RCMS Updates - Week of December 9, 2019

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Important Upcoming Events

December 9-13 - Book Fair (see hours below)

December 23-January 3 - Winter Break - RCMS OFFICE CLOSED

January 6 - School resumes (A Day)

Principal's Message

Please see the latest message from Principal Stokes here

Book Fair

December 9-13, RCMS Library

Open Daily 7:15AM-2:30PM

Evening Hours:

Tuesday, December 10, 6:00-8:00PM

Wednesday, December 11, 6:00-9:00PM

Mark your calendars for the PTA-RCMS Book Fair!  This is a great place to come to grow those personal libraries, and books always make great gifts!  Students who wish to make a purchase will be allowed to visit the Book Fair during school hours.  In addition, we invite families to visit during the posted evening hours.  If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up here. All proceeds benefit the RCMS library. See you there!

Deadline for AAP Level IV Referrals

This is a friendly reminder that the deadline for referring students in Grades 2-7 for AAP full-time Level IV consideration is due no later than January 9, 2020.  Parents are welcome to submit early, but no late referrals will be accepted.  We advise parents not to wait for pending abilities test scores if they would like their student screened. While the Grade 2 screening pool casts a starting point for screening some students, test scores are only one factor in the eligibility decision. 

If you would like more information about Level IV AAP services or the screening process for Level IV, there are two parent presentations available on the AAP public website.  Referral can be submitted to Brenda Humphrey at any time up through January 9. 

Holiday Sweet Shoppe

Service Hours for Students

The PTA Hospitality Committee is sponsoring a  Holiday Sweet Shoppe for RCMS staff on Thursday, December 12.  This is an event our staff looks forward to every year!  The PTA is requesting donations of homemade treats.  All items should be dropped off on December 12, by 7:30AM in the main office.  Participating students are eligible for 2 service hours.  Please see donation details at Holiday Sweet Shoppe Sign-Up

Student Services Updates

For your planning purposes, please make note of the following registration events in preparation for the 2020-2021 school year:

Rising 9th Grade Academic Advising and Course Registration Information - Please see individual school sites for additional details.

Oakton HS Curriculum Night - Wednesday, January 8, at Oakton HS

South Lakes Curriculum  Night – Wednesday, January 8, at South Lakes  HS

Chantilly HS Curriculum Night – Thursday, January 9, at Chantilly HS

Westfield HS Curriculum Night- Thursday, January 9, at Westfield HS

In addition to these high school sponsored events, high school counselors from Oakton, South Lakes, Chantilly, and Westfield high schools will be meeting with students on Friday, January 10, during our Panther Time block (10:00-10:30AM).  Students will bring home course selection sheets and will meet with Carson counselors to discuss course registrations during the months of January and February.

Rising 8th Grade Academic Advising and Course Registration Information

Carson counselors will conduct course presentations in mid-February and will continue to work with students and families through mid-March to complete this process.

Rising 7th Grade Academic Advising and Course Registration Information

Rachel Carson Curriculum Night and Elective Showcase – Thursday, January 18, 2020 at Rachel Carson Middle School from 5:45PM - 8:00PM

Rachel Carson Tour  for Rising 7th grade students – February 5-7 from 9:50-11:20AM. Students are transported to Rachel Carson from feeder elementary schools for this event.

For more information please refer to the Student Services Website. https://carsonms.fcps.edu/student-services/academic-advisingcourse-registration

8th Grade Parents: Volunteer to Chaperone for the Finance Park Field Trip through VolunteerHub Parent Access:

We are in need of volunteers to help facilitate the 8th grade field trips to Finance Park.  This is an amazing opportunity for our students and we need your help. This is not your typical field trip.  You arrive at the facility (Frost MS) at 7:45AM, one hour ahead of the students to receive training.  Once the kids arrive, you are stationed in a storefront to facilitate the decision making with them. Your volunteer commitment ends at 1:00PM.

This is a real life simulation where the kids "play an adult" for the day. They are given a salary and a credit score and create a monthly budget.  They move throughout the park paying bills and making economic decisions!  It is a wonderful experience for them and for the parent volunteers! 

We need volunteers the following dates:

  • January 7, 2020  Explorers Team
  • January 8, 2020 Voyagers Team
  • January 9, 2020 Wolves Team
  • January 13, 2020 Xtreme Team
  • January 14, 2020 Yellow Jackets Team
  • January 22, 2020 Dolphins Team

If you are available to help with your student's team, please complete the Volunteer Hub below:

 VolunteerHub Parent Access & Instructions

 Thank you for your interest in volunteering for your student’s field trip to JA Finance Park® Fairfax County!

Sign up to volunteer for this unique experience at: https://www.myja.org/parents/fairfax

Logging In for the First Time:

Navigate to myja.org/parents/fairfax and click the green “Sign Up to Volunteer” button.

  1. At the bottom of the page, click on “Create New Account.”
  2. Choose a username and password that you will be able to remember, and click “Next.”
  3. Fill out your profile, completing all boxes that are indicated as required by the asterisks.
  4. On the confirmation page, click “Next” to view available slots for upcoming dates.

Finding and Registering For Your School:

    1. In the top right corner, click the magnifying glass to open the search bar.
    2. Enter the name of your student’s school: Carson Middle School
    3. Identify which date your student will be visiting JA Finance Park.
    4. Unsure? Contact your child’s Civics teacher.
    5. Click “More” to see additional details on the volunteer experience. Or if you’re ready, click “Sign Up.”
  • Read Junior Achievement’s Volunteer Conduct Standards Form & Social Media Policy and agree to it using the check box at the bottom of the screen.
  • Registration complete! Check your email for a confirmation message containing the event’s details.

We look forward to welcoming you to JA Finance Park!

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.

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