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October 27
Oct 27 - Message to Families

​Good afternoon! Today is Weds, Oct 27 and these are the weekly announcements for all Raiders and their families.

1.Tomorrow and Friday, students will have the opportunity to purchase a slice of Pizza from Mr. Vincent’s crew in the Tech Lab. Slices are $1 each. Some cookies are also available at 2/50 cents.

Students can only purchase on one of the two dates. 

Thursday, Oct 28 is for Day B cafeteria students

Friday, Oct 29 is for Day A cafeteria students 

We hope to make this a regular event at RVMS as a continuation of the Pizza business run by Gr. 8 students over the past several years.

2.Friday, October 29 is Black and Orange Day at RVMS. We are also running a revised schedule and having a school wide Bingo during the last period of our day. Students may bring treats to share with their classmates. Treats must be nut-free and individually pre-packaged. No homemade treats please (due to Covid).

3.Tryouts for school Badminton are next week. Students had time this week to sign-up. This is open to all Gr. 6 students and to Gr. 7 & 8 students who are fully vaccinated (as per provincial guidelines). Once the teams are chosen, regular practice will be on Wednesdays during ASAP ending at 3:30. Students will need to arrange drives. Team rosters will be posted on the gym doors following tryouts next week. Tryout schedule is: 

Mon, Nov 1 -  Grade 6

Weds, Nov 3 – Grade 7 

Thurs, Nov 4 – Grade 8

4.We are very excited to be planning for a return of our Activity Period next week. This will mean that our school day continues to 3:10 but some students may have the privilege of leaving early (2:35) or going to an activity. Some students may be assigned to Workroom during this time.

We have an early bus run for this, but it is only available to students who live in Grand Bay-Westfield between the intersection of the Brittain Rd/Nerepis Road and Foodland. Students living further from the school, as has always been the case, will need to plan to go to an activity each day. Stay tuned for an updated ASAP schedule!!

5. Winter is coming! We know that Middle School students are notoriously reticent to wear winter clothing. However, we plan to continue to be outside as much as possible. From Monday, Nov1 until the end of March, all students are expected to be dressed for winter weather and must have a second layer, a hoodie or jacket, to wear outside. 

6. Parent/Teacher meetings will be online again this year. Stay tuned for updates!

 As always, please feel free to contact me at the school if you have questions or concerns.

Ms. T. McGrath

Important Dates

Oct 27 Staff Meeting

Oct 25-29 Jelly Bean Guess (outside office)

Oct 29 Orange & Black Day 

Oct 29 6 Block Activity Day (School Wide Bingo)

Nov 1 RETURN of ASAP (tentative)

Nov 1-Dec 3 TTFM Student survey 

Nov 11 Remembrance Day (No School)

Nov 19 PL/Report Card Prep Day (No School)

Nov 29 Report Cards go home

Dec 2 Online Evening Parent/Teacher Meetings (TBA)

Dec 3 Parent/Teacher & Professional Learning (No School)

Dec 3 Online Afternoon Parent/Teacher Meetings (TBA)

Dec 23 Last Day of Classes

Jan 7 Teachers Return to School

Jan 10 Students Return to School

October 21
Oct 21 - Message for Families

Good afternoon! Today is Thursday, October 21 and this is a message for all Raiders and their families.

Don’t forget to check out our website at or follow us on Twitter @RVMiddle

1. Deadline to return retake picture orders is tomorrow, Friday, Oct 22. After this date, there is a late fee and families will have to contact Photography Flewwelling directly to order.

2. Friday is Flannel Day at RVMS…get out your coziest flannel or plaid to celebrate fall!

3. Speaking of fall, winter is coming and we have been reminding students to come prepared for outdoor classes and activities. All students must have a hoodie or jacket beginning Nov 1st.

4. The school day begins at 8:40. Please ensure your child is at school on time and help us promote this very important employability skill!

5. We are planning an activity block on Friday, October 29. Students are encouraged to wear orange and black that day and we will have a school-wide Bingo. Students may bring treats to share with their classmates but these must be individually pre-packaged.

6. Please take time to check out our website. You can find teacher e-mails (About US tab), purchase school clothing (Raider Clothing tab), record your child’s absences (School Messenger link on right side of page) and check up on important dates etc.

7. The next Middle Level sports season is Badminton. This will start up soon. Students must be double vaccinated to try out and to participate. If your child is eligible and interested, please encourage them to listen to daily announcements for more information.

8. Finally, as we continue to develop independence and responsibility skills with our students, please consider not bringing them items they forget. The best way for students to learn is to experience the consequences of not having what they need. If they can rely on parents to bring books, gym clothes, water bottles to school, they are unlikely to learn to be responsible for these things.

We continue to run our interim schedule but are working with the school district to safely bring back After School Activity Period…fingers crossed that will happen soon!

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at the school at or, on my direct line, at 738-6511. General inquiries should be directed to the main line at 738-6500.

Ms. T. McGrath

Important Dates

Oct 22 Flannel Friday ​

Oct 25-29         Jelly Bean Guess (outside office)

Oct 29 Orange & Black Day 

Oct 29 6 Block Activity Day (school-wide Bingo)

Nov 1-Dec 3 TTFM Student survey 

Nov 11 Remembrance Day (No School)

Nov 19 PL/Report Card Prep Day (No School)

Nov 29 Report Cards go home

Dec 2 Evening Parent/Teacher Meetings (TBA)

Dec 3 Morning Parent/Teacher Meetings (TBA)

September 28
Sept 28 - Messages for Families

​Good afternoon Raiders & Raider Families. Here are your messages for September 28, 2021.

Don’t forget to check out the school website at​ or on Twitter @RVMiddle

1. School Pictures - Picture orders are due back at the school by Friday, October 1. If you require a retake, you must send back the original proof with the “retake” section checked. Only those students who return this proof, or those who were absent on Picture Day, will be eligible for retakes.

2. Book Fair - RVMS will be participating in the Scholastic Reading Club program. Flyers will be going home with some homeroom classes. Flyers are also available online at Every time you place an order and enter our Class Code, our school benefits. At this time, you can only place an order online and your order will ship directly to your home. Here’s to a great year of reading! 

The Class Code: RC181291. Place your order at 

Ms. Natalie McCluskey

RVMS Resource Teacher

3. Immunization Clinics -Gr. 7 & 8 students are reminded to make sure a completed permission form is handed in by Wednesday for the regular Middle School immunization clinics (HPV & DTap). We are receiving word that our clinic may be delayed, but we are still collecting permission slips to hand over to Public Health so that we will be prepared when the clinic is rescheduled.

4. Covid Protocols - A reminder that we continue to work on collecting Covid vaccine info for students born in 2009 or before. Please do not e-mail any of this info to teachers. Students can bring a copy, or take a picture with their phone and Ms. McGrath & Ms. Gatien will visit classes to collect this information privately from all students.

Covid protocols under the “Safer Schools” mandate from the Province of NB continue this week. Please remember to have two masks at school each day and to sanitize your hands regularly.

5. Lunch utensils - Students are reminded to bring a fork or spoon, if needed, for lunch as we are unable to provide these. Some students keep a package of disposable utensils in their locker to use as needed.

6. Our new P.E. teacher, Ms. MacKenney, has a letter to share with all Raiders and their families. We are so happy to have her with us this year. I have attached this letter at her request. Welcome Letter .docWelcome Letter .doc

As always, if you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at 738-6500. Ms. McGrath can be reached at

September 24
Gr. 7 & 8 Immunization Information

Good afternoon! Today is Friday, September 24 and this is Ms. McGrath with a message for all Gr. 7 & 8 Raiders and their families.

As you may know, all Gr. 7 students in New Brunswick are offered immunizations through Public Health. These are the HPV vaccine (Human Papillomavirus) and a booster for the DTap (Whooping Cough, Diphtheria and Tetanus) which your child would have received as part of their regular immunization schedule as a preschooler.

This year, all of our Gr. 7 students will be offered these immunizations. We will also be offering the second shots to our Gr. 8 students whose immunization schedule was affected by Covid last year.

Your Gr. 7 child will bring home paperwork for you to complete. Gr. 8 students already submitted this paperwork last year. Forms are due back at RVMS no later than next Wednesday, Sept 29.

Our clinic will be held on Wednesday, October 6.

Please note the caution from Public Health below:

If your child has had a COVID-19 vaccination, they must wait 30 days before receiving another vaccine. If they received their first COVID-19 vaccine and their second COVID-19 vaccine is coming due (28 days between), they should delay school vaccines to complete the COVID-19 vaccine series first. Appointments can be made with Public Health to receive school vaccines that have to be delayed to receive the COVID-19 vaccinations.

I have attached copies of the documents to this e-mail and also to this message posted on our website under “Raider News”

If you have any questions, please contact the Public Health office at 658-2454.

human papillomavirus.pdfhuman papillomavirus.pdf

tetanus diphtheria and pertussis.pdftetanus diphtheria and pertussis.pdf

2021- Consent form Grade 7 (Tdap - HPV)_EN.pdf2021- Consent form Grade 7 (Tdap - HPV)_EN.pdf                 

September 23
September 23 - Message to Families

 Good afternoon! Today is Thursday, September 23 and we have some information to share with Raider Families.

   1. PICTURE DAY IS TOMORROW! Friday, Sept 24

-students should wear bright solid colours as the photographers suggest this makes for the best photos.The less pattern the better and, of course, no shirts with any inappropriate messaging.

-Gr. 8 students usually wear white shirts for these photos. These are the photos for the large class composite displayed in the school hallway. It is not mandatory, but most Gr. 8 students do choose white.

-Students who are absent tomorrow can have their photo taken on Tuesday, October 12

-Those students who return their proof and indicate they want a retake will have retakes on        Tuesday,  October 12. No retakes unless the original proof is returned to Flewwellings.

   2. We will continue with our revised schedule for the week of September 27-October 1. ASAP is currently “on  pause”

   3. Next week we will begin to collect Covid vaccination information on our students born in or before 2009. (turning 12 by the end of 2021). These students, if unvaccinated, will not be able to participate in ASAP or any other sports, clubs or activities at school by order of the Province of NB. Please note:

-do not e-mail this info to the school or to teachers

-vaccinated students should bring proof of vaccination to school or can take a picture with their phone to  show to Ms. McGrath. Info will be collected Mon-Wed next week.

-Ms. McGrath will collect this information by Homeroom. Each child will be called out to a private area to  speak with Ms. McGrath who will then record whether they are vaccinated. 

   4.  If your child is absent from school, please logon to Safe Arrivals to enter their absence. Phone calls and messages left at the school will not prevent a call home to announce an absence. This info can be found on our school website.

   5. Students and classes will be outside at much as possible throughout the school day. Please ensure they have proper outerwear and footwear for outdoor pursuits.

 As always, if you have any questions or concerns you may contact the school at 738-6500 or speak with Ms. McGrath at

 All messages are also posted on the school website under “Raider News” at      

 Thank you.

 T. McGrath

September 20
September 20 - Message to Families

Good afternoon Raider Families,

A new week means new Covid safety protocols!! The announcement on Friday afternoon, which schools received at the same time the public announcement was made, has meant that we are pausing ASAP & Sports until we can figure out a way to follow the new guidelines and track and supervise over 300 Middle School students.

This means that we have added a morning break and extended our lunch hours. Our school hours remain the same, 8:40-3:10, but there is currently no early dismissal and no ASAP. We will review at the end of the week.

7:55 First bus and drop-off

8:40 Students must be in class

3:00 Walkers & Pick-ups dismissed

3:05 Bus students dismissed


1.       We have also had to revert to an alternating cafeteria schedule with students eating in their homeroom one day, and in the cafeteria the next day. This means access to microwaves only on cafeteria days. The cafeteria schedule is below. Today was a “Day A” lunch. First lunch now begins at 11:50 and second lunch at 12:25.

2.       In addition, picture day is this Friday. Students are asked to wear bright clothing with simple patterns or designs. Traditionally, Grade 8 students wear white shirts for this photo (as evidenced by our row of class photos in the main hallway dating back to the 1990s). They do not have to wear a white shirt if they do not want to but most choose white for this photo. Retake day is October 12.


1st Lunch (11:50-12:20)

2nd Lunch (12:25-12:55)







Day A Lunch*


6 Bennett

6 Blacquier

6 Graham



6/7 McCormick

6 Pattison

7 Mason

7 Fife


8 DeGooyer

8 Lavoie

8 Morrissey

7/8 Carroll



8 Robar

8 Leger





Day B Lunch*



6/7 McCormick

6 Pattison

7 Mason

7 Fife


6 Bennett

6 Blacquier

6 Graham



8 Robar

8 Leger




8 DeGooyer

8 Lavoie

8 Morrissey

7/8 Carroll



Thank you for your continued support. If you have questions or concerns please contact me at the school.

Thank you.

Ms. T. McGrath

September 15
September 15 - Message to Families

​ September 15, 2021

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 Good afternoon! This is Ms. McGrath with a few messages for all Raiders and their families.

 First, we want to congratulate all of our Raiders on an amazing first week of school. With so much to learn the   first week of school, and then a change to mask rules, our RAIDERS showed true GRIT and handled   it all with kindness and positivity! Thank you RAIDERS!

 New Covid procedures in schools require students to have their mask on indoors at all times except when eating   or participating in gym. This is currently scheduled to be in place for next week as well and will be reviewed   by the province on Sept 27.

 If your child is feeling unwell, please consider keeping them at home. If your child has two or more Covid   symptoms, they must stay home and should be tested by public health. The symptoms reference   card is attached here:     Covid Symptom Sheet.docxCovid Symptom Sheet.docx

 A few notices and reminders:

 1. All forms that were sent home last week should be returned by this Friday, September 17. Electronic copies          are attached to last week’s message and can be found in the “Raider News” section of our website.

 2. Student fees are $35 for the year. We do not do any fundraising so this fee goes to support many events,              awards and ASAP activity period. I am happy to report that over 60% of families have already paid their                fee this year.

        Fees can be paid on cashless schools, which can be accessed from our website. Look for the “Make a                    Payment” tab. This is also the site we use for yearbook, sport fees, trips, etc. 

 3. We also have a tab on the website for “Raider Clothing”. You can order t-shirts, hoodies, gym pants, hats              etc. and items are shipped directly to your home. Check it out…great holiday gift ideas! 

 4. Our new ASAP schedule is attached and is posted on our website. We are working with the District to                    provide an early bus run for students who are not staying for ASAP. This run should be available next week            but will only be for students living in the Grand-Bay Westfield area. There is no early bus available for                  outlying areas.      ASAP 1.docxASAP 1.docx    

 5. Many students are enjoying the use of the microwaves in the cafeteria however; many are forgetting to                bring utensils. We do not provide forks & spoons for student lunches so please remember to pack these                items. Some families simply provide a pack from the $$ store that your child can keep in their locker or                lunchbox.

 As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at   or, on my direct line at 738-6511. The main line for RVMS is 738-6500.

Upcoming Important Dates:

Sept 17 Deadline - Forms for Parent Signature returned to school

Sept 24 Picture Day at RVMS

Sept 30 Orange Shirt Day

Sept 30 Day of Truth & Reconciliation – Raider Time Activity

Oct 11 Thanksgiving (No School)

Oct 12 Picture Retake Day


September 14
Covid Update from Minister of Education & Early Childhood

 Tuesday, Sept 14, 2021

 For the next two weeks, students will wear their masks at all times while in school except   when they are eating or in the gym participating in physical activity.

 The following message was sent to all parents on Monday evening, September 13: 

2021-09-13 Letter to Parent-Guardian - Wearing Masks to Schoool.pdf2021-09-13 Letter to Parent-Guardian - Wearing Masks to Schoool.pdf

September 08
Homework for Families

Hello Raider Families!!

We had a wonderful two days here at RVMS! We are so proud of our Raiders! I do have a few “Homework” items for families:

  1. Students will be bringing home a student contact sheet. Please check this closely and make any necessary changes in your contact information.
  2. Students will also bring home a form asking you to review our student handbook and agree to locker use. The student handbook is attached to this e-mail and is posted on the school website at             Attachment: RVMS - Agenda Handbook 2021-2022 - Tentative.docx 
  3. Two other forms require parent/guardian signatures. One form allows is the media release and the other allows students to use computers at school.   
  4. Our student fee is $35. We do not do any fundraising at RVMS so this fee covers activities, awards etc. each year. This must be paid online using our Cashless Schools payment system. You can access this by clicking on the “make a payment” button on the school website.
  5. ASAP activities have begun but we currently do not have “early” buses that allow students to leave instead of attending ASAP. We hope to have these set up by next week. Regular buses, or “late” buses, leave the school after ASAP. Most buses depart between 3:10 and 3:30.
  6. Please do not text your child during the school day and do not encourage them to text you during class time. If you need to reach your child during class, you can contact the main office. If there is an emergency, or if you are picking your child up for an appointment, the office must be your first point of contact.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at the school at or on my direct line at 738-6511. General inquiries can be made at the main office number, 738-6500.

Electronic versions of the forms requiring signature are attached:

Locker Use & Agenda Review 2021.docx 

Media Release Form 2021.docx 

Policy 311 Appendix C - Computer Use 2021.docx ​

September 03
First Day of School Information - Sept 3

Good afternoon!

This is Ms. McGrath with a few reminders for the first days of school. I know many of you, especially our Gr. 6 parents, are concerned but there will be teachers outside beginning at 7:55 to help your child get their bearings. Please note:

1. Students cannot be dropped off before 7:55

2. Parents dropping off students should park in one of the lower parking lots. Please do not enter the traffic circle as this is the bus loading zone.

3. The regular buses do not leave the school until 3:20 (as school hours go to 3:10).

For the first week of school, there are no early buses so bus students will stay for ASAP the first week.

4. There are also no "early" buses (2:35 dismissal before ASAP) for students living on the Kingston Peninsula, Welsford, Brown's Flat, Clarendon etc. Those students stay for ASAP each day.

5. If you want to know information about your child's bus, please go to the ASD-S website and click on "TRANSPORTATION". Transportation is organized by the District and there are often some errors...don't worry, we will work to get your child on the correct bus. 

We are very excited to meet all of our new Raiders on Tuesday and to get reacquainted with our Gr. 7 & 8 Raiders on Wednesday.

Have a great weekend!

Ms. McGrath

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