RIVERSIDE REVIEW

09.03.2021

Principal Message

Dear RSI Families,


We've officially made it into September where we will now review our NWEA data and begin to initiate tiered instructional planning for various student groups. We are excited to announce that we've hired a full time teacher and awaiting the hire of an extra instructional assistant to support remediation during the 2021-2022 school year. If you are interested in the instructional assistant position or other current IA openings, please let us know by visiting https://www.hseschools.org/services/human-resources This week we continued onward with core instruction and planning around our school improvement goals for the 2021-2022 school year. It was a great week of exploration and learning at RSI.


Oftentimes our young Hawks will express themselves through literature, the arts, or in a manner of beautiful creativity. I would like to share one of our Hawk's poems that was written and shared with a music teacher last week. I often wish, when I am seeing and hearing the community engage in debate, sadly oftentimes in such a negative manner, that they would consider the voices of the children they debate over. Maybe we could all learn a little more about what we need to do in support of our children by listening to them. Our Hawks know so much more than we may take the time to consider or even listen for. Thanks for reading and reflecting on the words.


Have a beautiful Labor Day weekend with your families.


Sincerely,



Dana Kaminski, Ph.D.

Principal

Riverside Intermediate School

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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.

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

Cough

Shortness of Breath or difficulty breathing

Fatigue

Muscle or body aches

Headache

New loss of taste or smell

Sore Throat

Congestion or runny nose

Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea

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 & 6th Grade


Summary:

In this week’s lesson, your student learned different strategies for calming down and paying attention.


Try This at Home:

Discuss with your student how focusing on their breathing can help them feel calmer and more focused. Discuss with your student other ways they can help their brain work more mindfully.

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

Spell Bowl 2021

Spell Bowl tryouts will be held Tuesday, September 14th. Students should be dropped off at the front of the building at door #29 by 8:10 am for tryouts. For additional information and to give your student permission, please print off the attached form and return to Ms. Strong.

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Picture Re-Take Day

Picture re-take day is Wednesday, 9/22.

Student Fees


2021 – 2022 RSI STUDENT COURSE FEES INFORMATION


RSI student course fees will be emailed via Skyward to you 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


HOW TO PAY


  • 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.



HOW TO SET UP PAYMENT PLANS



  • 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


HOW TO APPLY FOR ASSISTANCE


  • 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:


https://www.hseschools.org/HSE/media/HSE-District-Documents/food/2021-2022-free-and-reduced-application-(1).pdf


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

RSI PTO

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:


9/14

10/12

11/9

12/14

1/11

2/8

3/8

4/12

5/10

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.

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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.

Mudsock Youth Athletics Updates

Recreational Basketball: Play with us this winter! Registration is open for boys and girls interested in skill development and building a love for the game. Beginning September 1st, a $10 late fee will be added to every registration and waitlists may form for some divisions. Open to kindergarteners through 8thgrade. Information and registration can be found here. *High school intramural basketball information will be released in November.


HSE/Fishers Girls Travel Basketball: Find tryout information for travel basketball for girls in 3rd – 8th grade here. Athletes must be registered to attend at www.myathletics.com


HSE/Fishers Boys Travel Basketball: Find tryout information, including parent meetings, for travel basketball for boys in 3rd – 6th grade here. Athletes must be registered to attend at www.myathletics.com


Everyone Plays. Registration 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 winter sports these dates are 8/1 – 8/31. Email info@myathletics.com for more information.

Body Safety Parent Nights

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HSE Community Insider

Please click on this link to view activities and upcoming events in our district.
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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:


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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