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June 21
Final Message, June 2017

Hello! This is Ms. McGrath calling with the final message for Raiders and their families for the 2016-2017 school year.
Thank you to all who attended our Award Ceremony today. It is one of the highlights of our year-end celebrations and a great way to stop and acknowledge our Gr. 8 students as they proceed on to High School in the fall.
I wanted to review a few items:
All students will receive their Final Report Cards tomorrow morning. If they are absent, Report Cards will be available in the school office tomorrow afternoon and on Monday and Tuesday of next week.
There are a few inserts in Report Cards for Gr. 6 & 7 students. You will receive a copy of the School Supply List for September. This is posted on the website as well.
There is also a parent brochure about the new Middle School Report Card. Beginning next year, the new report card will finally reflect current assessment practices and will use a four point grading scale. The Brochure is also posted on the main page of our website. There will be much more information available in September and we are always happy to answer any questions you may have about assessment and grades.
I have posted the School Calendar for 2017-2018 on the website and there is a letter from the Office of the Superintendent explaining the changes to Professional Development days for the next school year. These changes are reflected on the calendar.
The first day of school for Gr. 6 and Gr. 9 students is Tuesday, September 5th. All remaining students will have their first day on Wednesday, September 6th.
Our school office is closed for the summer from June 28th and we will be “back in business” on August 22nd.
We wish all of our Raider Families a wonderful summer!
Thank you and “Have a great day the River Valley way!”
June 19
Weekly Announcements, June 19, 2017

Hello! Today is Monday, June 19th and this is Ms. McGrath calling with a few messages for Raiders and their families.
We have a very busy week ahead!
Tomorrow, Tuesday, is the last day to order Yearbooks. They are $20 and can be purchased through your Homeroom teacher.
Wednesday is our Gr. 8 Cabaret. Pictures begin at 5:30 with dinner served at 6:00. Tickets for Gr. 8 students and their parents are available until tomorrow morning at 9:00. I would like to remind all Gr. 8 students that they must be present at River Valley all day if they wish to return to attend the Cabaret in the evening. This is a longstanding expectation for all evening school events.
Copies of the Gr. 8 Year-end Video, including pictures from Cabaret, are available for $15 each. If you want to be included in the Cabaret pictures, you must have Mr. Vincent take your picture on the evening of Cabaret.
Because Chef Frank is preparing for Cabaret, there is no cafeteria service on Wednesday. Final day for cafeteria service is Thursday.
On Thursday our annual Awards Ceremony will take place in the gym. The ceremony begins promptly at 9:30 and the gym doors will open for parents at 9:00. If your child is a recipient of one of the major awards at this event, you will receive a call from their Homeroom Teacher. If you are taking your child home after the ceremony, please remember to sign them out at the main office.
Chef Frank offers a pancake breakfast on the last day of school. Tickets were sold for the past two weeks and sales are now closed. Students who purchased tickets can proceed directly to the cafeteria on Friday morning.
Report Cards will go home on Friday morning. Students may leave the building after receiving their Report Cards only if they have a note (not a phone call or e-mail) from their parent. If you or your child are unable to pick up your Report Card on Friday morning, they will be available in the office on Friday afternoon and all day Monday and Tuesday of next week.
Finally, copies of the school calendar for next year and the School Supply List for September are available on our website at
As always, please feel free to contact us at the school if you have any questions.
Thank you and good evening!
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June 12
Weekly Announcements, June 12, 2017

Hello! Today is Monday, June 12 and this is Ms. McGrath calling with a few messages for Raiders and their families.
Yearbooks are now on sale for all students in Gr. 6-8. The cost is $20 and can be handed in to your Homeroom Teacher. Yearbooks are delivered on the last week of school. Our yearbooks are totally designed, photographed and created by our students here at RVMS. All profits from the sale of these yearbooks go directly back into supporting student events and activities at RVMS.
On the last day of school, Chef Frank and Mrs. Sawyer have arranged for a pancake breakfast. Tickets are $2 and are available outside the cafeteria at lunch until Tuesday this week.
Our annual Award Ceremony is scheduled for the morning of Thursday, June 22nd. Doors open at 9:00 with the ceremony set to begin at 9:30 sharp.
Grade level teams will also be holding smaller ceremonies in the Theatre over the next two weeks to celebrate classroom Raider achievements.
The last day of school for students is Friday, June 23rd. Students will receive their Report Cards that day and will be dismissed at noon. Report Cards are not available before Friday but can be picked up in the school office on Friday afternoon or on Monday and Tuesday, June 26th and 27th if your child is absent on Friday morning.
Our Gr. 8 students are headed out on their annual Quebec trip on Wednesday. All Gr. 6 & 7 students will have lunch during the early time slot on Weds, Thurs and Fri this week (that is 11:35-12:00).
A copy of the school supply list for next year is attached to the e-mail version of this message and will be posted on our school website. The website is also a great place to find information about our school over the summer months when the office is closed. Go to:
As always, please feel free to contact me at the school if you have any questions or concerns.
Thank you.
June 05
Gr. 8 Trip Itinerary & Cabaret Tickets

Hello! This is Ms. McGrath calling with some messages for Gr. 8 Raiders and their families.
First of all, an update for the Gr. 8 trip to Quebec. We are scheduled to leave at 7:00 am on Wednesday, June 14th and will return to RVMS around 5:00 pm on Saturday, June 17th.
There are 3 meals that students will need to purchase and they may also want some spending money for snacks and/or memorabilia in Quebec. Although your child may indicate otherwise to you, $100 in spending money is more than enough to cover these costs. You may, of course, send more money if you like, but it is not necessary.
I have attached a copy of the Gr. 8 trip itinerary to the e-mail version of this e-mail and it will also be posted on our school website under "Raider News" at
As I have mentioned before, our Gr. 8 Cabaret is scheduled for Wednesday, June 21st beginning at 5:30 pm. CABARET Tickets are on sale in the office all of this week. The cost is $5 and each Gr. 8 student may purchase 4 tickets.
This is an event for Gr. 8 Raiders and their parents. We will take photos, share a meal and watch the Year-end video together. Parents are then asked to leave and the students celebrate with their last dance at River Valley Middle School. Some students choose to dress up and some do not. Most students wear a nice dress or a shirt and tie. It is not necessary to purchase anything elaborate for this event.
As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at the school.
Thank you and good evening!
May 18
Weekly Announcements, May 18, 2017

Hello! Today is Thursday, May 18th and this is Ms. McGrath calling with some announcements for Raiders and their families.
We are having an amazing week here at RVMS!
Last night, at the District Turnaround Achievement Awards we were happy to honour River Valley Grade 8 student Richard Clark. We are very proud of Richard’s time here at RVMS. In Richard’s own words from the ceremony last night “Who is the teacher and who is the student?” Richard did an excellent job of reminding us that we are all “working, learning and growing” together at RVMS and got a great response for his very insightful message.
Today we celebrated “Outdoor Classroom Day”.  Research shows that connecting students to nature and the environment improves their learning in many ways. Teachers were encouraged to take advantage of the wonderful campus we have and many, many classes were held outside today. We hope to be able to continue this on good weather days for the remainder of the school year.
Another great event is taking place in Gr. 8. Under Mr. Sullivan’s supervision, some Gr. 8’s are participating in Project Amity which encourages “generations helping generations” which saw the  class visiting a local Senior’s residence and “Project 100” which involves fundraising to run a fun activity day at Centennial School in the North end. We are very proud of the citizenship shown by these students.
Finally, we are extremely excited to announce that our school has been selected as one of the Regional Finalists in the Samsung “Solve for Tomorrow” Education contest which could see our school awarded with up to $20 000 in Samsung Technology for our students. Mrs. Sawyer, Mr. Vincent and a team of talented students are working on our final submission for this contest so stay tuned for more information in the near future.
Monday, May 22 is Victoria Day and there is no school for students on that day.
Next Thursday, May 25th is our final regular school dance of the year. The dance is from 6:00-8:00 pm. The entrance fee is $5 and glow sticks will also be available for purchase with all proceeds going to support the “Project 100” fun day at Centennial School. Chef Frank will also have a canteen available  
Tomorrow and next Friday, “Project 100” will also be selling Popcorn at Raider Time and next Friday, May 26th students may pay $1 to wear a hat for the day with proceeds also going to that project.
That is all for now, Have a wonderful holiday weekend with your families.
As always, do not hesitate to contact me at the school if you have any questions.
Thank you and good evening!
May 11
Gr. 8 Quebec Trip & Cabaret

Hello! This is Ms. McGrath calling with a message for Gr. 8 students and their families.
You should have received a letter from the District informing you about your child’s High School Placement for September 2017. If you have not received a letter, please let us know and we will contact the District to see what is up.
We have events scheduled for the end of the year that are specifically for our Gr. 8 students. For those families who have not had children go through RVMS before, I wanted to give you a quick synopsis of those events.
First, as you know, we have the Gr. 8 Quebec Trip which will see most of our Gr. 8 students out of the building on June 14, 15, & 16 and return on Saturday, June 17. A copy of the final itinerary will be going home with students soon.
For students attending the trip, all assignments must be completed and handed in prior to departing for Quebec. Students who have not been in regular attendance or who have multiple missing assignments risk losing their spot on the trip. We have been reminding our Gr. 8’s about this for a few weeks now.
Gr. 8 students also create a “Year-end Video” and a “Cabaret” DVD which will be available for purchase during the last week of school.
“Cabaret” is the term we use for our Gr. 8 closing event. Students come with their families to share a meal and watch the Gr. 8 video. Families then leave and the students enjoy their final “dance” at RVMS. Mr. Vincent takes pictures beginning at 5:30 and these are included in the DVD. This event is scheduled for Wednesday, June 21st from 5:30-9:00 pm. Tickets are usually $5-7 each and will go on sale in early June. Students may invite up to 4 family members. Only RVMS students, or students who have been signed in from other middle schools are welcome to stay for the dance portion.
Students often dress up for this event but that is not necessary. Most students wear a nice dress or a shirt and tie. Some wear suits or prom type dresses but this is not necessary. When in doubt about dress code violations or the appropriateness of their outfit, students often show me a picture of what they plan to wear for approval. Some students come as a couple but more often just with a group of friends which tends to be more fun for them.
If you have any questions about any of the above events, please don’t hesitate to contact me at the school.
Thank you and good evening!
May 01
Message, May 1, 2017

Hello! Today is Monday, May 1st and this is Ms. McGrath calling with a few reminders.
This week is the annual conference week for teachers so there is no school for students on Thursday, May 4th or Friday, May 5th.
I am also resending the information on the "It Takes A Village" seminar series. On Thursday evening, Dr. Daniel Chorney will be at HVHS to present a free talk about Youth Anxiety. All are welcome and admission is free.
I also want to remind families that we do have a new ASAP schedule that is set to begin on Monday, May 8th and I have attached that here as well.
It is a busy time of year for schools and all of our dates and information is posted on our school website at
Thank you and good evening!
April 26
Weekly Announcements, April 26, 2017

Hello! Today is Wednesday, April 26th and this is Ms. McGrath calling with a few messages for Raiders and their families.
With less than 40 student days remaining in the school year, we want to stress the importance of regular attendance at school as required under the Education Act. Attendance does matter and is a crucial component of student success and we appreciate your efforts to ensure that your child is at school every day, on time and ready to work!
With the warmer weather approaching (I keep saying that and it keeps not happening!), I want to remind families that we do have a dress code at the school for staff and students. Please remind your child about this code, which can be found on our website and in the student agendas. In particular, flip flop type shoes are very problematic at school and result in many, many injuries. Sandals with straps and sturdy soles are welcome but the plastic flip flops should not be worn.
One of the reasons there are only 40 student days left in our school year is because we have several non-student days in our schedule. This Friday, April 28th is a scheduled PD day and next week, Thursday, May 4th and Friday May 5th are also PD Days. There is no school for students on those dates.
I have attached a flyer to the e-mail version of this message. The local High School are sponsoring another parent information session. This session is about Youth Anxiety and is scheduled for Thursday, May 4th from 6:30-8:00 pm at Harbour View. The speaker, Dr. Daniel Chorley, is a Clinical Psychologist from the IWK in Halifax who has extensive experience in this area. This is a free event open to all interested parents in our school district.
That is all for this week. Please do not hesitate to contact me at or 738-6511 if you have any questions or concerns.
Thank you and good evening!
April 19
Weekly Announcements, April 19, 2017

Hello! Today is Wednesday, April 19th and this is Ms. McGrath calling with a few messages for Raiders and their families.
We held a “Hold & Secure” Emergency drill at the school today. This is a procedure we would use in medical emergencies or when there is a danger outside of the school. It simply requires us to make sure all exterior doors are secure and we keep students in their classrooms during the drill to limit having movement inside the building during this time. The drill went very well today but please feel free to speak with your child and pass on any questions or concerns they may have to their teacher.
Some families will be receiving attendance letters in the mail this week. You need only be concerned if you receive a letter and you are unaware of any of the absences listed. Under NB law, the Education Act requires students to be in regular attendance at school and requires Principal’s to notify parents, in writing, when irregular attendance occurs.
Our annual Drama production is scheduled to take place here at the school on Friday and public performances are on Monday & Tuesday of next week.  
This year's music production is called "The Big Bad Musical".
In this show, The Big Bad Wolf is on trial! The characters of the fairy-tale world have launched a class action lawsuit against their enemy, Mr. Big B. Wolf. With Fairy Godmother as the lawyer for the plaintiffs and Evil Stepmother as counsel for the defense, this is bound to be the trial of the century! Join all your favourite fairy-tale characters as this case seeks to answer the question – was the Big Bad Wolf born a criminal, was he made one, or is he even a criminal at all?
The public performances take place in the RVMS Theatre on Monday, April 24, and Tuesday, April 25 at 7pm. Tickets are $8.00 each. They are available at the door, or in advance at the school office beginning on Thursday, April 20.
Just a few more reminders this week;
1.     Friday is “We Are Silent” Day and students may purchase tickets outside the cafeteria for $3 if they would like to participate.
2.     Friday is “Hat Friday” here at RVMS and students may wear any hat of their choosing for the day…but hats only, no makeup, costumes, etc.
3.     We encourage our students to walk, bike or board to school during the warmer months but we are very strict about helmets for bikers or boarders. Students who disregard this expectation could face loss of this privilege. Please support us in encouraging our students to be safe and to obey the law!
That is all for today. As always, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I can be reached at or at 738-6511 and these messages can also be found on our website at
Thank you and good evening!
April 04
Weekly Announcements, April 4, 2017

Hello! Today is Tuesday, April 4th and this is Ms. McGrath calling with a few messages for Raiders and their families.
With the warmer weather fast approaching (hopefully!) we have moved our bus loading area to the field side of the school. This gives students access to the picnic tables, walking track and fields during morning and afternoon bus loading times. Please continue to use the lower parking lots when dropping off or picking up students and avoid the traffic circle area during these times.
As well, we encourage interested students to ride their bikes & skateboards to school during the warmer months. Bikes should be locked to the bike rack next to the school and skateboards may be stored in the large conference room across from the office during the school day. Students who bring these items to school must have and use a helmet.
Thank you to all of the families who participated in our Parent/Teacher meetings last week. I know many more families also communicated with Teachers by phone or e-mail. Thank you from all Raider Staff. Cooperation and communication between school and family is a win-win situation for all of us.
Gr. 8 - 2017 Hoodies are still on sale this week with the deadline to order set for this Friday, April 7th. Order forms and sample sizes are available in Mrs. Sawyer’s office if you are in Gr. 8 and interested in ordering a hoodie.
Next week our Gr. 7 students will receive the second HPV immunization. We will send out reminders next week but you can mark Wednesday, April 12th on your calendar if you have a daughter in Gr. 7.
Our student entrepreneurs continue to have pizza dough & cookies available for purchase. If students place the order with them in the morning, most days the items will be available by the end of the day. Cost is $5 per item.
As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at or 738-6511.
Thank you and good evening!
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