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Friday Focus 082815

posted Aug 28, 2015, 12:30 PM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School Friday Focus
Friday, August 28 2015


+Principal’s Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

School opens for students this Wednesday. We are excited to welcome your child back to school and hope they are excited about being back.

Staff will be working Monday and Tuesday in a variety of preservice meetings and professional development sessions. We have planned busy days balanced with time for individual teachers to prepare their classrooms to welcome the students on Wednesday. Please do know that staff may have limited availability Monday and Tuesday. You can, of course, contact us in the office and we will do our best to help you with your questions.

After a summer of working in a largely empty building, working through spreadsheets and documents on a computer, and a myriad of quiet tasks I can tell you that I am more than excited to see the building filled with students and teachers. I'm looking forward to visiting classrooms and learning alongside our students, joining in a pick-up game in the gym, and sitting down for a lunch conversation with our students. There is nothing quite like being surrounded by the positive energy of young people. 

On Wednesday morning, with the help of our student council, I plan to speak to the students and staff about the importance of "standing up." Standing up for each other, for ourselves, for our community, and for an important cause among other things. I plan to recognize many aspects of our wonderful school and also to challenge each member of our community to make us even better. While we have much to be proud of I know that there is more we can do with and for each other. I know our students and staff will surpass even my greatest expectations for the school year. I'll share more about our welcome in next week's Friday Focus.

If you have any last back to school questions this weekend please do not hesitate to contact me via email I'll do my best to get back to you quickly. Otherwise, enjoy the beautiful summer weather!


Michael Lepene 

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

Monday, August 31 - Orientation for RMS students new to SAU70, 300p-430p, Contact RMS Guidance with questions.

Monday, August 31 - Building Tours available for all RMS families, 500p-700p, Contact RMS Guidance with questions.

Tuesday, September 1 - RMS Robotics Information Meeting, 530p-615p, RMS Library-Media Center, Contact Adina Desaulniers.

Wednesday, September 2 - First Day of School for all RMS students, 800a. 

Thursday, September 3 - 8th grade 1-1 Program Information Meeting, 600p-700p, RMS Auditorium, Contact Marty Warren.

Monday, September 7 - School Closed, Labor Day.

Wednesday, September 9 - Coffee and Discussion with Principal Lepene. Topic: Generating Ideas for Parent Involvement at RMS in 15-16. 800-845a, RMS Library-Media Center.

Thursday, September 17 - RMS School Photo Day.

+RMS Notes and Information

-Schedule Questions: Students have received draft schedules via the summer mailing. Final schedules will be distributed in homeroom on the first day of school. If you or your child have schedule questions please contact Associate Principal Amanda Yates or your child's Guidance Counselor (Liz Powers: A-K or John Lacrosse: L-Z).

-2015-2016 School Supply Lists and Summer Reading Information: Supply Lists and Summer Reading information can be found on the RMS web page under the RMS Information tab

-Bus Route Information can be found on the SAU web page

-Parent/Community Opportunities: In recent years we have had an active parent group "Richmond Community Group" that has supported numerous educational programs and experiences, recognized staff, and organized special events and information sessions for parents. We are interested in gathering your thoughts about ways in which you might like work with RMS this year. To help start the conversation I will host a coffee hour on Wednesday, September 9th from 800-845a here at RMS for any parent interested in discussing possibilities for parent involvement and engagement for the 15-16 school year. I welcome your ideas, past experiences, and enthusiasm. Please join me, I'll have coffee! If you cannot make it and would like to share your ideas with me prior to the meeting please send them along via email at Thank you!

-6th Grade RMS Student Planners: All RMS 6th grade students will be given a planner on the first day of school. We will also have a limited number of planners for sale if students from other grades would like to purchase one: $5.00. Students can stop by the office to purchase a planner beginning at snack on Wednesday.

+Community Calendar and Activities 

-Hanover Recreation Fall Activities Sign-Up and Information can be found on their web page.