Check out the combined calendar  here .
Tuesday, 23rd April - International Night from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
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.
We have scheduled our testing intentionally first thing in the morning so students can be their most alert and with their highest energy. Students without a 1 st  period should plan on arriving at 8:10 AM for testing. 
Future freshmen/current 8 th graders
A message from RHS:
Welcome to Redmond High School. We are so excited to meet you! You are invited to our Mustang Extravaganza Open House on Wednesday, April 24 - anytime between 6 and 8 pm. Join us for ongoing tours of the school, an overview of classes, clubs, sports and the arts. After this night, you and your family will leave feeling comfortable and confident. Discover how you can make RHS the best experience for you
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! 
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.
RMS International Night
Professional level dance performances and awesome food!! Be there at 6:30 pm! Don't miss it!!

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!

Click Here to know more...
How to Support the LWSD Capital Projects Levy
Lake Washington Citizens Levy Committee (LWCLC)
Educate  yourself, friends, and neighbors about the levy by visiting the  LWSD levy website  and the  LWCLC website  and passing on the information.
Sign Waving :
-Monday, April 22: 3:10-4:10 at corner of 104th & 166th (Teachers + PTSA). Wear RED. Bring your homemade sign; or borrow one; or just wave with us.
Vote  YES !  Get your ballot in by Tuesday April 23rd.
Wear Green to School Day on Earth Day, April 22
Remind your students it's "Wear Green to School Day" today, Earth Day, April 22 to show their support in becoming more environmentally aware and friendly! The RMS Green Team welcomes students, staff and families to celebrate Green Week at RMS starting on Earth Day. It's a chance for everyone to continue being "green" as much as possible! 
Going Green: Small Changes to Make Big Impact
Do you buy plastic water bottles or use disposable cups at work or school? Do you know that these facts about bottled water:
  • Costs 10,000 times more to produce tap water
  • The plastic bottles it comes in take 1,000 years to biodegrade
  • A million are bought around the world EVERY MINUTE
  • Fewer than half of the bottles bought in 2016 were collected for recycling
  • Just 7% of those collected were turned into new bottles
  • Most plastic bottles produced end up in landfill or in the ocean
Going Green Tip: Please replace single-use, disposable items with reusable items such as metal bottles or ceramic mugs. Bring reusable bottles to school or work, keep them in your backpack or on your desk and refill!  It's a small change that makes a big impact!
SchoolPool Is Almost Here!
School Pool "Walk and Roll" starts in May, just in a week! Just like in October, your student(s) have a chance to support RMS and help the environment at the same time. All they have to is mark down every time they walk, bike, bus, or carpool on their SchoolPool tracker. At the end of the month, students fill out the contact information on the back and return it. Each returned tracker earns RMS $5. In October, RMS students returned 401 School Pool trackers, setting the record for most cards returned this year! Let's see if we can encourage the students to beat that number! Tell your kids to keep a look out for the School Pool tracking card coming soon and encourage them "Walk and Roll" to school!
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 appointed Board members for 2019-2020
Here's the newly appointed RMS PTSA 2019-2020 school year executive board :

  • Co-President – Ashley Epstein
  • Co-President – Suruchi Malatpure
  • VP FACE – Swarnima Aswinkumar
  • VP Communications – Sujatha Patra
  • VP Volunteers – Stacy Hatch
  • Treasurer – Steve Hitch
  • Secretary – James Todd

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. 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!
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
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. 
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.
Kudos to a young entrepreneur!
The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA), a program run by the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce selected  Nir Pechuk , a 6th grade RMS student and CEO of Extentek — a company aiming to offer a contactless material level indication device to help people who are blind or visually impaired pour any substance into a container without over-pouring — to represent Bellevue and advance to the 11th annual YEA! Saunders Scholars National Sem-Finals College Scholarship competition May 3 in Rochester, New York. Watch the live-stream here:
College and Career Path Event
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