RMS Monday Message

Monday, October 17th, 2022

Halfway Done with Quarter One

Good Morning Rombout Community,

Get ready for a jam-packed edition of the Monday Message!

It's hard to believe, but the first five-week progress reports will be going out at the end of this week, as the 5-week mark ended this past Friday 10/14. This is a great time to see how students are adjusting to the start of the school year and where they stand academically. This is also a great time for students to check in with their teachers if they are in need of any extra help or support. There is a document below (and on the website) which lists times teachers are available for extra help.

On the website, you will also find a document with our RMS Clubs, the club advisors, and their tentative meeting times/days. Click on the About Us tab on the RMS website and you will see the link to the clubs. The document is also below.

Reminder that the Monday Message is a bi-weekly newsletter providing information to the school community on all that is going on! For daily updates, check out the RMS Website for the posting of the daily announcements.

Lastly, we encourage you to follow our Instagram (@RomboutMS) and Twitter (@RomboutMS) pages. Here, you can see pictures of what is happening in school and other important, fun, or cool information.

Have a great week ahead!

Important Upcoming Dates

10/17 through 10/22 - BHS Homecoming Week (See Below)

10/18 through 10/20 - RMS PE Hike or Swim Trip (See Below)

10/20 - Pink Thursday! Wear Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

10/21 - District Wide Blue/Gold Day for Bullying Awareness

10/21 - 6th Grade BMX Assembly for Bullying Prevention

10/27 - School Picture Retakes

10/28 - Fall Costume Dance (See Below)

11/1 - Gertrude Hawk Orders Due

11/2 - PTO Meeting at 7pm

11/8 - No School - Professional Community Learning Day for Faculty and Staff

11/11 - No School - Veterans Day

11/14 through 11/21 - Scholastic Book Fair

11/21 and 11/22 - Report Card Conferences (Half Days for Students)

11/23 through 11/25 - No School - Thanksgiving Break

Welcome Back, Mr. Schetter!

We are lucky to have Mr. Schetter returning to RMS as the Interim Assistant Principal for students with last names M-Z, since Ms. Edelman left the BCSD for a new position. Before his retirement, Mr. Schetter was a longtime Principal in Arlington, but he is familiar with RMS as he did a leave replacement for Ms. Biordi last school year. Welcome back!

Faculty and Staff Extra Help Times

Click on the button below to view the times our faculty and staff have scheduled for extra help. If you are interested in meeting with a teacher, its recommended to email that teacher first to schedule your time!

Newspaper Club's 1st "Barking Bulldog" Newsletter

Click on the button below to be directed to the 1st Edition of the 2022-2023 Barking Bulldog Newsletter! Developed by the Newspaper Club and Advisor Ms. Gonzalez, the students did a great job highlighting school events!


Homecoming Week at BHS

Athletic Director Mr. Giametta and the Homecoming Committee have planned a great week long celebration, with something going on each day, including fireworks tomorrow night! Note that RMS Students may attend any afterschool game or event, unless noted that it is for BHS Students only. See the picture below and come out to cheer on your Bulldogs!
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Modified Sports Upcoming Home Game Schedule

Below are the modified sports home contests for the next two weeks. Game schedules are always subject to change due to various reasons. Download the rSchool App to view the most up to date schedules for Beacon Athletics! Come out and support your Bulldogs!

10/17: Modified Girls Soccer vs. Goshen 4:15 @ RMS Soccer Field

10/17: Modified Volleyball vs. Wappinger Falls Jr. High 4:30 @ RMS Gym

10/18: Modified Boys Soccer vs. Newburgh 4:15 @ RMS Soccer Field

10/20: Modified Boys Soccer vs. Monroe Woodbury 4:15 @ RMS Soccer Field

10/20: Modified Cross Country vs. Unionvale 4:15 @ BHS

10/20: Modified Volleyball vs. Monroe Woodbury 4:30 @ RMS Gym

10/25: Modified Girls Soccer vs. Monroe Woodbury 4:15 @ RMS Soccer Field

10/26: Modified Boys Soccer vs. Middletown 4:15 @ RMS Soccer Field

10/26: Modified Volleyball vs. Haldane 4:15 @ RMS Gym

Go Bulldogs!

RMS Spirit Week was a Success!

Last week, we had Spirit Week here at Rombout. Planned by our amazing Student Council led by Advisors Ms. Gonzalez and Ms. K., we had four days of school spirit: Pajama Day, Wacky Wednesday, Blue/Gold Day (See next post), and a Pink Out Day for Breast Cancer Awareness! Good times!

RMS Holds First Pep Rally Since 2019

This past Thursday, Student Council hosted our first Pep Rally since 2019. The gymnasium was packed and LOUD. Such a great feeling for our kids to be all together, cheering on our classmates! We started off the Pep Rally with music from our Band, then a performance by our Modified Cheerleaders, followed by an introduction to all of our Fall Sports Teams! We then had games that students signed up for like a Relay Race, Musical Chairs, and a Free Throw Shooting Competition, where both students and teachers were pied in the face. Mr. Alzate did a great job as our "MC."

The Modified Football team then won their homecoming game over Monticello, 25-0 that evening, with fantastic support from our cheerleaders!

It was a great day!

2022-2023 RMS Clubs, Advisors, and Meeting Info

Click on the button below to see our Clubs, Advisor contact information, and meeting dates. Club meetings are subject to change. Check the daily announcements on the RMS Website for any potential changes.

RMS Club News

1. Yearbook Club will have a meeting Wednesday 10/19 afterschool in B229. All 6th, 7th, and 8th graders are welcome to attend. Questions? See Ms. Holliday!

2. Environmental Club will meet Thursday, 10/20, in room A106 after school until 3:30. All students are welcome! Any questions please see Ms. Benson.

BCSD to Wear Blue and Gold this Friday for Bullying Awareness!

All students, faculty, and staff in the BCSD are encouraged to wear Blue and Gold this Friday, October 21st, to come together as a district and stand up against bullying! Wear your school colors proudly and show that bullying has no place in our schools!

Elementary students in grades 3-5 district wide as well as our RMS 6th graders will have an assembly this Friday featuring BMX stunt riders. This assembly is geared towards bullying prevention, too!

RMS Students/Families - see post below regarding Pink Fridays for Breast Cancer Awareness. Our Pink Friday day this week will be Thursday, October 20th.

News from the National Junior Honor Society with Ms. Paredes!

Please note that this week, we will all wear Pink again on Thursday 10/20! Who will win the "Most Pink" Award this week?
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New Pickleball Courts @ RMS!

With the help of Maintenance/Grounds Workers Mr. Radford, Mr. Leo and Mr. Todd, we were able to plan out and paint lines for two new pickleball courts for Mr. Joyce's Pickleball Club. Awesome!
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8th Grade DC Trip Flyer w/ Enrollment Info

Click the button below!

RMS Goes Hiking and Swimming!

Our RMS PE Teachers have planned a field trip to go swimming and hiking! Your student(s) will have the opportunity to choose one of the two field trips available. Permission slips were handed out to all students. Click the button below for the field trip permission slip, which was due today.

6th grade: Tuesday, October 18th

7th grade: Wednesday, October 19th

8th grade: Thursday, October 20th

Questions? Contact your student(s) PE teacher!

RMS Fall Costume Dance

The Student Council, led by Ms. Gonzalez and Ms. K, have planned our first school-wide dance since February 2020! With dancing, music by DJ Luke, and refreshments being sold by RMS PTO, it will sure be a fun time for all!

Who: All students in grades 6-8 with a purchased ticket

What: Fall Costume Dance - Wear your best school-appropriate costume to the dance! No masks or weapon-like props allowed.

Where: RMS Gymnasium

When: Friday, October 28th from 6-8:30. Please pick your student(s) up at 8:30pm sharp in the bus loop near the gym doors.

How: Tickets to the dance may be purchased in lunch periods for $5. Tickets will be sold beginning Monday 10/24.

See Ms. Gonzalez or Ms. K in the English Wing for more details!

Families - If you're interested in donating to the bake sale or volunteer to help at the dance, find info in the RMS PTO Corner below.

Thank you, Glazed Over Donuts!

A BIG shoutout to Glazed Over Donuts on Main Street for donating gift certificates to the winners of the Hispanic Heritage Month Escape Room! We appreciate the generosity of the Tompkins Family, as well as their delicious donuts. This was planned by our World Language Department.
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World Language Club's Pulsera Project!

Over the next two weeks our school will be partnering with The Pulsera Project, a fair trade nonprofit organization that seeks to empower, inspire, and educate people in Central America and the U.S. The Pulsera Project provides sustainable, well-paying work opportunities for artisans in Nicaragua and Guatemala, most of whom make colorful hand-woven bracelets, or “pulseras” in Spanish. The project then creates a market for their artwork by partnering with schools across the U.S.

Pulseras will be sold for $7 here in our school, and the proceeds will be invested in a wide range of social impact programs in Nicaragua & Guatemala, including:

*Sustained employment for nearly 200 artists

*Secondary education programs

* University scholarships for artisans and their families

*Healthcare for artisans and their families

*A housing program for artisans and their families

*Environmental initiatives

*Support for other social enterprises doing impactful work in these countries

We hope this will be a highlight of the school year as students engage with the beauty of Latin American culture while lending support to these skilled artisans and their communities!

Questions? See/contact Ms. DeCandia!

Here is a picture of some of our World Language Club with their Pulsera's!

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Sargent Elementary School's Turkey Trot and 5K!

In collaboration with Sargent's Student Council and Sargent's PE Department, there will be a kids Fun Run and a 5K that you can sign up for!

ALL students district-wide can participate!

Students in grades K-6 may sign up for the Fun Run.

Students in Grades 7-12 may sign up for the 5K.

Adults - you may sign up too for the 5K!

See the flyer below and scan the QR code for more details!

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RMS 8th Graders went to a Youth Health Rally @ Dutchess Stadium

This past Thursday, October 13th, RMS 8th grade students went to a Youth Health Rally at Dutchess Stadium. The rally was hosted by CAPE of Dutchess County and the Dutchess County Government and was a completely free event for all 8th grade students in the county. I am proud to say that RMS had the most attendees out of all of the schools with over 180 students! Awesome job RMS.

The rally took place on the turf field of the stadium and had various vendors from around our area which gave our students plenty of resources on all aspects of health. Some of the vendors included: the NYS Troopers with a demo on seatbelt safety, Dutchess County Sheriff's Office with the K9 unit and resource tables from i2Evolve Self-Expression/Relaxation from Red Hook, Mid-Hudson Regional Addiction Resource Center, Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health, the Mental Health America Council of Dutchess County, The Children's Home of Poughkeepsie, The Millbrook Library, The Tobacco Free Action Communities of Ulster, Dutchess, and Sullivan Counties, River Haven, the US Army, a cool interactive Karate Booth, a impairment Goggles interactive booth, and the K104 Photo Booth! There were also guest speakers, including Senator Sue Serino!

All students received a bag of resources and they were able to take resources from all the tables. Also, lunch was included!

Thank you to the 8th Grade Teacher Chaperones and to our Health Teacher Ms. Modica for planning the event!

Parent Forum on Diverse Learners

The BCSD is hosting a Parent Forum supporting Diverse Learners. See flyer below!
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BCSD Food Service Department is Hiring!

Be a part of this dynamic and committed Food Service team.

Work hours when your child is in school.

Snow day - no problem! We do not work on snow days, school holidays and even Superintendent conference days!

Start time 9:30 End time 1:30 or 2:00PM

Perfect job for parents of school age children.

Pay $15.75 an hour – no experience necessary.

Application forms on BCSD Web site

Contact Karen Pagano at


PTO News Corner

Our next PTO meeting is Wednesday, November 2nd at 7pm in the RMS Library. We hope to see you there!

We will be holding a bake sale at the Fall Costume Ball on 10/28. Please consider donating food or volunteering. Please use this sign up list to let us know what you will be brining. https://signup.com/go/wJSeURR

The Gertrude Hawk Fundraiser is in full swing. Order forms need to be returned to school by November 1st. At least 30% of your order total can be applied towards some of your child's field trip cost, like Washington DC.

The PTO has purchased 2 volleyball crossnets to be used at recess. They should be up in the next couple of weeks. We hope the kids enjoy them!

Please visit our website RomboutPTO.org where you can sign up to get more information on what we are doing for RMS. You can also make a donation as we rely on your generosity to help support the students, faculty, and school.

About RMS

Questions? Contact the RMS Main Office at 845-838-6900 ext. 4105

Monday Message Questions? Contact Mr. Carofano - carofano.m@beaconk12.org