Director’s Newsletter May 20

Dear Parents,

Science Fun – Once again, middle school students successfully dropped eggs in secure containers from great heights, created Mentos geysers that shot up in the air, sailed self-propelled boats, and stomped self-made rockets to amaze the elementary students.at the annual middle school Science Innovation Day. Thanks to Mr. Bryant and Mrs. Goodheart for heading up this fun and educational day!

Kaleidoscope Classes – There is still time to join Mr. Dunbar’s Woodworking class or his Robotics class starting on June 6. If you signed up for a Kaleidoscope class that is not taking place; you may transfer your registration to one of these classes or request a refund. Please contact Cherie Mazurek at cmazurek@rmae.org

Donations Needed – Mr. Dunbar is requesting donations for his Woodworking Kaleidoscope Class. He is asking for donations of all kinds including extra 2x4s from decking projects, any old tools including power tools/machines etc.  Anything would be helpful in getting a head start on RMAE’s Shop Program!

Lost and Found – All items left after Wednesday, May 25, will be donated. Please take a moment to check for your child’s lost items. There are lots of single gloves, nice lunchboxes, and clothes that need collection, very few which have names. There are also sleeping bags and items from field trips!

Educational Outfitters May Sale – Our uniform company, Educational Outfitters is offering 20% off purchases during the month of May. Hoodies in approved uniform colors (red, navy, white) with our logo have been added. These can be worn in the classroom. You can find all dress code items on their website under Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen: www.educationaloutfitters.com

Summer Work – Grade level teachers will be sending home reading and math work for students to complete over the summer. I encourage you to support this extra effort to keep students’ skills sharp over summer break.

Summer Skills Sharpeners – An order form went home a few weeks ago for the option to order these summer skills workbooks. These are the same books that we ordered last year and had delivered to the school. This year we are asking that you order books individually, and they will be delivered to your home. It is suggested that you purchase the book for the grade your child is currently in this year. The purpose is to strengthen skills learned throughout the year. The website is www.summerskills.com

FREE Summer Bowling– Look for a flyer that was sent home from the Wild Game for information on how to receive free bowling for students this summer!

Summer Lunch Program –See the attached flyer with details about EChO’s summer lunch program. EChO will pack lunches for kids in day camp so it is very convenient and helpful. Welcome to the EChO Summer Lunch Program.docx

 

NEWS FROM THE FOUNDATION

2nd Annual EVERGREEN BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL! AUGUST 27, 2016, Gates open at 11:00 AM. Bands play from Noon-8 PM

  • Tickets go on sale NOW. RMAE families will receive a special discounted rate. Go to evergreenbluegrassfestival.com and click on the purchase tickets tab. Enter coupon code: RMAEFAM16. Offer valid until May 31, 2016.
  • If you are a business owner and are interested in sponsoring this event, information can be found at evergreenbluegrassfestival.com click on the Sponsor tab or contact Gretchen Hock at Gretchen.hock@rmae.org.
  • Volunteers are needed for this event to be a success. We need YOU! To volunteer please email Dana at info@evergreenbluegrassfestival.com. Volunteers receive free entry to the event, food & a T-shirt. This is a great opportunity to get your volunteer hours in for RMAE at a fun event!

***We have 3 vacant positions on our Board for the next academic school year.  Please go to our website: http://www.rmae.org/foundation to read more about what we do.  This year our accomplishments included raising over $20,000 with the Evergreen Bluegrass Festival, raising over $10,000 with our Sponsorship campaign, raising $25,406 through Annual Giving, acquiring a professional Grant Writing Group, JVA, & aligning Colorado Gives Day for launch in December.  We have been able to provide the Middle School with new Chrome Books, New computers for the Technology Lab, disbursed money to PTO for Community Service Day and Security upgrades.  This is a great time to join this constructive group and support the teachers & students in our RMAE community.

Our last meeting of this school year will be on Monday, June 6.

NEWS FROM THE SAC

On May 4th, SAC had its last meeting of the school year. In this meeting we continued to discuss how to better measure our strategic initiatives. We are reviewing carefully our annual parent, teacher and student surveys as well as items that measure our students’ success in both the academic and social-emotional realms.  In addition, we recommended to the Board of Directors that the issue of Relational Trust between parents, teachers, and administrators be a top priority and the BOD agreed.

For the 2016-2017, Sheila Atwell has agreed to serve as the chair of the SAC committee, and we are excited for her leadership on this team. We are still looking to add more parent members and if you are interested in being a part of this important team please contact Sheila at rsm.atwell@comcast.net. SAC serves in an advisory role to the director and board of directors regarding the school’s academic performance. Sheila will be planning a summer meeting as well as putting together next year’s SAC meeting schedule.  We wish everyone a fabulous summer and look forward to seeing you in the new school year.

May Core Virtues – Integrity and Service – Hats off to Mr. Williams for his service to the RMAE preschool. He has been a blessing to the preschool; elevating their music program to a new level. All parents and families enjoyed the students’ musical talents at the recent Preschool Graduation!

Important Dates

May 23 – 8th grade last day of school

May 23 – 8th grade graduation, EHS, 6:30 p.m.

May 24 – Kindergarten Graduation, 10:00 a.m.

May 25 – Last day of school, noon dismissal

June 2 – School Accountability Committee, 5:00 p.m.

June 6 – Foundation Meeting, 6:00 p.m.

 

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Director’s Newsletter May 13

Dear Parents,

Middle School Field Day this Monday, May 16 – We still need volunteers to help at the stations. Please consider signing up or just show up on Monday!  MS Field Day Sign-Up

Thanks to Mrs. Forsythe and the many parent volunteers for an outstanding elementary field day today. Beautiful weather + happy children + wonderful staff + parent involvement = Perfect Day!

Educational Outfitters May Sale – Our uniform company, Educational Outfitters is offering 20% off purchases during the month of May. Hoodies in approved uniform colors (red, navy, white) with our logo have been added. These can be worn in the classroom. You can find all dress code items on their website under Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen: www.educationaloutfitters.com

Summer Skills Sharpener – An order form went home in Friday Folders a few weeks ago for the option to order these summer skills workbooks. These are the same books that we ordered last year and had delivered to the school. This year we are asking that you order books individually, and they will be delivered to your home. It is suggested that you purchase the book for the grade your child is currently in this year. The purpose is to strengthen skills learned throughout the year. The website is www.summerskills.com

RMAE Odyssey of the Mind Road to Worlds – A message from the teams: Thank you to everyone that has supported our journey so far!  Here are a couple more ways to support our teams:

  1. The Odyssey group will be doing Snack Shack 2.0 on Friday, May 20.  There will be the old favorites plus a few new items, such as whole grain fig bars and sparkling juice.  Everything will be $1.00 or less.
  2. Monday, May 16 dine in or carry out for Odyssey at BeauJo’s in downtown Evergreen.  Enjoy some pizza or pasta, let them know that RMAE Odyssey of the Mind sent you, and they will donate 20% of your purchase to our group.

NEWS FROM THE FOUNDATION 2nd Annual EVERGREEN BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL! AUGUST 27, 2016, Gates open at 11:00 AM. Bands play from Noon-8 PM

  • Tickets go on sale NOW. RMAE families will receive a special discounted rate. Go to evergreenbluegrassfestival.com and click on the purchase tickets tab. Enter coupon code: RMAEFAM16. Offer valid until May 31, 2016.
  • If you are a business owner and are interested in sponsoring this event, information can be found at evergreenbluegrassfestival.com click on the Sponsor tab or contact Gretchen Hock at Gretchen.hock@rmae.org.
  • Volunteers are needed for this event to be a success. We need YOU! To volunteer please email Dana at info@evergreenbluegrassfestival.com. Volunteers receive free entry to the event, food & a T-shirt. This is a great opportunity to get your volunteer hours in for RMAE at a fun event!

***We have 3 vacant positions on our Board for the next academic school year.  Please go to our website: http://www.rmae.org/foundation to read more about what we do.  This year our accomplishments included raising over $20,000 with the Evergreen Bluegrass Festival, raising over $10,000 with our Sponsorship campaign, raising $25,406 through Annual Giving, acquiring a professional Grant Writing Group, JVA, & aligning Colorado Gives Day for launch in December.  We have been able to provide the Middle School with new Chrome Books, New computers for the Technology Lab, disbursed money to PTO for Community Service Day and Security upgrades.  This is a great time to join this constructive group and support the teachers & students in our RMAE community. Our last meeting of this school year will be on Monday, June 6.

May Core Virtues – Integrity and Service — Below is validation that our students exhibit integrity every day to our teachers and visitors to the school:

From Ms. Pumphrey:We have the nicest group of students here at RMAE. Every single day multiple students thank me on their way out of the art room. I wonder if that happens at other middle schools?”

From Ms. Bartlett: “I had a sub say the same thing about our students. She said that the kids at other schools are not as polite.  The bus barn has also mentioned that our kids thank the bus drivers on field trips; the Jeffco Librarian that came the other day said the same thing about the elementary students.”

Important Dates

May 16   6-8 Field Day May 17   8th Grade Band Concert, 3:45, cafe

May 19   Orchestra Concert, 3:30 p.m., Church of the Hills

May 19   2nd Grade Patriotic Program, 6:30 p.m., Troutdale Ascent Church

May 19   Spirit Day May 20   Free Dress All School

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Director’s Newsletter May 6

Dear Parents,

Registration May 9 – 13 – Please remember to complete your child’s registration next week. You may complete the entire registration process online by going to Jeffco Connect and updating any information that needs correcting. When the process is complete, please print the Summary Sheet and drop off or email Dyann Bartlett at dbartlett@rmae.org The only items that would need to be brought into the school are any current immunizations or, for new parents, student birth certificates. Please email or call Dyann if you have questions.

Music is in the Air! All parents are invited to attend the following music presentations under the direction of Ms. Bloom next week. You are guaranteed to be entertained!

  • Tuesday, May 10 — K/1  8:15 am in the cafe
  • Wednesday, May 11 — 2nd/3rd  8:15 in the cafe
  • Thursday, May 12 — 4th/5th  8:15 in the cafe

Field Day is 1 Week Away! – We are still in need of parents to help with both K-5 and Middle School Field Day. This is a great opportunity to get volunteer hours in before the end of the year. Please sign up to volunteer at one of the stations for Field Day. Thank you in advance for helping to make this a fun day for our kids!

Robots are Roaming the halls at RMAE! Thanks to everyone who raised a paddle at the PTO auction to purchase a class set of Lego Robotics for the school. Mr. Dunbar has been working (playing!) with the kits and introducing them to students. Mr. Dunbar is offering a Lego Robotics Kaleidoscope class this summer for students going into 3rd – 8th grade. The class is from 12:30—2:30 p.m., June 6-15. The cost is $105.00 for the two weeks. To register or for more information, you can email Mr. Dunbar directly at idunbar@ rmae.org

Mr. Dunbar also has a few openings in his Intro to Wood Working class this summer from 3:00-5:00 p.m. from June 6-15. This class is limited to 8 students who are going into 6th – 8th grade. The cost is $125.00 for the two weeks. To register or for more information, email Mr. Dunbar at idunbar@ rmae.org

Also from the Paddle Raise – Thanks to everyone who contributed to our two new 3D printers for the computer lab! Mr. Bryant’s middle school elective for 3D printing was a favorite this year; so the ability to have our own 3D printers here at school will add to the opportunities for all students to experience this amazing technology. RMAE parents are the best!

A Success Story to Share — 99% of our 7th graders are at or above reading level at the end of 7th grade! Way to go Ms. Landau and 7th graders! More great results to come. . . . . .

 

Young Artists Spreading Kindness– Seventh graders Jade Barron and Rorie Gearhart just completed their portraits for The Memory Project. This is a special opportunity that middle school art teacher, Brinda Pumphrey, offers to students each year. The Memory Project is a nonprofit organization that invites art teachers and their students to create portraits for youth around the world who have faced substantial challenges, such as neglect, abuse, loss of parents, or extreme poverty. The intent of the portraits is to help the children feel valued and important and to know that people care about their well-being. For the art students, this is an opportunity to creatively practice kindness and global awareness.  The portraits are drawn from photographs that they receive. Both girls have been working very hard on the project since January did a great job. The portraits will be delivered to the youth sometime this summer. Thank you girls for extending RMAE kindness around the globe!

RMAE Odyssey of the Mind Road to Worlds – A message from the teams:

Thank you to everyone that has supported our journey so far!  Here are a few more ways to support our teams:

  1. The Odyssey group will be doing Snack Shack 2.0.  There will be the old favorites plus a few new items, such as whole grain fig bars and sparkling juice.  Everything will be $1.00 or less.
  • Friday, May 13th
  • Friday, May 20th
  1. Monday, May 16 dine in or carry out for Odyssey at BeauJo’s in downtown Evergreen.  Enjoy some pizza or pasta, let them know that RMAE Odyssey of the Mind sent you, and they will donate 20% of your purchase to our group.

Thank you to everyone for supporting this amazing educational adventure!

NEWS FROM THE PTO

The PTO has all new faces! After many years of putting in countless volunteer hours, our current PTO Board is stepping down or moving on. We thank them for their dedication and service and greatly appreciate their hard work.

Now it is time for the next generation for PTO! Thanks so much to the following parents for stepping up to the challenge. Congratulations! We are looking forward to working together for a successful 2016-2017 school year!

 

President Tiffany Fontaine
President Elect Brianna Boyle
Secretary Ashley Ward
Treasurer Sue Cahill
Shelia Atwell
VP of Community Laura O’Connell
Ann Lane
VP of Membership Jen Fitzgerald
Lynn Dillon
VP of Volunteering Mary Houlihan
Aimee Kopp
VP of Fundraising Carrie Wassemiller
Jenny Anderson
VP of Communication Joanne Gomez
Lee Merreot
VP of Preschool Julia Corrin
VP MS Fundraising Samantha Barron
Aimee Browne
MS Fundraising Treasurer Jennifer Crosbie
Natasha Lamas

 

NEWS FROM THE FOUNDATION

A HUGE THANK YOU to those families that gave to our Annual Giving Campaign!! Check out the new computers in the Technology Lab! The Foundation was able to provide these thanks to YOU!

2nd Annual EVERGREEN BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL! AUGUST 27, 2016, Gates open at 11:00 AM. Bands play from Noon-8 PM

  • Tickets go on sale NOW. RMAE families will receive a special discounted rate. Go to evergreenbluegrassfestival.com and click on the purchase tickets tab. Enter coupon code: RMAEFAM16. Offer valid until May 31, 2016.
  • If you are a business owner and are interested in sponsoring this event, information can be found at evergreenbluegrassfestival.com click on the Sponsor tab or contact Gretchen Hock at Gretchen.hock@rmae.org.
  • Volunteers are needed for this event to be a success. We need YOU! To volunteer please email Dana at info@evergreenbluegrassfestival.com. Volunteers receive free entry to the event, food & a T-shirt. This is a great opportunity to get your volunteer hours in for RMAE at a fun event!

***We have 3 vacant positions on our Board for the next academic school year.  Please go to our website: http://www.rmae.org/foundation to read more about what we do.  This year our accomplishments included raising over $20,000 with the Evergreen Bluegrass Festival, raising over $10,000 with our Sponsorship campaign, raising $25,406 through Annual Giving, acquiring a professional Grant Writing Group, JVA, & aligning Colorado Gives Day for launch in December.  We have been able to provide the Middle School with new Chrome Books, New computers for the Technology Lab, disbursed money to PTO for Community Service Day and Security upgrades.  This is a great time to join this constructive group and support the teachers & students in our RMAE community.

Our last meeting of this school year will be on Monday, June 6.

May Core Virtues – Integrity and Service — Thanks to the fifth grade teachers for their service to students. Here is an email I recently received from a parent who appreciates their hard work:

“ I just wanted to send you a quick note to let you know how happy my son is with the 5th grade curriculum.  Recently, he said how “fun” math is with the trip itinerary project their doing (Mrs. Deeter teaches 5th grade writing).  What 5th grader says math is fun?  Ameritowne was a blast for him feeling like he was actually working and controlling finances. The Southwest “Adopt-a-Pilot” program really delved into a career first-hand and had to inspire some kids to become pilots someday.  I’m very happy with the emphasis on writing Mrs.Hoban has brought to the table.  The topics are intrinsically interesting and engaging as starters.  

     I feel like RMAE is lighting fires in my children, not just filling their buckets.  Having texture, touch and physical engagement in these lessons and curriculum is creating successful young adults and leaders which is definitely my primary goal as a parent!”

Great job Mrs. Deeter and Mrs. Hoban!

Speaking of service – Thanks so much to the Kindergarten parents for our FABULOUS Italian lunch that was provided to staff today. Magnifico!

Important Dates

May 10   K-1st grade Music Concert, 8:15 a.m., cafe

May 11   2nd -3rd grade Music Concert, 8:15 a.m., cafe

May 12   4th -5th grade Music Concert, 8:15 a.m., cafe

May 12   Board of Directors meeting, 6:30 p.m., Spanish Room

May 13   K-5 Field Day

May 15   6-8 Field Day

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Director’s Newsletter April 29

Dear Parents,

Incredible Community Service Day! Thanks so much to Jamie Brand for heading up a special Community Service Day with a focus on cancer awareness. Thanks to all classroom coordinators who went above and beyond to offer activities for their grade levels that were meaningful and fun. Thanks also to Intero Real Estate and Kelli Anderson for sponsoring the ice cream social at the end of the day. This special day proved what can happen when a community comes together to support a cause that has touched so many in our RMAE family.

Staffing Update – Changes can be expected at the end of any school year and this year is no exception. Here is an update on our current staff movements:

  • First Grade – Our current first grade teacher, Cherie Mazurek, is changing direction from a classroom teacher to a Middle School Dean. Cherie just completed her school administrator program and is ready for a new challenge. We are fortunate to replace her with Anna Grose, our current Kindergarten teacher. Anna has been an incredible Kindergarten teacher for many years and is ready to move up! Anna will be joining Payson Schotters who is our wonderful returning first grade teacher.
  • Kindergarten – Replacing Anna Grose will be Francis Vaughn, who has been an outstanding Kindergarten Aide working with Anna this year and Emily Dorr in past years. Francis completed her course work to be a certified Kindergarten teacher, so we are so happy to have her on board full time. We are sorry to report that current Kindergarten teacher, Emily Dorr, is moving with her husband and baby to Ft. Collins, Colorado. Emily has been a remarkable teacher here for the past 5 years and we wish her the best in her new adventure. We are in the process of searching for the best candidate to fill this position.
  • Enrollment Secretary — Kate Collier has been an important part of the front office for the past 5 years, doing an outstanding job of bringing in new families to the school. However, to most effectively run the school, we realized the need for a Secretary/Registrar position to handle many duties that are currently either not being done, or picked up by other front office staff. So it is with the best interest of the school that we had to make a difficult decision to eliminate the Enrollment Secretary position and replace with a more comprehensive front office role. We will be advertising for an individual with school Registrar experience. We appreciate Kate’s devotion to the school and know that she will be missed.

Field Day is 2 Weeks Away! – Please sign up to volunteer at one of the stations for Field Day. Thank you in advance for helping to make this a fun day for our kids! K-5 Field Day – Friday, May 13th – K-5 Field Day Sign Up Middle School Field DAy– Monday, May 16th This relay-style field day will begin around 9 a.m. and take about 2 hours. There will be activities that range from wheelbarrow races to solving math problems! The first team that is able to complete the relay, wins! We are looking for volunteers to help at stations around campus. Please click the link below to sign up! Thanks in advance for your help! MS Field Day Sign-Up Summer Kaleidoscope at RMAE – Please note: The deadline has been extended to Friday, May 6 to register your students for our summer fun program taking place June 6- June 17. You students will have the opportunity to experience fly-fishing, woodworking, robotics, sewing, cooking, and more!   .For more information contact Mrs. Mazurek at cmazurek@rmae.org NEWS FROM THE SAC SAC will hold its last meeting of the school year on Thursday May 5th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Spanish room. If you are interested in joining our team for the 2016-2017 school year, or you just want to learn more about what we do, we would like to invite you to join us at this meeting. NEWS FROM THE PTO It is with a heavy heart that we must inform you all that unless RMAE families step in to PTO board roles that will be vacant next year, we will have no choice but to vote to dissolve PTO at the end of the school year. The decision will need to be made at the next PTO meeting, on May 4th at 1:30. Please spread the word and encourage families to get involved. PTO does so much for the school, and it saddens us to see the potential end of this worthy organization. NEWS FROM THE FOUNDATION 2nd Annual EVERGREEN BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL! AUGUST 27, 2016, Gates open at 11:00 AM. Bands play from Noon-7 PM

  • Tickets went on sale this Friday, April 15th. RMAE families will receive a special discounted rate. Go to evergreenbluegrassfestival.com and click on the purchase tickets tab. Enter coupon code: RMAEFAM16. Offer valid until May 31, 2016.
  • If you are a business owner and are interested in sponsoring this event, information can be found at evergreenbluegrassfestival.com click on the Sponsor tab or contact Gretchen Hock at Gretchen.hock@rmae.org.
  • Volunteers are needed for this event to be a success. We need YOU! To volunteer please email Dana at info@evergreenbluegrassfestival.com. Volunteers receive free entry to the event, food & a T-shirt. This is a great opportunity to get your volunteer hours in for RMAE at a fun event!

We are currently looking for new members for the next academic school year.  Please go to our website: http://www.rmae.org/foundation to read more about what we do.  This year our accomplishments included raising over $20,000 with the Evergreen Bluegrass Festival, raising over $10,000 with our Sponsorship campaign, raising $25,406 through Annual Giving, acquiring a professional Grant Writing Group, JVA, & aligning Colorado Gives Day for launch in December.  We have been able to provide the Middle School with new Chrome Books, disbursed money to PTO for Community Service Day and are getting ready to disburse funds for Technology and Security upgrades.  This is a great time to join this constructive group and support the teachers & students in our RMAE community. We meet the first Monday evening of each month at 6:00 PM in the Spanish room and invite you to join us! May Core Virtues – Integrity and Service Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching. – C.S.Lewis Important Dates May 2     Foundation Meeting, 6:00 p.m., Spanish Room May 3     Choir Concert, 6:30 p.m., cafeteria May 4-6 Sixth grade to Keystone Science Center May 10   K-1st grade Music Concert, 8:15 a.m., cafeteria May 11   2nd -3rd grade Music Concert 8:15 a.m., cafeteria May 12   4th -5th grade Music Concert 8:15 a.m., cafeteria May 12   Board of Directors meeting, 6:30 p.m., Spanish Room May 13   K-5 Field Day May 15   6-8 Field Day

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Director’s Newsletter April 24

Dear Parents, STUDENTS MAY WEAR PURPLE TOMORROW! In conjunction with our upcoming Community Service Day focus on cancer awareness, students may WEAR PURPLE OR WEAR A PURPLE HAT on Monday April 25th. Purple is the color of all cancer and our outreach focus is cancer awareness/prevention this year. Please have your child bring in $1 to wear purple. The proceeds will go directly to help two people in our RMAE community. Community Service Day is Next Wednesday April 27 – Information from each class coordinator went home on April 15th. Please consider volunteering to help out your class on this feel good day. For more information, contact Jamie Brand jmeb53226@gmail.com.  Also if anyone has a crock pot or rice cooker we could use that day please let Jamie Brand know. PARENTS:  Your kids will be spending time outside on the field on Wednesday April 27th.  Please make sure sunscreen is applied and the kids are dressed appropriately for the weather.  Rain, snow or shine the kids will be outside. Day Without Hate – April 29 – Thanks to our Student Council for taking the initiative to bring this day of kindness to our school. A Day Without Hate is a student-led, grassroots organization that promotes nonviolence, respect, and unity within our schools. It was started by students in a Jeffco high school with the goal to create a sense of unity in school communities as well help students to set aside petty differences and be accepting in a real life environment. Please take a moment to read the attached letter to parents with additional information about this special day. White is the color that symbolizes participation in this event, so please encourage your students to wear white on the last Friday in April. This is a dress of choice day at RMAE, so we ask students to choose to wear white –not mandatory – on April 29. Beauty and the Beast – Once again, middle school music teacher, Gretchen Moritz directed RMAE students in a musical performance extraordinaire! Thanks to the entire cast and volunteers who worked so many hours to present such a beautiful celebration of the talented students at RMAE. Bravo! Art Show – Thanks also to middle school art teacher, Brinda Pumphrey for the beautiful art show on display at Center Stage. RMAE students definitely are talented in all areas of the arts! Field Day is coming up soon! We are in need of several parent volunteers to run the stations. Google Spreadsheet sign-up will be shared next week. Thank you in advance for helping to make this a fun day for our kiddos! Field Day K-5 – Friday, May 13 Field Day 6-8 – Monday, May 16 Summer Kaleidoscope at RMAE – Please note: Friday, April 29 is the deadline to register your students for our summer fun program taking place June 6- June 17. You students will have the opportunity to experience fly-fishing, woodworking, robotics, sewing, cooking, and more!   For more information contact Mrs. Mazurek at cmazurek@rmae.org NEWS FROM THE BOARD Watch for a separate communication coming out this week with the results of the Board election and other updates from the Board. NEWS FROM THE SAC At the April 21st BOD meeting, the School Accountability Committee (SAC) presented the results of the Annual Parent/Staff/Student surveys.  Thank you for all those who came out to listen to the findings. The presentation and detailed summary reports will be posted to the RMAE website on the SAC webpage in the coming days. If you have any questions regarding the results please contact Laurel Hyslop at laurel.hyslop@yahoo.com. NEWS FROM THE FOUNDATION 2nd Annual EVERGREEN BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL! AUGUST 27, 2016, Gates open at 11:00 AM. Bands play from Noon-7 PM

  • Tickets went on sale this Friday, April 15th. RMAE families will receive a special discounted rate. Go to evergreenbluegrassfestival.com and click on the purchase tickets tab. Enter coupon code: RMAEFAM16. Offer valid until May 31, 2016.
  • If you are a business owner and are interested in sponsoring this event, information can be found at evergreenbluegrassfestival.com click on the Sponsor tab or contact Gretchen Hock at Gretchen.hock@rmae.org.
  • Volunteers are needed for this event to be a success. We need YOU! To volunteer please email Dana at info@evergreenbluegrassfestival.com. Volunteers receive free entry to the event, food & a T-shirt. This is a great opportunity to get your volunteer hours in for RMAE at a fun event!

We are currently looking for new members for the next academic school year.  Please go to our website: http://www.rmae.org/foundation to read more about what we do.  This year our accomplishments included raising over $20,000 with the Evergreen Bluegrass Festival, raising over $10,000 with our Sponsorship campaign, raising $25,406 through Annual Giving, acquiring a professional Grant Writing Group, JVA, & aligning Colorado Gives Day for launch in December.  We have been able to provide the Middle School with new Chrome Books, disbursed money to PTO for Community Service Day and are getting ready to disburse funds for Technology and Security upgrades.  This is a great time to join this constructive group and support the teachers & students in our RMAE community. We meet the first Monday evening of each month at 6:00 PM in the Spanish room and invite you to join us! Important Dates April 27                  Community Service Day April 29                  Day Without Hate

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Director’s Newsletter April 15

You Don’t Want to Miss This! Parent University — On April 19 at 6:00 pm, Deputy Everhart and Deputy Igel with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office will be at Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen to speak with parents in the community about several very important issues that face their children in today’s world. Deputy Everhart is a School Resource Officer with thirteen years of experience dealing with juvenile crime in the schools and has given his presentation on criminal harassment and sexting to over 20,000 of our students. The presentation is an unfiltered and poignant discussion about the following subjects: 1)     What makes harassment criminal and how are our children using the internet and texting to get into trouble. How does harassment/bullying develop into a cyber crime? 2)     The dangers of “sexting” (transmitting inappropriate photos on cell phones or posting them on the internet). How to avoid having you child end up as a registered sex offender. 3)     The dangers of alcohol and drugs. What are our kids getting into these days and what drugs are they using. 4)     Internet/Social Networking safety- How our kids are exposing themselves to danger unwittingly and how you as a parent can prevent it. 5)     How to better stay in tune with what’s going on in our children’s lives and understand how and when to intervene when necessary. 6)     Discuss some of the warning signs to watch for and how to deal with them. 7)     What the Sheriff’s Office is doing to educate our children about these issues. Parents are strongly encouraged to bring their mature children and to have frank discussions about the content of this presentation afterwards. The presentation will last about an hour and fifteen minutes and Deputy Everhart will stay as long as necessary to answer every question anyone might have. To ensure that we have seating for everyone, please RSVP to Kate Collier at kcollier@rmae.org

Special Dress Days This Week

  • Middle School Only — Middle school is raising money for their end of the year dance. So next week, the following opportunities are available by bringing in $1.00 to dress in the following:

Monday, April 18 – PJ Day Tuesday, April 19 – Book Character Wednesday, April 20 – Nerd Thursday, April 21 – Disney Character

  • Elementary School Only – Our Odyssey of the Mind teams are going on to the World Competition. This is a terrific honor for the school but also quite expensive! To help support our elementary team, elementary students may wear a team jersey of their choice by bringing $1.00 to school on Monday, April 18, Tuesday, April 19, and Wednesday, April 20. (Thursday, April 21 is Spirit Day for only RMAE spirit wear.)

Still Time to Order Yearbooks! TreeRing extended the order date for our bulk order for yearbook to Fri., April 22. To order, go to:                   TreeRing.com Our School passcode is:    1014438249824153                 *PLEASE NOTE: We will not have any yearbooks for sale at the school. If you want your student to have a yearbook here at the school for classmates to sign, you must order online by April 22 for free shipping. Orders between 4/23-5/13 will be mailed to the school but you will be charged for shipping. Orders after 5/14 or later will be delivered to your home and shipping will be charged.   Field Day is coming up soon! We are in need of several parent volunteers to run the stations. Google Spreadsheet sign-up will be shared next week. Thank you in advance for helping to make this a fun day for our kiddos! Field Day K-5 – Friday, May 13 Field Day 6-8 – Monday, May 16 Morning Drop-off – You may have noticed some students are allowed on the playground and field before school. This is a privilege that the morning carpool staff have extended to 3rd through 5th grade students only. This will occur only on fair weather days when the playground and field are clear of mud and snow, We do not have enough staff supervision to safely allow all students this access. We felt this age group would benefit the most from physical activity in the mornings.  Teachers and staff have commented that these students appear to be coming into the classroom more focused and ready to start their school day. Community Service Day is Wednesday April 27 – Information from each class coordinator will be going home on April 15th. Please consider volunteering to help out your class on this feel good day. For more information, contact Jamie Brand jmeb53226@gmail.com. In conjunction with this day we will have a WEAR PURPLE OR WEAR A PURPLE HAT DAY on Monday April 25th. Purple is the color of all cancer and our outreach focus is cancer awareness/prevention this year. Please have your child bring in $1 to wear purple. The proceeds will go directly to help two people in our RMAE community.   NEWS FROM THE FOUNDATION 2nd Annual EVERGREEN BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL! AUGUST 27, 2016, Gates open at 11:00 AM. Bands play from Noon-7 PM

  • Tickets go on sale this Friday, April 15th. RMAE families will receive a special discounted rate. Go to evergreenbluegrassfestival.com and click on the purchase tickets tab. Enter coupon code: RMAEFAM16. Offer valid until May 31, 2016.
  • If you are a business owner and are interested in sponsoring this event, information can be found at evergreenbluegrassfestival.com click on the Sponsor tab or contact Gretchen Hock at Gretchen.hock@rmae.org.
  • Volunteers are needed for this event to be a success. We need YOU! To volunteer please email Dana at info@evergreenbluegrassfestival.com. Volunteers receive free entry to the event, food & a T-shirt. This is a great opportunity to get your volunteer hours in for RMAE at a fun event!

We are currently looking for new members for the next academic school year.  Please go to our website: http://www.rmae.org/foundation to read more about what we do.  This year our accomplishments included raising over $20,000 with the Evergreen Bluegrass Festival, raising over $10,000 with our Sponsorship campaign, raising $25,406 through Annual Giving, acquiring a professional Grant Writing Group, JVA, & aligning Colorado Gives Day for launch in December.  We have been able to provide the Middle School with new Chrome Books, disbursed money to PTO for Community Service Day and are getting ready to disburse funds for Technology and Security upgrades.  This is a great time to join this constructive group and support the teachers & students in our RMAE community. We meet the first Monday evening of each month at 6:00 PM in the Spanish room and invite you to join us! Odyssey of the Mind:  RMAE Shines at State Competition – Moves on to WORLDS! – RMAE’s teams both earned awards at Saturday’s Odyssey of the Mind Colorado state championship, highlighted by their STEAM performances and problem solving skills.  In May, both teams will advance with students from 80+ countries to the Odyssey Worlds competition at Iowa State University.  Please congratulate all of our team members on this outstanding accomplishment!

  • The 1st place Middle Schoolers (Johanna Adcock, Will Emery, Ben Gonzales, Kevin Lacjak, and Sophia Lamas – coached by parents Susan Adcock and Jeff Emery) received high marks for their door made of gummy bears and humorous script.
  • The 3rd place Elementary team (Dillyn Collins, Alec Dorkin, Matt Emery, Caleb Gregory, Milo Lamas, and Hayden Riddle – coached by parents Christine Emery and Julie Gregory) received a top score in the spontaneous problem event.

Middle School Art Show – Seven Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen students will have art on display at the Jeffco Middle School Art Show at Lakewood Cultural Center from April 6-April 30. There will be an opening reception on April 21 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Teachers choose the best art from their school for this juried show. Please congratulate the following students for having artwork chosen to be displayed at the show:, Arija Williams, Aspen Daggett, Chloe Petri, Ellie White, Ben Gonzales, Melia Carvalho, and Lute Douglas. We are also proud to have one piece of artwork on display from RMAE art teacher extraordinaire, Brinda Lane-Pumphrey! Summer Kaleidoscope at RMAE – There is still time to register your students for our summer fun program taking place June 6- June 17. You students will have the opportunity to experience fly-fishing, woodworking, robotics, sewing, cooking, and more!   For more information contact Mrs. Mazurek at cmazurek@rmae.org Community Service Day is Wednesday, April 27 — Community Service Day is an incredible day for our kids to learn to give back to their community.  I think our school is unique and remarkable for setting aside a day for kids to empathize with others.  This year our focus is cancer.  Thankfully we have amazing hard-working parents coordinating age appropriate activities for each grade/class.  However, there are still many ways that you can get involved.  We always need extra hands, volunteers and donations. Please contact Jamie Brand jmeb53226@gmail.com, if you need more information or are interested in helping. May Lunch Menu – The May lunch menu is attached or can be accessed at the following link: http://www.rmae.org/wp-content/uploads/Hot-Lunch-Order-Form-May-2016.pdf NEWS FROM THE BOARD Remember to Vote! – Please take a few minutes to vote in this very important elections for Board of Directors members for next year. You should have received an email to cast your vote through Survey Monkey. If you did not receive a link from Survey Monkey, please email Kim Egan at Kegan@rmae.org From the Safety, Security and Privacy (SSP) Committee: Parents, we are working at school to reinforce to our students that the locked entrances and door codes are there to help keep the school safe and secure.  Adults should not be asking children for help, especially with entering a secured building, and we do not want to put our students into the position of vetting visitors.  All visitors, including our respected and hardworking volunteers, should be checking in at the office.  Even if you obtain a key code, please check in and out at the office every time you come to the school for a new task or visit. We understand that these extra steps may seem inconvenient or redundant, but it is very important that we set clear expectations that are easy for all of our students to follow without confusing gray area.  We would appreciate it if you would help reinforce school visitor procedures at home by helping your children understand that as polite as it is we do not want our students to be opening doors for visitors without the visitors being checked-in.  Please feel free to contact a representative of the SSP Committee if you have any questions or concerns. NEWS FROM THE SAC At the April monthly SAC meeting, Apropos Research presented the findings from the 2016 Parent and Staff Annual Surveys. SAC will present these findings along with results from the Middle and Elementary School Student surveys to the Board of Directors at the April 21st BOD meeting. If you cannot make the meeting to hear the results, SAC will be posting the Survey Summaries to the RMAE SAC website after presentation to the BOD NEWS FROM THE FOUNDATION Evergreen Bluegrass Festival — August 27, 2016, 11:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Tickets go on sale April 15th. RMAE families will receive a “special” discounted rate. We need some Dads for security detail, please send inquiries to info@evergreenbluegrassfestival.com We need volunteers throughout the day as well, please send inquiries to info@evergreenbluegrassfestival.com. Volunteers receive free entry to the event, food & a T-shirt. This is a great opportunity to get your volunteer hours in for RMAE at a fun event April Core Virtues – Self-Control and Kindness “A Warm Smile if the Universal Language of Kindness – William Arthur Ward Important Dates April 19                  Parent University – 6:00 p.m. April 21                  Spirit Day April 21                  Director’s Coffee, 8:30 a.m. April 21                  Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m. April 22                  NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS – Professional Development Day for teachers April 22-23            Beauty and the Beast at Center Stage

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Parent University — On April 19 at 6:00 pm, Deputy Everhart and Deputy Igel with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office will be at Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen to speak with parents in the community about several very important issues that face their children in today’s world. Deputy Everhart is a School Resource Officer with thirteen years of experience dealing with juvenile crime in the schools and has given his presentation on criminal harassment and sexting to over 20,000 of our students.

The presentation is an unfiltered and poignant discussion about the following subjects:

1)     What makes harassment criminal and how are our children using the internet and texting to get into trouble. How does harassment/bullying develop into a cyber crime?

2)     The dangers of “sexting” (transmitting inappropriate photos on cell phones or posting them on the internet). How to avoid having you child end up as a registered sex offender.

3)     The dangers of alcohol and drugs. What are our kids getting into these days and what drugs are they using.

4)     Internet/Social Networking safety- How our kids are exposing themselves to danger unwittingly and how you as a parent can prevent it.

5)     How to better stay in tune with what’s going on in our children’s lives and understand how and when to intervene when necessary.

6)     Discuss some of the warning signs to watch for and how to deal with them.

7)     What the Sheriff’s Office is doing to educate our children about these issues.

Parents are strongly encouraged to bring their mature children and to have frank discussions about the content of this presentation afterwards. The presentation will last about an hour and fifteen minutes and Deputy Everhart will stay as long as necessary to answer every question anyone might have. To ensure that we have seating for everyone, please RSVP to Kate Collier at kcollier@rmae.org

New security for front office – To increase the safety and security of everyone at RMAE, we have added a pull-down screen for the interior windows to the front office. This is the first of many new security items that we will be implementing to ensure the safest environment for all students and staff. The screen will be open during school hours.

Odyssey of the Mind:  RMAE Shines at State Competition – Moves on to WORLDS!RMAE’s teams both earned awards at Saturday’s Odyssey of the Mind Colorado state championship, highlighted by their STEAM performances and problem solving skills.  In May, both teams will advance with students from 80+ countries to the Odyssey Worlds competition at Iowa State University.  Please congratulate all of our team members on this outstanding accomplishment!

  • The 1st place Middle Schoolers (Johanna Adcock, Will Emery, Ben Gonzales, Kevin Lacjak, and Sophia Lamas – coached by parents Susan Adcock and Jeff Emery) received high marks for their door made of gummy bears and humorous script.
  • The 3rd place Elementary team (Dillyn Collins, Alec Dorkin, Matt Emery, Caleb Gregory, Milo Lamas, and Hayden Riddle – coached by parents Christine Emery and Julie Gregory) received a top score in the spontaneous problem event.

CO Mammoth Skills and Thrills- We are excited to welcome players from the Colorado Mammoth Lacrosse team who will teach our kids basic lacrosse skills on Wednesday, April 13! Each student will get a FREE ticket for the Friday, April 15th game- 7:30 P.M. at the Pepsi Center. Ticket order forms are coming home in Friday Folders. Please return them to the office by WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13th. Contact Mrs. Forsythe with any questions at wforsythe@rmae.org. Let’s support our Colorado Mammoth!

Middle School Art Show – Seven Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen students will have art on display at the Jeffco Middle School Art Show at Lakewood Cultural Center from April 6-April 30. There will be an opening reception on April 21 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Teachers choose the best art from their school for this juried show. Please congratulate the following students for having artwork chosen to be displayed at the show:, Arija Williams, Aspen Daggett, Chloe Petri, Ellie White, Ben Gonzales, Melia Carvalho, and Lute Douglas. We are also proud to have one piece of artwork on display from RMAE art teacher extraordinaire, Brinda Lane-Pumphrey!

New Goals on the Field – All students will enjoy the recent donation from the Foundation of new goals for the field. Money from the Foundation’s general fund was designated to purchase sturdy, professional goals that will last for years to come.

Summer Kaleidoscope at RMAE – There is still time to register your students for our summer fun program taking place June 6- June 17. You students will have the opportunity to experience fly-fishing, woodworking, robotics, sewing, cooking, and more! For more information contact Mrs. Mazurek at cmazurek@rmae.org

Community Service Day is Wednesday, April 27 — Community Service Day is an incredible day for our kids to learn to give back to their community.  I think our school is unique and remarkable for setting aside a day for kids to empathize with others.  This year our focus is cancer.  Thankfully we have amazing hard-working parents coordinating age appropriate activities for each grade/class.  However, there are still many ways that you can get involved.  We always need extra hands, volunteers and donations.

Please contact Jamie Brand jmeb53226@gmail.com, if you need more information or are interested in helping.

May Lunch Menu – The May lunch menu can be accessed at the following link:

http://www.rmae.org/wp-content/uploads/Hot-Lunch-Order-Form-May-2016.pdf

NEWS FROM THE BOARD

April Board Meeting Date Change – The April BOD meeting has been moved to Thursday, April 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the Spanish room.

NEWS FROM THE SAC

At the April monthly SAC meeting, Apropos Research presented the findings from the 2016 Parent and Staff Annual Surveys. SAC will present these findings along with results from the Middle and Elementary School Student surveys to the Board of Directors at the April 21st BOD meeting. If you cannot make the meeting to hear the results, SAC will be posting the Survey Summaries to the RMAE SAC website after presentation to the BOD

NEWS FROM THE FOUNDATION

Evergreen Bluegrass Festival — August 27, 2016, 11:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Tickets go on sale April 15th. RMAE families will receive a “special” discounted rate.

We need some Dads for security detail, please send inquiries to info@evergreenbluegrassfestival.com

We need volunteers throughout the day as well, please send inquiries to info@evergreenbluegrassfestival.com. Volunteers receive free entry to the event, food & a T-shirt. This is a great opportunity to get your volunteer hours in for RMAE at a fun event!

April Core Virtues – Self-Control and Kindness

“To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Important Dates

April 8                    “Take Me Out to the Auction” at Wild Game, 7:00 p.m.

April 19                  Parent University – 6:00 p.m.

April 21                  Director’s Coffee, 8:30 a.m.

April 21                  Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

April 22                  NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS – Professional Development Day for teachers

April 22-23            Beauty and the Beast at Center Stage

 

 

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Director’s Newsletter April 1

Dear Parents,

TAKE ME OUT TO THE AUCTION! – THIS Friday!

Please join us at the WILD GAME for a night of fun in support of our children on Friday, April 8, at 7:00 p.m.

Click here for tickets:

NEWS FROM THE BOARD

  • April Board Meeting Date Change – The April BOD meeting has been moved to Thursday, April 21, at 6:30 p.m.
  • Letters of Interest — Today is the last day to submit Letters of Interest for our upcoming Board of Directors vacancies (3 Parent Representatives with 2 year terms, 1 Teacher Representative with 1 year team, and 1 Community Representative with 1 year term). If you have not done so already, please direct LOI’s to Kim Egan at Kegan@rmae.org.
  • As determined during last night’s BOD meeting, an additional Parent Representative is needed to fill a position vacated by resignation. This position will be filled via appointment by the sitting Board Members at the next Board Meeting to be held on April 21st, and will have a 1 year term until July 2016. If you would be interested in this appointed position (even if you have already submitted an LOI), please contact Kim Egan by April 19th, and plan to attend the April 21st Board meeting.

 

Odyssey of the Mind:  RMAE Teams Compete at State Competition on Saturday — Odyssey of the Mind is an international program that provides teams of students with self-directed problem solving challenges.  RMAE has fielded two teams this year and both have advanced to this weekend’s Colorado state competition.  Our elementary school team includes Dillyn Collins, Alec Dorkin, Matt Emery, Caleb Gregory, Hayden Riddle, and Milo Lamas (coaches: Christine Emery and Julie Gregory).  The middle school team includes Johanna Adcock, Will Emery, Ben Gonzales, Sophia Lamas, and Kevin Lacjak (coaches: Susan Adcock and Jeff Emery).  Please wish the teams well!

 

Summer Kaleidoscope at RMAE – There is still time to register your students for our summer fun program taking place June 6- June 17. You students will have the opportunity to experience fly-fishing, woodworking, robotics, sewing, cooking, and more! For more information contact Mrs. Mazurek at cmazurek@rmae.org

 

Community Service Day is Wednesday, April 27 — Community Service Day is an incredible day for our kids to learn to give back to their community.  I think our school is unique and remarkable for setting aside a day for kids to empathize with others.  This year our focus is cancer.  Thankfully we have amazing hard-working parents coordinating age appropriate activities for each grade/class.  However, there are still many ways that you can get involved.  We always need extra hands, volunteers and donations.

Please contact Jamie Brand jmeb53226@gmail.com, if you need more information or are interested in helping.

 

May Lunch Menu – The May lunch menu can be accessed at the following link:

http://www.rmae.org/wp-content/uploads/Hot-Lunch-Order-Form-May-2016.pdf

 

NEWS FROM THE FOUNDATION

Evergreen Bluegrass Festival — August 27, 2016, 11:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Tickets go on sale April 15th. RMAE families will receive a “special” discounted rate.

We will need some Dads for security detail, please send inquiries to info@evergreenbluegrassfestival.com

We will need volunteers throughout the day as well, please send inquiries to info@evergreenbluegrassfestival.com. Volunteers receive free entry to the event, food & a T-shirt. This is a great opportunity to get your volunteer hours in for RMAE at a fun event!

 

NEWS FROM PTO

PTO needs you – Due to a number of members moving on as their students enter high school, PTO is in desperate need of parents to fill the following critical positions:  President, President Elect, and various other positions. These positions are vital to keeping PTO running.  If they are not filled, PTO will have no choice but to cut back on the programs and fundraisers offered.  If you are looking for a challenging volunteer role that allows you to make a real difference by providing extra resources for our teachers and students, as well as plan fun community-building activities, PTO is the place for you!   The next PTO meeting is Wednesday, April 6 @ 1:30 at RMAE.  We invite you to join us to find out more about volunteering in PTO!

Evergreen High School Football — All incoming 9th graders who are interested in playing football and their parents are invited to an open house on Tuesday, April 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the Evergreen High School cafeteria.

April Core Virtues – Self-Control and Kindness

Kindness is the language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see – Mark Twain

 

Important Dates

April 4                   Foundation Meeting 6:00 p.m.

April 6                    PTO Meeting, 1:30 p.m.

April 6                    6th Grade Keystone Science Trip parent meeting

April 7                    SAC Meeting, 5:00 p.m.

April 8                    “Take Me Out to the Auction” at Wild Game.

April 21                  Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

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Director’s Newsletter March 18

Dear Parents,

NEWS FROM THE BOARD

As a reminder, the RMAE Board of Directors has five open positions starting July 1, 2016. We have three Parent Representative seats (2 year term), one Community Representative seat (1 year term), and one Teacher Representative seat (1 year term) available.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a Letter of Interest by 4pm on Friday April 1st. Letters of Interest should be limited to one page and briefly describe the candidate, personal involvement with RMAE, as well as any skills or experience that would positively contribute to the board and governance of the school.

We encourage you to consider this exciting and rewarding opportunity to serve RMAE. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kim Egan at kegan@rmae.org or 303.638.3803.

Summer Kaleidoscope at RMAE – Your students will be bringing home a brochure today describing classes that will be offered during our 2 week summer fun program. You students will have the opportunity to experience fly-fishing, woodworking, robotics, sewing, cooking, and more! For more information contact Mrs. Mazurek at cmazurek@rmae.org

Community Service Day is Wednesday April 27 – Community Service Day is an incredible day for our kids to learn to give back to their community. Our school is unique for setting aside a day for kids to empathize with others. This year we are focusing on cancer. Thankfully we have amazing parents that are working hard at coordinating age appropriate activities for each grade/class. However, there are still many ways that you can get involved. We always need extra hands, volunteers and donations. Please contact Jamie Brand jmeb53226@gmail.com, if you need more information or are interested in helping.

In years past, we have supplied t-shirts for all students, staff and coordinators to wear on the event day. It is powerful to see our kids out in the community wearing their shirts. Any parent-owned businesses that are interested sponsoring our Community Service Day t-shirt, please contact Jamie Brand jmeb53226@gmail.com or Gretchen Hock gretchen@evergreenvision.com to get more information. Looking forward to a wonderful and impactful day!

Calling all 3rd to 8th grade girls who love to run!  “Girls on the Run” is an amazing program – check it out at https://www.girlsontherun.org/.  They plan to train 2 days a week at RMAE and run a 5k together this spring. Training days to be determined based upon participation. They are seeking 2 coaches for grades 3-5 and 2 coaches for grades 6-8, plus a minimum 6 girls to start the program.   Kelli Anderson has volunteered as one coach for middle school.  Contact Kelli Anderson 303-579-0665 or kelliandersonhomes@gmail.com with any questions.   If interested, please use this link to sign up http://www.signupgenius.com/RMAEGirlsontherun

Order your Yearbook Today! – Please remember that yearbooks must be ordered online. If you order by April 1, you will not incur postage charges. Since all ordering is online, we will not have extra copies for sale at the school.

Please contact Mrs. McLeman if you have any questions at hmcleman@rmae.org

To Purchase & Customize Your Yearbook:

Go to www.TreeRing.com/validate

Enter our school’s passcode: 1014438249824153

Yearbook Price: $17.00

Deadline: April 1

Also we still need photos. If any parents have helped in the classroom, on school trips or been in to help with special events and taken pictures, please email to Ms. McLeman or submit directly to the shared folder in Treering.

NEWS FROM PTO

Take Me Out to the Auction: Sports Trivia:  What school has a Super Bowl 50 football SIGNED by MVP champion Von Miller to auction off? (answer below)

Please join us on April 8th at The Wild Game for RMAE’s annual auction! We have amazing donations this year including EXCEPTIONAL student art work, a condo in Cocoa Beach, FL, a condo in Winter Park, Bronco’s preseason tickets, and a scholarship to Camp Tanuga in Northern Michigan!! We would love to see everyone there whether you would like to bid or not. Come help us celebrate our wonderful students and staff! Friday is the deadline for corporate sponsorships. Please contact Mary (mary_houlihan@hotmail.com) or Laurie (laurie@scheik.com) for more information. Congratulations to our Classroom Team Sponsor Winners! TEAM NARANS won for the largest amount contributed and TEAM DEETER and TEAM BENNINGER tied for the most participation!!  All three classes will receive a free dress day!  Every contributing class team will have their pennants displayed at THE WILD GAME on April 8th. Thank you to all those who donated!!!

Trivia Answer:  OH YEAH!!!  WE DO!!  Come see Von Miller’s Super Bowl 50 signed football at the RMAE auction!!! 

Volunteer Hours: As we move into Spring Quarter, there are many opportunities to log your volunteer hours, both past and future:

  • Valentines parties – did you purchase, bake, create, or chaperone during the party?  It counts!
  • Teacher Appreciation – the time you spent preparing and procuring items counts as well.
  • Elementary music presentation – Bonus to listening to your kiddo perform, that time counts.
  • Auction – Shopping for items for auction baskets, helping with Kid Art, attending, or working the Auction
  • Field Trips, classroom helper, Young Writer’s conference

Thanks to those families that continue to log their hours.  Every hour counts!  Congrats to the following families:

New 60+ hour Families:

Kopp, Arnold, Nichols, Hertz, Brand, Jackson, Lindsay, Eves

New Families logging:

Rozman, O’Connell, Konigs Bauer

Too busy to log your hours?  Once you have created an account, there is an app for that!

Track It Forward app and http://www.trackitforward.com/site/rocky-mountain-academy-evergreen

Questions?  Contact Tonje at volunteer80439@gmail.com

NEWS FROM THE FOUNDATION

Thanks so much to all of the families that have participated in our Annual Giving Campaign.  This year Annual Giving came to $25,406. The gifts have come from 103 families, which is approximately 36%.

EVERGREEN BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL! AUGUST 27, 2016, FROM 11:30 AM-7 PM

  • Tickets go on sale April 15th. RMAE families will receive a “special” discounted rate.
  • We will need some Dads for security detail, please send inquiries to info@evergreenbluegrassfestival.com
  • We will need volunteers throughout the day as well, please send inquiries to info@evergreenbluegrassfestival.com. Volunteers receive free entry to the event, food & a T-shirt. This is a great opportunity to get your volunteer hours in for RMAE at a fun event!

New members Welcome! We are currently looking for new members for the next academic school year.  Please go to our website: http://www.rmae.org/foundation to read more about what we do.  This year our accomplishments included raising over $20,000 with the Evergreen Bluegrass Festival, raising over $10,000 with our Sponsorship campaign, raising $25,406 through Annual Giving, acquiring a professional Grant Writing Group, JVA, & aligning Colorado Gives Day for launch in December.  We have been able to provide the Middle School with:

  1. New Chrome Books
  2. Disbursed money to PTO for Community Service Day; and
  3. We are getting ready to disburse funds for Technology and Security upgrades.

This is the perfect time to join this constructive group and support the teachers & students in our RMAE community. We meet the first Monday evening of each month at 6:00 PM in the Spanish room and invite you to join us!

 

Ongoing Book Drive for The Gathering Place — Hello RMAE Families. My name is Twila Warner, mom to Zola (7th), Abe (5th), Atticus (3rd) and Walt (K).  I volunteer at a day shelter for women and children in Denver, called The Gathering Place.  Through my interactions there I’ve seen a real hunger for books.  However these women are financially stretched to cover basic needs.  There’s no money to buy a book for their kids or themselves.  In addition, many of these women are working toward their GED and really need access to reading material to improve fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.  I thought an ongoing book drive would be a good way to help!

How?  Order an extra book from scholastic or bring your gently used books to donate I will deliver the books after scholastic orders come in each month.

Where?  There will be a bin in the entry outside the office labeled TGP Book Drive

What Kind/Level of Books?  Any level will be great!  If there are books with Latina/o or African American protagonists that would also be wonderful as many of the TGP clients come from those backgrounds.

Questions?  Call or text me, Twila @ 303-883-2664, 303-883-2664

Important Dates

March 21-25         Spring Break – No School

March 28              NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS, Staff Development Day

March 30              RMAE School Group photos

April 1                    PTO Auction Items Preview in cafeteria, 8:00 a.m.

April 4                   Foundation Meeting 6:00 p.m.

April 8                    “Take Me Out to the Auction” at Wild Game.

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Director’s newsletter March 11

Dear Parents,

Parent University/Middle School Meeting – Our next Parent University is targeted for current 5th grade parents to learn more about our middle school program. Any parents of middle school students are also welcome to attend. We will meet in the 6th grade classroom on Tuesday evening, March 15, at 6:00 p.m. This is your opportunity to meet the teachers and hear about our Core Knowledge program for middle school.

Staffing Update – I am pleased to announce that all RMAE teaching staff plan to return next year. Our incredible teachers are what makes RMAE such an excellent school.  Fifth grade teacher, Sandy Hoban, will be taking a one-year sabbatical next year, however, will return the following year in a new position. Moving to 5th grade will be 4th grade teacher Betsy Bartlett. Ms. Bartlett has been a strong 4th grade teacher for many years and would like to move up with her class next year to 5th grade. We will offer the option to parents of current 4th grade students in Ms. Bartlett class to loop up with her or choose Ms. Deiter’s 5th grade class. Either way, both teachers are outstanding!

Ms. Bartelt’s move opens up a fourth grade teaching position, which we will begin searching for immediately to find the best candidate to team with Ms. Gordon. We are also making a few changes in administration. Ms. Jalbert’s title will change next year from Academic Dean to Elementary Dean. This will allow her more time to focus on supporting elementary teachers and students. We will be advertising for a Middle School Dean who will assist with student discipline and support for teachers. These positions will strengthen our leadership team to continue to move RMAE to the next level of success.

Pennies for Patients Wrap –Up – We are extending the drive to raise money for Leukemia and Lymphoma to Monday, March 14. On Monday, if students bring in a dollar for Lymphoma, they may wear a hat on Monday. Student Council members will collect dollars will be collected at the door to each building to allow for the student to enter with a hat. A list will be given to each teacher.

Parking in the Basketball Parking Lot – Please do not park in this parking lot until 2:45 p.m. Classes are still in session and this area is used for PE.

Calling all 3rd to 8th grade girls who love to run!  “Girls on the Run” is an amazing program – check it out at https://www.girlsontherun.org/.  They plan to train 2 days a week at RMAE and run a 5k together this spring. Training days to be determined based upon participation. They are seeking 2 coaches for grades 3-5 and 2 coaches for grades 6-8, plus a minimum 6 girls to start the program.   Kelli Anderson has volunteered as one coach for middle school.  Contact Kelli Anderson 303-579-0665 or kelliandersonhomes@gmail.com with any questions.   If interested, please use this link to sign up http://www.signupgenius.com/RMAEGirlsontherun

Community Service Day is Wednesday April 27 – Community Service Day is an incredible day for our kids to learn to give back to their community. Our school is unique for setting aside a day for kids to empathize with others. This year we are focusing on cancer. Thankfully we have amazing parents that are working hard at coordinating age appropriate activities for each grade/class. However, there are still many ways that you can get involved. We always need extra hands, volunteers and donations. Please contact Jamie Brand jmeb53226@gmail.com, if you need more information or are interested in helping.

In years past, we have supplied t-shirts for all students, staff and coordinators to wear on the event day. It is powerful to see our kids out in the community wearing their shirts. Any parent-owned businesses that are interested sponsoring our Community Service Day t-shirt, please contact Jamie Brand jmeb53226@gmail.com or Gretchen Hock gretchen@evergreenvision.com to get more information. Looking forward to a wonderful and impactful day!

Staff Appreciation — Once again our staff was spoiled by our wonderful parents. Second grade parents treated the entire staff to a delicious Italian lunch with every kind of scrumptious pasta you can imagine. This was only outdone by the tiramisus and other tasty dessert treats!

NEWS FROM THE BOD

Please join us in congratulating Brad Giles, former BOD vice-president, who will be the Interim Board President for the remainder of the school year.  Brad is filling in for Alan Schiek, who stepped down from this position due to his increased scheduling and travel conflicts.  Alan will remain on the board as a parent representative.  Ned Parker submitted his letter of resignation to the BOD at the March meeting.  We wish to thank Ned for his many years of service to the school.

NEWS FROM THE FOUNDATION Thanks so much to RMAE parents. As of Thursday, 3/10 we have received $25,406. The gifts have come from 103 families, which is approximately 36%.

We are seeking new members for the next academic school year.  Please go to our website: http://www.rmae.org/foundation to read more about what we do.  This year our accomplishments included raising over $20,000 with the Evergreen Bluegrass Festival, raising over $10,000 with our Sponsorship campaign, raising $23,836 through Annual Giving, acquiring a professional Grant Writing Group, JVA, & aligning Colorado Gives Day for launch in December.  We have been able to provide the Middle School with new Chrome Books, disbursed money to PTO for Community Service Day and are getting ready to disburse funds for Technology and Security upgrades.  This is a great time to join this constructive group and support the teachers & students in our RMAE community. We meet the first Monday evening of each month at 6:00 PM in the Spanish room and invite you to join us!

 

NEWS FROM PTO

Take Me Out To The Auction!

(to the tune of “Take Me Out To The Ballgame”

Take Me Out To The Auction!!!!

Come join us at the Wild Game

Honey buy me a basket & our kids art!

Oh and let’s bid on that Telluride House!

Let me go go, go to the house in Breck(enridge)!

Friday, April 8 is the date

Man I really want to bid

On Sports memorabilia,

Rockies Tickets,

and other great stuff

at the RMAE auction!

We’re not stopping with the songs! Please join us to raise money for our students and teachers. We have excellent donations this year & all the money goes directly to the school to help our kids learn.

Interested in donating to or sponsoring the auction? Contact Laurie at laurie@scheik.com or Mary at mary_houlihan@hotmail.com.

Today (Friday) is the last day for Auction Class Sponsorships!!!  Please donate to support your Class Team!!

Important Dates

March 11 & 13      4th/5th grade musical at Center Stage

March 12               Talent Show at Center Stage

March 14               Hat Day, Students bring a dollar to wear a hat for Lymphoma

March 15               Parent University: Middle school meeting for 5th grade parents, 6:00 p.m.

March 17               St. Patrick’s Day, Irish Dance performance, 8:15 a.m.

March 21-25         Spring Break – No School

 

 

 

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