100 Elk Trip

Pack everything on the packing list (see the middle school tab on school’s homepage) as well as a sack lunch for Wed. All other meals will be provided. We will leave Wed. morning (8/31) and return on Fri. (9/2) before school is out.

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Welcome to 6th Grade Literacy & Social Studies!

Welcome back for what I hope will be a very exciting and busy year!

Let me introduce myself. My name is Kimberly Darrington and I am the 6th grade literacy and social studies teacher. I am returning to RMAE after a three year leave, in which I worked for a year at the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation then returned to the classroom in Denver Public Schools teaching 4th and 5th grades. I began my career as an educator at RMAE in 2006, teaching  3rd grade for three years and 4th grade for three years. I am super ecstatic to teach middle school!

My philosophy of teaching is to embrace it as an opportunity to “mark” my students’ heart and minds. Learning should not only be to engage the mind, but also reach the heart. Once my student’s mind s and hearts become active, then the lifelong journey of inquiry and self-motivated learning can begin.

I promise to model humility, kindness, and respect towards all my students and their families because I am completely committed to opening up their eyes, ears, and hearts so they grow up to be wonderfully success citizens.

To a great year!!!

Kimberly

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Director’s Newsletter – August 26

Dear Parents,

The 2nd Annual Evergreen Bluegrass Festival is tomorrow! Saturday, August 27. Gates open at 11:00 a.m. at the Evergreen Rodeo Grounds. Proceeds from the Festival benefit our children at RMAE. Get your tickets NOW by going to www.evergreenbluegrassfestival.com

What a “KIND” first week! – I hope your children are spreading kindness at home because they sure are here at school! We are taking our “Random Acts of Kindness” program to a new level this year and students are responding beautifully! Teachers are implementing the program into all areas of the curriculum. Our goal is to be the Kindest School in the World!

Carpool Information — Thanks so all parents for being so kind in the carpool drop-off and pick-up lines! We were done by 3:30 every day this week which is very impressive! You will be receiving a name card for your cars at Back-to-School night to assist with the process going even more smoothly. Please help by NOT PARKING AT THE PRESCHOOL or ON THE STREET or IN THE DIRT LOT. This is a safety issue with students crossing the street and with traffic flow. If everyone cooperates and uses our carpool pick-up through the circle, I think we will all be safer and home sooner! Thank you in advance for support of this request.

Please note that morning drop-off supervision begins at 7:30 a.m. Students should not be dropped off prior to 7:30 a.m. for safety reasons.

Back-to-School Nights – Please plan to attend these very important informational nights for parents. We ask that you do not bring students if possible since parents will be seated at their child’s desk so space is limited! This is one of the most important meetings for parents, to learn about classroom and school expectations. You will spend part of the time in the cafeteria or commons, receiving important information about the school year ahead and the rest of the time in your child’s classroom with your teacher.

Tuesday, September 6, 6:30 p.m. Kindergarten and First Grade
Wednesday, September 7, 6:30 p.m. Second and Fifth Grades
Thursday, September 8, 6:30 p.m. Third and Fourth Grades
Thursday, September 8, 6:00 p.m. All Middle School parents meet in the Middle School Commons

New Security System – If you have been to the school recently, you have noticed our new security system. Thanks to our RMAE Foundation for providing funding for this safety improvement for our school. All visitors must be buzzed in at Building One to sign in and receive a Visitor Badge. You will then be given the code (which will change weekly from our security company) to enter Buildings Two or Three.

Intermediate Orchestra – A reminder from Claudia Bloom: Intermediate orchestra starts next week on Monday, August 29. It will be right after school until 4:00 p.m. for this week only. Going forward, Intermediate orchestra will be from 4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Monday and Wednesdays. Beginning orchestra starts on Wednesday, September 7, right after school until 3:50. Beginning orchestra will also be every Monday and Wednesday. Please remind your children to bring their instruments and books. Sign-up sheets are available in the front office.

After School Clubs – We are in the process of solidifying our dates and times for after school clubs. Please go to this link for the most current information.

NEWS FROM THE BOARD

We as a Board would like to welcome you all back to school for the 2016-17 year, and hope that you had a fantastic summer. It’s been a busy summer for us with a lot of changes along with getting settled somewhat as a group. But as our kids are themselves getting settled in their classes and we as parents are trying to get back in the school groove, I wanted to just share a few thoughts.  READ MORE >>

NEWS FROM THE FOUNDATION

The 2nd Annual Evergreen Bluegrass Festival is tomorrow! Saturday, August 27. Gates open at 11:00 a.m. at the Evergreen Rodeo Grounds. Proceeds from the Festival benefit our children at RMAE. Get your tickets NOW by going to www.evergreenbluegrassfestival.com

NEWS FROM THE PTO

Go to our PTO page to read about the following PTO happenings:

  • Thank you to all who attended the Ice Cream Social
  • Upcoming PTO meeting on Tuesday, September 6, at 8:20 at the Bergen fire station
  • Prepay for Pizza Wednesdays: deadline is Friday, September 2
  • Make money for RMAE and earn volunteer hours when you grocery shop
  • Keep track of your volunteer hours, a new online log is coming soon

 

Important Dates

August 27 – BLUE GRASS FESTIVAL, gates open at 11:00 a.m.
September 5 – NO SCHOOL, LABOR DAY
September 6 – 8:20 a.m. – PTO Meeting, Bergen Fire Station
September 6 – 3:30 p.m. – SAC Meeting, Conference Room
September 6-8 – Back-to-School Nights
September 15 – Picture Day – Students must be in uniform
September 15 – Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Spanish Room
September 22 – Spirit Day for all students
September 30 – Free Dress Day for all students

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Board News – August 26

Dear RMAE Families,

We as a Board would like to welcome you all back to school for the 2016-17 year, and hope that you had a fantastic summer. It’s been a busy summer for us with a lot of changes along with getting settled somewhat as a group. But as our kids are themselves getting settled in their classes and we as parents are trying to get back in the school groove, I wanted to just share a few thoughts.

We would first like to thank PTO for an awesome start to the year with their Ice Cream Social last Friday (August 19th). It was great to see a lot of familiar faces as well as meet a few new families, and hopefully you were all able to attend. It goes without saying that our PTO is an integral part of everyday life at RMAE, and we hope you will support this important group in every way you can this year.

Later that same evening, the Board had the honor of hosting the majority of RMAE’s teachers and staff to a dinner and gathering in Kelli and Greg Anderson’s home. We were also lucky enough to NOT lose power during dinner! But the theme of that evening is primarily what I wanted to share with you.

As we did some introductions just before eating, it occurred to me how much of a “family” feel it was to be all gathered in a house, about to share a meal together. Because for the past 12 years, that’s exactly what RMAE has been to my wife, myself, and our boys…one very big family. And while we start this year with a smaller family than we’ve had the last few years, every conversation I had that evening reinforced for me just how committed our faculty is to making this a great year for RMAE.

So I would ask as you get back into the swing of school, you keep that family concept somewhere in your mind. Sometimes families don’t agree on everything, but in the end we should all have the same goals regarding the best education and environment we can provide our kids. And if we as parents can match the commitment of our teachers in making every day great for our kids, I have no doubt our family will grow again.

The board encourages conversation with the parents, and we look forward to hearing from you.

Regards,
Tim Lane and the RMAE Board:
Kelli Anderson, Debbie Caruso, Jodi Dorkin, Roberta Harrell, Laurel Hyslop, Dwight Koch, Laurie Morrill, Kyle Stults, Jeff Wilhite

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PTO News – Aug 26

Ice Cream Social was a huge success!
There was a steady stream of RMAE families who were able to visit with friends, meet teachers and staff, purchase pizza lunch for the year or semester, order new spirit wear, sign up for PTO, get grocery cards, find some great, free gently used uniforms and explore girl and cub scouts! Thank you to all who came out and to our PTO team for a well organized and fun first event.
For those of you who missed it; prepay pizza, spirit wear, grocery cards and PTO memberships are still available. Please contact Tiffany Fontaine: fontainefamily@mac.com for more information.

PTO Meeting
Come to our next PTO meeting on Tuesday, September 6 at 8:20 at the Bergen fire station.

Pizza Wednesday Fundraiser
Proceeds go to help all students attend Sea Camp. Find out more on our Fundraising page. Please note the deadline for pre-pay pizza is next Friday, September 2nd.

Grocery Cards
EARN VOLUNTEER HOURS BY SIMPLY USING YOUR RMAE RELOADABLE KING SOOPERS/SAFEWAY GROCERY CARD!
Through October 31, 2016, you have the opportunity to earn one volunteer hour for every $100 reloaded to your RMAE King Soopers and/or Safeway grocery card. As an added bonus, this will be tracked and logged for you via the PTO.

Join or renew your annual PTO Membership and receive a FREE grocery card (your choice of Safeway or King Soopers). If you would like to purchase a card or learn more, please contact Carrie Wassemiller: carrie.pto@outlook.com

Volunteer Hours
Please continue to track your volunteer hours at home. We’ll have our new volunteer logging system up and running soon!

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Welcome to 4th Grade

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Come to the Ice Cream Social

Welcome Back RMAE families!

Please join us for the annual ice cream social courtesy of the PTO

Friday, August 19
2-3 p.m. for Kindergarten families
3-5 p.m. for all other grades.

  • Meet your teacher
    Find your child’s classroom and meet with your teacher
  • Ice Cream
    Come down to the cafeteria to grab your frozen treat
  • Meet your new PTO
    Meet with members of the new PTO executive board and learn more about the PTO and what we do for RMAE.
  • Sign Up to be a member of the PTO
    The PTO will have tables set up where you can apply for PTO membership and learn about all the volunteering opportunities available to fill your 60 hour per family time commitment to the school. Don’t worry — it’s way easier than you think!
  • Purchase pizza lunches
    Purchase your discounted Wednesday pizza for each semester or save more and pre pay for the whole year
  • Order spirit wear
    Take a look at the new colors and styles available this year and place your order including the embroidered red shirt required for field trips!
  • Need Uniforms?
    Stop by the clothing table and find some great FREE uniform items for your child. Cleaning out your child’s closet before school? Please bring your clean and folded gently used uniform items to the table.  Donations of clothing are welcome but not required.
  • Have a daughter who is interested in Girl Scouts?
    Our Girl Scout school coordinator, Jen Fitzgerald, will be there with some scouts to share information and answer questions for interested families wanting to join a troop this year!

New this year will be the opportunity to only write one check or have the option to pay with a credit card at our cashier station.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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