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Counseling Resources for Our First Virtual Week

September 9, 2020

Here are resources from the counseling department with important information. These can help you these first few days of the new school year and virtual learning.

First Days: How to Connect to Your Classes

September 8, 2020

Attention Rolfe families!

If you are trying to find how to connect to your classes this week or are having trouble signing into Schoology, use this video that shows you the steps. Pause it as you follow along. We look forward to seeing you!

https://www.wevideo.com/hub#media/ci/1815975487

Principals’ Update: Week of September 7th

September 7, 2020

September 7, 2020

Greetings Rolfe Families,

This is Mrs. George, proud principal of John Rolfe Middle School, welcoming you to the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year!  I hope you and your family have remained safe and well throughout the summer.  It was great to talk with several of you during our Virtual Back to School Night.  To those who I have not met, I look forward to meeting you shortly.  We welcome our returning staff/teachers and a few new faces.  Below are a few reminders and import links as well as notices for the week.

John Rolfe Family we know our journey ahead is filled with uncharted waters.  We have been met with several questions to get us to the same end…growing the minds of our children.  I thank you for your questions, your efforts with technology, your patience with processes and equipment, and most of all your belief that our students will achieve.  To help with some of the questions you’ve asked or may have considered, please see the links below.

Parents and guardians:

We know there is a large volume of information, so start here.

o   Rolfe Families Virtual Tech Help Sept 9th -Sept. 10th.  If you run into any technology issues, join a Teams meeting from 8-9:30! Refer to the emailed principal’s message for the Teams meeting links. If you have password changes or a broken computer, fill out the Google Form. Click HERE.

o   John Rolfe Parent Portal:  Please click here to access our portal of supports for families.  We are trying to create a one-stop shopping experience for John Rolfe Middle School.  Click on this link:  JRMS Parent Portal

  •         Tuesday, Sept. 8th Rolfe Rises to the occasion…Day 1.  This marks the first day of school.  We begin our virtual schedule at 8:30 am.  Between 8- 8:15, work to get students logged on for the day. JRMS _Middle School Bell Schedule
  •         Students will access their virtual classes through Microsoft TEAMs.  Classes/Individual student schedules are found on Schoology.  Students should attempt to log on early to ensure connection.  Teachers will allow students to enter their classes just as they would allow students to enter their classrooms.
  •         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 promote positive behaviors as we continue our campus-wide expectations.  Our JRMS Team will…*be Respectful *be Responsible *Ready and *be Safe. This is the spirit of Team Rolfe. Although the learning platform is different, students are still expected to come to class each period, each day, ready to learn, demonstrating and receiving respect, all while in a safe environment.  Tips to help students be successful
  • Respectful- Follow the guidelines of your teacher for virtual learning.  Your teacher will review virtual learning expectations and help you learn to navigate the digital classroom.
  • Responsible-It is very important that students attend each class.  We want our students to #ShowUp.  We will actively monitor student attendance, engagement, and participation.  There is time for learning with the teacher and independent studies, but we want everyone to show up ready to learn.
  • #ShowUp SURVEYAs we look at school through a different lens, we realize this a new experience for each of us.   So, take a moment and view a Video Message from our School Social Worker, Mrs. Callahan, and please take the survey.  We are looking forward to everyone showing up to a Phenomenal School Year!
  • JRMS #ShowUp Survey – Remember to take the SURVEY
  • Ready -There aren’t any bells this year in virtual learning.  Setting a timer and posting the bell schedule beside a student’s workspace is a great tool to get ready.  Attempt to log into class at least 5 minutes before the stated time!
  • Safe- Your child’s password is private.  Please teach them to learn it, record it in a safe location, and don’t share it with other students.  Students should restrict their virtual communications with the sites provided or approved by their teacher.  Students are expected to follow the guidelines for acceptable use of Henrico County Technology and Devices.
  • Registration and Enrollments: Remember the office is open for appointments only.  Please contact the school to schedule an appointment.
  • Immunization Requirements- Please ensure your child’s immunization records are current.  All 7th graders must have the proper records regarding immunization on file prior to the first day of school.
  • Free school meals notice: Nutrition staff members will offer free curbside pick-up service at all HCPS schools, and team with HCPS Pupil Transportation Services to distribute free meals directly to 61 stops in Henrico County neighborhoods, using school buses.   Click here for full details: https://henricoschools.us/2020/09/04/hcps-will-provide-students-with-free-meals-in-2-ways-school-curbside-service-and-neighborhood-bus-drop-offs/
  • Child Care – This is a reminder that HCPS partners will provide limited in-school child care for essential workers, working families. If you missed the message from Andy Jenks, please see the attached flyer. 2020_08_21_InSchoolCare.pdf
  • Enrollment/In-Person Registration- Please contact the school to schedule a time for your enrollment appointment with our school registrar.  We are following CDC guidelines and all visitors must wear masks and follow HCPS screening protocols.

We look forward to working with you towards the success of your child and our student. Increasing student achievement in a safe, nurturing, and caring environment will remain the focus of the school and commitment of the staff. I can assure you that John Rolfe Middle School will continue the pursuit of educational excellence, as Team John Rolfe Middle School aims for a phenomenal year for all our scholars!

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 get a good night’s rest as Tuesday “WE” begin a quest for success with excitement into the upcoming year as one team and one family!

~Good Night, stay healthy, and be safe!

We are Rolfe Strong!

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

 

 

This week and Beyond:

  •         Sept 8 – First Day of School. Day 1

·         Sept. 28 – Student/Staff Holiday

Principal’s Update: Time Sensitive Back to School Information and Other Important Info

August 31, 2020

Parents and Guardians:

  • Immunization Requirements- Please ensure your child’s immunization records are current.  All 7th graders must have the proper records regarding immunization on file prior to the first day of school.
  • Sept. 3rd – JRMS Virtual Back to School Night… Rolfe Ready 2020!  JRMS will host a virtual back to school night for parents and students on September 3 from 6:30-8 pm. This will be a chance for families and teachers to connect and communicate expectations, meet with JRMS administration and support staff, as well as answer any specific questions before the start of school. Prior to September 3, please visit the Henrico County Schools website for information on online services  HCPS Return to School.   Also, students check out the JRMS web tomorrow.  There you will find information from our 6th Grade Team Lead, Mrs. Ethington, about Back to School Night and Being Rolfe Ready.   You must RSVP in order to attend this event.  Below are links to assist you:
  • Child Care – This is a reminder that HCPS partners will provide limited to in-school child care for essential workers, working families. If you missed the message from Andy Jenks, please see the attached flyer. 2020_08_21_InSchoolCare.pdf
  • Enrollment/In-Person Registration- Please contact the school to schedule a time for your enrollment appointment with our school registrar.  We are following CDC guidelines and all visitors must wear masks and follow HCPS screening protocols.   
  • SAVE the Date!  Back -to- School- Thursday, September 3rd will be our official “Kick off to School”!   Grade 6th – 8th Orientation to Virtual Learning at JRMS 2020.
  • Computer Assistance and Help Desks
    • In preparation for the 20/21 school year and the first 9 weeks virtual start, HCPS has been planning a solution for families that lack transportation to pick up a device for students. Stay tuned for a message regarding next steps.
    •  If Laptops develop problems, they can be brought to a mobile technology hub to be turned in for repair. Summer Hours of operations are: Beginning August 24, 2020, the hours are: Monday through Friday from 8:30-10:30 a.m. and 2-4 p.m. Mobile hub locations are:
      • Deep Run High School (4801 Twin Hickory Road, Glen Allen, Va.)
      • Douglas Freeman High School (8701 Three Chopt Road, Henrico, Va.)
      • Hermitage High School (8301 Hungary Spring Road, Henrico, Va.)
      • Highland Springs High School (15 S. Oak Ave., Highland Springs, Va.)
  • HCPS will loan you a Wi-Fi hot-spot device while supplies last– Additionally, Comcast is offering free and low-cost internet at this time for qualifying families. To see if you qualify for their promotion, visit Comcast’s “Internet Essentials” website. The website for the promotion is internetessentials.com/covid19.  If you want to apply for Internet Essentials over the phone, please call 1-855-8-INTERNET (1-855-846-8376).  Comcast’s call center hours of operation are from 8 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week.
  • Camera Installation Reminder – Technical support staff members are available to re-configure secondary laptops for middle and high school students in preparation for the 20/21 school year.
    • When:    Monday through Friday
    • Time:     8:30am through 12noon and 12:30pm through 4:00pm

Each location will practice safety precautions for COVID-19.  The technical support staff will be wearing masks and practicing additional safety precautions.  Each person that arrives to have their HCPS laptop serviced is requested to wear a mask and to practice social distancing.  Each line will have tape on the floor about 8 feet apart to help with social distancing.

Schedules Update

August 28, 2020

20-21 SCHEDULE RELEASE

Welcome to the 20-21 School Year! While schedules will be released at 4 pm today, Friday, August 28th, please know that these schedules are subject to change. Over the next week, counselors must still balance schedules to meet the needs of all students and do their best to not overcrowd any classes.  As always, please have your child note the schedule that is active in PowerSchool the first day of school and follow the September 8th active schedule.

Schedules and Online Resources for Families

August 20, 2020

Student schedules will be available Friday, August 28th at 4 pm. Rolfe’s bell schedule is linked on the website as well as in an earlier post the previous week. If you want to see how a school day’s activities may look, check out the county’s sample schedule linked below.

SAMPLE SCHEDULE: CLICK HERE

Confused on how to use Schoology? Need to set up a PowerSchool Parent Portal account to check your child’s grades? Want to start filling out student forms?  Check out the county resource page for families:  The Connection: Online Services and Resources.  The link to the site is provided below.

Online Services and Resources: https://henricoschools.us/online-services/

Don’t forget. Communications will be coming from the county and school through phone and email. If you need to update your contact information, please contact the front office as soon as possible. Don’t miss out on this crucial information for a successful start to the school year.

JRMS #ShowUp Survey

August 20, 2020

Rolfe Students and Families,

We want to know how to #ShowUp for you this upcoming school year. See the video from Ms. Callahan on what this means and what we need from you to help. After viewing the video, please take the survey below.

#ShowUp Survey Link: Please click HERE.

FYI: Monday, August 24th Phone Calls

August 19, 2020

JRMS’s internet and phone services will be replaced Monday, August 24, 2020 beginning at 6:30 am until 9:00 am.  The schools will not have phones or internet service during this time, so please be aware of the interruption when contacting the building. Thank you for your understanding.

 

Contact Information for the 2020-2021 School Year

August 19, 2020

Rolfe Families,

Please help us stay connected with you. In the coming weeks you will be receiving a lot of important information from the school as we approach Back to School virtually. If you know your contact information (phone, address, and/or email) has changed over the course of the previous school year or you have not received this month’s Sunday Principal’s emails,  please contact the school so we can add updates.

You may call the front office at 804- 226-8730 to speak with Ms. Marshall for phone and email updates. Any additional information will be forwarded to Ms. Canaday,  the Counseling department Registrar, at mycanaday@henrico.k12.va.us .

We look forward to a new school year with you!

 

 

Laptop Information: 6th Graders, New HCPS Students, & Families

August 11, 2020

Sixth graders will be picking up their laptops the week of August 10th. Students new to Henrico County will also be acquiring these machines in the near future. With the various platforms and programs to learn,  students and families may need some guidance on how to maneuver their new laptops. See more information at http://blogs.henrico.k12.va.us/hlp/families/

Particularly note the section “Middle School Support.” Click the orange arrow icon for more information to guide you through the various programs.

There are also tutorials on how to maneuver Schoology (HCPS’s learning management system). This platform is crucial during our virtual learning time.

On a further note, rising JRMS 7th and 8th grade students need to also bring their laptops to the school to have their cameras activated. Information regarding the installation is below:

  • Monday through Thursday, 8:30 through 12 and 12:30 through 4:30
  • Each location will practice safety precautions for COVID-19.  Technical support staff will be wearing masks and practicing additional safety precautions.  Each person that arrives to have their HCPS laptop serviced are requested to wear a mask and to practice social distancing.  Each line will have tape on the floor about 8 feet apart to help with social distancing. 
  • Only one individual (parent, student or guardian) should enter the school to receive service.  The only thing that is needed to be brought in to complete the work is the laptop to be reconfigured (no charger, no username/password).
  • The location at the school to go to for the activation of the laptop camera is the Front door, into the commons area-cafeteria.  This support at each school to reconfigure secondary student laptop cameras will continue into the month of August up until start of school.
RolfeSchool

6901 Messer Road, Henrico, VA 23231
Phone (804) 226-8730 | Fax (804) 236-5764
School Hours: 8:25 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Half-day dismissal time: 12:10 p.m.

School Administration:
Ms. Debbie George, Principal
Jamar Arvin, Associate Principal
Jamie Hutchinson, Assistant Principal
Nokomis Alston, Assistant Principal