RIVERSIDE REVIEW

01.08.21

Principal Message

RSI Parents and Community,


It is my pleasure to welcome the RSI learning community to the 2nd semester of the wild 2020-2021 school year. Like all of you, the staff at RSI has high hopes and aspirations for a peaceful, safe and successful second semester. We are all hopeful that time will be on our side in helping ensure a full return to school for students as we are all eager to be back as a true school community. The RSI staff met this past Monday to reflect on the learning of the first semester and shared what we were most excited about in the coming semester. I assure you that the RSI staff is one that is ready to continue to grow, meet the challenges of our times, and seek out the best learning options for our beloved Hawks.


Thanks to all of you who've helped our Hawks navigate the events of our country this week in a manner of empathy, compassion, and thoughts of the greater good of humanity. We are all in this together and we adults must remember how powerful our words and actions can be for the young children we serve in our community. The young Hawks are watching and listening to us at every turn. Let us be the community that does "right" for our children and their future.


I would like to remind everyone that we are awaiting the HSE Board of Trustees meeting next Wednesday, January 13th to be notified of the plans for the next learning phase beginning January 19th. Dr. Bourff will certainly share the details in his video communication and I'll do the same via the newsletter and skylerts for reminders.


Have a great weekend!



Sincerely,


Dana Kaminski, Ph.D.

Principal RSI

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Parent/Student Guidance

Report cards are now posted.


You can view your student’s report card by logging into Skyward Family Access, opening the portfolio section, and opening your PDF.

This year is a bit different for us as we navigate assessments and reporting in a virtual setting.

  • Any indicators left blank have not yet been assessed. These will be assessed in Quarters 3 or 4.
  • The Personal Behavior and Work Habits section of the report card represents study skills or social skills. Some of these have been assessed but a few are more difficult to determine in a virtual setting.
  • The Speaking and Listening section of the report card may also contain skills that are a bit more difficult to assess in a virtual setting.
  • Tasks/Assignments that are marked with a grade or score represent opportunities for a follow up conversation with your student. Celebrating and setting goals helps your student develop more ownership when talking through the various indicators on their report card.
  • If your child did not receive a grade for a subject area, review the assignments completed versus not completed for this quarter. If the teacher felt that the student had not completed enough work to assessment his/her level of understanding, tasks/assignments completed were marked as No Count and those not completed were marked as Missing or NHI (not handed in). Receiving no grade would indicate that further communication needs to occur with the student, family, and staff to find a way for the student to complete work and turn it in to be assessed by teachers to understand their level of mastery in the content area.

Please pay special attention to any comments indicated on the report card. While this is an important section for notes of celebration, it can also be a section in which teachers may indicate a need to partner with you regarding various areas of concern such as need for a higher attendance rate/engagement in Zoom classes, turning in assignments, etc.

Thank you for your partnership to work for the success of your child!


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Learning Opportunities

The Continuous Learning Challenges, provided by educators at the Indiana Department of Education, are specifically designed without technology in mind. The skills are connected to Michael Fullan's Deep Learning Competencies, and children can participate either on their own or with some parental support. For families interested in extending or enriching their students' learning, this resource offers some great ideas!



https://www.doe.in.gov/covid-19/resources/continuous-learning-weekly-challenges



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Support for Virtual Students

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Cafeteria Updates

Food Service Program Extended

HSE food services has announced that all HSE students will be offered free breakfast and lunch through the end of the 20-21 school year. No paperwork is required. Students will simply select their food options and eat. If you have questions please feel free to call the school and ask for the cafe manager. The link to the lunch menu is also included https://www.hseschools.org/HSE/media/HSE-District-Documents/food/5-12-MENU-P2_9-10.pdf


Stay connected - follow us on Twitter @hsefoodservices and @RSICafeRJH


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Tips for Staying Healthy

Please take the time to view these short videos from the Indiana Department of Health
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Attendance Notes

Please report ALL virtual absences to the office. This includes any illnesses, family emergencies or appointments that may keep your student from participating in their instruction.


When reporting an absence on our voicemail, we ask that you state your student's first and last name, teacher's name and a brief reason for the absence. Even if you email the teacher, you MUST report the absence to the office!

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We are 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 hot meal at school on Monday.

Here's how the program works. Your student will pick up a small sack of food to be taken home over the weekend. The sack is filled with 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. Snacks will be delivered to your homes on Thursdays beginning on September 17th. Snacks will be delivered while we are virtual. Once students are back 50/50, students will pick up snacks from the school to take home.

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




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Student Handbook

All HSE Schools student handbooks (K-12) are now online for easier access. The 5/6 handbook is available via this link: https://www.hseschools.org/about/policies-procedures


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!


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Using Skyward

You should have already received your login and password for Skyward. If you haven’t, simply click FORGOT LOGIN/PASSWORD. Skyward allows parents to access grades, report cards, bus information, immunization records, lunch account/food service information, student fees, schedules, and the BACK TO SCHOOL FORMS 2020-2021. All students are required to have an iPad to expand our HSE21 curriculum. Families have the choice of purchasing an iPad on their own or they may choose to rent the iPad through the school. Please visit our HSE21 website for more information.


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Technology Assistance

If you would like to schedule technology assistance, please click here

Canvas

The following instructions are how to create and pair accounts in Canvas. Your HSE students will be using Canvas throughout virtual and in-person instructions. If you have a child or children that are new to the district, please use the following instructions to link your child's Canvas account to your parent account. Please note that if you have already created a Parent Canvas account and linked your child(ren)'s account(s), you will not need to do this.


You will need your child's school email address and ID#. This information can be found in Skyward. Please click here to access Skyward. If the link is not working, you can go to the HSE homepage and click on the Canvas tab located at the top right of the screen.


Once you are logged in, you will select your child's name from the drop down menu under Family Access at the top of the page. Next, you will click on the Student Info tab from the column on the left. Your child's school email can be found next to the word School in the middle of the screen (just to the right of their school picture) and their school ID # is located under their picture (their school ID # is labeled as Other ID).


Steps:


  1. Please click here to access Canvas. If the link is not working, you can go to the HSE homepage and click on the Canvas tab located at the top right of the screen. You will click on the Students/Staff Portal rectangle to login with your child's information, using your child's full school email address as the username. Enter "hse" in front of their 6 digit other ID number for the password. You will now be logged in under their name.
  2. While on their Canvas page, click on Account and then Settings. Look to the right and click Pair with Observer. You will need to write down the code so you can use it to link your accounts.
  3. Click Account and Logout. You are now logged out of your child's account.
  4. If you have multiple students in the district, you will need to complete steps 1-3 for each of your children. You will need a pairing code for each student in an HSE school.
  5. Once you have a pairing code for each of your children, you will click here to access the home page of Canvas. If the link is not working, you can go to the HSE homepage and click on the Canvas tab located at the top right of the screen. You will click on the Parent Canvas Portal rectangle to create your profile. You will need your name, email, create a password, and one student pairing code. Click on Start Participating.
  6. Check your email now to finalize your Canvas sign-up.
  7. To add other children, go back to the HSE homepage, click Canvas tab, click Parent Portal, and login. Click on Account, click on Observing, and add your next child's pairing code.


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UPDATED YMCA ELEARNING CARE - click for more information!

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RSI PTO

2020-21 PTO Officers

Co-Presidents - Sarah Reed and David Wilmore

Vice President - Jess Hodge

Treasurer - Teresa Hunckler

Secretary - Christel Cater

Member at Large - Susie Strange


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Kroger Community Rewards

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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.

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New Box Top Information

AMERICA'S SCHOOLS LOVE BOX TOPS!



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.

Please use this link to learn more!

https://www.boxtops4education.com/


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Mudsock Youth Athletics Update

Online registration is officially open for spring sports and runs through January 31st at myathletics.com. Most practices and games take place on school and city fields within the Hamilton Southeastern School District and the city of Fishers.

Click on the links below to learn more about our spring program opportunities!

Soccer (pre-kindergarten - 8th grade)

Baseball (pre-kindergarten – high school)

Softball (age 5 – high school)

Boys Lacrosse (1st – 8th grade)

Girls Lacrosse (1st – 8th grade)

Track & Field (1st – 12th grade)

Rugby (2nd grade – high school)

Everyone Plays. Athletic scholarship opportunities are available for families on free or reduced lunch within the district. Families can apply for one per season per child and must apply and be accepted during our open registration period. For spring sports these dates are 1/1 – 1/31. Email info@myathletics.com for more information.



Information is also available via the HSE Community Insider.


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HSE COMMUNITY INSIDER


Interested in finding out about things going on throughout our district - take a look at the Community Insider!

HSE Report it!

As you know, Hamilton Southeastern Schools has benefitted over the years from a “Text-a-Tip” service to provide anonymous information to the district. We wanted to let you know that we have launched “HSE Report It!”, a new school safety mobile reporting app that allows students, staff and community members to provide anonymous information about concerns for their own safety or the safety of others. HSE Report It! replaces Text-A-Tip product, which is going out of service.

We believe that HSE Report it!, which can be downloaded via Google Play or the Apple App Store, provides enhanced reporting capabilities. It’s anonymous and reports are made exclusively through the mobile app. Plus, unlike SMS text reports, HSE Report it! will have no length limitations or the need to remember a short code. Reporters can attach photos, screenshots, videos, documents and/or audio recordings to their concerns and they can engage in a two-way dialogue with a real person.

Reports are monitored by HSE building and district administration and the school resource officers (SROs).

The new HSE Report It! app will be an important resource for our community to submit anonymous tips when they wish to report concerns for their safety and the safety of others. Please encourage your family to download the app and be aware that this resource is now available to use when needed.

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Contact information:


RIVERSIDE INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL

11014 Eller Road ♦ Fishers, IN ♦ 46038

317.594.4320 (phone)

317.594.4328 (attendance line)

317.594.4329 (fax)


Follow Us on Twitter: @RSIHawks

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RSI Virtual Drone Tour

This virtual drone tour gives you the lay of the land at RSI.

Always feel open and free to contact your teachers with questions. Please note the contact of the administration and counselors below as well. We are here to serve you! Never hesitate to contact any of us with questions.


Dr. Kaminski - Principal -dkaminski@hse.k12.in.us

Mr. Farrell - Assistant Principal - bfarrell@hse.k12.in.us

Mrs. Underwood - 5th Grade Counselor - runderwood@hse.k12.in.us

Mrs. Logue - 6th Grade Counselor - nlogue@hse.k12.in.us

Mrs. Bohannon - IT Specialist - kbohannon@hse.k12.in.us


Thank you for always checking your skylerts and we can't wait to get started with your amazing RSI Hawks!


Meet the Teachers, Counselors, and Administrators - https://flipgrid.com/47041546 Meet your Team - https://flipgrid.com/726b8a5e (Students will login with school email account)


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Interactive RSI Map

Want to learn more about RSI? Click around this interactive map. Note the virtual drone tour below as well.