RMAE BOD Meeting Rescheduled and Rodeo Parade Photos

RMAE Board of Directors Meeting Rescheduled

Tomorrow’s scheduled Board of Directors meeting has been postponed to next week, Thursday, June 29 at 6:30pm. An agenda for the meeting will be sent next week.

RMAE Float at the Rodeo Parade

Thank you to all who participated in the rodeo parade on behalf of RMAE. All who attended had a great time. And a special thank you to the PTO, Marketing committee, the Morrill family and Murphy’s Mountain Grill and the Packer family for helping us show our school spirit!
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Principal’s Newsletter – May 26

News from the Principal

I had the privilege of being a speaker at the graduation ceremony of our eighth graders on Tuesday evening at Evergreen High School. RMAE had thirty-three graduates that evening, looking happy and proud in front of family and friends. It was a special evening for everyone in attendance.

Here is what I had to share:

Good Evening Parents, Extended Family Members, and Friends of these Graduates –
What a prize! Here you spend nine years in school to have now earned the privilege to listen – very attentively – to a speech from your principal at your graduation. Earlier today I practiced a short version and a very long version of this speech. When I am done, you can decide (if you are still awake) which one I used tonight.

Graduation 2017. Just as it is for you as 8th grade graduates, tonight is also a milestone for some parents. This ceremony might bring an end to your relationship with RMAE. Just think – no more dress code, no more ordering hot lunch, no more car line in the circle, no more Royale Elk Drive on a snowy day, no more parking two blocks away to attend a school event. For some, this is the advent of that unknown adventure called “surviving high school as a parent”. Or, maybe this next fall will offer a new challenge and a second or third chance with parenting another son or daughter through that freshman year in high school. I wish you well.

Here it is. Nine years of growing, working, and learning for everyone involved with your education. Every one of us (whether as a student, parent, or teacher), has benefited from this experience no matter how many years you have been at RMAE. I hope it has been a worthwhile time for you whether your experience here was a jaunt, a journey, or both. I could add a few other descriptors to my own short experience, but this is clear. It has been a joy and a privilege to serve as your Principal these past seven months.

Tonight begins the next step in your educational journey. These days when life seems to be happening so fast, it is no surprise that one might feel like it’s all a race. A race to the top. A race to the winner’s circle. A race to that next wish, or grade, or age. Maybe you were racing to the day that you would graduate from RMAE. But please, take time to enjoy the moment – every moment. Tomorrow will come! I know because I probably have had more of them than anyone else in this auditorium tonight.

Here’s some advice from an old, seasoned, veteran principal, who is also a father and grandfather, as you enjoy the summer ahead and begin your high school career in August:

  • Make good choices. We all make choices, but we seldom can select the consequence of our poor ones. When good choices prevail, you won’t have to worry about the consequences – you’ll just get to enjoy them.
  • Be responsible. When do the requirements to be a responsible 14 or 15 year-old become completely yours as an individual and not that of your parents, your friends, or your teachers? Yes, they can be called on to offer advice and assistance, but in the end the choice to do the right thing belongs only to you. Take the high road, challenge yourself, and do what’s right.
  • Accept your responsibilities as a teenager. Don’t wait for someone else to do them for you. Believe in yourself. I believe in you, and I am sure that there are some very special people sitting behind you who do, as well.
  • Value your reputation and family name. Building it up is a lot easier than trying later to repair it in the eyes of those who love you and care about you.

Congratulations, graduates. I wish you well as you transform from a Grizzly to an Evergreen Cougar, or Conifer Lobo, or Golden Demon, or a Clear Creek Digger. Just remember though, don’t you all come back at the same time. We wouldn’t want to scare the kindergartners thinking that RMAE has become a zoo.

Enjoy the evening and the video – both of which are all about you.

Dr. Gary Stueven
Principal
gstueven@RMAE.org


 

RMAE Happenings

Have a relaxing, fun and safe summer!

Congratulations to our 8th Graders! We wish them well as they move onward and upward to High School and beyond.

Kindergarten Graduation – Parents of kindergarten students enjoyed a wonderful graduation, continuation program yesterday which was put together by Pam Vernon and Lisa Best. KGgraduates The cuteness factor was off the charts!
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5th Grade Continuation Tunnel
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Summer Homework Link – Teachers sent home summer reading lists and skills challenges home for them to work on throughout the summer. These packets will also be available on our website under the Student Life (Summer Homework) tab.

Jefferson County Library’s Summer Reading ProgramRegister on the library’s website.

Wings over the Rockies Air and Space Museum – Take advantage of this pass for a fun way to learn more about aviation, spacecraft, and rocket technology. Wings over the Rockies Boarding Pass

ORDER NOW – School Supply Kits – Save time and money – One click shopping and your student’s supplies will be delivered directly to the school or your home, ready for the first day of school! Click on the link below to purchase the kit for your child’s grade.

Educational Products, Inc. Supply Kits – (School Code ROC157)

School supplies ordered on or before June 16 - Will be available at PTO’s Ice Cream Social which is the Friday before school starts, on August 18th. If you are unable to pick them up at that time, they will be in your child’s classroom on the first day of school.
School supplies ordered June 17– 30 – Will be shipped to your home and you will be charged a shipping fee at checkout.

**Kindergarten parents, click on page two at the bottom of the order page to order the rest mats.
**7th & 8th grade parents, click on page two at the bottom of the order page to order the math graphing calculator.

Questions, contact the school secretary, 303-670-1070 or info@rmae.org

Sea Camp News – The shovelnose guitarfish is a member of the taxonomic class Chondrichthyes, which includes sharks, rays, and skates. In fact, the shovelnose guitarfish was originally considered to be a shark.  The specimen in the photo was caught by hand while the RMAE 7th grade class was snorkeling in LaJolla Cove, California from the boat Sea Watch.  We also caught a horned shark and the students were able to examine abalone, sea urchins, sea stars, numerous fishes, and many other marine organisms.  Some of us even had close-up encounters with seals and sea lions that were frolicking amongst us during our visit to the cove. Later in the day we ventured out into open water and encountered Mola mola, the heaviest known bony fish in the modern ocean. Mola mola can typically attain a weight of greater than a ton.  At the end of the day we made a dredge haul that brought up sea bass, flounder, spiny lobsters, round sting rays, pipefish, jellies, and many other fascinating marine species for us to examine up close and personal. Hands-on marine science at its best.  Just another awesome day at Sea Camp San Diego!TonysSkateFish

~ Tony Bryant ‘Mr. Bryant fishing for new students’

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Principal’s Newsletter – May 19

News from the Principal

Making the Call – Not Always Easy

After watching many, many youth and high school games of football, soccer, basketball, and baseball as my sons grew, I did realize that there is one job and responsibility I would not seek – being an umpire. Some calls are easily made, but others may be challenged by spectators. However, there is one consolation for the umpire – that at least half of the parents, (presuming there are equal numbers of supporters for the home and the visiting team), will be pleased with the “missed call”.

Yup, it looks as if I missed the call for school to be closed today. So much for depending upon information from the National Weather Service or local weather forecasters in my making this call 10 hours in advance. My regrets, but did it please at least a majority of you? Yes, the kids count in the calculation, too. I do hope all of you are enjoying the day and wondering if it is really May. As I have said to a few others, RMAE will do its best to make this last week of school a memorable one for your children.

Charter school principals make many calls. Some decisions impact the present (i.e. canceling school, fire drills) and others address the future (i.e. staffing plans, hiring teachers, new math program). Let me share more about the latter, which are those decisions that have been made or are in progress for 2017-18. I have made many calls since becoming your principal and I am confident that the ones needed to move us forward are worthy of your support. Here are some updates:

  • The Board of Directors has approved a budget for 2017-18 school year which at this time has a deficit (projected expenses over projected revenues) of $115,000. This deficit is real and must be understood when pressure is applied to increase positions and services for 2017-18. “Where’s the money?” is a question that must be asked.
  • This deficit was further reduced by a generous donation from the RMAE Foundation. Thanks to everyone who participated in the latest giving campaign. This donation will also support the purchase and implementation of a new K-8 math program.
  • Mrs. Ann Hudson will be officially hired at RMAE’s Principal beginning July 1st when her contract is approved by the BoD at a Special Meeting on May 25.
  • At Middle School specifically:
    • There will be a single self-contained sixth grade class. Class size could be up to 30 students with significant support from a teacher aide during most core instructional time. Mrs. Goodheart is ready for this assignment.
    • The 7th/8th grade team will have four core teachers and operate similarly to this year. There will be electives offered each day that will include 6th graders.
    • A language arts teacher should be hired by Monday. A math position has been posted for applications. Mrs. Hudson will be involved with this hire.
    • Class sizes in 7th and 8th grades are still projected to be under 20 students. We need more students.
  • Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade have only enough students for one class. All projections remain under 20 students for each grade level.
  • There are skeptics out there texting about the job share with Mrs. Hines and Mrs. Hushen in 2nd grade. I am very pleased with this arrangement. Please stop the texting and come talk to Mrs. Hines, Mrs. Hushen, or me.
  • Grade 3: The class size could be 28 if it remains a single class. However, just as for 6th grade, teacher aide time will be allocated accordingly. Mrs. Narans is ready and willing.
  • Grades 4 and 5 have three teachers assigned for 2017-18 which puts class size at around 21-22. This does not warrant a fourth teacher, yet. We need to wait and see how enrollments will help out the budget. Will there be a combination? Possibly. This situation is too close to call and to commit money we do not have. However, we have the teachers in place to handle and teach whatever is assigned. Quality of the program and quality of the teachers will make the difference; not the class size or a combination class for a year. Please be patient about this challenge and trust that we will implement a plan that will be successful for our students, your child.
  • Sylvia Geiger has resigned her position as Spanish Teacher. She has decided to pursue her career as a lawyer on a full-time basis.
  • Positions to fill: 4-hour lunchroom and copier aide; 6-hour teacher aide; Lunch Manager/Server; summer custodian; facilities manager; Spanish; and PE.
  • Is there anyone available and qualified to teach/manage orchestra as a fee-based after-school activity for 2017-18? This cannot be supported by the projected budget.
  • At this time, we are accepting enrollments in all grades excepting we are being cautious about our numbers in 3rd and 6th. We do have a small wait list and will act on these in a timely manner on a case-by-case basis.
  • RMAE will host a Home School Support Program beginning in the fall for families with middle schoolers being homeschooled. This option is not available in the mountain area. It will be a one-day-a-week program and will raise needed revenue for RMAE at a very low cost. Another meeting will be held for interested families after Memorial Day.

Wow, that’s a lot of news! If you have questions, please email me rather than putting questions on Facebook or texting them to friends – questions I should be answering. Teachers are ready and willing to answer your questions, too. In some cases, we may not have a clear answer, but we are confident that solid solutions will be decided and implemented when enrollment at each grade level and school-wide is more settled. In the meantime, thank you for your patience.

Dr. Gary Stueven
Principal
gstueven@RMAE.org

P.S. As a reminder, there will be a “Meet the Candidates” opportunity on Monday at school at 7:30pm.

 


 

RMAE Happenings

End of School Assembly – Parents are welcome to attend the end of school assembly next Thursday, May 25th at 9:00 am. It will be held outside, so bring your chairs and hopefully your sunscreen!

School Supply Ordering Kits – Save time and money – one click shopping and your student’s supplies will be delivered directly to the school or your home, ready for the first day of school! Go to Educational Products, Inc. Supply Kits – (School Code ROC157) to purchase the kit for your child’s grade.

  • School supplies ordered on or before June 16th – will be available at PTO’s Ice Cream Social which is the Friday before school starts, on August 18th. If you are unable to pick them up at that time, they will be in your child’s classroom on the first day of school.
  • School supplies ordered June 17th – June 30th – will be shipped to your home and you will be charged a shipping fee at checkout.

**Kindergarten parents, click on page two at the bottom of the order page to order the rest mats.
**7th & 8th grade parents, click on page two at the bottom of the order page to order the math graphing calculator.
Questions: Contact the school secretary, 303-670-1070 or info@rmae.org

Jeffco Action Center’s School Supply Distribution – This event will be held at Stevens Elementary from August 7th through August 12th and it is open to all families with children in Jefferson County schools. Please see the attached flier for more details about the documents needed and the specific dates for school supply pick up.

Science Innovation Day in the Middle School – The day was filled with students learning about how to construct a solar oven, shooting binder clip catapults, operating stomp rockets and lithium battery powered cars, bobsleds, Mentos powered cars, self-propelled boats and the ever popular egg drop challenge.

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Mr. Bryant and Principal, Dr. Stueven, atop the egg drop crane

Jefferson County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program – As a part of their Summer Reading program, they are offering a reading contest open to all Jeffco schools. One school in each of the five categories (preschool, elementary, middle, high and special/choice) with the highest percentage of students who finish the Summer Reading program will win $800. There are also many prizes available for students – look for the flier in your child’s Friday folder. Students may register on the JCPL website.

Summer Homework Link – Teachers will be sending summer reading lists and skills challenges home with students for them to complete throughout the summer. These packets will also be available on our website under the Student Life (Summer Homework) tab.

Summer Food Bank – For many families, as another school year comes to an end, the worry about how to keep their kids fed begins anew. Especially when it seems like they could eat constantly!

Evergreen Christian Outreach (EChO) provides a Summer Lunch program that combines fresh items (milk, fruit, vegetables), shelf stable items (canned or packaged goods), and frozen foods (meats) each week to cover lunches. All items are geared to allow the kids to prepare and feed themselves. The program runs from May 29th until August 18th. There is no means test to receive this food. Pick up is required at the EChO office at 27640 Hwy 74 Evergreen on Mondays from 10-6, TWTh from 10-4. To sign up, simply call EChO at 303-670-1796. Ask for Nancy if you have any questions.

Field Day – was a huge success thanks to Wendy Forsythe. The middle school field day was capped off by a friendly game of kickball between the students and the staff. The staff enjoyed the bragging rights of being the winners this year! StaffKickballTeam-Winners Please go to our Photo Gallery page to view more Field Day photos.

Last Day of School Picnic – Weather permitting, you all are invited to bring a picnic lunch and stay for an hour or two after early release on the last day of school (May 25).  Some time to set the kids free on the playground, talk about summer plans and relax. Hope to see you all there for a low key celebration to start the summer!

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Principal’s Newsletter – May 11

News from the Principal

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Who All Will Step up to the Plate?

Give this a thought: If a baseball player never stepped-up to the home plate, that player would never experience the great feeling of hitting a home run for the home crowd. We need a few more home run hitters at RMAE to join the many others who come to bat for your children every day. Are you ready to step-up to the plate for RMAE? More on that later in this message.

First, I want to share with you a decision that was made last night by your Board of Directors – a decision to bring a new person to the plate and begin to hit more home runs for RMAE. Ann Hudson, who is also a four-year resident of Evergreen, was offered the Principalship at RMAE beginning July 1 and she has accepted. Ann was a hit with the Search Committee and the BoD and will be a hitter for RMAE for years to come. The Board will have a Special Meeting on May 25 to officially approve her contract of employment. You are welcome to come at that time and meet Ann. This two-week period is required by state statute to enable the public to speak to this selection before the hiring process is complete.

If you want to know more about Mrs. Hudson’s background, you can view her Letter of Interest and Resume on the Principals Page of our website at http://www.rmae.org/grizzlygateway/teacherwebsites/principals-page/. A formal introduction of her may not happen until August. However, she will be learning more about RMAE once she completes her assignment in Aurora.

Secondly, how about some of you also stepping up to the plate and volunteering for some very important roles. Here is where we need your time and help:

  • We want to hold a Board election.There are three openings to be seated in June. One person has stepped forward and RMAE needs at least two more. There will be an election before the school year ends. This will be a great way to get to know your child’s principal and serve your school. If interested please email me, as soon as possible, to review with you the steps necessary to run. Thanks to Russ Arnold and Shawnna Jermano for stepping-up to serve on the Election Committee with me.
  • Do you want to pay full-price for your 6th, 7th, or 8th grader to participate in the class trips next year? If not, then we MUST have a parent volunteer/representative for each grade level and a treasurer to manage and reconcile the funds collected to support these trips. Please contact Tiffany Fontaine at fontainefamily@mac.com.

Lastly, I want to express my deepest appreciation for the professionalism and commitment of the thirteen members of the Search Committee to the search process for a Principal which began three months ago and culminated with Ann being presented to the BoD as a finalist. I am pleased with how the process worked and the outcome with Ann being offered the position by the BoD. If you see any of the members, please ask them about the process, the decision, and then pass along your thanks for their service on the committee. They stepped-up to the plate for RMAE and have hit a home run. The members were: Kelli Anderson, Dyann Bartlett, Amy Broxterman, Kathy Butcher, Ian Dunbar, Tiffany Fontaine, Mary Gordon, Kathy Grubb, Emily Johnson, Chris Lindsay, Rachel Saylor, Candy Taber, and Carrie Wassemiller.

Happy Mother’s Day! We all have one. Enjoy and honor her while you’re both here.

Sincerely,
Dr. Stueven
gstueven@RMAE.org


RMAE Happenings

2017/18 Early Registration – The deadline has been extended to next week, Monday, May 15th – 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 Monday, May 15th. 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 – TOMORROW! 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 – Gray
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.

Evergreen Fire/Rescue Wildfire Community Preparedness Month and Mitigation Photo Contest – evergreenFireRescue_logoEvergreen Fire/Rescue are looking for maximum participation from the members of the community for their mitigation photo contest. This is a great way to get out and help reduce wildfire danger in the area.
Photo Contest flyer (pdf)
Fire Mitigation Wildfire Community Preparedness flyer (pdf)

Jefferson County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program – As a part of their Summer Reading program, they are offering a reading contest open to all Jeffco schools. One school in each of the five categories (preschool, elementary, middle, high and special/choice) with the highest percentage of students who finish the Summer Reading program will win $800. There are also many prizes available for students – look for the flier in your child’s Friday folder. Students may register on the JCPL website.

8th Grade REHAB Bags – NFFRD_2017_cropFor the Community Service Day, our 8th grade class put together REHAB bags for the Alpine Rescue Team and the North Fork Fire and Rescue (NFFRD) in Buffalo Creek. The bags contain many personal items (sunscreen, gum, snacks, deodorant, chapstick, hand wipes, foot powder and tissues) for the volunteers to carry with them when responding. They also visited Alpine Rescue to learn more about what they do for our community and during their visit, they detailed the inside of their trucks. Check out the 8th grade thank you letter they included with the REHAB bags and the photo of the NFFRD department holding their REHAB bags. They were very grateful!

Summer Food Bank – For many families, as another school year comes to an end, the worry about how to keep their kids fed begins anew. Especially when it seems like they could eat constantly!

Evergreen Christian Outreach (EChO) provides a Summer Lunch program that combines fresh items (milk, fruit, vegetables), shelf stable items (canned or packaged goods), and frozen foods (meats) each week to cover lunches. All items are geared to allow the kids to prepare and feed themselves. The program runs from May 29th until August 18th. There is no means test to receive this food. Pick up is required at the EChO office at 27640 Hwy 74 Evergreen on Mondays from 10-6, TWTh from 10-4. To sign up, simply call EChO at 303-670-1796. Ask for Nancy if you have any questions.

Yearbooks: We expect all books ordered before May 13th to be delivered to RMAE by May 20th. Go to the Tree Ring website and enter our school’s passcode: 1014438249824153
Yearbook Price: $18.50 (plus shipping)
If you have any questions please contact Helen McLeman (hmcleman@rmae.org) or Amy Law (aflaw3@gmail.com)

Last Day of School Picnic – Weather permitting, you all are invited to bring a picnic lunch and stay for an hour or two after early release on the last day of school (May 25).  Some time to set the kids free on the playground, talk about summer plans and relax. Hope to see you all there for a low key celebration to start the summer!


 

News from the PTO

  • Monthly Meet Up: Murphy’s Mountain Grill
    Friday, May 19 (1:00-2:00 p.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 late lunch or snack. 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.
  • Grocery Cards — Keep using your 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
  • We need you! — We are seeking 4-5 new members of our board to contribute fresh ideas and energy to what has already been started. No special training necessary to join us, with the exception of the treasurer. Please send an email to our vice president, Bre Boyle at boylebundle@gmail.com.
  • Uniform Swap/Lost and Found — We are collecting for our Uniform Swap. Drop any gently used uniforms you would like to donate in the office. And as the year comes to a close, we will be clearing out the lost and found. Please check for any missing items, as anything left after school is out will be donated.
  • Middle School Pizza Fundraiser – This is a critical fundraiser for the middle school, and we need 6th grade families to volunteer for pizza chair and co chair positions for next year.
    Contact Tiffani Packer at tiffanijp@yahoo.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.

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

 

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Principal’s Newsletter – May 4

News from the Principal

Excerpts from Dr. Stueven’s congratulatory speech to the Kiwanis Student of the Year recipients:

DominicKiwanisStudentYearDominic Herrick8th Grade – There are so many wrong turns and choices that can be made by our youth. But with an ever-present and involved family and a school that supports these same values and teaches Core Virtues, Dominic Herrick has made significant growth as a student. Accordingly, what have we have observed and experienced is a young boy who has become an exemplary young man.

Dominic Herrick has a heart of gold… and a story to tell. Actually, I’m sure there is no end to the stories Dominic has to tell. Teachers typically hear at least one a day! One regret for those of us working in schools who hear these stories from our students, it is too often that we do not get to hear (or see) the “Rest of the Story” as Paul Harvey used to say on the radio. What I have seen and heard is that Dominic wants to stand-up for the “little guy” or the unwelcomed because that it something that he has experienced in his own past.

We are thankful that Dominic landed at RMAE and has shared this part of his journey with us.

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Wyatt Grummans4th grade – Wyatt, AKA Batman, is a fabulous 4thgrade student, and an even better 4th grade citizen.

If Wyatt is your friend, you are the luckiest person ever. Wyatt has everyone’s back, and he is extremely kind. He models for others our Core Virtues; especially Charity, Gratitude, Kindness, and Respect for others.

This past fall, Wyatt found some money (change), and immediately took it to the office suggesting the school could use this money. He did not keep it for himself and over time it remained unclaimed. So, he suggested starting a “Change” Drive for RMAE. This drive/bottle has collected well over $200 for RMAE.

Congratulations Wyatt for representing today the best of RMAE.

Sincerely,
Dr. Stueven
gstueven@RMAE.org


RMAE Happenings

2017/18 Early Registration – One Week to go! – 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.

Teacher Appreciation — Thank you very much to the kindergarten parents for providing the staff with a delicious breakfast and lunch today! You are awesome! On another note, if we have not properly thanked the parents of other grades for providing the many goodies, breakfasts, lunches, etc. throughout the year, please accept our tardy thank you! We absolutely have the best parents at this school!

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.

Elementary Science Innovation Day Tomorrow – Friday, May 5th Science Innovation Day will be held here at the school and parents are invited to drop by to view the projects they have been working on. Students really enjoy this special day as they present their science experiments or projects to their classmates, students from other grades, and parents.

A Thank You Note From Dave Montesi –
Dear RMAE faculty, parents and students:
I wanted to reach out and say thank you to all of the faculty, parents and students at RMAE. I was aware that community day was last week and I am sorry I was unable to attend. I was not however aware that all of you pooled together your generosity to help generate money to donate toward the fundraising efforts on behalf of my health.

Thank you so much to all of you for thinking of me and taking the time to help. Words can’t express my gratitude but that’s the best I can do right now.

Thanks again,
Dave Montesi

Elective of the Week – We are running in Elk Meadow! How cool is that? The middle school students take to the local trails weekly for this invigorating elective class.
We practice trail etiquette, talk about proper running form, and enjoy getting our heart rates up as we run between two and three miles. Join us in the middle school for this and many other challenging electives!

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)

Last Day of School Picnic – Weather permitting, you all are invited to bring a picnic lunch and stay for an hour or two after early release on the last day of school (May 25).  Some time to set the kids free on the playground, talk about summer plans and relax. Hope to see you all there for a low key celebration to start the summer!


News from the Board

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


News from the Foundation

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The RMAE Foundation wants to extend a HUGE thank you to the 61 families who contributed to our 2016-2017 Annual Giving Campaign. We are elated to announce that we exceeded our goal of $45,000! We especially want to thank the anonymous donor who gave a generous gift that pushed us over our goal.

As you know, due to our lower enrollment, budget shortfalls necessitated taking funds from reserves. Because of your gifts, the 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.

If you would still like to give, we will continue to accept donations 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

  • Annual Meeting
    Tuesday, May 9 (8:30 a.m.) The May PTO meeting will be our Annual Meeting. This is an important meeting as we will adopt our updated ByLaws and elect our officers for the upcoming school year. PTO provides invaluable support for our teachers and students in many ways, including organizing volunteers and its support of special projects and fundraisers for our school. Please consider getting involved in our dynamic and crucial group.
  • Monthly Meet Up: Murphy’s Mountain Grill
    Friday, May 19 (1:00-2:00 p.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 late lunch or snack. 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.

Call For Committee and Board Members

PTO has had positive momentum and success in the 2016-17 year and we have several board positions that will remain intact to continue on the current trajectory. We are seeking 4-5 new members of our board to contribute fresh ideas and energy to what has already been started. No special training necessary to join us, with the exception of the treasurer.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please send an email to our vice president, Bre Boyle at boylebundle@gmail.com. You can get more information about our organization from our website.

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
  • 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 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 -
    black and white drawing category
  • 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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