Navigating the River

Friday, April 3


As a school we started the year with the hashtag, #RMStogether, as our motto for 2019 - 2020. We wanted something that would emphasize the importance of building connectedness across our school and community. Little did we know how much this connectedness would become a lifeline. In talking with teachers, students, and families over the last three weeks, more than anything else, we all miss seeing one another and the opportunity for our social connections.

Some of you have reached out over the past week to ask about events that were planned for April and May or to ask how you might be able to gather things from a locker. With the current circumstances, we ask for your patience as we determine what the future might bring.

I want to assure all our 8th grade students that we understand how important it is to mark important milestones in life. With this in mind, we will hold a celebration of your completion of middle school and matriculation from Riverwatch to high school, most likely later this summer.

I also want to assure all our students that we will have a plan in place to distribute yearbooks and we will set a plan to allow students to return to school at some point to retrieve their belongings from classrooms and lockers.

While I am unable to share the exact dates these events will take place, I want you and your children to know that I and my staff understand that school is far more than learning to read, write, and calculate. Our school is our connection to each other and we will return to it hopefully very soon.

As we look towards Spring Break, I hope you and your children enjoy a much-deserved respite. As a staff, we have been very impressed with your support and the grace you have provided as we have muddled through this journey together. Thank you for being our amazing partners. We are blessed to have a school community that pulls together as we have.

Following Spring Break, we will be slightly altering our schedule to better meet the needs of our students. Below is an outline, but your child's teachers will be sharing more information in greater detail on April 13th.

Monday/Wednesday - Students will complete work in ELA, Social Studies, and Connections classes

Tuesday/Thursday - Students will complete work in Math, Science, and Enrichment/Literacy/Spanish classes

Friday - continue to be Flex Friday where no new work will be assigned

Counseling Corner - Fun Friday!

Do your own “distance dance!”

“By participating in the #distancedance challenge, D'Amelio's followers can generate sponsored donations to Feeding America and Matthew 25: Ministries. Both organizations are currently working to serve at-risk populations that have been hit hard by the proliferation of COVID-19. “ Insider by Hanna Lustig 3/25/2020

1.“Stay home & do the #distancedance . Tag me & the hashtag in your video. P&G will donate to Feeding America & Matthew 25 for first 3M videos #pgpartner

-Charli D’ Amelio

2. Another Example from Jason Derulo

Learning Outside of School

Today we are featuring the Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam. Check it out by clicking HERE.

Reference Information

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We are hoping to gather notes of thanks and gratitude for all the people in our community going above and beyond to help keep us all safe. We plan to share the pictures that are submitted to those members of the public who are working so hard during this challenging time. This includes medical personnel, emergency responders, school personnel, and anyone else that you can think of that is working to ensure our community stays healthy and productive. Post your photos and notes for all those that you are grateful to during these times at the link below. If you do not want your child's face to be in a photo, then you can simply take a photo of the note or drawing that they made to show their appreciation.

Submit Photos Here

Nominate a Teacher for April Teacher of the Month!

We are accepting nominations for April Teacher of the Month. You can nominate a teacher by Clicking HERE. Please encourage your child to also nominate a teacher. Teachers receive a copy of their submissions. Nominations will close April 24th.

The Place of Forsyth County

Over the past two weeks, The Place of Forsyth has been working to support families during this difficult time in our community. This includes helping to distribute more than 1000 bags of food so that our kids and families have the essential items that they need. The Place continues to receive first time requests for assistance from families, including several who are in need of support due to the financial impact they are facing because of COVID-19. We expect the number of families in need of assistance to rise over the next couple of weeks. In order to support these families, The Place is working to distribute more food for families in the coming weeks, as well as creating meal kits that can be distributed biweekly.

Creating meal kits for families and giving financial assistance requires additional resources. We are confident this community will help us meet the needs of the most vulnerable during this time.

Please consider a Gift Today or shop our Amazon link for pantry items we are in need of. Pantry Needs List

Troubleshooting and Help Guides for Parents

Below are some user guides that our technology department created for parents to help with ClassLink and itslearning.

Parent Troubleshooting Guide

itslearning Help Guide for Parents

Teacher Contact List

We wanted to provide you quick and convenient access to teacher emails. Below is a link that will give you all teacher contacts in one document. The document is organized by grade level, so just click on the correct sheet to find each email list.

Teacher Contact List

Counselor Contact

Lisa Schroeder: A-L

Christy Gabbert: I-Q

Lisa Lemieux: R-Z

It's a great time to.......Read!

We now have access to over 6,400 online books and news articles. Follow the link below for more details. We hope this is another way that you can keep your children engaged as we work from home.

School Name: Get Georgia Reading

Username: forsythcounty

Password: read

Get Georgia Reading

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Panther Athletics

Upcoming Dates

All events have been cancelled through May 22. When we have updated information, we will post it here.

2020-2021 Football Program Update

Please click HERE for more information from our Athletic Director and football coach.

Staying Connected to Riverwatch!

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