April 24th 2023

Posted on 04/24/2023
April 24th, 2023
Hi Everyone, my name is Richele Newvahner and this is my first year as the School Counselor at Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen. I love being at RMAE and building relationships with the students and families here. One of my favorite parts of my job is helping students find their own strengths and supporting them both inside and outside the classroom so they can reach their full potential! Prior to school counseling, I worked as a licensed professional counselor in a variety of settings, but working with youth and families has always been my passion.

I live in Evergreen with my family and prior to Evergreen I have lived in Denver, Arizona and Ohio. Currently I have a son and daughter who attend school at RMAE and they are in the 1 st and 3 rd grades. Outside of school I love being outside skiing, hiking, SUP’ing on the lake and camping as well as gardening, taking care of my back yard chickens and traveling to new places!

I know that school can be a stressful place for some students in addition to many other stressors in their lives and it’s important to remember that we aren’t alone!

Here are some local mental health resources:

Resilience 1220: up to 10 free individual counseling sessions for youth in the mountain area
between ages 12-20 as well as free groups

Imattercolorado.org: 3-6 free counseling sessions for any youth in Colorado

Colorado Crisis Services: 1-844-493-8255 or text “TALK” to 38255
National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline:  Call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org

We also have many wonderful therapists in the Evergreen area!
-Order a school supply kit before they are gone! 
- Field Day Volunteers
- Join us for the next PTO and BOD meetings.
- Moms night out 
-Toy Drive
-PTO board nominations
Thank you to everyone who attended the Guardian Gala! What a great event hosted by our student council. 
Kindergarten is traveling to each continent in their final core knowledge unit! We spent this week in Africa learning about the Maasai Mara and the all the amazing animals that can be found there. To reinforce our lessons, we went on an African safari to look for and identify different animals! 
James Reed from the 1st grade made a cute Gnome house at recess.
In celebration of Earth Day, the 6th grade and 1st grade buddy elective did a big campus cleanup!
Second Grade Patriotic Program
2nd grade learns all about American History starting with the founding fathers writing the U.S. Constitution. They also cover The War of 1812, Westward Expansion, The Civil War, Immigration and Citizenship, and Civil Rights Leaders. 
the second grade book club read Winn-Dixie and then created their own "mistake tree" as they do in the book. 
We had a visiting artist educator in the 5th grade from Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. He took the students on a virtual field trip of several art exhibits that are currently on view at the museum. Afterwards he led them in creating artworks in the style of Jody Guralnick using tempera paint, sea sponges, and stencils.

Volunteers Needed for Elementary K-5 Field Day 
Friday, May 12th 2023
Times: 8:15-11:30am & 12:15-2:30pm


Volunteers needed Middle School Olympics
Thursday, May 18th 2023

Order RMAE logo wear/spirit wear at Schoolbelles, Easy online ordering shipped directly to your home! 
MOMS NIGHT OUT (MNO) -- May 4th at Troutdale Tavern

Our second and final MNO of the year will be at Troutdale Tavern from 5-8 pm on May 4, 2023.
This event will be for current and prospective moms who want to socialize, get more information about our school, and meet new moms, as well as new PTO board members!
If you are interested in attending, please email or text Aja Cary with your name and if you are bringing a prospective mom. Also, please feel free to bring your toy for the Toy Drive at this event. I will be collecting them.
Aja Cary
[email protected]

The next PTO board meeting is May 9th at 5pm in the Den. All are welcome to attend.

PTO Board Positions for 2023-24 School Year -- We need your help next year.

Becoming a member of the PTO Board is a great way to be directly involved in supporting our school, meeting new people, and earning those volunteer hours. 
Per our By-laws, all positions are open for election each year and are conducted in May. We have the following nominations (THANK YOU): 

President : Aja Cary 
VP : Rachel Pyburn 
Communications : Suzanne Smith
Secretary : Vaida Vander Heijen
Fundraising : Delain Mott 
Events : Lauren Jagger 
Treasure : Kyle Armstrong 
Please consider volunteering to lead a food fundraiser for their kid's grade next year.  Please watch for our Overnight Trip email to come with more information.

Lunch Volunteers Needed for April and May. Can you please help?

Big thanks to those who have already signed up!  More slots need to be filled for April & May. Lunch volunteers distribute sandwiches on Mondays, pizza on Wednesdays, and frozen treats on Fridays. We especially need help on Mondays and Fridays.
Please click lunch volunteers to sign up on AtoZ. Questions? Please contact [email protected].  Your help would be greatly appreciated.

We're still collecting for families through May 12th!  Please keep bringing them in.  Thank you to all the families and friends that supported our Toy Drive.  Go to AtoZ to log the hour(s) and at our next PTO Board Meeting (May 9th) to determine what charities we're donating to. Thank you in advance for your participation.
Family Summary of the April Board Meeting
For April's Board meeting, families had the privilege of meeting with three board candidates to learn more about their interest in serving on the RMAE board.  

Please vote for the 2 parent board seats HERE  before April 28th.
The board had an opportunity to hear from the Student Council about all their wonderful plans for the rest of the year. In addition, we reviewed facility budget allocations for the remainder of the year, as well as, budget opportunities for 2023. 

Please join us for the next BOD meeting on May 11th 6:30pm.
Geocaching After School is back!!
When:  Every MONDAY
Dates:  March 27-May 22
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!
See flyer for sign up details
Current Middle School Students- Woodworking Summer Camp- June 5th through 9th- 
12:15pm-3:15pm- Total cost for Woodworking Summer Camp: $625- Space Limited to 12 Students. All materials and safety gear included. 

Camp Description: Students will get a deep dive into woodworking fundamentals with a selection of 3 classic projects: a hardwood cutting board, a birdhouse, and a step stool. This will be an immersive week as we hone in on safe shop practices, measurement, power tool usage. All 3 projects can be taken home at the end of the week!
With Ms. Hughes and Ms. Arnold
K-2 Camp: June 26-June 30
3-5 Camp: July 24-July 38
TIME: 9:00am-12:00pm 
Middle School Camp: July 31-August 4
TIME: 12:00pm-3:00pm
Click HERE for registration form & detailed description
Have fun with RMAE’s amazing PE teacher, Ms. Best! Enjoy outdoor recreation through a variety of sports, games, and field day activities. Session #1: June 5th- 9th (Mon.-Fri.)
Session #2: July 31st-August 4th (Mon.-Fri.)
TIME: 9:00am-12:00pm
AGES: 5-13
COST: $150 per week Siblings $10.00 off
To Register, complete and return the below with Release Form & Payment to Ms. Best
Adventure Day Camp!
With Mrs. Kruse and Mrs. Adams
When: July 17-21, 2023
Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Open to all current and incoming 2nd-8th grade RMAE students 
Session #1(3RD-5TH GRADE): June 12th-16th 9:00am-11:00am
Session #2(6TH-8TH GRADE): June12th-16th 11:00am-1:00pm
Session #3 (K-2ND GRADE): July 10th-14th 9:00am-11:00pm
Session #4 (3RD-5TH GRADE) July 10th-14th 11:00am-1:00pm
Session #5 (6th-8th GRADE) July 10th-14th 1:00pm-3:00pm

See attached flyer for sign up details
All aspects of the game are taught through drills and exercises that focus on
dribbling, passing, shooting, rebounding, and defense. This co-ed camp is
designed for the beginner to immediate player and will incorporate essential
life lessons such as teamwork and sportsmanship.
Session #1(3RD-5TH GRADE): June 19th-23rd 9:00-11:00am
Session#2(6TH-8TH GRADE):June19th-23rd 11:00am-1:00pm
see flyer for sign up details
  April 26th 
K-2 Year end Music showcase and social
  April 28th
Free Dress k-8
  May 4th
Mom's night out - Troutdale Tavern

  May 5th
3-5th Year end Music showcase and social
  May 8-12th
7th Grade Field Trip to Seacamp
8th Grade field trip to DC
Teacher Appreciation Week

  May 9th
PTO meeting
  May 11th
BOD Meeting 
1st grade field trip Arvada Centre 

  May 12th
K-5 Field Day 
  May 15th-19th
Spirit Week 

  May 18th
Middle School Field Day
  May 19th
Free Dress k-8

  May 25th
Last day of School!


April: Forgiveness

Forgiveness is having enough heart to let go of hurt- freeing yourself from anger and the other from guilt. 

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