Principal’s Message: Week of November 2nd

Greetings Rolfe Family,

This is Mrs. George, proud principal of John Rolfe Middle School, with a few reminders and important notices for the week!

Parents and guardians:

The “JRMS Parent Portal” is a one-stop-shop for many parent resources. Please save/bookmark and click on the necessary links for your reference.

Click on this link: JRMS Parent Dashboard

  • Nov. 1st – Daylight Savings Ends (Set all clocks back 1 hour!)
  • Nov. 2nd – is a Day 1
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences: Monday, November 2nd(4-6 pm) and Tuesday, November 3rd (9-11 am). This year we are glad to host two days for evening conferences.  We realize that this is a National Election year, yet we are offering additional time for morning hours on Tuesday. Remember parents/guardians are welcome to request a parent conference (after school or during teacher planning) outside of the designated window if these times do not agree with our schedule.
  • Scheduling your conference is easy as should be as easy as 1, 2, 3.
  1. Please use the link below to access Your child’s teacher conference schedule. Link for Sign-Ups: http://bit.ly/jrmsfallconf2020
  2. Review the video if you need assistance with signing on:  Sign-Up Video Directions for Families. Once you review, please go back and select your conference times.  A link for conferences and the Video Directions will also be found on our school website.  If you do not have internet access, you will need to contact the teacher to arrange a time by calling the school and leaving a message for the teacher.
  3. Please bring a plan for your child’s success to the conference.  You, your child/our student, and his or her teacher will all share the commitment of moving our Rising Rolfe Scholar to excellence.  So, families talk with your child about this expectation in advance. Remember our students are always a part of the solution.  Their commitment to their own success matters!
  • In-Person Learning: In-person learning for secondary students will begin the second semester.  Students will attend school on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Wednesdays have been designated as Wellness Wednesday and everyone will work virtually.
  • A reminder of notice from Andy Jenks (October 30th email)

As you know, on Oct. 22, the School Board adopted a plan that would enable a phased expansion of in-person learning, starting Nov. 30 with younger elementary students having the option to return in-person, and concluding with middle and high school students having that same option in February. 

An important part of planning for the second nine weeks and the second semester is to dedicate the time necessary to carefully understand your family’s individual situation and intentions as we continue expanding access to in-person learning opportunities. As part of that, we must ask for your commitment for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year: Which students will continue their learning virtually? Which students will attend school in-person? What unique circumstances need to be heard and addressed? Our schools are beginning that process with what’s known as the Student Intent Form. At this time, we kindly ask that you please complete the form for ALL students in your household by Sunday, Nov. 8.

How to access the Student Intent Form:

  • The form is located within the PowerSchool Parent Portal.
  • Sign in using your PowerSchool Parent Portal username and password.
  • Once signed in, locate the menu item called “Access Online Forms”.
  • From there, select your student(s) name(s) and follow the instructions on the screen for each student.
  • The instructions will point you to a link for “Student Intent 2020-21”.
  • Need to create a PowerSchool account? Start here for detailed instructions and a how-to video.
  • If you are unable to access the Student Intent Form through PowerSchool, please contact your school for assistance. Schools will be prepared to take your information in other ways.

 

  • Virtual open houses for HCPS high school specialty centers started Monday, Oct. 26th. Attention eighth graders: HCPS specialty center virtual open houses (sessions at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.):
    • International Baccalaureate Middle Years/Diploma Programs (J.R. Tucker H.S.): Nov. 4
    • Center for Education and Human Development (Glen Allen H.S.): Nov. 5
    • Center for Communications and Media Relations (Varina H.S.): Nov. 10
    • Advance College Academy for Business Administration (Highland Springs H.S.): Nov. 11
  • Each specialty center will hold two sessions on its scheduled open house day, one at 5 p.m. and another at 7 p.m. There will be a question period during each open house. Students can attend as many specialty center open houses as they wish.

 

  • Save the dates:
    • Sixth graders interested in applying for the IB Program at Fairfield for the 2021-2022 school year can find the application in the 6th-grade folder in the School Counseling Schoology course. Student applications are due on November 6th by 11:59 pm. Please contact Ms. Clemmons if you have any questions.
    • Student Intent Forms due – November 8th by 11:59 pm. We kindly ask that you please complete the form for ALL students in your household by Sunday, Nov. 8.
  • Health History Forms: – Please remember to fill out your child’s Health History Form.  It is very important that these are completed for every student so if you need assistance or access to the form, please allow us to assist.  The form can be completed online, our nurse can email it to you, or you can arrange to pick up a copy from school.  Please email or call Nurse Rosenbaum  ctrosenbaum@henrico.k12.va.us as she is happy to assist.

Nurse Contact info:

804-226-8730 *press 2 for clinic

Fax number 804-236-5764 attn school nurse

ctrosenbaum@henrico.k12.va.us

  • Digital Citizenship With the innumerable amounts of digital information and sharing today, we all need to find ways to keep a healthy balance. On the Common-Sense Education website check out the activities and tips for families with practical
  • Return those Books! 
    • Does your student have overdue school library books?  Please search high and low to make sure these are located and returned. Books can be returned to ANY Henrico County School during school hours in the black and yellow return bins. Thanks so much for your help getting our books back home!
      • All library books checked out prior to school closing in March are due back NOW 
      • No late fines or fees, unless you’ve lost the book
      • Black & yellow return bins are at each school 
      • Return books to the bin at any school
      • Return them as soon as possible
  • As a team and family, our focus is to develop life-ready thinkers. We believe honoring our legacy provides a future of success.  We will continue to celebrate students for positive behaviors as we continue our campus-wide expectations. Our JRMS Team will…*be Respectful *be Responsible *Ready and *be Safe. We are excited to recognize our students for exhibiting the positives!

 

PTA News!

We Need You! – Parents, thank you for your interest in committing to our students’ success!  We are excited about those who have contacted us, and we are still in need of others. This only way to provide the best for “OUR” students is to work together as a team. John Rolfe Family, I am calling on you…those who believe in and want to invest in the best for our children.  Please contact me or our transitioning PTA Board if you are willing to accept this possible mission! Looking forward to hearing from you soon!

  • If you have not joined the JRMS PTA, there is still time!  Please contact rolfeptamembership@gmail.com   for details.
  • Also, please check out the flyer in the following link: JRMS PTA Membership 2020
  • PTA Membership is still $6.  A great way to join is by using the link below.  This can be done in the safety of your home. The total will be $6.25 (the charge will include a $0.25 convenience fee). Please click on this link to join. https://checkout.square.site/buy/TFI2AIDJEAOCLTJ5A3AUVT7G
  • Thank you to those who have reached out and answered the call. And to those who haven’t, there is plenty of room at the table.  Please join us!

Email us at RolfePTAPres@gmail.com

 

I invite you to visit our website for important notices and updates. Navigate through our links to student resources, teachers’ blogs and webpages, as well as additional details and notices of upcoming events.  Please do not hesitate to contact me at 804.226.8730 or dngeorge@henrico.k12.va.us) if I can be of assistance. I consider it a privilege to have your child at John Rolfe.

John Rolfe Middle School will continue our pursuit of educational excellence and rise to our full potential for success. Students please have a restful evening and remember tomorrow, “WE” continue our quest for success as one team, one voice, and one family!

~Good Night, stay healthy, and be safe!

We are Rolfe Strong!

The harder they pull us back, the further we rise!

 

Next week and Beyond:

  • Nov. 2nd – Virtual TEAMs Parent/Teacher Conference (PM)
  • Nov. 4th – New Parking lot protocols
  • Nov. 3rd – Virtual TEAMs Parent/Teacher Conference (AM)/Student Holiday
  • Nov. 3rd – Student Holiday/Election Day. John Rolfe Middle School is a polling site.
  • Nov. 9th – is a Day 1
  • Nov. 11th – Veterans Day

Nov. 13th – Marking Period 1 ends/Student Holiday