Aug 31 - News

Posted on 08/31/2018
August 31, 2018 - Vol. II


Message from the Principal

Hello RMAE Families,

One of the milestones each year for your child is celebrating their birthday.  This year, student birthdays at our school will be celebrated with non-food alternatives in accordance with the district’s wellness policy.  The following is an excerpt from their policy: 
Why do we have nutrition standards?

  • Due to changes in Federal rules, school districts are required to provide standards for foods shared with other students.
  • Protecting students with food allergies and diabetes, supporting family decisions around foods, and reducing equity issues is also very important.

Are there birthday ideas for families and classrooms? 

  • Ideas (many from students) on fun ways to celebrate birthdays can be found here.
  • The Wellness Policy Guidelines and other nutrition policy can be found here.

If you have any questions, please contact  At RMAE we will honor your child on their special day by announcing their birthday on the morning announcements.  This will include students who have birthdays during holidays, weekends, etc.  They will also be specially recognized in their classroom.  We appreciate your support and understanding as we continue to reflect on how to provide all students with a safe and healthy environment.   Please talk with your child’s teachers about alternative ideas or if you have questions.

Your proud Principal,
Dr. Ann Hudson


Classroom News


100 Elk -  It was an exciting week for our middle school students (6th-8th) who attended a 3-day field trip this week to 100 Elk located near Buena Vista.  Students were able to partake in horseback riding, ropes courses, hiking, archery, canoeing, evening bonfires and various other team-building exercises.   They returned this afternoon tired, but with ear to ear grins. 


Elem Art - by Kathy Saari Here is a picture of a nature mandala that Mrs. Weiker's fifth graders made in art class.  I've never done this before so I didn't have many instructions for them, I was just experimenting but they were very excited about what they created and I'm pretty impressed!

5th Grade Reading -
Ms. Deeter's 5th grade enjoy their reading club.


Last Years Honor Roll - Congratulations Students!

6th Grade Last Year
Gold:  Hayden Hyslop, Mila Koeva, Milo Lamas, Ariya Sells, 
Silver:  Paige Jackson, Mollie Beach, Jackson Dalton, Clarissa Dominguez, Katherine Mahler, Sheridan Raley, Trey Riemma, Samuel Clackler, Gregory Hertz, Grace Olson, 
Bronze:  Abgail Geiger, Kirra Packer, Owen Parkins, Josiah Best

7th Grade Last Year
Gold:  Alec Dorkin, William Kelley
Silver:  Leighla Riemma, Luke Dillon, Nicholas Reimers, Mia Triplett, Jaden Best, Lucas Browning
Bronze:  Abraham Warner, Olivia Canner, Maddox Lee Kested, Casey Stringer



RMAE Happenings


Safety Issues - Parents, thank you for helping to make the drop-off and pick-up run relatively smoothly for the start of the school year.  


  • Parents of middle school students, should not arrive in the pick-up circle until 3:15 pm or later (but before 3:30 pm).  
  • We ask that parents not park by the dumpsters, as it poses a safety issue for students crossing the road. 
  • We prefer parents use the circle for drop-off and pick-up unless you have other business to attend to.   

Drop-off and Pick-up Procedures Link


Library Volunteers Still Needed - Thank you to those who have already signed up to volunteer in the Library.  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.


Pre-Arranged Absences Reminder – You may complete the Pre-Arranged Absence Request Form for absences known in advance when a student is going to miss one or more school days.  It is the Parent’s responsibility to initiate communications (in a timely manner) with the appropriate teacher(s) regarding whether a student will take supplemental work with them or if they will receive make-up work after the excused absence.  Please keep in mind that if your student is struggling in the classroom, adding more challenges by pulling the student out of the classroom is likely not the best choice for your child’s educational well-being.

Known Absence Request Forms are available from the office or on our website under Forms.  The form provides a sign off (and comment) section for school personnel to communicate with your family. The form should be completed by the parents and then delivered to the student’s homeroom/advisory teacher to start the process.  Grades 6-8 will be required to have their core and specials teachers’ signatures.  They can then bring the form to the office for routing.

Please feel free to contact administration if you have any questions regarding the policy or consequences. 


October Lunch Order Form -  Once 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, 3:00-5:00 pm - Correction from previously published times.  It is not too late to be a part of this amazing theater production!  Sign up next week!  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 29th - Registrations are still being accepted for Orchestra - sign up soon!  Ware 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 - Unfortunately, Mad Science has had to CANCEL this session.  Look for Mad Science to resume in November.   


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

West Jeff Baseball - September 16th - 8-14 yr Boys & Girls - Tryouts for Spring Baseball Competitive League will be held at Evergreen High School.  

West Jeff Baseball Registration Flier 



Upcoming Events

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


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


AtoZ Connect - We have an all-in-one system for creating our school directory, logging and tracking volunteer hours, and purchasing spirit wear and logo polos online.  A welcome email was sent out last week, (PTO - AtoZ Connect Login & Verification).  This email provided instructions on logging into the system, and completing the verification process.

- New families, please go to and set up your family. 
- All families, verify your information for our directory by completing the Verification Wizard. 
- The verification wizard also provides the opportunity to purchase Pizza and FroYo (deadline Aug 31), clothing items (deadline Sep 7) if you were not able to attend the Welcome Back Social.

Upcoming Events

Back to School Nights - Tuesday, 9/4 and Wednesday, 9/5
Look for our Giving Apple in your child’s classroom. Pick an apple and purchase the item from your teachers’ wish list. Apple gifts will be presented to the teachers at the assembly on 9/28.

Bingo Night - Thursday, 9/6, 10/4
We have partnered with the Wild Game for Bingo nights on the first Thursday evening of each month. Bring the family — participants do not need to be 18 to play Bingo. (The bingo cards need to be purchased by someone 18 and older.) Go to The Wild Game’s website ( to sign up. For more info, please contact Tiffany Fontaine -

PTO Meeting - Monday, 9/10, 10/8
The PTO is invaluable in its purpose to organize volunteers and its support of  special projects and fundraisers for our students and teachers. Get involved by attending our monthly meetings.

Volunteer Opportunities
Lunch/Recess Helpers: The aides need volunteers to assist students at lunchtime and during class recess
Bingo - 9/6: help coordinate and facilitate the games.
Picture Day - 9/12: assist the photographer to stay on schedule by marshaling the students
Teacher Appreciation - 10/10: K-4 families provide dinner as a thank you to our teachers on the first night of parent/teacher conferences. 
Movies with Teachers - 10/18: assist coordinator in getting the kids to their movie room; help in each classroom handing out the popcorn, snacks and water;  and help with pick up

Additional Fundraisers 
Box Tops - Look for a zip-top bag in this week’s Friday folders to assist you in collecting your box tops. Deadline is 10/22.

Grocery Cards - The easiest fundraiser of all!  By using your grocery cards, the school receives 5% of monies spent for groceries and gas.  Order your cards on AtoZ Connect.  Give them to grandparents too!


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