Principal’s Newsletter – April 27

News from the Principal

Well Deserved Recognition for Mr. Williams
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Today Don Williams, Music Teacher, was presented as one of the best at Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen. Every year the Evergreen Kiwanis honors a teacher from each public school in the Evergreen and Clear Creek Areas. This award was given at a luncheon hosted by the Blue Spruce Kiwanis at the Hiwan Golf Club.

Why Mr. Williams this year?  I introduced him as RMAE’s Teacher of Core Virtues. Aside from engaging students from preschool with puppetry to middle school electives with the ukulele, Mr. Williams has modeled our Core Virtues of perseverance, responsibility, and loyalty. Despite his cancer diagnosis and treatments he has persevered in serving his students and this school through some very tough times. His loyalty to being “true to his school” by singing, laughing, and teaching every day that he possibly can, speaks to his commitment to RMAE. Mr. Williams does not use his personal challenges as a bye to fulfill or to waive his responsibility to teach our students, your children, at RMAE.

Thank you, Mr. Williams, for modeling these Core Virtues for your students, their parents, and your colleagues to see every day.

Sincerely,
Dr. Stueven
gstueven@RMAE.org

Community Service Day was a huge success!

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By Jamie Brand

I would like to thank all the selfless coordinators who stepped up and took on the big job of putting together a great day for our kids, in some cases with combined classes. You all need a round of applause because the kids had a wonderfully educational and charitable, yet fun day. We helped the fire department, the sheriff department, search and rescue, the military. Everyone can be proud of all the good deeds accomplished.

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Thanks to all the students for making this day so much fun and for exhibiting our Core Virtues. They were shown to be so RESPECTFUL, responsible, wise, GRATEFUL, honest, forgiving , CHARITABLE, truthful, dutiful, PATIENT, SERVING, courageous, and showing integrity, EMPATHY, perseverance, self-discipline, KINDNESS, and loyalty (check the t-shirts please).

Thanks to:
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  • Teachers and staff who helped out in any way we needed to make the day run so smoothly
  • Our very own ice cream truck operators – Ms. Bartlett, Ms. Murphy, Wendy Courtney and Kathleen Allen
  • Nicole Fierst for manning the hospitality room so well; and Gretchen Hock and Jessica Lessig for helping clean said room
  • All the parents who found it in their hearts to donate goods or volunteer this year – there are far too many to list but you are so appreciated
  • Our Girl Scout helpers, under the guidance of Gretchen Hock working toward their Community Service badge, who provided some sweet treats and some coffee this morning
  • Julie Edmonds and Fred Alig for helping with the coffee station.
  • Mark Edmonds for designing such cool t-shirts and banners, etc. and Jules King at Embroidery Lab for printing all the t-shirts and then reprinting some of them when corrections were necessary.

This year’s fabulous Coordinators:

  • K – Mary Stults, Candace McLain,
    Megan Fuse, Tiffani Packer
  • 1st – Jolane Galloway
  • 2nd – Laura O’Connell
  • 3rd – Chris Lindsay, Ashley Ward
  • 4th – Monica Rabanal
  • 5th – Katana Beard
  • 6th – Jen Allbritton
  • 7th – Kelli Anderson, Lisa Hovey
  • 8th – Tara Saltzman, Jenn Carvalho

A Special Thanks to our Guests:

  • Matt Tait – Colorado Army National Guard, Chief Warrant Officer Two, works with drones and 911
  • Brian Beach – Special Agent, Department of Homeland; and ski patrol
    Thanks to Matthew Tait and Brian Beach for ‘working our kids out’ boot-camp style on the field all day and speaking to the kindergarten class.
  • Alpine Rescue

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  • Paul Amundson – Westminster Fire Dept.
    Thanks to Paul Amundson from Westminster Fire Department for speaking to our kindergarten class.
  • Paula Bindrich – Search and Rescue Dogs
    Thanks to Paula and her awesome dog Tully – the kids all enjoyed being found by her and learned so much about rescue dogs.
  • Evergreen Fire Rescue
    Thanks to Mike Amdur, Mike Weege, Dan Hrouda, Jillian Cardona, Frank Dearborn from Evergreen Fire Rescue for supplying the big rig and teaching our kids all kinds of useful information on fire safety. 
  • Jeffco Sheriff’s Department
    Thanks to Deputy Gonda and her partner Deputy Herman for bringing their patrol vehicles and letting the kids work the sirens and lights.

And many thanks to the other guests I am missing. You all helped make this, such a memorable day for the kids.

CSD2017_4thGrade-SheriffMany thanks also to all of our wonderful, generous sponsors, who made it possible to supply all the t-shirts, have some food for volunteers and ice cream for students.

This day would not be the same without the vast amount of work by everyone! I am sure I am forgetting people who helped out yesterday, so please know you are appreciated!

I think it is special that our school allows an entire day for charitable acts of community service. I believe we are the only school in Evergreen (maybe Jeffco) that puts on a day like this and that is something to brag about! I LOVE THIS DAY and I LOVE OUR SCHOOL FOR HAVING COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY!!

With Gratitude,
Jamie Brand
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RMAE Happenings

No School Tomorrow!

2017/18 Early Registration – May 1st through May 12th – It is mandatory that parents/guardians register their child(ren) during this Early Registration Period for the upcoming school year. In the event of wait-lists, all students (new and returning) who have not returned the Parent Contract by the last day of the Early Registration Period could forfeit their spot on the next year’s roster. Classes and staffing will be determined by enrollment.

Click on this Registration Link to access the required forms and information for next year. Please complete the first four items and return them to the office by Friday, May 12th. It is preferred that you return them in your child’s Friday folder or drop them off personally. Thank you so much for your cooperation.

K-5 Field Day – May 12th Please help make this a successful day by volunteering at one of the stations. If you are able to stay all day, please sign up for BOTH a morning and afternoon session. If you are only able to help during one session I’m thankful for that too!

AM session – 9:00-11:00 (10 minute rotations)
PM session – 1:00-2:45 (10 minute rotations)
Students can wear free dress that day but are asked to wear a shirt in their grade level color. Don’t forget sunscreen and water bottles.

K – Yellow
1 – Red
2 – Blue
3 – Green
4 – Purple
5 – Orange

Middle School Field Day – The Amazing Race – Monday, May 15th This relay-style field day will begin at 9 am and take about 2 hours. Students will be divided into 6 teams, with a mix of students from grades 6-8. There will be activities (about 40) that range from wheelbarrow races to solving math problems! The first team to complete the race, wins! Please SIGN UP HERE to volunteer.

Science Innovation Day – Science Innovation Day will be held here at the school next Friday. Students really enjoy this special day as they present their science experiments or projects to their classmates, students from other grades, and parents. Look for the schedule in the newsletter next week and plan to stop by.

Elective of the Week – Middle School newspaper is wrapping up the year with their final edition, printing our last newspaper the last week of school. There will be many articles to look forward to: Ask a kindergartener, a tribute to the 8th grade class, and the turnip (fake, yet believable articles). Students are given creative liberty to write about any of their interests, share their opinions, and write about their favorite parts of RMAE. Thanks for reading our newspaper, and we cannot wait to release our next edition!

Interested in mountain biking? — All girls in grades 6-8 (upcoming 6th graders too) are invited to a girls specific mountain bike clinic on May 7th at Bear Creek Lake Park. Don’t have a bike? Not to worry! Bikes and helmets will be provided for the day for any girls needing to borrow one. Download the flyer to sign up!

Not in 5th grade yet?  Buchanan Rec center has a great summer mountain bike class. Remember RMAE offers a mountain bike class each fall for all middle school students too!

Lobby Painting Elves – Thank you so much to the Dillon family (Randy, Lynn, Keegan, Cole and Luke) and Slade King’s grandfather, Urban Quint for spending their entire Sunday last weekend giving our lobby its much needed facelift.20170427_PaintingElves

Yearbooks: If you haven’t ordered year books yet, there is still time and two personalized pages can still be added for your student(s). Go to the Tree Ring website and enter our school’s passcode: 1014438249824153
Yearbook Price: $18.50 (plus shipping)

When you order your Yearbook, it includes two free pages to personalize with your own photos from home, vacation, or holiday. You can add personal photos from Facebook, Instagram & Flickr. The personal pages are easy to customize and can be done in a few minutes. We expect all books ordered before May 13th to be delivered to RMAE by May 20th.

If you have any questions please contact Helen McLeman (hmcleman@rmae.org) or Amy Law (aflaw3@gmail.com)

 

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Principal’s Newsletter – April 20

News from the Principal

Are You Ready for a New Principal?

A better question to ask might be; “Is there someone out there ready, willing, and able to be principal at RMAE?” Well, not completely – at least not yet. The Search Committee (SC) has been exercising excellent due diligence in its responsibility reviewing Director/Principal applications and conducting interviews. So far no one candidate has met all of the requirements laid out in the job description. Accordingly, there are no candidates as of yet to bring forward to the Board of Directors for an interview.

All applicants presented themselves as ready for a career move and willing to take on new responsibilities. However, in varying degrees all came up short in one or more key areas of this position (i.e. budget, elementary/middle school experience, educational programming, teacher supervision/evaluation, charter school experience, SPED). These key areas and others are outlined in the job posting.

Well then, what do we do given this dearth of top candidates up to now? There is a plan which I will address later in this article. In the meantime, we head for Round Two. The position will again be posted. While we had hoped to have someone in the wings preparing for a transition into 2017-18, late April and May is not necessarily a terrible time to advertise and find more candidates. Many administrative professionals wait until this time to declare themselves as looking because it is closer to the end of the school year and before summer. Less time to be a “lame duck”! I do believe we can still find and hire someone before the end of the school year. Much depends on what happens the next two weeks. Hang in there, because I am, too.

Do you like “What if” questions? So, what if an experienced school administrator doesn’t find RMAE soon? This is a question I have heard asked many times since the search began. The answer is that one has discovered RMAE and that person is me. However, we all know that there will be a day when my time will come to an end as your principal. Let’s define “end”. The SC and I had a conversation about this last Saturday.

I am committed to RMAE’s reboot this August and its future success as a school. This commitment means that I will stay connected with RMAE, and lead as necessary, until the BoD and I can comfortably hand over full leadership. I will be onboard to start the new school year. I will remain as principal until a follow-on leader is hired. I will become that person’s mentor/advisor/supervisor/colleague until such time as the BoD, the new principal, and I agree it is time for me to depart. That could be through the first quarter, maybe longer. We’ll see what will be needed to bring onboard a new principal and what the budget can reasonably afford.

Please stay tuned, but rest assured that the leadership at RMAE will continue to be ready, willing, and able to serve the students, parents, teachers, and staff at RMAE.

Thank you for the privilege to serve you now and moving forward.

Staffing Update for 2017-18

Since last month when I last shared with you projected staffing for 2017-18 there have been a few changes and steps taken to fill vacancies. Here those are:

  • Mrs. Laura Benninger has accepted a teaching position at Addenbrooke Classical Academy in Lakewood. The position she would have had at RMAE will remain vacant until late May when enrollment numbers might better tell me the specific assignment. Will it be a straight grade level class or maybe a combination?
  • The middle school Language Arts position vacated by Ms. Landau has been posted. I hope to begin interviews the week of May 15.
  • Mrs. Hines and Mrs. Hushen presented a proposal to me to job share the one 2nd grade position. I have approved and am excited about children benefiting from both being their teacher during the course of the week. I will keep you updated with personnel changes and decisions each week as they occur.

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Need one for you property or yard?  We still have some remaining pine seedlings as part of our Project Learning Tree. Have your child fill out a form and check with the office or Mrs. Vickery.

Sincerely,
Dr. Stueven
gstueven@RMAE.org


 

RMAE Happenings

Director/Principal Applicants – If you would like to see the resumes of four of the applicants, you may access them through the Grizzly Gateway on our website. All personal information (address, phone numbers, and email address) has been blacked out. The purpose is to show you the professional background of each candidate, not personal information. The candidates are referred to by initials. We had seven applicants to consider for interview. Three were selected with one withdrawing before the interview. The withdrawn resume is not posted. Four others did not go to interview because the application was either received too late (not posted), or incomplete (not posted), or did not meet minimum requirements for the position. Here is the link on Grizzly Gateway, Principal’s Page, Documents

Election Committee – The Election Committee still needs a parent representative to work with Dr. Stueven and Shawna Jermano on the upcoming election for the three open seats on our Board of Directors. Additionally, we need interested parents to apply for election to one of these seats. Please send in your letter of interest and resume to Election@rmae.org as soon as possible.

Calendar Note – No school on Friday, April 28th. This date was changed from a student testing day, to a teacher in-service day.

Willy Wonka Production – Tickets are going fast – Don’t Miss out! – Purchase your tickets now to assure you won’t be shut out. WILLYWONKA-JRShows are Friday, April 21st at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 22nd at 1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. at the Center Stage in Evergreen. Directed by: Gretchen Moritz & Leann Rogers Purchase tickets at EvergreenPlayers.org.

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A chat with the Principal
Dr. Stueven very much enjoyed his visit to the Keystone Science Camp on Tuesday.Keystone_6thGrade

PE News – Please make sure kids come prepared to be outside for PE. Mark your calendar for our upcoming Field Days:
Elementary – Friday, May 12
Middle – Monday, May 15
Ms. Forsythe will be sending out more details and a sign-up sheet for volunteers in the next couple weeks.

Elective of the WeekIntroduction to 3-D Printing & Design – When Mr. Bryant first told one of his retired teacher friends that he was offering a “3D Printing Elective”, his friend looked at him in disbelief and confided that he thought “3D Printing” was something from the realm of Science Fiction! That was just over one year ago. No, it is not Science Fiction!

Did you ever have the desire to invent something? How would you create the first prototype? Did you know the astronauts on the International Space Station are able to build replacement parts while in orbit? Did you know that biological engineers are now printing human body parts? What if you need a part or device that does not exist for a new Science experiment? Our RMAE Middle School Students are currently learning how to design and build their very own inventions in our Tech Lab using our own 3D Printers.

All of this amazing opportunity is due to the selfless dedication and volunteerism of a local business owner, Mr. Jeff Zepp. Mr. Zepp is the owner of American 3D Printing right here in Evergreen, Colorado. He has partnered with our school to make this dream become a reality. Another essential partner in this venture has been the RMAE PTO, which helped to contribute most of the funds toward the purchase of the two 3D printers that currently reside in our Tech Lab. Equally essential to this effort has been the dedication of our Technology Teacher, Mr. Dunbar, who has devoted his time and energy to learning the ins-and-outs of these fascinating machines and enabling them to work in conjunction with our local technology. As a result, Mr. Dunbar is now teaching some of this technology to some of our elementary students.elective_3d_printing

This year our middle school students have 3D-printed busts of themselves after Mr. Zepp digitally scanned them with a portable scanner in the Tech Lab. They are currently designing and building their own fully functional Fidget Spinners; as seen in the accompanying photo. Who knows what project they will come up with next? Stay tuned. It is truly amazing what can be accomplished by Teamwork!

Science Innovation Day – Elementary students (K-5) are gearing up for Science Innovation Day on May 5th.  Students really enjoy this special day as they present their science experiments or projects to their classmates, students from other grades, and parents. Today fifth graders asked the question, “Do Skittles dissolve faster in hot or cold water? They enjoyed following the scientific method and had some surprising results! More information on Science Innovation Day will be coming soon!ScienceInnovationDay_5th

Bring $1 to Wear Red Day – Monday, April 24 — The PTO is collecting donations to help Dave Montesi, an Evergreen Fire EMS first responder and a prior RMAE parent who has been diagnosed with metastatic melanoma. Bring a dollar to school and wear red for this special day. Look for a flyer in your Friday folders for more information.

Art Shows – The RMAE art department is pleased to announce three shows running concurrently with artwork by RMAE elementary and middle school students. Elementary and Middle School Entries are at the Evergreen Jefferson County public library during the month of April. Middle school students also have art on display at the Center Stage, throughout the Willy Wonka musical production, as well as in the Jeffco Middle School Art Show at the Lakewood Cultural Center with one of them receiving an award. Stop in to check them out if you are in the area.
Student Entries at Center Stage:

Cora Adcock
Tate Allbritton
Olivia Bassett
Jaden Best
Emily Butcher
Alec Dorkin
Brynna Frey
Aurora Gearhart
Seryn Grant
Bella Heath
Hannah Hovey
Sayre Hushen
Jolie Lippert
Annabel McDermid
Isabelle McLain
Ian Mohr
Mekena Packer
Max Purrington
Ellie Seutter
Zane Steele
Sophie Torgler
Sofia Verheij
Zola Warner
Serena Weingardt

Final Chance to Win Middle School Kid Art! Come and see “Willy Wonka” this Friday, 4/21 at 6:30, or Saturday, 4/22 at 1:00 or 6:30 at Center Stage and bid on the remaining three pieces of middle school kid art!

The art will be sold via a silent auction which will run from Friday night, 4/21 until 4:00 p.m. on Monday 4/24. As you can see from the photos, these are one-of-a-kind works of art created by our amazing 6th and 7th graders under the direction of our talented middle school art teacher, Brinda Pumphrey.

6th grade – 4-panel room divider with a colorful batik scene of a balloon floating over the Colorado mountains. The scene was drawn on fabric then students went over the lines with glue. The different colors were painted and the glue was washed off, creating the white outline, which defines the composition. art_balloonScreen

6th grade – original acrylic painting on mini-canvases titled “Moonrise Over the Rockies”. A different student painted each mini-canvas, creating a cohesive rendering of the moon reflecting on mountains and forest. moonrise rockies

7th grade – mosaic snowboard table shows the juxtaposition of the bright Colorado sun in a blue-sky with falling snowflakes. The table is hand-made and stained a dark brown.art_snowboardTable

Please contact Liesl Parker at lieslmathews@hotmail.com with any questions. We hope to see you this weekend at “Willy Wonka”!

Yearbooks: Order your 2016-2017 Yearbook NOW and shipping is FREE
The April 22nd deadline is fast approaching. Go to the Tree Ring website and enter our school’s passcode: 1014438249824153
Yearbook Price: $18.50 (plus shipping if ordered after April 22nd)

When you order your Yearbook, it includes two free pages to personalize with your own photos from home, vacation, or holiday. You can add personal photos from Facebook, Instagram & Flickr. The personal pages are easy to customize and can be done in a few minutes. We expect all books ordered before May 13th to be delivered to RMAE by May 20th.

If you miss the April 22nd deadline there is still time to order:

  • 4/23 – 5/13: After Deadline Ship to School – Parent/student will have to pay for shipping and books are shipped to the school.
  • 5/14 and later: After Deadline Ship to Home – Parent/student will have to pay for shipping and books are shipped to their home.

If you have any questions please contact Helen McLeman (hmcleman@rmae.org) or Amy Law (aflaw3@gmail.com)


 

News from the Board

Go to the Board of Director’s page to read the most recent Board Correspondence.


 

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News from the Foundation

We are wrapping up our Annual Giving campaign this month, and we are getting close to achieving our goal!

A HUGE thank you to the 53 families who have given!
We are at almost 84% of our goal!

And thank you also to the families who have set up a monthly recurring gift and have applied for a company matching gift.
As you know, funds raised through our Annual Giving campaign will go to replenish the school’s reserves, to enhance K-8 programming beyond what the general fund budget can afford, and to support our marketing efforts with the objective of increasing our enrollment.

Please help us reach our goal and make your donation by Friday, April 28. You can donate online at rmae.org/donate where we are accepting one-time or recurring monthly donations or download and print the Annual Giving Pledge Form and mail or drop-off your contribution to the front office.

News from the PTO

Events

  • Monthly Meet Up: Coffee at Java Groove
    Friday, April 21 (8:00-9:00 a.m.) — Reconnect with other parents as well as meet some new people. It is also a perfect opportunity for new families to get connected with others in the school. Come grab a coffee or a breakfast pastry. Come for 5 minutes or 55 minutes — we’ll be there to welcome you. If you have any questions, email Valerie Brown at valkbrown@gmail.com.
  • Bring $1 to Wear Red Day
    Monday, April 24 — We are collecting donations to help Dave Montesi, an Evergreen Fire EMS first responder and an RMAE parent who has been diagnosed with metastatic melanoma. Bring a dollar to school and wear red for this special day. Look for a flyer in your Friday folders for more information.
  • Community Service Day
    Wednesday, April 26 — RMAE will be saluting First Responders and our Military for our Community Service Day. We will be honoring the men and women who choose to pursue these important careers. We would like to thank them for their service to our Evergreen community and the wider American community. Our hope is to give back to these selfless people. Help us by volunteering. Look for a message from your classroom coordinators about what activities your classrooms will be participating in. Please contact Jamie Brand at jmeb53226@gmail.com with any questions.
  • Movie Night
    Thursday, April 27 — Get your registration forms in by Monday, April 24 for our upcoming movie night. PTO is using all the funds raised from Movie Nights towards the purchase of new Epson 520 Short Throw projectors for the classrooms ($700 per unit). Our last movie night raised $1,240 toward new projectors for the school — the total raised so far is $2,640 (almost 4 new projectors)!
  • Welcome Murphy’s Mountain Grill
    Thursday, May 4 — Save the date! Murphy’s Mountain Grill is a new restaurant concept opening up in downtown Evergreen and they are inviting the staff and families of RMAE to be the first to taste their new culinary creations. The restaurant team needs to make sure everything is perfect before they open to the public, so all food and drinks will be complimentary; they will be accepting donations, and 100% of the money donated will be given to RMAE. Please visit Murphy’s Mountain Grill anytime between 11am and 9pm on Thursday, May 4th, 27906 Highway 74.

Fundraisers
Grocery Cards —
By simply spending $500 each month in groceries/gas over the course of the year each family will earn $300 for RMAE and help FULFILL their 60 hour volunteer requirement. RMAE gets 5% when you load them. Contact Carrie Wassemiller to get a card: carrie.pto@outlook.com

Volunteering
Thanks for all you do for your school — Please continue to visit http://school-92487.volunteerbuilder.com/ to log your hours. If you prefer to use a paper log, please download and fill out the form, and return it to the office. Or there will be a clip board in the office to log hours at school. Please contact Mary Houlihan (mary_houlihan@hotmail.com) with any questions or concerns.

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Lunch and Recess – Help monitor the kiddos at both lunch and recess.
    Sign up: http://signup.com/go/1Xzv2K
  • Morning Drop Off – Assist students getting out of their cars and onto the sidewalks.
    Sign up: http://signup.com/go/kctD8b
  • Community Service Day – Areas of need for the day are: hospitality room, field activities, coffee station, ice cream social, and photographers.
    Please contact Jamie Brand at jmeb53226@gmail.com.
  • Middle School Pizza Fundraiser – This is a critical fundraiser for the middle school, and we are looking for 6th grade families to volunteer for pizza chair and co chair positions for next year.
    Contact Tiffani Packer at tiffanijp@yahoo.com.

Please contact Mary Houlihan (mary_houlihan@hotmail.com) with any questions.

For information on additional PTO events and fundraisers, go to our PTO web page.

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Principal’s Newsletter – April 13

News from the Principal

Do You Love Trees?

We certainly do here at RMAE! Our school has been officially recognized as a Colorado Project Learning Tree (PLT) School in partnership with the Colorado State Forest Service. Teachers attended two separate professional development in-services (January 6 and again yesterday) with some required "homework" to help RMAE receive this recognition. Congratulations to our teachers and especially for the hard work of Tracee Vickery with planning, organizing, and facilitating the PLT training. Special thanks also to our PTO for purchasing PLT's K-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide.

So, do you love trees? No doubt, just by living in this beautiful mountain community that question is answered. However, RMAE is positioned to provide you an opportunity to take action on that "love". One outcome of our teachers participating in PLT is that RMAE received 120 native Colorado seedlings from the nursery at Colorado State University. Twenty of these seedlings will be planted by each class in designated areas on our campus. This leaves 100 seedlings to offer to families to plant on their own property.

How do you get one of these seedlings? This opportunity will be discussed in class by teachers with their students. Next step is for the student to take a form home to be filled out, getting permission to bring a seedling home. This form also includes a plan for its planting and care. Please work with your child to help make this school-to-home project successful. Seedlings will be given to the first 100 "applicants".

Our next step as a school (which will include more participation by students) is to become a National PLT Green School focused on the use and management of our natural resources and environment. Exciting stuff!

I wish you the best to you and your family this Passover and Easter weekend.

Preschool – Under New Management, Same Quality Program, Same Location

The RMAE Preschool will officially become The Learning Center (TLC) Preschool of Evergreen on July 1st. The preschool, under the direction of Debbie Caruso, will continue with the Core Knowledge Program. If you have a preschooler, don't pass up the opportunity to be part of this quality program. RMAE will continue with established connections between TLC preschoolers and our middle schoolers. Look for more information on this transition for TLC and our continued partnership in future newsletters.

Director/Principal Search

As a reminder, the first opportunity for the Search Committee to interview selected applicants is this Saturday, April 16. There will be two interviews: one at 9:00am (by Skype) and the second at 10:30am. These interviews will be held in the music room downstairs. Please access the building through the cafeteria (south doors). If you do attend, it will be as observers only.

Gary Stueven
Your Principal
gstueven@RMAE.org


RMAE Happenings

Talent Show – Kudos go to Don Williams for putting together the talent show this year. TalentShow_StepDancersWho knew there was so much talent right here in our little school! RMAE has a huge body of vocal talent along with talented students who performed magic acts, dancing, and played melodies on the violin, piano and cello. There were 34 acts which included more than 40 students who performed their talents in front of a standing room only crowd of proud parents. Thank you to the students who participated and their parents for supporting them.TalentShow_SingingDancing

Willy Wonka Production – Next Week – Don’t Miss out! – Purchase tickets early as we have a history of selling out every performance, each year. WILLYWONKA-JR_LOGO_FULL_4CShows are Friday, April 21st at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 22nd at 1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. at the Center Stage in Evergreen. Directed by: Gretchen Moritz & Leann Rogers Purchase tickets at EvergreenPlayers.org.

Last week for can collecting for the Baskin Robbins and EChO Food Drive – Baskin Robbins is facilitating a food drive to benefit Evergreen Christian Outreach (EChO), which in turn benefits those families in need of a little assistance right here in our Evergreen community. This is where you come in – we are asking our families to donate canned goods to assist in the collection efforts. The classroom that brings in the most canned goods will be awarded with an ice cream party sponsored by Evergreen Baskin Robbins! So, send those canned goods to school with your students for them to deliver to their classrooms by April 19th. The owner of Baskin Robbins (a former RMAE parent) will collect the cans from the school to then construct a CAN DAM masterpiece inside the Baskin Robbins store for all to admire (after which, they will be delivered to EChO)!

Sunshine Committee Requests –  The Gaskell family (Gavin & Landon Fullmer, 5th & 4th grade) is in need of help with rides home from school and meal support for several weeks (beginning April 19th) while mom Britt recovers from upcoming rotator cuff surgery. Please go to our Google Doc to sign up. Thanks in advance for SHINING on the Gatskell/Fullmer's. Questions, please contact:
Jen Fitzgerald, jenfitzg17@gmail.com, 303.882.7429

PE News – Please make sure kids come prepared to be outside for PE. Mark your calendar for our upcoming Field Days:
  Elementary – Friday, May 12
  Middle – Monday, May 15
Ms. Forsythe will be sending out more details and a sign-up sheet for volunteers in the next couple weeks.

PARCC Testing – is over – Yay!

Still Searching….Help! Volunteer(s) Needed – Avoid the rush… First come, first served… We are still searching for a volunteer with reasonable painting skills to give our lobby a facelift. If you can help out in this way, please contact the school office as soon as possible. Thank you!

Elective of the Week – Field Hockey –  Middle Schoolers are having a blast in Miss Landau’s field hockey elective! This complicated sport, with over 15 rules to learn, is not an easy feat for these middle school students. Students are working on dribbling techniques, passing, and defending when learning the fundamentals of field hockey. elective_FieldHockey1Everyone loves playing games like steal the bacon, knock out, and full field scrimmage. Trevor and Langston say they enjoy field hockey because of the challenge, it is new, and lots of fun! Field hockey is a predominantly female sport in the U.S., yet the elective consists of mostly boys! There are opportunities throughout Colorado to continue field hockey. If any of your students are interested in summer camps or summer field hockey teams, feel free to contact Miss Landau for more information.elective_FieldHockey2

Art Shows – The RMAE art department is pleased to announce two shows running concurrently with artwork by RMAE elementary and middle school students. Stop in to check them out if you are in the area.

Elementary School Entries are at the Evergreen Jefferson County Public Library during the month of April. This exhibit showcases more than 25 projects and 46 artists. Congratulations to the following artists who are participating in this year's show:

Enzo Africano
Chase Allbritton
Isaac Arnold
Chloe Bender
Madison Benninger
Karrik Boyle
Katriel Boyle
Anna Brand
Caitlyn Buchanan
Ellie Cahill
Brandon Chambers
Samuel Clackler
Sophia Corrin
Jesse Dorkin
Logan Edmunds
Vincent Emmi
Noah Fierst
Avery Fitzgerald
Peyton Fitzgerald
Amelia Fontaine
Graham Forsythe
Gavin Fullmer
Alexandra Galloway
Abigail Geiger
Xavier Gomez
Jadyn Hager
Layla Hiltabiddle
Ava Holub
Hannah Holub
Ned Houlihan
Tyler Jackson
Evelyn Jensen
Lily Kern
Raya Koeva
Charlotte Koningsbauer
Rollie Lindsay
Katherine Mahler
Hudson McCormack
Jillian Morrill
Richie Muller
Kaia Packer
Kirra Packer
Owen Parkins
Bethany Reimers
Megan Rohal
Adelyn Ward

Middle School Art Show Entries: Six middle school students have art on display in the juried 18th Annual Jeffco Middle School Art Show at the Lakewood Cultural Center, with one of them receiving an award. Please stop by to see the amazing art done by middle school students from across the district if you are in the area. The show is at 470 S. Allison Parkway in Lakewood, near the intersection of Alameda and Wadsworth. There is an opening reception on April 27 from 5-8 pm.

Congratulations to the following artists:

  • Jaden Best -
    black and white drawing category
  • Ellie Geiger -
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  • Isabelle McLain -
    painting category
  • Sidney Parker -
    Honorable Mention in the sculpture category
  • Kelsey Vaughn -
    black and white drawing category
  • Serena Weingardt -
    painting category

The middle school art teacher, Brinda Lane-Pumphrey will also have her own artwork in the juried Jeffco Teachers Exhibit, also at the Lakewood Cultural Center in the James J. Richey Gallery from April 12 – May 5 with an opening reception at the same time as the middle school opening reception. Look for paintings signed b. lane.

A collection of middle school student artwork is also on display in the Evergreen Jefferson County Public Library. Congratulations to the following middle school artists who are participating in the library show:

Cora Adcock
Grace Anderson
Jaden Best
Kimball Boyle
Melia Carvalho
Trevor Chartier
Megan Ellis
Brynna Frey
Ellie Geiger
Zach Goldenberg
Anna Jermano
Elias Langenegger
Maddox Lee Kested
Renee' Maynard
Isabelle McLain
Caitlyn Morrill
Sidney Parker
Nathaniel Parkins
Leighla Riemma
Trina Ryan
Ellie Seutter
Zane Steele

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Yearbooks: Order your 2016-2017 Yearbook NOW and shipping is FREEThe April 22nd deadline is fast approaching. Go to the Tree Ring website and enter our school’s passcode: 1014438249824153
Yearbook Price: $18.50 (plus shipping if ordered after April 22nd)

When you order your Yearbook, it includes two free pages to personalize with your own photos from home, vacation, or holiday. You can add personal photos from Facebook, Instagram & Flickr. The personal pages are easy to customize and can be done in a few minutes. We expect all books ordered before May 13th to be delivered to RMAE by May 20th. 

If you miss the April 22nd deadline there is still time to order:

  • 4/23 – 5/13: After Deadline Ship to School – Parent/student will have to pay for shipping and books are shipped to the school.  
  • 5/14 and later: After Deadline Ship to Home – Parent/student will have to pay for shipping and books are shipped to their home.

If you have any questions please contact Helen McLeman (hmcleman@rmae.org) or Amy Law (aflaw3@gmail.com)

News from the Board

Go to the Board of Director's page to read the most recent Board Correspondence.

As one of our community outreach events, the marketing committee has arranged to have a table at King Soopers this Saturday from 11-3 to promote RMAE. We need parents who love our school be at the table to distribute marketing materials and answer questions about the school. Please sign up for a 1-hour shift on the Google Doc. We are also planning to have MS ambassador student to be at the table to help share their enthusiasm for our wonderful school.

News from the Foundation

A HUGE thank you to the 46 families who have given! We are at almost 76% of our goal!
And thank you also to the families who have set up a monthly recurring gift and have applied for a company matching gift.

We are wrapping up our Annual Giving campaign this month and need your family’s support in order to achieve our goal.

As you know, funds raised through our Annual Giving campaign will go to replenish the school's reserves, to enhance K-8 programming beyond what the general fund budget can afford, and to support our marketing efforts with the objective of increasing our enrollment.

Please help us reach our goal and make your donation by Friday, April 28. You can donate online at rmae.org/donate where we are accepting one-time or recurring monthly donations or download and print the Annual Giving Pledge Form and mail or drop-off your contribution to the front office.

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Principal’s Newsletter – April 7

 

News from the Principal

201704_Carnival_PieIt was fun!

The RMAE Carnival last evening was a great time for our students, families, and guests. It was more fun to be here as your Principal than being in Hawaii wearing my Hawaiian shirt on the beach. Really!

This was a great event – so many smiling kids and adults.  Many thanks to Mrs. Betsy Bartelt, Mrs. Sarah Deeter, and Mr. Tony Bryant for being such good sports becoming one with either a pie or duct tape.  Additionally, hats off to each grade level for their part in sponsoring a booth or activity booths

Lastly, special KUDOS to Mrs. Jaye Scheid, Mrs. Twila Warner, and Mr. Sid Friedman along with a cast of many others for planning and organizing this school/community event. Please enjoy the pictures included in this newsletter, and I heard that a carnival for next year is already in the making.201704_ClassicCarRide

A Ride in a 57 Classic with Lunch
Check out the picture to the left. Malcom is happy that his ticket was drawn and his friend is delighted to join him and me sometime in May. Congratulations to Mrs. Kelli Anderson who made the highest bid for the other ride. She hasn’t decided if the ride and lunch is for her and a friend, or if Grace will be the lucky one.

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What the Carnival Earned
Not only was the evening a blast, but it earned your school some money, too.  Here’s the accounting:

  • Pie and duct taping – $664
  • Pizza and drawing ticket sales – $762
  • Auction of Classic Car Ride with yours truly – $150

However, the proceeds weren’t the only benefit.  I did see a number of RMAE guests. Keep up the soft sell about RMAE and please direct any interested parties to Mrs. Susan Murphy for more information about enrolling at RMAE and possibly doing a tour.201704_RAK_rocks

Kindness Rocks
Yes, kindness will always rock.  However, this is about something else and this was explained at today’s Core Virtues Assembly for K-5. Please ask you child what this is about. Use the pictures as a conversation starter.

Gary Stueven
Your Principal
gstueven@RMAE.org


RMAE Happenings

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Community Service Day and Project Learning Tree (PLT) – An all school assembly is scheduled for Wednesday, April 19th to help get students excited about the Community Service Day which will incorporate a PLT projects. Ms. Vickery has been working to bring PLT to RMAE, which would make our school the only Environmental Education School in the mountain area and in Jeffco. It means that we, as a staff, are committed to forest stewardship partnering with the Colorado State Forest Service. It is a yearly commitment for all our classroom teachers to be trained in Project Learning Tree, widely recognized as one of the premier environmental education programs in the world. Additionally, we need to integrate at least one activity into our curriculum each year and participate in a forest related community service event, such as our tree planting and the fire mitigation already planned for Community Service day. The Colorado State Coordinator will present our school with our official Aldo Leopold PLT bench and honor our school as an environmental education school.

Our Community Service Day will take place on Wednesday, April 26th.

Baskin Robbins and EChO Food Drive – Baskin Robbins is facilitating a food drive to benefit Evergreen Christian Outreach (EChO), which in turn benefits those families in need of a little assistance right here in our Evergreen community. This is where you come in – we are asking our families to donate canned goods to assist in the collection efforts. The classroom that brings in the most canned goods will be awarded with an ice cream party sponsored by Evergreen Baskin Robbins! So, send those canned goods to school with your students for them to deliver to their classrooms by April 19th. The owner of Baskin Robbins (a former RMAE parent) will collect the cans from the school to then construct a CAN DAM masterpiece inside the Baskin Robbins store for all to admire (after which, they will be delivered to EChO)! On another note, we would like to give a shout out to Baskin Robbins for supporting RMAE’s student birthdays with free ice cream cards.

Sunshine Committee Requests –  The Gaskell family (Gavin & Landon Fullmer, 5th & 4th grade) is in need of help with rides home from school and meal support for several weeks (beginning April 19th) while mom Britt recovers from upcoming rotator cuff surgery.  Meals should be dropped off in the school office before the end of the school day so the boys can bring them home.  Rides home will be to the Lookout Mountain area. Please go to our Google Doc to sign up. Thanks in advance for SHINING on the Gatskell/Fullmer’s. Questions, please contact:
Jen Fitzgerald
PTO Sunshine Committee
jenfitzg17@gmail.com, 303.882.7429

PE News – April is one of our craziest snowy/wet months and kids should be prepared to be outside for PE (boots, coats, hats, gloves). As long as the temps aren’t too cold we will be using the field/circle/basketball area for PE. Parents, when the basketball area is coned off, please try to park elsewhere as we use that space when the field is too slushy. Thank you for your help with this.

Field Day – Ms. Forsythe will be sending out more details and a sign-up sheet for volunteers in the next couple weeks.  Mark your calendars for:
Elementary – Friday, May 12
Middle – Monday, May 15

PARCC Testing – One week to go… Well rested, well fed and well hydrated students make happy test takers!

Art Show – The RMAE art department is pleased to announce that our largest collection of elementary student artwork for the year will be displayed on the main wall of the Evergreen Jefferson County public library during the month of April. This exhibit showcases more than 25 projects and 46 artists. Stop in to check it out if you are in the area. Congratulations to the following artists who are participating in this year’s show:

Enzo Africano
Chase Allbritton
Isaac Arnold
Chloe Bender
Madison Benninger
Karrik Boyle
Katriel Boyle
Anna Brand
Caitlyn Buchanan
Ellie Cahill
Brandon Chambers
Samuel Clackler
Sophia Corrin
Jesse Dorkin
Logan Edmunds
Vincent Emmi
Noah Fierst
Avery Fitzgerald
Peyton Fitzgerald
Amelia Fontaine
Graham Forsythe
Gavin Fullmer
Abigail Geiger
Xavier Gomez
Jadyn Hager
Layla Hiltabiddle
Ava Holub
Hannah Holub
Ned Houlihan
Tyler Jackson
Evelyn Jensen
Lily Kern
Raya Koeva
Charlotte Koningsbauer
Rollie Lindsay
Katherine Mahler
Hudson McCormack
Jillian Morrill
Richie Muller
Kaia Packer
Kirra Packer
Owen Parkins
Bethany Reimers
Megan Rohal
Adelyn Ward

Elective of the Week – Mural painting –  201704_mural_1During the mural elective, students design and create a multi piece mural that incorporates both their individual and group aesthetics. Teamwork and communication are key skills since students must agree on a design, make adjustments as they go, and provide feedback. Stop by to see the two completed murals in Mrs. Johnson’s room and the four-quarter mural in progress in the commons.201704_mural_2

Help! Volunteer(s) Needed – We are still searching for a volunteer with reasonable painting skills to give our lobby a facelift. If you can help out in this way, please contact the school office as soon as possible. Thank you!

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Principal’s Newsletter – March 23

News from the Principal

Spring Fever – If only Tylenol would help!

At this time of year it is a pleasure to see the “early risers” beginning to sprout from the ground. However, warm weather also seems to bring with it thoughts of spring vacation, which begins tomorrow, and a sort of “spring fever” to some of our students. It’s a “fever” more prevalent this time of year with older students, but younger students are not necessarily immune. Maybe you are experiencing the same at home or for yourself, especially as the daylight hours become longer. I am not immune either.

Nonetheless, many important lessons lay ahead to finish out the rest of the school year. Please remind your child of the importance and value of self-discipline, to stay on-task with class work, and to comply with school rules. Everyone’s energy and focus needs to be on eight more weeks of learning versus managing 38 school days of reminding and disciplining students about our expectations for dress code, classroom attention, homework and general behavior.

Thank you and enjoy the official Spring which began on Tuesday and will be capped by a fun and relaxing spring break. Everyone – please return rested, ready, willing and able to make a great run for May 25th.

Gary Stueven
Your Principal
gstueven@RMAE.org


 

RMAE Happenings

PARCC Testing will continue for the two weeks after spring break. Well rested, well fed and well hydrated students make happy test takers! The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a group of states working together to develop a set of assessments that measure whether students are on track to be successful in college and careers. The test is aligned to what students are learning in the classroom and measures real-world skills, such as problem solving and critical thinking. It is only one measure of a student’s achievement.

Talent Show & Try-outs – There will be additional talent show try-out opportunities after spring break. Try-outs will be held Monday and Wednesday, April 3rd and 5th from 3:15 pm to 5:00 pm. Other arrangements can be made to accommodate students if required. The talent show is scheduled for Tuesday, April 11th 5:30 to 7:30 pm, here in the school cafeteria. Questions may be directed to Don Williams at dwilliams@rmae.org.

RMAE Carnival – Thursday, April 6, 5:30-7:30
The first Thursday after Spring Break, come for a night of fun, bring your friends from other local schools and share the creative, engaged and wonderful school we have at RMAE!

  • Drawing for an electronic device, gift certificates to Hearthfire, local restaurants and a ride with Dr. Stueven in his sweet ’57 Chevy
  • Student-run booths (PLEASE SIGN UP STUDENTS FOR 20 MIN SHIFTS ON YOUR CLASSROOM GOOGLE.DOCS!!)
  • Free popcorn, cotton candy, cookie and lemonade
  • Pizza $2 a slice– free if you bring a friend!

Booths by Grade:
(Please check your class room sign ups)

  • Kindergarten & Ms. Geiger – Petting Zoo
  • 1st – Silly Wheel and Softball Toss
  • 2nd – Bowling Game, Ring toss
  • 3rd – Dice Games & Score O
  • 4th – Cup challenge, Football toss
  • 5th – Tattoos, Horse races
  • 6th – Cake walk
  • 7th – Refreshments
  • 8th – Face painting
  • Mr. Bryant – Mad Science
  • Mrs. Narans – Fortune Telling
  • Mr. Dunbar & Ms. Mortiz – Scavenger Hunt
  • Duct Tape and Pie in the Face the teachers from winning classrooms!

RMAE Parent Survey – Parents should have received the email with a link to the annual parent survey that went out on Monday. Please take the time to provide us with your feedback prior to spring break. The results will be reviewed by the School Accountability Committee (SAC), the Board of Directors, the new Principal/Director (once hired) and Dr. Stueven. Only one parent survey response per household is requested.

Elective of the Week – Cake Decorating - CakeDecorating_cropped This week we modeled character pigs out of fondant. In the coming weeks students will be learning various cake decorating skills using royal icing to make fondant flowers. CakeDecoratingPigs_croppedThere will also be opportunities for students to pursue individual interests and to create their own cakes.

Volunteer(s) Needed – We are searching for a volunteer with reasonable painting skills to give our lobby a face lift. If you can help out in this way, please contact the school office as soon as possible. Thank you!

After School Chess Club – WIZ-KIDS is a non-profit group which teaches chess to kids in after-school chess clubs. They care for each child’s progress – as a chess player and as a person. There is also an emphasis on the many vital life lessons that can be learned through chess playing. Chess has been proven to raise kids’ math test scores by 17%, along with increasing their IQ’s  and overall cognitive abilities! Class dates will be: April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16. Go to the Wiz-Kids website to enroll.

Parenting Safe Children Workshop – Red Rocks Elementary School PTA is presenting a workshop to empower adults to keep children safe from sexual abuse – Saturday, April 22nd, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. For more information, see the Parenting Safe Children Information/Flier.

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Principal’s Newsletter – March 16

RMAE Happenings

3rd Quarter Report Cards Available Friday – Grades 3 – 8 report cards may be accessed through the parent portal beginning tomorrow.  Report cards for K – 2 will be sent home in Friday folders.

Classroom Group Photos – Next Wednesday, March 22nd.  If you wish to purchase a class photo, be sure to return your order with payment by next Monday.  If you did not receive an order form, we have extras in the office.

Jump Rope for Heart – RMAE raised $5,082.00 for the American Heart Association! The kids did an amazing job this year! I’m so proud of them. We also earned $300 to purchase new PE equipment. Thank you all for supporting the AHA and RMAE!

PARCC Testing will begin next Monday, March 20th.    Well rested, well fed and well hydrated students make happy test takers! The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a group of states working together to develop a set of assessments that measure whether students are on track to be successful in college and careers.  The test is aligned to what students are learning in the classroom and measures real-world skills, such as problem solving and critical thinking. It is only one measure of a student’s achievement.

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Joe Wheeler, of Kiwanis, with our 3rd Grade Winners!

The Conifer Kiwanis reading program awards 3rd grade students and our school.  By participating in the Kiwanis reading program RMAE was awarded $1,250.  The 3rd grade top reader winners were also awarded a $50 gift certificate.  And the winners are:

  • Raya Koeva
  • Tallaby Riddle
  • Lillie Beach
  • Clare Muller
  • Enzo Africano

RMAE Parent Survey – Parents should have received the email with a link to the annual parent survey that went out on Monday.   Please take the time to provide us with your feedback prior to spring break.  The results will be reviewed by the School Accountability Committee (SAC), the Board of Directors, the new Principal/Director (once hired) and Dr. Stueven.   Only one parent survey response per household is requested.

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Zach Goldenberg methodically shapes the blade of his canoe paddle with a block plane.

Elective of the Week In the Woodworking elective at RMAE, students engage in hands on learning with the creation of a canoe paddle. Woodworking students begin by coming up with a design for their canoe paddle. Students then take raw lumber, organize the lumber for both aesthetic appeal and structural integrity, and glue up the pieces to create the canoe paddle blank. After the glue up is complete, students then shape the paddle with bench planes, block planes, rasps, files, saws, and sand paper. Nearly all of the work is done without the aid of power tools. This semester-long class will culminate in a beautiful, fully functional canoe paddle ready to be taken out on the water.

The use of Audio/Visual aids in learning a foreign language – a note from Senor Geiger follows:
I use audio visual aids to enrich my instruction of Spanish on a daily basis. One of the main resources I use is a website called Rockalingua. This website has songs with videos that the children love to sing and helps with permanent retention. I encourage families to explore the website and reinforce the songs at home.

In class, I teach the class the words to the song and the translation prior to singing the song. After reviewing the song/video, I quiz the class on words and phrases in the song to ensure they are remembering the meaning.

From first to eighth grade, the kids have learned an impressive number of songs and we are able to apply it to our conversational Spanish applications. I usually start every class with a general review where each child has to answer a question in Spanish. Many times I use the songs as cues to help a child remember the appropriate response.

About once a semester, I also may show a portion of a popular movie in Spanish per class and have the kids shout out when they recognize a word in Spanish. If you play movies at home and change the language to Spanish (Netflix allows most movies to be watched in Spanish), do not turn on the subtitles to encourage their brains to start thinking in Spanish. When subtitles are on, they spend most of the time reading for comprehension instead of letting their brains make the connection between the Spanish word and the visual display.

Audio/Video instructional aids make learning Spanish fun and sticks with them for life!

17 RMAE Alumni involved in Evergreen High School’s INTO THE WOODS  – March 16th, 17th & 18th at 7pm, and 2pm on March 18th.  Purchase tickets now at www.evergreenhstheatre.ticketleap.com

Isabella Mohr
Luke Johnson
Ryan Fesenmeyer
Nya Kingsbury
Julia Cox
Keely Ohmart
Sara Skuladottir
Madisyn Genender
Mollie Markey
Ashley Hushen
Ben Gonzales
Alex Purrington
Brooke Hager
Andrew Montesi
Will Emery
Willow Harris
Nick Weist

Our little school is quite a force in Evergreen and it makes us very proud.

Our 4th – 8th graders all enjoyed a sneak peak of the INTO THE WOODS production this week.  The kids saw the first act only, but there are still tickets available for the entire show (see link above).  While the High School has done an excellent job of staging the entire show family friendly, the second act has a story line that is darker and more disturbing.  Thus, the “young kids” warning that they post.

Parenting Safe Children workshop – Red Rocks Elementary School PTA is presenting a workshop to empower adults to keep children safe from sexual abuse – Saturday, April 22nd, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. For more information, see the Parenting Safe Children Information/Flier

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Principal’s Newsletter – March 10

RMAE Happenings

Jump Rope for Heart update – Deadline FRIDAY – Message from Wendy Forsythe follows:I’m SO proud of all of our students at RMAE! They did an amazing job so far raising money to help kids with heart problems – $3,825.00! Please turn in envelops and/or complete your complete all online donations by Friday, March 10th. I will close out our fundraiser and the remaining student gifts will be mailed to the school within a few weeks. Please email Mrs. Forsythe with any questions.

RMAE Carnival –  Save the date:
Thursday, April 6, 5:30-7:30
Bring your family and friends to play student run games, win penny candy, eat carnival treats and have fun! Everyone who brings a non-RMAE friend also gets free dinner too. (Pizza-$2 a slice)

Booths by Grade:
(Please check your class room sign ups)

  • Kindergarten (& Ms. Geiger) –
    Petting Zoo
  • 1st – Silly Wheel and Softball Toss
  • 2nd – Bowling Game, Ring toss
  • 3rd – Dice Games & Score O Mrs. Narans-Fortune telling
  • 4th – Cup challenge, Football toss
  • 5th – Tattoos, Horse races
  • 6th – Cake walk
  • 7th – Refreshments
  • 8th – Face painting

Let’s make this the most fun-filled event of the year and show off our great staff, students, school and build our community!

Elective of the Week – (written by Anna Jermano) Mixed Grilling is a fantastic elective that is taught by the one and only Mr. Bryant. This elective is made up of thirteen 6th and 7th graders, so different grades get to interact and mesh. This quarter my elective classmates and I had many different delicious meals! From simple hot dogs and brats to various barbecued chicken parts to five stacks of ribs, everything tasted heavenly. The meals were devoured very quickly. We would usually finish two bags of chips before the meat was ready. With every meal we had chips, drinks, and desserts. Everyone had their own responsibility each week of bringing; the meat, chips, drinks, dessert, or utensils and plates. Overall, we did not have any problems with missing anything on our weekly menu. This was an amazing elective that I can’t wait to repeat next quarter!

Classroom Group Photos – classroom group order forms are being sent home in your child’s Friday folder tomorrow.  Please complete the order form and include your payment in the envelope.  Orders should be returned by the following Friday.

Evergreen High School Performing Arts is proud to present INTO THE WOODS on March 16th, 17th & 18th at 7pm, and 2pm on March 18th. “Be careful what you wish for”…Sondheim’s legendary musical intertwines fairy tale characters who enter the woods to find their own “happily ever after.” Wishes are granted and dreams come true… only to find that the path to happiness may lead to unintended consequences! An enchanting, hilarious and touching musical that is not to be missed! (Act 1 is family friendly. Please note Act 2 may contain subject matter not suitable for young children.)
Purchase tickets now.

Movies or Music? – Both!
A note from Ms. Bloom:
If your child is coming home saying that we watch movies in music class, I would like to take this opportunity to explain to you what we actually do in music class. Mr. Williams and I share the position, and he covers singing, keyboards, ukulele, etc. while I cover composers and their music as well as the instruments of the orchestra and their families and the elements of music. I have each grade just once a week and cover all the core knowledge in these areas. The first half of music class is learning about composers and listening to their music. This involves use of videos and YouTube. When learning the instruments of the orchestra and their families, there are several good videos on YouTube that covers this core knowledge topic appropriate for early elementary.

The second half of the class I cover the elements of music and like to do this through interactive learning games that teach music symbols, notes of the treble and bass clefs, rhythm and counting, dynamics and tempos.

Please allow me to give brief examples of what the children are watching and hearing in music class.

  • Kindergarten: Edvard Grieg music from Peer Gynt. I show them a puppet video that features the story and the music. Victor Herbert, “March of the Toys” YouTube, from Disney’s Babes in Toyland.
  • 1st: Sergei Prokofiev, Peter and the Wolf. Again, I have a puppet video that features the story and music and also the instruments of all the characters. For Jazz in American musical traditions, we are currently watching Disney’s animated The Princess and the Frog, a fine example of New Orleans jazz and Louis Armstrong.
  • 2nd: Camille Saint-Saens, Carnival of the Animals, a Jim Gamble puppet movie featuring the composer as a little boy writing music for all the animals. Beethoven, Symphony No.6, from the original Disney Fantasia, which also introduces them to Greek mythology.
  • 3rd: George Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue, found in Fantasia 2000. Peter Tchaikovsky, Swan Lake, a video specifically for classroom use.
  • 4th:  Benjamin Britten, The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, found on youtube by BBC with narration. Mozart’s Magic Flute, BBC animated version in three parts and perfect for classroom.
  • 5th: Beethoven, Symphony No. 5, 1st movement found on Fantasia 2000. Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition, found in Animusic II.

 

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Principal’s Newsletter – March 2

News from the Principal

An “Elevator Speech” in Evergreen?

Most of you live in the Mountain Area and no doubt have been approached by community members or neighbors about the state of RMAE. I am sure that the questions and/or comments come to you from them with varied purposes and motivations. RMAE does not any longer need to be part of the gossiping grapevine; yet, there are those who seem to want us to fail. Let’s show them in our responses that RMAE will survive and succeed. What I have stated below could be used by you as you please to respond to inquiries about RMAE’s present and future.

It is quite OK that you would acknowledge how difficult the first semester was for everyone at RMAE – because it was! However, with the faculty and staff coming together under new leadership the future for RMAE is very promising. It must be emphasized how special and positive our students continue to be as young citizens and learners. RMAE continues to be a “family” which is one of the benefits of being a smaller school than are others in the area.

There is hope and promise in Version 17.1.0 where RMAE will re-boot itself as a community of committed parents, students, faculty, and staff.

It can be reasonably be expected that RMAE’s K-8 enrollment for 2017-18 will be smaller than it is presently.  This is primarily due to projecting a smaller number of incoming kindergartners than what is the number of graduating 8th graders. Additionally, every grade level is losing some students. However, we continue to enroll new students to finish out the school year, have had previous students return, and have accepted new enrollments for 2017-18 coming to us through the Open Enrollment process. We are in the process of slowly rebuilding our enrollment. We do not count students we don’t have, yet we can be cautiously optimistic for the long run (next 2-3 years) given the number of tours and new enrollments.

To be fair, our class sizes will not be as small as they have been this year with an average ratio of 1:15. Projected budget (which is based on enrollment) cannot support the present staffing. We have another month to see where our projected enrollment numbers are before the teaching staff for 2017-18 can be decided. However, I believe that considering what Jeffco is trying to manage with its expected budget cuts for 2017-18, RMAE’s student-to-teacher ratio (around 1:24-26) will be smaller than the large majority of Jeffco schools and classrooms.

RMAE is alive and healing. The future is bright for all grade levels. While the school enrollment and the teaching staff will be smaller than past years, we will be re-building on the successes of the past and the lessons learned from the present to become a better and stronger school. That is our commitment to the RMAE family.

Should you encounter folks/parents that remain skeptical or have questions about any part of RMAE performing as a viable and successful K-8 school, please encourage them to call me or send me an email. I hope that what I have shared here will help you in your conversations with those outside of RMAE. We do need to stand together on our message. We are RMAE strong!

Thank you.

Gary Stueven
Your Principal
gstueven@RMAE.org


RMAE Happenings

Volunteers Needed – RMAE needs your help marketing the new and improved Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen! Below are some examples of what each sub-committee will be focusing on:

  • Digital Marketing: Website, Social Media, Digital Resources, Graphics, AdWords, SEO
  • Event Marketing: Organization of school related events – Open Houses, Family Night
  • Traditional Marketing: Newspaper Print, Magazines, Brochure, Banners, Meet and Greets, Mailing

If you are interested in aiding in our marketing efforts please sign-up for one of the three subcommittees found here:  Marketing Committee Sign-up Google Doc

Elective of the Week – PreschoolElective1Preschool Elective – PreschoolElective2During this elective, middle school students plan and implement lessons with the preschool students. Recently, students worked together to weave and decorate Valentine’s Day card pouches. The preschoolers were practicing fine motor skills and the middle schoolers had to practice their instruction delivery skills. It’s amazing to watch the students interact and how much joy it brings to both the older and younger kids!

Jump Rope for Heart update –  The kids are enjoying the last week of Jump Rope for Heart by rotating through 5 different stations – single rope jumping, partner jumping, backward turning, crossover turn jumping, long rope jumping and double Dutch turning. They are doing a wonderful job! They are also doing an amazing job raising money for the American Heart Association – $2900 so far! Please return all envelopes and complete all online donations by FRIDAY, MARCH 10th. Once everything is turned in I will close out the fundraiser and all extra gifts will be mailed to the school in 3-4 weeks. Thank you for supporting RMAE and the American Heart Association! Please email Mrs. Forsythe with any questions.

RMAE Carnival –  Save the date:
Thursday, April 6, 5:30-7:30
Free fun for everyone! Ready to toss some rings, paint some faces, eat some goodies? Do you want to get the chance to duct tape an RMAE teacher to the wall? And, weather permitting, visit our petting zoo?

  • Play at our student-built, student-run game stations!
  • Enjoy popcorn, cupcakes, cookies, cotton candy and drinks, as well as pizza for $2 a slice. If you bring a non RMAE family, pizza is free for you and your guests!
  • Win an exciting prize from the drawing!

We hope you will spread the word and come to support this community building event. You and your family are an important part of a remarkable group of this RMAE students, teachers, staff, and parents working and celebrating together!

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Director’s Newsletter – February 23

News from the Principal

Charting RMAE’s Future

When I retired from Platte River Academy in June 2014 I thought that any opportunity to lead a charter school again would probably not be in my future. I was preparing myself to be just a very part-time consultant and mentor. Well, “Not so, Dr. Stueven”.

It has been my pleasure (and challenge) to lead RMAE these past 3½ months and getting to know the excellence of this faculty and staff, meeting many caring (and involved) parents, and working with a committed Board of Directors (BoD). But, I have to say the real treasures here are the students. Thank you for sharing them with us every day, and also, thank you for picking them up every day.

As you know my time at RMAE will have an ending with the advent of new leadership for 2017-18. We are at the front-end of a timeline and process to identify and hire a new Director/Principal. Additionally, the BoD is weighing its election process alongside other possibilities for transitioning governance to next school year in a manner that will help preserve stability for the school during this time. Accordingly, I would like to share from my perspective and my experiences how leadership at a charter school works to “Chart Its Future”.

Have you ever heard of “Triple A”? Some of you might think of the American Automobile Association when your car won’t start.  Just make that call to “Triple A”. Or, maybe as a Colorado Rockies Baseball fan you keep track of the young and aspiring professional players on the Albuquerque Isotopes – the Rockies Triple A minor league team. Then if you study World War II, you know that our bomber and fighter pilots were very concerned about “Triple A” which is Anti-Aircraft Artillery.

In charter schools we have our own “Triple A” – what I see as a plan of leadership. When in place this leadership plan will ensure your success as a school.  I can speak to this because this plan it not what I always experienced as a school principal for 20 years in Jefferson County School District. This Triple A Leadership Plan is:

  • Autonomy, Authority, Accountability

School leaders can chart their school’s future because they have the Autonomy to lead and implement the school’s mission and its charter.

Your school leadership must have the Authority to make decisions, unencumbered by District bureaucracy, to impact curriculum that is taught and hire the teachers who will help students learn.

And finally, there is the Accountability where the school’s leadership and its Board of Directors are directly responsible to the students and parents they serve and represent every day.

I want to thank this great state of Colorado and Jeffco Schools for having the vision and fortitude to secure a place for charter schools in the realm of public education for its children.  How else would Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen and all other charter leaders have the opportunity to understand the value of the Triple A Leadership Plan in charting the future of their respective schools?

Thank you for this opportunity to lead RMAE.

Gary Stueven
Your Principal
gstueven@RMAE.org


RMAE Happenings

“Let us Know your Plans” letter – Thank you to those parents who have already submitted a copy of the Let Us Know Your Plans for 2017-2018 letter. If you have not already done so, please take a moment to download and complete the attached letter. You may drop it off in the office, return it in your child’s Friday Folder, scan and email it to info@rmae.org, or simply reply to this email stating your plans for your student(s).

We appreciate that some of you may be unsure of your plans for school next year.  If this is the case, please complete the form by indicating that you are undecided at this time. It is vital that we have this information as we move forward and chart the course for the upcoming school year.  Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.

Jump Rope for Heart update –  We were fortunate to have Rory the Lion visit RMAE yesterday! Some 2nd grade students were also able to show off their jump roping skills. Students will rotate through different jump roping stations next week during PE to conclude our Jump Rope for Heart month. Envelopes and online donations will be accepted until March 10. All remaining gifts will be delivered early April. If you still wish to raise money online, go to RMAE Jump Rope for Heart page. Please email Mrs. Forsythe with any questions.

RMAE Carnival –  Save the date: Thursday, April 6, 5:30-7:30
Free fun for everyone! Ready to toss some rings, paint some faces, eat some goodies? Do you want to get the chance to duct tape an RMAE teacher to the wall? And, weather permitting, visit our petting zoo?

  • Play at our student-built, student-run game stations!
  • Enjoy popcorn, cupcakes, cookies, cotton candy and drinks, as well as pizza for $2 a slice. If you bring a non RMAE family, pizza is free for you and your guests!
  • Win an exciting prize from the drawing!

We hope you will spread the word and come to support this community building event. You and your family are an important part of a remarkable group of this RMAE students, teachers, staff, and parents working and celebrating together!

Volunteers Needed – RMAE needs your help marketing the new and improved Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen! Below are some examples of what each sub-committee will be focusing on:

  • Digital Marketing: Website, Social Media, Digital Resources, Graphics, AdWords, SEO
  • Event Marketing: Organization of school related events – Open Houses, Family Night
  • Traditional Marketing: Newspaper Print, Magazines, Brochure, Banners, Meet and Greets, Mailing

If you are interested in aiding in our marketing efforts please sign-up for one of the three subcommittees found here:  Marketing Committee Sign-up Google Doc

Elective of the Week – Knitting Elective – knittingElectiveStudents are having a blast using their fine motor, mathematical, and artistic skills in the knitting elective! As a kind school, scarfs and animals are being knitted to give to others. Most of the students have never knitted before and are now becoming experts at this craft. Knitting incorporates interlocking loops of one or more yarns with knitting needles. Students enjoy conversing with each other and listening to the latest hits while their fingers are busy making loops. Knitting is a form of mindfulness, meaning it relaxes the brain and creates a sense of calm in a person. Both boys and girls are in the class and equally enjoy this elective.

Barbeque Grill Request – The middle school grilling elective is in need of a gas barbecue grill. If you have a grill that you are no longer using and could donate it to the school, the grillers would be most appreciative.

Thank you to one of our sweetheart parents for bringing us coffee last Thursday and again this week!


 

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Principal’s Newsletter

News from the Principal

Becoming a Sweetheart: RMAE’s Top 10

Did you remember everything (said and unsaid, promised or not) that you were supposed to do or purchase for your Sweetheart and Valentine? I hope that you did.  If not, you have my best wishes for redemption. I’ve been there!

At RMAE, we like sweethearts year-round and this descriptor can be earned equally by moms, dads, and students. Below is our Top 10 Countdown on Ways to Become an RMAE Sweetheart.

  1. Always remember during the school day to sign-in at the front lobby desk with a smile before heading off to other parts of the school campus.
  2. Call early in the morning to leave a message regarding your child’s absence.
  3. Volunteer for carpool line and show up smiling. Come join Jodi and Laurie in the morning.
  4. Share your cooking and baking talents for teacher/staff potlucks and appreciation days.
  5. Practice memory skills at home so your child will remember the weekly door code.
  6. Demonstrate that carpool line in the circle is the time to display extraordinary patience and the best of one’s safe driving skills.
  7. Send Tiffany Fontaine a “Thank you” for her unselfish leadership as our PTO President.
  8. Volunteer for Community Service Day (April 26). It’s a memorable day where we all get together to work for a common cause and to honor others for their service to this community.
  9. Send a written note of appreciation to a former teacher or your child’s current teacher.And Numero Uno Is!
  10.  Bring in lattes from Espresso Evergreen for the front office!

Can you think of others ways to become an RMAE Sweetheart? I’d be glad to post them in a future newsletter. In the meantime, enjoy becoming a sweetheart for RMAE. We know we will.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

What’s this I hear about a 4-day school week?

At a Marketing Committee meeting a few weeks ago and at last week’s RMAE Board of Director’s (BOD) meeting, there were conversations about looking into a 4-day school week. As you know there are mountain area districts/schools to the west of us that have 4-day weeks to take advantage of the ski season. At this stage it is only a conversation! There might well be, in SAC’s spring survey, questions about a 4-day week (or a modified version of it during the ski season) and if it should be considered by the BOD.

Again, it is a conversation, nothing has been remotely decided other than survey the community. There could be something in this week’s Canyon Courier as Deb Hurley-Brobst, a reporter for the Courier, was in attendance at the BOD meeting. Please, no rumors!  Only the facts as stated above.

Gary Stueven
Your Principal
gstueven@RMAE.org


RMAE Happenings

“Let us Know your Plans” letter – These letters will be distributed at your child’s parent/teacher conference. We are requesting that you complete and return these forms to the office to enable us to continue with plans for the upcoming school year. If you did not receive a letter, or have already met with your child’s teacher, they will be emailed out to families next Tuesday.

Proposed 2017-18 RMAE Calendar – The RMAE BOD has given preliminary review of a proposed 2017-18 school calendar. It closely parallels that of Jeffco’s School District for 2017-18 which has already been approved. This proposal is also close to this school year’s calendar.

The proposed calendar has been posted on our website for your review. Check it out at: RMAE Family Calendar – 2017-2018. If you have comments or thoughts about this calendar before it is officially approved at the March 9th meeting, you are welcome to share them by sending an email to Calendar@rmae.org. These emails will be reviewed by the BOD before it meets in March.

Jump Rope for Heart update –  Did you know that we are not only raising money for the American Heart Association, but also earning money for valuable PE equipment? We need your help! Simply go to RMAE Jump Rope for Heart page and register your child. By taking your personal heart healthy challenge and sending 10 e-cards to your friends and family, you can help children with sick hearts and earn valuable PE equipment for our school. Thank you for supporting the American Heart Association & RMAE! Please email Mrs. Forsythe with any questions.

Easy Money for the School – We are proud to announce that AmeriGas now has a community/school program that will give us $.02 cents on each gallon of propane that our families and staff use during the school year! Simply go to your online account at www.amerigas.com, go to your monthly, quarterly, or annual invoice. The 2nd page on your invoice is the “community/school days receipt”.  Bring this receipt to the school and “voilá” – free money to our school! See the example of the receipt.

Thank you for your participation.

Marketing Committee is looking for volunteers – Calling all staff, parents, and community members alike: RMAE needs your help marketing the new and improved Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen!

Below are some examples of what each sub-committee will be focusing on:

  • Digital Marketing: Website, Social Media, Digital Resources, Graphics, AdWords, SEO
  • Event Marketing: Organization of school related events – Open Houses, Family Night
  • Traditional Marketing: Newspaper Print, Magazines, Brochure, Banners, Meet and Greets, Mailing

If you are interested in aiding in our marketing efforts please sign-up for one of the three subcommittees found here:  Marketing Committee Sign-up Google Doc

The Alma Mater Match – Five people matched correctly the five schools with their school/fight song.
The matches were: A-4; B-2; C-3; D-1; E-5.
As an FYI, Redlands High School is the school I attended in Southern California. Go Terriers!  Congratulations to Alfred Alig, Sheila Farneth, Jen Fitzgerald, Jolane Galloway, and Joanne Gomez for 5 out of 5 on the matches. Your Golden Ticket will be coming your way soon.

Parent/Teacher Conferences reminder – Please plan to attend. Conferences are scheduled as follows:
February 15th –  4:00 – 8:00 pm
February 16th – 1:00 – 6:00 pm (noon dismissal)
February 17th – NO SCHOOL
February 20th – NO SCHOOL

Elective of the Week – Who loves snacks? Middle school students! In Cathy Goodheart’s Healthy Snacks elective, students are able to explore simple cooking, a critical life skill. They work in teams to choose recipes, collect ingredients, cook, and share with their classmates. So far we have shared guacamole, hummus, gluten free muffins, quesadillas, smoothies, and fruit with healthy dips. YUM!

Woodworking Donations – Mr. Dunbar would like to thank all of the families that have helped grow the Woodworking program at Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen for their generous donations!

Calendar ChangeApril 28th – NO SCHOOL for students. Originally, April 28th was designated on the calendar as student testing day. This has been changed to non-school (and non-testing) day for students and an in-service day for staff.


News from the Board

Go to the Board of Director’s page to read the most recent Board Correspondence.


News from the Foundation

Why Give to Annual Giving?

We will be featuring families and the reasons why they have given:


jacksonFamily_croppedThe Jackson Family
Our family donated to the Annual Giving campaign because we love RMAE and want to see it thrive in years to come! We moved over from Marshdale Elementary to RMAE back in the fall of 2013 and it was the best decision we could have made. Our children, Paige (5th) and Tyler (1st), absolutely love their teachers – a special shout out to Mrs. Grose, Mrs. Bartelt, Ms. Hushen and Cherie Mazurek! These women know my children so well, even their quirks :) , and have poured out so much time, energy, and care to ensure they are building both knowledge and character. I look forward to Paige and Tyler attending RMAE through 8th grade and encourage other families to hang in here with us. Please consider giving what you can to this campaign… every donation matters.
– Carole & Chris Jackson


Thank you to the 31 families who have given! We are at 56% of our goal!

You can donate online at rmae.org/donate where we are accepting one-time or recurring monthly donations or download and print the Annual Giving Pledge Form and mail or drop-off your contribution to the front office.
(If you would like to share your reasons for why you gave to our Annual Giving Campaign, please email rmaefoundation@rmae.org.)


News from the PTO

Events

Movie NightThursday, February 23. Students attending can wear PJs to school and bring pillows, blankets and a stuffed animal. Download and fill out the form and bring to the office with cash or check by end of day Monday, February 20.

Monthly Meet UpFriday, February 24. Come grab a quick coffee or breakfast on your way to work or your way home. Come for 5 minutes or 55 minutes — we’ll be there to welcome you. If you have any questions, email Valerie Brown at valkbrown@gmail.com.

Community Service DayWednesday, April 26. We need sponsors to contribute to our costs to make this incredible event successful.  If you own a local business, (or know someone one who does), and would like your name on our all-school shirt that will be worn that day by students, staff and volunteers, please contact Jamie Brand at jmeb53226@gmail.com.

Fundraisers

Box Tops are due 2/24! Clip and send in what you have to earn cash.

Grocery Cards – Use your King Soopers or Safeway gift cards each time you purchase groceries and gas! RMAE gets 5% when you load them. To date we have raised over $6,500! We have about 40 families participating, but our goal is to increase our participation to be 100%. Contact Carrie Wassemiller to get a card: carrie.pto@outlook.com.

Volunteering

Please remember to log your volunteer hours! Please contact Mary Houlihan (mary_houlihan@hotmail.com) with any questions.

For information on additional PTO events and fundraisers, go to our PTO web page.

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