Holiday Book Fair 2018

The annual Rattlesnake School Holiday Book Fair will be held November 28th – November 30th at Rattlesnake School.


  • 8am-7pm on Wednesday, November 28th.
  • 8am-7pm on Thursday, November 29th.
  • 8am-10:30am on Friday, November 30th.

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

Overview: Each year, the Rattlesnake School librarian Robin Nygren 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 fundraiser – a portion of the proceeds supports Rattlesnake PTA and the school library.

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 hoodies, water bottles, and other spirit gear will be for sale as well.

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


Noodle Fundraiser!

Eat noodles on November 11 and raise money for Rattlesnake Elementary!

Noodles & Company will be giving back 30% of sales on Sunday 11/11/18 from 4-9 pm. Just mention that you are from Rattlesnake Elementary at check out!

3680 Brooks St. Missoula, MT 59801

Go here for more info and a chance to let us know you’re planning to come eat noodles on November 11:





Rattlesnake Elementary Spirit Gear!

Show your school spirit and order your Rattlesnake Elementary gear online at  from now until November 18!

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 November 18 so that the orders can be ready before Winter break. All orders will ship to school for easy pick up (and no shipping costs)!

Shop Now!

Movie & Craft Night

Save the date for our Movie & Craft Night!

Join us October 26 2018 from 6:30 – 8pm in the Rattlesnake gym for a family-friendly movie night. This is not a drop off event, so bring a comfy blanket or sleeping bag to sit on and enjoy the movie with your kids.

Watch for a flyer with more details (including the movie name!) to come home with your kids early next week.

October 2018 PTA Meeting Minutes

October 2, 2018 Rattlesnake Elementary School PTA Meeting minutes

AttendanceMatthew N (Secretary), Leigh G (President), Alex S (Treasurer), Pam W (Principal), Stacy J (FCC),  + 8 additional parents


Agenda overview – Leigh

VP Candidate

  • Introduction of Judith B as candidate for VP after vacated by Anne due to job requirements – Leigh & Alex
  • Shannon O was also introduced as having interest in the position but deferred to Judith
  • Judith was elected, no one present objected or voted against. Welcome Judith!

Beef Jerky Fundraiser

  • Preliminary estimate of numbers- orders grossed $5k for 315 Packages (note: final tally for full fundraiser came out to net $5264 – great work Beef Jerky Team!)
  • We will need assistance from teachers and possibly volunteers to ensure that the children receive the orders that they are responsible for (Note: completed! 10/13/2018 – thank you!)
  • Some of the kids order forms get turned in without their full names, maybe need to consider pre-writing teacher names and grades onto forms in 2019 to make things easier in case of mistakes, or some other system to make sorting easier.  

Book Fair

  • Leigh and Alex conducted an overview. Laurie and Becca are again volunteering to be the leads- thank you!
  • We will need to get volunteers to staff the hours necessary, Shannon M will create volunteer listing when closer to the date.
  • As in past years, there is a system in place to ensure that all children will have an opportunity to participate in the book fair- contact Stacy in the FCC if you wish to help with this.
  • Will be conducted after Thanksgiving in an effort to incorporate holiday shopping. Tentative dates within the range of 11/27-30, Precise dates TBD with Fact and Fiction.
  • Generally the book fair raises about $8k, with funds being first allocated to the school library and librarian, and all other funds rolling into the general PTA budget.

School Event Marquee – Pam

  • The design was that was submitted was not in line with what was proposed, which proved to be a problem.
  •  The local community pushed back after the proposal was submitted.  There was too much light and was essentially too loud aesthetically.
  • Idea was raised to rent or buy a light up moveable letter-swap style marquee sign
  • It does leave concerns regarding dissemination of information, as we are currently limited to fliers, the webpage, Facebook, emails, and on-the-fence vinyl banners.
  • If a concept is approved, we will need to still resolve the issue of funding which we will have to be sourced or raised.
  • We do also have fence banners for announcements and will require some to be found for events or printed.
  • The book fair may have a banner available from fact and fiction.

Direct Donate – Leigh, Alex, and Matthew

  • The topic was discussed as an overview
  • Last year resulted in $8700 Gross/$8000 Net raised
  • Jen O and Molly C have brought up the idea to create a more targeted ask team for higher donations from selected businesses and families.
  • Leigh is the lead on this for 2018, Sarah M has volunteered to help with handouts, Jen and Molly will lead up the higher ask team, other volunteers are TBD. Please email to join this team.
  • Goal is to kick-off on November 19th and ends December 31st (functional end in terms of in school is December 21st but online and mail donations go through Winter Break).

Jump Rope for Heart – Pam

  • Rattlesnake Elementary will not be participating this year as it was a conflict in fundraising with the PTA and PTA projects due to confusion with who received funds and ran the event.

 Spring Fling

  • We will be conducting spring fling on 15 MAR 2019.
  • The theme is intended for Hoe Down, but open to suggestion and discussion at this point
  • We need to designate project leads to ensure smoothness of execution and coordination of the various sub committees. Ideally, leads would be identified to include: Food Lead, Auction Lead, Activities Lead, Business Sponsor Lead (see below) and Overall Event Coordinator
  • Generally raises between $8k and $10k in fund raising
  • We will be seeking auction donations and in some cases we should be starting now as some tax years are ending and fiscal planning for companies will be beginning. There is also a letter available for those soliciting donations.
  • Idea was brought up by Shannon O to incorporate business sponsors for higher dollar amounts. Discussion on how there is no barrier to this idea- it just hasn’t been done before for the Spring Fling (has been done for Fun Run in the past). See also below.

Other Notes

  • A substitute crossing guard will be needed, please contact or the current crossing guard (Erin B) for details.
  • Will also need a chess club coach for the fall!
  • Also a paid position is available for noon duty. In the mean time, a volunteer position is available.
  • The wellness committee is currently developing a wellness policy. The policy will come up for review when complete, but may require elements that either require fundraising or sourcing such as hand washing stations.
  • Community Garden. In the next two years the beds will need to be replaced, and we will need a financial estimate to properly fundraise and budget for this need. Clean up will be conducted in the next two weeks and the beds will be conditioned for next year during after school garden club. 
  • There was some discussion regarding corporate sponsorship. As a group the officers discussed some of the pro/con related to it. It has been a focus in the past of the Fun Run in some years, and worked well when pursued by a person with motivation and experience in obtaining sponsorships. If it is to develop into its own project or to other events, it will require its own project lead.


Fall Book & Food Drive

Our Fall Book & Food Drive is this week: October 8-12!

Apple Grades Kindergarten – 2 will participate in the food drive to help support Rattlesnake students and their families.

Books Grades 3-5 will participate in the book drive to provide gently used books for teachers’ classroom libraries.

Detailed flyers were sent home with students last week. You can also see the flyers below:

Book Drive: Grades 3-5 | Food Drive: Grades K-2

Thank you in advance for supporting our school in this way!

Contact Stacy Jehle in the FCC with any questions:

Spirit Week: Oct 1-5

It’s almost time for Spirit Week 2018 at Rattlesnake School!

We hope you will show your school spirit and join in on the fun.

Monday, October 1: Rainbow Day – wear your grade’s color

  • K: Wear Red
  • 1: Wear Orange
  • 2: Wear Yellow
  • 3: Wear Green
  • 4: Wear Blue
  • 5: Wear Purple

Tuesday, October 2: Dress Like A Teacher Day (and teachers will dress like kids)

Wednesday, October 3: Wacky Wednesday – wear crazy patterns or mismatched clothing

Thursday, October 4: Rattlesnake Spirit Day – dress in your Rattlesnake gear or wear green & yellow

Friday, October 5: Griz Day – wear your Griz gear or maroon to support UM’s homecoming


Bike Rodeo 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Beef Jerky Fundraiser 2018!

Welcome to the first fundraiser of the year – BEEF JERKY!

The beef jerky comes in a variety package that contain three flavors (Original, Peppered, & Teriyaki).  Each 6oz  package of jerky (2oz of each flavor) is sold for $16. It’s important to please COLLECT MONEY AT THE TIME OF THE SALE. Please make checks payable to “RATTLESNAKE PTA.”  

Return order forms and all funds by September 25, 2018 to your student’s teacher.

The profits from the sale will go towards funding our FAMILY CONNECTION CENTER (FCC). The FCC provides services for Families in Transition, parenting classes, Family Fun Nights, child care during conferences, and providing short-term emergency food and clothing for anyone who needs it within our school community.

Funds for the FCC also pay for staff at Rattlesnake who facilitate the mission of the “MBI” (Montana Behavioral Initiative), ensuring that all kids learn skills necessary for success: academic, social, emotional, and behavioral.

In addition to the gratification of helping to support FCC’s valuable services, any student who sells twelve packages will earn a limo ride to Pizza Hut for lunch with Principal Wright. She looks forward to this fun and exciting annual award lunch!

During the sale, please help your students to sell packages of jerky to friends, neighbors and family. Your beef jerky will be available in your teacher’s homeroom around October 16th, for pick up.

This is the ONLY fundraiser of the year in the format of asking that students sell items – if you are not comfortable with fundraisers where your kid(s) sell things, please know that we have lots of other types of fundraisers coming later in the school year! And of course, you can always just donate money directly.

50% of the profits from the beef jerky sales go to the PTA, to fund the initiatives listed above. In 2017, the PTA made over $5,000 (net) from this fundraiser, and 25 lucky students earned the top selling prize– to take the limo ride to Pizza Hut!

Learn more about the beef jerky company, which is based here in Missoula, on their website or facebook page.

Thank you for your help – we are hoping for great results!

Volunteer Needed: Chess Club

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

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

Email us to volunteer!