RHE Actvity Calendar 2016-2017

posted Aug 18, 2015, 4:44 PM by Ridglea Hills PTA   [ updated Jul 20, 2016, 2:46 PM ]

FWISD, RHE and RHPTA events

Times and dates are tentatively planned. Any updates will be released on the RHPTA website, RHPTA E-blasts and/or a note sent home with your child. Events not stating a time will be given details closer to the event.

August 2016

1-17 Registration Open in the office

18  Mustang Mall 9:30-11:30

19 Meet the Teacher, Mustang Mall, 3:30-4:30

22  First Day of School

25 PTA Board Meeting, Library 6:30 pm

September 2016

1  Newcomer dinner 6:00-7:30pm

5  School Holiday

8  Open House 5:30-7:00

9  PTA Board Meeting 12pm   

   Walkathon kickoff

12  Special Person’s & Grandparent’s Day

October 2016

6  Fall Pictures

7  Walkathon 8:30 am

10 Waiver Day, no students

13 PTA Board Meeting, 6:30pm,

14 Carnival, 6-8pm

21 AHHS Homecoming

24  Pumpkin Patch,

24-28   Red Ribbon Week

25 4th Grade Music Program 6:30

     STAAR information meeting 7:00

27  Math-o-ween, Family Math        

     Night, 6:30-8:30

31  Halloween, Storybook Parade

November 2016

4  End of 4th Six weeks

   Popcorn Friday

7-18 Live Thankfully campaign

9  Fall Picture retakes

11  PTA Board Meeting, 12pm

15  General PTA Meeting 6pm

     Third grade program 6:30pm

     STAAR information meeting 7pm

17  Angel Tree

18 Career Day

21-25  Thanksgiving Break

December 2016

2  Santa visit 8am-11am

8 PTA Board Meeting 6:30pm

20  Fifth grade program, 6:30pm

     STAAR information, 7pm

20-21  RIF Distribution

22  Pajama Reading day

     Holiday parties

     End of 3rd Six weeks

23-1/6  Winter Holiday

January 2017

9  Waiver day, no students

10 Students return to school

13  PTA Board meeting, 12pm

14  Chess Tournament at RHE

16  School Holiday

20  Popcorn Friday,

  Kindergarten Round-up, 10-11:30

23-27  Canned Food Drive

27  Hot Dog Supper,

      General PTA Meeting, 6pm

February 2017

3  Waiver Day, no students

9  PTA Board Meeting 6:30pm

14  Valentine’s Parties

17 Popcorn Friday

21  Family Science Night, 6-8, FW Museum of Science & History

22  Spring Pictures

23 Talent Show Rehearsal

24 Talent Show, time TBA

28 2nd Grade Program, 6:30pm

March 2017

3 Fine Arts Day

10 Donuts with Dad

13-17  Spring Break

24  PTA Board Meeting, 12pm

27-31  Closed campus, testing

28   General PTA meeting, officer elections, 6 pm

      1st Grade Music Program, 6:30

28  STAAR testing,  Grade 4 Writing

     STAAR testing,  Grade 5 Math

29  STAAR testing,  Grade 5 Reading

April 2017

1  Spring Auction, time TBA

13  End of 5th Six Weeks

14  Waiver Day, no students

20  PTA Board Meeting, 6:30pm

21  Field Day

25  General PTA Meeting 6 pm

25   Kindergarten Program 6:30pm

28  Popcorn Friday

May 2017

1-5  Teacher Appreciation Week

8-12 Closed Campus, STAAR testing

8  STAAR Testing

   Grade 3-4 Math Testing

   Grade 5  Math retesting

9  STAAR Testing

   Grade 3-4 Reading testing

   Grade 5 Reading retest

10  STAAR testing, Grade 5 Science

15  Muffins with Mom

16  Teacher for a Day

18-19  Fifth Grade Field trip (tentative)

22-24  AR store

22-23  RIF distribution

25  Closing Lunch

26  AR Level 4 Party

31  Pre-K – 2nd Grade Awards, time TBA

June 2017

1  3rd-4th Grade Awards, time TBA

2  5th grade graduation, time TBA

   Last day of school

5-6  Make-up Snow Days

*  Calendar tentative

*  Subject to change pending

    unreleased dates by the district

*  Unscheduled at this time:  Academic fairs and spelling bee

2015-2016 School Supply Lists

posted May 28, 2015, 10:21 AM by Ridglea Hills PTA

1 assorted construction paper 12x18 heavy duty (50 pgs)
1 assorted construction paper 9x12 heavy duty (50 pgs)
1 cylinder Clorox wipes
2 composition notebooks (black and white, 100 pgs)
2 Crayola crayons (12 count)
1 Elmer's glue 4 oz bottle
4 Elmer's glue stick purple (.21 oz)
1 hand sanitizer (8-10 oz)
1 manila paper 12x18 (50 pgs)
1 manila paper 9x12 (50 pgs)
1 playdough (4 count)
2 blue poly folders with pockets and brads
2 boxes Kleenex (100 count)
1 Crayola watercolor (set of 8)
1 box gallon size zip loc baggies (20 ct)
1 box quart size zip loc baggies (25 ct)
1 Backpack with no wheels
optional:  do a dot washable markers

1 assorted construction paper 12x18 heavy duty (50 pgs)
1 assorted construction paper 9x12 heavy duty (50 pgs)
1 cylinder Clorox wipes
2 composition notebooks (black and white, 100 pgs)
2 Crayola crayons (24 count)
1 Crayola washable classic broad markers (8-10 count)
1 Crayola washable classic thin markers (8-10 count)
2 Elmer's glue 8 oz bottle
5 Elmer's glue stick purple (.21 oz)
2 hand sanitizer (8-10 oz)
1 manila paper 12x18 (50 pgs)
1 manila paper 9x12 (50 pgs)
2 paper mate #2 pencils (12 count)
1 blue poly folder with pockets and brads
1 green poly folder with pockets and brads
1 red poly folder with pockets and brads
2 any color spiral notebook wide ruled (70 pg)
2 boxes of Kleenex (100 count)
1 Crayola watercolor (set of 8)
1 box gallon size zip loc baggies (20 ct)
1 box sandwich size zip loc baggies
1 container wet wipes
1 backpack with no wheels
Optional:  1 mead five star stay put poly folder with prongs

1st Grade:
1 5 " blunt fiskar scissors
1 assorted construction paper 12x18 heavy duty (50 pgs)
4 composition notebooks (black and white, 100 pgs)
2 Crayola crayons (24 count)
1 Crayola washable classic broad markers (8-10 count)
1 broad dry erase marker set (4 pack)
3 Elmer's glue 8 oz bottle
1 hand sanitizer (12 oz)
1 manila paper 12x18 (50 pgs)
1 manila paper 9x12 (50 pgs)
3 paper mate #2 pencils (12 count)
2 medium pink erasers
3 any color poly folders with pockets and brads
2 primary writing tablets with lines
2 primary writing tablets with lines and picture spaces
1 school supply box
1 box of Kleenex (100 count)

2nd Grade:
1 5 " blunt fiskar scissors
1 assorted construction paper 12x18 heavy duty (50 pgs)
1 cylinder Clorox wipes
2 composition notebooks (black and white, 100 pgs)
2 Crayola crayons (24 count)
1 Crayola washable classic broad markers (8-10 count)
3 Elmer's glue stick purple (.21 oz)
12 eraser caps
1 hand sanitizer (12 oz)
1 manila paper 12x18 (50 pgs)
1 nylon 3 hole pencil bag
2 paper mate #2 pencils (12 count)
4 any color poly folders with pockets and brads
2 any color spiral notebook wide rule (80 pgs)
2 boxes of Kleenex (100 count)
1 wide ruled filler paper

3rd Grade:
1 5 " blunt fiskar scissors
1 assorted construction paper 12x18 heavy duty (50 pgs)
5 composition notebooks (black and white, 100 pgs)
1 Crayola washable classic broad markers (8-10 count)
1 Crayola colored pencils (12 count, long)
1 Crayola crayons (24 count)
2 Elmer's glue stick purple (.21 oz)
1 green folder with pockets and brads
1 orange folder with pockets and brads
1 red folder with pockets and brads
1 yellow color folder with pockets and brads
1 hand sanitizer (12 oz)
1 manila paper 12x18 (50 pgs)
1 nylon 3 hole pencil bag
4 paper mate #2 pencils (12 count)
1 blue poly folder with pockets and brads
1 purple poly folder with pockets and brads
1 yellow poly folder with pockets and brads
3 boxes of Kleenex (100 count)
1 wide ruled filler paper (200 pgs)

4th Grade:
1 assorted construction paper 12x18 heavy duty (50 pgs)
1 composition notebooks (black and white, 100 pgs)
1 Crayola washable classic thin markers (8-10 count)
1 Crayola colored pencils (12 count, long)
1 Crayola crayons (24 count)
1 black wide dry erase marker
4 Elmer's glue stick purple (.21 oz)
2 blue folder with pockets and brads
2 green folder with pockets and brads
2 purple folder with pockets and brads
2 red folder with pockets and brads
1 hand sanitizer (12 oz)
1 highlighter (yellow)
1 manila paper 12x18 (50 pgs)
1 nylon 3 hole pencil bag
2 paper mate #2 pencils (12 count)
1 red bic pen stick (no click)
1 orange folder with pockets and brads
2 any color spiral notebook wide ruled (70 pg)
1 any color 3 subject wide ruled spiral notebook
3 boxes of Kleenex (100 count)
2 wide ruled filler paper (200 pgs)

5th Grade:
1 5 " blunt fiskar scissors
1 assorted construction paper 12x18 heavy duty (50 pgs)
8 composition notebooks (black and white, 100 pgs)
1 Crayola washable classic broad markers (8-10 count)
1 Crayola colored pencils (12 count, long)
1 Crayola crayons (24 count)
6 Elmer's glue stick purple (.21 oz)
2 hand sanitizer (12 oz)
2 individual pencil sharpeners with lids
1 manila paper 12x18 (50 pgs)
1 nylon 3 hole pencil bag
4 paper mate #2 pencils (12 count)
6 any color poly folders with pockets and brads
4 boxes of Kleenex (160 count)
1 wide ruled filler paper (200 pgs)

RHE October Newsletter

posted Oct 22, 2014, 12:22 PM by Ridglea Hills PTA

October 2014

Volume 1, Issue 1


Inside this Issue


A Few Words From Mrs. Cotton


Staff Spotlight



PTA News




Pumpkin Patch is Here!


We Need YOU!


Secret Buddies needed!


The Not So Scary Monster Fun Run





Ridglea Hills Elementary

6817 Cumberland Road

Fort Worth, TX 76116


Text Box: Ridglea Hills Elementary  Newsletter

A Few Words From Mrs. Cotton

Greetings parents, teachers, and students! I am so pleased with the great start we have had already! As I announced at Open House on September 4th, we are a distinction campus this year for outstanding academic achievement in Reading / ELA! We are also an exemplary campus under House Bill 5 with the Texas Education Agency, scoring excellence in at least 9 or more categories this past year from parent, administration, and counselor involvement to identification of our students who are identified as gifted and talented!             


Only 6 campuses out of 142 schools in FWISD received an exemplary rating under House Bill 5 and Ridglea Hills Elementary was one of them! This is an endless result of continuous dedication from our staff, families, and community! My primary goal is simple:  student academic achievement.


There are a few points I would like for each parent to focus on so that we as a team can make this year the best one yet for our children:

1.  Read to your child daily, even if only for a few minutes.

2.  Encourage them to get a good night’s rest each school night.

3.  Use your child’s folders as a way of communicating with your child’s teacher. Emails are also encouraged.

4.  If there are any significant changes in the home, please communicate them with your child’s teacher and/or the administration staff. 


My doors are open to talk to each and every one of you, about anything. Please contact the school at 817-815-1700 to schedule an appointment time.

P.S. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and many, if not all of us, have had a loved one or dear friend touched by this dreadful disease. To support the survivors and provide strength to others, I am asking all teachers, staff, students, and parents in our community to wear pink on next Friday, October 24th. We will send home a dress code policy for our students so they can wear appropriate clothing for school but still wear pink out of support. We plan to go around and take out of our learning community to show our support for real world issues that affects everyone!


Staff Spotlight:  Mrs. Ellie Starr, Assistant Principal

This is my 17th year in education. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Tarleton State University. I received my Master’s degree in Educational Administration from the University of North Texas.  I taught 3rd grade for six years, so I will always have a soft spot for third graders. I came to Fort Worth as an Assistant Principal. I spent 6 years at Diamond Hill ES and 4 years at Sam Rosen. I am so happy to be at Ridglea Hills and to be working alongside Mrs. Cotton. I already feel like a part of the family. J

I have been married to my husband Richard for 22 years. Richard teaches 4th grade at Luella Merrett ES.  We have two children. Lindsay is 21 and a junior at The University of North Texas. William is 20. He ships out for Air Force basic training on October 1. I also have 3 dogs…Max, Diesel and Romeo. My family is everything to me, and you will see them at school now and then.

Besides spending time with my family, I love to read and travel. I also love to shop and find a good bargain. J

I would love for parents to stop by my office anytime to introduce themselves and just say hi. I am so blessed to work with children. This is by far the best, most rewarding job in the world.

Ellie Starr


Ridglea Hills PTA is off to a fantastic start. Walkathon was a HUGE success, Mustang Muscle is working hard beautifying the campus, kids are enjoying Popcorn Fridays, and Reading is Fundamental (RIF) distributed wonderful books to all the students.  All of these great things are because of the generosity and dedication of our volunteers.  We have 318 members and that number could still grow.  If you haven’t had a chance to plug in, Carnival is right around the corner, so raise your hand, pitch in and let’s continue to make this a year that we all will remember!

Tiera Hall
PTA President

It’s CARNIVAL time!

Please join us on October 24 from 6-9pm for the annual RHE Fall Carnival! There will be awesome carnival games to play, food trucks, cake walk, bounce houses, 3rd grade haunted house, live DJ and much more! We are also excited to announce our newest addition to the festivities - the Photo Wagon! Bring your family and friends for a night of food, games and FALL FUN! Tickets are 50 cents each and will be sold at lunch starting Wednesday the week of carnival, and also at the event. Any questions please contact Gina Archie, Sara Shaheen, or Brooke Mooty 

See you on the field!

Pumpkin Patch is Here!

Ridglea Hills Annual Pumpkin Patch will be the week of October 27th-30th. Whether your pumpkin is spooky, silly or Cinderella sweet, it's a fun way all students can Participate!  Students are encouraged to bring a decorated, but NOT CARVED, pumpkin to the foyer on Monday, October 27th or Tuesday, October 28th between 7:30-8:00 a.m.  Students can use paint, glue, glitter, or markers, plus their imagination, to make their pumpkin special!  Please limit the pumpkin to a size the student is able to carry themselves.  ALL pumpkins will be sent home with students on Thursday, October 30th, to be displayed at their homes on Halloween night!  Any questions--please contact Angela Houston at or Bekah Elizalde at




We Need You!
What:  Cafeteria Volunteers
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:45
Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.
For more information, please contact Lauren Runkel at




Secret Buddies needed!

What is a Secret Buddy, you ask?  It’s a great way to treat our wonderful teachers and staff.  Here is some information:

**Your identity is a secret!  You will reveal yourself at the end of the year.

**You can give your Buddy a treat/gift at anytime--there does not have to be a special occasion to give something to them.  (Those surprises are more special anyway, right?)

**You will receive a detailed information sheet about the staff you select, so you can’t go wrong! 

**Being a Buddy does not have to break the bank).  There are plenty of things you can get for her/him that are inexpensive--it truly is the thought that counts!

If this is something you might be interested in, please contact Lisa Bielss at 

The Not So Scary Monster Fun Run
Hosted by the Ridglea Hills Kids RUN This Town

When: October 28th, 2014 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Where: Ridglea Hills Elementary track (located right behind the school)
Who: All Ridglea Hills friends and family

Come walk, jog or run as much or as little as you want dressed in your best costumes! There will be a costume contest, and S.W.A.G. bags for the kids. We are accepting candy donations. Any leftover candy will be donated to Operation Shoebox.

For more information or if you would like to help, please contact Lauren Runkel at





Feel free to support your favorite college on Fridays!  In addition to being able to wear an RHE spirit shirt, Mrs. Cotton has approved students to wear college shirt on Fridays! 













Walkathon was a



We had a hugely successful 10th annual Walkathon this year raising the most money ever, $48,598.11.  Mrs. Niehoff's class was the overall winning class.  Ava Allan was the overall winning student for the school.  We want to thank all of our business sponsors, family sponsors, and the individuals who contributed to our fall fundraiser as well as all those who volunteered their time and effort.  Our total was the result of many volunteer hours and financial contributions both big and small.

Special thanks to Frost Bank for providing our water station again this year. Special thanks to Camp Gladiator for providing the warm up before the race. Thank you to Mandy Thigpen and Chad Stewart for providing the snazzy rides for Mrs. Cotton, Mrs. Starr and Mrs. Niehoff, and Officer Salone for providing the police escort.  We also want to thank the Real Estate Council for hosting the Dodgeball Tournament in Ridglea Hills’ honor raising $3,000 for Walkathon. 

We will put the money to good use in funding all of our activities this year, and we will use the surplus to fund some big ideas the PTA is currently working on. The following is a list of our business and family sponsors this year:



Platinum Sponsors:

Archies Gardenland

Cendera Bank


Gold Sponsors:

Ramon Roofing, Inc.

Keller Williams Realty

Ridglea Hills Neighborhood Association

Walnut Creek Pet Resort

Texas Health Care-Dr. Cynthia English, Dr. Timothy Jones & Dr. Jennifer Motley 

Brants Realty-Amy & Duke Chairez

Mulholland Custom Imprints

Complete Emergency Care 

West Auto Sales

Cadence McShane Construction

Art District Dental

Camp Gladiator


Silver Sponsors:

Amy Curry, Realtor

Talya Galaganov, Attorney at Law

No Quitters

Bourland Wall & Wenzel, P.C.

Carlton White, CPA

John Molyneaux

Cantey Hanger LLP

DP Engineering Ltd. Co.

Interim Management Group, Inc.

Total Property Maintenance, LLC

Pediatric Urgent Care Center of Fort Worth

James O'Mary Plumbing

Liewellyn Real Estate


FirstCommand Financial Services


Special Thanks to WW Drywall and Rosa's Cafe.  


Bronze Sponsors:



Toy Works


Donut Delight

Eric Wear

Fireside Subs

Firefighter's Finest Moving and Delivery



Family Sponsors:

The Allan Family

The Archie Family

The Brewer Family

The Bublik Family

The Burns Family

The Chipman Family

The Cotton Family

The Harris Family

The Harvey Family

The Heinrich Family

The Henderson Family

The Houston Family

The Howeth Family

The Ikeda Family

The Kirkpatrick Family

The Lampert Family

The Magruder Family

The McCarroll Family

The Moon Family

The Mooty Family

The Murray Family

The Newman Family

The Rodriguez Family

The Family of Ashley Seeley

The Sheffield Family

The Stewart Family

The Stroube Family

The Temples Family

The Thigpen Family

The Sanchez Family

We just can't thank you enough for making our 10th annual Walkathon one for the record books. 

Walkathon Committee,

Cindy Moon

Twila Allan

Jami Lampert

























































Accelerated Reader

posted Sep 21, 2014, 12:46 PM by Ridglea Hills PTA   [ updated Mar 21, 2015, 7:37 AM ]

What is Accelerated Reader (AR):

Accelerated Reader is software for primary and secondary schools used for monitoring the practice of reading.  It was created Renaissance Learning and the web- based version of AR is found at Renaissance Place online.

There are two steps to the AR process: (1) the child or an adult must read a fiction or non-fiction book to the child that is in the AR system; and (2) the child takes a quiz on a school computer.  If the child passes the quiz, the child gets credit for the number of questions he or she got correct.  After the quiz, the child can see what his or her overall point total is by viewing her progress.

AR books can be found in the Ridglea Hills library (they have a gold star on the spine of the book), teachers have AR books in their rooms and many of the books you have at home are likely AR books.  You can find out if a book at home is an AR book by going to  to look up the title of the book to see if it has been assigned a quiz number. 

How to Give Your Child an AR Quiz:

At school computers, there is usually a desktop shortcut to Renaissance Place that says Renaissance Place. It sometimes looks like a pyramid.  Click on the shortcut. 

You will see:

I’m a Child or

I’m a Teacher. 

Click on I’m a Child.

Then you will see:



Username: Generally, your child’s username is your child’s first initial and last name. If there are other childs in FWISD that have the same first initial and last name, then there will also be a number in the username.

If you need help looking up the username when you are at a school computer, click on the forgot username under the username and password login page.  Then enter Ridglea Hills Elementary.  Then enter your child’s first and last name and press search (not enter).  Then click on your child’s name from the list and the username should appear in the username box.  Then enter the password.  You can only get the password from your child’s teacher or Ms. Rick.

Password:  Your child’s password is your child’s school identification number.  The same number your child uses to buy lunch in the cafeteria.  It is assigned to your child by the FWISD and will remain the same each year. 

Your teacher should have this information and Ms. Rick, the librarian keeps an updated list of all children usernames and passwords in a binder in the library.

Example of how to logon:

Username: alampert

Password: 4446644

Once you are logged onto the AR system, you will see a search window.  You can search for the book you want to take a quiz on by entering the title, author or quiz number of the book.

Once you find the book, click on Reading Practice.  Upper grades may take vocabulary quizzes but only reading quizzes count toward AR levels.  Then click whether your child was read to, read it with someone or read it by himself.

The next screen should be the first question of the quiz.  By saying you can give your child a quiz, the idea is that you read the question to your child and the answers and your child chooses the answer.  Please do not tell your child the answer or read the book to your child while you are taking the quiz.  The point of the quiz is to help with your child’s reading comprehension.  Further, it is not fair to other children who take the quiz themselves.

If it’s a kindergarten level book, there are usually 5 questions.  When the child reads longer or more advanced books, the quizzes go up to 20 questions.  Lower level books (grades K-2nd) usually are worth .5 to 1 point and higher level books are worth higher point totals. 

When you finish the quiz, it will tell you how many questions your child answered correctly and how many points your child earned.  It will also ask if you want to see the incorrect questions and answers.  It is always good to go over what your child missed and what the correct answer was.

When you click on Next, you will see your child’s Reading Page.  This will tell you the your child’s average % correct of all quizzes taken this year, the point total, and the book level of the book you just tested.  The information for the last quiz your child took should be on the right side of the screen. If you click on View My Bookshelf, you will see all of the books your child has tested on for the school year. If your child has already taken a quiz, he or she cannot retake the quiz.  The AR program will inform you that the child has already taken the quiz.

When Can You Give a Child an AR Quiz:

Ms. Rick has hours posted outside the library doors when the library is open. You can give your child a quiz or if your child is able, he or she can take their own quiz.   Currently, the library has the following hours:

M-F 7:40-8:00am
 Tues.  3-3:45pm
Thurs. 3-3:30pm

Computer Lab Room 111: (4th & 5th Grade Hallway)
 Mon. 3-3:30pm
 Wed. 3-3:30pm

If you have time during the day to volunteer in your child’s classroom, you may also give children AR quizzes during class at the teacher’s computers.  It is a wonderful way to help out in the classroom because many children do not have adults who can give them AR quizzes before or after school.  You as a volunteer may be the only person who can help the child reach an AR goal.  This generally applies to Kinder-1st grade.

Teachers do not have time to give each child an AR quiz during the school day. This program works due to the efforts of parents and the drive of children to earn rewards for reading.

Rewards for Reaching AR Goals:

We have 4 levels for each grade starting with Kinder at Ridglea Hills.  Pre-K and Link is not on the AR system.  Last week a handout went home with levels for each grade.  The points for each level are different based on the abilities of each grade. 

1st level:  AR button with 1st ribbon
 2nd level: 2nd ribbon
3rd level:  3rd ribbon
4th level: 4th ribbon

AR reports are run on Thursday afternoon of every week to determine if a child has acquired enough points to reach the next level.  If she has, then on Monday the child’s name will be called during announcements to go to the library to receive the AR button and 1st ribbon or another ribbon.

Once your child reaches the 4th level, they also receive a free AR t-shirt to wear on Fridays.  They will also be able to participate in a 4th level school wide AR party at the end of the year.

AR Store:

At the end of the year, we will have an AR store.  Your child will be able to buy small trinkets at the store with the points they have acquired all year.  What they can buy depends on the number of points they accumulated during the year.  So, even if you reach 4th level, the child will still be able to accumulate additional points for the store by continuing to take quizzes and add to their point total.

Million Word Club:

Ridglea Hills also recognizes those children who read more than one million words in one school year.  The AR system tracks the number of words in the books the child takes quizzes over and if the child reads one million or more words, she will receive another AR button with a ribbon for each million words the child reads.  The child will also receive recognition on the wall outside the library for million word club.  If you want to see how many words your child has read, you can find the number of words on the AR progress page after you logon to AR.

At Home Access:  Renaissance Home Connect:

From your home computer, you can determine whether a book is an AR book and the quiz number for the book if you have internet access.  You can also see how many points or words your child has accumulated on the child’s Reading page.  You cannot take AR quizzes away from the RH school campus.

The home connect link is: Then enter your child’s username and password as stated above. The first thing you will see is your child’s Reading page.  If you look to the bottom right, you will see the link to Find AR books.  Click on the Open in New Window.  Then you can enter the book name and determine whether you have an AR book.

You can also quickly find out if a book at home is an AR book by going directly to  You do not have to log your child onto the system to search for the book with this link.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or Amber Smith.  You can also ask Ms. Rick, the librarian.

Jami Lampert                                      Amber Smith
 817-368-1983                                      817-269-7237                  

RH 2014-2015 Calendar of Events

posted Aug 13, 2014, 3:30 PM by Ridglea Hills PTA

Ridglea Hills Elementary Activity Calendar 2014-2015


FWISD, RHE and RHPTA events

Times and dates are tentatively planned. Any updates will be released on the RHPTA website, RHPTA E-blasts and/or a note sent home with your child. Events not stating a time will be given details closer to the event.


August 2014

Friday, 22 – Meet the teacher 3:00-5:00pm (come and go)

Monday, 25 – First day of School

Monday, 25 – First day of 1st Six Weeks

Friday, 29 – RH PTA Board meeting @ noon in the Library (all are welcome)


September 2014

Monday, 1 – Labor Day Holiday – NO SCHOOL    

Thursday, 4 – General Membership PTA Meeting – 5:00 and Open House 5:30-7:30pm

Friday, 5 – Walkathon Kickoff rallies

Wednesday, 10 – New Family Welcome to Ridglea Hills Dinner 6:00-7:30pm

Friday, 19 – RH PTA Board meeting @ noon in the Library

Tuesday, 23 – Grandparents Day – at grandchild’s lunch time

Thursday 25 – Assistance Fair 8:00-9:00am


October 2014

Friday, 3 – Walkathon 8:30am

Friday, 3 – End of 1st Six Weeks

Monday, 6 – First day of 2nd Six Weeks

Friday, 10 – Walkathon Awards Rallies

Monday, 13 – Staff Development Day – NO SCHOOL

Music Program – 6:30 in the Auditorium

Friday, 17 – RH PTA Board meeting @ noon in the Library

Friday, 24 – Carnival 6:00-9:00 – on RH Track

Monday, 27 – Thursday, 30 – Pumpkin Patch Week


November 2014

Monday, 3 – Friday, 7 – Canned Food Drive Week

Monday, 10 – Staff Development Day – NO SCHOOL

Music Program – 6:30 in the Auditorium

Friday, 14 – End of 2nd Six Weeks

Friday, 14 – RH PTA Board meeting @ noon in the Library

Monday, 17 – First day of 3rd Six Weeks

Angel Tree

Monday, 24 – Friday, 28 – Thanksgiving Holiday – NO SCHOOL


December 2014

Friday, 12 – RH PTA Board meeting @ noon in the Library

Music Program – 6:30 in the Auditorium

Friday, 19 – Pajama Reading Day and Classroom Parties

Monday, 22 – January, 2 – Winter Break – NO SCHOOL



January 2015

Monday, 5 – Back to School

Friday, 15 – End of 3rd Six Weeks

Monday, 19 – Martin Luther King Holiday – NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, 20 – First day of 4th Six Weeks

Friday, 23 – Kindergarten round-up 9:00-11:00

Friday, 23 – RH PTA Board meeting @ noon in the Library

Monday, 26 – Friday 30 – Book Fair week

Friday, 30 – Hamburger Supper 6:00-8:00pm


February 2015

Friday, 6 – Staff Development Day – NO SCHOOL

Friday, 14 – Valentine Class Parties

Music Program – 6:30 in the Auditorium

Friday, 20 – RH PTA Board meeting @ noon in the Library

Thursday, 26 – General Membership PTA Meeting and Family Science night

Friday, 27 – End of 4th Six Weeks


March 2015

Monday, 2 – First day of 5th Six Weeks

Public Schools week

Friday, 6 – Fine Arts Day

Monday, 9 – Friday, 13 – Spring Break – NO SCHOOL

Music Program – 6:30 in the Auditorium

Friday, 20 – Donuts with Dad 7:30am

Friday, 20 – RH PTA Board meeting @ noon in the Library

Monday, 30 – STARR Testing: 4th Grade Writing, 5th Grade Math

Tuesday, 31 – STARR Testing: 4th Grade Writing, 5th Grade Reading


April 2015

Friday, 3 – Snow Waiver Day – *NO SCHOOL only if snow day wasn’t used

Friday, 10 – Parent Party

Friday, 17 – End of 5th Six Weeks

Monday, 20 – First day of 6th Six Weeks

Tuesday, 21 – STARR Testing: 3rd and 4th Grades Math

Wednesday, 22 – STARR Testing; 3rd and 4th Grades Reading, 5th Grade Science

Friday, 24 – RH PTA Board meeting @ noon in the Library


May 2015

Friday, 1 – Talent Show

Monday, 4 – Friday, 8 – Teacher Appreciation Week

Music Program – 6:30 in the Auditorium

Friday, 8 – Muffins with Mom 7:30am

Tuesday, 12 – STARR Retesting: 5th Grade Reading

Friday, 15 – PTA Closing Luncheon

Friday, 22 – Field Day

Monday, 25 – Memorial Day – NO SCHOOL


June 2015

Wednesday, 3 – Pre-K/Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grades Awards Programs

Thursday, 4 – 3rd and 4th Grades Awards Programs

Friday, 5 – 5th Grade Award and Promotion Ceremony 9:00am

Friday, 5 – End of 6th Six Weeks and Last Day of School

2014-2015 School Supply Lists

posted Jun 12, 2014, 5:45 PM by Ridglea Hills PTA   [ updated Aug 17, 2014, 1:08 PM ]

Pre-K Supply List

1 9x12 colored construction paper
1 12x18 colored construction paper
1 9x12 manila paper
1 12x18 manilla paper
2 heavy duty plastic folders with 3 prongs and pockets 
1 wide rule spiral notebooks
1 wide rule black and white composition notebook
1 (8 count) water color paints with paintbrush
1 (4 count) package of Playdough
1 (8 count) box washable Crayola markers
2 (12 count) boxes Crayola crayons
2 glue sticks
1 bottle of Elmer's liquid glue
2  boxes of tissues
1 box Ziploc quart size baggies
1 box Ziploc gallon size baggies
1 container of antibacterial wipes
1 bottle of hand sanitizer    

Kindergarten Supply List

3 composition notebooks, 100 pages (9 ¾ x 7 ¾)  
2 glue sticks  
2 8oz. bottles of Elmer’s School Glue  
1 pkg. 9x12 manila construction paper  
1 pkg. 12x18 manila construction paper  
1 pkg. 9x12 construction paper, assorted colors  
1 pkg. 12x18 construction paper, assorted colors  
1 box washable broad-tip markers, classic colors  
1 box washable fine-tip markers, classic colors  
2 boxes Crayola crayons, 24 count  
2 spiral notebooks, 70 page, wide-ruled  
2 large pink erasers  
2 pkgs. # 2 pencils, yellow barrel (24 total)  
2 boxes facial tissues  
3 poly pocket folders, with brads, assorted solid colors  
1 box zippered sandwich size bags   
1 box zippered gallon size bags  
1 tub wet wipes  
1 set Crayola water color paints  
1 small bottle of hand soap OR 1 bottle of hand sanitizer (alcohol-free)
*1 school-sized backpack, preferably without wheels  

1st Grade Supply List

3 (2 pocket) 3 pronged plastic folders
2 primary writing tablets with lines
2 primary writing tablets with lines and picture space
3 bottles white Elmer’s glue
2 (24  pack) Crayola Crayons
1 box Classic Crayola markers
1 scissor
2 erasers
1 pkg.  9x12 manila paper
4 pkgs. # 2 pencils (48 total)
1  pkg. 12x18 colored  construction  paper
1 pkg. 9x12 colored construction paper
1  boxes  of  tissues
4  composition  books
1  plastic crayon/pencil box
1 package of dry erase markers
1 hand sanitizer      

2nd Grade Supply List

6 glue sticks
3 Crayola or Elmer's glue sticks
1 box Crayola markers
2 boxes Crayola crayons
1 pkg pencil top erasers (12 total)
2 pkg. #2 pencils (24 total)
4 poly folders with brads
2 composition notebooks
2 (80 pg) spiral notebooks
1 pkg. 12x18 colored construction paper
1 pkg. 12x18 manila construction paper
1 sturdy pencil bag
1 scissor
2 boxes of Kleenex
1 hand sanitizer
1 cylinder Clorox wipes  

3rd Grade Supply List

2 glue sticks  
1 bottle of glue  
1 handheld pencil sharpener, with lid  
8 pack Crayola Markers  
2 boxes of Kleenex  
24 pack Crayola crayons  
1 large pink eraser  
1 pkg. of pencil top erasers (12 total)  
5 composition notebooks  
1 pair of scissors  
3 plastic folders with brads (blue, yellow, purple)  
1 zippered pencil bag  
4 paper folders with brads—1 each of red, orange, green, and yellow
1 box colored pencils  
1 pack of wide-ruled notebook paper (200 pgs.)  
2 red pens  
12x18 colored construction paper  
2 green pens  
1 pkg. 12x18 manila construction paper  
2 pkgs. #2 pencils (24 total)      

4th Grade Supply List

1 pkg. 12x18 manilla paper
1 pkg. 9x12 colored construction paper (large pkg)
1 low odor dry erase marker (blue or black)
2 pkgs WIDE ruled notebook paper (400 total)
1 (3 subject) spiral notebook
1 composition notebook (100 pages)
2 (1 subject) spiral notebook
8 (2 pocket, 3 pronged) folders: 2 purple, 2 red, 2 green, 2 blue
1 (2 pocket 3 pronged) plastic folder: orange
3 tissue boxes
1 red pen
1 (24 count) box crayons
1 box map pencils
1 box thin Crayola markers
4 glue sticks
1 Hi-liter
2 pkgs. #2 pencils (24 total)
1 sturdy zippered pencil bag (no boxes please)

5th Grade Supply List

8 composition notebooks, 100 pgs. (9 3/4 x 7 3/4)
1 box crayons, 24 count
2 pkgs. wide ruled notebook paper (400 total)
3 pkgs. #2 pencils (36 total)
4 pocket folders with brads
1 pkg. colored pencils, 12 count
1 pkg. 12 x 18 manila paper, 50 + count
1 pkg. washable markers, 8-10 count
1 pkg. 12 x 18 colored construction paper
4 boxes of Kleenex
2 large glue sticks
1 STURDY pencil bag (Please NO boxes)
2 handheld pencil sharpeners, with lid
1 plastic ruler 12" length in inches/centimeters
1 pair scissors
1 bottle of 12 oz. hand sanitizer  

PPCD Supply List

Extra set of clothes                                        

1 box of washable thick markers, classic color
8 Count Crayons                                              

Backpack/Bag – big enough to fit their notebook/folder

Baby wipes                                                        

Diapers if needed

Can of air freshener                                      


Small Blanket or Towel                            

 Construction Paper                                                       




Spiral Notebook

2 Folders  with brads                                     

2 Disinfecting wipes or spray

3 Boxes of Kleenex


Student Attendance

posted Jan 25, 2014, 7:09 AM by Ridglea Hills PTA

Student Attendance

Attendance at Ridglea Hills Elementary is directly tied to the overall rating of our campus.  Our official attendance taking time each day is 10:00.  We would encourage you to schedule appointments after that time, so your student is present at 10:00.  If you do have an appointment before 10:00, please bring a note from the appointment so we can mark the attendance accordingly. 

So, in an effort to reach our goal of no more than 15 absences per day, we are beginning a new Perfect Attendance Award system starting Monday, December 2nd.  On Friday of each week we will have a drawing from classes with perfect attendance that week in PPCD through third grade.  We have a new “stuffed friend” on campus that will visit and stay for a week in the classroom that has been picked in that drawing.  Fourth and fifth grades will also have a drawing and that class will have a trophy they can proudly display in the classroom.  Also, every six weeks we will have a drawing to pick one student from each grade level with perfect attendance.  Those students will be able to pick a prize from our showcase of prizes.

Educating your children is what we do and we need them in attendance so they get all the valuable information they need to succeed.

Thank you for your help in making our school the best school possible.

Hamburger Supper

posted Dec 13, 2013, 2:13 PM by Ridglea Hills PTA

The Annual Fundraiser “The Hot Dog Supper” has been renamed “The Hamburger Supper”
Friday, January 31, 2014 Ridglea Hills Elementary

The Hamburger supper is an annual event that is fun for the whole family and is a large fundraiser for the PTA.  $5 tickets will be sold in advance for “In and Out” Hamburgers, chips and a drink!  We will be selling tickets online, at the school during lunch that week and will send several announcements home. We will have 5th grade reps there selling bottled water and desserts and their profit will go toward their 5th grade trip.

Raffle Baskets. The raffle baskets are comprised of donated items from each class.  These baskets appeal to the children and some are full of family activities.  Each class will be paired with one or 2 other classes to fill the assigned baskets.  You will be in charge of sending a note home requesting the items that you will need to fill your basket.  Basket items are due Wednesday, January 22, 2014. Please keep in touch with your teacher and the other room reps to see your progress in the event you need to send a reminder home again. 
The items you get contributed for the baskets will be picked up by the committee on Jan. 22nd and we will make sure that all baskets are plentiful- we reserve the right to move donated items from one class basket to another to make sure they all look full and great!  The committee will package all the baskets in clear wrap so you won’t have to do that step after all.

Groups for Raffle Baskets:
1.      Kindergarten/Pre-K– Brown, Gillaspy and Brubaker/Ramirez: Sports and Outdoor Play
         Kindergarten/Linc –Sharp, Goodman and Anderson/Iglesias: Barbie Basket
3.      Kindergarten/PPCD- Colston and Will: Gift Card Basket
4.      1st grade – Moreno, Williams and Streiff: Family Picnic
5.      1st grade – Wayland, Maldonado and Tennant: Legos
6.      2nd grade – Allen, Gandarilla and Leschber: TCU Basket
7.      2nd grade – Cureton and Rosenthal: Movie Night
8.      3rd grade – Dutton, Hixon and Perez: Rainy Day Basket
9.      3rd grade – Maxon and Sanchez: Forth Worth Family Fun Basket
10.  4th grade – Hall and Bass: Legos
11.  4th grade – Miller, Powell and Wengert: Summer Fun Basket
12.  5th grade – Myers and Blakely: Gift Card Basket
13.  5th grade - Niehoff and Rossberg: Arts and Crafts Basket (think Rainbow Loom, etc.)
 We will sell raffle tickets for $.50 each online, in advance and that night.
 Party Sign-Ups
We will have party signups for all the children’s parties at the Hamburger Supper. Be sure to tell your class about all the parties. Parents and Teachers donate “parties”, for example: Skating with a teacher/movie night/pump it up party/tea party.  Parents sign up their kids for the parties. The parties can be gender or grade specific. Each party has a monetary amount that is paid for each kid to attend the party – a swim party might be $10 and the Skating party might be $15.  Typically, the parties have a limit so it is important to sign up early in the night to reserve your child’s spot at the party.  All payments go straight to the PTA since the families or teachers donate the parties.  Please consider hosting/donating a party – you can sponsor the party individually or as a group with other parents.
 All parent parties will be available at the Art Auction on April 4th, 2014.
We will be offering Karaoke at this year’s Hamburger Supper so get your voices warmed up!  Make sure to wear your picture perfect outfit because we will also be offering a photo booth!
This is a great evening for RHE students – be sure to buy your tickets in advance and talk the event up to your class.  This is a pretty busy night with lots going on and the kids love it!!!
Together For our Children,
Amy Shackelford - 3rd VP Spring Fundraiser                                                
Kinzie Heinrich And Missy Murray - Hamburger Supper Co-Chairs    

A Note From Our President

posted Aug 26, 2013, 12:34 PM by Ridglea Hills PTA

Greetings and welcome to the start of another year! 

Ridglea Hills Elementary is an amazing place to be and your Ridglea Hills PTA has a full year of excitement planned. Our theme this year is “Dive In to Ridglea Hills” and if there is one piece of advice I can offer you it is to get involved.  Meet your child’s teacher and ask what you can do to help them as their partner in your child’s education this year.  Attend Ridglea Hills events with your family and do everything you can to be a part of the school family.  Volunteer where you can.  Some parents can volunteer a lot while some can only volunteer a little.   Whether you work a short shift at the carnival, walk in the walkathon or volunteer giving accelerated reader tests every week you will be showing your child that their school and their education is important to you.

Ridglea Hills PTA has big plans for the year including many of our old favorites such as Walkathon, Carnival, Fine Arts Day, Hot Dog Supper and so much more.  There will be new twists and turns and lots of excitement along the way so stay tuned for the changes!  This wonderful website is a great place to stay informed of everything going on.  The other way to stay informed is by joining our email list.  At least once a week, I send out an “eblast” with information of everything going on in the school.    You can join the list right here on the site!  We also have a facebook group, which is a great place to get last minute updates as well as see great pictures of school events! 

Thanks for being here and joining in on the Ridglea Hills experience.  Dive in to Ridglea Hills!  You won’t be disappointed!

Michelle Henderson

RH Carpool Procedures

posted Aug 21, 2013, 4:01 PM by Ridglea Hills PTA

Dear Parents and Guardians:

The most important thing is safety first for our students!  We have been collaborating with our Faculty and Staff, PTA President, Michelle Henderson, the City of Ft. Worth, and Shaun Burns, Arlington Heights Pyramid Area Advisor, and Officer Brooks of the Ft. Worth Police Department, to continue to improve our arrival and dismissal procedures to better accommodate our children and families.  Please review and adhere to the following guidelines for the safety of the children for arrival and dismissal at our wonderful campus!

Carpool Procedures

*    The carpool line forms along Angus on the far right side of the road.
*    Angus is a two way street, but now will have double no crossing lines so that the flow of

      traffic will ensure efficiency and safety of the carpool process.  F.Y.I., Officer Brooks will be present to ensure this process and violators could possibly be ticketed if the double lines are crossed. 
*    Remain in your car and refrain from "cutting" in line.  Both of these items will result in

*    Follow to the end of the loading zone toward Stonedale.
*    Continue to pull forward and stop in the loading zone when directed to do so or in a case of         

      an emergency.      
*    Safety patrol students will assist your child while loading and unloading your vehicle.
*    We CAN NOT load children in double-parked cars.
*    We CAN NOT escort children across the street to a parent.
*    Remember - cell phones are NOT permitted in school zones.

Bus Procedures

Bus procedures have changed.  Buses will drop off in front in the morning and will pick up in the back parking lot in the afternoon.

Although we have a very efficient system in place, we are always looking for ways to improve our procedures for the betterment of our campus with invaluable input from all stakeholders in our learning community.  It is very important to adhere to these rules in order to keep our children as safe as possible.  The Ft. Worth police department will also be putting up new signs and providing officers in addition to Mr. Brooks to help us with our new changes.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation and look forward to seeing you all August 26, 2013, the first day of school!


Crenesha Cotton


Ridglea Hills Elementary

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