RSI Parents and Community,
The RSI Staff and Hawks have worked so hard this first quarter and endured many different turns and changes in direction. We are all thankful to have had such a positive outcome during the different phases of learning and wish to celebrate the final week prior to Fall Break. Please help your Hawks join the RSI staff in an official Spirit Week October 12-16. The plan is noted below..hope to see all of our Hawks get involved and have some fun! Don't worry, if you are virtual, you too can still participate!
Monday- Sports Day…represent your favorite sports team
Tuesday- Crazy Socks Day
Wednesday- Camo or Tie Dye Day
Thursday- Nature Lab Day…wear your RSI Nature Lab shirt (order info below - same day!) OR dress as a goat, chicken, or a bee!
Friday- Gold and Garnet Day…wear your RSI colors
Thanks to all of you parents and guardians for your support during the first quarter. We appreciate you and thank you for all that you do to help our Hawk community thrive!
All RSI students will be taking the online NWEA reading/language arts and mathematic assessments in October. All in-person students will be offered this assessment in their block one class thru October 16th. Virtual Only Students received direct communication with options. This assessment will require a visit to school and cannot be taken in the home setting. Mr. Farrell, RSI Assistant Principal will coordinate and communicate the testing of all virtual only students.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Dana Kaminski, Ph.D.
Outdoor Learning - Support the Goats, Bees and Chickens!
Did you know that RSI has one of the best outdoor learning settings in our surrounding county area? The RSI Outdoor Nature Lab is an exceptional outdoor classroom that is providing students up close and hands on STEM opportunities and so much more. The RSI Outdoor Nature Lab has a completely sustainable chicken coop, four goats and indoor and outdoor bee hives. We've added new bench seating to the area and now have WIFI to ensure students can take their technology out with them to learn in this relaxing nature setting.
Maintaining the Nature Lab does require supplies and materials...this is where you can help, order an RSI Nature Lab T-shirt ($15) for your student and proceeds help to offset costs associated with the lab.
Fill out the order form via the link below to purchase a t-shirt-
Send in $15 cash or check to RSI with your student to give to their teacher-
Please note we have limited quantities of only Adult Small, Adult Medium and Adult Large.
Thanks for helping us keep the outdoor lab thriving!
Purchase a student RSI Nature Lab T-Shirt and help us continue to support our goats, bees and chickens. We rely on outside funding and gifts to keep our animals thriving at RSI. We appreciate your support!
Report Card Update
Our quarter ends on Friday, 10/9. Report cards will be available on Wednesday, 10/14. You can view your student’s report card by logging into Skyward Family Access, opening the portfolio section, and opening your PDF. This year is a bit different for us as we navigate Quarter 1 assessments.
- Quarter 1 represents skills or concepts that are introduced or marked at the introductory level. These concepts will be further developed over the course of the year.
- Any areas indicators left blank have not yet been assessed. These will be assessed in quarters 2, 3 and 4.
- The Personal Behavior and Work Habits section of the report card represents study skills or social skills. We have not yet assessed most of these as students have been learning virtually for a portion of our first quarter. Students will NOT have a personal behavior or Work Habit score in this report card.
Dear HSE Families:
We are excited to see many of our students back in school and learning with us on-site. With this transition to on-site learning, the health and safety of our students and staff is a top priority. As you are probably well aware of, we are learning something new every day about COVID-19 and how to better prevent the spread of this virus.
We wanted to update you on new recommendations that we are following, that you will also see highlighted in the Operations Plan.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has continued to find that masks help stop the spread of COVID-19 to others, especially when in public settings around people who don’t live in the same household and when you can’t stay 6-feet away from others.
HSE Schools is revising its face covering protocols to reflect new guidance from the CDC, the Indiana State Department of Health and the Fishers Health Department, which includes:
- Masks with exhalation valves or vents should not be worn as they allow virus particles to escape.
- Gaiters should be reconsidered as your child’s primary face covering. According to the CDC, the effectiveness is unknown at this time and is still being evaluated.
- Face shields should be reconsidered as your child’s primary face covering. According to the CDC, the effectiveness is unknown at this time and is still being evaluated.
- A face shield may be worn situationally, if:
- During instructional time when staff or students need to see mouth movements. The face shield should be replaced with a mask when the need concludes.
- Due to specific reasons, healthcare provider recommends a face shield is a better alternative for the individual.
We appreciate your flexibility and cooperation in this matter. In addition, if your student is using a lanyard to hold their face covering during the school day, it must be a break-away lanyard. This is essential to prevent any potential injuries, such as choking or strangulation.
We want to ensure our students and staff are safe and healthy while they are in school. We will continue to update procedures and guidelines as necessary. Thank you for your understanding.
Support for Virtual Students
Turkey Trot Running Club
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.
News from the Cafeteria
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
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 email@example.com or call 317.594.4320.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Boys and Girls Recreational Basketball (K-8) - Registration is open and runs through October 31st for boys and girls interested in skill development and building a love for the game. Open to kindergarteners through 8th grade, the girls season runs from November to early March. Boys (K) plays from January - March, (1st-6th) November - March and (7th/8th) January - March. Opportunities for boys Rec Plus (3rd – 6th) also available. Information and registration can be found at www.myathletics.com
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
Knights Travel Football (5-6) - Tryouts for the 2021 season will begin on Sunday, October 25th, and run through Tuesday, October 27th, at Mudsock Fields. The program is open to athletes entering 5th or 6th grade in the fall of 2021. Program info: https://www.hseyouthfootball.com/Default.aspx?tabid=1198569. Register for tryouts at 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 -email@example.com
Mr. Farrell - Assistant Principal - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Underwood - 5th Grade Counselor - email@example.com
Mrs. Logue - 6th Grade Counselor - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Bohannon - IT Specialist - email@example.com
Thank you for always checking your skylerts and we can't wait to get started with your amazing RSI Hawks!