The Puma Press

March 9, 2018

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.

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Puma Community,

Our vision here at Raymond Park Intermediate Academy 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. Making this vision a reality requires maintaining the safest environment possible for our students to grow and learn, which includes the safety of our car riders. When students are dropped off at school in the morning and/or picked up from school in the afternoon, there are specific procedures to follow in order to protect everyone. Regardless of procedures, common sense plays the greatest role in parking lot safety. Please take a few minutes to review our Car Rider Safety & Procedures here.

We will not test ISTEP+ again until the next window opens, which will take place from Monday, April 16th through Friday, May 4th. As you schedule appointments, please make sure to avoid these dates as the ISTEP+ is a mandatory and critical assessment that students must participate in. Perfect attendance during this assessment is critical to your child's success. Thank you in advance for being mindful of this schedule.

Our Scholastic Book Fair will continue to run through March 15th. It is being held in the LGI Room daily from 10:00AM - 1:45PM. We appreciate your support in allowing your child to access many types of reading books and at the same time supporting the RP Mediaplex. If you have any questions regarding the book fair, please contact Linda Meid at (317) 532-8900 ext. 8903.

I would like to extend an invitation to our Raymond Park families to the second District Community Dialogue. This community dialogue is an opportunity for our stakeholders to hear about and provide input regarding the future of Warren Township. This second community dialogue will be held on Tuesday, April 3rd here at Raymond Park, from 6:30PM - 7:30PM. If you are not able to attend, there will be additional community dialogues later in April at Warren Central on April 10th from 5:30PM - 6:30PM and at Stonybrook on April 24th from 6:30PM - 7:30PM.

The MSD of Warren Township will host an open enrollment opportunity for new kindergarten & preschool aged children for the 2018 - 2019 school year. The Kindergarten Roundup will take place on Monday, April 9th, from 5:30PM - 7:00PM at each of our nine elementary schools. To be considered for kindergarten, students must be five years old on or before August 31st. The Warren Early Childhood Center will host their Preschool Roundup during the day, also on April 9th, from 8:00AM - 4:00PM. Students are eligible for preschool as soon as they turn three years old, and registrations are accepted throughout the year. Please contact the Warren Early Childhood Center at (317) 869 - 4750 for more preschool information.

Share your love of reading with a child. Become a tutor, mentor, and friend! For just one hour a week, you can make a difference in a child’s life. Since 1989, Oasis tutors have been helping children build reading skills, self-esteem and a positive attitude toward learning. Training and materials are provided; no teaching experience is needed. One tutor, one student, one hour, once a week. For more information, call Oasis at (317) 396-3751 or visit their website here.

Please remember in order to send your child to school, they need to be fever free for 24 hours without medicine. If we send them home today with a fever they cannot return to school tomorrow. Also, if your child is vomiting during the night or in the morning please do not send them to school.

For your future planning purposes, the school board approved the 2018-2019 school year calendar on February 21, 2018. You can access that new calendar here.

We are on Spring Break the weeks of March 19th and March 26th. As Spring is almost upon us, it means we can look forward to longer days and more sunlight. It also means the start of Daylight Savings Time — when nearly all of the country will collectively set their clocks ahead one hour. This is a reminder to "spring forward" this Sunday, March 11, 2018, at 2AM. Please remember to do this so your student doesn’t risk oversleeping and in turn arrive late to school on Monday.

Thanks again for your continued support as we work together to provide an Exceptional Educational Experience for All.

Mr. Stephen Gainey

Dean of Students

(317) 532-8981

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