Dear RMS Community:
As school opened this year we reflected on the number of opening days we have experienced. Between Anissa and I we have nearly 100 opening days - every day since starting Kindergarten we have been privileged to experience the unique energy and anticipation that comes with the opening of classes. Even after all these years as a student or staff member in schools, there is no feeling like it! Hopefully your students had a positive opening of RMS - we surely have enjoyed the unique energy and kindness that have come to define us.
As this is the first “official” Friday Focus, we have a great deal of information to offer, and will forgo the standard narrative form in favor of bullet points. (As always, I ask forgiveness from my HHS English teacher John Lincoln, a strong advocate for the narrative form.)
Cell Phones - Thank you for your help with our cell phone/device policy. We are grateful that the first days have revealed students being more present, social, and not tied to their phones. We will continue to stress the importance of keeping phones away during the school day. Your support and reminders are very helpful. (our adults are weaning themselves from phones as well - we are all trying to take care of each other).
Open School - We want to invite you to join us next Thursday night, from 5-7, as RMS will hold our first “Open School” event. Different from a traditional “open house,” this will be an informal chance to meet your student’s teachers and administrators. Devoid of formal presentations and schedules, we hope that by opening the building we can return to a pre-COVID normalcy. Highlights will include:
Students and adults are welcome. We hope to address possible child care needs by allowing families to come to the event together.
Please come at a time that works for your family, between 5-7.
The focus of the evening will be meeting staff - specific curricular questions will be addressed later - and welcoming folks back into a building that has been closed to most outsiders for 2 ½ years.
You will be able to make appointments for more formal discussions - the tone of this evening is decidedly informal.
Schoology/technology questions answered.
The PTO will join us from 6-8 to facilitate an opportunity for parents to interact outside.
Pick up and Drop Off - A reminder that the staff parking lots on the north and south sides of RMS are not safe for drop off or pick up. Please make use of the cut outs along Lyme Road - the parking lots are too busy and chaotic at the start and end of school to be safe.
We always try to share goings on at school, and today’s is an example of art and science combined. Greg Stott, 8th grade science teacher, created this piece of art for the library.
Please enjoy the day off of school on Monday. We are glad that the traditional 3, 4, 5 day week start of school is back this year. We are already looking forward to Tuesday and the many events September will bring. As always, be well, stay safe, and take care of each other.
School News & Information
If you have any questions regarding payment, 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.
Hello Families of RMS students! Prior to COVID, our schools had a strong connection to the community with varying volunteer opportunities. While we can't be certain of what level of volunteerism will be permissible this year, we are gathering information from families regarding areas they may be interested in helping out with in the event that we are able to invite you back into our schools.
Please take 2 minutes to fill out the accompanying form to let us know where you might be interested in volunteering this year. This form is merely to gauge interest in various activities throughout the year. We will contact you separately with details regarding the specific activities in which you've expressed interest.
Please note - all volunteers who will be working with students are required to have a background check/fingerprinting performed at SAU 70. Fingerprinting/background checks are valid for 2 years - if you have been through the process for the school district since the 2020-21 school year, you will not need to complete the process this year.
SAU 70 Volunteer Coordinator
Please see other announcements on the community interest page of the website.
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 Updates
22-23 Opening Health Plan Please see the SAU-70 district website for covid health plan https://www.sau70.org/resources/opening-2022
A few highlights are:
- Masks are welcome but not mandated
- If a student tests positive for covid, stay home for 5 days, may return on day 6 if fever free and symptoms improve. But must wear a mask for 5 additional days.
- Please contact school nurse Abby Pelletier with any questions email@example.com 603-643-6040
Fall Student Flu Clinic
Save the date! October 13th 2022 during school hours. More information will be available in the next few week about our annual optional student flu clinic (in partnership with Dartmouth Health).
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
PTO Bulletin Board
Greetings on behalf of the RMS Parent Teacher Organization!
As we kick off the new school year, we have a few brief announcements:
- All RMS families, teachers and staff are members of the Richmond Middle School PTO. There are no "dues" to participate, but our operating budget is dependent on donations. Social events, the online directory, teacher appreciation initiatives, a dedicated website and more are funded through the generous support of RMS community members. Please consider a tax-deductible gift of $30 or more to help kick off the 2022-2023 school year. Donate online https://paypal.me/FRMSPTO?locale.x=en_US or send a check to Richmond Middle School PTO, 63 Lyme Rd, Hanover NH 03755. Thank you!
- The RMS PTO Website and Directory are found here! Create an account to add your family to the directory, or login with last year's account information to confirm your current info. Then download the Membership Toolkit app for your phone to use the directory on the go. Even if you already have an account, you'll need to confirm your information for this year.
- Please take a moment to say hello to PTO representatives on Monday, August 29th (school tours) and Thursday, September 8th ("open school" evening).
- Join us for the next PTO meeting on Tuesday, September 20th at 6:30pm via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6514826638.
- Support the PTO with your everyday Amazon Smile purchases by selecting Frances Richmond Middle School PTO as your charity. See https://www.aboutamazon.com/news/community/how-to-sign-up-for-amazonsmile
- Questions? Want to get involved? Email firstname.lastname@example.org Richmond Middle School PTO Building community through communication, socials and partnerships