Director’s Newsletter June 24

Hello Parents,

Even in the midst of summer, exciting things are happening at RMAE!

New Logo — I am happy to announce a new logo has been approved by the Board for our school.  A presentation from the marketing committee took place at the June board meeting.  I’ve attached some of the bullet points from the meeting to share with you some of the reasons for the change.  The release date for the new logo is July 15, so watch for the email and the updates on the website.   In addition, look for the July 15th Serenity publication.

                WHY A NEW BRAND/LOGO

  • Provide consistency with the logo across all school uses including web, clothing, car stickers, signage, etc.
  • Create a Brand Document defining logo use and key messaging. Keeps costs down with vendors
  • Provides for branded color palettes that define what and how our logo can be used at all times
  • Aligns with the schools mission and vision statement
  • Gives all school constituents guidelines on what and how our brand can be used to insure diluting of the brand does not occur

 

Uniforms – Polo shirts and other uniform wear with the new logo will be available after July 15.  I will email you a new website address to order uniform apparel online after July 15.  We will be following the requirement in the student handbook which requires all students to purchase one, red, polo shirt with the new logo to wear on special events at the school and all field trips.  The handbook for the coming 2015-2016 school year expands on this requirement to include middle school students also.

Community Volunteer Fix-Up Day – Please mark your calendars for August 15, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  This will be our annual Volunteer Day where we ask parents to come out and help with general clean-up of the school, painting of rooms, grounds clean-up and planting of flowers.  We partnered with Home Depot last year and hope to do so again this year.  Lunch will be provided.  This is a great time to get to know other RMAE families and staff.

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Director’s Newsletter June 11

Dear Parents,

Report Cards – Third grade through 8th grade report cards are available on Parent Portal. Please note that the report cards will disappear from portal on July 1, so please check and print prior to then.

Thank you from staff – The entire staff extends a very grateful thank you to the special envelopes they were presented at the end of the year. Our facility manager, Mr. Richard Koch, especially asked me to tell parents how much he appreciated our very thoughtful and generous parent community.

Notice from PTO: PTO needs volunteers for its first fundraiser for next school year.  Get a jump start on your volunteer hours for the 2015-2016 school year:

  • We need about 25 or 30 people for 4 hour shifts on Wednesday, June 17th. We will be stuffing personalized bib numbers and jerseys into generic pre-stuffed packets for the Triple Bypass.  Children age 12 and older are welcome to participate.
  • All volunteers receive a ticket to a Colorado Rockies Game (date to be announced) for your time!
  • Wednesday June 17th  9:00am to 5:00pm
  •  16 people each shift – Morning Shift 9:00am – 1:00pm.  Afternoon Shift 1:00pm – 5:00pm (shifts are flexible)
  • Pizza and drinks will be provided.
  • Location:  Arthritis Foundation 2280 Albion Street, Denver 80222.  (Near I-25 and Colorado Blvd)
  • PTO will receive a donation based on the number of packets that are stuffed on June 17th.

To volunteer, or if you have questions, please contact Marie Lynch at marielynch@att.net or 303.250.3133

New Spanish teacher – We are pleased to welcome Dr. Katie Kelaidis to our teaching staff as our Spanish teacher. In addition to Spanish, Dr. Kelaidis will be offering a French elective for middle school students.  Dr. Kelaidis has an extensive background in many languages including Greek and Latin.  She has taught in countries around the world including Cambodia and Berlin.  She has a passion for languages and is excited to join the RMAE team. Welcome Dr. Kelaidis!

Summer Assignments:  Middle school assignments for English, Social Studies, and Math are listed below.  All assignments are due the first day of school for students.

         Sixth Grade English

  • Read The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien)
  • Read To Build a Fire – Full text legally available here.
  • Read one additional fiction book of your choice
  • Write a journal reaction to each chapter of the books, noting specific events and characters. Do the same after To Build a Fire (only 16 pages).  Each journal entry should be at least one paragraph.  Be sure to date each entry.

         Sixth Grade Social Studies

  • Read one non-fiction book of your choice-Write a 2-page essay regarding your thoughts on the book, including why your chose it.
  • Choose one current event story (may include politics, excluding sports) and follow it over the summer. Read at least 5 articles from newspapers, websites, magazines, blogs, and other news sources regarding the story. Write a 1-2 page summary focusing on the story’s importance.  Keep track of your sources.

          Sixth Grade Math

  • Please go to the RMAE website and click on Ms. Laura Benninger’s website for summer math homework requirements.

          Seventh Grade English

  • Read FOUR books. One of your four books must be nonfiction (this includes biography/autobiography/personal narrative/memoir).

          Seventh Grade Math

  • Please go to the RMAE website and click on Mr. Dwight Koch’s webpage for the math packets for summer work.

          Eighth Grade English

  • Read FOUR books. Two of your four books must be nonfiction (this includes biography/autobiography/personal narrative/memoir).

          Eighth Grade Math

  • Please go to Mr. Dwight Koch’s webpage on our RMAE website for the math packets for summer work.

Evergreen Bluegrass Festival—Save the Date August 22! A tribute to Tom Hushen –For ticket purchase information visit the Festival website www.evergreenbluegrassfestival.com  Volunteers are needed.  Please visit the website and click the Volunteer tab.

Way to go Volunteers!  A huge “thank you” to the following families for  volunteering 60 or more hours and logging them on Track it Forward/Our Volts this year.   Your time and effort helps our kids as well as our school.

  • Tonje & Steve Williams
  • Mike & Susan Seutter
  • Ned & Liesl Parker
  • Christine & Jeff Emery
  • Laurie & John Morrill
  • Helga & Troy Schultz
  • Alan & Laurie Scheik
  • Jamie & Jason Brand
  • Cheryl & Dave Hadsell
  • Angie & John O’Keefe
  • Don & Amy Jacobs
  • Trista & Jeff Hertz
  • Jamie & Mary Beth Price
  • Dana & Daryl Price
  • Gerald & Christine Lindsay
  • Julie & Scott Hushen
  • Laurie & Brian Sheilds
  • Aaron & Tracy Hansen
  • Tami & Jeff Courtney
  • Jodi & Lee Dorkin
  • Julie & Mark Edmonds
  • Amy & Zak Raley
  • Kim & Kevin Egan
  • Jan & Scott Douglas
  • Kris & Greg Vallin
  • Mary Houlihan
  • Suzie Eagleston & Ed Mayer
  • Andrew & Brianna Boyle
  • Michael ValnHorne & Kris Ramer
  • Cheryl & James Meinders
  • Laurel & Rob Hyslop
  • Jen & Sean Fitzgerald
  • Kelly & Greg Anderson
  • Monika & Richard Muller
  • Carleen & Larry Chartier
  • Jan & Ricco Gallegos
  • Janice Coburn & Bruce Running Crane
  • Nancy Barish & Skuli Skuladottir

If you have not had a chance to log your hours this year please do so by clicking on this link:   http://www.ourvolts.com/site/rocky-mountain-academy-evergreen  There is even an app for your phone to make logging hours easy on the go.  It is not too late to log hours for the 2014-2015 school year.

Top Three Volunteers – Congratulations to Cheryl Hadsell, Dave Hadsell, and Laurie Morrill, for collecting the highest number of volunteer hours for the past 6 weeks.  Remember to log your hours on Track It Forward on the RMAE home page at www.rmae.org

Summer Schedule – The front office will be officially closed from June 15 through July 24.  We will be checking voice mails and emails throughout the summer.  We will continue to update the website, so please continue to check the website for important information.  I will resume my newsletters the first of August.  Best wishes to all families for a safe and fun summer. Enrollment questions via email or phone will be answered over the summer. Please direct inquiries to either Kate Collier kcollier@rmae.org or Roberta Harrell rharrell@rmae.org .           

Important Dates:

Thursday, July 9                  Board of Directors meeting, 6:30 p.m. Spanish Room

Wednesday, June 17          Triple By-Pass Fundraiser, 9:00-5:00 p.m.  PTO needs volunteers

Friday, June 21                    Ice Cream Social – Welcome Back – Meet teachers

Saturday, August 22           Bluegrass Festival

Monday, August 24             First day of school for all students

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Director’s Newsletter May 22

Dear Parents,

Evergreen Bluegrass Festival—A tribute to Tom Hushen – Special Tickets Prices for RMAE families only!  Purchase your 12-pack of tickets for the price of 10.  This offer good through May 22nd.   Tickets will be distributed on May 27th.  Prices increase after May 31st.   Look for flyers in your child’s Friday folder, pick one up at the main office or visit the RMAE Foundation page and purchase online.  For more ticket options, visit the Festival website. www.evergreenbluegrassfestival.com  Volunteers are needed.  Please visit the website and click the Volunteer tab.

Board Positions – The new community representative to the Board of Directors will be voted on at the next Board meeting on June 11.  Dave Graham’s letter of interest for this position is posted on the BOD page on the website.  The BOD also has an open parent representative position on the Board, and a letter of intent from Dan Hock is also posted on the website.  Additional candidates are welcome to apply for this open position.

Yearbooks on Sale — Extra yearbooks are on sale in the office for $14.00.  First come, first serve!

BEST Grant Narrow Miss (3 Votes to 5) – The Foundation, Board, and Director have been working diligently with an architectural firm to present a request for a BEST Grant from the Colorado Department of Education.  The grant request was to connect our three buildings together and give us an indoor gymnasium amongst a few other needs. We narrowly missed to many schools that have much more serious needs. Our team is committed to continue to pursue the BEST grant next year as well as additional grants to meet our needs of the school.

Foundation Board Members needed!  The RMAE Foundation is looking for several new members for two-year terms beginning in July 2015.  The Foundation is the fundraising arm of the school, dedicated to ensuring RMAE’s long term sustainability.  The Foundation is coming off of two strong years, with exciting opportunities on the horizon.  The Foundation board meets for two hours on the first Monday of every month.  Other duties for interested candidates include participation in fundraising efforts and planning sessions between meetings.  Please send a letter of interest to Angie O’Keefe: angie.okeefe@rmae.org  and plan to attend the next Foundation meeting on June 1.

Top Three Volunteers – Congratulations to Cheryl Hadsell, Dave Hadsell, and Ned and Liesl Parker, for collecting the highest number of volunteer hours for the past 6 weeks.  Remember to log your hours on Track It Forward (formerly Our Volts) on the RMAE home page at www.rmae.org

May Core Virtues – Integrity and Wisdom

“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” ― William Shakespeare, As You Like It   

 

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Director’s Newsletter May 14

Dear Parents,

Middle School Meeting – Please join us for a meeting for next year’s middle school parents this coming Monday, May 18, at 6:30 p.m. You will have an opportunity to meet some of the new teachers, hear about elective choices, and receive information about the middle school beginning-of-the-year trip to 100 Elk. This is a very exciting time for our school, and I look forward to sharing some of the highlights we have planned for the 2015-16 school year. Please join us in the school cafeteria.

The Results are In! – Thanks to the School Accountability Committee for their time and commitment to gathering information from parents, students, and staff for our annual community survey. The links to each survey are listed on the front page of the website.  Please take a moment to read the results.

Summer Kaleidoscope Classes – K-5 parents –Registration deadline has been extended to Friday, May 22, to enroll your student in one or more of our summer Kaleidoscope classes.  Art, cooking, math, and keyboarding classes are being offered June 1 – June 12.  Registration forms are available at the front office. 

It’s getting to look a lot like Summer!  And your students have probably already grown out of this year’s dress code wardrobe. If you are interested in donating your clean, tidy, dress code items to RMAE, we will have a clothing swap August 21st for all new and returning students. Donations can be dropped off in the front office until June 3rd. Thank you in advance for contributing to Reducing, Reusing and Recycling at RMAE!

Graduations Big and Small — We are looking forward to having our 8th grade graduation ceremony on our new turf field!  We have a beautiful new stage and bleachers which will be part of the ceremony.  Only eighth grade graduation ceremonies will occur on the field (weather permitting).  Kindergarten graduation will take place in the cafeteria on the morning of Wednesday, May 27.   Eight grade graduation will be on the same day, Wednesday, May 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the evening on the field.

HELP!  Golf Cart Needed — To help with families needing assistance walking up to the turf field for the graduation ceremony, we are asking to borrow a golf cart for the day on August 27.  If you have a golf cart or access to one that we may borrow, please contact Dyann at dbartlett@rmae.org

Evergreen Bluegrass Festival—A tribute to Tom Hushen – Special Tickets Prices For RMAE families only!  Purchase your 12-pack of tickets for the price of 10.  This offer good until May 22nd.   Tickets will be distributed on May 27th.  Prices increase after May 31st.   Look for flyers in your child’s Friday folder, pick one up at the main office or visit the RMAE Foundation page and purchase online.  For more ticket options, visit the Festival website. www.evergreenbluegrassfestival.com  Volunteers are needed.  Please visit the website and click the Volunteer tab.

A Message from your PTO:

                Did You Know:  Our logged hours are used to apply for Grants that make our school better!

  • Many grants look at the % of families that volunteer in our school
  • 43% of Families have registered with Track It Forward to log volunteer hours
  • 11% of Families have logged at least 60 hours or more
  • Many of you have volunteered countless hours and we have no record of it
  • Please take 5 minutes to create an account at com (formerly OurVolts.com)
  • http://www.trackitforward.com/site/rocky-mountain-academy-evergreen
  • Your time is valuable.  Thank you!

Foundation Board Members needed!  The RMAE Foundation is looking for several new members for two-year terms beginning in July 2015.  The Foundation is the fundraising arm of the school, dedicated to ensuring RMAE’s long term sustainability.  The Foundation is coming off of two strong years, with exciting opportunities on the horizon.  The Foundation board meets for two hours on the first Monday of every month.  Other duties for interested candidates include participation in fundraising efforts and planning sessions between meetings.  Please send a letter of interest to Angie O’Keefe: angie.okeefe@rmae.org  and plan to attend the next Foundation meeting on June 1.

Top Three Volunteers – Congratulations to Liesl and Ned Parker, Jamie Brand, and Christine and Jeff Emery for collecting the highest number of volunteer hours for the past 6 weeks.  Remember to log your hours on Track It Forward (formerly Our Volts) on the RMAE home page at www.rmae.org

May Core Virtues – Integrity and Wisdom 

I was so touched by the following paragraph that second grader, Liam Houlihan shared with me, I chose to use it as an example of May’s Core Virtues.  The assignment from Liam’s teacher, Mrs. Hines, was to write what patriotism means to you.  I hope you will agree that Liam’s writing shows a lot of integrity and wisdom for such a young person.

“What Does It Mean to Have Patriotism” by Liam Houlihan (RMAE second grade student)

It means liberty, freedom, justice, and respect.  It also means love of and support for one’s country.  Saying the pledge of allegiance, put your flag up when you know someone has died put the flag at half mast, and if you see a soldier say thank you to them for volunteering to serve in our army and for helping America be a good place.  That is what I think it means to have patriotism!

Important Dates:

May 14                   Board of Directors’ meeting, 6:30 p.m., Spanish room

May 21                   SAC Meeting, 5:00 p.m.

May 26                   Last day of school for 8th graders

May 27                   Kindergarten graduation,

May 27                   8th grade graduation, 6:30 p.m.

May 28                   Last day of school for students/early dismissal

 

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Director’s Newsletter May 7

Dear Parents,

It’s a big “thumbs up” for our new teachers!  I am pleased to announce the addition of two new middle school teachers for the 2015-2016 school year. Both candidates were unanimous decisions from our interview committee, which consisted of School Accountability president and parent, Kim Egan, staff members, Rosanne Jalbert, Mary Gordon, Rachel Smith, Laura Benninger, and Roberta Harrell.  Even the RMAE students who were taught by the candidates during the interview process gave the two selected teachers a big “thumbs up!” Elise Landau will be bringing her energy, experience, and enthusiasm for teaching middle school students to 7th and 8th grade English class.  Kevin Combest brings a strong energy and background in government and English as the new 6th grade English/Social Studies teacher.  Final interviews for the Spanish teacher position are being conducted at this time. RMAE is fortunate to have great teachers and finding excellent teachers to replace any teacher is my highest priority.  All research shows that the teacher makes the greatest impact on a child’s education therefore I take this part of my job very seriously.  I want to thank the interview committee for their time and dedication to conduct a thorough search to find  the very best candidates for all positions. We are saddened to see Ms. Smith, Mr. Reynolds, and Ms. Iverson move on at the end of the school year but wish them the very best in their next endeavors. Middle School Electives – We are excited about the new electives that will be added to the middle school program next year.  We are looking forward to keeping some of the favorites but also will be adding choices such as Debate Club, Girls Book Club, Yoga, Robotics, Geometry, and Latin to name a few. Elective choices will be presented at the beginning of the year, to give parents and students time to plan the best schedule for their student. Where’s the Code?  We have changed our practice for displaying the daily building code to enter the school buildings.  To ensure that all visitors sign in, we are no longer posting the code in the front office.  When visitors sign in we will let them know the code for the day.  The teachers will communicate the code to students each day by writing it on the board.  Thank you in advance for your support of this new procedure to ensure an even safer environment for all students and staff.  Summer Kaleidoscope Classes – K-5 parents – Please look for a flyer coming home in your student’s Friday folder for an opportunity to enroll your student in one of our summer classes.  Art, cooking, math, to name a few are being offered June 1 – June 12. Graduations on the Green — We are looking forward to having our graduation ceremonies on our new turf field!  We have a beautiful new stage and bleachers which will be part of the ceremony.  Both Kindergarten and eighth grade graduation ceremonies will occur on the field (weather permitting).  Kindergarten graduation will take place on the morning of Wednesday, August 27, and eight grade graduation will be on the same day, Wednesday, August 27,  at 6:30 p.m. in the evening. Golf Cart Needed — To help with families needing assistance walking up to the turf field for the graduation ceremonies, we are asking to borrow a golf cart for the day on August 27.  If you have a golf cart or access to one that we may borrow, please contact Dyann at dbartlett@rmae.org Evergreen Bluegrass Festival—A tribute to Tom Hushen – Special Tickets Prices For RMAE families only!  Purchase your 12-pack of tickets for the price of 10.  This offer good until May 22nd.   Tickets will be distributed on May 27th.  Prices increase after May 31st.   Look for flyers in your child’s Friday folder, pick one up at the main office or visit the RMAE Foundation page and purchase online.  For more ticket options, visit the Festival website. www.evergreenbluegrassfestival.com  Volunteers are needed.  Please visit the website and click the Volunteer tab. Books and Treats — RMAE’s annual Hearthfire Books and Treats fundraiser is THIS Friday, May 8, from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m.   Stop by for some tasty yogurt, grab some great summer reads, and socialize with Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen friends! The Middle School choir will be performing at 3:45 p.m.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit RMAE.  Hearthfire Books and Treats is located in the in Bergen Village Shopping Center. Kiwanis Fifth Grade Student of the Year – Congratulations to fifth grade student, Anna Jermano, for being selected as the RMAE Kiwanis Student of the Year.  Anna was recognized along with other fifth graders from area schools, at a celebration dinner this week.  Fifth grade teacher, Don Williams, spoke about Anna and her accomplishments at the dinner and a plague was presented to Anna.  Great job, Anna! Outstanding Writer!  RMAE second grader Rowan Alig placed third out of 106 Jeffco second graders entered in the second annual ENC (Education Nonprofit Corporation) Writers’ Challenge. One thousand and sixty-one Kindergarten thru twelfth grade students from twenty one different Jeffco schools entered this year’s writers challenge. Second graders were asked to write a “mash-up” fictional story that combines two or more characters from different books. Rowan combined characters from Harry Potter and Geronimo Stilton for his story. Children’s and young adult author Denise Vega was the guest speaker at the awards ceremony that took place May 5th at the Colorado Mountaineering Center in Golden.  Way to go Rowan! Foundation Board Members needed!  The RMAE Foundation is looking for several new members for two-year terms beginning in July 2015.  The Foundation is the fundraising arm of the school, dedicated to ensuring RMAE’s long term sustainability.  The Foundation is coming off of two strong years, with exciting opportunities on the horizon.  The Foundation board meets for two hours on the first Monday of every month.  Other duties for interested candidates include participation in fundraising efforts and planning sessions between meetings.  Please send a letter of interest to Angie O’Keefe: angie.okeefe@rmae.org  and plan to attend the next Foundation meeting on June 1. Latin Instruction –We are investigating the possibility of adding Latin to our elementary curriculum.  This would be a short basic lesson beginning in first grade and increasing through 5th grade. Studying Latin provides a basis for language, syntax, and logic.  Our middle school Core Knowledge curriculum teaches Greek and Latin roots beginning in 6th grade making the addition of Latin instruction at the elementary level a source of background knowledge for our students.  A decision to add Latin instruction to our curriculum will be determined through our SAC committee.  Top Three Volunteers – Congratulations to Liesl and Ned Parker, Jamie Brand, and Christine and Jeff Emery for collecting the highest number of volunteer hours for the past 6 weeks.  Remember to log your hours on Track It Forward (formerly Our Volts) on the RMAE home page at www.rmae.org May Core Virtues – Integrity and Wisdom Wisdom begins in Wonder — Socrates           Important Dates: May 7-8                 Partial contact days for elementary (please see schedule) May 14                   Board of Directors’ meeting, 6:30 p.m., Spanish room May 26                   Last day of school for 8th graders May 27                   Kindergarten graduation, May 27                   8th grade graduation, 6:30 p.m. May 28                   Last day of school for students/early dismissal

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Director’s Newsletter April 30

Dear Parents,

URGENT! Current Middle School Parents – This Friday, May 1, is the deadline to submit any outstanding paperwork or money for any of the three upcoming school trips (Moab, Sea Camp, Keystone Science Center).  Unfortunately, students with any materials/checks not submitted by end of day on Friday, May 1 will forfeit their spot on the trip.

“Summer Skills Sharpeners” – FORMS NEED TO BE TURNED IN ON FRIDAY, MAY 1.  These books are a good resource if you are looking for summer practice for your children.

Community Service Day—TOMORROW!  Please see the following requests for items needed to make our Community Service Day even more successful:

  • Kindergarten Community Service Day — Mrs. Dorr’s kindergarten is partnering with Foothills Animal Shelter for Community Service Day to positively change and support the lives of homeless pets. We are collecting supplies for Foothills Animal Shelter to help thousands of homeless pets and animals they care for throughout the year. Click collars (no buckles), puppy chew and cat toys, training pads, dog and cat treats. bird seed…..the list goes on! Check out their FULL wish list at FoothillsAnimalShelter.org, under DONATE tab. We are also accepting monetary donations and gift cards to present to Foothills upon our visit on Community Service Day, May 1. Please bring donations to Mrs. Dorr’s room. Thank you for helping us to make a positive change for our community!

 

  • Second Grade Community Service Day — Part of the second grade Community Service Day Project 2015 will be dedicated to The Wounded Warrior Project.  Beginning next Monday April 27, we will be collecting supplies to donate to the VFW’s Women’s Auxiliary for our mountain area. The Women’s Auxiliary packages these products and gives them to wounded warriors in the mountain area, Denver as well as men and women serving overseas. If you would like to add to the donation please place them in the boxes outside the second grade classrooms of Mrs. Hushen and Mrs. Hines. If you have any questions please contact Gretchen Hock at gretchen@evergreenvision.com

 

The following items are on their needs list:

AA/AAA batteries foot powder chap stick dental floss toothbrushes razors wet wipes (not the ones in circular bottles) hygiene stuff fun posters/calendars for dressing up the place movies/music CD’s small earphones beef jerky protein powder peanuts in a can w/lids individual packets coffee/cappuccino/drink mixes books/magazines feminine products

Elementary Partial Contact days – Please mark your calendars for the upcoming partial contact days for elementary students.  These partial contact days permit teachers to complete the mandatory testing that is required prior to the end of the year.  Below is the schedule for specific classrooms:

Thursday, May 7 – The following classes do NOT come to school on this day:  Grose, Riedlin, Hines,  Mazurek, Bartelt, and Williams

Friday, May 8 – The following classes do NOT come to school on this day:  Dorr, Schotters, Hushen,  Narans, Gordon, and Hoban.

Books and Treats — RMAE’s annual Hearthfire Books and Treats fundraiser is NEXT Friday, May 8, from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Stop by for some tasty yogurt, grab some great summer reads, and socialize with Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen friends! The Middle School choir will be performing at 3:45 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will benefit RMAE. Hearthfire Books and Treats is located in the in Bergen Village Shopping Center.

Board Members needed!  The RMAE Foundation is looking for several new members for two-year terms beginning in July 2015.  The Foundation is the fundraising arm of the school, dedicated to ensuring RMAE’s long term sustainability.  The Foundation is coming off of two strong years, with exciting opportunities on the horizon.  The Foundation board meets for two hours on the first Monday of every month.  Other duties for interested candidates include participation in fundraising efforts and planning sessions between meetings.  Please send a letter of interest to Angie O’Keefe (angie.okeefe@rmae.org), and plan to join the Foundation Committee in the Spanish Room at 6:30pm on Monday, May 4 to learn more.

Kiwanis Teacher of the Year – Second grade teacher Karen Hines was honored at a luncheon last week sponsored by the Kiwanis to celebrate extraordinary teachers!  Mrs. Hines has been an outstanding teacher at RMAE since the school began.  Mrs. Hines is a teacher who sets high expectations for her students and helps them to achieve their individual goals while having fun.  Congratulations Mrs. Hines!

Beautiful Music – RMAE students represented our school with outstanding performances at the Jeffco Solo & Ensemble Festival last week.  RMAE students all received superior or excellent scores.

The Middle School Choir earned an Excellent Award.  They chose a very difficult piece to perform (“Imbakwa”, a 4-part harmony sung in Swahili), and the judge was very complimentary of their performance.

The Junior Choir earned a Superior Award by successfully singing 2 part harmony (not common for a young choir). We appreciate all of our musical students for representing RMAE in such a positive manner.  Such exemplary ambassadors for our school!

Congratulations to the following orchestra and band performers:

Trevor Chartier,piano

Katie Delson, violin & cello

Tia Egan, cello

Will Emery, viola

Nora Fadli, violin

Ben Gonzales, cello

Seryn Grant, violin

Annabelle Herrick, viola

Caedon Kelly, cello

Elan Lamas, violin

Sophia Lamas, violin

Madison Lippert, viola

Alex Purrington, bass

Clay & Evan Robertson, cello

Benjamin Simpson, cello

Cassidy Vallin, flute

Arija Williams, flute & violin

American Heart Association Fundraiser a Success!  — Thanks to your generous support, RMAE raised $6097.00 for the American Heart Association.  All K-6 grade students worked very hard to raise this impressive amount, especially third grader, Katherine Mahler who was the top fundraiser.  RMAE also received a $300 Gift Certificate to redeem at U.S. Games.  Thanks to the hard work of PE teacher, Christine Schoen, for organizing this fundraiser to give back to our community.

Top Runner – RMAE 5th grade student, Lanie Szuch, placed 10th out of 2800 runners in the Cherry Creek Sneak last week.  At the ripe age of 11, Lanie is already making a name for herself in running circles.  Way to go, Lanie!   Click here to read about Lanie in the news: http://www.denverpost.com/running/ci_27970513/evergreens-lanie-szuch-is-running-prodigy-at-age

Enrollment—I am extremely pleased with the stability of our school and the positive direction RMAE is headed.  Our enrollment numbers for the 2015-2016 school year are exceeding expectations, with a waiting list for many grade levels.  A reminder to all parents to register your returning student(s) by May 8.  It is mandatory that all families (new and returning) register ALL students.  You may update your information at https://jeffcoconnect.jeffco.k12.co.us  Students not registered by May 8, will forfeit their spot on next year’s roster.

Latin Instruction –We are investigating the possibility of adding Latin to our elementary curriculum.  This would be a short basic lesson beginning in first grade and increasing through 5th grade. Studying Latin provides a basis for language, syntax, and logic.  Our middle school Core Knowledge curriculum teaches Greek and Latin roots beginning in 6th grade making the addition of Latin instruction at the elementary level a source of background knowledge for our students.  A decision to add Latin instruction to our curriculum will be determined through our SAC committee. 

Evergreen Bluegrass Festival – The first of this future annual event will take place on Saturday, August 22, 2015, from noon to 8:00 p.m. at the Rodeo Grounds.  After more than a year of planning the EBF Committee, working with the RMAE Foundation, is ready to bring Tom Hushen’s dream to life.  The Railsplitters, Oakhurst and Ragged Union are just a few of the bands lined up to play.  Visit www.evergreenbluegrassfestival.com for further information on the musical talent, vendors, tickets and sponsorships. Further questions can be directed to info@EvergreenBluegrassFestival.com.

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

April Core Virtues – Kindness and Self-Discipline

We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort. – Jesse Owens      

Important Dates:

May 1                     Community Service Day

May 4                     Foundation Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Spanish room

May 7-8                 Partial contact days for elementary (please see schedule)

May 14                   Board of Directors’ meeting, 6:30 p.m., Spanish room

May 26                   Last day of school for 8th graders

May 27                   Kindergarten graduation

May 27                   8th grade graduation

May 28                   Last day of school for students/early dismissal

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Director’s Newsletter April 23

Dear Parents,

Enrollment—I am extremely pleased with the stability of our school and the positive direction RMAE is headed. Our enrollment numbers for the 2015-2016 school year are exceeding expectations, with a waiting list for many grade levels. A reminder to all parents to register your returning student(s) by May 8. It is mandatory that all families (new and returning) register ALL students. You may update your information at https://jeffcoconnect.jeffco.k12.co.us Any students not registered by May 8, will forfeit their spot on next year’s roster. Thank you in advance for helping to ensure all students are registered and ready for a great school year next year!

Academic Dean – Our Board of Directors approved the addition of an Academic Dean to our leadership team for next school year. I am pleased to announce that we have selected Rosanne Jalbert to fill this position. Rosanne has been at RMAE for the past 10 years as our Student Services Coordinator. Rosanne will continue to be involved with the SPED team in addition to taking on the task of overseeing our academic programs. Rosanne is a tremendous asset to RMAE; please congratulate Rosanne as she moves into her new role.

Latin Instruction –We are investigating the possibility of adding Latin to our elementary curriculum. This would be a short basic lesson beginning in first grade and increasing through 5th grade. Studying Latin provides a basis for language, syntax, and logic. Our middle school Core Knowledge curriculum teaches Greek and Latin roots beginning in 6th grade making the addition of Latin instruction at the elementary level a source of background knowledge for our students. A decision to add Latin instruction to our curriculum will be determined through our SAC committee.

Community Service Day—May 1 is just around the corner! Please see the following requests for items needed to make our Community Service Day even more successful:

  • Kindergarten Community Service Day — Mrs. Dorr’s kindergarten is partnering with Foothills Animal Shelter for Community Service Day to positively change and support the lives of homeless pets. We are collecting supplies for Foothills Animal Shelter to help thousands of homeless pets and animals they care for throughout the year. Click collars (no buckles), puppy chew and cat toys, training pads, dog and cat treats. bird seed…..the list goes on! Check out their FULL wish list at FoothillsAnimalShelter.org, under DONATE tab. We are also accepting monetary donations and gift cards to present to Foothills upon our visit on Community Service Day, May 1. Please bring donations to Mrs. Dorr’s room. Thank you for helping us to make a positive change for our community!
  • Second Grade Community Service Day — Part of the second grade Community Service Day Project 2015 will be dedicated to The Wounded Warrior Project.  Beginning next Monday April 27, we will be collecting supplies to donate to the VFW’s Women’s Auxiliary for our mountain area. The Women’s Auxiliary packages these products and gives them to wounded warriors in the mountain area, Denver as well as men and women serving overseas. If you would like to add to the donation please place them in the boxes outside the second grade classrooms of Mrs. Hushen and Mrs. Hines. If you have any questions please contact Gretchen Hock at gretchen@evergreenvision.com

The following items are on their needs list:

AA/AAA batteries
foot powder
chap stick
dental floss
toothbrushes
razors
wet wipes (not the ones in circular bottles)
hygiene stuff
fun posters/calendars for dressing up the place
movies/music CD’s
small earphones
beef jerky
protein powder
peanuts in a can w/lids
individual packets coffee/cappuccino/drink mixes
books/magazines
feminine products
 

“Summer Skills Sharpeners” – Order forms will be coming home in Friday folders to purchase these workbooks for summer practice in all subject areas. If you choose to take advantage of this academic support for your child over the summer, please note that checks and order forms must be returned by next Friday, May 1. These books are a good resource if you are looking for summer practice for your children.

CenturyLink Foundation recently presented $150,000 in grants to Colorado schools as part of the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation’s Teachers and Technology grant program. RMAE was selected from 253 applications to receive $3,278.00 to be used for educational software. Congratulations to RMAE technology teacher, Wendy Forsythe for submitting the application. Way to go Wendy! (You can see a photo on our website under “RMAE In The News.”)

Spring Fling Middle School Dance – All middle school students are invited to this special event on April 24 from 6:30-9:30p.m. at the Mt. Vernon Country Club. Tickets are $25 and include a pasta bar dinner. Ms. Johnson is collecting prepayments for the dance or tickets may be purchased at the door.

Evergreen Bluegrass Festival – The first of this future annual event will take place on Saturday, August 22, 2015, from noon to 8:00 p.m. at the Rodeo Grounds. After more than a year of planning the EBF Committee, working with the RMAE Foundation, is ready to bring Tom Hushen’s dream to life. The Railsplitters, Oakhurst and Ragged Union are just a few of the bands lined up to play. Visit www.evergreenbluegrassfestival.com for further information on the musical talent, vendors, tickets and sponsorships. Further questions can be directed to info@EvergreenBluegrassFestival.com.

Elementary Partial Contact days – Please mark your calendars for the upcoming partial contact days for elementary students. These partial contact days permit teachers to complete the mandatory testing that is required prior to the end of the year. Below is the schedule for specific classrooms:

            Thursday, May 7 – The following classes do NOT come to school on this day: Grose, Riedlin, Hines,              Mazurek, Bartelt, and Williams

            Friday, May 8 – The following classes do NOT come to school on this day: Dorr, Schotters, Hushen, Narans, Gordon, and Hoban.

Amazing Art Show –RMAE art department is pleased to announce that our biggest elementary art exhibit of the year will hang in the main hallway of the Jefferson County library in Evergreen for the month of April. This collection includes over 50 students in grades K-5, and showcases 25 of the projects done this year. DON’T MISS THIS BEAUTIFUL SHOW – ENDS NEXT WEEK!

Pennies for Patients – Thanks to the support of the whole community, Student Council was able to collect $1697.39 to send to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society! A special thank you goes to Mrs. Hines and Ms. Smith’s classes for being the top elementary and middle school fundraisers! They will each receive a pizza party (date TBD).

Also, Student Council wrapped up Wednesday drink sales and will have the final Snack Shack tomorrow. With the help of all who purchased food and drink items, student council was able to help support the funding for Sea Camp.

Top Three Volunteers – Congratulations to Liesl and Ned Parker, Alan and Laurie Scheik, 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 

April Core Virtues – Kindness and Self-Discipline

A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. ~Amelia Earhart              

Important Dates:

May 1            Community Service Day

May 7-8         Partial contact days for elementary (please see schedule)

May 14          Board of Directors’ meeting, 6:30 p.m., Spanish room

May 27          Kindergarten graduation

May 27          8th grade graduation

May 28          Last day of school for students/early dismissal

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Director’s Newsletter April 16

Dear Parents,

Please read this important announcement from your RMAE Board of Directors:

Dear RMAE community,

I am pleased to announce that the RMAE Board of Directors has received applications from four highly-qualified applicants to serve during the 2015-2017 term.  The applicants are: Jeff Courtney, Kim Egan, Tim Lane, and returning Board member Ned Parker.  Their four letters of intent will be sent via school messenger to you.  Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with these applicants.  

The Board had four open positions for parent representatives.  With an equal number of applicants, an election process will not be required this year.  It is anticipated that the applicants will be presented to the Board at the May Board meeting, at which time they will be formally voted onto the Board.  

Please note as well that we are still looking for one community representative.  This spot is reserved for an individual who is neither employed by RMAE, nor has a student at the school.  The ideal candidate would be a community member who is devoted to the RMAE community, and enthusiastic to help the school achieve its core values and mission.  Applications for this position will be accepted until a suitable applicant is found.  The term of appointment is one year.  If you know a suitable candidate, please encourage them to contact either Dr. Harrell or myself.  

Please congratulate our new Board members on their positions, and for their ongoing dedication to the RMAE community.  On behalf of the Board, we are fortunate to serve such a wonderful community, and look forward to the fresh ideas and energy which these individuals have to contribute to our work.  Please know that we are always available to you to discuss any suggestions that you may have to improve our school community.   

Best Regards,

Brad Giles, Parent Representative 

RMAE Board of Directors
Guys and Dolls – Tickets are still available for the Saturday performances this Saturday, April 18 at 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. To purchase tickets and more information: http://rmaemiddleschoolguysanddolls.bpt.me

Community Service Day — We are all looking forward to a great Community Service Day Friday, May 1, just two weeks away! Parents please check your child’s Friday folders for permission slips as well as check emails from your class for opportunities to volunteer. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Jamie Brand at: jmeb53226@gmail.com.


Spirit Week
– Beginning Monday, April 20, students may show their school spirit by joining in the dress-up fun. Monday is PJ Day, Tuesday is Twin Day, Wednesday is Nerd Day, Thursday is Favorite Character Day, and Friday is Color Day (wear all of one color). Remember that students’ dress may be fun but school appropriate too!

Spring Fling Middle School Dance – All middle school students are invited to this special event on April 24 from 6:30-9:30p.m. at the Mt. Vernon Country Club. Tickets are $25 and include a pasta bar dinner. Ms. Johnson is collecting prepayments for the dance but tickets can also be purchased at the door the evening of the dance.

Soccer Gear Wanted – Ms. Hoban’s fifth grade class has partnered with Soccer Dreams Without Borders (please see : Soccer Dreams Without Borders – Empowering African Children Through Soccer )and are encouraging our school community to consider donating new or gently used (clean) soccer gear + equipment to support their efforts (balls, jerseys, cleats, socks, shin guards, turf shoes, water bottles, outgrown uniforms, athletic shorts, etc.) Collection bins will be located in Building 1 outside Mrs. Hoban’s classroom.

“Evergreen Bluegrass Festival” – The first of this future annual event will take place on Saturday, August 22, 2015, from noon to 8:00 p.m. at the Rodeo Grounds. After more than a year of planning the EBF Committee, working with the RMAE Foundation, is ready to bring Tom Hushen’s dream to life. The Railsplitters, Oakhurst and Ragged Union are just a few of the bands lined up to play. Visit www.evergreenbluegrassfestival.com for further information on the musical talent, vendors, tickets and sponsorships. Further questions can be directed to info@EvergreenBluegrassFestival.com.

Lost and Found — Please have your student check lost and found for their personal items. There are some very nice items there as well as some items that need to be eliminated. The lost and found has developed an odor, and we will soon need to rid the school of the offending items. While we do try to reconnect children with their items this particular batch has been a bit of a challenge!

Elementary Partial Contact days – Please mark your calendars for the upcoming partial contact days for elementary students. These partial contact days permit teachers to complete the mandatory testing that is required prior to the end of the year. Below is the schedule for specific classrooms:

Thursday, May 7 – The following classes do NOT come to school on this day: Grose, Riedlin, Hines,                           Mazurek, Bartelt, and Williams

Friday, May 8 – The following classes do NOT come to school on this day: Dorr, Schotters, Hushen,            Narans, Gordon, and Hoban.

Amazing Art Show — The RMAE art department is pleased to announce that our biggest elementary art exhibit of the year will hang in the main hallway of the Jefferson County library in Evergreen for the month of April. This collection includes over 50 students in grades K-5, and showcases 25 of the projects done this year.

PARENTS! IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR FREE AND REDUCED PRICE MEALS:

Every school year a new application is required, for all students, for the Free and Reduced Price Meal Program. Please use a current 2015-2016 meal application and fill out in black or blue ink.

  1. If your child(ren) were on the Free and Reduced Meal Program on the last day of the 2013-2014 school year, that status (free or reduced) will be carried over until a new application is processed, or September 28, 2015 (last day for carry over status). Please reapply early to insure your child will not be dropped from the program. Online applications will be accepted beginning July 1, 2015. This is the fastest and safest way to apply. Go to https://lunchapps.jeffco.k12.co.us/ and click on the online application link to complete your application. Paper applications will be available at the school and can be filled out after July 1, 2015.

  1. School Based fees may be waived if you complete and sign the INFORMATION RELEASE SECTION on the application.

  1. Students pre-approved through the Food Stamp Direct Certification process will receive a Direct Certification approval letter & Direct Certification Information Release form in the mail prior to the start of school. You may return the completed & signed Information Release Form for Students Approved through Direct Certification for school based fees to be waived. Direct Certification approval is done by student, not by family. PLEASE check to make sure you have received a letter of approval for each child in your family. If you have not, please call the food service office, 303-982-6916.

Area musical performances – You are invited to attend and you may spot some of our talented RMAE students at these upcoming Evergreen musicals:

  1. Prelude to the Evergreen Children’s Chorale proudly presents Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Kids on April 24, 25 and 26 at the Montessori School of Evergreen’s Marshdale Campus, located at 6989 Highway 73, Evergreen, CO, 80439.  “Golden” tickets to the show are $10 for adults and $8 for children and seniors.
  2. Evergreen Children’s Chorale proudly presents the musical Seussical Jr., May 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9, at 7:00 p.m., and Sundays May 3 and May 10 at 2:00 p.m., at the Michael P. Weiker Theater at Center/Stage in          Evergreen, CO. Reserved tickets are $12-$15. Center/Stage is located at 26708 Fireweed Drive, Evergreen, CO, 80439.

Top Three Volunteers – Congratulations to Liesl and Ned Parker, Laurie Scheik, and Jamie Brand 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

April Core Virtues – Kindness and Self-Discipline

You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Important Dates:

April 17-18         Guys and Dolls at Center Stage

May 1                  Community Service Day

May 7-8              Partial contact days for elementary (please see schedule)

May 14                Board of Directors’ meeting, 6:30 p.m., Spanish room

May 27                Kindergarten graduation

May 27                8th grade graduation

May 28                Last day of school for students/early dismissal

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Director’s Newsletter April 9

Dear RMAE Parents,

Registration for 2015-2016 School Year — Registration begins April 14 and will continue through May 8. All current and new students need to be registered by May 8. Many grades have waitlists, and we wish to have all interested families enrolled if possible. An informational Messenger will go out Monday April 13 with easy instructions. New parents will receive an email from the Enrollment Secretary. Fee Sheets and Supply Box information will also be available at that time.

“Evergreen Bluegrass Festival” – The first of this future annual event will take place on Saturday, August 22, 2015, from noon to 8:00 p.m. at the Rodeo Grounds. After more than a year of planning the EBF Committee, working with the RMAE Foundation, is ready to bring Tom Hushen’s dream to life. The Railsplitters, Oakhurst and Ragged Union are just a few of the bands lined up to play. Visit www.evergreenbluegrassfestival.com for further information on the musical talent, vendors, tickets and sponsorships. Further questions can be directed to info@EvergreenBluegrassFestival.com.

 

Math Noetic Learning Competition – Second through sixth grade will be taking part in the Spring Noetic Learning Competition beginning next week. Good luck to all students!

Pennies for Patients — In the first week of fundraising, classes have collected over $400. Mrs. Hines’ and Mr. Reynolds’ classes have collected the most so far – can your child’s class beat them for top spot? The classes that raise the most in elementary and middle school at the end of the fundraiser (April 16) will each earn a party. The final dollar day is Wednesday, April 15 — Crazy Colors. Your students may wear the wild colors to show their support for ending childhood blood cancers. Keep collecting those coins and dollars and don’t forget to share the fundraising website with your friends and family. http://rmt.sy.llsevent.org/RockyMountainAcadEvergreen

Middle School Spring Fling Dance is April 24, from 6:30-9:30 p.m., at Mt. Vernon Country Club. Tickets are $25 per person and will go on sale April 16. See Ms. Johnson for details.

Guys and Dolls – Once again, Ms. Moritz and Ms.Smith and the talented middle school students have an incredible musical performance in production, Guys and Dolls. Evening performances at the Center Stage are on April 17 &18, with a matinee on April 18. To purchase tickets and more information: http://rmaemiddleschoolguysanddolls.bpt.me These shows have become quite popular with people in our community so don’t wait to get your tickets!

Elementary Partial Contact days – Please mark your calendars for the upcoming partial contact days for elementary students. These partial contact days permit teachers to complete the mandatory testing that is required prior to the end of the year. Below is the schedule for specific classrooms:

Thursday, May 7 – The following classes do NOT come to school on this day: Grose, Riedlin, Hines, Mazurek, Bartelt, and Williams

            Friday, May 8 – The following classes do NOT come to school on this day: Dorr, Schotters, Hushen, Narans, Gordon, and Hoban.

Amazing Art Show — The RMAE art department is pleased to announce that our biggest elementary art exhibit of the year will hang in the main hallway of the Jefferson County library in Evergreen for the month of April. This collection includes over 50 students in grades K-5, and showcases 25 of the projects done this year.

SAC Meeting—Our School Accountability Meeting is seeking new members. Parents are invited to attend the next SAC meeting next Thursday, April 16, at 5:00 p.m. in the Spanish Room. We encourage you to attend to learn about the responsibilities of the SAC committee and possibly consider joining this important advisory school committee next year. The SAC committee assists with curriculum recommendations and monitoring of the adherence to the mission and vision of the school.

PTO Openings – PTO is seeking new members who are interested in serving in some of the officer positions for next year.  We invite you to email the 2015-16 PTO President, Jan Douglas, at jan8965@gmail.com for more information.  PTO is looking forward to welcoming new members to this very important school committee.

Area performances – You are invited to attend and you may spot some of our talented RMAE students at these upcoming Evergreen musicals:

  1. Prelude to the Evergreen Children’s Chorale proudly presents Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Kids on April 24, 25 and 26 at the Montessori School of Evergreen’s Marshdale Campus, located at 6989 Highway 73,    Evergreen, CO, 80439.  “Golden” tickets to the show are $10 for adults and $8 for children and seniors.
  2. Evergreen Children’s Chorale proudly presents the musical Seussical Jr., May 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9, at 7:00 p.m., and Sundays May 3 and May 10 at 2:00 p.m., at the Michael P. Weiker Theater at Center/Stage in         Evergreen, CO. Reserved tickets are $12-$15. Center/Stage is located at 26708 Fireweed Drive, Evergreen,      CO, 80439.

Today’s Students. Tomorrow’s Leaders. Join hundreds of charter school students, parents, teachers, principals and other supporters at the 2015 Colorado Charter Schools Rally. Hosted by the Colorado League of Charter Schools, the rally is on April 16, from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. on the west steps of the state capitol building. Hear from state legislators who support choice and innovation in education. Click here for more information and to register, or for more information email Donnell Rosenberg at drosenberg@coloradoleague.org.

Top Three Volunteers – Congratulations to Alan and Laurie Scheik, Gerald and Christine Lindsay, and Liesl and Ned Parker, 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

April Core Virtues – Kindness and Self-Discipline

Important Dates:

 April 9               Board of Director’s meeting, 6:30 p.m., Spanish room

April 10              PTO Fundraiser at Wild Game, 7:00-11:00 p.m.

April 16              School Accountability Meeting, 5:00 p.m. –Spanish room

April 17-18         Guys and Dolls at Center Stage

May 7-8             Partial contact days for elementary (please see schedule)

May 27              Kindergarten graduation

May 27              8th grade graduation

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Director’s Newsletter April 3

Dear RMAE Parents,

Please read the following announcement from your RMAE PTO:

GET YOUR AUCTION ON!  Come and GET YOUR AUCTION ON and support RMAE. Mark your calendar for Friday, April 10, from 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. at the Wild Game.  Tickets are $30 a ticket or $50 for a couple.  This is an ADULT ONLY function so enjoy visiting with our Rocky Mountain Academy parents and staff and Buy, Buy, Buy!  Tickets are available at:  http://www.rmae.org/pto/2015auction

Our SILENT AUCTION will have goodies from not only some of our favorite eateries, shops and businesses but fabulous donation from our generous Rocky Mountain Academy parents to include photography sessions, yoga classes, snow board lessons and some beautiful cabins and condos in Breckinridge, Florida and Winter Park.  We’ve also kept the Live Auction favorites from the past — Director for the Day, Emcee for the MS Musical and the Reserved Parking Space! And don’t forget about the priceless KID ART that our kiddo’s work so hard to create and show off for all to see and bid on at the live auction.

We have added two new opportunities to contribute to Rocky Mountain Academy.  We are pleased to present for the first time….”Teacher’s Bears”.   Our ever-creative teachers have each designed their own pottery bear in their own unique fashion.  Keep an eye out also for our life-size Rocky Mountain Bear.  He’ll be wearing a number of tags with items that the school needs that range in pricing.  No bidding necessary.  Just grab what you would like to pay for and bring it to the checkout.

Child Care–Finally, as an added bonus, our very own Laura Grissom owner of Pinnacle Gymnastics has offered an Open Gym the night of the Auction for parents to drop their kids off for $20 per child.  Make a reservation emailing pinnacle@pinnaclegymnasticseverrgeen.com     (website: www.pinnaclegymnasticsevergreen.com)

Guys and Dolls – Once again, Ms. Moritz and Ms. Smith and the talented middle school students have an incredible musical performance in production, Guys and Dolls.  Evening performances at the Center Stage are on April 17 and 18, with a matinee on April 18.  You may purchase tickets and find out more information at http://rmaemiddleschoolguysanddolls.bpt.me  Tickets will likely sell out.  These shows have become quite popular with people in our community so don’t wait to get your tickets!

Pennies for Patients - The Student Council fundraiser to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has begun. Their goal is to raise $2,015 in the next three weeks. Every student has an individual box to collect coins and dollars. There is also a website just for RMAE through which anyone around the country can donate so spread the word! http://rmt.sy.llsevent.org/ng/index.cfm/13851/regPages/pledge/RockyMountainAcadEvergreen

Elementary Partial Contact days – Please mark your calendars for the upcoming partial contact days for elementary students.  These partial contact days permit teachers to complete the manditory testing that is required prior to the end of the year.  Below is the schedule for specific classrooms:

  • Thursday, May 7 – The following classes do NOT come to school on this day:  Grose, Riedlin, Hines, Mazurek, Bartelt, and Williams
  • Friday, May 8 – The following classes do NOT come to school on this day:  Dorr, Schotters, Hushen,  Narans, Gordon, and Hoban.

SAC Meeting—Our School Accountability Meeting is seeking new membersParents are invited to attend the next SAC meeting this Thursday, April 16, at 5:00 p.m. in the Spanish Room.  We encourage you to attend to learn about the responsibilities of the SAC committee and possibly consider joining this important advisory school committee next year.  The SAC committee assists with curriculum recommendations and monitoring of the adherence to the mission and vision of the school.

PTO Openings – PTO is seeking new members who are interested in serving in some of the officer positions for next year.  We invite you to email the 2015-16 PTO President, Jan Douglas, at jan8965@gmail.com for more information.  PTO is looking forward to welcoming new members to this very important school committee.

Girls’ Golf Club – Here is a great opportunity for middle school girls who are interested in learning to play golf or improving current skills.  Please contact Cheryl Hadsell if you are interested at 303-829-9282 or cbjorkhadsell@msn.com

“Evergreen Bluegrass Festival” – The first of this future annual event will take place on Saturday, August 22, 2015, from noon to 8:00 p.m. at the Rodeo Grounds.  After more than a year of planning the EBF Committee, working with the RMAE Foundation, is ready to bring Tom Hushen’s dream to life.  The Railsplitters, Oakhurst and Ragged Union are just a few of the bands lined up to play.  Visit www.evergreenbluegrassfestival.com for further information on the musical talent, vendors, tickets and sponsorships. Further questions can be directed to info@EvergreenBluegrassFestival.com.

Amazing Art Show — The RMAE art department is pleased to announce that our biggest elementary art exhibit of the year will hang in the main hallway of the Jefferson County library in Evergreen for the month of April. This collection includes over 50 students in grades K-5, and showcases 25 of the projects done this year.

Congratulations to the following students who are participating in this year’s show:

Grace Lessig,  Joey Hertz, Fiona Bender, Aspen Van Der Zee, Chase Allbritton,  Brody March, Tallaby Riddle,  Tyler Seely,  Lexie Geiger,  Lila Norton, Lucy White,  Adelyn Ward, Mylee Ramirez, Jillian Morrill, Hudson White, Sadie O’Keefe, Lindsay Seybold,  Cameron Williams, Caleb Lessig,  Megan Rohal, Josh Hughes, Oliver Norman,  Abigail Geiger, Lorenzo Carvalho. Catie Fairfield, Peyton Fitzgerald,  Sydney Grissom, Keegan O’Toole, Catcher Burditt, Samuel Clacker, Ellie Seutter , Fletcher Hoban, Lilly Cassiano, Alec Dorkin, Bailey Mazurek, Tia Egan,  Dillyn Collins, Collin Palmer, Caitlyn Morrill, Grace Anderson, Maebry White, Anna Lacjak, Alayna Szuch, Cora Adcock, Chloe Petri, Henry Wellensiek

Free Skiing Opportunity — The Epic SchoolKids Colorado Pack is a FREE program for Kindergarten through 5th graders that provides skiing and riding at each of the state’s top-ranked resorts: Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, and Keystone It includes one FREE first-timer ski or ride lesson with equipment rental during the month of January. Additionally, Epic SchoolKids Colorado Pack provides unlimited summer 2015 scenic chair lift rides at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, and Keystone. Eligible Epic SchoolKids simply need to bring their mom, dad or guardian in to participating Front Range Colorado Ski & Golf, Colorado Ski & Sport and Boulder Ski Deals locations to register for an Epic SchoolKids Pack, beginning Monday, March 23, through Memorial Day. Epic SchoolKids must present a copy of their report card, school ID or birth certificate, as well as a photo for their pass. A parent or guardian will be asked to sign a release and then watch the mailbox for the Epic SchoolKids Colorado Pack.  To learn more about the program, visit EpicSchoolKids.com

Today’s Students. Tomorrow’s Leaders.  Join hundreds of charter school students, parents, teachers, principals and other supporters at the 2015 Colorado Charter Schools Rally. Hosted by the Colorado League of Charter Schools, the rally is on April 16, from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. on the west steps of the state capitol building.   Hear from state legislators who support choice and innovation in education. Click here for more information and to register, or for more information email Donnell Rosenberg at drosenberg@coloradoleague.org.

Summer STEM Camps – The Colorado School of Mines is offering summer school camps for elementary and middle school students.  The Outreach Program is offering an enriching environment that will engage elementary students in creative problem-solving, fun, hands-on activities. Discover STEM is a week long program designed to introduce middle school students (grades 6-8) to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics concepts through fun and engaging activities.  For more information on these programs:  http://inside.mines.edu/CASTEM-Discover.

Top Three Volunteers – Congratulations to Alan and Laurie Scheik, Gerald and Christine Lindsay, and Liesl and Ned Parker, 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

April Core Virtues – Kindness and Self-Discipline                           

Important Dates:
April 9        Board of Director’s meeting, 6:30 p.m., Spanish room
April 10       PTO Fundraiser at Wild Game, 7:00-11:00 p.m.
April 16       School Accountabiity Meeting, 5:00 p.m. –Spanish room
April 17-18    Guys and Dolls at Center Stage
May 7-8        Partial contact days for elementary (please see schedule)

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