Rattlesnake Garden: Fall Produce

The Rattlesnake School Garden is overflowing with produce, and it’s time to get as much of these goodies into your homes as possible!

Our produce giveaways will happen on 4 Fridays:

September 6, 13, 20 & 27

Our Garden Coordinator, Lori Blumenthal, is looking for volunteers who know the garden and can harvest veggies and/or help at the giveaway table. Volunteer shifts last about an hour. For those of you who are interested, the sheet to sign up is HERE.

Harvesting Volunteers:

  • Will need to arrive to the garden around 2:00pm
  • Harvest all available tomatoes, grapes, cucumbers, and beans, and a portion of carrots and tomatillos
  • Weigh and log amounts in shed
  • Wash anything that needs it
  • Place compostables (carrot tops, etc) in garden cart
  • Deliver veggies to giveaway table
  • Sign up here

Giveaway Volunteers:

  • Give produce to kiddos and families
  • If you’re signed up for a bus giveaway, tell kiddos how much they can take
  • There will be some grocery bags in the garden shed, but bring extras if you have them
  • Sign up here

Kindergarten Parent Orientation 2019

FOR SCHOOL YEAR 2019-2020 

The Rattlesnake PTA board took notes on the question and answer session during the Kindergarten parent orientation session in May 2019, and we’ve used those notes (as well as the notes and concerns from Kindergarten Roundup in prior years) to create this reference list for the parents of incoming kindergartners. Many thanks to Principal Wright for fact checking this document, and Molly, Leigh, Judith, and Lucia for staffing the PTA presence at Parent Orientation!


  • All families (K- 5th) should receive their class placement by email during the week ending on August 23rd 2019. If you do not receive an email or text by 5pm on August 23rd, please double check your spam folder, and then call the main Rattlesnake office (406-542-4050). 
  • Kindergarten classes up to 20 students have 1 teacher. If 21 or 22 students are in a Kindergarten class then assistants are in the classroom.


  • August 20th from 12:30- 1:30pm: School tour for new families of 1st to 5th graders. Siblings are welcome but please note this tour is not designed for incoming kindergarten families. Meet at the front main entry. This is a school event.
  • August 25th from 3-5pm: Kindergarten Playdate. Come to the playground and meet other Kindergarten families the Sunday afternoon before school starts! Stop by any time from 3-5pm to jump around on the playground and meet new friends. Hosted by the PTA.
  • August 27th TBD (estimated 10am-noon): Kindergarten Orientation for K only. Meet your teacher, see the classroom, get excited for school! This is a school event.
  • August 27th 5-6pm: Back to School Night for Grades 1-5 only. Meet your teacher, see the classroom, drop off supplies. Please note that while Kindergarteners are welcome to visit the school with an older attending sibling at this time, the Kindergarten classrooms will be closed and the teachers will not be on site from 5-6pm. This is a school event.
  • August 28th 8am- 930am – First Day Welcome Coffee – Swing by the school garden to meet other parents, laugh or cry, and drink some coffee after your child is dropped off for their first day. Hosted by the PTA.
  • August 28th – First Day of School – Kindergarten will start with the bell (8:25) and dismiss early (12:40). Please send your Kindergartener with a bag lunch or plan to order a bagged lunch as they will eat in the classroom to keep things less stressful. K only busing available * Note: Grades 1-5 will dismiss at standard times.
  • August 29th – Thursday is early out – Kindergarten will start with the bell (8:25) and dismiss early (12:40). Please send your Kindergartener with a bag lunch or plan to order a bagged lunch as they will eat in the classroom to keep things less stressful. K only busing available * Note: Grades 1-5 will dismiss at Early Out times.
  • August 30th – Friday! – Kindergarten will start with the bell (8:25) and dismiss early (12:40). Please send your Kindergartener with a bag lunch or plan to order a bagged lunch as they will eat in the classroom to keep things less stressful. K only busing available * Note: Grades 1-5 will dismiss at standard times.
  • Find our general Calendar page at https://rattlesnakepta.org/calendar/ 
  • * See Bus Schedule First Week Note below *


  • Standard schedule and stops can be found at http://www.infofinderi.com/ifi/?cid=MCPS4CVNG54XW
  • Kindergartners often get very excited to ride the bus for the first few weeks. Please remind them to wear their “imaginary seat belt” and stay seated for the whole ride just like in a regular car or like for the city bus. This helps keep them safe, and keeps the bus drivers focused on the road.
  • * Bus Schedule First Week Note * – For the first three days of the first week in 2019 for kindergarten only, the half-day dismissal special kindergarten buses take longer and will bus to more than one route. This extended route can prove stressful to kids that are not very excited about being on the bus. If you think your kid might be upset by this, the PTA suggests sending them on the morning buses all week (those are the consistent and regular route), picking up your child at the school for just the half days (August 28, 29, and 30), and then having them ride the bus the following week in the afternoons. This allows them to get used to the normal bus routes while skipping the possible stress of those three first days of extended bus routes.


  • Please don’t bring your child to visit the school to peek through the windows prior to August 27th, when classrooms will be fully set up and your child will be able to experience their new classroom in person. Kindergarten aged kids cannot really imagine how a blank summer cleaned-up room seen through a window will transform into a happy and inviting classroom, so they might be dismayed to see all the cardboard boxes and upside-down chairs.
  • It is best to try to stick to talking about drop off and pick up only the night before- don’t build it up too big or with too many fine details.
  • Do your best to get your child to bed at a consistent time for at least a few nights before school starts. Sleep is so important at this age!
  • If you child will be riding the bus, please review our “Bus Schedule First Week Note” in the paragraph above, so you can make a good choice for your child’s needs.
  • See the Supply List page for reference.
  • Worried you are forgetting something? Try our Back to School short list of reminders.


  • Walk, bike, or bus is best!
  • Kindergartners getting off the bus in the morning will be assisted with finding their classroom meeting spot (marked with a traffic cone and sign) and will meet their teacher outside the school each morning.
  • See https://rattlesnakepta.org/school-map/ for the map that details car dropoff guidelines
  • Kindergartners must have an authorized adult to pick up – they will not be released alone from the school nor off the bus. Kindergartners with no authorized adult at the bus stop at afternoon dismissal will be bussed back to the school to ensure their safety. Please be on time to meet the bus!


  • The basic daily schedule is here: https://rattlesnakepta.org/schedule/
  • The K day includes rest time in Fall for all classrooms. Rest time in Winter and Spring is figured out per classroom, as needed by class dynamics. Typically your teacher will permit a small blanket and a small soft toy, but this may vary depending on the classroom needs.
  • Most classrooms have a space for each child to have a set of spare clothing in case of accidents. It is normal for young children to accidentally pee their pants on occasion. If you are concerned about your child’s needs, please speak to your teacher or the school nurse as soon as possible so they can help.
  • Kindergarten has three recesses per day: First Recess, Pre-Lunch Recess, and Second Recess.
  • Recess is held outdoors in nearly all weather. It is only held indoors in very specific hazardous weather conditions. Learn more here: https://rattlesnakepta.org/snow-and-weather-policies/


  • All kindergarten students’ families will be able to indicate how they are dismissed each day in a form from their teacher, to ensure they safely and correctly follow their schedule (i.e. if your child will do Campfire Monday – Thursday, and home on the bus on Fridays, you will indicate that in writing).
  • Changes to your child’s routine must always be communicated prior to 2:30pm (1:30 on Thursdays).
  • Learn about afterschool programs here: https://rattlesnakepta.org/after-school-programs/


  • Breakfast is optional before school and is from 8am to the 8:25am bell.
  • Lunchtime is a 25 minute period, with the exact time dependent on schedule and grade. Hot and cold purchase options are available, or students can bring their own lunch. There is a nut-free table available for students with a nut allergy.
  • Lunch money is put onto an account and each student is assigned a number. Our Menu page includes information on how to add money to your account, as well as the current menu and a few back menus for examples: https://rattlesnakepta.org/menus/


  • Most classrooms have food-free celebrations and birthdays – learn more about this approach at the MCPS page Smart Snack initiative 
  • Some K classrooms have group snacks, others do not, your teacher will communicate these expectations in the fall.
  • There is a nut-free table available in the cafeteria for students with a nut allergy.
  • Nut-free or food free classrooms are designated as needed, per classroom.
  • If your child has allergies and you have already submitted a completed medical form, you should have already heard from our assigned nurse. If you have not heard from her, please call or email Lisa Flanagan to discuss your child’s needs and ensure the forms were received: ltflanagan@mcps.k12.mt.us, (406) 728-2400 ext. 4511, or (406) 239-9065


  • Highly detailed curriculum descriptions are available at http://www.mcpsmt.org/Page/1827
  • Kindergarteners develop important skills in their first year of school such as listening to and following directions, being flexible, and adapting to change. Simple activities like going new places over the summer (for instance, trying a different playground), playing a new board game with unfamiliar rules, or having playdates with a variety of friends and neighbors can help ease the transition into school.
  • Kindergarten classrooms at Rattlesnake Elementary begin the year reviewing single letters and their sounds, then they progress to two letter combinations (like “sh” and “st”), then learn to sound out short words and syllables, and finally will work on sight reading short words (such as “the” and “dog”). By the end of kindergarten, some students will have begun to read in full sentences or even books, and some will not- and that’s OK. Please speak directly with your teacher if you have concerns about reading expectations or classroom experiences.


  • Rattlesnake Elementary follows the guidance of the Missoula County Public School district for all health and safety issues. Please review these guidelines each year to ensure you understand the basics for when a child must be kept at home, or not! Find our quick reference here: https://rattlesnakepta.org/sickness-and-lice/


  • For kindergarten, general classroom volunteering typically starts in late October. This helps the classrooms settle into their routines, prior to adding volunteers into the mix.
  • If you want to volunteer your particular knowledge for a self-led lesson or classroom experience, talk to your teacher about how to best schedule and plan. 
  • In class volunteers (called a Supervised Volunteer) must sign a district volunteer form (see http://www.mcpsmt.org/Page/9033). Volunteers that would be working with students unsupervised are also required to sign more forms plus get a background check- this is less common and isn’t the kind of volunteering that you’d be likely to do with a kindergarten classroom.


  • There is no standardized testing done in kindergarten at Rattlesnake Elementary. In general, district wide Standardized testing within MCPS starts in 3rd grade.
  • Teachers use a variety of assessments to guide instruction, some of which are standardized in format (i.e. a consistent assessment is applied to all students). Please note these are not standardized tests, but rather they are evaluation tools to help better understand student and classroom progress.


  • School District:
    • Missoula County Public Schools (MCPS) website: https://www.mcpsmt.org/
    • MCPS App: Search in App Store or Google Play Store for “Missoula County Public School” and you should find it!
    • Administration Building: 215 South Sixth Street West, Missoula, MT 59801, 406-728-2400
    • Emergency notifications are robo-called to parent or guardian phone numbers from the district on an as-needed basis.
  • Rattlesnake School:
  • Your child’s teacher:
    • During the school year, teachers can be reached via email or phone (find these on Rattlesnake School Staff Listings, https://www.mcpsmt.org/domain/2287) and will send a weekly newsletter via their school email.
    • You will get handouts and other paper format notes in your child’s “boomerang” (or “boom”) folder. The boomerang folder gets its name because it goes back and forth from school each day with your child.
  • Rattlesnake School PTA:
    • PTA website: you are on the PTA website right now! https://rattlesnakepta.org/
    • PTA facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RattlesnakePTA/
    • PTA specific email list: You MUST sign up separately for PTA emails to receive them! Sign up at any PTA event, or use the Contact Us form and simply write “please add me to the PTA email list” in your note. Thanks!
    • PTA via US Postal Service: Rattlesnake PTA, P.O. Box 7211, Missoula MT 59807


Rattlesnake Garden: Summer Programs

Did you know Rattlesnake School’s garden has had the highest number of summer volunteers, and the largest quantities of produce donated to families of any other school garden for the last 2 years?
Here are the numbers:
  • 2017: 660 lbs produce, 138 Open Garden Visits,
  • 2018: 561 lbs produce (Charlo had 556), 98 Open Garden Visits (Chief Charlo had 112!), 20 families adopt-the-garden (ten more families than any other school)
Let’s keep our garden going and growing this summer! Here are some fun opportunities for your family to participate in our school garden throughout the summer break:


Thursdays, 9am-12pm / June 27 – August 15

Garden City Harvest will be in the garden every Thursday morning this summer. Come visit, help out, learn about gardening, and take home some fresh fruits and vegetables!


Be an ambassador for the garden! Volunteer to weed, harvest ripe produce, and welcome visitors in the garden for a few hours one week of the summer.

Email School Gardens Manager Lori Blumenthal at lori@gardencityharvest.org or sign up online: https://secure.everyaction.com/Z75PFEJWmUWwz1ZZqxsZ6A2



Wednesday, August 7, 5:30-7:30pm

Join Garden City Harvest staff for a fun and family-friendly cooking class in your school garden. Only $5 for the whole family! Together we will make four garden-fresh recipes and eat together as a community.

Sign up at least 48 hours in advance online at  https://secure.everyaction.com/PIToxit2v02NJ655niOzkQ2 or  by contacting School Gardens Manager Lori Blumenthal at lori@gardencityharvest.org

Family Fun Night: June 6!

We hope to see everyone at our final Family Fun Night of the year on June 6!

This FREE event is a Summer Kick-off BBQ and will be held in East Missoula from 6:00 – 7:30pm at East Missoula Lions Park (by Mt Jumbo School).

Join us for food, a bouncy house, and games to kick-off summer! Food and activities will be provided by the Feed the Need food truck. This is a free family event so come check it

** Thank you to the Feed the Need food truck for making this event possible! **


Kindergarten 2019/2020

Do you have an incoming Kindergarten student next year?

Please attend a parent/guardian meeting for registered students on May 29!

  • Wednesday, May 29, 2019
  • Rattlesnake School
  • 5:30-6:30 p.m.

This meeting is for parents and guardians only.  Our staff will have lots of information to prepare you and your child for kindergarten at Rattlesnake School.  We will also let you know about the scheduled day in August that students will be able to come and tour our school.

We hope to meet you soon!



Rattlesnake Spirit Wear!

Show your school spirit and order your Rattlesnake Elementary gear online at https://rattlesnakespiritwear18.itemorder.com/  from now until May 21!

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

The sale ends May 21 so that the orders can be ready before the end of school. All orders will ship to school for easy pick up (and no shipping costs)!


Spring Garden Club

Farmer Hannah (Farm to School Assistant with Garden City Harvest) is continuing the after school Garden Club in the Rattlesnake garden this spring! During Garden Club students will help with garden work like weeding, watering, and planting, and projects like installing new garden beds. We will also do one special gardening related activity each week and read garden and farming books. Below are the dates and activities for each Spring 2019 Garden Club meeting:

Wednesday May 15th: Popcorn – We will remove popcorn kernels off cured ears of popping corn grown in the garden last season. We will then pop and eat the homegrown popcorn in the garden!

Wednesday May 22th: Seed Collage – We will use expired fruit and veggie seeds to make a seed collage! [We might also eat popcorn if there is any left over from Week 1]

Wednesday May 29th: Planting – Students will plant a seed or transplant a sprout to bring home.

Wednesday June 5th: Seed balls – Students will make clay balls filled with native flower seeds. These little seed capsules can be planted in gardens or public spaces to fill them with polinator-friendly plants!

Students may sign up for ONE of the four sessions to ensure that as many kids as possible get to participate. Capacity is 15 students per session. Parents are welcome to join their students, but do not have to attend.

SIGN UP: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050c49a5ac28a4f49-rattlesnake

Garden Club will meet immediately after school (3:00 pm for K-3rd graders and 3:30 pm for 4th and 5th graders) and goes until 4:30 pm.

Teacher Appreciation Week

May 6-10 is Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week!

Last year was a great success and we need your help showing our teachers and staff how much we appreciate them!  We will provide food for them each day of the week and also  gather donations for a teacher raffle. We will draw names each day so that each staff member can be a winner by the end of the week.

  • Monday – Coffee and Breakfast Items
  • Tuesday – “Stock the Fridge” 
  • Wednesday – Sweet Treat Wednesday
  • Thursday – Make Your Own Sandwich Bar
  • Friday- Green Source Smoothies

You can help us make this week a success! Ways to Help:

  • Provide food/treats using the sign-up genius: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d49a8a92ea31-rattlesnake   (Please drop items off at the front office around 8am the day of)
  • Donating goods for the raffle. Do you own a local business or know someone who does who would be willing to donate either food or goods? Do you have gift cards that you could donate (any amount is fine!), or do you have gift items that you can donate?
  • Donate cash – if you are finding your spring to be too hectic, a monetary donation is much appreciated to help cover costs!
Please follow the sign up genius link to sign up for a food slot or contact us directly for raffle and cash donations.


As always, thank you for helping us show our teachers how much we love them. Happy Spring!

Teacher Appreciation Team:
Jacqui Lloyd – jacquis23@yahoo.com
Elisabeth Laatsch – elaatsch@gmail.com
Jen Sheldon – jenrsheldon@gmail.com




April 2019 Leadership Meeting Minutes

PTA Leadership meetings are open to anyone that is interested in contributing to the hard work of the PTA’s board, teachers, event leaders, volunteers, and various team leads! 


Leadership Meeting Minutes for April 23th 2019 from 7-9pm in the FCC


Becky K: Wellness

Name for the cafeteria, contest for idea submission. There will be some naming criteria and the board and/or Principal Wright will limit to several suggestions. Timing of process needs to be incorporated into other commitments in the end of the school year. The Fun Run fliers go out by the end of this week (4/23) and so the Cafeteria fliers should Tuesday of next week (4/30) with a return deadline of 2 weeks. The cafeteria naming process is currently being introduced by Principal Wright and a subset of the PTA.

There was some discussion of making it (cafeteria naming) a sponsorship of the Wellness committee, but decision was to not pursue that due to the Wellness Committee not yet being an official committee of the school nor PTA.

Pam: Yearbooks

Yearbooks will be distributed close to end of the year. Online orders ended April 22nd but cash orders are still accepted. We’ll need to figure out a deadline for cash and check orders to make the process run smoothly.

Currently 200 yearbooks have been ordered but more could be made available if more orders come in. This is the first year and it turns out the yearbook process was very time intensive for Stacy. Next year it will need to be a parent volunteer project. Needs to be led by one or two people so as to have efficiency and continuity. Approx 40 volunteer hours estimated for next year. Big thanks to Stacy and Michelle N for leading up the first year of yearbook!

Leadership General Business

Elections and Expected Vacancies 2019-2020:

Regularly scheduled elections (VP and Treasurer) will be conducted at the 7 MAY general meeting. VP will be open to staying (as a new VP was elected in on an “off” year), but may be open to having another candidate. Treasurer and VP are the two that are open as per the charter.  Shannon M is currently the only candidate for Treasurer and has been expressing clear interest in the position. It is possible that secretary may be changing as well, that would be at the discretion of the Secretary (term formally ends May 2020). Molly C will also be resigning as Co-president. Teacher appreciation coordinator and the volunteer coordinator will also be open at the end of the year- these are not elected positions and can be filled/changed at any time as needed.

Board Structure, Roles, and Responsibilities:

Secretary has had some question regarding duties and responsibilities. Treasurer beyond the tracking of funding has a few additional requirements. VP also has not been well defined for specific areas. The roles are written down in the charter but are currently not closely followed.  Previously focus sessions have been focused on what the organization wants to accomplish, but not as to who specifically does what. A specific meeting ideally should be dedicated after the election so as to define those responsibilities with the new board members plus new leads (i.e. volunteer coordinator). More about board roles here.

Montana PTA Day on May 18th (Saturday) at Missoula Public Library:

Open house held by the Montana PTA overarching organization for all PTA members in the Missoula area.  Timing: 10:30-11:30 Training Session, 11:30-12:30 Open Networking. It would be good to have all old and new Rattlesnake PTA’ers attend if available and willing.

Standing Rules Revisions Note:

Revisions don’t necessarily need to be made, but a statement needs to be submitted regarding no changes if that’s the case. Leigh will be looking through standing rules to see what is relevant and realistic to keep or change. Process is that then the board will sign off on and then the submission will be made to the state PTA to hold on record. Required by State PTA to be done annually for best practices.

Process and Schedule for 2019-2020 Budget building:

Discussion on how to conduct this process. Last year, was a 3+ hour meeting which was not completely effective, it proved too complex to tackle productively in a single meeting. Proposal to set a series of task focused shorter meetings and session. Idea was to focus on what we want to accomplish (what are PTA and Teacher Priorities) and then work to allocate funding to those categories and programs. This will then drive what is necessary for fundraising and spending. Concept is to make sure we let priorities drive the budget. This process is conducted with both incoming and outgoing leadership.

Break down as proposed: One meeting to discuss and set priorities (suggestion to be during May Leadership was put forth and agreed upon). Second meeting to assess anticipated cash position and allocate funding across those priorities. Secondary sub meetings to share those outwards (to parents and teachers) prior to formalizing and voting. Then formalize and vote on budget. Fiscal year turns over 1 July.  We do want to get approx 90% complete and voted on by the fiscal turnover, and ideally prior to end of school year for simple logistics (i.e. personal vacations). Third (conceptual) final meeting to determine fundraising events and requirements for the coming year, fundraising works as step three since it funds the following year. Fundraising takes up most of the time, effort, and energy of officer time- discussion as to how effective that is.

May Meetings:

May Leadership meeting Scheduled 28 MAY 6:30-8:30: Proposal to use at least half the time to set priorities with both incoming and outgoing leadership. Other items to be placed on agenda in a rolling document.

Set Agenda items for May general meeting (7 May 8:30am FCC): Need for Elections: VP, Treasurer, possibly secretary (TBD). Announcement that Molly is no longer going to co-president. Other items TBD.

June General Meeting:

Decide if we will hold a June general meeting: Decision- yes- will be primarily used to announce priorities for the next year and then touch bases with the teachers to ensure coordination of efforts with the teachers. Could also use the time to look at whether or not the hoedown is desired again for the next year. Any last minute Fun Run needs can also be addressed at this meeting. June 4, 830am in FCC.

Academic Enrichment Votes

Mr. Z’s Speaker:

Finish up discussion and decision re: Mr Z’s speaker cost: Pam- the PTA was looking at splitting with the school. There are some funds available in the Academic enrichment budget, but the cost was $600 so a big ask. The school will be looking at and deeply believes in the value of the request. Acad Enrichment budget level is currently $2,977 however there are commitments already on parts of that funding. The board voted unanimously to fund half- $300- for the speakers, on the assumption that the school will cover the other half or more. In the event that the school cannot fund $300 or more, we will need to revisit. Vote yes, 7:0:0.

K Team for Buses:

Discussed the requests, the funds were confirmed to be from the teachers’ discretionary classroom budgets. Does not require a vote. The various bus bills will be billed to PTA as a single invoice per event and then parsed out to classroom budgets for PTA accounting needs.

Dombrowski Request:

$74 for May 21st field trip bus. Parents are leading the field trip opportunity. According to Pam it is to go to the trail at the end of Duncan Drive for bird watching field trip. Some discussion on bear spray, wildlife precautions will be taken. Vote taken 7:0:0, in favor to fund bus request.

Available Funding:

Discussion on funding available in Academic Enrichment (current balance $2977).  Some set commitments are in motion and not yet subtracted from that total; trip to Butte $500, Band speakers $300, other programs and requests. It is clear that some funding is still available for additional needs as/if they arise.


Fun Run and Running Club:

Running club will begin next week (week of 29APR – 3MAY) pending final logistics (sidenote: now finalized starting May 2nd!). Emily has talked with Pam and cleared all major dates and ideas. Flier will go out at the end of the week with all details and asking for volunteers. Anticipated to be a replay of last year format wise. Glitterpops are not an option this year (family that made them has moved). Course will have a new starting point to avoid tripping hazard that was a problem in past years. Need to explore food possibilities for the end of the race, i.e. see what Emily has planned for fruit, bagels, water, milk, etc. Sponsors for Fun Run – currently have $350. Idea is to have have a picture area for the event for the kids that has sponsors logos beyond it as their recognition. Dye free Otter Pops are available at Costco to replace the glitter pops, Judith will look into this or other choices to simplify end of race options. See Fun Run webpage for full details and volunteer signups, https://rattlesnakepta.org/2019/04/26/fun-run-and-running-club-2019/ 

Teacher Appreciation Week May 6-10:

Jacqui is managing. Will need to call for many volunteers. Signups are available https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D49A8A92EA31-rattlesnake 

Additional Updates

Crisis Buckets for the Classrooms, Pam’s Request:

These are literal buckets for lock down drills, to facilitate hygiene, food, and water in emergencies. Idea to ask parents for items and funding, vs PTA straight funding. Discussion to have PTA fund directly so as to not induce extra anxiety with the larger parent population. Request to have Pam create a budget request for cost of all items that the district cannot provide on school funds, and then PTA will vote on it at May Leadership meeting. Pam was comfortable with that method.

Spring Fling:

Cost benefit analysis brief overview. Idea to buy baskets on sale now that Easter is over, to save money. Judith or Molly will ask the project leads from last year so as to have a number to procure.

Raised $8400 in gross income, Molly reviewed budget $1300 was unspent in what was allocated for expenses. Therefore, net $7700 plus estimated $500 in income still to come plus $1300 in reserved budget roll over (Estimated effective total raised therefore $9,500). The event does raise substantial funding however is very high in its commitment for volunteers hours and resources. The in kind donations decreased direct costs, but the time commitments are extensive.

Swag Updates:

Reuable lunch bag update- unfortunately have been returned for credit.  They were of poor quality. Full refund was given, new (hopefully better) things are being purchased instead.

We now have trucker hats for sale. Also would like to initiate the next online school spirit order period. With the recent folks missing the yearbook sales, they will likely miss this with the other announcement. Prior online sale did prove efficient as no inventory is on hand, low minimums and for purchases. Easy to initiate. Board approves another spring online sale. Discussion to set up table for sales at events (Fun Run, K Parent Night, other?)

Box Top Funding:

Check cannot come to the PTA for funds, Box top has changed the rules and can only be received by the school. Could also fund Mr Z., Recycle, and Crisis buckets.

Recycling Bills and Schedule:

Discussion on if box tops be used to fund the bill as the PTA is covering classrooms. Yes it is a shell game, but allows that to be funded by the school as we are funding support to the classrooms. $604 has been paid so far this year and box tops can cover that. Tabled with the need to engage with Pam and Stacy (Pam departed prior to this item).



kid shoes with foot shaped beads

Fun Run and Running Club 2019

It is time to get ready for our Spring Running Club and Annual Fun Run!

2019 Important Dates to Know:

  • Running Club starts Thursday, May 2nd and the last day is Monday, June 10th.
  • The Annual Rattlesnake Fun Run/Walk will take place Tuesday, JUNE 11th 2019 12:55 PM-2:30 PM

Rattlesnake Running Club Information:

The running club meets at two different times during the week: Monday and Thursday
mornings, and Tuesdays during afternoon recess.

Morning Running club meets at 8:00 am on Monday and Thursday mornings on the north side of the building. All Rattlesnake students are invited to join, but Kindergartners need to bring a parent to participate in morning running club. In the event of bad weather, running club may be cancelled the evening before, and this will be announced via all school Connect5 email. We run the same loop gradually working our way up in distance. Please note that if your child rides the bus or eats breakfast at school they will arrive too late to participate in the morning run.

Afternoon recess running club meets on Tuesdays in the main playground field. Kindergarten through 3rd grade recess runners will stay on school property, 4th and 5th
graders will be able to run off campus with our running club volunteers.

Fun Run Information:

We are encouraging runners to show school spirit by wearing green and yellow for the run.   There will be a 1-mile out and back for kindergartners, walkers, and anyone not up for 2 miles.  This route will take you through the neighborhood, across the creek, up the hill, and back.  There is also a 2-mile loop open to 1st-5th graders.  This loop will take you through the neighborhoods, across the creek, up the hill and around the PEAS farm loop.  Both the 1-mile and the 2-mile course will end on the playground.  It is an uphill finish!  Everyone crosses the same finish line.  This is not a timed event. Your child will need to decide prior to the start of the Fun Run, which route they would like to run.  We are doing this strictly for fun.  If your child wants to know their time we encourage them to wear a watch and time themselves.

We will hold the run rain or shine, so please send your child to school wearing proper running shoes (no flip flops or open toe shoes) and dressed for the weather.  The runners will congregate and play/snack on the playground after their run.  If you are taking your child home after the run please let your teacher know.  We are in still in NEED of lots of volunteers to make this event happen.  If you are able to donate fruit please send to school with your child the morning of June 11th and they can take it to the FCC.

Thank you to all the volunteers who have already signed up to help!  We still need more help. You can sign up HERE.

If you do not want your child to participate in the fun run, please inform your child’s teacher before Friday, June 7th.


We need parent helpers on Monday & Thursday mornings from 8:00-8:25am, Tuesday recess 2:00-2:30pm, and before, during, and after the Fun Run itself on June 11th (volunteers needed anytime between 8:15am-2:30pm on June 11th). You do NOT need to be a runner to help out! We need walkers, sweepers, and organizers as well as runners. As a parent, if you are willing to volunteer for Running Club and/or the Fun Run please sign up via SignUpGenius:

Running Club sign up–  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0A49AAA82DA5FC1-rattlesnake2
Fun Run sign up–  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0A49AAA82DA5FC1-rattlesnake1

Questions? Contact Emily Linton eylinton@gmail.com or 406.214.1555