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 email@example.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 (firstname.lastname@example.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:
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
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