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LWPTSA 2019 Award Winners
Principal Jon Young r eceived this year’s Outstanding Educator award for his work as principal at Redmond Middle School. Principal Young has only been in his role for a year and a half but has made a large impact. He has created a culture where students, staff, and the community enjoy being at the school, and feel empowered to do their jobs. Principal Young is willing to go above and beyond his job description in order to create a school community that is welcoming, nurturing and fun.
Congratulations!! Details here.
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 students advance to state in The National History Day competition
Ten students from Redmond Middle School were selected as regional finalists in The National History Day competition. The Regional competition took place on March 2 and eight RMS students advanced on to the state competition that will be held on May 4 at Central Washington University. National History Day is an academic enrichment program for students in grades 6-12. Students select topics connected to an annual theme and complete their own in-depth research on the topic. This year, the annual theme is "Triumph and Tragedy." Students present their conclusions by creating museum-style exhibits, media documentaries, research papers, interactive websites, and dramatic performances. The competition cycle takes students from the school level to regional, state, and national competitions. At each level of competition students share their work with their peers, historians, educators, and professionals in related fields as they complete for special awards and the opportunity to advance to the next level of competition. Congratulations to these students that will represent RMS at the state level:

Interactive Website: "Sunset Over the Pacific: Battle of the Philippine Sea"
Tanvi Kale
Kate Pallett
Vaishi Sistla
Diya Yaga
Interactive Website: "Reform From the Ashes: Burning the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Forever into History"
Tanvi Bedekar
Payton Gergen
Cassie Knowlton
Jennifer Lo
Spring time Reminder
As our weather warm-ups up and our students continue to grow, just a quick reminder about our dress code. We know that all families have different expectations of modesty and appropriate school wear, but here is our policy when at school:
Primarily, we ask that student attire should be safe, appropriate, non-disruptive, and professional or work appropriate. Examples may include, but are not limited to:
Clothing, bandanas, bracelets and personal belongings should not display designs or messages about sex, drugs, alcohol, obscenity, gang affiliation, violence or harassment of any group.
Revealing clothing is not permitted. Undergarments and private body parts must be covered. 
Hats and hoods are not to be worn inside the school building, except for medical and religious reasons.
Google Hangouts
It has recently come to our attention that some students are using “Google Hangouts” and/or Gmail on their school laptops. This is something that was blocked by the district at one point, but Google frequently changes their URLs and access methods, which causes it to not be caught by the district’s firewall.
 The district has been made aware of this, and is taking action to block it newly, but it is likely to be changed again by Google.
We are asking for help from parents to keep an eye out, and if you notice your student using Google Hangouts or Gmail on their laptop, to please alert the school or PTSA so we can alert the district.
How to Support the LWSD Capital Projects Levy
By:  Lake Washington Citizens Levy Committee (LWCLC)
1.   Educate  yourself, friends, and neighbors about the levy by visiting the  LWSD levy website  and the  LWCLC website  and passing on the information.
2.     Endorse  the levy  here . Personal endorsements are welcome and appreciated.
3.     Like  the  LWCLC Facebook page
4.     Donate  to the LWCLC here . Your donation will help get cover the campaign costs and to help educate the community about the levy.  
5.     Get Involved  to help get out the vote.
Doorbelling : March 30 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Meet at the LWEA office in Kirkland at 9 a.m. Families welcome. 
Phone/text Banking : PTSA dates are Wednesday, March 27: 4:30-7:30, Tuesday, April 2: 4:30-7:30, Monday, April 15: 4:30-7:30 at the LWEA office in Kirkland.  Sign up here .
Sign Waving :
-April 16:   RED  TUESDAY – This is a district-wide sign waving event. All PTSAs, including parents, students and community members are encouraged to participate. In addition to sign waving, there is a plan for a media event the same day. More info to come.
-April 22: Teachers + PTSA – The LWEA has organized sign waving event on April 22nd. Teachers will be sign waving and PTSAs are welcome to participate, if possible. Follow up with your LWEA building rep.
6.     Vote  YES !  Get your ballot in by April 23rd.
Join US March 28, 6.30 p.m. for Facebook Live Question and Answer Session!
Reflections State level winners 2018-19
For 50 years, National PTA’s Reflections program has helped students explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and in life . We are proud to share the news that RMS has a winner at state level this year. Please join us to congratulate Jina Kim who is selected in the National level of PTA Reflections 2018-19 for Outstanding Interpretation in Visual Arts Category.
RMS PTSA seeks leaders for next year
Will you have a student at RMS in the fall? Do you have an hour a week to support, engage and advocate for our students, staff and community? 
Your RMS PTSA nominating committee is currently seeking volunteers interested in joining the PTSA leadership team for the 2019-2020 school year. RMS PTSA members are eligible to become board members and will be elected at the PTSA General Meeting on April 16. Multiple positions available. Please Download a nomination form   and submit by April 2, 2019 or   contact the nominating committee   for more information.
Not a member but interested in making good things happen at RMS?   Join the PTSA   and become eligible.
Math Club News
KPMT Competition Results
RMS Math Team participated in Newport High School's Knights of Pi Math Tournament (KPMT) on Saturday March 2nd. They brought home the following plaques and trophies:
6th Grade Teams
First Place : Team 604 (Aakarsh Balla, Alan Duan, Alon Ragoler, Ethan Li)
Second Place : Team 603 (Chujia Yang, Eva Jain, Reese Long, Sarah Wen)

7th Grade Teams
Second Place : Team 701 (Aryan Kondapally, Di Mao, Peter Xu)
Third Place : Team 703 (Alexander Wei, Harry Kaiser, Max Qu, Michael Sheng)
Fifth Place : Team 702 (Chris Ma, Lance Atienza, Rithvik Koppolu, Timason Wan)

8th Grade Teams
Fifth Place : Team 801 (Aaron Gao, Joseph Kaim, Tanvi Kale, Jacob Qian)
6th Grade Individuals
Second Place : Ethan Li
Third Place : Alon Ragoler
Fourth Place : Alan Duan
Fifth Place : Reese Long
Eighth Place :   Juwang Lee
Tenth Place : Aakarsh Balla

7th Grade Individuals
Second Place : Chris Ma
Third Place : Michael Sheng
Fourth Place : Di Mao
Sixth Place : Divij Aswinkumar

8th Grade Individuals
Seventh Place : Aakash Banerji
Congratulations to Math Club students!!!
AMC 10A Results and AIME Qualification
33 students participated in AMC 10A at RMS on Feb. 07. Two of RMS students qualify for AIME:
Evan Kim
Alan Duan
The following students receive awards/honors:
Please use the guide below to see which certificates and honors the students have earned:
 • W - Winner: Student with the highest score at your school.
 • T - Team Member: Placed in the top 3 scores at your school.
 • C - Certificate of Achievement: Students in grade 8 and below who scored 90 or above on the AMC 10, and students in grade 10 or below who scored 90 or above on the AMC 12.
 • H - Certificate of Distinction: Awarded to students that meet the threshold placed with the cut-off.
 • D - Honor Roll of Distinction: Awarded to high scoring students based on the cut-off.
 • A - AIME Qualifier: Awarded to students who qualify for the AIME.
RMS International Night
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!
RMS students and their families or friends can now sign up to represent a culture (no, it does
not have to be just their culture, any culture…) at this event! There are many exciting ways to
- Set up a cultural booth with info about a country
- Perform on the stage – sing, dance, play an instrument or do martial arts
- Crafts – bring them to share or teach others to create crafts at the event
- Share ethnic food (bite size samples)
Sign up online here. Reserve your spot now, it is first come/first serve! Applications are due by
Friday, March 29th.
Award Committee Volunteer Needed
Each year our PTSA presents awards to volunteers and staff members. One more person is needed for this year's committee. Sign up to participate . Most "work" can be done outside of the school day and at the committees convenience. Help determine who should receive the Outstanding Educator, Golden Acorn, and Golden Grizzly awards for 2018-2019.
Spring Volunteers Needed
Keep checking this link for volunteer needs to help our spring programs grow. 
Current need: Food Box donations and drop off. April 4th.
Up next: Spring social, International Night, Staff Appreciation, Grizzly Olympics, Field day, 8th grade promotion.
We will need many volunteers in June - have you fulfilled your two hours of power yet? No? Pick up a pledge form from the office and look for an online form next week.
It’s hard to believe but Daylight Saving time is just around the corner. Why not spring forward into savings and pick up a PTSA membership before summer? Members receive discounts on car rentals, at FedEx Office & Office Depot as well as multiple theme parks. We also printed 20 extra student directories –  join now  before they melt away like the snow.
Support our Community
On Thursday, April 4th, just in time for spring break, Nourishing Network will distribute the final School Break Food Box for this year.
As you may already know, the mid-winter food box program was cancelled due to hazardous weather and road conditions, which makes this distribution especially important for families who are still trying to “catch up” from many days without school lunch and supplemental resources. 
With your help, Nourishing Network will provide a box of groceries to support 70 LWSD families who live in the Education Hill area. Please visit the signup genius link for more detailed information about this spring break donation opportunity here.
Season 4 sports: Girls Tennis, Boys and Girls Track, Girls Volleyball
Paperwork/Fee DUE date March 29th –
  • If your student have not participated in sports this school year, paperwork (available at RMS ASB/Athletics office or RMS website) should be turned in at the office no later than March 29th.
  •  Fees can be paid Online via Parent Access (if this is your student’s 1st or 2nd sports this school year, then $75 participation fee is due. If Season 4 sports is your student’s 3rd or 4th sports this school year, then no fee is due.)
  • ASB membership $25 (paid once during the school year) is required for all after school activities, including athletics.
 Any questions please contact Mr. Mahendran ( ) or Ms. Poblete ( ).
RMS dines out at MOD Pizza on Thursday April 18 th . Please support RMS ASB by eating at MOD Pizza and either showing them the attached flyer, or letting them know that you are with RMS. MOD Pizza will donate 20% of your bill to RMS ASB. 
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.
Can you help at RHS Next Year?
Redmond High School PTSA is seeking nominees for the following 2019-2020 Executive Board Positions. VP/Co VPs Programs, VP/Co VPs Enrichment, VP/Co VPs Services, and Secretary. All of these positions require one evening meeting a month on the second Wednesday of the month plus additional time on non-meeting weeks. Attendance at an annual (cost covered) PTSA training is also required. To learn more or to submit names for nomination please contact Priya, Susan, and Felice at   
Cheer tryouts at RHS
There will be a MANDATORY Parent meeting for all those interested in trying out for the 2019-2020 season on Tuesday, March 26th @ 6 pm in the Career Center at Redmond High School.
It is not necessary for the students to attend. However, they are welcome to come if they like.
 Cheer tryout packets are now available in the Athletic Office at Redmond High School (they will also be available at the Parent Meeting.) 
 Tryout dates are April 15-19 (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 3:15 - 5 and Wednesday 1:30 - 3:30)
 Any questions can be directed to
Screenagers! Ever wonder what to do about the endless screen time our kids are doing now? Join Bell PTSA for a screening of the acclaimed film; Screenagers on Friday, March 29th at 7:00 pm at Bell Elementary  11212 NE 112 th  St Kirkland, WA 98033. Tickets can be purchase at
Thank you for your support!
Preventing the Flu: Good Health Habits Can Help Stop Germs
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Flu and other serious respiratory illnesses, like respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), whooping cough, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), are spread by coughing, sneezing, or unclean hands. Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
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