Frances C. Richmond Middle School
Friday, November 1, 2019
Happy November. We had a full week at RMS this week, highlighted by our Haunted Theatre and Principal’s Pumpkin Challenge. While our “haunted’ classes came together to create wonderful performances in tune with the season, homerooms collaborated to create thematic pumpkins and present them in the lobby for public viewing. As usual, I was struck by the care, precision, humor, and thought that obviously went into each presented pumpkin (or gourd). It was a great celebration for the end of our first quarter. It is almost impossible to believe that the year is 25% complete already.
As we move into the second quarter we will continue to build on the ideas of community and kindness while trying to expand our communication with parents and caregivers. We know that middle school students are, as a whole, not the most forthcoming in terms of communication, and we are working to fill that gap. When speaking with your student about school; specific questions are best for creating dialog. “How was school today?” seems like an open-ended question to adults, but not so to middle school students. Likewise, specific academic questions tend to shut down dialog, whereas questions about relationships may lead to larger conversations. “What was something funny that happened today?” or “what did you do today that was kind?” may be ways to evoke discussions and further connections to the community. The students at RMS are remarkably interesting, kind, and observant. We hope they share with you.
Congratulations to the following homerooms for their winning entries in the Principal’s Pumpkin Challenge.
Lepene - Patch - Bullis - Winners of the popular vote - RMS Geese
Balch - Harriman - Rodriguez - Sherman - Winners of Front Office favorite - The Pumpkin solar system.
Dakai - Morrison - Luce - Mireles - Sustainability Theme Winner - Save the Turtle
And finally, in another example of creativity and fun at RMS.
This was our menu for Thursday lunch. The Dragon Bones were excellent!
Don’t forget to enjoy the “extra hour” we gain by “falling back” on Sunday morning. Looking forward to a great Q2.