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posted Nov 22, 2016, 12:13 PM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

Tuesday Focus  11/22/2016


Principal’s Corner
Dear Parents/Guardians,

At a Dresden School Board meeting last year board members and administrators discussed a chapter from the book "Overloaded and Underprepared: Strategies for Stronger Schools and Healthy, Successful Kids" by Pope, Brown, and Miles (2015). Our focus for the evening was chapter seven, Creating a Climate of Care. Here is a short excerpt from that chapter:

"We looked at the research for protective factors for kids - those things that every kid needs in order to thrive physically, mentally, and academically, and we boiled these down to three main categories for well-being. Our mantra is every kid needs PDF (playtime, downtime, and family-time) every day."

As we enter Thanksgiving break we hope that you and your family can enjoy some quality PDF. For our staff and students, taking a break is an important part of the school year. They have worked hard through the first quarter of the school year and should be proud of what we have accomplished together. It is with the purpose of encouraging and supporting some "PDF" that RMS has committed to "No-HW holidays." The response to this effort over the last few years has been overwhelmingly positive.

However you plan on spending the next few days we wish you relaxation, joy, and safety. Happy Thanksgiving.


Michael Lepene 

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

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

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

Thursday, December 1 - 6th Grade Band/Chorus Concert, 7p, RMS Auditorium.

Mon, Dec 5 - Fri, Dec 9 - CodeWeek Activities at RMS.

Thursday, December 8 - 7th/8th Band and Strings Concert, 7p, RMS Auditorium.

RMS Notes and Information

-The RMS Student Council is hosting a drive supporting the charity Toys for TotsAs you may know, the charity collects new, unwrapped gifts, and gives them to families in need. The drive will start Monday the 29th and continue for two weeks. Please bring in new and unwrapped gifts throughout that time period. All items should be dropped off in the lobby before homeroom starts.  Every person who donates receives an entry into a raffle. If you're shopping over Thanksgiving break, pick up a little extra item and bring it in.

-(Repost)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!

Community Calendar and Activities 

-Norwich Turkey Trot

WHAT: 8th Annual Norwich VT Turkey Trot to benefit the Upper Valley Haven

WHEN: 9am, Thanksgiving morning (Thurs, November 24, 2016)

WHERE: Gazebo on the Norwich Green - 4.4m or 2m trot and/or walk around Norwich, VT
WHY: Support our neighbors via the Upper Valley Haven & enjoy community, fresh air pre meal!


Questions, please email:

Students from Spanish classes sing and dance at snack today in the RMS lobby.


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