Falcon Flyer

Fall Creek Intermediate

August 13, 2017

Dismissal time - slight adjustment

Please note that our dismissal time is now 2 minutes earlier to collaborate with dismissal from FCJH & HSHS and avoid traffic congestion.

School Hours:
Monday - 7:45am - 2:33pm
Tuesday-Friday - 7:45am - 2:53pm

Meet the Teacher Night

Please join us at Meet the Teacher Night on Tuesday, August 15th. You should report directly to your child's homeroom unless you receive different information from your child's teachers. You will be introduced to your child's team of teachers, hear about goals for the year, and ask any questions you may have. We hope to see you then!

  • 6:00-7:00pm - 6th grade
  • 7:30-8:30pm - 5th grade

Eclipse Update- DISMISSAL IS AT REGULAR TIME - Monday, August 21!

As you are probably aware, there will be a solar eclipse on Monday, August 21. The eclipse falls on a day of early dismissal. This would put students in the process of the dismissal during a time that the eclipse is near the height of the process. In order to minimize exposure, students will NOT have early dismissal and they will be dismissed at the normal time. (2:55 pm) Look for more information to be sent out from HSE Schools and from your child's teacher this week.

Student Handbook

Dear FCI Parents and Guardians,

All HSE Schools student handbooks (K-12) are now online for easier access. The handbook for Fall Creek Intermediate School can be found at this link: http://www.hse.k12.in.us/resources/pdf/FCI/about/fci_student_handbook_2017_18_final.pdf.

We encourage you to review it at your earliest convenience. Should you have any questions, please contact the FCI main office at 317-915-4220. Our staff is available to assist you. Have a great school year.


Fall Creek Intermediate School

Picture Day - August 25th!

Individual pictures of each student will be taken the morning of August 25th, immediately after announcements, ending at 10am. Packets were sent home with students on Friday, 8/11 with ordering information.

If you are interested in ordering your pictures online, visit mylifetouch.com and enter code HM417040Y0.

Immunization Requirements - Due Sept. 1st

The Indiana State Department of Health requires additional immunizations for students entering 6th grade. Your child will be eligible for the immunizations when he/she is eleven years of age OR has completed his/her 5th grade school year. The additional immunizations are as follows:

  • Meningococcal (MCV4) vaccine
  • Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) booster

These immunizations must be done BEFORE September 1st. If your child is unable to receive these due to a medical restriction, or you have a religious objection to these, please contact our school nurse, Carol Gump at 317-915-4220. Exemption documentation is required to be completed each year.

Any student who does not provide documentation of the required immunizations prior to the first day of school may be excluded from school until updated immunization information has been provided.

Please call Mrs. Gump if you have any questions regarding your child’s immunization requirements for the 6th grade.

HEALTH CARD - Important Clinic Information

Please take the time to complete the electronic Health Card in Skyward. This must be done prior to the start of the school year and is important to provide the best individual care to your student.

Carol Gump

School Nurse


Student Supply Lists

Once you know your student's homeroom teacher, you can visit our website to determine which supply list to use. http://www.hse.k12.in.us/FCI/about/docs.aspx

Student's do not have to have all of their supplies on the first day of school. We ask that they come with the essentials the first week. (e.g., iPad (if not renting), notebook paper and pen/pencil, etc.)

App Lists for iPads

All apps to be downloaded on your child's iPad will be downloaded at home not at school. A list of those apps will be sent home with your child by his/her team of teachers. Generally, an advanced notice of 3-5 days at minimum will be given to ensure downloads are complete prior to needing in the classroom.

You can find the Library and Related Arts app lists on the FCI website here http://www.hse.k12.in.us/FCI/about/docs.aspx.

Students are permitted to download other apps with parent approval and appropriate leveled rating. Suggestion: Have students create a separate folder for those apps to keep separate from school apps for organizational purposes

Reminder: 1:1 Device Information

Our back to school forms are available for families to complete in Skyward’s Family Access. One of these forms is the iPad rental agreement for the upcoming year. Every elementary/intermediate/junior high school student is required to bring an iPad with them to school each day - more information on iPad specifications can be found here: https://hsek12inus-my.sharepoint.com/personal/kmoore_hse_k12_in_us/_layouts/15/guestaccess.aspx?guestaccesstoken=IsqzomN58kfAvDfXchgjfYS1tlG7AuXGwYEQCpHgW8I%3d&docid=0ae2a5b5528044f5dab6b0a7714140634.

We require all families to complete the iPad rental agreement in Skyward’s Family Access under the Online Forms section. On this form, families will specify whether they will be renting an iPad from the school or providing their own iPad.

In order for us to make sure we have the needed inventory, please complete the Online Forms in a timely manner.

If you have changed your preference of renting vs. not renting, you must login into Skyward to update the forms for your student.

Background Checks----Safe Visitor

Hamilton Southeastern Schools is committed to the wellbeing and safety of all of our students and campuses during the school day and extracurricular events. As part of our school safety plans, we require that all parent volunteers and visitors, who will interact with students, have a criminal history check and complete an anti-bullying webinar every three years.

We have upgraded our criminal-history-check process to be more efficient and enhance safety procedures at the building level. If your background check and anti-bullying training are still current (within the last three years), you will receive the following:

  • A Safe Visitor I.D. card. along with email notification, each approved applicant will receive an I.D. card with a special bar code that can be printed or scanned into your SMART device for easier access when visiting our campuses.
  • A photo badge will be issued at each visit. Upon presentation of your Safe Visitor I.D. card or valid driver’s license, office staff will assist you with taking your photo and issue a visitor’s badge if one is not already on file. The photo will be saved in our district-wide system to be used at each visit, regardless of campus.

If you are a first-time parent volunteer/visitor or if your background check and anti-bullying training requires renewal, please click the following link to begin the application process now: http://www.hse.k12.in.us/ADM/parents/volunteering.aspx

Thank you for doing your part to make our schools safe and events safe places for students to learn and grow. We look forward to seeing you when school begins on Wednesday, August 9th.

Check out the following video to learn more about background checks for HSE schools.

SafeVisitor Tutorial

Cafeteria Reminders

Please review the information related to school lunches in the student handbook and note the following as we begin the school year:

All students, adults, and employees of Hamilton Southeastern Schools must pay by cash/check daily or prepay into their food service account through efunds for all purchases. Students will be provided with a regular breakfast and/or lunch daily regardless of the account balance.

Once a student’s account becomes negative an email will be sent to the parent/guardian or the student will be given a note to take home stating that payment is due. In addition, the food service manager will make a courtesy call to notify the parent/guardian, making certain that they are aware payment is due.

The cafeteria manager will bring any outstanding student balances of negative $20.00 or more to the attention of the Director of Nutrition & Food Services who will send a letter to the parents requesting payment be made. If the account remains negative $20.00 or more and no payments is received by the end of the semester the matter will be turned over to a collection agency.

FCI Students may bring a packed lunch from home or purchase a lunch. Soda or carry-in meals from restaurants are not permitted. They may also purchase items a la carte as well.

Students lunches are $2.60 and breakfast is $1.25.

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The MEAL DEAL gives students the best value. It is suggested by cafeteria staff to students but is not required. Students indicate to staff their choices as they walk through the line. Consider reminding your child of the MEAL DEAL option to minimize lunch costs. Students are required to choose at least 3 different options with one of them being a fruit or vegetable.

Want to receive email alerts that your child's lunch account is low?

  1. Log into Skyward.
  2. Click on MY ACCOUNT.
  3. Select the appropriate items under EMAIL NOTIFICATIONS.
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Counselor's Corner

Meet the FCI School Counselors

FCI has one counselor at each grade level and they loop with their students from 5th to 6th grade. Mrs. Sullivan is the 5th grade counselor and Mr. Kozloski is the 6th grade counselor. Our counselors work with students in a variety of ways. Students will first be introduced to the counselors during whole class guidance lessons, which will be presented during the month of September. Group guidance lessons are a great way for students to meet their counselor, find out how to request to see the counselor if needed, and get additional information on our school’s anti-bullying initiatives, career exploration, and high school & college preparedness. Students can request to see the counselors by using the counselor request slips located in all of their classrooms. Our counselors may also speak with students in a 1:1 setting by parent or teacher request. The FCI counselors will run a variety of small groups throughout the year, and these groups will be mentioned in the Falcon Flyer as well as in a letter that will be sent home with students in advance. The first group session will begin in early October and the second in early January. Mrs. Sullivan and Mr. Kozloski also lead school wide positive behavior and school climate initiatives such as the Second Step character education program and the Friendly Falcons leadership group. Since our counselors work closely with students, teachers, and parents, they are a wonderful resource when it comes to any school related question. If they cannot answer your question, they will surely be able to point you in the right direction.

Snack Attack Program

FCI is joining up with Indy Snack Attack again this year to provide healthy weekend snacks to students whose parents choose to participate. Students who participate will pick up their snack bag from the counseling office prior to leaving school on Fridays. If you are interested in signing your son or daughter up for the Snack Attack program, or if you have questions, please contact Mr. Kozloski (6th grade counselor) or Mrs. Sullivan (5th grade counselor) at 317-915-4220 or by email.

Jessica Sullivan & John Kozloski

School Counselor

Homework Club

Could your child benefit from extra academic assistance at times throughout the school year? Take a look at what Homework Club has to offer:

  • Who: Any student needing assistance with specific concepts/completing homework
  • What: Students do not need to sign up ahead of time to attend. However, they will need a note from a parent to stay after school. Students MUST have homework or need assistance as this truly is work time, not a social hour. All school rules apply.
  • When: Monday-Thursday – after school from 2:55-3:35pm (On Monday early release dates, students will go directly to homework club and have assistance from 2:35-3:35pm.)
  • Where: FCI Media Center
  • Why: We recognize that we are all a team with a heart to assist our students. FCI desires to connect with students and assist them with academic needs in an environment outside the school day as the need presents itself.

NOTE: This club is not intended to be a YMCA after school child care club. However, if your child does attend the YMCA after school child care, he/she may attend homework club then go directly to the YMCA area in the cafeteria. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact FCI @ 915-4220.

Homework Club will begin August 14th. Remember, there is no homework club after school on Fridays.

Reminders from the FCI Treasurer

  • Book fee payments will be posted in Skyward September 8th. Please do NOT make payments until you have been notified that statements have been processed. No hard copies will be sent home
  • Sept 29 - book fee payments are due (either via efunds or cash/checks to FCI)
  • Sept 30 - deadline to reapply for F/R. each year parents need to reapply (admin. prefers online but paper is available)
  • Oct 25 - unpaid book fees will be turned over to Transworld collectionsEfunds are open for Cafeteria deposits only at this time. https://eps.mvpbanking.com/cgi-bin/efs/login.pl?access=55481

If you have any questions please call Michele Pitts at 317-915-4220.

This link explains EFunds, managing school lunch accounts, etc.


Band and Orchestra Update

The 2017-2018 school year is ready to begin. Students in the 6th grade have an amazing opportunity to participate in the Falcon Orchestra or the Falcon Band.

For students who registered for band or orchestra at the end of last school year, you are all set and ready to go! Those who rented an instrument from Paige's Music, your instruments have been delivered to FCI. For those that still need to obtain an instrument, our first day of band and orchestra will be Monday, 8/14/17.

New students and those that who would still like to participate, it's not too late! All you need to do to get fitted for an instrument is to go to Paige's Music. Trained professionals will sit down with you and your student to test several different instruments to find the one that is best suited to you!

If you have any questions, please contact one of the directors.

Mr. Brandon Spidel - Band - brspidel@hse.k12.in.us

Mrs. Shelley Yoder - Band - myoder@hse.k12.in.us

Mr. Andrew Wirtz - Orchestra - bwirtz@hse.k12.in.us

******* IMPORTANT FCI PROCEDURES FOR 2017-18 *******

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.

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.

Transportation Change/Early Dismissal Notification

Please send a note with your child should a transportation change or early dismissal be required. In the event of a last-minute change during the school day, please call the office @ 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.

Passes are sent to students with changes in an attempt to reduce interruptions during class. After school hours, please leave a message on our attendance line @ 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

If an absence is due to 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 knowledgable of the information.

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!

2017-18 Intermediate Schedule

Please note the revised intermediate school hours throughout the district:

  • Breakfast – 7:15am (Bus students will be dismissed for breakfast at 7:25am or upon arrival if after 7:25am.)
  • Arrival bell – 7:35am (Students dismissed from buses and car drop-off line.)
  • School begins – 7:45am (Students will be tardy after 7:45am. Parents must sign-in their child in the office after 7:45am arrival.)
  • Dismissal – 2:55pm T-F; 2:35pm on Mondays *****

*****Please note that MONDAY dismissals are different than Tuesday-Friday due to teacher PLCs at all HSE schools.

PTO Update

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

District Calendar - 2017-18

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

Items on the FCI Website

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What's Happening @ the Creek

Monday, August 14th, 2017

  • Related Arts Day F-1
  • 1st Day of Homework Club
  • First early dismissal day- 2:35pm

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Meet the Teacher Night

  • 6:00-7:00pm - 6th Grade
  • 7:30-8:30pm - 5th Grade
  • Related Arts Day F-2

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

  • Day F-3

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

  • Day F-4

Friday, August 18th, 2017

  • Day F-5

Monday, August 21, 2017

  • Day C-1
  • Regular dismissal time - 2:55pm

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

  • Day C-2

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

  • Day C-3

Thursday, August 24, 2017

  • Day C-4

Friday, August 25, 2017

  • Day C-5

FCI Attendance Line ~ 915-4228.

Student Transportation