Oct. 21, 2018

Reminder: Pumpkin Patch This Week! 
RH students are invited to decorate pumpkins for RH’s annual Pumpkin Patch this week. 

·     Students should bring their decorated pumpkins to their classrooms tomorrow, Monday, Oct. 22, or Tuesday, Oct 23, with the completed entry form sent home in student folders last week. 

·     Students are encouraged to let their creativity flow with markers, paint, glitter, glue or whatever else inspires them. Decorate them to make pumpkins silly or spooky or a creation all their own. This can be a fun family project!

·     Remember, this event is meant for student work not professional work.

·     No carved pumpkins will be accepted.

·     Please only bring pumpkins that the students are able to carry by themselves.

·     Each grade level will have a prize winner! Each student may vote once for their favorite pumpkin.

·     Contact: Amy Vitanza at ymachoate@gmail.com


Reminder: Red Ribbon Week This Week

Our Red Ribbon/Drug Awareness Week is this week. This week celebrates the national campaign to encourage our students to stay healthy and live drug and alcohol free. To show our support in promoting a drug-free school and community, RH will highlight a special “theme” each day this week. We would like all students to take part each day.  

·     Monday: “COLLEGE is the Way Out – Say No to Drug Abuse.” Students may wear a college T-shirt. 

·     Tuesday: “I have a BRIGHT FUTURE without drugs.” Students may wear neon-colored shirts. 

·     Wednesday: “SADDLE UP and BOOT OUT DRUGS.” Students may wear Western clothes.

·     Thursday: “BE ALL YOU CAN BE, BE DRUG FREE.” Students may wear camouflage clothing.

·      Friday: “RED DAY.”Students may wear red to support Red Ribbon Week.  

Please note that all clothing must be appropriate and fall within FWISD student dress guidelines.

“Feasting for 5th” Fundraising Dinner Dates

The following are dates for “Feasting for 5th” fundraising for our field trips at area restaurants. Please tell the restaurant you’re there for RH!

·      Monday, Oct. 22– Kincaid's on Camp Bowie – 20% back 

·      Monday, Oct. 29– Mama's Pizza on Camp Bowie (3 p.m. to 9 p.m.) – 15% back

·      Wednesday, Nov. 7 – Olivella's on Camp Bowie (5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.) – 15% on dine in AND to go orders

·      Saturday, Nov. 17 – Pearl Snap Kolaches on Hulen (ALL DAY) – 20% back

·      Monday, Nov. 19 – Tommy's on Camp Bowie (5 p.m. to 9 p.m.) – 20% back 

4th Grade Program at 6:30 P.M. This Tuesday, Oct. 23
Please join us for the 4th grade program at 6:30 p.m. this Tuesday, Oct. 23, in the auditorium.


RH Carnival is This Friday, Oct. 26, from 6 P.M. to 9 P.M. at the RH Track!  
It’s one of our most exciting events! It takes the village to make carnival a success so see how you can help!

·     All booths are worked by class volunteers.

·     Ask your room parent for a shift to work so he/she doesn’t have to work all night!

·     If you haven’t heard from your room parent, you should hear something soon.

·     Don’t know your room parent? Ask your teacher for his/her name and number!


·     We still need middle school and high school volunteers to help out.

·     Contact Lisa Bielss at Lbielss23@gmail.comor 817-980-2893 to volunteer your student.

·     Volunteer check-in will be at the ticket table.


·     We will sell tickets before school and during lunchtimes on Wednesday, Oct. 24, Thursday, Oct. 25, and Friday, Oct. 26. This is for your convenience to get your tickets early so you don’t have to wait in line Friday night. 

·     Tickets are 50 cents each; most games/booths are 1-4 tickets each.

·     You can also purchase tickets online in the online store at www.myschoolanywhere.comto pick up at the Will Call Table the night of Carnival. 

·     Please don’t send large sums of money with your child for the teacher to have to worry about.

·     We will gladly accept cash/credit/checks.

Cake Walk

·     We need LOTS of DONATIONS to make this very popular booth a success! 

·     Please donate any store-bought cakes, cookies, muffins, sweets, etc., in carpool line at morning dropoff and afternoon pickup this Wednesday, Oct. 24, Thursday, Oct. 25, and Friday, Oct. 26. 

·     Your student can also give to his/her teacher in class.


Haunted House 

·     The 3rd grade parents are working hard to make this year’s Haunted House the best one yet! The gymnasium will be transformed.

·     If you are a 3rdgrade parent who is interested and available to help, please contact your room parent.  


·     There will be certain areas marked off for safety issues. 

·     Please stay out of the roped off areas – this is for everyone’s safety.



·     There will be at least two food trucks at Carnival! They make their own money and therefore do NOT accept our Carnival tickets. Please prepare accordingly.

·     Also, 5th grade will be selling slices of pizza for tickets OR cash. 

Drinks/Candy Concessions

·     This is a 5th grade fundraiser for their end-of-school-year trip.

·     They accept tickets OR cash.


·     Students are welcome to wear their costumes, if they want to.

·     Scary masks and weapons are not permitted. 


Weather Forecast

·     We are closely monitoring the weather forecast and formulating a back-up plan in case of inclement weather, which we will communicate accordingly. Stay tuned!


Carnival Contact

Lisa Bielss at Lbielss23@gmail.comor 817-980-2893

Get ready for some fun! See you Friday!


Calling All Mustang Muscles at 6 P.M. This Wednesday, Oct. 24

·     We need all hands on deck to help this Wednesday, Oct. 24. We will be framing up the walls for the Haunted House for the 3rdgrade parents to decorate. 

·     Meet over at the gym around 6 p.m. 

·     Duct tape, staple guns, and zip ties are a bonus, if you have them.


Reminder: PTA Membership Challenge Continues Through This Friday, Oct. 26

·      Our October PTA membership challenge continues through this Friday, Oct. 26. 

·      The class with the most new PTA members to join over last week and this week will win a prize!

·      For more information on how to join, click the following link: https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnxyaHB0YXNpdGV8Z3g6MmE5OGE2NTA5OWE0ZWJiZg

·      If you have already joined, encourage grandparents, other family members and friends to join, too! 

·      Contact: Jenn Nevitt at jnevitt@sbcglobal.net


Reminder: Book Fair Scheduled for Oct. 29 – Nov. 2; Volunteers Still Needed

·     Our Book Fair will run from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, through Friday, Nov. 2, in the library. 

·     Our librarian, Ms. Rick, needs volunteers to set up, and assist students with book selection and checkout during Book Fair.

·      Contact: Ms. Rick at Renee.Rick@fwisd.org

Attention Parents of PPCD, Pre-K and Kindergarten Students: Storybook Parade for PPCD, Pre-K and Kindergarten Students Only on Wednesday, Oct. 31
The PPCD, Pre-K and Kindergarten classes will have a Storybook Parade on Wednesday, Oct. 31, after the morning announcements. The parade will be on the RH track, weather permitting.

·      To help foster a love of quality literature, we are asking our PPCD, Pre-K and Kindergarten students to participate in our Storybook Parade.

·     Please encourage your student to identify a character in one of his or her favorite books.

·     Your child may dress in such a way that will tell us about that character.

·     Your child should also bring the book to the parade.

·     Please read the book with your child the night before the parade so that he or she is able to tell us about the character.

·     Ideas for characters include Clifford from “Clifford, the Big Red Dog,” the mouse from “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” and a letter of the alphabet from “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.” The “costume” should be simple. For example, Clifford could be portrayed with big red paper ears and a tail.

·     Please help your child chose a storybook character that is neither a superhero nor scary.

·     Your child will need to bring a change of clothes in accordance with our dress code to change into after the parade.

·     Parents are welcome to stay and watch our parade. Please sign in at the office.

·     Contact:Your child’s teacher


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! Got Any Fun Walkathon Pictures to Include? 

·     To upload photos, go to ​​http://interstate.pixami.com/ISSMaster/home3/Public.jsp

(Please use the folders for grade or event-specific photos.)

·     To order a yearbook online, visit https://inter-state.com/yearbookand enter code 34369N by March 8!

·     Softcover yearbooks are $23.

·     Hardback yearbooks are $28 (plus $1 for cover personalization by Jan. 31).

·     Order by Jan. 9, and get $5 off!

·     Contact:Beth Wertman at betherino@hotmail.com


RH’s 3rd Annual Mathoween Scheduled During School on Wednesday, Oct. 31 

·     This year’s Mathoween will take place during the school day on Wednesday, Oct. 31.  

·     Students will enjoy math activities within their grade level.

·     If you have not yet received a note from your child’s grade level, look for one to come home soon.

·     Parents who are interested in helping should contact their child’s teacher. 

·     Contact:Your child’s teacher 


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.)

o  Identification

o  Income statement

o  Utility bill with address confirmation

o  Birth certificate for each child under the age of 14

o  Medicaid/TANF card

·     Contact: Mrs.Matrail Rogers at 817-815-1715 or matrail.rogers@fwisd.org


Save the Date for Leap Frogs Reading Festival from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on 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. on Saturday, Nov. 20, 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.


Upcoming Dates to Know


Monday, Oct. 22 - Friday, Oct. 26

Pumpkin Patch Week

Red Ribbon Week

“Feasting for 5th Grade” Fundraising Dinner Date at Kincaid’s on Camp Bowie


Tuesday, Oct. 23

4th Grade Program (6:30 p.m.)


Thursday, Oct. 25

Run Club for registered students in grades 2-5 (3 p.m. - 4 p.m. at RH track)


Friday, Oct. 26

Carnival (6 p.m. - 9 p.m. at RH track)


Monday, Oct. 29

“Feasting for 5th Grade” Fundraising Dinner Date at Mama's Pizza on Camp Bowie (3 p.m. to 9 p.m.)


Wednesday, Oct. 31

Storybook Parade (8 a.m. – PPCD, Pre-K & Kinder)



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)


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 atTommy's on Camp Bowie (5 p.m. to 9 p.m.) 


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:

o  Ridglea Hills Elementary 

o  Ridglea Hills Elementary School’s Counselor

o  Ridglea Hills Mustang Muscle (for those RHE dads interested in getting involved with school service projects)

o   RHE Run Club