Dear RMS Community:
There are times as a middle school educator when you realize the experiences that shaped and molded your current self are unknown to your students (and, with more regularity, unknown to our younger faculty...sigh). This week is one of those times for me. Twenty years ago on Saturday much of how I experienced and viewed the world changed forever. Yet, for all the sadness that accompanies my memories of that day, there are snippets of hope and joy that sustain me: moments of unity, sacrifice for a common purpose, created beauty, and uncommon kindness. This 20th anniversary of 9/11, combined with the ongoing challenges of the pandemic and witnessing recent natural disasters has made me even more focused on finding those moments of hope and joy. Luckily for me, I work in a remarkable community, and in a wonderful school.
This week we witnessed the 8th grade homerooms as they cooperated to move their entire classes across the “lava” and around the “volcanoes” that materialized in our gym (the above pictures are simply snippets, rest assured we maintained our distances). We witnessed a collective art project on the sidewalks around our school, and watched our 6th and 7th grade classes begin to bond together as the cohesive groups that will form the core of HHS classes of the future. It was yet another lesson that we are better together, and the students at RMS are remarkable in their ability to lead. We are grateful for a great week.
Please enjoy the the upcoming weekend. Until next week stay well, be safe, and take care of each other.
Sept 13 - 8th Grade Pictures
Sept 14 - 6th Grade After School Academic Club
Sept 15-16 - Yom Kippur - HW free holiday.
Sept 16th - Thursday - Parent/Administrator Coffee (12 noon)
September’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.
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.
Extra Picnic Tables Needed
If you have extra picnic tables, RMS would like to offer them a new home. Our efforts for increased outdoor seating last year had an adverse effect on the structural integrity of many of our seating options - thus we find ourselves missing some lunch spots. We would love to add some tables to our al fresco dining venues. Please let us know if you can help.
“Together We Read” Book Discussion (October; date TBD)
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 serve as the moderator.
From Common Sense Media:
Five Star rating. “Big-hearted memoir of rocky childhood with addicted mom.”
“The powerful, unforgettable graphic memoir from Jarrett Krosoczka, about growing up with a drug-addicted mother, a missing father, and two unforgettably opinionated grandparents…Hey, Kiddo is a profoundly important memoir about growing up in a family grappling with addiction, and finding the art that helps you survive.”
Read New York Times review here.
RMS PTO Year- At - A- Glance 2021- 2022 calendar of PTO activities/ events.
RMS Digital Directory!
We are launching an online directory for RMS families this year!
We are using MembershipToolkit, the same program Marion Cross School (MCS) in Norwich has used for years. In addition to the website version, there is an app you can use on your phone. There is no charge for the directory and you can choose what info (if any) you want listed for families. Only RMS families will have access to this directory.
Please add your information to the RMS Directory using the steps below.
Here's what you need to do:
- Go to richmondmspto.membershiptoolkit.com
- Click on the Register/Login button.
- If you are new, select "Create Account" and fill in the name, email, and password information. Click "verify my email" and then check your email for a link to complete the process. The link expires in 2 hours. If you do not receive the email, check your spam or junk folders. Once you have verified your email address, log back in and finish the registration process.
- If you registered in the past (with MCS), login with your username and password. If you forgot your password, choose forgot password.
- Input your Parent/Family and Student Information.
- Complete the Directory/Publish Preferences.
- Once these forms are complete, you can download the app to install.
The PTO maintains a family directory that is used for:
- PTO Communications
- Parents to share and find contact information for RMS families
- Information shared via the directory is for PTO and personal use only. No information will be shared outside our community and directory information may not be used for any other solicitation outside of the RMS community.
To be included in the PTO Directory and to receive PTO emails we need you to update your directory information. *Remember this is separate from the school's annual forms. This is a secure form and you can print your submission for your records.
Questions? - Please don't hesitate to contact Hayley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What to learn more about what PTO does throughout the year, complete this google form to get involved. RMS PTO information and get involved .
Make a donation to support Teacher Appreciation, Back to School efforts, digital directory, welcoming committee, and more. (see website for budget detail).
1. Write a check payable to "Richmond Middle School PTO" and mail to RMS, Attn: PTO mailbox, 63 Lyme Rd, Hanover, NH 03755.
2. RMS PTO VENMO (under construction)
3. Amazon Smiles (under construction)
All contributions are tax deductible. EIN # 86-3448151
PTO Spirit Wear Fall Fundraiser
RMS Spirit Wear is available to order! Show your school spirit with RMS merch! A portion of each sale will fund the PTO's projects and programs. Thank you for supporting our school community. Orders are due Sunday, Sept. 12th at 11:59 p.m.
Facebook: PTO at Richmond Middle School
Dear Families and Community
We are hopeful that at some point during this school year, we will be able to allow volunteers back into our schools.
Please reach out to Emma Cottage, the SAU70 Volunteer Coordinator and she will get you added to a Volunteer List. Background checks may be necessary, depending on the level of student interaction required for each activity.
Student Tutoring Program
Students - Need a tutor?
Are you a student at RMS or HHS and would benefit from on-line tutoring from your peers? Please contact me.
Tutoring - Can you help?
If your HHS student is interested in tutoring at RMS or HHS, please contact me. I will match all peer-tutoring requests individually and will be in touch as soon as there is a match.
Please be advised that all tutoring will be remote at this time, and that all minors, either their parent or legal guardian, are required to complete the Parent Consent Form for on-line tutoring.
Thank you in advance for your time and interest.
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:
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
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.
Circle UP! - Offering help to our community
Dear Dresden School District Parents/Caregivers and Community Members,
We are writing today to invite you to become a part of Circle Up!
Circle Up! is an active parent/caregiver group that works in conjunction with professional community partnerships and the Dresden school community. We host a variety of programs that are designed to address current student concerns and help support the well-being of Dresden students and their families.
Since 2013, Circle Up! has offered almost two dozen community events. These events have ranged from training adults in Youth Mental Health First Aid to evening presentations on growing up in the Digital Age to forums advocating adequate time for lunch. Of special importance to Circle Up! is increasing mental health awareness, reducing substance misuse, teen wellness, suicide prevention and celebrating diversity. We aim to encourage a positive and healthy culture for today’s teens by building protective factors, education, awareness and open dialogue.
As we plan for the 2021-22 school year, we are interested in hearing from the Dresden community. If you would like to receive Circle Up! news or event information, share an idea for a program, or to volunteer any amount of time, please contact us at UVCircleUp@gmail.com. You can also find more information on our Facebook page.
We welcome you to join the audience at our events and to constructively participate at your comfort level. For those interested in additional participation, our event planning meetings are currently on zoom every second Tuesday of the month at 7pm, starting September 14th. Meetings are currently on zoom and can be accessed through this link-
Come be a part of Circle Up! It takes a village!
The Circle Up! Board