Riverside Middle School Family Bulletin

Top: 1.) Some serious fitness going on inside the gym 2.) Ms. Viveiros' students made traditional Portuguese tiles 3.) 8th graders in Ms. Kenahan's class working in an escape room 4.) The Girls Basketball team pulling away Bottom: 1.) Magnetech Robotics team on their way to a 2nd place at the State Championship. 2.) 7th grade ELA students prepared a Victorian breakfast 3.) Some serious ups on the court 4.) The Wrestling team after a victory at home.

January 12, 2020

Achievement can be found throughout RMS!

Some really nice things have happened in and around RMS lately. On Saturday, January 12th, our Robotics Team, Magnetech, led by John Marsula took second place in Robot Performance at the First Lego League State Championship. (We like to call them the Public School State Champions!). Congratulations to students Will Laroche, Tiana Brierly, Nathan Tavares, Aidan Lombardo, and Jayden Carlson for their solid performance. Last week we also saw a number of students score really well on their mid-year i-Ready assessment. Students are strengthening their skills in ELA and math and are getting ready to knock it out of the park on the RICAS test in April. Also, don't forget to check out a wrestling match or a basketball game. Our squads have had some impressive victories lately and the Boys Basketball team remains undefeated. Thanks for keeping up on events at RMS. Here are some more details.

  • PTSA Funny for Funds: Please consider supporting the biggest PTSA fundraiser of the year. Purchase tickets today! The RMS PTSA presents the Funny4Funds comedy event on Saturday February 8, 2020. The event takes place at the Brotherhood of the Holy Ghost in Rehoboth, MA. This is an 18+ event for RMS parents and friends. The event is BYOS (bring your own snacks) with a cash bar. There will be a 50/50 raffle and a live and silent auction. Doors open at 6:00 PM and the show starts at 7:00 PM. Check out the event website for ticket information. https://www.funny4funds.com/events/riverside-middle-school-comedy-night/449.
  • 8th Grade visit to the EPCTC: On Tuesday, January 14, 8th graders will visit the East Providence Career and Technical Center to explore programs. Also, on Wednesday, February 5 (5-7 pm), parents and students are welcome to an Open House at the EPCTC for even more information.
  • PTSA Meeting: There will be a PTSA meeting on Wednesday, January 15th. In addition to PTSA business, Officer Tammy will talk about planning for emergencies and crises .
  • Blue Man Group at PPAC: Once again, the RMS PTSA has arranged for RMS Families to see a performance at PPAC. This year, RMS Families can see Blue Man Group on Friday, March 20th at 7:30pm. This year, there are two choices for sections. Seats in the 1st Dress Balcony are $31.50 per ticket and seats in the 2nd Dress Balcony are $21.50 per ticket. Tickets are being sold on a first come, first serve basis as we only have 40 tickets. If you are interested in attending, send in a payment for the correct amount to the RMS Main Office. Checks must be made payable to RMS PTSA. For more information, email rmsptsaBoard@gmail.com. Here is a Facebook Event.
  • End of the Quarter: The end of the 2nd quarter is coming up quickly. Grades closed for students on Tuesday, January 21st and reports cards will be distributed on Tuesday, January 28th. Students and parents are asked to login to Skyward and make sure grades and assignments are up to date. Reach out to teachers or guidance counselors for more information.
  • Dress for the weather: We remind students often to dress in layers during cold weather. Depending how cold it is in the mornings, students wait outside RMS for the doors to open. We know it is an eternal struggle to get some kids to wear the right clothes for the weather, but we appreciate the efforts of parents. Perhaps sneak a pair of gloves into a backpack!
  • RMS Team Bulletins & Directory: We have received a lo of positive feedback about our grade-level Team Bulletins. Please bookmark these sites and refer to them frequently. Also, remember that the Directory (a link at the top of this page) has links to the bulletins and teacher email addresses. Here are the bulletins for quick access. Grade 6: Merola, Mennucci, D'Arezzo, Nelson | Grade 6: Love, Izzi, Farley, Baccari | Grade 7: Braga, Kelley, Sulham, Tarantelli | Grade 7: French, Villucci/Modica, McCarthy, Harris | Grade 8: Macomber, DeGroot, Reavey, Humphrey | Grade 8: Potts, Kenahan, Duarte, Travis
  • Parent and Student Resources: Check out the Resources page for information about apps and sites that are used at RMS. There are links to our FB Page , Daily Announcements and more.
  • Upcoming Events (Dates and times are subject to change.)

January

    • 14 Tuesday: 8th Grade visit to CTC
    • 14 Tuesday: Girls Basketball: Riverside at Martin 3:30 pm
    • 14 Tuesday: Boys Basketball: Martin at Riverside 3:30 pm
    • 14 Tuesday: School Committee Meeting
    • 15 Wednesday: Wrestling: Riverside at West Broadway 3:30 pm
    • 15 Wednesday: PTSA Meeting 6:30-7:30
    • 17 Friday Girls: Basketball: Park View at Riverside 3:30 pm
    • 17 Friday: Boys Basketball: Riverside at Park View 3:30 pm
    • 17 Friday: Wrestling: (Tri Meet) Riverside and DeLaSalle at McCourt 4:00 pm
    • 20 Monday: MLK Jr. Day - No School
    • 21 Tuesday: Quarter 2 Ends
    • 21 Tuesday: Girls Basketball: Riverside at Feinstein 3:30 pm
    • 21 Tuesday: Boys Basketball: Feinstein at RIverside 3:30 pm
    • 22 & 23 Wed: & Thurs Ronald MacDonald House Event
    • 22 Wednesday: Quarter 3 Begins
    • 22 Wednesday: Wrestling: Riverside at North Cumberland 4:00 pm
    • 23 Thursday: School Improvement Team 3:30 pm
    • 23 Thursday: Girls Basketball: Winman at Riverside 4:00 pm
    • 23 Thursday: Boys Basketball: Riverside at Winman 3:00 pm
    • 27 Monday: Report Cards Distributed
    • 28 Tuesday: Girls Basketball: Riverside at Warwick Veterans 3:30pm
    • 28 Tuesday: Boys Basketball: Warwick Veterans at Riverside 4:00 pm
    • 28 Tuesday: School Committee Meeting
    • 30 Thursday: Girls Basketball: Urban Collaborative at Riverside 3:30 pm
    • 30 Thursday: Boys Basketball: Riverside at Urban Collaborative 3:30 pm
    • 31 Friday: Special Olympics Plunge/Torch Run Fundraiser
    • 31 Friday: Girls Basketball: Riverside at Paul Cuffee (S. Side Boys and Girls Club) 3:30 pm
    • 31 Friday: Winter Ball 6:00-8:00 pm
1.)The RMS Chorus sings to a full house 2.) Friends from ExxonMobile present RMS with a donation for our Robotics teams 3.)The Boys Basketball Team in action 4.) Members of the RMS Chorus getting ready for the big show

December 29, 2019

Happy 2020!

We hope that everyone is rested and recharged after a nice holiday vacation! There are not a lot of events on the calendar (aside from some exciting sports contests!) during the first few weeks of January. That should allow us to get back into the swing of things and prepare for the busy season ahead. Thank you for keeping up with everything that is going on at RMS. Here's to the beginning of a fantastic decade!

  • Dress for the weather: We remind students often to dress in layers during cold weather. Depending how cold it is in the mornings, students wait outside RMS for the doors to open. We know it is an eternal struggle to get some kids to wear the right clothes for the weather, but we appreciate the efforts of parents. Perhaps sneak a pair of gloves into a backpack!
  • Blue Man Group at PPAC: Once again, the RMS PTSA has arranged for RMS Families to see a performance at PPAC. This year, RMS Families can see Blue Man Group on Friday, March 20th at 7:30pm. This year, there are two choices for sections. Seats in the 1st Dress Balcony are $31.50 per ticket and seats in the 2nd Dress Balcony are $21.50 per ticket. Tickets are being sold on a first come, first serve basis as we only have 40 tickets. If you are interested in attending, send in a payment for the correct amount to the RMS Main Office. Checks must be made payable to RMS PTSA. For more information, email rmsptsaBoard@gmail.com. Here is a Facebook Event.
  • PTSA Funny for Funds: The RMS PTSA presents the Funny4Funds comedy event on Saturday February 8, 2020. The event takes place at the Brotherhood of the Holy Ghost in Rehoboth, MA. This is an 18+ event for RMS parents and friends. The event is BYOS (bring your own snacks) with a cash bar. There will be a 50/50 raffle and a live and silent auction. Doors open at 6:00 PM and the show starts at 7:00 PM. Check out the event website for ticket information. https://www.funny4funds.com/events/riverside-middle-school-comedy-night/449.
  • RMS Team Bulletins & Directory: We have received a lo of positive feedback about our grade-level Team Bulletins. Please bookmark these sites and refer to them frequently. Also, remember that the Directory (a link at the top of this page) has links to the bulletins and teacher email addresses. Here are the bulletins for quick access. Grade 6: Merola, Mennucci, D'Arezzo, Nelson | Grade 6: Love, Izzi, Farley, Baccari | Grade 7: Braga, Kelley, Sulham, Tarantelli | Grade 7: French, Villucci/Modica, McCarthy, Harris | Grade 8: Macomber, DeGroot, Reavey, Humphrey | Grade 8: Potts, Kenahan, Duarte, Travis
  • Parent and Student Resources: Check out the Resources page for information about apps and sites that are used at RMS. There are links to our FB Page , Daily Announcements and more.
  • Upcoming Events (Dates and times are subject to change.)

January

    • 2 Thursday: Girls Basketball: Bain at Riverside 3:30 pm
    • 2 Thursday: Boys Basketball: Riverside at Bain (Pastore Youth Center) 3:30 pm
    • 7 Tuesday: i-Ready Testing (ELA)
    • 7 Tuesday: Girls Basketball: Riverside at Hope Highlands 3:30 pm
    • 7 Tuesday: Boys Basketball: Hope Highlands at Riverside 3:30 pm
    • 8 Wednesday: Wrestling: Davisville at Riverside 4:00 pm
    • 9 Thursday: i-Ready Testing (Math)
    • 9 Thursday: Girls Basketball: Riverside at Deering 3:30 pm
    • 9 Thursday: Boys Basketball: Deering at Riverside 3:30 pm
    • 10 Friday: Wrestling: Birchwood at Riverside 4:00 pm
    • 14 Tuesday: 8th Grade visit to CTC
    • 14 Tuesday: Girls Basketball: Riverside at Martin 3:30 pm
    • 14 Tuesday: Boys Basketball: Martin at Riverside 3:30 pm
    • 14 Tuesday: School Committee Meeting
    • 15 Wednesday: Wrestling: Riverside at West Broadway 3:30 pm
    • 15 Wednesday: PTSA Meeting 6:30-7:30
    • 17 Friday Girls: Basketball: Park View at Riverside 3:30 pm
    • 17 Friday: Boys Basketball: Riverside at Park View 3:30 pm
    • 17 Friday: Wrestling: (Tri Meet) Riverside and DeLaSalle at McCourt 4:00 pm
    • 20 Monday: MLK Jr. Day - No School
    • 21 Tuesday: Quarter 2 Ends
    • 21 Tuesday: Girls Basketball: Riverside at Feinstein 3:30 pm
    • 21 Tuesday: Boys Basketball: Feinstein at RIverside 3:30 pm
    • 22 & 23 Wed: & Thurs Ronald MacDonald House Event
    • 22 Wednesday: Quarter 3 Begins
    • 22 Wednesday: Wrestling: Riverside at North Cumberland 4:00 pm
    • 23 Thursday: School Improvement Team 3:30 pm
    • 23 Thursday: Girls Basketball: Winman at Riverside 4:00 pm
    • 23 Thursday: Boys Basketball: Riverside at Winman 3:00 pm
    • 27 Monday: Report Cards Distributed
    • 28 Tuesday: Girls Basketball: Riverside at Warwick Veterans 3:30pm
    • 28 Tuesday: Boys Basketball: Warwick Veterans at Riverside 4:00 pm
    • 28 Tuesday: School Committee Meeting
    • 30 Thursday: Girls Basketball: Urban Collaborative at Riverside 3:30 pm
    • 30 Thursday: Boys Basketball: Riverside at Urban Collaborative 3:30 pm
    • 31 Friday: Special Olympics Plunge/Torch Run Fundraiser
    • 31 Friday: Girls Basketball: Riverside at Paul Cuffee (S. Side Boys and Girls Club) 3:30 pm
    • 31 Friday: Winter Ball 6:00-8:00 pm
1.)7th grade students visited the Mobile Maker Lab 2.) MANGNETECH Robotics team 3.)The Girls Basketball Team 4.) Parents at Principals' Coffee Hour.

December 8, 2019

Winter is just about here!

With a few inches of snow on the ground and the sounds of basketballs being bounced in the gym after school, there's no doubt that winter is just about here! The weeks before the Holidays are always a busy time as students are well into the the second marking period and are taking part in a number of after-school activities. It's also a time when there is a lot of emotion among adolescents (and adults!), so we will be keeping an eye out for students who need extra support this time of year. In just a few weeks, we will have a opportunity for some well-earned rest. In the meantime, please be sure to check Skyward for mid-term progress and here are some things that are going on at RMS.

  • Mid-Quarter is here: It is mid-quarter and time to check in on students' progress in their classes. Parents are asked to login to Skyward to keep up with assignments, grades, and attendance. Here are links to the a mobile apps (iOS and Google). Also, don't forget that Team Bulletins are available in the Directory. There are links below.
  • EPHS Day in Action for 8th Graders: 8th graders and parents or guardians are invited for the annual Day in Action Scavenger Hunt at EPHS on December 10th 6-8 PM. Incoming 9th graders and their parents can meet administrators and teachers, check out clubs, and visit classes.
  • Winter Band Concert: Come to RMS on Thursday night, December 12th, to hear holiday favorites as Mr. Maguire and our Bands perform in their first concert of the year. Te RMS Chorus, led by Mr. Baldaia, will perform one week later on December 19th.
  • Items for the Holidays from the RMS School Store: If you would like to order T-shirts or Hoodies for your child for the Holiday Season, please fill out the order form and have your child return it to his/her homeroom teacher. We can send the purchase home with your child or leave it in the office for pick up if you want it as a surprise! (Put the order form in an envelope if you want it as a surprise.) Make checks payable to Riverside Middle School.
      • Hoodies are $25.00
      • Long and Short sleeve T’s are $10.00
      • RMS Winter Hat is $10.00
  • Ugly Holiday Sweater Fundraiser: Some of the sweaters you see around the holidays are so ugly that you should have to pay to wear one! So why not dress up for the season and make a donation to a local veteran's organization. Mr. Sulham is organizing what has become an annual event - The Ugly Holiday Sweater Fundraiser on Friday, December 13th! Make a donation of a few dollars and join in the fun. The gaudier the better!
  • Dress for the weather: We remind students often to dress in layers during cold weather. Depending how cold it is in the mornings, students wait outside RMS for the doors to open. We know it is an eternal struggle to get some kids to wear the right clothes for the weather, but we appreciate the efforts of parents. Perhaps sneak a pair of gloves into a backpack!
  • Waterview Villa Event: Over the past few years, students and faculty members have visited Waterview Villa, a rehabilitation and health care center, bringing holiday gifts and joy to residents. We are still collecting puzzles books, socks, stuffed animals, Kleenex, lotions, and blankets. Donations can be brought to room 217.
  • Hour of Code Event: Our technology teachers are helping organize the Hour of Code, a event throughout the nation (and other parts of the world too) in which students work on coding and computer science skills. At the end of the day on Tuesday, December 10, we will hold our event. Learn more about the Hour of Code here.
  • PTSA Meeting: The RMS PTSA will meet on Wednesday, December 11th at 6:30 in the RMS Library.
  • PTSA Restaurant Night: Mark your calendars for this month's PTSA Restaurant Night. On Tuesday, December 17th, Tropical Smoothie in Seekonk will donate 25% of the event's sales to the Riverside Middle School PTSA. Check out this Facebook Event for details and the flier of the event.
  • Blue Man Group at PPAC: Once again, the RMS PTSA has arranged for RMS Families to see a performance at PPAC. This year, RMS Families can see Blue Man Group on Friday, March 20th at 7:30pm. This year, there are two choices for sections. Seats in the 1st Dress Balcony are $31.50 per ticket and seats in the 2nd Dress Balcony are $21.50 per ticket. Tickets are being sold on a first come, first serve basis as we only have 40 tickets. If you are interested in attending, send in a payment for the correct amount to the RMS Main Office. Checks must be made payable to RMS PTSA. For more information, email rmsptsaBoard@gmail.com. Here is a Facebook Event.
  • PTSA Funny for Funds: The RMS PTSA presents the Funny4Funds comedy event on Saturday February 8, 2020. The event takes place at the Brotherhood of the Holy Ghost in Rehoboth, MA. This is an 18+ event for RMS parents and friends. The event is BYOS (bring your own snacks) with a cash bar. There will be a 50/50 raffle and a live and silent auction. Doors open at 6:00 PM and the show starts at 7:00 PM. Check out the event website for ticket information. https://www.funny4funds.com/events/riverside-middle-school-comedy-night/449.
  • Principals' Coffee Hour Thanks: Thank you to the parents who came out to Principals' Coffee Hour last Friday morning. We will meet again next quarter, so keep your eyes out for an announcement.
  • RMS Team Bulletins & Directory: We have received a lo of positive feedback about our grade-level Team Bulletins. Please bookmark these sites and refer to them frequently. Also, remember that the Directory (a link at the top of this page) has links to the bulletins and teacher email addresses. Here are the bulletins for quick access. Grade 6: Merola, Mennucci, D'Arezzo, Nelson | Grade 6: Love, Izzi, Farley, Baccari | Grade 7: Braga, Kelley, Sulham, Tarantelli | Grade 7: French, Villucci/Modica, McCarthy, Harris | Grade 8: Macomber, DeGroot, Reavey, Humphrey | Grade 8: Potts, Kenahan, Duarte, Travis
  • Parent and Student Resources: Check out the Resources page for information about apps and sites that are used at RMS. There are links to our FB Page , Daily Announcements and more.
  • Upcoming Events

December 2019

9 Monday: Mid-Quarter

10 Tuesday: Hour of Code

11 Wednesday: PTSA Meeting 6:30-7:30

11 Wednesday: Band Concert Assemblies

12 Thursday: Winter Band Concert

13 Friday: Ugly Holiday Sweater Fundraiser

15 Sunday: Waterview Villa Holiday Event

19 Thursday: Student Council Meeting

19 Thursday: Winter Chorus Concert

23-1 Mon-Thurs: Winter Recess


January 2020

7 Tuesday: i-Ready Testing (ELA)

9 Thursday: i-Ready Testing (Math)

14 Tuesday: 8th Grade visit to CTC

15 Wednesday: PTSA Meeting 6:30-7:30

20 Monday:MLK Jr. Day - No School

21 Tuesday: Quarter 2 Ends

22 & 23 Wed & Thurs: Ronald MacDonald House Event

22 Wednesday: Quarter 3 Begin

27 Monday: Report Cards Distributed

31 Friday: Winter Ball: 6:00-8:00 pm

1.) 8th Graders enjoyed the Junior Achievement Inspire Career Fair 2.) 6th Graders took part in STEM activities at Gillette Stadium 3.)Weekly Core Values Winners 4.) RMS collected 500 canned food items for Hope & Faith charity.

November 24, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving

It's the time of year at which we consider all of the things we have to be thankful for. We are fortunate to be part of a supportive and talented school community and we are thankful for kids who are hardworking and kind. On behalf of the RMS Faculty and Staff, thank you for trusting your kids to us everyday. We also need to remember the other important wish for Thanksgiving - for the Townies to beat LaSalle at Pierce Field! Here are some details about things happening at RMS over the next few weeks.

  • Morning Drop Off: A phone class was sent out last week reminding parents and guardians who drop off students in the morning that only the right driveway and the circle to the right of the school should be used for morning drop off. The left driveway and parking lots are busy in the mornings and there have been some safety concerns. At pick-up time, the same guidelines should be followed.
  • Principals' Coffee Hour: Mark your calendar. On Friday December 6th at 8:00 am, Mr. Perry and Mr. Salgueiro will host the second Principals' Coffee Hour of the year. We will be discussing RICAS results and our State Report Card. We will also take a brief tour of the school. We hope to see a lot of parents there.
  • Log into Skyward: Students and parents are reminded to login to Skyward frequently in order to keep up with assignments, grades, and attendance. Parents are asked to look through the contact information in Skyward to make sure that emergency contacts are up to date and correct information is provided. Here are links to the a mobile apps (iOS and Google). Also, don't forget that Team Bulletins are available in the Directory. There is a link at the top of this page.
  • Thanksgiving Can Drive Thanks: Mr. Pond organized our canned food drive this year. Students and staff collected around 500 items that were donated to the Hope & Faith Drive. Thank you to everyone who donated and to our winning homerooms .
  • Guidance Department Website Updates: The RMS Guidance Department has updated its website with new information for students and parents.
  • Waterview Villa Event: We will be holding our annual holiday event at Waterview Villa on December 15th. Students and staff are collecting puzzles books, socks, stuffed animals, Kleenex, lotions, and blankets for the residents of Waterview Villa. Donations can be brought to room 217.
  • Sign Painting Fundraiser for Washington DC trip: Come to RMS on Friday Dec 6th 6-9 pm for our sign painting fundraiser for the Washington DC trip. Reclaimed and Refined Signs will lead the fun. Participants will create their own personalized sign that can be used as a really nice Holiday gift. Go to the Reclaimed and Refined Signs website to buy a ticket before November 22.
  • PTSA Funny for Funds: The RMS PTSA presents the Funny4Funds comedy event on Saturday February 8, 2020. The event takes place at the Brotherhood of the Holy Ghost in Rehoboth, MA. This is an 18+ event for RMS parents and friends. The event is BYOS (bring your own snacks) with a cash bar. There will be a 50/50 raffle and a live and silent auction. Doors open at 6:00 PM and the show starts at 7:00 PM. Check out the event website for ticket information. https://www.funny4funds.com/events/riverside-middle-school-comedy-night/449.
  • RMS Team Bulletins & Directory: We have received a lo of positive feedback about our grade-level Team Bulletins. Please bookmark these sites and refer to them frequently. Also, remember that the Directory (a link at the top of this page) has links to the bulletins and teacher email addresses. Here are the bulletins for quick access. Grade 6: Merola, Mennucci, D'Arezzo, Nelson | Grade 6: Love, Izzi, Farley, Baccari | Grade 7: Braga, Kelley, Sulham, Tarantelli | Grade 7: French, Villucci/Modica, McCarthy, Harris | Grade 8: Macomber, DeGroot, Reavey, Humphrey | Grade 8: Potts, Kenahan, Duarte, Travis
  • Parent and Student Resources: Check out the Resources page for information about apps and sites that are used at RMS. There are links to our FB Page , Daily Announcements and more.
  • Upcoming Events

November 2019

27-29 Wed-Fri: Thanksgiving Recess

December 2019

4 Wednesday: Christmas Carol Field Trip (Grade 7)

5 Thursday: Student Council Meeting

6 Friday: Principal’s Coffee Hour

6 Friday: Sign Painting DC Fundraiser 6:00 -9:00 pm

9 Monday: Mid-Quarter

10 Tuesday: Hour of Code

11 Wednesday: PTSA Meeting 6:30-7:30

11 Wednesday: Band Concert Assemblies

12 Thursday: Winter Band Concert

13 Friday: Ugly Holiday Sweater Fundraiser

13 Friday: RMS Band performs at the RI State House

15 Sunday: Waterview Villa Holiday Event

19 Thursday: Student Council Meeting

19 Thursday: Winter Chorus Concert

23-1 Mon-Thurs: Winter Recess

1.) Phys. Ed teachers with RMS Parents Kim and Claudio who donated fitness equipment 2.) New members of the National Junior Honor Society 3.) Core Values Winners 4.) NJHS members and their families

November 10, 2019

Happy Veterans Day

Happy Veterans Day to all of the members of our school community who have served in the Armed Forces. We also honor those whose lives have been affected by the service of loved ones. We know that the success of our country has been due, in large part, to the sacrifices of those in uniform. Here are are some details about things coming up in the next few weeks.

  • Report Cards: Report Cards were sent home on Friday, November 8th. Parents can always login to Skyward to see up-to-date grades and attendance information. If your child did not bring home a report card, feel free to contact the RMS Guidance Office.
  • Early Dismissal: Students will be dismissed from RMS at 11:15 on Thursday, November 14 so that we can hold parent-teacher conferences. (See below.)
  • Parent-teacher Conferences: On Wednesday, November 13 (2:30-3:30 pm and 5:30-7:30 pm) and Thursday, November 14 (12:30-2:30 pm), parent-teacher conferences will take place. It is not too late to sign up for a meeting with a core subject teacher (English, science, social studies, math) using a Sign-Up Genius form. (Click on this ink for the Sign-up Genius forms.) All other teachers will be available for conferences during the times above on a first-come first-served basis.
  • Scholastic Book Fair: Please come to RMS during Parent Teacher Conferences (time are above) for the Scholastic Book Fair. Please support RMS by picking up some of the latest titles that kids love. Books make fantastic holiday gifts! Also, students will have an opportunity to visit the book fair during the week in classes where they can buy new books.
  • USA Skate Night: On Tuesday, November 12th, RMS will host USA Skate Night from 6:00-8:00 pm (This is a correction from an earlier post). This is an event for RMS students only. If a younger sibling attends, a parent or guardian must be present during the entire event. Parents are also reminded to be at USA Skates at 8:00 pm SHARP for pick up as Mr. Sal, Mr. Petsch, and Mr. Perry need to get home and get their beauty sleep.
  • Thanksgiving Can Drive: Mr. Pond is organizing a canned food drive. Students are asked to bring in a canned food item leading up to Thanksgiving. The homeroom with the most donations will win apizza party!
  • Waterview Villa Event: We will be holding our annual holiday event at Waterview Villa on December 15th. Students and staff are collecting puzzles books, socks, stuffed animals, Kleenex, lotions, and blankets for the residents of Waterview Villa. Donations can be brought to room 217.
  • School Photos: Makeups for Lifetouch Photos will take place on November 18.
  • PTSA Bingo Thank You: Thank you to Regan Potrzeba and the RMS PTSA for organizing a fun Candy Bar Bingo on November 7th. It was a fun event as EP School Committee member Jessica Beauchaine once again served as our master of ceremonies!
  • Veterans Day Event Thank You: Thank you to Nate Cahoon, Charlie Tsonos, Rick Lawson, and Mike Spremulli who came to RMS on Friday and spoke to our 8th graders about their service in the Armed Forces. The 8th graders asked some fantastic questions and represented our school community well!
  • Winter Sports Seasons: Parents or guardians of students who plan to try-out for a winter sport (basketball and wrestling) must fill out information on the Family ID website. Sign ups are taking place over the next few weeks. Coaches will be providing announcements about try-outs.
  • Sign Painting Fundraiser for Washington DC trip: Come to RMS on Friday Dec 6th 6-9 pm for our sign painting fundraiser for the Washington DC trip. Reclaimed and Refined Signs will lead the fun. Participants will create their own personalized sign that can be used as a really nice Holiday gift. Go to the Reclaimed and Refined Signs website to buy a ticket before November 22.
  • PTSA Funny for Funds: The RMS PTSA presents the Funny4Funds comedy event on Saturday February 8, 2020. The event takes place at the Brotherhood of the Holy Ghost in Rehoboth, MA. This is an 18+ event for RMS parents and friends. The event is BYOS (bring your own snacks) with a cash bar. There will be a 50/50 raffle and a live and silent auction. Doors open at 6:00 PM and the show starts at 7:00 PM. Check out the event website for ticket information. https://www.funny4funds.com/events/riverside-middle-school-comedy-night/449.
  • Parents as Pathways: The RMS Guidance Department has created a new website with information for students and parents. As part of their efforts to bring even more meaningful learning to our students, the Guidance Counselors are providing opportunities for parents and community members to share their career experiences with students. If you would like more information, check out this letter about the Parents and Pathways program. You can also contact Guidance Department Coordinator, Mrs. Pepin at kpepin@epschoolsri.com for more information.
  • RMS Team Bulletins & Directory: We have received a lo of positive feedback about our grade-level Team Bulletins. Please bookmark these sites and refer to them frequently. Also, remember that the Directory (a link at the top of this page) has links to the bulletins and teacher email addresses. Here are the bulletins for quick access. Grade 6: Merola, Mennucci, D'Arezzo, Nelson | Grade 6: Love, Izzi, Farley, Baccari | Grade 7: Braga, Kelley, Sulham, Tarantelli | Grade 7: French, Villucci/Modica, McCarthy, Harris | Grade 8: Macomber, DeGroot, Reavey, Humphrey | Grade 8: Potts, Kenahan, Duarte, Travis
  • Parent and Student Resources: Check out the Resources page for information about apps and sites that are used at RMS. There are links to our FB Page , Daily Announcements and more.
  • Upcoming Events

November 2019

12-15 Tues-Fri: Scholastic Book Fair

12 Tuesday: USA Skate Night (6-8pm)

13 Wednesday: Parent-Teacher Conferences 2:30-3:30pm & 5:30-7:30 pm

14 Thursday: Student Early Dismissal 11:15 am

14 Thursday: Parent-Teacher Conferences 12:30-2:30 pm

14 Thursday: 1st Quarter Honors Celebration

15 Friday: 6th Grade (Team 2) Gillette Stadium Field trip

18 Monday: Lifetouch School Photo Make-up

18 Monday: Faculty Advisory Committee Meeting

21 Thursday: Thursday: Student Council Meeting

21 Thursday: Junior Achievement Fair - Grade 8

27-29 Wed-Fri: Thanksgiving Recess

December 2019

4 Wednesday: Christmas Carol Field Trip (Grade 7)

5 Thursday: Student Council Meeting

6 Friday: Principal’s Coffee Hour

6 Friday: Sign Painting DC Fundraiser 6:00 -9:00 pm

9 Monday: Mid-Quarter

10 Tuesday: Hour of Code

11 Wednesday: PTSA Meeting 6:30-7:30

11 Wednesday: Band Concert Assemblies

12 Thursday: Winter Band Concert

13 Friday: Ugly Holiday Sweater Fundraiser

13 Friday: RMS Band performs at the RI State House

15 Sunday: Waterview Villa Holiday Event

19 Thursday: Student Council Meeting

19 Thursday: Winter Chorus Concert

23-1 Mon-Thurs: Winter Recess

Student Council members, Faculty members at the Spirit Rally, Students leading at the Townie Pride Parade, A winning team at the Spirit Rally

October 27, 2019

Here comes the 2nd Quarter.

What a busy few weeks we have had! Between finishing up the 1st quarter, the end of sports seasons, Spirit Week, and the Townie Pride Parade, we have been really moving at RMS recently. Grades close for the first quarter on the October 31st, so students and teachers will be putting the finishing touches on assignments, projects, and assessments. Be sure to check Skyward for the latest student progress information.

  • Report Cards: 1st Quarter Report Cards will be sent home on Friday, November 8. However, grades will be updated on Skyward before then.
  • Parent-teacher Conferences: On Wednesday, November 13 and Thursday, November 14, teachers will be available for conferences with parents or guardians. On Thursday, November 14, RMS students will be dismissed at 11:15 am. Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place from 12:30-2:30. We will be using a Sign-Up Genius form to schedule the meetings. Teachers will be sending out the links to the forms later in the week.
  • RICAS Results: Individual student results of the RICAS exam will be sent home with report cards in a few weeks. In general, as a school, RMS performed slightly better than last year as our ELA scores were less than a percentage point from last year and our math scores were slightly higher. We are on average with other middle schools in the state of Rhode Island. We had hoped for some bigger gains as some middle schools in Rhode Island raised their overall proficiency rate over 10%. Teachers will be breaking down the data in the coming weeks in order to identify the places where we need to focus our efforts.
  • Socktober Donations: Our 'Crazy Sock Lady', in the RMS Library reports that we need fewer than hundred pairs of socks to get to our 1000 pair goal! Please consider donating some new socks by 10/31.
  • Halloween at RMS. In case any parent is wondering, students are not allowed to wear Halloween costumes to school on October 31st. (Students have been informed of this already.) The good news is that we have a Halloween Dance!
  • Halloween Dance: Our annual Halloween Dance will take place on Friday, November 1st. (An extra day to wear those expensive costumes!) Tickets will be $5 each and will be sold during lunches starting on Tuesday, October 29th. Students are asked to not wear masks and students must be picked up at 8:00 PM Sharp!
  • BooGrams: The RMS Student Council will sell BooGrams Monday-Thursday
  • PTSA Bingo: Mark your calendar! The RMS PTSA will hold PTSA Candy Bar Bingo, a fun family event on November 7th in the RMS Cafeteria. Here is the Facebook Event. Also, don't forget that there are opportunities for 6th and 7th grade parents to become officers or board members. Please consider joining us! Email PTSA President, Regan Potrzeba at RMSPTSABoard@gmail.com for more information.
  • PTSA Restaurant Night: This month's RMS PTSA Restaurant Night is on November 5th (4:00-9:00 PM) at Applebee's in Seekonk. 15% of your order will be donated to the RMS PTSA. Here is a Facebook Event.
  • PTSA Funny for Funds: The RMS PTSA presents the Funny4Funds comedy event on Saturday February 8, 2020. The event takes place at the Brotherhood of the Holy Ghost in Rehoboth, MA. This is an 18+ event for RMS parents and friends. The event is BYOS (bring your own snacks) with a cash bar. There will be a 50/50 raffle and a live and silent auction. Doors open at 6:00 PM and the show starts at 7:00 PM. Check out the event website for ticket information. https://www.funny4funds.com/events/riverside-middle-school-comedy-night/449.
  • National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony: Congratulations to 30 RMS 8th graders who will be the first-ever inductees to the Riverside Middle School chapter of the National Junior Honor Society. The induction ceremony will be held on Wednesday, November 6th at 6:00 PM in the RMS Auditorium.
  • Parents as Pathways: The RMS Guidance Department has created a new website with information for students and parents. As part of their efforts to bring even more meaningful learning to our students, the Guidance Counselors are providing opportunities for parents and community members to share their career experiences with students. If you would like more information, check out this letter about the Parents and Pathways program. You can also contact Guidance Department Coordinator, Mrs. Pepin at kpepin@epschoolsri.com for more information.
  • Winter Sports Seasons: Parents or guardians of students who plan to try-out for a winter sport (basketball and wrestling) must fill out information on the Family ID website. Sign ups are taking place over the next few weeks. Coaches will be providing announcements about try-outs.
  • Thanksgiving Can Drive: Mr. Pond is organizing a canned food drive. Students are asked to bring in a canned food item leading up to Thanksgiving. The homeroom with the most donations will win apizza party!
  • Sign Painting Fundraiser for Washington DC trip: Come to RMS on Friday Dec 6th 6-9 pm for our sign painting fundraiser for the Washington DC trip. Reclaimed and Refined Signs will lead the fun. Participants will create their own personalized sign that can be used as a really nice Holiday gift. Go to the Reclaimed and Refined Signs website to buy a ticket before November 22.
  • RMS Team Bulletins & Directory: We have received a lo of positive feedback about our grade-level Team Bulletins. Please bookmark these sites and refer to them frequently. Also, remember that the Directory (a link at the top of this page) has links to the bulletins and teacher email addresses. Here are the bulletins for quick access. Grade 6: Merola, Mennucci, D'Arezzo, Nelson | Grade 6: Love, Izzi, Farley, Baccari | Grade 7: Braga, Kelley, Sulham, Tarantelli | Grade 7: French, Villucci/Modica, McCarthy, Harris | Grade 8: Macomber, DeGroot, Reavey, Humphrey | Grade 8: Potts, Kenahan, Duarte, Travis
  • Updated Attendance Policy: Consistent attendance at school is vital to the success of our students. The East Providence School Committee recently updated the Attendance Policy. There are a number of implications for students and some of these are a significant change from the old policy. Please read the policy in the RMS Student Handbook (available on this site at the top). Here are a few of the policy changes.
          • Excused Absences: Excused absences include a student’s participation in an approved school-sponsored activity, documented college visits, suspension days, religious holidays, bereavement, a doctor-excused illness or injury (doctor’s written excuse must be submitted no later than two (2) school days following the absence), a school nurse-teacher excused illness or injury, court appearance, military deployment event or dismissal from school by school Principal or designee.
          • Unexcused Absences: Unexcused absences include but are not limited to any absence in which the student and/or parent/guardian fails to comply with the District’s attendance policy and procedures and includes any and all absences not listed as excused absences above. Unexcused absences count toward attendance policy limits.
  • Parent and Student Resources: Check out the Resources page for information about apps and sites that are used at RMS. There are links to our FB Page , Daily Announcements and more.
  • Upcoming Events

October 2019

28 Monday: Student Council BooGrams

28 Monday: Thanksgiving Can Drive Begins

29-31: Tickets on sale for Halloween Dance

31 Thursday: Quarter 1 Ends

November 2019

1 Friday: Halloween Dance 6-8pm

1 Friday: Quarter 2 Begins

6 Wednesday: National Junior Honor Society Induction 6:00-8:00 pm

7 Thursday: Student Council Meeting

7 Thursday :PTSA Bingo 6:30-8:00

8 Friday: Report Cards Distributed

8 Friday: Veteran’s Day Event (Grade 8)

11 Monday: Veterans Day No School

12-15 Tues-Fri: Scholastic Book Fair

12 Tuesday: USA Skate Night (6-8pm)

13 Wednesday: Parent-Teacher Conferences 2:30-3:30pm & 5:30-7:30 pm

14 Thursday: Student Early Dismissal 11:15 am

14 Thursday: Parent Conferences 12:30-2:30 pm

14 Thursday: 1st Quarter Honors Celebration

15 Friday: 6th Grade (Team 2) Gillette Stadium Field trip

RMS Core Values award recipients, Science students performing an experiment, Boys Soccer players at the pasta fundraiser, Math students solving problems

October 13, 2019

We're getting ready for Spirit Week!

Autumn is definitely here as we have had a pleasant, colorful long-weekend. The next few weeks are busy at RMS as we head toward the end of the first quarter. Parents and students are reminded to check Skyward frequently in order to stay on top of assignments and assessments. Here are some details about things that are happening at RMS over the next few weeks.

  • Lifetouch School Photos: On Tuesday, October 15, students will have their school photos taken. Information has been sent home and Lifetouch has sent emails regarding photo packages. Look sharp, RMS!
  • Fall Spirit Week: Spirit Week will take place Monday, October 21 - Friday, October 25. It will culminate in the Townie Pride Parade at Pierce Field on Friday, October 25. Here are the themes of this year's Fall Spirit Week:
      • Mismatch Monday (October 21) - Dress in your mismatched outfits. Get brave and include your socks in the chaos.
      • Tie- Dye Tuesday (October 22) - Wear your tie dye. Can you dress in tie- dye from head to toe?
      • Wednesday (October 23) - Pink Out Day. Dress in Pink to support Breast Cancer Awareness. Donate a dollar and help RMS raise funds for Breast Cancer Research.
      • Triplet Thursday (Octber 24) - Find your long lost triplets. Dress alike and get ready to strike a pose.
      • Friday - Spirit Day (October 25) Get out your RMS gear and turn RMS into a stream of Red and White. Come join us at the Townie Pride Parade. Pep Rally will take place at RMS.
  • Townie Pride Parade: RMS will once again be making our presence known at the Townie Pride Parade on Friday, October 25. We will line up on the field behind Pierce Stadium starting around 5:30 PM and then march into the stadium in a showing of Townie Pride! Parents are welcome to join us!
  • Halloween Dance: Our annual Halloween Dance will take place on Friday, November 1st. (An extra day to wear those expensive costumes!) Tickets will be $5 each and will be sold during lunches starting on Tuesday, October 29th.
  • Girls Soccer Fundraiser: Come help support the Girls’ Soccer Team and find out how fast your shot is, or if you can score on Mr.Petch or one of our coaches! The event takes place on the soccer field at RMS on October 23rd 2:30-4:00 pm. The cost is only $1.00 per shot and tickets for a candy raffle will also be sold for $1.00. Snacks will be available to purchase too! 10% of all donations will be given to Pink Out Day!!!
  • Focus on Instruction: Teachers take part in professional learning every week at RMS. Over the next month, we will be focusing on using data about our students' achievement to improve our programs. At the end of the month, we will examine RICAS scores.
  • RMS PTSA: The RMS PTSA has a lot of parents of students in the 8th grade. There are opportunities for 6th and 7th grade parents to become officers or board members. Please consider joining us! Email PTSA President, Regan Potrzeba at RMSPTSABoard@gmail.com for more information.
  • Parents as Pathways: The RMS Guidance Department has created a new website (available 10/15) with information for students and parents. As part of their efforts to bring even more meaningful learning to our students, the Guidance Counselors are providing opportunities for parents and community members to share their career experiences with students. If you would like more information, check out the new website (available 10/15). There will also be a form available in the coming weeks.
  • RMS Team Bulletins & Directory: We have received a lo of positive feedback about our grade-level Team Bulletins. Please bookmark these sites and refer to them frequently. Also, remember that the Directory (a link at the top of this page) has links to the bulletins and teacher email addresses. Here are the bulletins for quick access. Grade 6: Merola, Mennucci, D'Arezzo, Nelson | Grade 6: Love, Izzi, Farley, Farley | Grade 7: Braga, Kelley, Sulham, Tarantelli | Grade 7: French, Villucci/Modica, McCarthy, Harris | Grade 8: Macomber, DeGroot, Reavey, Humphrey | Grade 8: Potts, Kenahan, Duarte, Travis
  • Socktober Donations: Don't forget to bring your Socktober donations in all month long to the 'Crazy Sock Lady', in the RMS Library!
  • Updated Attendance Policy: Consistent attendance at school is vital to the success of our students. The East Providence School Committee recently updated the Attendance Policy. There are a number of implications for students and some of these are a significant change from the old policy. Please read the policy in the RMS Student Handbook (available on this site at the top). Here are a few of the policy changes.
          • Excused Absences: Excused absences include a student’s participation in an approved school-sponsored activity, documented college visits, suspension days, religious holidays, bereavement, a doctor-excused illness or injury (doctor’s written excuse must be submitted no later than two (2) school days following the absence), a school nurse-teacher excused illness or injury, court appearance, military deployment event or dismissal from school by school Principal or designee.
          • Unexcused Absences: Unexcused absences include but are not limited to any absence in which the student and/or parent/guardian fails to comply with the District’s attendance policy and procedures and includes any and all absences not listed as excused absences above. Unexcused absences count toward attendance policy limits.
  • Parent and Student Resources: Check out the Resources page for information about apps and sites that are used at RMS. There are links to our FB Page , Daily Announcements and more.
  • Community Resources for Kids and Families: Here is some information about some valuable community resources.
  • Upcoming Events

October 2019

15 Tuesday: Lifetouch School Photos

15 Tuesday: Flu Clinic 4:00-6:00 pm

16 Wednesday: EPHS Band Visit

20 Sunday: Freaky 5k (Race/Fundraiser)

21-25 Mon-Fri: RMS Fall Spirit Week

21 Monday: Mismatch Monday (Spirit Week)

22 Tuesday: Tie-dye Tuesday (Spirit Week)

23 Wednesday: Pink Out Day (Spirit Week)

23 Wednesday: Girl's Soccer Fundraiser 2:30-4:00 pm

24 Thursday: Triplet Thursday (Spirit Week)

24 Thursday: Student Council Meeting

25 Friday: Spirit Day (Spirit Week)

25 Friday: Viking Spirit Rally

25 Friday: Townie Pride Parade 5:45 pm

28 Monday: Student Council BooGrams

28 Monday: Thanksgiving Can Drive Begins

31 Thursday: Quarter 1 Ends

November 2019

1 Friday: Halloween Dance 6-8pm (rescheduled from 10/25)

1 Friday: Quarter 2 Begins

6 Wednesday: National Junior Honor Society Induction 6:00-8:00 pm

7 Thursday: Student Council Meeting

7 Thursday :PTSA Bingo 6:30-8:00

8 Friday: Report Cards Distributed

8 Friday: Veteran’s Day Event (Grade 8)

11 Monday: Veterans Day No School

12-15 Tues-Fri: Scholastic Book Fair

12 Tuesday: USA Skate Night (6-8pm)

13 Wednesday: Parent-Teacher Conferences 2:30-3:30pm & 5:30-7:30 pm

14 Thursday: Student Early Dismissal 11:15 am

14 Thursday: Parent Conferences 12:30-2:30 pm

14 Thursday: 1st Quarter Honors Celebration

15 Friday: 6th Grade (Team 2) Gillette Stadium Field trip

RMS Girls Soccer Team in action, RMS Core Values recognition recipients, Student Council members helping out on Meet the Teachers Night, 8h Graders at USA Skate Night

September 29, 2019

Townie Pride is on display!

We have had a busy two weeks, capped off by the Salute to Rhode Island Educators WaterFire event in Providence on Saturday, September 28th. Our own Social Studies Department Coordinator Leila McCarthy was recognized as the East Providence Teacher of the Year and our Superintendent, Kathryn Crowley was recognized as the Rhode Island Superintendent of the Year. It was a wonderful night for Townie Pride. Here are some details about things that are happening at RMS over the next two weeks!

  • Mid-Term Progress: Monday, September 30th marks the middle of the quarter. Parents and students are encouraged to login to Skyward to check midterm progress. Please contact teachers and/or guidance counselors via email if you have concerns about grades or progress. There is a Directory at the top of this page. Also be sure to download the Skyward Mobile App for quick access on a phone. Here are links (iOS and Google).
  • Principal's Coffee Hour: Thank you to the parents who came to RMS for our first Principal's Coffee Hour of the year. We had a really productive conversation. Our next one will take place on December 6th. Be sure to mark your calendar.
  • PTSA Meeting October 9: The RMS PTSA will meet on Wednesday, October 9th. All RMS parents, guardians, and students are welcome to attend. The meeting starts at 6:30 pm in the RMS Library. We hope to see you there.
  • PTSA Restaurant Night: Bring your family and friends to Orange Leaf in Seekonk on Thursday, October 3 and mention RMS at checkout. 10% will go to the RMS PTSA! Here is a Facebook Event so you can mark your calendar.
  • RMS Team Bulletins & Directory: Grade-level teaching teams have created Google Docs that have up-to-date assignments and class information. Please bookmark these sites and refer to them frequently. Also, remember that the Directory (a link at the top of this page) has links to the bulletins and teacher email addresses. Here are the bulletins for quick access. Grade 6: Merola, Mennucci, D'Arezzo, Nelson | Grade 6: Love, Izzi, Farley, Farley | Grade 7: Braga, Kelley, Sulham, Tarantelli | Grade 7: French, Villucci/Modica, McCarthy, Harris | Grade 8: Macomber, DeGroot, Reavey, Humphrey | Grade 8: Potts, Kenahan, Duarte, Travis
  • Socktober Dontions: Socks are one of the most needed items for the homeless and those less fortunate. Our very own 'Crazy Sock Lady', Christine Alves, organizes our yearly drive to collect socks. If you would like to make a donation, please bring new socks to the RMS Library all month.
  • XQRI Grant Survey: A team of educators, parents and students are working on an application for an XQRI grant (funded by the foundation Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple). This is an opportunity to significantly impact education in East Providence. Parents are asked to fill out a brief survey to lend their voice to the process. Here is a link to the survey and a video that explains the program.
  • Pasta Dinner Fundraiser for Boys Soccer: The RMS Boys Soccer Team is holding a pasta dinner on Thursday, October 10th in the RMS Cafeteria. Tickets are available from a soccer player or coach or in the Main Office for $12.
  • Updated Attendance Policy: Consistent attendance at school is vital to the success of our students. The East Providence School Committee recently updated the Attendance Policy. There are a number of implications for students and some of these are a significant change from the old policy. Please read the policy in the RMS Student Handbook (available on this site at the top). Here are a few of the policy changes.
          • Excused Absences: Excused absences include a student’s participation in an approved school-sponsored activity, documented college visits, suspension days, religious holidays, bereavement, a doctor-excused illness or injury (doctor’s written excuse must be submitted no later than two (2) school days following the absence), a school nurse-teacher excused illness or injury, court appearance, military deployment event or dismissal from school by school Principal or designee.
          • Unexcused Absences: Unexcused absences include but are not limited to any absence in which the student and/or parent/guardian fails to comply with the District’s attendance policy and procedures and includes any and all absences not listed as excused absences above. Unexcused absences count toward attendance policy limits.
  • Parent and Student Resources: Check out the Resources page for information about apps and sites that are used at RMS. There are links to our FB Page , Daily Announcements and more!
  • Upcoming Events

September 2019

    • 30 Monday - Mid-Quarter

October 2019

    • 1 Tuesday - Socktober Kickoff
    • 3 Thursday - PTSA Restaurant Night at Orange Leaf in Seekonk 4:00-8:00 pm
    • 7-18 Mon-Fri - NJHS Candidate Interviews
    • 9 Wednesday - PTSA Meeting 6:30-7:30
    • 10 Thursday - Student Council Meeting
    • 10 Thursday - Boys Soccer Pasta Dinner Fundraiser
    • 14 Monday - Columbus Day - No School
    • 15 Tuesday - Lifetouch School Photos
    • 15 Tuesday - Flu Clinic 4:00-6:00 pm
    • 16 Wednesday - EPHS Band Visit
    • 17 Thursday - School Improvement Team 2:30 pm
    • 20 Sunday - Freaky 5k (Race/Fundraiser)
    • 21-25 Mon-Fri - RMS Fall Spirit Week
    • 23 Wednesday - Pink Out Day
    • 24 Thursday - Student Council Meeting
    • 25 Friday - RMS Spirit Rally
    • 25 Friday - Townie Pride Parade
    • 28 Monday - Student Council BooGrams
    • 31 Thursday - Quarter 1 Ends
    • 24 Thursday - Student Council Meeting

November

    • Halloween Dance 6:00-8:00 pm
RI Commissioner of Education, Angelica Infante-Green visited RMS, The RMS Girls Soccer Team, Jessica DAlessandro teaching 7th graders about 9/11, 6th graders sporting their Class of 2026 tees on Townie Tuesday!

September 15, 2019

Autumn here we come!

We are definitely in the swing of things at RMS. Students are well into their classes and the Fall sports season is underway. We have a number of things happening at RMS, so be sure to keep this website bookmarked for quick access. Remember that the RMS Family Bulletin will be published every 2 weeks!

  • RMS Team Bulletins: Grade-level teaching teams have created Google Docs that have up-to-date assignments and class information. Teachers will be sharing the Docs with parents and students. Please bookmark these sites and refer to them frequently!
  • Updated Attendance Policy: Consistent attendance at school is vital to the success of our students. The East Providence School Committee recently updated the Attendance Policy. There are a number of implications for students and some of these are a significant change from the old policy. Please read the policy in the RMS Student Handbook (available on this site at the top). Here are a few of the policy changes.
          • Excused Absences: Excused absences include a student’s participation in an approved school-sponsored activity, documented college visits, suspension days, religious holidays, bereavement, a doctor-excused illness or injury (doctor’s written excuse must be submitted no later than two (2) school days following the absence), a school nurse-teacher excused illness or injury, court appearance, military deployment event or dismissal from school by school Principal or designee.
          • Unexcused Absences: Unexcused absences include but are not limited to any absence in which the student and/or parent/guardian fails to comply with the District’s attendance policy and procedures and includes any and all absences not listed as excused absences above. Unexcused absences count toward attendance policy limits.
  • Meet the Teachers Night: Our annual Meet the Teachers Night will take place on Monday, September 23, 6:00-7:30 PM. Parents will follow the schedule of their child. More information about Meet the Teachers Night will be sent in a separate email later in the week.
  • Townie Pride Parade & Halloween Dance: Due to the threat of mosquito born illnesses, the Townie Pride Parade has been rescheduled for October 25th. Our Halloween Dance was originally scheduled on that date. Therefore, we will hold the Halloween Dance on 11/1. Kids will have one more day to wear their costumes!
  • PTSA Meeting September 18: The first RMS PTSA meeting of the year will take place on Wednesday, September 18th. Our PTSA supports our students in a number of ways. At this meeting, we will discuss our plans for the year. New members, or anyone interested in finding out what the RMS PTSA is all about are encouraged to attend. The meeting starts at 6:30PM in the RMS Library. Remember that students are welcome to be members too! We hope to see you there.
  • Math Counts Club: Last school year, RMS started a Math Counts club. This group is made up of students who love math and are interested in competing in contests against other middle school teams. Mrs. D'Arezzo is the advisor of the club. We are looking for parents who would like to help out too. Please contact Mrs. D'Arezzo (ddarezzo@epschoolsri.com) for more information.
  • USA Skate Night: Our first USA Skate Night of the year will take place on Tuesday, September 24th. Mr. Petsch will provide details to students during lunches.
  • RMS Family Book Club: There are a lot of people in our school community who love to read and to talk about books. Mrs. Tarantelli and Mrs. Merola are two of them! What better way to share the love of books than to take part in the RMS Family Book Club. We will meet in the RMS Library, have some snacks and talk about the Summer Reading book, Fish in a Tree. This is a new thing at RMS and we really don't know how many people to expect or how excited people will be about starting a book club. So please email Mrs. Tarantelli (ltarantelli@epschoolsri.com) and let her know if you would like to take part!
  • Principal's Coffee Hour: Mr. Perry and Mr. Salgueiro will host parents on Friday, September 27th at 8:00 am in the RMS Library for an informal discussion about things that are happening at RMS. At the end of the hour, participants will take a tour around RMS. Principal's Coffee Hour will be held three times this school year.
  • RMS on Facebook: Please like our FB Page and share positive posts. Thank you for contacting RMS with any concerns and keeping it out of social media! We can solve problems effectively together within our school community (and who needs the drama!).
  • RMS Daily Announcements: RMS has a Daily Announcements page with the announcements that are read in the morning during homeroom. You can find the Daily Announcements here.
  • Parent and Student Resources: Check out the Resources page for information about apps and sites that are used at RMS.
  • RMS Student Handbook 2019-2020: Be sure to read the updated Attendance Policy in the RMS Student Handbook 2019-2020. There is a lot of important information inside.

September 2019

    • 18 Wednesday - PTSA Meeting 6:30-7:30
    • 20 Friday - Flash Friday Fundraiser for Childhood Cancer
    • 23 Monday - Vision Screenings 8:45-11:15 am
    • 23 Monday - Meet the Teachers Night 6:00-7:30 pm
    • 24 Tuesday - USA Skate Party 6:00-8:00 pm
    • 27 Friday - Principal’s Coffee Hour 8:00-9:00 am
    • 30 Monday - Mid-Quarter

October 2019

    • 1 Tuesday - Socktober Kickoff
    • 1-4 Mon-Fri - RMS Fall Spirit Week
    • 4 Friday - Viking Spirit Rally
    • 4 Friday - Townie Pride Parade 5:30 pm (rescheduled to 10/25)
    • 7-18 Mon-Fri - NJHS Candidate Interviews
    • 9 Wednesday - PTSA Meeting 6:30-7:30
    • 10 Thursday - Student Council Meeting
    • 14 Monday - Columbus Day - No School
    • 15 Tuesday - Lifetouch School Photos
    • 15 Tuesday - Flu Clinic 4:00-6:00 pm
    • 16 Wednesday - EPHS Band Visit
    • 17 Thursday - School Improvement Team 2:30 pm
    • 18 Friday - Pink Out Day
    • 20 Sunday - Freaky 5k (Race/Fundraiser)
    • 24 Thursday - Student Council Meeting
    • 25 Friday - Townie Pride Parade
    • 25 Friday - Halloween Dance 6-8pm (rescheduled to 11/1/19)
    • 28 Monday - Student Council BooGrams
    • 31 Thursday - Quarter 1 Ends
    • 24 Thursday - Student Council Meeting

November

    • Halloween Dance 6:00-8:00 pm

On behalf of Mr. Salgueiro, Mr. Petsch, Officer Tammy and the entire faculty and staff of Riverside Middle School, thank you for being an active part of our school community and the RMS Family! I hope you have an opportunity to enjoy some end-of-summer weather as we gear up for fall!

Sincerely,

Robert Perry, RMS Principal

8th Graders showing off our Core Values, Our veteran teachers - Ms. Reavey, Mrs. Mahoney, and Mr. Macomber, Mr. K. leading a physical education class, Teachers getting in on the action on the first day of school

September 2, 2019

Happy Labor Day

We hope that you are enjoying this beautiful Labor Day weather and gearing up for another week (four days) at RMS! Thank you to everyone - students, parents, faculty and staff members - who made the first few days of school so successful. The beginning of the school year is always an adjustment period, but things went pretty smoothly. Here are some announcements about things happening at RMS. This year the RMS Family Bulletin will be published every other week. Please bookmark this site and share with other RMS families!


  • Student Forms: Students received packets of information that need to be filled out by parents. Please be sure to do so ASAP and send the forms back with your student to be handed in to Homeroom teachers.
  • RMS Team Bulletins: Teachers will be sending out information about how they will be communicating with parents and students about homework and assignments. Be sure you have an active email account in order to receive updates.
  • Arrival and Dismissal: We are getting used to our arrival and dismissal schedule as busses are being sorted out and everyone is getting used to the drop-off and pick up procedures. Parents and students are reminded that the doors to RMS open at 7:45 am. Students who arrive after 8:00 am are considered tardy. The day ends at 2:15 pm and only students who are involved in after school activities are allowed to remain on school grounds.
  • RMS Athletics: Coach Carlos has planned Girls Soccer tryouts for Tuesday and Wednesday after school. Athletes are reminded that they need the following to try out. 1). Registration on Family ID 2). Up-to-date physical 3). an Assumption of Risk Form (on file or handed to the Coach). Also, Cross-country practice will begin on Monday, September 9th. See Mr. Chace for more information. Coach Steve of the Boys Soccer team will be releasing the roster for this year's team early in the week.
  • Locker Time: We built time for lockers into our daily schedule before the lunch period. That means that students do not have to lug around heavy backpacks during the day. We will continue to encourage students to lock their items in their lockers and use them effectively.
  • RMS on Facebook: Please like our FB Page and share positive posts. Thank you for contacting RMS with any concerns and keeping it out of social media! We can solve problems effectively together within our school community (and who needs the drama!).
  • Parent and Student Resources: Check out the Resources page for information about apps and sites that are used at RMS.
  • Meet the Teachers Night: Our annual Meet the Teachers Night has been rescheduled to September 23 6:00-7:30 PM.
  • RMS Student Handbook 2019-2020: Be sure to read the updated Attendance Policy in the RMS Student Handbook 2019-2020. There is a lot of important information inside.

September 2019

    • 2 Monday - Labor Day-No School
    • 4 Wednesday - i-Ready Benchmarking (ELA)
    • 5 Thursday - i-Ready Benchmarking (Math)
    • 11 Wednesday - 9/11 Remembrance (Grade 7)
    • 12 Thursday - Summer Reading Book Club (6:30-7:30 pm) (postponed)
    • 19 Thursday - School Improvement Team 2:30 pm
    • 20 Friday - Flash Friday Fundraiser for Childhood Cancer
    • 23 Monday - Vision Screenings 8:45-11:15 am
    • 23 Monday - Meet the Teachers Night 6:00-7:30 pm (rescheduled from 9/10)
    • 24 Tuesday - USA Skate Party 6:00-8:00 pm
    • 27 Friday - Principal’s Coffee Hour 8:00-9:00 am
    • 30 Monday - Mid-Quarter
Mrs. Pearson and Mrs. Costa getting the Main Office ready, Tee shirts for our new 6th graders, Teachers honing their skills during summer professional development, Our upcoming events message board at the top of the driveway to RMS

August 23, 2019

#RMS2020VISION

#RMS2020VISION. Our crack custodial staff is putting the last coats of wax on the floors and teachers have been coming in to set up their classrooms in anticipation of a new batch of Vikings! RMS is just about ready for the 2019-2020 school year. Our theme this year is RMS 2020 Vision. We've got our eyes on the prize as we work to create the best middle school in Rhode Island! Here are some recent announcements and be sure to read the post for August 5th (below) for important information about the beginning of the school year.


  • Meet the Teachers Night: Our annual Meet the Teachers Night has been rescheduled to September 23 6:00-7:30 PM.
  • Student Schedules: on Tuesday, September 27th at 3:00 PM, student schedules will be available to be viewed on Skyward.
  • RMS Student Handbook 2019-2020: Be sure to read the updated Attendance Policy in the RMS Student Handbook 2019-2020. There is a lot of important information inside.
  • EPHS Class of 2026 Tee Shirts: Thank you to State Representatives Liana Cassar and Gregg Amore for making a contribution for the sharp new EPHS 2026 tee shirts for our 6th graders. We will be wearing the tee shirts on our first Townie Tuesday of the year, September 3rd!

September 2019

    • 2 Monday - Labor Day-No School
    • 4 Wednesday - i-Ready Benchmarking (ELA)
    • 5 Thursday - i-Ready Benchmarking (Math)
    • 10 Tuesday Meet the Teachers Night 6:00-7:30 pm (rescheduled to 9/23)
    • 11 Wednesday - 9/11 Remembrance (Grade 7)
    • 12 Thursday - Summer Reading Book Club (6:30-7:30 pm)
    • 19 Thursday - School Improvement Team 2:30 pm
    • 20 Friday - Flash Friday Fundraiser for Childhood Cancer
    • 23 Monday - Vision Screenings 8:45-11:15 am
    • 23 Thursday - Meet the Teachers Night 6:00-7:30 pm (rescheduled from 9/10)
    • 24 Tuesday - USA Skate Party 6:00-8:00 pm
    • 27 Friday - Principal’s Coffee Hour 8:00-9:00 am
    • 30 Monday - Mid-Quarter

August 5, 2019

Welcome (back) to the RMS Family Bulletin

You have found your way to the RMS Family Bulletin, the website we use to communicate information about things that are happening at Riverside Middle School. Please bookmark this page as it is updated every two weeks with important information. As it is already the beginning of August and school will be back in session in just a few weeks, some announcements are due!

  • Summer Reading: This year's whole school Summer Reading book is Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mallaly Hunt. Students in grades 6, 7, & 8 all read the same book and complete an assignment. Parents are also encouraged to read the novel and have discussions with students about the characters and themes. The book is available in local libraries and retailers. The assignment and graphic organizer can be found on the RMS Library website.
  • Supply Lists: Parents may wish to pick up school supplies for the coming year. Here are links to general supply lists for 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade. Please keep in mind that some teachers may have specific requests once the school year begins.
  • First Day of School: Wednesday, August 28th is the first day of school for 6th graders only. Parents and guardians are welcome to come to RMS for a brief program at 8:00 am to see their kids start a new school year. Homeroom teachers will gather their students soon after and all parents will depart from RMS by 8:45 am. Parents who plan to drive to RMS for the first day for 6th graders are asked to take a left at the split in the driveway and park in the lot next to RMS. On Thursday, August 29th, we welcome all of our students to RMS. 7th and 8th graders should login to Skyward and find their Homeroom teacher. (Lists will be provided at RMS for students who have not checked.)
  • Skyward: Students and parents can keep track of grades and attendance using Skyward, our student information system. There is also a handy Skyward mobile app available for access on-the-go.
  • School Hours and Student Attendance: In our continuous work of promoting student achievement, the East Providence School Department is making efforts to improve the attendance of all students (See the updated Attendance Policy). Students and parents are reminded that Homeroom for RMS students starts at 7:45 am. Homeroom is when student pick up their Chromebooks and when daily announcements are made. Any student who arrives after 8:00 am will have to sign in as tardy in the Main Office and will be subject to Attendance Policy guidelines.
  • Bus Transportation: Students who live within the school transportation area (1.5 miles from RMS) are eligible to ride the school bus starting on the first day of school. A list of bus stops will be available on the East Providence School Department website later in the summer. Inquiries about bus transportation are addressed by the East Providence School Department Transportation Office at (401) 383-5797.
  • Contact & Emergency Information: Parents are asked to please be sure that contact information and emergency contact information in Skyward is accurate. At the beginning of the year, students will receive information packets with forms that must be signed and returned before the end of the first week of school. Parents will be able to make any changes on these forms.
  • Student Schedules. Schedules for 7th and 8th graders will be available on Skyward on August 23rd. 6th graders will receive their schedules on the first day of school.
  • RMS Facebook Page: Please check out the RMS Facebook page for information about select events, student and faculty and staff achievements, photos and positive information about RMS. Help us out by sharing posts and spreading the word about the impressive things happening at RMS.
  • RMS Athletics: Registration for RMS Boys and Girls Soccer and Cross Country is under way. To register go to the FamilyID website. Coaches will get updates from Family ID and make contact with the athletes through email, phone call, or through school announcements.
  • Upcoming Events

August 2019

    • 28 Wednesday First Day for Grade 6
    • 29 Thursday First Day for Grades 7 & 8

September 2019

    • 2 Monday - Labor Day-No School
    • 3 Tuesday - Grade Level Assemblies
    • 4 Wednesday - i-Ready Benchmarking (ELA)
    • 5 Thursday - i-Ready Benchmarking (Math)
    • 10 Tuesday Meet the Teachers Night 6:00-7:30 pm (rescheduled to 9/23)
    • 11 Wednesday - 9/11 Remembrance (Grade 7)
    • 12 Thursday - Summer Reading Book Club (6:30-7:30 pm)
    • 19 Thursday - School Improvement Team 2:30 pm
    • 20 Friday - Flash Friday Fundraiser for Childhood Cancer
    • 23 Monday - Vision Screenings 8:45-11:15 am
    • 23 Thursday - Meet the Teachers Night 6:00-7:30 pm (rescheduled from 9/10)
    • 24 Tuesday - USA Skate Party 6:00-8:00 pm
    • 27 Friday - Principal’s Coffee Hour 8:00-9:00 am
    • 30 Monday - Mid-Quarter

On behalf of Mr. Salgueiro, our Assistant Principal, Mr. Petsch, our Dean of Students, Cpl. Tammy David, our School Resource Officer, and all of the faculty and staff of RMS, I thank you for being a part of our school community and for preparing our kids for success in middle school. Best wishes for a fun and relaxing August!

Robert Perry, Principal