Volume 8 | May 2018
May 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,

The end of the year is just around the corner. It does not seem possible that another school year has come and is almost gone. Our calendar of events between now and the last day of school is packed.

Many of the goals established at the beginning of the school year, especially the school improvement plan/action plan, have been accomplished. There have been numerous successes to celebrate. A short list of said successes include: the recent 20th Anniversary Gala, the RMDS Culinary Team's participation in a culinary competition in California, creating new programs for our after school programs and sports, in addition to most of all our students academically thriving. I would also like to note that through the year, I have had opportunities to see how our students achieve goals, that are also actively embraced by all staff, students and families.

Have you started planning your summer yet? Please do check out the RMDS summer camp, as our team is truly excited about offering ESY and Summer programs for our students.
 
Thank you for your continuous support of our students, teachers and staff.

RMDSly yours,
Amy J Novotny
Director
SOME NEWS!
RMDS Family Directory
Hello RMDS Families!

This is the FINAL opportunity to OPT OUT of the family directory.

As we collect contact information and begin to update the family directory, we would like to provide everyone the opportunity to OPT OUT of the directory. Please email or call Janet Turnmeyer, by Friday, May 11 th , 2018 at: jturnmeyer@rmds.co /303-984-5749 voice or 720-961-9200 video phone, to OPT OUT of the directory. If you do not OPT OUT , your contact information will be automatically added to the family directory.

Thank you,
RMDS Staff
Staff Appreciation Week - May 7-11
Here are some ideas of small token of gratitude to share with the staff at RMDS.

  • Gift Cards
  • Goodies (Chocolate, Bagels, Coffee, Tea)
  • Expo Markers
  • Sharpie Markers
  • Post-it Notes

Thank you for your support.
May 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.
2018-2019
Academic Calendar
Here is our Family Calendar for next school year to help you start planning your summer. Be sure to save August 2nd for our Annual Registration Day. We want to see you there between 2:00-7:00 pm.
2017-2018 YEARBOOK
Those that have ordered their yearbooks, they will be delivered and passed out on May 29th.

If you did not order a yearbook, they are still for sale for $30 until Friday, May 25th. Parents can purchase and take home a copy of the yearbook at the Honor Roll Assembly and Family BBQ on May 30th for $35.
May 14 - Seek the World
Calvin will share his traveling experiences from around the world!

K-5th Grade: 2:00-2:30 pm
Middle and High School: 2:30-3:30
Schedule for May 30
8:45 AM - Honor Roll Assembly
9:30 AM - Kindergarten Graduation
10:30 AM - 5th Grade Promotion
11:30 - Family BBQ
12:30 PM - 8th Grade Promotion
RMDS Summer Camp Registration DEADLINE-May 25th!!
15 years old to High School Seniors

You MUST fill out both RMDS and DVR forms to be able to attend camp.
Ages 3 to 14 years old
EDUCATIONAL CORNERS
Honoring "Day Without Hate"
Thursday April 26th
It was a great week fulfilled with positive vibes! Students did activities to learn about kindness on many different levels. They also learned what Day Without Hate was all about. Each day, teachers discussed "Word of the Day" with the students. Please do emphasis the importance of these words with your children, as well! :)
Middle School/High School
  • Monday: Kind
  • Tuesday: Acceptance
  • Wednesday: Compassion
  • Thursday: Love
Elementary
  • Monday: Kind
  • Tuesday: Patience
  • Wednesday: Empathy
  • Thursday: Courageous
"We're All Wonders" was the theme for Day Without Hate week for our elementary students! They learned to accept one another no matter the differences! It will not be a one-week discussion, we will continue to discuss this topic through the month!
"After learning all week what kindness is all about,
they shared their inspiration on the sidewalk with their kind words, reminders, and quotes!"
What we are learning in science - Testing nerves in our nervous system, creating habitats, fermentation, and learning about different bird beaks!

RMDS student working as a skilled woodpecker, plucking "bugs" from the bark of a tree
(click on image to read more)
FIELD DAY - June 1
Join us for Field Day from 9:00 am to Noon on June 1st. Cheer on the teams as they do some fun Superhero activities!
STUDENT ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM
with Stephanie Carson
WEDNESDAY CLUB: Nature Club
Wednesday Club students are having a great time with the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies!

Middle School Sports Banquet
May 11th at 6:00 pm
Save the date  for our end of the year Sports Banquet for our Middle School Sports Program! May 11th from 6:00-7:30 PM. This is for all Middle School students who have participated in sports programs this year. For questions: contact Stephanie Carson at scarson@rmds.co .
Middle School and Elementary Soccer
Middle School Soccer Club Game Schedule:

  • May 9: Game at RMDS
  • May 16: Tournament Day!
Elementary Soccer Club Game Schedule:

All games are at RMDS on Saturdays at 2:30 pm.

  • May 5
  • May 12
  • May 19 (Double Header-1:00 and 2:30)
Middle School Soccer
The middle school soccer club had fun learning the game and playing other schools. Please join us in thanking Coach Jim Crane for his time and knowledge of the game!
Elementary Soccer Club
The elementary soccer club had fun learning the basics of the game. Please join us in thanking Coach Paul Sandanger for his time and knowledge of the game!
RMDS TODDLER PROGRAM
May 3 Toddler Program with Stacy Abrams
Stacy Abrams presented, “The 4 E’s of Raising a Deaf Child: Expose, Educate, and Empower & Embrace”.
 
She discussed the history of early intervention and how different laws/research has impacted early intervention/deaf education for young deaf children and their families. Stacy shared her perspective of growing with her hearing family, navigating communication, involving other family members, looking for resources, and dealing with society’s views of deaf children and their families.
 
Stacy discussed school-home strategies, literacy strategies with book sharing principles, and resources for deaf children with cochlear implants. Stacy also shared Clerc Center resources and how families can benefit from resources.
Next Toddler Program- May 18 @ Tanglewood Park
Come join us at Tanglewood Park on May 18th. Our Toddler Program is geared towards deaf and hard of hearing toddlers ages 0-3 years old and their families.

For questions: contact Stephanie Carson at scarson@rmds.co .
IN OUR COMMUNITY
Come support CAD
Colorado Association of the Deaf is hosting their first Charity Golf Classic on June 15th. Reserve your spot before May 15th. Price increases after May 15th.

Questions: contact CADgolfclassic@cadeaf.org
Looking for other Camps?