March 2nd News

Posted on 03/02/2018

News from the Principal

Hello RMAE Families,

Our school community continues to excel in many areas. During the years between 2005 and 2013 we were awarded the distinction of the John Irwin School of Excellence 6 times!  Since then, we have continued to meet state expectations.  However, we have set our standards higher and our goal is to once again earn the prestigious School of Excellence distinction.  We want the rest of the state to know just how incredible our staff and students are!  The criterion for this distinction is based on our participation and performance on the Colorado Measure of Academic Success (CMAS).  We strongly believe in the rigor of our Core Knowledge curriculum and how we approach the education of your child.  Therefore, there is no need to teach to the test, spend excess academic time on practice questions, nor create a stressful environment for our school community.  We will use the CMAS results to improve our learning experience, classroom instruction, as well as create more individualized academic support and enrichment for our students.  Our students will have the opportunity to show off their knowledge beginning on March 19th.  The schedule has been created to minimize the impact on our daily routines and students will still be engaged in all the specials that enrich their learning experience.  Please contact your child’s teacher for more information.

Your Proud Principal,       
Dr. Ann Hudson

      RMAE Happenings

SUMMER CAMP AT RMAE!  Looking for fun summer activities for your children?  Look no further!  We are hosting several sessions of diverse interest this summer.  Offerings include: 

  • Taking Flight - learning how to build, setup and fly an RC glider
  • MOVE into Summerparticipate in fun outside games, sports, and activities
  • Retreat Week - learn crafts and skills that help us calm down our busy minds.  Learn needle crafts, practice yoga, paint, write and so much more!
  • Mountain Area Chamber Music Festival - this program will include vocal and strings chamber music led by world-renowned master clinicians and coaches.
  • MathCounts - this nationwide program teaches innovative and creative problem-solving skills to students of all levels with a friendly competition at its conclusion.

These camps are open to the public and space is limited so if you are interested, sign-up now.  Click on the button below for more information.  

RMAE Fundraising Brunch at Mount Vernon Canyon Club - Sunday, March 18th, 10AM to 2PM.  This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy an amazing spread of brunch items while benefiting the school at the same time!  Mount Vernon will be donating 20% back to RMAE for every RMAE family who dines at the club for brunch.  RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.  When making your reservation, let them know you are with RMAE.  Call 303-526-0616 for reservations.

Fundraising Brunch Information Flier

Cinderella - Our Middle School, along with Rocky Mountain Youth Musicals, Presents Cinderella.  Show Times:  Friday, April 13th @ 6:30pm and Saturday, April 14th @ 2:00pm and 6:30 pm.  Don't miss out!  Order your tickets now as performances will sell out.  Program advertising space is also available for purchase.

SLEDMAGADDON - has been rescheduled for March 10th from 10AM to 1PM.  Don't miss out on this 1st Annual Dad's Club Sledmagaddon Event.  Prove that you are the fastest sledder in Evergreen.  Held at the Evergreen Golf Course - 29614 Upper Bear Creek Rd.  To register click on the Sledmagaddon button.

Teacher Spotlight - Hi! My name is Brinda Pumphrey and I am the middle school art teacher. This is my 7th year at RMAE. I love teaching art to middle school students! I am fortunate to have them for three years so I really get to see their growth as artists. I love their enthusiasm; it gives me energy and feeds my own creativity. We spend a lot of time in art on the planning stages of projects. We tend to produce less art, but what they do produce tends to be an expression of their individuality because of the process. I want to see them find their own artistic voice.

I have two daughters, one going to school at Montana State University in Bozeman, the other graduated last May from CU Boulder. I also have a wonderful husband and a pet bunny named Obi Bun Kenobi. When I am not at school I enjoy painting, hiking, skiing, camping, and spending time with my family.  I am currently working on a series of landscape paintings of the Grand Canyon. It is one of my favorite places that I have ever been! I spend a great deal of time scheming and dreaming about going back. I also enjoy listening to music and going to concerts with my daughters. They have introduced me to many great bands that I might have otherwise never heard of. I am a fan of Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings. In fact I have cosplayed Madam Pomfrey at midnight shows and Denver Comic Con on numerous occasions and I am a proud Hufflepuff. 

RMAE Student Art Exhibits - The RMAE art department is pleased to present our two largest collections of student artwork for the year.  The first will be exhibited at the Center for the Arts Evergreen from March 3 through March 24, with an opening reception on March 3rd from 4 - 7 pm. This exhibit showcases 15 RMAE artists as well as student artists from many other area schools. 

Center for the Arts Evergreen Information Flier

Congratulations to the following elementary artists who are participating in this show:  Jacob White, Kaia Packer, Katriel Boyle, Tucker Seely, Alexandra Galloway, Andrew Tausel, Caitlyn Buchanan, Anna Brand, Mason Martin, Izzy Goodheart, Clare Muller, Lily Kern,,Kaylee Kipp, Richie Muller, and Lydia Gregory.

The other will be exhibited on the main wall of the Jefferson County Public Library (Evergreen) from March 2nd through March 30th.   This exhibit showcases 22 projects and 44 artists. 

Congratulations to the following elementary artists who are participating in this show:  Jack Fontaine, Maxwell Lewis, Evelyn Jensen, Oliver Fuse, Caroline Johns, Vincent Emmi, Kaia Packer, Annie Beach, Titus Courtney, Tucker Seely, Sophie Ramirez, Ty Jodie, Karrik Boyle, Trevin Riemma, Parker Bell, Ava Fuse, Naomi Kipp, Brandon Chambers, Sawyer Riley, Reef Packer, Asher Arnold, Addyson Carnes, Emmy Lesser, Nora Jane Vaughn, Izzy Goodheart, Mak Friedman, Jesse Dorkin, Cosette Adcock, Tyler Seely, Jillian Morrill, Maya Wassemiller, Lila Janowiak, Ella Sells, Chase Riemma, Elly Rickert, Althea Hay, Jayla Bell, Jace Jodie, Scarlett Parr, Kaylee Kipp, Atticus Warner, Rowan Alig, Layla Hiltabiddle and Tyler Frye.  

Elective of the week - Snowshoeing - Need we say more......

WEEKLY HEALTH TIP - By Mrs. Best/P.E. Teacher - Health Tip #23 - Since 1998, I have been studying and researching nutrition. There is one documentary that I feel all parents should watch with their children. The documentary is called, “Fed Up.” This documentary discusses the changes that the food industry has made throughout the last 40 years.  Our food has changed a lot since then. If you desire to understand how to feed your body with nutrient-rich foods, then “Fed Up” is a must see. The documentary can be found on Netflix.

I have read many books about nutrition over the past 20 years. Currently, I am reading a book by Mark Hyman, M.D. The book is called “Food: What the Heck Should I Eat”. He has dedicated his career to identifying and addressing the root causes of chronic illness through a groundbreaking whole-systems medicine approach known as Functional Medicine. He is a family physician, a four-time New York Times bestselling author, and an internationally recognized leader in his field. Through his private practice, education efforts, writing, research, advocacy and public-policy work, he strives to improve access to Functional Medicine, and to widen the understanding and practice of it, empowering others to stop managing symptoms and instead treat the underlying causes of illness, thereby also tackling today's chronic-disease epidemic. I have attached a link to a chart from the book, which shows what foods to eat and not eat to aid your body in physical healing and wellbeing. 

Mark Hyman's - Food:  What the Heck should I Eat? Chart


Classroom News 

3rd Grade PE Class - Finally there was snow!  Students enjoyed snowshoeing in Bergen Meadow Park during their PE class.  We are so fortunate to be located adjacent to this winter wonderland.

4th/5th Grade - Young Ameritowne is a simulation of real life economics. Students in fourth and fifth grade learn about banking, business skills, and government in the classroom prior to their culminating field trip at Young Ameritowne. At Young Ameritowne they put all their skills together for a day, working at actual shops, earning real Young Ameritowne money and experiencing the rules and laws they have developed in the proceeding days. This week students wrote speeches for their primary elections and voted on candidates to run for the general election. Students worked in campaign groups to develop slogans for posters and fliers. The final candidates for Judge and Mayor must give a speech to all our Young Ameritowne citizens.  Then each citizen proceeded to the polls to cast their ballot. We are proud of all our citizens and all those who ran. Congratulations to our Mayor Lillie and our Judge Elly!

6th Grade Art - 6th grade went to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science to the space exhibit on Wednesday. In art today we talked about how the elements of art give scientists clues to the geologic history of planets. We looked at photos taken from space and talked about what the circles, squiggly lines, straight lines, blobs... in the photos might tell us. Then they each selected a NASA photo as inspiration for an abstract artwork using soft pastels and colored pencils.

7th Grade Art - On Tuesday, Seventh graders learned about the artist Kandinsky. Kandinsky viewed music as the most transcendent form of non-objective art. He felt that musicians could evoke images in listeners' minds merely with sounds. He strove to produce similarly object-free, spiritually rich paintings that alluded to sounds and emotions. Today in art they made art inspired by music.

After School Activities 

Golf Squad - All Golf Squads are instructed by golf industry professionals. Everything essential is provided (Golf Squad Handbooks, hats, all clubs, training equipment, etc). Classes will be instructed appropriately to suit the needs of new students as well as continuing students. Parents will receive weekly class emails describing what students will be doing and learning in class.

Golf Squad Registration Link

Young Rembrandts Registration Flier

Chess Wizards Registration Flier

Check out the complete list of After school Activities/Clubs

Community Events 

Conifer's Venue Theater Company along with some of our 8th grade students presents, Singin' in the Rain - This production is perfect for school aged children. For tickets:  Conifer's Singin' in the Rain Ticket Link

March 2nd – 7 to 8PM
March 3rd – 3 to 4PM and 7 to 8PM

Evergreen High School Performing Arts Presents PIPPIN, A Musical - PIPPIN is the extraordinary tale of one boy’s search for adventure and joy in his life.  On his journey he encounters choices that challenge his beliefs and set him on a path of self-discovery and ultimately, love.

*rated pg due to some mature content

For tickets:  EHS Pippin Ticket Link

Thursday March 15th @ 7 pm - MIDDLE SCHOOL NIGHT!  Use the discount code PIP15 
Friday March 16th @ 7 pm
Saturday March 17th @ 1pm matinee and 7pm

Important Dates

Mar 6 – PTO Meeting
Mar 8 – RMAE BoD Meeting
Mar 10 - Sledmagaddon
Mar 18 – Mt. Vernon Brunch Fundraiser
Mar 23-Apr 1 – Spring Break

View the RMAE calendar for more details


News from the Board

The next Board meeting is scheduled for March 8th at 7:00 pm in the music room next to the technology room. Everyone is welcome to attend. There will be time for public comment at the beginning and at the end of the meeting, and we would love to hear from you.

Elections for new Board of Directors Parent Representatives:

Three seats for parent representatives will be opening up in June. These are three-year positions. One person with a background in accounting and finance is especially needed to succeed Treasurer, Gil Gomez. Please consider serving with us on the Board of Directors. It is a great way to keep informed and to serve the school community. Please submit letters of interest and a short resume to the BoD at 

Election Committee Volunteers:  We are also looking for volunteers to run the election. The election committee requires a parent and a teacher to collect the letters of interest, run the 'Meet the Candidates Event' the second week of April, run the election, and present the results. If interested, please contact President, Amy Broxterman at ASAP.

RMAE Board of Directors

 News from the PTO

Hello RMAE families!

AtoZ Connect Updates - Thank you to all the families who have been using AtoZ Connect to log volunteer hours and to make purchases. Our School Directory now has a mobile app available to download from the App Store!  The new App has a number of great new features including the ability to take you directly to your school once you have done the initial login, so download it today from the below and check it out! 
Link to itunes Apple AtoZ Directories App
Questions or problems with AtoZ, contact Joanne Gomez at 

Reloadable Grocery CardsSafeway has re-launched their gift card program.  Please contact to get a new card. 

Spirit Wear – Students may now wear their Spirit Wear shirts EVERY Friday!  If you missed the order deadline or would like additional shirts, there are pieces available to purchase on AtoZconnect.  Please hurry – supplies are limited to items that are in stock!

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