Dear Parents and/or Guardians:
We are excited to welcome you and your children back to our schools! This year, as we continue transforming our curricular and instructional practices to match the district's
Portrait of a Graduate
, we are going to focus on two areas consistently emphasized by staff, students, and parents, which are improving students' ability to collaborate and communicate, and really defining what we mean by that.
As we look to model these values ourselves, in addition to maintaining e-newsletters,
Genesis, and community forums, the district will also be using the following new communication tools, based in part on feedback we received from the community, to keep parents and community members informed about our schools:
Canvas Observer Account
After a very successful pilot at Holdrum Middle School, this year all teachers in the district will now be using
for their teacher pages, which are replacing the teacher pages formerly found on the website. More information on how to set up your Canvas Observer Account to access your child's
pages will be coming soon from your building principal.
Facebook: A recent study found that 78% of adults ages 30-64 are
Facebook users. In an effort to better reflect this, each school now has its own
Facebook page, where you can access information and news about your school(s) through a platform many are regularly connected with. This will be in addition to the district's page, which will continue to post general information, news, and events about the school district. To access these pages just search for "River Vale Public Schools" and/or Holdrum, Woodside, or Roberge School's pages on
In addition to the district's
feed (@rvsupt), each school now has its own
feed run by the building principal (@WoodsideES, @HoldrumMS, @RobergeES).
is a great way to stay updated on what is happening in our schools through quick snapshots of information. To follow our
feeds, simply set up an account on
and "follow" any of the feeds above.
: The district is excited to launch a new website, which we think you will find more user-friendly and easier to navigate. The website is a great place to find general information about both the district and our schools, and can be found at
*The district will also be sending home information soon on how to access a new district "app," which will enable you to have key features of the website easily accessible on your mobile device.
As we embark on a new school-year, let's continue working together as a team to ensure we are preparing our students for the world in front of them, not the one behind them.
Welcome back to the River Vale School District and let's have a great school-year!