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October 25, 2020

RMS Calendar

School & LWSD

RMS ASB School Clubs

RMS Club Teams will soon be available for students. These Teams will be a place for students to engage in school appropriate social interactions under the guidance of a faculty adviser. Clubs will meet before or after school depending on the schedule set by the adviser. School-sponsored clubs adhere to all online behavior expectations as outlined in the District AUP and RMS student handbook. For a listing of available clubs and information on how students can join, please review the last article in the latest Grizzly Gram.

(ASB stands for Associated Student Body, a student group that represents RMS Students. To find out the difference between PTSA & ASB, view this brief explanation on the PTSA website.)


Donuts with Dana, Oct. 27 (Repeat)

RMS PTSA presents "Donuts with Dana", a monthly, 30-minute meeting with Principal Dana Greenberg, occurring on the last Tuesday of the month. Join us for the first one this year on Tuesday, October 27 at 9:00 AM virtually on Microsoft Teams. 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, October 27 at 9:00 AM

The next "Donuts with Dana" will be Tuesday, November 23 at 7:00 PM in the evening.

Do You Shop At Amazon?

Donate to RMS PTSA without spending a penny! RMS PTSA is part of the AmazonSmile program for charities, which means "You Shop, Amazon Gives." Simply click on the link below BEFORE your shop and pay and Amazon will automatically make a donation to RMS PTSA equal to.05% of the prices of your eligible purchases.


Friends, family, and co-workers can also use this program to benefit the RMS PTSA. Send the link via email, text or social media and whenever they shop using the link, Amazon will donate to RMS PTSA! It's easy, free to you, and benefits the students at RMS!

Membership Benefit: RMS Student Directory

Thank you for becoming a RMS PTSA member for 2020-2021! PTSA membership comes with many great benefits! One of the exclusive benefits is that you receive access to the RMS Student Directory.

The PTSA, in its quest to become sustainable and remote-learning friendly, is continuing the practice of making the student directory available online for FREE to all of our members. To provide more security, the online directory is only accessible through your online PTSA account. Printed directories are also available to our members for $3. Order by Friday, October 30, 11:59 PM.

All RMS PTSA members were sent an email on Friday, October 23 with instructions on how to access the online student directory and order a printed directory. If you are a PTSA Member and did not receive this email, please check your junk/spam folders. If you need to have this email resent or have questions, please contact studentdirectory@rmsptsa.org.

Science Team Has Open Spots

We are forming a new team for the Science Olympiad! Science Team registration is open again, for one last time, to handle the overwhelming requests we received after the registration deadline. It is now FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED, as we only have 8 spots available! This is your last chance to register for the year 2020-21. Scholarships are available. If you have any questions, please contact scienceteam@rmsptsa.org.

Science Team Registration: http://rmsptsa.org/Packet/ScienceTeamReg

Harvest Puzzle Hunt

The RMS and Horace Mann PTSAs have teamed up to offer some exciting online enrichment for students, including a Harvest Puzzle Hunt! Search for clues to solve the puzzle and win a prize! All the clues are hidden in the Afterschool Enrichment Team on Microsoft Teams.

To be added to the Afterschool Enrichment Team, you need to first sign the Code of Conduct.

Your first clue has 2 Steps:
You'll find Step 1 in the Code of Conduct
You'll find Step 2 below:
When you put Step 1 and 2 together, it will lead you to the beginning of the puzzle hunt which is somewhere in the Gameroom Channel. (if you've already signed the Code of Conduct, just open it again and find the clue, no need to sign a second time) HINT: if you are having trouble finding the start of the Puzzle Hunt, click here.

Cheers for the RMS Staff

In our quest to continue recognizing and celebrating our wonderful staff, the fence message has been updated today on October 25. Enjoy the images of changing messages to our wonderful staff by visiting the RMS PTSA Fence Messages webpage.

PTSA Membership Meeting Recap

Thanks to everyone who joined the online Membership Meeting last Tuesday, October 13! Congratulations to the new officers who were elected by the Membership! The following volunteers were elected to office: 

President: Allan Rousselle
VP Volunteers: Smita Thota
VP Enrichment: Emily Johnson

The membership also voted on the updated 2020-2021 Budget. Please view the October 13 Membership Meeting Minutes, to see what was discussed and the motions that were passed. Please remember, everyone is welcome, members and non-members to all of our meetings! If you'd like to learn more about PTSA meetings, please visit the RMS PTSA Meetings webpage.

Spelling Bee Registration is Open! (Repeat)

RMS PTSA Spelling Bee
After a successful bee last year, RMS PTSA will be hosting a school spelling bee this year as well. Given the circumstances this year, we will conduct the bee online! Enrollment is open, register now! Registration is $15, and scholarships are available. Registration Closes: Wednesday, November 25, 11:59 PM. Follow the RMS PTSA Spelling Bee website and Spelling Bee Registration to register and to find out the Spelling Bee process and details. 

We're also looking for volunteers! If you want to help organize the preliminaries or the finals, please contact spellingbeechair@rmsptsa.org to sign up!


Not Too Late to Register to Vote!

Vote in the upcoming elections and help educate other voters. It's not too late to register to vote in the general election. Encourage the youth and other members of your community to register and to vote! King County Elections (website) would like to draw your attention to the following dates leading up to the 2020 general election.

Monday, October 26 – Deadline to register or update your registration by mail or ONLINE. Mailed registration forms must be received by this day. Register to vote ONLINE now at 

Tuesday, November 3 - The last day to register IN PERSON and VOTE. Vote Center Locations 
Ballots must be postmarked by today or returned to a ballot drop box by 8:00 p.m. sharp.

Quick Links
How to Vote  |  View Your Voter Information  |  Track your Ballot

Lake Washington PTSA's Voter Tool Kit gives you all the necessary dates and info in one place to help you take part in the upcoming election. Read it and share it with friends!

Hopelink Pre-Packed Foods

Is your family struggling with having enough food on hand to feed your family? Hopelink in Redmond offers pre-packed food boxes that provide up to 21 meals per person in your family. This is a very easy option to access. You simply drive into the side parking lot of the Redmond Hopelink and let them know what you need. You do not need to be registered - it is available to anyone.

Food Bank Address: 8990 154th Avenue NE, Redmond WA 98052
Hours of Operation: Tuesdays: 12-4 pm, Wednesday: 3-7 pm, Thursday: 10 am-2 pm

Free Flu Vaccine for Uninsured Adults

The WA Department of Health is offering no-cost influenza (flu) vaccination for uninsured adults over the age of 18 to help prevent flu illness during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit their website for a list of participating locations.

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Please read LWSD Superintendent Dr. Jon Holmen's message on this important topic, originally published on the LWPTSA website.

LWSF - All In For Kids! 

With a new and very unique school year upon us, you may be feeling a little helpless right now. Many families are struggling and most of us would like to help. What can you do right now to make a difference? Go ALL IN FOR KIDS with a donation to the Lake Washington Schools Foundation!

We've been helping students, families, and schools in the Lake Washington School District for fifteen years with programs like Balance in Mind, LINKS Mentoring, Pantry Packs and Reach for Success grants. With your help, we can ensure that every student in our district has what they need to succeed this school year, no matter what form school takes. View Flyer  |  Donate Now

WSPTA Essay Contest

The state-wide Washington State PTA Essay Contest explores the important and varied influencers in the lives and education of children. The Essay Contest is open to all students in K-12 across the state. The application deadline is March 1, 2021. Find guidelines, application forms and more on the WSPTA Essay Contest website.

Green Redmond Days: Discovering Your Local Forest

Green Redmond Day this year has been extended to a week-long adventure of discovering your local forest and learning about the elements that make our forests healthy. Each day includes activities that you can do both outside or from the comfort of your own home. Finish at least one activity for each day and you can win a small prize from the Green Redmond Partnership!

Discover Your Local Forest
Activity Sheet
More information on Green Redmond Partnership

Parent Education Events

Simple Steps to Increase Closeness in Families with Teens If you missed the talk, please feel free to review the speaker’s slide deck as well as a brief summary here.

Screening of Screenagers - Growing Up in the Digital Age Recommended for ages 10+. This documentary offers thoughtful discussion on the topic of helping our kids manage screens. This screening opportunity is available until October 31. Register Now

Support Your Child as They Navigate Painful Experiences November 4 and 18 at 7:10 PM. This is a LWSF Balance In Mind event. Please visit https://www.lwsf.org/youthmentalwellness for more info.
Bear Tracks Newsletter is produced by RMS PTSA as a benefit to the Redmond Middle School Community. Bear Tracks is edited by Neeta C. Please submit articles via the Bear Tracks Online Submission Form. Articles are due on Thursdays, by 5:00 PM for publication the following Sundays. If you have any questions, please email beartracks@rmsptsa.org.
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