RTMS Review

May 2023

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Important Dates

  • May 2 - Board of Education Meeting
  • May 4 - PTC Dine & Share at MOD Pizza
  • May 8 - Start of Staff Appreciation Week
  • May 9 - 5th Grade Parent Night
  • May 10 - PTC Meeting
  • May 15-19 - Last week of after school LRC hours
  • May 21 - RTSD26 Chicago Dogs Game
  • May 23 - 8th Grade Dance
  • May 26 - 8th Grade Graduation (JHHS) starting at 7:00 (students must arrive by 6:30)
  • May 30 - 6th & 7th Grade Class Picnics

Please click on this link to see the 2022-23 District Calendar.

Dear RTMS Families,

It's hard to believe it, but May has arrived (though a bit cold and dreary), and we are officially in the "home stretch." With end of the year concerts, sports events, and the wrapping up of academic units, we know that we have so much to look forward to, and that we can definitely end strong! Please continue to encourage your students to keep up with their work during this last month, and to be proud of the effort that they put in. The month of May always goes by in a flash, so take a moment to help your student double check their upcoming assignments, tests, and projects so that they are confident with their last month of school work.

Our 8th graders are going through many "lasts" with RTSD26, and we can feel the excitement in the air for the next chapter of their lives. We are looking forward to their graduation week, which is full of so many fun and memorable activities. Please do not hesitate to reach out to any of their teachers or the front office if you have any questions, or if we can assist you in any way.

In partnership,

Mary Krall-Meske


6th Grade Dental Forms

All 6th grade students, and students new to our district, are required to turn in a dental exam form signed by a licensed dentist before May 15, 2023. Dental forms and other health forms can be accessed online by visiting our Nurse page, and going to the District 26 Health Services Information. If you have any questions, please contact the Nurse Veller in our health office at (224) 612-7605.

April Students of the Month

We were very excited to present our April Students of the Month with their medals during lunch times this week! Congratulations to:

6th Grade

Academic (Core) - Carlos Q.

Academic (Encore) - Gia F.

Character - Audrey G.

School Pride/Spirit - Megan P.

7th Grade

Academic (Core) - Tanvi S.

Academic (Encore) - Jordan J.

Character - Everett G.

School Pride/Spirit - Jack M.

8th Grade

Academic (Core) - Audrina D.

Academic (Encore) - Blayke V.

Character - Andrew A.

School Pride/Spirit - Amelia M.

Block Schedule Survey

As of 4/30/23, we have 17 responses to our Parent Block Schedule Survey. If you have not already done so, could you please spare a few minutes? Please click on this link to complete our 12 question Block Schedule Survey.

New & Returning Student Registration

All families are able to register their students for the 2023-2024 school year. This is required for all students.

Start the registration process NOW if you haven't already! Find the steps outlined on our district's webpage, or by clicking HERE to get started.

PTC Updates

Mod Pizza Fundraiser!

May 4th 10:30am-10:00pm

Receive 20% of all digital and in-store fundraiser sales on May 4, 2023 by visiting the restaurant and showing your fundraiser flyer or mentioning the fundraiser at checkout, or ordering online with the digital coupon code on the day of the fundraiser.

Use this link for more info and to access the flyer!


If you still collect box tops, please use this link to find out how you can download the app to further help our school with extra funds!

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Link Together

See below for links to the April/May Link Together newsletter.

Three community highlights:

  • Free Narcan Training hosted by Link Together and Stand Strong
  • Drug Take Back information promoting DEA National Take Back Day (new materials and more sites!)
  • Glenbard Parent Series with several great webinars available, sponsored by Link Together

LT Newsletter (English)

LT Newsletter (Spanish)

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Jack Kent Cooke Foundations

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. Since 2000, the Foundation has awarded almost

$250 million in scholarships to nearly 3,200 students from 8th grade through graduate school, along with comprehensive academic advising, career pathway counseling and other support

services. The Foundation has also provided $125 million in grants to organizations that serve such students.

Please use the links below to learn more about this opportunity for current 7th grade students.

Young Scholars Program Profile

Young Scholars Program Profile (Español)

Scholarship Application Workshop


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Food Pantry Info

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- - Reminders - -

Missed Breakfast?

With permission from your child's teacher, a student may go to the cafeteria to purchase a "grab and go" breakfast bag after first block begins. We encourage all students to eat breakfast either at home or here at school each morning, but understand that sometimes buses do not arrive in time for the normal cafeteria breakfast time. Breakfast bags will be available to purchase, if needed, until 10:30 each morning.

Attendance Line: 847-298-1750, option 1

Bus Issues: Grand Prairie 847-640-2142

Daily announcements

Our daily student announcements are available for parents/guardians to access on our school website each day. If you scroll to the bottom of the homepage (Family Resources and Information), or if you click on Families at the top of the homepage, you will see a link to "Daily Announcements." If you follow us on Twitter or Facebook, you can also see a Week at a Glance graphic that will give you a quick view of all the weekly activities at RTMS.

How to Contact Us

Our office hours are 7:00-4:00, Monday through Friday.

Our main office number is 847-298-1750.

Main office

Elia Esparza-Viveros: eesparzaviveros@rtsd26.org

Jessica Escutia: jescutia@rtsd26.org

Lindsay Veller (nurse): lveller@rtsd26.org


Principal, Mary Krall-Meske:

mkrall@rtsd26.org or 224-612-7600

Assistant Principal, Kyle Henkel:

khenkel@rtsd26.org or 224-612-7601

RTMS Staff Directory