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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!
March 28
Weekly Announcements, March 28th, 2017

Hello! Today is Tuesday, March 28th and this is Ms. McGrath calling with a few reminders for Raiders and their families.
Report Cards went home with students yesterday. Please review these with your child and sign and return the parent signature form to your child’s Homeroom Teacher. It is important to remind your child that their marks only reflect how well they have understood the curriculum and met the Provincial standards. You may wish to use the reflection on page 13 of the student agenda to help your child reflect on Term 2 and set new goals for the final term this year.
As I mentioned last week parent/Teacher meetings are this Thursday evening from 5-8 pm and Friday afternoon from 1-3 pm. Because of this, there is no school for students this Friday, March 31st.
As of next week, we will move our student drop-off zone to the field side of the building. Please do not enter the bus loading zone during morning drop-off or afternoon dismissal times. Students can be dropped off either next to the rink near the Zamboni doors or in our lower parking lot off Epworth Park Road.
As part of Emergency preparedness, we will be practicing our “Hold & Secure” procedure next week. This procedure may be used for medical emergencies or for events outside the building where it is safest to lock our doors and keep everyone inside. I do want to remind parents that there is a procedure for you to follow in a real “Lockdown” or “Hold & Secure” emergencies. I sent it out earlier in the year but I am attaching it again here and it is also linked on the top section on the main page of our website at
Gr. 8 Hoodies with the 2017 Logo are now available for order. We have forms in the office and attached here. Deadline to order is next Friday, April 7th. This is for Gr. 8 students only.
Finally, with the warm weather the rink has once again become an after school hangout spot. I would discourage families from letting their children go there after school. It is an unsupervised area and has led to many problems with bullying this year.
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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March 22
Weekly Announcements, March 22, 2017

Hello! Today is Wednesday, March 22nd and this is Ms. McGrath calling with a few reminders for Raiders and their families.
Our Term 2 Report Cards are set to go home with students on Monday, March 27th. Please take a few moments to review the report with your child and then sign and return the parent signature form.
Parent/Teacher meetings will take place next Thursday evening, March 30th, from 5-8 pm and Friday afternoon, March 31st from 1-3 pm. Appointments can be made by calling the school at 738-6500 beginning tomorrow morning, Thursday, March 23rd at 8:30 am.
Because of Parent/Teacher and Professional Development meetings, there is no school for students next Friday, March 31st.
All of these dates, as well as dates for many other activities and events can always be found on the school website.  Go to and click on the “Event Calendar” under the “General Information” tab. These weekly messages are also found under the Raider News tab.
I would also like to remind families that our school day goes to 3:10 and student are required to stay until then if necessary. We are very happy to offer ASAP or the opportunity to leave early as a privilege for students who are meeting expectations. Please support our school by encouraging students to stay for ASAP and also for Workroom/Homework Help if required.
There are only 60 student days left in the school year and many curriculum outcomes to be covered. The District has asked schools to remind families that attendance matters and regular attendance at school is a huge component of student success.
Thank you for your time this evening.
As always, if you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at 738-6511 or at
Good evening!
February 27
Weekly Announcements, February 27th, 2017

Hello! Today is Monday, February 27th and this is Ms. McGrath calling with messages for all Raiders and their families.
Thank you to all families who attended our 40th Anniversary celebration last week. We had a great evening! A special thank you goes out to the staff who organized and volunteered at the event and to our student leaders who served as hosts for the evening.
I have a ton of information today. I am sure you will appreciate it in quick point form.
I do want to remind all families that students must be in attendance at school in order to attend after school or evening events sponsored by the school.
1. Our school Heritage Fair is set for tomorrow evening, Tuesday, February 28th at 6:00. Student work from each participating classroom in the school will be on display. Winners will advance to the District Heritage Fair.
2. Our Much Video Dance is scheduled for Wednesday, March 1st. Cost is $5. Chef Frank will provide snacks. We will begin at 6:00 but will extend our dance to 8:30 for this very popular event.
3. If you are a member of the basketball team, don’t forget to see Lauren or Cara in the Tech Lab to place your order. Collages are $12 each.
4. Volleyball season is set to start soon. Girls Tryouts are tomorrow, Tuesday, February 28th and Friday, March 3rd from 2:30-4:30. See Mrs. Sawyer if you have any questions. Boys tryouts will take place after March Break.
5. Mr. Vincent’s business students are taking orders for cookie dough and for pizza and roll dough every day this week. Each order is $5. Place your order in the Tech Lab in the morning and pick it up on your way out at the end of the day. These are great items to have on hand to feed all those hungry teenagers next week!
Finally, I have been asked to remind all staff, students and visitors to remember that schools are scent free environments. Please do not bring or use scented items at school and avoid wearing clothing that has been sprayed with scents.
Next week is March Break and after that we are quickly into Home Report season!
As always, don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I can be reached at or at 738,-6511. All announcements are also posted under “Raider News” on our school website at
Thank you and good evening!
February 20
Weekly Announcements, February 20th, 2017

Hello! Today is Monday, February 20th and this is Ms. McGrath calling with messages for all Raiders and their families.
We hope all Raiders, past and present, have a chance to drop into our 40th Anniversary Open House tomorrow, Tuesday, February 21st from 6:30-8:00 pm. We have lots of memorabilia to share and encourage you to take a stroll through the school and share memories, stories and light refreshments with fellow Raiders.
Wednesday, February 22nd is PINK SHIRT DAY. This day all Raiders are encouraged to wear pink shirts to support anti-bullying initiatives in our school. Building a community where all members feel safe and included is a very important part of our day here at River Valley. Please consider wearing pink to show your support on Wednesday.
As I mentioned last week, Friday, February 24th is a PD Day for RVMS Staff and there is no school for students on that day.
Next week is busy as well with our Heritage Fair scheduled for Tuesday, February 28th and our annual Much Video Dance scheduled for Wednesday, March 1st.
Don't forget if you need to double check any of these messages or attachments, they are always posted on our school website at
As always, if you have questions or concerns do not hesitate to contact me at or 738-6511.
Thank You & Good Evening!
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