Enrichment

Math Club
Math Club

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When:
Year-round

The RMS PTSA Math Club provides students who love math the opportunity to compete in a number of math competitions throughout the school year. Enrollment is typically in September with competition beginning in October and continuing through May.

Science Team
Science Team

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When:
Year-round

RMS PTSA Science Club provides students an opportunity to enhance their skills in science through practical projects, theoretical study and guides them to compete in a number of science competitions throughout the school year.

Spelling Bee
Spelling Bee

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WHAT IS THE SPELLING BEE?
The Spelling Bee is a test of word spellings and their meanings. It 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 and compete in a friendly way. The Bee is open to all students of Redmond Middle School.

The registration fee is $15 which can be paid online at the time of enrollment. The fee covers enrollment, a participation certificate, and entry into the Final School Spelling Bee (provided that the student qualifies by first passing the Written Round Test). After the enrollment the students will receive a word list for preparation provided by the organizers at Scripps. The school winner will represent RMS at the regional competition in Seattle, where participants from more than 90 schools will compete. The winner from the regionals gets an all-expenses paid entry into the National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C.

Drama
Drama

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When:
Fall for 7th and 8th; Spring for 6th

The Redmond Middle School PTSA Drama program is open to RMS students in grades 7-8. Auditions for the production take place beginning October 21, and performances are January 31 and February 1 at the Redmond High School performing arts center.
A 6th grade only production is scheduled for Spring.

Reflections
Reflections

Chair:
(none)
When:
October

The PTA Reflections program challenges students to create art inspired by a specific theme, and to submit their art in six arts areas (dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography, and visual arts). Deadline for 2019 - 2020 Reflections submissions is October 28th, by 2:50pm to the RMS Library.

Robotics
Robotics

Chair:
(none)
When:
Year-round

Robotics club aims to instill STEM education through hands-on Robotics experience. The study of Robotics will incorporate three pillars of STEM - Think (think of ideas how to design robot efficiently), Do (build robot and operate) and Test (test solutions and compete.) Any student interested will be able participate in this engineering project.

Geography Bee
Geography Bee

Chair:
(none)
When:
Fall - Spring

We are looking for a Chairperson to determine student interest in this event.

"The National Geographic GeoBee is an annual competition designed to inspire and reward students' curiosity about the world. Students in grades four through eight (4-8) from nearly 10,000 schools across the United States will compete in the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee for a chance to win college scholarships and the glory of being the National Geographic GeoBee Champion."

Please see the website for more information: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/bee/

F.A.C.E

Community Support
Community Support

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When:
Year-round

Help support families at the school by working with the Pantry Packs program and any other outreach program for families that enters into an agreement with the school or district.
Parent Education
Parent Education

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When:
3 times / year

Supports our students & families in need by building a strong relationship between them & our school. Events will include dinner, information & opportunities to connect with local community services, tutorials on Skyward & Power School Learning, as well as child care. RMS is dedicated to helping our students & families succeed.
Career Expo
Career Expo

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Student engagement in mind, RMS PTSA (Family And Community Engagement) and the school staff collaborate to offer a ‘CAREERS OF THE FUTURE EXPO’. RMS students get to interact with Experts / Vendors from various fields such as STEM, Pure sciences, Education, Research, Literature, Social Service, Art and Fitness. Students can learn how their current curriculum connects with their future lives and gain insight into these various professions.
Special Needs
Special Needs

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When:
Year-Round

The Lake Washington PTSA Special Needs Group is made up of parents in Lake Washington School District whose children receive special services (IEPs) and accommodations (504s). The group also includes interested staff and students. The group meets every school month except for December and June. We hear from speakers, have an extensive lending library, learn about resources in the community, network with other parents and keep updated on district and PTSA issues affecting children with disabilities.

International Night
International Night

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When:
March

International Night is a celebration of the many cultures that make up Redmond Middle School and its community. Students & families coordinate displays, performances & share delicious food with one another at a fun-filled event in March.
Pantry Packs
Pantry Packs

Chair:
(none)

Form a committee, assign drivers for picking up and sorting food for RMS families. Work in partnership with counselors.
Advocacy
Advocacy

Chair:
(none)
When:
All-Year

Advocacy is a huge part of the power of PTA. Legislation and government handling of issues affecting education, students and teacher are influenced greatly by state and national PTA. Each local PTA/PTSA has a say in which issues are focused on at the state and national level. Our number of votes is based on the number of members in our PTSA. We send representatives to state events to vote on these issues, and we keep our local community informed about them.

School Events

8th Grade Celebration
8th Grade Celebration

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When:
June 2019

Help with set up, manning the booths, serve the food and clean up during the end of year celebration for 8th graders
Battle of the Books
Battle of the Books

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When:
Wednesday, March 2, 2016

RMS students have fun and compete in the Battle of the Books!
Field Day
Field Day

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When:
June 2019

PTSA supports the school for end of the year field day. It is an unstructured fun way to celebrate the end of the school year.
Photo Days
Photo Days

Chair:
(none)
When:
Fall

Assist with forms and organizing students on Photo Day. Make-Up Day plus one day for additional students and re-takes.
ASB Socials
ASB Socials

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When:
Three times per year

Volunteers help with supervision at one or more ASB-sponsored dances (Friday evenings, usually 3 dances per school year)
Griz Biz
Griz Biz

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When:
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

During Griz Biz Day, students can buy a Yearbook, become ASB members, take a tour of the school, open/charge their lunch account, practice opening their lockers and meet other incoming RMS students. Parents can pay for ASB fees and products, fill out athletics forms and other school paperwork, and join PTSA.
Materials Roll In/Out
Materials Roll In/Out

Chair:
(none)
When:
Griz Biz/first days of school and June

Volunteers help the school with checking laptops out to students at the beginning of the school year. / Help school staff accept laptops back from all students at the end of school. This is one of the PTSA's biggest jobs each year.

PTSA Support

Become a PTSA Leader
Become a PTSA Leader

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The leadership role on PTSA provides you the opportunity to fill a seat on the Board of Directors or Chair a committee. As a Board member, you will attend monthly Board meetings and quarterly General Membership meetings. As a Chair, you will attend meetings specific to your event/program. Each position is open for two people whom can share the position requirements in the "co" capacity. Two people are not required to fill these roles, but provides for the flexibility if you and a friend want to share the tasks.
2 Hour Pledge
2 Hour Pledge

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When:
Year-round

Become a PTSA Committee Volunteer
Become a PTSA Committee Volunteer

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When:
Year-round

RMS PTSA has several committees that meet throughout the year. We could use your help to fill spots on these.
Select this option if you have a specific committee/event in which you want to volunteer.
Become a PTSA Board Member
Become a PTSA Board Member

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When:
Year-round

Attend monthly RMS PTSA Board meetings and quarterly General Membership Meetings per year. Executive members are voted in; Director positions are appointed by the BoD. We welcome & encourage any PTA member to join us. Contact any board member for details.
Become a PTSA Volunteer
Become a PTSA Volunteer

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When:
Year-round

Take your support of PTSA to the next level by volunteering for one of our specific committees/events.
If you wish to volunteer, but require more flexibility, please select "2 Hour Pledge".
Membership
Membership

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Every voice counts to advocate for students in WA State. Join YOUR voice to those of over 6 million advocates in the United States. We are striving for 100% membership!

Financial Review
Financial Review

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When:
January-February 2017, and/or July 2017

Three or more volunteers go through a checklist to check the PTSA financial documents. No financial background needed, just two or three hours and a bit of patience to browse through papers.
Grants Committee
Grants Committee

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When:
Fall and Winter

Thanks to your generosity in donations and RMS teachers' creativity and commitment to improving their students' education, PTSA is able to fund multiple projects a year with the largest awards being given in the spring. In the last five years, PTSA has granted over $65,000 to Redmond Middle School. Working together towards our common goal of improving our children's lives through better education, parents and teachers have made a big difference. THANK YOU!
Hospitality
Hospitality

Chair:
(none)
When:
All-Year

Make our PTSA members and volunteers feel welcome at PTSA events. Take care of our volunteers by providing refreshments during volunteer hours

Staff Support

Library Helpers
Library Helpers

Chair:
(none)
When:
Year-round

Volunteers help RMS librarian with projects and shelving books during library hours.
Emergency Preparedness
Emergency Preparedness

Chair:
(none)
When:
Year-round

This committee ensures supplies are organized and available to support the school administration’s emergency plan. Includes optional participation with LWSD PTSA Council Emergency Preparedness group.
Hearing and Vision Screening
Hearing and Vision Screening

Chair:
(none)
When:
tbd

The PTSA assists RMS in conducting hearing and vision tests for the student body.
Staff Appreciation
Staff Appreciation

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When:
Year-Round

Acknowledge all that the RMS Staff do for our kids and community by planning monthly staff appreciation events (such as teacher "wish list" donation drives and staff lunches) as well as planning events, coordinating with VP Volunteers and other PTSA leadership as needed and executing staff appreciation week in the spring.

Communications

Bear Tracks Newsletter
Bear Tracks Newsletter

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When:
Year-round, weekly

The Bear Tracks is the weekly newsletter sponsored/assembled by the PTSA. Subscription to the newsletter is free and content is accepted from the school, ASB, PTSA, and school district. Subscribers do not need to be PTSA members to receive Bear Tracks.

PTSA Website
PTSA Website

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When:
All Year

PTSA offers this website as a service to its members.
PTSA Facebook
PTSA Facebook

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When:
All-Year
Student Directory
Student Directory

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When:
October

PTSA publishes the RMS Student Directory for distribution to all its members. The directory is sent to members typically in late October. The directory is sent via USPS mail.

Redmond Middle School PTSA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All rights reserved.