Director’s Newsletter July 15

Dear Parents,

Staffing Update – I am pleased to announce the addition of two new staff members to our RMAE community:
1.  First Grade – Jaye Scheid has accepted the first grade position vacated by Mr. Schotters (who accepted a position closer to his home).  Ms. Scheid is an Evergreen resident who has experience teaching our Core Knowledge curriculum to first graders. We feel fortunate to have such a qualified teammate to join Anna Grose, making an incredible first grade team!

2.  Sixth Grade English/Social Studies – We are so pleased to announce the return of Kimberly Darrington to RMAE.  Mrs. Darrington was a former RMAE teacher who moved out of the area but has recently returned to the Evergreen community.  Kimberly is an experienced Core Knowledge teacher who will be joining Cathy Goodheart to complete a dynamic sixth grade team! (Mrs. Sportel accepted a position at another school where she can pursue her leadership goals.)

Volunteer Clean-Up Day – Please mark your calendars for Saturday, August 6, to attend this fun and productive day to help prepare our campus for your children!  We welcome all parents to come to the school anytime between at 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Breakfast and lunch items will be served.  Some of the work options include landscaping tasks, converting one of our sheds into a woodworking shop, repairing the roof on one of the sheds, painting (inside and out), planting flowers, and general clean-up.  Since this is an busy work day, we encourage partnering with other parents for child care for younger students. This is a great opportunity to meet and visit with other RMAE parents.  All families will have a chance to come together as a family at the Ice Cream social on Friday, August 19.

NEWS FROM THE BOARD

Hello RMAE Families,
I just wanted to quickly update you on some happenings with your RMAE Board of Directors. We had a fairly busy meeting this past July 7th, as it was the first official meeting with all the new Board Members. Here are the highlights:

  • The Board would like to thank Jami Boarman, Jana Hamilton, and Jeff Wilhite for coming forward and volunteering to be our Community Representative, although Jami ultimately had to withdraw from consideration due to other commitments. After a great discussion, Jeff Wilhite was elected by the Board. Please join us in congratulating Jeff, and thanking again Jami and Jana for their willingness to contribute to RMAE.
  • The Board also elected our Officers for the 2016/2017 school year which are as follows:
    • Tim Lane – President
    • Laurel Hyslop – Vice President
    • Jodi Dorkin – Secretary
    • Kelli Anderson – Treasurer
  • Board Representatives to the various Committees and Organizations were also selected and a complete list will appear in the Minutes (to save space here).
  • The Board created a new Ad Hoc, Policy Task Force Committee tasked with a complete review of all our Governance documents (Bylaws, Handbooks, Charter Agreement, etc.) to try and identify inconsistencies that may exist, and then recommend changes for eliminating these inconsistencies. This Committee, led by Laurel Hyslop, will also serve to advise the Board and Administration in adherence to our governance documents and policies, thus having somewhat of an accountability role as well.

Finally, the Board still has one vacant Parent Representative position, which we would like to fill at our August 11th meeting. This would be a one year appointment by the Board, expiring on June 30, 2017. If you would be interested in serving on the Board, please submit a Letter of Intent to Tim Lane (tlane@rmae.org) by Monday August 1st,and plan to attend the August 11th meeting.

We hope you are having a great summer!

Regards,
Tim Lane – RMAE Board President.

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 www.evergreenbluegrassfestival.com and click on the purchase tickets tab.  Enter coupon code: RMAEFAM16.

If you are a business owner and are interested in sponsoring this event, information can be found at www.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!

Important Dates

August 6 – Volunteer Clean-Up Day at RMAE, 8:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.
August 19 –Kindergarten Round-Up, 2:00 p.m.
August 19 –Ice Cream Social, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
August 22 – First day for Kindergarten students
August 23 – First day for 1st – 8th grade students

 

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Director’s Newsletter July 1

Dear Parents,

I hope everyone is enjoying our beautiful Colorado summer!

Infinite Campus – The district is stating that this should be up and running again on July 7. We apologize on Jeffco’s behalf that parent portal, thus student report cards, have been unavailable.

NEWS FROM THE BOARD
Dear RMAE Families,
I hope you are enjoying your summer thus far, whether here in Colorado or with travels elsewhere. As you probably saw elsewhere in the newsletter, the next Board of Directors Meeting will be held on July 7th at 6:30 in the Spanish Room. This will be the first meeting of the new Board, where returning members Julie Hushen, Dr. Harrell, and myself welcome Kelli Anderson, Jodi Dorkin, Laurel Hyslop, Kyle Stultz, and Teacher Representative Dwight Koch.

At this meeting we will be electing our Officers for the 2016/2017 year. We will also be interviewing and selecting a new Community Representative from a group of 3 outstanding candidates in Jami Boarman, Jana Hamilton, and Jeff Wilhite. As always, Board Meetings are open to all so if you are not traveling and have the time, please join us as we begin a new year for the RMAE Board of Directors.

Regards,
Tim Lane, Acting RMAE Board President.

 

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 www.evergreenbluegrassfestival.com and click on the purchase tickets tab. Enter coupon code: RMAEFAM16.
• If you are a business owner and are interested in sponsoring this event, information can be found at www.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!

NEWS FROM THE PTO
Thank you to all the parents and staff who supported PTO this school year from using grocery gift cards, attending the auction, purchasing spirit wear and attending restaurant dining out events. On May 3rd, 24 Lego Mindstorm robots were delivered to school as a result of the paddle raise from the auction. The 3D printers have also arrived at school and are already being used. We donated $25,000 this year to the school, an additional $1,400 to supplement the paddle raise and purchase a 3D printer, and gave the entire main school and preschool staff an Amazon gift card as a year-end thank you for all their hard work this year.

Important Dates
July 7 – BOD Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Spanish room
August 6 – Volunteer Clean-Up Day at RMAE

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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 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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