FEB 24, 2020

February 24, 2020 - Vol. XXIII

Grizzly Growl

Classroom News

Second graders made rag dolls and butter on Pioneer Day. They used their butter on their flapjack breakfast.


The eighth grade girls had a ladies luncheon where they each picked a “decade” to dress up as. 


RMAE Happenings 

Movies with Teachers
- Our next after-school movie night will be on Wednesday, February 26 at RMAE.  Go to AtoZ Connect to purchase tickets.

  • Addams Family
  • Apollo 13
  • Lego Movie 2
  • Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
  • Toy Story 4

Dress for Winter Weather -
Please make sure your student is dressed appropriately for the weather. The RMAE dress code policy requires: "Dress in weather appropriate clothing, i.e. on cold, snowy days wear jacket, gloves, hat, warm pants, snow boots or appropriate footwear.


SKI CLUB CANCELED THIS WEEK: Olga has canceled Ski Club session for this Wednesday, February 26.  There will be no transportation to Echo Mountain. Lessons will Resume March 4th.

- Join us for a fun, family-friendly night of BINGO on Thursday, March 5 at the Wild Game. For more info, please contact Tiffany Fontaine (fontaineFamily@mac.com). Our next scheduled BINGO night is April 2.


Spirit Week - Student Council has planned a Spirit Week for March 9 to 13. Two of these days will be free dress and three will be paid dress. The cost for the paid days will be $1/day. The themes are as follows: March 9 - Crazy Day (Paid)
March 10 - Twin Day (Free)
March 11 - Favorite Character Day (Paid)
March 12 - Teacher Look-Alike Day (Free)
March 13 - Future Self Day (Paid)
In addition, Dr. Hudson has approved a themed dress day during CMAS week, April 3rd.  The theme for this free dress day will be Decades and will be free of charge.

Celebration of the Arts - Come enjoy an evening appreciating art, music, creative kid energy, and hard work.  We will have an art show and music performance all brought to you by RMAE Middle School kids.
When:  Tuesday March 17
Where:  EHS cafeteria and auditorium
Timing details:  
     5:30 Dress rehearsal for 6th graders in the auditorium
     5:50 Dress rehearsal for 7th graders in the auditorium  
     6:10  Dress rehearsal for 8th graders in the auditorium  
     6:30  Dress rehearsal for all MS kids
     6:40 Doors open for audience to find a seat
     6:50  Concert begins
     7:50  Art show and reception
Art can also be viewed during the dress rehearsal time.
We need some help to make this celebration a success, so go to the Sign Up Genius link to volunteer.  Please take a minute and see if you can add your time, energy, and support.

Please also contact Brinda blanepumphrey@rmae.org. if you can donate some time during art classes Tuesdays or Fridays beginning in March.

RMAE Olympics 2020 Thursday, April 30, 2020 is RMAE's Middle School Olympics.
Our 6th, 7th, and 8th graders will be competing in 6 sporting events: football, soccer, newcomb ball, volleyball, basketball, and running relay. Come volunteer and see who goes home with gold, silver, and bronze. If you aren't available to volunteer on April 30th, please help provide snacks for the event. See the signup for snacks.

After-School Activities & Clubs 

UPDATE Young Rembrandts Cartoon drawing class begins at RMAE on FEB 24th.  Classes will be each Monday after school from 3:10-4:10pm in the Art Room.  Register at www.youngrembrandts.com or call 719-310-2566. FLYER 

Spring Break Camps at Colorado School of Mines for 3rd through 5th grade students. See the Details HERE

Lisa Best is hosting an After School Sports camp starting April 1st every Wednesday. See the FLYER for details.
Evergreen High Junior Poms Clinic: Details HERE

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

RMAE's own PE Teacher, Lisa Best is hosting the BEST Summer Camp this Summer. See FLYER for details.

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 Update

Family Summary of Board Working Session and Regular Meeting 2/20/20

The evening of February 20, the Board of Directors held a Working Session followed by a Regular Meeting.  The first topic of discussion was the refinancing of our school’s remaining debt from our initial build.  Our first opportunity to do this is coming up, creating an opportune time to finance our potential new building.  We identified several scenarios for our financial consultant to help us shop for, and will determine our ability to take on the new building based on the results.  That said, a new building will not be possible on financing alone; we will be depending on our awesome community to help with fundraising should this become a reality!

And speaking of the new building…Board members are looking forward to participating in Collaborative Design Process meeting this Saturday, February 29 in the cafeteria.  We have reached out to committee members with personal invitations and hope to gather lots of perspectives from families and staff.  If you haven’t heard from us, but have opinions or expertise to share, please get in touch with either Dr. Hudson or RMAEBoard@rmae.org to RSVP to join us. 

In more financial news, the Board agreed on a range of annual budget to be reserved for salaries and benefits for teachers and staff.  Next school year, this will include new benefits such as 100% of premiums for short-term disability insurance, and 100% of premiums for the least expensive option for medical insurance.  It will also include paid leadership and coaching team opportunities for existing teachers.

The Regular Meeting convened on time.  The Student Council report was inspiring!  The team has some great ideas for theme weeks and days and is planning a middle school dance and fifth grade activities.  The Principal’s Report also included great updates regarding progress of the reading curriculum review, expected enrollment for next year, and the purchase of a formal Spanish curriculum.  Finally, in response to teacher feedback and provision of short-term disability insurance, we voted to eliminate the earlier proposed sick bank that would have started next year.  Based on the same feedback, we unanimously voted to amend and clarify changes to the leave policies that begin next year. 

Does this sound like the kind of work and decision-making you want to contribute to our school?  Please start thinking about upcoming opportunities to join the Board of Directors.  Details will be communicated this Spring, or ask any of us to discuss.  

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

03/05 BINGO at The Wild Game
03/06 Third Quarter Ends
03/06 FroYo Friday
3/9-13 Spirit Week
03/10 PTO Meeting at Starbucks (El Rancho)
03/13 FroYo Friday
03/17 Celebration of the Arts




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