APR 12, 2020

April 13, 2020 - Vol. XXIII

Grizzly Growl

Classroom News

Listening to the Middle School students playing handbells is truly magical. Check it out HERE

Fifth grade students studied Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne, and created prehistoric creatures out of found objects around their house.


Will Benjamin and Cora Gregory tested out their Paper Roller Coasters for their Remote Learning S.T.E.M. project.


5th Grade loved showing off their pets!


Fun Tips to Avoid Cabin Fever!

  • Build a birdhouse 
  • Clear the clutter
  • Cook a new recipe
  • Send letters to family members and friends

A message from the Principal 

Dear RMAE families,

As we enter week 4, I want to thank you for ALL you’re doing for your children. Thanks for balancing your work and your child’s work.  Thanks for sharing your kitchen table with math and art assignments and other projects. Thanks for doing your best to help them.  Thanks for being supportive of your child’s teacher as they find creative ways to engage their students and sustain their love of learning. Thanks for being patient, understanding and kind.

I wish you all continued health and wellbeing.

Dr. Ann Hudson

RMAE Happenings 

The yearbook has been finished! And updated to have a page that overviews our year and our current situation in the world.  Due to the great importance of this yearbook and this year, we've extended the yearbook sales! We only have 30 yearbooks left to sell, and you have until April 30th to order. Visit this link to order yours before they're all gone: https://bit.ly/2V6J0fj

Reminder of Resources for Families: 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

EChO Food Bank: Anyone who needs food is welcome to come to the food pantry at 27640 Hwy 74 Evergreen and you will be given a box of food for you and your family.  Individuals who are ill or self-quarantining may request to have their order delivered. Check out their Website for details.

COMCAST ESSENTIALS - Comcast Waives Outstanding Balance Restriction for Internet Essentials Package Comcast is offering their Internet Essentials program to families who are eligible (most families who qualify for free and reduced meals, Medicaid, or SNAP benefits), live in the Comcast service area, and have not had Comcast service in the past 90 days. Apply Here.

Jeffco FOOD SERVICE - Sites will be open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from: 10:30-1:00pm

  • Lakewood High School - New
  • Arvada K-8
  • Alameda High 
  • Colorow Elementary
  • Edgewater Elementary
  • Foothills Elementary
  • Lasley Elementary
  • Parr Elementary
  • Wayne Carle Middle 
  • Welchester Elementary 
  • West Jefferson Elementary
  • Wheat Ridge High

How can I keep my kids learning when we're stuck at home? After the extension of Remote Learning you might be wondering what the heck you're supposed to do with your kids home all day?! Common Sense Media has put together a bunch of ideas for how to keep our kids busy, entertained, and learning while they're home. Check them out HERE!

Resources for Parents from Simple Solutions Learning: check them out at Simplesolutions.org  They are also running a special promotion for their Summer Solutions program. There are a lot of parents that are concerned that their children are going to fall behind, and Summer Solutions is a fantastic way to help. Use the Code SCHOOL2020 and get 20% off your order of 3 books or more.

Board Update

2020-2021 RMAE Board Election: Our Board of Directors consists of 9 members, 8 of which represent current RMAE families.   This year three of our Board of Directors terms expire.  We are currently accepting applications for three 3-year positions. Our school needs leaders that are passionate about our school and want to contribute their time, expertise and ideas to help us provide the best educational experience for our kids.   This is an opportunity to help guide our great school, leverage your leadership skills, and book some volunteer hours!  For an example of what you'll be working on, see the Family Summary of our April Board meeting below.   

Do you have Fundraising, Education, Management, Finance or Legal experience? Please forward your letter of intent including, 'Why are you interested and What do you have to offer?' to  the RMAE Board Selection Committee, in care of Kelli Anderson, RMAE Board Community Representative, kanderson@rmae.org

Important Dates: Submit Letter of Intent by April 27, 2020, Zoom Meet and Greet Board Candidates May 4, 2020 (time to be determined), Voting opens online May 5 to 8, 2020 (one vote per RMAE household)

Need more information?   Use this link:  Learn more about the RMAE Board

Board Meeting Summary

Family Summary of April Board of Directors Meeting

On April 9, the RMAE Board of Directors held its first ever virtual meeting, which required us to get used to the very platform that our kids seemed to have learned so proficiently!  We even had some visitors join us, though there were no public comments this month.

Nearly every topic we discussed is affected by this pandemic, and families should know that RMAE - and all schools - will be impacted financially.  As a charter school, our main source of funding is State-provided Per Pupil Revenue (PPR).  The State may reduce PPR due to decreased tax revenue and to pay for public health expenses, even for the current year against what was promised, and nearly certainly for next year.  To reflect the necessary changes, the Board approved a very conservative 2021 budget for submission to Jeffco and Colorado Department of Education.  We will have the flexibility to add expenses if our estimates are incorrect, but we have elected to plan for a more austere scenario in light of our strategy of sustainability. 

On a positive pandemic note, we would like to thank all the teachers, staff, and parents who have made online education possible.  We are so proud and grateful for everyone’s contributions, flexibility, and success on this learning curve.  The Principal’s Report included updated enrollment and hiring actions for next school year.  We look forward to meeting the new families and teachers who will join our community.

The process for multi-purpose building design continues in a hopeful manner, even if the current financial environment does not allow for the swift build-out we had been planning.  When this crisis is over, we will still need a multi-purpose building to serve our school community.  Therefore we continue to seek affordable financing options to combine with our imminent debt refinance transaction.  We will keep the community informed of any developments. 

Finally, you may have noticed the call for new Board members above.  Please consider serving our school community, especially if you have some of the experience or skills mentioned.  Feel free to reach out to Kelli (kanderson@rmae.org) or any of us if you have any questions or want to hear about what the work entails.  In addition to the three members our school community will elect, the Board will appoint one new member during the May 14 meeting to complete one year of service from an unfinished term.  We hope to see you there, even if there is in cyberspace!  

Health Department Update

Coronavirus - Please refer to the district’s coronavirus information page  as new information becomes available from public health resources, including the CDC.   RMAE will continue to follow the district's direction as they have been coordinating with local public health agencies as we monitor the global outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), keeping in close contact with Jeffco Public Health Department (JCPH) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) on this subject.

After School Activities

Envision Martial Arts is offering FREE Virtual Community Martial Arts Classes! They are open to everyone, no strings attached, 100% free. Classes are offered Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:00-5:15pm. All people would need is a computer/iPad/Phone with internet and a space to move around in! Classes start Tuesday, April 7th! If you’re interested, click HERE 

RMAE's own PE Teacher, Lisa Best is hosting the BEST Summer Camp this Summer. The Deadline to sign up is May 20th. See FLYER for details.

Virtual Informational meeting for 8th grade families interested in High School Football is April 14th.  See the FLYER for details.

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