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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                                  

November 15th-22nd - Food Drive for the Haven - Ends Monday

November 24-28 - No School in observance of Thanksgiving (US)

December 2nd - 8:30 am - Parent/Admin Coffee

December 7th - 7 pm - Chorus Concert

December 9th - 7 pm - Band Concert

December 13th - 6:30 pm - PTO Meeting

December 14th - 7 pm - Band and Strings Concert

 

Dear RMS Community:

Some of you are familiar with the reason that RMS chose “Geese” as our mascot, but there are times when we are reminded why it is so pertinent.  

Geese have got it! 

  • As each bird flaps its wings it creates an updraft for the bird following. By flying in a “V” formation, the whole flock adds a greater flying range than if each bird flew alone.
  • Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to fly alone, and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front.
  • When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back into the rear of the formation and another goose takes up the point position.
  • The geese in formation honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
  • When a goose gets sick, is wounded, or shot down, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to earth to help and protect it. 

Yesterday and today we saw another example of what this caring community flying in the same direction can do.  Due to unforeseen circumstances, our cafe, already short staffed, was reduced to only one worker on Friday.  As administrators we came to school fully expecting to scramble and improvise ways to take care of meals and, more importantly, our students.  We found that the Geese have really got it.  Countless staff volunteered, unbidden, throughout the day, donned gloves, restocked food, ran registers, and generally did whatever they could to continue our service at RMS.  We never even had to ask.  This commitment to taking care of each other, working for the good of the school, and doing what was necessary separates RMS from most other workplaces.  

While the cooperation of the staff is the most visible manifestation of our commitment to the collective good, please know that as parents and caregivers your contributions to this mission are invaluable.  Our students honestly care for each other, help each other in class, are learning to be respectful of differences, and feel that the community at RMS is important.  This would not be true, nor could we build a school full of caring and grace, without your support.  Thank you.

Next week will be a short one, and the time will really start to speed up before the end of the year.  To those who are embarking early for Thanksgiving, please travel safely.  Enjoy the weekend.  Please be well, stay safe, and take care of each other. 

 

Warmly,
Tim Boyle
Principal
 
Anissa Morrison
Associate Principal
 
 

School News & Information

 

RMS Cafe
 

November's menu will be subject to change. Updates to come next week.

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.

 
Woodworking projects:
Check out the slideshow of Q1 projects.

After School next week:
There will be no library study time, or “homework club” next week.  Students should go home after school on those days.

Dungeons and Dragons/Magic The Gathering Club
The second meeting of this group will take place on Monday November 29th from 3:00-4:00.  We are looking for any adults that have experience as a "dungeon master" that might be interested in helping out.  Contact Mr LaCrosse.      

From Student Council
Our Fall Haven Food Drive ends on Monday.  Goal is 650 items and we are pretty close.  At 650 Mr Boyle wears a lovely turkey suit on Tuesday, if we reach 750 Mr LaCrosse also has to don the turkey suit for part of the day.  

The Social Justice Committee has put together a presentation for Tuesday morning talking about Native American Heritage month and some things about Thanksgiving that people might not know.   Lots of activities coming in December.
 
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 at the Health Office Website.

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?
We are in need of students to sign up. Math is in high demand and we now have a few Dartmouth students available to tutor. Please contact me if you would like more information. 


Volunteer Sign Up SAU70 requires that ALL volunteers in the district complete the Volunteer Application Form. The following link will direct you to the form, and details the Volunteer Background Check Process. Volunteer's CLICK HERE
 
SAU 70 district needs substitutes.
Would you like a taste of the best job in the world? We would love to have you join 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.   Please reach out if you have any questions.

Thank you 
Emma Cottage
SAU 70 Volunteer Coordinator

Parent Resources 
Links to parent resources aimed specifically at Middle School aged students.     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 Friday Focus News for November 19th, 2021  

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

As we head toward Thanksgiving, please help thank the RMS teachers and staff for all they do! The deadline to donate is today. The PTO will provide a food and beverage treat to all teachers, staff, and bus drivers.  Please make your tax-deductible contribution for this event directly to the PTO at https://paypal.me/FRMSPTO   or via check to Richmond Middle School PTO. Mail checks to: RMS PTO, 63 Lyme Rd, Hanover NH 03755. Please indicate “Teacher Appreciation” in the comments or check memo. Any excess funds collected will be used for future teacher and staff appreciation events.  

The RMS Holiday Spirit Wear FLASH SALE is happening now!  This is your only chance to get RMS Spirit Wear in time for holiday gift-giving. You can order here: https://fcrms.itemorder.com/ sale.  There’s a great selection of new items, including clothing, winter gear, and special gifts to show your RMS spirit! The deadline to order is this coming Tuesday.  

Together We Read” Book Discussion on Monday, January 24 Save the date for a parent and child book discussion of All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor.  Erin Davidson, the Children and Youth Library at the Norwich Public Library, will moderate.  Information about a group book order coming soon.   

Have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!   The RMS PTO