Principal Message

Dear RSI Families,

Happy October to the RSI Hawk community. I want to thank all of you who've supported our RSI staff and students throughout the first two months of school. A special thanks to all of our parents and community members who supported the RSI PTO snack donation for the RSI staff this week. The RSI teachers were thrilled to have some snack options all week long! As we look forward we have only two weeks prior to a full October Break the week of October 18th.

This week we were fortunate to have an intermediate principal meeting at RSI where our Assistant Superintendent, the Director of Elementary, and all Intermediate Principals were present to walk the halls and visit classrooms. We visited about half of the academic classrooms and were pleased to find very engaged Hawks collaborating around meaningful work. Our teachers were actively orchestrating learning in a manner that was truly warm, positive and focused.

I would like to thank all of our car rider parents for getting into the groove with the traffic pattern and for being kind to one another. We have many students moving about at departure, your focus on safety is absolutely appreciated!


Dana Kaminski, Ph.D.

Riverside Intermediate Principal

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.

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 learned how to reflect on their experience working toward a goal.

Try This at Home:

Ask your student to tell you about their goal-setting journey, including what worked, what didn’t work, and what they could do next time. Tell your student about a goal that you set and worked toward. What worked, what didn’t work, and what did you learn?

6th Grade


In this week’s lesson, your student practiced breaking big goals down into smaller, short-term goals.


Think of a time you achieved a big goal, such as learning to drive or graduating from school. Tell your student about your goal and the series of smaller steps you needed to take to achieve it. Ask your student to tell you about a goal they have.

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.

Soldiers of Hope

If you enjoy drawing AND would like to make a difference in the lives of individuals facing the unimaginable, then this club needs YOU! Our club will meet Tuesdays and Fridays in the morning for 8 sessions beginning October 26. This club is limited to the first 25 students who return the signed permission slip.

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!


There will be a callout meeting for the 2021-22 season on Tuesday, Oct. 5th from 4:15 - 5:00pm in Mr. Mott's room 026 at RJH. Wrestling is open to all 6th - 8th graders. If your student is planning to stay for the call out meeting on Tuesday, 10/5, please send a note allowing them to stay after school. Wrestling sign ups started this week during lunch and will continue in the RJH and RSI cafeterias through Monday, Oct. 4th. The season will begin the week of Nov. 29th. Please email Mr. Mozingo (mmozingo@hse.k12.in.us) or Coach Mott (nmott@hse.k12.in.us) if you have any questions. Coaches will go through expectations, practice times, location, meet schedule, etc ..... See you on Tuesday!

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/

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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