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Fall Creek Intermediate - December 10, 2017

A Moment of Mindfulness

Has your child mentioned the 'Moment of Mindfulness' at FCI? Each morning as a part of our announcements, we pause and focus on being Mindful.

Mindfulness is a means of paying attention to our experience in a way that allows us to respond rather than react. We speak of how being Mindful can give us that 'pause' between responding to a situation so that a better choice can be made.

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It is a goal for FCI that we will utilize this practice throughout all areas of the school to assist our students in being more mindful/aware/pay attention to their experience, thoughts, and emotions to assist them in their daily lives and make informed choices. The intent is to develop and strengthen their minds to increase their focus and recognize/manage their emotions, making better decisions, and empathize in their relationships.

It is something that anyone can do anywhere...even without anyone knowing. Just sitting quietly and calmly to allow time to focus. Many have shared how they use mindfulness when they are feeling anxious, nervous, or even agitated during both the school day or while at home to hit the reset button. This includes both children and adults!

FCI Student Council to Sponsor a Pantry Drive!

The FCI Student Council is sponsoring a Pantry Drive for the Fall Creek Township Food Pantry. We will be collecting donated items starting on Wednesday, December 6th - Friday December 15th. More Information will be distributed by student council and classroom teachers. Information about the Fall Creek Township Food Pantry can be found at http://fallcreektownshipoffice.com/index.php/food-pantry/

The Pantry currently has plenty of canned soups and vegetables but they are need of many of the items: Stuffing mix, Instant potatoes, canned fruit, Canned gravy, Fruit juice, Boxes of jello, packages Kool aid, Instant hot chocolate mix, Instant coffee, Crackers, Napkins, Cereal, Peanut butter, Jelly, 5 lb bag flour, 5 lb bag sugar, Laundry detergent, Dish soap, Toilet paper, Shampoo, Deodorant, Toothpaste, Paper towel, Cake mix, Rice, Sauce (spaghetti/pasta sauces), Cake/cookie mix, and Mac n cheese

UPDATED: Lost & Found

The latest collection of lost & found will be donated on Wednesday, December 20th. With the colder temps jackets will be missed. Please have your child check out the table by the recess doors.

Notes from the Nurse

Now that colder weather is upon us, please be sure to send your child with a coat, hat, gloves, etc. The clinic does not have any of these items on hand. If your child is missing something from earlier this year, have them check the lost and found table inside the recess door.

The clinic is in need of gently used boys and girls pants. Leggings, sweatpants, joggers, etc. that your child has outgrown can be loaned to other students if they fall and get wet at recess. Break is a great time to purge your child's closet of these items!

Counselor's Corner

Second Step Program

The Second Step program is being used at both the 5th and 6th grade levels. This program aims to protect students from risky behaviors such as bullying, aggression, and substance abuse, while improving their school success.

5th Grade December Lesson: Bullying Prevention-recognizing bullying

Students will be able to:

•Recognize and define bullying

• Understand how bullying can affect them and their peers

•Empathize with individuals who are bullied

•Understand what they can do if they or someone they know is bullied

6th Grade December Lesson: Bullying Prevention- cyber bullying

Students will be able to:

•Recognize that technology is sometimes used for bullying

•Understand ways they can be “part of the solution” to cyber bullying

•Understand strategies for dealing with cyber bullying

The Second Step program is being used at both the 5th and 6th grade levels. This program aims to protect students from risky behaviors such as bullying, aggression, and substance abuse, while improving their school success.

Small Group

Attached you will find information on the small support groups offered by the FCI counselors for 5th and 6th grade. If you are interested in your child participating, please fill out the permission slip and return it by January 5th. Your child will be contacted by their counselor about group dates and information. Please let Mrs. Sullivan (5th) or Mr. Kozloski (6th) know if you have any questions.

5th Grade Permission Slip

6th Grade Permission Slip

Box Tops Update

A big thank you to Ray Skillman Mazda, SkyZone, The Fishers Fuel Tank, and the Pacers for supplying our great raffle prizes for the BoxTops Contest.

A popular expiration date is Jan. 1st, so please send in your BoxTops before the break. All BoxTops submitted will count toward Spring contests/raffle prizes.

Math Bowl Tryouts - 12/12

Attention students interested in representing FCI in the annual math bowl competition. Tryouts will be held on December 12th. Meetings will be before school on Tuesdays and Thursdays leading up to the annual competition on February 22nd.

Students interested in math bowl should pick up information outside Mr. Gray’s room, the front office, the club hub or click this link to print off a copy.

Holiday Meal from the Cafeteria - 12/13

A Holiday Meal will be served on December 13th.

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Cheesy Au Gratin Potatoes



Dinner Roll

Gingerbread Cookie

Dine & Donate - El Camino Real - 12/14

Join us on Thursday, December 14th from 5pm-9pm at El Camino Real (11681 Brooks School Road) for our next FCI Dine & Donate event. Just mention that you are with Fall Creek Intermediate. The offer is valid for both dine in or carry out.

Details here.

Hope to see you there!

6th Grade Girls Basketball Tryouts - 1/4-1/5/2018

Tryouts will be Thursday, January 4th and Friday January 5th after school until 5pm. A physical form should be filled out by the first game. Good luck to all who try out!!

Click here for the permission slip.

FCI Teams Up with Goodwill

Fall Creek Intermediate and HSE school district have teamed up with Goodwill to collect clothing donations. HSE schools will receive a Goodwill clothing voucher to distribute to those in need for every 13-gallon bag of gently used clothing received. The FCI bin is located in the music hallway near the display cases.


Homework Hotline

The Rose-Hulman Institue is here to help you with your math and science questions. Rose-Hulman’s Homework Hotline is a free service with student-tutors available Sundays – Thursdays, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm (ET). You can call a tutor at 877-Ask-Rose (877-275-7673) or chat with a tutor at AskRose.org. You can also email tutors by visiting AskRose.org, at any time and they will respond during operating hours.

Now is the time for a strong start to the school year, and we are ready to help.

Interested in more information about us? Check out AskRose.org

PTO Board Members

Thank you to the following PTO board members for the upcoming school year!

******* CALENDARS*******

What's Happening @ the Creek

Monday, December 11, rot. F2

  • 3:30-5:00pm - Boys Basketball Practice

Tuesday, December 12, rot. F3

  • 6:30am - Math Bowl Tryouts
  • 2:55-3:55pm - Drone Club

Wednesday, December 13, rot. C1

  • 7:00am - Student Council
  • 2:55-3:55pm - Drone Club

Thursday, December 14, rot. C2

  • 2:55-3:55pm - Drone Club
  • 3:00-4:00pm - FCI Connect
  • 5:00-9:00pm - Dine to Donate at El Camino Real
  • 5:30-7:30pm - Boys Basketball Game @ HIJH

Friday, December 15, rot. C3

  • 3:00-4:30pm - Boys Basketball Practice

Monday, December 18, rot. I1

  • 5:30-7:30pm - Boys Basketball Game Home vs. Anderson Highland

Tuesday, December 19, rot. I2

  • 2:55-3:55pm - Drone Club
  • 3:00-4:30pm - Boys Basketball Practice

Wednesday, December 20, rot. I3

2:55-3:55pm - Drone Club

Thursday, December 21, 2017 - Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Winter Break

Wednesday, January 3

Teachers Only

  • 3:00-4:30pm - Boys Basketball Practice

Thursday, January 4, rot. F1

3:00-5:00pm - Girls Basketball Tryouts Day 1

Friday, January 5, rot. F2

3:00-5:00pm - Girls Basketball Tryouts Day 2

Saturday, January 6

9:00am - Boys Basketball Tournament at Riverside Intermediate School

Monday, January 8, rot. F3

  • 3:30-5:00pm - Girls Basketball Practice

Tuesday, January 9, rot. F4

  • 2:55-3:50pm - Science Bowl Practice
  • 3:00-5:00pm - Girls Basketball Practice

Wednesday, January 10, rot. F5

  • 7:00am - Student Council
  • 2:55-3:50pm - Science Bowl Practice
  • 3:00-5:00pm - Girls Basketball Practice

Thursday, January 11, rot. C1

  • 3:00-4:00pm - FCI Connect
  • 3:00-5:00pm - Girls Basketball Practice

Friday, January 12, rot. C2

  • 9:30am - PTO Meeting
  • 3:00-4:30pm - Girls Basketball Practice

District Calendar - 2017-18

Check out the district calendar for 2017-18 and associated dates: https://goo.gl/yzgyYC


Transportation Change/Early Dismissal Notification

Please follow the below process when your child has a transportation change or early dismissal. Following this process ensures that the office and teachers are informed of the change(s).

Transportation Change / Early Dismissal Notification Process

Follow one of the below steps to notify the school of your child’s change.

Send a note with your child in the morning

Send an email to the office staff and your child’s teacher

Last minute changes during the school day:

  • Call the office at 317-915-4220
  • Change of Transportation: the office needs to be notified by 1:30 to assure all parties involved are notified of transportation changes. Especially now that we only have 5 min. to pack them up and send the buses on their way.

After school hours:

  • Call the attendance line at 317-915-4228

Please include the following in your note and/or message:

  • child's full name
  • homeroom teacher
  • time of early dismissal
  • nature of dismissal (e.g., doctor appointment, physical therapy, etc.)
  • your full name
  • contact telephone # in the event of questions

*Passes are sent to students with changes/dismissal times in an attempt to reduce interruptions during class.

If an absence is due to a doctor's appointment, remember to send the doctor's excuse note to school for attendance purposes. Medical absences are recorded differently according to our state/district attendance policies.

Do not communicate absence/early dismissal/transportation changes solely to the teacher. This information must go through the office. While you may also notify the teacher, if the teacher is not present at school and information is sent to him/her, the office will not be knowledgeable of the information.

IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTE --- Pick-up/Drop-offs

If your child is a car rider, it is imperative that drivers pick-up/drop-off students in the line that forms along the outside of the parking lot/curb. To be more specific, do NOT park your car and walk your child across the parking lot to the sidewalk at drop-off in the morning. Do NOT park your car and walk up to the curb to walk your child from the curb to through the parking lot during pick-up.

ALL exchanges for which you need to park will require you to accompany your child into the office to drop-off and sign in OR pick-up your child from the office and sign out. While this may add a few extra minutes to the exchange, the safety of all is our utmost concern.

In addition, if you arrive early to drop-off students and decide to park in the lot until drop-off begins, you MUST get in the line to drop your child off at the front and not cut through and jump to the front of the line. Do NOT cut to the front of the line. Given that on any given day we have hundreds of students dropped off, it is imperative that everyone follows the procedures. Safety of all is imperative. Thank you in advance.

school note forms - https://goo.gl/EgroKY

Texting/Emailing during school day NOT allowed

In an effort to keep instructional time as free from distraction as possible, do not email or text your child during the school day. Please contact the office should you need to get a message to your child.

Students will be reminded of the following:

  • Absolutely NO texting/personal emailing during the school day (7:35 a.m.-2:55 p.m.) to students OR parents via any type of program/app/etc. Consequences will be given should this occur. [Students staying for after school events may utilize such technology after school.]
  • If a student is not feeling well, he/she must go to the nurse's office and NOT email or text parent without speaking with the nurse. Contact regarding illness/pickup must be communicated through the nurse.
  • Notifications on iPad should be turned off during the school day.
  • If students receive texts/emails during the school day, they should immediately notify their teacher or staff member.
  • We realize there may be a need for communication between students working collaboratively during the school day. However, it should only be done at teacher direction/approval.
  • Texting/emailing that does occur outside of school is a parental approval issue. However, if content of texting/emailing outside of school negatively impacts/affects the school environment, there may be consequences that are imposed at school.

Remember...if you need to get a message to your child during the school day, please call the office at 915-4220. All other situations should be resolved outside the school day.

Falcon Flyer Frequency

Please look for a Skylert to be sent twice a month from FCI providing you with a link to the most recent FALCON FLYER newsletter. This will be how we will keep you up-to-date with events and happenings at FCI. Please feel free to share the link with other FCI families who may have not received the Skylert. In addition, please suggest to them that they verify current contact information in Skyward as this is where information for future Skylerts is pulled from. Communication is extremely important to us, and we value your involvement!

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