Ranger News, Week of December 16, 2019
From the Principal
This is a big week at Raymond Park! This week marks the end of the second grading period, includes various end-of-term celebrations, and offers students and staff an opportunity to give back to our community. Please also read on to discover an updated security guideline.
The end of the grading period is Wednesday. Patrons should support students in making sure all missing assignments are turned in. Report cards will be sent home at the end of the week.
End-of-term celebrations will come in the form of cohort level Ranger-to-the-CORE trips to Dave and Busters on Wednesday and Thursday. Then, all students will participate in CORE celebrations on Friday that include a holiday music convocation put on by our 8th grade band, choir and orchestra students. Students that meet or beat their projected growth goals on the NWEA math test will also receive cookies this week from the principal. Similarly, students meeting or beating their reading projection were rewarded last week.
Holiday giving will come in the form of candy grams that students may purchase at lunch this week. Candy grams will be delivered to recipient students during CORE connect class daily, and proceeds will go to Warren Township's Sonny Day Community Center.
School Safety. Please further down in this newsletter to review information about our Raptor Visitor Management System. Moving forward, RP will expect that ALL visitors to the building - even those who come in on a regular basis or are coming simply to pick up a student - provide their state or government issued ID to be scanned. This is also a requirement for parents/guardians attending meetings in the main office area. We appreciate your understanding with this as we continue to strive to keep students and staff safe.
John Kleine, Ed.D.
School Rules that Some Students Find Inconvenient
This section of the newsletter is for the purpose of helping parents and guardians support students in understanding the need for guidelines that the adolescent mind often seeks to test. This week's focus is personal electronic devices.
School Safety Measure: Personal electronic devices (including cell phones) are not to be used/accessed during the school day without adult authorization.
Rationale: Electronic devices take focus from teaching and learning during class and serve as an unnecessary distraction during passing periods and lunch. Social media applications are also popular with adolescents, and irresponsible social media posts can lead to confusion and hurt feelings.
Inconvenience to Students: Students are seemingly increasingly connected to electronic devices and have the desire to engage at the expense of maintaining a focus on learning.
Consequence: Confiscation of device for parent pick-up.
Most Common Student Excuses: 1.fell out of pocket, 2. turning it off, 3. checking the time, 4. parent was texting/calling me, and 5. didn't know that it was a rule.
School Allowances: Chromebooks are located in most classrooms to allow students connection to the internet for learning activities. Students may contact parents when needed and permission is granted by using a classroom telephone. Parent messages given to the office will be relayed to students.
Would you like to know more? The RP Electronic Device Policy may be found on page 15 of the Student Agenda.
RPI&MS 5th -8th grade 19-20 Yearbooks on sale now!
Order your 5th -8th grade combined RPI&MS yearbook today!!!
You can order online at ybpay.lifetouch.com - yearbook ID code is 10818420
You can also order by sending in a check made payable to Lifetouch.
A basic paperback yearbook costs $20 and is only a $5 charge to add a hardcover!
Please see Mrs. Simala or Mr. Brooks with your yearbook questions.
Morning Student Arrival Information
As the weather becomes increasingly colder, it is important to review our morning drop-off procedures. Recently, we have had a large number of students on campus prior to 8:30 a.m. This presents a safety concern as those students are standing outside in frigid temperatures and are left unsupervised.
- Students are not able to enter the building until 8:30 a.m. This is the earliest we can guarantee appropriate adult supervision.
- Students should NOT be dropped off prior to 8:30 a.m. each day; if they are, they will be standing in cold temperatures until staff supervision arrives and students are let in to the cafeteria.
- Given that school begins at 8:55 a.m. for 5th and 6th grade students and 9:02 a.m. for 7th and 8th grade students, the school is allowing families an additional 25-30 minutes of time for their student to be supervised by inviting students in the building at 8:30 a.m.
- Please use this information and follow the Car Line Procedures (below) to create the car-rider line safety for morning and afternoon travel.
- Please also follow the instructions of all staff members outdoors as they direct and supervise parking lot and drop-off line areas.
The safety and supervision of your student and our staff is always our top priority - we ask for you support in helping us with these efforts.
From the Office of Exceptional Learners:
If your student needs Math or Science homework assistance, they can call AskRose. Please see information below:
Tutors are available by phone Sunday - Thursday, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm (ET) at:
RPI&MS PTSA News
Don't forget to join our Parent Teacher Student Association and support all of the wonderful student activities and events throughout the school year! Your $7 membership earns you a weekly PTSA electronic newsletter and membership incentives. Our PTSA sponsors Back To School Night treats, Warren Homefest, the quarterly CORE Celebrations, teacher reimbursement for school supplies, open gym nights, family bingo night, field trip fundraisers, end of year celebration treat for all students, 8th grade celebration gift, and staff appreciation days. Our PTSA coordinates the school-PTSA joint fall fundraiser, grade level fundraisers, weekly slushy sales, RP-AMC monthly family movie events, Box Top collection contests, quarterly roller skating parties at the Roller Cave and Sonny Day Community Center volunteering nights. We have over 400 members this year! Join us!!
Congratulations to our 5th grade students and staff for winning our PTSA membership contest this year!
Please contact our PTSA for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
SCHOOL DISTRICT PUBLICATIONS/NEWS MEDIA USE
Dr. John Kleine - Principal
Mrs. Jina Simmons - 5th Grade Level Administrator
Mr. Andrew McAulay - 5th Grade Counselor
Mrs. April Price - 6th Grade Level Administrator
Ms. Katie Piatt - 6th Grade Counselor
Mr. Bill Halpin - 7th Grade Level Administrator
Mrs. Iris Parrish -7th Grade Counselor
Dr. Leondra Radford - 8th Grade Level Administrator
Mrs. Adrienne Mathews - 8th Grade Counselor
Lisa Stewart - Nurse
To apply you must be in the 7th or 8th grade. Contact Katie Piatt RPMS Educational Counselor for application email@example.com or 317-532-8900 X8910.