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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, May 20, 2022

Important Dates                                  

May 25 - 5:30 Spaghetti Dinner for Humane Society

May 26 - RMS Choral Concert

May 27 - Beach and Tacky Tourist Day

May 30 - Memorial Day - No School 

May 31 - HHS Step Up Day for 8th grade.

May 31 -  Level 2, 3, and Jazz Band Concert (date change)

June 2 - RMS Band 1 and Orchestra Concert

June 10 - The Return of Colors Day

June 15 - 8th grade celebration at Storrs Pond

June 16 - Last Day for Students


Thoughts from the Front Office

Dear RMS Community:

Well, we are under 20 school days to go in the 2021-2022 school year.  It is amazing to think about all that we have accomplished this year - with caring, community, and hopefully some humor.  As we near the end of the year we will continue to collectively celebrate our students in ways that highlight their common experiences, adaptability, and perseverance.  This continuation of the collective caring for each other makes celebrations at RMS a little bit different.  

Colors Day (a long tradition at RMS, experienced by this current group of students for the first time), sees us divide the student body into different teams across grade levels.  These teams then “compete” in various activities designed to highlight the diverse skills and interests of all our students.  Unlike the more familiar “field day,” Colors Day seeks to highlight everything we all do - from art and floor hockey to board games and creating a team flag - in a way that brings students together in new ways.  

Our other end of year celebrations focus on the collective student body, not on individual accomplishments, specific groups, or connections outside of school.  Middle school is often the last time that our students will get to celebrate together as a class - the world has a way of dividing us up, and we want to delay that as long as possible.  RMS is a special and unique time and place, not simply a younger version of other school experiences.  Because of this we end our year differently than other schools, as a low key collective celebration of a shared experience - not as an end - or a beginning - but as a continuation of the spirit that has sustained us for 3 years.  

We are looking forward to the excitement about summer we know is coming, and know that we will enjoy these last 4 weeks. We would like to remind everyone that the majority of the school relies on airflow and fans to stay cool, so increasing hydration will be important as our temperatures approach bayou level.  

Enjoy the sunshiny weekend.  Be safe, stay well, and take care of each other. 

Tim Boyle
Anissa Morrison
Associate Principal

School News & Information


RMS Cafe

View the monthly menu.  

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.



Student Council Events
Our last community fundraising dinner will take place on Wednesday May 25th and this time we are going to the dogs....and cats.  Pasta and fixings, salad and garlic bread. 
As a special treat we are going to have a potluck dessert table. 
Bring in a delicious treat to share.  Dining will be outdoors (hopefully). 5:30-6:30.  

Beach and Tacky Tourist Day on Friday May 27th.    

Colors Day is back! After a 2 year absence we are once again planning to have Colors Day.  Friday June 10th. More to come

Materials Needed
In preparation for a Colors Day activity we are searching for extra scrapbooking supplies and old magazines so that students can create Vision Boards.      

Parent Resources 
Links to parent resources aimed specifically at Middle School aged students.    

Information from Parent Roundtable on Device and Internet Usage Link to summary of meeting.

SUMMER CAMPS: Please see our community resources page for more information on many camps and opportunities.  

When Worry Shows Up Video seminar When Worry Shows Up - How Parents Can Help Children During Uncertain Times.  The presentation by Lynn Lyons explains how anxiety works in young children and how to address anxieties in your own children.  There was also information about making sure your child is getting what they need for their mental health.  Here is the recording of that presentation.  

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.    

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  

There are several end-of-year volunteer opportunities and we hope you can help. If you are already background checked and vetted as a volunteer for SAU70, please reach out to Tracey at to find a volunteer opportunity that fits your schedule and interests. If you have submitted an application to volunteer but have not yet been cleared, please also reach out to Tracey at the above email so progress on your application can be tracked.    

Please help the PTO add additional events to the 8th grade calendar! We are at this point begging those who have not yet donated to the cause to please do so. We want to do everything we can to make the 8th graders feel celebrated for being so resilient and amazing!!! Donations can be made via PayPal at or by a check sent to Richmond Middle School PTO, 63 Lyme Rd, Hanover NH 03755. Indicate "End of Year Activities" in the comments or check memo. Any leftover funds will be rolled into the PTO’s general fund. Thank you!  

​​​​​​​ Please take a moment to visit and "like" the PTO on Facebook at