The Raptor Report

RHAM Middle School

Week of October 11 - 15, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians,


This was a very short week with summer-like weather and it went by quickly. Our student council movie night is tonight from 6-8 pm and the weather looks nice for an outdoor event. Students must have returned their permission slip to their advisory teacher today in order to have received a ticket. No permission slips or tickets will be available at the door this evening. One other reminder is that the Lyman Pie fundraiser ends this Sunday, Oct. 17th. The order forms are due to Ms. Bell on Monday, Oct. 18th and the money raised will be used to help fund student activities for the end of the year.


Please note that next Friday, October 22nd is an Early Dismissal Day. 8th grade students will be taking the PSAT 8, but it is a regular early dismissal schedule for the 7th grade students that day.


That's all I have this week, there are notes/reminders below. As always, please let us know if you have any questions.


Thank you,

Michael Seroussi

Important Dates

  • October 15-Outdoor Movie Night for Students @ 6:00 pm
  • October 17/18-Lyman Pie Fundraiser ends - orders due the 18th
  • October 18-Picture Day
  • October 20-Unity Day - Wear Orange - United for Kindness, Acceptance & Inclusion
  • October 21-RHAM Music Department Fall Concert @ 6:00 pm
  • October 22-Early dismissal (11:45 am)
  • October 22-8th Grade PSAT
  • November 2-No School (Staff Development)
  • November 9-End of Quarter 1 Marking Period
  • November 10-Quarter 2 Begins
  • November 11-No School (Veteran's Day)
  • November 12-Early dismissal (11:45 am)
  • November 15-Lyman Pie Delivery Day/Pick Up Date

News and Notes

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RMS Environmental Club - October Newsletter - "A Green Halloween"

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What's Happening this season in Hebron?!

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Reminders

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Student Clubs and Activities!

Do you enjoy puzzles, yearbook, games, drama/theater, legos, or skiing? How about interest in the environment, music/band, math and technology, or broader issues that are important to you? Check out the Student Clubs and Activities that you could get involved in during the school year!


Running:

  • GSA (Gender Sexuality Alliance) - Meets every other Wednesday from 2:20-3:00pm in Room 136.
  • Drama United - Meets every Tuesday & Thursday from 2:25-3:40pm in the High School Auditorium. If you missed the first meeting or rehearsal - please join us to start your membership! All inclusive theater, no auditions or cuts, everyone is welcome, stage crew help needed as well.
  • Math Club - Meets every Wednesday from 2:15-3:15pm in Room 100. All grades, all levels of math abilities are welcome!
  • Card Game Club - Meets alternate Thursdays from 2:15-3:45pm in Room 103. Card games and board games of all kinds are welcome and encouraged! Contact Mr. Conroy for more information.
  • Environmental Club - Meets every Thursday at 2:15-3:00pm in Room 115.
  • Jazz Band - Meets every Tuesday from 2:15-3:30pm. Students should sign-up on the bulletin board in the Music Hallway.
  • Yearbook Club - began Tuesday, October 5th after school until 3:30 pm in Rm 123. All are welcome, please see Ms. Sinosky or Mrs. Allard for more details.
  • Drama Club (RMS) - began with it's informational meeting on this year's edition of "Radio Play" on Wednesday, October 6th from 2:20-3:30 pm in the High School Auditorium.
  • Lego Club - began Wednesday, October 6th from 2:15-3:30 pm in Rm 123. Come build with your friends where Everyone is a Master Builder! See Ms. Sinsosky for more information.


Ongoing After School Help:

  • PM Study - Meets Tues/Wed/Thurs afternoon. Grade 7 in Rm 112 and Grade 8 in Rm 206. Please see school counselor for a PM Study Contract if interested.
  • Math Lab - Meets every Tuesday, Room 101, Mrs. Kane
  • Writing Lab - Meets every Wednesday, Room 110, Mrs. Day-Canty


Upcoming:

  • Ski & Snowboard Club-The Ski & Snowboard Club Advisors are excited to announce that we are able to run the club this winter! The trips are scheduled for the following Tuesdays, from 2:10-8:00 pm; January 4, 11, 18, 25, and February 1 (make up February 8). The cost for lift tickets and coach bus transportation will be approximately $308. Lessons would be an additional $95 and rentals are an additional $135. Please let us know if your MIDDLE School student is likely to join the club by taking the survey found below this message. More information has been sent home and "FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE" signups will be at the end of October. Thank you - Mr. Stein, Mrs. Belanger, and Mrs. Beaulieu
Ski & Snowboard Club Survey

Please click here for the Student Interest Survey

RHAM School 2021-2022 Calendar

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2021-2022 RHAM Academic Calendar

Print out a copy of the 2021-2022 RHAM Academic Calendar.

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Message from Guidance

This week School Counselors taught a Goal Setting Lesson to grade 7 students. Students should have entered some goals for themselves in Naviance. Check in with your child and see what kind of goals they have for themselves this year! Later this month grade 8 students will also learn about Goal Setting and set goals for themselves.


Also, later this month, School Counselors will be teaching a lesson on Gender Based Harassment to both grade 7 and 8 students.


UNITY DAY - Wednesday, Oct., 20th! Wear and share Orange to school to show unity for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion for all and to send a visible message that no child ever experience bullying or harassment.

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Notes From the Nurse

Attention 7th grade parents - This is a friendly reminder that every 7th grade student is required to have a physical during their 6th or 7th grade year. The physical must be dated between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2022. Please submit your child's physical to the school nurse as soon as possible. Link for a blank copy of health assessment is found below. Students can bring the paperwork to the nurse's office or you may email them to Rachel Schneeloch at Rachel.schneeloch@rhamschools.org. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the nurses office.


** 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


Travel Guidelines

Students who travel outside of the state must follow the CDC Travel Guidelines. Vaccinated people do not need to test or quarantine. If they are not vaccinated it is recommended that they get tested 3-5 days after travel and quarantine for 7 days. If your child plans on travelling, please call the school nurse to discuss the necessary precautions.


Nut Free School

We are still a nut free school, so please be sure your child is not bringing food products with nuts in them.


COVID-19 Mask, Washing, and Physical Distancing Guidelines

Please review our Mask, Washing, and Physical Distancing Guidelines for they have been updated since last school year.


Quarantine Guidelines and Contact Tracing

If we have a positive case in the school, we will conduct contact tracing under the supervision of the Chatham Health District. The current guidelines include:

  • In the classroom setting, students who are within 3 feet of the positive case must quarantine for 10 days unless:

    • They can show proof of vaccination and have no symptoms, they are unvaccinated but test negative no earlier than the 5th day of quarantine, in which case they will quarantine for only 7 days

  • Outside of the classroom setting (i.e. cafeteria, PE, bus) students who are within 6 feet of the positive case must quarantine for 10 days unless:

    • They can show proof of vaccination and have no symptoms

    • They are unvaccinated but test negative no earlier than the 5th day of quarantine, in which case they will quarantine for only 7 days


Quarantine Guidelines for Athletes

  • Unvaccinated asymptomatic students who are considered a close contact with a known COVID-19 case will quarantine from athletics for 10 days (with a negative test between days 7 and 10) or 14 days without a test.

  • Vaccinated and unvaccinated students who experience COVID-19 symptoms after close contact with a known COVID-19 case will quarantine from athletics for 10 days (with a negative test between days 7 and 10) or 14 days without a test.


Vaccinations

  • If your child has symptoms after being vaccinated, please keep them home from school.

  • If they come to school while having COVID symptoms that may or may not be due to the vaccination, the nurse must treat the students as though they may be COVID positive, which includes isolating them, sending them home, and requiring testing/quarantining.

RHAM MS Attendance Form (click here)

Fill out the attendance form when your child will be late, dismissed early or absent from school

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No new athletic information for this week.

Please utilize the FamilyID Link for information or updates from athletics.

FamilyID Link

Click here to register your child on FamilyID

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Lunch Menu for Week of 10/18 - 10/22 (Grab & Go Lunch Early Dismissal 10/22)

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Additional Food Service Information

Click here to find out more about what our food service has to offer

Bus Information

Buses

· The link to bus routes is posted on the RHAM Middle School website on the main page or under the "Parent" drop down menu, or you are welcome to click the link below.


General directions to find your child’s bus:

· Go to RHAM Middle School Website

· Click on the Bus Icon/Bus Routes (in yellow band) or click link below to bring you directly to Dattco's site.

· Click on "RHAM School Search Routes Link"

· Enter your address in boxes


  • Address Box - fill in Street Number
  • Next Box - fill in Street Name & Zip Code (use abbreviations for St., Rd, Ln., Dr.)
  • Click RHAM HS-MS 01
  • Click Submit

· Your stop with both AM and PM times should be listed, along with bus number and location of pick up/drop off.

· If all that comes up is one road and it is not yours, click the down arrow and find your Road. The stop(s) on that road will be listed there.

***Please note: Not all bus stops will be at your residence. There may be a group stop just a few houses away or on the corner of 2 intersecting roads*


We also want to remind you to please have your student out waiting for the bus at least 10 minutes before the estimated pick up time and have them stay out about 10 minutes after estimated pick up time. Bus drivers will be working hard to arrive at the estimated time but the first few days there may be some buses that arrive early or are delayed.

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AHM Project GRAD Fall Fundraisers for Class of 2022

Please see the PDF file below for more information on this year's Fall AHM Project GRAD Fundraisers.