SEP 23, 2019

September 23, 2019 Vol. IV

Classroom News


2nd Grade participated in the "Saving Fred" STEM activity! Second graders had a blast saving Fred (gummy worm). Their challenge was to get Fred back into his life preserver (peach gummy ring) by only using a paper clip.


Kindergarten Students learn about Gardening at the Greenhouse!




Kindergarten Students learned about the Human Body! Students traced their bodies and used paper cutouts to create their internal organs and bones.



Fourth grade had fun studying for their Maps and Globes social studies test! Students played Kahoot on their Chrome books, made balloon globes, and built map scales of different elevations.


Music Students enjoyed fun rhythmic games in Ms. Jacobson's Class! 

8th Grade Students interpreted the work of a Core Knowledge artist, Willem de Kooning in groups. One student described a de Kooning painting, while the other student tried to draw the painting from the description, without looking at it. 

Students had fun in the block printing Art class! Students draw a design on paper, transfer it onto a rubber block, carve the block, and then roll ink on the block and print it. 


RMAE Happenings 


Giving Apple:
Thank you to all who picked an "apple" and donated items to your student's classroom. The donated items will be presented to the staff during an all‐school assembly held on September 27.





For those of you who ordered spirit wear, the orders are in process. They are expected to be delivered around October 1, and will be distributed to your children that week. Field Trip Shirts are also in process, and will be delivered in the next 1-3 weeks. The order period for Spirit Wear and Hoodies has now closed. However, a limited stock of Spirit Wear shirts are available on AtoZ (sizes Youth Large through Adult). Field Trip shirts are also available on AtoZ year-round (allow 1-3 weeks for delivery).

Thank you to all that supported this fundraiser, please direct any questions to Carrie Wassemiller:






Elementary Field Day (Wacky Games) has changed to Wednesday, October 4, 2019! - VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED!
Click on the link below to sign-up:






Parties for a Purpose: 
PTO will be kicking off this new program at our Back to School nights. A Party for a Purpose (PfP) is an event donated by an RMAE family. In most cases, the entire fee for attending a party goes directly to RMAE! Every event, big or small, can make a HUGE difference! Do you have a great idea for a party? Sign-up





It’s not too late to sign up for orchestra! 
Would your kiddo like to play violin, viola, cello, or bass in RMAE’s orchestra? RMAE’s orchestra welcomes students in grades 3-8 with all levels of experience. Beginning orchestra rehearses on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:15-4:15. Intermediate orchestra rehearses Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:15-5:15.

For more information, please contact Susanna Jacobson at  




Your yearbook staff is back and already at it! We are excited to get this year rolling, and we need your help. One of the biggest areas that we end up lacking in each year is pictures. We have set up a "Community Upload" section of the ordering page. Please share your pictures HERE!   The access code is "RMAE". The website will prompt you to upload and then select a category. Then just click "Upload". Easy as pie! You will be credited, and greatly appreciated. If you have any questions or are struggling, please reach out to us at





Box Tops: 
The Box Top clipping program is sunsetting, and is being replaced with an online only submission.  Keep clipping the box tops that you have, and we will have a collection in October, and another in early 2010





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Events, happenings, reminders, and all the things that make RMAE great are on our Facebook page. Like us at: Facebook 






The annual book fair will be held in the RMAE Middle School Commons.
Twenty-five percent of profit from all items purchased at the fair will be donated back to RMAE and we will be supporting a great local business! 

  • October 7th 2:45 – 4 PM
  • October 8th & 9th 7:30 – 8:30 AM & 2:45 – 4 PM
  • October 10th 12 – 4 PM




Family Summary of September Board Meeting 

The September Board of Directors meeting was jam packed with progress.  Before getting down to business, we were treated to an introduction to this year’s Student Council officer candidates.  The group, along with Mr. Whitson, the new middle school social studies teacher and Student Council advisor has exciting plans for the year such as new events and communications, and a plan to mentor 5th graders who may like to serve in future years.  One officer will attend every Board meeting on a rotating basis.  

As required by our bylaws, the Board voted to appoint a community member to join us.  The community member must not be a current parent of an RMAE student.  We are pleased to welcome Ms. Kelli Anderson to this position for a 3 year term.  She is a past RMAE parent and Board member seeking to remain supportive of future success.  

PTO President Tiffany Fontaine provided a report on the many great new and returning events planned for this year.  PTO also harvested the volunteerism numbers from the 2018-2019 school year from AtoZ Connect, and presented the results.  49 Families met the recommended 60 hour minimum.  We want to thank all of them, and especially the 14 families who volunteered for over 100 hours!!  Only 134 families participated in logging their hours in AtoZ.  

As a charter school, one of our success indicators is 100% involvement in some volunteering from each family.  There are many opportunities to be involved and a great need for help.  Please consult the Grizzly Growl, your Classroom Coordinator emails, teacher emails, or ask a PTO or Board member for ideas on how to stay involved.  In related news, Board members will be reaching out to parents who signed up for committees this month, and hope to see committee reports start coming in at next month’s Board meeting.  There is still time to join a committee.  As a reminder, they are: School Accountability (SAC), Policy & Bylaws, Technology, Finance, Marketing, Facilities, and Capital Development (formerly Fundraising).

The Treasurer’s report revealed higher than expected expenses for this fiscal year due to building repairs, updated curriculum materials, and delayed payments.  The Board will approve a new budget that incorporates these expenses after finalizing our income based on the October 4 student count.  (Reminder…please make sure your students are in class on October 4.  This is not an ideal day for dentist appointments!) 

The Principal’s report included an incredible amount of progress on facilities, marketing, and enrollment activities, as well as new plans for teacher professional development and team structures.  Dr. Hudson also updated our comparative demographics and reported our beginning-of-year standardized testing scores.   

Please join us for the next Board of Directors meeting October 3 at 7pm.  (The schedule was adjusted due to the long weekend beginning with noon dismissal Oct 10.)  One potential agenda item is a conceptual presentation on meeting one of our Strategic Plan goals for identifying, designing, and constructing a multi-purpose space.  

Such improvements will never be possible without participation in our Annual Giving Campaign.  Please look for information on this year’s campaign soon!   






Grocery Store Fundraisers:  
King Soopers has launched a new community giving program that is connected to your loyalty card, rather than to a re-loadable gift card. Link your loyalty card to the organization of your choice and shop with King Soopers. For instructions on how to sign up, download the instruction document: King Soopers Community Rewards Program.


Each time you add funds to your re-loadable gift card, 5% will be donated directly to RMAE PTO. For every $100 loaded, ONE HOUR of volunteer time will be credited towards your family's 60 hour volunteer requirement. Order Safeway re-loadable gift cards via The cost per card is $5 and this amount will be pre-loaded on your card so you will get a full refund the first time you use the card. Questions about the grocery store program, please contact Carrie Wassemiller (




RMAE School Portraits: Annie Coppock and her team are working madly to get the RMAE School Portraits posted online by 5pm Friday, Sept 13th! To access the gallery go to and click on the RMAE logo at the bottom of the page. Password is RMAEROCKS.

Important dates to note: FREE SHIPPING to the school for all orders submitted by midnight, Friday Sept 20th

ORDER DEADLINE is midnight, Monday, Sept 30th!

Contact Annie at with any questions.





BINGO is back at the Wild Game!
 Our next BINGO will be Thursday, October 10; doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the games start at 6:30. Food and drinks are available for purchase. Bring the family — participants do not need to be 18 to play Bingo. (The bingo cards need to be purchased by someone 18 and older.) For more info, please contact Tiffany Fontaine (






 Future PTO meetings:

  • Tuesday 10/15 - 8:30am Muddy Buck
  • Tuesday 11/12 - 5pm  Revival
  • Wednesday 12/11 - 8am Bread Lounge 
  • Tuesday 2/11 - 5pm Murphy's Mountain Grill
  • Tuesday 3/10 - 8am Starbucks 
  • Tuesday 4/14 - 5pm Evergreen Brewery
  • Wednesday 5/13 - 8am Bread Lounge





AtoZ Connect Verification: In preparation for publishing the RMAE family directory, we are asking all our families to go into AtoZ Connect and verify their contact information for the new school year. Go to AtoZ Connect ( and click on the Login button on the top right. Enter your credentials to log in. (If you forgot your username or password, click on the “Forgot Password?” link. You will be presented with a wizard that will walk you through the verification process. 

If you are new to RMAE, go to AtoZ Connect and click on the Login button on the top right. Click on the “Don’t have an account? Signup Now” link at the bottom of the panel. Fill out and submit the form. New signups require administrator approval.





Pizza Wednesday Fundraiser: PTO would like to thank all the families that are supporting our 7th Grade Pizza Fundraiser! For those who are purchasing pizza on a month to month basis, please go to AtoZ Connect to get your September orders in by Saturday also.




After-School Activities & Clubs 


Attention 6th Graders:
The Colorado Ski Country USA 6th Grade Passport provides 6th graders with 4 days of skiing or snowboarding at each of the 22 participating Colorado resorts for $110!  Apply online today!



Kids Self Defense After School Program - Monday-Thursday 5-6 p.m. at the Pack Fitness & MMA. For more information check out the Flyer.



Young Rembrandts Drawing Class! October 7, 2019 - December 16, 2019 at Rocky Mountain Academy.  Click the Flyer link for details.



RMAE Mom’s Hiking Group! - The weather is still so beautiful and we are lucky enough to have Elk Meadow in our backyard!  Join us Tuesday September 24th and/or Thursday September 26th after drop off in the parking lot for the kickoff to our new Moms Hiking Group.  We will head out on the new Ever So Green trail that is up behind the field and connect with the Sleepy S trail. The hike is just a little under 3 miles and takes about an hour. 

Subsequent days and hikes will be decided on based on interest and feedback. 



We are pleased to be able to offer a wide variety of after school activities to our families.  Additional options may be added throughout the year.  Updates will be included in the weekly newsletters as well as posted on our website under Clubs & After-School Activities.  


Community News



Every Kid Outdoors Program for Fourth Graders:  Incoming students entering 4th grade this fall may see America's natural wonders and historic sites for FREE between September 1, 2019, and August 31, 2020.  To receive a pass, eligible students must participate in an online activity on the Every Kid Outdoors website, download a paper voucher with a unique identification number, visit a pass issuing site, and exchange their unique paper voucher for the actual pass. This annual pass gives the fourth grader and her/his accompanying family free access for an entire year to more than 2,000 federally managed lands and waters nationwide where interagency passes are issued and accepted.




Mountain Backpack Program – If you are in need of a hand up to meet the nutritional needs of your family, this program can help. There are no qualification requirements and only contact information is requested. 

Mountain Backpack Program Enrollment Form




Sleep Workshop -  September 24th at 6 PM.  Sleep is a complex process that restores and renews our bodies. Good sleep habits will optimize this process for our physical and emotional well-being. The group will help us understand the importance of sleep habits, sleep hygiene, diet and exercise to create a path of healthy restoration and sound sleep for years to come.  Snacks will be provided. 

PLACE: Evergreen High School Library / Auditorium



Upcoming Events

SEP 30 - 8th Grade Field Trip
OCT 4 - Elementary Field Day
OCT 8 - 10 - Book Fair
OCT 10 - BINGO at the Wild Game
OCT 10-11 - Parent Teacher Conferences
OCT 11 - Noon Dismissal
OCT 12 - No School
OCT 15 - PTO Meeting at the Muddy Buck
OCT 16 - Movies with Teachers
OCT 17 - Book Fair Closing Party at HearthFire







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