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Friday Focus

Welcome to the Friday Focus. Our weekly newsletter will be posted here. It will include the Administrator's message, important updates, and fun things happening around our school.

Final RMS Friday Focus for 2021-22

Important Dates                                  

August 30 - 9-12 - New Student Orientation at Hanover High School

August 31 - First Day of 2022-2023 for students

 

Dear RMS Community:

Well, we made it!  The 2021-2022 school year was full of challenges, but we have made it to the summer time.  As we gain perspective on this unique year, please take some moments to reflect on the joy and laughter that come with even the strangest middle school years.  

This was the “first class” for Anissa and I, as we started our tenure as administrators when this current class began the 6th grade.  Hopefully no other class will have to undergo the numerous pivots and changes we have all endured since the fall of 2019.  Those adaptations have allowed us all to grow and understand the importance of community and patience.  Thank you to everyone.

Our staff has completed most of the clean up in preparation for summer, the away messages have been turned on, and most adults are going to take a well deserved (and vital) break.  Most weeks during the summer the RMS office will be open in person T, W, TH from 9-1, with other appointments available through prior arrangement via email.  We will communicate throughout the summer via email, but not until the second week in July (which is when the enrollment rolls over and students officially join the next grade).  We are already excited about next year for everyone.

Please have a fantastic summer.  Be well, stay safe, and take care of each other.

Tim Boyle
Principal
 
Anissa Morrison
Associate Principal
 

School News & Information

RMS Cafe

Thank you to Austin, Seanna, and our parent volunteers who made our awesome food this year. 

If you have any questions, concerns, or dietary restrictions please contact Austin Jacobs.

RMS does offer a lunch program for families who may need assistance or special needs.  Please contact Robin Morley-Ploof in the office for more information.

RMS NEWS
Library News This summer the RMS library will be open for students on Tuesdays from 9:00 to 12:00. Kids will be able to check books out, read, play chess, do jigsaw puzzles, and use the Makerspace. Makerspace activities will include duct tape, 3D pens, slime making, friendship bracelets and more. All students attending RMS this year or next year are welcome. If younger siblings want to attend, they must be accompanied by an adult.

Please note that we will not be open  August 30th, which is a teacher inservice day.
Also, starting June 13th, students will be able to check out up to 10 books over the summer. Books can be kept for the entire summer and returned when school starts again, or they can be exchanged during the summer at open library hours. Students going into 9th grade may borrow books and return them to the High School. In order to borrow books, students must have returned all books borrowed during the current school year. They must also be planning to return to the Dresden School District next year.

Summer books must be returned before new books can be checked out in the fall. We charge a $10 fee for lost books.
If you have any questions, please email the librarian, Chris Putnam-Pouliot: chrisputnampouliot@hanovernorwichschools.org

Kids and Co is Back!
Hi RMS Community, I am excited to announce that our Kids & Company (Kids & Co) class will be returning in fall 2022 at Richmond Middle School. This quarter (Sept 9th - Oct 28th), the class time will be 8:15 am - 10:30 am on Fridays.   We are currently seeking children to join our class! Eligible children should be potty trained and between the ages of 2-5. If you are interested, or know someone that may be interested, please e-mail Katie Urquhart at katherineurquhart@hanovernorwichschools.org by Friday July, 1.  There are a limited number of spots available. Hope to hear from you!  

Vital Communities Bike Rides
The Vital Communities’ E-bike Lending Library is offering free electric bicycle test rides in Hanover on Demo Day Saturdays: June 18 and 25.   Take a spin on one or more of the Library's 4 e-bike models. Talk with our volunteers about their experience riding an e-bike in the Upper Valley.    Rides start at the Parking Garage downtown. See more information and reserve your free one-hour appointment at webreserv.com/vitalcommunities.  
Hosted in Hanover by Sustainable Hanover and Hanover Bike Walk.   With thanks to our sponsors: E-Bikes of New England, Green Mountain Power, Norwich Solar, ReVision Energy, Solaflect Energy, the Refinery, Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Reg Commission, Vermont Bike and Brew, VSECU.  

Colors Day Thank Yous It was wonderful to see Colors Day back as a part of how we end the year at RMS. Thanks to the 8th graders who were Team Captains, teachers who ran activities, parents and community members who volunteered (particularly Kata who took our drone photo, Tracey Hayes who helped in a number of areas and Zoe Starkey, Ellie and Katie Stannard who ran our BBQ activity) and "Masters of the Toyverse" who helped us access gaming gear.   Lost and Found will be cleared out on Tuesday of next week.  Please stop by if you wish to see if you have any items there.
 
Parent Resources 
Links to parent resources aimed specifically at Middle School aged students.    

Interested in Participating in Childhood Media and Health Studies?  
We are currently enrolling families with children between ages of 6-months-old and 17-years-old for research opportunities that seek to understand children’s media and health behaviors. For an overview of our current studies visit our webpage listed below.   During the study your child may:
Watch age-appropriate TV shows
Perform simple computer tasks Be provided food or snacks
Be measured for height and weight
Fill out questionnaires  
All participants will be financially compensated for participation in the form of Amazon gift cards. Participation is voluntary and confidential. We have COVID-19 safety measures in place. Research is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and conducted by Drs. Diane Gilbert-Diamond and Jennifer Emond at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.   If you and your child are interested in participating in our research, please enter some information here or contact us directly.   Thank you for your consideration!  

SUMMER CAMPS: Please see our community resources page for more information on many camps and opportunities. https://www.frms.org/resources/community-interest  

Family Programs offered by Outright Vermont
Outright Vermont (https://www.outrightvt.org/) is an organization that supports LGBTQ+ youth and families around Vermont and neighboring areas. They offer a support group for families: Trans Parent Group - Online - First Monday of every month 6-8pm. Support group for parents and caregivers of trans, nonbinary, and gender expansive youth. Email info@outrightvt.org for more information and links.  

RMS Health Office Updates
Prescription Medications Does your child need to take a prescription medication during school hours? Students must keep all prescription medications in the health office and have a signed medication form as well. The medication form and additional information can be found here: Health Office Website

 


PTO Bulletin Board

PTO News
Please consider joining the RMS PTO.  This inclusive organization is free to anyone with a student enrolled at RMS.  Please join us    

Welcome Committee Ambassadors - sign up now to welcome families over the summer / before school starts!   Please sign up to be a welcoming ambassador to families moving in from out of the district. Welcome new families in simple ways. A small time commitment, but one that makes a big difference for the new families when they can know a name or recognize a face in a new place. Write to the Welcoming Committee's new email FRMSwelcomesU@gmail.com or richmondmiddleschoolPTO@gmail.com to sign up as an ambassador.      ​​​​​

Please take a moment to visit and "like" the PTO on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RMSPTOFB.   Or visit our web page https://richmondmspto.membershiptoolkit.com/home