Happy Holidays! We wish you all a great time with your friends and families for the holidays! Stay safe and healthy! See you all in 2022 for our 1st Bear Tracks edition of the New Year in early January.

December 26, 2021


December 20 to December 31 - Winter Break
January 3 Monday - School Resumes
Early January - Reflections Entries Displayed in RMS Library
January 18 Tuesday - PTSA General Meeting and Levy Speaker, 7:30 PM


Save the Date: General Meeting Jan 18 & Guest Speaker

Please join us for the second PTSA General Meeting of the 2021-2022 school year, Tuesday, January 18 at 7:30 PM, online, from the comfort of your own home, or in-person, at RMS! 

NEW THIS MEETING! We will be conducting the meeting in a HYBRID format, both in person and virtually via Microsoft Teams. Come learn more about what the PTSA is doing for your students at RMS and get to know your fellow RMS parents! More details such as the meeting link and location within school will be provided soon on Bear Tracks, our website and Facebook page.

EXCITING NEWS: LWSD GUEST SPEAKER! Part of our agenda will include a presentation on the LWSD Levy! On February 8, 2021, LWSD will be placing 3 levies on the ballots. LWSD will send a guest speaker to share with us information about these levies. This is your chance to learn more about how your tax dollars will be used and have your questions answered! The RMS PTSA Membership will then vote on if you want our PTSA organization to support the February Levies. Come make your voice heard!

General Meeting: Tuesday, January 18, 7:30 PM
Online Teams Meeting Join Link Coming Soon!
Physical Location in RMS Coming Soon!

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.

Reminder: PTSA Volunteering Requirements

RMS PTSA is welcoming volunteers back into schools! With activities and volunteer needs increasing, there are three important requirements that need to be met before volunteering for the PTSA at RMS!

1) RMS PTSA Membership
You must be a current-year member of the RMS PTSA. To become a member, go to https://rmsptsa.org/Packet/Join. Membership scholarships are available to anyone without an application process; simply choose the "scholarship" option.

2) LWSD Volunteer Approved
You must be LWSD-background-check approved. All volunteers must apply and be approved before beginning volunteering. Volunteer approvals are valid for two years. For more information, please visit https://www.lwsd.org/get-involved/volunteering-in-lwsd/volunteer-application-process.

3) Vaccine Mandate
LWSD follows Governor Inslee’s vaccination mandate regarding K-12 volunteers. As of October 18, in-person volunteers will have to be vaccinated. The district will review proof of vaccination. For more information on how to provide proof, please visit https://www.lwsd.org/get-involved/volunteering-in-lwsd. The next Teams Online Open House to show your vaccine card is Monday, January 3, 2022 from 1:00-2:00 PM. Please register here.

School & LWSD

Winter Break (Repeat)

Winter Break is from December 20-31. School resumes on Monday, January 3, 2022. For a quick view of all school dates, you can view the 2021-2022 LWSD Calendar.

Inclement Weather Updates (Repeat)

When emergency conditions such as snow and ice or windstorms result in school schedule changes, the district will notify families directly through the SchoolMessenger automated phone system. You can learn how to know when school is delayed or cancelled on the School Closures and Late Starts page of the district website.

Here are some other ways to find out about school schedule changes:
Pop-up alerts: on lwsd.org and school webpages
Flashalert.net: this website allows you to sign up for text messages as well. 
Local TV/radio stations: they get a feed from Flashalert.net of all school schedule change decisions


City of Redmond Updates

Free Recycling Pickup January 15 and 29
In partnership with Ridwell, the City of Redmond is offering all Redmond Residents the opportunity to recycle Styrofoam, plastic film, and holiday lights in Redmond on January 15 and 29 from your doorstep. Save all that holiday cheer from the landfill! Visit the Redmond-Ridwell page for more information and to sign up: https://www.ridwell.com/redmond-styro

Redmond Parks and Trails Survey
The University of Washington has teamed up with Redmond Parks and Recreation on a research project to learn about your experience of Redmond’s parks and trails during COVID19, and how it could impact future planning and design of parks and Trails in Redmond. If you are using any of Redmond's parks or trails, this short anonymous survey is for you! The data collected will inform the upcoming Redmond PARCC Plan update in 2022. Thank you for providing your feedback! Click on the image link below or scan to be taken to the survey.
Redmond Lights! (Repeat)
Join the City of Redmond for Redmond Lights until January 5 and experience a joyful celebration of light, art, and culture. Enjoy the installation at Downtown Park and then follow the lights down Cleveland Street to 164th Ave NE to reach Redmond Town Center where the festivities continue. 
Learn More
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