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March 14, 2021

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School & LWSD

LWSD Pathway Forward: Secondary Schools

Read the latest LWSD March 12 update about secondary schooling regarding Governor Inslee's proclamation to offer in-person learning by April 19. LWSD has requested parents complete the learning model selection in Skyward Family Access by 11:59 PM on Tuesday, March 16.

View answers to frequently asked questions. If you have questions about LWSD's Pathway Forward, please submit them to the district using the Questions about Pathway Forward form.

RMS Spirit Wear Design Competition

ASB (Associated Student Body) is asking students to submit designs/illustrations to be printed on spirit wear. This is a great opportunity for students to showcase their artistic abilities and to leave their mark on RMS Spirit Wear. The three most popular designs/illustrations will be added to this year's Spirit Wear catalog. ASB has sent your students the guidelines and requirements. Please email [email protected] with any questions.

New Online School Program

Information about the new online school targeting incoming 9th graders was presented during a Teams Live event on March 11. Families can apply for the 2021-22 Online School now. Visit the LWSD Online School website to:

• Watch the March 11 recorded info session
• Access the 2021-22 Online School Application
• Read the online FAQ


PTSA Volunteer Spotlight: Emily Johnson

The Volunteer Spotlight is here to recognize those who volunteer at Redmond Middle School. THANK YOU for your amazing dedication and support. We are a better organization because of you!  The RMS PTSA shines the spotlight on: Emily Johnson

Emily is the VP of Enrichment and is responsible for keeping the student enrichment programs such as Math Club, Science Team and Spelling Bee, running smoothly! She wants RMS students have the opportunity to stretch their creative and academic muscles outside of school and makes sure parent volunteers have everything they need to run a successful program. Visit the RMS PTSA Spotlight webpage to read more about Emily, her background and what she is up to when not volunteering!

Nominate By Mar. 23!

The RMS PTSA is looking for volunteers interested in a Board or chairperson position for the 2021-22 school year. If you or someone you know has a passion for kids and the programs that help them succeed, please consider submitting a nomination. No experience is necessary! The PTSA Board serves the RMS school community, providing programs, support, and services that might otherwise not be available to the students, families and staff in our area. We believe a great school experience for all students begins with strong partnerships and that all begins with you!

If you would like to be a part of this team or know of someone who might want to join us, please fill out the online RMS PTSA Nominations Form by Tuesday, March 23. A print form is available upon request. All nominations are confidential. You can also nominate or get more information on any positions by sending an email to Elaine H., Meghana S., and Tracey G., at [email protected].

Science Team Victory!

Five RMS teams competed in the Science Olympiad Regionals event this month, scoring 8 Gold, 7 Silver, and 5 Bronze medals among the members! In addition, Redmond Mars team won the trophy for first place in the Northwest Region. Looking forward, two of our teams (the max allowed per school) have qualified to compete in the state level competition in April. Congratulations to the Science Team’s Science Olympiad participants!

Toolkit for Incoming RHS Freshmen

Attention 8th grade Families! Please take a look at the Family Transition Toolkit for your rising Redmond High School freshman! This toolkit provides answers to many questions that your 8th graders have as they make the transition into high school at Redmond High. If you have further questions, please reach out to your RHS PTSA ([email protected]) who will be happy to answer your questions and make this exciting move to high school as smooth as we can. Feel free to share it with all friends and family who are going to attend RHS! Go Mustangs!

Enjoy the New Fence Message!

In appreciation of the amazing people that work at RMS, the fence message was updated on Wednesday, March 3. Take a look at all of the images of changing messages to our wonderful staff by visiting the RMS PTSA Fence Messages webpage!


COVID-19 Updates

In-Person Schooling Update
Emergency proclamation by Gov. Jay Inslee: K-12 students in Washington must have the option for in-person learning by April 19. Learn More

Roadmap To Recovery Phase Update
Gov. Jay Inslee announced that Healthy Washington: Roadmap to Recovery will be transitioning from a regional approach to a county-by-county evaluation process. Effective March 22, the entire state will enter Phase 3. Read the rest of the story on the governor's Medium page.

Vaccination Tier Update
The governor announced that starting Wednesday, March 17, everyone in Phase 1B, Tier 2 will be eligible for their COVID vaccine. Read the rest of the story on the governor's Medium page.

WA Governor's Office Medium Updates: medium.com/@WAStateGov
King County COVID website: kingcounty.gov/covid
WA State Dept. of Health's COVID-19 webpage: doh.wa.gov/COVID19
WA State's Coronavirus Response: coronavirus.wa.gov

RMS Students Can Learn to Code for Free

Steel City Codes is offering a chapter for Redmond Middle School students where students will have the opportunity to learn how to code in Java from qualified Tesla STEM High School student volunteers who all have an extensive background in AP Computer Science and competitive coding. There is no doubt that programming is an invaluable skill today, as nearly 2/3rds of projected new jobs in STEM are computing-related. No prior programming experience is needed and students will have the opportunity to learn and challenge themselves, regardless of their experience.

Classes will be held weekly on Zoom from 4:00-5:00 PM on Wednesdays and will be offered completely cost-free. If you’re interested in registering your child, please fill out this registration form: http://tinyurl.com/sccred

Tesla STEM PTSA Nominations (Repeat)

The Tesla STEM Nominating Committee is currently seeking candidates for our 2021-2022 open board elected positions. PTSA leadership positions allow you to take a more active part in advocating at the local level for the benefit of all Tesla STEM scholars and give you the very exciting opportunity to see firsthand how your association allocates your money and works to improve the school community. If you are interested to be part of the board or would like to learn more or know of someone who might want to join us, please email us by March 15: [email protected] We would love to hear from you and are happy to provide any information you would need.

Parent Education

March Lunch and Learn: Community Support Services Roundtable Thursday, March 18, 12:00-1:00 PM. View Flyer or View website at lwptsa.net/lunch-learn.

Self Care Series: Why the Great Outdoors is Our Happy Place March 19, 5:00 PM. Come join each month for a one hour meeting. Presented by LWPTSA and LWSD. View Flyer

Best Ways to Boost Your Child's Brain Tuesday, March 23 & 30, 7:00 PM. 2-part Workshop by Staci Danford. Presented by LWPTSA and LWSD. View Flyer

LEARN Saves Lives Suicide Prevention Training for Parents Thursday, March 25, 7:00 - 8:30 PM Sponsored by LWPTSA. View Flyer

Coping with Difficult Emotions Thursday, March 25, 6:30 PM Presented by Rosa Parks PTSA and Youth Eastside Services. View Flyer

Parent Chat Topics Wednesdays 7:00 PM View the comprehensive flyer with upcoming topics. Presented by LWSF Balance in Mind | March 31: Body Image & Healthy Eating | April 21: Reimagining Success for Kids' Mental Health | May 5: Social Media and Mental Health

Question Corner

Question: Now that my kids are older, I went back to work. Are there ways to help the PTSA that don't require a huge time commitment?

Answer: YES! There are many ways to help! Many PTSA volunteers, in addition to being wonderful parents, have full-time and part-time jobs outside the home. We encourage volunteerism in any capacity to stay connected with your students, with the school and to help you grow! In the RMS PTSA, volunteer positions come in many different flavors and sizes that are amenable to the many different families that make up our community.

First and foremost, parents/guardians do not have to volunteer the entire school year at all! Many PTSA positions are single-event-based. They only happen for a brief period of time or even just a day, once a year. For example, International Night, 8th Grade Celebration, Hearing and Vision Screening, Picture Day, Student Directory etc. will only occur once during the school year. You can limit your volunteer hours for the time the event occurs. In addition, many of these events have groups or committees so you can share the responsibilities among many people.

Also, most PTSA positions are completely flexible and really are what you make of it during the year. You decide how much and when you spend time for PTSA. For example, if you become a leader on the board level, you can decide how many fundraising events PTSA will host, or how many parent education events PTSA will have, or how membership drives there will be. Chairperson roles such as Facebook Chair allow you to work on your own time, at your own pace, in your own home!

Not convinced yet? Read what some of our current 2020-2021 volunteers have to say!

"My role as VP of Enrichment, allows me to work via email as I coordinate with the leaders of various clubs and enrichment programs. I also attend one Board Meeting per month."

"As a Reflections Chair, the PTSA provides step-by-step training and promotional materials. The work is mostly online. And Reflections is over in November, so it's a short-term responsibility."

"When I make a 2-hour volunteer pledge I get an email whenever extra hands are needed for a one-time activity like helping out with vision screening or filling water balloons for field day. If I can take the time off that day, I go for it."

"Any training and volunteer hours looks good on my resume!"

"I chose grants because meetings are difficult for me, and I can do it on my own time, and still know I am contributing to the school. Also, many roles in PTSA allow you to get to know the administration a little better, and this one even allows me to get the know the teachers too. This helps me feel like I am a part of my children’s educational experience."

"Serving on a financial review committee can take as little as two or three hours, once or twice a school year! PTSA requires three or more members to review our financial documents at mid-year in January and year-end in July."

This year's Nominating Committee is working diligently on putting together the 2021-2022 PTSA team right now! If you're interested in volunteering for a position, nominate yourself with our online 
RMS PTSA Nomination Form. If you don't know what you might want to do, please send a short email to [email protected] to help you find out the best position for you. There is no absolutely no obligation or commitment to volunteer if you just have questions!

Do you have a question for Question Corner? Submit it now!
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