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RAMS News November 15, 2017

posted Nov 15, 2017, 11:23 AM by Jessica Beattie

In this edition of RAMS News- November 15, 2017

  • Mood Check Parent Night

  • Parent Volunteer Opportunities

  • Upcoming Events- 6th Grade Carnival, 6th Grade Culture Fair, Student/Staff Turkey Trot, Harlem Wizards Basketball Game

  • Sports Interest- Wrestling

  • Johns Hopkins Parent Information

  • MS PTO News/Events

  • November Lunch Menu

  • Calendar Events

7th Grade Student Mood Check Screening Parent Night

We will be hosting a second parent information night on Tuesday, November 28 at 6:30pm in the RAMS Library to discuss Mood Check: Holliston.  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 fill then 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.   Screenings are scheduled to occur December 11-15.  

Please see original letter below for more information.

Parent Letter

Laps-at-Lunch- Parent Volunteers Needed!!

Our Laps-at-Lunch initiative continues to be a huge success!  Students are loving the opportunity to go outside and walk during lunch, even when it is a bit chilly.

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 use the link below to sign up.  Just a reminder that parents will need a current CORI on file, which can be filled out in the RAMS front office.

Laps for Lunch signup

6th Grade Carnival-Friday, November 17

The 6th Grade Carnival is this Friday, November 17th from 6:30PM-8:30PM.  The Carnival is sponsored by MS PTO and includes a night filled with games, prizes, a DJ, carnival concessions and a fun time with friends.  This event is for the 6th Grade Class Only.  Tickets will be sold during lunch on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  The cost is $7.00. No tickets will be sold at the door. Cash or Checks made payable to MS PTO will be accepted.  Refreshments will be available at the event for $1 each.

6th Grade Culture Fair

Attention 6th grade parents: Join us in celebrating various cultures that your students are learning about.  We are hosting our annual 6th Grade Culture Fair where you can experience amazing foods, listen to different types of music, and even learn a new language!  Join us on  Tuesday, November 21 from 7:45am -8:45am in our Cafeteria and Library.

Johns Hopkins Parent Information-7th Grade SAT Opportunity

Parents of 7th graders, if you were unable to join us for the Johns Hopkins Parent Information Night on Tuesday, November 14, please review the links below that provide all of the information shared. If you have any further questions regarding Johns Hopkins please contact the 7th grade Guidance Counselor, John Powers at

Parent Information

Johns Hopkins Powerpoint

Harlem Wizards Game- November 19

Are you ready for some Family Fun, Basketball, Music, Comedy, Tricks, Hoops & Alley-Oops !!!!  The Harlem Wizards vs Your Teachers at Holliston High School on Sunday, November 19th

Order tickets online NOW, the game will sell out fast!!!

Sponsored by:

- Friends of Holliston Basketball for the new High School basketball court used for your Saturday youth town games!!

- Holliston Athletic Booster Association ( )

Middle School Wrestling Team

In years past we have had interest in holding a competitive Wrestling Team.  We are reaching out to parents and students to determine the level of interest for this year. Please fill out the Google Form below if your son or daughter is interested in being a part of a RAMS Middle School Wrestling Team.

Wrestling Interest Form


Relay for Life Winter White Out All School Dance

There will be an all-school dance on December 8th from 6:30-9:00 PM in the RAMS Gym and Cafeteria. The theme this year is Winter White out, so the attire is casual, just wear all white.  Ticket sales will be sold during lunches and will NOT be available at the door.

The dance is a Relay for Life Dance, so all proceeds made from ticket sales are donated to the Relay for Life Foundation.  Along with that fundraiser, we ask students to bring a food pantry item to be entered in a raffle to win a gift card.

Magazine Drive Fundraiser

We thank all of you who supported our Magazine Drive Fundraiser and Alternative Fundraiser. There was decrease in sales from last year.  The total sale from October 17th – November 7th was $ 6,450. The postcards will be mailed out by GAO Fundraising in December.  The fundraiser is ongoing throughout the year.  You can still support MS PTO, place orders online.  MS PTO will receive 40% profit from each order!!  MS PTO will receive 100% profit from the Alternative Donation!!  Checks payable to

Holliston PTO – Middle School.


Enter our school ID# 2590990 or search “Adams Middle School”

Join Holliston PTO

To become a member of Holliston PTO visit

Volunteer Opportunities for PTO:

Please contact Marya Bergloff, MS PTO, Volunteer Coordinator if you would like to add your name to the General Volunteer email list.

MS PTSA meetings are every other month on the second Wednesday at 9 am.  Meetings are casual and open to all Adams School parents and guardians.  Our next meeting will be Wednesday, January 11th at 9 am. Please sign-in with the office and you will be directed to our meeting room.  Mark your calendar for future meetings on 3/8 and 5/10.

November Lunch Menu

We would like to welcome the Adams Middle School students & families back to school lunch. Attached is the lunch menu for November so you have up to date information when you are making your school lunch choices. November is a bit of a crazy month with Professional Development for our staff as well as celebrating Thanksgiving but we were still able to fit in some new menu offerings. On Thursday November 9 try our popcorn chicken bowl. This is a very popular offering at area secondary schools so we thought we would give it a try here. On Monday November 13 & 20 we will be baking Pizzeria Uno pizzas fresh in our pizza ovens. We are offering Chicken, bacon ranch on the 13 & buffalo chicken on the 20. Let us know what you think! The rest of the month rounds out with favorites such as toasted ravioli, chicken parmesan & beef & cheese nachos. We also offer chicken patty sandwiches, pasta & various sandwiches & salads every day.

If you haven't tried school lunch in a while, November is a great month to dig in. Hungry children can't learn & we in the Food Service Department are doing our part!

November Lunch Menu

Turkey Trot/Thankfulness Rally

During the half day on November 22nd, students and teachers will be completing our yearly Turkey Trot and Spirit Rally. We look forward to a fun filled morning of celebrating and giving thanks, through fun activities with staff and students!  

Calendar Events

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

RAMS Multipurpose Room (109)

November 17 6th Grade Carnival 6:30pm-8:30pm RAMS Gym and Cafeteria

November 22 Half Day (dismissal at 10:30am) No lunch served

Turkey Trot for staff and students/Thankfulness Rally

November 22-24 Thanksgiving Break

November 28 Mood Check Grade 7 Parent Screening

November 29 Term 1 Ends

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

December 8 Term 1 Report Cards

Relay For Life Winter White Out Dance (Grades 6-8)

6:30-9:00 pm RAMS Gym