Volume 5 | January/February 2018
January/February 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, learn about our Board and much more!
FROM AMY NOVOTNY: our Director
Dear RMDS families

As usual, the last month has flown by and we are finding ourselves at the beginning of another fun-filled month. This month has brought several enjoyable celebrations at RMDS including recognition of 100 th day of school and participated in the Jump Rope for Heart program. Currently, our team is in the midst of planning our upcoming book fair which will be open from February 12 th to 15 th .

It is also the time of the year when weather may impact the transportation to school. If RMDS closes due to weather, we will announce it on our website, Facebook and 9NEWS. If there is any time when you do feel it is not safe for you to transport your child, let us know.

Going forward this semester, we are anticipating exciting events. We really appreciate all of the students and parents who came to our previous events and we continue to look forward to see you at our upcoming events, Family Literacy Night and FSSO Night @ the Nuggets game.

RMDSly yours,
Amy J Novotny
February 15 - Family Literacy Night
Come to our annual Family Literacy Night!

February 15

6:00-7:30 PM

Our guest speaker for the night will be from Hearing Dog, International. Come meet Aspen, their dog.
Plan to come?
Please let us know!
RSVP by Monday, February 12th.
BOOK FAIR!! February 12-16
We need volunteers!!
It’s time to let the cat out of the bag! Come have a dog-gone good time as you and your family visit the book fair here at Rocky Mountain Deaf School from Tuesday, February 13th to Friday, February 16th! Your student(s) will be making a special visit to the “Paws for Books” book fair on Monday, February 12th for a special preview! This special visit will allow the students to peruse new and classic titles, in addition to making a wish list. Teachers will also be making their classroom wish list that families will be able to see, and purchase a book or two to donate to that teacher’s classroom.

Don’t forget about Literacy Night! Literacy Night will be Thursday, February 15th. The Literacy Night committee has a purr-fect night planned, and we hope to see you all there! More information about Literacy Night is provided in this newsletter.

A link to the book fair hours and volunteer list was included in the weekly RMDS news letter. Please visit our “Paws for Books,” book fair home page for more information regarding book fair hours and our call for volunteers. The volunteer slots are short and we appreciate any and all the help we can get! Thank you in advance for your consideration in volunteering and for visiting the book fair. Our home page can be visited at this link: http://www.scholastic.com/bf/rmds

This year’s book fair will include a Valentine’s Day book gram event. The book fair will be open from 2:30PM-3:30PM, on Tuesday, February 13th, for parents and family to come shop for the Valentine’s Day book gram event. Even if you do not plan to purchase a Valentine’s Day book gram, please feel free to stop by the book fair. Please keep an eye out for the Valentine’s Day gram flyer, to be sent home with your student(s) this week. In the event that your student(s) does not come home with a Valentine’s Day gram flyer, please feel free to email Janet at, jturnmeyer@rmds.co to request a flyer and form.

We hope to see you all around at the book fair and at Literacy Night!

Paw-bumps, RMDS Staf
February 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.
February 23:
RMDS Night at the Nuggets Game
Winter Play
Thanks to all that came and supported our students on December 21st. They truly showed that life is a gift by sharing stories from all over the world.
Click to see few more pictures of our Winter Play.
Save the Date:

Spring Production of The Addams Family

May 18: 10:00 AM
School showing

May 19: 7:00 PM
Sources of Strength
O ur Middle School & High School students have been reviewing our new program; Sources of Strength! We want our students to be familiar with their resources for each strength.

If you are curious as well, please visit this link:

Ryder Allen-Bruns
2nd grade
No-Name Calling Awareness was the week of
January 15th - 19th. Our elementary students did a group activity and learned (already knew) that name calling is not okay! The students are sure
super-friendly here!
FEBRUARY: We will be doing the Deaf View/Image Art (De'VIA) February Challenge by selecting a motif each week in the theme of community. These artworks will be submitted to De'VIA Youth Art Competition hosted by Kansas Deaf School later this Spring.

On another note about De'VIA, some of middle school and high school students who attended the January Teen Night Out got to meet Nancy Rourke, one of our neighbor De'VIA artist at Access Gallery downtown Denver!  https://accessgallery.org/  Nancy explained about her "Second Wave of Milan" mural with 25 motifs!  http://www.nancyrourke.com/secondwaveofmilan.htm

Coming up next month: We will display our Mobile Art Gallery at our school for two weeks from March 13-April 3. Some of our Middle School students will be trained as docent for the STEAM Day on March 16th. More information to come later on visiting. De'VIA artworks by our students will be displayed as well
Skeletal system, body system, water filtration, Rocketry Club, chain reactions were some topics covered in Science in January and February.

Rocketry club - Magnus Effect
Chain reaction machine
What's going on at RMDS? We have done Experimental Learning by going on field trips.

Our students submitted their videos to the National Literary Competition hosted by Gallaudet.
We have some winners!
Congratulations to ZaniBelle Hoglind for placing 1st place in the Middle School ASL Presentation category!
Congratulations to Alejo Martinez for placing 1st place in the Special Needs ASL Poetry category!
Congratulations to Zivia Gale for placing 2nd place in the Middle School ASL Poetry category!
We celebrated our 100th day of school on February 1st! The kids got creative in gym class and created the number 1-0-0!
with Stephanie Carson
3Q Elementary Club - STEAM Club
The elementary STEAM club is moving forward with lots of fun experiments and activities this quarter!

Many thanks to David Oyler and his intern, Ruchi Gamta for their time and making the club fun for our elementary students!
3Q Elementary Sports

 Elementary’s sports club absolutely love Floor Hockey!
MSSP Basketball this quarter!
BOYS Basketball
click below to see roster, game schedule
GIRLS Basketball
click below to see roster, game schedule

RMDS Toddler Program
January Toddler Program at the Link Recreation Center
Click on the image to read more about what fun things we have been doing.
January Toddler Program ASL Story:
"How Do Dinosaurs Play with
Their Friends?"
RMDS Board
20th Anniversary Gala!
* April 13, 2018 *

Early Bird deadline has been moved to March 1st.
Buy your tickets!!
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!