Robinson Student Ram Blast | December 14, 2020


Providing students and parents with important updates and reports of events and happenings in the middle school.


Wishing all in our school community a happy and safe holiday and winter break!

Calendar Reminder

Winter Break Dates: December 21 - January 1

2nd Quarter Blue/Gold and Learning Seminar schedule. Calendar

SIS and 24-7 Blackboard Blackout Dates

Families: please be mindful of the following blackout dates during which the systems will not be available


Return to School Family Resource Guide

The information in this guide will help families know what to expect as children return to school. The guide includes steps families will need to take at home in preparation for the return to school. Please take time to review the information. A Family Guide for 2020-21 Return to School

Ordering Lifetouch Underclassman Pictures

Lifetouch Pictures ordering information:
If you took your under classman pictures with Lifetouch and still need to order them, please contact Lifetouch at 1-800-445-1189. 

Photo Retakes and Make Up Picture Day, Grades 7-11

Photo retakes and make up picture day for students in grades 7-11 is on January 11. Please sign up for a time slot if you need to have your photo taken. Each student will receive a free school ID card.



Middle School Yearbooks on Sale

Buy your MS yearbook now. We sold out the past two years. Please contact Mrs. Forte with any questions at



Hello Robinson Families,

For your planning purposes, the last curbside pickup at RBSS before break is 12/14, 1:00 - 6:00; curbside services resume 1/11/2021.

If you’d like to borrow a book for winter break reading, please view our eBook collection, with new titles added this month, or visit The Fairfax County Public Library (

We hope you enjoy a safe and relaxing winter break!

~ Robinson’s Librarians


Featured Library Database

AP Newsroom & Image Collection (Associated Press). Associated Press photographs, text, audio clips, and publicity photos to use in class projects and presentations. Includes daily top news & top photos; 1850 - today. For access at home;

Username: rbss; Password: rams21# 

Virtual Holiday Events for ALL


2nd Quarter Schedule  (Updated 12/7)

To join a virtual club or holiday event:

1. Students access the After School Program website (student facing) and open the Club List & Description spreadsheet for club specific details.

2. Students click the “Join Club Classroom” to join and receive updates and meet link for any clubs of interest.

Public/parent view: RMS After School Activities

View guidelines, hours, club list and descriptions, google calendar, & more!

Contact: Mary Aunon,  After School Program Specialist,

Middle School Virtual Game Night

Looking to connect and get your competitive juices flowing? Join the SGA Middle School on Tuesday, December 15th, from 3:30-4:30pm for our Virtual Game Night!
Join the SGA Events Google Classroom (code - ezviws3). The meeting link will appear in the ""Stream"" tab at the time of the event.
Make sure to fill out the sign-up sheet so SGA knows if you plan to attend!

game night

SGA Holiday Baking Event


SGA Winter Crafting Event


Get Creative!


Celebrate The Holidays With Food


Students are welcome to join our popular baking and cooking programs at any time. Get in the holiday spirit by joining a cooking club today!

View the Carpe Diner: French & Italian Cooking schedule and menu here.

Community News

Congratulations Robinson Grad Kjell Lindgren

Robinson Secondary School graduate (Class of '91) and NASA astronaut, Kjell Lindgren, was selected to return to space with NASA’s Artemis Program!

View this video to meet Kjell and learn about his career and new mission to the Moon.

Through the Artemis program NASA and a coalition of international partners will return to the Moon to learn how to live on other worlds for the benefit of all. With Artemis missions NASA will send the first woman and the next man to the Moon in 2024 and about once per year thereafter.


12/15 Coal Fire Fundraiser

Coal Fire Pizza at 9276 Old Keene Mill Road has created a fundraiser for the Robo PTSO on Tuesday December 15, 2020 from 11:30 am until 8 pm. This flyer is required, please print it and mention us when you order dine in or carry out. (but not DoorDash online orders, sorry)


Counselor Corner

Important updates and resources from the student services department.

Social Work Spotlight

By Kristen Licciardo

Strategies for Self Care and Wellness This Holiday Season


Alcohol & The Holidays

The holidays usually involve family time, games, movies, food, and possibly drinks. The holidays may involve less family members this year, but that doesn’t necessarily mean less alcohol for some. Alcohol consumption has increased during the pandemic and with ABC stores deemed essential it doesn’t help lower those rates (ABC News, September 29, 2020). Many people are still trying to figure out how to navigate our "new normal" since a global pandemic wasn’t on our to do list this year, but we encourage you to consider a few things during these trying times.

Questions to consider when drinking with your family:

1. What message am I sending if I drink in excess around my underage child?

2. Have I had conversations about responsible drinking with them?

3. Are the conversations I have about alcohol realistic?

4. Do my conversations with others reinforce alcohol use as a coping skill during stressful times?

5. What messages am I sending my underage child if I allow them to drink with me or another adult in the house?

Info to consider:

"One-third of Fairfax County students (33.7%) reported drinking alcohol at least once in their lifetime, ranging from 18.8% of eighth-grade students to half of twelfth-grade students (49.4%). One in seven students (15.2%) reported drinking alcohol in the past month, ranging from 4.5% of eighth-grade students to 27.7% of twelfth-grade students." (FPCS Youth Survey 2020)

"Female students reported higher rates of alcohol use in their lifetime (36.1% compared to 31.2% of male students), in the past month (17.1% and 13.1%, respectively), and binge drinking in the past two weeks (7.3% and 6.5%, respectively)." (FCPS Youth Survey 2020)


Holiday Stress:

Helpful Info to Quit Vaping:

FCPS video on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs:

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270.

For further Information & support:

Tiffany Jones, M.Ed, LPC, CSAC

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

Food Resources

Food for Others - Food Resource! If you are in need of food, you may go to one of the following neighborhood sites at the times specified. The only question that is asked is, “How many people are in your household?” Please bring your own grocery bags!

Burke: Monday

Summit Oaks: Parking lot on Oak Bluff Ct. at the end of Oak Leather Dr., Burke. 6:30pm Crevenna Oak: Parking lot on Crevenna Oak Dr. at the end of Oak Green Dr. south of Burke Center Parkway, Burke. 7:00pm

Fairfax : Monday, Thursday

West of Circle ¼ mile on US 50, north on Draper Dr. to end at Kingsbridge. Parking lot of Yorkville Apartments, facing Kingsbridge. 6:00pm Food for Others also has a warehouse for food needs.

Please see website for more information:

RAM Food Pantry Pick-up & Donation List

food pantry


Quick Links & Phone Numbers

Helpful Resources

mental health

Student Services Department Contacts:

Director, Student Services | Ms. Frank |

DSS Registrar | Ms. Knowlton,

7th Grade Counselors 

Mr. Herendeen (Last Name A-La), 

Ms. Malloy (Last Name Le-Z), 

8th Grade Counselors 

Ms. Lyons (Last Name A-Le),

Ms. Peters (Last Name Li-Z), 

Social Worker: Ms. Licciardo,

School Psychologist: Ms. King, 

Special Education Department Chair:  Ms. Stickels,

Parent Liaison: Ms. Azimi,, 703-201-4563

RMS Administration:

Chris Farmerie:       8th Grade Principal |

Chelsea Tryon:        7th Grade Principal |

Katy Frank:              Director, Student Services |

Mary Aunon:            After-School Program Specialist |   

Bryan Hazard:         Systems of Support Advisor |

ms admin

From L to R: ChelseaTryon, Chris Farmerie, Mary Aunon, Katy Frank, and Bryan Hazard