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052716 RMS Friday Focus

posted May 27, 2016, 11:47 AM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School Friday Focus

May 27, 2016

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I saw this tweet earlier in the week and thought it captured our approach and efforts in the main office at RMS nicely. 

We've worked hard to orient new students to the idea that the office is a place to visit for any number of reasons. We strive to be resource for guidance, advice, and assistance. This year I have seen a steady increase in student visits and check-ins. I mentioned some of the student-led initiatives that have brought students in to visit last week in the Friday Focus. We now also have a class that meets in the office conference room.

In the same way we have worked to invite staff to spend more time in the office through breakfasts, special events, and invitations. We've made the administrative offices open meeting places for team and conference work. We want the office to be a shared space for all staff.

Finally, we hope that you have found the main office welcoming and helpful when you have been at the school. We welcome your visits and check-ins through appointments and drop-ins. We welcome your suggestions for how we might further improve our office space for parents and community members.

Have a great weekend!

Michael Lepene



All School Events and Calendar

Friday, May 27 - RMS Dance, 7-9p, RMS. (6th Grade MCS also invited)

Monday, May 30 - Memorial Day, No School.

Friday, June 3 - RMS Jazz Band plays at Kendal, 1230p.

Wednesday, June 8 - Ultimate Quiz Bowl Assembly, RMS Gym, 8-9a.

Friday, June 10 - RMS Colors Day Activities.

Wednesday, June 15 - 7th Grade "Power of We" service trips/activities.

Wednesday, June 15 - 8th Grade Class Night, 530-7p.

Thursday, June 16 - 8th Grade Class Trip and 8th Grade Last Day.

Friday, June 17 - Last Day for 6th and 7th Grades, Noon Dismissal. 6th and 7th Grades celebrate with Storrs Pond picnics.

Monday, June 20 - RMS Q4 Report Cards available in the student portal.

RMS Notes and Information

-The last day of All-School After School Study in the RMS Library will be Thursday, June 9th.

-The last 6th Grade Homework Club of the school year will be June 7th 3-4 PM in the science room. It's been a great year.

-RMS Cafe Notice: On June 1, negative charging will be suspended, thus giving students and staff a chance to bring their accounts to a positive balance. All cash sales will be treated as deposits. Change will be given after a customer pays down their negative balance. For those students returning to RMS next year, balances will carry over. Those who graduate or move on will be issued refunds by the SAU-70 office. Thank you for your trust and support. Chef Ken Thompson, Food Service Director

-Congratulations to the RMS students involved in the Mega Concert and School Play. Through countless hours of preparation and hard work both crowd-pleasing performances showed the incredible talents of our students and the thoughtful facilitation of learning by our arts educators. Well done!

(Photo: Starr)

-From the School Volunteer Office:

Please help Richmond School win a recognition award for the 35th year in a row by adding up and turning in your volunteer hours!  Any volunteer activity and any amount of time from this school year can be counted.  You can record your hours on a page in the Volunteer Notebook in the Main Office or by email to me:

Many thanks to those of you who have volunteered in so many ways this year  Your time and efforts really do make a difference to Richmond School students and programs! Debby Cromwell, School Volunteer Coordinator

-Student Announcement: Hey everyone! Shakespeare in the Park is coming close to the summer season! We will be performing an abridged version of Romeo and Juliet, and it will be a major production throughout June for entering sixth graders through exiting eighth graders. This means that you will have to be available throughout all of June in the late afternoon, but it will be a very fun show. Sign-up Sheets are in the RMS Lobby. Auditions are on June 3rd from 3-5. Thanks, Upper Valley Shakespeare in the Park for Middle Schoolers

Community Calendar and Activities

-Howe Library News:

Telling Tales: During three sessions participants will work collaboratively with Kate Schaefer to dramatize tales from children’s literature. On the fourth day the stories will be shared with an audience of youngsters (ages 3-8). This program will be sure to be fun, lively, and engaging! Kate Schaefer, MFA, is an actress, director, and taught Acting at various venues in the Upper Valley, since 1982, including 25 years at the Richmond Middle School. 

Tuesday, June 2110:30-12:30Wednesday, June 22, 10:30-12:30Thursday, June 23, 10:30-12:30Performance Friday, June 2410:30-11:30Ages 11 and up, Registration closes Friday, June 17 603 640 3268

Make a Book for Summer!

Come make a simple nature journal. Add a pop-up to illustrate your favorite outdoor subject. Artist Jennifer Brown will be there to assist your creation of a handmade journal to record bird sightings, flower blooms, and insect worlds.  Learn how to make a simple pamphlet form, an accordion style, or pop-up books to take home with you. Then you can make many more all summer long! 

Date: June 23, 2016, Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Location: Children's Program Room, Ages 6 and up, Drop-in Program

-Summer Tennis Camps at Storrs PondRegistration for summer tennis camps at Storrs Pond is available online at   We are offering several programs for young players including two weekly camps.  Under 10 Jr. Camp is Mon - Fri from 9 - 11 am and Jr. Camp for 9 - 15 year olds is Mon - Fri from 2 - 5 pm.  We also have 1 hour classes for 3 - 10 year olds Mon - Thurs from 8 - 9 am and for 10 - 15 year olds from 11am - 12 pm.  Please email with any questions.  

-Classic Lacrosse Camp at Dartmouth CollegeCoached by Dartmouth Women’s Lacrosse Staff, Players, and other College Coaches Session 1: June 22-23, 2016 & Session 2: July 6-7, 2016 This camp is open to any girls in 6th-12th grade! For more information and camp schedule visit our website:  Or Contact Jessica Drummond:

-Empower Lacrosse Club: Memorial Day Lacrosse Clinic on Monday, May 30, for 3rd-9th grade girls at Sachem Field in Lebanon, NH.  Sarah Martin and Whit Willocks are the lead coaches. Please go to for information.  

-Positive Tracks, a national organization based in Hanover, NH that helps young people get active and give back is hosting an overnight camp and multiple one-day clinics to teach youth (ages 10-16) how/why to support causes that shape their world using their own muscle and sweat. Camps and clinics are open to all athletic abilities and led by Olympian Doug Lewis who brings 20 years+ camp experience via running ELITEAM Training Camps in Vermont and Utah. A limited number of partial and full scholarships are available based upon need. 

Positive Tracks is hosting an overnight Camp at Kimball Union Academy (Meriden, NH):August 16-18, 2016. To see more details, including daily schedule, dates and locations, visit:

To register, visit:

Want to learn more? Have questions? Please email Sarah Callaway at

-Norwich Farmers Market - Youth Market Program

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