Frances C. Richmond Middle School
Friday, February 28, 2020
Dear RMS Community,
Welcome Back! We have had a great week of school at RMS after a restful break. I want to thank Déjeuner français for allowing me to talk about Mardi Gras in South Louisiana (and for not laughing at my rather rusty French). I continue to be heartened by the curiosity of our students, and their willingness to listen to and learn new things.
At the most recent meeting of the strategic planning group for the Dresden school district, we discussed the importance of teaching 21st-century skills as we plan our schools for the future. Curiosity ranks high among those skills, as do adaptability, creativity, and collaboration. Walking the halls this week I saw many examples of these skills from students and staff and am glad that what we have done at RMS for years is finally being valued by others as well. Middle School students are naturally curious, and we hope to continue to foster those inquiries into their ever-changing worlds.
The pace of the school year picks up from now until May. In the next two weeks alone we have 7th-grade parent meetings with guidance counselors, two concerts, a workshop on supporting LGBTQ+ students, a dance, and a parent social. Monday we will extend our homeroom time by 10 minutes so that all students, staff, and faculty can take part in Read Across America. In preparation for Monday, it can be fun to ask students which is their favorite “kids” book. If my own experience is any barometer, you will be surprised which books your student remembers, and which ones still can make you smile.
Please enjoy the weekend, and all the winter fun we have access to here. As always, thank you for sharing your students with us.
Semi-Formal Dance at HHS
The 8th Grade Semi-Formal is tonight, Friday, February 28th, from 7-9 pm at Hanover High School. Sponsored by the HHS class of 2021. The cost is $10 and includes admission, food and drinks.
Check out the most recent RMS newscast.
7th Grade Parent Check-In Meetings still available
7th Grade Meetings Run March 2nd-March 6th. It's not too late to sign up for a conference with Mr. LaCrosse or Mrs. Powers. We look forward to seeing parents next week!
We had a successful opening meeting of the reconstituted RMS PTO on Thursday night. We plan to focus our efforts on building more community through more socials (parent social during March 13th dance & May 29th dance), more "Welcoming" for parents and families activities (new to area, new to RMS, linking 6th grade RMS & MCS, and linking incoming students/ families), supporting teachers/ student-lead efforts, and building PTO systems/ supports for those events.
If you are interested in learning more, volunteering to help these efforts or have other ideas, please reach out at your convenience to richmondmiddleschoolpto@gmail.
There is a printed RMS Contact Directory available. Please ask Liz Powers or John LaCrosse to send one home with your student.
You are invited to the RMS PTO's "BIRTH" day party and coffee conversation with a bit of PTO meeting. March 30th, 6:30 pm in the RMS library.
PARENT SOCIAL: Night of RMS Dance
March 13, 2020 7:00 - 8:45 pm
3 Fox Field Lane, Hanover 916-801-8177
Thank you to everyone who has expressed interest in attending the Parent Social. And if you haven't reached out, it's not too late! Whether you are new to the school or seasoned veteran, please come and join us. Uschi Kauffman has graciously offered her home at 3 Fox Field Lane, Hanover (close to school and with lots of parking) for this event. We simply ask that you consider making a $5 donation to cover the cost of the event. Any funds left over will be provided to the PTO as seed money. For the purposes of determining numbers we would appreciate it if you would RVSP to: firstname.lastname@example.org. You are not required to RSVP to attend.
Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth Workshop
March 11th 5:30 to 8:00 pm in the Richmond Middle School Auditorium.
Presented by Outright Vermont, this interactive workshop will help community members, service providers, families and educators increase fluency with LGBTQ+ inclusive concepts, terminology, and practices. Participants will learn and practice approaches for making community, home and supportive environments and systems affirming and supportive for youth of all genders and sexual identities.
Participants will identify specific opportunities for and challenges to inclusivity in their practice or organization context. Participants will leave with a broader knowledge of LGBTQ+ youth topics, methods for recognizing gaps in inclusivity, and ideas for how to apply affirming practices to fill those gaps.
Join us from 5:30 to 6:00 for pizza and drinks by donation. The workshop itself starts at 6:00. Childcare will be provided from 6:00 to 8:00. RSVP is required for childcare and food (christinewood@
Thank you to the Friends of Hanover and Norwich Schools for providing the funds for this event.
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.
-Abigale Pelletier RN email@example.com
A resource for flu symptoms and treatment.
Is your student missing a pair of glasses?
We have some prescription glasses unclaimed in the health office. Please see if your student’s glasses are among them here.
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
Upcoming important dates
March 3rd and 4th - 7 pm Masterworks Strings concert at HHS
Friday, March 6th - 6:00 pm - First Friday in Norwich
Wednesday, March 11th - 5:30-8:00 - LGBTQ+ workshop RMS Library
Friday, March 13th - 7:00-9:00 - RMS Dance
Friday, March 13th - 7:00-8:30 - Parent Social (see above)
Monday, March 16th - 5:00-6:00 - Teen advisory council, Norwich.
Tuesday, March 24th - 7:00 - RMS choral concert.
Wednesday, March 25th - 7:00 - RMS choral concert.
Tuesday, March 31st - 7:00 - RMS instrumental concert.
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.
Teen Mental Health Resources
As many of us know, 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.
John LaCrosse and Liz Powers, School Counselors.