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posted Jun 22, 2014, 8:07 AM by Michael Lepene   [ updated Jun 22, 2014, 8:08 AM ]



Thursday, June 19 
See special 8th Grade Schedule below.


Friday, June 20

6th & 7th Grades to Storrs Pond for class picnics

Last Day of School – 12:00p dismissal


Happy Summer Vacation!



1.  Reminder: Please help your child remember to turn in any library books that he/she has checked out.


2.  Please make sure that you have cleared all negative balances in your child’s Café account.  A reminder that if your child will be returning to RMS next fall, any positive balance will be carried forward.  For 8th graders, the SAU will mail you a check for the balance.


2.  8th Grade Schedule: Thursday, June 19, is the last day of school for Richmond 8th graders and they will not have regular classes.  The schedule is as follow:

10:00 a.m. - Students arrive (the team is prepared to accommodate students who need to arrive earlier)


10:05 a.m. - Rehearsal for Class Night in the gym


11:00-2:30 p.m.  - Walk to town for lunch at EBA’s and a Morano Gelato treat


3:00 p.m. - Dismissal will be at the regular time


5:15 p.m. - Students should arrive at 5:15 p.m. Please dress appropriately, and for a warm gym!  Please - NO sunglasses, jeans, T-shirts, hats, or gum! Thanks!  Girls: skirt, dress or dress pants; Boys: collared/polo shirt, long pants or dressy shorts


5:30 p.m. - 8th Grade Class Night – Gym

Painting on Canvas artwork on display in the lobby; no tickets needed as bleachers will hold everyone; refreshments will be available after the ceremony.


Thanks! The 8th Grade Team




Enjoy our RMS 2014 Summer Reading Magazine. This year’s list contains popular authors, booklists, titles by genre, images, book trailers, book recommendation sites & apps, information on accessing public library eBooks & audiobooks, and more. For the complete interactivity version view the magazine in a browser of your choice. If you have a slow Internet connection, check out the PDF version (hyperlinks to author & book websites work, but not the interactivity, i.e. viewing book trailer videos). A link to the magazine and PDF can be located on the RMS Library Media Website, which will remain posted throughout the summer. Happy reading!


New Hampshire has one of the highest rates of Lyme disease in the nation. 60% of deer ticks tested in NH are infected with the bacterium that causes Lyme disease (NHDHHS 5/19/14). Please take a moment to share vector borne disease prevention with your child or children. I've posted prevention information on my website

Adding tick checks to your child's nightly routine is one strategy for prevention as well as proper tick removal, repellents, light colored clothing and awareness of the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease. Thank you for helping me remind students to check for ticks and to notify an adult if they find one on their body. 




1.  An “extraordinary” theater and acrobatic company from Zambia, Africa called BAREFEET THEATRE is coming to Upper Valley.  Made up of former street kids/orphans who learned theater and acrobatics to get themselves off the streets and now a professional company that tours international arts festivals, they will be offering two free performances:  Friday, June 20th at noon at the Marion Cross School Green and on Saturday, June 21 at 1 pm at Storrs Pond in Hanover.  They will also hold an Acrobatics Workshop for kids (ages 7 and above) and adults on Saturday, June 21 at 10 am at the Marion Cross School Gym ($50.00 fee).  Donations and sign-ups for the workshop are available online at:

Or by sending a check to:

Cultural Arts Tours, ATTN: Barefeet, PO Box 655, Norwich, VT  05055


2.  Two workshops will be offered at the Howe Library this summer for students entering the 7th, 8th or 9th grade:


July 10 1:00-3:00p]            

The Art of Stinky First Drafts, with Sarah Pinneo

July 17 10:30-12:30p

How a 4x6 Card Can Make You a Better Writer, with Sarah Masters Buckey


Two workshops will be offered for students entering the 10th, 11th or 12th grad and June 2014 graduates:


July 22 10:30-12:30p

What Happens Next? with Sarah Stewart Taylor

July 29 10:30-12:30p

Creating Characters with David Elliott


Again, the workshops will be led by NH and Vermont authors. Students need to register for the workshops.


3.  Sewing Camp has openings for this summer - full days, 1/2 days and flexible hours to fill your needs. I'd love to have you come to my studio, 12 Rayton Road, to see the real magic.  Learn to sew quilts, clothes, and cloth dolls; ages 7 through adult, male or female. To register, please email:; or you can call at 603-643-2402.  Don't be shy!  It’s great for children to learn these skills.  Janet Daniels

4.  Empower Lacrosse, the Upper Valley regional girls' lacrosse club, is offering summer clinics, camp and tournament options for rising 5th grade girls through high school and beyond.  The Summer Clinic Series begins next Tuesday, June 24, and runs Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for 4 weeks.  The Bitter Tournament in Stowe, VT, is July 19-20.  Summer Camp runs July 22 -24.  Please go to  for details and registration info!  Come join the fun!

First Ever Hanover Trails Hike Challenge. Get outdoors and explore! 

This challenge features 7 hikes in Hanover each with a special destination to discover.  Complete at least 5 of the hikes and you will be eligible for a raffle of prizes.  This new program is sponsored by the Hanover Parks and Recreation, Hanover Conservancy, Hanover Improvement Society, Town of Hanover Conservation Commission, and local business BE Fit.  For more information visit:



Have a good summer!

Jim Nourse, Principal

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