Robinson Student Ram Blast | March 1, 2021

STUDENT RAM BLAST

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

Return to School Update

Bell Schedule

We will keep this bell schedule for the remainder of the year.  

Bell schedule with one lunch shift:

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Welcome Back RAMS!

If students are returning for in-person learning the schedule is as follows:

Grade 8, 9, and 12 will return to the building beginning March 2.

Grades 7, 10, and 11 will return to the building beginning March 9.

Students with last names A-K will be returning on Tuesday and Wednesday and students with last names L-Z will be returning on Thursday and Friday.    

In-Person Reminders:

  • Students must wear a mask at all times.
  • If you will be driving your student to school, you may drop off at Exit 1 or 7 beginning at 8am.  We cannot allow students to enter the building prior to 8am.
  • Bus information is available in ParentVUE – look on the Student Info tab and scroll to Transportation to verify the bus number
  • FCPS offers free grab and go lunch for all students.  Menus can be found here: https://fcps.nutrislice.com/
  • Students should bring a water bottle with them to school which can be refilled at hydration stations.
  • No locker or locker room use. If you have PE, please dress for physical activity.

Additional Resources

View to learn details about return to school safety and health protocols and procedures:

A return to school slide deck for families can be found here: https://robinsonss.fcps.edu/announcements/return-school-information-families

A return to school video for families can be found here: https://youtu.be/2PXMZeFdJ3w

Calendar Reminders

March 5: 2-Hour Early Release; MS Clubs will meet

March 8: Staff Development Day/Student Holiday; MS Clubs will meet

March 26: End of 3rd Quarter; 2-Hour Early Release; MS Clubs will not meet

March 29 - April 2: Spring Break

April 5 - Teacher Workday

See the complete 2020-21 school year calendar

Student Planning Tool

Use this planning tool to organize BBCU classroom links and view the blue and gold calendar for the 3rd and 4th quarters.

Additional resources for parents and students may be accessed here.


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Donations Welcome

Donations of sanitizing wipes for students to use when we return in person are welcome! Parents may drop off at entrance 1.

Thank you Robinson community!


Library

Hello Robinson Families,
The Robinson Library is thrilled to offer additional access to books for patrons returning to the building! The library will continue to host CURBSIDE pickup, Mondays from 1:00-6:00 p.m., and now in-person patrons can borrow library books through Grab & Go.
How do I access Robinson’s library books? Please follow the link for details!
https://robinsonss-fcps.libguides.com/online-learning/access
Best wishes,
~ Robinson’s Librarians

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Middle School Reading Challenge

February 8 - March 25th: Read a book of your choice and complete one activity. Read details on this document: Middle School Reading Challenge

All students who participate will be entered to win raffle prizes!


Featured Library Database

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The African American Experience (ABC-CLIO)
African American history and culture and its vital place in U.S. History. Includes more than 8,000 articles, biographies, primary documents, media, and historical accounts ranging from the WPA slave narratives collection to systemic racism. Leading scholars offer scholarly commentary on African American contributions in politics, business, social and applied sciences, military, arts, and entertainment.

Copy this URL and paste in browser: https://africanamerican.abc-clio.com/?setcustomercontext=6349.

Username: jwrobinson; Password: rams


Virtual Clubs Connect RAMS!

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Students access information on student/staff facing website, grade level google classrooms, or by opening links here: RMS Club Connection, pdf

Students are welcome to join any week and attend when available.

FCPS middle school after school programming will remain virtual.

Current Schedule & Alpha List:  Club Schedule By Day | Club List

Public/parent view: RMS After School Activities

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

Contact: Mary Aunon,  After School Program Specialist, mfaunon@fcps.edu


SGA Virtual Game Night March 2

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View the flyer here for all details and to sign-up!

SGA sponsor contact: Ms. Whitwell, smwhitwell@fcps.edu


SGA St. Patrick's Day Baking Event March 5

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View the flyer here for all details and to sign-up. Join in the fun Rams!

SGA sponsor contact: Ms. Whitwell, smwhitwell@fcps.edu


SGA Hosts Talent Show March 12

DO YOU HAVE A HIDDEN TALENT THAT YOU'D LOVE TO SHARE AND SHOW OFF?

Sign up for Robinson Middle School's Virtual Talent Show, hosted by SGA. View the flyer below for more details and be sure to fill out the sign-up sheet to give us some more information about your act! Friday, March 12th 3:30pm

Don't want to participate but would love to watch? You can also sign up as an audience member! Just indicate that you'd like to be a spectator in the sign-up sheet.
View flyer with sign-up link here.

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Relax in "Chillax" Club Each Wednesday

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PTSO Fundraiser

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Located on Ox road in the Gold’s Gym Shopping Center

Robinson PTSO Restaurant Night

Tuesday, March 8, 2021

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Wednesday, March 9, 2021

4:00 pm to 8:00pm

Bring this flyer or mention Robinson PTSO when you order and

George’s Steak n’ Things will give 20% of the proceeds to

Robinson Secondary School PTSO.


Counselor Corner/Community Resources

Important updates and resources from the student services department.

College Partnership Program, CPP

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The College Partnership Program (CPP) is a program designed to assist students who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education (i.e first-generation, African-American, Hispanic, American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, English learners, students with disabilities or economically disadvantaged) explore, apply and enroll in college. In accordance with FCPS’ goal to eliminate gaps in opportunity, access and achievement for all students, CPP focuses on academic advising, college visits, parent engagement and preparation beyond high school.

View the CPP flyer for details and email 8th grade counselor, Mrs. Peters, vcpeters@fcps.edu, for additional information.

This information is also posted on the grade 8 google classroom.


STEM Activity Fair

Save the date! TJ Techstravaganza 2021 is scheduled for Saturday, May 15. This STEM fair will be held virtually and is open to students of all ages!

View details and register here: http://tjtechstrav.org/

Techstravaganza Flyer

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Social Work Spotlight

By Kristen Licciardo

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The impact of gratitude helps our overall health. The events surrounding COVID-19 have changed our normal routines. In some ways, we may feel that we’ve lost control of aspects of our lives. We can focus our energies on what we can control and practice gratitude. This will enrich our daily lives. In a recent post, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggested ways to practice gratitude and improve family health.

Beyond Thanks: 5 Ways to Nurture Gratitude


Need Help Feeding Your Family?

Resources to help:

FCPS Free Meal Distribution

Go to the Food Distribution website to see if your meal site has changed.

Food for Others 

https://www.foodforothers.org/neighborhood-sites/

Lasagna Love, Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Scan QR code or go to http:www.lasagnalove.org

RAM Pantry

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


Quick Links & Phone Numbers

Helpful Resources

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Student Services Department Contacts:

Director, Student Services | Ms. Frank | kmfrank@fcps.edu

DSS Registrar | Ms. Knowlton, maknowlton@fcps.edu

7th Grade Counselors 

Mr. Herendeen (Last Name A-La), neherendeen@fcps.edu 

Ms. Malloy (Last Name Le-Z), dmalloy@fcps.edu 

8th Grade Counselors 

Ms. Lyons (Last Name A-Le), jalyons@fpcs.edu

Ms. Peters (Last Name Li-Z), vcpeters@fcps.edu 

Social Worker: Ms. Licciardo, kflicciardo@fcps.edu

School Psychologist: Ms. King, elking@fcps.edu 

Special Education Department Chair:  Ms. Stickels, sastickels@fcps.edu

Parent Liaison: Ms. Azimi, rmazimi@fcps.edu, 703-201-4563


RMS Administration:

Chris Farmerie:       8th Grade Principal |  cfarmerie@fcps.edu

Chelsea Tryon:        7th Grade Principal | catryon@fcps.edu

Katy Frank:              Director, Student Services | kmfrank@fcps.edu

Mary Aunon:            After-School Program Specialist | mfaunon@fcps.edu   

Bryan Hazard:         Systems of Support Advisor | bthazard@fcps.edu

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