Aug 24 - News

Posted on 08/24/2018
August 24, 2018 - Vol. 1


Message from the Principal

Hello RMAE Families,

We had a fantastic first week!  Thank you for being a part of our RMAE community.  You and your children are what makes us special and we are honored you have entrusted them with us.  

Students are getting accustomed to their routine and have jumped in with lots of energy and excitement.  Our first day kick off was an absolute success with a school wide picnic and green investigations.  As a STEM school, our teachers wanted to bring more outdoor education to RMAE.  In 2017 all our teachers were trained in Project Learning Tree(PLT), one of the premier environmental education programs in the world.  We committed to teach a PLT activity each year and participate in a yearly forestry project in the community.  By doing so, RMAE become a Colorado State Project Learning Tree School and received the Aldo Leopold Bench which you see in front of the library. Building on this recognition, this year our school will work towards becoming a Project Learning Tree Green School.  In order to accomplish this goal, every class is paired up with a Buddy Class as a Green Team. Each team is in charge of one of 5 Green Investigations – Energy, Environmental Quality, Water, Waste & Recycling, and School Site. These investigations will make our school greener and healthy.   Below are a few pictures of our students working together.

I look forward to sharing more great news with you throughout the year!

Your proud Principal,
Dr. Ann Hudson



RMAE Happenings


Welcome Back to School!  This week's newsletter is especially lengthy.  Please continue to scroll down where you will find general school information, volunteer opportunities, school calendar export instructions, a fabulous array of after-school club/activities, and must know PTO information.


Library Volunteers Needed - We are fortunate to have had a group of parents who took on a library re-organization project.  The goal is to make our library more user friendly for our students.  They worked throughout the summer but, the project required much more time than initially anticipated.  Currently, the library is closed until the project is completed. Our students need your help!  We are seeking volunteers to help organize the books.  The only prior knowledge required is putting things in alpha order!  If you are able to spare some time, please let us know by completing this Library Volunteer Form.  Thank you for supporting RMAE and helping to make it an even better place!


Back to School Nights - Please mark your calendars for back to school night: 
Grades K-5 – Tuesday, Sept. 4, 6-7:30 pm
Grades 3, 7 & 8 – Wednesday, Sept. 5, 6-7:30 pm


Attendance Line – When your child is absent from school, we ask that you notify the school by either emailing your attendance information to, or by calling 303-670-1070 (if rolled to voice mail, option 1) by 9:00 am. Please leave your child’s name, grade, date your child will be absent, reason for absence and the name of the person reporting the absence. You should inform the school each day your child is absent.


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. 

Mountain Backpack Program Enrollment Form


October Lunch Order Form - is now availableOnce you have submitted your order, your student's School Account will be billed, after which, payments may be made through Jeffco Connect.  Deadline for October orders is Friday, September 14th.

October Lunch Order Form Link

2018-2019 Hot Lunch Menus Link 


Student Fees - If you would like to request a waiver, reduction or payment plan for your student fees, please contact Deb Kelley, at to make arrangements.

Please check Jeffco Connect for any remaining student fee balances owed CLICK HERE 


Bingo Night - September 6th - Bring the family!  Bingo nights are planned for the first Thursday evening of each month.  Participants do not need to be 18 to play Bingo.  However, the bingo cards need to be purchased by someone 18 and older and then the cards can be gifted to the under 18 year old, as long as they have a receipt.  Any payout needs to be presented to the individual who purchased the card and must be over 18 year old.  Pickles may also be purchased using the same guidelines as stated above. The Wild Game has created a sign up system, please find in the link below!  To get involved, please contact Tiffany Fontaine -


School Calendar Export 


School Messenger, our website platform, has recently activated the ability for families to download our calendars to their personal calendars.  You may do this by following the directions below.

Navigate to our school calendar on our website (there is a calendar quick link on our home page) and click on the phone with the arrow icon.   


There are two options:  

  1. OPEN the file which will add the calendar to your computer's default calendar, or 
  2. COPY the URL to your calendar of choice.  

To COPY and paste to a gmail calendar:
Navigate and open your gmail calendar - go to
>Add Calendar option, found in the left column
>from URL
>paste the URL address

To COPY and paste to an Outlook calendar:
Navigate and open your outlook calendar
>Add Calendar, found along the bar at the top
>from Internet
>paste the URL in the Link to Calendar box
>Name the calendar
Press the Return/Enter Key


After School Clubs/Activities 


CHOIR - 2nd-8th - Tuesdays, Begins September 18th - Come unite voices every Tuesday after school.   

2nd-5th - Tuesdays, 3:00-3:40

Middle School - Tuesdays, 3:40-4:45 

This is a great opportunity to explore choral music in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.  You may click on the link below or pick up a form downstairs in the folder outside the music room.  Your child can bring it with him/her to the first rehearsal on September 18th, or turn it into the office.  Please contact Gretchen Moritz at if you have any questions.

2nd-5th Choir Registration Information/Form Link

6th-8th Choir Registration Information/Form Link


Theater - 3rd-5th - RATS the Musical Production - Fridays, begins August 31st at RMAE.  Attention Parents of 3rd - 5th graders!  Mountain Youth Musicals is excited to produce RATS, the musical this fall.  This will be a super fun show based on the story of the pied piper.   Your child will have a chance to sing, dance, act.... but most importantly make friends.  We stress team building and unity as a very important part of our process.  All of our main rehearsals, up to tech week, take place right after school at RMAE! 

Please visit our website  to get more information and register.  Also feel free to contact Gretchen Moritz at or if you have any questions. 

Theater - 3rd-5th - RATS, the Musical Registration Link


Orchestra - Mondays & Wednesdays - Begins with Auditions on August 29thWe are very pleased to be bringing back after-school orchestra with our new string director, Linda Shea.  Students with no prior experience, are welcome along with the experienced player.  

Beginning Orchestra - Mon & Wed - 3:15-4:15 pm

Intermediate Orchestra - Mon & Wed - 3:15-5:15 pm

Orchestra Information Letter

Orchestra Audition/Registration Form


Full Circle Dance - K-5th - Mondays, 3:15-4:00 - Begins August 27th - Full Circle Dance is an after school dance program founded on the belief that dance is a powerful way to promote creativity and critical thinking, self awareness, collaboration, pride of achievement, and well-being.  OUR GOAL IS TO INFUSE STUDENTS’ LIVES WITH THE JOY AND MAGIC OF DANCE.

Full Circle Dance Registration Information Link


Chess Wizards - K-8th - Wednesdays, 3:15-4:15 pm - Begins Sept 12th - Ready to make some new friends and amaze your parents with your brain power?  Join Chess Wizards this school year for challenging chess lessons, exciting tournaments, fun team activities, and more!  If you’re brand new to the game, we’ll teach you the basics and get you playing with the big kids in no time. If you’re a seasoned checkmate artist, we’ll show you new ways to let your creativity loose on and off the chess board.  Studies have shown that chess enhances cognitive development, improves scholastic performance and boosts confidence… plus it’s a game kids can enjoy their whole lives!

Chess Wizards Registration Information Link


Mad Science - K-5th - Tuesdays, 3:15-4:15 pm - Begins September 11th - Crazy ChemworksOoze into action, manipulate matter and witness some radical reactions in this exciting Chemistry-themed after school program from Mad Science!  Slide down the colorful pH scale and dip into the science of acids and bases.  Learn to recognize chemical changes and  mix ingredients together for some sensational results.  Make your own ooey, gooey Mad Science slime to take home!  From proper use of equipment and lab safety to molecular structure and more, this innovative program explores the exciting world of basic chemistry!

Mad Science Registration Information Link


Yoga - All our classes include movement and aspects of Mindfulness for body, mind and spirit.  Some of the benefits of regular yoga, mindfulness and meditation practice include:

*Regulate mood and anxiety disorders
*Improve focus, attention, and ability to work under stress
*Help manage ADD and ADHD 
*Regulate sleep
*Reduce risk of heart disease, stroke and reduce blood pressure
*Help prevent asthma
*Improve performance and memory

K-5 - Tuesdays, 3:05-4:05 pm - Begins September 4th

Middle School - Thursdays, 3:20-4:20 pm - Begins September 6th

Yoga Registration Link


Community News 


Eco - Club Summit - PK-12th - August 25th, 11-4 pm.  Is your student passionate about the environment?  This is a hands-on workshop, where students will develop ideas and materials to launch or expand their own eco-club and contribute to environmental campaigns.   There is no cost and lunch will be provided.  Lakewood United Church of Christ, 100 Carr St, Lakewood, CO  80226  - Eco-Club Summit Information Flier

Eco-Club Summit Registration



Upcoming Events

AUG 29-31 - Middle School 100 Elk Overnight Bonding Trip
AUG 31 - All School Free Dress Day
SEP 3 - NO SCHOOL - Labor Day
SEP 4 – Back to School Night - Grades K-5
SEP 5 – Back to school Night - Grades 6-8
SEP 6 - BINGO Night
SEP 7 - Spirit Wear Day (Every Friday)
SEP 10 - PTO Meeting
SEP 12 – Student Picture Day
SEP 13 – Rain Day for Student Pictures
SEP 13 – RMAE BoD Meeting
SEP 19 – Student Picture Make-up Day
SEP 21 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher In-Service




RMAE Board News


The Board of Directors would like to welcome everyone back to school. We are looking forward to a great year. 

Our next board meeting is scheduled for September 13 at 7:00 pm in the music room next to the technology room in the back of the first building. Everyone is welcome to attend. There is time allotted for public comment at the beginning and at the end of each meeting. Please feel free to contact us in person or via email if you have any comments, questions, or concerns.


PTO News


What is the PTO?
RMAE’s Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO), consists of parents and teachers working together to support and enrich our students. The primary objective of the PTO is to maximize the education of every child and to benefit the school by providing funds, programs, resources, and services through volunteering and fundraising.

What is in the packet?  Please look for  the Welcome Packet that was sent home with your student(s) today.  

  • AtoZ Directories
    A set-up guide to our online RMAE Directory and more…
  • PTO Membership Information
    Become a member and get both an online and print directory
  • Grocery Cards
    Earn money for RMAE and volunteer hours by grocery shopping
  • Pizza Wednesdays
    Ordering information for the 7th grade fundraiser
  • Spirit Wear and Polo Shirts
    Order your spirit wear online by September 7
  • Volunteer Opportunities
    Learn ways your family can reach the 60 hour volunteer commitment

What is AtoZ Connect?
We have an all-in-one system for creating our school directory, logging and tracking volunteer hours, and purchasing items online.
Please look for a welcome email from A to Z Directories to start the verification process.

Sign up to become a member
The PTO is a team effort in which we cannot succeed on our own. Becoming a member does not mean you automatically sign up to volunteer; it just means that you support our group and believe in what we’re doing. Thank you to the families who have already signed up this year. We appreciate you! 

This year, your PTO membership fees will not only include the student directory, you will also receive a complimentary grocery card to King Soopers or Safeway — use it to buy groceries or gas and our school receives 5% of what you spend, It’s so easy! Last year we raised over $15,000!

Get Involved in the PTO
We meet the 2nd Monday of each month after drop off in the conference room. Our next meeting is September 10.  Please join us — we would love to have you attend!

Become a Volunteer
A special thanks to all our volunteers from last year for all their hard work and dedication. We are always in need of volunteers. It’s a fun and easy way to support your child’s education and make our school successful! Our school is founded on a strong volunteer base, providing our staff and students with the added support needed to make our school a great place. We strive for the 60 hours per family time commitment that was written into our charter by the original founders in 1999.
Recorded parent volunteer hours = school grants!

On behalf of the RMAE PTO, we would once again like to extend a warm welcome and best wishes for a successful school year. Please do not hesitate to contact Tiffany Fontaine ( with any questions.

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