Falcon Flyer

Fall Creek Intermediate - August 2nd, 2019

A welcome from Mrs. Day

I am so excited to welcome you to the 2019-20 school year as the principal of Fall Creek Intermediate! With a focus on both academic and social-emotional growth, our staff embraces their commitment to helping all students grow and be successful. Creating relationships with students and their families is key in this effort!


I look forward to seeing you at our Ice Cream Social on August 5th from 3:00-4:30pm. This is an informal time to stop in to find the classrooms of your child’s team and enjoy an ice cream treat in the cafeteria. There is no formal program, but we welcome you to become familiar with the school. Students may bring in any supplies to avoid doing so on the first day if they choose. Please put all supplies in a bag with your child's name and leave in a designated location in the homeroom. (Please note that if you don't have supplies the first week that is fine and expected.)


Our first student day is Wednesday, August 7th. All students should report directly to the gym where we will welcome them and introduce them to the FCI staff. We will have almost 930 students, 18 fifth grade classrooms and 18 sixth grade classrooms to introduce with some of our staff being new to FCI. Please take time to read through information in the Falcon Flyer concerning the opening of school.

Enjoy your last few days of summer break!
Mrs. Day
Principal

Schedules

Student schedules are active as of 4pm today (Friday, 8/2) through Family Access om Skyward. Bus information is available as well.

Supplies

Supply lists can be found on the FCI website:

https://fci.hseschools.org/happenings/news/supplies-list-2019-2020


Remember that students may bring the basic items for the first two weeks as noted in the previous Falcon Flyer and the website. Items such as their iPad (if not renting), notebook paper, folder, and pen/pencil will suffice to get them started for the year.


Please attempt to have supplies by Monday, August 19th, 2019.

Student Planners

Our FCI PTO will have student planners available to purchase for $5 at this Monday's Ice Cream Social. If you're unable to purchase a planner during Ice Cream Social, students can purchase a planner in the office once school starts.

Reminder: 1:1 Device Information

One of these back-to-school forms in Skyward 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://goo.gl/qc6Xp4.


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.


Thank you,

Hamilton Southeastern Schools


Note: FCI rented iPad distribution is currently scheduled to take place during the first or second week of school.

First Day of School

All students will report directly to the gym after arriving at school on Wednesday, August 7th. We will welcome students, introduce teachers, and have a kick-off to the 2019-2020 school year!

Upcoming 2019-2020 school year dates @ FCI

  • Monday, August 5th - Annual Ice Cream Social - 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at FCI. Students may bring in any supplies to avoid doing so on the first day if they choose. Please put all items in a bag with your child's name and leave in a designated location in the homeroom.
  • Wedneday, August 7th - First day of school for students (All students will report to the gym.)
  • Tuesday, August 13th - Falcon Family Connection (for parents) - 6th grade from 6:00pm–7:00pm; 5th grade from 7:30pm–8:30pm

2019-2020 Intermediate Schedule

Please note the revised intermediate school hours throughout the district:


  • Breakfast – 7:20am (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 – 2:33pm on Mondays (Early Release Days); 2:53pm Tuesday-Friday

Band/Orchestra Callout

There will be a brief meeting on THURSDAY, 8/8, for those students who are NOT already enrolled in band or orchestra and/or haven't already gone through the instrument fitting process.

News From Your PTO

FCI's Welcome Back Hangout!

Our first PTO event of the year, is the Welcome Back Hangout on Friday August 23rd after school until 4:30pm. Kids stay after school and can hang out with their friends. We'll have games, basketball in the gym, corn hole, music, dancing, and concessions. Admission is $10 and includes a slice of pizza. Additional slices of pizza will be sold for $2. Candy and drinks will be sold for $1 each. Registrations forms and payment are due by Wednesday August 21st. Please click below for the registration form.


FCI Hangout Permission Slip

Volunteers

We have lots of fun events planned for the students and staff this year! Volunteers are needed to make our student and staff events fun and successful. Please read through our volunteer needs, fill out the form below, and return the form to school with your student by Friday August 30th.

FCI Volunteer Form 2019-2020


PTO Meetings

• Friday August 23rd 9:30am

• Friday September 20th 9:30am

• Friday October 11th 9:30am

• Friday November 15th 9:30am

• Friday December 20th 9:30am

• Friday January 24th 9:30am

• Friday February 21st 9:30am

• Friday March 20th 9:30am

• Friday April 24th 1:30pm

• Friday May 8th 9:30am


Spirit Wear

The PTO will be selling FCI Spirit wear in the coming weeks. The school district has been updating many of the schools' mascots (giving them a new look) and our Falcon is currently being worked on. Once our new Falcon mascot is finalized, we will begin working with our vendor to come up with spirit wear designs and items. Stayed turned for information on our upcoming spirit wear sale.


Starting a new school year is an exciting time, but it can also bring about stress or anxiety. You can help calm your child's fears with these easy tips.


Ease into the Routine - Switching from a summer to school schedule can be stressful for everyone in the household. Avoid first-day-of-school craziness by practicing your routine a few days in advance. Set the alarm clock, go through your morning schedule, and get going early in the morning. Routines help kids feel comfortable, and establishing a solid school routine will make the first day of school much smoother.


Connect with the School - For many of our students, they are starting at a new and larger, building. Ease their anxiety about a new building and/or new teachers by taking advantage of opportunities to see the school. The Ice Cream Social (Monday August 5th 3:00 - 4:30 pm) is a great opportunity to see the school, meet teachers, and walk through their daily schedule. The Falcon Family Connection Night (Tuesday, August 13th - Falcon Family Connection [for parents] - 6th grade from 6:00pm–7:00pm; 5th grade from 7:30pm–8:30pm) is an opportunity for parents to learn more about FCI, their child's teachers, and how to help their child be successful here at school.


Tool Up - Taking the time to shop for and organize school supplies and other essentials can help your child feel prepared. Before obtaining their schedule the first week of August, you can stock up from the general supply list posted on the FCI website. Know that once your child has been assigned to a teaching team, you will have a chance to get all of the details needed for the year. If you need any assistance getting school supplies, please contact your child's school counselor (Mrs. Sullivan - 5th grade & Mr. Kozloski - 6th grade).


Connect with Friends- A familiar face can make all the difference when starting a new school year. Summer schedules are busy and your child may have lost touch with their friends from last year. Encourage them to reconnect with a friend from the bus or last year's team. Also, help them to get excited about the idea of meeting new friends with the new year.


Help us meet or get to know your child this year! The link below will take you to a short Getting to Know You survey you can fill out about your child.

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=PkZ4tvvZX0eBU43PqJYEfVh79_5LTUdKkl3WF4LdckxUNEJPNkZGOUxVMDNKNTFJNTA1UVRBQlY2Ty4u

News From Youth Mentoring Initiative

Who is YMI?

Local non-profit, YMI - Youth Mentoring Initiative, has been serving the Fishers community, in partnership with Hamilton Southeastern Schools, since 2008. YMI partners with our schools to come alongside counselors, teachers, and parents by providing another caring adult to support and encourage the success of each student. YMI Mentors are adult volunteers that mentor once a week, for one hour, during the school day. Mentors meet one-on-one with students to provide them with a caring and consistent presence in their lives; become a reliable friend; a role model; and simply someone they can count on. Founded on the knowledge that kids need 4-6 non-parental adults supporting them through their developmental years, mentoring can have a profound impact on a child’s life!

YMI mentors are a vital resource not only to HSE Schools initiatives to further the social and emotional well-being of their students but also to parents looking for additional support. Every week, approximately 300 mentors visit students in Fishers schools, offering encouragement and being an example of why Fishers continues to excel in the quest for a vibrant community!


YMI mentoring is currently offered in the following nine schools: Fall Creek Intermediate, Fall Creek Junior High, Fishers Junior High, Fishers High School, Hamilton Southeastern Intermediate Junior High, Hamilton Southeastern High School, Riverside Intermediate, Riverside Junior High, Sand Creek Intermediate. Mentoring times vary according to the students schedule and can be accommodating to the mentor’s work schedule! If you have an hour a week to spend with a student, we’d love for you to consider joining us! Students can be recommended by counselors, teachers and parents by completing a recommendation form on the YMI website. Learn more about becoming a mentor or financially supporting our work by visiting us online at www.ymionline.org. YMI is changing the world, one student at a time.


Please contact Courtney Lawhead, FCI campus coordinator, courtney@ymionline.org or 317-572-5003 with any questions

Beginning of Year forms

As your mind turns towards the start of school, be sure to log into Skyward to complete all of the beginning of the year forms this week. It is imperative that all of these forms, as well as updates to contacts, phone numbers, etc. be made so we may stay in touch as efficiently as possible throughout the year.


The 2019-2020 list of forms will include:


  • Student Health Information
  • Community Health Consent to Treat
  • iPad Rental Form
  • Background Check Information
  • Department of Education Work Survey
  • Hamilton East Public Library Digital Resources

Notes From The Nurse

ATTENTION PARENTS OF 6th GRADE STUDENTS:

The Indiana State Department of Health requires additional immunizations for students entering 6th grade. The 6th grade requirements are as follows:

  • Tdap (Tetanus diphtheria & acellular pertussis) booster
  • Meningococcal conjugate
  • Hepatitis A **

**Hepatitis A is a relatively new requirement. Please review your child’s immunization status with his/her health care provider to determine if Hepatitis A is needed at this time. (2 doses of Hep A complete the requirement; the minimum interval between the first and second dose of Hepatitis A is six calendar months.)


After your child receives the vaccines, please provide an updated shot record to the school nurse as soon as possible. Your child’s Skyward account will be updated accordingly. If your child is unable to receive the required vaccines prior to the first day of school, please schedule an appointment to have the vaccines administered and PROVIDE THE SCHOOL NURSE WITH THE APPOINTMENT DATE TO KEEP YOUR CHILD “IN PROGRESS” until the immunizations are administered. Students are permitted to attend school with a future appointment date on record in the clinic. Any student who has not received the necessary vaccines or provided a future appointment date to the nurse, may be excluded from school.


Students with a medical or religious exemption on file are required to have a new form completed each year. Please contact the nurse for more information or to obtain the necessary forms.

FCI school nurse, Carol Gump, can be reached during normal school hours, or by email at cgump@hse.k12.in.us, to answer any questions you have about your child’s immunization status.

Meal Viewer

HSE Schools launched a new food services application to access student breakfast and lunch menus. The app allows you to not only view the menus, but it also allows you to create a student profile where you can list your child's food allergies in their student profile as well as as favorite their favorite school meals. Download the app on your mobile device or visit the Meal Viewer website here on the computer.

FCI Office Hours

  • Office hours from 7/23-8/2 will be 7:30am-3:30pm.
  • School year office hours begin on Monday, August 5th and will run until May 22nd: 7:00am-3:30pm.


Please note that all HSE schools will not be open Tuesday, August 6th until 10:00am. There is an Opening Day event at which all HSE employees will be in attendance. We will be happy to assist you with needs you have between 10:00am-3:00pm that day.

What's Happening @ the Creek

Monday, August 5th, 2019

  • 3:00-4:30pm - Ice Cream Social


Tuesday, August 6th, 2019



Wednesday, August 7th, 2019, rot. F

  • 7:45am - Fist Day Of School


Thursday, August 8th, 2019, rot. C

  • 2:00-2:30p - Call-out Meeting for anyone wanting to join band/orchestra that is not currently enrolled


Friday, August 10th, 2019, rot. I



Tuesday, August 13th, 2019,

  • Falcon Family Connection (parent-teacher event) -- 6th grade- 6:00-7:00pm; 5th grade- 7:30-8:30pm

Important Safety Item Reminders

  • Buzzer protocol - When you ring the buzzer for entry, remember that the office staff will ask you your name, intent, child's name/homeroom to ensure those that enter FCI should enter.
  • Photo ID - Whether picking up or dropping off, please have photo ID such as your driver's license ready for identification purposes.
  • Door 1 entry - All visitors must enter via door 1 regardless of time of day. Please do not come in the cafeteria door with students before school.
  • Bus lot - Do not enter the bus lot prior to bus arrival or while buses are in the lot.
  • Drop-off - Please make all attempts possible to have your child exit your vehicle on the side of the curb. Exit the opposite side and walking in between cars is not safe.
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Safe Visitor Badges

Per HSE Policy, visitors must have their Safe Visitor Badge scanned to check-in to the building. Please download the SafeVisitor App (available for iPhones and in Google Play for all other phones) or have your badge available when you come into the school. Looking up names can lead to the wrong person being signed in.


Upon leaving, please give your printed badge to the office staff for quick check-out.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Tobi Fields at 317-594-4100.

Mental Health Concerns

If you or someone you know is at risk of self-harm, suicide, or harmful towards others, please contact one of the following (All lines are free, confidential, and available 24/7):


Community Health Network - Call 800-662-3445 or Text HELPNOW to 20121
National Suicide Prevention Hotline - Call 800-273-8255
LookUP - Call 800-284-8439 or Text LookUp to 494949


Mental Health Issues are common and treatable. Hamilton Southeastern Schools has a contract with Community Health Network and has a mental health therapist working with students in each of our schools. If you have questions or concerns please reach out to your school’s school counselor for further information.

Non-Discrimination & Non-Harassment Information

All students in HSE Schools deserve to come to school free of fear and to feel safe to be their authentic selves. Discrimination of any type is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated at HSEHS Schools – this includes sexual harassment (Title IX) and discrimination based on disabilities or race (Titles II and VI).


If students ever experience any type of harassment, we ask that they report this immediately to an administrator, school counselor or trusted adult. Beyond reporting directly to building officials, HSE Schools has an entire support system in place for filing concerns and complaints, which can be located on our District website. https://www.hseschools.org/about/legal-notes