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....

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

 

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Attendance: 703.925.3636 or CarsonMS.Attendance@fcps.edu 
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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!

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

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 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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RCMS-ABC 7 News Spotlight on Education

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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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RCMS Updates - Week of September 30, 2019

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Important Upcoming Events

October 5 - Mental Health and Wellness Conference, Fairfax High School, 12:30-4:00PM

October 14 - School Planning Day - No school for students

October 21 - Fall Pictures (ANCHOR DAY)

Kiss and Ride Tardies

We are seeing an increase in the use of Kiss and Ride for morning transportation.  As the line grows, so do the number of students receiving unexcused tardies for late arrivals.  Unless FCPS bus transportation is not provided to your neighborhood, late arrivals due to Kiss and Ride traffic will continue to be unexcused.  We do hope you will consider using FCPS bus transportation, thus ensuring that your student arrives to their first class of the day on time and ready to receive important instructions from their teachers.  Arriving on time sets the tone for the day!

Veterans Day

 

Calling for Veteran Volunteers - Rachel Carson Middle School would like to invite our community’s veterans to speak with students and share their experiences on the morning of Monday, November 11. Please fill out this form if you or a member of your family is a veteran and would be interested in participating. In order to participate in our Veterans Day program please fill out this form by Friday, October 11!

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

Visit Exotic Panama

Want to give your child a unique educational experience? We are so excited to announce that Sofi Cahoon will be leading a group of students to Panama through EF Educational Tours. The trip will take place in July of 2020. Students will visit Panama City, tour a pineapple farm, see the biodiversity of the rainforest firsthand and explore the Panama Canal among other activities. Attached is the invite to the mandatory parent meeting where you will get all the details and have your questions answered. We want to help as many students as possible experience this once in a lifetime trip. Please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Cahoon at srcahoon@fcps.edu with your general questions. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

Click the link to RSVP to the parent interest meeting:

https://rsvp.eftours.com/djpphzd

If you cannot attend the meeting, but are interested, RSVP using the link and click ‘cannot attend’. We will make sure you receive the information.

 

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

 

AAP Parent Referrals for Students New to Fairfax County Due October 7, 2019

AAP Level IV services are available to students in grades 3-8.  Students may be found eligible for full-time placement in AAP Level IV Center classes through a central selection process and receive a highly challenging instructional program in science, social studies and English.  Multiple criteria are reviewed by a central selection committee to determine eligibility for all FCPS advanced academic services. More information about AAP services available at the middle school level may be found on the FCPS public website at:  https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/advanced-academics.  If you have any questions, you can contact Brenda Humphrey at bahumphrey@fcps.edu.  

Parents or guardians of seventh grade students, who are new to Fairfax County Public Schools since January 2019, may initiate the full-time AAP Level IV screening process by completing and submitting an Advanced Academic Programs Level IV Referral Form to Brenda Humphrey at bahumphrey@fcps.edu  no later than October 7, 2019.  No late referrals will be accepted.

Seventh grade students who are not new to FCPS may apply in the winter for AAP entry in eighth grade.  Those referrals are due 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.

 

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Attendance: 703.925.3636 or CarsonMS.Attendance@fcps.edu 
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RCMS Updates - Week of September 23, 2019

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Important Upcoming Events

September 26 - Parent Coffee, RCMS Cafeteria, 9:00AM

September 26 - PTA Meeting, RCMS Library, 6:30PM

September 27 - TJ applications due, 4:00PM

October 5 - Mental Health and Wellness Conference, Fairfax High School, 12:30-4:00PM

October 14 - School Planning Day - No school for students

October 21 - Fall Pictures (ANCHOR DAY)

Parent Coffee - This Thursday!

Parent Coffee and BTSN Recap

We invite you to join us for our first Parent Coffee of the year, scheduled for Thursday, September 26, from 9:00-10:00AM in the cafeteria.  For those families who were unable to attend our Back to School Nights and for those who would like more information, we will be presenting an overview of numerous topics.  We realize you may still have questions about what to expect this school year, so we will take this opportunity to share information about upcoming programs and supports, including: A Guide to Middle School; Grading and SIS Parent Vue; and The ACT Program for 7th Grade Students in November.

Parent Coffee Schedule - SAVE THE DATES:

-Topics of Interest/Rotations & Stations: December 5, 9:00-10:00AM

-Digital Citizenship/Technology: February 27, 6:30-7:30PM

-Mental Health & Wellness/Testing Information: April 2, 9:00-10:00AM

We hope you can make it!

Panthers On-Time!/Class Arrival Policy

Being on-time to class is important for each of our students and when students arrive late to class, teachers and students experience an interruption to learning.  Carson’s tardy policy, Panthers On-Time!, outlines expectations aligned with positive behaviors to support on-time arrivals to class.  Students who accumulate tardies will receive a teacher or administrator notice from school.  Please encourage your student to arrive on-time and if necessary, communicate any class transition issues early to a teacher or staff member.   

Panthers On-Time!

Behavior Expectation: Be On Time To Class

  • All students must be in the classroom by the conclusion of the bell tone.
  • Students are expected to have a pass if their tardy is excused. They will not be allowed to go back to get a pass.
  • Teachers will make every effort to release students when the bell rings. If a student is kept after the bell, the teacher will notify the student’s next teacher so the tardy will be recorded as excused. 
  • Teachers will work with students who have a legitimate reason for being late. Transitions from across the school are not a viable excuse.
  • For attendance purposes, students should always report to the main office for an office pass when arriving late to school.

 

Veterans Day

 

Calling for Veteran Volunteers - Rachel Carson Middle School would like to invite our community’s veterans to speak with students and share their experiences on the morning of Monday, November 11. Please fill out this form if you or a member of your family is a veteran and would be interested in participating. In order to participate in our Veterans Day program please fill out this form by Friday, October 11!

Bus Riding Policy

We receive several requests each day from students wanting to ride another student’s bus home. Unfortunately, we are not able to grant these requests. At this moment, transportation is trying to balance our loads. All of our buses are filled to capacity. It has been a long-standing practice at Carson for parents to provide transportation to after school activities for their students. The only exception is a family emergency which must be approved by our Assistant Principal, Sybil Terry. Parents are welcome to pick up their students in kiss and ride. 

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

Visit Exotic Panama

Want to give your child a unique educational experience? We are so excited to announce that Sofi Cahoon will be leading a group of students to Panama through EF Educational Tours. The trip will take place in July of 2020. Students will visit Panama City, tour a pineapple farm, see the biodiversity of the rainforest firsthand and explore the Panama Canal among other activities. Attached is the invite to the mandatory parent meeting where you will get all the details and have your questions answered. We want to help as many students as possible experience this once in a lifetime trip. Please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Cahoon at srcahoon@fcps.edu with your general questions. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

Click the link to RSVP to the parent interest meeting:

https://rsvp.eftours.com/djpphzd

If you cannot attend the meeting, but are interested, RSVP using the link and click ‘cannot attend’. We will make sure you receive the information.

 

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

 

AMC 8

Students interested in participating in the AMC 8 must register by Friday, September 27.

The AMC 8 test date at Carson is Tuesday, November 12, from 2:20 to 3:30PM.  There are no late buses on the test date. Students must be picked up at 3:30PM. Please consider carpooling due to the large number of students participating in this competition.

Since the AMC tests must be ordered ahead of time, students must sign up to participate. The deadline to sign up is Friday September 27.

What is the AMC 8?

The AMC 8 is an optional math test being offered to RCMS students who wish to participate in a math competition. More information about this math competition and practice problems can be found at: http://www.maa.org/math-competitions/amc-contests/amc-8

“The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills.”  (www.maa.org).  

How do you sign up for the AMC 8?

Students, not parents, must register for the AMC 8 Test.

Students will need to log into their FCPS Google account before accessing the sign-up form. On the form students must enter their student information (name, grade, math teacher, math period, etc.). Students will receive an email confirmation (sent to their fcpsschools.net account) after submitting the form and successfully signing up for the AMC 8.

Students must sign up online RCMS AMC 8 Registration Webpage

Please contact Mrs. Cahill (agcahill@fcps.edu), Mrs. DeBaldo (nadebaldo@fcps.edu), or Ms. Joyce (eajoyce@fcps.edu) if you have any questions.

AAP Parent Referrals for Students New to Fairfax County Due October 7, 2019

AAP Level IV services are available to students in grades 3-8.  Students may be found eligible for full-time placement in AAP Level IV Center classes through a central selection process and receive a highly challenging instructional program in science, social studies and English.  Multiple criteria are reviewed by a central selection committee to determine eligibility for all FCPS advanced academic services. More information about AAP services available at the middle school level may be found on the FCPS public website at:  https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/advanced-academics.  If you have any questions, you can contact Brenda Humphrey at bahumphrey@fcps.edu.  

Parents or guardians of seventh grade students, who are new to Fairfax County Public Schools since January 2019, may initiate the full-time AAP Level IV screening process by completing and submitting an Advanced Academic Programs Level IV Referral Form to Brenda Humphrey at bahumphrey@fcps.edu  no later than October 7, 2019.  No late referrals will be accepted.

Seventh grade students who are not new to FCPS may apply in the winter for AAP entry in eighth grade.  Those referrals are due 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.

We will have our first general membership meeting on Thursday, September 26, at 6:30PM in the Library. We hope to see you there!

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 September 16, 2019

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Important Upcoming Events

September 16 - Late Buses Begin

September 20 - SCA Movie Night, 7:00-9:00PM

September 24 - Math verifications deadline for TJ applications

September 26 - Parent Coffee, RCMS, 9:00AM

September 26 - PTA Meeting, RCMS, 6:30PM

September 27 - TJ applications due, 4:00PM

October 5 - Mental Health and Wellness Conference, Fairfax High School, 12:30-4:00PM

October 14 - School Planning Day - No school for students

October 21 - Fall Pictures (ANCHOR DAY)

PTA Spirit Wear Sale Ends Friday!

Order your RCMS SPIRIT WEAR soon! Sale ends Friday, September 20

Purchased items will be delivered in mid-October

Order at https://orderschoolstuff.com/rcms19  

PASSWORD (case sensitive): Governor's Award

TJHSS&T Applications

Final TJ applications are due to TJHSS&T no later than September 27 at 4:00PM.  No late applications are accepted.  In order to allow 24-48 hours to verify the applicant's math class, please initiate the application process on line NO LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 24.  Once the math class has been verified, the applicant will receive notification to proceed with the application process.  Failure to begin the application process prior to September 24 may result in a missed deadline – DON’T DELAY!

Payment of required fee does NOT automatically submit the application.  An auto-generated email will be sent to both the applicant and the parent advising them that the application has been submitted.  If you believe you have submitted the application but have not received a confirmation email, please contact TJ directly.  Students, if you have questions, please email or stop by to see Mrs. Ferrell in Student Services.  Parents may email Mrs. Ferrell at elferrell@fcps.edu.

After School Program and Late Buses Begin September 16

After School Activities & Late Buses start on Monday, September 16.  Late bus days are Monday, Wednesday & Thursday.

Please follow the after school program on Twitter @RCMSAfterSchool for daily activity listings, cancellations, updates and upcoming events.  Also, continue to check daily for updates on all after school activities. If you have any questions email Mr. Pawlowski at ajpawlowski@fcps.edu

The Debate team tryouts will be taking place Wednesday and Thursday after school.  Registration for the tryouts are closed.  If you registered for the tryouts through the sign-up genius, you will have received an email confirmation with your tryout time.  7th grade tryouts are Wednesday and 8th grade tryouts are Thursday.  The topic will be provided prior to the tryout and students are responsible for having an electronic device to do their research.  The electronic device should already be connected to the FCPS Wi-Fi.  There will not be any staff here to assist in Wi-Fi connections.  Snacks will be sold by the Debate Club during tryouts both days.  Please ensure you know your child’s tryout time and pick them up promptly after they are finished.

If you are picking your child up during after school activities, please pick them up in Kiss & Ride.  Do not park in the bus lanes! Students must be picked up no later then 4:45 pm on late bus days, no exceptions!  If you are unable to be here by 4:45 your child will be put on their late bus.

There are no late buses on Tuesdays or Fridays.  Students should take their regular bus home or be picked up at the end of the school day in Kiss & Ride.

2019-2020 Parent Coffee Events

Parent Coffee and BTSN Recap

We invite you to join us for our first Parent Coffee of the year, scheduled for Thursday, September 26, from 9:00-10:00AM in the cafeteria.  For those families who were unable to attend our Back to School Nights and for those who would like more information, we will be presenting an overview of numerous topics.  We realize you may still have questions about what to expect this school year, so we will take this opportunity to share information about upcoming programs and supports, including: A Guide to Middle School; Grading and SIS Parent Vue; and The ACT Program for 7th Grade Students in November.

Parent Coffee Schedule - SAVE THE DATES:

-Topics of Interest/Rotations & Stations: December 5, 9:00-10:00AM

-Digital Citizenship/Technology: February 27, 6:30-7:30PM

-Mental Health & Wellness/Testing Information: April 2, 9:00-10:00AM

We hope you can make it!

Veterans Day

 

Calling for Veteran Volunteers - Rachel Carson Middle School would like to invite our community’s veterans to speak with students and share their experiences on the morning of Monday, November 11. Please fill out this form if you or a member of your family is a veteran and would be interested in participating. In order to participate in our Veterans Day program please fill out this form by Friday, October 11!

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

CARSON CARES: BACK TO SCHOOL DONATIONS

The Carson Cares Committee is an arm of the PTA that assists Carson students who are in need of food and supplies. We partner with the school social worker, parent liaison, and SCA to create projects that address the changing needs of the students throughout the year. 

Our first project this year is to provide snacks and new refillable water bottles to students who have limited access to food and water. Please consider donating a new refillable water bottle (BPA-free plastic or metal, no glass please!) and/or a box of snacks. 

Our deadline for collecting these items is Tuesday, September 24.  Please go to our website, www.rcmspta.org, under the Volunteer Signup section to find out more about our collection.

Thank you in advance for being part of such an important mission!

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

 

AMC 8

Students interested in participating in the AMC 8 must register by Friday, September 27.

The AMC 8 test date at Carson is Tuesday, November 12, from 2:20 to 3:30PM.  There are no late buses on the test date. Students must be picked up at 3:30PM. Please consider carpooling due to the large number of students participating in this competition.

Since the AMC tests must be ordered ahead of time, students must sign up to participate. The deadline to sign up is Friday September 27.

What is the AMC 8?

The AMC 8 is an optional math test being offered to RCMS students who wish to participate in a math competition. More information about this math competition and practice problems can be found at: http://www.maa.org/math-competitions/amc-contests/amc-8

“The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills.”  (www.maa.org).  

How do you sign up for the AMC 8?

Students, not parents, must register for the AMC 8 Test.

Students will need to log into their FCPS Google account before accessing the sign-up form. On the form students must enter their student information (name, grade, math teacher, math period, etc.). Students will receive an email confirmation (sent to their fcpsschools.net account) after submitting the form and successfully signing up for the AMC 8.

Students must sign up online RCMS AMC 8 Registration Webpage

Please contact Mrs. Cahill (agcahill@fcps.edu), Mrs. DeBaldo (nadebaldo@fcps.edu), or Ms. Joyce (eajoyce@fcps.edu) if you have any questions.

AAP Parent Referrals for Students New to Fairfax County Due October 7, 2019

AAP Level IV services are available to students in grades 3-8.  Students may be found eligible for full-time placement in AAP Level IV Center classes through a central selection process and receive a highly challenging instructional program in science, social studies and English.  Multiple criteria are reviewed by a central selection committee to determine eligibility for all FCPS advanced academic services. More information about AAP services available at the middle school level may be found on the FCPS public website at:  https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/advanced-academics.  If you have any questions, you can contact Brenda Humphrey at bahumphrey@fcps.edu.  

Parents or guardians of seventh grade students, who are new to Fairfax County Public Schools since January 2019, may initiate the full-time AAP Level IV screening process by completing and submitting an Advanced Academic Programs Level IV Referral Form to Brenda Humphrey at bahumphrey@fcps.edu  no later than October 7, 2019.  No late referrals will be accepted.

Seventh grade students who are not new to FCPS may apply in the winter for AAP entry in eighth grade.  Those referrals are due January 6, 2020.

SCA Movie Night

On Friday, September 20, the SCA is hosting a movie night featuring Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Bring a blanket to sit on as the movie will take place in the courtyard under the stars. Admission is free and no outside food or drink is allowed. This year all attendees will be given a free food and drink ticket, while supplies last. Doors open at 6:15PM with the movie starting promptly at 7:00PM. All students must be picked up no later than 9:00PM.

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.

We will have our first general membership meeting on Thursday, September 26, at 6:30PM in the Library. We hope to see you there!

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 September 9, 2019

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Important Upcoming Events

September 16 - Late Buses Begin

September 20 - SCA Movie Night, 7:00-9:00PM

September 26 - Parent Coffee, RCMS, 9:00AM

September 26 - PTA Meeting, RCMS, 6:30PM

Carson MS Honored at School Board Meeting

As a recipient of the 2019 Virginia Index of Performance Award, Rachel Carson Middle School will be honored at the September 12 School Board Meeting, which will take place at Luther Jackson Middle School at 7:30PM.  Principal Gordon Stokes is looking forward to representing RCMS for this presentation.  If you would like to view on television, please tune into the FCPS Red Apple 21 channel (check your local TV listings).

After School Program and Late Buses Begin September 16

After School Activities & Late Buses start on Monday, September 16.  Late bus days are Monday, Wednesday & Thursday

The after school activities list is posted on the RCMS website, please read each activities description carefully.  If you have any questions email Mr. Pawlowski at ajpawlowski@fcps.edu

If you are picking your child up during after school activities, please pick them up in Kiss & Ride.  Do not park in the bus lanes! Students must be picked up no later then 4:45 pm on late bus days, no exceptions!  If you are unable to be here by 4:45 your child will be put on their late bus.

There are no late buses on Tuesdays or Fridays.  Students should take their regular bus home or be picked up at the end of the school day in Kiss & Ride.

2019-2020 Parent Coffee Events

Parent Coffee and BTSN Recap

We invite you to join us for our first Parent Coffee of the year, scheduled for Thursday, September 26, from 9:00-10:00AM in the cafeteria.  For those families who were unable to attend our Back to School Nights and for those who would like more information, we will be presenting an overview of numerous topics.  We realize you may still have questions about what to expect this school year, so we will take this opportunity to share information about upcoming programs and supports, including: A Guide to Middle School; Grading and SIS Parent Vue; and The ACT Program for 7th Grade Students in November.

Parent Coffee Schedule - SAVE THE DATES:

-Topics of Interest/Rotations & Stations: December 5, 9:00-10:00AM

-Digital Citizenship/Technology: February 27, 6:30-7:30PM

-Mental Health & Wellness/Testing Information: April 2, 9:00-10:00AM

We hope you can make it!

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

 

AMC 8

Students interested in participating in the AMC 8 must register by Friday, September 27.

The AMC 8 test date at Carson is Tuesday, November 12, from 2:20 to 3:30PM.  There are no late buses on the test date. Students must be picked up at 3:30PM. Please consider carpooling due to the large number of students participating in this competition.

Since the AMC tests must be ordered ahead of time, students must sign up to participate. The deadline to sign up is Friday September 27.

What is the AMC 8?

The AMC 8 is an optional math test being offered to RCMS students who wish to participate in a math competition. More information about this math competition and practice problems can be found at: http://www.maa.org/math-competitions/amc-contests/amc-8

“The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills.”  (www.maa.org).  

How do you sign up for the AMC 8?

Students, not parents, must register for the AMC 8 Test.

Students will need to log into their FCPS Google account before accessing the sign-up form. On the form students must enter their student information (name, grade, math teacher, math period, etc.). Students will receive an email confirmation (sent to their fcpsschools.net account) after submitting the form and successfully signing up for the AMC 8.

Students must sign up online RCMS AMC 8 Registration Webpage

Please contact Mrs. Cahill (agcahill@fcps.edu), Mrs. DeBaldo (nadebaldo@fcps.edu), or Ms. Joyce (eajoyce@fcps.edu) if you have any questions.

AAP Parent Referrals for Students New to Fairfax County Due October 7, 2019

AAP Level IV services are available to students in grades 3-8.  Students may be found eligible for full-time placement in AAP Level IV Center classes through a central selection process and receive a highly challenging instructional program in science, social studies and English.  Multiple criteria are reviewed by a central selection committee to determine eligibility for all FCPS advanced academic services. More information about AAP services available at the middle school level may be found on the FCPS public website at:  https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/advanced-academics.  If you have any questions, you can contact Brenda Humphrey at bahumphrey@fcps.edu.  

Parents or guardians of seventh grade students, who are new to Fairfax County Public Schools since January 2019, may initiate the full-time AAP Level IV screening process by completing and submitting an Advanced Academic Programs Level IV Referral Form to Brenda Humphrey at bahumphrey@fcps.edu  no later than October 7, 2019.  No late referrals will be accepted.

Seventh grade students who are not new to FCPS may apply in the winter for AAP entry in eighth grade.  Those referrals are due January 6, 2020.

SCA Movie Night

On Friday, September 20, the SCA is hosting a movie night featuring Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Bring a blanket to sit on as the movie will take place in the courtyard under the stars. Admission is free and no outside food or drink is allowed. This year all attendees will be given a free food and drink ticket, while supplies last. Doors open at 6:15PM with the movie starting promptly at 7:00PM. All students must be picked up no later than 9:00PM.

Mental Health and Wellness Confererence

The sixth annual FCPS Mental Health and Wellness Conference will be held on Saturday, October 5, at Fairfax High School from 8:00AM-4:00PM, sponsored by Inova. The morning session will focus on social and emotional learning, with a keynote address given by Dr. Marc Brackett, founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. A special session for high school students, the Our Minds Matter Teen Summit, will take place in the morning as well. Attendees are encouraged to stay for Inova’s Act on Addiction Summit, which will be held from 12:30 to 4:00PM.

Participants in this conference will be able to choose from a wide variety of breakout sessions, and there will be many resource tables available, representing public and private offices and agencies providing services within our schools and community. Lunch will be provided courtesy of Inova.
More information is available at the Mental Health and Wellness Conference webpage.

Join the RCMS PTA!

The RCMS PTA supports the school with funding for technology purchases, student and family spirit events, student enrichment programs, staff development, staff appreciation events, and much more!  Go to www.rcmspta.org (school code: 3MA6NU) to join the RCMS PTA and we hope to see you at an upcoming meeting on Thursday, September 26!

You can also stop by our PTA table at the Back-To-School Nights to join in person (cash or checks accepted) and to learn more about the RCMS PTA.

 

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RCMS Updates - Week of September 2, 2019

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Important Upcoming Events

September 4 - 8th Grade Back to School Night, 7:00-8:30PM

September 9 - TJ Information Meeting, RCMS Gym, 3:00PM

September 16 - Late Buses Begin

September 20 - SCA Movie Night, 7:00-9:00PM

September 26 - Parent Coffee, RCMS, 9:00AM

September 26 - PTA Meeting, RCMS, 6:30PM

8th Grade Back to School Night Wednesday, September 4, 2019 7:00PM-8:30PM

Dear Rachel Carson Families:

We are looking forward to welcoming parents and guardians of RCMS eighth grade students at Back To School Night on Wednesday, September 4, from 7:00PM to 8:30PM Parents should report to their child’s first period class where they will view a short welcome on the TV from our administration. Parents and guardians will then have an opportunity to follow their student’s schedule, meet teachers and counselors, and learn more about the upcoming school year. 

Food Trucks:  We are excited to have three food trucks on site during our 8th Grade Back to School Night.  Blue City, Divine Swine, and Mr. Wrap food trucks will all be present, selling a variety of foods for purchase.  If you are interested in one of these choices as a dining option, feel free to arrive after 5:30 PM.  You can eat at our outdoor tables or in our cafeteria where video greetings from Dr. Brabrand and School Board members will be playing.  We look forward to seeing you on this evening.

FLE Preview 6:15PM in the Library: There will be a preview/information session starting at 6:15PM for our Family Life Education units.  Physical Education teachers will be on hand in the library to discuss the instructional units, how you may opt out of any portions of the program, and answer any questions you may have. 

Back to School Night Flyer: Students will be sent home with a flyer for Back to School Night during their Panther Time class. Remind them to give you this flyer as it will have a copy of their schedule printed for your convenience.  If your student forgets to give you the flyer you can always pick up a copy of your student’s schedule in the main foyer that evening.  You may also access your child’s schedule via SIS ParentVue and SIS StudentVue. For more information about obtaining a ParentVue account, please click here to access support on the FCPS website. Please note that an “activation key” is required to activate a ParentVue account.

Parking Shuttle: Parking is available at Carson, Nysmith or at Open Door Presbyterian Church, 3001 Centreville Road Herndon, VA. Please do not park in the fields at Carson, as this will damage our underground irrigation systems.  RCMS will have an FCPS shuttle bus running on Back to School Night. It will begin runs at 6:30PM from our overflow parking location at Open Door Presbyterian Church. The shuttle will run until 7:15PM and then begin again at 8:30PM until approximately 30 minutes after BTSN has ended to assist parents in getting to their cars. 

Greetings from Dr. Brabrand and School Board members:  If you are interested in viewing Back To School messages from Superintendent Dr. Brabrand and members of the School Board, their video greetings will be shown in the cafeteria throughout Back to School Night, starting at 6:00PM. You can also view this message by clicking on the links below. 

Superintendent's Back to School Message

FCPS Superintendent, Dr. Scott Brabrand: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdTHU4Cu0I4

FCPS Student Cell Phone Policy

Please take a moment to review the newly revised FCPS student cell phone policy posted on our website:  Cell phones at school

TJ INFORMATION MEETING (8th GRADE STUDENTS AND PARENTS ONLY)

WHEN: Monday, September 9, 2019

WHERE: RCMS Gym

TIME: 3:00-4:00PM

THERE WILL BE NO AFTER SCHOOL BUSES!

Students must have a ride home no later than 4:00 pm.

TJHSST is an FCPS regional governor’s high school (grades 9-12) for students interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Come learn about the programs, classes offered and student life. Also get detailed information about Admissions and Application for 8th grade students.

Application Window

September 2 - opens at 4:00PM

to

September 27 - closes at 4:00PM

(No late applications will be accepted!)

Please direct questions to TJ Admissions at tjadmissions@fcps.edu or call 571-423-3770.

Carson One Book

This fall, all Carson teachers, staff, and students will read Refugee  by Alan Gratz together during our Drop Everything And Read time (Wednesdays during Panther Time). 

We ask students to bring a copy of the book to school by September 4, 2019.      

Refugee by Alan Gratz may be found at any of the following locations:

Digital Permission Letter

At RCMS we are fortunate to have laptops in every classroom this year.  Teachers are looking forward to incorporating engaging and meaningful technology into their instruction and have a variety of tools they would like to use.  Some of these tools require users under age 13 to give permission.  A Digital Permission Letter was handed out to all 7th graders through their History class last week and to eighth graders who are under 13 through their Civics class.  There was one tool not listed on the form, Smart Music, that should have been included.  If you haven’t returned this form signed yet, please send it with your child ASAP.

Every Day Counts! Absences Add Up

FCPS is looking forward to a great school year! Regular attendance is essential for students to form positive peer and adult relationships and to learn. In fact, when students miss significant amounts of instructional time, they tend to lose momentum academically.

We do monitor each child’s attendance daily and will contact a parent if a child does not arrive at school or class as expected. Of course, there are times that students may have health or other concerns that may prevent them from being present. Please contact the RCMS Attendance line at CarsonMiddle.Attendance@fcps.edu or 703-925-3636.

More information about FCPS’ attendance expectations is available online.

Ensure On-Time Arrival to School

We are pleased to see so many of our students opting to arrive at school via FCPS school bus.  Continued use of the FCPS-provided transportation ensures that your student arrives on time to school, with no unexcused tardies recorded.  Arriving in class at the beginning of instruction allows your student to receive important information from their teacher as the learning day begins.  As the year progresses, we encourage all families to reserve Kiss and Ride travel for those days when you must deliver oversized instruments or special projects with your student.

Join the RCMS PTA!

The RCMS PTA supports the school with funding for technology purchases, student and family spirit events, student enrichment programs, staff development, staff appreciation events, and much more!  Go to www.rcmspta.org (school code: 3MA6NU) to join the RCMS PTA and we hope to see you at an upcoming meeting on Thursday, September 26!

You can also stop by our PTA table at the Back-To-School Nights to join in person (cash or checks accepted) and to learn more about the RCMS PTA.

 

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Food Trucks for 7th Grade Back to School Night

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Food Trucks for 7th Grade Back to School Night

Good morning parents,

We are excited to have three food trucks on site during our 7th Grade Back to School Night.  The Charlie's Bowl, Mr. Wrap, and Indian Cuisine food trucks will all be present, selling a variety of foods for purchase.  If you are interested in one of these choices as a dining option, feel free to arrive after 5:30 PM.  You can eat at our outdoor tables or in our cafeteria where video greetings from Dr. Brabrand and School Board members will be playing.  We look forward to seeing you this evening.

 

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RCMS After School Program

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RCMS After School Program

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The RCMS After School Program will begin on Monday, September 16th.  Some activity tryouts will take place prior to this date.  We are very excited about our after-school program this year!  We have many stimulating and unique opportunities and hope your child will find something that interests them.  Please see below for some important information in regards to the After-School Program. 

Late Buses:  Late buses begin on Monday, September 16th, and will be offered on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  There are fewer buses and runs, the stop may be different from the normal morning or afternoon stop.  If you have questions or issues with late bus runs, contact Area 3 Transportation at 703-249-7000.

Clubs/Activities:  The most current listing of clubs and activities can be found on our website.  The first list of activities will be posted in early September.  This list will constantly be updated throughout the year with changes and additions.  Please check back often to make sure you are viewing the most recent version.  This document will tell you and your child how to sign up or participate in each of our activities.  Some clubs do require sign-ups, a try-out, or audition so please pay careful attention to that.  Many of our clubs have limited enrollment because of staffing and space constraints.  In addition, signing up for some activities can be a time-sensitive concern so please pay careful attention to dates and deadlines.

The following clubs will require a tryout, a tryout test, or a fee for enrollment:

Debate tryouts:

7th Grade- Wednesday, September 18

8th Grade- Thursday, September 19

Call Backs- Monday, September 23

National Science Bowl: Team registration is due by Wednesday, September 25.  Tryout test will be held on Thursday, October 3.

AMC 8:  Registration link will be available soon.  Test date is Tuesday, November 12.

Math Counts: Tryout test date will be Monday, October 14.

USTA (Tennis): Registration will open in MySchoolBucks on Tuesday, September 3. There are 14 openings available for the first session. For more information on the program please go to the RCMS website and look under after school activities for the USTA.

Fencing Club: The Fairfax Fencers will be running a fencing club this year during the after school program. Registration will open in MySchoolBucks on Tuesday, September 3. There are 18 openings available. For more information on the program please go to the RCMS website and look under after school activities under Fairfax Fencers.

Please check our After School Program website for regular updates to our program offerings.

Parent Volunteers for After School Activities:  If you have experience in facilitating Model UN, Science Olympiad, or Cricket in the past and are willing to commit time each week during the after school program, I am in need of your assistance. We need 3 to 4 dedicated parent volunteers for each of these activities. If you are interested please email Mr. Pawlowski at ajpawlowski@fcps.edu

Attendance:  Attendance is taken each day after school for all activities.  If your child is absent from school, they are not permitted to return to participate in the after-school program that day. 

Pick-Up:  If you are picking up your child, please utilize the Kiss and Ride area.  You do not need to check your child out through the main office.  If you are picking them up prior to the conclusion of their activity, please pre-arrange this with them so they know to meet you in the Kiss and Ride area.  We do encourage students to stay through to the end of their activity, please avoid early pick up when possible.  If you choose to pick your child up instead of them riding a late bus, they must be picked up by 4:45PM.  Please arrive promptly at the conclusion of their activity to prevent unnecessary wait time by students or staff.  Students who are consistently late being picked up will be required to take the late bus home.

Miscellaneous:

-Be sure to discuss your child’s after-school plan with them every day to avoid any confusion in the afternoon.

-Due to the number of students staying after each day, it’s extremely difficult to deliver phone messages to students.  Please communicate with your child ahead of time to avoid any potential problems.

-All SR&R rules apply during the after-school program.  Please remind your child to adhere to this.

Encourage your child to be an active part of the after-school program.  Research has shown that there are many benefits to participating and here are just a few…

-Increased academic performance and classroom participation

-Improved homework completion rates

-Improved student behavior

-Better peer relations and emotional adjustment

-Improved student-adult relationships

-Improved school attendance

-Better attitude towards school

-Increased participation in healthy recreational activities

-Increased school, family, and community partnerships

The following link will direct you to the After School page on the RCMS website:  https://carsonms.fcps.edu/activities/after-school-program

Have questions or need more information about the after-school program?

Contact Mr. Pawlowski, After-School Program Specialist, AJPawlowski@fcps.edu

 

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