Special Edition 3/25/20
Due to the LWSD school closure, Bear Tracks will not be published on its regular day for the next three Sundays, March 29, April 5, April 12. We plan to resume publishing Sunday Bear Tracks on Sunday, April 19. Please note that this schedule may be modified at any time as new developments arise. Any urgent and important news will be communicated in Special Editions as needed.
COVID-19 Response Info
"Stay Home, Stay Healthy" Order from the Governor
On March 23, Gov. Jay Inslee spoke directly to Washingtonians to announce he will sign a statewide "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order that requires everyone in the state to stay home. The order will last for two weeks and could be extended. This proclamation will:

  • Require every Washingtonian to stay home unless they need to pursue an essential activity.
  • Ban all gatherings for social, spiritual and recreational purposes.
  • Close all businesses except essential businesses.

The proclamation states it’s still safe for people to go outside as long as they remain at least six feet from each other. Grocery stores, doctor’s offices and other essential businesses will remain open. People can still participate in activities such as bike rides, gardening, and dog walking — as long as they follow social distancing rules. For more information, please visit the Washington State Coronavirus website .
School & LWSD
Dr. Jon Holmen Named the Next LWSD Superintendent
The LWSD Board of Directors has selected Dr. Jon Holmen to be the next Lake Washington School District Superintendent. Dr. Holmen has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Seattle Pacific University, a Masters in Teaching from City University, a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from Seattle Pacific University and a Doctorate of Education from Seattle Pacific University. Dr. Holmen will replace Dr. Jane Stavem, who has resigned from Lake Washington School District, and is moving to a Superintendent position in Sioux Falls, South Dakota effective July 1, 2020.
Math Club During School Closure - CORRECTION
Correction on Math Club Meetings:  It was incorrectly stated that there are no meetings for Math Club. Math club will still meet online . The RMS Math Club is having virtual coaching sessions during the break. They occur Fridays at 3:00 PM and are broadcast over YouTube. Anyone can subscribe and attend (and past sessions are archived) at this YouTube channel .

If you have any questions or concerns regarding any PTSA programs, please don’t hesitate to reach out to  board@rmsptsa.org .
United States 2020 Census - Happening Now!
What is the census and when does it happen? Every 10 years, everyone living in the United States is asked to complete a simple but very important constitutional task: respond to The Census. The 2020 Census is a questionnaire that asks a few basic questions such as the age, sex and number of people who live or stay in your home. Homes began receiving their invitation to respond to the 2020 Census between March 12-20. You can respond online, by phone or by email! For more information, view the PeachJar flyer or visit the official website at https://2020census.gov .
Information for Small Businesses
Free Webinar on Business Resiliency
The Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is hosting, “Navigating the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan,” a free webinar on business financing, COVID-19 and disaster planning on Friday, March 27 from 3:00-4:00 PM. Spots are filling quickly! Register today .

Economic Impact Survey for the Greater Seattle Region
The Seattle Office of Economic Development, Greater Seattle Partners, and the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce are coordinating a regional effort to assess the economic impacts related to COVID-19. The information will inform strategies to speed recovery and may lead to emergency relief programs and support. The survey window closes March 31. Please take the survey now .
Be Mindful of Proper Disposal
With toilet paper in short supply, it’s important to remember that disposable wipes, paper towels, feminine products and other disinfecting wipe products are NEVER to be flushed down the toilet – even when the packaging claims things like “flushable” or “biodegradable.”

Disposable wipes and similar products DO NOT BREAK APART like normal toilet paper, and CAN CLOG sewer lines and lift station pumps, leading to costly, unsanitary BACKUPS. Now more than ever we need to work together to keep our infrastructure running smoothly! For more information on wastewater services in King County, please visit the King County Flush-Trouble website
Cleaning Chemicals Combinations to Avoid
As we seek to protect ourselves and our families from COVID-19, it’s important to be aware of which commonly used cleaning products should never be mixed. Please view graphic below. For more information about safe ways to clean using bleach, visit the CDC website at: https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/bleach.html
Bear Tracks weekly is produced by RMS PTSA as a benefit to the Redmond Middle School Community. Bear Tracks is edited by Neeta Check and Rose Mayeda. Please review the communication priorities and submit articles via the online submission form . Articles are due on Thursdays, by 5:00 PM for publication the following Sunday.