John I. Meister Elementary


    Parents and students are invited to attend Back-to-School night on August 19th from 5:30-6:30 to meet new teachers. School starts August 20th with a full day. 
    Who: All Returning River Forest Students
    When: August 14th
    Time: 8:30-11:30 and 1:00-4:30
    Where: Jr./ Sr. High School
    New Students register August 7th at the school they will be attending during regular office hours (8:00-2:00)
    *Kindergarteners who registered during Round-Up do not need to register again.
    Don't forget to bring:
    Proof of residency (4): Mortgage papers or tax receipt, Utility bill, Driver's license, water bill
    Shot record
    State aide number if applicable
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  • Supply Lists 2014-2015
    Supply lists for each grade can be found on the District Home page. Click the icon for Parents on the right and then click School Supply Lists.
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  •  A+
    Meister Received an A+ Rating from the Indiana Department of Education.
    Eng/Lang Arts A+
    Math A
    Made possible by dedicated teachers and supportive parents. Thank you! 
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  • Pop Corn Mondays

    Classes that achieve Attendance and/or Individual students who have completed Homework percentages as stated below will have popcorn on Mondays following a PRIDE Day.

    This year attendance percentages will be kept weekly. The state has set the bar at 98% so each week classrooms that reach that mark, with no tardies, will receive popcorn on the Monday following a PRIDE Day. 


    Homework percentages are kept on a two week basis . Students who successfully complete two weeks of homework will also receive popcorn on Monday.



    Upon a student's third tardy, they will miss a recess for each tardy thereafter for the remainder of that grading period.

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  • Paynow
    Click here to submit an on-line payment for the 2012-2013 school book rental and fees.
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Our mission is to ensure that all students have the skills
necessary to reach high levels of academic achievement, respect self and others, and become lifelong learners.
We give our best improve our tomorrows!
Welcome, ! Today is Thursday, September 18, 2014

 You've Got a Friend in Me
This Year's Theme
Each year a new theme is carefully selected. The theme works hand-in-hand with our Character Ed. focus which is the backbone of our school.  Our daily use of lifeskills and lifelong guidelines are the basis of this program. We celebrate these lifeskills every other Friday at what we call our P.R.I.D.E. Day. This stands for Personal Responsibility In Daily Effort. Making the right decision and doing the right thing is not always easy but these celebrations are a reminder that it is up to each child to try their personal best.

Backpack Safety for those Hefty Loads

The following is an interesting article that every parent should consider.  Source:Zywave,Inc.

      According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, almost 5,000 individuals visit the emergency room each year as a result of backpack injuries.  This may seem almost unbelievable, yet what's more startling is that these injuries can manifest into long-term problems.  Carrying a backpack can alter the mobility of the spine, leading to restrictive back movement.    

     To better explain backpack safety, think about this scenario:  If a child carries a backpack weighing 12 pounds and lifts that pack 10 times per day for the entire school year (180 days), he or she will have lifted and carried 21,600 pounds in total.  This is the equivalent of six mid-sized automobiles.

     To ensure that you and your family avoid backpack injuries, consider these safety suggestions:

*Make sure backpacks are sturdy and are sized properly.  Purchase a child-sized version of a backpack for children ages 5 to10.  These styles         weigh less than one pound and have shorter back lengths and widths so they do not slip while being worn.

*Select backpacks that have padded shoulder straps and waist straps to stabilize loads.  The maximum weight for a loaded backpack should not       exceed 15 percent of the individual’s bodyweight.  This means that the carrier should be able to stand up straight without any discomfort.

*When loading a backpack, try to balance its contents.  This will assure that the body does not shift into unnatural postures to compensate for an        awkward load.

 Lifting Recommendations

Here's how to properly lift a backpack to avoid injuries:

•Face the backpack in front of you before the lift.

•Bend at the knees.

•Using both hands, check the weight of the backpack.  If it is too heavy remove some of its contents.

•Lift with your legs, not your back.

•Put one shoulder strap on at a time and always use both straps.

•Make sure the shoulder straps are snug, but not too tight.  Buckle the stabilizing strap around the waist.

 Did You Know...?

     Carrying a heavy backpack on only one shoulder can provoke posture misalignments, which can trigger back problems.  This creates dysfunctional areas in the spine where movement is restricted and bones are misaligned.  Eventually, heavy backpack carriers can suffer from neck and back pain, headaches and osteoarthritis.

It is the policy of River Forest Community School Corporation not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or handicap in its programs as required by the Indiana Civil Rights Act (I.C. 22-9.1), Title VI and VII (Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX (Educational Amendments), and Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973).


Ella es la política de River Forest Community School Corporation no a discriminar sobre la base de raza, color, religión, sexo, origen nacional, edad o minusvalía en sus programas como lo exige la ley Indiana sobre derechos civiles (I.C. 22-9.1), título VI y VII (Ley de derechos civiles de 1964, título IX (enmiendas de la educación), y Sección 504 (Ley de rehabilitación de 1973).


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