School & LWSD
Winter Break Coming Up
Winter Break will be from Monday, December 23 thru Friday, January 3. School resumes on Monday, January 6. For a quick view of all school dates, download the 2019-2020 LWSD Calendar .
Winter Break Food Box Donation (Repeat)
The Redmond community and Nourishing Networks are partnering again to collect food donations on December 19 for families in need. These families may experience extra stress and insecurity during Winter Break with two weeks without access to free/reduced school lunches and Hopelink's Food Bank closure. Your donations will have a significant impact on the well-being of children and families in our neighborhood. Please pledge your donation now . If your family could benefit from a food box, please contact Steffany Black at or 425.936.2440.
Staff Holiday Feast
The Holidays are coming up this month and it's time to show our wonderful RMS Staff how much we appreciate all they do for our kids. RMS PTSA and parents will be hosting a buffet luncheon for the staff on Thursday, December 19. We need volunteers to bring food, set up, serve, and clean up to make this happen! Please SIGN UP to volunteer or bring a dish to share.
Science Club Weekly Sessions Cancelled
The Science Club weekly sessions are henceforth cancelled. The teacher, Ms. Aruna, will not be able to host the last 3 sessions on December 10, December 17 and January 7. The attendance and level of attention of the students has also been minimal making the sessions not very effective. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. The Science Club will try and revive the sessions in 2020 with a different plan provided we get enough volunteers to host the sessions.
Green Tip of the Week: Better Ways to Give
Did you know that half of the paper consumed in the US is used to wrap and decorate products? Please download this short and helpful list for ways to give better and more sustainably this holiday season without increasing your impact on the world.
Spelling Bee Registration is Open (Repeat)
Did you know that the word 'Columbia' in Washington D.C (District of Columbia) is another name for the United States? 'Columbia' is one of the words in this year's Spelling Bee list! The RMS Spelling Bee is a great way for students to expand their vocabulary, expose themselves to new concepts, and learn how to stand up in front of peers to compete in a friendly way. The Bee is open to all RMS students. Register online now with enrollment fee of $15 (fee waivers are available). For more information, visit the PTSA Spelling Bee webpage or email . Important dates:

  • Tuesday, January 7, 3:00-4:00 PM: The preliminary written round
  • Wednesday, January 29, 3:00-4:00 PM: Mock Spelling Bee practice
  • Saturday, February 1, 9:30 AM-1:00 PM: Final school Spelling Bee!
Coffee with the Principal, December 10 (Repeat)
Join us for a 30-minute check in for Coffee with the Principal on Tuesday, December 10 at 9:30 AM at RMS. Parents will have an opportunity to chat with the principal, Jeff DeGallier, and other parents about various topics while enjoying coffee. Please check in at the attendance office and get a visitor badge upon arrival.
RMS Coat and Gift Card Drive
The RMS Coat and Gift Card Drive will be held through Friday, December 13. This drive can help address needs in our community. Coats can be any size to meet the needs of both adults and young children. Gift cards to multipurpose stores such as Target, Fred Meyer, in smaller denominations, from $10-20, are most useful as they will be divvied up to all the families. Collection boxes will be placed in the RMS Main Office. Thank you for helping to support the needs of our community.
Final Yearbook Sale (Repeat)
2019-2020 RMS yearbooks are $35 and can be purchased at the Attendance Office until December 13, from morning thru C Lunch (12:50 PM, Wed:12:30 PM). Pay by check (payable to "RMS") or exact amount in cash. Yearbooks won't be sold at any other time during the rest of the school year.

  • Unsure if you already purchased a yearbook? View your child's purchase history online or students can check the list available at the ASB/Attendance office.
  • If you prefer to purchase with a credit/debit card, please contact Ms. Poblete.
  • There are no refunds on yearbooks. If an additional yearbook is purchased in error, it can be donated to a student in need.
Support ASB as You Shop (Repeat)
A reminder for the holidays! If you shop on Amazon for your gift giving needs, be sure to start shopping by clicking the " Support ASB Through Amazon " link first. You can shop and help fundraise for RMS students at the same time!
Hopelink Food Banks
Find out if your family qualifies for grocery help from Hopelink Food Banks. Call or visit a Hopelink center to schedule an enrollment appointment. Download the Hopelink Food Bank flyer for more details.
Parent Education Events
"Importance of Gratitude Webinar" December 9, 7:30-8:30 PM. Registration is required. Visit Site

"Opioid Awareness and Prevention Panel " December 12, 6:30 PM at RMS. This unique panel of experts include representatives from Kirkland Fire/EMS, Police, LWSD SROs, a Clinical Psychologist and a parent who has experienced the loss of his daughter to opioid abuse. Download Flyer

December Brown Bag Presents "LWSD Equity Efforts" December 19, 12:00 PM at LWRC, hosted by LWPTSA. View the full 2019-2020 Brown Bag Schedule .
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 via the online submission form . Articles are due on Thursdays, by 5:00 PM for publication the following Monday.