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021017 Friday Focus

posted Feb 9, 2017, 8:05 AM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

Friday Focus 021017

Principal's Corner
Dear Parents/Guardians,
I hope your children are enjoying the snow day. As I pull this memo together I am watching the snow fall in the field across the street (and on the street). Snow days bring up a number of different feelings, reactions, and challenges. I'm sure, like me, you are all well aware of the challenges presented for parents of young children. Teachers feel that mixed reaction of not having to take risks on the road but seeing their best-laid instructional plans disrupted. Some students miss the routine and expectations of a great day at school. Still, there is some magic to a snow day for a child (and this adult!).
I saw a quote this morning that pointed to the fact that a child may create memories on a snow day that may far outlast any memories they may have created on the "regular" schedule. Certainly, I have many fantastic memories of days in the snow where I probably didn't spend more than a few minutes inside from the moment the call came in. At the same time, the loss of a school day during prime-time is difficult to make-up in the heat of June. That has led some to call for "blizzard bags" or "school-at-home" options for weather days. The idea being that, with the help of technology, students could complete assignments at home and teachers could provide feedback and support in real-time. There are a lot of variables involved but there are districts in NH and VT doing this and the NHDoE has even provided guidance as to how it should work.
I'm still not sure where I land on this one. I could see the benefits and opportunities afforded by a "blizzard bag" program. I could imagine some creative application of content, skills, and concepts that could easily be done at home or in the snow. I wonder about limited technology access and challenges associated with carrying out some of the assignments at home or daycare. I also see value in embracing the magic of an unexpected day full of rest, play, and child-directed fun. Perhaps they are not mutually-exclusive. 
I plan on posing the question to our student council and leadership class. I'm curious to hear their take. I'd welcome your thoughts too! In the meantime, I've encouraged our students to enjoy the day and also look for an opportunity to help their neighbors. I'm pretty sure we could award credit for shoveling the neighbor's walk or driveway.
Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!
Michael Lepene, Principal
All School News and Events

Feb 16 - Feb 17 - 8th Grade Renaissance Festival

Feb 20 - Feb 24 - February Vacation (No HW)

March 1 - Richmond School Camp Fair, 5-630p, RMS Gym

March 9 - 7th Grade Health Screening

RMS Notes and Information

-Richmond School Camp Fair
Families of K-12 students are invited to check out summer program opportunities at this free community event! Spread the word to all your friends in the Upper Valley.
Wednesday, March 1st5:00-6:30 PM
RMS Gymnasium, 63 Lyme Road, Hanover, NH
Questions? contact Wendy Kares

-RMS Renaissance Festival Volunteer Opportunities

The 17th annual 8th grade Renaissance Festival will be on Thursday, 2/16 and Friday, 2/17. All 8th grade students will be participating in a variety of hands-on activities run by RMS staff and volunteers. Parent volunteers are integral to the success of this interdisciplinary event very year. Plus it is fun! If you would like to volunteer, please sign up using the linked document. Alternatively, you can contact Kerry Artman, District Volunteer Coordinator, or give the RMS main office a call.

Thank you for your support! We look forward to sharing the event with you. -RMS 8th Grade and Elective Teams

-To any RMS Student looking to volunteer: We need help at the Occom Pond Party this weekend. OnSaturday, Feb. 11th we would like to help with a magnet fishing station for little kids. We need help between 11:30am & 3pm. You do not need to stay for the whole time. An hour or two would be greatly appreciated. Please let Mrs. Lepene know if interested.

-Saturday, February 11th RMS students, staff, friends, and family are invited to meet at the Nugget Theaterin Hanover to watch Hidden Figures together for the 410pm(ish) showing. The movie celebrates overlooked contributions by minority women from a pivotal moment in American history. Questions? Contact Mrs. Lepene.

-The snowed out 8th grade NAEP testing will be rescheduled for a later date.

-If your child we be missing school for a planned absence around the February Break please be sure you have let the front office know. It can save you an early attendance call! Deb Movizzo or 603 643 6040.

-We've had a few calls in the last week asking about end of year activities and the planned last day of school. Given the accumulation of snow days things are a bit up in the air right now. We'll be sure to pass on information as soon as we have it. Thank you for your patience.

-(Repost)The annual 8th Grade Semi-Formal Dance is going to be held on Friday, February 10th from 7:00-9:00 in the Hanover High Cafeteria.  This dance is a collaborative effort between the RMS Student Council and the Hanover High School Junior Class. All proceeds from the dance go to the Junior Class.  The dance will be chaperoned by RMS and HHS staff.  The dance is only open to 8th graders from RMS, Crossroads and the Lyme School, no guests.  Admission to the dance is $10 which includes food, photos, music and a chocolate fountain.  Questions should be directed to Mr. LaCrosse.

Community Calendar and Activities

-Occom Pond Party this Saturday

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