Feb. 24, 2019

Run Club Rocked Cowtown Kids’ 5K!
Congrats to all of our awesome Run Club runners who ran the Cowtown Kids’ 5K this past weekend, and BIG thanks to our rockin’ Run Club coaches Jami Lampert and Brooke Mooty!

Reminder: 1st Grade Program at 6:30 P.M. This Tuesday, Feb. 26, in Auditorium
As a reminder, our 1st grade program is at 6:30 p.m. this Tuesday, Feb. 26, in the auditorium. 

Students Who Brought a Ream of Copy Paper Last Week Get an Out-of-Dress Code Day This Tuesday, Feb. 26!
  • Your student may have an out-of-dress code day this Tuesday, Feb. 26, if he/she brought a ream of copy paper last week. As always, clothing must still fall within the FWISD-approved dress code parameters. 
  • The class who brought the most reams of copy paper will receive a pizza party. The winner will be announced soon.
  • Thanks for your support!
Shop Barnes & Noble Online Now Through This Thursday, Feb. 28, and Support RH’s Library!
Barnes & Noble Book Fair and Family Reading Day was this past Saturday, Feb. 23. Thanks to our celebrity readers, Mrs. Holmes and our choir for their special performance, Ms. Rick and Mrs. Nevitt for coordinating this event and all of our students and families who came out to support our wonderful school.  
  • For those who weren’t able to attend, there’s still time to support our Book Fair benefiting our library. We will receive a percentage of purchases made online at barnesandnoble.com through this Thursday, Feb. 28. Use the code 12499471.
  • A portion of the proceeds go back to our Ridglea Hills library so Ms. Rick can buy more books for your students to read!
  • Thanks for your support!
Fine Arts Day Is This Friday, March 1!
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! 
  • We encourage everyone to look around out front and inside the school the morning of FAD before the 7:50 a.m. bell rings. At 7:50 a.m. students need to be in their classrooms.
  • For the safety of all our students, only pre-registered volunteers with completed background checks may be in the building after 7:50 a.m. on FAD. Parents, visitors and younger/older siblings are not allowed to shadow their students or stop in to see them during the day.
  • 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; our students are going to love it!
  • All students will need a sack lunch as they will all eat in their classrooms that day.
  • If you ordered a shirt, it will go home this week with your child. If you are a volunteer who receives a free shirt, you will have the opportunity to pick it up after school on Wednesday, Feb. 27, or Thursday, Feb. 28, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers! Volunteer emails will go out tomorrow with more detailed information.
5th Grade Parents & Students: Presentation from Last Week’s Monnig Middle School’s Meet and Greet Available on RHPTA.com 
Thanks to those who attended Monnig Middle School’s Meet and Greet last week! 
For those who weren’t able to attend and are interested in the information presented by Monnig Principal Dr. Kirkpatrick, the presentation is available on RHPTA.com under FWISD/Monnig Middle School Presentation. 
Click the following link to a
ccess: http://www.rhpta.com/monnig-presentation 
Contact: Melissa Newman at 817-559-5535 or email 
5th Grader Casting Call for Emcees and Stage Crew for “A Night In Hollywood” Talent Show; Entry, Sponsor and Permissions Forms Due Week of March 4
As young leaders in our school, our 5th grade students help bring the show to life through characterized emcees introducing the acts and building the story. We also need another team of 5th graders to make up the stage crew to assist with the flow of the show, helping acts enter and exit as well as handling their props and costumes. 
  • Emcee and stage crew member auditions are scheduled for the week of March 4 in the auditorium. Keep a look out for exact days and times to be communicated soon.
Emcees – To prepare for auditions, get into character! 
  • Choose a famous Hollywood character. This can be an actor/actress, singer, comedian or famous TV show host. 
  • Next write a 30-45-second act/speech introducing someone famous as if they were to appear on stage. 
Stage Crew – Be prepared to let us know about you and why you would be perfect as a stage crew member.
  • Entry, sponsor and permission forms are due the week of March 4, turned into the Talent Show folder in the office. 
  • For more information, please access 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 
Science Fair Scheduled for Next Thursday, March 7
The Ridglea Hills Science Fair will take place next 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 can display a project, but the entry will not be judged.) 
  • Students need to 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.
  • If you were unable to attend the recent 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, rubrics, project requirements and a student guide on our RHPTA website at http://www.rhpta.com/academic-fairs
  • Contact:Gina Alexander, Academic Fairs Coordinator, at ginakayalexander@gmail.com
Order Your 2018-19 Yearbook By Next Friday, March 8
The deadline to order your 2018-19 yearbook is coming up soon next Friday, March 8!            (Please use the folders for grade or event-specific photos.) 
Pre-K Round Up at Ridglea Hills Elementary Scheduled for Thursday, March 21
Pre-K Round Up and information session for Ridglea Hills Elementary for interested parents will be from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, in the auditorium. 
  • For more information about Pre-K, visit www.fwisd.org/prek.
  • The district will host their big Pre-K Round Up on Saturday, April 6, at the William M. McDonald YMCA near Mitchell Boulevard. 
  • Currently, Pre-K is planned to start at 7:50 a.m. and end at 2:15 p.m., and after-school care by the YMCA will again be available on campus until 6 p.m. for those parents who need it.
  • Parents can register online starting Monday, April 1, through Friday, April 26.
  • Registrations will be processed through the Early Childhood Department by Friday, May 10, with letters going home notifying parents on Monday, May 13.
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 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and the after-party from 10 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, March 30, at Ridglea Theater.  
  • The theme will be 80s so get your costumes ready!
  • Dinner will be catered by Pulido’s. 
  • There will be music provided by a DJ for the party and karaoke at the after-party.
  • Tickets for the party will be $25 each in advance and $30 at the door; tickets for the after-party will be $10 each.
  • Invitations will be coming home in student folders soon. Keep a look out! 
  • 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 (lisbrewer@hotmail.com), Kristin Fitzhugh (andrewalan104@gmail.com), Kerri Hove (kerrihove@yahoo.com), Sarah Niehoff (Sarah.Niehoff@fwisd.org) and Sarah Stewart (sbsdesign@charter.net). 
Some Hot Dog Supper Party Spots Still Available!  
There are still some kid parties with leftover spots available for purchase. Click here to sign up!

Help Us Win PTA Membership Awards! 
  • We are two members away from receiving an award for membership increase and seven more away from the President’s Challenge. 
  • Please spread the word and encourage your fellow parents, grandparents, neighbors and friends of RH to join! 
  • Click the following link to join today: http://www.joinpta.org 
Winter Wear Extras for Sale on MySchoolAnywhere!
Winter Wear extras are for sale on MySchoolAnywhere –

There are limited sizes, so don't wait! 
Contact: Naomi Gelineau at 
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!
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 
Tuesday, Feb. 26
1st Grade Program (6:30 p.m.)
Friday, March 1
Fine Arts Day
Week of March 4
5th Grade Emcee and Stage Crew Member Auditions for Talent Show
Entry, Sponsor and Permission Forms Due
Thursday, March 7
Science Fair
PTA Board Meeting (Noon)
Friday, March 8
Donuts with Dad
March 11-15
Spring Break
Thursday, March 21
Pre-K Round Up and Information Session (4 p.m. to 5 p.m.)
Monday, March 25
FWISD Waiver Day, No School
Tuesday, March 26
2nd Grade Program (6:30 p.m.)
Saturday, March 30
Parent Party/Spring Auction
Monday, April 8 - Friday, April 12
STAAR Testing, Closed Campus

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