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posted Oct 10, 2014, 11:04 AM by Michael Lepene


RMS Friday Focus 
Friday, October 10 2014


Scene from the RMS Lobby today at our inservice.

+Principal’s Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

Good afternoon! I am writing you today during a break from our SAU 70 staff inservice day. This year the Richmond Middle School is host to staff from across the SAU for a conference style professional development opportunity. We began the day with a keynote from Matt Dunne, Head of Community Affairs for Google. Staff then have split off into informative sessions led by presenters from both within and outside the school district. Sessions have included a diverse set of topics such as Makerspaces, GoogleApps, Assistive Technology, Coding and Computer Science, Classroom Management and Workflow Systems, Preparing for Common Core Testing, and more. Reviews so far have been very positive. A big thank you and acknowledgement to RMS Associate Principal Amanda Yates and the SAU technology staff for making today a reality.

SAU-wide inservice days can also provide opportunities for staff from each of our four schools to learn alongside one other. We get to know each other, spend time talking about our craft and curriculum, and as a result strengthen relationships and programs. When schools in a district are working closely together we provide a better program for our students. Days like this help move us further in that direction. My hope is that these strengthened relationships will lead to increased collaboration and coordination between our schools. 

 Finally, I would like to thank all of you for supporting our inservice days. We know that a day off for students does not translate into a day off for you. We greatly appreciate the time to work together to be the very best we can be for your children. Thank you.

Michael Lepene 

+RMS Quick Poll 

This week's poll question:
-If we organized a parent inservice day/event would you be interested in attending? If so, what topics would you suggest we include?

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


Monday, October 13 -No School

Thursday, October 16 -Student Flu Clinic

Friday, October 24  -Chris Waddell Nametags Assembly and RMS School Dance

Monday, October 27 -Q2 Electives Arena Scheduling

+RMS Notes and Information

-International Walk and Bike to School Day was a great success with the rain holding off this Fall. About 230 students and staff participated! A big thank you to Ms. Patch and RMS parent, Jill Blumberg for organizing, as well as Ms. Glass, Mrs. Yates, Missie and Mr. Lepene for volunteering to help make the event safe and fun. Thank you for the generosity of Lou's Bakery for donating a donut coupon to every student who participated. The sustainability committee would like to encourage students to walk, bike or take the bus more often as it is good for the environment and your health. 

-The RMS Student Council is sponsoring a food drive to benefit The Haven beginning Tuesday, October 14 through October 31. Please send in food items to help us reach our school goal of 3000 food items! Cash donations are also welcome (checks should be made out to: The Haven)--each dollar donated counts as 2 food items towards our goal! As always, thanks for your support!
The RMS Student Council

-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

-There is still space in Ms. Sylvester's 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 Tuesday, October 14th, from7:00-9:00 P.M. in her classroom, Room 600. Please RSVP to today or tomorrow, if you would like to attend. There will be some “homework” to complete in advance of the class, which should take about 30 minutes to complete.  Ms. Sylvester will email a confirmation and the homework to you when she receives your RSVP. 
+Community Calendar and Activities 

-Free Girls Hockey Clinic AGES 8-12 through Hanover Hockey Association. October 18th and 19th at Campion Rink. Register at or call Dwight Sperry for more information 603-729-6030.
-Northern Stage’s “Youth Ensemble Actors” Company Starts Soon. There is still time to sign up for Northern Stage’s YEA company!  October 13th, from 4-6PM, will be the company’s first master class and will feature techniques on how to tackle music written by Broadway’s most prestigious composer- Stephen Sondheim. The class will be led by a  professional actor performing in Northern Stage’s wildly popular “Into the Woods”. Don’t miss out on this wonderful experience to learn exciting techniques from nationally recognized professionals. This season’s YEA features a new and flexible format while still offering top-notch theatrical workshops. Students will participate in workshops as well as engage in monthly intensives targeted towards various and exciting aspects of theater. Please check out our website for more info. Email if you have any questions.