través de evento en vivo de Microsoft Teams. 
Por qué: Crear un espacio seguro para conocer a otros y construir una comunidad de apoyo. 
Cómo: Le enviaremos un enlace de Teams por correo electrónico, una tarjeta posta, o un mensaje de texto para que pueda unirse a nuestras sesiones en línea.
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LWSD Pathway Forward Update

There have been updates to in-person services. Read the updates 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.


Save the Date: PTSA General Meeting, Feb. 9

Please join us for the second PTSA General Meeting of the 2020-2021 school year on Tuesday, February 9 at 7:00 PM, online, from the comfort of your own home! We will be conducting the meeting virtually via Microsoft Teams. Come learn more about what the PTSA is doing for your students at RMS, vote on budget changes and get to know your fellow RMS parents! Everyone is welcome, the entire RMS community is invited, you DO NOT need to be a PTSA member to attend.

RMS PTSA General Meeting
Date: Tuesday, February 9, 7:00 PM
Link to join will be available on the RMS PTSA Meetings website closer to the event

RMS Virtual Open Mic Entries

Performers of all kinds are wanted! RMS PTSA is partnering with Redmond Academy Of Theater Arts for a virtual Open Mic! Anyone is welcome to send a video recording of your performance - singing, dancing, playing instruments, doing magic etc., and we will produce a virtual show. Send your file to openmic@rmsptsa.org before the end of Friday, February 5! The show will be presented online on February 13 at 3:00 PM! Put it on your calendar and don't miss the show!

Fence Message for the End of First Semester

Our RMS teachers and staff have been hard at work finishing up the first semester’s work with our students. The updated fence message acknowledges that this has been a particularly challenging year, and we hope you will join the PTSA in showing your appreciation of the amazing people that work at RMS.

Take a look at all of the images of changing messages to our wonderful staff by visiting the RMS PTSA Fence Messages webpage. And feel free to email your student’s favorite teacher(s) and staff and let them know how much their efforts have made a difference in this strange remote-learning world we live in.

Help Shape the PTSA Board Next Year! (Repeat)

The RMS PTSA is still looking for individuals to serve on our Nominating Committee, presenting a unified slate of candidates for next year's RMS PTSA Board of Directors. Take a chance, step-up, and make a difference!

The Nominating Committee is in charge of identifying and recruiting candidates for the incoming PTSA Board. This is a relatively simple, but very important task. Please fill out this short Nominating Committee Interest Form to volunteer or get more info!


Boosters "Orchestrate" Dinner at MOD Feb. 3rd!

MOD Pizza Dine Out February 3rd at Bella Bottega! Absolutely everybody in the community is invited to get a meal and help fundraise for Redmond Region Orchestra Boosters! Use promo code GR173073R for online orders or Mention that you are with Redmond Region Orchestra Boosters before placing your order in person. Visit the fundraising website for more info.

Orchestra families, Save the Dates: 
February 3: Masterclass, newsletter coming soon!
February 8: General Membership Meeting (Zoom Meeting Link)

LWSF Valentine's Day Staff Appreciation

Do you know a teacher or staff member who deserves a Valentine? We think you do! So this Valentine's Day, for a small donation, we'll put their name and who it's from on our Wall of Love, send them a keepsake postcard, or mail them a heart-filled lapel pin. All funds raised by this campaign benefit the important work of the Lake Washington Schools Foundation. Learn more at www.lwsf.org/valentine or view the flyer.

Example of LWSF Programs:
Free and Reduced Student Lunch Debt Payoff: Thanks to the generous support of donors, LWSF and Pantry Packs program paid off the lunch debt for all free and reduced student lunch accounts!

COVID-19 Reopening Update

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) announced that based on Governor Jay Inslee’s updated Roadmap to Recovery phased reopening plan, the following regions will move into Phase 2: Puget Sound, West. King County is included in the Puget Sound region. Phase changes will go into effect on Monday, February 1, 2021 and remain in effect until Monday, February 15, 2021. Learn more by visiting the reopening dashboard.

Parent Education

Talking Consent Wednesday, February 3, 7:00 PM This is a LWSF Balance In Mind event. Please visit https://www.lwsf.org/youthmentalwellness for more information.

Healthy Teen Relationships Wednesday, February 17 This is a LWSF Balance In Mind event. Please visit https://www.lwsf.org/youthmentalwellness for more information.

Spanish Youth Mental Health Workshops: Register at https://www.lwsf.org/youthmentalwellness
Febrero 2, 6:30 PM: Auto-lesiones y Suicidio En Los Jóvenes
Febrero 16, 6:30 PM: Consejería De Salud Mental Para Jóvenes y Derechos De Los Padres
Marzo 2, 7:30 PM: ¿Que Tipo De Madre/Padre Eres?

Question Corner

Question: How does the PTSA choose who is going to run things and what programs to run?

Answer: The RMS PTSA's mission is to support, engage, and advocate for our students, staff, and community. To fill board positions (president, secretary, etc.), parent volunteers step up and offer their time for a school year commitment. Right now, we are forming a Nominating Committee to recruit for next year’s board! Nominees are elected to board positions at the June general meeting. Current year board members train incoming officers and are available during transition and through the next year for consultation. As for Programs that the PTSA runs, these depend on a few factors, the most important being the availability of volunteers/chairpersons to run each program.

VOLUNTEERS: The PTSA relies on the availability of VOLUNTEERS like you! Without chairs or volunteers to run programs such as International Night, Science Team, Math Club, these programs are not able to take place. For example, for 2020-2021, Reflections was cancelled due to lack of a chairperson to head the program. We also rely on parents/guardians/volunteers to bring forth ideas for NEW programs and activities.

Interest: There should be interest from students, families, community members to have the program take place. If there is not enough interest, then a program may be paused or not run in subsequent years.

Budget: Programs need to be taken account in the PTSA's yearly budget. Enrichment programs need to think about how much funds they need, fundraising and participant dues/fees and present it to the Board before a program is incorporated into the yearly lineup.

Inclusivity: RMS PTSA welcomes all students, including those with special needs. Therefore, any program that is run needs to be able to support all RMS students.

Adaptability: Programs need to adapt to current conditions. For example, in 2020-2021, all of our programs went virtual due to remote-learning and the pandemic. Some in-school programs, such as Health and Vision Screening assistance, were cancelled. On the other hand, new programs may be incorporated as we discover more opportunities in ever-changing environments. For example, we began a partnership with Mann PTSA to offer exciting online enrichment for our students!

Do you have ideas for new programs? Do you want to volunteer next year to keep our current programs going? Please contact communications@rmsptsa.org now to express your interest!

Do you have a question? Submit it now!
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