November 22
Parent Teacher Conferences

November 22, 2020


Dear Hammond River Valley Elementary School Families,

This year our school will be offering a new, virtual format our Parent-Teacher conferences being held on the evening of December 3 and the morning of December 4, using Microsoft Teams. This is a secure online connection between you and your child’s teacher that is easy to use and book in advance.  The booking site for our school can be found here:

To book, choose the teacher that you would like to meet with in the drop down menu, select the time you would like to meet with them, fill in the required information and click “Book” at the bottom of the page.  You will then receive an email that confirms your booking and provides you a link to join the Microsoft Teams meeting at your scheduled time. A reminder email will also be sent with this information the day before and the day of your appointment. 

If you would like to attend the virtual meeting using your mobile device, we recommend downloading the Microsoft Teams app in advance.

If you do not have access to a device to take part in a virtual Parent-Teacher conference, please contact the school and we will make arrangements to book a time that you can speak with your child’s teacher via phone.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school at 832-6023. 

For a quick video overview of the online booking process, see here:  For more detailed instructions on booking the virtual meeting, watch this video:

Thank you,


Mrs. Graham

Principal of HRVES




November 22
Orange Phase

Good Evening HRVES Families,

This is Mrs. Graham and I would like to take a few moments to share some information with you.  As you know our Zone went into the Orange Phase over the weekend.  This means that we will be making a few changes here at school.  Beginning tomorrow morning all students will be required to wear a face mask on the school bus.  This includes those who are sitting together from the same family.  Our bus drivers will not be able to pick up students that are not wearing masks at their bus stops.  I will be monitoring the exiting of the busses very carefully during the Orange Phase.  

Students will also be required to wear face masks while they are in the school during the day and outside on the playground.  There are a few exceptions when students will not have to wear face masks.  These include when they children are eating, when they are sitting and working at an individual desk alone, and when they are in Physical Education Class.  Speaking of PE class, while we are in the Orange Phase we will not be able to use any communal equipment and it has been suggested that we teach individual exercises/or walk.  Therefore, we will be having most of our PE classes outside.  Please dress your child appropriately for an extended outside play time of 20 minutes three times a week.  There are changes in music as students are not able to sing or play wind instruments at this time.  

During the Orange Phase we will be taking more time to ensure that students and staff wash their hands appropriately, cough in their elbow and  maintain a 2 meter distance whenever possible.  I want to assure you that staff members will be wearing masks at all times, unless they are eating or in their classroom alone with the door closed.  Our custodians are doing a fantastic job of keeping our school cleaned and sanitized.   I really appreciate their diligence during this pandemic.  

During the Orange Phase it is important that you send your child to school with two clean masks with their name on them each day and a filled water bottle that has their name on it also.  We now have fillable water bottle stations in the school but we are trying to minimize the traffic in the hallways.  I realize that this is extra work for you and I appreciate your support.  

On a final note, on Monday afternoon a baggie will be coming home with your child.  This baggie contains two days of school work and log in information and passwords for websites your child will be using if we enter the Red Zone and schools close for students.  IF schools are closed, staff will be reporting to work and providing children in Kindergarten to grade 2 with paper/pencil work to do at home.  Each teacher will be checking in with their students each day.  In grades 3-5 the teachers will be providing work as well as teaching on line.  I know that many of you have issues with internet and computer devices.  We are aware of these issues and will support you as best as we can IF this happens.  

Thank you listening to this long message.  I will post this talk mail on our web site.  If you have any concerns, please reach out to your child's teacher or myself.  We will return your call as soon as we can.  

October 26

​Good Afternoon HRVES Families!  We are looking forward to starting Hot Lunch soon.  However, we are still looking for volunteers for Wednesday.  If we don't have any volunteers for Wednesday we will begin by serving Hot Lunch on Monday and Friday for the time being.  Hot Lunch will look different this year.  Lunch will be made in the cafeteria and then delivered to the teachers in the classroom.  It will be the teachers responsibility to serve each child.  We have an Operational Plan in place for Hot Lunch and we will be posting it to our website in the near future.  There has been a change in the school calendar.  This Friday will be a Professional Learning Day for all staff.  Our focus will be on On Line Learning and preparing for continued education in the event of a school closure.  We are all hoping this does not happen!  The events planned on Friday will now be held on Thursday.  Students are invited to wear orange and black on Thursday.  Teachers will be in touch with you regarding Halloween parties.   Please keep in mind that treats for the whole class will not be accepted at school.  If you send treats for children other than your own we will have to return them to you.  Thank you for your understanding.  Have a great day!​

October 21

Good Morning,

This is Mrs. Graham from HRVES just reminding you that tomorrow is Picture Day.  Pictures will be taken in the library with all physical distancing measures in place.  We will not be sending the proofs home tomorrow due to the amount of time it will take to do pictures.  Proofs will be sent home in the near future.  Poinsettia and Cheese orders were sent home yesterday. This is an annual fundraiser for us here at the school.  On a final note, please make sure you child comes to school each day with a clean mask.  We are working hard to keep everyone safe and your help is much appreciated.  Thank you and have a great day.  

September 07
First Day...first week!

Good Afternoon Hammond River Valley Elementary School Families!


The next three days are going to be exciting.  The staff and I cannot wait to meet the new Kindergarten students and see how much all our grades 1-5 students have grown.  The school is ready.  When students come off the bus this week, they will be lined up outside by their classroom bubble.  We will have staff members there to take the children into their classes one bubble at a time.  If your child is in Kindergarten one parent may escort them to their classroom.  You will have to enter through the front door, sanitize your hands, and sign in at the office before you go to your child's classroom.  Please keep in mind that you will need to wear a mask while in the school.  You will have approximately 15 minutes to get pictures and tell your child you will see them after school.  Before leaving the building, you will need to go to the office and sign out.  This is for Kindergarten parents only. 


We want to advise you that the school is not open to the public.  Therefore, if you want to enter the school you will have to call and make an appointment.  If you are dropping items off for your child or your child is late for school, you will need to ring the doorbell, and someone will meet you at the door. 


The playground has been divided into 7 play zones.  Each class will be assigned to a zone at the beginning of each week.  Students will sanitize their hands before they go outside and again after they come inside.  Please see the details of our daily routines to keep everyone safe in our Operational Plan on our web page. 


On a final note, at the school year progresses we will need to make changes in our Operational Plan.  I will send a voice mail when these changes are made so you will be kept in the loop.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the office at 832-6023.


This message will be posted on our web page under announcements. 


September 03

Good Evening Hammond River Valley Elementary Families,


At the end of the school day each class will be dismissed individually.   The K-2 classes will exit the school at the front door at the end of the building.  Grades 3-5 will exit the school from the back of the building.  Classes will remain in their bubbles and line up on the side of the building towards the lower playground.  All students and staff will wear masks. Students will be lined up with those children being transported by parents at the front of the line and the bus students and walkers at the end of the line.  The students that are travelling by bus will be loaded on their bus first.  Those students that walk home will meet their parents at the front door as we have always done.  We ask that parents that are waiting to walk their child home observe physical distancing.  Parents that are transporting their child will have to wait on the side of the road until the buses have left the school yard (around 2:35) to pick up their child.   When the buses have cleared the driveway, parents that are transporting their child to and/or from school will use the middle entrance to the school driveway.  You will then follow the same route at the buses by turning to the left and stopping at the end doors to pick up your child.  An adult will bring your child to your car.  We will not be able to release your child to you if you are not in your vehicle as there too many moving vehicles at dismissal time and we want to keep everyone safe.  We ask that you do not pick up your child after 2:00 pm unless they are going to an appointment.  While I realize that this may be challenging at the beginning, we will have staff outside to help you navigate the changes.  Thank you for working with us to keep our students happy, healthy, and safe.   ​ 

September 02
Morning Arrival

This is Mrs. Graham from HRVES.  If you have not heard from your child's teacher as to what day they will be returning to school next week, please give the school a call at 832-6023.  School will begin on Tuesday.  If your child is coming by bus, they will need a face mask to put on when they exit the bus at the school.  Students in K-5 do not need to wear a face mask while they are on the bus.  When bus students exit, they bus they will line up with their class at an assigned spot.  Students will enter the building one class at a time and go straight to their classroom.  If you are transporting your child to school, you will enter the school yard at the middle driveway ONLY.  You will drop your child off at the front doors.  Your child will have to be ready to exit the car when you arrive - we will call this the, "Kiss and Drop Zone."  Only one car may let their child/ren out of the vehicle at a time.  This year Shelly will continue to meet the students at the front door.  However, she will not be able to open car doors or help remove children from their car/booster seats.  Students must have a mask on when they leave the vehicle.  Your child will enter the school through the front doors, remove their shoes and go straight to their classroom.  We will have staff members available to help your child to find their class and navigate throughout the school.  Tomorrow I will send a talk mail about picking your child up from school.  This information will be sent to your through voicemail, e-mail, placed on the HRVES web page under announcements, and you will find it on the HRVES Home and School Facebook page.  On a final note, our Operational Plan will be posted to our website tomorrow afternoon.  Thank you and have a great day. 

August 31

Good Afternoon,

This is Mrs. Graham from HRVES.  During the next two days teachers will be making contact with parents regarding staggered entry next week.  Teachers will be speaking to you directly or leaving you a message.  If you have not heard from your child's teacher by Thursday morning, please call the school at 832-6023.  School supplies were purchased by the school this year.  School fees for Kindergarten are $40.00 and for grades 1-5 $45 for the year.  You will need to purchase a lunch box, book bag, a pair of inside shoes that fit properly and do not mark the floors, a water bottle, and a face mask.  Water bottles will go home each day with your child.  The water bottle needs to come to school clean and filled with water each morning.  Masks should be clean each day also.  Your child's name must be on all of their belongings.  This is not a time when we want water bottles, lunches and masks to become mixed up.  

On Wednesday afternoon I will be sending home a message regarding buses, drop off and pick up for students beginning on Tuesday.  I will also put this information on our school web page for you to read.  

Thank you and enjoy your day.

August 20
GoGo After School Program
August 12
Back to School Information

Good Afternoon!  This is the first of many messages you will receive from HRVES in the next few weeks.  Over the summer the Departments of EECD and ASDS have been working diligently on plans for students to return to school in September.  Of course, with so many variables in play this has been a huge job.  Tomorrow, Thursday, August 13 the Minister of Education, Dominic Cardy will be holding a press conference at 2:30 to share return to school plans.  In the next couple of weeks, we should have busing, staggered entry (which will be for all classes this year), and an Operational Plan in place.  We will be sharing this information with you as it becomes available.  I would also like to encourage to become members of the Anglophone South School District and HRVES Home and School Facebook pages.  You will find useful information posted on these sites.  Information will also be posted to the HRVES web page. 

This year school supplies will be purchased by the school and paid for through your student fees.  You can find this information on the HRVES web page.  You will need to provide a pair of inside shoes that fit properly, lunch box, book bag, a mask and a water bottle.  Water fountains have been removed from the school and are being replaced with bottle filling stations.    Water bottles and masks will have to be taken home each day and washed before they are returned to school the next day.  You must put your child's name on each of these items.  WE all know how many water bottles, book bags and lunch boxes they sell at Costco and they all look alike.  Please be patient with us as we work through the return to school.  Things will change and be adapted as we go along.  I will be in touch soon.​


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