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News from The Top
October 13th, 2017

(Para información en español llamen a la escuela 720.972.2209 y podemos traducir esta carta oralmente.  Gracias!)

Upcoming Events

Rocky Top READS! We are so excited for next Friday! We have a few guest readers still finalizing details of their time at Rocky Top, but our schedule is nearly complete! Check it out by clicking HERE. During the time between guest readers students will be engaging in other literacy-based activities in EVERY class throughout the day. Classes have also created some pretty amazing door decorations in honor of next week...just look!




Classroom Fundraiser: Rocky Top READS! Perhaps you haven’t realized it, but this big day we’re planning is also the only fundraiser we have conducted in the past 8 years for our school. Our teachers are in DESPERATE need of supplies and your monetary donation is the only way they’re going to get them.  

100% of the money generated through this event will go directly to Rocky Top classrooms.

Silver Creek ES recently finished their check drive---even without a big exciting day of reading to go with it!---and made over $50,000. Yep. Jaw dropping, right? Well every kid from Silver Creek comes here so why have we only made $2800 so far?!?! Help! Please spread the word and share this information about how to donate.

Click here to contribute to our fundraiser online Just select Colorado, Adams 12 School District and Rocky Top Middle School.  Finally, select your level of donation - a flat $20 or $100, or use the $1 choice to select ANY amount by changing the quantity of $1 you would like to donate. You are able send the link to family and friends far away too! However, if you would rather, please feel free to send in a check made out to RTMS.

(REPEAT) Fall Fest Our Grizzlies will all be participating in a fun event on Tuesday, October 31st from 2:45 to 3:45 PM. Their teachers are planning fun games, face painting and snack stands so that each grade level can celebrate together. If you anticipate the need to have your child check out early, please be sure to arrive prior to the start of the fun as it will likely take much longer to locate students during the event.

General School Business

Boundary Recommendations If you have not yet had the chance to check out the options for redrawing school boundaries as the result of adding Thunder Vista P-8 to our Adams 12 family, you still have time! Click here to find out more information and contribute your feedback by midnight on Monday, October 16th.

(REPEAT) Halloween Here at Rocky Top we love to celebrate this sure to check out all our decorations around the office! For that reason, we encourage all students to wear costumes all day on October 31st. During each grade level lunch we will also have a costume contest with’s so fun!

(REPEAT) Candy Donations Needed As all that Halloween candy goes on sale, please consider picking up a couple of extra bags for us to use during Fall Fest on October 31st. We appreciate any and all donations!





(REPEAT) Saving the Earth, One Lunch at a Time Recycling and composting are off to a great much so that we had to increase the number of recycling pick up days! However, we believe we can do better still. The majority of our waste comes from grocery bags (which cannot be recycled except by a special process used by grocery stores) and with plastic baggies.  Please consider reusing those zipper bags, switching to paper bags (they are compostable and recyclable!) or looking into the many options for reusable bags like those listed here.


Teachers Learn Too! Today our teachers participated in a variety of professional development opportunities. Some of the topics of sessions included Simulation of a Learning Obstacle, Notice & Note: How to Annotate Non-Fiction with High-Level Thinking, Surviving and Thriving After School Crisis, Tech Tips & Tricks for the Classroom and Digging into Data.


Counseling Den

(CLARIFICATION) High School Information Nights For our 8th graders, high school is right around the corner! Incoming 9th grade families are welcome to join the counselors and administrators from Horizon, Legacy, Mountain Range, Northglenn and Thornton on November 14th or 16th for informative presentations. Please see this flyer for more details.

Community News

Thornton Community Events Check out all these great opportunities for families!


Trunk or Treat

Trunk or Treat is a very popular event where parents can take their kids to trick or treat from volunteers who have decorated their cars for the event! There are also some spooky activities and something for kids of all ages!



Art for the Heart

In partnership with Anythink Libraries, we are also hosting Art for the Heart. This four workshop series includes materials as well as spiritual and artistic guidance as we explore, through art, spirituality imagination, intellect, and creativity.


Relatives Raising Children

One of our focuses is on kinship families—those who are raising children in their family that are not biologically their own. We hold the Relatives Raising Children conference, which is a one-day conference for these kinship families, providing resources and support. Support groups for families in these difficult situations are also available and are always welcoming new members.

Youth & Teen Center

Year-round, the Youth & Teen Center, located within the Thornton Community Center, welcomes 5th - 12th graders (10-17 year olds). Visitors can play pool, air hockey, ping-pong, foosball and video games. Also available are a computer lab and big screen TVs. A Youth & Teen Center ID ($3 per year for Thornton residents and $5 per year for non-residents) and a signed permission form are required to attend. You are welcome to visit the center before paying the annual fee.

Safety and Security
Halloween As we mentioned last week, at Rocky Top we love to celebrate this holiday! Please ensure that your child’s costume complies with these Adams 12 guidelines. Should you have a particular question, please don’t hesitate to have your Grizzly check with the office staff ahead of time. Guidelines in English and Spanish

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