Many Hearts Project – Spring 2021

Collaborative Art for ALL Rattlesnake Kids & Staff

We will work together to create a collage of hundreds (maybe even 1000) tiny heart art “squares” and hang it in Rattlesnake School!


  1. MATERIALS: Get your packet of art materials from your teacher or the FCC (MOA families can pick up in the front vestibule at school during school hours starting April 9)
  2. CREATE: Create 2 – 3 individual art pieces. Each should include at least one heart (cutout, stamp, drawing, stickers etc).
  3. RETURN: Bring your pieces back to school (drop them in the front vestibule or bring to your teacher) by April 30. Keep any extra papers for yourself to use at home in your own future projects!


  1. Each piece you turn in should be a 2″ square. You have some pre-cut 2″ square paper pieces in your packet to use or you can make your own with other papers.
  2. You can just use the papers in your packet or also use materials you have at home (papers, paints, stamps, color pencils, markers, punches, etc.)! Some ideas include drawing or painting a heart on a colorful paper background or cutting mini hearts out of different papers and gluing them to a square paper background. See below for more examples.
  3. Don’t be afraid to mix colors and patterns. Be creative!
  4. Create at least one piece but we’d love for you to make 2-3 and we will include as many as possible in the final art collage hung at school.
  5. HAVE FUN!


Please reach out to Stacy Jehle in the FCC with questions or if you need additional materials:




Spring Auction 2021

Our Spring Auction will be all online again this year!

The online auction starts on Sunday, April 11 at 8am and ends on Sunday, April 18 at 7pm and will be hosted by the betterworld fundraising tools.

We’re raising money to fund classroom grants for each teacher at Rattlesnake Elementary to spend on the most needed supplies or experiences. It’s been a tough year for fundraising and the needs have only increased. 

Check back here for more information on available items and more!

Info on donating items:

Donation Form:

Direct Donate 2020

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 2020 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:
  • 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

Thank you for considering a donation today!

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. The Direct Donate fundraiser has since become the 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 and 2019 were over $10,000. The goal for 2020 is $10,000, so that we can stay on track with the PTA’s support of school programs despite all the challenges this year has brought.

Get the Word Out: We are committed to minimizing waste during this fundraising event by minimizing paper handouts so watch for email and Facebook ( 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

Community Resources: Winter 2020

During the week off from school, there are many food, support & counseling resources available to our community. See the full list:

>> Winter Resources <<

Message from Ms. Scholle:

Hello Rattlesnake Families! As the holidays approach during this difficult time, it is completely normal to feel stressed and tight financially.

I wanted to share resources in the Missoula community dedicated to supporting you during this time. Attached here is a list of resources for Thanksgiving and Christmas, along with Counseling resources you may find helpful. You can access the list of resources here and on my website.

Please reach out if you need any support, I am here for you!

Love, Ms. Scholle

Book Fair Fundraiser

Our annual book fair is going online this year!

Online shopping starts on Monday, November 2 and runs through November 15th.

Here’s how it works:
1. Choose books at and add to cart
2. Enter “Rattlesnake” during checkout (in the coupon code box)
3. Rattlesnake Elementary School will receive 20% of your order to support the PTA, teachers, and families.

For those who want to shop in-person mark your calendars to visit Fact and Fiction on Higgins Street on Friday, November 13th. Tell them you are from Rattlesnake!

Teacher and student wish lists should be available soon.

Thank you for supporting our school and happy reading!

PTA General Meeting Notes: October 6, 2020


Janel Chin, Dana Hupp, Judith Bledsoe, Jen Sheldon, Leigh Greenwood, Pam Wright, Christy Cheviron, Molly Cottrell, Shannon Murphy

Halloween Idea from Dana Hupp:

Individual bags of popcorn, gummies, pencil, packaged for each student.  Worden Thane has agreed to cover the cost. Pam said that paras can help assemble bags. 

New Office Support:

Erin Berryman is our new part-time secretary, working every day from 10-2.  Her email is

How can we thank Worden Thane? 

Pam Updates:

district is staying in hybrid until November, teachers and Pam feel this is manageable.  Benefits from the smaller classes: more focus, less distractions, getting more done, students experiencing more success.

Schoolyard Improvements:

funnel ball approved funding for, but the shipping costs are exorbitant – $500 for toy, more than $500 for shipping.  Now have: 4 hopscotch squats, tetherball, ping-pong style soccer, assorted balls, hula hoops, chalk.

Salmon Fundraiser:

Ryan Ashworth offered to help us do a large scale fundraiser for frozen, 1.5 pound filets, flyer is ready to go out.  Pricing sounds good. 

School Garden:

has been open to families, volunteers in the garden can check out the whiteboard for needed tasks.

Teacher Appreciation:

health and wellness gifts for teachers with lots of community support got a great reception. Pam says that the first week of November is intense for teachers prepping report cards, could be a good time to “stock the fridge” with individually packaged items.

East Missoula:

Distributing food there, banner and flyers hung in E Missoula to advertise food. YMCA and district working together in 2.5 rooms in Mt. Jumbo for extra support.  New MOLA program for full days there on Mondays plus kids off days.

Support Outdoor Learning:

Air sensor for school to make assessment on sending kids outside on smoky days, mystery? Reopen discussion in December in time for inversion season. Move forward with getting one if in fact we don’t already have one.

Sit Spots: mostly donations, have enough right now,

Survey of teachers completed to see how we could improve outdoor space.  Amphitheater area ideas: seating could be more comfortable, writing surfaces either permanent or lap desks, shelter for rain/snow, stage set with bricks or cement. Parents interested in helping?

School Website Calendar:

Add book fair, salmon fundraiser, send dates to Robin Nygren to add

Volunteer Needs:

Need a volunteer to shadow Leigh for Direct Donate in November, easy, online, simple way to support our teachers and school.  Great job for someone who wants to do all the work from home.

We will continue to have general meetings the first Tuesday of the month at 9am.

Sockeye Salmon Fundraiser

Bristol Bay Sockeye Salmon is scheduled to arrive in Missoula December 9! If you have placed an order, keep your freezer space available as the PTA plans to deliver it on Wednesday December 9th. If you are not home that day, be sure and leave a cooler on your front porch or contact us (via email at or via cell phone at 406-207-6462) to make alternative arrangements. If you did not get your order in, a limited quantity of extra salmon filets is expected to be available so let us know as soon as possible if you would still like in on this delicious fundraiser. Approximately $7 from every $22 filet sold will go back to school.


Buy sockeye salmon and support the PTA this month!

Support our school and enjoy delicious Alaskan salmon! $22 per filet,
sustainably harvested in part by a Rattlesnake parent with Each packaged, frozen filet weighs about 1.5 lbs. Place your order as soon as possible, as supplies are limited. We hope to have the salmon in Missoula and available by mid-November (make sure to have freezer space ready!).

There are 2 Ways to Order!

  1. Fill out the form and return with a check made out to Rattlesnake Elementary School: salmonsaleptafinal.pdf 
  • Return your form and check by mail via our P.O. Box (P.O. Box 7211, Missoula MT 59807)
  • Return your form by email. Email and attach an electronic copy of your completed form. We’ll collect the check at time of delivery.
  • Drop orders by Janel’s (Our PTA President) House. Please call first (406-543-2675) to coordinate a time.
  1. Order and pay online at

All proceeds will support the PTA’s educational enhancement activities at Rattlesnake school.

Don’t forget to share this opportunity with your friends and family. Fun prizes are being planned for the students who sell the most fish.

If the pricing on this fundraiser is too much for your family but you would be interested in donated fish for those who are in need in our school community, please let us know:

Adopt-The-Garden Volunteers Needed!

The Rattlesnake School Garden will be open to families after school this fall!

Thanks to Garden City Harvest, the garden is full of produce. Families are welcome to visit the garden and take home veggies during daily Adopt the Garden Hours. One family can sign up every day from Sept 21 to October 16.

Sign Up Here:

If you sign up for a school day, Adopt the Garden hours are from after school (2:30pm) to dusk. On weekends, you can come to the garden whatever time of day is convenient for you.

During Adopt the Garden hours, your family can enjoy time in the garden and do some weeding and harvesting.

Beginning in October, we will also be looking for families to help with “put the garden to bed” tasks. Please bring your own gardening gloves, tools, produce collection bag, etc. Due to COVID-19, new cleaning procedures and other measures will be in place to keep the community safe and healthy.

Only one family can sign up for Adopt the Garden hours per day. You’ll receive an email regarding access information, garden chores, and more, the week before your scheduled sign-up.

Thank you!


Principal Cooper Email: MCPS Online Academy – information on course registration, school supplies and student registration

This email was received on August 25th 2020 by families that had at least one student registered for the MCPS Online Academy at that time. We’ve included the whole email below for reference. All MOA parent communications are now available in MCPS MOA Parent Communication Archive: Much more information is also found here:


MCPS Online Academy Families:

I’d like to thank you for your eagerness to participate in our MCPS Online Academy (MOA) program this school year. To date, we have had about 1600 students K-12 register for our program. I want to commit to you that we are working to create a trusting learning environment for students and staff, with a focus on connecting ourselves deeply in our learning community even while socially distanced and online.

This email confirms that we have received your registration for the MOA

If you wish to remove your student from the MOA and transfer the registration back to your home school before the September 4th deadline, you must email BOTH Principal Cooper and your home school so that we can update our records.

You can find information about the MOA on our website.  We have added to our FAQ in the recent days, I encourage you to check that page for updates. Registration for MCPS Online Academy is extended until  Friday, September 4th at 4:00 p.m. 

There is no cap on how many students we will accept in the MOA.  This decision is an important decision for families and we wanted to give everyone plenty of time to get their questions answered before making the decision.

I’d like to share some important information about our program that will allow you and your students to know how to prepare for the first day of school.


Our first day of instruction is Tuesday, September 8th. Your student will receive information about their classes as well as messages from their teachers about what to do on the first day of school by Friday, September 4th.

If you are registered in the MOA, your student should not attend in-person classes which start this week.


Middle and High School students will be registered for Apex Learning courses that correlate to the courses they had already selected during course registration in the Spring of 2020. Counselors will contact your student if there is not an exact match and will have your child select an alternative course. We expect to have course registration complete by Friday, September 4th.


All students, including students attending the MCPS Online Academy, will have the opportunity to receive food services every school day. Regular meal prices, including free and reduced options, will apply. Anyone can pick up the meals on behalf of your student at any school building, please make sure you have your student’s ID number so that meals can be appropriately charged to your student’s account. Contact the school closest to you for pickup locations and times.

I also encourage all families to complete a Free and Reduced Meal Application this school year. Many families have had changes to their wages and work hours, so you may now qualify for support with the cost of your student’s meals. For example, a family of 4 earning $48,470 per year would qualify for reduced price meals.


We are planning to have a drive-through school supply pick up event on September 3rd or 4th. At this event, families will be able to pick up grade-specific learning materials like textbooks or novels, whiteboards, math manipulatives, as well as loaned laptops or chromebooks and Wifi hotspots for families who do not have those items at home. I will share more information about this pick up event in a future email.

I am looking forward to getting to know you and your students as we move forward on our learning journey together. If you have additional questions, please contact me at


Rae Cooper


MCPS Online Academy

Principal Wright Email: Rattlesnake Return to School Updates

This is an online copy of Principal Wright’s email from 8/12/2020 for ease of reference

Dear Rattlesnake Families,

Last night the MCPS School Board approved a plan to begin the year in a hybrid model, two days of face-to-face learning and three days of remote learning.  The plan is for students with last names beginning with A-K, to attend school in person for the first block of the week, and students whose last names begin with L-Z will attend school in the second block*.  Each group will receive remote learning assignments from their classroom teacher for the other three days. During the hybrid model the school day will begin at 8:30 and end at 2:10.

With the first week of school being a short week, and two board approved “No School” Mondays to follow, here’s how the calendar will be adjusted for the hybrid model.  You will also have the option to choose the Missoula Online Academy, our 100% remote learning option.  At the end of this email, you will find a link to more information on the Missoula Online Academy and a link to register.

Hybrid Model Schedule – Week 1

August 26: Kindergarten Only Day

August 27: A-K Day

August 28: L-Z Day

Hybrid Model Schedule – Week 2

August 31: Professional Development Day for Teachers/No School

Sept. 1 & 2: A-K Day

Sept. 3 & 4: L-Z Day

Hybrid Model Schedule – Week 3

Sept. 7: Labor Day/No School

Sept. 8 & 9: A-K Day

Sept. 10 & 11: L-Z Day

Hybrid Model Schedule – Week 4

Sept. 14: Remote Learning Day for all

Sept. 15 & 16: A-K Day

Sept. 17 & 18: L-Z Day

The calendar from here on out will depend on which phase of the Covid-19 response plan we are in. For more information on the MCPS plan and phases for re-opening, visit the MCPS website here.

Thank you to everyone for your patience. There will be more information to come about the first weeks of school. Please watch the Rattlesnake Website, the MCPS link in the paragraph above, and email.  Once we have an enrollment count for who will be participating in the Online Academy and Hybrid Model, we’ll finalize class lists. Look for an email with class teacher assignment at the end of next week, for those participating in the hybrid model. Missoula Online Academy’s teacher assignments will come out later, since their first day will be September 2.

Here’s the Missoula Online Academy information and registration link.  Registration is open from August 12 – Sept. 4**. If you still have questions after visiting the link, please let me know.

Again, I appreciate all the community support for Rattlesnake Elementary. We are here for you, so please reach out with questions or concerns.


Pam Wright, Principal

*the original email from Principal Wright had a typo in the first paragraph regarding what days each block attended- to reduce confusion, we’ve fixed that error in this copy of the email.

** the end date for registering for the Online Academy has since been changed to Sept 4th 2020.