September 5, 2021

RMS Calendar


Donate to the Bear Paw Fund

Did you know anyone can donate directly to our "Bear Paw Fund" without becoming a PTSA member? You, your family, friends, and neighbors can all donate to help our students; membership to the RMS PTSA is not required. Please share the link below!

Direct Donation Link: https://rmsptsa.org/Page/PTSA/Donate

Why donate to the Bear Paw Fund? Our PTSA contributes financial support to our school, as well as provides critically needed volunteers. Additionally, we provide quality programs and experiences to enhance our children's education. However, this important work cannot be achieved without the generous donations of money and time from our families! Please visit RMS PTSA Programs webpage to find out how your contributions are used throughout the school year. RMS PTSA is a 501(c)(3) organization and donations are tax deductible.

Corporate/Employer Matching
DOUBLE your donations too if your company offers employer matching! Don't forget to go to your company's giving website and report your RMS PTSA donation.

Thank you to do those that have donated already this year to the RMS PTSA!

Donuts with Dana: September Meeting

Save the Date! RMS PTSA presents "Donuts with Dana", a monthly, 30-minute virtual meeting with Principal Dana Greenberg, usually on the last Tuesday of the month, alternating between morning and evening times. Parents can chat with the principal, and other parents, about various school topics from the leisure of your own home. Bring your own donuts! The time for the first meeting on Tuesday, September 28 will be announced soon!

Donuts with Dana: Tuesday, September 28
Time: To Be Announced
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Shop School Supplies on Amazon!

Shop for your school supplies using Amazon smile and support RMS PTSA. RMS PTSA is part of the AmazonSmile program for charities, which means "You Shop, Amazon Gives." Simply click on the link below BEFORE your shop for school supplies and Amazon will automatically make a donation to RMS PTSA equal to.05% of the prices of your eligible purchases. It's easy, and benefits the students at RMS!

Start shopping by clicking on this Amazon Smile link!

Join PTSA by 9/30 to Win $25! (Repeat)

Join RMS PTSA by September 30, 11:59 PM and you can win a $25 gift certificate! Help us fulfill our mission by signing up for PTSA membership, indicating your volunteer interest, and more! Every member will be entered into a random drawing for a $25 gift certificate. You may be a winner! RMS PTSA is a 501(c)(3) organization. Membership fees and donations are tax deductible.

Questions about becoming a member? Read the MEMBERSHIP FAQ!

Scholarships for Membership Are Available! There is no application process. Simply choose the "Scholarship" product during the "Join" process.

Volunteer For These Important Positions! (Repeat)

The PTSA is looking for a few good people, like you, to help us make this a better school and community for our students! Read through the following positions in our most-needed areas. Contact board@rmsptsa.org if you are interested in any of the roles or have any questions.

All positions can be shared by more than one person!
Pantry Packs Chair Work under the direction of RMS counselors and in partnership with LWSF to bring/sort food to students-in-need to take home. Option to form a committee and assign drivers.
Bear Tracks Spanish Translator Translate the biweekly PTSA newsletter, Bear Tracks, and save it as a PDF to our website, to be accessible to community members.
Nominating Committee (3) In charge of identifying and recruiting candidates for the incoming PTSA Board for the 2022-2023 school year. This is a relatively simple, but very important task. Training and resources available.

Helpful PTSA School Guides (Repeat)

Download and share this toolkit with friends, family, neighbors who have future RMS students! Go Grizzlies! RMS Family Toolkit (PDF)

Do you have a rising 9th grader going to RHS? 
Please take a look at the Family Transition Toolkit for your rising Redmond High School freshman! RHS Family Toolkit English (PDF) / RHS Family Toolkit Spanish (PDF)

Question Corner: When is Picture Day?

RMS PTSA is excited to have launched a new section to Bear Tracks, Question Corner. Do you have questions about PTSA, school, LWSD or even City of Redmond? The RMS PTSA invites you to submit your questions to us so they can be answered! Your question (and our answer) may be posted in "Question Corner" which will appear periodically in this newsletter.


Today's Question: When is the picture day for RMS?

Answer: According to the latest Grizzly Gram, RMS has scheduled Picture Day on Friday, September 17. Picture Day Retakes/Make-ups are on Monday, September 27.

Please note that picture day, retakes, the yearbook, and purchasing of all related products are coordinated and managed by RMS/LWSD, not PTSA. If you have any questions regarding picture day and/or yearbook, please direct all questions to Ms. Poblete at spoblete@lwsd.org.

School & LWSD

No School on Monday, Sept. 6

There is no school on Monday, September 6, in observance of Labor Day. For all LWSD dates, please review the LWSD 2021-2022 Calendar available on the district website. Here is a direct link to the PDF of the calendar from the site (Spanish).

Important Upcoming RMS Dates:
September 8 - Last Day to sign up for RMS Fall Sports
September 13 - First Day of Fall Sports (through October 29)
September 17- Picture Day (ID card and photo packages)
September 21 - Curriculum Night (Virtual)
September 27- Picture Day make-ups

RMS School Supply List

The School Supply list can be found here: RMS School Supply List

RMS Fall Sports (Repeat)

Families can sign up for Season 1 of 2021-2022 After School Athletics at Redmond Middle School via Final Forms. For fees, dates, and the list of sports offered, please visit the RMS Athletics website. All forms and payment need to be turned in by Wednesday, September 8 to be eligible to participate in season 1. Season 1 (9/13-10/29): Boys Basketball, Boys Tennis, Co-ed Cross Country


Give a Boost to Blood Supply

Bloodworks Northwest reports a low supply of blood in the Puget Sound area and the Pacific Northwest region. Careful safety protocols are followed at all donation sites. Find the nearest donation center and schedule your appointment online or by phone. https://www.bloodworksnw.org

City of Redmond Updates

Participate and Help Guide Redmond's Future
A new questionnaire and a series of community workshops are available for Redmond community members to help decide what Redmond will look like in 2050. Current topics include policy updates for housing, economic vitality, and transportation.

Input Requested on Community Strategic Plan Update

Redmond community members are invited to review the draft Community Strategic Plan 2021 update, and to provide feedback to Mayor Birney and City Council. Please review and complete a short questionnaire by September 26. Your input will be used to finalize this roadmap to the city’s major community-based initiatives. 

Recycle Your Styrofoam from Your Doorstep
Recycling your Styrofoam has never been easier! The City of Redmond is partnering with Ridwell to offer free Styrofoam recycling collection right from your front door. Pickup dates are September 14 and 28 for those residing within Redmond city limits.

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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