Director’s Newsletter August 30

Hello Parents,

Welcome! – Welcome back to returning parents and welcome aboard to new families. Every Friday you will receive an email copy of my newsletter. This newsletter will also be posted to the front page of our website. This is an important communication tool from the school that we ask you to read carefully each week. This year I will include news from the Board of Directors, PTO, SAC (School Accountability Committee), and the Foundation. Our goal is to make it easier for parents to receive important information in one communication tool. Thanks in advance for taking time to read our weekly newsletter.

 

Back-to-School Nights – Please plan to attend these very important meetings to hear from your child’s teacher regarding expectations for the year. Due to limited space, we ask that you do not bring children to these meetings.

The schedule for the week: (Times: Elementary 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Middle 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)

                Tuesday, September 1: Kindergarten and first grade (Kindergarten parents go to the cafeteria first/First     grade starts in classrooms)

                Wednesday, September 2: Second and Third Grade (Second grade parents go to the cafeteria first/Third grade starts in classrooms)

                Thursday, September 3: Fourth, Fifth, and Middle School (Fourth grade parents go to the cafeteria first/Fifth grade starts                       in classrooms) (Middle School parents start in the cafeteria at 6:00 p.m.)

 

Free Dress of Choice Day—Ongoing, Free Dress for all students will be the LAST FRIDAY of the month, with the exception of the month of August where we will have FREE DRESS this coming Monday, August 31. Spirit Day will be the third Thursday of each month beginning October 22. There will not be a Spirit Day in September so there is still time to get your orders in for Spirit Wear.

 

Flex Testing Days – RMAE schedules two flex days in the fall and two in the spring for K-5th grade in order to administer standardized tests.  One class from each grade level comes to school on one of the days and the other class comes the following day.  Please follow the schedule below for the correct day for your student to come to school.

Thursday, September 3, the following classes are in school:

K-Dorr/Cox, 1st -Schotters, 2nd -Hushen, 3rd-Narans, 4th -Gordon, 5th -Hoban.

Friday, September 4, the following classes are in school:

K-Grose, 1st -Mazurek, 2nd -Hines, 3rd-Benninger, 4th -Bartlet, 5th -Williams.

 

Picture Day – A flyer was sent home with the incorrect day for Picture Day. Student pictures will be on Thursday, September 17. Students need to come to school in regular dress code attire.

Carpool– A few reminders about carpool procedures: (NO CELL PHONES, PLEASE!)

Circle Drop Off Rules – Please drive all the way around to the end of the circle before stopping to drop off students. Students need to get out of the car on the right side, next to the sidewalk. Parents, please do not   get out of your car; this slows down the process and causes back-ups in the line.

Circle Pick Up Rules – Please post a sign in the right side of your dashboard with your family name and   students’ names and grades. This is a tremendous help for locating students. Forms are available in the         front office for this purpose, or you may make your own sign. All students must be picked up by 3:30 p.m. Students waiting for rides after 3:30 p.m. may be escorted to our after school program, Adventures in Childcare, where a charge may incur.

AM Parking for Staff –It was brought to our attention that last year, teachers were unable to find parking spaces in the morning due to cars in the parking spaces, waiting to drop off students. We need all parents to use the drop off in the morning unless you need to come into the school. We are in the process of having designated Staff Only and Visitor Only parking spaces as opposed to closing off the entire main parking area. In the meantime, if you need to come into the school prior to 8:00 a.m., you may use the parking lot by the basketball courts or the spaces near the cafeteria. We appreciate your patience as we complete this process.

Microwaves – Elementary students (K-5) will no longer have access to microwaves in the cafeteria. Due to long lines of students waiting for help with the microwaves, spills and explosions that occurred in the microwaves, and the amount of other duties that our aides have with the younger students, we made the decision to eliminate the use of microwaves for elementary. Middle School students will continue to enjoy the microwave privilege.

Pizza Sign Up – There is still time to sign up for pizza for your students. You may stop by the front office until September 4 to sign up.

Hot Lunch – The new hot lunch program begins on September 15. Hot lunch will be offered on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. We will add Fridays for hot lunch in October. Wednesday will continue to be Pizza Day.

 

NEWS FROM THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dear Parents,

The Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen school board wants to extend a great deal of gratitude to our Foundation and the five ladies that worked tirelessly over the last year to make the Bluegrass festival a success for our school, our community and in honor of Tom Hushen and his dream of establishing an event like this in Evergreen.  These ladies are what it’s all about when working as a team for a common goal and we appreciate their hard work, time and commitment.

Dana Price – President

Tami Courtney – Parent/Photographer

Gretchen Hock – Vice President

Kim Cannon – Treasurer

Mary Beth Price – Board Parent Rep

Our Foundation has a key role to play at Rocky Mountain Academy in collaborating with our school Director, School Board and other activities to establish, manage and grow contributions to the school that enable us to invest in areas not supported by our traditional funding mechanisms. This team makes a significant contribution by delivering our Foundations commitment to the school.  The Bluegrass Festival was outstanding for the memory of Tom Hushen, our community standing and the overall collaboration and commitment that parents have to the short and long term success of Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen.

For Pictures and details on this successful event, go to:  Evergreen Bluegrass Festival  (FACEBOOK)

THANK YOU TO OUR FANTASTIC PARENTS AS FOUNDATION BOARD OFFICERS AND REPRESENTATIVES WHO WORKED TIRELESSLY TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN.

To send comments or thank this team for their outstanding effort, please send an email to dprice@rmae.org

Alan Scheik

President of the Board

Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen

 

NEWS FROM THE SAC

Our School Accountability Committee (SAC) will have the first meeting of the year on Thursday, September 3, at 5:00 p.m. in the Spanish Room. The SAC committee assists with curriculum recommendations and monitoring of the adherence to the mission and vision of the school. SAC meets the first Thursday of the month from 5pm to 7pm. Parents are welcome to attend meetings. A time for parent comment is scheduled at the beginning of each meeting. For more information regarding the SAC committee you may content SAC President, Laurel Hyslop at (lchayden1969@yahoo.com)

 

NEWS FROM PTO

Thank you to everyone that has registered to be part of PTO for the 2015-2016 school year!  If you didn’t have a chance to do this at the Ice Cream Social you can still join by printing and completing the attached form.  If you prefer to pay the $30 membership fee online please click the link below.  The form can also be used to order King Soopers and Safeway Cards to support our school.  Grocery cards will be mailed home within two weeks of purchase. Return the form to the PTO Membership Envelope in the office along with a check or Pay Pal confirmation. There will also be opportunities to join at the upcoming Back to School Nights.  Each paid membership comes with a School Directory.  PTO supports staff, students and teachers by providing funding for activities, programs, building improvements/maintenance, teacher trainings as well as classroom equipment and supplies.

To pay online click here:

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=KJNX2BG7ZQ836

 

Random Acts of Kindness – We have been so fortunate to have wonderful parents and grandparents providing Random Acts of Kindness regularly at the school. From dropping off coffee, bagels, and homemade sourdough bread, to reconstructing the retaining wall around our carpool pick-up, our volunteers have gone above and beyond expectations. Have you noticed the refinished benches in the front of the school, or the design of the new logo, or the new paint inside and out, or the work on the shed? All parent volunteers! What a great help to start the new school year. Thanks to everyone!

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone. – Audrey Hepburn

 

Important Dates:

Foundation Meeting – Monday, August 31, 6:30 p.m.

Back-to-School Nights – Sept. 1-3, evenings

SAC Meeting – September 3, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Flex Testing Days – September 3 & 4

Labor Day, NO SCHOOL – September 7 (NO SCHOOL)

Board Meeting – Thursday, September 10, 6:30 p.m.

Teacher Professional Development Day – September 14 (NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS)

Picture Day – Thursday, September, 17

 

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Director’s Newsletter August 20

Dear Parents,

Ice Cream Social Tomorrow!  We look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow, Friday, August 21, from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the school.  This is your opportunity to meet teachers and visit your child’s classroom.  It is a great opportunity to meet new parents and staff. Please visit the cafeteria to enjoy ice cream, find out information about joining the PTO, SAC, and other school committees, shop at the uniform swap, pick up carpool signs, and other beginning of the year business.  Teachers are still in the process of getting their rooms ready, so please respect the 2:00 start time.

Back-to-School Nights are coming up on September 1-3.  This will be your opportunity to hear from your child’s teachers about specific goals for the upcoming year and ways to assist in making this a successful year for your student.  Specific information about times for Back-to-School nights will be communicated.

Get Your Groove On—THIS SATURDAY!  — The Evergreen Bluegrass Festival benefitting Rocky Mountain Academy is this Saturday, August 22, from noon—8:30 p.m. at the Evergreen Rodeo Grounds.  Discounted tickets are still available online, or you may purchase tickets at the door.   All information can be found on the website: www.evergreenbluegrassfestival.com

 

Dress Code –Please note that the 2015-2016 Family Handbook states that all shirts are expected to be tucked in at all times as well as the following requirements for belts:

      Belts

  • Belts are required for 5th through 8th grade students for any garment made with belt loops.
  • Kindergarten through 4th grade students are encouraged to wear belts but are not required.

Belts may be in any solid, natural color (black, tan, brown, navy).  No designs allowed.

 

RMAE HOT LUNCH PROGRAM – RMAE will be participating in the Jeffco School Catered Lunch Program.  We are currently working with Jeffco to finalize the menu and payment plan and will email information as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience as we go through this transition from our former service. The lunch program is scheduled to start on September 15.  Hot lunch will be offered on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.  Wednesday will continue to be Pizza Day.

 

Pizza Day Returns! – The seventh grade fundraiser continues this year with Pizza Day every Wednesday.  Pre-orders will be taken at the Ice Cream Social this Friday.  PTO will have a table set up in the cafeteria.  Please stop by with a check made out to RMAE PTO if you would like to place an order.  You may also order peaches at the same time!

 

RMAE Volunteers ROCK!   We had an amazing work day on Saturday, August 15, when over 75 parents and students volunteered to get our school looking crisp and clean for the new school year.  Families arrived before 8:00 a.m. and didn’t leave until after 6:00 p.m..  Classrooms were painted, sheds were built, outside railings were painted, mulch was spread, weeds were whacked, and many more jobs were completed. If you missed this day, we still have tasks that need to be done, so just stop by the front office to volunteer at your convenience. Thanks so much to the families that devoted their Saturday to helping our school prepare for a terrific 2015-2016 school year!

Welcome new Spanish Teacher – We are excited to welcome Sylvia Geiger as our new Spanish teacher. Sylvia brings a wealth of experience including being a native speaker. Sylvia is also a RMAE parent to Dakota (7th grade) Eliana (6th grade) and Alejandra (2nd grade). We are also happy to announce that Senorita Geiger will be adding 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades to her roster, so the students will begin their Spanish instruction at an early age. ¡Bienvenidos, Sra. Geiger!

SchoolPool – We are pleased to announce RMAE will continue our partnership with Schoolpool to help pair parents with other families in their neighborhood who are interested in carpooling to and from school.  For those families who do not wish to participate, there is an opt-out form due no later than August 24, 2015.  After the opt-out period, your information will be shared with Schoolpool.  Schoolpool will then send you a customized list and map of RMAE families in your neighborhood.   Note: Schoolpool does not share your information or use your information for marketing.   The link attached will explain how the program works, how it can benefit your family, and how to opt-out of the program.   NOTE: If you do not opt-out, your information will be shared. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/_RMAE

 

Future Artists! The RMAE art department is pleased to announce the CAE’s Wild Wild West art contest winners.  Fifth graders from four mountain schools sent in original artwork to the Center for the Arts Evergreen. ​ 25 designs​ were chosen to be printed onto c​eramic ​plates​ which will be​ auctioned off to raise money for CAE’s “Arts in the Schools” program.  I’m​ proud to let you know that 16 of the 25 art pieces chosen were created by our artists at ​RMAE. In addition, Lainey Ross won the second place ribbon, Ryleigh Singleton won the third place ribbon, and Ivan Brazy won an honorable mention title. Our children shine again!

Additional winners are: Zane Steel, Nikki Richards, Cora Adcock, Savannna Raley, Jackson Williams, Alayna Szuch, Ellie Geiger, Cadeon Kelly, Kelsey Vaughn, Chloe Petri, Jack Rozman, Sayre Hushen, Ava Walden. Congratulations to all of our young artists!

Mountain Backpack Program Available to RMAE Families –The Evergreen Rotary Club and Evergreen Lutheran offer this wonderful program to all families.  The purpose is to assist with weekend food for students.  Every Friday your child picks up a backpack filled with breakfast, lunch and snacks for the weekend. They return the empty backpack on Monday to be refilled. This has been a very successful program at RMAE in the past.

The Rotary and Evergreen Lutheran know how hard families work to provide for your children. They hope the Mountain Backpack Program can help. There are no qualifications for this program. Only contact information is required.  If you would like to enroll your child you can contact Shelley Harmon at 303-653-2732 or by email at mharmon7@comcast.net   You can also pick up registration forms at the front office.

 

Important Dates:

Ice Cream Social – Friday, August 21, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

First Day of School for all Students – August 24

Middle School to 100 Elk – August 26-28

Foundation Meeting – Monday, August 31, 6:30 p.m.

Back-to-School Nights – Sept. 1-3, evenings

Labor Day, NO SCHOOL – September 7 (NO SCHOOL)

Teacher Professional Development Day – September 14 (NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS)

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Director’s Newsletter August 8

Hello Parents, Get Your Groove On!  — The Evergreen Bluegrass Festival benefitting Rocky Mountain Academy is only 2 weeks away!  Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 22, from noon—8:30 p.m. at the Evergreen Rodeo Grounds.  Buy your advance, discounted tickets today or sign up to volunteer (hours go towards your RMAE volunteer time).  You can also bid on a one-of-a-kind painting by local artist Chris Krieg. The deadline to support the Tom Hushen Memorial Fund is Wednesday, August 12, 2015. Donations to this fund as well as the proceeds from the Bluegrass Festival will benefit the Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen. All information can be found on the website: www.evergreenbluegrassfestival.com School Dress Code — A reminder that all students are required to have one red polo shirt, with the new RMAE logo embroidered for field trips and other special occasions.  This shirt will need to be purchased at Educational Outfitters however other dress code compliant items may be purchased through other vendors.  Educational Outfitters had a drawing at our event a few weeks ago for gift cards and the winners are Muriel Cauwe and Leah Vladika.  Congratulations!  Educational Outfitters is located at 8170 South University Blvd. Centennial, CO 80122.  The website is:   http://denver.educationaloutfitters.com/find-my-school/rocky-mountain-academy-at-evergreen/ Community Volunteer Fix-Up Day – Please mark your calendars for Saturday, August 15, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  This will be our annual Volunteer Day where we ask parents to help with general clean-up of the school, painting of rooms, grounds clean-up and other fix-up needs. This is a great time to get to know other RMAE families and staff. You can sign up for one of the many jobs by logging on to Track it Forward on the front page of the RMAE webpage.  Breakfast and lunch items will be provided. Thanks in advance for volunteering for this important community work-day. Staffing Movement – Next year you will see some familiar faces in different locations! Cherie Mazurek will be returning to first grade, where she has experience and does a great job. Cherie will be replacing Christine Reidlin who has moved on to teach at a school for dyslexic students. Moving into Cherie’s third grade position is Laura Benniger, who had previously taught our 6th grade math and science curriculum. Laura has taught 3rd grade in the past and is looking forward to returning to elementary grades. Taking over the 6th grade math and science position is Cathy Goodheart. Cathy has a passion for STEM education and is looking forward to bringing her teaching experience in math and science to the team. Important Dates: Board Meeting – Thursday, August 13, 6:30 p.m. Volunteer Day – Saturday, August 15, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Ice Cream Social – Friday, August 21, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. First Day of School for all Students – August 24 Middle School to 100 Elk – August 26-28 Foundation Meeting – Monday, August 31, 6:30 p.m. Labor Day, NO SCHOOL – September 7

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Director’s Newsletter July 20

Hello Parents,

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS!  Dress Code Clothing Sale – On Thursday evening, July 30, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Educational Outfitters will be hosting a special event exclusively for RMAE parents and students.  They will be closing their doors to the general public on that evening so you can shop exclusively with other RMAE families.  Educational Outfitters is our “preferred” vendor for dress code items for the 2015-2016 school year.  They have a retail location as well as a website set up exclusively for RMAE where you can order items online.

During the special evening on July 30 students will be able to try on clothing, special discounts will be available, snacks will be provided and prizes will be given away! In addition to other discounts, Educational Outfitters will embroider our new logo on any item purchased in the store that evening for FREE!  A reminder that all students are required to have one red polo shirt, with the new RMAE logo embroidered for field trips and other special occasions.  This shirt will need to be purchased at Educational Outfitters however other dress code compliant items may be purchased through other vendors.

Educational Outfitters is located at 8170 South University Blvd. Centennial, CO 80122.  The website is:  http://denver.educationaloutfitters.com/find-my-school/rocky-mountain-academy-at-evergreen/

 

Community Volunteer Fix-Up Day – Please mark your calendars for August 15, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  This will be our annual Volunteer Day where we ask parents to help with general clean-up of the school, painting of rooms, grounds clean-up and other fix-up needs. This is a great time to get to know other RMAE families and staff. Due to the amount of work that needs to be accomplished, we ask that small children not attend; you may consider partnering with other RMAE parents to provide child care.

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Director’s Newsletter June 24

Hello Parents,

Even in the midst of summer, exciting things are happening at RMAE!

New Logo — I am happy to announce a new logo has been approved by the Board for our school.  A presentation from the marketing committee took place at the June board meeting.  I’ve attached some of the bullet points from the meeting to share with you some of the reasons for the change.  The release date for the new logo is July 15, so watch for the email and the updates on the website.   In addition, look for the July 15th Serenity publication.

                WHY A NEW BRAND/LOGO

  • Provide consistency with the logo across all school uses including web, clothing, car stickers, signage, etc.
  • Create a Brand Document defining logo use and key messaging. Keeps costs down with vendors
  • Provides for branded color palettes that define what and how our logo can be used at all times
  • Aligns with the schools mission and vision statement
  • Gives all school constituents guidelines on what and how our brand can be used to insure diluting of the brand does not occur

 

Uniforms – Polo shirts and other uniform wear with the new logo will be available after July 15.  I will email you a new website address to order uniform apparel online after July 15.  We will be following the requirement in the student handbook which requires all students to purchase one, red, polo shirt with the new logo to wear on special events at the school and all field trips.  The handbook for the coming 2015-2016 school year expands on this requirement to include middle school students also.

Community Volunteer Fix-Up Day – Please mark your calendars for August 15, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  This will be our annual Volunteer Day where we ask parents to come out and help with general clean-up of the school, painting of rooms, grounds clean-up and planting of flowers.  We partnered with Home Depot last year and hope to do so again this year.  Lunch will be provided.  This is a great time to get to know other RMAE families and staff.

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Director’s Newsletter June 11

Dear Parents,

Report Cards – Third grade through 8th grade report cards are available on Parent Portal. Please note that the report cards will disappear from portal on July 1, so please check and print prior to then.

Thank you from staff – The entire staff extends a very grateful thank you to the special envelopes they were presented at the end of the year. Our facility manager, Mr. Richard Koch, especially asked me to tell parents how much he appreciated our very thoughtful and generous parent community.

Notice from PTO: PTO needs volunteers for its first fundraiser for next school year.  Get a jump start on your volunteer hours for the 2015-2016 school year:

  • We need about 25 or 30 people for 4 hour shifts on Wednesday, June 17th. We will be stuffing personalized bib numbers and jerseys into generic pre-stuffed packets for the Triple Bypass.  Children age 12 and older are welcome to participate.
  • All volunteers receive a ticket to a Colorado Rockies Game (date to be announced) for your time!
  • Wednesday June 17th  9:00am to 5:00pm
  •  16 people each shift – Morning Shift 9:00am – 1:00pm.  Afternoon Shift 1:00pm – 5:00pm (shifts are flexible)
  • Pizza and drinks will be provided.
  • Location:  Arthritis Foundation 2280 Albion Street, Denver 80222.  (Near I-25 and Colorado Blvd)
  • PTO will receive a donation based on the number of packets that are stuffed on June 17th.

To volunteer, or if you have questions, please contact Marie Lynch at marielynch@att.net or 303.250.3133

New Spanish teacher – We are pleased to welcome Dr. Katie Kelaidis to our teaching staff as our Spanish teacher. In addition to Spanish, Dr. Kelaidis will be offering a French elective for middle school students.  Dr. Kelaidis has an extensive background in many languages including Greek and Latin.  She has taught in countries around the world including Cambodia and Berlin.  She has a passion for languages and is excited to join the RMAE team. Welcome Dr. Kelaidis!

Summer Assignments:  Middle school assignments for English, Social Studies, and Math are listed below.  All assignments are due the first day of school for students.

         Sixth Grade English

  • Read The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien)
  • Read To Build a Fire – Full text legally available here.
  • Read one additional fiction book of your choice
  • Write a journal reaction to each chapter of the books, noting specific events and characters. Do the same after To Build a Fire (only 16 pages).  Each journal entry should be at least one paragraph.  Be sure to date each entry.

         Sixth Grade Social Studies

  • Read one non-fiction book of your choice-Write a 2-page essay regarding your thoughts on the book, including why your chose it.
  • Choose one current event story (may include politics, excluding sports) and follow it over the summer. Read at least 5 articles from newspapers, websites, magazines, blogs, and other news sources regarding the story. Write a 1-2 page summary focusing on the story’s importance.  Keep track of your sources.

          Sixth Grade Math

  • Please go to the RMAE website and click on Ms. Laura Benninger’s website for summer math homework requirements.

          Seventh Grade English

  • Read FOUR books. One of your four books must be nonfiction (this includes biography/autobiography/personal narrative/memoir).

          Seventh Grade Math

  • Please go to the RMAE website and click on Mr. Dwight Koch’s webpage for the math packets for summer work.

          Eighth Grade English

  • Read FOUR books. Two of your four books must be nonfiction (this includes biography/autobiography/personal narrative/memoir).

          Eighth Grade Math

  • Please go to Mr. Dwight Koch’s webpage on our RMAE website for the math packets for summer work.

Evergreen Bluegrass Festival—Save the Date August 22! A tribute to Tom Hushen –For ticket purchase information visit the Festival website www.evergreenbluegrassfestival.com  Volunteers are needed.  Please visit the website and click the Volunteer tab.

Way to go Volunteers!  A huge “thank you” to the following families for  volunteering 60 or more hours and logging them on Track it Forward/Our Volts this year.   Your time and effort helps our kids as well as our school.

  • Tonje & Steve Williams
  • Mike & Susan Seutter
  • Ned & Liesl Parker
  • Christine & Jeff Emery
  • Laurie & John Morrill
  • Helga & Troy Schultz
  • Alan & Laurie Scheik
  • Jamie & Jason Brand
  • Cheryl & Dave Hadsell
  • Angie & John O’Keefe
  • Don & Amy Jacobs
  • Trista & Jeff Hertz
  • Jamie & Mary Beth Price
  • Dana & Daryl Price
  • Gerald & Christine Lindsay
  • Julie & Scott Hushen
  • Laurie & Brian Sheilds
  • Aaron & Tracy Hansen
  • Tami & Jeff Courtney
  • Jodi & Lee Dorkin
  • Julie & Mark Edmonds
  • Amy & Zak Raley
  • Kim & Kevin Egan
  • Jan & Scott Douglas
  • Kris & Greg Vallin
  • Mary Houlihan
  • Suzie Eagleston & Ed Mayer
  • Andrew & Brianna Boyle
  • Michael ValnHorne & Kris Ramer
  • Cheryl & James Meinders
  • Laurel & Rob Hyslop
  • Jen & Sean Fitzgerald
  • Kelly & Greg Anderson
  • Monika & Richard Muller
  • Carleen & Larry Chartier
  • Jan & Ricco Gallegos
  • Janice Coburn & Bruce Running Crane
  • Nancy Barish & Skuli Skuladottir

If you have not had a chance to log your hours this year please do so by clicking on this link:   http://www.ourvolts.com/site/rocky-mountain-academy-evergreen  There is even an app for your phone to make logging hours easy on the go.  It is not too late to log hours for the 2014-2015 school year.

Top Three Volunteers – Congratulations to Cheryl Hadsell, Dave Hadsell, and Laurie Morrill, for collecting the highest number of volunteer hours for the past 6 weeks.  Remember to log your hours on Track It Forward on the RMAE home page at www.rmae.org

Summer Schedule – The front office will be officially closed from June 15 through July 24.  We will be checking voice mails and emails throughout the summer.  We will continue to update the website, so please continue to check the website for important information.  I will resume my newsletters the first of August.  Best wishes to all families for a safe and fun summer. Enrollment questions via email or phone will be answered over the summer. Please direct inquiries to either Kate Collier kcollier@rmae.org or Roberta Harrell rharrell@rmae.org .           

Important Dates:

Thursday, July 9                  Board of Directors meeting, 6:30 p.m. Spanish Room

Wednesday, June 17          Triple By-Pass Fundraiser, 9:00-5:00 p.m.  PTO needs volunteers

Friday, June 21                    Ice Cream Social – Welcome Back – Meet teachers

Saturday, August 22           Bluegrass Festival

Monday, August 24             First day of school for all students

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Director’s Newsletter May 22

Dear Parents,

Evergreen Bluegrass Festival—A tribute to Tom Hushen – Special Tickets Prices for RMAE families only!  Purchase your 12-pack of tickets for the price of 10.  This offer good through May 22nd.   Tickets will be distributed on May 27th.  Prices increase after May 31st.   Look for flyers in your child’s Friday folder, pick one up at the main office or visit the RMAE Foundation page and purchase online.  For more ticket options, visit the Festival website. www.evergreenbluegrassfestival.com  Volunteers are needed.  Please visit the website and click the Volunteer tab.

Board Positions – The new community representative to the Board of Directors will be voted on at the next Board meeting on June 11.  Dave Graham’s letter of interest for this position is posted on the BOD page on the website.  The BOD also has an open parent representative position on the Board, and a letter of intent from Dan Hock is also posted on the website.  Additional candidates are welcome to apply for this open position.

Yearbooks on Sale — Extra yearbooks are on sale in the office for $14.00.  First come, first serve!

BEST Grant Narrow Miss (3 Votes to 5) – The Foundation, Board, and Director have been working diligently with an architectural firm to present a request for a BEST Grant from the Colorado Department of Education.  The grant request was to connect our three buildings together and give us an indoor gymnasium amongst a few other needs. We narrowly missed to many schools that have much more serious needs. Our team is committed to continue to pursue the BEST grant next year as well as additional grants to meet our needs of the school.

Foundation Board Members needed!  The RMAE Foundation is looking for several new members for two-year terms beginning in July 2015.  The Foundation is the fundraising arm of the school, dedicated to ensuring RMAE’s long term sustainability.  The Foundation is coming off of two strong years, with exciting opportunities on the horizon.  The Foundation board meets for two hours on the first Monday of every month.  Other duties for interested candidates include participation in fundraising efforts and planning sessions between meetings.  Please send a letter of interest to Angie O’Keefe: angie.okeefe@rmae.org  and plan to attend the next Foundation meeting on June 1.

Top Three Volunteers – Congratulations to Cheryl Hadsell, Dave Hadsell, and Ned and Liesl Parker, for collecting the highest number of volunteer hours for the past 6 weeks.  Remember to log your hours on Track It Forward (formerly Our Volts) on the RMAE home page at www.rmae.org

May Core Virtues – Integrity and Wisdom

“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” ― William Shakespeare, As You Like It   

 

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Director’s Newsletter May 14

Dear Parents,

Middle School Meeting – Please join us for a meeting for next year’s middle school parents this coming Monday, May 18, at 6:30 p.m. You will have an opportunity to meet some of the new teachers, hear about elective choices, and receive information about the middle school beginning-of-the-year trip to 100 Elk. This is a very exciting time for our school, and I look forward to sharing some of the highlights we have planned for the 2015-16 school year. Please join us in the school cafeteria.

The Results are In! – Thanks to the School Accountability Committee for their time and commitment to gathering information from parents, students, and staff for our annual community survey. The links to each survey are listed on the front page of the website.  Please take a moment to read the results.

Summer Kaleidoscope Classes – K-5 parents –Registration deadline has been extended to Friday, May 22, to enroll your student in one or more of our summer Kaleidoscope classes.  Art, cooking, math, and keyboarding classes are being offered June 1 – June 12.  Registration forms are available at the front office. 

It’s getting to look a lot like Summer!  And your students have probably already grown out of this year’s dress code wardrobe. If you are interested in donating your clean, tidy, dress code items to RMAE, we will have a clothing swap August 21st for all new and returning students. Donations can be dropped off in the front office until June 3rd. Thank you in advance for contributing to Reducing, Reusing and Recycling at RMAE!

Graduations Big and Small — We are looking forward to having our 8th grade graduation ceremony on our new turf field!  We have a beautiful new stage and bleachers which will be part of the ceremony.  Only eighth grade graduation ceremonies will occur on the field (weather permitting).  Kindergarten graduation will take place in the cafeteria on the morning of Wednesday, May 27.   Eight grade graduation will be on the same day, Wednesday, May 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the evening on the field.

HELP!  Golf Cart Needed — To help with families needing assistance walking up to the turf field for the graduation ceremony, we are asking to borrow a golf cart for the day on August 27.  If you have a golf cart or access to one that we may borrow, please contact Dyann at dbartlett@rmae.org

Evergreen Bluegrass Festival—A tribute to Tom Hushen – Special Tickets Prices For RMAE families only!  Purchase your 12-pack of tickets for the price of 10.  This offer good until May 22nd.   Tickets will be distributed on May 27th.  Prices increase after May 31st.   Look for flyers in your child’s Friday folder, pick one up at the main office or visit the RMAE Foundation page and purchase online.  For more ticket options, visit the Festival website. www.evergreenbluegrassfestival.com  Volunteers are needed.  Please visit the website and click the Volunteer tab.

A Message from your PTO:

                Did You Know:  Our logged hours are used to apply for Grants that make our school better!

  • Many grants look at the % of families that volunteer in our school
  • 43% of Families have registered with Track It Forward to log volunteer hours
  • 11% of Families have logged at least 60 hours or more
  • Many of you have volunteered countless hours and we have no record of it
  • Please take 5 minutes to create an account at com (formerly OurVolts.com)
  • http://www.trackitforward.com/site/rocky-mountain-academy-evergreen
  • Your time is valuable.  Thank you!

Foundation Board Members needed!  The RMAE Foundation is looking for several new members for two-year terms beginning in July 2015.  The Foundation is the fundraising arm of the school, dedicated to ensuring RMAE’s long term sustainability.  The Foundation is coming off of two strong years, with exciting opportunities on the horizon.  The Foundation board meets for two hours on the first Monday of every month.  Other duties for interested candidates include participation in fundraising efforts and planning sessions between meetings.  Please send a letter of interest to Angie O’Keefe: angie.okeefe@rmae.org  and plan to attend the next Foundation meeting on June 1.

Top Three Volunteers – Congratulations to Liesl and Ned Parker, Jamie Brand, and Christine and Jeff Emery for collecting the highest number of volunteer hours for the past 6 weeks.  Remember to log your hours on Track It Forward (formerly Our Volts) on the RMAE home page at www.rmae.org

May Core Virtues – Integrity and Wisdom 

I was so touched by the following paragraph that second grader, Liam Houlihan shared with me, I chose to use it as an example of May’s Core Virtues.  The assignment from Liam’s teacher, Mrs. Hines, was to write what patriotism means to you.  I hope you will agree that Liam’s writing shows a lot of integrity and wisdom for such a young person.

“What Does It Mean to Have Patriotism” by Liam Houlihan (RMAE second grade student)

It means liberty, freedom, justice, and respect.  It also means love of and support for one’s country.  Saying the pledge of allegiance, put your flag up when you know someone has died put the flag at half mast, and if you see a soldier say thank you to them for volunteering to serve in our army and for helping America be a good place.  That is what I think it means to have patriotism!

Important Dates:

May 14                   Board of Directors’ meeting, 6:30 p.m., Spanish room

May 21                   SAC Meeting, 5:00 p.m.

May 26                   Last day of school for 8th graders

May 27                   Kindergarten graduation,

May 27                   8th grade graduation, 6:30 p.m.

May 28                   Last day of school for students/early dismissal

 

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Director’s Newsletter May 7

Dear Parents,

It’s a big “thumbs up” for our new teachers!  I am pleased to announce the addition of two new middle school teachers for the 2015-2016 school year. Both candidates were unanimous decisions from our interview committee, which consisted of School Accountability president and parent, Kim Egan, staff members, Rosanne Jalbert, Mary Gordon, Rachel Smith, Laura Benninger, and Roberta Harrell.  Even the RMAE students who were taught by the candidates during the interview process gave the two selected teachers a big “thumbs up!” Elise Landau will be bringing her energy, experience, and enthusiasm for teaching middle school students to 7th and 8th grade English class.  Kevin Combest brings a strong energy and background in government and English as the new 6th grade English/Social Studies teacher.  Final interviews for the Spanish teacher position are being conducted at this time. RMAE is fortunate to have great teachers and finding excellent teachers to replace any teacher is my highest priority.  All research shows that the teacher makes the greatest impact on a child’s education therefore I take this part of my job very seriously.  I want to thank the interview committee for their time and dedication to conduct a thorough search to find  the very best candidates for all positions. We are saddened to see Ms. Smith, Mr. Reynolds, and Ms. Iverson move on at the end of the school year but wish them the very best in their next endeavors. Middle School Electives – We are excited about the new electives that will be added to the middle school program next year.  We are looking forward to keeping some of the favorites but also will be adding choices such as Debate Club, Girls Book Club, Yoga, Robotics, Geometry, and Latin to name a few. Elective choices will be presented at the beginning of the year, to give parents and students time to plan the best schedule for their student. Where’s the Code?  We have changed our practice for displaying the daily building code to enter the school buildings.  To ensure that all visitors sign in, we are no longer posting the code in the front office.  When visitors sign in we will let them know the code for the day.  The teachers will communicate the code to students each day by writing it on the board.  Thank you in advance for your support of this new procedure to ensure an even safer environment for all students and staff.  Summer Kaleidoscope Classes – K-5 parents – Please look for a flyer coming home in your student’s Friday folder for an opportunity to enroll your student in one of our summer classes.  Art, cooking, math, to name a few are being offered June 1 – June 12. Graduations on the Green — We are looking forward to having our graduation ceremonies on our new turf field!  We have a beautiful new stage and bleachers which will be part of the ceremony.  Both Kindergarten and eighth grade graduation ceremonies will occur on the field (weather permitting).  Kindergarten graduation will take place on the morning of Wednesday, August 27, and eight grade graduation will be on the same day, Wednesday, August 27,  at 6:30 p.m. in the evening. Golf Cart Needed — To help with families needing assistance walking up to the turf field for the graduation ceremonies, we are asking to borrow a golf cart for the day on August 27.  If you have a golf cart or access to one that we may borrow, please contact Dyann at dbartlett@rmae.org Evergreen Bluegrass Festival—A tribute to Tom Hushen – Special Tickets Prices For RMAE families only!  Purchase your 12-pack of tickets for the price of 10.  This offer good until May 22nd.   Tickets will be distributed on May 27th.  Prices increase after May 31st.   Look for flyers in your child’s Friday folder, pick one up at the main office or visit the RMAE Foundation page and purchase online.  For more ticket options, visit the Festival website. www.evergreenbluegrassfestival.com  Volunteers are needed.  Please visit the website and click the Volunteer tab. Books and Treats — RMAE’s annual Hearthfire Books and Treats fundraiser is THIS Friday, May 8, from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m.   Stop by for some tasty yogurt, grab some great summer reads, and socialize with Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen friends! The Middle School choir will be performing at 3:45 p.m.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit RMAE.  Hearthfire Books and Treats is located in the in Bergen Village Shopping Center. Kiwanis Fifth Grade Student of the Year – Congratulations to fifth grade student, Anna Jermano, for being selected as the RMAE Kiwanis Student of the Year.  Anna was recognized along with other fifth graders from area schools, at a celebration dinner this week.  Fifth grade teacher, Don Williams, spoke about Anna and her accomplishments at the dinner and a plague was presented to Anna.  Great job, Anna! Outstanding Writer!  RMAE second grader Rowan Alig placed third out of 106 Jeffco second graders entered in the second annual ENC (Education Nonprofit Corporation) Writers’ Challenge. One thousand and sixty-one Kindergarten thru twelfth grade students from twenty one different Jeffco schools entered this year’s writers challenge. Second graders were asked to write a “mash-up” fictional story that combines two or more characters from different books. Rowan combined characters from Harry Potter and Geronimo Stilton for his story. Children’s and young adult author Denise Vega was the guest speaker at the awards ceremony that took place May 5th at the Colorado Mountaineering Center in Golden.  Way to go Rowan! Foundation Board Members needed!  The RMAE Foundation is looking for several new members for two-year terms beginning in July 2015.  The Foundation is the fundraising arm of the school, dedicated to ensuring RMAE’s long term sustainability.  The Foundation is coming off of two strong years, with exciting opportunities on the horizon.  The Foundation board meets for two hours on the first Monday of every month.  Other duties for interested candidates include participation in fundraising efforts and planning sessions between meetings.  Please send a letter of interest to Angie O’Keefe: angie.okeefe@rmae.org  and plan to attend the next Foundation meeting on June 1. Latin Instruction –We are investigating the possibility of adding Latin to our elementary curriculum.  This would be a short basic lesson beginning in first grade and increasing through 5th grade. Studying Latin provides a basis for language, syntax, and logic.  Our middle school Core Knowledge curriculum teaches Greek and Latin roots beginning in 6th grade making the addition of Latin instruction at the elementary level a source of background knowledge for our students.  A decision to add Latin instruction to our curriculum will be determined through our SAC committee.  Top Three Volunteers – Congratulations to Liesl and Ned Parker, Jamie Brand, and Christine and Jeff Emery for collecting the highest number of volunteer hours for the past 6 weeks.  Remember to log your hours on Track It Forward (formerly Our Volts) on the RMAE home page at www.rmae.org May Core Virtues – Integrity and Wisdom Wisdom begins in Wonder — Socrates           Important Dates: May 7-8                 Partial contact days for elementary (please see schedule) May 14                   Board of Directors’ meeting, 6:30 p.m., Spanish room May 26                   Last day of school for 8th graders May 27                   Kindergarten graduation, May 27                   8th grade graduation, 6:30 p.m. May 28                   Last day of school for students/early dismissal

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Director’s Newsletter April 30

Dear Parents,

URGENT! Current Middle School Parents – This Friday, May 1, is the deadline to submit any outstanding paperwork or money for any of the three upcoming school trips (Moab, Sea Camp, Keystone Science Center).  Unfortunately, students with any materials/checks not submitted by end of day on Friday, May 1 will forfeit their spot on the trip.

“Summer Skills Sharpeners” – FORMS NEED TO BE TURNED IN ON FRIDAY, MAY 1.  These books are a good resource if you are looking for summer practice for your children.

Community Service Day—TOMORROW!  Please see the following requests for items needed to make our Community Service Day even more successful:

  • Kindergarten Community Service Day — Mrs. Dorr’s kindergarten is partnering with Foothills Animal Shelter for Community Service Day to positively change and support the lives of homeless pets. We are collecting supplies for Foothills Animal Shelter to help thousands of homeless pets and animals they care for throughout the year. Click collars (no buckles), puppy chew and cat toys, training pads, dog and cat treats. bird seed…..the list goes on! Check out their FULL wish list at FoothillsAnimalShelter.org, under DONATE tab. We are also accepting monetary donations and gift cards to present to Foothills upon our visit on Community Service Day, May 1. Please bring donations to Mrs. Dorr’s room. Thank you for helping us to make a positive change for our community!

 

  • Second Grade Community Service Day — Part of the second grade Community Service Day Project 2015 will be dedicated to The Wounded Warrior Project.  Beginning next Monday April 27, we will be collecting supplies to donate to the VFW’s Women’s Auxiliary for our mountain area. The Women’s Auxiliary packages these products and gives them to wounded warriors in the mountain area, Denver as well as men and women serving overseas. If you would like to add to the donation please place them in the boxes outside the second grade classrooms of Mrs. Hushen and Mrs. Hines. If you have any questions please contact Gretchen Hock at gretchen@evergreenvision.com

 

The following items are on their needs list:

AA/AAA batteries foot powder chap stick dental floss toothbrushes razors wet wipes (not the ones in circular bottles) hygiene stuff fun posters/calendars for dressing up the place movies/music CD’s small earphones beef jerky protein powder peanuts in a can w/lids individual packets coffee/cappuccino/drink mixes books/magazines feminine products

Elementary Partial Contact days – Please mark your calendars for the upcoming partial contact days for elementary students.  These partial contact days permit teachers to complete the mandatory testing that is required prior to the end of the year.  Below is the schedule for specific classrooms:

Thursday, May 7 – The following classes do NOT come to school on this day:  Grose, Riedlin, Hines,  Mazurek, Bartelt, and Williams

Friday, May 8 – The following classes do NOT come to school on this day:  Dorr, Schotters, Hushen,  Narans, Gordon, and Hoban.

Books and Treats — RMAE’s annual Hearthfire Books and Treats fundraiser is NEXT Friday, May 8, from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Stop by for some tasty yogurt, grab some great summer reads, and socialize with Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen friends! The Middle School choir will be performing at 3:45 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will benefit RMAE. Hearthfire Books and Treats is located in the in Bergen Village Shopping Center.

Board Members needed!  The RMAE Foundation is looking for several new members for two-year terms beginning in July 2015.  The Foundation is the fundraising arm of the school, dedicated to ensuring RMAE’s long term sustainability.  The Foundation is coming off of two strong years, with exciting opportunities on the horizon.  The Foundation board meets for two hours on the first Monday of every month.  Other duties for interested candidates include participation in fundraising efforts and planning sessions between meetings.  Please send a letter of interest to Angie O’Keefe (angie.okeefe@rmae.org), and plan to join the Foundation Committee in the Spanish Room at 6:30pm on Monday, May 4 to learn more.

Kiwanis Teacher of the Year – Second grade teacher Karen Hines was honored at a luncheon last week sponsored by the Kiwanis to celebrate extraordinary teachers!  Mrs. Hines has been an outstanding teacher at RMAE since the school began.  Mrs. Hines is a teacher who sets high expectations for her students and helps them to achieve their individual goals while having fun.  Congratulations Mrs. Hines!

Beautiful Music – RMAE students represented our school with outstanding performances at the Jeffco Solo & Ensemble Festival last week.  RMAE students all received superior or excellent scores.

The Middle School Choir earned an Excellent Award.  They chose a very difficult piece to perform (“Imbakwa”, a 4-part harmony sung in Swahili), and the judge was very complimentary of their performance.

The Junior Choir earned a Superior Award by successfully singing 2 part harmony (not common for a young choir). We appreciate all of our musical students for representing RMAE in such a positive manner.  Such exemplary ambassadors for our school!

Congratulations to the following orchestra and band performers:

Trevor Chartier,piano

Katie Delson, violin & cello

Tia Egan, cello

Will Emery, viola

Nora Fadli, violin

Ben Gonzales, cello

Seryn Grant, violin

Annabelle Herrick, viola

Caedon Kelly, cello

Elan Lamas, violin

Sophia Lamas, violin

Madison Lippert, viola

Alex Purrington, bass

Clay & Evan Robertson, cello

Benjamin Simpson, cello

Cassidy Vallin, flute

Arija Williams, flute & violin

American Heart Association Fundraiser a Success!  — Thanks to your generous support, RMAE raised $6097.00 for the American Heart Association.  All K-6 grade students worked very hard to raise this impressive amount, especially third grader, Katherine Mahler who was the top fundraiser.  RMAE also received a $300 Gift Certificate to redeem at U.S. Games.  Thanks to the hard work of PE teacher, Christine Schoen, for organizing this fundraiser to give back to our community.

Top Runner – RMAE 5th grade student, Lanie Szuch, placed 10th out of 2800 runners in the Cherry Creek Sneak last week.  At the ripe age of 11, Lanie is already making a name for herself in running circles.  Way to go, Lanie!   Click here to read about Lanie in the news: http://www.denverpost.com/running/ci_27970513/evergreens-lanie-szuch-is-running-prodigy-at-age

Enrollment—I am extremely pleased with the stability of our school and the positive direction RMAE is headed.  Our enrollment numbers for the 2015-2016 school year are exceeding expectations, with a waiting list for many grade levels.  A reminder to all parents to register your returning student(s) by May 8.  It is mandatory that all families (new and returning) register ALL students.  You may update your information at https://jeffcoconnect.jeffco.k12.co.us  Students not registered by May 8, will forfeit their spot on next year’s roster.

Latin Instruction –We are investigating the possibility of adding Latin to our elementary curriculum.  This would be a short basic lesson beginning in first grade and increasing through 5th grade. Studying Latin provides a basis for language, syntax, and logic.  Our middle school Core Knowledge curriculum teaches Greek and Latin roots beginning in 6th grade making the addition of Latin instruction at the elementary level a source of background knowledge for our students.  A decision to add Latin instruction to our curriculum will be determined through our SAC committee. 

Evergreen Bluegrass Festival – The first of this future annual event will take place on Saturday, August 22, 2015, from noon to 8:00 p.m. at the Rodeo Grounds.  After more than a year of planning the EBF Committee, working with the RMAE Foundation, is ready to bring Tom Hushen’s dream to life.  The Railsplitters, Oakhurst and Ragged Union are just a few of the bands lined up to play.  Visit www.evergreenbluegrassfestival.com for further information on the musical talent, vendors, tickets and sponsorships. Further questions can be directed to info@EvergreenBluegrassFestival.com.

Top Three Volunteers – Congratulations to Liesl and Ned Parker, Alan and Laurie Scheik, and Christine and Jeff Emery for collecting the highest number of volunteer hours for the past 6 weeks.  Remember to log your hours on Track It Forward (formerly Our Volts) on the RMAE home page at www.rmae.org

April Core Virtues – Kindness and Self-Discipline

We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort. – Jesse Owens      

Important Dates:

May 1                     Community Service Day

May 4                     Foundation Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Spanish room

May 7-8                 Partial contact days for elementary (please see schedule)

May 14                   Board of Directors’ meeting, 6:30 p.m., Spanish room

May 26                   Last day of school for 8th graders

May 27                   Kindergarten graduation

May 27                   8th grade graduation

May 28                   Last day of school for students/early dismissal

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