Frances C. Richmond Middle School
Friday, February 14, 2020
Dear RMS Community,
I wanted to thank RMS yet again. Fifteen years of living in Mardi Gras country and I was never made the king of any Krewe. This week I was honored to serve as the King/Sultan of our 20th annual Renaissance Festival - an honor I will treasure and remember. The combination of learning, fun, and community spirit shown throughout the festival was, and is, inspirational. Thank you to the 8th-grade team, to our staff (who stepped up to take on new and challenging roles), and to our over 50 parent volunteers who came together to put on a truly wonderful event.
We hope to build on the community spirit shown this week as we move forward into March. The specifics are listed below, but we wanted to invite everyone again to participate in the RMS community, whether through the reconstituted PTO, our parent social, our upcoming parent workshop on sexuality and gender identity, one of our concerts, chaperone opportunities, or simply coming by to say hello.
Please enjoy the February break. We will miss your students here at RMS, but know that you need some time to enjoy them as well. We look forward to having them back in the building in a little over a week. We have great things planned. Rest up!
Upcoming important dates
All School News and Events (RMS website has a calendar with events and dates/times)
Semi-Formal Dance at HHS
There are far too many pictures of Ren Fest to share them all, but I thought it would be nice to share some “behind the scenes” views. Here Kate Bartlett, Hannah Gardner, and Reese Hamlin use stage make-up to help Ms. Pelletier and Mr. Sherman prepare for their presentations on Renaissance “medicine.” Do you have your plague bag ready?
What does a RMS PTO structure and purpose look like? What would a Richmond PTO do and how would it function? Please come brainstorm with PTO leadership from around the Upper Valley. February 27th at 6:30pm, RMS Library.
To start the brainstorming, please complete this quick doodle poll about the purpose for a PTO at RMS.
Or if you have additional ideas and/or questions, send messages to email@example.com
Please share the doodle poll and email with staff and families for input. We are excited by this opportunity and welcome all input.
PARENT SOCIAL: Night of RMS Dance
New to Hanover or Norwich? New to RMS? Been here a while and open to sharing your experiences at the school and your knowledge of the area? Come and join us on March 13 between 7 and 9 (during the next RMS dance) to meet new people and reconnect with old friends while your child is dancing the night away at RMS. It's a great opportunity to get to know your child's friend's parents, find some new people you have a common interest with or if nothing else, kill some time while you wait for the dance to wind down.
We're working on finding the right space for this gathering and need your input. If you think you might attend, please send a quick note to: firstname.lastname@example.org so we can get a sense of the number of people attending.
Valentine’s Day served as a reminder to many of us that the gender norms we grew up with no longer match the lived reality of many of our youth. Negotiating labels, identities, and life prove challenging - we would like to help. Wednesday, March 11th, representatives from OutrightVERMONT will offer training for our staff toward our goal of ensuring that our school is safe, supportive, and affirming to all students regardless of their perceived or actual gender and sexual identity. As a part of that program, we will offer a parent/community training at RMS that evening. We hope to continue our dialogue of inclusivity and support in our community. Please plan to join us and look for more information as we approach the date. Check out some great resources here: http://www.outrightvt.org/. If you have any questions please contact Tim Boyle or Chris Putnam-Pouliot.
Feb 26th, our next Dartmouth scientist, Ciara Kernan, will Skype with us from Panama and share her research on communication systems in katydids and crickets. For the cafe, we offer a muffin to each student. One 7th grade student, Isabel Harrison, and one parent, Tracey Hayes, are each making a dozen muffins for this Feb. student event. We had such good attendance last time and are looking for volunteers to make two dozen more. Could that be you? If so, let us know! Thank you. Please contact Mike Lepene or Ginger Wallis.
More opportunities to follow in this space.
RMS Health Office Updates
Thank you parents and guardians for keeping sick students home (temperature > 100 or throwing up or diarrhea). Ideally, students should be symptom-free and without fever-reducing medications for 24 hours before returning to school. Students who are ill and have tests or other important work can make that up another time. Teachers will greatly appreciate that. Thank you again for considering our entire school community's health.
Like other schools across the United States, the Richmond community is experiencing typical varying levels of flu virus activity. .This year's flu virus activity is the same as most years I've seen at RMS. I'm encouraged by the respect for handwashing, staying home when sick and flu vaccine prevention efforts we have here in the Hanover community.
Please reach out to me if you have questions, happy to help if I can.
-Abigale Pelletier RN email@example.com
A resource for flu symptoms and treatment: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/treatment/takingcare.htm
Updated information from NH Dept. of Health on health concerns related to travelers from China here.
7th Grade Health Screening
Thursday, February 27th, 7th graders will be screened for vision and hearing during English classes. If you have any questions, please contact our health office.
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
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. The following article can help you join those discussions with your student.
Teen Mental Health Resources
Stress of holidays and winter can affect all of us. Teens are not immune to depression and anxiety. Signs of Suicide (SOS) is a suicide prevention curriculum that RMS uses in 7th grade guidance classes. 7th grade parents will receive more information about the lesson on depression awareness and intervention during Q3. In the meantime, SOS has put together a wonderful parent newsletter with helpful parenting tips and information that we would like to share here. Thanks! John LaCrosse and Liz Powers, School Counselors.