May 22, 2022


May 22 Sunday - B&N Bookfair (cont'd)
May 27 Friday - No School, LEAP Day
May 30 Monday - No School, Memorial Day

June 16 Thursday - Laptop Roll-In
June 17 Friday - Last Day of School, 1/2 Day


Visit PTSA Bookfair Until 9pm Today!

PTSA Bookfair Fundraiser at Barnes & Noble! Come to B&N during the weekend of May 21/22 and your purchases will benefit the RMS Library! View Bookfair Flyer

Sunday, May 22, 9:00 AM-9:00 PM
Barnes & Noble in Kirkland
12520 Totem Lake Blvd NE Suite 112, Kirkland, WA 98034

Can't attend our bookfair at Barnes & Noble? 
https://bn.com/bookfairs to support us online from 05/21/22 to 05/26/22 by entering Bookfair ID 12628020 at checkout.

Volunteers Needed for RMS Laptop Roll-In, Jun 16

Laptop roll-in to students will occur during the school day on Thursday, June 16. RMS is need of parent/guardian volunteers to make sure everything runs smoothly and efficiently. If you are willing to help out, please sign up via the Signup Genius link below for one or more 2-hour slots.

Please remember that you must be an APPROVED LWSD Volunteer. If you're not already, please fill out the LWSD Volunteer Application with Raptor Technologies as soon as possible to give the approval process enough time to complete. COVID protocols dictate that volunteers must have proof of vaccination, but masks are up to the individual. Thank you so much for your time and support! Please feel free to send this link to other RMS families to find out if they can volunteer!

Sign Up Now: 

Your PTSA and Donations at Work!

Did you know that the RMS PTSA purchased and delivered snacks for all 960+ students for all days of testing?! That's over 4000 snack items. Snacks provided students the energy and good spirits to allow students to do their best on SBA testing days!

We'd also like to give a big THANK YOU to our community partners, Mathnasium of Redmond, Trader Joes, Fred Meyer and PCC Community Market, for their donation that helped in purchasing of snacks. Our students, families and staff appreciate your generosity!

RMS Student at National Spelling Bee, Tune In!

In March, Sirjana K. represented RMS at the Spelling Bee Regionals competition which was held in person at Town Hall in Seattle. She won the competition and will now go on to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. in June! The Bee will be broadcast on ION channel on June 1 and 2 and will be hosted by actor and children's literacy activist, LeVar Burton. Tune in to cheer her on! Check https://iontelevision.com/schedule for details. Good luck Sirjana!

PTSA Robotics Club Takes Prize at Nationals!

The VEX IQ Robotics Worlds Final took place May 8-10 in Dallas, Texas. Our own RMS PTSA Robotics Club Team, VexIQ Team 72727Y, won third place in their division with the second highest score in the world! Congratulations to the team: Aarav A., Arvind S., Kris B., Ryan C., Sahdah S.N., Anshul R.!

Many thanks to the hard-working Robotics Club Chairs, Denny W. and Jay R. and many other parent volunteers! If your student is interested in joining the RMS PTSA Robotics Club next year, watch for sign-ups in September!

School & LWSD

School Meals for 2022-2023

The USDA free meal waiver is set to expire on June 30, 2022. As a result, LWSD will start charging fees again for lunch and breakfast starting in the 2022-23 school year. LWSD strongly encourages all families who might be eligible for benefits to submit an application now. Filling out an application now may qualify families to receive seamless meal benefits through October 15 to start the new school year. Completing an application online through Myschoolapps takes less than 10 minutes, and parents only need to complete one application per family. For more information you can also visit our website: www.lwsd.org/pathway-forward/grab-go-student-meals.

Summer ORCA Youth Pass

Effective immediately, students in grades 8-12 can sign-up for a FREE Summer Youth ORCA Pass from King County Metro. The free transit pass is available for students in grades 8-12 who are qualified for Free or Reduced-Price Lunch. The Summer Youth ORCA Pass is good for unlimited rides on all local transit including any bus, the Sounder train, Link light rail, streetcar, Water Taxi and more. For more information on the program please visit the Summer Youth ORCA Pass website.

No School on May 27 & May 30 (Repeat)

Friday, May 27 is a no-school day for students due to LEAP Day. Monday, May 30 is a no-school day in observance of Memorial Day. Tuesday, May 31 has been changed from a no-school day to a full day for students to make up for the one day missed due to inclement weather. For all LWSD dates, please review the LWSD 2021-2022 Calendar available on the district website.


Join the Eastside Climate Action Challenge Today!

Eastside Climate Action Challenge
Did you know that 40% of U.S. climate emissions come from basic household activities? The great news is that now more than ever, there are simple ways for you to take action, save money, and make a real difference. Learn more and take the
Eastside Climate Action Challenge today! Explore actions on your own, start a team, or join other RMS families in the "Redmond Middle School" community group run by our Grizzly Green Team!

To view short, educational, kid-friendly videos on the science and solutions of climate change, check out the PBS Global Weirding Series. For a more comprehensive understanding, check out Project Drawdown's Climate Solutions 101, a 1.5 hour webinar series. <LINKS AT PUBLICATION TIME>

Can This Be Recycled? (Repeat)
Find out what goes where at in the What-Goes-Where-Tool.

Free Shredding Event! (Repeat)

Open to all Redmond Residents. All confidential papers are shredded on-site and recycled (please do not bring items that can be recycled at home). Saturday, May 28 from 9am-1pm at Bella Bottega QFC Parking Lot.

City of Redmond Updates

Groundbreaking and Open House
The community is invited to celebrate the groundbreaking of Redmond’s Senior & Community Center at 8:30 AM on June 2. The ceremony will take place at the site of the community center (8703 160TH AVE NE, Redmond). Immediately following, there will be an open house inside City Hall. Preview the planned features and amenities of this new facility in our video tour.

Redmond Pop Up Blood Drive
Bloodworks Northwest needs 1,000 donors daily to keep Pacific Northwest hospitals stocked. Appointment for blood donations are available on July 20, 21, and 22. 
Book a donation appointment.

Concert at Teen Center
The Old Firehouse Teen Center is hosting its first live concert since 2020! All are welcome to attend this free concert at 7:00 PM on May 25.

Volunteer for National Trails Day
Join City of Redmond staff for National Trails Day on June 4! Staff and volunteers will meet in Smith Woods Park in North Redmond to work on woodchip restoration of the current trails. All ages are welcome and no experience is required. Enroll Now

Family Education

Film Screening of "LIKE" - Free for all Community Members
Is your phone affecting your relationships with other people? Social media should be a tool for connection, but is that always happening? LIKE breaks down why we find social media so irresistible, examines who is controlling who, and gives you the tools to pivot to a more balanced and contented relationship. Watch the social media documentary LIKE from the comfort of your own home anytime from May 19 - 26! Register today and view the trailer at lwsf.org/like

Mindful Moment: Mental Health for Athletes Watch Maddey and Marrie on Instagram discuss how to take care of your mental health in the high-pressure world of being an athlete, as well as how to support someone you love who is an athlete. Maddey was a high school and college basketball player and now a therapist who specializes in working with athletes. She knows firsthand the pressures of being an athlete and all that goes along with it.

Birds+Bees+Kids The Birds and the Bees for Parents of Tweens Award-winning author and speaker Amy Lang helps parents of all beliefs turn difficult conversations into a regular and fun part of family life. Tuesday, May 24, 7:00 PM. View Flyer


LWSD/Evergreen Parent Group Join social workers to discuss different topics related to teen mental health. Select Thursdays from 6:00-7:00 PM. View Flyer

Find Your Fit Workshops Applying to college can be confusing and lengthy process. Join Mary Pat O’Neil of True Fit College Counseling at these free and interactive Find Your Fit workshops at LWSF.org/our-work/find-your-fit.

Parent Chat Topics Twice a Month on Wednesdays 7:00 PM Talk with mental health professionals and other parents in a safe and supportive environment. | May 25: Taming Screen Time

Lunch and Learn Series This series consists of short presentations and discussions on topics of interest to all community members, from 12-1 PM on select Thursdays. Bring your lunch! LWPTSA.net/lunch-learn

Parent Resource Center Check out Balance in Mind's new online Parent Resource Center, filled with information about mental health conditions, webinar recordings, and contact information for local mental health and parenting support organizations.
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