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, Sayre Hushen, 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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Director’s Newsletter March 17

Board of Directors Openings – We have openings on the RMAE Board of Directors for the 2015-2016 school year.  The following letter details the process for submitting a letter of interest.

Dear RMAE Community,

Please send letters of interest to bgiles@rmae.org by Friday the 27th of March if you would like to be considered for the RMAE Board of Directors in the upcoming election. 

Serving on the RMAE Board of Directors is an incredible opportunity to contribute to the RMAE community and to ensure its continued sustainability and excellence.  Due to the expiring terms of present members, the Board of Directions has five open seats for the term commencing July 1, 2015.  The election process to fill those seats is now underway.  There are four Parent Representative seats (2 year terms), and one Community Representative seat (a one-year term) presently available. 

If you or someone you know is interested, please consider candidacy for one of these important positions. A dedication to education and the Core Knowledge curriculum, community, and objectivity is more important than any specific skill set.  Attending our next Board meeting is a great way to become more familiar with the topics and governing style of your school.  The meeting will take place on Thursday, April 9, at 6:30 p.m. in the Spanish room.

Letters of Interest should be limited to one page and briefly describe the candidate, their history and involvement with RMAE, and any skills or experiences that they would bring to the Board. Minimum qualifications include a dedication to education and community, as well as a commitment to objectively evaluate the issues before the Board in order to steer the school in a direction consistent with our values, mission, and vision.  Board members typically meet for about 3 hours once a month on the evening of the second Thursday. There is some reading, preparation and involvement outside of these meetings. The total commitment should be less than 10 hours per month. 

We encourage you to discuss the positions by speaking with any of the current Board members, or by calling Brad Giles at (303) 917-3391.  In the near future, additional e-mails will outline the election calendar. 

Thank you for your interest in this important opportunity to be a voice in the continued growth and development of the RMAE community.  This is a unique opportunity to contribute to the excellence of the RMAE program, and to serve on a Board which is dedicated to the success of the school, and to the education of our children.  We look forward to your letters of interest.     

Best Regards,

Brad Giles

RMAE Board of Directors

Parent Representative

SAC Meeting—Our School Accountability Meeting is also seeking new membersParents are invited to attend the next SAC meeting (formerly AAA) this Thursday, March 19, 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.

Odyssey of the Mind Teams SOAR!  Congratulations to our three RMAE Odyssey of the Mind teams for qualifying in their divisions at the regional competition this past weekend, to advance to the State Competition on March 28 in Fort Collins.  You can see a photo of the entire group by going to the Student Life page on our website under K-5 and Middle School.  Below is a list of the teams.

First Place:  Division 1 Team:  Coaches:  Christine Emery and Julie Gregory. Milo Lamas, Matt Emery, Tia Egan, Dillyn Collins, Alec Dorkin, and Caleb Gregory

Second Place:  Division 2:  Coaches:  Aaron Hansen and Susan Adcock.  Team members:  Trevor Hansen, Will Emery, Ashley Hushen, Ethan Beiriger, Ben Gonzales, Sophia Lamas, Johanna Adcock.

Third Place:  Division 1 Team:  Coaches:  Julie and Scott Hushen.  Team members:  Cora Adcock, Elan Lamas, Sayre Hushen, Savannah Raley, Lainey Ross, and Daniel Ross

“Get Your Game On” – SAVE THE DATE! The RMAE PTO is pleased to announce their annual auction event; this year at The Wild Game in Evergreen on April 10, from 7:00 –11:00 p.m.  Come enjoy an evening of fun and games while bidding on silent and live auction items including lodging at a condo in Breckenridge and a condo in Florida!  For only $30.00 per person ($50.00 per couple), parents can enjoy a night out while supporting our school.  Money raised by PTO supports teachers by providing funding for professional development, conferences, classroom items, coffee and tea in the lounge, and many other items to make our teachers feel valued and appreciated.  To volunteer with auction help, please contact Jan Douglas at jan8965@gmail.com  Ticket purchase information to come.

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.

A FEW GOOD MEN (or women) Wanted – Volunteers (with tools) are needed to help Richard Koch, RMAE facility manager, set up our new, donated bleachers. Richard scheduled March 26-27 for this project. Please email rkoch@rmae.org to volunteer or just show up.  These hours count towards volunteer hours!

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.

“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 Alan and Laurie Scheik, Liesl and Ned Parker, and Dana Price, for collecting the highest number of volunteer hours for the past 6 weeks.  Remember to log your hours on Our Volts on the RMAE home page at www.rmae.org 

March Core Virtues:  — Perseverance – pushing on despite difficulty and hardship .  Teams selected for the NCAA final four will need perseverance as they advance through the process.  Below are a few fun facts about the tournament:

Fun at Home with The NCAA Final Four Tournament

The NCAA Tournament has arrived, and with it comes the endless possibilities that can only happen in a single-elimination playoff.  Math plays a big part in the Science of “Bracketology.”  Here are some fun facts to share with your student(s) … the odds of picking a perfect bracket for the NCAA men’s basketball March Madness championship tournament are a staggering less than one in 9.2 quintillion (that’s 9,223,372,036,854,775,808), according to Jeff Bergen, mathematics professor at DePaul University. “Getting a perfect bracket is also the mathematical equivalent of picking the winning party of each presidential election through 2264.”

“It would be more likely for the next 16 World Series to be won by the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox than it would be to pick a perfect bracket by guessing,” said Bergen.

Early on – I like Valparaiso, that’s my undergrad alma mater.  Who do you pick to go all the way? –RH                 

Important Dates:

March 19               RMAE SAC (formerly AAA) meeting, 5:00 p.m.

March 20               In-Service for all staff – NO SCHOOL for students

March 23-27         Spring Break – NO SCHOOL

March 27               Deadline to submit letter of interest for BOD

April 10                  “Get Your Game On” PTO Fundraiser at Wild Game, 7:00-11:00 p.m.

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Director’s Newsletter March 12

Dear RMAE Parents,

Odyssey of the Mind Teams SOAR!  Congratulations to our three RMAE Odyssey of the Mind teams for qualifying in their divisions at the regional competition this past weekend, to advance to the State Competition on March 28 in Fort Collins.  We wish all teams continued success and appreciate their positive representation of RMAE.  Below is a list of the teams.

First Place:  Division 1 Team:  Coaches:  Christine Emery and Julie Gregory. Milo Lamas, Matt Emery, Tia Egan, Dillyn Collins, Alec Dorkin, and Caleb Gregory

Second Place:  Division 2:  Coaches:  Aaron Hansen and Susan Adcock.  Team members:  Trevor Hansen, Will Emery, Ashley Hushen, Ethan Beiriger, Ben Gonzales, Sophia Lamas, Johanna Adcock.

Third Place:  Division 1 Team:  Coaches:  Julie and Scott Hushen.  Team members:  Cora Adcock, Elan Lamas, Sayre Hushen, Savannah Raley, Lainey Ross, and Daniel Ross

SAC Meeting—Parents are invited to attend the next School Accountability Meeting at 5:00 p.m. on March 19 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. 

“Get Your Game On” – SAVE THE DATE! The RMAE PTO is pleased to announce their annual auction event; this year at The Wild Game in Evergreen on April 10, from 7:00 –11:00 p.m.  Come enjoy an evening of fun and games while bidding on silent and live auction items including lodging at a condo in Breckenridge and a condo in Florida! For only $30.00 per person ($50.00 per couple), parents can enjoy a night out while supporting our school.  To volunteer with auction help, please contact Jan Douglas at jan8965@gmail.com  Ticket purchase information to come.

Mammoth Players Visit RMAE – Our students received an introduction to the game of Lacrosse from the best!  Two members of the Mammoth Lacrosse team spent the day with our students teaching the basics of the game and letting students practice the skills.  Thanks to Mammoth defenseman #18, Rob Hope, and goalie #45, Dillon Ward for their time and energy working with our students.  Thanks to PE teacher, Christine Schoen for bring this opportunity to our students.

Wearin o’ the Green — Student Council is sponsoring a St. Patrick’s Day food drive on March 17.  Students may wear school appropriate green free dress if they bring either a green canned food item (like green beans, green peas, asparagus, etc.) or a green, one dollar bill.  All donations will benefit Joseph’s Storehouse. Student Council members will greet students in buildings 1, 2, and 3 to collect food items or dollars and ensure students are dressed appropriately.

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 email Donnell Rosenberg at drosenberg@coloradoleague.org.

A FEW GOOD MEN (or women) Wanted – Volunteers (with tools) are needed to help Richard Koch, RMAE facility manager, set up our new, donated bleachers. Richard scheduled March 26-27 for this project. Please email rkoch@rmae.org to volunteer or just show up.  These hours count towards volunteer hours!

Carpool reminders –.Only parents who have children in the Preschool are permitted to park in the Congregation Beth Evergreen (CBE) parking lot while waiting for their K-8 student to come to their car. We need to be good neighbors and have been asked by the staff at CBE for our families to honor this policy that was put in place last year.  Please also remember that carpool is a “NO CELL PHONE ZONE” for the safety of our students.

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.

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.

 “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 Alan and Laurie Scheik, Liesl and Ned Parker, and Dana Price, for collecting the highest number of volunteer hours for the past 6 weeks.  Remember to log your hours on Our Volts on the RMAE home page at www.rmae.org

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

It’s not that I’m so smart; it’s just that I stay with problems longer. ~Albert Einstein

                               

Important Dates:

March 17               Wearin o the Green – students may wear green with canned food or dollar

March 19               RMAE SAC (formerly AAA) meeting, 5:00 p.m.  Seeking new members!

March 20               In-Service for all staff – NO SCHOOL for students

March 23-27         Spring Break – NO SCHOOL

April 10                  “Get Your Game On” PTO Fundraiser at Wild Game, 7:00-11:00 p.m.

 

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Director’s Newsletter March 5

Dear RMAE Parents,

TWO UPCOMING RMAE EVENTS:   We have two very important events coming up in March and April to support our school. Coming up on March 13 is an Evergreen community-wide event led by the RMAE Foundation, and the second event on April 10 is the annual RMAE school auction sponsored by RMAE PTO. Coincidently, both events take place at The Wild Game, and they are both guaranteed for a night of fun! Specific information about each event is listed below:

  • Parents’ Night Out –The RMAE Foundation is pleased to announce “Luck of the Wild,” an evening of fun for adult members of the Evergreen Community. The event will be held on Friday, March 13, from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at The Wild Game.   Tickets are $100 per person and include two drink tickets, food, live music by Tunisia, dancing, unlimited games and bowling, and a $20 game card for a return visit to The Wild Game. Half of the ticket price ($50.00) is donated to RMAE and is tax deductible. Please invite your friends and neighbors to join in the fun. For tickets and sponsorship details please click: regquick.com/rmaeluck or contact Marie Lynch at mlynch@rmae.org.
  • “Get Your Game On” –The RMAE PTO is pleased to announce their annual auction event; this year at The Wild Game in Evergreen on April 10, from 7:00 –11:00 p.m.  Come enjoy an evening of fun and games while bidding on silent and live auction items including lodging at a condo in Breckenridge and a condo in Florida! For only $25.00 per person, parents can enjoy a night out while supporting our school. Money raised by PTO supports teachers by providing funding for professional development, conferences, classroom items, coffee and tea in the lounge, and many other items to make our teachers feel valued and appreciated. To volunteer with auction help, please contact Jan Douglas at jan8965@gmail.com Ticket purchase information to come.

“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. Please look in your child’s Friday folder for information on how you can pay tribute to Tom and invest in our success at RMAE. Further questions can be directed to info@EvergreenBluegrassFestival.com.

SAC Meeting—Parents are invited to attend the next School Accountability Meeting at 5:00 p.m. on March 19 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.

Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences — Due to the weather delays, spring conferences for elementary students will be voluntary.  Teachers will send home information with students they previously planned to share at conferences.  If your classroom teacher feels the need to meet, you will be notified.  Please also note that you may request a conference with your child’s teacher and your teacher will be happy to set up a convenient time to meet.  We apologize for this inconvenience.

Middle School Parent/Teacher Conferences– Please feel free to reach out to your student’s teachers if you would like a conference.  If your student’s teacher feels the need to meet, you will be notified.

Little Shop of Horrors – The Evergreen Chorale is extending a special offer to all RMAE families for the final three performances of Little Shop of Horrors this weekend, March 6-8. They are offering the group rate of $17 to anyone from RMAE who wants to purchase any number of adult/student/senior tickets. Tickets for kids 12 & under remain $15. People can purchase the tickets online by selecting “RMAE” in the drop down menu at www.evergreenchorale.org or call and speak with Tobia at 303-674-4002 to reserve tickets.

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

Spring Forward – Reminder to turn clocks forward one hour this weekend.

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

With baseball Spring Training beginning, I thought this quote appropriate:

“Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.”Babe Ruth                       

Important Dates:

March 10           RMAE PTO Meeting, 1:30 p.m.

March 12           RMAE BOD Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

March 13           “Luck of the Wild” at Wild Game, 6:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

March 19           RMAE SAC (formerly AAA) meeting, 5:00 p.m.

March 20           In-Service for all staff – NO SCHOOL for students

March 23-27       Spring Break – NO SCHOOL

April 10              “Get Your Game On” PTO Fundraiser at Wild Game, 7:00-11:00 p.m.

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Director’s Newsletter February 26

Dear RMAE Parents,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Important Dates:

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

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Director’s Newsletter February 19

Dear RMAE Parents,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Important Dates:

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

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