Frances C. Richmond Middle School
Friday, February 7, 2020
Dear RMS Community:
Well, the weather was the main story this week. The snow/sleet/ice certainly slowed us all down this week, though I hope we could all enjoy the respite. My experience of middle school tells me the pace of life and school accelerates as the year goes on. We find ourselves planning for transitions to next year (upcoming 7th-grade parent meetings, 8th-grade placement tests, scheduling 5th grade parent nights) while undertaking projects for the end of this year (theatre auditions, the obstacle course competition, and even preliminary discussions of colors day). All the while we cannot avoid the cacophony of voices raised in the rancorous political battle that seems to rage non-stop. Maybe taking time to just enjoy the quiet of a snowy day was what we all needed. Or, we could take some time to work on the puzzles that sit outside our health office - offered to students and staff as a way to build some quiet into the day.
Next week will be full as we try to reschedule events lost to the snow so that we are back on schedule before February break. The 7th grade will experience operation amputation at the start of the week, and the 8th grade will partake in placement tests on Monday and the Renaissance Festival at the end of the week. Also, see below for new health news from our health center.
As always we welcome any and all visitors for these special events, or any other reasons for a quick visit. Come browse our selection of new books written in authentic voices, browse the numerous art/classroom projects on the walls, or just take some time with the puzzle. Great things happen at RMS and we love to share.
Enjoy the weekend. Thank you for your commitment to our students and our school.
Semi-Formal Dance at HHS
POSTPONED. Stay tuned for a new date for the semi-formal.
Directories of school families are available in the front office. We cannot share electronically, but please email Deb Movizzo if you would like us to print you a copy. We can send it home with your student or hold it for pick up. Thank you.
Math Placement Testing Information
Monday, February 10th we will be administering the Math and Science placement exams. The tests are given to ensure the individualized placement of each student at the start of their high school career. We try to make the process as devoid of anxiety as possible, and I think it helps students to hear that the test is only one, small part of high school preparation. A link to a letter explaining the math process can be found here. The science letter of explanation is here. Please remember to bring a calculator.
2nd Auditions for Spring Theatre Performance
Rescheduled callback auditions are Monday, February 10th, 3-6 pm. This year’s Spring Play will be Peter and the Starcatcher, an exciting prequel story to Peter Pan. Please contact Mrs. Emmerton or Ms. Hadden with any questions.
RMS News Broadcast
Check out the most recent news broadcast:
Our annual celebration of all things Renaissance will begin this Thursday, February 13th. We are still looking for parent/adult volunteers to help with our 2-day interdisciplinary and interactive learning experience. Please contact Ms. Dakai if you are interested in helping and having fun. Parent volunteers are integral to the success of this interdisciplinary event every year. There are opportunities to help with Archery, Dancing and Costumes, Cooking, and Amazing Race activities. Please sign-up if you are available to join us. Thank you!
UPDATE - The 8th grade is in need of a volunteer or two for the Amazing Race activity (during the Renaissance Festival on Feb 13) who knows about India, Ayurveda, and healing power of spices and would be willing to work with a small group of 8th graders. If you or someone you know could help us, please contact Carla Balch at firstname.lastname@example.org soon. Thanks!
REMINDER - to keep the festival as authentic as possible, the two-day event will be device-free. Please leave phones, airpods, earbuds, beats, etc. at home for those two days.
PTO Restarting at RMS!
Yes, it is true. RMS Administration and some parents are gathering ideas.
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 6:30 pm, 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.
We started this week with graduate student Rebecca Finger sharing discoveries about the impact of increasing temperatures on insects. 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.
See above for information about the Renaissance Festival. More opportunities to follow in this space.
RMS Health Office Updates
Thank you parents and/or 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