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Friday Focus 090415

posted Sep 4, 2015, 9:17 AM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School Friday Focus
Friday, September 04, 2015

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+Principal’s Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We hope that your children all had a great start to the school year at RMS. I opened our school year with a school assembly that was organized and led by our student council. In that assembly we did some fun games, introductions, and I spoke briefly about our community. My message was focused on the idea that as a school "we stand together". We stand together with each other and for each other. We stand together for important causes in our community and the broader world. When we see someone in need we will stand next to them and offer support and friendship. I let the students know that we have much to be proud of and are ranked by some as the number one middle school in the state. With that distinction comes responsibility and opportunity. Together we can make our school and community even better and show the collective strength and power for good that can be brought by young people.

I am confident in our students and staff and their ability to do great things this year. Already we have students leading assemblies and team building activities, serving on committees, offering input and feedback for school improvement, and welcoming students new to our school and district. An important piece of our educational mission involves supporting student efforts and voice in making a positive difference. I am excited to see what the RMS community will accomplish this year.

Please do let us know if we can help you with anything. We know that the transition and school year brings new challenges for students and also for their parents. We are happy to help if issues or questions arise.

Next Wednesday I am offering a coffee hour here at RMS to listen to your ideas for parent involvement (note below). If you can't make it but have some suggestions please send them my way.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Michael Lepene 

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

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.

Friday, September 11 - 7th Grade Class Picnic at Storrs Pond.

Thursday, September 17 - RMS School Photo Day (see info below).

Thursday, September 24 - Fall Open House. 530p-720p, Come follow your child's schedule.

+RMS Notes and Information

-We are looking for presenters for our "How I Think and How I Learn" speaker series. Throughout the year, sixth grade students learn about the parts of the brain and how their brain functions. Some topics that have been covered in the past are concussions, sleep and attention.These presentations occur from 8:05 - 8:30 on the first Wednesday of each month. If you are interested in being a presenter, please contact Elizabeth Auch at Thank you!

-7th Grade PicnicNext Friday students all 7th grade students and staff will be celebrating the new year with our annual 7th grade class picnic.  Students will be planning a potluck lunch in homerooms on Wednesday morning.  On Friday at 12:00 we will walk to Storrs Pond eat lunch in homerooms and spend the rest of the afternoon doing a variety of games and activities.  Students will return to RMS for regular dismissal.  We have found this afternoon to be a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the coming together of students from Hanover, Norwich and other places and the creation of a new class (in this case the class of 2021).  We will not be swimming at Storrs Pond.  

-RMS After School Study: This year we are pleased to offer an after school study program in our library on MondayTuesday, and Thursdays from 300-500p. There is no charge to participate though we will ask that students attend to complete work or study. This program will be facilitated by RMS staff members. The first after school study session will be Tuesday, September 8th. Please contact John Lacrosse if you have any questions.

-Personal Device Policy for Students: We like to remind students and parents/guardians of our personal device policy each fall. Students should have their personal devices (phones, iPods, etc.) turned off during the school day (8-3) unless they have permission from a staff member to use it. The RMS office is happy to take personal messages for urgent matters during the school day (before 230 M,T,TH,F and 130 W please). 

-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!

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-If you are interested in exploring our options for a community outdoor ice rink on the fields at RMS, we are going to be meeting soon to share ideas. Please email Amanda if you would like to be involved.

-Last weekend we let you know about the loss of our school custodian Jim Piper. The service will be this Saturday (tomorrow) at the Highland Cemetary in Lyme, NH at 200p. The RMS staff have also set up a fund for donations at the Mascoma Savings Bank. Donations can be sent to any Mascoma branch care of the "Piper Family Memorial Fund" or brought to RMS. We thank you for the many messages of support during this difficult time.

+Community Calendar and Activities 

-Indoor rock climbing team: Join other Richmond Middle School students for indoor rock climbing at the Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center (GMRCC) in Quechee.  This co-ed program is open to middle school students in grades 6th-8th.  Teams practice at the GMRCC Quechee facility and compete as a team against other local schools at monthly competitions.  While practices run year round, competitions are held November-March. If other Fall sports conflict don't worry, you can join the team in November.  Students will learn climbing skills and total body fitness.  No climbing experience necessary. All team members will have access to the climbing gym during regular business hours, free safety lessons, and free harness/shoes rentals.  GMRCC will be holding an open house for students who would like to try climbing (cost $10/person) with no obligation to join the team on September 15th and September 18th at 5pm.  For more information contact Jeff Low ( 

-Check out the Giant 6th Annual Town of Hanover/Dartmouth College Community Yard Sale, Saturday, September 5, 10-2 pm.   The sale will be held at Dartmouth's Dewey Field Parking Lot, NW corner of the junction of N. Park St (Rte 120) and Lyme Rd (Rte 10N)  Over 130 spots rented by  families to sell their surplus good stuff.  Join us for a fun day of browsing for bargains and visiting with friends, neighbors and co-workers.  Everyone welcome.  'Neighbors helping neighbors through re-use and recycling'

-CHAD and Boyle Community Pediatrics Program and DHMC Partners for Community Wellness are hosting an event focused on our precious commodity - our children! Event Details: Rising America   

The U.S. is a can-do nation. So why is child well-being in the U.S. so much worse than in other rich countries? This one hour film interweaves the latest discoveries from neuroscience with the stories of families and communities struggling to provide the nurturing environments all children need to thrive. If we aspire to a healthier, safer, better educated, more equitable future for our children, we must find ways to enable a strong start for them. Be part of the conversation.
The panel will include:
·        Steve Voight – ReThink Health
·        Nina Sand-Loud – Development Pediatrician, CHaD
·        Elaine Guenet – Former Executive Director, The Family Place
·        Barbara McCouch – Preschool Coordinator, Mascoma Valley Regional School District
Wednesday, September 16 6 to 8 pm
Auditorium H, Williamson Translational Research Building - Please use the main DHMC entrance
Register for this free event here. For more information call 603-653-0756. Link to Poster:
This event is sponsored by CHaD & Boyle Community Pediatrics Program and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Partners for Community Wellness.