Principal's Weekly Message 5-7-2021

MiddleSchool
Dear Middle School Families,
 
I want to begin by thanking our PTA team and all the parent volunteers for the wonderful week of Teacher Appreciation and all that they did to ensure that the staff felt appreciated and loved. Everyday there was a theme and our staff was provided with gifts and acknowledgements.  My most sincere thank you to you all.  We were beyond happy to welcome this past Monday May 3rd all of our 7th and 8th grade in person students for both groups who will attend school 5 days a week starting Monday May 10th . I would like to ask for your continued assistance in reminding them to remain 3ft apart inside and outside school as well as to wear their mask at all times. We have now moved to yellow in the county and therefore able to go to 3ft instead of 6ft. Also kindly continue to monitor your children at all times and if at any time your child has any Covid like symptoms and you are not sure whether to send him or her in to school,  please contact our nurse Ms. Litterer blitterer@rpsd.org.  If you are traveling, please reach out to our nurse as well so that she can go over the most recent guidelines and procedures with you.
 
*Please note that if you have opted to have your child attend in person learning they are to attend in person. In extraneous circumstances, which they may need to be virtual, please be sure to email the school and copy asignorello@rpsd.org , blitterer@rpsd.org  and pgois@rpsd.org  . We are at capacity with the amount of students we can safely have come in person and therefore if your child has been attending only virtual until now, they must remain virtual until the end of the school year, June 22nd.  Attendance is also important and therefore, if attending in person you are to remain as such.
 
As we enter the last couple of months of this school year, I cannot stress enough how important it is for you and your child to engage with their teachers and discuss ways in which we can continue to work together to ensure that the students get the very best education possible.  Please continue to review Genesis and speak directly to your child’s teachers so that we can all work together to ensure their academic success. Mid Marking period is May 14th . The link for the teachers Weekly Agenda and Google Classes for your child is included: Weekly Agenda and Google Classes. This can also be found on the Notices tab of the Parent Resources button located on the main page of this Middle School website. This will help you assist them in completing any and all pending assignments. Also please make sure that you check the per class attendance in Genesis to monitor your child’s attendance. If you have any questions as it relates to daily and per class attendance please email Ms. Signorello asignorello@rpsd.org . Attendance is reported to the State Department of Education and therefore, it is important that students attend all their classes daily whether virtual or in person and that our records reflect accordingly. We are now at roughly around 30 days left of school.
 
There has been a change to the School Calendar where May 28th there is NO SCHOOL and June 8th will be a FULL VIRTUAL due to Elections for all staff and students. Information and updated calendar was sent to you by Mr. Garrido. You can also access the District website for this information.
 
If at any time  you or your child encounters a Tech issue or have issues accessing your monthly Covid forms when your child is coming in to in person learning, please email our Tech Department at tech@rpsd.org . I assure you that a Tech team member will reach out to you in order to provide assistance as promptly as possible. If you still need help, you may contact me as you know, at pgois@rpsd.org Please make sure that if your child attends in person learning that they always have their laptop fully charged.
 
All students attending school in person need to complete the Monthly Covid Health Screening Form.  Please complete the online form under the tab Forms on the parent Portal in Genesis after 5pm the first Sunday of every month and before your child is to report to school at 7:55am. Reminder that we are now on a monthly Covid Health Screening Form and our next form for ALL GROUPS will be available Monday May 31st after 5pm. Since we moved to ONCE a month (at the start of each month) this is the last time you will be asked to complete one for the year.
 
It is important that you complete this form so that we can ensure a quick and safe entry for all our in-person students on all 5 days. Here is the link to the Genesis Parent Portal where you need to log in go to Tabs and access the Form, remember that only after 5pm (Monday May 31st  ) will the form be available. https://parents.rpsd.org/genesis/parents/?gohome=true  I will continue to send reminders so that you make certain that this is done prior to their entrance and therefore clear your child to enter the building. If when doing so you encounter Tech issues, please email tech@rpsd.org and copy me pgois@rpsd.org.  
 
Regarding Dismissal, it is important that your child is picked up or leaves immediately after 12:25pm dismissal. As weather gets better students will want to hang around school grounds. Please know that all students are to leave school grounds, as after 12:30pm adult supervision outside may be limited. They are to attend afternoon sessions at 1:15pm with respective teachers as per assigned times and based on their schedule.  
 
 
Please Support our NJHS if you have not done so in their Virtual 5k. Here is the information. NJHS Fundraising Event –We will have a wear your "RP runs" t-shirt day later in May.  Thank you for helping to make this a success- the students worked very hard on this!  
 
The last PTA meeting of the year and the general election for board members:  
Topic: RPMS PTA Meeting
Time: May 11, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 844 9902 5527
Passcode: 112662
 
Attention 8th Graders:
Roselle Park Football is looking for players for their 9th-grade team.  We want to encourage you to consider joining, even if you have never played before.  Please contact Head Coach Greg Dunkerton gdunkerton@bhpsnj.org to sign up for important information about this upcoming season.  It's a great day to be a Panther! 
Attached is our April RPMS Newsletter.  
 
Thank you again for your continued support and patience as we continue to work together to support our middle school students. I also wanted to take the time to wish you all a Happy Mother’s Day for all who are and/or represent a mother. My most sincere gratitude for all that you do and are. Remember, "A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take." - Cardinal Meymillod
 
Thought of the week….     “To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe....…”By Anatole France
Ms. Patricia A. Gois
Middle School Principal