Rattlesnake Garden: Fall Produce

The Rattlesnake School Garden is overflowing with produce, and it’s time to get as much of these goodies into your homes as possible!

Our produce giveaways will happen on 4 Fridays:

September 6, 13, 20 & 27

Our Garden Coordinator, Lori Blumenthal, is looking for volunteers who know the garden and can harvest veggies and/or help at the giveaway table. Volunteer shifts last about an hour. For those of you who are interested, the sheet to sign up is HERE.

Harvesting Volunteers:

  • Will need to arrive to the garden around 2:00pm
  • Harvest all available tomatoes, grapes, cucumbers, and beans, and a portion of carrots and tomatillos
  • Weigh and log amounts in shed
  • Wash anything that needs it
  • Place compostables (carrot tops, etc) in garden cart
  • Deliver veggies to giveaway table
  • Sign up here

Giveaway Volunteers:

  • Give produce to kiddos and families
  • If you’re signed up for a bus giveaway, tell kiddos how much they can take
  • There will be some grocery bags in the garden shed, but bring extras if you have them
  • Sign up here

Rattlesnake Garden: Summer Programs

Did you know Rattlesnake School’s garden has had the highest number of summer volunteers, and the largest quantities of produce donated to families of any other school garden for the last 2 years?
Here are the numbers:
  • 2017: 660 lbs produce, 138 Open Garden Visits,
  • 2018: 561 lbs produce (Charlo had 556), 98 Open Garden Visits (Chief Charlo had 112!), 20 families adopt-the-garden (ten more families than any other school)
Let’s keep our garden going and growing this summer! Here are some fun opportunities for your family to participate in our school garden throughout the summer break:
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1. OPEN GARDEN HOURS

Thursdays, 9am-12pm / June 27 – August 15

Garden City Harvest will be in the garden every Thursday morning this summer. Come visit, help out, learn about gardening, and take home some fresh fruits and vegetables!

2. ADOPT-THE-GARDEN

Be an ambassador for the garden! Volunteer to weed, harvest ripe produce, and welcome visitors in the garden for a few hours one week of the summer.

Email School Gardens Manager Lori Blumenthal at lori@gardencityharvest.org or sign up online: https://secure.everyaction.com/Z75PFEJWmUWwz1ZZqxsZ6A2

 

3. FAMILY COOKING CLASS

Wednesday, August 7, 5:30-7:30pm

Join Garden City Harvest staff for a fun and family-friendly cooking class in your school garden. Only $5 for the whole family! Together we will make four garden-fresh recipes and eat together as a community.

Sign up at least 48 hours in advance online at  https://secure.everyaction.com/PIToxit2v02NJ655niOzkQ2 or  by contacting School Gardens Manager Lori Blumenthal at lori@gardencityharvest.org

Family Fun Night: June 6!

We hope to see everyone at our final Family Fun Night of the year on June 6!

This FREE event is a Summer Kick-off BBQ and will be held in East Missoula from 6:00 – 7:30pm at East Missoula Lions Park (by Mt Jumbo School).

Join us for food, a bouncy house, and games to kick-off summer! Food and activities will be provided by the Feed the Need food truck. This is a free family event so come check it
out!

** Thank you to the Feed the Need food truck for making this event possible! **

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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 Tuesday, JUNE 11th 2019 12:55 PM-2:30 PM

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:

We are encouraging runners to show school spirit by wearing green and yellow for the run.   There will be a 1-mile out and back for kindergartners, walkers, and anyone not up for 2 miles.  This route will take you through the neighborhood, across the creek, up the hill, and back.  There is also a 2-mile loop open to 1st-5th graders.  This loop will take you through the neighborhoods, across the creek, up the hill and around the PEAS farm loop.  Both the 1-mile and the 2-mile course will end on the playground.  It is an uphill finish!  Everyone crosses the same finish line.  This is not a timed event. Your child will need to decide prior to the start of the Fun Run, which route they would like to run.  We are doing this strictly for fun.  If your child wants to know their time we encourage them to wear a watch and time themselves.

We will hold the run rain or shine, so please send your child to school wearing proper running shoes (no flip flops or open toe shoes) and dressed for the weather.  The runners will congregate and play/snack on the playground after their run.  If you are taking your child home after the run please let your teacher know.  We are in still in NEED of lots of volunteers to make this event happen.  If you are able to donate fruit please send to school with your child the morning of June 11th and they can take it to the FCC.

Thank you to all the volunteers who have already signed up to help!  We still need more help. You can sign up HERE.

If you do not want your child to participate in the fun run, please inform your child’s teacher before Friday, June 7th.

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: