Principal’s Newsletter – May 19

News from the Principal

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

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

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

Sincerely,
Dr. Stueven
gstueven@RMAE.org


 

RMAE Happenings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Week of May 15th

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

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

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

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

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

Communication:

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

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

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

-We hope you enjoyed the 2 snow days!

 

 

 

 

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Principal’s Newsletter – May 11

News from the Principal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,
Dr. Stueven
gstueven@RMAE.org


RMAE Happenings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

News from the PTO

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

Volunteering

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

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

 

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Reading- Unit 5 Week 4

Sight words:against  goes  heavy  kinds  today

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

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

 

Math

We began Chapter 14- Fractions

 

Social Studies

We began our Poetry Unit.

 

​Communication and Happenings…​

1. Important future dates:

Tuesday, May 23rd- Field Trip to the Zoo

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

 

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

 

Have a wonderful  weekend!

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Week of May 8th

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

Grammar: We reviewed the parts of a complete sentence.

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

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

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

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

Communication:

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

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

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

Enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend!

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Principal’s Newsletter – May 4

News from the Principal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Congratulations Wyatt for representing today the best of RMAE.

Sincerely,
Dr. Stueven
gstueven@RMAE.org


RMAE Happenings

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Thanks again,
Dave Montesi

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

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

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

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

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


News from the Board

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


News from the Foundation

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

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

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


News from the PTO

Events

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

Call For Committee and Board Members

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

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

Fundraisers

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

Volunteering

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

Volunteer Opportunities:

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

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


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

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May 1, 2017

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

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

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Week of April 24th

Reading- Unit 5 Week 2

Sight words:door loved should would

Genre/Skills/Comprehension: Animal Fantasy, Sequence and summerizeSummerize

Activities: with activities ou vowel team and syllables, word sorts, sight word/spelling activities, menu days and grammar practice- Commands

Math

We  continued Chapter 11- Money

Social Studies

We continued our Fairy Tale Unit.  This week we read “The Frog Prince”, “Hansel and Gretel” and “Jack and the Beanstalk.”

RAK (Random Acts of Kindness)/STEM

RAK- We wrote notes to First Responders . We put on the “Go” kits for Community Service Day.

​Communication and Happenings…​

 1.  We will continue our district assessments on Monday.  Our district assessments to be completed are  Dibels and DRA.  Our testing window is April 24th -May 12th.

2.  Please be sure to read the Principals Newsletter.  It is very informative.

3.  A big thanks to Jolane Galloway for organizing Community Service Day!  Thank you to everyone how volunteered to make the day not only meaningful but successful!

4. Important future dates:

Friday, May 5th- Science Innovation Day- Projects due Thursday May 4th

Friday, May 12th- Field Day- Wear a red t-shirt that day!

May 23rd- Field Trip to the Zoo

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

 

Have a wonderful  weekend!

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Principal’s Newsletter – April 27

News from the Principal

Well Deserved Recognition for Mr. Williams
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Today Don Williams, Music Teacher, was presented as one of the best at Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen. Every year the Evergreen Kiwanis honors a teacher from each public school in the Evergreen and Clear Creek Areas. This award was given at a luncheon hosted by the Blue Spruce Kiwanis at the Hiwan Golf Club.

Why Mr. Williams this year?  I introduced him as RMAE’s Teacher of Core Virtues. Aside from engaging students from preschool with puppetry to middle school electives with the ukulele, Mr. Williams has modeled our Core Virtues of perseverance, responsibility, and loyalty. Despite his cancer diagnosis and treatments he has persevered in serving his students and this school through some very tough times. His loyalty to being “true to his school” by singing, laughing, and teaching every day that he possibly can, speaks to his commitment to RMAE. Mr. Williams does not use his personal challenges as a bye to fulfill or to waive his responsibility to teach our students, your children, at RMAE.

Thank you, Mr. Williams, for modeling these Core Virtues for your students, their parents, and your colleagues to see every day.

Sincerely,
Dr. Stueven
gstueven@RMAE.org

Community Service Day was a huge success!

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By Jamie Brand

I would like to thank all the selfless coordinators who stepped up and took on the big job of putting together a great day for our kids, in some cases with combined classes. You all need a round of applause because the kids had a wonderfully educational and charitable, yet fun day. We helped the fire department, the sheriff department, search and rescue, the military. Everyone can be proud of all the good deeds accomplished.

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Thanks to all the students for making this day so much fun and for exhibiting our Core Virtues. They were shown to be so RESPECTFUL, responsible, wise, GRATEFUL, honest, forgiving , CHARITABLE, truthful, dutiful, PATIENT, SERVING, courageous, and showing integrity, EMPATHY, perseverance, self-discipline, KINDNESS, and loyalty (check the t-shirts please).

Thanks to:
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  • Teachers and staff who helped out in any way we needed to make the day run so smoothly
  • Our very own ice cream truck operators – Ms. Bartlett, Ms. Murphy, Wendy Courtney and Kathleen Allen
  • Nicole Fierst for manning the hospitality room so well; and Gretchen Hock and Jessica Lessig for helping clean said room
  • All the parents who found it in their hearts to donate goods or volunteer this year – there are far too many to list but you are so appreciated
  • Our Girl Scout helpers, under the guidance of Gretchen Hock working toward their Community Service badge, who provided some sweet treats and some coffee this morning
  • Julie Edmonds and Fred Alig for helping with the coffee station.
  • Mark Edmonds for designing such cool t-shirts and banners, etc. and Jules King at Embroidery Lab for printing all the t-shirts and then reprinting some of them when corrections were necessary.

This year’s fabulous Coordinators:

  • K – Mary Stults, Candace McLain,
    Megan Fuse, Tiffani Packer
  • 1st – Jolane Galloway
  • 2nd – Laura O’Connell
  • 3rd – Chris Lindsay, Ashley Ward
  • 4th – Monica Rabanal
  • 5th – Katana Beard
  • 6th – Jen Allbritton
  • 7th – Kelli Anderson, Lisa Hovey
  • 8th – Tara Saltzman, Jenn Carvalho

A Special Thanks to our Guests:

  • Matt Tait – Colorado Army National Guard, Chief Warrant Officer Two, works with drones and 911
  • Brian Beach – Special Agent, Department of Homeland; and ski patrol
    Thanks to Matthew Tait and Brian Beach for ‘working our kids out’ boot-camp style on the field all day and speaking to the kindergarten class.
  • Alpine Rescue

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  • Paul Amundson – Westminster Fire Dept.
    Thanks to Paul Amundson from Westminster Fire Department for speaking to our kindergarten class.
  • Paula Bindrich – Search and Rescue Dogs
    Thanks to Paula and her awesome dog Tully – the kids all enjoyed being found by her and learned so much about rescue dogs.
  • Evergreen Fire Rescue
    Thanks to Mike Amdur, Mike Weege, Dan Hrouda, Jillian Cardona, Frank Dearborn from Evergreen Fire Rescue for supplying the big rig and teaching our kids all kinds of useful information on fire safety. 
  • Jeffco Sheriff’s Department
    Thanks to Deputy Gonda and her partner Deputy Herman for bringing their patrol vehicles and letting the kids work the sirens and lights.

And many thanks to the other guests I am missing. You all helped make this, such a memorable day for the kids.

CSD2017_4thGrade-SheriffMany thanks also to all of our wonderful, generous sponsors, who made it possible to supply all the t-shirts, have some food for volunteers and ice cream for students.

This day would not be the same without the vast amount of work by everyone! I am sure I am forgetting people who helped out yesterday, so please know you are appreciated!

I think it is special that our school allows an entire day for charitable acts of community service. I believe we are the only school in Evergreen (maybe Jeffco) that puts on a day like this and that is something to brag about! I LOVE THIS DAY and I LOVE OUR SCHOOL FOR HAVING COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY!!

With Gratitude,
Jamie Brand
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RMAE Happenings

No School Tomorrow!

2017/18 Early Registration – May 1st through May 12th – It is mandatory that parents/guardians register their child(ren) during this Early Registration Period for the upcoming school year. In the event of wait-lists, all students (new and returning) who have not returned the Parent Contract by the last day of the Early Registration Period could forfeit their spot on the next year’s roster. Classes and staffing will be determined by enrollment.

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

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

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

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

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

Science Innovation Day – Science Innovation Day will be held here at the school next Friday. Students really enjoy this special day as they present their science experiments or projects to their classmates, students from other grades, and parents. Look for the schedule in the newsletter next week and plan to stop by.

Elective of the Week – Middle School newspaper is wrapping up the year with their final edition, printing our last newspaper the last week of school. There will be many articles to look forward to: Ask a kindergartener, a tribute to the 8th grade class, and the turnip (fake, yet believable articles). Students are given creative liberty to write about any of their interests, share their opinions, and write about their favorite parts of RMAE. Thanks for reading our newspaper, and we cannot wait to release our next edition!

Interested in mountain biking? — All girls in grades 6-8 (upcoming 6th graders too) are invited to a girls specific mountain bike clinic on May 7th at Bear Creek Lake Park. Don’t have a bike? Not to worry! Bikes and helmets will be provided for the day for any girls needing to borrow one. Download the flyer to sign up!

Not in 5th grade yet?  Buchanan Rec center has a great summer mountain bike class. Remember RMAE offers a mountain bike class each fall for all middle school students too!

Lobby Painting Elves – Thank you so much to the Dillon family (Randy, Lynn, Keegan, Cole and Luke) and Slade King’s grandfather, Urban Quint for spending their entire Sunday last weekend giving our lobby its much needed facelift.20170427_PaintingElves

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

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

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

 

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Week of April 17th

Reading- Unit 5 Week 1

Sight words:along  behind  eyes  never    pulling  toward

Genre/Skills/Comprehension:  Animal Fantasy, Character, Setting and Plot

Activities: with activities ow and syllables +le, word sorts, sight word/spelling activities, menu days and grammar practice- Commands

Math

We  started Chapter 11- Money

Social Studies

We started our Fairy Tale Unit.  This week we learned about the elements of fairy tales.  We read, Sleeping Beauty, Rumpelstiltskin and Rapunzel.  On Friday we compared and contrasted short Disney version of Rumpelstiltskin to the book.

RAK (Random Acts of Kindness)/STEM

RAK- No RAK due to our amazing field trip!

 STEM- We build and tested our circuit boards.

​Communication and Happenings…​

 1.  We will begin our state assessments on Monday.  Our tests to be completed are NWEA, Dibels and DRA.  Our testing window is April 24th -May 12th.

2.  Please be sure to read the Principals Newsletter.  It is very informative.

3.  Don’t forget to turn in community service items by Tuesday.

4. Important future dates:

Monday, April 25th- NWEA (MAP) testing

Wednesday, April 27th- Community Service Day

Friday, April 28th- No school for students

Friday, May 5th- Science Innovation Day- Projects due Thursday May 4th

Friday, May 12th- Field Day

May 23rd- Field Trip to the Zoo

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

 

Have a wonderful  weekend!

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