Leadership Meeting Minutes 9/2/21

Rattlesnake Elementary School Parent Teacher Association

Thursday September 2, 2021

In attendance:  Janel Chin, Dana Hupp, Melody Nelsen, Sarah Smith, Pam Wright

  • Principal and Teacher Update
  • School needs two noon duty positions filled (paid positions 10:45 to 1:15 pm M-F), needs crossing guard, needs substitute teachers (parents who are interested need to go through formal process through MCPSMT)
  • Health and Safety Updates
  • How can we continue to support school outside?
  • Yoga mats for outdoor sit spots were donated at the Open House event. No additional sit spots needed.
  • Can we do anything to encourage unmasked times like lunch to be outdoors? Right now kids are eating outside.  When colder months come, indoor seating will be assigned so close contacts can be identified (would be max of 5 close contacts). May consider outdoor tent in colder/rainier months to come, but staffing for this (two open noon duty positions) and outdoor exposure may be obstacles.   Another option is to allow parents who choose to take their child home during lunch on cold days.

Funding Requests

  • 4th grade team has requested $1,000 to bring visiting Naturalists from Montana Natural History Center to do monthly outdoor lessons (hopefully in the new ROC). They will spend part of their classroom grants for busses to the field trip to Travelers Rest State Park and the rest on supplies for their classrooms. APPROVED
  • First grade teacher Amy Petrini has requested $241 for a magnetic dry erase easel with wheels and storage. APPROVED
  • Several teachers have used their classroom grants for items such as books and supplies for their classrooms.
  • A funding request was proposed and approved for RN Lisa Flanagan to purchase an air quality monitor last year so that she could have local outdoor air quality measures readily available to decide about students going outside on smokey days. Lisa ended up returning the monitor due to incompatibility with MCPS’s internet. We may have volunteers willing to install this on their residences near the school.  Pam will discuss further with Lisa Flanagan.

Discussed changes needed to the $26,600 Budget for the upcoming school year:

  • Janel and Dana would like to invite Animal Wonders (https://www.animalwonders.org/presentations.html#/) to present at the RE at some-point during the school year. Stacy is interested in partnering as a FCC/PTA co-event. We discussed Thursday or Friday October 14th or 15th as potential dates for an evening presentation which we hope to hold in the ROC if weather permits and in the gym if not. We believe this event will cost approximately $500.  May be a good event to celebrate the ROC. Pam may contact the Missoulian for the event. 
  • Discussion of additional hours needed to assist Dana with MCT in February.  Dana requests 12 hours of Sarah’s time to assist with MCT during the week of January 31st. (auditions 1/31/22 and 2/4/22 11am to 8pm) Sarah thinks this will work and Pam will try to get coverage as we get closer to that time to cover the 1st grade team and Sarah’s noon duty. 

Fundraising Updates

  • We have many items of swag that are available for sale.  Dana is ordering more kid and adult sweatshirts that can be available at Movie Night.  Approved 2000.00 in purchases.
  • We have a credit with Lifetouch for the yearbook that a deposit was made for during the 2019-20 school year but that we delayed due to COVID complications during the 2020-21 school year. Janel will reach out to Michelle Knowles.
  • We hope to hold a salmon sale again at some point this fall (TBA) but without some of the complications that contactless delivery created.  Janel will discuss with Ash.
  • We plan to hold an in-person book fair in the library November 8-11.  Dana has discussed with Robin Nygren. Sounds like Dana has volunteers lined up. Set up Monday. Tuesday student preview and wish lists.  Tuesday evening- open for sales. Thursday noon closes down.
  • We plan to hold our annual Direct Donate fundraiser in December.
  • We plan to hold an on-line auction again in April (Spring Fling) but will need volunteers to make that possible.

Announcements

  • Please join us in reading the Wizard of Oz in anticipation of our movie night at Ogren ballpark on Wednesday September 22nd
  • Rattlesnake Creek’s Watershed Group is looking for creative/artistic individuals to assist them in creating a banner for their fall festival on Sunday September 26th from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Ten Spoon Winery the event involves food, music, activities, art and games. Bring apples if you would like to press cider and let us know if you would like to be part of the banner decorating in advance of the event.
  • The next PTA General Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday September 7th at 8:20 a.m.
  • Fall Picture Day has been scheduled for Tuesday October 4th

Rattlesnake Elementary School Parent Teacher Association Meeting Minutes for Tuesday May 3, 2022

Attendees: Janel Chin, Dana Hupp, Shannon Murphy, Melody Nelsen, Pam Thayer, Lucia Thorness, Molly Bradford

8:15 a.m. – Welcome,  Intros and Call for other items 

8:20 a.m. – Approval of Minutes from past meetings and vote on candidates to fill upcoming vacancies on the PTA Board

  • President: Janel Chin has completed a 2 year term as of June. Dana Hupp has accepted a nomination made last meeting but is only willing to serve the first year of what is designed to be a 2 year term. APPROVED
  • Vice President: Dana Hupp will not complete the 2nd year of her 2 year term if she assumes the presidency and so Melody Nelson has accepted a nomination to serve. APPROVED
  • Treasurer: Shannon Murphy extended her 2 year term due to lack of anyone willing to serve as Treasurer last year. Lucia Thorness has accepted a nomination to serve. APPROVED
  • Secretary: Jess Larson declined a nomination to serve (she volunteered to assist with future fundraising efforts though!) and so we are looking for nominations of someone to serve.

8:25 a.m. – Principal and Teacher Updates

  • ATG funded Smartboard update – last meeting Pam reported that she had not yet received the money and thus the smartboard although Jen Oakland received word early 2022 that $2,000 had been awarded for this.
  • Report on whether the 5th grade was able to get funding from the Wildlife Film Festival for buses
  • Did all teachers receive a reminder Pam was going to post about classroom grants as the new year’s funding cycle will begin at some point this summer?

8:30 a.m. – Running Club

  • Funding Request: Kim purchased $153.85 worth of feet/chains and plans to purchase hats/shirts as well. WE WILL CHECK WITH HER ABOUT AMOUNT SHE NEEDS (? SHIRTS) AND THEN REIMBURSE HER
  • Began on Monday April 25th at 7:45 a.m. and will be offered every Monday and Wednesday morning through May 18th – permission forms are needed for students without an adult chaperone and kindergarteners must have an adult accompany them to participate in the a.m. running club
  • Tuesday afternoon Running Club is offered during students’ last recess (1:20 to 3:10 p.m.) until May 17th).
  • Kim is designing/funding hats for volunteers to help students ID helpers as they run and t-shirt incentives for students who attend consistently (Thank-you Kim!)

8:35 a.m. – Fun Run on Friday May 20th

– May 9th will be the kickoff day and students will be able to post videos etc. to gather pledges using Boosterathon’s online fundraising platform. Teachers will show an introductory video May 9th and daily videos are optional after that but cover worthwhile topics such as perseverance, courage, etc.

– Dana, Jess and Molly will set-up track the day before and food (popsicles, fruit and water) the day-of

– Pam has agreed to MC the event (Boosterathon provides a soundtrack and Molly is getting a sound system) and classes will be spaced out throughout the day on 2 tracks so that families can come watch.

– Jess will handle day-of operation of the sound system and microphone

– Janel and Dorina will man the welcome table and sell swag – MORE VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO HELP SET-UP AND SELL SWAG

– John Hupp will oversee the tracks – MORE VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO SUPERVISE THE TRACKS

– Dana will work with teachers to keep track of what students participate

– Brainstorm incentive options to encourage our school community to raise the $20,000 needed for the 2022-23 school year: e.g. popcorn party, no zones at recess, pick-a-seat in the lunchroom day, Principal Wright kisses a pig (Lucia has connection to pigs)

8:40 a.m. – Committee Updates/Reports

  • Art Education: Grant was submitted to the Montana Arts Council (thank-you Elizabeth Willy!) to try and get funding for a new kiln per art teacher, Monica Thompson’s request.
    • If we aren’t able to fully fund this request Monica is open to the idea of a specific capital campaign like selling cards of kids artwork, or something like that…  
  • Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2nd – 6th Lauren and Jen are brainstorming, fundraising to do something for teachers each day (e.g. lunch from Soup Farm, drinks from Rattlesnake Market, chair massages from the Massage School, coffee mugs and thank-you notes). NEED TO TALK TO JEN AND LAUREN TO DETERMINE IF THEY ARE INTERESTED IN CONTINUING THIS NEXT YEAR.
  • Outdoor Education
    • Garden Committee met on April 11th?. CONCERN ABOUT CHEMICAL SPRAYED BY UTILITY COMPANY THAT KILLED THE FRUIT TREE.  
      • Garden City Harvest Farmer-Educators will teach two sets of lessons this spring and in the fall. 
        • In the spring, Kindergarteners and 3rd graders visit the garden for composting and planting lessons and return as 1st graders and 4th graders in the fall to harvest veggies and put the garden to bed. 
          • Lesson 1- Composting: May 2nd and 3rd
          • Lesson 2- Planting: May 23rd and 24th
        • In the spring, a 30-minute planting activity is offered to other grade levels.

– Teachers are encouraged to use the garden space for learning all year long

– plans are underway for a new shed to be built for the school garden this week!!!

  • ROC 
    • We are looking for a volunteer to spearhead communications with teachers and staff about how to best spend the $2,284 in ‘Neighborhood’ grant funds that the City of Missoula gave to the ROC as those funds must be spent by June 1st
      • Discussion Item: at our last meeting we decided that Crazy Creek style chairs would provide more versatility than the original plan to purchase 4 picnic table bases and fir 2×8 timber from Heritage Timber to construct 4 tables. 
        • Jen Oakland is looking into whether grant funds could be spent on chairs to be used in the ROC versus picnic style tables…

– A work day has been proposed to sand and stain the buddy bench and assemble these tables: What day might work well???

8:50 a.m. –  Other Ideas/Events/Fundraisers

  • Movie night at Ogren Field September 2022: APPROVAL GIVEN FOR DANA TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH PADDLEHEADS FOR CHARLOTTE’S WEB. WILL INCLUDE PTA’S FROM OTHER SCHOOLS AS WELL.
  • 5th grade Making A Difference Everyday (M.A.D.E.) club
    • Maggie Ward has volunteered to supervise during Thursday lunch/recess.
    • A no interest loan was approved last meeting for supplies so that they can create crafts to sell. They plan to donate 75% of their profits to charity.
  • End-of-Year Celebration?
    • Dorinda, Maureen Dunn and others have expressed interest. Anonymous donor may be willing to fund on a matching basis…
  • Battle of the Books (Dana). AFTER OPEN HOUSE AUGUST 29 AT BEGINNING OF THE 2022/2023 YEAR WILL CONSIDER A 30 MINUTE INFORMATIONAL MEETING FOR PARENTS OF 4TH AND 5TH GRADE PARENTS
  • Interest in reviving Chess Club – a former sibling of an RE student used to hold a chess club during Friday lunch recess (11:00 a.m. to 12:35 p.m.), we are looking for someone to re-start this (it could be on a different day)
    • The chess boards and maybe even some rules are in the FCC closet so we would just need a coordinator or two each week.
  • Ranger Tom Bicycle Commute Challenge in May features fun prizes for students who bike commute the whole month. Shaun is expanding it beyond RE. Let us know if there are students who need help getting a bike, helmet or finding safe places to ride.
  • Bike Rodeo – postponed due to lack of a volunteer coordinator and the board’s need to focus on Running Club/Fun Run this spring. 
    • There is interest in holding it next fall and getting alumni involved with bike repair and bike skills instruction.
    • The FCC, Parks n Rec and Missoula In Motion have partnered with us on past events
    • Molly Bradford expressed interest in potentially planning/sponsoring a movie night / bike rodeo event in conjunction with other grade schools at Ogren Park this fall at our last meeting…
  • Update on idea of packaging and distributing school supplies as a fundraiser/service to families who do not enjoy shopping for school supplies – Jen Sheldon
  • MCT in 2022-23 school year (Dana), PLANNING END OF JAN 2023, IN PERSON PLAY. APPROVED DANA ENTERING INTO A CONTRACT WITH MCT.
  • Lego Robotics club at RE

8:55 a.m. – Health and Safety

  • Several incidents have been reported/observed of cars hitting or nearly hitting individuals crossing Rattlesnake Drive. Please sign-up to help-out as a crossing guard if you are able: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d44ada62aa3fe3-morning. If every family volunteers just one morning, we could cover the rest of this year and next school year as well: What an easy way to give back to our school community and make sure all students get to school safely each day!
  • Lead was detected in some of RE’s drinking fountains. Update from Pam re what has been done?
  • We now know that  COVID comes in waves and the newest variants have been detected in rising levels in Missoula’s wastewater so please continue to do your part to keep vulnerable members of our community safe:
  • Get vaccinated/boosted and encourage others to do the same.
  • Check students for symptoms and keep students home even if symptoms are only mild. Staff and teachers have reported individuals attending school/work with fevers, vomiting etc.
  • Use face coverings in settings with the potential for transmission. If your student needs a reusable cloth face covering, let us know as we received another recent donation.
  • Keep our social circles small and outside.
  • When your students are healthy and able to attend school, be consistent with attendance as non-COVID related absences are creating extra work for teachers in terms of preparation and planning. Please be respectful of our teachers’ time and grateful for the extra work they put in to catch students up when they miss school. 

9:00 a.m. – Announcements

  • Next Leadership Meeting is scheduled for Thursday May 12th at 4:45 p.m.
  • Cancer Support Community’s (CSC) Food Truck Festival will be judged by Principal Wright and $200 will be awarded to the school with the most attendees. Please stop by the CSC table between 4:00 and 8:00 p.m. on Friday May 6th to tell them Rattlesnake’s PTA sent you.
  • The next PTA General Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday June  7th after drop-off (8:15 a.m. ish) but a new meeting time is likely needed to accommodate the schedules of our new board so this may be revised…
  • DON’T FORGET TO DROP-OFF YOU BALLOT IF YOU HAVEN’T YET VOTED TO SUPPORT THE LEVY AND TRUSTEES FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD

APPROVAL GIVEN FOR SHANNON AND LUCIA TO GET ANOTHER ACCOUNTING PROGRAM THAT ALLOWS IMPORTS FROM QUICKBOOKS (UP TO $500).

Rattlesnake Fun Run 2022!

PTA is very excited to announce that Rattlesnake Fun Run will take place Friday, May 20th. The Fun Run will look different than in years past. This year PTA has teamed with Boosterthon to put on a fitness-based fundraiser. Students will have the opportunity to get pledges for the number of laps they will complete. Boosterthon anticipates most students will complete 35 laps. Thus, a pledge of $1 per lap would come out to $35. However, students can also receive flat donations. All students will have the opportunity to participate in the Fun Run whether or not they choose to get pledges.

Families will be able to register to participate in the fundraiser and enter donations at mybooster.com. Tracking donations, collections, and rewards will all occur online. Additional information regarding how parents can volunteer and participate in the event will be available on the PTA website in the upcoming weeks.  Additionally, your child will receive a “Giving Guide” on May 9th which explains the program further and how to register. The PTA’s goal is to raise $20,000. Chief Charlo and Jeannette Rankin schools each raised over $30,000 with this same fundraiser. The money raised will be put towards funding PTA’s annual budget items, including classroom teacher’s annual grants, teacher appreciation, and the school’s reading specialist.

Here is a quick video regarding the program:

 Support Program Overview For Families Outdoor.mp4

Rattlesnake Elementary School Parent Teacher Association Meeting Minutes for Tuesday April 5, 2022

Attendees: Janel Chin, Dana Hupp, Shannon Murphy, Melody Nelsen, Pam wright, Lucia Thorness, Erin Krutz, Carrie Sweatland

8:15 a.m. – Welcome,  Intros and Call for other items 

8:20 a.m. – Nomination of candidates to fill upcoming vacancies on the PTA Board

8:25 a.m. – Principal and Teacher Updates

  • Montana Shakes (Montana’s Shakespeare in the Parks’ elementary school program) came on March 15th and performed a 35 minute interpretation of the classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream called Bottom’s Dream by Matt Foss. There was a 15-20 minutes Q&A and  workshops for all grade levels as well? 
  • Placement of the $2,000 smart board ATG funded last winter
  •  $831.43 was approved last meeting towards the $1,662.85 that Pam requested from the district to replace the slide – update from Shannon and/or Pam on whether enough funds remain in the account the school holds PTA funds in to cover this…
  •  $225 was approved for buses so that the 5th graders can attend the Wildlife Film Festival but we later learned that outside funding sources existed for this so we asked that those be first explored – update?
  • Update on teacher funding requests: How many teachers have spent their classroom grants? How many requested funds over their $300 classroom grant?? Discussion Item: Do we need to communicate to remind teachers who haven’t spent their grant that it is available???

8:30 a.m. – Running Club/Fun Run (Dana, Jess, Molly, Kim)

  • Running Club
    • May 9th will be the kickoff day for the fundraising online that kids will manage with their families.  Teachers will show video May 9th and daily videos are optional after that (perseverance, courage, etc.)
    • Begin on Monday April 25th at 7:45 a.m. and will be offered every Monday and Wednesday morning in preparation for  the Fun Run on Friday May 20th (kindergarteners must have an adult accompany them to participate in the a.m. running clubs).
      • If your student would like to participate before school, you will need to return the permission form
    • A Tuesday afternoon Running Club will also be offered during recess (1:20 to 3:10 p.m. April 26th through May 17th) and we are looking for volunteers to help out and support our students
    • Kim is designing and printing hats for volunteers to help students ID helpers as they run (Thank-you Kim!)

– Pam is coming up with a schedule for the Fun Run day so that students are spread out throughout the day and 

families can come watch.

– Families will be encouraged to ask friends and family for pledges in the weeks leading up to the event in 

accordance with the formula Boosterthon is providing along with their on-line fundraising platform we are 

utilizing this year.

– we hope to make $20,000 so that hopefully no additional fundraising will be needed to fund the 2022-23 school 

year’s budget.

  • Discussion Items: 
    • Brainstorming incentive options: popcorn party, no zones recess, PJ and/or kids dress like teachers, teachers dress like kids day, Principal Wright kisses a pig (Lucia has connection to pigs)
    • Our community’s generous anonymous donor has committed several thousand dollars in funding on a matching basis for an in-person event this spring, should that be the Fun Run or another event??? Maybe animal wonders at end of year in the outdoor classroom?

8:40 a.m. – Committee Updates/Reports

  • Art Education
    • Grant was submitted to the Montana Arts Council (thank-you Elizabeth Willy!) to try and get funding for a new kiln per art teacher, Monica Thompson’s request.
      • Update from Pam on the availability of district funding  for this. 
  • If we aren’t able to fully fund this request Monica is open to the idea of a specific capital campaign like selling cards of kids artwork, or something like that…  
  • Teacher Appreciation – Jen and Lauren delivered snack/goodie bags on March 14th for conference week
    • Discussion Item: Families seem eager to donate funds to buy appreciation food/gifts for teachers but less excited to donate funds to the PTA so that we can fund teachers requests for support in their classrooms, why might that be? How do we better communicate/highlight the needs that teachers share with us?
  • Outdoor Education
    • Garden
      • Committee met on Monday March 7th and invites all interested to attend the next meeting on April 11th at 3:30 p.m. in the garden to discuss plans for the 2022 growing season.
      • Farmer Lori will be in 2nd grade classrooms today to review topics such as storage veggies, apples, wheat, cows, honey bees and to celebrate with Montana Superbread tastings.
      • Garden City Harvest Farmer-Educators will teach two sets of lessons this spring and in the fall. 
        • In the spring, Kindergarteners and 3rd graders visit the garden for composting and planting lessons and return as 1st graders and 4th graders in the fall to harvest veggies and put the garden to bed. 
          • Lesson 1- Composting: May 2nd and 3rd
          • Lesson 2- Planting: May 23rd and 24th
        • In the spring, a 30-minute planting activity is offered to other grade levels.

– Teachers are encouraged to use the garden space for learning all year long

  • ROC 
    • We are looking for a volunteer to spearhead communications with teachers and staff about how to best spend the $2,284 in ‘Neighborhood’ grant funds that the City of Missoula gave to the ROC as those funds must be spent by June 1st
      • Discussion Item: at our last meeting we decided that Crazy Creek style chairs would provide more versatility than the original plan to purchase 4 picnic table bases and fir 2×8 timber from Heritage Timber to construct 4 tables. 
        • Jen Oakland was looking into whether grant funds could be spent on chairs to be used in the ROC versus picnic style tables…

– A work day has been proposed to prep the school garden for the new shed that is being planned for that space, sand and stain the buddy bench and assemble these tables.

– What day might work well???

8:50 a.m. –  Other Ideas/Events/Fundraisers

  • 5th grade Making A Difference Everyday (M.A.D.E.) club
    • Maggie Ward has volunteered to supervise during Thursday lunch/recess.
    • A no interest loan was approved last meeting for supplies so that they can create crafts to sell. They plan to donate 75% of their profits to charity.
  • Battle of the Books (Dana)
  • Interest in reviving Chess Club – a former sibling of an RE student used to hold a chess club during Friday lunch recess (11:00 a.m. to 12:35 p.m.), we are looking for someone to re-start this (it could be on a different day)
    • The chess boards and maybe even some rules are in the FCC closet so we would just need a coordinator or two each week.
  • Ranger Tom Bicycle Commute Challenge in May? 
  • Bike Rodeo – postponed due to lack of a volunteer coordinator and the board’s need to focus on Running Club/Fun Run this spring. 
    • There is interest in holding it next fall and getting alumni involved with bike repair and bike skills instruction.
    • The FCC, Parks n Rec and Missoula In Motion have partnered with us on past events
    • Molly Bradford expressed interest in potentially planning/sponsoring a movie night / bike rodeo event in conjunction with other grade schools at Ogren Park this fall at our last meeting…
  • Update on idea of packaging and distributing school supplies as a fundraiser/service to families who do not enjoy shopping for school supplies – Jen Sheldon
  • MCT in 2022-23 school year (Dana)
  • Lego Robotics club at RE

8:55 a.m. – Health and Safety

  • Several incidents have been reported/observed of cars hitting or nearly hitting individuals crossing Rattlesnake Drive. Please sign-up to help-out as a crossing guard if you are able: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d44ada62aa3fe3-morning. 
    • If every family volunteers just one morning, we could cover the rest of this year and next school year as well: What an easy way to give back to our school community and make sure all students get to school safely each day!
  • Lead was detected in some of RE’s drinking fountains. Update from Pam re what has been done?
  • We now know that  COVID comes in waves and the newest variants are affecting regions that have previously peaked ahead of our community so please continue to do your part to keep vulnerable members of our community safe by:
  • Getting vaccinated and encouraging others to do the same.
  • Check students for symptoms and keep students home even if symptoms are only mild. Staff and teachers have reported individuals attending school/work with fevers, vomiting etc.
  • Use face coverings in settings with the potential for transmission. If your student needs a reusable cloth face covering, let us know as we received another recent donation.
  • Keep our social circles small and outside.
  • When your students are healthy and able to attend school, be consistent with attendance as non-COVID related absences are creating extra work for teachers in terms of preparation and planning. Please be respectful of our teachers’ time and grateful for the extra work they put in to catch students up when they miss school. 

9:00 a.m. – Announcements

  • Next Leadership Meeting is scheduled for Thursday April 7th at 4:30 p.m.
  • The next PTA General Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday May 3rd after drop-off (8:15 a.m. ish) and we will elect new board members as President Janel Chin and Treasurer Shannon Murphy are both at the end of their terms.

Rattlesnake Elementary School Parent Teacher Association Meeting Minutes for Tuesday March 1, 2022

Attendees: Janel Chin, Dana Hupp, Melody Nelsen, Pam Wright, Sarah Lee, Lauren Sheetz, Molly Bradford, Jen Oakland

8:15 a.m. – Welcome,  Intros and Call for other items 

8:20 a.m. Presentation of Standing Rules for adoption, approved

8:25 a.m. – Principal and Teacher Updates

  • Funding Request: At our last meeting, Pam informed us that one of the slides needs to be replaced and has  requested that the PTA grant $831.43 towards this expense. This was approved.
    • Pam has requested the same amount from the district as she was quoted $1,662.85 as the replacement cost from the district’s maintenance fund/building reserve. There are concerns about this fund as it hasn’t been replenished since 2016 when MCPS ran the bond levy for SMARTSchools and let the maintenance levy go…
    • Funding request for bus  to film festival for 5th grade field trip. Approved up to $225 funding.

8:30 a.m. – Fundraising

  • Direct Donate was a huge success but more funds are needed before we can fully fund our budget for next year and continent to support things like the FCC, school garden, early literacy intervention, recycling and academic enrichment like MCT and Montana Shakes
  • Plans are underway to turn the running club and/or fun run traditionally held in each spring into a fundraiser
    • Dana and Janel met with Jessica Fowler from Boosterthon and learned about possibilities to use their on-line platform and formula that has raised over $30,000 at other area schools. Will need adult volunteers May 20th.
    • Planning on May 20 for fun run/fundraiser. Kids will do 35 laps and try to raise a certain amount of money per lap. Run or walk okay.  35 laps = 2 miles. The site opens for donations 2 weeks prior to the event. Kids watch a 10 min video in their classroom.  
  • Our community’s generous anonymous donor has committed several thousand dollars in funding on a matching basis for an in-person event this spring.
  • Jen Sheldon is looking into the idea of packaging and distributing school supplies as a fundraiser/service to families who do not enjoy shopping for school supplies. 
  • Discussion about commuter challenge this spring with Shawn. Dana will reach out to him.  Discussed bike rodeo in the fall and getting rattlesnake alum involved with bike repair, bike skills, etc. 

8:40 a.m. – Committee Updates/Reports

  • Teacher Appreciation
  • Outdoor Education
    • Garden
      • $2,000 in funding was approved last meeting for a new shed because the existing shed is too small to hold the garden cart, sink or trellising material to protect them during the winter month. Plans are underway to re-use building materials to build a shed that will allow hand tools, irrigation equipment, shovels and rakes to be better organized and allow communal teaching supplies and subby spaces and/or shelves for the teachers to use. The hope is that the garden will be more welcoming for teachers as well as students who could start being in the shed with the adult weighing their harvested produce.
      • Farmer Lori is working with 2nd graders today to learn about honey bees, food and farming.
      • Garden Committee is meeting on Monday March 7th at 3:30 p.m. is Ms. Thomas’ classroom
      • Jen oakland has reached out to heritage timbers, epic steel and the builder, Damian. Garage door company in Missoula will contribute the door system. Jen Oakland will also apply for the “whole kids grant”
  • ROC 
    • We are looking for a volunteer to spearhead communications with teachers and staff about how to best spend the $2,284 in ‘Neighborhood’ grant funds that the City of Missoula gave to the ROC as those funds must be spent by June 1st
      • Picnic tables to increase the seating for outdoor lunch and learning has been what is most commonly shared with us but other ideas were for things like a podium/lectern for teachers at the front of the amphitheater, bird boxes, binoculars to spot elk and other wildlife on Mount Jumbo and/or native plant displays. 
        • Becky Douglas has expressed willingness for Heritage Timber to donate wood for the table tops if we move forward with purchasing the table bases
  • Jen Oakland has been in touch with the Audubon society regarding bird boxes and Heritage Timber has donated bird box kits to our spring auction in the past.
  • Art Educations
    • The kiln at RE is in a state of disrepair (has been since a near fire 4 years ago), a series of band-aid fixes have kept it limping along but art teacher Monica Thompson is hoping to secure $3,000 in funding to replace it.
      • Pam is checking with the district to ask if there is any funding available for this. 
      • Monica is working with Elizabeth Willy to apply for a grant from the Montana Arts Council for this.
      • If we aren’t able to fully fund this request Monica is open to the idea of a specific capital campaign like selling cards of kids artwork, or something like that…  

– MCT directors worked with all RE students earlier this year. Big thanks to Dana for coordinating this and Worden and Thane for sponsoring it financially.

– “Montana Shakes,” Montana’s Shakespeare in the Parks’ elementary school program is coming to do a 35 minute performance (interpretation of the classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream called Bottom’s Dream by Matt Foss) + 15-20 minutes Q&A and up to 9 workshops for all grade levels will be held on Tuesday March 15th 

– Battle of the Books update (Dana)

– There has been interest in forming a Lego Robotics club at RE, SpectrUM is interested in supporting this and some ATG employees may be interested as part of their community volunteer program as well. 

– There would be costs for a coach (unless a volunteer is found) and for the lego sets.

– Pam is checking to see if any of the teachers or staff would like to coach

– For more information on Lego Robotics visit: https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/fll/what-is-first-lego-league

– Any interest in a bike rodeo? In the past it was held in conjunction with Parks n’ Rec/Missoula In Motion

8:50 a.m. – RE saw unprecedented levels of COVID this winter and we are pleased that numbers are now falling throughout our community. Please continue to do your part to keep vulnerable members of our community safe by:

  • Getting vaccinated and encouraging others to do the same. The Missoula Education Foundation is offering prizes to Missoula youth who have received their vaccinations against COVID, click HERE for more information and let us know if you need assistance scheduling your family’s vaccinations.
  • Check students for symptoms and keep students home even if symptoms are only mild.
  • Use face coverings in settings with the potential for transmission. If your student needs a reusable cloth face covering, let us know as we received another recent donation.
  • Keep our social circles small and outside.
  • When your students are healthy and able to attend school, be consistent with attendance as non-COVID related absences are creating extra work for teachers in terms of preparation and planning. Please be respectful of our teachers’ time and grateful for the extra work they put in to catch students up when they miss school. 

9:00 a.m. – Announcements

  • If you see out-of-date information on our website, please let us know!
  • Big thanks to ATG for granting our school $2,000 for a smart board. 
  • The next PTA General Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday April 5th after drop-off (8:15 a.m. ish) and we will be accepting nominations for new board members as President Janel Chin and Treasurer Shannon Murphy are both at the end of their terms.

PTA Leadership Meeting  – February 3, 2022

Attendees: Janel Chin, Dana Hupp, Shannon Murphy, Melody Nelsen, Sarah Smith, Pam Wright

4:30 p.m. – Welcome, Call for other items and Principal/Teacher Updates 

4:35 p.m. – Committee Updates Reports

  • MCT Update
  • Battle of the Books, next ‘battle’ is at the end of the month
  • ROC – further discussion of spending $2,284 neighborhood grant on tables, 8 tables would be ideal if possible (that would be roughly $3300).  Thinking about purchasing four tables for starters to see how those fit in the space.  When we work on making those tables and sanding and staining and finishing them, we would need to work on buddy bench at same time (needs sanding/staining). 
  • Leadership recruitment for 2022-23 school year

4:45 p.m. – Presentation of Standing Rules for adoption

4:50 p.m. – Discussion of proposed events/fundraisers in the spring of 2022

  – Fun Run is scheduled for Thursday June 9th and is usually preceded by a running club (tentatively planned for May 2022) prior to 2020 & 21 COVID cancellations running club was held on Tuesday and Thursdays in May and the first part of June both before school and during afternoon recesses. Dana will talk to the company (boosterthon) and she’ll talk to Jess Larsen to see if she wants to do fun run or spring auction (Dana will talk to Molly Cottrell too).  Anticipate needing approx 20 volunteer parents

– Students could be asked to gather donations in April to support their efforts running in May and June

– Past coordinators have led students through some warm-up drills followed by a short run/walk on the trails out by the PEAS farm and/or around the school yard.

– Bike rodeo event has been held at RE in conjunction with Parks n’ Rec, Missoula In Motion and other community partners who may be willing to be involved and potentially add a fundraising element.

– Student run MADE Fair: Katelyn Scholle and Stacy Jehle have been working with a group of 5th graders who want to hold a MADE Fair at RE this spring. They are hoping to find a volunteer willing to help guide the students in putting this event on.  (making a difference everyday).  Decided to approve a no interest loan to made fair club.  If they make it back, okay.  If they don’t make it back, loan will be forgiven.  Need volunteers for Thursday at lunch during their made fair 

– School supplies as a fundraising option that Jen Sheldon is exploring

5:00 p.m. – Health and Safety Discussion Items: 

  1. How can we support teachers weathering absences both COVID and non-COVID related this winter?
  2. How can we support increased vaccination rates in our school community? 

5:05 p.m. Announcements

  • Next PTA General Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday March 1st at 8:15 a.m. ish
  • Next Leadership Meeting is scheduled for Thursday January 6th at 4:30 p.m.
    • Does that work for everyone? yes

Rattlesnake Elementary School Parent Teacher Association Meeting Minutes for Tuesday January 4, 2022

Attendees: Janel Chin, Dana Hupp, Shannon Murphy, Melody Nelsen, Lucia Thorness, Jen Sheldon, Jen Oakland, Pam Wright

8:15 a.m. – Welcome,  Intros and Call for other items 

8:20 a.m. Presentation of Standing Rules for adoption, deferring until next meeting

8:25 a.m. – Principal and Teacher Updates

  • Group picture day will be in March, PTA liaison Sarah Smith has coordinated the last several pictures days and asked to try a Corvallis company, Double Exposure this year as Washington Middle School used them last fall and the experience was preferable to what Sarah has experienced using Lifetouch at RE in the past.

8:30 a.m. Funding Requests

  • The garden has been hoping to get a new shed for over a year because the existing shed is too small to hold the garden cart, sink or trellising material to protect them during the winter month. It is also hard to organize the hand tools, irrigation equipment, shovels and rakes in the existing shed due to cramping. A larger shed would allow communal teaching supplies and subby spaces and/or shelves for the teachers to use. The hope is that the garden would then be more welcoming for teachers as well as students who could start being in the shed with the adult weighing their harvested produce.
  • Jen Oakland will apply for a grant for next year and she will talk with Lori to hire someone to build a shed. Approved 2000 for funding this.

– There are great garden sheds at Lowell and Paxson if anyone is interested in seeing what they have.

– ideally something in the neighborhood of 7’x10′ or 70 square ft. which is estimated to cost $2,000 unless someone is interested in donating the materials and/or building it themselves.

  • The kiln at RE is in a state of disrepair (has been since a near fir 4 years ago), a series of band-aid fixes have kept it limping along but art teacher Monica Thompson is hoping to secure $3,000 in funding to replace it. If we aren’t able to fully fund this request Monica is open to the idea of a specific capital campaign like selling cards of kids artwork, or something like that…  Pam will check with district to ask if there is any funding available for this. Jen oakland forwarded Monica a grant for this yesterday that is due in mid March. Janel Chin will help with the grant application.

8:40 a.m. – Committee Updates/Reports

  • ROC – $2,284 in ‘Neighborhood’ grant from the city needs to be spent before June 1st of this year. Ideas of things that would be utilized well include a podium/lectern for teachers at the front of the amphitheater, picnic tables in the area above the amphitheater, bird boxes, binoculars to spot elk and other wildlife on Mount Jumbo and/or native plant displays. We need a volunteer to spearhead communications with teachers and staff to choose a top priority and execute plans to carry it out in the next few months.
  • Discussed buying table basis and Becky with heritage has donated the wood and we could coordinate getting volunteers to build the tables.
  • Jen oakland will talk to audubon society about bird boxes. And heritage timber may have bird box kits to donate
  • Teacher Appreciation – smoothies  (Lauren / Jen S. )
  • MCT directors are working with all RE students this week. Big thanks to Dana for coordinating this and Worden and Thane for sponsoring it financially.
  • “Montana Shakes” which is Montana Shakespeare in the Parks’ elementary school program is coming to RE on March 15th to do an age appropriate performance (interpretation of the classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream called Bottom’s Dream by Matt Foss) for all RE students.

– Battle of the Books update (Dana). 4th graders are liking having lunch together while prepping for battle of the books. Next battle end of February

– There has been interest in forming a Lego Robotics club at RE, SpectrUM is interested in supporting this and some ATG employees may be interested as part of their community volunteer program as well. There would be costs for a coach (unless a volunteer is found) and for the lego sets. Pam will check with staff to see if there is a teacher who wants to coach.  

– Let us know if you are interested in either an afterschool First Lego robotics program at RE or the public library (it is for 2nd through 5th graders https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/fll/what-is-first-lego-league and this year’s theme is related to transportation: https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/fll/game-and-season) although it may be too late to organize for this year…  Registration for next school year is due my mid-May…

– Big thanks to Melody for her work coordinating Direct Donate this winter– we raised enough to cover classroom grants next year!

8:50 a.m. – More fundraisers will be needed this winter and/or spring  in order to budget for things like the school garden, early literacy intervention, recycling and academic enrichment such as the MCT residencies occurring this week. 

  • Spring Auction Canceled unless volunteers emerge in the next week or so to solicit donations as well as a volunteer to coordinate the listing of items on an on-line platform for bidding.

– Our community’s generous anonymous donor has committed several thousand dollars in funding on a matching basis for an in-person event this spring so we are looking for volunteers to plan this in March, April, May or June. We could add a fundraising element to a recurring event that the bike rodeo or running club/fun run or we could plan something completely new. Lots of opportunities!! But we need volunteers!!!

  – Fun Run is scheduled for Thursday June 9th and is usually preceded by a running club (tentatively planned for May 2022) prior to 2020 & 21 COVID cancellations running club was held on Tuesday and Thursdays in May and the first part of June both before school and during afternoon recesses. Students could be asked to gather donations in April to support their efforts running in May and June. Past coordinators have led students through some warm-up drills followed by a short run/walk on the trails out by the PEAS farm and/or around the school yard.

– Prior to COVID some years a bike rodeo event has been held at RE in conjunction with Parks n’ Rec, Missoula In Motion and other community partners who may be willing to be involved and potentially add a fundraising element.

-Jen Sheldon brought up the idea of school supplies packaging as a fundraiser. Janel will forward the companies to Jen. 

9:00 a.m. – RE saw unprecedented levels of COVID last month and numbers remain records settingly high throughout our community. Let’s all do our part to support the healthcare community that is struggling to keep up with the influx of unvaccinated individuals. Things RE families can do to help:

  • Get vaccinated and encourage others to do the same!!! Let us know if you need information about why COVID-19 vaccinations are recommended or need assistance scheduling your family’s vaccinations.
  • Check students for symptoms and make sure their face covering is clean and well fitting before sending them to school each morning and keep students home even if symptoms are only mild.
  • Use face coverings in settings with the potential for transmission. If your student needs a reusable cloth face covering, let us know as we received another recent donation.
  • Keep our social circles small and outside as much as possible
  • When your students are healthy and able to attend school, be consistent with attendance as non-COVID related absences are creating extra work for teachers in terms of preparation and planning. Please be respectful of our teachers’ time and grateful for the extra work they put in to catch students up when they miss school. 

9:05 a.m. – Announcements

  • If you see out-of-date information on our website, please let us know!
  • The next PTA General Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday March 1st after drop-off (8:15 a.m. ish) but we are open to a change in meeting time if needed to include as many folks as possible– suggestions welcome! 
  • Our Board is looking for new members and volunteers, please consider reaching out to learn more.

Rattlesnake Elementary School Parent Teacher Association Meeting Minutes for Tuesday November 2, 2021

In attendance: Janel Chin, Shannon Murphy, Melody Nelsen, Pam Wright, Molly Bradford, Sara Lee

8:15 a.m. – Welcome,  Intros and Call for other items 

8:20 a.m. – Principal and Teacher Updates

  • More employees needed at lunch (10:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.), during the school day (i.e. substitute teachers) and after school crossing guard- please consider applying to work part-time at our school. Just hired another noon duty. Still need substitute teachers! Sign up is at the bottom of the employment opportunities on MCPS. Can share this link on facebook. Need afternoon crossing guard 3:15 to 3:45
    • Please welcome our new crossing guard if you have a chance and thank her for helping students safely cross Rattlesnake Drive in the mornings.

– Questions about the 2022-23 school year calendar as many working parents are needing to request any needed time off now.

8:25 a.m. Committee Updates/Reports

  • Direct Donate (Melody) – schoolwide email and paper letter via BOOM folders went out last week… Let us know if you would like to help us promote this fundraiser (make a video for us to post on Facebook?)
  • Swag (Dana) – Sale on Monday the 13th of this month (help us spread the word please!), we will start selling in the lobby of the school at 2:30 and hope to be wrapped up by 5:30 p.m.  
    • New sweatshirts were ordered but we are out of beanie hats and low on many other items…
    • Sales this year have netted our PTA ~$800

– Book Fair (Dana) – We are waiting until the busyness of the holiday season winds down to hear our total funds earned from Fact and Fiction but big thanks to everyone who helped with set-up, selling and take-down and to everyone who purchased books.  Molly Bradford can screenshare online shopping/making wishlists to share

– Battle of the Books (Dana) – first competition will take place December 16th. RE has multiple 4th and 5th grade teams competing. Big thanks to coaches and other volunteers for making this possible!

– Theater Enrichment (Dana) 

– Worden & Thane is once again sponsoring MCT coming to RE to work with our students. Every class will do a workshop this winter with an MCT employee

– Our Leadership Board voted to fund “Montana Shakes” which is Montana Shakespeare in the Parks elementary school program coming to RE on March 15th to do an age appropriate performance (interpretation of the classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream called Bottom’s Dream by Matt Foss) followed by nine workshops for students to work with our actor-educators ($800 cost).  Pam may be working with this actors to see if they could do two different shows instead of workshops

– ROC Discussion of top priorities to keep the space usable in 2022 – We are still accepting donations for future enhancements to that space such as picnic tables, bird boxes, elk spotting binoculars and/or native plant displays. Janel will discuss with Jen Oakland if we need to get another volunteer involved.  

– Teacher Appreciation (Lauren / Jen S. )- stock the fridge/FCC event last month was well received: HUGE thanks to everyone who donated!!!

– School garden is hoping for a new, larger shed if anyone wants to support this, let us know.  There is funding available. Jen Oakland and Molly Bradford need to get together ? Hellgate high school make one?

8:35 a.m. – Future Fundraising/Events – The following events are in need of volunteer committees in order to occur, please let us know if you might be willing to help out with the:

  • Spring Auction – we hope to hold an on-line auction again in April but we need volunteers to make that possible. Possible tasks include:
    • Coordinating the solicitation of donations
    • Creating and managing the on-line auction website
    • Organizing and distributing the donations before and after the auction
    • Bike Rodeo (tentatively planned for Friday April 29th) – past Bike Rodeos have been held in conjunction with Parks n’ Rec, Missoula In Motion and other community partners so a coordinator is really all that was needed to put on this fun event.
    • Running Club (tentatively planned for May 2021) – in past years (prior to 2019 & 20 COVID cancellations) running club was held on Tuesday and Thursdays in May both before school and during afternoon recesses. 
      • Past coordinators have lead students through some warm-up drills followed by a short run/walk on the trails out by the PEAS farm and/or around the school yard 
      • In the past, running club has culminated in a school-wide Fun Run at the end of the school yar (tentatively planned  for June 9th or 10th)

– Focused giving. Please let us know if you are someone you know would be interested in giving to specific projects/efforts in our school community. For instance, the school garden could use a new shed, landscaping and maintenance needs exist south of the school and there are opportunities to increase arts enrichment at RE. The improvements made last summer to seating in the ROC improvements were largely funded by one RE family. 

8:45 a.m. – Health and Safety Discussion Items:

  • COVID numbers remain high in Missoula and hospitals remain quite full especially with unvaccinated individuals.
    • How can we support increased vaccination rates in our school community?
  1. In the meantime how can we continue to minimize ‘close contacts’ when a student does attend school with COVID? 
    1. For instance, can seating arrangements be kept more consistent between the classroom/lunch and specials?
  2. Overhead coverings seem to be logistically difficult and expensive but do we want to pursue tables to hopefully allow outdoor lunches to resume for at least a portion of students?
  • Please note: Teachers and staff have indicated that picnic tables would be helpful towards extending their ability to use that area as the weather gets colder and the ground remains wet more of the time.
  • Things RE families can do to help:
    • Check students for symptoms and make sure their face covering is clean and well fitting before sending them to school each morning and keep students home even if symptoms are only mild
    • Use face coverings in settings with the potential for transmission
    • Keep our social circles small
    • Keep gatherings outside as much as possible
    • Encourage others to get vaccinated
    • Isolate after potential exposures
    • Report questionable situations related to the school day such as buses without windows cracked

8:50 a.m. – Announcements

  • If you see out-of-date information on our website, please let us know!
  • The next PTA General Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday January 4th at 8:15 a.m. ish
  • Our Board is starting the process of recruiting new members, please consider reaching out to learn more. We are in the most dire need of a Treasurer to shadow Shannon and take-over the treasury in May.

PTA Leadership Meeting Minutes – December 2, 2021

In attendance: Pam Wright, Janel Chin, Dana Hupp, Melody Nelsen, Sara Smith

4:30 p.m. – Welcome, Call for other items and Principal/Teacher Updates 

4:35 p.m. Committee Updates Reports

  • Swag (Dana) – Sale on the 13th of this month (help us spread the word please!). Probably from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the RE lobby.  Melody will put on facebook, Janel will send out emails x 2, Dana will get in news and notes
    • New sweatshirts were ordered but we are out of beanie hats and low on many other items…
    • Sales this year have netted our PTA $800 
  • MCT Update (Dana) – Workshops will be offered to all students at RE this year but no public performance due to high COVID numbers. Up to five workshops per day with all grade levels in the classroom. Pam will work on a schedule with the different workshops and determine grade appropriateness. Funded by Warden Thane. Dana will email Stacy Jehle about not needing gym at night.  Sara Smith will take the hold off of band and orchestra room
  • Book Fair (Dana). 1200 in swag, 3-4K in books estimated
  • Battle of the Books (Dana) – Schedule adjustments to allow more time for students to practice
  • ROC Discussion of top priorities to keep the space useable in 2022, didn’t address this at this meeting.

4:45 p.m. Discussion of leadership recruitment efforts: Janel (President) and Shannon (Treasurer) positions will be up for re-election in May and neither plans to run for a second term. Dana would consider running for President but we need to recruit a  competent Treasurer for her to feel okay about taking the presidency on. We also would need to recruit a Vice President to fill the end of her term if she were to do that…

4:50 p.m. – Health and Safety Discussion Items: 

  1. How can we support increased vaccination rates in our school community? Melody will do facebook post
  2. In the meantime how can we continue to minimize ‘close contacts’ when a student does attend school with COVID? 
    1. For instance, can seating arrangements be kept more consistent between the classroom/lunch and specials?
  3. Overhead coverings seem to be logistically difficult and expensive but do we want to pursue tables to hopefully allow outdoor lunches to resume for at least a portion of students?

4:55 p.m. Funding Requests

  • Pam/Dana have requested up to $800 for Montana Shakespeare in the Parks elementary school program “Montana Shakes” so that Worden and Thane isn’t sponsoring both MCT and Montana Shakes. PTA will cover this expense. Motion passes.
    • The fee includes a performance (age appropriate interpretation of the classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream called Bottom’s Dream by Matt Foss) followed by nine workshop slots for students to work with our actor-educators. Each of the following three themes has K-2nd and 3rd-5th grade workshop iterations: 
    • Will try to do this at the outdoor classroom, but may need to do indoors, weather dependent

1.  LANGUAGE: Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say. Using Shakespeare’s text, students will explore how context and subtext can change the meaning of words. They will explore tone of voice, body language, and social cues to determine meaning and make new stories.

2. PHYSICAL: March to the Beat of Your Own Drummer. Students will create original characters using physical theatre techniques and games. They will create a space where all these characters can co-exist as expressions of “their full selves”.

3. CRAFT: One Person’s Trash. By giving value to items that are often discarded, we can make art out of unusual objects and even some “garbage”.  Students will explore what the voice in their head sounds like and give it shape and meaning with this hands-on workshop. 

  • Jen Oakland has been connecting with the anonymous donor who funded renovations at the ROC about possibly funding more hours for Sarah or another individual to do reading intervention with 1st and possibly 2nd graders as well as other possibilities such as support for a shed for the school garden, landscaping maintenance south of the school and/or increased arts enrichment for students through programs like MCT and/or Montana Shakes.

5:00 p.m. Fundraising

  • Direct Donate Update (Melody) – schoolwide email and paper letter via BOOM folders went out this week…
  • Spring Auction has been tentatively planned for April but we need a coordinator. Discussed some ideas and Janel will reach out

5:15 p.m. Announcements

  • Next PTA General Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday December 7th at 8:15 a.m. ish
  • Next Leadership Meeting is scheduled for Thursday January 6th at 4:30 p.m.
    • Does that work for everyone? yes

Direct Donate 2021

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 December 1st and December 31st 2021 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: https://gofund.me/26ed0d0c
  • To donate with cash or check: Use the pre-addressed green envelope that came home with your child if he/she is going to school (you can send the envelope back in your child’s classroom folder). For MOA families, using an envelope from home works too – just mail to the address shown below! Donations over winter break should be mailed to either of 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 https://www.facebook.com/RattlesnakePTA/

Thank you for considering a donation today!


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A Thank You Note from one of our MOA Teachers

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 they may not want or need.

Goals: The net funds raised during the Direct Donation event in 2018 and 2019 were over $10,000. The goal for 2021 is $10,000, so that we can stay on track with the PTA’s support of school programs despite all the challenges of 2020 and 2021.

Get the Word Out: We are committed to minimizing waste during this fundraising event by minimizing paper handouts so watch for email and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/RattlesnakePTA) reminders that you can share with others. You can also share the GoFundMe 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: Anyone can donate by check, cash, or online — but you might want to know that donations by cash or check “go a little farther” because there are no transaction fees. Donations online via GoFundMe include transaction fees.

If you wish to maximize every penny of your donation, please consider sending a check instead. 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 GoFundMe- 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 RattlesnakePTA@gmail.com