Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - Griz Biz -8am-2pm - Gym, Great Hall and Commons
  • Returning 7th/8th grader’s laptop rollout
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - First Day of School
  • 6th Grade Start Time (schedule handout) - 8:10am
  • 7th/8th Grade Start Time (schedule handout) - 10:10am
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - Library
  • Laptop rollout for 6th , new 7/8 graders & 7/8 graders who missed the Griz Biz 
Friday, September 6, 2019
  • Picture Day- Commons
  • Laptop Tech Help Day 
  • Coffee with Principal Jon 
  • PTSA Board Meeting 
  • Reflections Kick-Off
2019-2020 School Year
For our returning Grizzlies, mark you calendars for important dates:

Griz Biz: See you all on Tuesday, August 20, 2019. We will be open from 8 AM -2 PM. Drop in to pick-up paperwork, pay fees, see “Griz,” tour the school, and drop off communal school supplies. For our returning 7 th and 8 th grade students, make sure to pick-up your laptop so you can be ready to start the school year.
Families can bring donations of feminine hygiene items (pads & tampons) to be given to those students who might otherwise miss school due to lack of access to these items. These items can be dropped off at Griz Biz on August 20th along with the school supplies.
Fees: Skip the line at Griz Biz: PAY YOUR FEES ONLINE via PARENT ACCESS
***Items available for Purchase via Parent Access: Yearbook, ASB, PE Fitness Shirt, Athletic Sports Participation Fee (don’t forget to submit your updated paperwork to the office). Class fees will be available for payment two weeks AFTER the start of the semester.

Picture Day: All students will have their school picture taken on Friday, September 6, the first week of school. IDs/ASB cards will be issued at this time. Make-ups will be in October. Packets will be available at Griz Biz.

Laptops: All students will be issued a laptop for school use. We will be distributing devices to returning 7th and 8th graders during Griz Biz on August 20, 2019. Sixth graders, and new RMS 7th/8th will be issued their devices during school on September 4. Please remind your student to bring home and charge their laptop that evening as we will be covering important lessons with the devices the following day. Included in the Griz Biz packet is a form to receive a laptop. Please review, sign, and return with your student if they are new to our school (returning 7 th /8 th graders do not need to return).

Curriculum Night/Open House
Our annual parent Open House will be Tuesday, September 24. A general welcome for all parents begins in the gymnasium at 6:30 pm. First period class is scheduled to start at 6:45 pm; time will be provided to visit all of your student’s RMS classes. A detailed invitation will be emailed the early part of September.  

Moving?  Are you moving over the summer and your student will not be returning to RMS in the fall? If you have not notified the school yet, please email  [email protected] .

School Supplies:  Please  find attached  next year’s supply list. If you would like, you can also try out Yubbler:
We are excited to offer you a new program that will help the school and make it a breeze for parents to get school supplies for next year.  is making our supply lists available for online purchasing at discounted prices. The best part is that Yubbler will donate 50% of the profits back to the school.
What you need to do:
•  Find the supply list here:
•  Click on the purchase button (“Full List”) then enter your shipping and billing information
•  You can customize your cart in checkout by removing or adding items
•  You’re done!
How it works:
•  Supplies are shipped “Next Day” to your home for free.
Back to school volunteer opportunities
Planning for 2019-2020 is already underway.
Check out the back to school volunteer opportunities and sign up today!
Let's continue our pledge of donating two hours of your time towards making RMS the best!
Looking to be creative this summer? Looking to be a winner? Look Within!
The National PTA Reflections 2019-2020 theme is  Look Within . Students may submit works of art in the categories Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts. For program details visit  or email  [email protected]  to receive an official entry form and fall 2019 submission deadline date when they become available.
The Snuggery'- RMS Initiative for students in need

The snuggery is looking for donations to stock up before school starts, to help students in need succeed. We are only focusing on snacks for during the school day right now. Families wishing to donate can bring items to Griz Biz on August 20th from 8-2, drop off any time between 7am and 3pm the last week of August (26-30) or send with their student the first day of school (Tuesday, Sept 3rd).
Ideas for items are: 
-Granola bars (nut free varieties as well)
-Apple sauce pouches
-Individual servings of trail mix
-Individual bags of goldfish
-Peanut butter crackers/cheddar crackers
-Cracker/cheese packages
-Individual serving packs of crackers
-Fruit snacks

Fall Athletes Medical Forms
For parents of grade 8 returning athletes:
Summer will go by very fast and if your grizzly's last physical for athletics/sports teams was 2 years ago, it is time for their next one!
More information can be found here:
Hope everyone had a good summer!
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.
New app will allow parents to view estimated bus stop arrival times
Coming in Fall 2019, LWSD will begin using a new mobile phone app called “Versatrans My Stop." This app provides parents/guardians with an estimated arrival time to the assigned bus stop. The Versatrans My Stop app uses GPS data collected from school buses to track buses as they may their way along bus routes. Versatrans My Stop graphically displays a school bus location on a map, as well as the estimated time of arrival (ETA) to a specific student’s bus stop. Information is automatically updated, and the ETA is recalculated to accommodate any delays due to traffic while in route. Parents/guardians will also be able to access My Stop on a computer. More information about the Versatrans My Stop app will be available to families in the fall.  
College Application and Essay Workshop – for rising seniors only
August 5, 2019, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at the Redmond Library
Learn tips on how to complete a college application as well as what it takes to write a personal and compelling college essay.
All workshops are FREE to attend, but  registration is required .
9th Grade Families
Redmond High School has two events in August for incoming 9th graders (freshmen).
  • On Thursday, August 22nd there is Mustang Mentor Camp from 10 am - noon for students.
  • On Wednesday, August 28th is Freshmen Parent night for adult family members of incoming 9th graders.
RSVP for mentor camp at . No need to RSVP for parent night but please do not bring students to this event, there is not enough seating in the PAC to accommodate both adults and students for the 9th grade class. More information available at  
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