Riverside Review

08.12.22

Principal Message

Happy Friday RSI Parents and Family Members,


Today we celebrate ending the first full week of the 2022-2023 school year. It has been a wonderfully smooth week with our young Hawks getting into the flow and routine of school. I am excited to see our lunchroom and traffic flow moving peacefully, while our students continue to focus on the RSI Way (Respect, Safety and Integrity).


I want to thank all of you parents, guardians, and family members who joined us for Meet the Teacher Night. Wow, we had a tremendous showing and that parking lot didn't have a single space left. I hope you enjoyed meeting our teachers and have a little more information to ensure you are better aware, familiar, and connected to classroom and learning expectations. Remember our staff is here to assist you with any questions you may have. ALWAYS reach out to your teachers with any questions or concerns.


Believe it or not, all 5th and 6th grade students will begin Fall NWEA testing on Monday, August 15th. Students will test with their teachers via iPads (keep those charged) and test in mathematics and language through August 26th. As always support your students by offering a calm and loving reminder to do their personal best. This is all we need to ensure we capture the best data possible. Following the results of NWEA, we will provide a full school review of academic needs and begin to initiate our RTI process to those in need. If your child/children are offered such supports you will be notified via a letter from our counselors.


Thanks again for your support on Tuesday and for sending us the best kiddos in HSE!


I wish you a safe and peaceful weekend.


Sincerely,


Dana Kaminski, Ph.D.

Principal RSI

NWEA Family Toolkit - Click Here

Learn more about NWEA assessments and how they support teaching and learning.

Contact Information

Dr. Kaminski - Principal -dkaminski@hse.k12.in.us

Mr. Farrell - Assistant Principal - bfarrell@hse.k12.in.us

Mrs. Satterly - 5th Grade Counselor - ssatterly@hse.k12.in.us

Mrs. Anton - 6th Grade Counselor - banton@hse.k12.in.us

Mrs. Bohannon - IT Specialist - kbohannon@hse.k12.in.us

School Hours

School Start: 9:15AM


School End: 4:00PM

Riverside Info You Should Know

Our goal is to keep our parents/guardians informed of the events and policies at RSI. Please read the information below and call the school office with any questions. Thanks for being such a vital part of making Riverside Intermediate a special school.


Skyward allows parents to access students’ grades from teachers’ electronic grade books.


Health card and consent to treat forms must be completed each school year. This ensures the health and safety of your student, allows us to care for your student and allows your student to attend field trips. These forms are available to complete on your parent Skyward account by clicking on “Back to School Forms”. Fill out all forms online and click “Complete” at the end for the forms to be seen by the nurse.


ParentSquare will be used as the primary communication tool between the HSE school district and students, parents, and staff for emergency situations (for example: school delays or closings). It will also be used for attendance and general information as well throughout the year to notify parents about important information, upcoming events, or milestones.


iPads are required for all students in the 5th and 6th grade 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 at https://www.hseschools.org/academics/technology-classroom for more information.


The Riverside Review is our weekly newsletter that is sent out via ParentSquare. It is also posted on our website at https://rsi.hseschools.org/happenings/newsletters. It is full of important information and scheduled activities.


Our Calendar is on our website with the most up to date information. https://www.hsecalendars.org/public/genie/752/school/13/


School Attendance is extremely important. The school attendance line is 317-594-4328. Parents are requested to notify the school as soon as possible. See the student handbook for the detailed attendance policy.


The Tardy Bell rings at 9:15 am. If your student is going to be late to school or absent from school, please call our attendance line at 317-594-4328.


Change of Transportation/ Early Dismissal requires a note sent to school with your student. Be sure to include your student’s full name. Your student should give the note to their homeroom teacher first thing in the morning. This will advise the office of a change. The dismissal bell rings at 4:00 pm. Photo ID is required when signing out a student during the school day.


All Cell Phones are to be turned off and secured in student lockers during the school day. Their use during the school day is forbidden. Cell phones will be confiscated if visible during the school day. All confiscated cell phones must be picked up by a parent.


To be Excused from Participation in PE, students MUST have a doctor’s note stating why he/she cannot participate and for how long the student should be excused. A parental note may be used for one day only.


Safe Visitor Background Checks MUST be on file with the school before a parent is allowed to volunteer in the classroom, have lunch with a student, or go on a field trip. Background checks are valid for 3 years.


Address Changes must be reported to the main office and require proof of residency. Refer to the HSE website for acceptable documents.


Golden Hawk of the Month is the character education program at RSI. Students will be recognized for displaying any of HSE’s nine positive character traits throughout the year by earning a poster and a prize!


The Counselors at RSI loop with the students. Therefore, your student will have the same counselor for 5th and 6th grade. Individual counseling, group counseling, classroom guidance, and character education are all services provided by the counselors at RSI.


Breakfast and Lunch pricing is $1.40 per day(breakfast) and $2.80 per day(lunch). Checks may be made payable to RSI. Please include student ID number on the check. You may also use your debit or credit card to pay for lunch online through eFunds.


Canvas is a tool for teachers to use to distribute important information, submit assignments, and more. Students use the same credentials for Canvas as they use to log into the computers at school.


Students Fees will be assessed one-time per school year. The fees will cover the cost of textbook rental, consumable and material fees. The fee is based on a student’s schedule/courses taken. Fees are assigned in the fall near the end of August with payment due in October. These fees are in addition to the rental fee for an iPad.

ParentSquare

We have switched from Skylert to ParentSquare for our mass communication platform (Skyward is still being used for grades, attendance, etc.). We realize there are many methods for communication in HSE Schools, by moving to ParentSquare we will be able to reduce those some of those methods.


ParentSquare is a simple-to-use platform that provides a safe way for everyone at a school to connect. With ParentSquare, you'll be able to:


  • Receive messages from the district and school via email, text or app notification
  • Choose to receive information as it comes or all at once at 6 p.m. daily
  • Communicate in your preferred language
  • Comment on school postings to engage in your school community
  • And more all from your phone or web portal!

We invite you to go to www.parentsqure.com to activate your account. Once on the site, put in your email address we have linked to your student in the Sign Up/Create Password section on the right side of the page. Then click “Go”. You will be receive a link to your email account to continue to setup process. Once signed in, if you have a phone number setup in Skyward you will be asked to confirm the number. Also, you will be asked to confirm your students.


After you create your account, we recommend downloading the ParentSquare app from the Apple or Google Play store. With the app, you can enable push notifications on your phone for alerts as well as set a language preference.


If you need to make any changes to your email or phone numbers, please log into Skyward and make those changes under the Student Info section.

Student Handbook

All HSE Schools student handbooks (K-12) are now online for easier access. The 5/6 handbook is available via this link: https://rsi.hseschools.org/MediaLibraries/RSI/RSI-Documents/5-6-Student-Handbook.pdf



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!

Counselors Corner


Social Emotional Learning


5th/6th Grade Summary:

In this week’s lesson your child will learn about the three parts of their brains that help them think and respond to stress.

Try This at Home:

Ask your child the three parts of the brain that respond to stress and explain how each part reacts.

Body Safety Program

The Indiana Center for Prevention of Youth Abuse & Suicide (ICPYAS)'s Child Lures Prevention- Think First and Stay Safe presentation will be given to all Riverside Intermediate students. Our 5th grade classes will attend on Wednesday, August 24th and our 6th grade classes on Thursday, August 25th.


More information about the program can be viewed on their website: https://www.indianaprevention.org/child-lures-prevention


If you have further questions, please contact:

5th Grade Counselor: Mrs. Sera Satterly - ssatterly@hse.k12.in.us

6th Grade Counselor: Mrs. Brenna Anton - banton@hse.k12.in.us

Get Ready for Picture Day!

Please use the information below when ordering your student's school pictures.


Click the Lifetouch "button" below

School Name: Riverside Intermediate School

Picture Day Date: Tuesday, August 16

Picture Day ID: EVTMM93PN

RSI Cross Country

Cross Country is a club for students who ENJOY running! Students who participate will be expected to run a 3 kilometer course for practice and meets. For safety reasons, students who join should be able to complete a mile in approximately 15 minutes or less. Enrollment is limited to the first 50 students in each grade level to turn in the registration form and payment by Thursday, August 25.

Immunization Clinic

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Don't Forget to Sign up!

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From the Nurse

If your student still needs immunizations to be compliant by the September 1 deadline, please contact the Fishers Health Department. FHD has appointments available now, so please schedule as soon as possible. Don't wait until 8/26 to register and schedule an appointment.

Register using the link or QR code on the attached flyer.

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From the Cafeteria

All students regardless of account balance can receive a breakfast and lunch meal deal. At breakfast we use a point system, a meal deal is 3 to 4 points. It MUST include a small juice. At lunch, a meal deal is an entree, fruit and/or vegetable, and milk which is optional. Any items beyond the meal deal are extras and have a cost. Checks and cash are accepted for payment. You can also make payments on Efunds as well. Remember to include your student’s ID number as well as their name on the checks or envelopes so our cashiers can add deposits to the correct account. We are still having supply chain issue. Please look for twitter updates daily for menu changes @RSICafeRJH

Food Services Is Hiring!

COME HELP US PROVIDE THE IMPORTANT MEALS THE STUDENTS NEED TO MAKE FOR A GREAT SCHOOL DAY. Flexible hours, same schedule as your students and more. Support our schools and become involved in our district. We are a great team!

https://www.applitrack.com/hamiltonse/onlineapp/

Hamilton Southeastern Schools - Frontline Recruitment

Mudsock Youth Athletics

It’s Basketball Time!

Registration for our recreational basketball programs for both boys and girls is officially open with waitlists forming after August 31st. Register now at myathletics.com. The leagues welcome athletes in Kindergarten through 8th grade. The girls season runs from November through early March. Boys (K) play January through March, (1st - 6th) November through March, and (7th/8th) January through March. Find the girls basketball information packet here. Find the boys basketball information packet here

Scholarship Program

Everyone plays. Mudsock Youth Athletics offers full and partial registration scholarship opportunities to children who qualify for free or reduced lunch within the Hamilton Southeastern School District. Families must apply and be accepted during our open registration period. For winter sports these dates are August 1st – August 31st. For more information, please call 317-845-5582 or email info@myathletics.com.

YMCA Before School Care

6:30am before school

Work with the YMCA!

We cannot safely open more spots until we can secure more staff. If you know any of your friends or family looking for a fun and rewarding job, please send them our way. See flyer below!

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Using Skyward

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 2022-2023. 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.

Technology Assistance

If you would like to schedule technology assistance, please click here

Canvas

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).


Steps:


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Click Account and Logout. You are now logged out of your child's account.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Check your email now to finalize your Canvas sign-up.
  7. 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.

RSI PTO

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PTO Meetings

We are excited to be kicking off a new year! Those meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6pm in the Media Center, with the exception of this month since that is Meet the Teacher Night. The dates are below:


August 16

September 13

October 11

November 8

December 13

January 10

March 14

April 11

May 9

RSI Staff Appreciation Event

RSI Family,

Please click on the link below to donate to our first RSI Staff Appreciation Event. If you have any questions please reach out to me, Nicole Denney, at ndenney1@yahoo.com.

Thank you so much for donating.

HSE COMMUNITY INSIDER


Interested in finding out about things going on throughout our district - take a look at the Community Insider!
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Contact information:


RIVERSIDE INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL

11014 Eller Road ♦ Fishers, IN ♦ 46038

317.594.4320 (phone)

317.594.4328 (attendance line)

317.594.4329 (fax)


Follow Us on Twitter: @RSIHawks

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