The Puma Press
The Weekly Publication of Raymond Park Intermediate Academy
November 3, 2017
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
Dear Parents and Families,
The start of November brings with it many events and activities for you and your student to participate in! Please read the following and let us know if you have any questions.
- We are very excited to invite any veterans to our Veteran’s Day Program this Friday, November 10. The 5th grade program will be at 9:20am and the 6th grade program will begin at 8:40am. Please RSVP to Mrs. Crabtree at 532-8965 if you would like to bring a Veteran to our program this Friday.
- We are in the midst of our Annual Canned Food Drive. Please encourage your student to donate canned or boxed items over the next couple of weeks! The classes providing the most donations will earn a pizza party!
- If your child participated in this year’s School Fundraiser, you can pick up their items on Friday, November 17 between 4pm and 7pm. Please enter through Door 24.
- Our next school skating party will be held Monday, November 13th at the Roller Cave from 6-8 pm. Admission is $6 and RPIA students must be accompanied by an adult.
- We hope you can join us for our first-ever Family Cooking on a Budget event. Your student should have brought home a flyer today! Please RSVP to this exciting event; any RSVPs turned in Monday will earn your student $5 CORE Cash! Join us on November 30th to prepare a meal with your student and learn how to cook healthy meals on a budget!
We look forward to a fantastic week of learning with your students!
Carey Storm, Principal
PS - Below you will find an attached flyer about the upcoming College & Career Fest sponsored by Walker Career Center and Warren Central High School. The event will be held on 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
It's tough to keep up with all the latest apps students get into but the most important thing is to keep the lines of communication open. Talk about their social media, ask questions and listen. Pay attention to anything that sounds like a red flag. Helping your child learn to use social media responsibly is the most effective way to help them stay safe online. Below are some of the apps that can potentially create issues for your child.
These apps allow children to provide anonymous, unsolicited, and unmoderated feedback to other users. Anonymous apps are notorious hubs for cyberbullying because kids feel emboldened to say things they wouldn't normally. New apps in this area include safety precautions, but you should still keep an ear out for possible issues.
This app lets people ask questions of all users. Posts are tagged with your location unless you turn it off, so all the kids at one school can be on the app.
This app lets you send anonymous comments to friends. Some children may use it to send messages to “crushes”, but more often it's used to transmit mean things students would never say to another’s face.
MAKING NEW FRIENDS APPS
The new "friending" apps enable students to easily connect and chat with people they don't know. While many of them rely on Snapchat or Instagram, they make it very easy to widen your circle of contacts to strangers. Friending apps also use location, so the new "friends" are all nearby, increasing the possibility of face-to-face meetings. Privacy and safety are real risks with these apps.
This app markets itself as an alternative to Tinder. This location-based app lets you rate other members, as well as letting other members rate you by swiping left or right and is marketed as a "friend" app.
This app is referred to as the "Tinder for teens". It works with your Snapchat or Instagram account and similarly to Tinder, users swipe left or right on photos to find a match. Users don't have the option to make their profile private, and your profile can be viewed by anyone in a particular radius of your real-life location.
DO YOUR RESEARCH
Be familiar with the parental controls and settings that apply to your child’s phone. All devices have some level of restrictions. Some phone providers and also internet browsers offer parental controls and filters so check those out as well.
TURN OFF GEO-LOCATION SETTINGS
Many children and parents are unaware of these. These settings can be found in the phone’s cameras – the location is embedded in the photos – and also on apps. They need to be turned off.
CHECK ALL APPS
Set up the phone so they can’t install an app without consulting you. This can be controlled by setting a separate pin code for apps. Every time they want to add one, do an internet search to find out the risks and safeguards. Each app will have its own privacy setting so discuss this with your child.
Far more important than any software protection is parental monitoring. You should have the password to their phone and let them know that you will be checking it. Even more crucial is to talk regularly with your child about what they’re using the phone for, and what is and isn’t acceptable.
Stephen Gainey, Dean
Veteran's Day Program
Please join us for our annual program, next Friday. Our 6th Grade Program begins at 8:40am in the LGI Room and our 5th Grade Program begins at 9:20am. Please call the office at 532.8965 and let us know how many guests will be coming to our program.
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! Performances will take place Thursday, November 9 at 7pm, 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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!
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!
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.
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
 532.8912 – phone
 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.
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.
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.
To reach staff by phone, call 317.532.8965 and when prompted push * plus the 4-digit extension. All emails have @warren.k12.in.us after their address. Follow this link to communicate with one of our staff members.