Last Chance To Win a $50 Gift Card! Join RMS PTSA by Friday, December 11 to be entered into the drawing. It's our fun way to thank our members this year! Scroll down to see full article.

December 6, 2020

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School & LWSD

School Pictures / Retakes

The LifeTouch school picture re-take day RMS had scheduled for 12/2 was canceled due to current COVID rates in our county. A new time and date for re-takes is to be determined and will be communicated once it is scheduled. For those who pre-ordered photos, photo packets can be picked up at school from 8:00 AM-3:00 PM during school days.

RMS Library Info

Students are welcome to check out library books!  Books need to be placed on hold by Friday for pick up the following week on Tuesday and Thursday from 2-4 and Wednesday from 8:30-11:30.  Books will be in a bag with your student's name on it placed on a cart right in front of the main door to the school. Additional information can be found in the All About Books channel on the Library Teams channel (all students have access!)  Questions? Please contact Ms. Metcalf at emetcalf@lwsd.org.

Choice Schools Deadline, Dec. 11 (Repeat)

Choice schools and programs are optional schooling alternatives, created to meet specific needs and interests. Online applications are now available and are due on Friday, December 11, 2020 at 4:00 PM. Choice Schools and programs are open to all students in the district and are enrolled by lottery. More information can be found on the LWSD Choice Schools webpage.

Order Yearbook by Dec. 9 (Repeat)

Please login to Online Payments Portal at https://payments.lwsd.org to pre-purchase and reserve your copy of the RMS yearbook for $35. Deadline is Wednesday, December 9. Yearbooks are pre-paid and extras in June are not guaranteed. No refunds.

The yearbook is created entirely by RMS students during Yearbook class (an elective class for 7th and 8th graders) and is administered by the school. For questions regarding yearbook photos or purchasing, please contact Ms. Poblete at spoblete@lwsd.org or Ms. Morris at kamorris@lwsd.org.


Win A Gift Card by Joining RMS PTSA (Repeat)

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 Friday, 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

Donuts with Dana: December Meeting

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, December 15 at 7:00 PM

PTSA Volunteer Spotlight: Jennifer MacLachlan

The Volunteer Spotlight is here to recognize those who volunteer at Redmond Middle School. THANK YOU for your amazing dedication and support. We are a better organization because of you!  The RMS PTSA shines the spotlight on: Jennifer MacLachlan

Jennifer has been in charge of Staff Grants at RMS PTSA for the past two years. She has been working hard to promote, organize and present grant requests from RMS Staff. RMS benefits greatly due to the Jennifer's know-how and hard work! Visit the PTSA Spotlight webpage to read more about Jennifer, her background and what she has been doing!

Virtual Enrichment Enrollment Opens Dec. 13

The joint RMS/Mann PTSA Enrichment Team has a great Winter Session of Virtual Enrichment Classes planned. Enrollment opens on December 13 at 10:00 AM and classes will run from January-April. Classes include Drama, Cooking, Programming, Spanish, Trendy Crafts, etc. E-mail questions or suggestions to OnlineEnrichment@rmsptsa.org.

Go check out your options at:

Double Your GivingTuesday Donations!

Did you donate this past GivingTuesday to RMS PTSA and other charities? Many companies, such as Microsoft, offer a donation match program. If you or your spouse work for one of these generous employers, you can DOUBLE your donations

Reach out to your company to learn how to match all of your donations this year before it's too late! In the past, companies that participate in this program included Boeing, Expedia, Hornell Anderson Design, Microsoft, Starbucks, UBS, United Way, Wells Fargo.

Virtual Open Mic Night (Repeat)

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. All sessions, including Open Mic Night will be held virtually in the evenings or weekends. This is a fully subsidized program, and there is NO COST to any studentsWe 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. Secure your spot now by signing up!

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

Great as Stocking Stuffers!

Get the official RMS Face Masks in time for Christmas! Put them in your stockings or send them to family and friends far away. The PTSA can mail them to any domestic address! Remember, 100% of revenue will be used to donate extra hygiene kits for RMS families that need them. Show your Grizzly spirit and support a good cause at the same time!

Order Now: https://rmsptsa.org/Page/PTSA/MaskSale

New Fence Message!

In appreciation of the amazing people that work at RMS, the fence message was updated on December 3. Take a look at all of the images of changing messages to our wonderful staff by visiting the RMS PTSA Fence Messages webpage https://rmsptsa.org/Page/Programs/FenceMessages.

FACE Parent Education Recap

RMS PTSA F.A.C.E (Family and Community Engagement) welcomed NAMI Eastside for an Ending the Silence for Families presentation this past Wednesday. Audience members learned what to look for and where to get help in case of warning signs are present for mental health conditions. Here are some useful resources that were given during the meeting and can be used by everyone.

Warning Signs of Mental Health Conditions (PDF)
National Alliance of Mental Illness Eastside (website)
List of Online Support Groups (website)


LWSD Information in Spanish

LWPTSA Council's partner Eastside Pathways has been working on a project specifically designed to increase communication and remote learning engagement with Spanish speaking students and families in LWSD. Here are the first two videos on YouTube:
Boletin Informativo #1 | Boletin Informativo #2

COVID-19 Updates

With changing restrictions and updates, keep informed on COVID-19 with these informative sites. Learn what workplaces, communities and schools, and residents in King County need to know, plus important COVID-19 resources for you or your business. Where to learn more:

Public Health-Seattle & King County
Website | News and Blog | Facebook | Twitter

Washington State Department of Health
Website | Facebook | Twitter

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Website | Twitter

City Of Redmond Updates

2020 Redmond Lights December 4 - January 3
Festivities have been extended this year to allow for physical distancing and safety precautions. Follow the lights down Cleveland and 164th by foot or by car to Redmond Town Center where the festivities continue with Santa, business window decorating contests, and blinker stops. Honoring the holiday spirit that is an integral part of the community, this years’ experience will emphasize hope, joy, and safety in a new way. Learn More:
Website | Facebook

PocketSights at Redmond Lights
For an interactive in-person experience at 2020 Redmond Lights, download the mobile application PocketSights.

Check Out These Fun City Contests
Business Window Decorating Contest
Resident Light Display Contest
Coloring Contest

Parent Education

Youth Substance Use Recap Did you miss the LWPTSA November 19 parent ed panel on youth substance use and prevention? Parent Ed Co-chair Hae Sue Park has captured a summary of the event, websites, and handouts. A recording of the event is available until December 19.

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

Creating Space for Joy Wednesday, December 16, 7:30 PM This LWSF Balance In Mind event. Please visit
https://www.lwsf.org/youthmentalwellness for more information.

Question Corner

Question: How do you subscribe to Grizzly Gram, the school newsletter?

Answer: There isn't a way to subscribe to Grizzly Gram directly. The software that is used to create the Grizzly Gram pulls the mailing information from the LWSD Skyward Family Access.
To make sure you receive Grizzly Gram, you can update your email address listing by logging into Skyward Family Access at http://family.lakewashington.wa-k12.net. You can also view past Grizzly Grams by visiting the Grizzly Gram newsletter archiveFor more information, please contact Principal Dana Greenberg at dgreenberg@lwsd.org.

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