Welcome! – Welcome back to returning parents and welcome aboard to new families. Every Friday you will receive an email copy of my newsletter. This newsletter will also be posted to the front page of our website. This is an important communication tool from the school that we ask you to read carefully each week. This year I will include news from the Board of Directors, PTO, SAC (School Accountability Committee), and the Foundation. Our goal is to make it easier for parents to receive important information in one communication tool. Thanks in advance for taking time to read our weekly newsletter.
Back-to-School Nights – Please plan to attend these very important meetings to hear from your child’s teacher regarding expectations for the year. Due to limited space, we ask that you do not bring children to these meetings.
The schedule for the week: (Times: Elementary 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Middle 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
Tuesday, September 1: Kindergarten and first grade (Kindergarten parents go to the cafeteria first/First grade starts in classrooms)
Wednesday, September 2: Second and Third Grade (Second grade parents go to the cafeteria first/Third grade starts in classrooms)
Thursday, September 3: Fourth, Fifth, and Middle School (Fourth grade parents go to the cafeteria first/Fifth grade starts in classrooms) (Middle School parents start in the cafeteria at 6:00 p.m.)
Free Dress of Choice Day—Ongoing, Free Dress for all students will be the LAST FRIDAY of the month, with the exception of the month of August where we will have FREE DRESS this coming Monday, August 31. Spirit Day will be the third Thursday of each month beginning October 22. There will not be a Spirit Day in September so there is still time to get your orders in for Spirit Wear.
Flex Testing Days – RMAE schedules two flex days in the fall and two in the spring for K-5th grade in order to administer standardized tests. One class from each grade level comes to school on one of the days and the other class comes the following day. Please follow the schedule below for the correct day for your student to come to school.
Thursday, September 3, the following classes are in school:
K-Dorr/Cox, 1st -Schotters, 2nd -Hushen, 3rd-Narans, 4th -Gordon, 5th -Hoban.
Friday, September 4, the following classes are in school:
K-Grose, 1st -Mazurek, 2nd -Hines, 3rd-Benninger, 4th -Bartlet, 5th -Williams.
Picture Day – A flyer was sent home with the incorrect day for Picture Day. Student pictures will be on Thursday, September 17. Students need to come to school in regular dress code attire.
Carpool– A few reminders about carpool procedures: (NO CELL PHONES, PLEASE!)
Circle Drop Off Rules – Please drive all the way around to the end of the circle before stopping to drop off students. Students need to get out of the car on the right side, next to the sidewalk. Parents, please do not get out of your car; this slows down the process and causes back-ups in the line.
Circle Pick Up Rules – Please post a sign in the right side of your dashboard with your family name and students’ names and grades. This is a tremendous help for locating students. Forms are available in the front office for this purpose, or you may make your own sign. All students must be picked up by 3:30 p.m. Students waiting for rides after 3:30 p.m. may be escorted to our after school program, Adventures in Childcare, where a charge may incur.
AM Parking for Staff –It was brought to our attention that last year, teachers were unable to find parking spaces in the morning due to cars in the parking spaces, waiting to drop off students. We need all parents to use the drop off in the morning unless you need to come into the school. We are in the process of having designated Staff Only and Visitor Only parking spaces as opposed to closing off the entire main parking area. In the meantime, if you need to come into the school prior to 8:00 a.m., you may use the parking lot by the basketball courts or the spaces near the cafeteria. We appreciate your patience as we complete this process.
Microwaves – Elementary students (K-5) will no longer have access to microwaves in the cafeteria. Due to long lines of students waiting for help with the microwaves, spills and explosions that occurred in the microwaves, and the amount of other duties that our aides have with the younger students, we made the decision to eliminate the use of microwaves for elementary. Middle School students will continue to enjoy the microwave privilege.
Pizza Sign Up – There is still time to sign up for pizza for your students. You may stop by the front office until September 4 to sign up.
Hot Lunch – The new hot lunch program begins on September 15. Hot lunch will be offered on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. We will add Fridays for hot lunch in October. Wednesday will continue to be Pizza Day.
NEWS FROM THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen school board wants to extend a great deal of gratitude to our Foundation and the five ladies that worked tirelessly over the last year to make the Bluegrass festival a success for our school, our community and in honor of Tom Hushen and his dream of establishing an event like this in Evergreen. These ladies are what it’s all about when working as a team for a common goal and we appreciate their hard work, time and commitment.
Dana Price – President
Tami Courtney – Parent/Photographer
Gretchen Hock – Vice President
Kim Cannon – Treasurer
Mary Beth Price – Board Parent Rep
Our Foundation has a key role to play at Rocky Mountain Academy in collaborating with our school Director, School Board and other activities to establish, manage and grow contributions to the school that enable us to invest in areas not supported by our traditional funding mechanisms. This team makes a significant contribution by delivering our Foundations commitment to the school. The Bluegrass Festival was outstanding for the memory of Tom Hushen, our community standing and the overall collaboration and commitment that parents have to the short and long term success of Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen.
For Pictures and details on this successful event, go to: Evergreen Bluegrass Festival (FACEBOOK)
THANK YOU TO OUR FANTASTIC PARENTS AS FOUNDATION BOARD OFFICERS AND REPRESENTATIVES WHO WORKED TIRELESSLY TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN.
To send comments or thank this team for their outstanding effort, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
President of the Board
Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen
NEWS FROM THE SAC
Our School Accountability Committee (SAC) will have the first meeting of the year on Thursday, September 3, at 5:00 p.m. in the Spanish Room. The SAC committee assists with curriculum recommendations and monitoring of the adherence to the mission and vision of the school. SAC meets the first Thursday of the month from 5pm to 7pm. Parents are welcome to attend meetings. A time for parent comment is scheduled at the beginning of each meeting. For more information regarding the SAC committee you may content SAC President, Laurel Hyslop at (email@example.com)
NEWS FROM PTO
Thank you to everyone that has registered to be part of PTO for the 2015-2016 school year! If you didn’t have a chance to do this at the Ice Cream Social you can still join by printing and completing the attached form. If you prefer to pay the $30 membership fee online please click the link below. The form can also be used to order King Soopers and Safeway Cards to support our school. Grocery cards will be mailed home within two weeks of purchase. Return the form to the PTO Membership Envelope in the office along with a check or Pay Pal confirmation. There will also be opportunities to join at the upcoming Back to School Nights. Each paid membership comes with a School Directory. PTO supports staff, students and teachers by providing funding for activities, programs, building improvements/maintenance, teacher trainings as well as classroom equipment and supplies.
To pay online click here:
Random Acts of Kindness – We have been so fortunate to have wonderful parents and grandparents providing Random Acts of Kindness regularly at the school. From dropping off coffee, bagels, and homemade sourdough bread, to reconstructing the retaining wall around our carpool pick-up, our volunteers have gone above and beyond expectations. Have you noticed the refinished benches in the front of the school, or the design of the new logo, or the new paint inside and out, or the work on the shed? All parent volunteers! What a great help to start the new school year. Thanks to everyone!
Foundation Meeting – Monday, August 31, 6:30 p.m.
Back-to-School Nights – Sept. 1-3, evenings
SAC Meeting – September 3, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Flex Testing Days – September 3 & 4
Labor Day, NO SCHOOL – September 7 (NO SCHOOL)
Board Meeting – Thursday, September 10, 6:30 p.m.
Teacher Professional Development Day – September 14 (NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS)
Picture Day – Thursday, September, 17