News from the Principal
Excerpts from Dr. Stueven’s congratulatory speech to the Kiwanis Student of the Year recipients:
Dominic Herrick – 8th Grade – There are so many wrong turns and choices that can be made by our youth. But with an ever-present and involved family and a school that supports these same values and teaches Core Virtues, Dominic Herrick has made significant growth as a student. Accordingly, what have we have observed and experienced is a young boy who has become an exemplary young man.
Dominic Herrick has a heart of gold… and a story to tell. Actually, I’m sure there is no end to the stories Dominic has to tell. Teachers typically hear at least one a day! One regret for those of us working in schools who hear these stories from our students, it is too often that we do not get to hear (or see) the “Rest of the Story” as Paul Harvey used to say on the radio. What I have seen and heard is that Dominic wants to stand-up for the “little guy” or the unwelcomed because that it something that he has experienced in his own past.
We are thankful that Dominic landed at RMAE and has shared this part of his journey with us.
Wyatt Grummans – 4th grade – Wyatt, AKA Batman, is a fabulous 4thgrade student, and an even better 4th grade citizen.
If Wyatt is your friend, you are the luckiest person ever. Wyatt has everyone’s back, and he is extremely kind. He models for others our Core Virtues; especially Charity, Gratitude, Kindness, and Respect for others.
This past fall, Wyatt found some money (change), and immediately took it to the office suggesting the school could use this money. He did not keep it for himself and over time it remained unclaimed. So, he suggested starting a “Change” Drive for RMAE. This drive/bottle has collected well over $200 for RMAE.
Congratulations Wyatt for representing today the best of RMAE.
2017/18 Early Registration – One Week to go! – It is mandatory that parents/guardians register their child(ren) during this Early Registration Period for the upcoming school year. In the event of wait-lists, all students (new and returning) who have not returned the Parent Contract by the last day of the Early Registration period, could forfeit their spot on the next year’s roster. Classes and staffing will be determined by enrollment.
Click on this Registration Link to access the required forms and information for next year. Please complete the first four items and return them to the office by Friday, May 12th. It is preferred that you return them in your child’s Friday folder or drop them off personally. Thank you so much for your cooperation.
Teacher Appreciation — Thank you very much to the kindergarten parents for providing the staff with a delicious breakfast and lunch today! You are awesome! On another note, if we have not properly thanked the parents of other grades for providing the many goodies, breakfasts, lunches, etc. throughout the year, please accept our tardy thank you! We absolutely have the best parents at this school!
K-5 Field Day – May 12th Please help make this a successful day by volunteering at one of the stations. If you are able to stay all day, please sign up for BOTH a morning and afternoon session. If you are only able to help during one session I’m thankful for that too!
AM session – 9:00-11:00 (10 minute rotations)
PM session – 1:00-2:45 (10 minute rotations)
Students can wear free dress that day but are asked to wear a shirt in their grade level color. Don’t forget sunscreen and water bottles.
|K – Yellow
1 – Red
2 – Blue
|3 – Green
4 – Purple
5 – Orange
Middle School Field Day – The Amazing Race – Monday, May 15th This relay-style field day will begin at 9 am and take about 2 hours. Students will be divided into 6 teams, with a mix of students from grades 6-8. There will be activities (about 40) that range from wheelbarrow races to solving math problems! The first team to complete the race, wins! Please SIGN UP HERE to volunteer.
Elementary Science Innovation Day Tomorrow – Friday, May 5th – Science Innovation Day will be held here at the school and parents are invited to drop by to view the projects they have been working on. Students really enjoy this special day as they present their science experiments or projects to their classmates, students from other grades, and parents.
A Thank You Note From Dave Montesi –
Dear RMAE faculty, parents and students:
I wanted to reach out and say thank you to all of the faculty, parents and students at RMAE. I was aware that community day was last week and I am sorry I was unable to attend. I was not however aware that all of you pooled together your generosity to help generate money to donate toward the fundraising efforts on behalf of my health.
Thank you so much to all of you for thinking of me and taking the time to help. Words can’t express my gratitude but that’s the best I can do right now.
Elective of the Week – We are running in Elk Meadow! How cool is that? The middle school students take to the local trails weekly for this invigorating elective class.
We practice trail etiquette, talk about proper running form, and enjoy getting our heart rates up as we run between two and three miles. Join us in the middle school for this and many other challenging electives!
Yearbooks: If you haven’t ordered year books yet, there is still time and two personalized pages can still be added for your student(s). Go to the Tree Ring website and enter our school’s passcode: 1014438249824153
Yearbook Price: $18.50 (plus shipping)
When you order your Yearbook, it includes two free pages to personalize with your own photos from home, vacation, or holiday. You can add personal photos from Facebook, Instagram & Flickr. The personal pages are easy to customize and can be done in a few minutes. We expect all books ordered before May 13th to be delivered to RMAE by May 20th.
If you have any questions please contact Helen McLeman (email@example.com) or Amy Law (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Last Day of School Picnic – Weather permitting, you all are invited to bring a picnic lunch and stay for an hour or two after early release on the last day of school (May 25). Some time to set the kids free on the playground, talk about summer plans and relax. Hope to see you all there for a low key celebration to start the summer!
News from the Board
Go to the Board of Director’s page to read the most recent Board Correspondence.
News from the Foundation
The RMAE Foundation wants to extend a HUGE thank you to the 61 families who contributed to our 2016-2017 Annual Giving Campaign. We are elated to announce that we exceeded our goal of $45,000! We especially want to thank the anonymous donor who gave a generous gift that pushed us over our goal.
As you know, due to our lower enrollment, budget shortfalls necessitated taking funds from reserves. Because of your gifts, the funds raised through our Annual Giving Campaign will go to replenish the school’s reserves, to enhance K-8 programming beyond what the general fund budget can afford, and to support our marketing efforts with the objective of increasing our enrollment.
If you would still like to give, we will continue to accept donations online at rmae.org/donate where we are accepting one-time or recurring monthly donations or download and print the Annual Giving Pledge Form and mail or drop-off your contribution to the front office.
News from the PTO
- Annual Meeting
Tuesday, May 9 (8:30 a.m.) The May PTO meeting will be our Annual Meeting. This is an important meeting as we will adopt our updated ByLaws and elect our officers for the upcoming school year. PTO provides invaluable support for our teachers and students in many ways, including organizing volunteers and its support of special projects and fundraisers for our school. Please consider getting involved in our dynamic and crucial group.
- Monthly Meet Up: Murphy’s Mountain Grill
Friday, May 19 (1:00-2:00 p.m.) — Reconnect with other parents as well as meet some new people. It is also a perfect opportunity for new families to get connected with others in the school. Come grab a late lunch or snack. Come for 5 minutes or 55 minutes — we’ll be there to welcome you. If you have any questions, email Valerie Brown at email@example.com.
Call For Committee and Board Members
PTO has had positive momentum and success in the 2016-17 year and we have several board positions that will remain intact to continue on the current trajectory. We are seeking 4-5 new members of our board to contribute fresh ideas and energy to what has already been started. No special training necessary to join us, with the exception of the treasurer.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please send an email to our vice president, Bre Boyle at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can get more information about our organization from our website.
- Grocery Cards — By simply spending $500 each month in groceries/gas over the course of the year each family will earn $300 for RMAE and help FULFILL their 60 hour volunteer requirement. RMAE gets 5% when you load them. Contact Carrie Wassemiller to get a card: email@example.com
Thanks for all you do for your school — Please continue to visit http://school-92487.volunteerbuilder.com/ to log your hours. If you prefer to use a paper log, please download and fill out the form, and return it to the office. Or there will be a clip board in the office to log hours at school. Please contact Mary Houlihan (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions or concerns.
- Lunch and Recess – Help monitor the kiddos at both lunch and recess.
Sign up: http://signup.com/go/1Xzv2K
- Morning Drop Off – Assist students getting out of their cars and onto the sidewalks.
Sign up: http://signup.com/go/kctD8b
- Middle School Pizza Fundraiser – This is a critical fundraiser for the middle school, and we are looking for 6th grade families to volunteer for pizza chair and co chair positions for next year.
Contact Tiffani Packer at email@example.com.
Please contact Mary Houlihan (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
For information on additional PTO events and fundraisers, go to our PTO web page.