Tuesday, Oct.9 - Coffee with Principal Jon 9:30 - 10:00 a.m. - School Library
Tuesday, Oct.9 - PTSA Board Meeting 2:00 p.m. - Conference Room
Tuesday, Oct.9 - Musical Parent Meeting (mandatory) - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct.9 - PTSA Membership Meeting 7:00 p.m. - Library
Wednesday, Oct 10 - Walk to School Day
Friday, Oct.12 - Musical Application submission Only on Friday, Oct.12 by 2:50 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 15 - Staff Appreciation Coffee Cart
Tuesday, Oct. 16 - Vision / Hearing Screening
Friday, Oct.19 - Leap Day / No School
Sat & Sun, Oct. 20 & 21 - WSPTA Legislative Assembly Register here
Friday, Oct. 26 - Grizzly Times Parade 2:30 - 3:00
Tuesday, Oct.30 - Reflections Program Deadline

Coffee with Principal Jon
Join Principal Jon Young on Tuesday, Oct. 9 th  at 9:30 am in the Redmond Middle School Library. Parents will have an opportunity to chat with the principal and other parents about various topics while enjoying coffee or tea and a small treat. Topics will include reviewing some data around our Continuous Improvement Plan (our annual school improvement goals).
High School and Beyond Plan
The district provides middle school and high school students access to a technology application called Career Cruising. Students use Career Cruising to complete interest inventories and to explore possible post-secondary education, college, and career options as part of their High School and Beyond Plan. Beginning in grade 8, students also use Career Cruising to register for their high school classes. This fall, the district is transitioning to a new and improved version of Career Cruising called Xello. Xello has improved functionality and an improved user interface. Information from students’ Career Cruising accounts will be accessible in Xello, and students will also be able to access a “read only” version of their Career Cruising pages. Career Cruising is temporarily unavailable to students during the transition to Xello. Eighth grade students will be introduced to the new Xello platform in their classes, in conjunction with High School and Beyond Plan activities.
Walk to School Day is This Wednesday!
Wednesday, October 10, is Walk to School Day! Start making plans with your neighbors to walk to school that morning! This is a great opportunity to meet them and encourage good health at the same time! Be sure to stop by a PTSA volunteer to receive a special give-away!  Parents, your help is needed!  We need a few more people to pass out prizes and cheer on the walkers! Please  SIGN UP  now for this short and fun event!
PTSA Membership Meeting Details
PTSA Meeting will start at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 9th. Agenda:
  • Light refreshments
  • Vote on legislative and advocacy priorities
  • Fall membership drive raffle (must be present to win)
  • Hear about upcoming PTSA events
Want to get on the agenda? Email
Want to know how to get an issue discussed? Read this! 
Legislative Advocacy: Upcoming Membership Meeting Vote
MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD! October 9th at 7:00 p.m. in the RMS library, come vote on current issues that affect your students! The results of this membership vote will be taken to the annual Washington State PTA legislative assembly by RMS delegates who will join other delegates from PTAs all over the state in deciding the public policy positions that guide state and local advocacy work for WSPTA. 
Click Here to Familiarize yourself with the issues we will vote on.
TAKE THE NEXT STEP.  If you are interested in being a delegate to the Legislative Assembly in Auburn, WA on October 20-21, or participating with our RMS Legislative Advocacy Committee, please email Steve Hitch at .
Staff Appreciation Coffee Cart
Show Your Favorite RMS Staff Members How Much You Appreciate Them!
On October 15 th , your RMS PTSA is hosting a Coffee Cart for RMS Staff. They will each receive one drink sponsored by a RMS community member (parent, student, friend, etc.). Please  go to the order page to participate . After payment you will be able to select your favorite teacher(s) and/or staff member(s). NOTE: if you’re a PTSA member or have an account on the website use  this link  instead. Read the full article here .
Reminder : RMS Musical
The PTSA musical production for 6-8th graders is  Oz!  Students may apply for on-stage and production team roles on October 12. To know more details click here. 
Volunteers Needed for Vision and Hearing screening
Parent volunteers are needed Tuesday, October 16 th  to lead students to/from classes, in addition to helping the onsite nurses perform testing. This day impacts the needs of our students.  We encourage you to sign up while spots are still available for volunteers .  (Full day volunteers will be served lunch) Vision and Hearing Sign Up  plus other October opportunities, too. All shifts are quick, fun and impactful.
Family & Community Survey
The best way to make sure every student in our school succeeds is to build a strong partnership between families, the school, and the community. The survey below gives you the opportunity to tell us what our school is doing well to support this partnership and what we can do better. If you would like to help tally and analyze the results, please let us know. This survey is completely anonymous. Please complete this survey as soon as possible and before October 19. 
The Family Involvement Action Team email :
RMS PTSA membership
We're coming to the end of our "Let's Win for Students" membership drive. Thank you to the 615 members who have joined us thus far. Can you help push us into the green?
There will also be a raffle at Tuesday's General Membership meeting, all present members will be entered to win. Speaking of winning, there are some first place deals available for members right now. Through the end of the year members receive an extra 10% discount on all ticket purchases over $50 with the PTA promotion. Planning to see Volta? You could save a bundle. Download the flier from the state benefits website or contact  for assistance. We still have membership scholarships available too, just ask!
Wreath and Poinsettia Sale!!
Redmond ASB will have a Holiday Wreath and Poinsettia sale from Nov. 5 th  – Nov. 16 th . Please plan on buying to support the RMS ASB. Items will be available to picked up on Dec. 10 th
Redmond ASB earns money on Amazon purchases you make when you shop via our unique Amazon URL. Please click on the link and bookmark it. 
Season 2 Sports
Those athletes interested in Girls Badminton or Boys Soccer need to sign up during lunch during the week of Oct. 8 th . All forms and payments are due by Oct. 18 th
Fund the Grizzlies  –  Please donate to the Redmond Middle School Associated Student Body (ASB) to help fund student activities.

The Reflections Program is a National PTA and Washington State PTA cultural arts competition. The theme for our 2018-2019 National Reflections Competition is “Heroes Around Me”. We want to see
how well you can creatively interpret this theme. You may submit your original entry in up to six art areas.
Deadline: October 30th , 2018
Artistic Divisions:
  • Literature
  • Music Composition
  • Photography
  • Visual Arts
  • Film/Video
  • Choreography/Dance
Did you know that 10% of the Washington State winners come from OUR district??!!! We have talent!
For more information - Contact Kim Dearman -
The Great Washington ShakeOut - Get Ready!
Millions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:18 a.m. on October 18* during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills!. Washingtonians can join them today by registering for the 2018 Great Washington ShakeOut. Participating is a great way for your family or organization to be prepared to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes– wherever you live, work, or travel. Here's the direct link .
Bear Tracks weekly is produced by RMS PTSA as a benefit to the Redmond Middle School Community. Articles are due on Thursdays for publication the following Monday. Bear Tracks is edited by Ekta Vadlamudi and [YOUR NAME HERE - please email if interested in co-editing]. Please review our communication priorities and submit articles to .