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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.

Most Recent Friday Focus:

Important Dates                                  

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.

Warmly,

Tim Boyle
Principal
 
Anissa Morrison
Associate Principal

School News & Information

RMS Cafe

Recent supply chain issues have made it difficult to plan long term. As a result we offer the menu for next week

Thank you to Austin and Seanna for providing such great fare in the middle of winter. 

Love to Cook - We are searching for some help If anyone is interested in joining Austin and his crew (part time position, during the day), we are looking for some help in our cafe.  Come join the fun! 

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  
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%.  

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

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.  

Thank you, 
Emma Cottage 
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 

Parent Resources 
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 info@outrightvt.org 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/6514826638

Why not take a moment and put all the PTO meetings for the rest of the school year in your calendar? Poof! Done! Meetings are via Zoom until further notice. Hope to see you!
Monday, January 10, 2022 6:30pm 
Monday, February 7, 2022 6:30pm
Monday, March 7, 2022 6:30pm
Monday, April 4, 2022 6:30pm 
Monday, May 16, 2022 6:30pm   

"Together We Read", January 24th, 7 to 745pm  “Together We Read” parent and child book discussion of "All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook" by Leslie Connor.  Erin Davidson,  Norwich Public Library, Librarian.   Come join the discussion, even if you did not finish the book or you want to get a flavor of the book.