October 2021
RMS Robin Tweetings Newsletter
A message from Principal Jackson
With Gratitude…Happy November RMS friends and families. Gratitude can be defined as thankfulness or gratefulness. It is a feeling of appreciation felt by and/or similar positive response shown by the recipient of kindness, gifts, help, favors, or other types of generosity. At RMS, we model gratitude through our actions towards one another. Our staff provide engaging opportunities for learning, and our students enjoy the variety of experiences they receive at school. We are grateful to partner with you to educate your scholar, and welcome the opportunity to mold them at this stage in their development. The dedicated staff at RMS are here to provide encouragement and support for our students and families, and are grateful to do so on a daily basis. Let’s continue to partner on this journey by communicating the need for a safe, respectful learning environment for all Robins.

Do You Need Assistance? If your Robin needs a warm coat, or if your family needs other resources, please contact our main office at 763-504-4800 to speak with a school social worker or be routed to our guidance office to speak with a school counselor. We are here to help!

Feeling Sick? Stay Home! If your RMS Robin is feeling ill, please keep them at home and have them log onto their Schoology to get assignments done. We are trying hard to keep our students and staff safe. Wearing masks and staying at home when people are sick helps a lot! If you would like your child to bring home a COVID saliva testing kit, please call the Nurse’s Office at 763-504- 4809 to request one. Here’s more information you can use below from our Nurse, Val Minder:

Sincerely,
Shirrie T. Jackson
Principal
Robbinsdale Middle School
Important Dates
For the latest up-to-date information click our online calendar linked above.
November 2: Tuesday
  • Election Day* - No School, Staff Development
November 17: Wednesday
  • Vaccine Clinic (Ages 5-11) at RMS from 1:45-2:30pm and 4:00pm-7:00pm
  • Volunteers are needed for this event. If you are able to volunteer, please click this link.
November 5: Friday
  • End of the 1st Quarter
November 24: Wednesday
  • Student of the Month Celebration
November 25-26: Thursday and Friday
  • Thanksgiving Break (Holiday)
December 7: Tuesday
  • Winter Band Concert 
December 9: Thursday
  • Winter Choir Concert
December 16: Thursday   
  • Winter Orchestra Concert
December 20-31: Winter Break
  • No School
January 3: Monday
  • School Resumes
January 17: Monday
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day* - No School
January 21: Friday
  • End of 2nd Quarter/1st Semester
January 24: Monday
  • Staff Workshop Day - No School
RMS Information
Apply for Educational Benefits for the 2021-2022 School Year
Every family, every year. We ask that ALL families with children enrolled with Robbinsdale Area Schools complete an Application for Educational Benefits each year. It’s quick and easy.

Whether you qualify or not, applying Educational Benefits each are is important because:

  • It provides educational funding for Robbinsdale Area Schools.
  • Determines benefits for students and their families. One benefit is students who qualify may be able to have their Device Protection Plan (formally known as Chromebook insurance) reduced to a lower price.

Please note, school meals for the 2021-2022 school year are free for all students! However, it is still very important that all families fill out an application for Educational Benefits.

You can apply for Educational Benefits by:
  1. Visit TITAN K-12 Family Portal.
  2. Follow the instructions to complete your application online.

An eligibility notice letter will be sent out via USPS mail or email within 10 business days. 
If you would like a paper copy of the application for educational benefits, available in English, Spanish, and Somali, or if you have questions, please call Lori Opitz at 763-504-8050 or email at lori_opitz@rdale.org.
Device Protection Plan Information
You are now able to log into your Parent Portal to pay for your student(s) Device Protection Plan, formally known as Chromebook Insurance, through Parent Portal/Infinite Campus.
 
The Device Protection Plan costs $25.00 per student, but can be reduced lower if your student(s) qualify for educational benefits. The Device Protection Plan covers a students first accidental break. Intentional damage to a Chromebook is not covered under the Device Protection Plan.

To purchase your student(s) Device Protection Plan, please click this link.

If you have any questions, please reach out to the Library Media Center at 763-504-4812 or 763-504-4811.
Parent Teacher Advisory Committee

RMS Parent Teacher Advisory Council (PTAC) NEEDS YOU!

The RMS PTAC is a wonderful group of parents and teachers who work hard together for our students. We are in desperate need of more parents because our current ones will be transitioning to high school.
 
In order for our students and staff to continue receiving support from our PTAC, we need more parents to take the baton and keep our wonderful organization viable. I have included our position descriptions below, in hope that you will consider joining and co-sharing some responsibilities. We have short monthly meetings, and really collaborate to share the work! Please help our PTAC. 
 
For more information email Principal Jackson at shirrie_jackson@rdale.org or our PTAC President (and RMS parent) Christina Skoglund at chriskog@comcast.net.
 
Also see information on our website: https://rms.rdale.org/discover/welcome

Please join us at our November Parent Teacher Advisory Council PTAC meeting this Wednesday, Nov 3, 2021 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm in the choir room 903. This will be a hybrid meeting, so participants can also join via google meets the link provided.
21-22 Yearbook Information
If you have questions about your students yearbook photo please reach out to Kemmetmueller Photography at info@k-photography.com.
Open Positions at RMS
RMS currently has multiple positions open in the building and we would like to highlight a few of them. To get more information about the position, click on the titles below:

Bus Tracker App
Robbinsdale Area Schools has launched a new free bus tracker app for families. The app is available in English and Spanish and allows you to:

  • View student bus routes in real-time, including for multiple students simultaneously.
  • See scheduled arrival times for each stop.
  • Receive messages that notify users of route delays and schedule changes.

Download the Durham Bus Tracker app through the Apple app store or Google Play.
  • In the Apple app store, search for Durham Bus Tracker and then download the app.
  • In Google Play, search Durham Bus Tracker and then download the app.

Families can also access the Durham Bus Tracker from a computer at m.durhambustracker.com.

After you have downloaded the app, create an account and login to track your student’s bus. You can find detailed instructions at rdale.org/discover/transportation. Please note, you will need your student's ID number when creating your account. This can be found in your parent portal.
The Scholastic Book Fair at RMS
During the month of October, the Media Center held a week long Scholastic Book Fair for the RMS students. Ms. Beatty and Ms. Winter sold over 1,000 books and made over $2,800. All of the proceeds that were made at the book fair are being used to purchase more books for the Media Center.
Away for the Day
Families, please take a look at our cell-phone policy. We are asking that you go over it with your students so that they understand the importance of putting their phone away for the day!
Free Online Tutoring @ Hennepin County Library
The Hennepin County Library is offering free online tutoring to students with a library card from 1:00pm to 11:00pm. Students may apply online here, enter barcode and pin#.
November is Native American Heritage Month
A Note from Aiysha Mustapha, Family and Community Engagement Specialist
My name is Aiysha Mustapha I am one of four Family and Community Engagement Specialists assigned to various schools throughout the district. I am reaching out to all parents of Pan African students.  

My purpose in reaching out to you is to ask you to join the Parents of Pan African Students Affinity Group. This group exists intending to bring together parents of students of African birth/ heritage. For those unfamiliar with the term Pan African, your student identifies as African American, Liberian, Nigerian, Togolese, Cameroonian, Somali, Caribbean (Haitian, Bajan), or other across the African Diaspora, even if you do not. An Affinity group is a group of individuals with one common purpose or interest, and ours is the academic success of Pan African students.  

How can we as parents work together learning the Robbinsdale Area School’s district goals and navigating the system to help our children reach their full potential? We all have different experiences, and valuable information that we can add to the current fabric of diversity RAS is eager to protect and uplift. 

To show interest in joining the Parents of Pan African Student meetings, please click this link.

Please click this link to access the previous recording of the meeting on Oct. 14th. The access code is: 9?QET5cQ

Below is more important information from the equity department of Robbinsdale Area Schools:
Robbinsdale Area Schools Job Fair
Take a Look Inside RMS
We have officially completed the first quarter of school! Quarter one ends Friday, November 5, 2021. During the first quarter, we have taken a lot of photos of our staff and students. Take a look inside RMS to see how we are doing:
RMS Programs and More
Learn more about IB at RMS
Learn more about AVID at RMS
For the most up-to-date information click on our RMS Calendar linked above.
Feel like you might have missed something?
View past issues of our Robin Tweetings Newsletter here:
Robbinsdale Middle School | Phone 763-504-4800 | rms.rdale.org
Mrs. Shirrie Jackson, Principal
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