Frances C. Richmond Middle School
Friday, October 1, 2021
Dear RMS Community:
At RMS we have a long tradition of finding ways to take care of each other. This year we have a new opportunity to help each other as we have an enrolled student who has a severe pumpkin allergy. For the safety of this student, please do not send pumpkins or foods prepared with pumpkins to school. Please also help us to minimize the social difficulty that this allergy could bring by stressing the many ways we can look out for each other in our community. For our traditional fall celebrations we are encouraging the use of gourds or squash (or perhaps honeydew melons). Thank you.
Next week we will work together for our health and the health of the planet by offering the opportunity to take part in the walk/bike to school day on Wednesday. With this as a backdrop it seems a good time to remind riders and walkers to follow all traffic rules and courtesies as a way to keep everyone safe. The new E bikes are extremely fast and quiet, and often walkers do not hear them coming. When riding, especially when close to the Ray school, please be aware of walkers and other bikers. Helmets are strongly suggested and please remember to be extra careful in the mornings, as it continues to get darker and darker.
One of the ways to take care of each other we have recently rediscovered is to gather together for events and food. Last week we gathered to eat gumbo and raise nearly $5,000 for hurricane relief. This week many families gathered at a local skatepark to celebrate the end of the skateboard unit in PE. Our SAGE students sold snacks, dinner, and pins (some pins still available for $1 if you would like to support SAGE) to raise money for future projects, and families, students, and teachers enjoyed themselves immensely despite the rain. Thank you Ms. Patch for taking the lead on this and creating another opportunity to build our community.
As we continue to search out ways to celebrate and build our community safely we would like everyone to enjoy a beautiful fall weekend. As always, please be safe, stay well, and take care of each other.
October 8th - PD Day for teachers, no school for students.
October 11th - No school.
October 12th - Virtual Open House becomes available.
October 14th - Parent Coffee - 8 am.
October 27th - Student Flu Clinic
October 29th - End of Quarter 1
October’s Menu Here. (Yummy stuff, including the return of Meat Free Thursdays)
If you have any questions, concerns, or dietary restrictions please contact Austin Jacobs
RMS does offer a lunch program for families who may need assistance or special needs. Please contact Robin Morley-Ploof in the office for more information.
THE LIBRARY IS NOW OPEN FOR AFTER SCHOOL STUDY
The RMS library is now open from 3:00-5:00pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students may stay for as long or as short as they wish but must be picked up by 5:00. They are expected to have work or activities to quietly do. Ms Whalen is there on Tuesdays till 4:00 to provide math support. This space will also be used for tutoring with HHS students
Bike and Walk to School on Wednesday!
The 2021 National Walk & Bike to School Day will be held on Wednesday, October 6th, and RMS will once again be taking part in this event. Walking or biking to school promotes health and a cleaner environment. Students who normally get a ride to school can still participate by choosing to get dropped off at the Dartmouth Rugby Field and walking from there. Buses will also provide the option to get dropped off at the Rugby Field. Be sure to follow all safety precautions, such as wearing your helmet when biking and following traffic signs. Leave plenty of time to arrive at school on time. This is a rain or shine event so please make safe and responsible decisions in the event of inclement weather. Email Beth Swartz with any questions.
RMS Staff in Concert!
See Mr. Hall’s most recent performance. Our students and staff are amazing!
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Do you love math?
x equals negative b, plus or minus the square root.....sing it!
Do you love math puzzles?
Do you love corny math jokes?
Parallel lines have so much in common,
it's a shame that they're never going to meet. *insert laugh track here
If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, then you should consider joining the RMS Mathcounts team! Mathcounts is THE greatest math competition series on the planet. It's a perfect fit for anyone that wants to flex their mathematical muscles. It's also a perfect fit for anyone that wants to learn some new tricks and enjoys a good challenge.
Starting next week we will have practices every Monday and Thursday after school from 3:00-4:30 PM.
Intrigued? Hungry for more? Check out the RMS Mathcounts page for more information.
We're trying to get an idea of the mathcounts interest level. After looking through the website, please fill out the following form to express your level of interest.
After School Academic Activity (formerly known as Homework club)
The 6th Grade Academic Activity Club will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 14th and will meet Tuesdays 3-4 PM in Room 602 (Warkentien/Science). Mrs. Powers will be available to support students with completing their schoolwork. 6th Grade HW Club is free and it is not essential that students commit to coming each week or for staying for the whole hour. Students are welcome to bring their own snack and a light snack will be provided. Students are responsible for their own transportation home at 4 PM. Questions? Please contact Liz Powers.
Woodworking Donations Accepted
Mr. Harriman is gladly accepting any air or kiln dried hardwoods, as well as green, hardwood logs 6-10 inches in diameter - to be used to turn bowls. Please be in contact with Mr. Harriman directly.
Our new website is LIVE! Check it out at:
There you'll find out about all things PTO and while you're there, sign up for the DIGITAL DIRECTORY! The directory solves that problem of not knowing who your kids friends are and how to get a hold of them, plus it is a great community builder!
Join us for our next meeting and check out what we're about! It's on 10/18 at 6:30. Link to zoom meet below.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6514826638 Meeting ID: 651 482 6638
No time for a meeting but still want to contribute? Our PAYPAL link is now live too! Help us support our teachers, administration and community!
“Together We Read” Book Discussion (October 19)
Please join us for a casual parent and child book discussion of Hey Kiddo, an award-winning graphic novel, by Jarrett J. Krosoczka. RMS librarian, Chris Putnam-Pouliot, will moderate. This event will take place on Zoom to encourage participation among students grades 6 to 8.
The RMS library has several copies of the book, so there will not be a group purchase through the local books stores this time around.
Please RSVP to Elizabeth Dollhopf-Brown if you plan to attend: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can read the New York Times review of the book here. Common Sense Media gives it a five-star rating, noting: “Big-hearted memoir of rocky childhood with addicted mom.”
RMS PTO Year- At - A- Glance 2021- 2022 calendar of PTO activities/ event. TBA Social groups (International, 6th, 7th and 8th are starting to form ideas and events).
Facebook: PTO at Richmond Middle School
Student Tutoring Program
*Is your child interested in tutoring fellow students at HHS or RMS?
*Would your child benefit from some peer tutoring?
This is a popular program and we are in need of students to sign up. Math is in high demand. I am still waiting for my contact at Dartmouth to provide a list of tutors.
Please be advised that all minors, and either their parents or legal guardians, are required to complete & sign a Parent Consent Form for in-person & on-line tutoring.
The RMS library is available to tutors and students on Mon, Tue, & Thu, from 3:00pm to 4:00pm and high schoolers can catch the school bus over to the middle school. There will be 1 supervising teacher in the library. Please note that they will NOT be 'teaching'.
Volunteer Sign Up
SAU 70 requires that anyone volunteering in the district completes the Volunteer Application Form. The following link will direct you to the form, and details the Volunteer Background Check Process.
We are hopeful that at some point during this school year, we will be able to allow volunteers back into our schools. Please be aware that there may be background checks needed, depending what level of volunteering you are able to offer. In the meantime, opportunities may arise that don't involve being in the schools or with the students.
Please reach out if you have any questions.
Interested in Subbing?
Would you like a taste of the best job in the world? We would love to have you join us occasionally in the school. If you are interested in being a substitute teacher, please follow this link: https://sau70.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=19
RMS Health Office Updates
Annual Richmond Middle School Student Flu Clinic will be offered Wednesday, October 27th from 8:30-1:00 pm (or until finished)
The deadline to Register is Friday October 15th.
Please see information about the vaccine here.
The RMS health office in partnership with Upper Valley Region Health Network are excited to provide free flu vaccines for our students at the end of next month.
If you would like your student to receive the flu vaccine during school hours, please consider registering them. Registration form available here. Duplicate the form or print multiple copies for more than one student.
If you have any questions please contact Nurse Abby.
Staying Home When Sick
Please keep sick students home. They may return when fever free for 24 hours without acetaminophen or ibuprofen, symptom free and/or with a negative covid test.
The NH Division of Health Service continues to recommend a low-bar for excluding and testing people with new and unexplained symptoms of COVID-19 that might indicate infection – This includes mild cold symptoms, and even singular symptoms – Both for people who are/aren’t fully vaccinated.
*Fever or chills, Cough, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, Fatigue, Muscle or body aches, Headache, New loss of taste or smell, Sore throat, Congestion or runny nose, Nausea or vomiting, Diarrhea
Covid Testing Sites:
NH- Alice Peck Day covid appointments Call to schedule (603) 442-5665
NH- Dartmouth Hitchcock Patients Call 603-650-1818
NH- Clear Choice MD 603-276-3261
Fairlee VT Fast Squad 5445 Lake Morey Rd. E
Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat, Sun 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tues, Fri 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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. This article can help you join those discussions with your student.
Join a virtual discussion on 10/27 with Lisa Damour PhD: author of Managing Big Emotions: Birth to Young Adult.