May 22, 2020
Good Afternoon RMS Family:
Happy Friday! To maintain the illusion of normalcy, I will remind you that this weekend is homework free (huzzah!). It should be a wonderful unofficial start to the summer, and we hope you will be able to partake in some outdoor fun (I intend to break a new grill, which only took me 3 hours to assemble). In the midst of our celebrations this weekend, please remember the reason for Monday’s holiday - those who lost their lives in the defense of our country. In a time of trouble, the history teacher in me hearkens back to Lincoln, who put into words over 100 years ago, the meaning and importance of that sacrifice, and the charge given to those of us who remain. I think the current situation brings new pertinence to these important words - that we are stronger and better together.
It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain. - Abraham Lincoln (always cite your sources)
Next week we will publish a list of summer resources for parents and students, one that we hope to expand upon as summer advances. Until then, please enjoy the Friday Focus on community.
6th and 7th Grade Parents - Please see below for a great opportunity from one of our parents.
Thank you, as always, for all you have done and continue to do for our students, our school, and our community. What a wonderful place.
Tim & Anissa
Thanks to the generous funding of the Friends of Hanover Norwich Schools, we are excited to offer one new book to each RMS student who would like one. Please have your child(ren) fill out this form by June 5th if you would like to have them receive a book. The book will be mailed to the address you supply. If your student needs help choosing a book the librarian and library assistant will provide suggestions. The purchase of these books will benefit The Norwich Bookstore and Still North Books. When your student has finished with the book, and it is safe to do so, we ask that you return the book to the RMS library so that other students will be able to read it. If you participate in this program, we will reach out to you later when we are ready to receive the books back.
The library will be offering online book clubs open to any student attending RMS next year. Please click here to find more information about the book clubs. Please fill out this form if your student is interested. Book club participants will receive 1 paperback book from the Howe Library. The Book Clubs will run if there is enough interest. We are also gauging interest in a free online Scratch club. Please fill out this form if your student would like to participate. This will run if we get at least 10 participants.
For the summer, RMS asks students to read at least 2 books they have not read before. These can be any book the student chooses. If you would like suggestions, click on this link for some great lists.
Take a look at the RMS Library web page. You will find links to information about everything mentioned in this message as well as other great resources.
Please email me with any questions!
Chris Putnam-Pouliot, Librarian
Attention Parents of 6th and 7th Graders
Laura Di Piazza, mother of two 7th graders, has volunteered to put together a fun end of year slide show giving kids a chance to show off some of the cool things that they have done at home over the last two months. We have chosen to focus this piece on 6th and 7th grade as the 8th grade is doing a similar thing as part of RMS graduation. Here is the announcement and information from Laura:
Join us for another community building project; an end-of-the-year RMS slideshow! Email a recent photo or two of your RMS student engaged in a self-directed activity (baking, knitting, art-making, reading, dancing, hiking, yoga, meditating, lounging in the sun, etc...).
Email photos with subject line 'RMS Slideshow' to: email@example.com
Sign-up to "Adopt-A-Senior" Class of 2020!
Looking to show the Hanover High School Class of 2020 some love? We hope you’ll consider taking part in a community effort to rally around the mighty and resilient class of 2020!
We are seeking volunteers from our community to "adopt" each member of the senior class and to provide them with creative surprises the week of June 5th -12th. The goal is connection and support, so a meaningful letter or wacky yard decorations are wonderful “gifts.”
Sign up here by Wednesday, May 27, to participate. Slots will fill up quickly.
We will randomly match you with a senior.
After you fill out the form, we will contact you with an email including “your” senior/contact info and a bit about their interests.
Please plan deliveries of gifts/letters/cheer during the week of June 5th -12th.
The spirit of this is homemade fun. A few ideas are to send or drop off a letter, card, gift, gift card, snack, homemade craft, baked good, flowers from your garden, front lawn decorations - anything to let your assigned senior know we’re all rooting for them!
There is minimal financial expectation, no more than $20-$25. The spirit of this project is simply to make an effort for your senior with letters, funny signs, a bag of something sweet here and there. With that said, as this is a community effort, please consider supporting our local stores if you do choose to buy anything. In addition, please follow CDC and town Covid-19 guidelines when making/dropping off gifts.
Please contact us with any questions at:
~ Friends of the Class of 2020 (a group of parents of seniors working in partnership with Hanover High School)