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RAMS News October 1, 2018

posted Oct 2, 2018, 6:31 AM by Jessica Beattie

What You Can Find in this edition of RAMS News

  • Parent Ed: Heather Abbott, Boston Marathon Survivor

  • School Pictures

  • Grade 7 Health Screenings

  • RAMS Counselors Parent Night

  • Virtual Parent Coffee Talk

  • Grade 6 Nature’s Classroom Parent Information Night

  • Fundraising Events

  • Thank you from the Book Fair

  • After School Clubs/Activities

  • MS PTO Information

  • Calendar Events

Parent Ed: Heather Abbott

Our first event will be to welcome Heather Abbott, Boston marathon survivor, to talk about grit, resilience, and overcoming adversity, on October 4 at the Holliston High School. Please see the link below for more information.

Parent Ed Information

School Pictures-Have Arrived!

Thank you to all who ordered school pictures. As you know this year we partnered with a new photo company Coffee Pond. If upon receipt of your child’s photos you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact them at the following:

Parents w/questions (late orders; missing orders, refunds etc.) should contact our dedicated Lifeguards:

By phone:

1-800-632-2323 ext "0"

By Email:


Grade 7 Health Screenings

Our annual health screenings will be conducted at the Middle School on Thursday, October 11, 2018 by our Nursing staff. In accordance with Massachusetts Department of Public Health regulations, the following screenings will take place.                          

  • 7th Grade: vision, hearing, height weight, postural (scoliosis)

These screenings are mandated by the state. A religious exemption, medical exemption, or a doctor's note submitted before the screening is acceptable to excuse your child from any portion of the exam.  Please feel free to contact Cathi Porcello, School Nurse at if you have any questions or concerns.  If your student has any findings outside of normal limits, you will be notified and encouraged to take your child to a physician for further evaluation.  


RAMS Counselors Parent Night

Please join our counselors as they chat and answer questions regarding the challenges and stressors that today’s middle school students face.  We will meet in our school library, in a round table conversation regarding things like social media, balancing schedules-school and activities, and peer relationships. Please join us on Wednesday, October 17 @ 6:30 PM.


First Virtual Parent Coffee Talk

Mr. Jordan and Mrs. Beattie will be hosting the first virtual parent coffee talk of the year on Wednesday October 10 from 4:45-5:15 PM.  For those of you that are new to Adams, Mr. Jordan and Mrs. Beattie will host a podcast in an effort to expand the school’s ability to communicate in alternative ways with parents.  For 2018-2019, there will be several podcasts that will run for approximately 20 minutes at a time. On the side of the screen, there will be an area for parents to post live questions to the hosts or guests that they will answer in the order that they come in.

Our first Virtual Parent Coffee Talk this year will be focusing on What’s New Here at Adams? We will use this time to provide you information on great things our students and teachers are doing, upcoming events, and important information regarding your middle schooler. Please use this link to submit questions before the airing of the podcast and during the podcast.  At the conclusion of the broadcast, the video will be posted on the school website.

Grade 6 Nature’s Classroom Parent Information Night

On Tuesday, October 16th from 6:30-7:00 pm in the RAMS Auditorium Mrs. Beattie, along with  Mrs. Conahan, Mrs. Ditto-Kustwan, and Mrs. Burns will be hosting an informational night for 6th grade parents to discuss the Spring Nature’s Classroom trip.  It is highly encouraged that all 6th grade parents attend. At the event, we will discuss what a typical day looks like at Nature’s Classroom, review all of the necessary school forms for participation, cost, housing arrangements, and behavioral expectations. We hope to see you there!


MS PTO Fall Fundraiser

Our Fall Fundraiser starts Monday, October 15.  Your child will be bringing home the packet of information for you to look at on that date.  The good news is this year that everything is online. Take time to look at all there is to offer online. We will be posting information along the way through the RAMS News and provide Facebook reminders as well.  We thank you for your support!


Fundraiser- HMAPA

The Holliston Music and Arts Parents Association (HMAPA) is kicking off our annual citrus fundraiser on October 9th with orders due by November 2nd. Please see the link below for more information.

Citrus Fundraiser

Book Fair- Thank you

As our Book Fair comes to an end, we wanted to thank all parents, students, and staff for its HUGE success. Due to all of the sales, we were able to earn over 100 new books for our own school library.  Thank you for all of your support!

After School Clubs & Activities

Just a reminder that our After School Clubs and Activities are well underway.  Please use the following link to see the start dates of the various RAMS Clubs and their daily schedules.

New Club for 6th graders- Crash Course in Middle School

Parents of sixth graders, it’s not too late to join! My name is Laura Keen and I am a high school senior running a five week program beginning September 27 called “Crash Course in Middle School.” The goal of the program is to help sixth graders better adjust to middle school in terms of organization, time management, and communication skills. There will be five after school sessions from 2:00-2:45 (9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, and 10/25) covering various aspects of those topics. If interested please email me at with your name and your student’s name. Sign ups are for all 5 sessions. There will only be 15 slots available so if interested please email asap. I will email back to confirm sign ups or to let you know the program is full.

MS PTO News:

6th Grade Dance Lessons

It's time to sign up for 6th Grade Dance Lessons! Mr. Paul Lamoureaux will give six weeks of dance instruction to our 6th grade students only. Boys and girls will learn popular fad dances, social etiquette and appropriate social behavior. Starts November 1, sign up information to follow soon.

PTO Meetings

Please join us the 2nd Tuesday of most months at RAMS starting at 8am.  Our next meeting will be Oct. 9th at 8:00 am. We look forward to having you there.  Please check in at the office and they will direct you to where we are meeting.

Join the MS PTO!

It’s easy – visit to join!  Just $20 to support your child, their teachers and many programs within the school.


October 4 Parent Ed: Guest Speaker Heather Abbott at HHS

October 8 Columbus Day/No School

October 10 Parent Virtual Coffee Talk @ 4:45-5:15

October 11 Grade 7 Health Screenings

October 15 Fall Fundraiser Kickoff Assemblies

October 17 Grade 7 YMCA Field Trip Team 2

RAMS Parent Night: What does your Middle Schooler want you

You to Know @ 6:30-7:30 RAMS Auditorium

October 24 Picture Retakes

October 25 Grade 7 YMCA Field Trip Team 1

October 30 Grade 7 YMCA Field Trip Team 3