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School Supply Kits for Sale until April 3rd! Going Fast!

It’s Time to Order School Supply Kits!

The Deadline for ordering the Supply Kits is April 3rd!

When the window closes the opportunity is over for the year.

  • Go to Account Number 24303
  • You will save money. Your kit includes the school supply cabinet money for the entire year, so you will not have to purchase items like paper towels, Kleenex, Bleach wipes, Antiseptic gel and Ziploc bags (which will be on the supply lists for those not participating in the kit program).
  • You will save time and arguments with your kids! No long lines, no extras or gimmies, no wrong supplies, and no searching for those few missing items.
  • You are supporting RMAE financially, as this is a fundraiser for the school.
  • Your supply kit is delivered to your child’s classroom ready to go for the first day of school.

IMPORTANT:  The very last day to order is Wednesday, April 3rd. Please note: Part of our order time period is during Spring Break. Last year a few families missed the cutoff date last year and called in a panic, but there is nothing we can do to remedy the problem if you miss the window. Please plan ahead this year and order in the beginning of the order cycle to avoid these potential problems, especially if you have travel plans for spring break.


Posted in: Grizzly Growl, Middle School News Bulletin

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Snapmomma Spring Portraits!

It’s time for optional Spring Portraits done by Snapmomma, the same people who did our school photos this fall and last year.  Please open the flyer to print an order form.  (You may need to click this link a second time if it does not open on the first try.)  This will take place next week, so don’t hesitate!

2014 spring photos

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Marble Party Earned and more!!

Miss Vick’s class has earned a Marble Party on Friday, April 25th.  We will watch a movie (Does anyone want to send one in?) and eat ice cream sundaes from 9:30 to 11:15.  If you would like to send in toppings that would be great.  We do have a parent who has volunteered to send in a gallon on ice cream.  I will bring in bowls and spoons. Students will then go to math.  That afternoon is our gender separation day for the reproduction unit.  Monday will be a test covering this unit.

May 1st and 2nd are our partial contact days  for assessment purposes. Our class will not come in our Thursday, but on Friday will come to school ready to complete their MAPS assessments.

Our class has been working on creating bird houses for the fundraiser Ms. Smith has organized.  It has been so wonderful to watch the creativity as they have designed and painted their houses.  If you would like to help by purchasing these bird houses please follow the directions below.  Then if you will send me an email letting me know that you purchased the bird house I will send it home with your child.

  • All donations will go directly to the Kilimanjaro Orphanage  (Our group is attempting to raise enough for a $10,000 cash donation and so far we’re about 1/2 way there, so anything parents donate will go toward the education of the orphans as well as breaking ground on a NEW FACILITY!!  YEAH!)
  • Checks should be made payable to “Peak to Peak Charter School”– in the memo line ”Summit For Poverty Tanzania”– all donations are tax deductible.
  • Suggested donation is again, $10, but of course if parents want to donate more– we’d love it! :)

In class students are working on creating graphic novels for their mysteries.  This is going to extend into the second week of May due to computer issues with CMAS.  Students can work from home by going to and signing on to their account.  Any support you can give in this area would be appreciated since we are limited by technology and schedule.  I believe they are enjoying using this interactive site for their creation.

I know their is so much going on at this time of the year, so I appreciate all your support in making the end of the year a great one.

Posted in: 5th grade Vick

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Middle School News Bulletin

Spirit Week
Monday- PJ day
Tuesday- Crazy Hair/Free dress(only if you do crazy hair)
Wednesday- Gaper Day…tacky tourist
Thursday- Character Day
Friday- Superhero Day
Spring Fling 
This Friday, April 25th!!
at Mt. Vernon Country Club
6:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.
Dress semi formal- NO JEANS!!
Renovation of Middle School Commons
Hello RMAE Middle School Parents,

You may have heard that we’ve taken on the daunting task of rehabbing the middle school commons area.  The idea is to update, clean, fix and make the area a comfortable, functional, pleasant space for our 6th, 7th, and 8th graders to be in.  With the help of the students we have so far cleaned, painted the walls, began replacing and painting furniture and adding accents like valences.  There is a tremendous amount of work still to do.  We still need couches, tables, more chairs, bookshelves and wall shelves, new flooring, a new sink, rugs, etc..  We could use help with all of these projects, but mostly we need funding.
Next week during spirit week the middle students will be doing “Coins for the Commons” during pick-up at the circle.  Please help to fill their paint buckets with whatever you can, so that we can create a wonderful environment at the school for our kids to study and learn in.  No amount is too small.
Many of these students will be leaving the school this year for high school, but they wanted to leave a legacy of something great for all the elementary kids who will eventually grace the Middle School.
I’d like to thank Kelly Ann Breuer, Deb Kelly, Kelly Anderson, Dina Walton and especially Julie Ann Courim who has put in long hard hours working and funding the project thus far.  We have also received donations from Sherman Williams and Bergen Park Paints, Home depot, Echo, Habitat for Humanity, and would appreciate any other business that is willing to donate additional items.
7th and 8th Trips
7th grade – SeaCamp – Please get the forms into Dyann Bartlett asap, no later than May 1st. Be sure to send in a copy of your child’s health insurance card (front and back).   Meds should also be turned in at that time.  Final payments should be made on May 1st as well.  If you need to find out how much family credit you have please call or e-mail or to find out.  Then you will need to e-mail us asking us to apply those credits.
8th Grade-Moab - Please get the forms into Dyann Bartlett asap, no later than May 1st. Be sure to send in a copy of your child’s health insurance card (front and back).   Meds should also be turned in at that time.  Final payments should be made on May 1st as well.  If you need to find out how much family credit you have please call or e-mail or to find out.  Then you will need to e-mail us asking us to apply those credits.

Posted in: Middle School News Bulletin

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Staff Changes 14-15

A couple of changes are in store at RMAE next year.  Mona Vick, 5th grade teacher, will not return as she seeks a new path from education.  Lindsay Lesch, Special Education teacher, will not return as she seeks to establish work in her home town of Dillon.  Both teachers are are giving up long commutes.  Here are their words:

Mona Vick

As the end of the year draws close, I wanted to express my profound appreciation for the experiences I have had working here at RMAE.  I have so enjoyed the two fifth grade classes I have had the pleasure to work with. Working with parents in my class and other committees has been a great learning experience.  Saturday, April 12th, at the Odyssey of the Mind state competition, I was reminded of how exciting it has been to be a teacher and be involved with these young lives.  Thank you for entrusting these minds and hearts to me.

After teaching for almost twenty years, I have decided that I am leaving the education arena.  It has been an amazing run impacting students by motivating and challenging them.  I recently spoke to one of my students who I taught in my early years; he is now a professional with a family.  I was able to look back and remember lives that I have influenced in positive ways.  However, I feel it is time to move into a new area with new adventures.

Thank you for being part of this phase in my career.

Lindsay Lesch

I want to be the first to tell you all that after much consideration I have made the difficult decision not to return to RMAE next school year. I want you to know that I have valued each and every day that I have had the privilege to work here. This is a truly unique school because of the dedicated, passionate, caring, and talented staff that chooses to make it a great place for their students and colleagues every day. Thank you parents for your daily support of your children’s academic and social development as well as supporting the school as a whole.  Finally, thank you to each and every student that I had the pleasure of working with. Your hard work and perseverance to overcome the more difficult tasks of learning have truly inspired me. I will miss you all next year but wish you all the best!

Posted in: Grizzly Growl

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Chemistry, Geology, Hearts and lungs

Hi Wonderful Parents,

Wow, your kiddo’s are amazing, they have all totally embraced chemistry! Ask them to tell you everything they know about elements.
This week we will have our field trip on Monday
Tuesday CMAS (History t-cap)
Wednesday: We begin Geology,
Thursday CMAS
Friday CMAS

I wanted to share the information about our field trip to the History Museum with all of you, since a lot of you are joining us, yay!

Dear ,

This e-mail is in reference to your field trip to the History Colorado Center on Monday, April 21.

Your facilitated program will run from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Self-guided time in the museum is only allowed after 1:30 pm.

Your bus will pick you up at 12:00 pm

You will be eating lunch at the History Colorado Center from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Please have lunches in communal bins or laundry baskets, and not in individual back packs. Student back packs are NOT allowed in the exhibits.

Please confirm via a reply to this e-mail if the following information is correct:

The entire group will need to be broken up in to a total of 3 groups of 16-17 students before you arrive at the museum.
We will have 3 facilitators to lead your group.
*The number of groups your students will be in may change when you arrive at the History Colorado Center.*
Number of chaperones: Unknown at this time
All other adults are $8.00 per person. We do not limit the amount of adults that come with your group.

The students can be dropped off on the northeast corner of 12th and Broadway, in our bus loading zone. Please make sure that the bus driver parks in the loading zone to unload your students. We would rather delay your program a few minutes for the bus to turn around than to have your students cross a busy street.

Buses can park for free along Broadway at Civic Center between Colfax and 14th Avenue.

You will be entering through the School Group entrance, located on the 12th Avenue side of the building. A History Colorado representative will be greeting you there.

If you are running late or need to cancel your trip due to inclement weather the day of your trip please call 303-866-2394.

We will leave RMAE promptly at 9:00a.m.

I have to thank-you all so much, you are all amazingly supportive of our fourth grade class!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Mary Gordon

Education Coordinator

History Colorado | education

303-866-4686 (w)|

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Smit Kindergarten Week of April 14-17, 2014

Hello to you all on such a beautiful day! I hope you were able to enjoy it. :)

Here are a few details you need to know!

Next week is Spirit Week! Show your RMAE spirit! Here is the schedule. If you choose NOT to dress up for that day’s dress, please dress in regular dress code.

Monday-Pajama Day, Tuesday- Crazy Hair Day, Wednesday- Tacky Tourist Day, Thursday- Character- Day, Friday- Superhero Day

Young Writers’ Conference at Evergreen Country Day School, this Thursday, April 24. Tickets will be going home in HW folders on Monday! Please look for these as you need them to enter the event. Books will come home no later than Thursday afternoon. My hope is sooner, so your young author can practice reading their book.

Partial Contact Days: Thursday, May 1 and Friday, May 2. Our class’ day off is Friday- so no school Friday, May 2!

Community Service Day will be on Friday, May 9. Please remember to bring your donations in by May 8th! And remember your pennies for homeless pets at EAPL! Thank you for your willingness and support to help us make positive change!

Kindergarten Graduation is scheduled for Tuesday, May 27th in the cafetorium at 10AM. Family and friends are welcome to join and celebrate our accomplishments!

I would like to leave you with a quote I found early on, in my teaching career, that resounds so true.

“I’ve come to a frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It’s my personal approach that creates the climate. It’s my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture  or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or dehumanized.” – Haim Ginott

Every day I have those choices to make. I want you to know I truly care about each and every one of your children and treat them as my own- if I had children. I strive to be that teacher who is remembered for years after. Always trying to make positive experiences out of every conflict, joy out of sadness or disappointment, smiles out of tears. I teach because I want to make a difference. Thank you for entrusting me to share life with your kiddos. :)

Ms. Smit

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Important Updates!

No School Friday April 18th!!! 

Tomorrow Spirit Day!

The Bard is Back Middle School Musical! This Friday!

Don’t miss out on out the fun! Get your tickets now!

Contrary to rampant rumor — We are NOT sold out. Visit

The best option is to click “choose your own seats” after the initial selection screen.
Shows are Friday and Saturday at 6:30 with a Saturday matinee at 2:00.
We hope to see you all there!
Don’t forget Spirit Week all week next week!

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Growl for April 14th

Growl for April 14thTopics

  • RMAE Music Award Winners
  • Book Drive supporting Community Service Day
  • Art Show winners
  • Lost and Found
  • Young writers club 

(Look in previous Growls for information on topics like Yearbooks Order Form and RockyMountainFlyerClothing Drive.)

RMAE Band and Orchestra award winners

This last Saturday RMAE band & orchestra students participated in the Jefferson County Solo & Ensemble Festival. All were awarded medals, and of the 24 events 20 won Superiors and 4 won Excellents. The Advanced Orchestra received a superior rating for their performance of Palladio by Karl Jenkins.


Gabriel Bengtson, trombone 7th grade

Katie Delson, violin 6th grade

Kelly Fairfield, violin 5th grade

Cooper Frey, alto sax 5th grade

Ben Gonzales, cello 6th grade

Seryn Grant, violin 5th grade

Caedon Kelly, cello and alto sax 4th grade

Shannon Kittelsen, violin 8th grade

Sophia Lamas, violin 6th grade

Isabella Miles, clarinet 4th grade

Sydney Parker, flute 5th grade

Alex Purrington, bass 6th grade

Clay & Evan Robertson, cellos 7th grade

Benjamin Simpson, cello 4th grade

Cassidy Vallin, flute 6th grade

Arija Williams, flute and violin 6th grade

I am so proud of these talented students who worked so hard and presented themselves so wonderfully in front of the judges! As representatives of RMAE they really shone brilliantly!
Claudia Bloom, Music Director

Book Drive supporting Community Service Day

Mrs. Grose’s Kindergarten class is collaborating with 1st Grade to sponsor a school wide book drive supporting Community Service Day. Collection boxes will be located outside the main office and Mrs. Grose’s classroom. Books will be collected through CSD on May 9th. Books will be donated to the Eugene Field Elementary School. They have no library and 85% of the children are on subsidized meals plans. This is a great way to clear out those gently used books and make a huge difference in another child’s life. Thanks for your support.

RMAE Art Show winners

I entered 5 pieces of student art in the Jeffco Middle School Art Show which is on display at the Lakewood Cultural Center in the Belmar area. Megan Shaver won first place in the painting category and John Petri won third place in the mixed media category! Hannah Hamid, Mayzie Branson and Evan Robertson also have work hanging in the show. This show includes art submitted by all the middle school art teachers in Jeffco!

In addition, I entered one of my pieces of art, a collage, in the Jefferson County Teachers Exhibit at the same place but in the building directly across the walkway. It was a juried show, and as I haven’t heard that I should pick it up, I think it is hanging in the show.

It is a huge accomplishment just to have a piece of art chosen for this show as each teacher has a limited number of entries. Please join me in congratulating all five of these students.

Brinda Lane-Pumphrey

RMAE Middle School Visual ArtsTeacher


The massive box of lost and found boots will be donated at the end of April to the 4th grade Soles for Souls project. Please stop by to claim your child’s before then. Many of them are from the 4th and 5th grade hall.

Lost and Found is beginning to overflow again and items that have been there for a while will be removed next week. They will be donated to the Fundraising Clothing Drive the week of April 21-25th.

The Young Writers’ Conference

The 19th Annual Mountain Area Young Writers’ Conference  

Thursday, April 24, 2014

6-8:30 pm

Evergreen Country Day School

Let’s Celebrate Writing!

  • Grades K-5 and Their Families
  • Sharing of Children’s “Published” Books (Each child must bring his/her own book, published in school or at home.)
  • Featured Author, Mark Hoog
  • Parent Presentations & Educational Fair
  • Registration Opens on March 20
  • Register online at
  • Registration Closes on April 14
  • Questions? Contact your school’s coordinator:









Posted in: Grizzly Growl, Middle School News Bulletin

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Young Author’s Conference

Dear Parents,

Registration for the conference ends today.  If you have not registered you child and still wish to please visit  Our class is working on mysteries that they will have available to take with them for this event.  I am quite excited since one of my favorite author’s Mark Hoog will be speaking at this conference.

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