September 19, 2021


September 21 Tuesday - Virtual Curriculum Night
September 22 Wednesday - Science Team Info Night, 6:30 PM
September 23 Thursday - MOD Pizza Fundraiser for PTSA
September 24 Friday - Virtual Spirit Assembly, Wear Red, White, Black
September 27 Monday - Picture Make-up Day
September 28 Tuesday - Donuts with Dana, 7:00 PM
September 29 Wednesday - New and International Families Welcome Event
September 30 Thursday - Last Day to Join to Enter PTSA Membership Raffle
October 1 Friday - Highly Capable/Quest Applications Due
October 15 Friday - No School - LEAP Day
October 19 Tuesday - PTSA General Meeting, 7:30 PM
November 1 Monday - Theme Search Entry for Reflections Due


MOD Pizza Fundraiser, Sept. 23

Eat delicious pizza and help out RMS PTSA at the same time! Eat at MOD Pizza in Bella Botega on Thursday, September 23 and 20% of your meal prices will be donated back to Redmond Middle School PTSA. There are two ways to order:

Order OnlineVisit MOD Pizza's online order website. Use the coupon code of "GR199201R"

Walk-In: Mention "Redmond Middle School PTSA" before placing your order or bring in this print-friendly flyer with you. Keep one cut-out for yourself and give the rest to family and friends!

Thursday, September 23,
10:30 AM-11:00 PM
Bella Botega, 8900 161st Ave NE, Redmond, WA

A Special Shout-Out To Our Volunteers!

RMS PTSA would like to thank all the volunteers that have helped out so far this year. Thank you so much for taking time out of busy schedules to help the school and students. We couldn't have done it without you!

Laptop Roll-Out: Ashley M., Atoshi S., Bilyana S., Catherine S., Cindy G., Elaine H., Jasper L., Julie A., Katherine G., Kelly O., LaDeana H., Liying S., Neelam L., Pooja S., Theresa E.

Picture Day: Amanda L.,Ashley M., Atoshi S., Catherine S., Emily C., Jasper L., Julia S., Julie A., Karen H., Kelly O., Lalitha P., Loli V., Peggy J.,Rajashri K., Sandra C.,Sangeetha R., Sarah K., Xia W.

Science Team Info Night, Sept. 22

Welcome RMS students and families to the new school year! Join us for the Science Team Info Night! Please mark the date, timing, and meeting link for the virtual meeting this year. This will be your chance to learn more about various Science Team activities planned this year, science competitions (SO, YBTC, NSB) and join the RMS PTSA Science Team.

Science Team Info Night: Wednesday, September 22, 6:30-7:30 PM
Meeting link will be posted on the Science Team webpage:

Math Club Registration is Open!

The Math Club provides regular in-depth coaching sessions covering the broad spectrum of middle school math topics. It also coordinates school participation in local and national competitions.

To learn more about the math club, please go to the the Math Club's public website: https://rmsmath.sharplogic.com. It includes links to the club overview videovirtual parent night, and instructions on how to register. Questions? Please contact mathclubchair@rmsptsa.org

Please note that the club will not be supporting November's AMC 10A or 10B exams. Students wishing to take these to qualify for the AIME should make plans with a 3rd party testing provider.

Get Ready for Reflections Competition!

Calling all RMS student artists! Reflections is taking place this school year at RMS! The Reflections Program is a National PTA and Washington State PTA cultural arts competition. This year's Reflections theme is "I will change the world by..." We want to see how well you can creatively interpret this theme. You may submit your original entry in up to six art areas: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts.

For more information about the program, please visit the state PTA Reflections website. You can also see a showcase of past state finalists!

Watch this newsletter and our PTSA Reflections webpage for updates, deadlines and entry form coming soon. Please reach out to reflections@rmsptsa.org with any questions.

THEME COMPETITION TOO! Did you know that Reflections also hosts a theme competition? Each year, National PTA seeks a theme for the Reflections program year to be held two years from now. This year students are asked to submit a theme for the 2023-2024 program year. Submit your entry using the new online Theme Search form by November 1, 2021. The student who submits the winning entry will receive $100 and his or her theme will be presented at the annual National PTA Convention in June 2022.

Donuts with Dana: September Meeting (Repeat)

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!

Donuts with Dana: Tuesday, September 28
Time: 7:00-7:30 PM Evening
Join Link on Teams

Save the Date: PTSA General Meeting, Oct. 19

Please join us for the first PTSA General Meeting of the 2020-2021 school year on Tuesday, October 19 at 7:30 PM, online, from the comfort of your own home! We will be conducting the meeting virtually via Microsoft Teams. Come learn more about what the PTSA is doing for your students at RMS, enrichment updates, budget changes, and get to know your fellow RMS parents! 

October 19 General Meeting Join Meeting Link

Each year, the RMS PTSA hosts 3 General Membership meetings. For now, we will be conducting meetings virtually via Microsoft Teams, until pandemic conditions allow us to safely meet in person. General Membership meetings will be held on October 19, February 15, and May 17 at 7:30 PM. View the full year's RMS PTSA Meetings Calendar now. Please contact secretary@rmsptsa.org with any questions or to have an item added to the agenda.

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend! The entire RMS community is invited, you DO NOT need to be a PTSA member to attend!

Only a Few Days Left to Win $25! (Repeat)

Join RMS PTSA by September 30, 11:59 PM and you can win a $25 gift certificate! Every member will be entered into a random drawing for a $25 gift certificate. You may be a winner! Remember, scholarships are available - there is no application process! RMS PTSA is a 501(c)(3) organization. Membership fees and donations are tax deductible. JOIN NOW!

Questions about becoming a member? Read the MEMBERSHIP FAQ!

Question Corner: PTSA vs. ASB

Today's Question: What is the difference between PTSA and ASB?

Answer: PTSA stands for Parent Teacher Student Association, run by parent volunteers. ASB stands for Associated Student Body, a student group that is both run by and represents RMS students. Both PTSA and ASB rely on fundraising and your support to run their programs. They operate separately under a specific set of laws in Washington state and their funds are not commingled. Fundraising programs take place through-out the year and will be clearly categorized as PTSA or ASB.
To find out more about the different programs that are run by PTSA & ASB, visit our PTSA vs ASB webpage.

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.

School & LWSD

Important RMS Dates

Virtual Curriculum Night
Tuesday, September 21 is RMS Virtual (online) Curriculum Night. Families will be receiving an email by Monday, September 20 with links to view an overview video about RMS, PTSA, and your student’s teachers.

RMS Virtual Spirit Assembly
Friday, September 24 is the first RMS Virtual Spirit Assembly of the year. Students are encouraged to wear red, white, and black on that day and will have a special surprise for RMS Grizzlies!

Picture Makeup Day
For those students who missed Picture Day or need retakes, RMS Picture Makeup day is Monday, September 27.

Pantry Pack Volunteers Needed!

RMS Students need your help! Be a volunteer driver for Pantry Packs! Work under the direction of RMS counselors and in partnership with LWSF to bring/sort food once a month to students to take home. Read more about the LWSF Pantry Packs program at https://lwsf.org/pantrypacks. Please contact RMS Counselor Ann Nguyen at anguyen@lwsd.org to volunteer or for more information!

RMS Library Update

Books can now be checked out of the RMS library. The procedure is similar to last year. Students will need a personal Destiny account to put a book on hold. Go to the RMS Destiny page and log in. Book hold orders are filled, put in a paper bag with the student's name and placed on the cart in front of the library. Up to 3 books can be checked out for 3 weeks and can be returned to the Return bin in the library. Please contact Joy Bachman at jbachman@lwsd.org with any questions.

New and International Families Welcome Event

LWSD, in coordination with Lake Washington PTSA, is hosting a virtual welcome event for our new and international families on Wednesday, September 29 from 6:00-8:00 PM. This is a great opportunity for families to learn about our district and to increase engagement. For the event link and for more information, please visit the event website.

Info on Highly Capable/Quest Programs

LWSD provides accelerated academic programs for students called Highly Capable / Quest programs. LWSD will accept applications until October 1 at 4:00 PM. Visit the LWSD Accelerated Programs website for links to applications and more Quest information. Students may be referred by parents or other individuals, including teachers, other staff, or a member of the community.


COVID-19 Update

Washington State mask mandate expanded on September 13 for outdoor events over 500 people. Please view all current COVID-19 guidance in King County.

City of Redmond Update

Recycle Your Styrofoam from Your Doorstep (Repeat)
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. The next pickup date is September 28 for those residing within Redmond city limits.

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