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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                                  

December 21st - Last Day of classes in 2021.

December 22nd - Jan 2nd - No school for winter break

January 3rd - Return to school

February 1st - Evening - HHS curriculum night for 8th graders


Thoughts from the Front Office

Dear Parents/Caregivers:

With some increased tension throughout the community, we wanted to end the week with a reminder of the festive season.  Thank you to Janice Starkey for providing the stylish glasses that raised the spirits of RMS as the sun broke through on this wonderful Friday. 

staff member with reindeer glasses and a mask


As is appropriate for the end of the last full school week of 2021, RMS was full of remarkable student work and positive energy today.  From the spirited final arguments in the trials of Lenny and Ralph from Of Mice and Men, to the student designed slime that stretched over 30 feel; from the thoughtful letters outlining contact between native nations and the Lewis and Clark expedition to the caring discussion of mental health among Olympic athletes; from the multiple celebrations of music in the past two weeks to the enthusiasm displayed by students headed outside for lunch in December, RMS once again brought our focus from the outside world to the the wonder and caring inside our building.  It is very often the students who teach us. We remain thankful for our community and the remarkable resilience shown by everyone connected to RMS. 

Next week and the break following will surely go very quickly.   Please allow your students (and yourselves) to take some time to reflect and rest.  We will begin anew on January 3rd, and the calendar of the remainder of winter and spring will offer some long stretches of school with few breaks.  We will need all our energy going forward, so rest should be a priority in the weeks upcoming.  

Please enjoy the weekend, we are supposed to get some overdue winter.  Please stay safe, be well, and take care of each other.



Tim Boyle
Anissa Morrison
Associate Principal

School News & Information

RMS Cafe

View the monthly menu here.   

Thank you so much for your patience and support of our wonderful Cafe duo, they are an integral part of everything we do at RMS.  Thank you Austin and Seanna and thank you to the volunteers this week. 

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.


Club News
Dungeons and Dragons/Magic The Gathering Club
Monday December 20th from 3:00-4:00.    

Rubik's Cube 
On Thursdays a group of students are meeting in the library 3:00-4:00 to share their enthusiasm for the Rubik's Cube.  Anyone is welcome to join and there are extra cubes for people that don't own one.  

Making Movies
January 12 will be the first meeting of the movie making club, a collaboration between RMS and CATV.  This round of the club is only open to 8th graders.  Contact Mr LaCrosse if your child is interested.
From Student Council  
Dear Middle School Families and RMS Student Council,   Our football program set a goal a week ago to provide a pickup truck load of toys to needy children during the holidays (The FILL THE TRUCK CHALLENGE). Due to your generosity we made our goal (we have collected approximately $2000 worth of toys.  We would like to thank you so much and we will deliver the toys to the Tower of Toys Charity on Friday at Noon. On Saturday, needy children will get to pick their toys. We could not have achieved this goal without your support.  

Happy Holidays and again a heartfelt thank you,
Coach Cavallaro, Patrick Elder(HHS Captain), Coach Ivanoski and Coach Sherman.  

In other news:
Another great ugly sweater and holiday red day here at RMS.  Always fun to see what people bring out of their closets.  Next Monday is our student cookie swap and Tuesday we celebrate the end of 2021 and the coming of 2022 with our annual "ball drop" at the end of the day. 
January will be busy with activities around Civil Rights day and lots of other fun things.    

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

Volunteer News 
Student Tutoring Program 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.

Thank you,
Emma Cottage 
SAU 70 Volunteer Coordinator

Volunteer Sign Up
SAU70 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 SAU70 Job Listings.

Parent Resources 
Links to parent resources aimed specifically at Middle School aged students.    
Family Programs offered by Outright Vermont Outright Vermont ( 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 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

RMS PTO Information for Friday Focus   Any chance you'll be near Rutland on Monday? Our RMS Spirit Wear vendor is working diligently to overcome obstacles and get the spirit wear items printed and shipped in time for arrival at RMS before (or perhaps on) Tuesday. That said, if anyone happens to be in the Rutland area Monday and can pick up the box, that would relieve LOTS of pressure and guarantee people can get their items before break. Please reach out directly to Alexa Manning at if you can help.  

Please join the PTO at our NEW Facebook Page at RMSPTOFB (this is different from, and replaces, the previous PTO FB Group.)  

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, and the link is sent in Friday Focus the Friday before each meeting and via PTO email. 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   

End of year donations to the PTO can be made here: or by check sent to: Richmond Middle School PTO, 63 Lyme Rd, Hanover NH 03755 Thank you!  

Peace and Joy, The RMS PTO