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!

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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)!

SHOP NOW!

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

 

 

 

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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 midday on Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

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:
The Fun Run is a non-competitive all school event on June 11th. Kids in grades 1 through 5 can choose to run or walk for 1 or 2 miles, while kindergartners all do the 1 mile loop. The finishing area at the Pineview Park Pavilion will have a real running race finishers arch and a photo area! The first run will start around 1:10pm- you will receive an exact start time from your classroom teacher closer to the date.

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED!:
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

Dr. Seuss Week – March 4-8

In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday (March 2, 1904) we will celebrate Dr. Seuss next week from March 4-8!

  • Monday – The Lorax – wear GREEN to speak for the environment
  • Tuesday – Fox in Socks – Wear CRAZY SOCKS
  • Wednesday – Wacky Wednesday – Wear STRIPES any way that you can
  • Thursday – Cat in the Hat – Wear a FUN HAT to honor Dr. Seuss
  • Friday – Enjoy the day off!

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Boundary Study Meeting and Parent Representative Update

NOTE: This page contains two important items on the MCPS Boundary Study- Upcoming Meeting Information and an overall Parent Representative Update. Please read BOTH SECTIONS so that you’ve got all the information you need! 

Upcoming Meeting Information

The Missoula County Public Schools elementary boundary study is underway, and all parents in the district are encouraged to read the available information online and participate in the process. Rattlesnake’s elementary school boundary is somewhat unique in that the two big parts (Rattlesnake Valley and East Missoula) are both bounded by mountains and highways. To facilitate an open and transparent discussion of how this boundary study will be structured, how parents can participate, and what is currently being discussed, everyone is invited to attend the Rattlesnake School Parent Meeting Wednesday, February 20, 2019, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in our library.

 If you are unable to attend the Wednesday meeting, please note:

MCPS Elementary School Boundary Study Update

This update authored by Kristie Scheel, Rattlesnake School parent representative on February 15, 2019

Background

The goal of the Elementary Attendance Boundary Study is to balance building utilization and reduce overcrowding in Missoula County Public Schools (MCPS). An advisory committee made up of parent representatives and MCPS staff was created to generate ideas and recommendations for achieving the study objective. The advisory committee will also receive guidance from professionals in the planning community. The framework for making the recommendations will be based on goals, guiding principles, and boundary criteria.

The Advisory Committee will listen to all public comment and look at data to vet out possible solutions, and then present some options to the community for feedback. This spring, the Advisory Committee will be making a recommendation to the MCPS Board of Trustees on any required adjustments to elementary school attendance boundaries.

Below are Important Dates, Informational Updates, and How to Get Involved.

Important Dates

  • Rattlesnake School Parent Meeting: Wednesday, February 20; 5:30-6:30 pm, Rattlesnake School Library
  • Advisory Committee Meeting #2: Thursday, February 28; 6-8 pm, MCPS Business Building Boardroom-915 South Ave.
  • Community Open House #2: Monday, March 4; 6-8 pm, Russell School.
  • Advisory Committee Meeting #3: Thursday, March 14; 6-8 pm, MCPS Business Building Boardroom- 915 South Ave.
  • Community Open House #3: Thursday, March 21; 6-8 pm, Location TBD (a flyer will be sent out)
  • Advisory Committee Meeting #4: Thursday, April 4; 6-8 pm, MCPS Business Building Boardroom-915 South Ave.

Informational Updates: what’s happening now?

The first Advisory Council meeting was held on January 30th, 2019. The purpose of this first meeting was to review current enrollment data and agree upon boundary selection criteria. Additional criteria discussed for boundary changes include:

  1. Avoid bussing that takes a student more than 20 minutes one way
  2. Transportation goals/values around bussing logistics and costs
  3. Equity in schools in terms of socioeconomics, student achievement/performance, special programs without excessive bussing or disruption to neighborhood cohesion

In addition, considerations will be given for selection criteria intended to reduce short-term negative effects of boundary changes for special cases that may occur over the next ten years including:

  1. Treatment of grandfathering in current students (and for how long)
  2. Treatment of siblings who haven’t entered school yet (and for how long)
  3. Criteria for access to special programs with a goal of equality of access

It is important to note that specific recommendations have not yet been made. The Committee is currently waiting for more data to come in regarding demographics, population projections, and planned growth + development throughout the district. Any ideas swirling around at this time are not concrete considerations on the table. No official recommendations will be made until the Committee is able to review community feedback and the new data. The public will then have opportunities to comment on the recommendations prior to sending to the Board for review this spring. The elected MCPS school board – not the advisory committee itself- will be responsible for reviewing the findings and making the final decisions.

How to Get Involved: Be informed. Stay involved. Share your thoughts!

Rattlesnake parents are encouraged to:

 

 

Spring Fling : Hoe Down on March 15!

Grab your cowboy hat & boots and join us for an evening of family fun!

When: Friday, March, 15th 2019 from 5:30p-7:30pm
Where: Rattlesnake School in both gyms and the halls. Enter through the old gym doors.
What: This year’s Spring Fling theme is “Hoe Down!” This community event will feature kid and family friendly activities (bingo, face painting, dancing, picture booth, and more) plus a silent auction fundraiser and prize raffles.
Why: The Spring Fling is both the biggest community event, and the biggest fundraiser, of the year at Rattlesnake School. By combining a wide variety of fun and free activities with our Silent Auction, we hope that everyone can enjoy the Spring Fling!

All community members are welcome at the Rattlesnake Spring Fling! Invite your friends, neighbors, and relatives – they need not attend the school to enjoy this great event.

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Sign up to volunteer: Many volunteers are needed to make this event happen. Sign up here to help:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d44ada62aa3fe3-spring1

Silent Auction: The silent auction features items donated by businesses (both local, and from around the region) as well as baskets created by the Rattlesnake students in each grade. Both cash and credit card accepted for the Silent Auction items.

Basket Themes: We will be collecting items to create gift baskets. Donated items for baskets should be given directly to your child’s teacher.

  • Kindergarten theme is Arts & Crafts! Please consider donating crayons, pencils, paint, coloring books, craft kits, canvases, art class gift cards, etc.
  • First Grade theme is Gardening! Please consider donating seeds, tools, gloves, garden art, watering cans, planters, soil, nursery gift cards, etc.
  • Second Grade theme is Coffee/Tea! Please consider donating coffee, tea, mugs, tea baskets, baked treats that won’t go bad (like biscotti), travel mugs, teapots, etc.
  • Third Grade theme is School Spirit! Please consider donating a Rattlesnake Elementary or UM/Griz item. Ideas include: water bottles, socks, coffee mugs, t-shirts, sweatshirts, Monte items, game tickets, etc.
  • Fourth Grade theme is Family Fun/Game Night! Please consider donating board games, jacks, playing cards, dominos, checker boards, movie passes, DVDs, HUB gift cards, etc.
  • Fifth Grade class Spring Fling Auction Baskets is STEM (Science, Technology, Electronics, Mathematics). Please consider donating circuits, educational books, coding materials, fossils, science build kits etc. 

Items can be sent in with your child to school or dropped off at school anytime from now until February 22nd.  Monetary donations and other auction items are also appreciated.  Email rattlesnakepta@gmail.com with any questions. Thank you to all who have donated thus far!

Raffle Prizes: A few choice items will be available only through raffle tickets! Tickets will be cash only. We’ll post the raffle items here ASAP!

Food & Apparel Information: Fun food options (both dinner and snacks) will be available for sale, exact menu to be determined soon. There will be a table selling Rattlesnake hoodies, socks, teeshirts, water bottles, etc. as well. Both cash and credit card accepted.

Entry to this community event is free! All the fun activities are free! Hope to see you on March 15th.

 

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Upcoming Music & Band Performances

There are many upcoming performances by our amazing children and it is tough to keep track of them all! Here’s a “cheat sheet” for your convenience — we’ll add to this as we get more information and update times as needed:

February 13, 2019 | 10:30am (KE, KL, 1D, 1P) & 1:00pm (KT, KR, 1W, 1S)

Kindergarten & 1st – Kindness Concert – Families Invited

February 20, 2019 | 2:30pm

5th Grade – Martin Luther King Concert – Families Invited

March 12, 2019 | 7:00pm

5th grade band students from Paxson, Lewis & Clark, and Rattlesnake Elementary perform at Washington Middle School (New Gym) with the Washington Middle School  Jazz Ensemble- Families Invited

March 19, 2019 | 10:30am (2J, 2D, 3L, 3K) & 12:30pm (2H, 2S, 3M, 3K)

2nd & 3rd Grades – “The Day the Crayons Came Home” Performance – Families Invited

May 10, 2019 | Time TBD

Rattlesnake Elementary Band & Orchestra – 5th Grade Solo Day for band and orchestra at Missoula Alliance Church – Families Invited

May 30, 2019 | 10:30am

Rattlesnake Elementary Band Concert at Rattlesnake Elementary – Families Invited

June 5, 2019 | 11:30am

4th Grade – Musical Theme TBD – Families Invited

Winter 2018

December 19, 2018 | 3:00pm 

5th Grade – Winter Performance of Band and Orchestra – Families Invited

December 21, 2018

All Grades – Winter Sing-a-long – Students & Staff Only**

**the Winter Sing-a-long is for students and staff only! Please respect this request, as the gym cannot safely accommodate all grades, families, and staff at once. Thanks for your understanding.**