The Puma Press

The Weekly Publication of Raymond Park Intermediate Academy

November 10, 2017

We Believe

Our vision is to prepare students to be self-directed learners who are literate, creative, curious, civic-minded citizens who demonstrate civility, order, respect and excellence in school and in life.

Our mission is to ensure the intellectual and emotional growth of every student while promoting civility, order, respect and excellence. We recognize that each student can and must succeed in an environment enriched with support, encouragement and accountability.

From the Principal

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Dear Parents and Families,

Next week we celebrate American Education Week - a week that honors the fact that we live in a country where a free education is available to all citizens! We are also blessed to have students in a district that strives, every day, to provide the best opportunities to educate students as we Innovate, Educate, and Inspire. RPIA extends our gratitude to our school board, district administrative team, and our staff members for working so hard to provide an excellent education to all our students. Additionally, I'd like to thank YOU - our families and community members - for supporting your students and our school. We will celebrate American Education Week by doing the following:

Monday - Students will have the opportunity to share why education matters (and they'll be entered for a chance to win a college t-shirt for participating!)

Tuesday - Join us at WCHS for College and Career Fest at 6:00pm!

Wednesday - Warren Wednesday when students and staff can wear ANY Warren shirt - without a collar - to celebrate our fantastic school district!

Thursday - Thank a Teacher Thursday!

Friday - Flash Forward Friday and wear college gear!

We look forward to celebrating next week!

Carey Storm, Principal

[317] 532.8965

PS - Below you will find the attached flyer about the College & Career Fest. The event will be held this Tuesday - November 14, 2017 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm. It will be a wonderful opportunity to learn about the jobs, apprenticeship programs, military and post-secondary school options available to students in Warren Township.

From the Dean

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Serve Indiana - Indiana Kids

Dear Parents,

The IUPUI Office of Community Engagement is providing free mentoring, tutoring and educational workshops to 6th – 12th grade students across the state.

This work is supported by a grant from Serve Indiana's “Indiana Kids” program. The mission of Serve Indiana is to advance service and volunteerism by informing, connecting and promoting opportunities and resources that enrich the lives of Hoosiers.

Through the Indiana Kids program, students are matched with a college student who serves as a mentor and coach, where tutoring is offered free online.

Enroll in the Program

Interested in having your 6th – 12th grade student tutored or mentored? Tutoring and mentoring are provided to Indiana Kids participants free of cost. Each participant will have access to:

Tutoring sessions to assist with homework, projects and studying. Participants can attend virtual study groups, one-on-one sessions, and archived study resources.

Mentoring with a college student who will serve as a mentor and coach. Each participant will be matched with a college student who will connect every month to discuss and provide advice on academics, college, and career goals, as well as discussions about positive choices with decisions faced at school, home, or work.

Workshops sponsored by IUPUI that will allow students, parents, guardians, and mentors to connect in person. Workshops will feature various topics to support student’s goals, i.e. college and career readiness, STEM enrichment, health, and fitness education, and days-of-service events.

Communication about upcoming workshops, tutoring sessions, and other campus resources will be e-mailed to students, parents, and guardians.

Parents or adult caregivers interested in having students tutored or mentored, please fill out the online application. Once an application has been submitted, you will receive an email regarding next steps. If you have more than one student in grades 6-12 in your care, please complete a separate form for each applicant.

For more information about Indiana Kids, please contact them at 317-278-9170 or

Stephen Gainey, Dean

[317] 532.8981

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Warren Performing Arts Center

Tickets for Warren Central's fall musical, Into the Woods, are on sale now, and the show opens in just one week! Remaining performances will take place on Friday, November 10 at 7pm, and Saturday, November 11 at 2 & 7 pm in the Warren Performing Arts Center.

For our intermediate students: The high school would like to offer free tickets to the Saturday - 2pm matinee show on November 11 of Into the Woods to interested students.

To purchase tickets please click here.

Here is a synopsis of the story: “Be careful what you wish for” seems to be the ongoing theme in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Brothers Grimm inspired musical, Into the Woods. The story follows the Baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to go the King’s Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give some milk. When the Baker and his wife are visited by the neighborhood witch, who reveals to them that she placed a curse on their family, the two set off on a journey into the woods to reverse the curse. Also in the woods, we meet Little Red, who is trying to visit her grandmother, the Wolf who loves tasty little girls, the Witch’s daughter Rapunzel, and the Princes chasing after their loves. By the end of Act I, everyone has gotten their wish and will seemingly live happily ever after. But in Act II, when Jack’s beanstalk brings them a visit from an angry Giant, we see how the consequences of their actions haunt them in disastrous ways. The community must come together to save each other and their kingdom, but sacrifices must be made.


Before & After School Care

The YMCA program is located here at Raymond Park. Program benefits include afternoon dinner, homework assistance, STEM activities, arts & crafts, and so much more! Financial assistance is available, and CCDF vouchers are accepted. Visit us here, or read the attached document below or you can just call us at 317-484-9622 for more information.
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Sonny Day Pantry

The Sonny Day Community Center is located at 10502 East 21st Street, in the former Heather Hills Elementary School. The pantry provides food, toiletries, cleaning products, school supplies and gently used clothing to families of Warren Township students. The pantry is open one Saturday morning and one Thursday evening per month.

If your family is in need of assistance, please contact our school counselor, Miss Linda Willen at 532.8965 ext. 6508 for a referral letter. Volunteers and donations are always needed and students age 10 and older are also welcome to volunteer with their parents. The SDCC would also welcome your Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, student council, clubs or teams to sign up to assist them as well! To learn more, please click here.

Warren Arts & Education Foundation

School Transportation

Car Rider Safety & Procedures

Student safety is of utmost importance here on the Raymond Park Campus. When students are dropped off at school in the morning and/or picked up from school in the afternoon, there are specific procedures to follow in order to protect everyone. Please follow this link to learn what our car rider procedures and safety tips are. We appreciate your support in helping us provide a safe and orderly environment here on the Raymond Park Campus!

Transportation Expectations

Please discuss with your student the importance of CORE Bus Expectations which will be reinforced throughout the school year. Students are to be seated, facing forward, and stay in assigned seats while the bus is in motion. These expectations focus on keeping students safe as they travel to and from school every day. Thank you for your support!

Transportation Changes

Do you need to make changes in your child's afternoon plans? If you need to to do this, please send a note with them to school or contact Mary in the school office at 532-8965 by 2:00pm. Please note that we will try and accommodate any changes made after this time, but this can be difficult if students are already on their bus for the afternoon.

Does your student need to be picked up or dropped off at another location other than your house in the Raymond Park area? Here is what you need to do:

1) Contact the Registrar at 532.8966.

2) Fill out the necessary forms that are required.

3) Transportation will contact you with the updated information. All changes in transportation will require 24-48 hours to take effect.

Please note that those students riding the school bus, pick up and drop off must be in the boundaries of Raymond Park. You are allowed an AM bus stop and a separate PM bus stop if necessary. The bus stops must be the same every day of the week. If your student is a car rider or will be picked up by a daycare service at the end of the day, please make sure we have the name and phone number of the person providing transportation on file.

Contact Information

Please be sure to notify the school of any changes in home, cell or emergency phone numbers. This is very important in case of an emergency or illness. Please let the office know at 532.8965.

Prescriptions & Medications

Please do not send any medication to school with your students. All medications must be brought to the school nurse and signed in by a parent or guardian, including prescription and over the counter medications. If you have not already completed a Consent to Treat Form and an Emergency Medical Form for your student please do so as soon as possible.

Lisa Walsh Stewart, RN

School Nurse
Raymond Park

[317] 532.8912 – phone

[317] 532.8999 – fax

Missing Emergency Forms

If you did not attend registration this year in July please have your student come to the nurse’s office to pick up a new Consent to Be Treated & Emergency Medical Form to be completed for the 2017-2018 school year. Also, if your student has updated immunizations, please turn those into the clinic as soon as possible.


If you would like to volunteer in any Warren Township school, you will need to complete a Criminal History Background Check form and provide a copy of your driver’s license or state I.D. You will need to allow approximately 2 weeks for the background check to be processed.

Student Recognition

The occasion may arise when the school district wants to recognize your child or your child's school. This may include your child's photo, your child's name or your child's work in district publications, newsletters, on school district websites, and in electronic/social media or in staff training videos. We may also want to tell the media (including newspapers, television, and radio) about your child's achievements. We never knowingly release information about a student to anyone who wants to use it for commercial/political purposes. However, we will honor your request to not include your child in these types of recognitions if you notify your child's school office in writing that you do not want this type of information released.

Lobby Guard

When visiting the Raymond Park Campus, all visitors must report to the office and sign in and out using our Lobby Guard kiosk. Please remember to have a valid ID with you to gain entrance to our school. After you scan your ID at the Lobby Guard kiosk located at the main entrance, a visitor’s badge will be generated for you.

Staff Contacts

To reach staff by phone, call 317.532.8965 and when prompted push * plus the 4-digit extension. All emails have after their address. Follow this link to communicate with one of our staff members.

Warren Wrestling

Elementary Season Begins - November 6

Warren Wrestling Academy offers our students the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of wrestling, compete in competitions and develop friendships! The elementary seasons begins Monday, November 6th. You can pre-register online or from 5:30pm - 6:00pm prior to practice starting. The attachment below can answer further questions.