Weeks of October 12 - October 23

Message from the Principal

Dear Families,

Happy Friday! While students were not in school today, teachers were hard at work learning about additional systems and supports that help strengthen their instructional practices in this remote learning environment. Teachers were very excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with their peers on a wide variety of issues and professional development. One topic of conversation was how quickly the weeks are flying by! November 4th will mark the end of the first quarter of the school year. We will discuss quarter grade reports in the next edition of the Grizzly Gram. Meanwhile, you can access information anytime about your student's grades from Skyward. If you have any questions about how to access grade information please reach out to your students' counselors.
In other news, over 700 students participated in the first two days of drive through Picture Days. Students smiled not only for the camera but when they were able to get their new school ID card before leaving the gym! If you were not able to come to the previous picture days we have one last opportunity for pictures & ID cards next Wednesday (check below for the Picture Day information).

Next Thursday we will survey students during Grizzly Time to find out how they are doing in this remote learning environment. We've heard from several families that we should create a survey that solicits their perspective and we think that is a terrific idea! We will  begin work on a survey to send out to families next month. Meanwhile, Math and English Language Arts teachers will continue to screen their students on their progress in Math and English. The information gathered from the well-being survey will help inform our planning for social-emotional lessons in Grizzly Time and the information gathered from the Math and English screener will inform Math and English teachers as they develop lessons that provide opportunities for all levels of learners in their classrooms.

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

Be well.

Dana Greenberg, Principal
Redmond Middle School

The Grizzly Gram will also be posted on the Redmond Middle School Website.


The Tiles in the Tree Rings of Redmond Middle School
Our journey through the Rings of RMS continue.
Today's historical events memorialized Albert Einstein. In 1905, Einstein formulated the Special Theory of Relativity. According to Mitch Waldrop:
  "Albert Einstein's theory of relativity is famous for predicting some really weird but true phenomena, like astronauts aging slower than people on Earth and solid objects changing their shapes at high speeds. But the thing is, if you pick up a copy of Einstein's original paper on relativity from 1905, it's a straightforward read. His text is plain and clear, and his equations are mostly just algebra... "

Source: Waldrop, Mitch. “Einstein’s Relativity Explained in 4 Simple Steps.” National Geographic, 16 May 2017, www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2017/05/einstein-relativity-thought-experiment-train-lightning-genius/#close.

Remember, students designed these tiles. If anyone in our Redmond community knows the artists of these tiles please let us know so we can give them credit!

The tree rings contain tiles from 1901-2000. In future issues of the Grizzly Gram we will continue to post tiles and descriptions of historic events. When you are able to visit RMS once again we encourage you to look down and find your favorite tile profiled in the Grizzly Gram! 
Picture Day!         

LifeTouch will be at Redmond Middle School one more day from 8 am to 12 pm on Wednesday, October 21 to take student and staff portraits. Students will be issued an photo ID card before they leave the gym. This will be a drive-through event. COVID safety measures will be adhered to by RMS and LifeTouch. To order photos, go to: mylifetouch.com and enter EVTDBQ82G for the Picture Day ID.  Don't worry about returning anything on picture day!

The Drive Through Event Instructions
Enter into the main parking lot through the south-side entrance (near the tennis courts).  Follow the cones and signs around the front of the school and drop your student off at the gym-side entrance (opposite the portable buildings near the softball fields).  Once you have dropped off your student, you will be prompted to drive around to the back of the school to pick up your student. 


Students will walk into the gym, get their photo taken, receive an ID card, and then exit through the back doors to meet their parents/guardians (who will be waiting for them in their cars). 

If you have any questions about Picture Day or the drive through instructions please contact Associate Principal JaLynn Montes at jmontes@lwsd.org.

   A Message From our Counselors Regarding Hopelink Services

Is your family struggling with having enough food on hand to feed your family?

 Hopelink in Redmond offers pre-packed food boxes that provide up to 21 meals per person in your family. This is a very easy option to access. You simply drive into the side parking lot of the Redmond Hopelink and let them know what you need. You do not need to be registered—it is available to anyone.
Food Bank Address:  8990 154th Avenue NE, Redmond WA 98052

Hours of Operation:

Tuesdays:           12-4 pm

Wednesday:       3-7 pm

Thursday:           10 am-2 pm

Hopelink Website
    A word about Attendance
We know that there might be some days during Remote Learning when your student may miss a class or a day of school due to illness or various medical appointments. We still need to hear from you so we can make sure our teachers have the information they need to help your student catch up when they "return" to school and that your student is not marked as "unexcused." Please contact our new Attendance Secretary, Sharon Ward, at 425-936-2441 or email at RedmondMSAttend@lwsd.org and leave your student's name, grade, the date of absence and the reason for the absence. Thank you!

As of 10/5, absences that are not reported by a parent/guardian (by emailing our attendance office at:  RedmondMSAttend@lwsd.org)  or calling will be marked as unexcused.


Wednesday Attendance:

Please ensure that your student is logging into every class period (1-6) on each Wednesday. Students need to show progress toward learning standards by logging and in and doing some degree of classwork every Wednesday to be marked as present for their classes. Teachers have said that the assigned work should not take longer than 30 minutes. If the work does take longer, please have your student email their teacher to let them know (this does not apply to high school credit-bearing classes - Algebra, Geometry, and World Languages. Please connect with those teachers directly about Wednesday work). 

RMS ASB Clubs are Coming Soon!   

RMS Club Teams will soon be available for students! These Teams will be a place for students to engage in school appropriate social interactions under the guidance of a faculty adviser. Clubs will meet before or after school depending on the schedule set by the adviser. It is important to remember that these school-sponsored clubs adhere to all online behavior expectations as outlined in the District AUP and RMS student handbook.

If your student is interested in participating in a school club, we have several clubs available for students to join at RMS:




Creative Writing Club

Mrs. Kernish (dkernish@lwsd.org)

Culinary Club

Mrs. Peterson (nanpeterson@lwsd.org)

Pride Peeps (LGBTQ+)

Mr. Manuel (mpurdymanuel@lwsd.org)

Role Playing Game Club

Ms. Morris (kamorris@lwsd.org)

Technology Student Association

Ms. Vail (kavail@lwsd.org)

RMS Helpful Information
RMS Website- Remote Learning Bell Schedule   (scroll down past the big pictures!)
Next Issue of the Grizzly Gram to be published October, 30, 2020