Robinson Student Ram Blast | January 19, 2021


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

Announcements & Updates

Calendar Reminders

The plan to bring students in Groups 1-5 back into school for in person learning is currently paused. Superintendent 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 at this time. We will continue to use the current bell schedule and communicate any future changes to the bell schedule in advance.

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


Information for Rising 9th Graders Interested in the IB Diploma

Thank you to all of the parents and students who were able to attend the Robinson IB rising 9th grade information meeting. If you were unable to attend or would like to access links from the slides shown, please view the recording here. You can follow along by accessing the attached slide deck. Our contact information is on the last slide; please reach out to us with any questions you have. Rising Ninth Grade IB Presentation

School Contacts:
Wendy Vu and Holly Cho, IB Coordinators, Robinson Secondary School

Virtual Parent Group

Join us for our first virtual monthly parent group! All parents are welcome to join the group by clicking on the link provided on the flyer. The group will be hosted by clinical staff and will meet on the last Wednesday of each month at 7pm. The group will cover a variety of topics impacting students. The group will also allow parents to ask school staff questions.

This month's topic is: supporting student’s virtual learning and transition back to school. We hope to see you there! 

January 27, 7pm Google Meet Link:

Virtual Parent Group January Flyer



Hello Robinson Families,

Curbside pickup will resume on Monday, January 25th. Continue to put your books on hold and they will be ready for you on January 25th. Happy reading!

~ Robinson’s Librarians

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 | Clubs will not meet on 1/18, 1/20, or 1/25.

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,

Chillax Club

Join Ms. O'Brien and Ms. Williams each Wednesday to meet and relax with friends after school. All are welcome! Use this link to join the club classroom or the code in the flyer below. Contact:



Students are welcome to join 8th grade counselor, Ms. Lyons, each Monday from 2-3pm to learn yoga and practice relaxation, breathing, and stretching techniques. All levels of experience are welcome! Use this link or code roppt2f to join the club classroom 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.

Use this link to join the club classroom to learn more about this growing movement in FCPS and beyond!


Sponsor Contact: Kristen Licciardo,

Counselor Corner & Resources

Important updates and resources from the student services department.

Rising 9th Grade Parent Presentation

Our annual Rising 9th grade presentation is virtual this year. Please review the presentation and contact the High School Student Services department if you have any questions. Use this link to view the presentation.

HS Student Services Department: 703-426-2130

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

Next time you are feeling anxious or overwhelmed, try this grounding 5-4-3-2-1 exercise:
5 Things you can see,
4 Things you can hear,
3 Things you can feel,
2 Things you can smell,
1 thing you can tast.
Calm App/Anxiety Hack:

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

A community resource available to anyone in need.

Located near Entrance 6. Please bring your own bag to hold food items.

Thank you for your continued donations!

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