Spirit Week: Oct 1-5

It’s almost time for Spirit Week 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


Bike Rodeo 2018

The Rattlesnake School Bike Rodeo will be on Friday, September 28th!

When: Sept 28th 2018, from 5:00-7:00
What: A community celebration of biking, including obstacle courses, games, a bike tour, a few small prizes, and more!
Who: All community members are invited.
Volunteers Needed: We need lots of volunteers to make this event run smoothly! We’ve broken it into short, manageable shifts- no volunteering slot is over an hour long and only one job (the Bike Tours) require the adult to actually be on a bike!

Details: Bring your bike to school for a night of family bicycle fun!  This event is for all Rattlesnake community families. Planned activities will include two bike riding areas (beginner and intermediate), an education table with MTBMissoula, a bike art table, and the traditional Bike Rodeo favorite- a newspaper toss! We will offer 3 guided tours of the under construction Syringa Bike Skills Park just up the road, too. Parental supervision during the Bike Tours is strongly encouraged, as students will be biking up Rattlesnake Drive to the new park off Lincoln Hills Drive. Learn more about the new bike park here, or come to the Bike Rodeo!

THANK YOU to all the parents that volunteer to plan and run the Bike Rodeo. You make this happen!

Sponsored by the Rattlesnake PTA, the Rattlesnake Family Connection Center, and in coordination with Missoula Parks & Rec!

Beef Jerky Fundraiser 2018!

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 PTA.”  

Return order forms and all funds by September 25, 2018 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 16th, 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. In 2017, the PTA made over $5,000 (net) from this fundraiser, and 25 lucky students earned the 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!

Volunteer Needed: Chess Club

We are looking for a parent or grandparent volunteer to lead the Chess Club at Rattlesnake. Chess Club was started last school year (2017-2018) and all the materials are already at school- we just need a new coordinator for Fall 2018!

The Chess Club is open to all ages and abilities and can be held either one day a week (of your choice), or every other week. The club meets during lunch recess in the school atrium (across from the cafeteria). All you need is the available time, some basic chess knowledge, and the willingness to help run this fun and educational opportunity in our school!

Email us to volunteer! rattlesnakepta@gmail.com

September 2018 PTA Meeting Minutes

September 4th 2018 Rattlesnake Elementary School PTA Meeting minutes

Attendance: Leigh G (P), Molly C (P), Alex S (T), Stacy J (FCC), Amy H (Garden City Harvest) + about 20 more parents and grandparents

(Note: as this meeting was on the first day of Kindergarten, and out in the garden, we did not follow the typical agenda structure)


Two Notices about Open Positions

  • Vice President is open now, and we will vote for new VP at the October PTA General meeting (Tue Oct 2nd at 8:30 in the FCC). Everyone/anyone interested in this position should reach out to a current or former board member to talk about their intent and what is entailed. This can be a one year or two year term. The current board is hoping to create a list of general duties (like a job description) soon, and will post it to the PTA blog when ready.
  • Treasurer will complete term in May 2019. Shannon M said she was very interested in this position and wants to learn more- thank you Shannon! Other interested parties are absolutely welcome to also learn about this opportunity. It would help to have working knowledge of QuickBooks, as the treasurer position has a significant bookkeeping responsibility throughout the year.

Upcoming Events and Volunteering Needs

Open House is Sept 12th 5:30-6:30, we will staff a table and need a few volunteers. If you want to help with open house, please reach out to Erik F or Brittany H, or email the main PTA email at rattlesnakepta@gmail.com

Beef Jerky Fundraiser will start around Sept 13th (approx), we will need several helpers for handouts and sorting. Alex stated that she’d like the jerky to be distributed post-sale before October long weekend (that’s Oct 18-21) so getting started during the week of Sept 13th is preferred. Alex S has run this for several years and would like someone to help her co-lead it this year. Look for emails asking for specific dates and tasks, or email rattlesnakepta@gmail.com if you want to volunteer.

Bike Rodeo will be Sept 28th 5-7pm, we will need many helpers for stations and activities. Stacy J at the FCC is the point person for this event, so please email her at  <sjehle@mcps.k12.mt.us> if you want to volunteer either during the event, or as part of the planning committee. Leigh said she would like to make sure that Parks and Rec is able to give tours to families interested in the new Bike Park at Syringa (just north of Rattlesnake school, currently under construction) and would reach out to contacts at the city to involve them in planning.

Amy H from Garden City Harvest represented the Garden Committee and gave a brief intro. She would love more volunteers for several upcoming opportunities:

  • Garden Committee meeting is September 21st at 8am in the main entry conference room, all are welcome.
  • Produce Giveaway Table! This was a great idea last year that continues this year! Our garden is so productive that a fresh food giveaway is done at the end of several fall school days. The table can use a few more volunteers on Sept 19th 2:45-3:15 and Oct 3rd 3:15-3:45. Just show up at the Garden ready to rinse carrots and give them away to a bunch of awesome kids! Amy sent around a signup sheet and lots of folks were eager to help. To join our Garden specific mailing list, email rattlesnakepta@gmail.com and include a sentence about how you’d like to get periodic garden related emails.

Carissa from the Rattlesnake Wellness Committee gave a quick intro. The RWC welcomes all interested parents and guardians to learn more about their projects- better coordination with district wellness initiatives, the handwashing improvement work, and their recent success with working with the District and Climate Smart to improve the air filtration for indoor air in the school (learn more: https://rattlesnakepta.org/2018/08/26/indoor-air-quality-update-fall-2018/)

Jacqui with the Teacher Appreciation Committee is seeking more enthusiastic participants for their monthly teacher appreciation events. She said that their core participants last year were great and she is seeking more people to get involved, as “many hands make light work” when it comes to fun monthly teacher events. The teachers were incredibly appreciative of this project and please reach out to Jacqui (email rattlesnakepta@gmail.com and we’ll forward you right along to her!) if you want to be part of this great team.

Rattlesnake Garden Club

Help care for plants in the Rattlesnake Garden this Fall! Take home veggies and learn more about gardening and cooking with fresh fruits and vegetables.

Each week we will tend to the garden (weeding, watering, harvesting) and do a fun garden activity.

Garden Club is free and open to all Rattlesnake students. You can come for a little while or stay the whole time! Parents are welcome to come with their students and explore the garden or drop off their child(ren) to be supervised by our Farm to School staff.

Space is limited so please sign up early using this easy online form! If you will stay with your child please enter your name, your child’s name, and your email address in the first column. If your child will be coming to the garden on their own please enter their full name and your email address in the second column.

Please note that there is room in each session for 10 kids with parents attending and 10 kids coming on their own (20 kids total).

Click Here to Sign Up For All Weeks Now!

Questions? Contact Farmer Hannah at

Classroom Gift for Mr. Hughes

Our new 2nd grade teacher, Mr. Hughes, has requested gently-used and age-appropriate book donations for his classroom. Let’s give Mr. Hughes a warm welcome to Rattlesnake and help him build his classroom library by donating 2nd-grade (3rd-grade ok, too) books that your kids have outgrown!

To donate, send books to school with your child in a bag or box labeled “Mr. Hughes donation” or “2H donation” and your child’s teacher will pass them on.

Some suggested series:

    • Magic Tree House
    • Henry & Mudge
    • Arthur
    • Humphrey
    • Poppleton
    • Magic School Bus
    • Geronimo Stilton
    • Puppy Place
    • Black Lagoon
    • Flat Stanley
    • Froggy

Some suggested authors:

    • Mercy Watson
    • Cynthia Rylant
    • Junie B Jones
    • Henry Munsch
    • Dr. Seuss

The above lists are only suggestions, please donate any series or authors that your child enjoyed in 2nd grade! Thank you!



What: Open House to meet teachers and see classrooms!
When: Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Where: In your student’s classroom(s)– your kids can show you where to go!

You are invited to our Open House. Stop by and meet your teacher(s), Rattlesnake staff, and our wonderful PTA. Rattlesnake gear will be available for sale during the Open House. We hope to see you there!

Open House lasts 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!

September 2018 General PTA Agenda

Rattlesnake Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association
Meeting Agenda for September 4th, 2018 from 8:30am-9:00am
Meeting will be held in the School Garden.


  • 8:30 Welcome and Introduce Board Members
  • 8:35 Two Notices about Open Positions
    • Vice President is open now, vote for new VP will be at October meeting (Tue Oct 2nd).
    • Treasurer will complete term in May 2019.
  • 8:40 Upcoming Events and Volunteering Needs
    • Open House is Sept 12th 5:30-6:30, we will staff a table and need a few volunteers
    • Beef Jerky Fundraiser will start around Sept 18th (approx), we will need several helpers for handouts and sorting
    • Bike Rodeo will be in late Sept or early Oct, we will need many helpers for stations and activities
    • Garden Committee needs more volunteers and has several upcoming opportunities to get involved
    • Wellness Committee welcomes all interested parents to learn more about their projects
    • Teacher Appreciation Committee is seeking more enthusiastic participants for their monthly teacher appreciation events.
  • 9:00 Goal time to adjourn to Q&A at 9:00am

MANY THANKS TO BLACK COFFEE ROASTING COMPANY for providing hot coffee donations for this meeting AND our Welcome Coffee last week!

First Three Weeks 2018

The start of school is PACKED with events and “firsts,” so let’s break it down! For general reference, we suggest visiting our Back to School pageCalendar page and Daily Schedule page.