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 . Articles are due on Thursdays, by 5:00 PM for publication the following Monday.
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School & LWSD
Important Dates and Reminders
Vision/Hearing Screening: Tuesday, October 15
Remind your students to bring their glasses or wear their contact lenses to school to get accurate results.

No School: Friday, October 18
Due to LWSD LEAP Day.

Picture Retakes: Monday, October 21
For retakes or if your student missed picture day.
Helpful Features on Skyward
Online Absence Requests
In addition to calling or emailing the school, families can now log into their Skyward Family Access accounts to let schools know that your student will be absent (for a one-day or long-term absences). View the instructions for online absence requests .

Auto Emails for Missing Assignments
Parents and families can choose to receive automatic notification once each day about the existence of any assignments marked by a teacher as missing. Visit the LWSD webpage for instructions on auto emails for missing assignments on Skyward .
Highly Capable/Quest Programs
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.
Did You Know PTSA is on Social Media?
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
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 .
Keep Marking SchoolPool Trackers!
Encourage your students to fill out their SchoolPool tracker! Why should they do it? For every tracker that gets marked and then returned at school at the end of the month, City of Redmond will donate $5 to ASB which can go towards clubs, activities, sports and social events. It's a really easy way to raise up to $3,000 for RMS students !
October 1 Membership Meeting Recap
Thank you to everyone who was able to attend our PTSA Membership Meeting on Tuesday, October 1. If you were not able to attend, you can watch the streamed video online on Facebook. For draft meeting minutes, contact .
Represent PTSA at the Legislative Assembly (Repeat)
You are invited to attend and represent Redmond Middle School PTSA at the State PTA Annual Legislative Assembly on October 26 and October 27 at Bellevue College. More details can be found on the WSPTA Voters' Guide ! If you have interest, please complete this interest form by Saturday, October 19, 5:00 PM . For more info, contact our Advocacy Director, Shawn Roland, at .
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!
Middle School Survival Guide
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 .
Documentary Screenings
Unspoken ( trailer ), a groundbreaking point-of-view journey into a non-fluent speaker's world will be shown on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 6:30 PM at the LWSD Resource Center. View the flyer for details.

Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety will be screened at LWHS on October 22 at 6:30 PM. This event is free to the public, but seats are limited. Reserve yours today .