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Important Upcoming Events
January 6 - School resumes (A Day)
January 8 - Oakton HS Curriculum Night (at OHS)
January 8 - South Lakes HS Curriculum Night (at SLHS)
January 9 - Chantilly HS Curriculum Night (at CHS)
January 9 - Westfield HS Curriculum Night (at WHS)
January 10 - High school counselors visit (8th Graders)
January 10 - SCA Skate Night, SkateQuest Reston, 7:30PM
January 16 - Curriculum Night for RISING 7th GRADERS
January 20 - No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
Safe Morning Arrivals
We hope you had a great winter break.
One of our resolutions at Carson is to alleviate high volumes of kiss and ride traffic during morning drop-off. Please consider using FCPS bus transportation for your students if they have a bus assignment, to allow students without an FCPS bus assignment a safe and timely kiss and ride experience.
Student(s) who arrive late from the kiss and ride drop off will be considered unexcused.
Thank you again for considering the bus as the first option for your student where possible.
Deadline for AAP Level IV Referrals
This is a friendly reminder that the deadline for referring students in Grades 2-7 for AAP full-time Level IV consideration is due no later than January 9, 2020. Parents are welcome to submit early, but no late referrals will be accepted. We advise parents not to wait for pending abilities test scores if they would like their student screened. While the Grade 2 screening pool casts a starting point for screening some students, test scores are only one factor in the eligibility decision.
If you would like more information about Level IV AAP services or the screening process for Level IV, there are two parent presentations available on the AAP public website. Referral can be submitted to Brenda Humphrey at any time up through January 9.
SCA Skate Night
Friday, January 10, 2020
Tickets: $10.00 at the door (includes skate rental)
Bring your friends and family for a fun night on the ice!
Student Services Updates
For your planning purposes, please make note of the following registration events in preparation for the 2020-2021 school year:
Rising 9th Grade Academic Advising and Course Registration Information - Please see individual school sites for additional details.
Oakton HS Curriculum Night - Wednesday, January 8, at Oakton HS
South Lakes Curriculum Night – Wednesday, January 8, at South Lakes HS
Chantilly HS Curriculum Night – Thursday, January 9, at Chantilly HS
Westfield HS Curriculum Night- Thursday, January 9, at Westfield HS
High schools may also have planned breakout sessions for specialized programs such as Special Education or ESOL. Be sure to visit your child's high school website for specific details. In addition to these high school sponsored events, high school counselors from Oakton, South Lakes, Chantilly, and Westfield high schools will be meeting with students on Friday, January 10, during our Panther Time block (10:00-10:30AM). Students will bring home course selection sheets and will meet with Carson counselors to discuss course registrations during the months of January and February.
Rising 8th Grade Academic Advising and Course Registration Information
Carson counselors will conduct course presentations in mid-February and will continue to work with students and families through mid-March to complete this process.
Rising 7th Grade Academic Advising and Course Registration Information
Rachel Carson Curriculum Night and Elective Showcase – Thursday, January 18, 2020 at Rachel Carson Middle School from 5:45PM - 8:00PM
Rachel Carson Tour for Rising 7th grade students – February 5-7 from 9:50-11:20AM. Students are transported to Rachel Carson from feeder elementary schools for this event.
For more information please refer to the Student Services Website. https://carsonms.fcps.edu/student-services/academic-advisingcourse-registration
8th Grade Parents: Volunteer to Chaperone for the Finance Park Field Trip through VolunteerHub Parent Access:
We are in need of volunteers to help facilitate the 8th grade field trips to Finance Park. This is an amazing opportunity for our students and we need your help. This is not your typical field trip. You arrive at the facility (Frost MS) at 7:45AM, one hour ahead of the students to receive training. Once the kids arrive, you are stationed in a storefront to facilitate the decision making with them. Your volunteer commitment ends at 1:00PM.
This is a real life simulation where the kids "play an adult" for the day. They are given a salary and a credit score and create a monthly budget. They move throughout the park paying bills and making economic decisions! It is a wonderful experience for them and for the parent volunteers!
We need volunteers the following dates:
If you are available to help with your student's team, please complete the Volunteer Hub below:
- 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
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.
- At the bottom of the page, click on “Create New Account.”
- Choose a username and password that you will be able to remember, and click “Next.”
- Fill out your profile, completing all boxes that are indicated as required by the asterisks.
- On the confirmation page, click “Next” to view available slots for upcoming dates.
Finding and Registering For Your School:
- In the top right corner, click the magnifying glass to open the search bar.
- Enter the name of your student’s school: Carson Middle School
- Identify which date your student will be visiting JA Finance Park.
- Unsure? Contact your child’s Civics teacher.
- Click “More” to see additional details on the volunteer experience. Or if you’re ready, click “Sign Up.”
- Read Junior Achievement’s Volunteer Conduct Standards Form & Social Media Policy and agree to it using the check box at the bottom of the screen.
- Registration complete! Check your email for a confirmation message containing the event’s details.
We look forward to welcoming you to JA Finance Park!
Online Campus Summer 2020
FCPS Online Campus summer courses will be available to eligible high and middle school students who meet prerequisites and technical requirements. Students may take one online course for first time or repeat credit. Middle school students may not take a mathematics course during the summer as their first-high school level mathematics course. Courses are rigorous; therefore, students should consult their counselor prior to registering.
Program information is available at Summer Learning (https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning).
Registration for summer Online Campus courses opens January 6, 2020.
After School Program Announcements
The winter session for the USTA (United States Tennis Association) will begin on January 30 and run through March 26. The cost will be $144.00 for each 8 week session. There will be 16 students per session. We will be offering two sessions, a beginner and an intermediate. The beginner is for first time students to USTA and the intermediate is for returning USTA students and more advanced players. Registration will open on My School Bucks this Wednesday, January 8. Please check the RCMS website for additional information.
- Jan 30 - March 26. 1st session (for new/beginner) 2:25-3:25pm, 2nd session (for returners/intermediate) 3:25-4:25pm.
The winter session for the Fairfax Fencers will begin on Monday, February 3 and run through Monday, March 30. The cost will be $60.00 per student. Payment for the program will be available on My School Bucks beginning on Wednesday, January 8. The fencing program is for students with or without prior fencing experience. There will be 20 slots available for this session. Please check the RCMS website for additional information.
Join the RCMS PTA!
The RCMS PTA supports the school with funding for technology purchases, spirit events, student enrichment programs, staff development, staff appreciation events, and much more! Go to www.rcmspta.org (use school code: 3MA6NU) to join the RCMS PTA.
To stay up to date on PTA news, please go to our website, likeus on Facebook and subscribe to RCMS PTA News You Choose emails.
Other FCPS Schools are Sharing....
Tune in here to find out what other schools are sharing about activities and events that may be of interest to you.
From South Lakes HS: The South Lakes Athletic Boosters are sponsoring a Dance Clinic! Come see what it is like to be a part of the South Lakes High School Varsity Dance Team! We will practice together on January 27 and then perform at a home basketball game on February 7! The cost of the clinic includes a t-shirt for us all to perform in together!
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