Winter is Near
It’s hard to believe that the first quarter of school is over and the second quarter is well underway. Hopefully, you and your family had an enjoyable Thanksgiving break and are looking forward to the upcoming winter break. Once again, I want to extend my well wishes and hopes for safe travels during the upcoming holiday season.
The late fall and winter months can pose additional challenges for students as some of the excitement of the new school year begins to wear off. Shortened periods of daylight can affect students' moods and motivation. Students may miss school because of illness and get behind in their work. Children may sometimes, procrastinate, develop bad habits or display immature behavior as schoolwork becomes increasingly challenging.
To reduce the chances of your child experiencing a decline in motivation and/or academic performance, it is important to continue providing support. Ask your child how he or she is doing. Browse teacher websites, Schoology and check the parent portal for grades and work completion. Encourage your student to seek additional help from teachers, if needed; this is a great way to foster self-advocacy skills. Make certain that your child has a designated quiet place at home to study. And, as always, please don't hesitate to call or email your student’s teachers or counselor if you have questions or concerns.
As the temperatures continue to drop, please encourage your child to dress accordingly. Just a few minutes at the bus stop on a cold and windy day can produce substantial discomfort, even frostbite. Coats and jackets are not allowed in classrooms; however, sweatshirts may be worn throughout the day. Also, students will not be allowed to wear mittens, hats or boots in the classrooms; it is expected students will stow these items in their assigned lockers during the school day.
Finally, December is a busy month at RMS. Not only do we have band and choir concerts to help put us in the holiday spirit, we also have our annual Gift of Giving Project. The project is a great opportunity for our students to learn the value of sharing, building character and showing compassion. Please see the calendar and stories in this edition of The Messenger for details about the upcoming concerts and The Gift of Giving project.
Have a safe and relaxing holiday break.
Mark J. Huss
Rogers Middle School
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2019 RMS Gift of Giving Community Service Project
The Gift of Giving project is a toy and clothing drive for families attending Rogers Area Schools that are experiencing financial difficulties during the holiday season.
How do students participate? Beginning November 19th through December 18th, we will be seeking donations in the form of gift certificates, clothing, gift baskets, toiletries and toys. Donations will be collected in your student’s Advisory.
Be the Change-Tutor Math
Rogers Middle School is looking for a math tutor! In Minnesota, less than 60% of eighth graders are proficient in math. You can make a difference by giving your time and talent to help students build their skills and confidence!
Tutors work with pairs of students during school hours throughout the rest of the school year. No matter if you’re a recent grad, career changer, stay-at-home parent or retiree, you can make a great tutor. No experience? No problem. Tutors receive great training, so they are well equipped to help students grow.
Part-time and full-time positions are available. Tutors commit to serving 35, 25, or 18 hours a week throughout the school year. Opportunities begin January 5th.
Perks as a Tutor
· Build your skills, network, and resume
· Receive a paid stipend every two weeks
· Earn up to $2,320 for college tuition or student loans. Tutors 55 and older may gift the award to their child, grandchild, stepchild or foster child.
· Free health insurance and child care assistance for those who qualify
Ready to be the change for struggling students? Learn more at ReadingAndMath.net. Questions can be sent to Becca at Becca.Johnson@servetogrow.org or call 866.859.2825.
9th Grade Registration Night
"Building Futures" Monday, December 2nd
RHS Performing Arts Center
6:00-6:30 Hear from Principal Paurus and staff to receive important registration information.
6:30-7:30 Visit the following elective areas to learn more about course offerings and club involvement opportunities:
- Stop in the Media Center to register online & meet your counselor.
- Visit booths in the Cafeteria to learn about the clubs/organizations you can join.
- Purchase Royals gear at the One Stop DECA Shoppe (makes a great gift!).
December Parent Ed Series
December 12-Managing our own emotions and "stuff" as we parent
Teen have big emotions! The reality is parents do too, sometimes we are working hard to get through day-to-day life and we don't always hold it together. This discussion will focus on practical strategies to manage our own stress more effectively, have more balance in our lives and support our kids in regulating their big emotions as we regulate ours.
Come join us for a night of music!
December 10, 6:30pm, 7th Grade Choir
December 10, 7:45pm, 8th Grade Choir
December 12, 7pm, 6th Grade Choir
December 17, 7pm, 6th & 7th Grade Band
December 19, 7pm, 8th Grade Band
All concerts will take place in the beautiful RHS Performing Arts Center.
Staff Appreciation Potluck: Mary Buckentine, Melissa Dols, Pam Enstad, Kristin Erb, Victoria Gleason, Chrissy Kennedy, Angela Lutz, Leigh Murray, Aimee Nash, Danielle Perry, Leah Smith, Quinn Stull, Kari Wagner, Theresa Warden, Sara Weis, andTerriStudent Council Field Trip: Jayme DeSotel
Thank you to our Volunteers!
Contact Kristine Niznik at email@example.com if you are interested in volunteering or have any questions.
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Parenting isn't for the faint of heart! Two important issues facing teens and parents today are vaping and anxiety. Check out the articles below. Please don't hesitate to contact the RMS Counseling Department for more information or resources.
Teen Anxiety from Psychology Today
How to Talk to Teens about Vaping