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!

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: 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.