Dear RMAE Parents,
Lockdown Drill – We are required by Jefferson County to conduct regular emergency preparation drills throughout the year. By December 7, we are required to have a Lockdown drill, which prepares for an intruder entering the building. This drill involves getting all students to a safe and secure location as soon as possible. If students happen to be outside when the drill occurs, they will be instructed to follow a staff member to a safe location. I am writing to let you know that your student may need to walk off the school grounds, led by a staff member. Students are not required to have a permission slip for this drill. Jefferson County personnel will assist us with the drill to offer suggestions so as to ensure that we are keeping all students as safe. To be a true drill, we are not allowed to notify teachers of the exact date and time for the drill.
Hour of Code –We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. But only a tiny fraction of us are learning computer science, and fewer students are studying it than a decade ago.
That’s why our entire school is joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 8-14). Last year, 15 million students were exposed to a week of computers science. This year, we’re joining students worldwide to reach 100 million students! Hour of Code makes a statement that RMAE is ready to teach these foundational 21st Century skills. To continue bringing programming activities to your students, we want to make our Hour of Code event huge. I encourage you to volunteer to speak to our students if you have experience in computer science during one of our assemblies on December 8. This is a chance to change the future of education in Evergreen. See http://hourofcode.com/us for details or contact tech teacher, Wendy Forsythe to volunteer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Council – Our RMAE Student Council has been very busy this year organizing events to help others in the Evergreen community as well as to provide fun activities for our students. Student council is self-sustaining, in that they raise money for the events that they sponsor, such as school dances where they pay for the venue, food, and DJs. Thanks to middle school teacher, Emily Johnson, for making student council an authentic learning experience in government for our students. The elected officers for this year are:
President – JJ Cox
Vice President – Clay Robertson
Secretary – Sophia Lamas
Treasurer – Susanna Shepard
Upcoming Student Council events that will benefit the Do Something elective: The middle school elective, Do Something teaches students ways to help others in need. For the month of December, the Do Something elective is working with Into Your Hands, a local non-profit that provides scholarships for Ugandan students. Funds raised are used in assisting students in attending college along with providing chickens and piglets to families to help make them more sustainable. Student Council is partnering with the Do Something elective to allow them to raise the money for this worthy cause.
Winter Grams –As it’s almost holiday time, student council will be sending out Winter Gram order forms. All order forms are due on December 8, and teachers will distribute the grams during the week before Winter Break. Proceeds will go toward a variety of donation projects to help pets, children, and schools in need during this holiday season along with a portion being donated to Into Your Hands. Thanks for your support!!
Middle school movie night is coming up! On December 12, 2014 student council is hosting a movie night at RMAE. It is from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. with a choice of 3 movies: Elf, Walter Mitty, and The Nightmare Before Christmas. Admission is $5.00 (to be paid at the door) which includes a slice of pizza. Students can purchase additional slices of pizza for $2 each. Do Something will also have drinks and snacks for purchase to help raise money to send a rural Ugandan student to college to become a teacher.
Snack Shack is back! PTO has graciously offered to allow Student Council to use Snack Shack as a fundraiser to support a teacher appreciation project. We will be selling drinks, snacks, and school supplies after school from 3:00-3:30 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays beginning December 1. Do Somethingwill be sponsoring the month of December with funds going to Into Your Hands. Snack Shack will also support various electives throughout the year.
The Eyes Have it! Please join us on December 5, from 1:30 – 7:00 p.m. for a special afternoon showcasing RMAE’s art and music at Evergreen Vision Clinic during their winter trunk show. A portion of the proceeds from the day’s event will be donated to Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen.
RMAE Odyssey of the Mind is off and running. We have three elementary teams and one middle school team this year. One of our elementary teams is looking for two to four more students to join their team. This team has chosen the vehicle problem which involves building a train. If your son or daughter is interested in creative problem solving, likes building things or performing; please contact Jeff Luken at email@example.com .
Top Three Volunteers – Welcome Laurie Morrill to the list of top 3 volunteers! Way to go! Laurie joins Liesl and Ned Parker followed by Christine and Jeff Emery, for highest number of volunteer hours for the week. Remember to log your hours on Our Volts on the RMAE home page at www.rmae.org
Speaking of volunteers, the entire RMAE staff would like to thank all of the parent volunteers who continue to make our staff appreciation weeks so wonderful. We are being lavished with delicious breakfast items, fabulous lunches, wonderful gifts and special treats. We are all feeling VERY appreciated and spoiled! We are truly thankful for all of you who make our days so bright and delicious!
RMAE Alumni Speak Out! We were so happy to hear from another RMAE alumni this past week. We are posting these testimonials on our website, so please spread the word that we want to hear from even more! Ask students to send us an email to let us know where they are, what they are up to, and what their experience was like at RMAE. Students may email Kate Collier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s what RMAE alumni, Kit H, had to say:
Coming from a small, close-nit school like RMAE, to a large 2000+ student school such as Lakewood High School (as one can imagine) was a little tough. But as the shock of not knowing everyone’s name wore off, it became more and more apparent how well RMAE had prepared me for high school. I am currently enrolled in Lakewood High Schools IB (International Baccalaureate) program, a program who’s reputation of unbearably hard academics frightened me. As I sat in my Honors Biology class, participating in the same lab as my 8th grade class once did, and in English class having previously studied at RMAE, in depth, 4 out of 5 of the novels my 9th grade English class will be reading. I am comforted, and confident that my teachers at/and RMAE have prepared me for high school in a way no other school could. If only RMAE continued through high school.
Make It, Bake It, Sew It – Kindergarten through 5th grade students have the opportunity to sign up for Home Economics after school classes with a crafty twist! This is a unique opportunity to learn to cook, make fun crafts like Needle felting, do woodworking, and learn to sew. Classes are on six Thursdays after school, beginning December 11, for $75.00. Contact Carrie Quinn at email@example.com or (619) 306-3563. Registration forms are also available at the front office.
Support our team! The Jefferson County Midget Football Association (JMFA) is hosting the Carnation Bowl this Saturday, November 22, at 11:00 a.m. at Trailblazer Stadium at 50 S. Kipling in Lakewood, CO. Many of our RMAE students play in MAMFA (Mountain Area Midget Football Association) which is part of JMFA. MAMFA rents out our turf field for practices, so we feel that they are part of our school community. One of the MAMFA teams made it to the Carnation Bowl. RMAE 4th grader, Ethan Schiek, is on the D2 team that beat out an undefeated South Jefferson team at the semi-finals last week, putting them in the Carnation Bowl this Saturday. So if you are looking for an exciting Saturday family activity, come out and support our team!
November and December Core Virtues: Duty and Charity. We will be collecting any non-perishable food and toiletry items in each classroom to be given to the Senior Resource Center (SRC). The SRC is a community partner which provides services to aging adults and their families. Gift cards or checks are also appreciated and can be made to Senior Resource Center and brought to the main office. These funds are used to purchase supplemental and perishable goods. Please consider taking time at the store to pick up items to donate to help spread the RMAE sense of duty and charity to the Evergreen community. Please bring donations to the school by Thursday, December 4.
November 21 Staff Development Day, No School for Students
November 24-28 Thanksgiving Break
December 4 Holiday Food Drive Items Due
December 5 Tryouts for Spring Musical
December 9 Open Houses for Prospective Parents 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
December 11 Meeting at the Preschool for Kindergarten Parents for the 2015-2016 School Year
December 11 Board of Directors Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Spanish room
December 14 Cookies with Santa, 1:00-3:00 p.m. School Cafeteria
Best wishes to RMAE families and friends for a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. I am thankful for the opportunity to work with all of you and your delightful children.