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New Look to Calendar
- Spring Forward March 9th!
- TCAP testing begins today and will be on going for the next two weeks.
Students in 3rd through 8th grade should arrive at school on time, well rested and snacked up!
It is critical to be here at school to avoid mass make ups which result in students missing instruction!
- NEW LOOK TO THE CALENDAR!
From now on RMAE’s School calendar will no longer have Field Trip destinations or departing and arriving times included in the information for security purposes. The calendar will only show which grades have field trips on given days. Refer to the original document or the Middle School newsletter for details.
- RMAE Auction — Last Friday night, RMAE held another successful and fun auction night!! Congratulations to Kasity Briley and her team for a terrific event!! RMAE PTO raised over $55,000 from the auction to support RMAE community and programs. Thanks to all who attended!!! ***If you weren’t able to attend, but would still like to make a donation, we’d be happy to accept!! Just drop a check in the PTO box in the office, or contact Kelly Breuer at firstname.lastname@example.org to make a credit card donation.
- Human Resources Committee Is Looking For More Members
The RMAE Human Resources Committee is seeking additional members. This is an advisory committee that assists the Business Manager and Director with updates and changes to various staff policies and procedures as well ad hoc requests for assistance from the Business Manager and Director. Although the primary role will be to assist on development and refinement of policies and procedures, members of the Human Resources committee are required to sign confidentiality agreements for the limited situations in which they may need to access confidential information. Parents with a background in human resources, and/or management of employees would be particularly useful. The HR Committee will generally meet once a month at the school. If you are interested, please contact Margaret Parnell Hogan at email@example.com or via telephone at 303.648.1891. You may also want to attend our next meeting which will be on March 11, 2014 at 8:15 at RMAE.
- KUDDOS TO THE MIDDLE SCHOOL KIDDOS!!!
Ms. Moritz wanted to pass on to the school the many compliments she received regarding our Middle School kiddos at the Forever Plaid Musical and Art Walk:
The Executive Director of Center Stage said that the kids were not only appropriately behaved; they were a spark of positive energy that the actors really needed heading into this weekend’s shows!
The actors themselves said they had a blast and were impressed with the thoughtful questions and the fact that the kids seemed to “get” a lot of the jokes that adults have missed. Showing everyone their maturity!
Our school bus driver said “I’d be happy to drive this group anywhere. What a great group of kids!”
In short – please pass on to the kids how proud we are of them!
They really made RMAE shine!
- RMAE Recycling Corner
We’re still collecting for classroom cash:
Used ink cartridges (inkjet and laser)
Cell phones, PDA’s or iPods
Kindles, iPads or digital reading devices
Old Digital Cameras
If you have any questions about recycling at RMAE please contact Rachel Smith at 303-670-1070 ext. #303.
What more can you do as parents? Consider “green” alternatives when packing lunches. Here are some ideas:
- Use small, reusable BPA-free plastic containers instead of plastic baggies for sandwiches and snacks
- Have your child bring a BPA free, eco-friendly and recyclable water/juice bottle to school instead of juice box or disposable watee bottle
- Have your child put everything into a washable, reusable lunch bag or box instead of a paper or plastic bag
- When in doubt, remind your child to recycle!
Got a RMAE window decal yet??
Your RMAE car decals are available in the front office.
DOGS ON CAMPUS!
As the weather gets nicer, please remember that dogs are not allowed on campus at drop off, during school, or pick up. There are times that classrooms have activities that allow our furry friends to come to class. This is allowed but you and your furry guest must sign into the office. Thank you
COME HELP WITH BINGO - SATURDAY, MARCH 1ST!
Bingo sessions will now be at 2 p.m. on Saturdays at the Bingo Oasis, 10657 Melody Lane, Northglenn. Volunteers will sign-up for 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Usually a couple of people can leave earlier than5pm. No more late nights!!! The new hall is a little further, but is really clean and nice!!
Kids as young as 7 can play and 8th graders can volunteer to work!! Please remember that no children under the age of 7 are allowed in the Bingo Hall, per Colorado law.
This is a wonderful opportunity to get volunteer hours and raise lots of money for our incredible school and have some fun!! Secure your volunteer slots at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0C45A9AB2FA02-rmae/13433800. Enter the code “rmaebingo” to access the signup sheet.
There are also lots of fun things to do in the area if you wish to stay down and hang out. There is a shopping center, restaurants, a Fun Center all in the vicinity. Show your support for this vital fundraiser of our school. Each parent who volunteers will receive a FREE DRESS PASS FOR EACH OF THEIR KIDS!
Thank you for all you do for our school!!!
A HUGE SHOUT OUT
Copper Frey on alto sax and Benjamin Simpson on cello performed at the All-County Honor Band and Orchestra concert Thursday night, March 20th. The top elementary musicians are selected by their directors to prepare and perform a full program. This is a great honor and wonderful experience for these students. RMAE is very proud to be represented by these two talented musicians!
RADIO DISNEY PARTY K- 6 ONLY
I am delighted to announce that for the second time in three years, Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen won a Radio Disney Party! This program is sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and hosted by Radio Disney. Students in K-6th grade needed to do a minimum of 20 minutes of exercise every day for 60 days. I am happy to say that most of our students quadrupled that! What a great way to learn that exercise pays off in a variety of ways!
We will be entertained by Radio Disney on March 18th in the morning.
Evergreen Sports Center and Evergreen Indoor Sports were gracious enough to donate their facility for the event.
Your child will be coming home with a permission slip to attend the event via bus. Please sign and return to their teacher along with a dollar bill to cover the bussing costs. If you could send a dollar bill instead of change, I know the home room teachers would appreciate that.
K-6th can wear free dress for the celebration. Please have your child wear something they can dance in and meets our free dress code. If your child has a Disney shirt that would be great but not required. Sneakers and smiles are a must! —-
Any questions, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Happy Presidents Day!
- Don’t forget to get your tickets for the Auction! Go to the RMAE website on our homepage! It will be a great event at Mt. Vernon this Friday Feb. 21st!
- Registration is open for the spring session of After School Spanish for 1st through 3rd graders!
Studies show that younger kids learn languages much more quickly and easily than older kids. So, this is your chance to get your kids started with Spanish while their brains are ripe for learning! Last spring, I offered the same program, and some of my 3rd grade after school students became my 4th grade students this year. I’ve noticed a huge difference in confidence and ability with the students who attended my after school Spanish class and entered the RMAE Spanish program with some previous Spanish knowledge.
Class meets every Thursday afternoon from 3-4pm.
- Winner of the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Get Active, Get Fit School Challenge.
Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen won a Deluxe Set of Activity Gym Equipment!
- We now have a bulletin board located in the front foyer that parents can add their business card to if they want to share that information with the school! Easy way to network! Please only use 31/4 by 2 inch cards! One per company or organization.
- Congratulations to 4th Grader Benjamin Simpson who has won the Colorado State Regional Spelling Bee! Ben beat out 4th through 8th graders to take his win! Now he is on his way to the State Competition! Great Job Ben!
If a freshman seeks to take the most difficult classes available, they would enroll in:
- Honors English
- Honors Earth Science
- AP Human Geography (a History class, not available for college credit)
- Spanish II
- Either Honors Geometry or Algebra II / Trigonometry
To be enrolled in the first three classes above, a student needs a signature from their current teacher(s) that validates the student’s ability to succeed in these more rigorous courses. This is true for all students who matriculate from RMAE or Evergreen Middle School to EHS. Of note is the fact that a portion of the Honors English reading list includes books covered here in 7th & 8th grades. RMAE kids who take Honors English fare very well. Also, many topics covered in Honors Earth Science are also ones the Core Knowledge program covers in middle school science.
To be accepted into Spanish II, students must display proficiency on a placement test and have a teacher signature. One desired outcome of our Spanish program is to enable all students who attend RMAE for 6th – 8th grades to have access to Spanish II as freshmen. We are the only public middle school in Evergreen with this goal.
The Math program at RMAE is, in the main, somewhere between being an Honors student or a Gifted and Talented (GT) student in neighborhood schools. In RMAE’s middle school, the program aims for 8th grade students to take Algebra I. In the district, some GT and some Honors students reach this level. Some GT students in the district take Algebra I in 7th grade. The few 7th grade students who need Algebra I (took 7th grade Pre-Algebra here as 6th graders) at RMAE take that class from our Math specialist. Then they take Geometry as 8th graders. The GT students who took Algebra as 7th graders in the district must go to EHS as 8th graders in order to take Geometry. In either case, these kids are generally being encouraged to take Honors Geometry (which definitely includes some complicated Algebra) as freshmen. Very few students are encouraged by EHS to take Algebra II / Trig, regardless of their path to EHS.
So for those parents who wondered about the differences between RMAE students’ and the neighborhood school students’ access to upper level courses as freshmen, hopefully you can see there is little difference between the two. In fact, we could easily help you see the advantages our kids have by attending RMAE for several years, when looking at the full slate of advanced level freshmen classes.
Lost and Found!
We are over flowing with lost items! We will be purging Lost and Found at the end of conferences! Please come in to check for your childs lost items. Please make sure items normally stored in your child’s cubbies are still there! Otherwise they may be sent away if they are in Lost and Found!
Hats and Boots are stuffed and located in boxes below the hanging clothes!
Valograms are here
Due Feb. 10th
Seal with a Kiss $2 :____
Octopi of my Eye $2: ____
limited quantity first come bases-checks to RMAE
They are also available in the office.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 from 7 – 8 PM
This is for adults only, please.
This will be in effect unless further communication is received of school closure.
The spelling Bee is rescheduled for Monday at 8:30.
Parents: it is very important that you go into Jeffco Connect to verify ALL your family’s contact information! Emails, phone numbers, emergency contacts, everything should be checked regularly! Jeffco does not want RMAE or any school staff to update this information for parents.
We have had so many parents turn in their volunteer logs this year, as well as log their hours online, and we truly could not have made this last year as successful without your dedication. For the current 2013-2014 school year, please fill out the volunteer questionnaire to give our PTO an idea of what your family would be interested in assisting with during the year. Check as many boxes that apply. The hours your family gives translates directly to the quality of education all of our children receive.
Thank you again, and if there are any questions, please call Tonje Williams 303-548-4910
How to log your Volunteer Hours:
Your hours are vital to our school! Many of us spend countless hours helping our kids and school, but don’t take the time to do the easiest part – log your hours. If you don’t want to take the time to get on the computer, jot your time down on a sheet of paper and send it in to the office. If you wish to log online, here are the steps:
1. Go to http://www.rmae.org
2. Click on “How to Help” then “PTO” then “Volunteerism“
3. Log in:
User ID: rmaeparent
Fill in all fields and submit. You will receive an email with your combined volunteer hours at the end of each month.
If you have any questions or issues, please email email@example.com.
CHILDREN WITHOUT LUNCHES
We have had quite a few kiddos arrive at lunch time without lunch. While now and again we do have some snacks for them, these are all donated by parents and staff and are limited. Please remind your kiddos to bring their lunch and if they use the snacks or lunches available, a small food donation would be kind. Utensils are also often forgotten so please send them with their lunches.
Many students have been arriving late even on days that have no weather issues. School begins at 8:00 a.m. for K-5 and 7:45 a.m. for Middle School. If they arrive anytime past those times they are late. If your student is late, send them to the office to check in, as they must have a late pass.
Lastly, The Foundation has a few new Sponsors for whom we must hang the signs. Does any parent have a 24 foot ladder that can attach those to our building? Please contact Tami Courtney 303-670-1070 ext. 9
Thank you and a have a great week!