Volume 4 | December 2017
December Newsletter
Be sure to read all about what we have been doing at RMDS, look at our educational corners to see what the kids are learning, get involved with FSSO and much more!
FROM AMY NOVOTNY: our Director
Dear RMDS families,

December is upon us and the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is just beginning. You might have noticed that we are currently experiencing the typical cold and snowy weather of the wintery season’s arrival. That being said, RMDS would like to give a friendly reminder to all parents and guardians, that students will still go outside for recess if weather permits (if the temperature is 32 degrees and above). Please send your child to school with appropriate warm winter clothing.

Our annual winter performance will be held on the 21st of December. It is an event for our students, families and community, so please feel free to bring your extended families and friends to the event. Our theme this year is “Life is a gift… Unwrap the message”. Such a good reminder for us to be grateful and enjoy this giving season.

Our much deserved holiday break is coming up soon. It also means that our first semester is almost over. For the past few months, I witnessed our students and staff accomplish a great deal. High Expectation for academic success continues to occur on a daily basis.

I wish you a restful winter break and enjoy the holidays!

RMDSly yours,
Amy J Novotny
Director
December 21 - Winter Play
Come to our annual Winter Play!

December 21

6:00-7:30 PM
December Lunch Menu
RMDS provides breakfast and hot lunch service daily. These healthy and nutritious meals are prepared by Rev Foods. Breakfast costs $2.75 and lunch costs $4.00. Families will be billed monthly for lunches served to their students.


EDUCATIONAL CORNERS
Gratitude Overload!
First of all, Happy December RMDS families and friends!

Our students from 1st grade to 12th grade had so much to be thankful for! Their gratitude spread all over the windows in the Cafeteria during the Family/Friend Thanksgiving Lunch. I hope you had the chance to read them!
DOVE will be coming to RMDS to give a workshop to our Middle School and High School students to discuss about "Internet Safety & Cyberbullying Prevention." It will be on Friday, December 15th. If you received the Opt-Out Letter, please disregard the original dates. If you do not want your child to attend the workshop, please do sign and return the slip by Wednesday, December 13th.
Todd Sevier
2nd grade

Learning about Holocaust
RMDS Middle and High School students and staff visited the traveling exhibit, "Holocaust by Bullets", at Temple Sinai on Thursday, November 8th. The students learned about the hidden history of the Holocaust, the systematic killings of the Jews before the creation of the concentration camps. Students were able to read eyewitness testimonies, see historical photographs of the events, and had opportunities to interact with knowledgeable docents throughout the exhibit.
It's the joy of giving in art classroom this month!
Thank you, Jean Mitton
- retired art teacher who donated her pottery wheel to RMDS art classroom! (insert photo)
Thank you, Sandy!!
- a volunteer at Girls Rock Denver and a friend of Janet Turnmeyer, who donated her light table!
STEAM Day: Caine's Cardboard Arcade Challenge. All students designed and built their own arcade out of cardboard boxes and are looking forward to play again with their families and friends after the Winter Play on December 21st! 

Click on the photo banner below to see MORE pictures of our fun creations.
Hard at work in Science!
Newton's 3rd Law, Motion, Solar Heating, Runoffs, etc...

What's going on at RMDS? We have done Experimental Learning by going on field trips.

It has been a great semester of students’ creative work and analysis on videotexts such as viewing a variety of ASL poetry, ASL storytelling and ASL Video Essays. Most of the students have opted to submit their ASL genre entry for the National Literacy Competition that is sponsored by Gallaudet Youth programs and Phi Kappa Zeta sorority. There will be 1st place - $100 and 2nd place - $50 for each of the categories. There is even a grand prize that the winner will get free registration admission for Summer Youth camps, free trip to Gallaudet University OR a $500 scholarship.

Click on the flyer for more information about the National Literary Competition.
Battle of the Books
The Buff, Blue and Green teams did a great job last week during the Preliminary matches! Congratulations to the Blue and Green team for advancing to the Playoffs.

Click on image for more pictures from the matches last week.


Questions: contact BOTB Coach - Kathy Wagner at  kwagner@rmds.co

GOOD LUCK TO OUR  BLUE  GREEN  TEAMS!

STUDENT ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM
with Stephanie Carson
RMDS Toddler Program
Click on each picture to read more about what we have been doing in our Toddler Program events.
November Toddler Program at Feel the Beat
December Toddler Program at the WOW! Museum
Holiday Party for Families
ELEMENTARY SPORTS AND CLUB
2Q Elementary Club
Lego & Robotics Club
We had a great LEGO & Robotics Club this quarter! The students learned many skills, teamwork and had a lot of fun! The last day for the club will be on Wednesday, December 20th.
2Q Elementary Sports

The Elementary sports team had a great basketball season! The primary goal emphasized in the elementary basketball clinic is to increase player participation in the area of basketball, while maintaining the overall enjoyment aspect of the sport. During practices, the students learn the fundamentals of basketball such as, dribbling, shooting, passing, and the rules of the game. The last day of basketball clinic is on Thursday, December 21st.
3Q Elementary Sports
Jan 10-March 9
Due to the limited number of players signing up for basketball, where creating a team is not possible, the third quarter of Elementary sports will include a variety of sports activities. These sporting opportunities will offer the students the opportunity of acquiring different sports skills and experiences. For students interested in signing up for third quarter sports, sports opportunities will include, Floor Hockey, Team Handball, Softball, and Baseball. The students will learn the necessary skills for each sport and the rules of the game. The third quarter of sports club will continue to be at Southwest Recreation Center, from 3:30-4:45 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If your student is interested in participating in third quarter sports club, please register as soon as possible.
ELEMENTARY CLUB - 3Q
STEAM Club
Jan 10-March 7
The Steam Club will be led by Stephanie Carson and Luci Gale. During the ten week club,  the students will engage in their own take-home projects that introduce them to STEAM through creative materials. Projects allow students to have fun and be creative while building their hands-on making skills. The program will engage young students to think of themselves as creators and inventors.The curriculum was developed by a member of the National Science Teachers Association. The club will run from January 10-March 7th from 3:30-4:45 p.m.  If you are interested in having your child participate in STEAM Club, please register as soon as possible.
MIDDLE SCHOOL SPORTS PROGRAM
Volleyball Record: 3-1-1
Our Volleyball team did GREAT during our  last home game on December 5th,  despite our first loss of the season. We won one match but lost three other matches. The three other matches were very, very close and nerve-wracking to watch! Be sure to give our volleyball team high fives for their effort as they did a spectacular job this season!
GOOD LUCK to
MSSP Volleyball!!!

GO MOUNTAIN LIONS!!
Coach: Rachel Benedict, Andrea Keller, Aislinn Johnson, ZaniBelle Hoglind, Marie Padilla, Zivia Gale, Caleb Ballentine, Alejandro Martinez, Catelina Martinez, Rhiannon Flores, Lily Blessing, Savannah Jones
Our tournament is on Tuesday, December 12th. Due to our outstanding record this season, we do not have to play the first round! We will advance to the 2nd round, if we win, we will play on Thursday, December 14th to the finals! The tournament will be at Whitlock Recreation Center, and our volleyball team is scheduled to play on the south court, at 5:15 p.m. If you plan to attend and cheer on our wonderful volleyball team, I recommend arriving early. Our team will playing immediately, if the first round team ends earlier than expected. Be sure to bring lawn chairs as seating is limited in their gym.

I hope to see you at the tournament next Tuesday!! Let's go Mountain LIONS!!!!!!

Once we wrap up volleyball season, we will begin basketball season in January! The basketball team is not a co-ed league. RMDS will have a girls team and a boys team. If you are interested in registering your child for the basketball season (which runs from January 10th to March 14th), please fill out the registration form below. Basketball practice will run Monday through Thursday, from 3:30-4:45 p.m. Basketball games will be played twice a week. RMDS would love to have your child participate in basketball. Please register as soon as possible.
3Q MSSP Sports Program
Boys and Girls Basketball

3Q Middle School Sports Program will offer Boys and Girls Basketball teams. If you are interested, please fill out a form by clicking on the button below.

RMDS Board
RMDS Board
* April 13, 2018 *
Ticket sales have begun! Click below to get more information and buy your tickets. If you can't go, please consider donating an auction item or sponsor the event.

Hope to see you there!
Family Student Staff Organization
FSSO
Questions or for more information: Contact Carmel at PTO@rmds.co
FSSO Events
FSSO is hosting a few events, be sure to put them on your calendars!
  • Dec 16 - Star Wars Movie Night (Sold Out!)
  • Jan 19 - Winter Formal
  • Feb 23 - Night at the Nuggets Game