Free Family Movie Night!

October 26th, 6-8 pm in the Rattlesnake Gym.

Join us Oct. 26 2017 for a free screening of a family-friendly Halloween theme film!*

Bring sleeping bags, pillows, and small camp chairs to cozy up in the gym.

Picnic dinners are welcome or purchase a slice of pizza, bag of popcorn and sweet treat from the concession stand brought to you by the PTA.  Each item will be approximately $1.00.  Cash is greatly appreciated.

This is not a drop off event.  All students must have an adult present with them.

Brought to you by the Family Connection Center and sponsored by the PTA!

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*we can’t include the name of the movie that we are showing on this website because that’d be against copyright laws. Scary! Look for the movie’s name instead in upcoming emails and/or handouts directly from school. And thanks for your understanding on this legal quirk.

Rattlesnake’s Semi-Annual Food Drive

Oct. 9-13th

From time to time, Rattlesnake families experience unexpected life events that may leave them struggling to provide enough food for their family.  In an attempt to help with their immediate basic needs, the FCC would like to have a supply of non-perishable goods to donate.

At this time, we are asking just the Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades to participate and to donate within specific categories:

  • Kindergarten: Canned Soup
  • 1st Grade: Non Perishable Protein (i.e. canned tuna/chicken, peanut butter, beans, nuts etc.)
  • 2nd Grade: Healthy Snacks (granola bars, cereal bars, applesauce, etc.).

We believe the food within these three categories has a high impact on nutritional needs, a family’s food budget, and is easy to prepare/eat.

Grades 3, 4 & 5 will participate in our spring food drive.

Please contact Jen Jencso in the FCC with questions or concerns.

Thank you for your generosity!


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Open House: September 28 2017

What: Open House to meet teachers and see classrooms!
When: Thursday, September 28, 2017
Time: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Where: In your student’s classroom– ask them to show you where to go!

Rattlesnake’s open house is an event to meet your kid(s) teacher, see their classroom, and get to know the school a little better. The PTA will have an information table, as well as be selling Rattlesnake spirit gear (including the very popular navy blue hoodies), during this event. Cash, check, and credit card are accepted for PTA purchases.

Open House is only for one hour and is typically very busy, so your teacher may not have more than a few minutes to talk to you about your child’s progress and/or needs. As suggested on the district’s Rattlesnake School website, “If you feel that you need to spend more time with the teacher, please make an appointment.”

Please note that parking is always very packed for these types of all-school events. The weather forecast is for a sunny afternoon, so if you can walk or bike, please consider it!


Parenting Class: Helping Kids Manage Their Emotions

Welcome back to school parents! This time of year can be filled with lots of emotions for your students, especially as they adjust to their new schedules (and…ahem…bedtimes).

With this in mind, the FCC has partnered with The Life Long Learning Center/Families First to bring you our first parenting workshop of the year-

Helping Kids Manage Their Emotions: Get some tips on “anger management for kids” and learn how to teach your child some skills that will last a lifetime.

September 27th 2017 from 6:15pm to 8:15pm  in Rattlesnake’s  school library .

FREE!  Free Childcare also Provided!  

Call Families First at 721-7690 or visit to register.

Thank you to The Life Long Learning Center and Families First for making this possible!

sun river beef jerky

Beef Jerky Fundraiser 2017

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 ELEMENTARY.  

Return order forms and all funds by September 20 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 17, 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. Last year, the PTA made $3,200 (net) from this fundraiser, and 19 lucky students got 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!


kids holding sign about coffee on first day of school

First Day Coffee: Aug 28 2017

When: August 28th from 8:30am to 9:30am.
What: A quick coffee and social on the first morning of school!
Where: In the school garden (NE corner of school property)
Who: Parents, Grandparents, little siblings, and any other members of your first day drop-off crew (aside from the kids that are starting school!) are invited.

Details: Join your fellow Rattlesnakers in a short and fun coffee and mingle after the bell rings (8:25am) on the first morning of school! The PTA will be providing coffee and a few donut holes in our beautiful school garden. You might be sad, you might be nervous, you might have mixed emotions… or you might be exuberant! Doesn’t matter, we just want you to join us if you’d like a cup of coffee and some company.

NOTE: If you drive, DO NOT PARK ON MOUNTAINVIEW (road to the N of school property). We suggest, if possible, you instead drive down Pineview Drive and park by Pineview Park in that longer open lot at the bottom of the hill. This will create a safer dropoff space for your fellow parents. For more information on parking, visit our School Map.

THANK YOU to Hygge Coffee for the beverage donation!

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School Garden Cooking Class: July 26 2017

The Rattlesnake Garden Committee and Garden City Harvest will be hosting a garden cooking class on July 26th 2017 from 5:30-7:30pm. Join us for this free, fun, and family-friendly cooking class in the garden. Together we will make a number of delicious recipes, enjoy the garden in the height of summer, and eat together as a community.

Please help us spread the word to your friends, family, and neighbors!

For general information on the garden, as well as other summer events in the garden, visit our School Garden page.

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Bike Rodeo: May 25 2017

The annual Rattlesnake School Bike Rodeo will be on May 25th!

When: May 25th from 5:30 to 7:30.
What: A community celebration of biking, including obstacle courses, helmets giveaways, a few small prizes, and more!
Who: All community members are invited.

Details: Bring your bike to school for a night of family bicycle fun!  This event is for all Rattlesnake community families. Activities will include an obstacle course, line ride, friend racing, and more! Missoula Bicycle Works will provide free student bike tune-ups (first come, first serve). We are also hoping to have representatives from Missoula Parks and Rec to talk about the upcoming all ages Syringa Bike Skills Park. Learn more about the planned 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!

THANK YOU to Missoula Bicycle Works and all other businesses and sponsors at this event!

Sponsored by the Rattlesnake PTA, the Rattlesnake Family Connection Center, and in coordination with the Rattlesnake School P.E. teacher, Ms Delaney.

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Fun Run: June 6 2017

The annual PTA led Rattlesnake School Fun Run will be on Tuesday June 6th!

When: June 6th 2017, starting at 1pm for K-3rd and 1:30pm for 4th and 5th grades.
What: A Fun Run for all! Kids can choose to run or walk for 1 or 2 miles.
Theme: School Spirit! Kids are encouraged to wear green and yellow for the run!
Simple Snack Donation Request: We are asking families to send bananas and/or oranges to school Tuesday morning, if possible.


Running Course: there will be a 1-mile loop for kindergartners and walkers or anyone not up for 2 miles. This loop will take you through the neighborhoods surrounding Pineview Park. There is also a 2-mile loop open to 1st-5th graders.  This loop will take you through the neighborhoods, across the creek and behind the PEAS farm.  Both the 1-mile and the 2-mile course end in Pineview Park. The finishing area at the Pineview Park Pavilion will have celebratory snacks, including popsicles, oranges, and bananas.

The fun run is a non-competitive event, and times will not be taken. If your child wishes to time themselves with a watch, they are welcome to take on that responsibility independently.

THANK YOU to our sponsors – with your support, all students will receive a Rattlesnake Fun Run reusable water bottle. Please note, this year the PTA has decided not to give away teeshirts.

THANK YOU to all the parents that volunteer to support the training runs, Fun Run, and the event as a whole. You make this happen!

THANK YOU to all the groups and businesses that sponsor or donate to this event. We couldn’t do it without your support!

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Family Fun Night: May 19 2017

Please join us for a Community Dance Family Fun Night Friday May 19th in the Rattlesnake School from 5:30-7:30pm!  

  • What: Community Folk Dance!
  • Who:  All Rattlesnake Families
  • When: Friday May 19th 2017
  • Where: Rattlesnake School gym
  • Details: Community Folk Dance!
    • Back by popular demand, music teacher Mrs Gibson will be calling dances!
    • No experience necessary, open to all community members age 5 & up
    • Pizza dinner provided by the Family Connection Center.
    • Bring a dessert to share or come as you are

Sponsored by the Rattlesnake PTA and the Rattlesnake Family Connection Center