RSI Parents and Community,
I would like to thank all of our RSI Parents and Community Members for helping our Hawks focus on being compassionate, empathetic and respectful schoolmates during the election process. I am happy to say that we had many tremendously positive discussions and respectful interactions throughout the past two weeks of school. We are proud of all of our parents and family members - thank you for your support!
As we all know the issues around health and safety, because of COVID, are continuing to ramp up in our local community and throughout the county, state, and US. I urge everyone to pay close attention to Dr. Bourff's weekly announcements and skylerts that may come with important information. The RSI staff will always respond to the directions offered by the HSE Board and Dr. Bourff in the most efficient and communicative manner possible. We thank all of you who remain flexible and patient with the changes that occur. We can teach our young Hawks a great deal in our responses to these challenging times. Let us continue to be positive role models in all that these unique times offer us.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Dana Kaminski, Ph.D.
- Pictures can be drawn or created on the computer.
- Pictures should be on 8 1/2 x 11 paper.
- Pictures should be colored.
- Students should include first and last name and homeroom teacher on the back of the picture.
- Pictures should be turned in to the front office by Friday, December 4.
Mask and Face Coverings
Holiday Light Recycling Program
This Holiday Season, HSE is asking you to give a gift to the Earth by making the choice to be more sustainable. HSE Schools will be hosting a district wide Holiday Light Recycling Program. Starting November 30th and going until December 17th each school will be collecting old, broken, tangled, or unwanted holiday lights. Technology Recyclers will take these unwanted/unusable lights and break them down into useable components that will be used to make new products. This will prevent hundreds of pounds of e-waste from entering landfills and polluting the Earth.
Why Should People Recycle Old Holiday Lights?
- Holiday Lights are not bio-degradable and will spend hundreds of years in a landfill if thrown away.
- Holiday lights are known to get into waterways and oceans. This can lead to animals becoming entangled and dying.
- New ENERGY STAR LED holiday lights are up to 75% more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs.
- LED holiday lights are not as fragile as the thin glass of incandescent bulbs.
- According to the National Fire Protection Association switching to LED holiday lights reduces the chance of Christmas tree fires.
- LED bulbs offer more colors and features while reducing the energy consumed.
- LED holiday lights have a longer lifespan than incandescent bulbs offering on average 25% longer life.
- Holiday lights are made from copper, glass, and plastic—valuable materials that can actually be recycled, reclaimed, and turned into new products helping preserve our environment!
Why should you recycle unwanted or unusable Holiday lights? Because you care about the environment! If you want to keep your lights from going to a landfill and do your part to look after the Earth, recycling your lights is a great way to do it!
No matter what the reason, resist the urge to throw old holiday lights in the trash. Please participate in HSE district wide Holiday Light Recycling Program this year!
PLEASE DO NOT:
- Please do not include any packing material.
- Please do not include any apparatus used to wind up or store the lights.
- Please do not include lights wrapped in garland.
- Please place your lights in the recycling box (many will be stored in the front office, media centers, or science classrooms).
- Ask your friends, neighbors, social groups, and family members if they also have lights that need to be recycled.
- Do your part to be more sustainable this year.
Support for Virtual Students
6th Grade Girl's Basketball
Informational meeting on Thursday, 12/3 at 2pm
Tryout information and permission slip:
Social Emotional Learning and Equity at RSI
In this newsletter, we will be regularly highlighting Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and equity work that is occurring at RSI. Our administration and staff have been engaging in a great deal of equity and anti-racism work for many years. We are committed to being transparent in sharing our efforts with you this year. Riverside Intermediate has two equity coaches who lead an equity team with 20+ staff members. This team meets regularly to examine and discuss policies, procedures, curriculum and much more. We provide professional development to our entire staff that pertains to equity and inclusion. Our school is committed to being a place where all students and families feel safe to be their authentic selves. We know that there is power in the partnership between families, students, teachers, and staff, so please reach out if you ever have questions, concerns, or suggestions. We are committed to equity work and to the humanity of every single child who walks through the doors of RSI.
Lisa Finn and Kristyn Hamm
RSI Equity Coaches
Students will see this video in the principal page Tuesday. Watch and learn about how lunch will work in phase II.
Please check Meal Viewer https://schools.mealviewer.com/district/HamiltonSoutheastern for menu changes. Please remind your student they may only go through the line once. All extra items will need to be purchased at that time. They are not permitted to return to make a purchase or to get condiments. Chips, cookies, and Izzie drinks will be available. Stay connected! Follow us on Twitter @hsefoodservices, @RSICafeRJH.
Change in Lunch Charges First Semester
All parents received recent communication from the HSE food services that this first semester all HSE students will be offered free breakfast and lunch. No paperwork is required. Students will simply select their food options and eat. If you've already paid into your account that money will be awaiting 2nd semester purchases when normal pricing returns. If you have questions please feel free to call the school and ask for the cafe manager. The link to the lunch menu is also included https://www.hseschools.org/HSE/media/HSE-District-Documents/food/5-12-MENU-P2_9-10.pdf
Stay connected - follow us on Twitter @hsefoodservices and @RSICafeRJH
Notes from the Clinic
Stay Healthy at School
When reporting an absence on our voicemail, we ask that you state your student's first and last name, teacher's name and a brief reason for the absence. Even if you email the teacher, you MUST report the absence to the office!
RSI Student Course Fees for the 2020-2021 School Year
Fees are now posted under the ‘Fee Management’ tab in Skyward Family Access. Payments may be made through eFunds via the link in Skyward. Checks may be mailed, dropped at the office or sent with your student when they return to school. RSI hours are 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fees are now past due.
Very important - if you would like to apply for assistance for fees, a new application and approval is required each school year. The application for assistance can be found under ‘applications’ of the Food Service tab in Skyward Family Access. If you have any questions or need to set up payment arrangements, please contact Teresa Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 317.594.4320.
We are pleased to announce the return of the Snack Attack program for students in need. This program, supported by the Fishers Youth Assistance Program, is designed to provide students a little extra nourishment for the weekend until they can receive a hot meal at school on Monday.
Here's how the program works. Your student will pick up a small sack of food to be taken home over the weekend. The sack is filled with individually wrapped snacks such as granola bars, fruit cups, pop tarts, peanut butter/crackers, goldfish crackers, etc. The type of snacks will vary each week. Please let us know if your child has a peanut allergy as he/she will receive a special bag of peanut-free snacks. Snacks will be delivered to your homes on Thursdays beginning on September 17th. Snacks will be delivered while we are virtual. Once students are back 50/50, students will pick up snacks from the school to take home.
There is no cost to you or the school. If you are interested in having your student participate in FYAP's Snack Attack or have questions, please contact Nancy Logue, School Counselor at email@example.com
All HSE Schools student handbooks (K-12) are now online for easier access. The 5/6 handbook is available via this link: https://www.hseschools.org/about/policies-procedures
We encourage you to review it at your earliest convenience. Should you have any questions, please contact the RSI main office at 317-594-4320. Our staff is available to assist you. Have a great school year!
You should have already received your login and password for Skyward. If you haven’t, simply click FORGOT LOGIN/PASSWORD. Skyward allows parents to access grades, report cards, bus information, immunization records, lunch account/food service information, student fees, schedules, and the BACK TO SCHOOL FORMS 2020-2021. All students are required to have an iPad to expand our HSE21 curriculum. Families have the choice of purchasing an iPad on their own or they may choose to rent the iPad through the school. Please visit our HSE21 website for more information.
The following instructions are how to create and pair accounts in Canvas. Your HSE students will be using Canvas throughout virtual and in-person instructions. If you have a child or children that are new to the district, please use the following instructions to link your child's Canvas account to your parent account. Please note that if you have already created a Parent Canvas account and linked your child(ren)'s account(s), you will not need to do this.
You will need your child's school email address and ID#. This information can be found in Skyward. Please click here to access Skyward. If the link is not working, you can go to the HSE homepage and click on the Canvas tab located at the top right of the screen.
Once you are logged in, you will select your child's name from the drop down menu under Family Access at the top of the page. Next, you will click on the Student Info tab from the column on the left. Your child's school email can be found next to the word School in the middle of the screen (just to the right of their school picture) and their school ID # is located under their picture (their school ID # is labeled as Other ID).
- Please click here to access Canvas. If the link is not working, you can go to the HSE homepage and click on the Canvas tab located at the top right of the screen. You will click on the Students/Staff Portal rectangle to login with your child's information, using your child's full school email address as the username. Enter "hse" in front of their 6 digit other ID number for the password. You will now be logged in under their name.
- While on their Canvas page, click on Account and then Settings. Look to the right and click Pair with Observer. You will need to write down the code so you can use it to link your accounts.
- Click Account and Logout. You are now logged out of your child's account.
- If you have multiple students in the district, you will need to complete steps 1-3 for each of your children. You will need a pairing code for each student in an HSE school.
- Once you have a pairing code for each of your children, you will click here to access the home page of Canvas. If the link is not working, you can go to the HSE homepage and click on the Canvas tab located at the top right of the screen. You will click on the Parent Canvas Portal rectangle to create your profile. You will need your name, email, create a password, and one student pairing code. Click on Start Participating.
- Check your email now to finalize your Canvas sign-up.
- To add other children, go back to the HSE homepage, click Canvas tab, click Parent Portal, and login. Click on Account, click on Observing, and add your next child's pairing code.
YMCA ELEARNING CARE - click for more information!
2020-21 PTO Officers
Vice President - Jess Hodge
Treasurer - Teresa Hunckler
Secretary - Christel Cater
Member at Large - Susie Strange
Kroger Community Rewards
Link your Kroger Card to Riverside Intermediate.
1. Sign in to your digital account.
2. Select Riverside Intermediate.
Riverside Intermediate will earn rewards.
Any transactions moving forward using the Shopper’s Card number associated with your digital account will be applied to the program, at no added cost to you. Kroger donates annually to participating organizations based on your percentage of spending as it relates to the total spending associated with all participating Kroger Community Rewards organizations.
New Box Top Information
AMERICA'S SCHOOLS LOVE BOX TOPS!
For over 20 years, Box Tops for Education has given families an easy way to earn cash for their school, with products they already buy.
Now you can simply scan your store receipt with the Box Tops mobile app to identify participating products and instantly add cash to your school's earnings online.
Please use this link to learn more!
Mudsock Youth Athletics Update
Mark Your Calendars! Spring program registration will open on January 1st for baseball, softball, soccer, boys and girls lacrosse, rugby and track. Visit www.myathletics.com for the most updated season information and to register your child for a league.
Basketball Coach Callout - We're looking for individuals who build kids up, recognize their unique talents and help them grow a love for the sport. Thank you for checking the box to coach at registration. www.myathletics.com
Information is also available via the HSE Community Insider.
HSE Report it!
As you know, Hamilton Southeastern Schools has benefitted over the years from a “Text-a-Tip” service to provide anonymous information to the district. We wanted to let you know that we have launched “HSE Report It!”, a new school safety mobile reporting app that allows students, staff and community members to provide anonymous information about concerns for their own safety or the safety of others. HSE Report It! replaces Text-A-Tip product, which is going out of service.
We believe that HSE Report it!, which can be downloaded via Google Play or the Apple App Store, provides enhanced reporting capabilities. It’s anonymous and reports are made exclusively through the mobile app. Plus, unlike SMS text reports, HSE Report it! will have no length limitations or the need to remember a short code. Reporters can attach photos, screenshots, videos, documents and/or audio recordings to their concerns and they can engage in a two-way dialogue with a real person.
Reports are monitored by HSE building and district administration and the school resource officers (SROs).
The new HSE Report It! app will be an important resource for our community to submit anonymous tips when they wish to report concerns for their safety and the safety of others. Please encourage your family to download the app and be aware that this resource is now available to use when needed.
Always feel open and free to contact your teachers with questions. Please note the contact of the administration and counselors below as well. We are here to serve you! Never hesitate to contact any of us with questions.
Dr. Kaminski - Principal -firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Farrell - Assistant Principal - email@example.com
Mrs. Underwood - 5th Grade Counselor - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Logue - 6th Grade Counselor - email@example.com
Mrs. Bohannon - IT Specialist - firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for always checking your skylerts and we can't wait to get started with your amazing RSI Hawks!