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posted Oct 16, 2015, 11:52 AM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School Friday Focus
Friday, October 16, 2015

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2015-2016 RMS students and staff.

+Principal’s Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

This week I am featuring RMS Reading Specialist and Literacy Coordinator Becky Wipfler for the Friday Focus. Becky prepared a write-up describing supporting students with dyslexia. We hope you enjoy the look-in to these efforts. Please feel welcome to let me know about other topics you would enjoy seeing from RMS staff. I would be happy to make the connections.

Michael Lepene 

October is National Dyslexia Awareness month. Support for identifying and understanding dyslexia has grown in recent years. Decoding Dyslexia is a grassroots movement to increase understanding, awareness, and supports throughout the nation, with a division in every state. Everyone should feel empowered to #SayDyslexia!

Teachers and support staff have spent team and staff meeting time revisiting strategies and accommodations that can benefit all students. On Monday, the sixth graders will watch the film, “The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia” and debrief their thoughts and questions during science class. We will have a public screening of the fifty-minute film at RMS on Thursday, November 12 at 7:00 pm. Please consider joining us.

Our goal is to spread an awareness and understanding of varied learning styles and differences. Your children may be interested in having a conversation about your own strengths and challenges. Resources for parents include: Understood, a website which focused on learning and attention issues, the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity, as well as information about Open Dyslexic Font and a Related Article.  

Becky Wipfler

Literacy Coordinator/Reading Specialist


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

Tuesday, October 20 - RMS Student Flu Clinic (info mailed home last week)

Wednesday, October 21 - RMS School Picture Retakes, 930a

Tuesday, October 27 - Arena Scheduling for Q2 Electives

Friday, October 30 - RMS "Halloween" Dance, 700-900p, RMS.

+RMS Notes and Information

-Haven Food Drive: Thank you for your support of the annual RMS fall Haven Food Drive. Our school goal is to collect the equivalent of 2500 items by October 30.

-Middle School United Nations informational meeting: Thursday, 22 October, 6:00 PM, Room 706.

Model United Nations is an authentic simulation of the United Nations General assembly and other related multilateral bodies. Students work together to role-play as ambassadors to a particular country. Model UN club meets weekly on Tuesdays, 3-4 PM, until the MUN conference, held in New York, on 30 March-1 April, where over 1600 delegates will represent all the world’s countries, working together to share, debate, problem-solve and ultimately pass or reject resolutions in such areas as education, conflict areas, health care, resource management and international border disputes. 

Model UN promotes student interest and knowledge in international issues, enhances their skills as researchers, argumentative writers, public speakers and collaborators, thus supporting the standards set out in the Common Core.  M.U.N. offers a unique opportunity for Richmond Middle School students to work with students from all over the country and the world for the betterment of international understanding. 

Costs for registration, transportation, accommodation and meals will be shared during the meeting. 

We encourage parents of students who have already attended one of the the two introductory meetings to attend, as well as those interested in learning more about MUN. 

Please email Chris McCarthy ( for any questions in advance of this meeting.

-Call for Wooden Furniture to be recycled into art:  In an upcoming art class,  we are looking to transform some furniture into works of art, so we are looking for donations of WOODEN chairs/end tables/stools/small benches.  This is a good chance to clean out your basement AND help the art program at RMS.  If you can help us,  please contact Ms Glass at

-School Pictures were sent home yesterday.  Retakes will be done next week on Wednesday at 9:30 in the Auditorium.  For a retake students will need to return the original packet of photos to the photographer.  If you missed Picture day the first time around, a completed form and payment will be required or you can order online    Picture Day ID VJ085029Q0  The office has extra forms if needed.


+Community Calendar and Activities 

-The 2015 Dorothy Campion-Corcoran Parenting Lecture (102015):
Author, speaker and teacher Jess Lahey presents: The Gift of Failure: Parenting for Autonomy and Competence

“'The ugly and wonderful truth about middle school,' [LAHEY] says, is that 'failure is not an if proposition, it’s a matter of when.' Or it used to be. Now that parents shelter their children every step of the way, we have 'failure deprived' college students (as administrators at Stanford and Harvard call them) and entitled, anxious 20-somethings who can’t function in a world that’s sometimes cold or cruel or indifferent. So how can teachers snatch back their critical role and give children the necessary space to fail? They could start by making parents read Lahey." (Read the rest of the review, in the August 23, 2015 edition of the New York Times here.)
Tuesday, October 20, 2015

DHMC Auditorium E-F; free and open to the public; no registration required
6:00 pm refreshments (get there early if you want a seat - the room filled up fast last year)
6:30- 8:00pm presentation & discussion

-Winter is coming. Is your home ready? Attend Hanover’s BUTTON UP WORKSHOP.

*Learn techniques to lower home energy costs.

*Find out about NH incentives for making efficiency improvements. 

*Demo LED lighting and free LED bulbs to first 30 households signing in. 

PRESENTER: Andy Duncan, Energy Training Mgr.

Thursday, October 22, 7 to 9 pm R. W. Black Center, Hanover

Sponsored by Sustainable Hanover

-Looking for ski programs for kids?  Check out Ford Sayre!  Registration Open Now! Afterschool Nordic and Alpine Recreation Programs, Ski Jumping and Freestyle. Weekend Alpine skiing at Dartmouth Skiway. for full brochure and registration.  Flyer here at:

Save the Date!  Ford Sayre Ski Sale on Sunday, November 8th 12-2 pm at the Richmond Middle School.   New and used equipment and clothing.  Consignment on Nov. 6th and 7th.  


-(REPOST) Lynn Lyons to Speak at Crossroads Academy on October 15th. Lynn specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders in children and
adults, with a special interest in breaking the generational cycle of worry in families.  She is the co-author of two books on anxiety, *Anxious Kids,
Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle* and *Raise and Courageous & Independent Children*, and the companion book for kids, *Playing with Anxiety: Casey’s Guide for Teens and Kids.*

Her free workshop for parents and teachers is co-hosted by Mountain Valley Treatment Center and Crossroads Academy and will be held at Crossroads, 95 Dartmouth College Hwy, Lyme, NH, on October 15 at 6:30 pm.  For further information, contact Carl Lovejoy at