East Missoula Family Fun Night!

When:  Join us Tuesday June 5th 2018 from 5:30-7:30pm

Where: East Missoula Lions Club Park, 766 Michigan Ave, Missoula MT 59802

What: An evening of outdoor games with P.E. teacher Ms. Delaney and free food brought to you by the River of Life Church ‘Feed the Need’ Food Truck and the Rattlesnake Elementary School Family Connection Center.

Why: To kick off summer right!

The Feed the Need Food Truck is one of several different free food services for kids throughout the summer. Visit our Food Assistance page for the full list!

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Adopt the Garden for a Week! Summer 2018

Volunteers are needed to adopt the Rattlesnake Elementary School Garden each week this summer!

Garden City Harvest is looking for Rattlesnake community members to adopt-the-garden each week of this summer. It will entail opening the garden for a couple of hours during the week, whenever it fits into the volunteer’s schedule. Light weeding, harvesting, and welcoming the community into the space are encouraged. Some perks of the job include taking home free fresh produce, enjoying the outdoors, and meeting new friends.

Sign up at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D44ADA62AA3FE3-summer

For general information on the garden, as well as other summer events in the garden, visit our School Garden page.

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School Garden Cooking Class 2018

The Rattlesnake Garden Committee and Garden City Harvest will be hosting a garden cooking class on July 23rd 2018 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.

Space is limited!  RSVP at least 24 hours in advance to Garden City Harvest’s School Gardens Manager Amy Harvey at amy@gardencityharvest.org.

For general information on the garden, as well as other summer events in the garden, visit our School Garden page.

Parenting Class: Helping Your Child Cope with Anxieties

Date:  Thursday April 26th, 2018
Time: 6:00p.m.-8:15p.m.
Location: Rattlesnake Elementary- School Library

Families First will lead us in a discussion on various techniques to help ease your child’s anxieties and fears of anything from new schools to spiders.  These learned coping skills will help your child navigate some of life’s stresses.

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

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged to meet class minimums and avoid cancellations.

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

garlic scapes and a knife on a cutting board

School Garden Spring Work Party

What: Our Spring Garden Clean Up and Work Party!
When: Thursday April 26th 2018 from 2-5pm
Where: The northeastern corner of the school property, in the school garden.

Please join us and get our wonderful school garden ready for another GREAT planting and harvesting season.  We will be adding additional perennial flowers, herbs, and strawberries to the space and doing some spring upkeep. If anyone has too many strawberries in their home garden, we are looking for additional starts to add. Also, extra wheelbarrows, gloves, and shovels would be helpful, if you can bring them.

Download the Garden Work Day Plan here!

Last summer we were the most visited school garden for Open Garden day, we hosted a full dinner party featuring many garden items, and gave out over 500 pounds of produce to Rattlesnake families.  This does not happen without YOU!

We will have some tools and gloves for loaning out. Stop in, have some fun in the dirt, say “HI”, and come again when things get growing!

Community Folk Dance at Rattlesnake!

Back by popular demand, Rattlesnake Elementary is hosting their 3rd annual Community Folk Dance the evening of Friday May 4th 2018 from 5:30-7:30pm in the school gym.

  • Dances called by music teacher Mrs. Gibson
  • No experience needed
  • Open to all Rattlesnake families and community members ages 5 & up.
  • Pizza dinner provided by the FCC (first come, first serve basis), bring a dessert to share, or come as you are!

Admission to this family fun night is FREE!

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Fun Run and Running Club 2018

The annual PTA led Rattlesnake School Fun Run will be on Wednesday June 6th 2018! This page contains information both on the Fun Run, and on the Running Club.

Running Club (April 24th – June 5th)

When: 8:00am Wednesday and Friday mornings, Tuesday and Friday afternoon recess (recess times vary by grade, 2 to 2:30)
What: Students are encouraged to run a loop, gradually increasing their distance. You should receive a permission slip that explains the details- return it by April 18th to allow your child to participate in the 8am runs.
Volunteers Needed: Parent helpers are needed to help the running club participants do their best! You do not need to be a runner to help. Contact Emily to volunteer- see permission slip for more information.

Fun Run (June 6th)

When: June 6th 2018, in the afternoon from 12:55-2:30
What: A Fun Run for all! Kids can choose to run or walk for 1 or 2 miles. Kindergartners all do the 1 mile loop.
Volunteers Needed: Parent helpers are needed in many ways for this big event. You do not need to be a runner to help! The sign ups are here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a49aaa82da5fc1-rattlesnake1 
Running Course: there will be a 1-mile loop for kindergartners and walkers or anyone not up for 2 miles. This loop will take you through the neighborhoods surrounding Pineview Park. There is also a 2-mile loop open to 1st-5th graders.  This loop will take you through the neighborhoods, across the creek and behind the PEAS farm.  Both the 1-mile and the 2-mile course end in Pineview Park. The finishing area at the Pineview Park Pavilion will have a real running race finishers arch!

The fun run is a non-competitive event, and times will not be taken. If your child wishes to time themselves with a watch, they are welcome to take on that responsibility independently.

THANK YOU to all the parents that volunteer to support the training runs, Fun Run, and the event as a whole. You make this happen!

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!