Free Family Movie Night!

October 26th, 6-8 pm in the Rattlesnake Gym.

Join us Oct. 26 2017 for a free screening of a family-friendly Halloween theme film!*

Bring sleeping bags, pillows, and small camp chairs to cozy up in the gym.

Picnic dinners are welcome or purchase a slice of pizza, bag of popcorn and sweet treat from the concession stand brought to you by the PTA.  Each item will be approximately $1.00.  Cash is greatly appreciated.

This is not a drop off event.  All students must have an adult present with them.

Brought to you by the Family Connection Center and sponsored by the PTA!

movie night image

*we can’t include the name of the movie that we are showing on this website because that’d be against copyright laws. Scary! Look for the movie’s name instead in upcoming emails and/or handouts directly from school. And thanks for your understanding on this legal quirk.

October 2017 General PTA Minutes

October 4th, 2017 Rattlesnake Elementary School PTA Meeting minutes

Meeting attendance: Maggie Ward (P), Anne T (VP), Alex Stokman (T), Laura Fellin (S), Sarah Lee (Teacher Rep) + ~18 parents and guardians. It was a packed house!

Items as Discussed:

Funding Updates

  • Recent Grants
    • $1,850 – 2nd Grade Dance Program- integrates education and movement
    • $150 – 5th grade band instrument rentals for two students in need
    • $200 – new School Counselor request to use toward the purchase of an iPad
  • PTA Budget
    • $31,000 allocated for 2017 – 2018 school year
    • Goal to raise at least 5% more this year. Whatever is raised this year then forms the budget for 2018-2019

Event Updates and Needs

  • Open House – PTA table sold $750 of Rattlesnake spirit gear; FYI Rattlesnake gear is available for sale in the FCC on Mon, Wed, and Fri during school hours, or at any future school event that has a PTA info table. Great work on Open House, everyone!
  • Beef Jerky – Sales were up! 540 Units this year, which is 123 more than last year. Once the jerky arrives, several volunteers will be working during the day in the FCC to help organize it for distribution. Thanks to Alex and all the sorting/distributing volunteers- you make the first fundraiser of the year so successful!
  • Good Food Store Scrip, Fresh Market, Amazon Smile, Box Tops are ongoing all year – visit the Everyday Ways to Raise Money webpage for more info https://rattlesnakepta.org/everyday-ways-to-raise-money/
  • Teacher liaison position – Jacqui Lloyd generously agreed to fill this position to focus on organizing events for teacher appreciation week, parent – teacher conference weeks (Nov 9-10/ Mar 8-9) and other monthly appreciation events. Her first event, which was donating tea on Open House day, was great! Thanks Jacqui. Volunteers would be appreciated for the monthly events, which will be the last Thursday of each month. An email announcement is forthcoming, or email the main PTA (rattlesnakePTA@gmail.com) to volunteer to be part of Jacqui’s team.
  • Book Fair – Week following Thanksgiving, 2-3 days, more volunteers are needed. We partner with Fact and Fiction to support their local business. Kid request forms and teacher request forms will be available. The FCC will likely help purchase books for kids that do not have the means to buy their own, contact Jen Jencso to learn more about this. It was suggested that we advertise in our community for the book fair. Posters could go up in Rattlesnake Gardens, Drum Coffee, Riverside Coffee (E. Msla), MIS tackboard, CFS tackboard, and other bookish gathering places. Book Fair co-leads will pursue this idea.
  • Direct Donate – Leigh Greenwood and Maggie Angle will lead.  November 20 – December 31. We are making a fun giant thermometer so that we have a visual tool for the kids and neighborhood to monitor.  We raised $7620 last year. Our goal this year will be a bit higher. Billy Petrini offered to take on the giant thermometer project. 5th graders may be in charge of maintaining it for Meaningful Work. Jennifer Oakland suggested we remind people sometimes there is employee match for charitable donations, which is a good idea to increase giving. No keychains this year.
  • Spring Fling will be March 16th 2018. We are looking for volunteers to help out. The most pressing need is an auction co-leader and activities coordinator. The name “Spring Fling” reflects that we are moving away from carnival games; we’re looking for great ideas!

Teacher Updates

  • Teachers can utilize their class newsletters and weekly emails to share PTA information. Ms Lee requested some additional information for her to share out to teachers. Top Ways to Reach PTA was the #1 request, to increase efficient communications. Here is what we sent out for her to use:
    • Email the PTA at RattlesnakePTA@gmail.com
    • Find us on Facebook for lots of updates, information, and event listings: https://www.facebook.com/RattlesnakePTA/
    • Visit the PTA’s website to learn about what we do, how you can help, and use our school and community quick reference pages: https://rattlesnakepta.org/
    • Come to our monthly meetings from 8:30am-9am, first Wednesday of each month, held in the FCC room within Rattlesnake School.

FCC Announcements

  • Fall Family Movie Night is planned for Oct 26th 6-8pm. This is a family event, not a drop off event.  Volunteers will be needed for concessions- sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d44ada62aa3fe3-movie Donations are welcome to cover the main expense: $175 licensing fee for one time showing, or we may opt for a $480 unlimited licensing fee for the year.  PTA will also discuss this as a grant request in its next session.
  • Family Fun Game Night, pizza, and family portraits in East Missoula will be this winter, date TBD.

Coffee this month was donated by Black Coffee Roasting Company. Thank you BCRC!

The next monthly meeting is November 1st 2017, Wednesday, from 8:30-9am in the FCC. Hope to see you then!

October 2017 General PTA Agenda

Rattlesnake Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association Meeting
Agenda for October 4th, 2017 from 8:30am-9:00am
Meeting will be held in Family Connections Center

Please enter through the Main Entrance, walk straight down the main hall, and look for the FCC near the end of the hall on your left.

AGENDA

  • Welcome (5 minutes)
  • Funding Updates (5 minutes)
    • Recent Grants
    • Budget status
  • Fall/Winter Events (10 min)
    • Open House – Sept 28 – Thanks to Molly, Alex, Erin, and Jen!
    • Beef Jerky – Oct 17 – 12:30-3p – Volunteers needed to help sort/distribute
    • GFS Scrip Accounts – Ongoing – Shannon
    • Teacher Appreciation – Ongoing – Jacqui
    • Book Fair- Nov 30-Dec 1 – Laurie and Becca
    • Direct Donate – Nov 20-Dec 31 – Leigh and Maggie A
    • Spring Fling- March 16 – Auction co-lead & Activities Lead needed
  • FCC Update (5 min)
  • How you can help! (5 min)
    • Vision screening could use a few volunteers (Oct 24)

 Adjourn!

Thanks to Black Coffee Roasting Company for donating this month’s coffee!

Rattlesnake’s Semi-Annual Food Drive

Oct. 9-13th

From time to time, Rattlesnake families experience unexpected life events that may leave them struggling to provide enough food for their family.  In an attempt to help with their immediate basic needs, the FCC would like to have a supply of non-perishable goods to donate.

At this time, we are asking just the Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades to participate and to donate within specific categories:

  • Kindergarten: Canned Soup
  • 1st Grade: Non Perishable Protein (i.e. canned tuna/chicken, peanut butter, beans, nuts etc.)
  • 2nd Grade: Healthy Snacks (granola bars, cereal bars, applesauce, etc.).

We believe the food within these three categories has a high impact on nutritional needs, a family’s food budget, and is easy to prepare/eat.

Grades 3, 4 & 5 will participate in our spring food drive.

Please contact Jen Jencso in the FCC with questions or concerns.

frcres@mcps.k12.mt.us

Thank you for your generosity!

 

photo of the front of Rattlesnake school

Open House: September 28 2017

What: Open House to meet teachers and see classrooms!
When: Thursday, September 28, 2017
Time: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Where: In your student’s classroom– ask them to show you where to go!

Rattlesnake’s open house is an event to meet your kid(s) teacher, see their classroom, and get to know the school a little better. The PTA will have an information table, as well as be selling Rattlesnake spirit gear (including the very popular navy blue hoodies), during this event. Cash, check, and credit card are accepted for PTA purchases.

Open House is only for one hour and is typically very busy, so your teacher may not have more than a few minutes to talk to you about your child’s progress and/or needs. As suggested on the district’s Rattlesnake School website, “If you feel that you need to spend more time with the teacher, please make an appointment.”

Please note that parking is always very packed for these types of all-school events. The weather forecast is for a sunny afternoon, so if you can walk or bike, please consider it!

 

Parenting Class: Helping Kids Manage Their Emotions

Welcome back to school parents! This time of year can be filled with lots of emotions for your students, especially as they adjust to their new schedules (and…ahem…bedtimes).

With this in mind, the FCC has partnered with The Life Long Learning Center/Families First to bring you our first parenting workshop of the year-

Helping Kids Manage Their Emotions: Get some tips on “anger management for kids” and learn how to teach your child some skills that will last a lifetime.

September 27th 2017 from 6:15pm to 8:15pm  in Rattlesnake’s  school library .

FREE!  Free Childcare also Provided!  

Call Families First at 721-7690 or visit www.childrensmuseummissoula.org to register.

Thank you to The Life Long Learning Center and Families First for making this possible!

September 2017 General PTA Minutes

September 6th, 2017 Rattlesnake Elementary School PTA Meeting minutes

Meeting attendance: Maggie Ward (P), Anne T (VP), Alex Stokman (T), Jen Jencso (FCC) + 24 parents and guardians

Items as Discussed

What brought you here today:

Attendees were asked to fill out cards to explain why they were at the PTA meeting, and what was most important to them. Most of the cards indicated that attendees wanted greater connection, a sense of community, knowledge on things that were going on, and opportunities that might arise to help the school. A few people also mentioned a desire to help directly with fundraising and grant writing. These ideas were discussed. Staying connected was explored: a combination of the PTA website, PTA Facebook profiles, handouts in Boom Folders, emails, and meetings was suggested. Greater connection was explored: annual community events, classroom volunteering starts generally in October, become part of the Garden committee, go on field trips with your child’s classroom.

PTA Basics:

Maggie shared how the PTA aims to (1) foster a sense of community; (2) support our teachers/staff; (3) support the safety/welfare of our kids; and (4) enrich our kids’ academic experience.  She also covered the basic school year schedule, detailing that the PTA covers both fundraising events, and community events, and one event that is both (the Spring Fling). The current PTA budget for this school year (2017-2018), is $32,000. Money raised during this school year becomes the budget for next year (2018-2019). Our fundraising goal for this year is $35,000.  The PTA has elected officers, some of which are up for election this winter, and some this spring, due to the term limits in the charter. Lastly, the PTA is a member of the state PTA and the national PTA, and it was mentioned that it might make sense to create connections with other MCPS elementary school PTAs if they are willing/able, for growth and community.

How you can help!:

The PTA has a busy September and October with brief volunteer needs for many single-day events. Events discussed are as follows:

  • Sept 15: SPARK Arts School Garden Party will be from 3:30-5:30. No volunteers needed for this party, this is a community event.
  • Sept 20: Beef Jerky fundraising forms due to teachers. Volunteers will be needed in October to support this fundraiser, see below.
  • Sept 20: Individual School Pictures. 1- 2 volunteers needed to usher kids to their spots.
  • Sept 22: Hearing Screening: 1- 2 volunteers needed to help keep screening running smoothly.
  • Sept 28: Open House from 5-6pm. PTA will have an info table and apparel for sale.
  • Oct 10+11: Beef Jerky Fundraiser. 1-2 volunteers needed to help sort and collate beef jerky orders for distribution.
  • November (exact date TBD): Book Fair!  2-4 volunteers to help our librarian with the annual book fair.

To volunteer for any of these opportunities, please email rattlesnakePTA@gmail.com

Other business as discussed:

The school garden has a lot of produce to give away. It will be given away to students at the end of a school day once a week (originally Thursday, was shifted to Wednesday) by parent volunteers, until the produce is done- around mid October depending on the weather. The schedule of giveaway will rotate to ensure it covers most classes/days/schedules. To volunteer to help with produce giveaways, see: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d44ada62aa3fe3-produce

Funding Requests:

No new funding requests brought up at this meeting.

Adjourned at 9:00am

Thank You to Hygge Coffee for hot delicious coffee for our meeting!

The next PTA meeting will be at 8:30am October 4th in the Family Connections Center (near the old gym).

 

sun river beef jerky

Beef Jerky Fundraiser 2017

Welcome to the first fundraiser of the year – BEEF JERKY!

The beef jerky comes in a variety package that contain three flavors (Original, Peppered, & Teriyaki).  Each 6oz  package of jerky (2oz of each flavor) is sold for $16. It’s important to please COLLECT MONEY AT THE TIME OF THE SALE. Please make checks payable to RATTLESNAKE ELEMENTARY.  

Return order forms and all funds by September 20 to your student’s teacher.

The profits from the sale will go towards funding our FAMILY CONNECTION CENTER (FCC). The FCC provides services for Families in Transition, parenting classes, Family Fun Nights, child care during conferences, and providing short-term emergency food and clothing for anyone who needs it within our school community.

Funds for the FCC also pay for staff at Rattlesnake who facilitate the mission of the “MBI” (Montana Behavioral Initiative), ensuring that all kids learn skills necessary for success: academic, social, emotional, and behavioral.

In addition to the gratification of helping to support FCC’s valuable services, any student who sells twelve packages will earn a limo ride to Pizza Hut for lunch with Principal Wright. She looks forward to this fun and exciting annual award lunch!

During the sale, please help your students to sell packages of jerky to friends, neighbors and family. Your beef jerky will be available in your teacher’s homeroom around October 17, for pick up.

This is the ONLY fundraiser of the year in the format of asking that students sell items – if you are not comfortable with fundraisers where your kid(s) sell things, please know that we have lots of other types of fundraisers coming later in the school year! And of course, you can always just donate money directly.

50% of the profits from the beef jerky sales go to the PTA, to fund the initiatives listed above. Last year, the PTA made $3,200 (net) from this fundraiser, and 19 lucky students got top selling prize- to take the limo ride to Pizza Hut!

Learn more about the beef jerky company, which is based here in Missoula, on their website or facebook page.

Thank you for your help – we are hoping for great results!

 

September 2017 General PTA Agenda

Rattlesnake Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association Meeting
Agenda for September 6th, 2017 from 8:30am-9:00am
Meeting will be held in Family Connections Center

Please enter through the Main Entrance, walk straight down the main hall, and look for the FCC near the end of the hall on your left.

AGENDA

  • Welcome and Introductions (8:30am, 5 minutes)
  • What brought you here today? (5 minutes)
  • Updates on PTA Basics (5 minutes)
  • Principal Pam’s Corner (5 minutes)
  • How you can help! Upcoming events, new ideas, and more (5 minutes)
  • Adjourn (9:00am)

 

kids holding sign about coffee on first day of school

First Day Coffee: Aug 28 2017

When: August 28th from 8:30am to 9:30am.
What: A quick coffee and social on the first morning of school!
Where: In the school garden (NE corner of school property)
Who: Parents, Grandparents, little siblings, and any other members of your first day drop-off crew (aside from the kids that are starting school!) are invited.

Details: Join your fellow Rattlesnakers in a short and fun coffee and mingle after the bell rings (8:25am) on the first morning of school! The PTA will be providing coffee and a few donut holes in our beautiful school garden. You might be sad, you might be nervous, you might have mixed emotions… or you might be exuberant! Doesn’t matter, we just want you to join us if you’d like a cup of coffee and some company.

NOTE: If you drive, DO NOT PARK ON MOUNTAINVIEW (road to the N of school property). We suggest, if possible, you instead drive down Pineview Drive and park by Pineview Park in that longer open lot at the bottom of the hill. This will create a safer dropoff space for your fellow parents. For more information on parking, visit our School Map.

THANK YOU to Hygge Coffee for the beverage donation!