Principal’s Newsletter – April 13

News from the Principal

Do You Love Trees?

We certainly do here at RMAE! Our school has been officially recognized as a Colorado Project Learning Tree (PLT) School in partnership with the Colorado State Forest Service. Teachers attended two separate professional development in-services (January 6 and again yesterday) with some required "homework" to help RMAE receive this recognition. Congratulations to our teachers and especially for the hard work of Tracee Vickery with planning, organizing, and facilitating the PLT training. Special thanks also to our PTO for purchasing PLT's K-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide.

So, do you love trees? No doubt, just by living in this beautiful mountain community that question is answered. However, RMAE is positioned to provide you an opportunity to take action on that "love". One outcome of our teachers participating in PLT is that RMAE received 120 native Colorado seedlings from the nursery at Colorado State University. Twenty of these seedlings will be planted by each class in designated areas on our campus. This leaves 100 seedlings to offer to families to plant on their own property.

How do you get one of these seedlings? This opportunity will be discussed in class by teachers with their students. Next step is for the student to take a form home to be filled out, getting permission to bring a seedling home. This form also includes a plan for its planting and care. Please work with your child to help make this school-to-home project successful. Seedlings will be given to the first 100 "applicants".

Our next step as a school (which will include more participation by students) is to become a National PLT Green School focused on the use and management of our natural resources and environment. Exciting stuff!

I wish you the best to you and your family this Passover and Easter weekend.

Preschool – Under New Management, Same Quality Program, Same Location

The RMAE Preschool will officially become The Learning Center (TLC) Preschool of Evergreen on July 1st. The preschool, under the direction of Debbie Caruso, will continue with the Core Knowledge Program. If you have a preschooler, don't pass up the opportunity to be part of this quality program. RMAE will continue with established connections between TLC preschoolers and our middle schoolers. Look for more information on this transition for TLC and our continued partnership in future newsletters.

Director/Principal Search

As a reminder, the first opportunity for the Search Committee to interview selected applicants is this Saturday, April 16. There will be two interviews: one at 9:00am (by Skype) and the second at 10:30am. These interviews will be held in the music room downstairs. Please access the building through the cafeteria (south doors). If you do attend, it will be as observers only.

Gary Stueven
Your Principal

RMAE Happenings

Talent Show – Kudos go to Don Williams for putting together the talent show this year. TalentShow_StepDancersWho knew there was so much talent right here in our little school! RMAE has a huge body of vocal talent along with talented students who performed magic acts, dancing, and played melodies on the violin, piano and cello. There were 34 acts which included more than 40 students who performed their talents in front of a standing room only crowd of proud parents. Thank you to the students who participated and their parents for supporting them.TalentShow_SingingDancing

Willy Wonka Production – Next Week – Don’t Miss out! – Purchase tickets early as we have a history of selling out every performance, each year. WILLYWONKA-JR_LOGO_FULL_4CShows are Friday, April 21st at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 22nd at 1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. at the Center Stage in Evergreen. Directed by: Gretchen Moritz & Leann Rogers Purchase tickets at

Last week for can collecting for the Baskin Robbins and EChO Food Drive – Baskin Robbins is facilitating a food drive to benefit Evergreen Christian Outreach (EChO), which in turn benefits those families in need of a little assistance right here in our Evergreen community. This is where you come in – we are asking our families to donate canned goods to assist in the collection efforts. The classroom that brings in the most canned goods will be awarded with an ice cream party sponsored by Evergreen Baskin Robbins! So, send those canned goods to school with your students for them to deliver to their classrooms by April 19th. The owner of Baskin Robbins (a former RMAE parent) will collect the cans from the school to then construct a CAN DAM masterpiece inside the Baskin Robbins store for all to admire (after which, they will be delivered to EChO)!

Sunshine Committee Requests –  The Gaskell family (Gavin & Landon Fullmer, 5th & 4th grade) is in need of help with rides home from school and meal support for several weeks (beginning April 19th) while mom Britt recovers from upcoming rotator cuff surgery. Please go to our Google Doc to sign up. Thanks in advance for SHINING on the Gatskell/Fullmer's. Questions, please contact:
Jen Fitzgerald,, 303.882.7429

PE News – Please make sure kids come prepared to be outside for PE. Mark your calendar for our upcoming Field Days:
  Elementary – Friday, May 12
  Middle – Monday, May 15
Ms. Forsythe will be sending out more details and a sign-up sheet for volunteers in the next couple weeks.

PARCC Testing – is over – Yay!

Still Searching….Help! Volunteer(s) Needed – Avoid the rush… First come, first served… We are still searching for a volunteer with reasonable painting skills to give our lobby a facelift. If you can help out in this way, please contact the school office as soon as possible. Thank you!

Elective of the Week – Field Hockey –  Middle Schoolers are having a blast in Miss Landau’s field hockey elective! This complicated sport, with over 15 rules to learn, is not an easy feat for these middle school students. Students are working on dribbling techniques, passing, and defending when learning the fundamentals of field hockey. elective_FieldHockey1Everyone loves playing games like steal the bacon, knock out, and full field scrimmage. Trevor and Langston say they enjoy field hockey because of the challenge, it is new, and lots of fun! Field hockey is a predominantly female sport in the U.S., yet the elective consists of mostly boys! There are opportunities throughout Colorado to continue field hockey. If any of your students are interested in summer camps or summer field hockey teams, feel free to contact Miss Landau for more information.elective_FieldHockey2

Art Shows – The RMAE art department is pleased to announce two shows running concurrently with artwork by RMAE elementary and middle school students. Stop in to check them out if you are in the area.

Elementary School Entries are at the Evergreen Jefferson County Public Library during the month of April. This exhibit showcases more than 25 projects and 46 artists. Congratulations to the following artists who are participating in this year's show:

Enzo Africano
Chase Allbritton
Isaac Arnold
Chloe Bender
Madison Benninger
Karrik Boyle
Katriel Boyle
Anna Brand
Caitlyn Buchanan
Ellie Cahill
Brandon Chambers
Samuel Clackler
Sophia Corrin
Jesse Dorkin
Logan Edmunds
Vincent Emmi
Noah Fierst
Avery Fitzgerald
Peyton Fitzgerald
Amelia Fontaine
Graham Forsythe
Gavin Fullmer
Alexandra Galloway
Abigail Geiger
Xavier Gomez
Jadyn Hager
Layla Hiltabiddle
Ava Holub
Hannah Holub
Ned Houlihan
Tyler Jackson
Evelyn Jensen
Lily Kern
Raya Koeva
Charlotte Koningsbauer
Rollie Lindsay
Katherine Mahler
Hudson McCormack
Jillian Morrill
Richie Muller
Kaia Packer
Kirra Packer
Owen Parkins
Bethany Reimers
Megan Rohal
Adelyn Ward

Middle School Art Show Entries: Six middle school students have art on display in the juried 18th Annual Jeffco Middle School Art Show at the Lakewood Cultural Center, with one of them receiving an award. Please stop by to see the amazing art done by middle school students from across the district if you are in the area. The show is at 470 S. Allison Parkway in Lakewood, near the intersection of Alameda and Wadsworth. There is an opening reception on April 27 from 5-8 pm.

Congratulations to the following artists:

  • Jaden Best -
    black and white drawing category
  • Ellie Geiger -
    black and white drawing category
  • Isabelle McLain -
    painting category
  • Sidney Parker -
    Honorable Mention in the sculpture category
  • Kelsey Vaughn -
    black and white drawing category
  • Serena Weingardt -
    painting category

The middle school art teacher, Brinda Lane-Pumphrey will also have her own artwork in the juried Jeffco Teachers Exhibit, also at the Lakewood Cultural Center in the James J. Richey Gallery from April 12 – May 5 with an opening reception at the same time as the middle school opening reception. Look for paintings signed b. lane.

A collection of middle school student artwork is also on display in the Evergreen Jefferson County Public Library. Congratulations to the following middle school artists who are participating in the library show:

Cora Adcock
Grace Anderson
Jaden Best
Kimball Boyle
Melia Carvalho
Trevor Chartier
Megan Ellis
Brynna Frey
Ellie Geiger
Zach Goldenberg
Anna Jermano
Elias Langenegger
Maddox Lee Kested
Renee' Maynard
Isabelle McLain
Caitlyn Morrill
Sidney Parker
Nathaniel Parkins
Leighla Riemma
Trina Ryan
Ellie Seutter
Zane Steele

(Click to see a larger image.)

Yearbooks: Order your 2016-2017 Yearbook NOW and shipping is FREEThe April 22nd deadline is fast approaching. Go to the Tree Ring website and enter our school’s passcode: 1014438249824153
Yearbook Price: $18.50 (plus shipping if ordered after April 22nd)

When you order your Yearbook, it includes two free pages to personalize with your own photos from home, vacation, or holiday. You can add personal photos from Facebook, Instagram & Flickr. The personal pages are easy to customize and can be done in a few minutes. We expect all books ordered before May 13th to be delivered to RMAE by May 20th. 

If you miss the April 22nd deadline there is still time to order:

  • 4/23 – 5/13: After Deadline Ship to School – Parent/student will have to pay for shipping and books are shipped to the school.  
  • 5/14 and later: After Deadline Ship to Home – Parent/student will have to pay for shipping and books are shipped to their home.

If you have any questions please contact Helen McLeman ( or Amy Law (

News from the Board

Go to the Board of Director's page to read the most recent Board Correspondence.

As one of our community outreach events, the marketing committee has arranged to have a table at King Soopers this Saturday from 11-3 to promote RMAE. We need parents who love our school be at the table to distribute marketing materials and answer questions about the school. Please sign up for a 1-hour shift on the Google Doc. We are also planning to have MS ambassador student to be at the table to help share their enthusiasm for our wonderful school.

News from the Foundation

A HUGE thank you to the 46 families who have given! We are at almost 76% of our goal!
And thank you also to the families who have set up a monthly recurring gift and have applied for a company matching gift.

We are wrapping up our Annual Giving campaign this month and need your family’s support in order to achieve our goal.

As you know, funds raised through our Annual Giving campaign will go to replenish the school's reserves, to enhance K-8 programming beyond what the general fund budget can afford, and to support our marketing efforts with the objective of increasing our enrollment.

Please help us reach our goal and make your donation by Friday, April 28. You can donate online at where we are accepting one-time or recurring monthly donations or download and print the Annual Giving Pledge Form and mail or drop-off your contribution to the front office.