Notes From the Principal

September 9, 2019

Dear Redmond Elementary Families,

Thank you, so many times, for such a warm, wonderful, supportive start to the school year! One of our goals this year, as we shared at Curriculum Night, is to build strong partnerships with our families, and last week felt like an excellent start.

Thank you for your continued patience as our buses get into their smoothly operating routine. And if your student rides a bus, thank a driver! They have been working hard this week to teach safety and routines, and to ensure all students reach their destinations safely.

For families of 4th and 5th graders: Your students saw and heard the instruments they have an opportunity to play this year if they join elementary band or orchestra. There will be information sessions for parents/families this Wednesday, 09/11, with opportunities to rent instruments:

6:30 PM: Band Information will be at Redmond Middle School

7:30 PM: Orchestra Information will be at Clara Barton Elementary

If you have a child interested in an instrument and rental fees are a hardship, please let us know.

That’s it for this week. If you have not yet sent in supply fees and plan to do so, please do by the end of this week.

Thank you!

Kirsten Gometz

June 17, 2019

Well, we are here. What a year it has been!


From all of us, thank you for the gift of having shared this year with your child and your family. Every member of our community makes this a better and more vibrant place to be.


Last Week, I shared that Mr. Aguirre, Ms, Tynes, and Ms. Findley will all be moving to different schools next year. Ms. Mathre will also be moving within the district, to teach Safety Net at Frost Elementary. We wish her well and will miss her smiling face!



  • Yearbooks have arrived and will be distributed to students on Monday. A Limited number will be available in the office for purchase ($20). These are first come, first served and we cannot hold these for anyone. Thank you to PTSA President Meg Katselis for her help in putting this year’s yearbook together!
  • Dismissal on Wednesday is at 3:50.
  • The last day of school is Thursday, 06/20. Students will dismiss at 12:20. Report cards will come home with them that day.
  • 5th Grade Promotion is at 10:00 am on Thursday in the gym. If you have a 5th grader heading to RMS in the fall, the RMS athletics packet is attached to this email in case your student is interested in any sports participation.
  • Next Year, on August 29, Meet the Teacher  will be held 3:00-4:00 and Curriculum Night will be that night. Please keep an eye on the Reader Board and emails in August as more detailed information is available.

It has been an amazing year, full of challenge and growth. We are amazingly proud of your children and have loved partnering with you. Thank you, and have a wonderful summer.


Kirsten Gometz

June 10, 2019

Hello Red El families,


What a beautiful weekend! A sign of summer, coming up quickly!


Thank you to the many of you who have supported our fun run by sending in pledges or forwarding the link to your family and friends. We are making great progress! The students will all participate in the Run for Red EL THIS THURSDAY, and will also participate in some Field Day activities as well. Please make sure they are dressed in comfortable running clothes, socks and shoes they can run in (no boots, sandals, or open toed shoes). We want them to have fun AND stay safe.


Thank you to our PTSA for their support in helping this Fun Run happen, and for providing our kiddos with popsicles once they are done! It looks like it will be a perfect day.


As we near the end of the year, we wanted to let you know of a few teachers who will be leaving for different roles in different schools. Please join me in saying thank you and wishing farewell to Mr. Aguirre (5th grade), Ms Tynes (Special Education), and Ms. Findley (1st grade). All are moving to positions and schools they are excited about, and we will miss them very much.


As a reminder, this week’s Wednesday is an early release (2:20)

NEXT Wednesday, June 19, is a FULL DAY (3:50 release).

Thursday, June 20 is the LAST Day of school and a half day (12:20 release).


Summer is getting close! We are so proud of the growth your students have made, and have loved sharing this year with you!

June 3, 2019

Dear Redmond EL Families,
We are getting very close to the end! Thank you to our amazing volunteers and our PTSA Aweards committee, as well as our Volunteer Tea committee for Friday’s celebration. It was a wonderful reminder of the power of a volunteer – special recognition to Morgan Seymour, Paul Leto, Teresa Huntley, Cody Aguirre, Carol Grammer, Kelsee Herrick, and especially Officer Marshall Tolbert, Lifetime honoree for all of his work as a lunch buddy in support of our kids.
A few reminders:
•    Pledging is now open for the Run for Red El Fun Run – every dollar raised will go directly to your kids in the form of field trips, assemblies, and academic enrichment!
•    The last day to turn in Library books is this Friday, June 7 – after that, the library must assign fines to make sure we have our full inventory, or that we can replace any missing books.
•    Tdap immunization info for students moving on to middle school can be delivered to our office so we may update records – the printable PDF form is attached to this email.
•    The last day for students is Thursday, June 20, with a 12:20 release.
Your students are doing an amazing job and we are still teaching right through the last week – so please make sure we have every student here on time every day!
Have a wonderful week!

May 24, 2019

Dear Redmond El Families,


There is NO SCHOOL on Monday, May 27, because of Memorial Day.

Tuesday, May 28 is a full school day.


Help for Our Community

As many of you know, there was a serious fire near Redmond Elementary last night. While everyone escaped safely, one of our families has been displaced and has lost almost all of their possessions. Many of you have contacted me asking how to help. These items would be most helpful:

  • Boys’ shirts, sizes 7 and 8
  • Boys’ pants or shorts, sizes 6 and 7 (also underclothes and socks)
  • Boys’ shoes/sneakers, sizes 13/1 and 12/13
  • Gift cards to Grocery Stores, Target, and Fred Meyer


Thanks to the efforts of our custodian, many of our Lost and Found items have made their way back to their owners. We will hold onto any remaining items until the end of the school year, when any unclaimed items will be donated to charity.


Enjoy your long weekend and thank you for being such a wonderful and supportive community.



May 20, 2019

Hello all!
Just a few quick notes this week – SBA tests are scheduled this week for the following dates:
Monday, May 20: Make-up Tests
Tuesday, May 21: Grades 3 and 5
Wednesday, May 22: Grade 3
Thursday, May 23: Grades 4, 4/5Q, and 5
There is NO SCHOOL on Monday, May 27 to celebrate Memorial Day
There IS school on Friday, May 24 and Tuesday, May 28 – Snow Make-up Days
We have been making extra efforts to reunite students with items in Lost and Found. Because we no longer have room to hold it all, we will donate items to charity after this week.
If your family is in need of children’s coats or hoodies, please come view items on Saturday, May 25 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon by the Drop Off Lane – any unclaimed items are free to you before we donate.
Have a wonderful week!
Kirsten Gometz

May 13, 2019

Dear Redmond El Families,
THANK YOU so much for the wonderful show of appreciation you gave to our amazing teachers last week – and for the incredible potluck lunch put on by so many of you. It was a wonderful way to end a fantastic week – we are so very grateful for your partnership. Thank you, too, to all who came out on Friday night and especially to our Associate Principal Taylor Davis-Mitchell for coordinating the community meal!
Many grades will be testing this week for SBA (Smarter Balanced Assessments). Please know that our teachers have worked hard to help your 3rd-5thgraders prepare – all we ask of you is a good night’s sleep, a nutritious breakfast, and to send a healthy snack if your student is not fasting. Please make sure your student is at school ON TIME – we cannot bring them in to start testing if the session has already begun. We are aware that these can be long days and the best thing we can do is make sure that the kids – and teachers – know we believe in them. SBA schedule for this week is as follows:
Monday, 05/13: Grades 3, 4, and 4/5Quest
Tuesday, 05/14: Grades 3, 4, and CLC
Wednesday, 05/15: CLC
Thursday, 05/16: Grades 3, 4/5 Quest, 5, and CLC
Friday, 05/17: None
Finally, if your child is scheduled to test but is Sick, PLEASE do keep them home – we can arrange make-up tests as needed.
Have a wonderful week!
Kirsten Gometz

May 6, 2019

Hello Redmond El families,
This week, in addition to being the first week many grades begin SBA testing, we also celebrate teacher appreciation week! Please join me and our students in thanking our teachers for their heartfelt hard work every day – in grade level classrooms, teaching English or Safety Net or Special Education… they are amazing and we love them.
Monday and Tuesday: Bring a flower for your teacher! These can be bought, picked, or drawn with crayon – all are loved!
Wednesday: Make a card or draw a picture! 
Thursday: Parent Potluck – please use the signupgenius set up by one of our parents to make and bring a food item to feed our teachers! This was  HUGE hit last year!
Friday: Thank Goodness It’s Friday! – Send a “comfort item”: your teacher might appreciate – a comfy pair of socks, a nice soap, a magazine, or a thoughtful note from you – something to help them relax and enjoy the weekend, and know that their hard work is appreciated.
Thank you for helping celebrate all the hard work our teachers do every day!
Kirsten Gometz 

April 22, 2019

Dear Redmond Elementary Families,
Beginning last week, and with support and coaching from our Student Council, Redmond Elementary students have been “Doing One Thing” to help our planet – picking up litter, donating old clothes, reusing or recycling items as they are able. We applaud their efforts and encourage your family to talk with your child about how to act as stewards for our planet – this Earth Week and every day.
As we care for our planet, this Friday also offers us an opportunity to honor the parts of our planet our families came from – International Night is a wonderful celebration of our diverse community. We hope you will join our PTSA and all participating families for food, fun, music, and culture. Scholarship tickets are available; contact your teacher to secure these.
Have a wonderful week – and if you haven’t already, please VOTE!

April 17, 2019 - PTSA Needs You!

Dear Redmond Elementary families,
We deeply value the partnership between school and our parents and families that we share through our PTSA. Next year, we have several PTSA board chairs who will be finishing and we would love to engage you in our PTSA!
As a PTSA board member, you can help bring in extra programs, oversee yearbook creation, oversee Vision and Hearing screening for our students, or plan events like the Family Dance.
We need you! If you are interested please let me know and I will connect you with our PTSA board to talk about open roles for next year! ALL ARE WELCOME!
Contact us TODAY about options to help your school in the 2019-2020 School year!
Kirsten Gometz, Principal

April 15, 2019

Dear Redmond Elementary Families,
Welcome Back! We missed you! We hope you enjoyed your week, and that everyone is going to come back rested and healthy! (As a reminder, students must be kept home for a full 24 hours after a fever or any incidents of vomiting – we appreciate your help in keeping everyone here as healthy as possible!
This week, students will have class photos taken on Tuesday, April 16. EVERY student will receive a class photo free of charge, thanks to our friends at Lifetouch photography. Our PTSA needs volunteers to help with this process – If you are an approved LWSD volunteer, please sign up here:
Next Friday, one of the best nights of the year occurs – International Night! We hope to see everyone there as we learn from one another about the many cultures at Redmond Elementary through food, dance, artifacts, and song. Tickets are $10 per family in advance, and $12 at the door as available.
Have a wonderful week!

April 1, 2019

Thank you to everyone for your level heads and especially to the fifth grade parents and teachers who had to be flexible in the moment on Friday afternoon. The office staff and particularly Mrs. Mitchell handled the concerns and necessary precautions amazingly, and it was a testament to how seriously we take safety and how well everyone helped the students remain calm. I am SO proud of our team and of your students, who did an amazing job!
We also owe recognition and gratitude to the Redmond Police Department – as soon as we notified them that we were going into Lockdown, there were multiple officers on site checking the school and its vicinity on bicycle, on foot, and in patrol cars. I saw at least 6 officers, and they assessed the situation quickly and seriously, and were able to assure our safety in under 30 minutes. Thank you, RPD!
There will be NO SCHOOL April 8-12 for April Break. Be safe, rest up, get HEALTHY, and we will see you all on April 15!
Thank you,
Kirsten Gometz

March 25, 2019

Dear Redmond El Families,
Tell your neighbors and friends: Register early for 2019-20 Kindergarten
If you live in Lake Washington School District (LWSD) and your child will be five years old on or before August 31, 2019, now is the time to register them for Kindergarten! Registration takes place at your neighborhood school during regular school hours through the beginning of the 2019-20 school year.
While registration will continue throughout the school year and summer, parents are highly encouraged to register students as soon as possible. Doing so helps ensure class sizes are balanced and adequate staff are hired in time for the new school year. 
Visit the Kindergarten Information webpage for more information.
Talking to Your Child About Sexual Health
Lake Washington School District is excited to partner with the King County Public Health Department in hosting an informational parent event: How to Talk to Your Child About Sexual Health. Our presenter is Becky Reitzes, Health Educator and Family Planning for King County Public Health. This event will be held at the Resource Center Board Room on Tuesday, April 23 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. This informative evening will provide strategies and tips for parents to help them engage in age-appropriate conversations with their children about a topic that can be considered difficult to discuss.
DreamBox Learning: Personalized Digital Resource   
Based on the recommendation of the Capital Technology Advisory, DreamBox Learning has been made available to all elementary schools for broad scale piloting in 2018-19.  DreamBox Learning, a supplemental adaptive math program, meets current best practice in digital learning approaches with research and efficacy studies supporting use of the program within math instruction.
DreamBox Learning is a program that:
•    Adapts to each learner
•    Builds on each learner’s prior personal knowledge
•    Empowers learners to make self-directed choices
•    Continually assesses to form a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts
•    Utilizes data to individualize instruction appropriately
Teachers participating in the pilot are incorporating DreamBox into their math instruction and may ask that students continue their learning at home.  The recommended time between home and school use is 30-60 minutes per week for K-2nd grade students and 60-90 minutes per week for 3rd - 5th grade students. Efficacy studies do not support usage beyond the recommended minutes per week.
Parents can support their child’s work in DreamBox Learning at home in the following ways:
•    Provide time to use DreamBox Learning at home (with a computer or iPad)
•    Set up a parent access account to monitor progress
•    Encourage lesson completion (this helps the program adapt to individual needs)
•    Allow independent work within the program (the program adjusts based on student responses and will adapt accordingly)
•    Encourage the use of the “Help/Hint” button when questions arise
Parents who wish to experience DreamBox Learning can go to, click on “Parent” and then click on “Try Sample Lessons” (found in the middle of the page).
Have a wonderful week!

March 18, 2019

Dear Redmond El Families,
This week, please join us in recognizing and celebrating our dedicated and amazing Classified Staff Members. Who are they?
•    They are the crossing guards who greet your child at crosswalks in all weather, or who welcome them when they arrive on the bus each morning.
•    They are the health room and front office staff who take care of bumps, upset tummies, and care for your child when they are not well, and who welcome each visitor to our school.
•    They are the kitchen staff arriving early to prep breakfasts and lunches, making sure every child has a delicious and healthy meal ready for them.
•    They are our classroom aides and paraprofessionals, aiding in coaching behavior and helping every student reach their best potential.
•    They are our custodians, who lovingly clean and tent the spaces our kids learn, eat, and play in, every day.
Please join us this week in saying thank you in any way you can – a smile, a card, a flower, or simply a “Thank you for what you do” when you see them. We are so lucky to have this dedicated crew!
Below is the information sent out earlier this week – the LWSD’s plans to make up instructional time lost during our snowy adventures this year. Please let me know if you have any questions! Have a wonderful week!
~ Kirsten
The district has finalized plans to make up for the days and time missed due to the February snow events. The 2018-19 calendar has been modified to reflect the changes. As a reminder, school districts can request a waiver from the state for missed school days during the Governor’s declared state of emergency. Districts are not allowed to seek a waiver that would impact the required K-12 average instructional hours of 1,027. After analysis of both requirements, it was determined that a total of 3.5 days must be made up to maintain compliance with both requirements. The 2018-19 calendar has May 28 built-in as a snow day, so a total of 2.5 days must be made up beyond the built-in snow day.
The following modifications will be made to the 2018-19 calendar:
1.    Wednesday, May 1: change from an early release to a full day for students
2.    Wednesday, May 8: change from an early release to a full day for students
3.    Friday, May 24: change from a non-school day to a school day for students
4.    Tuesday, May 28: change from a non-school day to a school day for students
5.    Wednesday, June 19: change from a half day to a full day for students
6.    Thursday, June 20: added as a half day for students (last day of school)
These changes were made in consideration of students, families and staff. It should be noted that high school graduation dates and times will not be affected by these changes. Families with preschool students will receive communication from their program about any changes. We appreciate your flexibility as we fulfill the state required hours.

March 4, 2019

Dear Redmond El Families,
This is a short reminder that this Friday, March 8, there is NO SCHOOL for students while teachers engage in professional development. This Friday, we will be learning together and from one another about Equity, SIOP (an instructional protocol to support English Language Learners across settings), Next Generation Science Standards and progress updates on our new Science Curriculum Adoption process.
Have a wonderful week!

February 19, 2019

The last few weeks certainly were exciting! Thank you to all of you who helped us with your patience, your understanding when weather impacted school, and your kindness and flexibility. You are a wonderful community and we love working with your children every day.
Earlier today you should have received an email from our district regarding our recent unprecedented weather conditions; if you did not; I will include it at the bottom of this email. We do not yet know what the plan will be to make up for the missed instructional hours during our snow events but will inform you as soon as we are able.
We are all looking forward to getting back to normal, and we know you (and your kids) are too. Finally, as a reminder, please ensure you have several local contacts listed as emergency contacts for your child.
Welcome back. We missed you.

February 11, 2019

Dear Redmond El Families,
By now, hopefully you have received word that there is no school because of inclement weather on Monday. We will know by tomorrow at 7:00 what the plan is for Tuesday.
BIG THANKS to everyone who came early to pick up students on Friday and who were so patient as we sorted through the many requests. You were understanding and we so appreciate you.
•    We had several parents who came to school once the snow started on Friday to pick up their children and in some cases, either grandchildren or children of a friend. As a reminder: we can ONLY release students to people who are listed as emergency contacts. We made several calls to family members to ensure safe release plans. PLEASE UPDATE YOUR EMERGENCY CONTACTS so in an emergency, you know that you have someone local as a back-up plan.
•    ALWAYS BRING PHOTO IDENTIFICATION when you come to school to pick up a student. Especially in an emergency, when we have all hands on deck, there can be no expectation that you will be greeted by someone who knows you. Your child’s safety is always our first priority.
•    To all parents of 5th graders: Outdoor Education is POSTPONED until March. We would have loved to have gone but the roads were not safe, and as the schools in Tacoma and Gig Harbor are already closed for tomorrow. Stay tuned for more information!
Thanks to our PTSA, we welcomed the TAIKO Japanese Drums group on Friday and were treated to assemblies in which several students were able to join them in playing the giant drums, It was an amazing experience and we are grateful to our PTSA for bringing these experiences to our students!
That’s it for tonight – stay warm, stay safe, and we will see you soon. As a reminder, there is NO SCHOOL on Thursday, 02/14, Friday, 02/15, and Monday, 02/18 for Midwinter break.
Thank you!

February 4, 2019

Dear Redmond El Families,
I hope that whether you are watching football or not today, that your family is having fun and keeping warm! Please see information below about two important topics, measles and weather.
Measles Information
As you may be aware, on January 25, Governor Inslee declared a public health state of emergency after reports of 31 confirmed cases of measles were identified in the state. Most of the confirmed cases are in Clark County and there is one confirmed case in King County. We currently do not have any cases of measles in Lake Washington School District. 
This unusual occurrence of measles may generate some concern or questions. To help keep you informed, district processes and state law for vaccinations is outlined below:
•    In order to attend school, Washington State Law requires kindergarten students to receive 5 required immunizations: 
o    Hepatitis B
o    DTap/Tdap (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis
o    Polio
o    MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
o    Varicella (Chickenpox)
•    Lake Washington School District works with the Washington State Department of Health to comply with state laws on required vaccinations. In order for students to attend school, all parents are required to complete and return a certificate of immunization OR a certificate of exemption. This is filed within each student’s school record. If either certificate has not been completed and on file, students may not attend school. 
o    Details about Certificates of Immunization:
This form requires the healthcare provider to verify the completion of the 5 required vaccines. The parent is required to sign this form and return it to school.
o    Details about Certificates of Exemption:
A parent or guardian may exempt their child from some or all vaccination listed above. Exemption types include “religious,” “personal/philosophical,” and “medical.” Exemption Certificates are required to be signed by the health care provider and the parent and the form must be returned to school. A person who has been exempted from a vaccination is considered at risk for the disease or diseases for which the vaccination offers protection. Exempted children/students may be excluded from school or child care settings and activities during an outbreak of the disease that they have not been fully vaccinated against. Find district information regarding vaccinations here:
•    Following state law and Lake Washington School District processes, vaccination reports are documented weekly by the health room secretary and the school nurse. Students must get vaccination doses at correct timeframes to be in compliance with requirements. Students who do not comply and who do not have required documentation are withheld from school attendance. 
We currently do not have any cases of measles in Lake Washington School District. We are urging families to monitor their children for signs of measles. If you believe your child may have measles, please call their health care provider — do not go in. If you must take your child to the Emergency Room, please call ahead to let them know you are coming and that you suspect measles. If your child has not been fully immunized with the MMR vaccine, please talk with your health care provider about getting the immunization. You can also contact your school nurse for more information and resources.
Measles is extremely contagious, and can be serious, especially for young children. If your child has measles, please keep them home.
•    Measles virus travels through the air. You can get measles if you go near someone who has the virus because the virus stays for up to two hours in the air of a room where a person with measles has been.
•    You can catch measles from an infected person as early as four days before they have a rash and for up to four days after the rash appears.
•    Almost everyone who has not had the vaccine will get measles if they are exposed to the measles virus.
•    Foreign travel or exposure to foreign travelers increases the risk for measles.
•    Measles is the deadliest of all childhood rash/fever illnesses.
The best protection against measles is to get vaccinated. Make sure to protect yourself and your children with the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine.
Measles Symptoms
Measles starts with:
•    fever
•    diarrhea
•    coughing
•    runny nose
•    red and watery eyes
•    tiredness
After a few days, a rash begins, which usually starts on the face and can spread over the entire body. Measles usually lasts 7 to 10 days.
In some people, especially people who are have chronic medical problems, are pregnant, or are malnourished, measles also leads to serious problems such as pneumonia, brain damage, blindness, deafness, and death.
Please call your medical provider or building nurse if you have questions regarding measles.
Weather Watch for February 4, 2019
We are aware snow is forecast in some areas of Lake Washington School District (LWSD) overnight and into Monday, February 4. We will post on the LWSD website ( by approximately 5:30 a.m. on Monday morning if there are any changes to school schedules due to weather. If conditions worsen after 5:30 a.m., we may be required to update our notification at a later time.
As a reminder, our district covers 76 square miles, so conditions can vary widely across the district. Our decision regarding delays and closures is based upon our ability to safely run our buses and the conditions at the schools buildings. Please assume that school is running on time if you do not receive an alert from us or from local news stations. We also post school closure announcements on our district webpage ( on Facebook ( and on Twitter (@LakeWashSchools). You can also sign up to receive alerts on
See you soon – stay warm!

January 29, 2019

Dear Redmond Elementary Families,
Tomorrow, your student(s) will be bringing home their first semester report card! They will be excited to share their progress with you, so please go through it with them and ask questions, celebrating successes where you see them. If Standards Based grades are new to you, think of them this way – a “3” is the Grade Level Standard for the end of the school year. If your student is showing scores of 3, then they are hitting targets we want them to be able to accomplish by the end of the year. If you are seeing 2s or 2.5s, then they are approaching standard – a good conversation to have with your child’s teachers is whether there are things that would be helpful for you to practice with your child at home to stay on track. If your child is scoring a 1 or 1.5 in any areas, conferences will be a time that you can discuss any concerns and determine how we can all work together to help your child increase his or her achievement. Any scores over a 3 indicate that your child is demonstrating skills above the grade that they are in. Please bring your child and their report card with you to your conference this week. If you have not yet scheduled a conference, it’s not too late! You can contact your child’s teacher today.
Schedule This Week:
Monday: Regular 3:50 release
Tuesday: HALF DAY Students release at 12:20
Wednesday: Regular 2:20 release
Thursday: HALF DAY Students release at 12:20
Friday: HALF DAY Students release at 12:20
THANK YOU to all who have contributed to the coin drive and GoFundMe for Yahir! He was released from the hospital on Friday and we are expecting him to start back at school on February 4!

January 14, 2019

Dear Redmond Elementary Families,
This week is a busy one! On Thursday night, you are invited to join us as our PTSA hosts Family Art and Music Night – all entries from this year’s Reflections Arts contest will be shared, and students will have a chance to try out many instruments brought by the team at “Bach to Rock”. We will also announce the winner of this year’s yearbook cover art contest on Thursday!
On Friday, all grade levels will join together to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We will sing and recognize his important civil rights work in assemblies Friday morning. There will be NO SCHOOL on Monday, January 21 to honor MLK’s Birthday. 
For parents of 5th grade students: please see below for news from Redmond Middle School’s principal, Jon Young.
If you have a student in 4/5 Quest who will be going to Kamiakin Middle School next year, their welcome event is this Tuesday, January 15, information that should have already reached you directly from Principal Joe Joss.
Have a wonderful week!
Kirsten Gometz
Dear Parents,
On Tuesday, January 29th Redmond Middle School will be hosting a parent night for all current 5th graders who will be attending RMS next year.  This event starts at RMS at 6:30pm.  This will be a great chance to see and tour Redmond Middle, meet the administration and counseling staff, and have any questions answered for you.   This evening is geared toward parents only.  RMS counselors will be visiting the 5th grade classrooms in early February to register students for their middle school classes. 
Our 5th grade students will be visiting Redmond Middle this spring for an orientation activity.  The student leadership at RMS has put together a wonderful formal program that includes student lead tours, Q & A with a student panel, and fun games and trivia.  They too will be able to meet the admin, counselors, and some of the 6th grade teachers.  This event is scheduled for June 13, 2019.  More information will come later for this event.
Jon Young
Redmond Middle School


January 7, 2019

Welcome back, everyone!
I hope everyone was able to enjoy time together, and to ring in the new year in whatever tradition your family celebrates. We are excited to welcome you all back tomorrow!
If anyone received new jackets, gloves, etc. over break, today is a good day to put your child’s name in them with a permanent marker – we donated over 60 jackets and sweaters over break, and realize that keeping kids dressed is challenging and costly. If there is a name in a coat, we can always get it back to its owner!
This week: for parents of 5th graders in Mrs. Huntley, Mr. Aguirre, Mrs, Galligan, Mrs. Emitu, and Mrs. Herrick’s classes – there is an Informational Parent Meeting about Outdoor Education at 6:30 on Thursday night in the D wing. This will be very helpful in answering any questions and concerns you might have, as well as helping you and your child prepare for the amazing experience that Outdoor Ed will be! Thank you to our parents who have already volunteered as cabin leaders!
Our Yearbook Cover Art contest deadline is this Wednesday, January 9 – entries are being collected in the office. 
Happy New Year to all!
Kirsten Gometz

December 17, 2018

Dear Redmond Elementary Families,
Thank you to all who participated in our Parents’ Night Out on Friday – the wind storm and power outage added extra fun, but we loved the time with your kids and raised around $600 to support Outdoor Ed!
As we get ready for Winter Break, here are a few important reminders:
•    ALWAYS bring Photo ID when coming to school to visit or to get your child. We will always ask for it, so please do not be upset. Your students’ safety is always our top priority.
•    If you are planning to miss ANY days of school this year, please ensure that you submit a Preplanned absence form (available in the office) in advance. Absences that do not receive preapproval are marked as unexcused. Additionally, please be aware that if you are requesting an excessive number of days out of school, trips may not be approved because of the impact on your child’s education.
•    We will be donating any unclaimed Lost and Found items during break. We have 50-60 jackets and hoodies and do not have the space to keep them. Please encourage your child to check for missing items, and feel free to come check yourself if there is something you have not seen lately.
Finally, THANK YOU to all who donated to make the season warmer and happier for families who may be food insecure or struggling this year. This community cares for one another in ways that inspire all of us, every day.
There is NO SCHOOL for Winter Break will be from December 24-January 4. The first day back for everyone is Monday, January 7.
Enjoy your time together, We will miss you, and look forward to growing together in 2019!

December 10, 2018

Thank you to our Amazing PTSA for putting together such an amazing “Wizard’s Ball” themed family dance on Friday night! Everything looked wonderful and I am so glad so many of you were able to join us.
We have two more community opportunities this week: First, this is our final week collecting toys, gloves, socks, and donations to help families in need. We have an envelope in the office for gift cards to Target, Fred Meyer or any local grocery stores – ALL items and donations collected will go directly to a Redmond El family in need. Thank you SO much to those who have already brought in items!
Second: This Friday December 14 is our Outdoor Education Fundraiser – Parents’ Night Out! Presale tickets are available through tomorrow, for 45 per child or $10 per multi-kid families. Limited tickets will be available at the door. We will feed the kids (Pizza, water, and popcorn) and will run movies and craft activities – Redmond teachers and staff are volunteering their evening to entertain your kids and help us raise funds to put towards 5th grade Outdoor Education – ALL money raised will go towards ensuring an amazing outdoor education experience for our 5th graders! IF you are participating – we will sign kids in from 5:30-6, and signing out at 8:00 pm. PLEASE make sure you have photo ID with you at drop-off AND pick-up. We are so excited! If you have questions please email me or Mrs. Herrick at kherrick@lwsd,org
To all of our families celebrating Hanukkah – we hope it;s been a wonderful celebration! Happy Hanukkah!
Thank you all! Have a wonderful week,

December 3, 2018

Dear Redmond Elementary Families,
Once again, we are running a Giving campaign to help our families who might need a little help this year.
From December 3 to December 14, we will be collecting donations of toys and gift cards. Gift cards for groceries, or to Target or Fred Meyer are very helpful so that families can help care for their children this winter. Also, movie passes are a great way for families to spend some time together over break.
We welcome any new, unwrapped toys or gifts for boys or girls aged 5-12, and warm mittens and socks.
We know that sometimes we can give a little extra, and sometimes we may need help. Wherever you land this year, we are glad you are part of our community.
If YOUR family would like help this year, we would be honored to do so. Please send a note to me or email me at, and include the names and ages of the children in your family as well as any wishes they might have.
Thank you!
Estimadas familias de Redmond Elementary,
Una vez más, estamos participando en una campaña de donaciones para ayudar a nuestras familias quienes necesitan un poco de ayuda este año.
Del 3 al 14 de diciembre, estaremos recolectando donaciones de juguetes y tarjetas de regalo. Las tarjetas de regalo pueden ser para comestibles, o para Target o Fred Meyer. Estas son muy útiles para que las familias puedan comprar cosas importantes por sus hijos este invierno. Además, los pases de películas son una excelente manera para que las familias pasen un tiempo juntas durante las vacaciones.
Damos la bienvenida a cualquier juguete o regalo nuevo y en la caja original para niños o niñas de 5 a 12 años de edad, y guantes y calcetines nuevos.
Sabemos que a veces podemos dar un poco más, y otras veces necesitamos ayuda. Donde sea este año, nos alegra que forme parte de nuestra comunidad.
Si SU familia quisiera ayuda este año, nos sentiríamos honrados de hacerlo. Envíeme una nota o envíeme un correo electrónico a, e incluya los nombres y edades de los niños de su familia, así como los deseos que tienen.

November 26, 2018

Dear Redmond Elementary Families,
Welcome back! We hope you had a wonderful long weekend, and that you are able to spend time enjoying your family.
This Tuesday, Our new superintendent Dr. Stavem will be visiting Redmond Elementary to learn about our school and our community. We are excited to welcome her, and will be wearing our Redmond Elementary colors and Spirit wear as we show her who we are. If your child has any Redmond EL spirit wear or any red or black clothing, we encourage them to wear it on Tuesday.
This week, we end our food drive – collecting non-perishable items both to donate to Open Kitchen but also to help with pantry packs. Thank you to all who have helped! Friday is our last day for food collection.
A Reminder to All: Any time there is any change to your child’s after school pick-up or ride plan, please email the teacher AND the office staff (; If a child will need to ride a bus that does not usually do so, or will be riding a different bus, we need a note to the office ON THAT DAY so that we can write a bus pass. All drivers should be checking students for bus passes if they are not a usual rider, and are not expected to allow a student on the bus unless they have a bus pass in hand. 
Finally, please ensure that your students are picked up from school by 4:00 every day.
Thank you so much for your cooperation and support.

November 19, 2018

Dear Redmond Elementary Families,
We have a short week this week, and time to be grateful for all that is good in our lives. We, at Redmond El, are grateful for you and your children, and that we get to spend our days in growing kids. Redmond Elementary has a strong community, where we take care of one another. Happy Thanksgiving to you!
Tuesday, 11/20: Picture retakes
Wednesday, 11/21: EARLY RELEASE 12:20
Friday, 11/23: NO SCHOOL
This year, we will again be coordinating a GIVING campaign. We will be collecting gift cards, gifts of warm clothing, toys and books, and groceries or grocery gift cards for our families.
We will run this campaign from December 3-December 14, and will deliver or arrange pickups for families during the week of December 17-21.
We all have moments when we are able to help, and moments when we need the help of others. If your family could use assistance this year, please email me at or send a note to the office with my name. However your family will spend this winter break, we want it to be a happy occasion, and we’d love to help!
Have a wonderful (short!) week.

November 12, 2018

To our Veterans, including those who were able to join us in body or in spirit on Friday, THANK YOU for your service. We are grateful for your service.
There is NO SCHOOL tomorrow, Monday November 12, to honor Veterans’ Day. Students who wish to are invited to write letters or draw pictures of thanks to veterans, which we will send to Operation Gratitude at the end of the week. We will also send any donated warm socks or Halloween candy, all of which are appreciated. :)
ALICE DRILL – Safety is always foremost in our minds at school. One event we must prepare for is what we would ever do in the event of an armed intruder. 
This week, on Wednesday, we will practice with the students what to do if we ever have an armed intruder in school. Teachers and staff will practice with students how to respond in the event of an armed intruder. Those of you who were with us last year know we no longer simply lock down and take cover, as recent events have taught us that this is not the best way to ensure safety and survival. Instead, we use ALICE principles – ALICE stands for: Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate. We will talk through scenarios with the students, and will practice with them how to listen to teachers and get to safety.
Your child may come home with questions for you; please listen to them, answer honestly and in ways that are developmentally appropriate, and let us know if you have questions or need any support. While it is difficult for all of us to think about an event like this, we also know that the responsibility is upon us to prepare ourselves and our students.
Please email me if you have questions. Thank you all for your partnership in ensuring our students’ safety and education.

October 29, 2018

Hello Redmond EL Families!
This is an exciting week with a lot going on. Please see below:
•    Wednesday is the last day for Schoolpool calendars. Please complete these and send them in, as each completed calendar raises $5.00 for our school.
•    Wednesday is also the final turn-in date for the Reflections Arts Contest – “Heroes Around Us.” Students should turn in entries, with completed entry forms, to the office by 2:20 PM on Wednesday.
•    Wednesday is ALSO the day most classes will be celebrating. If you are joining us for classroom celebrations, please check that your volunteer status is current! Students wishing to dress up are encouraged to bring their costumes with them.
•    Finally, Redmond El is partnering with Sister Schools this year, collecting School Supplies (markers, pencils, colored pencils) for students in Uganda who have little to no school supplies. Please read below to learn more.
Red El is having a supply drive, going on now until November 8th, for new and used school supplies! We have connected with a program called Sister Schools which provides school supplies to schools in Uganda who have very little. Last week, the founder of the program, Terry McGill, came to Red El to share his story of going to Uganda, seeing the poverty in the villages, and wanting to do more to help. He goes back every year in April to deliver all the donated supplies to a school. Being a part of this program helps students learn kindness and compassion and realize that they are capable of making an impact, even across the globe! Any donation, no matter how small, can make a difference! 
Have a wonderful week!

October 15, 2018

Dear Redmond Elementary families,

Conference week is here! Here are a few important reminders:

  • Bring your student with you to these conferences – they are student led! :) Everyone will have a chance to celebrate their students’ successes and to identify goals for the rest of the year.
  • Students get out at 12:20 on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Wednesday is a normal Wednesday with a 2:20 student release.
  • There is NO SCHOOL for students on Friday for teacher professional development.
  • Please make sure your student knows THEIR plan each day – if their conference is right after school, make sure they know whether to go home their usual way or if you will be meeting them at school – and if you are meeting them, WHERE. Please communicate any changes in plan to your student’s teacher, as well.
  • *******************************************************************************************************************

    The Scholastic Book Fair is in the Library this week! Please join us with your student to shop for books, purchase books for your student’s classroom )teachers will make wish lists), and help our library grow. Funds raised will go directly to filling our library’s shelves. Book Fair hours are 12:20-4:20 Monday and Tuesday, 2:20-6:00 on Wednesday, and 2:20-4:00 on Thursday.


    FIRST Annual Redmond El Costume Drive: We are collecting new and gently used costumes for our students. If you have any Halloween costumes from previous years that are clean and in good shape, please bring or send them in to the office so another child may wear and enjoy them. New costumes also welcome and appreciated. While many families do not participate in Halloween, we hope to help any of our families and kids that do to have a wonderful celebration. Thank you for your generosity!

    Have a wonderful week!


    October 8, 2018

    Dear Redmond El Families,


    PICTURE DAY is Friday! Ordering information went home last week – if you did not receive these, please contact your child’s teacher – we have extras in the office. We are only taking individual photos this week – class pictures will be taken in the spring.


    Monday, 10/15 12:20 Student Release

    Tuesday, 10/16 12:20 Student Release

    Wednesday, 10/17: 2:20 Student Release (Normal Time)

    Thursday, 10/18: 12:20 Student Release

    Friday, 10/19: NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS (Teacher Professional Development)

    October is Bullying Prevention Month – we will celebrate and honor our Unity on Unity Day (October 24 – students can wear ORANGE as a sign of Unity) and we will engage in activities to educate students and celebrate kindness all month. All of us want our school to be a safe and welcoming place for all – and we encourage all kids to step up and say something if they witness anyone being targeted – and to REPORT it to us at once if they do. How can you help?

  • Model and encourage Kindness. Recognize your child when you see them include others who may be lonely.
  • Ask your child if they have a friend at school, or who they can talk to if they see someone being treated poorly. Our student survey last year indicated that almost 100% of students report having at least one friend at school, and nearly as many reported that the adults they could talk to included teachers, recess teaches, counselors, and principals.
  • If your child reports something to YOU that you believe may be bullying (either directed at your child or towards another) please let us know so we can look into it immediately.
  • Finally, keep getting those volunteer applications in – they can take up to three weeks to process, and anyone wishing to help at school during the school day must have a volunteer background check completed. WE DO WANT YOU HERE – we also NEED to ensure the safety of all children in our care. Thank you so much for understanding.

    Have a wonderful week.


    October 1, 2018

    Dear Redmond El parents and families,
    Many of you have heard your child come home at least once in their school career and tell you about Recess – these might be stories of fun, or of feeling left out. Of a new game learned, or of frustration at not having enough time with the ball.
    At Redmond Elementary, we know that Recess is important for a number of reasons:
    •    Recess gives kids a movement break as well as a “brain break” from academic tasks, allowing them to recharge.
    •    Recess increases opportunities for wellness across all areas – physically, emotionally, socially, and cognitively.
    •    Recess is a place where students have the opportunity to interact, experience play and disagreement, and to navigate conflicts and resolution between themselves.
    This summer, through the generosity of our PTSA and the Lake Washington Schools Foundation, our teachers and staff participated in a multi-day training with Playworks. We looked at some of the frustrations kids (and adults) can experience at Recess, and learned ways of engaging more kids in safe and fun play. Photos are up on our website, and the link to Playworks is here if you would like to learn more:
    Already, we have seen a big increase in student engagement, a decrease in safety-related health room concerns, and a healthier Recess in general. Big thanks to LWSF and our PTSA for helping make this happen!
    Afterschool Enrichment classes start this week. Please, if your child is in an afterschool class:
    REMIND THEM what days they have class and where to go after the bell rings (to the flagpole near the bus lane to meet the parent chaperone). When it is time to pick up your child, be prompt and meet them near the main entrance, outside. No visitors will be admitted to the building for pick-up.
    Vision and Hearing Screening: We will do our annual Vision and Hearing Screening on Thursday. If your child ever wears glasses, PLEASE have them wear them on Thursday so we may accurately test them.
    Finally, we have a change in office staffing: our new Registrar is Rose Mayeda, who has been our Health Room Secretary from last year. Her email is
    That’s all for this week.
    Thank you!

    September 24, 2018

    Dear Redmond El Families,
    Thank you all for a wonderful start to the school year! We hope to see many of you at the PTSA Ice Cream Social this Friday night. It is a wonderful time to meet some of your child’s new friends and to make connections with others in our community. And it features my personal favorite food group – Ice Cream! (We will have non-dairy options available for anyone with dairy allergies, of course.)
    This year at Redmond Elementary we are specifically focusing in Kindness and Growth Mindset. Most interactions between any of us tend to go better with a little more kindness, so it is a trait we will be emphasizing and celebrating all year. If you are not familiar with Growth Mindset, I want to share what it is so you know what sorts of conversations we are having and how you, too can encourage your child.
    Growth Mindset comes from the work of Dr. Carol Dweck. Greatly simplified, a Growth Mindset consists of seeing challenges as opportunities, and not as things one cannot do. We talk a lot about the “Power of Yet”, as in “I don’t know how to do that… YET.” That simple “yet” changes one’s approach from feeling fixed in a state of “can’t” to seeing a challenge that can, in time, be mastered.
    Some of us lean naturally towards more fixed mindsets (I am good at this or I’m not) or growth mindsets (I can learn how to do this and get better) but the self-talk and habits of mind that one can use when approaching obstacles CAN be learned and CAN increase one’s neuroplasticity and ability to embrace challenges.
    How can you encourage growth mindset in your child? Try this:
    •    If they are struggling with something, acknowledge their struggle. Help them identify ways to approach it: “I see you’re really having a hard time. What strategies have you tried so far? What else might work?”
    •    Acknowledge their habits, more than their successes or failures. “Wow, you really swam hard today!” or “I admire how you are keeping at that, even though I know it’s really hard right now.”
    •    Avoid equating success with being smart. If a child believes they have been successful because they are smart, then when they encounter a task NOT easily solved or on which they are incorrect, they may start to believe that they are no longer “smart”, or dismiss the task itself as being “stupid”.
    •    Model it! “Wow, this week has really been a lot of hard work – I am feeling really frustrated tonight but I am going to rest tonight and try again tomorrow. I really think I will be able to figure this out.”
    It’s all easier said than done – but it DOES make a difference.
    Okay, that’s all for this week. Thank you all for sharing your wonderful children with us.

    September 17, 2018

    Dear Redmond El Families!
    We have had a wonderful start to the school year. Thank you to all who have learned and are honoring our new building entry control systems. Again, please understand that adults may only enter the main entrance and that photo ID MUST be brought with you each time. We appreciate everyone’s efforts in keeping our kids safe and secure.
    Weather: As you have no doubt noticed, in fall it rains in the Pacific Northwest. In fact, it rains a LOT. And then it’s sunny. And windy. And then it might rain some more. It’s hard to keep up with. How is a parent to plan?
    •    Please dress your child for wet weather EVERY day – a waterproof coat with a hood and closed toes shoes. If boots are worn (which are a great idea) gym shoes may be kept in their backpack for PE.
    •    While a spare set of dry socks in a backpack is a good idea, please understand that we cannot change kids at school when they become wet – we do not have the space to do so. We remind kids regularly where good places are to play, and will close certain areas at recess for safety. However, sometimes puddles are very tempting, and if a student chooses to get wet or muddy, they may learn this is not a great plan. If a student accidentally falls down and gets wet, we will, of course, help them.
    •    Students MAY use umbrellas, as long as they are used for shelter from rain and not for poking or sword-fighting. :)
    •    Put YOUR CHILD’S NAME in permanent marker in EVERYTHING. Even if they are in 5th grade. Every year, we donate so many items to charity from our Lost and Found – a name helps us get it back to you if lost.
    Health: With a new year comes new illnesses. It is okay to send your child to school if they have the sniffles, but here’s when we need you to keep them home:
    •    Vomiting: Students must be home for at least 24 hours after the last bout of vomiting. Please also treat diarrhea the same way.
    •    Fever: Students must be fever free (Under 100 degrees) for 24 hours before returning to school.
    You know your child best. If they are complaining of not feeling well and are not acting like themselves, please trust your parental instincts and keep them home. We will all do our best when we keep one another healthy, which includes resting when needed.
    Finally, if your student will be out sick, call SAFE ARRIVAL at 425-936-2661 as soon as you know they will be out so we can document their absence correctly.
    Thank you all. Have a wonderful week!

    September 10, 2018

    Dear Redmond Elementary Families,
    I appreciate all that you have done to help your students make a great start to the school year. They have been on time (mostly) and have really jumped back in to a positive and engaging year of learning.
    In a few days, I will send you the link to the online Student Handbook. Signature sheets will be sent home for you and your child to sign. A limited number of paper copies will be available in the office.
    A few reminders for everyone:
    •    The only entrance that can be used for the school is the main entrance. Please ring the bell, state the purpose of your visit and your name, and we will buzz you in to the building.
    •    Upon entry, come immediately to the office to present identification, sign in and get a name badge. Please always come with ID even if you know we know who you are. :)
    •    Please realize that any staff member who sees an adult without an visitor badge on will approach you and direct you to the office. This is their responsibility and we are all learning and adjusting this year.
    Your kids have done great – they will be TIRED (and possibly cranky) these next few weeks as they develop their stamina, so please do all that you can to help them eat healthy meals and get a good night’s sleep. If you need help at all, please ask.
    Have a wonderful week.
    Kirsten Gometz