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The Weekly Publication of Raymond Park Intermediate Academy

8575 East Raymond Street, Indianapolis, IN 46239 317.532.8965

Raymond Park Intermediate Academy exists to ensure the intellectual and emotional growth of every student while promoting effective citizenship. The Puma Community recognizes that each student can and must succeed in an environment enriched with support, encouragement, and accountability.


February 14, 2014 | Volume 4 | Issue 23



Travis Koomler Principal 1.317.532.8965

Dear RPIA Families, We have had a very busy week! All students completed Acuity C testing in the areas of Science, Social Studies, Math, and Language Arts. Your child will be bringing their scores home, along with midterms on February 28th. I ask that you take some time to look this information over and to celebrate your childs achievements and growth. Attendance each day is extremely important for consistency in learning and creating routines. Over the next couple of weeks, attendance for our students is even more important because of ISTEP. Please continue to make every effort in making sure your child is present at school. When your child has to be absent, please reach out to the teacher for their make-up work.
Please put these important dates on your calendar: ISTEP Applied Skills: March 3 21 ISTEP Multiple Choice: April 28 May 9

Stephen Gainey Dean of Students 1.317.532.8981 1.317.532.8965

Linda Willen School Counselor


Mary Crabtree

Principals Secretary

Mary Ann DePrez


As always, I appreciate your support. Mr. Koomler

Grade 5
Weekly Attendance 96.4%

Grade 6 Grade 5 Grade 6

These presentations will be conducted separately for 5 th and 6th grade boys and girls. The students will participate in a program led by personnel from the Indiana Social Health Association. Following the showing of the videos at the pupil programs, discussion will be led by health personnel. If you do not want your child to participate, please send a note prior to the presentation date.

Weekly Attendance 95.1% Year to Date Attendance 95.9% Year to Date Attendance 95.2%

February 20, 2014 February 21, 2014 February 27, 2014 February 28, 2014

Liberty Park Lowell Raymond Park Raymond Park

2013 2014 2013 2014

Attendance Goal 98%

Student Enrollment 612

2013 2014

PTSA Membership 407

Elementary Intersession School

Sunny Heights Elementary School $20 Transportation Breakfast Math & Reading

School Grade


Our Students Demonstrate

If you would like your student to attend the Warren Elementary Intersession School, please contact Mr. Gainey, and a form will be mailed home. The $20 fee must accompany the registration form. Email

Practice Respect Accept Responsibility Work Together Safety First
Spring Break Child Care
Warren Early Childhood Center
$130 Weekly Breakfast 7:45am Lunch 11:30am Snack @ 3:15pm $60 Non-Refundable Deposit Per Child for Each Week Due March 12


Monday February 17

Wednesday February 19
School Board Meeting 7:00pm

February 27, 2014 Raymond Park Academy 5:00pm

Thursday February 20
PTSA Skating Party 6:30pm

Wednesday February 26
Texas Roadhouse RPIA 5:00pm

5th Grade Social Health Films 7:30am

Thursday February 27 Thursday February 27

Math Bowl Tourney 4:00pm

6th Grade Social Health Films 7:30am

Friday February 28 Friday February 28

LAS Links Testing Ends

Friday February 28
PTSA Open Gym Night 6:00pm

March 3 April 30
ISTAR Testing

April 28 May 7
IMAST Testing

Make-Up Days
MONDAY February 17, 2014 THURSDAY May 29, 2014 FRIDAY May 30, 2014 MONDAY June 2, 2014

Thank you to our neighborhood Meijer store. They have donated a gift card for use in their store. The money will be used to support materials and supplies that can be used in the RP Media Plex. Community is part of a successful school and we are lucky to have the support of our local Meijer store.

Parents are the CORE

is a collaborative series of workshops with Warren families and staff in grades Kindergarten through 6th grade. Each PAC session offers dinner at no charge and activities for students during the presentation. The purpose of these workshops is to share information on topics such as report cards, homework tips, school safety, student behavior, and the special needs of kids. Each year, parents will be surveyed for possible presentation topics. It is our goal through the PAC Workshops that parents make connections with not only the school, but also other parents.

ORDER IN THE COURT! ORDER IN THE COURT! Weve all heard that phrase numerous times, and this month, as we begin to talk about ORDER here in school, we remind our students that ORDER is the opposite of chaos. We are encouraging our students as we prepare for ISTEP to make sure that they are contributing to an orderly classroom, where learning can take place and safety is prevalent. As we explain to our students: At Raymond Park, we show Order by following rules and procedures that keep everyone safe. I will continue to remind you that if you are modeling ORDER at home, students will have an easier time with following rules and procedures here at school. As we really step it up here at the Park getting ready for ISTEP, ORDER becomes even more important. These are not new tips, but if you are not doing them now, you need to get into the routine of order before ISTEP begins (in March). Please decide now if your child is not getting enough sleep. For students in 5th and 6th grade, we know that students operate much better in the classroom and on tests if they have had 10 12 hours of sleep. (AH, doesnt that sound wonderful). But when I talk with many students, especially those in 6th grade, they may be going to bed at 10:00, which at best only gives them less than 9 hours of sleep. Start the routine now of going to bed at a time where they will get more than 8 or 9 hours of sleep. They may not like it, but in the long run, it will make a huge difference in the ORDER at your household. They will not be nearly as grumpy if they get enough sleep. They will do better on their school work as well. If you have any concerns or questions, please let me know. Many of our students have experienced the loss of grandparents, aunts, uncles, or even pets lately. I have met with some of these students and will be happy to meet with yours if you would like. We spend about 15 -20 minutes together and that typically helps a student to know that when they are feeling sad, it is normal and they can come and see me. Please feel free to give me a call or email me if you have a student that might benefit from some time together. Since this is Valentines weekend, please remember to tell your students, I LOVE YOU. For some of you, thats a normal part of your routine and ORDER. If thats not the case for you, please be sure and remind your child this Valentines Day that they are loved. Everyone needs to know that they are loved.

Students whose parents attend may participate in dinner and activities, supervised by members of the Warren Central Student Council.
April 24 6:00pm
TOPIC: Discipline

May 15 6:00pm
TOPIC: Special Needs

The 2014 Baseball & Softball season is right around the corner! Come join one of Central Indianas largest youth baseball & softball facilities here on the Eastside. Warren Little League offers a safe and positive environment for girls & boys ages 3 through 18 to learn teamwork, discipline, and the basic sports skills. Visit to register online 24/7 and for further details. The Warrior Girls Softball Program will be presenting an instructional hitting and defensive skills camp for all Warren Township girls currently in 3rd-8th grade. Players will learn and practice the fundamental skills of hitting, throwing, fielding, and more as directed by Warren Central High School players and coaches. All players must be pre-registered at the Warren Central Athletic Office in order to participate. Cost is $25.00. Questions? Please contact

Apps That Parents Need to Know About

This alternative texting service let your children chat and swap pictures while bypassing your wireless provider's SMS service. So if you are checking your childs normal texting history for signs of misbehavior, you will not find any evidence.

Every day, 400 million photos are shared and then they disappear, as Snapchat has them automatically self-destruct in ten seconds or less. The problem? Apps that let others capture those supposedly temporary images and post them online are now widely available. Snapchat recently began offering a Stories feature that lets photos survive for up to 24 hours.



Dating apps like this let you scroll through images of other members and flag the ones you like. If they also like you, you're both notified, and then you can contact each other. The problem? While some services require users to be 18 or older (Tinder's minimum age is 13), they never actually verifies anyone's age. It doesn't get any scarier than that.


Gr K 8 Practices Tuesday & Thursday 6:00 7:30 WCHS 2nd Floor Door # 14 Car Riders

All Car Riders report to Door #2 after school. This is the same location for morning drop off.


After School Buses

All after school activities are dismissed at 4:15pm. Buses depart Raymond Park at 4:30pm from Door #24.