Good Morning Rochester Intermediate School Students and Staff!

Today is Tuesday, May 7th, 2024

Please stand for the Pledge:

I pledge allegiance, to the flag, of the United States of America, and to the Republic, for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

And now for a moment of reflection 

Happy Birthday            

Avery Flemming, Isaabelle Kinney

Bus Announcements

 Bus #4, Bus # 5 and Bus #25  are double routes today.

Sixth Grade Band will meet 

last hour on Monday,Tuesday and Thursday this week!

Sixth Grade Swing Choir will meet everyday this week last hour!  If you are in Band - Go To Band TODAY (Tuesday) last hour!

Swing Choir will also rehearse from 3:15-5:30 PM after school today and will have an extended rehearsal until 6:30 on Wednesday (with our pizza party at 6:00)! 

*Please bring $5 on Wednesday for the Pizza, Snacks Drinks and Desserts!

Mrs. Bailey and her team have been hanging a lot of student artwork throughout the building for the Fine Arts Festival and to add some color to our school!  Please be respectful - do not touch any of the pieces, being extra careful at the end of the school day - not to brush the walls as you exit the building! If something falls down, please pick it up and try to re-hang the artwork or you can give it to Mrs. Bailey or any teacher!

Today’s lunch menu includes: 

  1. Grilled Cheese

  2. Pretzel Yogurt Pack

  3. Aloha Chicken Bowl

  4. Cheese or Pepperoni Pizza

  5. Chicken Patty

Remember, “Rockets RISE Together” by demonstrating:





Important Dates

Monday, May 27th -  No School - Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 28th  - Last Day of School - 11:15 Dismissal

RIS is in desperate need of tissues!  If you would like to donate a box to your child’s classroom, it would be greatly appreciated!!

Pack those dance bags. Auditions for both the Rochester High School and Rochester Junior High School Rocket Poms teams will be held next week!

Tryouts for the 2024-2025 Rocket Poms will be held at the Rochester Elementary 2-3 building May 13th - 17th. Current 6th through 11th graders are encouraged to audition. RJH applicants will attend clinics from 3:30-5:00 while RHS applicants will attend clinics from 4:00-5:30. All clinics will be closed to spectators.

Tryouts will be judged on Friday, May 17th. More specific details will be discussed with team candidates on Monday, May 13th. Dancers should contact Coach Kramer at to discuss scheduling conflicts.

Coach Kramer (


The Annual RIS Fine Arts Festival will be held THIS Thursday, May 9th at the Rochester Intermediate School.  The festival will include performances by all of our 5th and 6th grade Bands and a theatrical production by the 6th Grade Swing Choir.  The event will also feature RIS student art displays and various hands-on Arts and Crafts Activities. 

The schedule of events:

4:30 - 6th Grade Swing Choir (Scenes/songs from “Willy Wonka")
6:00 - 5th Grade Band (be there at 5:40)
6:30 - 6th Grade Jazz Band (be there at 6:10)
6:50 - 6th Grade Band (be there at 6:10)

*As noted, all Band participants should report to the RIS Bandroom 20 minutes before their scheduled performance time!

All events is FREE and will be held at The Intermediate School:

*Various Food Trucks and other concessionaires will be selling items outside in the RIS Parking Lot. 

Parents-Please take a moment at the FINE ARTS FESTIVAL to look through the lost and found!!! 


Dear Families: Get ready! The Scholastic Book Fair is coming our way (YAY!). Choosing their own books empowers kids and inspires them on their journey to becoming lifelong readers. AND—as always—every purchase at the Fair benefits our school. Here’s what you need to know about the big event, which will take place: May 6 - May 10. RIS Library, Additional Shopping during Fine Arts Fair Thursday, May 9 from 5pm-8pm

Say goodbye to cash and hello to eWallet—your child’s digital payment account. Before the Fair, set up eWallet for worry-free, cash-free purchases. Anyone can contribute! Share each child’s eWallet so friends and family can add funds and give your kids more books to enjoy. If you can’t make it to the Fair, then shop at our school’s Book Fair online. All orders ship directly to your home, and shipping is free for book orders over $25. Every online purchase will also benefit our school. Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and get started with eWallet and online shopping:

The PTO is excited to bring the BOOK FAIR back to RIS May 6th-May 10th!  We need volunteers to make this event happen.  Can you sign up for a shift or 2? Sign up here–

Teacher Appreciation Week - May 6-10

Help us spoil the amazing staff at RIS during teacher appreciation week. Below is the schedule.

Monday: Breakfast of Champions!

4th grade parents treat teachers to breakfast: Sign up here:

Tuesday: Taco-Bout our Amazing Teachers!

5th grade parents treat teachers to a taco bar for lunch. Sign up here:

Wednesday: Press Your Luck!

Teachers pick an envelope with a surprise gift card. We need donations of $15 - $50 gift cards to stores, businesses and restaurants that RIS staff would enjoy. Please drop off the gift cards to the RIS office by Friday, May 3rd or to a RIS PTO board member.

Thursday: Treat Your Teacher!

Students, write a thank you note to a teacher or staff member and/or bring
their favorite treat. 

Friday: Snack Attack!

6th grade parents treat teachers to a snack bar. Sign up here:

If you have a student that is going to enter Kindergarten in the 24-25 school year, please fill out the following form!

Kindergarten Screening

Blastoff Kids Academy

Information and an application for our district-based daycare can be found at

Prekindergarten at Rochester EC-1

Do you have a child that is or will be age 3-5?  They are eligible for our prekindergarten program.  If you are interested in our at-risk and tuition-based programs, please contact Sloane at 217-498-6210 ext 61522 to set up a screening for your child!


Open gyms will be every Wednesday and will run through October.  The open gyms will be held in the RAC from 6:00-7:00 p.m. for anyone in 3rd through 8th grade and 7:00- 8:30 p.m. for high school students and up. 

We are seeking donations for our RISE Store. Here is an Amazon wishlist if you would like to help out!  If you have any questions feel free to contact the office.

Rochester Intermediate School R.I.S.E. Store Wishlist

Transportation Changes

All transportation changes must be submitted to the office no later than 2:00pm.  Please call the office at 217-498-6215 or email your changes to Mrs. Howie at or Mrs. Lovett at  Any request for transportation changes past 2:00 pm cannot be accepted.  Thank you for your cooperation!

Parent Pick-up:

For parent pick-up at the end of the day, we prefer the line system.  All parents should remain in their vehicles and follow the pick-up line around and to the front of the building.  You may also choose to park in the spots in the parking lot. It is our preference that you use the line system, however if you choose to park, please come to the front of the building and escort your student to the vehicle safely. Under no circumstances should students be walking across the parking lot unescorted.  Thank you for your help with this!

Lunch Balances

The low lunch balance alerts have been reactivated for all families.  You will get an alert when your lunch balance is below $5.00.  If you choose to shut off the alert, you will no longer get any school announcements.