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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, November 17, 2023

Important Dates

November 17 - 7 pm - Fall Talent Show
November 22-26 - Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL
November 28 - 7 pm - RMS Choral Concert
December 5 - PTO Meeting
December 7 - Concert
December 12 - Concert
December 19 - MCS/RMS Science Night
December 22 - Jan 2 - Winter break - NO SCHOOL
January 3, 2024 - School Begins again

Thoughts from the Rolling Desk

(The desk is ready for the Talent Show tonight - performing a medley of Like a Rolling Stone, Rolling the Deep, and Rollin on the River)

rolling desk

Happy Holiday season from RMS!  Having lived on an academic calendar every year since the start of Kindergarten in the days of yore, one might think that the annual Thanksgiving holiday would be a welcome respite, but somehow it always seems to “sneak up,” and it is here already.  Wow.

A few reminders:

  • The school will be closed Nov. 22-26, and we encourage the whole community to turn off email, unplug from notifications, and enjoy the time away.   Whatever needs to be done will remain on Monday the 27th when we return to school. 
  • If you have extended holiday plans that will involve missing school at any time in the remainder of 2023, please email Nicole so we can keep records accurately.  
    • In terms of work should a student miss classes - we will address it upon their return.  Generally the experience of trying to do work while on an extended holiday adversely affects both the vacation experience and the quality of work.  Students can follow along on schoology if they wish, and reading a book is always recommended, but generally we feel that vacation time should be spent vacationing.  Enjoy, take good pictures, make great memories, and remember a few good stories to tell us. 
  • As it gets colder, have you noticed that your student is missing a sweatshirt?  We probably have it in our Lost and Found.  We will work to organize and photograph our significant collection of items after break.  Help on this endeavor is always appreciated. 
  • Does your student have superpowers?  Would you like to socialize with other parents while learning about those powers?  Join a book group for trusted adults organized by Liz Powers (get it), who will lead discussions of Middle School Superpowers during January and February.  The back of book blurb states that Middle School Superpowers teaches middle schoolers how to activate the 12 superpowers they need to discover their strengths and navigate tough decisions and disappointment.  View Full Information.

There are only 21 school days left in 2023, believe it or not.  We look forward to the particular energy brought by the end of the year but welcome the break next week.  Please enjoy the weekend and, as always, be safe, stay well, and take care of each other.


Tim Boyle
Anissa Morrison
Associate Principal

School News and Information


RMS Cafe

Our menu currently being constructed based on local availability and prices.  An update will follow soon.  View the updated price list.

RMS works hard to accommodate the dietary needs of our community, so if you have any questions, concerns, please contact Austin Jacobs.  

The RMS lunch program is run “in house” and does not follow a state or federal program.  If your family may benefit from assistance for meals, please contact Robin Morley-Ploof in the office for more information.  The program is confidential and runs the same way as the more traditional cafe meal funding program. 

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

RMS Resources/Opportunities

RMS Fitness room needs your help

Last spring our PE department, spearheaded by Missie Rodriguez, secured a grant from the Dorothy Byrne foundation to refurbish the RMS fitness room, which is currently stocked with machines purchased when the new school opened. The grant is contingent, however, on raising funds to match the grant, so it is in this spirit that we are beginning a campaign to raise the money (approximately $30,000)  to make equipment upgrades to expand our fitness and PE offerings at RMS.  We would like to replace the 20 year old cardio equipment with new, manually powered (using no electricity) Concept II Ergs, Rogue Echo Upright Bikes, Suspension Ellipticals, Assault Runner Pro Treadmills, and Maxi-Stair Climber Machines. Coupled with a new, protective floor, these machines would offer an opportunity for a class of 20 students to take part in a meaningful, and safe, fitness experience that will set the stage for later life, and prepare students to use the newer, recently upgraded, fitness room at HHS.  We understand that this is a significant amount of money, and welcome any and all support anyone can give. Donations to the Dresden School District (RMS PE) will be accepted in any amount in the front office. Thank you for your continued support of our school and community.  


From Student Council

  • Talent Show is November 17th at 7:00pm in the RMS Auditorium.
  • The annual Turkey Bowl will be on Monday November 20 after school pitting 8th graders against staff in a flag football game.


Howe Library
  • The Howe Library wants to hear from you! We are conducting a community survey as part of our strategic planning process. Please consider giving us a few minutes of your time to tell us what is important to you. Howe Library Survey or you can go directly to our website to access the link Thank you!
  • Exciting stuff! Our Check This Out Series will begin airing this Sunday. As some of you are already aware, the Howe partnered with author Rachel Barenbaum as producers of the show about a year ago. It started in our zoom room and social media platforms and has now evolved to include radio. We are thrilled to have NHPR pick this up.  Here’s the link


Recycle Better! Get the Betterbin app!

The town of Hanover celebrated America Recycles Day on Wednesday - Let's make this Hanover Recycles Year!

Betterbin is an app designed specifically for Hanover and answers questions about what goes into our curbside Zero-Sort bins and importantly, what to do with things that do NOT go into those bins, such as batteries, electronics, textiles and much more. Better recycling helps reduce landfill waste, greenhouse gases and helps conserve our environment. All important for a better future for our community!

You can Download the app.

For more information on the Better Bin App.



Community Events

Crafts Fairs and other community event information available at


Want to play Chess?

Join other students at the Howe Library on Monday nights.  View Full information here.


Video resources on Parenting

The Hartford Community Coalition, in collaboration with All Together, has created a video resource for parents around the issue of substance use.


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.




11/10 Gaggle


Reminder: Update your information in the RMS Directory

We encourage everyone to visit the directory to confirm that the contact information listed for your family and your student is up-to-date. In particular, families may still need to update their student’s homeroom teacher. An accurate directory can be super helpful when trying to plan “play dates” (are they still called play dates anymore?), or when one is struggling to remember another parent’s name that is just out of reach….


Consider a donation to the RMS PTO

While on the Membership Toolkit platform, we invite you to consider a donation to support the work of the PTO. Donated funds go directly to support the many initiatives of the RMS PTO, including the directory, staff appreciation events, family socials and several student activities.


How to stay informed about PTO events….