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  • Summer Contact Information
  • Reduced Front Office Summer Hours
  • Clothing Swap donations
  • Lost and Found
  • CAE’s Wild Wild West art contest winners!
  • Snapmomma


Summer Contact Information

Enrollment staff will be available by email or phone calls over the summer vacation please leave a message and Enrollment will get back to you.


Reduced Front Office Summer Hours begins June 9th through June 30th. There are no office hours in July regular office hours begin August 4th. Contact information for building or field rental or any or any other non-enrollment questions.


Clothing Swap donations are pouring in but we will still accept stuff until June 3rd look for the swap to take place Friday August 22nd.

First day back to school is August 25th.


Lost and Found: Final day to locate your items is Wednesday the 28th! All items will be donated to area thrift stores, Twigs (for our school account) and our uniform exchange in the fall.


CAE’s Wild Wild West art contest winners

Last month, fifth graders from five mountain schools sent in artwork to the Center for the Arts Evergreen​​to be used​​in a fundraiser taking place on June 18 at the Evergreen Fine Arts Gallery.

​37 designs​​were chosen to be printed on to ceramic plates​​which will be​auctioned off to raise money for CAE’s “Arts in the Schools” program.


​I’m​proud to let you know that

​20 of the 37 artworks chosen were created by our artists at ​

RMAE, which is a very large percentage of those selected. In addition, Mackenzie Campbell won the first place ribbon, Ally Drews won the third place ribbon, and So​fia Verheij won an honorable mention title. Our children shine again!

​Additional winners are:​


Nash Mitchell

Seryn Grant

Cooper Frey

Jack Courim

Carly DiPirro

Devyn Neiman

Emily Hensiek

Sarah Jermano

Emily Burt

Megan Ellis

Jennifer Lawrence

Sydney Vanderzee

Imogen Harris

Ryder Price

Sydney Parker

Emily Butcher

Clay Woodall


Please note the following important dates:

June 1 – 21 Original art work displayed at CAE

June 18, 2014- (4-6pm) Reception at Evergreen Fine Art Gallery. Awards and ribbons will be given.

June 21, 2014- Bidding closes at 2pm.

The kids had so much fun working on this project. We hope you’ll come in to see the fantastic collection.


Check out if you ordered Spring Portraits!

The first batch is already posted (Spring 2014 gallery) and the rest will be coming in over the next several days. Professional prints are available to order online starting at $1.99! Our kids look GORGEOUS!

A flyer will be going home on Tuesday reminding you to check the site to view your proofs and order prints.


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Growl May 19th

Today in the Growl

  • Newly Remodeled Middle School Commons
  • Thank you for the 8th Grade food donations for Moab!
  • RMAE Field Ribbon Cutting
  • 100 Elk Camp Parent Meeting
  • Marie Hadsell Principal for a day!
  • Odyssey of the Mind

The Middle School Commons looks beautiful after being stripped, cleaned, organized, painted, re-floored, and refurnished! Wow! Huge THANKS go out to Julie Ann Courim for organizing the transformation! Along with her dedicated sidekick, Cathleen Erickson, they did amazing work along with many other volunteers such as Kasity Briley, Christine Emery, Ingrid Palmer, Chuck Brown, Kelly Vigil, Crissy Ohmart, Deb Kelly, Jan Gallegos and Tonje Williams. If anyone was left out it is because the team burned through a few too many brain cells due to paint fumes! But we thank you all too!

8th Grade Moab Food Donations and more. Thank Yous are in order for the parents that dropped off lots of goodies to supplement the trip food! Especially a Big Thank You to Annie Hunter and Binoy Prahlad for generously supplying a vast amount of food from Jason’s Deli!

RMAE Field Ribbon Cutting was fun but a bit drizzly! Thanks to all the guests that joined us for this important event! And Thank You again to the many sponsors, volunteers, and donors!

100 Elk Camp Parent Meeting

2014-15 Middle School Parents,

All middle school students attend the 100 Elk retreat the Wednesday through Friday of the first week of school next year, August 27, 28 and 29. Jeffco Schools requires that a parent meeting is held at least one month prior to any overnight trips. For 100 Elk, we tend to do this in the spring as opposed to sometime over the summer!

This meeting will take place Friday, May 23rd, at 3:45 p.m. in the middle school commons. Logistics and themes will be addressed at this time. 

Wine Corks

PS If you have wine corks you would like to donate for corkboards pleased drop them off at the office!

Are you interested in being an Odyssey of the Mind Coach for next fall?

  • You will have the opportunity to work with a team of 7 kids to facilitate creative problem solving, team building and brainstorming.
  • You do not need to be an expert in a particular area, you just need to have a passion to see kids grow and learn.
  • Colorado Odyssey provides trainings, mentorship and a good ear for listening throughout the season (September – March, April or May – depending on how far the team advances)

For more info on becoming a coach contact Christine Emery at




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Grizzly Growl May 12th

Today in the Growl

  • New Staff Members
  • Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act
  • Mountain Area Young Writers Conference 2014
  • Dress Code Clothing Swap
  • End of the Year Medication Pickup

Please welcome the following two new members of the staff for next year:

  • Don Williams will be the new 5th grade teacher.  Don comes to RMAE with over twenty years of teaching experience in a variety of school settings.  Don has worked for Evergreen Country Day School, South Routt Elementary, and other educational programs.  Don has taught all elementary topics, as well as music.  He brings a combination of entertainment, energy, high expectations, and terrific rapport to his class.
  • Kathy Grubb is not new to RMAE, but she will be new to her role as a member of Student Services Team (SPED).  Kathy has been the 4th grade aide for the past several years and has recently enrolled in a Master’s program in Special Education.  She joins the other SPED teachers, which will be most beneficial to the school as Kathy already knows so many of our students.

Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act

Dear RMAE Charter School Parents,

The House passed the bipartisan Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act, a bill to strengthen and improve the federal Charter Schools Program. And it wouldn’t have happened without you.

Because of our collective efforts, we’re one step closer to bringing more high-quality charter schools to students and families. And, with this week’s news that there are more than one million student names on charter school waiting lists, it’s a great time for the House to take this step.

In the coming weeks, we’ll be working with members of the U.S. Senate on thecharter school bill that was introduced in that chamber this week. And we’ll need your help to get that passed too.

As we continue to fight for charter schools, we’ll need your continued support. To stay up to date on the bill’s progress and other breaking news look for us on Facebook.

We owe it to our nation’s students to offer them the best education possible and charter schools are helping make that goal a reality.

Nina Rees
President  & CEO National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

Mountain Area Young Writers Conference 2014

This year’s MAYWC was a great success. We had over 200 children signed up from 7 different area schools including public, charter, and private schools. Our author, Marc Hoog, shared with parents and children his passion for writing and how he got into writing books for children. People left his session both laughing and crying. We had a wide variety of Parent Session this year including: Digital Citizenship for Parents, The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting, What if Students Practiced Reading Like a Professional Athlete or Musician?, Smart Foods for Smart Kids, The Write Stuff: Encouraging Your Child to Write for Fun, Dyslexia, and Executive Function Skills – What Are They? Does My Child Have Them? Can I Encourage Development of Them? We received positive feedback from the presenters as well as from some of the parents that attended. We also had wonderful feedback from the facilitators who helped out with the children’s book shares. It truly was a night to celebrate the power of children’s writing.

Dress Code Clothing Swap will take place in August however donations can be made until June 1st please drop clothing at the front office.

End of the year medication pick-up 2014

District policy requires a parent/guardian pick up any unused or discontinued medication at the end of each school year. This includes all prescription and over-the counter medications including cough drops, cough syrup, Tylenol, EpiPen, inhaler, and any other injectable medications.

The last day of school is now May 28, 2014. This will be an early release day at 12:00.

All medication that is left in the school clinic will be disposed of after the last day of school according to Jeffco policy.

If you have any questions feel free to call Dyann Bartlett, clinic aide at 303-670-1070 or e-mail .

Jody S. Dickerson RN, MN

Area Registered Nurse



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Director’s Take – Around RMAE

A unique twist, provided by PE teacher Christine Schoen, to middle school Field Day that had students planning and carrying out the second longest relay in the world, including navigating an orienteering course, removal of marbles from a tank of water with one’s feet, building a straw tower, sorting Skittles, tossing Cheetos at a shaving cream covered head and hoping they stick, and some traditional soccer, basketball, and running events on the side.  Fastest 8th grader? Charlie.  7th grader? Will.  Amazing picnic lunch and additional relay supervision assistance provided by many parent volunteers…Safety Day for 3rd – 5th grades, including stations about driving while impaired or long lasting effects of car crashes…2nd grade rehearsing for Patriot program…new turf field occupied with PE, field day, and after school soccer…Tony Bryant, middle school science, as Kiwanis Teacher of the Year for RMAE…Brenna Nease, as middle school student of the year …Mackenzie Campbell, as Elementary student of the year…4th grade science decorating the hallway…Kindergartners making books (I even got a private reading from Aiden H)…5th grade’s scientific study of reproduction…baby Chicks in 4th grade…3rd grade studying phases of the moon with guest presenter Dr. Lou Nar (Norwegian scientist)…and…

It’s National Teacher Appreciation Week and while food is always a great thing, nothing acknowledges the real strength of this staff better than a personal word from you.

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Growl for May 5th 2014

Today in the Growl


Dress Code Clothing Swap will take place in August however donations can be made until June 1st.


Parents and staff, this is a reminder that no dogs or furry friend are allowed on campus during pick up or school hours. This does not include classroom arranged activities.

Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen Registration Fees

Registration fees for 2014-2015 can be paid via Jeffco Connect after July 1st or in the office via check prior to July 1st and in any form after July 1st. Thank you with your patience.

PTO Sign Up Sheets are available in the Front Office! Let’s go for 100 % participation!


The purpose of PTO shall be to aid the students of RMAE by providing support for their educational and recreational needs and to promote open communication between the administration, RMAE School Board, teachers, parents, and community.

What is PTO?

The RMAE PTO is made up of registered members, which may include any parent and/or legal guardian of a student who currently attends RMAE’s elementary/middle school and preschool, as well as all current faculty and staff of RMAE.

Where do your dollars go from registration and PTO fundraisers?

Of course our budget fluctuates from year to year based on the success of our fundraisers, however we have consistently been able to assist RMAE in many different ways, which include, but are not limited to the following:

RMAE Staff Training& Conferences

Support RMAE General Operating Expenses

Additional Financial Resources for Teachers

Staff Appreciation

Instructional Materials& Textbooks

Entrance fees into Educational activities (Spelling Bees ,Young Writers Conference, etc)

Funding for Technology Equipment

Funding for Science& Lab Equipment

Scholarship & Financial Assistance for Students

Assistance with RMAE’s Financial Obligations

Support of RMAE’s Community Building Events (Community Service Day/Music Shows etc.)

Your commitment to RMAE’s PTO helps us to continue to support the school community in many different ways. Please join RMAE PTO today, and be part of the future of our school!


Dear Parents,

It is that time of year again. If your student has medication in the clinic:

District policy requires a parent/guardian pick up any unused or discontinued medication at the end of each school year. This includes all prescription and over-the counter medications including cough drops, cough syrup, Tylenol, EpiPen, inhaler, and any other injectable medications.

The last day of school is May 28, 2014. This will be an early release day at 12:00.

All medication that is left in the school clinic will be disposed of after the last day of school according to Jeffco policy.

If you have any questions feel free to call Dyann Bartlett, clinic aide at 303-670-1070 or e-mail

Thanks! Have a good summer

Jody S. Dickerson RN, MN

Area Registered Nurse





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Growl April 24th

New News

  • AAA Seeking New Members
  • Sponsor Community Service Day
  • Spirit Wear Artwork
  • Soles for Souls
  • Bear Grams
  • Clothing Drive

AAA Seeking New Member

The Accreditation, Accountability and Assessment (AAA) Committee is looking for new members. There are openings for parents and a community representative. If you are interested and can commit to a 2-year term, please submit a brief statement of interest to Ned Parker <> by Tuesday, April 22. If there are more candidates than open seats, ballots will be sent to our parent community in late April for an all-school election. Official terms start July 1 and run through June 30 but candidates are encouraged to attend current meetings to become familiar with the committee workings. Past AAA minutes and Rules of Operation are available on the RMAE web site for your review.

The AAA Committee is composed of teachers, parents, a Board representative and the RMAE Director or representative. The purpose of the committee is to evaluate the effectiveness of RMAE’s educational program, communicate to the parent body regarding test (TCAP, NWEA, etc.) results, hold the administration and staff accountable for their stated objectives, and to review components of the educational program for improvement. The committee meets once per month.

Thank you,

RMAE Board of Directors

Sponsor Community Service Day

PTO sends out a heartfelt thank you to all the amazing businesses that have contributed to Community Service Day for RMAE. PTO has raised enough $ to get all our students in red shirts and we are just $250 short of our goal to also get shirts for the teachers and staff. The deadline to participate is fast approaching, April 18th. Don’t miss out on the chance to be a part of an amazing day of service!

Soles for Souls is still collecting shoes please drop them off at RMAE! Boxes in Admin Foyer.


Parents remind your children to submit their work on a white 81/2 x 11 paper your best RMAE Grizzly design.

You may use UP TO 4 different colors using markers, pencils or crayon.

Please put your name on the back of your creation.

Entries must be received in the front office by Friday, May 5th.

Voting by your peers will take place in May.

Bear Grams

Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen Foundation is heading up a campaign for friends and family of RMAE students and we need your help! We are hosting our 2nd Annual “Beargram” fundraiser – for every donation of $50 or more to the Foundation by friends or family, we will give a 2014 unique stuffed bear to the student of your choice. The stuffed bear will have a note attached stating who the bear is from.  Each student will leave their bears in their classroom until the end of the campaign. The classroom with the most bears will receive either a pizza or ice cream party.  Collect a unique bear from every year… The 2014 bear will be a fluffy cream bear!

Let’s make this another successful year for this campaign (last year we brought in just above $9,000 and delivered 140 bears!)  Don’t get left out!!!  This campaign will only run until Friday, April 25th!

How to participate:

Three options to send your correspondence to friends and family:

  1. Send the correspondence electronically, an email was sent out Tuesday, March 18th that can be easily shared with as many email contacts as you would like (Original email link is below.)
  2. Email or mail correspondence comes straight from the Foundation.  Email your contacts to .
  3. If you would like to mail your own letter please contact us and we will provide a letter to you.

To view the original email that was sent out March 18th click the link below…–Beargram-.html?soid=1111014609102&aid=E5Oscer1xPw

Please contact the Foundation office at 303-670-1070 ext. 109 or with any questions.  Thank you for supporting RMAE!

Clothing Drive

A clean closet and money for Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen! Our school is participating in the Schoola Children’s Clothing Drive.

Simply by cleaning your child’s closet, you can raise much-needed funds for our school!

Here’s how:

1) Fill a trash bag with gently-used children’s clothing*. Drop off filled bags at the front office between April 21st and April 25th.

2) Spread the word to your friends and family through our very own Schoola They can also donate their old clothes to benefit our school!

3) Schoola will sort and sell the clothing at their spiffy online store and give 40% of the proceeds to our school!

4) Feel free to contact David Bahia with any questions about the clothing drive by or call 415-430-9240

*What should you donate:

New or nearly new condition

Freshly laundered

Top brands

Hats, mittens and scarves

Shoes (no scuffs, no smell)

What not to donate:

Signs of wear

Women’s, Men’s or Infant clothing

Non-clothing items

Socks and undergarments

Missing labels

Homemade or altered items

Local or niche clothing

Items with offensive language or content

Counterfeit items

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Staff Changes 14-15

A couple of changes are in store at RMAE next year.  Mona Vick, 5th grade teacher, will not return as she seeks a new path from education.  Lindsay Lesch, Special Education teacher, will not return as she seeks to establish work in her home town of Dillon.  Both teachers are are giving up long commutes.  Here are their words:

Mona Vick

As the end of the year draws close, I wanted to express my profound appreciation for the experiences I have had working here at RMAE.  I have so enjoyed the two fifth grade classes I have had the pleasure to work with. Working with parents in my class and other committees has been a great learning experience.  Saturday, April 12th, at the Odyssey of the Mind state competition, I was reminded of how exciting it has been to be a teacher and be involved with these young lives.  Thank you for entrusting these minds and hearts to me.

After teaching for almost twenty years, I have decided that I am leaving the education arena.  It has been an amazing run impacting students by motivating and challenging them.  I recently spoke to one of my students who I taught in my early years; he is now a professional with a family.  I was able to look back and remember lives that I have influenced in positive ways.  However, I feel it is time to move into a new area with new adventures.

Thank you for being part of this phase in my career.

Lindsay Lesch

I want to be the first to tell you all that after much consideration I have made the difficult decision not to return to RMAE next school year. I want you to know that I have valued each and every day that I have had the privilege to work here. This is a truly unique school because of the dedicated, passionate, caring, and talented staff that chooses to make it a great place for their students and colleagues every day. Thank you parents for your daily support of your children’s academic and social development as well as supporting the school as a whole.  Finally, thank you to each and every student that I had the pleasure of working with. Your hard work and perseverance to overcome the more difficult tasks of learning have truly inspired me. I will miss you all next year but wish you all the best!

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Important Updates!

No School Friday April 18th!!! 

Tomorrow Spirit Day!

The Bard is Back Middle School Musical! This Friday!

Don’t miss out on out the fun! Get your tickets now!

Contrary to rampant rumor — We are NOT sold out. Visit

The best option is to click “choose your own seats” after the initial selection screen.
Shows are Friday and Saturday at 6:30 with a Saturday matinee at 2:00.
We hope to see you all there!
Don’t forget Spirit Week all week next week!

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Growl for April 14th

Growl for April 14thTopics

  • RMAE Music Award Winners
  • Book Drive supporting Community Service Day
  • Art Show winners
  • Lost and Found
  • Young writers club 

(Look in previous Growls for information on topics like Yearbooks Order Form and RockyMountainFlyerClothing Drive.)

RMAE Band and Orchestra award winners

This last Saturday RMAE band & orchestra students participated in the Jefferson County Solo & Ensemble Festival. All were awarded medals, and of the 24 events 20 won Superiors and 4 won Excellents. The Advanced Orchestra received a superior rating for their performance of Palladio by Karl Jenkins.


Gabriel Bengtson, trombone 7th grade

Katie Delson, violin 6th grade

Kelly Fairfield, violin 5th grade

Cooper Frey, alto sax 5th grade

Ben Gonzales, cello 6th grade

Seryn Grant, violin 5th grade

Caedon Kelly, cello and alto sax 4th grade

Shannon Kittelsen, violin 8th grade

Sophia Lamas, violin 6th grade

Isabella Miles, clarinet 4th grade

Sydney Parker, flute 5th grade

Alex Purrington, bass 6th grade

Clay & Evan Robertson, cellos 7th grade

Benjamin Simpson, cello 4th grade

Cassidy Vallin, flute 6th grade

Arija Williams, flute and violin 6th grade

I am so proud of these talented students who worked so hard and presented themselves so wonderfully in front of the judges! As representatives of RMAE they really shone brilliantly!
Claudia Bloom, Music Director

Book Drive supporting Community Service Day

Mrs. Grose’s Kindergarten class is collaborating with 1st Grade to sponsor a school wide book drive supporting Community Service Day. Collection boxes will be located outside the main office and Mrs. Grose’s classroom. Books will be collected through CSD on May 9th. Books will be donated to the Eugene Field Elementary School. They have no library and 85% of the children are on subsidized meals plans. This is a great way to clear out those gently used books and make a huge difference in another child’s life. Thanks for your support.

RMAE Art Show winners

I entered 5 pieces of student art in the Jeffco Middle School Art Show which is on display at the Lakewood Cultural Center in the Belmar area. Megan Shaver won first place in the painting category and John Petri won third place in the mixed media category! Hannah Hamid, Mayzie Branson and Evan Robertson also have work hanging in the show. This show includes art submitted by all the middle school art teachers in Jeffco!

In addition, I entered one of my pieces of art, a collage, in the Jefferson County Teachers Exhibit at the same place but in the building directly across the walkway. It was a juried show, and as I haven’t heard that I should pick it up, I think it is hanging in the show.

It is a huge accomplishment just to have a piece of art chosen for this show as each teacher has a limited number of entries. Please join me in congratulating all five of these students.

Brinda Lane-Pumphrey

RMAE Middle School Visual ArtsTeacher


The massive box of lost and found boots will be donated at the end of April to the 4th grade Soles for Souls project. Please stop by to claim your child’s before then. Many of them are from the 4th and 5th grade hall.

Lost and Found is beginning to overflow again and items that have been there for a while will be removed next week. They will be donated to the Fundraising Clothing Drive the week of April 21-25th.

The Young Writers’ Conference

The 19th Annual Mountain Area Young Writers’ Conference  

Thursday, April 24, 2014

6-8:30 pm

Evergreen Country Day School

Let’s Celebrate Writing!

  • Grades K-5 and Their Families
  • Sharing of Children’s “Published” Books (Each child must bring his/her own book, published in school or at home.)
  • Featured Author, Mark Hoog
  • Parent Presentations & Educational Fair
  • Registration Opens on March 20
  • Register online at
  • Registration Closes on April 14
  • Questions? Contact your school’s coordinator:









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