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Welcome Back to School 2016-17

Hello Dolphin Families!

Can you believe it? The start of school is around the corner! Teachers are returning to prepare an outstanding school year for your children.  Here is a reminder of some upcoming important dates:

  • Wednesday, August 24th from 7 – 8:00 PM there will be a community reception for families new to RPMS, as well as veteran families. Some of the 6th grade staff members, RPMS administration, and our PTA president, Mrs. Gina Woodward will be present to greet you. Our student ambassadors will also be available to give tours of the building.
  • Thursday, August 25th from 8:15 AM to 12:00 PM will be Orientation for incoming 6th grade students and students new to RPMS. Buses will run on a normal morning schedule.  Upon arrival at Rosa Parks, students will report to the cafeteria to receive their schedules.  Then they will follow their schedule and meet their teachers.  Students will be dismissed from the cafeteria at 12:07 p.m. to walk home, ride the bus, or meet their parents.
  • Monday, August 29th is the first day of school for all students.  Any new sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students who attended orientation, along with returning students, will report directly to their homeroom on Monday, August 29th.  Homeroom assignments will be posted by grade in alphabetical order by last name in the main hallways for sixth, seventh, and eighth graders.  After finding their names, all students will report directly to their homeroom classes.

It’s going to be a FANTASTIC year!

Community Membership for RPMS PTA

Now Available!dolphin_smart

Community Membership for
Rosa Parks Middle School
Parent Teacher Association


Your $26.00 Community membership goes toward:

  1. A stronger voice for the RPMS community to advocate for our school needs and improvement plan goals
  2. A membership vote for you or to sponsor a membership for an RPMS family in need
  3. Discounts for PTA members from local business that support the national PTA  such as Staples, Lifelock, Hertz, and AARP
  4. If you own a business, an opportunity to advertise in the school directory for an additional fee

Please sign up today
You can mail your membership information and fee directly to Rosa Parks Middle School PTA at 19200 Olney Mill Road, Olney, MD 20832. Checks should be made out to: RPMSPTA  (write Community Membership in the memo line).

For business owners:
If you own a local business a $50 membership fee will entitle you to an ad in the school directory in addition to your membership vote. The RPMS School Directory is used by over 350 RPMS families.

The deadline for directory ad information is October 31st extended to November 5, 2105!
Please send business ad information to:

Want to learn more?  Read on…

My name is Jay Graney.  I am the current RPMS PTA Vice President and along with Helma Irving our President, we would like invite you to join a wonderful worthwhile organization, The Rosa Parks Middle School PTA.

See those kids riding their bikes or passing by your house? Those kids are our neighbors and our future.  Here is your chance to contribute to their education, their safety and help strengthen our community.

This is a call to action. We want the children in our community to have all the resources necessary to receive grade A education with a strong foundation for their educational growth. Joining the PTA as a Community Member will strengthen the say in how your tax dollars are being spent on education.  The more members RPMS PTA has, the stronger our vote/voice counts as we make appeals and requests to the Board of Education.

Our elected officials know that numbers speak volumes. If you are speaking for a cause and you have the backing of hundreds or thousands of PTA members behind you, they want to listen; these are their constituents, their co-workers, staffers and their neighbors.  Chances are they are going to want to help or at a minimum see what they can do.

Today’s PTA is Informed, Empowered and Responsible. The National PTA is a powerful network of nearly 5 million people dedicated to making a difference in the education, health and safety of America’s children. This is why membership numbers make a difference. Many people in public life have risen up through the ranks of the local PTA. They know the challenges of increasing membership and usually people sign up because of a hot button issue that is impacting someone they know directly or is impacting the community as a whole.

All we are asking for is your membership.  Look at this membership as an investment, an investment into that kid outside, into strengthening your local school system, into strengthening your community. For the membership fee of a mere $26.00, you can be part of something bigger than yourself. Your return on your investment will be immeasurable.

Your membership goes toward school building improvements such as a fresh coat of paint and general up keep of the school property, new desks, chrome books, technology and much needed resources and tools our kids need to get a first rate education.

Thank you for your time and if you have any questions, please contact Nicole Daniel at

Get Connected to RPMS PTA communications

Stay connected!

Rosa Parks Middle School Information Network
All you need to do is GO TO:
JOIN the PTA. The membership will buy you a directory of students, voting rights, and a card that shows you how to support your child and their teachers in education.

UPDATE: Student Directory information

JOIN Our Yahoo Group: Stay in the know…

FOLLOW us on Twitter: Get updates on current PTA events

Like us on Facebook: Get updates on your Facebook page.

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VOLUNTEER: Find out what goes on behind the scenes.

GET SPIRITED: Dress like a Dolphin in RPMS colors.

Keep reading, there’s more…

The Rosa Parks PTA Executive Board 2015-2016

  • President: Helma Irving
  • Vice President: James Graney
  • Treasurer: Randall MacGill
  • Secretary: Tanya Dynda
  • 6th Grade VP: Shana Godfrey
  • 7th Grade VPs: Paul Gellar and Kellie Blake
  • 8th Grade VPs: Naomi O’Boyle and Renee Connors
  • Membership: Nicole Daniel and Michelle Lacey
  • Volunteer Coordinator and Web Master: Belinda Russell
  • MCCPTA Delegate: Christie Berman

Volunteer at RPMS: liaison opportunities

Want to get more involved in your children’s education? RPMS PTA has some opportunities for you.These positions are currently available:

Latino liaison
NAACP representative
SGA liaison

If you are interested in volunteering for any of these PTA positions, email Belinda