June 17, 2022


June 17 Friday - Last Day of School, 2021-2022, 1/2 Day
September 5 Monday - No School, Labor Day
September 6 Tuesday - First Day of School, 2022-2023


Last Issue of 2021-2022

From the Editor: Hello Grizzlies! The RMS community celebrates the last day of school today and what a year it has been! This is the last edition of Bear Tracks for the 2021-2022 school year. Our new Bear Tracks Newsletter editor will resume publication of Bear Tracks in August 2022! Please keep an eye out over the summer for email communications about PTSA and school start-up information. You can also visit rmsptsa.org for information about our organization and events for the next school year.

For families, friends, students and staff members that are leaving RMS, we are sad to say goodbye but wish you the very best in your new schools! Congratulations to all the RMS 8th Graders who are moving on to high school! For incoming Grizzlies, we look forward to getting to know you next year!

PTSA Appreciates You!

PTSA Members: Thank you to all our RMS PTSA Members this year. We know that there have been other things that are higher on your to-do list, but you made the choice to commit to helping the RMS students and community at large. Please remember to join next year - either at RMS PTSA or if you're moving on - to RHS PTSA!

PTSA Board / Chairs / Volunteers: A very special thank you goes to those on the RMS PTSA Board, Committee Chairs, and volunteers who do amazing work. We are a stronger and better community because of the time and support you give!

RMS Staff: To all the RMS Staff this year, thank you to a very special group of dedicated educators and staff members who supported our students. We sincerely appreciate you and your efforts!

Your Donation Dollars at Work!

PTSA Donors: We sincerely thank all the Bear Paw donors and participants of fundraising events out there who have made such a big difference to our school. Your generosity means so much to the students of RMS and the RMS community. Please read below about some of what your donations have brought forth this year!

* PTSA staff grants for calculators, school-owned loaner viola,
jump ropes, 4-Square balls, heart rate monitors,
sensory equipment, laminator
*  8th Grade move-up celebrations
*  Staff Appreciation Events
*  SBA and other Testing Snacks
*  Library books
*  and All PTSA programs!

Leaving RMS? Scrub Your Info From Our Servers

If your student will be attending a school other than RMS next year and you no longer want to receive email from RMS PTSA, you can easily remove your email address by unsubscribing from our mailing list. Unsubscribe from our list now!

If you signed up to be a PTSA member, or registered for a PTSA activity, you have had to create a free RMS PTSA account on our website, rmsptsa.org. Protect your personal information by deleting your account and information before leaving RMS this year. Please note that account deletion will permanently remove all orders, payment history and account lookup capabilities for that account. Here are easy steps to delete your PTSA account (PDF). If you have questions, please contact communications@rmsptsa.org.

A Message of Thanks from the Fundraising Team!

What a year it has been! As Co-VPs of Fundraising for the Redmond Middle School PTSA, we have been inspired by all of the hard work and commitment of parents, students, teachers and staff, and the broader community.

From our Dine-In fundraiser events at Mod Pizza, Panera Bread and Chipotle Mexican Grill to the Totem Lake Book and Art fair event at Barnes and Noble and Salt & Straw, you were instrumental in helping us achieve our fundraising goals. We would also like to thank Haggen, PCC, Mathnasium Redmond, Trader Joe’s, Fred Meyer for their generous donations of snacks that helped keep our students energized for their SBAs and Northwest Cellars, Paint Palace, Molten Works and Tropea Restaurant (hope to see you back in business soon) whose donations of fun experiences and gift cards supported LWSD PTSA Scholarship Auction. 

And, a special thanks to Mr. Greg Flint (Art) and Mrs. Ashlyn Stoddard (Band) who made the Book and Art fair such a special experience for our students and families. Have a wonderful summer!

-Jay L. & Nomita Y., Co-VPs of Fundraising

Science Team Winners!

YBTC: Advait B., Arin P. and Shreyas R., won first place in the Virtual Event in the 2022 Regional You Be The Chemist Challenge®️ on March 12, 2022. The YBTC Challenge celebrates and elevates the science of chemistry to inspire students to explore the field. This local, regional, and national academic competition is for students in grades 5-8. Around nine thousand students from 200 schools competed in this challenge. Congratulations to the winners.

SO: 80 students from RMS participated in Science Olympiad this school year. Top two teams Mars and Venus participated in State competition. Team Mars came second in Washington state won and participated in Nationals. Team Mars (Rithik R., Saketh M., Anya M., Rhea S., Harish K., Arush B., Parthiv M., Adridth V., Swetha M., Arvind S., Suvan P., Dhruv M., Tanisha S., Tyler C., Shreyas R., Advait D., Darshika V., Anshul R. and Saket L.) was placed 26th among 60 other teams across nations. It is a big achievement and moment of pride for all of our students, who competed at the State and National level. It was second time for RMS Mars Team to compete in Nationals. Medals won in State by Team Mars and Team Venus: 1st Place in Bio Process Lab, Codebusters, Experimental Design, Sounds of Music 2nd Place in Anatomy and Physiology, Bridge, Crime Busters, Disease Detectives, Food Science, Green Generation, Mousetrap Vehicle and Ornithology, 3rd Place in Bio Process Lab, Ornithology, Road Scholar, Rocks and Minerals, Solar System and Write It CAD It. Medals won in Nationals by Team Mars: 3rd place for Bridges 1st place for Botany Trial event 2nd place for Digital Structures Trial event. 

Thanks for the support and encouragement and we look forward to your continuing support for the Science Team next year!

Fundraise With AmazonSmile in Summertime

We've raised close to $2,000 to date, thanks to all the families using AmazonSmile who chose RMS PTSA!

Donate to RMS PTSA without spending a penny! If you haven't joined, please consider joining the Amazon Smile program this summer. Every time you shop through Amazon, you can help us raise money. After a simple ONE-TIME registration, our PTSA will receive 0.5% of every eligilble purchase you make when you select "Redmond Middle School PTSA 2 8 80" at http://smile.amazon.com. We always appreciate your help!

Go directly to our Smile page: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/91-1098652

Employer Matching Reminder

Do you work for a company that will match your PTSA donation and volunteer time? Your donated amount or volunteer time this year can be matched by employers like Microsoft, Amazon, Boeing and Google. As a reminder, you as the employee will need to initiate the match with your employer. Thank you in advance for taking the time to help our students!

School & LWSD

RMS Office During Summer

School offices will be closed for the month of July. Keep an eye out for information on when they will reopen in August.

RMS Fall Sports

Families can sign up for 2022-2023 After School Athletics at Redmond Middle School via Final Forms once registration for the 22-23 school year is open in August. For fees, dates, and the list of sports offered, please visit the RMS Athletics website.

Summer ORCA Youth Pass (Repeat)

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.


Redmond Food Box Program Needs Summer Donations

The Redmond School Break Food Box Program’s primary goals are to offer nutrition and hope to families experiencing food insecurity. We’re working hard to provide a monthly food box for our neighbors. As a 100% community-backed and local organization, we rely on donations to continue doing what we do! 

We are ending our second school year with 170 families and a waiting list of 20. The need is still great, but with all your help, we have been able to meet the need, providing boxes of food for families who are having struggles right now to have all the nutrition their families need.

We are hoping to have enough funds to help us shop in advance over August, getting ready for the coming school year. If you are able, we could use your donations to help us purchase shelf stable food while there are good sales on. The coming inflation, along with supply side issues and food shortages have been tough on us as well. If you are not able to donate right now, we hope you can send this link on to someone who is interested in food help for families!

Please Donate Now! redmondfoodbox.org

City of Redmond Updates

Honoring Juneteenth
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. This holiday honors those who suffered at the evil hands of slavery, and it acknowledges the historical systems of oppression established by the legacy of slavery and its aftermath. This 19th day of June 2022 commemorates the first time that the State of Washington honors Juneteenth as a holiday. City facilities will be closed on Monday, June 20, in observance of Juneteenth. Fire, police, and other critical services will remain fully operational.

Discover Summers in Redmond
Discover fun activities and events happening this summer throughout Redmond. From summer camps and events to exploring parks and trails, there is something fun for everyone this summer. Come out and play!

Help Name the New Community Center
A new and larger community center is coming to Redmond. The new facility broke ground last week and is expected to open in late 2023. Help name it by taking this very short 2-question survey!

Derby Days July 8, 9 (Repeat)
Redmond Derby Days is happening this summer! It's a free summer event celebrating the Redmond Community and takes place Friday and Saturday, July 8 & 9! Come join the community to enjoy the Grand Parade, craft fair, food trucks, and more! Check out https://redmondderbydays.com for more information.

Redmond Pop Up Blood Drive (Repeat)
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.

Family Education

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 Watch recordings of discussions between mental health professionals and other parents in a safe and supportive environment.

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.
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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