Happy Holidays! Warm holiday greetings from the RMS PTSA! We hope everyone's holidays are filled with warmth, love and a little relaxation as well. Have a wonderful break!

December 12, 2021


December 16 Thursday - Sweet Treats Drive for RMS Staff
December 20 to December 31 - Winter Break
January 3 Monday - School Resumes

Early January - Reflections Entries Displayed in RMS Library


Bring Sweet Treats for RMS Staff on Dec 16

Winter Break is fast approaching but before we head out, let's celebrate all of the wonderful staff we have at RMS. The PTSA is hosting a sweet Holiday Treats Fest for RMS Staff on Thursday, December 16. We would love your help with providing store-bought cookies, cupcakes, scones, and other treats. Please sign up to provide some treats:

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Offerings can be dropped off at the RMS main office. Due to COVID protocols, we can only offer staff store-bought items at this time, and please keep your treats to single serving items such as cookies, brownies, or candy! Thank you for all your support this year! If you have any questions, contact Tracey G., your RMS PTSA Staff Appreciation Chair at staffappreciation@rmsptsa.org!

Your Donations At Work - Winter Break Food Boxes

Thanks to generous donations to the Bear Paw Fund from RMS families like you and the community, the RMS PTSA is able to make good things happen! Read on about what you are helping us accomplish! It's not too late to donate to RMS PTSA to help us doing more good! Donate to the Bear Paw Fund. You don't have to be a member or have a PTSA account!

How Your PTSA is Helping: The RMS PTSA is allocating funds to help purchase winter boxes for wonderful deserving students focusing on providing wholesome and fresh food to supplement a family’s food supply over the break.

Sign Up Your Family for a Food Box: If you would like to sign up your family to receive a food box, please email RMS counselor Steffany Black at sblack@lwsd.org by Monday, December 13 morning.

Donate Directly: RMS partners with Nourishing Networks to provide food boxes during breaks. If you would like to directly donate funds for a food box, please click the following link to their website:


Congrats Reflections Winners!

Congrats to these 15 students who have advanced to the next Reflections Level at Lake Washington PTSA Council. RMS is proud of all of the participants and we look forward to seeing your work displayed in early January 2022 in our library. Semi-finalists will be notified sometime in mid-January. After that are State and the top tier of Nationals – you are changing the world! Bravo Grizzlies!

Aarvin R., 6th Grade for Music Composition
Adhirth V., 7th Grade for Photography
Advait B., 6th Grade for Literature
Advait K., 6th Grade for Literature
Alice Z., 8th Grade for Visual Arts
Emily M., 7th Grade for Literature
Gaurangi G., 6th Grade for Visual Arts
Isabella L., 8th Grade for Literature
Kirill K., 6th Grade for Photography
Lincoln J., 8th Grade for Photography
Maile M., 8th Grade for Visual Arts
Owen D., 7th  Grade for Film Production
Raghav K., 6th Grade Literature
Sophie H., 8th Grade for Literature
Trisha K., 7th Grade for Visual Arts

Shop for Gifts on Amazon Smile!

This is just a reminder that you can donate to RMS PTSA this gift season without spending a penny! 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 eligible purchase you make when you select "Redmond Middle School PTSA 2 8 80" at http://smile.amazon.com or go directly to our Smile page: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/91-1098652 We always appreciate your help!

Recommend Someone to PTSA! (Repeat)

Yes, the Nominating Committee is starting early this year and we have already opened our process for 2022-2023 Nominations! The RMS PTSA is looking for volunteers interested in a Board or chairperson position for the next school year. If you or someone you know has a passion for kids and the programs that help them succeed, please consider submitting a recommendation. No experience is necessary! It's easy, quick, and confidential! Recommendation Submission Form

School & LWSD

Winter Break & Bell Schedule

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

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

Redmond Lights!
Join the City of Redmond for Redmond Lights December 1 – 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

Be Fire Smart for the Holidays
If you celebrate the holidays with a live Christmas tree, there are some simple ways to keep your home safe from fire hazards, such as positioning the tree at least three feet from any heat source and ensuring it has ample water. Let’s deck the halls safely and have a happy holiday season! Learn More

Receive Help with Energy Expenses
Hopelink’s Energy Assistance Program gives money toward heating and electricity bills. You do not need to be behind on payments to qualify. If you meet the income guidelines, you can apply for energy assistance every year. 
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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