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posted Oct 3, 2014, 10:06 AM by Michael Lepene   [ updated Oct 4, 2014, 2:23 AM ]


RMS Friday Focus 
Friday, October 3 2014

sign - rms compliment booth

+Principal’s Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

Good afternoon! Thank you for attending our Fall Open House. We hope that you enjoyed the evening. Please feel free to continue the conversations by reaching out directly to any of our staff with your questions and feedback. We appreciate your input.

At the start of every school year we ask our students to consider how they will take care of each other. We further challenge them to take action to make our school a better place for students, staff and community. The examples of student and staff-led projects, experiments, assemblies and individual efforts are numerous. I thought I would provide two examples that happened today. 

First, a group of students organized a fun meet and greet for some new staff and students during snack. They sent invitations, baked snacks and put the whole thing together. Second, another group of students organized a "compliment booth" in our lobby during the lunch periods. Students were standing by to offer compliments, say hello and just offer an overall friendly spirit. They were clearly having fun and the smiles quickly spread.

Certainly, as a staff we work in a multitude of ways to cultivate a positive climate and environment at RMS. I am often most impressed (and sometimes surprised!) at the myriad of ways our students find to do the same. I look forward to continued engagement and partnership from our students in this way.

Michael Lepene 

+RMS Quick Poll 

This week's poll question:
-I am taking a week off from offering an additional poll question. Instead, we are reviewing feedback we have received about Open House and will be discussing our plan for next year. If you have any additional thoughts about the Fall Open House at RMS please feel welcome to give us a call or an email with your feedback. The regular question format will be back next week!

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


Wednesday, October 8  -International Walk/Bike to School Day -WISE Parent Presentation. RMS auditorium. 6:00PM.

Friday, October 10 -No School (Teacher Inservice Day)

Monday, October 13 -No School

+RMS Notes and Information
-Students and parents interested in participating in a new Model UN club at RMS are invited to attend a brief informational meeting on Tuesday October 7th, at 5:30 pm in room 712. Model UN is an exciting and rigorous program where students prepare for and participate in a simulation of the United Nations, representing countries and working together to resolve real-life issues that face the world today. Model UN participation culminates in a conference in New York City, March 26-28th, 2015, that hosts over 1600 student delegates from a variety of countries.  
During Tuesday's meeting we will discuss the logistics and requirements of participation in the club and conference. There will also be a general information session for students to learn more about the program during school in the coming weeks, however, we strongly urge parents and students who are interested to attend this meeting.
For more information about the conference, visit the conference website.
For more information about Model UN in general, check out these FAQs.
For additional questions, please contact Claire Groby & Chris McCarthy at and

-Student Flu Vaccine Clinic. If you would like your child to receive a flu vaccine on October 16th during school, you or your child must pick up the vaccine consent form and the parent/guardian must fill it out. The form needs to be returned to the health office by October 14th before the clinic. Consent forms can be picked up by your student or yourself in the main office or health office. Please visit the health office website for additional details

-The 2014 International Walk & Bike to School Day will be held on Wednesday, October 8th and RMS will be taking part in this event. Walking or biking to school promotes heath and a cleaner environment. We are looking for parent volunteers for biking groups, departing times are what we used last year and can be adjusted. I listed a few that we typically offer but more stops could be added! The Ray School is organizing the walking groups. Please email Catherine Patch if you are able to help. Thanks!! 
Black Recreation Center biking- departing at 7:30
Hanover Green biking- departing at 7:30
Norwich Green biking- 7:20 departure

-WISE Technology and Relationships Parent Presentation. October 8 6:00PM. RMS Auditorium. Technology has become central to the ways that we create, maintain, and experience relationships. This is especially true for young people, and can be baffling for those of us who didn’t grow up completely immersed in all of it. This presentation and dialogue is meant to build the skills of parents – whatever your technological comfort – to engage with young people around the risks of harm online, and the tools for healthy relationships online and off. Parents should leave with an overview of terms and popular social activities online, and feeling confident in their ability to rationally and relevantly connect with their children about the perks and risks of online life. Presentation by: Kate Rohdenburg, Program Director WISE Program Center, 38 Bank Street, Lebanon NH Contact: Marty Warren

-Writing Workshop. Dear parents, At Open House, I mentioned that I 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 I use with the students when giving them feedback on their writing. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, October 14th, from 7:00-9:00 P.M. in my classroom, Room 600. Please RSVP to me at ( by Thursday, October 9th, if you would like to attend. There will be some “homework” for you in advance of the class, which I will email once you have RSVP’d. Cordially yours, Suzanne T. Sylvester 6th Grade English

+Community Calendar and Activities 
-Save the date—Join us the evening of Oct.23rd, as the Town of Hanover launches “Solarize Hanover”, a community-wide opportunity to purchase clean electricity through solar panels at significant savings.  As part of Vital Communities’ highly successful “Solarize the Upper Valley” campaign, we'll work together to make clean, renewable energy as affordable as possible.  Join us in the HHS Auditorium at 6:30 pm to learn all about solar installations! Contact: Julia Griffin

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