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Fall Creek Intermediate - January 2, 2017


Welcome Back!

We hope that you all had a safe, relaxing break! We are excited to see all of our Falcons return and begin the second half of the year.

As a school we are continuing our practice of Mindfulness to assist all students in finding the 'pause' between reacting to a situation whether that be a conflict with another student, an personal 'anxious' moment, etc. That pause is available to provide time to react in an appropriate manner toward a positive outcome. Sometimes that pause allows students time to speak with an adult (parent, teacher, etc.) to get assistance with a situation.

It is a goal for FCI that we will utilize this practice throughout all areas of the school to assist our students in being more mindful/aware/pay attention to their experience, thoughts, and emotions to assist them in their daily lives and make informed choices. The intent is to develop and strengthen their minds to increase their focus and recognize/manage their emotions, making better decisions, and empathize in their relationships.

It is something that anyone can do anywhere...even without anyone else knowing. Just sitting quietly and calmly to allow time to focus. Many have shared how they use mindfulness when they are feeling anxious, nervous, or even agitated during both the school day or while at home to hit the reset button. This includes both children and adults!

Thank you for working together with us to assist our students in finding ways to positively deal with conflict in their lives.

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Morning Drop-Off

For safety reasons, once you get in line at the curb to drop off your child in the morning at FCI, your child must actually leave your vehicle and enter the school. In other words, cars are not allowed to idle along the curb and wait for the 7:35am bell for your child to enter the school. This causes a back-up and interferes with traffic on Olio Road.

Students may enter the cafeteria doors and report to the cafeteria in a supervised situation if dropped off after 7am but before 7:35am. Once the 7:35am bell rings, students will enter the school from the front door of the school.

Should you not want your child to enter the cafeteria to wait for the bell to release him/her to class, you must park in the parking lot NOT the drop-off line on the curb.

As an additional reminder, ONLY right-hand turns are allowed when leaving FCI's front parking lot during the morning rush. As we work with our local law enforcement to take coordinate drop-offs with multiple schools at a similar time, it is imperative that these procedures are followed for the safety of all.

6th Grade Girls Basketball Tryouts - 1/4-1/5/2018

Tryouts will be Thursday, January 4th and Friday January 5th after school until 5pm. A physical form should be filled out by the first game. Good luck to all who try out!!

Click here for the permission slip.

First Girls' Home Basketball Game - Permission Slips Due 1/15/18

Come cheer on the girls' basketball team in their opening game of the season against Riverside Intermediate on January 18th @ 3:15pm. This is a student stay-after school game as it starts at 3:15pm. Students must have tickets purchased by 1/15 to be able to stay after school on Thursday 1/18. If they do not have their ticket purchased by then, they may come back to the game but must go home first.

Please return this Permission Slip with $1 due by MONDAY, 1/15/18

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 December Lesson: Bullying Prevention-recognizing bullying

Students will be able to:

  • Recognize and define bullying
  • Understand how bullying can affect them and their peers
  • Empathize with individuals who are bullied
  • Understand what they can do if they or someone they know is bullied

6th Grade December Lesson: Bullying Prevention- cyber bullying

Students will be able to:

  • Recognize that technology is sometimes used for bullying
  • Understand ways they can be “part of the solution” to cyber bullying
  • Understand strategies for dealing with cyber bullying

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.

Notes from the Nurse

Now that colder weather is upon us, please be sure to send your child with a coat, hat, gloves, etc. The clinic does not have any of these items on hand. If your child is missing something from earlier this year, have them check the lost and found table inside the recess door.

The clinic is in need of gently used boys' and girls' pants. Leggings, sweatpants, joggers, etc. that your child has outgrown can be loaned to other students if they fall and get wet at recess. Break is a great time to purge your child's closet of these items!

FCI Teams Up with Goodwill

Fall Creek Intermediate and HSE school district have teamed up with Goodwill to collect clothing 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.


Thank you, PTO!

Thank you to the PTO for providing a treat for the holiday celebrations before break!!

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!

******* CALENDARS*******

What's Happening @ the Creek

Wednesday, January 3

Teachers Only

  • 3:00-4:30pm - Boys Basketball Practice

Thursday, January 4, rot. F1

3:00-5:00pm - Girls Basketball Tryouts Day 1

Friday, January 5, rot. F2

3:00-5:00pm - Girls Basketball Tryouts Day 2

Saturday, January 6

9:00am - Boys Basketball Tournament at Riverside Intermediate School

Monday, January 8, rot. F3

  • 3:30-5:00pm - Girls Basketball Practice

Tuesday, January 9, rot. F4

  • 2:55-3:50pm - Science Bowl Practice
  • 3:00-5:00pm - Girls Basketball Practice

Wednesday, January 10, rot. F5

  • 7:00am - Student Council
  • 2:55-3:50pm - Science Bowl Practice
  • 3:00-5:00pm - Girls Basketball Practice

Thursday, January 11, rot. C1

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

Friday, January 12, rot. C2

  • 9:30am - PTO Meeting
  • 3:00-4:30pm - Girls Basketball Practice

District Calendar - 2017-18

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


Transportation Change/Early Dismissal Notification

Please follow the below process when your child has a transportation change or early dismissal. Following this process ensures that the office and teachers are informed of the change(s).

Transportation Change / Early Dismissal Notification Process

Follow one of the below steps to notify the school of your child’s change.

Send a note with your child in the morning

Send an email to the office staff and your child’s teacher

Last minute changes during the school day:

  • Call the office at 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.

After school hours:

  • Call the attendance line at 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

*Passes are sent to students with changes/dismissal times in an attempt to reduce interruptions during class.

If an absence is due to a 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 knowledgeable 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!

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HSE Schools Community Bulletin Board

HSE Schools has created a Community Bulletin Board on its district website. This will serve as a central location to find information about activities and events promoted by organizations that serve our students and their families. This is where the Fishers Library, YMCA, S.P.O.R.T.S. and other groups' registration information will be located.

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