RMS OCTOBER NEWSLETTER
October 1, 2021
Hello, RMS Families!
It’s hard to believe that October is already here and we are halfway through term 1! We are fully into the swing of things here at RMS and students have settled into the routine. Great things are happening both in and out of the classroom.
Grade 6 selfie station
new addition to the 6th grade floor this year
8th grade cross county student athletes
these awesome students are running for RHS
PBIS Bulldog Pride winner
drawings of "paws" are held every Friday in the cafeteria
more outdoor math fun
6th grade science lab
Following reading the story Wings last year, each RMS student created a feather with a message on it. Art teacher Ms. Haley put together this amazing display.
Picture Day was a success! For those students who were absent or would like a redo, a retake day will be scheduled in November. The date will be shared when we finalize the details.
Progress report grades for term 1 have been posted in Aspen. Please do the following to download them:
Scroll down a bit and locate “Published Reports” on the right
Download the report and review it
The term ends on November 4. This leaves students plenty of time to improve their grades if they aren't where they want to be right now. We encourage students to talk to their teachers and guidance counselors, and stay after school for extra help if necessary. We are all here to help your child reach their potential!
Please send your child to school with a mask. We are more than happy to provide your child with one if they forget or break one, but some students are coming in daily without one. Also, please remind your child to keep masks up over their noses while in school or on the bus at all times. Thanks for your support!
- 10/1 progress reports posted
10/8 no school - professional development day
10/11 no school - Columbus Day
10/21 early release professional development day - 11:20 AM dismissal
JESSE GREEN PRESENTATION
On Friday, September 17, Jesse Green arrived virtually at Rogers Middle School to give a motivational speech to students, encouraging them to always follow their dreams, even in the face of adversity. Dr. Green is a master chainsaw sculptor who is known for his appearances on National Geographic, ESPN, Boston 25 News and WCVB’s Chronicle, and more. To connect with students, he used his own personal experiences to demonstrate that if you put your mind to something and persevere, you can accomplish your dreams.
We are extremely grateful that the Rockland Cultural Council provided the funding for this interesting and inspiring presentation. Thank you RCC!
Pink Out Day:
RMS Student Council, in collaboration with RHS Student Council, hosted its annual Pink Out Day on Friday, September 24th. The event coincided with the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Boston, which took place on Sunday, September 26th. Students worked to raise almost $10,000 to donate to the cause through the sales of "Pink Out Day" shirts, as well as donations from the community and teachers. For three days, RMS students spent time helping distribute shirts after school, working on inventory tracking, customer service, marketing, and leadership skills. 25 RMS students joined over 100 RHS students on the trip to Boston to walk the Esplanade in support of raising awareness to the cause. We could not be more proud of our students.
Student Council Elections:
Members of the student council who are interested in running for leadership positions this year brought the idea to us for school-wide elections. For two weeks in September, students running for the "Big 5" (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Publicity Coordinator), as well as 5th and 5th grade class representatives, campaigned with posters, special events in the cafeteria, stickers, and videos. 7th and 8th grade class representatives will be elected in mid-October. School-wide elections were held on Friday, October 1st.
RMS Student Council will once again participate in gathering donations to support RHS with their annual Project Pumpkin event. The donations from RMS make it so that we can offer a low-cost event for the young members of the community to trick-or-treat at RHS. Please bring in nut-free candy donations to RMS and have your student leave their donation in the boxes in the cafeteria that are labeled with their grade-level starting on Monday, October 4th through Friday, October 22. The grade with the most donations will win a prize from the student council!
RMS BOOK CLUB
Participating students have already received their books. Meetings will be held every two weeks (starting 10/5), grades 5/6 from 2:25-2:55 PM and grades 7/8 from 2:55-3:25 PM. Interested students can see Ms. Moscone or Ms. Kemp to sign up.
FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE
Test and Stay:
We have launched our Test and Stay program. If your child is identified as a close contact at school, you will be notified. Students have the opportunity to continue to attend school if they have a negative COVID test at the start of school each day for the 7 days following the contact. No testing will be done without permission from the parent or guardian.
Please continue to monitor daily for symptoms of COVID-19. If your student has any of the following symptoms, please keep them home and notify the nurse. We can arrange testing for students who are having symptoms. Contact the nurse to schedule a test. 781-871-8436 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cough (not due to other known cause)
Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
New loss of taste or smell
Headache in combination with other symptoms
Muscle aches or body aches
Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
Fatigue in combination with other symptoms
Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known cause) in combination with other symptoms
Notify the nurse of any testing at 781-871-8436 or email@example.com. Feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.
7th Grade Immunizations
The State of Massachusetts required all 7th grade students to have a Tdap and Meningitis vaccination. Please send in your most recent physical to the nurse by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or hard copy so that we can verify your student´s vaccinations are up to date.
5th Grade Screenings
We will be doing scoliosis screenings on our 5th graders in October. This is a state mandated screening to detect early signs of spinal problems that should have further medical attention. The screening is conducted by the school nurse during school hours.
If your child is being followed for scoliosis, or if you would like to opt out of this screening, please contact the nurse in writing. You may email email@example.com or send a fax to 781-871-8448 or send a note to school. Feel free to contact the health office during school hours at 781-871-8436 if you have any concerns.
Best wishes to all RMS families for a great month! Happy Fall!