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060217 Friday Focus

posted Jun 2, 2017, 10:13 AM by Michael Lepene   [ updated Jun 2, 2017, 11:51 AM ]

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

Friday Focus 060217

RMS 6th Grade on the Boston Freedom Trail today. (Photo: Powers)

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We had a wonderful and wet Colors Day this week. I hope your child enjoyed the activities and spirit of the day. A highlight for me is seeing the mixing between students and staff across all three grades. Colors Day has become an important tradition at RMS and my thanks go to the many students, staff, and volunteers who make the day possible. Looking ahead, we have some great events coming up in these last few weeks of school. We look forward to making more great memories together.

Red Team pulling hard in the Tug-of-War (Photo: Lepene)

Michael Lepene, Principal
All School News and Events

June 7 - Ultimate Quiz Bowl Assembly

June 7 - 8th Grade Step-Up to HHS Day, PM

June 8 - Electives, Library, and 6th Grade Open House

June 16 - RMS School Dance

June 19 - 8th Grade Class Trip

June 20 - 8th Grade Class Night and Last Day

June 20 - 7th Grade Power of We Projects

June 22 - 6th and 7th Grades to Storrs Pond, AM

June 22 - 6th and 7th Grades Last Day, Noon Dismissal

RMS Notes and Information

-Thursday, June 8: Elective Open House - 5:30 PM

On the same night as the 6th grade and library open house and the Empty Bowls fundraising event, come join the elective staff and students for an evening of exhibitions and demonstrations celebrating student accomplishments. 

-Websites and Databases and Books, Oh My!
Research in the Library: Remember to stop by the library during Open House on June 8th!
How many classes happened in the library?
Pick up the flier with information about our library program and statistics on the past year to find out.
What were students’ favorite books?
Look at displays of some of the most popular books checked out this year.
What will my student read this summer?
Find out which books are on the summer reading lists.
How has research changed?
Watch a presentation on 21st century research skills and learn how RMS students find, evaluate, and use a variety of resources.
We hope to see you there!
Chris Putnam-Pouliot, Librarian and Jani Barrett, Library Assistant

-Lost and Found: Please remind your child to check the lost and found. Items that are not claimed by the end of school will be donated over the summer. Thank you!

-Ending the school year early? Please make sure you notify the RMS office in writing. Email can be sent to Thank you.

-Parents of 8th graders
On Wednesday 8th graders will be heading to Hanover High School at noon for our annual "Step Up Day" program.  Students will get tours and see presentations by a number of HHS groups.  It is important to note that they will be dismissed from Hanover High School at the end of the day.  If they take a bus they will be able to do so, if you need to pick them up that will have to happen at HHS.

-(Repost) Important Cafe Notice: On May 30, negative charging will be suspended, this 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 or attending HHS next year, balances will carry over. Those who graduate or move on will be issued refunds by the SAU - 70.   Thank you for your trust and support. -Ken Thompson, RMS Food Service Director

-Tick Awareness

"New Hampshire has the highest rates of Lyme disease in the nation, and 50-60% of blacklegged ticks sampled in NH have been found to be infected with the bacterium that causes Lyme disease" (NH Health Alert Network June  2017) 

Like much of the Upper Valley, I am seeing deer ticks in the health office.  A big thank you to our Physical Education teachers, they have been reviewing tick bite prevention and correct removal of an embedded tick with students. 

I recently had a table in the school lobby in which students could look at ticks under a microscope, identify deer from wood ticks and talk with me about how to remove ticks. 

Please call your doctor's office if you find a deer tick attached for at least 36 hours and engorged (any deviation from flat). For children over 8 years old and adults there may be treatment options. 

A favorite for learning everything about ticks (7th grade science teacher Ms. Wallis and Nurse Pelletier dig this site)

Avoiding tick bites:

Tick Id

Here is a summary of insect repellent information for children (Center of Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics) 

  • Use insect repellents containing DEET when needed to prevent insect-related diseases. Ticks can transmit Lyme Disease, and mosquitoes can transmit West Nile, Zika virus, Chikungunya virus and other viruses.
  • The current AAP and CDC recommendation for children older than 2 months of age is to use 10% to 30% DEET. DEET should not be used on children younger than 2 months of age.
  • The effectiveness is similar for 10% to 30% DEET but the duration of effect varies. Ten percent DEET provides protection for about 2 hours, and 30% protects for about 5 hours. Choose the lowest concentration that will provide the required length of coverage.
  • The concentration of DEET varies significantly from product to product, so read the label of any product you purchase. Children should wash off repellents when they return indoors.
  • As an alternative to DEET, picaridin has become available in the U.S. in concentrations of 5% to10%.

​Thank you for reading and helping to keep our student population healthy. Abigal​e Pelletier, RN RMS Health office 

-Dear Town Residents,

We are a group of 7th grade students attending the Richmond Middle School in Hanover, and we are going to visit a group of refugee children at the International Institute of New England, a group that resettles refugees in the Manchester/Nashua area. We are collecting items as the refugees come with very little belongings. Please deliver the goods to the lobby of the Richmond Middle School by Friday, June 16. The school is open between 8-3, Monday-Friday. Thank you so much for your support. If you have any questions, please email our teachers:

Here is a list of the items we are collecting:

  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo
  • Sanitary Napkins
  • Diapers of all sizes
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Dish Soap
  • Toilet Paper
  • Large Trash Bags
  • Paper Towels
  • Deodorant
  • Handsoap
  • Market Basket and Wal-Mart gift cards
Gently Used
  • Towels
  • Pillows
  • Bedsheets/Comforters
  • Kitchen Ware
  • Backpacks
Community Calendar and Activities

-Hanover Parks and Recreation Annual 7th and 8th Grade Semi-Formal is tonight, June 2nd from 7-9p at the RWB Center. Parents willing to chaperone should contact HPR at Thank you!

More from the 6th Grade Boston Field Trip (Photo: Powers)

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