JAN 13, 2020

January 13, 2020 - Vol. XVIII

Grizzly Growl

Classroom News

Congratulations to the following groups of 7th grade students that will have their art displayed in the Women's Rights National Historical Park Equality Exhibit in Seneca Falls, NY from March 1 - April 30:
Anna Vandenberge, Sarah Connor, Jace Jodie, Ethan Hugo, and Elizabeth Tullis
Emilyn Fearing, Bethany Reimers, Noah Fierst, Gus Brand, and Lucas Swenby
Alex Good, Alex Villafranco, Matthew Fletcher, and Kean Hugo
Sofia Venuto, Lochlan DaRonco, Emerson Skalski, Koen Kleifen, and Thade Montgomery
Bella Lasater, Kaylee Kipp, Jonathan Duncan, Tyler Frye, Wyatt Grummons-Joy


Ski Club started on Wednesday at Echo Mountain!


The Middle School Dance was a huge success!


Core Knowledge fact of the week: Are you smarter than a 7th grader?

Cezanna's theories and paintings, like Mont Saint-Victoire led to _________.

Scroll to the bottom of the Growl for the answer.

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 February Hot Lunch order form is open and is posted on the RMAE website.
  HERE is the link to the order form.  The deadline for ordering is January 16th.

Student Picture Day is Tomorrow, January 14th.
Students must be in RMAE uniform.  There will be no free dress passes allowed.


Student Council Updates: Shoe Drive The Student Council would like to extend a special thank you to RMAE students and families for participating in the shoe drive. Before winter break, RMAE Student Council participated in a shoe drive for Blue Spruce Kiwanis, a local non-profit group. Our goal was to collect 100 pairs of shoes. We are happy to report that we were able to collect 150 pairs of shoes for this organization.
Candy Grams The Student Council also participated in the Candy Gram drive to purchase a new rope for the school's flagpole. We are happy to report that we were able to earn over $100 that will go to repairing the school's flagpole.

Because of the holidays and break, we will be having BINGO on Thursday, January 16. For more info, please contact Tiffany Fontaine (fontaineFamily@mac.com). We will return to the first Thursday in February, (February 6).

Save the Date: Celebration of the Arts Mark your calendars for RMAE Middle School's big art/music event on Tuesday, March 17 at Evergreen High School at 5:30 p.m. (Please note the change in date due to a scheduling conflict with EHS.)                    

Pizza Wednesday and FroYo Friday Second semester prepay has closed for the week on AtoZ Connect
(http://www.atozconnect.com) to give the organizers time to compile their lists. PrePay will open again next week for these important fundraisers for those who missed the deadline. If you don't remember which you purchased, you can find out what you purchased by going to AtoZ Connect > Store > Order History

Volunteer Opportunities

Class Picture Day Assistance: Tuesday, January 14 from 8:00 am-11:00 am & 2:00 pm-3:00 pm

Bingo @ the Wild Game Assistance: Thursday, January 15th from 5:30 pm- 7:30 pm

Contact Tiffany Fontaine at Tfontaine@rmae.org

Please remember to check in with your child's teacher or elementary classroom coordinator for in class ongoing volunteer opportunities.


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


 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 

Free Baseball Skills Clinic Ages 4-8 years old, boys and girls.  For details see the FLYER

1st Annual Foothills Cotillion at Mount Vernon Canyon Club March 5, 19, April 2,16, & 30th for 4th & 5th Graders.  For program descriptions and pricing visit www.cotillion.com

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.  

Board Meeting Summary

Family Summary of January Board Meeting

Together with staff, the Board would like to remind you to complete your Enroll JeffCo today or tomorrow.  We are expecting to have a wait list in several grades next year.  Please don’t delay! 

The RMAE Elementary Choir led by Ms. Moritz gave an outstanding performance to open the January 9 Board Meeting.  The Treasurer’s report reflected a potential forecasted budget surplus for this year; however, the school is required to increase its cash on hand and retain required reserves in order to stay compliant and be eligible for future bonds at favorable rates.  Midyear testing results were reported.  A committee has been established to determine whether Reading Street is still the best curriculum for us.

Several teachers contributed to the public comment period, both to thank the school and parents for purchases and installations over the winter break, and to express concern over next school year’s updated personal time off policies.  The Board discussed these and similar concerns that were reported during a staff meeting prior to break and in follow-up emails.  We plan to use future working meetings to plan for improved communication and gaining teacher input to achieve our established goals for the remainder of this school year: 1) Improving teacher pay, 2) Establishing policies and procedures for a sick leave bank, 3) Designing and financing a multi-purpose building, and 4) Addressing teacher concerns such as misaligned focus on test results.

D.A. Davidson & Co. presented the results of their initial study on our options to both re-finance our school’s remaining debt from its initial build and provide the capital needed to achieve a future multi-purpose building.    

Please join us for our next Regular Meeting on February 20, and please look for announcements regarding how you can provide input to the design process of a new multi-purpose building! 

Community News

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

1/15 Round 1 Enrollment Deadline
1/16 BINGO at The Wild Game
2/06 BINGO at The Wild Game
2/11 PTO Meeting at Murphy's 



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