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 to [email protected] . Articles are due on Thursdays, by 5:00 PM for publication the following Monday.
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School & LWSD
Important Dates and Reminders
Picture Retakes: TODAY, Monday, October 21
Retakes and students who missed Picture Day in September. For retakes, please make sure your student brings their original photos to return to the photographer. Families who missed Picture Day can still order photos, using this link  (Picture Day ID# LS119035Q1)
Highly Capable/Quest Programs (Repeat)
LWSD provides accelerated academic programs for students called Highly Capable / Quest programs. LWSD will accept applications from October 1 until October 25 at 4:00 PM. Visit the LWSD Accelerated Programs website for links to applications and more Quest information.
Fall Musical Auditions are TODAY!
There are a few spaces still available for our fall musical on both our cast and crew teams! Auditions for cast participants (7th & 8th graders only) will be TODAY, Monday, October 21, after school! If your student is interested in participating, have them prepare a one minute monologue or poem and a one minute song. Please email the producer at   [email protected]  for an audition appointment, if you have not already signed-up. Crew team is open to 6th-8th grades.  
Reflections Entries Due Soon!
Deadline: Monday, October 28 to RMS Library
Contact: Taunya Covington & Christina Willmann [email protected]
Click here for entry form and rules.
Student submissions are critiqued against other middle school students and are judged on creative ability and interpretation of the theme, "Look Within." All students and all abilities may submit an original entry in any of these six artistic categories: literature, music, photography, film/video, choreography/dance, special artist division.
Join the Green Team at RMS!
Redmond Middle Parents and Students! Are you passionate about recycling? Do you want reduce waste at school? Join the Green Team! We invite you to join our team to educate the community, promote sustainability and combat waste! Please email  [email protected]  to join the team yourself or sign up your student. Stay tuned to find out about our first kick-off meeting!
Did You Know PTSA is on Social Media? (Repeat)
RMS PTSA is on the web, Facebook and Twitter! Get the latest news and updates by visiting or following our social sites. It's a great way to keep in touch in between our weekly Monday newsletter editions.
Membership Drive Raffle (Repeat)
RENEW your PTSA membership or JOIN if you are new to RMS, by October 31 to enter the raffle and win a $25 Amazon gift card!

Through October 31, if you renew or sign up for membership (scholarships are available), you will be guaranteed a student directory AND a chance to win! Gift card winner will be chosen by random drawing. Visit the member benefits and discounts website and remember, membership does not require volunteering! For questions about scholarships or other help, contact [email protected] .
Fund the Grizzlies (Repeat)
View the Fund the Grizzlies Flyer – Please donate and corporate match if possible to the RMS Associated Student Body (ASB) to help fund student activities. Make checks payable to RMS ASB. The last collection day in October is during Grizzly Time on October 21. For credit/debit donations, visit the LWSD donations webpage . Be sure to select “ASB Donations” from the drop-down menu and to write in your student’s name so they can get credit for the donation.
Other Ways You Can Support the ASB
• Donate used clothing and shoes in the the bin located in the parking lot by the portables.

Support the Grizzlies while shopping! Use this link when you shop on Amazon!

• Encourage your student's participation in SchoolPool so ASB can earn up to $3000 per year!
Free Screening of "Angst"
"Angst" is a film that helps start a global conversation and raises awareness around anxiety. Through candid interviews, kids and teens discuss their anxiety and its impact on their lives and relationships, as well as how they've found solutions and hope. The documentary also provides discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, along with the help, resources and tools available to address the condition. Sponsored by: Balance in Mind/LWSF and Overlake Medical Center & Clinics
Lake Washington High School Performance Arts Center
Tuesday, October 22 from 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Click this link to get your free ticket. (Limited space available)

Middle School Survival Guide (Repeat)
Don't miss this Parent Ed Talk: Middle School Survival Guide sponsored by the LWPTSA Council and LWSD on Saturday, October 26 at 9:30 AM. View the event flyer .