June 6, 2021

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Laptop Roll-In Volunteers Needed!

RMS needs parent volunteers to help with Laptop Roll-In on June 14 & 15 to help collect laptops and all other items needing to be returned at the end of the school year. We need volunteers to manage an initial receiving station and organize laptops in bins during in-school Roll-In. For Drive Through, volunteers will help with directing students to drop off locations, transporting laptops or other materials from outside to the library, and organizing laptops in bins. Please review the available slots in the sign-up below and click on the button to sign up. You may sign up for multiple time slots if your schedule allows. Please help pass the word and forward to other RMS community members!


Important Upcoming Dates for RMS

Friday, June 4: Books checked out from the library are due

Monday, June 7: Students will elect next year’s Associate Student Body Officers (for 7th and 8th grade)

Thursday, June 10: Talent Show (will be viewed during Grizzly Time homeroom @ 9:45-10:20)

Friday, June 11: Textbooks and class novels are due (can be returned earlier- there is a collection bin outside the main entrance)

Monday, June 14: End of the Year “Touch of Class” Assembly (will be viewed during Grizzly Time homeroom @ 9:45-10:20)

Monday & Tuesday, June 14-15: In-person Laptop Roll-in (through Science classes – all day) and Remote Laptop Roll-in (drive through in back – west side – of school) 2:00-6:00 PM
Please volunteer to help roll-in materials!

Wednesday, June 16: Last Day of school - asynchronous learning day

RMS Tours for Remote Learners

Families of 6th and 7th grade remote learners are invited to sign up for the last day of the Redmond Middle School tours on Wednesday, June 9. You will have the opportunity to see inside classrooms, the gym, our lunchroom, and the library. Questions? Email JaLynn Montes at jmontes@lwsd.org.

Return to School 2021-2022 Update

On May 13, 2021, the DOH launched their COVID-19 health and safety guidance for K–12 schools in summer 2021 and the 2021–22 school year. Read Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal’s statement on plans for school in fall 2021.

LWSD is excited to announce that it will offer full in-person learning, five days per week in the 2021-2022 school year. Read the LWSD May 27 Update on the Pathway Forward regarding planning for 2021-2022. Read all updates so far by visiting lwsd.org/pathway-forward

Redmond High School Sports

RHS Girls Volleyball Offseason Workouts
Incoming 9th graders are invited to attend RHS Girls Volleyball Open Gym Drop-In from June 2-June 14 on Wednesdays and Fridays from 4:45-7:15 PM. RSVP is requested for each session for planning. Contact Coach Jim Hardy at 
jahardy@lwsd.org to RSVP or for more info.

RHS Dance Team
Incoming 9th Graders, interested in trying out for the Redmond High School Dance Team? Tryout schedule and packets for the 2021-2022 season are available on our website below.


RMS Yearbooks

Final sale for RMS 2020-2021 Yearbook on Monday, June 7! Questions, please contact Ms. Morris at kamorris@lwsd.org or Ms. Poblete at spoblete@lwsd.org.

Final Sale day: Monday, June 7

ONLINE only at https://payments.lwsd.org
Cost: $40

Free Summer Youth Orca Pass

A free 3-month Summer Youth ORCA transit pass from King County Metro is available for students in grades 8-12 who are qualified for Free or Reduced-Price Lunch. Summer Youth ORCA Pass is good for unlimited rides on local transit including any bus, the Sounder train, Link light rail, streetcar, Water Taxi and more! If you have further questions, please call or email the Summer Youth Pass Coordinator at (206) 263-8751 or dhurula@kingcounty.gov.

Summer Youth ORCA Pass Sign-Up Form
Summer Youth ORCA Pass Website


PTSA General Meeting, June 8

Please join us for the third and last PTSA General Meeting of the 2020-2021 school year on Tuesday, June 8 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 next year's Board nominees, budget changes and get to know your fellow RMS parents! Everyone is welcome, the entire RMS community is invited, you DO NOT need to be a PTSA member to attend.

RMS PTSA General Meeting
Date: Tuesday, June 8, 7:00 PM
Microsoft Teams Online: https://tinyurl.com/RMSPTSAMeeting

Congratulations On Another Great Math Club Year!

Congratulations to RMS Math Club for another great year! Nearly 100 student members participated in various competitions and brought home prestigious awards from each, including top finishes in Mathcounts, the AMC (USA Math Olympiad) series, Math Is Cool, and more. This is the largest math club we’ve ever had and one of the country’s largest middle school math clubs this year. Did you know that almost 10% of the RMS student body are math club members? 

A huge thanks goes out to our team of high school student coaches from RHS and Tesla STEM for preparing and delivering over 75 hours of math coaching sessions over the course of the year. This is the first year we’ve had teams place in every competition we’ve participated in, and that’s largely due to your effective training.

We’re also proud to have such great support from the dozens of parent volunteers who stepped up to proctor coaching sessions and competitions. We wouldn’t have been able to do any of it without your help. We hope everyone had a great time at our annual math club celebration hosted at Vertex Arena. Keep an eye out for next year's Math Club signup in September. Let's plan for another great year!

RMS PTSA Awarded Outstanding Newsletter

RMS PTSA has placed Bronze in the 2020-2021 Washington State PTA Awards of Excellence for Outstanding Newsletter! The Local PTA and Council Awards of Excellence Awards Program recognizes PTAs whose level of effort in specific areas help them make a difference in their community.

2021-2022 Nominated Slate of RMS PTSA Officers (Repeat)

The 2021 RMS PTSA Nomination Committee is pleased to submit the following slate of nominees for the 2021-2022 RMS PTSA Board. Elections will take place at the June 8, 2021 RMS PTSA General Membership meeting.

President – Allan Rousselle
Secretary – Julie Akhter
Treasurer – Peggy Joanou
VP Volunteers – Smita Thota
Co-VP Fundraising – Nomita Yadav
Co-VP Fundraising – Jay Lippe
Co-VP Enrichment – Emily Johnson
Co-VP Enrichment – Ana Feito
VP FACE – Kelly O’Brien
VP Communications – Neeta Check
Director of Staff Support – Elaine Hanifan
Membership Chair – Joyce Leon

All current Lake Washington Council PTSA members are eligible to become board members and are invited to recommend themselves or anyone else for any position at the next RMS PTSA General Membership Meeting. For information about a board position, please contact the Nominating Committee at nominations@rmsptsa.org.

Thank You For Being a 2020-2021 PTSA Member! (Repeat)

Learn More about Membership Discounts Over the Summer!

Thank you for those members that joined the RMS PTSA in 2020-2021 in an unprecedented school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Don't forget, that members benefits and discounts can be used also during summer by visiting the WA State PTA Member Benefits pageA username and password is required to access this site. This can be found on your electronic member card that was emailed to you. If you have misplaced it, please contact membership@rmsptsa.org.


Girls Who Python

Girls Who Python is a free virtual introduction to Python summer program for girls hosted by a local high school student from Tesla High School, sponsored by NCWIT (National Council for Women in Technology). We are a student led organization that aims to introduce computer science to middle school girls. Students will learn the principles of Python through curriculum created at Carnegie Mellon University to implement figures, basic animations, conditionals, and games. This program will be implemented virtually using the Zoom online video conferencing platform. The program will be held from June 21 to July 2. For more information and to register, please visit the website below.

View Flyer   |  Go to Website

City of Redmond Updates

City Facilities Reopen on July 1
In this Youtube video message, Mayor Birney introduces the City’s Stay Safe Reopening Plan. (Read the video transcript). As reopening starts on July 1, the plan will guide efforts to safely welcome customers and staff back to city facilities.

Poetry about Redmond
"I Love Redmond Because..." is a poem by the Poet Raul Sanchez published in May 2021 for The Redmond Historical Society. The Redmond Historical Society has events during the year promoting the history of Redmond and the Pacific Northwest. 

Help Your Child Succeed in Key Learning Areas

National PTA, in partnership with the National Education Association, is pleased to offer newly updated Family Guides. These guides can help parents and caretakers find valuable tips for helping their child succeed in key learning areas. PTA leaders, teachers, parents and families should use these guides to engage families in education throughout a child’s academic career. Family guides are available in English and Spanish and cover topics such as making sure your child gets the education they deserve (Spanish), helping your teen succeed (Spanish) in high school, among others. Check out this informative resource!

Family Education

Parenting & Pandemic Two Part Series: Behavior Challenges & Teens June 7 & 9, 6:00-8:00 PM LWSD and Sea Mar Presenting this series. Groups will be led by mental health professionals who specialize in child and teen mental health issues. View Flyer
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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