Calendar

Check out the combined calendar  here .
Please send comments/suggestions and May Calendar Items to  calendar@rmsptsa.org
School
Important - School of Excellence Survey
Please take 5-10 minutes to reflect on your experience at our school and complete the survey. Choose the answer that most accurately expresses how you feel about your experience. This survey is completely anonymous. Please complete this survey as soon as possible and by May 28th. Click below to know more and take part in the survey:-
Coffee with Principal Jon
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Join Principal Jon Young on Tuesday, May 21 st  at 9:30 am in the Redmond Middle School Library. Parents will have an opportunity to chat with the principal and other parents about the End of the Year Calendar and various other topics while enjoying coffee and a small treat. 
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.
PTSA
Redmond Middle School PTSA Achieves Platinum Status
The Standards of Excellence Award recognizes local PTAs for the use of best practices of PTA management. Redmond Middle School PTSA was awarded the Platinum Level Standards of Excellence Award for the 2018-2019 school year. This award demonstrates that we are child-focused, responsible to members, knowledgeable, fiscally responsible, involved, and well-trained.  
RMS Science CLUB 2019-20 Committee formation
Hello, All RMS parents who have a student in RMS in 2019-20.
RMS Science Club Committee Formation meeting 
Date: June 1st, Saturday
Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm 
Venue: Millenium C/12
Address : 18400 NE Union Hill Rd, Redmond, WA 98052

Agenda for this meeting,
1. Present the Committee structure as it was last year
2. Present the detail descriptions of each role on the committee.  Please click the button below.
3. Clarify any questions you have and open the floor for nominations.
4. Select the committee for 2019-20 if nominations are more than the number of roles; or identify the process for doing the same. Ideally, we would like a combination of 8th, 7th, and 6th-grade parents to be on the committee in the interest of continuity next year

Attendance at this meeting is mandatory if you wish to be on the committee for 2019-20
Last year a lot of parents had a lot of feedback and suggestions about structure, rules, and processes. We want to strongly encourage all interested parents to attend this meeting and step up to join the committee or volunteer in some capacity. Once the Committee is selected, it will be sent as a proposed committee for approval by the 2019-20 PTSA board in July. 
We expect that the above said members will commit to serving the full year.
These committee members will then meet over the summer and represent the membership in deciding the mission and plan and rules etc. for Science Club 2019-20
Looking forward to seeing you.
Field Day Volunteers Needed
6th & 7th grade field day needs YOU June 18th 11:30-1:30 pm!
There's plenty of time to arrange your schedules for this fun event.
Please sign up for extremely short shifts or all three!

8th grade parents - return your chaperone slips!
**** a HUGE thank you to all of this year's volunteers!! ****
Staff Appreciation Week
The PTSA and Staff of RMS are so thankful for our wonderful community of parents and families who donated food items, bought coffee, and/or volunteered during one of our events for Staff Appreciation week. Special kudos to the following people who graciously gave time and energy helping set up or clean up:
Grace Kaplan
Ashley Epstein
Winston Li
Cindy LeBlanc
Yong Zheng
Neeta Check
Christine Wollmann
Manjari Kanungo
Wendy Bills
Courtney Crawford
Yinan Ding
Xubei Zhang
Shan Lu
 Xia Wu
 Vicky Lu
 Fang Wang
 Shuo Shen
2018-2019  Reflections Winner
Reflections
RMS is proud of Jina Kim who won the national Reflections Award of Excellence. She won a "second place" award for Visual Arts category.
Click here to check the details.
Congratulation!! Jina Kim.
Kudos to our winning team at the Washington State National History Day competition
Eight RMS students achieved first and second place for their interactive websites at the Washington State National History Day competition. Both teams will advance on to the national competition which takes place June 9-13 at the University of Maryland.  National History Day is an academic enrichment program for students in grades 6-12. Students select topics connected to an annual theme and complete their own in-depth research on the topic. This year, the annual theme is "Triumph and Tragedy." Students present their conclusions by creating museum-style exhibits, media documentaries, research papers, interactive websites, and dramatic performances. The competition cycle takes students from the school level to regional, state, and national competitions. At each level of competition students share their work with their peers, historians, educators, and professionals in related fields as they complete for special awards and the opportunity to advance to the next level of competition. Congratulations to these students that will represent Washington State at the national competition:
Interactive Website: "Reform From the Ashes: Burning the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Forever into History"
Tanvi Bedekar
Payton Gergen
Cassie Knowlton
Jennifer Lo
Interactive Website: "Sunset Over the Pacific: Battle of the Philippine Sea"
Tanvi Kale
Kate Pallett
Vaishi Sistla
Diya Yaga
Volunteer of the month May
This certificate of appreciation is presented to Ekta V for her professionalism as the editor of our weekly Bear Tracks newsletter. Ekta was nominated by her team of peers, but we can all acknowledge her thoughtful consideration of content and reliable 6 am Monday email delivery. On behalf of the PTSA, join me in thanking Ekta for her diligent work in compiling relevant information. 
Stacy Hatch
Redmond Middle School PTSA and parent volunteer
Math Club News
Math Is Cool Masters Competition Results
Math Is Cool Masters competition was held in Moses Lake High School on Saturday, May the 4th. RMS Math Team brought the following trophies home:
6th Grade Division i:
Team (Alon Ragoler, Alan Duan, Anish Deshpande, Aakarsh Balla):  2nd Place  
Individuals:
Alon Ragoler:  2nd Place
Alan Duan:  3rd Place
Anish Deshpande:  6th Place
7th & 8th Grade:
Algebra 1:
Michael Sheng:  8th Place
Geometry:
Evan Kim:  10th Place
Joseph Kaim:  12th Place
Congratulations!!! Below 12 students were in Redmond MS Math Is Cool Masters team:
Alon Ragoler
Alan Duan
Anish Deshpande
Aakarsh Balla

Michael Sheng
Chris Ma
Di Mao
Aarna Chowdhary

Evan Kim
Joseph Kaim
Aakash Banerji
Aaron Gao
Destination Imagination Club
Current and Timely WSPTA Benefits. Savings. Powered by PTA.
Take advantage of these benefit offers:

  • *New* WWE Stomping Grounds, June 23 at the Tacoma Dome - save up to $10 off each ticket.
  • *New* Wild Waves - 2019 season passes now available and spring discounts.
  • Great Wolf Lodge - save up to 30% on your next stay.
  • LEGOBags.com - 50% off at LEGObags.com 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  membership@rmsptsa.org  for assistance.
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  ā€“  Please donate to the Redmond Middle School Associated Student Body (ASB) to help fund student activities.
Community
Advocacy Opportunity: Help develop new transportation services- Survey
Metro and the City of Redmond are working together to bring new transportation services to Education Hill, Bear Creek, Downtown and the Southeast neighborhoods of Redmond. Until May 28th they will be surveying people who live or travel in these neighborhoods to help identify local transportation needs.
They will use the feedback to develop potential solutions that the Community Connections program can help provide.
Measles
As you may be aware, two confirmed cases of measles were identified in school districts that neighbor our own, the Northshore and Issaquah school districts. We currently do not have any cases of measles in Lake Washington School District. This unusual occurrence of measles may generate some concern or questions. To help keep you informed, district processes and state law for vaccinations are  outlined on the LWSD website .
As a reminder, in January, Governor Inslee declared a public health state of emergency after reports of 31 confirmed cases of measles were identified in the state. There are now three confirmed cases in King County.
Technology at Students' Fingertips in LWSD
Come learn what tools are readily available to all LWSD students to help with reading and writing literacy.
When : Tuesday  May 21 , Networking at 6:30, Presentation at 7 PM
Where : LWSD Resource Center at Redmond Town Center. Entrance from the parking lot in the back. 
Presenter : Joe Brazier from Microsoft's Worldwide Education Industry Team
Download a flyer   for this event
The meeting opens at 6:30 with networking and a chance to meet and chat with Dr. Shannon Hitch, Director of Special Services, and her Associate Directors. Complimentary student care is available for meeting attendees. To sign up, please email  smcenroe@lwsd.org  at least a week prior to the meeting date. Include your childā€™s name(s) and age(s). Please use the email subject line:  Childcare at PTSA meeting
Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations or who have questions about access may email us at   special.needs@lwptsa.net   in advance of the meeting.
If you would like to request an interpreter, please let us know at   special.needs@lwptsa.net
Learn more about the   Special Needs Group.
Bear Tracks weekly is produced by RMS PTSA as a benefit to the Redmond Middle School Community. Articles are due on Thursdays for publication the following Monday. Bear Tracks is edited by Ekta Vadlamudi and [YOUR NAME HERE - please email Sujatha Patra: communications.vp@rmsptsa.org if interested in co-editing ]. Please review our communication priorities and submit articles to weekly@rmsptsa.org .