August 22, 2021

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Join PTSA by 9/30 to Win $25!

By joining RMS PTSA by September 30, 11:59 PM, you are entered into a random drawing to win a $25 gift certificate! Help us fulfill our mission by signing up EARLY for PTSA membership, indicating your volunteer interest, and more! You may be a winner!

Do you have more questions about becoming a member? Read the MEMBERSHIP FAQ!
Scholarships for Membership
We provide membership scholarships to families and staff members facing financial hardship. Scholarships are provided with NO APPLICATION PROCESS. Simply choose the "Scholarship" product during the "Join" process. We want to remove financial barriers to you being more engaged in your students’ school and PTSA!

Corporate Matching
Many companies offer to match their employees' donation to PTSA and membership fees. If you or your spouse work for one of these generous employers, you may be able to DOUBLE your donations too. Companies that participate in this program include: Boeing, Expedia, Hornell Anderson Design, Microsoft, Starbucks, UBS, United Way, Wells Fargo.

*RMS PTSA is a 501(c)(3) organization. Membership fees and donations are tax deductible. 

Volunteer For These Important Positions!

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!
VP Volunteers Coordinate with school and PTSA to establish volunteer needs, manage available volunteers and help recognize volunteers.
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.
Reflections Chair If you are passionate about art, or have a student that wants to participate, or just want to help out, volunteer for this position! Coordinate, manage student submissions for this annual creative contest!
Facebook Chair Communicate the great things our Grizzlies are doing on our Facebook page! Programs, events, awards, tips, resources to name a few!
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.
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.
Spanish Translators Translate PTSA flyers to make them accessible to community members as needed.

Helpful PTSA School Guides

Attention RMS families! Do you have questions about how middle school is different from elementary? Do you want to know who your counselor will be? We invite you to read the RMS PTSA's toolkit to help you transition smoothly! It has helpful information to answer some of the most-frequently asked questions from families. If you have any questions not addressed in our tool-kit, feel free to send us an email at board@rmsptsa.org. 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! 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 (vp_face@redmondhsptsa.org) who will be happy to answer your questions and make this exciting move to high school as smooth as we can! Go Mustangs!

RHS Family Toolkit English (PDF)
RHS Family Toolkit Spanish (PDF)

Introducing "Question Corner"

RMS PTSA is excited to have launched a new section to Bear Tracks, Question Corner, last year and we'd like to continue it this year! 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

Pathway Forward Update

Read the latest LWSD August 18, 2021 update with the video and transcript from Superintendent Dr. Holmen. Read all updates by visiting lwsd.org/pathway-forward. View answers to frequently asked questions.

You can also read the Back to School Fall 2021 FAQ.

"Welcome Back to RMS" Events (Repeat)

RMS will be hosting "Welcome Back to RMS" events at the end of August. These events are a way to have your student familiarize themselves with RMS. Help your student practice opening their locker and walking from class to class so the first day of school is a bit less daunting. Currently each event will be held from 6-8pm at RMS (COVID-related updates will be provided closer to events):

6th grade: Thursday, August 26, 6:00-8:00 PM
7th grade: Friday, August 27, 6:00-8:00 PM
8th grade: Monday, August 30, 6:00-8:00 PM

If you are a family that has more than one students here at RMS (in different grade levels) please send Principal Dana Greenberg (dgreenberg@lwsd.org) an email with the date that you would like to attend so your family can attend all at once.

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.

Season 1 (9/13-10/29): Boys Basketball, Boys Tennis, Co-ed Cross Country


COVID-19 Update

Statewide Mask Mandate effective August 23: The governor announced that the existing statewide mask mandate will be expanded to once again include vaccinated individuals in indoor settings effective Monday, August 23. The expansion comes after Washington recently broke the previous record for COVID hospitalizations set in December. Visit Governor Inslee's Medium page to read more.

For more info:
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

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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