April 10, 2022


April 11 Monday - School Resumes
April 16 Saturday - Sneakers Fundraiser @ RHS
April 28 Thursday - LWSF Be the Bridge Benefit, 12 PM
May 5 Thursday - 8th Grade WCAS Testing
May 6, 9, 10, 12 - SBA Testing All Grades


Wall of Gratitude for RMS Staff

Calling all parents, guardians, students, and peers: Please help fill our Wall of Gratitude with encouraging messages to RMS staff as we round the corner towards the end of the 2021-22 school year. This is just like writing a quick sticky note and posting it on our digital “wall” for all to see. Feel free to post more than one message. Navigate to: https://padlet.com/mtgauthier/j07qtm5t2qarj5io and follow the instructions at the top.

PTSA Service Awards Nominations Needed!

Each year, the Redmond Middle School PTSA recognizes volunteers 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! Please fill out RMS PTSA Service Award Nomination Form to nominate volunteers and staff now!

Be On the 2022 Awards Committee

Would you like to be on the awards committee to review PTSA Award nominations and select recipients? No experience necessary! This is a very short and fulfilling assignment as we say thank you and recognize our 2021-2022 volunteers and staff! If you would like to be on the committee to select award recipients, please email volunteers@rmsptsa.org now!

RMS Student Wins "Best Board Game"

Congratulations to our very own Advait B. for winning the WSPTA Award for "Best Board Game" for his creation of "Game Changers". The Essay and Game Development Awards Celebration will take place on April 28 at 6:30 PM. Come celebrate this year’s Essay and Game Development winners! This is a virtual student awards celebration for our essay and game development winners. We will hear the student authors’ winning essays and view game programs with a live chat feature so audience can congratulate students as their work is featured.

Reminder: PTSA Member Discounts

Member discounts are available to all Washington State PTA members. To access these benefits, log in to Member Discount Codes. 

Office Depot - great discounts for school supplies.
Tickets at Work - access to 20-70% off on movies, hotels, work at home solutions, and more.
The Real Leather Company - save $15 at checkout.
Nectar Bath Treats - save 30% off non-sale items.
CanvasDiscount.com - save up to 15% on your order.
LEGOBags.com - get a 20% discount on LEGO® Bag products.
Great Wolf Lodge - receive up to 30% off.
Obscure Belts - save 10% off all leather belt purchases. and more!

Please do not share login information with non-members. Your 2021-22 credentials were included with your welcome email when you joined for 2021-22. If you need help logging in, send us an email at

School & LWSD

Battle of the Books Update

A BIG congratulations to all the Battle of the Books (BotB) participants! Roughly 100 RMS students worked hard for months, reading the 11 selected titles, practicing, and quizzing one another. The school battle took place on Wednesday, March 16 and it came down to a tie-breaker round. Ultimately, The Screwed Pineapples (TSP) won the school battle and went on to represent RMS at the district battle that was held on Tuesday, March 29. Leading in every round, TSP won the battle! For the first time in the eight-year history of BotB in LWSD, RMS brought home the trophy! Well done to the members of TSP!


City of Redmond Updates

Take the Redmond Climate Action Challenge
With Earth Day around the corner, please consider helping our community become more resilient, sustainable, healthy, and prepared: Did you know that 40% of U.S. climate emissions come from basic household activities? The great news is that now more than ever, there are simple ways for you to take action, save money, and make a real difference. Learn more and join the Redmond Climate Action Challenge today! 

Want to hear more before signing up? Attend a 45-minute Climate Challenge 101 workshop to get more details about the Challenge and learn about the different ways you can take action for a brighter future! Sign up for one of the workshops here! Take it to the next level and join The Eastside’s new Climate Challenge Team Leader Program! All you need is passion for a greener and better world. Attend a training in April or May to lead a small team of your friends and neighbors from June-December. Learn more and register here to become a Climate Challenge Team Leader.

View the State of the City Address
Mayor Birney presented her 2022 State of the City address at a hybrid meeting hosted by OneRedmond on Thursday, March 31. View the presentation where Mayor Birney shared accomplishments of the past year and priorities as we look to our future.

View on YouTube | Read the Transcript

Feedback on the Future of Redmond’s Parks
Over the next year, the City of Redmond is updating the Park, Arts, Recreation, Culture, and Conservation (PARCC) plan. Your feedback on the questionnaire and continued participation will help make sure everyone plays in Redmond. PARCC Community Questionnaire

LWSF "Be The Bridge" Spring Benefit

It’s the event of the year that you won’t want to miss! Register now for a free ticket to watch Lake Washington Schools Foundation's live stream spring benefit on April 28.

Go behind the scenes to see LWSF programs at work, hear stories of resilience and kindness, and witness how your contributions make a difference to students in the LWSD community. 
Be inspired by interviews with librarians, kids, and school leaders, and take a peek into LWSF's diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in the community.
Registration is now open!

Got Unwanted Sneakers? (Repeat)

Donate brand new or used sneakers to do some spring cleaning and support the RHS Sophomore Class fundraiser! This is a community collection event on Saturday, April 16, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. Drive thru @ Redmond High School and donate! View the PeachJar flyer for more information.

Family Education

Parenting for Emotional Wellbeing: Do You Want to be a Calm, Present, and Empathetic Parent? Don't miss our upcoming workshop for parents of school-aged kids. This 4-session, virtual workshop will provide a friendly space for you to cultivate advanced social and emotional awareness and skills that can help you clarify your parenting identity, improve relationships in your family and help you raise resilient kids. The first session starts on April 20. Learn more at https://lwsf.org/parentingworkshop. Spaces are limited, so register early!

Middle School 101: Parenting Preparedness In-person or online. It can be confusing for a parent when their tween enters middle school. There are so many changes, new expectations, parent peer pressure, societal pressure. Learn what to expect in the middle school years and how you can best support your tween. Saturday April 23, 1:30 PM Register for this workshop.


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 | April 14:Talking with Your Teen about Healthy Relationships

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

Kids Coming Together
Register Your Child for a Kids Coming Together Event! Kids Coming Together is a program that provides opportunities for local youth in grades 3-8 to make new friends and connect with their community through service events led by high school students. Check out April calendar of events
and register your child to attend!
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