Missoula Children’s Theater: Peter and Wendy!

THE MISSOULA CHILDREN’S THEATER IS COMING TO RATTLESNAKE ELEMENTARY IN FEBRUARY!

The Missoula Children’s Theater (MCT), the nation’s largest touring children’s theater, will be at Rattlesnake Elementary School in February. Students from 1st to 5th grade will have the opportunity to audition, rehearse, and perform the play Peter and Wendy the week of February 3rd 2020.

DATES AND TIMES TO KNOW

Friday, January 17: Registration form due for students who wish to participate. The Registration form was distributed to students last week and can also be found here. Students must be preregistered to audition.

Monday, February 3: Audition, 3:30* pm to 5:30 pm  / First rehearsal, 5:45 pm to 7:45 pm

Tuesday, February 4 – Wednesday, February 5: Rehearsal sessions, 3:30* pm to 5:30 pm and 5:45 pm to 7:45 pm

Thursday, February 6: Rehearsal sessions, 2:30* pm to 4:30 pm and 4:45 pm to 6:45 pm

Friday, February 7: Morning dress rehearsal  / Make up and costumes, 4:00* pm to 5:30 pm / Public Performance at 5:30 pm (free and open to the public)

(*see below for information on After School Care)

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

Students will need to audition on February 3rd. Only 50 to 60 students can be cast in the play, so there is no guarantee that all students will receive a part. (read useful information from MCT on helping kids deal with disappointment here)

The cost to participate if your child is selected as a cast member is $40 (paid after auditions). Scholarships are available, please contact Stacy Jehle at 728-2400 ext. 4723 or sjehle@mcps.k12.mt.us for more information.

PTA volunteers will be available after school Monday through Friday to provide supervised care for participants until the MCT audition or rehearsal begins.

For additional information please see below or contact PTA volunteer, Dana Hupp: 406-880-4689


Dear Rattlesnake Families,

The Missoula Children’s Theater will be at Rattlesnake Elementary School the week of February 3, 2020! Students in 1st through 5th grade will have the opportunity to audition, rehearse, and perform the play Peter and Wendy. Auditions will be held on Monday, February 3rd, culminating in two performances on Friday, February 7th. Fifty to sixty students will be cast in the play. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that every student who auditions will receive a part. If your child is interested in auditioning, please return the registration form to your child’s teacher no later than Friday, January 17, 2020. A registration form is provided here (and also came home with your child last week).

Auditions: Auditions will occur at school on Monday, February 3rd from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. This is a group audition – no advance preparation is necessary. Cast members will be announced at the end of the audition. Please plan on meeting your child at the old gym by 5:15 pm to ensure you arrive for the announcement of the cast members. Please see the “Dealing with Disappointment” handout on the PTA’s website if you would like to learn more about how you can help your child if they are not selected. Students who are selected will have an opportunity to eat a sack dinner she/he brings after the audition. The first rehearsal will be that evening from approximately 5:45 to 7:45 pm.

Rehearsals: Rehearsals will be conducted at school Monday through Friday, February 3rd through 7th. The first rehearsal will be Monday evening after auditions, from approximately 5:45 until 7:45 pm. There will be two sessions of rehearsals after school on Tuesday and Wednesday from 3:30 to 5:30 pm and 5:45 to 7:45 pm and on Thursday from 2:30 to 4:30 pm and 4:45 to 6:45 pm. Cast members may be asked to attend one or both sessions each of those days depending upon their role. Additionally, students will participate in a dress rehearsal on the morning of Friday, February 7th, and will need to be back at school by 4:00 pm that day to prepare for the 5:30 pm public performance. Those auditioning are required to attend all rehearsals and scheduled performances. A detailed rehearsal schedule will be distributed to cast members at the conclusion of the audition.

After School Care: PTA volunteers will be providing supervised after school care in the new gym for participating students between when school lets out each day and when the MCT activity begins. After care will be provided on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 3:00 to 3:30 pm and on Thursday from 2:00 to 2:30 pm. After care will also be provided on Friday from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The students will be taken from after care to the appropriate gym for MCT practice.

Food/Pick Up: Please send a snack with your student if they will be in after care and/or a sack dinner if they will be attending both rehearsals in the evening. Please pick up your child at the south door of the old gym each evening and sign them out with the PTA volunteer.

Performances: The cast will be performing Peter and Wendy two times on Friday, February 7th. The first performance will be during the school day for the elementary students. The second performance will be Friday evening at 5:30 pm at Rattlesnake Elementary in the old gym. That performance will be free and open to the public.

Cost: There is a $40 participant fee for the students cast in the play. Please bring a check made out to Rattlesnake PTA in that amount Monday evening after rehearsal. Scholarships are available. Ms. Jehle in the Family Connection Center can provide you with information about receiving a scholarship. The PTA is hoping that through donations at Friday’s performance and other fundraising efforts that it will be able to fully cover the cost of the event in future years without requesting performance fees.

Please contact PTA Volunteer, Dana Hupp, (406) 880-4689, with any questions. 


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The Mission Statement of Missoula Children’s Theatre

We live in a highly competitive era. Youngsters are introduced at an early age to the realities of our achievement- and success-oriented society. From academics to athletics to social interaction, children feel pressure to get the best grades, score the most points, have the most friends. The Missoula Children’s Theatre strives to use the performing arts, wrapped in a positive, fun environment, as a vehicle to develop the life skills (social skills, communication skills, self-discipline, a strong work ethic, an understanding of the team concept and self-esteem) that children need to answer present and future challenges.

Although MCT tours to major metropolitan centers, most of the communities on the itinerary are isolated, underserved, and/or economically depressed. MCT remains dedicated to providing financially accessible arts experiences to all communities, regardless of size or economic status. Local performing arts programs may be supplemented using our program, but live theatre participation, qualified drama teachers, and educationally sound music programs within the curriculum are often non-existent. MCT caters to these communities by bringing in productions that can be staged in almost any setting.

Show casts include boys and girls in different grades and social groups. We cast quiet kids, kids who do sports and kids who don’t do sports, and kids with special needs. Our program embraces at-risk children with tough issues. MCT provides a unique opportunity to learn the lessons of group dynamics while also excelling and distinguishing oneself as an individual.

Yes, MCT provides a top-quality entertainment experience for audience members. Yes, MCT nurtures and challenges the abilities of those rare children with career performance ambitions and potential. Yes, MCT provides a healthy and wholesome ambassadorship for the arts and opens the door to new life experiences and aesthetic pleasures. But, the primary goal of MCT – indeed, the organization’s mission – is the development of life skills in children through participation in the performing arts.

 

Direct Donate 2019

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

  • Donate between November 25th and December 31st 2019 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://www.crowdrise.com/RattlesnakePTA
  • To donate with cash or check: Use the pre-addressed green envelope that came home with your child, or any other envelope if you’ve misplaced that one! When school is in session, you can send the envelope in your child’s classroom folder. 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!


More Details on the Direct Donate Fundraiser

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

Goals: The net funds raised during the Direct Donation event in 2018 were over $10,000. The goal for 2019 is $12,000. We’ve kept our ambitious $12K goal this year for Direct Donate so that other community events during the year (such as the Spring Fling) can focus more on the FUN, and less on the fundraising!

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

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

Online Fees: 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 Crowdrise include two fees:

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

If you wish to maximize every penny of your donation, please consider sending a check 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 Crowdrise- that name is the “MONTANA CONGRESS OF PARENTS TEACHERS STUDENTS.” We are sorry for any confusion that might cause. Your donation will reach us!

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

If you have further questions about this fundraiser, please email the PTA at RattlesnakePTA@gmail.com

 

November General PTA Meeting Minutes

Rattlesnake Elementary General Monthly PTA Meeting

November 5, 2019 8:30am FCC

In attendance: Becky, Michelle, Shannon O, Dana, Judith, Maureen, Stacy, Molly C, Jessica, Pam, Heidi, Estee, Lucia.

General Notes:

Judith presented upcoming volunteer opportunities:

  1. Spirit Gear sorting before Christmas (probably the first or second week of December), contact rattlesnakepta@gmail.com to volunteer or reach out to Brittany directly
  2. Book Fair – Sign Up Genius is now open, volunteers needed
  3. Co-lead of Direct Donate needed, contact rattlesnakepta@gmail.com to volunteer or reach out to Leigh directly

Michelle N presented on 2019-2020 grade-level liaisons progress and notes

  • Michelle is working on a card for your wallet to remind you to ask them to credit your purchase to Rattlesnake
  • Will be pushing Amazon Smile for fundraising and also wish lists
  • 4th grade is getting a traveling trunk from MNHC, parent has donated to cover the cost
  • Feedback from teachers is need for more books in each grade, Maureen Lowenwater thought non-fiction books were more needed
  • 4th grade is considering a field trip to volunteer at the Food Bank
  • 5th grade will need an extra bus for the spring Butte field trip
  • Fire Science curriculum will be presented to several grade levels
  • Not sure if the liaison parents want their email addresses public

Pam presented on new Wellness Guidelines coming from the district

  • Generally promotes physical activity
  • Will follow best practices of removing food as a reward
  • Will be implemented fall 2020

Estee presented on the Battle of the Books

  • 4th and 5th grade competition of 12 books read over the course of a year
  • First meeting for the kids is Thursday 11/7, need a permission slip to join
  • Would like to get 5-6 copies of each book for the school, which would cost $350-400
  • -Judith said the board had talked about it and will fund the cost. Can be built into the PTA budget in future years so it’s not reliant on parents paying out of pocket (what they did last year)

Dana presented on MCT play

  • Play will be Peter and Wendy and take place Feb 3-6th
  • 60 kids will be in the performance
  • 1 performance during school on Friday, one Friday night performance for families
  • Should we sell tickets of ask for donations for the performance? Open for discussion
  • Cost will be $40 per kid that is in the performance, with scholarships available

General discussion of food being provided for Parent Teacher Conferences

  • Ali is the lead on this, and will circulate a Signup for food

Judith showed the new Rattlesnake t-shirts that are for sale for $20. Proceeds will cover the cost of a staff t-shirts.

Adjourn 9am

Holiday Book Fair 2019

The annual Rattlesnake School Holiday Book Fair will be held November 12th-14th 2019 at Rattlesnake School.

When:

  • Nov 12th: 8am to 7pm
  • Nov 13th: 8am to 7pm
  • Nov 14th: 8am to noon

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

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

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

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

Rattlesnake spirit gear will be for sale as well, and we hope to have a gift wrapping station available, too!

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October General PTA Meeting Minutes

Rattlesnake Elementary General Monthly PTA Meeting

October 1, 2019 8:30am FCC

In attendance: Leigh, Michelle N, Jen O, Janel, Judith, Jessica, Kirsten, Carrie, Stacey, Dana, Kate D, Molly C, Matt N, Shannon M, Shannon O, Kristie, Lucia, Pam.

General Notes:

Teacher Update: Carrie Sweatland had questions re: gmail contact list, PTA email system: Need to update teacher and parent list to reflect current teachers for 2019-2020

FCC Update: Volunteer slots for picture day are taken.

Events:

Re: Bike Rodeo, still no event coordinator has been found to lead bike rodeo- delegation. Kirsten and Shannon will meet with Leigh will meet re: delegating tasks. (NOTE: after this meeting adjourned, a decision was made to move Bike Rodeo to Spring 2020)

Welcome Caitlyn Scholle! Our new school counselor.

Volunteer needs: people to sort beef jerky once it arrives. Reach out to Lucia, if interested. Sorting may need to occur over the 4-day weekend.

Family fun night with Animal Wonders- 10/24 in school gym from 6-7:30pm: greeters needed.

Spirit Gear Sorting- volunteers needed in early December, ~1-2 hours needed to sort. Reach out to Brittney if you can help.

Book Fair Nov 12-14. Will need volunteers to work the fair. Ali will coordinate.

Discussion of budget and voting. General Budget was approved for 2019-20 school year. If anyone wants to participate in budget building, anyone is welcome. It happens in May-July for the coming year.

Idea of boomerang folder and school supply return/re-use/recycling. Will revisit in April when it is more relevant and we can make a plan.

MCT production update:

No try-outs, grade 1-5. Names are drawn and those who are not drawn, are added to a list for future programs. Would be a Mon-Fri after-school program. Lots of supervision help would be needed from volunteer parents. Parent supervision would be available for the 3:05-3:30 time gap, via volunteers.

Funding from school or PTA would not be necessary: ~$3000 total cost will be covered via other funds. Washington Corporation is willing to provide funding, at Lewis and Clark School there is a $40/student cost with scholarships available. And local business is willing to provide backup funding. Dana is willing to be event coordinator. Timing would be between Jan-March. Available dates and programs:  Feb 3-8 Peter and Wendy. 60 kids can be in the performance. (NOTE: after the meeting, these dates were confirmed)

Brainstormed ideas to make it a fundraiser opportunity: sell flowers at event and/or actor/actress photos?

Michele N: 8 parent volunteers part of “teacher/liaison team;” one assigned to each grades.  Team’s focus is communicating with teachers and identifying classroom/grade “needs” such as supplies or field trips, and then working on meeting those needs through applying for grants, asking for local donations, PTA support, ect.  

Update on Amazon Smile: each teacher can create their own “wish list” where parents can go on and purchase supplies needed for classrooms, and PTA can benefit from some fundraisers.  Anne G is going to create accounts for each teacher. A majority have discussed needing book sets. Keep Pam in the loop re: what types of items are on the list.

There is an account at Book Exchange for parents who want to donate books, the credit then builds up and the PTA gives it to teachers upon request.

PE (Delaney) may request funds for a mindfulness program.

Discussed grants available and to be applied for- Garden Grant and Bee Grant are a few, of many.  

ADJOURN 9am.  

 

September General PTA Meeting Minutes

Rattlesnake Elementary General Monthly PTA Meeting

September 3, 2019 8:30am FCC

In attendance: Leigh G, Judith B, Molly C, Shannon M, Jen O, Stacy J, Lucia T, Dana H, Matthew N, Heidi and Ryan K, Erin B, Janelle C, Carissa B.

In need of a volunteer coordinator: Mostly home-based and sending emails and entering in signupgenius.com.  Reach out to someone on exec if interested. It’s a good way to get to get to know parent community😊  It’s also possible that PTA can directly reach out to recruit volunteers if we cannot identify a VC. (note: this position now filled, 9/27, by Alison D, thank you Alison!)

Beef Jerky fundraiser: Erin and Heidi will work with Alex to get forms, etc. And will recruit volunteers to help sort and collect forms. Lucia will assist as well.  “Reward” for top fundraisers will be a limo ride to the Carousel and Dragon’s Hollow with Pam Wright.

Bike Rodeo: date TBD in mid-October. Parks and Rec will set up a mobile bike park and volunteers set up other aspects. 

  • Helmet-fitting station and bike flare station- Stacy said that we have a supply of helmets and bike flare supplies available from last year. 
  • Matthew indicated that Montana Brain Injury Alliance can offer helmet-fitting station. Also idea of hosting several Bike tuning stations.
  • Reminder from Stacy to communicate to families that parent supervision is required at this event and Stacey will look into requirements for parent volunteers need for background check.
  • The Cycling House possible sponsor and assistants?

Teeshirts and Swag: Judith has worked with Andy S to create a t shirt logo design that is super rad. Stacy asked if it might be possible to get Rattlesnake School t-shirts for staff?  Will look into possibility of getting those for staff…

New Parent-Grade PTA Liaison position: discussed that Michele N will be leading and has a group of interested parents identified.

Fundraising committee: In the works. A spreadsheet with grant opportunities has been created in google docs to track and monitor grant opportunities.

Dana and Jen presented idea of MCT after-school “play in a week:”  50-60 kids selected to participate and after-school practices. Afternoon performance for school, one in evening for parents.

  • Questions: Do we have the volunteer power for this? And way to address exclusivity issue with kids getting “cut.”
  • Move forward by Dana discussing idea with Principal Pam and move forward with gaining more information on costs, grants, etc. To share at next PTA meeting.

September Leadership Meeting Minutes

September 18, 2019 PTA Leadership Meeting

In attendance:  Leigh G, Judith B, Jen O, Shannon M, Stacy J, Pam W, Brittany, Carissa

Treasurer’s Update, Shannon:

  • A few items where costs came in lower than expected: library
  • Total income 2018= $38,000 (to be used for 2019-20 budget), total costs $32,000 (from budget meeting). Currently at $33,600 in budgeted expenses as of meeting date due to some miscalculation in initial budget. FCC budget $7,400 with $250 EMpower (grants available?), $6,900 for Stacy’s position budgeted, will not be all spent this year (most likely). 
  • Money from district= Stacy purchases Gas cards, Albertsons cards ($300 in gift cards).
  • Student support= instrument rental, class pictures, etc.
  • According to MT PTA state rules, entire PTA is supposed to vote on the budget.  Propose to update budget on website and re-vote at October PTA general meeting.

Discussed T-Shirts for staff and students:

  • Decided to sell a “limited edition” number of tee shirts for kids at $20 each, with proceeds benefiting staff spirit tee shirts (approx. 60 x $5 from Garage Tees, with a donation on the printing costs). Agree to order tee shirts for staff as part of initial teacher appreciation. (Stacy will get sizes from staff, and will share with Jen O to order from GT)

Carissa: Smarter Lunchroom and related efforts:

  • Work-order for new paint was denied by MCPS. When we need new items (tables), etc does funding come from MCPS or school? MCPS- issue is that it is a multi-use room (gym AND lunchroom). Question for trustees or district: primary use should be for students to enjoy lunch vs renting out facility for other uses (after-school hours gym rental). Change color, hang nutrition posters, limited in part due to multiuse.
  • Pam: things we can do= mural, round tables, bulletin board, nutrition posters.
  • New nutrition workgroup, revised nutrition and physical activity guidelines: per Pam, will be rolled out to Principals>Teachers/Staff>Parents. This is a later rollout than initially planned due to district based delay.

Stacy J, Family Fun Night update:

  • Animal Wonders community activity will be Oct 24th 6-7:30pm at Rattlesnake.

Question on PTA-sponsored assemblies/events: 

  • Suggestion to go with interactive assembly, rather than a “show”. Interactive might be SpectrUM, G Wiz (?) Science Display, MT Natural Hist, Wild Rockies Birds of Prey. 

Bike Sale benefit idea, related to Bike Rodeo too: 

  • Teacher Char S’s husband owns/manages(?) Big Sky Bikes, and discussed selling used kids’ bikes from their inventory- possibly at the Bike Rodeo, with a donation of $15/bike to the PTA. 
  • Still need someone to run the Bike Rodeo! Ideas= Missoula Mammoths, MT Alpha?

Beef Jerky team: 

  • Going well so far. Sales run thru Oct 1st, volunteers will be needed to sort and bag in mid October. Three volunteers this year running it, maybe one or two needed to bag.

School Pictures:

  • Volunteers will be needed for school pictures on Oct 3. Volunteers get a free premium photo package in exchange for volunteering!

Book Fair: 

  • Potential dates are 20-22 Nov. or days of parent/teacher conferences (Nov 12, 13, ½ day 14th).  Need to confirm that Laurie is able to do this year and if those dates work for her and for Fact and Fiction.

Misc:

  • 5/0 vote to pay garden committee for new garden beds for school garden.
  • Discussion of teacher grants that are open. Decision to wait on second $150 for Louquet and Luther until Pam has had a chance to find out if district materials can cover this need.
  • Brittany will open a new fall spirit gear order- need to figure out when is the best time for both scheduling and getting it all done prior to winter break.