August 16, 2020
From the Principal
Thank you to the students, parents and staff of RPIMS for making the first full week of school a success. I would like to compliment our students for their diligence in observing safe practices in their return. Staff, too, deserve commending for their planning and flexibility for teaching both in-person and virtual learners within a school structure that is different than anything we have experienced in education. Finally, parents and caregivers have my gratitude for their patience as RPIMS continues to try to navigate the complexities of everyday instruction for 5th grade with a separate virtual program, alternating days of instruction for 6th grade with a separate virtual program, and alternating days of instruction with 7th and 8th grade with virtual students scheduled synchronously within the school day!
Don't confuse the principal's declaration of a successful first full week as an indication that all is going well - it's not, YET! Technology continues to confound as the student learning platform (Canvas), digital curriculum programs and the new student information system (Synergy) have had difficulty "talking" to each other. As of the time of this newsletter, I can report that progress is being made on all fronts. Speaking of technology, please remind your student that Chromebooks should be charged and brought to school daily. Those without Chromebooks will be getting a device assigned in the days ahead.
Synergy has a ParentVUE portal that parents can use to monitor students grades, attendance and discipline. Parents can view their students "Warren Password" on the ParentVUE Student Info tab. Parents can click on Student Info and then scroll to the bottom of the page. They will see their students' passwords right below the bus information.
The fall sports season kicks off on Monday, August 17. Athletic Coordinator Nick Grayson has organized an athletic newsletter with important information. Please contact him directly with questions or concerns at 317.532.6513 or at email@example.com.
7th and 8th grade Back-to-School Night will be held virtually Wednesday evening, August 19, 6-7pm. Links to teacher videos and links to virtual teacher meeting rooms will be provided in newsletter form on Tuesday.
Going to school during a pandemic is new to everyone. MSD Warren's S.A.F.E Reopening Plan provides a comprehensive framework within which students and staff can be safe. The Ranger staff will continue to emphasize social distancing, hand washing/sanitizing, and face coverings with students. Parents are reminded that students exhibiting symptoms should be kept at home, and that the school response to positive cases will be consistent with Warren's Plan. Please don't hesitate to reach out to teachers, counselors, administrators with questions or concerns - We are in this together!
Health Hero will be at Raymond Park to give vaccinations free of charge to families to help students stay compliant on vaccines. They will also offer flu vaccines.
Individual letters will be mailed out next week from the nurse if your child is in need of vaccines for the current school year. All that is required to participate is a consent completed and signed by a parent.
The schedule is:
August 26th for in person students on the black schedule from
12:30-2:00 pm at Raymond Park
August 27th for in person students on the gold schedule from
11:30-1:15 pm at Raymond Park
August 27th for virtual students on black and gold schedules from
10:00-2:00 at Moorhead Elementary.
If you have questions or concerns please contact Nurse Lisa at (317) 532-8912.
Raymond Park PTSA
RP PTSA membership signups will be accepted ONLY through our online square website.
To join, please click on the PTA button below or go to raymond-park-ptsa.square.site and select the membership option that works for you.
Athletics Start Dates
Monday, August 17th
Cross Country 5th through 8th
Boys Tennis 5th through 8th
7th & 8th Cheer
Soccer- To Be Determined
Girls Golf- To Be Determined
Students will need a completed physical on file with Raymond Park. Completed physicals from the 2019-2020 school year will be accepted for the 2020-2021 school year, but must be on file at Raymond Park. Students will need to bring their own water bottles with their name on them and their own mask. In addition, students will need to provide their own transportation to and from practice.
Dr. John Kleine - Principal
Dr. Leondra Radford - 5th Grade Dean
Mrs. Adrienne Mathews - 5th Grade Counselor
Mrs. Jina Simmons - 6th Grade Assistant Principal
Mr. Andrew McAulay - 6th Grade Counselor
Ms. Amy Piskoty - 7th Grade Dean
Ms. Katie Piatt - 7th Grade Counselor
Mr. Bill Halpin -8th Grade Dean
Mrs. Irish Parish -8th Grade Counselor
Lisa Stewart - Nurse