Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.Important Upcoming Events
September 29 - Back to School Night (note date change)
October 1 - Virtual Parent Coffee, 9:00AM
October 7 - PTA Chipotle Fundraiser, 4:00-8:00PM
October 12 - School Planning Day (Student holiday)
October 22 - Virtual PTA Meeting, 6:00PMCarson 2020-2021 Virtual Bell Schedule Monday Attendance Clarification
This is a reminder about attendance in Monday morning’s Panther Time Connections block. We are thrilled that our students are logging into their classes and participating at a high rate. Attendance is also required for Monday’s Panther Time. All students should log into their 4th Period Panther Time from 9:00-9:20AM every Monday. This time is used for teachers to check in with students at the start of each week. Further, students have time to organize their week (determine goals for the week, note which teachers they may want to check in with, and clarify tasks that they need to submit).
If a student needs to miss any class time (full or partial day), a parent or guardian should report the absence to the RCMS Attendance Office using one of the following methods:
- Complete the Carson MS Attendance Form (preferred)
- Send an email with full details to: Attendance@fcps.edu
- Call the attendance line at 703-925-3636 being sure to include the spelling of your student’s last name and reason for the absence
On Thursday, October 1, parents are invited to our first Virtual Parent Coffee of the school year. Members of our Student Services department and Administrative team will share information about the many people and resources available to support students throughout the year. Items will include introduction of our school counselors, social and emotional health resources, information about grading, and an overview from the Administrative team. The parent coffee is scheduled for 9:00-10:00AM and will occur through Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (BBCU). Please use the following form to register your email to receive the BBCU link. Virtual Parent Coffee-October 1, 2020
Paperless Report Card Option
Families have the opportunity to “Go Paperless” and receive online only report cards. Going paperless for report cards will not impact any other mailings from FCPS. To take advantage of the paperless option, parents/guardians will need to log into ParentVue, then go to “My Account” and select “Go Paperless.” All parents/guardians who live with the student and share the same address must have a SIS ParentVue account and must select the paperless option to prevent mailing of the printed report cards. The “Go Paperless” option will apply to all of your associated students, no matter what the school level.
Materials Pick Up
Course materials for certain classes are available at school for pick-up (see list below). Parents may stop by RCMS during the main office hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00AM-2:00PM. It would be most helpful if you could print out a copy of your child's schedule and bring it with you. Our office staff will assist you with locating the materials your child needs for their class schedule. (If you intend to stop by the school, please wear a mask and observe social distancing rules).
The available materials are listed below. Please note the descriptions for specific courses:
- The daily assignment book (DAB), available for all 7th and 8th graders
- 7th grade Science materials (Students should only pick up materials designated by their science teacher; check classroom postings for details.)
- Strategies for Success course workbooks (Mr. Holmlund, Ms. Averill, Mrs. McCoy-Williams, Mrs. Okoronkwo)
- Spanish and French workbooks
- Japanese textbook and workbooks
- 3D Art Class materials (Mrs. Couch)
- Read180 class materials (Mrs. Crutcher)
- Power Math 7&8 workbooks (Mrs. McCoy-Williams)
- Orchestra goodie bags
- Individual items left for students by teacher (teacher will communicate directly with specific students if they have left any items for pick-up)
At Rachel Carson, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: https://carsonms.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources
Included on this page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools. We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission. Please reach out to our School Based Technology Specialist, Megan Carr, if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year.After School Program
After school programs are in full swing! Please have your student go to Student Central for club listings, sign-ups, after school calendar and links to after school Google classrooms. The After School Program page on the RCMS website will be for basic information in regards to programs, please direct your student to Carson Student Central. Students will receive an email on Friday Afternoons with updated After School information for the following week. If you have any questions please email Mr. Pawlowski, email@example.com
After School Important Dates:
- TSA tryout proposals are due Wednesday, September 30 by 8:00PM. They should be submitted to the Fall 2020 TSA Try Out Proposals Google classroom.
- Debate Interest Meeting will be Friday, October 2, 2:30-4:00PM.
- Model UN tryout position papers for new members are due Friday, October 2 by 8:00PM.
- Best Buddies Interest meeting will be Thursday, October 1 at 2:20PM.
- Battle of the Books Interest Meeting will be Friday, October 2 from 2:30-3:15PM.
Mark your calendar for Wednesday, October 7! RCMS PTA will sponsor a fundraiser at the Chipotle Restaurant located at 13354 Franklin Farm Road, Herndon, from 4:00-8:00PM. We hope you will plan to come out to support our school!Student Rights and Responsibilities
Parents and Guardians: On our Website is the information you will need to complete for SRR (Student Rights and Responsibilities) this year. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to Sybil Terry @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr. After reviewing the information, fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form using this link: SR&R Acknowledgement Form The form must be filled out one time per student.RCMS Library Curbside Checkout
October 5, 19 & 26 (no pickups on 10/12 or 11/2)
Curbside Library Book Checkout began on Monday, September 14. This service will be held every Monday, unless otherwise noted. Please check the Library page on our website for further details: RCMS Library
We look forward to seeing you at curbside checkout!Thomas Jefferson HS Admissions Update
The application window for current eighth-grade students has changed. The TJ Admissions Office will post the updated window as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience and know that students and families look forward to beginning the process that will hopefully provide them with an opportunity to attend TJHSST. We anticipate that the Admissions Office will update this information after September 15th.
More information can be found HERE.Who to Contact
If you have a question or concern, please visit our website for a full listing of Who to Contact. This listing includes all of our administrators, our counselors, and who to speak to regarding a specific content area or class. Contact information for all staff members is listed on our website - just click on the name of the person you wish to contact to be redirected to their email address: RCMS Staff Directory.Join the RCMS PTA today! www.rcmspta.org