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Bus Lanes During Carpool

 

Dear Parents,

     Thank you for your safe, effective, and efficient help in making our carpool exceptionally safe. We continuously strive to improve its safety and timeliness. Recently, we noticed a bad trend. During the morning, increasing numbers of drivers are dropping off children in the bus lane along Antelope Ridge Drive. While that saves an individual driver roughly four minutes, it forces a minimum of two halts to our exiting cars from carpool. We must stop outbound traffic for the oncoming driver, and then we must stop traffic again for the student to cross the intersection to proceed up the sidewalk to the school's front doors. 


     We now have as many as ten drivers per morning doing this, and it results in greater than ten minutes of delays within morning carpool. This makes other drivers and students late to work and school. It also increases the risk to personal safety by exposing children to intersections. Please help all of our community by not using the bus lane to drop off students.

     

     Thank you for your kind help. As a gentle reminder, please use only hands-free devices when in carpool. In addition, Colorado state law prohibits the use of tobacco products on school grounds, including the parking lots and carpool lanes. Let's make our last month of school the safest we can!

With warm regards,

Mr. Mike Wedor

RMCA Principal
 

Time Flies at Rocky Mountain Classical Academy

Red-coated British General Thomas Gage (Student Silas Mahnke) oversees American Colonists (Students Annetta Wilson, Avyn Walters, and Shaun Lind) producing candles for his army.

“Hear ye! Hear ye!,” ordered British General Thomas Gage to the American Colonists. “My army needs more candles!” On April 24, 2017, General Gage looked suspiciously like third-grade student Silas Mahnke.

Small wonder. Rocky Mountain Classical Academy students voyaged through time to Colonial Day. Much anticipated by students, each teacher’s classroom carried themed activities, including candle making, silhouette drawing, paper quilting, butter making, quill and ink writing, cornhusk doll making, game playing, and soap whittling. Students spent twenty-five minutes at each rotation, and just like General George Washington’s Continental Army, an array of volunteers ensured everyone’s participation. 

“Colonial Day capstones our study of the American Colonial Era,” said Ms. Ariel Collins, third-grade teacher. “We dress in period costumes, act like colonists, and eat a period meal,” added fellow teacher Ms. Kylie Hammond. Collins also explained, “Our Colonial Day complements but happens a bit before fifth-grade does their Civil War Living Wax Museum. This lets students see the breadth of American History from the Revolution through Appomattox.”

Given the century-long sweep, one might forgive students for blending the Colonial and the Contemporary. Ms. Collins's class exercised their newfound independence and performed the "Colonial Rap" for the victorious Americans. Check it out: https://youtu.be/fcZDWdNYIiQ.

Falcon District 49 Honors Ms. Connie Parrish

Accompanied by her daughter Megan (also a teacher), Ms. Parrish enjoys her award.

“I am just so honored and humbled by all of this,” said Rocky Mountain Classical Academy (RMCA) Elementary Art Teacher Ms. Connie Parrish. “I had no idea how big of an event this is,” she added, “and I wish all of my teacher colleagues to experience this.”

Along with hundreds of guests in attendance at the Hotel Elegante, Ms. Parrish had many reasons to enjoy the night of Friday, April 21, 2017. At the annual Falcon Education Foundation Supper Auction, she was one of only five Falcon District 49 teachers (out of 1,035) to receive a “Teacher of the Year” award. To add perspective, Connie rates in the top .0048 percent of District teachers, and to date, she is the only RMCA recipient of this recognition.

Ms. Christianna Fogler, Headmaster, enthusiastically stated, “I am so proud of Connie and all of our teachers. While this award is Connie’s, RMCA is blessed with outstanding teachers. I can’t wait to see another one of our people win this next year!”

After she received her award, Connie’s night became even better. While mingling with guests, an anonymous donor struck up a conversation with Ms. Fogler. Upon returning to the RMCA table, a smiling Headmaster announced that a private donor had just given Ms. Parrish a $500 award to continue her art education efforts at RMCA.

Friday evening was, indeed, the night the stars fell on RMCA.

2017 National Junior Honor Society Induction

Rocky Mountain Classical Academy 2017 NJHS Inductees

On April 7, 2017, RMCA inducted seventeen students into the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS). Open to seventh and eighth graders, these students joined fifteen current members, raising the school’s total to thirty-two Honor Society members. Only 13 percent of all main building seventh and eighth grade students have earned this achievement. As NJHS Program Advisor Mrs. Rhonda Chozinski (Rhetoric and Logic, Seventh Grade) commented, “Membership is one of the highest honors that can be awarded to a student. The society strives to recognize the total student, one who excels in all of these qualities. Determination for membership is made based on report card grades, conduct, demonstration of the qualities expected by the National Junior Honor Society, and teacher recommendations.”

Headmaster Ms. Christianna Fogler gave the keynote address, recognizing that Honor Society members shoulder a “commitment to learning through diligence and effort.” These students have combined important character traits such as leadership, sacrifice, honesty, respect, scholarship, and courtesy to help them succeed in furthering their education. Before the ceremony, inductees, current members, and family members attended a celebratory supper that Mrs. Chozinski and Assistant Program Advisor Mrs. Michele Voth (History and English, Seventh Grade) organized. Nearly 150 people attended the event.

Poetry Smash

 

RMCA student Missy Gurgon performs at the first-ever Poetry Smash.

On Wednesday, April 5, 2017, nearly two dozen Rocky Mountain Classical Academy sixth-eighth grade students participated in the school’s first-ever Poetry Smash. Students presented solo recitals of original and existing works, as well as duets. Many of the students performed pieces they competed with during the recent Pikes Peak Region Forensics Competition.

Teachers and Forensics Program Faculty Advisors Mrs. Rhonda Chozinski (Rhetoric and Logic) and Mrs. Michelle Voth (History, English) organized the relaxing event for parents and friends to witness the students’ skills. Sixty guests heard dynamic and skilled interpretations of the works presented.

The RMCA Forensics Team competed at their first-ever event, the Pikes Peak Regional, this past February. With just two weeks of preparation, team members placed fourth and sixth in judged categories, a stunningly good start for a brand new team. Mrs. Chozinski and Voth stress the importance of life-long skills that forensics develops, including the ability to debate confidently in front of large crowds while employing all possible means of verbal and non-verbal communication to carry one’s point.

The next opportunity to see the team’s skills will be at the “Knight to Remember” Auction on April 29th. Tickets are now on sale for $30.00 each.

Knights on Mars

RMCA Student Astronaut Michael Ceballes radios Earth as shipmates applaud their landing.

 

Monday, March 20, 2017, is a day forever alive in history. Rocky Mountain Classical Academy eighth-grade Student Astronaut Michael Ceballes landed his crew on the planet Mars, radioing, “Houston, Olympus Mons base. The Knight has landed.”

Thirty eighth-grade students performed a three-hour Mars landing and Earth return space mission at the Challenger Learning Center of Colorado Springs. School Director of Strategy, Innovation, and Development Dr. Steven Pomeroy and Middle School Math Teacher Mr. Bryan Yukawa arranged the experience.

Said Mr. Yukawa, “We spent four hours in classroom lessons to prepare students to maximize their simulator time. This was a capstone-like project that permitted us to integrate astronomy, mathematics, history, and human-to-human skills.” Dr. Pomeroy, a space launch veteran, elaborated, “We utilized those disciplines to introduce orbital mechanics, the challenges of spaceflight, and the need to apply context and theory under stress.”

Each mission differs, explained Commander Joe Magie of the Challenger Center. “Our multi-million dollar simulator responds to student inputs. It then develops status to challenge the crews, based on their decisions. This particular mission became an Apollo 13 scenario.”

In charge of the mission’s science objectives were Student Astronauts Chandler Mason and Alahna Wynter. A simulated fire in their clean room forced an emergency landing. As Martian dust storms engulfed communications, the crew dealt with leaking hydrogen tanks, an oxygen system failure, and an emergency liftoff. Said Student Medical Officer Lacy Garbe, “It was scary fun. I did not want to fail. It was realistic and taught us a lot about teamwork, discipline, and status monitoring. I hope to do another one.”

 

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RMCA Hosts Tortoise versus the Hare

RMCA students witness Shelly Turtle at the finish line.

On March 11, 2017, Rocky Mountain Classical Academy students performed a musical version of The Tortoise versus the Hare. A joint endeavor of the school and Missoula Children’s Theater, production manager Steven Pomeroy commented, “Every day as adults, we have to speak and perform. Our partnership with Missoula Children’s Theater allows us to grow high-quality performing arts programs that develop lifetime speaking skills in our students. It complements our curriculum nicely.”

Third-grade student Lance Thompson, who played a Tortoise fan, said, “I love the show. It made me tired, but I like the audience. Plus, Ms. Seibert (Elementary Music Teacher) played the piano for us.”

“We’ve had a fabulous time here in Falcon District 49,” said Director Alli Talmage. She added, “The kids took direction well. Many rehearsed four hours after school, and they were wonderful. We plan to offer one student a summer program with us.”

Rocky Mountain Classical Academy Headmaster, Ms. Christianna Fogler, remarked, “This show’s cast involved many more elementary students than our last production. That made it more challenging, but the youngsters delivered a great show. We can’t wait for next fall’s production.”

Rocky Mountain Classical Academy Music Classes LinkUp with Philharmonic

RMCA Students Perform with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic.

Fourth-grade students from Rocky Mountain Classical Academy visited the Colorado Springs Philharmonic on Thursday, February 16, 2017. This is the second year RMCA participated in the LinkUp Concert Series Program. Aimed at grades 3-5, the Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute sponsors students across the world by partnering with orchestras and providing free curriculum and student books, as well as the symphony’s orchestral music.

Prior to attending, students practice a range of music, from Renaissance to contemporary, on a recorder, a string instrument, singing, or body percussion. Pieces include Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring", Holst's "Mars" from The Planets, and "O Fortuna" by Carl Orff. Teacher Ms. Natalie Barglowski said, "My students completely focused on what was happening. After the songs, they kept turning to each other, saying ‘We know these songs!’ That's what's so great about Core Knowledge. Students make connections from pieces and composers they learned about and relate it to music they hear performed."

The Philharmonic plays all of the music students learned, giving them opportunities to play during the performance. Elementary Music Teacher Julie Seibert commented the program “builds differentiation into the selections. For example, on "Anvil Chorus" by Italian composer Verdi, students played a string instrument, sang, or played an easier or more difficult recorder part. It was their choice.” Fellow Elementary Teacher Mrs. Barbara Frederiksen said, "I saw amazed students leaning all the way forward in their chairs. They could not believe how talented is Harrison High School’s Drumline.” Student Anberlin Sparling stated, "It was really awesome to play with an orchestra." Classmate Dylan Hedrick added, "It was cool to see the brass instruments playing live with the orchestra. Music is cool.”

Out of this World! Rocky Mountain Classical Academy’s Astronomy Night!

Mr. Michael Procell, Colorado Springs Astronomical Society, and a first-grade student study the Moon through a Celestron 8-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope.

“Wow! I’m looking at the planet Venus!” exclaimed a Rocky Mountain Classical Academy (RMCA) student. On Wednesday, February 9, over 500 people attended RMCA’s inaugural Astronomy Night. Event organizer and Third Grade Teacher Ms. Ariel Collins, a lifelong amateur astronomer, coordinated the activity with the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society (http://csastro.org/).

“I have always remembered my first look through a telescope,” said Collins. “Everyone does. Seeing the rings of Saturn, the polar caps of Mars, and deep sky nebula, clusters, and galaxies provides a perspective unlike any other. When students see the Universe with their own eyes, it encourages them to enter the sciences.”

Colorado Springs Astronomical Society members set up telescopes in a light-shielded area behind the school, while the Challenger Center ran a portable planetarium inside the school’s commons. First-, third-, and sixth-grade teachers and volunteers ran centers at which students produced crafts connected to the astronomy lessons they encountered in the classroom. Given the support, next year’s event promises to be “out of this world.”

Knights of Heroes

 

Knights of Heroes founder Colonel Steve Harrold accepts donation from RMCA.

During January, students at Rocky Mountain Classical Academy (RMCA) held a school-wide fundraiser for the Knights of Heroes Foundation supporting military children by fully funding their attendance at a summer camp located on Pikes Peak’s western slope. RMCA elementary students collected lose change for a month to promote one of RMCA’s seven character traits, in this case, “Generosity.”

Students raised $1,123.30. Third-grade Teacher Mrs. Kyle Hammond’s class raised the most, $118.00 dollars, to earn the right to present a check for the proceeds to Knights of Heroes Foundation founder Lieutenant Colonel Steve Harrold, United States Air Force, retired,. 

Colonel Harrold created the Knights of Heroes Foundation in 2007 to commemorate the life of a friend and former pilot, Major Troy Lee "Trojan" Gilbert, who was killed during combat operations flying his F-16 to protect ground troops being overrun by the enemy in the Al-Anbar Province, Iraq on November 27, 2006. At the time of his death, Major Gilbert was a husband and father of five children.

Given the RMCA community consists of over 20 percent active duty military and federal civil servants, Colonel Harrold’s Foundation and the school share interests. Each summer, the Knights of Heroes invites families with children between the ages of 11-17 and who have lost a parent due to military service to attend summer camp at no cost. While the kids camp, parents and younger siblings spend the week visiting sites in and around Colorado Springs. The Foundation makes lodging and travel arrangements for families that attend from outside the local area.

To learn more about the Knights of Heroes, please visit http://knightsofheroes.org/. To learn how you can help RMCA support the Knights of Heroes, please contact Mrs. Dana Woods at dwoods@rmcacs.org .

Karate Teaches Self-Awareness

A month ago, while mulling ideas to capture students’ attention while highlighting school character traits, Mr. William “Bill” Strain, Physical Education (PE) Teacher at Rocky Mountain Classical Academy (RMCA), sparked an opportunity.

“At RMCA, we’re the Knights, and we have seven character traits,” said Strain, adding, “Our students turned our nickname into an acronym for them: Kindness, Nobility, Initiative, Generosity, Honesty, Trustworthiness, and Self-awareness.” For Strain, “Sport, wellness, and physical health obviously teach character, and I wanted to include self-defense within our PE curriculum, because it fulfills learning objectives while teaching students how to be self-aware.”

Counselors Mrs. Dana Woods and Mrs. Jesse Wretlind agreed, offering enthusiastic support. Mrs. Wretlind explained, “Bill’s program models how teachers may integrate their curriculum with character education. Self-defense teaches students to know themselves and their situation.” Colleague Dana Woods agreed, “I overhead a group of sixth-graders talking about it. They think karate is cool and not something they would take in school. One joked about becoming Chuck Norris.”

Each school year, Strain will highlight a different self-defense discipline, avoiding exclusion of any self-defense style. For 2017, middle-school students start with four days of Universal Kempo Karate, on Monday and Tuesday, February 13th and 14th, and again a week later on February 20thand 21st.  Strain encourages parents to attend their child's class and learn with them.

To participate, students and parents must complete a permission slip (Kempo Form) and pay $8 for each of their middle school children. Make checks payable to UKKSA. For questions, please contact Mr. Strain at wstrain@rmcacs.org . 

5K Run for Education

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Register no later than May 15, 2017:  http://www.showmyevent.com?jumptoevent=2953

On May 20, 2017, 9:00am, Rocky Mountain Classical Academy (RMCA) will hold its 2017 five-kilometer run for education. Mr. Wil Winter, Physical Education Teacher, has once more organized this year’s event. According to Mr. Winter, “One of our school’s most-anticipated events, even last year’s blizzard did not dampen competitors’ spirits. We still had 155 runners and walkers.” This year, Mr. Winter hopes for greater intra-District participation.

“Everyone wins. Adult registrations defray our cost and support wellness, fellowship, and athletics. Racers not from RMCA see half their adult registration fees refunded to their schools. This covers tee-shirt costs and helps fund all participating schools.”

“Runners or walkers should wear their school’s colors, because it adds a lot of spirit. Participants see how large our District is, and we each advertise our schools to people who don’t know us,” said Winter. New for this year, the top overall male and female finishers will each win a cash prize. This year’s race also features a free, Kid’s Fun Run 50-yard dash.

Participants will “Run for Education” at 9:00am on May 20, 2017, at Stetson Park, located next to Stetson Elementary School. The park’s address is4870 Jedediah Smith Rd, Colorado Springs, CO.

The adult registration fee is $20.00, and children under seventeen cost $10.00.

RMCA Students Rally for Choice at City Hall

This is National School Choice Week, and on Tuesday, January 24, 300-plus Colorado Springs students rallied at City Hall in to support citizens’ choice.

Thirty-three students, plus Board members, administrators, teachers, and parents from Rocky Mountain Classical Academy represented Falcon District 49 at the rally.

Fifth-grade student Isabelle Wood stood front and center to watch Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers’s remarks. Wood said, “The mayor explained how school choice helps teachers and parents. Choice reflects freedoms.”

Dr. Steven Pomeroy, an administrator, commented that teachers “Want students to understand freedoms of speech, assembly, and petition. A rally that helps education, particularly given Falcon District 49’s broad choice portfolio, illustrates democratic practices. Our Student Council attended, and they saw how to apply First Amendment freedoms within American governance.”

Amid a throng of fellow students, RMCA fifth-grade student Kayla Tran smiles during Mayor Struthers’s address.

RMCA Students Joint with City Schools

Grandparents United! Reading Program

What: Grandparents United! is a volunteer reading program designed to engage our RMCA grandparents with students. Grandparents are valued members of our school community possessing experience from which students may benefit.

Purpose: RMCA seeks grandparents who are willing to read to and with students needing help to develop their reading skills. Nearly 12 percent of students struggle with reading, and we seek grandparent volunteers to help those students.

The Details: Joining Grandparents United! is simple. One must be fingerprinted and obtain a volunteer badge. We will establish appointments at RMCA for those needing fingerprints. Mrs. Susi Huntz will schedule volunteers for days, times, and teachers. It is not an all-day event. For example, some teachers may only desire an hour, once per week. Nothing breeds reading success than reading and enjoying it, and that’s our goal: Reading success and enjoyment. Grandparents United! volunteers will work with students, as the teacher directs. Some children do not have families that will read with or to them. Our volunteers will fill that void, helping to provide students with a lifetime of reading joy.

How: Please Contact Mrs. Susi Huntz, “Grandma Goodread,” at susihuntz@comcast.net or call (719) 637-0734 (after January 18th).

Mountain West Conference Funds RMCA Teachers

 

RMCA students learn that “It’s all about that bass” xylophone.

 

The Mountain West Conference recently granted Rocky Mountain Classical Academy Teachers Mrs. Christina Tormollan (fourth grade) and Ms. Julie Seibert (elementary music) in a big way. Via Donor’s Choice, Mrs. Tormollan and Ms. Seibert received $1,500 to fund classroom needs.

Ms. Seibert’s proposal, entitled “We’re All About That Bass,” playfully drew on singer Meagan Trainor’s popular song, All About the Bass. Said Ms. Seibert of her $970 grant, “This is incredible. A New York teacher started Donor’s Choice in the year 2000. Teachers register their projects, and private donors fund them.” Added Seibert, “We’re just so thankful. We have 835 students in our elementary music classes. We needed a bass xylophone, particularly given the breadth of musical genres we study.”

While Seibert’s students hone their music, Mrs. Tormollan’s fourth grade now has the chance for one-on-one on-line mentorship. Tormollan strongly supports improving students’ oral and written communication skills, assigning the researching and writing of personal narrative books. “I named my proposal ‘Let the Stories Begin.’ Students have stories tell, and learning how to communicate those is a crucial skill and part of our core knowledge curriculum. Many students, though, lack internet access. If they can’t access information to corroborate their tales, their stories never begin. I needed a dedicated computer system and printer for them to use.”

Thanks to the Mountain West Conference and Donor’s Choice, these teachers’ students benefit. When asked whether they were excited, Tormollan’s students responded with a thunderous, “Yes!” Play the bass and begin the writing.

Rocky Mountain Fifth Visits Monarch Mountain

RMCA’s fifth grade will be going on a field trip to Monarch Mountain on March 10th from 5:30 am to 6:00 pm. We may return earlier/later depending on traffic. The cost of the trip is variable at Monarch, but the cost of riding Ramblin Express is $25 per person. Look for the Monarch waiver link in your e-mail from Coach Winter. Please sign this consent form and return it to school if you would like your child to participate. All money and permission slips must be returned to Coach Winter by February 23, 2017.

We need Chaperones. We would like to have at least a 1 to 4 chaperone-student ratio on this trip. Parents are allowed to ride the bus. Ramblin Express is $25 per person. If only one bus is rented, first preference is given to the students. Then we would kindly ask parents to carpool to the mountain. Buses have bathrooms, TV monitors, Wi-Fi, and storage for equipment.

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Faculty Best Students in Holiday Basketball Classic

Led by the “Tower of Power,” Principal Mr. Mike Wedor, and Math Teacher Ms. Danielle “Dogfight” Garceaux, the Faculty/Staff Basketball Team celebrated holiday success by overcoming valiant performances by student team stars . . . . Well, actually the game ended in a tie, 32-32, but for some laughs and to catch the attention of student readers, we thought we’d toss an eye-catching headline. We wish you all the best, including peace, happiness, and prosperity in 2017. We’ve accomplished great things for great people in 2016, and 2017 will be even better.

Principal Mike Wedor, the “Tower of Power,” drives for a score.

Tortoise Versus the Hare Coming to RMCA

Auditions are on Monday, March 6, 2017, at 3:30, 4620 Antelope Ridge Drive.

Permission Slip is attached below.

Somewhere in desert country, West Sandy Bottoms prepares for the highlight of the year, the annual race between the mammals and the reptiles. A company of strolling actors tells the tale in classical fashion. Philoh Ferret reminds racing fans that his service station is for “mammals only.” The Hare’s weasely managers brag about their racing star, as the various reptiles assemble to choose their candidate. Fan clubs prepare cheers. We see the race through the eyes of a television news team covering the event, and we soon discover that there is more than a sporting rivalry between the brown animals and the green animals. Loyalties to their colors create animosity among these creatures. Sound familiar? As the race proceeds, a tiny bunny is lost in the wilds of Tornado Gulch, and, almost miraculously, everyone forgets color and join in the search. The wisdom of the old tortoise and the lesson learned by the cocky hare remind us all that “Color is just a color. It’s just decorated skin.” In the end, the animals realize the folly of their ways and live happily together in their sandy home.

 

NJHS Cookie Drive Benefits Deployed Airmen

“This is just awesome, what a great way to do nice for someone in the military, and my Dad loves cookies,” stated Rocky Mountain Classical Academy seventh-grade student Sarah Pomeroy. Sarah, and an additional two-dozen members of the National Junior Honor Society, spent the day at Peterson Air Force Base packing cookies for our troops on December 8th. “I can’t believe how many cookies we wrapped to go overseas,” said fellow student Grace Myers, adding as she winked, “We didn’t even eat one.”

 

Rocky Mountain Classical Academy’s student body and faculty have strong military connections. Many students come from families with former service members. Nearly thirty percent of students come from active military families. As Society Co-advisor Mrs. Michelle Voth noted, “Given our demographics, it only makes sense that we give back to our families who serve in harm’s way. It’s a great way to teach initiative and generosity.”

 

Mrs. Voth, a History teacher, also remarked, “In seventh grade, we’re learning about the First World War. One of the topics we examine is home front support of a war. These students experienced it.”

 

Mrs. Rhonda Chozinski, Society Faculty Advisor, has a husband who recently retired from the U.S. Air Force. She knows what such gifts mean, explaining, “The students packaged 350 boxes of cookies. Each box contains a dozen cookies or more. That means over 4,200 cookies are heading across the seas.”

 

Student Chloe Osborne summed matters this way: “I have a lot of friends whose Mom or Dad are in the military. While it’s nice to thank someone for serving, it’s better to do something for them.”

 

Dr. Steven A. Pomeroy

Director of Strategy, Innovation, & Development

Rocky Mountain Classical Academy

spomeroy@rmcacs.org

Students Build Friendships and Foundations Through Kinder Buddies

Story by Mr. Matt Meister, District 49 Director of Communications

"I like it when they come to read," said Christina Lopez, 5, kindergarten student at Rocky Mountain Classical Academy, about the kinder buddies program. "But this is fun too!" Students were doing holiday crafts with their partners Dec. 9.

Kinder buddies brings fourth-graders together with kindergarten students each week. The older students often read to the younger students, do crafts and activities with them and participate in character development exercises together.

"I like it because we get to know them," said Christina's partner, fourth-grader Abigail Warbington, 9. "We get to their personalities so we know what book they'd like us to read and how they'd like us to read it."

"Not only to my students help the kindergartners learn how to read better," said Barb Frederiksen, fourth grade teacher, "they learn leadership. They get to do character traits together, like pick up trash around the school and other projects that build up who they are."

Rocky Mountain Classical Academy's mission includes supporting parents in "developing citizens of integrity and character who are equipped with a strong knowledge base and academic skills."

"This school is all about making new friends," said fourth-grader Kohen Decker, 10. "Our character traits are all about that." Kohen is paired with his brother, Adam, 5, for the kinder buddies gatherings.

"I teach him how to read better," said Kohen. "Plus, he gets to see his brother!" Kohen said the two get along at school as well as they get along at home.

The older students are aware of the value they bring to the young learners through the collaboration.

"They learn in different ways," Kohen said. "Maybe they understand other kids different than adults."

Matt Meister
mmeister@d49.org
719.495.1151

Operation Winter Warmup Helps Marion House

From November 28 through December 1, Rocky Mountain Classical Academy’s National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) ran a winter coat, hat, glove, and scarf drive to contribute hundreds of lightly used or new items to Marion House Charities, Colorado Springs. Mrs. Rhonda Chozinski, Faculty Advisor to NJHS, explained, “The students wanted to do this. When I explained the need, their kindness and generosity made them help.” Mrs. Chozinski further added, “These students set a leadership example, and they demonstrated the character values we teach every day. Better, they made a difference in some lives.”

RMCA National Junior Honor Society members load a portion of a four-day winter clothing drive that supported Marion House Charities, Colorado Springs.

RMCA Market Day and Walk Washington, D.C., Breakfast with Santa

On November 17, Rocky Mountain Classical Academy (RMCA) hosted a school community market day and breakfast with Santa. Fifty-three community-wide vendors prepared and sold their wares. The proceeds, $2,428, support RMCA’s growing varsity, junior varsity, and intramural athletics programs. Meanwhile, the concurrent Walk Washington, D.C., Breakfast with Santa, raised $950 to help fund student scholarships for the eighth-grade class history capstone, a living tour of America’s capitol. While there, students complete in-situ assignments at the Smithsonian museums, Ford’s Theater, Mount Vernon, and additional historic and cultural sites.

RMCA parents and staff, including Headmaster Christianna Fogler (far right), serve breakfast before Santa Claus appears.

Thanksgiving Feast Feeds 1,500 School Community

November 17th witnessed an annual Thanksgiving tradition at Rocky Mountain Classical Academy (RMCA). After two months of planning, the school fed a complete Thanksgiving meal to 1,500 students, parents, faculty, and staff. At RMCA, 25 percent of students are free/reduced-price lunch eligible. RMCA ensured that every family had an opportunity for a traditional American Thanksgiving. Principal Mike Wedor called the event, “Pure joy, to have everyone share a meal and fellowship, just incredible. The whole team—volunteers, faculty, staff, everyone made this a special day. Doing this shows students all of our character education values, and the good things that come from them.”  Assistant Principal Becky Lenzmeier, shown with students, said, “This helps our teachers illustrate American traditions. From Norman Rockwell’s art to history to our character traits, our students become participants.”

The catered meal consisted of the following traditional foods:

Water

Milk

Candied Yams

Turkey

Green Bean Surprise

Gravy

Stuffing/Dressing

Dinner Roll

Pies (cherry, apple, pumpkin)

Thanksgiving Cookies

 

RMCA Raises 3,600 Pounds of Food for Helping Hands Food Pantry

RMCA teachers Mr. Nick Bestor and Mr. Kenneth Delahoy, along with the RMCA Student Council, led a week-long food drive that delivered 3,600 pounds of food for our local Helping Hands Food Pantry. To put matters into perspective, RMCA’s contribution represents 2 percent of the 181,290 pounds of food that Helping Hands provided in 2015. While happy to have helped families and set a school record, RMCA hopes to raise at least 4,000 pounds of food in our next drive. The recipients of these donated foods greatly appreciate the kindness and generosity of all involved, but the need is great. So must be our efforts.

Take the Pledge

Stop Distracted Driving!

According to the National Law Review, distracted driving (cell phone use, texting, eating, etc.) is “potentially just as or more dangerous than driving while under the influence of alcohol.” Help us keep everyone safe and avoid cell phone use during carpool. Astronauts and pilots don’t use cell phones when taxiing or flying their vehicles, so why not take the pledge to do the same?

For more information, see the following links:

Please link this site: http://www.distraction.gov/experience-the-stories/index.html

Please link this video: https://youtu.be/vjmlv1rbGK

 

RMCA to Host Missoula Children’s Theater

Mark Your Calendars! December 5-10, 2016

RMCA Hosts the Nation’s Best Travelling Children’s Theater

An Extraordinary Opportunity!

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Trunk or Treat!—and an October Surprise!

On Saturday, October 22d, RMCA hosted its annual Trunk or Treat celebration. This year’s event saw over 1,100 people attend, including presidential candidate, Mr. Donald J. Trump (or at least a rather good facsimile!). Outstanding job, PTO, and to quote Mr. Trump, “It was huge, da best!”

Greek Agora and Medieval Day

On Friday, October 28th, second grade hosted a Greek agora (shown in photo), at which faculty, staff, students, and families purchased many fine products. Meanwhile, fourth grade held Medieval Days, complete with a hefty feast befitting King Henry VIII.

RMCA Kicks Off Food Drive to Benefit Local Families

RMCA students aim to donate thousands of pounds of food to benefit local families. By delivering food, students earn the right the wear crazy hair, mismatched socks, jeans, and more.

RMCA seeks donated musical instruments

To help grow our music programs, RMCA needs instruments. While we have plenty of pianos, we need brass, woodwind, and string instruments (not percussion). Should you have an unused but serviceable instrument, please consider donating it to our music program. Simply bring the instrument to the front office, and we will provide you with a tax receipt. Thank you! Musical Instruments Needed!

RMCA PTO Donates $860!

RMCA PTO, through Jeans for Dreams will be donating $859.90

to Action Against Hunger, as voted on by the student body. You can learn more about this organization at http://www.actionagainsthunger.org/

Principal's and Counselor's Coffee

October 25th, 2016 from 8:15am to 9:15am

 

Take a little time to converse with the leaders of RMCA!

The coffee is on us, just meet us in the front foyer!

 

 

6th Annual Craft Fair

Mark your calendars for our 6th Annual Market Day Craft Fair  on Saturday, November 12 from 9 am to 3 pm! 

Bring the family and start your holiday shopping early!  We have over 45 vendors with a great variety of items!

Plus:

- sign up for Breakfast With Santa (watch for details next week!)

- decorate some cupcakes and participate in the Cupcake Decorating Contest for cool prizes

- get some great deals on items in our silent auction

- enjoy breakfast, lunch and freshly baked snacks at our affordable concession stand

We also are in need of donations and volunteers to put on this fun holiday event.

Please check out our Sign Up Genius link to register for the Cupcake Decorating Contest (open to all ages!) and to sign up to volunteer or donate!

http://www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0544AFAE2BA3FC1-craft

RMCA Hosts Town Hall Meeting on October 6, 2016

Director Hayward Addressed Community

On 6 October 2016, Rocky Mountain Classical Academy (RMCA), held a fifty-minute Town Hall meeting. Approximately fifty persons attended. The Town Hall format allows RMCA Community Members to ask questions directly to our governing Board of Directors, Headmaster, and Principals. Ms. Christianna Fogler, Headmaster, presented first and welcomed the crowd. Her message stressed the importance of community relations in supporting our classical approach to education. Following her, Director Norman Hayward, delivered a ten-minute introductory speech (text attached). Mr. Hayward emphasized our school’s successes, and his happy optimism regarding RMCA’s performance on state and local assessments. He also spoke to the need for greater civility when communicating with faculty, staff, and administrators, particularly in carpool and on e-mail.

RMCA Board of Directors Supports El Paso County Ballet Measure 3B!

RMCA’s Board of Directors voted to support Ballet Measure 3B, a tax-free ballot initiative that allows District 49 the flexibility it needs to improve its schools. The Board stated, “The Board of Directors of Rocky Mountain Classical Academy support ballot issue 3B and strongly urge our families and the residents of District 49 to vote yes for the measure in November.”

Attachments:
Download this file (MLO Resolution - signed.pdf)MLO Resolution329 kB

RMCA Wants Your Toner Cartridges!

RMCA seeks our Community’s help to fund sixty Google Chromebooks and two support carts. Adding these allows students faster access to research sources, increases in-class variety, and lets us test faster, giving students more instruction time. Mr. Nick Bestor, Physical Education teacher and Assistant Athletic Director, created a terrific fundraiser for RMCA. Best of all, it is an easy way for us to raise funds and teach students about the economics of recycling, e-waste, and business. Here is the link: www.fundingfactory.com/.

What we need to do: Whenever a copier or printer at work, home, or elsewhere runs out of toner, please send us the empty cartridge. It does not matter whether it came from an ink jet, laser jet, or copier. Funding Factory accepts the cartridges and credits our account. We need the RMCA Community’s help, particularly to reach out to local business to get their cartridges. The program costs us nothing. Rather than throw out old cartridges, let us make Chromebooks from garbage. Each fully equipped cart costs nearly $2,100. Mr. Bestor and his team will get the cartridges to Funding Factory. All we ask is that you send us your dead cartridges, regardless of source. If you want to check whether your cartridge fits the program, here is the link to use for doing so: http://www.fundingfactory.com/qualifying-list.aspx. Thank you for supporting our Knights!

Support RMCA through AmazonSmile!

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Rocky Mountain Classical Academy whenever you shop on AmazonSmile!

 

 

RMCA Carpool Tips

View this helpful video on tips to the RMCA Carpool:

https://youtu.be/hQxlXgNoTcI

A summary of some general Tips from the video are listed below.  But please watch the video to understand specific instructions based on each student's Grade Level!

Tip #1 - Do not pull around any vehicles at any time.

Tip #2 - No parking except in designated areas.

Tip #3 - No cell phone usage during Carpool.

Tip #4 - Do not exit your vehicle at any time.

Tip #5 - Never have a child cross between vehicles.

Tip #6 - Two lanes of traffic will be allowed to turn into the Carpool, one coming from the South and one from the North.

Tip #7 - Ensure that your child is ready to exit the vehicle as soon as you stop and it is your turn to unload.

Tip #8 - Always follow instructions of RMCA staff running the Carpool lanes.