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Weekly Bulletin #15 - 12/11/2017

Dear Rose Hill Middle School Families,

This is our final week before the Winter Break! Take time early this week to sit down with your student and find out if he/she has any tests or projects due before the break and make a plan to study and/or work on the project without waiting until the last minute.

Tomorrow is the last day of the ASB food drive to benefit HopeLink in Kirkland which serves families in our local area. They’ve set a goal of 1,000 pounds! The drive started Friday, December 1st and goes until tomorrow, Tuesday, December 12th. Please send in canned goods and other nonperishable food items through Dec.12th. Our local community thanks you!

Before we head out for Winter Break this Friday afternoon, encourage your student to check out a book to read over the vacation and set aside at least 30 minutes a day for him/her to relax and read. If your student has homework over the break, help them make a plan and stick to it so he/she isn’t waiting until the last minute to get it done. Procrastination can lead to increased stress for all. Try to work on getting your student back in to their regular sleeping habits 3-4 days before returning to school on January 2, 2018. It will make that first day back much smoother.

I know this is a busy time of year for everyone and I wish you all a safe, fun break ahead! See you in 2018!

From the PTSA

THANK YOU to our donors and membership! Your donations made it possible for RHMS PTSA to support Rose Hill Middle school and staff with $10,000 in “mini grants” this fall. These are grants that any RHMS staff member can apply for that support programs, activities, supplies, or learning experiences not covered by district funds. Please see the RHMS PTSA website for a list of those grants that you helped support. Many thanks to our Fall 2017 Mini Grant Committee members: Cheri Briggs, Jorge Santos, and Tania Bennett.

At our special General Membership meeting on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, RHMS PTSA membership voted to both endorse and support the LWSD one bond and two levy measures that will be on the ballot on February 13, 2018. Please check the RHMS PTSA website for updates. General information from LWSD about these ballot measures can be found here.

Our December 12th board meeting has been cancelled. Our January board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the RHMS library.

Our next General Membership meeting is Tuesday, January 23, 2018 in the library. Guest speaker: TBD.

We just want to send out a huge thank you for your continued support of RHMS PTSA. You have helped us kick off the 2017/2018 school year to such a great start. We are grateful for your amazing support which allows us in turn to support our students, teachers and school. We will have some new fundraising events in 2018 as well as some old favorites. Stay tuned!
We would like to wish all Rose Hill Middle School Families a wonderful holiday season and a terrific New Year! May your time together with your families be meaningful and special. Your Co-Fundraising Chairs, Melody French and Jeanne T. Jance

Informational Items

Time for mid-term review of your student's progress

It is “mid-quarter grade check time” and due to the wide use of Parent Access by our families, we do not issue and mail out hard copies of student mid-quarter progress reports. Wednesday, December 13th, marks the second quarter mid-term. Although grades can be accessed at any point through Parent Access, they are fully up-to-date at this time. If you have not had a chance to use Parent Access and the variety of tools available there, please visit http://www.lwsd.org/help/parent-access-support and check it out. In order to get set-up, you must register your email with us first. Please contact Mrs. Pizarro at jpizarro@lwsd.org in the Counseling office to register or update your email.

Lost and Found Items – Our lost and found bins are overflowing again. Please encourage your student to check for any missing items from the display next to the stage this week. All unclaimed items will be donated to charity over the winter break.

Science Club Members – Science Club is cancelled this Thursday. We’ll meet again after returning from the break.

Please support hungry students at Rose Hill Middle School during the Pantry Packs Holiday Hunger Campaign! Donate online from December 4-17 at www.feedwashington.org/holidayhungercampaign. Did you know there are a projected 900 students in the Lake Washington School District who are food-insecure and go hungry over the weekends? The Pantry Packs program, powered by the Lake Washington Schools Foundation, is a volunteer-run food assistance program that provides weekend food for our hungry students. Over the years, it has grown to serve 43 schools in Lake Washington School District. As the district grows, so does the need.
The Pantry Packs program is supported by local food drives and general fundraisers. While immensely helpful, the need has grown so great that these will not be enough to fully support the program. Feed Washington is a local non-profit that is partnering with Pantry Packs in running the Pantry Packs Holiday Hunger Campaign . The goal of the online fundraiser, which will run December 4-17, is to raise the additional funds that are necessary to fully fund the Pantry Packs program for 2017-2018.
A donation of $25 will provide a hungry student with weekend food for a month. It is a small amount with a big impact. Our hope is that we -- as individuals and communities with so much at our disposal -- will contribute and ensure that none of the children in our schools comes to school hungry on Mondays.

For more information, click on: www.feedwashington.org/holidayhungercampaign or contact Katy Philips at katy@feedwashington.org. To learn more about the Pantry Packs program visit www.lwsf.org/pantrypacks

Calendar Items

Monday, Dec. 11th:
Symphonic Band/Wind Ensemble Field Trip, Seattle Center/WinterFest, 9:15 am – 5:45 pm
Yearbook Club, 2:30-3:30 pm, Mr. Charouhas’ Room #403 (Purple Pod)
Lego/Robotics Club, 2:15-3:30 pm, Mr. Ewert’s Room #307 (Lt. Blue Pod Hallway) - Cancelled for this week
Gay/Straight Alliance Club, 2:15-3:30 pm, Ms. Ackerman’s Room #306 (Lt. Blue Pod Hallway)
Varsity/JV Boys Basketball Game, 3:30 pm, Inglewood MS
Varsity/JV Girls Basketball Game, 3:30 pm @ RHMS
Regional Boys and Girls Basketball Practice, 2:15-3:15 pm, Gym

Tuesday, Dec. 12th:
Last Day of the Food Drive
ASB Meeting, 7:00 am, Mrs. Nelson’s Room #233
Math Club, 2:30-4:00 pm, Mrs. Folkman’s Room #456 (Purple Pod)
Creative Writing and Art Club, 2:15-3:15 pm, Ms. Ackerman’s Room #306 (Lt. Blue Pod Hallway)
Regional Boys Basketball Game, 3:30 pm @ Inglewood MS
Regional Girls Basketball Game, 3:30 pm @ RHMS
Varsity/JV Boys and Girls Basketball Practice, 2:15-3:15 pm, Gym

Wednesday, Dec. 13th:
Mid-Quarter Grades Updated in Skyward by 3:15 pm
WTI Meeting, 7:05 am, Fitness/Yoga Gym
City of Redmond After Hours Program, 1:00-3:00 pm, Gym/Fitness Gym

Thursday, Dec. 14th:
Science Club, 2:30-3:30 pm, Mrs. Rossman’s Room #353 (Lt. Blue Pod)Cancelled for this week
Varsity/JV Boys Basketball Game, 3:30 pm @ RHMS
Varsity/JV Girls Basketball Game, 3:30 pm @ Kamiakin MS
Regional Boys and Girls Basketball End of Season Party, 2:15-3:15 pm, Commons

Friday, Dec. 15th:
Creative Writing and Art Club, 2:15-3:15 pm, Ms. Ackerman’s Room #306 (Lt. Blue Pod Hallway)
Magic (Card game) Club, 2:15-3:00 pm, Mr. Laughlin’s Room #308 (Orange Pod)

Weekly Bulletin #14 - 12/04/2017

Dear Rose Hill Middle School Families,

Our Superintendent, Dr. Traci Pierce, will be joining me tomorrow, Tuesday, December 5th at 9:15 am for the Principal’s chat and PTSA General Membership Meeting. Dr. Pierce will present general information about the upcoming bond and replacement levy measures. Hope you can join us!

Two busy weeks ahead! Take time early this week to sit down with your student and find out if he/she has any tests or projects due before the break and make a plan to study and/or work on the project without waiting until the last minute.

Movie Night is this Friday. See more information below.

Finally, please read below in the “Information” section for information about winter weather.

Have a great week ahead!

From the PTSA

December Special General Membership Meeting at the Principal’s Chat
Tomorrow - Tuesday, December 5th, 9:15 am. All RHMS parents/guardians welcome!
This month's Principal Chat will also be a special PTSA General Membership meeting – open to all RHMS parents! The LWSD School Board has voted to put one bond and two replacement levies on the February 13th, 2018 ballot. LWSD Superintendent, Dr. Tracie Pierce, will present general information about these upcoming bond and replacement levy measures at the December Principal's Chat, tomorrow, Tuesday, December 5th at 9:15 am in the Commons. After the presentation, the PTSA membership will vote on whether to support and endorse these ballot measures. Light Refreshments will be provided. Please see RHMS PTSA’s website for more information.

From Fundraising:
Dear Rose Hill Middle School Families,
We just wanted to update you on the October School Pool event. We do not yet have the final numbers. We have been advised about delays getting the totals from the City of Redmond, but we are optimistic it will be worth the wait. Please know we will share the update with you once we have it.

Please remember this busy season that you can still raise money for the PTSA by shopping at Fred Meyer through Fred Meyer Community rewards linked up with your rewards account and by shopping on AmazonSmile. It is amazing that by making a choice of these two things, you can support the school just by doing what you were going to do anyway and no SignUpGenius needed!! Make it a great shopping week for the Royals!
Your Co-Fundraising Chairs, Melody French and Jeanne T. Jance

LWPTSA Scholarship Basket Auction, Thursday, Dec. 7th, 10-11:00am, LWRC Lobby. Support our students and get some holiday shopping done at the same time!
Join us for the close of the LWPTSA Council Basket Auction and Reception!

  • Beautiful and creative themed gift baskets
  • Free espresso drinks
  • Fun raffle
  • "Bring a buddy" door prize
  • Gift card wall
  • Donations opportunities starting at $15

Preview our beautiful selection of baskets here. (RHMS PTSA basket is “Snow Day.”)All proceeds go to scholarships for LWSD graduating seniors and continuing education scholarships for staff. Supporting our graduating seniors for over 35 years!
Thank you to our generous community partners: our wonderful LW PTAs, LWSD, LWSF, LWEA and individual donors. All are welcome, open to the public! Invite a friend!
Questions? Contact auction Chairs Debbie Ohman & Mindy Lincicome at auction@lwptsa.net

Informational Items

The ASB sponsored All School Movie Night is this Friday, December 8th and the movie is The Incredibles. This is a movie about a whole family of superheroes who are forced to hide their powers and try to live a quiet suburban life. But will Mr. Incredible’s desire to help people lead to a new mission? Students can find out this Friday. Doors will open at 6:15 pm to allow students time to check their bags and get a snack before the movie starts at 6:30 pm. Entry to the Movie Night will close at 6:45. There is no fee to attend this event. All students attending need to bring their ASB to the movie and plan to stay until 8:30 when the movie is over. Students will be dismissed from the movie at 8:30, and they will exit from the entrance by the office. Parents should arrange to pick up their students at 8:30. Students are not permitted to leave early (before 8:30 pm) without a parent coming to the door to request them. The snacks will be sold individually for $1-$2 each. A fun snack combo tray will be available for purchase for only $3 (popcorn, 1 candy item, and 1 drink). Pizza will be available for $2 per slice. Smaller bills are appreciated if students bring cash for snacks.
*This event is for Rose Hill Middle School students only. No guests. No outside food or drink is allowed.

The Rose Hill ASB is hosting a food drive to benefit HopeLink in Kirkland which serves families in our local area. They’ve set a goal of 1,000 pounds! The drive started Friday, December 1st and goes until Tuesday, December 12th. Please send in canned goods and other nonperishable food items through Dec. 12th. Our local community thanks you!

Are you ready for winter weather? Know what to expect as winter weather approaches. With winter quickly approaching, it’s a good time to review the district’s bad weather protocols and how to know when school is delayed or cancelled. The decision to close or delay schools is not an easy one. Conditions may vary considerably in a district of 75 square miles that reaches from the Kirkland waterfront to the Sammamish Plateau. The district recognizes that snow days often disrupt family schedules and extend the school year. At the same time, student, staff, and family safety is most important. The decision-making process is outlined on the district website. Remember that conditions in your neighborhood and even your street may vary from the rest of the district. Parents always have the final decision as to whether or not to send their child to school if there is any question about the safety of the conditions. LWSD notifies parents of school delays or cancellations using the SchoolMessenger calling system. Calls will begin by 6:00 am to let families know that school will be delayed or cancelled. The early calls ensure that high school students with long bus rides get the message before leaving home. The information is also posted on FlashAlert.net which lists information for all area schools and colleges. Local media will also report any closure/delay information. The district and school websites will also feature an emergency alert if school has been delayed or cancelled. You can call the district’s main phone number at 425-936-1200; an emergency message will be recorded on this system as well.

Please support hungry students at Rose Hill Middle School during the Pantry Packs Holiday Hunger Campaign! Donate online from December 4-17 at www.feedwashington.org/holidayhungercampaign.
Did you know there are a projected 900 students in the Lake Washington School District who are food-insecure and go hungry over the weekends? The Pantry Packs program, powered by the Lake Washington Schools Foundation, is a volunteer-run food assistance program that provides weekend food for our hungry students. Over the years, it has grown to serve 43 schools in Lake Washington School District. As the district grows, so does the need.
The Pantry Packs program is supported by local food drives and general fundraisers. While immensely helpful, the need has grown so great that these will not be enough to fully support the program. Feed Washington is a local non-profit that is partnering with Pantry Packs in running the Pantry Packs Holiday Hunger Campaign . The goal of the online fundraiser, which will run December 4-17, is to raise the additional funds that are necessary to fully fund the Pantry Packs program for 2017-2018.
A donation of $25 will provide a hungry student with weekend food for a month. It is a small amount with a big impact. Our hope is that we -- as individuals and communities with so much at our disposal -- will contribute and ensure that none of the children in our schools comes to school hungry on Mondays.

For more information, click on: www.feedwashington.org/holidayhungercampaign or contact Katy Philips at katy@feedwashington.org. To learn more about the Pantry Packs program visit www.lwsf.org/pantrypacks

Calendar Items

Monday, Dec. 4th:
Yearbook Club, 2:30-3:30 pm, Mr. Charouhas’ Room #403 (Purple Pod)
Lego/Robotics Club, 2:15-3:30 pm, Mr. Ewert’s Room #307 (Lt. Blue Pod Hallway)
Gay/Straight Alliance Club, 2:15-3:30 pm, Ms. Ackerman’s Room #306 (Lt. Blue Pod Hallway)
Varsity/JV Boys Basketball Game, 3:30 pm, @ Redmond MS
Varsity/JV Girls Basketball Game, 3:30 pm, @ RHMS
Regional Boys and Girls Basketball Practice, 2:15-3:15 pm, Gym

Tuesday, Dec. 5th:
ASB Meeting, 7:00 am, Mrs. Nelson’s Room #233
Principal’s Chat/PTSA Meeting, 9:15-10:00 am, Commons Topic: Levy/Bond Information – Dr. Pierce presenting
Math Club, 2:30-4:00 pm, Mrs. Folkman’s Room #456 (Purple Pod)
Creative Writing and Art Club, 2:15-3:15 pm, Ms. Ackerman’s Room #306 (Lt. Blue Pod Hallway)
Multi-Cultural Club, 2:20-3:30 pm, Mr. Eberhardt’s Room #336 (Yellow Pod)
Varsity/JV Boys and Girls Basketball Practice, 2:15-3:15 pm, Gym
No Regional Boys or Girls Basketball Practice
Winter Music Concert, 7:00 pm, Gym

Wednesday, Dec. 6th:
**Alternate Schedule Today** - Attached
Winter Music Assembly, 8:00-9:00 am, Gym
Varsity Boys Basketball Practice, 6:30 am, Gym - Cancelled
City of Redmond After Hours Program/Bridge Club, 1:00-3:00 pm, Gym/Fitness Gym

Thursday, Dec. 7th:
Science Club, 2:30-3:30 pm, Mrs. Rossman’s Room #353 (Lt. Blue Pod)
Varsity/JV Boys Basketball Game, 3:30 pm @ Finn Hill MS
Varsity/JV Girls Basketball Game, 3:30 pm @ RHMS
Regional Boys and Girls Basketball Practice, 2:15-3:15 pm, Gym

Friday, Dec. 8th:
ASB Representative Candidate Forms Due to Mrs. Nelson by 2:15 pm
Guest Speaker in AVID Classes, Lindsay Elston, Former UW/Seattle Reign Soccer Player, 1st Period
Parent/Guest Meal, Foods Classes, Periods 2 and 4, Mrs. Thirtyacre’s Room #405 (Red Pod Hallway)
Creative Writing and Art Club, 2:15-3:15 pm, Ms. Ackerman’s Room #306 (Lt. Blue Pod Hallway)
Magic (Card game) Club, 2:15-3:00 pm, Mr. Laughlin’s Room #308 (Orange Pod)
Regional Boys Basketball Game, 3:30 pm @ Finn Hill MS
Regional Girls Basketball Game, 3:30 pm @ RHMS
Varsity/JV Boys and Girls Basketball Practice, 2:15-3:15 pm, Gym
Movie Night, 6:30-8:30 pm, Commons – “The Incredibles”, Doors open at 6:15 pm - FREE!

Weekly Bulletin #13 - 11/27/2017

It is likely a busy 3 weeks ahead for you and your students with additional activities and obligations at school and at home before the Winter Break. Here are some tips to help make this time less stressful for your student (and you):

  • Take time early this week to sit down with your student and find out if he/she has any tests or projects due before the break and make a plan to study and/or work on the project without waiting until the last minute. Repeat this at the beginning of next week and the week after. If your student is unsure or keeping this information from you, you can always check out teachers’ Haiku PowerSchool sites.
  • Keep your schedules as consistent as possible. If the calendar is becoming too full, establish your priorities. While it might be difficult for your student, it is okay to say ‘no.’
  • Schedule some “down” time together and individually.

To help with time management, your student can also take advantage of Pride Time every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:27-10:12 am - at the end of 2nd period. During Pride Time students can:

  1. Work with a teacher for support/tutoring (pass required if it is a teacher other than your 2nd period teacher)
  2. Receive laptop/netbook support in the library
  3. Check out a library book
  4. Silently and independently work on homework in their 2nd period class- Though students will have time to work on homework, we strongly recommend they are not putting off homework to complete at the last minute.
  5. Silently read in 2nd period class

All a student needs to do is to get a Pride Time pass from his/her teacher in advance. If your student is having a hard time selecting a good book to read, encourage him/her to talk with Mrs. Steirer, Mrs. MacRae or Mrs. Wishart in the library for suggestions - there is something for everyone!

Have a great week ahead!

From the PTSA

Dear Rose Hill Middle School Families,
We hope you all enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday. The numbers should be in—hopefully this week—for the School Pool event, and we should be able to report how our Royals did for this fundraising event. Stay tuned on the numbers and to find out when we do the next one.

Did you happen to start any holiday shopping this weekend? Melody and I did—at Fred Meyer—and while we did, we raised money for Rose Hill Middle School PTSA through the Fred Meyer Community rewards.

Do you prefer to skip the crowds? Did you know you can raise money for the PTSA from the comfort of home? Shop Smile.Amazon.com. On your first visit you are prompted to select a charitable organization from our list of eligible organizations. For more information about the AmazonSmile program, please go to http:// smile.amazon.com/about.

Do what you are going to do anyway and benefit the kids, staff and school! Shop ’til you drop!

Your Co-Fundraising Chairs,
Melody French and Jeanne T. Jance

THANK YOU to Hearing and Vision Chair Jennifer Malick and to RHMS School Nurse Tammura Hargrove for organizing the Hearing and Vision Screening on November 14.

December Special General Membership Meeting at the Principal’s Chat
Tuesday, December 5th, 9:15 am. All RHMS parents/guardians welcome!
This month's Principal Chat will also be a special PTSA General Membership meeting – open to all RHMS parents! The LWSD School Board has voted to put one bond and two replacement levies on the February 13th, 2018 ballot. Principal Erin Bowser will present general information about these upcoming bond and replacement levy measures at the December Principal's Chat, on Tuesday, December 5th at 9:15 am in the Commons. After the presentation, the PTSA membership will vote on whether to support and endorse these ballot measures. Light Refreshments will be provided.

The 3 LWSD ballot measures in a nutshell:

  • The 2018 Bond will raise $299 million with no tax rate increase. It will fund building projects that address growth and overcrowding, as recommended by the Task Force.
  • The Capital Projects levy funds critical facility and technology needs not funded by the state. The 2018 levy replaces the expiring levy with no tax rate increase.
  • The Educational Programs & Operations (EP&O) levy funds program and operations needs not funded by the state. The 2018 levy replaces the expiring levy and decreases the current tax rate.
  • Total LWSD Tax Rate for all 3 measures: $2.93 per $1,000 assessed value (a decrease from $3.18 per $1,000 AV).

For additional details, the district has created an Levy and Bond Information Sheet. Printouts are also available in the RHMS main office.

LWPTSA Scholarship Basket Auction, Thursday, Dec. 7th, 10-11:00am, LWRC Lobby. Support our students and get some holiday shopping done at the same time!
Join us for the close of the LWPTSA Council Basket Auction and Reception!

• Beautiful and creative themed gift baskets

• Free espresso drinks

• Fun raffle

• "Bring a buddy" door prize

• Gift card wall

• Donations opportunities starting at $15

Preview our beautiful selection of baskets here. (RHMS PTSA basket is “Snow Day.”)All proceeds go to scholarships for LWSD graduating seniors and continuing education scholarships for staff. Supporting our graduating seniors for over 35 years!
Thank you to our generous community partners: our wonderful LW PTAs, LWSD, LWSF, LWEA and individual donors. All are welcome, open to the public! Invite a friend!
Questions? Contact auction Chairs Debbie Ohman & Mindy Lincicome at auction@lwptsa.net

Informational Items

Tomorrow, Nov. 28th is #givingtuesday. If you are looking for ways to support the RHMS library, purchase a book off our Amazon Wish List or support one of our DonorsChoose Projects, either Round the World Research or Dazzling Displays! Thank you to the families that have already supported us this year!

Band Fund Raiser Cookie Dough & Popcorn will be delivered on Friday Dec. 1st. Pick up is after school on Friday from 2:15 to 3:00 pm. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Laulainen at alaulainen@lwsd.org.

Multicultural families are invited to join the Natural Leaders program at Rose Hill Middle School. Natural Leaders are families that speak English as a second language. The goal is to build a bridge between multicultural families and RHMS. We are meeting at 9:00 am on Thursday, November 30th. We have many friends that come and help interpret. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

The Rose Hill ASB is hosting a food drive to benefit HopeLink in Kirkland which serves families in our local area. They’ve set a goal of 1,000 pounds! The drive starts this Friday, December 1st and goes until Tuesday, December 12th. Please send in canned goods and other nonperishable food items starting this Friday. Our local community thanks you!

Calendar Items

Monday, Nov. 27th:
Guest Speakers in Health Classes, Periods 2, 3, 5 and 6Yearbook Club, 2:30-3:30 pm, Mr. Charouhas’ room #403 (Purple Pod)
Lego/Robotics Club, 2:15-3:30 pm, Mr. Ewert’s Room #307 (Lt. Blue Pod Hallway)
Basketball Practices – See Schedule/Website for specific team time

Tuesday, Nov, 28th:
ASB Meeting, 7:00 am, Mrs. Nelson’s Room #233
Math Club, 2:30-4:00 pm, Mrs. Folkman’s Room #456 (Purple Pod)
Creative Writing and Art Club, 2:15-3:15 pm, Ms. Ackerman’s Room #306 (Lt. Blue Pod Hallway)
Regional Boys Basketball Game, 3:30 pm @ RHMS
Regional Girls Basketball Game, 3:30 pm @ Kamiakin MS
Varsity/JV Boys and Girls Basketball Practice, 2:15-3:15 pm, Gym

Wednesday, Nov 29th:
Modified Lockdown Drill, 10:00 am
Varsity Boys Basketball Practice, 6:30 am, Gym
City of Redmond After Hours Program/Bridge Club, 1:00-3:00 pm, Gym/Fitness Gym

Thursday, Nov. 30th:
WTI Meeting, 7:15 am, Fitness Gym
Science Club, 2:30-3:30 pm, Mrs. Rossman’s Room #353 (Lt. Blue Pod)
Varsity/JV Boys Basketball Game, 3:30 pm, RHMS
Varsity/JV Girls Basketball Game, 3:30 pm @ Kirkland MS
Regional Boys and Girls Basketball Practice, 2:15-3:15 pm, Gym

Friday, Dec. 1st:
Food Drive Begins (through Dec. 12th)
Guest Speaker in AVID Classes, Period 1
Creative Writing and Art Club, 2:15-3:15 pm, Ms. Ackerman’s Room #306 (Lt. Blue Pod Hallway)
Magic (Card game) Club, 2:15-3:00 pm, Mr. Laughlin’s Room #308 (Orange Pod)
Regional Boys Basketball Game, 3:30 pm @ Redmond MS
Regional Girls Basketball Game, 3:30 pm @ RHMS
Varsity/JV Boys and Girls Basketball Practice, 2:15-3:15 pm, Gym

Weekly Bulletin #12 - 11/20/2017

Dear Rose Hill Middle School Families,

Please be sure to follow our morning drop-off procedures. C.S. Lewis once said “Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.”

Once in the designated drop-off area on the west side of the building, students should exit your vehicle on the right side only. Be sure your students have what they need in the car and are ready to exit once your vehicle stops next to the sidewalk. Once you have dropped off your student you can carefully merge in to the through lane of traffic, limiting your speed to 5 mph. The loop will make a left turn and take you to a stop sign in order to exit the campus.

A few Safety Reminders:

  • Limit your speed to 5 mph
  • Slow down and watch for pedestrians at all crosswalks
  • No opening car doors unless you are stopped in the “Drop off/Pick up Zone”
  • No dropping off or picking up in the “Thru Traffic Lane”
  • No dropping off or picking up in the “Bus or Parking Loop" (Yellow and Blue lines in the traffic flow graphic )
  • Drivers must remain in cars
  • This is for your student’s safety!

While driving on campus, it is important that you continue to follow all rules of the road AND that you bring your patience.

We have a short week ahead! Students will be dismissed at 10:45 am on Wednesday, November 22 for the Thanksgiving Break. No lunches will be served.

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

From the PTSA

Dear Rose Hill Families,
How did we get here? Is anyone else amazed that it is almost the end of November? Are you still trying to grab a few last minute things before Thanksgiving? Tackle your to-do list and shop at Fred Meyer while at the same time raising money for Rose Hill PTSA. You are able to link your rewards account to the Rose Hill Middle School. Are you a Black Friday shopper when kids are out and you can go shopping? Make Fred Meyer one of your first stops. You can cross things off your holiday list and help your kid’s school at the same time. Here’s the link so you can sign up: https://www.fredmeyer.com/asset/comm_rewards_flyer_12_27_16

Again, don't forget matching matters! Don't miss out on a chance for your company to match your donation for the Rose Hill Middle School PTSA.
We can all be thankful that our kids go to such a great school.
Happy Thanksgiving!
Your PTSA Co- Fundraising Chairs,
Melody French and Jeanne T. Jance

Thank you to our Hearing and Vision volunteers!
These volunteers stepped up to make sure our Fall 2017 Hearing and Vision screening for the 7th graders ran smoothly: Jennifer Grimes, Jenny Li, Jeff Gerwin, Liz Parr, Tzipi Butnaru, Nicholas Trahan, Suzanne Yeung, Caroll Pohl-Ferry, Irum Shafaqat, Bubbal Malhotra, Summer Truswell, Becky Seiler, Monica Rodriguez, Jorge Santos, Maria Goncalves, Liliane Rouhana, Sharlene Jones, Stella, Liz Parr, Maria Goncalves, Kari Tai

December Special General Membership Meeting at the Principal’s Chat
Tuesday, December 5th, 9:15 am. All RHMS parents/guardians welcome!
This month's Principal Chat will also be a special PTSA General Membership meeting – open to all RHMS parents! The LWSD School Board has voted to put one bond and two replacement levies on the February 13th, 2018 ballot. Principal Erin Bowser will present general information about these upcoming bond and replacement levy measures at the December Principal's Chat, on Tuesday, December 5th at 9:15 am in the Commons. After the presentation, the PTSA membership will vote on whether to support and endorse these ballot measures. Light Refreshments will be provided.

The 3 LWSD ballot measures in a nutshell:

  • The 2018 Bond will raise $299 million with no tax rate increase. It will fund building projects that address growth and overcrowding, as recommended by the Task Force.
  • The Capital Projects levy funds critical facility and technology needs not funded by the state. The 2018 levy replaces the expiring levy with no tax rate increase.
  • The Educational Programs & Operations (EP&O) levy funds program and operations needs not funded by the state. The 2018 levy replaces the expiring levy and decreases the current tax rate.
  • Total LWSD Tax Rate for all 3 measures: $2.93 per $1,000 assessed value (a decrease from $3.18 per $1,000 AV).

For additional details, the district has created an Levy/Bond Information Sheet. Printouts are also available in the RHMS main office.

Informational Items

8th Grade Families, mark your calendars. Welcome parents and students of the Lake Washington High School Class of 2022! Mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 7th at 6:30 pm. The Counseling Center will be hosting a parent night presentation for our incoming freshman class for the 2018-2019 school year. This presentation is best suited for Class of 2022 parents and will be held in the LWHS theater. A club/athletics/elective fair will be held in the commons for incoming freshman while parents are in the theater. The PowerPoint used will be available on the LWHS website after the presentation date. We hope you will be able to join us, and please visit our LWHS website for upcoming parent presentations, events, and information. Welcome to Lake Washington High School!

Calendar Items

Monday, Nov. 20th:
2nd Quarter Sports Pictures, 2:30 pm, Gym – Practices to follow (see website)
Yearbook Club, 2:30-3:30 pm, Mr. Charouhas’ room #403 (Purple Pod)
Lego/Robotics Club, 2:15-3:30 pm, Mr. Ewert’s Room #307 (Lt. Blue Pod Hallway)

Tuesday, Nov, 21st:
ASB Meeting, 7:00 am, Mrs. Nelson’s Room #233
Math Club, 2:30-4:00 pm, Mrs. Folkman’s Room #456 (Purple Pod)
Creative Writing and Art Club, 2:15-3:15 pm, Ms. Ackerman’s Room #306 (Lt. Blue Pod Hallway)
Multi-Cultural Club, 2:20-3:30 pm, Mr. Eberhardt’s Room #336 (Yellow Pod)
Regional Boys Basketball Game, 3:30 pm @ RHMS
Regional Girls Basketball Game, 3:30 pm @ Kirkland MS
Varsity/JV Boys and Girls Basketball Practice, 2:15-3:15 pm, Gym

Wednesday, Nov 22nd:
Half Day – Student Dismissal at 10:45 am (No lunches served)
Varsity Boys Basketball Practice, 6:30 am, Gym
City of Redmond After Hours Program/Bridge Club, 1:00-3:00 pm, Gym/Fitness GymCancelled due to early dismissal

Thursday, Nov. 23rd:
Happy Thanksgiving!
No School – Building Closed – No Custodian on site

Friday, Nov. 24th:
No School – Building Closed – No Custodian on site

Weekly Bulletin #11 - 11/13/2017

Dear Rose Hill Middle School Families,

Last Thursday Rose Hill and Stella Schola Middle Schools celebrated our veterans at an assembly planned and led by our leadership class. Their hard work and dedication planning this event was appreciated by their peers, and our students demonstrated great respect for our presenters, performers and guests. We were honored to hear from Stella Schola parent, Christopher Coy, a Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy Reserve, Officer Kaptur, Staff Sergeant in the US Army, and school nurse, Tammura Hargrove, an Aircrewman in the US Navy. A huge thank you to Lieutenant Commander Coy, Officer Kaptur and Nurse Hargrove for their service and for being our guest speakers at the assembly on Thursday.

Students will be bringing home First Quarter Report Card this Friday. Be sure to ask your student for his/her progress report on Friday afternoon.

This week is Spirit Week. See the calendar below for specifics!

Have a great week ahead!

From the PTSA

December Special General Membership Meeting at the Principal’s Chat
Tuesday, December 5, 9:15 am. All RHMS parents/guardians welcome!
This month's Principal Chat will also be a special PTSA General Membership meeting – open to all RHMS parents! The LWSD School Board has voted to put one bond and two replacement levies on the February 13, 2018 ballot. Principal Erin Bowser will present general information about these upcoming bond and replacement levy measures at the December Principal's Chat, on Tuesday, December 5 at 9:15 AM in the Commons. After the presentation, the PTSA membership will vote on whether to support and endorse these ballot measures. Light Refreshments will be provided.

The 3 LWSD ballot measures in a nutshell:

  • The 2018 Bond will raise $299 million with no tax rate increase. It will fund building projects that address growth and overcrowding, as recommended by the Task Force.
  • The Capital Projects levy funds critical facility and technology needs not funded by the state. The 2018 levy replaces the expiring levy with no tax rate increase.
  • The Educational Programs & Operations (EP&O) levy funds program and operations needs not funded by the state. The 2018 levy replaces the expiring levy and decreases the current tax rate.
  • Total LWSD Tax Rate for all 3 measures: $2.93 per $1,000 assessed value (a decrease from $3.18 per $1,000 AV).

For additional details, the district has created an Levy/Bond Information Sheet. Printouts are also available in the RHMS main office.

From Fundraising:
Dear Rose Hill Families,

We have turned in all the School Pool calendars to the City of Redmond. Sometime in November we will receive the donation resulting from all the kids’ hard work. Great job, Royals!

Are you trying to figure out how to tackle your holiday to-do list? We have a great idea. If you shop at Fred Meyer, you can link your rewards account to the Rose Hill Middle School PTSA and raise money for the PTSA. Do what was on your to-do list anyway and raise much needed money for the PTSA. Win, win! Learn more and sign up here.

Remember, matching matters! Don't miss out on a chance for your company to match your donation for Rose Hill Middle School PTSA!

Your Co-Fundraising Chairs
Melody French and Jeanne T. Jance

LWPTSA Council Brown Bag Lunch: “Neighborhood and Choice School Options in LWSD”
Thursday, Nov. 16th, 12-1pm, LWRC Board Room
Speaker: Dr. Jon Holmen, LWSD Deputy Superintendent
All are welcome, but the presentation is most relevant for those with middle and high school students. Please click here for more information. Questions? Contact Liz Hedreen at president@lwptsa.net .
Brown Bag Lunches: “Helpful Information for the entire community! You bring your lunch, we’ll provide the information.”

Informational Items

Special Winter Edition Hoodies are on sale now! There are 4 designs to choose from. Please note: The sweatshirts are made of a polyester/fleece material that is similar to Under Armour. They are not the traditional 100% cotton material of regular sweatshirts. This will be the last chance to order a RHMS sweatshirt this school year. Please fill out Special Winter Edition Sweatshirt Order Form and send it along with a check (made out to RHMS) or cash to the school by Wednesday, Nov. 15th. The sweatshirts will be available before the winter break. If you would like to order one for your student as a Christmas gift and not have it given to your student upon delivery, please contact Shane O’Brien at sobrien@lwsd.org.

Math Club: There will be no Math Club held this week—11/14/2017—because Mrs. Folkman will be proctoring The AMC 8 Test during that time. Thank you so much to all of the Math Club parents that have been sending in snacks for the kids. The snacks are greatly appreciated!

AMC 8 Math Test: The AMC 8 math test will be given on Tuesday, November 14th to the students who paid the fee to register. Students who are taking the test need to arrive at Mrs. Folkman’s room by 2:25 PM. (room #456 in the Purple Pod) The students should be finished by 3:30—and will be released to leave room 456 at 3:30 to go home.

8th Grade Families, mark your calendars. Welcome parents and students of the Lake Washington High School Class of 2022! Mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 7th at 6:30 pm. The Counseling Center will be hosting a parent night presentation for our incoming freshman class for the 2018-2019 school year. This presentation is best suited for Class of 2022 parents and will be held in the LWHS theater. A club/athletics/elective fair will be held in the commons for incoming freshman while parents are in the theater. The PowerPoint used will be available on the LWHS website after the presentation date. We hope you will be able to join us, and please visit our LWHS website for upcoming parent presentations, events, and information. Welcome to Lake Washington High School!

Calendar Items

Monday, Nov. 13th:
Spirit Day – Comfy Day
Yearbook Club, 2:30-3:30 pm, Mr. Charouhas’ room #403 (Purple Pod)
Lego/Robotics Club, 2:15-3:30 pm, Mr. Ewert’s Room #307 (Lt. Blue Pod Hallway) Cancelled due to Mr. Ewert’s absence
Varsity/JV Boys and Girls Basketball Jamboree, 3:30 pm, RHMS
Regional Boys and Girls Basketball Practice, 2:15-3:15 pm, Gym

Tuesday, Nov, 14th:
Spirit Day – Tie-Dye Tuesday
ASB Meeting, 7:00 am, Mrs. Nelson’s Room #233
Vision and Hearing Testing, 7th Grade Only, Periods 1, 2 and PT
Math Club, 2:30-4:00 pm, Mrs. Folkman’s Room #456 (Purple Pod) Cancelled due to AMC Test
AMC Math Test, 2:30-3:30 pm, Mrs. Folkman’s Room #456 (Purple Pod)
Creative Writing and Art Club, 2:15-3:15 pm, Ms. Ackerman’s Room #306 (Lt. Blue Pod Hallway)
Regional Boys Basketball Game, 3:30 pm @ RHMS
Regional Girls Basketball Game, 3:30 pm @ Evergreen MS
Varsity/JV Boys and Girls Basketball Practice, 2:15-3:15 pm, Gym
Honor Society Induction Ceremony, 7:00 pm, Commons

Wednesday, Nov 15th:
Deadline for Special Winter Edition Hoodie Order, 2:30 pm
Spirit Day – Crazy Hat/Crazy Hair Day
Varsity Boys Basketball Practice, 6:30 am, Gym
City of Redmond After Hours Program/Bridge Club, 1:00-3:00 pm, Gym/Fitness Gym
Beginning String Orchestra Demo Concert, 7:00 pm, Commons

Thursday, Nov. 16th:
Spirit Day – Fuzzy or Crazy Sock Day
College Gear Thursday
Art Field Trip, Seattle Art Museum, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Science Club, 2:30-3:30 pm, Mrs. Rossman’s Room #353 (Lt. Blue Pod)
Varsity/JV Boys Basketball Game, 3:30 pm, RHMS
Varsity/JV Girls Basketball Game, 3:30 pm @ Evergreen MS
Regional Boys and Girls Basketball Practice, 2:15-3:15 pm, Gym

Friday, Nov. 17th:
1st Quarter Report Cards Sent Home with Students
Spirit Day – Twin Day
Guest Speaker in Health Classes, LWIT Dental Hygienists, Periods 2-5
AVID Students and Parents Breakfast, 7:45-8:32 am, Commons
Creative Writing and Art Club, 2:15-3:15 pm, Ms. Ackerman’s Room #306 (Lt. Blue Pod Hallway)
Magic (Card game) Club, 2:15-3:00 pm, Mr. Laughlin’s Room #308 (Orange Pod)

Weekly Bulletin #10 - 11/06/2017

Dear Rose Hill Middle School Families,

Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 7th is the end of our first quarter. Be sure to check your student’s grades on Parent Access so there are no surprises when report cards come out after November 14th. If you have specific concerns in a particular class, please contact the teacher directly. This is also a good time to have your student practice their self-advocacy skills to make a plan with their teacher(s) to stay on top of things as we start the second quarter. Sixth grade students who are in the Royal Exploratory elective will change their elective class this Wednesday. Not to worry- it is the same period as their current elective and teachers will be sure they get to the right class.

Our recent snow is a reminder that school closures will be communicated at http://www.lwsd.org/, through http://www.flashalert.net/, through TV and radio stations. LWSD will use the School Messenger automated calling system to let parents know if school will be delayed or cancelled. Calls will begin at 6:00 am. For more information, visit the School Closures and Late Starts page.

A huge thank you to our PTSA for providing a staff appreciation breakfast on Friday, October 27th! Everyone enjoyed the delicious food and opportunity to catch up with their colleagues before the day began. Thank you to everyone who donated items and time to provide this special treat!

Have a great week ahead!

From the PTSA

Please remember to vote! Ballots are due tomorrow, Tuesday, November 7th. Three candidates are running for positions on the Lake Washington School District Board of Directors.

RHMS PTSA welcomes you! We currently have 453 members! Members and non-members alike: please visit us on our website (www.rhmsptsa.org) for up-to-date information on PTSA news and events.

THANK YOU for your donations to RHMS PTSA! Your donations allow us to do more to support the staff and students at Rose Hill Middle School. RHMS PTSA offers an annual “mini-grant” program. At the October 10th board meeting, funding for 12 “mini-grants” to school staff were approved.

Our annual PTSA General Membership meeting was held on Tuesday, October 17th. Updates to the Standing Rules and budget were approved. The general membership generously voted to approve a $4,000 increase to our “min-grant” program, bringing the total for the 2017-2018 budget to $10,000. These grants allow RHMS PTSA to financially support stipends, entrance fees for field trips, equipment purchases and more. This addition to the mini-grant budget will allow us to increase that financial support.

From Fundraising:

Dear Rose Hill Families,
We just want to thank you for a great month of supporting the PTSA in October. We had a great Dine Out at Tres Hermanos, and the kids did a great job at getting the School Pool calendars in. Way to go Royals!! There will be another School Pool coming in the spring.
More great opportunities for you to help support the PTSA are coming soon. Stay tuned and stay warm. Melody French and Jeanne T. Jance PTSA Fundraising Co-Chairs

Special PTSA General Membership meeting at the December Principal’s Chat: The LWSD School Board has voted to put one bond and two replacement levies on the February 2018 ballot. Principal Erin Bowser will present general information about these upcoming bond and replacement levy measures at the December Principal’s Chat, on Tuesday, December 5 at 9:15 am in the library. This month’s Principal Chat will also be a special PTSA General Membership meeting. After the presentation, the PTSA membership will vote on whether to support and endorse these ballot measures.

Informational Items

Too Sick for School? Cold and flu season is here and we are definitely seeing an increase in the number of students making their way to the office. Cleaning is a regular part of the school day and our custodial staff works after hours to sanitize. That being said, students work, learn and play in close quarters, so illness spreads quickly. If you wonder, ‘is my child too sick for school?’ visit the following link for symptoms that indicate should remain at home (Too Sick For School? ) Students who have been vomiting, had diarrhea or fever must stay home for until they have been symptom free for 24 hours. Anything that we can do to minimize the spread of illness among the RHMS community is worth the effort!
Should you decide that it is best to keep your child home, you can call the Safe Arrival/Attendance line at 425.936.2461. You can access this line 24/7. Should you choose to email the school, please email Brenda Andrew at bandrew@lwsd.org . Thank you for doing your part to keep everyone healthy!

Tonight (Monday, November 6, 2017) is the last parent enrollment information meeting for Mrs. Nelson’s Culture and Service Trip to Ecuador this coming summer. There are only a few spots left so please plan to attend if you are interested in learning how your child can be a part of this enriching experience. The meeting is at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse from 7:30 – 8:30 pm. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Nelson at debinelson@live.com . *This is not a district or school sponsored trip.

Special Winter Edition Hoodies are on sale now! There are 4 designs to choose from. Please note: The sweatshirts are made of a polyester/fleece material that is similar to Under Armour. They are not the traditional 100% cotton material of regular sweatshirts. This will be the last chance to order a RHMS sweatshirt this school year. Please fill out Special Winter Edition Sweatshirt Order Form and send it along with a check (made out to RHMS) or cash to the school by Wednesday, Nov. 15th. The sweatshirts will be available before the winter break. If you would like to order one for your student as a Christmas gift and not have it given to your student upon delivery, please contact Shane O’Brien at sobrien@lwsd.org.

Support the Digital Media Cell Phone Recycling Program!
Hello Rose Hill Families –!
Do you want to support the Rose Hill Digital Media program and save the environment? Well - do we have a deal for you! Mr. Charouhas’ DM program accepts all smart and cell phones and will responsibly recycle them for funds that will be used to support the Digital Media program. Last year we recycled 42 phones for a total of $69.14 – Pow! That paid for our subscription to our royalty free audio and video site called Video Blocks. We recycle any make, any model and in any condition –outdated phones command a kingly price of .10 each while other models can be worth up to $350! You can have you student drop off the phone(s) at Mr. Charouhas’ classroom – 403 – and he will take care of the rest. We currently have 1 phone, and it’s kind of lonely, to be recycled – can you help out? Email Mr. Charouhas at tcharouhas@lwsd.org. if you have any questions. Let’s get recycling!

On Thursday, November 16th, Rose Hill Middle School Visual Art classes will be going to the Seattle Art Museum for a tour and workshop. This interactive program will focus on the topic “STEAM: The Geometry of Perspective”. This will be a very exciting day for our Rose Hill art students. The kids will be leaving school at 9:30 am on district buses and will be back to school at 1:30 pm.

Calendar Items

Monday, Nov. 6th:
Guest Speaker in Health Classes, Periods 2-5 – Nutritionist from Bastyr University
Yearbook Club, 2:30-3:30 pm, Mr. Charouhas’ room #403 (Purple Pod)
Lego/Robotics Club, 2:15-3:30 pm, Mr. Ewert’s Room #307 (Lt. Blue Pod Hallway)
Basketball Practice – See Website for Schedule

Tuesday, Nov, 7th:
End of the 1st Quarter
ASB Meeting, 7:00 am, Mrs. Nelson’s Room #233
Math Club, 2:30-4:00 pm, Mrs. Folkman’s Room #456 (Purple Pod)
Basketball Practice – See Website for Schedule
Orchestra/Choir Concert, 7:00 pm, Commons

Wednesday, Nov 8th:
WEB Leader Meeting, 12:45-1:30 pm, Commons
City of Redmond After Hours Program/Bridge Club, 1:00-3:00 pm, Gym/Fitness Gym

Thursday, Nov. 9th:
**Altered Schedule Today**
College Gear Thursday
Wednesday Lunch Schedule Today
WTI Meeting, 7:10 am, Fitness Gym
Veteran’s Day Assembly, 1:25-2:00 pm – Dismissal via Intercom beginning at 1:16 pm
Science Club, 2:30-3:30 pm, Mrs. Rossman’s Room #353 (Lt. Blue Pod)
Basketball Practice – See Website for Schedule

Friday, Nov. 10th:
No School for Students and Staff – Veteran Day’s Holiday
Building Closed – No Custodian or Staff on site

Weekly Bulletin #9 - 10/30/2017

Dear Rose Hill Middle School Families,

The end of the 1st quarter is next Tuesday, Nov. 7th. Please be checking your student’s grades on Parent Access so there are no surprises when report cards come out after Nov. 14th. If you have specific concerns in a particular class, please contact the teacher directly. This is also a good time to have your student practice their self-advocacy skills to make a plan with their teacher(s) to get missing assignments or make up tests completed.

All students who scored a 15 or above in all their classes on the Royal 5 Self Assessment Sheet will participate in a Royal 5 celebration this week during one of the Pride Time sessions. Hopefully your student shared their self-assessment sheet with you after they completed it. The objectives of the Royal 5 are to:

  1. Teach and encourage positive behaviors.
  2. Help students to learn a behaviors/attributes that will positively affect his/her future.
  3. Put emphasis on the behavior as a choice, rather than on the person.
  4. Guide students towards appropriate and effective ways of interacting and communicating with peers and adults.
  5. Help students to be responsible for their own behavior.
  6. Maximize the home/school connection with communication regarding behaviors.

Our motto of “Strive for 100%” refers to the 5 Characteristics on the Royal 5 assessment sheet. We believe by teaching your student to succeed in these categories, they will be successful through the rest of their educational journey and beyond. If your student didn’t qualify this time, talk with them about why they didn’t qualify and what they can do to improve for next time. Mr. Griffin also personally met with each student who did not qualify so they know what kept them from participating. It’s a learning experience and we hope that our next Royal 5 celebration will include those who couldn’t participate this time.

One final thing about Halloween tomorrow. Students are allowed to wear a costume if they choose as long as the costume is not a distraction to themselves or others. Costumes should not include any blood, gore or be scary in nature, include weapons, or involve masks or face paint. Remember, the school dress code still applies as far as body parts being covered!

Have a great week ahead!

From the PTSA

Reflections: National PTA Arts Competition Submissions due on Wednesday, November 1! 2017-2018 Theme – Within Reach
Do you have an artistic and creative student? Here is an opportunity for them to showcase their talents in any of six categories: visual arts, music composition, photography, literature, film production or dance choreography. There is also a special artist division.
The deadline for entries is November 1st. All grades and abilities are encouraged to participate. Details and Rules on how to enter can be found on the RHMS PTSA website (www.rhmsptsa.org) and in the school entry on the PTSA Bulletin Board.

Auditions call for RHMS’s Spring 2018 play!
RHMS’s spring play “Cheese Louise! The Grate Cheese Caper” is completely original – script, music and fun! Auditions will be held next week, during the evenings of Monday, Nov. 6th and Wednesday, Nov. 8th at school. All students auditioning for a role must sign up online after reviewing the complete play instructions. Signups close this Friday, Nov. 3rd unless all spots are filled earlier. No experience is necessary, and the play will be a great theater learning experience!
Rehearsals will be held starting Nov. 27th on Mondays from 2:30–5:00 pm and Wednesdays from 1:00– 4:00 pm. Performances are March 16th & 17th at the Lake Washington High School Theater. The school play returns to RHMS courtesy of directors Heidi Jensen and Andrew Pang and the RHMS PTSA. Contact rhmsplay@gmail.com with questions

Dear Rose Hill Families,
We just want to give another special thank you to everyone who joined us for our Dine Out at Tres Hermanos two weeks ago. The numbers just came in, and we raised $900.00 from this event. Wow!!! Amazing!!!! Don't worry if you missed it, because we will be doing another one later on in the school year. Hope to see you there!
Parents, please remind your students to turn in the School Pool calendars this Monday or Tuesday. Please make sure they fill out the front and back and bring them to the office. Please remind them that there was no school on Friday, October 20th. Please get those calendars turned in. Thank you so much.
Melody French and Jeanne T. Jance PTSA Fundraising Co-Chairs

Parenting 101: Middle School
Come learn what every parent should know about their growing middle schooler! Join us Saturday, November 4, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the LWSD Resource Center, 16250 NE 74th St, Redmond. Three experts in their fields will give dynamic presentations on Parenting the Middle School Brain (Sheri Gazitt of Teen Wise), Mental Health & Anxiety (Jennifer Kennett of Eastside Family Counseling), and Digital Parenting for Digital Kids (Jo Langford, therapist and author at BeHeroes). These experts will offer insights and reassurance to parents who are navigating the wild and wonderful middle school years. This is a free, open event and no registration is required. Sponsored by LWSD and organized by LWPTSA Council.

Informational Items

There will be no Math Club next week on Tuesday, October 31st because of Halloween. We will continue Math Club on Tuesday, November 7th.

RHMS Magic (card game) Club - Students are invited to attend the RHMS Magic the Gathering Club on Fridays from 2:20-3:00 in Room 308. The first meeting is this Friday, November 3rd, and is an open house to see what it’s like. After the initial meeting, students need to sign up to participate. Starter decks will be available to use for free and there will be experienced players to help beginners. This will be a great chance to play Magic for free in a healthy environment and we hope to see you there! Magic Club Permission Slip . Advisor-Mr. Laughlin.

Support the Digital Media Cell Phone Recycling Program!
Hello Rose Hill Families –!
Do you want to support the Rose Hill Digital Media program and save the environment? Well - do we have a deal for you! Mr. Charouhas’ DM program accepts all smart and cell phones and will responsibly recycle them for funds that will be used to support the Digital Media program. Last year we recycled 42 phones for a total of $69.14 – Pow! That paid for our subscription to our royalty free audio and video site called Video Blocks. We recycle any make, any model and in any condition –outdated phones command a kingly price of .10 each while other models can be worth up to $350! You can have you student drop off the phone(s) at Mr. Charouhas’ classroom – 403 – and he will take care of the rest. We currently have 1 phone, and it’s kind of lonely, to be recycled – can you help out? Email Mr. Charouhas at tcharouhas@lwsd.org if you have any questions. Let’s get recycling!

Is your child adventurous and do they like to help others? If so, then you will want to come to the final informational meeting to learn how your child can be a traveler on Mrs. Nelson’s 2018 Service and Culture Trip to Ecuador. On this trip, travelers will canoe down the Napo River in the Amazon Basin to work with a local community to improve education, access to clean water, and improve agriculture. They will also learn about the rich Ecuadorian culture as they travel around the country. If you missed the last meeting this is your final chance to learn all about the trip and adventures ahead reserve a spot for your child. The information meeting is Monday, November 6th at 7:30 pm at the Old Redmond School House. If you have questions, you may contact Mrs. Nelson at debinelson@live.com. *This is not a school or district sponsored trip.

Calendar Items

Monday, Oct. 30th:
Yearbook Club, 2:30-3:30 pm, Mr. Charouhas’ room #403 (Purple Pod)
Lego/Robotics Club, 2:15-3:30 pm, Mr. Ewert’s Room #307 (Lt. Blue Pod Hallway)
2nd Quarter Sports Begin;

  • Girls Basketball Tryouts, 2:30-4:00 pm
  • Boys Basketball Tryouts, 4:00-5:30 pm

Tuesday, Oct. 31st:
Pride Time: 7th Grade Royal 5 Day, 9:27-10:12 am
Mix-It-Up Day During All Lunches
ASB Meeting, 7:00 am, Mrs. Nelson’s Room #233
Math Club, 2:30-4:00 pm, Mrs. Folkman’s Room #456 (Purple Pod) – Cancelled this week due to Halloween
Girls Basketball Tryouts, 4:00-5:30 pm
Boys Basketball Tryouts, 2:30-4:00 pm

Wednesday, Nov 1st:
Reflections Entry Deadline
City of Redmond After Hours Program, 1:00-3:00 pm, Gym/Fitness Gym

Thursday, Nov. 2nd:
College Gear Thursday
Skyward Training for Non-Native English Speakers, 8:30-10:00 am, Digital Media Lab, Room #403
Pride Time: 8th Grade Royal 5 Day, 9:27-10:12 am
Science Club, 2:30-3:30 pm, Mrs. Rossman’s Room #353 (Lt. Blue Pod)
Basketball Practice – Athletes will receive a team specific schedule following the tryouts on Tuesday afternoon

Friday, Nov. 3rd:
Deadline to Sign up for the School Play
Pride Time: 6th Grade Royal 5 Day, 9:27-10:12 am
Magic (Card game) Club begins, 2:15-3:00 pm, Mr. Laughlin’s Room #308 (Orange Pod)
Basketball Practice - Athletes will receive a team specific schedule following the tryouts on Tuesday afternoon

Weekly Bulletin #8 - 10/23/2017

Dear Rose Hill Middle School Families,

This Friday, October 27th is the Balloon Dance/Social. This is the 1st all school social/dance of the year. There will be dancing, balloons galore, a movie in the library, snacks, and fun all around. All Rose Hill Middle School students are invited to attend. The dance starts at 2:25 and ends at 4:25 pm. Entry to the dance will close at 2:45. When the dance ends at 4:25, students will exit out the gym doors. Please plan to meet your student in that area. Tickets can be purchased from Mrs. Love in the office before and after school and during lunch through the day of the social. Tickets are $5 with ASB membership, $7 without ASB, and free if students have the Royal Pride card (crown on the card). All students attending need to bring their student ID card to the social and plan to stay until 4:25. Students are not permitted to leave early without a parent coming to the door to request them. Smaller bills are appreciated if students bring cash for snacks. The snacks will be sold for $1-$2 each. Tickets and snacks cannot be purchased with money on a lunch account. For additional information, please email Mrs. Nelson at dnelson@lwsd.org. *This event is for Rose Hill Middle School students only. No guests.

As we get closer to the end of 1st quarter, a quick reminder about Pride Time.

What is Pride Time? Pride Time occurs every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:27-10:12 am - at the end of 2nd period. During Pride Time students can:

  1. Work with a teacher for support/tutoring (pass required if it is a teacher other than your 2nd period teacher)
  2. Receive laptop/netbook support in the library (blue pass required from 2nd period teacher)
  3. Check out a library book (blue pass required from 2nd period teacher)
  4. Silently and independently work on homework in their 2nd period class (no pass required)
  5. Silently read in 2nd period class (no pass required)

All a student needs to do to get tutoring help from a teacher is get a Pride Time pass from his/her teacher in advance. If your student is having a hard time selecting a good book to read, encourage him/her to talk with Mrs. Steirer, Mrs. MacRae or Mrs. Wishart in the library for suggestions - there is something for everyone! Though students will have time to work on homework, we strongly recommend they are not putting off homework to complete at the last minute.

Have a great week ahead!

From the PTSA


Dine Out Fundraiser: We just want give a special shout out to everyone who joined us last Thursday for our Dine Out at Tres Hermanos. It was a dark and stormy night, but so many of you came out to support the PTSA. The numbers are not in yet, but based on those who braved the weather, it was a great community event. Thank you for coming!! If you missed it this time, do not worry. We already have another one planned.

Just a reminder for your kids to get in their School Pool calendars this Friday. It is a great way for the PTSA to be supported by the City of Redmond. We will be collecting them this Friday at all lunches. Kids can be eligible for prizes. Please remember to get them in.
Your PTSA Fundraising Co-Chairs,
Jeanne T. Jance and Melody French

Reflections: National PTA Arts Competition
2017-2018 Theme – Within Reach
Do you have an artistic and creative student? Here is an opportunity for them to showcase their talents in any of six categories: visual arts, music composition, photography, literature, film production or dance choreography. There is also a special artist division.
The deadline for entries is November 1st. All grades and abilities are encouraged to participate. Details and Rules on how to enter can be found on the RHMS PTSA website (www.rhmsptsa.org) and in the school entry on the PTSA Bulletin Board.

Auditions call for RHMS’s Spring 2018 play!
Auditions will be held the evenings of Monday, Nov. 6 and Wednesday, Nov. 8 at school. All students auditioning for a role (play script to be announced soon!) must sign up online after reviewing the complete play instructions. Signups close Nov. 3 unless filled earlier. No experience is necessary, and the play will be a great theater learning experience! Rehearsals will be held starting Nov. 27 on Mondays from 2:30 – 5 pm and Wednesdays from 1 – 4 pm. Performances are March 16 & 17 at the Lake Washington High School Theater. The school play returns to RHMS courtesy of directors Heidi Jensen and Andrew Pang and the RHMS PTSA.

New and International Families Welcome Event
Have you just moved to the United States? Are you new to the Northwest area or to Lake Washington School District (LWSD)? The Lake Washington PTSA Council, in partnership with LWSD, welcomes you to the community! Join us TONIGHT, Monday, Oct 23rd, 6:30-9:00 pm or Saturday, Oct 28th, 9:30am-12:00pm at the LWSD Resource Center, 16250 NE 74th St, Redmond, WA 98052

You will learn about

  • navigating the LWSD school system
  • resources and support available from the school district and PTSA and how you can be involved
  • extracurricular activities in the area
  • relocation tips
  • “America 101” for international families

Please follow this link to register for the event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-and-international-families-welcome-event-tickets-38264813086

Informational Items

LEGO/Robotics Club begins today! LEGO Club meets every Monday from 2:15-3:30 pm in Mr. Ewert’s room #307 across from the Lt. Blue Pod. Students must be a member of the RHMS ASB to participate. Lego/Robotics Club Permission Slip

Our 2nd quarter sports season will be starting soon! This season, which runs from Oct. 30th – Dec. 15th will offer Girls Basketball for all grades and Boys Basketball for boys in 7th and 8th grade. All fees and paperwork, including a physical form signed by a physician and an athletic participation form signed by both the student athlete and his/her parent or guardian, are due by Wednesday, Oct. 25th at 2:30 pm. We need to have an accurate number of participants by this time to secure the coaching staff, so late sign-ups will not be accepted unless special arrangements have been made with our athletic director, Shane O’Brien PRIOR to the Oct. 25th deadline. If you have any questions or are unsure if your student’s physical is still valid, please contact Mr. O’Brien at sobrien@lwsd.org. More information and printable forms can be found on the Athletics page of the RHMS website.

RHMS Magic (card game) Club - Students are invited to attend the RHMS Magic the Gathering Club on Fridays from 2:20-3:00 in Room 308. The first meeting is November 3rd, and is an open house (our original date of 10/27 has been pushed back due to the dance). After the initial meeting, students need to sign up to participate. Starter decks will be available to use for free and there will be experienced players to help beginners. This will be a great chance to play Magic for free in a healthy environment and we hope to see you there! Magic Club Permission Slip . Advisor-Mr. Laughlin.

RHMS will be hosting the AMC 8 test this year. This national test will be given after school on November 14th. The test period will be approximately one hour long. The deadline for registration for all students will be Monday October 30th. There is a $3.00 fee to cover the cost of the test, which you will need to pay in the student office. Once the fee is paid, Mrs. Folkman will register the student for the test. For details on the AMC 8 Test—please click on the following link: https://www.maa.org/math-competitions/amc-8. Please email Mrs. Folkman at cfolkman@lwd.org if you have additional questions.

Currently, Lake Washington School District has several open positions for Registered Nurses in Health Services. You may apply to work as a school Health Services Specialist—1:1 with a medically fragile student or as a substitute nurse. If you are a registered nurse who is interested in a rewarding position working in the school district, please contact Health Services Supervisor, Molly Houtchens for more information or apply online at: https://ats4.searchsoft.net/ats/job_board_frame?COMPANY_ID=00013612&APPLICANT_TYPE_ID=00000002

Calendar Items

Monday, Oct. 23rd:
Yearbook Club, 2:30-3:30 pm, Mr. Charouhas’ room #403 (Purple Pod)
Lego/Robotics Club Begins, 2:15-3:30 pm, Mr. Ewert’s Room #307 (Lt. Blue Pod Hallway)
JV Tennis Match – Team Wood, 3:30 pm @ RHMS
JV Tennis Practice – Team Kaptur, 2:20-3:00 pm
All Other Sports Team Practice, 2:30-4:00 pm

Tuesday, Oct. 24th:
ASB Meeting, 7:00 am, Mrs. Nelson’s Room #233
Math Club, 2:30-4:00 pm, Mrs. Folkman’s Room #456 (Purple Pod)
Badminton Match, 3:30 pm @ Redmond MS
Varsity Tennis Match, 3:30 pm @ Redmond MS
JV Tennis Match – Team Kaptur, 3:30 pm @ RHMS
Cross Country JV District Finals, 3:30 pm, Kamiakin MS
Band Concert (all RHMS bands), 7:00 pm, Commons

Wednesday, Oct. 25th:
2nd Quarter Sports Fees/Paperwork Due by 2:30 pm
Unity Day – Wear Orange to Support Anti-Bullying
WTI Meeting, 7:10 am, Fitness Gym
City of Redmond After Hours Program/Bridge Club, 1:00-3:00 pm, Gym/Fitness Gym

Thursday, Oct. 26th:
College Gear Thursday
Science Club, 2:30-3:30 pm, Mrs. Rossman’s Room #353 (Lt. Blue Pod)
Cross Country Varsity District Finals, 3:30 pm, RHMS
Badminton Singles District Finals, 3:30 pm, Inglewood MS

Friday, Oct. 27th:
Return completed School Pool Calendar - Collected at lunch
All School Dance/Social, 2:25-4:25 pm, Commons (students will exit via gym doors after the dance)
Badminton Doubles District Finals, 3:30 pm, Redmond MS

Saturday, Oct. 28th:
WTI Field Trip, Tech City Bowl, 9:30-11:30 pm – Parent Drop off and Pick up

Weekly Bulletin #7 - 10/16/2017

Dear Rose Hill Middle School Families,

This Thursday your student will be bringing home his or her Royal 5 Self-Assessment to complete and return on Monday. Students should score themselves in our five “Striving for 100%” components for each class. This is an opportunity for students to reflect on their behavior at school using a rubric for each component. Teachers will review and sign off for each student during each class on Monday. Students who receive at least 15 points in every class are eligible to participate in our Royal 5 Celebration during the week of October 30th. If you have questions about the Royal Five, please contact Mr. Griffin at mgriffin@lwsd.org.

This Friday there is no school due to an All Day LEAP (Learning Enhancement and Academic Planning) day. Teachers will be engaged in professional development related to technology, curriculum, instruction, assessment and safety. Friday is a great day for your student to catch up or get ahead on any big projects or assignments.

And finally, we have 2 new afterschool clubs starting up this week. The Multicultural Club meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, beginning, tomorrow, Oct. 17th. Permission slip and more information on the Multicultural Club can be found here. The Science Club meets every Thursday from 2:30-3:30 pm in Mrs. Rossman’s room starting this Thursday, Oct. 19th. Science Club Permission slip can be found here. Look for information on 2 more clubs starting in the next 2 weeks below. Students must have a completed permission slip filled out before attending any after-school club. Here at RHMS, we strive to provide enriching opportunities for our students in addition to their regular classwork. Some of the stipends to pay for the club advisors are provided by the PTSA. Thank you for supporting us by supporting them!

Have a great week ahead!

From the PTSA

There will be a RHMS PTSA General Membership Meeting this Tuesday, Oct. 17th from 7:30*-8:30 pm in the school library. Please join us for our annual fall meeting. We will approve the 2017-2018 budget and updates to our Standing Rules. Light refreshments provided. As it will be two days before the annual Great Shake Out Day (earthquake awareness and preparedness day) our guest speaker will be our Emergency Prep Chair, Jennifer Malick, who will talk about emergency preparedness for students at RHMS. Please see https://www.shakeout.org/washington/faq/ for more information on Great Shake Out Day.

*The October PTSA GM meeting will start at 7:30 PM to accommodate the WTI meeting, spaghetti dinner, and auction.

Dine Out Fundraiser
Hey Rose Hill Families, Don't forget to join us this Thursday, Oct. 19th for our Dine Out Fundraiser at neighborhood favorite Tres Hermanos Mexican Restaurant. Eat, enjoy and raise money for the school. So easy, right? If you can’t stay, don't forget you can do a to-go order at 425-827-4422. Tres Hermanos will donate 20% of the proceeds to RHMS PTSA. Yum and see you there. Don't forget your flier, but we will have extras in the main office just in case.

Match! Match! Please remember most companies will match your charitable giving to the PTSA, and that is a great way to stretch your donation to our school. Melody French and Jeanne T. Jance, Your PTSA Fundraising Chairs

Reflections: National PTA Arts Competition
2017-2018 Theme – Within Reach
Do you have an artistic and creative student? Here is an opportunity for them to showcase their talents in any of six categories: visual arts, music composition, photography, literature, film production or dance choreography. There is also a special artist division. The deadline for entries is November 1st. All grades and abilities are encouraged to participate. Details and Rules on how to enter can be found on the RHMS PTSA website and in the school foyer on the PTSA Bulletin Board.

Auditions call for RHMS’s Spring 2018 play!
Auditions will be held the evenings of Monday, Nov. 6th and Wednesday, Nov. 8th at school. All students auditioning for a role (play script to be announced soon!) must sign up online after reviewing the complete play instructions. Signups close Nov. 3rd unless filled earlier. No experience is necessary, and the play will be a great theater learning experience!

Rehearsals will be held starting Nov. 27th on Mondays from 2:30–5:00 pm and Wednesdays from 1:00– 4:00 pm. Performances are March 16th & 17th at the Lake Washington High School Theater. The school play returns to RHMS courtesy of directors Heidi Jensen and Andrew Pang and the RHMS PTSA.

New and International Families Welcome Event
Have you just moved to the United States? Are you new to the Northwest area or to Lake Washington School District (LWSD)? The Lake Washington PTSA Council, in partnership with LWSD, welcomes you to the community! Join us on Monday, Oct 23rd, 6:30-9:00 pm or Saturday, Oct 28th, 9:30am-12:00pm at the LWSD Resource Center, 16250 NE 74th St, Redmond, WA 98052

You will learn about

  • navigating the LWSD school system
  • resources and support available from the school district and PTSA and how you can be involved
  • extracurricular activities in the area
  • relocation tips
  • “America 101” for international families

Families can register here.

Informational Items

Mark your calendars now for the Balloon Social/Dance on October 27th. This is the 1st all school social/dance of the year. There will be dancing, balloons galore, a movie in the library, snacks, and fun all around. All Rose Hill Middle School students are invited to attend. The dance starts at 2:25 and ends at 4:25 pm. Entry to the dance will close at 2:45. Tickets can be purchased from Mrs. Love in the office before and after school and during lunch through the day of the social. Tickets are $5 with ASB membership, $7 without ASB, and free if students have the Royal Pride card (crown on the card). All students attending need to bring their student ID card to the social and plan to stay until 4:25. Students are not permitted to leave early without a parent coming to the door to request them. Smaller bills are appreciated if students bring cash for snacks. The snacks will be sold for $1-$2 each. Tickets and snacks cannot be purchased with money on a lunch account. For additional information, please email Mrs. Nelson at dnelson@lwsd.org. *This event is for Rose Hill Middle School students only. No guests.

LEGO/Robotics Club begins next Monday, October 23rd! LEGO Club meets every Monday from 2:15-3:30 pm in Mr. Ewert’s room #307 across from the Lt. Blue Pod. Students must be a member of the RHMS ASB to participate. Lego/Robotics Club Permission Slip

The Rose Hill Library is working on getting middle school level books written in other languages for our students that are new to our country. On October 18th and 19th (this Wednesday and Thursday!) all donations through DonorsChoose will be doubled. Check out the Literature for Language Learners project and consider supporting the project. Even $5 can make a difference as it becomes $10 on 10/18 and 10/19!

Tomorrow is the big night! You are invited to the WTI Pasta Feed and Auction to benefit WTI, our drug awareness and prevention program. Can’t make it? Think of making that last minute donation? Maybe a financial contribution? Go here for monetary donation: https://payments.lwsd.org/lite/ Choose Rose Hill Middle School / Washington Teen Institute /Your Name. Admission is free, Pasta tickets are $8 each. Come listen to our great Jazz band, enjoy some good food, and support a great cause. We hope to see you there!

Some of the auction items donated so far include RHMS Principal for a day, Michael Jordan framed quote, Eminen framed quote, Sat. Evening Post blanket, Clearview home window wash, The Hobbit book, Subway gift card, 2 Amazon gift cards, 4 tickets to the Seattle Great Wheel, 3 Acropolis Pizza certificates, DKY Café@ RH coupon book, Seafair Sunday Hydro Package, Mountain Bike, Athletic Gear, Uber gift card, Ipic Movie theater certificate, 2 Cold Stone gift cards, Tea Pot and several Gift Baskets.

Our 2nd quarter sports season will be starting soon! This season, which runs from Oct. 30th – Dec. 15th will offer Girls Basketball for all grades and Boys Basketball for boys in 7th and 8th grade. All fees and paperwork, including a physical form signed by a physician and an athletic participation form signed by both the student athlete and his/her parent or guardian, are due by Wednesday, Oct. 25th at 2:30 pm. We need to have an accurate number of participants by this time to secure the coaching staff, so late sign-ups will not be accepted unless special arrangements have been made with our athletic director, Shane O’Brien PRIOR to the Oct. 25th deadline. If you have any questions or are unsure if your student’s physical is still valid, please contact Mr. O’Brien at sobrien@lwsd.org. More information and printable forms can be found on the Athletics page of the RHMS website.

RHMS Magic (card game) Club - Students are invited to attend the RHMS Magic the Gathering Club on Fridays from 2:20-3:00 in Room 308. The first meeting is November 3rd, and is an open house (our original date of 10/27 has been pushed back due to the dance). After the initial meeting, students need to sign up to participate. Starter decks will be available to use for free and there will be experienced players to help beginners. This will be a great chance to play Magic for free in a healthy environment and we hope to see you there! Magic Club Permission Slip. Advisor-Mr. Laughlin.

Currently, Lake Washington School District has several open positions for Registered Nurses in Health Services. You may apply to work as a school Health Services Specialist—1:1 with a medically fragile student or as a substitute nurse. If you are a registered nurse who is interested in a rewarding position working in the school district, please contact Health Services Supervisor, Molly Houtchens for more information or apply online at: https://ats4.searchsoft.net/ats/job_board_frame?COMPANY_ID=00013612&APPLICANT_TYPE_ID=00000002

Calendar Items

Monday, Oct. 16th:
Yearbook Club, 2:30-3:30 pm, Mr. Charouhas’ room #403 (Purple Pod)
Cross Country Meet, 3:30 pm @ Finn Hill MS
JV Tennis Match – Team Kaptur, 3:30 pm @ Evergreen MS
All Other Sports Team Practice, 2:30-4:00 pm

Tuesday, Oct. 17th:
ASB Meeting, 7:00 am, Mrs. Nelson’s Room #233
Math Club, 2:30-4:00 pm, Mrs. Folkman’s Room #456 (Purple Pod)
Multi-Cultural Club Begins, 2:20-3:30 pm, Mr. Eberhardt’s Room #336 (Yellow Pod)
Badminton Match, 3:30 pm @ RHMS
Varsity Tennis Match, 3:30 pm @ RHMS
JV Tennis -Teams Kaptur and Wood – No practice or match today
Cross Country Team Practice, 2:30-4:00 pm
WTI Pasta Feed and Auction, 6:00-7:30 pm, Commons

Wednesday, Oct. 18th:
City of Redmond After Hours Program/Bridge Club, 1:00-3:00 pm, Gym/Fitness Gym

Thursday, Oct. 19th:
College Gear Thursday
Earthquake Drill, 10:05 am
Science Club Begins, 2:30-3:30 pm, Mrs. Rossman’s Room #353 (Lt. Blue Pod)
JV Tennis Inter-squad Match – Team Kaptur vs. Team Wood, 2:30-4:00 pm
All Other Sports Team Practice, 2:30-4:00 pm

Friday, Oct. 20th:
All Day LEAP Day – NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

Monday, Oct. 23rd:
Royal 5 Student Self-Assessment Sheets Due

Weekly Bulletin #6 - 10/09/2017

Dear Rose Hill Middle School Families,

Thank you for your support of our ASB through our annual RHMS Fun Run! Friday was the Fun Run and students were full of school spirit and energy for the event. A huge thank you to all of our parent volunteers who helped out on the course. We raised just over $14,000. Thank you for your support. If you would still like to donate, it is not too late to do so. Please see Mrs. Love in the main office.

Have a great week ahead!

From the PTSA

There will be a RHMS PTSA General Membership Meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 17th from 7:30*-8:30 pm in the library. Please join us for our annual fall meeting. We will approve the 2017-2018 budget and updates to our Standing Rules. Light refreshments provided. Guest speakers, to be announced.

*The October PTSA GM meeting will start at 7:30 pm to accommodate the WTI meeting, spaghetti dinner, and auction

Please check with your kids and make sure the School Pool Calendar made it home this week. Please have your students fill it out all month long and turn it in at the end of the month. RHMS PTSA gets $10.00 for each card, and your student will receive a giveaway from the City of Redmond that will be mailed to your home address.

Match! Match! Match! It’s that time of year for the Benevity and United Way campaigns. Many great companies will match your charitable giving. Your charitable donations can be directed to benefit the PTSA because we are a qualifying 501 (c) 3 organization. Please consider the RHMS PTSA when you are making those donation fund selections.

SAVE THE DATE! Join us for a great Dine Out Event at neighborhood Mexican Restaurant Tres Hermanos. It is all day long, from opening to closing, on October 19th. Come, eat, enjoy, and raise money. Tres Hermanos will donate 20% of receipts back to RHMS PTSA. Can't make it that day? No problem. A to-go order will work, too. Hope to see you there.

Thank you for your support! Jeanne T. Jance and Melody French, RHMS Fundraising Co-Chairs

RHMS PTSA is seeking a Volunteer Coordinator. Please contact PTSA President Denise Ferguson (denise@macfergus.com) for more information.

Reflections: National PTA Arts Competition: 2017-2018 Theme – Within Reach

Do you have an artistic and creative student? Here is an opportunity for them to showcase their talents in any of six categories: visual arts, music composition, photography, literature, film production or dance choreography. There is also a special artist division. The deadline for entries is November 1st. All grades and abilities are encouraged to participate. Details and Rules on how to enter can be found on the RHMS PTSA website and in the school entry on the PTSA Bulletin Board.

CANDIDATE FORUM for the 45th Legislative District and LWSD School Board. Whether you're a parent, a business leader, or a community member, the decisions our State Senators and School Board Members make regarding education issues in the coming years will have an impact on all of us. Help advocate for over 30,000 kids in a single evening.

Co-Sponsored by Lake Washington PTSA Council and Redmond High School PTSA. Any questions? Please contact: Melissa Stone, VP of Advocacy, LWPTSA Council (advocacy@lwptsa.net.)

New and International Families Welcome Event
Have you just moved to the United States? Are you new to the Northwest area or to Lake Washington School District (LWSD)? The Lake Washington PTSA Council, in partnership with LWSD, welcomes you to the community! Join us on Monday, Oct 23rd, 6:30-9:00 pm or Saturday, Oct 28th, 9:30am-12:00pm at the LWSD Resource Center, 16250 NE 74th St, Redmond, WA 98052

You will learn about

  • navigating the LWSD school system
  • resources and support available from the school district and PTSA and how you can be involved
  • extracurricular activities in the area
  • relocation tips
  • “America 101” for international families

Please follow this link to register for the event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-and-international-families-welcome-event-tickets-38264813086

Informational Items

6th grade movie night is this Friday, October 13th from 6:30-8:30. It’s a fun annual event designed to let sixth graders have some fun and meet new friends. Our movie is Spy Kids, the story of two young kids who become spies in order to save their parents, who are ex-spies, from an evil mastermind. Using high tech gadgets and out-of-this world transportation, the kids go on a thrilling adventure that takes them around the globe.Our WEB leaders will be there to add to the fun build community and engage all students. Students need to bring their ASB card to get in.Wear comfy clothes—even PJs . No backpacks, please.There is no cost to attend the movie night, but concessions will be available for $1.00.Other than water bottles, outside food and drinks are not allowed.

In conjunction with National Cyber Safety Awareness month, the district is hosting an event for parents and community members at Lake Washington High School’s Theatre on October 17, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Presenting will be Stefanie Thomas, an internet safety expert that has worked with law enforcement for the past 8 years regarding the exploitation of children online. She uses this experience to educate parents and children about internet safety and has reached over 30,000 community members and parents in the greater Seattle area.

Picture Retake Day is this Friday, Oct. 13th.Lifetouch photographers will be back at our school for a couple of hours Friday morning for picture retakes or first time pictures for students who were absent on picture day in September.Retakes are only for students who bought a picture packet the first time around.Students wanting a retake need to return their complete original picture packet to give to the photographer at the time of the retake.Students who are unhappy with the picture on their school ID card but did not buy a picture packet will not be allowed a retake.

It’s time for our second annual Rose Hill WTI Pasta Feed and Auction. It will be Tuesday October 17th, 6:00-7:30 pm. Rose Hill WTI is our Drug Awareness and prevention program at Rose Hill. Stop by, eat some food and hear our great Jazz band. If you have anything you would like to donate, WTI will appreciate it. We accept everything from gift cards, themed baskets, tickets, apparel, jewelry, electronics, and athletic gear. If you have it, we will accept it. Just use your imagination. Nothing to donate?...... but have a sack full of extra cash? WTI accepts financial donations. We are 501(c) qualified for employer matching programs as well. Hope to see some of you locals soon.

What is WTI (Washington Teen Institute)? WTI is a prevention and modeling program at Rose Hill Middle School. It is open to all students. The primary purpose is to lead by example. The biggest focus is in the area of drug abstinence. We accomplish this by hosting meetings where students learn about drugs and how to cope with peer pressure. We sponsor school wide assemblies to spread drug awareness. WTI has sponsored events in the past such as dances, fairs, walks, lunch time information sessions, signing drug free pledges, posting certificates of drug free parties, visiting 6th grade pods and elementary feeder schools to make presentations, and the tri yearly Lock-in at Rose Hill. WTI goes on field trips creating a safe, pressure free environment for students to have fun and interact. Some events over the years have included, Washington State Ferry, Pike Place Market, Quest & Safeco Fields, Whirlyball, Family Fun Center, Tech City Bowl, Skating, (ice & wheels), Sounders, Traxx Cart Racing, Sky High, The Puyallup Fair, and the yearly trip to Wild Waves, sometimes via Amtrak . WTI is open to all Rose Hill Students. WTI meets on Wednesday mornings once or twice a month. The Advisor is Mr. Thornley

Math Club will begin on Tuesday, October 10th in Mrs. Folkman’s room #456 (purple pod)—beginning at 2:30 and ending at 4:00. Everyone is welcome to attend. An ASB card is required and also this completed Permission Slip or your student can pick up one from Mrs. Folkman in room 456. Questions—please email Mrs. Folkman: cfolkman@lwsd.org.

Calendar Items


Monday, Oct. 9th:

Robotics Club, 2:15-3:30 pm, Mr. Ewert’s Room #307 (Lt. Blue Pod)

Yearbook Club, 2:30-3:30 pm, Mr. Charouhas’ room #403 (Purple Pod)

JV Tennis Match – Team Wood, 3:30 pm @ RHMS

JV Tennis Practice – Team Kaptur, 2:20-3:00 pm

All Other Sports Team Practice, 2:30-4:00 pm

Tuesday, Oct. 10th:

ASB Meeting, 7:00 am, Mrs. Nelson’s Room #233

Math Club begins, 2:30-4:00 pm, Mrs. Folkman’s Room #456 (Purple Pod)

All Other Sports Team Practice, 2:30-4:00 pm

Wednesday, Oct. 11th:

WTI Meeting, 7:15 am, Fitness Gym

City of Redmond After Hours Program/Bridge Club, 1:00-3:00 pm, Gym/Fitness Gym

Thursday, Oct. 12th:

Cross Country Meet, 3:30 pm @ RHMS

All Other Sports Team Practice, 2:30-4:00 pm

Friday, Oct. 13th:

Picture Retake Day, 7:55-10:00 am

JV Tennis Match – Team Kaptur vs. Team Wood, 2:30 pm @ RHMS

All Other Sports Team Practice, 2:30-4:00 pm

6th Grade Movie Night, 6:30-8:30 pm, Commons

Weekly Bulletin #5 - 10/02/2017

Dear Rose Hill Middle School Families,

Thank you to the RHMS PTSA for hosting the Family BBQ last week! It was a fun time for all and we appreciate all the volunteers who made it happen.

If your student has a 504 plan or an IEP, we would like to invite you to a coffee chat that we will be hosting tomorrow, Tuesday, October 3rd at 9:15 am in our Commons. This is an opportunity to connect with our school support team, which includes administrators, counselors, special education teachers and psychologist, to learn more about the services offered at our school. During the chat, you will have the opportunity to share your thoughts and ask questions you may have about the services offered. Additionally, this provides an opportunity for you to connect with other parents who may be on a journey similar to your own. If you attended the meeting last May in the library, the meeting tomorrow will be almost exactly the same.

The last turn in day for the RHMS Fun Run is this Thursday, October 5th. Our goal is to raise $25 per student for a total of $22,000. To date we have raised $2,900, which is 13% of our goal. A reminder that 100% of donations go to support the RHMS ASB. Thank you for your support!

The RHMS Fun Run is on Friday, October 6th in the afternoon rain or shine.

Have a great week ahead!

From the PTSA

RHMS families, did you blink and miss where September went? October is here already, leaves are changing, and there is a chill in the air. We hope your students are off to a great start with the first month of the school year. We are off to a great start toward our goal of raising $20,000 for the PTSA. So far we have raised $12,540 which means we are more than half way there!

There will be a RHMS PTSA General Membership Meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 17th from 7:00-8:30 pm in the library. Please join us for our annual fall meeting. We will approve the 2017-2018 budget and updates to our Standing Rules. Light refreshments provided. Guest speakers, to be announced.

October 4th is Walk to School Day. On Wednesday of this week, we will be handing out goodies to those who walk to school. This is a great way for our kids to get to school and one that allows us to help promote walking safety. It’s also is a good lead-in to another great October fundraiser, one that partners with the city of Redmond School Pool. This event encourages kids to walk, bike, carpool, and take the bus to school. This will provide our students with many safe options for getting to school while at the same time reducing neighborhood traffic congestion and local air pollution. A flyer will come home with students asking them to keep track of how many times they walk, bike, carpool, and ride the bus to school during the month of October. Forms turned in at the end of the month will be eligible for prizes. In exchange for the forms, the City of Redmond will donate money to the school. That makes this a real win win! One more reminder, please keep in mind that if your company has charitable giving that they match, this is a great way to get more money into your student’s school. We are so appreciative of all your support for the PTSA. It’s good for your students, and it’s good for the school. From Your Fundraising Co-Chairs JeanneT. Jance & Melody French.

The PTSA would like to thank the following volunteers for donating their time and talents in making our Back to School BBQ a huge success: RHMS Jazz Band, Kimberly Dare, Irma Garcia, Ather Kidwai, Cecilia Prokop, Guadalupe Acoltzi, Maria Amador, Renee Olson, Anna Henke-Gunvaldson, Evelyn Chamber, Xi Peng, Debbie Erickson, Teodoro Diaz, Adriana Robledo, Margarita Duran Lopez, Sara Jensen, Adriana Robledo, Martha Rodriquez, Nadia Urquieta, Evelyn Chambers, Heather Buchholz, Maria San Juan, Conni Irias, Beth Benincasa, Stacy Piedmonte, Denise Ferguson, Melody French, Jeanne T. Jance and Clara Fernandes.

CANDIDATE FORUM for the 45th Legislative District and LWSD School Board. Whether you're a parent, a business leader, or a community member, the decisions our State Senators and School Board Members make regarding education issues in the coming years will have an impact on all of us. Help advocate for over 30,000 kids in a single evening.

Co-Sponsored by Lake Washington PTSA Council and Redmond High School PTSA. Any questions? Please contact: Melissa Stone, VP of Advocacy, LWPTSA Council (advocacy@lwptsa.net.)

Informational Items

In conjunction with National Cyber Safety Awareness month, the district is hosting an event for parents and community members at Lake Washington High School’s Theatre on October 17, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Presenting will be Stefanie Thomas, an internet safety expert that has worked with law enforcement for the past 8 years regarding the exploitation of children online. She uses this experience to educate parents and children about internet safety and has reached over 30,000 community members and parents in the greater Seattle area.

We are still looking for a few more parent volunteers to help with counting the donations for the fun run this Thursday, October 5, from 8:30 AM to maybe 1:00 PM. Once all the donations have been collected and counted, volunteers will be done. The more volunteers we have working, the quicker the work will be done. You can register to volunteer by going to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c49abaa2eaa8-rose1 . Thank you for helping. We couldn’t do it without you!

VERY IMPORTANT REMINDER: If your student brought a yellow pre-filled Emergency Notification form home last week, please remember to review this form carefully, update as needed, sign and send back to school by this Wednesday, Oct. 3rd. After Wednesday, we will print the information for our emergency disaster plan. Please make sure we have your correct information in the event of an emergency.

It is “mid-quarter grade check time” and due to the wide use of Parent Access by our families, we do not issue and mail out hard copies of student mid-quarter progress reports. Wednesday, October 4th, marks the first quarter mid-term. Although grades can be accessed at any point through Parent Access, they are fully up-to-date at this time.

If you have not had a chance to use Parent Access and the variety of tools available there, please visit http://www.lwsd.org/help/parent-access-support and check it out. In order to get set-up, you must register your email with us first. Please contact Mrs. Pizarro at the Counseling office to register your email.

We have 2 after school clubs starting this week at RHMS: The yearbook club meets every Monday from 2:30-3:30 pm. Students in this club take photographs and design the pages for the RHMS yearbook. Mr. Charouhas is the club advisor. Please email him with any questions at tcharouhas@lwsd.org. The other club starting this week is the Bridge Club, which is part of the Redmond After Hours program that meets every Wednesday from 1:00-3:00 pm. Students will learn the basics and strategy of the card game Bridge from experienced community players. No experience necessary. Please direct any questions regarding the After Hours program to afterhours@redmond.gov

Math Club will begin on Tuesday, October 10th in Mrs. Folkman’s room #456 (purple pod)—beginning at 2:30 and ending at 4:00. Everyone is welcome to attend. An ASB card is required and also this completed Permission Slip or your student can pick up one from Mrs. Folkman in room 456. Questions—please email Mrs. Folkman: cfolkman@lwsd.org.

Calendar Items


Monday, Oct. 2nd:
Yearbook Club Begins, 2:30-3:30 pm, Mr. Charouhas’ room #403 (Purple Pod)
1st Quarter Sports Pictures, 2:30 pm - Gym
JV Tennis Match – Team Kaptur vs. Team Wood, 3:30 pm at RHMS
All Other Sports Team Practice, 2:30-4:00 pm

Tuesday, Oct. 3rd:
ASB Meeting, 7:00 am, Mrs. Nelson’s Room #233
Principal’s Chat, 9:15-10:00 am, Commons Topic: IEP’s and 504 Health Plans
Badminton Match, 3:30 pm @ RHMS
Varsity Tennis Match, 3:30 pm @ RHMS
JV Tennis Match – Team Wood, 3:30 pm @ Kirkland MS
JV Tennis Practice – Team Kaptur, 2:20-3:00 pm
Cross Country Team Practice, 2:30-4:00 pm

Wednesday, Oct. 4th:
Walk to School Day
WTI Meeting, 7:10 am, Fitness Gym
City of Redmond After Hours Program/Bridge Club, 1:00-3:00 pm, Gym/Fitness Gym

Thursday, Oct. 5th:
2nd/Final Fun Run Turn-In Day – Envelopes collected at the start of 2nd Period
Cross Country Meet, 3:30 pm @ RHMS
All Other Sports Team Practice, 2:30-4:00 pm

Friday, Oct. 6th:
Fun Run, 1:00 pm
Badminton Match, 3:30 pm @ Inglewood MS
Varsity Tennis Match, 3:30 pm @ Inglewood MS
JV Tennis Match – Team Kaptur, 3:30 pm @ RHMS
JV Tennis Practice – Team Wood, 2:20-3:00 pm
Cross Country Team Practice, 2:30-4:00 pm

Weekly Bulletin #4 - 09/25/2017

Dear Rose Hill Middle School Families,

Last Thursday we kicked off our annual ASB fundraiser. Our 3rd annual Fun Run, which funds our ASB extra-curricular and culture building activities, is coming up soon. This will be a school wide spirit and community building event that every student will participate in on Friday, October 6th. 100% of donations go to support the RHMS ASB. The ASB funds our culture and extra-curricular events that help make Rose Hill a supportive and exciting school to attend. Some examples include athletic transportation, dances, movie nights, after school clubs, and assemblies. Students can turn in their collection envelope and donations on Thursday, September 28th and Thursday, October 5th. Every student who turns in an envelope to participate is eligible for prizes regardless of the amount raised.

Our ASB is looking for some small items to be donated for raffle prizes. If you can donate a small item such as a gift card (less than $5 - $10) to a local store that students like such as Starbucks, Dairy Queen, bowling, movies, or frozen yogurt, we would be very grateful. All students at Rose Hill will be entered into the raffle and can win a prize. The more prizes we have, the more winners we will have that day. Please drop-off your donations in the office with a note saying that they are for the ASB Fun Run. Donations for the raffle are due by Tuesday, October 3rd. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Nelson at dnelson@lwsd.org .

Research shows that students do better when their parents are informed and involved in their education. Parent Access is a Web-based tool to help parents stay informed and engaged with their students' education. Parent Access allows parents to view their students' attendance as well as customized contact lists for their students' teachers, beginning the second week of school. The Parent Access home page lists your student or students. One log-in links parents to all students in their family. The home page lists all of your student’s teachers and provides email links to contact those teachers. If those teachers have websites, links are provided. There is an easy way for you to be notified if your student has a missing assignment. First, you need to make sure you have a Parent Access account. Once you have your Parent Access account, you can opt in to receiving automatic emails when your student is missing an assignment. If you have questions about Parent Access or need help logging on for the first time, please call the school office at 425-936-2460.

Have a great week ahead and hope to see you at the PTSA BBQ tomorrow night!

From the PTSA

Join PTSA! Visit the RHMS PTSA Website

Please join us in celebrating a new school year and come to our RHMS Family BBQ tomorrow night, Tuesday, September 26th from 5:00-7:00 pm. Hosted by your PTSA! We will have a special performance from our RHMS Jazz Band, a cake walk, and fun courtyard games!The cost is free so bringyour family!

Informational Items

VERY IMPORTANT REMINDER: If your student brought a yellow pre-filled Emergency Notification form home last week, please remember to review this form carefully, update as needed, sign and send back to school by Friday, September 29th.
If you verified your student’s information online, thanks! no form was sent home, and no action is required on your part.

Wash your hands, stay healthy!
Flu season is around the corner, and we are looking for ways to reduce illness in our school. There are a number of practices that will reduce the chances of getting sick and spreading germs to others. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the single most important thing you can do to prevent the spread of germs is to wash your hands often. Other good practices: don’t share personal items, cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, stay home when you are sick, and contact your doctor if symptoms don’t improve. Please share this information with your student.

When is your child too sick for school? Click Here to see what symptoms are serious enough to keep your student from school

Math Club will begin on Tuesday, October 10th in Mrs. Folkman’s room #456 (purple pod)—beginning at 2:30 and ending at 4:00. Everyone is welcome to attend. An ASB card is required and also this completed Permission Slip or your student can pick up one from Mrs. Folkman in room 456. Questions—please email Mrs. Folkman: cfolkman@lwsd.org.

The library is looking for parent volunteers to help on a weekly basis for two different projects. First, we are looking for parent volunteers on Mondays and Thursdays to help with shelving books from about 9:30-10:30. We are looking for volunteers to help on Mondays with our Makerspace area where students would be creating different projects from 10:45-12:15. Parents would need to help manage students and supplies as well as encourage students to clean up their projects before leaving. If interested in either of these volunteer opportunities, please contact the RHMS librarian, Bethany Steirer at bsteirer@lwsd.org.

Middle School Quest Parent Information Night on Sept. 28th: Current Grades 5-7
Middle School Quest serves highly capable students in grades 6-8. The middle school Quest program allows the most highly capable students to engage in rigorous and challenging curriculum with their academic peers. The program meets the needs of students who have been identified as having exceptional cognitive and academic ability by accelerating and enriching the district curriculum. Classes include greater breadth and depth of subject matter and a wide variety of learning processes and teaching methods. There are high expectations for student work and achievement.

To learn more about the program and the application process, the parent information session for parents of students in grades 5-7 is Sept. 28th, 7:00-8:30 pm at Lake Washington High School Performing Arts Center, 12033 NE 80th ST, Kirkland, WA 98033

Information about the application process is also available on the district website.

Is your child ready for an adventure of a lifetime? If so, then you may be interested in an exciting opportunity available this coming summer. Over the last two years, Mrs. Debi Nelson has traveled with students to Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic where they have worked alongside the local community doing meaningful service and exploring the local culture. She is currently planning a service and culture trip to Ecuador for summer 2018. There will be an information meeting for parents and students who are interested in learning more about being a part of this immersive experience this coming summer. Mark your calendars for Thursday, September 28 at 7:30 PM and come to the Old Redmond School House (16600 NE 80th St, Redmond, WA 98052) to learn more about how your child can be a part of this life changing experience. Please email Mrs. Nelson at debinelson@live.com if you are interested in attending the meeting. *This is not a district or school sponsored trip.

Calendar Items

Monday, Sept. 25th:

BLT Meeting, 7:05-7:35 am, Location TBD

JV Tennis Match – Team Kaptur, 3:30 pm at Redmond MS

All Other Sports Team Practice, 2:30-4:00 pm

Tuesday, Sept. 26th:

ASB Meeting, 7:00 am, Mrs. Nelson’s Room #233

Badminton Match, 3:30 pm @ RHMS

Varsity Tennis Match, 3:30 pm @ RHMS

JV Tennis Match – Team Wood, 3:30 pm @ Evergreen MS

JV Tennis Practice – Team Kaptur, 2:20-3:00 pm

Cross Country Team Practice, 2:30-4:00 pm

PTSA Sponsored Back-to-School BBQ, 5:00-7:00 pm, Commons/Courtyard – FREE!

Wednesday, Sept. 27th:

City of Redmond After Hours Program begins, 1:00-3:00 pm, Gym/Fitness Gym

Thursday, Sept. 28th:

1st Fun Run Turn-In Day

Cross Country Meet, 3:30 pm at Redmond MS

All Other Sports Team Practice, 2:30-4:00 pm

Friday, Sept. 29th:

Badminton Match, 3:30 pm @ Finn Hill MS

Varsity Tennis Match, 3:30 pm @ Finn Hill MS

JV Tennis Match – Team Kaptur, 3:30 pm @ RHMS

JV Tennis Practice – Team Wood, 2:20-3:00 pm

Cross Country Team Practice, 2:30-4:00 pm

Monday, Oct. 2nd:

1st Quarter Sports Team Pictures, 2:30 pm – All athletes will need their clean uniform for the picture

Weekly Bulletin #3 - 09/18/2017

Dear Rose Hill Middle School Families,

Be sure to join us tomorrow night, Tuesday, September 19, at 6:30 pm for Curriculum Night. We will begin at 6:30 pm in the gym and will conclude at 8:35 pm. After a brief presentation in the gym, you will have the opportunity to follow your student’s schedule, attending each class for 10 minutes. You will be able to meet your student’s teachers and hear what they will be learning this year. Use this schedule link to write down your student’s class periods. Given the short time allotted for each class, there is not time to ask individual questions about your student. If you do have questions about your student’s progress, be sure to get the teacher’s contact information and send an email with your questions and/or set up a time to meet at a later date. Students should not attend with their parents. Parking will be tight so you may want to consider carpooling, walking or biking to the event.

What is Pride Time? Pride Time occurs every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:27-10:12 am - at the end of 2nd period. During Pride Time students can:

  1. Work with a teacher for support/tutoring (pass required if it is a teacher other than your 2nd period teacher)
  2. Receive laptop/netbook support in the library (blue pass required from 2nd period teacher)
  3. Check out a library book (blue pass required from 2nd period teacher)
  4. Silently and independently work on homework in their 2nd period class (no pass required)
  5. Silently read in 2nd period class (no pass required)

All a student needs to do is to get a Pride Time pass from his/her teacher in advance. If your student is having a hard time selecting a good book to read, encourage him/her to talk with Mrs. Steirer, Mrs. MacRae or Mrs. Wishart in the library for suggestions - there is something for everyone! Though students will have time to work on homework, we strongly recommend they are not putting off homework to complete at the last minute.

SBA results will be coming home with your student this week. We will send a short email message on the day they are coming home so you know to look for it.

Have a great week ahead!

From the PTSA

Join PTSA! Visit the RHMS PTSA Website

Please join us in celebrating a new school year and come to our RHMS Family BBQ Tuesday, September 26th from 5:00-7:00 pm. Hosted by your PTSA! We will have a special performance from our RHMS Jazz Band, a cake walk, and fun courtyard games!

We do have a few volunteer openings and cake walk donations still needed. See our SignUpGenius for our requests: Volunteer Requests

Thank you, PTSA Volunteers!

We couldn’t have done it without you! It was a busy first week of school, but many of you stepped up to help out with Netbook Distribution Day and Picture Day.

Many thanks to the volunteers who helped with Netbook Distribution Day: Cheri Briggs, Danielle D'Agostino, Kimberly Dare, Megan Hayton, Tanya Hebert, Anja Mancano, Julie Nelson, Cathy Schwartz, and Stacy Piedmonte.

Many thanks to those who helped out with Picture Day: Lindsey Allen, Stasi Benbow, MaryLee Berthon, Susan Burianek, Tzipi Butnaru, Linda Cheyne, Carrie Creek, , Janice Dannenberg, Anu Jarvinen, Hilary Laney, Suzanne Lovas, Anja Mancano, Briana Mann, Connie Ozeki-Chinn, and Xi Peng.

Are you interested in volunteering for upcoming events? Please sign up on the RHMS PTSA website or complete a pink volunteer sheet or contact RHMS PTSA President Denise Ferguson at denise@macfergus.com

Click here for a message from the PTSA fundraising chairpersons.

Informational Items

Is your student interested in a locker? If so, have your student come to the main office to see Mrs. Love for a locker request slip. She will assign your student a locker within the next two weeks. Given we do not have a locker for every student, some students may be assigned a locker partner.

Math Club will begin on Tuesday, October 10th in Mrs. Folkman’s room #456 (purple pod)—beginning at 2:30 and ending at 4:00. Everyone is welcome to attend. An ASB card is required and also this completed Permission Slip or your student can pick up one from Mrs. Folkman in room 456. Questions—please email Mrs. Folkman.

The library is looking for parent volunteers to help on a weekly basis for two different projects. First, we are looking for parent volunteers on Mondays and Thursdays to help with shelving books from about 9:30-10:30. We are looking for volunteers to help on Mondays with our Makerspace area where students would be creating different projects from 10:45-12:15. Parents would need to help manage students and supplies as well as encourage students to clean up their projects before leaving. If interested in either of these volunteer opportunities, please contact the RHMS librarian, Bethany Steirer.

The Rose Hill Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society will be having an informational meeting for interested students after school this Thursday from 2:20 till 3:00 in the commons. The National Junior Honor Society is an organization established to recognize outstanding middle level students who excel in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship. For RHMS, the Honor Society is a way for students to build leadership skills and help their community through service learning activities. Students need to be in 7th and 8th grade to be a part of the Honor Society, and they must have a 3.5 or above cumulative GPA. If you are interested in joining the Rose Hill Honor Society, more information will be given at the Thursday meeting, or contact Mrs. McFarland if you are unable to attend. Current NJHS members should not attend the meeting, but please check your student account email this week for information about upcoming Honor Society activities.

Our 3rd annual Fun Run, which funds our ASB extra-curricular and culture building activities, is coming up soon. This will be a school wide spirit and community building event that every student will participate in on October 6th. Our ASB is looking for some small items to be donated for raffle prizes. If you can donate a small item such as a gift card (less than $5 - $10) to a local store that students like Starbucks, Dairy Queen, bowling, movies, or frozen yogurt, we would be very grateful. All students at Rose Hill will be entered into the raffle and can win a prize. The more prizes we have the more winners we will have that day. Please drop-off your donations in the office with note that they are for the ASB Fun Run. Donations for the raffle are due by Tuesday, October 3rd. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Nelson at dnelson@lwsd.org .

Middle School Quest Parent Information Night on Sept. 28th: Current Grades 5-7
Middle School Quest serves highly capable students in grades 6-8. The middle school Quest program allows the most highly capable students to engage in rigorous and challenging curriculum with their academic peers. The program meets the needs of students who have been identified as having exceptional cognitive and academic ability by accelerating and enriching the district curriculum. Classes include greater breadth and depth of subject matter and a wide variety of learning processes and teaching methods. There are high expectations for student work and achievement.

To learn more about the program and the application process, the parent information session for parents of students in grades 5-7 is Sept. 28th, 7:00-8:30 pm at Lake Washington High School Performing Arts Center, 12033 NE 80th ST, Kirkland, WA 98033

Information about the application process is also available on the district website.

Is your child ready for an adventure of a lifetime? If so, then you may be interested in an exciting opportunity available this coming summer. Over the last two years, Mrs. Debi Nelson has traveled with students to Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic where they have worked alongside the local community doing meaningful service and exploring the local culture. She is currently planning a service and culture trip to Ecuador for summer 2018. There will be an information meeting for parents and students who are interested in learning more about being a part of this immersive experience this coming summer. Mark your calendars for Thursday, September 28 at 7:30 PM and come to the Old Redmond School House (16600 NE 80th St, Redmond, WA 98052) to learn more about how your child can be a part of this life changing experience. Please email Mrs. Nelson at debinelson@live.com if you are interested in attending the meeting.

*This is not a district or school sponsored trip.

Calendar Items

Monday, Sept.18:

All Sports Practice, 2:30-4:00 pm

Elementary Band Information Night, 6:30-7:45 pm (Drop-in)

Tuesday, Sept. 19th:

Elementary Music Begins – Morning Traffic will be a bit hectic so allow extra time for arrival

ASB Meeting, 7:00 am, Mrs. Nelson’s Room #233

Pride Time Tutoring Begins, 9:27-10:15 am

All Sports Practice, 2:30-4:00 pm

Curriculum Night, 6:30-8:35 pm, Beginning in the Gym

Wednesday, Sept. 20th:

Elementary Orchestra Information Night, 6:30, Commons

Thursday, Sept. 21st:

National Junior Honor Society Student Informational Meeting, 2:20-3:00 pm, Commons

All Sports Practice, 2:30-4:00 pm

Friday, Sept. 22nd:

All Sports Practice, 2:30-4:00 pm


Tuesday, Sept. 26th:
PTSA Sponsored Back-to-School BBQ, 5:00-7:00 pm, Commons

Weekly Bulletin #2 - 09/12/2017

Dear Rose Hill Middle School Families,

We’ve had a busy start to the school year! On Friday students had school pictures taken and received laptops. A huge thank you to all our volunteers who helped with pictures and laptop distribution- we couldn’t have done it without you!

Now that your student has a laptop, here are some ideas to help support you with your student’s laptop use at home.

  1. Remind your student that the laptop is for school related work only.
  2. Require your student to use the laptop in a public area (dining room table, kitchen counter, etc).
  3. When your student goes to bed, so does the laptop, but in another location. Have your student charge his/her laptop overnight in the kitchen, NOT in his/her bedroom.
  4. If/when your student gets upset with you because you are setting limits on use at home, feel free to share this email with him/her so he/she know we are working together.

Join us next Tuesday, September 19, at 6:30pm for Curriculum Night. This will be an opportunity to meet your student’s teachers and hear more about each class. More information will be in next week’s newsletter.

As the school year gets underway you may have a question about a particular class or need to meet with your student’s teacher(s) and/or counselor. Please contact the teacher or counselor by email or phone to set up a meeting during a time that will work for you, your student and the teacher/counselor. It is extremely difficult for teachers and counselors to hold drop in conferences before or after school. Teachers work hard to communicate in a timely fashion and have limited time within the work day to respond to parent emails and phone calls. If you contact a teacher by email or phone, please know that it may take 2 business days for a response. Another great way to find out about what is going on in your student’s classes is to check out each teacher’s PowerSchool/Haiku page. You can access a staff member’s email address on the staff directory page of our website.

Take time this week to check your student’s planner. Is your student filling it out for each class? Is your student bringing home the necessary materials to complete the assignments? Is your student checking his/her planner each night? If your student isn’t filling out the planner daily help him/her get in the habit this week. If your student is filling out the planner daily let him/her know they are doing a great job and to keep it up. It typically takes 20 times of doing something for it to become a habit- good or bad- so this week is critical to reinforce good habits and put a stop to any bad habits that may be forming as the school year gets underway.

I wanted to be sure that you were aware of our RHMS Late Work Policy. Turning in work on time is important and doing so will allow students the chance to earn full credit for their work. However, we also know that we all have days when circumstances or distractions prevent the timely completion of work. We don’t want students to take a “0” for the assignment and miss a crucial concept when the learning contained in those assignments is still valuable. Therefore, the entire RHMS staff has committed to accepting late work for partial credit. In order to receive partial credit for an assignment, any late work must be turned in no later than the first Monday after it was due. For example, if the original due date for an assignment is this Wednesday, September 13th, a student has until Monday, September 18th to turn in the assignment for partial credit. After that date, the assignment will no longer be accepted. Teachers will have their Skyward gradebook up to date before they leave work on Friday. Please note that assignments may not have a score/grade reflected each Friday, but it will be indicated if an assignment has been turned in or not. Students who have an excused absence have 2 days to every 1 day they are out to make up missing work for full credit as a result of the absence. For additional information about the late work policy, please refer to the syllabus from your student’s class.

Have a great week ahead!

From the PTSA

Join PTSA! Visit the RHMS PTSA Website

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! Hey there, Rose Hill Middle School families.We all made it successfully through the first week of the school year. We are off to a great start with our goal of raising $20,000. So far we have raised $5,000 towards that goal.Thank you to all those who have contributed so far.Thank you for helping us be off to such a strong start.If you missed how to support the PTSA in the chaos of all the back to school paperwork, do not worry. We have another great opportunity for you to support your child's school through the PTSA at Curriculum Night on Tuesday, September 19th.If you already did so, once again we say thank you.If your child came home this first week of school so excited about school and you want to do more, this is another opportunity to support the school.In case you are not sure about what the PTSA does, here are a few highlights:

Emergency Prep SuppliesCommunity Building Events

Scholarship AssistanceStaff Morale Boosters

Academic Mini GrantsAfter School Enrichment

ReflectionsStaff Appreciation

Health Screenings8th Grade Moving Assembly

Let's continue to invest in our kids.GO ROYALS!!

If you would like to donate your time, please contact PTSA President Denise Ferguson at denise@macfergus.com



Informational Items

Is your student interested in a locker? If so, have your student come to the main office to see Mrs. Love for a locker request slip. She will assign your student a locker within the next two weeks. Given we do not have a locker for every student, some students may be assigned a locker partner.

Do we have the correct contact information to reach you in the event of an emergency or illness? Parents can update their information online through Parent Access by clicking here, then select “Family Access” on the right hand side of the page. This feature will be open for our school until September 15th. If you have any questions, please contact our registrar, Janitzia Pizarro at jpizarro@lwsd.org

FIRST SEASON SPORTS start TODAY, September 11th: If your student is interested in playing a 1st quarter sport - Boys’ Tennis, Girls’ Badminton, or Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country, you may sign him/her up in the main office. Don’t forget your student’s physical if we do not have one on record here at the school. Physicals are good for 2 years. If your student is in 8th grade, his/her physical may need to be updated. If you are interested in participating in athletics, you will need to fill out the necessary forms for parent permission, insurance, and a doctor’s physical verification. The clearance forms are available from the main office or on our website and they must be completed before your student is allowed to participate. In addition to the $75 fee to play a sport, your student will need to purchase an ASB card for $25.00 prior to turning out. Please see the Athletic Handbook for additional information and student expectations. Families do need to make transportation arrangements for all after-school athletic participation. Practices and games are held on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Please note that there are no athletic practices or events on Wednesdays after school. If you have any questions, please contact Shane O’Brien, Athletic Director at sobrien@lwsd.org.

Math Club will begin on Tuesday, October 10th in Mrs. Folkman’s room #456 (purple pod)—beginning at 2:30 and ending at 4:00. Everyone is welcome to attend. An ASB card is required and also this completed permission slip or your student can pick up one from Mrs. Folkman in room 456. Questions—please email Mrs. Folkman: cfolkman@lwsd.org.

Middle School Quest Parent Information Night on Sept. 28th: Current Grades 5-7

Middle School Quest serves highly capable students in grades 6-8. The middle school Quest program allows the most highly capable students to engage in rigorous and challenging curriculum with their academic peers. The program meets the needs of students who have been identified as having exceptional cognitive and academic ability by accelerating and enriching the district curriculum. Classes include greater breadth and depth of subject matter and a wide variety of learning processes and teaching methods. There are high expectations for student work and achievement.

To learn more about the program and the application process, the parent information session for parents of students in grades 5-7 is Sept. 28th, 7:00-8:30 pm at Lake Washington High School Performing Arts Center, 12033 NE 80th ST, Kirkland, WA 98033

Information about the application process is also available on the district website.

Calendar Items


Monday, Sept. 11th:
1st Quarter Sports Begin
All Sports Practice – 2:30-4:00 pm

Tuesday, Sept. 12th:
All Sports Practice – 2:30-4:00 pm
AVID Informational Night, 6:00-7:15 pm, Commons

Wednesday, Sept. 13th:
Early Release Wednesdays Start – Student Dismissal at 12:45 pm

Thursday, Sept. 14th:
All Sports Practice – 2:30-4:00 pm

Friday, Sept. 15th:
All Sports Practice – 2:30-4:00 pm

Tuesday, Sept. 19th:
Curriculum Night, 6:30-8:30 pm, beginning in the gym

Tuesday, Sept. 26th:
PTSA Sponsored Back-to-School BBQ, 5:00-7:00 pm, Commons

Weekly Bulletin #1 - 09/05/2017

Dear Rose Hill Middle School Families,

Welcome to the start of the 2017-2018 school year! I want to welcome both new and returning families to our school community. It was a busy first day of school for students and staff alike and we were excited to see all of our students. Today students were given their planners along with a back to school packet that includes important information - be sure to ask your student for the BIG white envelope. On the first day of each week, I will be sending out an email to all parents to keep you up-to-date on important information and events at school. This message is especially long because there is a lot to share at the start of school.

Ask to meet your student’s new best friend, aka their Student Planner. All students received a planner today. This planner will be integral to your student’s success and we will intentionally teach them how to use it. If you haven’t already, be sure to meet your student’s new best friend. Please be sure to write down your email address on the first page in your student’s planner. There should already be a space there waiting for you. If not, go ahead and write it down. We will be including your student in the communication process this year and would like them to have your contact information readily available.

School pictures are this Friday, September 8th. Picture packet information is included in the white back to school envelope. Checks should be made payable to Lifetouch. The retake day for student photos will not be until mid-October so be sure your student is at school on Friday to ensure that your student has their ID/ASB card for the start of the year. You can also order pictures online within 48 hours of your student’s picture. Go to MyLifetouch.com for more information.

Also on Friday, September 8th, your student will receive a district-owned laptop to enhance his or her academic experience this year. I wanted to make sure you are aware of some key information about this program, for you and your student. The goal of the program is to help students meet the district’s mission and vision of every student future ready: prepared for college, prepared for the global workplace, prepared for personal success. Providing a computer to each student gives them tools to learn that they will likely use in college and/or in their career later on. You may have additional questions about the laptops. There is more information on the district website at: Student Technology including a list of Frequently Asked Questions. Because of the value of these devices, we must have a signed/initialed agreement form from you and your student before issuing a laptop. A copy of the agreement is available below in case you have not yet signed one.

Please print and have your student return this signed laptop agreement (Español) to his/her Social Studies teacher on or before Friday. Check-out will take place in our library during your student’s Social Studies class. Students will receive a laptop, power supply and battery for their laptop. Students will also be filling out a Checkout Review Form where they will be able to record any damages to the device upon checkout. A schedule of fines for damaged, lost or stolen equipment is included in the handbook. Because of these potential costs, parents may wish to buy optional insurance. Information about insurance options is included in the student laptop handbook (Español). When my own children are old enough for a 1:1 device, I plan on purchasing an insurance option. Again, we are excited about this learning opportunity for your student(s)! Thank you for supporting your student’s academic experience here at RHMS.

How will your student get to and from school?

BY BUS: If you live on a bus route, be sure your student knows the ROUTE number for both the morning and after school ride as some route numbers do change. If you have any questions about your student’s bus route, please be sure to check out the district website for detailed information or call the transportation department at 425-936-1120. Buses do leave 7 minutes after school is out so it is important for students to head to the bus loop immediately after dismissed from 6th period.

BY FOOT OR BIKE: Remind your walker or biker to only cross streets in marked crosswalks and to checking for oncoming cars before entering the crosswalk. Bikers should wear a helmet and light colored, visible, reflective clothing and to be aware of the traffic around them. We do have a crossing guard in the mornings at the intersection of NE 74th Street and 140th Avenue. There are plenty of bike racks on campus for your student to safely lock his/her bicycle.

BY CAR: Make a plan with your student about where you will be picking them up so they know where to look for you.

If you are driving your student to and from school, please refer to the graphic for the traffic flow plan for the drop off and pick up procedures at Rose Hill and Stella Schola MS:

Traffic Flow at RHMS and SSMS

The red line shows the traffic flow for student drop off and pick up. Redmond Police, school staff and ample signage will help direct you on the first several days of school.

If you are heading eastbound on NE 75th street you will drive past the reader board and take the second right following the parent drop off and pick up signs posted. If you are heading westbound on NE 75th you will be taking the first left onto campus - as you near the top of the hill - following the parent drop off and pick up signs posted. Please be sure to watch for pedestrians at all crosswalks.

Stay to the right and follow the signs and staff directions to the student drop-off and pick-up.

Once in the designated drop-off area, students should exit your vehicle on the right side only. Be sure your students have what they need in the car and are ready to exit once your vehicle stops next to the sidewalk. Once you have dropped off your student you can carefully merge in to the through lane of traffic, limiting your speed to 5mph. The loop will make a left turn and take you to a stop sign in order to exit the campus.

The drop-off loop will be open from 6:30am to 7:50am Monday-Friday. The loop will reopen for pick-up at 2:10pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and at 12:40 pm on Wednesdays. When you are waiting for your student, please turn off your engine.

A few Safety Reminders:

  • Limit your speed to 5mph
  • Slow down and watch for pedestrians at all crosswalks.
  • No opening car doors unless you are stopped in the “Drop off/Pick up Zone”
  • No dropping off or picking up in the “Thru Traffic Lane”
  • No dropping off, picking up “Bus or parking loop (Yellow and Blue lines) in the graphic)
  • Drivers must remain in cars
  • This is for your student’s safety!

While driving on campus, it is important that you continue to follow all rules of the road AND that you bring your patience.

Please help us to continue to be safe and good neighbors. All student drop-off and pick-up should occur in our designated drop-off loop. The gate in the southwest corner is locked before school due to the unsafe conditions created by drivers last year not following the drop off procedures.

I hope your student had a great first day! Wishing you and your families a smooth start to the year. We look forward to working with you and your students in the year to come!

From the PTSA

Join PTSA! Visit the RHMS PTSA Website

Are you interested in volunteering at RHMS? We need you! Please look for volunteer opportunities in our newsletter and through PTSA. A reminder that all volunteers in the LWSD need to go through the application process. Once approved your application is good for two years. To complete the volunteer application or check your status use the following link: Volunteering at LWSD.

Looking for Volunteers for Friday, Sept 8th
This Friday, September 8th, will be a busy day at Rose Hill Middle School. The students will be issued their Netbooks and getting their school pictures taken! They are asking for several volunteers. If you can help please click on the links to choose a shift. Thank you so much! Your Rose Hill Middle School PTSA!

Netbook Distribution Volunteer Shifts:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c49abaa2eaa8-netbook1

Picture Day Volunteer Shifts:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c49abaa2eaa8-picture1

Informational Items

Do we have the correct contact information to reach you in the event of an emergency or illness? Parents can update their information online via the Parent Access Online Student Information Verification page. This feature will be open for our school until September 15th. If you have any questions, please contact our registrar, Janitzia Pizarro at jpizarro@lwsd.org.

FIRST SEASON SPORTS start next Monday, September 11th: If your student is interested in playing a 1st quarter sport - Boys’ Tennis, Girls’ Badminton, or Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country, you may sign him/her up in the main office. Don’t forget your student’s physical if we do not have one on record here at the school. Physicals are good for 2 years. If your student is in 8th grade, his/her physical may need to be updated. If you are interested in participating in athletics, you will need to fill out the necessary forms for parent permission, insurance, and a doctor’s physical verification. The clearance forms are available from the main office or on our website and they must be completed before your student is allowed to participate. In addition to the $75 fee to play a sport, your student will need to purchase an ASB card for $25.00 prior to turning out. Please see the Athletic Handbook for additional information and student expectations. Families do need to make transportation arrangements for all after-school athletic participation. Practices and games are held on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Please note that there are no athletic practices or events on Wednesdays after school. If you have any questions, please contact Shane O’Brien, Athletic Director at sobrien@lwsd.org.

There will be a parent meeting for ALL sports tomorrow evening, Sept. 7th at 6:00 pm in the gym. It is highly recommended that you attend this meeting if your student is playing an afterschool sport this year, even if they played last year. If you have any questions, please contact the RHMS athletic director, Shane O’Brien at sobrien@Lwsd.org.

Looking for Volunteers for Friday, Sept 8th
This Friday, September 8th, will be a busy day at Rose Hill Middle School. The students will be issued their Netbooks and getting their school pictures taken! They are asking for several volunteers. If you can help please click on the links to choose a shift. Thank you so much! Your Rose Hill Middle School PTSA!

Netbook Distribution Volunteer Shifts:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c49abaa2eaa8-netbook1

Picture Day Volunteer Shifts:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c49abaa2eaa8-picture1

Calendar Items


Wednesday, Sept. 6th:
Student Dismissal at 2:15 pm – No Wednesday Early Release
All Sports Parent Meeting, 6:00 pm, Gym

Friday, Sept. 8th:
Picture Day, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Laptop Distribution Day - *Signed User Agreement Needed*

Monday, Sept. 11th:
1st Quarter Sports Begin, 2:30-4:00 pm

Tuesday, Sept. 19th:
Curriculum Night, 6:30-8:30 pm