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NOVEMBER 2019

  • A Time for Thanks!

    In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I want to once again express what a pleasure and honor it is to be a part of the RMS community.  I am truly thankful for the dedicated staff, wonderful students and supportive parents that make up RMS. I couldn’t ask to be a part of a better school community!  It is my hope that you and your family will enjoy the upcoming Thanksgiving break to relax, enjoy time together and build memories. I wish safe travels upon those going out of town for the holiday celebration.

    As you are likely aware, Tuesday, November 5th is the day residents of ISD 728 will decide whether to increase school funding through two referendum questions.  Please look for your polling location in this edition of The Messenger. For complete information on the upcoming referendum, go to WWW.ISD728.ORG/728STRONG  

    Be sure to mark your calendar for fall conferences. Conferences are Monday, November 25th from 12-3:45pm and 4:30-7pm.  Conferences are a great way for you to personally touch base with your child’s teachers. As always, student attendance and participation in conferences is highly encouraged.   

    Once again, thank you for allowing us to partner in your child’s education.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

    Regards,
    Mark J. Huss
    Principal
    Rogers Middle School


    It’s a great place to learn!

    Relentless Pursuit of Continuous Improvement!


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    Voting Information

    Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on November 5, 2019. Your polling location is based on your residence and may be different from previous elections. For example. Rogers Precints 1 and 2 will both vote at the Rogers Community Room on Memorial Drive. For a list of polling locations click here.

    Visit www.isd728.org/PollingPlace or call 763-765-4351 to find your polling location.


    Health Awareness

    Illness Reminder:

    Influenza season has begun, so please use this questionnaire each day your child is sick with flu-like symptoms and follow the instructions for when to keep your child home. If your child has received the flu vaccine, he/she is much less likely to get sick. It is certainly not too late to get the vaccine this year. Getting a flu shot (or nasal spray) helps protect your child from getting the flu, so the flu won't be passed to people who risk getting very sick - like babies, elderly and people with chronic diseases. 

    Please refer to the additional guidelines below to prevent the spread of illness at school.  If your child has been diagnosed by a doctor or clinic with a different disease, such as strep, please notify your child’s school Health Office.

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    Just a reminder of the attendance procedure:  A doctor’s note is required for absences that extend beyond three consecutive days or ten total absences due to medical reasons. The doctor’s note must be provided within three days of the request.


    November Conferences

    Monday, Novermber 25, Noon-3:45pm and 4:30-7pm

    • Parents and students may visit any teacher that they choose.   
    • Students should plan to attend conferences, as they are student-led. If your student is unable to attend, please bring a list of teachers with you that you would like to visit.  
    • Before attending conferences, please visit teachers’ websites and Parent Portal to have current classroom information.  
    • Does your family require an interpreter for conferences?  If so, please contact Rae Beaver at 763-241-3550 ext. 2706.

    Student Mental Health Support

    At RMS we strive to provide students with opportunities that promote well-being in all areas of life.  Mental health is one facet of health that plays a key role in a student’s success in school and overall well-being.  

    In an effort to provide additional support for student mental health needs, RMS partners with Bridging Hope Counseling to provide mental health support on site.  These therapists provide individual therapy during the school day at RMS.  

    For more information about Bridging Hope Counseling, click here.
    For more information about Joelle Bishop, click here.
    For more information about Allie Devney, click here.
    For more information about Jeana Wescott, click here.

    Parents and students can work with the RMS counselors and social worker to decide if this type of support is right for them.  

    For more information, contact the following:
    Sarah Whiting: 6th Grade Counselor, ext. 2705
    Matt Malakowsky: 7th and 8th Grade Counselor, ext. 2704
    Faye Johnson: School Social Worker, ext. 2712


    Media Center News

     
    Digital Citizenship Poster Contest Winners
    Students in Mrs. LeMoine's Coding class took part in a Digital Citizenship Poster Contest in collaboration with the Media Specialist, Mrs. Allen. Each Coding class takes part in this contest throughout the school year. This quarter's winners were: Kali Schroeder, Marissa Bentley, Kevin Klaers, and Ciana Gordon. Congratulations!

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    Book Fair Success!
    Thank you to our parent volunteers and all of the students and families that shopped at our Book Fair. We were able to add about 100 new books for our school library collection! Students also raised over $200 for All For Books during the Fair, which Scholastic will use to donate books to kids in need. Our next Fair will be March 2-6, 2020! 
     
     
    First Annual Book Character Pumpkin Decorating Contest
    Students and staff had the opportunity to show off their arts and crafts skills by decorating a pumpkin as their favorite book character. The Media Center hosted the contest and is already looking forward to next year! 
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    Japan Trip 2021

    Exciting news! You have been invited to join a group of students at Zimmerman traveling to Japan in the Summer of 2021! Group Leader, Angie Yanke (angela.yanke@isd728.org) will be taking students on a 9-day trip throughout Japan where you’ll get to visit sights such as the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest and Mount Komagatake. Japan has unsurpassed natural beauty—see it from the window of the high-speed shinkansen train and in the majestic lakes and mountains of Hakone National Park. Angie traveled with students to Japan this past summer and is excited to extend the invite to travelers from Rogers Middle this time! You can find all the details and enroll via the tour website: www.eftours.com/2284629JT

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    Gift of Giving Community Service Project

     
    The Gift of Giving is one of several community service learning projects that students participate in during the year.  It is a holiday toy and clothing drive for families in the Rogers area schools that are experiencing financial difficulties during the holiday season.  Over the past 16 years, we have been able to provide over 2,200 area youth with gifts. Beginning November 19 through December 18th, we will be seeking donations in the form of gift certificates, gift baskets, basic necessities, and toys.  Donations can be made at any time, however, RMS students are encouraged to make donations through their advisory.

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Upcoming Events







RMS Spirit Wear Sale

  • The RMS Fall Spirit Wear sale is going on now through November 11.  All items will be directly shipped home and will arrive before the holidays.  Check out the great selection online!
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Volunteer Opportunities

    • Staff Appreciation Potluck

      Bring in a dish for the RMS staff to share during the conference dinner break.  Items can be dropped off between 11am and 3:15pm.  Click HERE to sign up!
      • Monday, November 25, 11am-3:15pm
    • Feed My Starving Children Field Trip

      Experience the packing process alongside our Student Council Members. Chaperones will need to meet the group at FMSC in Coon Rapids.
      • Wednesday, November 13, 2:30-4:30pm
    • Media Center Donations Needed

      Drop off old magazines for projects (school appropriate content) and toilet paper/paper towel cardboard tubes for building projects in the reception office or media center.
    • Thank you to our Volunteers!

    Bookfair: Amber Byce, Cris Green, Bev Haan
     

    Contact Kristine Niznik at kristine.niznik@isd728.org if you are interested in volunteering or have any questions.


Washington DC Trip

  • May 26-29, 2020

    All 7th and 8th grade students are invited to join the RMS Social Studies Department on a trip to our nation's capitol.  There will be a parent informational meeting on Thursday, November 7th at 6:30pm in the RMS media center. Check in with your child's social studies teacher during conferences for additional information.

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Band Reminder!

  • Band students, 6-8th grades, will be attending a performance at Orchestra Hall on November 19.  Please make sure to pay the $10 field trip fee on RevTrak.  


Save the Date!

  • Winter Choir Concerts coming up:  

    6th Grade - Thurs. Dec. 12 @7pm
    7th Grade - Tues. Dec. 10 @6:30pm
    8th Grade - Tues. Dec. 10 @7:45pm
     
    All at the RHS Performing Arts Center.

Parent Education Series

  • ISD 728 is hosting FREE informative parent discussions on hot topics such as social media, peer pressure, mental health, and much more. Each session will be held at Rogers High School from October 2019 to April 2020.  

    November 14, 5:30pm, RHS Media Center
    Mental health, attendance and school refusal
    We will explore the impact depression and anxiety may have on kids, specifically on their school experience. We will have practical ways to manage school refusal and help your kid stay on track and be successful.

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