ROMS Family Newsletter

October, 2015

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Principal's Update

ROMS Families~

What a great start to a new school year! It's clear that kids worked hard over the summer, keeping their minds sharp. And judging from the tales of adventure and relaxation, our extended break did the body good as well.

It was an honor to host so many of you at Curriculum Night last week. Any opportunity, formal or otherwise, I have to talk about these kids is one I relish. I did not fail to notice a certain common theme develop as the night progressed. It's a theme of which I am aware every single day and never take for granted: We are all extremely fortunate to have these ROMS teachers on our team. Groups of educators like this don't just happen. These educators push each other, support each other, and work hard for our students every single day. It’s going to be a great year!

Looking ahead, here are a few dates for you to keep in mind:

October 2: Dawg Walk (3-5pm) - 4 days left to get donations submitted via or envelope returned to LEAP teacher. Our goal is $25,000 in contributions. HERE is our progress so far.

October 7: Count Day

October 8: 1st ROMS Parent Workshop Series session - Building the “Home-Work” Environment. RSVP HERE.

October 12: Picture retake day

October 21 & 22: ROMS Parent-Teacher Conferences (4-7pm)

October 29: ROMS Orchestra Concert (7pm)

It’s not too early to think about 6th grade camp or the 8th grade Washington, D.C. trip. I am committed to including as many students as possible in these tremendous opportunities by removing any barriers from participation.


Important Dates

October 2 - ROMS Dawg Walk, 3:00 - 5:00pm

October 8 - Parent Series: "How to create a 'HOME-work' environment." Light dinner @ 6pm followed by discussion from 6:30 - 8:00pm.

October 12 - Picture Retake Day

October 19 - ROMS PTA Meeting, 7:00pm

October 21-22 - Parent / Teacher conferences, 4:00 - 7:00pm

October 29 - ROMS Orchestra concert, 7:00pm

Dawg Walk

Our inaugural Dawg Walk hassle-free fundraiser is in its final stretch. Check out the progress of donations that have come in through the fundraiser website HERE. (Checks made out to the “ROMS PTA” will also be accepted by LEAP teachers.) The PTA’s goal is for every student to raise $25 by reaching out to families and other loved ones. The more a student raises, the better the chance the student will go home with fun stuff, like a 32-inch Sony television and Beats headphones!

Learning in Action

Parenting workshop series 2015-16

Each year, with the generous support of the ROMS PTA, the Counseling Department hosts a year-long parenting series designed to help parents help their students successfully navigate middle school. The first forum will be held October 8 and cover "How to create a HOME-work environment." A light dinner and childcare is provided. Please click here for this year's topics and to RSVP.

Athletic Snapshot


A few pictures from last week's game against Derby. Great effort Bulldogs!

Before & After School Options

Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club is open every day for students at 7:15 am. The Breakfast Club is warm, welcoming, and conducive to a friendly chat or study session. This is a program brought to by Royal Oak Schools at NO COST. Students must enter through the Austin Street cafeteria doors.

YMCA After-School Care on site

For the 2015-16 school year, the South Oakland Family YMCA is hosting an ON-SITE and licensed, after-school care program that will be offered each school day from 2:50 - 6 pm.

You may register your child by printing and completing this FORM or visiting the South Oakland Family YMCA

Character Education at ROMS

The ROMS Way: We are at our best always

An essential aspect of the educational process is the opportunity to build skills that cannot be measured by homework or tests. During our LEAP classes, our learners will experience character-infused activities targeting many “Non-academic Skills” such as empathy, persistence, self-advocacy, growth mindsets, digital citizenship, executive functioning, and social/emotional skills. A focus on creating the ROMS Way with our students includes a concerted effort in reinforcing non-academic skills that will serve our learners well past the end of their school-age years.

The ROMS Way speaks to our goal of complementing traditional academic skills with character traits and attitudes. Building-wide attention to both skill sets creates a climate of positive messages encouraging all our learners to be at their personal best always.

The Dog Days

During the opening weeks of this school year, our students and teachers have participated in back to school exercises called “Dog Days”. Formerly, Dog Days was an effort to ease the transition to middle school for our 6th grade learners. Our Character Education Team decided to broaden the Dog Days by providing opportunities to launch The ROMS Way expectations and include all students. Activities ranged from locker opening help for our 6th graders to conscientious cafeteria behavior to a reflective lesson on the effects of gratitude.

MYP Corner

Welcome back! It was great to visit with several parents and caregivers about Royal Oak Middle School's International Baccalaureate (IB) MIddle Years Programme (MYP) at Curriculum Night last night. If you didn't get a chance to pick up the most recent information from IB last night, please access the attached Parent Pack below. More information about IB can be found on the district website or by contacting me directly at or calling 248-541-7100 ext. 1047, or stopping by our Learning Commons to visit.

We are looking for a great year of growth with your student this year!

Yours in IB, Mia Gutierrez

IB MYP Coordinator

Learning Commons

Mrs. Hill is the new Teaching and Learning Specialist and is now coordinating activities in the ROMS Learning Commons. She is excited to be working with your students to help them in their efforts to be collaborative and creative inquirers. In addition to that, the ROMS LC is now open for extended hours before and after school to meet the needs of your students. Please see the new website for hours and helpful links.

As we promote 21st Century learning at ROMS, the Learning Commons will continue its efforts to support students’ access to various resources and to prepare them to be well-rounded citizens who plan, problem-solve, analyze, create, and reflect. Follow us on Twitter @ROMS_Learning.

Contact us

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Mrs. Bockhausen @mrsbockhausenro

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Mrs. Davis @MrsDavisROMS

Mrs. Derminer @MrsDerminerROMS

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Mrs. Durham @durhamroms

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Mrs. Quinn @mrsquinnscience

Ms. Reimold @roeducator

Mr. Sopata @bmsopata

Mrs. Taylor @MrsTaylorROMS

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Mr. Wright @wrightsci1122

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