Director’s Newsletter Nov 20

Dear RMAE Parents,

Lockdown Drill – We are required by Jefferson County to conduct regular emergency preparation drills throughout the year. By December 7, we are required to have a Lockdown drill, which prepares for an intruder entering the building. This drill involves getting all students to a safe and secure location as soon as possible. If students happen to be outside when the drill occurs, they will be instructed to follow a staff member to a safe location. I am writing to let you know that your student may need to walk off the school grounds, led by a staff member. Students are not required to have a permission slip for this drill. Jefferson County personnel will assist us with the drill to offer suggestions so as to ensure that we are keeping all students as safe. To be a true drill, we are not allowed to notify teachers of the exact date and time for the drill.

Hour of Code –We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. But only a tiny fraction of us are learning computer science, and fewer students are studying it than a decade ago.

That’s why our entire school is joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 8-14). Last year, 15 million students were exposed to a week of computers science. This year, we’re joining students worldwide to reach 100 million students! Hour of Code makes a statement that RMAE is ready to teach these foundational 21st Century skills. To continue bringing programming activities to your students, we want to make our Hour of Code event huge. I encourage you to volunteer to speak to our students if you have experience in computer science during one of our assemblies on December 8. This is a chance to change the future of education in Evergreen.   See http://hourofcode.com/us for details or contact tech teacher, Wendy Forsythe to volunteer at wforsythe@rmae.org.

Student Council – Our RMAE Student Council has been very busy this year organizing events to help others in the Evergreen community as well as to provide fun activities for our students.  Student council is self-sustaining, in that they raise money for the events that they sponsor, such as school dances where they pay for the venue, food, and DJs.  Thanks to middle school teacher, Emily Johnson, for making student council an authentic learning experience in government for our students.  The elected officers for this year are:             

            President – JJ Cox 

            Vice President – Clay Robertson 

            Secretary – Sophia Lamas 

            Treasurer – Susanna Shepard    

Upcoming Student Council events that will benefit the Do Something elective: The middle school elective, Do Something teaches students ways to help others in need. For the month of December, the Do Something elective is working with Into Your Hands, a local non-profit that provides scholarships for Ugandan students. Funds raised are used in assisting students in attending college along with providing chickens and piglets to families to help make them more sustainable.  Student Council is partnering with the Do Something elective to allow them to raise the money for this worthy cause.

Winter Grams –As it’s almost holiday time, student council will be sending out Winter Gram order forms. All order forms are due on December 8, and teachers will distribute the grams during the week before Winter Break.  Proceeds will go toward a variety of donation projects to help pets, children, and schools in need during this holiday season along with a portion being donated to Into Your Hands. Thanks for your support!!

Middle school movie night is coming up!  On December 12, 2014 student council is hosting a movie night at RMAE. It is from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. with a choice of 3 movies:   ElfWalter Mitty, and The Nightmare Before Christmas. Admission is $5.00 (to be paid at the door) which includes a slice of pizza. Students can purchase additional slices of pizza for $2 each.  Do Something will also have drinks and snacks for purchase to help raise money to send a rural Ugandan student to college to become a teacher.

Snack Shack is back!  PTO has graciously offered to allow Student Council to use Snack Shack as a fundraiser to support a teacher appreciation project. We will be selling drinks, snacks, and school supplies after school from 3:00-3:30 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays beginning December 1. Do Somethingwill be sponsoring the month of December with funds going to Into Your Hands. Snack Shack will also support various electives throughout the year. 

The Eyes Have it! Please join us on December 5, from 1:30 – 7:00 p.m. for a special afternoon showcasing RMAE’s art and music at Evergreen Vision Clinic during their winter trunk show. A portion of the proceeds from the day’s event will be donated to Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen.

RMAE Odyssey of the Mind is off and running. We have three elementary teams and one middle school team this year.  One of our elementary teams is looking for two to four more students to join their team.  This team has chosen the vehicle problem which involves building a train. If your son or daughter is interested in creative problem solving, likes building things or performing; please contact Jeff Luken at janelinsba@centurylink.net .

Top Three Volunteers – Welcome Laurie Morrill to the list of top 3 volunteers! Way to go! Laurie joins Liesl and Ned Parker followed by Christine and Jeff Emery, for highest number of volunteer hours for the week. Remember to log your hours on Our Volts on the RMAE home page at www.rmae.org

Speaking of volunteers, the entire RMAE staff would like to thank all of the parent volunteers who continue to make our staff appreciation weeks so wonderful. We are being lavished with delicious breakfast items, fabulous lunches, wonderful gifts and special treats. We are all feeling VERY appreciated and spoiled! We are truly thankful for all of you who make our days so bright and delicious!

RMAE Alumni Speak Out! We were so happy to hear from another RMAE alumni this past week. We are posting these testimonials on our website, so please spread the word that we want to hear from even more! Ask students to send us an email to let us know where they are, what they are up to, and what their experience was like at RMAE. Students may email Kate Collier at kcollier@rmae.org.

Here’s what RMAE alumni, Kit H, had to say:

Coming from a small, close-nit school like RMAE, to a large 2000+ student school such as Lakewood High School (as one can imagine) was a little tough. But as the shock of not knowing everyone’s name wore off, it became more and more apparent how well RMAE had prepared me for high school. I am currently enrolled in Lakewood High Schools IB (International Baccalaureate) program, a program who’s reputation of unbearably hard academics frightened me. As I sat in my Honors Biology class, participating in the same lab as my 8th grade class once did, and in English class having previously studied at RMAE, in depth, 4 out of 5 of the novels my 9th grade English class will be reading. I am comforted, and confident that my teachers at/and RMAE have prepared me for high school in a way no other school could. If only RMAE continued through high school.

Make It, Bake It, Sew It – Kindergarten through 5th grade students have the opportunity to sign up for Home Economics after school classes with a crafty twist! This is a unique opportunity to learn to cook, make fun crafts like Needle felting, do woodworking, and learn to sew. Classes are on six Thursdays after school, beginning December 11, for $75.00. Contact Carrie Quinn at cquinn@rmae.org or (619) 306-3563. Registration forms are also available at the front office.

Support our team! The Jefferson County Midget Football Association (JMFA) is hosting the Carnation Bowl this Saturday, November 22, at 11:00 a.m. at Trailblazer Stadium at 50 S. Kipling in Lakewood, CO.   Many of our RMAE students play in MAMFA (Mountain Area Midget Football Association) which is part of JMFA. MAMFA rents out our turf field for practices, so we feel that they are part of our school community. One of the MAMFA teams made it to the Carnation Bowl. RMAE 4th grader, Ethan Schiek, is on the D2 team that beat out an undefeated South Jefferson team at the semi-finals last week, putting them in the Carnation Bowl this Saturday. So if you are looking for an exciting Saturday family activity, come out and support our team!

November and December Core Virtues: Duty and Charity. We will be collecting any non-perishable food and toiletry items in each classroom to be given to the Senior Resource Center (SRC). The SRC is a community partner which provides services to aging adults and their families. Gift cards or checks are also appreciated and can be made to Senior Resource Center and brought to the main office. These funds are used to purchase supplemental and perishable goods. Please consider taking time at the store to pick up items to donate to help spread the RMAE sense of duty and charity to the Evergreen community.  Please bring donations to the school by Thursday, December 4.                                                                                               

Important Dates:

November 21     Staff Development Day, No School for Students

November 24-28 Thanksgiving Break

December 4       Holiday Food Drive Items Due

December 5       Tryouts for Spring Musical

December 9       Open Houses for Prospective Parents 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

December 11     Meeting at the Preschool for Kindergarten Parents for the 2015-2016 School Year

December 11     Board of Directors Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Spanish room

December 14     Cookies with Santa, 1:00-3:00 p.m. School Cafeteria

 Best wishes to RMAE families and friends for a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. I am thankful for the opportunity to work with all of you and your delightful children.

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Director’s Newsletter Nov 13

Dear RMAE Parents,

So much talent in one school! The Veterans Day celebration and the Night of the Arts program were two examples of the amazing musicians, vocalists, and performers here at our school. A special “thank you” to our talented musicians, Gretchen Moritz, Claudia Bloom, Don Williams, and Karen Hines. Under their direction, our students are receiving a music education in a variety of different venues. You will have one more opportunity this week to experience the RMAE talent at the musical tomorrow night, Friday, November 14, at the “We Haz Jazz” fall musical at Center Stage at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com

Speaking of talent, our middle school art instructor, Brinda Pumphrey, is to be recognized for her incredible talent. She directed students and parent volunteers to create exquisite mirrors, tables, and art pieces to be raffled off and auctioned off at the Night of the Arts. These beautiful pieces raised over $10,000 for the school. Way to go 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students and parents!

Pioneer Day – Our second graders had a true pioneer experience at their Pioneer Day this week. Dressed in authentic pioneer garb, students were busy shaking cream to make butter, wrapping corn husks to create dolls, putting patterns together to design quilts, making sling shots to capture large game, and eating a hearty breakfast of pancakes and cornbread. Kudos to second grade teachers, Ann Hushen and Karen Hines along with their team of volunteers for organizing this authentic learning experience for our students!

We’re still teaching at 2:30! We are still experiencing an excessive number of early dismissals. PLEASE try to schedule appointments and other obligations until after 3:30. Our teachers teach right up until the end of the day with important curriculum. Thank you for your help with this important request.

Food Drive Coordinator:  Every year our school has collected food and other items for families in need in our community.  We need someone to coordinate the effort.  Individual classes have someone to help get the word out.  Please consider taking the time to lead this worthwhile community effort.  For more information, please contact Tonje Williams at tonjewilliams@mac.com

Community Service Day – Class coordinators are needed for 2nd, 3rd, and 8th grades. Ideally, two coordinators for each class works well. Please consider volunteering for this very special day where our students reach out to serve the Evergreen community in many different areas. Contact Jamie Brand at jmeb53226@gmail.com for more information or to volunteer.

Top Three Volunteers – Once again, our top three volunteer families for number of volunteer hours for the week has stayed the same!   Congratulations once again to Christine and Jeff Emery, Liesl and Ned Parker, and Helga and Troy Schultz. There are many other dedicated volunteers who put in many hours this week to make our Scholastic Book Fair a success. Thanks so much to Kelli Anderson for heading up this educational fundraiser.

Volunteer Opportunity of the Week:

  • Snow Shoveling – With the winter weather here, please continue to offer help with snow shoveling. Even with our new snow blower, hand shoveling is still needed and appreciated. Just show up and we can provide the shovel!
  • Lunch Help – We can always use help between 11:30 and 1:30 with lunch room set-up, take down, and clean-up. Just stop by any day and join in the fun!

RMAE Alumni Speak Out! Do you know an RMAE alumni who would like to share their past experience at our school? We are asking former RMAE students to send us an email to let us know where they are, what they are up to, and what their experience was like at RMAE. Students may email Kate Collier at kcollier@rmae.org. We recently received this note from a former student, Grace Collie, who graduated last year from RMAE:

            My transformation from Rocky Mountain Academy was very smooth in Mullen High School. I finished my first       trimester with four A’s and one C. I never thought my learning experiences here would create such a great            basis for my learning foundation. Right now my class in high school is just reviewing greater things ahead.          All my siblings (who did not go here as long as I have) struggled while going into high school, while I have       had it to be an amazing experience. Over all I would never have been able to do so well if I did not go to       Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen.             -Grace Collie, freshman, Mullen High School

November Core Virtues: Empathy and Duty: Duty is the perfect virtue for this month as we remembered our veterans on November 11. We were so fortunate to have representative from the Evergreen American Legion along with RMAE veterans to speak to our students about their experience in the military. Their stories reminded us of the service and sacrifice these brave men and women gave to allow us enjoy the freedoms we have in America.                                                                                               

Important Dates:

November 14     Fall Musical, We Haz Jaz, 6:30 p.m., Center Stage

November 20     AAA meeting, 5:00 p.m.

November 21     Staff Development Day, no school for students

November 24-28 Thanksgiving Break

December 5       Tryouts for Spring Musical

December 9       Open House for prospective parents. One at 8;30, another at 1:30.

December 11     Meeting at the preschool for Kindergarten parents for the 2015-2016 school year

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Director’s Newsletter Nov 7

Dear RMAE Parents,

Veteran’s Day Celebration – Please join us on Veteran’s Day, this coming Tuesday, November 11, 2014, from 10:40 -11:40 a.m. for our all-school assembly outside on our new field. We are partnering with the Evergreen American Legion to honor our veterans. RMAE parents, grandparents, and other relatives who have served in any branch of the military are encouraged to come in uniform to be recognized and/or share stories. Music will be provided by our choirs and band. Please join us for this patriotic celebration to honor our men and women who served the cause of freedom. Dress warmly . . . . the forecast is sunny but chilly!

Welcome New Technology Teacher – We are pleased to announce the addition of a full time technology teacher, Wendy Forsythe. Wendy is a former 4th grade teacher and also has her masters in Instructional Technology. In addition to teaching technology classes, Wendy will assist teachers with technology concerns — she has already assisted many staff members in this area! Wendy and husband, Jerry, are parents to RMAE students, Graham (PK), Gunner (2nd), and Grady (3rd).

Report Cards – We appreciate your patience with the release of student report cards. Due to unforeseen circumstances, report card release has been postponed until Monday, November 10. We apologize for this delay and inconvenience.

Battle of the Sexes – Ms. Smith and Mr. Koch are offering an elective this quarter where two groups of students will each build a storage shed on the school property. Rachel Smith is sponsoring a team of middle school girls and Dwight Koch will lead a team of middle school boys. The challenge will be to see who can build the best solid and sustainable shed. Thanks so much to the RMAE Foundation for donating money to purchase the kits from Home Depot. One of the sheds will be used to house PE equipment and the other will store our new stage, chairs, and other facility supplies. Students will learn valuable life skills in construction, time management, and reading directions (at least the girls’ team ☺). You may notice the structures going up near our new field. Be sure to cheer on your favorite team! We will have a ribbon cutting ceremony at the end of the project . . . stay tuned!

Frozen Yogurt for Sale – Please support the 7th graders with this fundraiser for their trip to Sea Camp. Next Thursday, November 13, students may purchase frozen yogurt during the 4th -8th grade lunch periods and also after school.

Community Service Day – Class coordinators are needed for 2nd, 3rd, and 8th grades. Ideally, two coordinators for each class works well. Please consider volunteering for this very special day where our students reach out to serve the Evergreen community in many different areas. Contact Jamie Brand at jmeb53226@gmail.com for more information or to volunteer.

Annual Giving Letter –Thanks to everyone who already donated! If you have yet to give, please consider making a donation amount that best fits your budget, large or small. These funds provide support to many different areas of our school. You may mail in your donation or go to the Donate to RMAE page under the Giving tab on our website at http://www.rmae.org/ways-to-give/support-rmae

A Night at the Arts – The wait is over! Don’t miss this fun and entertaining evening coming up Tuesday, November 11, at Evergreen High School. There is a live auction featuring student artwork as well as a raffle to purchase tickets to win student art. Music will be provided by 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. for dinner, auction, and raffle; music performances begins at 6:15. Bakers for the bake sale are needed for are still needed. Please clink on this link to volunteer: 2014 Bake Sale

Music is in the air! RMAE is proud to present: We Haz Jazz! In the words of Thelonius Monk himself, “Jazz is our music…the music of America!” From New Orleans to Chi-town, from the cotton fields to the Cotton Club, you will learn about such jazz greats as Fats Waller, Cab Calloway, Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday and more as a group of students have a close encounter with the jazz legends themselves. Come snap your fingers and learn a little American history while you’re at it. This swingin’ 4th and 5th grade musical is being performed at Center Stage Theater, Friday, November 14, at 6:30pm. Tickets go on sale October 31, starting at $6.00, at www.brownpapertickets.com

Spring Musical tryouts are coming up for the spring musical, Guys and Dolls on December 5. All middle school students are welcome to take part. Smaller roles can be cast with no try-outs other than a form handed in on or before December 5. Students interested in speaking roles will need to audition on December 5. Students trying out for a lead role will need to prepare a 1 minute singing solo and a short monologue. Please check Ms. Smith’s or Ms. Moritz’s web sites for more details and necessary documents.

Top Three Volunteers – Our top three volunteer families has stayed the same this week! Congratulations once again to Christine and Jeff Emery, Liesl and Ned Parker, and Helga and Troy Schultz. Log on to www.rmae.org and click on “Our Volts” to record your hours. You can also see the overall top volunteers for this year so far!

Volunteer Opportunities of the Week –PTO is still seeking the following volunteers:
1 – Holiday Food Drive Coordinator – PTO needs a volunteer to coordinate the school wide food drive. Each class has a coordinator that you will oversee. Contact Christine Emery at cemery80439@gmail.com
2 – Evening With Santa – PTO needs a coordinator(s) to take on planning our evening with Santa on 12/12 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Contact Kelly Breuer at kellyannbreuer@gmail.com

November Core Virtue: Empathy: Empathy is about standing in someone else’s shoes, feeling with his or her heart, seeing with his or her eyes. Not only is empathy hard to outsource and automate, but it makes the world a better place. – Daniel H. Pink

Important Dates:
November 11 Veteran’s Day Celebration, 10:40-11:40 a.m.
November 11 “Night of the Arts”, Evergreen High School
November 14 Fall Musical, We Haz Jaz, 6:30 p.m., Center Stage
November 21 Staff Development Day, no school for students
November 24-28 Thanksgiving Break
December 5 Tryouts for Spring Musical

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Director’s Newsletter Oct 30

Dear RMAE Parents,

Fall Back – A reminder to turn back your clocks this Sunday morning and enjoy the extra hour!

Report Cards – Report cards will be available through Parent Portal on Monday, November 3. Please plan to take time to discuss these important progress indicators with your students. Remember to praise successes as well as discuss areas needing improvement.

Annual Giving Letter – We hope you received this letter in the mail this week. The RMAE Foundation has a goal of a100% return from this appeal request. Please consider making a donation amount that best fits your budget, large or small. These funds provide support to many different areas of our school. You may mail in your donation or go to the Donate to RMAE page under the Giving tab on our website at http://www.rmae.org/ways-to-give/support-rmae

Lost and Found – The Lost and Found just outside the front office is bursting with student clothing, coats, hats, shoes, and more! Volunteers will be in on November 5 to donate items to a school in need in Denver. All items unclaimed by the end of day November 4 will be donated. Please plan to check the Lost and Found for your child’s items!

Music is in the air! Mark your calendars for these musical opportunities coming up for our RMAE community:

  • Middle School Choir — Congratulations to our junior and middle school choirs for being invited (first time ever!) to the mountain area choir festival on November 6. Six mountain area schools will be participating in a full afternoon of music and fun led by Charlene Hunt at Evergreen High School. A concert open to the public follows at 7:00 p.m. You are invited to attend to support our students and school.
  • Fall Musical – RMAE is proud to present:  We Haz Jazz!  In the words of Thelonius Monk himself, “Jazz is our music…the music of America!”  From New Orleans to Chi-town, from the cotton fields to the Cotton Club, you will learn about such jazz greats as Fats Waller, Cab Calloway, Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday and more as a group of students have a close encounter with the jazz legends themselves.  Come snap your fingers and learn a little American history while you’re at it. This swingin’ 4th and 5th grade musical is being performed at Center Stage Theater, Friday, November 14, at 6:30pm.  Tickets go on sale October 31, starting at $6.00, at brownpapertickets.com
  • Spring Musical tryouts are coming up for the spring musical, Guys and Dolls on December 5. All middle school students are welcome to take part. Smaller roles can be cast with no try-outs other than a form handed in on or before December 5. Students interested in speaking roles will need to audition on December 5. Students trying out for a lead role will need to prepare a 1 minute singing solo and a short monologue. Please check Ms. Smith’s or Ms. Moritz’s web sites for more details and necessary documents.
  • A Night at the Arts: The Beat Goes ON! – Please mark your calendars for November 11 to attend this middle school fundraiser taking place at Evergreen High School. There is a live auction featuring student artwork as well as a raffle to purchase tickets to win student art. Music will be provided by 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. for dinner, auction, and raffle; music performances begins at 6:15. Volunteers are needed for this event, please click on link to volunteer: 2014 Bake Sale

RMAE Car Magnets – Sixth graders will be out in force next Tuesday, November 4, selling RMAE car magnets for $5.00. Please bring cash or check to show your support for RMAE. The sixth graders will also have a table set up at Night of the Arts on the evening of November 11.

Original Works Deadline – Get your holiday shopping done early by purchasing Original Works artwork showcasing your child’s artwork. The deadline is tomorrow, Friday, October 31. Forms are available at the school front office.

Middle School PE – We are now offering more athletic electives for 7th and 8th grade students to choose each quarter. Students will be able to choose from team games, line dancing, hiking, and many more. All students will be required to sign up for one of these classes each quarter to ensure all students keep active! By providing these smaller classes, teachers are able to provide more instruction and target specific activities. PE fees that were collected at the beginning of the year will be used for transportation to and from activities offered away from the school grounds. These elective classes are replacing the weekly PE class for 7th and 8th grade only. Sixth grade will continue to have regular weekly PE classes.

Veteran’s Day Celebration – A reminder to plan to join us on Veteran’s Day, Thursday, November 11, 2014, from 10:40 -11:40 a.m. for our all-school assembly outside on our new field. We are partnering with the Evergreen American Legion to honor our veterans.   RMAE parents, grandparents, or other relatives who have served in any branch of the military are encouraged to come in uniform to be recognized and/or share stories. Music will be provided by our choirs and band. Please join us for this patriotic celebration to honor our men and women who served the cause of freedom.

Top Three Volunteers – Congratulations to Christine and Jeff Emery, and Liesl and Ned Parker, for placing first and second consecutively once again! Welcome Helga and Troy Schultz who came in third place for most volunteer hours for the past 6 weeks!  Log on to www.rmae.org and click on “Our Volts” to record your hours. You can also see the overall top volunteers for this year so far!

Volunteer Opportunities of the Week –PTO needs help in the following two areas ASAP! Please consider taking on one of these roles!

            1 – Holiday Food Drive Coordinator – PTO needs a volunteer to coordinate the school wide food drive.  Each class has a coordinator that you will oversee.  Contact Christine Emery at cemery80439@gmail.com

            2 – Evening With Santa – PTO needs a coordinator(s) to take on planning our evening with Santa on 12/12 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.  Contact Kelly Breuer at kellyannbreuer@gmail.com

Acting Opportunity –Is your child interested in acting film? An alumni from Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen is giving RMAE students an opportunity to be in her student film. Her name is Madison Petri and she is a senior at Denver School of the Arts. She will be filming at RMAE. If you and your child are interested please contact at madison.petri@gmail.com or call at 303-906-8473. She will send more detailed information once you have contacted her. This is not an RMAE sponsored activity.

October Core Virtues: Courage and Wisdom – “We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength to stare it down.”

                                                                                                                        — Eleanor Roosevelt

Important Dates:

October 31         Halloween parties/parade, 1:20 p.m.

October 31         Original Artworks Orders due

November 6       Choir performance, 7:00 p.m., Evergreen H.S.

November 11     Veteran’s Day Celebration, 10:40-11:40 a.m.

November 11     “Night of the Arts”, Evergreen High School

November 14     Fall Musical,, We Haz Jaz, 6:30 p.m., Center Stage

December 5       Tryouts for Spring Musical

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Director’s Newsletter Oct 23

Dear RMAE Parents,

Veteran’s Day Celebration – Please plan to join us on Veteran’s Day, Thursday, November 11, 2014, from 10:40 -11:40 a.m. for our all-school assembly outside on our new field. We are partnering with the Evergreen American Legion to honor our veterans.   RMAE parents, grandparents, or other relatives who have served in any branch of the military are encouraged to come in uniform to be recognized and/or share stories. Music will be provided by our choirs and band. Please join us for this patriotic celebration to honor our men and women who served the cause of freedom.

Top Volunteers – Kudos to our top 3 families for logging the most volunteer hours for the past 6 weeks! Congratulations to Christine and Jeff Emery, Liesl and Ned Parker, and Tiffany Branson for their time and talent to help out in so many different areas of the school. Bookmark this link: www.ourvolts.com/site/rocky-mountain-academy-evergreen to register your volunteer hours or log on to www.rmae.org and click on “Our Volts” and record your hours.

Messages to students – To limit the number of interruptions to the classroom, the front office will now hand deliver messages instead of calling classrooms. Your assistance with pre-arranging pick-up schedules or other messages to your student prior arriving at school is greatly appreciated and will assist the front office.

Chess Club – Chess club starts this Monday, October 27, from 3:15 –4:45 p.m. in Building 3 in Ms. Johnson’s room. We have partnered with Rowan Tate, a chess master in the Denver area, to coach all students, whether beginner or advanced. The cost is $60 for six sessions. Registration forms can be picked up at the front office or go to www.Wiz-Kids.org to sign up.

RMAE car magnets for sale – Be prepared tomorrow, Friday, October 24, at the Trunk or Treat, to purchase a shiny new RMAE magnet to place on your car. For only $5.00 you can show your school pride while helping the 6th graders raise money for class trips.

Odyssey of the Mind Sign up – A reminder that the deadline to sign up your child for Odyssey of the Mind is tomorrow, Friday, October 24. If you have questions about the program, please email Brinda Pumphrey at blanepumphre@rmae.org or call 303-932-0935. Registration forms are available at the school front office.

Volunteer Opportunities of the Week –PTO is offering the following volunteer opportunities:

            1 – Talent Show Coordinator – We need one or two people to take over organizing the RMAE talent                show.  Gretchen Moritz and Carrie Quinn will assist and guide the process.  Contact Gretchen Moritz           at gmoritz@rmae.org

            2 – Holiday Food Drive Coordinator – We need someone to coordinate the school wide food drive.  Each      class has a coordinator that you will oversee.  Contact Christine Emery at cemery80439@gmail.com

            3 – Auction Planning Committee – We are planning to meet on November 5th at the Bagelry right after          drop off.  Come and give input for the school auction this year.  Contact Kelly Breuer          at kellyannbreuer@gmail.com

            4 – Evening With Santa – We need a coordinator(s) to take on planning our evening with Santa on 12/12           from 5:00-7:00 pm.  Contact Kelly Breuer at kellyannbreuer@gmail.com.

A Night at the Arts: The Beat Goes ON! – Please mark your calendars for November 11 to attend this middle school fundraiser the entire family will enjoy. There is a Live Auction with fabulous student artwork to bid on as well as purchase raffle tickets. Music will be provided by 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.

“Race to Nowhere” – The RMAE community has been invited to attend a screening of this documentary that calls us to challenge current thinking about how we prepare our children for success. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with teachers and administrators in the choice movement. For more information you may click on Film Synopsis. The screening is taking place at Mountain Phoenix Community School located at Great Hall, MPCS Campus, 4725 Miller Street, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033Tickets are free, but space is limited, so you must register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/race-to-nowhere-presented-by-mountain-phoenix-community-school-tickets-13170125199

October Core Virtues: Courage and Wisdom – With our Veteran’s Day celebration coming up next month, I thought the following quote by Emerson was appropriate for this month’s virtue of “Wisdom”:

            Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you      that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To    map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs.         Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.     Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Important Dates:

October 23        Middle School Dance at the Lakehouse, 5:00-8:00 p.m.

October 24        Trunk or Treat – 5:00-7:00 p.m.

October 27         Chess Club, 3:15 p.m.

October 31         Halloween parties/parade

November 11     Veteran’s Day Celebration, 10:40-11:40 a.m.

November 11     “Night of the Arts”

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Director’s Newsletter Oct 16

Dear RMAE Parents,

Importance of School Hours—We are experiencing increasing number of students arriving late to school as well as being picked up early. This is disruptive to the school day. Our dedicated teachers start class on time and teach until it is time for dismissal. When your child arrives late, he/she is missing important information as well as disrupting others. We appreciate that emergencies arise which require an early dismissal, however these should be the exception.

A reminder that the school day hours are:

Middle   7:45 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

K-3      8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

4-5        8:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Thank you for your help ensuring your student arrives on time to get settled in and ready to learn on time as well as stay seated until dismissal.

Parenting Safe Children — Congregation Beth Evergreen is hosting the “Preventing Child Sexual Abuse . . . One Community at a Time” workshop, with featured speaker, Karen Torf. This workshop provides meaningful information. The workshop is Saturday, November 15, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Cost is $53.75 which includes materials and snack. For more information or visit: https://parentingsafechildrenworkshopnov15.event brite.com/

Odyssey of the Mind Sign up – A reminder that the deadline to sign up your child for Odyssey of the Mind is next Friday, October 24. If you have questions about the program, please email Brinda Pumphrey at blanepumphre@rmae.org or call 303-932-0935. Registration forms are available at the school front office.

Log for Volunteer Hours – Please bookmark this link: www.ourvolts.com/site/rocky-mountain-academy-evergreen to register your volunteer hours or simply log on to our website at www.rmae.org and click on the “Our Volts” link and record your hours.

Volunteer Interest Survey — Several time a year, PTO sends out a survey to gauge interest and create a list of possible volunteers for different areas of the school. Please click on the link below to give your input as well as consider volunteering. We appreciate our many longtime, faithful volunteers, and we look forward to seeing many new faces around the campus!

https://docs.google.com/a/rmae.org/forms/d/1T_0w_Xg1pKCiqo9cKyvPuWCoUqvnAVoFYJFVH9mXIpI/viewform

Volunteer Opportunity of the Week –“Conference Room Decorator”   We are looking for a volunteer to take over updating the conference room in the front office. This room also doubles as a math classroom. The room is in need of paint, clean-up, putting up (a new whiteboard) and fix-up (some shelving needs to be disassembled and removed). Ideally work would be done after school hours or on the weekend. Contact Kate Collier at kcollier@rmae.org or call the front office at 303-670-1070.

Halloween Grams – A reminder that these forms are due 10/23. Forms are available at the front office for parents to pick up and complete. These “Halloween Grams” provide an opportunity to send a Halloween gift (duck or eyeballs!) along with a special message to your student. These grams will be delivered the week of Halloween. Cost is $1.00 for two ducks or two eyeballs!

Chess Club – Please locate the flyer in your child’s Friday Folders to sign up for chess club. We have partnered with Rowan Tate, a chess master in the Denver area, to coach all students, whether beginner or advanced. The club will begin on Monday, October 27, from 3:30-4:45 for six consecutive weeks. The cost is $60 for six sessions. Registration forms can also be picked up at the front office.

Spooky Spaghetti and Monster Meatballs – Be sure to get your reservations in for this spooky spaghetti dinner to enjoy before Trunk or Treating! You may purchase tickets at the front office or from Ms. Johnson at the middle school. Tickets are $5.00 per person. Reservations required, so please purchase tickets ASAP!

Middle School Fall Dance – Tickets are on sale from Ms. Johnson for $5.00. You may also pre-pay for slices of pizza ($2.00/each). The dance is 5:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday, October 23, at the Lake House.

A Night at the Arts: The Beat Goes ON! – Please mark your calendars for November 11 to attend this middle school fundraiser the entire family will enjoy. There is a Live Auction with fabulous student artwork to bid on as well as purchase raffle tickets. Music will be provided by 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.

Coats for Colorado — Join in a long-standing stranding tradition of keeping Coloradoans warm by donating to Coats for Colorado.  Bring your gently used or new coats to any Dependable Cleaners between October 1st and November 30th.

Important Dates:

October 17        Movie Night at the School, 3:00 p.m. K-5

October 23        Middle School Dance at the Lakehouse, 5:00-8:00 p.m.

October 24        Trunk or Treat – 5:00-7:00 p.m.

October 27         Chess Club, 3;30 p.m.

November 11     “Night of the Arts”

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Director’s Newsletter Oct 9

Dear RMAE Parents,

Odyssey of the Mind – There will be an Informational Meeting for interested students, parents, and potential coaches in the art room on Tuesday, October 14, from 3:20-4:20 p.m. If you have questions about Odyssey of the Mind or are interested in starting a team, please contact Brinda Pumphrey at blanepumphrey@rmae.org

Odyssey of the Mind is an extra-curricular school activity in creative problem-solving. Modeled on interscholastic sports, Odyssey of the Mind’s creative competitions combines the excitement of athletic competition with the fun-filled and often zany mental gymnastics. Teams consist of 5 to 7 members and compete at local, state, and world competitions.

In the process of solving their problems, children learn to think outside the box, work together to develop creative solutions to solve problems. These are the skills that we aspire to teach to all students to prepare them for their futures. I encourage you to consider this opportunity for your student.

Movie Night – Please note that the upcoming movie night on Friday, October 17, starts right after school at 3:00 p.m. Therefore, students do NOT need to be picked up after school, but may go directly to movie night.

Halloween Grams – A reminder that these forms are due 10/23. Forms are available at the front office for parents to pick up and complete. These “Halloween Grams” provide an opportunity to send a Halloween gift (duck or eyeballs!) along with a special message to your student. These grams will be delivered the week of Halloween. Cost is $1.00 for two ducks or two eyeballs!

Chess Club – A flyer will be coming home soon with the details of our new chess club for K-8 students, beginning on Monday, October 27, from 3:30-4:45p.m. at the school. We have partnered with Rowan Tate, a chess master in the Denver area, to coach all students, whether beginner or advanced. The sessions will be on Mondays for six consecutive weeks. The cost is $60 for six sessions. Look for more details to come home in Friday folders. Thanks to RMAE parent, Jen Allbritton, for taking the lead in bringing this opportunity to our school.

Trunk or Treat Spaghetti Dinner – Student Council is sponsoring a spaghetti dinner to provide a nutritious meal to your children before they gobble goodies. Tickets can be purchased at the front office or from Ms. Johnson at the middle school. Tickets are $5.00 per person. Bring the entire family for dinner, then enjoy trunk or treating!

Middle School Fall Dance – Tickets are on sale from Ms. Johnson for $5.00. You may also pre-pay for slices of pizza ($2.00/each). The dance is 5:00-8:00 p.m., October 23, at the Lakehouse.

A Night at the Arts: The Best Goes ON! – Please mark your calendars for November 11 to attend this middle school fundraiser the entire family will enjoy. There is a Live Auction with fabulous student artwork to bid on as well as purchase raffle tickets. Music will be provided by 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.

Parent Survey – Drive Smart would appreciate your feedback on the Field Day for Safety activities that were held at the school a couple of weeks ago. They have created an anonymous survey for parents about this day of safety. Please take a moment to answer seven quick questions about car safety. Please click on the link to take the survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TK8DF6F

Original Works – We are offering this program once again for you to have the opportunity to purchase a variety of products featuring your child’s very own artwork. Please look for the details as well as an order form coming home in Friday Folders. Additional program and product information can be found at www.originalworks.com  You may also contact Laurie Shields at 303-915-5397for more information.

Spreading Random Acts of Kindness — This fall, RMAE connected once again with our sister school, Lumberg Elementary, a Jeffco school with a high population of disadvantaged students, to spread acts of kindness. With the help of Valerie Tomasi and our second grade teachers, Karen Hines and Ann Hushen, many school supplies were collected and donated to the school . Clothing donations left over from the swap found good homes with deserving students thanks to the efforts of Monica Rabanal. Assistant principal at Lumberg, James Younger, remarked that these donations were simply “awesome!” Way to go, RMAE!

Important Dates:

October 9         Board of Directors’ meeting, 6:30 p.m.

October 17        Movie Night at the School, 3:00 p.m. K-5

October 23        Middle School Dance at the Lakehouse, 5:00-8:00 p.m.

October 27         Chess Club, 3;30 p.m.

October 24        Trunk or Treat – 5:00-7:00 p.m.

November 11     “Night of the Arts”

For our children,

 

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Director’s Newsletter Oct 2

Dear RMAE Parents,

New Look! We hope you find our new website easy to navigate, complete with current information about our school, teachers, and upcoming events. Our goal is to make this valuable communication tool the cornerstone for easily accessing teacher websites, school calendars, attendance information. You will also find the complete Family Handbook to answer questions throughout the year. We want this to be YOUR website and so we encourage your feedback, suggestions, and recommendations.

Go Orange Results – Thanks so much to Christine Emery for heading up this important event to raise money for “Share our Strength, No Kid Hungry.” Thanks to RMAE students, staff, and parents for raising awareness, funds, and food for deserving children. We made quite an impact at EChO, our local food bank by donating 1002 pounds of food! We raised $219.00 or enough for an additional 2,190 meals. Christine would like to thank the following people for their help: Amy Jacobs, Liesl Parker, Jen Richards, Tami Courtney, Tara Saltzman, Kristi Gonzales, Kate Collier, Carrie Quinn, Christine Schoen, Mitch Goldenberg, Megan Ellis, Shawnna Jermano, Imogine Harris, Matt Emery, and Sydney Parker.

Trunk or Treat –Halloween season is here and Student Council is getting ready to help PTO with Trunk or Treat. Student Council is setting up a $5 per person sit-down dinner, complete with spaghetti and meatballs, salad, garlic bread, and drinks, at 5:00 p.m.– 5:30 p.m. on Friday, October 24. Provide your children with a nutricious meal before they gobble goodies and enjoy the Haunted Hall, which will run from 5:30-7:00 p.m. You can purchase tickets at the front office of the school or Ms. Johnson’s middle school classroom. Please check out the Google Doc to donate food and decoration items.

Halloween-Grams — Keep an eye out for your student’s Halloween Gram order forms, due on October 23. Students will receive their grams on Halloween.

Field Day for Safety – Drive Smart conducted their Field Day for Safety activities at RMAE this past Friday and would like your feedback regarding this program. Please take a moment and answer seven quick questions to provide feedback for this valuable safety program.

Gifted and Talented Parent Meeting – Jeffco’s third parent seminar is a collaboration with CAGT Parent Institute for the 2014-2015 school year and is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on October 20, 2014, at the Marriott Denver Tech Center.  The topic is The Many Faces of Gifted: Meeting the Unique Needs of Exceptional Children. $20 registration fee. Registration: http://www.coloradogifted.org/parent-institute

A Night at the Arts: The Beat Goes ON! – Please mark your calendars for November 11 to attend this middle school fundraiser the entire family will enjoy. There is a Live Auction with fabulous student artwork to bid on as well as purchase raffle tickets. Music will be provided by 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Dinner will be available for purchase, so please plan to make it a Night at the Arts!

Core Virtues Assembly: We ended the month of September with our K-5 Core Virtues Assembly celebrating students who received a “Golden Ticket” for demonstrating Respect and Responsibility during the month. Everything from turning in homework on time to helping picking up trash on the playground was recognized.

October Core Virtue – For the month of October we will be discussing the Core Virtues of Wisdom and Courage. We define Wisdom as knowledge of things that matter and Courage as doing what is right in the face of fear. During the month, remember to highlight these virtues at home as opportunities arise.

Important Dates:

October 2    AAA Meeting, 5:00 p.m.

October 8    Foundation Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

October 9    Board of Directors’ meeting, 6:30 p.m.

October 17    Movie Night at the School, 4:00 p.m. K-5

October 23    Middle School Dance at the Lakehouse, 5:00-8:00 p.m.

October 24    Trunk or Treat – 5:00-7:00p.m.

For our children,

 

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Hard work

Thought for today: Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.

We will be meeting this coming Friday to go over all homework assignments for the following week.

Parents – two items for Tuesday

  1. have your student bring several #2 pencils for test taking
  2. provide some healthy snacks for your student
  3. make sure they get plenty of sleep

Important items for my classroom:

  • Always be on time
  • Tie your shoes
  • Do not chew gum

 

Thank you,

Ms. Sally Doe

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Dear Parents

Dear Parents,
I hope your summer is off to a great start.

In order to help your upcoming 1st grader’s skills stay sharp over the summer, I have uploaded a summer study packet for them to complete on my Teacher Page. The kids will be given homework passes and/or extra credit for their work. Please visit my website via rmae.org. Once there, go to the documents page. There is a folder for summer study as well as one for recommended websites.

Please feel free to email me with any questions they may have. I am looking forward to seeing them this fall.

Thank you,

 

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