FEB 22, 2021

Posted on 02/22/2021
February 22nd, 2021
Campus and Classroom Happenings
4th Graders are excited to share their published Survival Narratives inspired by Gary Paulson and their study of his novel Hatchet.
The second graders worked very diligently to create a pair of shoes out of newspaper for a STEM project. They had a blast!
Important Updates and Information
Bring a shovel and help clear paths and walkways around campus on mornings where we have more than two inches of snow and you can double count your time!
Stop by the office and grab an RMAE sticker for your car!
The Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen yearbook is capturing the best memories from this historic year to create a one-of-a-kind yearbook. Don’t let the highlights of your child's year go unnoticed. Reserve your child's copy today at Walsworth Yearbooks
Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) News and Information

The RMAE PTO is excited to launch the new parent-led PAWSS program on March 3rd and we need volunteers* to cover shifts for the duration of this school year (and hopefully beyond)!

The RMAE PAWSS program serves to enhance the safety and security of students, teachers, and staff while on campus by (1) providing an added layer of security to current campus security protocols while adhering to COVID-19 safety measures; and (2) aiding in the safety of students, teachers, and staff at multiple time points during the day, including prior to and during daily drop-off and pick-up, as well as midday. Also, volunteering for PAWSS will provide a means for families to earn volunteer hours to help them reach the 60 hour annual requirement!

Please read the attached document for volunteer information and guidelines (link) and contact the Program Chairs, Richele Newvahner (richele_n@hotmail.com) or Camar Diaz (camar.diaz@gmail.com), with any questions. Stay tuned for additional information in future Grizzly Growl newsletters and Classroom Coordinator emails on how to sign-up for shifts that begin on March 3rd!

Thank you so much for your interest in PAWSS and your commitment to the RMAE community!

*As required by RMAE, volunteers will require a background check to be conducted prior to their first PAWSS shift given it is an unsupervised security role.
Board of Directors (BoD) Updates and Information
An ad hock meeting will be held this Tuesday February 23rd  at 7:00PM. Link to join and agenda posted in the school calendar.
Family Summary of February 18 Board of Directors Meeting
     The RMAE Board gathered for a regular meeting via Zoom on February 18.  We are hearing from administration and our Treasurer that our budget is on track and healthy.  This is great news on top of a great update, as last week RMAE closed on a loan that refinances our current buildings to a much lower interest rate and funds the construction of our new multi-purpose building.  In the Principal’s Report, Dr. Hudson highlighted academic progress, the great interest in our school as indicated by waiting lists in most grades following the first round of enrollment, and ongoing plans for additional facility improvements. 
     Regarding COVID and our learning plans, the Board is proud of the incredible work the school has done to keep everyone safe, and grateful for the unmatched professionalism of our teachers as they manage dual learning plans.  With regard to Spring Break, we are requesting a one-week buffer option for any students who travel, or experience other risk factors, to take advantage of remote learning.  This effort is intended to further enhance our safety protocols and precautions should families feel their spring break travel plans create a risk to cohorts.  Please coordinate with the office and your teacher by March 19 should you like to take advantage of this one week remote option April 5-9.  Please respect the only two options to return to in-person learning for the fourth quarter - April 5 or April 12 - and do not ask for exceptions to return on a different day.  Finally, it’s important for some families’ and for all teachers’ planning to note that RMAE will discontinue the remote learning option next school year, assuming the COVID risk continues to subside on track. 
     Committee report highlights included the Facility Committee’s continued work on the multi-purpose building, which is in full swing now that construction funds are available.  As a first step, the school has retained an engineer (notably a parent of alumni) for initial planning.  If you see a Facility Committee member out in the community, please thank them for the immense effort; the building would not be possible without their exceptional time commitment.  Want to get involved?  Our Capital Development Committee is also gearing up to raise funds for the building, and they need your help!  Please contact Kelli Anderson (kanderson@rmae.org) or Omar Suner (osuner@rmae.org) to help with the Capital Campaign. 
We hope to see you at a future meeting; the next one is scheduled for March 18.  Stay safe!  

RMAE BOD Safety Measure/ Protocol Reminder

Thank you to all our RMAE Staff and students for such an amazing job in keeping the school clean and one another safe! RMAE has enhanced cleaning throughout the buildings and common areas during the day and in the evenings desks, and computers: will be sanitized before and after each use. All computers/iPads are wiped down by the teachers with Clorox wipes after each use. All Students and Staff are washing/sanitizing hands throughout the school day including, but not limited to: entering/exiting buildings, entering/exiting classrooms, before/after eating, before/after recess, and after coughing/sneezing/blowing nose. Keep up the great work RMAE!

RMAE’s Safety Measure/ Protocol Reminders are intended to support in-person learning and continued safety of the RMAE Community. They are in no way an indication that RMAE’s status has changed. Thank you for your support of RMAE.

After School Activities and Community News
Do yourself a favor, donate blood. You’ll get your pulse, blood pressure and cholesterol checked as part of your mini-physical and you’ll do something amazing for a patient in need. Congregation Beth Evergreen is having a Community Blood Drive on Friday, Friday, February 26 10:30 AM – 3 PM

To schedule an appointment, please visit HERE to select a time.
Free Youth Counseling
Resilience1220 is offering Free, Confidential Counseling for young people ages 12—20 who reside in the mountain communities west of the Denver metro area in Colorado. Visit their website for more information. 
New Session of Trail Running Club with Mrs. Adams from now until 3/16
Have your student join Ms Adams every Thursday after school from 3:20 -4:30 PM. Learn how to pace yourself, navigate the trail, and get in great shape!  Check out the FLYER for details!
Join Ms Best for new session of After School Sports beginning March 3rd until April 14th.
Wednesdays after school from 3:15- 4:15 PM on the field. Check out the FLYER for details. 
Mountain Backpack Program
If you are in need of a hand up to meet the nutritional needs of your family, this program can help. There are no qualification requirements and only contact information is requested. Click on the fox to contact them directly. 
After Care by ACC

Adventures in Child Care (ACC) is our on campus provider of after school childcare. For more information visit the ACC Website.

Events and Dates to Remember
 FEB 23
7:00 PM BoD ad hoc Royale Elk Way Committee Meeting
 FEB 26
Free Dress Day Whole School
View the RMAE calendar for more details
February Core Virtue: Love of Country

Love of Country means being devoted to our nation- loving its ideals, honoring its heroes, respecting its past, and working hard for a just and noble future.

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