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.
Dana Kaminski, Ph.D.
Riverside Intermediate School
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
Shortness of Breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
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!
Social Emotional Learning
5th & 6th Grade
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.
If a student is late to school, the student is able to sign themselves in. There is no need for an adult to assist them.
A family member must come inside the building to sign their student out of the building. Please provide a photo ID to the office staff.
A note sent with your student, an email to the office or a phone call by 3:30pm with detailed changes will ensure a safe and efficient dismissal.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 email@example.com
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:
or you can pick up a paper copy in the RSI office.
YMCA 2021-22 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/
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
PTO Meeting Dates
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
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Body Safety Parent Nights
HSE Community Insider
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.
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.