Nov. 4, 2018

Live Thankfully Campaign Starts Tomorrow, Monday, Nov. 5
RH is partnering once again with Live Thankfully in feeding families this Thanksgiving. With your help, we will give Thanksgiving dinners and groceries to families in need. These families are adopted through our school and other Fort Worth schools. Last year we donated a record 5,447 items to the Live Thankfully program, and the Student Council raised an additional $1,500 to help pay for Thanksgiving meals! Below are ways you can help us Live Thankfully:
 
Food Drive Runs Through Thursday, Nov. 15
  • Bring non-perishable goods to RH.
  • Food items to consider: all canned veggies, canned soups, canned meat, boxed potatoes, bagged rice, dry pasta, boxed macaroni and cheese, paper goods, peanut butter.
 
Party with a Purpose at 5:30 P.M. on Sunday, Nov. 18
  • Join our school family at Southwest Christian School’s preparatory campus (6901 Altamesa Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76123) to bag these groceries to give to our adopted families.
  • Fort Worth food trucks will be present for dinner.
  • Face painting, clowns and music provided!
 
Distribution of Groceries and Meals from 3 P.M. to 8 P.M. on Tuesday, Nov. 20
  • Join us at Christ Chapel Bible Church (3701 Birchman Ave., FWTX 76107) to help us pass out these groceries and Thanksgiving dinners to our adopted families in need.
 
For more information, check out 
livethankfully.org or call 817-946-6563. Like us at www.facebook.com/livethankfully.
 

Reminder: Family Museum Night is This Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. 
As a reminder, Family Museum Night for RH at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. this Tuesday, Nov. 6. Admission is free. Students must be accompanied by an adult. All activities end promptly at 8 p.m. 
  • Bus transportation will be provided for the families who signed up last week. Buses will begin loading at 5:15 p.m. at the front entrance of RH and will depart from the school promptly at 5:30 p.m. Buses will return to RH at approximately 8:30 p.m.
  • Children under 5 years old are not permitted to ride the bus. Also, strollers are not permitted on the bus.
 
“Feast for 5thFundraising on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at Olivella’s
  • Please join us for our “Feast for 5th” Fundraising dinner date at Olivella’s located at 6333 Camp Bowie Blvd. #240, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7.
  • 15% of the proceeds from dine-in AND to-go orders will be donated to help RH 5th grade fundraising.
  • See you there!

Reminder: Leap Frogs Reading Festival from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This Saturday, Nov. 10, at TCU
  • RH has been invited to participate in the Leap Frogs Reading Festival from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 10, at the TCU Rec Center. 
  • This is in support of the FWISD initiative FWTX 100x25 – with the goal of 100% of FW 3rd graders reading on grade level by 2025.
  • There will be many stations, including face paint, games and a surprise visit from SuperFrog!
  • This goal of this event is to promote a love of reading. 
  • Students will have the opportunity to take home a new book to add to their personal library.
 
PTA Board Meeting at 5 P.M. Next Sunday, Nov. 11, in Cafeteria
We will have our next PTA Board Meeting at 5 p.m. next Sunday, Nov. 11, in the cafeteria. All are welcome to attend.

General PTA Meeting at 6:15 P.M. Next Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Auditorium
Please join us for our PTA General Meeting at 6:15 p.m. next Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the auditorium.
 

3rd Grade Program at 6:30 P.M. Next Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Auditorium
Please join us for the 3rd grade program at 6:30 p.m. next Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the auditorium.
 

Reminder: Career Day Scheduled for Friday, Nov. 16
Career Day is a time for students to learn about different types of careers that exist in the world today. Our goal is to expose students to a wide variety of careers with the hope that their interest will be piqued in one or more of them. 
 
We Need Your Help!
  • RH Career Day will be held on Friday, Nov. 16. 
  • We would like to know what parents/volunteers will be available that day to present their career to our students. 
  • We also want you to think of friends/contacts you know who would be willing to share their time with us. Thank you for your help and cooperation!
  • Recently, a purple interest form was sent home in student folders. There are morning (8:30 a.m. – noon), afternoon (noon – 2:30 p.m.) and all-day shifts available.
  • Please complete and return the purple form to Mrs. Matrail Rogers, School Counselor. 
 
Contact: Mrs. Matrail Rogers at 817-815-1715 or 
matrail.rogers@fwisd.org
 
2018-19 Yearbooks Are in the Works! Have Any Great Fall Photos to Include? (Please use the folders for grade or event-specific photos.) 
Reminder: Message from Principal Cotton: Safety First! Follow Proper RH Carpool Drop-Off and Pick-Up Procedures
To ensure the safety of our students and their families, respect for our neighbors and an efficient carpool line, please follow the procedures below:
  • No parking on the school side of the street during drop-off or pick-up. Beyond the carpool lane is for daycare drop-off and pick-up only.
  • Do not block driveways.
  • Do not use cell phones when in the carpool line.
  • Pull all the way forward when carpooling until directed by Safety Patrol to stop (even if it is past the front of the school).
  • Refer to the Student Handbook for any other carpool drop-off and pick-up procedures.
  • Drive safely!
 
Please also do not get into the carpool line for 3 p.m. dismissal until 2:30 p.m. We ask that you do this because we still have Pre-K dismissing at this time.
  • Please do not drop-off or pick-up in the staff’s parking lot unless you are needing handicapped parking for a student.
  • Important! Angus is a two-way street; please obey the traffic laws and do not cut in line to make it a one way. Not only is it a safety issue, we don’t want innocent students and parents possibly getting hit or injured due to someone driving the wrong way.
  • Please also refrain from driving down Cumberland from the end of Stonedale during the hours of 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. If you drive that way, it’s a traffic violation due to Cumberland being a one-way street during those hours. I have recently spoken to police officers and wanted to take the time to remind you of this information. They have witnessed traffic violations occurring and asked me to remind everyone to follow carpool procedures.

I appreciate your support as a valued stakeholder in our learning community! We couldn’t do our jobs without your support; RH is a family first! 
 
Contact: Mrs. Crenesha Cotton at 
Crenesha.Cotton@fwisd.org
 
Reminder: Holiday Assistance Fair By Appointment Only
  • The RHPTA Student Aid Committee helps organize events for our school community to give back to families who need a helping hand. 
  • The identity of the students and families participating will be kept confidential by using a code number through the counselor’s office; names will not be used. 
  • If you missed the Assistance Fair on Oct. 15 and need assistance, please contact Mrs. Matrail Rogers, School Counselor, to schedule an appointment.
  • What do families needing assistance need to bring to their appointments? (Criteria based on Salvation Army guidelines.)
  • Identification
  • Income statement
  • Utility bill with address confirmation
  • Birth certificate for each child under the age of 14
  • Medicaid/TANF card
 
Upcoming Dates to Know
 
Tuesday, Nov. 6
Fall Picture Retakes
Family Museum Night for RH at Fort Worth Museum of Science and History (6 p.m. to 8 p.m.)
 
Wednesday, Nov. 7
“Feasting for 5th Grade” Fundraising Dinner Date at Olivella's on Camp Bowie (5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
 
Saturday, Nov. 10
Leap Frogs Reading Festival (from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at TCU Rec Center)
 
Sunday, Nov. 11
PTA Board Meeting (5 p.m. in the cafeteria)
 
Tuesday, Nov. 13
General PTA Meeting (6:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.)
3rd Grade Program (6:30 p.m.)
 
Friday, Nov. 16
Career Day
 
Saturday, Nov. 17
“Feasting for 5th Grade” Fundraising Dinner Date at Pearl Snap Kolaches on Hulen (ALL DAY) 
 
Monday, Nov. 19 
“Feasting for 5th Grade” Fundraising Dinner Date at Tommy's on Camp Bowie (5 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
 
Monday, Nov. 19 – Friday, Nov. 23
No School: Thanksgiving Break
 

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
 
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