March 16th - News

Posted on 03/16/2018

News from the Principal

Hello RMAE Families,

We are in the process of putting together a video showcasing our school community.  The end product will be a blended compilation of short segments.  If you have taken videos of school events this year, please email them to me (   This includes anything from classroom activities to the middle school Zombie dance at Trunk or Treat.  If the video won’t email, please let me know and we’ll use a different option.  We are also looking for un-posed pictures which include students, staff, and parents working together.  Thank you in advance as our end product won’t be nearly as good without your help!  

Your Proud Principal,       
Dr. Ann Hudson

Classroom News

Kindergarten -  During our money unit, kindergarten students had the opportunity to earn money, later to be spent at our "Kindergarten Market."​  They earned money by; trying their best, following classroom expectations, showing or doing a random act of kindness and exhibiting exemplary behavior.  Eighth grade students were there to assist and be store keepers.  All items at our "Kindergarten Market" were donated by our parents.

4th Grade - American history was brought to life by a visit by Abe Lincoln, complete with a stovepipe hat.  The students enjoyed asking Abe questions and hearing about his life and presidency.  

6th Grade - Pi day was celebrated with learning activities and pie!  Last week, sixth grade used Oreos to learn about plate tectonics boundaries!

7th/8th Grades - Seventh and eighth graders went on a field trip to the Denver Art Museum and the Clyfford Still Museum. At the Denver Art Museum students were lucky to see the only US exhibition of Edgar Degas: A Passion for Perfection. At the Clyfford Still Museum students participated in lessons using historical contexts to analyze and understand art.  Seventh graders focused on the Great Depression as a way to explore art, eighth graders focused on World War II and Abstract Expressionism. A few days later instructors from the Clyfford Still Museum came to RMAE to lead a post-visit workshop allowing students an opportunity to express current issues through art. The Coordinator of Education at the Clyfford Still Museum complimented our students, "Both your groups were just wonderful on Tuesday, and our gallery teachers were so impressed by their engagement and insightful comments in the short time we had."

Middle School
 - Preparing for Science Innovation Dlay

Friday, May 18th will be the RMAE 8th Annual Science Innovation Day (SID).  Each year the event kicks off with an opening activity to get the creative juices flowing.  This week (Tuesday, March 13th) we hosted our 2018 SID kickoff event.  Middle school students were divided into six teams based on their respective grade levels.  Each team was given a box of materials to work with.  They had no prior knowledge of the challenge that was lurking in their midst.  The topic of the 2018 Challenge was the Rube Goldberg Machine.  They viewed a 2-minute video of a world-renowned Honda Accord commercial.

The original 2003 Honda Accord two-minute-long video was the result of four months of preparation and 70 takes before they were able to capture all of the multiple steps in sequence without interruption.  The RMAE Middle School Students had twenty minutes to design, construct, test, redesign, retest, etc.  Then it was show time!

The challenge for this year was to assemble the materials in as many consecutive steps as possible, such that (once set in motion, when all of the various steps were executed in turn) the final step was to raise the orange survey flag at the end of the sequence.  One 8th-grade team managed to do just that!

The Middle School students will devote one day per week during their 4th Quarter Electives class to pursue a Science Innovation Challenge of their Choice, selected from a menu of seven possible innovative design challenges.

Students will keep a project journal that will include entries every time they work on their project, edits and modifications made, test results (data), and observations.  They will also create scale drawings of their designs, provide weekly photo-documentation of their design and testing process, and create a placard that thoroughly explains at least one science concept that their project exhibits.

The results of their collective efforts will be showcased Friday, May 18, 2018.  Parents and visitors are welcome to join in the fun and learning at the Science Innovation Day event.

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.  These camps are open to the public and space is limited, so if you are interested, sign-up now. 

Summer Camp Registration Link

A call for Volunteers - One of the many things that sets RMAE apart from other schools, is you!  Our parent volunteers are not only very much appreciated, but an integral part of our daily functioning.  We have several volunteer opportunities coming up between now and the end of the school year.  Please consider how you would like to contribute your time and follow the links below to sign-up or contact the event organizer:

Lunch Room Monitors  - Our lunch crew does a fabulous job but could always use an extra set of hands and eyes.  It is fun way to see your kiddos during the day - see what they are eating, trading and who they are hanging out with.

Marketing Information Tables - King Soopers, Mt Vernon Brunch - Jo Benjami  - The Marketing committee is looking for volunteers to help host informational booths at the upcoming events at King Soopers (this Saturday from 10-2PM) and at the RMAE Mt. Vernon Brunch fundraiser (this Sunday from 10-2PM).  Sign-up in AtoZ connect for an hour or more!  Additional dates/times will be scheduled through out the remainder of the school year and summer.

Middle School Olympics/Field Day Sign-up - Lisa Best  - Wednesday, April 18th - This year for the middle school field day, students will be competing in the Olympics.  We need volunteers! Please consider taking the time to volunteer on this very special day for our middle school students. Click the link for a full description of the event and volunteer opportunities!   

Are you crafty? If so, we need medals for the event. Email me if you are interested in creating the medals for RMAE’s first Olympics - Thank you! Lisa Best/P.E. teacher

PTO/Marketing - Carnival Event - Tiffany Fontaine and Jo Benjamin - Get involved with the planning or help out the evening of the Carnival - April 20th  - Look for a sign-up on AtoZ Connect soon!

Community Service Day - Jamie Brand - April 26th - This is a school wide day of giving back to our community.  It is a wonderfully educational and charitable, yet fun day.  

Teacher Spotlight - Hi! My name is Mikela Schwinn and I am the kindergarten aide. I've been an aide at RMAE for about two years now and am currently working on getting my teaching license! I am originally from Hawaii and moved to Colorado seven years ago for school. I went to CU Boulder and graduated with a degree in Integrative Physiology. After college, I tried to pursue a few jobs in the medical field but did not really enjoy what I was doing. I then started working at RMAE and began to fall in love with teaching and working with kids! I love Colorado, but I also miss Hawaii at times. I grew up surfing, kiteboarding, paddling, and dirt-biking, and I still enjoy doing those things when I go home to visit! Some of my other hobbies here in Colorado are snowboarding, biking, hiking, and traveling! I am also a foster mom for Rocky Mountain Puppy Rescue! I absolutely love dogs! I am hoping to adopt one in the future and name him Nahko!

Cinderella - Our Middle School, along with Rocky Mountain Youth Musicals, Presents CinderellaShow Times:  Friday, April 13th @ 6:30pm and Saturday, April 14th @ 2:00pm and 6:30 pm.  If you are planning to attend, do not delay ordering your tickets.  Performances will sell out!  Photos below:  rehearsal at Center Stage and a group photo of the cast.                               


Art Show - Congratulations to the following middle school students who have art on display at the Center for the Arts Evergreen in the Mountain Area School Art Show through March 24th:  Jaden Best, Caitlyn Morrill, Sayre Hushen, Abbie Geiger, Savannah Raley, and Ellie Geiger.  Caitlyn Morrill was awarded a first place award for her artwork!

Health Tip #25 - by Lisa Best/ P.E. Teacher - SpringTime Wellness Tips - Please click here for this week's news

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED for the RMAE Fundraising Brunch at Mount Vernon Canyon Club - Sunday, March 18th, 10AM to 2PM.  Don't miss out on this opportunity!  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

2017-2018 YEARBOOK - ORDER NOW!!!! There will be no extra yearbooks, so make sure you order your students yearbook before the deadline.

Please follow the link below or find the link on the RMAE website to order your yearbooks now.  When you create a login to purchase your yearbook you also gain access to the Community Upload.  Use the Community Upload to share your best photos for the kids to consider using in the yearbook.   We’re looking for photos of classroom life, field trips, electives, special events, etc.  Thank you!

Yearbook Photo Community Upload Access Code:  RMAEYearbook

After School Clubs and Activities 

Golf Squad - Begins April 2nd - The class has not yet met the minimum participation level.  Please register now if interested!  

Golf Squad Registration Link

Spring Mad Science - April 10th - May 15th - This innovative after school program from Mad Science will help students uncover the inner workings of some of their favorite things -- including toys, optical illusions, magic tricks and more! Discover why a compass always points North and learn how prisms refract white light to create rainbows -- without rain!  Create your own Curious Cube and master the Chinese yo-yo. Students will be encouraged to make thoughtful connections between the scientific concepts presented in-class and their everyday lives. Remember, it isn't magic -- it's science! 

Mad Science Registration Flier

Chess Wizards Registration Flier  - Begins April 4th - Sign-up now if interested!

Check out the complete list of After school Activities/Clubs


Important Dates

MAR 18 – Mt. Vernon Brunch Fundraiser
MAR 20 – Color My Plate Event (changed from Mar 21)
MAR 23-Apr 1 – Spring Break
APR 6 – Fro Yo
APR 6 – MS Spring Fling
APR 9 – Class Group Photos
APR 10 – PTO Meeting
APR 12 – RMAE BoD Meeting
APR 13-14 – Cinderella Theater Production


View the RMAE calendar for more details


Community Events

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
Saturday March 17th @ 1pm matinee and 7pm

News from the Board 

The next Strategic Planning meeting will be March 22nd at 7:00 pm at RMAE.  All are welcome to attend and observe. There will be time for public comment at the beginning and the end of the meeting. 

The next Board meeting is scheduled for April 12th 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.  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 (there is term flexibility for middle school parents). 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.


 News from the PTO

Hello RMAE families!

Please Join Us for the Next PTO Meeting - April 10th, 8AM

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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