The RSI staff is so thankful to have had a chance to kick off phase II with our Blue Team in-person the past two days! Our bus drop, movement through the school, lunch process, recess process, and departure have gone tremendously smooth. Thanks to all of you for sending your child/children prepared for school.
We will greet our Red Team students on Monday and work them through the procedures of in- school learning. Thanks for your patience in this transition as having students join us in 5th grade who've never been here before does take some time to inform them of lockers, hallways, restrooms, and more in procedures. I've been very impressed with what I am seeing with all of our in-person students meeting with virtual at the beginning of the blocks for mini-lessons and community block activities.
HSE Schools are completing a survey with students around their thoughts and opinions of their virtual learning experiences during Phase 1 of instruction this school year. This survey will be completed in class with their teachers guidance. This survey will be offered to both Red and Blue students between September 21 -25th at RSI.
- The survey is for students only.
- The survey focuses only on virtual instruction during Phase 1 when all students were learning virtually.
- A family survey will be coming later to collect feedback for both Phases 1 and 2.
ALL students will be offered this survey via their block 1 teacher during the survey window.
For those of you who have not had a chance to get up to speed with phase II 50/50 please feel free to hit the link below:
Dana Kaminski, Ph.D.
Parents who've selected to keep students home 100% virtual should watch this video.
Want to learn more about RSI? Click around this interactive map. Note the virtual drone tour below as well.
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.
o 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.
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
FALL PICTURE DAY - next week!
Thursday, 9/24 - Blue
Virtual students may come to the school on 9/23 or 9/24 to have their picture taken from 8:15-2:00. Please drop your student at Door 29. The office staff will assist them from there.
In order to aid our schools' effort in remaining as paperless as possible this year, we are not sending actual paper order forms out. This will help reduce cross contamination between the school, student, parent, and photographer. Also, every child will have their individual photo emailed to their parent with a direct link for online ordering, if an email is provided. You may use the button below for online ordering. The RSI order code is 52316HA.
Students will see this video in the principal page Tuesday. Watch and learn about how lunch will work in phase II.
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 due by Friday, October 2, 2020.
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.
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 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
Recreational Basketball Registration (K - 8th)
Swish. Did you hear? Registration opens Sept. 11th and runs through Oct. 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 Nov. to early March. Boys (K) plays from Jan. -March, (1st-6th) Nov. - March and (7th/8th) Jan. - March. Opportunities for boys Rec Plus (3rd – 6th) also available. Information and registration can be found at www.myathletics.com
HSE/Fishers Girls Travel Basketball (3rd – 6th)
Tryouts for Travel Basketball for girls in 3rd – 6th grade will take place on September 21st and September 22nd for Fishers and 22nd and 23rd for HSE. Program information and tryout details can be found here https://girlsbasketball.hsesports.org/Default.aspx?tabid=1208432. Athletes must be registered to attend at www.myathletics.com
HSE/ Fishers Boys Travel Basketball (3rd – 6th)
Tryouts for HSE and Fishers Travel Basketball for boys in 3rd – 6th grade will take place on September 20th and 27th. Program details and tryout details can be found here https://www.mudsockbasketball.com/Default.aspx?tabid=1204023. Athletes must be registered to attend 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 -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!