January 8th, 2023

Jan10th:  RMS General PTSA Meeting. 7pm, RMS Library in person or remote
via Teams
Jan11th:  WSPTA Legislative Session
Jan16th:  No School, MLK Jr. Day
Jan16th,29th:  Kids Coming Together Events
Jan24th:  How to select High School classes, 7-8pm, over Zoom


 RMS General PTSA Meeting

Tuesday, January 10, 7:00 PM, in person, RMS Library.
If attending remotely, click here on Teams.

Please join us for our first PTSA Meeting of 2023.


How to Select Classes in High School 

For Middle and High School Families: How to Select Classes in High School 
Save the Date! On January 24.

Independent college counselor Mary Pat O’Neil will be teaming up with LWSD school counselor, Taylor Reuhl, to give students and families guidance on how to pick classes in high school. 

More details to come! Stay tuned at find-your-fit .
Find Your Fit is a program of Lake Washington Schools Foundation

 Kids Coming Together January Events 

Kids Coming Together January Events 
Kids Coming Together community service events are great opportunities for children grades 3-8 to meet new friends and connect with their community. Teens in grades 9 through 12 can also volunteer as event leaders. To learn more and to register for upcoming events, visit www.kidscomingtogether.org 
·       Jan 16 – Decorate Cards and Make Scarves 
·       Jan 29 – International Cooking Event 
Kids Coming Together is a program of Lake Washington Schools Foundation. 

 Redmond Middle School's "Farm to Table" Sustainability Project Wins Grant!

Redmond Middle School’s “Farm to Table” Sustainability Project is a joint venture between the school's culinary arts classes, science classes, and Green Team Club.

The goal of the project is to teach sustainability in action to the students and greater community through the practice of composting and the use of a school greenhouse.

Read more about it at the 2023 Waste Not Washington School Awards website

Congratulations Redmond Students!!!


  New Date for New Faces, New Budgets: What to Expect in the 2023 Legislative Session

The WSPTA has adopted a new 2023-24 legislative platform. Join WSPTA Legislative Consultant Marie Sullivan for an interactive discussion about 2022 election results, known and predicted session protocols, changes to committee assignments, and how to best engage with the 2023 legislature.

January 11, from 7:00 - 8:30p.m. Registration is now open.

Also, be sure to sign up for WSPTA Advocacy Alerts during the 2023 legislative session!



  What To Do With Holiday Waste?

In partnership with Ridwell, the City of Redmond is offering all Redmond residents the opportunity to recycle Styrofoam, plastic film and holiday lights right from your doorstep!
Sign up for your free Jan 21 pickup here

WM Northwest is offering free holiday tree collection during the first two weeks of January for homes with curbside garbage collection. Place trees up to six feet tall next to your yard waste cart (trees with fake snow must go in the garbage).

Unused cooking oil should not be poured or washed down the drain as it can clog or damage pipes!
Put cooled cooking oil in a sealed container and recycle it at the City of Redmond's
free collection tank located outside the Redmond Community Center at Marymoor Village. 

For additional composting, recycling, and waste-reduction tips, check out these and websites: WM Waste management and City of Redmond recycling.
 Staff Amazon Wish Lists
Pease help our wonderful staff get the supplies and items they need to make this year a success for our students!!! Please go to the links below to purchase items from Amazon that each department has added to their wish lists. Purchased items will be delivered and distributed to the appropriate staff members and departments!! Thanks so much for supporting our amazing staff and students at RMS!!!!

Buy something from the Admin, Office, and Support Staff Wish List 
Buy something from the Counselors and Library Wish List  
Buy something from the ELA Wish List  
Buy something from the Electives Wish List  
Buy something from the IAs and Paras Wish List 
Buy something from the Interventionists Wish List  
Buy something from the Languages and Music Wish List 
Buy something from the Math Wish List  
Buy something from the PE and Health Wish List  
Buy something from the Science Wish List  
Buy something from the Social Studies Wish List  

If you have any questions please contact Kelly O'Brien at staffappreciation@rmsptsa.org.

Donate to the Bear Paw Fund

Did you know anyone can donate directly to our "Bear Paw Fund"? You, your family, friends, and neighbors can all donate to help our students; membership to the RMS PTSA is not required. Please share the link below! Thank you to do those that have donated already this year to the RMS PTSA!

Direct Donation Link: https://rmsptsa.org/Page/PTSA/Donate
Corporate/Employer Matching DOUBLE your donations too if your company offers employer matching! Don't forget to go to your company's giving website and report your RMS PTSA donation.

Bear Tracks Newsletter is produced by RMS PTSA as a benefit to the Redmond Middle School Community. Bear Tracks is edited by Lisa G.  Please submit articles via the Bear Tracks Online Submission Form. Articles are due on Thursdays, by 5:00 PM for publication the following Sunday. If you have any questions, please email beartracks@rmsptsa.org.
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