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November 15
Weekly Announcements, Novebmer 15th, 2017

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Hello! Today is Wednesday, November 15th and this is Ms. McGrath calling with the weekly messages for Raiders and their families.
Report Cards go home next Monday, November 20th. As you know, there is a new Provincial Report Card and a new grading system this year. There is a parent brochure, produced by the province, on the main page of our website and simplified version Raider staff created for students and their parents attached to this message. Please take a few moments to look it over before Report Cards go home.
Based on this rubric, it is extremely unlikely that any student will receive a mark of 4 on the first Report Card. A mark of three indicates your child is exactly where they should be. A mark of 2 means they are progressing nicely but may still need to work on a few areas (teacher can identify those areas for you). If you see a mark of 1, you should be concerned and should plan to attend Parent/Teacher or contact your child’s teachers to discuss their progress further.
Parent/Teacher meetings are scheduled for next Thursday evening, November 23rd from 5-8 pm and next Friday afternoon, November 24th, from 1-3 pm.  To make an appointment, please call the school office (738-6500) any time after 8:30 tomorrow morning, Thursday, November 16th. Teachers meet in Teams but you may need to book more than one appointment if you need to meet with several different teachers.
I also want to remind parents that you will receive an attendance call from our automated system if your child misses any classes during the day. The system sends a message for all absences, excused or unexcused.
Winter is here! That means, we are planning for our annual Ski Club at Poley Mountain. Information is available in the school office and is also attached to this message by e-mail and on our website.
Winter also means that students need to come to school prepared to be outside. Students may be outside during morning and afternoon bus dismissals, during class time and/or during ASAP and they need to be dressed appropriately. Teachers generally bring students inside when it is too wet or too cold and always if  gets colder than -15,  but there may be times when we have to be outside when it is cold and students need to be dressed for winter weather.
Finally, I want to caution parents that the rink and the skate park are unsupervised areas and not the best place to allow students to hang out before or after school. I realize this is off school property and outside of school hours but I just wouldn’t feel comfortable having my own children hand out there is I wanted to let parents know that there is a potential for trouble if your child is headed there before or after school.
As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions at or at 738-6511. All notices are also posted on our website at
Thank you and good evening!
November 10
Weekly Announcements, November 10th, 2017

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Hello! Today is Friday, November 10th and this is Ms. McGrath with a few quick reminders for Raiders and their families.
We held our annual school Remembrance Days assemblies today and, as always our students did a wonderful job.
RVMS is proud to once again host the ceremonies for the Town of Grand Bay-Westfield. Ceremonies begin in our gym tomorrow at 10:30 and we encourage all interested Raiders and their families to attend.
Because Remembrance Day falls on a weekend this year, all government offices are closed on Monday. That means there is no school on Monday, November 13th.
Report Cards will be going home to families on Monday, November 20th with Parent/Teacher meetings scheduled for the evening of Thursday, November 23rd (5-8 pm) and the afternoon of Friday, November 24th (1-3 pm). Appointments can be made by calling the school office any time after 8:30 on this coming Thursday, November 16th. (main line is 738-6500)
I have attached a handout for parents which includes a simplified explanation of the new grading scale. Teachers have been reviewing this scale with students all fall and we hope you will take some time to review this with your child prior to Report Cards. It is a huge change from the grades you are used to seeing.
I will have more information on this next week. In the meantime, as always, please feel free to contact me at or on my direct line at 738-6511.
November 08
Upcoming Parent Information Sessions for French Immersion



Information Sessions, regarding program selection for September 2018, will be held according to the following schedule.
The information will be provided on options for the Grades 1, 3 and 6 students:  English Prime Program, Early French Immersion Program (Gr. 1 and Gr. 3 entries) and the Late Gr. 6 French Immersion Program.
This year program registration will be done online.  The link will be provided when the registration site is operating.
Parents/guardians are invited to whichever meeting they wish to attend.  The information presented will be the same at all meetings. 
PROGRAMS INFORMATION MEETINGS to be held in November & December 2017
“Snow” Date
November 20, 2017
6:30 P.M.
Kennebecasis Valley High School - Theater
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
 Kennebecasis Valley High School- Theater
November 22, 2017
6:30 P.M.
Hampton Middle School - Theater
Thursday, November 23, 2017  Hampton Middle School- Theater
December 6, 2017
6:30 P.M.
Sussex Regional High School - Theater
Thursday, December 7, 2017  Sussex Regional High School- Theater
“Snow” Date
November 15, 2017
6:30 P.M.
Barnhill Memorial School - Gym
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Barnhill Memorial School –
November 20, 2017
6:30 P.M.
Saint John Education Centre, - Donaldson Rm.
490 Woodward Ave.
November 22, 2017,  Donaldson Room of the
Saint John Education Center,
490 Woodward Ave.
“Snow” Date
November 27, 2017
6:30 P.M.
St. George Elem. School -Staffroom
Monday, December 4, 2017
St. George Elem. School  – Staffroom
November 28, 2017
6:30 P.M.
St. Stephen Elem. School - Library
Thursday, December 7,, 2017  St. Stephen Elem. School – Library
October 30
Weekly Announcements, October 30, 2017

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Hello! Today is Monday, October 30th and this is Ms. McGrath calling with messages for Raiders and their families.
Tomorrow is Halloween and for the first time in several years, we are allowing staff and students to dress up for the occasion. Costumes should meet dress code and not hinder movement too much. Students may wear makeup (which must be applied at home) but we do not allow masks. Students are also banned from bringing any items such as umbrellas, replica weapons, light sabers, pitch forks, etc. as these can be disruptive. Our staff are very excited to participate in this as well. Happy Halloween!
I have attached a copy of our new ASAP schedule. This schedule begins today and runs to January 12th. It is also posted on our website and available in every classroom in the school.
This week, teachers will be reviewing the new grading rubric with students. Please take a few moments to discuss this with your child. I will be sending home more information for parents each week in preparation for Report Cards at the end of November.
Information about the Gr. 8 trip went home with students last week, this is also posted on our website under Raider News.
With the colder weather, we are starting to plan for Ski Club at Poley Mountain. This is a 6 week program that begins after Christmas. It includes transportation to and from the hill, a one hour lesson each week and rental equipment for each participant. There is a cost involved. If your child is interested, stay tuned for more information soon.
I reminded students today about our cellphone use policy. This policy is in our student agendas and is reviewed regularly. I am concerned that students are not respecting the policy. Taking pictures at school with your cellphone is absolutely not allowed as it may violate the privacy of students and staff if those pictures are posted on social media. I did tell students this morning that I will ban cellphones if this does not improve. I would ask that you encourage your child to use their phone responsibly at school.
Next Wednesday, November 8th is a PD day for teachers and Monday, November 13th all provincial buildings are closed for Remembrance Day. There is no school for students on either of these days.
That is all for today!
As always, please check our website for information about the school or contact me at 738-6511 or at
Thank you and good evening!
October 30
Grade 8 Trip Information for Parents

October 20th, 2017
Dear Parents/Guardians:
We are pleased to announce that we have begun planning for our annual Grade 8 Quebec trip. 
This year our trip is scheduled for June 13-16, 2017. We will leave the school on Wednesday June 13th at 6am and return on Saturday June 16th at approximately 5pm.
Students will partake in various cultural activities including a guided tour of Old Quebec, visiting a Sugar Shack, a river cruise with the majestic view of the Chateau Frontenac, and numerous opportunities to practice French language skills.  We will be travelling by motor coach and staying at the 3star Hotel Dauphin.  Parents will receive updates and a finalized agenda at a later date.
The total cost per student for the excursion is $625 which can be paid in 5 installments. The school is required to make regular deposits with the tour company beginning in December therefore refunds are not possible.
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Cheques can be made payable to River Valley Middle School.  There is a $10 charge for NSF cheques and we will accept cash only after May 9th.  All payments must be completed, and cheques cleared, prior to trip departure.
As this is a school-sanctioned activity, the expectation is that all participating students exhibit an appropriate attitude and behaviour before and during the excursion.  Students whose behaviour jeopardizes the school’s positive learning environment will forfeit their opportunity to take part in this class trip.  Students who have been suspended from school or students who consistently exhibit inappropriate behaviour may lose the privilege to participate. Any student who loses the trip privileges will also forfeit any money paid towards the trip, as this money will have already been forwarded to the tour company.
Parents are also advised that students will be under the supervision and care of school personnel throughout the duration of the trip and will be subject to school rules at all times.
A Parent Information Session is scheduled for Tuesday, October 24th at 6:00pm to review this information and to answer any questions you may have.
Grade 8 Teaching Team
School Administration
River Valley Middle School


October 24
Weekly Announcements, October 24, 2017

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Hello! Today is Tuesday, October 24th and this is Ms. McGrath calling with a few messages for Raiders and their families.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 25th is another of the District half-days for students. We will begin to dismiss our students at approximately 11:20 as the buses arrive and expect all students to be headed home by 12:00 noon.
Thursday, October 26th is our first school dance of the year. The dance runs from 6-8 pm and is open to all students. The cost for the dance is $5 and Chef Frank will also have a canteen available. Since this is Halloween season, we are encouraging students to wear a costume to this dance. Please keep in mind that masks are not allowed. Students must also arrive at the school with their indoor shoes in their hand (not on their feet and not in their locker).
Friday, October 27th is Raider Colours Day….please wear red or black to show your school spirit!
I also want to remind parents once again that our school day goes to 3:10. Leaving before 3:10 is a privilege and students may be required to stay until 3:10 on any given day. We ask that families support this expectation and not schedule students for any afterschool activities or responsibilities that would require them to be able to leave the school early.  
Also, Report Card season is just around the corner. If you are looking to have a conversation with your child about school, the information about the new grading system is posted on our website and attached to this message. Ask your child to speak with you about what the new achievement levels and learning habits mean? Can they identify an area where they feel confident? Is there an area they think they need to improve? This is a great opportunity to have a discussion with your child about school…and hopefully get some more interesting answers than you get when you ask “ How was school?”
That is all for this week. As always, please feel free to contact me at 738-6511 or at
Thank you and good evening!
October 15
Picture Retake Reminder - October 15th

Good evening Raiders! I am calling this evening to remind all Raiders that our retake day for school pictures is tomorrow, Monday, October 16th. Students who were absent on our original picture day and students who returned their original proofs with a parent signature requesting retakes are eligible to have their pictures taken tomorrow.
As well, I want to thank all of my Raiders for their patience and excellent behavior during out "Hold & Secure" on Friday morning. I realize that these situations can be stressful for staff, students and families and our Raiders handled things very well with all students proceeding to regular classes once the "Hold & Secure" was lifted.
I would also like to remind all Raider families that information about "Hold & Secure" and "Lockdown" is posted on our website. We review this information regularly with our students and remind parents regularly about these procedures. You may want to download this information to your phone or print it out and have it near your home phone to refer to when needed.
As always, I am available at or, on my direct line, at 738-6511.
Thank you and good evening!
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October 03
Weekly Announcements, October 2, 2017

Hello! Today is Tuesday, October 3rd and this is Ms. McGrath calling with a few messages for Raiders and their families.
We are now in week 5 of our school year! You may notice an increase in teacher expectations and workload as we continue to work our way through the curriculum and prepare for Report Cards in November. Please support your child by regularly checking their agenda, discussing assignments with them and encouraging them to complete homework assignments.
You can also use the Achievement Scale in the attached Report Card information to discuss with your child how they think they are performing academically
Middle School parents often find it difficult to help their child with Homework but there are many other ways you can support your child; if they don’t have homework, consider another activity you can do with them. Reading with your child or to your child, and practicing multiplication tables several times each week will help support their success in school. Try to think “outside the box”. Find information online about topic your child finds interesting and read those websites or blogs together and talk about what you find.  Play card games that require math skills or board games that require reading skills. Use weekly flyers to calculate the cost of grocery lists. Anything you can do that encourages your child to read, discuss and use numbers will help them at school even if it is not the exact topic or subject being taught at school.
As for messages this week, I only have a few notes;
1.       Next Monday, October 9th is Thanksgiving and there is no school on that day.
2.       As well, please note that Wednesday, October 25th is another half-day for students with buses transporting student’s home at noon.
3.       Picture orders are due back at the school tomorrow morning. Retakes are scheduled for Monday, October 16th.
4.       Gr. 7 Immunizations are next Wednesday, October 11th for all Gr. 7 students.
5.       Our first dance of the school year is scheduled for Thursday, October 26th from 6-8 pm.
I also wanted to mention that, although we have a fairly open cellphone policy here at the school, students are never, ever allowed to take photos or video with their phones and should only have phones out with teacher permission.
As always, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Thank you and good evening!
September 26
Weekly Announcements, September 26th, 2017

Hello! Today is Tuesday, September 26th and this is Ms. McGrath calling with messages for all Raiders and their families.
Photography Flewwelling will be in the building on Wednesday morning, September 28th for our annual school picture day. The photographers suggest students wear bright colours without too many busy patterns or logos. Also, the Gr. 8 students are reminded that they traditionally wear a white shirt or a white shirt and tie. This is not required but most students do choose this option.
Next Wednesday all of our Gr. 7 students are scheduled to receive immunizations. If you have a Gr. 7 student in your household, you should be receiving paperwork and messages about this program.
Last Friday we sponsored a “Wear Your Hat” for a twoonie fundraiser and we are happy to report that we raised $172 that will be forwarded to the relief fund for Canadians who have lost their homes in the bout of recent forest fires in Western Canada.
This Thursday, we will be walking the track at the school for our annual Terry Fox Walk. Students are encouraged to bring in a twoonie in support of cancer research.
I do have a few more serious items for parents.
Attached and on our website, you will find information telling parents what to do should there ever be a large scale emergency at our school. Please read over this information and perhaps print it and stick it on your fridge. St. Matthew’s Church (next to Sobeys) is our parent communication center and is where all parents would be encouraged to go during such an emergency.
As well, please be assured that I will always contact parents if there is anything going on here at the school that you need to know. I know that sometimes rumours do spread in our community, but I guarantee that if you need to know about anything here at school, you will know. If you don’t hear from me, that is an indication that the situation was dealt with, safety has been assured, and those who need to know do know but information does not need to be shared with the entire school community….and of course, you can always call me if you have questions.
Last but not least, we ask that parents do not text their child during school hours and we ask that students who need to contact home, come to the office to text or call. If it is an emergency, please call the school at 738-6500 and if your child has an emergency while at school, they need to speak with their teacher or the office or let us know they are calling home.
Items that are being dropped off for students can simply be left in the office and we will call them down to the office between classes to retrieve their item.
That is all for this week!
As always, please feel free to contact me at 738-6511 or at any time.
Thank you and good evening!
September 26
Gr. 7 Immunization Information & Forms

Hello! This message is for all Grade 7 Parents. All Grade 7 students at RVMS have been handed out forms for the immunization clinic scheduled on Wednesday, October 11th. The students will be given two vaccines; a booster vaccine that protects against Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Whooping cough (they would have had this vaccine as a preschooler) and a vaccine that is effective in preventing most HPV related cancers. The HPV vaccine is a series of 2 with the second immunization scheduled for early in 2018.
Please return these forms to your child’s Homeroom Teacher by Monday, October 2nd.
I have attached copies of the parent brochures and permission form to the e-mail version of this message as well and more information can be found on the Public Health Website at
Thank you and good evening!
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