Weeks of March 1 - March 12

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A Message from the Principal

March 5, 2021


Dear Families,


Happy Friday to you!


I would like to use this opportunity to introduce you to a new program here at Redmond Middle School called Communities in Schools (CIS). The mission of CIS is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Our CIS Site Coordinator will partner with counselors, teachers, and administrators to identify challenges students face in class or at home and coordinate with community partners to bring outside resources inside schools. Supports can range from helping students with immediate needs, like food or clothing, to more complex ones, like counseling. The CIS Site Coordinator will work to secure resources for individual students as well as provide programs that help every student at RMS ranging from increasing student attendance to anti-bullying education.


Our CIS Site Coordinator is Larious Norwood. Larious is originally from Fayetteville, North Carolina. He moved to Washington in 2007 in service to the military. Larious served in the United States Navy for five years and was honorably discharged from his time of service. He started his human services career working as a case manager for at-risk and homelessness youth at a local non-profit organization in Snohomish County. Larious’ genuine care for young people was recognized by leadership and he was promoted to Program Manager where he managed the day to day operations of a youth shelter in Snohomish county. Larious also served on the Diversity Equity and Inclusion committee as well as The Trauma Informed Leadership Team. Larious also received his BA in Human Services from Columbia College in 2017. He likes to spend his time with family, read, meditate, volunteer for causes he’s passionate about, listen to music, hiking and working out.


Larious will have his office in the RMS Library as well as a meeting space just to the south of the RMS Great Hall. He looks forward to meeting you (at least virtually!) soon!


As always, it is a great day to be part of the sleuth!


Be well, 


Dana Greenberg, Principal

Redmond Middle School 



The Tiles in the Tree Rings of Redmond Middle School


Our journey through the Rings of RMS continues…



Tile 15 highlights the sinking of The Lusitania on May 7, 1915 during World War I.


According to Chronicling America, a digital collection of historic newspapers housed in the Library of the Congress, there were many newspaper articles warning citizens against travel on Allied ships published in 1915. The Lusitania departed from New York on May 1, 1915, bound for Liverpool. As the ship sailed near Ireland it was torpedoed by a German U-boat and sank, killing over 1,100 people on board. A later British investigation into the incident ruled that the Lusitania was attacked with the intent to kill civilians, as the ship did not carry explosives. The sinking of the Lusitania played a significant role in turning public opinion against Germany, both in the United States and abroad.

Remember, students designed these tiles.  If anyone in our Redmond community knows the artist of a specific tile, please let us know so we can credit them in a future issue of The Gram


The tree ring contains tiles from 1901-2000.  We will continue to post tiles and explore the historic events associated with each tile.  When you are able to visit RMS, we encourage you to look down and find your favorite tile profiled in the Grizzly Gram!

Redmond Grizzlies                RMS Spirit Wear

Spirit wear is back! This year, ASB is asking students to submit designs/illustrations to be printed on spirit wear. If this is something your student would be interested in, we would love for you to encourage them to participate in this fun competition. This is a great opportunity for students to showcase their artistic abilities and to leave their mark on RMS Spirit Wear.


We have sent your students all the guidelines and requirements. You can view them yourself here. We have also provided the form below to your students, but please feel free to submit your student’s design here if it is more convenient:


Microsoft Forms


The three most popular designs/illustrations will be added to this year's Spirit Wear catalog. If you have any questions, please email RedmondMSASB@lwsd.org.


Thank you,

The RMS ASB Team


Technology Support

In a continued effort to ensure families and students have the needed technical support for learning, we have expanded our hours of service for technology support as we transition to both in-person and remote teaching and learning. In addition to our online support resources, the new Family Technology Access support can now be reached anytime a need arises, 24 x 7, by both email (ftaccess@lwsd.org) and phone (425-936-1322). Family Technology Access will answer questions you may have regarding our district laptops, software programs, login access, and Internet connectivity. Your LWSD Technology Helpdesk team has proudly responded to over 28,000 support tickets so far this school year and is ready to help when you need it.

Please visit our webpage for technology support information, guidelines, and best practices: https://www.lwsd.org/pathway-forward/technology-support-during-school-closure.



Library News




BATTLE OF THE BOOKS: If your student is on a BOB team, they should have told you about the upcoming RMS Battle on Wednesday, March 17 at 2:00. Students need to be on time to participate. If you’ve seen a Battle of the Books in the past, this year’s will be a little different. Unfortunately, we won’t have a way for parents and friends to watch the competition. Teams will be competing using a quiz platform that we’ve been using for our practices. If there is a tie, I’ve planned a tie break round at 3:00. Final results will be announced by 4:30 on the 17th. The winning team from RMS will be competing in the district final in early May.


Our Battle of the Books teams have been working so hard! I’m proud of their efforts to get the books, meet and practice together and show up to our virtual practices—even in the early morning! We will hold a belated celebration for every participant next fall when we can all be together again.


We miss your students in the library! Books are available through Curbside Checkout and on SORA. Both collections have many new and old favorites. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.


Elizabeth Metcalf, RMS Teacher-Librarian



Do you need book suggestions for your student? Try these recommendations by fellow students:


We Used To Be Friends, by Amy Spalding: This book is written in a unique and innovative format which I don't think I've seen used before. Though it made the book a tad confusing in the beginning, it ultimately enhanced the value of the story. We Used To Be Friends follows ex-best friends Kat and James (a girl with a boy's name). Kat's chapters start from the beginning of her senior year and follow her through the end while James' chapters are the opposite. The story chronicles their deteriorating friendship as they navigate the transition into the next phase of their lives. Kat is inspired by having her first girlfriend, and she is campaigning for gender equality during prom. James is having a sense that she hasn't done anything substantial that's left a mark in the lives of people, and she's trying to change that. It's a story about friendship that's relatable with many, even if they aren't going through the same exact experiences. (Aditi Karthikeyan, 6th grade)


Emmy in the Key of Code by Aimee Lucido: Readers who like coding and/or music will like this book a lot. It is about how the main character, Emmy, feels like she doesn’t belong and tries to overcome this challenge. She thinks that there is no music in her, and also wonders about how people perceive her. She makes friends with a computer whiz named Abigail and starts to feel that she belongs. But then when her favorite teacher falls sick, can she hold on to her confidence and joy? This story is written in the form of short poems and is a great read. You can find this book in the RMS Library. (Shrila Maity, 6th grade)


Hour of the Bees, by Lindsay Edgar: A girl (Carol) middle school aged wants to spend her summer with friends and on vacation, but her parents make her come with them to go and help her grandpa she’s never met clean out his house/ranch and move into a more accommodating home for elderly in the city. The problem: It’s the only place he’s ever lived, and he has dementia. (For background, dementia is a memory loss issue that is common with older people.)
Carol (the girl) now has to not only see her grandpa forgetting but also be supportive and help her parents go through all the stuff. Plus, the ranch is dying, and Grandpa Surge is convinced it’s because of the bees. Is there some truth amongst his foggy memory? I would definitely put this one in the Top 5. Super recommended!! Carol’s story is told along with a story Grandpa Surge tells in the book, so it’s a fun read! (Maile McCall, 7th grade)


Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper: This book is based in the 50's when the KKK was still around and when the African Americans were segregated. It's a great historical fiction book for readers who love learning about history and need a good book to read. It has lots of suspense and the book is fun to discover and read through. The characters have all different backstories and personalities that show, and there are different plots in this story and different problems for characters. Stella, her family, and her friends try to push the KKK away while making discoveries of who might be secretly in the KKK. Beside the main problem, there are other problems such as going to the doctor, Stella's attitude towards her writing, the election, and more. You can discover more by checking out the amazing book Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper. (Anna-Chihiro Caillieret-Goto, 6th grade)



Congratulations to Ms. Metcalf on receiving the Reach for Success Grant from the Lake Washington Schools Foundation.  Our RMS library will receive $800.


   Calendar-color2.png  Calendar

March 8-11, 2021: Modified class schedules  LEAP week class schedules

March 12, 2021: LEAP day, no school 

March 14, 2021: Daylight Saving Time begins (turn clocks ahead one hour)


March 20, 2021: First Day of Spring



Redmond Middle School

10055 166th Ave. N.E.

Redmond, WA    98052

Office: (425) 936-2440

Attendance/Safe Arrival: (425) 936-2441

Attendance Email: RedmondMSAttend@lwsd.org

Principal:  Dana Greenberg/ Dgreenberg@lwsd.org


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