The Puma Press

The Weekly Publication of Raymond Park Intermediate Academy

We Believe

Our vision is to prepare students to be self-directed learners who are literate, creative, curious, civic-minded citizens who demonstrate civility, order, respect and excellence in school and in life.

Our mission is to ensure the intellectual and emotional growth of every student while promoting civility, order, respect and excellence. We recognize that each student can and must succeed in an environment enriched with support, encouragement and accountability.

From the Principal

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August 18, 2017

Dear Parents,

As many of you know, this coming Monday, August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will be visible throughout North America. In Indianapolis, we will experience about 90% of the Total Eclipse. The eclipse will begin around 1:00 pm, peak around 2:25 pm, and end around 3:45 pm.

Many of our teachers will be sharing the eclipse via online viewing with students and doing other research-related activities. During dismissal on Monday (at 2:45 pm) we will remind students to not look directly at the sun. A note of caution: According to NASA, looking directly into the sun is unsafe and could result in temporary or permanent eye damage.

The school staff will make every effort possible to encourage students to board their buses quickly on Monday, and to remind students to avoid looking directly at the sun. Please help us with this effort by explaining to your children the importance of moving directly to their bus or car at the end of the day Monday.

Students who have PE will not be going outside during the afternoon on Monday. After school activities will not take place outside until after 3:45 pm.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to my office, at [317] 532.8965.

Mrs. Carey Storm

[317] 532.8965

PS - Please let us know how well we are doing here at Raymond Park Intermediate Academy and what areas you feel like we could improve upon this school year. Follow this link and help us out by answering a few questions.

From the Dean

Every Child ... Every Seat ... Every Day ... On Time!

Raymond Park Intermediate Academy prides itself on maintaining a positive learning environment inside and around the Warren Township Community. We want our students here every day and we take this commitment seriously. We believe that it’s our shared responsibility to ensure students and parents understand the importance of our “Every Child, Every Seat, Every Day, On Time” philosophy. Our goal is for our students to have an attendance average of or greater than 97%.

Daily attendance is taken in both instructional blocks. Students that are transported by parents or guardians are allowed to enter the building at 7:05am. Those students who are transported by district buses enter the building at 7:17am. Students will be marked tardy if they are not in the building by 7:35am.

Please continue to work with us as we help ensure that our students practice CORE Attendance by Coming On time Ready Every day!

Thanks for your support!

Mr. Stephen Gainey

[317] 532.8981

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Eastside Community Anti-Violence & Safety Day

Saturday - August 26, 2017 from 12:00pm - 3:00pm

For more information, please contact:

Pathway Resource Center

10119 John Marshall Drive

Indianapolis, IN 46235

Phone: (317) 890-9817


The Sonny Day Community Center

The Sonny Day Community Center is open twice each month to help our families with food, toiletries, cleaning supplies, and clothing that they may need. To learn more, please click here.

Late Start Wednesdays 2017-2018

All late start school days will begin one hour later than normal this year, which includes bus pickup times. On these days, students will enter the car rider line door at 8:05am and the bus rider door at 8:17am. We appreciate your flexibility with these monthly teacher days as we work together with our teachers to better equip them to meet the needs of your students.

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Alternate Afternoon Plans

If you need to make a change in your child’s afternoon transportation plans, please send a note with them to school or contact the office at 532-8965 by 2:00pm. Please note that we will try and accommodate any changes made after 2:00pm, but this can be difficult if students are already on their bus for the afternoon.

Transportation Expectations

Please discuss with your student the importance of CORE Bus Expectations which will be reinforced throughout the school year. Students are to be seated, facing forward, and stay in assigned seats while the bus is in motion. These expectations focus on keeping students safe as they travel to and from school every day. Thank you for your support!

Transportation Information

Does your student need to be picked up or dropped off at another location other than your house in the Raymond Park area? Here is what you need to do:

1) Contact the Registrar at 532.8966.

2) Fill out the necessary forms that are required.

3) Transportation will contact you with the updated information. All changes in transportation will require 24-48 hours to take effect.

Please note that those students riding the school bus, pick up and drop off must be in the boundaries of Raymond Park. You are allowed an AM bus stop and a separate PM bus stop if necessary. The bus stops must be the same every day of the week. If your student is a car rider or will be picked up by a daycare service at the end of the day, please make sure we have the name and phone number of the person providing transportation on file.

Car Rider Procedures

Please make sure you get in line to drop your students off in the morning; it is a safety hazard to cut through the parking lot and drop your child off in the middle of it. As soon as you are next to the sidewalk, please allow your student to exit your vehicle and walk to the front entrance on the sidewalk. We strive to keep all students safe and need everyone's support with our busy car rider line.

Immunizations Deadline

An exclusion date has been set for the 2017-2018 school year. If your student does not have updated immunizations on file at school by September 18, 2017, they will be excluded from attending. Letters will be sent home soon, but in the meanwhile, please contact your doctor or the health department as soon as possible to set up an appointment for your child. For any questions, please contact the school nurse at 317-532-8912.

Prescriptions & Medications

Please do not send any medication to school with your students. All medications must be brought to the school nurse and signed in by a parent or guardian, including prescription and over the counter medications. If you have not already completed a Consent to Treat Form and an Emergency Medical Form for your student please do so as soon as possible.

Lisa Walsh Stewart, RN

School Nurse
Raymond Park

[317] 532.8912 – phone

[317] 532.8999 – fax


If you would like to volunteer in any Warren Township school, you will need to complete a Criminal History Background Check form and provide a copy of your driver’s license or state I.D. You will need to allow approximately 2 weeks for the background check to be processed.

Student Recognition

The occasion may arise when the school district wants to recognize your child or your child's school. This may include your child's photo, your child's name or your child's work in district publications, newsletters, on school district websites, and in electronic/social media or in staff training videos. We may also want to tell the media (including newspapers, television, and radio) about your child's achievements. We never knowingly release information about a student to anyone who wants to use it for commercial/political purposes. However, we will honor your request to not include your child in these types of recognitions if you notify your child's school office in writing that you do not want this type of information released.

Lobby Guard

When visiting the Raymond Park Campus, all visitors must report to the office and sign in and out using our Lobby Guard kiosk. Please remember to have a valid ID with you to gain entrance to our school. After you scan your ID at the Lobby Guard kiosk located at the main entrance, a visitor’s badge will be generated for you.

Contact Information

Please be sure to notify the school of any changes in home, cell or emergency phone numbers. This is very important in case of an emergency or illness. Please let the office know at 532.8965.

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To reach staff by phone, call 317.532.8965 and when prompted push * plus the 4-digit extension.

All emails have after their address. Follow this link to communicate with one of our staff members.