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RAMS News- November 1, 2017

posted Nov 2, 2017, 7:49 AM by Jessica Beattie

In this edition of RAMS News- November 1, 2017

  • Health Screenings

  • Nature’s Classroom Information

  • Magazine Drive Update  

  • Fall One Acts

  • Johns Hopkins Parent Night

  • Parent Ed Events

  • Mood Check- Parent Viewing

  • MS PTO News/Events

  • Citrus Fundraiser

  • Calendar  

Grade 7 Health Screenings

Attention Grade 7 Parents: On Monday November 7th, our nursing staff will be conducting vision, hearing, height, weight and postural screening for all students in grade 7.

These exams are mandated by the state. A note from your child's doctor is acceptable to excuse your child from this screening. If your child has any unusual findings, you will be notified and encouraged to take your child to a physician for follow up.

Please contact Catherine Porcello, our school nurse with any questions or concerns that you may have at 508-429-0659 or

Nature’s Classroom

Dear 6th Grade Parents/Guardians,

This is a reminder that the first payment of $225 for Nature’s Classroom is due on Thursday, November 9.  In addition to the first payment, please complete and return the following forms to the main office as well:

  • Registration form

  • Chaperone Form (if interested) and CORI form (unless current CORI is on file)

  • Home and Health Form

  • Harrington Hospital Form

  • Student Profile

In case you misplaced it, the informational Letter, along with the forms, which were sent home in late September can be found in the Main Office or at the following link: Nature’s Classroom Informational Letter.    

If you have issues or concerns regarding this payment, please contact Principal, David Jordan at so that he can coordinate with you.  We are committed to ensuring that all students have the opportunity to attend this unique experience and will work collaboratively with you to that end.

Magazine Drive – The Final Stretch

Our MS PTO Fundraiser is still going on…there are still opportunities to win prizes for orders!  Students with 4+ orders after October 28th qualify to Spin the Wheel for cash prizes and to qualify for one of four $50 VISA Gift Cards students must have 6+ orders entered by midnight on November 6th to be entered in the drawing to win!  Pig Races are on Monday, November 13 for homerooms with 25% or more participation.  Go to to get started, enter ID# 2590990 and then your child’s homeroom teacher. Get those online orders in!

Tired of purchasing magazines? As an alternative, we welcome donations of any amount to MS PTO where 100% of your donation goes directly to the Holliston Middle School PTO programs. Every $10 donation counts as one magazine order and must be delivered to the school by the above listed dates.  Contact Christine Clarke, or Denise Gidopoulos, with questions.

Fall One Acts-this weekend!!

If you are looking for a fun evening this weekend, please come out to the ReAct Players Fall One Acts.  There will be two performances,  Making Nice and The Actor Games, that are sure to be exciting.

Shows will be Friday November 3rd and Saturday November 4th from 7:00-9:00 PM in the RAMS Auditorium. Tickets will on sale during all lunches, as well as at Coffee Haven, Kamala, and will also be available at the door as well for $8 each.  We hope to see you there!

Johns Hopkins Informational Night

There will be an informational night on Tuesday, November 14 from 6:30-7:30 PM in the RAMS auditorium for those interested in having their 7th grade student participate in the Johns Hopkins SAT preparation program. .All of the information from the evening will be posted online immediately after the November 14 presentation. Please contact John Powers, the 7th grade Guidance Counselor with questions at

Mood Check- Parent Viewing of student video

We will be holding a parent viewing of the video that will be presented to the 7th grade students for the Mood Check Signs of Suicide prevention program this year.  Please join our Guidance Counselors on November 8 at 9:15 am in our MultiPurpose Room to view the video.

Parent Volunteers- Laps at Lunch

Please consider volunteering for one or more lunches. Laps at lunch is a great time to connect with our students, and allows us the ability to provide them some additional outside time during the day.  Please sign up using the Signup Genius below.

Parent Ed Events:

Drugs & Alcohol Abuse presented by Dr. Ruth Potee

Please join us on Wednesday, November 8th at 7:00pm at the High School for this Parent Ed event sponsored by HDAAC. The following content presented is suitable for parents/guardians, students, educators, administrators, and community members.

The legalization of marijuana in MA has resulted in mixed messages and confusion about the dangers of drug use. Dr. Potee, a board certified Family Physician and Addiction Medicine Physician, will address this during her seminar, and speak candidly to her audience to inform and educate students and parents/guardians alike. Members of the Holliston Police Department will join Dr. Brad Jackson to answer questions after Dr. Potee’s presentation..

Teaching and Reinforcing Coping Strategies to your child in the home by Victoria Briggs, District BCBA & Leslie Diamandis, School Psychologist grades PreK-3

Please join us on Wednesday, November 15 at 7:00pm in the RAMS Multi-Purpose Room, for this Parent Ed event sponsored by the Holliston SEPAC.

Many students of all ages and abilities experience anxiety and stress which may manifest itself in a variety of ways. Children with disabilities often require explicit instruction in coping with stress, fear, frustration and anxiety. Helping your child find the right and developmentally appropriate strategies for them can feel like a daunting task. This seminar will help to provide information on finding the right strategies, teaching and reinforcing those strategies in the home and community settings.

MS PTO News:

6th Grade Dance Lessons start this week!

The popular 6-week dance lesson program for 6th graders is back! These lessons are known as a right of passage for Adams Middle School students...just ask any older middle school or high school student!  Lessons start Thursday, November 2.  It’s not too late to sign up!

Dance Lessons Form

6th Grade Carnival is Friday, November 17!

Play carnival games, win prizes, enjoy music and hang out with your friends! Tickets will be $7 and will be sold November 14-17 at lunch.  Refreshments will be available for $1 each.  No tickets will be sold at the door.    

Carnival Flyer

Want to join the Holliston PTO – visit to join.

Add your name to the MS PTO general volunteer list.

Contact Marya Bergloff, MS PTO, Volunteer Coordinator at

Holliston Music and Arts Parents Association- Fundraiser

Just a friendly reminder that the Holliston Music and Arts Parents Association (HMAPA) is holding their annual citrus fundraiser with orders due by November 3.   Products include navel oranges, pink grapefruit, and mixed cartons, as well as new items - Hamlin juice oranges, mandarin oranges, Washington red delicious apples plus some new combination cartons.   Students in band, chorus, theatre, and art clubs are taking orders and will deliver products.   Proceeds benefit the arts through teacher grants for items such as pianos, guitars, pottery wheels, 3D printer, music stands and music at all Holliston schools as well as scholarships for graduating seniors.

If you don’t know a student, you may order online at, and click to order citrus. Choose “ship to organization” for lowest prices and truck delivery to Holliston High School Cafeteria where you must pick up your order.   You may also choose “ship to recipient” at premium prices and direct shipping anywhere in the U.S., no pick up required.   And you may donate to the food pantry and have it delivered by us by choosing “donate item”.  We expect truck delivery to Holliston High School cafeteria during the evening Monday, 12/4, Tuesday 12/5 or Wednesday, 12/6. We will notify you when we have definite date from shipper.  

If you have questions, contact Val Ogilvie at or (508) 893-9767.   You can also support the arts in Holliston schools by joining HMAPA or making a donation.   Go to our website at and click on the membership tab.  Thank you for supporting the arts in our schools by supporting HMAPA!


November 3 Grade 8 Keefe Tech Tours

Citrus Fundraiser Orders due

November 3-4 Fall One Acts: 7:00-9:00 PM in RAMS Auditorium

November 6 Magazine Drive orders completed by midnight

November 7 Grade 7 Health Screenings

November 8 Parent Ed: Examining Drugs and Alcohol at 7:00pm in HHS auditorium

Mood Check Parent Viewing of 7th gr Student Video at 9:15am at RAMS

November 9 6th Grade Dance Lessons at 6:30pm RAMS Cafeteria

November 10 NO SCHOOL/Professional Day

November 13 Magazine Drive Pig Races

November 14 Johns Hopkins Parents Information Night at 6:30 RAMS auditorium

November 15        SEPAC Presents: Teaching and Reinforcing Coping Strategies 7:00pm in     

RAMS Multipurpose Room

November 17 6th Grade Carnival: 6:30-8:30 PM in RAMS Gym & Cafe

November 22 Half Day/Turkey Trot

November 23-24 Thanksgiving Break