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.
- October 22 - Last Day for RMS Spirit Shop
- October 24 - Student Flu vaccination clinic - All information here.
- October 24 - 6 pm - Dresden School board
- October 25 - HHS Footlighters visit to RMS
- October 26 - 6 pm - RMS Auditorium - Family meeting - 8th grade field trips.
- October 27 - Fall Social.
- October 31 - PTO parent social on RMS field. Details in the Gaggle section
- November 3 - End of Q1
- November 6 - Start of Q2
- November 10 - Veterans Day - NO SCHOOL
Thoughts from the Rolling Desk
(The cows always look a little surprised to be on the wall at RMS)
During my graduate school days I had a professor of world history who unknowingly supplied a mantra that has stood me in good stead in the intervening years. “Events overwhelm plans,” Professor Eaton would say, and this week he proved prescient. The details are not important, but suffice it to say that very little went as planned around the rolling desk this week. Luckily, RMS comes with a built-in remedy for the seeming chaotic nature of adult life - the students. At numerous times this week I was able to reset by simply taking part in life as it is at RMS. Watching students catch fish and set up tents during PE forays into the forest around Storrs Pond (and being thankful we can teach fishing and camping in school), witnessing the creativity and care of the 6th grade
brain projects, and listening to a quick choral concert from one of Mr. Hall’s classes on the way to snack all made me remember that often the unscripted parts of life are much better than the planned “grown up” portions.
As we approach the end of Q1, however, we may need to wander into the planning part of school - especially since the orange and black holiday which often subverts plans comes during the last week of the quarter. Try to take some time to look at schoology with your student to see if there are things that are missing or upcoming. While we try not to place too much value on “grades,” striving for learning instead, students often put that pressure on themselves. Next week is the best time to ask questions about what is left to do or about confusing concepts. In middle school we can always go back and fix something from earlier in the year, but giving yourself more time to do so will make everyone’s life less stressful.
Please enjoy the events of this weekend, even if they overwhelm the plans so carefully laid. As always, be safe, stay well, and take care of each other.
School News and Information
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.
From Student Council
Thanks to everyone who helped with the "Geese for Geffen" team. We are proud to say that the group raised almost $30,000; the second highest team in CHAD.
Friday October 27th Fall Social/Dance 7:00-8:30
This is our annual Halloween Dance, complete with a costume contest, photo booth and fun treats and decorations. $5 admission, $2 for use of the photo booth.
Sunday October 29th: Norwitchy Woods Walk: Student Council will have a table at this annual event on the trails behind Marion Cross School. Anyone is welcome to help out.
Monday October 30th: Halloween Baking Contest. Entries should be dropped off in the lobby in the morning. Judging by HHS and community members. This is a highly anticipated event.
Tuesday October 31: Orange and Black Day. We encourage students and staff to wear orange and black. Costumes are not encouraged.
November Events: Veterans Day Recognition, Talent Show (11/17)
Dungeons and Dragons Update: Two groups are up and running as of this week. There is an option for a third group if enough students are interested. Contact Ian at the Fourth Place (277-9659) as soon as possible if you would like to be included.
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 https://www.thehowe.org/ Thank you!
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.
Want to play Chess?
Join other students at the Howe Library on Monday nights. View full information here.
Video Resources from All Together
The Hartford Community Coalition, in collaboration with All Together, has created a video resource for parents around the issue of substance use. https://www.youtube.com/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and links.
RMS Health Office
We are seeing a return of our regular fall “bugs,” and many of us are falling ill. Illnesses are part of middle school and are to be expected. Please keep students at home and focus on getting well, there is plenty of time to make up work. This also helps us take care of each other.
Does your child need to take 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
If you have questions regarding health programs, or anything related to the health of your students please reach out to Nurse Abby.
LAST CHANCE: Spirit-Wear Storefront Closes on SUNDAY Night (Oct 22nd)
Last chance to order your RMS spirit wear items. Click on this link to check out the selection of t-shirts, hoodies, pj bottoms, hats, blankets and more all sporting RMS’ newly designed geese mascot. All orders should arrive at RMS before Thanksgiving break, just in time for seasonal celebrations.
Save the Date for a Halloween Parent Social
Plans are moving forward for a “Parent Cocoa & Conversation Social Event” on the southeast corner of RMS fields on Halloween evening. Parents can gather (sporting costumes we hope!) for some casual conversation, while their kiddos trick or treat in the neighborhood. A great way to be close by, but not too close! Details: TBD