Navigating the River

Wednesday, September 30


What's Happening on The River?

Upcoming Dates

October 1 - 29: Dream Dinners Fundraising (see PTSO section below)

October 2: Custodian Appreciation Day

October 3: Electronic Recycling Event at Grand Cascades Subdivision (see below)

October 7: Picture Day with special sessions for virtual students

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 3: Cross Country Meet - Rangers Invitational in Cumming

October 6: Football vs. DeSana @ Denmark

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

Curriculum Information Event

Links to videos for each content area by grade level can be found on our school website, or you may click here for access to all of the videos created by our teachers. There is also a link to ask questions which will be answered in future parent newsletters.

Picture Day is October 7th

All students who attend Riverwatch face-to-face will be photographed during their Connections class on October 7th. Hybrid students who have an A Day Connections course will also be photographed with their class on that day. Face-to-face students do not need to sign up for an appointment.

To order your school pictures click this link: and enter Picture Day ID EVTZTT64K. Submit your order on or before Wednesday, October 7th.

Virtual students will have pictures taken from 10:45-12:30 and must have an appointment to be photographed. Please sign up for a time by clicking HERE. Only the student may enter the building, and masks are expected as they enter but may be taken off for the picture. Lines will be distanced, and the process should take approximately 10 minutes.

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
  • 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

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
  • 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

  • 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

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.

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!!


  • Please send all (face-to-face and virtual) attendance notes to the attendance clerk in the counseling office or you may email them to
  • Virtual participation/attendance is taken weekly and updated over the weekend. Please check updated attendance records on Mondays. Teachers may update attendance records for up to 14 days only. Thus, please check records weekly if you are concerned about attendance.
  • Please note that attendance through FVA is based on work completion, so if a student is marked absent but subsequently completes the missing work, the attendance record can be updated within the 14 calendar days.

Clubs Update

6th Grade Math Club:

There will be a qualifying test for 6th grade math club on October 8th in the cafeteria from 4:30-5:30. This is open to virtual and face-to-face students. If you are interested in trying out, register at the link below. Please direct any questions to Mrs. Kincheloe or Dr. Share.

Student Council:

Calling all 8th graders! If you are interested in being President or Vice President for Student Council, we will have 2 informational meetings on 10/1. Face to face students, sign up in FlexTime Manager to attend the informational meeting in Ms. Yu's room (374) on Thursday (10/1) during flex. Virtual students, email Ms. Poole at to get the link to join our virtual teams informational meeting. The virtual meeting will be at 4:45 PM.

Jazz Club:

Jazz Club will begin holding auditions the week of September 28th. Students may audition in person or virtually, but practices will be in person after school. If your son/daughter is interested in auditioning for Jazz Club, please contact Tim Mack for an appointment at

Panther Newscast

Our broadcasting classes have been busy producing the Panther News. CLICK HERE to watch.

Join the Virtual Fitness Challenge - Get the Tshirt!

Join our RMS family virtual team!! We will spend the month of October logging our steps, workouts, exercise, and earning our Halloween candy. Please sign up and join the fun!!

Go to 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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Panther Pit Stop (School Store) - Gone Virtual

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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; and she will process the payment for you.

Grade Level Contacts

In order to support more timely communication, please contact the appropriate administrator and counselor pair as indicated below:

6th Grade -

Liz Tuck - Assistant Principal (

Lisa Schroeder - Counselor (

7th Grade

Kelly Lamb - Administrator (

Gina Smith - Counselor (

8th Grade

Beth Loedding - Assistant Principal (

Lisa Lemieux - Counselor (

Reference Information

COVID-19 Information and FAQs

Please click HERE for COVID 19 symptoms, school guidelines, communication procedures, etc.

Lunch/Breakfast Cafe Information

All students "in-person" have been provided a laminated card to purchase food in the cafe. The card allows the student to scan their code to eliminate the need to type in their student numbers. It is important that the students hold on to their cards to keep the process safe and efficient. Students may want to get a "badge" holder or lanyard that would clip on the inside of their backpack or elsewhere.

Families can now download and customize the Riverwatch MealViewer App from the School Nutrition page on our school website. This App allows you to identify any food allergies your child may have and see a months worth of menu choices at a glance for both breakfast and lunch. Try it today!

Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) News

Electronic Recycling Drive = Grand Cascade Subdivision (NOT RMS)

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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!!

Staying Connected to Riverwatch!

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