RiverHawk Reminders

Week of September 27th

We hope you are enjoying your weekend. Here are a few important updates:

  • Upcoming Events
  • Parent Liaison Updates
  • Mental Health Resources for Students
  • BEMS Assessment Calendar SY 21 -22
  • Academies of Loudoun Application Information
  • PTO RiverHawk Family Night
  • RVHS Tutoring Opportunities
  • PTO Happenings
  • SpiritweatrStore
  • Orblynx Stem Academy
  • BEMS Team, BEM Lacrosse Team, and Middle School Ice Hockey
  • How to Calm the Teen Drama Seminar
  • YAS Openings

All the best,

Mrs. Johnson


  • Tuesday, September 28th - How to Calm the Teen Drama Presentation (Virtual 6pm)
  • Wednesday, September 29th - Gold Out Day (Wear Gold or Yellow) to support Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
  • Thursday, September 30th - School Picture Day through Health and PE
  • Friday, October 1st - School Picture Day through Health and PE
  • Friday, October 1st - Student/Principal Advisory Committee
  • Friday, October 1st - Interim Day
  • Friday, October 1st- Custodial Appreciation Day
  • Friday, October 1st - PTO BEMS RiverHawk Family Night
  • Tuesday, October 5th - PTO Meeting (Virtual 7 pm)
  • Wednesday, October 6th - Growth Assessment Reading
  • Thursday, October 7th - Growth Assessment Reading
  • Monday, October 11th - Indigenous Peoples' Day (NO SCHOOL)
  • Wednesday, October 13th - Parents as Educational Partners Meeting (In-person 6pm)
  • Wednesday, October 13th - Growth Assessment Math
  • Thursday, October 14th - Growth Assessment Math


Now that summer is officially over, our thoughts turn to cooler weather. If you have warm winter coats and jackets that you no longer need, please know that I will be collecting those soon. However, if you are ready to hand off any donations to me now, you can email me at Susan.Ferguson@lcps.org and we'll make arrangements. Coats and jackets will need to be clean and in great shape to be accepted. 🙂

Women Giving Back in Sterling is in need of snack packs, socks, underwear, and diapers for their clients. This is the last week for this drive, so let's support this amazing organization by donating these items! A huge round of thanks to all who have contributed to this effort so far. You are amazing! I've created an Amazon wish list to collect food and hygiene items. WGB has also requested gently used or new children's and adult size tennis and athletic shoes.

Items purchased from the Amazon wish list will be shipped directly to the school, but if you are out shopping and would like to pick up any of these same items to donate, that would be greatly appreciated. There is a WGB collection bin in our school lobby and you are welcome to drop off your donations during the school day, M- F, between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm. Please do not donate clothing or additional items at this time! We are trying to honor the list that WGB has given us.

Here's the Amazon wish list: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/ZSMUGQ74UASW?ref_=wl_share


The LCPS website contains important Mental Health Resources.

This website offers comprehensive mental health services, support, and resources provided by our Unified Mental Health Teams (counselors, psychologists, social workers, school nurses, and student assistance specialists) who can assist and direct families to the right level of services or interventions.

Available information includes:

  • How to contact your school’s United Mental Health Team

  • Resources for parents

  • Suicide prevention resources

  • LCPS mental and behavioral health services

  • Resources for families of LGBTQ+ students and families

  • Community resources

To access the mental health website created by the Department of Student Services, please visit: www.lcps.org/MentalHealthServices


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RiverHawk Family Night

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Riverside NHS Tutoring Available

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This is the last week to order from our Fall Spiritwear Store! Deadline is September 30 at midnight. Choose from t-shirts, hoodies, crew neck sweatshirts, sweatpants, baseball caps, masks, and stickers. Get all the details at https://www.bemspto.org/spirit-wear.

On Friday evening, October 1st, we invite you and your family to enjoy Riverhawk Family Night here at the school! This will feature a bonfire, outdoor movie (SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY), food (for purchase), games, and much more. Chick Fil A and Kona Ice food trucks will be on site and you can also pre-order pizza from Manhattan Pizza.* You'll also enjoy music from DJ Amplitude and the chance to win prizes from your favorite places like Qwench, The Yard, Chipotle, and Crumbl Cookies. The fun begins at 5:00pm with the movie kicking off around 7:00pm. We hope you will join us!

* Please visit our website for details at www.bemspto.org to rsvp (we are asking families to rsvp to get a basic headcount) and sign up for your pizza pre-order. The deadline to pre-order your pizza is Wednesday, Sept. 29th at noon.

Special announcement! We are thrilled to offer Riverhawk families the opportunity to sign up for a photo session with professional photographer Staged Photography on October 17th and 24th. Back-up rain date is November 6th. Whether you are planning ahead for this year's holiday card or just want to capture the moment with a family photo, we hope you'll consider signing up. Details and signup information will be sent out via email on Monday, Sept. 27.



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Your RiverHawk Boys Lacrosse Team will start representing Belmont Ridge Middle this Sunday 9/12! Come out to cheer on your friends and classmates during the game as they verse local middle school rivals, Farmwell/Trailside @6:00pm, Stone Bridge High School. Support your RiverHawk student community by attending Sunday games through October - see the attached schedule for when and where you can show your school spirit. Attendance is free!

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Virtual Presentation - How to Calm the Teen Drama (CLICK BELOW)


As always, please don't hesitate to reach out to our administrative team- Katie.Johnson@lcps.org, David.McKenzie@lcps.org, or Michael.Surma@lcps.org or your grade level dean if you have further questions.

At Belmont Ridge, we value Academic Excellence, a Culture of Equity, and a Safe, Supportive, and Positive Learning Environment. Thank you for all you do to support us as a school!

** Any messages sent from BEMS through our Blackboard account (noreply.belmontridge@lcps.org) come from an account that is not monitored. Please use our website to locate the email addresses of any staff members you need to contact. Thank you. **

Belmont Ridge Middle School

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