February 2nd - News

Posted on 02/02/2018

News from the Principal

Hello RMAE Families,

As you know Mother Nature has given us a relatively snow free winter thus far.  While this makes it easy for travel and time saved shoveling, it has caused us to postpone our Sledmagaddon event.  The Dad’s Club has worked tirelessly to put on this fun filled family event and is working on an alternative date.  As soon as that is confirmed, we will get the word out! 

Although the postponement of this much anticipated event is disappointing, we have much to celebrate.  Hopefully you have noticed in our weekly newsletters that we have recently added a “Classroom News” section.  We are fortunate to have staff that creates fun and relevant hands on learning activities where students apply their newly gained knowledge.  If you have pictures of any events this year, please share them with Susan Murphy (  We are in the process of putting together an electronic showcase of RMAE to have in the front foyer for all to enjoy.  These will also be shared with our yearbook staff to even further enhance this year’s edition.

Your Proud Principal,
Dr. Ann Hudson

    RMAE Happenings

Second Round Choice Enrollment  - If you, or someone you know, has missed the First Round Choice Enrollment Period, enrollment applications can now be submitted via the Second Round Period.  The Second Round is a first come, first served enrollment process.

If you have children who are not currently attending RMAE, and you are interested in having them attend school here for the 2018-19 school year, you must submit an enrollment application.  We still have openings in most grades.

Safety Reminder - It has come to our attention that several drivers are ignoring our stop sign on the lower level crosswalk.  Although it is a small stop sign, it is none the less a STOP SIGN and in our school zone.  It is not a 'yield to pedestrians in crosswalk' sign.  Please come to a complete STOP when approaching this crosswalk.  UPDATE:  During inclement weather, when the roads may be icy, drivers are still expected to come to a complete stop.  We will, however, close the walkway in the afternoons for the safety of students in the event that vehicles are unable to stop safely.  The safety and welfare of our kids is our top priority.  Thank you.

Teacher Spotlight - I started teaching for Rocky Mountain Academy when it opened in 2001.  The excitement and parent involvement around the opening of a new charter school was contagious.  It was truly a place where I wanted to teach and have ever since.  My passion is teaching and watching children grow and learn.  I also have enjoyed adding music to the classroom and teaching piano lessons after school.  When I’m not working I enjoy hiking, biking, piano, and reading.  

Elective of the week - Mural - By Mrs. Pumphrey - Eighth grade students have been hard at work since the beginning of this school year designing and painting a mural in the library.  We first looked at examples of murals from other libraries, talked about what we liked about each mural, and brainstormed ideas for our mural. Students made sketches of their ideas. From there, we started combining ideas until we came up with an overall plan. The theme of the mural is storybook characters that are coming together from different stories in a sea and land setting. There are truffula trees, a large tree, hills, and a meandering river that flows into a sea. Some of the characters we have been working on are: Alice, the BFG, a wild thing and Max, a star bellied sneech, Ariel, and the Cheshire Cat. We have included Captain Hook's ship, a castle in a cloud, a golden snitch (soon to have Harry Potter chasing it on a broom), Barad-dûr (the tower from Mordor), and have other plans for adding characters and settings from books. The mural has slowly evolved to include other walls besides the two main walls.  I couldn't be more proud of the fine, imaginative, and dedicated work my students have done so far! Please stop in and see the progress when you have a chance.

WEEKLY HEALTH TIP - By Mrs. Best/P.E. Teacher - Health Tip #18  - JUMP ROPE FOR HEART - Jump Rope For Heart is here! If you have a child in grades K-5, please check their Friday folder for information on how to register for our school team at or by searching Jump/Hoops in the app store on your mobile device. Heart disease is the #1 killer of Americans. Therefore, our students are learning all about what they can do to keep their hearts healthy, take their own health challenge, and learn how they can help others by collecting donations for the American Heart Association. We are a healthy and service-minded community! Here is a recipe for a heart healthy muffin.

Raspberry Muffins with Chia Seeds                    

Total Time 28 minutes| Servings 12 | 1 muffin each - Calories 126 kcal


  • 1½ cups whole wheat flour    
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds 
  • 2 tsp. baking soda 
  • ½  tsp.  fine sea salt (or Himalayan salt) 
  • 1 cup mashed sweet potato (or pumpkin puree) 
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce 
  • 2 large egg whites (¼ cup) 
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries


  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Prepare 12 muffin cups by lining with muffin papers or coating with spray.
  3. Combine flour, chia seeds, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl; mix well. Set aside.
  4. Combine sweet potato, applesauce, egg whites, maple syrup, and extract in a medium bowl; whisk to blend.
  5. Add flour mixture to egg mixture; mix until just blended.
  6. Gently fold in raspberries.
  7. Divide batter among prepared muffin cups.
  8. Bake 15 to 18 minutes, or until golden brown and tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
  9. Transfer muffins to rack; cool.

1st Annual RMAE Sledmageddon Event - Postponed - New Date TBD - Prove you are the fastest sledder in Evergreen!   Bring your own sled, build one or buy one!  Everyone is welcome!  For more information and how you can get involved, contact David Martin,  

Classroom News 

3rd Grade - Cow eye dissection -  A cow eye is very similar to the eye of a human. By dissecting and examining the anatomy of a preserved cow eye, students learn how their own eyes form images of the world and send these images to their brains.  

4th & 5th Grade - CELL-A-BRATION - As the culminating activity on our study of cells, 4th and 5th grades had a “CELL-A-BRATION.”  Each student brought in an edible model of either a plant or animal cell.  The students then enjoyed eating their concoctions! 

6th Grade - During 6th grade math the students made their own math games.  They created a game that related to one math concept that we have covered so far this school year.  They had to be able to re-teach or reinforce an objective we have learned already this year.  We invited 4th and 5th grades to our classroom to share in their amazing math games!          

8th Grade Technology - 8th Grade students get into the nuts and bolts of programming and robotics in Tech Class with Mr. Dunbar. Every week 8th grade students add a new skill to their robotics tool box. This week, the  focus was on complex actions with loops, switches, and color sensors. Each group learned how to program their robot to follow a black electrical tape line. This may seem like a simple idea but it actually requires a fair amount of complex programming.  In many ways, these are similar programs to that of  NASA's Curiosity Rover on Mars.

After School Activities

Woodworking Club - Open to 5th-8th Grade Students - There are still a couple of openings in both the Intro (Mondays) and Adv (Tuesdays) clubs.  Please email Mr. Dunbar at if you would like to sign up or have any questions.

Mad Science - Tuesdays 3:15-4:15 pm - Begins February 13th 

Mad Science Registration Flier

JR POMS Clinic at Evergreen High School - Tuesday, Feb 13th

JR POMS Clinic Registration Flier

Check out the complete list of After school Activities/Clubs

Important Dates

Feb 3 –  Postponed - Sledmageddon Event
Feb 6 – PTO Meeting
Feb 8 – RMAE Board Meeting
Feb 14 – Parent Teacher Conferences
Feb 15 – NOON Dismissal
Feb 15 – Parent Teacher Conferences
Feb 16 – NO School
Feb 19 – NO School

View the RMAE calendar for more details


News from the Board

Happy New Year!

The next Board meeting is scheduled for February 8 at 6:30 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.

RMAE Board of Directors

News from the PTO

Hello RMAE families!

Last chance for prepay second semester Fro-Yo - Did your student miss receiving Fro-Yo on Friday? You can still purchase Frozen Yogurt for the rest of the semester - $20 for 7 Frozen Yogurts. Go to and click on Store > Products to sign up. Deadline to order is Friday, Feb 2nd.  Fro-Yo is a fundraiser for the 6th grade spring trip.

AtoZ Connect Updates - Thank you to all the families who have been using AtoZ Connect to log volunteer hours and to make purchases. 

Reloadable Grocery Cards – Thank you to all that have been participating and please continue to use your cards.  If you would like to start earning volunteer hours for shopping, please contact Carrie Wassemiller at to get your FREE reloadable King Soopers card. There are King Soopers, Kroger and City Market stores all over the United States. Please consider sending a card to parents and relatives so that they can earn volunteer hours for your family and money for RMAE.

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!

PTO Meeting - Tuesday, February 6 - 8AM - All are welcome - we would love to see new faces.

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