RCMS Updates - Week of January 20, 2020

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Principal's Message Please see the latest message from Principal Stokes here Important Upcoming Events

January 20 - No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

January 23 - PTA Meeting, RCMS Library, 6:30PM

January 24 - End of Second Quarter

January 27-28 - Teacher Workdays, NO SCHOOL

February 25 - Digital Citzenship Expo, Crossfield ES, 6:30PM

Progress Reports & Report Card Distribution

FCPS Weekly Progress Reports will not be sent to parents January 21-30 during 2nd quarter grading and report card generation. Additionally, the Gradebook and Report Card modules in ParentVUE and StudentVUE will be closed Thursday, January 23, at 4:00PM through Saturday, February 1, at 6:00PM. 

Report cards will be distributed on Friday, January 31, through Panther Time for students to bring home and share with parents/guardians. Please contact your student’s teacher if you would like to discuss any grading concerns.

Emotional and Social Health Lessons

Eighth Grade health classes will begin their Emotional and Social Health lessons on January 29 and will go through February 13.  Students who have been opted out of specific lessons will have alternative assignments during that time. 

IB/Curriculum Night at South Lakes HS

South Lakes High School will host Curriculum Night on Thursday, January 23, 2020, at 6:30PM.  As part of this evening, there will be a break-out session for parents interested in learning more about the IB program at SLHS at 7:00PM.  Please visit the South Lakes High School  website for more information:

Order Your Yearbook!

2019-2020 Yearbooks are available for purchase at www.MySchoolBucks.com.

The base price of the yearbook price is $30.00.  After February 1, the base price will increase to $35.00.

Yearbooks will be distributed during the last week of school.

Save the date for the Oakton Pyramid Digital Citizenship Expo!

Join all of the Oakton Pyramid Schools at Crossfield Elementary School as we present our 4th Annual Digital Citizenship Expo: Supporting Families in a Digital World, Developing a Healthy Relationship with Your Technology! On February 25th, from 6:30-8:30PM. This event will provide resources and information to parents and students on how to help students develop a healthy relationship with technology. This year, parents may choose to have their children in 4th grade and above attend sessions with them. Child care will be available for children aged 5-10. Translation will be available. More information will be forthcoming as we near the date.

The schools in the Oakton Pyramid are Crossfield Elementary, Mosby Woods Elementary, Navy Elementary, Oakton Elementary, Waples Mill Elementary, Rachel Carson Middle School, and Oakton High School.

Join the RCMS PTA!

The RCMS PTA supports the school with funding for technology purchases, spirit events, student enrichment programs, staff development, staff appreciation events, and much more!  Go to www.rcmspta.org (use school code: 3MA6NU) to join the RCMS PTA.

To stay up to date on PTA news, please go to our website, likeus on Facebook and subscribe to RCMS PTA News You Choose emails.

Other FCPS Schools are Sharing....

Tune in here to find out what other schools are sharing about activities and events that may be of interest to you.

 

13618 McLearen Rd. Herndon, VA 20171 |  Main Phone: 703.925.3600
Attendance: 703.925.3636 or CarsonMS.Attendance@fcps.edu 
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RCMS Updates - Week of January 13, 2020

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Principal's Message Please see the latest message from Principal Stokes here Important Upcoming Events

 

January 16 - Curriculum Night for RISING 7th GRADERS

January 20 - No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

January 23 - PTA Meeting, RCMS Library, 6:30PM

January 27-28 - Teacher Workdays, NO SCHOOL

GPS Bracelets/Devices

A parent or guardian who wishes for their child to wear a bracelet or device with GPS capabilities, such as an AngelSense, to school must now request principal approval for the device. Parents or guardians should utilize the new Request for Principal's Approval For Student Use Of GPS Bracelet/Device (SS/SE-349), located on the internet and intranet. If the device also includes communication features, parents must agree to disable these features during the school day and, if applicable, while on the school bus. After receiving the request, principals should complete the bottom portion of the form, file it in the student’s scholastic record, and provide a copy of the completed form to the parent or guardian. A new request needs to be completed before each school year begins.

Yearbook information

2019-2020 Yearbooks are available for purchase at www.MySchoolBucks.com or www.Yearbookforever.com

The base price of the yearbook price is $30.00. The base price will increase after Feb 1st to $35.00.

Yearbooks will be distributed during the last week of school.

Getting Ready for 2020-2021: Carson Student Services is excited to begin meeting with your students to register them for next year’s courses!

2020-2021 Course Registration for Rising 9th Graders -  This past week high school counselors met with our 8th graders to discuss topics such as diploma options, elective courses, and differences between general education and honors classes. Starting this week, Carson counselors will be meeting with students during science classes for academic advising and reviewing course selections. After meeting with their counselor, 8th graders will be bringing home the course selection sheet. 

2020-2021 Course Registration for Rising 8th Graders – Carson’s 7th graders learned about choosing their courses in Panther Time on Friday, January 10. This week counselors will start meeting with 7th graders for academic advising and reviewing course selections.  After meeting with their counselor, 7th graders will be bringing home the course selection sheet. 

New for this year, all students are now able to enter their course selections on their own through SIS StudentVue prior to meeting with counselors. Parents will also be able to view their student’s course selections in ParentVUE when they are entered.

NOTE: We will be finalizing schedules and placements throughout the late spring and summer months. If you have any questions please contact your child’s school counselor.

Helpful Links:

https://carsonms.fcps.edu/student-services/academic-advisingcourse-registration

8th Grade Parents: Volunteer to Chaperone for the Finance Park Field Trip through VolunteerHub Parent Access:

We are in need of volunteers to help facilitate the 8th grade field trips to Finance Park.  This is an amazing opportunity for our students and we need your help. This is not your typical field trip.  You arrive at the facility (Frost MS) at 7:45AM, one hour ahead of the students to receive training.  Once the kids arrive, you are stationed in a storefront to facilitate the decision making with them. Your volunteer commitment ends at 1:00PM.

This is a real life simulation where the kids "play an adult" for the day. They are given a salary and a credit score and create a monthly budget.  They move throughout the park paying bills and making economic decisions!  It is a wonderful experience for them and for the parent volunteers! 

We need volunteers the following date:

  • January 22, 2020 Dolphins Team
If you are available to help with your student's team, please complete the Volunteer Hub below:

 VolunteerHub Parent Access & Instructions

 Thank you for your interest in volunteering for your student’s field trip to JA Finance Park® Fairfax County!

Sign up to volunteer for this unique experience at: https://www.myja.org/parents/fairfax

Logging In for the First Time:

Navigate to myja.org/parents/fairfax and click the green “Sign Up to Volunteer” button.

  1. At the bottom of the page, click on “Create New Account.”
  2. Choose a username and password that you will be able to remember, and click “Next.”
  3. Fill out your profile, completing all boxes that are indicated as required by the asterisks.
  4. On the confirmation page, click “Next” to view available slots for upcoming dates.

Finding and Registering For Your School:

    1. In the top right corner, click the magnifying glass to open the search bar.
    2. Enter the name of your student’s school: Carson Middle School
    3. Identify which date your student will be visiting JA Finance Park.
    4. Unsure? Contact your child’s Civics teacher.
    5. Click “More” to see additional details on the volunteer experience. Or if you’re ready, click “Sign Up.”
  • Read Junior Achievement’s Volunteer Conduct Standards Form & Social Media Policy and agree to it using the check box at the bottom of the screen.
  • Registration complete! Check your email for a confirmation message containing the event’s details.

We look forward to welcoming you to JA Finance Park!

Online Campus Summer 2020

FCPS Online Campus summer courses will be available to eligible high and middle school students who meet prerequisites and technical requirements.  Students may take one online course for first time or repeat credit.  Middle school students may not take a mathematics course during the summer as their first-high school level mathematics course.  Courses are rigorous; therefore, students should consult their counselor prior to registering.
Program information is available at Summer Learning (https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning).
Registration for summer Online Campus courses opens January 6, 2020.

Join the RCMS PTA!

The RCMS PTA supports the school with funding for technology purchases, spirit events, student enrichment programs, staff development, staff appreciation events, and much more!  Go to www.rcmspta.org (use school code: 3MA6NU) to join the RCMS PTA.

To stay up to date on PTA news, please go to our website, likeus on Facebook and subscribe to RCMS PTA News You Choose emails.

Other FCPS Schools are Sharing....

Tune in here to find out what other schools are sharing about activities and events that may be of interest to you.

From South Lakes HS:  The South Lakes Athletic Boosters are sponsoring a Dance Clinic! Come see what it is like to be a part of the South Lakes High School Varsity Dance Team! We will practice together on January 27 and then perform at a home basketball game on February 7!  The cost of the clinic includes a t-shirt for us all to perform in together!

Registration: https://southlakehscamps.jumbula.com/#/home

13618 McLearen Rd. Herndon, VA 20171 |  Main Phone: 703.925.3600
Attendance: 703.925.3636 or CarsonMS.Attendance@fcps.edu 
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RCMS Updates - Week of January 6, 2020

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Principal's Message Please see the latest message from Principal Stokes here Important Upcoming Events

January 6 - School resumes (A Day)

January 8 - Oakton HS Curriculum Night (at OHS)

January 8 - South Lakes HS Curriculum Night (at SLHS)

January 9 - Chantilly HS Curriculum Night (at CHS)

January 9 - Westfield HS Curriculum Night (at WHS)

January 10 - High school counselors visit (8th Graders)

January 10 - SCA Skate Night, SkateQuest Reston, 7:30PM

January 16 - Curriculum Night for RISING 7th GRADERS

January 20 - No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

Safe Morning Arrivals

We hope you had a great winter break.

 One of our resolutions at Carson is to alleviate high volumes of kiss and ride traffic during morning drop-off.  Please consider using FCPS bus transportation for your students if they have a bus assignment, to allow students without an FCPS bus assignment a safe and timely kiss and ride experience. 

Student(s) who arrive late from the kiss and ride drop off will be considered unexcused. 

 Thank you again for considering the bus as the first option for your student where possible.

Deadline for AAP Level IV Referrals

This is a friendly reminder that the deadline for referring students in Grades 2-7 for AAP full-time Level IV consideration is due no later than January 9, 2020.  Parents are welcome to submit early, but no late referrals will be accepted.  We advise parents not to wait for pending abilities test scores if they would like their student screened. While the Grade 2 screening pool casts a starting point for screening some students, test scores are only one factor in the eligibility decision. 

If you would like more information about Level IV AAP services or the screening process for Level IV, there are two parent presentations available on the AAP public website.  Referral can be submitted to Brenda Humphrey at any time up through January 9. 

SCA Skate Night Friday, January 10, 2020 SkateQuest, Reston 7:30-9:30PM Tickets: $10.00 at the door (includes skate rental)

Bring your friends and family for a fun night on the ice!

Student Services Updates

For your planning purposes, please make note of the following registration events in preparation for the 2020-2021 school year:

Rising 9th Grade Academic Advising and Course Registration Information - Please see individual school sites for additional details.

Oakton HS Curriculum Night - Wednesday, January 8, at Oakton HS

South Lakes Curriculum  Night – Wednesday, January 8, at South Lakes HS

Chantilly HS Curriculum Night – Thursday, January 9, at Chantilly HS

Westfield HS Curriculum Night- Thursday, January 9, at Westfield HS

High schools may also have planned breakout sessions for specialized programs such as Special Education or ESOL.  Be sure to visit your child's high school website for specific details.  In addition to these high school sponsored events, high school counselors from Oakton, South Lakes, Chantilly, and Westfield high schools will be meeting with students on Friday, January 10, during our Panther Time block (10:00-10:30AM).  Students will bring home course selection sheets and will meet with Carson counselors to discuss course registrations during the months of January and February.

Rising 8th Grade Academic Advising and Course Registration Information

Carson counselors will conduct course presentations in mid-February and will continue to work with students and families through mid-March to complete this process.

Rising 7th Grade Academic Advising and Course Registration Information

Rachel Carson Curriculum Night and Elective Showcase – Thursday, January 18, 2020 at Rachel Carson Middle School from 5:45PM - 8:00PM

Rachel Carson Tour  for Rising 7th grade students – February 5-7 from 9:50-11:20AM. Students are transported to Rachel Carson from feeder elementary schools for this event.

For more information please refer to the Student Services Website. https://carsonms.fcps.edu/student-services/academic-advisingcourse-registration

8th Grade Parents: Volunteer to Chaperone for the Finance Park Field Trip through VolunteerHub Parent Access:

We are in need of volunteers to help facilitate the 8th grade field trips to Finance Park.  This is an amazing opportunity for our students and we need your help. This is not your typical field trip.  You arrive at the facility (Frost MS) at 7:45AM, one hour ahead of the students to receive training.  Once the kids arrive, you are stationed in a storefront to facilitate the decision making with them. Your volunteer commitment ends at 1:00PM.

This is a real life simulation where the kids "play an adult" for the day. They are given a salary and a credit score and create a monthly budget.  They move throughout the park paying bills and making economic decisions!  It is a wonderful experience for them and for the parent volunteers! 

We need volunteers the following dates:

  • January 7, 2020  Explorers Team
  • January 8, 2020 Voyagers Team
  • January 9, 2020 Wolves Team
  • January 13, 2020 Xtreme Team
  • January 14, 2020 Yellow Jackets Team
  • January 22, 2020 Dolphins Team
If you are available to help with your student's team, please complete the Volunteer Hub below:

 VolunteerHub Parent Access & Instructions

 Thank you for your interest in volunteering for your student’s field trip to JA Finance Park® Fairfax County!

Sign up to volunteer for this unique experience at: https://www.myja.org/parents/fairfax

Logging In for the First Time:

Navigate to myja.org/parents/fairfax and click the green “Sign Up to Volunteer” button.

  1. At the bottom of the page, click on “Create New Account.”
  2. Choose a username and password that you will be able to remember, and click “Next.”
  3. Fill out your profile, completing all boxes that are indicated as required by the asterisks.
  4. On the confirmation page, click “Next” to view available slots for upcoming dates.

Finding and Registering For Your School:

    1. In the top right corner, click the magnifying glass to open the search bar.
    2. Enter the name of your student’s school: Carson Middle School
    3. Identify which date your student will be visiting JA Finance Park.
    4. Unsure? Contact your child’s Civics teacher.
    5. Click “More” to see additional details on the volunteer experience. Or if you’re ready, click “Sign Up.”
  • Read Junior Achievement’s Volunteer Conduct Standards Form & Social Media Policy and agree to it using the check box at the bottom of the screen.
  • Registration complete! Check your email for a confirmation message containing the event’s details.

We look forward to welcoming you to JA Finance Park!

Online Campus Summer 2020

FCPS Online Campus summer courses will be available to eligible high and middle school students who meet prerequisites and technical requirements.  Students may take one online course for first time or repeat credit.  Middle school students may not take a mathematics course during the summer as their first-high school level mathematics course.  Courses are rigorous; therefore, students should consult their counselor prior to registering.
Program information is available at Summer Learning (https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning).
Registration for summer Online Campus courses opens January 6, 2020.

After School Program Announcements

USTA

The winter session for the USTA (United States Tennis Association) will begin on January 30 and run through March 26.  The cost will be $144.00 for each 8 week session.  There will be 16 students per session.  We will be offering two sessions, a beginner and an intermediate.  The beginner is for first time students to USTA and the intermediate is for returning USTA students and more advanced players.  Registration will open on My School Bucks this Wednesday, January 8.  Please check the RCMS website for additional information.

  • Jan 30 - March 26. 1st session (for new/beginner) 2:25-3:25pm, 2nd session (for returners/intermediate) 3:25-4:25pm.

Fencing

The winter session for the Fairfax Fencers will begin on Monday, February 3 and run through Monday, March 30.  The cost will be $60.00 per student.  Payment for the program will be available on My School Bucks beginning on Wednesday, January 8.  The fencing program is for students with or without prior fencing experience.  There will be 20 slots available for this session.  Please check the RCMS website for additional information.

Join the RCMS PTA!

The RCMS PTA supports the school with funding for technology purchases, spirit events, student enrichment programs, staff development, staff appreciation events, and much more!  Go to www.rcmspta.org (use school code: 3MA6NU) to join the RCMS PTA.

To stay up to date on PTA news, please go to our website, likeus on Facebook and subscribe to RCMS PTA News You Choose emails.

Other FCPS Schools are Sharing....

Tune in here to find out what other schools are sharing about activities and events that may be of interest to you.

From South Lakes HS:  The South Lakes Athletic Boosters are sponsoring a Dance Clinic! Come see what it is like to be a part of the South Lakes High School Varsity Dance Team! We will practice together on January 27 and then perform at a home basketball game on February 7!  The cost of the clinic includes a t-shirt for us all to perform in together!

Registration: https://southlakehscamps.jumbula.com/#/home

13618 McLearen Rd. Herndon, VA 20171 |  Main Phone: 703.925.3600
Attendance: 703.925.3636 or CarsonMS.Attendance@fcps.edu 
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RCMS Updates - Week of December 16, 2019

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Important Upcoming Events

December 23-January 3 - Winter Break - RCMS OFFICE CLOSED

January 6 - School resumes (A Day)

January 8 - Oakton HS Curriculum Night (at OHS)

January 8 - South Lakes HS Curriculum Night (at SLHS)

January 9 - Chantilly HS Curriculum Night (at CHS)

January 9 - Westfield HS Curriculum Night (at WHS)

January 10 - High school counselors visit (8th Graders)

 

Principal's Message Please see the latest message from Principal Stokes here

We wish you and your family a peaceful season of celebration.  We hope you will use this time to reconnect with family and friends and find some time to relax and recharge.  We look forward to seeing you back at Carson MS on Monday, January 6.

 

Sweet Shoppe - Thank You!

 

All of us at RCMS want to thank the PTA and the students who made our Holiday Sweet Shoppe a success.  Beth Malara, our PTA Hospitality Chair, did a wonderful job coordinating this event, and we appreciate all of the volunteers who contributed.  The event was thoroughly enjoyed by all the staff members at RCMS! For the Safety of All Children

Parents who are dropping off or picking up students during arrival or dismissal should ALWAYS do so via the Kiss and Ride Loop.  Students have been seen being dropped off at the top of the parking lot, forcing them to cross the bus parking lot to reach the school.  This is incredibly dangerous behavior during dark morning hours and busy bus arrival and departure times.  Remember, other drivers may not be able to see your child.

As always, we encourage you to have your child ride the FCPS bus in the morning and afternoon.  Doing so ensures that they arrive to school on time, ready to go, with no unexcused tardies on their permanent attendance record.  Your cooperation is appreciated.

Deadline for AAP Level IV Referrals

This is a friendly reminder that the deadline for referring students in Grades 2-7 for AAP full-time Level IV consideration is due no later than January 9, 2020.  Parents are welcome to submit early, but no late referrals will be accepted.  We advise parents not to wait for pending abilities test scores if they would like their student screened. While the Grade 2 screening pool casts a starting point for screening some students, test scores are only one factor in the eligibility decision. 

If you would like more information about Level IV AAP services or the screening process for Level IV, there are two parent presentations available on the AAP public website.  Referral can be submitted to Brenda Humphrey at any time up through January 9. 

7th Graders Begin Health Unit

The 7th grade Health & Physical Education students will be starting the Emotional and Social Health portion of the Family Life Education curriculum on Monday, January 6.   If interested, these lessons are available for review online in FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) Parent View/My FCPS Parent.  Opt-out forms are available at https://www.fcps.edu/node/31710 .

Student Services Updates

For your planning purposes, please make note of the following registration events in preparation for the 2020-2021 school year:

Rising 9th Grade Academic Advising and Course Registration Information - Please see individual school sites for additional details.

Oakton HS Curriculum Night - Wednesday, January 8, at Oakton HS

South Lakes Curriculum  Night – Wednesday, January 8, at South Lakes  HS

Chantilly HS Curriculum Night – Thursday, January 9, at Chantilly HS

Westfield HS Curriculum Night- Thursday, January 9, at Westfield HS

In addition to these high school sponsored events, high school counselors from Oakton, South Lakes, Chantilly, and Westfield high schools will be meeting with students on Friday, January 10, during our Panther Time block (10:00-10:30AM).  Students will bring home course selection sheets and will meet with Carson counselors to discuss course registrations during the months of January and February.

Rising 8th Grade Academic Advising and Course Registration Information

Carson counselors will conduct course presentations in mid-February and will continue to work with students and families through mid-March to complete this process.

Rising 7th Grade Academic Advising and Course Registration Information

Rachel Carson Curriculum Night and Elective Showcase – Thursday, January 18, 2020 at Rachel Carson Middle School from 5:45PM - 8:00PM

Rachel Carson Tour  for Rising 7th grade students – February 5-7 from 9:50-11:20AM. Students are transported to Rachel Carson from feeder elementary schools for this event.

For more information please refer to the Student Services Website. https://carsonms.fcps.edu/student-services/academic-advisingcourse-registration

8th Grade Parents: Volunteer to Chaperone for the Finance Park Field Trip through VolunteerHub Parent Access:

We are in need of volunteers to help facilitate the 8th grade field trips to Finance Park.  This is an amazing opportunity for our students and we need your help. This is not your typical field trip.  You arrive at the facility (Frost MS) at 7:45AM, one hour ahead of the students to receive training.  Once the kids arrive, you are stationed in a storefront to facilitate the decision making with them. Your volunteer commitment ends at 1:00PM.

This is a real life simulation where the kids "play an adult" for the day. They are given a salary and a credit score and create a monthly budget.  They move throughout the park paying bills and making economic decisions!  It is a wonderful experience for them and for the parent volunteers! 

We need volunteers the following dates:

  • January 7, 2020  Explorers Team
  • January 8, 2020 Voyagers Team
  • January 9, 2020 Wolves Team
  • January 13, 2020 Xtreme Team
  • January 14, 2020 Yellow Jackets Team
  • January 22, 2020 Dolphins Team
If you are available to help with your student's team, please complete the Volunteer Hub below:

 VolunteerHub Parent Access & Instructions

 Thank you for your interest in volunteering for your student’s field trip to JA Finance Park® Fairfax County!

Sign up to volunteer for this unique experience at: https://www.myja.org/parents/fairfax

Logging In for the First Time:

Navigate to myja.org/parents/fairfax and click the green “Sign Up to Volunteer” button.

  1. At the bottom of the page, click on “Create New Account.”
  2. Choose a username and password that you will be able to remember, and click “Next.”
  3. Fill out your profile, completing all boxes that are indicated as required by the asterisks.
  4. On the confirmation page, click “Next” to view available slots for upcoming dates.

Finding and Registering For Your School:

    1. In the top right corner, click the magnifying glass to open the search bar.
    2. Enter the name of your student’s school: Carson Middle School
    3. Identify which date your student will be visiting JA Finance Park.
    4. Unsure? Contact your child’s Civics teacher.
    5. Click “More” to see additional details on the volunteer experience. Or if you’re ready, click “Sign Up.”
  • Read Junior Achievement’s Volunteer Conduct Standards Form & Social Media Policy and agree to it using the check box at the bottom of the screen.
  • Registration complete! Check your email for a confirmation message containing the event’s details.

We look forward to welcoming you to JA Finance Park!

Join the RCMS PTA!

The RCMS PTA supports the school with funding for technology purchases, spirit events, student enrichment programs, staff development, staff appreciation events, and much more!  Go to www.rcmspta.org (use school code: 3MA6NU) to join the RCMS PTA.

To stay up to date on PTA news, please go to our website, likeus on Facebook and subscribe to RCMS PTA News You Choose emails.

Other FCPS Schools are Sharing....

Tune in here to find out what other schools are sharing about activities and events that may be of interest to you.

From South Lakes HS:  The South Lakes Athletic Boosters are sponsoring a Dance Clinic! Come see what it is like to be a part of the South Lakes High School Varsity Dance Team! We will practice together on January 27 and then perform at a home basketball game on February 7!  The cost of the clinic includes a t-shirt for us all to perform in together!

Registration: https://southlakehscamps.jumbula.com/#/home

13618 McLearen Rd. Herndon, VA 20171 |  Main Phone: 703.925.3600
Attendance: 703.925.3636 or CarsonMS.Attendance@fcps.edu 
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RCMS Updates - Week of December 9, 2019

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Important Upcoming Events

December 9-13 - Book Fair (see hours below)

December 23-January 3 - Winter Break - RCMS OFFICE CLOSED

January 6 - School resumes (A Day)

Principal's Message Please see the latest message from Principal Stokes here Book Fair December 9-13, RCMS Library

Open Daily 7:15AM-2:30PM

Evening Hours:

Tuesday, December 10, 6:00-8:00PM

Wednesday, December 11, 6:00-9:00PM

Mark your calendars for the PTA-RCMS Book Fair!  This is a great place to come to grow those personal libraries, and books always make great gifts!  Students who wish to make a purchase will be allowed to visit the Book Fair during school hours.  In addition, we invite families to visit during the posted evening hours.  If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up here. All proceeds benefit the RCMS library. See you there!

Deadline for AAP Level IV Referrals

This is a friendly reminder that the deadline for referring students in Grades 2-7 for AAP full-time Level IV consideration is due no later than January 9, 2020.  Parents are welcome to submit early, but no late referrals will be accepted.  We advise parents not to wait for pending abilities test scores if they would like their student screened. While the Grade 2 screening pool casts a starting point for screening some students, test scores are only one factor in the eligibility decision. 

If you would like more information about Level IV AAP services or the screening process for Level IV, there are two parent presentations available on the AAP public website.  Referral can be submitted to Brenda Humphrey at any time up through January 9. 

Holiday Sweet Shoppe Service Hours for Students

The PTA Hospitality Committee is sponsoring a  Holiday Sweet Shoppe for RCMS staff on Thursday, December 12.  This is an event our staff looks forward to every year!  The PTA is requesting donations of homemade treats.  All items should be dropped off on December 12, by 7:30AM in the main office.  Participating students are eligible for 2 service hours.  Please see donation details at Holiday Sweet Shoppe Sign-Up

Student Services Updates

For your planning purposes, please make note of the following registration events in preparation for the 2020-2021 school year:

Rising 9th Grade Academic Advising and Course Registration Information - Please see individual school sites for additional details.

Oakton HS Curriculum Night - Wednesday, January 8, at Oakton HS

South Lakes Curriculum  Night – Wednesday, January 8, at South Lakes  HS

Chantilly HS Curriculum Night – Thursday, January 9, at Chantilly HS

Westfield HS Curriculum Night- Thursday, January 9, at Westfield HS

In addition to these high school sponsored events, high school counselors from Oakton, South Lakes, Chantilly, and Westfield high schools will be meeting with students on Friday, January 10, during our Panther Time block (10:00-10:30AM).  Students will bring home course selection sheets and will meet with Carson counselors to discuss course registrations during the months of January and February.

Rising 8th Grade Academic Advising and Course Registration Information

Carson counselors will conduct course presentations in mid-February and will continue to work with students and families through mid-March to complete this process.

Rising 7th Grade Academic Advising and Course Registration Information

Rachel Carson Curriculum Night and Elective Showcase – Thursday, January 18, 2020 at Rachel Carson Middle School from 5:45PM - 8:00PM

Rachel Carson Tour  for Rising 7th grade students – February 5-7 from 9:50-11:20AM. Students are transported to Rachel Carson from feeder elementary schools for this event.

For more information please refer to the Student Services Website. https://carsonms.fcps.edu/student-services/academic-advisingcourse-registration

8th Grade Parents: Volunteer to Chaperone for the Finance Park Field Trip through VolunteerHub Parent Access:

We are in need of volunteers to help facilitate the 8th grade field trips to Finance Park.  This is an amazing opportunity for our students and we need your help. This is not your typical field trip.  You arrive at the facility (Frost MS) at 7:45AM, one hour ahead of the students to receive training.  Once the kids arrive, you are stationed in a storefront to facilitate the decision making with them. Your volunteer commitment ends at 1:00PM.

This is a real life simulation where the kids "play an adult" for the day. They are given a salary and a credit score and create a monthly budget.  They move throughout the park paying bills and making economic decisions!  It is a wonderful experience for them and for the parent volunteers! 

We need volunteers the following dates:

  • January 7, 2020  Explorers Team
  • January 8, 2020 Voyagers Team
  • January 9, 2020 Wolves Team
  • January 13, 2020 Xtreme Team
  • January 14, 2020 Yellow Jackets Team
  • January 22, 2020 Dolphins Team
If you are available to help with your student's team, please complete the Volunteer Hub below:

 VolunteerHub Parent Access & Instructions

 Thank you for your interest in volunteering for your student’s field trip to JA Finance Park® Fairfax County!

Sign up to volunteer for this unique experience at: https://www.myja.org/parents/fairfax

Logging In for the First Time:

Navigate to myja.org/parents/fairfax and click the green “Sign Up to Volunteer” button.

  1. At the bottom of the page, click on “Create New Account.”
  2. Choose a username and password that you will be able to remember, and click “Next.”
  3. Fill out your profile, completing all boxes that are indicated as required by the asterisks.
  4. On the confirmation page, click “Next” to view available slots for upcoming dates.

Finding and Registering For Your School:

    1. In the top right corner, click the magnifying glass to open the search bar.
    2. Enter the name of your student’s school: Carson Middle School
    3. Identify which date your student will be visiting JA Finance Park.
    4. Unsure? Contact your child’s Civics teacher.
    5. Click “More” to see additional details on the volunteer experience. Or if you’re ready, click “Sign Up.”
  • Read Junior Achievement’s Volunteer Conduct Standards Form & Social Media Policy and agree to it using the check box at the bottom of the screen.
  • Registration complete! Check your email for a confirmation message containing the event’s details.

We look forward to welcoming you to JA Finance Park!

Join the RCMS PTA!

The RCMS PTA supports the school with funding for technology purchases, spirit events, student enrichment programs, staff development, staff appreciation events, and much more!  Go to www.rcmspta.org (use school code: 3MA6NU) to join the RCMS PTA.

To stay up to date on PTA news, please go to our website, likeus on Facebook and subscribe to RCMS PTA News You Choose emails.

Other FCPS Schools are Sharing....

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RCMS Updates - Week of December 2, 2019

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Important Upcoming Events

December 5 - Parent Coffee, RCMS Library, 9:00-10:00AM

December 6 - Anchor Day

December 6 - RCMS vs. Hughes Basketball Games, 5:15PM

December 9-13 - Book Fair (see hours below)

December 3-January 3 - Winter Break

January 6 - School resumes (A Day)

Principal's Message Please see the latest message from Principal Stokes here RCMS Parent Coffee

Parents, we invite you to join us for our December Parent Coffee,  December 5, 2019 from 9:00-10:00AM in the library. 

Rachel Carson Middle School is hosting parenting specialist, Rachel Bailey, for a parenting workshop about raising children with high self-esteem in a high pressure culture. As a parent, you want your children to feel good about themselves and meet their full potential. But how can we raise children with healthy self-esteem when they compare themselves to others and believe they aren't doing or being enough (no matter how successful they actually are)?  In this workshop, you'll learn exactly what to DO and SAY so that children believe in themselves -- and thrive -- even in a culture where high-pressure standards seem unattainable.

For more information, you may visit Rachel Bailey’s website at http://www.rachel-bailey.com

Attention All Basketball Lovers…..

Come out to Rachel Carson and support our students as they take on Hughes Middle School this Friday night!

There are 4 games with doors opening at 5:15 and the last game ending around 8:45.

Come cheer on both the Rachel Carson & Hughes Step teams!

Tickets will be sold at the door for $5.00.  There will also be snacks, drinks and pizza for sale.

All students need to be picked up by 9:00 PM -- please plan accordingly!

Book Fair December 9-13, RCMS Library

Open Daily 7:15AM-2:30PM

Evening Hours:

Tuesday, December 10, 6:00-8:00PM

Wednesday, December 11, 6:00-9:00PM

Mark your calendars for the PTA-RCMS Book Fair!  This is a great place to come to grow those personal libraries, and books always make great gifts!  Students who wish to make a purchase will be allowed to visit the Book Fair during school hours.  In addition, we invite families to visit during the posted evening hours.  If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up here. All proceeds benefit the RCMS library. See you there!

Deadline for AAP Level IV Referrals

This is a friendly reminder that the deadline for referring students in Grades 2-7 for AAP full-time Level IV consideration is due no later than January 9, 2020.  Parents are welcome to submit early, but no late referrals will be accepted.  We advise parents not to wait for pending abilities test scores if they would like their student screened. While the Grade 2 screening pool casts a starting point for screening some students, test scores are only one factor in the eligibility decision. 

If you would like more information about Level IV AAP services or the screening process for Level IV, there are two parent presentations available on the AAP public website.  Referral can be submitted to Brenda Humphrey at any time up through January 9. 

Holiday Sweet Shoppe Service Hours for Students

The PTA Hospitality Committee is sponsoring a  Holiday Sweet Shoppe for RCMS staff on Thursday, December 12.  This is an event our staff looks forward to every year!  The PTA is requesting donations of homemade treats.  All items should be dropped off on December 12, by 7:30AM in the main office.  Participating students are eligible for 2 service hours.  Please see donation details at Holiday Sweet Shoppe Sign-Up

8th Grade Parents: Volunteer to Chaperone for the Finance Park Field Trip through VolunteerHub Parent Access:

We are in need of volunteers to help facilitate the 8th grade field trips to Finance Park.  This is an amazing opportunity for our students and we need your help. This is not your typical field trip.  You arrive at the facility (Frost MS) at 7:45AM, one hour ahead of the students to receive training.  Once the kids arrive, you are stationed in a storefront to facilitate the decision making with them. Your volunteer commitment ends at 1:00PM.

This is a real life simulation where the kids "play an adult" for the day. They are given a salary and a credit score and create a monthly budget.  They move throughout the park paying bills and making economic decisions!  It is a wonderful experience for them and for the parent volunteers! 

We need volunteers the following dates:

  • January 7, 2020  Explorers Team
  • January 8, 2020 Voyagers Team
  • January 9, 2020 Wolves Team
  • January 13, 2020 Xtreme Team
  • January 14, 2020 Yellow Jackets Team
  • January 22, 2020 Dolphins Team
If you are available to help with your student's team, please complete the Volunteer Hub below:

 VolunteerHub Parent Access & Instructions

 Thank you for your interest in volunteering for your student’s field trip to JA Finance Park® Fairfax County!

Sign up to volunteer for this unique experience at: https://www.myja.org/parents/fairfax

Logging In for the First Time:

Navigate to myja.org/parents/fairfax and click the green “Sign Up to Volunteer” button.

  1. At the bottom of the page, click on “Create New Account.”
  2. Choose a username and password that you will be able to remember, and click “Next.”
  3. Fill out your profile, completing all boxes that are indicated as required by the asterisks.
  4. On the confirmation page, click “Next” to view available slots for upcoming dates.

Finding and Registering For Your School:

    1. In the top right corner, click the magnifying glass to open the search bar.
    2. Enter the name of your student’s school: Carson Middle School
    3. Identify which date your student will be visiting JA Finance Park.
    4. Unsure? Contact your child’s Civics teacher.
    5. Click “More” to see additional details on the volunteer experience. Or if you’re ready, click “Sign Up.”
  • Read Junior Achievement’s Volunteer Conduct Standards Form & Social Media Policy and agree to it using the check box at the bottom of the screen.
  • Registration complete! Check your email for a confirmation message containing the event’s details.

We look forward to welcoming you to JA Finance Park!

Absences Add Up!  Schedule Family Travel During School Breaks

Fairfax County Public Schools is required to keep track of student participation in school, through attendance reporting to the state of Virginia.

You may have received:

  • one or more phone calls, emails or texts.
  • a chronic absence letter in the mail, indicating that your student  has accumulated 5 or more excused and/or unexcused all-day absences
  • a letter in the mail requesting that a doctor note be provided when your student has accumulated an excessive amount of excused and/or unexcused all-day absences
  • electronic messages when your student did not arrive in class on time (tardy) or when the school was not notified that the student would be absent.
  • electronic messages when your student’s absence was considered unexcused, even when reported in advance.

It is vital that parents access the school attendance phone line or attendance e-mail when they know that their students will miss school. Knowing the reason why students are absent helps school personnel understand if a specific reason (such as illness or family hardship) is keeping them out of school. 

When parents know that their students must be out for a specific period (four or more days in a row), students should come to the front office to pick up a prearranged absence form. This must be done at least three to five days in advance of the absence. This gives administrators and teachers time to consider the work, tests, and projects the student may need to turn in upon their return to school. Parents should avoid end-of-semester or end-of-course exam periods, state testing periods; etc., when making plans. Please make every effort to arrange travel during school breaks.

Absences add up, and research indicates that missing 10 percent of the school year, for any reason, can have a negative impact on student success. Learn more about FCPS’ attendance expectations.

Join the RCMS PTA!

The RCMS PTA supports the school with funding for technology purchases, spirit events, student enrichment programs, staff development, staff appreciation events, and much more!  Go to www.rcmspta.org (use school code: 3MA6NU) to join the RCMS PTA.

To stay up to date on PTA news, please go to our website, likeus on Facebook and subscribe to RCMS PTA News You Choose emails.

Other FCPS Schools are Sharing....

Tune in here to find out what other schools are sharing about activities and events that may be of interest to you.

From Westfield HS: Westfield High School will host a community showing of the movie Angst, a documentary featuring interviews with kids and young adults who suffer, or have suffered, from anxiety and what they've learned about it. We invite all families in the Westfield Pyramid to attend on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 6:30PM in the Westfield Auditorium. 

13618 McLearen Rd. Herndon, VA 20171 |  Main Phone: 703.925.3600
Attendance: 703.925.3636 or CarsonMS.Attendance@fcps.edu 
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Happy Thanksgiving

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Important Upcoming Events

November 25-26 - NO AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

November 27-29 - Thanksgiving Holidays

December 5 - Parent Coffee, RCMS, 9:00-10:00AM

December 6 - Anchor Day

December 9-13 - Book Fair (see details in next week's NYC)

From all of us at Rachel Carson Middle School, we wish you and your family a healthy and happy Thanksgiving!

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After School Activities Cancellation

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Important Upcoming Events

November 26 - Picture Make-Ups

November 25-26 - NO AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

November 27-29 - Thanksgiving Holidays

December 5 - Parent Coffee, RCMS, 9:00-10:00AM

December 6 - Anchor Day

After School Activities Schedule Change

All after school activities and late buses will be cancelled on Monday, November 25 and Tuesday, November 26.  All students should leave the building and go to their bus or kiss & ride upon dismissal at 2:15PM.

13618 McLearen Rd. Herndon, VA 20171 |  Main Phone: 703.925.3600
Attendance: 703.925.3636 or CarsonMS.Attendance@fcps.edu 
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Make Up Pictures November 26, 2019

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Important Upcoming Events

November 21 - PTA Meeting, RCMS Lecture Hall, 6:30PM

November 26 - Picture Make-Ups

November 25-26 - NO AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

November 27-29 - Thanksgiving Holidays

December 5 - Parent Coffee, RCMS, 9:00-10:00AM

December 6 - Anchor Day

Make-Up Picture Day Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Students who either missed the October picture dates or who wish to have a re-take will be photographed on Tuesday, November 26, 2019.  If you are requesting a re-take, you must return the original packet that was received with the October pictures (bring with you to the photographer).

We are also in need of one parent volunteer to assist with this half-day event.  If you are able to give a few hours, please sign up at this link:

Make-Up Picture Day Volunteer   

 

13618 McLearen Rd. Herndon, VA 20171 |  Main Phone: 703.925.3600
Attendance: 703.925.3636 or CarsonMS.Attendance@fcps.edu 
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RCMS Updates - Week of November 18, 2019

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Important Upcoming Events

November 21 - PTA Meeting, RCMS Lecture Hall, 6:30PM

November 26 - Picture Make-Ups

November 25-26 - NO AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

November 27-29 - Thanksgiving Holidays

December 5 - Parent Coffee, RCMS, 9:00-10:00AM

December 6 - Anchor Day

Principal's Message Please see the latest message from Principal Stokes here RCMS Parent Coffee

Parents, we invite you to join us for our December Parent Coffee,  December 5, 2019 from 9:00-10:00AM in the library. 

Rachel Carson Middle School is hosting parenting specialist, Rachel Bailey, for a parenting workshop about raising children with high self-esteem in a high pressure culture. As a parent, you want your children to feel good about themselves and meet their full potential. But how can we raise children with healthy self-esteem when they compare themselves to others and believe they aren't doing or being enough (no matter how successful they actually are)?  In this workshop, you'll learn exactly what to DO and SAY so that children believe in themselves -- and thrive -- even in a culture where high-pressure standards seem unattainable.

For more information, you may visit Rachel Bailey’s website at http://www.rachel-bailey.com

After School Activities Schedule Change

All after school activities and late buses will be cancelled on Monday, November 25 and Tuesday, November 26.  All students should leave the building and go to their bus or kiss & ride upon dismissal at 2:15PM.

Weekly Progress Reports Parents must opt-In to receive Student Progress Reports in SIS, if they are not receiving them.

All parents/guardians of Middle School and High School students who have registered for a SIS ParentVUE Account and have a primary email address recorded in SIS ParentVUE can receive Weekly Progress Reports via email. This report provides a summary of your student(s) grades for the current quarter. To activate the Weekly Progress Reports via email, login to your SIS ParentVUE Account and first verify that you have a primary email address within the system. It is listed under the “My Account” tab. If it is blank, enter the email address where you would like to receive the progress reports and click on update account. Once confirmed, parents/guardians are able to activate and select their preferences for receiving these reports within the SIS ParentVUE “My Account” tab.

Weekly progress reports for all of your Middle and High School students will be included in one email. FCPS Elementary Schools do not use the SIS grade book and therefore are not included in these reports. 

For questions about a specific progress report or grade you can login into your SIS ParentVUE Account to find detailed grade book information. Additionally, your student’s teacher is always the best resource to answer any grade book questions that you may have. For more information, please click on this link: Weekly Progress Report Parent Quick Reference Guide

SCA/Carson Cares Food Drive

The SCA, along with the Carson Cares Committee, is collecting non-perishable food items starting November 13-22.  Students should drop donations off in the cafeteria during their lunch period.  For each non-perishable food item that a student brings in during lunch, they will get to write their name on a ticket.  Ten students whose tickets are picked in a random drawing will each get to select the warning bell music for a day.

All-Stars, Majestics, Explorers, X-treme:

  • Canned beans (baked, black, pinto, red, baked, green, lentil, or fava beans)
  • Gravy (canned or packets), canned pumpkin, canned cranberry sauce
  • Rice, stuffing mix, ramen noodles, Nimko
  • Instant mashed potatoes
  • Canned tomato sauce, canned tuna
  • Biscuits (cookies)
  • Maseca corn flour

Legacy, Trailblazers, Voyagers, Dolphins:

  • Canned vegetables (corn, chickpeas, green peas, carrots, sweet potatoes)
  • Oatmeal or cereal boxes
  • Pasta or mac-n cheese boxes
  • Bag of Flour, cinnamon, white sugar or brown sugar
  • Spices: Chili Powder, Bay Leaves, or Saffron
  • Peanut butter
  • P.A.N. white corn meal flour

Dream Team, Champions, Yellow Jackets, and Wolves:

  • Canned fruits or cups (peaches, peaches, pineapple, etc.)
  • Muffin, biscuit, or cornbread boxes
  • Boxed Jell-O, pudding or cake mix
  • Types of broth (chicken, beef, vegetable etc.)
  • Box of loose tea or tea bags
  • Spices: Cumin, Garlic Powder or Red Pepper Flakes
  • Horchata (powder drink)
Thank you for supporting RCMS families this holiday season!  Visit Exotic Panama

Looking for a unique holiday gift? Want to give your child a fabulous educational experience?  There are still some spots left for a trip to Panama in July of 2020.  Students will visit Panama City, tour a pineapple farm, see the biodiversity of the rain forest firsthand and explore the Panama Canal among other activities.  Please feel free to contact Mrs. Cahoon at srcahoon@fcps.edu  with any questions you may have.  Also, see below for the enrollment link.

Enrollment Link :

https://www.eftours.com/tour-website/2305908HP

Eighth Grade Court Tour Program

Eighth Grade Civics students will have the opportunity to go on a tour of the Fairfax County Courthouse on Tuesday, December 17 & Wednesday, December 18. Due to limitations only eighty students can go, forty students each day. Students will be able to apply by submitting their name via a Google Form that will be posted to their Civics teacher’s Blackboard or Google Classroom. The form will be open November 18-November 25. The students who submit their name will then be randomly selected through a number generator by order of their form submission.

The Eighth Grade Court Tour Program is to educate the young people of Fairfax County about the civil and criminal judicial system of the county and state by providing background information about the system and then reinforcing this with a field trip to the Fairfax County Courthouse. Through lectures, direct participation, observation, and the question-and-answer discussion, it is hoped that participants will show a greater respect for the legal system, and gain a better understanding of the judicial branch of government and the process by which a case comes to trial and a decision is rendered.

Join the RCMS PTA!

The RCMS PTA supports the school with funding for technology purchases, spirit events, student enrichment programs, staff development, staff appreciation events, and much more!  Go to www.rcmspta.org (use school code: 3MA6NU) to join the RCMS PTA.

To stay up to date on PTA news, please go to our website, likeus on Facebook and subscribe to RCMS PTA News You Choose emails.

Other FCPS Schools are Sharing....

Tune in here to find out what other schools are sharing about activities and events that may be of interest to you.

From Westfield HS: Westfield High School will host a community showing of the movie Angst, a documentary featuring interviews with kids and young adults who suffer, or have suffered, from anxiety and what they've learned about it. We invite all families in the Westfield Pyramid to attend on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 6:30PM in the Westfield Auditorium. 

13618 McLearen Rd. Herndon, VA 20171 |  Main Phone: 703.925.3600
Attendance: 703.925.3636 or CarsonMS.Attendance@fcps.edu 
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RCMS Updates - Week of November 11, 2019

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Important Upcoming Events

November 21 - PTA Meeting, RCMS Library, 6:30PM

November 26 - Picture Make-Ups

November 27-29 - Thanksgiving Holidays

December 5 - Parent Coffee, RCMS, 9:00-10:00AM

December 6 - Anchor Day

Principal's Message Please see the latest message from Principal Stokes here ACT/SOS Screenings

On November 18th and 19th, the RCMS clinical team will be providing their annual "ACT - Acknowledge, Care, Tell" wellness lesson and screener to all 7th graders.  Students will take part in these lessons through their Health and PE class.  You can learn more about the content of this program, as well as view the Opt-Out letter, using the link below.

ACT/SOS Information Letter

Spanish Opt-Out Letter

SCA/Carson Cares Food Drive

The SCA, along with the Carson Cares Committee, is collecting non-perishable food items starting November 13-22.  Students should drop donations off in the cafeteria during their lunch period.  For each non-perishable food item that a student brings in during lunch, they will get to write their name on a ticket.  Ten students whose tickets are picked in a random drawing will each get to select the warning bell music for a day.

All-Stars, Majestics, Explorers, X-treme:

  • Canned beans (baked, black, pinto, red, baked, green, lentil, or fava beans)
  • Gravy (canned or packets), canned pumpkin, canned cranberry sauce
  • Rice, stuffing mix, ramen noodles, Nimko
  • Instant mashed potatoes
  • Canned tomato sauce, canned tuna
  • Biscuits (cookies)
  • Maseca corn flour

Legacy, Trailblazers, Voyagers, Dolphins:

  • Canned vegetables (corn, chickpeas, green peas, carrots, sweet potatoes)
  • Oatmeal or cereal boxes
  • Pasta or mac-n cheese boxes
  • Bag of Flour, cinnamon, white sugar or brown sugar
  • Spices: Chili Powder, Bay Leaves, or Saffron
  • Peanut butter
  • P.A.N. white corn meal flour

Dream Team, Champions, Yellow Jackets, and Wolves:

  • Canned fruits or cups (peaches, peaches, pineapple, etc.)
  • Muffin, biscuit, or cornbread boxes
  • Boxed Jell-O, pudding or cake mix
  • Types of broth (chicken, beef, vegetable etc.)
  • Box of loose tea or tea bags
  • Spices: Cumin, Garlic Powder or Red Pepper Flakes
  • Horchata (powder drink)
Thank you for supporting RCMS families this holiday season!  Eighth Grade Court Tour Program

8th Grade Civics students will have the opportunity to go on a tour of the Fairfax County Courthouse on Tuesday, December 17 & Wednesday, December 18. Due to limitations only eighty students can go, forty students each day. Students will be able to apply by submitting their name via a Google Form that will be posted to their Civics teacher’s Blackboard or Google Classroom. The form will be open November 18-November 25. The students who submit their name will then be randomly selected through a number generator by order of their form submission.

The Eighth Grade Court Tour Program is to educate the young people of Fairfax County about the civil and criminal judicial system of the county and state by providing background information about the system and then reinforcing this with a field trip to the Fairfax County Courthouse. Through lectures, direct participation, observation, and the question-and-answer discussion, it is hoped that participants will show a greater respect for the legal system, and gain a better understanding of the judicial branch of government and the process by which a case comes to trial and a decision is rendered.

Touching Heart Skate Night November 15 7:30-9:30PM Skatequest - Reston

The members of the Touching Heart Club would like to invite you to our first event of the year - Skate Night at Skatequest, located at 1800 Michael Farraday Ct, Reston, VA.

***Skates are included***

The tickets are $8 at the door when you mention you are there to support RCMS and Touching Heart.  Our goal is to collect $300, which will provide food for the children at the Maranatha Children’s Home in Masaka, Uganda. 

We will also be raffling off gift cards, candy and more!!

Hope to see you there!

-Touching Heart

Join the RCMS PTA!

The RCMS PTA supports the school with funding for technology purchases, spirit events, student enrichment programs, staff development, staff appreciation events, and much more!  Go to www.rcmspta.org (use school code: 3MA6NU) to join the RCMS PTA.

To stay up to date on PTA news, please go to our website, likeus on Facebook and subscribe to RCMS PTA News You Choose emails.

Other FCPS Schools are Sharing....

Tune in here to find out what other schools are sharing about activities and events that may be of interest to you.

From Westfield HS: Westfield High School will host a community showing of the movie Angst, a documentary featuring interviews with kids and young adults who suffer, or have suffered, from anxiety and what they've learned about it. We invite all families in the Westfield Pyramid to attend on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 6:30PM in the Westfield Auditorium. 

13618 McLearen Rd. Herndon, VA 20171 |  Main Phone: 703.925.3600
Attendance: 703.925.3636 or CarsonMS.Attendance@fcps.edu 
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RCMS Updates - Week of November 4, 2019

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Important Upcoming Events

November 4 and 5 - Student Holidays

November 26 - Picture Make-Ups

November 27-29 - Thanksgiving Holidays

Principal's Message Please see the latest message from Principal Stokes here Parent Survey

One of our school priorities this school year is to further our community engagement in student learning.  To help us with this work, we ask that you please complete this survey to share information with our staff on how we can best partner with you to support your student. 

We value your input!  Thank you for taking a few moments to complete the survey.

ACT/SOS Screenings

On November 18th and 19th, the RCMS clinical team will be providing their annual "ACT - Acknowledge, Care, Tell" wellness lesson and screener to all 7th graders.  Students will take part in these lessons through their Health and PE class.  You can learn more about the content of this program, as well as view the Opt-Out letter, using the link below.

ACT/SOS Information Letter

Spanish Opt-Out Letter

PTA Needs Your Help

If you can spare an hour on November 7, the cookie dough fundraiser orders will be delivered to RCMS and will need to be unloaded from the truck and sorted in the cafeteria.  Sign up here to help.

SIS/ParentVUE Accounts

If you have registered for SIS ParentVUE and have a primary email address recorded in ParentVUE, you can receive your student’s Weekly Progress Report via email. This report provides a summary of your student’s grades for the current quarter. To activate the Weekly Progress Reports via email, login to your SIS ParentVUE account and verify that you have a primary email address within the system. It is listed under the “My Account” tab. If it is blank, enter the email address where you would like to receive the progress reports, and click on “Update account.” Once your email is confirmed, return to the “My Account” tab to activate and select your preferences for receiving these reports. Emails will be sent according to your selected preferences. Weekly Progress Reports for all of your middle and high school students will be included in one email. For additional help, refer to the quick reference guide for FCPS parents/guardians. 

FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards

Nominations are now open for the FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards for the 19-20 school year!

Is there a teacher or staff member at Rachel Carson Middle School who you feel has gone above and beyond to make a difference for our students and families?  Here is your opportunity to recognize someone for their great contributions! 

Below is the link to nominate an RCMS staff member for the FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards for the 19-20 school year.  Feel free to browse all of the awards categories and submit a name or several names for consideration. The initial nomination takes only a few paragraphs to submit.  If your nominee is chosen to move on as our school winner, then additional write-ups and documentation will be required of you.  Nominations close on November 15. 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSePuzL-G6nXrfxHVJIFZFwKrMhN72os-dHOuU1Ng0FmL62G5A/viewform

Please contact Veronica Delaney (our Awards liaison) with questions that you might have about this process.

Thanks for your time and thought!

Service Learning

All 7th & 8th grade students have now learned how to use our online service hour system x2VOL. In 8th grade FCPS requires students to complete 15 hours of community service, 7 hours the first semester (by January 10, 2020) and 8 hours the second semester (by May 13th, 2020). All 15 hours of service learning must take place outside of instructional hours such as: during Panther Time, after school, and/or outside of school. In order to enter in service hours a student must collect the email address of the adult for whom they are performing service.

FCPS allows students to begin accruing these service hours in 7th grade, and the Social Studies department is highly encouraging our students to do so.  Service learning is an effective way for youth to develop the drive and desire to become lifelong volunteers and engaged citizens. Students can participate in activities through outside organizations like Volunteer Fairfax as well as at Rachel Carson Middle School. Service learning at Rachel Carson aligns with the FCPS Portrait of a Graduate that supports the development of responsibility to the local and global community. For additional information please visit the RCMS Service Learning webpage.

Leftover Halloween Candy?

The SCA is partnering with Treats for Troops, an organization that gives our country’s service members and veterans excess Halloween candy. If your family has any leftover Halloween candy please consider bringing the candy into Carson on November 1-8. Students can drop off their candy in the main office or outside Ms. Donlen’s room, A-209.

Join the RCMS PTA!

The RCMS PTA supports the school with funding for technology purchases, spirit events, student enrichment programs, staff development, staff appreciation events, and much more!  Go to www.rcmspta.org (use school code: 3MA6NU) to join the RCMS PTA.

To stay up to date on PTA news, please go to our website, likeus on Facebook and subscribe to RCMS PTA News You Choose emails.

Other FCPS Schools are Sharing....

Tune in here to find out what other schools are sharing about activities and events that may be of interest to you.

From South Lakes HS: South Lakes High School will hold an IB Information Night on November 7 at 6:30PM in the South Lakes lecture hall for parents of middle school students considering the International Baccalaureate Program.

From Westfield HS: Westfield High School will host a community showing of the movie Angst, a documentary featuring interviews with kids and young adults who suffer, or have suffered, from anxiety and what they've learned about it. We invite all families in the Westfield Pyramid to attend on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 6:30PM in the Westfield Auditorium. 

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Attendance: 703.925.3636 or CarsonMS.Attendance@fcps.edu 
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RCMS Updates - Week of October 28, 2019

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Important Upcoming Events

October 30 - Impact Aid Forms Due Date

November 1 - End of First Quarter

November 4 and 5 - Student Holidays

 

 FEDERAL IMPACT AID FORMS DUE DATE: 10/30/2019

FCPS is asking all families to complete and return a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid.  Thank you to all those families who have already returned this form.  If you have not yet done so, please ask your child to give you this form so it can be reviewed, completed and returned ASAP.

Directions:

Section 1: Complete if a parent/guardian was active-duty military on October 18, 2019.

Section 2: Complete if a parent/guardian reported to work on Federal property on October 18, 2019.  Please be sure to provide parent's name and the employer's name in the space provided.

Section 3:  Complete if there is NO FEDERAL CONNECTION (check the box).

All forms must be signed and dated

All information provided is CONFIDENTIAL.  Please return your form no later than October 30, 2019. 

Video link - Impact Aid Instructions

Parent Survey

One of our school priorities this school year is to further our community engagement in student learning.  To help us with this work, we ask that you please complete this survey to share information with our staff on how we can best partner with you to support your student. 

We value your input!  Thank you for taking a few moments to complete the survey.

ACT/SOS Screenings

On November 18th and 19th, the RCMS clinical team will be providing their annual "ACT - Acknowledge, Care, Tell" wellness lesson and screener to all 7th graders.  Students will take part in these lessons through their Health and PE class.  You can learn more about the content of this program, as well as view the Opt-Out letter, using the link below.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1novPNaYTzw8_TwW0PwXJV88CgMukC1bj

FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards

Nominations are now open for the FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards for the 19-20 school year!

Is there a teacher or staff member at Rachel Carson Middle School who you feel has gone above and beyond to make a difference for our students and families?  Here is your opportunity to recognize someone for their great contributions! 

Below is the link to nominate an RCMS staff member for the FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards for the 19-20 school year.  Feel free to browse all of the awards categories and submit a name or several names for consideration. The initial nomination takes only a few paragraphs to submit.  If your nominee is chosen to move on as our school winner, then additional write-ups and documentation will be required of you.  Nominations close on November 15. 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSePuzL-G6nXrfxHVJIFZFwKrMhN72os-dHOuU1Ng0FmL62G5A/viewform

Please contact Veronica Delaney (our Awards liaison) with questions that you might have about this process.

Thanks for your time and thought!

End of First Quarter

It is hard to believe, the end of the first 9 week grading period is Friday, November 1, 2019.

For quarter 1-3 :  Report cards will be sent home with RCMS students. Report cards may also be available online through SIS ParentVUE and SIS StudentVUE.  ParentVUE and StudentVUE can also be accessed using a Mobile App, such as an iPhone, iPad or Android device.

For your convenience we have provided you a list of the distribution dates for report cards for the remainder of the school year.  Please be sure to note these dates so that you can check your students’ report card grades once they arrive at home and/or online.

(Dates are subject to change due to inclement weather.)

As a reminder, don’t forget to ask your child for his/her report card on Friday, November 8, 2019.  If you do not receive a report card please contact the Student Services office at 703-925-3613. If you have specific questions concerning your child’s grades contact his/her teacher directly.

NEED A SIS PARENTVUE ACCOUNT OR CANNOT REMEMBER YOUR USER NAME:

Click on this link:  https://itweb.fcps.edu/ParentView/index.cfm

DO NOT REMEMBER THE PASSWORD:

Click on this link and select “Forgot Password”: https://sisparent.fcps.edu/PVUE/login_parent_pxp_ovr2.aspx?regenerateSessionId=True

SIS ParentVUE and SIS StudentVUE can also be accessed using a Mobile App, such as iPhone, iPad or Android device. Click on this link: https://www.fcps.edu/node/31843

Halloween Costumes

Students are permitted to wear costumes on Thursday, October 31.  As we specify with other spirit/dress-up days, costumes must comply with the FCPS dress code.  No hats, masks, props, or excessive make-up will be permitted.

Leftover Halloween Candy?

The SCA is partnering with Treats for Troops, an organization that gives our country’s service members and veterans excess Halloween candy. If your family has any leftover Halloween candy please consider bringing the candy into Carson on November 1-8. Students can drop off their candy in the main office or outside Ms. Donlen’s room, A-209.

Join the RCMS PTA!

The RCMS PTA supports the school with funding for technology purchases, spirit events, student enrichment programs, staff development, staff appreciation events, and much more!  Go to www.rcmspta.org (use school code: 3MA6NU) to join the RCMS PTA.

To stay up to date on PTA news, please go to our website, likeus on Facebook and subscribe to RCMS PTA News You Choose emails.

Other FCPS Schools are Sharing....

Tune in here to find out what other schools are sharing about activities and events that may be of interest to you.

From South Lakes HS: South Lakes High School will hold an IB Information Night on November 7 at 6:30PMn the South Lakes lecture hall for parents of middle school students considering the International Baccalaureate Program.

From Westfield HS: Westfield High School will host a community showing of the movie Angst, a documentary featuring interviews with kids and young adults who suffer, or have suffered, from anxiety and what they've learned about it. We invite all families in the Westfield Pyramid to attend on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 6:30PM in the Westfield Auditorium. 

From Chantilly HS: The CHS girls’ soccer and field hockey players are haunting the high school cafeteria once again. So, enter if you dare. They have conjured up ghoulish spirits to create an evening of spine tingling fright at their eighth annual haunted house.  Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door and can be purchased at www.CHSHauntedHouse.com. There will also be a small games/craft area for those with low scare tolerances. As a special treat, we also have Hypnotist Russell Hausman working his spells on the audience. There will also be refreshments for sale.

13618 McLearen Rd. Herndon, VA 20171 |  Main Phone: 703.925.3600
Attendance: 703.925.3636 or CarsonMS.Attendance@fcps.edu 
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RCMS Updates - Week of October 21, 2019

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Important Upcoming Events

October 21-25 - Digital Citizenship Spirit Week (see below)

October 23/24 - Vision and Hearing Screening (PE Classes)

October 24 - PTA Meeting, RCMS Library, 6:30PM

October 24 - PTA Distributing Spirit Wear Orders

October 25 - Pink Panther Day

October 30 - Impact Aid Forms Due Date

 FEDERAL IMPACT AID FORMS WERE SENT HOME TODAY - DUE DATE: 10/30/2019

FCPS is asking all families to complete and return a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid.  Please ask your child to give you this form so it can be reviewed, completed and returned ASAP.

The Impact Aid Program is a federal program designed to directly compensate local school districts that have been financially impacted by federal activities. The program's mission is to reimburse local school districts for local revenues lost due to the presence of federally owned, and therefore tax-exempt, property.

Directions:

Section 1: Complete if a parent/guardian was active-duty military on October 18, 2019.

Section 2: Complete if a parent/guardian reported to work on Federal property on October 18, 2019.  Please be sure to provide parent's name and the employer's name in the space provided.

Section 3:  Complete if there is NO FEDERAL CONNECTION (check the box).

All forms must be signed and dated

All information provided is CONFIDENTIAL.  Please return your form no later than October 30, 2019. 

Video link - Impact Aid Instructions

Digital Citizenship Week

FCPS is celebrating Digital Citizenship Week from October 21-25, 2019! This year’s theme is Media Balance and Well-Being: Developing a Healthy Relationship with Your Technology. Our school is celebrating Digital Citizenship Week with spirit days and activities focused on developing healthy habits around technology use. Students will have a choice board to select at least one activity a day that matches the daily theme. Parents can also choose to sign up to receive text messages from Common Sense Media with Tips for Health Tech Balance (for children ages 3-8). 

Below you’ll find the schedule of spirit days along with resources and suggested activities to help support healthy habits at home too. 

Spirit Days for the Week

Monday: Hat Day - Put on your thinking cap and reflect on your media use and habits.

Tuesday: Active Wear - Exercise your healthy tech habits.

Wednesday: Dress as your Muse - Dress up as your favorite artist, musician, author, inventor, actor/actress, scientist, etc. and focus on how you can use technology to create original works.

Thursday: “Lei” Off the Tech - wear Hawaiian clothing and take a break from screens to connect more in person.

Friday: Pink Panther Day - Wear pink to support and honor those with Breast Cancer. 

Resources and Suggested Activities for Each Day's Theme

Oakton HS Screening of "Angst" Monday, October 28 – 7:00PM
Oakton High School Auditorium
Doors open at 6:30PM

Oakton High School PTSA cordially invites you to a free screening of the IndieFlix Original film “Angst,” a new documentary about anxiety. The film features candid interviews with teens dealing with anxiety and valuable tools to manage the condition. Following the 55-minute film, please stay for an open a dialogue among families, community leaders and panel experts. 

All are welcome and suggested for ages 12 and above. Reserve your tickets today and let’s start a conversation. For more information and to RSVP, visit 

https://oaktonhsptsa.ptboard.com/

 

Vision and Hearing Screenings

Vision and hearing screening of all 7th grade students will be conducted all day on October 23 and 24 during Health/PE classes.

Please be sure to have your student wear or bring their glasses/contacts to school those days.

Parents will be notified by mail of any screening failures.

Halloween Costumes

Students are permitted to wear costumes on Thursday, October 31.  As we specify with other spirit/dress-up days, costumes must comply with the FCPS dress code.  No hats, masks, props, or excessive make-up will be permitted.

Leftover Halloween Candy?

The SCA is partnering with Treats for Troops, an organization that gives our country’s service members and veterans excess Halloween candy. If your family has any leftover Halloween candy please consider bringing the candy into Carson on November 1-8. Students can drop off their candy in the main office or outside Ms. Donlen’s room, A-209.

Join the RCMS PTA!

The RCMS PTA supports the school with funding for technology purchases, spirit events, student enrichment programs, staff development, staff appreciation events, and much more!  Go to www.rcmspta.org (use school code: 3MA6NU) to join the RCMS PTA.

To stay up to date on PTA news, please go to our website, likeus on Facebook and subscribe to RCMS PTA News You Choose emails.

Other FCPS Schools are Sharing....

Tune in here to find out what other schools are sharing about activities and events that may be of interest to you.

From Westfield HS: Westfield High School will host a community showing of the movie Angst, a documentary featuring interviews with kids and young adults who suffer, or have suffered, from anxiety and what they've learned about it. We invite all families in the Westfield Pyramid to attend on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 6:30PM in the Westfield Auditorium. 

From Chantilly HS: The CHS girls’ soccer and field hockey players are haunting the high school cafeteria once again. So, enter if you dare. They have conjured up ghoulish spirits to create an evening of spine tingling fright at their eighth annual haunted house.  Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door and can be purchased at www.CHSHauntedHouse.com. There will also be a small games/craft area for those with low scare tolerances. As a special treat, we also have Hypnotist Russell Hausman working his spells on the audience. There will also be refreshments for sale.

 

 

13618 McLearen Rd. Herndon, VA 20171 |  Main Phone: 703.925.3600
Attendance: 703.925.3636 or CarsonMS.Attendance@fcps.edu 
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RCMS Updates - Week of October 14, 2019

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Important Upcoming Events

October 21 - Fall Pictures (ANCHOR DAY)

October 21-25 - Digital Citizenship Week (see below)

October 22 - PTA Cookie Dough Orders Due

October 23/24 - Vision and Hearing Screening (PE Classes)

October 24 - PTA Meeting, RCMS Library, 6:30PM

October 25 - Pink Panther Day

October 30 - Impact Aid Forms Due Date

STUDENT-PARENT SURVEY FORMS FOR FEDERAL IMPACT AID WILL BE SENT HOME ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22!

Each year, FCPS asks all families to complete and return a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid.  Please mark your calendar to ask your child for this form so it can be reviewed, completed and returned ASAP.

The Impact Aid Program is a federal program designed to directly compensate local school districts that have been financially impacted by federal activities. The program's mission is to reimburse local school districts for local revenues lost due to the presence of federally owned, and therefore tax-exempt, property.

All schools are required to collect 100% of their forms, and the timeframe for doing so is very short.   Please plan to return your form no later than October 30.  Your immediate attention to this is very much appreciated!

Directions on how to complete the form will be included in next week's News You Choose.  Please view this video for a quick tutorial:

Video link - Impact Aid Instructions

 

Digital Citizenship Week

FCPS is celebrating Digital Citizenship Week from October 21-25, 2019! This year’s theme is Media Balance and Well-Being: Developing a Healthy Relationship with Your Technology. Our school is celebrating Digital Citizenship Week with spirit days and activities focused on developing healthy habits around technology use. Students will have a choice board to select at least one activity a day that matches the daily theme. Parents can also choose to sign up to receive text messages from Common Sense Media with Tips for Health Tech Balance (for children ages 3-8). 

Below you’ll find the schedule of spirit days along with resources and suggested activities to help support healthy habits at home too. 

Spirit Days for the Week

Monday: Hat Day - Put on your thinking cap and reflect on your media use and habits.

Tuesday: Active Wear - Exercise your healthy tech habits.

Wednesday: Dress as your Muse - Dress up as your favorite artist, musician, author, inventor, actor/actress, scientist, etc. and focus on how you can use technology to create original works.

Thursday: “Lei” Off the Tech - wear Hawaiian clothing and take a break from screens to connect more in person.

Friday: Pink Panther Day - Wear pink to support and honor those with Breast Cancer. 

 

Resources and Suggested Activities for Each Day's Theme

 

Vision and Hearing Screenings

Vision and hearing screening of all 7th grade students will be conducted all day on October 23 and 24 during Health/PE classes.

Please be sure to have your student wear or bring their glasses/contacts to school those days.

Parents will be notified by mail of any screening failures.

Pink Panther Day

RCMS is celebrating our annual Pink Panther Day on Friday, October 25. The SCA is encouraging students and staff to wear pink to honor those who have been affected by breast cancer. As a reminder, students must still follow the FCPS dress code for spirit days.

As a school, we raised $150 to be donated to The National Breast Cancer Foundation. Thank you to all who pre-ordered a Carson Thinks Pink t-shirt! T-shirts will be distributed no later than Tuesday, October 22.

PTA Cookie Dough Fundraiser

The PTA's primary fundraiser is underway.  Students received order packets during their lunch periods on October 7 (additional packets are available in the main office).  Funds raised will be utilized for instructional programs at RCMS.

If you are participating, please remember that students should not be selling door-to-door, but rather offering these treats to family, friends, and known neighbors.

Orders are due in the main office by the end of the school day on Tuesday, October 22, 2019.  Thank you for supporting your PTA and RCMS.

Leftover Halloween Candy?

The SCA is partnering with Treats for Troops, an organization that gives our country’s service members and veterans excess Halloween candy. If your family has any leftover Halloween candy please consider bringing the candy into Carson on November 1-8. Students can drop off their candy in the main office or outside Ms. Donlen’s room, A-209.

Join the RCMS PTA!

The RCMS PTA supports the school with funding for technology purchases, spirit events, student enrichment programs, staff development, staff appreciation events, and much more!  Go to www.rcmspta.org (use school code: 3MA6NU) to join the RCMS PTA.

To stay up to date on PTA news, please go to our website, likeus on Facebook and subscribe to RCMS PTA News You Choose emails.

Other FCPS Schools are Sharing....

Tune in here to find out what other schools are sharing about activities and events that may be of interest to you.

From Westfield HS: Westfield High School will host a community showing of the movie Angst, a documentary featuring interviews with kids and young adults who suffer, or have suffered, from anxiety and what they've learned about it. We invite all families in the Westfield Pyramid to attend on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 6:30PM in the Westfield Auditorium. 

13618 McLearen Rd. Herndon, VA 20171 |  Main Phone: 703.925.3600
Attendance: 703.925.3636 or CarsonMS.Attendance@fcps.edu 
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RCMS Updates - Week of October 7, 2019

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Important Upcoming Events

October 14 - School Planning Day - No school for students

October 21 - Fall Pictures (ANCHOR DAY)

Picture Day Volunteers Needed

Fall pictures will be taken on MONDAY, OCTOBER 21 (Anchor Day), through your child's PE class.  We are in need of volunteers to help this day go smoothly.  If you can devote a half day or a full day, you will receive a voucher for $35.00 which may be used toward the purchase of your child's picture package.  Sign up here: Picture Day Volunteers

 

Safety Reminders

Parents who are dropping off or picking up students during arrival or dismissal should ALWAYS do so via the Kiss and Ride Loop.  Students have been seen being dropped off at the top of the parking lot, forcing them to cross the bus parking lot to reach the school.  This is incredibly dangerous behavior during dark morning hours and busy bus arrival and departure times.  Remember, other drivers may not be able to see your child.

As always, we encourage you to have your child ride the FCPS bus in the morning and afternoon.  Doing so ensures that they arrive to school on time, ready to go, with no unexcused tardies on their permanent attendance record.  Your cooperation is appreciated.

Early Check-Outs

In the event you must pick up your child during school hours, please send a note with your child.  He/she should come to the office first thing upon arrival to receive an Early Dismissal Pass.  This helps us to avoid interrupting teachers during valuable class time in order to call your student for dismissal.  Full attendance procedures can be viewed here: Attendance Procedures

Volunteers Needed

Vision and hearing screening will be held on October 23 and 24 for all 7th graders.  If your child wears glasses, please be sure he/she has them at school on screening day.  The purpose of screening is to identify students who need further evaluation because they have difficulty seeing the screening chart or hearing the screening tones.

Parents will be notified by letter if screening results indicate that further testing is needed.  Vision and hearing difficulties can interfere with learning.  Prompt follow-up of a referral is recommended.

We need parent volunteers to assist with the screening process.  Any parent interested, please sign up here: 

Vision and Hearing Screening Volunteers

Credit Exam For World Languages 2019

Do your children speak languages other than English?  If they can read and write proficiently in a language other than English, FCPS offers our World Language Credit Exam where students can earn up to 3 high school credits in a World Language.  These credits can be applied towards the Advanced Diploma for the State of Virginia graduation requirements.  For more information, see below and have your child sign up via the google link located here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe5l299YGMM7QE-YzpuaOfhgdw_Gz7_HcF1VDPfuE6wFgSILg/viewform.

Exam Information:

Date of exam: November 13, 2019

Time: 1:45 PM

Location: Rachel Carson MS Library

Registration dates are September 4-October 9, 2019.  More information and available languages can be found here:  https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/world-languages/credit-exam-world-languages

If you have questions you may contact your child’s school counselor.

Very Important: All registrations must be completed by October 9, 2019 at 4:00PM. Late registration will not be accepted

Helpful Resources:

*FCPS Credit Exam Website:

https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/world-languages/credit-exam-world-languages

*Questions about graduation requirements or course planning?  Click here: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/graduation-requirements-and-course-planning

 

Join the RCMS PTA!

The RCMS PTA supports the school with funding for technology purchases, spirit events, student enrichment programs, staff development, staff appreciation events, and much more!  Go to www.rcmspta.org (use school code: 3MA6NU) to join the RCMS PTA.

To stay up to date on PTA news, please go to our website, likeus on Facebook and subscribe to RCMS PTA News You Choose emails.

Other FCPS Schools are Sharing....

Tune in here to find out what other schools are sharing about activities and events that may be of interest to you.

 

13618 McLearen Rd. Herndon, VA 20171 |  Main Phone: 703.925.3600
Attendance: 703.925.3636 or CarsonMS.Attendance@fcps.edu 
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Important Upcoming Events

October 14 - School Planning Day - No school for students

October 21 - Fall Pictures (ANCHOR DAY)

Tucker the Reading Therapy Dog

 

Today, we had the pleasure of having ABC 7 News here to visit Carson and Tucker, our Reading Therapy Dog. Rachel Carson will be featured this evening on WJLA Channel 7’s “Spotlight on Education” segment.  Our school’s connection with Tucker the Reading Therapy Dog will be highlighted.

 

Please feel free to tune in to the 5:00PM broadcast and learn more about Tucker’s involvement with our classes.

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