Weeks of November 23 - December 4

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A Message from the Principal

NOVEMBER 25, 2020

Dear Families, 

Happy Wednesday to you.  The Grizzly Gram is early this week as we prepare for the Thanksgiving Weekend.  Please note that the office at Redmond Middle School will close at 12 p.m. today (as it is a half day for our staff) and will reopen on Monday, November 30 with our normal office hours of 8:00-3:00 Monday-Friday. 

We have a new Office Manager!  Sharon Ward, our current Attendance Secretary, will take over the Office Manager position on Monday, November 30 (Carol Underwood will be retiring and her last day at Redmond Middle School was yesterday).  I asked Sharon to share some of her background with us and here is what she wrote:

"I grew up in Southern California (even working at Disneyland while in high school), attended UCLA and graduated from Cal State Fullerton.  I was a buyer for 16 years for Costco Wholesale-Los Angeles Region.  Being the only rebel in my entire family to ever leave California, the three of us moved to Sammamish 15 years ago.  When my son started Kindergarten 13 years ago, I began working for LWSD as an IA at Mead Elementary.  I was the curriculum library secretary at the Resource Center for 2 years (taking over for Abbie DeLong). Most recently, I was the Office Manager at Mead Elementary for 6 years.  I have been married to my husband Doug (Eastlake High School AP Economics teacher) for 19 years.  Our only child, Kyle, is a senior at Eastlake/BC Running Start.  I also have 2 "furkids" a 100 lb. Bernese Mountain Dog and a 80 lb. Newfoundland/Retriever mix dog."

When you next stop by to pick up books or homework or pictures or a planner, please congratulate Sharon!

On behalf of Redmond Middle School, we wish you all a peaceful and safe Thanksgiving weekend. 

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...


This tile celebrates the introduction of Henry Ford's Model T automobile. 

The concept of the automobiles had been around since the 15th century when Leonardo da Vinci created designs and models for transport vehicles.  Karl Friedrich Benz was credited with creating the first automobile powered by an internal combustion engine (using gasoline) in 1885.  However, it was Henry Ford who created an automobile that would be affordable, simple to operate, and durable.  The Model T Ford was manufactured on the Ford Motor Company's moving assembly line, creating the first mass production of a vehicle.  One could purchase the Model T relatively inexpensively (between $260-$850 depending on the upgrades!) because Henry Ford passed the production savings to his customers.  (Thank you to the Library of Congress and the Ford Corporation for the historical perspective).

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 rings contain 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!  We are still profiling tiles that are in rings outside the main school so take a look when picking up materials or books!

RMS Library Book Check Outs

​Students are welcome to check out library books!  Books need to be placed on hold by Friday for pick up the following week on Tuesday and Thursday from 2-4 and Wednesday from 8:30-11:30.  Books will be in a bag with your student's name on it placed on a cart right in front of the main door to the school.  

Additional information can be found in the All About Books channel on the Library Teams channel (all students have access!)  Questions? Please contact Ms. Metcalf at emetcalf@lwsd.org

LifeTouch School Picture Re-Take Day

The LifeTouch school picture re-take day we had scheduled for 12/2 from 8:00 a.m. to noon has been canceled due to current COVID rates in our county.  A new time and date for re-takes is to be determined and will be communicated once it is scheduled.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause!

For those who pre-ordered photos, your photo packets can be picked up at school from 8:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. during school days. 

LifeTouch photo retakes message in Spanish

Redmond Region Orchestra Boosters

The Redmond Region Orchestra Boosters (serving all orchestra students at RMS, RHS and Timberline) is hosting a fundraiser for take out and delivery at the Redmond MOD pizza on December 2nd from 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. 

All of our community is invited!


Yearbook Photos

Hello Grizzlies!

Did you know that the Redmond Middle School Yearbook is created entirely by students during Yearbook class (an elective class for 7th and 8th graders)? The Yearbook staff are looking for photos for the yearbook of students doing various things while social distancing!  Click on the link and follow the steps to submit a photo that may be featured in the yearbook. Students, please work with your families to submit these photos.  Please make sure all photos submitted are school appropriate and high quality if possible.  You are recommended to submit at least 2 photos.  LWSD policy requires students to sign in with a school account to submit the form, so we recommend you do this on your school computer.  Thank you! (Note: You will have to take the form multiple times to submit photos from different categories). 

IMPORTANT- All 8th Graders are encouraged to submit baby photos (if comfortable to do so).  

Link for Yearbook Photos


Your Yearbook Staff

RMS 2020-2021 Yearbooks



Don't forget to buy your 2020-2021 Yearbook ONLINE!***

SALE DATE: November 4th- December 9th  ONLINE https://payments.lwsd.org/

COST:  $35

Please login to Online Payments Portal at https://payments.lwsd.org/ to pre-purchase and reserve your copy of the RMS yearbook.  Please note, Yearbooks are pre-paid and extras in June are not guaranteed.  NO REFUNDS.

Questions?  Please contact Ms. Poblete spoblete@lwsd.orgor Ms. Morris kamorris@lwsd.org


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Reminder: Microsoft Classroom Teams video tutorial for families

Need help using Microsoft Classroom Teams?  Lake Washington School District (LWSD) has created a video tutorial to help families navigate this online learning platform.  Visit http://www.lwsd.org/help/classroom-teams-support

For additional, self-guided support, feel free to look through the below documents to help you navigate the Classroom Teams platform: 

As always, feel free to reach out to your student's librarian for any help navigating technical issues you may be having like forgotten passwords.  

Additional Help Resources: 

Helpdesk is open for ?  7:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m., 7 days/week.

Families Contact:  Family Technology Access at ftaccess@lwsd.org  425-936-1322

24x7 Parent Help email address:  parentquestions@lwsd.org

District Information 

Reminder: LWSD fields remain closed- playgrounds, tennis courts and tracks are open to the public on evenings and weekends. 

All LWSD Playgrounds, tracks and tennis courts will be closed to the public during the school day from 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  All LWSD fields remain closed 7 days a week/24 hours per day.  This is in accordance with city, county and state guidance.  Playgrounds, tennis courts, and tracks are open to the public during evenings and weekends.  Just a reminder that large, organized activities are not allowed.  Play is limited to groups of 5 or fewer.  Face coverings and 6 feet physical distancing are required.  Hands should be washed after play.  Please note that some elementary schools have childcare on site until 6 p.m. so play structures may be in use until that time. 

We will update our communities as more of our facilites open to the public.  

Thank you for your cooperation in helping to slow the transmission of COVID-19. 

From your RMS PTSA 

 RMS PTSA F.A.C.E. (Family and Community Engagement) welcomes NAMI Eastside for an Ending the Silence for Families presentation.  This virtual event is designed for parents and guardians with a goal to raise awareness about the warning signs of mental health conditions and what steps to take if you or a loved one are showing such symptoms.  Audience members can ask questions and gain understanding of an often-misunderstood topic.  Through dialogue, we can help grow the movement to end stigma.  Mark your calendars now, share the link and encourage others to join.  

Presentation:  Wednesday, December 2 from 7:00-8:15 p.m.

Join Link on Teams:  http://tinyurl.com/EndingtheSilencePresentation

   Calendar-color2.png  Calendar

  • Wednesday, November 25- Half day of school (Asynchronous instruction 9:00-12:00)
  • Thursday and Friday, November 26-27- NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Vacation