October 17, 2021


October 18 Monday - Healthy Youth Survey at RMS
October 19 Tuesday - PTSA General Meeting, 7:30 PM

October 20 Wednesday - Last Day to sign up for RMS Season 2 Sports
October 21 Thursday - PTSA Robotics Club Info Night, 6:30 PM
October 22 Friday - Picture Makeup Day

October 25 Monday - Last Day to Update Voter Registration
October 26 Tuesday - SBA Testing
October 28 Thursday - SBA Testing
October 29 Friday - RMS Dance
November 1 Monday - Theme Search Entry for Reflections Due
November 2 Tuesday - Science Testing for 6th Graders
November 2 Tuesday - Last Day to Vote
November 5 Friday - Reflections Submissions Due, 3:00 PM
November 24 Wednesday - Last Day for PTSA Spelling Bee Registration


PTSA General Meeting, Oct. 19

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend! 

You do not need to be a PTSA member!

Tuesday, October 19 at 7:30 PM

On the Agenda:
You! Do you have ideas, proposals, comments, or questions? Come to the meeting and let your voice be heard!

Please join us for the first PTSA General Meeting of the 2020-2021 school year 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! 

Other Top Agenda Items:
• Introduction of PTSA Board
• Discuss Parent Education Topics
• Elect Nominating Committee
• Discuss "RMS Day" for the RHS's production of Alice in Wonderland

Robotics Club Info Night, Oct. 21

Welcome RMS students and families to the new school year! Robotics Club is happening this year! We aim to instill STEM education through hands-on Robotics experience. Join us for the Robotics Club Info Night! Please mark the date, timing, and meeting link for the virtual meeting this year.

Date/Time: Thursday, October 21, 6:30-7:30 PM
MS Teams Join Link

Questions? Please email roboticschair@rmsptsa.org. For up-to-date information, please visit the RMS PTSA Robotics Club webpage: https://rmsptsa.org/Page/Programs/RoboticsClub

The Spelling Bee is Back!

After a successful online bee last year, RMS PTSA will be hosting a school spelling bee this year as well. This year, we will also add four spelling / coaching classes, available free to everybody who registers. Enrollment is open, register now! Follow the website below to find out the Spelling Bee process and other resources.

Registration Closes: Wednesday, November 24, 11:59 PM
Fee: $10 (scholarships available!)

The written test will use a list of 450 words, and subsequent stages use a longer list of words. Both lists are available once you register. Meanwhile, we're looking for volunteers! If you want to help organize the preliminaries or the finals, please contact spellingbeechair@rmsptsa.org to sign up!

A Special Shout-Out To Our Volunteers!

RMS PTSA would like to thank all the volunteers that helped out for the Hearing and Vision Screening on Tuesday, October 12. They worked extra-long shifts to check the health of all ~1000 RMS students! 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!

Anil  B., Bilyana  S., Elaine  H., Emily  C., Katherine  G., Kayla  R., Kelly  O., Kiran  B., Kristi  B., Neelam  L., Peggy  J., Sandra  C., Sridevi  K., Tamar  M., Xia  W.

One More Member for Nom Comm Needed

The RMS PTSA is need of just ONE MORE VOLUNTEER to round out our 2021-2022 Nominating Committee before our October 19 General Meeting! Come and join the other two members in searching and recruiting for next year's RMS PTSA Board of Directors. This is a remote-only volunteer position and you work on your own schedule! No experience is required, just a willingness to communicate with potential candidates! Training and resources will be made available to you!

Let us know if you are interested or have any questions at all about the process! Contact board@rmsptsa.org!

Reflections: Call for Entries! (Repeat)

RMS families, encourage your student(s) to start their project soon and celebrate this year’s theme of: I Will Change the World By…

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

CATEGORIES: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts (2D only)

2021-2022 Entry From (Printable PDF)


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

School & LWSD

Season 2 Sports

LWSD offers the following sports during Season 2 (11/1 - 12/17): Girls Badminton and Boys Soccer. All forms and payment need to be submitted by Wednesday, October 20 to be eligible to participate in Season 2.

Families can sign up for after school sports via
Final Forms (the district platform for athletics). Your student can register for up to 1 sport each season. Students do need to have a valid physical, be an ASB member ($25) and pay the fee for sports ($75). Payments through LWSD Payments. Scholarships are available, please contact Ms. Poblete (spoblete@lwsd.org) to request one. More information and the tentative schedule can be found on the RMS website: https://rms.lwsd.org/asbactivities/athletics

LWSD Volunteer Vaccine Requirement (Repeat)

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.


Register to Vote in Washington

Register to Vote in Washington Your voice counts! King County Elections will mail out ballots on October 13. You should receive your ballot by Monday, October 18. If you do not receive a ballot call 206-296-VOTE (8683).

Update your Voter Registration here. Remember, October 25 is the last day to update your voter registration! Questions about elections, address changes, to update your signature, and more, click here: King County Elections.

City of Redmond Update

Climate Town Hall
Attend Virrtual Open House on Climate. Join King County Executive Constantine, Mayor Birney, and Issaquah Mayor Pauly at a virtual King County – Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C) Town Hall, Tuesday, October 19, from 6:00-7:00 PM. The discussions will include building climate equity and resilience into long-term planning, followed by a Q & A for attendees. 

Share Your Thoughts on Health Through Housing
King County purchased the Silver Cloud Inn as part of the Health Through Housing program, which will provide permanent supportive housing for individuals experiencing homelessness. Please complete a short questionnaire by October 31 and share your thoughts on what successful operations of the program would include. 

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