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Friday Focus 042916

posted Apr 29, 2016, 4:59 PM by Michael Lepene   [ updated Apr 29, 2016, 5:02 PM ]

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

Friday Focus  04/29/2016   

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Thank you for joining me in celebrating staff appreciation week in our schools. I am incredibly proud to work with a talented, dedicated, and caring group of educational professionals each and every day. While the rewards of working with young people are constant and diverse this week is extra special for those of us who teach and support teachers. In that spirit I sent out the call for your help in organizing and delivering a staff brunch on Tuesday. You answered! Thank you to the many families who were able to contribute to the special event.

For those who are not able to participate directly I would suggest another way to be involved. Send a simple note of thanks or recognition to a teacher or staff member who has inspired or made a difference for your child and family. I can tell you that every note like this I received as a teacher instantly became a treasured reminder of why I worked hard to reach each student and attempted to deliver them a world-class education. I hope you might consider sending a quick note and motivating and inspiring a teacher in the same way they try to do so for their students.

Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for all you do for the school, community, and your children.

Michael Lepene 

All School Events and Calendar

Tuesday, May 3 - Staff Appreciation Brunch, Thank you RMS families!

Wednesday, May 4 - Walk/Bike to School Day

Friday, May 6 - RMS Talent Show #2, 7p, RMS Auditorium, $5

Thursday, May 12 - 7th Grade Poetry Night (See Note Below), 6-7p, RMS Lobby/Cafe

Thursday, May 12 - 5th Grade Parent Night at RMS, 6-7p, RMS Auditorium

May 19 - May 26 - RMS Elective Week

Thursday, May 19 and Friday, May 20 - RMS School Play, 7p, RMS Auditorium

Friday, May 20 - 8th Grade Step Up to HHS and Science NECAP testing

Tuesday, May 24 - 6th Grade and Library-Media Open House, 530p

RMS Notes and Information

-Walk to School Day 

On Wednesday, May 4th, we will take part in National Walk/ Bike to School Day. A big THANK YOU to Lou's Bakery for once again sponsoring us and offering donut/ cruller coupons to all who participate! Busses will stop at the Dartmouth Rugby Field for students who need to take the bus, but still want to participate, they can get off there. Please email with questions. Here are some pedestrian safety rules to follow:

  • Walk together and share the sidewalk/road by walking no more than two by two
  • Stop at road crossings and wait for everyone so we can cross together and not hold up traffic
  • Walk facing traffic when there isn't a sidewalk
  • When using the new Multi Use Path along route 10, please walk/ride on the right hand side, pass on the left, and make sure to alert other pedestrians when you are passing them
  • Please use caution on Rip Road as there is no sidewalk

-Come join us for the Spring Talent Show

Next Friday we will be presenting our annual Spring Talent Show.  This is always a highlight of the end of the year.  This year's event will include classical performances by cellist Justin Zhou, and pianists Stephan Wang, Alice Garner and Sophie Usherwood as well as others.  Mr Eastman has promised that he is going to recite two of his favorite poems.  

Friday, May 6th 7:00-9:00 in the RMS Auditorium $5.00 per person

-RMS Health Office News

Our Hanover and Norwich communities are seeing an  increase in upper respiratory infections, illness and flu, please consult your health care provider if you child has persistent cough or cold symptoms that do not improve with the usual rest and recovery. 

General reminder that students with fevers >100 are asked to remain at home until fever free for 24 hours without acetaminophen or ibuprofen. 

Abigale R. Pelletier, RN BSN

-7th Grade Poetry Night, Thursday, May 12th, from 6-7pm. Richmond Middle School lobby and library. Poetry Night is a celebration for those students, parents, and friends who would like to share through speaking, reading, listening, and enjoying the depth and breadth of our students' poetic creativity and skill. 

It is voluntary - students are not required to attend; students are welcome to attend, but are not required to perform. 

For those who would like, Mr. McCarthy and Mrs. Wonsavage encourage you to come and read favorite poems written, favorite poems memorized, to listen to new poems and old.

There will be light treats and beverages in the lobby. Poem recitations and published poetry anthologies and chapbooks will be in the library of the Richmond Middle School. 

This is the same evening as the rising 6th grade parent meeting in the auditorium - come for one, then stay and listen to a poem or two! 

-(Repost) Parents and Guardians,

The RMS staff excitedly anticipates a parent sponsored brunch each year for staff appreciation week. We are hoping you might consider sending in a contribution on Tuesday, May 3 before 900a to help pull this off. Home-prepared, purchased, or otherwise organized food and beverage are welcome. The diversity of the items included is always part of the fun. Thank you for considering participating in this annual thank you for the staff at RMS.

To participate and sign-up please visit or send an email directly to me. You can also visit the link to see what has been contributed so far.

If you have questions or additional ideas don't hesitate to ask.

Special Recognition
-Good luck to the RMS Quiz Bowl team led by Alex Lovejoy. The team will compete in a regional competition in Vermont this weekend as a tune up for the National Middle School Quiz Bowl event in Atlanta next week. The RMS group will compete with 128 teams from 37 states over several days of tournament action. Good luck RMS Quiz Bowlers!
Community Calendar and Activities
-HANOVER VOTERS!  - Changes to the Zoning Ordinance are on the ballot on May 10, Town Meeting Day.  The Planning Board wants you to learn about the proposed zoning ordinance amendments before you vote.  We’ve made a video to help!  Here’s the link: 

-Field Hockey Clinic June 25

-Positive Tracks is offering overnight camps from August 16-18, 2016 for students ages 12-16 at Kimball Union Academy. Positive Tracks camps and clinics teach kids that every person can play a role in actively supporting the causes, services, and missions that shape our world. For more information and to register go to  positive




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