June 7, 2020
COVID-19 Information
City Of Redmond Updates
The City of Redmond has useful information and updates at https://www.redmond.gov/COVID-19 .
School & LWSD
RMS Materials & Laptop Return
RMS/LWSD materials will be collected during the last week of school, June 16-19. Your student can also collect any personal items not retrieved earlier. For schedules and social distancing guidelines, please view the 2020 RMS Materials Return Information PDF flyer . If you have more than one student at RMS, choose one time which works best for your family.
Save the Date: Touch of Class, June 15
Our annual Touch of Class Assembly is coming up! Due to our closures this event will be held online via a Microsoft Teams Live Event. Please follow this link to access the event held live on Monday, June 15 at 12:00 PM . Please join us for our end of year celebration! Despite the changes this year has brought, it is important we still assemble as a school to remember and celebrate all the successes of this year. This assembly will feature end of year awards presentations, speeches from staff and students, and our end of year picture slideshow. We hope you're able to attend!
2020 LWSD Summer Programs
Due to the extended school closures, Summer School offerings are limited and will be conducted mainly remotely with ongoing support from certificated and classified staff. For complete information about summer courses, please visit the LWSD Summer Programs website .
2019-2020 PTSA Awards
This year, it is abundantly clear the pandemic has brought forward opportunities and challenges we never thought possible for students, parents and staff. At the end of this memorable year, we are proud to recognize our Redmond community members.

For their perseverance, work ethic and dedication: 
Outstanding Educator Award - All RMS Teachers
Golden Grizzly Award – All Valued Volunteers

In recognition of extraordinary service to RMS and our community:
Golden Acorn Awards – Tracey Gauthier, Stacy Hatch and Kristen Muscott
Bear Tracks Receives Award of Excellence
RMS PTSA has placed Bronze in the 2019-2020 Washington State PTA Awards of Excellence for Outstanding Newsletter. The Local PTA and Council Awards of Excellence Awards Program recognizes PTAs whose level of effort in specific areas help them make a difference in their community. See the  full list of WSPTA Awards of Excellence  earned by PTAs in the Lake Washington Council.
FACE Parent Education: "10 Commandments of Parenting" (Repeat)
RMS PTSA FACE (Family and Community Engagement) presents "10 Commandments of Parenting" on Thursday, June 11, 7:00 PM. This webinar will provide parents an opportunity to reset and re-calibrate our role as parents in this uncertain and unpredictable times with invaluable tips and anecdotes presented by Dr. Len Fellez. Dr. Fellez is the Best Selling author of "Guerrilla Parenting" and a national speaker on parent education topics and a school teacher for 37 years. Please view the flyer to find out how to join the webinar.
RMS Virtual Spirit Week
To celebrate our final week of school, RMS Leadership is hosting another at-home Virtual Spirit Week from June 8-12! Please join us in dressing up each day with the following themes. To participate in our Virtual Spirit Week, take a picture of yourself in your spirit week outfit and submit it through PowerSchool! We hope you participate! View the Virtual Spirit Week flyer for more details!

Meme Monday: Recreate your favorite meme! 
Tropical Tuesday: Dress up like you are at the beach! 
Wacky Wednesday: Just be your wackiest self! 
Thankful Thursday: Make a card that thanks the people who are working hard during this time! 
Grizzly Colors Friday: Wear our school colors!

To Submit Your Picture : Logon to PowerSchool, go to the RMS Virtual Grizzly Time class, scroll down to the RMS Pride tab and select Virtual Spirit Week where further information will be posted.
Final Sale for Yearbooks
Hey Grizzlies! We have a few extra RMS 2019-2020 Yearbook available for purchase. The cost is $40 and available only online through the LWSD Online Payments Portal: https://payments.lwsd.org . Quantities are limited so don't wait! Any questions, please contact Ms. Savage or Ms. Poblete.
RMS Quarantine Spirit Wear Drive (Repeat)
Buy a shirt to help us commemorate this crazy year and unite the RMS community! View the flyer . Proceeds will go to support RMS ASB for the 2020-2021 school year. All designs are $25. The drive closes Friday, June 12 so order yours soon!

Teen Link: Free Support Services
Teen Link is a WA Department of Health funded program that serves youth in Washington State through our peer-to-peer phone, chat, and text lines. Phone workers are trained to support youth by listening to their concerns related to bullying, drug and alcohol use, relationships, stress, depression or any other issues that may come up. Interpreter services are also available. The Teen Link Substance Use Prevention Line offers free professional substance use consultations that teens - and adults concerned about a teen - can call for information about drug use education, prevention, and treatment options. For more information on Teen Link services, please view the Teen Link flyer .

To reach out to Teen Link:
Call/Text: 1-866-TEENLINK (833-6546)
Educational Events
Cultural Competency in the Early Years (K-5) Monday, June 8, 6:00-7:30 PM Online GoToMeeting. For details on how to join: View Flyer .

Chat with State Superintendent Reykdal Tuesday, June 9, 10:00-11:00 AM. State Superintendent Chris Reykdal will join WSPTA leaders for an update on our K-12 schools and to answer your questions. You must register in advance .

Balance in Mind's Teen Real Talk Tuesdays, 4:00 PM on Instagram. New topic every week. Learning with other students and a Youth Eastside Services counselor. To join, follow @bimteens on Instagram. (Repeat)

Balance in Mind's Parent Chat  Wednesdays, 7:30-8:15 PM Zoom Meeting. Discuss challenges with Remote Learning with other parents and a Youth Eastside Services counselor.  View Flyer (Repeat)
June 8: Cultivating Kindness in Hard Times (in K-8 kids)
June 10: Is it Sadness, Grief of Depression? (in Teens)
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.