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June 18
Last Message 2017-2018


Hello! This is Ms. McGrath calling with the final message of this school year.
I would like to remind you that all of these messages and many other items can also be found on our school website at Copies of our school supply list for next year as well as the school calendar for 2018-2019 will be posted there as well (and attached to this message). There is also a message from the Office of the Superintendant regarding the school calendar for next year that we have been asked to share with all parents.
We have a busy week ahead. Our Gr. 8 closing event, “Cabaret”, is scheduled for Wednesday evening. Pictures start at 5:30. Chef Frank will present a light meal and dessert from 6:00-7:00 and we will then watch the year-end video in the gym. Following the video, families are asked to leave and our Gr. 8 students enjoy their final dance at RVMS. We usually end between 9:00 and 9:30 depending on the length of the video. Only middle school students may attend the dance portion of the event.
On Thursday morning at 9:30 we have our annual Awards Ceremony. The doors to the gym open to the public at 9:00. This event recognizes each one of our Gr. 8 students. Awards are also handed out to students from all grades recognizing extraordinary achievement in a variety of areas. Families of award winners will be contacted prior to the ceremony.
Report Cards will go home with students on Friday, June 22. No Report Cards will be handed out before that time. Students will be dismissed at noon on that day as well. Students who wish to leave the building early, must have a note from their parents (please don’t call or e-mail) and they must sign-out at the office.
Students who are absent on Friday, may pick up their Report Card at the school office. They will also be available on Monday and Tuesday of next week. We do not mail out Report Cards that have not been picked up.
Because of our busy schedule and the half day dismissal, lunch will be served in the cafeteria on Tuesday and Thursday only. On Wednesday, Gr. 7 pizza and milk will be available in the Tech Lab. There is no lunch service on Friday as we dismiss at 11:45.
Finally, I would like to thank all Raiders and their families for another successful year at RVMS. I wish all Gr. 8 students a wonderful High School adventure and I can’t wait to welcome the rest of my Raiders back for a great year in September.
Thank you and good evening.
June 11
Quebec & Gr. 8 - Things the students forgot to tell you!!

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Hello! This is Ms. McGrath calling with a final message for all Gr. 8 Raiders who are headed to Quebec on Wednesday morning.
I have attached the trip itinerary for your convenience and it will also be posted on our website under “Raider News”. It appears that some of this group of our Gr. 8 students are having difficulty sharing trip information  with their families, so I am sednign this e-mail (for the first time ever) to ensure the information is shared.
Some information and some tips we have found useful in the past:
1.       We depart promptly at 7:30 on Wednesday morning. Students should be at the school by 7:00.
2.       Students will meet with chaperones prior to boarding the bus and we will be checking baggage for any inappropriate items.
3.       Students may not have any items that they are not allowed to have at school (pocket knives, lighters, vapes etc.) and cannot bring any liquids with them. Drinks must be purchased en route or, they may bring an empty water bottle and fill it at the school on Wednesday prior to departure.
4.       Dress code and all other school rules apply while in Quebec and the students are all under the direct supervision of the chaperones. Parents cannot call or text to override any of our decisions or rules while on the trip.
5.       All medications must be listed on medication forms and passed to chaperones to carry. Epi-pens, asthma inhalers, insulin and vitamins are the only medications students should keep with them. Prescriptions as well as Gravol, Tylenol etc. must be handed over to chaperones.
6.       Students need some spending money for meals and souvenirs. We suggest $100 as a more than generous amount of spending money necessary for the trip.
7.       We have a walking tour scheduled on Wednesday evening in Quebec before we check-in at the hotel. Students need to pack accordingly as they will not have access to the suitcase under the bus until hotel check-in. This means, then need to have good walking shoes and clothes and a jacket on the bus with them when they board the bus in the morning. If they are not wearing these items in the morning, they should be placed in their book bag and not in their suitcase.
8.       The weather forecast is calling for rain. Please consider packing rain gear and more than one pair of shoes.
9.       If you need to reach your child for an emergency while they are in Quebec, please do not contact them directly. Contact the school and they will have a chaperone call you back. Upsetting news should be filtered through the adults to ensure your child is supported by staff during any difficulties.
10.   If you are sending students with a debit card, please make sure the students know how to use the card and the card will work in Quebec.
11.   Wifi is not always available so students should discuss data usage with you prior to departure to avoid any excessive phone bills.
We are looking forward to having a great trip with the Gr. 8s and not have to deal with any of the issues above, but I thought it would be useful to review these items one more time before departure.
See you on Wednesday morning!
June 04
Weekly Announcements, June 4, 2018

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Hello! Today is Monday, June 4th and this is Ms. McGrath calling with a few messages for Raiders and their parents.
First of all, I want to remind families once again that this Wednesday, June 6th is a half-day for students and we will be following the regular noon dismissal procedures on that day with most students dismissed or leaving by bus by 12:10.
We have many, many events and activities scheduled in our building over the next three weeks and lots of work still to be completed.
Here are a few important dates:
June 5                   HVHS Band Presentation 1:05
June 5                   Parent Info Session – Preparing for Middle School - Theatre 6:30
June 6                   Pancake Breakfast – Gr. 8 FI (in support of Prince Charles School) 7:55-8:30 (new item)
June 6                   Noon Dismissal for Students/Report Card Preparation for Teachers
June 7                   ASD-S Middle Level Track – UNBSJ
June 8                   WE are Silent Day at RVMS
June 8                   ASD-S Middle Level Track (raindate)
June 8                   Pep Rally – Block 7 (new item)
June 13-16          Gr. 8 Quebec Trip
June 20                 Gr. 8 Cabaret
June 21                 Awards 9:30 a.m
June 22                 Final Report Card – Last Day for Students
Attached to the e-mail version of this message you will also find a flyer from the Kingston Peninsula Heritage Association. They are planning a special day of events on Sunday, June 24th to celebrate the early settlements on the Peninsula and would welcome participation for all citizens, particularly local youth.
Lastly, I have something fairly serious to speak about. My staff and I have recently become aware that many of our stduents are struggling with the proper use of social media. Students are being pressured to “sext” inappropriate pictures. Some students are sending them to compare with one another some are being pressured to send pictures to “boyfriends” and “girlfriends” and some are participating because they think it is “cool” These pictures can then be shared with anyone. Many of them are sexually explicit. Even more surprisingly, many students seem to think that this is normal and acceptable behaviour.
I encourage you to speak with your children about this. Help then learn to say “no” to the peer pressure to participate in this. Help them understand that those pictures will be on the internet and shared...forever (even if they are on snapchat). Help them understand that, as they are underage, these pictures could actually be considered child pornography and dealt with accordingly by the authorities.
I have attached an information sheet for you and I can provide you with more resources if necessary.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.
As always, I can be reached at and, on my direct line, at 738-6511.
May 30
Weekly Announcements, May 30, 2018

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Hello! Today is Wednesday, May 30th and this is Ms. McGrath calling with a few reminders for Raiders and their families.
Tonight is the final performance of our school play, “Haphazardly Ever After”. We are getting great reviews and tickets are still available for this evening’s performance at 7:00 pm.
Tomorrow, Thursday, May 31st from 6-8 pm is our final school dance of the year. Cost is $5 with proceeds going to support our Gr. 8 FI students who are planning a “fun day” for Centennial School. Students are required to have indoor shoes and are not permitted to bring any food or drink to the dance.
This Saturday, June 2nd is our 14th Annual Rave Run. This is a 5 km run or walk with all proceeds going to support physical activities at RVMS. Our recently added “workout” room was funded from Rave Run proceeds.  All Raiders, past and present and their families are welcome to participate. We have registration forms in the office.
I have had a few inquiries about students missing school to attend closing ceremonies at the local elementary school. Please reconsider this. The elementary school closings are for parents and guardians and students who are not in attendance here at RVMS, will not be allowed to participate in after-school or evening events at our school on that day.
We are preparing for our Gr. 8 trip to Quebec (June 13-16) and more information should be going home with students tomorrow.
Some other upcoming activities at RVMS:
Monday, June 4th             Gr. 5 Visitation at RVMS (am)
Tuesday, June 5th             HVHS Band at RVMS (pm)
Tuesday, June 5th             Parent Info Session 6:30 pm
Wednesday, June 6th      Half-day for students (noon dismissal)
Thursday, June 7th           ASD-S Middle Level Track & Field (pm)
Friday, June 8th                  WE are Silent at RVMS
Friday, June 8th                  Final Pep Rally (pm)
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at or, on my direct line, at 738-6511.
Thank you and good evening.
May 27
Gr. 8 Year-end & Quebec Informaton

Hello! Today is Monday, May 28th and this is Ms. McGrath calling with some important information for Gr. 8 Raiders and their families.
First of all, I want to clarify information about some of our year-end activities:
1.       Cabaret – This is an event for our Gr. 8 students and their parents and is scheduled for Wednesday, June 20th. The cost is $5 per person and each Gr. 8 student is allowed three tickets (there is a wait list if you require more than three and one of those three tickets is for the student)
At this event we take pictures (outside weather permitting) and then Chef Frank serves us all a meal. After that we proceed to the gym to view the year-end video prepared by the students. This video showcases each and every Gr. 8 student.
After the video, families leave the building and the Gr. 8 students enjoy their final dance at RVMS.
                -The event begins with pictures at 5:30 and dinner at 6:00
                -The dance usually begins at 8:00 and runs until about 9:00
                -Students may sign-in a quest but only other middle school students are welcome
                -Students may choose to dress up but this is not a “prom” and this is not required.
                -Copies of the pictures taken that evening will be added to the “Year-end video” and will             be available to purchase from Mr. Vincent’s Tech Team.
2.       Awards Ceremony – All Gr. 8 students will be recognized at the Awards Ceremony on the morning of Thursday, June 21 at 9:30 am (doors to gym open at 9:00).  Families of students receiving special awards will be notified prior to the ceremony. All families are welcome.
3.       Quebec – More information about the Gr. 8 Quebec trip will be coming home soon (including packing lists and medication forms). Some important reminders:
-all school rules, including dress code, apply in Quebec
-students are supervised by teachers in Quebec. Parents cannot override our expectations or decisions while in Quebec.
-all payments must be made prior to departure and we are currently only accepting cash payments
-all assignments must be completed and handed in prior to departure on Wednesday morning, June 13th
-students who do not follow school expectations in Quebec may lose the privilege to participate in closing events at the school upon their return (Cabaret, Awards, other activities)
-all medication will be held by teachers while in Quebec. This includes over the counter medications like Tylenol. Forms will go home prior to departure. (Epi-pens, insulin, and inhalers can be held by the student).
I know this has been a long message. I certainly can take calls if you have any further questions or concerns. I can be reached at or, on my direct line, at 738-6511.
Thank you and good evening.
May 27
Come and see our play!

Hello! This is a message for all Raiders and their families.
After months of practice and hard work, our drama club is ready to present their latest production. The play is “Haphazardly Ever After” and will be presented to the public on Tuesday, May 29th and Wednesday, May 30th at 7:00 pm in our school Theatre.
Tickets are $6 each and can be pre-purchased at the school office. Some tickets may be available on the evening of the performance but we do encourage you to buy your tickets as soon as possible.
Putting on a production takes a big time commitment from the students and also from the staff who volunteer their time. A big thank you goes out to Mme. Duff & Mrs. Sawyer for their months of hard work and volunteered time and we would also like to thank Mrs. McCormick, Mme. Petit and Ms. Ramos for their help with the set design, costumes and props and Mr. Vincent and his students for help with the cast photos.
See you there!
May 22
Weekly Announcements, May 22, 2018

Hello! Today is Tuesday, May 22nd and this is Ms. McGrath calling with a few messages for Raiders and their families.
We would like to begin by congratulating a few of our students.
Eli Springthorpe has been chosen as a recipient of the “Teens Who Care” Awards and he will be recognized later this month at a ceremony at Lilly Lake Pavilion. This award recognizes Teens who are active in their schools and communities and who volunteer and who demonstrate leadership. Congratulations Eli!
You may have heard another Raider, Kayleigh Robson, on the radio last week. Kayleigh was recognized as a “Wave Community Kid” and is another Raider who gives of her time and talent to help and volunteer in her community. Bravo Kayleigh!
Teah Marr, one of our Gr. 8 students, will be recognized this week at the ASD-S “Turnaround Achievement Awards”. We are very proud of Teah and all she has accomplished while at River Valley over the past three years. Great job Teah!
Our annual drama production is set for next week with public performances on Tuesday, May 29th and Wednesday, May 30th at 7:00 pm in our school theatre. The cast has been diligently working on the play, “Haphazardly Ever After” and are very excited to share this production with students, family, and community members. Tickets are $6 each and can be purchased at the school office any day this week.
Our Gr. 6 FI students are headed out to their annual trip to Snider Mountain to practice their French Language skills. Bonne Voyage! I know you will have a great time. Fingers crossed for nice weather!
Below are some upcoming important dates:
May 28th – School Drama Performances
May 29th-30th – Public Drama Performances 7:00 pm
May 29th-June 7th Gr. 6 Provincial Exams
May 31st – Last school dance of the year. 6-8 pm; $5
June 6th – Half Day for students with noon dismissal
June 4th – Gr. 5 Visitation to RVMS
June 7th – District Middle Level Track & Field
June 13th-15th – Gr. 8 Quebec Trip
June 20th – Gr. 8 Cabaret
June 21st – Awards Ceremony 9:30 am
June 22nd – Report Cards & Last Day for Students
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at or, on my direct line at 738-6511.
Thank you and good evening!
May 16
Gr. 6 Provincial Exams - Info for Parents

Good evening! This is Ms. McGrath calling with a message for all Gr. 6 Raiders and their families.
In late May, all Gr. 6 students in the Province will participate in a Provincial Exam. This exams tests how students are doing in Math, Science and Reading. The Province is not looking for individual students results but is simply measuring how Gr. 6 students across NB are doing in these subject areas.
We will begin working on the exam questions during regular class time on Tuesday, May 29th.
An information bulletin from the province is also attached to this message and posted on our website.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Thank you and good evening!
May 02
Weekly Announcements, May 2, 2018

Hello! Today is Wednesday, May 2nd and this is Ms. McGrath calling with the weekly announcements for Raiders and their families.
As the flood waters continue to rise in our community, we continue to struggle with bus routes and we are being told that this will continue until early next week. Please monitor the situation closely even if your home is not affected as the bus route used to get to your home may be affected.
We also realize that this flood event will affect many of our Raider families. If your child is absent as a result of this emergency situation this absence will not count towards their yearly attendance. Please let us know if this is the case or if there is anything else we can do to help your child in this situation.
As I mentioned last week, this Friday, May 4th and next Monday, May 7th are the annual spring PD Days for teachers and there is no school for students on either of those dates.
I have had to speak with several students about dress code this week. Specifically we seem to have several gentlemen who are following a fashion trend of wearing their pants very low with their underwear hanging out. This is not acceptable dress for school and we will give reminders but will send repeat offenders home to change into acceptable clothing.
All Gr. 8 students should have received their placement letters for High School as they were mailed out from the District Office early last week. If you have not received a letter please contact ASD-S and ask to speak with Jennifer Pierces (658-5300).
RVMS also sent out many attendance letters this week for any students who have reached 10 days absence in total. Some families who may have already received the 10 day letter will also be receiving a new letter if absences have continued to add up since the first letter you received earlier in the year.
Please stay safe and dry over the next few days.
Thank you and good evening!
April 24
Weekly Announcements, April 24th, 2018

Hello! Today is Tuesday, April 24th and this is Ms. McGrath calling with a few messages for Raiders and their families.
First we would like to celebrate Mr. Vincent and a group of students who volunteered to go with him to a coding competition at the District. All of our Raiders did very well. Two students, Ben Prowse and Morgan Cole won a new monitor for the school. These two gentlemen beat out HVHS, SJHS, Simonds and KVHS and placed 2nd in the competition and only two points behind St. Mac’s winning team of High School students! Great job gentlemen and a big thanks to Mr. Vincent and his cutting edge Tech program at RVMS!
I see many students with bikes, boards and scooters on their way to school each morning and that is great to see!! I do insist that students wear helmets and much appreciate parent support for that rule.
WE are happy to provide Chef Frank $$ for students who forget their lunch or money but we do need to have that money paid back. We will be reminding students this week about any outstanding amounts owing.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 25th is a half day with students being dismissed at noon and teachers working on PD for the afternoon. As well, we have had a message from ASD-S regarding a Report Card Preparation ½ day on June 6th which will follow this same format. More information is posted on our website under “Raider News”
Our Gr. 7 students have their final immunization clinic of the year scheduled for this Friday, April 27th. Gr. 7 families will receive another reminder on Thursday evening.
Next week is the annual provincial council days for teachers and we are in for two short weeks in a row. Please note these upcoming dates:
Wednesday, April 25th – ½ day – noon dismissal for students
Friday, April 27th – Gr. 7 HPV Clinic
Friday, May 4th – PD Day – No school for students
Monday, May 7th – PD Day – No school for students
As always, these messages are posted on our website at and we have an event calendar there as well.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at or at 738-6511.
Thank you and good evening!
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