Volume 9 | Summer 2018
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,

June is almost over and we said so long to our students, staff and parents. It has been a fantastic year filled with events that have brought us closer together. I, personally, would like to thank you for your ongoing support throughout the year. We could not offer such a rich education to our students without the continuing effort and support that you all give.
 
Summer is a time for rest and rejuvenation. It is also a time to keep those learned skills sharp. Please encourage your child continue to read throughout the summer to maintain or increase their reading levels. Math skills matter too, there are plenty of apps which provide daily problems at variety levels for students to make sense of and solve. It is essential for students to maintain their skills especially over the long summer break.

With the end of the year also comes staff changes and family moves. I also would like to take this opportunity to wish those students and families leaving us this year all the best.  Please enjoy the change of pace that the summer brings. We look forward to welcoming you all back, refreshed, for what will be an exciting 2018-2019 school year. 

RMDSly yours,
Amy J Novotny
Director
SOME NEWS!
From RMDS Board of Director - 20th Anniversary Gala
The Rocky Mountain Deaf School Board has hosted a successful 20th Anniversary Gala on April 13, 2018 at Baldoria on the Water in Lakewood. During the event, memories were made: from fine food and drinks and entertainment in the form of a talented emcee and live auctions and games, to heartfelt memories and vision from Cliff Moers and Amy Novotny. The sage and inspiring words from the President of Gallaudet University, Roberta J. Cordano, our 20th Anniversary Gala was one for the books. With our community support, the event raised more than $17,000 for the expansion of RMDS’s Toddler and Parent-Infant Programs.
As a high performing, innovative educational program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students, the Rocky Mountain Deaf School is deeply committed to providing a rigorous, standards-based curriculum for children from three years old through twelfth grade. We provide a linguistically rich learning environment through the acquisition of American Sign Language and English, both inside and outside the classroom. Through strong collaboration with parents, the deaf community, the educational research community, the school community, and the business community, we are a model of best practices and an exemplary resource in the field of Deaf Education both nationally and internationally. We are excited for the future for our children at RMDS. We will keep you updated with the expansion of our programs.

Our school could not do what it does without the generous support of a caring community. Thank you for your support to the Rocky Mountain Deaf School.

RMDS Board

Click here for more Pictures from the Gala: BIG thanks to Lindsey Higginbotham!
Bobbi Cordano,
our guest of honor
RMDS Staff
Thanks to all that came and showed your support!
CLASS of 2018
Congratulations to Aidan Harris, Hunter Puerta and Lisa Vick!! Special thanks to our guest speaker, Kenny Walker, for giving an inspiring speech to our graduates.

We wish you the best!

See more photos on our Facebook Page!
AUGUST 2
August 2 from 2:00-7:00 pm is our mandatory registration day. We will send home some information for you to do some forms on-line BEFORE registration day to make things go smoother and faster! Please be sure to check your snail mail!

2:00-6:00 PM- CURRENT students

5:00-7:00 PM - NEW 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.
Need Babysitter over the summer?
(click on flyer to read)
Jeffco Action Center 2018 School Supply Distribution

This is for all Jefferson County residents only. School supplies available for children in grades Preschool through 12th grade. It's open August 6 to 11th. Please view the flyer to see which day that corresponds with your last name.
Prevent the Summer Slide
Prevent the Summer Slide!
by Lisa Hann
We know your children worked hard this year to make progress in their reading skills. We are proud of each RMDS student. No one wants them to lose their skills over the summer. Read more ...
Middle and High School students still need to keep on reading too!
by Ali and Kathy
Kathy Wagner and Ali Brusehaber would like all students to get lost in a good book this summer. There are some ways to get involved and start reading! 

EDUCATIONAL CORNERS
13 Reasons Why, Season 2 Guidance
Yes, 13 Reasons Why has come back with its new season. It continues to be a hot controversial topic. I have developed a guidance sheet, including more information, resources, and talking tips to support you and your family to get through this series together. If necessary, please feel free to contact me for any further support.

Remember: Suicide is never a solution. There is help and get help. Resources are provided in the guidance sheet .
Character Education had a great year this year! Looking forward to see what next year will bring to us. Have a great, fun, and safe summer!
Don't forget to keep learning!
What we are learning in science - Thanks to The Alliance Grant, RMDS students were allowed to experience different opportunities! In science class we learned about a variety of things. Read more....
Jaya fracking with gelatin
(click on image to read more)
FIELD DAY - June 1
Lots of games and activities were enjoyed by our superheros on the last day of school!
PE Class with Middle School
Middle School students getting dirty in PE class!
2018 Youth De'VIA Competition
We submitted artwork from RMDS and 22 of our artwork were nominated out of 373 entries!

Congratulations to our students! You can see all the highlighted RMDS winners in the document shown below.
Make Art this Summer!!

Keep working on your art skills! Look at the checklist for some ideas!
Middle and High School News:
MS/HS Community Service
Middle and High School students made our campus look beautiful by doing Community Services. Thank you!

End of the Year Celebration
Middle and High School students had the opportunity to go to Bear Creek Lake and have some fun before school was out.

STUDENT ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM
with Stephanie Carson
Middle School Sports Banquet
On May 11, 2018, Rocky Mountain Deaf School’s Athletic Program hosted 2017-2018 Sports Banquet. The evening, organized by Stephanie Carson and the coaches, honored our flag football, volleyball, basketball and soccer middle school athletes. Awards were given to athletes for their exemplary performance and participation in specific sports. Additional awards was also given in several other categories such as Most Improved Player, Most Valuable Player, Coach’s Award and more. Rocky Mountain Deaf School would like to thank the athletes, parents and coaches for a great year of sports!
Thank you coaches!!
Click on photo view more photos!
RMDS TODDLER PROGRAM
June 1 Toddler Program at Tiny Town -

On Friday, June 1 st , 15 families and their toddlers joined us for our final program this year at Tiny Town! Read more ....
For questions: contact Stephanie Carson at scarson@rmds.co .
Family Student Staff Organization
Who is ready for some ADVENTURE? Coming this fall will be a new Cub Scout Pack at RMDS, hosted by FSSO! 

The Boy Scouts of America now allows girls to join Cub Scouts and is open to children and adults of all races, religions, sexual orientations and sexual identities. The Cub Scout Pack will be run by trained volunteer adult leaders and are for kids in Kindergarten to 5th grade.  Parents, relatives, and guardians are encouraged to join the Cub Scout meetings with their child(ren) and to volunteer for leadership roles. Kindergarten and First Grade kids will be required by BSA to have adult partners (parents/guardians) with them during meetings and outings.

In addition to the RMDS students, we are thrilled to welcome deaf/hard of hearing kids who do not attend RMDS, hearing siblings of all deaf/hard of hearing kids, AND hearing children of Deaf Adults as long everyone is capable of communicating in American Sign Language as all instructions and activities will be conducted in ASL.  

The Cub Scouts will meet weekly at RMDS on Mondays from 3:30 PM to 4:45 PM  in the school cafeteria. The cost to join is only $50 for the entire year. A portion of the yearly dues goes to the BSA to receive some liability coverage and the rest goes to some Pack expenses. We plan to have the Cub Scouts sell popcorn to raise money to pay for activities and badges. 

Cub Scouts learn new skills through different activities to advance through the ranks. Each rank gets more challenging to ultimately help the scouts learn new, important life skills. Teamwork, problem-solving, safety awareness and creativity are just a few skills that a certain activity might involve. In addition to opportunities to earn awards and badges, we plan to hike, do community services, race Pinewood Derby cars, sail regatta boats, test out camping equipment, launch rockets, and many more! During summers, we plan to do a few days of camping with families for the cub scouts.  

Please contact Kathryn Sevier via  catspaws25@gmail.com  if you would like your child to be part of the Pack this Fall, or if you are interested in a Scouts BSA Troop for older teens from 6th-12th grade. Also feel free to email her if you have any questions about the program. We aim to have a table at Registration Day with more information about our pack and opportunities to sign up!

FSSO Newsletter
FSSO Summer Newsletter, be sure to click on the image to read more about FSSO and their plans!

FSSO is looking for lots of volunteers so please contact FSSO at FSSO@rmds.co if you are interested.