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!

First Three Weeks 2018

The start of school is PACKED with events and “firsts,” so let’s break it down! For general reference, we suggest visiting our Back to School pageCalendar page and Daily Schedule page.

Boo Hoo and Yahoo Coffees for 2018!

When: TWO EVENTS THIS YEAR! August 29th from 8am-9am for families of 1st to 5th grade parents on their first day – AND – September 4th from 8am-9am for families of Kindergarten parents on their first day! Please note that the September 4th event will also include the first General PTA Meeting of the year (we will focus on introducing the officers and answering any burning questions)
What: A cup of coffee and friendly socializing on the first morning of school! We’ll be ready with tissues for any tears, and high fives for any uncontainable joy.
Where: In the school garden (NE corner of school property)
Who: Parents, Grandparents, little siblings, and any other members of your first day drop-off crew (aside from the kids that are starting school!) are invited.

Details: Join your fellow Rattlesnakers in a short and fun coffee and mingle starting at 8am on the first morning of school! The PTA will be providing coffee and some baked goods in our beautiful school garden. You might be sad, you might be nervous, you might have mixed emotions… or you might be exuberant! Doesn’t matter, we just want you to join us if you’d like a cup of coffee and some company.

NOTE: If you drive, DO NOT PARK ON MOUNTAINVIEW (road to the N of school property) and also please don’t park in the regular pull-through drop off zone. We suggest, if you are able, that you instead drive down Pineview Drive and park by Pineview Park in the longer open lot at the bottom of the hill. This will create a safer dropoff space for your fellow parents and students. For more information on parking, visit our School Map.

photo of the front of Rattlesnake school

Kindergarten Playdate 2018

Join your fellow incoming Kindergarten families for our first ever Kindergarten Playdate on the school playground!

When: September 3rd (Monday) 3:30-5pm. Yes, this is Labor Day- we scheduled the playdate for this afternoon because it is the last afternoon before the first day of Kindergarten at Rattlesnake Elementary. We hope you can attend!
Where: Rattlesnake Elementary Playground (This is the school playground between Rattlesnake Drive and the school. THIS IS NOT AT Pineview Park, which is the playground to the west of school, between the school and the creek)
What: The PTA will be hosting a Kindergarten Playdate-  a simple get-together for any families that want to meet other incoming kindergartners and their families. The PTA will supply name tags for all the kids and parents, we’ll have a couple informational handouts, and we’ll be happy to show incoming kindergartners where to line up for class the following morning. Siblings are welcome, but please leave your four legged furry friends at home.

Please note: teachers will not be there, no food will be provided, and this is not a drop-off event. The playground is a public space when school is not in session, so other members of the community may also be there.

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!

chive flowers

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:

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

garlic scapes and a knife on a cutting board

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

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 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!