September 19th 2022

Posted on 09/19/2022
September 19th, 2022
Teacher Spotlight - Mikela Schwinn
For those of you who don't know me, my name is Mikela Schwinn. I am originally from Honolulu, Hawaii and moved to Colorado 10 years ago to go to college at CU Boulder. I started out at RMAE as an aide and was given the amazing opportunity to teach Kindergarten 5 years ago. Kindergarten is the beginning of each student's learning journey and I absolutely love sharing that first experience with them! My goal as a teacher is to build positive relationships with my students and their families, as well as foster a love for learning! 
My husband and I got engaged right before COVID hit and eloped, but after 3 years of waiting, we will FINALLY be having our big wedding this coming June! When I am not teaching, my husband and I love to travel and cook. We spend a lot of our time in Hawaii and Lake Powell. We also love to camp with our dog Moki, bike, hydrofoil, snowboard and do wind sports!
- Student council
-Picture retake day
- Save the date- Movie under the Moon
We voted in these positions, so here's our leadership team for student council:
President: Charlotte DeFrehn 
Vice president: Avery March
Secretary: Taylor Schroeder
Activity Director: London Taylor
Treasurer: Avery Schroeder
Clerk: Harper Stellman
Commissioner: Kate Bosco
Communication Director: Emma Bosco
Some hands on review in 7th grade math!
The second graders had fun participating in a race to build the longest paper chain in teams for STEM!

Ms. Best hiking elective (hiked 2 miles)

Students who were absent on picture day will have an opportunity to have their picture taken on Tuesday, September 20th. 

The gallery with all the student pictures should be live and available for purchase on October 3rd.
It's time to purchase your 2022-2023 RMAE Yearbook. Please use the link below to purchase your school yearbook.  The deadline to purchase is December 16th. Don't miss out on all the school memories! 
The first meeting of The Facilities Committee will be held Thursday, September 29th at 5:30pm in The Community Room at The Den. 
The Facilities Committee is responsible for ensuring the regular maintenance and improvement of our existing buildings and grounds as well as advising the Principal and BOD on necessary improvements and provide expertise for various projects. We will meet once a month for about an hour at a date and time that works for the majority of the group with option to attend via Zoom. All meetings and events surrounding participation in The Facilities Committee count towards your annual volunteer hours as well!
We hope to see you Thursday 9/29 at 5:30pm!

Volunteers needed!
RMAE PTO is recruiting volunteers for PAWSS!
(Parents at Work - Safety and Security)
Please stop by and enjoy a sweet treat while learning about how you can help keep our children safe.
When: Thursday, Sept 22nd from 3:30-4:30 pm
 Where: RMAE, outdoor amphitheater benches
 Who: All current and potential parent volunteers
Why: Please join us if you'd like to either learn about and join RMAE's safety and security program that benefits all families OR if you actively volunteer for PAWSS (as a thank you and to meet fellow volunteers).
You'll get volunteer hours for attending!
Questions: Please contact [email protected]
Family Summary of the September Board Meeting
Last Thursday's board meeting was filled with educational excellence updates. We reviewed the end-of-year test scores and were impressed with how the RMAE students surpassed both state and district scores. While we are pleased with the educational growth, there is always an opportunity to improve, and the SAC committee will be taking on the task of developing a plan forward.
From a cultural aspect, it was great to hear about the successes of the long-standing RMAE 100 Elk Middle School student outing, as well as, the new well-organized fun-filled Ninja Course Welcome Back event. 
The board welcomed a new Community Representative, Dan O’Neill.  Dan is a former RMAE parent and past President of the RMAE board.  Now that his kids are older, he’s graciously volunteered his service as a community member, and the board looks forward to his valuable input and perspective. 
The board also welcomed a new parent member to fill the vacant board seat, Gerry Kostuk. He brings many great qualities to the board including fundraising experience. Gerry will be heading up our Annual Giving fundraising campaign that happens in October. Stay tuned for more communication on this year's Annual Giving goal that helps RMAE raise money to offset the reduced public funding gap we receive as a charter school. 
Please note the next regular board meeting will be on Tuesday, October 11th.
Girl Scout Information Night - September 29th at Ascent Church - see the flyer for further information. 
Ms. Arnold and Mrs. Moritz are excited to bring back both the elementary and middle after school choirs. Students in grades 2-5 are welcome to join the elementary choir that rehearses on Tues. from 3:10-4:10pm. Grades 6-8 will rehearse on Tues. from 4:10-5:10pm. The first rehearsal will be Tues. Oct. 4th. There is a cost associated with both choirs. Please email [email protected] if you have any questions or fill out the Google Form to sign up. 
RMAE 3rd-5th grade Basketball class
with Coach Best & Coach Tapp
Every Thursday 3:15-4:15pm
September 8th-October 13th
Evergreen Audubon is having a class at RMAE beginning in October for kids grades k-3rd- Nature Based lessons after school. See the flyer for more details.
Hiking Games After School with Mrs. Adams!! flyer
Time:  3:30-4:30
Where:  Meet at the wooden benches outside of building 2
Dates:  September 21, 28   October 5, 19, 26 
**No class on October 12th due to conferences
Cost:  $60 for all sessions
Drop Ins welcome:  $10 per drop in
Venmo @Lynette-Adams-1 
Email me with any questions: [email protected]
EAPL's 7th Annual Zombie 5K Run
Sunday,October 30th, 2022  @ 10am
Get your spook on… run, walk, creep or crawl for a ghoulish good time. 
Benefiting the Evergreen Animal Protective League.
Scary Good Bake Sale * Spirited Music * Costume Contest for 2 & 4 legged participants.
Race Starts at Buchanan Rec Center | Ball Fields
Register @
Or at Chow Down Pet Supplies or at EAPL Thrift Store
Geocaching After School!! - flyer
When:  Every MONDAY
Dates:  September 12th-October 24th
Time:  3:30-4:30 - meet at the benches in front of Building 1
Grades:  2nd through 7th grade - kids need to be able to hike into Elk Meadow for up to 2-3 miles!
Cost: $70
Venmo:  @Lynette-Adams-1 or make checks payable to Lynette Adams
Email:  [email protected]

Drop-ins welcome!!  $10 for drop in
Miss Arnold is offering private piano lessons to any students that are interested. Lessons will be scheduled on Mondays and Thursdays after school from 3:30-5:30p. Lessons are once a week for a thirty minute time slot.  Beginning students or students who have played before are welcome! Please email her for more details or to sign up [email protected]
Little Roots Mindfulness Program - Saturday Morning 9-10:15am Beaver Ranch Park - see flyer for sign up details 
Middle School League Sports via ERPD 
Cross Country, Volleyball and Basketball are available and will be located at RMAE. For more information and to register click HERE.
  September 20th 
Picture Day for those who were absent last week
  September 23rd
FROYO Friday (for those who purchased)

  September 30th 
FROYO Friday (for those who purchased)
  October 4th
Movie under the Moon

September Core Virtue:  Respect and Responsibility

Respect is treating others politely and kindly with high regard. 
Responsibility is doing your part for the groups that make us whole.

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