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posted Dec 2, 2016, 1:41 PM by Michael Lepene   [ updated Dec 2, 2016, 1:50 PM ]

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

Friday Focus  12/02/2016



Principal’s Corner
Dear Parents/Guardians,

We will be sending out two short parent surveys in the next few days that I thought I would draw your attention to.

First, our Sustainability Committee is seeking your input and ideas for focus areas this year. They have sent similar surveys to students and staff and greatly appreciate your thoughts.

Second, the school district is beginning the process of redesigning our five web sites and we would like to hear your thoughts about the current RMS web page and desired outcomes of the updated design. We are working with a web design company that specialized in school web sites and look forward to a modern, functional, useful design. We appreciate your thoughts and experiences as we focus this work.

Both surveys will be available soon. Thank you and have a wonderful weekend. Perhaps I'll see you out in town tonight decorating cookies or watching the tree lighting in Hanover.


Michael Lepene 

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

Mon, Dec 5 - Fri, Dec 9 - Computer Science Week Activities at RMS.

Thursday, December 8 - 7th/8th + Jazz Bands and Orchestra Concert, 7p, RMS Auditorium.

Thursday, December 22 - December Vacation Begins.

RMS Notes and Information

-RMS Art News: Some students from the first quarter animation class were on hand at the Howe Library celebration of tech toys this pastSunday.  They helped curious folks set up stages,  pose figures,  and film Legos in action.  It was a great way for them to take their skills out of the classroom and into the community.

-The 7th grade English classes begin their study of Charles Dicken's classic, A Christmas Carol, on December 5th. At the same time, Northern Stage Theater in White River Junction, VT will be performing it from November 16-December 24th. Unfortunately, we were not able to reserve seats for the entire class for a matinee performance. So although not required, Mrs. Wonsavage and Ms. Hadden encourage students and families to consider attending a performance. We support our local Theater, family interest in the arts, and any opportunity to compare literature on the page to the stage. 

-Volunteer Request: We are looking for volunteers to bring in muffins for the upcoming "Science Cafe" on December 14.  I have a link to the sign-up here. -Kerry Artman, SAU 70 Volunteer Coordinator

-To celebrate National Computer Science Week, Richmond Middle School Students will be participating in the Hour of Code which is an annual event designed to introduce students all over the world to computer science.

Each day of the week, coding events will be held in the RMS Lobby during lunch for all grades to try. Students will have the opportunity to work with robots, 3D printers, iPad apps, and various online coding activities.

Our goal is to have every student participate in at least an hour of coding next week through Morning Meeting, in class, and lunchtime activities.  

-SAVE THE DATE- On Wednesday, December 14, the Leadership class is hosting a dinner at RMS! (5:30-7:00pm) All proceeds from the dinner will go to “She’s the First”, an organization that supports girls education around the globe. Our specific dinner will go to support girls in Nepal who can’t afford to go to school. We hope you will join us! For more information about “She’s the First”, see the link below:

-Toys for Tots: The RMS student council and community are proud to again be participating in a Toys for Tots Drive. Donated items are being collected through Friday, December 9th. We heard from Toys for Tots that they had already served 1500 Upper Valley families this season. Thank you for your support!


-Afterschool Time: With the start of the winter sports season we are finding groups of students hoping to stay at RMS after school until their practice begins sometimes at 5p or later. We don't have after school supervision available and ask that students not expect to stay in the lobby for this time. On M, T, and TH students with homework are welcome to join our after school study program in the library. Thank you for your assistance with this.

Community Calendar and Activities 

-Teens and adults are invited to Caroline Tischbein's very popular German Straw Star program at the Etna Library this Saturday, Dec. 3rd from 1 pm until 4 pm and this Monday, Dec. 5th from 3 pm until 7 pm.  For more information, call 643-3116 or e-mail

-Come to Hanover tonight and tomorrow and beyond.

TONIGHT: a free night of activities (make ornaments, a bracelet, decorate cookies, ride on life sized mechanical animals, make a card for a soldier and much more), horse drawn wagon rides, music and FUN - tonight all around downtown from 4-8 pm

TOMORROW: Soup Tasting with a Purpose (try 11 4-oz soup tasters for $7, all proceeds go to local charities)

ALSO Saturday night is the beginning of Restaurant Week (12/3-11)

Check out Hanover's First ever New Years Eve Play and Stay event.


Go to Featured Events on the Homepage at for detailed information…or just come visit!

-Hope for Haiti Club will be partnering with Margaritas Restaurant in Lebanon, NH to fundraise for a school in Bois D'Avril Haiti.

We would like to invite you to order a meal at Margaritas on December 10thSaturday, from which we will receive 20% of the profit from that meal.

 This event is ALL DAY. Tell your friends and family of this worthy cause. 
We have just returned from Haiti, where we finished painting the first school building of several. Please help us build the second one! 

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