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Fall Creek Intermediate

October 29, 2017

Canvas Update

Canvas is the program used by teachers and students to store and view classroom documents and information. Students currently have login credentials to use the program but now parents can create an account, too. Parent Observer accounts link the user to a student and provides information on grades, assignments, events and course interactions.

Parent Observer accounts can be created by following the below steps. We encourage you to not only follow these steps but also read to the bottom of the website for key information about Canvas and how to use its resources.

1. To begin the online process, you will need your email address, your student's email address and your student's email address password.

  • Student email addresses/usernames are set up with the first 5 letters of the student's last name, followed by the first 3 letters of their first name, followed by 000 (3 zeros).
  • Student passwords are set up Hse###### - Capitalize the "H", then lowercase the "se", which is then followed by the student ID.

2. Click here or visit the Parent portal on the district website to begin registering. It is recommended that the initial parent account set up be completed with a computer, not a mobile device.

3. The website offers step by step instructions along with a video tutorial for setting up accounts. Scroll down to the section labeled "Canvas Observer Login Link" to get started.

4. The following resources can also be found on the website.

  • Canvas Observer Login Link
  • Creating Your Parent Observer Account
  • Resetting Your Password
  • Connecting Multiple Students To Your Account
  • Setting Up Notification Accounts
  • Editing Notification Preferences
  • Editing Language Preference
  • Using the Canvas Calendar
  • Hamilton Southeastern Schools Canvas Best Practice Minimums 2017-2018
  • Overview of Canvas

Please contact your student's teacher with questions and they will assist as best they can.

Energy Conservation Poster Art and Slogan Winner!

Congratulations to Allison Giganti in Mrs. Cencelewski's homeroom for winning the Energy Conservation Poster Art & Slogan Contest in the 5th and 6th grade category! Check out her amazing art work below!
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Student Council Candy Drive

Student council is holding a candy drive in honor of our veterans next week from Monday 10-30 until Friday 11-3. Some of the candy will be passed out to the veterans that served in our FCI community, but most will be shipped overseas through an organization called Operation Gratitude. Thanks in advance for your support!

FCI Family Night at Bongo Boy Music

Join the Music Department on Saturday, November 4th for a fun evening of drumming at Bongo Boy Music!We will have two sessions available for families. The event is FREE!!!

Bongo Boy music has generously donated their time, instruments, instruction, and space!!! Each session can have up to 100 people attend. There are 50 drums available for the session, but many small percussion instruments that can also be played during the drum circle.

Click here for information on tickets.

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Library News

The Fall Book Fair was a huge success! Thanks to student, parent, and teacher support we were able to add over $2000 worth of brand new books to the FCI Library! We are busy working on getting these new additions on the shelves as quickly as possible.

Additionally, thank you to the many PTO volunteers who helped us set up, tear down, and work the cash registers. Our book fair is a success because of all of you!

Counselor's Corner

The Second Step program is being used at both the 5th and 6th grade levels. This program aims to protect students from risky behaviors such as bullying, aggression, and substance abuse, while improving their school success.

5th Grade October Lesson: Disagreeing Respectfully

Students will be able to:

• Apply perspective-taking skills

• Distinguish between disrespectful and respectful disagreement

• Identify and apply effective communication skills

• Apply skills to give constructive feedback

6th Grade October Lesson: Giving and Getting Support

Students will be able to:

• Apply empathy skills

• Understand when and how to give support by being an ally

• Identify when and how to go to an adult for help and when to encourage friends to seek help from an adult

• Apply assertive communication skills

Thank you,

John Kozloski & Jessica Sullivan

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2017 Fall Parent Awareness Night (PAN) - October 30, 2017 (7-9 pm)

Topic: Trends, Addiction and Recovery from Opioid and Other Substances

The topic for our 2017 Fall PAN event is on opioid addiction and other drugs.

The keynote speaker and panel of experts have deep experience and a passion to educate and offer solutions to our community on this growing public health crisis. It has become more widely accepted that drug/alcohol abuse and untreated mental health issues often go hand-in-hand. Understanding addiction as a disease and that there are proven evidence-based practices that bring mental health and recovery together is necessary to effectively bring change to the family and our community.

Please note that this is presentation is for adults only, but youth under the age of 18 will attend a separate presentation called "This Is Not About Drugs"

Additional information can be found here.

FCI Teams Up with Goodwill

Fall Creek Intermediate and HSE school district have teamed up with Goodwill to collect donations. HSE schools will receive a Goodwill clothing voucher to distribute to those in need for every 13-gallon bag of gently used clothing received. The FCI bin is located in the music hallway near the display cases.


BoxTops for FCI!

Want an an easy way to help the FCI PTO fund activities at the school?

It is as easy as clipping BoxTops! Every Boxtop collected brings in 10 cents. BoxTops are found on many items around your house: General Mills, Annies, Pillsbury, Hefty and Kleenex to name a few. Just clip them out, put them in a Ziploc bag labeled with your child’s name and homeroom teacher and send them to school. Remember they do expire so don’t wait to send them in. There are prizes for the top 5th and 6th grade homeroom and top individual collector in each grade. In addition, for every 25 BoxTops sent in your child will receive a raffle entry for various prizes!

Any questions, please contact Shelly Anaba at shellyhesselink@hotmail.com.

Fall submission deadline Friday October 24th .

Dine to Donate for FCI!

Plan to support FCI at our Dine to Donate events in October & November. Enjoy a night out with friends and family while supporting your school at Marco's Pizza on Tuesday, November 7th.

11/7 - Marco's Pizza - Click here for more info: https://goo.gl/W8mwwY

  • The 5th & 6th grade classes ordering the most pizza will win a pizza party!!!

PTO Collection Case Items Needed

Does your child have a knack for collecting objects? FCI provides the opportunity for students to display their collections in a glass case rotated throughout the year. Need some ideas? Rocks, stamps, keychains, sports memorabilia, dolls, model cars, or anything else unique and fun. Please text Kelly Tully at 317-709-0128 to have your child’s items showcased.

Hamilton Southeastern Wrestling Club

Looking to sign your child up for wrestling. Follow this link for information on how to sign up for the Hamilton Southeastern Wrestling Club. It's a great opportunity for first time and continuing wrestlers to learn and excel at the sport. Open to Kindergarten through 8th grade.

Fishers Fusion Dance Team Winter Clinic

The Fishers Fusion Dance Team is hosting their annual Winter Clinic Lock-In on Saturday, December 2nd. Follow this link for registration information. The deadline is November 24th.

Homework Hotline

The Rose-Hulman Institue is here to help you with your math and science questions. Rose-Hulman’s Homework Hotline is a free service with student-tutors available Sundays – Thursdays, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm (ET). You can call a tutor at 877-Ask-Rose (877-275-7673) or chat with a tutor at AskRose.org. You can also email tutors by visiting AskRose.org, at any time and they will respond during operating hours.

Now is the time for a strong start to the school year, and we are ready to help.

Interested in more information about us? Check out AskRose.org

PTO Board Members

Thank you to the following PTO board members for the upcoming school year!


Transportation Change/Early Dismissal Notification

Please send a note with your child should a transportation change or early dismissal be required. In the event of a last-minute change during the school day, please call the office @ 317-915-4220.

Change of Transportation: the office needs to be notified by 1:30 to assure all parties involved are notified of transportation changes. Especially now that we only have 5 min. to pack them up and send the buses on their way. Passes are sent to students with changes in an attempt to reduce interruptions during class. After school hours, please leave a message on our attendance line @ 317-915-4228.

Please include the following in your note and/or message:

  • child's full name
  • homeroom teacher
  • time of early dismissal
  • nature of dismissal (e.g., doctor appointment, physical therapy, etc.)
  • your full name
  • contact telephone # in the event of questions

If an absence is due to doctor's appointment, remember to send the doctor's excuse note to school for attendance purposes. Medical absences are recorded differently according to our state/district attendance policies.

Do not communicate absence/early dismissal/transportation changes solely to the teacher. This information must go through the office. While you may also notify the teacher, if the teacher is not present at school and information is sent to him/her, the office will not be knowledgable of the information.

IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTE --- Pick-up/Drop-offs

If your child is a car rider, it is imperative that drivers pick-up/drop-off students in the line that forms along the outside of the parking lot/curb. To be more specific, do NOT park your car and walk your child across the parking lot to the sidewalk at drop-off in the morning. Do NOT park your car and walk up to the curb to walk your child from the curb to through the parking lot during pick-up.

ALL exchanges for which you need to park will require you to accompany your child into the office to drop-off and sign in OR pick-up your child from the office and sign out. While this may add a few extra minutes to the exchange, the safety of all is our utmost concern.

In addition, if you arrive early to drop-off students and decide to park in the lot until drop-off begins, you MUST get in the line to drop your child off at the front and not cut through and jump to the front of the line. Do NOT cut to the front of the line. Given that on any given day we have hundreds of students dropped off, it is imperative that everyone follows the procedures. Safety of all is imperative. Thank you in advance.

school note forms - https://goo.gl/EgroKY

Texting/Emailing during school day NOT allowed

In an effort to keep instructional time as free from distraction as possible, do not email or text your child during the school day. Please contact the office should you need to get a message to your child.

Students will be reminded of the following:

  • Absolutely NO texting/personal emailing during the school day (7:35 a.m.-2:55 p.m.) to students OR parents via any type of program/app/etc. Consequences will be given should this occur. [Students staying for after school events may utilize such technology after school.]
  • If a student is not feeling well, he/she must go to the nurse's office and NOT email or text parent without speaking with the nurse. Contact regarding illness/pickup must be communicated through the nurse.
  • Notifications on iPad should be turned off during the school day.
  • If students receive texts/emails during the school day, they should immediately notify their teacher or staff member.
  • We realize there may be a need for communication between students working collaboratively during the school day. However, it should only be done at teacher direction/approval.
  • Texting/emailing that does occur outside of school is a parental approval issue. However, if content of texting/emailing outside of school negatively impacts/affects the school environment, there may be consequences that are imposed at school.

Remember...if you need to get a message to your child during the school day, please call the office at 915-4220. All other situations should be resolved outside the school day.

Falcon Flyer Frequency

Please look for a Skylert to be sent twice a month from FCI providing you with a link to the most recent FALCON FLYER newsletter. This will be how we will keep you up-to-date with events and happenings at FCI. Please feel free to share the link with other FCI families who may have not received the Skylert. In addition, please suggest to them that they verify current contact information in Skyward as this is where information for future Skylerts is pulled from. Communication is extremely important to us, and we value your involvement!

District Calendar - 2017-18

Check out the district calendar for 2017-18 and associated dates: https://goo.gl/yzgyYC

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What's Happening @ the Creek

Monday, October 30, rot. F5

  • 2:33pm - Student dismissal

Tuesday, October 31, rot. C1

  • 3:00-5:00pm - Boys' Basketball tryouts
  • 3:00-4:00pm - Choir (out front)

Wednesday, November 1, rot. C2

Thursday, November 2, rot. C3

  • 3:00-5:00pm - Boys' Basketball tryouts
  • 3:00-4:00pm - Choir (pick up out front)
  • 3:00-4:00 - Art Club
  • 3:00-3:50 - Spell Bowl

Friday, November 3, rot. C4

  • 3:00-5:00pm - Boys' Basketball tryouts

Monday, November 6, rot. C5

  • 3:30-5:00pm - Boys Basketball practice (students may stay after school)

Tuesday, November 7, rot. I1

  • 3:00-5:00pm - Boys Basketball practice
  • 3:00-4:00pm - Choir (pick up out front)
  • 11:00am-10:00pm - Olio Road Marco's Pizza (317.578.7900) - Click here for more info: https://goo.gl/W8mwwY

Wednesday, November 8, rot. I2

  • 7:00am - Student Council
  • SOAR Day
  • 3:00-4:00pm - Art Club (last meeting)
  • 3:00-5:00pm - Boys Basketball Practice
  • 3:00-3:50pm - Spell Bowl Practice

Thursday, November 9, rot. I3

  • 3:00-5:00pm - Boys Basketball Practice
  • 3:00-4:00pm - Choir
  • 3:00-4:00 - FCI Connect

Friday, November 10, rot. I4

  • 9:30-11:00am - PTO Meeting
  • 3:00-5:00pm - Boys Basketball Practice

FCI Attendance Line ~ 317-915-4228.

Student Transportation

Art Club Update

Art Studio Club for Wednesday, November 1st is moved to Thursday, November 2nd due to an all staff meeting. The last club meeting will be on Wednesday, November 8th.