February 20th, 2023

Upcoming Events at a Glance:

Friday, February 24th, 6pm-8pm: After School "Spring is in Bloom" Social at RMS


  February After-School Social

Friday, February 24th, 6pm-8pm
The theme is "Spring is in Bloom"

Activities include dancing, sports in the gym, karaoke, party games, and a photo booth!
Tickets are $5 with ASB membership, $7 without ASB.

Cash only, exact change please!

Tickets on sale Tuesday 2/21-Thursday 2/23 during lunches. 
All tickets are pre-sale only. No tickets will be sold day of, or at the door of the event.
Bring cash to buy snacks at the event.

Students must show their Student ID card with purchased Social Sticker at the door.
No student will be allowed in without these two items.
Students should plan to attend the entire event.
If a student must leave early, an authorized family member will need to enter the school and check the student out with Mrs. Swiftney or Ms. Hornung.

Finally, all students should be picked up promptly at 8pm.
If you have any questions, please contact kamorris@lwsd.org.

  Chaperones Needed for Social

We need at least 12 parent chaperones to help with supervising students at the Social on February 26th to make sure they stay within the expected bounds of the event and that they are practicing appropriate behavior.
Please remember that you must be an approved LWSD volunteer.
If you're not already approved please fill out the LWSD volunteer application found here:

Volunteers are asked to arrive at 5:30pm to check-in and go over safety information.
Anyone able to stay after to help with cleanup would be greatly appreciated!
Please review the available slots in the Signupgenius and click on the button to sign up. Thank you!

Link to Signupgenius


 RMS Math Cub Advances to Mathcounts State Round!

A huge congratulations goes out to the RMS math club team for advancing to the State Round of the highly prestigious Mathcounts national competition series.

Team members Neil Gera (7th), Thomas Kaim (7th), Emma Li (8th), and Ella Su (8th) placed fourth in one of the most competitive chapters in the country.

They will compete in March for the opportunity to be among the four to represent Washington State in the National competition to be held in Orlando in May.
A special congratulations goes out to Emma Li for placing third overall in the individual competition.


 Math Club News

AMC 10/AIME:  Back in November we ran two AMC 10 exams for 20 students each.
These exams are primarily intended for 9th and 10th graders, but they allow younger students to take part as well.

We had two students, Emma Li (8th grade) and Anshul Raghav (8th), place in the top 2.5% nationwide and qualify for the AIME exam, which we held February 7.
This is a remarkable accomplishment for both.

AMC 8: We held the AMC 8 on January 18 for ~50 students.
While the results have not been officially published, we expect plenty of awards: -
  • Distinguished Honor Roll (top 1%) for Emma Li (8th) and Shreyas Rathi (7th)
  • Honor Roll (top 5%) for Eric Wang (7th), Thomas Kaim (7th), Zhiyuan Li (6th), Dhruv Mehrotra (8th), and Parthiv Mothapati (8th)
  • Merit Award (6th graders with a score of 15+) for Zhiyuan Li (6th)
Mathcounts: We ran the Mathcounts School round for 50 students on January 11.
From this we identified our top 12 qualifiers to represent RMS at the Lake Washington Chapter round held February 4.

Our team placed 4th and advanced to the State round for the first time in years.
Emma Li (8th) placed 3rd overall. Our other team members are Ella Su (8th), Neil Gera (7th), and Thomas Kaim (7th).

Math Is Cool: We participated in the regional Math Is Cool competition on February 11.
  • Our 6th grade teams did not place and no individuals placed.
  • Our 7th grade teams placed 2nd in their grade with individual medals going to Advait Badrish in 2nd, Shreyas Rathi in 3rd, Thomas Kaim in 7th, and Eric Wang in 8th. 
  • Our 8th grade teams placed 3rd in their grade with Emma Li placing 3rd individually. We anticipate invitations to send teams for 7th and 8th grade to the statewide Masters round in April.
Did you know parent volunteers run our clubs?
They always appreciate more help.

If you're interested in volunteering or would like to register your kids for next year, reach out to our math club chair at

 Robotics Club News

On February 11 Timberline Middle School hosted a VEX IQ Robotics Competition for Middle School teams.
50 teams participated in the event.
Despite the late start that RMS Robotics Club had, 3 of out the 6 RMS teams that participated placed within the top 10 ranks. This is a great start and something to be proud of!
Link to rankings:
For the teams to not lose momentum and to practice their skills, RMS Robotics club is planning to host internal events.
Keep watching this space for more information about the events

Did you know that parents volunteers make a huge difference in sustaining clubs?
If you are interested in robotics and would like to volunteer or want to know more information about the club to register your kids for next year please reach out to our robotics club chairs at
roboticschair@rmsptsa.org or roboticscochair@rmsptsa.org.  

 Redmond Middle School Spelling Bee Buzzes Forward!

Congratulations to all people who participated and cleared for the Championship round.

If you have not collected your certificate and gift certificates from sponsors, please do so at the earliest from Ms. Dena Kernish.


 Sign Up for Smith's Bothers Grocery Delivery service and help our school

Sign up for Smith’s bothers Grocery delivery service with the RMS School special code below, and Smith Brother's will make a donation of $50 to our school for every new account opened. Each new customer who uses our School special Code will also receive $15 in free groceries.

Why do families love Smith Brothers Farms home delivery?
Fresh groceries delivered conveniently to your front porch.
FREE delivery for orders over $10. Locally sourced family staples from familiar brands. Healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner options.
Grab-n-go snacks. Time-saving meal options for busy families.
Trusted delivery by people they’ll know on a first name basis.
Fewer trips to the grocery store. Easy to manage deliveries online or through our mobile app.



 Redmond 2050 at the Library

Join the Redmond 2050 planning discussion at the Redmond Library on Wednesdays.

Every 3rd Wednesday of the month, planning staff will share the latest updates with the community, and attendees can provide feedback on upcoming topics and policies.

 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 that 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.

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