Director’s Newsletter February 5

Dear Parents,

Parent Teacher Conferences – Please plan to attend these important meetings coming up next week on Wednesday, February 10, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., and Thursday, February 11, from 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.   Parents of elementary students need to sign up with their child’s teacher for a specific time. Middle school conferences are open. Please note that middle school teachers will have a dinner break from 5:00-5:30 p.m. on Thursday. These conferences are essential to keep communication lines open between home and school to share student successes as well as discuss areas needing improvement. Specials teachers will be available in their classrooms, so you are welcome to meet with them at you convenience.

Teaching Safe Children – This week RMAE hosted a workshop led by Feather Berkower, a professional speaker/author with a background in Child Abuse Prevention. Over thirty members of our staff attended along with staff from Montessori of Evergreen and the Beth Evergreen Congregation. RMAE staff was pleased to learn that many of the recommended protocols are already in place at our school. RMAE follows Jeffco Public Schools in conducting thorough background checks by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the Jeffco School District. We also follow guidelines for required Fingerprinting through CDE then follow up with personal recommendations and references. We plan to follow up at a staff meeting to discuss possible implementation of recommended policies. Thanks to parent, Leigh Ann Margolin for bringing this impactful workshop to our school.

Jump Rope for Heart is here! Please register for our school team at www.heart.org/jump or by searching Jump/Hoops in the app store on your mobile device. Our students are learning all about what they can do to keep their hearts healthy, and how they can help others by collecting donations for the American Heart Association. We are a healthy and service-minded community!

Dress for Colorado Weather – Students will have PE classes and recess outside everyday unless there is extreme cold or wind. Please have students bring appropriate clothing and boots every day.

Butter Braids for Sale — Seventh grade is raising funds for their Sea Camp trip.  Order forms are going home with elementary students in Friday folders today and are also available at the front office.  Please make your purchases by February 18.  Deliveries will be the following week. Make checks payable to RMAE PTO.  Thank you for your support.

Snack Shack – Special Day – Special Time! On Thursday, February 11, when students are dismissed at noon for parent teacher conferences, the Snack Shack will be open at 12:00 p.m. for students to purchase special treats. Students are encouraged to bring their quarters to help support this eighth grade fundraiser.

Friday Fun Day Cancelled – This fundraiser for sixth grade is cancelled for February 19 due to conflicts with school rehearsals and other activities.

Library Volunteers – If you are in need of volunteer hours, we would appreciate help in the library, organizing and shelving books. Just stop in anytime, and we will put you to work!

Colorado School of Mines Summer Camps for elementary school students — The Academies for Young Minds encourages children to be innovative and use creative problem-solving by engaging them in fun, hands-on activities. Visit their website at http://students.csmspace.com for descriptions of each camp, times and dates, information about each camp leader, and more. Registration for all of the Academies for Young Minds camps opens at 10:00 AM (MST) on Monday, February 8, 2016.

NEWS FROM THE BOD

Due to Parent Teacher Conferences, the February Board meeting has been moved to Thursday, February 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the Spanish room.

NEWS FROM PTO

Take Me Out To The Auction! SAVE THE DATE!  April 8, 2016 at 7:00 pm — Please join us at The Wild Game for the PTO’s largest fund raising event of the year!  The money raised at the auction goes directly to the teachers and students of our wonderful school.

President and Vice President Wanted! PTO is still on the hunt for a President and Vice President. If you would like to get more involved and enjoy fundraising, PTO would love to talk to you about these two open positions.   Please contact Leigh Ann Margolin at fluffhead1@gmail.com

NEWS FROM THE FOUNDATION

Donations are continuing to come in! As of Thursday, February 4, we have received $22,205. The gifts have come from 76 families, which is approximately 26.6%. Slowly but surely we are getting to our 100% goal! It is not too late to donate! Remember, any amount counts! The RMAE Foundation thanks you in advance for your donation.

February Core Virtues –

Loyalty:What I value most in my friends is loyalty.” – David Mamet

Patience:  Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Important Dates

February 8            Foundation Meeting, 6:00 p.m. Spanish Room

February 10-11    Parent Teacher Conferences

February 12          No School, Comp Day for teachers

February 15          No School, Presidents Day

February 17          Spirit Day

February 18          BOD Meeting, 6:30 p.m. Spanish Room

February 26          Free Dress Day for all students

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Director’s Newsletter January 29

Dear Parents,

Report Cards now accessible on Parent Portal –Please take time to review this important information with your students and remember to celebrate achievements as well as discuss areas needing improvement.  Parent/Teacher Conferences are coming up February 10 and 11. These important meetings are a perfect time to discuss your child’s progress with teachers.

BEE Winners –Congratulations to fourth grader, Ian Simpson for placing first and third grader, Mitchell Price for placing second in the school level Spelling Bee. Both boys will move to the district level competition on February 8 at Lincoln Academy. Great job and good luck Ian and Mitchell!

Congratulations: to eighth grader Ben Gonzales for placing first in the school level Geography Bee; to eighth grader Nathan Schnur, for placing second, and to sixth grader, DC Collins, for placing third. Ben will move forward to test to qualify for the state competition. Great job boys and good luck, Ben!

International Towne – Our seventh and eighth graders ran the world for a day this week at International Towne! This was the culmination of the instruction students had received in the classrooms to prepare for this authentic learning experience. Simulations such as this help students to make meaningful connections to learning taking place in the classroom. Thanks to middle school math teacher, Dwight Koch, for heading up this program and to all of the middle school staff and students for a productive and fun day.

GO BRONCO DAY! Next Friday, February 5, all students may wear Broncos gear or Broncos colors to support the Bronco’s going to the Super Bowl.

Volunteers – If you are in need of volunteer hours, we would appreciate help in the library, organizing and shelving books. Just stop in anytime, and we will put you to work!

A special shout out from the 2nd grade team to parents, Helga Schultz and Jen Anderson, for doing extensive at- home projects this month for 2nd grade’s upcoming Asia Day! Lots of hours prepping fun activities for our 2nd graders to enjoy – we appreciate you so much for all of your hard work!

Carpool –I received a note from the Preschool regarding parents continuing to pick up students in the Preschool parking lot after school. This is an embarrassment to the school, and I am asking all parents to PLEASE follow our school rules for student pick up.

NEWS FROM THE BOD

Beginning this month, the Board is requesting nominations for a monthly, Board of Directors Recognition Award. Each month a student and an adult (this can be a staff member or parent) will be chosen for this honor. Nomination forms are available in the Commons and the Front Office. All staff, parents, and students may submit a nomination.

NEWS FROM PTO

Take Me Out To The Auction! SAVE THE DATE!  April 8, 2016 at 7:00 pm — Please join us at The Wild Game for the PTO’s largest fund raising event of the year!  The money raised at the auction goes directly to the teachers and students of our wonderful school.  More to come…..

President and Vice President Wanted! PTO is still on the hunt for a President and Vice President. If you would like to get more involved and enjoy fundraising, PTO would love to talk to you about these two open positions.   Please contact Leigh Ann Margolin at fluffhead1@gmail.com

Used Book Drive — RMAE is partnering with Evergreen’s used book store, Where the Books Go, on a used book drive fundraiser to benefit the school.  The store will pay RMAE PTO for each item that is donated.  Please help by bringing the following items to the collection boxes in each hallway between Monday, January 25, and Friday, February 5.  Please do NOT bring items directly to Where the Books Go.

Accepted items: used books (all ages and genres), board games, DVD’s, and 33 vinyl albums. Not accepted: computer books, text books, magazines, cassette tapes, or VHS tapes. .Please feel free to contact Leigh Ann Margolin at fluffhead1@gmail.com with any questions.  Thank you for your help!

NEWS FROM THE FOUNDATION

We received a few additional contributions this week. We have received $22,055. The gifts have come from 75 families, which is approximately 26%. Please help us continue to work toward our goal of 100% participation by all families. Remember, any amount counts! The RMAE Foundation thanks you in advance for your donation.

Why are strong participation and the success of the Annual Gift Campaign so important for the school?

  • The Annual Giving Campaign represents a significant portion of fundraised dollars and strong participation is critical for teacher/student success year to year.  This year’s Annual Giving Campaign is focused on the technological  and security needs presented to us by RMAE teachers & staff.   We are asking parents to help our teachers and in turn enhance our children’s education and experience.
  • 100% participation by ALL of our families in a way that is significant to them, allows all of our families to know that they have made a difference in this critical fundraising effort for their school. It makes this campaign the most meaningful for families and donors.  The Foundation recognizes economic diversity and wants ALL families to feel that they can participate in the campaign
  • 100% participation by all families means that our campaign will be the most successful in dollars raised, every penny of which supports this year’s ask.
  • All gifts to the Annual Giving Campaign are tax deductible.

February Core Virtues –

Loyalty: Being faithful and true to our duties, relations, and ideals

Patience: Power to wait peacefully

Important Dates

February 1            Foundation meeting

February 5            GO Broncos free dress

February 10-11    Parent Teacher Conferences

February 12          No School, Comp Day for teachers

February 17          Spirit Day

February 26          Free Dress Day for all students

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Director’s Newsletter January 21

Dear Parents,

CMAS Test Results – Middle school students’ CMAS scores will be sent home with 6-8th graders on Friday, January 22. Elementary students’ test scores were sent home in Friday Folders last week. These new CMAS tests measured the Colorado Academic Standards differently from previous CSAP/TCAP assessments. The Colorado Academic Standards reflect higher expectations than previous standards. Because the new standards raise academic expectations, the new tests were more rigorous than previous CSAP/TCAP assessments.

All of these acronyms can become very confusing. Below is a short explanation which may (or may not) help to clarify:

            Last spring, your student took the new state English language arts (ELA) and math tests called       the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS).   The CMAS ELA and math tests were developed in collaboration with a consortium of states known as PARCC (the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career).                                         

Charter School Rally at the Capitol – As part of School Choice Week in Colorado, a charter school rally will be held at the state capitol building on Thursday, January 28, from 11:30 a.m-12:30 p.m. Members of our RMAE Student Council will represent RMAE by carrying our school banner. Parents are invited to join the rally on the steps on the Capitol building, just look for our banner!

Snack Shack is BACK! Snack Shack is back and better than ever. Beginning this Friday, January 22, and every Friday ongoing, please send students with quarters to help support 8th grade Snack Shack. “Tastes like happiness”

Director’s Coffee – All parents are invited to attend this informal get-together on January 26, 8:30 a.m. in the front office conference room. Parents new to the school are encouraged to attend. This is a great opportunity to connect with other parents and engage in discussions about the school. Please RSVP to Kate Collier at kcollier@rmae.org

Parent University: CogAT Results –All second grade students in Jefferson County take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) as a screening tool to assist in the identification of gifted potential. In order to assist with interpreting these results, we have scheduled a Parent University on Tuesday, January 26, at 6:00 PM. in the Spanish Room. Fifth grade students at RMAE also took the test this year, and we will have the results prior to the meeting. Therefore, fifth grade parents (and any other grade level parents) are welcome to attend this meeting.

High School Parent Night at Evergreen High School – Eight h grade parents and students are invited to attend this special evening on January 25 to assist students with course selection for next year. This is a great opportunity to meet 9th grade teachers and to hear directly about the different courses.

“Parenting Safe Children” Workshop — Parenting Safe Children is an empowering workshop, that teaches parents and other caregivers how to keep children safe from sexual abuse.  Feather Berkower not only educates parents and caregivers about how sexual abuse happens, but also provides real tools and techniques for preventing it. RMAE is hosting a workshop for our staff on February 3 at 3:30 p.m. at the school.  This is also open to any other professional caregivers in the community, so if you know anyone that would like to attend, they can learn more and register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/parenting-safe-children-professional-in-service-february-3-2016-tickets-19624821369?ref=ecal

Early Dismissals – Our teachers do a great job of teaching until the end of the day. We are seeing a large number of parents picking up students early, prior to the end of the day. This not only disrupts the class and front office but takes away valuable instruction time for your child. Your help in avoiding these early releases for your students is appreciated by our entire staff.

Carpool –We have noticed parents picking up students at the crosswalk after school then doing a U-turn. This is unsafe and against the law. We do our best to have carpool completed by 3:30 p.m. Your patience in following the rules for this process is greatly appreciated.

Attendance Emails – Please continue to use the phone system to report student absences. If you need to email a message regarding student attendance, please send to Kate Collier at kcollier@rmae.org

NEWS FROM THE BOD

Beginning this month, the Board is requesting nominations for a monthly, Board of Directors Recognition Award. Each month a student and an adult (this can be a staff member or parent) will be chosen for this honor. Nomination forms are available in the Commons and the Front Office. All staff, parents, and students may submit a nomination.

NEWS FROM PTO

President and Vice President Wanted! PTO is still on the hunt for a President and Vice President. If you would like to get more involved and enjoy fundraising, PTO would love to talk to you about these two open positions.   Please contact Leigh Ann Margolin at fluffhead1@gmail.com

Used Book Drive — RMAE is partnering with Evergreen’s used book store, Where the Books Go, on a used book drive fundraiser to benefit the school.  The store will pay RMAE PTO for each item that is donated.  Please help by bringing the following items to the collection boxes in each hallway between Monday, January 25, and Friday, February 5.  Please do NOT bring items directly to Where the Books Go.

Accepted items: used books (all ages and genres), board games, DVD’s, and 33 vinyl albums.

Not accepted: computer books, text books, magazines, cassette tapes, or VHS tapes. .Please feel free to contact Leigh Ann Margolin at fluffhead1@gmail.com with any questions.  Thank you for your help!

NEWS FROM THE FOUNDATION

Seventy families or approximately 25% of families have participated to date.  YOUR DONATION COUNTS! Whether it’s $5 or $500.  Please donate online at rmae.org/donate or pick up a form at the front office.

Why are strong participation and the success of the Annual Gift Campaign so important for the school?

  • The Annual Giving Campaign represents a significant portion of fundraised dollars and strong participation is critical for teacher/student success year to year.  This year’s Annual Giving Campaign is focused on the technological  and security needs presented to us by RMAE teachers & staff.   We are asking parents to help our teachers and in turn enhance our children’s education and experience.
  • Some Foundations we approach for grant dollars look more favorably at the percentage of families who contribute to the Annual Giving Campaign.  A higher percentage of our families that give, the better chance we have to obtain these funds.
  • 100% participation by ALL of our families in a way that is significant to them, allows all of our families to know that they have made a difference in this critical fundraising effort for their school. It makes this campaign the most meaningful for families and donors.  The Foundation recognizes economic diversity and wants ALL families to feel that they can participate in the campaign
  • High participation in the Annual Giving Campaign can put us in a better position to receive support from the business community, an increasingly important area of support for RMAE.
  • 100% participation by all families means that our campaign will be the most successful in dollars raised, every penny of which supports this year’s ask.
  • All gifts to the Annual Giving Campaign are tax deductible.

The RMAE Foundation thanks you in advance for your donation.

January Core Virtues –

Forgiveness: Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that crushed it – Mark Twain

Honesty: Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom – Thomas Jefferson

 

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Director’s Newsletter January 15

Dear Parents,

Sixth Grade Position – I am pleased to announce Mrs. Ashley Sportel will be joining the middle school team on Monday, January 25 as our 6th grade English/Social Studies teacher. Mrs. Sportel is an experienced, master middle and high school English teacher with diverse teaching experiences. Mrs. Sportel will communicate to 6th grade parents next week the plan for moving forward to ensure all students receive a solid Core Knowledge education for the remainder of the year.

Director’s Coffee – All parents are invited to attend this informal get-together on January 28, 8:30 a.m. in the front office conference room. This is a great opportunity to connect with other parents and engage in discussions about the school. Please RSVP to Kate Collier at kcollier@rmae.org if you would like to attend.

Parent University: CogAT Results –All second grade students in Jefferson County take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) as a screening tool to assist in the identification of gifted potential. In order to assist with interpreting these results, we have scheduled a Parent University on Tuesday, January 26, at 6:00 PM. in the Spanish Room. Fifth grade students also took the test this year however we have not received these results yet. Nonetheless, fifth grade parents (and any other grade level parents) are welcome to attend this meeting.

High School Parent Night at Evergreen High School – Eight h grade parents and students are invited to attend this special evening on January 25 to assist students with course selection for next year. This is a great opportunity to meet 9th grade teachers and to hear directly about the different courses.

Hair Color– The RMAE Family Handbook states that “No unnatural hair coloring, such as green or orange is allowed.” Any students not in compliance with this rule will be asked to change their hair color immediately.

“Parenting Safe Children” Workshop — Parenting Safe Children is an empowering workshop that teaches parents and other caregivers how to keep children safe from sexual abuse.  Feather Berkower not only educates parents and caregivers about how sexual abuse happens, but also provides real tools and techniques for preventing it.

RMAE is hosting a Professional In-Service for its staff on February 3 at 3:30 p.m. at the school.  This is also open to any other professional caregivers in the community, so if you know anyone that would like to attend, they can learn more and register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/parenting-safe-children-professional-in-service-february-3-2016-tickets-19624821369?ref=ecal

RMAE parents are also invited d to attend a Parent Workshop being held on February 21 at the Montessori School of Evergreen.  To learn more and to register please visit:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/parenting-safe-children-february-21-2016-tickets-19401581653?ref=ecal

 

NEWS FROM THE FOUNDATIOIN

70 families or approximately 25% of families have participated to date.  YOUR DONATION COUNTS!!! Whether it’s $5 or $500.  Please donate online at rmae.org/donate or pick up a form at the front office.

Why are strong participation and the success of the Annual Gift Campaign so important for the school?

  • The Annual Giving Campaign represents a significant portion of fundraised dollars and strong participation is critical for teacher/student success year to year.  This year’s Annual Giving Campaign is focused on the technological  and security needs presented to us by RMAE teachers & staff.   We are asking parents to help our teachers and in turn enhance our children’s education and experience.
  • Some Foundations we approach for grant dollars look more favorably at the percentage of families who contribute to the Annual Giving Campaign.  A higher percentage of our families that give, the better chance we have to obtain these funds.
  • 100% participation by ALL of our families in a way that is significant to them, allows all of our families to know that they have made a difference in this critical fundraising effort for their school. It makes this campaign the most meaningful for families and donors.  The Foundation recognizes economic diversity and wants ALL families to feel that they can participate in the campaign
  • High participation in the Annual Giving Campaign can put us in a better position to receive support from the business community, an increasingly important area of support for RMAE.
  • 100% participation by all families means that our campaign will be the most successful in dollars raised, every penny of which supports this year’s ask.
  • All gifts to the Annual Giving Campaign are tax deductible.

The RMAE Foundation thanks you in advance for your donation.

 

NEWS FROM PTO

Thanks to the following families for your service to our school. As we get rolling into the second semester, there will be many opportunities to log volunteer hours: Junior and middle school musicals, Auction, Community Service Day, shoveling snow, working fundraisers, class trips, and upcoming Valentines parties.  The list goes on and on! Did you know Track ItForward has an app that makes it even easier to log your hours as you leave the school?

 

New families hitting 60+hours:  Egan, Stunts, Fitzgerald, Rally, Schultz

New families logging: Parr, Cauwe, Hirshman, Giles, McDonnel,l Fiedler, Goodhearts, Saltzman

 

January Core Virtues – In honor of Martin Luther King Day, our quotes for this month’s quote are from Dr. King:

Forgiveness:

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.Martin Luther King, Jr.

Honesty:

The time is always right to do what is right.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Best wishes for a safe and joyful long weekend! See you back on Tuesday, January 19.

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Director’s Newsletter January 8

Dear Parents,

 Staff Updates – Thanks to everyone for your patience as we reconfigure our staffing structure.  All teachers are settling into their new positions very nicely:  Mrs. Forsythe is having too much fun as the new PE teacher; Mrs. Deeter is enjoying being in the classroom teaching your children our Core Knowledge curriculum; Mr. Williams is in his element teaching music to elementary students and the students are having so much fun.

Our current English and Social Studies teacher, Mrs. Cedar, is enjoying working with the sixth graders.  She will be working closely with Mrs. Jalbert, to ensure that the sixth grade Core Knowledge curriculum is delivered with fidelity.  Please be assured that our goal is to provide all students with the skills needed to excel in seventh grade.  We will be communicating to parents the curriculum plan for the remainder of the school year and regularly updating on the progress that is being made.

We have a long-term substitute as our technology teacher, Mr. Ian Dunbar.  Mr. Dunbar’s knowledge of technology and his enthusiasm for teaching are already receiving positive comments from students.  He will also assist with helping staff with technology issues in the classroom.  Please stop by and welcome Mr. Dunbar to the school.

Pre-Arranged Absence Policy & Procedure

You must complete the Pre-Arranged Absence Form for pre-arranged absences when a student is going to miss one or more school days.  There are some guidelines regarding this:

  • The Pre-Arranged Absence Form approval process must begin no lessthan 5 days prior to the absence and no more than 30 days before the requested absence period. Please remember that if your student is struggling in the classroom, adding more challenges by pulling the student out of the classroom is likely not the best choice for your child’s educational well-being.
  • Pre-Arranged Absence Forms are available from the office or on our web site under Parent Links.  The form provides a sign off section for teachers acknowledging that they are aware. The form should be completed by the parents and then delivered to the student’s homeroom / advisory teacher to start the process.  Grades 6-8 will be required to have their core and specials teachers’ signatures.  They can then bring the form to the office for routing.

NEWS FROM THE FOUNDATION

69 families or 24% of families have participated to date.  YOUR DONATION COUNTS! —  whether it is $5.00 or $500.00!  Please donate online at rmae.org/donate or pick up a form at the front office.

Why are strong participation and the success of the Annual Gift Campaign so important for the school?

  • The Annual Giving Campaign represents a significant portion of fundraised dollars and strong participation is critical for teacher/student success year to year.  This year’s Annual Giving Campaign is focused on the technological  and security needs presented to us by RMAE teachers & staff.   We are asking parents to help our teachers and in turn enhance our children’s education and experience.
  • Some Foundations we approach for grant dollars look more favorably at the percentage of families who contribute to the Annual Giving Campaign.  A higher percentage of our families that give, the better chance we have to obtain these funds.
  • 100% participation by ALL of our families in a way that is significant to them, allows all of our families to know that they have made a difference in this critical fundraising effort for their school. It makes this campaign the most meaningful for families and donors.  The Foundation recognizes economic diversity and wants ALL families to feel that they can participate in the campaign.
  • High participation in the Annual Giving Campaign can put us in a better position to receive support from the business community, an increasingly important area of support for RMAE.
  • 100% participation by all families means that our campaign will be the most successful in dollars raised, every penny of which supports this year’s ask.
  • All gifts to the Annual Giving Campaign are tax deductible.

The RMAE Foundation thanks you in advance for your donation.

NEWS FROM THE PTO

There are many ways to get involved and support our school not only through the classroom and volunteerism but also through PTO.  Each year the PTO raises tens of thousands of dollars through our generous parents & community to go toward supplementing classroom needs, continuing teacher education, good works through the school, supporting our families and kids and many other ways.

As we look forward, PTO is searching for a parent(s) that would be interested in taking on the role of PTO President or Vice President elect.  Along with the PTO Board, these vital positions not only keep all PTO projects on schedule but also look at new and fresh ways to support RMAE.  It sounds like a big job, and it is, but there is a phenomenal support group of veteran PTO Members that are willing to help & guide in any way possible.

If you are interested and would like to get some more information please come to our meeting on Wednesday, January 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the school or if you are unable to make the meeting please email Leigh Ann Margolin, PTO Secretary, at fluffhead1@gmail.com .

Core Virtues for January –I think the Core Virtues for January are perfect for the start of the New Year:

  • Forgiveness – Having enough heart to let go of hurt.

 

  • Honesty/Truthfulness – Loving he truth, telling the truth, and living truthful in word and deed.

 

Important Dates:

January 11 – Foundation Meeting, 6:00 p.m.

January 13 – PTO Meeting, 6:30 p.m. Spanish room

January 14 – BOD Meetings, Spanish room, 6:30 p.m.

January 18 – Martin Luther King Holiday, NO SCHOOL

January 20 – Spelling Bee, 8:30 a.m.

January 21 – Spirit Day!

January 25 – International Towne for 7th and 8th grade

January 27 – Geography Bee; 11:35 in Commons

January 29 – Free Dress for the whole school

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Director’s Newsletter December 18

Dear Parents,

Staff Changes Follow-up – I hope you had the opportunity to read my previous email regarding staff movement. A couple of clarifications: Mr. Williams’ new role is in addition to the music instruction provided by Ms. Bloom and Ms. Moritz. Their schedules and classes remain the same. Mr. Williams’ role will enrich the Core Knowledge curriculum through added electives for middle school and classroom instruction for elementary.

We are making progress on candidate selections for the technology and 6th grade positions and will be communicating to parents as decisions are finalized. We so appreciate the support that many of you expressed today for your trust in our team to make the best decisions for all students and staff. We want you to know that we realize change can be a challenging experience for students. Your RMAE staff is committed to supporting each other, especially the students, and moving forward for a positive and productive second semester.

Thank you – Once again our RMAE families showed extreme generosity by contributing to the fund to support the Silvester family. Not only was the goal of $720 met to pay for the students’ lunches for the reminder of the year but an additional $300+ was raised that will go toward helping the family with other school-related expenses.

Spelling Bee – The Annual Spelling Bee will be January 20 in the cafeteria at 8:30 a.m. Parents are welcome to attend this challenging competition.

Geography Bee — We will hold the Geography Bee for interested 4th-8th grade students on Wednesday, January 27. Please encourage your students to volunteer to participate.   Below is the website with additional information about the National Geographic Geography Bee which includes study information. http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee

Pre-Arranged Absence Policy & Procedure — You may complete the Pre-Arranged Absence Form for pre-arranged absences when a student is going to miss one or more school days.  There are some guidelines regarding this:

  • The Pre-Arranged Absence Form approval process must begin no less than 5 days prior to the absence and no more than 30 days before the requested absence period.
  • Please remember that if your student is struggling in the classroom, adding more challenges by pulling the student out of the classroom is likely not the best choice for your child’s educational well-being.

PARCC Testing Update — We are in the process of assimilating the data and will communicate results to parents after Winter Break. Individual student reports will be available the week of January 4. We will send these reports home with elementary students in Friday Folders on January 8 and provide middle school students with their report in an envelope to go home.

Preschool Enrollment Applications – Open enrollment begins on January 6 for the preschool. You may pick up applications for the 2016-2017 school year in the front office of RMAE.

NEWS FROM THE FOUNDATION “Gaining STEAM through ANNUAL GIVING” — Your TAX DEDUCTIBLE donation will provide new computers for our teachers and Technology Lab, as well as security enhancements for our school. As a reminder, the Foundation is a 501C3.  While we are committed to the long-term financial stability of the school we also provide the funds for short-term needs brought to our attention, i.e. ChromeBooks for the Middle School.

All monies donated must go toward the ask. This year’s Annual Giving Campaign is focused on the technological  needs of the school.  We are asking parents to help our teachers and in turn enhance our children’s education and experience.  We would love to provide new these to our teachers this academic year. YOUR DONATION COUNTS!!! Whether it’s $5 or $500.  Please fill out the form available at the Front Office at your convenience or donate online at rmae.org/donate.   The RMAE Foundation THANKS YOU!!

December Core Virtues – I would like to express my Gratitude to the second grade team. This includes Mrs. Hines, Mrs. Hushen, Mrs. Hennessy, Mrs. Tomasi, and the amazing students! The holiday program that this team put together was outstanding. The children’s voices were so precious; the skits were adorable, and the readings very moving — entire program made me (and everyone in attendance) get into the holiday spirit.  Thank you, second grade team, for letting us celebrate the season with such a delightful program.

Important Dates:

January 6 – Students return to school

January 18 – Martin Luther King Day, NO SCHOOL

January 20 – Spelling Bee, 8:30 a.m.

January 27 – Geography Bee

Best wishes to all families for a wonderful holiday and Happy New Year!

 

 

 

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Director’s newsletter December 11

Dear Parents,

High School Incident – Please be aware that the front office monitors events in the Evergreen area through our Jeffco Schools’ district radio. We learned about the incident at the high school this week and immediately contacted the district. We were told that RMAE was not in danger and to proceed as normal. We keep this important communication tool turned on at all times so we are immediately informed of any emergencies happening in the district. Your child’s safety is our highest priority.

PARCC Testing – State, district and school level results were released today. We are in the process of assimilating the data and will communicate results to parents next week. Individual student reports will be available the week of January 4. We will send these reports home with elementary students in Friday Folders on January 8 and provide middle school students with their report in an envelope to go home.

Winter Grams – The deadline to turn in the orders for Student Council Winter Grams is Wednesday, December 16th.   The grams will be delivered on Friday, December 18th. Thank you for supporting this fun holiday tradition.

 Hat Collection for Children with Cancer –There is still time to purchase hats and donate! Please consider donating to our goal of 75 hats by Friday, December 18. Seventh grade student, Mackenzie Campbell, is organizing this very worthwhile fundraiser again this year to support children with cancer. Hats must be new with the tags still attached and all hat sizes are needed. Fleece hats are preferred but all materials will be accepted. The hats will be delivered to the Children’s Hospital Hat Tree on the Cancer floor. A collection box is located in front of the main office.

Middle School Electives – Ms. Johnson is pleased to announce that the Stop Motion elective is now able to utilize the Chromebooks as the method for creating short films. No longer will students be required to bring their own devices. The entire class will have access to Chromebooks (thanks again to the RMAE Foundation for this awesome donation!).  Thanks for helping during the transition. and we’re thankful to have the technology available at this school to let all students participate in this elective. Feel free to email Ms. Johnson at ejohnson@rmae.org with any questions!

NEWS FROM THE BOD – December’s Board meeting began with a very informative training from Nora Flood, President of the League of Charter Schools. Discussions around board policies, procedures, and responsibilities were addressed.

NEWS FROM THE FOUNDATION Don’t miss out on the ANNUAL GIVING CAMPAIGN!  Your donation will go toward new computers for our Teachers & new computers for our Student’s Technology Lab as well as Security enhancements for the school.  ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE so make your donation before the year ends.  We are looking for 100% participation to help our students and teachers.  You can send in your donation form, donate online at rmae.org/donate or pick up a form at the front office.  THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR DONATION! SAVE THE DATE! The date for the 2nd Annual Evergreen Bluegrass Festival has been set!  Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 27, 2016 at the Evergreen Rodeo Grounds.

NEWS FROM THE SAC—The Board approved the UIP submitted by the SAC at their December meeting. We will now submit the UIP to the district to be included in their report to the state. Thanks to everyone on the SAC committee for their outstanding work in getting this very detailed document completed. A special thanks to SAC president, Laurel Hyslop.

NEWS FROM THE PTO

Pizza Forms –If you wish to pre pay for pizza for 2nd Semester, the deadline to turn the forms in is Dec 18th. Forms are available in the front office.

December Core Virtues – Our Core Virtues program is an important part of our school curriculum to educate the whole child. Your children’s teachers present many meaningful examples of the Core Virtues in their classrooms through discussions and illustrations in their readings. Please consider having a conversation with your children about what these virtues mean to you which could open the door for a wonderful and meaningful discussion with you child.

Charity – “A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog.” ― Jack London

Gratitude- “When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” ― Maya Angelou

Important Dates:

December 14 – Orchestra Concert, 4:30p.m.

December 15 – Middle School Choir Concert, 6:30 p.m., Cafeteria

December 17 – Band Concert, 4:30 p.m.

December 17 – Spirit Day

December 18 – Free Dress Day

December 21-January 5 – NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

 

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Director’s Newsletter December 4

Dear Parents,

PARCC Testing Results – Individual student scores will be released next Friday, December 11, for these state tests that your 3rd-8th grade students took last spring. Eight months have passed since students took these tests, so they do not reflect what a student knows today. We have been asked to let students and parents know that these tests are based on revised standards and should not be compared to former CSAP or TCAP tests results. The state is saying that these new test scores are expected to be lower across the state and serve as a baseline to measure future growth against higher expectations. I will continue to provide parents with information as I receive it.

School Resource Officer (SRO) –We are fortunate to be able to take advantage of this resource whenever we have a need. Even though we do not have an SRO assigned specifically to RMAE, any of the area SROs are always willing to provide support for training, discipline, assemblies or advice. We take advantage of their expertise whenever needed. I am providing this information so you are not alarmed whenever you see a police car at the school. If we ever have an emergency that parents need to be made aware, we will send out a School Messenger immediately to make you aware of any unsafe situation.

Middle School Electives – Middle school parents, please note that forms to choose electives for third semester were given to your students today. Some students already submitted their forms. Please take time over the weekend to discuss these with your students to help them make the best choices for next semester.

Hat Collection for Children with Cancer –There is still time to purchase hats and donate! Please consider donating to our goal of 75 hats by December 18. Seventh grade student, Mackenzie Campbell, is organizing this very worthwhile fundraiser again this year to support children with cancer. Hats must be new with the tags still attached and all hat sizes are needed. Fleece hats are preferred but all materials will be accepted. The hats will be delivered to the Children’s Hospital Hat Tree on the Cancer floor. A collection box is located in front of the main office.

NEWS FROM THE FOUNDATION Don’t miss out on the ANNUAL GIVING CAMPAIGN!  Your donation will go toward new computers for our Teachers & new computers for our Student’s Technology Lab as well as Security enhancements for the school.  ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE so make your donation before the year ends.  Thirty three families have donated so far and we are looking for 100% participation to help our students and teachers.  You can send in your donation form, donate online at rmae.org/donate or pick up a form at the front office.  THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR DONATION! Please click on the link below to enjoy a special video regarding annual giving. http://video214.com/play/mHYBj9BNSTwZVwkWQGAseg/s/dark.

SAVE THE DATE! The date for the 2nd Annual Evergreen Bluegrass Festival has been set!  Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 27, 2016 at the Evergreen Rodeo Grounds.

NEWS FROM THE SAC

SAC will present the UIPs (Unified Improvement Plans) for both elementary and middle school to the BOD for approval prior to submitting to the district later this month.

NEWS FROM THE PTO

Holiday Friday Fun — Need extra time for holiday shopping, errands or to get home from the slopes? We are here to help!  Activities, crafts, snack, games and 3 hours of fun! Friday, December 11, right after school from 3:00-6:00 p.m. Cost is $15 per child; $10 for a second child or more!  Forms are available at the front office with the collection envelope.  Thank you for supporting 6th grade fundraising!

Pizza Forms –If you wish to pre pay for pizza for 2nd Semester, the deadline to turn the forms in is Dec 18th. Forms are available in the front office.

December Core Virtues – Our Core Virtues program is an important part of our school curriculum to educate the whole child. Your children’s teachers present many meaningful examples of the Core Virtues in their classrooms through discussions and illustrations in their readings. Please consider having a conversation with your children about what these virtues mean to you which could open the door for a wonderful and meaningful discussion with you child.

Charity –“No one has ever become poor by giving.” ― Anne Frank

Gratitude- “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

John F. Kennedy

Important Dates:

December 7 – Foundation Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

December 10 – BOD Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Spanish Room

December 14 – Orchestra Concert, 4:30p.m.

December 15 – Middle School Choir Concert, 6:30 p.m., Cafeteria

December 17 – Band Concert, 4:30 p.m.

December 17 – Spirit Day

December 18 – Free Dress Day

 

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Director’s Newsletter November 20

Dear Parents,

A Week For Giving Thanks – This week was overflowing with authentic learning experiences inside and outside of the school. First, the Night of the Arts held at Evergreen High School was a lovely cultural evening enjoying beautiful music and art thanks to Ms. Moritz and Ms. Pumphrey.

Both kindergarten and third grade held Native American Days complete with authentic costumes, native food, and fun activities. Second grade presented their annual Pioneer Day which is always a favorite for our students.

Our Kindergarten informational meeting was very special with current RMAE parents sharing success stories with prospective parents.

Thanks to all parents who donated so generously to the holiday drive for the Senior Resource Center. We received an abundance of toiletry items and ornaments to put in the baskets. A special “thank you” to the Comfort Suites of Evergreen for donating a case of shampoo and a case of conditioners for the baskets.

We are truly fortunate to have a community that comes together to give so generously to make our students’ experiences so meaningful while providing a beautiful example of giving back. Thanks parents!

Hat Collection for Children with Cancer –Seventh grade student, Mackenzie Campbell, is organizing this very worthwhile fundraiser again this year to support children with cancer. The goal this year is to collect 75 hats by December 18. Hats must be new with the tags still attached and all hat sizes are needed. Fleece hats are preferred but all materials will be accepted. The hats will be delivered to the Children’s Hospital Hat Tree on the Cancer floor. A collection box is located in front of the main office.

RMAE Students on the News — Thanks so much to fifth grade teacher, Sandi Hoban and fourth grade teacher, Mary Gordon for assisting a group of six 5th grade students with the script writing and production process of creating a 2-minute news broadcast for PBS. You can view their production by going to www.rmpbs.org/ssn/  Once you get to the site, click on the top left corner of the video (the 3 little bars) to select RMAE.

NWEA Winter Testing – First through eighth grade students will participate in NWEA winter testing beginning Monday, Nov.30 through Friday, Dec. 18. Your help in keeping students healthy, rested, and on time during this testing window is greatly appreciated. We use this important assessment information to help drive instruction to meet all students’ individual academic needs.

NEWS FROM THE BOARD

Please take a moment to read the attached letter from RMAE Board President, Alan Scheik. The next Board meeting is Thursday, December 10, at 6:30 p.m. in the Spanish Room.

NEWS FROM THE FOUNDATION
The Annual Giving campaign is off and running.  Please take a moment to watch this video.
We are looking for 100% participation.  All donations, no matter how much, count and are tax deductible!  We THANK YOU in advance for your donations.

The date for our 2nd annual Evergreen Bluegrass Festival is set so mark your calendars!  Saturday, August 27, 2016 at the Evergreen Rodeo Grounds.

This year our Sponsorship Campaign brought in the most dollars to date!  THANK YOU to all of our RMAE family businesses that participated and please don’t forget to support our community businesses in return.

NEWS FROM THE PTO

Volunteering Update – Congratulations to the families who have achieved 60+ hours this year. Also, a big thank you to the new families logging their precious time. Since October 15th, we have logged 552 hours, with a total this year of 4198 hours.  Keep up the great work, and it is never too late to start.

New Families with 60+ Hours Logged:
Chartier Family
Goldenberg Family

New Families Logging Hours:
Dickson Family
Hunter Family
Callison Family
Baker Family
Wassemiller

November Core VirtuesDuty and Empathy – We celebrated many K-8 students at assemblies this past week for exemplifying our Core Virtues for November. We heard many heart-warming stories of our students who showed empathy to each other as well as took responsibility for duty by doing their part and taking responsibility for their obligations. As you enjoy time with your children over the Thanksgiving Break, please take time to reinforce/discuss these virtues at home.

Empathy Quote:

“No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care”
Theodore Roosevelt

Duty Quote:

“Human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.”
George Washington

 

Important Dates:

November 23-27 – Thanksgiving Break – NO SCHOOL

December 3 – SAC Meeting, 5:00 p.m., Spanish Room

December 10 – BOD Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Spanish Room

 

Best wishes for a very Happy Thanksgiving to all families!

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Director’s Newsletter November 13

Dear Parents,

Night of the Arts – Please plan to attend this annual event on Tuesday evening, November 17, at 6:15 p.m. at Evergreen High School. You will enjoy beautiful music from the RMAE choirs plus have an opportunity to bid on fabulous art items created by our 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Thanks to Ms. Mortitz and Ms. Pumphrey for organizing this fun family evening.

SET YOUR DVR’s! You don’t want to miss our 5th graders delivering the news on Rocky Mountain PBS. Thanks so much to fifth grade teacher, Sandi. Hoban and fourth grade teacher, Mary Gordon for assisting a group of six 5th grade students with the script writing and production process of creating a 2-minute news broadcast. Their final product will be available for viewing on the following dates on PBS TV:

  • Monday, November 16th @ 10:55 am
  • Wednesday, November 18th @ 2:55 pm
  • Friday, November 20th @ 10:55 am

NWEA Winter Testing – First through eighth grade students will participate in NWEA winter testing beginning Monday, Nov.30 through Friday, Dec. 18. Your help in keeping students healthy, rested, and on time during this testing window is greatly appreciated. We use this important assessment information to help drive instruction to meet all students’ individual academic needs.

Eight Grade Crow Canyon Meeting – Please plan to attend this important meeting for the 8th grade trip to Crow Canyon. The meeting will be in Mr. Koch’s room at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, November 16.

Kindergarten Informational Meeting – Please extend an invitation to your friends and neighbors for our Kindergarten Information Get-Together on November 18, at 8:00 a.m., at the RMAE Pre-School located in the Congregation Beth Evergreen. This is an opportunity for interested parents to meet the Kindergarten teachers, hear about the Kindergarten program, and have questions answered.

Informational Technology Specialist Position – RMAE is seeking an IT professional to oversee the technology at the school. Qualified candidates will be able to trouble shoot IT issues for staff on a daily basis. A high level of technology skill is required. The ITS will be the liaison with our technology company to assist with maintenance of our infrastructure and day-to-day computer issues with staff. Please go to the “Employment” tab under “Contact Us” on our website for more information.

Early Thanksgiving Dinner — On Tuesday, November 10th, our staff was treated to an early Thanksgiving luncheon courtesy of the 6th grade parents and students. We all enjoyed delicious spiral ham, vegetable casseroles, stuffing, and all the trimmings! Thanks so much to 6th grade parents for this special treat!

NEWS FROM THE FOUNDATION The Annual Giving campaign is off and running.  Please take a moment to watch the following video:  http://video214.com/play/mHYBj9BNSTwZVwkWQGAseg/s/dark. We are looking for 100% participation.  All donations, no matter how much, count and are tax deductible!  We THANK YOU in advance for your donations. The date for our 2nd annual Evergreen Bluegrass Festival is set so mark your calendars!  Saturday, August 27, 2016 at the Evergreen Rodeo Grounds. This year our Sponsorship Campaign brought in the most dollars to date!  THANK YOU to all of our RMAE family businesses that participated and please don’t forget to support our community businesses in return.

NEWS FROM THE SAC

At the November BOD meeting, SAC presented recommended changes to the middle school schedule that was created by a collaborative team of administrators, teachers, staff and parent representatives.  The goal of the team was to create a schedule that was most conducive to the academic growth and social-emotional health of our students. Additional goals were to make sure that our students have a breadth of opportunities as supported through robust and rigorous Electives as well as fun and interesting Clubs. The Board endorsed the recommendations and asked that we bring this to the Middle School students to educate them about the changes and receive their feedback.
As an overview, the Core foundation of our Middle School offerings will not change we are only changing the logistics of when students receive these offerings.  A short summary:
  • The schedule will stay the same in terms of the Bell Schedule (that is the periods: a total of 7- 50 minute periods and a 40 minute lunch/club period).
  • The number of slots available for Electives, Study Hall, Spanish and PE remain the same and we will continue to offer similar Electives as we did in first semester.
  • The time of day that students take these courses will change. In our discussions with parents, staff, teachers, and students the logistics of  the schedule (that is, where Electives were placed) created difficulties with providing a consistent schedule for all students and made it difficult to provide Special Education and enhanced services and events to our students. We now have created a schedule that will eliminate those issues by placing Electives, which can be mixed grade groups, all at the same time slot (5th period) and placing Study Hall, Spanish and PE, which are single grade groups, at different times in the day.
Spanish instruction was also a concern to many parents. 8th graders will continue to receive Spanish 3 times a week but all from Senora Geiger and 6th graders will receive an additional Spanish from Senora Goodheart.
Further details regarding the schedule set up will be provided to Middle School parents as teachers develop their Elective Choices for 2nd semester (which begins Jan 6, 2016).
Our team of teachers, staff, administrators and parents are very excited about the logistical changes to the schedule and we value input from our parents and students as we continue to tweak and work from this strong foundation.

NEWS FROM THE PTO

Volunteering at RMAE – A note from Tonje Wlliams, Volunteer Chair: Every time I am on campus, I see so many parents and other family members helping out our amazing staff.  Our school embraces the concept that “it takes a village” to educate all our students.  That said, I do hear repeatedly, “I help a lot, but have never logged any hours”.  I ask you all to please take a few moments to log the time you have given to the school.  There is a solution to every reason you may have not to log:

“I just don’t have time” – TrackItForward has an app that you can use to log your hours as you leave!

“I don’t want my family’s name published” – send a message to me, and I will make a note not to publish your name.

“I don’t want my information on the TrackItForward website” - you can set your user name any way you wish to protect your privacy.

“I don’t know who to contact to start volunteering” – Use this link,  Parent Volunteer Survey  to share your interests and we will put coordinators in touch with you.

“I work full time and can’t volunteer” – have you sent, shopped, baked, made supplies to school for an event?  Have you attended conferences, programs, or any other meetings such as Board, SAC, or PTO?  It all counts!

Visit TrackItForward.com to log your hours.  It is never too late to start, and every hour counts!  Our goal is 100% of families logging at least one hour.

Hat Collection for Children with Cancer –Eighth grade student, Mackenzie Campbell, is organizing this very worthwhile fundraiser again this year to support children with cancer. The goal this year is to collect 75 hats by December 18. Hats must be new with the tags still attached and all hat sizes are needed. Fleece hats are preferred but all materials will be accepted. The hats will be delivered to the Children’s Hospital Hat Tree on the Cancer floor. A collection box is located in front of the main office. 

What is Community Service Day? RMAE not only teaches our children reading, writing, math, history, etc., but also strives to teach our kids to be good citizens. This year our school has been hit particularly hard with cancer – from staff, to teachers, to students. Everyone has a story. This year on Community Service Day, we would like to focus our attention on cancer by raising money, raising awareness, practicing good habits, helping those fighting, remembering those who lost the fight. I think we can make a huge impact in our school community and in the community of those touched by cancer.

PLEASE ATTEND AN INFORMATIONAL MEETING ON NOVEMBER 19, from 8:00 a.m. OR 2:30 p.m. in the library to hear how to be part of this special and impactful day. For more questions, contact Jamie Brand at jmeb53226@gmail.com

 

Important Dates:

November 16 – Crow Canyon meeting for 8th grade parents, 6:00 p.m

November 17 – Night of the Arts, 6:15 p.m. Evergreen H.S.

November 18 – Kindergarten Information Meeting, 8:00 a.m., RMAE Preschool

November 23-27 – Thanksgiving Break – NO SCHOOL

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