News from the Principal
The Twelve Days of Christmas is an English Christmas carol that enumerates a series of increasingly grand gifts given on each of the twelve days of Christmas in the manner of a cumulative song. Did you know that historically this carol refers to the twelve days after Christmas? Without question one’s true love would have to receive a lot of gift cards this year to purchase all of these grand gifts. One cost estimate for these gifts this year stands at $34,363.49. Cute song. Cute gifts. But, I’d rather have a BMW.
As a take-off on this carol here are the “Twelve Wishes for RMAE” during this Christmas and Hanukkah Season and 2017. Each wish comes from a special person (position) at RMAE and each wish can be fulfilled by parents, students, and staff throughout the year. Would anyone like to try and sing these wishes in the same meter, tune, and best? Or, maybe just feel free to hum a tune while reading these very important (and timely) wishes.
For the first wish for RMAE
our Board President (Kyle Stults) asks:
that the RMAE community will start the New Year with a renewed spirit of optimism and commitment to making good things happen for the school through the remainder of the year.
For the second wish for RMAE
our PTO President (Tiffany Fontaine) asks:
that RMAE continues to see itself grow into greatness and that as we come back from winter break everyone will continue to come together and support our school both on campus and in our Evergreen community.
For the third wish for RMAE
our PTO VP of Volunteerism (Mary Houlihan) asks:
that RMAE will enjoy a renewed sense of volunteerism with parents helping just to help, and in turn supporting our children, our teachers, our school and our community.
For the fourth wish for RMAE
our SAC Chairperson (Russ Arnold ) asks:
that RMAE becomes a community that has a deep understanding of who we are and that we live out that identity with authenticity.
For the fifth wish for RMAE
one of our teacher aides (Sean Fitzgerald) asks:
that there will be school unity with staff, parents and children, that everyone’s efforts will be aligned and moving toward a common goal and vision, and that our enrollment will increase.
For the sixth wish for RMAE
our first grade teacher (Anna Grose) states:
a wish for all of the RMAE students… to continue to believe in yourself, your ability and your awesome greatness remembering that the RMAE staff will always have your back!
For the seventh wish for RMAE
our fourth grade teacher (Mary Gordon) asks:
that at RMAE we all work together to celebrate this very special and amazing place with a hope that we all value one another, communicate clearly, and “hear one another” as our school heals and moves forward.
For the eighth wish for RMAE
our middle school science teacher (Tony Bryant ) asks:
that this season especially, our RMAE Family (students, parents, staff, Board of Directors, and alumni) will come together with a clear and attainable vision for the future of this remarkable school which has such a rich history of serving this community.
For the ninth wish for RMAE
our middle school music teacher (Gretchen Moritz) asks:
that as a whole community we will be focused and more verbal about all that is good at our school and that by doing so it will lead us to a deeper realization of how important this school is to our kids and community and how much we do indeed love RMAE.
For the tenth wish for RMAE
our Facilities Manager (Brian Seely) asks:
that RMAE parents and neighbors begin serious conversations with the County Commissioners to officially declare Royale Elk Way a street/roadway to be serviced and maintained by the county’s road department.
For the eleventh wish for RMAE
our attendance secretary (Susan Murphy) asks:
that parents will always remember to notify the school about their child’s absence in an early and timely manner by calling the office or emailing Attendance@RMAE.org.
For the twelfth wish for RMAE
our Charter Achievement Director (Tim Matlick) asks:
that every RMAE Grizzly (big and small) will learn, grow and reach his or her full potential by having a great day at school every day!
Well, since RMAE is special, here is a thirteenth wish from our Principal, Dr. Stueven who asks:
that if all twelve wishes are fulfilled, RMAE won’t need thirteen.
Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and may all of your wishes come true, too!
Elective of the Week – We will begin highlighting Middle School electives weekly. The first elective being Mrs. Darrington’s Yoga Elective:
Yoga is a series of stretches and poses that you do with breathing techniques. It has several health benefits like increasing flexibility, improving balance, and decreasing cholesterol and heart disease. Our middle school yogis (that’s what you’re called when you practice yoga) have been working on individual and partner poses. Partner poses seem to be our favorite! The yoga elective is offered twice a week and is guided by Mrs. Darrington.
New Attendance Email – in an effort to streamline our attendance procedures and make it easier for parents, we have added an attendance email account. Please begin to utilize this new email address to report your child’s absence – email@example.com. As before, you may also call the attendance line at our main number. Remember to include the reason for the absence and the date or dates for which they will be absent. Thank you for your assistance with this change.
Volunteers Needed at Morning Drop-Off – Thank you to those parents who have been assisting us at the morning drop off, especially on those really chilly mornings! We are looking for additional volunteers to sign up in January. It would be great, and helpful, to have a least two to three parent volunteers each day who are willing to assist with arrivals in the circle from 7:30am to 8:00am. If you are available to help, please call the office. An on-line process to set-up parent volunteers will begin in February.