Navigating the River

Wednesday, October 7

#RMSBettertogether

What's Happening on The River?

Upcoming Dates (See more details below)

October 1 - 29: Dream Dinners Fundraising

October 12-23: Virtual Book Fair

October 15: Deadline to Order Yearbook at lowest price

October 15: New to Forsyth County Meet & Greet

October 22: Spirit Day at Culver's

October 22-23: Early Release (Parent Conferences)

Athletic News

Students MUST be accompanied by an adult in order to attend Panther football games, and the designated adult must stay in the game with the students they have agreed to supervise for the duration of the event.


Parents must also accompany students to any Lambert home football games. This is for the safety of all attendees.


October 8: Cross Country District Meet at RMS

October 13: Undefeated RMS Football team vs. South @ Lambert HS

October 17: State Cross Country Meet in Cochran, GA


Go get 'em Panthers! We are proud of you!

Basketball Tryouts

Is your student interested in trying out for RMS Basketball? If so, there will be a Basketball Parent Interest meeting for 7th and 8th grade girls and boys conducted VIRTUALLY on Monday, October 12th from 6:00-6:30pm.


Click HERE for Microsoft Teams link or visit the RMS basketball website.


Questions should be directed to our basketball coordinator Coach McGinley at cmcginley@forsyth.k12.ga.us

We have AWESOME Teachers and Staff at RMS!

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Thank you to Celebration Yard Cards GA for helping us celebrate our Teachers and Staff for all their efforts to continue to educate our children during a pandemic. We are so grateful for the entire RMS staff for keeping education an important and essential part of our children's day.


If you would like to thank a teacher or staff member, or the staff as a whole, join our Panther Community Cares “Superheroes Work Here” Campaign and send in a letter or note of thanks. We are posting them up in the hallways for all to see and putting them up on the TV in the rotunda. Teachers and School Staff wear capes too! Proud to be a Panther. ~~RMS PTSO

Custodian Appreciation Day - Thank you!!

We are so blessed to have such dedicated and caring custodians. Not only do they keep our school immaculate but they are always willing to cleanup after a sick kid, pickup trash in the parking lot, open jammed lockers, and whatever comes their way. Thanks to Steve Graf (head custodian), Mustafa Bajric, Dylan Bone, Edina Cokic, Norma Dominquez, Andy Green, Hijra Imsirovic, and Jasmina Sjamija for all they do.

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Teacher of the Month

Congrats to our Teacher of the Month for September - Chelsea Jacoby!


Nominations are now open for RMS Teacher of the Month for October! CLICK HERE to nominate a teacher for this honor. Please encourage your children to nominate as well.

FVA Tech Support Hotline

To better support our virtual community, Forsyth Virtual Academy has established a support number to assist families with technical issues, such as logging into platforms, accounts not working, Classlink issues, missing classes in itslearning, etc. If you or your student run into technical issues, you can call 404-276-7487. Phone support will be available on school days from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. If the call goes to voicemail, please leave a message, and someone will call you back as soon as possible.

Parent-Teacher Virtual Conferences

Fall virtual parent-teacher conferences will be held during Early Release days on October 22-23. You will receive an invitation to a virtual meeting if your child's teachers are concerned about your student's academic growth. If you do not receive a request for a meeting but feel you need to speak to a teacher, please reach out to the teacher directly via email to request a time to conference.

Order Your Yearbook NOW

Things end but memories last forever...with your yearbook. Purchase your yearbook now! Order by October 15th for ONLY $40 and then the price will increase.


  • Go to www.balfour.com.
  • Search for Riverwatch Middle School.
  • Click on the icon labeled Yearbook & Ads
  • Follow the instructions on the website.


If you have any questions, please email lscheaffer@forsyth.k12.ga.us.

8th Grade Yearbook Ads - Order NOW

Eighth Grade Ads are a great way to celebrate your child's achievements. These ads will be featured in the RMS 2020-21 yearbook, and it serves as a tribute to your child before they go off to high school. There is limited space for these ads in the yearbook, so act fast to reserve a spot for your Eighth Grader. Orders due by December 1, 2020.


  • Go to www.balfour.com:
  • Search for Riverwatch Middle School.
  • Click on the icon labeled Yearbook & Ads
  • Scroll down and click on 1 Block Ad Space
  • Only one eighth-grade ad per student
  • Complete payment for order


Notes:
  • You will receive an email within 24 hours, from Balfour, with instructions on how to upload your portrait photo and message.
  • Only one picture (portrait layout) may be submitted
  • Your message is limited to 275 characters (approximately 50 words)


For technical questions regarding the upload process, contact Balfour 1-800-944-5930.

If you have questions regarding the ads, please email lscheaffer@forsyth.k12.ga.us.

Online Book Fair - October 12-23

Just like many other things going virtual these days, so will our Book Fair. You will be able to shop virtual shelves and preview books from the convenience of your home! And, they will be shipped directly to you. Click HERE for more information about our upcoming Book Fair.
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New to Forsyth County?

We will have a meet and greet with the Riverwatch administration team and parents of students new to Forsyth County Schools on October 15th at 4:45 PM in our cafeteria. Due to limits on gathering size, this event is for adults only, and students should ride the bus or have alternate transportation. CLICK HERE to register to attend.

Second Semester School Preference Decision

The form to indicate your preference for virtual learning through Forsyth Virtual Academy or in person learning at Riverwatch will be available in mid-October. Our intent is to give parents time to see grades from first quarter before making their decision for second semester. The deadline to complete the form will be published at that time as well, but will include the option to continue your current enrollment or change to either virtual or in person instruction.

Counselor's Corner

The RMS counselors have created this great resource for staff and students on ITS Learning. The course is called: COUNSELOR'S CORNER. In the course, you will find resources for Mindfulness Mondays, Classroom Guidance lessons, On-Line Learning resources, SEL Teacher Resources, and our very own RMS VIRTUAL WELLNESS ROOM!!


We encourage you to explore this page and all our WELLNESS ROOM has to offer. Included in the Wellness Room, are links to some great resources. Some include: Relaxing Music, Breathing Techniques, Yoga Stretches, Positive Affirmations, Suicide Awareness Information, United Way Resources, and a Google Form attached to the telephone for students to reach out to us.


The counselors are here to help all RMS students. Please let us know if you have any questions. We are very excited and hope this will be a great resource for all!!

Attendance

  • Please send all (face-to-face and virtual) attendance notes to the attendance clerk in the counseling office or you may email them to krusso81@forsyth.k12.ga.us.
  • All virtual participation/attendance is taken weekly by each teacher and updated over the weekend. Please check updated attendance records on Mondays. If you have any questions, please contact your teachers for virtual attendance.

Panther Pit Stop (School Store) - Gone Virtual

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Spiritwear pre-order NOW through Sunday, October 25 (except reverse tie die shirt orders are due October 20) on www.mypaymentsplus.com. If you are a virtual student, we can have spirit wear available for you to pick up at the school.

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The school store, marketing class, is working on some additional new innovative items just for our virtual students....stay tuned. Additional spirit wear and miscellaneous items are available for purchase from the school store on My Payments Plus.


If you are unable to process payment on My Payment Plus, please contact our bookkeeper, Melissa Roth; mbroth@forsyth.k12.ga.us and she will process the payment for you.

Join the Virtual Fitness Challenge - It's NOT too late!

Yay, we are currently in 7th place out of 43 schools with 47 participants. Join us as we spend the rest of the month logging our steps, workouts, exercise, and earning our Halloween candy. Please sign up and join the fun!!


Go to runsignup.com/BYOT to join or scan the QR Code. Most importantly, we're raising money for such a great cause in our district. This event provides resources and technology for our students who are in need.

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Reference Information

Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) News

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Donations Requested Please!

Click HERE to donate. Over the next few months, the RMS PTSO is planning a few "surprise and delights" to show appreciation and moral support throughout the year for all our RMS teachers and staff. This year has brought on many more challenges and the stress level has increased greatly. Our teachers and staff have poured many hours into learning new technologies, adapting to new teaching styles, teaching new courses both in-person and virtually and encouraging a healthy school environment for our children. We ask that you help us with any donations to show how much we appreciate the time and effort they put in to supporting our children during a pandemic.


We will be collecting donations through Friday, October 9th. A donation tub is located outside the school front door. Thank you in advance for your generosity and support!!

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Please share your appreciation!!

Our teachers and staff have worked extremely long hours trying to keep up with students and procedures for both face-to-face and virtual over the past few weeks. With lots of rapid changes and requests, our teachers and staff NEED to hear how AWESOME and appreciative we are that they are supporting our RMS students. Please (students and parents) write a personal note, send it in to the school, mail it, etc. or you may use click on this link to show that our Panther Community Cares!

Join us now!!

A heartfelt thank you to all our Parents and Staff Members who have joined the PTSO! Whether you are virtual or face to face, we are #RMSBetterTogether. We are working to provide webcams for virtual learning and umbrellas for some shade at the new outdoor picnic tables.


It's NEVER too late to join!!

http://riverwatch.my-ptso.org/content.asp?PageID=12

Staying Connected to Riverwatch!

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