Panther Tales

October 14, 2022

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News and Events You Can Use

Welcome to the second 9 weeks of our school year! We hope everyone enjoyed their Fall break and wonderful weather. Our newsletter is packed with loads of great info on upcoming events and news. Enjoy!

Upcoming Events

Here are some of our events at a glance. Please join us when you can!

  • Oct. 17 and 19: Basketball Tryouts - View complete tryout schedule

  • Oct. 17-21: Book Fair

  • Oct. 19: Dress-Down for $5 - Donation to PTA/Foundation

  • Oct. 20: Ridgeview United Music Festival & Hispanic Heritage Dinner

  • Nov. 6: Hands on Ridgeview, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

  • Nov. 8: Asynchronous Remote Learning for Students (no in-person school)

Check out our calendar for more ways to get involved.

Bus Driver Appreciation Week

Bus Driver Appreciation Week is Oct. 17-21. Our bus drivers play an important role in getting our kids to school safely. With the bus driver shortage in Fulton County, it more important than ever to let our drivers know how much we appreciate them. We are asking for donations to make this week really special. Our RCMS bus drivers always go the extra mile! Please Venmo donations to @Taryn-Lum-1 or PayPal to

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Book Fair

The RCMS Book Fair will take place in the Media Center Oct.17-21. Students will have the opportunity to visit and purchase books Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. We will also be open on Thursday from 4:30-5:30 p.m. during the Ridgeview United Music and Hispanic Heritage Month Festival. Parents, you may set up an eWallet for your student to shop during the school day or you may shop with your student Thursday afternoon.

Please click here for more information you may reach Mrs.Gunter at 470-254-8587.

To make this event a success, we need your help. Please sign up to volunteer.

$5 Non-Uniform Day is Oct. 19

For $5 cash students not only contribute to our PTA & Foundation, but also they can wear non-uniform attire. Our non-uniform dress guidelines are described here. This will be a monthly opportunity to support PTA & Foundation and for students to dress down. Otherwise, normal uniform applies.

Ridgeview United Music & Hispanic Heritage Month Festival

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Please Donate to our Hispanic Heritage Dinner

At our Ridgeview United Music and Hispanic Heritage Month Festival, we need our families’ help to make a great celebration. Please see our donation needs below and contact our parent resource center at 470-254-8594 or or for more information.
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Keep the Spirit Cup - And Get Active to Support SSEF

Ridgeview has the school Spirit Cup for last year's virtual 5K / 10K / Step Race. Let's get active and win the cup again on Oct. 22! SSEF funds initiatives in all Sandy Springs public schools. Join the Ridgeview team.

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Fall 2022 Limited Edition Hoodie

Introducing the RCMS specialty apparel item for Fall 2022. Crafted for comfort, this traditional 8oz hooded sweatshirt is perfect for relaxing and is a real value for a sportswear hoodie. The sweatshirt is screen printed with the words “Ridgeview Charter Middle School” in a playful swirl font in black, red, dark gray, and light gray colors. The hoodie is a unisex fit. Place your order until October 18th through the school store at In early November, you will be alerted via email that your merchandise is ready for pick up at the school store.
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Hands On Ridgeview

Hands On Ridgeview will be Sunday, Nov 6 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Expect a day filled with projects to beautify RCMS school grounds. Bring the whole family and enjoy a beautiful fall day, helping create new outdoor learning and recreation spaces, sprucing landscaping, and enhancing our outside areas. Get volunteer hour credit for your clubs & organizations. Sign up to volunteer here!

School-Family Compact & Parent/Family Engagement Plan

As a school-wide Title I program, it is our responsibility to jointly develop and share our School-Family Compact and our Parent & Family Engagement Plans. Parents, school staff, and students partnered together to jointly develop the School-Family Compact and school Parent and Family Engagement Plan (PFEP) through input collected from feedback forms, surveys, and input meetings held annually in the spring; however, feedback is taken through the school year. For more information, you may contact the school at 470-254-8589. These documents can be viewed below or in English and Spanish on our Title I page.

  • School-Family Compact: Offers ways that we can work together to help students succeed. Compacts are being distributed now from homeroom teachers. We ask that each parent reads, signs, and returns the compact signature page. Click here for our compact.

  • Parent & Family Engagement Plan: Outlines how we will provide opportunities to improve family engagement to support student learning. Click here for our engagement plan.

  • FCS Parent & Family Engagement Plan: Outlines how the district will provide opportunities to improve family engagement. Click here for the FCS engagement plan.

These documents will be distributed in hard copy in the next few weeks. Please sign, date, and return the compact signature page by Oct. 31st. Find our compact, engagement plan, translated documents, all Title I documents by clicking to our Title I page.

Instructions for the new digital signature process are located below or are on our Title I page linked above under announcements.

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Join the PTA

Your PTA membership and donations fund teacher grants for innovative classroom and extracurricular learning; hospitality to teachers, staff, and students throughout the year; and supplemental classroom supplies. Show your support for our Ridgeview Teachers and Staff, and consider making a donation in addition to your $10 membership. Click below to join online. Donation Levels (Above $10 membership) $50: Help provide supplies for RCMS Olympics $120: Provide classroom supplies for one teacher $250: Furnish materials for Hands on Ridgeview $500+: Support a teacher classroom innovation grant Click. Join. Donate.

212 Degree Award Winners for September

To celebrate the IB traits our staff exemplify and to highlight those who have gone the 1 extra degree, we give monthly 212 Degree Awards. It is built on the premise that at 211 degrees, water doesn't boil. With just one extra degree, it boils. We're thankful for 5 staff members each month who will be highlighted for giving that 1 extra degree to our school.

  • Emily Toler (6th Math) was given the Risk-taking & Thinking Award: the recipient is not afraid to use creativity to inspire and to help others succeed.
  • Tia Lemon (7th Social Studies) was given the Inquiry & Knowledge Award: The recipient has innovatively instructed with MYP, WICOR, and Personalized Learning instruction that empowers student ownership of learning.
  • Tomomi Davis (Japanese) was given the Caring & Communicator Award: The recipient maintains a positive, caring attitude in difficult situations and steps outside his/her job description to help others.
  • Samantha Romero (8th Social Studies) was given the Principled & Balanced Award: The recipient demonstrates principled leadership during difficult times, showing balance and sensitivity to those following his/her lead.
  • Colleen Wheat (Principal’s Secretary & Bookkeeper) was given the Open-minded & Reflective Award: The recipient is open-minded and reflective to support students in powerful ways beyond the expected as an educator.

Free Library Cards!

Have an expired public library card? Don’t have a public library card? Sign up using our link below, and the public library will bring the cards to our school! Parents and students can get free homework help, access MANGO Language App, access free testing guides for the ACT and SAT, access to eBooks that can be read on their school-issued devices, and more! Feel free to contact Ms. Gunter if you have any questions. Click HERE for your Public Library Card Sign Up.

Building Parent Capacity & Student Success Skills

In September, we presented a Parent University class on "Student Success Skills," which is our advisory curriculum covering domains such as self-management, sense of belonging, collaborative problem-solving, and more. Parents can view the curriculum and use tools for at-home contexts. Be in the know:

English Language Learner Family Workshop Oct. 27th

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Got News?

If you have news or an announcement that you would like to be considered for an upcoming issue of Panther Tales, which is sent out to our Ridgeview United families weekly, please fill out this form and submit it. The editorial team will review your request and will contact you with any questions.