Principal Message

Dear RSI Families,

The first quarter has officially come to a close and our October Break has arrived. I want to thank all you parents and family members who worked along side our teachers and staff to assist and support the instructional opportunities of our Hawks. COVID continues to offer us challenges, but I am grateful for the parents whom I've talked with on the phone that present understanding and calm. We must continue to focus on the unity of our school community in the second quarter where we will face more challenges around flu season and continued COVID pressures. There is no exception of stress in the world for any of us in the RSI community, but we can make a clear choice to treat one another with dignity and respect.

When we return from October Break we will initiate the Family Conferences season that runs October 25th, 2021 through November 19th, 2021. I'll share more details and resources upon our return. Please keep an eye out for communication from your teachers on getting your Family Conference scheduled. I wish you all an amazing and safe October Break with your loved ones and friends.


Dana Kaminski, Ph.D.

Riverside Intermediate Principal

Congratulations Lisa Wright - Indiana State Academic Coach of the Year!

Lisa Wright, 6th grade STEM teacher at RSI, was named the Indiana Association of School Principals Academic Coach of the Year early this week. IASP joined our full staff to honor Lisa and this prestigious award. Please off your thanks to Lisa for her dedication to our Math Bowl Team and extreme success throughout the years.

Below you can see Lisa Wright's 6th grade STEM students working through their learning of energy concepts and engineering via the Punkin Chunkin design and test lab.

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

Sore Throat

Congestion or runny nose

Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea

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.

Fall Break Covid Reporting

School buildings are closed during Fall Break. If you need to report a Covid situation to your school, please use the Online Reporting tool. You can find this form on the HSE Schools Website or you may click on this link: https://www.hseschools.org/happenings/reopening-hse/covid-19-self-reporting-form

Once you complete the form and submit, someone will contact you to follow up.

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 Grade


In this week’s lesson, your student learned that it’s possible to anticipate recurring situations that cause them to feel strong emotions so they can plan ways to manage those emotions in the future.

Try This at Home:

Tell your student about a recurring situation in your life that typically causes you to feel a strong emotion, like anger or frustration. Ask your student to tell you about similar situations in their life.

6th Grade


In this week’s lesson, your student discussed different types of bullying, and increased their awareness that bullying can look and feel different in each situation.


Ask your student if they have experienced bullying or negative jokes recently. Encourage them to tell you how it made them feel and let them know you’re there to support them.

Report Cards

Report cards were posted on October 13th.

Riverside 6th Grade Boys Basketball

Tryouts will begin on Monday, November 1st. The tryout process will be described in detail at the student only call out meeting during school on Thursday, October 28th at 3:15 in Room 556. Please see attached information and permission slip.

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

Student Fees


RSI student course fees ARE NOW PAST DUE. Fees were due October 1, 2021.

For questions: Teresa Johnson, Treasurer, 317.594.4320 or tejohnson@hse.k12.in.us


  • 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.

  • Fees not paid or first payment not made are subject to additional processing fees.


  • 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


  • 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.

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/

Food Service Employees Needed!

Looking for a fun and flexible career? Join the HSE Food and Nutrition Department. We’re hiring full and part-time positions with benefits. No experience necessary. This is an opportunity to make a difference in the community by working in the public schools. The HSE Food and Nutrition Department promotes a family-like work environment. You can work a schedule that fits with your child’s school hours. No evenings or weekends! Apply today to learn more! https://www.applitrack.com/hamiltonse/onlineapp/default.aspx?Category=Food+Service

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


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:








PTO Spirit Wear Orders!

Roughly 75% of our spirit wear orders arrived this morning and were distributed to students. The remaining orders are scheduled to arrive during Fall Break and will be distributed when we return. Thank you for your patience!

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.


New Box Top Information


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 Registration Remains Open: Ready to play? We still have room in a handful of divisions for boys and girls basketball (grades K-8th) but the spaces are filling quickly! Remember if your division is full, you can sign up for the wait list at no cost and we’ll contact you if a spot becomes available. Register at myathletics.com now. Need to know more? Find information packets here.

*Team assignments for boys (1st – 6th) and girls (k-8th) will be communicated after fall break. *High school intramural basketball information will be released at the end of November.

Knights Travel Football Tryouts: Tryouts for the 2022 Knights season for CURRENT 4th and 5th graders will take place on October 25th - 27th at Mudsock Field. All sessions will run from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Athletes must register to attend tryouts at myathletics.com. Learn more.

Announcing Free Play Boxes at Holland Park, Cumberland Park and the Nickle Plate AMP: When your family strives to be active together, your rate of success increases! Our free play boxes are filled with inspiration to help you get messy, take chances, make mistakes and be awesome. We’ll supply the equipment; you open it up and go. Learn more.

HSE Community Insider

Looking for local events? Check out the HSE Community Insider which is a resource for both HSE families and community partners. It not only provides a space to post information about events, camps and other educational programs. It also offers the opportunity to find upcoming activities in and around Hamilton County.
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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:


11014 Eller Road ♦ Fishers, IN ♦ 46038

317.594.4320 (phone)

317.594.4328 (attendance line)

317.594.4329 (fax)

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