Aug. 19, 2018

Drum Roll, Please – 2018 TEA School Ratings are In!

Drum roll, please! The 2018 Texas Education Agency (TEA) School Ratings are in, and Ridglea Hills Elementary received the following three distinctions for the first time ever under STAAR:
  • Outstanding Academic Achievement in Reading and Writing
  • Outstanding Achievement in Student Growth
  • Outstanding Achievement in Closing the Gap
  • This means we are in the top 25% in the state of Texas for the distinction areas!
  • Congratulations to Principal Cotton and her amazing team! We are so proud of our stellar students, teachers and staff! What great news as we start another awesome year! 
School Starts at 7:50 a.m. Tomorrow, Monday, Aug. 20!
School starts at 7:50 a.m. tomorrow, Monday, Aug. 20, for all Ridglea Hills Elementary students. 
  • The first bell will ring at 7:45 a.m. and the tardy bell at 7:50 a.m.
  • Pre-K concludes at 2:15 p.m.
  • Kindergarten through 5th grade concludes at 3 p.m.
  • There will be lots of helpers to assist with class lists and getting students to class, and there will be parent registration and bus locator in the computer lab. 
  • See you soon!
Welcome Coffee and Breakfast Snacks for All New Pre-K and Kinder Families from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Tomorrow, Monday, Aug. 20
  • All new Pre-K and Kinder families new to Ridglea Hills – please stop by the welcome table by the library between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. tomorrow, Monday, Aug. 20, for coffee and breakfast snacks on the first day of school! 
  • This is a great way to meet some new families, and there will be tissues and a shoulder to cry on as you drop off your babies. 
  • Welcome to our Ridglea Hills Family!
Shop Online Mustang Mall Between Now and Midnight Tomorrow, Monday, Aug. 20
What an amazing turnout for Mustang Mall last week! If you weren’t able to make it or if we ran out of your size, please remember to go online and shop using the following link:
  • The site closes at midnight tomorrow, Monday, Aug. 20! 
  • Even if you've visited already, check back. By request, we've added some additional sizes in some of your favorite items, including:
  • Men's sizes in the RH dri-fit polo
  • A women's version of the cotton embroidered RH polo
  • More skorts
  • More gray “Fort” and purple RH floral spirit T-shirts
  • We have two choices for receiving your items during checkout: 
  • Choose to have your items shipped to your home! All items will ship by Thursday, Aug. 30. 
  • Choose to pick up your items at RHE during Mall Pickup on Friday, Aug. 31, during lunch from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and after school from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Car decals and yard signs are NOT available for purchase online.
  • Please note that spirit shirts purchased from Mustang Mall can be worn on Fridays with uniform-approved bottoms.
  • Happy shopping!
Playground & Marquee Updates
Playground Shade
As you may have noticed, our playgrounds are under construction to erect our new shade structures. Due to a vendor delay, the playgrounds were not completed prior to the first day of school as we had anticipated.
  • Our vendor had planned to have them finished over the weekend, but a delay and closure at the concrete supplier prevented that.
  • Playgrounds will be closed for recess Monday and Tuesday of this week for the anchoring of the shade structure poles.  
  • Next weekend the shade covers will be added, and the project will be complete. 
  • Later this fall, six new trees will be planted – three on each playground. This project was delayed intentionally due to the hot summer potential and need for watering and monitoring.
New Marquee
The new marquee approved in the spring will be installed in late October.  
  • Permitting and manufacture have delayed this project as well, but it is on target to be finished this fall.  
  • Stay tuned for more details.
Thank you for your 2017-18 donations that helped us to implement these fabulous projects! Walkathon is just around the corner; help us improve our school even more this year!

Saddle Up and Join the RHPTA This Year!
It’s time to join PTA! Our goal is to have a voice for every child so we would love to have every family join! 
  • Join parents, teachers and community members in improving educational and extracurricular opportunities for all of our Ridglea Hills Elementary students.
  • As a PTA member, you work on behalf of the children you represent by volunteering in the school, supporting the faculty and staff, and staying informed on issues regarding your children and their education.
  • New this year is the chance to buy an exclusive shirt! This shirt is only available with the purchase of a PTA membership. You may buy additional shirts after the purchase of your membership if you would like more than one.
  • Annual membership dues are $5 per member. Dues plus Membership T-shirt cost $13. Additional shirts may be purchased for $8 each. 
  • You can join and pay onlineanytime! Shirts are pre-order and will be delivered in a few weeks.
  • We warmly welcome our students’ parents, grandparents, family and friends to join RHPTA. 
  • If you are new to MySchoolAnywhere, our online directory, you will be prompted to the online store after submitting your contact information for the RHPTA Directory.
  • If you have any questions about joining our PTA, please contact Jenn Nevitt, Vice President of Membership,

Join the RH Directory!
We use My School Anywhere for our online directory and PTA needs.
  • Enter the following website address to enter or update your information:
  • Once we have confirmed your family’s information, you will receive an email with login instructions to access to the directory. Families will be confirmed once we are able to verify enrollment through class rosters.
  • You can search student’s first name, grade, teacher and family last name; you can create class lists or custom lists; it’s secure as only faculty and family at RH have access!
  • You can sign up for RHPTA membership.
  • You can sign up to volunteer and track your sign-ups.
  • You can go mobile by installing the My School Anywhere App from iTunes and Google Play.
  • Contact Lindsey Millns, Directory Chair, at lindseymillns@gmail.comwith any questions.
Background Check Required for All Volunteers
Don’t forget that all school volunteers must have a background check at the start of every school year. Get it taken care of now so you are ready to volunteer as early as week 1!
Click the following link to get started:
Cafeteria Volunteers Needed
We are in need of cafeteria volunteers. There are shifts available for the first month of school.
  • Lunch is from 10:15 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.
  • This is especially helpful for our younger grades to assist them with opening packages, navigating the cafeteria, etc.
  • The older grades need help with noise control.
  • If you can spare time during lunchtime, please contact Wendy Magee, Cafeteria Volunteer Chair, to sign up. It is a great way to meet your children’s friends and teachers, and get a jump start on earning those volunteer hours.
  • To volunteer, you MUST have your FWISD background check approved beforehand.
  • Contact Wendy Magee at
Mustang Stampede is Back!
Mustang Stampede is back and ready to thrill your kids with a surprise appearance on their birthday or any special occasion! Your kids will wake up on their birthday or other special occasion to find their front yard "stampeded" with mustang signs displayed by 5th grade families.
  • Your $25 donation (which goes to support the 5th grade field trip) includes 12 mustang signs, two optional birthday signs, and a Ridglea Hills sign.
  • Reservations must be made at least a week in advance. 
  • Reserve your special day now! What a fun way to support your 5th grade families and show the neighborhood your RHE spirit!
  • Sign Up Here:
Other Upcoming Dates to Know
Thursday, Aug. 23
PTA Board Meeting at Noon
Monday, Sept. 3
Labor Day Holiday – No School
Wednesday, Sept. 5
PTA General Meeting at 5:15 p.m.
Open House from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 7
Walkathon Kickoff Rally Before School Starts
Monday, Sept. 10
Special Person's/Grandparent's Day (Lunch)

Additional Resources
  • General information regarding Ridglea Hills Elementary School is available online at our PTA-sponsored website – Please get familiar with this website and bookmark it on your browser.
  • For specific questions regarding school-administered matters not addressed on, including but not limited to academic affairs, school registration, testing, campus security, school programs, Fort Worth ISD policies and procedures, etc., please contact the school office at 817-815-1700.
  • For non-PTA-related posts (i.e., highlighting scouting opportunities, coordinating sports teams, selling uniforms, looking for a carpool group to join, etc.), please head over to the Ridglea Hills Elementary Parents Facebook group.
  • Other helpful Ridglea Hills Elementary School-related Facebook pages include the following:
  • Ridglea Hills Elementary 
  • Ridglea Hills Elementary School’s Counselor
  • Ridglea Hills Mustang Muscle (for those RHE dads interested in getting involved with school service projects)
  • RHE Run Club