RIVERTON EARLY MIDDLE
Dates to Remember
Thurs., Oct. 1 - 9:05 Assembly – Grade 6 performs
Wed., Oct. 7 - Riverton Community Music Alliance meeting @ 7:00 PM @ RCI
Thurs., Oct. 8 - Gr. 4 students/Gr. 6 girls immunizations
Mon., Oct. 12 - No School – Happy Thanksgiving!
Wed., Oct. 14 - PAC Meeting @ 7:00 PM @ REMS Library
Thurs., Oct. 22 - Picture Day
Mon., Oct. 19 - Early Dismissal @ 2:00 PM
Fri., Oct. 23 - No School – PD Day – SAG
Mon., Nov. 2 - 9:05 Assembly – Grade 2 performs
Tues., Nov. 10 - Remembrance Day Service @ 10:30 AM @ REMS
Tues., Nov. 10 - Gr. 4 students/Gr. 6 girls immunizations
Wed., Nov. 11 - No School - Remembrance Day
Tues., Nov. 17 - Pictures Retakes
Nov. 18, 19 & 20 - Student Conferences
Mon., Nov. 23 - Early Dismissal @ 2:00 PM
Wed., Dec. 2 - 9:05 Assembly
Wed., Dec. 16 - REMS Christmas Concert
Dec. 21-Jan. 1 - Christmas Break
Mon., Jan. 4 - Return to classes
We are off to a great start to the 2009-10 school year!
THANK-YOU STAFF, STUDENTS, PARENTS, GUARDIANS!
Be responsible Be respectful Be safe
If we want to have a TERRIFIC school, we all need to display…
KEEP YOUR HANDS AND FEET TO YOURSELF
We expect our students to be positive citizens.
Keeping You Informed
Learn more about REMS and keep informed about REMS happenings by going online. The
REMS Wiki is updated regularly and it is linked to the Evergreen School Division website,
www.esd.mb.ca. You can also go directly to remschool.pbworks.com.
The REMS site provides you links to other educational sites. Your child can access many fun
websites related to reading, math, science, etc. You can also find out more about
Manitoba public education and specific curricular outcomes which will prove to be helpful
for you and your family. We encourage your family to add the REMS WIki as one of your
online favorites or as your homepage for easy access.
At the beginning of each month, one copy of the REMS newsletter will be sent home with
the youngest child in each family. We would like to reduce paper consumption, so our hope
is that more people will read the REMS newsletter online by accessing
resmschool.pbworks.com. The REMS newsletter provides you with a variety of relevant
information from the school - special dates to remember, upcoming events, and many
other items of interest. It is our goal to keep families informed and be aware of “what’s
going on” at school.
Keep an eye on the REMS sign in the school yard as well! It’s another way we can
communicate with our Riverton community. Thanks for your ongoing support!
All classrooms except the Kindergarten classroom have microwaves. Please keep in mind that microwave use should not
exceed one or two minutes per student. They are used for reheating food, not for cooking meals. If your child’s lunch
requires utensils, please provide everything they will need to enjoy their lunch (eg. fork and/or spoon).
When visiting REMS, we ask that you park on the street, use our main (East) entrance,
and report to the office before proceeding to any classroom. As per the Evergreen
School Division Safe Schools policy, visitors/guests are asked to sign in and out at the
office. This is to ensure that we know who is in the school at all times. The North and
South doors will remain locked during school hours. Please pay attention to the No
Parking signs on the street, to free our crosswalk areas. The safety of our students is of
the utmost importance and we would certainly appreciate your cooperation.
Please remember that if you wish to volunteer in the school, you must have a child abuse
registry check done. Thank-you to those who have completed forms already. Forms are
available from Susie in the school office. If you are interested in being involved in the
classroom and/or attending school field trips, you must adhere to this divisional policy.
Please keep in mind that it takes 6 weeks to process these forms. If necessary, you may
call the school to have the form sent home with your child.
STRENGTH In STRONG BEGINNINGS
Strong Beginnings was a new divisional initiative involving teachers and students in Kindergarten to Gr. 4. On
September 25 and 28, each K-Gr. 4 student had the opportunity to meet with their teacher. This one-to-one
assessment will prove to greatly accelerate what teachers know about their students and help to address
learning and curricular issues early in the school year. The assessment information will be used to enhance
teachers’ instructional planning, to develop a portfolio for each student that demonstrates their growth over
time, to communicate student progress, and to improve curriculum implementation and instruction. We had
a great turnout (99%) and we are grateful for your support of this project. Thank-you!
Character Does Count!
The PILLAR OF THE MONTH in October is RESPONSIBILITY. Lessons, discussions,
and videos will take place throughout the month, reminding our students about
the importance of taking responsibility and making responsible decisions. You
can help with the success of the Character Counts program too, by focusing
on the same character pillar at home every month and rewarding your child
for displaying positive character.
Evergreen’s next early dismissal is on October 19th. On early dismissal days, students will be
dismissed by 2:00. Early dismissals allow teachers the opportunity to collaborate about
school plans, student outcomes and achievement levels, to design specific teaching
strategies, and to discuss goals.
At REMS, we want to create future leaders amongst our students. Students have a variety of
interests and there are a number of student committees which could have a strong impact
on our school activities this year. Instead of an elected student council, REMS will have a
number of activities and events which are planned and organized by student committees
and teacher facilitators. Students will be able to choose committees/topics that interest
them. Our goal is to engage students in learning to become contributing citizens of a
Our first school spirit day “Falling in love with fall”, was held on September 30. Students were
asked to wear clothing that related to a fall theme. Student participation was encouraged
and prizes were awarded to classes with high participation. Grade 4 had 100%
participation! WOW! Special thanks to the members of the Student Leadership Committee
who planned and organized this event: Mrs. Hibbert - facilitator, Amber Bjornson & Timmy
Kehler - Grade 5, Katrina Danielson & Olivia Gauthier - Grade 6, Casey Ostertag & Averee
Williams Hurdell - Grade 7.
Our fall fundraising campaign began the week of Sept. 21. This year, students from
Kindergarten to Grade 7 are selling a variety of items from three catalogues, such as gift wrap,
cards, scrapbooking kits, note pads, calendars, as well as ornaments, decorations, jewelry, and
other special nic-nacs. Proceeds from our fall fundraiser will help to financially assist our
annual school events, student leadership activities, rewards and incentives, as well as hosting a
variety of guests, artists and theatre groups. The fall fundraiser will end the week of Oct.13th.
Please help to support REMS activities by selling items from the catalogues. We appreciate your
involvement in school fundraising efforts.
Riverton Community Music Alliance
Oct. 7th @ 7:00 PM
Riverton Collegiate Institute
Learn more about the band program!
Please show your support by attending the meeting!
Parent Advisory Council
The PAC held their annual general meeting in the REMS Library
on September 29. We appreciate the ongoing support and recognition the
PAC provides REMS staff and students. Special thanks to 2008-09
chairperson, Andrea Bonkowski, to treasurer, Sandi Phillips, and to PAC
members who will not be returning in 2009-10. We have certainly appreciated their time
and effort on the PAC. Some 2008-09 PAC members are returning as voting members on
the council. We extend a warm welcome to new members as well. If your child attends
REMS and you wish to join the PAC, or you would like to learn more about their
philosophy and mission, be part of these monthly meetings! You will feel informed,
realize the contibutions of, and understand the positive role a PAC can offer to a school -
partners in education. Over the last two years, the PAC has been a great support for the
school. Their enthusiasm and positive involvement are appreciated by staff and students.
Just a reminder: the 2008-09 REMS HEALTHY CHOICE COOKBOOKS are still available for
$10.00. Christmas gift perhaps?
The 2009-10 PAC executive is being finalized and it was not totally determined before
the October Newsletter distribution. Special thanks to the parents who have offered to be
on this year’s executive.
The Riverton Elks will be holding a 40th Anniversary Dinner & Dance on October 24
at the Riverton Community Hall. There will be silent auction prizes and all of the proceeds
will be going to the REMS Parent Advisory Council. If you would like to donate a silent
auction prize to this event, please contact Andrea Bonkowski. Thanks for your support
and special thanks to the Riverton Elks!
Student planners are provided by the school for $5.00. The planner is a daily communication tool
between the school and home. Students are responsible for bringing the planner to and from
school everyday and parents/guardians are expected to sign it daily. If you have not paid for your
child’s planner, please submit your payment to your child’s teacher. The first eight pages provide
families with important school information and policies that can be read and reviewed at home.
This should alleviate any questions or concerns you may have regarding a variety of school
topics. This information is also available at remschool.pbworks.com. Please be sure to read the
REMS Expectations, Rights & Responsibilities, and the Evergreen School Division Code of
Conduct. A divisional calendar is also included in the student planner to refer to throughout the
The October Assembly took place on Thurs., Oct. 1 @ 9:05 am. The Grade Six class entertained us with a performance.
We were excited to see so many parents and community members in attendance! We set a record - close to 50 people
came! At our monthly assemblies, we recognize students for academic and/or behavioral improvements and
achievements. We have an MVP (Most Valuable People) PROGRAM whereby students have a chance to win a prize for
showing positive behavior doing good deeds. STUDENT OF THE MONTH awards are given to deserving students by their
classroom teachers. Grade 7 lunch supervisors were acknowledged and thanked for their leadership in September. The
two winners of the lunch supervisor of the month draw were Rebecca Johnson and Justin Monkman.
We have a Healthy School in Motion segment at our monthly assemblies as well. Our exercises take place at the
conclusion of each assembly. Feel free to stay and join us during our aerobic workouts!
REMS – A Healthy School in Motion
It is an exciting time in the REMS gym!
The Grade 7 Boys’ & Girls’ Volleyball teams have begun after-school practices. Players are working on their skills in order
to be ready for their first games. Practices are on Mondays (Girls) & Wednesdays (Boys) from 3:30 to 4:45 pm.
In September, Grades 5 to 7 indoor soccer intramurals took place at noon hour. Students are always responsible for
checking the schedule in advance for their teams’ game dates. The Early Years students should continue to check the
gym schedule to see what days they have lunch time intramurals.
REMS received THREE AWARDS based on the 2008-2009 school year.
The first award – a Physical Education Canada banner - our school gained Diamond status for being a physically
active school and providing daily physical activity.
The second award – a TOBA Award – a certificate from the Dairy Farmers of Manitoba and Manitoba Physical Education
The third award – a Healthy Schools in motion certificate & pedometer set that includes bracelets and a CD from the
MB Minister of Healthy Living and Minister of Education, Citizenship and Youth.
WAY TO GO REMS!
Please check out the Physical Education & Sports Team links on the REMS Wiki throughout the school year to find out
about the activities that are occurring in the REMS gym.
Terry Fox National School Run
REMS participated in the 5th Annual Terry Fox National School Run Day on September 29th.
All money raised from this event will be donated to the Terry Fox Foundation for cancer research.
Pledge sheets and donations should be returned this week. It is also possible to pledge a student(s)
by using the website www.terryfoxrun.org. Pledge sheets and online pledging are both easy to use
and great ways to raise a lot of funds to bring us closer to Terry’s dream of a world without
cancer. Cheques can be made payable to The Terry Fox Run. Tax receipts for donations $20 and
more will be issued automatically by the Terry Fox Foundation.
Each dollar can save a life. THANK-YOU for your support!
World Teachers’ Day
October 5th is a day to celebrate teachers and the central role they play in guiding
children, youths & adults through the life-long learning process. Teachers invest a lot of
their time and effort into education and building peoples’ futures. It is important to invest
in teachers now. To learn more about World Teachers’ Day or to send an e-card to your
teacher, go to www.5oct.org.
Attention Grade Three Parents/Guardians
In the near future, all Grade 3 students will be given a brochure to inform parents/guardians about the provincial Grade 3
Reading and Numeracy Assessments. All Grade 3 students in Manitoba are assessed between September and
November and the results are shared with parents/guardians. The overall results are submitted to MECY in November.
For more information, you can go online to the REMS Wiki, click on Parents and access the MECY link
Attention Grade Seven Parents/Guardians
In the near future, all Grade 7 students will be given a brochure to inform you about the Grade 7 Math and Student
Engagement Assessments. All Grade 7 students in Manitoba are assessed and the results are shared with
parents/guardians. The overall results are submitted to MECY in February. For more information, you can go online to
the REMS Wiki, click on Parents and access the MECY link www.edu.gov.mb.ca.
Halloween activities will be in full force later in the month. Students will have
Halloween parties after the Parade of Costumes on Friday the 30th. A
Middle Years student committee will be formed to plan Halloween activities
and events. Please remember that all schools have a Food and Nutrition
Policy, whereby healthy food choices are encouraged. October is a popular
month for extra treats and candies to be around the house, so please do your
best to limit the number of unhealthy snacks being sent with your child to school.
Thanks in advance for your partnership with REMS to be a Healthy School.
H1N1 FLU: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS FOR
SCHOOLS AND PARENTS
What can we expect this flu season?
Flu viruses change over time. It is difficult to accurately predict what will happen. Although there have
been cases of severe illness and death associated with this virus, most individuals with H1N1 in
Manitoba have recovered without specific medical care or hospitalization.
It is expected that an H1N1 flu vaccine will be available for any Canadian who wants it later this fall
and this could help to limit the spread and severity of illness. However, schools should also prepare for
higher rates of employee and student absenteeism, and are encouraged to have their pandemic plans
Will schools be closed?
H1N1 is considered to be present in all Manitoba communities and in all public settings. Health
officials assess the situation on an ongoing basis to determine the most appropriate public health
interventions to best protect the health of Manitobans.
Any decision to close a school or set of schools would involve careful consideration of the specific
situation at that time, taking into account the spread and severity of the virus within Manitoba, as well
as recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Canada, and other jurisdictions.
Direction on school closures for public health reasons would come from the Minister of Education,
Citizenship and Youth, in consultation with the Chief Provincial Public Health Officer and/or regional
medical officer of health.
Should parents/guardians have a child care plan?
Parents/guardians are encouraged to have a back-up plan for child care. When developing a plan,
parents/guardians should consider:
• child care arrangements if your child is sick and unable to attend school;
• child care arrangements if you are sick and require support after school-hours, including a
designated person(s) to pick up children should you be unavailable.
Will the H1N1 flu vaccine be available in schools?
The H1N1 vaccine is expected to be ready this fall and there will be enough supply for every
Manitoban who wishes to be vaccinated. The vaccine may arrive in batches, so health officials will
identify people who should be prioritized for the vaccine, either because of their essential role during
flu season or because they are considered to be at greater risk for severe illness.
In order to best meet the needs of the community, how and where the H1N1 flu vaccine will be
provided to people who wish to be vaccinated will likely be determined at a regional level.
What precautions should I take?
Manitobans are encouraged to use routine precautionary measures to prevent infections:
Stay home from school or work if you are ill and limit unnecessary contact with others.
Cover a cough or sneeze by coughing or sneezing into your elbow or sleeve or using a tissue to cover
your nose and mouth. Place the tissue in the garbage.
Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. When soap and
water are unavailable, hand sanitizers may be an acceptable alternative if hands are not visibly soiled.
Limit touching of your eyes, nose or mouth.
Contact your health-care provider or call Health Links-Info Santé at 788-8200 or
1-888-315-9257 if you are concerned that you may need advice or care.
Obtain prompt care if your symptoms are severe or worsening (i.e. shortness of breath, dehydration,
worsening fever, cough or weakness).
Should I be wearing a mask?
Manitoba Health and Healthy Living and the Public Health Agency of Canada do not recommend that
healthy people wear masks as they go about their daily routines, including going to school or work.
There is no evidence that wearing a mask will prevent the spread of infection in the general
What about children?
Children should take the same precautions as adults, including washing their hands regularly and
covering their nose and mouth when coughing. Young children may need help with hand washing.
Children with flu-like symptoms should stay home from school or child care. To reduce the spread of
germs, keep surfaces clean in areas where children play. If you have questions or are concerned that
your child may need care, contact your health care provider or Health Links-Info Santé at 788-8200 or
What should I do if there is a confirmed case in my child’s school?
The H1N1 virus is considered to be present in communities throughout Manitoba and in all public
settings. Children who are feeling well can continue with regular activities such as attending school.
The same basic precautions are still the best defense against H1N1, including washing your hands
regularly with soap and water and covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing.
Children who are ill should stay home until they feel better. Parents of ill children can contact Health
Links-Info Santé at 788-8200 or 1-888-315-9257 for advice on when to seek medical attention.
Where can I get more information?
For additional information on H1N1 flu, please visit: www.manitoba.ca/flu or contact your local public
health nurse. For more information on how to care for someone with the flu please see the fact sheet
Self Care and Influenza or contact Health Links-Info Santé at 788-8200 or 1-888-315-9257 (toll-free).
NOTICE FOR PARENTS
INFORMATION ABOUT H1N1 INFLUENZA
The following websites have up-to-date information for parents/guardians about pandemic H1N1 flu
and the activities taking place across the province to keep Manitobans healthy.
• For information on H1N1 flu and Manitoba’s H1N1 flu prevention efforts, please visit the Manitoba
government website at: www.manitoba.ca/flu.
• For information on H1N1 flu, flu prevention in schools and information for children and youth,
please refer to the Manitoba Education, Citizenship and Youth website at:
• The Public Health Agency of Canada also has a website which provides information on H1N1 flu. It
can be accessed at: www.fightflu.ca.
These websites provide immediate access to valuable information regarding H1N1 flu and how best
to protect yourself and your family. For personal health care advice, or if you are concerned that your
child may need care, please contact your health care provider or phone Health Links–Info Santé at
204-788-8200 or toll-free at 1-888-315-9257.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Due to overwhelming demand, a second Hunter Education
course has been scheduled. This is for students ages 12
and older who want to obtain a hunting license.
To register contact:
Red River College - Gimli Campus