Director’s Newsletter February 26

Dear RMAE Parents,

Conferences Cancelled – Due to the weather conditions, parent-teacher conferences had to be cancelled February 26 & 27. We will send out communication next week announcing reschedule dates. We apologize for this inconvenience.

Parent Survey – Your opinion counts! Please take a few minutes to complete the parent survey put out by our SAC (School Accountability Committee). We are hoping for 100% participation! Due to the weather delays, the survey deadline has been extended to next Wednesday, March 4. You can access the survey online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2015RMAEParent

Live Action! – Be sure to check out the video on the RMAE website home page (www.rmae.org). Thanks to Jack Maher from the Jeffco Schools Communication department for capturing the middle school girls’ shed-building experience! Thanks to Rachel Smith for giving our girls this opportunity to learn important lifelong carpentry skills.

PARCC Testing—Testing begins Monday, March 2, for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. Middle school students will begin testing the following week in math, English, and Language Arts. Your help in ensuring that students are well-rested and ready to do their best on these state tests is appreciated. Student attendance is extremely important, including students being on time, in seats, and ready to learn at 8:00 a.m. PARCC tests are just one part of a body of evidence that we use to determine student academic progress as well as identify areas of strength and those needing improvement.

Parents Night Out –The RMAE Foundation is pleased to announce “Luck of the Wild,” an evening of fun for adult members of the Evergreen Community. The event will be held on Friday, March 13, from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at The Wild Game.   Tickets are $100 per person and include two drink tickets, food, live music by Tunisia, dancing, unlimited games and bowling, and a $20 game card for a return visit to The Wild Game. Half of the ticket price ($50.00) is donated to RMAE and is tax deductible. Please invite your friends and neighbors to join in the fun. For tickets and sponsorship details please click: www.regquick.com/rmaeluck or contact Marie Lynch at mlynch@rmae.org. (This event is separate and completely different from PTO’s auction event in April)

Unsupervised students – Beginning March 2, any unsupervised students inside or outside of the school building after 3:30 p.m. will be directed to ACC (Adventures in Child Care), the after school program located in the school cafeteria. Parents will be charged by ACC for this day care ($11.50 for families registered with ACC, $21.00 for families not registered). Unsupervised siblings of students participating in after school activities (musicals, band, clubs, etc.) are included in this procedure. This decision was based on the concern for the safety of all students and the security of our school building.

Top Three Volunteers – Congratulations to Liesl and Ned Parker, Angie O’Keefe, and Jamie and Mary Beth Price, for collecting the highest number of volunteer hours for the past 6 weeks. Remember to log your hours on Our Volts on the RMAE home page at www.rmae.org

A Night of Fun and Entertainment – Your RMAE staff kicked off the night with a unique (to say the least) song and dance to start the fun! Thanks to all of our talented RMAE students who shared their amazing abilities at the annual RMAE Talent Show this past week. Thanks also to PTO along with Gretchen Moritz, Carrie Quinn, Don Williams, and Karen Hines for making this a night to remember!

March Core Virtues:Perseverance – pushing on despite difficulty and hardship; and Self-discipline – giving the best of ourselves and saying “no” to our weaknesses

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go.” – Dr. Seuss

Important Dates:

March 2                 RMAE Foundation meeting, 6:30 p.m. Spanish Room
March 10               RMAE PTO Meeting, 1:30 p.m.
March 12               RMAE BOD Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
March 13               “Luck of the Wild” at Wild Game, 6:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
March 19               RMAE SAC (formerly AAA) meeting, 5:00 p.m.
March 20               In-Service for all staff – NO SCHOOL for students
March 23-27         Spring Break – NO SCHOOL

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Director’s Newsletter February 19

Dear RMAE Parents,

Parents Night Out –The RMAE Foundation is pleased to announce “Luck of the Wild,” an evening of fun for adult members of the Evergreen Community.  The event will be held on Friday, March 13, from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at Evergreen’s newest family fun center, The Wild Game.   Tickets are $100 per person and will include two drink tickets, food, live music by Tunisia, dancing, unlimited games and bowling, and a $20 game card for a return visit to The Wild Game.  A portion of your ticket price will also be tax deductible.  Please also consider sponsoring this community event which benefits RMAE.  Please invite your friends and neighbors to join in the fun.  For tickets and sponsorship details please click:  www.regquick.com/rmaeluck or contact Marie Lynch at mlynch@rmae.org. (This event is separate and completely different from PTO’s auction event in April)

Swingin’ Seventh Graders – As part of the Core Knowledge history and music curriculum, seventh graders listened to the history of Swing dance in America presented by national Swing Dance Champions, Tiffiny Wine and Ceth Steifel.  These two passionate dancers teach the history of jazz and its influence on dance in America as well as swing dance classes in Denver.  After the history lesson, students were given a swing dance lesson followed by an opportunity to let loose in the classroom!  Thanks to middle school teachers, Rachel Smith, Emily Johnson, and Gretchen Moritz for bringing this authentic learning experience to our students.

Lost and Found – Our cabinet is overflowing with lost items! Please stop by and claim items belonging to your children. All unclaimed items will be donated to Lumberg Elementary next Wednesday, February 25.

Extra drink choices on Pizza Days — Student Council is making additional drink choices available for sale during Wednesday lunch periods. All profits will benefit the 7th grade fundraiser. To kick off this new program, for this week only, Student Council allowed students to exchange their water for milk. Ongoing, all drinks sold during pizza day will cost $1.00. If you have prepaid for water with pizza, that will run as usual.

Volunteer Opportunity – The RMAE Board is seeking volunteers for the 2015-16 budget committee. If you are interested in participating in this important planning committee for next year, please email school Finance Manager, Stephanie Woodward at swoodward@rmae.org

Unsupervised students – Beginning March 1, any unsupervised students inside or outside of the school building after 3:30 p.m. will be directed to ACC (Adventures in Child Care), the after school program located in the school cafeteria. Parents will be charged by ACC for this day care ($11.50 for families registered with ACC, $21.00 for families not registered). Unsupervised siblings of students participating in after school activities (musicals, band, clubs, etc.) are included in this procedure.

Handicap Parking – Please only park in these designated spaces if you have the required permits. Thank you for your cooperation.

New Preschool website – Check out the RMAE preschool’s new website at: www.rmaepreschool.com

Girls on the Run–This after school club for 3rd – 5th grade girls will start the week of March 2. The club will meet on Tuesday and Thursdays after school. For more information about the program go to: www.girlsontherunrockies.org or contact Cherie Mazurek at cmazurek@rmae.org.

Top Three Volunteers – Congratulations to Liesl and Ned Parker, Tonje Williams, and Alan and Laurie Scheik, for collecting the highest number of volunteer hours for the past 6 weeks. Remember to log your hours on Our Volts on the RMAE home page at www.rmae.org

February Core Virtue:Patience – Let’s all demonstrate patience as we drive through the carpool line! I received reports of cars going on the wrong side of the road to bypass the line to get to the parking lot; parents talking on cell phones while dropping off students; students getting out of the car on the street side of the car instead of the sidewalk side; parents getting out of cars and holding up the line; and cars not moving forward to the front of the circle. We are all in a hurry, but patience and consideration of safety of all students is greatly appreciated. Thank you for taking a few extra minutes each day to ensure we keep all students safe.                                   

Important Dates:

February 24       Talent Show, 6:30, Evergreen H.S.
February 24       6th grade Keystone Science Center parent meeting
February 25       Free Dress of Choice Day
February 26-27  Parent/Teacher Conferences (noon dismissal on Thursday/no school on Friday)

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Director’s Newsletter February 12

Dear RMAE Parents,

Academic Achievement – It was my honor last week to recognize elementary students for outstanding achievement in math, reading and writing as well as present certificates to middle school honor roll students with a 3.5 or better grade point average for the first semester. Special recognition was given to students who achieved a 4.0 grade point average. Congratulations to all of these students for outstanding academic achievement. The names of these award recipients are located at the bottom of my newsletter.

Authentic Economics Learning – Authentic learning was on display throughout the school this week. In Emily Johnson’s middle school social studies classroom, students were buying and selling stocks in a mock stock market game. All investors seemed to be making money until the crash of 1929! Quite a learning experience.

Fourth and fifth graders are preparing for their trip to AmeriTowne on February 13, where they will be in charge of running the town. Each “shop” was planning for the big day by preparing their budgets, creating advertising campaigns for the TV, radio, and newspaper, appointing positions, and other duties associated with running a business or a town. Congratulations to the elected officials, Ellie White, Judge and Grace Courtney, Mayor. Thanks to the fourth and fifth grade team for organizing this authentic learning experience in government and economics.

Volunteer Opportunity – The RMAE Board is seeking volunteers for the 2015-16 budget committee. If you are interested in participating in this important planning committee for next year, please email school Finance Manager, Stephanie Woodward at swoodward@rmae.org

Fees and Annual Giving – If you have already paid your school fees and given to Annual Giving, a huge “Thank You!” If not, please go to the website and click on the “Donate” button for Annual Giving. Student fees may be paid online at Jeffco Connect or drop off payments at the school front office. Questions regarding outstanding fees, contact Stephanie Woodward at swwodward@rmae.org

Jump for Heart Fundraiser – We are off to a great start with this fundraiser for the American Heart Association. In addition to jumping rope during PE class, students are encouraged to jump at home and have parents sign off on a log recording the number of jumps. The logs need to be turned in with the fundraising packet on March 2. The off campus jumps will be added to the school jumps to arrive at the grand total. If your child is still learning to jump, invisible jump ropes are allowed! Questions, email Christine Schoen at cschoen@rnae.org

Mixed Bags order deadline has been extended to end of day Tuesday, February 17. Take advantage of this opportunity to purchase unique bags while donating to the school.

Carpool SafetyA few friendly reminders as you maneuver through the carpool line. Please make sure students properly seated in the car. Cell phone usage is not allowed in the carpool line. and pulling completely around the circle is appreciated. Also, please do not park on the road by the stop sign. This blocks visibility of students crossing at the crosswalk. Thank you for your support of these important safety rules.

Valentine Grams –Student Council members send a huge thank you to everyone who supported the Valentine’s Day Grams Leukemia & Lymphoma Society fundraiser! Student Council reports the fundraiser was very successful.

Girls on the Run–This new after school club for 3rd – 5th grade girls will start the week of March 2. Girls on the Run inspires girls to a lifetime of self-respect and healthy lifestyle through an innovative program that combines training for a 3.1 mile run/walk race with a fun, health education lesson plan. The club will meet on Tuesday and Thursdays after school. Watch for registration information coming soon. For more information about the program go to: www.girlsontherunrockies.org or contact Cherie Mazurek at cmazurek@rmae.org.

Top Three Volunteers – Congratulations once again to Liesl and Ned Parker, Tonje Williams, and Dana Price, for collecting the highest number of volunteer hours for the past 6 weeks. Remember to log your hours on Our Volts on the RMAE home page at www.rmae.org

Cup of Coffee? PTO installed a Keurig machine in the teachers’ lounge last fall. We have been enjoying this special treat but recently have been low on coffee for the machine. Any donations to keeping our staff caffeinated is appreciated!

February Core Virtues: — Patience and Loyalty – “Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” – John Quincy Adams

Important Dates:

February 12          BOD Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

February 13          4th and 5th grades to AmeriTowne

February 16          No School, Presidents’ Day

February 19          AAA Meeting, 5:00 p.m.

February 24          Talent Show

Elementary Academic Awards:

Math

Kindergarten—Anna Brand, Vivian Stults

First Grade—Tallaby Riddle, Chase Allbritton

Second Grade—Thomas Canon, Mitchell Price

Third Grade—Lleyton Burghardt, Nate Kopp

Fourth Grade—Caleb Gregory, Fletcher Hoban

Fifth Grade—Trevor Chartier, Alayna Szuch

Reading

Kindergarten—Keenan O’Connell, Lucy Margolin

First Grade—Xavier Gomez, Maya Hyslop

Second Grade—Ulla Schultz, Anna Hock

Third Grade—Sydney Grissom, Milo Lamas

Fourth Grade—Katelyn Canon, Ethan Scheik

Fifth Grade—Lainey Ross, Sayre Hushen

Writing

Kindergarten – Finnegan Fierst, Slade King

First Grade—Aiden Hargrove, Jillian Morrill

Second Grade—Liam Houlihan, Grace Warren

Third Grade—Peyton Fitzgerald, Mila Koeva

Fourth Grade—Ellie Seutter, Nicholas Reimers

Fifth Grade—Anna Jermano, Elizabeth White

Middle School Honor Roll:

6th Grade

Emily Burt (4.0)

Mackenzie Campbell

Melia Carvalho

Astraia Dahlen Flor

Lute Douglas

Jacob Foley

Cooper Frey

Aurora Gearhart

Imogen Harris

Sarah Jermano (4.0)

Kirby Kilroy

Sidney Parker

 

7th Grade

Michelle Chartier (4.0)

Kate Delson (4.0)

William Emery

Benjamin Gonzales

Trevor Hansen

Ashley Hushen

Samuel Jacobs

Aliya Janov

Kevin Lacjak

Susanna Shepard

Sophia Lamas (4.0)

Sara Skuladottir

Cassidy Vallin (4.0)

Arija Williams (4.0)

Kayla Wolfe

 

8th Grade

Kwon Anderson

Gabriel Bengtson

Mayzie Branson

Julia Cox (4.0)

Dominic Delany

Sophia Gordon

Maria Hadsell

Brooke Hager (4.0)

Elena Kopp

Mackenzie Kurtz

Madison Lippert (4.0)

Sydney Mayer

Abigail Mathis

Samuel Nease

William Olivieri

Chance Palmer

Clay Robertson

Evan Robertson

Iskandar Shayusupov

Celia Simpson

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Director’s Newsletter February 5

Dear RMAE Parents,

Talent Show Tryouts – Please encourage your students to bring their best acts to the RMAE 2015 Talent Show tryouts on Wednesday, February 11. You may sign up by clicking https://sites.google.com/a/rmae.org/rmae-talent-show/

Space Foundation Selects RMAE Teacher as Teacher Liaison! The Space Foundation Teacher Liaison program is a prestigious, internationally recognized program, that provides an honored few with benefits and privileges that improve teaching skills, strengthens resumes and influences space and science education at an international level. One of the honored few chosen this year is our own fourth grade teacher, Mary Gordon.

The Space Foundation selects a new flight of Teacher Liaisons each January.  Space Foundation Teacher Liaisons serve as active links between the Space Foundation and their schools and work with other space organizations, such as NASA. More than 150 educators from throughout the world are active Teacher Liaisons. We are so proud of Ms. Gordon – Congratulations Mary!

After School Pick-up – A reminder that students need to be picked up by 3:30 p.m. unless participating in an after- school activity. Students are not allowed to play on the playground after school, unsupervised, waiting for their ride. Students still at school after 3:30 will be walked to ACC (Adventures in Child Care), the after school program located in the school cafeteria. Parents will be responsible for payment to ACC for this daycare.

IRV Brown and Ervin Johnson – Today our fourth and fifth graders were treated to a very memorable presentation by sportscaster Irv Brown and former Nugget’s player, Ervin Johnson. Thanks to RMAE PE teacher, Christine Schoen, for bringing this impactful program to our school. These two powerful speakers provided students with lessons on how to communicate effectively, set lifelong goals, respect people, believe in yourself, and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Girls and Science –The Denver Museum of Nature & Science and CBS4 is presenting the Girls and Science event this Saturday, February 7, 2015. Girls will have the opportunity to explore a variety of Science Clubhouses, where girls will meet women scientists and experience the many diverse opportunities in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) fields.   More information here: http://www.dmns.org/museum-news/girls-and-science/

 Asian Day – Second graders learned about the Asian culture in the annual Asian Day presented by teachers Ann Hushen and Karen Hines. This special day gives students an opportunity to experience an authentic tea ceremony, a meal using chopsticks, a variety of Asian art projects, and Asian jewelry making. Thanks so much to the many second grade parents who assisted in making this day a memorable one for all students.

Middle School top Geography Bee students! Congratulations to Rachel Castor, our top RMAE Geography Bee winner and runner up, Graham Dixon. These two middle school students answered challenging geography questions competing against 16 other finalists. The next qualifying round is a written test, which determines if Rachel progresses to the state competition. Good luck, Rachel!

Valentine Grams – Student Council is offering Valentine Grams for purchase until February 9. Funds raised will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Pennies for Patients fundraiser. Forms are available at the front office. Chocolate roses can be sent for $1.00 or Pink Monkeys for $2.00.

Girls on the Run–This new after school club for 3rd – 5th grade girls will start the week of March 2. Girls on the Run inspires girls to a lifetime of self-respect and healthy lifestyle through an innovative program that combines training for a 3.1 mile run/walk race with a fun, health education lesson plan. The club will meet on Tuesday and Thursdays after school. Watch for registration information coming soon. For more information about the program go to: www.girlsontherunrockies.org or contact Cherie Mazurek at cmazurek@rmae.org.

Top Three Volunteers – Congratulations to Liesl and Ned Parker, Tonje Williams, and Dana Price, for collecting the highest number of volunteer hours for the past 6 weeks. Remember to log your hours on Our Volts on the RMAE home page at www.rmae.org

Flu and Cold Season– We need your help! It has been a challenge to keep a supply of facial tissues and disinfecting wipes in the school. Classroom teachers and the front office are asking for donations with either of these important supplies to keep our school germ-free and disinfected! Thanks in advance for your help.

February Core Virtues: — Patience and Loyalty — Ms. Gordon’s fourth grade class partnered with Ms. Reidlin’s first graders to play math games that the fourth graders created to help reinforce addition, subtraction, and telling time skills. Fourth grade students Fletcher Hoban and Kimball Boyle exhibited patience when they met with their first grade buddies, carefully describing the rules of the game and answering questions before playing very patiently with their new friends.                                   

Important Dates:

February 10       PTO Meeting, 1:30 p.m.
February 11       Talent Show tryouts
February 12       BOD Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
February 13       4th and 5th grades to AmeriTowne
February 16       No School, Presidents’ Day
February 24       Talent Show

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Director’s Newsletter January 29

Dear RMAE Parents,

Spelling Bee Winners – Congratulations to fifth grader, Benjamin Simpson, for winning the RMAE Spelling Bee for the third year in a row. Benjamin correctly spelled “farrago,” a noun meaning disordered or irrational collection of words or ideas. First runner up, fifth grader, Zach Cindrich, was a very competitive challenger, along with third grader, Ian Simpson (brother to Benjamin) who placed second runner up. Benjamin will move on to the Regional Spelling Bee. Thanks to teachers, Christine Riedlin, Karen Hines, and Mary Gordon for organizing the Spelling Bee.

Girls and Science — Come and be inspired by women in science! The Denver Museum of Nature & Science and CBS4 are excited to host a Girls and Science event on Saturday, February 7, 2015. Girls will have the opportunity to explore and play in a variety of Science Clubhouses, where girls will meet women scientists and experience the many diverse opportunities in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) fields, some you may not expect from a career in science—including botanical illustrations and coding!

Location:   Throughout the Museum
Date/Time: Saturday, February 7, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Ages: Ages 3-18
Tickets: This event is included in the price of general admission, and on this day ages 18 and under receive $4 general admission tickets.
More information here: http://www.dmns.org/museum-news/girls-and-science/

Governor’s RAK Challenge – The Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Foundation and Gov. John Hickenlooper need our help encouraging a new StateOfKind in 2015. They are challenging the citizens of Colorado to complete 10,000 acts of kindness before July 14, 2015. Our school has been picked as a community leader to spearhead this initiative and challenged to complete 100 acts of kindness by April 3, 2015. We are placing jars in each classroom for teachers and students to record acts of kindness that they witness. We will then email RAK to post. Our school logo will also appear on the Governor’s webpage.

After School Spanish — Registration is open for the spring session for 1st through 3rd graders. Class meets every Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. beginning February 3. The deadline to register is January 30. Registration forms are available in the front office. For more information contact Ms. Iverson at diverson@rmae.org

Talent Show Tryouts – Encourage your students to bring their best acts to the RMAE 2015 Talent Show tryouts on Wednesday, February 11. You may sign up by clicking on the link below. The talent show will be at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 24, at Evergreen High School Auditorium. https://sites.google.com/a/rmae.org/rmae-talent-show/

Middle School top Geography Bee students! Congratulations to the following students who qualified to participate in the next round of competition to find our top two RMAE Geography Bee finalists. The finalists will earn the chance to compete in the Colorado State Geo Bee. The next round will occur on February 3 and the final round on February 5.

Gabriel Bengtson
Rachael Castor
JJ Cox
Graham Dickson
Megan Ellis
Jacob Foley
Ben Gonzales
Sophia Lamas
Jenny Lawrence
Connor Long
Thomas Lynch
Martin Michalik
Isaac Mohr
Sam Nease
Will Olivieri
Paige Radcliff
Celia Simpson
Arija Williams

Valentine Grams – Student Council is offering Valentine Grams for purchase until February 9. Funds raised will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Pennies for Patients fundraiser. Forms are available at the front office. Chocolate roses can be sent for $1.00 or Pink Monkeys for $2.00.

Girls on the Run–This new after school club for 3rd – 5th grade girls will start the week of March 2. Girls on the Run inspires girls to a lifetime of self-respect and healthy lifestyle through an innovative program that combines training for a 3.1 mile run/walk race with a fun, health education lesson plan. The club will meet on Tuesday and Thursdays after school. Watch for registration information coming soon. For more information about the program go to: www.girlsontherunrockies.org or contact Cherie Mazurek at cmazurek@rmae.org. If you would like to coach, contact Ali Hostein at ali.holstein@girlsontherun.org

Advocacy Training–The League of Charter Schools is offering free advocacy training for charter school parents at the upcoming Colorado Charter Schools Conference on Thursday, February 26, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The conference is being held at the Marriott Denver Tech Center. Parents can register by visiting www.cocharterconference.org and selecting “Register” then “Charter Conference-Thursday Kickoff Workshop Only.”

Family School Partnership Survey –Below is a link and login from Jeffco Schools to complete a survey about our family school partnership at RMAE. The survey is anonymous and will take 10 – 15 minutes. The survey opens Monday, Feb. 2 and closes Friday, Feb. 13. Thank you for taking the time to give feedback. (NOTE: This does not replace our annual school survey from the RMAE AAA).

Survey Link:  https://soars.jeffco.k12.co.us/survey/Login.aspx       User Name:   69570795        User Password: 574B0FAF

An Important message from RMAE’s PTO: Shaking things up at the Auction — We need a parent to be the point person for the Annual Auction. THIS AUCTION IS THE PRIMARY MONEYMAKER FOR TEACHER & SCHOOL SUPPORT! We cannot underscore how important this event is! There are already many who would like to help with the footwork but we really need an organizer!   Please help RMAE make this annual fun and financially successful fundraiser happen. Please contact Jan Douglas at jdouglas@rmae.org

Top Three Volunteers – Congratulations to Liesl and Ned Parker, Tonje Williams, and Christine and Jeff Emery, for collecting the highest number of volunteer hours for the past 6 weeks. Remember to log your hours on Our Volts on the RMAE home page at www.rmae.org

January Core Virtues:Honesty and Forgiveness–Forgiveness is not an easy thing to do sometime, as suggested in this quote:

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Important Dates:

February 2         Chess Club, Spanish Room, immediately after school

February 2         Foundation Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

February 11       Talent Show tryouts

February 12       BOD Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

February 13       4th and 5th grades to AmeriTowne

February 16       No School, Presidents’ Day

February 24       Talent Show

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Director’s Newsletter January 22

Dear RMAE Parents,

Noetic Learning Math Contest – Last fall, our elementary students entered the Noetic Learning Math Contest and the results are now in. The Noetic Learning Math Contest (NLMC) is a biannual math problem solving contest for elementary students. The goal of the competition is to encourage young students’ interest in math, to develop their problem solving skills, and to inspire them to excel in math. During the contest, students are given 45 minutes to solve 20 problems. Problems are designed to challenge students and enrich their problem solving experiences. This competition aligns with our STEM goals for the school.

 

Congratulations to the following students for their outstanding achievement:

 

2nd Grade

School winner – Hudson White

Honorable mentions: Grace Warren, Caleb Lessig, Liam Houlihan, Andrew Trent, Ulla Schultz

 

3rd Grade

School Winner (plus Honor Role): Hayden Riddle

Honorable mentions: Jayden Hager, Quinn Lane, Oliver Norman, Nate Kopp, Lorenzo Carvalho, Nick Jacobs, Ned Houlihan, Hayden Hyslop, Milo Lamas

 

4th Grade

School Winner: Caleb Gregory

Honorable mentions: Ava Warren, Ellie Seutter, Nicolas Reimers, Keeley Running Crane, Dillyn Collins

 

5th Grade

School Winner: (plus Honor Role) – Benjamin Simpson

Honorable mentions: Anna Jermano, Collin Palmer, Kelsey Vaughn

 

6th Grade

School Winner – Jacob Foley

Honorable mentions: Sofia Verheij, Dakota Griger

 

Noetic Learning Math Spring Contest– Students will be taking the Noetic Learning Math Contest again this spring. The Challenge Math Online 2015 spring is a program designed to help students prepare for the contest. There is a charge for this program. You may register your child at http://www.noetic-learning.com/gifted/signup.jsp

Spelling Bee —   Parents are welcome to attend the 1st through 5th grade Spelling Bee this coming Wednesday, January 28, from 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in the school cafeteria.

National Geographic Geo Bee is this coming Wednesday, January 28. You can help your student prepare by going to www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee/quiz/today

Chess Club – We will be starting Chess Club again on January 26, on Mondays after school. We will start K-3 students at 3:00 (right after school dismissal) and end at 4:15 p.m. Chess club for 4th – 8th grade students will run from 3:15 – 4:45 p.m. Cost is $60.00 per 6-week session, payable at the first meeting. Registration forms and additional information will be coming home this week in Friday folders.

After School Spanish — Registration is open for the spring session for 1st through 3rd graders. Class meets every Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. beginning February 3. The deadline to register is January 30. Registration forms are available in the front office. For more information contact Ms. Iverson at diverson@rmae.org

Pennies for Patients – Student Council is busy preparing for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Pennies for Patients fundraiser. They will kick off the event on February 2. More details to come.

Valentine Grams – Student Council is offering Valentine Grams for purchase until February 9. Funds raised will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Pennies for Patients fundraiser. Forms are available at the front office. Chocolate roses can be sent for $1.00 or Pink Monkeys for $2.00.

Lost and Found is growing! Please stop by or have your children search for lost items right away; items will soon be donated to charity.

Mixed Bag Fundraiser — RMAE PTO will distribute sales packets to go home in K-5 Friday folders and given to middle school students on Friday, January 23. Samples will be displayed in the front hall of the admin building.  Students may return their order forms to their classroom or drop them off at the office.  The class with the most sales will win ice cream treats.  The students with top sales from K-2, 3-5 and middle school will receive a surprise gift from Mixed Bags.

 

First Round Enrollment Going Strong! Be sure to let friends and neighbors know that First Round Enrollment for the 2015-16 school year ends January 30. Enrollment forms are available on our website and can be emailed to Kate Collier, our enrollment secretary at kcollier@rmae.org or faxed 303-670-1253. Parents of potential NEW STUDENTS who are interested in having their child(ren) attend RMAE as a new student for the following year must complete an open enrollment application. Parents of current RMAE students need not re-enroll. Registration for ALL students will be in May.

Top Three Volunteers – Congratulations to Christine and Jeff Emery, Liesl and Ned Parker, and Laurie Morrill for once again collecting the highest number of volunteer hours for the past 6 weeks. Remember to log your hours on Our Volts on the RMAE home page at www.rmae.org

 

January Core Virtues:Honesty and Forgiveness

The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousand fold. ~Aristotle

                                               

Important Dates:

January 26            Chess Club

January 28            Spelling Bee

January 28            Geography Bee

February 2            Foundation Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

February 12          BOD Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

 

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Director’s Newsletter January 15

Dear RMAE Parents,

School Start Time – Please help your children get off to a positive start each day by helping them arrive on time. Doors open at 7:55 a.m. for K-5 students, enabling them to settle in and begin instruction promptly at 8:00 a.m. When a student arrives late, he/she is missing instruction as well as disrupting the class. Middle school day begins at 7:45 a.m., so 6-8th grade students should be in the building by 7:40 a.m. Thank you for your help with this issue that is taking away valuable instruction time from students.

Geographic Geo Bee — On January 28, Mr. Reynolds and Ms. Johnson will be holding the preliminary round for the National Geographic Geography Bee. The first round will take place in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade history classes for all Middle School students. The top 10 scorers will move on to the final round to take place during elective time on February 2. The top student will have a chance to advance to the state and national championship where he/she could win up to a $50,000 college scholarship. Check out the following resources! www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee/quiz/today, http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee/study-corner/  AND www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee/apps. Please email Mr. Reynolds or Ms. Johnson with any questions.

Chess Club – We will be starting up Chess Club again on January 26. Chess Club will take place again on Mondays after school. We will start K-3 students at 3:00 (right after school dismissal) and end at 4:15 p.m. Chess club for 4th – 8th grade students will run from 3:15 – 4:45 p.m. Cost is $60.00 per 6-week session, payable at the first meeting. Registration forms and additional information will be coming home this week in Friday folders.

First Round Enrollment Going Strong! Be sure to let friends and neighbors know that First Round Enrollment for the 2015-16 school year ends January 30. Enrollment forms are available on our website and can be emailed to Kate Collier, our enrollment secretary at kcollier@rmae.org or faxed 303-670-1253. Parents of potential NEW STUDENTS who are interested in having their child(ren) attend RMAE as a new student for the following year must complete an open enrollment application. Parents of current RMAE students need not re-enroll. Registration for ALL students will be in May. Tours are available please call the school soon to schedule!

Names will be drawn and calls or emails informing parents of available spots will begin Monday, February 2. Parents will be notified as classroom spaces become available. All others will be placed on the waitlist and called as spaces open.

Top Three Volunteers – Congratulations to Christine and Jeff Emery, Liesl and Ned Parker, and Laurie Morrill for collecting the highest number of volunteer hours for the past 6 weeks. Remember to log your hours on Our Volts on the RMAE home page at www.rmae.org

January Core Virtues:Honesty and ForgivenessMs. Smith’s eighth grade students were incredibly honest when they presented their autobiographies to their classmates. Students had the opportunity to select the format for their presentations, which included accompanying songs to represent events in their lives. I was privileged to observe several of the presentations and was impressed with not only the superb writing but the sincerity and honest assessment they shared.

                                               

Important Dates:

January 19        Martin Luther King Day – NO SCHOOL

January 26        Chess Club

February 2         Foundation Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

February 12       BOD Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

 

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Director’s Newsletter January 8

Dear RMAE Parents,

Happy New Year! The Random Acts of Kindness team welcomed staff back to school at our inservice day this past Monday. Hearing new ideas to implement this very positive program in classrooms was an energizing way to start off second semester.   You can support this program at home by modeling random acts of kindness when you are with your children as well as recognize and comment on random acts of kindness that your children exhibit at home.

Sad Start to the New Year – We may have all heard about the tragic accident which resulted in the death of Sean Renfro, a Jefferson County sergeant. Sgt. Renfro was active in the local MAMFA football organization, a connection to many of our RMAE families. To join other area schools in a tribute to Sgt. Renfro, on Monday, January 12, we will allow students to wear a MAMFA jersey or any football jersey/shirt. Information for whose wanting to help the Renfro family, a donation site has been set up at http://www.gofundme.com/jocxks

Teacher’s Websites – Please remember to check your students’ teacher’s websites for important information regarding important dates and happenings in the classroom. Simple go to our website at www.rmae.org and click on Parent Links, then on Teacher Websites.

Enrollment for 2015.16 School Year – A message from Kate Collier, Enrollment Secretary: We are off to an exciting start of the Enrollment Season. First Round Enrollment began Wednesday January 7 and ends January 30. Applications for enrollment are available on our webpage. First Round Enrollment forms can be emailed kcollier@rmae.org or faxed 303-670-1253 care of Kate Collier. Parents of potential NEW STUDENTS who are interested in having their child(ren) attend RMAE as a new student for the following year must complete an open enrollment application. Parents of current RMAE students need not re-enroll. Registration for ALL students will be in May. Tours are available please call the school to schedule!

Names will be drawn and calls or emails informing parents of available spots will begin Monday February 2nd. Parents will be notified as classroom spaces become available. All others will be placed on the waitlist and called as spaces open. Thank you for your continued support of Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen!

Irv Brown to visit RMAE – As part of the Nuggets Basketball and Sportsmanship Fundamentals Program, our PE teacher, Christine Schoen has arranged for Irv Brown, a Colorado sports legend as a player, coach, referee and broadcaster, to come and speak with our 4th and 5th graders. This program provides students with lessons on how to communicate effectively, the importance of teamwork, basketball fundamentals, and the importance of physical fitness. Coach Brown along with a current Nuggets player will be here on January 21 at 9:45 a.m.   Hopefully the weather will allow time to shoot some hoops outside!

Bronco Support – The mayor’s office has asked all schools, businesses, and government offices to show support of the Broncos making it into the playoffs, by wearing orange on Friday, January 9. So RMAE is going to join in the fun by allowing students to wear Broncos (or orange) shirts with appropriate dress code pants or skirts this Friday.

Chess Club – We will be starting up Chess Club again on January 26. Registration forms and additional information will be coming home next week in Friday folders.

Top Three Volunteers – Congratulations to Liesl and Ned Parker, Kim Canon, and Helga and Troy Schultz, for collecting the highest number of volunteer hours for the past 6 weeks. Remember to log your hours on Our Volts on the RMAE home page at www.rmae.org

The “Do Something” Elective is so grateful for all the support they received from the school to make this fundraiser a success!!  They raised $1,862.19 which is enough to send 2 students to college and buy chickens for one family and one piglet for a family!  Into Your Hands is grateful for what RMAE accomplished in such a short time, and Do Something owes it all to the great RMAE community!  Mr. Reynold’s class raised the most with almost $500 and will be getting ice cream sandwiches.  Thanks so much RMAE!

January Core Virtues:Honesty and Forgiveness– What better way to start the New Year than with a resolution to be honest and forgiving toward our fellow man. Students are sent to my office when they have a disagreement with a fellow classmate. It is so touching and encouraging to see forgiveness in their hearts when they are able to forget and forgive any differences that they may have had in the past. I found the following quote that I think is a lovely definition of forgiveness:

Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that crushed it – Mark Twain.


Important Dates:

January 9          Broncos Day – students may wear Bronco’s shirt

January 12        Support for Sgt. Renfro – Students may wear football jerseys

January 13        Sea Camp Parent Meeting, 3:30 p.m., Room 301

January 14       Moab Parent Meeting, 3:30, Middle School Commons

January 15        AAA meeting, 5:00 p.m., Spanish Room

January 15        Spirit Day

January 19        Martin Luther King Day – NO SCHOOL

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Director’s Newsletter Dec 19

Dear RMAE Parents,

Annual National Geographic Geo Bee is back! On January 28th, Mr. Reynolds and Ms. Johnson will be holding the preliminary round for the National Geographic Geography Bee. The first round will take place in 6th , 7th , and 8th grade history classes for all Middle School students. The top 10 scorers will move on to the final round to take place during elective time on February 2. The top student will have a chance to advance to the state and national championship where he/she could win up to a $50,000 college scholarship. Over break, students and parents are encouraged to look at the following resources: www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee/quiz/today, http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee/study-corner/  AND www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee/apps.

Please email Mr. Reynolds or Ms. Johnson with any questions.

Annual Giving Letter –Time is running out to receive a tax deduction for contributions in 2014! Please consider making a donation amount that best fits your budget, large or small. These funds provide support to many different areas of our school. You may mail in your donation, drop off a check at the front office, or go to the Donate to RMAE page under the Giving tab on our website at http://www.rmae.org/ways-to-give/support-rmae

Skate the Lake New Year’s Eve Fundraiser — Drive Smart hosts this annual community event for families. This year they will donate $5 back to the school of choice when purchasing tickets through the link below. Please consider attending this fun event while earning money for RMAE!

LINK FOR $5 DONATION TO YOUR SCHOOL http://www.drive-smart.org/campus-messenger-email-instructions (Please note:  The website states the link will close today, the 19th, but it will be open through Sunday, December 21.)

Top Three Volunteers – Congratulations to Christine and Jeff Emery, Liesl and Ned Parker, Helga and Troy Schultz, for collecting the highest number of volunteer hours for the past 6 weeks. Remember to log your hours on Our Volts on the RMAE home page at www.rmae.org

December Core Virtues: Gratitude – I would like to share that we are so thankful for the fine work that our staff has been doing in carrying out the RMAE mission and we’re happy that this year’s finances have allowed us to give our staff a well-deserved bonus.   Please share in our appreciation thanking them.

The first half of the 2014-2015 school year has been a special time for me as the new director of RMAE. I am so grateful for the continued support from students, staff, and parents. Below are some of the successes that we have achieved together as a team. With so much support and enthusiasm, I can only imagine what we can accomplish in the remainder of the year and many years to come!

  • John Irwin School of Excellence Award for outstanding student achievement.
  • Veteran’s Day Celebration –with the help of vets from the Evergreen American Legion. Students sang and honored the vets in the audience after hearing some of their incredible stories of service to our country.
  • Volunteer Day — With the help of supplies and manpower from the Evergreen Home Depot, RMAE volunteers painted the entire front office, trimmed, raked, and beautified the school grounds, repaired and replaced broken items, and much more! We received a video on the Jeffco website of our community effort!
  • UIP Submitted –Thanks to the AAA for completion of our Unified Improvement Plan.           
  • State of the School meeting which included performances by members of the RMAE orchestra. Event also provided RMAE PTA, AAA, and Foundation to put forth a unified message of coorperation.
  • Technology Update — Through financial help from the Foundation, we were able to update our technology infrastructure, purchase new servers, and purchase additional computers and iPads.
  • New Website — The website was revised and refreshed to provide timely communication to our school community.
  • STEM-related classes:
    • Middle School electives to have students build storage sheds – great authentic learning!
    • Connected with Warren Tech to offer robotics instruction to our students using LEGO Mindstorms
    • Added Chess Club after school for K-8 students
  • Lockdown Drill received high marks from Jeffco Security team for this important safety drill.
  • Music Performances — The many outstanding choir, orchestra, band, and classroom holiday performances ended 2014 with a sense of peace and harmony at our school!

Best wishes to all RMAE families for a wonderful holiday break!                                               

Important Dates:

January 5          Professional Development Day for teachers – NO SCHOOL for students

January 7          First round enrollment begins

January 13        Sea Camp Parent Meeting, 3:30 p.m., Room 301

January 15        Spirit Day

January 19        Martin Luther King Day – NO SCHOOL

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Director’s Newsletter Dec 11

Dear RMAE Parents,

Hour of Code –All students have enjoyed an “hour of code” this week, learning the basics of computer programing. It was amazing to see how quickly young students can pick up the concepts and strategies involved. Thanks so much to tech teacher, Wendy Forsythe, for organizing this STEM event for all students. Students can continue the practice at home by going to www.code.org

Annual Giving Letter –There is still time to receive a tax deduction for contributions in 2014! Please consider making a donation amount that best fits your budget, large or small. These funds provide support to many different areas of our school. You may mail in your donation, drop off a check at the front office, or go to the Donate to RMAE page under the Giving tab on our website at http://www.rmae.org/ways-to-give/support-rmae

Middle School “Movie Night” is TOMORROW! Friday, December 12, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Choice of 3 movies: ElfWalter Mitty, and The Nightmare Before Christmas. Admission is $5.00 (to be paid at the door) which includes a slice of pizza. Students can purchase additional slices of pizza for $2 each.  Do Something will also have drinks and snacks for purchase to help raise money to send a rural Ugandan student to college to become a teacher.

Snack Shack is back!  Student Council is selling drinks, snacks, and school supplies after school from 3:00-3:30 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays. Do Something will be sponsoring the month of December with funds going to Into Your Hands. Snack Shack will also support various electives throughout the year.

Call for Cookies! This Sunday, December 14, PTO is hosting a free, community event, Cookies and Cocoa with Santa from noon -2:00 p.m. PTO still needs volunteers to help with the event and more cookies! Contact Kelly Breuer at kellyannbreuer@gmail.com for more details and sign up using PTO’s new “Events” option on the OurVolts website. Cookies can be dropped off at the front office.

RMAE car magnets are now being sold for $5.00 at the Snack Shack. PTO accepts cash and checks made out to RMAE PTO. You may also email Tina Mitchell at tmitchell@rmae.org and she will get one to you.

Top Three Volunteers – Congratulations to Christine and Jeff Emery, Liesl and Ned Parker, Helga and Troy Schultz, for collecting the highest number of volunteer hours for past 6 weeks. Remember to log your hours on Our Volts on the RMAE home page at www.rmae.org

December Core Virtues: Gratitude –A sincere expression of gratitude for the outstanding musical performances we enjoyed this week. Thanks so much to elementary music teacher, Claudia Bloom, for her direction. On Monday evening, we enjoyed a 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade holiday musical presentation of singing and playing recorders. We continued to get into the holiday spirit Wednesday evening at the orchestra concert which included performances by the beginning, intermediate, and advanced orchestra students. There are two more opportunities to hear our talented musical students at the upcoming choir concert on Wednesday evening and the band concert on Thursday night.

This week also included a 3rd grade Native American Day, where third grade teachers, Cherie Mazurek and Sharon Narans, led students through a day of activities, complete with costumes, sports, food, and activities that were part of the Native American culture. Thanks also to all of the 3rd grade parent volunteers who made this fun and educational day possible.                                               

Important Dates:

December 14     Cookies with Santa, 12:00-2:00 p.m. School Cafeteria

December 16     Choir concert, 6:30 p.m. RMAE cafeteria

December 17     2nd Grade Holiday Program, 8:30 a.m.

December 17     Band concert, 5:30 p.m. RMAE cafeteria

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