Frances C. Richmond Middle School
Friday, September 17th, 2021
Dear RMS Community:
School has taken on its “regular” rhythms and routines. That which seemed novel and strange 3 weeks ago has become the norm. Classes have settled in, new classmates are learning each other’s names and habits, and each class is slowly creating its own personality. It is a great time to be at RMS and we relish in planning for the year ahead. With those future plans in mind we wanted to pass along some updates:
- The New Library is NOW OPEN. Students are allowed to come to the library before school, during snack, and at recess. Thank you to all who helped un-shelve, organize, and re-shelve all our books in our new shelves. Diverging from the “traditional” dewey decimal model, the library now offers books organized by interest as well as a new configuration of shelves allowing for many students to comfortably use what is essentially the heart of our school. I have watched students all day come out of the library doors laden with new reading materials. Keep an eye out for new books, and maybe take a minute to read the same book as the student - the quality of many of our titles is amazing! (Sharing a book is also a great way to stay connected with growing students).
- Open House - This year’s open house will be offered remotely. Last year the pandemic forced this upon us, but we discovered that allowing parents to access presentations from their student’s teachers on their own time offered a more equitable and less stressful experience. Presentations should be available by the second week in October.
- Grade Level Check Ins - In another throwback from last year, in October we will offer some zoom meetings as a way for parents to check in with administration for those who cannot attend our bi weekly coffees. Stay tuned for more information.
- September 21st is the International Day of Peace, also known as World Peace Day. Established in 1981 by the United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace. Our own Peace Pole (outside the main entrance) is a symbol of the hopes and dreams of the entire human family, standing in silent vigil for peace on earth. We invite students to join in the celebration of peace by drawing a chalk peace sign on the sidewalk by our peace pole on Tuesday during recess. For more information on World Peace day, please visit www.un.org.
- For pick up and drop off please use the “cut outs” along Lyme Rd. Having students walking through an active parking lot (some folks are using the North Parking lot) in the morning or afternoon is causing a significant safety concern. Doug Lantz (our awesome crossing guard) takes very good care of students along Lyme Road, and this year there seems to be a lot of room in the cut outs, so please avoid the parking lots.
Please enjoy the coming weekend as the fall approaches. Be well, stay safe, and take care of each other.
Sept. 20th - PTO Meeting
Sept. 23rd - Gumbo Dinner for Hurricane Relief
Sept. 30th - Parent/Administrator Coffee - 2 pm.
October 8th - PD Day for teachers, no school for students.
October 11th - No school
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.
Let's Roll at Rusty Bearings Skatepark!
To celebrate the ending of our Skateboarding PE Unit there will be an outside of school event that is open to all students on Thursday, September 30th from 4:30pm - 6:30pm at the Rusty Bearings Skatepark in West Lebanon. Students can bring their own equipment (scooters, skateboards, roller blades etc.) or we will have some school equipment (skateboards, razor scooters, hairnets, helmets, pads) available for use as well! Bringing your own helmet is helpful. Students can come even if they don't plan to skate much and just hang out and check out this cool local amenity! This is a public skatepark so other community members will also be there. Families are encouraged to come as well, but if you are dropping off a student they must be picked up by 6:30pm. More details to come!! Any questions can be sent to Catherine Patch.
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.
Student Council Notes
Student Council is up and running. This week we organized our first Spirit Day, the RMS Color Challenge with grades competing for 10 extra minutes of recess. 6th grade in Red, 7th in Blue and 8th in Black. Next Thursday we will be hosting a Louisiana Hurricane Benefit Dinner from 5:00-6:30 (more information in this update). There will be many opportunities for parents to assist with the work of student council including help with generating ideas for community service projects that we can do.
Student Council Advisors for this year are Meghan Panowicz, Jess Warkentien and John LaCrosse. Feel free to reach out to any of us if you have a question or idea.
Next PTO meeting, Monday 9/20, 630 to 730pm
Meeting ID: 651 482 6638
Agenda (including Admin. updates, updates on other PTO activities and business on the PTO website).
The digital directory is coming along. A complete list of RMS homeroom teachers' last names will be entered into the digital directory. We apologize for the confusing stock names that came within the membershiptoolkit in place until we had the RMS teachers last names added. To update/ edit your contact information in the digital directory:
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.
Questions? - Please don't hesitate to contact Hayley at email@example.com.
New PTO website address coming soon
Bonus of the membership toolkit purchase. It has a website within the toolkit. So we will be able to continue our website without another cost. Stay tuned the current website richmondmiddleschoolpto.org has the link to the new website.
Also, on the website. The "Schoology tips" , under "parent resources" has been updated with current links to current videos and tip sheets on the Schoology put out by the IT help desk. FYI.
Picnic - Thank you!
The Picnic was a community building success, in my opinion. The weather held (thank goodness), we had about 70 people enjoy the evening of kids playing in the gaga pit, kickball, frisbee toss while parents and RMS team members got to talk. We had folks sign up for Together we read, Spirit wear, Digital directory and talks about Intl Social Group and other potential community building events. Thanks all for a delightful community building event. Would love to hear if this should be an annual event: Pros/ cons? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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).
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 Paypal or VENMO (under construction)
3. Amazon Smiles (under construction)
All contributions are tax deductible. EIN # 86-3448151
See at the PTO meeting on Monday evening!
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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.
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.
Join a virtual discussion with Lisa Damour PhD: author of Managing Big Emotions: Birth to Young Adult.
All Together Dresden Community Survey
Circle Up! and All Together invite Dresden community members to a presentation on the results of the 2021 Community Survey. This survey data represents a snapshot of adults' perceptions of youth substance misuse and mental health. The data from the survey has been disaggregated to understand the unique perspectives of Dresden community members. The Dartmouth Institute will have MPH students presenting a breakdown of the data for Dresden on September 30th 7:30-8:30 PM. Once folks pre-register, there will be a zoom link available. Pre-register here. One bit of information that will be available relates to youth mental health during the pandemic. Please spread the word.