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March 13
Weekly Announcements, March 13th, 2018

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Hello! This is Ms. McGrath calling with some messages for Raiders and their families.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 14th is a day for Report Card preparation for teachers. There is no school for students tomorrow.
I have attached copies of our new ASAP schedule. This schedule runs from March 12-May 3. Once again, we thank all of the staff who volunteer their time to run these activities at our school.
Report Card time is almost upon us. I have also attached a copy of the new grading scale. At this time in the year, we want to see 3 or above. Students who have a 2 still need to work on some outcomes and students who have a 1 are struggling and may not meet Grade level outcomes this year.
An opportunity to speak to your child’s teaching team will be schedule during parent/teacher meetings at the end of the month. Please attend if your child’s marks are below a 3, or contact your child’s teachers to discuss concerns.
We have had a few extreme allergic reactions to scent in our building recently. All students and staff have been reminded that the “no scent” policy applies to all provincial buildings including schools. Staff and students cannot wear any scented items and we certainly cannot use scented items in the building. This includes hand sanitizer, hand cream and deodorants. Please take this into consideration when preparing your child for school.
Also, I have attached another copy of the information brochure about the free parent sessions being offered. Wednesday, March 14th at 6:30 at Harbour View High School Dr. Daniel Chorley’s presentation discusses Teen Depression and next Wednesday, March 21st, at 7:00 pm, Bayside Middle School hosts a presentation about Drug Awareness.
Here are some upcoming important dates:
Friday, March 23               8:30 a.m. and on you can make appointments for Parent/Teacher meetings
Monday, March 26          Report Cards go home
Wednesday, March 28   Parent/Teacher meetings 5-8 pm
Thursday, March 29        No school for students
Thursday, March 29        Parent/Teacher meetings 1-3 pm
Friday, March 30               No school for students (Good Friday)
Monday, April 2                                No school for students (Easter Monday)
As always, please feel free to contact me at the school at or, on my direct line, at 738-6511 if you have any questions or concerns. Messages and other information are also posted on our website at
Thank you and good evening.
February 22
Weekly Announcements, February 22nd, 2018

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Hello! Today is Thursday, February 22nd and this is Ms. McGrath calling with a few messages for Raiders and their families.
First of all I want to let you know that we did our Lockdown Drill this morning and it went very well. While we are in lockdown the building is scanned for open doors, visible students, noise etc. All doors were locked and all students were out of view and extremely quiet. Our students did a great job and we really appreciated their cooperation for what I know can be a stressful situation.
I also want to remind families once again that cellphones are not to be on and in use during class hours. Students who need to contact home or need to be contacted by parents must do this through the school office. Failure to comply with this request will result in your child losing all cellphone privileges in the building. Please review our cellphone use policy on page 8 of the agenda. It is also attached to the e-mail version of this message.
We would like to remind families that schools do not provide work if a child is absent due to a family trip or event. Students who miss time will be responsible to catch up on missed work on their return and should plan to attend extra help or workroom when they return to school.
I have also attached a brochure to this e-mail about two upcoming parent information sessions.
The first, title Understanding Teen Depression is scheduled for 6:30 HVHS on Wednesday, March 14th. The speaker is Dr. Daniel Chorley. He is a Dr. at the IWK in Halifax who specializes in child depression and anxiety. Later in the month, on March 21st at Bayside Middle School there will be another session about Drug Awareness & Prevention in teens. Both of these sessions are free for any interested families.
And as we head towards March Break, please make note of the following dates:
Tomorrow, Friday, February 23 is PLAID Friday at RVMS. We wear plaid to show our support for diversity and inclusion at our school.
Next week, we have Theme Days planned for our Winter Carnival Week
Monday, Feb 26th is Pajama Day (wear your cozy PJs and read a great book)
Tuesday, February 27th is Twin Day & Crazy Hair (come dressed the same as a friend or with a new hairdo!)
We also have our annual Much Video Music Dance on Tuesday from 6:00-8:30 pm. Cost is $5. Indoor shoes are required and Chef Frank will be open for snacks and drinks.
Wednesday is Pink Shirt Day (in support of Anti-Bullying)
Thursday, March 1st is Sport Day (wear stuff from your favourite team)
Friday, March 2nd is Senior Citizen Day (in celebration of completing over 100 days of school come dressed as your future self.)
We will also have a pep rally and a few events scheduled for the last hour of the day on Friday.
March Break is March 5-9 with all schools in New Brunswick closed for the week with students set to return to classes on Monday, March 12th.
Thank you for your patience with this long message this week. Have a good evening!
February 21
Message to Families, February 21, 2018

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Hello! Today is Wednesday, February 21st and this is Ms. McGrath calling with a message for all Raiders and their families. As I mentioned previously, we are going to have a lockdown practice here at the school as we do each year to review our emergency procedures. We will be running this drill tomorrow here at the school.
Once again, I have attached the procedures for parents to follow should the school have a true emergency lockdown. Families may find it helpful to review this document with their child.
I will send another talkmail following our drill tomorrow to update families.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Thank you.
February 13
Weekly Announcements, February 13th, 2018

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Hello! Today is Tuesday, February 13th and this is Ms. McGrath calling with a few messages for Raiders and their families.
Gr. 8 students are reminded that tomorrow, Wednesday, February 14th, is the deadline for your High School Registration form to be handed in at the school. These forms will be delivered to the District office in Millidgeville early Thursday morning. Any forms that are not handed in on time will have to be sent or delivered to the District office directly by your family.
We have a Lockdown Drill scheduled for next week here at the school. Please review the attached information sheet for parents. This sheet is also always available on our website at In the event of a true emergency situation parents should not call or come to the school. All parents will be directed to St. Matthew’s Church which will be set up as a communication center. Next week is simply a practice situation and we will be reviewing the procedures with students before the drill and you may want to review this with your child as well.
Next Monday, February 19th is Family Day in New Brunswick and there is no school on that day.
This Friday, February 16th is Team Colours Day. We hope to see lots of Blue Explorers, Purple Pioneers and Green Adventurers in the building that day.
Finally, as this week is School Staff Appreciation Week, I would like to thank all of the wonderful staff here at RVMS. Our Custodians, Educational Assistants, Administrative Assistant, Teachers and Bus Drivers are all part of our Raider Family.
I also wanted to say “thank you” for all of the volunteer hours my staff put in that are above and beyond their job descriptions. We are able to offer so many wonderful “extras” to our students at River Valley. Most of this happens because our teachers only take a 20 minute lunch each day and then volunteer the remainder of the minutes that would have been their lunch time, to run the many ASAP activities for our students. Of course we also volunteer time for trips, sports and clubs outside of even our extended ASAP hours. This adds up to thousands of volunteer hours each year from our staff. I am very proud to work with such a dedicated group of individuals.
That is all for this week. As always, please feel free to contact me at or on my direct line at 738-6511.
Thank you and good evening!
January 29
Weekly Announcements, January 29, 2018

Hello! Today is Monday, January 29th and this is Ms. McGrath calling with a few messages for Raiders and their families.
First of all, I would like to send out a big thank you to Mr. Shiels and all of the volunteer staff and parents who helped with the Hoops Classic this past weekend. It was, as always, a great activity for our students and your support is much appreciated.
I would like to remind families that Attendance at school is required by law in NB and the school will send home letters for any students who have reached 10 days absent – excused or unexcused. Some of those letters will be going out this week.
We have a huge pile of Lost & Found items here at the school. We are putting them on display this week and asking students to take home anything they find there that belongs to them. After this week, we will be donating remaining items to the Teen Resource Center.
It is Kindergarten and French Immersion and High School Registration season at ASD-S. Our Gr. 8 students will be receiving their High School Registration forms later this week. If you know any families who have students entering Kindergarten, or looking to register for French Immersion for Gr. 1 or Gr. 6 entry, please let them know that is ongoing in the district at this time. Also please remember, that Gr. 3 entrance for FI is no longer an option.
This Friday is Groundhog Day and P L A I D Friday here at RVMS. We celebrate plaid Friday to honour diversity in our school….put on your plaid on Friday morning.
February 2 - P L A I D Friday
February 9 - P L A I D Friday
February 16 – Team Colours
February 23 - P L A I D Friday
That is all for this week. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Thank you and good evening!
January 22
Weekly Announcements, January 22, 2018
Hello! Today is Monday, January 22nd and this is Ms. McGrath calling with a few reminders for Raiders and their families.
As I mentioned last week, many families will be receiving Attendance letters for their child. This letter goes out once a child has reached 10 days or more absent, with or without excuse. Daily attendance calls are also sent by our automated system any time a student is absent for one or more classes. You will receive this call even if you have sent a note as the system is automated. You only need to contact us if you get a call and you expected that your child was at school that day.
We are struggling with a few incidents with students using cellphones inappropriately or during class time. We have reminded students that they should not have their phones on at all during class time unless they have the permission of their teacher.
We would also ask families not to call or text their child during the school day and expect an immediate response. Students can return calls or texts at lunch and during ASAP only. If you need to contact them immediately, please call the school office as it is not reasonable to expect them to respond to you during class time.
High School Registration and Open House events will happen for our Gr. 8 students in the next few weeks. Gr. 8 families can expect several messages about this procedure which usually takes place between February 15thand February 28th. We will send details as soon as we have them from the District.
This weekend, January 26 & 27, is the 19th Annual Hoops Classic Basketball Tournament at RVMS. A schedule of games is attached. All students will have the opportunity to attend one game on Friday during school hours and we encourage any interested families to please come out to cheer on our Raider team. The funds raised from this tournament go directly back to the student basketball program at RVMS.
Our PSSC meeting takes place here at the school this evening. Contact information for PSSC members can be found on our website. This committee represents all families at RVMS and meets regularly with our Admin team throughout the school year.
That is all I have for this week.
As always, you can contact me at or on my direct line at 738-6511.
Thank you and good evening!
January 15
Weekly Announcements, January 15, 2018

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Hello! Today is Monday, January 15th and this is Ms. McGrath calling with a few messages for Raiders and their families.
This Wednesday, January 17th is a half day for students and we will follow the regular half-day dismissal routine with students leaving the building between 11:30 and 12:00 that day. I would, once again, like to remind families that the rink is not a great place to “hang out” after dismissal, as it is unsupervised and many, many bullying issues arise there. Also, we encourage students who are waiting to be picked up by their families to wait here at the school until their drives arrive.
Tomorrow our Gr. 7 classes are headed to Fredericton for a tour of the NB Legislature and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. This trip is in support of the Gr. 7 Social Studies curriculum which studies government and citizenship. We know they will have a great day and be great representatives of RVMS.
We are mid-way through our second term and teachers may be contacting some parents if their children are still struggling to meet grade level outcomes. These students will bring home a mid-term progress report to update their families about any concerns since the last report card. Please feel free to contact your child’s teaching team if you receive one of these reports and have any questions or concerns.
As well, the school office is working on sending home notices to families of students who have 10 or more absences this school year. The absences may be excused or unexcused, but a letter will still be sent to remind families that their child has missed 5%, or more, of their school year. Again, plese contact your child’s teachers if you have any questions about attendance.
Our third ASAP schedule begins today and it is full of activities (we almost couldn’t fit it on one sheet). This session runs until March 2nd. A copy is attached to the e-mail version of this message and is posted on our website as well.
Don’t forget that Mr. Vincent and his hard working team are still in the dough business. Pizza dough or cookie dough is available to order each morning in the Tech Lab for $5 with pickup at the end of the school day.
That is all for this week. As always, these messages are posted on our website and you can contact me at or at 738-6511 if you have any questions.
Thank you and good evening!
January 09
Ski Club Info for Families - January 2018

Hello! This is Ms. McGrath calling with a message for our Ski Club members and their families.
We held an information session for our new members today and, hopefully, we were able to answer many of their questions about how things work on Ski Club Thursdays.
I have attached some information to the e-mail version of this message for families and will post the items on our website as well under "Raider News".
I will send regular updates about weather, buses, cancellations etc. over the course of the next six weeks.
Please feel free to contact me at the school if you have any questions.
January 08
Weekly Announcements, January 7, 2018

Hello and Happy New Year! This is Ms. McGrath calling with a reminder that school reopens tomorrow, January 8th for all staff and students at RVMS.
I also want to let you know that we will have cafeteria service on Monday (tomorrow) but there will be no cafeteria service on Tuesday, January 9th. Mr. Vincent will have pizza for sale in the Tech lab and we will also have milk for sale on Tuesday and we will then have a reduced menu for the remainder of the week in the cafeteria. Regular cafeteria service will resume on Monday, January 15th.
This week we will also be working on a new ASAP schedule that will begin on January 15th and run for 7 weeks, until March Break. I will include this new schedule in next week’s announcements.
That is all for this message!
As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at or, on my direct line, at 738-6511.
Thank you and good evening!
December 21
Weekly Announcements, December 21, 2017

Hello! This is Ms. McGrath calling with the last message of 2017!
Tomorrow, Friday, December 22nd is a half day and all students will be dismissed or sent home on school buses between 11:30 and 12:00 (our usual half-day dismissal plan). Students and staff are scheduled to return to school on Monday, January 8th. This is a change from previous years so please note that the first Monday after New Year’s is the first day of school for 2018.
Tomorrow is also school colours day at RVMS so put on your Red & Black!
We will be reminding students to clean out their lockers before they leave for the break and remember to take home anything they need for the next two weeks…boots, coats, etc. as there will be no access to the building over the break.
We do have a few staff changes in place for January 2018. Mr. Tomilson and Mme. Sullivan are both on leave from January-June. We wish them all the best with their plans for travel and educational activities during this time. Ms. Walsh, currently one of our Gr. 8 teachers, will be taking over the Guidance role at RVMS while Mme. Sullivan is on leave. That means we will welcome two new Gr. 8 teachers; Ms. Maribel Ramos and Mr. Nick Learmouth are joining us to teach in the Gr. 8 classrooms beginning in January. I will add their contact information to our website for parents and families to contact them if necessary.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our Raider Families for your continued support throughout 2017. I hope all of you are able to enjoy time with each other over the next two weeks. For those of you who celebrate Christmas, I wish you a Merry Christmas and on behalf of all Raiders we hope for a Happy Holiday season for all!
Thank you and good evening.
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