RCMS Updates - Week of November 18, 2019

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Important Upcoming Events

November 21 - PTA Meeting, RCMS Lecture Hall, 6:30PM

November 26 - Picture Make-Ups


November 27-29 - Thanksgiving Holidays

December 5 - Parent Coffee, RCMS, 9:00-10:00AM

December 6 - Anchor Day

Principal's Message

Please see the latest message from Principal Stokes here

RCMS Parent Coffee

Parents, we invite you to join us for our December Parent Coffee,  December 5, 2019 from 9:00-10:00AM in the library. 

Rachel Carson Middle School is hosting parenting specialist, Rachel Bailey, for a parenting workshop about raising children with high self-esteem in a high pressure culture. As a parent, you want your children to feel good about themselves and meet their full potential. But how can we raise children with healthy self-esteem when they compare themselves to others and believe they aren't doing or being enough (no matter how successful they actually are)?  In this workshop, you'll learn exactly what to DO and SAY so that children believe in themselves -- and thrive -- even in a culture where high-pressure standards seem unattainable.

For more information, you may visit Rachel Bailey’s website at http://www.rachel-bailey.com

After School Activities Schedule Change

All after school activities and late buses will be cancelled on Monday, November 25 and Tuesday, November 26.  All students should leave the building and go to their bus or kiss & ride upon dismissal at 2:15PM.

Weekly Progress Reports

Parents must opt-In to receive Student Progress Reports in SIS, if they are not receiving them.

All parents/guardians of Middle School and High School students who have registered for a SIS ParentVUE Account and have a primary email address recorded in SIS ParentVUE can receive Weekly Progress Reports via email. This report provides a summary of your student(s) grades for the current quarter. To activate the Weekly Progress Reports via email, login to your SIS ParentVUE Account and first verify that you have a primary email address within the system. It is listed under the “My Account” tab. If it is blank, enter the email address where you would like to receive the progress reports and click on update account. Once confirmed, parents/guardians are able to activate and select their preferences for receiving these reports within the SIS ParentVUE “My Account” tab.

Weekly progress reports for all of your Middle and High School students will be included in one email. FCPS Elementary Schools do not use the SIS grade book and therefore are not included in these reports. 

For questions about a specific progress report or grade you can login into your SIS ParentVUE Account to find detailed grade book information. Additionally, your student’s teacher is always the best resource to answer any grade book questions that you may have. For more information, please click on this link: Weekly Progress Report Parent Quick Reference Guide

SCA/Carson Cares Food Drive

The SCA, along with the Carson Cares Committee, is collecting non-perishable food items starting November 13-22.  Students should drop donations off in the cafeteria during their lunch period.  For each non-perishable food item that a student brings in during lunch, they will get to write their name on a ticket.  Ten students whose tickets are picked in a random drawing will each get to select the warning bell music for a day.

All-Stars, Majestics, Explorers, X-treme:

  • Canned beans (baked, black, pinto, red, baked, green, lentil, or fava beans)
  • Gravy (canned or packets), canned pumpkin, canned cranberry sauce
  • Rice, stuffing mix, ramen noodles, Nimko
  • Instant mashed potatoes
  • Canned tomato sauce, canned tuna
  • Biscuits (cookies)
  • Maseca corn flour

Legacy, Trailblazers, Voyagers, Dolphins:

  • Canned vegetables (corn, chickpeas, green peas, carrots, sweet potatoes)
  • Oatmeal or cereal boxes
  • Pasta or mac-n cheese boxes
  • Bag of Flour, cinnamon, white sugar or brown sugar
  • Spices: Chili Powder, Bay Leaves, or Saffron
  • Peanut butter
  • P.A.N. white corn meal flour

Dream Team, Champions, Yellow Jackets, and Wolves:

  • Canned fruits or cups (peaches, peaches, pineapple, etc.)
  • Muffin, biscuit, or cornbread boxes
  • Boxed Jell-O, pudding or cake mix
  • Types of broth (chicken, beef, vegetable etc.)
  • Box of loose tea or tea bags
  • Spices: Cumin, Garlic Powder or Red Pepper Flakes
  • Horchata (powder drink)

Thank you for supporting RCMS families this holiday season! 

Visit Exotic Panama

Looking for a unique holiday gift? Want to give your child a fabulous educational experience?  There are still some spots left for a trip to Panama in July of 2020.  Students will visit Panama City, tour a pineapple farm, see the biodiversity of the rain forest firsthand and explore the Panama Canal among other activities.  Please feel free to contact Mrs. Cahoon at srcahoon@fcps.edu  with any questions you may have.  Also, see below for the enrollment link.

Enrollment Link :


Eighth Grade Court Tour Program

Eighth Grade Civics students will have the opportunity to go on a tour of the Fairfax County Courthouse on Tuesday, December 17 & Wednesday, December 18. Due to limitations only eighty students can go, forty students each day. Students will be able to apply by submitting their name via a Google Form that will be posted to their Civics teacher’s Blackboard or Google Classroom. The form will be open November 18-November 25. The students who submit their name will then be randomly selected through a number generator by order of their form submission.

The Eighth Grade Court Tour Program is to educate the young people of Fairfax County about the civil and criminal judicial system of the county and state by providing background information about the system and then reinforcing this with a field trip to the Fairfax County Courthouse. Through lectures, direct participation, observation, and the question-and-answer discussion, it is hoped that participants will show a greater respect for the legal system, and gain a better understanding of the judicial branch of government and the process by which a case comes to trial and a decision is rendered.

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.