Direct Donate Drive 2017

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, student and family support, classroom materials, and many types of educational enrichment. By directly donating to the Rattlesnake PTA this holiday season, your dollars go farther and everyone saves time and effort. Nothing to sell, nowhere to drive, nothing goes to waste- just direct support of the programs that matter to our students, staff, and community.

  • When: Donate from November 20th to December 31st if you want to ensure your donation is counted towards meeting the event’s annual goal. 
  • To donate online, visit:
  • To donate with cash or check: You will be receiving a pre-addressed bright green envelope in your child’s school folder, Donations can be either delivered to your child’s teacher in that envelope (just tuck it into your child’s homework folder), dropped off at the front desk of Rattlesnake, or mailed at your convenience. Checks should be made out to “Rattlesnake PTA.”
  • The suggested donation is $40 – this amount covers one child’s worth of PTA supported programs for the first half of the year.
  • Track our progress on Crowdrise! Visit the Direct Donate Tracking Page here!

Thank you for considering making a gift today.

Want more detailed information on this fundraiser? Read below!

The PTA’s Direct Donation fundraiser started in 2015, with the idea that many families were looking for a way to give money to the PTA without having to buy stuff or do something else they might not really want- like chocolates, wrapping paper, going door-to-door or office-to-office, and other common issues that come up with conventional fundraisers. Since that first year, the Direct Donate fundraiser has come to be the 2nd biggest annual fundraiser run by the Rattlesnake PTA. This speaks to the power of the simple and effective method of just asking for what people are willing to give. Learn more about the major fundraising and event schedule here.

We are committed to minimizing waste during this fundraising event. We’ll have a bare minimum number of handouts to remind people to donate, and all are welcome to return any unused green envelopes to your child’s teacher for reuse in 2018.

The net funds raised during the Direct Donation event in 2016 were $7620. The goal for 2017 is $8250, with a reach goal of $9000 if that seems achievable by mid December. Anyone can donate by check, cash, or online.

Donations by cash or check “go a little farther” because they do not have transaction fees subtracted from them, but the convenience of using a credit card (and the ability to send the direct link to relatives and friends) on Crowdrise is also very important. Donations via Crowdrise are charged as follows: there is a fee to use the online platform (6% of donation) and a separate credit card processing fee of 3- 4%, depending on size of donation. If you do not wish to pay these fees and instead want to maximize every penny of your donation, please consider sending a paper check instead. Make the check to “Rattlesnake PTA” and address to Rattlesnake PTA, 1220 Pineview Dr, Missoula MT 59802.

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


Holiday Book Fair 2017

The annual Rattlesnake School Holiday Book Fair will be held November 29th, November 30th, and December 1st 2017 at Rattlesnake School.


  • 8am-7pm on Wednesday November 29th.
  • 8am-7pm on Thursday November 30th. Special kid-free shopping hour with coffee and baked goodies will be Thursday morning from 8:30-9:30am.
  • 8am-10:30am on Friday, December 1st.

Where: In the 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 school library.

Details: Students will create and then bring home their own book wish lists on November 29th, to allow you to preview what you might want to purchase for them. 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!

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. Donations can be sent in with your student, or dropped off either in the FCC or at the front desk.

Thank you for your generosity!


photo of the front of Rattlesnake school

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!

garlic scapes and a knife on a cutting board

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.

bike gears

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.