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!


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


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.



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


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.




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.**


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 https://rattlesnakespiritwear18.itemorder.com/  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.

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: sjehle@mcps.k12.mt.us