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posted Sep 25, 2015, 9:07 AM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School Friday Focus
Friday, September 25, 2015

LMC books 

+Principal’s Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Thank you for attending our fall open house. We had a terrific turnout this year and thank you for taking the time to visit with us. We hope you enjoyed following your child's schedule and meeting their teachers.

On occasion I ask a staff member to write the introductory remarks for a Friday Focus edition. This week we are featuring Chris Putnam-Pouliot, our library-media specialist. Thank you to Chris for sharing some library information.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Michael Lepene 

​News from our Library-Media Center

Celebrate the Freedom to Read!
Banned Books Week is the week of September 27th through October 3rd. Every year, the American Library Association compiles data on books that are challenged and banned at schools or public libraries. On Thursday and Friday RMS seventh graders visited the library to learn about why books are challenged and banned, which books are on the list, and why the First Amendment to our Constitution protects our freedom to read. Ask your student which book they were most surprised to find on the list! For more information visit the American Library Association's website at
Howe Library Cards
Did you know that all students at RMS are eligible for a free Howe Library Card regardless of where they live? Mary Lockhart, the Young Adult Librarian at the Howe Library will visit our school during lunchtime on Thursday October 1st. She and Mrs. Putnam-Pouliot will be available for any student wishing to sign up for a library card.
Chris Putnam-Pouliot
lmc book talk

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

Friday, September 25 - RMS Dance, 700-900p. 

Friday, October 9 - No School, Teacher Inservice Day

Monday, October 12 - No School, Columbus Day

Tuesday, October 20 - RMS Student Flu Clinic

+RMS Notes and Information

-6th Grade Homework Club to begin Tuesday, September 29th at 3 PM

  • 6th Grade students are invited to drop in for Homework Club Tuesday afternoons in the science room (602). Mrs. Powers and Mr. LaCrosse will be supervising student homework support each week 3-4 PM. Students may come on the Tuesdays that it is convenient for them. There is popcorn and students get a lot of work done! 
  • Volunteer tutors from Hanover High School provide support for students. 
  • If 6th graders would like to continue their studies when 6th Grade Homework Club ends, they may study in the RMS Library from 4-5 PM. As a reminder, there is a free After School Study program for students in grades 6, 7, and 8 that meets in the RMS Library on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays 3-5 PM.

-To parents of 6th graders:  At Open House, Ms. Sylvester mentioned that she would be offering a workshop for 6th grade parents titled “How to Help Your Child with Writing."  The goal of the workshop is to help parents learn the techniques and vocabulary she uses with the students when giving them feedback on their writing.   The workshop will be held on Thursday, October 15th, from 7:00-9:00 P.M. in her classroom, Room 600.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP via email ( by Friday, October 9th.  There will be some “homework” for you in advance of the class, which she will email to you once she has received your RSVP. 

-Flu Vaccine Clinics: The value of herd immunity through vaccinations can keep you healthy, prevent school outbreaks and keep other students/staff with immune deficiencies and chronic disease protected. I hope your RMS student(s) and family will consider taking part in an upper valley flu vaccine clinic in hopes of building up our community and school immunity. Here is a quick visual of an "unvaccinated group", "successful herd immunity" and "unsuccessful herd immunity" Thank you for considering this public health initiative of vaccination. 

Richmond Middle School will be hosting a student flu vaccination clinic on Tuesday October 20th from 12-2:30, thanks in part to the Mascoma Valley Health Initiative  and the SAU #70 School Nurses. Both the injectable and nasal vaccines will be available. Last year we immunized 81 RMS students (35 nasal and 46 injectable) More details including paperwork will be posted soon. We will also mail paperwork home this year.

DHMC will be hosting their first of two flu vaccine clinics this Sunday. Please consider attending this clinic if it works better for your family.Here is the 2015 schedule of free public flu vaccination clinics at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

Weekend Clinics for all Adults & Children

  • Sunday, September 27 8:00 am - 1:00 pm 
  • Saturday, October 31 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Park in the main entrance parking lot and go to the Information Desk. There will be signs and volunteers to direct you. Adults and children 9 and older who are not afraid of needles will be immunized in the Auditoria. Children less than 9 years of age, or afraid of needles, will be immunized at reception 3D.

Abigale R. Pelletier, RN BSN
-Schoology Parent Codes: We have started distributing parent access codes to Schoology and are working with a small group of test parents to ensure everything is working as it should. We will distribute access codes to everyone next week along with any frequently asked questions and responses. Thank you for working with us as we roll-out this new tool.

+Community Calendar and Activities 

-Good Beginnings of the Upper Valley announces the 2015 Dorothy Campion-Corcoran Parenting Lecture
Tuesday October 20, 2015 6:30 PM
Jess Lahey, writer, speaker and teacher, presents:
The Gift of Failure: Parenting for Autonomy and Competence
Free and Open to the Public DHMC Auditorium E-F 6:00 PM Refreshments 6:30 PM Jess Lahey Presentation

For more information, go to or call 603.298.9524

-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. For more information contact Jeff Low (