Back to School Information

School starts this Tuesday, Sept. 4th!  Here's some important information to help you and your student get off to a smooth start. Looking forward to a great year!

Back to School Info for 6th Grade families

Dear Rose Hill Middle School 6th Grade Students and Families:

We are excited to start the 2018-2019 school year with you! 

The First Day of School is Tuesday, September 4th.

WHAT WILL THE DAY LOOK LIKE?  

To make the first day of school a comfortable transition for those new to Rose Hill Middle School, we have a special schedule on Tuesday, September 4, 2018.  Sixth grade students and their WEB leaders will attend school all day from 8:00am - 2:30 pm. 

Parents, please say good-bye to your student at the bus stop or in the car. We do not have enough parking spaces for parents and want to limit the amount of foot traffic on campus to help our students find their way.  We promise your students will be in good hands!

Buses will run their normal routes, but it would be wise to get to your stop a little early. If you are eligible for a bus, you should have received a postcard from the transportation department detailing your bus route as well as pick-up and drop-off times. You can also check your bus route information on the district website.   

You will begin your first day of school at 8:00 am in the gym.  Rose Hill staff and students will be available to help you find where to go.  You will get a name tag and meet your WEB leader in the gym followed by a short welcome assembly. Our welcome assembly will provide an opportunity for you to meet our staff and hear more about the day, the building, and the upcoming school year.  Students will then move with their WEB leader into a classroom for a more detailed orientation including: a tour of the new school to locate all classes, an introduction to the cafeteria, receive important back to school information and time to ask questions.  Students will have lunch at school (you can either bring or buy a lunch) and visit each of their classes for a short time period.  The school day for 6th graders will conclude at 2:30 pm.

Buses will run on their normal routes for the afternoon. Make sure your student knows his/her ROUTE number.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

It is not necessary for you to bring all of your school supplies with you on the first day. It will be important for you to bring:

  • Something to write with, such as a pen or pencil or two
  • A backpack or bag to hold any handouts
  • A lunch or money to buy lunch. It costs $3.25 for a student lunch. 
  • If you ride the bus, you should know your ROUTE number. If you have not received bus stop information please check the bus route information on the district website. 

THE SECOND DAY OF SCHOOL: When you arrive to school on Wednesday, September 5th, you should go straight to your 1st period class.  A reminder that school will be dismissed at 2:30 pm; it is not an early release day.

Important Calendar Dates

  • September 4:                     First Day of School
  • September 5:                     School dismissal at 2:30 pm
  • September 7:                     Picture Day
  • September 10:                  Season 1 Athletics begin
  • September 13:                  Laptop Distribution
  • September 25:                 Curriculum Night 6:30 pm

There are, of course, many other events that will come up on our calendar.  These will be communicated via our weekly email in addition to our normally utilized communications (flyers, letters, email, etc.).   Please be sure that we have the right contact information for you so that you can stay informed!

Back to School Info for 7th & 8th grade families

Dear Rose Hill Middle School 7th and 8th grade students and families:

We are excited to start the 2018-2019 school year with you!

The First Day of School is Tuesday, September 4th.

WHAT WILL THE DAY LOOK LIKE?  

To make the first day of school a comfortable transition for those new to Rose Hill Middle School, we have a special schedule on Tuesday, September 4, 2018.  Seventh and Eighth grade students will have a 2.5 hour late start, beginning at 10:30am and ending at 2:30pm.

Parents, please say good-bye to your student at the bus stop or in the car. We do not have enough parking spaces for parents and want to limit the amount of foot traffic on campus to help our students find their way.  We promise your students will be in good hands!

Buses will run their normal routes, with a 2.5 hour delay. If you are eligible for a bus, you should have received a postcard from the transportation department detailing your bus route as well as pick-up and drop-off times. You can also check your bus route information on the district website.    You (7th & 8th graders) should be at your bus stop on September 4th at your scheduled pick up time plus 2.5 hours to make certain that you are there when the bus arrives. For example, if your regular pick up time is 7:25 am, you should be at your bus stop by 9:55 am on September 4th.  

You will begin your first day of school at 10:30 am in the gym.  School staff will be available to help you find where to go.  You will pick up your schedule and there will be a short welcome assembly.  Our welcome assembly will provide an opportunity for you to meet our staff and hear more about the day and the upcoming school year.  Students will receive important back to school information, attend each of their classes for a short time period and have lunch (you can either bring or buy a lunch).  The school day for 7th and 8th graders will conclude at 2:30 pm.  Buses will run on their normal routes for the afternoon. Make sure your student knows his/her ROUTE number.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

It is not necessary for you to bring all of your school supplies with you on the first day. It will be important for you to bring:

  • Something to write with, such as a pen or pencil or two
  • A backpack or bag to hold any handouts
  • A lunch or money to buy lunch. It costs $3.25 for a student lunch. 
  • If you ride the bus, you should know your ROUTE number. If you have not received bus stop information please check the bus route information on the district website. 

THE SECOND DAY OF SCHOOL: When you arrive to school on Wednesday, September 5th, you should go straight to your 1st period class.  A reminder that school will be dismissed at 2:30 pm; it is not an early release day.

Important Calendar Dates

  • September 4:                     First Day of School – Start time 10:30 am for 7th/8th Graders
  • September 5:                     School dismissal at 2:30 pm
  • September 7:                     Picture Day
  • September 10:                  Season 1 Athletics begin
  • September 13:                  Laptop Distribution
  • September 25:                 Curriculum Night 6:30 pm

There are, of course, many other events that will come up on our calendar. These will be communicated via our weekly email in addition to our normally utilized communications (flyers, letters, emails, etc.). Please be sure that we have the right contact information for you so that you can stay informed!

"Must Know" Back to School Information

This page contains general “must know” information as we begin the new school year.  Please be sure to review the details enclosed in this section with your student.  If you have any questions or you need some additional information, you may contact us by phone or email.  The first day of school will be here before you know it, and we want it to be great for everyone!

Essential Supplies

A complete list of school supplies is posted on our website.

Lockers

The good news is that our building does have lockers.  The bad news is that it does not have lockers for everyone. Students will carry their belongings with them throughout the day and we will have a process in September for students to request a locker if they find they are in need of one. The exceptions are: PE lockers are provided for all students enrolled in Physical Education; sports lockers are available if your child is participating in a sport; musical instruments can be stored in the music room.

Communication

Mrs. Bowser sends out a weekly email to all families starting the first week of school.  This email will provide an essential link to Rose Hill academics and activities.  Our Office Manager, Mrs. Seitz, maintains our database of email addresses.  Please make sure she has your correct email address so that you can receive these important weekly updates.  (You will also need that email address to access student grades online).  If you do not receive the weekly email after the first week of school, please contact Mrs. Seitz at jseitz@lwsd.org and she will get you set up!   If you received this letter in an email, then you are already on the distribution list.

Cell Phones

Cell phones are very disruptive to the learning environment.  Therefore, we ask that they are not seen or heard between 7:55 am – 2:30 pm.  If a cell phone is out during the academic day, the phone will be taken away (returned at the end of the day) and consequences administered.  On the second and subsequent offenses, a parent/guardian will be required to pick up the cell phone in the main office.  It will not be returned to the student at the end of the day.  If your student needs to contact you during the school day, he/she may use a phone in the office.  If you need to reach your student during the school day, please call our office at 425-936-2460. 

Grades

All Rose Hill Middle School teachers will again keep their grades in a web-based grade book.   To access your student’s grades, you will need to be signed up for Parent Access if you haven’t done so already. Information about signing up will be available on our website as well as the Lake Washington School District website under Parent Access.   If you have a returning student, your parent access is the same and no further action is required.  If you have trouble accessing student grades or RHMS information, please contact us. 

Student ASB Cards/Insurance/Fees

All students are encouraged to become a member of the Rose Hill Middle School Associated Student Body (ASB).  Please see the RHMS order form online for the 2 options we have for ASB card purchase.  Note: All students who participate in student activities (music, clubs, etc.) or athletics are required to purchase an ASB card and they must possess their ASB card prior to their first practice or meeting.  An ASB card admits students to RHMS events at a discounted rate (or, if they select the Royal Pride option, admittance is free as explained on the RHMS order form) as well as giving students reduced fees for high school sporting events.   Our yearbook price will be $35 for the 2018-2019 school year. Pre-ordering a yearbook is always a good idea as we are unable to get extras once our order is submitted in the early spring.  Finally, school insurance is available for purchase through Meyers-Stevens & Toohey and Co., Inc. 

Absence from School

If it is necessary for a student to be absent, a parent should call the school by 8:30 am. The attendance message line phone number is 425-936-2461.  This number can be used at all times to inform the school of student absences.  You must contact the school with a reason for the absence so that your student will not have an unexcused absence on their record. At school we work very hard to ensure that all students are meeting standard in all academic areas.  If your student will be absent from school for an extended period of time for the purpose of a family trip/vacation, this may prove detrimental to his/her academic success.  Teachers are not expected to provide assignments in advance.  Missed school assignments may be provided following the absence for completion.  I strongly encourage you to schedule all family trips during our regularly planned school breaks.

Transportation

Bus transportation is provided for students living more than 2 miles from school.  Questions regarding transportation may be directed to the transportation department by calling 425-936-1120.

School Pictures 

Picture day is on Friday, September 7, 2018.  Picture packets were mailed to you directly from O’Connor Photography Studio.

Physical Education (PE) Uniforms

RHMS PE t-shirts are required. They are $5.00 each and will be on sale in the Main Office once school begins.  A towel and locker will be provided for each student who wishes to shower and/or lock their belongings.  Students may want to also have a sweatshirt available for outdoor activities. 

Lunch

Students will have a 30-minute lunch period each school day.  The regular lunch price for this year is $3.25.  Free and reduced lunch price applications are in the packet coming home with your student on the first day of school and available upon request in the office.  This form should be completed and returned promptly.  Students have a variety of lunch options available including an A La Carte line that serves a variety of snacks.  A list of A La Carte items and their prices will be posted on our website by the second week of school.   Breakfast is also available for purchase each morning for $1.75, beginning the first day of school.  Please see the following link for school lunch information, including how to add money to your student's account:  http://www.lwsd.org/students-families/breakfast-and-lunch-menus

Emergency Contact Information

All students are required to have emergency contacts on file so that we have the necessary information available to us should we have an emergency involving your student.  We use an online updating system for emergency contact information.  If any of your personal information has changed such as address, phone number, cell phone number or email address, please go to Skyward Family Access to make the necessary changes by September 17th.  After this date, please notify us of any changes in the emergency card information by calling our Counseling Office.

Early Dismissal Wednesdays

There is an early dismissal every Wednesday at 1:00 pm except for September 5, 2018.  Our first early dismissal Wednesday is on September 12, 2018.  This extra time is utilized by our teaching staff for learning enhancement and academic planning (LEAP time).  We plan to once again partner with the City of Redmond to provide enrichment opportunities to our students on Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 – 3:00 pm.  More information about this partnership will be available during our Curriculum Night.