ANNOUNCEMENT "Bear Tracks" is moving to a bi-monthly publication. Starting in October, the PTSA newsletter will be published every other Sunday. The next publication will be on October 11. Read the new RMS "Grizzly Gram" newsletter on alternate weeks!

September 27, 2020

RMS Calendar

School & LWSD

RMS Picture Days

RMS Pictures Days will be on two Wednesdays, October 7 and 14 from 8am-4pm with time slots given by last name. Students will also be issued an photo ID card on these days. This will be a drive-through event. COVID safety measures will be adhered to by RMS and LifeTouch. Information was posted on the latest Grizzly Gram and more will be coming to describe the process in the next issue on 10/2. To order online, visit my.lifetouch.com and enter "EVTD2J6MC" as the Picture Day Id.

RMS Spirit Assembly, Oct. 1

Leadership II class is planning a Welcome Back Spirit Assembly on Thursday, October 1 during Grizzly Time (10:10-10:40 AM). Encourage your students to join and participate in fun activities like Spirit Week and online games! Links and more information was provided in the 9/25 school email.

RMS Curriculum Night, Sept. 29 (Repeat)

Join RMS on Tuesday, September 29, 6:30 PM for an online Curriculum Night. Please watch for an email from Associate Principal Stuart Prince on Monday, September 28 that will have the link to the Live Teams event as well as a list of links that correspond to your student's schedule. If you have any questions please connect with Mr. Prince at stprince@lwsd.org.


RMS PTSA Welcomes All

We want to remind you that RMS PTSA welcomes ALL students to its programs and activities, including those with special needs! We want to remove barriers to you and your students being more engaged in school and PTSA. Please email specialneeds@rmsptsa.org to discuss accommodations for a student with special needs so they are able to participate in any of our programs!

Spelling Bee is Back!

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! Follow the website below to find out the Spelling Bee process and other resources.

Website: http://rmsptsa.org/Page/Programs/SpellingBee
Register: http://rmsptsa.org/Packet/SpellingBeeReg
Registration Closes: Wednesday, November 25, 11:59 PM

The written test will use a list of 450 words, and subsequent stages use a longer list of words. Both lists are available once you register. Meanwhile, we're looking for volunteers! If you want to help organize the preliminaries or the finals, please contact spellingbeechair@rmsptsa.org to sign up!

Join RMS PTSA at No Cost to You!

The families of RMS have donated sufficient funds to cover the PTSA membership fee for families in need on a first come, first serve basis. If you are experiencing a financial challenge but want to help PTSA in our mission, then simply select a membership 'scholarship' in the Join process at http://rmsptsa.org/Packet/Join. No-application, no-questions-asked, no-volunteer or time-requirement! Meetings are remote this year and are never required. If you accept, you become a member of the RMS PTSA, Washington State PTA, and National PTA, all in one step. Join Now!

Mathcounts and AMC 8 Deadline is Oct. 1

The deadline for participating in the first Mathcounts and AMC 8 competitions is October 1. More information on registration and participation is available at http://rmsmath.sharplogic.com.

Save the Date: PTSA Membership Meeting, Oct. 13

Please join us for the first PTSA Membership Meeting of the 2020-2021 school year on Tuesday, October 13 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! Link to join can be found on the RMS PTSA Meetings website. Everyone is welcome!

Final Chance to Win $25! (Repeat)

The deadline for joining the PTSA and entering the raffle is Thursday, October 1, 11:59 PM! Don't delay to win a $25 Amazon gift card. Come find out if you've won during our Membership Meeting on October 13. Remember, you can join the RMS PTSA at no cost to you as well! Simply select a membership 'scholarship' option in the Join process at http://rmsptsa.org/Packet/Join.


Your Voice Counts!

Vote in the upcoming elections and help educate other voters. Every 2 years, 7 million Americans turn 18 and become eligible to vote. Encourage the youth and other members of your community to register and to vote! 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!

City of Redmond Updates

More Park Amenities to Reopen in Redmond
The City is reopening more park amenities, including playgrounds, sports fields, volleyball courts, basketball courts, and picnic shelters. A full reopening schedule is available at

New Public Art Calls Posted
Calling all artists! The City of Redmond has two new public art calls currently accepting applications. Opportunities include artwork to wrap traffic signal control boxes and illuminated artwork to install outdoors as part of the 2020 Redmond Lights display. The deadline for both is Friday, October 2 by midnight. Go to Redmond.gov Arts & Culture webpage to find out more!

Parent Education Events

District Equity Efforts & Policies Virtual Brown Bag October 8, 2020 12:00-1:00 PM View Flyer
LWPTSA's Brown Bag Lunches are going virtual this fall. This program features short presentations and discussions on topics of interest to all community members on select Thursdays afternoons. See the
Brown Bag schedule on our website. Bring your lunch and join us! 

Parent Chat: Stress and Teen Substance Use/Abuse Wednesday, October 7, 7:30 PM View Website or Register by visiting tinyURL.com/BIMFallSession
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