September 20, 2020
From the Principal
With two weeks of school left before fall break, Rangers will be pushed to finish strong!
Finishing strong on the academic front translates to students keeping their focus on instruction days, and also putting forth best effort on application days at home. Parents and caregivers are reminded that students should be engaged in learning activities each day of the week. An area of concern expressed by teachers exists with students continuing to learn on application days. With only 1/2 the number of school days devoted to instruction for 6th-8th students, application day learning activities are designed for students to practice essential skills and be introduced to concepts that the teacher may cover on the next instructional day. Students must continue their learning at home on application day in order to keep pace with the class and get their full measure of learning! Canvas is the learning platform used by teachers on instruction and application days. Parents and caregivers can keep up with their students' learning activities with this Canvas Quick Start Guide.
Speaking of Canvas and working at home, beginning Monday, September 21, virtual and application day students will self-select their daily attendance at home through Canvas. Teachers have shared instructional videos and step-by-step instructions with students on how to complete this action. There instructions may also be found on Canvas. Students must complete this action each day at home between 7:30am and 11:59pm in order to get credit for school attendance on that day.
Finishing strong on the citizenship front translates to students to continue practicing social distancing, wearing face coverings and regularly washing/sanitizing hands. Exclusion numbers for students exhibiting symptoms of illness were down last week, but we must remain vigilant with our hygienic practices that will greatly contribute to maintaining a healthy school environment - KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!
Parents and caregivers are reminded the opportunity to change to/from in-person/virtual school for term 2. Requests must be completed through an online form and submitted by 3pm on Monday, September 20. More detailed information is provided below.
A special message for those that are receiving their education 100% virtually:
Warren Parents and Caregivers, here is the link to our Student Success Handbook. This handbook is updated every year to include information about how we keep students and staff safe at school, along with resources for families to access as well as information on district procedures and policies. This handbook is also shared with students. Please take a moment to review and complete this as acknowledgement that you have received the handbook. Please reach out if you have any questions.
Monday, September 21st, is our Fall Fundraiser Pick Up Night. If your student sold any items, please plan to pick them up today at Raymond Park at Door 24 under the red canopy from 5 pm - 6:30 pm. We need to make sure that all items are collected tonight. If you can not pick up your student's items, please make arrangements for someone else to grab them on your behalf.
Proud to be a Ranger,
Second Term Learning Options
MSD Warren Township is providing an opportunity for families to request a change in school model for the second term.
Families that are interested in moving their student in grades 5-8:
FROM fully virtual instruction TO either traditional in-person instruction (Grade 5 ONLY)/alternating day in-person and virtual instruction (Grades 6-8)
FROM traditional in-person instruction(Grade 5 ONLY)/alternating day in-person and virtual instruction (Grades 6-8) TO fully virtual instruction (Grades 5-8) should complete a Second Quarter Learning Option Change Request Form.
Change Process Notes:
- All requests must be made formally through the Change Request Form (linked above) and during the window that opened on Friday, September 11 and closes on Monday, September 21 at 3 p.m.
- Families who wish to request a change should submit one form per child. *If families have a student in another building, they will receive a Learning Option Change Request form and information directly from each student’s school.
- This form should only be completed by those who want to change their learning option. *If you do not want to change your current learning option, please do not fill out the form.
- A valid parent or caregiver email address is required to submit a Learning Option Change Request form. This email address will be used to send a request confirmation and other important information. Please check and double check that the correct email is entered and be sure to check your inbox daily. (***This should not be a student email or an @warren.k12.in.us).
- At the beginning of the school year, students in grades K-8 were asked to make a 9-week commitment to their chosen learning option. Grades 9-12 were asked to make an 18-week commitment and therefore will receive learning option change request information at a later time.
College Go Week 9/21 - 9/25
-Find out what college is
-Virtually tour Indiana colleges and universities
- Explore Learn More Indiana Magazines with interactive career exploration activities
We encourage you and your student to explore the resources provided in the Learn More Indiana magazines for more information on career exploration for your middle school student and ways to pay for college:
Fall Book Fair
This is the link to the Video Preview and the Book Fair Flyer.
Shopping online requires entering the zip code of the school's location please select
46239 and then please select Raymond Park Intermediate.
The dates for the virtual fair are September 21-October 2. It is exciting because with a virtual fair Scholastic is able to offer more items than with a physical fair.
It does take parent involvement as it will require a debit/credit card, but items that are ordered will be delivered directly to homes. Thank you for your support!
School pictures for all in-person learners, grades 5-8 have been taken. There is a make-up date scheduled for in-person learners on Thursday, October 29. Virtual learners will have an opportunity for school pictures later this fall through the Moorhead Community and Resource Center. Picture orders should be made through the Inter-State Studio Picture Order Form.
Related, there are a limited quantity of 2019-2020 yearbooks on sale for $20. Please email yearbook sponsor Jill Simala (email@example.com) to purchase an remaining 19-20 yearbook.
RP Athletic Safety Guidelines
Spectators for all sports will be limited to immediate family members. 250 total spectators will be allowed admission into RPIMS events. Immediate family does include grandparents and step-parents.
Home Football and Volleyball: Tickets will go on sale on site 45 minutes before the start time of the event and will be available on a first come first serve basis. Tickets will be $5 general admission, $3 for children ages 5 and up, and $13 for a family pass which includes two adults and three children.
Employees planning to attend games will be granted entrance for just the badge holder.
Away game/match ticketing and safety information will be determined by the opposing school. Ticketing and safety information for away games/matches will be provided to coaches for distribution as soon as it is available to ADs. Plan on masks being required.
Game Day at RPIMS
Face coverings are REQUIRED for all indoor events and recommended for outdoor events when social distancing does not occur.
Family units may sit together but must be using 6 feet of social distancing between another family unit.
Avoid congregating near concessions or bathrooms when applicable.
Fans are encouraged to arrive 45 minutes prior to start time.
Concessions will be provided utilizing guidelines from ISDH and MCPHD. Concessions will be prepackaged, and concessionaires will be required to wear face coverings and gloves at all times.
**Please note, all guidelines listed above follow the direction provided by the MCPHD, IHSAA, and NFHS**
2020-2021 RPI&MS Car rider procedures
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.
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