Book Fair Fundraiser

Our annual book fair is going online this year!

Online shopping starts on Monday, November 2 and runs through November 15th.

Here’s how it works:
1. Choose books at and add to cart
2. Enter “Rattlesnake” during checkout (in the coupon code box)
3. Rattlesnake Elementary School will receive 20% of your order to support the PTA, teachers, and families.

For those who want to shop in-person mark your calendars to visit Fact and Fiction on Higgins Street on Friday, November 13th. Tell them you are from Rattlesnake!

Teacher and student wish lists should be available soon.

Thank you for supporting our school and happy reading!

Spring Online Auction!

Introducing the Spring Online Auction to benefit Rattlesnake Elementary PTA: 

We’re raising money to support our school as we fund teacher requests for remote learning needs and classroom supplies, help students in need, show appreciation for our teachers and make future educational opportunities possible.  

Bidding begins on Sunday, May 17 at noon and ends on Monday, May 25 at 8pm.

A few items you can win from our magnificent local donors:

  • pizza party delivered to your door from Grist Bakery
  • Betty’s Divine online shopping spree
  • ten pounds of salmon caught in Alaska and dropped off at your house
  • and more!!



Thank you so much for supporting our school!

Spring Fling: Canceled (or postponed)

*** The Spring Fling will not be held in person this year. If feasible, we will hold an online auction in mid May (roughly). We will update everyone in mid April with our decisions and resulting volunteer needs. ***

Hello awesome Rattlesnake parents and caretakers,
We are gearing up for our annual Spring Fling on Friday, April 3, 2020.
This is one of the few events where the whole school community gets to come together for some great family fun, in addition to being a vital fundraiser for the PTA.
What we raise during Spring Fling directly determines how many awesome and enriching things we can support at our school – field trips, visiting professionals to our classrooms, teacher grants, the Family Connection Center, and more.
Here is where you come in! Can you help in one or more of the following ways?

1. Volunteer to help plan the Spring Fling

  • Food Committee: Plan a menu, solicit donations, determine logistics of getting food to event and oversee food volunteers on the day of the event.
  • Raffle Lead: Solicit and organize items for a small raffle at the even (in the past we’ve had everything from a bike to lunch with Pam).
  • Decorations Committee: Help plan and prepare decorations for the event, or oversee volunteers on the day of event for set up.

2. Solicit or donate an item for the Silent Auction

The auction is the main way we raise money at the event. We are looking for anything
from locally made products to summer camps to music lessons to homemade items.

3. Sponsor or solicit a business sponsorship

Businesses or individuals can sponsor either our Spring Fling or the Fun Run with a financial donation and be recognized through marketing and social media for their donation. We have a pre-written letter and graphics that you can simply hand deliver, mail or email. Contact Molly at for more information.
Please reach let us know if you are interested in volunteering or if you have any ideas or questions. We appreciate all you do to help support our school community.
Thank you!
Molly Cottrell and Judith Bledsoe, Spring Fling co-chairs

Missoula Children’s Theater: Peter and Wendy!


The Missoula Children’s Theater (MCT), the nation’s largest touring children’s theater, will be at Rattlesnake Elementary School in February. Students from 1st to 5th grade will have the opportunity to audition, rehearse, and perform the play Peter and Wendy the week of February 3rd 2020.

Thank you SO MUCH to our sponsors who help make this possible!


Friday, January 17: Registration form due for students who wish to participate. The Registration form was distributed to students last week and can also be found here. Students must be preregistered to audition.

Monday, February 3: Audition, 3:30* pm to 5:30 pm  / First rehearsal, 5:45 pm to 7:45 pm

Tuesday, February 4 – Wednesday, February 5: Rehearsal sessions, 3:30* pm to 5:30 pm and 5:45 pm to 7:45 pm

Thursday, February 6: Rehearsal sessions, 2:30* pm to 4:30 pm and 4:45 pm to 6:45 pm

Friday, February 7: Morning dress rehearsal  / Make up and costumes, 4:00* pm to 5:30 pm / Public Performance at 5:30 pm (free and open to the public)

(*see below for information on After School Care)


Students will need to audition on February 3rd. Only 50 to 60 students can be cast in the play, so there is no guarantee that all students will receive a part. (read useful information from MCT on helping kids deal with disappointment here)

The cost to participate if your child is selected as a cast member is $40 (paid after auditions). Scholarships are available, please contact Stacy Jehle at 728-2400 ext. 4723 or for more information.

PTA volunteers will be available after school Monday through Friday to provide supervised care for participants until the MCT audition or rehearsal begins.

For additional information please see below or contact PTA volunteer, Dana Hupp: 406-880-4689

Dear Rattlesnake Families,

The Missoula Children’s Theater will be at Rattlesnake Elementary School the week of February 3, 2020! Students in 1st through 5th grade will have the opportunity to audition, rehearse, and perform the play Peter and Wendy. Auditions will be held on Monday, February 3rd, culminating in two performances on Friday, February 7th. Fifty to sixty students will be cast in the play. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that every student who auditions will receive a part. If your child is interested in auditioning, please return the registration form to your child’s teacher no later than Friday, January 17, 2020. A registration form is provided here (and also came home with your child last week).

Auditions: Auditions will occur at school on Monday, February 3rd from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. This is a group audition – no advance preparation is necessary. Cast members will be announced at the end of the audition. Please plan on meeting your child at the old gym by 5:15 pm to ensure you arrive for the announcement of the cast members. Please see the “Dealing with Disappointment” handout on the PTA’s website if you would like to learn more about how you can help your child if they are not selected. Students who are selected will have an opportunity to eat a sack dinner she/he brings after the audition. The first rehearsal will be that evening from approximately 5:45 to 7:45 pm.

Rehearsals: Rehearsals will be conducted at school Monday through Friday, February 3rd through 7th. The first rehearsal will be Monday evening after auditions, from approximately 5:45 until 7:45 pm. There will be two sessions of rehearsals after school on Tuesday and Wednesday from 3:30 to 5:30 pm and 5:45 to 7:45 pm and on Thursday from 2:30 to 4:30 pm and 4:45 to 6:45 pm. Cast members may be asked to attend one or both sessions each of those days depending upon their role. Additionally, students will participate in a dress rehearsal on the morning of Friday, February 7th, and will need to be back at school by 4:00 pm that day to prepare for the 5:30 pm public performance. Those auditioning are required to attend all rehearsals and scheduled performances. A detailed rehearsal schedule will be distributed to cast members at the conclusion of the audition.

After School Care: PTA volunteers will be providing supervised after school care in the new gym for participating students between when school lets out each day and when the MCT activity begins. After care will be provided on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 3:00 to 3:30 pm and on Thursday from 2:00 to 2:30 pm. After care will also be provided on Friday from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The students will be taken from after care to the appropriate gym for MCT practice.

Food/Pick Up: Please send a snack with your student if they will be in after care and/or a sack dinner if they will be attending both rehearsals in the evening. Please pick up your child at the south door of the old gym each evening and sign them out with the PTA volunteer.

Performances: The cast will be performing Peter and Wendy two times on Friday, February 7th. The first performance will be during the school day for the elementary students. The second performance will be Friday evening at 5:30 pm at Rattlesnake Elementary in the old gym. That performance will be free and open to the public.

Cost: There is a $40 participant fee for the students cast in the play. Please bring a check made out to Rattlesnake PTA in that amount Monday evening after rehearsal. Scholarships are available. Ms. Jehle in the Family Connection Center can provide you with information about receiving a scholarship. The PTA is hoping that through donations at Friday’s performance and other fundraising efforts that it will be able to fully cover the cost of the event in future years without requesting performance fees.

Please contact PTA Volunteer, Dana Hupp, (406) 880-4689, with any questions. 


The Mission Statement of Missoula Children’s Theatre

We live in a highly competitive era. Youngsters are introduced at an early age to the realities of our achievement- and success-oriented society. From academics to athletics to social interaction, children feel pressure to get the best grades, score the most points, have the most friends. The Missoula Children’s Theatre strives to use the performing arts, wrapped in a positive, fun environment, as a vehicle to develop the life skills (social skills, communication skills, self-discipline, a strong work ethic, an understanding of the team concept and self-esteem) that children need to answer present and future challenges.

Although MCT tours to major metropolitan centers, most of the communities on the itinerary are isolated, underserved, and/or economically depressed. MCT remains dedicated to providing financially accessible arts experiences to all communities, regardless of size or economic status. Local performing arts programs may be supplemented using our program, but live theatre participation, qualified drama teachers, and educationally sound music programs within the curriculum are often non-existent. MCT caters to these communities by bringing in productions that can be staged in almost any setting.

Show casts include boys and girls in different grades and social groups. We cast quiet kids, kids who do sports and kids who don’t do sports, and kids with special needs. Our program embraces at-risk children with tough issues. MCT provides a unique opportunity to learn the lessons of group dynamics while also excelling and distinguishing oneself as an individual.

Yes, MCT provides a top-quality entertainment experience for audience members. Yes, MCT nurtures and challenges the abilities of those rare children with career performance ambitions and potential. Yes, MCT provides a healthy and wholesome ambassadorship for the arts and opens the door to new life experiences and aesthetic pleasures. But, the primary goal of MCT – indeed, the organization’s mission – is the development of life skills in children through participation in the performing arts.


Direct Donate 2019

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, students and families in need, classroom materials, and educational enrichment. By donating to the Rattlesnake PTA this holiday season, your dollars directly support the programs that matter most to our students, staff, and community.

  • Donate between November 25th and December 31st 2019 to ensure your donation is counted towards meeting our annual goal. Donations received after the deadline are very much still welcome- it is just harder to keep track of our progress after that!
  • The suggested donation is $50 per child – this amount is approximately how much the PTA needs in donations, per child per year, to support our programs.
  • To donate online, visit:
  • To donate with cash or check: Use the pre-addressed green envelope that came home with your child, or any other envelope if you’ve misplaced that one! When school is in session, you can send the envelope in your child’s classroom folder. Donations over winter break should be mailed to either of the addresses below. Checks should be made out to “Rattlesnake PTA.”

Mail to: 

Rattlesnake PTA, P.O. Box 7211, Missoula MT 59807

– or –

Rattlesnake PTA, 1220 Pineview Dr, Missoula MT 59802

Track our overall progress on Facebook at

Thank you for considering a donation today!

More Details on the Direct Donate Fundraiser

Background: The PTA’s Direct Donate Drive started in 2015 to allow families to give money to the PTA without having to buy or sell items like chocolates and wrapping paper. The Direct Donate fundraiser has since become the 2nd biggest annual fundraiser run by the Rattlesnake PTA.  Learn more about the Rattlesnake PTA’s major fundraising and event schedule here.

Goals: The net funds raised during the Direct Donation event in 2018 were over $10,000. The goal for 2019 is $12,000. We’ve kept our ambitious $12K goal this year for Direct Donate so that other community events during the year (such as the Spring Fling) can focus more on the FUN, and less on the fundraising!

Get the Word Out: We are committed to minimizing waste during this fundraising event by minimizing paper handouts so watch for email and Facebook ( reminders that you can share with others. You can also share the Crowdrise link with grandparents, family & friends who might want to support Rattlesnake Elementary.

Please feel free to return any unused green envelopes to your child’s teacher for reuse next year.

Online Fees: Anyone can donate by check, cash, or online — but you might want to know that donations by cash or check “go a little farther” because there are no transaction fees. Donations online via Crowdrise include two fees:

  • a 6% (of total donation) fee to use the online platform
  • separate credit card processing fee of 3- 4%, depending on size of donation

If you wish to maximize every penny of your donation, please consider sending a check instead. Make the check out to “Rattlesnake PTA” and send to Rattlesnake PTA, 1220 Pineview Dr, Missoula MT 59802.

Tax Info: 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


Holiday Book Fair 2019

The annual Rattlesnake School Holiday Book Fair will be held November 12th-14th 2019 at Rattlesnake School.


  • Nov 12th: 8am to 7pm
  • Nov 13th: 8am to 7pm
  • Nov 14th: 8am to noon

Where: Rattlesnake School Library.
Who: All community members are invited.

Overview: Each year, the Rattlesnake School librarian 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 PTA fundraiser – the majority of the proceeds directly support the school library’s needs.

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED: THANK YOU to the parents that volunteer to plan and run the Holiday Book Fair! Want to help out? Sign up here >>

More Book Fair 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 spirit gear will be for sale as well, and we hope to have a gift wrapping station available, too!





Spirit Week – Sept 30 – Oct 4


We hope you will show your school spirit and join in on the fun next week!

  • Monday, September 30: Dress Like a Teacher
  • Tuesday, October 1: Dress Like A Superhero/Villain
  • Wednesday, October 2: Wacky Wednesday – wear crazy patterns or mismatched clothing
  • Thursday, October 3: Dress Fancy/Formal (note that this is also school picture day)
  • Friday, October 4: Griz Day – wear your Griz gear or maroon


Beef Jerky Fundraiser 2019

Welcome to the first fundraiser of 2019 – BEEF JERKY

The beef jerky comes in one package that contain three flavors (Original, Peppered, & Teriyaki). The company that makes the beef jerky is owned by a Rattlesnake resident whose kids attended Rattlesnake Elementary- so we are able to “keep it local” by selecting this product for our only sales-based fundraiser of the year. It is a natural product that is low fat, high in protein, and contains:

  • NO artificial ingredients, nitrites, preservatives, or erythorbate
  • NO added MSG (except that which naturally occurs in soy sauce)
  • TWO flavors are gluten free – Original and Peppered

The profits from the sale will go toward funding our FAMILY CONNECTION CENTER (FCC). The FCC provides services for Families in Transition, parenting classes, Family Fun Nights, child care during conferences, and provides short-term emergency food and clothing for anyone who needs it within our school community. 

  • Each 6oz package of jerky (2oz of each flavor) is sold for $20
  • It’s important to please COLLECT MONEY AT THE TIME OF THE SALE
  • Please make checks payable to RATTLESNAKE PTA.  

During the sale, please help your students to sell packages of jerky to friends, neighbors, and family. In addition to the gratification of helping to support FCC’s valuable services, any student who sells 15 packages will earn a LIMO ride to the Carousel with Principal Wright! She looks forward each year to this annual adventure!

Please put students name, phone number, and teacher’s name on the order forms. Return completed forms and all funds by September 30, to your student’s teacher. 

Your beef jerky will be available in your teacher’s homeroom around October 21-22, for pick up. Thank you for your help – we are hoping for great results!