March 17, 2019

Classes Resume Tomorrow, March 18
We hope you had a nice Spring Break last week! Classes will resume tomorrow, Monday, March 18. See you in the morning!
 

Testing a New Carpool Morning Drop-Off Procedure This Week Starting Tomorrow Morning, Monday, March 18
Please see below for a special announcement from Principal Cotton and Assistant Principal Starr sent home in student folders before Spring Break.
 
Parents,
 
Beginning Monday, March 18, we will pilot a new carpool drop-off procedure for one week to help alleviate morning congestion. The one-week window will help us gather data and make adjustments, if we continue beyond that week. This will only work if several parameters are followed. We have included a map to describe the flow of traffic; please find it on our RHPTA website at 
www.rhpta.com/morning-carpool-pilot.
 
Please note the following expectations for morning carpool drop-off starting tomorrow, March 18:
 
  • The new, 2nd morning drop-off location in the staff parking lot will open for drop-off at 7:30 a.m. Students who are dropped off before 7:30 a.m. will need to follow the normal routine of being dropped off at the front of the school.
  • After 7:30 a.m., parents will have two options for drop-off. A staff member will be located at the corner of Angus and Cumberland to direct the flow of traffic.
  • Cumberland Road – This is the regular morning drop-off location.
  • Staff parking lot off Angus – At this new morning drop-off location, students will be dropped off and directed through the playground gate to enter through the library. This is for students only. Parents who walk their children to class will still be required to enter through the front door.
  • If you are directed to drop-off in the parking lot, you will not be able to turn back to Cumberland off of Angus after you have dropped your child off. Please continue down Angus. This will help with congestion at the corner of Stonedale and Cumberland.
  • Please DO NOT park on Angus during carpool. We need to keep Angus free of parked cars to help with the two-way traffic flow.
  • The back parking lot drop-off ends at 7:50 a.m., as staff members must report to classroom duties. After 7:50 a.m., please follow normal procedures to drop-off at the front of the school. As a reminder, students are tardy if they report to class after 7:50 a.m.
 
Our goal for these new procedures is to reduce traffic congestion during morning carpool. Our options are limited since we are a landlocked location so we are hoping this 2ndoption will allow all of our students to arrive to class on time and reduce the number of tardies each day. It will take everyone’s cooperation to make this work, so please be patient with us as we work out the kinks. As always, please call the school or let us know if you have any questions.
 
Sincerely,
 
Crenesha Cotton
Principal
 

PTA Board Meeting at Noon This Wednesday, March 20, in Library
Please join us for our next PTA Board Meeting at noon this Wednesday, March 20, in the library. All are welcome to attend.
 

Reminder: Pre-K Round Up at Ridglea Hills Elementary Scheduled for This 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. this 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.
 
Last Chance Registration for “A Night In Hollywood” Talent Show is This Week; Deadline is This Friday, March 22! 
This week is the last chance to register for this year’s “A Night In Hollywood” Talent Show scheduled for 6 p.m. on Friday, April 26, at Monnig Middle School Auditorium. This Friday, March 22, is the last day to turn in parent permission slips and sponsor forms.
  • 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 Kmartzgon26@gmail.com
 
Next Monday, March 25, is a Waiver Day – No Students
Next Monday, March 25, is a FWISD Waiver Day. There will not be school for students this day.

Buy Your Tickets Online NOW for “One Totally Awesome Auction for One Totally Awesome School!,” RH’s Parent Party and Auction on Saturday, March 30! 
Buy your tickets online for the RH Parent Party and Auction from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and the after-party from 10 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, March 30, at Ridglea Theater and Ridglea Room NOW (no later than Monday, March 25) and save! It’s “One Totally Awesome Auction for One Totally Awesome School!” 
 
  • The theme will be 80s so get your costumes ready! Dress up to this adults-only event is highly encouraged.
  • Party and auction at Ridglea Theater include dinner catered by Pulido’s, music, dancing, cash bar, silent and live auction. 
  • After-party is right next door at Ridglea Room and includes dj/karaoke, dancing, cash bar and snacks. (Wristband will be required for after-party; you’ll pick it up at auction check-in.)
  • Tickets for the party are $25 each and $10 each for the after-party if you buy them in advance no later than next Monday, March 25.
  • After March 25, tickets for the party will only be available for sale at the door for $30 each and $15 each for the after-party.  
  • Click the following link to buy your tickets TODAY: https://one.bidpal.net/rhspringauction2019
  • Invitations were sent home in student folders before Spring Break. ·     
  • We still need parent parties. If you are interested in hosting a parent party, please contact Lisa Brewer at lisbrewer@hotmail.com.·     
  • 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). 
 
2nd Grade Program at 6:30 P.M. Next Tuesday, March 26, in Auditorium
Our 2nd grade program is at 6:30 p.m. next Tuesday, March 26, in the auditorium. 
 

Field Day Shirts Now Available to Order Online Until Friday, March 29!
Field Day is Thursday, April 18! Order your awesome Field Day T-shirts online until Friday, March 29. 
  • This year all grades will be a different color T-shirt. 
  • Order forms will go out tomorrow. 
  • Shirts are $7 each. 
  • Make sure to order online or by form as NO additional shirts will be available to purchase. 
  • Teachers and staff do not order as yours will be provided.
  • Click the following link to order online: http://mulhollandshirts.com/rhe_field_day/shop/home
  • Orders due by Friday, March 29.
  • More Field Day information to come soon!
  • Contact: Ashley Sanchez at ashleysanchez1215@yahoo.com
 
We Are Close to Receiving a Pre-K PTA Membership Award!
  • We are very close to receiving an award for the number of Pre-K parents we have as RHPTA members. 
  • Help us get there by spreading the word and encourage our Pre-K parents, grandparents, neighbors and friends of RH to join! 
  • Click the following link to join today: http://www.joinpta.org 
 
FYI: Playground for Children of All Abilities to Open in April
Frank Kent’s Dream Park Fort Worth will open on April 15 and offer children of all abilities a park to swing, slide and climb side by side at Trinity Park. 
Click the following link to read more about this exciting development:

https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.fwtx.com_blogs_fwvoice_playground-2Dchildren-2Dall-2Dabilities-2Dopen-2Dapril&d=DwIFAg&c=7Q-FWLBTAxn3T_E3HWrzGYJrC4RvUoWDrzTlitGRH_A&r=CRixxcKL6TurW9IhEY6yDQ&m=XzZppDSAOKBmjB2yN34FOy3JN91nDmCAz9BH7E1ZzyM&s=y4nsTQmO_j2zB0AQfaOv1gUUuKmm6nzwgDhMo1ru7QM&e=
 
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!
 

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
 
Reminder: Free Field Hockey Clinic for RH Girls in Kindergarten through 5th Grade on Friday, March 29
  • As a reminder, 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. 
  • 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 
Wednesday, March 20
PTA Board Meeting (noon in library)
 
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

#SaddleUp
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