Oct. 9, 2016

Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016


Reminder: No School Tomorrow, Monday, Oct. 10, for Waiver Day

Don’t forget that tomorrow, Monday, Oct. 10, is a Waiver Day so there is no school for students. Enjoy!


Full Speed Ahead – Walkathon Update

·      Thanks to everyone who made it to Walkathon last Friday! We are so appreciative of everyone's flexibility and great attitudes. We were happy to be able to get the walk in, and WOW – what an amazing crowd we had!

·      So far, our total raised is $49,085! This will increase when we add in the giant change jar that is full! We got to tape Ms. Cotton to the wall Friday during lunches, and everyone had fun! Thanks to Ms. Cotton for being such a great sport!

·      All students receive out-of-dress code for Tuesday, Oct. 11, Wednesday, Oct. 12, and Thursday, Oct. 13. All students must still adhere to FWISD dress code guidelines:

o   No spaghetti straps/tank tops.

o   Shorts MUST be an appropriate length – no more than 4 inches above the knee.

o   Please wear appropriate shoes for PE and recess!

·      This week the teachers will be collecting a guess from each student about how much money is in the change jar. The 10 closest guesses in each grade level will win a #horsepower string bag!  

·      Huge THANK YOUs from our 2016 Walkathon Chair Michelle Henderson to:

o   David Elizalde and Richard McQuillar for their graphic design talents!

o   Michelle Kelly, Melinda Blackerby, Melissa Newman and Thuy Howeth for "horsing around" and helping on Fridays! 

o   Our NPO Officer Pennington, Constable Jon Siegal and Ridglea Hills Code Blue Volunteers for Walkathon security, and also our neighborhood volunteers who helped at intersections!

o   Jami Lampert, Twila Allan and Gil Daley for their Walkathon knowledge, experience and encouragement!

o   Melinda Blackerby for creative support and helping out with at least 100 other emergencies!

o   Site Barricades and Lisa and Jeff Schuessler for Walkathon barricades!

o   Frost Bank for 1,200 water bottles for our walkers!

o   Park Place Mercedes for the amazing cars for the walk, and also to Jason Murray and Clark Meador for their willingness to drive them!

o   Courtney Plumbley, Elisa Belmont, Naomi Gelineau, Ashley and Eric Sanchez, Angela Houston, Sara Shaheen, Tonya Leininger, Melinda Blackerby, Twila Allan and Lisa Brewer for selling spirit items and Yvonne McHenry for helping with popsicles!

o   Jason and Missy Murray for T-shirt distribution and endless patience with the T-shirt design and order!

o   Rachel and Drew Harris for the amazing publicity we had through our website and the Pony Posts!

o   Danna and Bill West for the trailer and hay for our LINC and PPCD students, and Brad Bielss for driving the truck and trailer during the walk!

o   Every RHE teacher for their support as well as their cooperation with permission slips, T-shirt orders, T-shirt distribution, walking, organizing parents and so much more! 

o   Mandy Wright and Lisa Brewer for their encouragement and extra hands. They along with other executive officers – Jami Lampert, Reagan Henderson, Ivy Ellis and Melissa Newman – were so helpful. Walkathon is just the beginning to our amazing year! 

o   Ms. Cotton and Ms. Starr for their love, support and willingness to do crazy stuff like being taped to a wall or dancing in a taco suit! These ladies rock!  

o   And finally a HUGE thank you to my husband, William Henderson, and our four kids. When I ended up chairing this event alone, it meant that William had to do more than a Walkathon spouse usually does. He has done so much hard work like putting out signs and barricades in the rain, but we both love Ridglea Hills, and it's truly part of our family. I love opening up the envelopes with the big checks in them, but the envelopes that have eight cents in them are just as special. It's wonderful to see how the students are all invested in their school and just love supporting it. The walk itself makes all students feel like they've done something important, and they have! Thanks to everyone for being a part of this amazing group of parents, teachers and students. We are truly the best in Fort Worth!


Enjoy Kona Ice and Support RHPTA After School This Wednesday, Oct. 12!

We will have another Kona Ice day benefitting our PTA after school this Wednesday, Oct. 12.

·      Arrangements will be made so that those students who ride the bus will be able to purchase shaved ice.

·      Shaved ice available for purchase will range in price from $2 to $5.


Assistance Fair from 8 A.M. to 9:30 A.M. This Thursday, Oct. 13, in Cafeteria

Our Student Aid Committee helps organize events, including our Assistance Fair, 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. Our Assistance Fair will run from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. this Thursday, Oct. 13, in the cafeteria, and will include our Angel Tree Sign-Up and our School Uniform Store.

Angel Tree Sign-Up

Gifts will be purchased by individual volunteers and/or donations received to purchase gifts.


School Uniform Store

Select from available new and gently used school-approved uniforms and accessories. Boys’ and girls’ styles are available.


·      Families needing assistance can pickup uniforms, and apply for the Angel Tree and free/reduced lunch at our Assistance Fair.

·      We need two volunteers to assist at the fair; please email Laura Patton at laurajonespatton@gmail.com, if you’re interested.

·      If you have any questions about how to quality for this assistance, please contact Ms. Rogers, our school counselor, via email at matrail.rogers@fwisd.org or phone at 817-815-1715.


PTA Board Meeting at 6:30 P.M. This Thursday, Oct. 13, In Library

We will have our next PTA Board Meeting at 6:30 p.m. this Thursday, Oct. 13, in the library. All are welcome to attend.


Site-Based Decision Making Team Ballots Due Friday, Oct. 14

The Site-Based Decision Making Team is a group made up of school administration, teachers, parents, community and business leaders. The purpose of this group is to improve the level of student achievement for all students.

·      The team meetings are usually once each month on a Wednesday at 3:15 p.m. at RHE. 

·      Ballots are coming home this week and are due back by this Friday, Oct. 14.


Reminder: RHE Carnival is This Friday, Oct. 14, from 6 P.M. to 9 P.M.!

Don’t forget, our annual Carnival is this Friday, Oct. 14, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., on the track. Students, families, teachers and staff will all be outside gathered in and around our track having a blast playing games and winning prizes.

·      We are excited to have the Crazy Burger and Salsa Limon food trucks as well as Steel City Pops to provide eats, sweets and drinks.

·      Tickets are 50 cents each and will be sold at lunch this Wednesday and Thursday.

·      We are needing store-bought cookie donations (i.e., Oreos, Chips Ahoy!, Milanos, Fig Newtons, etc.) for the Cookie Walk at Carnival. We will be accepting donations mornings during carpool this Tuesday through Thursday.

·      If you have questions, please contact Stephanie Robinson at smrobins12@gmail.com.


RHE Hoodies Available for Purchase Soon

Help support our fifth grade fundraising, and purchase an RHE hoodie for wear this winter. Order forms will be coming home soon – keep a look out!


Candy Donations Needed for Mathoween Night on Thursday, Oct. 27

Donations of small individually wrapped candy are needed for Mathoween night on Thursday, Oct. 27. Please drop them by Ms. Hixon’s or Ms. Niehoff’s classroom.


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