RMS Monday Message

Monday, October 3rd, 2022


Good Morning RMS Community,

It's hard to believe that it is already the first Monday in October. Time is flying by! There is a lot going on at Rombout and in our district as you will see below!

With October comes cooler temps. Be aware that we go outside for recess as much as we can. If your student plays outside for recess or goes outside for PE, please send them into school with weather appropriate clothing and remind them to, the best they can, not leave sweatshirts, jackets, hats, etc., outside at the playground. This is the time of year where our Lost and Found starts to pile up! Our Lost and Found is located in the cafeteria near the snack line. Have your student keep their eyes on those tables for lost items!

We hope your school year has been going well thus far!

Best of Luck, Ms. Edelman!

This past Friday, September 30th was Ms. Edelman's last day as an Assistant Principal at Rombout Middle School. She will be moving on to Monroe-Woodbury, where she will be in a similar role as an AP there!

Since Ms. Edelman began her Administrative career here in Beacon in 2016, she has been helpful in so many different areas and a true leader and advocate for RMS students, especially with last names M-Z.

Although we will miss seeing Ms. Edelman everyday, we wish her all the best in the next step of her career.

Thank you for all that you have done!

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Important Upcoming Dates

10/4 - PTO Meeting 7pm RMS Media Center/Library

10/5 - No School - Yom Kippur Observed

10/10 - No School - Columbus Day

10/11 through 10/14 - RMS Spirit Week (Info Below)

10/27 - School Picture Retakes

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

11/11 - No School - Veterans Day

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

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

September Students of the Month!

RMS is once again partnering with the Beacon Elks Lodge to recognize students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade each month. Teachers and staff nominate students based on these tenets:
  • Overcoming obstacles
  • Demonstrates respect to the student body and faculty and/or honors and respects others' property.
  • Exhibits behaviors of an upstander.
  • Student is working to his or her potential and/or shows improvement in areas that are challenging.
  • Shows a strong commitment to continuing their education.
  • Demonstrates acceptance and tolerance of the differences in others.
  • Goes above and beyond to show support of others.Demonstrating the ability to work independently.
  • Exhibits good time management/organizational skills.
A small committee then reads through the nominations and chooses one student for each grade.

Congratulations to our winners below!

September Teacher Lesson of the Month!

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Girls in Sports Day 2022

Pictured below, Girls in Sports Day 2022 was an amazing success! On Saturday, September 24th, we had over 150 attendees, our most ever, from grades 3-8, working with our Varsity and JV athletes from our girls sports and the coaches of those programs who ran mini-clinics for the girls to try it all: basketball, softball, volleyball, swimming, tennis, soccer, lacrosse, cheerleading, and golf!

Our guest speaker during lunch was former Beacon and Pace University star student-athlete Lauren Schetter. Ms. Schetter is a 1,000 point basketball scorer at both Beacon and Pace and most recently helped lead Pace Women's Basketball to the Elite 8 of the NCAA Division 2 playoffs last season. She is someone who played multiple sports in high school while also achieving high grades. She did an amazing job talking to the future of Beacon Girls sports! Thank you Lauren!

Thank you to the following individuals who, with their work and support behind the scenes, make this event happen: Athletic Director Mr. Giametta, Sargent Principal Ms. Biordi, Food Services Director Ms. Pagano and her staff, and lastly Maintenance and Grounds worker Mr. Radford.

A big shout-out as well to our teachers, coaches, and players for running the mini-clinics and of course our 150+ girls who came with great energy and rocked the day!

Looking forward to next year!

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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!

10/3: Modified Volleyball vs Haldane 4:15 @ RMS

10/3: Modified Girls Soccer vs Pine Bush 4:15 @ RMS

10/7: Modified Boys Soccer vs Cornwall 4:15 @ RMS

10/11: Modified Volleyball vs Cornwall 4:15 @ RMS

10/12: Modified Girls Soccer vs Minisink Valley 4:15 @ RMS

10/12: Modified Football vs Monticello 4:15 @ BHS Turf

10/12: Modified Cross Country vs Washingtonville 4:30 @ BHS

Go Bulldogs!

RMS Fall Spirit Week

Ms. Gonzalez and Miss K, along with the RMS Student Council, are planning our Fall Spirit Week!

It will be Tuesday 10/11 - Friday 10/14! There is No School Monday 10/10.

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8th Grade Field Trip to Dutchess Stadium for a Youth Health Rally!

On Thursday, October 13th (Rain Date Friday, October 14th), all 8th graders will be going on a Field Trip to Dutchess Stadium for a Youth Health Rally!

Supported by County Executive Marc Molinaro's office and the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health, 8th grade students from around the county will have the opportunity to engage with each other and professionals from around the area to empower them and promote "healthy lifestyles."

This Youth Rally is free for all schools and ran by CAPE, the Council on Addiction, Prevention and Education of Dutchess County.

All information was sent home with your 8th grade student(s) from their Social Studies teacher.

The Permission Slip is due back to their Social Studies Teacher no later than THIS Friday, October 7th.

BMX Anti-Bullying Themed Assembly @ RMS

On October 21st, RMS will be hosting an anti-bullying themed assembly featuring BMX bikers in the middle school parking lot!

Learn more about Dialed Action Sports by clicking the link below.


Refillable Water Bottles

Students have been doing a great job bringing in their own refillable water bottles. Friendly reminder that we are not supplying plastic cups to students for water. There are plenty of water bottle fill up stations placed around the halls of RMS. Thanks for helping reduce plastic waste!

Hispanic Heritage Month Update!

Optimum and TelevisaUnivision are celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with an Essay Contest for middle and high school students. There will be a meeting Thursday, October 6th after school in Sra. DeCandia's room (Room E151) for anyone wishing to write an essay of 500 words or less about a person (or group of people) of Hispanic heritage who have kept their community connected to one another, to their culture, or to those outside their community, and explain how. The Grand prize is a $3,000 scholarship and 3 finalist winners will receive an iPad. Please see the QR code for details and official rules.

News from the National Junior Honor Society

1. There will be a National Junior Honor society meeting on October 4th afterschool in D135. We will be holding elections. All members must attend. Questions see Mrs. Paredes

2. NJHS is sponsoring "We wear PINK in October". See picture below!

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RMS Club News

1) The Jazz Band will rehearse every Wednesday after school from 2:50-3:35. Contact Mr. Rubinstein with any questions.

2) Kaleidoscope Club will meet Tuesday, October 11th and October 25th in Ms. Varekamp's room.

3) Home and Careers Club Group A meets tomorrow, Tuesday 10/4, after school in Room A109.

4) There will be an Environmental Club interest meeting in room A106 tomorrow, Tuesday 10/4, after school until 3:15pm. Any questions, see Ms. Benson.

Rombout Middle School's 1st Ever SADD Club!

RMS is making history by having its first ever SADD club! SADD stands for Students Against Destructive Decisions. SADD's mission is to empower and mobilize students and adult allies to engage in positive change through leadership and smart decision making!

Ms. Modica, Health Teacher at RMS, is the advisor!

She is holding her first information, interest meeting TODAY 10/3 at 2:45 in her Health Classroom.

Any questions, see or ask Ms. Modica!

USAgain Bins for Clothes Donations

It's that time of year for Fall Cleaning. If you find yourself wanting to donate clothes, shoes and other items, please consider using our USAgain donation bins. The RMS bins are located in the bus loop parking lot. The positives to using these bins are two-fold: for every bin that is full, USAgain plants 1 tree and two, some money gets raised for our RMS Environmental Club! See the picture below from the USAgain website for some ideas that you may consider donating!
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Our next PTO meeting will be on Tuesday 10/4 at 7 pm in the RMS Library. Please join us as we discuss upcoming events, fundraisers and ways we can support RMS. As a reminder, all parents, caregivers, and staff are considered members of the PTO. You are part of the RMS family, a committed group who work together to create a nurturing, supportive environment where students can shine - academically, socially, and emotionally. As a member of the PTO we hope that you will consider volunteering and making a donation to our group to help carry out our functions. Please check out our website, Romboutpto.org, to sign up for PTO updates and information and to make a donation.

We really need parent and staff volunteers to help us at our West Point Concession stand fundraiser on 10/15. This is an all day event as we will be working a concession stand at the West Point Football Game. We will be arriving at West Point by 8am and should finish around 5pm. Please email Romboutpto@gmail.com if you can help.

Please ask your student about the Gertrude Hawk Fundraiser packets that will be going home this week. When you participate in the fundraiser, a minimum of 30% of your order total can be applied to some of the field trips this year to reduce your out of pocket cost. The percentage may increase if a lot of families participate. You can get a jumpstart selling by setting up an online account at fundraising.gertrudehawkchocolates.com. Click in the parent box and use our School ID of 718629.

Here are some ways to stay connected with us: Like “Rombout Middle School PTO” on Facebook, Follow @RomboutPTO on Twitter, Visit our website www.romboutpto.org, Email us at romboutpto@gmail.com

About RMS

Questions or concerns? Please contact the RMS Main Office at 845-838-6900 ext. 4131.