October 3, 2021


October 3 Sunday - Science Team Registration Deadline
October 12 Tuesday - Vision and Health Screening Day
October 15 Friday - No School - LEAP Day
October 19 Tuesday - PTSA General Meeting, 7:30 PM

October 22 Friday - Updated Picture Makeup Day 
November 1 Monday - Theme Search Entry for Reflections Due
November 5 Friday - Reflections Submissions Due, 3:00 PM


MOD Pizza Fundraiser Raised $300+

RMS families, thank you so much for coming out and supporting the PTSA at MOD Pizza last week! You've helped raise over $300 for the students of RMS! You are supporting scholarships, activities, parent education, students-in-need, staff appreciation events, testing snacks, and much more!

Volunteers Needed for Health Screening Day

Please help RMS with "Health and Vision Screening" Day on Tuesday, October 12 to help check health for all RMS students! Training for the equipment will be provided in the first 30 minutes of each shift by district nursing staff for all volunteers. Please remember that you must be an APPROVED LWSD Volunteer. COVID protocols will require volunteers to sign a waiver and will need to wear a mask at all times. Please review the Signup Genius and click on the button to sign up for any slots. Feel free to forward this link to other RMS families!


Call for Robotics Chairperson

RMS PTSA already has the materials, 6-7 boxes of robotic parts! We just need you to be the next chairperson to run this club! Hurry, deadlines for registering for competitions are coming up very quickly. If your student is interested in building robotics for the VEX competitions, contact us soon at board@rmsptsa.org to volunteer and reactivate the club for this year!

Reflections: Artists and Judges Wanted!

WANTED: Young creative minds to use Reflections entries as a dedicated art project to express themselves in any of the 6 categories!

WANTED: Grown-up evaluators to help judge the entries with ample amounts of merriment! Contact
reflections@rmsptsa.org to volunteer as a judge or to get more info!

ABOUT: Reflect on our new normal and enter this year’s REFLECTIONS. This avant-garde program is a chance for any and all RMS students & adults to participate in unique ways towards celebrating this year’s theme of: I Will Change the World By…

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: Friday, November 5, 3:00 PM



QUESTIONS?: Contact the Reflections Chair, CJ, at reflections@rmsptsa.org

And the Winner Is....

Congratulations to the winner of the RMS PTSA membership random drawing, Lloyd D.! Lloyd won a $25 Amazon gift card by signing up for PTSA membership this year. Lloyd and his family hail from Alameda, CA and we are very happy to welcome them to Redmond! Congrats again and thank you!

While you may not eligible for this contest any more, we still invite you to become PTSA members this year if you haven't done so already. Read more about why it's important to become a member and why your support means so much! Join Now

Science Team Registration EXTENDED!

Join the Science Team this year! Registration has been extended until Sunday, October 3 11:59 PM! View the RMS PTSA Science Team webpage for more info and presentation notes from the Information Night.

Register: https://rmsptsa.org/Packet/ScienceTeamReg
Deadline: Sunday, October 3, 11:59 PM

Math Club Registration is Open! (Repeat)

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.

Save the Date: PTSA General Meeting, Oct. 19 (Repeat)

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

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

Not Too Late to Donate! (Repeat)

Did you know anyone can donate directly to our "Bear Paw Fund"? 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! Thank you to do those that have donated already this year to the RMS PTSA!

Direct Donation Linkhttps://rmsptsa.org/Page/PTSA/Donate

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.

School & LWSD

LWSD Volunteer Vaccine Requirement

As of October 18, volunteers in schools will have to be vaccinated. There are now two ways for volunteers to show proof of vaccination. In person and Remote through Microsoft Teams. These will be available until at least October 18, 2021. For more information on how to show proof of vaccination, visit https://www.lwsd.org/get-involved/volunteering-in-lwsd.

Important RMS Dates

No School on October 15
There is no school on Friday, October 15 due to LWSD Teacher LEAP day. LEAP and other dates can be found on the LWSD 2021-2022 District Calendar.

Updated Picture Makeup Day
For those students who missed Picture Day or need retakes, RMS Picture Makeup day is Friday, October 22.


WA STATE PTA Student Programs

Do you want to know more student programs that the WA State PTA runs? Here's an overview of the student competitions that are available to all students in Washington State. Forward this to your student to see if they are interested in entering any of these programs! They include Reflections, WSPTA Game Development Competition, WSPTA Essay Contest, Scholarship Program. Read the Student Programs Overview (PDF)

City of Redmond Update

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month
During last week’s City Council meeting, Mayor Birney proclaimed September 15 – October 15, 2021 as National Hispanic Heritage Month in Redmond. Read the Proclamation

Celebra El Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana
La semana pasada, durante la reunión de los concejales de la Ciudad la alcaldesa Birney proclamo del 15 de septiembre al 15 de octubre, 2021, como el Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana en Redmond. 
Proclamación disponible aquí
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