Happy Mother's Day! Warm wishes to all the mothers, guardians, care takers, and role models that provide love, support, and take on life's challenges.

May 8, 2022


May 9, 10, 12 - SBA Testing All Grades (cont'd)
May 16 Monday - Final PTSA General Meeting, 7:30 PM

May 21 Saturday - B&N Bookfair, Salt and Straw Fundraiser
May 21 Saturday - RMS Art Exhibition, RMS Jazz Band Performance
May 22 Sunday - B&N Bookfair
May 27 Friday - No School, LEAP Day
May 30 Monday - No School, Memorial Day


Big Event @ Totem Lake Barnes & Noble, 5/21 & 5/22

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

Saturday, May 21 & Sunday, May 22
Barnes & Noble in Kirkland
12520 Totem Lake Blvd NE Suite 112, Kirkland, WA 98034

Special Events on Saturday, May 21
• Check in at the Welcome Table from 11am to 2pm to get vouchers and view teacher wish lists.
• B&N Café purchases count, too! They will be serving a special drink – the Drizzly Grizzly!
• Jazz Band performance near the Cinemark movie theater on Saturday - 11am to 12:30pm

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.

Also, on Saturday, May 21, buy a PINT of ice cream from Salt and Straw and 10% of sales goes to RMS PTSA!

RMS Art Exhibition and RMS Jazz Performance at Totem Lake

The RMS PTSA in collaboration with RMS is organizing some exciting events to showcase our student talent:

1. RMS Jazz Band performance Saturday, May 21 at 11:00 AM in the green space near Salt and Straw.
2. RMS Art Exhibition Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22 at Barnes and Noble.

Don't forget, it's a fundraiser too! On every purchase on May 21-22, Barnes and Noble will provide 10% to our RMS Librarian for books and games. Fundraising at Salt and Straw on any purchase on a pint of ice cream on May 21 all day!

Huge Thank You to Our Community

Thanks to your donations to the Bear Paw Fund, plus all the yummy Sweet Treats items you brought in, PTSA was able to really show appreciation for Teachers and Staff this past week! Thank you for showing your support to our wonderful staff!
  • Monday we kicked off the week with our Wall of Gratitude. Check it out and feel free to keep posting until the end of the school year.
  • Tuesday there was a Fajita Bar (from Agave in Redmond) which was so plentiful, the leftovers spilled over in to Wednesday.
  • Thursday was the Sweet Treats event for which many wonderful parents and community members donated treats.
  • Friday finished off the week with Positive Thought Balloons – each Staff Member was able to take home a balloon with a positive thought attached, written by a student, parent, or community member.
The love was felt by all and the PTSA just wanted to express how lucky we all are to live in such a welcoming, wonderfully supportive community.

General Meeting May 16 & Mayor Birney (Repeat)

General Meeting: Monday, May 16, 7:30 PM

Please join us for the final PTSA General Meeting of the 2021-2022 school year 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 a Bear Tracks special edition, our website and Facebook page.

⭐ GUEST SPEAKER MAYOR BIRNEY will be joining us for the first part of the meeting to discuss Redmond issues and answer any questions! 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.

2022-2023 Nominated Slate of RMS PTSA Officers (Repeat)

The 2022 RMS PTSA Nomination Committee is pleased to submit the following slate of nominees for the 2022-2023 RMS PTSA Board. Elections will take place at the May 16, 2022 RMS PTSA General Membership meeting.

Co-President – Julie Akhter
Co-President – Aspen White
Secretary – Karen Hernan
VP Volunteers – CJ Jimenez
Co-VP Fundraising – Nomita Yadav
Co-VP Fundraising – Jay Lippe
Staff Support Director – Kelly O'Brien
*Treasurer – Open*
VP FACE – Open
VP Enrichment – Open
VP Communications – Open
Membership Director – Open

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

We encourage anyone who is interested to go for our most needed position: TREASURER
Recommend yourself or others by using our easy to fill out Recommendation Form. Have questions about Treasurer or other positions. Check out the job descriptions (PDF)!

Last Chance to Nominate for Awards! (Repeat)

Each year, the Redmond Middle School PTSA recognizes volunteers and educators who have given outstanding service to our children and school community. We do this through three awards: the Golden GrizzlyGolden Acorn and the Outstanding Educator Award

Now is your chance to participate in the selection of our award recipients by nominating candidates for consideration by our awards committee. Please consider nominating anyone that has helped the staff, students, or the RMS community at large! There are many people that deserve this award so let's give them a chance to be recognized! NOMINATE NOW!

NominateRMS PTSA Service Award Nomination Form
Deadline EXTENDED: Wednesday, May11, 11:59 PM

School & LWSD

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.


Upcoming Waste-Reduction Events in Redmond

Can This Be Recycled? - Find out what goes where at https://www.redmond.gov/1616/What-Goes-Where-Tool.

Free Repair Event - Don't throw it away, fix it! The City of Redmond and King County are sponsoring a free repair event for small household items and clothing to save you money and reduce waste. Saturday, May 14 from 10am - 1pm at the Redmond Community Center at Marymoor Village. Registration is required via Tom Watson at
tom.watson@kingcounty.gov, 206-477-4481.

Free Styrofoam and Plastic Bag Recycling Pickup - Offered by the city in partnership with Ridwell. Pickup on May 21. To sign up and find detailed information on accepted items, visit

Free Shredding Event - 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.

Teacher Talk: New Podcast Mini-Series

National PTA has launched Teacher Talk, a miniseries from the podcast, Notes from the Backpack. In this miniseries, we're handing the mic to teachers so they can share. What is it like being a teacher right now? What do you wish families knew about your job? How can families partner with teachers to advocate for change in our schools? The first episode features Education Week writer and educator, Larry Ferlazzo and new episodes will be released on May 4, May 11, and May 18 in honor of Teacher Appreciation Month.

The All-Electric Home: A KCLS Online Event

A KCLS Online Event on Wednesday, May 11 6:30-8:00 PM. Switching from natural gas to electric heat pumps for heating your home can dramatically reduce your personal carbon emissions, improve your comfort and indoor air quality and reduce utility bills. Find out how to electrify your home, what you should know about modern high efficiency electric solutions and how they compare to gas appliances. There will be a special emphasis on ductless and ducted heat pumps. More information and register for the event.

Family Education

Youth Mental Health Conference presented by NAMI Eastside. Saturday, May 21, 10am-5:00pm at Overlake Christian Church. Free for students. This year’s conference will include inspirational speakers, a panel for youth voices, laughter, and shared community resources to support young people’s mental health in East King County. Read More


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. https://www.lwsf.org/events/parent-chat

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
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