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.
January 11th - 7 pm Dresden Public Hearing and Budget Adoption Meeting - Webinar Link
January 14th - End of Q2
January 17th - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School
January 18th - Start of Q3
January 24th - Report Cards Available on PowerSchool
January 25th - Dresden School Board Regular Meeting
February 1st - Evening - HHS curriculum night for 8th graders
February 12-20 - February Break - No School
February 21 - President’s Day - No School
February 22 - Return to school
Thoughts from the Front Office:
Dear RMS Community:
The subject for this week’s Friday Focus proved evasive. On most days the topic presents itself clearly and concisely, needing only minimal polishing for presentation. On other days we receive suggestions from folks at RMS - happenings and thoughts of importance. This week inspiration was noteworthy in its absence. When asked about message we needed to convey about this week in the Friday Focus, the dominant thought at RMS was that “we made it…we’ll be back at it again Monday.”
Upon further thought, this seemed appropriately worthy of this week’s Focus. After a week and a half break that saw our world change again (not in a positive way), we moved to adapt yet again. The rest we built up seemed to evaporate as we addressed the noted increase in stress because of the surge and struggled with the sense of loss that came with a return to a more structured school day. But throughout this process RMS has once again proven resilient beyond imagination. Students, staff, and parents have rallied to support each other with grace, care, and humor. We’ve bonded as a community, acknowledged the difficulties we all face, and refocused (again) on taking care of each other. Thoughts of Q2 grades have receded as we strive to maintain the safety and community we have worked so hard to build. We will be back at it next week, because in this current climate there is no place we would rather be.
The coming weeks will surely bring new challenges - and new pandemic protocols as we adapt to our changing world. We will continue to face what comes with care, patience, and hopefully a smile or two as the days get lighter and the winter gets more fun. Please reach out with any questions or concerns - we know the volume of information can be overwhelming. Whatever comes, we will be able to face it together.
Please enjoy the weekend. Be safe, stay well, and take care of each other.
School News & Information
Recent supply chain issues have made it difficult to plan long term. As a result we offer the menu for next week.
If you have any questions, concerns, or dietary restrictions please contact Austin Jacobs.
Club News Dungeons and Dragons/Magic Club was a great success and may be arranging meetings outside of school. The club will no longer meet in school.
Movie Making Club (only open to 8th graders) begins on Wednesday January 12th. This is being done in conjunction with CATV.
The Rubiks Cube Club is now meeting regularly on Thursday from 3:00-4:00 in the library. Student Council has purchased some extra Rubiks Cubes for people who do not own one. Stay tuned for more club opportunities in the near future
From Student Council
Our annual "Ball Drop" was a lot of fun. Highlights were a visit from "The Rock" (played by Oliver Benedict) the "Peppa Pig Family" (played by 7th graders). Thanks to our MC's Milo Cantone and Chris Ryckman. We are currently planning activities to recognize Civil Rights Day later in the month.
School Store is going to be open on Wednesday. We will soon be selling student produced products (buttons, friendship bracelets etc..)
Social Justice Group is promoting Braille Awareness Month
RMS Health Office Updates
Thank you all who have filled out the vaccination status surveys. As students receive their second doses please feel free to reach out to Nurse Abby to update records. Currently our student population reports an over 85% vaccination rate, and our staff is above 95%.
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
Volunteer Sign Up Volunteer News
Student Tutoring Program - Is your child interested in tutoring fellow students at HHS or RMS? Would your child benefit from some peer tutoring? Please contact me if you would like more information.
Volunteer Sign Up - SAU 70 requires that ALL volunteers in the district complete the Volunteer Application Form. This link will direct you to the form, and details the Volunteer Background Check Process. Please reach out if you have any questions.
SAU 70 Volunteer Coordinator
The SAU 70 district needs substitutes - We would love to have you help us occasionally in the school. If you are interested in being a substitute teacher, you can apply for the role on the SAU 70 Job Listings
Links to parent resources aimed specifically at Middle School aged students. 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 email@example.com for more information and links.
How to talk to your student about gender
RMS is committed to building an inclusive school environment, and beginning discussions around identity for all students. This article can help you join those discussions with your student.
PTO Bulletin Board
PTO Bulletin Board for Friday, January 7th, 2022 Our first PTO meeting of 2022 is this coming Monday, January 10th at 6:30, via Zoom. We hope to see you as we discuss plans and hear from you about how the PTO can help you in this new year. Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/