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Friday Focus 031816

posted Mar 18, 2016, 7:40 AM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

Friday Focus  03/18/2016   

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Short note this week to call your attention to the many upcoming evening performances and events at RMS. The 7th grade Civil War curriculum night as well as a host of musical performances are all listed below. We hope you can make it! At the same time we are also working to finalize our spring open house plans. We should be able to confirm dates and times for each grade in the next week. Thank you and have a great weekend!

Michael Lepene 

All School Events and Calendar

Monday, March 21: Q4 Elective Arena Scheduling.

Wednesday, March 23: 7th Grade Civil War Night, 6-730p, RMS.

Thursday, March 24: RMS Concert - All Bands, Jazz Band, and a select Orchestra group. 530p, RMS Auditorium.

Tuesday, March 29: RMS Concert - 7th Grade Girls and 7/8 Boys Chorus. 530p, RMS Auditorium.

Thursday, March 31: RMS Concert - 6th Grade Chorus and 8th Grade Girls Chorus. 530p, RMS Auditorium.

RMS Notes and Information

-March Intensive Thank You: Thank to the HHS students who selected a teaching internship at RMS for their March Intensive this year. Under the guidance of Mr. Lacrosse students HHS joined classes for the week and participated in other less structured times to support student learning and community.

-Inservice Day Thank You: Thank you to the RMS students who were able to join us for the inservice day this week. Their contributions, feedback, and participation made the day much more effective and informative for the staff. We appreciate their giving up the morning to help make RMS better!

-PE News: Students are welcome to join on Monday, March 21st from 3:15-5:00 to help belay and teach RMS staff and their families about the climbing unit we have been doing in PE. Please let Ms. Patch know if you are interested in helping out :) Thanks! 

-6th Grade Leadership Project News: On Thursday, March 24, there is an all bands concert at 5:30 pm. Recently we (the sixth graders) have been working on raising money for new water bottle refill stations on every level of the school.  At the concert, we will be hosting a raffle and a bake sale. Thanks for your support in helping us reach our goal!

-7th Grade Science: Ms. Wallis invited local scientist Lori Siegel to visit her classes this week as part of their UN climate summit simulation. Dr. Siegel demonstrated a computer modeling program that allowed students to see the impact of changing a number of policy and climate variables on global temperature and atmospheric CO2. Thank to both Dr. Siegel and Ms. Wallis for creating this opportunity.

-(Repost) 7th Grade Families: Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 23, from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., when 7th grade historians will present their Civil War research and projects at our second annual Civil War Night. The evening will include informative exhibits and entertaining performances on such topics as Civil War spies and women impersonators, Civil War medicine, and technological innovations. Visit the mess tents and sample some hardtack and other authentic victuals.  We hope to see you there.

-(Repost) Parent Survey: If you have not already done so, please consider taking our annual parent survey. We appreciate the time and feedback: The survey can be found via the web at: or you may request a paper copy from the RMS office. The survey will remain open until Friday, March 18, 2016.

Special Event
-RMS Pi Day was a big success and great time for all involved. The lobby was filled with the sounds of math during snack and lunch and students enjoyed a mix of fun and calculation. Thank you to all of the participants in this year's Pi Day.
Community Calendar and Activities
-EMPOWER LACROSSE CLUB has a few more spots open for our 2020/21 tournament teams (June 26 and July 16&17). Please e-mail Marianne Bocock Doyle at and register by April 1, 2016 at

-Student Announcement: Calling out to all those interested in the performance arts.Shakespeare in the Park, an age old tradition, is finally being brought to the Upper Valley. 7/8th graders are now being offered a chance to participate in the first show, Twelfth Night. The Audition is being held in the Auditorium on 3/22/16, after school, from 3 to 4:30. For more information or email

-Subject:  Skating Show to raise funds for CHaD – March 20th at 5pm!

The Skating Club at Dartmouth (SCAD) will be holding its annual Skating Spectacular at Thompson Arena on Sunday, March 20th at 5pm.  More than 50% of the Show’s net proceeds will be donated to the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD).  Show tickets are available online and will be sold at Thompson Arena on the day of the Show.  

-Are you interested in your child playing squash? Or interested in them learning more about squash? Did you know squash was voted the world’s healthiest sport by Forbes? Try our FREE Junior Squash Clinic for any and all 6-17 year olds @ the Dartmouth Squash courts on Monday March 28 or Wednesday March 30 from 6-7.30pmPlease if you would like to register your child/children.

-‘HEART &  SOLE’ (Formerly Girls On Track)

Please REGISTER on-line at    Departments - Recreation - On-Line Registration. 

DAYS / TIME / DATES:  Tuesdays & Thursdays; 3:15 - 4:45pm;  March 22nd - June 2nd & Final 5K on Sat, June 4th Will NOT meet on 4/12 & 4/14 

FOR: 6 - 8th Grade Girls Max # 15

LOCATION:  Marion Cross School (Norwich Elem.) Gym & Norwich Green / area     (Note - Thursdays, 3/24, 3/31 & 4/7 meet in the Tracy Hall Gym)

*FEE:  $90;  Non-residents:  $100  *H & S T-shirt included in this price.  Please list T-shirt size when registering on-line.

COACHES: Tracy Zuckerman (649-1669 / & Emily Biolsi  

'Heart & Sole', or 'H & S' is a 10-week program that promotes physical, emotional, social and intellectual development. 

H & S creates a positive, structured space for middle school girls to learn about themselves, explore new ideas, cultivate empathy, strengthen connections and develop skills that will help them as they move through adolescence and beyond. Physical activity is a core element of the program and includes running, strength and conditioning appropriate for this age group. H & S is accessible to all girls regardless of athletic ability or fitness level and considers the range of ages and varied experiences of middle schoolers.  The season concludes with a 5K celebratory event that gives the girls a tangible sense of goal setting and achievement. Visit for more information.

-Robotics Summer Camps - STEM Robotix now offers a range of full day camps for both new and experienced students including extended hours options.  First camp is June 20 - 24.  For more information or to register, please visit 

-The Hanover Rotary Club invites you to our annual Firehouse Pancake Breakfast in support of our international service work.  This year’s event will be held on Saturday morning March 26th at the Hanover Fire Station as usual.  We are very pleased to be supporting The Zienzele Foundation again this year.  A bit about this wonderful local organization:

Since 2000, the Zienzele Foundation has supported AIDS orphans and their caregivers in some of the poorest villages in rural Zimbabwe. We do so through the development of self-sustaining projects run by women’s cooperatives.  These cooperatives include goat and chicken raising, sewing, gardening and basket weaving.  Our goal is twofold: to empower caregivers to provide for the needs of the children in their care, and to give these vulnerable children access to education through the payment of school fees. To this end, our foundation provides start-up resources and planning support for the caregivers’ cooperatives as they choose a self-sustaining project based on their own skills; we then provide practical support and guidance for the projects, social support for the caregivers, and emotional support for the children in their care.

We will be serving plain and blueberry pancakes, sausage, bacon and real, local maple syrup!  The breakfast runs from 7:30am to9:30am.  The cost is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for kids 5 - 16 and under five are free.  We hope to see you at this fun community event!




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