Robinson Student Ram Blast | January 11, 2021


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

Announcements & Updates

Calendar Reminders

As Superintendent Brabrand shared recently, the plan to bring students in Groups 1-5 back into school for in person learning is currently paused. Community transmission of COVID-19 in Fairfax County remains high. Dr. Brabrand will provide an update on the Return to School plan to the School Board on Tuesday, February 2.

Because we will not be transporting students to school during the pause in our plan, we will not be moving to the new bell schedule on January 12. We will continue to use the current bell schedule and communicate any future changes to the bell schedule in advance.

January 18 - HOLIDAY

January 19 - Blue synchronous day

January 20 - HOLIDAY

January 21 - Blue synchronous day

January 22 - Gold synchronous day; 2 hour early release (NO LS)

January 22 Early Release Bell Schedule


IB Information Night for Families of Rising 9th Graders

The IB Diploma Program coordinators will be presenting the Rising 9th Grade IB Information night on Thursday, January 14th at 7 PM. This meeting will be held in the virtual environment, Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. If you are interested in learning about the IB Diploma and the IB Program at Robinson, please join us. The IB Coordinators will be available to answer questions.

Use this link: to join the meeting on January 14th; the link will not work until that date. All presentation materials will be posted on the Robinson website after the presentation if you are not available to attend.

School Contact: Holly Cho,

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


Hello Robinson Families,

Happy New Year!
Curbside services resumed today, 1/11/2021 and will be available each Monday from 1:00-6:00 p.m. (with the exception of holidays). We hope to see you soon!
Happy Reading!

~ Robinson’s Librarians

Service Learning Opportunity

Fairfax County Public Schools encourages students to find ways to safely participate in service learning. Even during COVID-19, students are finding incredible ways to serve their communities either virtually or while practicing social distancing and following CDC guidelines. The upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday weekend is a great opportunity to help connect students with impactful service opportunities while also teaching students about the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

In an effort to connect student service learning with the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.’s work, FCPS and Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) is teaming up with Volunteer Fairfax for a weekend of service. Beginning on January 16, 2021, Volunteer Fairfax is organizing a family friendly event that will provide service opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to participate in activities virtually from home. To learn more about the MLK Jr. Weekend of Service and the specific service activities, please visit Volunteer Fairfax’s website for more information at:

After School Virtual Club Program

A new year brings new opportunities for social engagement, leadership, and service. Students are welcome to join clubs anytime and attend when available. Check out options by visiting the club website and/or grade level google classroom sites often. Stay connected!


2nd Quarter Schedule 

To join a virtual club:

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” link to join clubs of interest and to view meeting link and details.

Public/parent view: RMS After School Activities

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

Contact: Mary Aunon,  After School Program Specialist,


Students are welcome to join 8th grade counselor, Ms. Lyons, each Monday from 2-3pm to learn about yoga and practice relaxation, breathing, and stretching techniques. All levels of experience are welcome! Join the club classroom (roppt2f) for details and weekly meet link. Bring a friend and start off each week in a mindful manner! Contact:


Rams Minds Matter

Calling student leaders! Rams Minds Matter (RMM) is a new student-led middle school club designed to make a positive impact on our school's culture and awareness of mental wellness for students.


Learn about the student led OMM movement by viewing this video.

Join the club classroom (ink7w3f) to learn more about this growing movement in FCPS and beyond! NEW DATE FOR INTEREST MEETING: 1/27

Sponsor Contact: Kristen Licciardo,

RAMbassadors Club


Counselor Corner & Resources

Important updates and resources from the student services department.

Current 7th and 8th Grade Student Course Selection

A message from Ms. Frank, RMS Director of Student Services.

We hope you all enjoyed taking a look as the electives during LS last week  If you haven’t had a chance to see the videos, they are still live and on our website, using this link.  The course selection sheet is a worksheet for students to use between now and when they will meet with their counselor in February.  The course selection sheets and course catalog can be found on the Robinson webpage or by following this link

In February, you will be meeting with your counselors to discuss your course selections. Please keep your course selection sheet handy and consider your electives thoughtfully. Make sure you are choosing electives based on YOUR interests.  In a few weeks, students will receive a google form to their fcpsschools account to enter their course selection choices. We ask that all students complete the google form so that we are able to help support the students through academic advising.  When the students meet with their counselor, they can ask questions about specific classes and options. Please make sure students are prepared for that meeting. Again, that meeting will be in February.

So, in summary: Use the Course Selection sheet as a worksheet - do not email it to your counselor. Students will receive a google form link to their fcpsschools account to enter their course selection choices later in January. In February, they will meet with their counselor to discuss their classes.

Robinson Rising 7 Parent Night

Hello 6 grade families!  Can you believe it, we are already planning for next school year?  We, at Robinson, are looking forward to welcoming your students for school year 2021-2022.  The Class of 2027!  Please visit our website for some information regarding academic advising.  Rising 7 parent night will be virtual this year on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 7:00pm. Information will be presented by our core department chairs and some general school information.  Be on the lookout for an email with the link to join the meeting.  There will also be sessions for Special Education, ESOL, and Spanish Immersion starting at 6:15.  All links will be sent out closer to the 27th. 

School Contact: Ms. Frank,

Social Work Spotlight

By Kristen Licciardo

We are all shaken but what is happening in our country this week.   Unsure of how to talk to your children about what is happening in our country and what they see on the news.   Review this article and video put out by NPR:

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


PTSO Fundraiser | Tuesday, January 12


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