The Raptor Report

Week of February 15, 2021

RHAM Middle School

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Dear Parents/Guardians,


I hope that everyone was able to enjoy the mid-winter break. With the snow yesterday and today, it made the week go by very quickly. I do not have a lot to report out to everyone. I know there are still questions about the upcoming schedule change, and we have had a lot of feedback from both parents and staff so we are still working on finalizing everything. We will share additional information and updates on Monday afternoon. That’s all I have for now. Please see below for more news and notes. As always please let us know if you have any questions.

Have a nice weekend.


Thank you.


Michael Seroussi

Upcoming Important Dates:


  • Feb 22 - March 4 - 8th grade Students/Parents select 9th grade electives - powerschool portal
  • March 1 - 12 - 7th grade students select 8th grade electives

  • March 11 - Parent Conferences 4-7pm all virtual (more information to come)
  • March 12 - Early release 11:45am

8th Grade to High School Transition

8th Grade Students and Parents Key Dates for Choosing Classes for High School Next Year



Feb 22 - March 4 - 8th grade Students/Parents select 9th grade electives - powerschool portal(see HS Education Opportunities Handbook for courses below)


March 8 - 19 - MS Counselors meet with 8th grade students to complete 9th grade course requests

7th Grade Students Selecting 8th Grade Electives

7th graders will have the opportunity to select their 8th grade electives from March 1-12, via a google form (to be sent Feb 28 to students)

*please use 2021-2022 RHAM MS Guide To Programs as a reference on RHAM MS website, under "Parents" or click the document below.

News and Notes

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Attendance

FRIENDLY REMINDER - If your child is going to be absent from school (any day of the week, whether it is an in school or distance learning day), you must report your child's absence to the school by either filling out the link below or calling (860)228-9423 X4008 by 8:30am. The link can also be found on the RHAM Middle School website under “Parents”.

Absence Option - Your child has the option to distance learn for the day instead of taking an absence. The school still needs to be notified using the methods above, should this option be utilized. Please specify this reason when entering the attendance form. The completed form or a note is needed for the absence to be excused.

Notes From the Nurse


** Friendly reminder to please make sure to inform the school nurse if your student is presenting with any Covid-19 symptoms, has been tested for Covid-19 or has been exposed to Covid-19.**

Although CDC does not currently recommend conducting universal symptom screening at school, students should not attend school when they are sick. Home symptom screenings rely on students and their parents, guardians, or caregivers initially identifying when the student may have signs and symptoms of illness and to take action (such as staying home). Please use this tool every day to ensure that your child is healthy and ready for learning.

KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME IF ANY OF THESE ARE TRUE

Any of these Symptoms

● Fever above 100.4 when taken by mouth

● Chills

● Shortness of breath

● New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for students with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough a change in their cough from baseline)

● Diarrhea, vomiting or abdominal pain

● New onset of severe headache, especially with fever

● Loss of taste or smell

Close Contact/Potential Exposure

● Has your child had close contact (less than 6 feet for greater than 15 minutes) with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days? If so, you should quarantine for 10 days since your last contact with that person.

● If you have traveled out of state please check CT Travel Advisory for the latest travel guidelines and inform the school nurse prior to returning to school.

If Covid-19 testing is required or recommended for your child by your school’s health office based on symptoms, a negative PCR test result will be required in order for students to return to school. Similarly, if a pediatrician or healthcare provider outside of the school district requires or recommends a Covid-19 test based on symptoms, a negative test result will be required in order for students to return to school. These test results need to be submitted to the school nurse at Kaitlyn.Morse@rhamschools.org.

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YEARBOOK UPDATE

Hello Rham Middle School families,


Don't forget to pre-order your copy of the yearbook. Price will be going up in March. Pre-orders sales will close in April or when all books are sold out.


We are also in desperate need of 8th grade fun photos for the yearbook. You are always on your phones snapping photos. It's time for you to share some of them. Help us create 2020-2021 yearbook memories. Send your photos to Ms. Sinosky or Ms. Allard, post on your team google classroom or use the link below.


Becky Sinosky & Kelly Allard


Yearbook Co-Advisors

Distance Learning Community Meal Pickup

Hello RHAM Families,

Please fill out the attached form to pre-order meals for the week of February 22-26. Pick-up will be at the Middle School Main Entrance from 9:30-10:30am. Please be sure to wear your mask as you approach the pick-up area. Food Service Workers reserve the right to place meals near the car if you are not wearing a mask.

Questions? Contact Whitsons General Manager, Kate Caselli via kathleen.caselli@rhamschools.org or (860) 228-9474 ext. 3710.
Week of 2/22/2021: Distance Learning Community Meal Pickup Form
FOR THE WEEK OF 2/22-2/26/2021
All meals are free of charge to any child under the age of 18. You must pre-order by each Wednesday to receive meals for the following week. Pick-up days are Monday, Wednesday and Friday (with the exception of holidays) from 9:30-10:30 am at the RHAM Middle School Main Entrance

MONDAY MEALS 2 BREAKFASTS, 2 LUNCHES
WEDNESDAY 2 BREAKFASTS, 2 LUNCHES
FRIDAY 3 BREAKFASTS, 3 LUNCHES

Menu is subject to change depending on availability of specific items.

Please contact Whitsons General Manager, Kate Caselli with any questions.
kathleen.caselli@rhamschools.org (860) 228-9474 (ext. 3710)

In School Lunch Menu

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Tips and Strategies for Parents and Students to be Successful in School

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