January 20
Red Phase

Good Afternoon HRVES Families,

This is Mrs. Graham calling with a few updates.  As many of you know, Zone 2 moved to the Red Phase of Recovery at midnight.  Hence, we have had to make a few changes here at school.  Students and staff will now be required to wear face masks at all times (including PE and recess) with the exception of when eating or sitting quietly at an individual desk.  Students that are in classrooms without individual desks will have to wear their masks unless they are eating.   As per the district recommendation, we ask that you send two extra masks besides the mask your child wears to school each day.  The children find that their masks get wet from condensation and are uncomfortable.  Masks should be washed on a regular basis.  Please continue to send your child with a water bottle filled with fresh water each day.  If is VERY important during COVID that your child's name is on all of their belongings.  

If your child has one of the following symptoms:  fever, cough or worsening cough, diarrhea, runny nose, sore throat, muscle pain, loss of smell or taste, purple markings on feet or fingers if you are a child, headache, fatigue or exhaustion they will need to stay home.  If you child develops any of these symptoms during the school day we will be calling for you to come and pick them up.  

All staff and district visitors will be actively screened when they enter the school.   This includes answering the COVID questions and sanitizing their hands as they enter the school.  This information will be documented.  If staff exhibit any of the symptoms mentioned above they will be required to stay home from school. 

Our Operational Plan has been updated and posted on our web page.  This message will also be posted on our web page.  Please keep in mind that our directives from the Province do change fairly regularly and I will do my best to keep you informed.  

On a final note,  I believe that our school is a safe environment for people to work and learn in. Personally, I feel safer at school than I do going to the grocery store.  As a staff, we are taking every precaution to keep your children safe, both physically and mentally while they are with us.  Your children and our staff have done a great job following the protocols since school started.  I thank each child, parent, and staff member for your support and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out.  

December 07

Good Afternoon,

This is Mrs. Graham from HRVES with some weekly updates.  For the next two weeks we will be celebrating the countdown to Christmas Break.  Each day we will have an event to brighten our school spirit.  Today was red and white day.  Tomorrow, Tuesday, December 8 is Tinsel and Bling day.  Everyone is encouraged to wear some tinsel and bling when they dress for school.  Wednesday is Keep Your Feet Warm day by wearing your favorite Christmas socks.  On Thursday we are getting ready for vacation and dressing to go to Hawaii.  We will close the week out on Friday with wearing our favorite Christmas Hats!  The events can be found on the very last page of the newsletter.  The newsletter was sent home last Thursday or you can find it attached to this message or on the school web page.  Thanks for taking part in the Christmas fun!

Mrs. Graham

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.  

November 09

Good Afternoon!  This is Mrs. Graham from HRVES with a few updates.  Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 10 we will be having our Remembrance Day Ceremony here at school.  This year the ceremony will be watched in classrooms via the Smartboard.  The Legion has been here and dropped off some poppies for the children.  If you would like to donate to the Legion for the poppies, please feel free to send your donation in to the school tomorrow.  Several students are coming to school without masks.  Please ensure that your child arrives at school with a mask each day.  The Department of Education is requesting two clean masks everyday.  Students are not able to ride on a school bus or move about the building without an adult if they do not have a mask.  On a final note,  students at HRVES can only go to one destination after school each day (i.e home each day or babysitter each day, not the babysitter one day and home the next).  We are not accepting phone calls or written notes to change your child's after school plans.  During the pandemic we are not able to make after school changes in a safe manner.  We thank you for your cooperation. 

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
Talk Mail

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. 


August 31
Staggered Entry

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 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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