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posted Nov 18, 2016, 9:15 AM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

Friday Focus  11/18/2016


6th grade scientists observe the finals in the Brain Safety Design Challenge.

Principal’s Corner
Dear Parents/Guardians,

Snow Days: With the arrival of some snow predicted for next week this seems like a good time to send a reminder about snow delay and cancellation procedures. When winter weather is a possibility the SAU monitors the conditions in consultation with local districts, road agents and weather outlets. When the determination is made to call a delay or cancellation the notice is shared with local media and a phone call is sent out using our SchoolMessenger system. School closing information is also posted to the SAU web site. You can review your contact information through the Powerschool Parent/Student Portal. Please contact the school office if you have any corrections or changes you would like to make to this information.


Michael Lepene 

All School News and Events (RMS web site has GoogleCal with events and dates/times)

Friday, November 18 - RMS Fall Talent Show, 7p, RMS Auditorium.

Monday, November 21 - 8th Grade v. Staff Goose Bowl Flag Football, 315p, RMS.

Weds, Nov 23 - Fri, Nov 25 - No School, Thanksgiving, #NoHWHoliday

Tuesday, November 29 - 7th/8th Chorus Concert, 7p, RMS Auditorium.

RMS Notes and Information

-Come Join Us for our Annual Fall Talent Show: Friday, November 18 (Tonight!) 7:00pm RMS Auditorium $5.00 per ticket

Twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring we have a chance to come together and laugh, cry and be amazed as we watch our students and staff show off their "talents".  Our fall show will feature a variety of instrumental, singing, dancing and acting performances from students in all grades.  Tickets for this show will be sold at the door.  The show should be over by 9:00pm.

-6th Grade Homework Club will not run on Tuesday 11/22 since there will be a homework free Thanksgiving holiday. We will resume on Tuesday 11/29 in the science room from 3-4 PM.

-Volunteer Tutoring and After School Study will not run on Tuesday, 11/22. We will resume after the Thanksgiving Break.

-Child Missing School? Just a quick reminder - we always require a parent signature to release a student during the school day, and especially if your student is being picked up by anyone other than their parents.  Your student should hand their note into the office as they check out. Questions? Please contact Julia Wybourne or any of the office staff for assistance.

-Lost and Found Overflowing! Please ask your child to check the lost and found (located in the auditorium lobby). We will have things spread out on tables during the concert season to help identify items. Items not claimed by the December break will be donated to a local agency. Thank you!


-Safety/Rule Reminder from HPD: Please do not use the school parking lots or circle for drop-off or pick-up between 730-815a and 230-315p (130-215p Weds). Instead use the pull-out lanes on Route 10 and the traffic circles to change direction. Thank you.

-Computer Literacy News from Marty Warren: Letter to the Teacher

Last week in 6th Grade Computer Literacy we discussed “Digital Etiquette” as part of our ongoing Online Safety Unit.  We reviewed guidelines on how to interact with others with email, “chat” or commenting on websites, blogs and other social media.  How do you want to represent yourself online?  Why is it important to be cautious online?

Some of the guidelines we discussed:

-       Only write things you would say to a person face-to-face.

-       Be polite!

-       Don’t comment or respond if you’re feeling  angry and emotional.

-       Tell a trusted adult if you feel uncomfortable with an online interaction.

We also discussed appropriate ways to communicate with adults online.   What are the differences between texting a friend and writing an email to an adult?  Abbreviations and emojis might not be appropriate if you’re emailing your teacher and it may not be well received.  Starting with a formal greeting, using full sentences, appropriate punctuation, and good manners will most likely get better results from adults.  This is especially true if you’re asking for help.

After our discussion, each sixth grader sent an email to a sixth grade teacher to practice using proper netiquette.  Hopefully, these new habits/guidelines will carry forward for years to come!

Community Calendar and Activities 

-Enrollment is now open though December 15th for the Kangaroo Math competition hosted at Crossroads Academy on March 16th at 5 pm.   Kangaroo Math is an international mathematical competition established in 1991 with over 50  participating countries. There are twelve levels of participation, ranging from grade 1 to grade 12.  This is an individual competition and you do not need to be on a school team to participate.  For more information, go to

-Come see Clara's Dream - A Nutcracker Story at the Lebanon Opera House. Tickets and information can be found at This year’s production features three RMS students: Aida Bauer (as Clara) and Nell Casey and Lily Versteeg.


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