Volume 6 | March 2018
March 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

Welcome March, and hello to spring! I look forward to the longer hours of daylight and warmer days.

We have some exciting events happening this month, and I know it seems like I have been saying this every month! However, I am especially excited for the 16 th of March, as our team will be facilitating a fabulous STEAM day full of fun and educational activities.

Additionally, we will be celebrating our students’ academic achievements by hosting an honor roll assembly; and on the very same day, our Elementary students will participate in a Vocabulary Bee. We welcome families to our hospitality room, where we will be providing drinks and munchies for everyone to enjoy! Please come and join us for a fun-filled morning.

Recent activities among the schools here and across the nation makes us think a great deal about school safety, security and mostly importantly, our students. What I found to be the most profound advice provided in the aftermath of recent tragedies came from a Superintendent in Framingham, Massachusetts. He said and I quote: “We need to reinvest ourselves in our relationship with students and colleagues”. I found these words to be so true. Connecting with our students is very important to our team. Everyone has someone, but we would like to grow the number of connections for some of our students in a positive, supportive, and genuine manner. Simply put...when we connect with others, our self-esteem is boosted and we can perform academically and emotionally at a higher level.

With pride, I want to share with you all, that the staff here at RMDS is amazing. When challenged to make our school a better place for our students to come to learn and work together, they always come up with amazing ideas. Staff members are supportive of each other and are dedicated to RMDS with the highest of expectations and pride.

Furthermore, I am searching for a parent who would be interested in leading our FSSO organization in continuing to provide RMDS families the opportunity to support our school and programs. Please contact me if you are interested.


RMDSly yours,
Amy J Novotny
Director
SOME NEWS!
RMDS Board
20th Anniversary Gala! * April 13, 2018 *
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!
RMDS Families
We want to invite our RMDS families to our school on March 15th, 16th and 22nd. View the flyers for more information on what we are doing on each dates. Come to one or all!

Hope to see you at RMDS!
March 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.
Save the Date:

Spring Production of The Addams Family
YEARBOOK ORDERS!
Yearbook cover designed by: ZaniBelle Hoglind
Our online yearbook sales is open now! 2017-2018 Yearbook cost $25.

If you have any questions, please contactHeather Hapke at  hhapke@rmds.co .
EDUCATIONAL CORNERS
DAY WITHOUT HATE!
Day Without Hate is an organization that promotes nonviolence, respect and unity within our schools.

DWOH is scheduled for April 27th. Order your DWOH shirt by filling out the form and give the form and money to Janet by March 16.
Leiloni Reyes
1st Grade
Geoffrey Smith
3rd Grade
Shiloh Sandager
4th Grade
February 15 - Family Literacy Night
Our Family Literacy Night on February 15th was a great success! Our theme "Paw" for books was a hit with all who attended. We were happy to share a love of reading and a love for our four-legged friends. The International Hearing Dog Association visited with 3 dogs. We also had a "dog pound" reading area, face painting and photo booth among other dog and cat related activities. Of course the Scholastic Book Fair was the capping part of the evening. Thanks to all who attended!!
READ ACROSS AMERICA
Happy Birthday Dr Seuss! (Click on image to see more)
Skeletal and body systems, conductivity of water, and radiant energy were some topics covered in Science in February.
CHAT, Read Across America, Field Trip, and more ...

We have been keeping active in PE. We had guest speakers from Jump for Heart explaining the importance of taking care of your hearts. West Metro Fire came and gave the students a presentation on safety.
Jump for Heart! Congratulations to Noah Kaptuska for raising over $1000!
West Metro Fire
Firefighters are your friends.
Crossing the streets safely!
Do not text while crossing the street!
Rocketry Club
In Rocketry Club, Evan and Ramon work on their final project, a model rocket to be launched on RMDS’ soccer field on March 7 th. Their kit includes a “helicopter” on the nose cone so that it spins to the ground, as well as a parachute to recover the body of the rocket.

Be sure to check out Youtube to see Noal and Seth’s progression as they built a paper rocket and had mild success, but then made changes and had a great launch!
Air Rocket
Much improved air rocket
Garden Club
The Garden club got some seeds started so we can plant the new growth outside next quarter.
STUDENT ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM
with Stephanie Carson
ELEMENTARY SPORTS AND CLUB
3Q Elementary Club - STEAM Club
The elementary STEAM club is moving forward with lots of fun experiments and activities this quarter!

We are wrapping up the 3rd quarter and getting ready to start a new quarter with The Nature Club.
Thank you to the Denver Nuggets!
Our MSSP Boys and Girls basketball team along with the elementary after school sports club had a great time learning from the professional players with the Denver Nuggets! They learned the fundamentals of the game and honed their basketball skills!


DENVER DEAF YOUTH TEEN NIGHT OUT
Denver Deaf Youth Teen Night Out had their very first event on February 2nd at Great Wolf Lodge in Colorado Springs. We had total of 24 teens attending the event and we had tons of FUN!! We welcome ALL Deaf and Hard of Hearing Middle and High School students, during the event. That night, we had a pizza party, explored the water park and had an ice cream to wrap up the fun evening. We are having our second Denver Deaf Youth Teen Night Out tomorrow night at the Nuggets Basketball game. The teens are so looking forward to it!! We would like to thank JIMANDA Foundation for making this possible for our teens!
At the Great Wolf Lodge in Colorado Springs
DDY TNO is free for ALL RMDS students!
RMDS SUMMER CAMP!
14 years old to High School Seniors
Ages 3 to 14 years old
RMDS TODDLER PROGRAM
February Toddler Program at Monkey Bizness
Click on the image to read more about what fun things we have been doing.
February Toddler Program ASL Story:
"Five Little Monkeys Bake A Birthday Cake"