Newsletter

2018

Weekly Bulletin #7 - 10/15/2018

Dear Rose Hill Middle School Families,

Thank you to the PTSA for hosting the Family Fall Fest BBQ last Friday. It was great to see so many families come together for an evening of food, photos and other fun activities. We appreciate your efforts to bring our RHMS community together.

This Friday there is no school for students 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.

Have a great week ahead!

From the PTSA

General Membership meeting and Guest Speaker
Tuesday, October 16th from 7:00-8:30 pm in the RHMS library – free! All are welcome.

We will first approve the budget for the 2018-2019 school year in a short business meeting. Then Matt Gillingham, Director of Student Services at LWSD, will discuss the Healthy Youth Survey, which is being given to all 6th and 8th graders in the district. There will be time for questions afterward.

BBQ Thank You
A very heartfelt thank you to all of the volunteers who helped make our Family Fall Fest BBQ a success!

REFLECTIONS ART PROGRAM: 2018-2019 THEME: “HEROES AROUND ME” Reflections is a National PTA art competition that provides students with an opportunity to express themselves creatively based on their interpretation of the current year's theme. Students may submit original entries in any of 6 categories: Visual Arts, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Dance Choreography, and Film Production. There is also a Special Artist division for students with disabilities. Entries are judged by local professionals, and top entries will advance to represent RHMS at the LWSD PTA Council competition and maybe on to state and nationals! More information, rules, and entry forms can be found online at the RHMS PTSA website (www.rhmsptsa.org) and in the school lobby. All entries are due to the office by Thursday, November 1st. Be creative and have fun!


Informational Items

Kirkland College and Career Night October 16th, 2018 starting at 5:45pm at Lake Washington High School. You’re invited to attend the first ever Kirkland College and Career Night. Starting at 5:45 pm, students and their families are invited to attend a presentation held in the LWHS Theater by local college representatives on how to maximize your college fair experience. Following the presentation at approximately 6:30-8:00 pm, they will be hosting a college and career fair in the LWHS gymnasium with 60+ colleges and post-secondary opportunities. Please contact mkristjanson@lwsd.org if you have any questions. See you there!

Our 2nd quarter sports season will be starting soon! This season, which runs from Oct. 29th – Dec. 21st, will offer Girls Badminton and Boys Soccer. 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. 24th 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. 24th 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.

Math Club will begin tomorrow, Tuesday, October 16th in Mrs. McFarland’s room #454 (purple pod)—beginning at 2:40 and ending at 4:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend. An ASB card is required and also this complete math club permission slip. Your student can also pick up one from Mrs. McFarland in room 454. Questions?? Please email Mrs. McFarland @ lmcfarland@lwsd.org.

Rose Hill Middle School will be hosting our first student social afterschool on Friday, October 26th. Leading up to our social will be our first Spirit Week of this year! Below are the dress up themes for each day. Please remember that the school dress code still applies to Spirit Day attire:

Monday 10/22: Pajama Day – Start off your week in comfort by wearing pajamas to school.
Tuesday 10/23: Sports Day – Wear your favorite jersey.
Wednesday 10/24: Unity Day - Wear Orange to support Anti-Bullying.
Thursday 10/25: Pair Day – Dress up as a twin with someone or dress up as your favorite duo! (Batman & Robin, Spongebob & Patrick, etc.).
Friday 10/26: Neon Day – Dress up in bright neon colors.

The LWPTSA Council Special Needs Group (SNG) hosts its First Monthly Meeting:
WHEN: Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Networking TIME: 6:30 – 7:00 pm Parent networking & opportunity to meet our new Director of Special Services, Dr. Shannon Hitch and Associate Directors

Meeting TIME: 7:00 – 8:30 pm Dr. Shannon Hitch, LWSD Director, will give an overview of the LWSD Special Services Department, including an introduction of the administrative team that supports all the schools.

LOCATION: Lake Washington School District Resource Center, 16250 NE 74th Street, Redmond (at Redmond Town Center) Parking in back or on the street.

The District offers complimentary child care for our meeting attendees. If you would like to sign up for this service, please email smcenroe@lwsd.org. Include your child's name(s) and age(s) at least three days prior to the meeting date. Subject line of your email: "Child Care at PTSA / meeting". Last minute drop-ins accepted only when space is available as determined at the meeting time. No food or drinks are permitted in the child care area.

WTI (Washington Teen Institute) is our anti-drug and self-esteem organization at Rose Hill Middle School. We like to lead by example. We sponsor various events throughout the school year including guest speakers for the entire school, field trips, training sessions on drug abstinence, refusal skills and drug pharmacology. We visit our feeder elementary schools to deliver our message to our incoming students. We meet one or two times a month at 7:30 in the morning. The organization is open to all of our students in grades 6 thru 8.

WTI has been an integral part of Rose Hill since 1988. WTI has been a leader in our district and the community.

We conduct a yearly fund raiser to support our activities. This year the students are doing a school wide pasta feed with a silent and live Auction. We would like to ask for an item to be donated to our Auction. It could be a gift card, a service, food items, themed baskets, electronics, tickets, special trips, accommodations, games, music and anything else you might think worthy for our cause. The date of our Auction is Tuesday November 6th. 6:00-7:30 pm. Thank you for considering our very worthy program. You are welcome to attend. Tickets are $8.00. Come and enjoy an evening at Rose Hill and listen to the Rose Hill Jazz band and make a few bids.

For further questions or information, please contact Mr. Thornley rthornley@lwsd.org.

Calendar Items

Monday, Oct. 15th:
Bridge Club, 2:30-4:00 pm, Stage Area
Yearbook Club, 2:30-3:15 pm, Mr. Charouhas’ Room #403
GSA Informational Meeting, 2:30 pm, Ms. Ackerman’s Room #476 (Red Pod)
Varsity/JV Basketball Game, 4:00 pm @ Finn Hill MS
Varsity Tennis Match, 4:00 pm, Finn Hill MS
All Other Sports Practices, 2:30-4:00 pm

Tuesday, Oct. 16th:
ASB Meeting, 7:00 am, Mrs. Voet’s Room #404
Pride Time: Healthy Youth Survey for 6th and 8th Graders Only
Guest Speaker in Health Classes – Michelle Brode from Y.E.S. (Suicide Prevention) – Periods 5 and 6

Creative Writing and Art Club, 2:15-3:30 pm, Ms. Ackerman’s Room #476 (Red Pod)
Math Club Begins, 2:35-4:00 pm, Mrs. McFarland’s Room #454 (Purple Pod)
Varsity/JV Basketball Practice, 2:40-3:30 pm, Gym
C Teams Basketball Game, 4:00 pm, @ Rose Hill MS
JV Tennis Match – Team Kaptur, 4:00 pm @ Rose Hill MS
JV Tennis Practice – Team Heimdahl, 2:40-3:30 pm
All Other Sports Practices, 2:30-4:00 pm
PTSA General Membership Meeting, 7:00 pm, Library – Guest Speaker is Matt Gillingham

Wednesday, Oct. 17th:
Varsity Basketball Practice, 6:50-7:30 am, Gym
City of Redmond After Hours Program, 1:00-3:00 pm, Fitness Gym/Gym

Thursday, Oct. 18th:
College Gear Thursday
Honor Society Applications Due, 3:00 pm
Guest Speaker in Health Classes – Michelle Brode from Y.E.S. (Suicide Prevention) – Periods 1-3
Earthquake Drill, 10:18 am
Cross Country Meet, 4:00 pm @ Evergreen MS
Other Sports Practices, 2:30-4:00 pm

Friday, Oct. 19th:
Full Day LEAP for Teachers – No School for Students

Weekly Bulletin #6 - 10/08/2018

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 despite the rain. A huge thank you to all of our parent volunteers who helped out on the course. To date we have raised almost $14,500. Thank you for your support. If you would still like to donate, it is not too late to do so. Please contact Mrs. Love in the main office.

Today is marks the midterm for 1st Quarter. Grades will be up to date in Skyward by the end of the day today and you can check your student’s progress in each class. If you have questions about your student’s grade(s), please contact the teacher directly.

Have a great week ahead!

From the PTSA

From Fundraising
Walk to School Day is this Wednesday, October 10th!

PTSA BBQ!
Please join us in celebrating the new school year and the arrival of fall at our RHMS Family Fall Fest BBQ this Friday, October 12th from 5:00-7:00 pm. Hosted by your PTSA! We will have a cake walk, photo booth, and other fun activities!

The cost is free, so bring your family! See the flyer in this week’s Peachjar and on the homepage of our website: www.rhmsptsa.org.

General Membership meeting and Guest Speaker
Tuesday, October 16th from 7:00-8:30 pm in the RHMS library – free! All are welcome.

We will first approve the budget for the 2018-2019 school year in a short business meeting. Then Matt Gillingham, Director of Student Services at LWSD, will discuss the Healthy Youth Survey, which is being given to all 6th and 8th graders in the district. There will be time for questions afterward.

REFLECTIONS ART PROGRAM: 2018-2019 THEME: “HEROES AROUND ME” Reflections is a National PTA art competition that provides students with an opportunity to express themselves creatively based on their interpretation of the current year's theme. Students may submit original entries in any of 6 categories: Visual Arts, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Dance Choreography, and Film Production. There is also a Special Artist division for students with disabilities. Entries are judged by local professionals, and top entries will advance to represent RHMS at the LWSD PTA Council competition and maybe on to state and nationals! More information, rules, and entry forms can be found online at the RHMS PTSA website (www.rhmsptsa.org) and in the school lobby. All entries are due to the office by Thursday, November 1st. Be creative and have fun!

Thank you to all of our generous donors! If your company matches your donation, please confirm the donation to double your donation at no cost to you! Step-by-step instructions for confirming matching donations are on our website here: Matching Donations Instructions.

New! A Spanish language volunteer response form is now available on our website here: Volunteer Form in Spanish and in the school main office. Thank you to Vanessa Aguiar for translating!

Informational Items

On Thursday, October 11th, 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 “Artistic Choices”. 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. This field trip is made possible with generous support from the PTSA.

Time for mid-term review of your student's progress: It is “mid-quarter grade check time” and due to the wide use of Skyward Family Access by our families, we do not issue and mail out hard copies of student mid-quarter progress reports. Monday, October 8th marks the first quarter mid-term. Although grades can be accessed at any point through Skyward Family Access, they are fully up-to-date at this time.

If you have not had a chance to use Skyward Family Access and the important information available there, please visit our Students and Families page and check it out. In order to get set-up, you must have an email address on file with us. Please contact Mrs. Pizarro in the Counseling office to provide or update your email. If you do not know your login and/or password, you can follow these instructions to get a password reset by email.

After checking your student’s Gradebook in Skyward Family Access, please take a moment to navigate to the “Student Info” Tab to review your student’s emergency contact information. You can email updates to Mrs. Pizarro at jpizarro@lwsd.org . Please note that address changes require that you send to school an address verification document.

Lake Washington School District (LWSD) will accept applications for Highly Capable programs from October 1 until 4 p.m. on October 26, 2018. Any student can apply/be recommended for Highly Capable programs each year. Students must live in Lake Washington School District to apply. Parents of first-grade students attending LWSD schools should not apply during this application period. LWSD first-grade students are screened for Highly Capable Programs in November in their general education classroom. Information nights are available for families each fall. Attendance is not required to apply. To learn more visit: LWSD Accelerated Programs; 425-936-1238; or quest@lwsd.org. Contact Accelerated Programs to access application materials in languages other than English.

Parents of students currently in grades 5-7 are invited to attend the:
Middle School Highly Capable Information Night
Monday, October 8, 2018, 6:00–7:30 p.m.
Lake Washington High School: 12033 NE 80th St., Kirkland, 98033

Kirkland College and Career Night October 16th, 2018 starting at 5:45pm at Lake Washington High School. You’re invited to attend the first ever Kirkland College and Career Night. Starting at 5:45 pm, students and their families are invited to attend a presentation held in the LWHS Theater by local college representatives on how to maximize your college fair experience. Following the presentation at approximately 6:30-8:00 pm, they will be hosting a college and career fair in the LWHS gymnasium with 60+ colleges and post-secondary opportunities. Please contact mkristjanson@lwsd.org if you have any questions. See you there!

Math Club will begin on Tuesday, October 16th in Mrs. McFarland’s room #454 (purple pod)—beginning at 2:40 and ending at 4:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend. An ASB card is required and also this complete math club permission slip. Your student can also pick up one from Mrs. McFarland in room 454. Questions?? Please email Mrs. McFarland @ lmcfarland@lwsd.org

The LWPTSA Council Special Needs Group (SNG) hosts its First Monthly Meeting:

WHEN: Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Networking TIME: 6:30 – 7:00 pm Parent networking & opportunity to meet our new Director of Special Services, Dr. Shannon Hitch and Associate Directors

Meeting TIME: 7:00 – 8:30 pm Dr. Shannon Hitch, LWSD Director, will give an overview of the LWSD Special Services Department, including an introduction of the administrative team that supports all the schools.

LOCATION: Lake Washington School District Resource Center, 16250 NE 74th Street, Redmond (at Redmond Town Center) Parking in back or on the street.

The District offers complimentary child care for our meeting attendees. If you would like to sign up for this service, please email smcenroe@lwsd.org. Include your child's name(s) and age(s) at least three days prior to the meeting date. Subject line of your email: "Child Care at PTSA / meeting". Last minute drop-ins accepted only when space is available as determined at the meeting time. No food or drinks are permitted in the child care area.

Calendar Items

Monday, Oct. 8th:
Foods Class Field Trip – Carnation Farms, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Bridge Club, 2:30-4:00 pm, Stage Area
Yearbook Club, 2:30-3:15 pm, Mr. Charouhas’ Room #403
Honor Society Informational Meeting, 2:35-3:00 pm, Mrs. McFarland’s Room #454 (Purple Pod)
1st Quarter Sports Pictures, 2:40 pm, Gym
Sports Practices, 2:30-4:00 pm

Tuesday, Oct. 9th:
ASB Meeting, 7:00 am, Mrs. Voet’s Room #404
Varsity/JV Basketball Practice, 2:40-4:15 pm, Gym
C Teams Basketball Game, 4:00 pm, @ Finn Hill MS
JV Tennis Match – Team Kaptur, 4:00 pm @ Finn Hill MS
All Other Sports Practices, 2:30-4:00 pm

Wednesday, Oct. 10th:
Varsity Basketball Practice, 6:50-7:30 am, Gym
WEB Leader Meeting, 1:00-2:15 pm, Commons
City of Redmond After Hours Program, 1:00-3:00 pm, Fitness Gym/Gym

Thursday, Oct. 11th:
College Gear Thursday
Art Field Trip – Seattle Art Museum, 9:35 am – 1:30 pm
Varsity/JV Basketball Game, 4:00 pm @ RHMS
C Teams Basketball Practice, 2:40-3:30 pm, Gym
Varsity Tennis Match, 4:00 pm, RHMS
JV Tennis Practice, 2:40-3:30 pm, RHMS
Cross Country Meet, 4:00 pm @ RHMS

Friday, Oct. 12th:
Picture Retake Day, Library, 7:15-10:00 am
Magic: The Gathering Club Begins, 2:30-3:15 pm, Mr. Sarra’s Room #475
Sports Practices, 2:30-4:00 pm
PTSA Sponsored Family BBQ, 5:00-7:00 pm, Commons – FREE!

Saturday, Oct. 13th:
WTI Activity – Tech City Bowl, 9:00-11:00 pm

Weekly Bulletin #5 - 10/01/2018

Weekly Bulletin #4 - 09/24/2018

Weekly Bulletin #3 - 09/17/2018

Dear Rose Hill Middle School Families,

Today your student will be bringing home his or her Royal 5 Self-Assessment to complete and return tomorrow, Tuesday, September 18th.  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. Students who receive at least 15 points in every class are eligible to participate in our first Royal 5 Celebration. If you have questions about the Royal Five, please contact Mr. Griffin at mgriffin@lwsd.org. The documents are attached for your convenience:  Royal 5 Self Assessment Sheet and Royal 5 Assessment Rubric.

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 knows we are working together.

A huge thank you to all our volunteers who helped with laptop distribution- we couldn’t have done it without you!

Join us next Tuesday, September 25th, at 6:30 pm 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 page.  You can access a staff member’s email address on the staff directory page of our website.

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 19th, a student has until Monday, September 24th 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   

Thank you, PTSA volunteers!

Thank you to our Picture Day volunteers: Sujatha Bhoomireddygari, Michela Casazza, Mary Clare, Janice Dannenberg, Sharlene Jones, Michael Knott, Andrea Knott, Stephanie Locke, and Laura Mair.

Thank you to our Laptop Distribution Day volunteers: Beth Benincasa, Sujatha Bhoomireddygari, Heather Buchholz, Michela Casazza, Katie Citron, Mary Clare, Carrie Creek, Denise Ferguson, Sandra Gillespie, Megan Hayton, Michelle Hsu, Bjorg Johannsdottir, Karin Keith, Michael Knott, Jody Lallas, and Amber Wood

From Fundraising:
Rose Hill Middle School Parents,

Please help the PTSA in our main fundraiser for the year - our Pass the Hat.  Flyers will be coming home with your students.  Thank you in advance for supporting your PTSA! 

Your donation dollars at work! Where do your donations go? They stay right here at Rose Hill Middle School to enrich school activities and support the staff and students. Here are just some of the things that your donations funded last year:  Library books, Emergency Preparation supplies, Art Museum field trip, Satellite Club activities, fruit supplements for Pantry Packs.

Parent Education opportunities:
Free! Disability Awareness Event on Tuesday, October 2 at 7:00 pm at the Redmond High School Performing Arts Theater. Sponsored by LWPTSA Council.
Kacey McCallister lost both legs when he was a child but has not let that stop him from doing anything he wants to – come to hear his inspiring story!

LWPTSA Council Brown Bag Session (free) in the Lake Washington Resource Center (in Redmond Town Center).  Helpful Information for the entire community. “You bring your lunch, we’ll provide the information.” Thursday, Oct. 18th, 12-1pm Social and Emotional Learning with Matt Gillingham, LWSD Director of Student Services

Mark your calendars!
Our fall BBQ is on Friday, October 12th from 5:00-7:00 pm in the Commons. Come enjoy dinner, the ever-popular cake walk, and other activities. More information coming soon.

Informational Items

Our 8th grade students will be going on a field trip to the Washington State Fair this Friday, September 21, 2018. A permission slip is available here and hard copies are available in the main office.  Please have your 8th grade student turn in signed permission slips as soon as possible, but no later than Wednesday, September 19th.   We will depart on school buses at 9:35am and return to RHMS by 2:00pm.  Students should bring a sack lunch or money to buy lunch.  Entry to the fair is free, but if your student wants to play games or go on rides, he/she should bring spending money.  To find out more about the fair, including ride ticket prices, click here.   If you have any questions about the field trip contact Mr. Griffin at mgriffin@lwsd.org.

New visitor entry control system increases security for our schools 

The safety and security of students is a top priority of our school and district. One of the new safety enhancements for the 2018-19 school year is the implementation of entry control systems at all schools in the district. These controls will allow schools to keep all exterior doors locked and will require all visitors to use a video call system to request access. These types of systems are similar to how visitors gain access at many apartments or condominiums that keep all entry doors locked. The district now has Entry Control System hardware installed in all schools. The goal of the system is to:

  1. Maintain control of access to the building interior, and
  2. Maintain knowledge of persons entering the building interior.

Rose Hill Middle School began using the new entry control system last week.   Here’s what to expect:

  • All exterior doors will be locked.
  • Visitors will need to use the entry control system video unit to request permission to enter the building.
  • Visitors will be asked their name and the purpose of their visit. 
  • Visitors must then proceed to the office to show picture identification and sign in.

This will be a change for everyone in our community, yet we believe this is a crucial step towards enhancing the safety and security of our school campus. Please allow for extra time if you need to pick your child up early due to a medical appointment, or if you plan to volunteer in the classroom.

Thank you in advance for your patience as we implement this new system. 
For more information about safety in LWSD, visit the safety webpage: www.lwsd.org/safety.

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.

Online Student Information Verification Reminder- closes TODAY: It is very important for your student’s safety that you please keep us updated of any changes to your family’s contact information. All registered families can go online to complete the Online Student Information Verification Process through Skyward Family Access. The online process opened August 15 and closes on September 17. Address changes require that you bring to school a supporting address verification document. After September 17th, any changes to your family’s contact information must be made in person at the Counseling Office.  Find more information about the online information verification process in the Skyward Family Access support page

Is your student interested in learning how to play the card game Bridge?  Contract bridge, or simply bridge, is a trick-taking card game using a standard 52-card deck. In its basic format, it is played by four players in two competing partnerships, with partners sitting opposite each other around a table. Millions of people play bridge worldwide in clubs, tournaments, online and with friends at home, making it one of the world's most popular card games. Use math skills, develop higher level thinking and have fun all at the same time!  Bridge Club starts today, Monday, Sept. 17th from 2:30-4:00 pm in the library.  It’s not necessary to sign up, just have your student come to the library afterschool today.  Bridge Club will meet every Monday from 2:30-4:00 pm or as player attendance dictates.

The AMC (American Mathematics Competition) Test is coming to Rose Hill Middle School Tuesday, November 13th. All students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades are invited to participate.  This a great voluntary and optional opportunity. Please see the competition description below:

The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development of problem-solving skills. The AMC 8 provides an opportunity for middle school students to develop positive attitudes towards analytical thinking and mathematics that can assist in future careers. Students apply classroom skills to unique problem-solving challenges in a low-stress and friendly environment.

Students will need to register for the competition by paying a $3.00 fee in the student office—Ms. Love will take the fee for the competition. The deadline for paying the fee is Wednesday, September 26th. Unfortunately, there will be no late registration, so students will have to register no later than September 26th if they want to participate. The competition will be held at Rose Hill in a place yet to be determined but will begin promptly at 2:45 PM and end between 3:40 and 3:45 PM. If you would like to know more, please follow this link: https://www.maa.org/math-competitions/amc-8  Proctor and organizer for the competition is Katie Folkman (Algebra/Geometry teacher) cfolkman@lwsd.org . We are happy and excited to offer this opportunity for our students! 

Travel to China in 2019
Is your child ready for an adventure of a lifetime? If so, then they may be interested in an exciting service learning opportunity available for the summer of 2019. Over the last 3 summers, Mrs. Debi Nelson has traveled with students to Ecuador, 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 China for summer 2019. This will be a remarkable opportunity to bring your child’s    ancient civilizations studies to life. They’ve seen it in books but now they can experience the art, history and culture of China firsthand. Not only will they be able to see the sites they’ve read about like the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, and the Summer Palace, they will work alongside locals in rural China as they perform meaningful service in a WE Villages community. A quick 30-minute information meeting for parents and students who are interested in learning more about being a part of this immersive experience will be held at 7:30 PM on October 4 at the Redmond Community Center – Marymoor Village (6505 176th Ave NE, Redmond). If you are interested in learning more please RSVP at https://tinyurl.com/China2019-Nelson. Please email Mrs. Nelson at debinelson@live.com if you have any additional questions.  

*This is not a district or school sponsored trip.

Calendar Items

Monday, Sept. 17th:
Pride Time – Fire Drill with full evacuation, 10:00 am
Royal 5 Assessment Sheets passed out to students during 6th period – Due Tomorrow
Bridge Club Begins, 2:30-4:00 pm, Location TBD
C Teams Basketball Practice, 2:40-4:15 pm, Gym
Varsity/JV Basketball Practice, 4:15-5:45 pm, Gym
All Other Sports Practices, 2:30-4:00 pm

Tuesday, Sept. 18th:
ASB Meeting, 7:00 am, Mrs. Voet’s Room #404
Pride Time – Intervention Help Begins, 9:44-10:18 am
Varsity/JV Basketball Practice, 2:40-4:15 pm, Gym
C Teams Basketball Practice, 4:15-5:45 pm, Gym
All Other Sports Practices, 2:30-4:00 pm

Wednesday, Sept. 19th:
8th Grade Field Trip to the Fair Permission Slips Due
Varsity Basketball Practice, 6:50 am, Gym
City of Redmond After Hours Program Begins, 1:00-3:00 pm, Fitness Gym/Gym
Elementary Orchestra Information Night, 6:30 pm, Commons

Thursday, Sept. 20th:
College Gear Thursday
Varsity/JV Basketball Practice, 2:30-4:15 pm, Gym
C Teams Basketball Practice, 4:15-5:45 pm, Gym
All Other Sports Practices, 2:30-4:00 pm

Friday, Sept. 21st :
8th Grade Field Trip to the WA State Fair, Puyallup – 9:30 am – 2:00 pm
Royal 5 Celebration for 6th/7th Graders, 1:00-2:30 pm
Magic: The Gathering Club Begins, 2:30-3:15 pm, Mr. Sarra’s Room #475
C Teams Basketball Practice, 2:40-4:15 pm, Gym
Varsity/JV Basketball Practice, 4:15-5:45 pm, Gym
All Other Sports Practices, 2:30-4:00 pm

Weekly Bulletin #2 - 09/10/2018

Dear Rose Hill Middle School Families,

It was a great first week of school.  A huge thank you to our volunteers who helped out with picture day on Friday!

This week please review and discuss the RHMS Student Handbook and the LWSD Student Rights and Responsibilities with your student.  We are doing several presentations with students to review the documents and next week your student will be taking an open book quiz to demonstrate their understanding.

Online Student Information Verification Reminder: It is very important for your student’s safety that you please keep us updated of any changes to your family’s contact information. All registered families can go online to complete the Online Student Information Verification Process through Skyward Family Access. The online process opened August 15 and closes on September 17. Address changes require that you bring to school a supporting address verification document. After September 17th, any changes to your family’s contact information must be made in person at the Counseling Office.  Find more information about the online information verification process in the Skyward Family Access support page.

Our 8th grade students will be going on a field trip to the Washington State Fair on Friday, September 21, 2018. A permission slip is available here and hard copies are available in the main office.  Please have your 8th grade student turn in signed permission slips as soon as possible, but no later than Wednesday, September 19th.   We will depart on school buses at 9:35am and return to RHMS by 2:00pm.  Students should bring a sack lunch or money to buy lunch.  Entry to the fair is free, but if your student wants to play games or go on rides, he/she should bring spending money.  To find out more about the fair, including ride ticket prices, click here.   If you have any questions about the field trip contact Mr. Griffin at mgriffin@lwsd.org.

A reminder that this Thursday, September 13, your student will receive a district-owned laptop to enhance his or her academic experience this year.  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 here  (Español) Please print and have your student return the laptop agreement to his/her Social Studies teacher on or before September 13, 2018.

From the PTSA                                                                                   

RHMS PTSA welcomes you (back) to Rose Hill!

RHMS PTSA’s mission is to enhance the education of all students at RHMS and support RHMS students, staff, and families. You can help us fulfill our mission in three ways:

  • Become a member – it’s easy! You can join through our website (www.rhmsptsa.org) and pay by credit card, or fill out the RHMS PTSA paper membership form in the First Day Packet and return it to the RHMS main office anytime with a check.
  • Donate – only a few dollars of your membership dues stay at RHMS PTSA. Most of it goes to on to the state and national levels to fund training and advocacy.
  • Volunteer – return the pink volunteer response form in the First Day packet to the RHMS main office anytime, or complete it on our website (www.rhmsptsa.org).

From Fundraising:
Welcome Back RHMS!  We have our annual Pass The Hat fundraiser going on. Money raised will benefit our amazing school. Flyers are going home with students this week.

Mark your calendars!
Our PTSA Back To School BBQ is on Friday, October 12th from 5:00-7:00 pm. Come enjoy dinner, the ever-popular cake walk, and other activities. More information coming soon.

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.

FIRST SEASON SPORTS start TODAY, September 10th: 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 this Thursday, Sept. 13th at 6:00 pm in the Commons.  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.

Is your student interested in learning how to play the card game Bridge?  Contract bridge, or simply bridge, is a trick-taking card game using a standard 52-card deck. In its basic format, it is played by four players in two competing partnerships, with partners sitting opposite each other around a table. Millions of people play bridge worldwide in clubs, tournaments, online and with friends at home, making it one of the world's most popular card games. Use math skills, develop higher level thinking and have fun all at the same time!  Bridge Club is starting up next Monday, Sept. 17th from 2:30-4:00 pm in the library.  It’s not necessary to sign up, just have your student come to the library afterschool next Monday.  Bridge Club will meet every Monday from 2:30-4:00 pm or as player attendance dictates.

The AMC (American Mathematics Competition) Test is coming to Rose Hill Middle School Tuesday, November 13th. All students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades are invited to participate.  This a great voluntary and optional opportunity. Please see the competition description below:

The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development of problem-solving skills. The AMC 8 provides an opportunity for middle school students to develop positive attitudes towards analytical thinking and mathematics that can assist in future careers. Students apply classroom skills to unique problem-solving challenges in a low-stress and friendly environment.

Students will need to register for the competition by paying a $3.00 fee in the student office—Ms. Love will take the fee for the competition. The deadline for paying the fee is Wednesday, September 26th. Unfortunately, there will be no late registration, so students will have to register no later than September 26th if they want to participate. The competition will be held at Rose Hill in a place yet to be determined but will begin promptly at 2:45 PM and end between 3:40 and 3:45 PM. If you would like to know more, please follow this link: https://www.maa.org/math-competitions/amc-8  Proctor and organizer for the competition is Katie Folkman (Algebra/Geometry teacher) cfolkman@lwsd.org. We are happy and excited to offer this opportunity for our students! 

Calendar Items

Monday, Sept. 10th:
1st Quarter Sports Begin, 2:30-4:00 pm

Tuesday, , Sept. 11th:
ASB Meeting, 7:00 am, Mrs. Voet’s Room #404
AVID Classes Pancake Breakfast, 8:00-8:50 am, Commons
Sports Practices, 2:30-4:00 pm

Wednesday, , Sept. 12th:
Early Release (LEAP) Wednesdays Begin – Students dismissed at 1:00 pm

Thursday, , Sept. 13th:
Laptop Distribution Day – Laptop Agreement Form Needed
College Gear Thursday
Varsity/JV Basketball Practice, 4:15-5:45 pm, Gym
C Teams Basketball Practice, 2:30-4:15 pm, Gym
All Other Sports Practices, 2:30-4:00 pm
All Sports Parent Meeting, 6:00 pm, Commons

Friday, Sept. 14th:
Pride Time - Fire Drill, 9:44 am
Varsity/JV Basketball Practice, 2:30-4:15 pm, Gym
C Teams Basketball Practice, 4:15-5:45 pm, Gym
All Other Sports Practices, 2:30-4:00 pm

Monday, Sept. 17th:
Bridge Club Begins, 2:30-4:00 pm, Library

Tuesday, Sept. 25th:
Curriculum Night, 6:30-8:30 pm

Weekly Bulletin #1 - 09/04/2018

Dear Rose Hill Middle School Families,

Welcome to the start of the 2018-2019 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 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 families 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.

School pictures are this Friday, September 7th.  Picture packet information was mailed home to you. In case you missed it, an order form is attached here. 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. 

Next Thursday, September 13, 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.  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. 

Please print and have your student return the laptop agreement to his/her Social Studies teacher on or before September 13, 2018.  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  (Espanol). 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. 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.

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 7:00am to 8:00am Monday-Friday.  The loop will reopen for pick-up at 2:25pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and at 12:55 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 in the bus or parking loop
  • 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. 

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                                                                               

RHMS PTSA welcomes you (back) to Rose Hill!

RHMS PTSA’s mission is to enhance the education of all students at RHMS and support RHMS students, staff, and families. You can help us fulfill our mission in three ways:

  • Become a member – it’s easy! You can join through our website (www.rhmsptsa.org) and pay by credit card, or fill out the RHMS PTSA paper membership form in the First Day Packet and return it to the RHMS main office anytime with a check.
  • Donate – only a few dollars of your membership dues stay at RHMS PTSA. Most of it goes to on to the state and national levels to fund training and advocacy.
  • Volunteer – return the pink volunteer response form in the First Day packet to the RHMS main office anytime, or complete it on our website (www.rhmsptsa.org).

Mark your calendars!
Our PTSA Back To School BBQ has been rescheduled for Friday, October 12 from 5-7 PM. Come enjoy dinner, the ever-popular cake walk, and other activities. More information coming soon.

Informational Items

FIRST SEASON SPORTS start next Monday, September 10th: If your student is interested in playing a 1st quarter sport - Boys’ Tennis, Boys’ Basketball, 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. 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. 13th 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 .

Calendar Items

Wednesday, Sept. 5th:
Student Dismissal at 2:30 pm – No Wednesday Early Release

Friday, Sept. 8th:
Picture Day, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Monday, Sept. 10th:
1st Quarter Sports Begin, 2:30-4:00 pm

Thursday, Sept. 13th:
All Sports Parent Meeting, 6:00 pm, Gym

Tuesday, Sept. 25th:
Curriculum Night, 6:30-8:30 pm

2019