Lesson Plans: Country Day School offers full-tuition scholarships

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By Deb Hurley Brobst

As you contemplate the school you’d like your children to attend in the fall, Evergreen Country Day School wants you to consider its program.

The private school located near Wal-Mart has raised an additional $57,000 to provide tuition assistance to families. Tuition next year will be $11,500 per year for middle school, $11,000 for elementary school and $10,500 for kindergarteners.

“We’re all about educational options,” said school director Ben Jackson. “(Evergreen Country Day School) is an option that is going to be open to any family.”

The money came from a direct fund-raising appeal to parents. According to Jackson, each year the direct appeal is for a specific purpose. In the past, the money has gone for playground equipment, a school bus and other big-ticket items.

“This year,” Jackson said, “rather than choosing another item to support the school, we wanted to focus on scholarships and making this education more accessible to others.”

The money is in the Linda Morgan Scholarship Fund, named after the school’s director from 1987-97 and again from 2003-05. Morgan died of cancer three years ago.

Fifteen to 20 percent of students at the school get some tuition assistance, and those partial scholarships always have been available, Jackson said.

He is excited that the school now will be able to offer full-tuition scholarships. Applications for full-tuition scholarships must be made by April 15, and all applications are confidential, Jackson said.

To get scholarship application materials, contact the school at 303-674-3400.

Musical performance benefits RMAE

Students at the Center of the Performing Arts Studios will be performing at 6:30 p.m. March 18 at Center/Stage, with the proceeds benefiting the Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen music program.

Expect some jazz, opera and excerpts from musicals. There will be something for everyone, according to Gretchen Moritz, middle school music teacher at RMAE. Cost is $8 for an individual ticket or $30 for a family.

LiveSmart day at EMS planned for April 8

It’s not easy being the age of a middle school student — and every three years the Evergreen Middle School PTA tries to help students learn to deal with typical teenage problems.

This year, LiveSmart day at the middle school will be April 8. Students will listen to speakers from the community discuss a variety of risk-reduction issues — tobacco use, drug use, physical fitness, depression awareness, Internet safety and more, according to Myra Purkey, an EMS parent who is helping plan the event.

“It’s aimed at helping kids know that they have choices and consequences that will have a big impact on the rest of their lives,” Purkey said. “We hope that kids will get information they can walk away with. We want it to enhance their lives in a positive way.”

Purkey said the PTA still needs a lot of volunteers to help the day of the event, whether for a few hours or the entire day. To volunteer, contact Purkey at myrapurkey@aol.com or 303-670-8778.

“It’s a fun project,” said Purkey, who also was involved three years ago. “You see some accomplishment by the end of the day with everyone involved.”

Marshdale chili cook-off raises $475 for playground

Chili and fund-raising went hand in hand when the Marshdale Elementary School PTA hosted a chili cook-off in late February.

The event was what the school calls a fun-raiser — providing families with a fun event and raising money. Participants tasted 16 chilis made mostly by faculty and staff members, and the event raised $475 that will go toward new playground equipment.

First-place chili was made by fourth-grade teacher Frankie Reeves. Second place went to LaVon Honnick, a first-grade paraprofessional, and third place went to first-grade teacher Donna Hanisch.

The Marshdale PTA is on a mission to raise $60,000 to buy an Asterope, a piece of playground equipment that looks like a spider. It is applying for a Great Outdoors Colorado grant for $45,000 and is raising the remaining $15,000, according to Kirsten Hollander, vice president of the Marshdale PTA.

So far, the PTA has raised $11,475 and is continuing its efforts to raise the remaining $3,525. If you’d like to help, send donations to Marshdale PTA, 26663 North Turkey Creek Road, Evergreen, CO 80439

Two students win state Reflections awards

The creative works of two Evergreen students have won first place in the Colorado Reflections program and will move to the national level for judging.

Evergreen Middle School student Sam Leslie and Evergreen High School junior Sylvie Kalkis are gold medal winners.

Reflections is a competitive arts program for students in kindergarten through 12th grade in the areas of visual arts, photography, literature, music, film/video production and dance choreography. Leslie’s music entry “Walking on Water” and Kalkis’ visual arts entry “Chance Chaos” won first place in the Colorado competition.

Have tips about schools in Evergreen? Contact Evergreen resident Deb Hurley Brobst at deb@evergreenco.com.