Robinson Student Ram Blast | April 12, 2021

STUDENT RAM BLAST

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

April Is Month of the Military Child; Purple Up Day Is April 21

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The Defense Department celebrates military children during the month of April. There are more than 1.6 million military children who face many challenges and unique experiences as a result of their parents' service.

The Robinson Secondary community will virtually celebrate our military families and students by daily presenting a video clip of research based facts, resources and supports to demonstrate our appreciation to our Robinson Rams military student heroes. Please take a moment to watch the following two videos celebrating our men and women in uniform and their children.
https://spark.adobe.com/video/Lg5mFkcRPZniz
https://vimeo.com/531783767

Social Work Spotlight

Military-connected youth face unique circumstances living the military lifestyle. Currently over 14,000 military-connected youth call FCPS home. Each year, our nation designates April as the Month of the Military Child to recognize and thank children from military families for the sacrifices they make living the military lifestyle. April 21 is Purple Up! day. All are encouraged to wear purple in recognition of the strength and sacrifices of military-connected youth.

School Contact: Kristen Licciardo, kflicciardo@fcps.edu


8th Graders, We Need Your Help!

The 7th grade history team is missing many copies of the novels Code Talkers and Under a War Torn Sky. They were handed out before the pandemic. If you have a copy of these books we lent out last year, please return. There will be a cart set up outside the 8th grade sub school for book drop offs. Thank you for your help as we try to recover lost books.   


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After School Bus Location Info

Follow Robinson Bus Lanes on Twitter (@RBSSbusman) to find out where your bus is located after school among the 45 buses. There are three lanes with the higher numbers closer to the building. A pic will be posted after school.


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Calendar Reminders

April 17: Special Education Conference; details below

April 26 - May 24: SOL Testing; See chart below:

See the complete 2020-21 school year calendar

See the approved 2021-22 school year calendar

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FCPS Virtual Special Education Conference; Registration Now Open

FCPS will hold its 16th Annual Special Education Conference on Saturday, April 17, virtually. Registration is now available online. The conference will include a combination of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded) sessions supporting the conference's theme: The time for inclusion is now. A student strand will be held for youth ages 14-22.

For more information or to register, visit the Special Education Conference webpage

FCPS Cares Program

Want to recognize an FCPS staff member who has gone above and beyond? Complete this quick form to express your appreciation: https://www.fcps.edu/careers/employee-recognition-programs/fcps-cares-program


Media Center Updates

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Congratulations to the Middle School Reading Challenge Winners!

We would like to acknowledge:

Utsha A., Michael A., Kira G., Erinn L., Aurelia N., Moustapha Q., Xavier P.,Tabitha S., Jasmine S., Elizabeth T., Maddie W., Samantha W., Evelyne Y.

Thank you to all participants for your creative work!


Building Connections After School

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View Club Connection flyer here.

Student View: Use links on RMS Club Connection to learn about club offerings and how to join. Details are also posted on grade level classrooms.

Parent View4th Quarter Club Schedule By Day | Virtual Club List & Descriptions

Public website: RMS After School Activities

Students are welcome to join any week!

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


ECO Club Welcomes New Members

Join the club classroom using posted code below. The meeting link will be made visible at the meeting time on Tuesdays. All are welcome!

Contact: Ms. Riddick, amriddick@fcps.edu

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Last Call for Girl Scout Program

Robinson is partnering with the Girl Scouts of the Nation's Capital to offer a four session after school program! See description on flyer below.

Complete this registration form to participate and join the club classroom here to view the google meet link. Join code, z4zkqnf

Open to current and new scouts! No fee and all supplies provided. View the flyer here. Program limited to 20 participants.

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Relax in "Chillax" Club Each Wednesday

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Community News

TJ PTSA Hosts Diversity in STEM Talks

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Parents, register at this Zoom link*: http://bit.ly/TJStemTalk4 

 *To ensure you receive the Zoom link, do not use an FCPS schools student email account!

Submit questions in advance here: https://bit.ly/tjdiversitytalks

Information and recordings from past Diversity in STEM Talks can be found on the TJ PTSA Diversity Committee webpage: https://tjptsa.com/committees/diversity/

View event flyer here.

View event flyer in Spanish here.

View event flyer in Arabic here.


Virtual STEM Event for TJ Candidates

The TJ PTSA Diversity Committee is pleased to announce it will be hosting a virtual event on 15 May 2021; an online virtual conference featuring several area STEM education providers. The purpose of this event is to inform the community of those services available for aspiring TJ candidates currently in Elementary and Middle School.

Some of the key providers at this event include:

  • Black Student Fund
  • Girls Who Math
  • Junior Scholars
  • Humanitas4All
  • Huntington Learning Center
  • Dr. Eddie Neal
  • Cathy Colglazier
  • And more…….

Event Details

When: May 15, 2021 08:00 AM – 4:00PM EST

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0ocOGspj0iGNbRRum6ZFebdy22lLcAVpLR

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Fundraiser to Support Robinson PTSO

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View event flyer here.


Counselor Corner & Resources

Important updates and resources from the student services department.

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College Access Fairfax

Virtual Presentations for Middle School Families (MS)

Want to learn about resources available to help pay for college?

College Access Fairfax (CAF)is partnering with FCPS School Counseling Services by offering two Paying for College virtual presentations specifically for middle school families. These two presentations will be offered on April 20 and April 22 at 7:00 PM. A recording of these sessions will be made available for families unable to register and attend by visiting CAF’s website after April 22. A flyer with additional details about these two virtual presentations can be accessed here.


Covid-19 and Mental Health Disorders

New data is constantly coming out about the effects of COVID-19 concerning those who tested positive and all of us who have been affected by the pandemic. A recent article published by Lancet Psychiatry, conducted by Oxford University, studied the incidence rate of neurological and psychiatric outcomes six months post confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis.

They looked at the following 14 outcomes: intracranial hemorrhage; ischemic stroke; parkinsonism; Guillain-Barré syndrome; nerve, nerve root, and plexus disorders; myoneural junction and muscle disease; encephalitis; dementia; psychotic, mood, and anxiety disorders (grouped and separately); substance use disorder; and insomnia.

Here are the results from their meta-analysis:

34% of patients had been diagnosed with a neurological/MH disorder 6 months after infection

Of the 34% who had been diagnosed, for 13% of those individuals it was their first recorded neurological/MH diagnosis

17% of those diagnosed had anxiety disorders

14% of those diagnosed had mood disorders

7% of those diagnosed met criteria for a substance use disorder

5% of those diagnosed had anxiety

Other statistics to consider from the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health:

  • Since COVID-19, there has been a 63% increase in the number of overdose deaths since 2019.
  • People with MH diagnoses are 65% more likely to be diagnosed with COVID-19

Sources:

https://www.thelancet.com/action/showPdf?pii=S2215-0366%2821%2900084-5

https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/surveillance-and-investigation/syndromic-surveillance/drug-overdose-surveillance/

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

Information available in pdf format here.

School contact: Tiffany Jones, Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist TJJones1@fcps.edu


Course Selections/Academic Advising

Parents and students can see what classes your child has selected for the 2020-21 school year by looking in StudentVue.  Students/Parents will need to log in on a computer as this information is not easily found on a smartphone.  This is not the daily schedule, but a list of classes they have signed up for.  If your child does not have a complete selection of classes, please email their counselor (see counselor contact information below).  

If upon reviewing this information, you decide to make changes to your student’s course request, please notify your child’s counselor.  All schedule change requests must be made in writing and completed by June 8th.

Current 8th grade: Last name of student

A-Le – Jamee Lyons jalyons@fcps.edu

Li-Z – Valerie Peters vcpeters@fcps.edu

Current 7th grade: Last name of student

A-La – Nathan Herendeen neherendeen@fcps.edu

Le-Z – Dolores Malloy dmalloy@fcps.edu


Need Help Feeding Your Family?

Resources to help:

Robinson Food Pantry | Located at Entrance 6

FCPS Free Meal Distribution Website

Food for Others

Lasagna Love, Neighbors Helping Neighbors


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