Weekly Dolphin Newsletter
Week of December 4 , 2023
Color Battle Update
We are halfway through our PTA Color Battle Fundraiser and Friday we celebrated by having all the students who have raised funds so far color the principal and some of their teachers! The students did GREAT and we had a BLAST today!
We are also halfway to our fundraising goal, so far we have raised $5,800. Our goal is $10,000!
There is still another week to go, funds must be submitted by midnight Thursday, 12/7 for your student to be able to participate in our Color Battle next Friday.
Finally, we have created a Secret Sponsor link. If would like to sponsor a student for color battle event on Friday, December 8. Please click this link: https://myapexevent.com/syrp7u and donate.
RPMS needs your help to gather as many good pictures for the yearbook as possible. Below are the directions for submitting photos and the types of pictures we are looking for. EIGHT GRADE students and families read the whole message as the information for the 8th grade baby pictures is included.
“How to submit student life images to be featured in the yearbook”
- Visit Yearbookforever.com
- Type in our school's name and select "shop the store"
- Click on "Yearbook Snap" which is located at the top of the webpage
- Access code is: dolphins
- We could use some images of student life (before/after school, clubs, sports, spirit weeks, etc.)
- Please add a note that includes student names, grades, and a little blurb about the image
- We try our best to include all pictures submitted included in the yearbook, but it cannot be guaranteed.
“8th grade baby pictures”
- The baby picture spread in the yearbook is a special dedication page for just 8th graders
- Use Yearbook Snap to submit baby picture images (see direction above)
- Please add a note that includes the student’s name!
Supporting Math at Home
See the video below from Mrs. Conway, Math Content Specialist, about how you can help your student practice math skills by using the IXL Platform!
Basketball season is here! Tryouts for the boys’ basketball team are Dec. 5, 6, & 7 and tryouts for the girls’ basketball team are Dec. 12, 13, & 14. Flyers have been posted around the school and information has been shared on Dolphin TV and at lunch since October. All interested players should have already signed up and registered with our Athletic Coordinator, Ms. Becker. In order to tryout, 7th and 8th grade students need to be registered and have proof of a physical completed within the last two years that clears them to play. You can find more information and the physical form on the Rosa Parks Middle School website under Athletics. Any questions, please contact our Ms. Becker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown - A HUGE HIT!
We hope you were able to join us this weekend for our winter musical. See you in the Spring!
Sign Up to Present at the 2024 Rosa Parks Career Expo!
Rosa Parks Middle School will host its annual Career Expo on Friday, April 26th. We hope this event will provide an opportunity for our students to become familiar with the world of work and integrate what they learn with what they may want to do in the future. In order for the event to be a success, we need parents and community members to volunteer their time and expertise. We hope you will consider sharing about your profession with our students! If you are interested in participating, please complete the online Google form. If you have any questions about the event, please contact the Rosa Parks Middle School Counseling Office at 240-740-3310. Thank you!
Grade Level Assignments Summary
After School Activities
After School Clubs and Activities
After School Activities have started! This link will remain in the newsletter every week, and we will let you know as new clubs are added!
Volleyball Clinic for 5-8th Grade Students
Session 1 January 5 - February 9 (no clinic 1/19)
Session 2 February 16 - March 15
Friday Sessions for 5th-8th graders. Five weeks from 6:15-7:30
GBTLA Saturday School - Registration is Open!
Saturday Schools Programs have physical locations at Wheaton, Northwest, Einstein, Montgomery Blair, Paint Branch, and Clarksburg High Schools. Each of these centers will serve students in grades 6-8 and includes breakfast and transportation over 23 Saturdays from September to May. The affordable cost for our Saturday School program is $40 for students that qualify for FARMS and $85 for all other students. This cost is for the entire year.
Saturday School serves MCPS as a strategic partner and provides mentoring and tutoring from 8:30 am - 11:00 am on Saturday mornings, which is what we consider the 6th Day of Learning. The middle school Saturday School curriculum allows students additional time with MCPS curriculum and is taught by MCPS teachers with the goal of extending and supporting the weekly grade-level learning outcomes.
Student Service Learning
Parents and families may review details about SSL hours here. Students joined the myMCPS Classroom/Canvas course titled "SSL-RPMS 2023-2024" that is also available to all individuals who hold a role as "Observer" on myMCPS Classroom/Canvas. The Canvas course is a place for students to learn more about SSL, research service opportunities, and submit verification forms.
Students and families are encouraged to submit SSL verification forms digitally using the Google Form on the SSL Canvas course. Digital submission allows the SSL coordinator, Mrs. Lewis, to process forms more rapidly and to communicate with students and families more efficiently if concerns arise. Students may see Mrs. Lewis at school during TAP with any questions about the program; families may reach Mrs. Lewis by email: email@example.com.
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PTA Givebacks and Emails
Our PTA uses the online communication tool called Givebacks (formerly known as Memberhub). RPMS PTA uses Givebacks to bring you into our school community and keep you informed and engaged with what is happening. Within our Givebacks, you will find our e-store, newsletters, signup sheets, calendar events, files, photos, reminders, and much more all in one place!
To receive PTA emails and other communications, please click here to add you and your family to the RPMS Givebacks site.
We would love to have you and your family as PTA members. Please visit our e-store to join.
Thanks, and welcome to Givebacks!