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November 2023

We hope you are enjoying the month of November RMS families!  Please watch the quick video update from Dr. Rittenour below.

Veterans Day - Thank You!

Thank you to all of the Veterans who attended our Veterans Day Program!  We hope you enjoyed your time at RMS and we thank you for your service to our country!  Thank you to all of the 5th graders who put on an amazing performance and a special thank you to Mr. Parr and Mr. Rauen for creating the musical composition for this event!  We would also like to thank our Rogers Lions Club for providing muffins and coffee/water!  The program was recorded and will be available to view online  ( at a later date.    

7th & 8th Grade Band Concert: Thursday, November 16

Families with 7th and 8th grade band students: we look forward to seeing you at the concert on Thursday, November 16, from 6:00-7:00 PM, at the Rogers High School Performing Arts Center. 

Food Drive: Now - Friday, November 17

Student Council is sponsoring the annual RMS Food Drive, partnering with CROSS Services.  The drive ends on Friday, November 17th.  Canned goods should be brought to each student's homeroom teacher.  As of Friday, November 10, 838 items have already been collected!  Thank you for your donations and for making a difference!     

Fall Bash for 5th & 6th Graders - Friday, November 17 from 6-8 PM at Salk Middle School

For more information and to register your student, click here: Fall Bash 2023 Registration - 5th & 6th Graders

No School Reminder: Wednesday, November 22 - Friday, November 24

We hope you enjoy the fall break and we will see students back in the building on Monday, November 27.

Rogers Police - Winter Coat Drive: Now - November 30

Do you have any winter coats that you no longer need or use that are still in good condition?  If so, please have your RMS student bring the coat to the drop off location outside of Officer Zachman's office.  The Rogers Police Department is collecting winter coats to benefit the Salvation Army Harbor Light Center.  
While the annual winter coat drive is a great cause that benefits those in need, there is also a bit of a competitive edge between participating police departments. Last year, the Rogers PD achieved the title as top contributor and brought the traveling Justin Morneau Bat (presented by some Minnesota Twins greats) to Rogers as the trophy. With the help of the Rogers community, they are looking to defend this title and keep the bat displayed at the Rogers PD. Donations will be accepted through November 30th.  Thank you for supporting this cause!  

Order Your 2023-2024 RMS Yearbook Today!

Click here to place your student's yearbook order: 2023-2024 RMS Yearbook.

From the Counseling Department

The RMS Counseling Department will be running a Family Change Group for students whose families are experiencing changes and would like support navigating these changes.  If you would like to refer your child or find out more, email Sarah Whiting:

MySAEBRS Screening

ISD 728 is committed to supporting every student’s academic growth as well as their social, emotional, and behavioral growth. Part of our district’s Strategic Action Plan for ISD 728 students is for them to be able to regulate their emotions, develop positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. As part of this process, all students in our school will be completing a screener in the fall, winter, and spring called the MySAEBRS or Social, Academic, Emotional, Behaviors Risk Screener. The screener will ask students a total of 20 questions. 
If you have questions about the screener or would like to request your student not to participate in the winter and/or spring screener, please contact Principal, Nicole Rittenour at or Rachel Hilyar, ISD 728 Assistant Director of Prevention & Safety at (763) 241-3400 x5003 or

Quarter 1 Coding Digital Citizenship Contest Winners

Students in Mrs. LeMoine's Coding class took part in a Digital Citizenship Contest in collaboration with the Media Specialist, Mrs. Allen. Students were able to create a poster or PSA video with a digital citizenship topic as its theme. The Quarter 1 winners were: Owen Pierson (Poster--Copyright), Henry Euphosin (Video--Cyberbullying), Noah E. Johnson (Poster--Cyberbullying), Cecelia Mattson (Poster--Cyberbullying), and Brynn Staples (Video--Online Safety). Congratulations! 

Book Fair Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who helped make our Fair a success--our student Book Fair Committee members, parent volunteers, and the readers who shopped the Fair! The Media Center was able to purchase more than 100 new books for our collection for students to read AND purchase books for classroom libraries. Thank you! Our next Scholastic Book Fair will be in March 2024.

Book Club Starting Soon!

Does your student like to read? We’ve got a group for them! The RMS Book Club is open to all students in grades 5-8. Students choose the books they’d like to read and meet over lunch to discuss what they are reading. Book Club will start in mid-November and meets twice per month through mid-April.
Students should watch Schoology for the sign up!

First Quarter Volunteers - Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who volunteered and/or donated items throughout the first quarter!  We appreciated individuals who helped out with the following:
  • Picture Day
  • Conference Treats - Caramel Apple Bar
  • Field Trips
  • Scholastic Book Fair
  • Pass Page Buyback
  • Classroom Volunteers
If you have any interest in volunteering in the future at RMS and haven't yet filled out the volunteer form, you can do so here: 2023-2024 Royal Way Volunteer Form. Thank you!

Lost & Found

Please make sure your student labels their belongings with their first and last name because our lost and found area is getting full!  If your student is missing anything, please have them stop by to see if they can find their item.  Items not claimed will be donated in the near future.

STIR Committee Films

Members of the Stronger Together Inspiring Resilience (STIR) committee have organized multiple public viewings of different films and you're invited to attend!
The films that will be shown include:
Angst: Angst aims to remove the stigma and open up the conversation about mental health, helping our youth and their families understand that a certain amount of anxiety is healthy and when to recognize when its too much. The film provides tips to recognize symptoms, and encourages when to reach out for help. Most importantly, it shows us that we are not alone, and that anxiety is 100% treatable.
This hopeful and inspiring year-long, film program has helped over 2 million people around the world, weaving in the personal stories of kids and families with expert perspectives, who break down what's going on, how to deal with it, and how to help others. Michael Phelps shares his own anxiety story, proving that anxiety can affect everyone, and there is no shame in asking for help. For many, Angst has been a catalyst for changing their lives for the better.
Dates and Location Information for Angst viewings
  • November 14, 2023: 6:30-8pm in the Big Lake High School Auditorium located at 501 Minnesota Ave E, Big Lake, MN 55309. Attendees should enter through Door B. A panel discussion will take place following the film. Questions about this event, please email Ben Bonnett at or by phone at 763-262-5280
Like: Like explores the impact of social media on our lives and the effects of technology on the brain and on learning. Understanding that virtual connection is a huge part of our socialization and can have many benefits, how do we use it to best inform, educate and inspire us to self-regulate, so we can enjoy a more balanced and fulfilled life?
Hopeful in tone, Like provides a dynamic learning opportunity for engagement by weaving in the stories and reflections of young people, their families and the perspectives of both brain scientists, mental health experts and tech creators, who explain how our online behavior is affected by algorithms, from being compelled to respond to notifications, to manipulating ourselves to gain more 'likes'. It introduces JOMO - the Joy Of Missing Out, along with simple tips for creating a healthier relationship with our devices.
Date and Location Information for Like viewing:
  • December 20, 2023: 7-8:30pm at Central Lutheran Church located at 1103 School Street, Elk River. Attendees should enter through Door #2. After the film there will be separate youth and adult group discussions. Questions about this viewing, please contact Kirsten Gill at or by phone 763-441-2363

Partnership with Every Meal

We are partnering with Every Meal (formerly The Sheridan Story) to offer a free bag of food to our families every weekend. All students qualify for this food program. If you had previously been receiving these bags and would like to continue, you will need to fill out the form (families have to sign up each year). Please use this link to register:  Every Meal Sign Up Form. To ensure your application is processed in a timely manner, please sign your student up with their assigned school. This program is completely free and your family's privacy is protected. 
Please contact Angie Grotte with any questions, angela.grotte@

ISD 728 CTE (Career & Technical Education) Newsletter

Please click here to read the November CTE Newsletter.  

 Upcoming Events

  • November 16: 7th & 8th Grade Band Concert 6:00-7:00 PM
  • November 22-24: No School (Fall Break)
  • December 4: No School (Teacher Workshop Day)
  • December 12: 7th Grade Choir Concert 6:30-7:00 PM
  • December 12: 8th Grade Choir Concert 7:45-8:15 PM
  • December 14: 6th Grade Choir Concert 7:00-7:30 PM
  • December 22-January 1: No School (Winter Break)