Check out the combined calendar  here .

Please send comments/suggestions and April Calendar Items to
State testing starts soon
Students in LWSD will begin testing at the end of March. Each school has a different testing schedule: students at Redmond Middle School will be tested on the following dates:
  • Practice Tests
Math - 4/25/19
ELA - 5/2/19
  • ELA Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) - 5/7/19
  • ELA Performance Task (PT) - 5/9/19
  • Math CAT - 5/14/19
  • Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) - 5/15/19
8th Grade Only
  • Iowa Algebra Aptitude Test (IAAT) - 5/15/19
6th and 7th graders not currently in Algebra
  • Math PT - 5/16/19 
Learn more  about the state assessments on the district website.
Spirit Week
Spirit Week at RMS will be Monday, April 15th through Friday, April 19th. The planned days are:
Monday – Comfy Cozy Day
Tuesday – Twin Day
Wednesday – Pink Out
Thursday – Grizzly Pride – 6th grade wear red, 7th grade wear white, 8th grade wear black
Friday – Carnival theme (mix match day)
Spring Social
ASB is selling tickets for the final RMS social event of the school year scheduled for Friday, April 19 th . Tickets will be on sale Tuesday April 16 th  through Thursday April 18 th  at ASB/Non-ASB pricing. All last-minute ticket sales on April 18 th  will be $5.  The social runs from 2:40 – 4:30 PM with no students released early.
Host family opportunity
Open your hearts and homes to students from Japan! The RMS Japanese program is looking for several more home stay families to host two 8 th  grade students from Shukutoku Junior High School in Tokyo Japan. No Japanese language ability is required by the student or home stay family. All that is required is a desire to experience another culture. Students will arrive at RMS on Friday, May 17 and return on Monday, May 20 th . This is a great opportunity for any RMS student who is interested in Japanese culture. Please contact Kuyper Sensei at  for details. Arigatou! 
The RMS Music Department Needs your help!
Every eight years, RMS has the privilege of hosting the LWSD Middle School Solo & Ensemble Festival. The festival is an opportunity for middle school musicians to perform piece of music as a soloist or in a small ensemble for an expert adjudicator that provides feedback and encouragement. This year it is our turn to host this festival and we will be doing so on Saturday April 20, 2019.
 As with all large events, “many hands” are what make the day a success. We are in need of those in our community that might be able to donate their time or a food item or both! If you are able to assist us and our young musicians with the Solo & Ensemble Festival, please indicate that by filling out  this form. Thank you from the bottom of our Grizzly hearts!
Save the Date - Griz Biz 2019
Mark your calendars for Tuesday, August 20, 2019, this will be the date of Griz Biz where families can pick up and complete paperwork, sign up for sports, open lunch accounts, tour the school, etc.
How to Support the LWSD Capital Projects Levy
 Lake Washington Citizens Levy Committee (LWCLC)
1.   Educate  yourself, friends, and neighbors about the levy by visiting the  LWSD levy website  and the  LWCLC website  and passing on the information.
2.     Endorse  the levy  here . Personal endorsements are welcome and appreciated.
3.     Like  the  LWCLC Facebook page
4.     Donate  to the LWCLC here . Your donation will help get cover the campaign costs and to help educate the community about the levy.  
5.     Get Involved  to help get out the vote.
Phone/text Banking : PTSA dates are Monday, April 15: 4:30-7:30 at the LWEA office in Kirkland.  Sign up here .
Sign Waving :
-April 16:   RED  TUESDAY – This is a district-wide sign waving event. All PTSAs, including parents, students and community members are encouraged to participate. In addition to sign waving, there is a plan for a media event the same day. More info to come.
-April 22: Teachers + PTSA – The LWEA has organized sign waving event on April 22nd. Teachers will be sign waving and PTSAs are welcome to participate, if possible. Follow up with your LWEA building rep.
6.     Vote  YES !  Get your ballot in by April 23rd.
Staff Appreciation Week - May 6-10
May 6-10 is Staff Appreciation Week. Let’s show our wonderful RMS staff how much we value and appreciate all the hard work they put in to enrich the lives of our kids. Please sign up to support them with donations of time, food, and/or money. The following is the week’s schedule and links to sign up.
 Monday, May 6 th  –  Coffee Cart  – sponsor a coffee for your favorite staff member(s)
Tuesday, May 7 th  –  Taco Bar  – sign up to donate food and volunteer to help setup/serve/clean up
Wednesday, May 8 th  –  Dessert Buffet  - sign up to donate food and volunteer to help setup/serve/clean up
Thursday, May 9 th  –  Snack Attack  - sign up to donate snacks
Friday, May 10 th  – small individual appreciation gift – no volunteer help needed
RMS PTSA seeks leaders for next year
The following are the RMS PTSA Nominating Committee’s candidates for the 2019-2020 school year executive board and open positions:

  • Co-President – Ashley Epstein
  • Co-President – OPEN 
  • VP FACE – Swarnima Aswinkumar
  • VP Communications – Sujatha Patra
  • VP Volunteers – Stacy Hatch
  • Treasurer – OPEN
  • Secretary – OPEN
All current Lake Washington Council PTSA members are eligible to become board members and are invited to recommend themselves for any position at the RMS PTSA General Meeting on Tuesday, April 16 at 7:00 p.m. For information about a board position, please contact the Nominating Committee at .

If you have a student at RMS in the fall - consider giving couple hours a month to support, engage and advocate for our students, staff and community. Your RMS PTSA nominating committee is currently seeking volunteers interested in joining the PTSA leadership team for the 2019-2020 school year.  Please Download a nomination form   and submit by April 2, 2019 or   contact the nominating committee   for more information.
Not a member but interested in making good things happen at RMS?   Join the PTSA   and become eligible.
Volunteers Needed
Please view  this link for volunteer needs.  
We have many opportunities for you to help implement important programs this month. Top three events this month:
  • International Night
  • Music solo/ensemble program
  • Spring Social
We need your help! Please sign up where you can – it is greatly appreciated!

Don’t forget to drop off your food box donations April 4 th . They could use help making deliveries. See the link for additional information.
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Please join the PTSA in congratulating Taunya Covington for her outstanding performance and dedication to the students of RMS. Taunya demonstrated leadership, team work and commitment to academic enrichment by donating over 100 hours of time between October and January by directing a large group of enthusiastic munchkins, scarecrows and witches. Thank you Taunya, you are an amazing volunteer!
Math Club News
Kudos To The RMS Teams At The Washington State Math Championship
The following teams from RMS won the championship contest held in Blaine, WA on March 23
6th Grade Individuals:
2nd Place:  Alon Ragoler
6th Place:  Alan Duan
7th Place:  Juwang Lee
9th Place:  Ethan Li

7th Grade Individuals:
3rd Place:  Michael Sheng
10th Place:  Chris Ma

8th Grade Individuals:
4th Place:  Evan Kim
6th Grade Teams:
2nd Place: Team 3 ( Aakarsh Balla Alan Duan Alon Ragoler Ethan Li )

8th Place: Team 7 ( Annabel Wang Cynthia Kennedy Juwang Lee Luke Lee )

11th Place: Team 2 ( Chujia Yang Eva Jain Grace Zhao Reese Long )

12th Place: Team 8 ( Andrew Zhao Anish Deshpande Anna Povey Sarah Wen )
Congratulations to Math Club students!!!
Science Club News
Kudos to RMS Blue team who placed 1st and RMS Green team who placed 5th at the Regional Science Olympiad held at Bothell High school, WA.
Both teams will be participating at the State Tournament on April 13th.

6 RMS Science teams participated at Science Olympiad on March 16th,2019
where a total of 34 teams participated. Congratulations to the science club students!!
Science Club News - YBTC STATE challenge
YBTC (You be the Chemist) competition was conducted at RMS on March 11 th  where a total of 22 students participated. HUGE THANKS to Ms Nelson for administering this test !! Top 5 scorers, mentioned below are advancing to state level YBTC. State challenge is planned on April 20th Saturday at Open window school.
1.    Evan Kim
2.    Alon Ragoler
3.    Annabella Li
4.    Divij Ashwinkumar
5.    Lance Atienza
YBTC STATE challenge
April 20th 9 am
Open window school
6128 168th Pl SE
Bellevue, WA 98006
RMS International Night
Join us to celebrate 40+ cultures represented at RMS! PTSA is
hosting a colorful and entertaining International Night
on Tuesday, April 23rd from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. There will be
cultural booths, crafts and samples of ethnic foods at our Cultural
Bazaar, located throughout the main hallways. Students and their
families can also join our international community for Live
Performances on the RMS stage in the commons from 7 pm- 8 pm. It
will be a fun night!
RMS students and their families or friends can now sign up to represent a culture (no, it does
not have to be just their culture, any culture…) at this event! There are many exciting ways to
- Set up a cultural booth with info about a country
- Perform on the stage – sing, dance, play an instrument or do martial arts
- Crafts – bring them to share or teach others to create crafts at the event
- Share ethnic food (bite size samples)
Sign up online here. Reserve your spot now, it is first come/first serve! Applications are due by
Friday, March 29th.
Member Savings. Powered by PTA
Take advantage of these benefit offers:
  • Washington State Spring Fair - April 11-14 - discounts on admission and rides
  • Great Wolf Lodge - save up to 30% on your next stay
  • - 50% off at plus kids go free to LEGOLAND Parks or Discovery Centers.
  • Tickets at Work - formerly TicketMonster - 20-70% off on movies, hotels, shows, concerts, sporting events and more.
  • Office Depot - savings on school supplies, office products, technology, furniture, and print.
Members were sent their benefits access code along with their electronic membership card at the time of sign up. Can't find your? Contact  for assistance.
Season 4 – April 2019 - Schedule
Below is the schedule for the first two weeks of season 4. Coaches will be sending home a more detailed schedule, include matches. 
RMS dines out at MOD Pizza on Thursday April 18 th . Please support RMS ASB by eating at MOD Pizza and either showing them the attached flyer, or letting them know that you are with RMS. MOD Pizza will donate 20% of your bill to RMS ASB. 
A reminder that purchases made on Amazon using this link help RMS ASB.
Help RMS ASB by donating used clothing and shoes. The bin is located in the parking lot by the portables.
Fund the Grizzlies  –  Please donate to the Redmond Middle School Associated Student Body (ASB) to help fund student activities.
Cheer tryouts at RHS
Cheer tryout packets are now available in the Athletic Office at Redmond High School.
 Tryout dates are April 15-19 (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 3:15 - 5 and Wednesday 1:30 - 3:30)
 Any questions can be directed to
How to Talk to Your Child About Sexual Health
Lake Washington School District is excited to partner with the King County Public Health Department in hosting an informational parent event: How to Talk to Your Child About Sexual Health. Our presenter is Becky Reitzes, Health Educator and Family Planning for King County Public Health. This event will be held at the Resource Center Board Room on Tuesday, April 23 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. This informative evening will provide strategies and tips, primarily aimed at parents of fourth through eighth graders, to help parents engage in age-appropriate conversations with their children about a topic that is often considered difficult to discuss.
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