012519 RMS Friday Focus

Frances C. Richmond Middle School
Friday, January 25, 2019

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I've been participating in screening interviews of candidates for principal at the Marion Cross School this morning. I love being on search committees as it always provides an opportunity to reflect and consider new ideas and approaches. As we think about what we are most proud of in our school and district while also opening our minds to new ideas and opportunities, there is an unmistakable buzz and excitement in the room. We feel good about what we do and have done, but also come away with a new enthusiasm for what's next. As RMS gets started on a similar process, I know the school community and committee will get the same chance to examine our school and prepare for new opportunities for growth and improvement. This should be exciting and energizing for all involved! I'm looking forward to seeing it all play out.


Michael Lepene



All School News and Events (RMS website has a calendar with events and dates/times)

Friday, January 25: Q2 Report Cards Available in Powerschool (3:30 PM)

Monday, January 28: Super Bowl Spirit Week

Tuesday, January 29: NAEP testing for selected 8th-grade students

Thursday, January 31: HHS Counselors Visit 8th-Grade students

Thurs, Feb 14 - Fri, Feb 15: 8th-Grade Renaissance Festival

RMS Notes and Information

-Congratulations to Luke Szczepiorkowski, the Richmond Middle School Champion for the National Geographic Geography Bee.  All of our competitors did a terrific job!

-Auditions for the spring musical, "Into the Woods Jr." are coming up on February 6th and 7th! Students should see Mrs. Emmerton or Ms. Hadden for an audition form and visit the following link for audition information: amandaemmerton.wix.com/rmstheatre

-Do you have a child with dyslexia or another related learning difference? 

Please consider joining an interactive workshop about self-esteem and dyslexia on Wednesday, February 6th at 2:30 PM at the Richmond Middle School. NoticeAbility's Chief Program Officer Christian Henry will facilitate a discussion on middle school social-emotional learning as it relates to unlocking the dyslexic potential.

Email Amanda Yates (amandayates@frms.org) if you plan to attend.

NoticeAbility's Entrepreneurs & Innovators course explores the fundamental tenets of entrepreneurship through a project-based, experiential lens. The course highlights the cognitive skills associated with dyslexia and provides students with practical exercises that help them recognize these attributes within themselves. 

-(Repost)8th Grade Families: HHS Curriculum Night will be Tuesday, February 12th, at 5:30 PM in the HHS Auditorium. Please contact HHS counselor Wendy Kares with any questions.

Volunteer Opportunities

-The 18th annual 8th-grade Renaissance Festival is coming up on Thursday and Friday, February 14 and 15. All 8th-grade students will be participating in a variety of hands-on activities run by RMS staff.
Parent volunteers are integral to the success of this interdisciplinary event every year. There are opportunities to help and be an extra set of hands with Archery, Dancing and Costumes, Cooking, and Stained Glass. Please keep an eye out for the sign-up in next week's newsletter.

Thank you!  

Kerry Artman, District Volunteer Coordinator


Community Calendar and Activities 

-Winter Boost leadership conference for middle school girls. If you know a girl in 5th-8th grade in need of an amazing experience, a reminder of her power, and a boost…check out details on our conference held at Kimball Union Academy this Sunday, January 27th. https://girlsleadership.camp/the-boost-2/

-From 12-5 pm on Sunday, February 3, families are invited to explore the new Hood Museum, which opens to the public on January 26. During the event, families can try in-gallery activities, explore the museum on their own with a family guide, and create their own works of art to take home. At 1:30 pm, there will be a special performance by the Swing Peepers, a vocal-harmony and multi-instrument duo that performs inventive, earth-friendly, and interactive songs and stories.

This event is for children ages 4 to 12 with adult companions. The event is FREE, and no registration is required. 
For more information, call (603) 646-1469.

-If your child loves to play lacrosse or wants to learn this fun and fast-paced sport, visit www.hanoverlacrosse.com to register for the upcoming spring season by Friday, February 22.  

Friends of Hanover Lacrosse (FOHL) supports youth lacrosse in Hanover and Lyme, New Hampshire and Norwich and Strafford, Vermont.  We invite players from any of these towns to join our team.  Any questions?  Contact Donna Mackall, registrar, at atticusmac@comcast.net.

In addition to providing assistance to the boys and girls high school teams, FOHL administers the 7th and 8th-grade lacrosse programs.  We also encourage participation in the sport among youth in general so that they may learn and enjoy lacrosse at an early age.  Please join us!

-23rd Annual Occom Pond Party! Join the fun on Saturday, Feb. 9th at 12 PM

Family Skating, Ice Castle, Couch Potato Race Banathalon, Music, Food, Tube Slides, Sleigh Rides, Snow Sculptures, Marshmallow Roasting, Sugar on Snow, Penguin Bowling, Parade, and The Moose! 

Park at Maynard & Dewey Lots. Shuttle 11:30 am—4:00 pm. No drop off/pick up at pond. Access limited to local traffic & handicap.