Frances C. Richmond Middle School
Friday, December 6, 2019
RMS is an active place. Every day the over 400 people in the building engage each other in learning discussions, physical contests (mostly involving Dance Dance Revolution this week), caring conversations, and spirited inquiry about the big questions of the day (many of those questions this week involved Frozen II). Sometimes in the midst of this activity, and especially at this hectic time of year, it is good to slow down and enjoy the small moments of peace the day can bring. Middle school students are often so focused on what is next, what tomorrow will bring, and what it will all mean that they forget to simply breathe and enjoy the day we have. We can all help build a mindful community by taking that time ourselves - whether through pausing to enjoy a sunrise, or a piece of student art, or the beautiful music we heard at the concert on Thursday. I think it is telling that during the concert last night I looked up numerous times to see parents, teachers, custodians, and fellow students just enjoying the performance - finding peace where they could. Community builds itself in times of individual quiet reflection as well as in times of common active experience.
Enjoy the weekend. We have two weeks left before an extended winter break, and I am sure the pace of life will continue to accelerate in the time left in 2019. Please take every opportunity to enjoy the community we continue to build.
Tuesday, December 10, 7 pm - Level 1 Band and 6th Grade Chorus (Rescheduled)
RMS Video News
All the news from this week, with an announcement for the Spring. “Catch it here.”
Support our Musicians by shopping!
HHS Music Department Tree and Wreath Sale, Dec. 7 and 8, 10am-2pm, HHS Parking Lot. Fresh-cut trees and wreaths supplied by Nichols Farm in Lyme. Wreaths $20, trees are priced based on size and type. Come early for best selection! Thanks for supporting music in our schools.
Need Ugly Sweaters!
The "Ugly Sweaters" elective is still seeking sweater donations - all sizes and colors. Ninety students will be creating designs on existing sweaters this quarter! Please look through your closets. Sweatshirts and fleeces accepted, as well. Thank you. Sweaters can be sent to the office, we will make sure Ms. Luce gets them.
Friends of Hanover Norwich Schools
Did you know that the Friends of Hanover Norwich Schools has been funding special projects and start-up programs in our school district since 1961? These projects are proposed by our creative and dedicated teachers and administrators, and are designed to enrich the student experience. Recent grants have funded a variety of new and innovative projects, including:
District-wide curriculum audit
New courses in sculpture and design technology
Grants are made possible with donations from local families. Support the Friends with a year-end charitable contribution, and you will help support our students. http://www.fhns1961.org/
Friends of Hanover Norwich Schools Board
Clay Adams, Barbara Gerling, Drew Matter, Amy Pattison, Jennifer Rickards, Colleen Rozzi, Michele Sacerdote, Karen Seltzer, Douglas Van Citters, Susan Zak
Stay tuned for more volunteer opportunities.
New Attendance Email
We are trying to streamline our attendance email, and as a result we have a new email address for absences. In the future please email: rmsattendance@
With any and all attendance issues. Thank you.
RMS Health Office Updates
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 here: Health Office Website
Upcoming important dates
All School News and Events (RMS website has a calendar with events and dates/times)
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.