AUG 17, 2021

Posted on 08/17/2021
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August 17, 2021
Important Updates and Information
What a great start we had to the school year this morning! Thank you families for making Drop -off run so smoothly! 

Pickup and drop off will be in the parking spaces outside the lower area of building 1.  
Please remember we CAN NOT accommodate parking and waiting for students at pick up due to ongoing construction. We ask that you do not arrive before your oldest student(s) release time: K-2 at 2:55; 3-5 at 3:05; 6-8 at 3:15. Please use the Pikmykid app to announce your arrival once you turn on to Royale Elk Way. 
To ensure the safety of our students and keep the line moving we need your cooperation. View the full procedures here
Attention Middle School Families
100 Elk Fieldtrip 

Deadline to turn in paperwork is NOW
Trip Dates September 1-3.
Questions email Dyann Bartlett
See website for details and paperwork.
2021-2022 Student Fees
Your student fees have been posted and are payable through Jeffco Connect.  Click HERE to access your account.  Details about the Board-approved fees by grade may be found HERE.  Payments Plans and Waiver/Reduction requests are available.  Please contact dkelley@rmae.org for assistance.
Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) News and Information
Thank you to all who joined us for the Welcome Back Social yesterday and/or the BooHoo/Yahoo Breakfast and PTO Meeting today.  It was wonderful to see so many faces. Don’t forget, your participation in these events counts towards your volunteer hours.  Yes, you get hours just for attending any school event! Please visit rmaepto.membershiptoolkit.com to log your hours. The few minutes it takes to log hours makes a huge impact for our charter school. Any questions, please contact pto@rmae.org
 
Board of Directors (BoD) Updates and Information

Family Summary of August 12 Board Meeting

Welcome Back Grizzlies!  The August 12 Board Meeting was productive.  We received public comment from two parents encouraging a re-focus on advanced learning and differentiation, as well as an offer of support for a committee of parents and teachers to accomplish this.  This is exactly the type of feedback and involvement that make our community special.  Speaking of which, this year’s PTO is already getting back to business and accomplishing an incredible amount of service to families and teachers, as well as fundraising.  You’ll hear directly from PTO throughout the year with details, but we just wanted to express our appreciation and encourage all families to participate. 

Construction on the multi-purpose building, new student loading/unloading road, and playground are in full swing.  Please pay close attention to announcements from the school about pickup and dropoff instructions as they continue to change to accommodate the incredible work-in-progress.  Do your part, be patient.  It will all be worth it when we have our gym and performance space!  Of course the next phase of achieving that will involve significant fundraising efforts.  Pitching in on the Capital Campaign is currently the best way to help your school.  Our goal of $1 million will pay for outfitting the interior with things like basketball hoops, a stage, and seating.  The Capital Campaign will undertake efforts such as corporate and local business sponsorship, events, and donor recognition.  To assist email Kelli Anderson at kanderson@rmae.org.   

Having met many of the goals of our last Strategic Plan early, the Board will be drafting a new Strategic Plan.  Please send suggestions for five-year goals regarding Educational Excellence and School and Community Culture to RMAEBoard@rmae.org.

Finally, the Board was once again required to attend to COVID safety, this time by determining the school’s safety measures for the year.  These have been published, and we hope everyone will pay close attention to what is required and what is available.  While we understand many were most curious to understand the masking policy, please take a moment to understand all of the measures.  Clearly some will be disappointed by the outcome, and we want to encourage you to contact Jefferson County Public Health to voice your concerns.  We find JCPH’s quarantine requirements burdensome, and that they conflict with the school’s and students’ best interest to keep RMAE open and students in classrooms.  We must adhere to all available safety measures until the risk of closure subsides.  Please familiarize yourself with this JCPH policy statement in particular and read how the details could impact your family: “Unvaccinated individuals (including all students, faculty and staff) who were unmasked at the time of their exposure are required to quarantine if identified as a close contact of a COVID-19 case.”  Thanks for your active citizenship, and we hope this proves to be a temporary posture.   

After School Activities and Community News
Join Ms Best for a new session of After School Sports beginning August 25th until Sept. 29th.
Wednesdays after school from 3:30-4:30PM. Check out the FLYER for details. 
Mad Science Secret Agent Lab beginning September 14th until October 19th. 
Tuesdays afterschool from 3:15- 4:15PM. See the FLYER for more details. 
Trail Running Club with Ms Adams beginning August 24th
The class is open to students in 5th, 6th, 7th or 8th grade! 
EVERY Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30-5:00 - meet on the RMAE field after school!  Pick up in the circle. Check out the FLYER for details and attached waiver.
New Aftercare Program for RMAE
RMAE is happy to announce a partnership with Rocky Mountain Kids (RMK) child care. RMK will be providing after school child care at RMAE during the school year. Enrollment for the upcoming school year is now open. 
Here is a link to their curriculum and more information on their program and pricing.

Registration is now open.
Base Camp Company (3rd - 5th Grades)- Musical production of RATs
 
Ascent Company (Middle School)- Shrek The Musical
Events and Dates to Remember
The first Pizza Wednesday is September 8th. 
The first Jimmy John's Monday is September 13th.
The first Frozen Treat Day is September 10th. 
  SEP 1-3
100 Elk Middle School Field Trip 
  SEP 9
PTO Meeting 4PM
BOD Meeting 6:30 PM

 
View the RMAE calendar for more details
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