Newsletter

2019

Weekly Bulletin #14 - 11/27/2019

Dear Rose Hill Middle School Families,

Due to the short week this week, the bulletin is being sent out earlier than usual.

Our ASB is holding a Food Drive to support our local community beginning on Monday. Items needed most are tuna and canned meats, canned fruit, boxed pasta meals, Top Ramen, canned vegetables, chili, soup, toilet paper and baby wipes. The Hopelink Food Bank serves hundreds of local families every week. Drop off your donations in the office between December 2nd through December 17th! Thank you for giving during this holiday season! 

Happy Thanksgiving!

From the PTSA

RHMS PTSA December membership meeting:The next PTSA membership meeting will be a short one to elect our Nominating Committee. The meeting will take place right before the orchestra/band/choir concert at 6:40pm on Tuesday, Dec 10, 2019 in the hallway outside the RHMS gym. If you have any questions, or would like to serve on the Nominating Committee, please contact president@rhmsptsa.org

Scholarship Basket Auction & Raffle - Thursday, December 5th at 10:00 am at the Lake Washington Resource Center at the Redmond Town Center. Participation in the LWPTSA Council Basket Auction and Raffle is a great way to support LWSD students and get some holiday shopping done at the same time. All are welcome, so invite a friend!

You can view the Auction Catalog online – can you spot the RHMS PTSA basket? The baskets are on view and available for bids at the LWSD Resource Center until December 5th. All proceeds go to scholarships for LWSD graduating seniors and continuing education scholarships for staff. 
Questions? Email Auction Co-Chairs Colette Ulloa and Melissa Stone at auction@lwptsa.net

Support RHMS PTSA with your holiday shopping – at no extra cost to you!
Do you shop at amazon.com? Your purchases can make a difference! AmazonSmile donates to Rose Hill Middle School PTSA – at no extra cost to you! Click this link to get started https://smile.amazon.com/ch/91-1102671 or visit our fundraising page for more information. Thank you for your support!

Informational Items

On Friday, December 6th, we will hold our first Dance/Social of the year. There will be dancing, a movie in the library, snacks, and fun all around. All Rose Hill Middle School students are invited to attend. The dance starts at 2:30 and ends at 4:30 pm. Entry to the dance will close at 3:00. When the dance ends at 4:30, 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 beginning Tuesday, Dec. 3rd and after school through lunch time on Friday. Tickets will not be sold at the door or afterschool on Friday. Tickets are $5 with ASB membership, $7 without ASB, and free if students have the Royal Pride card (crown on the card). If you notice your student doesn’t have the crown on their card, but you paid for the Royal Pride Package, have your student come to the office and a new card will be printed. All students attending need to bring their student ID card to the social and plan to stay until 4:30. 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. Wade at lwade@lwsd.org   *This event is for Rose Hill Middle School students only. No guests.

Calendar Items

Monday, Dec. 2nd:

  • 2-Week Food Drive Begins – Donations can be dropped off in the Main Office
  • Yearbook Club, 2:30-3:30 pm, Mr. Charouhas’ Room #403
  • GSA Club, 2:30-3:00 pm, Ms. Ackerman’s Room #476 (Red Pod)


Tuesday, Dec. 3rd:

  • Pride Time – 8th Grade 1st Quarter Recognition Assembly, Commons
  • Creative Writing and Art Club, 2:30-3:15 pm, Ms. Ackerman’s Room #476 (Red Pod)
  • Math Club, 2:30-4:00 pm, Mrs. McFarland’s Room #454 (Purple Pod)
  • Badminton Pictures, 2:30 pm, Gym
  • Varsity/JV Boys Soccer Match, 4:00 pm, Lake Washington High School
  • Regional Soccer Game – Team Reed – 4:00 pm @ Juanita High School
  • Regional Soccer Game – Team O’Brien – 5:00 pm @ Juanita High School


Wednesday, Dec. 4th:

  • City of Redmond After Hours Program, 1:00-3:00 pm, Gym
  • Regional Soccer Game – Team Riedeman – 4:00 pm @ Lake Washington High School
  • Regional Soccer Game – Team Reed – 5:00 pm @ Lake Washington High School


Thursday, Dec. 5th:

  • College Gear ThursdayMagic Club (the card game), 2:30-3:30 pm, Mr. Sarra’s Room #475 (Red Pod)
  • Bridge Club, 2:30-4:00 pm, Stage Area
  • Girls Badminton Match, 4:00 pm @ Kirkland Middle School
  • Varsity/JV Boys Soccer Match, 4:00 pm, Lake Washington High School


Friday, Dec. 6th:

  • All School Social, 2:30-4:30 pm
  • Creative Writing and Art Club, 2:30-3:15 pm, Ms. Ackerman’s Room #476 (Red Pod) Cancelled due to Social
  • Regional Soccer Game – Team O’Brien – 4:00 pm @ Lake Washington High School
  • Regional Soccer Game – Team Reed – 5:00 pm @ Lake Washington High School

Proud to be a Royal,

Erin Bowser

Weekly Bulletin #13 - 11/22/2019

Dear Rose Hill Middle School Families,

We have a short week next week with student dismissal at 11:00am on Wednesday.  No lunch will be served on Wednesday.  There is no school on Thursday or Friday due to the Thanksgiving holiday. 

In partnership with our Multicultural Club, please join us in raising awareness for Indigenous Women. On Tuesday, November 26th, we are asking for all students and staff to wear something red to school. We do this to bring awareness to Indigenous Women.  The REDress Project started five years ago when a Metis artist from Canada, Jaime Black, collected red dresses and hung them in public to raise awareness of the Indigenous women that are no longer present. There are more missing and murdered Indigenous women in Seattle than in any other area in the United States.

This week two Kirkland Police Officers visited me to express concerns about ongoing reports from Bridle Trails businesses regarding inappropriate behavior of our RHMS students. If your student visits Starbucks, Bartell Drugs, Dollar Tree, Grocery Outlet, etc. without direct adult supervision, please remind your student to use appropriate language, to use appropriate voice levels, to throw away their garbage and to refrain from rowdy behavior like pushing. It might be helpful to discuss what your student should do if they are with a group that is not behaving appropriately.  We will remind students to do these things, too. We want our community to know how great the students are at RHMS! 

Professional artist and parent Keegan Hall came into an Exploratory Art class recently to discuss his career with students. Keegan creates photo-realistic drawings in pencil with an incredible amount of detail and precision. He has teamed up with many Seattle athletes to donate money from the selling of his art to charities. Students found Keegan’s PowerPoint presentation educational, enlightening, and engaging. Thank you, Keegan!

The 7th and 8th grade Visual Art field trip to the Seattle Art Museum is coming up on December 19th and 20th. Thank you to the PTSA for funding this field trip. This year’s field trip will focus on the museum’s permanent collection and the elements of design. There will be a tour and hands on workshop. More information to come.

Enjoy the Thanksgiving Break ahead. Thank you for sending us your kids each day and for your continued support and partnership. Enjoy time with your families and friends.

Have a great weekend!

From the PTSA

RHMS PTSA December membership meeting:
The next PTSA membership meeting will be a short one to elect our Nominating Committee. The meeting will take place right before the orchestra/band/choir concert at 6:40pm on Tuesday, Dec 10, 2019 in the hallway outside the RHMS gym. If you have any questions, or would like to serve on the Nominating Committee, please contact president@rhmsptsa.org

Scholarship Basket Auction & Raffle - Thursday, December 5th at 10:00 am at the Lake Washington Resource Center at the Redmond Town Center
Participation in the LWPTSA Council Basket Auction and Raffle is a great way to support LWSD students and get some holiday shopping done at the same time. All are welcome, so invite a friend

You can view the Auction Catalog online – can you spot the RHMS PTSA basket? The baskets are on view and available for bids at the LWSD Resource Center until December 5th. All proceeds go to scholarships for LWSD graduating seniors and continuing education scholarships for staff. 
Questions? Email Auction Co-Chairs Colette Ulloa and Melissa Stone at auction@lwptsa.net

Informational Items

Lost and Found: Our lost and found items are overflowing. Please encourage your student to check for any missing items during their lunch or before or after school.  They have also been reminded to do this during lunches this week. All unclaimed items will be donated to charity after November 27th.

On Friday, December 6th, we will hold our first Dance/Social of the year. There will be dancing, a movie in the library, snacks, and fun all around. All Rose Hill Middle School students are invited to attend. The dance starts at 2:30 and ends at 4:30 pm. Entry to the dance will close at 3:00. When the dance ends at 4:30, 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 beginning Tuesday, Dec. 3rd and after school through lunch time on Friday. Tickets will not be sold at the door or afterschool on Friday. Tickets are $5 with ASB membership, $7 without ASB, and free if students have the Royal Pride card (crown on the card). If you notice your student doesn’t have the crown on their card, but you paid for the Royal Pride Package, have your student come to the office and a new card will be printed. All students attending need to bring their student ID card to the social and plan to stay until 4:30. 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. Wade at lwade@lwsd.org   *This event is for Rose Hill Middle School students only. No guests.

RHMS Counseling:
Character Strong: This week’s advisory lesson compared fixed mindsets vs. a growth mindset. Students discussed the benefits of a growth mindset.   Pay it Forward is the character dare this week; join your student in showing random acts of kindness without looking for something in return.

ASB is holding a Food Drive to support our local community by donating to Hopelink. Items needed most are tuna and canned meats, canned fruit, boxed pasta meals, Top Ramen, canned vegetables, chili, soup, toilet paper and baby wipes. The Hopelink Food Bank serves hundreds of local families every week. Drop off your donations in the office between December 2nd through December 17th! Thank you for giving during this holiday season! 

Costly Laptop Repairs: Friendly reminder that district student laptops are district property.  Please remind your student to be extra cautious with the laptop.  Many of the laptops are not covered by Accidental Damage Protection leaving families responsible for any fines resulting from computer damage.  Due to this, it is highly recommended to purchase laptop insurance for the school year.  Laptop insurance can be purchased through Worth Group.

Calendar Items

Monday, Nov. 25th:

  • Yearbook Club, 2:30-3:30 pm, Mr. Charouhas’ Room #403
  • GSA Club, 2:30-3:00 pm, Ms. Ackerman’s Room #476 (Red Pod)
  • Elementary Band Concerts
    • 4th Grade Band, 6:30 pm, Commons
    • 5th Grade Band, 7:30 pm, Commons

Tuesday, Nov. 26th:

  • REDress Project Day – Wear Red to support Indigenous Women
  • Creative Writing and Art Club, 2:30-3:15 pm, Ms. Ackerman’s Room #476 (Red Pod)
  • Math Club, 2:30-4:00 pm, Mrs. McFarland’s Room #454 (Purple Pod)
  • Regional Soccer Game – Team Fure – 4:00 pm @ Juanita High School
  • Regional Soccer Game – Team O’Brien – 5:00 pm @ Juanita High School

Wednesday, Nov. 27th:

  • Half Day – Student Dismissal at 11:00 am (No lunches served)
  • City of Redmond After Hours Program, 1:00-3:00 pm, Fitness Gym/Gym - Cancelled due to early dismissal

Thursday, Nov. 28th:

  • NO SCHOOL – Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, Nov. 29th:

  • NO SCHOOL – Thanksgiving Holiday

Proud to be a Royal,

Erin Bowser

Weekly Bulletin #12 - 11/15/2019

Dear Rose Hill Middle School Families,

Students will be bringing home First Quarter Report Cards today. Be sure to ask your student to see their report card. If they do not have it, you can access the first quarter grades on Skyward. If you have any questions about your student’s grade in a class, please contact the teacher directly.  Staff contact information can be found here: RHMS Staff Directory.  

In partnership with our Multicultural Club, please join us in raising awareness for Indigenous Women. There are more missing and murdered Indigenous women in Seattle than in any other area in the United States. Have you heard the media cover this story? We are concerned the color of a person’s skin dictates the level of care and concern. On Tuesday, November 26th, we are asking for all students and staff to wear something red to school. We do this to bring awareness to Indigenous Women.  The REDress Project started five years ago when a Metis artist from Canada, Jaime Black, collected red dresses and hung them in public to raise awareness of the Indigenous women that are no longer present. The campaign now has a following in the United States as well as Canada.

Also, there is a free showing of the documentary, "Warrior Women"  at Bellevue High School on Tuesday, November 19th. Doors open at 6:30 pm with the program beginning at 6:45pm. “Warrior Women” is the story of mothers and daughters fighting for Indigenous rights.

Have a great weekend!

From the PTSA

RHMS PTSA Board meeting
The next PTSA board meeting is on Tuesday, Nov 19th at 7:00 pm in the RHMS library. PTSA members who are not board members but would like to see how the board conducts business are welcome to attend. If you have any questions, please contact president@rhmsptsa.org

From Fundraising:
Thank you to all the students who turned in the City of Redmond’s October Walk to School calendar. RHMS PTSA collected 212 calendars, which equates to $1,060 that will be used for PTSA-sponsored events at the school. Our next fundraiser will be a dining out event in January. Details will follow at the beginning of the new year.

Listening Session on Access & Inclusion
The LWPTSA Council Special Education Group and LWPTSA Council will be hosting a PTSA Listening Session on Access and Inclusion. The discussion will center on ways to make local PTSA events and activities accessible for and inclusive of all students and their families. Continue reading.

When & where: Nov 19th at LWSD Resource Center, 16250 NE 74th Street, Redmond 98052

  • 6:30 pm: Parent networking & opportunity to meet Director of Special Services, Dr. Shannon Hitch and staff.
  • 7:00 pm: Panel discussion on access & inclusion.

Parent Education opportunities:
FREE Showing of the “Screenagers” Film series
Nov. 21st  at 7:00 PM: Screenagers: Next Chapter at Finn Hill Middle School (8040 NE 132nd St, Kirkland, WA 98034) There will be a discussion panel after the viewing.
Tickets are free but required – reserve them here. Download a flyer to share 

All are invited to a screening of Angst on Nov. 21st from 6:30-8:30 pm in the Peter Kirk Elementary Commons (1312 6th St, Kirkland, WA 98033). Michelle Brode, behavior support health specialist from Youth Eastside Services, will lead a discussion immediately following the film. Tickets are free, but space is limited. Students aged 10+ are welcome to attend. Register at lwsf.org/youthmentalwellness

November Brown Bag: School Choice (This is not about choice schools.)
All are invited to LWPTSA Council’s November Brown Bag on School Choice with Dr. Jon Holmen, LWSD Deputy Superintendent. Bring your lunch and learn! Free!

When: Thursday, November 21st from Noon – 1:00 pm (free; no RSVP necessary)
Where: LWSD Resource Center Board Room

Download flyers in Spanish, Russian or Chinese. Find the 2019-2020 Brown Bag schedule on LWPTSA Council’s website.

Informational Items

Short Week Nov. 25-27th: In observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday, there will be no school on Thursday, Nov. 28th and Friday, Nov. 29th. Wednesday, Nov. 27th will be a half day. Students will be dismissed at 11:00 am. No lunches will be served. Enjoy time with family and friends!

RHMS Counseling:
Character Strong: This week’s advisory lesson did a deeper dive into Mindfulness and our Emotion, Reason and Wise Minds. The “Delightful Door” is the character dare this week; join your student in opening the door for everyone you see for the next 24 hours. Make kindness the new normal.

Cultural Game Day: We’re organizing an event at school wherein students play games from cultures around the world. The goal is to recognize and celebrate the diversity at RHMS. We need your help!! We will have a planning meeting in early 2020; please start thinking about a game you would like highlighted. Please contact your student’s school counselor if you have any questions or are interested in participating.

Term 1 Report Cards sent home with your student

 Report Cards for first term went home with your student today. No need to wait for their arrival, though. Your students’ grades are already available for your review online through Skyward Family Access.  If you have not had a chance to use Skyward Family Access, please visit www.rhms.lwsd.org/studentsfamilies and check it out!.

Calendar Items

Monday, Nov. 18th:

  • Yearbook Club, 2:30-3:30 pm, Mr. Charouhas’ Room #403
  • GSA Club, 2:30-3:00 pm, Ms. Ackerman’s Room #476 (Red Pod)
  • Girls Badminton Match, 4:00 pm @ Finn Hill Middle School

Tuesday, Nov. 19th:

  • Creative Writing and Art Club, 2:30-3:15 pm, Ms. Ackerman’s Room #476 (Red Pod)
  • Math Club, 2:30-4:00 pm, Mrs. McFarland’s Room #454 (Purple Pod)
  • PTSA Board Meeting, 7:00 pm, RHMS Library


Wednesday, Nov. 20th:

  • ASB Meeting, 7:15 am, Library
  • City of Redmond After Hours Program, 1:00-3:00 pm, Gym
  • Regional Soccer Game – Team Riedeman – 4:00 pm @ Redmond High School
  • Regional Soccer Game – Team Fure – 5:00 pm @ Redmond High School

Thursday, Nov. 21st:

  • College Gear Thursday
  • Magic Club (the card game), 2:30-3:30 pm, Mr. Sarra’s Room #475 (Red Pod)
  • Bridge Club, 2:30-4:00 pm, Stage Area
  • Regional Soccer Game – Team Reed – 4:00 pm @ Lake Washington High School
  • Regional Soccer Game – Team O'Brien – 5:00 pm @ Lake Washington High School

Friday, Nov. 22nd:

  • Pride Time – Teen Advisory Board Meeting, 9:44-10:18 am, Library
  • Creative Writing and Art Club, 2:30-3:15 pm, Ms. Ackerman’s Room #476 (Red Pod)
  • Girls Badminton Match, 4:00 pm @ Rose Hill MS
  • Varsity/JV Boys Soccer Match, 4:00 pm, Juanita High School

Proud to be a Royal,

Erin Bowser

Weekly Bulletin #10 - 11/01/2019

Dear Rose Hill Middle School Families,

Tuesday, November 5th is the end of our first quarter.  Be sure to check your student’s grades in Skyward so there are no surprises when report cards are finalized on November 12th.  Again, if you have specific concerns in a particular class, please contact the teacher directly.  Sixth grade students who are in the Royal Exploratory elective will change their elective class on Wednesday.  Not to worry- it is the same period as their current elective and teachers will be sure they get to the right class.

As we head in to November, the possibility of inclement weather increases. 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 about how decision are made, visit the School Closures and Late Starts page.

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 hard 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 he/she should remain at home (Too Sick For School? ) Students who have been vomiting, had diarrhea or fever must stay home 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 Mr. Bauman at chbauman@lwsd.org. Thank you for doing your part to keep everyone healthy!

Remind your student to always use marked crosswalks, to look both ways when crossing the street and to stay on the sidewalk when waiting to be picked up by the bus in the morning.  In addition, it’s always a good idea to make sure your student has visible clothing and/or reflective gear when waiting for the bus, walking or biking to school. 

Have a great weekend- remember, clocks go back an hour on Saturday night!
 

From the PTSA

Thank you volunteers!
PTSA would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of our volunteers that made a difference and ensured that the Hearing and Vision Screening (October 29th) and the Staff Appreciation event (October 25th) ran smoothly. Special thanks to our volunteers Michela Casazza and Denise Ferguson for chairing the Hearing and Vision and Staff Appreciation events respectively. If you would like to volunteer or would like more information about volunteer opportunities, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Andrea Knott at volunteer@rhmsptsa.org 

From Fundraising
October is Walk to School Month and the Redmond SchoolPool Program is challenging families to drive less. Every calendar that gets turned in with at least 1 bike, walk, bus, or carpool trip logged raises money that goes straight to RHMS PTSA. Students who participate will receive a coupon for a free cookie at Hoffman's bakery.

RHMS PTSA will be collecting calendars on Monday, November 4th during the lunch periods.

Matching your donations
Did you donate to PTSA's Pass the Hat fundraiser and/or to the ASB's Fun Run fundraiser this year? Does your employer match the charitable donations of its employees? If you answered yes to either question, please remember to complete the necessary paperwork with your employer to ensure that PTSA and ASB receives the matching dollars. You will need to match the donations to RHMS PTSA 2.8.85 and RHMS ASB in two separate matching requests because PTSA and ASB are two separate organizations. If you have questions about ASB donations, please contact Mrs. Love in the Main Office. If you have questions about, or need a receipt for, PTSA donations, please contact president@rhmsptsa.org. Thank you!

FREE Showing of the “Screenagers” Film series
Each showing will host a discussion panel after the viewing.

Tickets are free but required. Download a flyer to share 

Informational Items

Rose Hill Middle School WTI, our self-esteem and drug awareness club, is holding its 4th annual Fundraiser: The Pasta, Pie Feed, and Auction on Tuesday November 5th. 6:00-7:30 pm.  Please stop by, eat, listen to the Jazz band, and make a few bids.  The students are looking for additional auction items. If you have means to items or services, the students will welcome them.  Contact advisor Mr. Thornley rthornley@lwsd.org

Did you know the Skyward App is available for your phone? By downloading it, you can check grades, attendance, and much more right at your fingertips. Attendance is shown in real time, so if you receive an automated call saying your child was late or absent from school, you may be able to relieve your anxiety immediately by checking the App and seeing that he/she was late to a class instead of not being at school at all. This is just one way the Skyward App can help you be connected and informed about your student!

Celebrate Unity Day Wednesday, November 6th – Wear Orange! Due to Unity Day taking place during spirit week, we are going to celebrate it on November 6th instead. Please tell your students to wear Orange next Wednesday! Together against bullying. UNITED for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.

Make it ORANGE and make it end! What are your true colors when it comes to showing that you believe that all youth should be safe from bullying? Come together in one giant ORANGE message of hope and support, WEAR AND SHARE ORANGE to color our nation, and even the world, visibly showing that our society believes that no child should ever experience bullying. In Advisory class next week, we will also begin Character Strong lessons on Kindness.

Calendar Items

Monday, Nov. 4th:

  • SchoolPool Calendars collected during all lunches
  • Yearbook Club, 2:30-3:30 pm, Mr. Charouhas’ Room #403
  • GSA Club, 2:30-3:00 pm, Ms. Ackerman’s Room #476 (Red Pod)
  • Sports Practices, 2:30-4:00 pm

Tuesday, Nov. 5th:

  • Last Day of 1st Quarter
  • Pride Time – 6th Grade Royal 5 celebration, 9:44-10:18 am
  • Multicultural Club, 2:30-3:30 pm, Mr. Eberhardt’s Room #336 – Guest Speaker: Mary Wilbur
  • Math Club, 2:30-4:00 pm, Mrs. McFarland’s Room #454 (Purple Pod)
  • Sports Practices, 2:30-4:00 pm
  • WTI Pasta Feed/Pie/Auction, 6:00-7:30 pm, Commons

Wednesday, Nov. 6th:

  • Unity Day (observed) – Wear Orange to support anti-bullying
  • City of Redmond After Hours Program, 1:00-3:00 pm, Gym

Thursday, Nov. 7th:

  • College Gear Thursday
  • Natural Leaders Skyward Training, 9:00-10:15 am, Mr. Charouhas’ Room #403
  • Pride Time – 7th Grade Royal 5 celebration, 9:44-10:18 am
  • Magic Club (the card game), 2:30-3:30 pm, Mr. Sarra’s Room #475 (Red Pod)
  • Bridge Club, 2:30-4:00 pm, Location TBD
  • Sports Practices, 2:30-4:00 pm

Friday, Nov. 8th:

  • Veteran’s Day Assembly, 9:00 am
  • Sports Practices, 2:30-4:00 pm

Monday, Nov. 11th:

  • NO SCHOOL – Veteran’s Day (Building closed)

Proud to be a Royal,

Erin Bowser

Weekly Bulletin #9 - 10/25/2019

Dear Rose Hill Middle School Families,

Thank you for your support of our ASB through our annual RHMS Fun Run!  Students and staff were full of school spirit this week and had contagious energy. A huge thank you to all of our parent volunteers who helped out on the course. To date we have raised almost $10,000.  Thank you for your support.  If you would still like to donate, it is not too late to do so. You can send cash or check with your student to the main office. Want to Donate to the Fun Run Online? Here’s How:

  • Log into Parent Access
  • Click on your Student’s Name
  • Click “Products” at student’s school
  • Click “Donations”
  • Click “ASB Fun Run

Grandparents or others who don’t have a student at RHMS can donate by using this link: https://donations.lwsd.org/. Again, please indicate it is for RHMS ASB Fun Run in the Item Section. Thank you for your support!

Thank you to our PTSA and all volunteers who went out of their way to provide a wonderful breakfast this morning!  Staff enjoyed the special treats and gave them a little extra boost for the afternoon Fun Run.  Thank you!

On Monday your student will be bringing home his or her Royal 5 Self-Assessment to complete and return on Tuesday, October 29th.  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 Ms. Tollefsen at ktollefsen@lwsd.org..  The documents are attached for your convenience: Royal 5 Self Assessment  and Royal 5 Assessment and Rubric 

And finally, a reminder about Halloween on Thursday.  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 weekend!

From the PTSA

Reflections entries are due in less than a week!
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. There is also a Special Artist division for students with disabilities. Entries are judged by a panel of local professionals, on guidelines given by National PTA. Top entries will advance to represent RHMS PTSA at the LWPTSA Council competition and may go on to state and nationals! For more information on the categories, the rules, and the entry forms please visit the RHMS PTSA Reflections webpage. All entries are due to the RHMS office no later than October 31, 2019. For any questions, please contact Trisha Tripathi at trisha08j@gmail.com 

TOMORROW (Saturday) Parent Education opportunity: Middle School Survival Guide
Sponsored by the LWPTSA Council and LWSD
When: Tomorrow (Saturday) October 26, 9:30 - Noon
Where: Lake Washington Resource Center near Redmond Town Center
Click here for the flyer and more information on speakers and topics. For questions, please contact Parent Education Chair Irene Neumann at parent.ed@lwptsa.net.

Matching your donations
Did you donate to PTSA's Pass the Hat fundraiser and/or to the ASB's Fun Run fundraiser this year? Does your employer match the charitable donations of its employees? If you answered yes to both questions, then please remember to complete the necessary paperwork with your employer to ensure that PTSA and ASB receives the matching dollars. You will need to match the donations to RHMS PTSA 2.8.85 and RHMS ASB in two separate matching requests because PTSA and ASB are two separate organizations. If you have questions about ASB donations please contact lwade@lwsd.org. If you have questions about, or need a receipt for, PTSA donations please contact president@rhmsptsa.org

From Fundraising:
October is Walk to School Month and the Redmond SchoolPool Program is challenging families to drive less. Every calendar that gets turned in with at least 1 bike, walk, bus, or carpool trip logged raises money that goes straight to RHMS PTSA. Students who participate will receive a coupon for a free cookie at Hoffman's bakery.
RHMS PTSA will be collecting calendars on Monday, November 3 during the lunch periods.

Informational Items

Rose Hill Middle School WTI, our self-esteem and drug awareness club, is holding its 4th annual Fundraiser: The Pasta, Pie Feed, and Auction on Tuesday November 5th. 6:00-7:30 pm.  Please stop by, eat, listen to the Jazz band, and make a few bids.  The students are looking for additional auction items. If you have means to items or services, the students will welcome them.  Contact advisor Mr. Thornley rthornley@lwsd.org.

On Tuesday, October 29th, all 7th graders will be routinely screened for Hearing and Vision to determine which children may have visual or hearing problems to help parents and teachers observe for future visual acuity and hearing difficulties in the school environment.
Parents willing to volunteer for this event can sign up here: here.
If you are unable to help, please consider donating snacks for the volunteers (sign up on the same page).

Calendar Items

Monday, Oct. 28th:

  • Royal 5 Self-Assessment Sheets Distributed during 6th Period
  • Multicultural Club, 2:30-3:30 pm, Mr. Eberhardt’s Room #336 – Diwali Celebration
  • Yearbook Club, 2:30-3:30 pm, Mr. Charouhas’ Room #403
  • GSA Club, 2:30-3:00 pm, Ms. Ackerman’s Room #476 (Red Pod)
  • 2nd Quarter Sports Begin:
    • Boys Soccer, 2:30-4:00 pm
    • Girls Badminton, 2:30-4:00 pm

Tuesday, Oct. 29th:

  • Students return their completed Royal 5 Self-Assessment Sheet
  • Vision/Hearing Screening – 7th Graders Only – 1st/2nd Period
  • Math Club, 2:30-4:00 pm, Mrs. McFarland’s Room #454 (Purple Pod)
  • Band Concert, 7:00 pm, Commons


Wednesday, Oct. 30th:

  • City of Redmond After Hours Program, 1:00-3:00 pm, Gym


Thursday, Oct. 31st:

  • College Gear Thursday
  • Magic Club (the card game), 2:30-3:30 pm, Mr. Sarra’s Room #475 (Red Pod)
  • Bridge Club, 2:30-4:00 pm, Location TBD


Friday, Nov. 1st:

  • Pride Time – WEB Meet-Ups (WEB Leaders & 6th Graders), 9:44-10:18 am, Gym/6th Grade Classes

Saturday, Nov. 2nd:

  • Varsity Basketball Players End of Season Party, 5:00-10:00 pm

Proud to be a Royal,

Erin Bowser

Weekly Bulletin #8 - 10/18/2019

Dear Rose Hill Middle School Families,

It has been a challenging week for the RHMS community: students, families and staff.  I am grateful to be part of such a supportive community during easy and challenging times, and all the times in between. I cannot thank enough the Redmond Police Department, especially Officer Kaptur and Sergeant Beard, for their quick and diligent work throughout the investigation.  I want to thank all of our staff members for their calm and reassuring demeanor under pressure and the leadership of Ms. Mendez and Ms. Tollefsen.  I want to thank our community for their messages of support. Lastly, I would like to thank all the students who reported information regarding the Instagram post.

Today we started discussing and processing as a staff how we are going to process this with our students in a meaningful way. I will keep you informed as to when and how we will be doing this so there are no surprises for your students.  Throughout this week I received hundreds of emails in response to the community messages that went out.  I want you to know that every email was read and though I would like to respond to everyone individually, it will not be possible to do so and I appreciate your understanding.

Next week is Spirit Week with the ASB Fun Run on Friday. Please see the calendar section below for each of the Spirit dress up days.

Enjoy the weekend!

From the PTSA

Audition call for RHMS’s Spring 2020 play: Disney’s Lion King Jr.
We’re excited to announce that our school play this year is Disney’s The Lion King Jr., with performances February 21 & 22, at the Lake Washington High School Theater. Auditions will be held on October 28 and 29 at the school. All students auditioning for an acting or stagehand role must sign up online after reviewing the complete play instructions. Slots are limited, and signups will close when all slots are filled. No experience is necessary, and the play will be a great theater learning experience!  The school play returns to RHMS courtesy of directors Heidi Jensen and Andrew Pang and the RHMS PTSA. Questions? Contact rhmsplay@gmail.com

RHMS PTSA Membership Meeting
Our first PTSA membership meeting for 2019 is on Tuesday, Oct 22nd at 6:00 pm in the Lake Washington High School Commons. There will be a free screening of the movie “Angst” in the high school's theater at 6:30 pm that evening so RHMS PTSA decided to move the location and time of our membership meeting to make it easy for parents to attend the movie and vote on our budget and standing rules that evening. We look forward to seeing you there. If you have any questions, please contact president@rhmsptsa.org 

Reflections 2019-2020 Theme: “Look Within”
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. There is also a Special Artist division for students with disabilities. Entries are judged by a panel of local professionals, on guidelines given by National PTA. Top entries will advance to represent RHMS PTSA at the LWPTSA Council competition and may go on to state and nationals!  For more information on the categories, the rules, and the entry forms please visit the RHMS PTSA Reflections webpage. All entries are due to the RHMS office by October 31, 2019. For any questions, please contact Trisha Tripathi at trisha08j@gmail.com  

Free screening of the movie “Angst”
The Lake Washington Schools Foundation will be screening the movie “Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety” on October 22nd at 6:30 pm at the Lake Washington High School Performing Arts Center. Please note that there will be a short RHMS PTSA membership meeting beforehand in the high school's Commons (just down the hallway from the theater). Please join us in the Commons at 6:00 pm for the meeting and then make your way to the theater for the movie. The screening is free to attend but registration is required. Recommended for ages 10+. Download a flyer to share. 

Registration: Click HERE  

Informational Items

Our annual ASB Fun Run fundraiser is going on now! This is a school wide spirit and community building event that every student will participate in on Friday, October 25th.  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. Please support your student in their fundraising efforts and consider corporate matching funds. If you do a matching funds with your employer, please indicate it is for the RHMS ASB Fun Run in the comments section, or where available, to make sure the money is routed to the correct fund.

Want to Donate to the Fun Run Online? Here’s How:

  • Log into Parent Access
  • Click on your Student’s Name
  • Click “Products” at student’s school
  • Click “Donations”
  • Click “ASB Fun Run

Grandparents or others who don’t have a student at RHMS can donate by using this link: https://donations.lwsd.org/. Again, please indicate it is for RHMS ASB Fun Run in the Item Section. Thank you for your support!

The AMC (American Mathematics Competition) Test is coming to Rose Hill Middle School Wednesday, November 13th. All students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades are invited to participate.  This a great voluntary and optional opportunity. Please click here for more information. Deadline to Register is Wednesday, October 23rd.

Rose Hill Middle School WTI, our self-esteem and drug awareness club, is holding its 4th annual Fundraiser: The Pasta, Pie Feed, and Auction on Tuesday November 5th. 6:00-7:30 pm.  Please stop by, eat, listen to the Jazz band, and make a few bids.  The students are looking for additional auction items. If you have means to items or services, the students will welcome them.  Contact advisor Mr. Thornley rthornley@lwsd.org.

Notes from the Health Room:
The Health Room is staffed by a trained Health Room Secretary. A school nurse is not onsite daily and staff members are not able to diagnose. The school health room is not a clinic, but we provide basic first aid, ice packs, and fever assessment. We can also assist students with calling home if they feel too sick for school and administer life-saving and daily medications that have been authorized by your doctor and parent/guardian.

Medication at School
A reminder that all medications at school (prescription and over the counter) require a completed authorization to administer medication form. This form can also be found under Health Services on lwsd.org. Medication cannot be given without the completed form, even if it’s a prescription medication with the pharmacy label. Parents/guardians must bring all medications to the health room for the student. All medication must be in the original prescription bottle, container or package.

Too Sick For School?
With cold and flu season approaching we are seeing an increase in sick kids at school. Click here to see the district policy or go to Health Services at lwsd.org and click on “Too Sick for School.” Keeping children home when they are too sick for school protects other students and staff from potential illness.

Calendar Items

Monday, Oct. 21st:

  • Spirit Day – Pajama Day
  • Yearbook Club, 2:30-3:30 pm, Mr. Charouhas’ Room #403
  • GSA Club, 2:30-3:00 pm, Ms. Ackerman’s Room #476 (Red Pod)
  • Varsity/JV Basketball, 4:00 pm, @ RHMS

Tuesday, Oct. 22nd:

  • Spirit Day – Sports Day
  • Math Club, 2:30-4:00 pm, Mrs. McFarland’s Room #454 (Purple Pod)
  • Creative Writing and Art Club, 2:30-3:15 pm, Ms. Ackerman’s Room #476 (Red Pod)
  • Varsity Tennis Match, 4:00 pm @ Grass Lawn Park
  • JV District Cross Country Meet, 4:00 pm, Redmond Middle School
  • Basketball End of Season Parties, 2:30-3:30 pm, Commons
  • PTSA General Membership Meeting, 6:00-6:30 pm, Lake Washington High School Commons
  • Free Showing of the movie “Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety”, 6:30-7:30 pm, Lake Washington High School Performing Arts Center


Wednesday, Oct. 23rd:

  • Spirit Day – Twin Day
  • 2nd Fun Run Turn-in Day
  • City of Redmond After Hours Program, 1:00-3:00 pm, Gym


Thursday, Oct. 24th:

  • College Gear Thursday
  • Final Fun Run Turn-in Day
  • Spirit Day – Throwback Thursday (choose a decade)
  • Magic Club (the card game), 2:30-3:30 pm, Mr. Sarra’s Room #475 (Red Pod)
  • Bridge Club, 2:30-4:00 pm, Stage Area
  • Varsity District Cross Country Meet, 4:00 pm, RHMS


Friday, Oct. 25th:

  • ***Altered Schedule Today*** -
  • Spirit Day – Red (6th Grade), White (8th Grade) and Blue (7th Grade) Day
  • Fun Run – 1:20 pm

Proud to be a Royal,

Erin Bowser

Weekly Bulletin #7 - 10/11/2019

Dear Rose Hill Middle School Families,

Next week is a 4-day school week for students.  Friday, October 18th, is a non-student day.  Staff members will be participating in professional development all day related to technology, social emotion learning and our school improvement plan for this school year.

Cell phones are very disruptive to the learning environment and can lead to multiple distractions.  Therefore, we ask that they are not seen or heard between 8:00 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 a lunch detention will be assigned.  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.  We understand that there are times you need to reach your student during the school day or your student may need to reach you. If you need to reach your student during the school day, please call our office at 425-936-2460.  If your student needs to contact you during the school day, he/she may use a phone in the office.  We do understand that cell phone use is something middle school students enjoy and we also want students socializing with one another during their day rather than staring at a screen.  To meet the students’ wish to have cell phone time and to help reinforce cafeteria expectations, students do have the opportunity to earn cell phone use during lunch time on Fridays only if their lunch has cleaned up the tables and garbage during the week.  Students are not permitted to take pictures or videos with their cell phones during this time.

Enjoy the weekend!

From the PTSA

Audition call for RHMS’s Spring 2020 play: Disney’s Lion King Jr.
We’re excited to announce that our school play this year is Disney’s The Lion King Jr., with performances February 21 & 22, at the Lake Washington High School Theater. Auditions will be held on October 28 and 29 at the school. All students auditioning for an acting or stagehand role must sign up online after reviewing the complete play instructions. Slots are limited, and signups will close when all slots are filled. No experience is necessary, and the play will be a great theater learning experience!  The school play returns to RHMS courtesy of directors Heidi Jensen and Andrew Pang and the RHMS PTSA. Questions? Contact rhmsplay@gmail.com

RHMS PTSA Board Meeting
The next PTSA board meeting is on Tuesday, Oct 15 at 7:00 pm in the RHMS library. PTSA members who are not board members but would like to see how the board conducts business, are welcome to attend. If you have any questions, please contact president@rhmsptsa.org 

Reflections 2019-2020 Theme: “Look Within”
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. There is also a Special Artist division for students with disabilities. Entries are judged by a panel of local professionals, on guidelines given by National PTA. Top entries will advance to represent RHMS PTSA at the LWPTSA Council competition and may go on to state and nationals!  For more information on the categories, the rules, and the entry forms please visit the RHMS PTSA Reflections webpage. All entries are due to the RHMS office by October 31, 2019. For any questions, please contact Trisha Tripathi at trisha08j@gmail.com  

Informational Items

Today we kicked off our annual ASB Fun Run fundraiser. This is a school wide spirit and community building event that every student will participate in on Friday, October 25th.  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. Please support your student in their fundraising efforts and consider corporate matching funds. If you do a matching funds with your employer, please indicate it is for the RHMS ASB Fun Run in the comments section, or where available, to make sure the money is routed to the correct fund.

Want to Donate to the Fun Run Online? Here’s How:

  • Log into Parent Access
  • Click on your Student’s Name
  • Click “Products” at student’s school
  • Click “Donations”
  • Click “ASB Fun Run

Grandparents or others who don’t have a student at RHMS can donate by using this link: https://donations.lwsd.org/. Again, please indicate it is for RHMS ASB Fun Run in the Item Section. Thank you for your support!

The AMC (American Mathematics Competition) Test is coming to Rose Hill Middle School Wednesday, November 13th. All students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades are invited to participate.  This a great voluntary and optional opportunity. Please click here for more information.

Rose Hill Middle School is fortunate to have a special counseling program, offered by our Youth Eastside Services Behavioral Health Support Specialist, for students who have experienced stressful events. We have found that students who have experienced trauma as victims or witnesses often suffer from a unique kind of stress, called traumatic stress. It could show up in the form of your child not wanting to go to school or as difficulties with class work and concentration. If you believe your child may benefit from being part of this group, please contact their school counselor. Given the nature of the group, space is limited and we are hoping to offer it both in the Fall and Spring of this school year. Thank you.”

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 this Thursday, Oct. 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 on Thursday.  Bridge Club will meet every Thursday from 2:30-4:00 pm or as player attendance dictates.

Calendar Items

Monday, Oct. 14th:

  • Yearbook Club, 2:30-3:30 pm, Mr. Charouhas’ Room #403
  • GSA Club, 2:30-3:00 pm, Ms. Ackerman’s Room #476 (Red Pod)
  • Varsity Tennis Match, 4:00 pm @ RHMS
  • JV Tennis Match – Team Heimdahl, 4:00 pm @ Finn Hill Middle School
  • Varsity/JV Basketball, 4:00 pm, @ RHMS

Tuesday, Oct. 15th:

  • Math Club, 2:30-4:00 pm, Mrs. McFarland’s Room #454 (Purple Pod)
  • Creative Writing and Art Club, 2:30-3:15 pm, Ms. Ackerman’s Room #476 (Red Pod)
  • Regional Boys Basketball Game, 4:00 pm @ Kamiakin Middle School
  • JV Tennis Match - Team Heimdahl (inner squad) , 4:00 pm @ RHMS


Wednesday, Oct. 16th:

  • ASB Meeting, 7:15 am, Library
  • City of Redmond After Hours Program, 1:00-3:00 pm, Gym
  • Cross Country Meet, 4:00 pm @ Timberline Middle School – Athlete Supervision available in Aux. Gym (1:00-3:00 pm)


Thursday, Oct. 17th:

  • College Gear Thursday
  • 1st Fun Run Turn-in Day
  • District-wide Earthquake Drill, 10:17 am - Full Evacuation if weather permits
  • Magic Club (the card game), 2:30-3:30 pm, Mr. Sarra’s Room #475 (Red Pod)
  • Bridge Club, 2:30-4:00 pm, Library
  • Varsity/JV Basketball Game, 4:00 pm, @ Kamiakin Middle School
  • Varsity Tennis Match, 4:00 pm, @ Kamiakin Middle School


Friday, Oct. 11th:

  • NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS – Teacher LEAP Day

Proud to be a Royal,

Erin Bowser

Weekly Bulletin #6 - 10/4/2019

Dear Rose Hill Middle School Families,

Have you checked your student’s grades?  Wednesday, October 2, was the midterm for the first quarter.  You and your student can check grades on Skyward to see your student’s progress in each class. You can access Skyward here  If you have questions or concerns about a grade, please contact your student’s teacher directly.

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.  If you do not know your login and/or password, you can follow these instructions to get a password reset by email.

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 for walking students.  No student drop off should occur in that neighborhood due to the unsafe conditions created by drivers.  If you are using this as a drop-off or pick-up location, you are jeopardizing the safety of your own child and the safety of other children.

Enjoy the weekend!

From the PTSA

LWPTSA Council Brown Bag
All are invited to the first "Brown Bag" of the year on Thursday October 10, 2019. Matt Gillingham, LWSD Associate Superintendent of Student and Community Services, will discuss what the district is doing to address the social and emotional needs of our students. Bring your lunch and learn!

Topic: Social and Emotional Learning

When: Thursday, October 10 at 12PM

Where: LWSD Resource Center Board Room

Find the 2019-2020 Brown Bag schedule on the LWPTSA website.

From Fundraising:
In October and May, RHMS PTSA partners with the City of Redmond to participate in their School Pool program. This program encourages kids to walk, bike, carpool or bus to school. Calendars are going home with the students this week for them to keep track of how they get to and from school every day during that month. Completed calendars need to be turned in by October 31st to be eligible for prizes. In exchange for every completed calendar turned into the school, the City of Redmond will donate $5 to RHMS PTSA. This is a great way to help reduce the traffic and congestion around the city while also raising money for the PTSA. Questions? Please contact VP of Programs Susan Davis.

Reflections 2019-2020 Theme: “Look Within”
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. There is also a Special Artist division for students with disabilities. Entries are judged by a panel of local professionals, on guidelines given by National PTA. Top entries will advance to represent RHMS PTSA at the LWPTSA Council competition and may go on to state and nationals!  For more information on the categories, the rules, and the entry forms please visit the RHMS PTSA Reflections webpage. All entries are due to the RHMS office by October 31, 2019. For any questions, please contact Trisha Tripathi at trisha08j@gmail.com  

Informational Items

School Picture Packets are coming home with your student this afternoon. O'Connor Photographers will be back at our school for Picture Retake Day next Friday, Oct. 11th beginning at 8:00 am 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.

Library Shelving Volunteers: RHMS Library is in need of shelving volunteers that are able to commit weekly and are available on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday.  Please email librarian Richele Buoy if you are interested in volunteering.

Library News: Check-out this month’s newsletter to find out what has been happening in the library since the start of school. 

Rose Hill Middle School is fortunate to have a special counseling program, offered by our Youth Eastside Services Behavioral Health Support Specialist, for students who have experienced stressful events. We have found that students who have experienced trauma as victims or witnesses often suffer from a unique kind of stress, called traumatic stress. It could show up in the form of your child not wanting to go to school or as difficulties with class work and concentration. If you believe your child may benefit from being part of this group, please contact their school counselor. Given the nature of the group, space is limited and we are hoping to offer it both in the Fall and Spring of this school year. Thank you.”

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 Thursday, Oct. 10th 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.

Service Learning Travel Opportunity 
Is your child ready for an adventure of a lifetime? If so, then you may be interested in an exciting service learning opportunity available for the summer of 2020. Over the last 4 summers, Mrs. Debi Nelson has traveled with students to Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Ecuador and most recently China, where they have worked alongside local community members doing meaningful service and learning about the culture. She is currently planning a service and culture trip to Peru for the summer of 2020. If you are interested in having your child take part in this adventure, please email Mrs. Nelson at debinelson@live.com if you have any additional questions. There are only 2 spots left and this will be the last trip for Mrs. Nelson. 

*This trip is recommended for students who will be 13 years or older at the time of travel (June 2020). 

**This is not a district or school sponsored trip. 

Calendar Items

Monday, Oct. 7th:

  • Yearbook Club, 2:30-3:30 pm, Mr. Charouhas’ Room #403
  • GSA Club, 2:30-3:00 pm, Ms. Ackerman’s Room #476 (Red Pod)
  • Varsity/JV Basketball, 4:00 pm, @ RHMS

Tuesday, Oct. 8th:

  • Multicultural Club Begins, 2:30-3:30 pm, Mr. Eberhardt’s Room #336 (Yellow Pod)
  • Math Club, 2:30-4:00 pm, Mrs. McFarland’s Room #454 (Purple Pod)
  • Creative Writing and Art Club, 2:30-3:15 pm, Ms. Ackerman’s Room #476 (Red Pod)
  • Regional Boys Basketball Game, 4:00 pm @ Kirkland Middle School
  • JV Tennis Match -Team Kaptur, 4:00 pm @ RHMS


Wednesday, Oct. 9th:

  • City of Redmond After Hours Program, 1:00-3:00 pm, Gym


Thursday, Oct. 10th:

  • College Gear Thursday
  • Magic Club (the card game), 2:30-3:30 pm, Mr. Sarra’s Room #475 (Red Pod)
  • Bridge Club Begins, 2:30-4:00 pm, Library
  • Varsity/JV Basketball, 4:00 pm, @ Kirkland Middle School
  • Varsity Tennis Match, 4:00 pm, @ Kirkland Middle School
  • JV Tennis Match – Team Heimdahl 4:00 pm @ RHMS
  • Cross Country Match, 4:00 pm, @ RHMS


Friday, Oct. 11th:

  • Picture Retake Day, Morning Only, Library
  • Regional Basketball Game, 4:00 pm, RHMS
  • JV Tennis Match -Team Kaptur, 4:00 pm @ Finn Hill Middle School

 

Proud to be a Royal,

Erin Bowser

Weekly Bulletin #5 - 09/27/2019

Dear Rose Hill Middle School Families,

It was great to see many families at the PTSA Back to School Fiesta last Friday night! Thank you to the PTSA for hosting the event, the RHMS Jazz Band for the entertainment and all of the volunteers who helped make the evening a success.

What is Pride Time?  Pride Time is every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:44-10:18 am - at the end of 2nd period. During Pride Time students can:

  1. Work with a teacher for support/tutoring
  2. 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. 
  3. Silently read
  4. Receive laptop support in the library
  5. Check out a library book

If your student is needing extra help or feeling overwhelmed, encourage him/her to get a Pride Time pass from a teacher.

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. I understand the struggle- it is happening with my 6th grader too!

There is still time to share your input through the Curriculum Night Survey:  'https://survey.k12insight.com/r/dwhKUT'.  We value your input and appreciate your time.

Enjoy the weekend!

From the PTSA

Thank you, volunteers!
Thank you so much to all of the volunteers for helping with the RHMS PTSA Back to School Fiesta! The jazz band added the perfect ambiance over dinner. The kids all seemed to have an absolute blast, especially with the photo booth, as well as the cake walk - powered by those beautiful treats that everyone donated. Special thanks to our VP of Programs, Susan Davis for her dedicated oversight of the organization, preparation and successful accomplishment of our Fiesta this year!

If you would like digital copies of your family's photo booth pictures, please contact our VP of Programs Susan Davis. Thank you.

Reflections 2019-2020 Theme: “Look Within”
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. There is also a Special Artist division for students with disabilities. Entries are judged by a panel of local professionals, on guidelines given by National PTA. Top entries will advance to represent RHMS PTSA at the LWPTSA Council competition and may go on to state and nationals!  For more information on the categories, the rules, and the entry forms please visit the RHMS PTSA Reflections webpage. All entries are due to the RHMS office by October 31, 2019. For any questions, please contact Trisha Tripathi at trisha08j@gmail.com  

Informational Items

The elementary music program started at our school last week. This has caused a significant increase in traffic during the morning drop off. As a result, many of our students are arriving in the building after the 8:00 am bell. Please allow at least 15 minutes once on campus to drop off your student so they can get to their classroom by 8:00 and avoid getting a Tardy mark on their attendance record.

The Associated Student Body (ASB) has started their monthly meetings on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:15 am in the Library. We strongly encourage every student to join ASB and get involved.  As an attending member, you will have a voice in our school! Our next meeting will be October 16th. Hope to see you there. If you have questions regarding ASB, please contact ASB Advisor, Ms. Wade.

Calendar Items

Monday, Sept. 30th

  • Yearbook Club Begins, 2:30-3:30 pm, Mr. Charouhas’ Room #403
  • GSA Club Begins, 2:30-3:00 pm, Ms. Ackerman’s Room #476 (Red Pod)
  • Varsity/JV Basketball, 4:00 pm, @ Finn Hill Middle School
  • Varsity Tennis Match, 4:00 pm, Finn Hill Middle School
  • JV Tennis Match – Team Kaptur, 4:00 pm @ RHMS

Tuesday, Oct. 1st  

  • Math Club, 2:30-4:00 pm, Mrs. McFarland’s Room #454 (Purple Pod)
  • Creative Writing and Art Club, 2:30-3:15 pm, Ms. Ackerman’s Room #476 (Red Pod)
  • Regional Boys Basketball Game, 4:00 pm @ Finn Hill Middle School
  • JV Tennis Match -Team Heimdahl, 4:00 pm @ RHMS

Wednesday, Oct. 2nd

  • Q1 Mid-Term
  • City of Redmond After Hours Club, 1:00-3:00 pm, Commons/Gym
  • Cross Country Meet, 4:00 pm @ RHMS – Athlete Supervision available in Aux. Gym (1:00-3:00 pm)

Thursday, Oct. 3rd

  • College Gear Thursday
  • Natural Leaders Meeting, 9:30-11:00 am, Stage Area
  • Magic Club (the card game), 2:30-3:30 pm, Mr. Sarra’s Room #475 (Red Pod)

Friday, Oct. 4th

  • Creative Writing and Art Club, 2:30-3:15 pm, Ms. Ackerman’s Room #476 (Red Pod)
  • Regional Basketball Game, 4:00 pm @ RHMS

 Proud to be a Royal,

Erin Bowser

Weekly Bulletin #4 -09/20/2019

Dear Rose Hill Middle School Families,

I would like to introduce you to our Counseling Team at RHMS.  Our 6th grade Counselor is Carolyn Stelling, our 7th grade Counselor is Veronica Nelson, and our 8th grade Counselor is Danielle MacDonald.  For those of you who are returning RHMS families, you will notice that our counselors are no longer divided by last name, but by grade level.  We understand this may mean students have a different counselor than they had last year and families with students in multiple grade levels will be partnering with more than one counselor to support their students. Each year counselors will move up a grade level with students and start again in 6th grade when their caseload of students move on to high school.  Here are some reasons your student might want to see her/his counselor:

  • need someone to talk to about school, family or friends
  • questions about their schedule
  • need help in their classes or improving their grades
  • general questions

If your student wants to see their counselor, come during lunch, before school, after school or during Pride Time.

This Wednesday we will start an Advisory class during the school day to implement an important social/emotional curriculum that has been adopted district wide.  The curriculum we will be using is called Character Strong.  Students will be placed in a grade level advisory class with a teacher they already have as part of their daily schedule. Students will have the opportunity to learn and practice important skills with their peers that will contribute to a positive environment at RHMS and beyond.

We are looking for ways we can improve our community events and are seeking your feedback.  Please take a few minutes to provide us feedback on our Curriculum Night through this survey: RHMS Curriculum Night Feedback.  Even if you were unable to attend, there is an opportunity for you to share how we can make it valuable for you and your family. The survey will close on October 4th.

Hope to see you tonight at the PTSA Back to School Fiesta!

Enjoy the weekend!

From the PTSA

Back To School Fiesta and Taco Bar: Come celebrate the beginning of the school year tonight! RHMS PTSA is hosting a Taco Bar tonight, September 20th from 5:00-7:00 pm in the RHMS Commons. We will have tasty food, beverages, a photo booth, a cake walk, and RHMS Jazz Band performance! Taco Bar Fiesta Flyer 

We’d love your help! Click here to sign up for a volunteer shift or to bring a goodie for our cake walk. Questions? Please contact Susan Davis at programs@rhmsptsa.org

New and International Families Welcome Event - SOLD OUT
Our 3rd annual Welcome Event for new and international families is at capacity! Please contact LWPTSA VP of Family and Community Engagement at FACE@lwptsa.net regarding wait list availability.

When: Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 9:30am – 12:00pm
Where: Lake Washington Resource Center, 16250 NE 74th St, Redmond, WA 98052
Downloadable Flyers: English | Chinese | Spanish | Russian | Portuguese | Japanese

Questions: Danit Erlich at FACE@lwptsa.net

Reflections 2019-2020 Theme: “Look Within”
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. There is also a Special Artist division for students with disabilities. Entries are judged by a panel of local professionals, on guidelines given by National PTA. Top entries will advance to represent RHMS PTSA at the LWPTSA Council competition and may go on to state and nationals!  For more information on the categories, the rules, and the entry forms please visit the RHMS PTSA Reflections webpage. All entries are due to the RHMS office by October 31, 2019. For any questions, please contact Trisha Tripathi at trisha08j@gmail.com  

Informational Items

VERY IMPORTANT REMINDER: If your student brought a yellow Emergency Notification Form home last Friday, please remember to review this form carefully, update as needed, sign and send back to school by Monday, September 23rd. If you verified your student’s information online over the summer, no form was sent home with your student, and no action is required on your part.

Please note that all address changes will require that you send to school two acceptable residency verification documents and a signed Residency Verification Form.

The Associated Student Body (ASB) has started their monthly meetings on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:15 am in the Library. We strongly encourage every student to join ASB and get involved.  As an attending member, you will have a voice in our school! Our next meeting will be October 16th. Hope to see you there. If you have questions regarding ASB, please contact ASB Advisor, Ms. Wade.

Math Club will begin on Tuesday, September 23rd in Mrs. McFarland’s room #454 (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 Math Club Permission Slip . Your student can also pick up a form from Mrs. McFarland in room 454. Questions—please email Mrs. McFarland:  lmcfarland@lwsd.org.

Service Learning Travel Opportunity:  Is your child ready for an adventure of a lifetime? If so, then you may be interested in an exciting service learning opportunity available for the summer of 2020. Over the last 4 summers, Mrs. Debi Nelson has traveled with students to Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Ecuador and most recently China, where they have worked alongside local community members doing meaningful service and learning about the culture. She is currently planning a service and culture trip to Peru for the summer of 2020. An information meeting for parents and students who are interested in learning more about being a part of this immersive experience will be held on September 25 at the Redmond Community Center at Marymoor Village from 7:00 - 7:30 PM. You can RSVP and learn more about the trip here. Please email Mrs. Nelson at debinelson@live.com if you have any additional questions.  *This trip is recommended for students who will be 13 years or older at the time of travel (June 2020).  **This is not a district or school sponsored trip. 

Calendar Items

Tuesday, Sept. 24th

  • Pride Time Intervention Begins
  • Math Club Begins, 2:30-4:00 pm, Mrs. McFarland’s Room #454 (Purple Pod)
  • Regional Boys Basketball Game, 3:45 pm @ RHMS
  • JV Tennis Match -Team Kaptur, 4:00 pm @ Kirkland MS

Wednesday, Sept. 25th

  • City of Redmond After Hours Club, 1:00-3:00 pm, Commons/Gym
  • Cross Country Meet, 4:00 pm, Redmond MS – Athlete Supervision available in Aux. Gym (1:00-2:30 pm)

Thursday, Sept. 26th

  • College Gear Thursday
  • Magic Club (the card game) Begins, 2:30-3:30 pm, Mr. Sarra’s Room #475 (Red Pod)
  • Varsity Tennis Match, 4:00 pm @ RHMS
  • JV Tennis Match – Team Heimdahl, 4:00 pm @ Kirkland MS
  • Varsity/JV Boys Basketball Game, 4:00 pm @ RHMS

 

Proud to be a Royal,

Erin Bowser

Weekly Bulletin #3 - 09/13/2019

Dear Rose Hill Middle School Families,

It was great to see many of you at our Curriculum Night on Tuesday!  Thank you to all the volunteers who helped us distribute laptops to our students yesterday.  Our enrollment has increased since the delivery of our laptops so there are several 7th and 8th grade students who will be getting their laptops once the new ones arrive.

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.

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 next 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.

Does your student buy lunch at school and/or have money on his/her account? Yesterday my 6th grader, who attends another school in the district with the same lunch options, came home and told me he spent $7.75 on his lunch. Sound familiar and/or is this something you would like to avoid?  If so, you might find the following information helpful and it is important you have a conversation with your student about how he/she should be spending their money.

  • A regular school lunch costs $3.50.  A regular school lunch includes an entrée choice, a juice cup or milk, and fruits/vegetables.  There are several options for entrees each day.  Check out the menu here.  Fries and tater tots are NOT part of a regular lunch and cost an additional $1.00.

  • A la carte items is where it adds up.  These items typically include desserts, snacks and flavored drinks. They are not included in the price of a regular breakfast or lunch.

I encourage you to set limits with your student on how much they can spend and what they can buy. You can monitor your student's school food expenses through myschoolbucks.com

Enjoy the weekend!

From the PTSA

Back To School Fiesta and Taco Bar. Mark your calendars! Come celebrate the beginning of the school year! RHMS PTSA is hosting a Taco Bar on Friday, September 20 from 5 to 7 PM. We will have tasty food, beverages, a photo booth, a cake walk, and RHMS Jazz Band performance! Fiesta-Taco Bar Flyer

We’d love your help! Click here to sign up for a volunteer shift or to bring a goodie for our cake walk.

Curriculum Night Video
Special thanks to Mr. Charouhas, the RHMS Digital Arts and Media teacher, for his help and expertise in putting together a PTSA informational video for curriculum night. If you were unable to attend Curriculum Night this year, the PTSA video along with the teacher videos (thank you to Ms. Wood, Mr. McShane, Ms. Ghassemi and Mr. Ewert for their starring roles) can be found at www.rhmsptsa.org

Matching - Double your Donation Dollars!
Thank you to everyone who has made a donation towards our Pass the Hat fundraiser so far this year. This is just a friendly reminder that many area employers (Google, Microsoft, Boeing, etc.) who will match the charitable donations of their employees. So, please, remember to complete the necessary paperwork with your employer. It will literally double the impact of your donation!

Thank you volunteers
Thank you so much to all of our volunteers who helped make laptop distribution day and picture day such a success this year. Your willingness to help and your friendly smiles made all the difference! Are you thinking of volunteering but not sure how/if you can help? Please contact Andrea Knott at volunteer@rhmsptsa.org to have all your questions answered.

New and International Families Welcome Event
All new and international families are invited to a free welcome event to learn about navigating LWSD, resources and support available from the district, what PTSA is, how to be involved and more. Translation services are available on request. Please email FACE@lwptsa.net.

When: Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 9:30am – 12:00pm

Where: Lake Washington Resource Center, 16250 NE 74th St, Redmond, WA 98052

Free RSVP

Informational Items

National Junior Honor Society Meeting Tuesday, September 17th – The first Honor Society meeting of the year has been set for next Tuesday 9/17/19 at 7:15 am. in room 454.  This meeting if for all students who have already applied for and been accepted (7th and 8th grade) in the RHMS chapter of Honor Society.  Please note that there is no associated after school meeting for this date.  If students are unable to attend the meeting, please contact the NJHS Advisor, Mrs. McFarland at lmcfarland@lwsd.org.

Math Club will begin on Tuesday, September 23rd in Mrs. McFarland’s room #454 (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 Math Club Permission Slip  or your student can pick up one from Mrs. McFarland in room 454. Questions—please email Mrs. McFarland:  lmcfarland@lwsd.org.

Service Learning Travel Opportunity:  Is your child ready for an adventure of a lifetime? If so, then you may be interested in an exciting service learning opportunity available for the summer of 2020. Over the last 4 summers, Mrs. Debi Nelson has traveled with students to Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Ecuador and most recently China, where they have worked alongside local community members doing meaningful service and learning about the culture. She is currently planning a service and culture trip to Peru for the summer of 2020. An information meeting for parents and students who are interested in learning more about being a part of this immersive experience will be held on September 25 at the Redmond Community Center at Marymoor Village from 7:00 - 7:30 PM. You can RSVP and learn more about the trip at rsvp.eftours.com/s3yshzj. Please email Mrs. Nelson at debinelson@live.com if you have any additional questions.  *This trip is recommended for students who will be 13 years or older at the time of travel (June 2020).  **This is not a district or school sponsored trip. 

Elementary BAND INFORMATION NIGHT on Monday Sept. 16th:  Come and hear additional information about the band program for 4th and 5th graders from instructors Angela Laulainen and Michael Chapin. Drop in anytime between 6:30 – 7:45 pm at Rose Hill Middle School in the Commons and Band Room. A brief presentation will be shown at 6:30 pm, 7:00 pm and 7:30 pm. Instrument rentals will be also be available from local vendors for your convenience. Additional information can be found at: https://www.lwsd.org/students-families/elementary-band-and-orchestra

Calendar Items

Monday, Sept. 16th
Elementary Band Information Night, 6:30-7:45 pm – Drop-in (See above)

Tuesday, Sept. 17th
Honor Society Meeting (for current members only), 7:15-7:45 am, Mrs. McFarland’s Room #454 (Purple Pod)

Wednesday, Sept. 18th
City of Redmond After Hours Club, 1:00-3:00 pm, Commons/Gym

Thursday, Sept. 19th
1st Quarter Sports Pictures, 2:30 pm, Gym

Friday, Sept. 20th
PTSA Fiesta and Taco Bar, 5:00-7:00 pm, Commons/Courtyard

Proud to be a Royal,

Erin Bowser

Weekly Bulletin #2 - 09/06/2019

Dear Rose Hill Middle School Families,

It’s been a great first week of school with your student! Teachers have used this week to get to know their students and to connect students to one another. A huge thank you to all of our volunteers who helped with student pictures today!

Students all received their planners on Tuesday and are beginning to use the schoolwide system of writing assignments on the date they are due.  Consistent planner use will help students stay organized and prioritize their time.  Thank you to our PTSA for partnering with us and purchasing the planners this year.

As your student is adjusting back to the school schedule here are a few tips to help with the transition:

  • Designate a Study Time and Place:  Work with your student to pick a time and place where school work should be completed each day. If students do not have homework, they should read for at least 30 minutes.  Student areas should be as free from distractions as possible.
  • Be Consistent:  Establish a routine and stick to it as much as possible.  Give your student some ownership in creating the routine, one that you can both agree to and stick with, including study times, bed time, etc.

Join us Tuesday night, September 10th at 6:15 pm for Curriculum Night.  This will be an opportunity to meet your student’s teachers and hear more about each class.  Ask your student to write down his/her schedule for you.  Just in case, a copy of your student’s schedule will be available in the Commons.  You will be following your student’s class schedule for the evening:

A reminder that on Thursday, September 12th, your student will receive a district-owned laptop to enhance his or her academic experience this year.  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: Laptop Agreement  (Espanol) .   Please print and have your student return the laptop agreement to his/her Social Studies teacher on or before September 12th, 2019.  Check-out will take place in our library during your student’s Social Studies class.  Students will receive a laptop, power cord and charger 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) 

Enjoy the weekend!

From the PTSA

RHMS PTSA welcomes you (back) to Rose Hill!

It was great to see so many smiling faces at our Prep Days in August. Special thanks to our Prep Day PTSA volunteers Andrea Knott, Conni Irias, Michela Casazza, Susan Davis, Mahruma Siddiqua, Denise Ferguson and Yumna Green for taking the time to collect PTSA payments and answer parent questions. Many thanks to those families that have already joined, donated and signed up to volunteer! If you still need to do any of those, you can do so conveniently through our website (www.rhmsptsa.org) or you can complete and return the PTSA forms found in the First Day Packet. Forms and checks can be returned to the RHMS main office anytime. If you have any questions, please contact PTSA President, Yumna Green, at president@rhmsptsa.org 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:

LAPTOP DISTRIBUTION: SEPTEMBER 12

Laptops will be distributed to all students on Thursday, September 12. Adult volunteers are needed. Please SIGN UP HERE to volunteer. Questions? Contact our volunteer coordinator, Andrea Knott at volunteer@rhmsptsa.org 

From Fundraising:
Welcome Back RHMS! We have our annual Pass The Hat fundraiser going on. Money raised will benefit our amazing school.

Mark your calendars! Come celebrate the beginning of the school year!  The PTSA is Hosting a Taco Bar on Friday September 20 from 5:00-7:00 pm. We will have tasty food, beverages, a photo booth, and a cake walk.
 

Informational Items

FIRST SEASON SPORTS start next Monday, September 9th: If your student is interested in playing a 1st quarter sport - Boys' Tennis, Boys' Basketball or Boys' or Girls' Cross Country, you can sign him/her up online at the following link: Final Forms. 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 you student is in 8th grade, his/her physical may have expired. All other forms that are needed are included in FinalForms. In addition to the $75.00 participation fee to play a sport, your student will also need to purchase an ASB card for $25.00 prior to the first practice. Families do need to make transportation arrangements for all after-school athletic participation. Practices and games are held on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. 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 on Thursday, Sept. 12th at 6:00 pm in the gym. It is highly recommended that you attend this meeting if your student is playing an after school sport this year, even if they played last year. Again, please direct all athletic related questions to our Athletic Director, Shane O’Brien.

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.

Calendar Items

Monday, Sept. 9th
1st quarter Sports begin, 2:30-4:00 pm

Tuesday, Sept. 10th
Sports Practice, 2:30-4:00 pm|
Curriculum Night, 6:15 pm, beginning in the gym

Wednesday, Sept. 11th
Early Release Wednesdays begin – Student dismissal at 1:00 pm

Thursday, Sept. 12th
Laptop Distribution Day – Signed formed required (see above)
Sports Practice, 2:30-4:00 pm

Friday, Sept. 13th
Sports Practice, 2:30-4:00pm

Proud to be a Royal,

Erin Bowser

Weekly Bulletin #1 - 09/03/2019

Dear Rose Hill Middle School Families,

Welcome to the start of the 2019-2020 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 student planner and a back to school packet that includes important information - be sure to ask your student for the BIG white envelope.  On Friday 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. You are getting a message today because there is a lot to share in our first few days. This message is especially long because there is a lot to share at the start of school.

School pictures are this Friday, September 6th.  Picture packet information was mailed home to you. In case you missed it, an order forms are available in the main office. A printable copy 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 12, 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 here: Laptop Agreement (Espanol).

Please print and have your student return the laptop agreement to his/her Social Studies teacher on or before September 12, 2019.  Check-out will take place in our library during your student’s Social Studies class.  Students will receive a laptop, power cord and charger 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) 

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 check for oncoming cars before entering the crosswalk. Bikers should wear a helmet and light colored, visible, reflective clothing and 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 enter and 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 7:00 am to 8:00 am Monday-Friday.  The loop will reopen for pick-up at 2:25 pm 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!

It was great to see so many smiling faces at our Prep Days in August. Special thanks to our Prep Day PTSA volunteers Andrea Knott, Conni Irias, Michela Casazza, Susan Davis, Mahruma Siddiqua, Denise Ferguson and Yumna Green for taking the time to collect PTSA payments and answer parent questions. Many thanks to those families that have already joined, donated and signed up to volunteer! If you still need to do any of those, you can do so conveniently through our website (www.rhmsptsa.org) or you can complete and return the PTSA forms found in the First Day Packet. Forms and checks can be returned to the RHMS main office anytime. If you have any questions, please contact PTSA President, Yumna Green, at president@rhmsptsa.org 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:

PICTURE DAY: SEPTEMBER 6

Student pictures for the 2019-20 student ID cards will be taken at school on Friday, September 6th, 2019. Adult volunteers are needed to assist on Picture Day. Shifts are available so if you cannot volunteer all day, that is fine. If you are interested in volunteering, please SIGN UP HERE or if you have questions, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Andrea Knott at volunteer@rhmsptsa.org 

LAPTOP DISTRIBUTION: SEPTEMBER 12

Laptops will be distributed to all students on Thursday, September 12. Adult volunteers are needed. Please SIGN UP HERE to volunteer. Questions? Contact our volunteer coordinator, Andrea Knott at volunteer@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! Come celebrate the beginning of the school year!  The PTSA is Hosting a Taco Bar on Friday September 20 from 5 to 7 PM. We will have tasty food, beverages, a photo booth, and a cake walk.
 

Informational Items

FIRST SEASON SPORTS start next Monday, September 9th: If your student is interested in playing a 1st quarter sport - Boys' Tennis, Boys' Basketball or Boys' or Girls' Cross Country, you can sign him/her up online at the following link: Final Forms. 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 you student is in 8th grade, his/her physical may have expired. All other forms that are needed are included in FinalForms. In addition to the $75.00 participation fee to play a sport, your student will also need to purchase an ASB card for $25.00 prior to the first practice. Families do need to make transportation arrangements for all after-school athletic participation. Practices and games are held on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. 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 on Thursday, Sept. 12th at 6:00 pm in the gym. It is highly recommended that you attend this meeting if your student is playing an after school sport this year, even if they played last year. Again, please direct all athletic related questions to our Athletic Director, Shane O’Brien.

Calendar Items

Wednesday, Sept. 4th:
Student Dismissal at 2:30 pm – No Wednesday Early Release

Friday, Sept. 6th:
Picture Day

Monday, Sept. 9th:
1st Quarter Sports Begin, 2:30-4:00 pm

Tuesday, Sept. 10th:
Curriculum Night, 6:15-8:15 pm

Thursday, Sept. 12th:
All Sports Parent Meeting, 6:00 pm, Gym

Proud to be a Royal,

Erin Bowser

Weekly Bulletin #11 - 11/08/2019

Dear Rose Hill Middle School Families,

Today we 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 our SRO, Redmond Police Officer Kaptur, who was a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army. A huge thank you to Officer Kaptur for his service and for being our guest speaker at the assembly this morning.

Teachers will be finalizing their grades by November 12th and students will be bringing home First Quarter Report Cards a week from today.  

Have a great weekend - remember, no school on Monday!
 

From the PTSA

Thank you volunteers!
Many thanks to our volunteers Jill Dean and Amy Lettice for putting together a beautiful "Griller's Delight" basket for the LWPTSA scholarship program's fundraiser. Each year PTSAs in our district donate themed baskets which are auctioned in the first week of December to help support scholarships for graduating LWSD seniors. Putting together RHMS PTSA's basket is just one way you can volunteer. If you would like more information about RHMS PTSA volunteer opportunities, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Andrea Knott at volunteer@rhmsptsa.org

View the Griller's Delight Gift Basket here 

Matching your donations
Did you donate to PTSA's Pass the Hat fundraiser and/or to the ASB's Fun Run fundraiser this year? Does your employer match the charitable donations of its employees? If you answered yes to either question, please remember to complete the necessary paperwork with your employer to ensure that PTSA and ASB receives the matching dollars. You will need to match the donations to RHMS PTSA 2.8.85 and RHMS ASB in two separate matching requests because PTSA and ASB are two separate organizations. If you have questions about ASB donations, please contact Mrs. Love in the Main Office. If you have questions about, or need a receipt for, PTSA donations, please contact president@rhmsptsa.org. Thank you!

FREE Showing of the “Screenagers” Film series
November 21st  at 7:00 PM: Screenagers: Next Chapter at Finn Hill Middle School (8040 NE 132nd St, Kirkland, WA 98034) There will be a discussion panel after the viewing.
Tickets are free but required – reserve them here. Download a flyer to share 

Informational Items

Library News: Read this month’s newsletter to find out what has been taking place in the library during the month of October.

RHMS Counseling:
Character Strong: This week’s advisory lesson was on Mindfulness and our “Emotion Mind.” We discussed how our emotions can influence our thoughts and behaviors. This week’s Character Dare is "Kindness Ninja"  There is also a slide that has a key to the icons.

Social Media: The RHMS Counseling Team have created pages on Facebook and Instagram. Check us out!  https://www.facebook.com/RHMSCounseling/ or https://www.instagram.com/rhms_counseling/

Tutoring: Does your student need some extra support with their homework? Check out the King County Library System’s Study Zone. https://kcls.org/study-zone/ The Study Zone is a place for students to study, do homework, and get help with their questions from volunteer tutors. Tutors work with 1-5 students in a group setting. This is a totally FREE service! Please see the schedule here.

Did you know the Skyward App is available for your phone? By downloading it, you can check grades, attendance, and much more right at your fingertips. Attendance is shown in real time, so if you receive an automated call saying your child was late or absent from school, you may be able to relieve your anxiety immediately by checking the App and seeing that he/she was late to a class instead of not being at school at all. This is just one way the Skyward App can help you be connected and informed about your student!

Calendar Items

Monday, Nov. 11th:

  • NO SCHOOL – Veteran’s Day
  • Building Closed – No custodian on site

Tuesday, Nov. 12th:

  • Pride Time – 8th Grade Royal 5 celebration, 9:44-10:18 am
  • Math Club, 2:30-4:00 pm, Mrs. McFarland’s Room #454 (Purple Pod)
  • Regional Soccer Game – Team Riedeman – 4:00 pm @ Lake Washington High School
  • Regional Soccer Game – Team Reed – 5:00 pm @ Lake Washington High School

Wednesday, Nov. 13th:

  • City of Redmond After Hours Program, 1:00-3:00 pm, Gym

Thursday, Nov. 14th:

  • College Gear Thursday
  • AVID Field Trip – Cascadia/UW Bothell, 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
  • Pride Time – Battle of the Books Meeting, 9:44-10:18 am, Library
  • Magic Club (the card game), 2:30-3:30 pm, Mr. Sarra’s Room #475 (Red Pod)
  • Bridge Club, 2:30-4:00 pm, Stage Area
  • Varsity/JV Boys Soccer Match, 4:00 pm, Lake Washington High School
  • Girls Badminton Match, 4:00 pm @ Rose Hill MS

Friday, Nov. 15th:

  • 1st Quarter Reports Cards Given to Students for Home Delivery

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