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  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:

Spirit Week: Oct 1-5

It’s almost time for Spirit Week 2018 at Rattlesnake School!

We hope you will show your school spirit and join in on the fun.

Monday, October 1: Rainbow Day – wear your grade’s color

  • K: Wear Red
  • 1: Wear Orange
  • 2: Wear Yellow
  • 3: Wear Green
  • 4: Wear Blue
  • 5: Wear Purple

Tuesday, October 2: Dress Like A Teacher Day (and teachers will dress like kids)

Wednesday, October 3: Wacky Wednesday – wear crazy patterns or mismatched clothing

Thursday, October 4: Rattlesnake Spirit Day – dress in your Rattlesnake gear or wear green & yellow

Friday, October 5: Griz Day – wear your Griz gear or maroon to support UM’s homecoming


Bike Rodeo 2018

The Rattlesnake School Bike Rodeo will be on Friday, September 28th!

When: Sept 28th 2018, from 5:00-7:00
What: A community celebration of biking, including obstacle courses, games, a bike tour, a few small prizes, and more!
Who: All community members are invited.
Volunteers Needed: We need lots of volunteers to make this event run smoothly! We’ve broken it into short, manageable shifts- no volunteering slot is over an hour long and only one job (the Bike Tours) require the adult to actually be on a bike!

Details: Bring your bike to school for a night of family bicycle fun!  This event is for all Rattlesnake community families. Planned activities will include two bike riding areas (beginner and intermediate), an education table with MTBMissoula, a bike art table, and the traditional Bike Rodeo favorite- a newspaper toss! We will offer 3 guided tours of the under construction Syringa Bike Skills Park just up the road, too. Parental supervision during the Bike Tours is strongly encouraged, as students will be biking up Rattlesnake Drive to the new park off Lincoln Hills Drive. Learn more about the new bike park here, or come to the Bike Rodeo!

THANK YOU to all the parents that volunteer to plan and run the Bike Rodeo. You make this happen!

Sponsored by the Rattlesnake PTA, the Rattlesnake Family Connection Center, and in coordination with Missoula Parks & Rec!

Beef Jerky Fundraiser 2018!

Welcome to the first fundraiser of the year – BEEF JERKY!

The beef jerky comes in a variety package that contain three flavors (Original, Peppered, & Teriyaki).  Each 6oz  package of jerky (2oz of each flavor) is sold for $16. It’s important to please COLLECT MONEY AT THE TIME OF THE SALE. Please make checks payable to “RATTLESNAKE PTA.”  

Return order forms and all funds by September 25, 2018 to your student’s teacher.

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

Funds for the FCC also pay for staff at Rattlesnake who facilitate the mission of the “MBI” (Montana Behavioral Initiative), ensuring that all kids learn skills necessary for success: academic, social, emotional, and behavioral.

In addition to the gratification of helping to support FCC’s valuable services, any student who sells twelve packages will earn a limo ride to Pizza Hut for lunch with Principal Wright. She looks forward to this fun and exciting annual award lunch!

During the sale, please help your students to sell packages of jerky to friends, neighbors and family. Your beef jerky will be available in your teacher’s homeroom around October 16th, for pick up.

This is the ONLY fundraiser of the year in the format of asking that students sell items – if you are not comfortable with fundraisers where your kid(s) sell things, please know that we have lots of other types of fundraisers coming later in the school year! And of course, you can always just donate money directly.

50% of the profits from the beef jerky sales go to the PTA, to fund the initiatives listed above. In 2017, the PTA made over $5,000 (net) from this fundraiser, and 25 lucky students earned the top selling prize– to take the limo ride to Pizza Hut!

Learn more about the beef jerky company, which is based here in Missoula, on their website or facebook page.

Thank you for your help – we are hoping for great results!

Rattlesnake Garden Club

Help care for plants in the Rattlesnake Garden this Fall! Take home veggies and learn more about gardening and cooking with fresh fruits and vegetables.

Each week we will tend to the garden (weeding, watering, harvesting) and do a fun garden activity.

Garden Club is free and open to all Rattlesnake students. You can come for a little while or stay the whole time! Parents are welcome to come with their students and explore the garden or drop off their child(ren) to be supervised by our Farm to School staff.

Space is limited so please sign up early using this easy online form! If you will stay with your child please enter your name, your child’s name, and your email address in the first column. If your child will be coming to the garden on their own please enter their full name and your email address in the second column.

Please note that there is room in each session for 10 kids with parents attending and 10 kids coming on their own (20 kids total).

Click Here to Sign Up For All Weeks Now!

Questions? Contact Farmer Hannah at



What: Open House to meet teachers and see classrooms!
When: Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Where: In your student’s classroom(s)– your kids can show you where to go!

You are invited to our Open House. Stop by and meet your teacher(s), Rattlesnake staff, and our wonderful PTA. Rattlesnake gear will be available for sale during the Open House. We hope to see you there!

Open House lasts one hour and is typically very busy, so your teacher may not have more than a few minutes to talk to you about your child’s progress and/or needs. As suggested on the district’s Rattlesnake School website, “If you feel that you need to spend more time with the teacher, please make an appointment.”

Please note that parking is always very packed for these types of all-school events. The weather forecast is for a sunny afternoon, so if you can walk or bike, please consider it!