RTMS Review

August 2022 - Summer Edition

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2022-23 Start of School Year Important Dates

  • August 1st, 2nd, and 3rd - Building Tours (see below)

  • August 8th - 6th Grade orientation/schedule pick up day

  • August 9th - 7th/8th Grade orientation/schedule pick up day

  • August 17 - First Day of School (1:00 early release)

  • August 24 - RTMS Open House

  • August 26 & 29 - Fall MAP Testing

  • August 30 - Picture Day

  • September 19 - PTC Dine & Share (Chipotle)

Please click on this link to see the 2022-22 District Calendar.

Dear RTMS Families,

It's hard to believe that summer is almost over... we still have a couple of weeks, though! I hope that families are enjoying the weather, and are having opportunities for rest and relaxation before the new school year begins.

There has been a lot of construction work going on at the middle school in our parking lots. Our fingers are crossed that it will all be completed on time, but please keep an eye on your emails in case there are further delays. Our students will be welcome to come into the building to pick up their schedules, walk the halls, drop off supplies, and practice their lockers the week prior to our first day. As the parking lot is currently not accessible, we kindly ask that you park in the neighborhood, or the church parking lot next door, and walk over to Door 17 by the greenhouses in the back of our building.

The building will be open to students and parents from 9:00 a.m.-12:00p.m., and/or from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. on the following days:

- August 8th for 6th graders

- August 9th for 7th/8th graders

We are looking for volunteers to help direct students to classrooms, and to help with lockers on these days. If you have an older student who is looking for service hours (or just willing to help!), please let me know (mkrall@rtsd26.org). Any time they are able to volunteer would be greatly appreciated. 😊

Our building office is open officially, as of today, with the return of our admin assistants, Mrs. Esparza-Viveros and Ms. Escutia. They will be happy to answer your questions, and to collect any paperwork that you need to turn into the nurse for the school year.

We are looking forward to a fantastic year! Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns in the next couple of weeks.


Mrs. Mary Krall-Meske


School Starts August 17th!

Our first day and last day of school are our only Early Release Days. The first bell rings at 7:33 for students to enter the building (1st Block begins at 7:40), and students leave the building at 1:00.

Arrival/Dismissal Times for the Rest of the School Year

Mon/Tue/Wed/Fri Arrival: First bell rings at 7:33 a.m., 1st Block begins at 7:40 a.m.

Thursday "Late Start" Arrival: First bell rings at 8:23 a.m., 1st Block begins at 8:30 a.m.

Dismissal: 2:58 p.m.

School Supplies

Supply lists by grade level can be found on our school website, or by using this link. Supplies can be dropped off in student lockers during the schedule pick up times noted above on 8/8 or 8/9, or they can be brought to school on the first day (August 17).

School Breakfast/Lunch

If buying school breakfast/lunch -

  • MealTime Online <-- go here to sign in or set up a new account
  • Create & Add to Your Child's Meal Account: MealTime is an easy online system to add to and keep track of your child's account used for breakfast & lunch. It can be set up to auto-reload too! You need to know your child's 5-digit school ID number. Student ID numbers can be found when logging into the parent portal. All families have received a paper mailer about Food Services for the coming year.
  • MealTime Online Application Guide (English)
  • Any students requiring meal modifications need to complete a form with the school nurse. If this is something your child needs, please contact Lindsay Veller after August 8, 2022.

Middle School Food Services Menu

Building Tours

As noted in our last newsletter, we are offering optional building tours this week for our incoming 6th graders, and any students new to the building (new to district). If none of these dates work for you, but you would like to bring your child in for a tour, please email Mrs. Krall-Meske to set up a day/time that works (mkrall@rtsd26.org).

**With our parking lot construction going on, we will need families to park in the neighborhood, or in the church parking lot next door, and to walk over to Door 17 by the greenhouses for these optional tours.**

Please use the SignUp Genius below to select a day/time to come in and walk the building with an administrator. Please only sign up for one slot; one slot is intended for one student/family. Again, these tours are optional.


Schedules and locker assignments will not be given during tours, but will be available on August 8th for 6th graders, and August 9th for 7th/8th graders. The building will be open to students and parents from 9:00 a.m.-12:00p.m. and/or from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. on these two days to walk their schedule, practice their locker combination, and to drop off supplies in their locker.

Don't forget: Summer Reading!!

It's not too late!


All RTMS students are required to read one book over the summer. Each grade level has a specific list of reading selections from which the students will choose.

Then what happens?

Upon returning to school in the fall, students will complete an assignment or discussion in their ELA classes.

Why Summer Reading?

Summer reading is an excellent way for students to demonstrate independence and responsibility; those who return having met the requirement show a zeal for scholarship.


Links to more details can be found using this link, or on the RTMS webpage when you click on the Families option at the top.

Student/Parent Handbook

Students will receive a hard copy in their student assignment notebook on the first day of school. In the meantime, please use this digital copy to find any answers you may be looking for before school begins.

Attendance Line: 847-298-1750, option 1

How to Contact Us

Our office hours are 7:00-4:00, Monday through Friday.

Our main office number is 847-298-1750.

Main office

Elia Esparza-Viveros: eesparzaviveros@rtsd26.org

Jessica Escutia: jescutia@rtsd26.org

Lindsay Veller (nurse): lveller@rtsd26.org


Principal, Mary Krall-Meske: mkrall@rtsd26.org or 224-612-7600

Assistant Principal, Kyle Henkel: khenkel@rtsd26.org or 224-612-7601