Feb. 10, 2019

Hot Dog Supper was Happening!  
What a happening Hot Dog Supper (HDS) we had last Friday! BIG thanks to HDS Chair Christa Holbert, her husband and amazing team of volunteers for making it such a special night for our RH family! And thanks to all who came out and supported our school community through their food and raffle ticket purchases and kid party sign-ups!
Please note that kid parties with leftover spots are available for purchase this week. Click 
here to sign up!
Contact: Christa Holbert at 
christa@leaguere.com or at (214) 734-0285.
Closed Campus Feb. 11-13 Due to Benchmark Testing
This week we will be having Benchmark Testing for the following grades and subjects:
  • Monday, Feb. 11 – 5th Grade Reading
  • Tuesday, Feb. 12 – 5th Grade Math
  • Wednesday, Feb. 13 – 4th Grade Writing
  • This is a practice opportunity for upcoming STAAR assessments so our campus will be closed to parents, visitors and volunteers on these days. 
  • Please contact the school if you have any questions.
  • Thank you for your understanding and support in providing the best possible testing environment for our students. 
Out-of-Dress Code Wristbands & Candy Grams for Sale This Week! 
Students will be able to purchase candy grams and out-of-dress wristbands tomorrow, Monday, Feb. 11, through this Wednesday, Feb. 13, in the mornings before school and during lunch. 
  • Two-day wristbands are $3 each to be worn on Wednesday, Feb. 13, and Thursday, Feb. 14.
  • Candy grams are $1 each to be delivered on Valentine’s Day, Thursday, Feb. 14. 
Valentine’s Parties This Thursday, Feb. 14
Classes will be having small Valentine’s parties on Thursday, Feb. 14. Please send Valentines signed by your child to school for distribution this day. Contact your Room Parent with any questions.
PTA Board Meeting This Friday, Feb. 15
We will have a PTA Board Meeting at noon this Friday, Feb. 15, in the library. All are welcome to attend the meeting.
Save the Date for RH Parent Party and Auction on Saturday, March 30!
Mark your calendars and line up your babysitters for the RH Parent Party and Auction at Ridglea Theater from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and the after-party from 10 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, March 30. 
  • The auction committee needs your help with getting donations for both the silent and live auctions. Please reach out to your favorite places for items we can include. 
  • If you have any questions, please contact the auction committee of Lisa Brewer, Kristin Fitzhugh, Kerri Hove, Sarah Niehoff and Sarah Stewart.
Congrats to Our RHPTA Membership Drive Drawing Winner!
Congratulations to the winner of our RHPTA Membership Drive drawing of a Starbucks gift card – Carrie Woodward! We had eight new members join in January bringing our membership up to 402. Thanks for your support!
Science Fair Scheduled for Thursday, March 7
The Ridglea Hills Science Fair will take place on Thursday, March 7— two months earlier than last year! The reason for this is that the District Science Fair this year will be March 26-28. 
  • This year, the Science Fair is required for 5th grade students, but all students in grades 2-4 are also encouraged to participate and will earn extra credit for doing so. (Students in Pre-K through 1st grade are welcome to display a project, but the entry will not be judged.) 
  • Students will choose a topic for the science fair project and then share what they learn with the RH community by preparing a display board.
  • The process of developing a science fair project involves asking questions, making predictions, drawing conclusions, and presenting findings. The experience of working through this process provides students with many rich opportunities for learning. 
  • Students may participate individually or submit a group project (maximum group size = five students).
  • Teachers at each grade level are offering extra credit for participation.
  • The first-place winners from 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade will advance to the District Science Fair on March 26-28.
  • We will have a parent information session on Tuesday, Feb. 19, starting at 3:15 p.m. in Mrs. Poe’s classroom in the 5th grade hallway. At that time, we will review pointers for project development and distribute trifold poster boards to interested students. If you are unable to attend the workshop, please make arrangements to pick up a trifold poster board by following the instructions on the PTA website through the link below.
  • You can download detailed information and project requirements on our RHPTA website at http://www.rhpta.com/academic-fairs
  • Click the following link for a teacher guide with good information from FWISD about the Science Fair: https://www.fwisd.org/cms/lib/TX01918778/Centricity/Domain/2141/Sci%20Research%20Fair_TEACHER%20GUIDE_2019.pdf
  • If you have any questions, please contact Gina Alexander, Academic Fairs Coordinator, at ginakayalexander@gmail.com
Fine Arts Day (FAD) Volunteer Sign-Up is Still Open; T-Shirt Order Deadline Extended to 3 P.M. This Wednesday, Feb. 13!
Get ready for a fun day! Friday, March 1, is Fine eARTh day at Ridglea Hills! After all, the earth without ART is just EH! 
  • Your FAD committee has been hard at work for MONTHS to bring every student at RH an amazing day, but we need YOU! Forms went home in student folders last week for volunteers, and the signups are now live on My School Anywhere. Click the following link to access: https://www.myschoolanywhere.com/volunteer-new.a5w?vol=RidgleaHillsElementary78676&fbclid=IwAR2upzIohcA5HCcmrK9m86aXNgCv8xkNIBEvtXy5SC9nVcRZhwO4PZx2Ba0
  • All-day volunteers will get a box lunch and a T-shirt.
  • Lunch/recess volunteers will get a box lunch.
  • We still need volunteers to assist every artist, and we also need parents to monitor lunches as the kids all eat in their classrooms that day so everyone can eat at the same time.  
  • If you are a new RH parent then THIS is the day you want to be here for! It’s magical, and you will fall in love with this school and community. 
  • Every student will have an entire day of the arts! From painting to dance to sewing to music and much, much more! 
  • We will be joined by over 40 local artists and musicians, and we are planning a SPECTACULAR finish to the day; you’re going to love it!
  • Please remember all volunteers must complete a background check, which is available on the FWISD website at: https://volunteer.fwisd.org/
T-Shirt Order Deadline Extended to 3 P.M. This Wednesday, Feb. 13
  • T-shirts are available to purchase for adults and students - $12 each.
  • Complete the pink T-shirt order form that was sent home in student folders and send with cash or check made payable to RHPTA to the office by 3 p.m. this Wednesday, Feb. 13, or order online with credit card at MySchoolAnywhere by clicking here. 
  • Shirts are yellow with printing on front and back. Design is in color on www.rhpta.com or on full-color flyers in the school by the office. 
  • The deadline to order is 3 p.m. this Wednesday, Feb. 13. 
  • Please note that all-day FAD volunteers will receive a complimentary T-shirt – please do not order one; you will request your size on your volunteer form.
  • If you want to make one order (one check) for multiple family members, please use one form and one child’s name – all shirts will be given to that child on distribution day. Please attach money or check to the order form sent home in student folders and return in an envelope. 
Contact: Michelle Henderson at 
RH Proudly Presents “A Night In Hollywood” Talent Show Parent/Sponsor Registration Going On Now
We recently kicked off the Talent Show – “A Night In Hollywood!” with our first parent/sponsor registration meetings. The theme is old Hollywood. Registration is still going on now.
  • There are usually a few popular songs that are in high demand. Song choices must be registered and approved first come, first serve.
  • Also, when making your song and choreography choices, please make sure to first read the guidelines and regulations page in the registration packet available on the RHPTA website under Student Activities/Talent Show. Click the following link to access: http://www.rhpta.com/student-clubs/talent-show
  • Registration forms are also available in the office and in the main hallway by the office. 
Contact: Karina Gonzales at 817-583-4478 or email 
Winter Wear Extras for Sale on MySchoolAnywhere!
Winter Wear extras are for sale on MySchoolAnywhere –
https://www.myschoolanywhere.com/cart-new.a5w…There are limited sizes, so don't wait! 
Contact: Naomi Gelineau at naomi0617@gmail.com
Free Field Hockey Clinic for RH Girls in Kindergarten through 5th Grade on Friday, March 29; Sign Up Feb. 1-28
  • There will be a free field hockey clinic for RH girls in Kindergarten through 5th grade from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 29, at the RH athletic fields by the track.
  • Girls should come dressed to play in athletic wear, tennis shoes or cleats and shin guards (if available) with a water bottle. 
  • There are only 50 spots available. Sign up between Feb. 1-28 by completing the form posted on the RHPTA website under Student Activities/Field Hockey Clinic and returning it to Principal Cotton. Click the following link to access: http://www.rhpta.com/field-hockey-clinic
  • Girls will learn basic field hockey skills, play games and have fun!
Spring Pictures Next Tuesday, Feb. 19
Spring pictures are scheduled for next Tuesday, Feb. 19. 
Mark Your Calendars for Barnes & Noble Book Fair and Family Reading Day on Saturday, Feb. 23
Mark your calendars for Barnes & Noble Book Fair and Family Reading Day on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 9 a.m. to close. 
  • Stop by for celebrity readers, buy a book from your teacher’s wish list and pick out some things for yourself! A portion of the day’s proceeds go back to our Ridglea Hills Library so Ms. Rick can buy more books for your students to read!
  • We are still looking for guest readers so if you’d like to read, please email Jenn Nevitt at jennifer.nevitt@fwisd.org. Be sure to give a preferred window of time.
  • Mark your calendars!
Mustang Stampede is Ready!
Mustang Stampede is ready to thrill your kids with a surprise appearance on their birthday or any special occasion! Your kids will wake up on the day you select 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 RH spirit!
  • Sign Up Here: http://calendly.com/ridgleahills
Upcoming Dates to Know 
Thursday, Feb. 14
Valentine's Class Parties
Friday, Feb. 15
PTA Board Meeting (Noon)
Tuesday, Feb. 19
Spring Pictures
Friday, Feb. 22
Popcorn Friday
End of 4th Six Weeks

Saturday, Feb. 23
Barnes & Noble Book Fair and Family Reading Day 

Tuesday, Feb. 26
1st Grade Program (6:30 p.m.)
Friday, March 1
Fine Arts Day

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