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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.

RMS Friday Focus, June 10, 2022

Important Dates                                  

June 15 - 8th grade celebration and trip to Storrs Pond (livestream link to follow next week)

June 15 - 7th grade to Silver Lake

June 16 - Last Day for Students 

August 31 - First Day of 2022-2023 for students

 

Thoughts from the Front Office

Dear RMS Community:

Three years ago, in the spring of 2019, I came to visit RMS for the end of year celebrations as the incoming principal.  School in the south had been over for a month and it seemed a great opportunity to escape the already oppressive heat and to experience the end of year RMS style.  Little did I know that Colors Day 2019 would be the last time we would be able to gather together for our unique take on a “field day.” 

Until today.

Principal Boyle with grey paint on his foreheadstudents off in the distance on the field

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watching students and teachers arrive bedecked in various colored outfits, with everyone taking part, (you can see me representing team Gray above, no hair dye needed for me…)  we could tell it was going to be a great day.  The nature of colors day, with mixed grades, teacher participation, multiple varied activities, and the first all school gathering in 3 years, brought smiles to everyone involved.  We even welcomed back at least 4 alums who subbed and helped today, bringing back the institutional memory of colors day that the students lacked.  While not perfect, the community that RMS has worked so hard to forge (and will continue to do so), was on full display today.  Thank you to the organizers of Colors Day (staff and students), and to all those who participated in ways that were genuine and authentic.  A great day!

teacher representation of team purpleteacher representation of team orange

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have less than a week to go in the school year.  Next week will see some celebrations and gatherings, but generally we try to stay low key as we move into the summer.  Middle school students do well with routine, and changes in that routine (even for positive reasons like summer vacation) cause stress - something we as adults sometimes forget.  We will all need to have patience with our students as they transition to new routines and perhaps to new schools.  

We will talk more about transitions next week.  Today we choose to celebrate the community and joy shown by all our students and staff.  Enjoy the weekend, celebrate graduates in your own families, and prepare for the summer that is almost here.  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 our dedicated volunteers who are helping Austin and Seanna every week.  

Cafe Announcement   Please pay off any negative Mealtime balances before the end of the school year. The cafe will take steps to remind students that they have negative balances or positive balances too low to pay the current purchase.    

If you have any questions, please contact Janice Starkey in the main office.

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.

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!

Congrats to RMS track athletes

The following athletes took part in the NH meet of Champions this past week.  Congratulations.  Megan Faris - 1600 meter - 6:15.94
Praise Aguocha - 100 meter - 12.82
Safir Mehra - 1600 meter - 5:08.10 and 800 meter 2:24.21  
4x100 - 53.73
Justine Aguocha 
Praise Aguocha 
Will Hanaway 
Brendan Tomlin  

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.    
     
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 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.  

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.    

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

  
Hooray! The 8th Grade Dance on June 4th was a success!  Thank you to the lead organizers: Sunny Keiser, Jen Garr, Meghan Bornstein and all the many volunteers who made this event possible and special! It was a beautiful evening on the Norwich Green and a special time spent together as members of the eighth grade class.  



Thank you to the 2022 RMS Yearbook team: Sonya Stover, Beth DeSimone, Irasema Gomez-Saucedo, Kesa Koida (Daft) and Irina Perreard! Pre-ordered yearbooks will be distributed soon. It's not too late to order one for home delivery if you forgot: https://store.shopyearbook.com/rms-yearbook-21-22  



RMS 8th grade Storrs Pond Day, Wednesday June 15th, needs volunteers - see the volunteer sign-up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E45A4AF2CA0FD0-8thgrade Please note: This is a RMS school event as apart of the RMS school day. Teachers will be in charge. PTO and parent community will be providing approved enrichment and support.  All celebrating our 8th graders!  



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.       



PTO Leadership Updates  
Thank you Sunny Keiser for stepping to co-chair the PTO this year! You were new to RMS and the area, but you jumped in and we are so appreciative and grateful for all you contributed to make this year a success!  Good luck as a HHS parent, and we look forward to welcoming your return as an RMS parent soon!  

Many of the 2022-2023 PTO chairs are complete, but we have some openings. Considering getting involved with our PTO!
Openings: Co-President, Teacher Appreciation Chair, Parent Socials Chair, International Social Group Chair, Back-to- School Picnic Chair and Grade-Level Activities/Social Chairs (ideally, at least one per grade level). 

A few PTO participants have requested considering  printing a directory in addition membership tool kit RMS digital directory.  With that said, we do not have funds nor volunteers to do this. Please reach out if interested to make this happen.  

Last but not least, please let PTO leadership know how it went this year by completing this survey.