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RAMS News December 1, 2017

posted Dec 7, 2017, 8:23 AM by Jessica Beattie

In this edition of RAMS NEWS December 1, 2017

  • Term 1 Report Cards

  • 7th Grade Mood Check

  • Parent Volunteers

  • All School Dance

  • MS PTO News

  • Calendar Events

Term 1 Report Cards Distribution

As Term 1 comes to a close, we will be shutting down the access to the report card and progress report features within the iPass Parent Portal from Wednesday, November 29 to Friday, December 8. This will allow teachers the opportunity to finalize the Term 1 grades for their students.  This year we will begin issuing online report cards. More information will be forthcoming, as the report cards are completed and ready for viewing.  It is our intention to have report cards available Friday, December 8 on iPass.

7th Grade Student Mood Check Screening Parent Night

Just a reminder that the 7th Grade Mood Check screenings are scheduled for the week of December 11-15.  Mood Check is a depression prevention initiative for students, supported by the Holliston Public Schools and directed by Tracy Gladstone, a licensed clinical psychologist from the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College.

The student program will begin with a Signs of Suicide training and video.  Students will then fill out a brief depression screening measure meant to identify students who may be at higher risk for depression, and will be asked to designate whether or not they would like to meet with a member of our team right away to express concerns about themselves or about a peer. Students who score above a designated threshold, or who express concern about themselves or a peer, will take part in an  individual interview with a trained social worker or psychologist.  Students who express concerns about a peer will be asked to share those concerns with a member of Dr. Gladstone’s team.  Students with elevated scores on our screening measure, or with concerns about themselves, will be screened for current or past depression and/or suicidal thinking.  These adolescents will be told that staff will not share information they provide with parents/guardians unless staff learn that they are experiencing significant symptoms of depression, meet criteria for a depressive disorder, or are in danger of harming themselves or others.  The outcomes of the screenings will NOT be shared with the school or with school personnel, without permission from a parent/guardian.   

Please see original letter below for more information.

Parent Letter

Laps-at-Lunch- Parent Volunteers Needed!!

Our Laps-at-Lunch initiative has been a huge success!  Students are loving the opportunity to go outside and walk during lunch.

In order to continue with this initiative, we are in serious need of parent volunteers.  If you have any availability between 11:00-12:30 Monday-Friday, please sign up using the link.  To volunteer, parents will need a CORI on file, which can be filled out in the RAMS front office.

Winter White Out All-School Dance is Friday, December 8!

There will be an all-school dance on Friday December 8 from 6:30-9:00 PM in the RAMS Gym and Cafeteria, run by the National Honor Society. The theme is Winter White out, and the attire is casual - just wear some or all white. Tickets will be sold at lunch this week for $10, but will NOT be sold at the door. All proceeds made from ticket sales are donated to the Relay for Life fundraiser. In addition, we ask students to bring a food pantry item to be entered in a raffle to win a prize.


Ski/Snowboard Club Registration Still Going On!

There are still spots left in the Holliston PTO Ski and Snowboard Program at Nashoba Valley in January and early February.  Registration is ONLINE ONLY. Click on this link to our PTO website to begin the registration process.  

Also, for those renting equipment only, there is a MANDATORY pre-fit night on Tuesday, December 5 from 6:30-7:30 at the Placentino Cafetorium.  You must have registered online already before attending the pre-fit night. Those renting who cannot attend the pre-fit night will have to travel on their own to Nashoba to be fitted.


Interested in becoming a member?

visit to join or add your name to the MS PTO general volunteer list.  Contact Marya Bergloff, MS PTO, Volunteer Coordinator at


December Lunch Information

Attached is the lunch menu for December so you have up to date information when you are making your school lunch choices.

Parent Information

December Lunch Menu


December 5 Ski/Snowboard Pre-Fit Night for those renting equipment

December 7 Parent Ed: Dr. Larry Cohen presents-Playful Parenting 7:00-9:30pm in

RAMS Auditorium

Grade 6 Dance Lessons 6:30-7:30pm RAMS Cafeteria

December 8 Term 1 Report Cards online

Relay for Life All School Dance 6:30-9:00PM

December 13 Winter Chorus Concert 7-9PM @HHS Auditorium

December 14 6th Grade Dance Lessons 6:30-7:30pm RAMS Cafeteria

December 18 Winter Band Concert 7-9PM @HHS Auditorium

December 19 Winter Chorus Concert (Snow date) 7-9pm

December 20 Winter Band Concert (Snow date) 7-9pm

December 25-Jan 1 Winter Vacation