Family Fun Nights – Winter 2019

We have 2 upcoming Family Fun Nights!

  • Thursday, January 24, 5-6:15pm: Mt. Jumbo School Library: Board game night!
  • Wednesday, February 13, 5-6:30pm: Rattlesnake School: Portraits by Michelle Nowels in the main office & run around time in the gym!

Look for more information by email and check backpacks for flyers.

Upcoming Performances 2018-2019

There are many upcoming performances by our amazing children and it is tough to keep track of them all! Here’s a “cheat sheet” for your convenience — we’ll add to this as we get more information and update times as needed:

Winter 2018

December 19, 2018 | 3:00pm 

5th Grade – Winter Performance of Band and Orchestra – Families Invited

December 21, 2018

All Grades – Winter Sing-a-long – Students & Staff Only**

**this event is for students and staff only! Please respect this request, as the gym cannot safely accommodate all grades, families, and staff at once. Thanks for your understanding.**



February 13, 2019 | 10:30am (KE, KL, 1D, 1P) & 1:00pm (KT, KR, 1W, 1S)

Kindergarten & 1st – Kindness Concert – Families Invited

February 20, 2019 | 2:30pm

5th Grade – Martin Luther King Concert – Families Invited

March 12, 2019 | 7:00pm

Rattlesnake Elementary Band at Washington Middle School – Families Invited

March 19, 2019 | 10:30am (2J, 2D, 3L, 3K) & 12:30pm (2H, 2S, 3M, 3K)

2nd & 3rd Grades – “The Day the Crayons Came Home” Performance – Families Invited

May 10, 2019 | Time TBD

Rattlesnake Elementary Band – 5th Grade Solo Day – Families Invited

May 30, 2019 | 10:30am

Rattlesnake Elementary Band Concert at Rattlesnake Elementary – Families Invited

June 5, 2019 | 11:30am

4th Grade – Musical Theme TBD – Families Invited



Direct Donate Drive 2018

The Rattlesnake PTA works with the teachers, staff, and community of our school to provide both funding and in-person support for special events, field trips, students and families in need, classroom materials, and educational enrichment. By donating to the Rattlesnake PTA this holiday season, your dollars directly support the programs that matter most to our students, staff, and community.

  • Donate between November 19th and December 31st 2018 to ensure your donation is counted towards meeting our annual goal. Donations received after the deadline are very much still welcome- it is just harder to keep track of our progress after that!
  • The suggested donation is $50 per child – this amount is approximately how much the PTA needs in donations, per child per year, to support our programs.
  • To donate online, visit:
  • To donate with cash or check over Winter Break: Use the pre-addressed green envelope that came home with your child, or any other envelope if you’ve misplaced that one! Donations over winter break should be mailed to the addresses below. Checks should be made out to “Rattlesnake PTA.”

Mail to: 

Rattlesnake PTA, P.O. Box 7211, Missoula MT 59807

– or –

Rattlesnake PTA, 1220 Pineview Dr, Missoula MT 59802

Track our overall progress on Facebook at

Thank you for considering a donation today!


More Details on the Direct Donate Fundraiser

Background: The PTA’s Direct Donate Drive started in 2015 to allow families to give money to the PTA without having to buy or sell items like chocolates and wrapping paper. The Direct Donate fundraiser has since become the 2nd biggest annual fundraiser run by the Rattlesnake PTA.  Learn more about the Rattlesnake PTA’s major fundraising and event schedule here.

Goals: The net funds raised during the Direct Donation event in 2017 were over $8000. The goal for 2018 is $12,000. We’ve raised the goal this year for Direct Donate so that other community events during the year (such as the Spring Fling) can focus more on the fun, and less on the fundraising!

Get the Word Out: We are committed to minimizing waste during this fundraising event by minimizing paper handouts so watch for email and Facebook ( reminders that you can share with others. You can also share the Crowdrise link with grandparents, family & friends who might want to support Rattlesnake Elementary.

Please feel free to return any unused green envelopes to your child’s teacher for reuse next year.

Online Fees: Although anyone can donate by check, cash, or online — donations by cash or check “go a little farther” because there are no transaction fees. Donations online via Crowdrise include two fees:

  • a 6% (of total donation) fee to use the online platform
  • separate credit card processing fee of 3- 4%, depending on size of donation

If you wish to maximize every penny of your donation, please consider sending a check. Make the check out to “Rattlesnake PTA” and send to Rattlesnake PTA, 1220 Pineview Dr, Missoula MT 59802.

Tax Info: The PTA’s legal name as defined by the IRS may show up on your receipt for donating on Crowdrise- that name is the “MONTANA CONGRESS OF PARENTS TEACHERS STUDENTS.” We are sorry for any confusion that might cause. Your donation will reach us!

The Rattlesnake PTA is a 501(c)3 registered nonprofit, tax ID #81-0448185.

If you have further questions about this fundraiser, please email the PTA at

Holiday Book Fair 2018

The annual Rattlesnake School Holiday Book Fair will be held November 28th – November 30th at Rattlesnake School.


  • 8am-7pm on Wednesday, November 28th.
  • 8am-7pm on Thursday, November 29th.
  • 8am-10:30am on Friday, November 30th.

Where: Rattlesnake School Library.
Who: All community members are invited.

Overview: Each year, the Rattlesnake School librarian Robin Nygren coordinates with school staff, PTA volunteers, and local downtown bookseller Fact & Fiction to offer an amazing selection of books to families for purchase just in time for the holidays. This book fair is a fundraiser – a portion of the proceeds supports Rattlesnake PTA and the school library.

Details: Students will create and then bring home their own book wish lists to allow you to preview what you might want to purchase. Teachers will have their own wish lists at the Book Fair if you’d like to purchase a book for your child’s classroom. Fact & Fiction gift cards will also be available for purchase.

Rattlesnake hoodies, water bottles, and other spirit gear will be for sale as well.

THANK YOU to the parents that volunteer to plan and run the Holiday Book Fair! Want to help out? Sign up here >>


Noodle Fundraiser!

Eat noodles on November 11 and raise money for Rattlesnake Elementary!

Noodles & Company will be giving back 30% of sales on Sunday 11/11/18 from 4-9 pm. Just mention that you are from Rattlesnake Elementary at check out!

3680 Brooks St. Missoula, MT 59801

Go here for more info and a chance to let us know you’re planning to come eat noodles on November 11:





Rattlesnake Elementary Spirit Gear!

Show your school spirit and order your Rattlesnake Elementary gear online at  from now until November 18!

Hats, mugs, shirts, hoodies and more are all available with the super-fun snake logo. 5% of each sale go to our PTA fund for classroom and school enrichments.

The sale ends November 18 so that the orders can be ready before Winter break. All orders will ship to school for easy pick up (and no shipping costs)!

Shop Now!

Movie & Craft Night

Save the date for our Movie & Craft Night!

Join us October 26 2018 from 6:30 – 8pm in the Rattlesnake gym for a family-friendly movie night. This is not a drop off event, so bring a comfy blanket or sleeping bag to sit on and enjoy the movie with your kids.

Watch for a flyer with more details (including the movie name!) to come home with your kids early next week.

October 2018 PTA Meeting Minutes

October 2, 2018 Rattlesnake Elementary School PTA Meeting minutes

AttendanceMatthew N (Secretary), Leigh G (President), Alex S (Treasurer), Pam W (Principal), Stacy J (FCC),  + 8 additional parents


Agenda overview – Leigh

VP Candidate

  • Introduction of Judith B as candidate for VP after vacated by Anne due to job requirements – Leigh & Alex
  • Shannon O was also introduced as having interest in the position but deferred to Judith
  • Judith was elected, no one present objected or voted against. Welcome Judith!

Beef Jerky Fundraiser

  • Preliminary estimate of numbers- orders grossed $5k for 315 Packages (note: final tally for full fundraiser came out to net $5264 – great work Beef Jerky Team!)
  • We will need assistance from teachers and possibly volunteers to ensure that the children receive the orders that they are responsible for (Note: completed! 10/13/2018 – thank you!)
  • Some of the kids order forms get turned in without their full names, maybe need to consider pre-writing teacher names and grades onto forms in 2019 to make things easier in case of mistakes, or some other system to make sorting easier.  

Book Fair

  • Leigh and Alex conducted an overview. Laurie and Becca are again volunteering to be the leads- thank you!
  • We will need to get volunteers to staff the hours necessary, Shannon M will create volunteer listing when closer to the date.
  • As in past years, there is a system in place to ensure that all children will have an opportunity to participate in the book fair- contact Stacy in the FCC if you wish to help with this.
  • Will be conducted after Thanksgiving in an effort to incorporate holiday shopping. Tentative dates within the range of 11/27-30, Precise dates TBD with Fact and Fiction.
  • Generally the book fair raises about $8k, with funds being first allocated to the school library and librarian, and all other funds rolling into the general PTA budget.

School Event Marquee – Pam

  • The design was that was submitted was not in line with what was proposed, which proved to be a problem.
  •  The local community pushed back after the proposal was submitted.  There was too much light and was essentially too loud aesthetically.
  • Idea was raised to rent or buy a light up moveable letter-swap style marquee sign
  • It does leave concerns regarding dissemination of information, as we are currently limited to fliers, the webpage, Facebook, emails, and on-the-fence vinyl banners.
  • If a concept is approved, we will need to still resolve the issue of funding which we will have to be sourced or raised.
  • We do also have fence banners for announcements and will require some to be found for events or printed.
  • The book fair may have a banner available from fact and fiction.

Direct Donate – Leigh, Alex, and Matthew

  • The topic was discussed as an overview
  • Last year resulted in $8700 Gross/$8000 Net raised
  • Jen O and Molly C have brought up the idea to create a more targeted ask team for higher donations from selected businesses and families.
  • Leigh is the lead on this for 2018, Sarah M has volunteered to help with handouts, Jen and Molly will lead up the higher ask team, other volunteers are TBD. Please email to join this team.
  • Goal is to kick-off on November 19th and ends December 31st (functional end in terms of in school is December 21st but online and mail donations go through Winter Break).

Jump Rope for Heart – Pam

  • Rattlesnake Elementary will not be participating this year as it was a conflict in fundraising with the PTA and PTA projects due to confusion with who received funds and ran the event.

 Spring Fling

  • We will be conducting spring fling on 15 MAR 2019.
  • The theme is intended for Hoe Down, but open to suggestion and discussion at this point
  • We need to designate project leads to ensure smoothness of execution and coordination of the various sub committees. Ideally, leads would be identified to include: Food Lead, Auction Lead, Activities Lead, Business Sponsor Lead (see below) and Overall Event Coordinator
  • Generally raises between $8k and $10k in fund raising
  • We will be seeking auction donations and in some cases we should be starting now as some tax years are ending and fiscal planning for companies will be beginning. There is also a letter available for those soliciting donations.
  • Idea was brought up by Shannon O to incorporate business sponsors for higher dollar amounts. Discussion on how there is no barrier to this idea- it just hasn’t been done before for the Spring Fling (has been done for Fun Run in the past). See also below.

Other Notes

  • A substitute crossing guard will be needed, please contact or the current crossing guard (Erin B) for details.
  • Will also need a chess club coach for the fall!
  • Also a paid position is available for noon duty. In the mean time, a volunteer position is available.
  • The wellness committee is currently developing a wellness policy. The policy will come up for review when complete, but may require elements that either require fundraising or sourcing such as hand washing stations.
  • Community Garden. In the next two years the beds will need to be replaced, and we will need a financial estimate to properly fundraise and budget for this need. Clean up will be conducted in the next two weeks and the beds will be conditioned for next year during after school garden club. 
  • There was some discussion regarding corporate sponsorship. As a group the officers discussed some of the pro/con related to it. It has been a focus in the past of the Fun Run in some years, and worked well when pursued by a person with motivation and experience in obtaining sponsorships. If it is to develop into its own project or to other events, it will require its own project lead.


Fall Book & Food Drive

Our Fall Book & Food Drive is this week: October 8-12!

Apple Grades Kindergarten – 2 will participate in the food drive to help support Rattlesnake students and their families.

Books Grades 3-5 will participate in the book drive to provide gently used books for teachers’ classroom libraries.

Detailed flyers were sent home with students last week. You can also see the flyers below:

Book Drive: Grades 3-5 | Food Drive: Grades K-2

Thank you in advance for supporting our school in this way!

Contact Stacy Jehle in the FCC with any questions:

Spirit Week: Oct 1-5

It’s almost time for Spirit Week 2018 at Rattlesnake School!

We hope you will show your school spirit and join in on the fun.

Monday, October 1: Rainbow Day – wear your grade’s color

  • K: Wear Red
  • 1: Wear Orange
  • 2: Wear Yellow
  • 3: Wear Green
  • 4: Wear Blue
  • 5: Wear Purple

Tuesday, October 2: Dress Like A Teacher Day (and teachers will dress like kids)

Wednesday, October 3: Wacky Wednesday – wear crazy patterns or mismatched clothing

Thursday, October 4: Rattlesnake Spirit Day – dress in your Rattlesnake gear or wear green & yellow

Friday, October 5: Griz Day – wear your Griz gear or maroon to support UM’s homecoming