Happy Mother's Day! RMS PTSA sends you all warm wishes on this special day!
May 10, 2020
COVID-19 Information
Reopening Washington Updates
You can read up-to-date information about Phase 1 business activity guidelines in the Washington State "Safe Start" website.

You can also view the COVID-19 Risk assessment dashboard that provides a high-level overview of the main data points discussed among state leaders and the level of risk experts perceive around the current numbers.
COVID-19 Info Translations
"Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order blog now available in Spanish .
More information in Spanish is available in the Spanish translation of the DOH Coronavirus website .
Many other languages are also linked at the top of the DOH Coronavirus Website homepage .
Volunteering During Significant Events
Interested in volunteering during disasters and significant events like COVID-19? Register with the Washington State Emergency Registry of Volunteers (WAserv) to partner with public health and others who need assistance in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
School & LWSD
Remote Learning Grading Update
LWSD grading has been updated for this semester and is based on the new information districts have received from the state OSPI.

At the MIDDLE SCHOOL LEVEL , grades for assignments and assessments will be used to determine if students have met overall proficiency of essential standards for the semester and pass courses. Final grades for students will be a Pass (P) or No Pass (N). Students who receive a grade of D or higher for the semester will be assigned a “P” on the report card. The high school grading system will be used for high school credit courses that are taken in the middle school (Algebra, Geometry, and World Languages).

For complete information, including elementary level and high school grading system, please visit the May 5 update on the LWSD Coronavirus website .
May 22 is Now a Regular School Day
Friday, May 22 was previously scheduled to be a non-student LEAP Day for staff. Because of the changes to remote learning, LWSD will now have a regular remote-learning day on May 22. May 25 is still a scheduled holiday in observance of Memorial Day.
LWSD Announcements by Text Message
Text the letter “Y” to the number 67587 to receive LWSD announcements via text message. If your phone number is already on file at your child’s school, or in Skyward for staff members, this text will confirm that you want to receive text messages on your cell phone. LWSD cannot text you important updates unless you have confirmed that you want to receive these messages. If you aren’t sure what phone numbers are on file, visit your Skyward Family Access account , then go to “Skylert” to see the list of phone numbers and email addresses we use to contact you.
Restart School Laptops
Due to LWSD working to fix remote access capacity on March 31, devices need to be restarted and should then be able to connect to the District once again if experiencing issues. If after a restart your device still experiences an issue, please contact ftaccess@lwsd.org for support.
May SchoolPool is Going Strong!
The Redmond SchoolPool continues this month! If your student played outside, took breaks from technology, or did school work this week, they can earn rewards and help earn RMS $5 per student ! Fill out the form every week until the end of May!

Helpful Tips:
  • Enter the student's name in the "Name" field
  • Enter any valid email address in the "Email Address" field
  • Enter student's Grizzly Time teacher in the "Name of Teacher" field
  • Print out this SchoolPool weekly calendar to help your student keep track until your family is ready to submit online!

The above online form is owned by City of Redmond. By filling out the online form, you are consenting to send name, contact and school information to the City of Redmond SchoolPool program.
Special Education Group May Meeting
The LWPTSA Council Special Education Group is pleased to host the monthly gathering online for May on Tuesday, May 19, 12:00-1:00 PM. Our topic will be "Inclusionary Practices in LWSD", presented by Assoc. Superintendent Mike Van Orden. Email special.education@lwptsa.net with questions.

Phone: United States: +1 (872) 240-3412 Access Code: 432-621-117
Career Connect Washington
Are you looking to get your middle and/or high school students connected to something hopeful, inspiring and future-focused while they learn from home? Every day in May at 3:30 PM, students can engage in 30-45 minute live sessions hosted via Zoom and live streamed on YouTube. Students will hear about Washington-based jobs that might align with their interests and goals, and engage in employer-created challenges. Access, information and recordings of previous discussions will be posted at https://www.careerconnectathome.org .
Educational Events
Screentime: Regulating and Empowering (May Parent Webinar): Monday, May 11 at 7:30 PM. Register at tinyurl.com/BIMScreen .

Notes from the Backpack Podcasts from National PTA featuring real conversations with real parents, experts and educators who offer real-life advice, ideas and strategies parents can use to help their children succeed in and out of school. (Repeat)

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. Register at tinyurl.com/BIMParentChat (Repeat)
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.