• Cell Phone, Smartwatches, Gum & Hats

    Posted by Barbara Matz on 5/17/2021

    I just wanted to post a few reminders regarding cell phone & smartwatch use in the classroom, as well as information regarding gum & hats.  Thanks!

    This information is being taken directly from the Rattlesnake Student Handbook.

    CELL PHONES AND CELLULAR DEVICESBringing cell phones including smart watches that use cellular data (i.e.gizmo phone watches, apple watches, fitbits etc.) to school is strongly discouraged. If it is essential that a child bring a cellular device to school, it must be turned off and stored in a backpack from the time the student steps onto school grounds until the student leaves school grounds. Any student who is using the cell phone/smart watch during the school day will have the phone/smart watch confiscated and it will be the responsibility of the parent to come to the office to retrieve the phone/smart watch. 

    GUM/HATS Gum is not permitted in the school setting. Under special circumstances, a classroom teacher may allow gum in his/her classroom. No child should be sent to school with chewing gum. Hats may be worn outside during recess. Hats, scarves, bandanas, are not permitted to be worn inside the school building. 


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  • PTA Auction - April 11th - 18th

    Posted by Barbara Matz on 4/13/2021

    Here is the link for the PTA Auction.  The auction is from April 11th - 18th.




    The Rattlesnake PTA online spring auction is happening now! You can bid for items online until April 18 at 7pm at rattlesnakepta.betterworld.org or just make a donation.  The PTA is raising money for teacher grants for classroom supplies and educational experiences to benefit students. 


    There are some wonderful services from local businesses, unique goods and great Rattlesnake gear up for grabs.  Please take a look and share the link with family or friends who might be interested in supporting our school.  You’ll find everything from a kid-run firewood delivery, lots of lovely potential Mother's Day presents, the fire extinguisher you've been meaning to buy, incredible stained glass art, a dozen delicious custom scones and so much more.




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  • Remote Monday - Office Hours

    Posted by Barbara Matz on 3/10/2021

    I will be available via phone or email on every Remote Monday between the hours of 9:00 - 10:00.

    I can be reached at blmatz@mcpsmt.org or at 406-728-2400 Ext. 4703

    If you have any questions with the remote work, please contact me. 




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  • I Love Reading Week - March 1st - 5th

    Posted by Barbara Matz on 2/22/2021

    I Love Reading Week!

    March 1st-5th


    Monday: Read at Home Day: What are you reading today? Take a picture of your favorite reading spot or read in your pajamas and post to our padlet: https://padlet.com/selee4/bxjjupcit84wg9u5

    Books of the Day: Mr. Scruff by Simon James and The Rumble Hunters by Courtney Dunlap


    Tuesday: Read ME Day - wear a shirt with words on it

    Book of the Day: Just Ask by Sonia Sotomayor


    Wednesday: Stripes Day - wear ALL the stripes!

    Book of the Day: A Bad Case of the Stripes by David Shannon


    Thursday: Rattlesnake Readers- wear a Rattlesnake shirt or green and yellow.

    Book of the Day: Are They Really Scary? by Julia Inserro


    Friday: Favorite Character Day- Dress up like a character from one of your favorite books!

    Book of the Day: Riley Can Be Anything by Davina Hamilton

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  • Valentine's Day

    Posted by Barbara Matz on 2/1/2021

    Students will not be bringing Valentine's Day cards from home this year due to Covid. 

    Please do not send cards to school.  Unfortunatley, cards can not be distributed and will be returned  home. 

    Students will have the opportunity to do a short Valentine's Day activity within the classroom on Friday, February 12th.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter. 


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  • Rattlesnake Spirit Week - December 15th - 18th

    Posted by Barbara Matz on 12/7/2020







    December 14

    Staff and Student Spirit Week!

    December 15

    Ugly Sweater and/or PJ Day!

    Nothing will make you feel better than coming to school  in your favorite PJs or ugly sweater. 

    December 16

    Hats and Buttons Day!

    Bring out your favorite headgear! Accesorize with fun buttons including any you have from Mrs. Nygren!

    December 17

    Ugly Sweater and/or PJ Day!

    Nothing will make you feel better than coming to school  in your favorite PJs or ugly sweater. 

    December 18

    Hats and Buttons Day!

    Bring out your favorite headgear! Accesorize with fun buttons including any you have from Mrs. Nygren!

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  • Sign - Up Genius Link

    Posted by Barbara Matz on 11/9/2020

    Dear Parents/Guardians,


        Please use the link below to sign up for a parent - teacher conference.  I will be holding conferences the week of November 16th - 20th. 

        Once you sign up for a conference, I will send home a link for your specific Google Meet day/time. 


    Sign - Up Genius Link:






    Barb Matz



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  • Halloween Guidelines

    Posted by Barbara Matz on 10/12/2020

    Halloween Guidelines…                                        

    We look forward to having a fun day for Halloween! Here are our guidelines and expectations for that school day, which will be either Wednesday, October 28th or Friday, October 30th.


    • Students must come to school in costume (if they choose) and the costume will be worn all day - so make sure that the costume is comfortable and will allow the student to participate in all school activities.  (We want to avoid students in the bathroom changing in and out of costumes.) Please see costume guidelines below.
    • If your child prefers not to wear a costume, then he/she may wear pajamas instead or regular clothes. Please no slippers.
    • We will have regular classes in the morning and then do a fun STEM activity in the afternoon related to bats.
    • A treat bag will be sent home with each child.
    • There will be no treats served at school.
    • Please keep in mind that wearing a costume or pajamas are both optional.

     Costume Guidelines:

    • Costumes must conform to the Rattlesnake School Dress Code.
    • Costumes may not be demeaning to any ethnic group, race, religion, nationality, disabilities, gender, or individual (staff or student) at the school.
    • Costumes may not cause a disruption or distraction to the school program.
    • No weapons, toy weapons, or props replicating weapons (sorry no light sabers either!) are to be brought to school.
    • No costumes are allowed that would completely hide the identity of the student, i.e. Hazmat suit, gorilla suit, "Scream" character. No face paint (again we want to know who you are).
    •  No full - face masks are permitted (they may not be worn OR carried)
    • If your child prefers not to wear a costume, he/she may wear pajamas instead. Please no slippers.


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  • PAX Letter

    Posted by Barbara Matz on 8/21/2020 10:35:00 AM

    Dear Families,

    This year, our school is implementing the PAX Good Behavior Game to teach students self-regulation and social cooperation. These skills will help your child for their lifetime as they move through school and enter the workforce. The PAX Good Behavior Game has been shown to reduce classroom disruptions and aggression and increase academic achievement as well as graduation rates. There is also evidence that students who play the PAX Game are less likely to develop mental illness or use alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs later in life. The PAX Good Behavior Game uses a set of strategies called Kernels that help teachers manage classroom behavior by teaching students how to self-regulate and “do the right thing” regardless of who is watching. The Kernels are woven into instruction and taught throughout the school day. This week we worked on the Kernels called PAX Vision and PAX Quiet. PAX Vision is a collaborative process between teachers and students. Students and teachers define what they would hear, see, feel, and do more and less of to create the most wonderful classroom. Using the PAX Vision strengthens your child’s ability to self-monitor and avoid errors in behavior. With PAX Quiet, students learn to stop and listen to the teacher when they hear the harmonica. It teaches students how to fluently use their “brake pedal” to stop and listen when their teacher has something important to say. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us for more information about this wonderful game. Thank you! 

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  • Student Letter

    Posted by Barbara Matz on 8/21/2020



    Dear Third Grader,

         Hello, my name is Mrs. Matz.  I will be your third grade teacher this year and would like to tell you a little bit about myself.

        I have lived in Missoula for fourteen years. I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and that is where I started my teaching career. I also taught for four years in North Carolina and then decided to move to Missoula. This will be my fourteenth year at Rattlesnake Elementary. I love to teach and I am very excited to be teaching third grade this year.

        My husband and I have one dog and three horses that keep us busy when we are not working.  I enjoy hiking, reading, kayaking, and scrap-booking in my spare time. 

         In order to get to know you better, I am giving you your first assignment. On the first day of school, I would like you to bring one small item that you could use to help introduce yourself to the class. The item you bring could be a picture, an item that represents your favorite activity or hobby, or something that you have drawn or written. 

         I look forward to meeting you and working with you during the upcoming school year. 




                                                           Mrs. Matz

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