May 3, 2020
COVID-19 Information
Reopening Washington and "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" Extended
Governor Inslee announced on Friday, May 1, four phases for reopening the state. The "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order will be extended until May 31. The state will continue to monitor and assess the data on daily basis. Phase 1 includes reopening, with restrictions, retail curb site pickup, automobile sales, spiritual activities, landscaping, and pet walking. This could occur as early as mid-May according to the Governor. More information on the Governor’s phased strategy for reopening is available:

School & LWSD
LWSD Provides Free Meals for the Weekend
Starting Friday, May 1, 2020, children ages 1-18 will receive additional free meals for the weekend from Lake Washington School District (LWSD) when they pick up their Friday meals. These meals will be available at 35 sites around the district. For more information, or to complete an order form, please visit .
KG/New Student Registration Now Online (Repeat)
New student and Kindergarten registration now available online. Families may now register one or more of their new students online using Skyward, the district’s student information system. Please see the LWSD Registration website for forms and information for registration.
May SchoolPool is Happening!
The Redmond SchoolPool is a program encourages students and their families to "Walk and Roll" when traveling to school! However, due to school closures, SchoolPool is adapting and going digital. While we aren't currently traveling into school each day, we still can have fun by staying active and making healthy lifestyle choices. If you played outside, took breaks from technology, or did school work this week, you can earn rewards and help earn RMS $5 per student !

For May 4-10, fill out the Online Weekly SchoolPool Tracker Form by Sunday, May 10, 5:00 PM to earn your rewards! Each week, there will a new form to fill out.

Helpful Tips:
  • Enter your student's name in the "Name" field
  • Enter any valid email address in the "Email Address" field
  • Enter your student's Grizzly Time teacher in the "Name of Teacher" field
  • Print out this SchoolPool weekly calendar to help your student keep track until your family is ready to submit online!

The above online form is owned by City of Redmond. By filling out the online form, you are consenting to send name, contact and school information to the City of Redmond SchoolPool program.
Show Your Appreciation to RMS Staff! (Repeat)
Staff Appreciation Week is THIS week (May 4-8) and the teachers have told us that they miss their students so the RMS PTSA wants to put together a video for them and we need your help!

Please take a 10-15 second video , photo and/or written message of your student sharing one or more of the following:
  • What or who they miss the most
  • What they have been doing
  • What they are most looking forward to when they return

Email the video, photo and/or message to by TODAY (Sunday, May 3), 5:00 PM to be included.

The video will be shared on the internal LWSD OneDrive used by the RMS staff. By sending a video, photo or message, you are consenting to public sharing of the video, photo or message. If you prefer your child to NOT be in the public video, you can send your message directly (privately) to teachers/staff of your choice during Staff Appreciation Week.
Chat with State Superintendent Reykdal
State Superintendent Chris Reykdal will join WSPTA leadership for an update on our K-12 schools and to answer your questions. This second “Chat with the Chief” is Monday, May 4 from 2:00-3:00 PM. You must register in advance . Watch the video from the first Chat with Superintendent Reykdal.
Taking Care of Ourselves
On April 14, National PTA and the American Federation of Teachers co-hosted a tele-townhall with national leaders in mental health, learning science, psychology, and PTA leaders. This townhall had several great take-aways, including this advice on taking care of ourselves from Dr.Pamela Kantor as one of the first steps in making it through our current situation; a situation that is being considered a national trauma. Please check the resources listed on the National PTA website for some of the amazing resources that came out of this tele-townhall.
Kids Connecting Online
Kids Coming Together provides opportunities for local youth to make new friends and connect with their community through service events led by high school students. KCT has some fun online events and virtual games planned on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 3:15 PM. Please RVSP now or check out the flyer .
Educational Events
Notes from the Backpack Podcasts from National PTA featuring real conversations with real parents, experts and educators who offer real-life advice, ideas and strategies parents can use to help their children succeed in and out of school.

Balance in Mind's Teen Real Talk Tuesdays, 4:00 PM on Instagram. New topic every week. Learning with other students and a Youth Eastside Services counselor. To join, follow @bimteens on Instagram.

Balance in Mind's Parent Chat  Wednesdays, 7:30-8:15 PM Zoom Meeting. Discuss challenges with Remote Learning with other parents and a Youth Eastside Services counselor.  View Flyer (Repeat)
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 Sunday.