Navigating the River

Wednesday, October 14


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: Free Flu Shot Clinic

October 22-23: Early Release (Parent Conferences)

October 28: Academic Bowl tryouts- info below

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. This is for the safety of all attendees.

October 17: State Cross Country Meet in Cochran, GA

October 20: Football Playoffs RMS vs. Vickery at West Forsyth HS (6:30pm kick-off)

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

Cross Country Head to State

The picture below is our Cross Country team, with our Teacher of the Year (Amber Steele) and Cross Country Coach. Thanks to both Christy McGingley and Amber Steele for their dedication and coaching this club. Best of luck at state this Saturday.
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Football Team to the Playoffs

Congrats to our football team for a great season! Next Tuesday, the Panthers will take on Vickery Creek MS at West Forsyth High School. Come out and support this hardworking team!!
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RMS Has Been Awarded Gold Level Green School!

The Green School Award Program is designed to enhance environmental education and stewardship in schools. Its mission is to cooperate with government, businesses, schools, civic organizations, and citizens in a joint effort to improve beautification, litter reduction, water quality, and recycling. We reached the Gold level status for all our education, awareness, activism, and programming throughout our school. Sahara Prakash, an RMS 8th grader, was named student of the year for Keep Forsyth County Beautiful. Many thanks to Elizabeth Kennedy, Amy Rainer, and all the staff members who have supported this work.

Teacher of the Month

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.

Congrats to our very own Chris Casey. Chris is the September Teacher of the Month for Forsyth County Schools. We are very grateful and blessed to have Chris as part of our team. Thanks Chris for all you do!

Learning Environment Choice for Second Semester

On Friday we will send the link to the form you will complete to indicate your choice for your child's learning environment for the second semester. All parents need to complete the form whether you are choosing to stay with your current environment or wish to make a change.

The form will be open through November 2.

No Cost - Flu Shots - October 22

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Club Update

Academic Bowl will be offered this year for 7th and 8th graders. The entrance test will be given on Wednesday 10/28 at 4:45 PM in the cafeteria. Please plan to pick your child up from the test promptly at 5:30PM at the front of the school. 15 7th and 8th grade students will be chosen for our school team based on the highest scores on the entrance exam. The 15 team members will be announced on Friday 10/30. CLICK HERE for a form to register for tryouts.

Builders Club is ready to get started. Builders Club is an international student-led organization providing members with opportunities to perform service, build character, and develop leadership. Builders Club will be held during Flex Time. The schedule will be determined based on the interest level and the number of students. Builders Club is open to all grade level students and for both virtual and in-person students. Click HERE to show your interest and to receive future communications.

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Thanksgiving Food Drive

RMS is supporting The Place of Forsyth to help families right here in Forsyth County with a meal for Thanksgiving. RMS is collecting the following items through November 6th.

  • StoveTop Stuffing
  • Instant Mashed Potatoes (20 – 40 oz. box)
  • Mac -N-Cheese
  • Mixed Vegetables (can)
  • Fruit (can)
  • Yams (can)
  • Gift Cards or checks (payable to The Place) to purchase perishable items.

Collection bins will be located in the Rotunda and one outside the front doors of the school. Monetary gifts may be turned in at the Counseling Office. Thank you in advance for your support and generosity to support those in our backyard that are in need.

Online Book Fair - October 12-23

Online book fair is OPEN for business!

• Hundreds of books hand-selected by our book fair vendor Junior Library Guild for quality content and ultra-readability

• Teacher wish lists for gifting books to classroom libraries

• Detailed information about each book, including synopsis, reading level, genre, reviews, awards, potentially sensitive content areas, and more.

• Hard-cover, first-edition books starting at $5—with FREE shipping for orders over $30

• Direct-to-home delivery

Start shopping now for the best children’s and young adult books available!

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!!

Red Ribbon Week - Oct 26-30

Sponsored by RMS Counseling Department
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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 If you are a virtual student, we can have spirit wear available for you to pick up at the school.

Reference Information

Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) News

General PTSO Meeting - Virtual

Calling all PTSO members! Please take a moment to watch the Fall General Meeting and vote on the proposed budget. Click HERE for the link to the meeting. We need your vote on the budget, click HERE for the ballot.

Thanks to Rosati's

Rosati's recently hosted a spirit day for RMS! In addition, to the percentage earned Rosati's donated an addition $55 to RMS PTSO. Please patronize and support all our sponsors. We are grateful for their continued support!
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Order Your Dream Dinners Today

To order the Dream Dinners fundraiser package, go to Click on "Find a Location." Locate the Cumming store and click the link to their website. Once on that page, scroll down and find "Special Event." Select "October." Then pick whatever Fundraiser session works best for you. You should select 3 medium dinners on the menu. The price will total $50. Once you get to the payment page there is a "Note to the Store" box, type in Riverwatch PTSO.

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!!

Staying Connected to Riverwatch!

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