RCMS Updates - Week of October 21, 2019

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Important Upcoming Events

October 21-25 - Digital Citizenship Spirit Week (see below)

October 23/24 - Vision and Hearing Screening (PE Classes)

October 24 - PTA Meeting, RCMS Library, 6:30PM

October 24 - PTA Distributing Spirit Wear Orders

October 25 - Pink Panther Day

October 30 - Impact Aid Forms Due Date


FCPS is asking all families to complete and return a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid.  Please ask your child to give you this form so it can be reviewed, completed and returned ASAP.

The Impact Aid Program is a federal program designed to directly compensate local school districts that have been financially impacted by federal activities. The program's mission is to reimburse local school districts for local revenues lost due to the presence of federally owned, and therefore tax-exempt, property.


Section 1: Complete if a parent/guardian was active-duty military on October 18, 2019.

Section 2: Complete if a parent/guardian reported to work on Federal property on October 18, 2019.  Please be sure to provide parent's name and the employer's name in the space provided.

Section 3:  Complete if there is NO FEDERAL CONNECTION (check the box).

All forms must be signed and dated

All information provided is CONFIDENTIAL.  Please return your form no later than October 30, 2019. 

Video link - Impact Aid Instructions

Digital Citizenship Week

FCPS is celebrating Digital Citizenship Week from October 21-25, 2019! This year’s theme is Media Balance and Well-Being: Developing a Healthy Relationship with Your Technology. Our school is celebrating Digital Citizenship Week with spirit days and activities focused on developing healthy habits around technology use. Students will have a choice board to select at least one activity a day that matches the daily theme. Parents can also choose to sign up to receive text messages from Common Sense Media with Tips for Health Tech Balance (for children ages 3-8). 

Below you’ll find the schedule of spirit days along with resources and suggested activities to help support healthy habits at home too. 

Spirit Days for the Week

Monday: Hat Day - Put on your thinking cap and reflect on your media use and habits.

Tuesday: Active Wear - Exercise your healthy tech habits.

Wednesday: Dress as your Muse - Dress up as your favorite artist, musician, author, inventor, actor/actress, scientist, etc. and focus on how you can use technology to create original works.

Thursday: “Lei” Off the Tech - wear Hawaiian clothing and take a break from screens to connect more in person.

Friday: Pink Panther Day - Wear pink to support and honor those with Breast Cancer. 

Resources and Suggested Activities for Each Day's Theme

Oakton HS Screening of "Angst"

Monday, October 28 – 7:00PM
Oakton High School Auditorium
Doors open at 6:30PM

Oakton High School PTSA cordially invites you to a free screening of the IndieFlix Original film “Angst,” a new documentary about anxiety. The film features candid interviews with teens dealing with anxiety and valuable tools to manage the condition. Following the 55-minute film, please stay for an open a dialogue among families, community leaders and panel experts. 

All are welcome and suggested for ages 12 and above. Reserve your tickets today and let’s start a conversation. For more information and to RSVP, visit 



Vision and Hearing Screenings

Vision and hearing screening of all 7th grade students will be conducted all day on October 23 and 24 during Health/PE classes.

Please be sure to have your student wear or bring their glasses/contacts to school those days.

Parents will be notified by mail of any screening failures.

Halloween Costumes

Halloween Costumes

Students are permitted to wear costumes on Thursday, October 31.  As we specify with other spirit/dress-up days, costumes must comply with the FCPS dress code.  No hats, masks, props, or excessive make-up will be permitted.

Leftover Halloween Candy?

The SCA is partnering with Treats for Troops, an organization that gives our country’s service members and veterans excess Halloween candy. If your family has any leftover Halloween candy please consider bringing the candy into Carson on November 1-8. Students can drop off their candy in the main office or outside Ms. Donlen’s room, A-209.

Join the RCMS PTA!

The RCMS PTA supports the school with funding for technology purchases, spirit events, student enrichment programs, staff development, staff appreciation events, and much more!  Go to www.rcmspta.org (use school code: 3MA6NU) to join the RCMS PTA.

To stay up to date on PTA news, please go to our website, likeus on Facebook and subscribe to RCMS PTA News You Choose emails.

Other FCPS Schools are Sharing....

Tune in here to find out what other schools are sharing about activities and events that may be of interest to you.

From Westfield HS: Westfield High School will host a community showing of the movie Angst, a documentary featuring interviews with kids and young adults who suffer, or have suffered, from anxiety and what they've learned about it. We invite all families in the Westfield Pyramid to attend on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 6:30PM in the Westfield Auditorium. 

From Chantilly HS: The CHS girls’ soccer and field hockey players are haunting the high school cafeteria once again. So, enter if you dare. They have conjured up ghoulish spirits to create an evening of spine tingling fright at their eighth annual haunted house.  Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door and can be purchased at www.CHSHauntedHouse.com. There will also be a small games/craft area for those with low scare tolerances. As a special treat, we also have Hypnotist Russell Hausman working his spells on the audience. There will also be refreshments for sale.