December Newsletter

December 1, 2021

Dear Roughrider Families,

It is hard to believe December is upon us, and we will soon be breaking for the holiday vacation. As we prepare for the winter months, in this newsletter you will find Grand Forks Public School’s procedure for cancellations or postponement. Again this year, we will be using the automated calling system to inform families if school would be delayed or cancelled due to severe weather conditions. This automated call will occur between 6:30 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.

With the start of December comes the end of the fall season and the start of winter season for our extracurricular events. In addition to sports, the Red River Drama Department filled the theater the end of October with their production “Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind” and is preparing for “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”, December 9 - 12. The Music Department is also in full swing with their performances and sound great. I hope you have time this winter season to come out and support our students in fine arts and sports. We have many talented students and they love to see supporters in the seats.

December will fly by and soon it will be January and we will begin to host sophomore conferences. Parents and guardians of sophomores will be notified in December regarding their scheduled appointment for conferences in January and February. All other students will begin registering in February. Counselors will be providing more information as we get closer to the registration dates. For those junior and senior students enrolled in dual credit classes, registration packets have been distributed to students for second semester. Lake Region College will be at Red River after holiday break to finalize second semester classes. Parents, we encourage you to spend some time talking with your child and his/her counselor about appropriate classes for next year. Watch for information that will be coming to your homes about the registration process.

We look forward to working with you during the upcoming registration process. Thank you for your support during the first semester. If you have any comments, questions, or concerns please do not hesitate to call. Thank you!


Dr. Kristopher G. Arason


Mark Your Calendars!!!

Demember 1- Early Release at 1pm

December 9-12- The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

December 14- Merry BOOKmas Due to Library

December 15- Early Release at 1pm

December 15- Pajama "Drive" Through 5pm-7pm

December 16- Stick it to Cancer Hockey Fundraiser

December 22-January 2- NO SCHOOL (WINTER BREAK)

January 3- School Resumes

January 7- Deadline for incoming 9th Grade In-District Transfer Requests

January 12- Early Release at 1pm

January 13-14- Semester Testing Schedule

January 17- No School (Professional Development)

January 18- Semester 2 Begins

January 26- Early Release at 1pm

Red River Updates


Annual Stick it to Cancer Hockey Event

This is the 5th Annual Stick it to Cancer game for the Knightriders and the first for the Boys' Roughriders. Please come support these athletes and help raise funds for this amazing cause.


Counseling Newsletter

Click the link above for information regarding testing, college prep, and other counesling material.

For A Cause

Red River HOSA and Student Council combined forces to put on our first ever “For A Cause” event. We sold t-shirts, gave away an amazing raffle basket that was generously donated by many local businesses, and held our annual dodgeball tournament!

The overall support was amazing and through our efforts, we were able to raise $2,000 for the Altru Filling the Gap Program and the Alzheimer’s Association! Huge thank you to all those involved!


For the month of November, HOSA partnered with Stu. Co. to deliver an amazing fundraiser. We worked together to design what we called “For the Cause” t-shirts. We had four different colored shirts, which all represented a cause of each own. Blue stood for chronic illness, pink was breast cancer, purple was Alzheiers and yellow represented pediatric cancer. We actively promoted the t-shirts to our school and raised over two- thousand dollars from the sales, which all went to Altru’s “Fill in the gap” and the Alzheimer's Association.

On top of that HOSA created an opportunity for kids to participate in a raffle, in which they could win a basket full of goodies worth over two-hundred and fifty dollars. The tickets were sold during the lunches for three days leading up to “our dodging for a cause”event on Wednesday, November 17th. That again was a huge success in which we raised almost five-hundred dollars. Shoutout to one of our biggest donors Bob Hull, an amazingly selfless man who continued to put in money, not expecting to win in the slightest bit. To our shock, he actually did not win the raffle but, Bob, if you're reading this HOSA could not thank you enough for being so generous. Also Congratulations to Madison Sistad for being the winner of the raffle basket!!

Finally on Wednesday, anyone who purchased a t-shirt, collectively wore it throughout the school day to show their support for the cause. That same day we hosted a HOSA meeting after school to discuss our potential ideas for the December project and introduce information about state competition ( more information will be coming next month from Mrs. Rowekamp). Wednesday night was the dodgeball tournament in which we got many great participants, who wholeheartedly played the game like it was the last thing they’d do. Despite their great efforts, the senior boys took the victory. Congrats guys and thank you to all who showed up or participated.

This was the first school wide event/fundraiser HOSA has done, and the collaboration with Student Council was a giant added bonus and set us up for success. We are looking forward to next month and I hope all who participated in the November activities enjoyed it.

- Sincerely your HOSA cabinet :)

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Performing Arts

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Student Council- Pajama "Drive"

2nd Annual Pajama “Drive” Through

When: December 15th 5:00pm-7:00pm

Where: Red River High School (Teacher loop right off 17th ave)

What: Community Pajama Drive

Student Council will be hosting the 2nd annual Pajama “Drive” Through event right here at Red River High. The process is just like last year and extremely simple! Come drive through the 17th ave loop between 5:00pm-7:00pm on Dec 15th and drop off NEW pajamas and we will in exchange provide you with some quality hot chocolate! All of our proceeds will be donated to the Community Pajama Drive that supports local families in need. This event was a HUGE success last year and we are asking for your assistance in making it even better! Thank you in advance for your support.


Red River Student Council


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Attendance Reminders

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Booster Club Updates

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District Updates

Incoming 9th Grade In-District Transfer Requests

The deadline for the in-district transfer requests for the incoming 9th graders is January 7, 2022. If you would like to complete an application, please pick one up from a middle or high school office.

In District Transfer approvals are contingent upon available space in the appropriate grade level or program, satisfactory academic achievement, attendance, and/or behavior. In-District transfers can also be revoked at any time by the school principal or district administration.

Parents Lead

Substance Use Prevention Tips

Help children separate reality from fantasy. Watch shows or movies with them and ask lots of questions to reinforce the distinction between the two. Remember to include advertising in your discussions, as those messages are especially powerful.


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