April 19th - News

Posted on 04/19/2018
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Principal's Note


Dear RMAE Families,

Our weekly newsletter is being sent to you a bit earlier this week to help remind you of our Carnival this Friday, April 20th from 5:30 to 7:30.  It is sure to be a fun family evening!  All of our classes have chosen a fun activity that students will help run.  These booths consist of traditional games such as ring toss, face painting, cake walk to others like fortune telling, potato launching, and tie dying.  There are plenty more activities and even a petting zoo!  In addition, each class will have an academic showcase with student artifacts in each building.  Stop in and see what your student and all the others have been up to.  If you haven’t heard about our penny wars and who may get to kiss a snake or get a pie in the face, please ask your child.  It has been all the talk this week!

Volunteers are still Needed - See below for sign-ups.

One aspect of our community that I can’t brag enough about is our inclusiveness.  I have witnessed families and students join us after the year began be taken in as if they were here all along.  It is because of this, and the fact we are all so proud of our school, that we have invited our new families who will be joining us next year and prospective families, to see first-hand, our great school community.  When you see them, please welcome them to our amazing RMAE family!

Speaking of our RMAE family, we have a meet and greet for candidates interested in joining our Board of Directors, on Monday, April 23rd at 6:00.  In order for you to get to know them and their views better, we will be asking all candidates a series of questions.  I need to know what you want to hear about.  Please send me questions for the candidates by this Friday –

Your proud Principal,
Dr. Ann Hudson


Teacher News & Middle School Field Day


CINDERELLA - CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU to Gretchen Moritz, her assistant and all of the parent volunteers who helped put together another successful theater production, Cinderella!   Congratulations also go out to the cast and crew!  The show was delightfully entertaining.  The vocals were incredible.  The students who participated are fortunate to be under Gretchen's tutelage, an amazing teacher who brings out the very best in her students.  PHOTOS were not available at the time of publication.  Look for photos in a future newsletter.


CONGRATULATIONS to Lynette Adams (6th Grade Teacher)!!  Lynette finished the Boston Marathon in 4:04:19!  If you do the math, that is under 10 minute miles for 26 miles!  She shared, "The weather was monsoon, freezing wind, and rain and I had a hard time holding a decent pace but it was an amazing experience!!"

Mr. Bryant attempts to visit the ISS - Scott K. wouldn't open the hatch!  


Middle School Olympic Field Day - Many thanks to Lisa Best for organizing this event and to the parent volunteers who came out to make this a fun day for our middle school students!


RMAE Happenings


TOMORROW NIGHT - RMAE CARNIVAL - A Fun Family Event Open to the Community! Invite your friends and neighbors!   April 20th, 5:30 to 7:30 pm.  Free popcorn, $5 hot dog meals, raffle prizes, petting zoo and penny war winners revealed.  Each student will be issued one free ticket to be used at each student-run/student-built game station, with additional packs of 10 tickets available for $5.  Please find volunteer/sign-up information below, under Volunteer Needs.  Carnival Flier Link - forward to friends and neighbors


SLEDMAGADDON - CANCELLED - We are disappointed to have to report, due to a lack of snow we have had to cancel this event for the last time.  We will try again next year. 


RMAE SPRING MUSIC PERFORMANCES! - The performances are fast approaching for grades K-5 on the following dates:
- Tuesday, April 24th at 6pm for grades 3-5
- Tuesday, May 1st at 6pm for grades K-2

Students are required to attend the performance for their respective grade levels unless otherwise arranged with Miss Jacobson.   Students are to arrive at 5:15pm the night of the performance and dress in black and white.  Please contact Susanna Jacobson at with any questions/concerns or if you are interested in volunteering. We look forward to sharing an evening of music with you! :)


SPIRIT WEEK!  Next Week -  Our Student Council has been working hard to organize an assembly next Wednesday.  In anticipation of Community Service Day AND the assembly, we are going to have a free dress spirit week for all grades. Here are the guidelines for each day of the week:

Monday-- Element Day (earth, wind, fire, and water!  Dress as your favorite element. Example: Fire would wear red and have flame pants.)

Tuesday -- Hippie Tuesday (Dress as a stereotypical, environmentalist hippy! Example: Bust out the tie-dye and wavy hair!)

Wednesday-- Water Wednesday/Hawaiian Day (Dress in blue or Hawaiian themed clothing to remember the importance of the ocean and water conservation!)

On Wednesday during the assembly, the students in each class will pick the "best dressed" to go up and represent their class for a school-wide fashion show!  This is not a fundraiser-- students do not need to pay to participate :)


Reminders and Volunteer Opportunities


LAST CHANCE TO BUY A YEARBOOK!  Yearbook sales end tomorrow, Friday, April 20th, when the yearbook is submitted and sent off for publishing. Limited copies remain available for ordering and there will be NO additional copies available when yearbooks are distributed later this spring.

If you, your student, or family would like a yearbook, please purchase NOW. Yearbooks are $18.50.  Purchase online with a credit card, debit card or PayPal at

If you need to check if you have already purchased a yearbook, please visit and select “FIND AN ORDER.”  Order now, so your student won’t miss out when yearbooks are distributed.


CARNIVAL EVENT VOLUNTEERS  - It's not too late to volunteer!  Your students and teachers have been working hard to create their game stations.  WE NEED YOUR HELP!  Please use the links below to sign-up to donate items and/or volunteer to assist with the games:

Kindergarten: Corn Hole Game
1st Grade: Softball Toss Game
2nd Grade: Lawn Darts Game
3rd Grade: Games Galore
4th Grade: Football Ring Toss
4th/5th Grade: Cup Challenge
5th Grade: Horse Races
6th Grade: Go Fishing Game
7th Grade: : Newton’s Petard - GRILLING (Hot Dog Meals) - Henna - Face Painting

You will earn one volunteer hour for each 20 minute volunteer slot AND for each Donation made.  There is no need for you to log the time, all hours will be added to AtoZconnect for you after the carnival.

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 a fun day.  Look for class specific sign-ups from your classroom coordinators.

Elementary School Field Day Sign-up -  Friday, May 11th - We need volunteers!  Please consider taking the time to volunteer and have fun with your child on their field day.  Click the link above for a full description of the event and volunteer opportunities!   

Bingo Nights - Bingo nights are planned for the first Thursday evening of each month.  To get involved, please contact Tiffany Fontaine -

Lunch Room Monitors   - Ongoing


After School Clubs/Activities


Check out the complete list of After School Activities/Clubs


Summer Camp Registration - Follow the link above for more information and to register for our 2018 Summer Camps


Conifer High School Volleyball Camp Opportunities - Spring/Summer 2018 - 5-8th Grade Students


Community News/Events


JAKE'S BENEFIT/AUCTION - Saturday, April 28th, 1-4:30PM - Jake Grose (Son of Ann Grose, RMAE Kindergarten Teacher) has been suffering from kidney disease his whole life and now at age 18, his health is declining as the disease is rapidly progressing.  As a result of his condition, he is now preparing for dialysis and a kidney transplant.  Please come out and help us support this young man and his family.  Location:  The Wild Game, 1204 Bergen Pkwy.

If you are interested in donating auction items to support the benefit, email by Tuesday, April 24th.  All funds raised will be donated directly to the Grose family for medical expenses.  If you would like read more about Jake's story or make an online donation, visit


Upcoming Events

APR 19 – RMAE Board Meeting
APR 20 – Fro Yo
APR 21 – CANCELLED - Sledmagaddon 
APR 21 – Yearbook Order Deadline
APR 23 – BoD Meet the Candidates
APR 24 – 3rd-5th Music Performance
APR 26 – Community Service Day
APR 27 – NO SCHOOL – Teacher In-Service


View the RMAE calendar for more details




News from the Board

Board Meeting Tonight at 7:00 pm.

Please come meet the candidates for the three open seats for the Board of Directors on Monday, April 23 from 6:00-7:30 pm in the cafeteria. 

The next Strategic Planning meeting will be held on May 2 at 7:00 pm. This is a working session. 

The next Board meeting is scheduled for May 10 at 7:00 pm in the music room next to the technology room. All are welcome to attend and there is time for public comment at the beginning and at the end of each meeting. 


PTO News


Please Join Us for the Next PTO Meeting - May 7th, 8AM

AtoZ Connect Updates - Sign-up for one of our many volunteer opportunities. 

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 link and check it out! 
Link to itunes Apple AtoZ Directories App
Questions or problems with AtoZ, contact Joanne Gomez at 

Reloadable Grocery Cards –  This is a no brainer fundraiser for the school and to add to your volunteer hours.   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.  

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