Rattlesnake’s Semi-Annual Food Drive

Our Spring Food Drive is Feb. 26- March 2, 2018

The FCC maintains a food pantry for Rattlesnake families to use when they need it!  We would love your help in keeping it stocked.

At this time, we are asking just the 3rd, 4th, & 5th grades to participate and to donate within specific categories:

  • 3rd grade:  Canned Soup
  • 4th grade: Non perishable protein (ie. canned tuna/chicken, peanut butter, beans, nuts etc).
  • 5th grade: Healthy snacks (low sugar granola bars, applesauce, cereal bars, etc).

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

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact Jen Jencso (FCC coordinator) at frcres@mcps.k12.mt.us.

Thank you so much for your generosity!

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2018 Spring Fling Details

IMG_0935When: Friday, March, 16th 2018 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, country western line 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. Please sign up here to volunteer: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d44ada62aa3fe3-spring

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.

Need a reminder on your child’s grade basket theme? The 2018 grade level themes are: K- School Spirit, 1st- Gardening, 2nd- Coffee and Tea, 3rd – Arts and Crafts, 4th- Family fun and Game night, 5th – Pets. Donated items for baskets should be given directly to your child’s teacher.

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 16th.

Free Family Jump Rope Night

Free Family Jump Rope Night!
Date: February 15, 2018
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Location: Rattlesnake School Gym

You are cordially invited to attend a short demonstration by the Montana Super Skippers.  They will kick the night off and inspire you to get your family jumping!  They will have double dutch, rope skills, timed jump stations and fun music to enjoy.

All ages are welcome.  You may borrow ropes or purchase one.  Wear comfortable clothing, athletic shoes, and bring a water bottle.

This event is sponsored by the Rattlesnake PTA and Family Connection Center.  Thank You!

Parenting Class: The Language of Encouragement

Parenting Class: The Language of Encouragement
Date: Wednesday, January 31st, 2018
Time:  6:15-8:15 p.m.
Location: Paxon Elementary – 101 Evans St., Missoula, MT  59801

Families First will Present “The Language of Encouragement” as this is a powerful strategy that teaches kids to appreciate their own efforts instead of relying only on praise and rewards.  Join us as we discuss ways that encouragement can be used to positively guide behavior and set the tone for life-long optimism and self-control.

Please register online at www.missoulaclasses.com or call (406) 549-8765.  For child care reservations, or detailed information about the class topic, call (406) 721-7690.

Pre-registration is STRONGLY encouraged to meet class minimums and avoid cancellations. FREE CHILD CARE WITH PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY!

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

Box Tops Collection Competition!

Dates:  January 29th-February 9th 2018
How it Works:  Cut and collect current Box Tops (expiration date must be good until at least March 1, 2018) from participating products and send to school with your kiddo during the competition dates.  Each classroom has a collection bin and will be striving to meet their grade goal!

New Goals and Rules This Year!!!!

  • Each grade will work as a team to meet their goal.  Each grade that meets their goal will win a hot cocoa party at Pineview park!
  • All goals are the same: 2,000 Box Tops per grade
  • Each grade keeps their earnings to use towards instructional projects and field trips!

Please visit the following link for a complete listing of participating products: http://www.boxtops4education.com/participating-products

Last year we raised over $1,200.00 for our school!  Let’s do it again!


Winter Break Spirit Gear Stock Up

Do you need the next size up Rattlesnake Hoodie or a pair of our new amazing snake socks? We’ve got you covered with three “pop-up” style sales for Rattlesnake Spirit Gear during the week before Winter Break! Please take care to note the exact times and locations below as some of the sales are off the school grounds.

  • Tuesday, December 19th, 8am to 9am at Rattlesnake Market and Cafe
  • Wednesday, December 20th, from 9:30am to 10:30am at Rattlesnake School in the hall between the FCC and the Library desk (this time is the hour prior to one of the holiday concerts).
  • Thursday, December 21st, 8am to 9am at Rattlesnake Market and Cafe

For pricing and more photos of our Spirit Gear, visit our Spirit Gear page!

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: https://www.crowdrise.com/RattlesnakePTA
  • 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.” Mail to: Rattlesnake PTA,
    P.O. Box 7211, Missoula MT 59807 or our street address: 1220 Pineview Dr, Missoula MT 59802
  • 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 RattlesnakePTA@gmail.com.


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!