DEC 16, 2019

 December 16, 2019 - Vol. XV

Grizzly Growl

Classroom News

Mr. Whitson makes learning new vocabulary fun and interactive! Students used a word map to help predict the definitions of key vocabulary words by looking at pictures and sentences.  Then, they match the definitions to the correct words on a graphic organizer.  Once the graphic organizer has been completed and students have a foundation of the vocabulary words, we play “Vocabulary Toss” to reinforce the definitions.  When a student matches the definition correctly to a vocabulary word they get a point. 

 2nd grade students started their unit on simple machines by creating catapults out of legos in Makerspace!       

RMAE Happenings 

Please Complete EnrollJeffco by January 15th 
All current RMAE families will need to indicate whether they are returning to RMAE through EnrollJeffco during the Round 1 Window to save their spot.   We thank you in advance for taking a couple of minutes to complete this process for each of your students.   Login to EnrollJeffco’s new system using your Jeffco Connect credentials.  

The January Hot Lunch order form is open and is posted on the RMAE website.
  HERE is the link to the order form.  Please share it in the next two newsletters.  The deadline for ordering is December 18th.

RMAE's Choir Concert is tomorrow, Tuesday, December 17th at 6:30 pm in the Cafeteria. 

Santa pictures are now posted online!  Every family may download (1) free digital - use the promo code FREEIDIGI19 upon checkout. Additional digital are available for $15 each. The galley will be online until January 31, 2020. Link:
Password: Santa Contact Annie Coppock at with any questions. (Please note Annie will be out of the studio from December 19th-Jan 6th.)

Amazon Smile: If you are purchasing holiday gifts via Amazon, don’t forget to select RMAE in Amazon Smile for your online purchases. RMAE gets a percentage of all qualifying purchases.

The Evergreen Lake Plunge is on New Year's Day.  This is an iconic Evergreen event, and a great way to support the EPRD special needs program!  Register for the RMAE team at This year the Plunge is happening at the Buchanan Ponds.  So, parking will be easy, and participants will be able to use Buchanan Rec Center to change.  Join the fun!

Parties for a Purpose: BBQ and Cookie Decorating Party- 
AJ's Pit Bar-B-Q are hosting an afternoon filled with yummy food and Holiday cheer. Join Amanda the Jared Leonard on Sunday December 15, from Noon-2:00 p.m. for barbecue and cookie decorating. Adult BBQ lunch includes 2 meats & 1 side and the Kids BBQ & Cookie decoration includes 1 meat & 1 side. Tickets are limited — go to AtoZ Connect to buy tickets.

Movies with Teachers
- Need a little extra time for shopping? Mark your calendars for Wednesday, December 18. Go to AtoZ Connect to purchase tickets.

  • Abominable - Carbone
  • Dora and the Lost City of Gold - Lasater
  • Elf - Cipielewski
  • Home Alone - Whitson
  • The Lion King - Wellman

Pizza Wednesday and FroYo Friday - Second semester prepay is open on AtoZ Connect ( for these important fundraisers. If you don't remember which you purchased, you can go to find out what you purchased AtoZ Connect > Store > Order History.

Family Summary of December Board Meeting

The Board voted to engage in the first step toward a multi-purpose building on the RMAE campus!  As noted in October, Neenan Archistructure offers a unique process for feasibility and design work that will support financing requirements and could support a BEST grant application, both potential means of getting our school its true multi-use space!  A big shout-out goes to the Facilities Committee; their advance work on a Facilities Master Plan resulted in a $7,000 savings on this design contract.  Please thank those Committee members when you see them:  Todd Wellman, Chad Holajter, Wendy Tullar, Scott Jones, and Jim Good.  Part of the process will include community involvement and opportunities for input, and we look forward to everyone participating.

The Board also used some of its working session to address teacher questions and concerns regarding updated paid time off policies and future safety nets.  We agreed to identify a teacher-led working committee to propose, for example, how to operate and utilize a sick leave bank.

The Student Council report was delivered by Kaylee Kipp, Mollie Beach, and Lochlan DuRonco.  The Soles4Souls shoe drive will continue through the first day of winter break, and it looks like we will meet our goal.  Candy Grams are underway, raising money for the Middle School Dance, planned for January 10.  The Student Council is also purchasing a new second string for flying the Colorado flag on the RMAE flagpole.  Way to go, team! 

Congratulations to the PTO for raising $5500 through the Warren Miller movie event.  Together with the PTO, the Board would like to remind all families to please log your volunteer hours.  That includes attending events.  Taking a minute to document your participation helps make us eligible for grants and serves as an indicator of our success as a school. 

Finally, those who follow education in the news may know that the Colorado School Board plans to propose legislation that would seriously undercut existing charter schools like RMAE.  We encourage all families to stay informed about pressing legislative issues impacting Colorado charter public schools, help counter public charter school myths and misinformation, and advocate to protect Colorado’s current charter school law, which is one of the strongest in the nation.  The Colorado League of Charter Schools has established the Colorado Charter Advocacy Network (COCAN).  Text COCAN to 52886 to stay informed, and look for RMAE to host an information session with outside experts on this topic in the new year. 

The next Board of Directors meeting will be held on Thursday, January 9.  Due to the potential to advance the multi-purpose building plan, receive proposals from financing suppliers, and hear about impacts of the possible legislation, we encourage maximum participation.  Therefore, childcare will be provided onsite.  Please join us to participate in these important developments for RMAE.  Questions?  Email   


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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

 Future PTO meetings:

  • 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

After-School Activities & Clubs 

BECOME AN EAGLE SCOUT! For more info, you can email one of our adult leaders at


Yoga for Kids starts December 6th! For details see the Flyer

We are pleased to be able to offer a wide variety of after school activities to our families.   To view these offerings, you may click on the link below or refer to the After-School Activities Newsletter that went out yesterday.  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

Discount on Echo Mountain Ski Passes! Echo Mountain is offering all RMAE families a discount on their season passes.  Use RMAEdiscount at checkout to receive your discount.

Order Discounted Tickets to the National Western Stock Show.  For Details see the FLYER

2020 Winter Camps at Colorado School of Mines for 2nd through 5th Grade Student. Visit their Website to register:

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

Upcoming Events

DEC 18 Movies with Teachers
DEC 20-JAN 3 - Winter Break



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