Draft Bylaws for Review!

In accordance with Virginia PTA requirements, all local PTA’s must re-submit their PTA Bylaws for review and approval by the Virginia PTA every five (5) years.
The RCMS PTA Bylaws will expire this summer and are due to be reviewed and approved this year. As part of the Bylaw renewal process, Draft RCMS PTA Bylaws must be presented to the general membership for review a minimum of 30 days prior to voting on the Bylaws.  This announcement serves as the presentation of the Draft RCMS PTA Bylaws to meet the 30 day requirement.  The Draft RCMS PTA Bylaws will be voted on at the general membership meeting on April 26 at 6:30 p.m.

Changes to the Bylaws consist of:
1.  General language revised throughout as required by the Virginia PTA Bylaws template.
2.  Minor changes to the PTA Officer Titles in Articles 5 and 6.

If you have comments or questions regarding the Draft RCMS PTA Bylaws, please contact the PTA Secretary at
Plan to attend the PTA Meeting on April 26, 6:30 p.m. to vote on the revised bylaws!


20th Anniversary Celebration

RCMS Celebrates 20 Years!  Mark your calendars now and bring the entire family to the RCMS 20th Anniversary Party on Friday, April 20, 4:30-7:00 p.m.  This is a community-wide celebration that you will not want to miss. There will be a DJ, special obstacle course race, food, and fun activities for all ages.

If you would like to help on the food, decorating or door prize committees please contact Nancy Linton at
Does your business have an item or service you would like to donate as a door prize for the party?  If so, please contact Nancy Linton at

The SCA is selling commemorative 20th Anniversary T-shirts for $10. All proceeds will benefit the 20th Anniversary Celebration week in April. Purchase your shirts from The deadline is Tuesday, April 3.


Donations for Teacher & Staff Appreciation

Our Hospitality Committee works hard all year to appreciate the teachers and staff at RCMS for the amazing job they do for our students. Please consider how you can support these efforts. We continue to need supplies and gifts to help us recognize the staff who work hard every day to enrich the lives of our RCMS students!

A complete list of donations needed can be found on this SignupGenius page.
Non perishable items, gift cards, and cash can be placed in the front office ANYTIME before date needed!


8th Grade Celebration – Thursday, June 14!

Save the date! The Annual 8th Grade Celebration has been set for Thursday, June 14, 7-9 p.m.
This is a special time for our 8th Grade Students to celebrate their middle school achievements together as a class.
Your 8th Grader will not want to miss this memorable occasion.
Ticket sales will begin in May, 2018.
Stay tuned for more information soon regarding ticket sales, party details, and parent volunteers.

For questions, contact the 8th Grade Committee at




Sign Up for PTA E-News!

Are you receiving the RCMS PTA News You Choose Announcements each week?
The PTA is sending weekly emails to all interested parents and you do not want to miss out!
Stay informed on special speakers, membership benefits, programs supporting our students, appreciation events for our school staff, and more!

Click here to register today.
For questions on receiving the PTA weekly email, contact the RCMS VP8 at


Register Your Grocery Store Cards Today!

You can help raise money for RCMS just by shopping at participating stores:  Giant and Harris Teeter.  Each time you shop at these stores, a percentage of your purchases will automatically go to RCMS.  All you need to do is register RCMS as your designated school for each of your grocery rewards cards.

Click the icons below and register cards today!



(Registration carries over each school year)
A+ School Rewards Program
RCMS ID: 03624

 Harris Teeter
Together in Education Program
Only HT brands and prescriptions qualify
RCMS ID: 6719


Join the PTA!

Join the PTA today!
Your membership helps support our school and our children!

Every family is invited to be a part of our PTA community.

How to Join?
Purchase Your Membership Online HERE.
(Note: Online Memberships are sold on our Pay4SchoolStuff site).
Bring your completed Membership Form with cash or check to Panther Palooza or Back-to-School Night (see form below).

Why be a PTA Member?
– Vote at PTA meetings. Your voice matters.
– Advocate for your child by sharing ideas and working with us to improve our school.
– Support our amazing school administration & staff.
– Help us provide the best academic programs and leading technology for all students.
– Receive a free 2017-2018 School Directory
Note:  Directories are ordered based on memberships as of December 2017. Directories are not guaranteed for members who join after January, 2018).




Shop to benefit RCMS!

Amazon SmileDid you know that your Amazon purchases can earn money for RCMS at now extra cost to you? You can enjoy stress-free shopping at your convenience and support your school at the same time!  When you shop at, Amazon give a percentage of your purchase to the RCMS PTA!  If you are an Amazon shopper, login at instead of  Designate “Rachel Carson Middle School PTA” as your charity. is the same incredible e-tailer as  If you are new to online shopping, give a try…you will be amazed at the quality products (almost everything you can imagine is available right at your fingertips), convenience, and lightning fast delivery.

Click HERE for more.  Designate “Rachel Carson Middle School PTA” as your charity to receive benefits!


Parent Information Relating to Special Education

Parent Information Relating to Special Education

All these opportunities are FREE unless noted.
In most cases you must register if registration information is provided.

The FCPS Parent Resource Center (PRC) helps parents of students with disabilities.  It sponsors workshops, has a lending library, and has Parent Liaisons to help parents solve problems.   2334 Gallows Rd. Rm 105, Dunn Loring    English:  703-204-3941  Espanol: 703-204-3955

Social Security: The Application and Appeal Process for SSI and SSDI
Fri. Dec. 1, 10 am – noon  Arc of NoVa, 2755 Hartland Rd. Ste. 200, Falls Church
Learn how and when to apply for adult disability (SSI and/or SSDI), what to do if you have to appeal a decision to deny benefits, and how to leverage the benefits.

Mindfulness and Mingling — Open House for Formed Families Forward
Fri. Dec. 1,  2 – 4 pm   4031 University Dr. Suite 100, Fairfax  (enter on South St.)
Learn more about our free services for foster, kinship, and adoptive families at our holiday open house, as well as a bit on mindfulness and stress reduction.

Future Quest:  College and Career Conference for Middle and High School Students with Disabilities and Their Families
Sat. Dec. 2, 8 am – 3 pm  George Mason University  4400 University Dr.  Fairfax
Over 40 workshops and exhibits will provide students of all abilities, and their parents, with valuable information on how to prepare for a successful life after high school.

Taller sobre KEEN Greater DC 
Sat. Dec. 2, 10 am – noon  PEATC 8003 Forbes Pl. Suite 310, Springfield
Ven a la charla con KEEN Greater DC, y aprende sobre sus programas y actividades para ninos y jovenes con descapacidades.
Registracion:  Arianna Sweeney  703-923-0010 or

Dyslexia Simulation
Tue. Dec. 5, 7:30 pm Oakwood School, 7210 Braddock Rd. Annandale
The simulation will be followed by a panel discussion featuring experts in the field.

VDOE Diploma Options & Credit Accommodations Training
Tue. Dec. 5, 7:00 – 8:30 pm PEATC 8003 Forbes Pl. Ste. 310, Springfield,
This training is for parents of students with disabilities who may need modified diplomas, or struggle to pass SOLs to achieve graduation. Advocates are also invited to attend.

Ticket to Work Presentation
Wed, Dec. 6, 10 am – noon Arc of NoVa  2755 Hartland Rd, Ste. 200, Falls Church
The workshop will include an overview of the SSA Disability Programs (SSDI, SSI,); myths & facts about the Ticket to Work Program; and common SSA rules and work incentives.

Adolescent Anxiety:  What It Looks Like and How to Support
Wed. Dec. 6, 7:30 – 9:00 pm Lab School, 4759 Reservoir Rd, NW Washington, DC
Learn how to identify anxiety that is excessive worry (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) and Social Anxiety Disorder, and learn strategies to aid in coping with excessive anxiety.

Growth Mindset For Parents – The ‘How To’ Guide
Thu. Dec. 7, 11:45 am-1:15 pm Study Pro 6849 Old Dominion Dr. Ste. 200, McLean
Learn how to build a growth mindset culture at home by gaining tools to help respond to your child’s frustration, model optimism, and keep your child’s self-esteem strong.

Support Groups for Youth

Support Group for Middle School Students with ADHD  meets the 1st Sunday of each month 2:00 – 3:00 pm 4031 Univ. Dr. Fairfax,  Enter on South St.  No parents!
Call 703-403-3335 to enter building.  Contact:  703- 641-8940

Community of Solutions  Helping Teens Cope with Life Stress

Support Groups for Parents

Alpha Moms  This support group for adoptive parents meets monthly in McLean.

CHADD: Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Alexandria CHADD Parent Support Group  4th Mon. of each month at 6:30 pm
West Fairfax CHADD Parent Support Group   1st & 3rd Tues. of each month at 7:30 pm Contact:  Sharon  703 716-4646

CSB Family Support Group at Gatlan Center  2nd and 4th Wed. of each month 6-8 pm in Alexandria Contact:  Samar.Chwairy@fairfaxcounty.gov703-799-2882

D.A.D.S.  Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome 3rd Thur. each month, 7-9 pm in Alexandria; and last Wed. of each month in Tysons at 7-9 pm  Contact:   571-490-1268

Fairfax Juvenile Court Parent Support Group for problems including runaway behavior, truancy, alcohol/drug abuse, and serious behavioral problems at home, at school, or in the community. 7:30 pm every Tues. Room 201.1 Fairfax County Courthouse  703-246-2495

JCCNV Special Needs Parent Support Group  1st Wed. each month, 7:00–8:30 pm
Contact:  Melissa at  Cost: $15 per meeting.

NAMI:  National Alliance on Mental Illness builds better lives for those affected by mental illness.
Fairfax Family Support Group meets on the 2nd Thur. of each month  7:30-9:00 pm
Contact:  Heather  or  703-362-4985
Springfield Family Support Group  meets the 4th Thur. of each month 7:00-8:30 pm
Contact:  Heather  or  703-362-4985

OCD Family Support Group   1st Mon. of each month, 7:30 pm

POAC: Parents of Autistic Children of Northern Virginia
Bimonthly Support Group  Contact:  Nicole Zupan at

Northern Virginia Tourette Support Group meets the 2nd Sunday of each month at noon at the Chantilly Public Library.  Contact: