Jan. 13, 2019

PTA Membership Drive Starting Tomorrow and Running Through End-of-January 
Campus Closed for Benchmark Testing This Wednesday, Jan. 16, through Friday, Jan. 18
  • 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students will be taking benchmark assessments from this Wednesday, Jan. 16, through this Friday, Jan. 18. 
  • In order to maintain the best testing environment, we will be closing campus to all visitors on those days, including lunch.
  • Thank you in advance for your understanding and support of these students!
Lost and Found Cleanout This Wednesday, Jan. 16
Missing a jacket, hoodie, shoe, lunch box or book? Wednesday, Jan. 16, is the deadline for removing items from the Lost and Found. 
  • Be sure to come by the Lost and Found and look for any items that your child has misplaced.
  • After Jan. 16, ALL items will be removed and donated to charity. 
Calling All Run Club Mustangs: It’s Time to Register for the Cowtown Kids 5K on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 9:30 a.m. 
  • Deadline for registering with our team with the discount below is this Saturday, Jan. 19! The link is: https://raceroster.com/events/2019/20776/the-cowtown-school-team-registration?fbclid=IwAR2vY2kjVBCzU86y5v4WUMB9VTlzvZO8vhxrS52pv2b4IVzFoDxs8GK2xug
  • Please read carefully, and follow these directions. We have secured a discounted rate for the 5K (3.1 miles) of $7 for RHE Run Club kids and for the 10K race (6.2 miles) $9. Adults are welcome to run with, and the cost is $20 for 5K and $22 for 10K. If a non-RHE minor sibling wants to join, the cost is $15. Just click on the link below. The Access Code (not the promo code) is COWSCHOOLS.
  • Coaches Brooke Mooty and Jami Lampert are running the Kids/Adults 5K – Saturday, Feb. 23, at 9:30 a.m. If students want to run the 10K, they can, but they will need an adult to accompany them. THE 10K STARTS AT 7:00 a.m.! If less than five people sign up, we will not have a 10K team, and you will be considered individuals.
  • This rate is only good until Jan. 19. After Jan. 19, you will have to pay $15 for students.
    When you register, use the promo code for your student KIDRIDGLEAHILLS19 to get the $7 rate. Same promo code applies for the 10K. THIS IS THE PROMO CODE FOR THE DISCOUNTED RATE.
  • We want all RHE Run Club students to be able to participate so RH is providing a bus for us to take to and from the event. Details on times for drop off and pick up provided closer to the event.
  • If you have questions, please contact: Jami Lampert, 817-368-1983, jamilampert@gmail.comand Brooke Mooty, 817-891-1233, brookemich23@yahoo.com.
Reminder: RH Chess Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 19
As a reminder, RH is hosting our 5th Annual Chess Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
  • Participants will receive medals, and individual and team trophies will be awarded in each of six sections. 
  • Entry fee is $15, if received by 6 p.m. this Friday, Jan. 18; entry fee is $30, if received on-site between 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19. Make check payable to RHPTA.
  • If your child is interested, register online at 2019ridgleahillschess.eventbrite.com or mail entries to Laura Hixon c/o Ridglea Hills Elementary School at 6817 Cumberland Road, Fort Worth, TX 76116. Do not mail registration form and check after this Tuesday, Jan. 15.
  • There will be a concession stand available for snacks and lunch – cash only.
No School on Martin Luther King Jr. Day – Monday, Jan. 21
In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, there will be no school on Monday, Jan. 21. 
Battle of the Books on Thursday, Jan. 24
This year’s Battle of the Books for participating students in grades 3rd through 5th is the morning of Thursday, Jan. 24, in the gym. Parents are welcome to attend. 
Below are the scheduled times:
  • 8:30 a.m. – 3rd grade students
  • 9:30 a.m. – 4th grade students 
  • 10:30 a.m. – 5th grade students 
Reminder: Mustang Round-Up at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 25
Mustang Round-Up is coming up at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, and we are excited to round up a whole new group of Mustangs for the 2019-2020 year! 
  • 10 a.m. - Welcome and Introduction with Principal Crenesha Cotton and PTA President Rachel Harris
  • 10:30 a.m. - Campus Tour
  • 11:15 a.m. - RH Teacher Q&A
  • This event is for ALL incoming students, Pre-K through 5th grade, to be welcomed to our campus!
  • Please share with your friends and neighbors who may be interested in bringing a child into our school for the first time.
  • If new parents plan to register their children the morning of Round-Up, they should bring the following: birth certificate, Social Security card, immunization record and proof of residence.
  • If you would be willing to assist with check-in/tours at this special event, please email Haley Tucker at hdmtucker@gmail.com 
  • Important: ALL specific Pre-K information will be provided by FWISD later in the spring.
Reminder: History Fair Scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 31
As a reminder, the RH History Fair will be held on Thursday, Jan. 31. 
Here are some details to keep in mind: 
  • Students will choose a topic that interests them and share what they learn with the RH community by preparing a display board, process paper and bibliography.
  • Students may participate individually or submit a group project. 
  • 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 History Fair.
  • You can download detailed information and project requirements at http://www.rhpta.com/academic-fairs
  • If you have any questions, please contact Gina Alexander at ginakayalexander@gmail.com
Hot Dog Supper is Friday, Feb. 8!
For those of you who haven’t been before, RH’s Hot Dog Supper (HDS) is an annual spring FUNdraiser for the whole family hosted by the RHPTA. We raise money in two ways – raffle basket tickets and kid parties. 
Raffle Baskets
  • Room Parents are currently collecting donations for classes’ assigned basket themes. 
  • Please donate an item related to your basket theme or a monetary donation to be used toward the basket items. 
  • Baskets must be completed and turned in no later than Wednesday, Feb. 6. 
  • Below are the basket themes for each class.
  • Cribbs / Hulen / Moreno: G-Rated Movie Night
  • Nevitt / Peterson: Family Game Night Jr.
  • Brown / Sharp: Reading Nook
  • Gillaspy / Raya: Movies
  • Brubaker / Will: Camping
1st Grade
  • Armstrong / Streiff: Glow in the Dark
  • Wayland / Tennant: LOL Dolls
  • Baker / Williams: NERF
2nd Grade
  • Rosenthal / Dowell: Hot Wheels
  • Gandarilla / Leschber: Pizza/Pasta Night
  • Cureton / Maxon: Legos
3rd Grade
  • Bennett / Dutton: Arts & Crafts
  • Harvey / Hixon: Slime!
  • Sanchez / Smith: Sports
4th Grade
  • Bass / Powell: Date Night
  • Hall / Lambert / Myers: Carnival Fun!
5th Grade
  • Blakley / Jimenez: TCU
  • Molder / Poe: Gift Cards
Kid Parties
  • Kid parties are for any grade, can be grade specific, girl only, boy only, or co-ed. Kid parties do not need to be expensive – simple is better! Get creative! 
  • Examples: Popsicles in the Park, Pizza & Soccer, Pool Party, Bingo & Brunch. So, gather several other parents, and plan a fun kid party to host together! 
  • We are in need of kid party hosts. Party hosts incur the cost of the party, and kids pay to attend. 
  • **Kid Parties are only available for purchase at Hot Dog Supper. Parties with leftover spots will be available for purchase the week after HDS.
Contact: For more information or if you have questions, please contact Christa Holbert at christa@leaguere.com or at (214) 734-0285.
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
Friday, Feb. 1, is a Waiver Day – No Students
Friday, Feb. 1, is a FWISD Waiver Day. There will not be school for students this day.

Upcoming Dates to Know 
Saturday, Jan. 19
RH Chess Club Tournament
Monday, Jan. 21
Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday: No School
Thursday, Jan. 24
Battle of the Books
Friday, Jan. 25
Mustang Roundup (10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.)
Popcorn Friday
Tuesday, Jan. 29
Group/Club Pictures
Thursday, Jan. 31
History Fair
Friday, Feb. 1
Waiver Day: No School
Monday, Feb. 4 - Friday, Feb. 8
National School Counselor's Week
Friday, Feb. 8
Hot Dog Supper (6 p.m.)
Thursday, Feb. 14
Valentine's Class Parties

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