Frances C. Richmond Middle School
Friday, September 24th, 2021
Dear RMS Community:
This week we have much to be thankful for. Due to the work of our student council and a few dedicated adults we were able to gather together in an almost pre pandemic way to raise money for those in South Louisiana whose homes and lives were disrupted by Hurricane Ida. From chef Austin and his crew who stayed up past midnight preparing the wonderful gumbo (including specially ordered okra for authenticity), to the student council (both students and advisors) who organized and staffed a dinner governed by many protocols and permits, to the countless community members who turned out to support families and organizations over 1600 miles away, thank you! While some of the accounting is in progress we do know that we have raised over $4,000, all of which will go directly to folks on the ground in the areas most affected. Words cannot express the gratitude and pride we feel at the level of compassion and commitment shown by the community, once again led by our students. RMS remains a special place.
Awe inspiring community aside, we have reached a rare part of the school year when we are all feeling a slight lull. The excitement of the start of the year has waned, and the excitement of the end of the quarter (and Halloween) are still a month away. Since middle school is often marked by a decline of sharing from students as they grow older, it might be good to take advantage of this “calm time” to engage with your student around school issues that are not grade related. Instead of asking “how did you do” on an assignment, ask “what was one thing that was cool today at school?” Today we could explore “Where do you eat lunch when it rains?” Students do want to discuss things with you, but often, in middle school, they search for what is “supposed” to be said. Finding a way to freely communicate about subjects that are not judged will help us all communicate more fully.
That said, there is always value in quiet time outside as well. Please enjoy the weekend, maybe our last before the “leaf peepers” take over the roads and increase my own frustration with the pace of their driving :)
Please be safe, stay well, and take care of each other.