Principal's Weekly Message 2-26-2021

MiddleSchool
Dear Middle School Families,
 
Happy Friday! Hope that you and your families are safe and healthy. Thank you for your continued support with our in-person as well as remote learning.  Please know that all of us here at the Middle School truly appreciate you and are thankful to partner with families such as you.
 
We are now in marking period 3 and I strongly encourage you and your child to engage with teachers and discuss ways in which we can continue to work together to ensure that the students get the very best education possible. Mid marking period 3 will be on March 5th so it is a good time to review Genesis and speak directly to your child’s teachers. Here is the link for the Weekly Agenda and Google Classes for your child. This can also be found on the Notices tab of the Parent Resources button located on the main page of this Middle School website.
 
You have received information on the district's new and much easier to navigate websites and I encourage you to please visit http://rpsd.org for the District site and http://ms.rpsd.org/ for the Middle School. (Be sure to copy and paste the links and add it to your browser. The old link will provide an error message) If you wish to know more and have questions email mcanter@rpsd.org, Ms. Canter will be happy to assist you and answer any questions.
 
All students attending school in person need to complete the Weekly Covid Health Screening Form.  If possible, please complete the online form under the tab Forms on the parent Portal in Genesis after 5pm and before your child is to report to school at 7:55am. For Monday and Tuesday Group the form is available after 5pm every Sunday and for Thursday and Friday Group after 5pm every Wednesday. It is important that this is done so that we can ensure a quick and safe entry for all our in-person students. Here is the link to the Genesis Parent Portal is https://parents.rpsd.org/genesis/parents/?gohome=true   (log in, go to Tabs and access the forms, and remember that only after 5pm will the form be available).
 
I will continue to send reminders so that you make certain that this is done prior to their entrance and they are clear to enter. If when doing so you encounter Tech issues or have issues accessing your weekly covid forms please email tech@rpsd.org and copy me pgois@rpsd.org. Please make sure that if your child attends in person learning that they always have their laptop fully charged.   
 
For our 8th grade parents we need some information from you as we begin to prepare for our end of the year activities. Here is a link to a form that will gather what we need in order to better prepare. This can also be found under the Forms tab of the Parent Resources button located on the main page of this Middle School website. The deadline for this to be completed is March 15th.
 
Any 8th grade student and family interested in purchasing the 8th Grade Package (which includes cap & gown, a yearbook, and a t-shirt), please send in your payment of $45 in an envelope, with your child's name on it to the main office.  You have the option to either drop off payment with your child if they are a hybrid student, or you can mail it to our school address.  I know that things are very uncertain, however, I am very hopeful that we will be able to give our 8th graders a proper ceremony. As soon as I know more I will be sure to let you all know. An email was sent from Ms. Belford about extensions and some updates on 2/23/21. 8th Grade Package form This can also be found under the Forms tab of the Parent Resources button located on the main page of this Middle School website.
 
If any other family wishes to purchase a yearbook for their 6th and 7th grader, you may do so. Ms. O’Toole can answer any questions regarding the yearbook.  Depending on what the future holds we will be updating you all on spring pictures. RPMS Yearbook form. This can also be found under the Forms tab of the Parent Resources button located on the main page of this Middle School website.
 
By now you have received electronic letters from Ms. Belford on my behalf about your child’s academic achievements. I am happy to inform that their names can be viewed on our LED sign in the front of the school as of 2/23/21 and you are able to see their names as well, here on our website.
 
For those students who are almost there, parents have received information and can work with the guidance counselors and teachers to ensure that we ALL end on a strong academic note. I am confident that we will end on a strong and positive note this school year.
 
Attached you will also find information about our PTA Fundraisers for Dine to Donate as well as Gertrude Hawk.   If you have any questions or need more information please feel free to email Ms. Figueiredo, PTA President at lfig28@gmail.com. Dowlings Dine to Donate and Gertrude Hawk Chocolate Fundraiser   
 
All PTA information can always be found on the PTA tab of the Parent Resources button located on the main page of this Middle School website.
 
Also attached is our February 2021 Newsletter and the 2nd edition of the Middle School Muse. These can also be found under the Newsletter and MUSE tab of the Parent Resources button located on the main page of this Middle School website.
 
Spring Sports - All students interested in going out for a Middle School Spring Sport registration is now open! Visit the Athletics page of the Middle School website, located in "Our School" for all information and forms. In order to participate in Middle School Athletics, you must register on FamilyID.com and have a valid physical on file with the school nurse.  A physical is valid for 12 months from date signed by your physician. Please read all directions carefully.  Our program name is: Roselle Park School District. If you have any questions about Middle School Sports please email our Athletic Director Mr. James Foy jfoy@rpsd.org.
 
Thank you again for your continued support and patience as we work together to support our middle school students.
 
Thought of the week….     “ Tell me something so beautiful that life seems worth living. A Parents love.”
Ms. Patricia A. Gois
Middle School Principal