Frances C. Richmond Middle School
Friday, October 25, 2019
This week at RMS started with a reminder of the challenges faced by middle school students in today’s fast changing, anxiety- inducing world. We all watched Screenagers, the Next Chapter on Tuesday. The film highlighted the issues of anxiety and depression in teens, along with the magnifying effect of social media. The film evoked great discussions in classes this week, and hopefully spurred some conversations in homes as well. Thank you Ms. Powers, Bill Hammond, the Howe Library, and our panelists for the time and energy devoted to bringing this important film to our community.
This week also saw fantastic student responses to those challenges. Kindness posters have gone up all over campus, thanks to a newly formed Kindness Club. They focus on kind acts and words, and we as adults continue to try to live up to the example set by our students. Thank you to Ms. Saucier’s homeroom for the lovely act of kindness for our front office staff in recognition for all they do to make the school run. Thanks also go to the students who created thank you signs for our wonderful custodial staff.
We ended the week with a successful fire drill, and are looking forward to our fall dance this evening. Enjoy the weekend as we turn the corner toward winter.
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.
On November 4th the RMS Library is hosting author and illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka. Jarrett wrote and illustrated the graphic novels in the Lunch Lady and Jedi Academy series, as well as many other graphic novels. In 2018, his graphic memoir Hey, Kiddo, about growing up with addiction in the family, was a finalist for the National Book Award. Jarret hoped his autobiography would shine a light on the issues faced by children of addiction in our society. His presentation will discuss his memoir, as well as the process of writing, illustrating, and publishing such a highly personal work. His books are available for students to check out in the library. If your child would like to purchase a book to be signed by Jarrett Krosoczka, please click here for an order form, or pick up a paper form in the library. The order form, along with a check made out to The Norwich Bookstore, is due back to the library on Tuesday October 22nd.
Fabrics Class - Please donate
The fabric/textile/sewing class(es) this next (wintry) quarter will focus on crocheting scarves and designing "ugly" winter sweaters. Please consider donating any of the following items to the class
Crochet hooks: Not the teeny, tiny ones please.
Sweaters: need to clean out your closet? The plainer the better, all sizes.
Please send donations to Zea Luce. Thank you.
As we come to the end of Q1 please take some time to check your students grades and feedback on Powerschool/Schoology. We make every effort to have all assignments posted so that students, caregivers, and teachers can work together to ensure success.
Please see here for the schedule of concerts throughout the year.
Stay tuned for more volunteer opportunities in the weeks to come.
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
Thursday, October 31st - Black and Orange Spirit Day
Friday, November 1st - End of Q1
Monday, November 4th - Author visit by Jarrett Krosoczka
Friday, November 8th - 7th Grade Cemetery Field Trip
Monday, November 11th - NO SCHOOL - Veteran’s Day.
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.
Circle Up! is a parent-motivated community partnership in the Dresden School District. Our goal is to ensure our community supports safe and healthy development for our children, including reducing the likelihood that they will be hurt by substance misuse and other risky behaviors. Circle Up! is building their Listserv to include more Dresden families. If you would like to receive Circle Up! news and event information, please send your name and email address to UVCircleUp@gmail.com. Expect to receive 1-2 Circle Up! emails a month.
Staying Connected With Your Teen
This class, offered through the Women’s Health Resource Center of Dartmouth-Hitchcock, provides dedicated time in a comfortable setting for parents and caregivers of preteens and teens to explore their relationship with their child, learn about some of the factors that affect that relationship, and develop concrete skills to build and/or maintain positive bonds.
Tuesday evenings in Sept and Oct at the Women’s Health Resource Center (free). Please follow this link for sign up information.
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.
Community Interest can be found here.