Happy Thanksgiving! RMS PTSA is very thankful for all our amazing Grizzlies: our students, staff members, volunteers, and parents. No matter how you spend your time over the break, we hope you have a wonderful holiday!

November 22, 2020

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School & LWSD

Thanksgiving Vacation

Thanksgiving Vacation is from November 26-November 27. November 25 is a half day. School resumes on Monday, November 30. For all LWSD dates, review the LWSD 2020-2021 CalendarPlease see the RMS Daily Bell Schedule for November 23-27. You can also navigate to https://rms.lwsd.org and click on "Remote Learning Bell Schedule" to view the schedules.

Submit Photos for Yearbook

The RMS Yearbook Staff is looking for photos for the yearbook! Submit your photos with your students doing various things while social distancing and/or your 8th graders' baby photos! All photos should be school appropriate and if possible, high quality. Please note LWSD policy requires students to be signed-in with a school account to access the submission form.

School Pictures / Retake

School picture re-takes will take place at RMS on Wednesday, December 2, 8:00 AM-12:00 PM.

If you did not pre-order a portrait package, reach out to LifeTouch at (866) 955-8342 or (800) 736-4753 to request your student's unique portrait ID# and access code for online ordering via LifeTouch.


FACE Parent Education: Ending the Silence

RMS PTSA F.A.C.E (Family and Community Engagement) welcomes NAMI Eastside for an Ending the Silence for Families presentation. This virtual event is designed for parents and guardians with a goal to raise awareness about the warning signs of mental health conditions and what steps to take if you or a loved one are showing such symptoms. Audience members can ask questions and gain understanding of an often-misunderstood topic. Through dialogue, we can help grow the movement to end stigma. Mark your calendar now, share the link and encourage others to join.

Ending the Silence: Wednesday, December 2 from 7:00-8:15 PM

Donuts with Dana, Nov. 24, 7pm (Repeat)

RMS PTSA presents "Donuts with Dana", a monthly, 30-minute virtual meeting with Principal Dana Greenberg, usually on the last Tuesday of the month, alternating between morning and evening times. Parents can chat with the principal, and other parents about various school topics from the leisure of your own home. Bring your own donuts!

Donuts with Dana: Tuesday, November 24 at 7:00 PM

Virtual Open Mic Night!

RMS PTSA is partnering with the The Redmond Academy of Theatre Arts (RATA) to present the virtual Open Mic Night! All RMS students looking for a venue to express their inner artist individually or as a group are invited, either via live streaming or by recording.

We are also offering FREE coaching sessions by aspiring high school performers, who are also RMS alumni at RATA, to help students prepare for the performance of their choice (singing, dancing, monologue, playing musical instrument, etc.)

This is a fully subsidized program, and there is NO COST to any students! All sessions, including Open Mic Night will be held virtually in the evenings or weekends.

Kick-off/information Session: Thursday, December 17 
Open Mic Night: Tentatively Friday, January 29

Secure your spot now by signing up!

Win A Gift Card by Joining RMS PTSA

Want to win a $50 gift card to Original Pancake House in Redmond? Join the RMS PTSA to enter the drawing! Two lucky PTSA members will win a $50 restaurant gift card to the awesome restaurant located at Redmond Town Center. Will it be you? To be eligible for the drawing, you must either be a current member or join by December 11, 11:59 PM. All member types are eligible and scholarships are available!

Enter the DrawingJoin the RMS PTSA
Deadline: Friday, December 11, 11:59 PM

Online Enrichment Needs Your Vote!

Vote for your favorite after school Online Enrichment Class. The next session of Online Enrichment Classes will begin in January. Tell us what classes you want to see offered. Either e-mail OnlineEnrichment@rmsptsa.org with your ideas or fill out this survey.

Keep Safe and Support RMS - Buy a Face Mask! (Repeat)

The RMS Face Mask sale is going strong! 100% of revenue will be used to donate extra hygiene kits for RMS families that need them. We are at 30% of goal of raising $500 before the end of year. Show your Grizzly spirit! Support a good cause! Buy as gifts for your loved ones!

Order Nowhttps://rmsptsa.org/Page/PTSA/MaskSale

Introducing "Question Corner"

RMS PTSA is excited to launch 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. Scroll down to read the first installment of "Question Corner!" 

Submit Your Questions: https://rmsptsa.org/Page/PTSA/QuestionCorner

Last Chance to Get a Student Directory

A limited number of the printed RMS Student Directory are still available for purchase. If you want to purchase the 1/2 page booklet, please email studentdirectory@rmsptsa.org. Student directories (both online and printed) are only available to PTSA members, but it's not too late to become an RMS PTSA Member to get your copy of the directory! Scholarships are available for both membership and student directories. No applications and no-questions asked!

Enjoy the New Fence Message!

In appreciation of the amazing people that work at RMS, the fence message was updated on November 8. Take a look at all of the images of changing messages to our wonderful staff by visiting the RMS PTSA Fence Messages webpage. Drive by this week to see a new message in the spirit of the upcoming holiday!

Support PTSA on Black Friday, Cyber Monday

Support the RMS PTSA on Black Friday and Cyber Monday at Amazon! RMS PTSA is part of the AmazonSmile program for charities, which means "You Shop, Amazon Gives." Simply click on the link below BEFORE you shop/pay and Amazon will automatically make a donation to RMS PTSA equal to.05% of the prices of your eligible purchases. It's easy, free, and helps RMS students!

Or go to smile.amazon.com and search for the charity "Redmond Middle School PTSA 2 8 80"


Pantry Packs: Milk and Meals Food Drive

Due to the pandemic and supply chain issues, Pantry Packs is having difficulty obtaining enough 15 oz canned soups/meals (with 7+ grams of protein) and 8 oz single serve shelf stable milk. View Flyer  or Visit lwsf.org/pantrypacks.html There are many ways to donate:

• Sign up for a date/time to drop off food during Weds/Sats 12pm-2pm from 11/18-12/19
• Donate food directly to Pantry Packs via their Amazon Wish List 

• Donate funds and employer match

ENAEP Virtual Events

The Eastside Native American Education Program (ENAEP) is hosting a series of virtual events to celebrate Native American Heritage Month in November. Admission is free. All events will be held at 6:30PM via Zoom. For more information or the event links, contact Mary Wilber at mwilber@lwsd.org or 425-936-1402.

November 23: ENAEP Frybread Cooking Fest
November 30: Favorite Books by Native Authors

Weekly Community Sing Along

Raise your voices and your spirits with friends and neighbors from the safety of your home with the City of Redmond Community Sing Alongs! Every Monday at 7:00 PM you can grab your musical instruments or gather around with your family to make some music. Learn More

Parent Education

LGBTQ+ Panel Wednesday, December 2, 7:00 PM. Come join for an evening of sharing and learning, find out about supports in schools. RSVP required for this event. View Flyer

Join LWPTSA Emergency Preparedness Committee for several webinars throughout the year on a variety of safety and emergency preparedness topics.
  • Safety & Privacy Online Tuesday, December 1, 7:00-8:00 PM by Sarah K. Miller, Emergency Management Professional & Crisis Manager. This session will cover the basics of cyber hygiene, designed to help you and your family stay safe online. Please RSVP
  • Emergency Preparedness for the Family Thursday, December 10, 7:00-8:00 PM by Pattijean Hooper, PhD, City of Redmond Emergency Manager. Learn ways to keep the whole family prepared for disasters that you might experience while at home such as earthquakes, wildfires, and winter storms. Please RSVP

Question Corner

Question: Why is PTSA membership important? Should I donate even if I paid my membership fee?

Answer: RMS PTSA is a membership-driven association. Membership in the PTSA shows that you value not only all the programs we organize and support, but also the time and effort spent by PTSA volunteers who make it happen. Being a PTSA member is different from participating in fundraising efforts at school. By becoming a PTSA member you ensure that we have legal grounds and basic funds to run our business (we are a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.) Donations allow us to do everything else we do!

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