Falcon Flyer

Fall Creek Intermediate

Cross Country 2017 - Sign Up Form Due Aug. 28th

Be a part of FCI's 1st Sports Team of the Year! Any 5th & 6th Grade FCI students are welcome.


More information and permission form can be found via the link below. Turn in form by Monday, August 28th.


http://www.hse.k12.in.us/resources/pdf/FCI/fcicrosscountrycallout.pdf

August 27, 2017

IF YOUR CHILD IS A 6TH GRADER, PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING

Please take a moment to logon to your child's Skyward account. On the left side under "Health Info" you will be able to view your child's immunizations. Your child may be delinquent in one or more immunizations required by the State of Indiana for all 6th graders. The specific vaccines are:

  • Meningococcal (MCV4) vaccine
  • Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) booster

The State of Indiana has granted Hamilton Southeastern School District a 20-day grace period for administration of the above vaccines. September 7, 2017 is the cut-off date for students to be immunized for school. Please be aware that any student who does not provide documentation of the required immunizations (or written documentation of an upcoming appointment to receive the vaccines) to his/her school may be excluded from school beginning September 7th, until updated immunization information has been provided.

Immunizations may be administered at the office of your family physician, local walk-in clinics, the Hamilton County Health Department (776-8500), or the Marion County Health Department (221-2000). The Hamilton County Health Department does require on-line registration for new clients.

Please contact the school nurse if you have any questions/concerns about your child’s immunization requirements for the 6th grade.

Show Your Falcon Spirit! Now Accepting Spirit Wear Orders - Due Sept. 1st

Interested in purchasing Spirit Wear? Place your order, now through September 1st!


Follow the below link to the order form. If you're interested in purchasing Falcon socks, add it to the order form. They are $15 and come in youth/adult sizes.


http://www.hse.k12.in.us/resources/pdf/FCI/pto/falcons_spirit_wear.pdf

Reminders from the FCI Treasurer


  • Sept 8th - Book fee payments will be posted in Skyward. Please do NOT make payments until you have been notified that statements have been processed. No hard copies will be sent home
  • Sept 29 - book fee payments are due (either via efunds or cash/checks to FCI)
  • Sept 30 - deadline to reapply for F/R. each year parents need to reapply (admin. prefers online but paper is available)
  • Oct 25 - unpaid book fees will be turned over to Transworld collectionsEfunds are open for Cafeteria deposits only at this time. https://eps.mvpbanking.com/cgi-bin/efs/login.pl?access=55481


If you have any questions please call Michele Pitts at 317-915-4220.


This link explains EFunds, managing school lunch accounts, etc.

http://district.schoolnutritionandfitness.com/hamiltonsoutheasternas/files/School_Lunch_Flyer.pdf

Counselor's Corner

Snack Attack Program

FCI is joining up with Indy Snack Attack again this year to provide healthy weekend snacks to students whose parents choose to participate. Students who participate will pick up their snack bag from the counseling office prior to leaving school on Fridays. If you are interested in signing your son or daughter up for the Snack Attack program, or if you have questions, please contact Mr. Kozloski (6th grade counselor) or Mrs. Sullivan (5th grade counselor) at 317-915-4220 or by email.


Second Step Character Education Program Introduction:

This month students will begin the Second Step program in their classrooms. This program aims to protect students from risky behaviors such as bullying, aggression, and substance abuse, while improving their school success. The skills addressed in this program include:


  • Empathy
  • Communication
  • Perspective taking
  • Respectful disagreements
  • Assertiveness
  • Emotional management
  • Problem solving


August:

5th grade- Working in Groups

Students will be able to:

  • Identify behaviors involved in listening and respect others’ ideas
  • Apply group communication
  • Define empathy
  • Apply empathy skills while identifying feelings


6th Grade- Working in Groups

Students will be able to:

  • Identify skills that contribute to successful group work
  • Apply communication skills
  • Define empathy and apply empathy skills


Jessica Sullivan & John Kozloski

School Counselor

Child Find Information

What to do if you suspect a disability/Child Find:

If your child is age 2 ½ through 21, attends any school within the Hamilton Southeastern Schools boundaries or you live in our community, and you suspect your child may have a disability, you should contact us for more information.


  • For children at least two and a half years of age, but not yet age-eligible for kindergarten, you should contact the Preschool Coordinator at Brooks School Elementary School, 317-915-4250.
  • For students who are eligible for kindergarten through age 21, you should contact your child’s teacher, school counselor or building administrator to discuss your concerns and explore the steps to be taken. If your child is not enrolled in public school, you should contact the counselor or building administrator in the building your child would attend if enrolled.

http://www.hse.k12.in.us/resources/pdf/ADM/academics/sped/suspect.pdf


Response-to-Instruction (RtI)

RtI is a general education initiative designed to provide high quality instruction and interventions matches to student needs, and using learning rate over time and level of performance to make important educational decisions. The RtI model is based on a three-tiered model of service delivery with a focus on early intervention and prevention of academic and behavioral concerns. Data collected during this process provides valuable information regarding students’ educational progress and response to interventions. Students who do not demonstrate a response to well-implemented, scientifically-based interventions at the Tier 3 level would be referred for an educational evaluation to determine eligibility for special education. RtI is a component of HSE’s Child Find Process.

CALL OUT MEETING: HSE Destination Imagination

HSE Destination Imagination is holding their annual call out meeting ( for grades k-12) on Tuesday, Aug 29th at the Fishers High School CCA from 6pm - 8pm. Parents and kids are welcome to the open house to chat with team members and School/District Coordinators, watch award winning past performances and explore props built and used by these teams.


Destination Imagination program is a fun, hands-on system of learning that fosters student’s creativity, courage and curiosity through open-ended academic Challenges in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), fine arts and service learning.


For more information about the program visit us at http://hsedi.com

Art Studio Club - Sign Up by Sept. 1st

An art studio is a place where artists can explore their artistic talents and indulge in their personal work. If you are interested in investing some time in your own artwork, join the art studio club! More information and permission form can be found via the link below.


http://www.hse.k12.in.us/resources/pdf/FCI/art_studio_club.pdf

Fall Choir

Fall Choir will begin September 5th for all interested. Grab a flyer from Mrs. Spangler or Ms. Shults or on the FCI website: http://www.hse.k12.in.us/resources/pdf/FCI/choir_fall_2017.pdf

Spell Bowl Team Tryouts - September 6th

For all students interested in trying out for the 2017 FCI Spell Bowl Team, tryouts will be held on Wednesday, September 6th after school in Mrs. Johnson's room (room 509). Good luck to all trying out! http://www.hse.k12.in.us/resources/pdf/FCI/in_spell_bowl_word_list_2017.pdf

Pasta Bowl 2017

Help FCI raise awareness for the 3,000 students struggling with food insecurity and support more than 46 local hunger relief groups. Pasta bowl collection begins Sept. 5-8th. Drop your donations in the labeled bins.

Dismissal time - slight adjustment

Please note that our dismissal time is now 2 minutes earlier to collaborate with dismissal from FCJH & HSHS and avoid traffic congestion.


School Hours:
Monday - 7:45am - 2:33pm
Tuesday-Friday - 7:45am - 2:53pm

Student Handbook

Dear FCI Parents and Guardians,


All HSE Schools student handbooks (K-12) are now online for easier access. The handbook for Fall Creek Intermediate School can be found at this link: http://www.hse.k12.in.us/resources/pdf/FCI/about/fci_student_handbook_2017_18_final.pdf.


We encourage you to review it at your earliest convenience. Should you have any questions, please contact the FCI main office at 317-915-4220. Our staff is available to assist you. Have a great school year.


Sincerely,

Fall Creek Intermediate School

App Lists for iPads

All apps to be downloaded on your child's iPad will be downloaded at home not at school. A list of those apps will be sent home with your child by his/her team of teachers. Generally, an advanced notice of 3-5 days at minimum will be given to ensure downloads are complete prior to needing in the classroom.


You can find the Library and Related Arts app lists on the FCI website here http://www.hse.k12.in.us/FCI/about/docs.aspx.


Students are permitted to download other apps with parent approval and appropriate leveled rating. Suggestion: Have students create a separate folder for those apps to keep separate from school apps for organizational purposes

Background Checks----Safe Visitor

Hamilton Southeastern Schools is committed to the wellbeing and safety of all of our students and campuses during the school day and extracurricular events. As part of our school safety plans, we require that all parent volunteers and visitors, who will interact with students, have a criminal history check and complete an anti-bullying webinar every three years.


We have upgraded our criminal-history-check process to be more efficient and enhance safety procedures at the building level. If your background check and anti-bullying training are still current (within the last three years), you will receive the following:


  • A Safe Visitor I.D. card. along with email notification, each approved applicant will receive an I.D. card with a special bar code that can be printed or scanned into your SMART device for easier access when visiting our campuses.
  • A photo badge will be issued at each visit. Upon presentation of your Safe Visitor I.D. card or valid driver’s license, office staff will assist you with taking your photo and issue a visitor’s badge if one is not already on file. The photo will be saved in our district-wide system to be used at each visit, regardless of campus.


If you are a first-time parent volunteer/visitor or if your background check and anti-bullying training requires renewal, please click the following link to begin the application process now: http://www.hse.k12.in.us/ADM/parents/volunteering.aspx


Thank you for doing your part to make our schools safe and events safe places for students to learn and grow. We look forward to seeing you when school begins on Wednesday, August 9th.


Check out the following video to learn more about background checks for HSE schools.

SafeVisitor Tutorial

******* IMPORTANT FCI PROCEDURES FOR 2017-18 *******

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.

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.

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 @ 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.

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!

2017-18 Intermediate Schedule

Please note the revised intermediate school hours throughout the district:


  • Breakfast – 7:15am (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 – 2:53pm T-F; 2:33pm on Mondays *****


*****Please note that MONDAY dismissals are different than Tuesday-Friday due to teacher PLCs at all HSE schools.

PTO Update

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

District Calendar - 2017-18

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

Items on the FCI Website

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What's Happening @ the Creek

Monday August 28th - rot I-1


Tuesday, August 29th - rot I-2


  • 3:00 - 4:00pm: Cross Country - 6th Grade Practice


Wednesday, August 30th - rot I-3

  • 3:00 - 4:00pm: Cross Country - 5th Grade Practice


Thursday, August 31 - rot I-4

  • 3:00 - 4:00pm: Cross Country - 6th Grade Practice


Friday, September 1- rot I-5

  • 3:00 - 4:00pm: Cross Country - 5th Grade Practice


Monday, September 4

Labor Day - No School


Tuesday, September 5- rot F-1

  • 3:00 - 4:00pm: Cross Country - 6th Grade Practice
  • 3:00 - 4:00 - Choir


Wednesday, September 6- rot F-2

  • 3:00 - 4:00pm: Cross Country - 5th Grade Practice
  • 3:00 - 4:00pm: Art Club


Thursday, September 7- rot F-3

  • 3:00 - 4:00pm: Cross Country - 6th Grade Practice
  • 3:00 - 4:00 - Choir


Friday, September 8- rot F-4

  • 3:00 - 4:00pm: Cross Country - 5th Grade Practice

FCI Attendance Line ~ 915-4228.

Student Transportation