Aug. 26, 2018


Important Information from the School's Office
As you know, our school day start time changed to 7:50 a.m. However, teacher hours did not change. They are not on duty until 7:40 a.m. This is district policy. We cannot release anyone to the hallways and classrooms until 7:40 a.m. due to lack of supervision. We must have teachers on duty. 
  • Due to congestion in the foyer with students arriving earlier, we must have a plan in place to create a safe environment for our students, parents and staff.
  • Breakfast is served at 7:15 a.m. If students arrive for breakfast, they will be directed to the cafeteria. 
  • All other students will go to the auditorium to wait until the 7:40 a.m. release. 
  • If parents do not wish to go to the cafeteria or auditorium, they must wait outside with their children until 7:40 a.m. 
  • Parents and students cannot wait in the foyer. We must keep that area clear.
  • Thank you for your patience as we work out the logistics of this new schedule and getting everyone safely to their designated classrooms.
 
Playground Update
Both playground shade structures were completed over the weekend. THANK YOU for your donations last year to Walkathon, Hot Dog Supper and Auction! 
 
Whether you bought a spot at a party, hosted a party, donated items to auction, bought raffle tickets at Hot Dog Supper or made donations to Walkathon, you had a part in bringing the shade to our playgrounds! 
 
Want to help with our next projects? Walkathon is just around the corner on Friday, Oct. 5! Stay tuned for more information coming soon!
 

Carpooling Guidelines, Helpful Hints and Parking Information
Please review the following carpool guidelines, helpful hints and parking information below. 
 
Carpooling Guidelines and Helpful Hints 
  • NO CELL PHONE USE ANYWHERE IN THE SCHOOL ZONE.
  • Pay attention at all times. We have many students who walk to school.
  • Angus is a two-way street, meaning that during carpool times there is oncoming traffic exiting the school.
  • In the morning, carpool will be flowing for the most part; DO NOT PASS carpool on Angus.
  • If you are parking, once you turn onto Cumberland, you may bypass carpool to park.
  • Cumberland is one way from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • At morning drop-off, the buses unload in the front. Until all buses have unloaded, there will be a sign to stop in front of the awning. Stop there and unload. Once the buses have all arrived, the sign will be moved and you will pull forward as directed.
  • In the morning during drop-off, PULL FORWARD as directed by Safety Patrol, EVEN IF it is past the awning. If you are the front car, you will pull forward to the end of the carpool lane and your child will walk back to the front doors. Safety Patrol will help direct any children who need it.
  • When exiting the carpool lane in the morning or bypassing carpool to park, DO NOT pass the buses if their lights are flashing red and the stop sign is out. They are unloading. It is a traffic offense to pass a bus with red lights flashing while unloading.
  • In the afternoon, carpool will begin to line up between 2:40 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.
  • If you see a line of cars stopped along Angus and Chickering, that is the carpool line. If you are carpooling, do not pass them – get into the line.
  • As long as carpool has not started moving, you may pass them if you are not carpooling.
  • If you are waiting on carpool to start and are lined up on Angus, pull close to the curb.
  • While waiting in carpool line, do not block driveways.
  • Once carpool starts (around 2:55 p.m./3 p.m.), you may not pass them even if they stopped momentarily. Cars will move up 5-6 at a time to load.
  • When it is your turn to turn onto Cumberland, do not turn until you can fully pull onto Cumberland. Do not block the oncoming traffic on Angus as you wait to turn onto Cumberland.
  • Once you turn onto Angus for carpool, a school staff member with a radio will come to your car. Tell them your child’s name and teacher’s name. Some parents make a sign for the passenger window with their child’s name and teacher.
  • You will be directed by Safety Patrol to pull forward once you approach the school. Even if you see your child beside your car, PULL ALL THE WAY FORWARD until directed to stop by Safety Patrol. Your child will come to your car. This allows Safety Patrol to work efficiently in loading as many cars as the area can hold.
  • DO NOT block the crosswalk when you stop. Students and parents cross when cars are stopped for loading/unloading.
  • Your child must load and unload from the passenger’s side. Even if your child sits on the driver’s side, he/she will load and unload from the passenger’s side. If you have multiple children, they will all need to exit the passenger’s side of the vehicle for safety reasons.
  • DO NOT exit your vehicle in the carpool line.
 
Examples of Times When You Should Not Carpool
  • Your child has a project or other items that they cannot physically unload or carry themselves.
  • Your child cannot unbuckle or buckle himself/herself into the seat belt/booster seat.
  • Your child takes excessive coaxing to get out of the car.
 
Parking
  • There is a parking lot for visitors in the back of the school; entrance is off of Angus.
  • There is a teacher-only parking lot besides the building; entrance is off of Angus.
  • DO NOT park in residence driveways.
  • DO NOT BLOCK driveways.
  • Parallel parking is available on streets around the school.
  • Cumberland and Stonedale (from Cumberland to Tamworth) are one way from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Do not park on the school side of Cumberland until after 8 a.m. and carpool drop-off is finished. All cars parked on the school side of Cumberland must be moved before 2 p.m.
  • Do not park at the park when visiting the school. Tickets have been written.
  • DO NOT JAYWALK after parking. Use only designated crosswalks at the intersections and the one in the middle of the street in front of the school.
  • On high visitor days (i.e., first day of school, Walkathon, Fine Arts Day, Pajama Reading Day, party days, Field Day, award ceremonies), allow extra time for parking. Sometimes parking can extend 2-3 blocks.
 
Thank you for your patience and for exercising caution to keep our Mustangs safe!
 

RHPTA Information Packets Coming Home In Student Folders This Week
  • Our RHPTA information packets will be coming home in students’ folders this week. Keep an eye out for them!
  • Remember, our RHPTA website – www.rhpta.com– is filled with helpful information, including:
  • Calendar
  • Links to MySchoolAnywhere for the directory, store and volunteer information
  • Links to relevant FWISD pages
  • Previous Pony Posts for additional information
  • New Parent Information Guide that includes information about school hours, attendance, lunch, security, carpool, parking, etc.
 
School Closed Monday, Sept. 3, for Labor Day
School will be closed on Monday, Sept. 3, for the Labor Day holiday.
 

Join Us for Our PTA General Meeting and Open House On Wednesday, Sept. 5
Please join us on Wednesday, Sept. 5, for our first PTA General Meeting at 5:15 p.m. and Open House from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
 

Be an RH Buddy This Year!
It's time to sign up for a Buddy! 
  • What's a Ridglea Hills Buddy?The PTA matches up every staff member with a secret pal/buddy each year. These secret buddies (PTA members) leave little gifts throughout the year to make their staff member feel special and appreciated for all they do for our kids.
  • We have the BEST school filled with an amazing staff, and we want to let each and every one of them know that they make a difference to our kids and to us! 
  • Please consider being a secret Buddy this year and sign up by emailing Nancy Sticksel at nancy.sticksel@yahoo.com.
 
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 online anytime! 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, jnevitt@sbcglobal.net.

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: https://www.myschoolanywhere.com/newfamily.a5w?fam=RidgleaHillsElementary78676
  • 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. 
Click the following link to get started: 
https://fwisd.voly.org
 
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 wendymagee11@gmail.com.
 
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: http://calendly.com/ridgleahills
 
Other Upcoming Dates to Know
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 – www.rhpta.com. Please get familiar with this website and bookmark it on your browser.
  • For specific questions regarding school-administered matters not addressed on www.rhpta.com, 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

#SaddleUp
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