June 20, 2021

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From the Editor

Last Issue of 2020-2021

Hello Grizzlies! The RMS community celebrated the last week of school just a few days ago and what a year it has been! This is the last edition of Bear Tracks for the 2020-2021 school year. We will resume publication of Bear Tracks in August 2021. 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!

To all the RMS Staff this year, thank you to a very special group of dedicated educators and staff members who supported our students through a very tough year by managing remote and in-school learning. We sincerely appreciate you and your efforts! 

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. In a year like no other, parents stepped up to continue RMS PTSA's mission to support, engage, and advocate for our students, staff, and community. Thank you to our Leadership Team and Committee Chairs, and volunteers!

Allan R.President
Cindy G.Secretary
Peggy J.Treasurer
Neeta C.VP Communications
Smita T.VP Volunteers
Emily J.VP Enrichment
Joyce L.Membership Director
Elaine H.Staff Support Director, Nominating Committee
Courtney C.Pantry Packs Chair
Jennifer M.Grants Chair
Tracey G.Staff Appreciation, E-Prep, Nominating Committee
Jenn S.Facebook Chair
Ed K.Math Club Chair
Pritul S.Science Team Co-Chair
Subeka C.Science Team Co-Chair
Vinit K.Spelling Bee Chair
Aarti K.Budget Committee
Meghna S.Nominating Committee
Patricia N.Financial Review Committee, Spanish Bear Tracks
Shawna C.Financial Review Committee
Sarah K.Financial Review Committee
Sujatha P.Financial Review Committee
Shweta S.Financial Review Committee

And finally, we thank our readership! We hope you have considered Bear Tracks to be a valuable part of the way you receive school information, especially through this turbulent and sometimes confusing school year. If you have any comments or suggestions, please send your thoughts to the editor at beartracks@rmsptsa.org. Have a safe and wonderful summer!

Leaving RMS?

Need to be removed from PTSA mailing list? 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

Also, if you have a free RMS PTSA account on our website,
rmsptsa.org, and would like it deleted, please email communications@rmsptsa.org to request deletion. Please note that account deletion will permanently remove all orders, payment history and account lookup capabilities for that account.

School & LWSD

LWSD Pathway Forward Update

For the 2021-22 school year, the State of Washington has allowed school districts to offer online learning for students who are unable to return to in-person learning due to health and safety needs. Read the full June 16 Pathway Forward update. Read all updates by visiting lwsd.org/pathway-forward. View answers to frequently asked questions.

RMS Summer Office Hours

RMS will be open on weekdays from June 17-July 2 from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM and we will reopen the office on August 9. If you have questions over the summer, please email Principal Dana Greenberg at dgreenberg@lwsd.org.

RMS Fall Sports

Families can sign up for 2021-2022 After School Athletics at Redmond Middle School via Final Forms once registration for the 21-22 school year is open in August. For fees, dates, and the list of sports offered, please visit the RMS Athletics website.

Receive LWSD Texts

Are you a Lake Washington School District parent/guardian or staff member who wants to receive announcements from LWSD by text message? If so, text the letter “Y” to the number 67587. If your phone number is already on file at your child’s school, or in Skyward for staff members, this text will confirm that you want to receive text messages on your cell phone. LWSD cannot text you important updates unless you have confirmed that you want to receive these messages. If you aren’t sure what phone numbers are on file, visit your Skyward Family Access account, then go to “Skylert” to see the list of phone numbers and email addresses.


How Will You Change The World?

Summer is a great time to do some art! Next year's Reflections Art Contest will have the theme: "I Will Change the World By..." Remind your student how they could imagine answering this question through, visual arts, music, literature, dance, film, or photography.

RMS Students Need You!
As school starts, many students will be looking for the opportunity to express their artistic creativity. The Reflections Program, a National PTA arts competition, is a great way to give students of all ages and abilities that chance. However, RMS PTSA does not have a chairperson to head up the program next school year. If you are passionate about art, or have a student that wants to participate, or just want to help out, contact enrichment@rmsptsa.org to volunteer for the position or to get more information. This position can be shared by more than one person!

June 8 PTSA General Meeting Recap

Thanks to everyone who joined our last General Meeting Tuesday, June 8! A great big welcome and thank you to the new volunteers who were elected to next year's RMS PTSA Board!

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

Please view the full June 8 Membership Meeting Minutes, to see what all was discussed and the motions that were passed. Please remember, everyone is welcome, members and non-members to all of our meetings! If you'd like to learn more about PTSA meetings, please visit the RMS PTSA Meetings webpage which will be updated soon for the new school year.

Fundraise With AmazonSmile in Summertime

We've raised more than $1,500 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!


City of Redmond Updates

Celebrate Pride Month
On June 1, the City celebrated the start of Pride Month by raising the Pride flag at City Hall. In the City Council meeting that evening, the Mayor read the
proclamation declaring June 2021 as Pride Month in Redmond.

Honoring the Juneteenth Holiday
Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the US by recognizing June 19, 1865, when the last enslaved African Americans in Texas were finally freed. The City officially recognized Juneteenth by proclamation of the Mayor and was a sponsor of the “Eastside Honoring Juneteenth” event in Downtown Park on Saturday, June 19.

Parking Limit on Redmond Streets
Did you know there is a 24-hour parking limit for all city streets in Redmond? Unless specific parking times are already noted, such as in Downtown Redmond, the 24-hour parking regulation applies to all city streets, including those in residential areas.

Please Don’t Feed the Ducks
Feeding wild ducks may seem helpful, but it can be harmful to the animals and their habitat. Providing an unnatural food supply such as bread and even birdseed can make the animals sick, create overcrowding of habitats, and increase aggression towards other birds and humans as they compete for access to the food.

Redmond Pool Temporarily Closed
The Redmond Pool will be closed from approximately June 21 - July 12 to complete warranty work on the pool deck. The City discovered issues with the flooring on the deck which is causing the floor to be slippery for pool users.

Recycling Guidance

Recycle Unused Paint
Wondering what to do with cans of leftover paint? Washington state has a 
free paint recycling program operated by PaintCare that provides convenient locations for households and businesses to sustainably recycle unused stain, varnish, and latex and oil-based paints.

Recycling Directory
Do you have an item you’re trying to get rid of but aren’t sure how to recycle or dispose of it safely? Check out the City of Redmond’s searchable directory to get the scoop on what, where, and when you can responsibly recycle unwanted items including electronics, Styrofoam, hazardous materials, and more.

Family Education

LGBTQ+ Connections for Students & Caregivers Monday, June 21, 6:00 PM Making connections is key for mental health and especially for LGBTQ+ students. Please RSVP View Flyer
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