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August 16, 2020

RMS Calendar

From The Editor...

Welcome to the first issue of Bear Tracks for the 2020-2021 school year! We hope you had a good summer! We are looking forward to an exciting, if not challenging year, for the students and families of Redmond Middle School. Throughout the school year, please be sure to check out this newsletter, our PTSA website at http://rmsptsa.org and PTSA Facebook page - all of which will be updated with the latest PTSA news, programs and information. If you need to submit any articles to Bear Tracks, you may do so at our Bear Tracks Submission Form. From all of us at RMS PTSA, we hope you have a wonderful school year!

School & LWSD

RMS Laptop & Textbook Roll-Out

Grizzly Families, welcome to the 2020-21 school year. RMS Staff is excited to get started and meet each and every student! RMS will be distributing student laptops on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, August 18, 19, & 21. This will be as contact free as possible, using the bus loop behind the building. Please read the instructions carefully for your assigned date and time and where to enter the campus. If you have multiple students at RMS, feel free to bring them all at the same time so to reduce the number of times you come to the building. Please review the Laptop Handbook and optional Laptop Insurance Form for laptop information.

Read: Roll-Out Instructions (English and Spanish)
All students, complete: Roll-Out Information Sheet
6th & new 7th/8th graders, complete: Laptop Agreement Form / Spanish

LWSD Family Info Sessions

LWSD will host two Family Information Sessions next week on Microsoft Teams Live Events to help answer questions. They will also be recorded and available after the event on the LWSD website.

Tuesday, August 18, 6:00-7:30 PM
Topics: Equity, Special Education, Elementary Education
Meeting Link

Wednesday, August 19, 6:00-7:30 PM
Topics: Secondary Education, Family Technology and Support, and Health & Safety
Meeting Link

Family Access Info Due Aug. 16

LWSD asks families to confirm student information and emergency contacts, while also filling out with other school forms, through the online process called Student Information Verification. This Student Information Verification process is open through August 16. Please log in to Skyward Family Access to complete this process for your student.



The RMS PTSA would like to welcome our new families to Redmond Middle School. We are excited to have you join the RMS community! To our returning families, welcome back! We hope you all had a great summer. Redmond Middle School PTSA's mission is to support, engage, and advocate for our students, staff, and community. We are dedicated to creating a welcoming and accessible academic community through our programs, activities, and financial support. 

Help us fulfill this mission by getting a head start this year and signing up for PTSA membership, indicating your volunteer interest, and more, all on online! You can also help out by donating and if, available, corporate matching through your employer.
Not sure whether you'd like to become member?
• Read 10 Myths About Joining the PTSA
• Read about the Benefits that come with being a PTSA Member!

Please note that we provide membership scholarships to families and staff members facing financial hardship. Scholarships are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis with no application process. We want to remove financial barriers to you being more engaged in your students’ school and PTSA!

A limited number of paper copies of our "Welcome Packet" will be available in the school office. Questions? Contact communications@rmsptsa.org for more information.

Mask Design Deadline Extended to Sept. 12!

Calling all RMS students! Showcase your artistic talent! Submit your original design for the PTSA Face Mask Design Contest, and help keep our community safe in a Grizzly way! The winner gets a $20 gift card and a free mask! View and share the flyer / Ver y Compartir el Folleto Español

Submit Entry: 
Mask Design Contest Submission Form
Deadline Extended: Saturday, September 12, 11:59 PM
One entry per student

All RMS students are welcome to participate! Voting will be done online between September 15-16, and the winner will be announced on September 21. RMS PTSA is looking forward to receiving lots of creative entries! Questions? Email 
maskcontest@rmsptsa.org for answers!

Science Club Formation Meeting

As things have changed amid remote learning, Science Club is looking into being creative in engaging students for science learning and participation opportunities. However, one thing will not change: we need even more of your parent/guardian involvement as volunteers to make this happen. The amount of activities will be directly depending on your involvement as volunteers. We will be holding a club formation meeting during the last week of August. Please submit your email address into the Science Club Formation Form to get an invitation for this meeting as well as updates. Once the committee forms, all the decisions made by the Science Club committee will be final.

Volunteers Needed!

If you're new to RMS or haven't yet joined our efforts, we offer a wide variety of opportunities for you to get involved from a little to a lot. We are still seeking volunteers for key positions, such as PTSA President and VP of Fundraising for the 2020-2021 school year. If you would like to be part the PTSA team, please visit our PTSA Volunteer website or send an email to volunteers@rmsptsa.org.
Bear Tracks Weekly 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 weekly@rmsptsa.org.
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