RPI Pulse Newsletter

December 11, 2022

A note from the principal's desk...

Good Afternoon RPI Families,

WOW, we have seen LOTS of sickness lately! Just a reminder (for our kids) from our wonderful memories of pandemic days: use hand sanitizer / wash hands often, cough and sneeze into your elbows. Drink lots of water and eats lots of fruit!

Also, your child must be fever free without medication for 24 hours before they can return back to school. If they throw up, we also request that you keep them home until they have not for 24 hours.

During the week of December 19-23, we will have a door decorating contest at school, spirit week days and an all school stem challenge on Friday! We know that this time of year can either be a time of excitement or a time of stress. We will do our best to ensure a focus on social and emotional health along with enriching learning activities.

However, if you have any specific needs, please reach out to us so we can help in any way we can.

Please reach out if you have any questions!

Have a great week everyone!



Scott Panozzo, Principal


Monday is a B Day for PM Specials! Our week is: B-A-B-A-B

Band Bulletin

Congratulations to our awesome 6th Grade Band on a fantastic Holiday Concert last week! We are proud of you!

Tomorrow is the deadline to order Band Apparel and receive it before Christmas. The online store will remain open for later purchases! Click Here to order Band Apparel!

Click Here for this week's Band Newsletter!

Upcoming Choir Holiday Concert Information

When: Saturday, December 17 || 2pm and 5pm

Where: Rocket Centre For Fine Arts

RIGHT BEFORE THE 3rd Annual Light Show!!

CLICK HERE for the information sheet for our upcoming Holiday Concerts.
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RP Volleyball Youth Clinic

Volleyball is one of the fastest growing sports in the nation, and we have added boys club volleyball in the spring here at the high school for the past few years. In the next few years, the hope is for boys volleyball to be the next sanctioned sport by the MHSAA. They also just announced a professional women's volleyball team in Grand Rapids for 2024.

If you could please make sure these flyers get passed out, that would be awesome! The clinic is offered to 3rd/4th grade girls and 5th/6th grade girls and boys! Please encourage everyone to consider this clinic, as it leads nicely into our 5th/6th grade Power League in the early Spring (also open to girls and boys).

Here is the informational flier!

Reeths-Puffer Fishing Team (6th grade only!!)

Reeths Puffer Fishing Team 2023 season. It is open to all incoming 7th graders for the middle school team and incoming 9th graders will be on the high school team.

Informational meeting will be held for 6th graders and middle school on December 20th at 6pm at the middle school LMC. Parents are highly encouraged to attend. The meeting will be approximately an hour long.

Please feel free to contact Kevin Carr at 231-670-0607 with any questions.

5th / 6th Grade Competitive Cheer

For information and to sign up for competitive cheer, please click here!

Colder Weather Approaching

As I am finalizing this newsletter and seeing that wintery mix precipitation is in the forecast for this week, I urge you to start talking to your kids about dressing appropriately for being outside. Whether it is waiting outside in the morning or going outside for a brain break / recess, it is important that they stay warm.

Additionally, if you have any winter jackets to donate to our pantry, please drop them off to Ms. Medema in the front office!

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After School Activities

After School Opportunities are back!

  • Mondays: Yoga (mats provided) (Starting 9/19) Pick up 3:45. Offered through June 2023
  • Thursdays: Endurance Adventure -- on hold until there is snow on the ground!

Contact Kelley Peel with questions: peelk@reeths-puffer.org

Reeths-Puffer Intermediate PTO

Interested in joining the PTO? Click here for the Facebook Page. Also, the email address to reach the PTO is: RPIntermediatePTO@gmail.com

District Wellness Committee

Reeths-Puffer's District Wellness team would like to invite Rocket City to join us for monthly events, meetings and speakers. Our goal is to support the physical, nutritional and mental health of our community as well as increase environmental awareness and keeping Rocket City beautiful.

Upcoming Events to Add to your Team’s Newsletter (Events in Chronological Order):

  • Saturday, December 3rd at 10:00 am - Run the Spruce with Dr. Suess

    • Here is the document Kelley Peel sent us in her September 30th email

  • “Hike the Lights” at Muskegon Luge Adventure Sports Park - sunset until 10:00 pm

    • This event will occur every night until the snow is on the trail. The time will always remain the same as posted above.

    • Trail lights shut off at 10:00 pm; the staff is not responsible for any patrons left on the trail after 10:00 pm.

    • More information at msports.org

  • Muskegon Luge Family Season Passes are now available for purchase

November Hikes:

  • Snug Harbor (Muskegon State Park) - Sunday, November 6 at 6:00 pm

  • Snug Harbor (Muskegon State Park) - Sunday, November 20 at 6:00 pm

We hope to see many from Rocket City! Alyssa Nauta (Nautaa@reeths-puffer.org) and Jordan Birr (birrjordan@reeths-puffer.org) - Co-Chairs of the RP Wellness Committee

PowerSchool Parent Portal

If you haven't updated your demographics and signed our digital forms yet, please log in to your PowerSchool parent account (from a computer not app) to update your demographics...even if they haven't changed. We need you to check off certain items (acceptable use policy, study trip permission, handbook, etc).

CLICK HERE for a link to the PowerSchool Parent Portal.

Medication At School

Medication shall not be brought to school unless it is essential to the health of the student.

Medications which need to be taken in school must be administered by certified school personnel (or designee) in the presence of another adult. Parents must bring medication to the school office in the original container and file a written statement. NO STUDENT MAY BRING ANY MEDICATION TO SCHOOL.

Contact the office if you have any questions.

BREAKFAST and LUNCH Information

IMPORTANT NOTE: Breakfast and Lunch will be served in the cafeteria, but will NOT be free to all students as in the past couple of years. Please go to lunchapp.com to apply for free or reduced breakfast and lunch benefits.

  • Breakfast will be offered to any kids that need/want it in the cafeteria at 7:25 am. Students will need to enter the building at DOOR 1 to walk to the cafeteria.
  • Breakfast: $1.25
  • Lunch: $2.90

December Menu

A message from our food service director

Please complete a school lunch application if your income has changed since you last filled one out or if you have not yet completed one this year. This information is super helpful for R-P funding, but also necessary for food service to have if an additional round of P-EBT cards go out. Complete the form online at lunchapp.com. THANK YOU!


A La Carte Snacks at Lunch

Students will have the option to purchase (if you allow it) a la carte items from the lunch line. These items WILL cost extra money, so students will need money in their account or to bring money with them. They will NOT be allowed to charge it to their account if there is no money in it.