The Raptor Report

RHAM Middle School

Week of November 15 - 19, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians,


It has been another great week here at the Middle School, even with some beautiful weather added as well! Drama United had a wonderful performance last night and we congratulate all the students and staff that worked hard to put together this wonderful production, Hats Off to you All, Nice Job!! We would also like to welcome our new nurse, Kelly Verret, to the RHAM community. We are excited to have Kelly here with us through the end of this year.


As we look ahead through the weekend, there is some upcoming potential weather that could begin the season of possible delays and/or cancellations for schools due to weather. I would recommend and remind everyone to sign-up for one of the local TV stations' (WFSB, NBC) school cancellation alert notifications so that you are informed of any delays or cancellations for Region 8. Please be advised that there will be no separate communication (email/text/phone call) that will come from Region 8 Schools specifically.


Next week is a very short week with an early closing on Wednesday, Nov. 24th (11:45 am) and then the Thanksgiving Recess begins starting Nov. 25th. We will send out a quick pre-recess parent notice next Tuesday, but there will be no full Raptor Report sent next week.


As always, please let us know if you have any questions. We hope everyone has a wonderful, safe Thanksgiving Recess.

Thank you,

Michael Seroussi

Important Dates

  • November 24-Early Dismissal (11:45 am)
  • November 25 & 26-No School (Thanksgiving Recess)
  • November 29-Picture Retake Day Canceled (see new date below)
  • December 8-Early Dismissal (11:45 am)
  • December 10-8th Grade Power of Words Assembly
  • December 14-Picture Retake Day
  • December 23-Early Dismissal (11:45 am)
  • December 24 thru 31-No School (Holiday Recess)
  • January 3-School Resumes (Regular Hours)

News and Notes

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Holiday Family Support & Donations

The Hebron Food Pantry is currently taking applications for Holiday Assistance. This program is available to any family in the RHAM community with children/students up to age 18. Please reach out to the Hebron Food Pantry at 860-228-1681.


Families in Need Can Sign up here:



Families who are looking to Donate items can sign up here:


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Message from Guidance

This week School Counselors were in grade 7 classes teaching a lesson about Defining Harassment and Student Rights. Please check in with your student to see if they have any questions.


If your student is interested in applying to an alternate high school, most applications are now live and available online. For more information, questions, or help with applying to these schools, please feel free to reach out to your students' School Counselor.

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2021 AHM Online Holiday Auction is OPEN!

If you are shopping for that perfect holiday gift this year, look no further. Online bidding started on November 17th and will end on December 1st at 9pm. All net proceeds from the auction will benefit AHM programs and services for children, teens, young adults, families, and seniors.

Thank you to all who generously donated items to us for the auction!

Please visit the auction link or scan the QR Code on the image above: https://www.biddingowl.com/Auction/index.cfm?auctionID=21217

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Reminders

STUDENT COUNCIL - Canned Goods Drive

Your RHAM Middle School Student Council is holding a canned goods drive to donate to our local food pantry - they will be collecting donations during Advisory every morning until Tuesday, November 23rd. Bring in your canned goods for those in need this season!
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Student Clubs and Activities!

Check out the Student Clubs and Activities that you could get involved in during the school year!


Running:

  • GSA (Gender Sexuality Alliance) - This all inclusive club plans meets to plan different activities to help spread equality and inclusion for all. We paint murals, play games and engage in other school wide awareness activities. 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 - Meets every Tuesday after school until 3:30 pm in Room 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. More information to come.
  • Lego Club - Meets every other Wednesday from 2:15-3:30 pm in Room 123. Come build with your friends where Everyone is a Master Builder! See Ms. Sinosky for more information.
  • RHAM Race Team - (formally Alternative Energy Race Team) Meets every Thursday from 2:15-3:30 pm in Rm 122. See Ms. Sinosky for more information.
  • Future Problem Solvers Club - Meets on Monday evenings at RHAM High School from 6:00-7:00 pm. For more information, please contact Sherri Pelletier at sherri.pelletier@gmail.com.
  • TSA/VEX - (Technology Student Association) If you are interested in Co2 Cars, Programming, Public Speaking, Problem Solving and/or VEX Robotics, this club is for you. Meets every other Wednesday from 2:20-3:30 pm in Room 123. See Ms. Sinosky for more information.
  • Art Club - Meets every Tuesday from 2:15 - 3:15 pm in Room 237. Please contact Mrs. Gradie 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 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). See either Mr. Stein, Mrs. Belanger, or Mrs. Beaulieu for more information.
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It is not too late to join the RHAM Middle School Wrestling Team. Practices have started and are after school in the cafeteria. If you would like to join, please contact Coach Hunt at cory.hunt@rhamschools.org.


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

FamilyID Link

Click here to register your child on FamilyID

LOST & FOUND - LOTS OF SNEAKERS!

Please see the current Lost & Found items which are displayed for students in front of the Middle School Office. Check it out to see if anything of yours should be claimed. Thank you!
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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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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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Lunch Menu for Week of 11/22 - 11/24 (Grab & Go Lunch Early Dismissal 11:45 am)

Lunch Menu for Week of 11/22 - 11/24

At this time, there is no set menu for the coming week.

The Regional School District #8 Food & Nutrition Department is asking for your patience and support as we navigate new challenges. We may need to make quick substitutions to our menu(s) based upon what we are able to acquire. We want to help limit the effects this has on our students, and we are doing out best to provide updates about menu changes as soon as possible after we identify an issue.


As you may be aware, nationwide shortages and delays have affected the availability of certain food items, leading to substitutions of menu items that we've been able to offer regularly in the past. These supply issues are occurring throughout the country and are especially challenging for school systems due to the quantity of meals we serve and the nutrition standards we follow. The entire food service industry is currently faced with unprecedented shortages and massive delays or cancellations of deliveries, in addition to food service department labor shortages.


Please know that our number one priority continues to be providing healthy, nutritious and appetizing meals for your children, and we will ALWAYS have a meal for them every day. We appreciate your community support and patience as we continue to offer meals at no charge for all students. The good news is that free breakfast and lunch will continue throughout the school year. Participation helps our program to stay strong, as well as ensures everyone gets a nutritious meal. We look forward to serving our customers every day.

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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.