Carson MS Weekly Updates -PTA Information-Week of April 28

Carson Middle School


Rachel Carson MS PTA Mission Statement

"Our mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering our school families and communities to advocate for all children."

 Important Dates



  • May 1: Principal Appreciation Day
  • May 6-10: Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 16: PTA Elections for 2024-25 school year
  • May 18: 8-11 AM Panther Prowl Family 5K Run/Walk
  • May 22: 4-8 PM Chipotle Spirit Night, Franklin Farms


  • June 7: 5:30-8:00 PM 8th Grade Graduation Party 

Message from the PTA Board

Panther Prowl

Panther Prowl kickoff with teachers on Monday was so much fun! Looking forward to seeing everyone wear their Prowl t-shirts on Wednesdays leading up to May 18!

Remember to register for the Panther Prowl to get your shirt! Follow us on IG @rcms.pta and Facebook for more updates.

Did you know today is Principal Appreciation Day? Consider sending a quick note to Mr. Stokes to thank him for the important role he plays in the daily lives of our students.

Teacher Appreciation week is next week! We still have some slots open on our SignUp Genius!

Now Accepting Nominations

Elections take place on May 16! Don't miss out on your opportunity to contribute to the RCMS community! We are still looking for individuals to fill the following positions:

  • Recording Secretary - takes minutes at board and association meetings; maintains and preserves PTA records and documents to pass on at the end of term
  • Financial Assistant - works closely with the treasurer and other financial officers in handling PTA funds; deposits funds in the PTA bank account and reconciles the bank account monthly
  • Membership Chair - works with the membership committee to create and implement the annual membership campaign; promotes membership throughout the year; provides membership reports at PTA board and association meetings.
  • Basketball Game Chair - works closely with the RCMS After School Activities Specialist and the LHMS PTA Basketball Chair to plan and execute the annual RCMS vs. LHMS Basketball Game event
  • STEAM Night Chair - arranges and coordinates a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) event

Current Board members will assist new members with the transition. Please email if you are interested, or know of someone who would make a great addition to our team!

Teacher Appreciation Week Donations Needed

Let’s celebrate our awesome teachers at Carson! We have several events planned for teachers this year, including an Anita’s breakfast, a gift card raffle, and a sweet treats buffet. Please consider donating to the teacher gift card raffle and treats buffet via the SignUp Genius. All donations can be dropped off Wednesday, May 8.

Panther Prowl Registration 


You are not going to want to miss this event of fun, food, and exercise! This is the final week of reduced registration prices so sign up now!

Register here for the Panther Prowl Family Fun 5K Run/Walk!

May 18th, 8 - 11 am

Can’t be there on May 18? Join us virtually! Register, get your t-shirt and a virtual raffle ticket, and get your steps in wherever you may be that morning or afternoon! We don’t want you to miss out! 


$15 for RCMS Student or Individual only

$30 for a Family registration

$12 for an extra T-shirt

Register by May 6th to guarantee you have your shirt for Race Day

May 7 - May 18: 

$20 for RCMS Student or Individual only

$40 for a Family registration

$15 for an extra T-shirt

Registering after May 6th? Shirts will be available for pickup on May 31st.

Register here.

Families that need assistance with the fee, please contact Mr. Barrows,

Panther Prowl Spirit Days

All staff members and registered students are requested to wear their Panther Prowl t-shirts every Wednesday leading up to May 18.

Panther Prowl Shirts designed by: Eliana E. & Blaize C. 

Thank you to all the students who submitted design entries!

Panther Prowl

Panther Prowl Prize Winners!

Registered students are eligible to win in-school raffle prizes in the weeks leading up to the race. Register today so your child can be eligible to win fun prizes ahead of race day!

The Panther Time classes with the highest number of Panther Prowl registrants will receive a donut party the week after the Prowl. PE teachers also have incentives for registering.

This week’s raffle winners include:

  • Free scoop at Baskin Robbins: Sarika P., Quinn C. N., Jivan S., Anne M., Sai Sudharsan L., Benjamin K.
  • Public Skating Pass at Skate Quest: Kate F., Ronav C., Jude W., Isabel B.,Tanishq B., Evelin C.
  • Chick fil-A
    • Entree: Avan G., Blaize C.
    • Milkshake: Vishnu B., Keillor S., Annie M.

Thanks for registering. We hope you enjoy your raffle prizes!

Fundraiser Spirit Night at Chipotle Franklin Farm

Wednesday, May 22nd 4:00-8:00 PM

PTA fundraiser

Take a night off from cooking dinner and join us at Chipotle at 13354 Franklin Farm Rd, Herndon to show your school spirit! Show the Attached Flyer at checkout to ensure RCMS PTA is credited with the sale.

In addition to in-restaurant sales, we are now opening up our fundraisers to online sales as well. For online and Chipotle Rewards app orders, guests can apply the coupon code, “NPDKC7N” in the Coupon Code line at checkout. Ordering online is quick and easy and allows guests to skip the line by grabbing their meal at our Quick Pick-Up station or where pick-up windows are present. Please make sure you are signed into your rewards account to use this code, if you are not already a member, please sign up! This is a great option for guests who prefer to dine at home or on the go but still want to support our organization.

8th Grade Party Date Announced

Parents of all 8th graders, please block your students' calendar for June 7th, 5:30-8pm to attend the 8th Grade Graduation Celebration. The theme this year will be Hawaiian/Luau and the event will be free for all 8th graders. The planning committee is busy putting the details together which involves food, a DJ, and plenty of activities.  As we get closer, more details will be provided so be on the lookout for sign-up opportunities to support and chaperone the event.

Spirit Wear Still Available!

Did you miss out on spirit wear sold at the basketball game? You can still order through the website:


Become a Rachel Carson Corporate Sponsor!

Please check here to view the Carson Middle School Sponsorship package. We can get your company name out to an even wider audience. If you want to become a corporate sponsor or host a Spirit Event at your business, please email Thao Beirne at Thank you!

Important Links




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Questions: Email