Middle School News – September 18, 2020

September 18, 2020

Greetings to Middle School Families! 

The first three days of 2020-2021 are in the books! Thank you to parents/guardians that have sent so many encouraging emails to school teams! Newsletter submitted by, Kathi McCollumn, GDRMS Principal


Bus Information

Thank you, in advance, for reminding your middle schooler that they are to keep masks on and remain in their assigned seats on the bus for the entire ride. The purpose of assigned seats is so that we are able to conduct contact tracing if needed. Failure to follow either of these requirements will result in students being suspended from the bus. [video on bus protocols]

Tech Tips

Remote Learning and Zoom Tips

Email Etiquette



We know that wearing a mask all day can be a strain, here’s a video about taking mask breaks.


Desks and Chairs

Since students are spending more time in one chair/desk – at school and probably at home, as well, here is a suggestion: Parents may send in ‘risers’ for the desk legs to provide an opportunity to shift to a standing desk. The risers can be purchased at 5 Below, Walmart, etc for $5-$10 and can be used as needed. 



This year, students in school will eat lunch in the cafeteria and homerooms, alternating weekly in each. In order to keep students safe while eating in homerooms, we will have to make some of our classrooms peanut and tree nut free spaces. The following homerooms will be nut free during the weeks that they are eating in classrooms: Grade 5 = Mr. Gannon and Ms. Osterholtz; in Grade 6 = Ms. Connery, Mr. Robinson, Ms. Copeland, and Mr. John; in Grade 7 = Ms. Masse, Ms. Perreault, and Ms. Witt; in Grade 8 = Ms. LaPierre, Ms. Mitchell, Ms. Pflanz, Mr. Bennett, Ms. Blydenburgh, and Mr. Humphrey. 


SEL News

Social Emotional Learning

‘Self – Awareness’ [9/16 – 10/7]

During remote and hybrid SEL lessons, and embedded into core and IA classes, students will be exploring the SEL competency of ‘Self Awareness’, defined as: the ability to accurately recognize one’s own emotions, thoughts and values and how they influence behavior.  The ability to accurately see one’s strengths and limitations, with a well-grounded sense of confidence, optimism, and a “growth mindset.”

★Accurate self-perception ★Recognizing strengths       

★ Self-confidence         ★Self-efficacy         

★ Identifying emotions                                              ★Communication         


★ Responsibility

Each week we will share some ideas and information for parents/guardians about our SEL competency work so that discussions at home might continue student social and emotional development. Here’s this week’s link: Ideas and Tools for Working with Parents & Families SEL intro


PTO News

From your new PTO President, Sara Fieberg: Around this time the PTO is usually asking for a ‘one and done’ donation. However, this year with all the uncertainty, we did not feel like asking for money was in anyone’s best interest. So we have decided to put that on hold for the time being and wait to see how the school year progresses. We WILL however continue to do what we can for the school. We will be having an ONLINE book fair, while not ideal as being in person, we hope that you will still participate. We will also have our Square One art virtually as well. We will be having fundraisers via local restaurants and will send more information soon. After this first quarter passes we will reevaluate and decide what to do next. If you are interested in attending our meetings via zoom, please contact me at  sfieberg@gmail.com to put you on the list!

We hope that you all saw the ‘We Love our Teachers’ sign at the entrance to the school. The PTO decided that was the best way that we could show support to GDRMS staff for all of their hard work. We will continue to do what we can to support parents and teachers during this unprecedented time!  


Upcoming Dates

Sept 21 – Picture Day for students in Hybrid Learning Model

Sept 23 – Grade 7 Core/IA Virtual Open House: Check your child’s Google Classroom for a link to Open House

Sept 24 – Grade 5 Core/IA Virtual Open House: Check your child’s Google Classroom for a link to Open House

Oct 1 – Grade 6 & Grade 8 Core/IA Virtual Open Houses

Oct 12 – No School Columbus Day

Oct 13 – No School, Professional Development

Oct 23 – Half Day, Professional Development

Reference Links: 

P.R.I.D.E.: Integrity: Demonstrate honesty. Being able to own your choices. To do the right thing when no one is looking.