Principal Message

Dear RSI Families,

Did you know that RSI is one of the only schools in HSE with a Mathematics Museum? Amy Knerr, Teacher Development Specialist for mathematics, works with all four intermediate schools but devoted time during COVID to build beautiful math experiences for our Hawks.

Amy Knerr shared the following: All children need opportunities to play with mathematical ideas, explore patterns and relationships, and enjoy the creativity of mathematics. The RSI Math Museum serves as an extension of our classrooms and provides space and time to tinker, be curious, share ideas, and think strategically. Inspiration for the museum came from a visit to MoMath, the National Museum of Mathematics in New York City.

Mathematically proficient students discern patterns and structure and use tools and technology to deepen their understanding. Materials in the Math Museum such as pattern blocks, snap cubes, and tangram pieces allow students to explore number relationships and solve problems using multiple representations.

All fifth and sixth grade RSI students will have the opportunity to interact regularly with the puzzles, books, games, and other challenges in the museum. They'll also be able to provide suggestions and ideas for other museum experiences as they are added throughout the school year.

We are thankful for Amy's work around this project and love seeing our Hawks engage in deeper mathematical thinking.


Dana Kaminski, Ph.D.

Riverside Intermediate Principal

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Covid Info for Families

Please remember to send your student to school healthy. If a student is ill and has any of the symptoms of Covid listed below, we encourage you to get your student tested using a PCR test, which is available via Fishers Health Department (COVID Vaccine | Fishers, IN - Official Website) or the Indiana Department of Health (ISDH - Novel Coronavirus: COVID-19 Testing Information). PCR tests are the most accurate and provide less risk of a false positive or negative result. A visit to your physician is also suggested if you feel this is not Covid-related, then a doctor's note would be needed for your student to return to school. Please do not send your child to school ill or while waiting for Covid test results.

Symptoms to monitor for:

Fever or chills


Shortness of Breath or difficulty breathing


Muscle or body aches


New loss of taste or smell

Sore Throat

Congestion or runny nose

Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea

Read the Return to In-Person Instruction Plan for HSE

Please note the NEW protocol for contact tracing released by Dr. Stokes on 9/2/2021.

Families Invited to Panorama Parent Night Webinar

In the spring of 2019, HSE Schools began using the Panorama survey to better understand student’s experience in our schools. This survey helps HSE teachers, administrators and counselors gauge student growth and understanding around social and emotional competencies, which contribute to academic success and increase engagement in the classroom.

The district will be hosting a Parent Night Webinar to share information and answer common questions about the Panorama survey. We will discuss what data is collected and how HSE uses this data to help inform what services and supports are provide to students in order to increase academic success.

The webinar will be held on October 12th at 7:30PM. All HSE Families are invited to attend. Please pre-register for the event here.

If you can’t attend the webinar, the event will be recorded and posted to the HSE Schools website after concluding.

If you would like to learn more about how social-emotional learning can help your student better manage emotion, achieve positive goals, and experience increased success in the classroom, please visit: HSE Schools – What is Social Emotional Learning?

Student Handbooks

All HSE Schools student handbooks (K-12) are now online for easier access. The handbook for RSI can be found at this link https://rsi.hseschools.org/student/student-handbook

We encourage you to review it at your earliest convenience. Should you have any questions, please contact the RSI main office at 317.594.4320. Our staff is available to assist you. Have a great school year!

Counselor's Corner

Social Emotional Learning

5th Grade-


In this week’s lesson, your student applied the full goal-setting process they learned in this unit to work toward a 10-minute goal of their choice.

Try This at Home:

Ask your student about the goal-setting progress they learned in this unit and why it's important. Encourage them to set a new short-term goal that's right for them and to follow the process they learned. Check in along the way to see how it's going.

6th Grade-


In this week’s lesson, your student learned strategies for how to stay on track toward their goals. They learned how to monitor their own progress, decide if they need to try new strategies, and determine when their goal is complete.


Ask your student about a goal they’re actively working toward. Ask them if they are encountering any roadblocks and how you can help them determine the next steps forward.

Report Cards

Report cards will be posted on October 13th.

Riverside 6th Grade Boys Basketball

Tryouts will begin on Monday, November 1st. The tryout process will be described in detail at the student only call out meeting during school on Thursday, October 28th at 3:15 in Room 556. Please see attached information and permission slip.

Fall Book Fair

The RSI Fall Book Fair begins next week. Students should be bringing flyers home soon. Attached to the flyer is the schedule. Note when your child’s class will be visiting.

If you are not comfortable with sending in money, you can pay with a check (made out to RSI) or use Scholastic’s eWallet feature. eWallet acts like a gift card and can be accessed when students are ready to pay. Keep in mind any unused funds on the eWallet will remain on the account and can be used for future purchases.

Feel free to stop by the online fair to look around or share it with distant relatives - https://www.scholastic.com/bf/riversideintermediate1

The newest Wimpy Kid will be out on October 26 and can be pre-ordered from the library. Students can stop by the library and pick up an order form. Books will be delivered directly to the school.

Best Buddies

Registration forms for Best Buddies are due on Monday, October 4th. Use the following link to register to be part of Best Buddies: https://forms.bestbuddies.org/4895599 . If you are interested in being matched in a one-to-one friendship, make sure to complete both the registration form on bestbuddies.org AND the match survey at https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=PkZ4tvvZX0eBU43PqJYEfQUbU2MQEWNKugrytYkSBkNUQkU3TzlQQ09JTU41R0ZWNzlXQkRWVDlLTS4u, so we can match people with similar interests!

Our Match Party will be on Monday, October 11th from 4:15-5:45 in the RSI Cafeteria. Join us for games, crafts, snacks, and a red carpet event to find out your buddy pair! 5th/6th grade peers and all Buddies will need a permission slip to attend. Permission slips are due to Miss James by October 8th. Late permission slips will not be accepted.

Please email Miss James with any questions!

Snack Attack Program

Dear RSI families,

RSI is pleased to announce the return of the Snack Attack program for students in need. This program, supported by the Fishers Youth Assistance Program, is designed to provide students a little extra nourishment for the weekend until they can receive a meal at school on Monday.

Students enrolled in the program will receive their snack bag on Friday to be taken home over the weekend. Included in the snack bag are individually wrapped snacks such as granola bars, fruit cups, Pop-tarts, peanut butter/crackers, Goldfish crackers, etc. The type of snacks will vary each week. Please let us know if your child has a peanut allergy as he/she will receive a special bag of peanut-free snacks.

There is no cost to you or the school. If you are interested in having your student participate in FYAP's Snack Attack Program or have questions, please contact Nancy Logue, RSI 5th Grade School Counselor, nlogue@hse.k12.in.us

Student Fees


RSI student course fees were emailed via Skyward by September 3, 2021. These fees are due by October 1, 2021.

For questions: Teresa Johnson, Treasurer, 317.594.4320 or tejohnson@hse.k12.in.us


  • Pay online via eFunds for schools: https://payments.efundsforschools.com/v3/districts/55481

  • Send in a check with your Hawk. Make sure you place it in an envelope with the student name, student ID#, teacher name, attn: Treasurer. Checks made payable to: Riverside Intermediate School

  • Drop Payment via check or cash (exact change) in the office, M-F, 8:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


  • eFunds for Schools:

  • Add a payment to your cart and begin Check Out process

  • Edit payment frequency to set-up how often you’d like the payment to be made

  • Send in/drop off Payment:

  • Installment payments are accepted


  • As a reminder, if your student was free or reduced in 20-21 you must reapply in this current school year. This is due September 15, 2021. Find the application in Skyward Family Access, Food Services and click on the applications. You can also submit a paper application available at:


or you can pick up a paper copy in the RSI office.

Safe Visitor

Anyone interested in chaperoning a field trip must have a SafeVisitor ID badge. If you have not yet completed the background check, please click below to get started.

YMCA 2021-22 Information

AM/PM care is available for this school year. Please view the link for more information.

The YMCA is currently hiring for our Before & After School programs in HSE schools so we can safely serve more kids and families in our community! Programs are located in all HSE Elementary and Intermediate schools, and all employees receive free school age child care, a free YMCA membership that can be used at any location across the city, AND an employee discount on all YMCA programs (like swim lessons, preschool, and camp). Click below to apply, and reach out if you have any questions! https://ymcayouthdevelopment.wufoo.com/forms/w116et1t14ktt90/

Food Service Employees Needed!

Looking for a fun and flexible career? Join the HSE Food and Nutrition Department. We’re hiring full and part-time positions with benefits. No experience necessary. This is an opportunity to make a difference in the community by working in the public schools. The HSE Food and Nutrition Department promotes a family-like work environment. You can work a schedule that fits with your child’s school hours. No evenings or weekends! Apply today to learn more! https://www.applitrack.com/hamiltonse/onlineapp/default.aspx?Category=Food+Service

Cafeteria Updates

All meal deals are free this school year. Maintain a balance in your student’s lunch account if you allow your student to purchase extras. Checks and cash are accepted for payment. You may also make payments on Efunds as well. Include your student’s name and ID number on the check and envelope. Breakfast meal deals are a point system, 3 to 4 points equal a meal deal and a 4oz juice is required which is 1 point. Hot breakfast entrees are either 2 or 3 points depending on the day of the week. Cereal, pop tarts, muffins, and yogurt are all 1 point each. Bagels are 2 points. Lunch meal is 1 entree hot or cold, 1 vegetable, and or 1 fruit, and 1 milk which is optional.

Free and reduced applications are on Skyward Family Access, call Food Services Administration for help if needed or call 317-594-4100.

Stay connected! Follow us on Twitter @hsefoodservices, @RSICafeRJH


2021-22 Board

Co-President - Jess Hodge

Co-Vice President - Jessica Finn

Co-Vice President - Marlea Waiters

Treasurer - Sarah Arbuckle

Secretary - Liza Mathew

Member at Large - Amy Freytag

Member at Large - Michelle Touketto

Member at Large - Desiree Friedman

Member at Large - Shalimar Wright

PTO Meeting Dates

PTO meetings will be held at 6:15pm in the RSI media center on the following dates:









Update on PTO Spirit Wear Orders!

Global Supply Chain challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic are affecting all industries and companies, including BSN Sports. The latest update the PTO received is that the orders are at the warehouse being sorted and tagged to be shipped out. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to have the orders soon!

Kroger Community Rewards

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Kroger Community Rewards Information

for more information about Kroger community rewards

Link your Kroger Card to Riverside Intermediate.

1. Sign in to your digital account.

2. Select Riverside Intermediate.

Riverside Intermediate will earn rewards.

Any transactions moving forward using the Shopper’s Card number associated with your digital account will be applied to the program, at no added cost to you. Kroger donates annually to participating organizations based on your percentage of spending as it relates to the total spending associated with all participating Kroger Community Rewards organizations.


New Box Top Information


For over 20 years, Box Tops for Education has given families an easy way to earn cash for their school, with products they already buy.

Now you can simply scan your store receipt with the Box Tops mobile app to identify participating products and instantly add cash to your school's earnings online.

Mudsock Youth Athletics Updates

Recreational Basketball Registration Remains Open: Play with us this winter! Registration for boys and girls interested in skill development and building a love for the game is open at myathletics.com. Offered to kindergarteners through 8th grade. Information and registration can be found here.

Already registered for boys recreational basketball? Learn dates for the free Mudsock Boys Basketball Rec Clinic (registered athletes in grades 2nd-5th), rec evaluations (grades 2nd-8th), and drafts here. This page will continue to be updated as specific times are finalized.

Please note, team assignments for athletes registered for girls recreational basketball will be announced at the end of October.

*High school intramural basketball information will be released at the end of November.

HSE Community Insider

Looking for local events? Check out the HSE Community Insider which is a resource for both HSE families and community partners. It not only provides a space to post information about events, camps and other educational programs. It also offers the opportunity to find upcoming activities in and around Hamilton County.
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HSE Report It!

Please click here to access the HSE Report it! information

Child Find

What to do if you suspect a disability/Child Find:

If your child is age 2 ½ through 21, attends any school within the Hamilton Southeastern Schools boundaries or you live in our community, and you suspect your child may have a disability, you should contact us for more information.

· For children at least two and a half years of age, but not yet age-eligible for kindergarten, you should contact the Early Childhood Assessment Team at Brooks School Elementary School, 915-4250.

· For students who are eligible for kindergarten through age 21, you should contact your child’s teacher, school counselor or building administrator to discuss your concerns and explore the steps to be taken. If your child is not enrolled in public school, you should contact the counselor or building administrator in the building your child would attend if enrolled.

What to do if you suspect a disability/Child find

Response-to-Instruction (RtI)

Response to Instruction (RtI) is a general education initiative designed to provide high quality instruction and interventions matched to student needs and using learning rate over time and level of performance to make important educational decisions. The RtI model is based on a three-tiered model of service delivery with a focus on early intervention and prevention of academic and behavioral concerns. Data collected during this process provides valuable information regarding students’ educational progress and response to interventions. Students who do not demonstrate a response to well-implemented, scientifically-based interventions at the Tier 3 level would be referred for an educational evaluation to determine eligibility for special education. RtI is a component of HSE’s Child Find Process.

Contact information:


11014 Eller Road ♦ Fishers, IN ♦ 46038

317.594.4320 (phone)

317.594.4328 (attendance line)

317.594.4329 (fax)

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