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Health Guide
Health Guide
It's Flu Season!
Sam Browne - School Nurse
Dec-12-2018
As some of you are already aware, flu season has arrived in Bahrain! Recent media reports pertaining to Swine Flu/H1N1 cases can be unsettling so here are some basic facts regarding the flu.The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza… Read More
Flu Guide
It's Flu Season!
Sam Browne - School Nurse
Dec-12-2018


As some of you are already aware, flu season has arrived in Bahrain! Recent media reports pertaining to Swine Flu/H1N1 cases can be unsettling so here are some basic facts regarding the flu.


The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness but at times, can lead to complications. One of the recommended ways to protect yourself against many (but not all) of the flu viruses, is by getting a flu vaccine each year (cdc.gov). The other preventative measure we can take is to practice effective basic hygiene which in turn stops the spread of germs.


Antibiotics are medications that fight infections caused by bacteria, not a virus. Taking antibiotics when you have a virus may do more harm than good and can increase your risk of getting an infection later that may resist antibiotic treatment.


H1N1 is part of the seasonal flu virus and is incorporated into the current flu vaccine. The flu vaccine is available in Bahrain. You should consider obtaining the vaccine if you fall into one of the ‘high risk’ groups (children under 5 years, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems etc.).


Please refer to the following guide for more information/advice:
Flu Guide for Parents


Prevention is better than cure…


Without a doubt, the most effective way to prevent the spread of any infectious disease is to practice good, basic hygiene. Always remember to:

Wash your hands with soap and water on a regular basis but especially before eating and after using the bathroom (use hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available).
Effective hand washing requires 15 – 20 seconds of ‘scrubbing’ your hands.


Encourage those around you to cover their coughs and sneezes, either with a tissue or their elbow. Soiled tissues need to be disposed of immediately and hands cleaned.


Eat a diet rich in fresh vegetables and fruits, get a good night’s sleep and a daily dose of exercise!


Drink plenty! The temperature in Bahrain may have dropped but it’s still essential that we stay well hydrated throughout the day.


If you are unwell, stay at home, rest and recover. Children should not attend school if they are coughing uncontrollably, have an acute runny nose, high fever (or require medicine to keep their temperature normal), are vomiting or have diarrhea.


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Collaboration
Collaboration
Inter-School Collaboration
Luke Meinen - LEVEL 5 Manager
Dec-04-2018
As school was wrapping up for the week last Thursday, a group of dedicated educators gathered to begin the process of building a partnership between schools. Teachers and school leaders from The Bahrain School and RVIS gathered to discuss how to kick off… Read More
Inter-School Collaboration
Inter-School Collaboration
Luke Meinen - LEVEL 5 Manager
Dec-04-2018

As school was wrapping up for the week last Thursday, a group of dedicated educators gathered to begin the process of building a partnership between schools. Teachers and school leaders from The Bahrain School and RVIS gathered to discuss how to kick off collaborative student, teacher, leader, and community relationships. Wheels were put in motion for some easy ways the schools can start to share practice and build a true partnership. We quickly realized that providing educators with chances to meet socially and professionally could be the catalyst for forming partnerships that will spread into classrooms


Inter School Collaboration

The educators decided on a few quick wins like creating cross-school WhatsApp groups, planning social events, setting dates for a Teachmeet, and identifying ways to collaborate during new teacher training. Great ideas were put forward, relationships were formed, and all left with an understanding that action will happen. We hope that this will be the first of many collaborative meetings between schools in Bahrain.


 
Coding
Coding
Hour of Code
Huda Atif - Technology Integration Facilitator
Dec-04-2018
The Hour of Code is here at RVIS!! The Hour of Code is an annual global event/initiative that takes place every year during Computer Science Education Week, the first week in December. This year, it runs from December 3rd- December 9th. More than 100… Read More
Coding
Hour of Code
Huda Atif - Technology Integration Facilitator
Dec-04-2018

The Hour of Code is here at RVIS!! The Hour of Code is an annual global event/initiative that takes place every year during Computer Science Education Week, the first week in December. This year, it runs from December 3rd- December 9th.  More than 100 million students from around the world participate and engage in at least one hour of coding and computer science activities. The idea behind this movement is to generate love and excitement for computer programming with an emphasis on creativity. Our students at RVIS also did multiple activities in their classroom with their teachers. In kindergarten students used Box Island to learn the basics of algorithms, sequences, loops and conditionals! While lower elementary students worked on activities like Stars Wars and Building the Galaxy, Upper elementary had fun coding in Minecraft and a brand new activity this year called Create your own Dance Party. Our Learning Commons has also been buzzing with excitement as various coding stations are set up for them during recess . Some paper based games called unplugged are also used to help students learn to program and code even without computers!


 
School Musical
School Musical
Behind the Scenes: Shrek Jr. the Musical
Nicole Cerro - Art Teacher
Nov-28-2018
On November 28th and 29th from 6:30-8:00 pm, Riffa Views International School students will proudly present Shrek Jr. an all-school musical. Projects have been in motion to prepare for this day since August including set design, costume preparation, and… Read More
Shrek Musical Preparation
Behind the Scenes: Shrek Jr. the Musical
Nicole Cerro - Art Teacher
Nov-28-2018


On November 28th and 29th from 6:30-8:00 pm, Riffa Views International School students will proudly present Shrek Jr. an all-school musical. Projects have been in motion to prepare for this day since August including set design, costume preparation, and prop-making. It all began with big plans to build new wooden backdrops for the stage. Mr. Luke Meinen and Mr. Stewart Pinkerton helped Ms. Davis build the new wooden structures that will now act as backdrops for RVIS performances. Students in the Set Design ASA have been working each Wednesday after school to help paint and decorate these sets. Attention was paid to every detail from the woodland creatures on the front of the stage, to the artwork in Fiona’s bedroom.

Mrs. Yung, Mrs. Meinen and Ms. Cerro worked to complete objects like the suitcases for each magical character, Shrek’s Helmet, and books and scrolls used as props. Parents and teachers have been involved in helping students each step of the way in this amazing RVIS community. We know all our time, care, and effort will culminate in an amazing performance that you will not want to miss, and we hope to see you there!

 
School Event
School Event
Literacy Week
Stewart Pinkerton - Media Specialist
Nov-13-2018
As a “community of learners”, RVIS is thrilled to celebrate Literacy Week once again this Sunday, November 18 thru Thursday, November 22. Literacy Week promotes learning through reading, emphasizing skills that will be used throughout one’s lifetime!… Read More
Literacy Week
Literacy Week
Stewart Pinkerton - Media Specialist
Nov-13-2018

As a “community of learners”, RVIS is thrilled to celebrate Literacy Week once again this Sunday, November 18 thru Thursday, November 22. Literacy Week promotes learning through reading, emphasizing skills that will be used throughout one’s lifetime!


Introduced three years ago, Literacy Week (also known as Book Week) is an all-school, week-long event in which all things reading are celebrated. Students and staff are given the opportunity to have fun and share their favorite characters through costume dress up. Additionally, there are numerous literacy activities held throughout the week: reading log competition of minutes read by homeroom/advisory class; raffle guessing contest of the library’s most popular book; local book vendors Barnes Noble and Majestic selling reading materials in the main breezeway. Students are encouraged to read, read, read throughout the week - and then continue for the rest of the year!


Schedule for the week:
Sunday (Nov 18) - Have You RED Today: wear red accents to your school uniform Guessing Contest: Name the most popular book (Title, or Author) Reading Logs for prize: Homeroom/Advisory teachers track hours read by students
Monday (Nov 19) - Crazy for Reading: crazy additions to your school uniform (shoes, socks, hat) Guessing Contest: Name the most popular book (Title, or Author) Reading Logs for prize: Homeroom/Advisory teachers track hours read by students
Wednesday (Nov 21) - Favorite Character from Book or Story: dress as your favorite character (school uniform not required) Guessing Contest: Name the most popular book (Title, or Author) Reading Logs for prize: Homeroom/Advisory teachers track hours read by students Book Sale in main breezeway (all day)
Thursday (Nov 22) - (Student Led Conferences) Book Sale in main breezeway (all day)
 
MUN
MUN
RVIS Recognized in International MUN Conference (KMUN)
Anonymous
Oct-30-2018
Even on the weekends, our secondary students are empowered to make the world a better place. The RVIS MUN (Model United Nations) team was invited to participate in an international conference involving schools from neighboring countries to draft, debate… Read More
MUN
RVIS Recognized in International MUN Conference (KMUN)
Anonymous
Oct-30-2018

Even on the weekends, our secondary students are empowered to make the world a better place. The RVIS MUN (Model United Nations) team was invited to participate in an international conference involving schools from neighboring countries to draft, debate and build consensus around solutions to issues such as refugee aid, de jure discrimination, underage marriage, video-game addiction and more.


RVIS students not only caucused their ideas, but took the lead as main submitters in every council garnering recognition for their effort. A congratulatory accolade goes to Albader Al Khowely and Tino Rademaker for honorable mentions, as well as Maryam M, Mohammed Abdulmalik and Shirel Ponnudurai for winning best delegate, the highest award a participant can receive. Also a special thanks to MUN Coaches Angela Robinette and William Yung.


 
World Record
World Record
World’s Largest Lesson
Callie Bushmiller - TOK Coordinator
Oct-23-2018
On Sunday, October 21, our secondary students had a record-setting day. The Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs invited RVIS to join in an attempt to set a Guinness Book of World Records for the largest number of students in a single civics lesson at… Read More
World’s Largest Lesson
World’s Largest Lesson
Callie Bushmiller - TOK Coordinator
Oct-23-2018

On Sunday, October 21, our secondary students had a record-setting day. The Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs invited RVIS to join in an attempt to set a Guinness Book of World Records for the largest number of students in a single civics lesson at the same time. The lesson was part of the World’s Largest Lesson, a curriculum that focuses on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Students gathered in the presentation rooms where they were part of a simulcast lesson presented by leaders from The Netherlands, Nepal, Egypt, India and Bahrain. Students learned more about the Sustainable Development Goals and the importance of the year 2030. They were asked to consider issues such as poverty, education, gender equity, health care, and natural resources. Questions were asked such as, “What standard of living would you have if you had to live on 300 fils ($1) a day?,” and “What kind of world do you want to live in?” Students will be following up on this experience by identifying issues within our school and community they feel need to be addressed. They will then work on compassionate design of solutions and planning our Week of Action, a school-wide opportunity focused on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.


You can learn more at: http://worldslargestlesson.globalgoals.org #youthfullbh and @globalgoalsUN
 
Professional Development
Professional Development
Literacy Professional Development
Fiona Al Rowaie - Literacy Coordinator
Oct-23-2018
This week we were delighted to welcome international literacy consultant, Emily DeLiddo to RVIS. Emily brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience in the teaching and learning of literacy. She was a senior staff developer at the Teachers College… Read More
Professional Development
Literacy Professional Development
Fiona Al Rowaie - Literacy Coordinator
Oct-23-2018

This week we were delighted to welcome international literacy consultant, Emily DeLiddo to RVIS. Emily brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience in the teaching and learning of literacy. She was a senior staff developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University for 12 years and she has worked with numerous International Schools in the Middle East, Asia and South America. Over the course of her visit,  Emily has been working with groups of teachers from Preschool to Grade 8, facilitating a range of workshops in the various aspects of balanced literacy. She has also spent time in classrooms modeling strategies for teaching and conferring with students within the workshop model and providing teachers with the opportunity to try out some of the teaching moves they have learned. We are very grateful to have the opportunity to learn from such an experienced and talented professional.


Professional Development

 
Collaboration
Collaboration
Riffa Views International School and the Princeton Partnership
Ken Davis - Admissions Director/Marketing Coordinator
Oct-17-2018
This year will also mark the first annual collaborative trip with the two private schools. During the month of December, our secondary students and several teachers will travel to the U.S. to work side by side with their Princeton counterparts. Students… Read More
Riffa Views International School and the Princeton Partnership
Riffa Views International School and the Princeton Partnership
Ken Davis - Admissions Director/Marketing Coordinator
Oct-17-2018

Over the last two years, Riffa Views International School has been partnering with Princeton Academy and Stuart Country Day Academy, two prestigious private schools in Princeton, New Jersey, to provide a global perspective and enhance the middle school curriculum. During the month of June, teachers from RVIS traveled to Princeton to collaborate with the two schools on several ongoing projects. Through Project-Based learning, all three schools are exploring water scarcity, and developing practical solutions to help solve this global issue. Students are also participating in a global book club which enhances conversations through varied perspectives from around the world.


This year will also mark the first annual collaborative trip with the two private schools. During the month of December, our secondary students and several teachers will travel to the U.S. to work side by side with their Princeton counterparts. Students will also have the opportunity to visit several universities to experience and explore the life and culture of higher education in the U.S. This eight-day trip will also include students touring Washington D.C, visiting the White House, enjoying National Day dinner at the Library of Congress, and touring New York City.


Dr. Gary Bicker, RVIS’ Princeton Partnership Coordinator expressed his enthusiasm for the trip stating, “This exciting opportunity will not only provide students with the unique opportunity to experience life at prestigious American schools, but will also allow them to be immersed in a culture, history, and environment, very different to their own.”


 
Sports
Sports
OASIS League Sports Update
James Holloway - Athletics Director
Oct-17-2018
On the 15th-17th of November, RVIS will be hosting the fifth OASIS JV Volleyball Championship. Schools from four other countries in the MENA region will be travelling to Bahrain to compete in this year’s tournament. RVIS joined the OASIS Activities… Read More
Oasis Athletic Conference
OASIS League Sports Update
James Holloway - Athletics Director
Oct-17-2018

On the 15th-17th of November, RVIS will be hosting the fifth OASIS JV Volleyball Championship. Schools from four other countries in the MENA region will be travelling to Bahrain to compete in this year’s tournament. RVIS joined the OASIS Activities Conference five years ago as founding member to promote:


Superior Athletic Competition


Quality Activities


Inter-school Collaboration


Student Leadership and Sportsmanship Development


The Conference consists of a total of Nine Schools from Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. These schools host the nine yearly OASIS events on a rotational basis. Last year RVIS hosted the Varsity Volleyball Championship with almost 300 participants involved with the event. In previous years RVIS has also hosted JV Football and JV Volleyball events.


During this school year, RVIS teams will have the opportunity to participate in a Football tournament in Cyprus in February, Basketball tournaments in Cairo and Abu Dhabi, as well as a Track and Field or Badminton tournament in Amman. We hope that students will embrace the opportunity to play these sports and participate in events like these; learning the values of teamwork, persistence, sportsmanship and effort while promoting enjoyment of exercise through sport.


 
Mission Review
Mission Review
RVIS Community Co-Creates the Future
Tara Waudby - Superintendent
Oct-10-2018
On Saturday, October 6, parents, students and teachers came together for a Community Mission Review. We engaged in a design thinking exercise that allowed us to share ideas around several key questions. After sharing ideas and discussing these questions… Read More
Mission Review
RVIS Community Co-Creates the Future
Tara Waudby - Superintendent
Oct-10-2018
On Saturday, October 6, parents, students and teachers came together for a Community Mission Review. We engaged in a design thinking exercise that allowed us to share ideas around several key questions:

How do we know we are strong; what do we already do that is innovative, valuable and distinctive?

What is our vision for the next five years?

What will our students need for the future; what questions must we ask ourselves as we plan forward?

After sharing ideas and discussing these questions, we defined our key priorities as a school: personalization in all that we do – learning, identity, and community.

The mission review process stemmed from our strategic planning journey that RVIS has engaged in over the past 18 months. From this process, we developed four strategic goals. In addition, the need for clarity and consistency emerged, hence why we have engaged in a robust mission review process.

The group finished the morning ideating ideas and writing a prototype based on input from stakeholders across the community. We have asked our students and teachers to review the prototypes and provide feedback and new ideas. After this, our mission writing team will meet to draft our final statement.

Mission review is an exciting process of redefining identity and committing to what matters most. We thank everyone for their passionate engagement to this process. We will plan a launch in early 2019.

 
Arabic Program
Arabic Program
Strong Arabic Results at Riffa Views International School
Jo Garrahy - Assistant Superintendent
Oct-10-2018
As Riffa Views International School (RVIS) starts the 2018-19 school year, the school’s ongoing commitment to its Arabic program has continued to show significant growth in student achievement. This growth and high achievement is reflected in the school’… Read More
Arabic Program
Strong Arabic Results at Riffa Views International School
Jo Garrahy - Assistant Superintendent
Oct-10-2018
As Riffa Views International School (RVIS) starts the 2018-19 school year, the school’s ongoing commitment to its Arabic program has continued to show significant growth in student achievement. This growth and high achievement is reflected in the school’s International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP), results. In all three graduating classes, 2016, 2017 and 2018, RVIS students in the IB Arabic Ab Initio and Arabic Higher Level program achieved above world averages. In the most recent IBDP examinations, 89% of students received a score of 5, 6, or 7 points (on the 1-7 scale).

IB Arabic teacher, Ms. Dima Abu Sinneh, commented, "one of the reasons for the high achievement by students in the IBDP is the one-to-one attention that the small class sizes at RVIS afford.” Ms. Abu Sinneh also shared that she and her other IB colleagues, commit to ongoing communication with families to ensure students receive feedback, remain on track, and are achieving results at the level they are capable of. Ms. Abu Sinneh believes it is the relationships with students and the passion that the teacher brings to the subject that make the biggest difference in learning.

RVIS Arabic, Citizenship and Islamic Studies Leader, Mr. Fuad Al Anzarouti, joined the school at the start of 2017-18 academic year and continues to play an instrumental role in the growth of the combined program. With 21 years of experience in schools in Bahrain, and 17 years prior to that in the UAE, Mr. Al Anzarouti brings a wealth of knowledge to RVIS. When asked what impresses him most about the Arabic program at RVIS, Mr Al Anzarouti states, “it is the commitment by teachers to seek continual improvement and the high expectations they hold for themselves and their students.”

These Arabic results could not have been achieved without a strong foundation in the years leading up to the IBDP program. Starting in Pre-K, students receive leveled Arabic instruction that exceeds the Ministry of Education’s requirements. This dedicated instructional time, coupled with the highly-qualified department demonstrates RVIS’ commitment to students receiving all of the benefits of a strong international education, while at the same time nurturing an affinity to the Arabic language and the culture of Bahrain.

 
School Event
School Event
International Peace Day
Huda Atif - Technology Integration Facilitator
Oct-03-2018
After our huge success at International Dot Day, RVIS joined millions of people around the globe in celebrating the International Day of Peace. It is celebrated on September 21 each year to recognize the efforts of those who have worked hard to end… Read More
International Peace Day
International Peace Day
Huda Atif - Technology Integration Facilitator
Oct-03-2018

After our huge success at International Dot Day, RVIS joined millions of people around the globe in celebrating the International Day of Peace. It is celebrated on September 21 each year to recognize the efforts of those who have worked hard to end conflict and promote peace. The International Day of Peace is also a day of ceasefire – personal or political. “The theme for 2018 was The Right to Peace - The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70”. Our students and teachers all dressed up in white to honor this day. Elementary school held a wonderful assembly to showcase their ideas for peace where student perspectives centered on kindness and care for others. Ms Kasey Burns and 5th Grade Red Hats encouraged students to think about ways in which we can promote peace- both inside and outside our school. Our secondary students discussed rights and responsibilities to promote peace as individuals in accordance with this year’s theme, which allowed for self reflection.




They engaged in specific lessons that were centered on world peace to learn more about the history of this event. RVIS is also taking part in the popular Peace Day Google Doodle global competition where our students will share their designs and ideas on peace worldwide. Look out for our pictures and designs on #PeaceDayGoogleDoodle!!



 
Learning Spaces
Learning Spaces
RVIS Learning Commons
Stewart Pinkerton - Learning Commons Coordinator
Sep-26-2018
Celebrating 10 years of excellence & growth, Riffa Views International School is happy to announce the opening of THE LEARNING COMMONS right in the heart of the school! Formerly the elementary library space, Mr. Pink and his team have transformed… Read More
Learning Commons, Learning Spaces
RVIS Learning Commons
Stewart Pinkerton - Learning Commons Coordinator
Sep-26-2018

Celebrating 10 years of excellence & growth, Riffa Views International School is happy to announce the opening of THE LEARNING COMMONS right in the heart of the school! Formerly the elementary library space, Mr. Pink and his team have transformed the wide open area into a welcoming gathering space for all to explore. We have expanded regular class visits to include 6th, 7th, and 8th grades, in addition to the Nursery through 5th grade visits from past years. Parents are welcome to browse and enjoy our comfortable space as well. Come see the full shelves, and check out something to read!

The Learning Commons design features pockets of "cave", "campfire", and "watering hole" type spaces for students and adults to take advantage of. Whether studying for an upcoming test in the Quiet Study (“cave”), presenting their knowledge of Flipgrid to classmates on the Big Screen PC (“campfire”), or chatting with friends over Algebra homework in the Open Spaces (“watering hole”), the needs of our community are now being met!

Our new Learning Commons is intended to be an extension of EVERY teacher's classroom, with scheduling times available for individual students, whole class visits, or equipment "rental" (such as iPad carts or podcast recording materials.) The Learning Commons staff is always around to help and engage with students and parents throughout the day. Watch our space develop as we incorporate 3D printing, coding, and virtual reality stations for students to explore and share their learning!


Webpage Link: http://rvislibrary.follettdestiny.com

In January we have our New Book Order - suggestions are welcome!

The RVIS Learning Commons is a learner-centered gathering space that celebrates innovation, creativity, and literacy through exploratory learning.

Learning Commons Guiding Statements

The Learning Commons provides current resources to meet the needs of our community, empowering all users to create knowledge and to become ethical global citizens.

Literacy encompasses all forms of information, media and communication.

Exploratory learning fosters student agency while augmenting the classroom experience.

We value communication, collaboration, and school ownership that connects us all.


Nursery thru 8th grade classes spend at least 20 minutes in a 6-day cycle in the Learning Commons being read to, learning about finding books and resources, and of course, READING.

Parents are welcome in the Learning Commons at any time. Create an account with us and check out books for yourself, or to share with your children.

Learning Commons Hours:
7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
(to 4:15 on ASA days)

Stewart Pinkerton, Learning Commons Coordinator
spinkerton@rvis.edu.bh

Huda Atif, Tech Integration Facilitator
hatif@rvis.edu.bh

Manar Al Aali, Learning Commons Support Assistant
maali@rvis.edu.bh
 
School Event
School Event
Dots Tree Wall
Zainab Al Hashimi - Secondary Administration Assistant
Sep-26-2018
Everyone is an important DOT in the RVIS tree! On 16th September 2018, the Riffa Views International School community added their fingerprints to a mural in the breezeway to create a tree that represents our community and the value each member adds.… Read More
International Dot Day
Dots Tree Wall
Zainab Al Hashimi - Secondary Administration Assistant
Sep-26-2018
On 16th September 2018, the Riffa Views International School community added their fingerprints to a mural in the breezeway to create a tree that represents our community and the value each member adds.

Everyone forms a point or a “dot” of this large tree, which could not have been completed without the participation of everyone; this was one of the messages that the school aimed to deliver to the students on the International Dot Day.

Now, the mural represents a sense of belonging and accomplishment for all community members. Each passerby tries to find his/her "dot" in a tree full of fingerprints, and also recalls the sense of belonging to the Riffa Views international community.