Special Announcement from the Board of Directors

July 7, 2017

One-Year Appointment to the RMAE Board is Open

Due to Chris Lindsay’s resignation from the Board of Directors, there exists a vacancy to which the full Board will make a one-year appointment. This appointment will happen as soon as a candidate is identified and appointed. The soonest possibility for this appointment will be the next Board meeting on Thursday, July 20.

If interested in this appointment, please announce your interest by emailing the members of the Board. The Board’s email is rmaeboard@rmae.org. With your email, include a brief statement as to your interest to serve and a short bio. Each candidate’s interest will be reviewed at the July 20 meeting along with a short interview by the board. Candidates must attend. If a candidate is not identified/appointed on July 20, then the next opportunity would be at the August meeting.

In advance, thank you for your interest to serve RMAE.

Sincerely,

Amy Broxterman, President
RMAE Board of Directors

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RMAE BOD Meeting Rescheduled and Rodeo Parade Photos

RMAE Board of Directors Meeting Rescheduled

Tomorrow’s scheduled Board of Directors meeting has been postponed to next week, Thursday, June 29 at 6:30pm. An agenda for the meeting will be sent next week.

RMAE Float at the Rodeo Parade

Thank you to all who participated in the rodeo parade on behalf of RMAE. All who attended had a great time. And a special thank you to the PTO, Marketing committee, the Morrill family and Murphy’s Mountain Grill and the Packer family for helping us show our school spirit!
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Principal’s Newsletter – May 26

News from the Principal

I had the privilege of being a speaker at the graduation ceremony of our eighth graders on Tuesday evening at Evergreen High School. RMAE had thirty-three graduates that evening, looking happy and proud in front of family and friends. It was a special evening for everyone in attendance.

Here is what I had to share:

Good Evening Parents, Extended Family Members, and Friends of these Graduates –
What a prize! Here you spend nine years in school to have now earned the privilege to listen – very attentively – to a speech from your principal at your graduation. Earlier today I practiced a short version and a very long version of this speech. When I am done, you can decide (if you are still awake) which one I used tonight.

Graduation 2017. Just as it is for you as 8th grade graduates, tonight is also a milestone for some parents. This ceremony might bring an end to your relationship with RMAE. Just think – no more dress code, no more ordering hot lunch, no more car line in the circle, no more Royale Elk Drive on a snowy day, no more parking two blocks away to attend a school event. For some, this is the advent of that unknown adventure called “surviving high school as a parent”. Or, maybe this next fall will offer a new challenge and a second or third chance with parenting another son or daughter through that freshman year in high school. I wish you well.

Here it is. Nine years of growing, working, and learning for everyone involved with your education. Every one of us (whether as a student, parent, or teacher), has benefited from this experience no matter how many years you have been at RMAE. I hope it has been a worthwhile time for you whether your experience here was a jaunt, a journey, or both. I could add a few other descriptors to my own short experience, but this is clear. It has been a joy and a privilege to serve as your Principal these past seven months.

Tonight begins the next step in your educational journey. These days when life seems to be happening so fast, it is no surprise that one might feel like it’s all a race. A race to the top. A race to the winner’s circle. A race to that next wish, or grade, or age. Maybe you were racing to the day that you would graduate from RMAE. But please, take time to enjoy the moment – every moment. Tomorrow will come! I know because I probably have had more of them than anyone else in this auditorium tonight.

Here’s some advice from an old, seasoned, veteran principal, who is also a father and grandfather, as you enjoy the summer ahead and begin your high school career in August:

  • Make good choices. We all make choices, but we seldom can select the consequence of our poor ones. When good choices prevail, you won’t have to worry about the consequences – you’ll just get to enjoy them.
  • Be responsible. When do the requirements to be a responsible 14 or 15 year-old become completely yours as an individual and not that of your parents, your friends, or your teachers? Yes, they can be called on to offer advice and assistance, but in the end the choice to do the right thing belongs only to you. Take the high road, challenge yourself, and do what’s right.
  • Accept your responsibilities as a teenager. Don’t wait for someone else to do them for you. Believe in yourself. I believe in you, and I am sure that there are some very special people sitting behind you who do, as well.
  • Value your reputation and family name. Building it up is a lot easier than trying later to repair it in the eyes of those who love you and care about you.

Congratulations, graduates. I wish you well as you transform from a Grizzly to an Evergreen Cougar, or Conifer Lobo, or Golden Demon, or a Clear Creek Digger. Just remember though, don’t you all come back at the same time. We wouldn’t want to scare the kindergartners thinking that RMAE has become a zoo.

Enjoy the evening and the video – both of which are all about you.

Dr. Gary Stueven
Principal
gstueven@RMAE.org


 

RMAE Happenings

Have a relaxing, fun and safe summer!

Congratulations to our 8th Graders! We wish them well as they move onward and upward to High School and beyond.

Kindergarten Graduation – Parents of kindergarten students enjoyed a wonderful graduation, continuation program yesterday which was put together by Pam Vernon and Lisa Best. KGgraduates The cuteness factor was off the charts!
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5th Grade Continuation Tunnel
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Summer Homework Link – Teachers sent home summer reading lists and skills challenges home for them to work on throughout the summer. These packets will also be available on our website under the Student Life (Summer Homework) tab.

Jefferson County Library’s Summer Reading ProgramRegister on the library’s website.

Wings over the Rockies Air and Space Museum – Take advantage of this pass for a fun way to learn more about aviation, spacecraft, and rocket technology. Wings over the Rockies Boarding Pass

ORDER NOW – School Supply Kits – Save time and money – One click shopping and your student’s supplies will be delivered directly to the school or your home, ready for the first day of school! Click on the link below to purchase the kit for your child’s grade.

Educational Products, Inc. Supply Kits – (School Code ROC157)

School supplies ordered on or before June 16 - Will be available at PTO’s Ice Cream Social which is the Friday before school starts, on August 18th. If you are unable to pick them up at that time, they will be in your child’s classroom on the first day of school.
School supplies ordered June 17– 30 – Will be shipped to your home and you will be charged a shipping fee at checkout.

**Kindergarten parents, click on page two at the bottom of the order page to order the rest mats.
**7th & 8th grade parents, click on page two at the bottom of the order page to order the math graphing calculator.

Questions, contact the school secretary, 303-670-1070 or info@rmae.org

Sea Camp News – The shovelnose guitarfish is a member of the taxonomic class Chondrichthyes, which includes sharks, rays, and skates. In fact, the shovelnose guitarfish was originally considered to be a shark.  The specimen in the photo was caught by hand while the RMAE 7th grade class was snorkeling in LaJolla Cove, California from the boat Sea Watch.  We also caught a horned shark and the students were able to examine abalone, sea urchins, sea stars, numerous fishes, and many other marine organisms.  Some of us even had close-up encounters with seals and sea lions that were frolicking amongst us during our visit to the cove. Later in the day we ventured out into open water and encountered Mola mola, the heaviest known bony fish in the modern ocean. Mola mola can typically attain a weight of greater than a ton.  At the end of the day we made a dredge haul that brought up sea bass, flounder, spiny lobsters, round sting rays, pipefish, jellies, and many other fascinating marine species for us to examine up close and personal. Hands-on marine science at its best.  Just another awesome day at Sea Camp San Diego!TonysSkateFish

~ Tony Bryant ‘Mr. Bryant fishing for new students’

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Week of May 15th

Reading: This week we read a biography called, “Alexander Graham Bell” who was the inventor of the first telephone.  We focused on the sound ‘au/aw’ and ‘ea’ as the ‘long e’ and ‘short e’ sound.  The sight words for this week were: built, early, science, learn, and through.

Grammar/Writing: We continued learning about pronouns.  The students also completed their “End of the Year Writing Sample.”  A copy will be sent home next week.  We are so proud of the progress they have all made this year!

Math: We finished up our unit on fractions and started our unit on 3-D shapes.

Core Knowledge Sayings and Stories: We read The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Br’er Rabbit.  We also watched some short stories from Winnie the Pooh.  Furthermore, we discussed and wrote about the CK saying, “There’s no place like home.”

“Packing Up the Year in First Grade”: The students have been reflecting and writing about their favorite first grade moments for a memory book titled, “Packing Up the Year in First Grade.”

Communication:

-We will be going on our field trip to the zoo next Tuesday, May 23rd.  Please send your child with appropriate clothing and shoes.  They will also need a sack lunch.

-Parents are invited to join us on the last day of school at 10:00 while we view our “First Grade Slideshow.”  We will be eating a breakfast with the children on the morning of the last day.  There is a sign-up sheet for food items.

-We have absolutely enjoyed teaching your children this year and watching them all grow! Thank you for your support in and out of the classroom this year!  It’s been a pleasure working with you.

-We hope you enjoyed the 2 snow days!

 

 

 

 

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Principal’s Newsletter – May 19

News from the Principal

Making the Call – Not Always Easy

After watching many, many youth and high school games of football, soccer, basketball, and baseball as my sons grew, I did realize that there is one job and responsibility I would not seek – being an umpire. Some calls are easily made, but others may be challenged by spectators. However, there is one consolation for the umpire – that at least half of the parents, (presuming there are equal numbers of supporters for the home and the visiting team), will be pleased with the “missed call”.

Yup, it looks as if I missed the call for school to be closed today. So much for depending upon information from the National Weather Service or local weather forecasters in my making this call 10 hours in advance. My regrets, but did it please at least a majority of you? Yes, the kids count in the calculation, too. I do hope all of you are enjoying the day and wondering if it is really May. As I have said to a few others, RMAE will do its best to make this last week of school a memorable one for your children.

Charter school principals make many calls. Some decisions impact the present (i.e. canceling school, fire drills) and others address the future (i.e. staffing plans, hiring teachers, new math program). Let me share more about the latter, which are those decisions that have been made or are in progress for 2017-18. I have made many calls since becoming your principal and I am confident that the ones needed to move us forward are worthy of your support. Here are some updates:

  • The Board of Directors has approved a budget for 2017-18 school year which at this time has a deficit (projected expenses over projected revenues) of $115,000. This deficit is real and must be understood when pressure is applied to increase positions and services for 2017-18. “Where’s the money?” is a question that must be asked.
  • This deficit was further reduced by a generous donation from the RMAE Foundation. Thanks to everyone who participated in the latest giving campaign. This donation will also support the purchase and implementation of a new K-8 math program.
  • Mrs. Ann Hudson will be officially hired at RMAE’s Principal beginning July 1st when her contract is approved by the BoD at a Special Meeting on May 25.
  • At Middle School specifically:
    • There will be a single self-contained sixth grade class. Class size could be up to 30 students with significant support from a teacher aide during most core instructional time. Mrs. Goodheart is ready for this assignment.
    • The 7th/8th grade team will have four core teachers and operate similarly to this year. There will be electives offered each day that will include 6th graders.
    • A language arts teacher should be hired by Monday. A math position has been posted for applications. Mrs. Hudson will be involved with this hire.
    • Class sizes in 7th and 8th grades are still projected to be under 20 students. We need more students.
  • Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade have only enough students for one class. All projections remain under 20 students for each grade level.
  • There are skeptics out there texting about the job share with Mrs. Hines and Mrs. Hushen in 2nd grade. I am very pleased with this arrangement. Please stop the texting and come talk to Mrs. Hines, Mrs. Hushen, or me.
  • Grade 3: The class size could be 28 if it remains a single class. However, just as for 6th grade, teacher aide time will be allocated accordingly. Mrs. Narans is ready and willing.
  • Grades 4 and 5 have three teachers assigned for 2017-18 which puts class size at around 21-22. This does not warrant a fourth teacher, yet. We need to wait and see how enrollments will help out the budget. Will there be a combination? Possibly. This situation is too close to call and to commit money we do not have. However, we have the teachers in place to handle and teach whatever is assigned. Quality of the program and quality of the teachers will make the difference; not the class size or a combination class for a year. Please be patient about this challenge and trust that we will implement a plan that will be successful for our students, your child.
  • Sylvia Geiger has resigned her position as Spanish Teacher. She has decided to pursue her career as a lawyer on a full-time basis.
  • Positions to fill: 4-hour lunchroom and copier aide; 6-hour teacher aide; Lunch Manager/Server; summer custodian; facilities manager; Spanish; and PE.
  • Is there anyone available and qualified to teach/manage orchestra as a fee-based after-school activity for 2017-18? This cannot be supported by the projected budget.
  • At this time, we are accepting enrollments in all grades excepting we are being cautious about our numbers in 3rd and 6th. We do have a small wait list and will act on these in a timely manner on a case-by-case basis.
  • RMAE will host a Home School Support Program beginning in the fall for families with middle schoolers being homeschooled. This option is not available in the mountain area. It will be a one-day-a-week program and will raise needed revenue for RMAE at a very low cost. Another meeting will be held for interested families after Memorial Day.

Wow, that’s a lot of news! If you have questions, please email me rather than putting questions on Facebook or texting them to friends – questions I should be answering. Teachers are ready and willing to answer your questions, too. In some cases, we may not have a clear answer, but we are confident that solid solutions will be decided and implemented when enrollment at each grade level and school-wide is more settled. In the meantime, thank you for your patience.

Dr. Gary Stueven
Principal
gstueven@RMAE.org

P.S. As a reminder, there will be a “Meet the Candidates” opportunity on Monday at school at 7:30pm.

 


 

RMAE Happenings

End of School Assembly – Parents are welcome to attend the end of school assembly next Thursday, May 25th at 9:00 am. It will be held outside, so bring your chairs and hopefully your sunscreen!

School Supply Ordering Kits – Save time and money – one click shopping and your student’s supplies will be delivered directly to the school or your home, ready for the first day of school! Go to Educational Products, Inc. Supply Kits – (School Code ROC157) to purchase the kit for your child’s grade.

  • School supplies ordered on or before June 16th – will be available at PTO’s Ice Cream Social which is the Friday before school starts, on August 18th. If you are unable to pick them up at that time, they will be in your child’s classroom on the first day of school.
  • School supplies ordered June 17th – June 30th – will be shipped to your home and you will be charged a shipping fee at checkout.

**Kindergarten parents, click on page two at the bottom of the order page to order the rest mats.
**7th & 8th grade parents, click on page two at the bottom of the order page to order the math graphing calculator.
Questions: Contact the school secretary, 303-670-1070 or info@rmae.org

Jeffco Action Center’s School Supply Distribution – This event will be held at Stevens Elementary from August 7th through August 12th and it is open to all families with children in Jefferson County schools. Please see the attached flier for more details about the documents needed and the specific dates for school supply pick up.

Science Innovation Day in the Middle School – The day was filled with students learning about how to construct a solar oven, shooting binder clip catapults, operating stomp rockets and lithium battery powered cars, bobsleds, Mentos powered cars, self-propelled boats and the ever popular egg drop challenge.

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Mr. Bryant and Principal, Dr. Stueven, atop the egg drop crane

Jefferson County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program – As a part of their Summer Reading program, they are offering a reading contest open to all Jeffco schools. One school in each of the five categories (preschool, elementary, middle, high and special/choice) with the highest percentage of students who finish the Summer Reading program will win $800. There are also many prizes available for students – look for the flier in your child’s Friday folder. Students may register on the JCPL website.

Summer Homework Link – Teachers will be sending summer reading lists and skills challenges home with students for them to complete throughout the summer. These packets will also be available on our website under the Student Life (Summer Homework) tab.

Summer Food Bank – For many families, as another school year comes to an end, the worry about how to keep their kids fed begins anew. Especially when it seems like they could eat constantly!

Evergreen Christian Outreach (EChO) provides a Summer Lunch program that combines fresh items (milk, fruit, vegetables), shelf stable items (canned or packaged goods), and frozen foods (meats) each week to cover lunches. All items are geared to allow the kids to prepare and feed themselves. The program runs from May 29th until August 18th. There is no means test to receive this food. Pick up is required at the EChO office at 27640 Hwy 74 Evergreen on Mondays from 10-6, TWTh from 10-4. To sign up, simply call EChO at 303-670-1796. Ask for Nancy if you have any questions.

Field Day – was a huge success thanks to Wendy Forsythe. The middle school field day was capped off by a friendly game of kickball between the students and the staff. The staff enjoyed the bragging rights of being the winners this year! StaffKickballTeam-Winners Please go to our Photo Gallery page to view more Field Day photos.

Last Day of School Picnic – Weather permitting, you all are invited to bring a picnic lunch and stay for an hour or two after early release on the last day of school (May 25).  Some time to set the kids free on the playground, talk about summer plans and relax. Hope to see you all there for a low key celebration to start the summer!

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Principal’s Newsletter – May 11

News from the Principal

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Who All Will Step up to the Plate?

Give this a thought: If a baseball player never stepped-up to the home plate, that player would never experience the great feeling of hitting a home run for the home crowd. We need a few more home run hitters at RMAE to join the many others who come to bat for your children every day. Are you ready to step-up to the plate for RMAE? More on that later in this message.

First, I want to share with you a decision that was made last night by your Board of Directors – a decision to bring a new person to the plate and begin to hit more home runs for RMAE. Ann Hudson, who is also a four-year resident of Evergreen, was offered the Principalship at RMAE beginning July 1 and she has accepted. Ann was a hit with the Search Committee and the BoD and will be a hitter for RMAE for years to come. The Board will have a Special Meeting on May 25 to officially approve her contract of employment. You are welcome to come at that time and meet Ann. This two-week period is required by state statute to enable the public to speak to this selection before the hiring process is complete.

If you want to know more about Mrs. Hudson’s background, you can view her Letter of Interest and Resume on the Principals Page of our website at http://www.rmae.org/grizzlygateway/teacherwebsites/principals-page/. A formal introduction of her may not happen until August. However, she will be learning more about RMAE once she completes her assignment in Aurora.

Secondly, how about some of you also stepping up to the plate and volunteering for some very important roles. Here is where we need your time and help:

  • We want to hold a Board election.There are three openings to be seated in June. One person has stepped forward and RMAE needs at least two more. There will be an election before the school year ends. This will be a great way to get to know your child’s principal and serve your school. If interested please email me, as soon as possible, to review with you the steps necessary to run. Thanks to Russ Arnold and Shawnna Jermano for stepping-up to serve on the Election Committee with me.
  • Do you want to pay full-price for your 6th, 7th, or 8th grader to participate in the class trips next year? If not, then we MUST have a parent volunteer/representative for each grade level and a treasurer to manage and reconcile the funds collected to support these trips. Please contact Tiffany Fontaine at fontainefamily@mac.com.

Lastly, I want to express my deepest appreciation for the professionalism and commitment of the thirteen members of the Search Committee to the search process for a Principal which began three months ago and culminated with Ann being presented to the BoD as a finalist. I am pleased with how the process worked and the outcome with Ann being offered the position by the BoD. If you see any of the members, please ask them about the process, the decision, and then pass along your thanks for their service on the committee. They stepped-up to the plate for RMAE and have hit a home run. The members were: Kelli Anderson, Dyann Bartlett, Amy Broxterman, Kathy Butcher, Ian Dunbar, Tiffany Fontaine, Mary Gordon, Kathy Grubb, Emily Johnson, Chris Lindsay, Rachel Saylor, Candy Taber, and Carrie Wassemiller.

Happy Mother’s Day! We all have one. Enjoy and honor her while you’re both here.

Sincerely,
Dr. Stueven
gstueven@RMAE.org


RMAE Happenings

2017/18 Early Registration – The deadline has been extended to next week, Monday, May 15th – It is mandatory that parents/guardians register their child(ren) during this Early Registration Period for the upcoming school year. In the event of wait-lists, all students (new and returning) who have not returned the Parent Contract by the last day of the Early Registration period, could forfeit their spot on the next year’s roster. Classes and staffing will be determined by enrollment.

Click on this Registration Link to access the required forms and information for next year. Please complete the first four items and return them to the office by Monday, May 15th. It is preferred that you return them in your child’s Friday folder or drop them off personally. Thank you so much for your cooperation.

K-5 Field Day – TOMORROW! Please help make this a successful day by volunteering at one of the stations. If you are able to stay all day, please sign up for BOTH a morning and afternoon session. If you are only able to help during one session I’m thankful for that too!

AM session – 9:00-11:00 (10 minute rotations)
PM session – 1:00-2:45 (10 minute rotations)
Students can wear free dress that day but are asked to wear a shirt in their grade level color. Don’t forget sunscreen and water bottles.

K – Gray
1 – Red
2 – Blue
3 – Green
4 – Purple
5 – Orange

Middle School Field Day – The Amazing Race – Monday, May 15th This relay-style field day will begin at 9 am and take about 2 hours. Students will be divided into 6 teams, with a mix of students from grades 6-8. There will be activities (about 40) that range from wheelbarrow races to solving math problems! The first team to complete the race, wins! Please SIGN UP HERE to volunteer.

Evergreen Fire/Rescue Wildfire Community Preparedness Month and Mitigation Photo Contest – evergreenFireRescue_logoEvergreen Fire/Rescue are looking for maximum participation from the members of the community for their mitigation photo contest. This is a great way to get out and help reduce wildfire danger in the area.
Photo Contest flyer (pdf)
Fire Mitigation Wildfire Community Preparedness flyer (pdf)

Jefferson County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program – As a part of their Summer Reading program, they are offering a reading contest open to all Jeffco schools. One school in each of the five categories (preschool, elementary, middle, high and special/choice) with the highest percentage of students who finish the Summer Reading program will win $800. There are also many prizes available for students – look for the flier in your child’s Friday folder. Students may register on the JCPL website.

8th Grade REHAB Bags – NFFRD_2017_cropFor the Community Service Day, our 8th grade class put together REHAB bags for the Alpine Rescue Team and the North Fork Fire and Rescue (NFFRD) in Buffalo Creek. The bags contain many personal items (sunscreen, gum, snacks, deodorant, chapstick, hand wipes, foot powder and tissues) for the volunteers to carry with them when responding. They also visited Alpine Rescue to learn more about what they do for our community and during their visit, they detailed the inside of their trucks. Check out the 8th grade thank you letter they included with the REHAB bags and the photo of the NFFRD department holding their REHAB bags. They were very grateful!

Summer Food Bank – For many families, as another school year comes to an end, the worry about how to keep their kids fed begins anew. Especially when it seems like they could eat constantly!

Evergreen Christian Outreach (EChO) provides a Summer Lunch program that combines fresh items (milk, fruit, vegetables), shelf stable items (canned or packaged goods), and frozen foods (meats) each week to cover lunches. All items are geared to allow the kids to prepare and feed themselves. The program runs from May 29th until August 18th. There is no means test to receive this food. Pick up is required at the EChO office at 27640 Hwy 74 Evergreen on Mondays from 10-6, TWTh from 10-4. To sign up, simply call EChO at 303-670-1796. Ask for Nancy if you have any questions.

Yearbooks: We expect all books ordered before May 13th to be delivered to RMAE by May 20th. Go to the Tree Ring website and enter our school’s passcode: 1014438249824153
Yearbook Price: $18.50 (plus shipping)
If you have any questions please contact Helen McLeman (hmcleman@rmae.org) or Amy Law (aflaw3@gmail.com)

Last Day of School Picnic – Weather permitting, you all are invited to bring a picnic lunch and stay for an hour or two after early release on the last day of school (May 25).  Some time to set the kids free on the playground, talk about summer plans and relax. Hope to see you all there for a low key celebration to start the summer!


 

News from the PTO

  • Monthly Meet Up: Murphy’s Mountain Grill
    Friday, May 19 (1:00-2:00 p.m.) — Reconnect with other parents as well as meet some new people. It is also a perfect opportunity for new families to get connected with others in the school. Come grab a late lunch or snack. Come for 5 minutes or 55 minutes — we’ll be there to welcome you. If you have any questions, email Valerie Brown at valkbrown@gmail.com.
  • Grocery Cards — Keep using your cards! By simply spending $500 each month in groceries/gas over the course of the year each family will earn $300 for RMAE and help FULFILL their 60 hour volunteer requirement. RMAE gets 5% when you load them. Contact Carrie Wassemiller to get a card: carrie.pto@outlook.com
  • We need you! — We are seeking 4-5 new members of our board to contribute fresh ideas and energy to what has already been started. No special training necessary to join us, with the exception of the treasurer. Please send an email to our vice president, Bre Boyle at boylebundle@gmail.com.
  • Uniform Swap/Lost and Found — We are collecting for our Uniform Swap. Drop any gently used uniforms you would like to donate in the office. And as the year comes to a close, we will be clearing out the lost and found. Please check for any missing items, as anything left after school is out will be donated.
  • Middle School Pizza Fundraiser – This is a critical fundraiser for the middle school, and we need 6th grade families to volunteer for pizza chair and co chair positions for next year.
    Contact Tiffani Packer at tiffanijp@yahoo.com.

Volunteering

Thanks for all you do for your school — Please continue to visit http://school-92487.volunteerbuilder.com/ to log your hours. If you prefer to use a paper log, please download and fill out the form, and return it to the office. Or there will be a clip board in the office to log hours at school. Please contact Mary Houlihan (mary_houlihan@hotmail.com) with any questions.

For information on additional PTO events and fundraisers, go to our PTO web page

 

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Reading- Unit 5 Week 4

Sight words:against  goes  heavy  kinds  today

Genre/Skills/Comprehension: Expository Non-Fiction, Main  Idea and Summarize

Activities: with activities oi and oy vowel team and syllables, word sorts, sight word/spelling activities, menu days and grammar practice- Pronouns

 

Math

We began Chapter 14- Fractions

 

Social Studies

We began our Poetry Unit.

 

​Communication and Happenings…​

1. Important future dates:

Tuesday, May 23rd- Field Trip to the Zoo

Thursday, May 25th- Teacher Breakfast with the students.  More info to follow!

 

 Thank you to all our volunteers this week- at home and in the classroom!!!

 

Have a wonderful  weekend!

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Week of May 8th

Reading: Our story this week was called, Dot and Jabber  and the genre focus was “informational fiction.”  The sounds we focused on were ‘oo’ as in ‘book’ and ‘oo’ as in ‘moon.’  The sight words were instead, among, none, and another.  We also practiced dropping the ‘silent e’ before adding inflected endings –ed and –ing.

Grammar: We reviewed the parts of a complete sentence.

Core Virtues: We discussed our core virtues for the month:  integrity and service.  We also read one of our Core Knowledge stories, The Boy at the Dike, and discussed how the main character demonstrated service for his town.

Math: We reviewed money and have also been working on adding 2 digit numbers.

Science: We are so impressed with the creativity and hard work that went into building the electrical circuits!  They turned out awesome!  Thank you for helping your children with their projects over the last few weeks.  They really enjoyed showing them to their peers for Science Innovation Day.

Social Studies: This week we studied geographical features, customs/traditions, holidays, food, and some history of Mexico.  We finished up the unit by making homemade pinatas and even breaking open a large one donated by the Goodheart family.  A big thank you to them!

Communication:

-Our field trip to the zoo is on Tuesday, May 23rd.

-We are finished with homework for the year! Woohoo!

-Field Day is next Friday, May 12th. Please help make this a successful day by volunteering at one of the stations. First grade will wear red shirts for the day.

Enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend!

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Principal’s Newsletter – May 4

News from the Principal

Excerpts from Dr. Stueven’s congratulatory speech to the Kiwanis Student of the Year recipients:

DominicKiwanisStudentYearDominic Herrick8th Grade – There are so many wrong turns and choices that can be made by our youth. But with an ever-present and involved family and a school that supports these same values and teaches Core Virtues, Dominic Herrick has made significant growth as a student. Accordingly, what have we have observed and experienced is a young boy who has become an exemplary young man.

Dominic Herrick has a heart of gold… and a story to tell. Actually, I’m sure there is no end to the stories Dominic has to tell. Teachers typically hear at least one a day! One regret for those of us working in schools who hear these stories from our students, it is too often that we do not get to hear (or see) the “Rest of the Story” as Paul Harvey used to say on the radio. What I have seen and heard is that Dominic wants to stand-up for the “little guy” or the unwelcomed because that it something that he has experienced in his own past.

We are thankful that Dominic landed at RMAE and has shared this part of his journey with us.

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Wyatt Grummans4th grade – Wyatt, AKA Batman, is a fabulous 4thgrade student, and an even better 4th grade citizen.

If Wyatt is your friend, you are the luckiest person ever. Wyatt has everyone’s back, and he is extremely kind. He models for others our Core Virtues; especially Charity, Gratitude, Kindness, and Respect for others.

This past fall, Wyatt found some money (change), and immediately took it to the office suggesting the school could use this money. He did not keep it for himself and over time it remained unclaimed. So, he suggested starting a “Change” Drive for RMAE. This drive/bottle has collected well over $200 for RMAE.

Congratulations Wyatt for representing today the best of RMAE.

Sincerely,
Dr. Stueven
gstueven@RMAE.org


RMAE Happenings

2017/18 Early Registration – One Week to go! – It is mandatory that parents/guardians register their child(ren) during this Early Registration Period for the upcoming school year. In the event of wait-lists, all students (new and returning) who have not returned the Parent Contract by the last day of the Early Registration period, could forfeit their spot on the next year’s roster. Classes and staffing will be determined by enrollment.

Click on this Registration Link to access the required forms and information for next year. Please complete the first four items and return them to the office by Friday, May 12th. It is preferred that you return them in your child’s Friday folder or drop them off personally. Thank you so much for your cooperation.

Teacher Appreciation — Thank you very much to the kindergarten parents for providing the staff with a delicious breakfast and lunch today! You are awesome! On another note, if we have not properly thanked the parents of other grades for providing the many goodies, breakfasts, lunches, etc. throughout the year, please accept our tardy thank you! We absolutely have the best parents at this school!

K-5 Field Day – May 12th Please help make this a successful day by volunteering at one of the stations. If you are able to stay all day, please sign up for BOTH a morning and afternoon session. If you are only able to help during one session I’m thankful for that too!

AM session – 9:00-11:00 (10 minute rotations)
PM session – 1:00-2:45 (10 minute rotations)
Students can wear free dress that day but are asked to wear a shirt in their grade level color. Don’t forget sunscreen and water bottles.

K – Yellow
1 – Red
2 – Blue
3 – Green
4 – Purple
5 – Orange

 

Middle School Field Day – The Amazing Race – Monday, May 15th This relay-style field day will begin at 9 am and take about 2 hours. Students will be divided into 6 teams, with a mix of students from grades 6-8. There will be activities (about 40) that range from wheelbarrow races to solving math problems! The first team to complete the race, wins! Please SIGN UP HERE to volunteer.

Elementary Science Innovation Day Tomorrow – Friday, May 5th Science Innovation Day will be held here at the school and parents are invited to drop by to view the projects they have been working on. Students really enjoy this special day as they present their science experiments or projects to their classmates, students from other grades, and parents.

A Thank You Note From Dave Montesi –
Dear RMAE faculty, parents and students:
I wanted to reach out and say thank you to all of the faculty, parents and students at RMAE. I was aware that community day was last week and I am sorry I was unable to attend. I was not however aware that all of you pooled together your generosity to help generate money to donate toward the fundraising efforts on behalf of my health.

Thank you so much to all of you for thinking of me and taking the time to help. Words can’t express my gratitude but that’s the best I can do right now.

Thanks again,
Dave Montesi

Elective of the Week – We are running in Elk Meadow! How cool is that? The middle school students take to the local trails weekly for this invigorating elective class.
We practice trail etiquette, talk about proper running form, and enjoy getting our heart rates up as we run between two and three miles. Join us in the middle school for this and many other challenging electives!

Yearbooks: If you haven’t ordered year books yet, there is still time and two personalized pages can still be added for your student(s). Go to the Tree Ring website and enter our school’s passcode: 1014438249824153
Yearbook Price: $18.50 (plus shipping)

When you order your Yearbook, it includes two free pages to personalize with your own photos from home, vacation, or holiday. You can add personal photos from Facebook, Instagram & Flickr. The personal pages are easy to customize and can be done in a few minutes. We expect all books ordered before May 13th to be delivered to RMAE by May 20th.

If you have any questions please contact Helen McLeman (hmcleman@rmae.org) or Amy Law (aflaw3@gmail.com)

Last Day of School Picnic – Weather permitting, you all are invited to bring a picnic lunch and stay for an hour or two after early release on the last day of school (May 25).  Some time to set the kids free on the playground, talk about summer plans and relax. Hope to see you all there for a low key celebration to start the summer!


News from the Board

Go to the Board of Director’s page to read the most recent Board Correspondence.


News from the Foundation

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The RMAE Foundation wants to extend a HUGE thank you to the 61 families who contributed to our 2016-2017 Annual Giving Campaign. We are elated to announce that we exceeded our goal of $45,000! We especially want to thank the anonymous donor who gave a generous gift that pushed us over our goal.

As you know, due to our lower enrollment, budget shortfalls necessitated taking funds from reserves. Because of your gifts, the funds raised through our Annual Giving Campaign will go to replenish the school’s reserves, to enhance K-8 programming beyond what the general fund budget can afford, and to support our marketing efforts with the objective of increasing our enrollment.

If you would still like to give, we will continue to accept donations online at rmae.org/donate where we are accepting one-time or recurring monthly donations or download and print the Annual Giving Pledge Form and mail or drop-off your contribution to the front office.


News from the PTO

Events

  • Annual Meeting
    Tuesday, May 9 (8:30 a.m.) The May PTO meeting will be our Annual Meeting. This is an important meeting as we will adopt our updated ByLaws and elect our officers for the upcoming school year. PTO provides invaluable support for our teachers and students in many ways, including organizing volunteers and its support of special projects and fundraisers for our school. Please consider getting involved in our dynamic and crucial group.
  • Monthly Meet Up: Murphy’s Mountain Grill
    Friday, May 19 (1:00-2:00 p.m.) — Reconnect with other parents as well as meet some new people. It is also a perfect opportunity for new families to get connected with others in the school. Come grab a late lunch or snack. Come for 5 minutes or 55 minutes — we’ll be there to welcome you. If you have any questions, email Valerie Brown at valkbrown@gmail.com.

Call For Committee and Board Members

PTO has had positive momentum and success in the 2016-17 year and we have several board positions that will remain intact to continue on the current trajectory. We are seeking 4-5 new members of our board to contribute fresh ideas and energy to what has already been started. No special training necessary to join us, with the exception of the treasurer.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please send an email to our vice president, Bre Boyle at boylebundle@gmail.com. You can get more information about our organization from our website.

Fundraisers

  • Grocery Cards — By simply spending $500 each month in groceries/gas over the course of the year each family will earn $300 for RMAE and help FULFILL their 60 hour volunteer requirement. RMAE gets 5% when you load them. Contact Carrie Wassemiller to get a card: carrie.pto@outlook.com

Volunteering

Thanks for all you do for your school — Please continue to visit http://school-92487.volunteerbuilder.com/ to log your hours. If you prefer to use a paper log, please download and fill out the form, and return it to the office. Or there will be a clip board in the office to log hours at school. Please contact Mary Houlihan (mary_houlihan@hotmail.com) with any questions or concerns.

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Lunch and Recess – Help monitor the kiddos at both lunch and recess.
    Sign up: http://signup.com/go/1Xzv2K
  • Morning Drop Off – Assist students getting out of their cars and onto the sidewalks.
    Sign up: http://signup.com/go/kctD8b
  • Middle School Pizza Fundraiser – This is a critical fundraiser for the middle school, and we are looking for 6th grade families to volunteer for pizza chair and co chair positions for next year.
    Contact Tiffani Packer at tiffanijp@yahoo.com.

Please contact Mary Houlihan (mary_houlihan@hotmail.com) with any questions.


For information on additional PTO events and fundraisers, go to our PTO web page.

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May 1, 2017

May is a busy month:  Here are some dates for your calendar and some reminders:

  • Friday, May 5th:  Science Innovation Day.  Projects are also due.  (We have given an extra day to turn in Simple Machines.)  Remember, spelling and punctuation is a part of the grade.
  • PLEASE, help your child learn his or her lines in our program!  Practice each night!
  • Friday, May 12th:   Field Day.  Second grade wears a blue shirt.
  • Thursday, May 18th:  Patriotic program here at school at 6:30 in the cafeteria.
  • End of year picnic:  To be announced
  • Summer birthday celebration.  Each student with a summer birthday is given a special day to celebrate.
  • We are on a “chick watch” right now.  They are due to hatch in the next few days.  If anyone is interested in taking the chicks, please let me know.

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