Director’s Newsletter Oct 23

Dear RMAE Parents,

Veteran’s Day Celebration – Please plan to join us on Veteran’s Day, Thursday, November 11, 2014, from 10:40 -11:40 a.m. for our all-school assembly outside on our new field. We are partnering with the Evergreen American Legion to honor our veterans.   RMAE parents, grandparents, or other relatives who have served in any branch of the military are encouraged to come in uniform to be recognized and/or share stories. Music will be provided by our choirs and band. Please join us for this patriotic celebration to honor our men and women who served the cause of freedom.

Top Volunteers – Kudos to our top 3 families for logging the most volunteer hours for the past 6 weeks! Congratulations to Christine and Jeff Emery, Liesl and Ned Parker, and Tiffany Branson for their time and talent to help out in so many different areas of the school. Bookmark this link: www.ourvolts.com/site/rocky-mountain-academy-evergreen to register your volunteer hours or log on to www.rmae.org and click on “Our Volts” and record your hours.

Messages to students – To limit the number of interruptions to the classroom, the front office will now hand deliver messages instead of calling classrooms. Your assistance with pre-arranging pick-up schedules or other messages to your student prior arriving at school is greatly appreciated and will assist the front office.

Chess Club – Chess club starts this Monday, October 27, from 3:15 –4:45 p.m. in Building 3 in Ms. Johnson’s room. We have partnered with Rowan Tate, a chess master in the Denver area, to coach all students, whether beginner or advanced. The cost is $60 for six sessions. Registration forms can be picked up at the front office or go to www.Wiz-Kids.org to sign up.

RMAE car magnets for sale – Be prepared tomorrow, Friday, October 24, at the Trunk or Treat, to purchase a shiny new RMAE magnet to place on your car. For only $5.00 you can show your school pride while helping the 6th graders raise money for class trips.

Odyssey of the Mind Sign up – A reminder that the deadline to sign up your child for Odyssey of the Mind is tomorrow, Friday, October 24. If you have questions about the program, please email Brinda Pumphrey at blanepumphre@rmae.org or call 303-932-0935. Registration forms are available at the school front office.

Volunteer Opportunities of the Week –PTO is offering the following volunteer opportunities:

            1 – Talent Show Coordinator – We need one or two people to take over organizing the RMAE talent                show.  Gretchen Moritz and Carrie Quinn will assist and guide the process.  Contact Gretchen Moritz           at gmoritz@rmae.org

            2 – Holiday Food Drive Coordinator – We need someone to coordinate the school wide food drive.  Each      class has a coordinator that you will oversee.  Contact Christine Emery at cemery80439@gmail.com

            3 – Auction Planning Committee – We are planning to meet on November 5th at the Bagelry right after          drop off.  Come and give input for the school auction this year.  Contact Kelly Breuer          at kellyannbreuer@gmail.com

            4 – Evening With Santa – We need a coordinator(s) to take on planning our evening with Santa on 12/12           from 5:00-7:00 pm.  Contact Kelly Breuer at kellyannbreuer@gmail.com.

A Night at the Arts: The Beat Goes ON! – Please mark your calendars for November 11 to attend this middle school fundraiser the entire family will enjoy. There is a Live Auction with fabulous student artwork to bid on as well as purchase raffle tickets. Music will be provided by 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.

“Race to Nowhere” – The RMAE community has been invited to attend a screening of this documentary that calls us to challenge current thinking about how we prepare our children for success. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with teachers and administrators in the choice movement. For more information you may click on Film Synopsis. The screening is taking place at Mountain Phoenix Community School located at Great Hall, MPCS Campus, 4725 Miller Street, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033Tickets are free, but space is limited, so you must register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/race-to-nowhere-presented-by-mountain-phoenix-community-school-tickets-13170125199

October Core Virtues: Courage and Wisdom – With our Veteran’s Day celebration coming up next month, I thought the following quote by Emerson was appropriate for this month’s virtue of “Wisdom”:

            Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you      that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To    map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs.         Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.     Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Important Dates:

October 23        Middle School Dance at the Lakehouse, 5:00-8:00 p.m.

October 24        Trunk or Treat – 5:00-7:00 p.m.

October 27         Chess Club, 3:15 p.m.

October 31         Halloween parties/parade

November 11     Veteran’s Day Celebration, 10:40-11:40 a.m.

November 11     “Night of the Arts”

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Director’s Newsletter Oct 16

Dear RMAE Parents,

Importance of School Hours—We are experiencing increasing number of students arriving late to school as well as being picked up early. This is disruptive to the school day. Our dedicated teachers start class on time and teach until it is time for dismissal. When your child arrives late, he/she is missing important information as well as disrupting others. We appreciate that emergencies arise which require an early dismissal, however these should be the exception.

A reminder that the school day hours are:

Middle   7:45 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

K-3      8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

4-5        8:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Thank you for your help ensuring your student arrives on time to get settled in and ready to learn on time as well as stay seated until dismissal.

Parenting Safe Children — Congregation Beth Evergreen is hosting the “Preventing Child Sexual Abuse . . . One Community at a Time” workshop, with featured speaker, Karen Torf. This workshop provides meaningful information. The workshop is Saturday, November 15, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Cost is $53.75 which includes materials and snack. For more information or visit: https://parentingsafechildrenworkshopnov15.event brite.com/

Odyssey of the Mind Sign up – A reminder that the deadline to sign up your child for Odyssey of the Mind is next Friday, October 24. If you have questions about the program, please email Brinda Pumphrey at blanepumphre@rmae.org or call 303-932-0935. Registration forms are available at the school front office.

Log for Volunteer Hours – Please bookmark this link: www.ourvolts.com/site/rocky-mountain-academy-evergreen to register your volunteer hours or simply log on to our website at www.rmae.org and click on the “Our Volts” link and record your hours.

Volunteer Interest Survey — Several time a year, PTO sends out a survey to gauge interest and create a list of possible volunteers for different areas of the school. Please click on the link below to give your input as well as consider volunteering. We appreciate our many longtime, faithful volunteers, and we look forward to seeing many new faces around the campus!

https://docs.google.com/a/rmae.org/forms/d/1T_0w_Xg1pKCiqo9cKyvPuWCoUqvnAVoFYJFVH9mXIpI/viewform

Volunteer Opportunity of the Week –“Conference Room Decorator”   We are looking for a volunteer to take over updating the conference room in the front office. This room also doubles as a math classroom. The room is in need of paint, clean-up, putting up (a new whiteboard) and fix-up (some shelving needs to be disassembled and removed). Ideally work would be done after school hours or on the weekend. Contact Kate Collier at kcollier@rmae.org or call the front office at 303-670-1070.

Halloween Grams – A reminder that these forms are due 10/23. Forms are available at the front office for parents to pick up and complete. These “Halloween Grams” provide an opportunity to send a Halloween gift (duck or eyeballs!) along with a special message to your student. These grams will be delivered the week of Halloween. Cost is $1.00 for two ducks or two eyeballs!

Chess Club – Please locate the flyer in your child’s Friday Folders to sign up for chess club. We have partnered with Rowan Tate, a chess master in the Denver area, to coach all students, whether beginner or advanced. The club will begin on Monday, October 27, from 3:30-4:45 for six consecutive weeks. The cost is $60 for six sessions. Registration forms can also be picked up at the front office.

Spooky Spaghetti and Monster Meatballs – Be sure to get your reservations in for this spooky spaghetti dinner to enjoy before Trunk or Treating! You may purchase tickets at the front office or from Ms. Johnson at the middle school. Tickets are $5.00 per person. Reservations required, so please purchase tickets ASAP!

Middle School Fall Dance – Tickets are on sale from Ms. Johnson for $5.00. You may also pre-pay for slices of pizza ($2.00/each). The dance is 5:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday, October 23, at the Lake House.

A Night at the Arts: The Beat Goes ON! – Please mark your calendars for November 11 to attend this middle school fundraiser the entire family will enjoy. There is a Live Auction with fabulous student artwork to bid on as well as purchase raffle tickets. Music will be provided by 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.

Coats for Colorado — Join in a long-standing stranding tradition of keeping Coloradoans warm by donating to Coats for Colorado.  Bring your gently used or new coats to any Dependable Cleaners between October 1st and November 30th.

Important Dates:

October 17        Movie Night at the School, 3:00 p.m. K-5

October 23        Middle School Dance at the Lakehouse, 5:00-8:00 p.m.

October 24        Trunk or Treat – 5:00-7:00 p.m.

October 27         Chess Club, 3;30 p.m.

November 11     “Night of the Arts”

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Director’s Newsletter Oct 9

Dear RMAE Parents,

Odyssey of the Mind – There will be an Informational Meeting for interested students, parents, and potential coaches in the art room on Tuesday, October 14, from 3:20-4:20 p.m. If you have questions about Odyssey of the Mind or are interested in starting a team, please contact Brinda Pumphrey at blanepumphrey@rmae.org

Odyssey of the Mind is an extra-curricular school activity in creative problem-solving. Modeled on interscholastic sports, Odyssey of the Mind’s creative competitions combines the excitement of athletic competition with the fun-filled and often zany mental gymnastics. Teams consist of 5 to 7 members and compete at local, state, and world competitions.

In the process of solving their problems, children learn to think outside the box, work together to develop creative solutions to solve problems. These are the skills that we aspire to teach to all students to prepare them for their futures. I encourage you to consider this opportunity for your student.

Movie Night – Please note that the upcoming movie night on Friday, October 17, starts right after school at 3:00 p.m. Therefore, students do NOT need to be picked up after school, but may go directly to movie night.

Halloween Grams – A reminder that these forms are due 10/23. Forms are available at the front office for parents to pick up and complete. These “Halloween Grams” provide an opportunity to send a Halloween gift (duck or eyeballs!) along with a special message to your student. These grams will be delivered the week of Halloween. Cost is $1.00 for two ducks or two eyeballs!

Chess Club – A flyer will be coming home soon with the details of our new chess club for K-8 students, beginning on Monday, October 27, from 3:30-4:45p.m. at the school. We have partnered with Rowan Tate, a chess master in the Denver area, to coach all students, whether beginner or advanced. The sessions will be on Mondays for six consecutive weeks. The cost is $60 for six sessions. Look for more details to come home in Friday folders. Thanks to RMAE parent, Jen Allbritton, for taking the lead in bringing this opportunity to our school.

Trunk or Treat Spaghetti Dinner – Student Council is sponsoring a spaghetti dinner to provide a nutritious meal to your children before they gobble goodies. Tickets can be purchased at the front office or from Ms. Johnson at the middle school. Tickets are $5.00 per person. Bring the entire family for dinner, then enjoy trunk or treating!

Middle School Fall Dance – Tickets are on sale from Ms. Johnson for $5.00. You may also pre-pay for slices of pizza ($2.00/each). The dance is 5:00-8:00 p.m., October 23, at the Lakehouse.

A Night at the Arts: The Best Goes ON! – Please mark your calendars for November 11 to attend this middle school fundraiser the entire family will enjoy. There is a Live Auction with fabulous student artwork to bid on as well as purchase raffle tickets. Music will be provided by 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.

Parent Survey – Drive Smart would appreciate your feedback on the Field Day for Safety activities that were held at the school a couple of weeks ago. They have created an anonymous survey for parents about this day of safety. Please take a moment to answer seven quick questions about car safety. Please click on the link to take the survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TK8DF6F

Original Works – We are offering this program once again for you to have the opportunity to purchase a variety of products featuring your child’s very own artwork. Please look for the details as well as an order form coming home in Friday Folders. Additional program and product information can be found at www.originalworks.com  You may also contact Laurie Shields at 303-915-5397for more information.

Spreading Random Acts of Kindness — This fall, RMAE connected once again with our sister school, Lumberg Elementary, a Jeffco school with a high population of disadvantaged students, to spread acts of kindness. With the help of Valerie Tomasi and our second grade teachers, Karen Hines and Ann Hushen, many school supplies were collected and donated to the school . Clothing donations left over from the swap found good homes with deserving students thanks to the efforts of Monica Rabanal. Assistant principal at Lumberg, James Younger, remarked that these donations were simply “awesome!” Way to go, RMAE!

Important Dates:

October 9         Board of Directors’ meeting, 6:30 p.m.

October 17        Movie Night at the School, 3:00 p.m. K-5

October 23        Middle School Dance at the Lakehouse, 5:00-8:00 p.m.

October 27         Chess Club, 3;30 p.m.

October 24        Trunk or Treat – 5:00-7:00 p.m.

November 11     “Night of the Arts”

For our children,

 

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Director’s Newsletter Oct 2

Dear RMAE Parents,

New Look! We hope you find our new website easy to navigate, complete with current information about our school, teachers, and upcoming events. Our goal is to make this valuable communication tool the cornerstone for easily accessing teacher websites, school calendars, attendance information. You will also find the complete Family Handbook to answer questions throughout the year. We want this to be YOUR website and so we encourage your feedback, suggestions, and recommendations.

Go Orange Results – Thanks so much to Christine Emery for heading up this important event to raise money for “Share our Strength, No Kid Hungry.” Thanks to RMAE students, staff, and parents for raising awareness, funds, and food for deserving children. We made quite an impact at EChO, our local food bank by donating 1002 pounds of food! We raised $219.00 or enough for an additional 2,190 meals. Christine would like to thank the following people for their help: Amy Jacobs, Liesl Parker, Jen Richards, Tami Courtney, Tara Saltzman, Kristi Gonzales, Kate Collier, Carrie Quinn, Christine Schoen, Mitch Goldenberg, Megan Ellis, Shawnna Jermano, Imogine Harris, Matt Emery, and Sydney Parker.

Trunk or Treat –Halloween season is here and Student Council is getting ready to help PTO with Trunk or Treat. Student Council is setting up a $5 per person sit-down dinner, complete with spaghetti and meatballs, salad, garlic bread, and drinks, at 5:00 p.m.– 5:30 p.m. on Friday, October 24. Provide your children with a nutricious meal before they gobble goodies and enjoy the Haunted Hall, which will run from 5:30-7:00 p.m. You can purchase tickets at the front office of the school or Ms. Johnson’s middle school classroom. Please check out the Google Doc to donate food and decoration items.

Halloween-Grams — Keep an eye out for your student’s Halloween Gram order forms, due on October 23. Students will receive their grams on Halloween.

Field Day for Safety – Drive Smart conducted their Field Day for Safety activities at RMAE this past Friday and would like your feedback regarding this program. Please take a moment and answer seven quick questions to provide feedback for this valuable safety program.

Gifted and Talented Parent Meeting – Jeffco’s third parent seminar is a collaboration with CAGT Parent Institute for the 2014-2015 school year and is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on October 20, 2014, at the Marriott Denver Tech Center.  The topic is The Many Faces of Gifted: Meeting the Unique Needs of Exceptional Children. $20 registration fee. Registration: http://www.coloradogifted.org/parent-institute

A Night at the Arts: The Beat Goes ON! – Please mark your calendars for November 11 to attend this middle school fundraiser the entire family will enjoy. There is a Live Auction with fabulous student artwork to bid on as well as purchase raffle tickets. Music will be provided by 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Dinner will be available for purchase, so please plan to make it a Night at the Arts!

Core Virtues Assembly: We ended the month of September with our K-5 Core Virtues Assembly celebrating students who received a “Golden Ticket” for demonstrating Respect and Responsibility during the month. Everything from turning in homework on time to helping picking up trash on the playground was recognized.

October Core Virtue – For the month of October we will be discussing the Core Virtues of Wisdom and Courage. We define Wisdom as knowledge of things that matter and Courage as doing what is right in the face of fear. During the month, remember to highlight these virtues at home as opportunities arise.

Important Dates:

October 2    AAA Meeting, 5:00 p.m.

October 8    Foundation Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

October 9    Board of Directors’ meeting, 6:30 p.m.

October 17    Movie Night at the School, 4:00 p.m. K-5

October 23    Middle School Dance at the Lakehouse, 5:00-8:00 p.m.

October 24    Trunk or Treat – 5:00-7:00p.m.

For our children,

 

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Hard work

Thought for today: Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.

We will be meeting this coming Friday to go over all homework assignments for the following week.

Parents – two items for Tuesday

  1. have your student bring several #2 pencils for test taking
  2. provide some healthy snacks for your student
  3. make sure they get plenty of sleep

Important items for my classroom:

  • Always be on time
  • Tie your shoes
  • Do not chew gum

 

Thank you,

Ms. Sally Doe

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Dear Parents

Dear Parents,
I hope your summer is off to a great start.

In order to help your upcoming 1st grader’s skills stay sharp over the summer, I have uploaded a summer study packet for them to complete on my Teacher Page. The kids will be given homework passes and/or extra credit for their work. Please visit my website via rmae.org. Once there, go to the documents page. There is a folder for summer study as well as one for recommended websites.

Please feel free to email me with any questions they may have. I am looking forward to seeing them this fall.

Thank you,

 

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Last Growl for 2013 2014 year!

In This Growl-

  • Summer Contact Information
  • Reduced Front Office Summer Hours
  • Clothing Swap donations
  • Lost and Found
  • CAE’s Wild Wild West art contest winners!
  • Snapmomma

 

Summer Contact Information

Enrollment staff will be available by email or phone calls over the summer vacation please leave a message and Enrollment will get back to you. kcollier@rmae.org

 

Reduced Front Office Summer Hours begins June 9th through June 30th. There are no office hours in July regular office hours begin August 4th. Contact information dwalton@rmae.org for building or field rental or any or any other non-enrollment questions.

 

Clothing Swap donations are pouring in but we will still accept stuff until June 3rd look for the swap to take place Friday August 22nd.

First day back to school is August 25th.

 

Lost and Found: Final day to locate your items is Wednesday the 28th! All items will be donated to area thrift stores, Twigs (for our school account) and our uniform exchange in the fall.

 

CAE’s Wild Wild West art contest winners

Last month, fifth graders from five mountain schools sent in artwork to the Center for the Arts Evergreen​​to be used​​in a fundraiser taking place on June 18 at the Evergreen Fine Arts Gallery.

​37 designs​​were chosen to be printed on to ceramic plates​​which will be​auctioned off to raise money for CAE’s “Arts in the Schools” program.

 

​I’m​proud to let you know that

​20 of the 37 artworks chosen were created by our artists at ​

RMAE, which is a very large percentage of those selected. In addition, Mackenzie Campbell won the first place ribbon, Ally Drews won the third place ribbon, and So​fia Verheij won an honorable mention title. Our children shine again!

​Additional winners are:​

 

Nash Mitchell

Seryn Grant

Cooper Frey

Jack Courim

Carly DiPirro

Devyn Neiman

Emily Hensiek

Sarah Jermano

Emily Burt

Megan Ellis

Jennifer Lawrence

Sydney Vanderzee

Imogen Harris

Ryder Price

Sydney Parker

Emily Butcher

Clay Woodall

 

Please note the following important dates:

June 1 – 21 Original art work displayed at CAE

June 18, 2014- (4-6pm) Reception at Evergreen Fine Art Gallery. Awards and ribbons will be given.

June 21, 2014- Bidding closes at 2pm.

The kids had so much fun working on this project. We hope you’ll come in to see the fantastic collection.

Snapmomma

Check out www.snapmomma.com if you ordered Spring Portraits!

The first batch is already posted (Spring 2014 gallery) and the rest will be coming in over the next several days. Professional prints are available to order online starting at $1.99! Our kids look GORGEOUS!

A flyer will be going home on Tuesday reminding you to check the site to view your proofs and order prints.

 

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Thank you 7th & 8th Graders & Parents!

Dear Parents and Students:

Thank you for such a truly amazing school year this year!  From our European cultures celebrations in 7th grade and the poetry slam, all the way to Shakespeare Day and Moab in 8th grade, it’s been a fabulous year!  Thank you parents for your support and positivity and thank you students for your dedication, kindness, and fun energy–you make my job exciting and new each and every day!  And thanks for whipping me into shape this year– Zumba, running, nature appreciation and more have helped me get fit for Kilimanjaro.  When I summit (cross your fingers for me!), I will say a word of thanks for all of you at nearly 20,000 feet.  You truly make me grateful to work in such a beautiful community.  I look forward to hearing wonderful updates from this graduating 8th grade class, and to making new memories with next year’s 8th grade.  Don’t forget to do you summer reading, people, and have an AMAZING summer vacation! :)  -Ms. Rachel Smith

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Pool Party

Just a quick reminder to send your student in their swim suit for tomorrows big party. Make sure they were good shoes so they can hike over to the rec center.

 

Pick up is at the rec center at 2:30.

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You did it!!!!

Wow! Parents your amazing students are about to be fifth graders! A big gratitude to Mary and Josh White for a fabulous end of the year party! If your student did not hand you a DVD of 4th grade memories please ask them to see it, it is absolutely beautiful.
Tuesday, off to the museum to dissect things! Please have your student wear their red collared shirt, and bring a sack lunch
Wednesday: Clean-out desks and clean the classroom, end of year assembly, and it’s summer!

Thank-you all so much for a fabulous year, and all you have done for your student and our classroom! These students are the best!
Mary Gordon

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