RCMS After School Program

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RCMS After School Program

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The RCMS After School Program will begin on Monday, September 16th.  Some activity tryouts will take place prior to this date.  We are very excited about our after-school program this year!  We have many stimulating and unique opportunities and hope your child will find something that interests them.  Please see below for some important information in regards to the After-School Program. 

Late Buses:  Late buses begin on Monday, September 16th, and will be offered on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  There are fewer buses and runs, the stop may be different from the normal morning or afternoon stop.  If you have questions or issues with late bus runs, contact Area 3 Transportation at 703-249-7000.

Clubs/Activities:  The most current listing of clubs and activities can be found on our website.  The first list of activities will be posted in early September.  This list will constantly be updated throughout the year with changes and additions.  Please check back often to make sure you are viewing the most recent version.  This document will tell you and your child how to sign up or participate in each of our activities.  Some clubs do require sign-ups, a try-out, or audition so please pay careful attention to that.  Many of our clubs have limited enrollment because of staffing and space constraints.  In addition, signing up for some activities can be a time-sensitive concern so please pay careful attention to dates and deadlines.

The following clubs will require a tryout, a tryout test, or a fee for enrollment:

Debate tryouts:

7th Grade- Wednesday, September 18

8th Grade- Thursday, September 19

Call Backs- Monday, September 23

National Science Bowl: Team registration is due by Wednesday, September 25.  Tryout test will be held on Thursday, October 3.

AMC 8:  Registration link will be available soon.  Test date is Tuesday, November 12.

Math Counts: Tryout test date will be Monday, October 14.

USTA (Tennis): Registration will open in MySchoolBucks on Tuesday, September 3. There are 14 openings available for the first session. For more information on the program please go to the RCMS website and look under after school activities for the USTA.

Fencing Club: The Fairfax Fencers will be running a fencing club this year during the after school program. Registration will open in MySchoolBucks on Tuesday, September 3. There are 18 openings available. For more information on the program please go to the RCMS website and look under after school activities under Fairfax Fencers.

Please check our After School Program website for regular updates to our program offerings.

Parent Volunteers for After School Activities:  If you have experience in facilitating Model UN, Science Olympiad, or Cricket in the past and are willing to commit time each week during the after school program, I am in need of your assistance. We need 3 to 4 dedicated parent volunteers for each of these activities. If you are interested please email Mr. Pawlowski at ajpawlowski@fcps.edu

Attendance:  Attendance is taken each day after school for all activities.  If your child is absent from school, they are not permitted to return to participate in the after-school program that day. 

Pick-Up:  If you are picking up your child, please utilize the Kiss and Ride area.  You do not need to check your child out through the main office.  If you are picking them up prior to the conclusion of their activity, please pre-arrange this with them so they know to meet you in the Kiss and Ride area.  We do encourage students to stay through to the end of their activity, please avoid early pick up when possible.  If you choose to pick your child up instead of them riding a late bus, they must be picked up by 4:45PM.  Please arrive promptly at the conclusion of their activity to prevent unnecessary wait time by students or staff.  Students who are consistently late being picked up will be required to take the late bus home.


-Be sure to discuss your child’s after-school plan with them every day to avoid any confusion in the afternoon.

-Due to the number of students staying after each day, it’s extremely difficult to deliver phone messages to students.  Please communicate with your child ahead of time to avoid any potential problems.

-All SR&R rules apply during the after-school program.  Please remind your child to adhere to this.

Encourage your child to be an active part of the after-school program.  Research has shown that there are many benefits to participating and here are just a few…

-Increased academic performance and classroom participation

-Improved homework completion rates

-Improved student behavior

-Better peer relations and emotional adjustment

-Improved student-adult relationships

-Improved school attendance

-Better attitude towards school

-Increased participation in healthy recreational activities

-Increased school, family, and community partnerships

The following link will direct you to the After School page on the RCMS website:  https://carsonms.fcps.edu/activities/after-school-program

Have questions or need more information about the after-school program?

Contact Mr. Pawlowski, After-School Program Specialist, AJPawlowski@fcps.edu